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When someone starts assassinating paparazzi in three countries, MI7 sits up. Apparently, the killer is a retired SVR field-operative and former Kremlin protege named Dmitri Vassyli Kramski. True, the Cold War is long finished, but everyone knows Vladimir Putin is as unhappy for Russia to play second fiddle on the international stage as even the most strident of his CommuniWhen someone starts assassinating paparazzi in three countries, MI7 sits up. Apparently, the killer is a retired SVR field-operative and former Kremlin protege named Dmitri Vassyli Kramski. True, the Cold War is long finished, but everyone knows Vladimir Putin is as unhappy for Russia to play second fiddle on the international stage as even the most strident of his Communist predecessors. Could this be the key to the riddle? Kramski's trail leads deep into London's immigrant community, forcing his pursuers into conflict with an unknown organisation bent on protecting him. Little by little, he begins to look less like a professional assassin and more like someone plotting to scupper the foundations of Western democracy itself. To compound matters, the Russians are as baffled by him as anyone....

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The Kramski Case Reviews

  • Kay Bolton
    2019-05-07 14:10

    JJ Ward, the Author very kindly sent me a copy of this book in return for an Honest Review (actually, you'd never get any other kind from me!).At the start of this read I wasn't sure what to expect, it's a fairly plain cover after all .... so was astonished when I found that I was getting a bit annoyed when real life popped its head up and expected me to do stuff, rather than be left alone to read this. It certainly was a real page turner.Having read it, I now love the fact that the cover is plain, it made me feel a like I should be meeting a man in dark glasses in a park somewhere to pick it up.The subject matter would at first hint at full on "macho" type reading, but I'm a pink and frilly girlie and there was still plenty to keep me interested. There were quite a few strong females characters in this novel too, all written really, really well.Not only did the Author conjure up some really great characters, but the dialogue was interesting and snappy, which made the whole Novel stand out as being Ian Fleming meets modern day, but written to perfection. Well done Mr Ward, you are now most definitely right at the top of favourite Authors' List. This is the kind of writing that would convert so well to TV Screen, or better still full on action film. I loved it, loved it ...... LOVED IT and it deserved the full 5 Stars Plus from me, and that's not just because I've fallen in love with Orlov!There were a few small Errors, but as usual will be detailed in my full Blog Post Number #394 (October 2013). After I've updated the Blog, I'm off to search up more stuff written by James.

  • James Kemp
    2019-05-14 08:30

    A modern take on spy thrillersThis is the first in a series of modern day spy thrillers with three volumes so far. The author has merged the well known British security & secret services into a single organisation which is known to its operatives and those in the know as MI7. Outwardly the old designations (MI5 & MI6) are still used, this is a neat twist as it allows more scope for story telling. The Kramski Case features an ensemble cast of believable characters that all have their own ways. The premise is that someone has been shooting paparazzi in Russia, the US and now Britain. So the British ask the Russians and Americans to supply someone for a tri-partite investigation. The case is solved remarkably quickly, but that doesn’t lead to an arrest as there isn’t enough evidence. Something that I think is probably remarkably realistic. However the team get involved in a deeper plot when trying to track down Kramski, who they are certain is the killer. There isn’t an obvious main character in it, although one of the primary characters is killed about a third of the way through the book. This came as a great shock, because I had come to see that character as the main character in the story, so you expected that somehow they would survive and get out of the situation that they were in at the time (which up until the page before they were killed seemed eminently likely). After that each time a character got into a dangerous activity it had me wondering whether or not they were going to make it. So it increased the tension, which is a good thing in a thriller. The story is pretty slow to start off, it takes until about page 80 to really start moving along, and it wasn’t until about page 150 that I really got into it. So some perseverance is definitely called for. Some of this is down to the nature of having a host of characters, the omnipotent narrator shows us scenes from at least six different viewpoints in the first third of the book, and a few more before the end of the story. All of these show us interesting information, and while I prefer show to tell in a story (don’t we all) I think a crisper more engaging start might have been possible if we’d just been told some of this stuff. Overall I very much enjoyed the story and have added the two subsequent volumes to my to read list.

  • Liz Barnsley
    2019-05-16 07:17

    Thank you to the author for the review copy.When someone starts assassinating paparazzi in three countries, MI7 sits up. Apparently, the killer is a retired SVR field-operative and former Kremlin protege named Dmitri Vassyli Kramski. True, the Cold War is long finished, but everyone knows Vladimir Putin is as unhappy for Russia to play second fiddle on the international stage as even the most strident of his Communist predecessors. Could this be the key to the riddle?I do love a good rip roaring adventure tale and this was exactly that. Straight into the action this was a terrific thrill ride of a book.This is a spy thriller updated for modern times, the well imagined “MI7″ giving the backdrop for a tale of murdered paparazzi and international intrigue.Along with the action there is a hefty dose of suspense thrown in for good measure and often the story takes you in unexpected directions including one extremely clever little plot twist that had me giving a nod of approval to the author.All in all a good fun read, perfect for a lazy afternoon.Happy Reading Folks!

