📚My August 2017 Book Reviews

Here are my August 2017 Book Reviews.


AfterlifeAfterlife by Marcus Sakey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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I enjoyed it. It did get a little muddy at the end. Could be a little confusing. A good story line. (view spoiler)

Between life and death lies an epic war, a relentless manhunt through two worlds… and an unforgettable love story.

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion — a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave.

He wakes without a scratch.

The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He’s relieved to spot other people — until he sees they’re carrying machetes.

Welcome to the afterlife.

Claire McCoy stands over the body of Will Brody. As head of an FBI task force, she hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep in weeks. A terrorist has claimed eighteen lives and thrown the nation into panic.

Against this horror, something reckless and beautiful happened. She fell in love… with Will Brody.

But the line between life and death is narrower than any of us suspect — and all that matters to Will and Claire is getting back to each other.

Trickster's Point (Cork O'Connor, #12)Trickster’s Point by William Kent Krueger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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A good continuation of the Cork O’Connor books. Goes to show you that you may not know someone as good as you thought. Read the book and you will understand.

The dying don’t easily become the dead.

The next novel in William Kent Krueger’s New York Times bestselling series finds Cork O’Connor sitting in the shadow of a towering monolith known as Trickster’s Point, deep in the Minnesota wilderness. With him is Jubal Little, who is favored to become the first Native American elected governor of Minnesota, and who is slowly dying with an arrow through his heart. Although the men have been bowhunting, a long-standing tradition among these two friends, this is no hunting accident. The arrow turns out to be one of Cork’s, and he becomes the primary suspect in the murder. He understands full well that he’s been set up. As he works to clear his name and track the real killer, he remembers his long, complex relationship with the tough kid who would grow up to become a professional football player, a populist politician, and the lover of the first woman to whom Cork ever gave his heart. Jubal was known by many for his passion, his loyalty, and his ambition. Only Cork knows that he was capable of murder.

Full of nail-biting suspense, plus a fascinating look into Cork’s teenage years in Aurora, a town blessed with natural beauty yet plagued by small-town feuds and heated racial tension, Trickster’s Point is a thrilling exploration of the motives, both good and ill, that lead men and women into the difficult, sometimes deadly, political arena.

The DollsThe Dolls by James Patterson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Good story line. Felt it could have been better if it wasn’t a book shot but a full length novel.

Investigative reporter Lana Wallace has covered many crimes of passion in 10 years. But nothing will prepare her for the dark secrets of…The Dolls.

Justice Burning (Darren Street #2)Justice Burning by Scott Pratt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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I don’t like the path that Darren is headed down, but it was a great story. Enjoyed it.

Former defense attorney Darren Street is desperately trying to put his life back together after spending two years in a maximum-security prison for a murder he didn’t commit. He’s rebuilding his law practice, reconnecting with his son, and falling more deeply in love with his girlfriend, fellow attorney Grace Alexander. But the past casts a long shadow, and for Street, there’s no outrunning it.

Tormented by nightmares and violent mood swings, Street is seeking treatment for PTSD when a new trauma shakes his world: his mother is killed in an explosion, but the police believe Street was the intended target. Payback from an old enemy, or the calling card of a deadly new foe? Whoever’s behind it, Street begins to lose his grip on reality and decides to take matters in his own hands. And the law won’t stop him from revenge. Justice has a new name: Darren Street.

The Black Hornet (James Ryker #2)The Black Hornet by Rob Sinclair

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Very good sequel to the Red Cobra. Was a thrilling ride!

The Black Hornet: an action packed and utterly gripping thriller from the best-selling James Ryker series

What do you do when the love of your life vanishes without a trace? If you’re ex-intelligence agent James Ryker you search for the answers whatever the cost, however much blood and sacrifice it takes…

Six months ago Lisa was taken from Ryker, and he’ll stop at nothing to find out who is responsible and why. Following a trail to Mexico, the ex-Joint Intelligence Agency asset soon finds himself in the firing line of enemies he long thought he’d left behind. Set-up for the murder of a former informant, Ryker is thrown into a crumbling jail run by The Black Hornet, the notorious leader of a Mexican drug cartel. But what connects the cartel to the informant’s murder, and to Lisa’s disappearance? And just who is the mystery American claiming he can help Ryker in his hour of need?

Loch (Dane Maddock #9)Loch by David Wood

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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It was ok. Was shorter that other Maddock books. Maybe David Wood has been doing to many Maddock origin stories. Quality wasn’t as good. New characters were annoying.

An ancient legend guards a deadly treasure.
When former Navy SEALs turned treasure hunters Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake discover a sunken German U-boat at the bottom of the Irish Sea, they find something shocking- the tooth of a prehistoric reptile embedded in the hull. Soon, Maddock and Bones join a beautiful reporter and an eccentric cryptid hunter on an action-packed search for a lost treasure and come face to face with one of the world’s most enduring mysteries.

The StoreThe Store by James Patterson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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It was ok. Became predictable. Felt like I’ve read this before.

The Store knows you better than you know yourself.

Imagine a near future of unparalleled convenience. A powerful retailer, The Store, can deliver anything to your door via drone, even anticipating needs and desires you didn’t know you had. Most people are fine with that, but not Jacob and Megan Brandeis. New York writers whose livelihood is on the brink of extinction, Jacob and Megan have made a drastic decision–they’re going undercover to dig up The Store’s secrets in a book that could change the entire American way of life–or put an end to Jacob’s. When they arrive at The Store’s distribution center in the Midwest, it appears to be an idyllic workplace. But after a series of unsettling discoveries, Jacob and Megan’s worst fears about The Store seem like just the beginning. With nothing escaping The Store’s watchful eye, and Megan’s commitment to the cause in doubt, Jacob quickly becomes a major inconvenience that The Store will do anything to silence. Harboring a secret that could get him killed, Jacob has to find a way to publish his expose before the truth dies with him.
The Store doesn’t just want your money–it wants your soul.

1000 Yards (John Milton #0.5)1000 Yards by Mark Dawson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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It was ok. Hard to get a bearing on a character in such a short story. Did feel like I was in North Korea when I was reading it.

Meet John Milton
He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder.

Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn’t pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn’t want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he’s had enough – there’s blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from.

He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way. But his past cannot be easily forgotten and before long it is Milton who is hunted, and not the hunter.

1000 Yards
This 17,000 word novella is an introduction to John Milton, the most dangerous assassin in the pay of Her Majesty’s government.

Milton is sent into North Korea. With nothing but a sniper rifle, bad intentions and a very particular target, will Milton be able to take on the secret police of the most dangerous failed state on the planet?

Sydney Rye: Justice (Kindle Worlds) (A Reed & Billie Novel Book 5)Sydney Rye: Justice (Kindle Worlds) by Dustin Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Great installment! Enjoyed Sydney Rye entering Reed and Billies world.

On the second story of a low-rent apartment complex, two women are found murdered, the scene awash with blood. One, a young nun from the local school, seems to have had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The other, a local celebrity for all the wrong reasons, someone that was recently ousted from public office and is trying desperately to claw her way back into the spotlight.

Called in to investigate are two people that could not be more different, in their approach or in the organizations they represent. To one side is Detective Reed Mattox and his K-9 partner Billie, a duo that call the place where the crime took place home and are fast building a reputation for tackling the toughest cases in the city. Opposite them, Sydney Rye and her own canine sidekick Blue, a duo representing a government agency that few have heard about, their style one that operates free from the sphere of public opinion.

The only thing they do have in common? A deep-rooted desire to see justice served, no matter what form it eventually takes…



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