Friday, December 9, 2016

Darkfire - Garrett Robinson

Darkfire is the third novel in the Nightblade Epic series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Loren and her group are now outlaws in the eyes of the King and the order of Mystics. They are fleeing toward Jordel's stronghold, but were forced to take the path through the Greatrock Mountains. They encounter a force like they've not met before. Can they win past the old castle that blocks their passage, or will they finally be captured? Not everyone will survive this journey. Very highly recommended.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Mystic - Garrett Robinson

Mystic is the second novel in the Nightblade Epic series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Loren and Gem are free of the city, with the help of the mystic Jordel. They're trying to find the wizard Xain and Loren's friend Annis. The road ahead is long and dangerous. Loren can't decide who to trust besides Annis and Gem. Wizards are dangerous and so are mystics. Both Xain and Jordel have their own agenda. By horse, boat, and foot the adventure continues. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Vanquish - Bradley Wright

Vanquish is the second novel in the Xander King series.
Xander King thought he was taking revenge for his parent's killing. He was wrong. Now the real killer is still out there. Xander is determined to complete his mission. Someone is betraying him. Maybe more than one someone. Can he survive and complete his mission? Russia is a dangerous place. Xander is about to find out how dangerous. I really hate cliff hangers. Especially when the next book in the series isn't even published yet. Still, highly recommended.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nightblade - Garrett Robinson

Nightblade is the first novel in the Nightblade Epic series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Loren is the daughter of a forester. Her parents only desire is to get as much work out of Loren as possible, and then arrange a marriage for her where the dowry is suitable. When Loren's father doesn't get the work he wants, he uses his fists for motivation. Loren wants nothing more than to escape her little village at the edge of the forest. Then a mysterious man in a blue coat goes slipping through trees and Loren decides to follow him. The man provides Loren a means to flee her life. Loren steals her parent's dagger as she's leaving, and that creates adventures she never expected. This is a great fantasy adventure. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Whiskey & Roses - Bradley Wright

Whiskey & Roses is the first novel in the Xander King series.
Xander King is not what he seems. Xander appears to be a playboy with interests in oil, race horses, and women, not necessarily in that order. But Xander is an ex-navy seal, black ops, operative. It's only ex because Xander is working in the shadows on his own now. The CIA is desperate to recruit him. Xander is driven to get revenge for the people who murdered his parents in front of his eyes. Now he's got a target and nothing is going to stop him, except maybe a bullet. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Castle Doctrine - Craig Schaefer

The Castle Doctrine is the sixth novel in the Daniel Faust series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Now that Daniel is officially dead, on paper anyway, he's got some room to maneuver. That's a good thing, because the Chicago mob is determined to take over Vegas, and Daniel is determined to stop them. Unfortunately, the Chicago mob has a nasty shape shifter, and Damien Ecko the necromancer on their side. Damien thinks he has a real grudge to settle with Daniel. Daniel thinks it's the other way around. It's about to get interesting. As always, Daniel Faust is the best bad guy there is. Very highly recommended.

The Last Town - Blake Crouch

The Last Town is the final novel in the Wayward Pines trilogy. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
When book two concluded, the town of Wayward Pines was being invaded by a horde of screaming abbies. This could be the end for Wayward Pines, and since Wayward Pines is home to the last remnants of humanity, the end of the human race. Ethan has his work cut out for him. Can the town be saved? How many humans will be left? All good questions that you have to read to find answers for. This is a great trilogy. The ending is quite a twist, but it may be the only real choice the people of Wayward Pines have. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Wayward - Blake Crouch

Wayward is the second novel in the Wayward Pines trilogy. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Ethan Burke is now the sheriff of Wayward Pines, but life hasn't gotten any simpler. He can't tell anyone what he knows. Even his wife Theresa. Then the first murder in Wayward Pines history, not counting fĂȘtes, occurs. The sheriff has to investigate. Pilcher thinks it's a bunch of subversives. Ethan has to find out who murdered Alyssa and who's trying to overthrow Wayward Pines. The results are catastrophic. Very highly recommended.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Night School - Lee Child

Night School is the 21st Jack Reacher novel. This one takes place while Reacher is still a major in the army.
Reacher just got his second Legion of Merit. Now it looks like he could be working on a third. He's pulled into some kind of joint mission with the FBI and the CIA. It's got terrorists and traitors and lots of other interesting players. Wait until you find out what everyone is trying to find. Very highly recommended. Lee Child never disappoints.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Killing Floor Blues - Craig Schaefer

