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The Sixth Sense (Brier Hospital – 3) by Lawrence W. Gold

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Brier Hospital Series: Arnie Roth, a family practitioner, develops viral encephalitis. He awakens from the near-death experience with a new appreciation for life and an unexpected talent, his sensitivity to smell has increased a thousandfold. The Sixth Sense is highly entertaining, thought provoking, and touching journey through a world that influences us every day, but one that we know too little about.

Arnie Roth is a physician that has a rash of people getting deathly ill. This progresses as usual until Arnie falls sick too. He goes into a coma but miraculously wakes up. Everything seems to be normal except the super human ability to smell. This helps when he can tell if people are lying, determine if they are sick, and if they are taking their medicine.

But he starts noticing that people that are ill and should have a particular smell, that of medication, but don’t. Arnie has to fight with his own abilities to stay sane and to fight those that seem to be more interested in making money than actually helping sick people.

This is a great book. There are a lot of medical terms that I did have to look up, but makes this even more realistic. Giving Arnie the ability to smell anything was a good twist since most people don’t think about the downside of smelling and how it would affect us. And the ending, I didn’t expect that.

This is my first book by Lawrence Gold but it will not be my last. If you like medical mystery/thrillers, you need to read The Sixth Sense.

I received this book a long time ago in exchange for an honest review.

For more information about the Brier Hospital series or to purchase The Sixth Sense check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads.

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Enfold Me

Enfold Me - A Novel of Post-Israel

Enfold Me by Steven Greenberg

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Fear. It remains a constant focus of life in the Middle East. What we have, what we could lose, what others might or did take away from us.

The question is, do you control your fear, or does it control you?

Daniel Blum – scientist, father, soldier – has many reasons to fear. He lost more than he knows when the modern State of Israel fell, following a massive earthquake and Iranian-led attack. Torn from suburban family life and a budding career, Daniel is alone and scarred, enduring subjugation and terror in Hamas-controlled Northern Liberated Palestine.

Together with George Farrah, a figure from his past, Daniel journeys deep under the Carmel mountain, through Egyptian-controlled, quake-ravaged Tel Aviv, and ultimately to the ruins of a secret government research facility. Haunted, Daniel strains the bonds of duty and family as he confronts a world he no longer understands, discovers unintended consequences of his actions, and plumbs the true depth of his loss.

Israel is gone. An earthquake followed by a military take over has completely destroyed it. Now, Jews and Christians are shunned, ridiculed, abused, and killed. They are not allowed to have necessities like electricity and running water, they cannot travel on foot, and they must wear arm bands like the Jews in Nazi Germany. The story takes place around Daniel. He is barely surviving on a garden that he started before the fall and sneaks using the electricity he has from his solar panels.

Daniel is looking for some way to get out and back to his family. He is discovered by an acquaintance he has bad history with. Although he is told that George can help him get out, George has other plans for Daniel and his knowledge.

This is a well written story with a scary ring of truth. I admit that I do not keep current on all of the news so I don’t know everything that is happening around Israel. This story definitely opened my eyes to the basic situation. Then you throw in an earthquake then military take over. I really feel this is a grim but accurate take on what could very easily happen to Israel.

This is a moving book that is painful in how people are treated for being different. I think people should read this. Although the story is based in Israel, I could see it happening anywhere in the world.

I received this book a long time ago in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Enfold Me or to purchase this book check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads.

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Desires Revealed

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Desires Revealed by Rebeka Harrington

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Escape from the religious war leads Nicole and her family to the most unlikely rescuer, a vampire. Nicole discovers love and a new life, but finds herself inexplicably drawn in to a private war between her protector and an extremist faction of vampires.

The deeper she gets involved in the vampire world the higher the price she will have to pay to obtain her desires.

Rejoin “Vampires Revealed” narrator Bektamun, in Paris 1572, at the height of the religous war between Catholics and Hugeunots, the day of the St Bartholomew’s Massacre. Discover the story behind her rescue of the Gervais family. How Nicole became her Avetser and was made vampire. Desires Revealed will also introduce you to Oskar, leader of the Eleiveb.

This story starts in Paris in 1572 with a family caught in the middle of the St. Bartholomew’s Massacre. Nicole and her family are running away from religious prosecution and run straight into the arms of a 2,600 year old vampire. Nicole is about 5 years old and becomes fascinated by Bektamum, Bek, even though the rest of her family clearly doesn’t like or trust Bek.

Over the years, Bek helps Nicole get through life and teaches her things she has learned. But as Nicole learns and grows up, Bek is starting to love again. Although humans have short lives, Bek is starting to love Nicole. But just as Bek is good, there are other bad vampires out there that want to get to Nicole. The question is if Bek is strong enough to protect her.

