My March 2017 Book Reviews

Here are my book reviews for March 2017.

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Bioprints (O'Rourke Crime Novels #1)Bioprints by R.C. Carter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Took a bit to get into it. Overall interesting story. Slowed at the end. At times was like reading a script.

In the first book of the O’Rourke Crime Novels series, Ryan O’Rourke, an insurance fraud investigator, learns that his best friend has been murdered and is compelled to bring the killer to justice. From the beaches at Malibu to the cornfields of Illinois, Ryan and his team are drawn into a web of murder, mystery and suspense. Romance also finds it’s way in as the team puts their lives on the line. The downside of 3D printing technology is exposed when a mad scientist goes rogue and pulls out all the stops to cover his tracks. Laugh and cry with Ryan as he loses his best friend and meets the love of his life. This action packed adventure sets the stage for many more to come.


Xibalba: A Dane Maddock Adventure (Dane Maddock Adventures Book 8)Xibalba: A Dane Maddock Adventure by David Wood

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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It was ok. Very different from other Dane Maddock books. Ending was flat.

A dark descent into the world of the dead.

Legends call it Xibalba—the Place of Fear. But some legends are true.

The discovery of a treasure in the Yucatan sets former Navy SEALs Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake on a search for the legendary Maya city of the dead, and into the path of deadly enemies. From ancient ruins to perilous jungles, Maddock and Bones must outwit the vicious Serpent Brotherhood, and find the fabled city before an old enemy unlocks its secrets and plunges the world into shadow. Can they survive the descent into Xibalba?


Open Season (Joe Gunther #1)Open Season by Archer Mayor

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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Was an interesting story. Felt the author spent too much on the backstory of the characters. Needed more plot or less back story. Has 22 more novels in the series, but I feel that with all the backstory, leaves little to discover about the characters. Really wanted to like the characters, but was never taken there. Also the formatting for this book was weird. Making it hard to follow. Long chapters could have been broken up into smaller ones. It was a slow read. Picked up at the end.

Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, Vermont police force has a serious problem: in a community where a decade could pass without a single murder, the body count is suddenly mounting. Innocent citizens are being killed—and others set-up—seemingly orchestrated by a mysterious ski-masked man. Signs suggest that a three year-old murder trial might lie at the heart of things, but it’s a case that many in the department would prefer remained closed. A man of quiet integrity, Lt. Gunther knows that he must pursue the case to its conclusion, wherever it leads.

Open Season is the first of Archer Mayor’s twenty-three Joe Gunther novels, a series of gripping police procedurals set in New England, where small-town charm, stoicism and civility sometimes conceal brutal truths.


Iron Lake (Cork O'Connor, #1)Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Great! Outstanding! Loved it! I’m Addicted!

Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. Embittered by his “former” status, and the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago’s South Side, there’s not much that can shock him. But when the town’s judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption, and scandal.

As a lakeside blizzard buries Aurora, Cork must dig out the truth among town officials who seem dead-set on stopping his investigation in its tracks. But even Cork freezes up when faced with the harshest enemy of all: a small-town secret that hits painfully close to home.


Signature WoundsSignature Wounds by Kirk Russell

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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Good plot, execution was questionable. Beginning and ending were the best parts. Would be confusing at times of which characters POV the reader was being told the story from. Felt like I was reading a report or the personal notes of an FBI agent. Did not transition well from scene to scene. There was a character overload, so many characters would make it confusing.

While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentless search for the bomb maker.

When the FBI suspects his friend and disgruntled former drone pilot for the blast, Grale thinks they’re getting it all wrong. Propelled by deep personal loss and an intense need to do the right thing, he picks his way through the smallest of leads and into a maze of twists, turns, and sudden dead ends. When he uncovers another threat, time is already quickly running out. With the lives of so many at stake, Grale won’t let himself fail—and he won’t rest until there’s justice for his family.

Adrenalized, gripping, and all too timely, Signature Wounds brings terror to Vegas and introduces FBI special agent and bomb tech Paul Grale, a man whose specialized skill and fierce determination are a lethal combination.


Boundary Waters (Cork O'Connor, #2)Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Great second book in the series. I like the character development. Just wonderful!

Former small-town sheriff Cork O’Connor leads a desperate search-and-rescue mission into the unforgiving Minnesota wilderness in this “gritty, bloody adventure” (Publishers Weekly) from critically acclaimed author William Kent Krueger’s award-winning thriller series

The Quetico-Superior Wilderness: more than two million acres of forest, white-water rapids, and uncharted islands on the Canadian/American border. Somewhere in the heart of this unforgiving territory, a young woman named Shiloh — a country-western singer at the height of her fame — has disappeared.

Her father arrives in Aurora, Minnesota, to hire former sheriff Cork O’Connor to find his daughter, and Cork joins a search party that includes an ex-con, two FBI agents, and a ten-year-old boy. Others are on Shiloh’s trail as well — men hired not just to find her, but to kill her.

As the expedition ventures deeper into the wilderness, strangers descend on Aurora, threatening to spill blood on the town’s snowy streets. Meanwhile, out on the Boundary Waters, winter falls hard. Cork’s team of searchers loses contact with civilization, and like the brutal winds of a Minnesota blizzard, death — violent and sudden — stalks them.


In the Barren GroundIn the Barren Ground by Loreth Anne White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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An outstanding book! I really liked it. Felt like I was near the Arctic circle.

In the Barrens, a vast wilderness in northern Canada bordering the Arctic Circle, night consumes every hour of the winter. Humans are scarce; ferocious predators roam freely. Locals say spirits do, too.

Rookie cop Tana Larsson doesn’t mind the dark and quiet. Five months pregnant and hoping to escape the mistakes of her past, she takes a post in Twin Rivers, population 320. Maybe here she can find peace and community for her child.

But with her superior out of commission, Tana becomes the sole police officer in 17,500 square miles. One bitter night, she gets a call about the fatal wolf mauling of two students, and the only way to reach the remote scene is to enlist the help of the arrogant, irritatingly handsome Cameron “Crash” O’Halloran, a local bush pilot with a shady reputation for smuggling and a past cloaked in shadow.

When the macabre scene they uncover suggests violence much more sinister than animal, Tana must trust Crash if she wants to protect the town—and herself—from the evil that lurks in the frozen dark.


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