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He runs away from danger to save himself to the detriment of anyone with him, usually but not always. He is brilliant, but socially awkward. I cheered for him, I yelled at him and I was embarrassed for him. The other characters are just as well written. Some are so evil, to be almost unbelievable, until you consider what money and power are doing in the real world today. The science based plot seems quite believable. The description of the deaths by enzyme were equal parts disgusting and chilling and might be too graphic for some.

When you think you are at the end, this author twists you around and the peril continues. I love when that happens. Apr 17, Susan Hampson rated it it was amazing. From the opening chapter it soon becomes clear that there is something real dodgy going on with a deadly outcome. I was well and truly reeled in for the day.

Gavin is a Biochemist that is working on a top-secret project that is worth billions and at the moment is sitting in a tiny spec of a company surro From the opening chapter it soon becomes clear that there is something real dodgy going on with a deadly outcome. Gavin is a Biochemist that is working on a top-secret project that is worth billions and at the moment is sitting in a tiny spec of a company surrounded by a multimillion pound industry that is willing to go to any lengths to get their hands on it. When negotiations break down for who should have the largest percentage and ultimate control of the new product the talks go from sitting round a table for a settlement to I am bigger than you tactics with deadly consequences.

The anti is definitely upped as the story moves to deeper seedy goings on behind a fronted high-class business, where being in a position to buy an extension of life if possible for the right price. This is a belting story with a great divide of this industry. One where the science and discovery are the prime objective, the actual break through being the bite of the apple to the flip side where money and profit is the only aim, no matter how many casualties are crushed in the process.

The pace of the story escalates into a frenzy of intense chapters that just made me drool. I really want to read more about Gavin and where the next book will take him. This is an excellent modern day thriller which moves at a fast pace with plenty of twists and turns.

I am intrigued to know whether the author has a science background because the story contains a significant amount of science information, which I read as factual and was in fact extremely interesting although it may contain some science fiction as I am no expert on science matters! Shadowy secret organisations as well as governments are intent on owning the enzyme and the plot involves an array of evil characters trying to get their hands on the enzyme while our hero and his love interest try to stay alive!

A fun, topical read which will appeal to all lovers of suspense and thrillers. Apr 11, Alfred Nobile rated it really liked it Shelves: review-books , crime. Review to follow. This is the story of a biochemist and is told by a biochemist and it carries some weight because of that. Gavin Shawlens is an academic but has been called in to help a small company. They have developed a substance which will replace four different food additives thus saving money and enabling the use of fish which are not endangered. Sounds excellent.

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Until the downside comes to light. I also found the dialogue a little stiff in places. I enjoyed the scientific side of this story which added a different feel to what could have been a standard espionage thriller. Gavin is trying out the role of another secret agent from Scotland! If you liked the old Ian Fleming version of Bond before the movies and special effects, this is the secret agent story for you, complete with evil rich guys trying to rule from behind the curtain.

Gavin may not have Bond's panache, but he's the smartest guy in the room, as the go-to scientist for MI 5, or was it MI6? It's a well-deserved written story, and an easy enjoyable read. Aug 18, Ellie Midwood rated it it was amazing. Conspiracies, greed, betrayal, and imminent danger surround the lives of Gavin, a prominent scientist and a member of a secret government organization, and Emma, his former sweetheart, who is now married to a man, who seemed to discover the product of the century.

I really enjoyed how multiple characters were interweaved into the story, making it a magnificent mosaic of portraits, both good and bad, slowly revealing their real faces and desires. Also, switching between the different settings, such as Great Britain, France and even Russia made this novel even more enthralling and impossible to put down. I would love to see it as a movie! Great work. Mar 03, Max Power rated it really liked it. A rather intricate read, well crafted. I enjoyed this book as I like a bit of depth to my books.

Occasionally the pace faded and I left the story alone for a day or so which is really my only gripe. This is a writer with a very distinctive style and I like to feel like I would read the next book when I come to a new author. In this Gordon Bickerstaff has succeeded. There is a great deal of detail here but cleverly not too much. Far too often authors get bogged down overcomplicating things and he A rather intricate read, well crafted. Far too often authors get bogged down overcomplicating things and here there is a very good balance between what we need to know and what is enough to keep the story line ticking.

I can see that I could quite easily become a Bickerstaff fan and if you start with this book, I can safely say you might become one too. Nov 09, Colin Griffiths rated it it was amazing. This is the first book I have read by this author and I was not disappointed as I found it an excellent read. Deadly secrets is a fast paced thriller that literally grips you from the harrowing first few pages.

The well crafted plot had me gripped, and made me wonder how the author came across the idea. I'm not sure what back ground the writer has, but scientifically everything was believable and the information was cleverly woven into the plot, without boring the reader with unnecessary details This is the first book I have read by this author and I was not disappointed as I found it an excellent read. I'm not sure what back ground the writer has, but scientifically everything was believable and the information was cleverly woven into the plot, without boring the reader with unnecessary details.

I loved this. Will I buy the others? You bet Aug 05, Lucinda Clarke rated it really liked it.