This is a great book. I instantly got wrapped up in Nicole’s story. Bek was a great character; I really like strong female characters that don’t go swooning for a guy to save them. And Oskar, I hope he dies in a slow and painful way.

This is a great paranormal story. Don’t let the title fool you, it’s not a bodice buster. Now I need to read Vampires Revealed.

I received this book a long time ago in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Desires Revealed or to purchase the book check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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American Woman

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American Woman by Robert Pobi

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A stifling heat wave rolls into New York City, amplifying the already critical level of tension in the fragile concrete ecosystem. The air tastes of electricity—the negative charge of bad things to come—but everyone hopes it’s just the temperature. Then, on the morning homicide detective Alexandra “Hemi” Hemingway finds out she is pregnant, a twisted serial killer makes his debut. And the heat goes up.

Alexandra Hemingway, Hemi, is a detective in New York. The story starts with her kayaking around Manhattan trying to get her thoughts together. Earlier that morning, she learned that she is pregnant and doesn’t know if she could bring a child into this world. When she gets to work she gets a new case, a 10 year old child found in the river with his feet missing.

Another child goes missing, his driver brutally killed, and a tip gets called in about a guy that had in front of a judge years prior. Although they find evidence of missing children in his apartment, he can’t be the killer that they are looking for. Hemi finds a link between the children and a local fertility clinic, but it’s not going to be easy to figure out all the information when their best lead ends up dead too.

I really liked this story. Hemi is a tough as nails cop that is still trying to work around some major drama in her past. But she is quick and won’t let anyone stand in her way. There are some great twists and some brutal killings. I couldn’t put this book down. The only thing that I didn’t like was the title doesn’t seem to fit the story. It also looks like it is part of a series but I didn’t see any indication if this was true or not.

This is a great mystery that you won’t want to put down. Now I’m going to have to find other books by Robert Pobi.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information about this book or to purchase it please check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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The Brotherhood of the Red Nile: America Rebuilds by Dan Perkins

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF A NUCLEAR BOMB WAS DETONATED NEAR A CLUSTER OF OIL REFINERIES? From the president’s airplane window, he sees oil refineries lie as white-hot glowing rubble in what was the Texas City of Texas City. Cracking towers lie toppled on pipelines above the ground now carrying radiation contaminated energy toward all parts of the United States. The fires are being fed by row after row of massive storage tanks. One of the tanks explodes, sending the massive roof thousands of feet into the air and then the one next to it explodes because of the heat from the one that just exploded. As the president watches, the next one blows like another domino falling. As the pilot veers to escape the heat from the blast, a third explosion sends a shock wave, hitting the plane. General Maxwell will save the plane from the bomb aftermath. But as he brings the president back to Washington, the millrems gauge reading threatens disaster that they all may…

This story starts with a nuclear bomb being detonated in one of the main oil refineries in Texas. If course you have the basic destruction of things being blow up, people being killed, and high levels of radiation. But the master mind behind this plan, all of the contaminated oil is still being pumped through the various pipelines for the country.

This oil is only a couple miles away from the main hubs where the pressure is going to blast all that oil through out the whole country contaminating everything within a couple miles of each line. The real problem is there is no way to for sure stop that flow of oil, no main kill switch. And even if they could stop the flow of oil, what are we supposed to do without oil and the by-products.

I have not read the first book but that has not affected this review at all. This book is amazing! Just the concept of such a planned out attack, I never even would have thought about that as something that we faced. There is so much detail about what is happening that you just get sucked into the story. And if that wasn’t enough, at the end of each short chapter you learn how far the oil has to go before getting to each major point in the pipeline.

This book is scary good. You have to read it!

For more information about The Brotherhood of the Red Nile: America Rebuilds or the first book A Terrorist Perspective make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads.

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Deadly Errors

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Deadly Errors by Allen Wyler

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When a brain surgeon discovers that a revolutionary computerized medical-records system is responsible for a series of patient deaths—and threatens many more—he must navigate a treacherous maze of conspiracy. And risk his life to expose it.

* A comatose man is given a fatal dose of insulin in the Emergency Room—even though he isn’t diabetic.

* An ulcer patient dies of hemolytic shock after receiving a transfusion—of the wrong blood type.

* A recovering heart patient receives a double dose of the same medication—triggering a fatal cardiac arrest.

When the doctors and nurses at Seattle’s prestigious Maynard Medical Center start making preventable drug and treatment errors that kill their patients, neurosurgeon Dr. Tyler Mathews suspects that something is murderously wrong with the hospital’s highly touted new “Med-InDx” electronic medical record. But when he airs his concerns to the hospital’s upper management, he’s met with stonewalling, skepticism—and threats.

