Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Cleaner - Mark Dawson

The Cleaner is the first novel in the John Milton Series. It's hard to retire from being an assassin.
John Milton is the best assassin in the top secret British organization Group Fifteen. John is known as Number One. John started his carrier as Number Twelve. That was ten years ago, and now John is having second thoughts. Second thoughts are not acceptable in Group Fifteen. John failed to kill a witness to his last assignment, even though that witness was a five year old boy. Now he's on his own. John's going to try and make up for some of the damage he's done. The trouble is Group Fifteen is now targeting John. This book gets bogged down a bit, but picks back up at the end. It's a great start to a new series. Highly recommended.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

1000 Yards - Mark Dawson

1000 Yards is a novella in the John Milton Series. This book is free for the kindle.
John Milton is an assassin. John is a government sanctioned assassin, but his job is still killing people. When North Korea gets too ambitious with their cyber warfare efforts, John is sent to convince them to back off. John's very persuasive with a sniper rifle. Short but very good. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Chronothon - Nathan Van Coops

The Chronothon is the second novel in the Time Travel Adventure series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Ben thought he'd had the most adventure he could stand as a time traveler. Wrong! Ben has been tricked into a running in a chronothon. This is the time travel equivalent of a marathon, but with guns and dying and other dangerous stuff. You didn't think it got more dangerous than dying, did you?

I really like this book, but it's one of those headache inducing brain twisters at times (pun intended). It took me a while, but it was worth it. It had some bad endings, but also a good one. You'll have to read it to understand that. After all, the true nature of time is a fractal. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

In Times Like These - Nathan Van Coops

In Times Like These is a the first novel in the Time Travel Adventure series. This book is free for the kindle.
Benjamin Travers works on boats at a marina in St. Petersburg Florida. Ben also plays in a Wednesday night softball league. When Ben and some friends on his softball team are hit by lightening, they wake up confused. The good news is Ben and his friends weren't seriously hurt. The bad news is they were zapped back in time to 1985. The lightening strike took place during an experiment by the St. Petersburg Temporal Studies Society. How Ben and his group survive, and some of them eventually get back to their homes in 2009, is a great story. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Last Airship - Christopher Cartwright

The Last Airship is a Sam Reilly book. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Sam Reilly is rich. So rich he never worries about what anything will cost. Yet Sam is an ex-navy seal and works the salvage end of his father's shipping business. Very believable. Sam is being hunted because he came into some information that other rich people want to suppress. Sam uses this information to thwart the plans of the other rich people. Sam falls in love while he's doing it. Blah blah blah. I finished the book. I won't read any more in this series, if the author decides to write some. Barely recommended.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Dear Departed - Enes Smith

Dear Departed is the second novel in the Serial Killer Chronicles. This book was free when I downloaded it. This book is still available through kindleunlimited.
The author's has an annoying tendency to leave little spoilers to future events at the end of chapters. This almost made me stop reading this book before I got a good start. I won't be reading more in the series. There are too many good books out there to waste time reading ones that annoy you.

That said, this is an engaging story. Homicide Sergeant Natalie Collins is the unknowing target of a serial killer. Unfortunately, her sister was staying with her and the killer got the wrong woman. Now Natalie has to find the killer, while she's the main suspect in her own sister's murder.

And then there's Daniel McClellan Harris. He saved Natalie's life, but he's on the run for murder too. Natalie trusts him, but should she? Together they will do their best to bring down the killer. It had a good ending anyway. Recommended.

Friday, January 1, 2016

A Death in Sweden - Kevin Wignall

A Death in Sweden is a spy thriller with a great ending. This book was free as a Kindle First selection for December. It's now $5.99.
Dan Hendricks is a free agent now. Dan is an expert at finding people who don't want to be found. Usually bad people. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it. The CIA and other agencies around the world use people like Dan. Now someone in the CIA is trying to kill all the free agents that could be tracked back to them. Dan is on the list. Dan's going to have to find a way to stop them. Permanently. This is a great spy thriller. Plenty of mysteries to solve, bad guys to eliminate, and a little romance. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Zimmer Doctrine - C. G. Cooper

