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.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Abbey Rayne - John Locke

Abbey Rayne is the 5th novel in the Dani Ripper series.
If there's one thing Dani is, it's inconsistent. Even though Dani breaks the rules all the time, she feels compelled to report anyone else who breaks the rules. When Dani broke the rules to obtain information on a rapist the result was the rapist went free. When the rape victim, Abbey Rayne, broke the rules trying to get payback, Dani ratted her out. Now Dani is trying to make things right in her own way and it's a Charlie Foxtrot if there ever was one. Highly recommended.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Call of the Dragonbonded: Book of Fire - JD Hart

Call of the Dragonbonded: Book of Fire is the first novel in the Dragonbonded series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Conner is a sixteen-year-old farm boy, just coming of age. Now is the time he's looking forward to the bonding call. Maybe he'll get a chipmunk or a raccoon, like his Mom and Dad. Or maybe something much bigger.

Veressa is the sixteen-year-old princess of Griffinrock. She is also answering the bonding call. She has no idea what she'll be bonded to, but it's going to be special.

Conner and Veressa's paths will cross and then some. It's an adventure. I wish I didn't have to wait for the second novel to come out in March. Very highly recommended.

Hot Mess Express - John Locke

Hot Mess Express is book six in the Dani Ripper series.
This is a Dani mess and a half. Dani's latest client is Vicki. Vicki's grandson has been kidnapped. Then Vicki is kidnapped. Dani is trying to solve the first kidnapping and gets roped into another missing person. Confusing but highly recommended.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Unraveled - Lindsay Buroker

Unraveled is the fourth book in the Heritage of Power series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Trip and Rysha make a good team. Someone has stolen a stasis chamber with one of Trip's siblings inside. They have to recover the chamber and survive the revenge of the cult of the dragon, a sorcerer, and a bronze dragon. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Origins - Lindsay Buroker

Origins is the third book in the Heritage of Power series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Trip and a select team are sent on a mission to find Agarrenon Shivar, the golden dragon who fathered Trip. Their mission leads them to the continent of Rakgorath. The problem is Rakgorath is supposed to be a magic dead zone. How will Trip, his soul swords, and everything else that uses magic handle that? They're going to find out. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Revelations - Lindsay Buroker

Revelations is the second novel in the Heritage of Power series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Trip has suspected he has some dragon blood since he was a kid, but he's about find out how much. He's part of a mission to destroy the portal that let dragons back into the world. This mission requires fighting multiple dragons and the duplicitous Cofah. Kit is challenged to use his abilities in spite of his attempts to keep his heritage a secret. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Dragon Storm - Lindsay Buroker

Dragon Storm is the first novel in the Heritage of Power series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Trip Yert is newly promoted captain, and a flyer in the King's army. Then he's picked for a mission to close the portal that dragons are using to get into his world. Trip is going to find out things about himself he's long suspected but hoped weren't true. He's going to play an important role is the war against the dragons. If he lives that long. Very highly recommended.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Don't Tell Presley! - John Locke

Don't Tell Presley! is the fourth novel in the Dani Ripper series.
Dani's new client is a rape victim who was assaulted the same day her husband and her boyfriend were killed. Oh yeah. The client also finds out she's had a hit put out on her. And you thought you'd had a bad day? Dani manages it all in a frantic but effective kind of way. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Code Talker - Joseph Bruchac

Code Talker is a novel about the Navajo marines of WWII.
Kii Yázhí was only six years old when he was sent to the white man's boarding school. The young Navajos were forbidden to speak their native tongue because it was part of what made them Indians. The white man's motto was "kill the Indian and save the man."

Kii Yázhí was given the name Ned Begay because the white man giving out names thought Begay was his father's last name. In reality, Begay means "son of" so lots of Navajos are now named Begay because of ignorant white men.

Ned would grow up to join the Marine Corp and become a code talker. Ned fought on many Pacific Islands, but his main job was using the Navajo language to confound the Japanese. The same language he was forbidden to speak as a boy. Ned and his fellow Navajos were very good at their job. That's what this book is all about. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Welcome to Bordertown - Holly Black, Ellen Kushner

Welcome to Bordertown is an anthology of fantasy poems, short stories, and novellas. There is even a graphic novel included.
Some winners and some losers. Long but highly recommended.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Teacher, Teacher - John Locke

Teacher, Teacher is the third novel in the Dani Ripper series.
Dani gets mixed up in revenge, betrayal, blackmail and lots of sex. There are teachers involved. Very highly recommended.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Call Me! -‎ John Locke

Call Me! is the first novel in the Dani Ripper series.
Dani Ripper is not her real name. Dani was kidnapped as a girl and managed to escape from her captor. Later she changed her name to avoid the publicity of being the little girl who got away. Now Dani is a private investigator leading a complicated life. A life that gets a lot more complicated. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Promise You Won't Tell? - John Locke

Promise You Won't Tell? is the second book in the Dani Ripper series. This book is free for kindle.
Dani Ripper is a private detective. Dani is a little tired of the background checks and infidelity investigations. Then a young woman comes to Dani's office, and Dani gets the kind of case she dreams of. Dani's on the hunt for sex offenders, something she knows a lot about. Keep in mind that things are not always what they seem. This is a tale with twists and turns from start to finish. Very highly recommended. It's good enough I've read it twice.

