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Book Review & Giveaway: The Mind’s Eye by Perry Prete

17 Sep

Book Title: The Mind’s Eye by Perry Prete
Category:  Adult Fiction;  243 pages
Genre:  Thriller
Publisher:   Sands Press
Release date:  March 7, 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (mobi, PDF, ePub)
Will send print books to: USA & Canada
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 21, 2018
Content Rating: R (Violence towards women based on real life events, language, graphic violence)
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​Nicole Baker is a quiet girl – the type of person who is seldom noticed by anyone. That is until one day she discovers she has the unique ability to see images move on photographs. At first, she uses her ability to entertain friends at parties and work. Then senior detective Paul Hammond learns of her ability and enlists her help in a case of unsolved murders that he has not been able to make any headway on.

Carl Kadner, a rookie reporter with the local paper is investigating the murders as well. And he learns what it takes to be the kind of reporter he wants to be when he puts himself in danger for the sake of the story. It is only when Carl, Nicole and Detective Hammond pool their resources that things start making sense.

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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.

Paul is a detective and is given the lead on a possible homicide case but all they have is a woman’s arm. There are no leads until another woman is killed, and a woman named Nicole suddenly has a gift with which she can look at a picture and see what happened when it was taken. She’s able to give some clues to the police.

As the serial killer continues to search for women who fit his criteria, Paul and Nicole fall into a relationship that seems to be good for both of them. The killer ends up in a relationship with a girl named Katy. It’s a strange relationship but it works for them.

Carl is a rookie reporter who is also on the case. He does some investigating on his own and always seems to be right there with the police investigation if not a little ahead of them.

I thought Mind’s Eye was good from the beginning. It kept my interest and was not only suspenseful and cringe-worthy but funny. All of the characters were well-developed and unique. There were a couple of unanswered questions which was a little frustrating but it still had a good ending. It would have been a faster and even better read if the dialogue had been edited. It was often difficult to know who was talking which slowed me down quite a bit. Despite the dialogue, I recommend Mind’s Eye.

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About the Author

Perry Prete is a Canadian crime writer and paramedic. His first novel, All Good Things, introduced us to Ethan Tennant, a City of Ottawa paramedic who looks at crimes from the medical perspective.

Perry continues to work full-time as a paramedic and uses his thirty plus years of life changing and sometimes dramatic experiences to bring realism to his gripping medical novels. His other works include, The Things That Matter Most and All Good Things.

He is also a business owner, specializing in the pre-hospital care field. His company sells medical equipment across North America, primarily to EMS agencies.

A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Perry, graduated from Fanshawe College in London but now lives and works in Brockville, Ontario.

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Sept 3   – fundinmental – review / giveaway
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Sept 4   – Mystery Suspense Reviews – review / giveaway
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Sept 5   – 100 Pages A Day – review / giveaway
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Sept 10 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / giveaway
Sept 11 – Rainy Day Reviews – review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 11 – Books for Books – review
Sept 13 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review
Sept 13 – Truly Trendy – review
Sept 14 – It’s All About the Book – review
Sept 14 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
Sept 14 – Fantastic Feathers – review
Sept 17 – T’s Stuff – review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 17 – Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway
Sept 18 – A Page Before Bedtime – review / giveaway
Sept 18 – Two Points of Interest – review / giveaway
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Book Review & Giveaway: Death Logs In by E.J. Simon

13 Sep

Book Title:  Death Logs In by E.J. Simon

Series: Michael Nicholas Book 2

Category:  Adult Fiction, 340 pages

Genre:   Thriller & Suspense., Technothriller

Publisher:  Endeavour Media (UK)

Release date:  Dec 14, 2017

Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF & ePUB)

Tour dates: Aug 13 to Oct 12, 2018 Content Rating: PG-13 + M 

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Book Description:

​Some of the most powerful people in the world want to kill Michael Nicholas. Only his brother Alex can save him—the problem is that Alex is dead.

