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Thad Brown | 50 comments Mike (the Paladin) wrote: "I like action books with male or female leads... but have you tried The Dead of Winter or Phoenix Rising or Magic Lost, Trouble Found or Green Rider?"


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Thad Brown | 50 comments Goodreads lists can be a great way to find reading suggestions in genres you're interested in. Books With Action Heroines is a list where members of this group might find some good suggestions (and add their own recommendations for books they like). The link is http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/38... .


The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) (pirateghost) The Geneva Decision The main character Pia Sobel can brawl too but her main weapon is a modified gun that shoots tranquilizer darts. She favors that more than bullets... less collateral damage, better for public relations.


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Seeley James (seeleyjames) | 16 comments Thad wrote: "Goodreads lists can be a great way to find reading suggestions in genres you're interested in. Books With Action Heroines is a list where members of this group might find some good suggestions (an..."

Great list, thanks for posting it. I never saw that one before.


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Seeley James (seeleyjames) | 16 comments I, Curmudgeon wrote: "The Geneva Decision The main character Pia Sobel can brawl too but her main weapon is a modified gun that shoots tranquilizer darts. She favors that more than bullets... less collateral damage, be..."

Thanks Hugh! I appreciate the vote of confidence. Since I'm new here, I'll offer a free copy for anyone interested.

Peace, Seeley


message 6: by Werner (last edited Jan 25, 2013 11:59AM) (new)

Werner Seeley, great to have you in our group! We have a thread for authors who've written books featuring female characters of this type, so be sure to mention The Geneva Decision there, too!

Your book(s) (I've been to your page and noticed the story collection, too) look great, and I'd take that offer of a free copy, except that I choose to do my reading in paper format. Do you have any plans to do a paperback edition, so you can reach that market?


message 7: by Seeley (new)

Seeley James (seeleyjames) | 16 comments Werner wrote: "I choose to do my reading in paper format. Do you have any plans to do a paperback edition, so you can reach that market? "

Yes, it was planned from the beginning, but hardcopy takes longer. I just sent the cover designer back to fix a couple things and expect to have that part next week. So, we might have something by early February! I'll keep you posted.

Were you referring to the "Have you written..." section? If so, I looked at that but it seemed DOA. If that's the right place, I'll post something there and see if we get a reaction :)


message 8: by Werner (new)

Werner Sounds good, Seeley! Yes, that's the thread I meant. It hasn't had any posts for awhile, because we haven't had many members who are authors of this type of fiction. (Or many active members, period!) It'll be nice to see it get a new post for a change.


message 9: by Werner (new)

Werner Seeley, on a different thread, you mentioned Zoe Sharp's Charlie Fox series. I'd read good things about that series in the the library trade journals, but didn't remember the specific titles. Some time ago, I bought a copy of First Drop as a gift for my wife, thinking it was the series opener (because it had "first" in the title, and the edition I bought had no reference on the cover or front matter to any other books in the series). When I got home and got on Goodreads, I learned that it's actually the fourth Charlie Fox book. :-(

Usually, both Barb and I prefer to read series books in order, though we'll make exceptions if the various books are basically self-contained and the order in which they're read makes no real difference. Would you say that's the case with this series, or is there a progression of overall events and character development that makes it best to read it in order?


message 10: by The Pirate Ghost (new)

The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) (pirateghost) Snake Skin by C.J. Lyons is really good. I like the main character Lucy Guiardino. She's a little squirrelly in the first book (But still very strong) but the second book actually helps us see her healing from the first book (emotionally).

And, she's every bit as tough as any FBI Dude there ever was, yet, struggles at bing the soccer mom.


I Love Lucy.


message 11: by Seeley (new)

Seeley James (seeleyjames) | 16 comments Werner wrote: "Seeley, on a different thread, you mentioned Zoe Sharp's Charlie Fox series. I'd read good things about that series in the the library trade journals, but didn't remember the specific titles. Som..."

Yes, there is a progression that is not critical but is interesting. The first book is Killer Instinct, followed by Riot Act and Hard Knocks. Those three explain a few background items (where her scar came from, relationship with her parents, etc). So in this case, I'd say, start at the beginning but you've not ruined anything.

Peace, Seeley


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Seeley James (seeleyjames) | 16 comments I, Curmudgeon wrote: "I Love Lucy" Clever, Hugh, clever :)

Joanna Penn has been extolling the virtues of CJ Lyons for several months based on a co-authored "how to write" series that, frankly, seemed a bit sophomoric, so I'd avoided Lyon's work.

