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The Sparks Tour

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The Sparks (Feud – 1) by Kyle Prue

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. Centuries of fighting, however, have turned the families against each other. A powerful emperor now rules and each family has suffered heavy casualties in the feud.

Sixteen-year-old, Neil Vapros desperately wants to become an assassin in order to impress his overly critical father. Despite a failed mission, Neil learns that a new sinister threat has awakened. This mysterious new power will shatter the established order and threaten not only the very lives of these powerful families, but also the once great city of Altryon.

Everything can change with a single “Spark”…

Review – 5 Stars!!!

Altryon is a city within a wall that protects it from the outside. The creator of the city then bestowed one three families powers of beyond regular citizens. The families then decide to fight each other to try and control Altryon. After nearly destroying everything the power is taken away from them and an emperor is elected to run Altryon. The families are given different areas of the city for territory. But they are always fighting, whether it is out in the open with innocents being hurt or killed or through political conniving and rumors trying to destroy each other and the continuous fight for power. But they are all ruled over by the emperor.

The story follows along with several teenagers from all of the families. Neil is a Vapros and trying to be an assassin, Lily is a Celerius and trying to uphold her families name, and Darius is a Taurlum that has hit rock bottom and seems to be stuck there. All of them have been fed several stories of how they have to fight the other families to uphold there names and power but none of them really know what they are fighting for. But after a meeting with the emperor, Neil thinks something is going on. When the families are all attacked and members killed they will all have to ask themselves what they are willing to do to fight the evil emperor and what they will do with the truth of the world outside the city walls.

This is a great story. I got sucked in with everyone’s stories. I couldn’t help sympathizing with them all as they are trying to uphold each of their families legacies. But when they realize that there is than just your family duties but that they would have to work together, I was cheering. There is a lot going on with this story and I loved how this one ended. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next story.

Kyle Prue is a young author but he is one that you don’t want miss. His writing just draws you in and keeps you wanting more. There is a great story that is well developed and very descriptive. I will be making sure to keep my eyes out for all of his books.

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Kyle Prue

I am a high school senior in Naples, Fl. I am passionate about writing, acting and stand up comedy.

For more information on The Sparks or Kyle Prue be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Kyle’s website.

PR By The BookI would like to thank Ashley Lauretta at PR By The Book for including me with this tour.

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Aoléon and Gilbert receive a special mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.

At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s family, her sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover.

Gilbert then gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and her friend Quarkina, as well as receiving a history lesson on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates. After class, Gilbert and Aoléon get to train in zero-G and Gilbert is treated to a Psi-ball match between Martian Space Academy and Martian Science Academy.

Author

Brent LeVasseur

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

My Review

Aoleon the Martian Girl – Part 2 The Luminess of Mars by Brent LeVasseur

5 stars

The story starts with Aoleon and Gilbert meet Luminess, the mate to the Martian leader Lumion, which leads Gilbert to a strange experience, a vision, and being chased by the Royal Paladin Guards. When they meet Aoleon’s friend Bizwat, Aoleon tells him how they have been asked to check into Lumion. Bizwat tell both of them about the loss of bovars, Martian cows that have disappeared. He then warns both Aoleon and Gilbert to be careful in their investigation.

Aoleon and Gilbert are exploring Mars and what a typical day as a Martian student is like. Although Aoleon tried to disguise Gilbert, with everyone being telepathic it seems that it was pointless. It is also a little challenging for Gilbert to know that others can read his mind but it does take learning to new levels. Gilbert learns more about Aoleon’s friends and the girls that are giving her a hard time just like any school. He also gets to watch the big psi-ball match that Aoelon is about to participate in.

I really love this story. Gilbert is having a great adventure on Mars and learning so much. I am curious about Luminess but we don’t see much of that except from the beginning of the story. I love how even through Aoleon is a Martian she has pretty much the same school experience as anyone on Earth. Plus I love all the illustrations. They really make the story come to life.

I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the next book. Make sure to add this series to your bookshelf. It’s good for middle grade readers all the way up to adults. I really think anyone will like it.

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

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For more information on the Aoleon Series or to purchase Part 1 or 2, be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads or Brent LeVasseur’s website.

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I would like to thank Laura at iRead Book Tours for letting me take place in this tour and for the chance to review Aoleon the Martian Girl Part 2: The Luminess of Mars.

