Bookalikes [Video] + Review: Classified: A Prologue to Les Dames des Fleurs by Georgette S. GonzalesClassified: A Prologue to Les Dames des Fleurs by Georgette S. Gonzales
Series: Les Dames des Fleurs
Published by indie author on June 24, 2016
Genres: Crime Fiction, Suspense/Thriller
Amazon three-stars
Danilo Halili was not an investigative journalist. He was simply a photographer who accompanied the publication’s news reporter to cover the city-wide festivities held in that town in Quezon. But his curiosity was piqued when he overheard something he was not supposed to hear. And we all know what they say about curiosity killing the cat.

Ramon Tanchangco had no doubt in his mind and in his gut that the victim of the gruesome murder in Quezon was his brother Danilo, who had been unable to get back to Manila from his assignment. Angered and aggrieved, all he wanted was to find out who the killers were and why Danilo died the way he did.

He had a vague inkling that there was more to the crime than met the eye, and he was ready to expose what that conspiracy could be. If only the French nun would refrain from detaining him at the Couvent du Sacre-Coeur with her hospitality.

I may not have joined the #HeistClub class or been able to attend their book launch last month, thanks to illness and a few unfortunate events, but I’ve kept track of and fully supported the authors who decided to dip their toes into the (hopefully) burgeoning milieu of local crime fiction. My first taste of this book was the novelette from Georgette S. Gonzales, a friend of mine who has previously written mostly romance and romantic suspense in Tagalog or Taglish.

I also got to sit down with her and nag her into doing a video bookalikes session! Check it out below, and keep reading for my review:

 

 

Bookalikes for Classified: A Prologue to Les Dames des Fleurs by Georgette S. Gonzales

I had a little coffee-fueled conversation with the author, and she was happy to share her bookalikes for her novella, Classified. Check out the video below!

Below are details for the books Georgette shared with us.

 

B.A.D. Agency Series

bad-attitude-coverBad Attitude by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: B.A.D. Agency #1
Release Date: September 13, 2005
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BAD agent Sydney Westbrook must find the perfect sniper for a risky counter-terrorism mission. J.D. Steele, a military sniper whose attitude problem landed him in prison, seems a good candidate. But as they’re dragged into a secret world of freelance killers, Sydney begins to discover the man of honor and passion beneath Steele’s arrogant façade. It’s a man even Steele didn’t know he could be — and a man whose mission will risk the life of the only woman he’s ever loved…

 

phantom-in-the-night-coverPhantom in the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love
Series: B.A.D. Agency #2
Release Date: June 10, 2008
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After losing her mother to a vigilante killer, Terri Mitchell has dedicated her life to justice. Working covertly as a new agent for the Bureau of American Defence agency, she’s consulting with the New Orleans Police Department to bust an organised crime ring suspected of funding terrorism. But when rumours surface of a phantom ghost terrorising and killing the very people she’s investigating, she’s suspicious.

Nathan Drake has spent his life protecting his family, the only thing that matters to him…until the most feared drug lord in the southeast takes everything Nathan holds dear. Now he’s a man on a mission with nothing to lose. He figures he only needs to stay alive long enough to protect the innocent lives the killers are out to destroy.

As the two of them seek a similar goal by different means, Terri and Nathan are drawn deep into an evil underbelly that cuts through all levels of society. Now two people who have no reason to trust must trust in each other or die. And if they die, a deadly attack will be unleashed on thousands of innocent people.

 

whispered-lies-coverWhispered Lies by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love
Series: B.A.D. Agency #3
Release Date: May 12, 2009
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In the suspenseful new thriller from New York Times bestselling coauthors Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna love, a Bureau of American Defense agent must join forces with an informant he can neither trust nor resist.

