My September 2016 Book Reviews

Here are my September 2016 Book Reviews.

9

Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni

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Different then the first book, but I enjoyed it. Great read.

I gave this book 4 Stars on Goodreads.

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Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister’s killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life.

A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice. With clues scarce and more victims dying, Tracy realizes the key to solving the murders may lie in a decade-old homicide investigation that others, including her captain, Johnny Nolasco, would prefer to keep buried. With the Cowboy on the hunt, can Tracy find the evidence to stop him, or will she become his next victim?


Back To War by C.G. Cooper

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Great story. However it was written like a Movie or TV script. In reality it makes it shorter than 260 pages, so it is a quick read. A lot of back story, some seemed more like it was just filler. The first 3 books in the series are available for free on Amazon. I got the second book just to see if the writing style changes, it becomes more like a book and less like a script. If you are looking for a quick read this book is for you. Great world that Cooper is creating.

I gave this book 3 Stars on Goodreads.

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In a bloody gang initiation gone wrong, Former Marine Staff Sergeant Cal Stokes simultaneously loses his fiancé and is thrust into America’s unforgiving criminal underbelly. Never one to back down, the Navy Cross winner is forced to use the skills honed in the Marines along with the assets of his deceased father’s company, Stokes Security International (S.S.I.), to track down his enemy and penetrate the world of his enemy.

He must seek his own brand of justice…

Corps Justice.


The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

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Very readable with likeable characters. Had good flow. Great title for the book. A quick read.

I gave this book 4 Stars on Goodreads

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In an idyllic small-town neighborhood, a near tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations.

From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house.

Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts—until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel.

During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?


Tier One by Brian Andrews & Jeffery Wilson

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Andrews & Wilson

Lots of Action. Is set up to become a series. Very up to date with current events. A bit scary if it were to happen in the real world.

I gave this book 5 Stars on Goodreads.

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In a world violated by terror, the old lines have blurred. Meet the next generation of covert ops.

John Dempsey’s life—as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper—is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice.

But how does a man torn between duty and revenge walk the line and preserve his soul?

As Dempsey struggles with the games of spies, the case propels him across the globe in a desperate effort to prevent a new, horrifying attack on American soil.

Once, John Dempsey followed orders blindly. Now he sees behind the curtain, and the security of the civilized world rests on one question: Can a Tier One Navy SEAL adapt and become the world’s most lethal spy?


Blood On The Tracks by Barbara Nickless

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Great first novel. Lots of twists and turns. A great mystery. Look forward to more.

I gave this book Stars on Goodreads.

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A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can’t shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion.

In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes. Crimes that threaten everything Parnell holds dear.

As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?


War Against The Mafia by Don Pendelton

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It was a good pulp/action story.

I gave this book 3 Stars on Goodreads.

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To avenge his family, a soldier brings home the Vietnam War

In the jungles of Southeast Asia, no sniper was more ruthless than Mack Bolan. After twelve years in-country, with ninety-five confirmed kills, he comes home to the United States only to find that his father has gone berserk, slaughtering his family before taking his own life. But Mack knows his father was no killer. He was under pressure from a gang of Mafia thugs who were after his money and were willing to destroy his life to get it. For the sake of his old man, Bolan declares war on the men who drove him mad.

Five loan sharks are getting into their car when a bullet slams one of them to the ground. Before the others can draw their guns, four more shots ring out, leaving them as the first casualties in the Executioner’s war. From his hometown to every city in America, Mack Bolan will deliver justice from the barrel of a gun.


A Clean Kill In Tokyo by Barry Eisler

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Slow moving story that was at times disjointed. Flashbacks to deliver backstory made the book drag on. The plot was not the focus of the book IMO. I understand this book was written in the early 90’s, was not published till 2000’s and has been edited to fit closer to the current times. I was just not into the story.

I gave this book 2 Stars on Goodreads.

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Name: John Rain.
Vocation: Assassin.
Specialty: Natural Causes.
Base of operations: Tokyo.
Availability: Worldwide.

Half American, half Japanese, expert in both worlds but at home in neither, John Rain is the best killer money can buy. You tell him who. You tell him where. He doesn’t care about why…

Until he gets involved with Midori Kawamura, a beautiful jazz pianist–and the daughter of his latest kill.


 The 7th Victim by Alan Jacobson

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I really liked it. Was an excellent read. A lot was thrown at Karen Vail in a short period of time, that it seemed too much. The things she had to deal with were more like what a character deals with over a series of books. There are more books in the series, not sure if I will read more. How much more can be thrown at one character.

I gave this book 4 Stars on Goodreads.

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The Dead Eyes Killer lurks in the backyard of the famed FBI Profiling Unit. His brutal murders confound the local task force, despite the gifted profiling skills of Special Agent Karen Vail. But along with Vail’s insight and expertise comes considerable personal and professional baggage.On leave pending a review of her assault on her abusive ex-husband, Vail must battle forces determined to bring her down, as she fights to find Dead Eyes before he murders more young women. But the seventh victim is the key to all that stirs this killer…the key that will unlock secrets perhaps too painful for Vail to bear. These are secrets that threaten to destroy her, secrets that will bring down her storied career. For Karen Vail, the truth rests at the heart of a lie. And uncovering it could get her killed…

With material meticulously researched during seven years of study with the Bureau’s vaunted profiling unit, Alan Jacobson brings refreshing realism and unprecedented accuracy to his pages.

The 7th Victim is a page-turner as only Alan Jacobson can write, with a stunning twist of an ending that will satisfy even the most discerning thriller reader.


The Blood King Conspiracy by David Leadbeater

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Fast paced and lots of action and enjoyable.

I gave this book 4 Stars on Goodreads.

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In this much awaited sequel to The Bones of Odin, Matt Drake takes his thirst for adventure to an even higher level when an incredible device dating back millennia is salvaged from Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

With the answer to the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle in their hands, America is attacked on its own soil by the Blood King – an underworld figure so powerful his very existence is a mere myth: a man who coerces people at the highest levels of government and society; a man who sends an army to first storm a USS Destroyer, guarded by hundreds of marines and Special Forces soldiers, and then to steal the secret of the Bermuda Triangle – a source of power that will allow its owner to hold any civilised government to ransom.

Matt Drake and his friends must follow a treasure trail through rich pirate history that leads beyond the death of Blackbeard himself, through modern sea battles and warfare on the streets of Key West, to a show-down with the most dangerous, well-connected and feared man in the world – the Blood King.


 

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