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JET: Stealth (Kindle Worlds Novella)
JET: Stealth (Kindle Worlds Novella)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Thriller, July 30, 2015
I’m a big fan of the Jet thrillers, and this newest one kept me riveted from start to finish, like the others. Maya a.k.a. Jet is a former Mossad operative, and this novella finds her in a hijacked plane over a fictitious Central American country, as the action begins. Her instincts avoiding bullets and giving back somehow always ring true as she picks off cartel goons and tries to sort out who’s with her and who’s against her. This is a true roller-coaster assassin thriller, no regrets.


The Lei Crime Series: Torn Roots (Kindle Worlds Novella)
The Lei Crime Series: Torn Roots (Kindle Worlds Novella)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could Not Tear Away from Torn Roots, July 29, 2015
Forget about cooking and eating lunch today, forget about the errands I was supposed to run. I made the mistake of picking up this book and could not stop reading. FBI agent Vanessa Storm has to get to the bottom of an arson attack and possible murder at a construction site for a new marina on Maui. Just reading all the descriptions of local roads and foods and the lilting names made me feel like I was in a lazy tropical paradise, but crimes are committed in the islands, too. Pure enjoyment!


Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book 1)
Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Rylee Adamson, July 20, 2015
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Got a kick out of this book, reading by the pool and a couple of evenings. You just can’t help falling for this heroine, Rylee Adamson. One foot in the human world and one in that of the supernaturals, Rylee goes after missing children who have been abducted by witches, vampires and other bad elements. She embodies just the right combination of fearlessness, badassery and secret romance, talking her snarky way out of potentially vicious confrontations, battling her way out of others.

I see there are a slew of sequels to this first Rylee Adamson book. I’ll enjoy a few more before the summer is out. Thank you, Shannon Mayer!


Fatal Call (New Breed Novels Book 4)
Fatal Call (New Breed Novels Book 4)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action-Packed Sequel, July 16, 2015
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The action moves lightning quick in this magic realism adult adventure, the fourth book in the series. I loved the first entry, Forbidden Call, and probably should have read the second and the third before diving into number four, because I could see that some characters had acquired interesting battle scars while I wasn’t looking ... and formed some steamy new relationships, too.

This series is edgy, with clipped dialogue and quick cuts from one scene to another. The light touch fits well with the characters’ special powers, for instance the ability to “gleam” effortlessly from one place to another. And edgy in the sense of dark, as well. Cancer makes an appearance, as does HIV. It felt like good TV at times, and I liked that not everything was resolved in a Hollywood ending.


THE MASTERS' KEY: A Masters Thriller (The Masters CIA Thriller Series Book 2)
THE MASTERS' KEY: A Masters Thriller (The Masters CIA Thriller Series Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Tech Roller Coaster Ride, March 11, 2015
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The suspense builds right from the start in this new high tech thriller by “3 Lies” author Helen Hanson. Clint Masters finds himself the target of a campaign of destruction waged by his former partner and best friend, Todd Westerfield. Westerfield uses computer code and encryption information only known to him and Masters to frame his old friend in a series of technical mishaps leading to accidental deaths in the Boston area.
One of the great strengths of the book is its detail in the descriptions of high tech processes, from the way a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack can be mounted, to the ways corporations protect their systems, how people meet on the Darknet, and even paying with Bitcoin. Another world unfolds before our eyes, a world in which practically anything is possible, if you know which keys to press.
But the geeky stuff is leavened with snarky humor throughout as well. Laugh-out-loud situations and comments abound, even as the situation grows more and more desperate for Clint Masters.
The CIA is deeply involved too, and this is central to the story, but as in all the classic Le Carré or Baldacci thrillers, their support is anything but unconditional. Ultimately Masters has to battle the demons on his own, leading to a sensational, unforgettable finish. Anyone looking for a gripping high tech thriller set in today’s complicated world need look no further.


The Expatriates: Book One: Song of the Sending
The Expatriates: Book One: Song of the Sending
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Magic and Adrenaline-Pumping Action, October 20, 2014
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I love books that portray people in special relationships with animals, and in The Expatriates Jim Wales has a way with animals – he can talk telepathically to the tiger he cares for at the carnival. Soon he finds himself taking advice from a bird. That bird is trying to tell him something important ...

It turns out Jim and his good friends Charlie and Sam are in great danger, hunted by evil mercenaries from another world. When the mercenaries show up at the carnival and commit a horrific atrocity, Jim is stirred to action. Soon he realizes that saving their own skins will mean returning to that other world and confronting the forces of evil.

Jim is endowed with far more powers than he realizes, so this is a voyage of discovery for him. He thinks he is on a quest to save his mother, and avenge his brother, but along the way he learns the stakes are much higher than the problems of one family.

The story is told in a beautiful, flowing style full of colorful images and adrenaline-pumping action. There is magic in Jim’s world, but it takes time for him to understand its power. He’s a hero I loved from the beginning, and his epic struggles kept me glued to the page.


