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Servant by J. S. Bailey

Today I am reviewing Servant by J. S. Bailey.

SERVANT

 

 

Blurb:  Bobby Roland knows things he shouldn’t.

Plagued with premonitions of disaster, he fights to save others’ lives. What Bobby doesn’t foresee is that rescuing a stranger from death will place him in the line of fire.

He discovers a world of evil spirits and tormented souls when he becomes entangled in a madman’s plot to kill the Servant, a man chosen by God to exorcise demons from the possessed. When Bobby falls under spiritual attack following the encounter, he must choose between saving others and saving himself.

My Review: This book is great. The authors style reminds me a great deal of Dean Koontz. Love the supernatural. It is paced well and the writing is great. I highly recommend this book. Can’t wait to read more of what happens to the main character in the next book. I give this book 5 stars.

 

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A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson

Today I am reviewing A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson.

COLD

 

 

Blurb: Justice isn’t always black or white. Sometimes it’s cold and dark.

Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for The Gateway Project, a clandestine government organization hell-bent on taking out serial killers and pedophiles before they enter the justice system. Alex doesn’t enjoy killing, but he’s damn good at it. He’s good at dodging the law, too—until a beautiful rookie agent has him wondering what it might be like to get caught.

FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney has spent years hunting the lowlife who abducted her identical twin sister eighteen years ago. Now, during an on-going serial killer investigation, Mallory begins to suspect there’s a vigilante operating outside the law. She has no choice but to take him down, because murder isn’t justice. Is it?

When Mallory starts asking questions, The Gateway Project management starts to sweat, and orders Alex to watch her. As soon as they meet, the two begin to fall in love. But the lies and betrayals that define Alex’s life threaten to destroy them both—especially when the man who stole her sister all those years ago makes Mallory his next target, and Alex must reveal his true identity to save the woman he loves.

My Review. I loved this book. I could just leave it at that. Anyone who loves the thriller who done it type books should read this one about the elusive serial killers and the ones who hunt them , both the legal hunters(FBI) and the shadowy illegal ones. This book can keep you guessing almost to the end. I give it a 5 star review.

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September Sky by John Heldt

Today I am reviewing September Sky by John Heldt.

SEPTEMBER

 

 

Blurb: When unemployed San Francisco reporter Chuck Townsend and his college-dropout son, Justin, take a cruise to Mexico in 2016, each hopes to rebuild a relationship after years of estrangement. But they find more than common ground aboard the ship. They meet a mysterious lecturer who touts the possibilities of time travel. Within days, Chuck and Justin find themselves in 1900, riding a train to Texas, intent on preventing a distant uncle from being hanged for a crime he did not commit. Their quick trip to Galveston, however, becomes long and complicated when they wrangle with business rivals and fall for two beautiful librarians on the eve of a hurricane that will destroy the city. Filled with humor, history, romance, and heartbreak, SEPTEMBER SKY follows two directionless souls on the adventure of a lifetime as they try to make peace with the past, find new purpose, and grapple with the knowledge of things to come.

My Review: I am never disappointed when I read one of this authors books. I love his time travel concepts and the characters he weaves into them. This story is no exception. Really like the time period this book deals with and the relationships that develop between the modern day father and son and the people of the past. In meantime you get to learn about a few historic facts of Galveston Texas. The twist at the end was great too. I give this book a full 5 stars. Keep up the good work Mr. Heldt. You have a fan here.

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A Cutthroat Business by Jenna Bennett

Today I am reviewing A Cutthroat Business by Jenna Bennett.

CUT

 

 

Blurb: Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally … until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother always warned her about.

Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and dangerous, with a murky past and no future—not the kind of guy a perfect Southern Belle should want to tangle with. In any way. But wherever Savannah turns, there he is, and making no bones about what he wants from her.

Now Savannah must figure out who killed real estate queen Brenda Puckett, make a success of her new career, and avoid getting killed—or kissed—by Rafe, all before the money in her savings account runs out and she has to go back to selling make-up at the mall.

My Review:This is a lighthearted romantic murder mystery. I really enjoyed it. The main character manages to unravel the mystery before she gets killed herself, all while maintaining  her southern finishing school manners. The romance is enough to keep you interested without getting graphic, a plus in my book. I would recommend this to anyone looking for that light summer read It is even free a the moment. I would pick up more in this series for a quick read. I give this book 5 stars.

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So Fell The Sparrow by Katie Jennings

Today I am reviewing So Fell The Sparrow by Katie Jennings.