Bureau of American Defense operative Carlos Delgado has spent the past sixteen years watching over his shoulder, waiting for death to catch up to him. His luck runs out when BAD intercepts an unexpected tip on the number one threat to United States security: the Fratello de il Sovrano. Their best hope for uncovering a deadly plan that risks countless lives and threatens economic chaos just days before the presidential election is to capture a mysterious informant known as Mirage. But when Carlos takes her into custody, Mirage is not at all what he expected – and neither is the threat she poses to the secrets he would die to protect.

Gabrielle Saxe has hidden from a killer for the past decade, sending anonymous tips on international criminals to intelligence agencies around the world. When a postcard arrives from a friend who is supposed to be dead, she takes a risk that catapults her into the midst of dangerous operatives on a treacherous mission – and into the arms of a man who is duty-bound to surrender her to Interpol as an international felon. Carlos is the last person Gabrielle should trust and the only one standing between her and death. But little does she know, she holds the key to his survival as well….

 

silent-truth-coverSilent Truth by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love
Series: B.A.D. Agency #4
Release Date: April 20, 2010
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In the sizzling new adventure from New York Times bestselling authors Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love, a red-hot BAD boy teams up with a sexy television reporter on an explosive quest for revenge.

Tough-as-nails Bureau of American Defense agent Hunter Thornton-Payne is no stranger to uncomfortable top-secret missions, but tonight takes the cake. He just needs to stick out a stuffy charity fund-raiser long enough to find the ruthless assassin he’s hunted for four years. It’s a rogue operation, but Hunter’s got nothing to lose – until a beautiful brunette unexpectedly pulls him into her own dangerous agenda.

Abbie Blanton will do anything to cure her mother’s mysterious illness. When a high-profile heiress is murdered as Abbie tries to blackmail her for clues, Abbie realizes she’s stumbled into an unforgiving conspiracy – and she’s the next target. Soon, she and Hunter discover an alarming connection and begin a treacherous battle against an evil enterprise that someone will go to terrifying lengths to keep hidden.

 

shining-through-coverShining Through by Susan Isaacs
Release Date: October 13, 2009
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It’s 1940 and Linda Voss, legal secretary extraordinaire, has a secret. She’s head over heels in love with her boss, John Berringer, the pride of the Ivy League. Not that she even has a chance–he’d never take a second look at a German-Jewish girl from Queens who spends her time taking care of her faded beauty of a mother and following bulletins on the war in Europe. For Linda, though, the war will soon become all too real. Engulfing her nation and her life, it will offer opportunities she’s never dreamed of. A chance to win the man she wants…a chance to find the love she deserves.

Made into the movie of the same name starring Melanie Griffith, Michael Douglas, and Liam Neeson, Shining Through is a novel of honor, sacrifice, passion, and humor. This is vintage Susan Isaacs, a tale of a spirited woman who wisecracks her way into heroism and history–and into your heart.

 

kill-the-messenger-coverKill the Messenger by Tami Hoag
Release Date: July 6, 2004
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With this new thriller, The New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag delivers her own message to suspense fans everywhere: Don’t turn off the lights, and keep reading if you dare. From the gritty streets of Los Angeles to its most protected enclaves of prestige and power to the ruthless glamour of Hollywood, a killer stalks his prey. A killer so merciless no one in his way is safe—not even the innocent.

At the end of a long day battling street traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon has one last drop to make. But en route to delivering a package for one of L.A.’s sleaziest defense attorneys, he’s nearly run down by a car, chased through back alleys, and shot at. Only the instincts acquired while growing up on the streets of L.A. allow him to escape with his life—and with the package someone wants badly enough to kill for.

Jace returns to Lenny Lowell’s office only to find the cops there, the lawyer dead, and Jace himself considered the prime suspect in the savage murder. Suddenly he’s on the run from both the cops and a killer, and the key to saving himself and his ten-year-old brother is the envelope he still has—which holds a message no one wants delivered: the truth.

