Tag Archives: Mystery

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.

Justice Or Death

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The Amendment Killer cover   Retired U.S. District Court Judge Cyrus Brooks is defending an amendment to the Constitution before the Supreme Court when he realizes his friend and Supreme Court Justice, Arnold Hirschfeld is acting anything but normal. With help from D.C. homicide detective Frank Lotello, they discover Hirschfeld’s granddaughter has been kidnapped in order to sway the Court’s decision.

Barak’s first novel in the Brooks/Lotello Thriller series, The Amendment Killer is full of suspense and intrigue. The kidnapper, Tommy Thomas psychosis changes as the book progresses. He transitions to what I would call reverse Stockholm Syndrome, also known as Lima Syndrome. It’s a fascinating read.

The story is well written and hooks you from the very start. It’s hard to put down and keeps you guessing. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

5 out of 5 stars.

Are You Immune?

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An outbreak of flu-like illness is quickly spreading throughout the USA and abroad. Researchers are desperately seeking a cure or vaccine. But, it is a bacterial sickness that is immune to all known antibiotics, and it’s mutating.

Abrahams’ fourth novel in The Alt Apocalypse, Affliction follows our established set of characters and adds some new ones into the mix. The mystery behind these catastrophes is slowly unraveling. Characters that haven’t died before are swiftly taken from our grasps.

Every book in this series takes my breath away. They also leave me wanting to know more. While Abrahams claims they can all be read as standalone tales I beg to differ. There are too many unanswered questions to leave the entire series unread.

5 out of 5 stars.

Enron In Space

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An Innocent Man

Thomas Sullivan is back and the case is tougher than any other. How can he prove his client’s client is innocent when so much corruption is being thrown around like candy? Not only is an innocent man on trial for his life but so is the entire justice system of Beta Prime, Capital City, and the Planetary Alliance.

Sivils’ fourth novel in The Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller Series, An Innocent Man takes a hard look at a previous real-world case involving Enron and placing it 500 years into the future. All of the characters you have grown to love are back. Each plays a special support role to help Sully solve the case. Even if justice is served it can come at a great cost both financially and to the lives of those involved.

This book is everything you expect from a Thomas Sullivan thriller. Lust, greed, power, money, corruption, and all that goes along with those and more. Sorting out the truth can mean blurring the lines.

5 out of 5 stars.

 

Whose Child Is It?

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Mark Sava has been kicked out of Azerbaijan – permanently. He currently resided in Kyrgyzstan with his girlfriend, Daria Buckingham. Both are former CIA operatives. Daria has left the spy world for more altruistic endeavors. While Mark is now working for Central Asian Information Networks (CAIN), a spy for hire corporation. In an ordinary world the orphanage that Daria works for would not be involved in a covert spy op. But, Mark’s world is far from ordinary.

Mayland’s third novel in the Mark Sava Spy series, Spy for Hire puts a two-year-old orphan in the middle of a power struggle from Kyrgyzstan to India and to Bahrain. Like any good mystery there are several twists and false leads that keep you guessing until the very end.

CAIN is the starting point and the owner, Bruce Holtz had decided not to tell Mark. Not knowing whom to trust he calls in John Decker to protect the child until things are sorted out. The players use Mark’s past against him. All he wants to do is right by the child.

4 out of 5 stars.

History Must Be Preserved

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Fire of Our Fathers

***THE RELEASE DATE FOR THIS NOVEL HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED***

Richmond Monroe is an antique dealer located in Panama who will do almost anything to secure an object for his patrons. When his community and livelihood are threated he makes a deal using his services in hopes of stopping the imminent destruction. The quest takes him on a journey through history within what remains of the southern US. What is an enigma wrapped in a mystery becomes even more complex as it unravels.

Champlin’s first novel in the Heritage of Liberty series, Fire of Our Fathers is a fascinating twist combination of treasure hunting and restoration of the rights of the American people. Written sometime in the future it mixes the past with what could have been, alternative history is you will.

While reading this book I was reminded of the writings of Clive Cussler. I think with a little more polish that Champlin will rival him in the future.

4 out of 5 stars.

They Want Him Dead

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Mark Sava is a former CIA station chief retired in Baku, Azerbaijan where he teaches college. His life was rather peaceful. That is until an assassin attempts to kill him while he is tutoring the son of a high-ranking member of society. With his known past, the government of Azeri kicks him out of the country permanently. Before he can leave he receives photos he believes came from his friend John Decker. The CIA wants him back in the USA. But, Sava feels he must find Decker first. Who wants Sava killed and why? What does Decker’s disappearance have to do with it?

Mayland’s second novel in the Mark Sava Spy series, The Leveling is full of intrigue and espionage. From the dark underworld of the Middle East Sava and his former girlfriend, Daria Buckingham search for answers and Decker. Add the Chinese to the mix and the region is set for war.

If you love spy novels The Leveling will not disappoint. It will keep you guessing until the very end. The fast-paced action is almost nerve-wracking. Trust is a commodity easily bought and then resold.

5 out of 5 stars.