  • Louise Wise
    2019-05-15 14:28

    The cover stood out for its originality and blandness, but it wouldn't have tempted me to 'look inside' had I been browsing. It looked like a university student's course work.The title 'Tales of M17' told me just that: tales e.g short fiction tales of crime or thriller shorts. The small subtitle The Kramski Case inferred the tales would be all on one theme.The blurb begins with a short excerpt, but it's not productive. The opening sentence is a mouthful and out of context it has no depth. It's cold. A pile of baked beans without buttered toast. The true blurb is better and straight to the point.The look inside takes us to Cumbria where Jilly, a member of the latest music phenomenon, is climbing out of bed with a guy from a rival band. She can hear the paparazzi outside and we're lead to believe she's worried for herself (because she's been caught with her pants down, so to speak) but the paparazzi are being assassinated and she's worried that, because of her, someone is going to die. And they do in this great beginning to M17.When the scene switches to a prison I'm a little bereft but the setting is very visual: He sat at the table, straightened his back and flattened his hands on the Formica surface. Above him a single strip light buzzed and flickered. 'He' is Deputy Commissioner Khrantsov and he's on the point of recruiting prisoner Orlov, who's in for treason, and giving him early release. I'm presuming he's been signed to hunt for the murderers, but that's where the sample ends. Will have to buy the book to find out!In short, the M17 have brought in three men: British, Jonathan Hartley-Brown, American, Lieutenant Detective Commander David Bronstein, and the newly-released prisoner Orlov from Russia to hunt for the killers who are spanning three countries. I'm expecting a lot of action with gun fire, helicopters and fast cars.Jonathan Hartley-Brown is a 'posh Brit' and I find it hard to visualise him as a hardened man able to get his hands dirty, on the opposite scale Orlov is 'tough guy' Bruce Willis and I'm instantly routing for him. The American, David Bronstein, seems a lost in the great characterisation of the other two.I became confused by chapter nine when, seemingly out of the blue, Jonathan Hartley-Brown and Jilly, from the opening chapter, fell in love. One moment he was questioning her over the shooting and next he was inviting her to meet his parents. Another problem I found was that there wasn't always any notice of scene jumps. Usually these are indicated with an asterisk or a blank line but in this Kindle version these were sometimes missing.But I'm being picky, this is an excellent political thriller with a strong story. It may have had too many characters for me to keep tabs, but every character had their place. There were a few shockers, especially when one of my favourite characters died and another was indirectly linked with all the murders. There was also light relief in the eccentric Hartley-Brown family and I laughed out loud when Joy Hartley-Brown said (on discovering her son was gravely injured): "Tell the doctor we're with BUPA."It's a mixed POV, and other than some absent scene breaks it was a very well-written political thriller and a fast read.

  • Douglas Meeks
    2019-05-03 07:22

    I primarily read paranormal novels, it is what I like, but every now and then you have to take a break from unreality to keep you sane. I choose this novel since from reading the teaser it showed promise to be a literary "palate cleanser" and not to actually be the addicting page turner it became for me.Tales of MI7: The Kramski Case started out much as I expected with a killing and a story that grabbed your attention. I was expecting the mysterious MI6 type James Bond scenario but it quickly became a LOT more than that. Let us start with there is no "James Bond" character leaving ladies in a faint, there are three gentlemen that are quite good at their jobs from the three countries that are involved (UK, USA, Russia) and this team starts off after being assembled in a fashion that had me scratching my head quickly.The plot became so multi-layered that it did require my attention (no scanning here) in a story of mystery, politics, tragedy, revenge, a bit of romance, grief and an excellent ending. This novel surprised me in several places which added to my enjoyment and as a reviewer I can tell you that describing a car chase in words that does NOT have you scanning ahead is a feat only excellent writers pull off.There are too many characters to really go into depth about but by the end of the book you will love Marcie , trust me..The title organization MI7 is a super secret UK spy organization and the very organizational structure was entertaining I found, the character of The Red Maiden was given a perfect role, not as aloof as the infamous "M" and yet not "one of the boys".There are too many plots and surprises to go into, I suggest readers take a minute and read the teaser from the product page and realize that that may be one of the more boring parts of the book (and it is far from boring).Bottom Line: 5 Stars for entertainment and originality, these days I seldom lose sleep over a book unless it is truly exceptional and I was up far past my usual bedtime to finish this story. It appears there are at least 2 other books in this series which I will purchase to read when I again tire of my paranormal readings .

