Monday, December 22, 2014

Review of "Fairly Certain"

This is a whimsical tale of Robin Hood turned upside down when Petir, the geek, meets Rianne, the archer. While geodashing, Petir falls out of a tree, and is injured. He's rescued by a group of LARPers (Live Action Role Players), who appear to Petir, as Robin Hood's Merry Men, sort of. While Petir can make no sense of what's happening to him, which includes falling for the beautiful Rianne, he concludes he's dreaming. After a hospital visit, his friends drag him to a Renaissance Fair, where he meets some folks from his dream. I'm Fairly Certain this story will entertain you! 5 Stars

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Review of "Letty's Story"

This is the bittersweet story of a little Filipino girl who grew up to witness the ravages of WWII. Facing her demons head on, Letty was able to survive the disassociation of her family, and a brutally abusive first marriage; ultimately finding her way to the United States. Letty found solace in helping other people, and became a Registered Nurse. She met a man, who she would marry, during his training to become a doctor. Although their life together had it's ups and downs, their love for each other held true, and their dreams fulfilled. 2 Stars      

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Review of "Stolen Destiny"

Carolina Stravinsky was an investigative reporter for the small newspaper, Florida Folks; her pen name was Carolina Starr. When illness sidelined Ace, her editor; Wade, his son, took over the paper and assigned Carolina to dig into the disappearance of Summer Garrett. Despite their contentious relationship, her outrageous nightmares, and unnerving visions, she managed to uncover, double identities, long lost secrets, and the murderer of Summer's parents. But, there's a whole lot more than just that in this intriguing, complex plot. You won't want to put this one down. 4 Stars      

Friday, December 12, 2014

Review of "Gadzooks!"

A planned crash landing in the polygamist community of Navel, Utah. A shock jock named Nancy. Nadine hosting celestial send-offs. Oh, did I mention her rear end is big enough to dam a river? And then, there is agave flavored popovers and marital pie. If you love weird humor and audio books, this one is right for you. Park does a masterful job of pulling it all together in Gadzooks! 5 Stars

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Review of "Where Are the Women"

When divorcee Marcie Parker took the director's job at Port Victor, a woman's halfway house, she didn't realize all she would be up against. She knew she would have to establish a new rehabilitation program, fill the house with clients, and earn the trust of her employer, Sarah Fleming-Thornton. What Marcie didn't know was, she would uncover a psychotic killer and four murdered women, and fall in love again. Remick does a marvelous job developing each character into a tale, spun with intrigue, mystery, and suspense. 5 Stars    

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review of "Sheitan's Tango"

Special Agent Jon X is an undercover operative for the SSA (Secret Spy Agency). While on assignment in Buenos Aires, he meets Renata, a dance instructor and fiance to the brother of the Argentine President. When she is kidnapped by Mr. Tobji, Jon is sent to rescue her, and return her to Argentina. Later, Jon disbands a theatrical troupe planning to kill Potus and burn down the White House. Finally, Jon is sent back to Buenos Aires for Renata's wedding, where he discovers two of Mr. Tobji's henchmen planning to disrupt the ceremony. This story would be improved by a professional editor. 2 Stars

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Review of "Unintended Consequences"

Min, Seth's girlfriend and Lisa's roommate is missing. Seth and Lisa search for clues in their apartment, and find a memory stick that reveals Seth's new drug research has been bastardized. The French government and Sur2Pharm have added a second cohort, which has imminent death processed into it. Once administered, the drug has devastating effects on aging seniors, alleviating the overwhelming socioeconomic programs that burden the government. This is the beginning of an international wild ride to deter the shipment and distribution of the tainted drug. 5 Stars.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review of "One Last Kickoff"

This is the saga of Matt Ridgeway, the acclaimed place kicker of the Indianapolis Colts. After twenty years with the team, he learned the Colts drafted a new kicker in the second round. Will he still compete, or will he be out of a job? That's a good start, but the real story is what Matt learned about himself. He learned to listen, he learned to teach, he learned how to pass the torch. Analogous to Grisham's Calico Joe, Matt learned the lesson of his life. You don't have to be football fan to enjoy this novel, and the ladies will like it too. 5 Stars

