Book Review: Carnage in Singapore
Good Morning Booksters,
Today’s post is my review of Randall Krzak’s third installment in his Bedlam series, and I’m super excited to share my experience with you! I received an advance copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.
This book took me a little bit longer than usual to finish due to Camp Nano and my writing goals, but that’s over, so definitely expect a bit more activity on here going forward.
In case you’re not familiar with Krzak’s works, see links below for my reviews on his other works:
All right, let’s get into the review!
Terrorist groups such as Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah have flourished in recent years with new recruits joining them and ISIS-affiliates at an alarming rate. Blended operations by various Asian countries have forced the groups to work together to identify a new operational base.
They seek an island nation to call home, one where they can plot against countries who oppose their ideals. They found a target, a small nation-state, perfect for their needs: The Republic of Singapore.
Before anyone can respond, the ambassadors of the United States, Great Britain, and Australia are kidnapped from their residences in Singapore. Right index fingers of each victim are sent as a warning. Any attempt to recover the ambassadors will result in the removal of additional body parts.
Bedlam Charlie team leader, Evelyn Evinrude, leads the group to rescue the ambassadors and capture the local leaders of Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah. Can Bedlam succeed or will events escalate, resulting in more deaths?
I gave four and a half stars for this thrilling installation of the Bedlam series.
This is the third book in Krzak’s series, and much like the other two, this one didn’t disappoint! In fact, this one is my favorite so far.
After an English woman goes missing and somehow escapes, a series of events unfolds that hints that several terrorist groups may be on the move with their sights set on Singapore.
The newly-formed Bedlam Charlie team, operated by Evelyn Evinrude must assemble quickly to deal with the mounting threat and terrible attacks against the general populace. Is their team ready for this challenge, or are they in over their heads?
Once again, Krzak has created an intricate braidwork of suspense, danger, and double crosses in this international thriller, and I truly enjoyed my experience reading this novel.
I was pulled into this book from the very beginning. I mean, that beginning scene was nuts! Natalee’s story and perspective was my favorite, and she had a key role in this novel. There was something about it that resonated with me. She had been through severe trauma, she was brave, but most of all, she was resilient.
I really liked the new Bedlam Charlie team. They each had a distinct role, and their characters were well thought out. This team seemed a little bit more about the action and getting things done, and that spoke to me better this time around.
This book wasn’t called Carnage in Singapore for nothing. There really is quite a bit of carnage going around, and being a big fan of suspense and thrills, I absolutely loved this element.
I also thought that the novel ended on a really good note. Is there another Bedlam novel on the way? I have no idea, but I hope so!
All right, so if I had to pick at something (to be fair), it would probably be the same thing I’ve brought up on the other Bedlam novels (I know, I know, broken record Jonny!).
There are quite a bit of characters in this book, though I will say that by this time if you’ve read the other books, we actually know most of the characters by now. My main one to poke at are the characters Koh and Goh. Their names are super similar and they interact with each other from time to time, so that got really confusing for me, but I think they only really interacted in a chapter or two, so the confusion was minimal.
That being said, the small flaws that I found don’t even come close to all the excitement I found while reading this book.
Carnage in Singapore is an action-packed international thriller with suspense, deception, and adventure in abundance. Definitely worth a read!
That’s a Wrap!
Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!
Have you read this book before? What did you think? Do you have a book recommendation similar to this series? Feel free to share in the comments!
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