First, let me just say this is a FANTASTIC romantic suspense novel! It has a touch of the paranormal and uses the same type of males we love from the...moreFirst, let me just say this is a FANTASTIC romantic suspense novel! It has a touch of the paranormal and uses the same type of males we love from the BDB series that J.R. Ward so famously crafted. These Navy Seals guys are swoon-worthy, rock your face off hot. There's battles, romance, heat; all delivered with a powerful one-two punch of intrigue and danger. Love it!
Beth is a lonely but hardworking woman that keeps her emotional entanglements neat and tidy. She doesn't allow men inside her tender emotional inner circle after a botched up jilt at the alter taught her it was better to be safe than sorry. Then... she receives a portentous dream that forces her to shun her cautious nature and take a chance to save an elite team of Navy Seals she witnesses perish in a brutal airplane massacre. What she wasn't counting on was the cosmic and fatalist connection that would snap into place upon meeting Zane Winters.
What I loved: I love the romantic tension between Beth and Zane. I love that McCallan was able to show he was deep-feeling but SO intimately embraced his male side as well. That's not an easy balance to achieve. A lot of times I read authors that "feminize" their males and the Alphas become Betas. Effectively neutering them as the agressive and possessive males we want to read about. The author doesn't do that here and I love it. The plot is great with a slightly new twist on an age-old favorite in the middle of an intriguing terrorist-like plot that is steeped by enough solid verbiage/research and good old-fashioned storytelling that I never disbelieve anything the author feeds me. And boy, is it a lot! The pace is brutally fast, nightmarishly so; just the way I like it.
What I didn't like: nothing. This is a re-read for me. It may be for you too. I liked it enough that I perused the author's blog and (thank you God), she plans to write this as a series and has been approached by a publisher. Yea for us!
6.0 of 5 stars!
Genre: Romantic Suspense Sub-genre: Thriller, suspense, military undertones Elements: Profanity, violence and sexuality Age: 18+(less)
This was a "strong" 3.5 star read. I loved the pacing in this book. I was able to put it down so it wasn't earth-shattering but it kept my interest an...moreThis was a "strong" 3.5 star read. I loved the pacing in this book. I was able to put it down so it wasn't earth-shattering but it kept my interest and I definitely wanted to get back to it when time allowed. Bidinotto is very polished in his writing style and his story, especially the criminal justice aspects, were most interesting to learn about in the context of a fictional story. I loved Hunter, the man he was and what motivated him were spot-on for my taste. I loved the ending. Especially the climatic fight scene, well-done. Bidinotto knows that we're not all martial arts experts and he was absolutely brilliant at describing the fight scene in a way that painted it accurately for us novices while losing not one bit of the momentum. Superb!
What I liked: Hunter. He was just flat-out alpha male with a dash of sensitive. His idealism made him wonderful to read about and "watch." I loved how the vigilante justice was dispatched. Cleverly done and oh-so satisfying. The villains were awful and we wished for their demise as readers. I liked the third person narrative ( I usually do) as it offered a deeper understanding of what all the characters thought processes were.
What I didn't like as well: the mystery. Okay, maybe Bidinotto intended for us to know who the vigilante was from the inception of the work (like we were voyeurs while he executed his tasks), but it left me feeling like there was nothing to "find out" later. So, this is more intrigue than mystery. If he intended for it to be a mystery, it was entirely to obvious from the beginning. The vernaculars and tastes of Hunter. For a guy in his late 30s, he uses idioms/expressions that are completely too old for his age. Some references are those my folks used. He needed to use phrasing that was relevant to his generation. Also, Cole Porter? I had to do a wikipedia check on him! I felt Annie was weak as a woman and should have been more honest in her interaction with Hunter. However, that was the tension point of the novel... so, I let it go.
Those things aside, it is definitely worth reading if you like the following: intrigue, romance, strong male leads, government espionage, thriller undertones. Bidinotto has a solid series here if he chooses to expand on it. He has the writing chops to do so! (less)
I am reading this series back-to-back so no reviews on other books unless they fall from the sky like rain! This author seems to be on my exact freque...moreI am reading this series back-to-back so no reviews on other books unless they fall from the sky like rain! This author seems to be on my exact frequency! Suttle offers just enough of a variety of different genres to keep me losing sleep over reading her work! The Kindle abuse continues, guys!(It hits my face at 2AM, wakes me up, I go back to reading!). Great recipe right before Christmas. So, why are these so addictive?
You just have to know what happens next.
From one unbelievable scene to the next. I see elements of other authors in her work. If you like the following authors, you may also like Suttle: Evanovich, Laurell K. Hamilton and J.R. Rain. She takes the best of the humor from Evanovich, the great criminal mystery of Hamilton before she digressed into erotica, and the "normalness" of the MC from Rain and combines those riveting elements in one fell swoop of her own. Brilliant and enthralling.
