July 2016 Book Reviews

Here are my book reviews for July 2016.

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Cold by John Sweeney

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The story is choppy. Mormons do not talk like they are from the south. As others have said in reviews, you would thing that someone in journalism would know how to do better research. Flashbacks added fat to the story. Usage of he and she was excessive. It had the potential to be better. The plot needed more development. Felt the author was a bit lazy in the development of the book. Needed more editing.

I gave this book 2 Stars on Goodreads.

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In the feeble light of a London winter, Joe Tiplady walks his dog in the snow. He is not alone. Two men are tracking him, as is a woman with wolf eyes. Soon Joe will find himself caught in a storm of violence and retribution that he does not yet understand.

Around the world, a chain of events is in motion that will make Joe a priceless target. A retired Soviet general hunts for his missing daughter after a series of brutal murders. A ruthless assassin loses something so precious he will do anything to get it back. And in the mountains of Utah, a brilliant ex-CIA chief wrestles with his religion.

In the shadow of them all lies Zoba, strongman ruler of Russia and puppet-master of the world’s darkest operatives. Can Joe save himself from this dangerous web of power and revenge? Where can he run when there’s nowhere left to hide?


The Nostradamus File by Alex Lukeman

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Another great read from Alex Lukeman. Enjoyed it. Was hard to put down.

I gave this book 4 Stars on Goodreads.

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The murder of a Paris bookseller who has discovered a lost manuscript of prophecies by Nostradamus sends Nick Carter, Selena Connor and the Project on a global hunt for the fabled Ark of the Covenant. The prophecies lead them to the Holy Land and deep into the secrets of the ancient Order of the Knights Templar.

The Ark is part of a plan to trigger war and a new Crusade in the Middle East. The men behind the plot have no problem killing anyone who gets in the way, including Nick and Selena. At the same time that people are doing their best to kill him and he’s trying to stay alive, Nick is struggling with his PTSD. He’ll lose Selena if he doesn’t find a way to handle it. But how can he find time to sort out his personal life when he’s caught up in one of the most dangerous missions of his career?


The Temporary Agent by Daniel Judson

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Kept me guessing till the end! Entertaining and fast paced.

I gave this book 5 Stars on Goodreads.

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Scarred by war, former Navy Seabee Tom Sexton vows to leave his violent past behind, only to be drawn back into that life when a deadly conspiracy forces him to face an agonizing choice no man should ever have to make.

Five years after his life was saved in Afghanistan by Marine Force Recon Leader Charlie Cahill, Tom lives a bleak, nomadic existence, haunted by the debt he can never repay. Salvation appears in Stella—a woman as damaged, and resourceful, as he. But when a coded distress call from his former CO leads him to a shadowy NSA operative, Tom is recruited for a “black op” to bring back the now-rogue man who saved his life.

As he searches for Cahill, Tom quickly uncovers a much larger web of treason and betrayal that calls his entire world into question—and forces him into the ultimate no-win scenario.


Naked Ambition by Rick Pullen

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Takes awhile to get into, but worth it. Great read.

I gave this Book 5 Stars on Goodreads.

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For years, Beck Rikki has made his name as an investigative reporter, targeting corruption and bringing down powerful people. Suddenly the roles are reversed and he is the hunted. Someone is watching, threatening to uncover his most embarrassing secret.

As he digs into the sordid past of a presidential candidate, Beck finds nothing is quite as it seems—not his sources, not his curious new love interest, and especially not his investigation. And just when he thinks he’s solved the riddle, Beck realizes he hasn’t.

Why is a top Justice Department official setting up clandestine meetings to feed him explosive information? For the first time in his career, Beck may have a story too dangerous to handle—but too important to walk away from. A trail of murder runs from Canada to the Caribbean, but all signs point to Pennsylvania Avenue.

With a presidential election weeks away, Beck realizes he is nearly out of time to save the nation—and maybe even himself—from a cleverly executed plot.


Little Black Dress by James Patterson

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Interesting story. Not what I thought it would be. Will better vet future book shots.

I gave this Book 2 Stars on Goodreads

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Can a little black dress change everything in her life?

Magazine editor Jane Avery spends her nights alone with Netflix and Oreos – until the Dress turns her loose. Suddenly she’s surrendering to dark desires, and New York City has become her erotic playground. But what began as a fantasy will go too far… and her next conquest could be her last.


Borderline by Joseph Badal

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Great read! Pulls you in and doesn’t let you go!

I gave this Book 5 Stars on Goodreads.

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Barbara Lassiter and Susan Martinez, two New Mexico homicide detectives, are assigned to investigate the murder of a wealthy Albuquerque socialite. They soon discover that the victim, a narcissistic borderline personality, played a lifetime game of destroying people’s lives. As a result, the list of suspects in her murder is extensive.

The detectives find themselves enmeshed in a helix of possible perpetrators with opportunity, means, and motive—and soon question giving their best efforts to solve the case the more they learn about the victim’s hideous past.

Their job gets tougher when the victim’s psychiatrist is murdered and DVDs turn up that show the doctor had serial sexual relationships with a large number of his female patients, including the murder victim.


Cold Fire by Dustin Stevens

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Another great book by Dustin Stevens. Starts off fast, then slows, but picks up at the end.

I gave this Book 4 Stars on Goodreads.

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As a DEA agent, Jeremiah “Hawk” Tate was one of the best at taking down drug traffickers. Then the cartels struck back—and destroyed everything he held dear.

Five years later, Hawk has retreated from society and is living a quiet life as a Montana wilderness guide. He’s done with the DEA, done with the criminals, and done with the pain left over from his past. But his past isn’t done with him.

When a mysterious woman offers him an enormous amount of money to find her lost brother, Hawk knows he should walk away, but, with a flash of gunfire, he gets pulled back in. Surrounded by old enemies and allies, he must face off with a new player planning to flood the market with a lethal drug. This may be the chance for revenge Hawk never thought he’d get.


The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza

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Great Read! All I can say.

I gave this Book 5 Stars on Goodreads.

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Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?


Ark by David Wood

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Great read and adventure with Maddock and Bones. The series continues to get better!

I gave this book 5 Stars on Goodreads.

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A Native American artifact points the way to one of the greatest legends in history!

Archaeologist Dima Zafrani receives a mysterious package containing fragments of an unknown text that proves the existence of the lost Book of Noah. Pursued by a shadow organization known only as The Trident, Dima crosses paths with former Navy SEALs turned treasure hunters Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake. Can the three find the legendary Noah Stones before the Trident can harness their power?


 The Atlantis Plague by A.G. Riddle

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Fast paced and enjoyable. Love the blend of science and history.

I gave this book 4 Stars on Goodreads.

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In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead–and those the Atlantis Plague doesn’t kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve.

As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never actually cures the disease.

Immari International offers a different approach: do nothing. Let the plague run its course. The Immari envision a world populated by the genetically superior survivors–a new human race, ready to fulfill its destiny.

With control of the world population hanging in the balance, the Orchid Alliance and the Immari descend into open warfare. Now humanity’s last hope is to find a cure, and Kate alone holds the key to unraveling the mystery surrounding the Atlantis Plague. The answer may lie in understanding pivotal events in human history–events when the human genome mysteriously changed. Kate’s journey takes her across the barren wastelands of Europe and northern Africa, but it’s her research into the past that takes her where she never expected to go. She soon discovers that the history of human evolution is not what it seems–and setting it right may require a sacrifice she never imagined.


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