The Zimmer Doctrine is the eleventh novel in the Corps Justice series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
It's been almost six months, and Cal still hasn't recovered from the loss of his cousin. When he does, it's time to get back to work, and as usual the president has some serious work to do. Once again Cal and the Jefferson Group are going to have to save the world. This time is a power hungry sadistic billionaire the world needs saving from. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Catalyst - Michael C. Grumley

Catalyst is the third novel in the Breakthrough series. First read Breakthrough and Leap. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Alison, John, Caesare, and the standard cast of characters, are about to find more than they could imagine, and after the last two adventures that's hard to believe. John is busy trying to chase down the last bit of DNA that the Chinese took from Guyana. Alison is trying to discover where her dolphins healing powers originate. Caesare, along with a host of bad guys, is trying to find the Capuchin monkey named Dexter. All these threads come together with more adventures and more science. I can't wait to see what happens next. Unfortunately, it's not published yet! Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Leap - Michael C. Grumley

Leap is the second novel in the Breakthrough series. Read Breakthrough first. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
After the events in Breakthrough, John continues to investigate for the Navy, but it's hard to get excited about electronic glitches after portals to another world. Then John is sent to investigate a Russian submarine that's been captured by Brazil.

Alison has relocated her research to Puerto Rico. Alison and her team are expanding their IMIS technology to include primates. They're facilitating communications between researcher DeeAnn Draper and her young gorilla. Then the opportunity arises for DeeAnn and her gorilla to help on a search for one of DeeAnn's old friends.

John's investigation in Brazil eventually converges with DeeAnn's search. Just in time from DeeAnn's perspective. What they find in the South American jungle makes the ring they found in the Caribbean seem trivial. Another great science adventure. Very highly recommended.

Breakthrough - Michael C. Grumley

Breakthrough is the first novel in the Breakthrough series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Commander John Clay is an Electronics and Signaling investigator for the Department of Naval Investigations. When a nuclear sub in the Caribbean seems to have jumped 15 miles off course, John is called in to figure out how it happened.

Alison Shaw is a marine biologist. Alison and her team are getting ready to initiate the first two-way communications between humans and dolphins.

Kathryn Lokke is the directory of the United States Geological Survey. Kathryn is currently concerned with the geological stability of Antarctica. A serious earthquake near the Ronne ice shelf may indicate it's going to collapse.

As this tale progresses the efforts of John, Alison, and Kathryn converge. They've discovered something new, exciting, and dangerous. This is a great story. It has all the science, suspense, and danger you could ask for. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The D'Karon Apprentice - Joseph Lallo

The D'Karon Apprentice is the fourth novel in the Book Of Deacon series. The first three books in the series, The Book of Deacon, The Great Convergence, and The Battle of Verril, must be read before this one. You could even read the prequel, The Rise of the Red Shadow, and the follow-on novelette Jade, before reading this story. They're all worth the time spent.
The Perpetual War is over and the D'Karon have been defeated. Six months of an unsteady peace have passed. Word has recently spread from the Tressor lands to the south that magic is being used. Before these rumors disturb the fragile peace, Deacon, Myranda, and Myn are dispatched south to investigate. Perhaps a D'Karon was missed. Or perhaps something just as bad or worse has awakened. Another great adventure with magic, dragons, and all manner of monsters. Very highly recommended indeed.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Creatures of Appetite - Todd Travis

Creatures of Appetite is about serial killers. Lots of them. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
The Heartland Child Murders are having a chilling effect on the state of Nebraska. They've dubbed the killer The Iceman. He abducts little girls, and all that's ever found are random body parts. The FBI convinces forcibly retired profiler Jacob Thorne, and rookie profiler Emma Kane, to work the case. If they catch the Iceman, then Thorne will be allowed back on the Mercy Killer case. The Mercy Killer has confounded local and federal law enforcement for five years, with over 200 victims in over 20 states. The search for the Iceman is cold and frustrating. It makes for a great story though. There are twists on the twists in this plot. You will not believe the ending. You also may not sleep soundly afterwards. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Red Right Return - John H. Cunningham

