Category Archives: Book Reviews

Does Safe Refuge Exist?

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Harbor cover     Marcus Battle has secluded himself in the backwoods of Virginia. He wants to stay as far away from trouble as he can. But Lou needs him. She is the one person that can pull him back into society. He will do what he must to help get her and her family safely to the Harbor.

Abrahams eight and final book in The Traveler series, Harbor brought out a lot of emotions from me. I laughed out loud as he helped Andrea. I cheered when Lou ran into Rickshaw. And, I cried first when Norma saw Battle and then again when he said his last words. These are the scenes that stand out the most to me.

This novel is probably the best of the series. It’s a bit philosophical in nature. I loved how Battle has aged. The back and forth between him and Lou always bring a smile to my face. And, the other story arcs are interwoven in such a way that they help move the story along.

The book could have been better edited. One whole chapter has the sun beaming down in the wrong direction. I hope that by the time you read this that all the errors will have been corrected.

4 out of 5 stars.

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Wanderlust

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A Night On THe Town cover   Sarah hates to be confined indoors. To relieve her stress, she often takes to wandering around the city at night. Tonight, her wandering has a purpose. There’s a predator on the loose.

Sivils’ short-story, A Night On The Town takes an intimate look at Sully’s partner, Sarah. As a companion to the Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller Series, we obtain more insight as to how Sarah thinks and does her job.

It’s a very satisfying quick read.

5 out of 5 stars.

Evil From Within

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Compound Fracture    Robert Hardwick feels like a caged animal waiting to go home from his friend’s compound in north Georgia. A greedy congressman has waged war against the compound with the intent of overtaking it and occupying it. During the current stalemate, Robert has an idea that might get the congressman to leave them alone. But, at what cost to Robert and his friends?

Horton’s third novel in The Locker Nine series, Compound Fracture see Grace and her friend, Tom have made it to Robert’s compound where they are awaiting his return. Robert declined to leave with Grace so that Sonyea had time to heal enough to travel. Now, with Author’s compound in lockdown, there seem to be limited options for them to leave.

This fast-paced book is full of surprises. There’s betrayal and new found resolve. The true meaning of friendship is tested. Family dynamics are examined. There’s a little bit of something for everyone.

5 out of 5 stars.

No Rest For The Weary

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Hero

Marcus Battle may have disappeared, but he is neither gone or forgotten. Nearly a decade after leaving the town of Baird, Texas and going north of the wall friends from his past seek his help. Battle isn’t young anymore and had hoped his days of vigilante justice were behind him. But, the only people that he loves are in trouble, and he will step back into the world to do whatever it takes to keep them safe.

Abrahams seventh book in The Traveler series, Hero: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Adventure brings back an even harder and more grizzled Marcus Battle. We see a mixture of familiar characters with some interesting new ones. The new ones foretell of a future story arc.

This has to be one of my favorite series. It’s a shame the author rushed through this book and made it so short. It wasn’t one of his best edited either. It seems really weird that ALL of the women waited until they were about to give birth to try and leave. Why not flee when you find out you are pregnant? Or, at least not so late term. And, ALL of the women brought their other child. Why couldn’t other relatives have taken them or possibly the daddy?

In Chapter 13 Lou has labor pains. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” she said. “Now?” And, again in Chapter 19. “Now?” she growled. “Are you kidding me?” Lou has more depth than that. The dialogue is almost the same.

From Chapter 24: He counted a half dozen women.
Nope. There were only 6 to begin with. One was shot after giving birth. Another was shot while behind the horse with Lou and Andrea. Andrea is behind the horse with Lou. So, the most he could see would be 3.

Otherwise, it is a good story, and I love Marcus Battle.

3 out of 5 stars.

Daddy’s Little Girl

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City of Broken Lights     Inspector Thomas Sullivan (Sully) is offered a case on another world that pays beyond anything he has ever imagined. The catch, he will be working for someone whom he’d rather never hear from again. Not only that but he receives news that will shock his very core. His assistant, Sarah will be thrown into a major emotional conflict like none she has ever experienced. Will Sully stay or walk away?

Sivils’ sixth novel in the Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller series, City of Broken Lights: Hardboiled Noir From The Future is an emotional rollercoaster for both the characters and the reader. Never has Sully been so torn. Can he keep his professional demeanor intact and not let the realities of the case undermine his abilities?

Time is of the essence and Sully must decide what to do. Politics is never been dirtier than when lives are at stake. This gut-wrenching book will leave you exhausted but satisfied.

5 out of 5 stars.

Political Justice

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The Puppet Master     U.S. District Court Judge Cyrus Brooks is tasked with hearing one of the most controversial cases in his career. Several prominent political figures are murdered. Cliff Norman is charged, but is he really the killer? And, if so, is he justified in his actions? D.C. homicide detective Frank Lotello finds that things don’t add up.  He and Brooks form an alliance to find the truth.

Barak’s prequel in the Brooks/Lotello Thriller Series, The Puppet Master is a hardnosed detective thriller. It looks at the law from the inside. From start to finish this action-packed ride will keep you on the edge of your seat.

In this novel, we see how the bond between Brooks and Lotello is formed. They make worthy opponents to anyone trying to skirt the law. I thoroughly enjoyed this as much as I did the first book in the series. Barak promises more, and I can’t wait!

5 out of 5 stars.

Sins Consumed

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FFA Sin Eaters     Nelson Jackson is no more, only the Reaper remains. The group of Sin Eaters that he leads is wreaking havoc on those that seek to take down the Republic. It is their greatest hope to help the Republic regain control of our nation. The Federal States is bent on destroying those that try to exercise their constitutional rights.

Watson’s fifth novel in the Forgotten Forbidden America Series, Sin Eaters is the most intense yet. What was once just an annoying gnat to the Federal States is now a swarm of angry hornets. And, any other nation that tries to assist the Federal States has the Sin Eaters visited upon them.

As dark as the writing is for this book therein lies several moments of levity. It is well balanced and helps break the tension. Watson does an excellent job of bringing out all of the reader’s emotions. What remains to be seen is if there is hope of rescuing Nelson from his Reaper persona should the Federal States be taken down.

5 out of 5 stars.