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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell on October 9, 2012 Genres: Fiction Published by Randon House Format: eBook Buy on Amazon Goodreads In this audacious and dazzling novel, Mitchell weaves history, science, humor, and suspense through six separate but related narratives, each set in a different time and place, each written in a different prose style, … Continue reading

Rules of Crime Detective Wade Jackson Series

by L. J. Sellers

A wild ride that doesn’t disappoint!!

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When a call from his daughter, Katie, interrupts his much-needed vacation, Detective Wade Jackson knows it’s bad news. As Katie tearfully announces that her mom—Jackson’s ex-wife, Renee—is missing, Jackson suspects alcoholic Renee has climbed back inside the bottle that destroyed their marriage. But the truth is far worse: kidnappers have snatched Renee and are demanding ransom from her wealthy fiance.

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The very same night, someone dumps a savagely beaten University of Oregon coed on the doorstep of the ER. Jackson’s protege, Detective Lara Evans, must identify the unconscious victim, then track down the assailant with no leads to go on…except the whispered rumor of a secret sorority.

Meanwhile, Eugene’s new FBI liaison, Agent Carla River, takes charge of Renee’s high-tech ransom operation while Jackson comforts his distressed daughter and retraces the steps of the mother she holds dear. But as the rescue takes a deadly twist and the suspects seem willing to let Renee die rather than crack under interrogation, Jackson worries that Katie will never forgive him if her mother is lost forever.

My thoughts…

So far “Rules of Crime” is my favorite of the Detective Wade Jackson series.  A Hawaii vacation cut short.  A kidnapping gone wrong.  What else could possibly happen?

This is not your typical ending for Wade Jackson, this one.  L. J. Sellers will take you on a wild ride with Detective Wade Jackson on his search for his kidnapped ex-wife through the streets of Eugene, Oregon.  L. J. Sellers is a master in utilizing her imaginative-creativity with her characters, taking care to make sure you relate to each and every one of them.  You quickly become engrossed in the plot to find Renee.

I’m looking forward to what the future holds for Detective Wade Jackson and wondering if Lara Evans will be a part of the next exciting plot.  A highly recommended read.

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The Three-Day Affair

by Michael Kardos

Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan have been friends since their undergrad days at Princeton. Now, nine years after graduation, Will is a failed musician still reeling from the death of a band mate. Jeffrey got lucky and then rich from the dot-com boom, and Nolan is a state senator with national aspirations. Their friendships have bent without breaking for years, until one shocking event changes everything.
One night on a drive, they make a routine stop at a convenience store. Moments after entering the store, a manic Jeffrey emerges, dragging a young woman with him. He shoves her into Will’s car and shouts a single word: “Drive!” Shaken and confused, Will obeys.
Suddenly these three men find themselves completely out of their element, holding a frightened young girl hostage without the slightest idea of what to do next. They’re already guilty of kidnapping and robbery; it’s only a matter of time before they find out what else they might be guilty of. For these three friends, three days will decide their fate–between freedom and prison, innocence and guilt . . . and life and death.
The Three-Day Affair marks the emergence of an electrifying new voice in crime fiction.
My Thoughts…

I must admit when I first started reading this I began to think it pretty lame and really didn’t want to finish.  But, as I progressed and things started falling together it became quite interesting in some respects.  In other respects I would give The Three Day Affair three stars just because, realistically, I don’t know of too many people that would actually go through with the plan of action portrayed in this novel, the kidnapping, robbery-gone-bad scenario all for financial gain, but you never know what people will do for money.  It may be better left for a made-for-TV movie.  At three stars it was still somewhat entertaining.

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Garden of Stones

by Sophie Littlefield, set to be released February 26, 2013.

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Critically acclaimed author Sophie Littlefield brings the 1940s to life in this intense account of innocent Japanese-Americans moved to the Manzanar prison camp, in GARDEN OF STONES, a harrowing and beautifully woven novel about the vagaries of war, the injustice of racism and a young girl’s search for hope and forgiveness.

