Sunday, August 31, 2014
A Pedigree To Die For is the first novel in the Melanie Travis Mystery series. This book is $4.61, but it was free for the kindle when I downloaded it. If you like murder mysteries and dogs, this is the book for you. Melanie Travis is a school teacher with a four year old son Davey. Melanie is divorced and her summer job just fell through, so making ends meet this summer will be tough. Then Melanie's Uncle Max dies in his kennel and her Aunt Peg needs her help finding a missing dog. Solving a murder or two might be a useful unintended consequence. This is a light-hearted murder mystery with just a little romance to spice it up. And don't forget there are lots of dogs. Highly recommended.
Friday, August 29, 2014
The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree is the first novel in the Outlaw King series. This book is $3.99 for the kindle. It was free when I downloaded it. Keep looking for bargains. I got this book for free and it's great. Ross Brigham just got back from serving in Afghanistan. Ross finds out his wife has left him and his father, E. R. Brigham, has just died. E. R. Brigham was the author of the seven volume steam punk universe series The Fiddle and the Fire. Volume seven is not finished, and the fans of the series are pushing Ross to finish it. Then Ross discovers the key to his father's muse and his whole world turns upside down. This is a great story. It's a little slow to start, but once it gets going it's hard to put down. The ending is a huge cliff hanger, but the second book in the series is now available in the same download as the first book. Very highly recommended.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The Doctor Wears A Stetson is the first novel in the Diamondback Ranch series. This book is free for the kindle. This story is a modern western romance, so expect some heat. Jessie Kincaid is a grease monkey. Jessie had been helping her father in his garage since she was old enough to hold a wrench. When Cameron McCade, the most popular senior in high school, pulled Jessie out from under a car to ask her to the prom, Jessie was just 15 years old. That prom was their one and only date, until Cameron came back to the little town of Salt Fork seventeen years later. Jessie owns the garage now and Cameron is a big city doctor. A lot has changed, but that spark is still there. This is a great story. No murders or ghosts or international intrigue. This is just a plain old romance. Highly recommended.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Taming Fire is the first novel in the Dragonprince's Legacy series. This book is free for the kindle. This is a great story with wizards, dragons, treachery, battles, and even a beautiful girl. Daven Carrickson is seventeen years old. He's an orphan and a simple shepherd. Daven enjoys practicing with his sword in the evenings, and he's encouraged other boys from the village to join in. Daven even has a simple magic he uses to keep them all safe and score their matches, but Daven isn't a wizard. That all changes when one of the king's guard shows up for Daven, and challenges him to a match. It doesn't go well for either contestant. Then a wizard shows up to take Daven away from his simple existence, off to the Academy of Wizardry. Daven's life is about to change. It's not clear if it's for the better or worse. Especially when there are dragons. This is a great story. The characters and predicaments are interesting, and the danger and suspense keep you from putting the book down. Very highly recommended.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Supreme Justice is $4.99 for the kindle, but it was free when I downloaded it. Keep looking for bargains. This is a great book and I got it for free. Joseph Reeder is the CEO of ABC Security. Joe is also an ex-secret service agent who took a bullet for the president. When a restaurant that Joe's company monitored was the scene of a robbery, Joe was called in. Especially since a Supreme Court Justice was killed in the robbery. What Joe uncovers is a conspiracy to change the whole balance of the Supreme Court. Can Joe stop the conspiracy? How many more justices will die? This is a great story. The characters are well crafted, and the suspense is compelling. The only problem is the author's over-the-top political rants. If you can stomach the liberal bullshit, this book is really great. Highly recommended.