The Killing Floor Blues is the fifth novel in the Daniel Faust series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
For some reason only they know, the group that hired Daniel for the job in Chicago now wants him dead. But Daniel's death has to fit a specific pattern. So Daniel finds himself framed for murder, and already in prison for life. A life that is supposed to end shortly. Getting out, and messing with the pattern is his goal. The prison guards and the warden have other plans. This one is very tense and has some killer magic. Sorry for the pun. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Pines - Blake Crouch

Pines is the first novel in the Wayward Pines Trilogy. Three years later and there's a TV series. Books are always better. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Ethan Burke woke up in soft green grass, next to a flowing river. That was the good part. Ethan was seriously injured and couldn't remember much. By the time this installment of this story is over, Ethan will remember, and be horrified. Wayward Pines has that effect on people. At least if they survive. No spoilers here. This is a story with mysteries and twists and scary galore. Very highly recommended.

Monday, October 31, 2016

A Plain-Dealing Villain - Craig Schaefer

A Plain-Dealing Villain is the fourth novel in the Daniel Faust series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Now that the evils of Lauren Carmichael and Meadow Brand are dead and buried, FBI agent Harmony Black is focused on Daniel. Daniel needs some cash to keep is legs from being broken by his creditors, but Vegas is getting too dangerous right now. He's forced to take a job that's less than ideal. Daniel's going to Chicago to steal an ancient artifact. Chicago is a complicated place, and that's before you even take into account the occult community. Stealing from a necromancer is risky, and if anything can go wrong, with Daniel it usually will. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Escape Clause - John Sandford

Escape Clause is the ninth Virgil Flowers novel.
Virgil and Frankie are starting to get serious. They're enjoying a leisurely skinny dip in the swimming hole when Frankie's sister Sparkle drops into the swimming hole with her summer beau Father Bill. Sparkle explains how she's going to be snooping around some illegal immigrant operations for thesis research, and she and Bill are going to be staying with Frankie for a while.

Then Virgil's cell rings. Virgil always seems to get the "interesting" cases. This time two endangered Amur tigers were catnapped from the Minnesota zoo. The priority is to find them before somebody kills them and grinds them up for Asian medicine. Virgil has to abandon the swimming hole to hunt for tigers.

The tigers aren't the only things in danger though. Bodies start to pile up among the tiger thieves, and then Sparkle's snooping lands Frankie in the hospital. It's a fast paced adventure with some interesting twists. Very highly recommended. I just with Sandford wrote faster!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Beyond Eternity - Paul Deaver

Beyond Eternity is science fiction that centers around the ability to move through space with your mind. The trouble is you have to know where you're going. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
When Robert Stone's mother is literally on her death bed, he has to take a break. While Robert is walking and thinking he finds a man lying on the ground. The man seems to burn up and disappear, but a bracelet he was wearing mysteriously attaches itself to Robert's wrist. When Robert later wakes up from a nap, he's transported to a different world. One where freedom is an illusion. An illusion that the Patriarch would like to bring back to Robert's world. Robert will do anything he can to stop that. Highly recommended.

The Chessmen of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Chessmen of Mars is the fifth novel in Burroughs' Barsoom series. Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was one of the greats of science fiction. This book is available through:
All LibriVox recordings are public domain in the USA, and free.
John Carter's daughter Tara is a true princess of Mars. When Tara is claimed by Gahan, Jed of Gathol, for the Dance of Barsoom, it's clear that Gahan falls in love with her. Tara is already betrothed to Djor Kantos, and resists Gahan's advances. Then in a tantrum Tara decided to go out flying alone and is lost in a monumental storm. It is Gahan who pursues her around Barsoom and finally finds her prisoner of the Kaldane. Eventually they escape, with a Kaldane ally, but then are captured by the Manator. Tara is beginning to fall for Gahan, but before they can pursue their love, they have to escape or be rescued. That could take a long time. Highly recommended. I'll admit that all the chasing after and rescuing women is beginning to get old. Time for a change.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thuvia, Maid of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs

