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- Print Length: 160 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0986393339
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 9, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00XWW3VE0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Melting Steele (The Jasmine Steele Mystery Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Though this book is the second in the series I read it as a stand alone, because it just sounded more interesting. Now having read it I do plan to go back and read the first one.
This book deals with the dark web and the on goings there. It's something we all know about, but this book brings it to life and makes you wonder if something like this could happen to you. It evokes both thoughts and emotions which in my opinion every good book should do.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great mystery, a fast paced read, or a book that keeps you awake at night with chilling 'what-if' questions.
For starters Kimberly's choice of a cover for her book sets the tone very well. And then she tightens our anticipation in a terse, well-scribed Foreword: `We all deal with some kind of obsession. Some so much so, they have issues living their daily lives. Some end up in prison for their obsession. The rest of us have the thoughts permeate our brains consistently. We sit in basements and stare at string tied from one case to another in varying color. We try to connect the dots from things that may or may not be related. We have lives. We have the ability to intermittently turn the obsession on and off depending on the time of the day, week or month. We simply function within the confines of our world. Sitting in a coffee shop, waiting for my shift to start, I can see all the obsessions oozing out of people's bodies. They want a large half-caf-iced-no whip-two cups-not too hot, and the barista obsesses to ensure the drink is perfect so the customer comes back. Someone sitting behind their plethora of devices all with the newest chips, name branded and all on display - that person obsesses about filling their void within. It's easy to spot all of these things if you just take a moment to watch. It's the greater loss of mankind. We hide behind these devices, these needs and desires to fill and we effectively give in so much to our natural obsessions that we lose sight of the real world in front of us. How many people can you pass by before you look up from your phone? The person waiting for the half-caf has yet to acknowledge anyone, he's obsessed with whatever he is posting on his social media sites. I do it all the time, but only on one topic. Maybe it's the job and the inability to see the good in mankind I always thought was there. Maybe it's the fear of what is or isn't next. As I stand in the shower, running my hand along my scars, crying in fear - I realize... I am obsessed with death.'
To be brief, the synopsis supplied by the author follows: ' We live in a digital age where everything you do, say and are, appears online. Nothing is ever really gone when you upload those photos, leave a bullying comment or surf mature websites. Detective Jasmine Steele is faced with a series of murders all tied to technology and the ever-expanding Dark Web. Out of her element she needs to trust others in order to fully understand what she is faced with. In order to solve these cases, Steele has to put aside her obsession with those that killed her brother and tried to kill her. How can she do that when breadcrumbs all lead back to a powerful man who is connected to both prior cases? She has to find her focus before she loses herself to her own desire for revenge. Past obsessions can easily become crippling addictions.' For those how have yet to read Book 1, Kimberly outlines that backstory in a Prologue (an excellent one at that!). She then proceeds into the further adventures of her inimitable Jasmine Steele.
There are few writers who are as facile at finding that keen sense of presences - making the reader feel involved on very page with every act and every word as Kimberly Amato. She makes Detective Steele a winning female character, embellishing her well-established character from Book 1 with fresh adjuncts, and yet despite all the terror and trauma she introduces comic relief at just the right moments. This is very fine writing by a lady who knows the idiom! Grady Harp, June 15
Detective Jasmine Steele has an obsession with death trying to connect the dots believing that somehow every case that comes across her path is connected to Officer Garrison. It doesn’t matter; he is dead since she is sure there is more. In her basement a wall stands as she strings the lines to connect the dots determined to solve the death of her brother and all who may be involved in shooting her. Her girlfriend, friend and therapist Frankie is afraid she’s losing her again determined to hang on to raise Jazz’s brother’s son Chase hoping for children of their own and their future. Jazz has more than an obsession as revenge plays on her mind.
Fast-paced, exciting and powerful storyline, I just couldn’t put it down. I have always loved murder mysteries and Amato doesn’t disappoint. I was captivated by Jazz’s drive and determination to solve the current murder of Kaley and her family, a young girl who was being raped by her father all the while continuing to fuel her drive as she follows the evidence of her obsession addiction. This is one story not to be missed as Amato is an excellent storyteller and clearly has a hit in book two of “The Detective Jasmine Steele Series”. Perfect for anyone loving suspense, mystery and murder I can’t wait for more.
Melting Steele gives the readers a crash course or a simplified view of the dark side of the age of information. Months after the events of Steele Resolve, Jasmine is once again called on to investigate a very brutal and sadistic homicide that will make the reader at times feels squeemish. especially if the reader has a children. But it is all part of the motivating drive that gives Steele the passion and resolve to pursue this case to the end, even if it plays with her obsession against her antagonist.
I was very pleased that events in the first book are not forgotten, it is almost shocking to read how Jasmine handles and deals with the aftermath after the events of Steele Resolve. But these nostalgia come and go as the here and now in Melting Steele as you begin to discover that not all murder scenes are as black and white, with the exception of a murdered 8 year old perhaps.
All and all when reading this i felt like I was reading a modern and Americanized version of Gorky's Park! Very anxious to read the conclusion of the Trilogy