Tag Archives: Thriller

Don’t Poke The Bear

Don’t Poke The Bear

Jake Klein is a 20-year-old college student who happens to be a genius when it comes to computers. He’s bored with his studies and is ready to make his mark on the world. Little does he know that he’s poking the bear. He believes he can solve the election fraud if he can only find out who the culprits are.

Barak’s fourth novel in the Brooks/Lotello series, JK’s Code is an amazing work of art. The attention to detail is evident throughout the entire book. I do not doubt the amount of research that was put into writing this story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is one of the better ones that Barak has written. The story is timely and very believable. I look forward to reading whatever he comes up with next.

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.

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


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.

Retched Water Everywhere


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A storm has grown over the Gulf of Mexico and stalled out around New Orleans. Flooding is inevitable the longer the rains pour down. Even once spared high ground isn’t immune to the raging waters. The currents are merciless. People will be trapped, and some will die either from drowning or tragedy bestowed upon them from the relentless torrent.

Abrahams third novel in The Alt Apocalypse series, Torrent is his best work to date. The emotional rollercoaster invoked in this tale punches you in the gut and then gives you hope. The narrative is so realistic that you see the story in your mind’s eye as well as with your emotions. It sucks you in and won’t let you go until the end.

Abrahams experienced the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 that struck Houston. I’m positive that he drew the scenes from what he witnessed firsthand. This is a real tear-jerker.

The same characters in the first two novels are thrown together again to test their abilities for survival. Some will, and some won’t. The déjà vu the characters are experiencing is explored in more detail. Though each book is a standalone work we are just now discovering the thread that binds them all together.

I can’t wait for the next installment!

Most definitely 5 out of 5 stars.

When Black Ops Collide


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Daniel and Jessica Petrovich along with more of General Terence Sanders’s elite Black Flagged operatives are preparing to take down Dr. Anatoly Reznikov once and for all. As the most dangerous bioweapons scientist in the world Dr. Reznikov has been captured and liberated more often than a cat with nine lives. The Mossad has a team going after Reznikov’s handler. Both groups are targeting the same place at the same time. Neither knows the other is there. The fireworks are about to begin!

Konkoly’s latest entry into The Black Flagged Series, COVENANT: A Black Ops Thriller, book 4.5 is right on target. It has all the thrill and suspense you’ve come to expect with this series. Fast-paced action, well-developed characters, and a Russian mafia are all packed into this novella. It is also professionally edited.

This story focuses more on Jessica’s character. While not a back story it does show you how she processes a situation out of the norm for an op. I was not originally a fan of the cold-blooded killers that the Petrovichs are. Konkoly has made them likable and somewhat normal.

5 out of 5 stars.

Are There Any Good Cops Left?


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Inspector Thomas (Sully) Sullivan has had a hard life, but he is very good at what he does. He has recently been sent to Beta Prime to clean up the corruption within the planet police force. The local government officials believe he is a screw-up that they will be able to use as a scapegoat for their crimes. To make his job as difficult as they can, Sully has been given a newly appointed and over eager Detective Sergeant named Josephson.

Capital City harbors many secrets including the identity of a serial killer. Sully believes the killer is somehow tied to the theft of drugs used to keep the miners from getting the Cough. If he unravels one of these crimes the other is sure to follow.

Being new in town, Sully doesn’t know whom he can trust nor do the folks he encounters know if they can trust him. Having a cop that isn’t bent is about as rare as a warm, snow free day on Beta Prime. His acquaintances are a priest with a shady past, a cabbie trying to keep his nose clean, a bar owner who knows more than he’s willing to tell, and a waitress who wears her heart on her sleeve. Then there is the mysterious woman who hides in the shadows that remind Sully of something in his past he’d rather forget.

Sivils’ first novel in The Chronicles of Inspector Thomas Sullivan, The Predator and The Prey, is reminiscent of the dime store detective novels of the past. The main character, Sully, is vividly described and well developed. The world of Beta Prime and Capital City are brought to life in such a way that I even felt chilled.

Unfortunately, the novel is riddled with typographical errors that are very distracting. In a self-published novel, I allow 5 errors before it changes the rating. This book went well beyond that number. The author really needs a good proofreader or an advance reader group to help ferret out these mistakes before he goes live.

Also, in a who-done-it, the killer is usually a significant character with clues leading up to their identity. It was rather disappointing that he was a minor character who only showed up to kill. The rest of the story was written in such a way that everything was very complex and tied together well.

3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Time to Cut Your Losses


Escaping Home

Morgan Carter feels that he has done what was needed to survive in an economic collapse such as the one the country Is now in. As more of his neighbors either flee to the FEMA camps or die due to starvation or suicide, he finds him and his allies are under constant attack by raiders and sniper fire. None of them want to leave, but what is the price that they will pay if they stay? And, with the rumors that the FEMA camps are more like prison camps, what are their bug out options?

American’s third novel in The Survivalist Series, Escaping Home, showcases the struggles that Morgan faces with trying to balance staying at their home and keeping his family safe. Can he convince his family to relocate if the time comes they can no longer sustain their home? This book also picks back up the story of Jess and what has happened with her and her family since Morgan got her safely to her parents.

Another well written, well edited story in the series. The characters are very diverse and quite complex. The tale is every bit as gritty as those before. I really love this series.

5 out of 5 stars.

Who Am I?


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The International Space Station discovers a suitcase-like object adhered to the outside. After recovering it they sending it back to Earth for further analysis. Once opened the suitcase infects those nearby with a highly infectious amnesia virus. Ryder Nape, a news reporter with contacts inside NASA, figures out what is going on and tries to save his friends.

Nelder’s novel, ARIA: Left Luggage, is a true medical science fiction tale. The concept of an Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia possibly destroying mankind is unique. The story is told in such a way that you are rapidly turning the pages to know more. As more and more folks are infected and forget where they work the world plunges quickly into an apocalyptic state.

What do the aliens want? What is the purpose of the virus? How long before mankind is unable to recover from the shutdown of all services? To find the answers to those and many other questions, you will need to read the other books in the series.

4 out of 5 stars due to the lack of depth in the characters. Otherwise, it is a well edited, captivating tale.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.