June 2016 Book Reviews

Here are my book reviews for June 2016. Take the Poll at the end!


Blood & Justice: A Jake & Annie Lincoln Thriller by Rayven T. Hill

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Interesting story, yet bland. I take issue that the police did not show interest in the disappearance of a 16 year old girl. If a police force needs help they will ask for help from bigger state agencies. The Detective for the police force in the book is not identified as being with any Police Department. FYI the police department that covers Richmond Hill is the York Regional Police. The detective has a captain that is not concerned with the girls disappearance. This made the story less believable.

It would have been helpful if the author would have let the reader know where the book is taking place. I took the time to research where it takes place to better build the story in my mind. Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. It is part of the Greater Toronto Area. Figuring that out was like a mystery within a mystery. Also it has a large population (Nearly 300,000) that should have more than one detective on the police force. This story would have better if it had been set 30 to 40 years ago or in a smaller town.

The way the Author goes back and fourth between dates is confusing. Sometimes he gives dates and other time for example 5 days prior. Overall the book needed more editing and more research.

I gave this book 2 Stars on Goodreads.

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When sixteen-year-old Jenny James goes missing, and the local police are unable to find her, the girl’s frantic mother hires private investigators Jake and Annie Lincoln to search for her daughter.

When the body of Jenny’s boyfriend is discovered, the mystery of her disappearance deepens. Shaken out of their comfort zone of Internet searches and poring over public records, the couple soon find themselves facing the frightening possibility they are looking for the latest victim of a serial killer.

As more bodies pile up, the town is gripped with fear. It seems no one is safe, and the Lincolns race to solve an impossible puzzle before they become the killer’s next victims.

Piranha by Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison

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I really do not know what to say. The Oregon Files are one of my favorite series. I could not finish it. It was a far cry from the standard set by Golden Buddha and continued with several of the books that followed before this one. I am starting to think that Cussler has less to do with the development of his books. Also I miss Jack Du Brul as the co-author. Quality was clearly not in mind with this book.

I gave this book 2 Stars on Goodreads.

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In 1902, the volcano Mt. Pelée erupts on the island of Martinique, wiping out an entire city of thirty thousand—and sinking a ship carrying a German scientist on the verge of an astonishing breakthrough. More than a century later, Juan Cabrillo will have to deal with that scientist’s legacy.

During a covert operation, Cabrillo and the crew meticulously fake the sinking of the Oregon—but when an unknown adversary tracks them down despite their planning and attempts to assassinate them, Cabrillo and his team struggle to fight back against an enemy who seems to be able to anticipate their every move. They discover that a traitorous American weapons designer has completed the German scientist’s work, and now wields extraordinary power, sending the Oregon on a race against time to stop an attack that could lead to one man ruling over the largest empire the world has ever known.

The Boat Man by Dustin Stevens

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Great read with great characters. Really enjoyed it.

I gave this 5 book Stars on Goodreads.

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Detective Reed Mattox, just three months removed from the death of his partner, has turned invisibility into an art form. Switching to the K-9, taking over the graveyard shift, moving to a farmhouse miles outside of Columbus, his every move has become predicated on putting as much distance between himself and the outside world as possible.

That distance is shattered though when bodies begin turning up in The Bottoms, the poverty-stricken section of town he is assigned to patrol. Grisly, horrific scenes start to pop up in the middle of the night and the overburdened precinct has no choice but to put Reed on it.

Now operating far outside of his comfort zone with a Belgian Malinois for a partner that attracts attention wherever they go, Reed is forced to unravel the murders, taking him clear across the city and back years in time, to an event that some very influential people will do anything to keep buried…

The Widow File by S.G. Redling

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Interesting plot. Seemed disjointed at times and some what confusing. I think it needed to be longer with more added to it to make it a better book.

I gave this book 3 Stars on Goodreads.

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Dani, a data analyst with an elite security firm, possesses the unnerving ability to read people by the trash they leave behind. Receipts, parking tickets, the detritus of daily life—if you leave it behind, she will figure you out.

Her latest case involves high-tech industrial espionage at a corporation with ties to the military. But when a team of assassins sweeps through the firm, stealing all files and killing her coworkers, Dani narrowly escapes. Whoever ordered the strike thinks Dani has vital information and they put a hit man named Booker on her trail.

Armed with only her wits and a bag of random investigation materials, Dani must figure out who the enemy really is while playing a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the cunning hit man who has an agenda of his own.

Changeling by David Wood & Sean Ellis

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Great enjoyable read with action, adventure and history.

I gave this book 5 Stars on Goodreads.

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You can’t always recognize the face of your enemy.

Two thousand years ago, the legendary mathematical genius Archimedes was poised on the brink of the greatest discovery in human history when his life was brutally snuffed out. His murder has never been explained.

While investigating the strange Paracas skulls—believed by some to be the remains of extraterrestrial explorers—archaeologist Jade Ihara receives an unexpected visit from an old foe seeking her help against entities he calls “Changelings” and their plot to manufacture a false chapter of human history.

Hounded by radical extremists led by Atash Shah—a man bent on becoming the Mahdi prophesied to unite the Islamic world—and haunted by the faceless puppetmasters who secretly control the world, Jade must follow the trail of clues to uncover a deadly truth that has been erased from history.

Can she solve the mystery of Archimedes’ murder, or will she become the next victim of the conspiracy to hide the truth?

City of Thieves by David Benioff

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It really transports the reader to a horrific time in history. As it says in the description “insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying” that is exactly what this book is!

I gave this book 5 Stars on Goodreads.

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During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

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