Thuvia, Maid of Mars is the fourth novel in Burroughs' Barsoom series. Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was one of the greats of science fiction. This book is available through:
All LibriVox recordings are public domain in the USA, and free.
John Carter's son Carthoris is in love with Thuvia of Ptarth. Thuvia is already promised to another, but that can't stop Carthoris' love. When an evil warrior steals Thuvia, with an intricate plan to start a war on Mars, Carthoris must rescue his love and stop the impending violence. Along the way Carthoris finds another missing race of martians and makes new and intriguing friends. But even if he rescues Thuvia, can Carthoris win her love? Very highly recommended.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Warlord of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Warlord of Mars is the third novel in Burroughs' Barsoom series. Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was one of the greats of science fiction. This book is available through:
All LibriVox recordings are public domain in the USA, and free.
John Carter is still trying to rescue his wife, the beautiful Dejah Thoris. When the Gods of Mars ended, she was trapped in the revolving prison in the Temple of the Sun. Now John has to rescue her from the black dator of the First Born, the Holy Hekkador of the Holy Therns, and the Jeddak of Jeddaks of the yellow men of mars. Can John defeat the intrigues of these formidable foes and rescue his bride? Very highly recommended.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pallor (Harbinger 1st Cycle) - Carolyn McCray

Pallor is the final short story from the Harbinger 1st cycle collection. This story takes place after Buzz Kill. This collection is available through kindleunlimited.
As you should know, Nicole and Kent caught all the serial killers they'd identified except for Lucky 37. Lucky had the nerve to show up at their wedding and shake their hands in the reception line. Nicole and Kent have one more chance catch the Lucky before he moves on to his next town. Can they keep his next victim alive, or will they make it onto his victim list? Very highly recommended, as is this whole collection.

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Gods of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Gods of Mars is the second book in Burroughs' Barsoom series. Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was one of the greats of science fiction. This book is available through:
All LibriVox recordings are public domain in the USA, and free.
In The Princess of Mars, John Carter was transported back to earth after saving the Martians from a slow death. Now Carter is back and fighting for his life against two new races of Martians. There are still giant white apes, but they're just one of the dangers Mars poses. This is timeless science fiction. Very highly recommended.

Buzzkill (Harbinger 1st Cycle) - Carolyn McCray

Buzzkill is a full length novel from the Harbinger 1st cycle collection. This is the final book in the Harbinger trilogy. The entire collection is available through kindleunlimited.
A serial killer called Buzzkill is using a chain saw to take apart his victims. This is a high profile case, and the highest profile profiler is on it. Nicole and Kent have made Buzzkill their highest priority, but there are other serial killers to capture. This is a busy book, and hard to put down. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Shallow Grave (Harbinger 1st Cycle) - Carolyn McCray

Shallow Grave is another short story from the Harbinger 1st cycle collection. This story takes place after Plain Jane. This collection is available through kindleunlimited.
High school girls are being raped and murdered by a pack of teenagers. Nicole and Kent thought catching these kids would be easy, but easy is always relative. Especially when high school football is involved. Kent's philosophy is, lawyers can't get dead criminals off on a technicality. Very highly recommend.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Dark Lullaby (Harbinger 1st Cycle) - Carolyn McCray

Dark Lullaby is a short story from the Harbinger 1st cycle collection. This story takes place after Plain Jane. This collection is available through kindleunlimited.
When is a stalking not a stalking? Nicole and Kent are called in on a case where young Lyla is being stalked. Her friends are being killed in her place, but no matter where her family moves, the stalker finds them. Can Kent solve this puzzle in time to save Lyla's life? Very highly recommend.

Wallflower (Harbinger 1st Cycle) - Carolyn McCray

Wallflower is a full length novel from the Harbinger 1st cycle collection. This is the sequel to the novel Plain Jane. The entire collection is available through kindleunlimited.
A serial killer is taking young single women who the press consider wallflowers. The killer changes his method each time, but his signature is so disgusting it's hard to miss. Nicole and Kent are on the case, but the killer continues to strike. When Nicole goes missing Kent is as frantic as he ever gets. Can he solve this case in time to save his lover's life? Very highly recommended.