It’s been almost a year since Alex Nicholas, a Queens-based underworld boss, was gunned down. After Alex’s brutal murder, Michael inherited not only his brother’s business, but his enemies. Michael is now a key player in a world he once feared. By day, he is the head of a Fortune 500 company. By night, the CEO of Tartarus, one of the world’s largest illegal gambling operations.

Before his death, Alex invested heavily in breakthrough artificial intelligence software so that he could live forever. It worked. In his virtual form, Alex can communicate with Michael and monitor information—and people—in ways the NSA would envy.

It is Alex who discovers Michael’s life is in danger. He detects plots that reach from the darkest corners of Queens to the highest officials in the Vatican—and they all want Michael dead.

Michael is now in a race to save his life, but he is never alone. Alex is there to help him navigate through this maze of life and death. Also protecting Michael from the forces closing in around him is Sindy Steele, a beautiful and lethal bodyguard.

How far is Michael willing to go to save his own life and that of his family? Guided only by a familiar face on a computer screen, will the information Alex discovers allow Michael to go from being the hunted to the hunter?

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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.

Michael Nicholas had a normal quiet life only a year ago until his brother, a bookie, was gunned down. Michael continued to work as a CEO in the corporate world but also took over his brother’s business and has done surprisingly well. In fact, he’s done so well that some people think his brother, Alex, is still alive. Alex isn’t alive, or is he? He had an AI duplicate made of himself before he died and his AI self seems to have developed to be smarter and better than the original Alex.

Michael is not as moral as he once thought he was. In fact, I don’t like his character much as a person. He doesn’t seem to think anything about people who are “in his way” dying. He often thinks it’s just coincidence but at one point I’m pretty sure he said he didn’t believe in coincidence, maybe in book one. He’s also taken on a mistress which he never would have done before his brother’s death.

There are so many things going on in Death Logs In it’s not a quick read. You have to pay attention to what’s going on, who wants whom dead, who is an ally and who is an enemy (or are they?). It was difficult to put this book down.  I do suggest an edit. There were quite a few missing quotation marks which made it difficult sometimes to know when someone was talking or had finished talking and I had to reread those paragraphs.

I definitely recommend Death Logs In. This is the second book in the series but it does have enough back story that it can stand on its own.  I like the way it ended but I’m curious what will happen with Michael and Alex next.

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Meet the Author

E. J. Simon is the author of three commercial fiction thrillers, Death Never Sleeps, Death Logs In and Death Logs Out. He has just completed his fourth manuscript, Death in the Cloud.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America and the North Carolina Writer’s Network. He holds an M.A. in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his family in Cary, North Carolina in the United States. For more information, visit his website: http://www.ejsimon.com.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Death Never Sleeps by E.J. Simon

4 Sep
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Book Title: Death Never Sleeps by E.J. Simon
Series: Michael Nicholas Book 1
Category: Adult Fiction, 291 pages
Genre: Thriller & Suspense., Technothriller
Publisher: Endeavour Media (UK)
Release date: July 2017
Tour dates: Aug 13 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (contains f-words, religious profanities and crude language)

 

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Where does life end, and death begin?

Brothers, Alex and Michael, weren’t particularly close in terms of their careers in their later years. But when Alex is murdered, Michael finds it necessary to keep Alex’s business running, at least for the foreseeable future.

With very little knowledge about what Alex actually did for a living, little does he envisage the level of complication this entails. Working closely with his cousins, Fat and Skinny Lester, Michael starts to get a sense of what needs doing … in whatever way Alex would have dealt with things.

But, when Alex’s current wife, and his two ex-wives, surface and start to dish out demands, Michael finds himself going deeper and deeper into Alex’s personal space. All his ex-wives knew there was money left hidden … but only Alex knew of its exact location.

When Russell, an old friend of Michael’s, and Alex’s most trusted person, offers to help Michael find the money, Michael feels he can start closing up on Alex’s loose ends and move on with his own, increasingly complicated life.

Until … Russell is brutally murdered …

Someone else is after Alex’s money … and it’s not a friendly person.

But is Alex really dead? Or is he as dead as he has prepared himself to be?

Michael is beyond confused … is he imaging the conversations he’s having with Alex? But Alex was shot dead in his own restaurant, one filled with policemen. Surely, Alex is dead?

