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Tropical Depression (Key West Mystery)
Tropical Depression (Key West Mystery)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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!


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5.0 out of 5 stars Shout this book from the mountain tops!, May 22, 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars So many questions are answered, January 9, 2014
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This review is from: Heller's Regret (Kindle Edition)
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
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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: $13.29
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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
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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.


Heller's Decision
Heller's Decision
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4.0 out of 5 stars So many questions...., August 17, 2013
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The latest offering in the Heller series has introduced some great new characters and plot twists. The humor that is JD Nixon's forte is right on the money.
This book reads quickly and keeps the reader's interest. However,there is no plot resolution...not to the interesting sub-stories or to the main issue...Where is the Tilly/Heller relationship going? Is this a healthy relationship for Tilly? There are hints that Heller's history is very painful and that his relationship with Tilly is a healing one, but we need to know some of that history in order to keep a warm feeling towards Heller. The author writes this as a continuing series, and not to be stand-alone books. Still, it would be nice to get some answers in each installment before moving on to the next group of questions.
That said, the adventures of Tilly sure keep the reader on his toes. Even when she is sailing on calm waters, Tilly seems to create a wake of disaster! Perhaps Heller's keeping her at the Warehouse is more an effort to protect the world than it is to keep her safe! JD Nixon has a way of creating very real and very intriguing characters. The reader wants to know more about each and every one of them.
This is a good weekend read and makes the reader anxious for the follow-up.


Pine Box for a Pin-Up
Pine Box for a Pin-Up
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4.0 out of 5 stars Noir is back., June 8, 2013
Times were seedier then. The lines between good and bad had fuzzier edges. And Frankie Valentine photographed it all. He recorded the aftermath of a violent act and the prequel to a sensual evening. The era held a different meaning back then... being hardboiled was considered a good thing, being too honest made you suspect. Taking pictures of beautiful women is a hobby many men dream about. Valentine made those dreams real. Back then not only was his work appreciated by his subjects; he was amply rewarded for his "services". One such photo shoot turned into his worst nightmare.

Rochester NY, was a cultural backwater on the verge of reinventing itself. The streets were dark and populated by darker men. The bars and hotspots were shadier and the women found there, were blatantly sensual and sometimes dangerous. The judicial system was skewed and purchasable. There were good cops and bad cops but mostly there were good-bad cops and bad-good cops. This city was Valentine's back yard. He thought he knew it. He would be proved quite wrong.

With his debut novel, Frank De Blase has shown a deep understanding of the '50s noir genre. With shades of Spillane and Hammett, he draws the reader close to a character (Frankie Valentine)...a character who shouldn't be likable nor rooted for. With side comments and jargon taken from the era, De Blase allows the reader to feel the streets and sense the threats hidden in the shadows. I found the book enjoyable, the plot unique and the main character likeable inspite of himself.
"Pine Box for a Pin-Up" is a good weekend read and I give it a solid 4****.


A Deadly Distance (Jack Noble #2)
A Deadly Distance (Jack Noble #2)
by L.T. Ryan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.69
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5.0 out of 5 stars noble - (adj) "high in character or quality, April 29, 2013
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Jack Nobel doesn't fear hell. He's been experiencing it in pieces for years...it's his job. Jack is a 'sanitation engineer'. He specializes in human garbage. As a member of the clandestine government agency - SIS - Jack and his team have limited overseers and the harrowing responsibility of rooting out and eliminating terrorists who's only goal is to create that hell right here in the USA.

In "A DEADLY DISTANCE" author L.T.Ryan takes Jack to a place that he (Nobel) has avoided like the plague....his soul.

What Jack and his partner, Frank Skinner, thought was another terrorist cell turns into an international child kidnapping and smuggling ring. Jack's job has hardened him to the point he can't even remember the name of the young child he risked his life to save; calling him 'the boy'. His ice wall is so well-built that the best pick-up line a potential love interest can give him is -"So how emotionally unavailable are you?"

It all falls apart - or comes together - depending on your point of view, when Sarah inserts herself into the operation and eventually his psyche.

With rapid plot twists and turns, L.T.Ryan keeps, what could have been another 'government secret agency saves the world' A DEADLY DISTANCE riveting and the reader emotionally involved. This book is not for the faint of heart, it is violent and raw. Men like Jack Noble - hard, detached and deadly - are a sad necessity in today's world. I thank L.T.Ryan for introducing me to a modern Dark Knight. 5*****.


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