Friday, August 22, 2014
The Dragon King and I is the first novel in the Fairest Of Them All series. This book is free for the kindle. This is one twisted fairy tale. Alexandria Greyson thinks she's cursed, but according to her friend Rachel, there's no such thing as a curse. Alex is pretty sure there are curses, right up until she meets her fairy godmother, then she's convinced. Well, actually it's the witch who's substituting for Alex's fairy godmother. It's complicated. That's just one word to describe this story, but it's complicated in a good way. It's also funny, suspenseful, and scary at times. Highly recommended.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Witch Hunt is the first novel in the Preternatural Affairs series. This book is free for the kindle. Cèsar Hawke is an agent with the Office of Preternatural Affairs, Magical Violations Department. That's a mouthful that means Cèsar is a witch who hunts other witches who break the rules. When Cèsar wakes up with the worst hangover he can remember, and finds a dead body in his bathtub, he knows he's got trouble, but he can't imagine how much. When there's no help coming from his boss, Cèsar decides his best chance to clear up his troubles are to do it himself. Who's on Cèsar's side and who's not? Even Cèsar can't decide. Witches, demons, and crooked cops, all combine to make this a great story. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Gehenna is the first novel in the West of Hell series. This book is free for the kindle. This story is less than 200 pages long, but it packs a lot of action into those pages. This is another zombie western. Is no genre sacred? Gehenna is a small western town of about 2,000 souls. It's just a railroad way station for passengers continuing west. Gehenna is about to become much more. Mad Dog McCall used to be a law man. Now McCall is locked up in the Gehenna jail. Karen is a whore who works at the Ellis Saloon in Gahenna. Karen's not just a whore though. She may be the smartest person in town, and that's part of her problem. The trouble starts when a couple of strangers show up in town, with tomahawks and arrows sticking out of their bodies. These two strangers proceed to start gnawing on a lady right in front of the saloon. The strangers are captured, and taken to jail, but everyone they bite along the way is going to change, and not for the better. Soon McCall and Karen are going to have to join forces just to survive escaping from Gehenna. The questions is, will they really survive? This story has plenty of action, danger, and zombies galore. It does end with a wicked cliff hanger, but as zombie westerns go, I highly recommend it.
After the Storm is the first novel in the Storm Series. This book is free for the kindle. As incongruous as it sounds, this is a romantic murder mystery. Lexi Hanson is a photographer. She's not exactly running and not exactly hiding, but she's enjoying the privacy at her beach house near Ipswich, Massachusetts. Lexi only has one neighbor, and she's never met him, although she's friends with the couple who are his live-in caretakers. Lexi doesn't think it's possible she'll ever fall in love. The darkness in her past seems to eclipse that kind of happiness. Then Lexi meets her neighbor, and maybe the impossible is more likely. But Lexi's past is coming back to stalk her, and threaten any happiness she finds. Can she defeat evil again, or will it win this time? This is a great mystery story, with some humor, romance, and terrible danger. Highly recommended.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Winter Solstice is the first novel in the Alaric Trilogy. This book is $3.99 for the kindle. It's hard to describe this tale as belonging to a specific genre. Adventure, supernatural, religious, and even horror come to mind. You'll have to decide for yourself. It's 1898 in the town of Exeter England, and Christmas is coming. Four good friends have gathered together to complain about the holidays. Clark Edmondson is the scholar in the group, with his fellow scholar and house-mate Svetlana. Reverend Harold Avery is a man of the cloth, and is accompanied by his ward Jeremy. Peter Allen Daniels is an artist and has brought his muse Elinor. Finally, Major Volker VonWaltrin is a retired German army officer who brought is friend and confidant Samuel to the meeting. The group is engaged in a discussion that leads them to decide on a unique plan of action. They'll each spend some time doing research, and the following year, on the eve of a new century, they'll meet again to decide on an adventure. An adventure to confront evil directly. The group has no idea how well their plans will work. As I read this story I was reminded at times of Jules Verne, H.P. Lovecraft, and even Charles Dickens. In most cases that was good. I've enjoyed all three authors. The thing to note about all of those authors is, they wrote close to 100 years ago. This book seems to have that older feel to it as well. This book was hard to put down at times, but frustrating at others. The villain and some of the other characters pontificated far too much for my taste. I prefer tales that move at a faster and more active pace. I found myself skimming whole sections of monologue at times. This novel has elements I like and elements I don't. There are some circumstances when an introduction to a work of fiction is necessary, but I prefer a story that speaks for itself. This introduction went well beyond setting the stage for the chapters to follow. I usually skip poems or quotes at the beginning of chapters. This book provides poems. I read some, but skimmed over most. The characters are very well done, and the plot is great, it's the extra words that got in the way at times. That said I enjoyed the story. The ending leaves the reader impatient for the rest of the trilogy. In spite of some problem I had, the story shines through. I highly recommended this book.