Lissa continues to be a bottle in the ocean for the vampires, mercilessly swept along in a current not of her making. Independent, engagingly intelligent and vital in her own skin she cannot help but resent their inability to trust her instincts. Instead, the vamps plow over the top of her with their "laws" while simultaneously abusing her gifts for their personal exploitation. I was so ticked on a few parts I had to take a moment. I was enraged for the MC! Unreal! Suttle seems to have an interesting "who dunit" thread running through her work that pleases the heck out of me and I am already enjoying that continuity in book three.
I almost cried at the ending. I was in agony for Lissa's treatment in book two and sincerely hope that Suttle takes that full circle and gives those responsible a suitable reckoning. I have a short list for her anyway. I love that when I finished that horrible cliffhanger, I was able to achieve closure with the beginning of book three, which seamlessly picks up where two left off. These books are not for the faint of heart, there are disturbing human elements throughout and described in horrifically honest fashion... unflinching. Non-homogenized fare.
WoW...just wow. Harper really understands language. King of dialogue! I *believed* what all his characters were saying, both out loud and in their res...moreWoW...just wow. Harper really understands language. King of dialogue! I *believed* what all his characters were saying, both out loud and in their respective internal monologues. The men thought like men and he didn't do too bad with the chicks either (a few times I wanted to check the cover and make sure it was a male author; he had some uncanny insights into the feminine psyche.)
Like this for instance, which I highlighted in my Kindle like the book fanatic I am,: "Her life had been too safe to need courage, and too easy to develop resolve."
Book is a 1960's detective on the police force driven by integrity and some gritty past circumstances that have molded him into the man he's become. Ghosted by a haunting death in his past that he can't shake, and misunderstanding the root of it, it dogs him into adulthood. Despite challenging circumstances in his childhood, he rises above it magnificently. I was rooting for Wendell Book from the beginning; I dug who he was and thought he sounded pretty hot too! His life changes drastically when he meets Molly, a girl "awoken" to discover she is not who she believed she was. Pieces of her past fall together in a slow mudslide of chunks, with Book intricately entwined in the memories she possesses. I loved Book's POV, but the switch to the Christian Templar time told in third person from the perspectives of Broussard and Kahli were amazing as well. Steeped in history, the passages give a fascinating slice into life at that time,and the bravery and human motivation therein. It is the classic tale of good versus evil but it's never stale. Never. If you're a reader that digs fast paced action, intrigue, highly-detailed scene description, etc. This is the novel for you.
If you can survive the ending. Harper completely turned me upside down with his twist and I was pleased over the surprise of it. It made sense, it was complicated and gave me the "ah-huh" that I love to get nailed with at the end of a great read. Bravo!
A caveat: this is not a genre I'm usually nuts over. It's a thinker: dummies need not apply (joking...kinda). A novel like this keeps you on your toes, there's a lot going on that must be assimilated and connected by the reader, not the least of which is the history that is cleverly paced within the book. It's a full-meal-deal. If you're looking for dessert, skip this. It's too satisfying by far, completely engaging from beginning to end.(less)
*This review is C&P from my blog and was reviewed by, Malryk~
Enhanced zombies, Prime medieval setting, Insidious magic, and a Catastrophic shovel...more*This review is C&P from my blog and was reviewed by, Malryk~
Enhanced zombies, Prime medieval setting, Insidious magic, and a Catastrophic shovel - all the makings of the word EPIC!
This book was recommended to me by a good friend of mine, and I freely say that I was excited. One just needs to look at the title of the review. When we start out with the,"Curse of Troius," we get a glimpse of not so much magical nature as the last days *of* magic. When this happened, I was more than a little sad of what we would be missing - especially after the tavern scene (you'll know it when you see it ;) ). However, this did not seem to impede nor take away from the progression and style of the story. We're thrown into a variety of folk, some who have experienced horrible scenarios, some with mysterious pasts, and some who have yet to show that they're worth anything more than the ale they have on the table. The story is compelling, the characters range from mildly-amusing to enigmatic (think "first encounter of "Stranger").
As the story progresses, we feel the slow building up of the release that we know is the zombie apocalypse. There-is-no-hope, that warm fuzzy feeling we get when the end of the world is neigh. Characters you may have hoped to have had a happy ending may or may not be gone - characters you may want to die in horrible way may or may not survive. It's up to you guys to read the book and see for yourselves the awesomeness that is the walking dead. A forewarning - there is not immediate carnage. If you want a book that gives you blood and guts from start to finish, go play Halo or re-watch Dawn of the Dead. If you want something with zombies and an actual story, read this book.
Hope all who read it enjoy it!
