Darlene Quinn’s Webs of Fate (Greenleaf Book Group Press) is a fast paced window into the world of department stores and high fashion laced with mysteDarlene Quinn’s Webs of Fate (Greenleaf Book Group Press) is a fast paced window into the world of department stores and high fashion laced with mystery, intrigue, suspense and romance. Quinn does a masterful job of manipulating chapters to prevent the reader from putting the book down. It’s almost impossible not to turn the page to see what is going to happen next. The main character is Ashliegh McDowell, a beautiful, smart and courageous executive who is consumed with finding and clearing the name of a missing buyer, Danielle, who looked to Ashliegh as her mentor. Ashliegh’s quest puts her life and career in danger, but she cannot stop until she finds out what happened to Danielle and to clear up evidence of criminal activity by her. In the midst of her investigation, she also must deal with her rapidly diminishing affection for her fiancé, a very wealthy and powerful corporate raider who never takes no for an answer. Ashleigh must deal with the culminating stress and begins finds to find comfort in the company of Conrad Taylor, the apparent next CEO of her company, but struggles with competing feelings. With the help of Conrad, the company security chief and a private investigator, Ashliegh keeps digging and keeps turning over clues that lead to disturbing revelations. Through these characters, Quinn weaves the different story lines into an exciting and satisfying conclusion. The book is long, about 520 pages, but if you’re looking for a good read that’s entertaining and keeps you turning the pages, this is it.
Bob Mayer knows Special Forces and knows how to write a great story. The action is in Columbia and the battle is a life and death struggle for a captuBob Mayer knows Special Forces and knows how to write a great story. The action is in Columbia and the battle is a life and death struggle for a captured SF sergeant involved in strikes against drug labs. The action is fast and tense and the heroes, a SF warrant officer and a female CIA agent are a great duo. Mayer also gives us an inside look into spec ops tactics and equipment in this tightly written thriller....more
Chasing the Ghost is a tight,fast moving action/mystery...just the kind of story Mayer does best. I read it in two nights because I couldn't put it doChasing the Ghost is a tight,fast moving action/mystery...just the kind of story Mayer does best. I read it in two nights because I couldn't put it down. ...more
After I read this collection of short stories, I sent a message to the author and told him he had a very interesting mind. That statement accurately sAfter I read this collection of short stories, I sent a message to the author and told him he had a very interesting mind. That statement accurately sums up the content of this collection. Add the element of a bonafide writing talent and you have a book that any avid reader should explore...and I do mean explore.
These stories are complex, quirky and thought provoking. I read the collection in two nights, because I couldn't stop. Only the need for sleep cut the first night short of finishing. Schaffer has put the stories in a sequence that seems to take the reader deeper into a different reading experience.
Other reviewers have discussed the plots of the stories. I prefer to just say that I recommend this collection to anyone who is interested in reading unplowed territory and who can read with an open mind. Your mind won't be disappointed. ...more
Whitechapel: The Last Stand of Sherlock Holmes is simply a masterpiece, although it is not a typical Holmes novel. Bernard Schaffer spins a dark, terrWhitechapel: The Last Stand of Sherlock Holmes is simply a masterpiece, although it is not a typical Holmes novel. Bernard Schaffer spins a dark, terrifying tale of a serial killer, how he developed his insatiable desire and how it eventually destroys him. The story is told from the different points of view of the killer, the victims and those who are trying to stop the rampage...and those who encourage it. Although the story is told through several points of view, the primary characters are the killer, Montague Druitt and Dr. Watson. Schaffer takes us on Druitt's twisted psychological journey to satisfy his addiction to murder. It not a journey for the weak of mind or stomach, for it is gruesome and sick right from the beginning. But then that is how monsters such as Druitt come to being and Schaffer lays out this process so we can understand. While Druitt is a monster, the reader may have some sympathy for him because he comes to know he is a monster and his murderous deeds are eating him alive. He doesn't understand why he has to kill and kill in such a repulsive way, but we learn why and understand fate was against him. Watson is thrust into the unfamiliar role of conducting the investigation without Holmes as Holmes has become a shell of his former self, incapacitated by his addiction to cocaine. Watson joins forces with the beautiful and engaging Irene Adler. Schaffer plays Adler's free spirit against Watson's formality as he develops their relationship. Together they go undercover in an attempt to lure the killer to attack Irene, with near disastrous results. Although Watson is engaged to his beloved Mary, he cannot help but to be taken by Irene. We also see the story through the eyes of Inspector Gerard Lestrade and other officers investigating the murders. Through their eyes we learn that there is never just one victim in a homicide. Inevitably, the police officers investigating a homicide become victims also. Their families also often suffer. In the end, Holmes comes back to solve the mystery, but he cannot undo the carnage and the collateral damage. In fact, Holmes cannot even affect the capture of Druitt. The end of this book leaves the reader unsettled and provoked into thought on one hand and satisfied on the other...a sure sign of a great book. Schaffer uses the Sherlock Holmes mystique as a vehicle to tell a much different kind of story. His talent is evident as he masterfully develops his characters and weaves them into the many levels of this book. I am anxious to read his next offering.
