In Flames

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In Flames ❄ [EPUB] ✼ In Flames By Richard Hilary Weber ➝ – Polishdarling.co.uk San I igo is a jewel of the Caribbean, a playground paradise for the foreign elite, a hell for unfortunate locals For recent Princeton grad Dan Shedrick, San I igo promises the fulfillment of too many San I igo is a jewel of the Caribbean, a playground paradise for the foreign elite, a hell for unfortunate locals For recent Princeton grad Dan Shedrick, San I igo promises the fulfillment of too many desires Dan hires on at a powerful American firm as a junior architect, but still finds time for tennis, booze, a reckless affair with the sexy wife of a resort owner even a bit of reconnaissance for the US cultural attach But soon he discovers that nothing on San I igo is without consequence When a much loved local radio personality is found on a beach with his head blown off, Dan s lover becomes a suspect And not long after his foray into espionage, he s dragged away on a brutal journey into the heart of darkness Buffeted by aggression, depraved ritual, and personal betrayal, Dan discovers fierce truths about San I igo and himself In the island s forbidding mountain jungle, his life goes up In Flames a deadly inferno that will forever change him, if he survives at all.


10 thoughts on “In Flames

  1. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    Dan Shedrick takes a job as a junior architect at an American firm in San I igo and it doesn t take him long before he starts an affair with the wife of a resort owner But then everything goes south when a radio personality is murderedThis is a very short book, I read it quickly, but it has taken me ages to write this review Usually, I try to write the review as soon as possible while everything is fresh in my head But I had quite a lot of time before this review would be up and frankly I Dan Shedrick takes a job as a junior architect at an American firm in San I igo and it doesn t take him long before he starts an affair with the wife of a resort owner But then everything goes south when a radio personality is murderedThis is a very short book, I read it quickly, but it has taken me ages to write this review Usually, I try to write the review as soon as possible while everything is fresh in my head But I had quite a lot of time before this review would be up and frankly I have put it off a bit I still try to grasp what the point of the book was I thought the murder was the important part when I started reading the book, but now I m not sure Is this a spy novel Is this some kind of first love gone bad book I have actually no idea it didn t feel like a thriller It felt that the book was built up by a lot of descriptions and way too long dialogs.I still don t understand why the radioman was killed There was never really an explanation for it I just wished the book had focused on the murder, got an explanation for it Skipped the spying and the kidnapping part or at least made itin tuned with the rest of the story It would probably also has been a good idea to make Dan ainteresting a likable character, what did he do all the day Work No idea, he seemed just to drink rum and sleep with his lover all the timeThis book left me with a feeling of dissatisfaction If it would have been longer and the storyexplored would it have been a muchenjoyable reading experience I received a copy from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in return for an honest review


  2. Marlene Marlene says:

    Originally published at Reading RealityI finished this last night, and I m still not quite sure what it is intended to be It takes stabs sometimes literally at a lot of different genres and ideas, but never quite settles on one or the other or the other.At first we have a young man on a tropical island While it sounds like paradise, it obviously is not Dan Shedrick is a recently minted architect with a degree from Princeton, and no job prospects It s not him, it s the Great Recession Jo Originally published at Reading RealityI finished this last night, and I m still not quite sure what it is intended to be It takes stabs sometimes literally at a lot of different genres and ideas, but never quite settles on one or the other or the other.At first we have a young man on a tropical island While it sounds like paradise, it obviously is not Dan Shedrick is a recently minted architect with a degree from Princeton, and no job prospects It s not him, it s the Great Recession Jobs for new graduates, along with everyone else, took a multi year nosedive.This may just be my own background showing, but Shedrick reads way too much like Shmendrik , which is Yiddish for stupid person The resonance was strong because Dan Shedrick comes off as a shmendrik He is stupid, or at least clueless throughout much of the book In The Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten, a shmendrik is defined as an apprentice shlemiel, meaning loser or fool Dan is certainly both of those, too.I would say I just digressed, but I m not sure I did Dan embodies both of those dubious qualities through the entire story It was a concept that I could not get out of my head.Dan gets a job, but not in the U.S He becomes a contractor for the U.S based Xy Corp., designing oil rigs and other architectural engineering constructs, on the tropical island San I igo The place is described as lawless and dangerous outside of the protected zones, and Dan sees the gun emplacements surrounding the airport as solid proof The U.S is propping up a corrupt government in order to get access to the offshore oil and other natural resources, and Xy Corp is their chief contractor Or chief extractor.Of course there are rebels who want their island and their country back I say of course because that is the common narrative for these type of stories, and it is also the narrative in the news about many such places.Dan gets sucked in to the strange otherness of the ex pat community on San I igo He is seduced by the lifestyle of clinging to the protected zones, his own former countrymen, and living a life of relative luxury at the golf and tennis club while he drinks his nights away He is also seduced by the young wife of the club owner, totally oblivious to the fact that Elaine seduces every man in the club for ends that are only vaguely realized or understood.Even when Dan is recruited by the local U.S CIA Station Chief to operate a listening post for the U.S Government and its interests in San Inigo, Dan remains oblivious to the sheer number of people who are using and manipulating both him and the San Inigo officials.Until Elaine literally throws him to the wolves and he finds himself kidnapped by the local rebels by mistake He sinks into his own heart of darkness as he battles the jungle with his captors, and then battles against them and that same jungle in order to escape.Once he is out, he discovers that he is not really free, and that he never has been Just as he was used by everyone on all sides prior to his kidnapping, he emerges only to realize that everyone has plans to use him and his story for their own ends once he has escaped.And there doesn t seem to be anything he can do to stop them.Escape Rating C For this reader, the problem was that the story started out with multiple possible plot lines, and ended up absolutely nowhere Dan Shedrick was a shmendrik.Because the story is told entirely from Dan s point of view, we only know what he knows and only see what he sees And Dan never does seem to know very much Even at the end, he only thinks he s figured out what is going on in tropical San I igo and with Elaine It doesn t ever feel as if he either finds or discovers anything like the whole truth Which means that we don t either.There are lots of secrets hinted at but none are ever revealed Elaine might have been sleeping her way through the San I igo government The U.S might is probably propping up a corrupt dictatorship through proxies and military contractors Dan is almost certainly being used by the U.S propaganda machine, but he and we never get to the bottom of why.This might betolerable if Dan were ainteresting or even sympathetic character.I never cared about him, so I didn t care what happened to him In Flames is not quite a mystery, but did not have the breakneck pace of a thriller It did leave me with a lot of questions about San I igo, and especially about who was using who


