My October 2016 Book Reviews

Here are my October 2016 Book Reviews.


The Cutting: A McCabe and Savage Thriller (McCabe and Savage Thrillers)The Cutting: A McCabe and Savage Thriller by James Hayman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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I liked it. Had some twists and turns. On a side note: I read the 2nd book in the series 1st. The books are billed as McCabe and Savage Thriller’s. Savage has been in the books the same amount of time as minor characters are.

Detective Mike McCabe moved from a top homicide job with the NYPD to Portland, Maine to leave his failed marriage and suspicions of wrongdoing behind, and to find a more peaceful life for himself and his 13 year old daughter.

But the small New England city is not nearly as safe as he thought.

On a warm September night, a missing high-school athlete is found dead in a scrap metal yard, her heart removed from her body with surgical precision. As outrage over the killing spreads, a young business woman disappears while out on a morning jog.

McCabe is certain both crimes are the work of one man—a murderer skilled in cardiac surgery who is using his scalpel to target young women. With the clock ticking, McCabe and his partner Maggie Savage find themselves in a desperate race against time to find and rescue the missing woman before she becomes the next victim of the sadistic killer’s blade.

Evelyn, After: A NovelEvelyn, After: A Novel by Victoria Helen Stone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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I am always weary of psychological thrillers, they can get a little weird. But that was not the case here. It was a fast read and well written. Hard to put down. A bit disappointed with the ending.

 Evelyn Tester is sleepwalking through her suburban life—until a late-night phone call startles her awake. Her husband, a prestigious psychiatrist, has been in an accident. And he isn’t alone.

Suddenly Evelyn’s world isn’t as tidy as she thought. And in the midst of it all is Juliette, not only her husband’s secret lover but also his patient. If news of the affair were to get out, it would ruin more than just Evelyn’s marriage. Although it’s a bitter pill for Evelyn to swallow, protecting her family means staying silent—even if, as she begins to discover, the night of the accident has consequences far more dangerous than the unmasking of an affair.

But the more Evelyn learns about Juliette’s picture-perfect life—complete with a handsome, unsuspecting husband—the more she yearns for revenge…and satisfaction. Her growing obsession fuels her rage, burning away her complacency. What will be left of her after it flames out?

The Gates of Hell (Matt Drake, #3)The Gates of Hell by David Leadbeater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Really Enjoyed it. Was hard to put down. Lots of action and was fast paced.

Matt Drake, broken by the murder of his loved ones, betrayal, and the threat to his friends, sets out to cancel the blood vendetta imposed by the underworld linchpin, the Blood King. Revenge, terrible and personal drives Drake in his quest to stop the man who has become his nemesis.

The mercenary, Boudreau, now in the hands of his enemies, sits stone-faced and unflinching as Hayden Jaye desperately tries to extract the information she needs to save the lives of hundreds. After several failed attempts she becomes painfully aware it’s going to take extreme measures to make him talk.

Meanwhile, the Blood King finally sets into motion his long-term plan to enter the Gates of Hell and finish something his idol, Captain Cook, could never do: discover the shocking secrets hidden within, while launching multiple terrorist attacks and an all-out war against the islands of Hawaii.

With nothing more than an ancient map left behind by Captain Cook, Drake and his team must follow the Blood King through a deadly maze in the heart of a volcano. He risks everything to track down the most dangerous man of modern times and help unravel the mysteries surrounding the bones of Odin.

Come Twilight (Long Beach Homicide, #4)Come Twilight by Tyler Dilts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Great story. I have yet to say this but I could see where the story was going, especially why Danny’s car was bombed.

 For the first time in years, things are going well for Long Beach homicide detective Danny Beckett. He’s closing cases with his partner, Jennifer Tanaka, and keeping a spare suit at the condo of his girlfriend, Julia Rice. But Danny’s peace is shattered when he’s called to investigate an apparent suicide—one that quickly reveals itself to be murder.

Just as Danny begins to investigate, a bomb detonates in his car while it’s parked in a mechanic’s lot, sidelining him from both the murder case and the hunt for his own assassin. Placed in protective custody at the home of his partner, the headstrong investigator must resist the temptation to break protocol—and find the willpower to stop his own self-destructive behavior before it threatens his two most important relationships. But what happens when Danny must choose between following the rules and saving a life?

The Kid: A Suspense Thriller (Reed & Billie Book 3)The Kid: A Suspense Thriller by Dustin Stevens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Another great book with Reed and Billie! Really enjoyed it.

What do you do when somebody targets one of your own?

Alone on the couch one night, Reed and his partner are both summoned to the hospital to find two of their colleagues have been viciously attacked, left for dead on the side of the road with very little evidence to go on. With emotions high and the entire department vowing revenge, Captain Grimes assigns the case to Reed and Billie, offering them any resources available in finding the culprit.