Whichever way Michael tries to rationalize things in his head, Alex’s support is beyond what he needs. Finding himself face to face with a crook, Sharkey, one who has no qualms about killing people, one Alex was in debt to, Michael takes on Alex’s advice … dead or not!

As the number of deaths rise, Michael and his wife, Samantha, are left on their toes. Would they ever feel safe again? Is anyone safe? And how far did Alex go with his new venture?

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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.

Alex, a bookie, is gunned down while on the phone with his brother, Michael. Michael is the CEO of a big company and ends up having to take over his brother’s business for a while in order to get things taken care of, such as safety of the family and paying a big debt to a mobster. After a murder of a close friend of Alex’s, it looks like no one is safe and Micheal feels the need to find the murderer.

As if all of that isn’t enough, Michael keeps getting messages from Alex. How is that possible? And other mysterious things take place such as the police being notified that Michael and his wife need help, but the message didn’t come through 911. What is happening?

Death Never Sleeps is an exciting page-turner in which Michael Nicholas finds out that he can do more than he ever knew if he puts his mind to it. The idea of AI isn’t new but the way it’s presented here is new to me and quite interesting. The only thing I was disappointed in is the way the book ended. There are still a lot of things left unanswered. Luckily, I have the next book in the series to read soon.

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E. J. Simon is the author of three commercial fiction thrillers, Death Never Sleeps, Death Logs In and Death Logs Out. He has just completed his fourth manuscript, Death in the Cloud.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America and the North Carolina Writer’s Network. He holds an M.A. in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his family in Cary, North Carolina in the United States. For more information, visit his website: http://www.ejsimon.com.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Cleansweep Counterstrike by Chuck Waldron

24 Aug

Book Title: The Cleansweep Counterstrike by Chuck Waldron
Series: A Matt Tremain Technothriller Book 2
Category: Adult Fiction, 312 pages
Genre: Thriller / dystopian
Publisher: Bublish Inc.
Release date: April 21, 2018
Tour dates: Aug 13 to Sept 21, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Adult language)

 

 

In this sequel, Matt Tremain is back, facing an even deadlier threat. Deceit and intrigue lie hidden behind the collapse of Operation CleanSweep. It’s time for revenge.

Instrumental in exposing the evil behind Operation CleanSweep—a diabolical “cultural cleansing” plot masterminded by Toronto billionaire Charles Claussen—investigative blogger Tremain now faces the madman’s desire for vengeance. Claussen intends to settle the score personally by luring Matt into a deadly trap.

But the clock is ticking for Claussen, too. Fraternité des Aigles, The Brotherhood of Eagles—a shadowy group that secretly financed Claussen’s Operation CleanSweep—wants answers and their money back. Consumed with rage, Claussen risks everything to get to Matt before the Brotherhood gets to him. Tremain is once again partnering with a police detective, Carling. Knowing they are being lured into a possible trap, they decide to face their nemesis, Charles Claussen.

Across four continents, Claussen sets traps, pursues Tremain, and continues to execute his signature brand of global chaos. When his fiancé’s life is on the line, can Tremain stop Claussen’s madness and still avoid getting killed?

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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 read The CleanSweep Conspiracy a while back and I liked it, so I was happy to read the next book in the series. The CleanSweep Counterstrike stands on its own because it includes plenty of back story. As usual, though, it’s best to read the series in order if possible.

Charles Claussen’s Operation CleanSweep was thwarted by Matt Tremain, police detective Carling, and friends. Although the police believe that Claussen committed suicide, Matt and friends are sure that he had an escape plan and the body that was found wasn’t his. They’re right and Claussen wants revenge.

The CleanSweep Counterstrike is one of those books that is difficult to put down right from the first page. Claussen tries to trap Matt and Carling so he can kill them but at the same time, Claussen is on the run from The Brotherhood. They are a group that he borrowed a lot of money from and when everything went south, he was sure they’d kill him since he couldn’t pay them back. I was on the edge of my seat throughout most of the book. I had to remind myself occasionally that I wanted Claussen to be caught when he was on the run.