If you like it, I'm sure I would too, so I'll go with it. But, do you recommend skipping the first book? (As I well know, first books are always more awkward than 3rd :)

Peace, Seeley


message 13: by The Pirate Ghost (last edited Jan 31, 2013 09:54AM) (new)

The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) (pirateghost) Seeley wrote: "I, Curmudgeon wrote: "I Love Lucy" Clever, Hugh, clever :)

Joanna Penn has been extolling the virtues of CJ Lyons for several months based on a co-authored "how to write" series that, frankly, see..."


Well, I always hesitate to going "on the line" over a book, since people have different tastes and pet peeves etc.

I love Lucy...yes, I'll say I enjoyed it. I have a review on it, and it wasn't a perfect read, but, it was a good story, with a good heroine and well written.

I'd also say, the first book is worth reading, the second book is worth reading but you will not understand the healing she goes through if you did not read the first one. It's possible the second one is damage control for the first one.. but that's really getting into the deep kimchee of speculation there.

What I think might be a problem for some is not the quality of writing or the quality of the story, but some of the content centered around some violence to women and children and, ...lets call it ..."alternate lifestyles and relationships"... none of which are Lucy's problem, save she's in charge of chasing down and busting people who exploit children. Which makes her the hero.

I liked the fact that she was married and stayed married through the entire first two books (I just purchased the third in this series) and, though I had suspiciouns about "Nick" he turned out to be a nice guy. It could be my cynical side expecting problems... I've got my eye on him still though.

So, yea, I liked it and enjoyed it. Sometimes that's more of a chemistry thing with me than a measure of quality, but my hesitation has more to do with the subject matter involved in the plot than anything else. It's entertaining if your okay with that.


message 14: by Werner (new)

Werner Seeley, thanks for the feedback; that's helpful! I think I'll try to start the series (sometime) at the beginning, and save the fourth one to read in order.


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Seeley James (seeleyjames) | 16 comments I, Curmudgeon wrote: "Seeley wrote: "I, Curmudgeon wrote: "I Love Lucy" Clever, Hugh, clever :)

Joanna Penn has been extolling the virtues of CJ Lyons for several months based on a co-authored "how to write" series tha..."


As a father, I'm squeamish about child abuse. But in the context of fiction I can deal with it if it's not too gratuitous. Since you have kids, I'll assume it's not overthetop. Thanks for the recommendation.


message 16: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) I guess it's not just me then. We tried a new show the other night "The Following". It was too much for me. I don't want to watch another.


message 17: by Werner (new)

Werner Recently, I finished The Geneva Decision; so I'm now in a position to enthusiastically echo Hugh's recommendation! If anyone's interested, my review is here: www.goodreads.com/review/show/519132575 . Pia Sabel's the kind of heroine I think most members of this group will love to root for!


message 18: by The Pirate Ghost (new)

The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) (pirateghost) I - heart- Pia too!

And, the third Lucy Guiardino book is really good. There's two gun toting heroines here, Jenna and Lucy and they kick but and take names. Not a gurl with a gun but there's a really good connection between one of the girls and a wounded warrior with horrible burns. This is the best of the three. Lyon's seems to have mastered the skill of keeping the tension managed so, even when there's no action, the pace is still enough to keep the adrenalin flowing.


message 19: by Werner (new)

Werner Having finished it over the weekend, I can definitely put in a recommendation for our own Karin Kaufman's All Souls: A Gatehouse Thriller; here's the link to my review: www.goodreads.com/review/show/659666041 . Even if she does say so herself, action heroine protagonist/narrator Jane Piper is "pretty good with a gun." :-)


message 20: by Seeley (new)

Seeley James (seeleyjames) | 16 comments Werner wrote: "Having finished it over the weekend, I can definitely put in a recommendation for our own Karin Kaufman's All Souls: A Gatehouse Thriller; here's the link to my review: www.goodreads.com/review/sho..."

That's as good a recommendation as one can get, I'm going for it. Thanks!

