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Mystery / Thriller

The Color of Greed
(Raja Williams Series, Book 1)

When the young husband of a wealthy heiress is found dead on his yacht floating off the California coastline, his death is ruled an accident and the case is closed. The grieving widow, certain her husband was murdered but getting no help from the police, turns to Raja Williams, a wealthy Oxford-educated private investigator, who has dedicated his resources to help those in need of justice. When Raja arrives in Los Angeles and more bodies begin to pile up, he suspects a coverup that may go as high up as the governor. With the help of his partner Vinny, a highly skilled hacker, Raja must unravel the case before everyone involved, including the two of them, winds up dead.

A colorful cast of characters, great dialogue and a suspenseful twisting plot make The Color of Greed an entertaining read.

Book of the Month October 2012
A Classic Thriller Review by Mike Smith, e-thriller.com

A few weeks ago I caught an old episode of the Rockford Files on one of the gazillion channels that we have these days and it took me back to the golden era of detective shows on TV: Ironsides, Columbo, Kojak. They don’t make ‘em like that any more … or do they? The Color Of Greed isn’t going to win the Booker prize, but I don’t suppose the author, Jack Thompson, had that in mind when he created his private investigator, Raja Williams. The story’s leading man is a wealthy, Oxford-educated philanthropist of Jamaican descent who tells it like it is, but, underneath the blunt exterior, he wants to catch the bad guys. Jack Thompson doesn’t stray far from the beaten track of the classic detective thriller: a rich heiress wants the death of her husband investigated but the police are denying that there was any evidence of foul play. Raja Williams takes the case – no payment required as he already has his own private jet and money to burn. In running e-thriller.com I get to read – or at least start – a number of books that follow this proven formula, but The Color Of Greed is well-written, has a good plot and the dialogue works. And yes, we would all like to be Raja Williams with a private jet and the ladies falling at our feet. Jack Thompson gives his readers what they want: a good plot with a central character painted in bold colours. Who loves ya, baby?!

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C’est la Vie
(Raja Williams Series, Book 2)

C’est la Vie is a rollicking mystery thriller featuring Raja Williams, a world-renowned private detective with a nose for trouble and his high-tech partner Vinny Moore. When Raja gets a call from a frantic English professor whose wife has disappeared, he and Vinny head to Paris, France on another adventurous case.

The search for the professor’s wife leads Raja and Vinny deep into the French underworld, including the club scene riddled with designer drugs, and a modern day white slave trade. Will they find the missing woman before she falls victim to the elusive international criminal known only as the Scorpion?

C’est la Vie is Book Two in the Raja Williams series.

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Swimming Upstream
(Raja Williams Series, Book 3)

When a young lawyer for the number one environmental law firm in Seattle is found dead on Mount Rainier, the police declare it a tragic accident. A desperate mother turns to Raja Williams, a private investigator always willing to help.

Neither the dark, tragic anti-hero nor the James Bond super-hero type, Raja is a wealthy Oxford-educated PI of mixed Caribbean descent who possesses a strong empathic power and a sixth sense for evil that gives him headaches and steers him straight into trouble. His partner Vinny Moore is a gorgeous hipster geek who prefers hacking computers to haute couture.

The discovery of a sinister scorched-earth plot to hide the truth leads Raja and Vinny to the Arctic wilds of Canada and lands them in the middle of a battle over the riches of the pristine wilderness. If assassins don’t kill them, the sub-zero weather just might.

Swimming Upstream is the third intriguing mystery thriller in the Raja Williams Series. The colorful cast of characters and timely topics make it a fun, entertaining story that can be read as a stand-alone novel.

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What do an underground Zionist cell, a Harlem drug dealer and the Russian mob have in common? Diamonds.

Diamonds Never Die is another rollicking mystery thriller featuring Raja Williams, a world-renowned private detective with a nose for trouble and his high-tech partner Vinny Moore.

After an innocent Jewish woman is brutally stabbed in Central Park, Raja and Vinny head to New York to find out why. The case takes Raja undercover into the Harlem drug scene, and puts Vinny into a Russian strip club in Brighton Beach. Stirring the pot as only Raja and Vinny can do lands them both in danger and into the crosshairs of an international assassin known only as the Spider.

Raja’s intuitive skills and Vinny’s computer wizardry are tested, as they race to solve the girl’s murder before more bodies, including their own, end up dead.

Fun dialogue, strong characters and a roller-coaster plot make Diamonds Never Die a must read. Enjoy it as a standalone novel or part of the series.

“There is just something so captivating about the characters you can’t help falling in love with them as they take on new cases. Diamonds Never Die is action packed right from the start loaded with mystery and intrigue that captures the imagination and kept me on the edge of my seat till the very end. I love the way the two interact together they have a witty dialogue that makes you laugh…. It’s one of those series you must read if you’re a mystery fan. I can’t wait for the next one. I can only imagine what will happen next to Raja and Vinny. Loved the book Diamonds Never Die and can see myself reading the series over and over.”

