Don't turn off the lights when reading this thriller, unless you thrive on having the bejesus scared out of you. Seriously.
I am an avid reader of poli...moreDon't turn off the lights when reading this thriller, unless you thrive on having the bejesus scared out of you. Seriously.
I am an avid reader of police procedural books, thrillers, and anything cop-related, so I looked forward to following along while the law enforcement went after their perp in Heron Park. I enjoyed both Cassie and Izzie (the main team portrayed in this story). Getting to know Cassie on a personal level, along with her father and long-time friend, Sam, gave me an emotional attachment to her outside of the department. Add in a sexual tension with the handsome FBI agent assigned to the case, well; I was glued to the story.
And Izzie, she was an awesome secondary character as the partner in crime, tough enough to take on the macho male cop in the department, yet scared out of her wits when visiting the morgue. I liked that her tough female persona had many dimensions. The back and forth between cops while at the station was pretty on par too; I felt like I was there.
What got me, literally, was the way the author put me in the mindset of the serial killer, the jowls of the dog, and the victim on the receiving end. She vividly, and sometimes with graphic description necessary to make you feel the horror, set the scene. Here are a couple sentences in a scene that made me feel as if I was right there, and had me clenching the comforter:
~~He'd pinched harder and harder, watching sweat pool in every crevice of her naked body. Thor's massive jaws constricting her neck silenced her screams.
While vivid with the description for the killer and the victim, she is equally enticing while introducing us to the evidence, and the horrific scenes of the crime. Through her choice of words, the author shows us the horror the serial killer is inflicting, the excruciating terror the victim is enduring, and the trials and tribulations of law enforcement through their search. No one is safe from this sadistic killer.
I look forward to the next set of sleepless nights I am sure to encounter when reading this author.(less)
Cassidy Jones was an awesome read. I enjoy YA action novels because they are written to entertain, and can take you away from the gritty realities of...moreCassidy Jones was an awesome read. I enjoy YA action novels because they are written to entertain, and can take you away from the gritty realities of life during the reading duration of the book.
I met the author on Twitter, read the synopsis of the book and purchased the Kindle version that day. Once the book was uploaded, I figured I would read a couple of chapters; then get to back to working on my own projects. Not so. I read it in one sitting.
Throw in a blunder that alters Cassidy's world, and the reader is off and running. The first in the series of Cassidy Jones was a fast-paced read, filled with action and adventure. Elise Stokes was able to blend the real world of teenage angst, with the fictional and fantastical world of that of a superhero.
Elise Stokes has a great imagination, and she brought the world to life, visually, on the pages.
Author of Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00, written by pen name, CR HIATT(less)
I downloaded this gem of a short story a short while ago, but only had time to read it this weekend. Two words, holy cow!!! Up until now, most of the...moreI downloaded this gem of a short story a short while ago, but only had time to read it this weekend. Two words, holy cow!!! Up until now, most of the short stories I've read were preludes to a series, so more like a character intro, but without a beginning, middle and end. Not so with Pieces. The conclusion blew me away. Regina Pucket delivered the story of a woman who suffered a lifetime of abuse at the hands of her husband, and she may have snapped. When detectives question her about the death of her husband, we are left to wonder. Did she do it, or not? With the turn of each page, I kept going back and forth on whether or not I believed she did. With the unforgettable ending, how he ended up dead no longer seemed to matter.(less)
I have been an athlete most of my life, so exercise was always a prerequisite. Running, sit-ups, pull-ups, you name it...moreStretching for overall health...
I have been an athlete most of my life, so exercise was always a prerequisite. Running, sit-ups, pull-ups, you name it; I have done it. Even with all of that, there was still something lacking with the overall health levels I wanted to achieve. Then came the recommendation that I try yoga, and that's when I came across Ahhhhhh ... Haaaaaa Moments with Ms. Cheevious. What a treat. Not only does the book provide the photographs depicting each stretching technique; but an easy to read description follows, explaining each movement of the body. I started attempting the moves moments after I received the ebook, and have spent a few minutes a day, ever since. The first thing I noticed; the aches and pains athletes normally deal with are alleviated through the techniques of yoga. Granted, I have only been practicing the stretches for a couple weeks now, but the pain relief already experienced has me convinced it should be added to my weekly regiment.
I can't thank the author, enough, and highly recommend the ebook to anyone - athlete, or otherwise. There are no fees to join a class, no driving involved. You can load the ebook on your Kindle or computer, the images and descriptions of the moves are right there to see, and easy to follow. I look forward to the overall health benefits Yoga brings to my life after repeated use.(less)
I discovered LightMasters through Twitter. The author gets you engaged from the start. Thirteen-year-old, Jessica, is sent to li...moreCome take the journey.