  • John
    2019-05-01 11:03

    For a novel to grab my attention in the first three pages, it is usually one of three things; set in London (check), contains the making of a good thriller (check), and is undeniably well-written (triple check). Tales of MI7 starts off with an interesting preface about the changing of the guard, so to speak, and this ultra-modern secret sounds exactly like the type of thing we might be experiencing today, yet are completely unaware of. Shadowy government agencies loom like developing players right from the start, and Ward clearly has done his homework in terms of international espionage and the traditions of the secret dealings of governments.However, after the exciting build-up of what I presumed would be a respectful homage to Ian Fleming and add to the proud canon of British espionage literature, I was disappointed with the plot. There was promise of something more than those specific murders, and I feel that by the time the plot had expanded wide enough to feel like an international thriller, it was slightly too late in the reading. It felt as though he recognized the need for a broader scope and did it quite late in the story. Obviously, writers use their own unique style, and Ward may be completely aware of the choices he made; in my humble opinion, he had the framework and the pieces in place for a "bigger" novel, but it never felt that way as I read it.However, he still deserves considerable praise for this novel, because I still enjoyed it immensely, despite being somewhat disappointed in the grandness of the plot. The writing is done so well, and Ward's use of language and dialect is so sharp and convincing, without being heavy-handed. His characters were meticulously crafted, and they seemed natural and responded to situations realistically, one of the greatest challenges in writing intense dialogue and interactions. I see that Ward has also written some other installments in this MI7 series, and they definitely warrant a read. Well done on so many points, but think bigger next time!

  • Lola Fow
    2019-05-15 07:08

    I was dubious opening this book, but woah was it great!!! JJ Ward knows how to spin a tale, and just when you think you know what's going to happen, he spins it all around in another direction. I found it hard to put down!The novel begins with paparazzi being murdered in multiple countries, and an international "dream team" being assembled out of the most unlikely combination of a young upper class British policeman, a detective from New York who happens to be a lapsed Hasid, and a subversive Russian agent who want to clean up corruption in his own country, and is thus completely endangered if he ever goes back there. The three are an entertaining crew, and just as it seems to be an odd kind of police tale, JJ Adams turns it all on its head and it's suddenly a secret agent story! I can't go into it much more without giving away some of the surprising delights of the novel, but it's fast paced, the lead characters are interesting, and the minor characters are pretty weird and great, too. Ward also know how to write an action sequence and there is an aerial gun battle pretty early on that is stunning. He moves the novel along, with the occasional remarkable set piece (like the gun battle) and it just keeps on getting more and more interesting. At the same time, it's full of pop culture, funny detail, and doesn't take itself completely seriously, all while enmeshing you. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes police, spy, or action writing, and I dare you not to enjoy yourself while reading it. As for me, I'm excited to see there are other M17 novels to read!

  • Regina Olmstead
    2019-05-23 10:23

    First of all let me say that Mr. J.J. Ward sent me a copy of the whole set of Tales of M17 novels. There are three in all. All he asked is that I give him an honest review. I was very excited about the correspondence with the author and with his gift. To be honest, I usually only read paranormal books or sometimes fiction or romances. I'm not a spy thriller kind of person. When I received the books I was kind of put off by the plain covers. I know, you should never judge a book by it's cover but I did just a little.When I opened up the book and read the first few pages, I was hooked. You find out right up front that there is a serial killer who is killing paparazzi in several countries. Then you start finding out about the task force that has been set up to solve this case. They have men from 3 different countries, USA, Russia and England. At first I was put off by all the Russian names but that got better.I don't want to give the story away because I hate when people do that in reviews. I will say though that I can't wait to start the second one. You really must read this book especially if you are into any kind of police drama or spy thrillers. This was the first book that I read of J.J. Wards, but I can promise you that it won't be my last.

