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Book Review & Giveaway: Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold

11 Dec

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One hit man who’s back for revenge.

One detective who’s not going down without a fight.

It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town. Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.

When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.

Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is the eighth book in the series but it’s the first one I’ve read and although I like to read series in order if I can, Power Struggle does stand on its own. When things from the past come up, enough backstory is given so that the story is easy to follow.

Detective Madison Knight is assigned to solve the murder of the man who killed her grandfather. Although she’s not sad to see that he’s dead, she is concerned because his murder looks the same as one by Constantine. He nearly killed her the last time he was in town and she’s afraid that he’s going to try to finish the job. And then she finds out that’s exactly why he’s back…

Power Struggle is full of suspense and action. Madison and her family are in danger and her situation seems impossible. I’ve read several of Carolyn Arnold’s books and have enjoyed them all and this one doesn’t disappoint.

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM
THE DETECTIVE MADISON KNIGHT SERIES

Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Law & Order, CSI,
Blue Bloods, Rizzoli & Isles, Women’s Murder Club,
and Hawaii Five-O.

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Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: Ties That Bind, Justified, Sacrifice, Found Innocent, Just Cause, Deadly Impulse, In the Line of Duty, Life Sentence (Bonus Prequel).

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About the Author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™. Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

Find the author on the following sites…
Website  Facebook  Twitter  Google+  Pinterest  Goodreads  Amazon Author Page

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Book Review: Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor-Code Red Diamond by Isaac Alexis MD

8 Dec
 
 

Book Title: Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond
Author: Isaac Alexis, MD
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 100 pages
Genre: Education and Reference
Publisher: Independent
Release date: October 17, 2017
Tour dates: Dec 4 to 15, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 for mature themes

 

Description

A prison doctor offers insights into the system’s “Correctional Medicine.”

Dr. Isaac Alexis’ newly-released book Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond tells of his varied experiences as a physician in correctional medical facilities while at the same time urges teenagers to make better decisions to avoid the perils of incarceration.

Dr. Isaac Alexis brings the fast-paced, high-pressure reality of correctional medicine to readers in his new book. He discusses health problems that inmates face during incarceration and offers detailed descriptions of medical complications that plague many people inside and outside of prison. He also speaks directly to young people about avoiding gangs and drug addiction, as well as respecting their bodies in order to preserve their physical and mental health and their freedom. Dr. Alexis’s personal experiences growing up in a tough New York neighborhood act as examples of how young people can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

The desire to help people who do not have access to quality health care drove Dr. Isaac Alexis to focus on correctional medicine. The author also shares how his faith empowers him to advocate for the best medical treatment for the population he works with.

A fascinating and important book, Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond is a book that should be read by anyone dealing with teenagers and young adults whether in the home, public or educational facilities.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’m not sure what I expected when I agreed to read this book but I wasn’t expecting what I got. Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond is different but I like different. It’s not only an autobiography but a look at many of the issues of today as well as a guide to living a healthier and more productive life.

Dr. Alexis’s stories are entertaining but more importantly, many of them are educational. It also gives the reader a view of some of the sad and crazy things that go on in prisons.

This would be a good book for anyone to read but a great book for young people who could be at risk. 

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Meet the Author 

 
Isaac Alexis, MD, completed an internship in trauma surgery at Cornell University at New York Hospital of Queens, and he cross-trained in family medicine and anesthesiology. Dr. Alexis served as medical director at the Department of Justice as well as director of infection control and chair of the quality improvement medical committee. He has several years of correctional medicine under his belt.Dr. Alexis’s book Life and Death behind the Brick and Razor-Code Red Diamond relays his experiences as a physician in correctional medical facilities while also challenging teenagers to make better decisions to avoid the perils of incarceration.

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Guest Post with Giveaway: Sentinels of the Night by Anita Dickason

7 Dec

Plot Background

 

Sentinels of the Night is the first installment in the FBI Trackers series. Each of the agents has a special gift, one that defies logic and reason and is drawn from my infatuation with Native American myths, and Scottish and Irish folklore.

Cat Morgan is the first agent to be selected for the team. She has an uncanny ability to find dead bodies; not just any bodies, but the bodies of murdered victims. She hides her eerie link to her ‘informants’ under a shroud of vague and misleading explanations. Mystified by her actions, her fellow agents have dubbed her the Witchy woman. For Scott Fleming, the head of the new unit, she is the perfect agent for his team. Scott has secrets of his own.

