Recent Reviews for Debra Purdy Kong
Taxed to Death (Book) - 5/3/2009 12:34:53 PM|
Author Debra Purdy Kong's TAXED TO DEATH is the first book I have read by a Canadian author, and what beautiful portraits of Canada did she describe!
I chose the book as it was tax season in the USA and thought "how fitting." Reading about Revenue Canada instead of the IRS was also a first for me, so that took a little getting used to, but not problematic at all.
The given synopsis of the story is as follows: "Revenue Canada auditor, Alex Bellamy, has always dreamed of adventure. During a field audit, he discovers evidence of fraud. When Alex learns that others, including someone inside Revenue Canada, are involved, he persuades his colleague, Andy Gowan, to help him investigate. But Andy is murdered and Alex is forced to turn to Jillian Scott; a lady he's never met and who has her own frightening reasons for refusing to cooperate. Soon, Jillian's fears and Alex's search for a killer embroil them in a bizarre and disturbing nightmare...not everyone will survive."
The main plot of TAXED TO DEATH is filled with several twists and turns, the dynamic between the main characters, Alex and Jillian is likeable and the chapters for the most part are quick reads. The only thing I longed for was a little more description of the characters and the adventure scenes.
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Fatal Encryption (Book) - 4/19/2009 10:48:39 AM
Looking for a Well-Crafted, Well-Written Mystery? Then This One’s for You!!!!
If you're one of those diehard mystery fans that love nothing better than to match wits, compile clues and figure out whodunit long before the author's solution is revealed, then this book is for you!!!
Fatal Encryption is a classic mystery that offers fans everything they look for including a compelling story, lots of suspects, tons of clues and a very likable amateur sleuth/murderer tracker downer named Alex Bellamy. He's a very modern day kind of detective. His style is decidedly laid back and reliant on good old-fashioned hard work. He's sort of an anti-hero - his only problem being that he doesn't like bad guys getting away. He's lucky he has this "hero complex" characteristic as it gives him some sort of drive. Without it, we could well imagine him content to spend his life living in his parent's basement on a futon, waking up at noon, and selling used computer parts from discarded units he collects off the street. Fortunately, he does and so he's fiercely independent - doggedly determined to make it on his own. The fact that he tries to help his friend Tristan, who also has some `being proactive' issues - makes the story that much more enjoyable. In Tristan's case, his drive for self-sufficiency comes from being the sole caretaker of his adorable baby daughter, Keri-ann. Alex and Tristan are an unlikely pairing, but it works beautifully!
Fatal Encryption starts out with a bang - well actually more of a well-placed stab - on Halloween no less - and goes from there. Alex Bellamy is brought onboard by his rather rapacious, needy girlfriend, Lena to help at McKinley's. McKinley's is the department store where she works. They have been hard hit by a number of computer pranks that are now turning the corner into becoming ominous. When Alex is hired, they quickly slide downhill into outright extortion, but do they have anything to do with Zachary Ternoway's murder? That's what Alex Bellamy is determined to find out.
In this book, Debra Purdy Kong establishes a solid lock and opportunity to create a wonderful series of books based on her lead characters. There's lots of room for her to go and we'd be more than happy to go with her and see what Alex Bellamy is up to next time around!
Fatal Encryption (Book) - 1/10/2009 10:55:54 AM
Halloween--Port Moody, British Columbia: Unable to join the trick-or-treating fun due to the chicken pox, one young suburban girl is the sole witness to a costumed reveler responsible for brutal premeditated murder. Nearby, the wife of the victim's brother storms home from a party and finds the body. But why was he killed? What did he know?
Alex Bellamy a young computer geek in need of work takes a contract job to solve recent network and computer glitches at his girlfriend's company. He soon learns that the glitches are more than just pranks. In fact, all of the computers vital records are encrypted by an extortionist threatening to destroy all of the records or pay ten million dollars to save the company. Soon Bellamy is engulfed in a whirlwind of corporate greed and believes that not only is the company at risk but lives as well; the suburban murder and the young girls knowledge is the key to unlocking the conspirators' identity. In his zeal to debug the company's computer system and solve the murder, Bellamy finds his as well as his friends and families lives are in danger.
Debra Purdy Kong's book "Fatal Encryption" is an entertaining mystery full of back room corporate deals, family squabbles and power plays, secret affairs, and murder. I enjoyed this novel. Kong creates multiple plausible suspects throughout the story leaving the reader guessing all the way until the end. I was also surprised by how bold and brave Alex Bellamy was throughout the book. He frequently questioned potential suspects telling them how he believed they committed various crimes which if true would have put him in grave danger as in most situations he was alone with these potential killers.
Reminiscent of "Murder She Wrote", "Fatal Encryption" features an everyday guy with good observational and deductive skills who solves a crime. Kong has created an interested character and I look forward to the next Alex Bellamy mystery.