  3. Samantha Samantha says:

    Summary from Goodreads San I igo is a jewel of the Caribbean, a playground paradise for the foreign elite, a hell for unfortunate locals For recent Princeton grad Dan Shedrick, San I igo promises the fulfillment of too many desires.Dan hires on at a powerful American firm as a junior architect, but still finds time for tennis, booze, a reckless affair with the sexy wife of a resort owner even a bit of reconnaissance for the U.S cultural attach But soon he discovers that nothing on San I igo Summary from Goodreads San I igo is a jewel of the Caribbean, a playground paradise for the foreign elite, a hell for unfortunate locals For recent Princeton grad Dan Shedrick, San I igo promises the fulfillment of too many desires.Dan hires on at a powerful American firm as a junior architect, but still finds time for tennis, booze, a reckless affair with the sexy wife of a resort owner even a bit of reconnaissance for the U.S cultural attach But soon he discovers that nothing on San I igo is without consequence When a much loved local radio personality is found on a beach with his head blown off, Dan s lover becomes a suspect And not long after his foray into espionage, he s dragged away on a brutal journey into the heart of darkness.Buffeted by aggression, depraved ritual, and personal betrayal, Dan discovers fierce truths about San I igoand himself In the island s forbidding mountain jungle, his life goes up in flames a deadly inferno that will forever change him, if he survives at all My Thoughts This was a very unique reading experience for me I spent the majority of the book not quite knowing for sure what was going on exactly That sounds like a bad thing but surprisingly it wasn t In fact, for me it was actually a compelling reason not to put this book down This book is written in a way that gave me lots of questions with answers there were far and few between That makes it sound like the book was confusing but it wasn t It was the why s behind everything that was happening that left me guessing constantly and reading continuously Let me give you an example when Daniel gets to the island he realizes from the very beginning that he is an outsider compared to the other country club members on the resort where he is staying The why he is such an outsider though is a question that is constant throughout the book I m not sure that Daniel every fully understands what separates him from the others All of these different questions added a layer of intrigue to the book There are lots of other examples but I don t want to give any spoilers away so I ll leave it at that Daniel s character wasn t the most likeable yet it didn t bother me like it would in most books I just kept reading as I needed to see what was going to happen next By the end of the book I still didn t have him figured out but I don t think that I was meant to Because really, none of the characters and their motivations were ever fully explained It worked for me because even now I have been thinking about everything that happened This book has stuck with me and left me pondering..I would really have loved the chance to discuss this one with other readers.Overall, this book was a strange yet compelling read I m finding it hard to really explain my thoughts in a coherent fashion so my apologies If you are looking for a fast read withquestions then answers, give this one a try Trust me when I say that the ending will surprise you It wasn t what I expected at all Definitely interesting, at times frustrating Recommended Bottom Line A unique a book that left me thinking about it for some time after.Disclosure I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of a TLC Book Tour Thoughts are my own


  4. Jay Williams Jay Williams says:

    The plot was imaginative and exciting The characters were well developed and understandable The descriptive language was just about the right level to capture the feel of a tropical island While the story arc was exciting and suspenseful, the strongest point of the book is the moral dilemma for the main character The reader definitely has to pause and think how they might have responded I liked the book both for the interesting story and the thought process it engendered.