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review of "Vengeance is Mine"

Suzanne is imposing her revenge on the people that, not only contributed to her father's imprisonment and suicide, but also to her false institutionalization in a mental health facility. Each person is dealt a punishment that is directly related to their actions effecting her and her father. The riveting details of each encounter lends itself well to create a true sense of horror. This story would be improved by a professional editor. 2 Stars  

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review of "The Scent of My Son, in God We Trust"

This is the story of the tragic loss of Joseph Miranda's life, and his mother's fight for justice. Joe, at age nineteen, was run over by a Bobcat while he was at work. The investigations, by many agencies, into the circumstances surrounding his death are almost unbelievable. How could so many people get it so wrong? Was there a cover-up? Why wouldn't anyone listen the Medical Examiners? If it wasn't for Adrienne's everlasting faith, she probably wouldn't have survived the ordeal, or had the strength to write this story. 3 Stars
  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Review of "Standing Alone"

Special Agent Jon X works all over the world as an undercover operative for the SSA (Secret Spy Agency). Most of his assignments come from the agency's leader, Director Filmer, but on occasion he gets orders directly from the President. Without a home or family, Jon lives in a hotel in Washington, DC during his downtime. Jon X lives by the American Creed, and has dedicated his life to upholding the Constitution and defending the USA. This story would be improved by a professional editor. 2 Stars    

Friday, November 21, 2014

Review of "Barracuda II"

NYPD Detective Mick O'Shaughnessy is going back to Bikini Atoll, this time with his partner Gus Lopez, at the request of FBI agent Buddy Burger. The FBI is investigating a heroine tracking ring, bringing the drug into Los Angeles from Afghanistan through the Pacific Islands. During the investigation our protagonist discovers three mutant barracuda menacing the lagoon. Find out how the drug traffickers are brought to justice, and the dangerous beasts are dealt with. Nice sequel to Barracuda. 4 Stars

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review of "Barracuda"

NYPD Detective Mick O'Shaughnessy is going on a scuba diving vacation to Bikini Atoll. Micko is recovering from a gun shot wound that broke his right tibia, and is just out of a nine month cast. This vacation will not only build up his atrophied leg, but will boost his depressed spirit as well. While staying at the Majuro Majestic Hotel and Casino, he uncovers a money laundering operation, but that's not the biggest fly in the ointment on the island. A radiation enhanced barracuda is menacing the lagoon, and threatening to put an end to diving altogether. Find out how Micko's vacation concludes by reading this exciting fish tale. 4 Stars    

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review of "Bones in the Wash"

Tomas Zamara, the Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, finds himself embroiled in politics and family drama. His choice of the political high road as chair of the New Mexico McCain presidential campaign isn't the same as his handlers. Then his position that city business doesn't mix with family business enrages his father and brother. Did I mention his wife disappears after some shady deals, and is found murdered years later? What about Tory, his new love interest, is she for real? John Byrne Barry pulls it all together in this well crafted Indie. You won't want to miss a word of this one. 4 Stars  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Review of "Once Upon a Nightmare"

Sara Bishop saw a Full Hunter's Moon, glowing bright white, then gold and orange, finally brilliant and bold red--blood on the moon. Sara sensed something very bad was on the way. The nightmare she had that night was horrific, a predator, an attack--her best friend, Rebecca was savagely murdered, then dismembered and disemboweled. This was only the beginning, the nightmares continued, as did the murders, suddenly Sara was next. HE was coming for HER! Moylan does a commanding job describing scenes so vivid you'll swear they're actually real. Maybe you'll have a nightmare too--doesn't everyone? 5 Stars

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review of "The Bunny Trail N' Murder"

I would classify this work as a short story, rather than a novelette. The author states, "The story borderlines Sci-Fi", and I concur. It starts easily enough describing a new jogging trail in town, named the Bunny Trail. Suddenly there are a number of murders that take place on the Trail, as well as an attack on the protagonist. Somehow he is taken to a clinic, and after not responding well to traditional medicine, he's given a miracle drug. Now fully recovered, but having amnesia, he wants to rediscover his past, and track down the murderers. The ending is abrupt, and leaves the reader to provide the solutions to many unanswered questions. 2 Stars        

