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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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In April, I posted about Bad Karma in the Big Easy being available on Amazon, for more on that post you can find it here. Today I am going to post my review for Bad Karma in the Big Easy.

Bad Karma in the Big Easy (Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn Mystery – 7)

By Don J. Donaldson

5 Stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Andy Broussard, the plump and proud New Orleans medical examiner, obviously loves food. Less apparent to the casual observer is his hatred of murderers. Together with his gorgeous sidekick, psychologist Kit Franklyn, the two make a powerful, although improbable, mystery-solving duo. Among the dead collected in The Big Easy floodwaters after Hurricane Katrina are three nude female bodies, all caught in the same brush tangle, none with water in their lungs. Broussard knows in his ample gut that this was not an act of God, and not the work of Katrina. But Broussard has perhaps the biggest challenge of his colorful career. The city and all its records are destroyed, practically the entire population is scattered, the police force has no offices, and many of the rank and file (who haven’t defected) are homeless. Soon, Broussard and his sidekick are on a dangerous journey through the obscenely damaged city, leading them to a kind of evil that neither of them could imagine.

Andy Broussard is slowing going through all the bodies that have been gathered after Katrina struck. As he going through them, he finds something irregular. Three women, that recently gave birth, found naked. Something bothers him from the start and when he discovers that they had been frozen he knows that he is going to have to try and find a killer.

At the same time, Kit is helping on a strange suicide that looks like there was more to it. When she starts looking into it, she learns that the victim was a twin that works at a specialized office that creates lab quality livers for children. But when the killer decides to try and take Kit out of the picture, she doesn’t know if she can keep going on. Then Andy realizes that he missed a vital piece of information and starts questioning his abilities. It looks like this may be the last case for both of them.

This is another great story by Don Donaldson. Amidst the horrors of Katrina and everyone own person regrets from the storms aftermath, Andy and Kit are trying to come to terms with some deaths that happened. I felt for both Andy and Kit and what they went through, I don’t wish that one anyone. And the twist ending, I admit that I kind of had an idea on how it was related but it turned out better than what I had thought, creepy but really good.

This is a great book in a wonderful series. Mystery/thriller readers, you HAVE to read this book.

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

Check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads for more information on this and other books in the series.

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Phase

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Phase by Adam Hamby

5 stars

(Excerpt from Author) Thomas Schaefer is haunted by a memory. He has devoted a large part of his adult life to finding his kidnapped daughter. Since Amber’s disappearance ten years ago, Schaefer has become an expert in the recovery of missing people – his particular specialty is rescuing young adults from cults.

Schaefer inhabits a dark world populated by sinister characters. His obsession with finding Amber draws him down a desperate path. His only seeming sources of succor are Doctor Harry Gilmore, a renowned cult deprogrammer, and Ellen Ovitz, a psychic Schaefer once consulted in his desperation to find his daughter. Gilmore and Ellen represent different approaches to life – the rational and the spiritual – and Schaefer finds himself torn between the two.

Against his better judgment, Schaefer takes on a case that Gilmore brings him – the disappearance of a young girl, Katie Blake. The case shares many similarities with Amber’s kidnapping – the two girls even look the same. Schaefer meets Katie’s mother, Sally Blake and says he will find her missing daughter. Schaefer starts by shaking down known pedophiles, but has little success. He also asks a police contact to investigate an occult symbol found at the scenes of Amber’s and Katie’s kidnappings.

As he encounters events he cannot explain, Schaefer turns to Ellen Ovitz, who tells Schaefer that there is a dark cloud around him – that he must give up the search for his daughter if he is to have any hope of salvation. Alistair Mathers, a distinguished occultist, discovers that Schaefer is at the heart of a dark conspiracy. Schaefer cannot give up the search for his daughter, and finds himself struggling with the challenge of an increasingly macabre world. When he is used to kill an innocent man and implicated in the murder of his police contact, Schaefer goes on the offensive and tracks down the people who are manipulating him.

Schaefer discovers that he and his daughter are part of an occult ceremony that goes back hundreds of years, and that there is much more at stake than their lives: their souls face the prospect of eternal damnation.

Thomas Schaefer had his daughter kidnapped ten years ago. Ever since then he has been hunting her down. Since an occult symbol was found in Amber’s room, Thomas has made cults his specialty. Over the years he has helped may people get loved ones back from cults but he is driven by an obsession to find Amber. This has lead to the destruction of his health, mainly drinking until he passes out.

Thomas has a quick temper and prone to beating the truth out of people. Although he thinks he is firmly set in reality, he does have to depend on a psychic and an occult bookstore owner to give him advice on different parts of The Collective. But that just keeps him fighting for the truth.

This is a great book. Thomas is wracked with guilt about the loss of Amber and will to do anything to find her. But things are not going his way but The Collective keep finding ways to stop him at every turn. They even frame him for the murder of a cop. The worst part is that he doesn’t realize how this is doing nothing but eating him up and leaving a shell of the man he used to be

In all honesty, I have not heard of this book and couldn’t find anything except the press material from the author on what this book was supposed to be about. But I’m so glad that I read this book I got sucked in right away and couldn’t wait to find out what happens next. And when it looked like Thomas was getting close, the story would take a turn for the worse.

This is a great book. There may not be a lot of information out on it at this time, but it is one to add to your list.

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

For more information about Phase, check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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I’m so glad to be part of this tour. Curse of the Thrax was a great story.
About the Book:
The children of the Godswood Village grew up hearing stories about the Thrax, a fearsome dragon “with scales like iron plates and teeth as long as battle swords.” Because the Thrax had not been seen in over 100 summers, these always seemed like fairy tales to Jaykriss, the 14-year-old son of Glyndich, the powerful village War Chief.
Until the Thrax returned—and killed Jaykriss’s father.
Jaykriss dreams of avenging his father’s death by subduing the Thrax and recovering the Bloodsword, a treasured family heirloom Glyndich lost while battling the dragon. But can he?

My Review:

5 stars

Jaykriss and Marda are teenagers in the small village of Godswood. They live like regular kids going to school, pining over girls, and hunting for game once a week to feed themselves and their families. Both boys are sons of famous warriors in their village that have met an untimely end. Jaykriss’ father was killed by the Thrax, a large dragon that also managed to take the Bloodsword, a family heirloom, with him.

While out hunting, Jaykriss and Marda run into the Thrax and escape into a cave under a waterfall. There they meet Zamarcus, a scientist that is going to open both boys’ eyes to the truth. Their world is a lot bigger and has a lot more history than they are being taught in school. The priests and the Dark King are keeping the people in the dark to maintain the power. Now Jaykriss has to decide if he is going to follow the prophecy that was foretold about him being The One Who Leads even if it says he would die a young.

I loved this book. It starts out like a regular young adult fantasy story. But when you meet Zamarcus you realize that there is going to be more to this book. I felt for both Jaykriss and Marda having lost their fathers but I loved how they become young men that their fathers would

You can find Curse of the Thrax on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

For more information about Curse of the Thrax or Mark Murphy, make sure to check out his website.

You can follow the tour on Twitter with  #CurseoftheThraxBlogTour, author Mark Murphy - @MarkMurphyBooks and PR by the Book - @PRbytheBook.

 

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