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Ritual fire, a human skull, anti-nuke activists, and radioactive material-what's going on near Las Vegas? Forensic facial reconstruction artist Matti James wants to know. Her completed sketch of the victim reveals a link to Chernobyl. In fact, several troubling incidents have direct ties. What's worse...the President has scheduled a global warming summit at Lake Las Vegas ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Bianca Grace
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Expendable by M. A. R Unger is a mix of thrill and mystery all in one book.
Its take on the forensic field is unique as Matti James is called on an unusual job with Jack, and their trusted companion, Fluffy the dog.
Not the ordinary murder case, Matti finds herself brought into the middle of nowhere, hiking to the most unexpected places where a supposed ritual had taken place, with a possible human sacrifice involved. The “ritual” is so well executed that Matti and Jack find it hard to even obta
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Nichole Streeter
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading, EXPENDABLE (The Matti James Mystery series Book 4). I knew as soon as I read the description: 'Ritual fire, a human skull, anti-nuke activists, and radioactive material—what’s going on near Las Vegas? Forensic facial reconstruction artist Matti James wants to know. Her completed sketch of the victim reveals a link to Chernobyl. In fact, several troubling incidents have direct ties.', that I was going to be in for a treat.

Matti James is quite the heroine. I grew attached
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Rachel Kester
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in the Matti James Mystery Series by M.A.R. Unger. This series is based on the character of Matti James, a forensic artist. In this particular story based in Las Vegas, James needs to investigate strange happenings at a sight. She soon finds a skull there and uses forensic methods to help find out what’s going on. Eventually, she finds out there might be extremely dangerous activities going on that must be stopped before horrific events occur.
This novel is great at keepin
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Katy
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a page turner! This book has everything from radioactive skulls, terrorists, a mysterious death, the FBI, an Indian tribe, a spike, and so much more. This is the fourth book in the series, and I'm not sure how I missed the others. The book moves fairly fast and has many twists and turns that surprised and intrigued me. This is a great mystery thriller and incorporates the story of Chernobyl along with modern day Las Vegas. the author obviously did his research and the details of the story s ...more
LyndaVee
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another enjoyable outing for forensic anthropologist, Mattie James. Don’t worry, you don’t have to have read any of the others, they are perfect stand-alone thrillers. I enjoy discovering facts about the science of forensic anthropology, in Mattie’s case it is more of an art than a science as she is so good at recreating the facial features of the deceased. It helps that she is touch with’ inbetweeners’, that is ghosts who have not yet passed on from their earthly plane but can only be seen and ...more
InD'tale Magazine
Ms. Unger takes a huge bite of storyline for this book and delivers by performing a juggling act with the various threads running through the book, including raising awareness of social issues/protests, international politics, and the human story behind the events at Chernobyl, Ukraine.

Read full review in the 2017 March issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Chanda Curry
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spellbinding

A real page turner..You have a skull,with a radioactive spike,glued into the jaw. Laid out in a barren waterfall,surrounded by a circle and other evidence that points to a ritual. Throw in a ghost that is caught between. A bunch of Wiccans and an Indian claim. Is it a witch or an ancient Indian? What will it all led too? Biggest question is why was it radioactive? Any help from the ghost would help big time.The target of everyone's anger is towards the medical face reconstruction for
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Ian Miller
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another cozy mystery set in Nevada involving the Foothills private detective agency, Matti James, and a couple of "ghosts". Matti is sent to what ends up being the scene of some sort of ritual set in an area of once were waterfalls, but is now very difficult access. There, in the centre of the ritual, is a skull with a railway spike embedded in it. Local indigenous tribes, Wiccans, and the local mob each want this skull to be dealt with in different ways, and are prepared to be violent to get th ...more
Pegboard
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
M.A.R. Unger has a unique flare with the Matti James Mystery series. As a facial recognition specialist, Matti, is often investigating the death of her victims. Not all the deceased have passed on to the next world and she is other able to communicate with these inbetweeners. Most are helpful in her investigations, like Abby, but she found one that is aggressive and appears to be able to touch the living.
EXPENDABLE could stand on its own but is best read in series order to understand the full b
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M.A.R. Unger moved (escaped, she likes to say) from New Jersey to the Las Vegas Valley with her husband. She can't remember a time that she didn't write.

A local Las Vegas radio news spot brought her into the world of crime fiction and thrillers. “Nothing like zooming along the I-15 and hearing a broadcast about body parts found at a construction site in the desert,” she says. The cliché needed a
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