  5. Melissa Melissa says:

    Interesting, captivating, thrilling I am not a big fan of the thriller genre, but this has me wanting to readThe authors unique voice, compelling storyline and well developed characters make this a MUST read I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via NETGALLEY.


  6. Diaconescu Marta Diaconescu Marta says:

    Too much description of the view, too less about the action, a mixed inside battle of the main character, not sure that it s a 3 book


  7. Maria Maria says:

    I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review.A lover of mysteries, thrillers and romantic suspense, I couldn t wait to read In Flames by Richard H Weber Set in in a lush tropical paradise and filled with intrigue, forbidden romance and betrayal at almost every turn, Dan Shedrick, Mr Weber s protagonist, is a surprising choice as a central character Especially when you take into account his age, experience and naivet While I found Mr We I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review.A lover of mysteries, thrillers and romantic suspense, I couldn t wait to read In Flames by Richard H Weber Set in in a lush tropical paradise and filled with intrigue, forbidden romance and betrayal at almost every turn, Dan Shedrick, Mr Weber s protagonist, is a surprising choice as a central character Especially when you take into account his age, experience and naivet While I found Mr Weber s writing style easy to read and mostly enjoyable, I have to admit that I don t really believe this fits in the thriller genre I m just not sure what genre I would put it in.A recent graduate from Princeton with no job prospects, Dan Shedrick manages to luck into a job working for the XY Company as a junior architect designing oil rigs Sent to a lush tropical paradise, San Inigo, Dan starts work and immediately falls in with the local ex pats Americans living on the island and their lifestyle While life on the island for the ex pats is one spent drinking, eating and playing sports tennis, golf, swimming , the island is hardly the tropical paradise one would typically expect The government is clearly corrupt and being bolstered by U.S support in exchange for oil Life outside of the ex pat community is full of danger with armed rebels determined to get their island back and Dan soon finds himself involved in ways he could never have imagined.While Mr Weber does a good job developing Dan s character, he s not a character I was able to connect with or even really like While Dan is clearly young just graduated from college so I am assuming around 22 23 , he s na ve, foolish and morally weak Beginning an affair with his country club host s wife is just one of the many things Dan does which gets him into hot water Agreeing to become a spy and solve the murder of a local radio celebrity for the American Embassy attach AKA CIA Station Chief for additional money but no training what so ever is beyond believable I seriously hope the CIA doesn t recruit local talent this way As if Dan doesn t have enough on his plate, he s invited to attend a local Santeria ceremony, where as luck would have it, he gets kidnapped by the local rebels, who are being led by a former priest whose fall from grace was a result of Dan s spying attempts.The secondary characters are colorful and morally ambiguous at best We meet Elaine, the young wife of the country club owner, who uses Dan forthan just an affair As one of the central secondary characters, Elaine is colorful and interesting she introduces Dan to the CIA Station Chief for money, is somehow connected to the death of the local radio celebrity , and literally hands Dan over to the rebels on a silver platter We also meet the Padre , a priest in trouble with the local Bishop and a man who has a loton his plate than one would expect for someone in his position Things that eventually lead to his being de frocked and expelled by the local bishop We also meet the local general in control of the island a man who was once Elaine s lover and thinks she is somehow involved in the death of the radio celebrity He s not interested in justice or concerned about the welfare of the local people and makes it clear to Dan that he intends to jail whoever gets in his way.Will Dan find a way to get free from the rebel who have kidnapped him Will he ever solve the murder of the local radio celebrity And will he choose to remain on the island or flee back to the US when he gets the chance You ll have to read In Flames to find out


