The Billionaires Club Book Review

Title: The Billionaires Club

Author: Will Dresser

Genre: Suspense

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: July 2014

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Pages: 346 pages

About the Book:

When does a man have enough? …For one man, when he has it all!

On New Year’s Day the richest man in the world is gunned down on the streets of Mexico City and everyone on the Forbes list of billionaires moves up a notch! But in February, March, and April, each successive title holder turns up dead before month’s end and it becomes clear the title has a terrible cost!

In May, despite Wes Franklin’s efforts to protect her, the newly crowned #1 Richest Person is killed, sending a ripple of panic through the global financial community. In a bold move to lure the killer into the open, an enigmatic friend of Wes steps forward to claim the #1 ranking, thus making himself the next target. It is now up to Wes, A.J., and Aryana to make sure this special friend does not become the next former member of the world’s most exclusive group of people…

The BILLIONAIRES Club!

AmazonMy Review:

It is no secret that I am a HUGE Will Dresser fan.  Check out my reviews of his other novels; Sacrament of Fear, The Methuselah Man, and Terminal Rock.  I have only had one complaint throughout these books in the ‘Wes Franklin’ series. The first is that the main characters can sometimes come across as a little too perfect.  The other was that Dresser had mentioned other appellations, but never Napa Valley wine in any of his books.

Imagine my surprise when I received The Billionaires Club in the mail.  I hadn’t ordered it and didn’t even know it was finished.  I opened the package and saw this inscription:

billionaires club book reviewI was dying!!  I did something I NEVER do – started rifling through the pages trying to find the passage of which he was spoke.  It didn’t take long:

Esteban, tell Teressa to plan on four for dinner tonight…Ah, que bueno, a bottle of the Jamieson Ranch Pinot Noir…Señor Aryana, this will make Teressa very happy.  She loves Napa Valley wines.

Okay, I have to admit – at this point I went completely fangirl.  I ran through the house jumping up and down, showing my whole family the passage and the inscription.  I took the book to work and bragged about it.  OMG – I was totally shameless!!!

Needless to say, I am a little biased about this book.  But, in my (not so humble at this point) opinion, Will Dresser has done it again!!!

As in previous books, Wes Franklin and his friends in the Ankh Network are hot on the trail of a murder – in this case, the murder of the world’s top billionaires.  As always, lots of twists, turns, exotic locales and expensive tastes abound.

I liked the more in-depth explanation of the Ankh Network’s slogan, The truth never happens in real time:

We cannot stand inaction in life, so we act on the truth we have on hand until a truer truth is discovered.

Despite their best efforts to prevent it, another billionaire is murdered.  Wes has a crisis of faith and for the first time, I actually saw a chink in the armor of this “white knight.”  He comes around when one of his friends gives him this pep talk:

The point, I think, is that Wes Franklin never makes a mistake and now someone is dead because of you… Perfection is a hard standard to live up to, Wes.  I think you may need to lower the bar a little.

A major plot twist ties the story back to The Methuselah Man, as well as preparing the reader for Dresser’s next book, The Chronicles of Cain: The Epic Life of Jarred Kennan Cain As Told to Wes Franklin.   It was nice to see the series come full circle.  I can’t wait for Chronicles of Cain!!

I give The Billionaires Club five stars!!!!  A must read!!  Stand alone, or as part of the series, you will love this book!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Sacrament of Fear Book Review

Title: Sacrament of Fear

Author: Will Dresser

Genre: Contemporary Thriller

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Release Date: March 2012

Format: Kindle/Paperback

Pages: 384 pages

About the Book:

From the Clarion Foreword Review:

…cloaked in the guise of a terrorist act, a father plots revenge for the senseless and brutal death of his son.

Following a series of deaths around the world from seemingly “natural causes,” the Special Assistant to the Minister President of The Netherlands, Frans Roobeek, recognizes a special link between the list of victims and his American friend, Wes Franklin…all are members of a secret intelligence network—The Cloister of Akhenaten, or Ankh Network—and Wes may soon be the next member to meet his end by “natural causes”!

Wes Franklin emerges from the jungles of Columbia with his technology-savvy girl friend, Ashley Jordan, and his weapons expert and Persian strongman, Aryana, to investigate the deaths. Together, they chase down clues from Holland, Scotland, and Damascus to uncover and foil a diabolical plot to launch an unprecedented wave of terror somewhere in Europe.

AmazonMy Review:

After my review of Will Dresser’s second book, The Methuselah Man, I was itching to read the first book in the series, Sacrament of Fear, so I could get the back story on the main characters, Wes Franklin, his girlfriend A.J. and their coworker and friend, Rouzbeh Aryana, as well as the history of the Cloister of Akhenaten.  So I was very excited when my copy of Sacrament of Fear arrived in the mail.

I was definitely not disappointed. The description in the book was gorgeous.  It made me feel like I was right there in the middle of the action, especially when Wes, A.J. and Aryana are fighting guerillas in the jungles of Columbia, meeting with the Dutch government at the Hague, and exclaiming over the interior of a Morgan Plus 8 sports car.

The history of the Cloister of Akhenaten was very interesting and filled in a lot of the questions I had from Methuselah Man. I also enjoyed the story of how Wes and A.J. met and later fell in love.  My only complaint about the book was that in some ways the main characters are too perfect.

I give Sacrament of Fear 4 1/2 recorders, because, as we all know:

The truth never happens in real time.

About the Author:

Will Dresser has had an eclectic career, which included work as a Counselor in the late ’70s and early ’80s, a long career in Silicon Valley with Philips Semiconductors from the late ’80s to 2003, and most recently a five-year stint as a paralegal in a patent law office in Palo Alto, California. He is now enjoying semi-retirement in Las Vegas, while pursuing his passion for writing. As he puts it, “I had to retire just to keep up with my workload!”

Will’s creative expression in writing over the years was primarily applied to writing music and lyrics, a passion which he has enjoyed since about 1965. The instrumental “Persian Dreams – Aryana’s Theme”, used on the home page of WillDresser.com, was written in the early ’90s. Will had always intended to be a novelist, though, and in 2003 turned his attention to that genre with the work Sacrament of Fear, his first ‘Wes Franklin’ novel. Since then he has written The Methuselah Man, and, together with friend and collaborator Ron Turouske, turned both those stories into screenplays. Will is currently working on the third ‘Wes Franklin’ installment, Terminal Rock, which brings both of his creative loves together – Rock’n’Roll and literature!

In his spare time, Will still enjoys a round of golf every-so-often, though not as frequently as he did in the past. He says, “I used to have a very low handicap…Now, I just have very low expectations!” But, like all golfers, the occasional good shot suckers him into coming back for more!

I was given a complimentary copy of this book for the purposes of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.