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Beautiful Decay

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Beautiful Decay by Sylvia Lewis

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Ellie Miller has always needed her space. Literally. With a touch that rots whatever she encounters, Ellie must keep people at a distance for their own good. Not that her classmates are itching to be best friends with the “freak” of the high school.

So when newcomer Nate MacPherson makes it his mission to get close to her, Ellie has her suspicions. But when he identifies her as a viviomancer who can work the forces of life and reveals himself to be a necromancer who can manipulate death, Ellie finds herself trusting Nate and the romance that is blossoming between them. Unfortunately for the two, family secrets can kill, and they will need more than their abilities to keep a zombie mom and a conglomerate of evil-doing supernaturals under control.

After spending her life pushing everyone away, Ellie’s realization of the full extent of her power and willingness to let people get close to her may be the only way to save the ones she loves.

Ellie Miller has the ability to make things rot. Because of that she has made it her life long goal to stay away from people. Because of it she is the freak of the school and has no friends except Mackenzie, a girl Ellie met on the internet. She has come to accept that she will never be accepted anywhere in town because of her ability.

Then new kid Nate Macpherson takes an interest in Ellie. At first Ellie could care less what happens with Nate and her personal tormentor Amber. But when Nate tells her that he knows what she is and shows her his own abilities does she becomes more interested. But Nate has secrets of his own; being a necromancer will do that. And when Ellie and Nate get together secrets are bound to get out.

I had accepted this book for review a long time ago and I have no idea why it has taken me this long to review this book. This is a great story. I feel for Ellie. She is shunned, tormented, and bullied because of her ability to make things decay. My heart just breaks knowing that she clearly understands that this is how her life is going to be until the end.

Nate was so sweet and I could completely understand why Ellie just kept pushing him away. I’m glad that he finally got through to her. And I have to say, Nate’s mom as a zombie was great. Just know this is no typical brainless zombie. There is time and place for them and I’m so glad that she was so much more.

This is a great story. I have not seen many abilities like Ellie’s before. I like how it worked into the story; definitely one that makes this book even more interesting.

This is one paranormal young adult book that you will want to add to your collection.

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

To purchase Beautiful Decay or for more information on Sylvia Lewis make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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The Journey

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The Journey (Northwest Passage – 2) by John Heldt

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Seattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur-of-the-moment tour of an abandoned mansion, she gets more than she asked for. She enters a mysterious room and is thrown back to 1979.

Distraught and destitute, Michelle finds a job as a secretary at Unionville High, where she guides her spirited younger self, Shelly Preston, and childhood friends through their tumultuous senior year. Along the way, she meets widowed teacher Robert Land and finds the love and happiness she had always sought. But that happiness is threatened when history intervenes and Michelle must act quickly to save those she loves from deadly fates. Filled with humor and heartbreak, THE JOURNEY gives new meaning to friendship, courage, and commitment as it follows an unfulfilled soul through her second shot at life.

Michelle has a life that most people would love. But when Michelle loses her husband she longs for something with more meaning. When she goes on a tour of a haunted house with some school friends she finds herself back in 1979. Things are tough and she has to start from scratch with the help of others, something that she is not used to. But she doesn’t let this stop her and soon she finds a job at the same high school that she attended years earlier.

Along the way she finds someone that loves her and seems to have the life she secretly wanted for years. She also guides herself and her high school friends with different advice. But Michelle has to be careful. Although they are little changes they make big ripples in time and can come back to haunt her.

I read The Mine a while ago and just loved the story. When I received the Journey I was thinking that it would be along the same line. But The Journey has taken another direction asking us what we would do if we could go back and guide ourselves when we were younger. Michelle is such a strong character. Although she gets one heck of a surprise she doesn’t break down and give up, she grows from it and finds a new path for herself.

I loved following her interactions with her younger self. I really wanted t Michelle to live happily ever after once she found the perfect spot for herself. But that can’t always be. I was not expecting the ending. Although it wasn’t my preferred it made the most sense.

This is the second book in the Northwest Passage series but you could easily read this as a stand alone book. It is a great story for those of us who would like to try again and see where life would take us.

This is a great story with lots of possibilities. It’s one that you will want to add to your keep shelf.

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

More more information on The Journey, other books in the Northwest Passage series, or on John Heldt be sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads, and John Heldt’s website.