  8. Jessica Higgins Jessica Higgins says:

    A promising beginning, but steady decline throughout the remainder of the story.Dan Shedrick is a recent Princeton graduate in architecture that is entering the job market during a recession He has only been able to scrape up some meager job prospects with very little pay Then he gets an offer as a junior architect with XY Corp., a powerful United States contractor that provides many types of services His project will be located on the island of San I igo, a tropical paradise that shares a re A promising beginning, but steady decline throughout the remainder of the story.Dan Shedrick is a recent Princeton graduate in architecture that is entering the job market during a recession He has only been able to scrape up some meager job prospects with very little pay Then he gets an offer as a junior architect with XY Corp., a powerful United States contractor that provides many types of services His project will be located on the island of San I igo, a tropical paradise that shares a relationship with the United States, where Dan will help finished construction on the new harbor.When Dan arrives in San I igo, he quickly discovers that it is not the tropical paradise he surmised in his mind From the airport to the project location, the road is lined with fencing and artillery vehicles to keep renegade rebels from attacking After being held up coming back to his hotel from a resort club, he decides to move to the club to becautious He soon finds himself caught up in a relationship with the resort owner s wife, implicated in a murder, and eventually abducted by the rebels in hopes of receiving a high ransom from an oil company If only Dan can get back to the states, he may never go to an island again.When I read the synopsis of this book, I was intrigued and decided to give it a try The first few chapters of the book started out very promising, but then began to decline in quality as the story continued For some reason, there were several chapters throughout Part I and Part III However, Part II was one long drawn out part that was not broken up Granted, this particular part dealt with Dan s journey from abduction to rescue, but I felt it could have had some sort of separation.Overall, I was not able to connect with any of the characters Dan quickly become an alcoholic who lusted after the main lead female character Elaine throughout most of the story I never really figured out Elaine, but apparently she got around A lot The Padre kept showing up as multiple characters throughout the story He must have been a really good actor for people to believe the images that he concocted The remainder of the supporting characters didn t behave in a believable way.Although there were not an explicit sex scenes, there were several occurrences of implied sex between Dan and Elaine There is also a fairly disturbing molestation scene that occurs at the end of the first part There wasfoul language than I prefer throughout the book, even though I understand that several of these characters will use that language in real life.There was a lot of descriptive filler throughout this book that I didn t feel added much to the story It made the story mundane and sluggish to continue on to the ending Several of the contents didn t seem believable One such scene is the commander of the rebels telling Dan that he sleeps great and that the only things that will wake him are his name or if something sounds off Then Dan convinces the other rebels that his sleeping pills are pills to give peace and they all take them and pass out Then Dan gets up, steals a spear, and takes flight all while he can see the commander slumped against the rock with his eyes closed The one part of the book that I can say was believable is that the American media takes an event and modifies it so that it can get the most news ratings.In a nutshell, I don t recommend this book to my fellow readers I see that he has a new novel coming out in June, so hopefully that one will be better


  9. Lauren Bromley Lauren Bromley says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book was promising when I began reading it Unfortunately, I quickly grew to seriously dislike the main character, Dan It seemed like all he ever did was drink He works for a company called Xy Corp There are multiple mentions that the company is bankrupt and what have you, and all we ever know about his job is that he works at the new harbor and sometimes he goes very rarely I feel like this is a plot line t I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book was promising when I began reading it Unfortunately, I quickly grew to seriously dislike the main character, Dan It seemed like all he ever did was drink He works for a company called Xy Corp There are multiple mentions that the company is bankrupt and what have you, and all we ever know about his job is that he works at the new harbor and sometimes he goes very rarely I feel like this is a plot line that could have beendeveloped Not important, but it bothered me the whole book how the company was named Was I supposed to read it zy Corp Or X Y Corp It wasn t until way later that I got an an before Xy, so I was given some help Why not XY This seriously bugged me Maybe it was just like that in the proof.This book seemed very hurried to me I guess I should have surmised that when I saw it was only 175 pages in Bluefire Reader There s not much time spent on anything Nothing is even resolved at the end of the book besides him getting rescued The way it is described by the media, he spends days trying to get to safety With how little detail we re given, it seems like he kills potbelly guy, and then walks for an hour and the helicopter appears Delgado Vinny s death gets a lot of focus, but at the same time, it doesn t Everyone is all worked up about it, but we never find out why Elaine lies about him to the insurgents We never find out if she really did kill him We never find out what really happened, why he was killed, etc Dan gets on a plane and goes home I finished the book and thought, Well, that was a waste of time I don t mind reading a book where things are unresolved But this is a thriller according to the jacket, and you generally find out what happens Maybe in a noir or something like that things could be left unresolved, but this is not a noir As far as I know this is not part of a series, so I think this was a poor ending Nothing was wrapped up at all Normally this would drive me nuts, but since I didn t even like the book, it s not going to keep me up at night


  10. Tia Bach Tia Bach says:

    While in paradise, the beautiful San Inigo, Dan Shedrick finds temptation and opportunity Unfortunately, he also stumbles upon a murder which exposes some shady dealings Drawn in by a seductive woman, he soon finds himself captive deep in the forest Will he be the next victim Most of us think of the beauty of the Caribbean as a getaway For Dan, the toxic beauty of the island, and a sexy woman, become his downfall Corruption is around every corner, and he seems pulled in by all of it Murder While in paradise, the beautiful San Inigo, Dan Shedrick finds temptation and opportunity Unfortunately, he also stumbles upon a murder which exposes some shady dealings Drawn in by a seductive woman, he soon finds himself captive deep in the forest Will he be the next victim Most of us think of the beauty of the Caribbean as a getaway For Dan, the toxic beauty of the island, and a sexy woman, become his downfall Corruption is around every corner, and he seems pulled in by all of it Murder is only the tip of the iceberg What I thought would be an interesting murder mystery, turned into a commentary on political strife and corruption Ultimately, Dan wasn t just facing an intense police department threatening to name him a suspect or collaborator he ended up caught in a muchdangerous political storm Most of it comes at the hand of a manipulative woman Still, there s redemption.The storyline and intrigue pulled me in early on, and the characters were complex and memorable However, somewhere in the middle, I felt lost thanks to the switch from who done it to political thriller By the end, I reconnected I just wish the transition would have been smoother.That being said, the author created an intense thrill ride with palpable moments I can honestly say there wasn t a moment where I was bored or disinterested, just slightly confused Overall, a captivating read Rating 3.5 starsNote I received a complimentary copy for review purposes A positive review was not requested or guaranteed the opinions expressed are my own