One of my favorite things about Chuck Waldron’s writing is his characters. Many of them are unique and add a lot to the story.

The CleanSweep Counterstrike is an excellent read. Unfortunately, it is in serious need of editing. 

 

 

About the Author

Chuck Waldron is the author of four riveting mystery, thriller and suspense novels and more than fifty short stories. Inspired by his grandfather’s tales of the Ozark Mountains and local caves rumored to be havens for notorious gangsters, Waldron was destined to write about crime and the human condition. Those childhood legends ignited his imagination and filled his head with unforgettable characters, surprising plots and a keen interest in supernatural and historical subplots.With literary roots planted in the American Midwest and South, and enriched by many years living in the fertile cultural soil of metropolitan Ontario, Waldron now resides on Florida’s fabled Treasure Coast with his wife, Suzanne. While keeping an eye out for hurricanes, alligators, and the occasional Burmese python, visitors will find Waldron busy writing his next crime thriller.Connect with Chuck: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook 
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Book Review: Blood Ribbon by Roger Bray

10 Aug

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When there’s more than secrets buried, where do you start digging?

When Brooke Adams is found battered, bleeding, and barely conscious, the police are at a loss as to who her attacker is or why she was targeted.

Then, PI Rod Morgan turns up convinced that Brooke’s attack is the latest in a string of unsolved disappearances dating back twenty-five years.

The police, however, aren’t convinced, so Brooke and Rod must investigate the cases themselves.

As secrets from the past start unravelling, will they find Brooke’s attacker before he strikes again, or is that one secret that will stay buried forever?

Purchase Linkhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Ribbon-theres-secrets-digging-ebook/dp/B07F9CC32X/

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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.

Brooke starts life moving from foster home to foster home. When she’s old enough to leave, she moves to a new town and is fortunate enough to find Nico who turns out to be like a father to her. With his help, she’s able to turn into a strong, independent woman and even starts attending college.

Then Brooke is attacked, and it starts a chain of events that will change her life. She wants to find out who attacked her, and she and PI Rod Morgan end up investigating not only her attack but murders that he thinks are related. There are several twists along the way, and the story is one difficult to put down. I had to find out what was going to happen next!

I definitely recommend this book especially if you enjoy a good murder mystery.

 

 

About Roger Bray

I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Boy on the Beach by R.D. Maddux

16 Jul

Book Title: Boy on the Beach by R.D. Maddux
Category: Adult Fiction; 304 pages
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: Ezekiel 12 Publications
Release date: March 11, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There are implied sex scenes but no graphic descriptions of lovemaking. There is one scene with some violence.)

 

Book Description

Andrew Foster, a real estate developer in San Diego, is a man suddenly haunted by his past. Memories, like specters from his former life of sex, drugs and rock and roll have come crashing into his current world of business in this sunny coastal city. The ominous, repeated appearance of a black SUV at the beach where he meets his sister each week, has triggered fears that it’s payback time for a bad choice he made years ago.

To add to his frustrations, his hopes of a big breakthrough in the San Diego real estate market haven’t come to pass. He’s starting to wonder if his visions of success will ever come true when an investor offers to finance his dream project. Soon things start to fall into place for Andrew in business, life, and even love. He starts dating the beautiful and business-savvy Nicole but even with her at his side he can’t seem to shake the ghosts of his past. As the relationship with Nicole deepens, Andrew opens up to her about the many loves and adventures that have taken him from the crazy days of living in Big Sur and Joshua Tree to business success in San Diego. Her wise insights help him face the character flaws that have caused him to fail in his past relationships.

Rounding out his social life is his once-a-week task of assisting his sister with her nanny job watching a young boy named Chandler. They build sand castles on the beach and enjoy the beauty of nature together. But the now ominous weekly appearance of a strange car at the beach has awakened Andrew’s fears. Is the boy in danger? Or worse, has an enemy from Andrew’s past come seeking revenge and now Chandler’s caught in the middle?

A strange twist of events threatens to destroy Andrew’s dreams, but as he searches for answers, a sudden revelation offers hope of a future he never imagined.