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Fall of Falco

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Fall of Falco (Vermilion – 1) by S. Raquel Jimenez

3 stars

(Excerpt from Amazon) Isabel Falco has a long list of titles—a milliners dream—most of which earned by way of surviving what no one else could. Being the last of her people she is Elder of the Falco clan. By surviving the most sadistic of medical and ritual magic experiments she is bound body and—most significantly—soul to the last Phoenix on earth, a god. The binding provided the strength of Phoenix fire and its ability to heal. Having escaped her captors, Isabel fashioned her favorite hat of all, that of a vengeful liberator. With the support of individuals likewise altered—healers, fighters, psychically gifted, and other uniquely talented companions—Isabel dedicates her life to freeing the captives left behind and ending the man that caused the fall of Falco.

Elle Falco is the last of her family. She grew up at Vermilion Cay, a bird sanctuary that has all kinds of bird from common to exotic like the phoenix. Elle’s family was the protectors of the island but when she was young someone killed all of them except her. From there she was kidnapped by Dr. Oswyn. Oswyn has an obsession with people with exotic genes and has created several prisons and laboratories to exploit those traits through genetic manipulation, experimentation, and torture. Elle was experimented on but managed to escape. She then healed and trained to help others escape.

Elle has her own little family of other people that they have rescued. They all find Vermilion Cay home and all have horrible pasts that bring them together to hunt down those that abused them. But while they hunt, Elle and the rest try to live like “normal” people would. But their ultimate goal is to completely shut down Oswyn’s laboratories and prisons.

When I started reading this story, it felt kind of like the X-Men. Everyone has some kind of ability and they use them to torture and kill those that had some hand in the Oswyn operations. Elle seems to be the leader of her little family although she really doesn’t want the role. Along with hunting down leads, you see the little escapes where everyone is trying to be “normal.”

We also meet Xander. He was captured a year after Elle in the same hub and they became pen pals of a sort. Elle helped him to escape and years later we learn that he has loved her forever but Elle doesn’t realize this. Sadly after she learns about Xander’s love the book starts focusing on that and everything else seems to go out the door.

I think this was a really good concept for a story. Unfortunately when Elle and Xander start focusing on their love for each I started loosing interest in the book. All of a sudden it’s about how Elle has fallen completely for Xander in a short time, them sleeping together all the time, and rushing into getting married.

This is not that bad of a book. I think it could have been refined and not so much focus on Elle and Xander’s sudden romance but more focus on destroying Oswyn and recuing others that were tortured and experimented on.

I received this book for free from the Library Thing Early Reader program in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Fall of Falco or S. Raquel Jimenez be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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ABC Sudoku

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Sudoku ABC by Peter Grabarchuk

3 stars

This Sudoku collection is 26 puzzles shaped as letters in the alphabet with the normal rules of Sudoku but the numbers range from 1-6. You can not have the same number twice in any row going up and down or across.

This is not an interactive book. You can look at the puzzle and jump to the Hints and Solutions pages but you will not be able to fill in the puzzle like other Kindle puzzle books from Peter Grabarchuk. But if you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can tap a link where you can fully interact with the puzzle with the Puzzlium app.

I admit that I am not very good at Sudoku puzzles to begin with. So these were a challenge for me. Then I have an Android tablet and phone so I was not able to fully interact with the puzzle. This was a little bothersome. But for the puzzles, they are the usual high quality that you have come to expect from Peter Grabarchuk.

If you like Sudoku puzzles, I think that if you had an Apple device these puzzles would be great for you. Unfortunately, for those of us that don’t you will have to copy them down to work with them. If they were made where we could interact I think you would reach a broader audience.

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

To purchase ABC Sudoku or on other puzzles from Peter Grabarchuk be user to check out Amazon, Goodreads and Peter Grabarchuk’s website.

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Publicity from the Trenches: For Published & Self-Published Authors by Sherri Rosen

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Giving published and self-published authors great advice on the basics of publicity from a veteran publicist who has been in the business for over 25 years.

Sherri Rosen started her own Publicity Firm 18 years ago. Publicity from the Trenches is her guide to publishing your work and finding a publicist to help get it out in the world. Everyone has a story to write and have the potential to be on the New York Times Best Seller List. But you have to be realistic and honest about your product and the target audience.

Once you have decided what you would like to write you will need to find a way to publish it. You can go the traditional route and find a publisher or you can self publish. There are many things to think about when finding a publisher. This book gives you lots of things to think about with what you want to accomplish with your writing, who you are going to target for publication, and many other things.