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review of " I Plagiarized This Book From Myself"

This story is like a visit to the Twilight Zone. It starts with Will, a grocery stocker, who wants to be a writer. He steals a leather bound tome from a bookstore which only has one written page, the one HE wrote on his laptop. With his curiosity and temper stoked, Will seeks out the plagiarizer and publisher to claim his work. As the plot continues to develop, he discovers that his lover is his cloned sister, his cloned brother is the publisher, and his father is the author/plagiarizer Boyd Jamison. Did I mention this all happens in the future? The real Boyd Jamison writes an entertaining, albeit conflicted tale that's certainly worth reading . 3 Stars  

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Review of "The Rainbow Murders"

A serial killer of homosexuals is running rampant in the area of Tampa, Florida called Ybor City; therefore the title The Rainbow Murders. The Bible thumping madman claims he's doing God's work, to rid the city of sinners. Soul Followers, aka Guardian Angels, observe their charges from the background, forbidden to interfere. As the search goes on to find the perpetrator called The Preacher, Soul Followers nudge at times to help, and one actually saves a life. Fast paced, fun to read, and there is an unexpected ending. 3 Stars  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Review of "Lori's Song"

Lori's Song will leave you either questioning its authenticity as nonfiction, or wanting to wrap your arms around Lori to comfort her. This book was a hard read because of the atrocities she describes, and the idea that they could even exist anywhere in today's world. Abused from the day she was born, Lori finds herself imprisoned in an Iranian paramilitary POW camp. The perils she endures, and how she manages to survive will not only stun you, but make you cry out for revenge. The book would be improved by a professional editor before a second edition is released. 2 Stars    

Monday, November 3, 2014

Review of "Overnight Delivery"

This novel actually has a short story in-bedded within, that provides the reader some family dynamics. Birr spins a tale of PI Jackson Douglas, who on his thirtieth birthday, gets involved in LAPD sting operation to bring down a gang leader and drug lord. All through the plot the author references something Jackson is struggling with, but it's deeply buried in his psyche, and related to the short story. Our protagonist muddles through his investigation to solve the case, then the short story comes to conclusion also. Birr uses the last chapter to very cleverly tie up all the loose ends, and divulge the mystery of Jackson Douglas. 5 Stars  

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Review of "Reporting Lives"

This is the story of Chicago television reporter, Sara Simone, whose dream is to move up to a network; or is it? When a busload of African exchange students die in a vehicular crash, Sara is sent to Nairobi, Kenya to interview their families. Appalled by the conditions of the slum Mathare, she gives up and drifts through Kenya. After surviving a disaster, Sara goes back to Mathare and finishes the story, uncovering corruption and drug trafficking. Now, what does she do? Pickett delivers in the style of F. Scott Fitzgerald, but in a voice that is clearly her own. 3 Stars      

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review of "Killer Weed"

Mountain woman Queenie Weaver wants to protect her property from some slick land grabbers. Rick Ryder, lawyer and private investigator, with Queenie are out looking over her property when they discover a dead body at the bottom of a waterfall. When a marijuana plot is also discovered on her land, she is arrested for murder and growing weed. Rick is enlisted by Queenie's attorney to investigate. Wilson does a fine job of thickening the plot and bringing it to a conclusion. With the case solved, the final paragraph let's you know Rick Ryder isn't ready for retirement yet. 4 Stars      

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review of "Hairdresser"

This novel plots two story lines. First is the life and times of Shellie Shotwell, a sexy hairdresser in the small town of Ridgemont. Second is the murder of a prominent business man, Garlow Smith, who has no enemies. As the stories intertwine, the reader discovers Graham's wit, imagination, and sense of humor. He embellishes his tale with mystery, suspense, and sexy situations that will make you eager for the next chapter. Graham's style of prose is sure to delight you. 4 Stars      

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Review of "The Pits"