  • Rena
    2019-05-07 14:14

    Copy received from Giveaway.It would seem that the copy I received from the author is a proof copy because it has a plain cover as compared to the one shown on this website. I would also like to note that thrillers and the spy genre isn't really my thing.That being said, I find this book a joy to read. Not only is the pacing and action scenes very good, but I found myself very invested in the story which is saying something. I did however spot a few grammar and sentence structure errors but I'm pretty sure it is corrected in the final published copy.While I much prefer the romance genre rather than thriller, I did spot the makings of some romance as a subplot in this book. However, I feel like the romance or whatever the author was trying to do, feels very forced and doesn't amount to very much in the whole book. I also feel like one or two of the characters personality change throughout the book and I was a bit put out by it. Not sure if that was the intention but I had a preconceived notion about how a certain character would act after the first few chapters so maybe it's just me.Fans of espionage thrillers or anyone interested in MI7 and all those spy stuff will certainly enjoy this face-paced action book. I'm certainly surprised I did.

  • Brooke Alcock dunmore
    2019-04-22 07:18

    J.J. Ward appears to be a busy newish self published author (busily developing his ‘Tales of Mi7’ series) delivering quality ‘proper’ books at a reasonable price and for this reason I don’t think his star rating should be penalized for the odd editing error.I struggle with spy thrillers (unless it’s Bond) and the book cover was less than appealing. However my brother, husband and father-in-law loved it, so I thought I’d see what the fuss is about.The book is complex in respect of the politics, international relations and frighteningly ‘up-to-date’ intelligence factors that feature in the story alongside characters from Britain, Russia and the USA. Add to this the multitude of plot twists and turns and the non-stop action it can make a breath-taking read. The fast pace covers for the lack of character development, but there are readers who will see that as a pro of the book.It’s an imaginative, playful book requiring more logic than emotion and if that’s what makes a good spy thriller, then Ward has delivered the goods more than satisfactorily. I was inclined to opt for a 3 star rating, but the pleasure it gave the men in my house has bumped it up to four.

  • P Bee
    2019-05-07 14:28

    This is a book that’s definitely worth your time if you enjoy thrillers combined with political intrigue. There was no point in the story where I felt like the the plot and characters was unbelievable. I read through the book once. It’s quite long. And I went back and re-read most of it. The storylines is excellent but I didn’t realize how multi-layered it was until the second reading. The international settings and place names became a fresh part of the story for me because I read through it too quickly the first time due to the action. I love British spy thrillers but this book, because of the organizations working together, came across as more than just a British Spy novel.J.J. Ward is a talented writer who gives you your money’s worth when you buy a book. This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I’d recommend it to readers who would enjoy a really fast-paced thriller. This was beautifully written and edited. No words were wasted. The dialogue was clever, crisp and sprinkled with dry, British humor. What a thrill ride this book was. Entertaining through to the ending.

  • Cassandra
    2019-05-20 10:20

    This is a topic that I absolutely love and honestly, I think the description of the book doesn’t do it justice. This isn’t a James Bond novel, although there are some similarities, and overall the twists and politics are more complicated and can sometimes take a bit more unraveling. Nevertheless, I found myself swept away by the pace of the book. This is one of those novels where you really have to stick with it for the first couple of chapters because it does start a little bit complex and dry and I’m sure this is enough to turn some people off. Regardless, I am very glad I stuck with the novel and once I got engrossed in it I really didn’t want to put it down. I loved that fact that this was a book that made me think and wouldn’t let me just scan through the story, picking up little pieces here and there. I always feel like these types of books stretch my brain a little bit and that is always a good thing. This is certainly a book to try, even if you don’t particularly like spy novels. There are some good interesting female characters and it was nice to see a book in this genre that actually took females seriously. Bravo.

  • Jay
    2019-05-19 09:12

    Let's just start by saying that we don't get just one clever hero, we get three! Three countries are represented each with their own great guy who will capture your attention expertly .. this is a real plus for a girl who loves all things Bond and Ian Fleming.I love this concept of a super secret M17, highly evolved of the M15 and M16 yet secret and elite- who doesn't want to believe in these highly funded super secret spy organizations that are full of amazing technology, great gadgets and super trained good guys? I do, I want to believe!I love the book, it's multi-layered, a lot is going on and it's exceptionally well written. Each character has a good development and nothing is left in a lingering sense, yet everything resolves nicely. There are a ton of surprises, and you won't be bored at all.I was up way past lights out reading about the secret worlds of espionage and international government double dealings.There are more in the series- I'm getting them.

  • Teri Miller
    2019-05-11 08:01

    I liked this, it held my attention during 2016 election week.During an insane week this book gave me something else to concentrate on. It's different for a spy thriller, if that's what it is considered. The story is kind of all over the place, but manages to get the job done. There's a murder mystery, some romance, international baddies, a bit of confusion, miscommunication, political broohahas. In the end there is a lead in to the next book, but it's not really a cliff hanger, I hate those! I will read the next book, hopefully it will tie in, and I like the Marcie character - who seems to have a bigger role in the 2nd book.

