Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Love You Crave - John Locke

The Love You Crave is book eight in the Donovan Creed series.
Donovan is still trying to find out how he can deactivate that chip in his head that could be used to remotely melt his brain. The kind of problem that just keeps nagging at you. Who can he trust when even the people he counted on the most are threatening to kill him? Killing them first has always been Donovan's solution. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Truth About Animals - Lucy Cooke

The Truth About Animals is subtitled Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife.
This book covers a selection of the odd-ball animals that have confused and confounded zoologists and other scientists since humans first recorded their thoughts on the creatures we share the earth with. The thirteen species selected are interesting and varied. The author covers everything from their diet to their sex lives in a funny and informative way. For example, who knew frogs made the best pregnancy test available until the little strips you pee on came along. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Last Command - Lindsay Buroker

Last Command is the prequel to the Fallen Empire series. You can only get it in the omnibus collection of the first three book, but it's free and worth reading.
Colonel Hieronymus "Leonidas" Adler is on the secret asteroid base guarding the emperor and his command staff from a surprise attack by the Alliance. Someone leaked the location of the secret base and the Alliance is throwing everything they can at it. When things get desperate the emperor chooses Leonidas to guard his only living son and heir Thorian. Can they escape the Alliance? Can Leonidas get Thorian to the Starseekers where he can be safe and trained to use his powers? The rest of the series proves he can, but what he has to go through to do so is worth reading about. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Vegas Moon - John Locke

Vegas Moon is book seven in the Donovan Creed series.
Donovan is peeved. Somone is trying to kill him with the chip in his head. Since Donovan is the CIA's top assassin, that someone is going to die. Finding them turns out to be much easier than he thought, but there are complications and beautiful women. There always are with Donovan. Very highly recommended.

End Game - Lindsay Buroker

End Game is the eighth and final book in the Fallen Empire series. We can only hope for more.
Alisa and her band of crew and passengers have found her daughter Jelena. The trouble is Alisa promised Jelena to find her daughter's friend Thorian. That means they're back on the trail of the evil Starseekers and the Staff of Lore. To make it more interesting, Thorian is also the only living son of the empire's dead emperor. That means lots of other people are also searching for him, not to mention the Staff of Lore. Who knew space could be so crowded. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Perilous Hunt - Lindsay Buroker

Perilous Hunt is book seven in the Fallen Empire series.
Alisa is starting to think she's never going to find her daughter Jelena. She and her gang are on the trail of the Starseers who have her, but so is the Alliance, Imperial forces, and some treasuer hunters looking for the Staff of Lore. The asteroid belt that used to be the planet Kir seems like the best place to look. The question is, who will find Alisa's daughter first. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Arkadian Skies - Lindsay Buroker

Arkadian Skies is book six in the Fallen Empire series.
Alisa is still looking for her daughter, and the man who may know where she is remains in a coma. The best hospital on the planet Arkadia is her destination. The trouble is the rogue Starseekers have chosen this same time to destroy part of Arkadia with an earthquake caused by the Staff of Lore. Alisa has to get her daughter, get that damn staff back, and maybe get her boyfriend Leonidis repaired at the same time. What are the odds? Very highly recommended.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Cleon Moon - Lindsay Buroker

Cleon Moon is the fifth novel in the Fallen Empire series.
Alisa, her passengers, and her crew are headed to Cleon Moon. There's a good chance Alisa's daughter was taken there after she was kidnapped. But Cleon Moon is infested with two nasty problems. The first is mafia clans and the second is dinosaurs. Alisa and her group end up dealing with both problems. Explosions ensue. Very highly recommended.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Relic of Sorrows - Lindsay Buroker

Relic of Sorrows is book four in the Fallen Empire series.
Alisa and her ship the Star Nomad are off to the mystery coordinates from an ancient nursery rhyme. The ship now holds Alisa the pilot, Mica the engineer, Beck the security officer, Yumi the science teacher with chickens, Leonidas the cyborg colonel, Alejandro the doctor, and now Abelardus the starseer. It's getting crowded, especially with the chickens. When the Star Nomad encounters a ship where everyone onboard is either dying or dead, and that ship passed right through the mystery coordinates, the mystery gets much more dangerous. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Starseers - Lindsay Buroker