“This is a fast paced mystery in which I absolutely became engulfed. Jack Thompson has a wonderful writing style exhibiting boldness and strength, Because of it’s excellent editing, it’s a fast and fulfilling story to excite the reader. Don’t wait, read this novel…you’ll want to read all the books in this extraordinary series.”

“Raja Williams never fails to get his target, and Diamonds Never Die delivers another great adventure for Raja and Vinny. This look into the Russian mob and the diamond market is chilling. Highly recommend this series by Jack Thompson.”

“I positively love this series and always want more at the end of each book. Jack Thompson knows had to spin a great story.”

Diamonds Never Die

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 Political Thriller

The Rand Principle

It’s open season on Leeland Rand when his own government targets him for elimination. Is he a deadly killer, or a pawn in a game of cat and mouse? Or both?

A mysterious stranger warns Rand to run or die, but where do you go when you are public enemy number one? The full resources of the U.S. government are brought to bear against Rand, including the U.S. Marshal Service’s top fugitive tracker Jonathan Lord. Rand follows the clues he is given on a desperate hunt for the truth. Will he uncover whoever has targeted him for termination before Lord can find and kill him?

“This was a very enjoyable book. Very good characters with a very good plot that kept me guessing. It just had all the elements that I look for in an entertaining political/action thriller – mystery, action, suspense, questions of morality and love. Waiting on the sequel!!”

“Fast-paced, intelligent thriller with heart and motion –I loved this book. If anything, I thought it was too short, because it was that good and I wanted more – more story. Well-written and a story that really grabs you. It surprised me because just when I thought it was going to be one long chase, the author opened up and gave surprising and exciting depth (and extranormal abilities) to the main characters. I’d like to see a sequel!”

“The Rand Principle is a little out of my element, reading-wise, but I found it to be a fun and thoroughly enjoyable ride. The pacing was just quick enough to move along the story, without moving so quickly you felt as if you’d been left behind. There were plot elements that, at first, felt rushed — but upon finishing the story, I realized that “rushed” feeling fit right in with the story’s pace.”

“This was such a good read for me. It had all the elements of a good action suspense book without the overdone sex and gore but the author wrote so vividly and spun the story in such an interesting and clever manner, it was a real page turner. It did certainly have romance and ‘OMG what’s going to happen next’ kind of action and was written in an extremely real manner. The characters had substance and definitely came alive as the story progressed. I wish it was longer..I didn’t want it to end.”

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Science Fiction

Godmachine

In the not-too-distant future the United States sends its first manned mission to the planet Mars. When the crew of Mars Mission 31 discover an alien artifact, they learn the story of Plixon, a planet not so different from Earth where the population is monitored and controlled by a supercomputer known as the Godmachine. The story that unfolds follows the life of Ra’dall Simms, an unimportant citizen whose desperate need to make sense of his unraveling life takes him on an adventure that will change his world forever. When the returning mission crew relay the Plixon story to their superiors at NASA, there are major political implications which imperil both the lives of the astronauts and the future of Earth.

With great reviews coming in like “A chilling vision of the future with great characters to love and hate!” and “Godmachine is a great read any science fiction fan will love!” this science fiction dystopian tale promises to be another good read from Jack Thompson.

“If you’ve been following the story of the recent landing of NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover, or if you’re a fan of NASA’s Apollo missions, they you’ll almost certainly enjoy reading Godmachine. As a bonus for all readers, along with the tale of the astronauts’ journey to Mars, Thompson cleverly weaves in the tale of the Godmachine. Both stories are heart-pounding and action packed. These stories are skillfully crafted in such a way that Thompson is able to make us take an introspective look at our own human strengths and weaknesses. I highly recommend this book for fans of Science Fiction and Space Travel, or for anyone who’s just looking for a quality book that’s fun to read.” —Blase Ciabaton, Twisted Sci Fi

“A great dystopian novel with strong characters and a strong message. The author captured my interest and held it to the end. I ran the gamut of emotions from happiness to sadness to rage. I like this author. He shows a real understanding of people and relationships and a frightening insight into a future that is all too real for a planet like ours. I highly recommend it.”

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Poetry

Lyrics for Living

Poetry that communicates. In these poems Jack Thompson looks at life from all angles and all ages. Topics span from love to war and beyond. Titles: The Look, Magic, The Girl I Know, Dandelion, Dilemma, Elwin Marmion, My World, Medicated Mediocrity, Peter’s Lament, Carnival, Wheel of Life, Marriage, Octogenarian, A Valentine for Lucky, Paradise, One and Only, Ode to Da and Yankee Destiny (edited for easy reading with Kindle)

“…these modern poems relate to every one to be enjoyed, and several will make you laugh. His poems are of love for parents, love for a dog now in heaven, a Yankee’s baseball game, war of kings, and many more. They are very memorable. I enjoyed them tremendously and I know you will, too.”

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