Tuesday 19 May 2020

#BlogTour Celeste Three is Missing by Chris Calder

Today it's my turn on the Blogtour Celeste Three is Missing by Chris Calder.
About the Author
After ten happy years of retirement in rural France, Chris Calder is back in England. He came late to writing novels, penning his first whilst incarcerated in a French hospital following cancer surgery. At the time he spoke little French. Unable to communicate effectively with the staff, he spent his time fleshing out his first novel. Five more have followed; light thrillers leavened with humour. Best of all, the cancer is now history.

Chris knows that readers of fiction expect to be diverted and entertained. He loves feedback and believes passionately that taking on board readers’ views improves what what he does. You can email him at chris@chriscalder.com. Go on, he’d love to hear from you.

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About the book
The world’s first earth-orbit passenger plane, the sensational Celeste Three, takes off from its base in Arizona, also the only place where it is designed land. On a routine flight the craft disappears.

On board is Viktor Karenkov, billionaire oil magnate who has used his wealth to evade prosecution for a murder he committed years earlier. Gregory Topozian, the murdered man’s friend, has been waiting for a chance to bring Karenkov to justice. With dogged determination and considerable ingenuity, he conceives an audacious plan.

Getting the craft down in total secrecy is key. And someone has to pay the huge costs  involved.

This is the story of how one man waits patiently for the right moment in time and space to exact his revenge on a dangerous criminal for murdering his friend and destroying his business. Gregory Topozian will never forget Viktor Karenkov, although the same can't be said for Karenkov.

This is a very slowly slowly catchy monkey kind of story. Gregory waits for the perfect opportunity and starts to plan something so meticulous that even those involved don't guess the whole scam.

This is not only a revenge plot it is also a heist plot. A David Copperfield kind of heist. Now you see the Celeste and now you don't.

Although Calder bases the premise on a man who is willing to wait a long time to get his vengeance, the first few chapters and the jumps in between seem a little contradictory for someone so consumed by making a certain man pay.

It's a thriller with a futuristic vibe. When I say future, we probably aren't too far off an earth-orbit passenger plane - seats only affordable if you are incredibly rich of course. The peasants will still be taking the bus and the train.
The story of Gregory veers offside a little as the sub-plot of the pilot runs alongside and juggles with Gregory for the role of main protagonist. In fact his past and emotional turmoil play a major role.

I liked the heist premise, the ideas are creative but the story in general needed tightening up a bit.

Buy Celeste Three is Missing at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Heddon Publishing; pub date 12 Aug. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

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