Army of Worn Soles
Army of Worn Soles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ukrainian Freedom Fighters and History Repeating Itself, June 21, 2014
“All Quiet on the Western Front” was required reading in high school, and I remember being moved to tears by that account of the life of a common soldier in the killing fields separating France and Germany. This gripping historical novel by author Scott Bury takes the action to the Ukraine in World War II, following the dreadful experiences of a few poorly equipped soldiers as they are hemmed in by the Germans and their relentless killing machine.

Seas of mud conspire with faulty, outdated weapons to make the Ukrainians’ situation more and more desperate. The only thing holding them together is their fierce personal bonds, forged in school days and reinforced by their common language and culture. Their Russian commanders seem oblivious to the hopelessness of the situation, or else resigned to it. The Ukrainian soldiers experience moments of blank terror as they stare down certain death. Ahead of them the German mechanized divisions keep rolling forward, crossing rivers, their turret guns blazing, seemingly invincible, while behind them their superiors keep a lookout for deserters, guns at the ready.

With the fighting in Ukraine today, as Russia exerts its power in the Eastern part of the country, “Army of Worn Soles” could not be more topical. The seeds of the defiance we see in today’s Ukrainian soldiers were surely sown by the grandfathers who gave their lives seventy years ago. History is doomed to repeat itself, a message that comes through loud and clear in this short, beautifully written novel.


Cat Vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat
Cat Vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to Apurreciate Your Cat's Needs, April 30, 2014
I’ve had my two kittens for a year now, and had the chance to observe their behavior and be mystified numerous times. This book unlocked the mysteries. I learned what they mean with their different sound utterances, how their territorial instincts play out in my apartment, and common mistakes to avoid with the litter box. The book is clear and concise, and made easy reading. My only quibble is that sometimes the author, who is a veterinarian and feline behaviorist, seems to think cat owners should completely arrange their lives around their cats, and your apartment should become a 5-star cat hotel. I’m not prepared to go that far, but I’m happy to understand them and appreciate their needs better.


Ethan Justice: Incendiary
Ethan Justice: Incendiary
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment in this Thriller, February 22, 2014
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This is the third installment in the Ethan Justice thriller series, and although I liked the other two books a lot, this one satisfies on a higher level. The plot revolves around an English mafia figure named Nelson who is bent on enlarging his territory in southern Spain – drugs, prostitution, murder. Nelson’s idea of fun is getting beaten to a pulp by a prostitute, so you can imagine how he treats underlings who double-cross him, or simply deliver poor performance.

Ethan Justice and his girlfriend, Savannah Jones, work for the secret anti-terrorist organization Earthguard. The action starts immediately with a gas explosion and somebody shooting at their vehicle. Ethan’s sister Rachel happens to be in Madrid to put on her first fashion show, and soon it appears she might be a target of the bad guys.

Although Savannah Jones and Rachel get on famously, Ethan and his sister bristle in each other’s company. The tension between them is interesting, especially when Ethan finds himself feeling responsible for her safety.

The entire story takes place in Malaga, then Madrid and its environs. I loved the car chase scenes and all the technical stuff, using iPads to create local area networks on which a bomb could be detonated – cool stuff like that. But there is plenty of hand-to-hand combat as well, as Savannah has to find a way to survive when facing terrorists and serial rapists. Ethan Justice has many strengths, but marksmanship is not one of them, which makes for some humorous moments.

Alternating between Ethan’s point of view and Nelson’s, the book proceeds at a heart-thumping pace. Although I felt I knew how it would probably turn out, there were surprises at every turn, and twice as many surprises in the last fifty pages, just what I like in a thriller.

Incendiary is a wild and thrilling ride from start to finish, with that rare balance between nerve-wracking action and snarky humor. It’s a quick read, but one of those rare books that sticks in your memory.


Titanian Chronicles: Journey of destiny (Volume 1)
Titanian Chronicles: Journey of destiny (Volume 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Bewitching Fantasy, October 28, 2013
I've finished my romp through fantasyland in the Titanian Chronicles, and it was such a pleasure to while away a few evenings in this strange and beautiful world. Wolflang and his elvin friend Afeclen set out on a quest which takes them beyond the borders of their peaceful land of Tebelligan. Little do they imagine the dangers that lurk in those forests.

Wolflang leaves behind his fiancée, Lenna, and the first moment I knew for sure I was going to like this book was when Lenna set out after them, alone. Foolhardy, to be sure, but the female characters in this book only seem weak because of their traditional demeanor. The truth of it is they’ve got plenty of fire in them, as Lenna proves early on their journey.

I love immersing myself in a fantasy world in which the names are unfamiliar, the plants do strange things, and animals come along that look and act in unpredictable ways. The lawfabex is such an animal, and every scene contains more surprises.

The heroes encounter one dire obstacle after another in this world filled with thieves and barbarians. They have to learn new rules, and Afeclen has to remain focused on his quest.

In the second half of the book I could not bear to put it down, despite the late hour, as different threads began to come together, and the fully developed characters found themselves in full action mode. The friendships between the characters are proven true again and again, as when Wolflang gives his horse to Oomla, giving the story a satisfying richness.

I very much enjoyed The Titanian Chronicles, and regretted having to leave this bewitching world. It seems like the kind of book that would lend itself to a sequel, so I’ll be watching for that.


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