On the way to her new assignment, she finds a body when she makes an unscheduled stop in Clinton, Mississippi.

 

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Back on the ground, she stripped off the gloves and stuffed them in her pocket. She couldn’t toss them in the dumpster for the crime scene personnel to find. She already had enough to explain.

So, what am I going to do? With so little of the body visible, it wouldn’t be easy. Which story—animals, or accidentally tossing her car keys along with a bag of trash. Both had worked on other occasions. Since she didn’t have any trash to throw in the dumpster as a backup to her story, it would have to be animals.

Her first call was to 911, the second to her new supervisor, Scott Fleming. Although she hated to disturb him at home, there wasn’t a choice.

 “Fleming.”

“Scott, it’s Cat. I have a bit of a problem. I’m at a hotel in Clinton, Mississippi and found a body.”

“Holy hell, Cat! How did you do that?”

“Oh … uh, I’d parked my car and thought I heard odd noises as I walked past a dumpster. When I looked inside, I spotted the body.”

“You checked a dumpster just because you thought you heard a sound. Did I get that right?”

“Yep.”

“What caused the sounds?”

“Umm … an animal, maybe a raccoon rooting through the garbage.”

“A raccoon. Was there one? No, don’t answer. I don’t want to know. Where are you now?”

“At the hotel. I’m waiting for the police to arrive.”

“Call me after you’ve talked to them.” His voice faded, “Raccoons … my ass!” and the call disconnected.

Great! Just great. That certainly wasn’t the best start to her new job, sliding the phone in her jacket pocket.

 

Conclusion

 For more information on Sentinels of the Night and the second Tracker novel, Going Gone!, please see my website or the book trailers.

www.anitadickason.com

 

Sentinels of the Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m00v2W4K4o

Going Gone!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGI9MzkBkSE

 

by Anita Dickason

 

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Book Review: Dangerous Ends by Alex Segura

6 Dec

Pete Fernandez has settled into an easy, if somewhat boring life as a P.I.. He takes pictures of cheating husbands. He tracks criminals who’ve skipped bail and he attends weekly AA meetings The days of chasing murderous killers are behind him. Or are they?

When his sometimes partner Kathy Bentley approaches him with a potential new client, Pete balks. Not because he doesn’t need the money, but because the case involves Gaspar Varela, a former Miami police officer serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife – one of the most infamous crimes in Miami history. The client? None other than Varela’s daughter, Maya, who’s doggedly supported her father’s claims of innocence.

As Pete and Kathy wade into a case that no one wants, they also find themselves in the crosshairs of Los Enfermos, a bloodthirsty gang of pro-Castro killers and drug dealers looking to wipe Pete off the Miami map. As if trying to exonerate Varela wasn’t enough, they find themselves entangled in something even older and more surprising—a bloody, political hit ordered by Fidel Castro himself, that left a still-healing scar on Pete—and his dead father’s—past.

Fast-paced, hardboiled and surprising, Dangerous Ends pushes Pete Fernandez into a battle with a deadlier, more complex threat, as he tries to shake off the demons haunting Miami’s own, sordid past. 

Available on Amazon.

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is the third Pete Fernandez Mystery but it’s the first one I’ve read and it definitely stands on its own. Dangerous Ends is about PI Pete Fernandez who is starting to realize just how boring being a PI can be…until Kathy asks for his help. The daughter of a convicted killer wants Kathy to write a book and possibly find evidence to prove her father’s innocence. This starts a chain of events that put Pete and Kathy in danger and things quickly get out of control. How many cases can they work on at once? Or are they all connected somehow?

The characters are well developed and complex. Pete struggles to stay sober and to do the right thing. He’s a good man but has a lot on his plate.

I like Alex Segura’s writing style. It flows well and even though he goes back in time occasionally, it’s done well and I never got confused (which is easy to do). I definitely recommend Dangerous Ends and look forward to reading the other books in the series.

 

About the Author

Alex Segura is a novelist and comic book writer. He is the author of the Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery series, which includes SILENT CITY, DOWN THE DARKEST STREET, DANGEROUS ENDS, and BLACKOUT, all via Polis Books. He has also written a number of comic books, including the best-selling and critically acclaimed ARCHIE MEETS KISS storyline, the “Occupy Riverdale” story, ARCHIE MEETS RAMONES and THE ARCHIES one-shot and monthly series. He lives in New York with his wife and son. He is a Miami native.

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