Monthly Archives: February 2019

Murder is a Competition

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Inspector Thomas Sullivan (Sully) may be up against his toughest case yet. Four serial killers are preying on Capital City ahead of the 23rd Galactic Winter Games. In a sick competition of their own, each is carrying out a number of murders under the watchful eye of the Mastermind. Will Sully and his faithful sidekick, Sarah stop them before the Winter Games are canceled?

Sivils’ fifth novel in The Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller Series, Death’s Cold Touch tells the story from Sarah’s point of view. Though chronologically only seven years old Sarah is a clone whose body is that of a fully matured late twenty-something-year-old woman. While struggling to suppress her childish ways she proves to be an outstanding detective. Her DNA enhancements allow her to accomplish things traditional humans have forgotten how to do and more.

I applaud Sivils for having Sarah tell us the story. To me, it rounds out the duo and provides an entirely different perspective of Sully. Of course, all the usual supporting characters are entwined it the tale.

5 out of 5 stars.

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The Right Thing Gone Wrong

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Ryan Decker, a former CIA operative turned mercenary, is framed in a hostage rescue gone bad. Most of his team were either killed during the op or murdered shortly thereafter along with their families. After serving only part of his sentence Decker is mysteriously freed. With the help of private investigator, Harlow Mackenzie, he goes on a quest to find the truth.

Konkoly’s first novel in the Ryan Decker series, The Rescue, pulls out all the stops in this high-speed thrill ride. The character development is some of the best I’ve read. The story is so compelling that you cannot put it away. The hairpin twists will have you going “What!?!?”

Seems like everyone wants Decker dead. But, why? There are many layers to this story. Peeling back each one to reach the core is more exciting than a theme park ride.

5 out of 5 stars.

Who Said Life Has To Be Dull?

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Sarah Fuller is living the good life in Los Angeles. That is until the Woolsey fires threaten her family and home. Still, she finds humor in the situations she encounters and the people she meets along the way.

Fuller’s second novel in the Everyone In LA Is An Asshole series continues her story of living as a single mother and trying to date. It is fun, hilarious, and enlightening. She pulls no punches while making fun of everything, everyone, and herself.

I am truly loving this series. I didn’t think that I would read the second book as it is not my preferred genre. Now, I can’t wait for the next one!

Warning – if you are politically correct and don’t approve of cuss words, don’t read this book. Otherwise, be prepared to laugh your ass off!

5 out of 5 stars.

 

Who Is Saving Whom?

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Convergence

Malcom Barnett has lost everything he held dear to a virus that has decimated mankind. Without his family, he feels that he has nothing to live for. That is until he meets up with Tessa and her children while they’re trying to escape Cincinnati for Texas.

Powers’ novel, Convergence: The Far Side of Hell, is book four in the Five Roads to Texas series. It introduces us to characters not in the original story. It is a gripping tale with good character development. There is almost nonstop action with a few twists along the way. Emotions run high for both the characters and the reader.

At first, I was upset that this book did not follow some of the characters from the first book. But, once I got into the story I was hooked and forgot all about that. Hopefully, their story will continue in future novels.

5 out of 5 stars.

Family Ties Are Strong

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Alan Russell has done his best to prepare his family for any possible apocalyptic events. When his worst fears come true he is far trapped far away from them. Unbeknownst to him, his family has followed his plan. Now, it is time for him to try and find them.

Rudolph’s fifth novel in the What’s Left of My World Series, Worlds Apart: A Survival Story Yet Untold provides us with insight as to what happened to Alan. The first four books in the series have followed his family, more specifically his daughter, Lauren. His family has no idea where he is or if he is even alive.

It is a very well written story with a lot of heart-wrenching moments. You can feel Alan’s struggles as he tries desperately to get home.

5 out of 5 stars.

There’s No Place To Hide

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Sam Regan is a protected witness against a drug cartel. To save himself from the cartel’s hitmen he flees Kentucky and changes his name to Tom Horn. After ending up in Arizona a series of catastrophic events bring about an apocalypse. Will Tom and his new-found friends survive in a world without power, most electronics destroyed, and meteors striking without rhyme or reason?

Newman’s novel, EMP Perfect Storm: Book 1 – Post Apocalyptic Survival Fiction tells a good story and has strong character development.  Unfortunately, it also contained a couple of plot holes and some confusing dialogue. While mostly grammatically correct it could have been written much better.

The story piqued my interest enough that I’m willing to overlook these issues and check out the next book in the series.

3 out of 5 stars.

The Hills Have Secrets

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Them

Jesse Townsend has made it to Tennessee from Colorado where he hopes to locate his sister, Molly. Without the benefits of the internet, her exact location is unknown. Jesse, like so many others, never committed addresses to memory or paper. Will those he encounters be trusting enough to help him find her?

Bird’s fourth novel in the Society Lost series, Them, interwinds with The New Homefront Series. He seamlessly blends the two series while maintaining the integrity of both stories and each of the personalities. There’s plenty of hard-hitting action with a few tender moments sprinkled within.

Looking at the cover and title I had expected a sci-fi horror story. And, there are certain aspects of the book that fulfills that description. I am thankful that Bird kept it realistic, so much so even that I still shudder thinking about what happened.

It will be interesting to see where the story goes from here.

5 out of 5 stars.