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Redemption Road: A Novel
Redemption Road: A Novel
by John Hart
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.89
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desperation That the Reader Can Feel Throughout This Tense Thriller!, June 24, 2016
I got this book based on a sterling helpful review by Amazon reviewer Tom McGee. Everything he had to say was correct about this excellent tale. Adrian Wall, an ex-cop is about to be paroled after serving 13 years for a murder he did not commit. The son of the women that was murdered is gunning for him. His ex-partner, Liz, never doubted him and she has issues of her own. She is being investigated for a torture/murder of two kidnappers who had taken a young girl and did horrible things to. Meanwhile the woman that Adrian was accused of killing was probably the victim of a serial killer, who may be ready to strike again.

Adrian Wall is a very unique, dark character who underwent unbelievable tortures in prison and has conversations with Eli, a convict who had helped him through his prison ordeal. Eli is not really there having died several years earlier. Eli's words of wisdom were so profound that Adrian seems to talk to his spirit each time he needs to make an important decision.

Hart has down an amazing job developing these characters and bringing them all together during a time of desperation. He also introduces a prison warden that is 10 times more evil than Eddie Albert's character was in The Longest Yard. The tension is rife throughout the book and the author is amazing at making the reader feel as helpless and overwhelmed as the characters.

Highly recommended! Thanks Tom McGee!


Beyond the Ice Limit: A Gideon Crew Novel (Gideon Crew Series)
Beyond the Ice Limit: A Gideon Crew Novel (Gideon Crew Series)
by Lincoln Child
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.85
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will Eli Glinn and Gideon Crew Succeed in Destroying the Alien Life They Left in the Ocean Off the Antarctic?, June 16, 2016
This book is a follow-up to The Ice Limit, but the authors give enough information that this book could be read as a standalone.

The alien seed that sank to the bottom of the ocean in the first book has been spawning. Eli Glinn is determined to destroy it once and for all. He hires Gideon Crew ( a leading character from the authors' other series) to help do the deed. They go back to the site where the Rolvaag went down (the Rolvaag was transporting the seed back to New York when it was attacked by an Argentine military vessel and eventually sank, killing most of the crew and ejecting the seed to the ocean floor) as they need to recover the black boxes and video recordings from the Rolvaag to gain information needed to deal with the seed.

The seed has become what appears to be a mountainous sized underwater plant. At first it appears dormant but then it is sending signals that seem similar to whale calls. It is suspected that the plant (called the Baabob) is intelligent as it appears to have a brain. It is later guessed that the Baabob threatens the very existence of Earth and must be destroyed completely or it will continue to spawn and threaten the planet.

It soon becomes a race to get the plan in place as the Baabob is able to affect the brains of the crew, and several start to mutiny. The book is a pretty good follow-up to the first book but the first book was definitely a lot better. Still I give it four stars.


The Storm Murders: A Thriller (The Storm Murders Trilogy)
The Storm Murders: A Thriller (The Storm Murders Trilogy)
by John Farrow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.67
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sanq-Mars is a Fascinating Character and This is a Good Start to a Promising Trilogy, May 27, 2016
This book is part of a series of books featuring Detective Emile Sanq=Mars. This tale begins a trilogy but it can be read as a standalone book without having read any of the prior Sanq-Mars tales. Sanq-Mars is retired and living with his wife Sandra on a farm raising horses. Since retirement, their relationship has deteriorated, probably because of too much time being together on an isolated farm.

In the midst of a bad snow storm, a couple is murdered in a farmhouse. Two police officers are dispatched to the scene but can see no tracks leading from the house. They realize too late that the killer is probably still in the house and are shot dead. Later a US FBI Agent Dreher appears on the scene to try to learn as much as he can about the investigation, claiming that there have been a string of similar murders in the US.

Dreher, approaches Cinq-Mars and wishes to hire him to help in the investigation. Cinq-Mars wonders why he is wanted since he is retired. Dreher says that the Canadian authorities are not likely to help him much since he is an outsider and will withhold valuable information. Cinq-Mars has connections with the local police and could use that to glean information. Also, he would be working for Dreher so he would be able to share all info.

Cinq-Mars is intrigued by the case and agrees to do the work. He needs to visit some of the crime scenes of the previous incidents in the US to see if he can find clues to help solve the murders. Sandra agrees to help him and he decides to let her come with him to the US for a chance to spend some 'vacation" time together and possibly reconnect. Their first stop is New Orleans. As soon as they arrive dangers seem to find them. They are set upon by thieves and later Sandra is kidnapped and a murder takes place.

What makes this book work well is the deductive reasoning investigative techniques employed by Sanq-Mars. Also, there are a few good supporting characters such as New Orleans Detective Dupree, who got burned by the press for an incident involving the Danzinger Bridge.

What kept me from giving me the book a full five stars is that it is a little slow at times and the author uses a very long drawn out explanation of the crimes as to why they occurred, It is still a pretty good read and I will try to get the next book in the trilogy soon.