My Soul to Keep (Harbinger 1st Cycle) - Carolyn McCray

My Soul to Keep is a short story from the Harbinger 1st cycle collection. This story takes place after Plain Jane. This collection is available through kindleunlimited.
Murder and molestation are a nasty mix. What if you went to wake up your daughter, and she'd been replaced with the dead body of one of her classmates? What if your daughter was nowhere to be found? Nicole is working this case without Kent, and doing a good job. She does get a little assist from Kent towards the end. Very highly recommend.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Plain Jane (Harbinger 1st Cycle) - Carolyn McCray

Plain Jane is a full length novel from the Harbinger 1st cycle collection. This is the first book in the Harbinger Murder Mystery Series. The entire collection is available through kindleunlimited.
A lot has happened to Nicole in the years since the events from Anatomy. The serial killer Nicole is hunting, who's been dubbed "Plain Jane", defies capture. Nicole calls Kent Harbinger to help. She has to get him released from his mental hospital first. Nicole and Kent have to work through their personal issues while trying to catch a killer who continues to prey on young women. They get closer than they think, and then maybe too close. Very highly recommend. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

Anatomy (Harbinger 1st Cycle) - Carolyn McCray

Anatomy is a short story from the Harbinger 1st cycle collection. This is a prequel to the novel Plain Jane. This collection is available through kindleunlimited.
Nicole Usher is a homicide detective, but even Nicole had a hard time with this body. The killer flayed the victim open and then marked each organ and with little labels. To find this serial killer Nicole was going to need more help than her partner, Ruben Torres. Then the FBI's ace profiler, Kent Harbinger shows up. He changed everything, including Nicole's life. Very highly recommend. Especially if you're going to continue with this collection, and read Plain Jane.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Hail Storme - W.L. Ripley

Hail Storme is the first novel in the Wyatt Storme series. This book was free when I downloaded it. It's now $2.99 for the kindle.
Wyatt Storme was just trying to tag a good buck before he had to head back to Colorado. Bow season in Missouri was worth staying for, but Wyatt was supposed to give Chick Easton a ride back to Colorado pretty soon. The trouble started when Wyatt stumbled on a big field of marijuana while hunting on public land. By the time the trouble stopped Wyatt and Chick, both Vietnam vets, had piled up a lot of bodies, all bad guys. This is a great story. There's plenty of action, the villains are really villainous, and the ending is bitter sweet, but good. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Rampage - John Sandford, Michele Cook

Rampage is the third novel in the Singular Menace series.
When we left Shay and her band in Outrage, Shay and Harmon were trapped in a ship with Singular hunting them down. They manage to escape that situation, but Singular is not giving up that easy. As the group continues to pressure Singular in the media, the rats begin to abandon the sinking ship. Some abandon on their own and some are helped. Can Shay and her group track down the last of the villains? It's a great story and the ending is happy. I'll leave it at that. I hope there are more books with this amazing cast of characters. Very highly recommended.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Colors of Space - Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Colors of Space is a science fiction novel that stands on its own. Marion Zimmer Bradley (1930-1999) was one of the greats of science fiction. This book is available through:
All LibriVox recordings are public domain in the USA, and free.
Bart Steele just graduated from the Space Academy. Bart is at the space port, on his way home, when he's accosted by a man he's never seen before. This will begin a journey Bart never imagined, but a journey Bart is uniquely qualified for. Bart will have the opportunity to change space travel for the human race, if he can stay alive. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lost Souls - Lisa Jackson

Lost Souls is a novel in the Bentz/Montoya series. I have this book in MP3 format. On Jackson's website there's a description of Lost Souls, and links for places to purchase it.
Kristi Bentz is the protagonist in this thriller. She's taking too many chances investigating missing girls at All Saints College, where she's going to school. Kristi has almost died twice. The third time may be the charm. Can she uncover the culprit before she becomes the next missing girl? Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Asset: Act II - Mark Dawson

The Asset: Act II is the second novel in the Isabella Rose series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Isabella was kidnapped by the family she was sent to spy on. Now she's trapped in a jet flying to somewhere, but she has no idea where. Isabella is resourceful. It's only a matter of time before she escapes. But where will she be and will she live that long?

Pope is trying to find her but he's had is own problems. He's escaped the ambush, but lost two of his operatives. Now he's going to have to depend on his contacts to track Isabella. The trouble is, can he trust his contacts?

I stayed up way to late finding out, and there's another cliff hanger. This time the next book isn't published yet. Don't you hate when that happens! Very highly recommended.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Angel: Act I - Mark Dawson

The Angel: Act I is the first novel in the Isabella Rose series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Isabella Rose is a 15 year old girl. She's not the typical 15 year old girl. Isabella's mother was Beatrix Rose, the former Number One for the elite British Group Fifteen. Beatrix taught Isabella everything she could about staying alive, and that was plenty. Now in the wake of widespread terror, Group Fifteen has recruited Isabella to help them gather intel on a terrorist financier. It doesn't go as planned. It never does. Lots of tense action and suspense. The cliff hanger is excruciating, but I'm already reading the second novel to relieve the pain. Very highly recommended.