Oh, and a note to the author: "If I don't see a sequel within the next two years, a zombie-pox upon you :)" (less)
Sloane Burbank works as a free-lance law enforcement consultant who was a former FBI agent. When her current contract is a missing person that was a c...moreSloane Burbank works as a free-lance law enforcement consultant who was a former FBI agent. When her current contract is a missing person that was a childhood friend, it quickly becomes personal. Sloane wishes to widen the “capture net” of their perpetrator and enlists the help of current FBI agent and former lover, Derrick Parker. Although the FBI, with Parker in charge, are already involved in the case, there has been little progress. After Burbank comes on board, the dynamic changes through a series of intuitive leaps of knowledge and shrewdness on her part. Aided by Parker's investigative research they soon overcome their differences to work together as a smooth team once again.
Soon it becomes obvious that Sloane herself may be the ultimate target. Parker becomes distracted by insuring her safety which ultimately leads to her capture. A great thriller combined with mystery and a surprise, catalyst ending that leaves the reader with the “feel good.” No bitter “aftertaste” in this work.
This author is great at combining different genres together for a “tight” read that is perfect for the person that is not interested in a singular genre but appreciates elements of many. This is mainly a thriller with mystery and a touch of romance. It's not a “cannot-put-it-down,” but is definitely entertaining. (less)
A new author for me, Deaver sets a pace that starts with a bang and never slows down. If the mood strikes for a [very] solid mystery-thriller, then th...moreA new author for me, Deaver sets a pace that starts with a bang and never slows down. If the mood strikes for a [very] solid mystery-thriller, then this is the novel for you.
Deputy Brynn McKenzie as the protagonist is an angst-driven, hard-on-herself perfectionist that gets the job done without shirking her duty.
After a dropped 911 call, McKenzie's Sheriff directs her to ascertain a [ potential] problem at an isolated lake residence bordering a state park. It's the end of a long day at work, the residence is at the outer edge of their jurisdiction in addition to McKenzie's anxiety of the water. However, she trudges out the door in decent spirits as she fully anticipates a mistaken dial.
Upon arrival, she abruptly discovers that what should have been a benign 911 call is in reality a double, execution-style murder. Taken aback, McKenzie responds quickly to the assassins who lie in wait on the property. Narrowly missing getting killed herself she soon encounters an ungrateful survivor of the murdered couple. If this were not enough she must also navigate the wilderness at night without the use of her weapon and cell phone. Along the way, it becomes apparent that the assassins are not the only challenge the night harbors.
This book rocks and rolls all the way to an unreal climax that is almost impossible to anticipate. Beside the fantastic plot turns, Deaver is a master at creating a main character who is believably flawed but still likable.
This is a complex plot and has been reviewed as such ( some may get “car sick” from the plot turns). I found it a can't-put-down read for sure. These types of complicated, intricate plots are what make a book interesting and this was no disappointment on that score.
[For me] this was a relationship book. It's about a father and daughter who desperately love each other and are involved in a lifelong misunderstandin...more[For me] this was a relationship book. It's about a father and daughter who desperately love each other and are involved in a lifelong misunderstanding that is so profound they almost cannot transcend it. Pat [protagonist] is tenacious in his relationship(s), finally seeing what life may have to offer during mid-life. Watching his evolution during the process of seeking his daughter was an interesting perspective, expertly stuffed into the middle of a double-mystery. There are different sub-plots that add to the depth of the story, at once offering intrigue and giving a great foundation to the main storyline. Sometimes the narrative comes off a little "stilted," but the words are perfect; all is forgiven!
This is a great book for people that like mystery with a twist of thriller, foreign intrigue and light romance/familial ties.
A terrific book which promises much in the scientific realm without edging outside of layman's terms. The reader can self-educate while enjoying this...moreA terrific book which promises much in the scientific realm without edging outside of layman's terms. The reader can self-educate while enjoying this novel that addresses the potential for a humanoid species that is not homo sapiens.
An eager doctor who is part of an elite group stumbles upon genetic abnormalities present in the victim of a fatal car crash and draws conclusions which endanger, and eventually end his life. Select group members find the circumstances surrounding his death suspicious and begin a chase which leads to a desperate who-trusts-whom scenario.
All the while, Artie, our protagonist, believes he is losing every dear thing he cares for in his search for the truth, only to find, in the end, he was being protected throughout.
The story is steeped soundly in the scientific realm and is not far-fetched enough to be unbelievable but is wildly interesting. This is not for the creationists and deals solidly in evolution. The dialog is somewhat stilted and keeps it from being the “5” it deserves to be. A great read for science, history and fiction lovers. (less)
Peretti, one of the most famous Christian novelists, sure knows how to write a brilliantly-paced, roller coaster ride of a book! Having heard great th...morePeretti, one of the most famous Christian novelists, sure knows how to write a brilliantly-paced, roller coaster ride of a book! Having heard great things about this author along with reading an earlier work, The Present Darkness, I gave Monster a try. The earlier novel, which was steeped in Christian theology and genre, is a contrary work to Monster that explores the popular myth of Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch.
