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:
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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.