Millions of dollars, and the future of Med-InDx, are at stake. And powerful corporate forces aren’t about to let their potential profits evaporate. Tyler soon finds that his career, his marriage, and his very life are in jeopardy—along with the lives of countless innocent patients.

Tyler Mathews is a doctor that loses his license to practice medicine in the state of California because of prescription drug use. He also loses his wife and his marriage. He is just now picking up the pieces and working at a hospital in Washington. His ex-wife has contacted him about possibly getting back together and things are looking up at work.

Then an emergency room patient dies from an overdose of insulin, Tyler has a patent that comes in and gets an overdose and dies a horribly, and other events start happening. The strange thing is that the new computer system is acting odd. Although the information is being entered correctly, it looks like someone has hacked into the system and changed it causing improper diagnosis, dosage, and treatment. Clearly there is something wrong with the new Med-InDx.

When Tyler lost his license in California, he had stumbled over the hospital stealing millions from Medicare. When he brought that to the light, they got rid of him with the drug charge. Because of that history, he is asked to look into the Med InDx. This is going to be hard to do when once again he is framed for drug use. But that is the easy part, now someone wants to silence his findings for good.

This is another great story from Allen Wyler. Initially I couldn’t careless with Tyler. He is caught doing drugs, loses everything, and then when he is starting we start with him abusing Ambien. But things look fishy when he loses his patient and it’s because of the dose being wrong in the computer system, I felt for him. The more I got into the story I felt for him. He was just trying to do the right thing and getting grief for it. I loved all the action with the Med InDx program. It’s creepy to think that doctors now use the electronic devices to help with their jobs and the possible outcomes of software issues and such.

This is a great medical thriller. If you have not read any of Allen Wyler’s other books, this would be a great one to start with. He is one author that you don’t want to miss.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information about Deadly Errors or other books by Allen Wyler, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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Coexist (Keegan’s Chronicles – 1) by Julia Crane

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Sixteen-year-old Keegan is struggling to keep her huge secret from her friends–she’s an elf, descended from a long line of elves that live in secrecy alongside humans.

In elfin society, mates are predetermined but not allowed to meet until they are eighteen. Against tradition, Keegan’s brother Thaddeus told her Rourk’s name because his visions warned him she’d need Rourk’s protection, especially since Keegan will play a key role in the coming war between the dark and light elves.

Rourk finds himself drawn to Keegan’s side every time she thinks his name. He wants to talk to her but remains in the shadows, silently guarding her every time she mentally beckons him. A twist of fate thrusts the two of them together when Rourk is forced to step up his protection and make his presence known.

An ancient prophecy deeply entwines Keegan’s family and the future of their society. Somehow they must find a way to thwart fate and win the battle…without losing Keegan. With war brewing, and dark forces aligning, will Keegan and Rourk ever have the life together that they both desire?

Keegan is a 16 year old elf that lives among the humans. Her father is the leader of the battle between Light and Dark so he is insistent that she learns how to defend herself. Her brother Thaddeus has visions and has seen her die in the battle so he gives Keegan Rourk’s name. She just has to think it and he will find a way to get to her.

Thanddeus’s visions have also shown that the war between Light and Dark is going to happen in September in Ireland. So they go about constant training and transportation to Ireland. Thankfully Thaddeus’ vision has given them and edge but they will still need more if they are going to win.

I really liked this story. Keegan is a likable character, has a lot of similarities to regular teens but the elf abilities really enhance her. The idea of the chosen one is great and is a great pivot point for this story. I had to laugh when they were getting ready for the war and Keegan realized that there is more to her fellow students than she thinks.

I can’t wait to get the next book in the series, Conflicted, to see where the story goes from here. This is a great young adult fantasy story.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

To purchase Coexist or other books in the series be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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Schism: The Battle for Darracia (Schism – 1) by Michael Phillip Cash

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) On the planet Darracia, an ever-widening social gap between its inhabitants is causing turmoil that is fracturing a once peaceful world. Struggling with his identity, nineteen year old Prince V’sair must harness the power of the elusive Fireblade, the secret to a warrior’s heart, in order to overcome his uncle Staf Nuen’s lust for supremacy. Will the energy of the Elements guide the young prince to his true destiny or will Staf Nuen conquer Darracia?

The planet Darracia has two classes of people with tension getting higher between the two groups and potential fighting just around the corner. The king, a Darracian, has married below his class to a Planta. Prince V’sair is a mixed breed and is always looked down on because of his size and skin color. But he wants to prove that he is a warrior and wants to go on the quest for a Fireblade, one that only works for a person with a warrior’s heart.