Fatal Encryption (Book) - 6/7/2008 11:12:35 PM
Good luck with your book and welcome to AuthorsDen
Birthday Girl (Short Story) - 9/30/2013 2:34:22 AM
very well written
The Scariest Thing (Short Story) - 9/23/2013 2:41:59 AM
very well written
Counting (Short Story) - 7/28/2012 9:41:43 PM
A heart wrenching tale from a child's view. Surprised I have run across you before now.
You Want Fries With That? (Short Story) - 11/12/2009 7:42:59 PM
great story very funny wonderfully written
You Want Fries With That? (Short Story) - 11/10/2009 4:38:35 AM
I love it, this is wonderful storytelling at its best and I can well see why it was published. Such a great moral as well.
Some Mother's Child (Short Story) - 11/25/2008 4:55:09 AM
Very good story that shows that sometimes good and good deeds do win out and no matter how cynical society sometimes seems to make us we must always try to reach out to help others. Miracles don't always just happen...people can make them happen as well.
Counting (Short Story) - 11/5/2008 6:34:24 AM
Very well done, heartbreaking write as seen through the eyes of the children.
Fowl Play (Short Story) - 10/11/2008 4:30:59 AM
I love it, you really do know how to tell a great humourous ghost story not just a turkey of a write. LOL
Fowl Play (Short Story) - 10/10/2008 5:48:18 PM
Cute story; enjoyed! Thanks for the smiles!
Very well penned!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Emily's Loss (Short Story) - 9/16/2008 7:56:36 PM
Hi Debra. Good story. I love flash fiction, and loved the ending to this story of yours.
Emily's Loss (Short Story) - 9/11/2008 5:45:26 PM
A well told story...and only 190 words!
How's that bag treating you boys? Hilarious!
Emily's Loss (Short Story) - 9/11/2008 6:57:08 AM
I loved this! It reminds me of an incident years ago when I was hauling a horse home from a show in an open stock trailer. A guy on a motorcycle was tailgating the trailer, practically touching the bumper and making my horse very nervous. Finally nature had its way and my mare let fly. I can't say I felt bad when the rude tailgater got a faceful of something unpleasant. Needless to say, he backed off--way off.
Songs the Graveyard Sings (Short Story) - 8/30/2008 4:24:27 PM
You are an amazing writer!
Can't wait to get to Fatal Encryption!
Keep writing these wonderful stories!
The Taste of Peppermint (Short Story) - 8/29/2008 3:00:26 AM
Very well done and tasteful considering such a subject. This plays out like a real life episode of a documentary on seeing alcohol abuse through a child's vision and what they are learning and feeling from that experience. Very well done Debra and kept my attention from begin to end with lots of feeling and even some symbolism, like the dropping of the mints by the father as a sign of failure perhaps) whether intended or not.
The Mysterious Case of Danny Payne (Short Story) - 8/21/2008 8:13:57 AM
You really got inside these kids' heads--the dialog, especially, seemed right on. Good story with a satisfying end.
Career Moves (Short Story) - 8/12/2008 1:47:14 AM
Very realistic and interesting write, kept me reading from beginning to end. I like your style and the factual way you looked at life in prison as it sometimes interacts with the outside world of reality.
Harley Dreams (Short Story) - 8/11/2008 1:30:54 AM
My first Harley was those 1200cc that the dumb California Troopers sold in auction to buy those sissy bikes whatistheirname?
The story is told like a true Californian, when people let the wind to comb their hair and helmets were wore in Nam.
This short story has the quality to put the reader there, like one of them, part of the little gang...
Lullaby of Broadway (Short Story) - 8/7/2008 2:28:33 PM
Good story; well written! :)
Harley Dreams (Short Story) - 7/10/2008 7:01:23 PM
Great story; very well written! BRAVA!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Two Prisoners, One Bus (Article) - 10/14/2008 9:41:38 AM
Wow! What a great story. It had me on edge the whole time...and made me think of some of my own chance encounters with people deemed less savory.
Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Two Prisoners, One Bus (Article) - 9/25/2008 4:16:43 AM
Your essay held my interest from start to finish and I could really relate to your anxiety. I'm sure I would have felt exactly the same, especially if I were trapped next to the window when the ex con sat beside me. I know it doesn't seem fair, but it's common to focus on the fact that they served time and then assume the worst. Maybe if you had met him in a different setting the story would have taken another turn.
Two Prisoners, One Bus (Article) - 9/24/2008 11:32:38 AM
Hi fellow Canuck, yes although I am from the very opposite end of the country (NS) I have sisters who live out there and have visited Vancouver often. It always amazed me that such a beautiful city can also have a seedier side but I guess that is the same everywhere. As to being nice to ex-cons or paroles, I took in a nephew of mine when he needed and address to get out of prison and I have never regreted it...he straightened up his act, been working steady and looks after his little girl. So I guess we must judge each case individulally.