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10 thoughts on “In Flames

  1. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    Dan Shedrick takes a job as a junior architect at an American firm in San I igo and it doesn t take him long before he starts an affair with the wife of a resort owner But then everything goes south when a radio personality is murderedThis is a very short book, I read it quickly, but it has taken me ages to write this review Usually, I try to write the review as soon as possible while everything is fresh in my head But I had quite a lot of time before this review would be up and frankly I Dan Shedrick takes a job as a junior architect at an American firm in San I igo and it doesn t take him long before he starts an affair with the wife of a resort owner But then everything goes south when a radio personality is murderedThis is a very short book, I read it quickly, but it has taken me ages to write this review Usually, I try to write the review as soon as possible while everything is fresh in my head But I had quite a lot of time before this review would be up and frankly I have put it off a bit I still try to grasp what the point of the book was I thought the murder was the important part when I started reading the book, but now I m not sure Is this a spy novel Is this some kind of first love gone bad book I have actually no idea it didn t feel like a thriller It felt that the book was built up by a lot of descriptions and way too long dialogs.I still don t understand why the radioman was killed There was never really an explanation for it I just wished the book had focused on the murder, got an explanation for it Skipped the spying and the kidnapping part or at least made itin tuned with the rest of the story It would probably also has been a good idea to make Dan ainteresting a likable character, what did he do all the day Work No idea, he seemed just to drink rum and sleep with his lover all the timeThis book left me with a feeling of dissatisfaction If it would have been longer and the storyexplored would it have been a muchenjoyable reading experience I received a copy from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in return for an honest review


  2. Marlene Marlene says:

    Originally published at Reading RealityI finished this last night, and I m still not quite sure what it is intended to be It takes stabs sometimes literally at a lot of different genres and ideas, but never quite settles on one or the other or the other.At first we have a young man on a tropical island While it sounds like paradise, it obviously is not Dan Shedrick is a recently minted architect with a degree from Princeton, and no job prospects It s not him, it s the Great Recession Jo Originally published at Reading RealityI finished this last night, and I m still not quite sure what it is intended to be It takes stabs sometimes literally at a lot of different genres and ideas, but never quite settles on one or the other or the other.At first we have a young man on a tropical island While it sounds like paradise, it obviously is not Dan Shedrick is a recently minted architect with a degree from Princeton, and no job prospects It s not him, it s the Great Recession Jobs for new graduates, along with everyone else, took a multi year nosedive.This may just be my own background showing, but Shedrick reads way too much like Shmendrik , which is Yiddish for stupid person The resonance was strong because Dan Shedrick comes off as a shmendrik He is stupid, or at least clueless throughout much of the book In The Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten, a shmendrik is defined as an apprentice shlemiel, meaning loser or fool Dan is certainly both of those, too.I would say I just digressed, but I m not sure I did Dan embodies both of those dubious qualities through the entire story It was a concept that I could not get out of my head.Dan gets a job, but not in the U.S He becomes a contractor for the U.S based Xy Corp., designing oil rigs and other architectural engineering constructs, on the tropical island San I igo The place is described as lawless and dangerous outside of the protected zones, and Dan sees the gun emplacements surrounding the airport as solid proof The U.S is propping up a corrupt government in order to get access to the offshore oil and other natural resources, and Xy Corp is their chief contractor Or chief extractor.Of course there are rebels who want their island and their country back I say of course because that is the common narrative for these type of stories, and it is also the narrative in the news about many such places.Dan gets sucked in to the strange otherness of the ex pat community on San I igo He is seduced by the lifestyle of clinging to the protected zones, his own former countrymen, and living a life of relative luxury at the golf and tennis club while he drinks his nights away He is also seduced by the young wife of the club owner, totally oblivious to the fact that Elaine seduces every man in the club for ends that are only vaguely realized or understood.Even when Dan is recruited by the local U.S CIA Station Chief to operate a listening post for the U.S Government and its interests in San Inigo, Dan remains oblivious to the sheer number of people who are using and manipulating both him and the San Inigo officials.Until Elaine literally throws him to the wolves and he finds himself kidnapped by the local rebels by mistake He sinks into his own heart of darkness as he battles the jungle with his captors, and then battles against them and that same jungle in order to escape.Once he is out, he discovers that he is not really free, and that he never has been Just as he was used by everyone on all sides prior to his kidnapping, he emerges only to realize that everyone has plans to use him and his story for their own ends once he has escaped.And there doesn t seem to be anything he can do to stop them.Escape Rating C For this reader, the problem was that the story started out with multiple possible plot lines, and ended up absolutely nowhere Dan Shedrick was a shmendrik.Because the story is told entirely from Dan s point of view, we only know what he knows and only see what he sees And Dan never does seem to know very much Even at the end, he only thinks he s figured out what is going on in tropical San I igo and with Elaine It doesn t ever feel as if he either finds or discovers anything like the whole truth Which means that we don t either.There are lots of secrets hinted at but none are ever revealed Elaine might have been sleeping her way through the San I igo government The U.S might is probably propping up a corrupt dictatorship through proxies and military contractors Dan is almost certainly being used by the U.S propaganda machine, but he and we never get to the bottom of why.This might betolerable if Dan were ainteresting or even sympathetic character.I never cared about him, so I didn t care what happened to him In Flames is not quite a mystery, but did not have the breakneck pace of a thriller It did leave me with a lot of questions about San I igo, and especially about who was using who


