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A Taste of Old Revenge
A Taste of Old Revenge
by B.R. Stateham
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Here's the great crime novel you've been looking for!, June 27, 2014
This review is from: A Taste of Old Revenge (Paperback)
When you have the owner of an auto restoration garage with a bullet in the back of his head, an unidentified nude dead man in an empty lot, and a convenience store robbery with a dead clerk, who do you call? Turner Hahn and Frank Morales, of course; two homicide detectives from the South Side Precinct.

Turner and Frank are long-time partners, as well as close personal friends. They are that rare kind of team, each of them possessing dogged determination to solve their assigned cases, yet each without the destructive ego factor that would fragment and undermine their investigations. They think as one and they function as one, and with their latest, they will need to draw heavily on their collective strength, instincts and experience.

During their investigations, doors long closed will be opened and secrets revealed, including some from their personal lives. Victims' painful memories will touch their lives, and they will discover yet again that evil wears many faces.

Join Turner and Frank on this 24/7 ride-along, but keep your eyes open and make sure you stay sharp. These two never hitch a ride on the safe train. They go wherever a case leads them, and dark and dangerous surprises await them with their latest. Will they be able to untangle the web of lies and deceit that waits for them at the end of the line, or will they become victims themselves as conspiring and powerful forces converge?

B. R. Stateham takes you inside the mind of both cop and killer, and doesn't set you free until you've had the grand tour of both. Don't start this one until your calendar's free because you can't put this one down until it's done.


A Concise History of the American Republic: Single Volume
A Concise History of the American Republic: Single Volume
by Samuel Eliot Morison
Edition: Paperback
Price: $101.46
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my 8th Grade Grandson, February 28, 2014
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I have been searching for an American History book for my 8th grade grandson, who is homeschooled, and in a lot of subjects is at second year high school level. They all begin mid-1800's and stop before Kennedy's term. Either that, or they gloss over events and individuals, and material is presented in a tedious manner. I wanted something that covered it all, from way before Columbus arrived to as close to the present as possible. This book is the one. This begins way before Columbus and covers Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan years. Finding books from where this book stops to present time is not a problem. This book is a treasure and is very thorough. The edition before this is split into two volumes, but I'm glad I was able to find this edition which is all in one book. I am very pleased with this and my grandson finds this fascinating. It is written at an adult level and is perfect for his course on American History.


Stalk Me
Stalk Me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stalk Me: Another Must Read from Richard Parker, February 25, 2014
This review is from: Stalk Me (Kindle Edition)
That evening began much like any other. Luc and Beth Jordan on holiday, not only recuperating from an attack on Beth by a mugger, but taking a break from the stresses of purchasing their new home. They were on their way to have dinner at a favorite restaurant, Beth at the wheel, and Luc amused at something on his cell. The road ahead was clear, and all was well. Beth looked away from the road for a brief moment, her gaze meeting Luc’s, and in that split second, her life would be changed forever.

After striking the camper, their car flipped upside-down. She smelled gasoline, and knew she had to get them both away from the vehicle. Severely injured and confused, she made her way out of the car and onto the road. She crawled toward the sound of footsteps on gravel. Was it another driver who had come upon the scene and stopped to assist them?

Lying face down on the roadway, as she turned, she could see a pair of feet and tried to cry out. She was weak and it was more and more difficult to keep her head up, all the while fighting to remain conscious. She must tell whoever is there that Luc is still in the car, suspended over the airbag. She raised her head and saw someone standing in front of her. As soon as she tried to speak, a foot swung back and kicked her square in her face. Before she sunk into total darkness, she heard the crack of her teeth and jaw as they shattered.

When she next awoke, she turned and saw Luc on a gurnee next to her. Paramedics and emergency vehicles had arrived. She also saw a crowd nearby, kept back by yellow police tape, all leaning in to get a closer look at her and Luc. She turned back to her husband again, and in the midst of his pain and confusion, she heard him mumble “Sorry…”.