I discovered LightMasters through Twitter. The author gets you engaged from the start. Thirteen-year-old, Jessica, is sent to live with her gassy grandparents in a log home in the forest - no spoiler there as it is reflected early on.
Moping around in her room because nobody remembered her thirteenth birthday, she is excited when a bright light fills her window from the forest. She rushes outside, and that’s when the journey begins. She’s beckoned further into the woods where she meets magical beings.
The author takes you into a fantasy world with vivid descriptions and sometimes humorous other-worldly characters. While there, Jessica learns, by way of choices, how to deal with events and situations that teens in the real world, are often forced to deal with. Each challenge Jessica faces, it is up to her which path she ultimately takes. Learning lessons along the way.
Though the book is written for YA, any and all ages would thorougly enjoy the adventure. (less)
The Cover UP is a fast-paced thriller that keeps you guessing with twists and turns of the ensuing investigation, after an Omega Airline 737 flight cr...moreThe Cover UP is a fast-paced thriller that keeps you guessing with twists and turns of the ensuing investigation, after an Omega Airline 737 flight crashes into the bay. Told by a real-life pilot, with specific knowledge himself, the crash becomes real, and we (the reader) are taken along for the ride.
On the verge of divorce, Kyle Masters is asked to represent Omega in the investigation, which sends his wife into a tailspin. Duty-bound, he meets up with various agencies, where he is introduced to Lori Almond, an investigator for the NTSB. The two of them immediately sense something amiss, and become highly suspicious when a major witness is missing, and attitudes of the various agencies become defensive, and cagey. Statements are withheld, a key piece of evidence is stolen, and individuals tied to the investigation, die unexpectedly, and without definitive answers as to how, making it clear something fishy is going on. But what, and by whom.
Brief glimpses into the players of the various agencies, and we are left to wonder if there isn’t a conspiracy, and with someone high up on the food chain pushing the buttons. The more Kyle and Lori dig, the deeper it goes, and their own lives are put at risk when it becomes personal.
This is a story that has all the suspense, action and drama to make it a compelling thriller. The family dynamics and romance add to the mix, and make it a highly worthwhile read.
I don't often search out books on the holocaust; it is such a horrific topic, but I became interested in this short story after seeing the cover and r...moreI don't often search out books on the holocaust; it is such a horrific topic, but I became interested in this short story after seeing the cover and reading a review on a blog post. The description immediately intrigued me, because it reminded me of the movie, Life is Beautiful, where a Jewish father helps his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp by playing make believe. I was riveted to the screen during the movie.
I had the same reaction with The Zeppelin Chronicles. Author, Ben Ditmars, created an emotionally moving reading experience. When The Zeppelin magically appeared, three kids, Susan, Millie, and Kip, traveled through time and into a fantasy world where they, too, were confronted with the horrors of the holocaust. Honestly, there were moments, while the kids were on the Zeppelin, I almost felt like they (I, as a reader) was on the train that was taking them to Aushwitz.
I highly recommend this book as a quick, but very moving read.(less)
Put me in front of a book filled with action, and you really can't go wrong.
Brainrush revolves around a man with a brain tumor who is having an MRI an...morePut me in front of a book filled with action, and you really can't go wrong.
Brainrush revolves around a man with a brain tumor who is having an MRI and a earthquake strikes. He comes out of the experience feeling different, but doesn't find out until later, that he is superior in many areas. A challenge in the local pub where he uses his new-found skills puts him on the radar of a diabolical man, via the media.
That's when the action begins, and it doesn't let up.
The pages read more like a movie, with the visual images flashing before my eyes giving me whiplash, and taking me to exotic locations. Add in the humorous buddy with hacking skills, the beautiful woman being used as the scapegoat, and two children as innocent victims, you've got a four-quadrant action-adventure.
Riveting, not-stop action that kept the pages turning.
Author of Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00, written under the pen name, CR HIATT(less)
Storm Rising by Kenneth Hoss was recommended to me from Amazon.com, based on some of my earlier reads. I found it to be fast-paced, and an enjoyable r...moreStorm Rising by Kenneth Hoss was recommended to me from Amazon.com, based on some of my earlier reads. I found it to be fast-paced, and an enjoyable read.
Kelli Storm is a strong, and capable female lead, who can kick butt on her job, but struggles in her personal life. From the start of the story, she and her partner are on the hunt for a known drug dealer with a deadly reputation. At the same time, she is worried about her mother, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's.
Complications arise, when she learns that the man she is after is involved with a case for the DEA, and they want her to back off. When her life, and that of her partner and mother, are put in jeopardy, Kelli comes out fighting.
Kenneth Hoss was able to show that the death of her father, years earlier, was the driving force behind her ability to become a tough cop, and fuels her forward.