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

Andrew Foster is a complicated character. I wanted to like him and he has some good characteristics but when he was young he was self-centered and even cruel at times. Now that he’s older, he realizes that he made some mistakes but he doesn’t really seem to regret those mistakes. He believes he may finally have a chance to make enough money to be well off and not have to worry about paying the bills that he’s never been able to keep up with. He’s also met a woman and after all of his failed relationships, he may have learned enough to make this one work. He’s never had children, but his sister is a nanny for a young boy who comes to think of Andrew as a good friend. Everything seems to be coming together…

I knew that some twist had to be coming as I read but I had to keep reading to find out exactly what it was. I guessed a couple of the twists but not all of them. Boy on the Beach kept my attention most of the time. Sometimes Andrew’s thoughts and feelings were a bit repetitive. I think it would be much better with a good edit, not only because of the repetition but there were quite a few punctuation mistakes.

 

 
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R.D. Maddux has story telling in his blood. Since he was young he’s always loved a good tale. He’s been writing seriously since he was in high school and college. His novels range from Mystery and Intrigue to Sci-fi/fantasy. With Boy On The Beach he’s set the story in modern America, to be exact, on the West Coast of California. He’s a native of the golden state and has been a resident of San Diego since 1987. Before that he grew up in northern California and lived in the Sacramento Valley and Bay Area with sojourns in some of the beautiful parts of our state.

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Living in California for over 60 years he couldn’t help but watch the way things have changed in our culture and the impact this coast makes on the rest of America and the world. So even though Boy On The Beach is fiction, like most serious novels, it is not without a context and comment on issues we all face in our changing world. It takes place in real locations that are very familiar to him and its characters, which are fictional, no doubt have their counterparts in the real world. Boy On The Beach is a story of intrigue, suspense, revenge, love and redemption with flashbacks to the era when sex, drugs and rock and roll set our culture on it’s inevitable journey to our present day. This idea has been rattling around in his heart and mind for a decade and it’s finally coming to the page.

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Book Review: Informed Decision by L.J. Greatrex

5 Jul

Following the tragic death of his wife Beth, Jimmy Giddion, having been willed great wealth from her inherited fortune, makes the decision, alongside his partners Paul Max and Bill Pascal, to expand their interests in creating a worldwide network of Executive Helicopters in Las Vegas. Realising too late that dipping your toe in a shark infested pool full of notorious Mafia Barons, our trio of hackers are back using their skills on the keyboard to uncover the victim and perpetrators of a ferocious fire. A mysterious twist unveils the lengths someone will go for revenge.

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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.

Jimmy Giddion and his partners Paul Max and Bill Pascal make the stupid decision to expand their helicopter business to Las Vegas. It is still run by the Mafia but they think that they can do honest business with these people. Of course, they can’t and they end up with a dead body in one of their helicopters that turns out to be a blast from the past.

Jimmy, Paul, and Bill are constantly having to put out fires while also dealing with trying to figure out who the victim was, what message was being sent to them (if any), and how to fix the mess they’re in.

Informed Decision is nonstop suspense, adventure, and mystery, with a love story thrown in. There is more than one twist and of course, a lot of hacking. There were times it got a little too in depth for me, I’d rather know what info was retrieved but not necessarily how they retrieved the info. I still recommend Informed Decision. This series would be best if read in order, but each book does stand on its own with enough back story given for it to be a good read.

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“The black cut glass hearse arrived for what we discovered was a high-end Mafia burial. Seven horses were adorned with plumes of feathers any bird would die for, I’ll rephrase that, did die for. Walking pallbearers were complete with top hats, black leather gloves and bulges under their coats that could only be from the guns they were toting in case of trouble. The parade was formidable, every slime ball from here to the Sicilian homeland was in attendance and we stood out like a pair of white men at a Martin Luther King rally.

“I had no idea how much they revered their members,” I whispered, as I realised how out of touch we were with the people we had inadvertently become involved with.

“I’m staggered. I had no concept of the power these guys wielded,” he murmured not wishing to rock the boat, in case it sank into the depths taking us with it.

