Book Review & Giveaway: The Company Files: The Good Man by Gabriel Valjan


Book Title: The Company Files: 1. The Good Man by Gabriel Valjan
Category: Adult Fiction, 251 pages
Genre: Thriller, Historical Fiction, Crime Fiction, Espionage
Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing
Release date: December 2017
Tour dates: Feb 12 to March 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (No bad language but there is an attempted rape scene, and some violence.)


Book Description

In 1948, Vienna was divided among four powers: France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Jack Marshall had served with Walker during the war, and now, working together for The Company, they are tasked to do the inconceivable. Could former Nazis really be recruited to assist the U.S. in the atomic race? As their team moves forward, they quickly discover they are not the only ones looking for these men. And the others in the search may just have the objective of murder.

In this tale of historical noir, of corruption and deceit, no one is who they say they are. Who is The Good Man in a world where an enemy may be a friend, an ally may be the enemy, and governments deny everything?

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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. I read The Roma Series by Gabriel Valjan and I liked it so I was looking forward to reading The Company Files: The Good Man.

The Company Files: The Good Man, like the Roma series, is not light reading. It is an international thriller based in Vienna in 1948, post World War II. There’s a lot of history included in the story which makes it all the more interesting.

Walker and Jack Marshall work for The Company trying to recruit former Nazis to assist America in the atomic race. Unfortunately, there is a vigilante who has other ideas. He is killing former Nazis and some of those are on the list of recruits who Walker and Jack are looking for. Can they come to an understanding and possibly work together?

As I would expect from this author, there are many other things happening while the main plot carries out. For example, the vigilante saves a young girl who has nowhere else to go. What will happen to her? And then there’s Leslie who works with Walker and Jack and has many skills. She even infiltrated the Nazis and got a lot of important information during the war. But because she’s a woman, her skills are seldom acknowledged. 

Anyone who enjoys historical fiction, international spy thrillers, or suspense will enjoy The Company Files: The Good Man. It’s not only interesting as far as the history but the characters are well developed and it has a good ending. 



 Meet the Author

Gabriel Valjan is the author of The Roma Series from Winter Goose Publishing. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he enjoys the local restaurants, and his two cats, Squeak and Squawk, keep him honest to the story on the screen.
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Book Review & Giveaway: Seeing Double by Nancy J. Alexander

On the heels of her last mystery, Elisabeth’s new patient is more than meets the eye, and unraveling his secrets will throw her team into a desert storm of double agents and religious extremists.


Book Title: Seeing Double: An Elisabeth Reinhardt Thriller by Nancy J Alexander
Category: Adult Fiction, 318 pages
Genre: Espionage Thriller
Publisher: NJA Productions
Release date: Nov 2015
Tour dates: May 8 to 26, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M for themes of terrorism, kidnapping, some bad language, but no explicit sex or violence.



Book Description

“A chill ran up her spine, triggering an alarm that spread through her system. Her eyes studied him as his eyes studied her. In the recesses of her mind, a fragment of a memory tingled…a tiny blip from long ago. An image spiraled, then vanished. There was something about this young man, this Ari Ben Aviv. There was something about him she couldn’t pinpoint.”

On the heels of her last mystery, Elisabeth’s new patient is more than meets the eye, and unraveling his secrets will throw her team into a desert storm of double agents and religious extremists. All that stands between love and war are two families, two brothers, and two conflicting versions of the truth.


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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.

I had read Relentless by Nancy J. Alexander and it was a good psychological thriller so I was looking forward to reading Seeing Double. Although the books have Elisabeth Reinhardt in common, they are quite different. I did learn quite a bit more about Elisabeth than I did in the first book.

It was difficult to figure out this book at the beginning. It jumped from one situation to another and there were so many characters that it was hard to keep up let alone stay interested. Eventually it all came together but I’m not sure that everyone would stick with it to figure it all out. I recommend that they do because it does end up being worth it. The ending just seemed to stop with issues unresolved. I’m guessing that means there’s another one to come.

I found Nancy J. Alexander’s descriptions of scenes and characters good but I definitely liked Relentless better. I look forward to reading another book by the author in hopes that she goes back to the psychological thriller she does so well. 


Meet the Author:


Love of the mystery/thriller genre combines with psychotherapy training and experience to produce an emotionally supercharged dramatic novel. Nancy Alexander has devoted much of her professional life to helping survivors of childhood trauma; their distress has been ingrained and works to create characters who give voice to their plight. To analyze the evil minds that prey on others and the intricacies of law enforcers who pursue them seemed a natural interlacing of professional, literary and creative interests.

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Book Review: When Camels Fly by NLB Horton


6-16-2014 7-44-26 PMTitle: When Camels Fly

Author: NLB Horton

Genre: Suspense


A mother’s fatal shot. A daughter’s deadly choice.

In Israel, archaeologist Grace Madison shoots her daughter’s abductor. Seconds later, a handsome shepherd drops from the sky to kill a second assassin. Their world changes in two blinks of an eye.

Unbeknownst to them, a fiercely ambitious evil is destroying everything in its path—the unconventional path Grace and Maggie take. They struggle to right a wrong as old as time, and discover time is running out in the race for their lives. Family and friends are swept into their vortex, extinguishing old flames while igniting new loves.

While the scale tips dangerously toward disaster, millions of lives hang in the balance. And the mother-and-daughter team soon realizes nothing is as it seems. Even each other.

Because choosing what’s right is all that’s left.



I received a free uncorrected proof of this book for an honest review.

When Camels Fly is a thriller full of suspense. It grabs your interest from the beginning.

You really get to know the main characters, the Madison family. Grace, the mother, is an amazing woman and mom. She’d do anything to keep her children safe. Her daughter, Maggie, finds herself in some trouble. Graces race to help and her husband, Mark, and son, Jeff, aren’t far behind.

When Camels Fly is well written. Along with intrigue, espionage, and suspense there are great family dynamics. All members of the Madison family have their own secrets. There are also religious references but it’s not over done.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes action, espionage, and thrillers.


About the Author:

6-16-2014 7-43-05 PMAfter an award-winning detour through journalism and marketing and a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, NLBHorton returned to writing fiction. She has surveyed Israeli archaeological digs accompanied by artillery rounds from Syria and machine gun fire from Lebanon. Explored Machu Picchu after training with an Incan shaman. And consumed afternoon tea across five continents.

When Camels Fly is her first novel. Her second, The Brothers’ Keepers, will be available November 2014.



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