Starseers is the third novel in the Fallen Empire series.
Alisa and the Star Nomad are headed to the planet Arkadius. That's where they hope to find the Starseers. Alisa hopes to get her daughter back. Leonidas and Alejandro are more interested in being able to research the mysterious orb in the Starseer library. None of them expect the trouble that's about to come down on their heads, or in the case of the Starseers inside their heads. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Your Secret Admirer - John Locke

Your Secret Admirer is a stand-alone novel. Be warned. It is totally cringeworthy.
Locke may have gone too far this time. The characters in this novel will go to just about any lengths to get what they want. I mean any. Tinley Cooper is the best salesperson the company has ever had. Then she's fired for no apparent reason. The reason is she has a secret admirer who is the most manipulative bastard you can imagine. The extremes that the secret admirer go to are amazing, scary, and sometimes disgusting. Not highly, but still recommended if you're a Locke fan.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Honor's Flight - Lindsay Buroker

Honor's Flight is the second book in the Fallen Empire series.
Alisa, her passengers, and her crew are going to Perun in the only Nebula Rambler 880 left in the galaxy. At least it's Alisa's. The problem is Alisa and her crew served in the Alliance and Perun is now the last bastion of Imperial forces. Alisa's daughter is on Perun and she's looking forward to seeing her again. Having to navigate through Imperial roadblocks will make it a challenge, but Alisa has no idea how challenging it's going to be. More great space adventure. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Girl Like You - John Locke

A Girl Like You is book six in the Donovan Creed series.
Donovan's girlfriend Rachel has been kidnapped. He's going to get her back no matter who he has to kill. Being a government assassin, killing is not a problem of conscience for Donovan. However, the government is who has her, for a very special reason, and Donovan is going to have to work to pull this off. Very highly recommended.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Star Nomad - Lindsay Buroker

Star Nomad is the first novel in the Fallen Empire series. Buroker has branched out from fantasy to science fiction, and it's glorious.
Captain Alisa Marchenko was a fighter pilot for the Alliance. The war is over and the Alliance won, but Alisa and her engineer Mica have been stranded on the dead-end planet Dustor for five months. Alisa's daughter is on Perun and that's where she needs to be. She and Mica are planning to salvage the Star Nomad and escape this dust ball. Alisa grew up on the Nomad. It was her Mother's freighter. But there are complications. An Imperial cyborg for one. The White Dragon mafia for another. And then there are the pirates. It's going to be quite an adventure. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Diplomats and Fugitives - Lindsay Buroker

Diplomats and Fugitives is the ninth novel in the Emperor's Edge series.
Basilard is the official Mangdorian ambassador to the Turgonian Republic. That's because the Mangdorians can figure out what else to do with him. When a blight threatens the Mangdorian food supply Basilard enlists the Turgonian president's daughter to help solve the problem. When the Kendorians turn out to be the problem the solution may mean a war. That's if Basilard and his party can survive. Very highly recommended. A series that should never be over :(

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Decrypted - Lindsay Buroker

Decrypted is the third novel in the Encrypted Series.
Tikaya and Rias have made it back to Tikaya's home islands. The greeting is less than cordial for Tikaya and hostile for Rias. Apparently having a Turgonian on the islands is making people nervous. Especially a Turgonian interested in building a submarine. There is a secret that is hidden in the past and Tikaya and Rias need to find it in order to stay together. Maybe even to survive. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Enigma - Lindsay Buroker

Enigma is the second book in the Encrypted Series. This is a short story at best, but worth the read.
While Tikaya and Rias are trying to get home after the adventures in Encrypted, they get passage on a ship with a puzzle of its own. The captain has a stolen magical flute that the original owners want bad enough to send three warships to retrieve. Tikaya's skills with language and Rias' experience with other countries help save the day, but barely. Very highly recommended.