The President's Shadow (The Culper Ring Series)
The President's Shadow (The Culper Ring Series)
by Brad Meltzer
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $5.98
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stiff Leading Character And What Appears to Be a "Forced" Story, May 13, 2016
From the book description, I was expecting a riveting thriller. A human arm found buried in the White House garden by the first lady. The perpetrator is suspected to be someone within the White House or someone who has help with an insider. The number one suspect is Nico, an escaped assassin who tired to kill the President once before. The President calls on Beecher Stone, an archivist from the National Archives, who also happens to be a member of the Culper Ring. The Ring dates back to George Washington, who created it for combatting extreme threats. Everything seems to lead back to the Island that once held Dr. Mudd

While Beecher starts investigating Nico, a new villain named Ezra may also be involved. Beecher enlists the aid of his childhood friend, Marshall. Marshall is greatly disfigured from a blast that killed his father. Also looking for Nico, is his daughter Clementine, who is dying from cancer and also happens to be Beecher and Marshall's friend.

While all that sounds intriguing, this book suffered from extremely boring characters, especially Beecher himself. He doesn't appear to be particularly smart or possess any combat skills and the reader wonders why he such an important member of the Culper Ring. It seems like the author did an incredible amount of research and then tried to force all he learned into a coherent tale. As the book is a Culper Ring tale, perhaps the author will be able to put more effort into developing interesting characters than in historical research.


The Fixer
The Fixer
by Joseph Finder
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.68
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4.0 out of 5 stars How Did Rick's Father Get So Much Money and What Do the Bad Guys Want?, May 4, 2016
This review is from: The Fixer (Paperback)
Rick Hoffman is living in his father's abandoned house which is in a state of total disrepair. His father is in a nursing home, having suffered a stroke 20 years earlier, and he is unable to speak. Rick agrees to let his neighbor fix the house aen nd upon inspecting it, they discover a false wall in the upper part of the house. Rick breaks down the wall and goes inside and finds a great sum of cash that was there since the time of his father's stroke.

Rick hides most of the money in a storage facility and tries to find why his father had so much cash hidden. He cannot ask his father so he tries piecing things together from his father's records and using his skills and an investigative journalist. It is not long before thugs rough him up and threaten him. Also, the guys working for his neighbor know that Rick has come into money and they want it for themselves. Rick starts to learn that his father may have been a bagman or a "fixer" for some very unscrupulous characters and they may be why he has so much money.

It becomes a race for Rick to get to the bottom of everything before the bad guys can catch up to him and do him real harm. The book moves at a steady pace, and Rick is very bull-headed, determined to get to the bottom of things even if it means severe beatings and possibly losing his life. He is fairly likeable though and that keeps the reader engaged throughout. This book is a fairly quick read and has several interesting supporting characters.


The Fixer Hardcover - June 9, 2015
The Fixer Hardcover - June 9, 2015
by Joseph Finder
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars How Did Rick's Father Get So Much Money and What Do the Bad Guys Want to Remain Secret?, April 28, 2016
Rick Hoffman is living in his father's abandoned house which is in a state of total disrepair. His father is in a nursing home, having suffered a stroke 20 years earlier, and he is unable to speak. Rick agrees to let his neighbor fix the house aen nd upon inspecting it, they discover a false wall in the upper part of the house. Rick breaks down the wall and goes inside and finds a great sum of cash that was there since the time of his father's stroke.

Rick hides most of the money in a storage facility and tries to find why his father had so much cash hidden. He cannot ask his father so he tries piecing things together from his father's records and using his skills and an investigative journalist. It is not long before thugs rough him up and threaten him. Also, the guys working for his neighbor know that Rick has come into money and they want it for themselves. Rick starts to learn that his father may have been a bagman or a "fixer" for some very unscrupulous characters and they may be why he has so much money.

It becomes a race for Rick to get to the bottom of everything before the bad guys can catch up to him and do him real harm. The book moves at a steady pace, and Rick is very bull-headed, determined to get to the bottom of things even if it means severe beatings and possibly losing his life. He is fairly likeable though and that keeps the reader engaged throughout. This book is a fairly quick read and has several interesting supporting characters.


The Stranger
The Stranger
by Harlan Coben
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.48
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Happened to Adam's Wife?, April 21, 2016
This review is from: The Stranger (Paperback)
Adam meets a stranger who tells him that his wife has faked her pregnancy. The story seems far fetched but as Adam investigates the stranger's claims, he finds that it is true. When he confronts his wife about it, his whole world is thrown into disorder. His wife disappears, leaving Adam to take care of his two boys while trying to locate his wife.

Other people start meeting this "stranger" and learning secrets that also upset their lives and some are blackmailed by the stranger. As Adam starts to dig into his wife's disappearance, he starts learning that his wife may have been embezzling money. When he starts learning about some of the people involved, people start to die. It is a brilliantly woven tale that kept me guessing most of the way.

