đź“šMy 2018 March Book Reviews

My 2017 March Book Reviews.

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Battleground StateBattleground State by Owen Price

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Had a good plot, but then it just ends. The epilogue made it a disappointing. There is a chapter about a vote in the Senate. Terms used for the Representatives were used for the Senate. (Ex: Refers to the Senate as the House. Junior representative instead of Junior Senator.) There are differences between the two legislative bodies. It would have been interesting to know how the bill passed the House of Representatives. Checks and balances and such.

In order to achieve his goal of a sovereign Dixie Nation, fanatical Neo-Confederate dissident Thomas Marshall—megalomaniacal leader of the Southern Liberation Front—has forged an unholy alliance with Islamic radicals as well as various militant secessionist groups from around the globe. This clandestine conglomerate has spent years planning an international campaign of terror that will bring the world to the brink of World War III, thereby destabilizing global politics to the point that myriad governments become vulnerable to a coup—including that of the United States of America. His diabolical plan entering its final phase, Marshall begins to violently purge his organization of lackluster members.

When Bradford County, Tennessee sheriff Craig Connor stumbles upon a pair of dismembered corpses branded with SLF tattoos, he begins to unravel an outlandish conspiracy orchestrated by Marshall and his revolutionary brethren. Joined in the field by rogue FBI agent Michelle Dobson, Sheriff Connor follows a trail of increasingly alarming clues that point toward the SLF committing a brazen act of terrorism upon American soil in the near future. In order to save the lives of thousands of civilians and potentially prevent the country he loves from being torn apart, Connor must find the elusive mastermind

Thomas Marshall and put a stop to his outrageous scheme at any cost. In turn, Marshall must stay one step ahead of the surprisingly shrewd lawman and his beautiful, yet mysterious accomplice in order to fulfill his destiny. This high stakes game of cat-and-mouse plays out in dramatic fashion in BATTLEGROUND STATE by Owen Price. From Pro Se Productions.


Damascus CountdownDamascus Countdown by Joel C. Rosenberg

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

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I was hoping it would live up to the first two, but it didn’t. Felt the use of scripture and religious discussions bogged the plot down. They were very needless to whole story. This resulted in me skimming through those parts. (view spoiler) Overall felt it was mailed in a bit.

All eyes are on the Middle East. Israel has successfully launched a first strike on Iran, taking out all of their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads–and causing The Twelfth Imam to order a full-scale retaliation. US President William Jackson threatens to support a UN Security Council resolution condemning the Jewish State for unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression.

Meanwhile, CIA operative David Shirazi has infiltrated the Iranian regime and intercepted information indicating that two Iranian nuclear warheads survived the attack and have been moved to a secure and undisclosed location. In danger not only from the ongoing missile strikes on Iran but also from the increasingly hostile and suspicious governments of multiple countries, David and his team are in a race against time to find the remaining nuclear warheads before disaster strikes.


Follow You HomeFollow You Home by Mark Edwards

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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It started off well then story drags on through out most of it. Felt like I read this before. This is the second book I’ve read by Edwards. The first I really enjoyed, but was disappointed with this one.

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down. But after a perfect start, an encounter with a young couple on a night train forces Daniel and Laura to cut their dream trip short and flee home.

Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what happened that night. But as they try to fit into their old lives again, they realise they are in terrible danger—and that their nightmare is just beginning…


Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake, #2)Killman Creek by Rachel Caine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Don’t bother trying to sleep, just stay up and read! Will keep you on the edge of your seat till the end!

Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he’s not going away.

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text…

You’re not safe anywhere now.

Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, Gwen is going hunting. She’s learned how from one of the sickest killers alive.

But what she’s up against is beyond anything she feared—a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen has only fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die.


True Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #1)True Fiction by Lee Goldberg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Fast paced and action packed!

When a passenger jet crashes onto the beaches of Waikiki, bestselling thriller writer Ian Ludlow knows the horrific tragedy wasn’t an accident.

Years before, the CIA enlisted Ian to dream up terrorism scenarios to prepare the government for nightmares they couldn’t imagine. Now one of those schemes has come true, and Ian is the only person alive who knows how it was done…and who is behind the plot. That makes him too dangerous to live.

Ian goes on the run, sweeping up an innocent bystander in his plight–Margo French, a dog walker and aspiring singer. They are pursued by assassins and an all-seeing global-intelligence network that won’t stop until Ian and Margo are dead. Ian has written thrillers like this before, but this time he doesn’t know how it’s going to end–or if he will be alive to find out.


Wave of TerrorWave of Terror by Jon Jefferson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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The science became too much. Went on for too long. Felt it detracted from the whole story. It was also anticlimactic. At time it was hard to tell whose view point the story was being told from. Chapters could have been divided up better. Four pages in one and thirty in another.

An unthinkable terrorist plot: The earth is shaking. The clock is ticking.

Astronomer Megan O’Malley sees things on a cosmic scale—hidden planets, colliding galaxies, imploding stars deep in the universe. But this time, she’s sensing something much closer to home. And she can feel it underfoot, too: explosive seismic shifts along a geologic fault line that could unleash an apocalyptic disaster. O’Malley also discovers something even more terrifying: the cataclysm is intentional. Someone is determined to trigger a mega tsunami.

FBI Special Agent Chip Dawtry is a big-picture guy, too. He lost his brother on 9/11, and ever since, he’s focused on preventing the next massive terrorist attack. Now, it isn’t hypothetical—it’s unfolding fast. But only he and O’Malley see the peril.

When O’Malley vanishes, Dawtry races to find her. It’s up to them to stop a 150-foot wall of water ready to roil—and wipe out America’s Eastern Seaboard. Each new terrifying rumble means it may be too late.


Mercy DogsMercy Dogs by Tyler Dilts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Good read. Enjoyed it.

How can a shattered ex-cop follow the rules when he’s no longer sure of them?

For sixteen years, Ben Shepard loyally served the Long Beach Police Department. Then he took a bullet to the head, and his life was shattered. No one expects much of anything from him anymore—except his father, an old man receding into a fog of his own. And except maybe his tenant, Grace, who’s been a warm and friendly constant in his and his father’s bleak lives.

Until the day she vanishes.

After an official investigation stalls, Ben moves forward on his own. But stepping into Grace’s past—and all she was hiding—is a dangerous move for a man who can’t trust his memories from one day to the next. The deeper he gets, the more he has to question whether he’s being driven by the gut instincts of a suspicious former cop or by paranoia.

Recognizing what’s real can save Grace’s life. If only he can trust himself to do it…


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