What was at first seems just an isolated incident soon begins to spiral as more bodies are found, strewn across the greater Columbus area from Grove City to New Albany. Each victim appears to be somehow linked to the law enforcement community, though how or why they have been chosen continues to elude Reed as he is joined on the case by Cassidy Glenn from the state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Together they work their way from one scene to the next, piecing together what seems to be driving this perpetrator in their vendetta, hoping to bring things together enough to get out ahead of them before anybody else falls victim.

In the Clearing (Tracy Crosswhite, #3)In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Another fantastic Tracy Crosswhite book! Kept me wondering what was going to happen till the end.

Detective Tracy Crosswhite has a skill, and a soft spot, for tackling unsolved crimes. Having lost her own sister to murder at a young age, Tracy has dedicated her career to bringing justice and closure to the families and friends of victims of crime.

So when Jenny, a former police academy classmate and protégé, asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl forty years earlier, Tracy agrees. Following up on evidence Jenny’s detective father collected when he was the investigating deputy, Tracy probes one small town’s memory and finds dark, well-concealed secrets hidden within the community’s fabric. Can Tracy uphold the promise she’s made to the dead girl’s family and deliver the truth of what happened to their daughter? Or will she become the next victim?

The Last President: ISIS AttacksThe Last President: ISIS Attacks by Reg Ivory

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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An intriguing and informative good read. Wish there was more chapters with Rose Akron. There could have been a better explanation a to why Akron was appointed by congress to be President.

Acting President Rose Akron is in trouble. She has lost her support in Congress and now the Joint Chiefs are questioning her support for the military and her ability to command. Joint Chiefs Chairman General Clint Courier feels he should take charge now before it is too late for a country he loves. Sexy former House Speaker Lucy Jennings sees a way to dump Akron and get the Presidency for herself. It will take a new Constitutional Amendment and help from her latest lover, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, ISIS’ power in the Middle East, under their charismatic leader Abu Bakr, has grown immensely. In addition to success on the battlefield, Bakr has employed the world’s leading scientists to develop top secret new weapons at his underground headquarters in the Syrian desert. He sees America’s weakness and indecision and plans to attack and destroy the leading nations of the world. He will settle for nothing less than a total Islamic victory even if it means destroying everything.

Outage (Powerless Nation, #1)Outage by Ellisa Barr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Really enjoyed it. Moved along swiftly. Well written story about what can happen if an EMP attack occurred and how people will try to survive.

When fifteen-year-old Dee is left at her grandpa’s farm in rural Washington, she thinks life is over. She may be right.

A high-tech electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) attack destroys the country’s power and communication grids, and sends the U.S. hurtling back to the Dark Ages. Can Dee learn to survive without the basics: electricity, clean water… even her cell phone?

The chaos caused by the EMP isn’t her only problem. A sinister plot by a corrupt official threatens Dee and all she holds dear. She will have to fight if she wants to survive in this hostile new world.

The Tomb of the Gods (Matt Drake, #4)The Tomb of the Gods by David Leadbeater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Fast paced thrilling read! Recommended for anyone who likes action and adventure.

‘Either heroes will rise to save the world or villains will end it…’

In the epic conclusion of the initial 4 part series Matt Drake races against time to prevent Odin’s horrifying doomsday device from being unleashed upon the world, igniting a blazing trail of destruction as he chases madmen and traitors across the globe.

The Cyclops Initiative (Jim Chapel Missions)The Cyclops Initiative by David Wellington

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Fast paced with a lot of action. Felt like I have read this before, but I hadn’t. By the end of the book I am not sure where Wellington can take the characters. I felt let down with Angel and Chapel finally meeting. The dynamic between them has completely changed. This did not make it as enjoyable as other Chapel Novels. I get the feeling this is the last Jim Chapel mission.

Jim Chapel pledged his life to protect his country from its enemies. But now, the one-armed Special Forces soldier turned spy is on the wrong side of the law. The person he trusts most in the world, the brilliant hacker known only as Angel, is suspected of terrorism. When his boss calls for Angel’s arrest, Chapel—certain it’s a frame job—has only one option: to go rogue.

To protect Angel—a woman he’s never actually met—Chapel must clear her name. But first he has to find her, before a deadly Marine sniper, a drone aircraft gone feral, and the entire intelligence community closes in. With the aid of old friends and his ex-lover Julia, the search to find who framed Angel leads Chapel deep into the dark and lethal underbelly of the covert intelligence world . . . to a conspiracy with deep roots that shocks even this hardened veteran—and a plan that will destroy the United States as we know it if it succeeds.


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