This is a quick guide for getting your work published and finding a good publicist. It is done in a simple format but is filled with lots of thought provoking information. This is not going to be a quick, get rich even and there is a lot you will have to plan for. But if you get everything planned out you will go further than flying by the seat of your pants.

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

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I’ve had my own publicity firm in NYC for the past l8 years giving a powerful message from folks doing good things in the world. My very first client was on The NY Times Bestseller List for 63 weeks. Being in the business so long I realize what a phenomenon it was!

I am a performer creating a solo performance pieces and doing improvisational theatre.

Coming out with my third book in 20l5. “Publicity From The Trenches For Published And Self Published Authors”

I love what I do!

For more information on Publicity from the Trenches or Sherri Rosen be sure to check out Goodreads and Sherri’s website.

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The Road

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The Road by Clive West

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) From top-rated British storyteller, Clive West, a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages as you read about what can and does happen away from the trusting eyes and ears of Joe Public.

With an anarchic view of the abuse of power, The Road weaves its very human crime story around the building of a new ring road around the quiet English town of Stockton. The message it sends is bleak, amusing and heartrending with successes being claimed by those who least merit them and tragedies being heaped up on those that can least bear them.

This thought-provoking and highly entertaining novel is about corruption and abuse of power and how no crime is victimless.

The Road is about the English town of Stockton, a little ways from my home of Nevada, USA. The local government has decided to do an expansion of a road. You will follow along with different characters, their personal problems, and how they all relate to this expansion.

Sandra has a fiancé that doesn’t seem to really want to be anywhere except at home with his mother. She works with Henry in the office that deals with permits and developing. Henry has a wife that is never happy or pleased even when she is spending all of his money. His two kids think of him as a walking wallet and he sees his career going no where.

John is in construction and seems to have everything going for him. John plays golf with Henry and proposes an offer to put his construction company on more developments than a competitor. In exchange he will kick back some money to Henry.

Sounds like a normal corrupt government deal, right? But as you read this book, you get wrapped up in all the characters. I felt for all of them at one time or another. They didn’t make the best decisions and I could see how things could go wrong so fast but there was no way to stop them.

Clive West has a wonderful ability to write. I admit that I usually avoid things that involve development or other dry subjects. But I was sucked right into the story; mind you the prologue did it for me. After reading that I just HAD to know what would push someone to commit suicide and who it was. And the best part was even though I thought I might know what was going to happen, nope, the ending will completely surprise you.

If you want to read a great crime thriller, this is the one for you. This is one book you don’t want to over look.

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

To purchase The Road or for more information on Clive West make sure to check out Amazon and Goodreads.

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Collette Yvonne is the author of The Perils of Pauline and I am happy to post Pauline’s Advice on Valentine’s below.

Surviving Valentine’s Day: Pauline Parril’s Advice for Married Women

by Pauline Daley-Parril

Valentine’s Day hashtags are proliferating on Twitter. That means one thing: #valentinesdayiscoming. For single women, the 14th of February is tough enough when it’s #nodate and #aloneagain. But for married women, Valentine’s Day is a #minefield #forgetaboutit #norosesforyousister #fml.

For women in general, Valentine’s Day is like trying on a new bikini: single girls hope to find something nice that handles the girls effectively but all too often end up with lingering regrets and maybe a yeast infection from the previous person who tried the bathing suit.

All that married women can hope for is that the top half can still work the old black magic while the bottom half still fits the base.

Meanwhile, the average man is completely oblivious to the whole #chocolates #romance and #finedining thing. That’s because he hasn’t set foot in a shop since the day before Christmas when he did his annual shopping trip. Only women know that, just minutes after New Year’s Day is over, every store and mall in the country turns into a raging river of pink and red hearts with fur-trimmed bralettes on display in every window.

It’s not enough to avoid the flood of lacey crap at the mall. You better stay away from the drugstores too. Trouble is, you forgot to get your flu shot last fall, didn’t you? Now you need lozenges for the bug that is shredding up all the real estate in your throat. In you go, determined to make it past the heart-shaped candies and roses-made-of-chocolate aisle. You quickly skirt the section with the wide selection of ribbed condoms, cherry-flavored lubricants and estrogen massage cream. But, suddenly, you’re confronted by the greeting card aisle. Love is in the air. And it’s sucking all the oxygen from the store.

