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The John Milton Series: Books 1-3 (The John Milton Series Box set)
The John Milton Series: Books 1-3 (The John Milton Series Box set)
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5.0 out of 5 stars When to Root For the Killer? When it's John Milton., May 15, 2015
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Darn you, Mark Dawson! You have me hook, line and sinker into The John Milton saga.I purchased this bundle at a price break figuring that I had little to lose. Little did I know that what I would lose is...hours of sleep because I couldn't put the book down.

John Milton is a complex character. He will never be confused with Gandhi.He is a solitary hard man, who finds his self-realization late in life. His body is flawed. It is refreshing to see an alpha hero who is not a walking Adonis. His morals are flawed. He is/was an assassin.He is a recovering alcoholic who is faithfully trying to follow the Twelve Steps. Whether it is dealing with Real Life or Karma catching up with him, his current chosen path has been beyond difficult.

Mark Dawson has introduced us to a blemished hero...cold, solitary, disillusioned. But John Milton is trying to change. He wants to be able to live in his own skin and quiet his mind. Dawson has drawn us into the herculean battle of turning over a new leaf. You want John Milton to succeed, and yet you know that we need these types of men to keep the world in balance. Dawson walks the reader smoothly through this character's epiphany and makes you like him, in spite of yourself.

After reading this bundle, I immediately purchased the next three books in the series. Well worth my time and money. And will well be worth yours too. Five Stars!


Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High-Resolution Display (212 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers
Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High-Resolution Display (212 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to hold, May 15, 2015
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Light in weight. Easy to hold. One-hand page control. No-glare screen for outdoor reading. One-click access to Amazon's unbelievable inventory of books.And...afforadible. My original "keyboard Kindle" is still going strong. This is my handy take-along Kindle. Love it!


Hart Attack (Titan Book 7)
Hart Attack (Titan Book 7)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love just is, November 23, 2014
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Love just is. There is nothing you can do about it. Roman Heart and Beth Tourne are flawed people shouldering tremendous responsibilities. The masks they show the world help keep them sane; help those relying on them to feel secure. And those same masks keep each from finding the one true love that would make those masks unnecessary. Roman-the rock solid team leader of Titan. Beth-the newly activated operator for the CIA. Their assignment-simply save the entire world from nuclear destruction. Just another day on the job for Titan. The job was the easy part. The steadfast denial of their love almost destroyed everything.

Roman and Beth have danced around each other for over a year Both knowing once the walls inside came down they would be vulnerable to the one thing each feared...love.

Cristin Harber doesn't write about beautiful princesses finding their hunky prince charming. Her women are strong and they are flawed. Their men are purpose-driven alpha males. These women don't complement their men - they complete them.

"HEART ATTACK" isn't just a spicy, romantic thriller. It is an affirmation to the fact that love isn't easy nor is it convenient. Love can destroy us as it builds us stronger than before. Modern problems. Modern people. Same truth - love conquers all!
I have no choice but give this wonderful story a full 5 stars. Read it. Join Team Titan. You won't regret it and you just may find the courage to give love a shot...just like Roman and Beth.


Tropical Depression (Key West Mystery)
Tropical Depression (Key West Mystery)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks - I needed that, June 29, 2014
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Remember the first time you read Janet Evanovich? Remember laughing out loud at the dialog and the mental pictures? This weekend, I read "Tropical Depression. A Key West Mystery" by Laurence Shames.What could possibly be funny about a 55 year old depressed Jewish businessman from New Jersey (Murrey aka: The Bra King) and a bitter, last of his tribe Indian named Tommy? What could be funny about Murrey trying to win his ex-wife back? Or Tommy fighting to have his tribe (aka: him) recognized by the US government? Oh, not as funny as all three of them being hunted by a Mafia kingpin, bent on becoming their partner. I haven't laughed this hard, out loud...all by myself...in years. The book is a mishmash of romance, thriller and mystery with no sex or violence. You want to see this book made into a blockbuster movie, and yet you don't want it ruined by being made into a movie. No hunky Alpha males, no ex-SEALS, no sultry, sexy bimbos...just a damn good story with great characters and lots of grins and giggles! Buy this book...you need to experience it for yourself! 5 absolute stars!