Bob Mayer's Duty, Honor, Country is a wonderful book with a rich tapestry of characters set in the histories of the Civil War and West Point. The CiviBob Mayer's Duty, Honor, Country is a wonderful book with a rich tapestry of characters set in the histories of the Civil War and West Point. The Civil War and its prelude are not backdrops in this work...they are an integral part of it. Mayer obviously did a tremendous amount of research and created a tightly woven, well written masterpiece. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys good books and it is a must read for anyone interested in the Civil War or the US military....more
A Knight's Kiss has everything needed to whisk the romance lover away. The story has the strong hero and troubled damsel seeking love in a complicatedA Knight's Kiss has everything needed to whisk the romance lover away. The story has the strong hero and troubled damsel seeking love in a complicated and treacherous world...along with steamy sex scenes.
Hanna Rhys Barnes takes the reader back to the days of knights, castles, lords and ladies and mixes in forbidden love, spies, family conflict, treachery and redemption. If you love romance novels, you'll love this book.
Bernard Schaffer has become one of my favorite contemporary writers because his books are always well written and interesting. The Guns of Seneca 6 isBernard Schaffer has become one of my favorite contemporary writers because his books are always well written and interesting. The Guns of Seneca 6 is no different. Schaffer transports the American Western into deep space and populates this world with characters that suits Schaffer's always unique imagination.
The good guys in this world aren't always good and the bad guys are definitely BAD...Elijah/Little Willy Harpe in a grotesque way. There are several lines of tension and conflict nicely woven around each other in this book, which keeps the plot moving and interesting. I finished this story in two nights.
Schaffer's work has generated controversy because it is raw and violent. He has responded to this criticism by publishing a "gentleman's" version of Whitechapel: The Last Stand of Sherlock Holmes. In real life as a big city detective, Schaffer's world is raw and violent, filled with hypocrisy and failed justice. Like all of us who have been in that world, he knows the story must be told. He does it well. ...more
I like this book. A series of murders takes place in a prison run by a warden who garners little respect from the prisoners, his employees or even perI like this book. A series of murders takes place in a prison run by a warden who garners little respect from the prisoners, his employees or even perceived friends. The murders cause him to fear the intervention of the state and the feds in the running of his prison. He calls the presiding judge, who along with the prosecutor, start an investigation, enlisting the help of the warden, prison doctor and the FBI. There are clues to the identity of the killer from the very beginning and guessing who the killer might be is fun and interesting.
But what I really like about this story are the characters and how the author portrays them. There is an undertone of sarcastic humor that runs throughout the book. The main characters have a certain amount of pompousness that is belied by dialogue in which the author engages them.
There is some scenes of intense violence in this book, but after all it takes place in a prison. The violence is not enough to deter even the faintest of hearts from reading the story.
I read this book in two nights and had a smile as I did because I saw the author has two faces. ...more
Paul Anthony has written a winner with Brushfire. He takes the reader into the dark and dangerous world of narcotics trafficking and terrorism. The rePaul Anthony has written a winner with Brushfire. He takes the reader into the dark and dangerous world of narcotics trafficking and terrorism. The realism is in every page because Anthony moved in this world as a British detective investigating these crimes
The story centers on a group of British detectives attending a Europol conference in Portugal. They are led by Detective Inspector William Boyd, a dedicated and seasoned police officer. During the conference, Boyd goes for a run and spots an IRA terrorist. This leads to a joint investigation with the British detectives, Portugal authorities and DEA.
The investigation leads to a drug kingpin named Klaus from whom IRA terrorists want a load of drugs. However, terrorists decide they want everything Klaus has and kill his guards and hold Klaus and his wife prisoner. The detectives are hot on their trail and in a series of violent confrontations, take down Klaus’ operation, but the IRA men escape on Klaus’ boat. But not for long.
Shadowed by a British submarine, Boyd and his detectives know the IRA is headed for Britain and approximately where. With the help of British Customs and British Intelligence, the terrorists and drug dealers are cornered in a climatic confrontation.
Brushfire is action filled and gripping. A must read if you like action/adventure novels. ...more
Little Mountain is a compelling story and the protagonist, Long Sambath, is my kind of fictional detective because he has alEmerging from the Darkness
Little Mountain is a compelling story and the protagonist, Long Sambath, is my kind of fictional detective because he has all the real thoughts and emotions of a real life cop. He also is a survivor of the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. His father, mother and sister did not survive, but Long did and made it to America. When he grows up, he becomes a police officer...like his father.
Bob Sanchez masterfully weaves the story of Long’s ordeal in Cambodia with a modern day murder mystery. Long fights his demons, his lieutenant and prejudice as he a his fellow detectives investigate the crime. The investigation twists and turns and endangers his family, but eventually it leads Long to a secret organization and the demons of his past. He confronts them head on and emerges more at peace with his past and himself.