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I disliked the character in the gang who was a bit off the wall, that irritated me no end. I would also have preferred a more definitive ending, but of course I will now have to go and buy the next one. This author writes well. This book kept things interesting for me. I did enjoy the story line. I like mysteries and thrillers so a blend of the two was very nice for me. Being that is also a medical thriller is very dear to me. I had to give this book a chance and I did enjoy it. Mar 28, William Stuart rated it really liked it.

Thrillers used to be one of my go to genres and I still enjoy them on occasion. Synopsis from the author : The truth will out… Gavin's life will be turned upside down. He joins a company to work on a product that will revolutionise the food industry. His initial gut instinct is to walk away until he discovers one of the company directors is the former love Thrillers used to be one of my go to genres and I still enjoy them on occasion.

Fast-paced, full of action, and loaded with twists and turns, the book grabbed me and kept my attention throughout. The science added nicely to the story, and the attempt to corner the market on a food additive believable. Overall, a nice solid thriller! Additionally, for a shadowy government agency tasked with protecting Britain, the Lambeth group seemed a bit lost. Though it emphasized his human side, Gavin in action was a bit of a disappointment. The action, plot, and characters made the story enjoyable.

I recommend this one to any thriller readers! My rating: 4 Stars Apr 19, Cathy Geha rated it it was amazing. If so, this just might be the book for you? There are a number of threads woven together that include secret societies, multiple government groups, thugs, academic types and others that have motivation ranging from mere personal interest to big-time greed on the world stage.

How about Emma and Donna? And, since this is about the Lambeth group what part will they play to help or hinder when Penny and her husband decide to or not to accept the lucrative hit they have been asked to carry out? And yet it is also a book with a second chance at romance for two in the book, the possibility of reconnection between siblings and the hope that good will thwart evil Did I enjoy this book?

I did Would I like to read more in this series? This was a great Thriller, fast paced with plenty of twists and turns! The story line is more gripping and creepy because of how believable it is! There is a lot of science involved, in a factual way to explain the growth of an enzyme the centre of the plot line but this was very interesting and not at all overwhelming.

I found it intriguing, and very well thought out and explained. I am not good with science, it was always my downfall at school, but I found this easily followable and very int This was a great Thriller, fast paced with plenty of twists and turns! I am not good with science, it was always my downfall at school, but I found this easily followable and very intriguing to read!

The Characters were a good mix, and I loved the fact that the Main Character is lovable, not enviable, shy etc. In short, he was far from perfect! I had times I could have happily slapped him or shouted at him for his stupid decisions, and at others I felt sorry for him due to the situations he finds himself in. This is the First of Bickerstaffs Series, and I loved every page of it! Very fast paced, and each page just made me more and more intrigued to find out what was going to happen next! There are plenty of twists and turns, and it's never an expected situation! There were times at which I felt the Conversation was a bit juttery, and slowed the pace slightly, but to be honest this didn't mar the reading experience at all, and is usual for the start of a series!

Overall, very well thought out story and very well written! I can't wait to see where the rest of the Series will take me! Jul 13, Sarah Stuart rated it it was amazing. Gordon Bickerstaff has a style that makes science understandable — teachers at school lost me utterly — and the plot, whilst intricate with vividly described horrors only slightly alleviated by a touch of romance, is clear. Jun 01, Brigid Gallagher rated it it was amazing Shelves: thriller , fiction.

Gavin Shawlens, a brilliant biochemist, is invited to carry out research on a new food additive derived from a fish which lives at the bottom of our oceans. Although he is inclined to say"No," his heart leads him to accept, when he learns that his first love Emma is a partner in the company involved. Thus begins a journey that is filled with danger, political intrigue and many twists and turns The author has created a wonderful cast of characters, and I loved the Scottish humour that is peppere Gavin Shawlens, a brilliant biochemist, is invited to carry out research on a new food additive derived from a fish which lives at the bottom of our oceans.

The author has created a wonderful cast of characters, and I loved the Scottish humour that is peppered throughout. The dialogue was "pure, dead brilliant. Aug 29, Joy Mutter rated it it was amazing. I have no scientific background, but I could tell the author knew his onions when it came to biochemistry.

I learned some interesting scientific facts, especially about pineapples and enzymes. The book brimmed over with satisfying suspense, emotional depth, espionage, murders, nail-biting moments, and intrigue. There was even some love interest thrown in for good measure with the appearance of Emma, the former love of biochemist Gavin Shawlens, the hero of the piece. Each element of this fast-action book worked well for me. Feb 25, Daniel Norrish rated it it was amazing. A wonderful novel packed with action, suspense and drama. The narrative is expertly crafted to throw twists and turns at the reader in the perfect positions.

A winning blend of corporate espionage and straight action. Jun 12, Michele rated it it was amazing. This book is not for the faint of heart! It starts out a bit slow then before you know it it speeds up at the speed of light!!

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This author certainly knows how to write thrillers. You will find yourself shivering at some of the images invoked. The twists and turns are varied and MANY!! No way will you ever guess the ending. This is the first in a series and once my heart stops pounding--I will be getting more of them.