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Hombre is the 23rd novel in the Jess Williams series, but you don't have to worry about reading out of sequence. This book is $2.99 for the kindle, but it was free when I downloaded it. This is a brutal uncompromising western. Jess Williams is a bounty hunter. Some would say the best there ever was. Now Jess has a partner, Alex Brand. The two bounty hunters are on the track of a vicious gang of outlaws, headed by the man known as Hombre. Hombre and his gang broke into United States Senator John Thibadough's mansion outside of Chicago, killed his entire household, and raped and murdered his beautiful wife. Now the gang is hiding out in Texas, and doing their best to avoid the law. Jess and Alex are determined to change their luck, and collect the $100,000 bounty on Hombre's head. This is a good western tale. The descriptions of crimes and even captures are vivid and brutal. In my opinion, unnecessarily brutal. Given that, I still recommend this book.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Death's Hand is the first novel in the Descent Series. This book is free for the kindle. Prepare for some long nights. Elise Kavanagh has a special talent. She kills demons. She can also perform an exorcism if the need arises. However, Elise is retired. She's now an accountant. When Elise's ex-partner, James Faulkner, asks her to check on a five year old girl, Elise does it as a favor. Jim, who's a witch, has a member of his coven who's daughter might be possessed. Elise should be able to tell, but this is no ordinary possession. Elise and James have tangled with this particular demon in the past and almost lost. Now one of them is going to die. The question is which one and for how long. This is a great book. It's very intense. The action never seems to stop and the bodies just keep piling up. Highly recommended.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Uncaged is the first novel in the Singular Menace series. If you like Sandford's other novels you'll want to read this. Shay and Odin Remby are a sister and brother pair caught in the foster system in Eugene Oregon. Seventeen-year-old Odin gets tangled up with some animal rights activists. While raiding a lab they stumble on something far bigger then animal experiments. Then Odin disappears. Sixteen-year-old Shay's last message from Odin says he's working with a group in Hollywood, so she grabs her stuff and heads south. Shay has to survive on the streets while trying to find her only living family. Meanwhile the big corporation, trying to recover their experiments, is doing the same. This is a thrill ride of a book. It has great characters, danger, suspense, and some seriously evil bad guys. The story comes to a satisfying conclusion, but there will be a second book and I can't wait for it. Very highly recommended.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Tin God is the first novel in the Delta Crossroads Trilogy. This book is still free for the kindle. Get it while you can. Jaymee Ballard has a hard life, and she's only 25 years old. Jaymee cleans houses, works at a diner, and lives in a rundown trailer on the bad side of town. Jaymee has a hard life because she has a secret. What Jaymee doesn't know is that her secret has already gotten one of her friends killed, there are more murders to come, and Jaymee will probably be included in the body count. A quiet southern town has lots of secrets, and Jaymee's isn't the worst. This is a great story. The characters are interesting, the suspense is palpable, and the ending is what an ending should be. Even though this book is part of a trilogy, it stands solidly on its own. Very highly recommended.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Rushed is free for the kindle. This is the first novel in the Rushed series. Even though the other two books in the series aren't free, I've already ordered them. This book is that good. Eric Fortrell had a dream. His dream was very compelling. It got Eric out of bed, dressed, and standing next to his car, ready to drive off into the night. Then Eric realized he had no idea where to drive off to. All he could remember of his dream was it has something to do with a bird. The second night Eric's wife Karen was able to break the spell, but the dream persisted. The third night, with Karen's reluctant blessing, Eric started the most bizarre, terrifying, and rewarding trip of his life. The question is will Eric live through it? This is a mix of science fiction, fantasy, humor, and horror that's almost as compelling as Eric's dream. Strange characters and creatures fill this tale with wonder and dread. Best of all, it has a great ending. Very highly recommended.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
The Ghost and The Graveyard is the first novel in the Knight Games series. This book is free for the kindle. This one is just plain racy. Grateful Knight is an ICU nurse at St. John’s hospital in Carlton City. Grateful just got out of a bad relationship. So bad her ex-boyfriend took all her money and left her with a ton of debt. Grateful is lucky her Dad inherited a house in Red Grove that she can live in for free. The first catch is the house is a 30 minute commute from St. John's. The second catch is the house backs up to a graveyard. There are lots of other catches. Ghosts, vampires, witches, a sexy caretaker, and more are about to make Grateful's life very interesting. This is a great book, but there is a significant dose of explicit sex. Just a warning. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Islamophilia is $6.99 for the kindle. It's not real long, but it's a book that will open your eyes. Ever wonder why Islam seems to get a pass from politicians, the press, and in movies? Ever wonder why an army major screaming "Allahu Akbar" and shooting unarmed soldiers is labeled workplace violence? Douglas Murray has some answers for you. They might make you uncomfortable, but they should make you think. Hopefully they'll make you look at things more clearly. Highly recommended.
