Anthony Delgado has just been released from serving a five-month sentence in jail for a barroom fight. With no job, no house, and nowhere to go he heads to Florida’s West Coast. There an eccentric gentleman name Irish John befriends him and teaches him the ways of a simple life of living off the sea. Irish John goes on to help Tony find a job as a diesel mechanic at a boatyard. Just when things are going well everything gets complicated.
Craven’s first novel in The Dangerous Gulf Sea Adventures Series, Deadman’s Cay is a refreshing story about friendship. It meanders a bit while setting the backdrop for the overall tale. Most of the folks within the story are either related or all go to the same church.
When Tony’s lady friend gets caught up a plot by the Cartel not once but twice, Tony finds he has no choice but to assist in their destruction.
Four out of five stars.
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.
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.
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.
Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments follows Aunt Lydia and June’s daughter, Hannah from the first book, The Handmaid’s Tale some 15 years later. It also includes narrative from Nicole, June’s daughter introduced in the Hulu series. If you read past here, you will certainly encounter spoilers.
The three testaments are interwoven to follow a timeline. Aunt Lydia tries to explain why she has done the things she has in Gilead in order to survive. If her story is supposed to excuse her actions and evoke sympathy for her, it did not do so in my case. She goes where the wind blows to most benefit herself. A rat that sees the ship about to sink, she sends proof of crimes committed by Commanders and others to Mayday.
Agnes/Hannah provides us with a good look at what it is like to be raised as a Commander’s daughter. I’m guessing that Aunt Lydia has a soft spot for her since Agnes is June’s daughter and helps to protect her when it matters most.
Daisy/Jade/Nicole has been raised by foster parents in Canada though she believes they are her birth parents. Once her parents are murdered her whole world changes as she finds out that she is the famous Baby Nicole.
There are a couple of things that bothered me about this story. First, why didn’t Agnes find out that her real name was Hannah when given her bloodline information? Second, the math doesn’t add up. If Agnes is 14 when she becomes a junior aunt and it is 9 years later when she meets Nicole that would make her 23. Yet, Nicole is 16 when she meets Agnes and Agnes is supposed to be 8 or 9 years older. That would make Agnes 24 or 25, not 23.
The book left a LOT of questions unanswered that I do hope Hulu covers in future seasons. All in all, I felt cheated. I expected more. If Atwood wanted to wrap things up in this book, she failed miserably. Yes, it had a “happy ending”. Yes, we find out that Gilead does implode but after these testaments. And, you find out how really evil Aunt Lydia was.
3 out of 5 stars.
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.
**A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the paperback book go to the fight against human trafficking.**
Ex-CIA operative Jacob Noble is tasked with the recovery of a diplomat’s daughter believed to be kidnapped into the human trafficking. This off the books op will net him $150,000 is successful. And, he desperately needs the funds to pay for his mother’s cancer treatment. This mission will take him to Manilla where he will find out there is much more going on than a simple abduction.
Millers’ first novel in the Jake Noble Series, Noble Man, introduces us to horrors of the sex slave industry. It is an enlightening story though written in a simplistic manner. For an adult level book as far as content and subject matter it is written on about a 9th-grade level.
The characters are all full of flaws to the point of levity. I can see using humor to take the edge off a tense situation but it was used over and over rather inappropriately. It often took away from the seriousness of the story.
The novel was well edited and the main characters were thoroughly fleshed out. I expected more than a dime-store detective-type book.
3 out of 5 stars.