Beth could now see the crowd holding up their phones to film the grisly scene. Rage gave her the strength to stagger to her feet and head straight for the ghouls who were recording the most horrific day in hers and Luc’s lives. She lunged at them, prepared to strike, and they retreated, yet continued to record. She heard the med-evac helicopter arriving as she was restrained and returned to her gurnee by paramedics. Mercifully, she lost consciousness.

Weeks later, on awakening from coma, she learned her husband did not survive the crash. On discharge from the hospital, she would be staying at her brother’s place, and it was from her brother that she learned film clips of the scene of hers and Luc’s accident had been uploaded to the Internet. It was traumatic and heartbreaking for her, but she knew she had to see them. It was then her real nightmare began.

Something in the clips is all wrong. Beth’s questions do not bring answers--only more questions. Those she seeks the truth from disappear or are murdered, and she soon finds herself the target of a stalker. The closer she gets to uncovering the details and reasons behind the events of that night, the closer she gets to crossing paths with a brutal and unrelenting killer. Still, she must solve this puzzle--for the sake of her husband’s memory, and to save her own life.

Stalk Me is a dark peek into the dangerous side of technology. We all have phones, we all have the Internet. These are wonderful tools for accessing and sharing information. However, given the depraved curiosity some humans possess to record and share with the world the pain, humiliation, suffering and death of their fellow creatures under the guise of entertainment, these tools can prove deadly in their own right.

You witness a shocking event, you record it, and you post it so your friends can view it and you can sit back and regale them with tales of what a precarious position filming that occurrence put you in. What you fail to remember is that once your ‘work’ is out there, viewing it is not restricted to you and your buddies. Anyone and everyone can see it--even those involved in the event, and it can be traced back right to your front door…

Richard Parker thrilled us with Stop Me and Scare Me, and he has hit the heights yet again with this, his third stand-alone novel. Stalk Me will draw you in, it will excite you, it will upset you, and it will terrify you. Most definitely another must-read from Richard Parker.


Deadly Offerings (Deadly Series Book 1)
Deadly Offerings (Deadly Series Book 1)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Offerings, A Disappointment, February 17, 2014
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When I read the description, it sounded like a story that grabs and holds on. I suppose it is if you are into soft core porn. This type of story is not for me at all. The unethical behavior of one attorney alone put me off. But he was "so hot" and she was "so hot" and my, my, my, my, my. Two people take a look at each other in a bar and can't wait to, well, you know.This guy shows up to save his client's ex a couple of times (divorce in process), brings her breakfast, blah, blah, blah, kisses her and as much as she wants to stop him, oh she wraps her arms around him, etc.

Please. The guy creeps me out, conveniently showing up to rescue her. I would have reported him to the police as a stalker and the State Bar Association for ethical violations. And I am only up to Chapter 3!

If you like erotica posing as a crime and suspense story, then this is for you. Unfortunately, I will not be continuing with this one since all that so called "passion and romance" that dominates the story is not my cup of tea.


Brain Quest Workbook: Grade 4
Brain Quest Workbook: Grade 4
by Barbara Gregorich
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.80
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brainquest Series, February 14, 2014
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All these workbooks are fantastic. I homeschool my grandchildren and these are very valuable teaching tools. They are not just fun and games, although the kids enjoy working in them. The lessons are thorough and allow the kids, even at a young age, to work independently. I recommend these for every grade they are available.


Joe Soap
Joe Soap
Price: $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Soap--Definitely Can't Put This One Down, January 23, 2014
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This book already has so many five-star reviews, it doesn't need another one from me. But I'm going to add mine in here just the same. I was so impressed with this right from the start. Once I got into it, it felt like I was on one of those amusement park rides you never want to get off of.

It's the 'telling' of the story that draws you in and hangs on to you throughout. The narrative voice is fresh, sarcastic, genuine, clever, humorous... Take my word for it. The more you read, the more you will want to read.