Monday, August 4, 2014
A Charming Crime is the first novel in the Magical Cures Mystery Series. This book was free for the kindle when I downloaded it. It's now 99 cents. June Heal runs a booth at a flea market peddling homeopathic cures. The same booth that June's mother Darla ran before she died. June seems to be having more luck with the cures, but she keeps setting fire to her workshop. When June finally burns it to the ground, it seems like luck that she's asked to open a shop in the small village of Whispering Falls. June may find the truth about her past in Whispering Falls, but she's definitely going to find secrets, mystery, and danger. This story is great. The conversion to a kindle book seems to have had some problems though. Still highly recommended.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first novel in the Gentleman Bastards series, an epic fantasy adventure. This book is not free. I paid $4.59. It's now $5.49. It would be a bargain at twice the price. This is a long one at over 752 pages, but it's worth every minute you spend reading it. Locke Lamora is a thief. He's not an ordinary thief though. He's in a group knows as the Gentleman Bastards. In the city of Camorr there's what's known as the Secret Peace. Thieves have boundaries in Camorr, but Locke Lamora and his band ignore them. Then a new player shows up in Camorr, and it's up to the Gentleman Bastards to save the city they've spent their lives robbing. The problem is they're likely to die trying. This is an amazing story. There are great characters, great settings, great danger, and mysteries a single novel could never uncover. That's why I've ordered the second book in the series. Very highly recommended.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Blood and Justice is the first novel in the Jake & Annie Lincoln Thriller series. This book is free for the kindle. Jake and Annie Lincoln are partners in marriage and in Lincoln Investigations. They're private eyes who specialize in missing persons and security problems. Lincoln Investigations is contacted about 16 year old Jenny James by her mother Annie. Jenny is missing and the police don't have the resources to keep searching. What nobody in the town of Richmond Hill knows is that there's a serial killer out there and Jenny got in his way. This story is good. There's plenty of suspense and danger. The problem is the writing is very stilted. It's almost like this book is written for kids. A good editor could tighten the writing up and improve the book, but it is what it is. If you're willing to have patience with the style, I recommend this novel.
