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  • A Complex, Comprehensive Thrill Ride

    This intricate socio-political thriller takes the reader through a mind-spinning myriad of mystery and intrigue while generating a delicious pallet of both likable and detestable characters. Each main character slowly unravels the puzzle pieces to the seemingly impossibly disparate threads that weave the tapestry of this massive conspiracy story. The writing style is sublimely professional, active when the story calls for action, descriptive, when the story requires detail and scene-setting, romantic at just the right touching moments and downright chilling at others. The writer's depth of understanding and spot-on insight into political mechanization, maneuvering and maniacal self-serving corporate selfishness provide a biting commentary on today's political environment, accentuated by a perfectly drawn set of contemporary conflicts that seem like hyperbolic satire, but all too closely pinch the nerve of truth. Almost overwhelming in its rich detail and in-depth discovery of political corruption and complex social issues, the novel challenges the reader to think beyond the action and intrigue and contemplate the broader social and political condition. This writer has all the makings of a commercial success as well as a literary tour-de-force.

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  • Something for everyone

    With a cast of characters to rival a Charles Dickens novel and a complex interplay of political, moral and social themes, there is something in this book for everyone. Many readers will relate to the main character Shelley, as she strives to shake off the shackles of her conventional life so far and live according to her principles. And, as this novel so deftly demonstrates, there is a lot about contemporary life in Australia (or substitute any (neo)liberal 'democracy') that challenges progressive values. For me this book passed the most crucial test of all - the bedtime test - which meant that I found myself looking forward to an early night tucked up in bed with my electric blanket and iPad, taking in the next instalment. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in political and social issues.

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  • So entertaining

    Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite Deadly Secrets: What Unspeakable Truths Lurk Beneath the Lies? by H.R. Kemp is a political thriller that will keep you on your toes. The main character, Shelley Ormond, is an average person--a civil servant just doing her job. Her friend is a refugee and dies under mysterious circumstances, prompting Shelley to go after the truth. Shelley isn't the heroine type. She's just a regular person. But sometimes when the truth is at stake, it can create a boldness within you that you never knew you had. This is the case with Shelley. She suspects a conspiracy, but how can she prove it, and what will happen to her if she exposes it and the players involved? She is torn between keeping her mouth shut and revealing deadly secrets. I like that Kemp has chosen an ordinary person to be the protagonist. Shelley could be any one of us caught up in a life or death scenario that we don't quite understand. Using Shelley is a smart move by the author that draws you into the story in a personal way. You care about Shelley because she is someone you could know in your life, and you want to get to the bottom of things right along with her. Kemp's style is magnetic, and you find yourself going deeper into the plot of immigration, cover-ups, conspiracy, and things carried out behind the scenes. The deadly secrets lead to powerful politicians, but Shelley knows she has to keep uncovering. There is some romance that adds another dimension to the story. The author keeps the reader engaged with impressive writing, energetic dialogue, a searing plot, and current concerns we can relate to like immigration and the environment. Some of the characters you will like--others you will not like. But that's what makes the novel so entertaining. For a page-turning conspiracy thriller, seize your copy of Deadly Secrets by H.R. Kemp today.

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  • A gripping, character-driven political thriller

    I've read this novel twice now and it's quality and originality do not diminish. The little guy taking on the establishment, facing set-backs and fighting on is a theme enhanced by colourful, three-dimensional characters and the inter-play of their relationships. Make no mistake, this is a very good book.

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