The author makes a big point that everything you put on the internet can be used against you, even things that you think are posted anonymously. I liked this book up until the last few pages which left a bad taste in my mouth. If not for that I would have given it five stars.
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The Second Life of Nick Mason (A Nick Mason Novel)
The Second Life of Nick Mason (A Nick Mason Novel)
by Steve Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.54
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Doesn't Want a Lot, Just To Be Able To See His Daughter, April 15, 2016
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Based on the helpful and stellar review of this book by Tom McGee, I ordered a copy. I want to thank Tom for being spot on in his recommendation.

Nick Mason was an ex-criminal who was never involved in violent crimes. He had started a family and a new life but was struggling to make ends meet. He was presented an opportunity for one more big score, and against his better judgment he takes it. During the event, on of his friends and a Federal Agent are killed. Nick is the only one caught and he refuses to rat out his other two accomplices so he takes a 20 year sentence in prison with no chance of parole.

While in prison, he is summoned by Darius Cole, a Chicago crime boss who is also in prison (he has two life sentences). Even though in prison, Cole still has power and makes a deal will Nick to get Nick freed. That freedom comes with a price, as Nick will be indebted to Cole for what would have been the remaining years of his sentence. Once on the outside, Nick is set up in a very comfortable life. He knows not to make too much of it because he can be summoned at anytime to do some special business for Cole.

Nick is desperate to do anything necessary to keep his freedom and to be able to see his daughter from afar (his wife had remarried while he was in prison and she wants nothing to do with him. Nick secretly goes to his daughter's soccer games just so he can observe her, without his wife's knowledge). It is not long before Nick gets one of those dreaded phone calls and is made to do something he would have never thought of doing before.

Meanwhile, the same detective that had initially put Nick away, is following Nick's every move and trying to bring Nick and Cole down. Besides Nick, he also has to deal with some "dirty" cops that will stop at nothing to eliminate anyone that gets in their way.

Nick is the perfect anti-hero who, even though he does bad things, the reader roots for him. This was a very good book and well worthy of a five star rating.
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The Verdict: A Novel
The Verdict: A Novel
by Nick Stone
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.37
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Secrets and a British Legal System Make for a Compelling Tale!, April 5, 2016
This review is from: The Verdict: A Novel (Hardcover)
About once a year I come across a book that will completely engross me throughout and I will be disappointed that it has to end. This is one of those books. Also, being a big fan of the legal thriller, it was quite interesting to see how the British court system works when trying a big profile murder case.

Terry Flynt is over thirty and a Legal Clerk (like an intern in a legal firm) with a lot of secrets about his past. He had spent a year at Cambridge Law School but never graduated. He omitted any mention of Cambridge from his application when he got his job. The dream of all Clerks at his firm is to be offered a permanent position and have their law school tuition paid for.
One day a call comes in to the office and Terry is the one that answers it. The usual protocol is that whoever answers the phone is the one who will be assigned to the case. Terry was sure that the call was meant for his young ambitious work rival (who he calls Adolph instead of Anabelle). So he feels guilty about taking the call but he is glad that he can steal a case from Adolph. The case is a high profile murder case and it turns out that the defendant is Terry’s ex-best friend (Vernon or VJ), who he had a falling out with several years prior. Ethically, Terry has to let his boss know as this would be a conflict of interest but Terry is desperate to be on the case as he feels it will help ensure that he is the one to receive a position and Law School tuition. Terry decides to not say anything to his bosses and play it by ear, hoping that the firm will not find out that he lied about his past on his application.

The case against VJ is totally stacked against him and his alibi for the murder is “wild” sounding and unbelievable. Additionally, the prosecutor is Francois Carnavale, who practically never loses a case. As things progress Terry goes way beyond his “clerking” position and starts to do things that are totally unethical for a legal clerk to do to investigate (like posing a detective to get into restricted areas). The more things that Terry learns, people start to die and Terry’s life and his family are in danger. Also, the secrets he kept from his wife and bosses start to slowly come out.

The book is quite long (the edition I had was 499 pages with very tight print) but never gets boring. I was hooked from the first page and didn’t want it to end. It is full of so many twists that I was guessing practically until the last page. I highly recommend this book.
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Out of darkness (Brier Hospital)
Out of darkness (Brier Hospital)
Price: $2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Victims Should Not Be Blamed for What Occurred to Them!, March 20, 2016
This review is based on a free copy received directly from the author but reflects my own opinion.

Cynthia Lange was a victim sold into prostitution by her mother at an early age. Cynthia is rescued by the FBI and given a new chance at life, which she takes advantage of it. She goes through medical school and ends up working at Brier Hospital, the focus of most of the author's prior works. She is very successful, even being asked to run for the Presidency of the hospital, until her past starts to be exposed. Now all of a sudden the victim is now being" blamed" for what happened to her.

Some of the "old school" doctors do not like her crusade for women's rights in the hospital and asking of respect for nurses and use her past to discredit her. Additionally, Cynthia is asked to testify in court against a perpetrator associates of the perpetrator start threatening her life.

The author has woven a steady tale that has some elements of suspense and some good courtroom drama. A fairly good read.
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