Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Luca Pesaro - Zero Alternative - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

“Sometimes you must destroy first.”

To stay alive, Scott Walker must bring down a corrupt international bank. And possibly shatter the world’s economy. Because finance is a black hole ready to chew up countries and people before spitting them out rich, or broken. Or both.

Framed. Hunted. In love with a woman he can’t trust. As he hides from hitmen across Europe, Walker has only one card to play – DeepShare. A silicon oracle that could predict a slice of the future, and that everyone wants. Governments and insane billionaires, criminals and anarchist hackers stand in his way, some even promising help – though with dangerous strings attached.

As Walker struggles to survive and digs deeper into the dark heart of the global economy, one question torments him: how much will the world have to pay?

Zero Alternative is an action-packed conspiracy thriller that plucks at the heart of human nature. When our grip on love, hope and morality starts to slide, the only future worth living is the one we choose for ourselves.

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My Review

I wasn't expecting a love story when I first picked up this book, but it turned out to be my favorite part of the novel. I would even shelve it under romantic suspense instead of categorizing it as a straight thriller. Why? Because Scott and Layla are so dynamic. You can't have one without the other. While Scott's all business, Layla's all danger, and I loved that about them.

In the beginning, Scott thinks Layla's after his money, then he fears she's after his life. But seeing as he's a wealthy investment banker, women hit on him all the time for his net worth, and he doesn't think Layla's any exception. But she fools him, making him believe that she's just a stripper when really she's so much more. She works for one of the richest men in the world, so she doesn't need Scott's money. She's just after his heart.

But it may be too late to get it. Layla's a hustler, and she deludes Scott on more than one occasion. She breaks what little trust they have, refusing to be honest with him about what she's really up to. At times, he's willing to overlook it and focus on her physical attributes, but deep down he knows there's nothing there if they can't be open with each other. He wants her body, but he wants her candor even more.

Quite simply, they're two people who shouldn't fall in love, but do. They know that even though they're good for each other, the circumstances in which they find themselves are hardly ideal. She's a wounded gun for hire desperately in need of medical attention, and he's was just named to Interpol's most wanted. Together, they form a combustible mix just ready to explode.

If you like some heat in your whodunits, this smoldering couple's for you.


Zero Alternative can be purchased at:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Formats: $5.99 ebook, $16.80 paperback
Pages: 269
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Release: April 25, 2014
Publisher: Three Hares Publishing
ISBN: 9781910153086
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About the Author

Luca Pesaro was born in Italy in the early seventies, but has spent most of his adult life in the US or UK. After long years gaining a degree and masters in the pseudo-science that is Economics he got bored, jumped the gun and became a derivatives trader in financial markets with several investment banks. Now reformed, he is writing full-time.

Zero Alternative is his first novel, and he is hard at work on his second thriller.

He lives in London, is married to an awesome Italian lady and has two children who always manage to annoy, surprise and delight beyond any reasonable expectation.

Links to connect with Luca:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

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  1. Thanks for the great review Carol, I'm really glad you enjoyed ZA.

  2. Carol, glad you enjoyed the sparks between Scott and Layla!