In a city fueled by money, celebrity, and sensationalism, the murder of a bottom-feeding mouthpiece like Lenny Lowell won’t make the headlines. So when detectives from the LAPD’s elite robbery/homicide division show up, homicide detective Kev Parker wants to know why. Parker is on the downhill slide of a once-promising career, and he doesn’t want to be reminded that he used to be one of the hotshots, working cases that made instant celebrities of everyone involved. Like the case of fading retty-boy actor Rob Cole, accused of the brutal murder of his wife, Tricia Crowne-Cole, daughter of one of the most powerful men in the city, L.A.’s latest “crime of the century.”

Robbery/Homicide has no reason to be looking at a dead small-time scumbag lawyer or chasing a bike messenger…unless there’s something in it for them. Maybe Lenny Lowell had a connection to something big enough to be killed for. Parker begins a search for answers that will lead him to a killer—or the end of his career. Because if there’s one lesson he’s learned over the years, it’s that in a town built on fantasy and fame, delivering the truth can be deadly.

 

 

 

out-of-the-dark-coverOut of the Dark by Sharon Sala
Release Date: May 1, 2006
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A New York Times BestsellerStreet artist Jade remembers little of her childhood except for the time she spent under the ruthless control of a cult leader, a time marked by terrible abuse and suffering. For the fifteen years since she escaped his grasp, she has survived by living on the streets and never putting down roots. Ex-cop Luke Kelly knows his friend Sam Cochrane wants nothing more than to find his daughter, Jade, who was taken from him as a child. So Luke uses all his connections to make that happen, not knowing that by reuniting Jade with her father he is exposing her to a deadly peril.

 

Review of Classified: A Prologue to Les Dames des Fleurs by Georgette S. Gonzales

It’s been a while since I read the kind of government-conspiracy suspense characteristic of Tom Clancy novels (I’ll admit I’d count decades rather than years since I last picked up something within this genre), but when it comes to movies, there are few genres I like better. And what with gearing up to watch the newest installation in the Bourne franchise, I thought I was in the perfect mood for some military-style murder and mayhem when I picked up Classified: A Prologue to Les Dames des Fleurs.

The main character of the story is Ramon, a reporter who is determined to determine if the mutilated remains of a man found in a northern province are all that’s left of his missing half-brother, a photographer. He hares off in chase of a story and of justice and finds out that he’s just jumped headlong into an abyssal crevice rather than the shallow pool he was expecting. He speaks with a condescending governor, helps out a French-speaking nun who isn’t all she seems, and meets a career military man with a sinister bent, and the only thing he’s certain of is that he’s not sure who he can trust.

I think the thing to remember while reading this is that it’s a prologue to a larger series and as such only gives us a taste of what the author has in store for her readers. But the premise was just so immediately intriguing to me that I wanted this to be more of a story than it was (I couldn’t seem to shake the feeling that the setup for this story was robust enough to have supported a longer novella, if not a full-out novel). Certainly the hints of a government conspiracy titillated, but I wanted to get my hands (and brain) into the nitty-gritty matters of digging up dirt. It doesn’t happen here, but I have high hopes that this is something we’ll get to revisit in the books to come.

As a reader, I often try to take my editor hat off while reading and reviewing books, but I found it difficult in this case. Partially, I think, was that the language was just a bit stiff and didn’t flow quite as naturally as it might have. A bigger part was the niggling feeling that some aspects of the plot and characterization could’ve been developed further, while the intrigue could have been drawn out a bit more with a few red herrings tossed in.

Still, if this is prologue, I’m looking forward to finding out what happens in the “chapters.”

 

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About Georgette S. Gonzales

Georgette S. Gonzales began writing in 2003 as Edith Joaquin of My Special Valentine (Bookware Publishing Inc.). She has 30 published titles so far and still hopes to add to that in the years to come. In the second half of 2015, she began her venture in indie publishing, writing English novels under her own name. She also started professionally editing other works by fellow authors, both in the indie and traditional publishing fields.

Georgette received her bachelor's degree in tourism from the University of the Philippines–Diliman and has worked extensively in the field of marketing and public relations. She is currently based in Sibulan, Negros Oriental.