Reed and Beck Shelton, a happily married couple where the extroverted husband, a self-proclaimed outdoorsy-thrill-seeker, convinces his reticent wife that a fun,“survivalist” adventure in the deep woods of Idaho would be good for her. A cabin is the meeting place where the couple is scheduled to stay the night and rendezvous with their close friends the next morning. Instead, the plan collapses when the unthinkable occurs and Reed is left stranded in the woods while a “creature” makes a stealthy escape with his wife. Reed, shaken and angry, faces an additional challenge as volunteers disbelieve his story. When a body is not recovered and tracks point in another direction, the focus of the search changes direction with spiraling danger clenching the group's efforts.
A great novel that is especially adept at switching back and forth between the challenges the wife must live through and her husband's frantic search for her is excellent. Characterization is well done throughout, with obvious opposition between the creationists and evolutionists meeting head-on with an explosive catalytic ending. Definitely a delivery of a moral thesis at the end which basically says, “... one cannot improve on the original creation...”
However there is some questions of the husband-wife relationship being not quite believable. Was the husband really precautionary enough with the wife's safety? Did he discount her anxieties too much? That noted, Peretti writes as if it is a watercolor painting; very visually astute for the reader and that makes the novel so much more than it would otherwise be.(less)
I was lucky enough to grab this TERRIFIC read when it was available for free on Amazon. Like Konrath with his "Trapped" novel, Comley writes in such a...moreI was lucky enough to grab this TERRIFIC read when it was available for free on Amazon. Like Konrath with his "Trapped" novel, Comley writes in such a way that it is a main entree and not an "appetizer" read. It's a "slow burn" thriller where you truly don't know what you're in store for. Comley spoon feeds info in the beginning to introduce a foundation of knowledge so the reader isn't lost. I very much felt like I had landed in the middle of a tale that had a rich history of relationships and emotions before me. I felt "anchored" in immediately and didn't have to grapple with a feeling of motion sickness...which can happen when an exciting/violent/intense scene is present in the first few pages.
Comley is absolutely brilliant at the terrible spiral of storytelling that she drags the reader through; wow! It didn't matter if I wanted to read it or not...with each chapter the story became more compelling than the last. I wanted so badly to know what would happen I am now stuck buying the next installment! Price? Huh...doesn't matter. What is going to happen with The Unicorn? The wretched excuse of a "man." Comley showcases humanity in the harshest light possible and does it perfectly. Too perfectly. If you squirm over extremely mature and violent themes such as the following: child rape/flesh trade/dismemberment, etc. you may have to pass. For me, the themes were contextually appropriate within the story and not gratuitous; no harm, no foul. But I mention for sensitive readers.
Love the UK angle as the author is English. What a refreshing change of diction and culture. Fun!
What I didn't like was how Lorne (MC) was so driven and obsessed in her role as inspector that her family was neglected. Even when her daughter is in grave danger...the job superseded all. I found that to be slightly unrealistic. As a mother myself, there wouldn't be another job that could turn my head when situations such as those presented in this novel occurred. Nothing would distract me from the role of protective and later, nurturing comforter. Lorne's dealings in relational situations of importance are also left unresolved and "dangling." But just because I didn't like that doesn't mean that it isn't true of that character(the latter).
Like in some past reviews, I really wish there were half star ratings. I'm giving this novel 4.5 stars. (less)
A most popular Horror-genre novelist, King's more recent work has fallen flat. However, his earlier work is intensely engaging, with Firestarter [bein...moreA most popular Horror-genre novelist, King's more recent work has fallen flat. However, his earlier work is intensely engaging, with Firestarter [being] my absolute favorite King work to date.
Our eight-year-old protagonist, Charlie, leads a seemingly normal life with parents who(before her birth) participated in a government-funded study during their college years. The results of the experimentation altered them in ways they couldn't have anticipated, which included altering their DNA. Charlie, a product of this altered DNA has abilities that are all her own and made for an “exciting” toddler-hood for her parents!
They have built a happy family for themselves but soon find that they have been under government surveillance for years and that happiness is eventually threatened and altered. A tug-of-war between the family unit and the government ensues and they find themselves struggling to protect what is most precious and fighting the exploitation of their daughter.
King is the master of subtle humor mixed with revealing the underbelly of humanity in sly flashes throughout his work. He almost always portrays people that are integrity-driven to balance out the inherent evil that he creates. In this work, as a reader, we agonize for the family as they continue to make tough choice after tough choice, then finally, the best choice out of bad ones. Especially compelling is Charlie's bravery in the face of [nearly] unsurmountable odds.
If you enjoy Firestarter, other King works which are very good are the following: The Stand (saga-length), Carrie and Salem's Lot. (less)