Monday, July 28, 2014
A Good Man Gone is the first novel in the Mercy Watts Mystery series. This book is free for the kindle. When your Dad is a detective, what choice do you have? Mercy Watts is a nurse. Her Dad's a private investigator and a retired St. Louis police detective. Mercy's parents are on vacation and she's enjoying the break from their presence. Then a close family friend, her Dad's ex-partner, dies of a heart attack. Mercy has to call her parents with the news, and then she finds herself on the hook to solve the mystery surrounding the death. There's suspense, danger, and plenty of humor in this great story. The quirky characters and settings add to the book's appeal. Very highly recommended.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Innocent in Las Vegas is the first novel in the Tiffany Black Mystery series. This book is free for the kindle. This murder mystery is equal parts humor and danger, with just a hint of romance. Tiffany Black is a dealer at the Treasury Casino in Las Vegas. Since she hates her job, Tiffany is also working to become a private investigator. Tiffany's first case is one nobody else in town will touch. Her client has been indicted for murdering her husband, and the murder weapon was found in her nightstand. Tiffany has to prove her client didn't do it, and that means finding the real killer. When people start getting rough, and then shooting at her, Tiffany gets some help from Jonathan Stone. Too much help or not enough remains to be seen. Is there more going on here than murder? Tiffany threads her way through the mystery with humor and help. This is a great story. Very highly recommended.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Stark Warning is a murder mystery that takes place in London England. This book is $2.99 for the kindle. It was free when I downloaded it. Jessica Lee is the host of the biggest show on British TV. She's the English version of Jerry Springer, but much cuter. Jessica receives a phone call one night with this stark warning, "Every time you appear on screen someone will die." To drive that point home a women is murdered that same night. Detective Chief Inspector Sam Quinn is put in charge of the case. Sam heads up Scotland Yard’s Celebrity Crime Squad. The tension builds as the bodies pile up. This is an enjoyable read, but I get a headache trying to decipher British English sometimes. It's worth the headache though. Highly recommended.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Rest For The Wicked is the first novel in the Claire Wiche Chronicles series. This book is free for the kindle. Claire Wiche has a simple life. Claire owns a small Wicca shop in Santa Luna California. She sells crystals, jewelery, candles, and more. Claire has a secret though, and someone who knows her secret it about to make her simple life very complicated. The problem is Claire's friends are in danger too, so Clair's secret is about to be exposed. This is a great story. The characters are interesting, the action is suspenseful, and the twists in the plot are surprising. The ending is good on its own, but you'll want to read the next book when you're done. Very highly recommended.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Heart of the Hunter is the first novel in the Dragon Chalice series. This book is currently free for the kindle. This one gets too steamy for young adults. It's a great story though. Lady Ariana of Clairmont is on a quest. Her brother Kenrick has been captured and is being held for ransom in Rouen France. Ariana is trying to get to Rouen, to trade Kenrick's research for his life. When Ariana is attacked in London, the rouge Braedon le Chasseur comes to her aid. The paths of Ariana and Braedon become reluctantly tangled at this point, as the pair continue her quest. Danger and magic are just some of the perils they must overcome to rescue Kenrick, and ultimately find the Dragon Chalice. Very highly recommended.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Frozen Past is the first novel in the Jaxon Jennings series. This book is free for the kindle. That's a real bargain for this great mystery. Luke Harrison is just a freshman. He's more concerned with snow days than grades. Then while Luke is trying to scrape up more ammunition during a snowball fight, he discovers something that's going to change his life and the lives of his friends. Eliana Pemberton is a freshman too. Eliana is upset because her dog Bentley is missing. Bentley is just the tip if the iceberg in the horror that's coming for Luke and Eliana. Their best hope will be Detective Jaxon Jennings, homicide investigator for the Fairfax County Police Department. Jaxon has been through his own personal horror, and it's very similar to the one Eliana and Luke are experiencing. This is a great mystery. Very highly recommended.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Decay: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Survival is the first story in the Decay series. This is more of a novella than a full length book, and free for the kindle, but it's still overpriced. I'm not even going to bother with trying to explain the story line. The author suffers from terminal plot non sequiturs. Be aware there are spoilers here to make my point. The story goes from some unknown bystander being questioned about a terrorist attack on the NYSE, to a nuclear attack on Philadelphia. In between we have a man and his step-daughter trying to get from work to home, a mob collector killing a bystander while trying to abduct the man, a flash mob robbing and vandalizing a grocery store while the step-daughter is buying groceries, and some unseen menace from somewhere that is going to cause an apocalypse. To top that off, there is no concept of paragraphs to break up dialog, and a few missing words from time to time. The second book in the series is free too. Not even going to start it. Not recommended.
High Heat is a Jack Reacher Novella. Imagine a 16 year old Reacher, in New York City, during the blackout of 1977. How much trouble can he get into? Jack Reacher is on vacation. He's coming from Korea to visit his older brother at West Point. He has some time to kill, so NYC is a good place to spend it. Then Reacher interrupts a confrontation, and his trip takes a detour that could be dangerous, but probably not for Reacher. Very highly recommended.