This story begins when an animal loving U. S. Marine adopts an Anatolian Shepherd puppy while at war in Afghanistan. After both recovered from injuries of war, and on leave in the states, they pursue the task to eradicate the area of dog fighting. The FBI and local law enforcement combine forces with the Marine and his dog to take down a notorious crime lord and his dog fighters. While the overall story has merit, some of the scenes described are gruesome, and upsetting. A shout of caution to those with a weak stomach. 3 Stars    

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review of "Apportionment of Blame"

This detective story finds Greg Mason on his first case, trying to discover the truth behind the death of a friend's half-sister. Was the death an accident, a suicide, or was it murder? The stage is set in London, and the surrounding area. Greg and his friend, Joyce, sift through the clues, which lead them into a web of confusion and doubt. Then an old family secret sheds light on a pivotal question about an inheritance. Keith has done an absolutely brilliant job writing a plot so thick, you need a knife to cut through it. Mystery, suspense, and a surprise ending; it's all here, not to mention the Queen's English. Written in a style parallel to Dashiell Hammett, you're going to love this tale. 5 Stars      

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review of "Miller's View"

This novelette is a murder mystery with a twist of fantasy. An anonymous 911 call reports a male body along Route 55 in Hammond, Louisiana; and Detective Miller is called to investigate. During the search for clues at the victim's apartment, Miller finds Daniel Edwards' glasses. These mysterious glasses provide the detective with clues that not only lead him to solve the crime, but also reveal family secrets. M. W. Potts delivers a short, but very enjoyable tale that is easily read in an afternoon. Does she suggest a sequel with her surprise ending? Maybe so. 4 Stars        

Review of "Identity Thief"

I read 204 pages of the 245 page book before I FORCED myself to put it down and eat dinner. Doc Bloch has a very creative and twisted mind, and he used it well when writing Identity Thief. A down and out loser steals Dr Jesse Falcon's identity, and his money. Dr. Jesse makes it his life's mission to find and destroy him. The story line is similar to a dog chasing it's tail so fast that it loses it's balance, and crashes to the floor. In the end there are no innocents, and the dog finally does catch his tail. If you like to read, you'll love this novel. 5 Stars

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Review of "Crossing Savage"

When abiogenic scientists start dying in numbers worldwide, the U. S. government agency SGIT, takes notice. The team suspects that professors Savage and Sato may be in danger too, and decides to protect them. As the plot unfolds, Professor Savage's son, Peter, is enlisted to help the operatives. Danger and suspense lurk around every corner, as tensions rise. President Taylor invokes operation Checkmate as a means to the end but wait, there's more. Dave Edlund does a masterful job, equal to that of Stephen King, in this political thriller. You will be on the edge of your seat throughout this book. 5 Stars

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review of "What's in the Rear View Mirror"

When Billy's grandpa dies in a vehicular accident, his grandma is suspicious. Steve was a excellent driver, no accidents, or tickets, ever. She asks Billy to look into what happened, hoping to find out the truth. Billy, the star of the football team, enlists his coach to help. As the plot thickens, murder is uncovered, along with two cold cases from the 1950's. The mystery engulfs the whole town of Rymont as E. G. brings about the conclusion. You won't want to put this one down! 4 Stars  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Review of "An Abduction Revelation"

This is a very stylish novella of a man's abduction by aliens; or was he? The author, Thomas Hay, writes the story as it happened to him; or did it? The premise is that our government has secretly covered up the aliens existence, while they go about abducting and altering human beings. While Mr. Hay claims there are some "true life experiences" in his tale, his fiction displays a very unique sense of humor. Cleverly written, and fun to read, An Abduction Revelation, should be on everyone's reading list. 4 Stars

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review of "Love and Mayhem"

This is a tale of a young woman who must look past lies, and deceit to discover the truth of her mysterious heritage. Fearless to the task, she finds danger only a few steps ahead or behind her throughout this sweet story. While the plot provides more twists and turns than Lombard Street, Hope also does a wonderful job describing the beauty of the island of Jamaica. This is a story for everyone to read and enjoy. 4 Stars

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review of "Dismembering the Past"

Matti McAllister, private investigator, is hired to find a missing elderly woman in the sleepy little town of Mesquite Cove. During the annual Texas Teacup Sailboat Festival, the Texas Butcher decides to come calling, murdering and dismembering his victims. Matti's investigation of missing Mabel overlaps the FBI's investigation of the murders, then suddenly, the Butcher targets Matti. Helen brings the bone chilling conclusion to point, with a disturbing ending that left me hoping she will write another thriller. 4 Stars  