This fast paced book is well written and gives us an inside look at that terrible time in Cambodia. That alone makes the book worth reading. The addition of an absorbing murder mystery is a great bonus! I highly recommend this book to anyone. ...more
The Fragile Peace is an important book if you have any interest at all in the war between the Catholics, ProtestantsThe Inside Story of The “Troubles”
The Fragile Peace is an important book if you have any interest at all in the war between the Catholics, Protestants and the British Government in Northern Ireland. The setting of the story is from 1969 to 1995. As the reader, you not given a tutorial of the war, you are dragged into the middle of it. You are the IRA man, the RUC patrol, the informer, the British intelligence agent, the anti-terrorist detective and the victim.
It is quite evident that the author, Paul Anthony, lived this story in his former life as a member of a Scotland Yard anti-terrorist team. It is a work of fiction, but the book is so vivid and realistic there can be no other explanation. The way the book written makes the reader feel like a part of the story.
I highly recommend the book. I read the original edition and I understand it has been rewritten because Paul Anthony has learned much about writing since he first wrote The Fragile Peace. As a writer, I did see some technical flaws in the first edition, but the story is so powerful it is easy to overlook those flaws.
James Viser’s Lie Merchants is a lesson on what can happen when planned chaos strikes. It’s a tale of frightening reality considering what we are beinJames Viser’s Lie Merchants is a lesson on what can happen when planned chaos strikes. It’s a tale of frightening reality considering what we are being told about terrorist plans today...that is small attacks in various parts of the country. It’s also a lesson about what kind of enemies are waiting to pounce, both foreign and domestic.
What I really like about this book is the protagonist, Tom Worth. He’s just an ordinary guy who rises to an extraordinary challenge, as Americans have done throughout our history. In the beginning of the book, he goes from a top executive of a large homebuilder to working at Home Depot due to the collapse of the company for which he worked. He doesn’t give up because of this hardship. He and his family make adjustments and move ahead as best they can.
Through new friends at Home Depot, he joins a group that is preparing for possible terrorist attacks that the government is warning about. He senses a sinister undercurrent, but can’t put his finger on it. When his world explodes, he ends up facing enemies from different directions and becoming a leader in fighting both.
This story is multifaceted with scenes taking place all over the world. It is also a story about peace and redemption. I recommend it anyone who wants to read a good story. ...more
Shevata... She has the vicious virtue a young guy can love. C.C. Cole has created a dark and dangerous world in her series of books young adult booksShevata... She has the vicious virtue a young guy can love. C.C. Cole has created a dark and dangerous world in her series of books young adult books about the city of Gastar. Humans, demons, vampires, dragons and other assorted creatures populate this world. Then there’s Shevata.
Shevata is an unlikely heroine. Although she is over two hundred years old, she has the human form of a petite sixteen year old girl, yet she is feared by every evil creature in the world and hell. She is relentless in her duties as an assassin for the protection of the humans in Gastar, but she is not controlled by anyone. She goes where she pleases and eliminates any evil at her will.
She can move things with her mind, wield any weapon with deadly efficiency and infiltrate enemy strongholds with ease. Yet she is tormented by her loneliness. She has never known the love of another human, not even her parents. She has been dragged to hell and came back, but with a curse...a curse that is dangerous to every living thing, good or evil. The souls that are the victims of that curse haunt her.
Superbia is a book that drags you through the emotional roller coaster of being a cop. I loved the book because it peals back the thick panels separatSuperbia is a book that drags you through the emotional roller coaster of being a cop. I loved the book because it peals back the thick panels separating the public from the police and I hated it because it brought back bad memories. It's a concentrated slice of the police world I lived in for 29 years.
Although the characters are fictional, they are personalities that do exist in just about every law enforcement agency in the world. The character of Sgt./Chief Erinnyes brings back very bad memories. I've worked for guys like him and they are scary because they're all black and white in a profession that works mostly in the grey.
I've seen dozens of Vics. Good men beat down mostly by the system, but also by the job. They're tough on the outside and easy prey inside. Their police work is sterling and their private life is a shambles. Pray for them.
The Franks in this world make up the majority of cops. They work hard and believe in what they do. They manage to maintain some balance in their lives. They have a strong sense of justice and follow the rules...most of the time. Every once in a while, they rise up in indignation against the BS. When they do, there's hell to pay.
Being a cop takes it's toll on every man and woman who accepts the truly awesome responsibility of the badge. Superbia makes you feel the constant stress, the confusion of no right answer and the deep satisfaction of nailing a truly bad criminal. Schaffer lays it out for us and pulls into this stark, blunt, roller coaster of a world and let's us sample the frustration, contradiction and tragedy that all to frequently messes with officers' minds.
Bernard Schaffer is one the finest writers of our time. His writing is bold and courageous and shows us the truth about the world and ourselves. Superbia is no exception and it is a progression in Schaffer's already extraordinary writing career....more