“Do you think we should quit now and abandon our project leaving them to their own?” I suggested, feeling out of depth amongst these thugs.

“I’m not sure which would be best, a lead-welly for staying or a lead-welly for dropping out,” he added, his attempt at frivolity falling on deaf ears, as I grimaced with the choices we had.

I cringed all the way through the Godfather music and weeping of black-veiled mourners obviously paid for the best effect or as warning to anyone seeking to dispense with one of their own. The flower adorned church burst with a show of solidarity unknown to the civilised world, complete with speeches about the courageous and dedicated nature of their brother Gustaff. I wanted to puke at the thought that someone so obviously corrupt could be made Godlike because he was dead.”

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L.J. Greatrex was born one of three siblings in a small village in the Midlands, having only moved around the same village three times with just a small break when living in West Kirby on the Wirral. L. J.’s career began with General Electric and progressed through to the financial sector of the steel Industry, spending the most recent years with a classic car parts company and today as their Financial Health Consultant.

Over many years travelling the globe with family and friends for pleasure, the ideas developed and used in the Hackers series (which includes Conscious Revenge, Payback, Just Deserts, Without A Doubt and Doubt Revisited), have been in part attributed to these experiences; that and a vivid imagination has helped create the characters and situations in these thriller novels.

 

 

“Informed Decision” is available in paperback or e-book from Amazon UK and is also available from Amazon US.

 

 

 

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Contact:  Darin Jewell (L. J. Greatrex’s literary agent)
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Book Review & Giveaway: Bitten by Alan Moore

21 Jun

Book Title: Bitten by Alan Moore
Category: Adult Fiction, 430 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: February 7, 2018
Tour dates: June 4 to 22, 2018
Content Rating: R (Book contains profanities, intermittent sex and violence, incl. one violent sex episode, together with scenes of explicit disaster, distress and death)

 

Book Description:

In the not-too-distant future, Italy is in disarray. It has voted to leave the EU in an attempt to regain control of its laws, finances and commerce. Even so, the country’s economy is shrinking and its national debt rising. There is a marked escalation, too, in unemployment, bank loans and immigration. Production and service companies are in difficulty. The only thriving business areas are the black market and organised crime. There is discontent and protest on all sides.

In Florence, the local Mafia boss, more accustomed to gunrunning and trading in plutonium, is involved in organising a silent auction for the sale of one of the world’s most valuable lost paintings – a sixteenth-century masterpiece, which was appropriated in World War II by Stalin’s Trophy Brigade. A British art expert is set to buy the picture on behalf of his client, a South American billionaire – yet surprisingly two Italian undercover intelligence agents, acting as antique dealers, submit the winning bid.

All the while, human beings continue to harm the Earth by destroying land, sea, air, animals and trees. Global climate change, polluting the atmosphere, depleting the ozone layer: these are some of man’s crimes against Nature. But time is running out. Nature has lost patience with humans. Unless something is done immediately to reverse the destruction of the ecosystem, Nature will retaliate by deploying the terrifying forces at her command. And as a first step in wreaking her revenge, she instigates a reign of terror by the deadliest creature on Earth.

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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.

This is a difficult book to review. It has two separate plots and the only way that they’re related is through some of the characters. Speaking of characters, there are a lot of them and it took me quite a while to keep them all straight. There wasn’t a lot of character development, I’m sure because there were so many and there was so much going on.

Claudia is an ecologist who specializes in mosquitoes. She works for an institute in Rome but is sent to Florence and Venice to collect specimens of mosquitoes because it seems that they’re growing in size. There have also been vicious attacks by mosquitoes and the attacks are growing in size and frequency. 

At the same time, a sixteenth century painting has surfaced and an art expert has been commissioned by the Mafia to authenticate the painting. The painting is part of a big arms deal and with all of the criminals involved, it’s questionable if the painting will even make it to Italy to be authenticated. Two undercover agents want to submit the highest bid for the painting so that they can take down some of the big players in the Mafia.

