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Trust Your Gut


Hard Trauma cover     Tyler Stone is a soldier through and through. His career ends after a disastrous mission. Now, living near his sister and niece, he is working as a security guard at a truck stop. A young girl is kidnapped on his watch. He believes the investigators are following the wrong trail. His gut instincts lead him on a cross-country journey.

Horton’s first novel in the Ty Stone Thriller series, Hard Trauma focuses on the hardships veterans face while trying to adjust to civilian life. Ty constantly battles demons that no one else sees. The world-building is great, and the character development is superb.

This is a very good introduction to the Ty Stone Thriller series. The reader gets a good background on Ty as he struggles with what he is going to do with his life. He approaches the kidnapping as if he were on a military mission. Saving the girl at all costs is something he must try to do.

5 out of 5 stars.

The Need For Weed


The Mountain cover     Ryan Decker has a reputation for leaving a pile of dead bodies in his wake. He seems to be a magnet for bad guys. When the opportunity to leave the Los Angeles area in order to help a friend of Senator Steele’s in northern California becomes available, he hopes to get a break from that legacy. With Harlow Mackenzie and the rest of her team in tow, Ryan encounters something much more sinister than just locating a missing person.

Konkoly’s third novel in The Ryan Decker series, The Mountain is by far the best of the series. It’s highly engaging and draws the reader in so deep that is it hard to put down. The plot twists and turns as often as the roads that lead up the mountain. His world-building is vividly descriptive. The reoccurring support characters get a little more fleshed out. And, the relationship between Ryan and Harlow is integrated in such a way that it doesn’t overwhelm the action.

Senator Steele is committed to righting wrongs no matter how powerful the opposition. This time though she may have wandered into a force she may not be able to reckon with. The heart-pounding ending will leave you wanting more.

5 out of 5 stars.

**This book is expected to be published July 14, 2020**


Fast Learner


The Young Detective cover     Mark Josephson is the youngest person to ever make Detective on the Capital City Police Force. But, then again, he had the best mentor, Inspector Thomas Sullivan. What makes him tick? What is his story? Is he as hardnosed as Sully?

Sivils’ third novella in The Capital City Characters series, The Young Detective gives us insight into who Josephson really is. As much as he tries to emulate Sully, he still has a lot to learn. When Sully is off-world Josephson must put his skills to the test.

Another engaging, fast read from the Inspector Thomas Sullivan series spinoff.

5 out of 5 stars.

And Then There Were Three


The Girl Who Wasn't There Cover     Sarah dreams of nothing but freedom from the lab in which she and her two identical sisters were created. They are clones, and therefore, illegal in their existence. Each of the sisters is gifted with special abilities unique only to themselves. Once they realize that Maria is scheduled for organ harvesting Elle and Sarah hatch a plan to escape.

Sivils’ fourth novella in The Capital City Characters series, The Girl Who Wasn’t There is a gritty look at the underworld of cloning. Set far into the future it is an in-depth look at Sarah, Inspector Thomas Sullivan’s partner, and her origins.

What sets this story apart from the others is the illustrations throughout. It wouldn’t take much to turn this into a graphic novel. It’s a fast read and well written.

5 out of 5 stars.

Trouble Comes In Threes


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.

A Paradise Built Upon Lies


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


Payback cover

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.

Human Trafficking Knows No Limit


Dangerous is the Game cover     Thomas Sullivan goes undercover. He uses his expertise as an inspector to help conceal and enhance his new persona. Human trafficking is one of the most despicable crimes there is. The assignment seems straightforward yet is anything but.

Sivils’ third prequel to the Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller series, Danger Is The Game follows Sully when he is at his lowest of lows. He quickly becomes enmeshed with the most depraved of society. The more he sees the angrier he becomes. An angry Sully is a dangerous Sully.

Tackling human trafficking on a galaxy-wide scale is not for the faint of heart. We see the best and worst of Sully as a result.

5 out of 5 stars.

Who is Sully?


     Who is Thomas Sullivan, and how did he get to where he is today? An explosion, a dead prince, a cover-up, and a set of triplets. What could be more intriguing?

Sivils’ prequel to the Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller series, What Doesn’t Kill shows us a bitter and drifting Sully. The universe is against him at every turn. He believes in swift justice and is incorruptible. Those traits don’t make him very popular with officials or criminals.

Being at the wrong place at the right time puts Sully in the middle of a crime as it happens. His training immediately kicks in, and he takes control of the scene. He is like a tenacious alligator that won’t let anything go. His one moment of hesitation will haunt him forever.

5 out of 5 stars.



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.