A Tide of Shadows is the first novel in the Chronicles of Llars series. This book is free for the kindle. Magic, monsters, and more complicated than the tax code. Carym is doing his best to be a simple carpenter. Carym lost is wife and daughter to raiders, gave into revenge and the bottle, and is doing his best to recover. Then Carym is thrust into a conflict he can't avoid, and his life is changing again. Shalthazar is a powerful wizard. He's about to embark on a plot he's been planning for centuries. Shalthazar is on a collision course with Carym. The question is who will survive the collision. This could be a good book. At the pace of this first novel, there may not be a conclusion for volumes though. There are too many characters, too many plots, and too much introspection by the main players. I finished this book mainly to see how the story progressed. Not very far. If you really like epic tales that run to books in the double digits, where the author is more in love with his words than his characters, you might like this book and the other volumes to follow. There are at least four out there so far. Not recommended.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Haunted on Bourbon Street is the first novel in the Jade Calhoun series. This book is free for the kindle. This is a paranormal tale of ghosts and dreams and things that go bump in the night. Jade Calhoun is an empath. Jade came all the way from Idaho to New Orleans to be close to her best friend. When she moves into an apartment above a strip club, Jade doesn't realize that ghosts are involved, or gorgeous landlords either. Jade soon finds herself entangled in a haunting that becomes dangerous, and a romance that poses its own risks. Humor, suspense, and romance combine into a paranormal story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommended.
Blood of Requiem is free for the kindle. This novel is the first in the Song of Dragons series. This is a fantasy book where there are dragons, and then there are dragons. The Vir Requis are a race of men with the magic to become dragons. They've been driven almost to extinction by the jealous vindictive son of their last king, Dies Irae. Dies Irae vilifies the Vir Requis as weredragons, and has blamed them for all the world's problems. Fighting for their lives, and the life of their race, the last few Vir Requis are searching for the true dragons, creatures of legend, in hopes they'll help them in the fight to survive. This is a great book. A bit overly dramatic at times, but full of great characters, adventures, and some romance. The ending is just slippery enough to leave room for the second book. Very highly recommended.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
A Reason to Live is the first novel in the Marty Singer Mystery series. This book is free for the kindle. Marty Singer was a homicide detective on the DC police force. Then cancer forced Marty to retire. Twelve years ago Marty failed to close a murder case, and the killer walked free. Now the victim's daughter is being stalked by the killer, and she comes to Marty for help. Marty has to help the daughter to make things right, but that means he's fighting for her life, and his life in ways he never understood. This is a great mystery. There are twists and turns that sneak up and smack you on the back of the head. The ending is good, but bittersweet. Very highly recommended.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Jenny Pox is the first novel in the Paranormals series. This book is free for the kindle. Jenny Morton is 18 and she's never been kissed. She's almost never been touched, but there's a good reason. Jenny's touch brings pain and even death. Then Jenny discovers she's not the only one who's touch has power. Jenny discovers someone she can touch and someone who is out to destroy her. This book is amazing. It's a small town America horror story and love story all in one. Evil never had a prettier face and good never had an nastier champion. Very highly recommended.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Island of Fog is the first novel in the Island of Fog series. This book is free for the kindle. Hal Franklin is just 12. He's lived his whole life on the island with his Mom and Dad. Hal goes to school with the other seven kids who live on the island. They're also 12. The island is always surrounded by fog. In fact, Hal has only read about sunshine and blue skies. He's never seen them. Then things start to change. Hal starts to itch. What that itch turns into is a fantasy that will change his life, and the lives of all the other kids on the island. This is a great story. The characters are interesting, the adventures are exciting, and the ending is excellent. Granted you're going to want to read other books in the series, but it's still a great ending. Very highly recommended.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Whiskey Rebellion is the first novel in the Addison Holmes Mystery series. This book is free for the kindle. Addison Holmes is a 9th grade world history teacher at James Madison High School in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia. Addison has some expenses, like a car payment, her panty of the month club subscription, and the fact that her apartment building has been condemned. Addison has to find a new place to live, so she needs to make some money and fast. In desperation she decides stripping at the Foxy Lady could be her way to make that money. That's when the bodies start piling up, and Addison keeps tripping over them. There's plenty of humor, suspense, danger, and a little romance in this romping adventure. The ending is good, but it leaves you wanting to read more. Highly recommended.