Here are my 2019 June Book Reviews.
by James Patterson My rating: 3 of 5 stars Amazon Page, Author Website Fast-paced, but ended up being a big let down. Not as good as the first two books. The ending was not good. For the most part, the story felt disjointed. Ended up being an ok read. Detective Harriet Blue is a good cop on the run, and now there's a price on her head. But Harrietis not the only one who's gone rogue. A known killer roams free, searching for his next victim, and leaving a grisly trail to the scene of a long-abandoned cold case. As the police race to save one of their own, Harriet edges toward the dark side. At stake are her innocence--and her freedom.
by Christopher Paolini My rating: 3 of 5 stars Amazon Page, Author Website Nice to check in on Eragon and Saphira. However, the book was a tease. Each of the three stories were interesting on there own. Wasn't as captivating as the Inheritance Cycle. Welcome back to the world of Alagaësia. It’s been a year since Eragon departed Alagaësia in search of the perfect home to train a new generation of Dragon Riders. Now he is struggling with an endless sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding dragon eggs, and dealing with belligerent Urgals and haughty elves. Then a vision from the Eldunarí, unexpected visitors, and an exciting Urgal legend offer a much-needed distraction and a new perspective. This volume features three original stories set in Alagaësia, interspersed with scenes from Eragon’s own unfolding adventure. Included is an excerpt from the memoir of the unforgettable witch and fortune-teller Angela the herbalist . . . penned by Angela Paolini, the inspiration for the character, herself! Relish the incomparable imagination of Christopher Paolini in this thrilling new collection of stories based in the world of the Inheritance Cycle.
by Jeff Carson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Amazon Page, Author Website Very twisty and exciting read! When a fisherman reels in a plastic bag containing a severed human head from the depths of Cold Lake, Colorado, Sheriff David Wolf and his deputies scramble to the scene, and quickly realize there are more surprises to be found below. Their grim discoveries reopen a cold case Wolf’s father worked twenty-two years ago, and Wolf must try to succeed where his father failed before him. Wolf has the advantage on his dad, however, because he has bodies. Lots of them. Amid sweeping political changes that have his department and the entire county on edge, Wolf and his deputies come to the disturbing realization there is a dangerous serial killer in their midst—one who will stop at nothing to remain hidden. Can Wolf and his deputies unveil the truth before someone pays the ultimate price? This fifth installment of the David Wolf series is chock-full of suspense, mystery, and action that will keep you glued to the pages through the final sentence.
by Jeff Carson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Amazon page, Author Website A great finale to events that started in Cold Lake (book 5). Once it gets going it doesn't stop till the end! With over a dozen mending bones and other injuries wreaking havoc on his body, along with a shredded spirit twisting his sanity, former sheriff David Wolf is in no shape for any sort of action. But when FBI surveillance units move into the valley and surround his house, it seems he's about to have no choice. Wolf quickly learns, however, things are not what they seem, and a trap has been set with him as the prey. If he wants to live long enough to bring justice for the only woman he’s ever loved and to see his son grow into a man, broken body or not, he must move, and move fast. Picking up where Cold Lake left off, this exciting sixth installment of the David Wolf series has Special Agent Kristen Luke of the FBI risking career and limb to help Wolf in a quest for the truth—a quest that will send them on a riveting adventure across the mountains of Colorado and ultimately back to Rocky Points for a deadly showdown that will reveal the answer to the one question Wolf desperately must know.
by Anne Frasier My rating: 4 of 5 stars Amazon Page, Author Website Great continuation and follow up. Not as dark as book one, but that is expected as the series progresses. Great character development of Jude and Uriah. Months after discovering the mastermind behind her own kidnapping, Detective Jude Fontaine is dealing with the past the only way she knows how: by returning to every dark corner of it. But it’s a new, escalating series of mass slayings that has become her latest obsession at Homicide. At first, Jude and her partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, can see no pattern to the seemingly random methods, the crime scenes, or the victims—until they’re approached by a brilliantly compulsive math professor. He believes that the madman’s next move is not incalculable; in fact, it’s all part of a sequential and ingenious numerical riddle. His theory is adding up. The body count is rising. But when the latest victim is found in Jude’s apartment, the puzzle comes with a personal twist that’s going to test the breaking point of her already-fragile state of mind. For all she knows, her number may be up.
by Andrew Watts My rating: 2 of 5 stars Amazon Page, Author Website I get that this is the start of a five book series, but I felt the story rushed along and became redundant. The plot was interesting, but the overall story line could've been better. The build-up took too long. Not having the story come to a decent conclusion, more of a ploy to get you to read the next book in the series was a sticking point for me. Reminded me of the end of the Sopranos. (view spoiler) Lastly the brick of paragraphs were a bit much for the reader to consume. This resulted in info overload and telling more than showing. A Chinese invasion is coming. A CIA operative in Shanghai transmits two earth-shattering revelations to his contacts in Langley, and then goes missing. First, the U.S. government has been infiltrated with Chinese spies. Second, an inner circle of Chinese leaders have set in motion plans to do the unthinkable - to invade the United States of America. Lena Chou is one of the few U.S. officials who knows the truth. She must put together a top-secret task force to help America’s government prepare for what will come. Now, in order to covertly plan the U.S. defense, Lena has gathered a Red Cell, a group of experts that will plan how China could best attack it. David Manning is one of those experts. After he is abruptly taken to the covert island base where the Red Cell is being held, Lena presents the group with evidence of China’s imminent attack. But while the Red Cell plans for war, David suspects that something about this gathering of minds is terribly wrong…
by Hilary Davidson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Amazon Page, Author Website A suspenseful original page turning read! A twisty plot and strong characters kept me guessing who did it till the end. NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling has had her eye on Alex Traynor ever since his friend Cori fell to her death under suspicious circumstances a year ago. Cori’s death was ruled a suicide, but Sheryn thinks Alex—a wartime photojournalist suffering from PTSD—got away with murder. When Alex’s fiancée, Emily, a talented and beloved local doctor, suddenly goes missing, Sheryn suspects that Alex is again at the center of a sticky case. Sheryn dislikes loose ends, and Cori’s death had way too many of them. But as Sheryn starts pulling at the threads in this web, her whole theory unravels. Everyone involved remembers the night Cori died differently—and the truth about her death could be the key to solving Emily’s disappearance.