  3. Samantha Samantha says:

    Summary from Goodreads San I igo is a jewel of the Caribbean, a playground paradise for the foreign elite, a hell for unfortunate locals For recent Princeton grad Dan Shedrick, San I igo promises the fulfillment of too many desires.Dan hires on at a powerful American firm as a junior architect, but still finds time for tennis, booze, a reckless affair with the sexy wife of a resort owner even a bit of reconnaissance for the U.S cultural attach But soon he discovers that nothing on San I igo Summary from Goodreads San I igo is a jewel of the Caribbean, a playground paradise for the foreign elite, a hell for unfortunate locals For recent Princeton grad Dan Shedrick, San I igo promises the fulfillment of too many desires.Dan hires on at a powerful American firm as a junior architect, but still finds time for tennis, booze, a reckless affair with the sexy wife of a resort owner even a bit of reconnaissance for the U.S cultural attach But soon he discovers that nothing on San I igo is without consequence When a much loved local radio personality is found on a beach with his head blown off, Dan s lover becomes a suspect And not long after his foray into espionage, he s dragged away on a brutal journey into the heart of darkness.Buffeted by aggression, depraved ritual, and personal betrayal, Dan discovers fierce truths about San I igoand himself In the island s forbidding mountain jungle, his life goes up in flames a deadly inferno that will forever change him, if he survives at all My Thoughts This was a very unique reading experience for me I spent the majority of the book not quite knowing for sure what was going on exactly That sounds like a bad thing but surprisingly it wasn t In fact, for me it was actually a compelling reason not to put this book down This book is written in a way that gave me lots of questions with answers there were far and few between That makes it sound like the book was confusing but it wasn t It was the why s behind everything that was happening that left me guessing constantly and reading continuously Let me give you an example when Daniel gets to the island he realizes from the very beginning that he is an outsider compared to the other country club members on the resort where he is staying The why he is such an outsider though is a question that is constant throughout the book I m not sure that Daniel every fully understands what separates him from the others All of these different questions added a layer of intrigue to the book There are lots of other examples but I don t want to give any spoilers away so I ll leave it at that Daniel s character wasn t the most likeable yet it didn t bother me like it would in most books I just kept reading as I needed to see what was going to happen next By the end of the book I still didn t have him figured out but I don t think that I was meant to Because really, none of the characters and their motivations were ever fully explained It worked for me because even now I have been thinking about everything that happened This book has stuck with me and left me pondering..I would really have loved the chance to discuss this one with other readers.Overall, this book was a strange yet compelling read I m finding it hard to really explain my thoughts in a coherent fashion so my apologies If you are looking for a fast read withquestions then answers, give this one a try Trust me when I say that the ending will surprise you It wasn t what I expected at all Definitely interesting, at times frustrating Recommended Bottom Line A unique a book that left me thinking about it for some time after.Disclosure I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of a TLC Book Tour Thoughts are my own


  4. Jay Williams Jay Williams says:

    The plot was imaginative and exciting The characters were well developed and understandable The descriptive language was just about the right level to capture the feel of a tropical island While the story arc was exciting and suspenseful, the strongest point of the book is the moral dilemma for the main character The reader definitely has to pause and think how they might have responded I liked the book both for the interesting story and the thought process it engendered.


  5. Melissa Melissa says:

    Interesting, captivating, thrilling I am not a big fan of the thriller genre, but this has me wanting to readThe authors unique voice, compelling storyline and well developed characters make this a MUST read I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via NETGALLEY.