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Jul 02, David Gilchrist rated it liked it. A liked the plot and the science. I did not like the convoluted drawn out sequences of cops killing badies and badies killing cops. I felt there was a lot of potential for this author, but spoiled for me by the endless pointless and improbable situations people were found in. Gavin Shawlens is a biochemist who is working with creator Emma Patersun on her new food process that will revolutionize the industry. The story is written expressively and author Gordon Bickerstaff offers much detail into the setting, the backstory, and some of the business dealings and practices of the Barscadden Corporation which offers additional insight as to why the company works and functions as ruthlessly and efficiently as it does.

These are just a few examples of the detail and style found within the story. I also felt the descriptive dialog and detailed explanations of some of the scientific and chemical processes added to the story. Feb 17, K. Gavin is an influential and recognised scientist, who uses the lab at the university to investigate enzymes. His own motivations causing him to become renowned in the field. It was this affinity to his work that saw him integrated into a secret government organisation, to be called upon when his particular area of expertise is required.

He is sent to investigate an investment potential, but what he happens upon goes far beyond the line of duty. A company he is sent to has developed an enzyme whi Gavin is an influential and recognised scientist, who uses the lab at the university to investigate enzymes. A company he is sent to has developed an enzyme which will change the food industry itself, but their secret development is not as closely guarded as they thought, someone has their targets trained on this revolutionary process, and they will do whatever it takes to take it for their own.

I originally picked up the fourth book and enjoyed it so much I thought I'd circle back to the start. I am so glad I did. I enjoyed Deadly Secrets as much, if not more, than the first one I read. I can only imagine the transformation Gavin undergoes from this starting character, to the one found in Toxic Minds.

It is a journey I am eager to follow. The involved plot is enhanced by the revelation of characters' own story arcs, adding depth to both them and story. Nothing is simple, as in life, and this complex weave of plot and characters will soon have you in its hooks. Gordon Bickerstaff creates a plethora of deep and well-developed characters and constructs a plot with no shortage of action and suspense. Small details from start to finish knit and blend proving an amazingly detailed story. With the vast amount of information needed to ensure the plot works it is clear how much time and research has gone into it, as well as ensuring the more technical matters are easily understandable for those with little to no understanding of the topics.

Book two is already on my to read list, and I can't wait to see where Gavin's next adventure takes us. This isn't a review its just some comments from the author. Gavin Shawlens is a successful biochemist. But his life is about to be turned upside down. He starts work on secret ground-breaking technology to revolutionise the food industry.

The technology is worth a fortune and a ruthless and powerful organisation is determined to steal it. As sparks begin to fly Gavin finds himself caught up in a violent and merciless power play — an unwit This isn't a review its just some comments from the author. As sparks begin to fly Gavin finds himself caught up in a violent and merciless power play — an unwitting pawn in a deadly corporate game. John now stands between the terrorists and the success of their mission. Traci also goes that extra step for her fellow authors. I love the images she puts together with the cover and a snippet of text from the inside.

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Every parent, at some point, is faced with the need for some type of child care. With more than twenty years of experience in various arenas of child care, Traci Sanders shares her knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of environment to allow parents to make an informed decision about where to place their child for care. His other two books are in my to-be-read list. Get your copy today. Gordon Bickerstaff was born and raised in Glasgow but spent his student years in Edinburgh. On summer vacations, he learned plumbing, garden maintenance, and he cut the grass in the Meadows.

He learned some biochemistry and taught it for a while before he retired to write fiction. He does some aspects of DIY moderately well and other aspects not so well. He lives with his wife in the west of Scotland where corrupt academics, mystery, murder and intrigue exists mostly in his mind. Deadly Secrets Gavin Shawlens Thriller 1.

Gavin Shawlens is a top research biochemist. But his life is about to be turned upside down when he agrees to work on a new process that will revolutionise the food industry. A secret cult led by a ruthless billionaire is determined to steal the process and reap the rewards.

Purchase Deadly Secrets at Amazon. A research team claim that their new product will boost the performance of every athlete in the world. The Lambeth Group send a scientist, Gavin Shawlens, to investigate the claim. The product is stolen, top athletes disappear, and the research team are unaware that their product has a dangerous side effect.

Gavin must stop the product launch before more people die horribly. When Gavin disappears, Zoe Tampsin, from the Lambeth Group, must find him before he becomes the next victim. A powerful US general has decided that Gavin must die to prevent exposure of a year-old secret capable of world-changing and power-shifting events. Zoe Tampsin is resourceful, smart and Special Forces-trained, but she has been given an impossible mission. Zoe is faced with a decision that goes against all of her survival instincts. If she is wrong — they both die.

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Will the two of them be able to unravel this conspiracy in time to save the royal couple? Or will prejudice prevail, and the hope for peace in Fairie be lost forever? He speaks with a southern accent, drinks gallons of sweet tea, and loves the UGA Bulldogs. He was a fully qualified submariner, and traveled above the Arctic Circle to earn his Bluenose certificate.

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Despite the fact that three of the four stolen Elven Bow gemstones have been recovered, the Light Elves are fighting a losing battle in Celahir. Nana, Beebop, Aidan, and Maggie are ignorant of these developments as Christmas break begins.

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