Bitten is a book that is difficult to put down because you want to find out what is going to happen. Unfortunately, while one of the plots had a lot of twists and a good result, the other one was horrifying but a bit lacking at the end. 

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Born in Surbiton, Surrey in 1944, Alan Moore lives in Barnes, SW London, with his wife, Amber. They have two daughters and a son, who between them have two boys and two girls with another boy expected in May. Alan was educated at Oundle School in Northamptonshire and at London University, where, as an external student, he obtained a BA degree in English. Thereafter, for 25 years, he single-handedly ran his own book publishing company, which at one stage was producing up to 20 titles a year. Now, at the age of 74, he has self-published his first novel.
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Book Review: The Fifth to Die by J.D. Barker

18 Jun

In the thrilling sequel to The Fourth Monkey, a new serial killer stalks the streets of Chicago, while Detective Porter delves deeper into the dark past of the Four Monkey Killer.

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She’s found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. While the detectives of Chicago Metro try to make sense of the quickly developing case, Porter secretly continues his pursuit of 4MK, knowing the best way to find Bishop is to track down his mother. When the captain finds out about Porter’s activities, he’s suspended, leaving his partners Clair and Nash to continue the search for the new killer alone.

Obsessed with catching Bishop, Porter follows a single grainy photograph from Chicago to the streets of New Orleans and stumbles into a world darker than he could have possibly imagined, where he quickly realizes that the only place more frightening than the mind of a serial killer is the mind of the mother from which he came.

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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 Fourth Monkey in February 2017 and it was one of the best books I’d read in a while, so I couldn’t wait to read the next book in the 4MK series.

Even though the feds are officially looking for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, Detective Porter continues to work on the case at home which gets him suspended. He’s ordered to leave the case alone but he’s unable to, especially when he has a chance to find Bishop’s mother.

At the same time that Porter is on his quest, his team continues to work on another serial killer case. Or is it the same case? 

After reading The Fourth Monkey, I should have known to expect twists but again I was surprised at every turn! I won’t give anything away but I was happy that many questions were answered (maybe, you’re never sure when it’s a J.D. Barker book) but there are still questions that I need answered!

The Fifth to Die could be read as a stand alone but I absolutely recommend reading The Fourth Monkey first. In fact, when the next book in the series comes out, I’m hoping I can find the time to read the first two again because I know there are things that I didn’t catch.

J.D Barker has become a favorite author!

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About the Author

Barker was born January 7, 1971 in Lombard, Illinois and spent the first fourteen years of his life in Crystal Lake, Illinois. A staunch introvert, he was rarely seen without a book in hand, devouring both the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series by the age of six before moving on to classics such as the works of Dickens and Twain. The discovery of Shelley, Stoker and Poe fueled a fire and it wasn’t long before he was writing tales of his own which he shared with friends and family. These early stories centered around witches and ghosts thought to inhabit the woods surrounding their home.

At fourteen, Barker’s family relocated to Englewood, Florida, a climate better suited to his father’s profession as a contractor. He attended Lemon Bay High School and graduated in 1989. Knowing he wanted to pursue a career in the arts but unsure of a direction, he enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where he later obtained a degree in business. While in college, one of his writing assignment found its way into the hands of Paul Gallotta of Circus Magazine. Gallotta reached out to Barker and asked him to join the staff of 25th Parallel Magazine where he worked alongside the man who would later become Marilyn Manson. Assignments dropped him into the center of pop culture and by 1991 Barker branched out, interviewing celebrities for the likes of Seventeen, TeenBeat, and other national and local publications. In 1992, Barker syndicated a small newspaper column called Revealed which centered around the investigation of haunted places and supernatural occurrences. While he often cites these early endeavors as a crash course in tightening prose, his heart remained with fiction. He began work as a book doctor and ghostwriter shortly thereafter, helping others fine tune their writing for publication. Barker has said this experience proved invaluable, teaching him what works and what doesn’t in today’s popular fiction. He would continue in this profession until 2012 when he wrote a novel of his own, titled Forsaken.