Encrypted - Lindsay Buroker

Encrypted is the first novel in the Encrypted Series.
Professor Tikaya Komitopis was arguably the one person who brought the war between Turgonia and Nuria to an end. Her decrypting of Turgonian messages and passing them along to the Nurians kept the Turgonians from taking over the Nurians and her own people of the Kyatt Islands. But when the war was over the Turgonians kidnap Tikaya, partly for revenge and partly because they need her to decrypt a language never seen before. Tikaya is locked in the hold of a ship with one other prisoner know as five. They join forces and eventually overcome their Turgonian capturers and so much more. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Her Last Goodbye - Melinda Leigh

Her Last Goodbye is the second novel in the Morgan Dane series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Morgan is pulled into the case of a missing wife and mother. The woman disappeared and nobody knows why. The husband is worried he's going to be a suspect, even though he has two little children to take care of. Morgan doesn't want let an innocent man go to jail again. Plenty of suspense and excitement. Not to mention Morgan and Lance finally realize they're more than friends. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Oaths - Lindsay Buroker

Oaths is the eighth novel in the Dragon Blood series.
You'd think that planning their wedding would keep Ridge and Sardelle plenty busy. They still find time to thwart Tolemek's kidnappers, stop attempts to steal the king's dragon blood, deal with Ridge's mother's magic delusions, and someone is pregnant! Very highly recommended.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Twisted Prey - John Sandford

Twisted Prey is the 28th novel in the Prey series. If only Sandford could write faster.
Lucas Davenport versus Taryn Grant part II. Now Grant is a US Senator and Lucas is a US Marshal. If you don't remember Grant, she's the one who got away in Silken Prey. Their paths cross this time because Grant decides to have her old rival Senator Porter Smalls murdered. Grant misses Smalls, but his lover is killed when their vehicle is run off the road. Lucas is tasked with finding out if it's more than an accident and bringing the killers to justice if it is. Lots of action and suspense. Be prepared for another late night of reading. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Gold Dragon - Lindsay Buroker

Gold Dragon is the fifth novel in the Heritage of Power series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
More dragon excitement with Trip, Rysha, and the crew. When dragons want to take over the country, Trip finds a way to stop them. In the end, he really finds something new. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Say You're Sorry - Melinda Leigh

Say You're Sorry is the first novel in the Morgan Dane series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Morgan Dane is ready for change. Her husband died two years ago, leaving her with three daughters to raise. Morgan is a lawyer and needs to get back to work. Little does she realize what kind of lawyering she's going to be doing. A great murder mystery. Very highly recommended.

Under the Ice Blades - Lindsay Buroker

Under the Ice Blades falls between books five and six in the Dragon Blood series.
I knew there had to be some other book someplace. There were too many unexplained things in book six. This is where Kaika and King Angulus hook up. This is also where the dragon Morishtomaric is released from prison. This is another great story and a must read if you don't want to lose hair from scratching your head reading book six :) Very highly recommended.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Hell's Princess - Harold Schechter

Hell's Princess is the Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Belle Gunness was one of the most notorious female serial killers of all time. She killed for greed and she killed for fun. Belle's fame was earned while living on her farm in La Porte Indiana. It became known as the Murder Farm. When Belle's victims were dug up, they hadn’t merely been poisoned, like victims of other female killers. They’d been butchered. My complaint is the author made no attempt to make the dry facts anything but dry facts. Or if he did he failed. Recommended.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Shape of Water - Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus

The Shape of Water is a science fiction love story.
Elisa is mute. She has been from birth. Elisa is a janitor at a research facility. Fate is working its magic. A strange creature is captured in the Amazon jungle and transported to the research facility for study. Elisa somehow manages a rapport with the creature.

Strickland was the man given the job of finding and capturing the creature. When it was captured he was also tasked with guarding it and keeping it safe. Safe doesn't mean the creature's safety. Safe means safe from the outside world finding out about the creature.