You pause to look at all the pretty, pretty cards. Maybe it’s a good idea to inject a little romance into your plodding relationship and get your man a special valentine? You pick up a card with a pink satin bow. It says: “You are my forever best friend.” But, last time you checked, your husband wasn’t a Golden Retriever. The card with the velvet trim says, without the tiniest trace of irony: “Every moment I spend with you is a dream.” Every last card is festooned with curvy fonts, cupids, roses, arrows and hearts. As if you weren’t feeling sick enough with the flu before.

The sad fact is there are no realistic cards for wives to give to husbands. Clearly, companies need to offer cards with more truthful messages, such as: My darling, you deserve the best of me. (Sorry I called you a moron yesterday. The stupid of you got the better of me.)

Or: You can be my Valentine, but only if you stop being a prick.

For newer brides, the card could read: Be mine. (Unless you cheat on me. In that case, I will cut you.)

Or: Let’s get married all over again! (Without your drunk cousins this time.)

Together forever. (Unless you screw it up.)

Middle-aged marrieds have even more options: Loving you is my mission. It’s right up there with gaining control of the remote someday.

You are still hot to me. Mostly. (I’m still sleeping in my socks tonight because your feet are freaking blocks of ice.)

You make me smile. (To be honest, sometimes I smirk. Sometimes, it’s an evil grin. And sometimes I laugh hysterically. You say tomato …)

For older marrieds, the card could say: I can’t believe I’m still putting up with your shit. But, wonder of wonders, I am!

Nothing can compare with you! Dude, you could win a snoring contest.

Together, we are stronger. Especially when we fart at the same time.

Never mind. Skip the card aisle. You have a bad head cold. It’s February for goodness’ sake. Your man doesn’t want a card anyway. He’d prefer a roughly hand-drawn coupon for an anytime, anywhere blowjob-on-demand.

Buy yourself some chocolate and don’t forget the cough syrup.

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After reading that article I admit that I’m curious to read The Perils of Pauline. If you are too, here are the links for Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Collette’s website.

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Tap Rack Bang

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Tap Rack Bang (Ben Blackshaw – 3) by Robert Blake Whitehall

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Former Navy Seal Ben Blackshaw lurks in solitude aboard the shoaled wreck of the American Mariner in the Chesapeake Bay. He is awakened one stormy spring night when a drifting dinghy slams into the old ship’s hull. Blackshaw investigates, and discovers there is only one occupant in the sinking boat, a naked young woman lying unconscious in the bilge.

Against his better judgment, and risking his own undercover operation, Blackshaw gives shelter to Tally, the terrified refugee. He soon learns Tally has escaped a calculating crew of sociopaths who are about to launch an internet site called L’Abattoir, on which hostages will be tortured, and then executed. Tally was able to free herself, but she now she must return to the dreaded dungeon with help to rescue her little sister, and to free twenty other victims-in-waiting.

Blackshaw’s wife, LuAnna, arrives at the old ship on a resupply mission, and upon hearing Tally’s story, encourages Blackshaw to return home to Smith Island, and enlist his friend Knocker Ellis to help. Ellis suggests inviting other Smith Islander’s to join the mission. Blackshaw and Ellis are both shocked that their friends and neighbors will not lend a hand. The two men return to the American Mariner to find that LuAnna’s crab skiff has been sunk and that LuAnna and Tally have both disappeared.

With help from weather-wizard Michael Craig, Blackshaw back-tracks the most likely meandering course that Tally’s boat drifted the night before. But when Blackshaw and Ellis arrive at the dinghy’s starting place at the pier of a waterfront home on the Chesapeake, they find two FBI agents already investigating the double-homicide of an elderly couple, and the kidnapping of the couple’s grandchildren; five-year-old twins. To Blackshaw and Ellis, this mayhem bears the bloody signature of Maynard Chalk, their old nemesis.

Blackshaw races the FBI to discover the lair where the ghoulish L’Abattoir is to take place; he is terrified that LuAnna herself has been dragged there for slaughter. What he learns about the depths of human depravity shatters not only his faith, but the foundations of his sanity.

After the book description I’m going to jump into my thoughts. I love this story. It has a horrible topic but one that is believable when you think about all the horrible things that happen to people. I like how it was portrayed. Ben is just a great character. Here he is supposed to be in hiding yet he can’t help but step up and help Tally. Then when LuAnna is taken, all bets are off.

Robert Blake Whitehill is a great author and the Ben Blackshaw series is a must for anyone that likes high tension thrillers. You will not be disappointed by this series.

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

To purchase Tap Rack Bang or for more information on other books in this series, be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and Robert Blake Whitehall’s website.

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