 

SPARROW

 

 

Blurb: After the tragic death of her parents, Dr. Grace Sullivan inherits more than she bargained for. An empty house she’s never heard of, a nosy neighbor, and the restless spirits of a violent, century old murder.

A hard-nosed skeptic, Grace refuses to believe in ghosts despite hearing sounds and seeing things that can’t be explained.

When she unearths antique furniture from the basement, the spirits become agitated and dangerous. Ian Black and Alex Gallagher, a team of ghost hunters, come in to investigate.

Still denying the paranormal events in her home, Grace can’t bring herself to take the ghost hunters or the psychic medium who teams up with them seriously. As Grace struggles with her grief and the feelings she’s developing for headstrong Ian, the disturbing mystery of the house deepens. Now she’ll have to face the unbelievable before the spirits claim her for their own.

My Review: I first discovered MS. Jennings when I read her Vassar family saga novels. I fell in love with them, so it was with just a little trepidation that I read this change of genre. Ghosts stories are quite a departure from high society intrigue and drama. I was very pleasantly surprised. She does spooky quite well. It is at times fairly dark and makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck a time or two to say the least. I really didn’t like the main character that well however. Jackie was my favorite. The only thing that didn’t seem to fit well was the neighbor being possessed. There did to seem to an opening for more in this series , I will look forward to them. I would recommend this to any one that enjoys the paranormal read you won’t be disappointed. I give this book 4 stars.

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Final Reckoning by Tony Bull

Today I am reviewing Final Reckoning by Tony Bull.

 

FINAL

 

 

 

Blurb: Former SAS soldier Greg gets a call from his past.
Isle of Wight police want to talk to him about a human skeleton found during extensions to Seastone marina. After Greg contacts them they lose interest, but retired DCI Ray Tindall is convinced there’s a connection with ‘The Vanderling Associates’, a criminal gang he pursued unsuccessfully throughout his career.

Despite the risk of exposing another skeleton – the one in his own cupboard – Greg allows himself to be dragged into the ex-DCI’s investigation, and finds all his old skills returning as he uncovers evidence of illegal immigration, drug smuggling, money-laundering and murder, before a long overdue final reckoning with his old enemy, Sir Robert Clarmont Brown.

My Review: This is a very interesting and detailed crime suspense novel. The way the evidence was developed over thirty two years spanning from Greg’s youth to his retired military years is intriguing. At times it moved a little slow but kept me interested. The author’s writing style is good. There were quite a few editing errors but I was able to work through them. Some may be the difference of terms from England to America. I recommend this to the who done it lovers out there who are looking for another good read. I give this book 4 stars.

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Penance by James M. Clifton PhD.

Today I am reviewing Penance by James M. Clifton PhD.

PEN

 

 

Blurb: Carlos Ramirez is an Ivy League educated lawyer and the son of an infamous drug lord. He spent most of his life sheltered from the seedier side of his father’s business dealings, devoting his time to running his family’s legal business ventures. All that changes, however, when his father is murdered by his partner, the head of the northeast Irish mob. Consumed by hatred, he and his sister Lena exact their revenge.

Seemingly oblivious to the collateral damage he is causing, Carlos’s actions result in the death of a number of innocent people. The deepest of regret follows. Given the perspective of time, he comes to grieve his actions, leading him to the brink of suicide.

Carlos’s sister, Lena, is a very different person. While Carlos avoids his father’s legacy, Lena embraces it, maturing to become a major crime boss. As the story unfolds, Carlos devises a desperate plan to soothe his stricken conscience. What Carlos does not realize, though, is that Lena and her professional killer are watching over him, protecting him from danger.

At various points during the story, you might find yourself cheering for the killer, empathizing with the drug lord, or lamenting the weaknesses and flaws of the one character that is risking his life and sacrificing everything to do the right thing. Carlos, Lena and her hired assassin are complex characters caught up in a complex story, not unlike real life. And, as in reality, at any given instant in time, it is difficult to tell the good people from the bad.

My Review: This was a interesting crime novel. It was fast paced and very detailed. You actually find yourself cheering for the main crime boss as he sets about reliving his guilt. I loved the twists and turns. My favorite character believe it or not was his sister even though she was capable of great violence. It did some editing issues which takes it down a notch but I would recommend it to anyone who like the crime suspense genre. I thought it ended a little abruptly. I’m not sure if there will be a sequel but thought this one could have wrapped up better. I give this 4 stars.

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