  6. Diaconescu Marta Diaconescu Marta says:

    Too much description of the view, too less about the action, a mixed inside battle of the main character, not sure that it s a 3 book


  7. Maria Maria says:

    I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review.A lover of mysteries, thrillers and romantic suspense, I couldn t wait to read In Flames by Richard H Weber Set in in a lush tropical paradise and filled with intrigue, forbidden romance and betrayal at almost every turn, Dan Shedrick, Mr Weber s protagonist, is a surprising choice as a central character Especially when you take into account his age, experience and naivet While I found Mr We I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review.A lover of mysteries, thrillers and romantic suspense, I couldn t wait to read In Flames by Richard H Weber Set in in a lush tropical paradise and filled with intrigue, forbidden romance and betrayal at almost every turn, Dan Shedrick, Mr Weber s protagonist, is a surprising choice as a central character Especially when you take into account his age, experience and naivet While I found Mr Weber s writing style easy to read and mostly enjoyable, I have to admit that I don t really believe this fits in the thriller genre I m just not sure what genre I would put it in.A recent graduate from Princeton with no job prospects, Dan Shedrick manages to luck into a job working for the XY Company as a junior architect designing oil rigs Sent to a lush tropical paradise, San Inigo, Dan starts work and immediately falls in with the local ex pats Americans living on the island and their lifestyle While life on the island for the ex pats is one spent drinking, eating and playing sports tennis, golf, swimming , the island is hardly the tropical paradise one would typically expect The government is clearly corrupt and being bolstered by U.S support in exchange for oil Life outside of the ex pat community is full of danger with armed rebels determined to get their island back and Dan soon finds himself involved in ways he could never have imagined.While Mr Weber does a good job developing Dan s character, he s not a character I was able to connect with or even really like While Dan is clearly young just graduated from college so I am assuming around 22 23 , he s na ve, foolish and morally weak Beginning an affair with his country club host s wife is just one of the many things Dan does which gets him into hot water Agreeing to become a spy and solve the murder of a local radio celebrity for the American Embassy attach AKA CIA Station Chief for additional money but no training what so ever is beyond believable I seriously hope the CIA doesn t recruit local talent this way As if Dan doesn t have enough on his plate, he s invited to attend a local Santeria ceremony, where as luck would have it, he gets kidnapped by the local rebels, who are being led by a former priest whose fall from grace was a result of Dan s spying attempts.The secondary characters are colorful and morally ambiguous at best We meet Elaine, the young wife of the country club owner, who uses Dan forthan just an affair As one of the central secondary characters, Elaine is colorful and interesting she introduces Dan to the CIA Station Chief for money, is somehow connected to the death of the local radio celebrity , and literally hands Dan over to the rebels on a silver platter We also meet the Padre , a priest in trouble with the local Bishop and a man who has a loton his plate than one would expect for someone in his position Things that eventually lead to his being de frocked and expelled by the local bishop We also meet the local general in control of the island a man who was once Elaine s lover and thinks she is somehow involved in the death of the radio celebrity He s not interested in justice or concerned about the welfare of the local people and makes it clear to Dan that he intends to jail whoever gets in his way.Will Dan find a way to get free from the rebel who have kidnapped him Will he ever solve the murder of the local radio celebrity And will he choose to remain on the island or flee back to the US when he gets the chance You ll have to read In Flames to find out


  8. Jessica Higgins Jessica Higgins says:

    A promising beginning, but steady decline throughout the remainder of the story.Dan Shedrick is a recent Princeton graduate in architecture that is entering the job market during a recession He has only been able to scrape up some meager job prospects with very little pay Then he gets an offer as a junior architect with XY Corp., a powerful United States contractor that provides many types of services His project will be located on the island of San I igo, a tropical paradise that shares a re A promising beginning, but steady decline throughout the remainder of the story.Dan Shedrick is a recent Princeton graduate in architecture that is entering the job market during a recession He has only been able to scrape up some meager job prospects with very little pay Then he gets an offer as a junior architect with XY Corp., a powerful United States contractor that provides many types of services His project will be located on the island of San I igo, a tropical paradise that shares a relationship with the United States, where Dan will help finished construction on the new harbor.When Dan arrives in San I igo, he quickly discovers that it is not the tropical paradise he surmised in his mind From the airport to the project location, the road is lined with fencing and artillery vehicles to keep renegade rebels from attacking After being held up coming back to his hotel from a resort club, he decides to move to the club to becautious He soon finds himself caught up in a relationship with the resort owner s wife, implicated in a murder, and eventually abducted by the rebels in hopes of receiving a high ransom from an oil company If only Dan can get back to the states, he may never go to an island again.When I read the synopsis of this book, I was intrigued and decided to give it a try The first few chapters of the book started out very promising, but then began to decline in quality as the story continued For some reason, there were several chapters throughout Part I and Part III However, Part II was one long drawn out part that was not broken up Granted, this particular part dealt with Dan s journey from abduction to rescue, but I felt it could have had some sort of separation.Overall, I was not able to connect with any of the characters Dan quickly become an alcoholic who lusted after the main lead female character Elaine throughout most of the story I never really figured out Elaine, but apparently she got around A lot The Padre kept showing up as multiple characters throughout the story He must have been a really good actor for people to believe the images that he concocted The remainder of the supporting characters didn t behave in a believable way.Although there were not an explicit sex scenes, there were several occurrences of implied sex between Dan and Elaine There is also a fairly disturbing molestation scene that occurs at the end of the first part There wasfoul language than I prefer throughout the book, even though I understand that several of these characters will use that language in real life.There was a lot of descriptive filler throughout this book that I didn t feel added much to the story It made the story mundane and sluggish to continue on to the ending Several of the contents didn t seem believable One such scene is the commander of the rebels telling Dan that he sleeps great and that the only things that will wake him are his name or if something sounds off Then Dan convinces the other rebels that his sleeping pills are pills to give peace and they all take them and pass out Then Dan gets up, steals a spear, and takes flight all while he can see the commander slumped against the rock with his eyes closed The one part of the book that I can say was believable is that the American media takes an event and modifies it so that it can get the most news ratings.In a nutshell, I don t recommend this book to my fellow readers I see that he has a new novel coming out in June, so hopefully that one will be better