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Review of "The Officer's Code"

This is the tale of a young man desperate not to walk in his father's shadow. The Englander's rebellion finds him in college in Germany, where he meets his best friend, and the girl he wants to marry. In order to win the young woman's hand, Eric dons German citizenship, and buys his way into the German Calvary as a junior officer. Because of his love, and commitments, he suffers through the dregs of war only to find himself at a crossroad. Choose England, and the father that spurned him, or Germany, and his wife, his love. Lyn has written a brilliant story, in a style uniquely her own. 5 Stars

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review of "Clementine's Shadow"

This is a story about man reaching within to overcome his perceived shortcomings. Casey, Jane, Brady, and Winston all have a character defect they are living with, and it takes a child snatching predator to get them to change. Mister Masters, a high school health teacher, kidnaps Tiny, and hides her in the desert in the shadow of Clementine's Ridge. As our heroes search for the girl, they discover she's not his first dolly. They do rescue Tiny, and the perpetrator is apprehended, but then something strange happens. You'll need to read the book to find out what. Peggy does a very good job with this Indie. 4 Stars      

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Review of "Point of Honour"

This novel is set in early nineteenth century England, under the rule of George the Third. The protagonist, a fallen woman, turns away from the profession of prostitution, to that of an agent of inquiry. She is covertly enlisted by a prominent political figure to recover a lost family heirloom, an Italian Fan. Led by her natural curiosity, she finds herself entangled in a web of deception, danger, and romance. After recovering the heirloom, she discovers the true secret of the Italian Fan, which ultimately destroys her patron's career. Madeleine's ability to capture your attention will leave you wanting to skip dinner and continue reading. 5 Stars    

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review of "The Literary Murders"

Imagine, the very idea of murdering a literary agent who sent you a scathing rejection; well, that concept is positively outrageous. The main characters in this book do that very thing, and seem to enjoy the process along the way. When law enforcement tries to link them to the crimes, suddenly, one of the perpetrators begins to have second thoughts. What happens next will keep you from putting this book down, then the surprise ending. Bill does a masterful job of entertaining the reader throughout. Very nicely done. 4 Stars  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review of "Walking in the Clouds"

In this extraordinary book, Michael's words are literally the pixels of a panoramic view of his experiences in Columbia in the 80's. His notion that being a "Gringo", is not necessarily a bad thing, really isn't shared by those he meets in his travels. As he chronicles his experiences and shares his thoughts, he lets you feel the true personality of the Colombian people, and at the same time, the violence and danger during that period. This book is truly well done and I recommend it for all to read. 5 Stars      

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Review of "Love in the House of War"

I really enjoyed this story. Scott does a very distinctive job describing his characters in the first chapter. His masterful prose develops an expansive story line to a surprise ending. In the authors own words, "Love must prevail over these destructive ideologies", he delivers a beautiful love story set in a theater of war. This heartwarming novella
will give you a better understanding of the injustices for the women of Afghanistan. Very nicely done Scott. 5 Stars

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review of "Devil's Run"

Move over John Sandford and James Patterson, Frank Hughes has written a dynamic hit in Devil's Run. This five star crime thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat with each twist and turn of the plot. Frank's ability to develop his characters, and interlace their relationships, will keep you guessing to the very end. If you like action and suspense, this novel is the perfect fit. Great work Frank.
The Vodka Murders is short story, as a bonus with this Special Addition. Find out the true meaning of Stoli! 5 Stars

Friday, August 29, 2014

Review of "Out of Mercy"

The best word to describe this novel is "Compelling". Once you start reading you will not want to put it down. The first page tells you that Julia is a troubled child, and sets the stage for your imagination to kick into high gear. What is going to happen next? The novel is a fast read with no fluff or fillers. G.J. does a marvelous job of developing the story without swearing, or graphic sex, her innuendos do the job instead. I highly recommend this novel for all to read. Kudos to you, G.J. 5 Stars