Peace, Seeley


message 21: by Werner (new)

Werner You're welcome, Seeley; hope you like it!


message 22: by Julia (new)

Julia Tottenham-Whitehall (juliatw78) Can anyone recommend a girl-with-gun thriller that stars a smart woman? One who shoots only as a last resort?


message 23: by Werner (last edited Oct 14, 2013 09:41AM) (new)

Werner Julia, I'd definitely put Pia Sabel, the heroine of our own Seeley James' The Geneva Decision, in that category. Bounty huntress Cody Jamison in Bobbi Smith's Lady Deception is unquestionably smart, and has earned a reputation for bringing her quarry in alive, though she's good with a gun when she has to be. But I'm not sure I'd call that book a thriller; it's marketed as a romance (albeit a romance with Western action, and a shadowy and lethal hidden villain).


message 24: by Werner (new)

Werner For GWG fans who haven't discovered Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series yet, Moon Called deserves a recommendation. My review is here: www.goodreads.com/review/show/94986959 .


message 25: by Werner (new)

Werner Earlier this week, I finished (in two days, which says something about its ability to command interest) K. W. Jeter's series opening novel Real Dangerous Girl (Kim Oh, #1) by K.W. Jeter , and I'd give that one a VERY high recommendation! (If anyone's interested, my review is here: www.goodreads.com/review/show/413065384 .) It's free on Kindle (freebies are the only stuff I read on Kindle, to evaluate books for worthiness as print purchases --this one passed the test), so the price will fit anyone's budget. :-)


message 26: by Werner (new)

Werner Awhile back, our own Juliene Lloyd offered two free review copies of her debut novel, Operation Angelica by Juliene Lloyd (Dark Sword Press, 2014), the kick-off volume of a projected series, to the first two group members who wanted to claim them. (I think I was probably the first claimant!) Having finished the book earlier this week, I can definitely recommend it; here's my review: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1043878301 . (Sythe, this one would be right up your alley: the heroine is a sniper, and a very skilled one!)


message 27: by Werner (new)

Werner As an update to message 26, Real Dangerous Girl is no longer being offered for free on Kindle; the author has raised the price to 99 cents. (It's still a bargain, though, if you buy e-books!)


message 28: by Werner (new)

Werner Lance Charnes' 2012 debut novel Doha 12 has been mentioned a couple of times on another thread; but having finished it yesterday, I definitely want to recommend it to fans of realistic action adventure in this group. (My five-star review is here: www.goodreads.com/review/show/701898560 .) That review notes that this is an intelligent, gripping thriller, by a former Air Force intelligence officer, based on the violent turmoil in the Middle East, and featuring well-written, three-dimensional characters on all sides and a serious degree of moral complexity. It does not, however, stress the fact that both main female character Miriam, who's a former Israeli Border Patrol military cop, and Mossad agent Kelila are tough, gun-packing women with combat training and no qualms about killing in the line of duty if they have to (they've done it before).


message 29: by Werner (new)

Werner Probably, I should stop recommending every GWG book I read here; but I just happen to have read a string of very good ones! :-) The latest one is The Strong One by David Wittlinger , by our own David Wittlinger.

I believe many members of this group would enjoy this debut novel; but a STRONG content warning for explicit sexual content and bad language is in order. David's protagonist is a very rough-edged ex-stripper who's escaping from (unwitting) involvement in the porn industry, and the milieu is reflected in all its grittiness. But as my five-star review (www.goodreads.com/review/show/1295249031 ) suggests, I think her journey is worth sharing.


message 30: by David (last edited Feb 23, 2016 07:14PM) (new)

David | 14 comments I just finished reading Bran Gustafson's modern western "Coyote".
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
You can read my review on the book's page here on Goodreads or Smashwords. I gave it 4 stars as it was well written, had nice twists and a MC that you're never really sure you should like or not but still want to cheer for. There is gunfire and fights and some PG-13 sexual references in addition to R-rated profanity. Probably not for everyone but if you like 'pulp' books or dime westerns it has a similar feel to it...and I mean that in a flattering way.


message 31: by Werner (new)

Werner Independent Goodreads author J. C. Antonelli has written a stand-alone novel, A Shot Through the Heart by J.C. Antonelli , which I'd recommend to members of this group (though with a strong warning about pervasive bad language, especially the f-word!). My four-star review is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... .


message 32: by Werner (new)

Werner I didn't have time to mention it on the "currently reading" thread (since it's a short e-story that I finished in one sitting), but I think most members of this group would enjoy The Academy A Short Story (The Tracy Crosswhite Series) by Robert Dugoni , by Robert Dugoni. It's a prequel story to his novel series about tough Seattle cop Tracy Crosswhite, showing us her police academy days. Tracy started shooting competitively at the age of 15 (she's 25 in this story), and has racked up three consecutive annual Washington State shooting championships. And yes, she gets to display her formidable shooting skills in the story! My five-star review is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... .


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