At the same time Staf Nuen, the kings brother, has decided he has had enough of this social disgrace and that he is going to take over the throne. It is up to V’sair to find the Fireblade, learn how to use it, defeat his uncle, and join the classes of his home.

This is a great story. You have the clear social class issue and how the brother is planning on over throwing the throne. I felt for V’sai, born a half-blood and constantly looked down on because of it. I loved how his mother understood why he wanted the Fireblade and encouraged him.

The only thing that I can think of that would be a negative would be that the book was very rushed. There was a lot of area to cover and I think a longer book would have had a better flow. Beyond that, this is a great book that you don’t want to miss. Now I can’t wait to read book 2.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more about Schism or Collision check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads. For more about Michael Phillip Cash and his other books be sure to check out his website.

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Mayham

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Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A new killer is stalking the streets of London’s East End. Though newspapers have dubbed him ‘the Torso Killer’, this murderer’s work is overshadowed by the hysteria surrounding Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel crimes.

The victims are women too, but their dismembered bodies, wrapped in rags and tied up with string, are pulled out of the Thames – and the heads are missing. The murderer likes to keep them.

Mayhem is a masterwork of narrative suspense: a supernatural thriller set in a shadowy, gaslit London, where monsters stalk the cobbled streets and hide in plain sight.

We are taken to the time of Jack the Ripper, but this story is not about him. This is about the Thames Torso murders, a series of murders that happened around the same time but with enough variation that the police figured they were a separate killer. Thomas Bond is a police surgeon that is part of the discovery of the first torso in the New Scotland Yard vault.

Thomas, Aaron Kominski, a suspect in the real Jack the Ripper murders, and a priest are paired up to find the killer, but this is not just a plain serial killer, there is a paranormal twist that helps add to the thriller aspect. Thomas is insistent about using science to explain the murders but the priest has a thrilling paranormal creature that he thinks is the reason for the deaths.

I saw the synopsis of this story was based with the Jack the Ripper murders so I thought this would be great. Little did I know, I was up for one heck of a ride with a completely different killer. I loved Thomas. He was so realistic and kid of reminded me of Johnny Depps character in From Hell.

I loved how realistic the setting was. You can tell a lot of research went into this story. I loved the newspaper clips, they really added to the feel of the book. Although the story bounced around between people and different perspectives, I had no trouble following it.

I really loved this book. If you like mysteries/thrillers you will want to check out this book. Now I’m going to read Pinborough’s other books to see what else I have been missing.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information about Mayhem check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads or Sarah Pinborough’s website.

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Reveal (Cryptid Tales – 1) by Brina Courtney

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Shay could be the key to ending a war that humans don’t know exist. Of a race of beings that aren’t real, or are they?

Shay Tafford’s childhood has been fatherless, filled instead with memories of speaking to the dead. She is forced to hide her unique ability from those living around her. That’s why it’s been comforting to have Jeremy, a child ghost, as her confidante. But recently he’s been absent, perhaps lost as her father is. When Shay meets Hugh, the guy she’s had a crush on for weeks, and finds he can speak to ghosts too she’s just starting to find a normalcy in her life.

But as Hugh reveals the truth to Shay, about who she really is and about what it is she can do, he erases all chances she had at a normal existence. Turns out talking to ghosts is just scratching the surface of her genetically engineered gifts. Shay learns she may be part of an age old prophecy that could save the entire race of cryptids. But can she?

Shay has been able to communicate with ghosts for as long as she can remember. Her guide has been Jeremy, a young boy that perished in a fire at the orphanage he lived at. Then one day she gets upset and accidently banishes him which she has regretted since then. As Shay is finishing her senior year at high school, she runs into a cute guy, Huge, at the college that her mother works at.

She also meets Wendy, a 6 year-old girl that is looking for her father. Through her, Shay learns that she can summon ghosts from another plane and she learns that Huge and she have more in common than she first though. But she has little time to learn about her new abilities. The Darkness, which started the fire at the orphanage is back and is looking to get its hands on her.

This is a great book. I felt for Shay, she lost her father, can communicate with ghosts, and learns there is more to her than just the talking to the ghosts. I also felt for Huge, you can tell that he didn’t really have much and he has this horrible ability to do the wrong thing when it comes to teaching Shay about her powers. But in the end he is a good guy.

I can’t wait to find out what happens in the nest book. This is a one young adult paranormal story that you don’t want to miss.

 

For more information about Cryptid and the other books in the series be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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