The Temporary Agent - Daniel Judson

The Temporary Agent is the first novel in the Agent Series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Tom Sexton is a former navy seabee. He was part of an elite engineer reconnaissance team. When he and one of the marines he supported were injured by a grenade, Tom got out. But he feels he owes his life to that marine, Charlie Cahill. When Tom is contacted about Cahill being in trouble, he feels obligated to help. What Tom doesn't know is that the help won't be what he or Cahill would want, and that he and Cahill may not make it out alive. Lots of action and some suspense. There are more twists in this plot than you can count on one hand. Very highly recommended.

Outrage - John Sandford, Michele Cook

Outrage is the second novel in the Singular Menace Series. This book is $1.99 for the kindle.
In Uncaged, Shay Remby, her brother Odin, and her gang of eco-renagades discovered human experiments while trying to free some animals from a research lab run by Singular. They rescued a dog named X and a girl named Fenfang. Both victims of science gone bad. Now Shay and her team are on the run, but still planning to strike back at Singular, the company who put profits in front of humanity. But can they strike back before Singular finds and silences them forever? There's plenty of action and suspense. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Wounded Animals - Jim Heskett

Wounded Animals is the first novel in the Whistleblower Trilogy. This book was free when I downloaded it. It's now 99 cents for the kindle.
This story started out good, with Tucker Candle trying to drink away his sorrows. Candle's company is closing up their Colorado location and Candle is about to be out of a job. Then Candle notices Kareem turning water to wine. Kareem gives Candle a cryptic warning to not go to Dallas, but Candle can't find a way to get out of it. Unfortunately the story was downhill from there. Evil bad guys, who weren't that evil, and senseless killings that remained senseless, even after the book was over. The ending was like the story ran out of steam and then nudged into a wall. The other books in the trilogy may flesh out this tale, but I won't be reading them. Barely recommended.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Enemy - K. Eason

Enemy is the first novel in the On the Bones of Gods series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Snowdenaelikk is a half-blood conjuror and a smuggler. Snow also has a connection to a Svartjagr that gives her advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is an aerial lookout. The disadvantage is temporary blindness and killer headaches. Snow is trying to meet a courier on business when the legion shows up.

Veiko is an outlaw. He and his two dogs have been running for two years now. They live off the land and avoid other people. At least they did.

The odd pairing of Snow and Veiko is an adventure all by itself. Throw in some nasty gods, the legion, vicious raiders, and even a dragon, and the adventure kicks into overdrive. Oh yeah, I forgot the ghosts. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The God's Eye View - Barry Eisler

The God's Eye View is a stand-alone novel that may keep you awake the rest of your life. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Evelyn Gallagher is a computer specialist for the NSA. Evie is in charge of a system that ties together CCTV camera systems from all over the world, and correlates any activities that seem suspicious. When Evie begins to doubt the activities her system's information is being used for, her whole world changes. Evie knows it's very hard to hide from the NSA, but she doesn't know the half of it. If you ever lost sleep over what the NSA was capable of, you may never sleep again. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Jungle - Mark Dawson

The Jungle is the 9th novel in the John Milton Thriller series. I highly recommend them all, but start with the first and read them in order.
John has settled into a routine as far as meetings go. He's lost his job recently, because the cab shelter closed. When John volunteered to help out a friend from his Friday meeting, he couldn't anticipate the consequences. The two had to drive to Amiens France to pick up furniture. On the way back across the channel from Calais to Dover, they picked up some stowaway refugees. John promised to help one who's sister had been kidnapped. John kept his word in splendid fashion. Plenty of action and the good guys win. Very highly recommended.

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Thief's Daughter - Jeff Wheeler

The Thief's Daughter is the second novel in the Kingfountain Series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Owen is all grown up now. He's the Duke of Westmarch. Owen and Evie are still thick as thieves and very much in love. What will become of them when war breaks out and King Severn needs to cement alliances? The court intrigue and battles keep this story moving rapidly. The ending is sad, but expected. I'm looking forward to book three, but it's not out until September.