The Forever Girl - Rebecca Hamilton

The Forever Girl is the first novel in the Forever Girl series.
Sophia Parsons is a 22 year-old waitress. Sophia is also a Wiccan. What Sophia doesn't know is that she's an actual witch. But Sophia will find out, and it will change her life. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Indian in the Cupboard - Lynne Reid Banks

The Indian in the Cupboard is the first novel in the Indiana in the Cupboard series. This is a book suitable for third graders and up. Up includes adults.
Omri and Patrick had been friends forever. Well at least since they started school. For Omri's ninth birthday Patrick got him a plastic Indian. Omri was disappointed, but little did he know how significant that present would be. The best present though was the old medicine cupboard his brother Gillon had scavaged from the alley. When Omri's Mom noticed there was a keyhole she let Omri look through her box of old keys to see if one would fit. One did. A very special key. And that's when the adventure began.

This is a great story. In spite of nine-year-old behavior, Omri manages to handle the responsibility thrust upon him well. The story has a bittersweet but happy ending. Very highly recommended.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Killing the Rising Sun - Bill O'Reilly,‎ Martin Dugard

Killing the Rising Sun is one of the books in Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series.
The defeat of the Japanese in the second world war was the first and only use of nuclear weapons in an armed conflict. We should all hope it stays that way. This book covers the steps leading up to dropping the bomb, and what takes place afterward. It is a riveting book from the first page to the last. Very highly recommended.

Thin Line - L.T. Ryan

Thin Line is the third novel in the Jack Noble series.
In a job like Jack's there's a thin line between being a good guy and a bad guy. It's getting harder for Jack to find that line as his current assignment becomes a convoluted mess. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Deadly Distance - L.T. Ryan

A Deadly Distance is the second novel in the Jack Noble series. I'm sorry I waited four and a half years to get to the second one.
Jack Noble works for the shadowy SIS. This time Jack gets tangled in a dangerous plot and the man in charge seems to be able to see through the SIS shadows. Jack is in more danger than ever. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Dead Stop - Barbara Nickless

Dead Stop is the second novel in the Sydney Rose Parnell series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Sydney is called in when a train hits a woman. There isn't much left, but Sydney has seen more than her fair share of bodies. The woman is suspected of being a suicide, but that's not the case. She is just the fourth death in her family, and definitely no suicide. None of them were. Another victim is still hanging on to life and the youngest, an eight-year-old girl, is missing. Sydney and Clyde have their work cut out for them. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Blood on the Tracks - Barbara Nickless

Blood on the Tracks is the first novel in the Sydney Rose Parnell Series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
When Sydney Rose Parnell came back from the war she brought a lot of ghosts with her. She also brought her partner, a combat-trained Belgian Malinois named Clyde. Sydney took a job as a railroad cop. It was a family thing. Being a railroad cop isn't as simple as it sounds. Especially when skinheads are involved. Now Sydney is creating more ghosts while trying to save lives. Very highly recommended.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Eye of the Storme - W. L. Ripley

Eye of the Storme is the third novel in the Wyatt Storme Thriller series.
Very highly recommended.

Quantum Predation - Isaac Hooke

Quantum Predation is the fourth novel in the Argonauts series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Highly recommended.

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Midnight Line - Lee Child

The Midnight Line is the 22nd Jack Reacher Novel. Read them all. I have.
Reacher runs across an old West Point class ring in a pawn shop. By the time he tracks down the owner he's started a ball rolling that will pull in everyone from local law enforcement, to the DEA, to the Pentagon. Reacher never fails to go all the way. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Beast Master - Shayne Silvers

Beast Master is the fifth novel in the Temple Chronicles series This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Nate Temple and his band of mixed monsters would seem to be at peace. Unfortunately, a wizard shows up and spoils the peace. Now Nate and company must fight to free the beasts controlled by an evil person who uses them for sport, blood sport.

I'm done. Silvers suffers from the same malady that hits lots of good authors. They keep trying to top themselves with more and more complexity. I read for enjoyment, not as a challenge to my organizational skills. If you like the Temple Chronicle series this is a must-read. It's likely my last read from Silvers.