  • Kim
    2019-05-18 15:09

    A fast-paced unusually action-packed tale, had me taking short breaths in suspense and anticipation. I was seriously thrilled going through this story, it's been a very long while since I read (or even watched) some action of this sort.I must confess that I watched this story, not read. It was too visual for a book, thanks to the careful and intricate research for this narration. Mr. Bond's character only came close to the protagonists. Best for me was the authors heart-pumping style of narration.My advice, get a copy of the book and watch (not read, because it is too visual to be read). I loved it.

  • Kristina Reading
    2019-05-17 08:18

    Although this book is well written I just couldn't get into it. I have read longer books in a shorter period of time. This could be due to the topic of the book, I would much rather see it as a short film then read about the secret government agencies!I think if the crime wasn't "killing paparazzi" It would have been a better story! So that's the negative- On to the positive, Like I said Tales of MI7: The Kramski Case is very well written, and the characters are believable. There are plenty of twist to keep the reader interested. Overall would be an easy read if the topic interested me.As far as "star ratings go" I'd give this book 3.80 So I'm going to round it up to 4!

  • Lynn Hallbrooks
    2019-05-06 15:06

    It is an International Political Intrigue with a twist of Police Procedural.A Russian dissident, an American police officer, and a British copper are brought together to find out why members of the paparazzi are being murdered. The more they dig the more they are torn apart. This story is full of plausible delays to knowledge that build up even more twists and turns. Just when you think you have everything figured out, something else blind-sides you.Warning: This book is for Mature Audiences due to Violence, Adult Language, and Hints of sexual situations.

  • Eunice Korczak
    2019-04-24 12:18

    The Kramski CaseThe Kramski Case is an interesting combination of British agent coordinating with an American police officer and a Russian agent in a push against the Russian mafia on British soil. The premise may be a little weak or perhaps the British election process just doesn't interest me that much, but for me the story lacked the power to pull me in, to engage. Still, it was interesting and worth the read.

  • Sam
    2019-05-16 14:17

    I really enjoyed this book. Not my usual genre, I find that some crime/suspense novels to be easy to predict and outcome. I did not find that at all with this book. I had some predictions, but was well off the mark - which delighted me - as no one likes a predictable book.If this book were to become a sequel or a series, I would definitely continue reading!

  • Harold Kasselman
    2019-04-26 07:09

    This is a totally engrossing novel with an original and creative plot. There is tension and obfuscation all in a good way. I loved the characters, the teaming of an American, Englishman, and Russian as well as the super-hero Marcie Brown. This will out wit you and keep you guessing until the very end. Wonderfully executed and plotted!

  • Nancy
    2019-05-11 10:17

    I thought it was a good spy thriller. Had a flow to the story I really like. It is the first of the Tales of MI7 and plan to read the other two. What starts out to be an investigation into the deaths of paparazzi turns into so much more. The story keeps moving right along and kept my interest. I do recommend it for those who like British spy stories.

  • Michele bookloverforever
    2019-05-17 11:07

    I found this to be a bit too drawn out I really don't like books where the good guys die . I hate losing major and likable characters to noble sentiments. the plot was good though and the premise sound.

  • Marty Mcintyre
    2019-05-04 14:31

    I wish Goodreads allowed for 1/2 stars and I would have given it 3 1/2.. This was a fun read. There were too many folks for good character development. Some of the situations were resolved in a manner that seemed contrived. However, the remaining characters have potential to be a great team.

  • Katie
    2019-05-21 10:19

    I had to *really* suspend my disbelief to get through this one. Much of it seemed just too implausible. The characters were engaging enough to keep me going through this book, but perhaps not enough to get me to read other books in this series.

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    2019-04-25 08:06


  • Karunakaran N.
    2019-05-05 09:14

    Tales of MI7: The Kramski Case by J.J. Ward. Is it the beginning of another cold war... Yet another spy thriller, written well.

  • Donny Nowak
    2019-05-07 08:06

    Great readLoved the storyline, getting the rest as we speak. Interested to know where they all end up in the next books.

  • Neil
    2019-04-23 14:15

    A good read.If you like intrigue this book has it. I would've liked Jonathan to have not been killed, he was a likable character and a great member of the team.

  • marvin shults
    2019-04-22 09:17

    The Kramski caseGood reading. The story told was believable in today's world. It was fairly fast moving with a bit of romance. Interesting for most readers.

  • Veritas Vincit
    2019-05-04 09:30

    This book was recommended to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great spy novel for anyone who has dug into espionage thrillers in the past. A real hit!