  9. Lauren Bromley Lauren Bromley says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book was promising when I began reading it Unfortunately, I quickly grew to seriously dislike the main character, Dan It seemed like all he ever did was drink He works for a company called Xy Corp There are multiple mentions that the company is bankrupt and what have you, and all we ever know about his job is that he works at the new harbor and sometimes he goes very rarely I feel like this is a plot line t I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book was promising when I began reading it Unfortunately, I quickly grew to seriously dislike the main character, Dan It seemed like all he ever did was drink He works for a company called Xy Corp There are multiple mentions that the company is bankrupt and what have you, and all we ever know about his job is that he works at the new harbor and sometimes he goes very rarely I feel like this is a plot line that could have beendeveloped Not important, but it bothered me the whole book how the company was named Was I supposed to read it zy Corp Or X Y Corp It wasn t until way later that I got an an before Xy, so I was given some help Why not XY This seriously bugged me Maybe it was just like that in the proof.This book seemed very hurried to me I guess I should have surmised that when I saw it was only 175 pages in Bluefire Reader There s not much time spent on anything Nothing is even resolved at the end of the book besides him getting rescued The way it is described by the media, he spends days trying to get to safety With how little detail we re given, it seems like he kills potbelly guy, and then walks for an hour and the helicopter appears Delgado Vinny s death gets a lot of focus, but at the same time, it doesn t Everyone is all worked up about it, but we never find out why Elaine lies about him to the insurgents We never find out if she really did kill him We never find out what really happened, why he was killed, etc Dan gets on a plane and goes home I finished the book and thought, Well, that was a waste of time I don t mind reading a book where things are unresolved But this is a thriller according to the jacket, and you generally find out what happens Maybe in a noir or something like that things could be left unresolved, but this is not a noir As far as I know this is not part of a series, so I think this was a poor ending Nothing was wrapped up at all Normally this would drive me nuts, but since I didn t even like the book, it s not going to keep me up at night


  10. Tia Bach Tia Bach says:

    While in paradise, the beautiful San Inigo, Dan Shedrick finds temptation and opportunity Unfortunately, he also stumbles upon a murder which exposes some shady dealings Drawn in by a seductive woman, he soon finds himself captive deep in the forest Will he be the next victim Most of us think of the beauty of the Caribbean as a getaway For Dan, the toxic beauty of the island, and a sexy woman, become his downfall Corruption is around every corner, and he seems pulled in by all of it Murder While in paradise, the beautiful San Inigo, Dan Shedrick finds temptation and opportunity Unfortunately, he also stumbles upon a murder which exposes some shady dealings Drawn in by a seductive woman, he soon finds himself captive deep in the forest Will he be the next victim Most of us think of the beauty of the Caribbean as a getaway For Dan, the toxic beauty of the island, and a sexy woman, become his downfall Corruption is around every corner, and he seems pulled in by all of it Murder is only the tip of the iceberg What I thought would be an interesting murder mystery, turned into a commentary on political strife and corruption Ultimately, Dan wasn t just facing an intense police department threatening to name him a suspect or collaborator he ended up caught in a muchdangerous political storm Most of it comes at the hand of a manipulative woman Still, there s redemption.The storyline and intrigue pulled me in early on, and the characters were complex and memorable However, somewhere in the middle, I felt lost thanks to the switch from who done it to political thriller By the end, I reconnected I just wish the transition would have been smoother.That being said, the author created an intense thrill ride with palpable moments I can honestly say there wasn t a moment where I was bored or disinterested, just slightly confused Overall, a captivating read Rating 3.5 starsNote I received a complimentary copy for review purposes A positive review was not requested or guaranteed the opinions expressed are my own


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