Red Right Return is the first novel in the Buck Reilly Adventure Series. This book is free for the kindle.
Buck Reilly is essentially hiding. After Charles Buck Reilly's company went bust, and some people even thought Charles might have killed his parent, Buck Reilly started a low-key Last Resort Charter & Salvage company in Key West. The trouble is it's not low-key any longer. Some people are after Buck with voodoo, the FBI wants him for unspecified reasons, and even Cuban security officers have Buck on their mind. Buck's only chance is to rescue the girl and find the treasure. Not necessarily in that order. It's a little slow at times, but highly recommended.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Saving Grace - Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Saving Grace is the first novel in the Katie & Annalise series. This book is free for the kindle.
Katie Connell is a lawyer. Her Dad had been the Dallas chief of police. Her brother was a cop. Katie had bucked the trend. When her parents were killed in an auto accident, while on vacation in the Caribbean, Katie was devastated. Her life started to crumble. In an effort to get back on track, Katie decided to get some closure on their deaths by traveling to St. Marcos. It was there that Katie was captured by the island and the spirit of Annalise. Katie's life was about to change forever.

This is a great story. There's some romance, and the accompanying angst, but the action and adventure, and the ghost are what make it interesting. Oh and the dogs. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Critical Error - Murray McDonald

Critical Error is a terrorist thriller with more twists and turns than Route 62. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Sam Baker was a CIA operative. Then Sam almost stopped a nuclear device from being smuggled into the country, so he died and became a coach and Dad. Then Sam became vengeance personified.

Rebecca Cohen was a Mossad agent. Then Rebecca became a Mommy. Then Rebecca became a Mossad agent again. One of their most feared assassins.

When Sam and Rebecca are forced to work together the sparks fly. This book is action from the first page to the last. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Dying by the Hour - Kory M. Shrum

Dying by the Hour is the second novel in the Jesse Sullivan series. This book isn't free, but the series is good enough I'm willing to pay.
It's been about a year since Jesse escaped the clutches of the Unified Church. Jesse, Ally, and the crew are still up against the minions of Caldwell. People are disappearing. Caldwell isn't just kidnapping people with NRD, he's kidnapping the people who death replacement agents have replaced. It turns out there is a special category of NRDs. Caldwell is one. So is Jesse. The action is fast and bloody. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Papal Justice - C. G. Cooper

Papal Justice is the tenth novel in the Corps Justice series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
When violence against Christians in Mexico gets the attention of the pope he asks the president for some help. Cal and the Jefferson Group are the president's team of choice. They discover that Islamic terrorists are behind the violence. The action gets intense, and the bad guys are stomped, but the ending just plain sucks. It's not a cliff hanger, but I may never read this author again. You have to wonder what the hell he was thinking.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Shelter From The Storm - Tony Dunbar

Shelter From The Storm is the fourth novel in the Tubby Dubonnet series. This book was free when I downloaded it. It's still free through kindleunlimited.
Tubby Dubonnet is a lawyer living in New Orleans. When Mardi Gras comes around, the weather rebels and the whole city is flooded. It just so happens that a bank job, that's not really a bank job, takes place at the same time. As Tubby is trying to escape the water, he and the bank robbers collide. The result is bodies piling up and Tubby doing his best to solve the crime. This novel is very parochial, and would be much more interesting if I knew anything about New Orleans. Still, this is a good murder mystery and highly recommended.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sarah's Courage - Karen Leet

Sarah's Courage is a children's book with special meaning for Kentuckians. This book is part fictional story and party Kentucky history.
This book is described as a Kentucky frontier kidnapping. The first part is a fictional story based on the true-life kidnapping of Daniel Boone's daughter Jemima. The second part of the book is a recounting of Jemima's kidnapping by Indians, and many tales of life in frontier Kentucky.

I found the first part interesting and entertaining, and expect my grandkids to feel the same. The second part was more dry and a little preachy. It's too bad that the author felt the need to season an interesting historical book with tidbits intended to make our ancestors seem guilty of everything from genocide to ruining the environment. My advice is read part one and then use part two for a door stop. Part one is still highly recommended.

Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner - Rush Limbaugh

Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner is the fourth kid's novel in the Adventures of Rush Revere series. You'll be in better shape if you read them in order.
Rush Revere and his crew head to Washington D.C. on a summer field trip. The goal is to explore the monuments and famous buildings located there. While on their field trip Liberty takes some of the crew back to the constitutional convention in Philadelphia in 1787. Later they time travel to a British ship in Baltimore Harbor in 1814, where the national anthem is being written. This is another exceptional children's book that provides a good adventure and a look at history the way it really happened. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

STATELINE - Dave Stanton

STATELINE is the first novel in the Dan Reno series. This book is free for the kindle.
Dan Reno is veteran a PI. He's not too crazy about his boss, but it's a living. When Dan gets invited to a big fancy wedding in Lake Tahoe, he thinks he's just going to have a fun weekend. Instead Dan finds himself embroiled in murder, sex, drugs, and police corruption that crosses both sides of the California/Nevada state line. This is definitely an adult story. The action is intense and the bodies keep piling up. This one was a little too raunchy for my taste, but it's still a great read. Highly recommended.

Chain of Command - C. G. Cooper

Chain of Command is the ninth novel in the Corps Justice series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
When a scheming industrialist decides it's time for the Marine Corp to be destroyed, it's Cal and the Jefferson Group who are called on to stop the plot. More adventure and action with the good guys winning. Well almost. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Immortal Nicholas - Glenn Beck

The Immortal Nicholas is Christmas story for adults, told from a completely new perspective. Not that Christmas! This is about the one where Christ is still included.
A couple of thousand years ago, give or take, a simple man name Agios lived with his wife and son. Agios heartbreak and grief would lead him on an amazing journey, with some legendary traveling companions. A journey that would last for eternity. This is an amazing book. Whether you're a Christian or not, this is a story that will keep you reading long into the night. Very highly recommended.

Disavowed - C. G. Cooper

Disavowed is the eighth novel in the Corps Justice series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Andy Andrews is a US Marine serving with the CIA. When Andy disappears after a mysterious call to Cal, it's up to Cal and his men to find and rescue him. The CIA has disavowed Andy, so the team from the Jefferson Group are on their own. The question is how far does the corruption go and can they find Andy in time. Another great Corps Justice story. Very highly recommended.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Moral Imperative - C. G. Cooper

Moral Imperative is the seventh novel in the Corps Justice series. Reading this series in order would help. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
It's about time. Cal and his team take on ISIS. They're fortified with three-man teams from a number of other countries and the result is glorious. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Dying for a Living - Kory M. Shrum

Dying for a Living is the first novel in the Jesse Sullivan series. This book is free for the kindle. It's a great story.
Jesse Sullivan is a Necronite. She gets real upset when she'd referred to as a zombie. Jesse has died over 60 times. It's what she does for a living. Now someone is trying to permanently kill Jesse, and that means there's a mystery to solve. This is a great new twist on the supernatural genre and well worth reading. Especially when it's free. Very highly recommended.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Nemesis: Book Two - David Beers

Nemesis: Book Two is the second book in the Nemesis series. You must read this series in the right order. Book one is still free. There's no book three yet, but there will have to be one.
Things are getting more dangerous in Grayson. Michel's Dad has a sobering moment. Then Michael's Dad and Bryan's Dad hook up and start looking for their kids. Unfortunately, everywhere they look they find dead bodies. Michael and Julie are being held captive by the "cleanup" team, while Bryan and Thera are still possessed by Morena. Morena is trying to rescue her children, but the "cleanup" team is in her way. This is going to be much worse than Bolivia. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Beyond the Veil - B. B. Griffith

Beyond the Veil is the second novel in the Vanished series. You should read them in order. Follow the Crow is the first. I suspect there will be more eventually. There should be.
Grant Romer is just eight years old. His parents have been dead almost two years, so Grant lives with his grandpa in Midland Texas. Grant can see the thin places and they're getting thinner.

It's been about a year since Ben, Caroline, Owen, and Joey beat the agents and saved the bell. Ben is still the walker, Caroline and Owen are on the road now, trying to find the bell, and Joey is still working in the thinning. Caroline and Owen are getting help from other members of the Circle of the Crow, but the bell hasn't been found yet.