Sold
Sold
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shout this book from the mountain tops!, May 22, 2014
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This review is from: Sold (Kindle Edition)
PLEASE READ THIS BOOK..buy it, borrow it, steal it if; you have to...but this story is that important.
The book is very short (278) pages and is riveting in it's power and REAL in it's horrible truth...but it will leave you with hope for the future and in awe on the strength of a simple 12 year old girl.


Interview with a Master
Interview with a Master
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different POV, February 11, 2014
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The author uses an interesting premise to present a kinder, gentler D/s relationship. This type of relationship is the norm in the lifestyle and educates the reader while teasing them with a romantic plot. The ending was unexpected. You want to know more, but you are afraid to ask. A solid 4****.


Heller's Regret
Heller's Regret
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So many questions are answered, January 9, 2014
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this book left me feeling like I'm riding the crest of a giant breaker-wave. I know that when the series ends, I will be crashing onto the beach and become part of the flotsam and jetsam abandoned there. But the ride has ben phenomenal! My heart breaks for the pain each character has carried, and it soars with the hope each has that the future will be brighter. Heller's Regret is pulling everything together and answering many open questions.
Tilly is growing. Heller is trying to mellow. Evil people abound. The characters in this installment evolve into real people by stepping up in Heller's absence. Heart-breaking at times and uplifting in it's promise. Highly recommended.


Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel
Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel
by Lee Child
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Who's and Why's get answered., September 12, 2013
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"Never Go Back" - good advice. Reacher should have listened. But why step out of character now?

He finally puts a face to the haunting voice of Turner. But not before being forced back into military service, locked up on numerous felony charges, hunted down by every alphabet agency in the country (not to mention nefarious minions) and haunted by a past he can't remember. All this for a sit-down and dinner with a woman he has never seen and traveled across the country to meet.

Lee Child's latest thriller is filled with angst and characteristic plot twists. But the best part of this latest offering is the insight into Jack Reacher. Why does he wander like a Bedouin? Is he naturally a violent man? Is he capable of love?

Want answers? Read the book. It is worth your time and money. Five glorious stars!


Target Deck: (A Deckard Novel)
Target Deck: (A Deckard Novel)
by Jack Murphy
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.36
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Intense!, September 10, 2013
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For those of you who have been there...this book will bring it all back. The smells, the sounds, the blood, the fear, the constant embedded anxiety and the hideous mental images. For those not familiar with the realities of combat...prepare yourselves. This is not a John Wayne "Good Guys Always Wear White Hats" kind of story. Except for the over-the-top behaviour of the hero, Deckard; the action scenes are about as real as it gets.

The hero Commander Deckard along with his mercenary company "Samruk International are tasked to do the impossible...save a kidnapped Mexican police officer and then bring down the nasty drug cartel responsible. Needless to say...things go way off mission.

The main character (Deckard) comes across as just a bit more alpha than Rambo; and about as believable as any comic book superhero. But somehow this works. The reader feels a genuine need for Deckard to be more than human - or a bit less, depending on the circumstances. Honor, loyalty, a sense of duty and brotherhood to comrades in arms are good qualities for soldiers. Every one of the Samruk mercs has these in spades. Their leader commands from the front...sometimes too much from the front.

The author's personal knowledge of battle tactics, equipment and environment keeps this book accurate and constantly moving forward. In fact, this reader was exhausted after finishing some chapters. The technical data on the equipment is a little overwhelming at times. It is as if the author wants to show his "bonafides" to the reader. But if you are not military, it makes you feel as if you have been allowed a peek into something that you were not supposed to see...kind of voyeuristic in a way.

The prose could be more polished, and the obligatory sex scene could have been omitted, but all in all I found Target Deck a fast-paced and exciting read. I give it a solid 4 stars.


High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella (Kindle Single)
High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella (Kindle Single)
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $1.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Tease...More Insight, August 21, 2013
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High Heat is a novella. It is a brief insight into a character (Jack Reacher) that every reader has claimed as their own. It's not meant to have deep plots or flowery prose.Ther is a goodly dose of dry humor and some priceless one-liners. Lee Child has offered us here a look into the formation of the dark lone-wolf.
Reacher's high intelligence is shown. His awkward social skills are seen in their formative stage.Even as a teen, Reacher was never a man to be led by his "little brain". Although choosing to complete his "mission" while being stared down by Son of Sam might be construed as "little-brainish".
Altogether, High Heat is a quick read that is true to character. A little tease for the upcoming full length Never Go Back due in September.
High Heat is exactly what the author promised, and for that reason I give it a solid 5 stars.


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