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    Book Review: Brut Force by Peter Stafford-Bow

    brut force coverBrut Force?is the sequel to the wild and zany?Corkscrew,?which is one of the funniest books I have ever read and a rollicking ride through the international wine world.? One of the first questions I asked Peter Stafford-Bow after reading?Corkscrew?was if he was going to write a sequel, because the world needed more of protagonist Felix Hart’s adventures.? Felix was simply an unpredictable, lovable scoundrel with more lives than a room full of cats.? You never knew what was coming, and sometimes found it hard to believe after it did happen.

    Where?Corkscrew?was sort of a Pachinko game of life played out by Mr. Hart,?Brut Force?is more of a suspense novel.? There are still the unpredictable turns in Felix’s journey, his many women and the unexpected altercations.? There are just fewer of them.? Through all of it a complex, well thought out and intriguing plot winds around the new characters and unfolds with some very clever twists.? The expanded view into the Minstrels of Wine and their internal machinations is a welcome, central theme here.? The Minstrels were one of my favorite constructs in the first book.

    Where?Corkscrew?was simply crazy fun,?Brut Force?is more planned, but still has quite a bit of that zaniness as well.

    This is a very entertaining novel and still full of surprises.? If you are a wine aficionado you will appreciate the many references and the way Peter weaves wine into the story throughout.

    If you read?Corkscrew, don’t expect this to be just more of the same.? You get some of that, along with more plot and storyline.? Brut Force is still a very enjoyable read.

    You can get it on Amazon, along with the first book.

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