IN THE DARK DAYS WAR, A MOTHER MAKES THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

Lucy Takeda is just fourteen years old, living in Los Angeles in 1941, when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, she and her mother, Miyako, are ripped from their home, rounded up—along with thousands of other innocent Japanese-Americans—and taken to the Manzanar prison camp.

Buffeted by blistering heat and choking dust, Lucy and Miyako must endure the harsh living conditions of the camp. Corruption and abuse creep into every corner of Manzanar, eventually ensnaring beautiful, vulnerable Miyako. Ruined and unwilling to surrender her daughter to the same fate, Miyako soon breaks. Her final act of desperation will stay with Lucy forever…and spur her to sins of her own.

Bestselling author Sophie Littlefield weaves a powerful tale of stolen innocence and survival that echoes through generations, reverberating between mothers and daughters. It is a moving chronicle of injustice, triumph and the unspeakable acts we commit in the name of love.

My thoughts…

I was very lucky to have been granted access to read “Garden of Stones” by the publisher through netgalley.com, a website that provides advanced reader copies [for free] to individuals that request books to read and review.  The author has certainly done her research in the area of Japanese internment camps and the reality of how their life changed during this period.

I highly recommend this book regardless of your preferred genre.  Sophie Littlefield takes you into the world of personal struggles and suffering endured in this bittersweet tale of survival and life’s battle to overcome its affect and endeavor to live life as it was meant to be.  The characters are real and very believable.  You will come to love Lucy and understand why her mother did what she felt she needed to do to protect her daughter from the torment she endured during their time in the internment camp.   This astounding well-written novel will weigh heavy on your heart and forever leave an imprint on your mind for years to come.

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Utopia, Texas

by Michael E. Glasscock III

UtopiaTexasWhat happens when men of principle become men of violence?

In the quiet town of Utopia, Texas, life is simple. Monty Kilpatrick does his duty as a local game warden, catching poachers, smoking too many cigarettes, and trying to keep his marriage afloat. Most days he thinks about the loss of his young son and how to not be tempted to stray from his vows by one of the local girls.

But just across the border in Mexico, drug cartel kingpin Juan Diaz is running his empire with an iron fist. Utopia is part of the cartel’s main trafficking routes, and when Monty arrests Diaz’s brother during what he thought was a routine traffic stop, the men’s paths cross. In a moment, the formerly peaceful Utopia becomes a war zone.

Set in cartel haciendas and the rugged Texas landscape and featuring plenty of guns, explosions, and helicopters, Utopia, Texas pits Monty and Juan against each other, both bound by the opposing set of laws they’ve chosen to follow. In order to save his town, his wife, and his pride, Monty must be ready to lose everything he holds true.

My thoughts…

Utopia, Texas was a fast paced and strikingly authentic… the twists and turns will keep you guessing what will happen next and you’ll never believe how it ends…  Glasscock III has it all – suspenseful plot, magnificent scenery, and a hero who is tough but truly connected to his family.

For those who enjoy reading books authored by C. J. Box and William Kent Krueger will definitely enjoy reading Utopia, Texas.  Don’t walk run to your computer and download this fantastic read to your kindle while it’s still 99 cents.  It’s a great bargain and it’s so good that the author may decide to increase the price soon.

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Low Pressure

by Sandra Brown

Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy’s fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day’s most devastating moments.

Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, bestselling novel based on Susan’s murder. Because the book was inspired by the tragic event that still pains her family, she published it under a pseudonym to protect them from unwanted publicity. But when an opportunistic reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on fact, Bellamy’s identity is exposed along with the family scandal.

Moreover, Bellamy becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who either wants the truth about Susan’s murder to remain unknown or, even more threatening, is determined to get vengeance for a man wrongfully accused and punished.

In order to identify her stalker, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past, including Dent Carter, Susan’s wayward and reckless boyfriend — and an original suspect in the murder case. Dent, with this and other stains on his past, is intent on clearing his name, and he needs Bellamy’s sealed memory to do it. But her safeguarded recollections -once unlocked-pose dangers that neither could foresee and puts both their lives in peril.