Elisa and her allies are at odds with Strickland and his perverse relationship with the creature. When the creature needs saving it's up to Elisa and her band to save it. But can they? It won't be easy.

This book was a challenge at times. The authors seemed determined to bury the story in useless prose and angst. It was worth working through all that. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

True Fiction - Lee Goldberg

True Fiction is the first novel in the Ian Ludlow Thrillers series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Ian Ludlow is a thriller writer. He has some fame, but in reality, he's a middle-aged author whose life is nothing like his main protagonist. Ian's main character is Clint Straker, an over-sexed super spy who never seems to break a sweat. Then Ian realizes that he's been used to plan a mass murder and now he's the target of a hired killer. Ian has to die to clean up loose ends. Ian is not going to let that happen. If he can write about Straker maybe he can live like him to survive. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Soulblade - Lindsay Buroker

Soulblade is book seven in the Dragon Blood series.
Ridge crashed into the mountains after defeating the dragon Morishtomaric. Almost everyone accepts that he's dead. Not Sardelle. While she's on a quest to find Ridge dead or alive the rest of the squadron is on a secret mission to kidnap the Cofah emperor. It all comes together in a dragon fighting, castle destroying melee. Very highly recommended.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Raptor - Lindsay Buroker

Raptor is the sixth novel in the Dragon Blood series.
Ex-Lieutenant Caslin Ahn is wracked with guilt over the death of Apex. Ahn had no plans to get back in a flyer, but when the king asks it's hard to say no. She is going to wield the magic killing sword Kasandral in hopes of slaying the golden dragon that's terrorizing the kingdom. Can Ahn kill the dragon and keep Kasandral from attacking more of her teammates? Very highly recommended.

Burn Bright - Patricia Briggs

Burn Bright is the fifth novel in the Alpha and Omega series.
The pack is in jeapordy from a traitor. The wildlings are the target. Charles and Anna have to fight off the challenge and find the root of the problem. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Blade's Memory - Lindsay Buroker

The Blade's Memory is the fifth novel in the Dragon Blood series.
When Ridge and his crew get back from their mission to find the source of dragon blood and free Tolemek’s sister they've all been made criminals. Some because of going AWOL and others for being witches. They have to overcome this hurdle to find the missing king, and still be able to fight off an impending enemy attack. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Patterns in the Dark - Lindsay Buroker

Patterns in the Dark is the fourth novel in the Dragon Blood series.
Jungle. Dragon. Magic. Very highly recommended.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Blood Charged - Lindsay Buroker

Blood Charged is the third novel in the Dragon Blood series.
Sardelle and Zirkander take a team into Cofah to find the source of the rumors that the Cofah have dragon blood. They find the dragon blood. It's used in weapons and machines the Cofah try and stop them with. Very effectively too. The question is, where did the Cofah get dragon blood? These are "lose sleep" books. They make staying up late worth it. Very highly recommended.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Deathmaker - Lindsay Buroker

Deathmaker is book two in the Dragon Blood series.
Lieutenant Caslin Ahn is part of the famous Wolf Squadron run by Colonel Zirkander. When Cas crashed into the ocean everyone thought she was dead. Instead, Cas turned up in the same prison cell as the infamous pirate Tolemek "Deathmaker" Targoson. Together they escape from the prison, but with Cas as Mek's prisoner. Cas plans to escape again and Mek plans to use Cas to find Zirkander. So much for plans. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Balanced on the Blade's Edge - Lindsay Buroker

Balanced on the Blade's Edge is the first novel in the Dragon Blood series.
Colonel Ridge Zirkander has never had great impulse control. As the most famous flyer in the Iskandian army, it hasn't always been a problem. Punching out a foreign diplomat is the exception to that rule. Ridge is now commanding the prison in the Ice Blades Mountains. That a sorceress, who has been buried beneath the prison for 300 years, wakes up when Ridge gets there is just a coincidence. Or is it. Very highly recommended.