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Book Review: Veteran Avenue by Mark Pepper (9781911583318)

51UWJVnlHuL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_“Humans are capable of amazing behavior at both ends of the moral spectrum”.

When a young boy, John Frears met a strange man who gave him a picture of his granddaughter and told John “if you are the one, you’ll need it”.  The one what?  It took several years to find out what the man meant.

Virginia Chester was worried about her father Dodge after her brother Donnie’s suicide.  Who is this friend of Donnie’s, and can he help her father slay his demons?

Hayley Roth may finally have a chance at a new life, but her husband Larry is a bad cop on a downhill slide who may take her down with him.

Larry Roth made a mistake and “mortality had never been so clearly defined”.  He can’t go back and make it go away and he needs to set everything straight with his wife no matter the consequences.

Joey DeCecco’s partner is a dangerous cop who is coming unglued and Joey has to protect his young family at all costs.

All of these people are brought together under unusual circumstances that will change their lives forever.

This book was a little slow to start, but once the characters were introduced the story unfolded into a fast-paced, suspense thriller with some unexpected twists.  Along with the suspense Pepper adds some humor and romance to give it some balance which worked well in the story.

Thank you to Mr. Pepper, Urbane Publications and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book Review: Shadow Shepherd by Chad Zunker (9781542045544)

51mWa70ntcL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A random rookie attorney, an infamous German assassin, a political reporter, and the CIA.  What was the thread that tied the puzzle all together?  Sam Callahan is the only one that can solve the puzzle, but he has to get out of Mexico with no passport or money, go to New Orleans to find a man who may be tied to his past, and save his kidnapped girlfriend in D.C., all while trying to escape an assassin’s bullet.

Even though I did not read Mr. Zunker’s first book in the Sam Callahan Series, his second book stands on its own.  His plot descriptions are so vivid and engaging that I felt like I was watching a film.  In addition, the main characters to the supporting characters are very diverse and well-defined.  I relished this fast-paced and thrilling story and will definitely recommend it to friends.  I look forward to more books in this series.

Thank you to Mr. Zunker, NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Please visit Mr. Zunker’s website at http://www.chadzunker.com for more information about the author and his works.

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Book review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (9780307990402) Audiobook

159413605X.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_ This story has as many twists and turns as  Lombard Street  in San Francisco.

Nick and Amy Dunn were the golden couple;  the couple everyone wanted to know, but after losing both of their jobs in New York the marriage started to wane.  Nick finds out that his mother dies which prompts them to move to Missouri to run the family bar.   To Nick’s surprise Amy disappears and the investigation uncovers all kinds of secrets that point to Nick as the abductor and killer.

Written from Nick and Amy’s points of view this is a sociopathic tale revealed right before your eyes.  This is an incredible read and your emotions will be ripped apart and thrown in your face.  A must read for those who like a disturbing mystery.

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Book review: Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain (9781427205032) Book on CD

In reading the second installment of the Gretchen Lowell series, I was interested to find out what happened with the unusual relationship of Archie Sheridan (Portland police detective) and Gretchen Lowell (serial killer). Ms. Cain did not disappoint me.

Archie Sheridan is trying to mend his relationship with his wife and children. He has kept away from Gretchen Lowell, but his thoughts are always with her and the pills he takes for the pain caused by being Gretchen’s last torture victim, are taking their toll. Archie wants to die and Gretchen’s escape from prison has given him a plan to make his wish come true.

Susan Ward wants to expose Senator Castle’s past “affair” with a 14-year old, but there is a cover up that involves murder. Who killed her mentor, what have the bodies in the park have to do with the Castle story and who is trying to kill her?

Again, a great suspense thriller with two nail-biting mysteries to keep you reading until the ultimate climax. On to book 3.

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Book review: 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross (9780062196194)

This book is a thrill ride from beginning to end!  Dr. Henry Steadman is on his way to speak at a medical conference and then play some golf with his friend.  Little does he know that his life will change forever in 15 seconds.  After arriving at his destination, he is pulled over for a minor vehicle infraction, he is rudely asked to step out of the car at gun point and  frisked and handcuffed for no apparent reason.  After his registration is called in, he is let go, but before he can start his car, another vehicle stops and a shooter kills the cop that pulled him over and drives away.  Instead of staying with the officer and risk being arrested for murder, he decides to follow the shooter. And the story gets even more intense as it goes.

I loved this book!  I couldn’t put it down.  It’s a scenario that no one would ever want to be in and the choices Dr. Steadman makes may not be the best, but he is doing them for a very important reason.  Does he find the shooter?  Take the ride and see!

Thank you to Mr. Gross and Book Browse’s First Impressions for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book review: The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (Millennium #2), 9780739384176, Book on CD

This book is just as attention-grabbing and action-packed as the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

At the end of the first book, Lisbeth doesn’t want anything more to do with Mikhail, but this time she is in trouble and Mikhail has to prove her innocence for a brutal triple murder.  The odds are stacked against her, but with Mikhail’s tenacity and fortitude, and the help of a few friends, right is on their side.

Book on CD narrated by Simon Vance.  On to book #3.

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Book review: The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose (9781451621495)

Jac L’Etoile and her brother Robbie are the products of a revered perfume dynasty involving mysterious fragrances and the history behind them.  However, their father is in a home with dementia and has left the company close to ruins.  Will they have to sell off their most notable fragrances or has Robbie found a valuable Egyptian artifact filled with a unique fragrance that could make them millions?

Can Jac, who is not in the perfume business anymore, come back and help her brother who has become a suspect in a murder investigation and can she bear to team up with her former lover and close friend of her brother who betrayed her so many years ago?

This is a maze of a book.  Fourth in The Reincarnationist series, this is a tale of intrigue and how the hunt for a fragrance instills danger, passion and memories of past lives that can either enrich or destroy those who dare to take it.

Thank you to Ms. Rose, Simon and Schuster, Inc. and NetGalley for giving me this opportunity to review this book.

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