As Bellamy delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Susan’s slaying, she discovers disturbing elements of the crime which call into question the people she holds most dear. Haunted by partial memories, conflicted over her feelings for Dent, but determined to learn the truth, she won’t stop until she reveals Susan’s killer.

That is, unless Susan’s killer strikes her first…

My thoughts…

I would give this  three stars. I did enjoy reading Low Pressure and found it to be somewhat entertaining.  It’s just doesn’t measure up to some of past books I’ve read by Sandra Brown. Some other books I’ve really liked from Sandra are:  The Witness, Chill Factor, Hello Darkness, Smoke Screen, Ricochet, White Hot, and Play Dirty.

Edge of Black

[amazon_link id=”B0092MTGSE” target=”_blank” ]by J. T. Ellison[/amazon_link]

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The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides…

Dr. Samantha Owens is starting over: new city, new job, new man, new life. She’s trying to put some distance between herself and the devastating loss of her husband and children-but old hurts leave scars.

Before she’s even unpacked her office at Georgetown University’s forensic pathology department, she’s called to consult on a case that’s rocked the capital and the country. An unknown pathogen released into the Washington Metro has caused nationwide panic. Three people died-just three.

A miracle and a puzzle…

Amid the media frenzy and Homeland Security alarm bells, Sam painstakingly dissects the lives of those three victims and makes an unsettling conclusion. This is no textbook terrorist causing mayhem with broad strokes, but an artist wielding a much finer, more pointed instrument of destruction. An assassin, whose motive is deeply personal and far from understandable.

Xander Whitfield, a former Army Ranger and Sam’s new boyfriend, knows about seeing the world in shades of gray. About feeling compelled to do the wrong thing for the right reasons. Only his disturbing kinship with a killer can lead Sam to the truth…and once more into the line of fire.

What I thought…

The description says it all…

This is my second book by J. T. Ellison and I must say she doesn’t disappoint!  I found this book very easy to read and get wrapped up in, I didn’t want to put it down.  The characters are well developed and realistic.  The plot and twists are perfectly timed to keep you turning the pages, all 368 of them.  I would definitely read more works by this author and highly recommend Edge of Black. You won’t want to miss this one…

Edge of Black (A Samantha Owens Novel)

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The Last Refuge: A Dewey Andreas Novel

by Ben Coes

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With time running out to stop the nuclear destruction of Tel Aviv, Dewey Andreas must defeat his most fearsome opponent yet.

Off a quiet street in Brooklyn, New York, Israeli Special Forces commander Kohl Meir is captured by operatives of the Iranian secret service, who smuggle Meir back to Iran, where he is imprisoned, tortured, and prepared for a show trial.

What they don’t know is that Meir was in New York to recruit Dewey Andreas for a secret operation. Meir had been tipped off that Iran had finally succeeded in building their first nuclear weapon, one they were planning to use to attack Israel. His source was a high-level Iranian government official and his proof was a photo of the bomb itself.

Dewey Andreas, a former Army Ranger and Delta, owes his life to Meir and his team of Israeli commandos. Now, to repay his debt, Dewey has to attempt the impossible —to both rescue Meir from one of the world’s most secure prisons and to find and eliminate Iran’s nuclear bomb before it’s deployed—all without the help or sanction of Israel or America (at the near certain risk of detection by Iran).

Unfortunately, Dewey’s first moves have caught the attention of Abu Paria, the brutal and brilliant head of VEVAK, the Iranian secret service. Now Dewey has to face off against, outwit, and outfight an opponent with equal cunning, skill, and determination, with the fate of millions hanging in the balance.

My take:

If you’re a fan of books filled with covert operations that seemingly fit into today’s military/political events then you should read “The Last Refuge”.

I read this book utilizing the text-to-speech feature on my kindle and found the writing to be very explicit in its characterization of people and events so much so that I was able to visualize the events as they played out, awesome.  This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, which happens to be the third in the series for Dewey Andreas.

“The Last Refuge” by Ben Coes “is” a page-turner, you’ll not want to put it down.