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“It’s like being a cowboy instead of a bureaucrat”: A review (and a giveaway!) of Death Logs In, the sequel to Death Never Sleeps

A book about heaven, about hell, about whether or not there is wi-fi in the afterlife. And how is everybody always eating tagliatelle and staying so thin?

Death Logs In

Let me tell you how it went: There was my copy of Death Logs In, sitting, seemingly innocently, on my nightstand (of course I have a nightstand). After the reading frenzy that was Death Never Sleeps, I had made a strict agreement with myself that the sequel was going to wait until the weekend, when I had more free time, after a long workweek. Which is how I found myself at seven pm last Wednesday evening, about two hours after I had been so successfully rational with myself, skipping both the gym and the subsequent well-deserved aperitivo in favor of Vatican intrigue, beautiful people in beautiful cars, and wood-paneled restaurants from Rome to New York, where the wine flows in rivers. Oh, and so does the murder.

You’re in a meeting room in New York City, discussing a financial takeover. Wait, you’re in an old-school Italian restaurant in Queens. Now, you’re tucked into one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite hideaway restaurants in Los Angeles. Best of all, you’re in some of the best restaurants Rome has to offer its elite clientele. And then sometimes, you’re in the wine cellar of Michael Nicholas, in deep discussion with the artificial intelligence of his dead brother, Alex… Who doesn’t seem so dead, after all.

One of the endless treasures of reading is the transportation into another world, no, a thousand worlds, and with just the flick of a page (or the touch of a button on your Kindle, not that I am in particular agreement with the e-reader revolution, but let’s not take me there) you pass a thousand ages, lifetimes. E.J. Simon takes you into a world of intrigue, murder, whirlwind trips and romances with both places and food, but maybe my favorite parts of this second book revolve around the greater issues that come into play: the increasingly tangled question of the part artificial intelligence has to play in our futures, as well as our spiritual entities; the constant and instant spread of information in a changing age; the honesty (or lack thereof) in the corporate world, and respect for hard, honest work. To discuss these, Simon will bring in the Vatican, Galileo, murderers, and the dead.

If you guys read my review of the first book, Death Never Sleeps, then you’ve already seen the below, which is all the info you need to win a copy of both books, courtesy of the wonderful Italy Book Tours. The giveaway is open internationally, and you can be a part of it here: http://www.italybooktours.com/blog—current-tours/book-tour-death-logs-in-by-ej-simon-dec-1-to-12

If you just can’t wait, you can pick up the books at Amazon.comBarnes and Noble, and Chapters Indigo. European readers can also follow these links to pick up Death Never Sleeps at Amazon.it / Amazon.fr, and Death Logs In at Amazon.it / Amazon.fr.

There is currently a virtual tour going on for Death Logs In (a concept I was not familiar with before, but you learn something cool every day!), and if you want to take a peek at the tour schedule, head on over this way.

Happy reading!

E.J. Simon Bio

E.J. Simon

E.J. Simon was the CEO of GMAC Global Relocation Services (a division of GM) and the Managing Director of Douglas Elliman, the largest real estate company in NY. He is a consultant to many leading private equity firms and has held senior level positions at prominent financial services companies. He is a world traveler, food enthusiast and lives in Connecticut. Death Never Sleeps is his first novel. His second novel, Death Logs In, is also available now.

Connect with him: Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

 

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