I don't want to spoil it by giving away too much, but suffice to say, a writer gets forced into a bizarre and deadly situation, and must perform services for persons unknown. His instinct for survival and gritty street sense are valuable tools as he tries to continue to complete his assigned 'tasks'. Little by little, life unravels and the twists and turns gain momentum like a snowball rolling down a hill. You think you know where the story's going, then WHAM! Then you believe you really know where the story's going, and DOUBLE WHAM! And so it goes right up to the last word.

Joe Soap is exciting, it's dark, it's wild, it's what you need. Get your hands on it. I'm so glad I did.


The Gray Ghost Murders: A Sean Stranahan Mystery
The Gray Ghost Murders: A Sean Stranahan Mystery
by Keith McCafferty
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.09
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gray Ghost Murders: A Very Well-Crafted Mystery, January 7, 2014
I have to say upfront that I am very particular about mysteries. They have to have believable characters and there has to be secrets carefully woven through the story. Well, The Gray Ghost Murders fits the bill on both accounts, as well as many others.

This is a terrific read. I found out after I began reading it that it was the author's second book, and once I finished, all I wanted to do was to get my hands on his first and any future books.

This story has great characters, all very real, all flawed, and all with secrets. When I say flawed, that's a good thing. Even heroes have flaws and secrets and that's what makes the characters more genuine. The plot is very intricate--there are layers of mystery here and they overlap at times, then separate... Nothing is easy to figure out and that's the best part. You have to finish the book to be able to see the whole picture.

One other aspect of this story I enjoyed was the way the author described the locations. You can feel the breeze, the coolness of the water, smell the flowers and the scents of the woods. There has to be a great love for these areas to be able to present them so vividly. The reader is able to 'live' the story, right along with the characters.

I highly recommend The Gray Ghost Murders to anyone who loves a great mystery, interesting characters, and fascinating settings. I can't wait to go back and read this author's first novel, then look for others he's written.


Angels Bleed
Angels Bleed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angels Bleed: A Journey Into Madness, January 1, 2014
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This story takes you into the dark regions of the human mind most keep locked up tight. It shares with us the thoughts and actions of those who delight in inflicting pain and instilling fear. A mission of life and death is delegated, and we can literally hear the tick-tock of the clock as the countdown nears completion.

These are characters you must become acquainted with, and their story is one you must share. Once you are pulled into their world of depravity and torment, it is only they who may release you.

Purchase your ticket and fasten your seatbelt securely. This is one journey you must undertake to its ultimate destination. But be warned. Once your journey starts, and you begin turning these pages, there are no rest stops along the way. You won't seek them anyway because you will need to see all and you will need to know all.

I strongly recommend reading Angels Bleed in the bright light of day. Really...


Short Fuses (Four free short stories)
Short Fuses (Four free short stories)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Four 'Nice' Tales, December 31, 2013
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I only read the four stories and none of the other materials. I do not like to read "samples" of books. As far as the stories go, none of them were terribly impressive. I am sure there are readers out there who would enjoy them, but these are not for me. The characters didn't have much substance and the storylines were vague and held a lot back.

I like stories with some grit and punch, and these are tame, at best. Not my cup of tea.


Blood and Justice: A Private Investigator Mystery Series (A Jake & Annie Lincoln Thriller Book 1)
Blood and Justice: A Private Investigator Mystery Series (A Jake & Annie Lincoln Thriller Book 1)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Crafted Mystery, December 24, 2013
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I really enjoyed Blood and Justice. The story had a good pace and kept moving throughout. The characters are what really make this story work. The husband and wife detective team are great and very believable. This story didn't have a stereotyped bad guy either. It makes a story much more interesting to the reader when finding a suspect is just as hard for them as it is for the police.

All the characters are very genuine and three-dimensional. There's just enough back-story on each one so you can get to know them, but it's not overwhelming. Sometimes authors tell us way more than we would ever need to know about each and every character, and even too much information about the events can be given. But in this case, there's just enough to go around.

The story is easy to follow, but difficult to put down. I look forward to reading more by this author.


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