Stephen King read portions of Forsaken prior to publication and granted Barker permission to utilize the character of Leland Gaunt of King’s Needful Things in the novel. Indie-published in late 2014, the book went on to hit several major milestones – #2 on Audible (Harper Lee with Go Set a Watchman held #1), #44 on Amazon U.S., #2 on Amazon Canada, and #22 on Amazon UK. Forsaken was also nominated for a Bram Stoker Award (Best Debut Novel) and won a handful of others including a New Apple Medalist Award. After reading Forsaken, Bram Stoker’s family reached out to Barker and asked him to co-author a prequel to Dracula utilizing Bram’s original notes and journals, much of which has never been made public.

Barker’s indie success drew the attention of traditional agents and publishers and in early 2016 his debut thriller, The Fourth Monkey, sold in a series of pre-empts and auctions worldwide with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt set to publish in the U.S. and HarperCollins in the UK. The book has also sold for both film and television.

Barker splits his time between Englewood, FL, and Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife, Dayna.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Curse of the Ancients by Hawk MacKinney

5 Jun

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Book Title:  Curse of the Ancients by Hawk MacKinney
Series: The Moccasin Hollow Series Book 3
Category:  Adult Fiction,  278 pages
Genre:   Mystery/Suspense
Publisher:  Sage Words Publishing
Release date:  April 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (gifted Kindle copy, PDF)
Will send print books to: USA & Canada
Tour dates: May 28 to June 15, 2018
Content Rating: R (This book is rated R for explicit murder scenes.)
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Book Description:
As Craige Ingram climbed the stairs of the derelict building, that peculiar stench of a dead body hit him. It was the same smell no matter where—Spec Ops SEAL encounter gone sour, or in a vacant, roach-infested apartment. Inside, his SEAL buddy-turned head of Buckingham Parish Homicide’s Investigative Support Division, Grayson MacGerald, was huddled with the coroner next to a swollen decaying corpse that was days old and hardly more than oozing dead meat.The PI inside Craige had a gut feeling that there was more to this than a dead body, and Craige’s Grannie always told him, “Trust your feelin’s.” But that was before Mihály Keaulescu set down two of his Black Falcon choppers on Craige’s Moccasin Hollow private airstrip in an uninvited stopover. It got worse. From his airstrip to Israel, to Turkey and a nightmare-dream of one-of-a-kind ancient artifacts that not only threatened the serene life Craige knew and loved at Moccasin Hollow, it would destroy the world.
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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 read the first two books in The Moccasin Hollow Series so I was happy to read the next book about Craige Ingram. It did not disappoint.

Craige’s friend and ex-SEAL buddy Grayson has called him for his help once again. A body is found in a bad area of town but this isn’t an OD. In fact, several passports and driver’s licenses are found in the apartment with the body. When an autopsy is done, they find that not only was the woman’s neck broken but she was poisoned. This doesn’t look like any run of the mill murder so Grayson wants Craige’s input. That’s just the beginning…

There is so much going on in Curse of the Ancients it will make your head spin. Dead bodies, ancient parchments, a train crash, biochemical warfare, you name it, Craige seems to find it all. But are they unrelated or does everything fit together in a big puzzle? He knows he can trust his ex-SEAL buddies but can he trust anyone else?

Although at times I felt a little lost, this book is full of action and everything eventually falls into place. Curse of the Ancients is a good addition to The Moccasin Hollow Series.

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About the Author

With postgraduate degrees and faculty positions at several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to his work in classrooms and laboratories, he has written numerous professional articles on chordate neuroembryology and authored several novels that reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for both the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his protagonist in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Hidden Vault of Secrets and Westobou Gold, Books 1 and 2 in the series, have received national and international attention. Hawk is also writing a science fiction series, The Cairns of Sainctuarie

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1st Prize: Win a print copy of Curse of the Ancients by Hawk MacKinney and a $25 Amazon.com gift card (open to USA only – 1 winner)

2nd prize: Win a print copy of Curse of the Ancients by Hawk MacKinney (open to USA only / 1 winner)

3rd prize: Win a gifted Kindle copy of Curse of the Ancients by Hawk MacKinney (open to USA only / 2 winners)

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