The Hot Box is a set offering 8 sizzling hot thrillers in various subjects: spies, military, historical, paranormal, crime, and mystery, and all for t...moreThe Hot Box is a set offering 8 sizzling hot thrillers in various subjects: spies, military, historical, paranormal, crime, and mystery, and all for the price of one.(less)
I am an avid camper, and have run into my fair share of storm-related incidents. I have also met a whole slew of "characters" when venturing out into...moreI am an avid camper, and have run into my fair share of storm-related incidents. I have also met a whole slew of "characters" when venturing out into the world and sitting around the campfire. Mix in the strange weather patterns with the various personalities, you never know what can happen, or who is going to snap.
When 'the rumblin'' started to make its presence known, I felt like I was there, and it was becoming too close for comfort. Jeff Bennington seemed to understand that weather patterns can turn normal people into crazy lunatics, and he did so, with a vengeance.
It was an entertaining read, and leaves you wanting more.
Be careful what you wish for.
Author of Gone at Zero Hundred, written under pen name, CR HIATT(less)
Elise Stokes had me at the onset when the second book in the series opened with Cassidy Jones scaling Seattle's iconic Space Needle, and moments later...moreElise Stokes had me at the onset when the second book in the series opened with Cassidy Jones scaling Seattle's iconic Space Needle, and moments later, wound up with her Nike planted on the chest of a bad guy. At the same time, she was attempting to keep her super powers a secret, only instead of wearing the mask to hide her identity, she was carrying it. Ah, the life of a stubborn, teenage super hero.
Then, we come back to reality, where Cassidy still deals with the usual things teenagers endure; family situations where she can’t use her powers (even when she REALLY wants that donut), a crush that invades her dreams, and the angst that comes from being a teenage girl.
In a series, such as the Cassidy Jones Adventures, each book gives the reader an opportunity to learn about the world, and its characters. In Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula, we observed how Cassidy developed her powers through a lab accident. In the second installment, we follow Cassidy as she joins other teens (and her lifeline, Emery, too), when they volunteer at the annual SnOOZe, which takes us to a cool location for this exciting thriller - exotic animals, wealthy minions and the mountains, oh my.
Elise Stokes took me on a roller coaster ride, as she introduced a new set of villains with another compelling and tight-written plot. The ending left me with the knowledge that another thrilling adventure - and the return of the characters we’ve come to love - will be visible on the big screen sometime soon. (less)
The minute the author uttered the words: “A Foreigner in London”, I could feel the fear and loneliness seeping through her pores. I felt like that whe...moreThe minute the author uttered the words: “A Foreigner in London”, I could feel the fear and loneliness seeping through her pores. I felt like that when I first moved to the big city. I am sure she had a dozen questions: How long will the sad feelings last? Was moving there the right decision? Will she ever meet someone she can connect with? Anyone? Then, once she finally did, it must have hit her like the plague to learn that he would be gone after so much time bonding. This short story will grab you, and pull at your heartstrings. Highly recommend.(less)
Growing up in a small town, I was immediately drawn into this exciting thriller. In fact, the opening scene could have been me. The sweet and innocent...moreGrowing up in a small town, I was immediately drawn into this exciting thriller. In fact, the opening scene could have been me. The sweet and innocent teenage girl who only dreams of having a handsome, yet older guy pay attention to her, finds herself in a quandry when she’s drawn to just such a guy when she’s walking home, alone. Even now that I’ve grown out of that teenage naivete, I could still find myself drawn to Smitty the way he swaggered; then leaned up against the building and slipped his hands in his pockets. You knew, or in the very least expected, what was going to happen if she got into that blue truck with him. Yet, Douglas wrote the scene in such a way that had you riveted to turn the page until the moment the inevitable happened. I knew right then, I was in for a ride.
Sami Saxton comes on the scene in first person naration, and gives us a little introduction into her life, as well as, her desire to move to the country after her recent divorce. She’s likable from the start, but maybe a little lonely for romance - clued into by the fact that she's fantasizing about the waiter, Luigi at Brio - but then again, she has her Weimeraner Blue to keep her company.
The suspense starts to build as we cut back and forth between the diabolically, charming Smitty - while he methodically murders his newly found, prized possessions - and the girl fresh out of the big city longing for a new life. As the reader we get the best of both worlds; learning more about the daily life of the heroine, and watching the ways of the sadistic killer. We go along for the ride when Sami first lays eyes on the handsome rogue, and want to scream at her to run once he glances her way.
Little things happen to make the suspense build; which makes the story all that more exciting, because they are subtle. To me, that's the making of a really good thriller. Soon, the chase will begin. I've read that people refer to Douglas Wickard’s writing as being similar to the likes of Jonathon Kellerman, or Jeffrey Deaver. I would agree, but I would also throw in the earlier works of James Patterson, as in Kiss the Girls and Cat and Mouse.
The suspense builds and keeps you reading, and you can't put it down. I recommend it, and can't wait for the sequel.