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Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2022
  • 9780985210915
  • 380 pages
  • $18.99
Ebook Details
  • 05/2022
  • 978-0-9852109-2-2
  • 380 pages
  • $9.99
Tony Brenna
Author
Honey Trap
Tony Brenna, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

Foreign correspondent Mike Delano barely escapes with his life from jihadists in Iraq, only to plunge into the sleazy world of tabloid journalism – seduced by fame, money and power. He falls hard for Rachel, the married daughter of his employer, criminal media tycoon Lord Maxwell Rothenberg. When Lord Max discovers their affair – and that his daughter is pregnant – the two men become mortal enemies, a conflict that can end only when one of them is dead. Honey Trap pulls back the curtain on the vicious media competition to strip the private lives of stars bare. It looks behind the scenes at how ruthless reporters build up superstars, only to humiliate and destroy them. Rothenberg is a media baron who provokes enemies from all sides. They become Delano’s enemies, too, when they threaten Rachel. Mike struggles to rescue the woman he loves from her tyrannical father, and survive attacks by assassins, terrorists, and drug cartels. Delano ends up running the global media empire he tried to destroy. Though he triumphs professionally, success brings bitter heartbreak.
Reviews
Graphic violence and passionate couplings highlight this lively actioner that jumps from corporate boardrooms to the lairs of drug kingpins. Reporter Mike Delano is captured while covering the war in Iraq, and after a daring escape writes a bestselling book that leads to fame. Meanwhile, media czar Lord Rothenberg considers Delano as editor for a tabloid. Delano takes the job, but soon starts an affair with Rothenberg's unhappily married daughter, Rachel. Their relationship lands them in the middle of multiple conspiracies involving murderous gangsters, an out of control movie star, and Middle Eastern terrorists. The resulting maelstrom threatens to destroy the lovers, and everyone in their orbit.

Brenna's background in tabloid journalism, covering Hollywood, stands him in good stead in describing both the glamorous and seamy side of those businesses. And he does so with great vigor—the sex and violence are frequent and graphic: "his blade slashing at the guard’s skinny throat. Blood pulsed over him; the deluge pleased his soul." Even the sex is forceful: "Mistress Giana Gallina…. was an expert with whips for lashing and paddles for spanking." The plot gets a little convoluted with a lot of motives and double-crosses, but the action never lets up for a minute, with a continual string of cliffhangers.

Passion is the one constant that ties together all the characters, whether it's for money and power, as with Lord Rothenberg, or a political ideal with Muslim terrorists. The focus is mainly on Delano, who does show some growth as his passions change. At the start, he's a devoted journalist, but later becomes consumed by revenge before finding an intense, if troubled, relationship with Rachel. She has her own issues, with an extreme love-hate relationship with her family despite her father's mistreatment of her. All these emotions eventually boil over into several final revenge scenarios. Readers open to outsize passions themselves will likely be breathless.

Takeaway: Fans of hard-edge action will revel in characters who never hesitate to act on every thought of hate and lust.

Great for fans of: Harold Robbins, Alistair MacLean.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: B+

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2022
  • 9780985210915
  • 380 pages
  • $18.99
Ebook Details
  • 05/2022
  • 978-0-9852109-2-2
  • 380 pages
  • $9.99

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