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Greg (wwwgoodreadscomgregs) | 25 comments “Of all the crimes to receive major focus in literary thrillers, the one depicted in this book has to be one of the rarest. Even more rare are stories that feature dogs as major characters without resorting to an overabundance of predictable slapstick humor. This novel, THE PITS, certainly features its fair range of emotions, but for the most part it is thrilling, suspenseful, and very serious.
I have never read a book that so brilliantly captured an animal's legitimate role in certain dangerous situations. A well-trained canine in the field, for a variety of different jobs, is priceless, and Smith (clearly another dog lover) is able to capture that undeniable fact in brilliant prose.
Although Corporal Shadow, USMC, is a somewhat personified character, he still reads as an authentic trained pooch. Captain Kramer, USMC, also has an air of legitimacy about him, sharing a number of personality traits with real men his age who have seen military action. These characterizations give the novel a distinct air of credibility, portraying author Greg Smith as a man who is either highly knowledgeable or who certainly does his research — or both.
Smith intended for the relationship between Kramer and Shadow to be one of intense love and trust. I cannot stress how much that relationship highlighted how horrible the abuse these dogs forced to fight experienced. This novel had the ability to shock me with the amount of detail provided about the abuses these animals were forced to endure. The amount of effort placed in raising awareness in this novel has to be acknowledged. 
THE PITS handles a sensitive topic in a very inspiring way, with an interesting story line full of twist and discoveries. I recommend this novel and give it 4 out of 4 stars. If you have ever loved a dog, or any animal for that matter, then you will understand and appreciate Captain Kramer’s dedication to fight for the animals he loves.
If you love a good action/adventure book where the hero has a righteous cause, you'll love The Pits by Greg Smith and you'll be excited to know that the ending hints at a second book. He is also keen to use most of the sales from his books to helping animal shelters.”

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The Mark (Henry Parker, #1) by Jason Pinter The Guilty (Henry Parker, #2) by Jason Pinter The Stolen (Henry Parker, #3) by Jason Pinter

At some point this year, I hope to read The Stolen by Jason Pinter. It is the third book in the series. The Mark is the first book. It is a great series about a reporter solving crimes. The first two books are worth more than five stars so if you haven't started on this series, I would highly recommend it and start reading The Mark.

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Betty (bettylouise54) | 123 comments A good thriller When Lies Crumble (A Carter Mays Mystery Book 1) by Alan Cupp Alan Cupp

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Serenity Finlay | 11 comments I recommend Cry No More by Linda Howard All the Queen's Men (CIA Spies, #2) by Linda Howard Alone... You're Not by serenity finlay Dead Even (Dead #3) by Mariah Stewart Brown-Eyed Girl by Mariah Stewart An Ace Up My Sleeve by James Hadley Chase the World in my Pocket by James Hadley Chase

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Audrey (niceyackerman) Helius Legacy -- a fast-paced action/thriller

They Did It With Love -- classic murder mystery with a total surprise ending

Dark Memories -- very creepy mystery with paranormal elements

The Baby Game -- one of my top favorites with very few reviews; a hilarious yet suspenseful mystery

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Kirsten  (kmcripn) Is anybody looking for a good children's book? This one looks wonderful!

Sidewalk Flowers Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson by JonArno Lawson

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Never Smile at Strangers (Grand Trespass #1) by Jennifer Jaynes

This recommendation came to me from Sue. Looks really good.

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Carla Johnson-Hicks (carla1957) I have this one on my tablet, but have not checked it out yet. I will have to give it a read.

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Carla Johnson-Hicks (carla1957) Thanks Kristen, I have read some of these, but will add some to my TBR list.

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I'll have to get to the new Harlan Coben book at some point. Thanks Kristen.

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Scott Parsons | 1 comments The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly will blow your socks off. It was the first book by Reilly I had read (got it via Net Galley for review.

My review is here:

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Kirsten  (kmcripn) A new article from "The Lineup" from Open Road Media:


There’s more to this state than fun in the sun.

The Lonely Silver Rain A Travis McGee Novel by John D. MacDonald Don't Lose Her (Max Freeman, #7) by Jonathon King Powder Burn by Carl Hiaasen Shadows (Craig Burch, #2) by Edna Buchanan Under Cover of Daylight by James W. Hall

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Softbananas | 19 comments If I may be a little backwards can anyone recommend a Harlan Coben book for me?

I have not read any of his works. I like to move from author to author because there are so many good ones and right now it's Coben.

Kristen recommended "The Stranger"(above). I see it has good reviews but some people simply didn't like it so I thought I would ask for other recommendations.

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Can't go wrong with a Harlan Coben book Softbananas but I would say I really enjoyed Six Years. My review is there.

Six Years by Harlan Coben

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Debbie Oxier (debbieoxier) | 124 comments I've only read one of his.

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Tell No One by Harlan Coben

This was one of the last books my father read. He said it was the best book he ever read. It was a great one by Harlan Coben.

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Softbananas | 19 comments Ron wrote: "Tell No One by Harlan Coben

This was one of the last books my father read. He said it was the best book he ever read. It was a great one by Harlan Coben."

Thanks for the suggestions Ron, I'll check them out

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Kirsten  (kmcripn) Just found this list of the "101 Best Crime Novels of the Past Decade"

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Christine Hatfield  (christinesbookshelves) | 1603 comments I love reading those Harlan Coben books

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Audiothing Softbananas wrote: "If I may be a little backwards can anyone recommend a Harlan Coben book for me?

I have not read any of his works. I like to move from author to author because there are so many good ones and righ..."

I recently wrote this review of Harlan Cobens' "Caught", I loved it, this is the audiobook review, but I think it will convince you to buy or borrow the book

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Softbananas | 19 comments Hi Bec
Thanks for the reply. I read your review and I will put it on my "to read" list.
BTW what is an "audiothing"

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Softbananas | 19 comments @ Ron
Sounds like another good choice. I read your review, very well stated. Another Coben on my "to read" list.
I do find that readers tend to love or hate his books.

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