Category Archives: Book Reviews

Love Will Prevail

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The Yellow Fever Revenge cover     Elizabeth McAlister harbors secrets from her past. A yellow fever pandemic threatens to take away everything from her. But what scares her more is the arrival of Barkley Mills, her rapist and the father of her son.

Flaum’s novella, The Yellow Fever Revenge is an intriguing tale of love, hate, and death. She is a master storyteller. The world she has created is rich with history. The characters are well developed and believable.

Follow Elizabeth as she navigates Memphis while the yellow fever is ravaging its residents. A strong protagonist who will do whatever is necessary to protect her son.

5 out of 5 stars.

Trouble Comes In Threes

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Dolls Dames and Danger

Inspector Thomas Sullivan has few folks that he calls friends and even fewer that he holds dear. So, when bounty hunters threaten the two ladies that he treasures more than life itself, things get messy.  There’s the law, and then there’s justice. And, the two don’t necessarily go hand in hand.

Sivils’ second novella in the Capital City Characters series, Dolls, Dames, and Danger highlights the female support characters. It also shows us Sully’s softer side and his total lack of understanding of the female psyche.

This book has everything you’ve come to expect from an Inspector Thomas Sullivan story. Sivils delivers once again. And, kudos to his cover designer.

5 out of 5 stars.

Where The Whiskey Drowns

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Friends in Low Places cover     Joe Maynard runs the restaurant/bar that Inspector Thomas Sullivan takes his meals. But who is he really? What’s his story? Joe won’t tell you.

Sivils’ first novella in the Capital City Characters series, Friends In Low Places provides you with a look into how Joe came to Beta Prime and subsequently established Joe’s Place. He’s got a past that he’d rather keep there.

After reading the Inspector Thomas Sullivan series it was nice to get the backstory on one of the supporting characters. While Joe’s Place plays an important role in the series, Joe himself is mostly quiet and unassuming until he isn’t.

5 out of 5 stars.

A Paradise Built Upon Lies

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The Price of a Lie cover     Thomas Sullivan has been asked to solve the death of a very wealthy man’s son. The remote location has Father Nathan unnerved. Sarah is the most scared she has ever been. Everything about the case screams ‘don’t take it!’ And for that very reason, Sully does.

Sivils’ latest novel in the Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller series, The Price Of A Lie is a study of mixed emotions. Father Nathan confronts his past. Sarah’s memories are rekindled. Sully just wants to find the truth.

P-42686 has the reputation of being the best place in the universe to work. So much so that workers rarely leave. The adage ‘what seems too good to be true usually is’ fits P-42686 to a t. Find out what has everyone on edge and see more depth to our favorite characters.

5 out of 5 stars.

A Writer Scorned

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Retired U.S. District Court Judge Cyrus Brooks is an aspiring author. His wife wants to encourage him by taking them to the annual renowned week-long writers conference, Thriller Jubilee. Their friends, D.C. homicide detective Frank Lotello and his wife join them to make a vacation out of it. Little do they know that a disgruntled fledgling novelist plans to exact revenge against those who have rejected their work.

Barak’s third novel in the Brooks/Lotello thriller series, Payback takes a different turn as Brooks’ wife sets about getting him away from the trouble that seems to follow him everywhere. What could go wrong at a writers’ conference? The ideal getaway becomes one of the most dangerous adventures for him yet.

This book is a basic whodunit that keeps you guessing until the very end. It seems that no one is safe. Should the conference organizers alert their participants or let the week play out? Today’s morality struggles ripped right out of the headlines.

4 out of 5 stars.

Profits Before Country

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The Raid cover     Ryan Decker has returned but is now working with Harlow Mackenzie and company. Border patrol personnel are killed in an odd set of circumstances involving an explosion south the border. Senator Steele calls upon Decker to investigate privately for her. Now, the entire group is in danger. Will they be able to expose the cover-up without losing their lives in the process?

Konkoly’s second novel in the Ryan Decker series, The Raid follows Decker after his life was almost destroyed by a deep state conspiracy.  The spark that was ignited between him and Harlow is fanned a bit throughout this book. Old nemeses don’t seem to want to go away.

This story is full of action and adventure as one might expect. But what I found most intriguing was the characters. The support crew is very diverse and add levity in some of the most serious situations. As with the first novel the story touches on human trafficking.

5 out of 5 stars.

Revenge: A Dish Better Served Cold

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Breaking the Beast 2 cover     Joe Branch’s celebration for the delivery of the cure to the Sembe’ virus is short-lived as the One World Alliance (OWA) extracts retribution on the resistance. Attacks are levied against two of the Continental Army’s strongholds. Fortunately, most were spread throughout the land and set about to reconvene at a yet to be disclosed location.

Bird’s second novel in the Breaking the Beast series, Revenge of the Patriots follows Joe as he and his best friend, Caleb travel to find Joe’s girlfriend, Tamara before rejoining their unit. Their quest is not an easy one. The OWA has a bounty on Joe and Tamara.

As with the first book, this story is told in the first person by Joe. The characters are so engaging that it is hard to put this book down. It is unpredictable and action-packed. Bird’s ability to spin a tale is so realistic that you can visualize what’s happening as you read it.

5 out of 5 stars.