All that changes with Grant, when a new Keeper is found. Can the Circle of the Crow save him? It's going to be an interesting battle. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Lethal Misconduct - C. G. Cooper

Lethal Misconduct is the sixth novel in the Corps Justice series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
To be safe, SSI has split off the covert actions portion of their work, and put Cal in charge. Their new facility, near the University of Virginia campus, is starting to shape up. The latest problem they're looking into is to figure out how someone is curing cancer. This sounds like a good thing, until they discover what's really going on. Then it's time for Cal and his crew to stop the bad guys again. Very highly recommended.

National Burden - C. G. Cooper

National Burden is the fifth novel in the Corps Justice series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Now that Cal's cousin Travis is the new president's chief of staff, working closely with SSI is simpler. Cal is called in by President Zimmer when things get hot. What Cal and his crew discover is that foreign powers aren't the only ones trying to undermine the new president. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cosega Shift - Brandt Legg

Cosega Shift is the third novel in the Cosega Sequence series. The series should be read in order.
A disappointing ending. More running from the NSA, FBI, Vatican, Mossad, and who knows who else. More mystical secrets revealed. More people killed. The trouble is the novel ran out of gas before the end. Actually there were so many unresolved issued it shouldn't be the end, but supposedly it is. Maybe Legg will write more novels in the series, but I doubt it. It ended with an epilogue instead of a cliff hanger this time. Still, you have to know how it ended. Recommended.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cosega Storm - Brandt Legg

Cosega Storm is the second novel in the Cosega Sequence series. You must read book one, Cosega Search, before this book.
Rip and Gale make it down from the cliff hanger and continue to elude the Vatican, FBI, NSA, and even Booker. Eventually they split up, but it's a wild ride all the way. Then another cliff hanger. The third book is in the queue! Highly recommended.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Follow the Crow - B. B. Griffith

Follow the Crow is the first novel in the Vanished series. This book is free for the kindle.
Ben Dejooli lives with his father and his grandmother. Ben is a Navajo police officer on the Chaco Navajo Reservation. Ben has never been the same since he lost his sister six years ago. That's when Ben decided to be a cop. Now strange things are beginning to happen to Ben.

Caroline Adams is an oncology nurse at Albuquerque General. Caroline works one day a week at the health center on the Chaco reservation. She and Ben meet when he's admitted to the hospital after passing out. Ben thinks it's from a punch he took while on the job. Caroline thinks something else.

Dr. Owen Bennet works at Albuquerque General too. He's one of those doctors who respect what a nurse does. Little does Owen realize that he's about to be included in an adventure that will change everything he thought he knew.

This is a story where Navajo magic trumps medical science, and pretty much everything else. It's a great story, with a great ending, but there will be more. Very highly recommended.

Cosega Search - Brandt Legg

Cosega Search is the first novel in the Cosega Sequence series. This book is free for the kindle.
Ripley Gaines is one of the world most famous archaeologists. Dr. Gaines' Cosega theory contradicts all of known human history. Now a fellow archaeologist has found an artifact and it appears Rip's theory has some proof. Someone doesn't want that proof to come to light. Rip and his friends are running for their lives. This is a great story with a literal cliff hanger at the end. Even though I hate cliff hangers I'm highly recommending this book.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

CyberStorm - Matthew Mather

CyberStorm is a novel about the consequences of technology. You might like the internet now, but wait until you read this story. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Mike Mitchell is a network engineer. He and his wife and son live in New York City. Is it a coincidence that the weather turns nasty just as the internet seems to have problems? When the SHTF, as preppers say, Mike and his family have to struggle just to stay alive. Being dependent on technology is the Achilles heel of modern times. This is a great book right up until the end. Unfortunately the ending is weak. Still highly recommended.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Presidential Shift - C. G. Cooper

Presidential Shift is the fourth novel in the Corps Justice series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Cal and his group are asked to help the president uncover a leak, just as the leak becomes a flood. The first lady and the vice-president are attacked and SSI is going to find the attackers or die trying. Another great thriller. Very highly recommended. kindleunlimited