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Second Life

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Second Life (Will Finch – 4) by D.F. Bailey

1978, Jonestown. 909 dead—two children survive. Where are they now?
Two children scramble through a remote jungle to escape the madness of Jonestown. When they return to America they’re given new names. A fresh start. Almost forty years later Will Finch stumbles across an abandoned Armani jacket in an inner-city San Francisco playground. He soon learns that the jacket holds a secret. A cryptic message that tears his life apart and threatens to make him the latest victim of the Jonestown massacre.

Inspired by true events, Second Life will keep you bolted to your chair until you reach the final sentence. This uncompromising thriller catapults you on a mesmerizing journey from an historic catastrophe to a prophecy of mass annihilation.

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Author’s Bio

An Amazon bestselling author, D.F. Bailey is a W.H. Smith First Novel Award and a Whistler Independent Book Award finalist.

In 2015 D.F. Bailey published The Finch Trilogy — Bone Maker, Stone Eater, and Lone Hunter — three novels narrated from the point-of-view of a crime reporter in San Francisco. Second Life (2017) is the first in a series of stand-alone books that follows the characters established in the trilogy.

His first novel, Fire Eyes, was optioned for film. His second novel, Healing the Dead, was translated into German as Todliche Ahnungen. The Good Lie, another psychological thriller, was recorded as an audiobook. A fourth novel, Exit from America, made its debut as an e-book in 2013.

Following his birth in Montreal, D.F. Bailey’s family moved around North America from rural Ontario to New York City to McComb, Mississippi to Cape May, New Jersey. He finally “landed on his feet” on Vancouver Island — where he lives next to the Salish Sea in the city of Victoria.

For twenty-two years D.F. Bailey worked at the University of Victoria where he taught creative writing and journalism and coordinated the Professional Writing Cooperative Education Program — which he co-founded. From time to time he also freelanced as a business writer and journalist. In the fall of 2010 he left the university so that he could turn “his pre-occupation with writing into a full-blown obsession.”

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My Review

5 stars

In 1978 in Jonestown 900 people killed their children then committed suicide. But what if two of the children escaped into the jungle then made their way back to the United State, were given new identities, and were placed in foster care. How would this affect them? What did they live through and what are they doing in the present. How does this link up to a global warming debate that leads to a man being killed and a hit list discovered with Will Finch’s name on it.

This action packed story draws you in with the possibility of two survivors from the Jamestown massacre. Will they embrace the fresh start and fall into the traditional role of an American? But what if they were so indoctrinated that they become a sleeper cell of future terror? The possibilities are endless but are scary when you think of a hit list with your name on it.

Will Finch is covering a global warming debate when he sees a former escaped felon commit suicide and discovers his Armani suit jacket. When he goes through the pockets he finds a hit list with his name on it. Of course the action takes off from there as Will looks for the linking pieces to the mystery while trying to stay one step ahead of someone trying to kill him.

This is a great thriller with an amazing mystery. You will be on the edge of your seat trying to solve the mystery and hoping Will doesn’t meet his maker.

I received Second Life from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

What readers are saying about the Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series

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BONE MAKER, Book 1

Well worth the read. It’s always a nice surprise to find a book from an author I’m not familiar with that draws me in and keeps me reading to the end. With great, believable dialogue and enough back story for the main characters to give them depth, along with the interwoven threads of a few mysteries that kept my interest, I’ll be happily digging into the series to find out what happens next. — M.J. Stark

GREAT THRILLER. ENGAGING! HARD TO PUT DOWN. Bailey does it again! Bone Maker is nicely written, and a well-told thriller. The Astoria setting adds to the mystery. It’s a pleasant story that winds up, then unwinds to reveal all the secrets, except for ONE, which will begin his next story. Stay tuned! — WH, Sr. Editor, Rt. 66 Publishing

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STONE EATER, Book 2

As the story weaves through a new collection of bad deeds and intrigue the threads from Bone Maker twist … A hard to put down book which followed on dramatically from the first book Bone Maker. As the story weaves through a new collection of bad deeds and intrigue the threads from Bone Maker twist their way in and out of the new fabric reinforcing the story line. Intimate and intricate relationships support and sometimes surprise and when you think that you understand all and the book is about to finish, you are left dangling and craving for more. — Liz Crosswell

Intriguing Thriller. As an investigative reporter Will Finch seems to get into one scrape after another. Just as he survives one dangerously deadly encounter, he is enveloped in yet another. Mr. Bailey has a way with words: his prose is quite descriptive, his plots complicated – yet with no loose ends, and his characters are well fleshed out. He manages to maintain a fast, but steady, pace – but not so fast as to leave anything out or to leave the reader in the dark. As with us all, Will has “history” and this back story surfaces throughout the book. As the ending of Book 1 leads into Book 2, thus ending segues nicely into Book 3. — Keeler

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LONE HUNTER, Book 3

I really liked the way this story wrapped up the trilogy. The bad guys got justice served, though there were other good guys lost beforehand. Will and Eve will make a strong pairing in future stories that I hope will be written. I highly recommend this and the previous two books. — Robert Romberger

A Fine End of The Story. This, the third book in Mr. Bailey’s trilogy, is a spellbinder. Will and his girlfriend Eve are recovering from their own personal tragedies, leaning on each other as they stumble through the puzzle of the theft and recovery of techno-fortunes. The threats and pain, fear and greed they face are magnified by their growing relationship, and suspense carries us through to the very end of the story. The only negative aspect of this book is in it’s being the end of the trilogy; readers will want to spend more time with this dynamic couple. — Joan Hutchins

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Coveted Kiss

Coveted Kiss (Savage Security – 3) by Karen Tjebben

Bella Chan is a good girl surrounded by alpha-males who thrive on danger. Unfortunately, that danger comes back to bite her. She can still feel the deadly grip of Hazeem’s fingers wrapped around her neck. If Jack hadn’t shown up at Savage Security, she’d be dead. Then, in pure alpha-male fashion, Jack appoints himself her personal bodyguard. Bella soon realizes that Jack isn’t there to protect her. He’s there to win her heart.

And now, in the aftermath of the attack, the men of Savage Security band together to hunt down the terrorists living on American soil. As they navigate through the intrigue and deception that camouflages their assailants, they also confront the treason that threatens the Nation’s defenses.

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Author’s Bio

Karen Tjebben lives in central North Carolina with her wonderful husband, twin daughters, and two hamsters. When her girls left for kindergarten, Karen discovered that she needed to fill her days with something, and that was the beginning of her writing career. She loves to create worlds filled with unique characters that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and seeing the world through her daughters’ eyes.

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My Review

5 stars

Bella was attacked by Hazeem when she discovered his setting a bomb and if it wasn’t for Jack she would be dead. Jack has a thing for Bella and has tried to remain distant but that attack set off his protectiveness. Bella is now seeing Jack in a different light and finds herself drawn to him. But there is not a lot of time for romance since the men of Savage Security go on the hunt for these terrorists.

I’m so glad to see that Bell and Jack have finally gotten together. It’s sweet but there is no time to get too wrapped up in each other, Jack still has a job to do with the team. And they have their hands full hunting these terrorists down. With lots of action you will be flipping pages like crazy to see what happens next.

This is an amazing, thrilling series. Yes, it has romance in it but the story is not over powered with it. I can’t wait to see what Karen Tjebben comes up with next.

I received Coveted Kiss from the author and Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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