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A DARK PATH
Series: Katrina Williams #3
by Robert E. Dunn
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pub Date: 8/7/2018
Sheriff’s detective Katrina “Hurricane” Williams confronts deep-rooted hate
and greed in the Missouri Ozarks in this riveting police procedural…
What at first appears to be a brush fire in some undeveloped bottom land
yields the charred remains of a young African-American man. As
sheriff’s Katrina Williams conducts her in-spection of the crime
scene, she discovers broken headstones and disturbed open graves in a
forgotten cemetery.
As Katrina attempts to sort out a complex backwoods criminal network
involving the Aryan Brotherhood, meth dealers, and the Ozarks
Nightriders motorcycle gang, she is confronted by the sudden
appearance of a person out of her own past who may be involved. And
what seems like a clear-cut case of racially motivated murder is
further complicated by rumors of hidden silver and dark family
histories. To uncover the ugly truth, Katrina will need to dig up
past crimes and shameful secrets that certain people would kill to
keep buried . . .
A PARTICULAR DARKNESS
Katrina Williams Book 2
Pub Date: 9/12/2017
From the author of A Living Grave comes a gripping police procedural
featuring sheriff’s detective Katrina Williams as she exposes the
dark underbelly of Appalachia . . .
Dredging up the Truth
Still recovering from tragedy and grieving a devastating loss, Iraq war
veteran and sheriff’s detective Katrina Williams copes the only way
she knows how—by immersing herself in work. A body’s just been
pulled from the lake with a fish haul, but what seems like a
straight-forward murder case over the poaching of paddlefish for
domestic caviar quickly becomes murkier than the depths of the lake.
Soon a second body is found—an illegal Peruvian refugee woman linked to
a charismatic tent revival preacher. But as Katrina tries to
investigate the enigmatic evangelist, she is blocked by antagonistic
FBI agents and Army CID personnel. When more young female refu-gees
disappear, she must partner with deputy Billy Blevins, who stirs
mixed feelings in her, to connect the lake murder to the refugees.
Katrina is no stranger to darkness, but cold-blooded conspirators
plan to make sure she’ll never again see the light of day . . .
A LIVING GRAVE
Katrina Williams Book 1
The first in a gritty new series featuring sheriff’s detective Katrina
Williams, as she investigates moonshine, murder, and the ghosts of
her own past…


BODY OF PROOF
Katrina Williams left the Army ten years ago disillusioned and damaged. Now a
sheriff’s detective at home in the Missouri Ozarks, Katrina is
living her life one case at a time—between mandated therapy
sessions—until she learns that she’s a suspect in a military
investigation with ties to her painful past.


The disappearance of a local girl is far from the routine distraction,
however. Brutally murdered, the girl’s corpse is found by a
bottlegger whose information leads Katrina into a tangled web of
teenagers, moonshiners, motorcycle clubs, and a fellow veteran
battling illness and his own personal demons. Unraveling each thread
will take time Katrina might not have as the Army investigator
turns his searchlight on the devastating incident that ended her
military career. Now Katrina will need to dig deep for the
truth—before she’s found buried…
Robert E. Dunn was born an Army brat and grew up in the Missouri Ozarks. He
wrote his first book at age eleven turning a series of Jack Kirby
comic books into a hand written novel.

Over many years in the, mostly, honest work of video and film production
he produced everything from documentaries, to training films and his
favorite, travelogues. He returned to writing mystery, horror, and
fantasy fiction for publication after the turn of the century. It
seemed like a good time for change even if the changes were not
always his choice.

Mr. Dunn is the author of the horror novels, THE RED HIGHWAY, MOTORMAN,
and THE HARROWING, as well as the Katrina Williams mystery/thriller
series, A LIVING GRAVE, A PARTICULAR DARKNESS, and the upcoming A
DARK PATH.

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Beside the Syrian Sea by James Wolff

Jonas works for the UK secret service as an intelligence analyst. When his father is kidnapped and held for ransom by ISIS gunmen in Syria, he takes matters into his own hands and begins to steal the only currency he has access to: secret government intelligence. He heads to Beirut with a haul of the most sensitive documents imaginable and recruits an unlikely ally – an alcoholic Swiss priest named Father Tobias. Despite barely surviving his previous contact with ISIS, Tobias agrees to travel into the heart of the Islamic State and inform the kidnappers that Jonas is willing to negotiate for his father’s life. When the British and American governments realise they may be dealing with betrayal on a scale far greater than that of Edward Snowden, they try everything in their power to stop Jonas, and he finds himself tested to the limit as he fights to keep the negotiations alive and play his enemies off against each other. As the book races towards a thrilling confrontation in the Syrian desert, Jonas will have to decide how far he is willing to go to see his father again.

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Author’s Bio

James Wolff grew up in the Middle East and now lives in London. He has worked for the British government for the past ten years. Beside the Syrian Sea is his first novel.

My Review

4 stars

Jonas is a British intelligence officer located. He learns that his father has been kidnapped by ISIS and tries to get the British government to help with the ransom. But the British government doesn’t negotiate. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, Jonas seals secrets and heads to Beirut to get his father back. He realizes his limitations and asks Gather Tobias, a drunken Swiss priest to help with the negotiations.

What follows is a race against time as Jonas tries to get his father back. The government knows he stole secrets and is trying to catch him. Jonas has to stay one step ahead of the government and ISIS to try and play them off each other. But it’s going to be close to save his father.

This is a great, action filled story. Jonas is not your typical hero. He is more soft spoken and very introverted. But when it comes to saving his father, he is willing to do whatever it takes, even stealing from his own government.

For a first book, James Wolff has a great read. I’m and curious to see what he comes up with for his next book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Bitter Lemon Press for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The City Where We Once Lived by Eric Barnes

In a near future where climate change has severely affected weather and agriculture, the North End of an unnamed city has long been abandoned in favor of the neighboring South End. Aside from the scavengers steadily stripping the empty city to its bones, only a few thousand people remain, content to live quietly among the crumbling metropolis. Many, like the narrator, are there to try to escape the demons of their past. He spends his time observing and recording the decay around him, attempting to bury memories of what he has lost.

But it eventually becomes clear that things are unraveling elsewhere as well, as strangers, violent and desperate alike, begin to appear in the North End, spreading word of social and political deterioration in the South End and beyond. Faced with a growing disruption to his isolated life, the narrator discovers within himself a surprising need to resist losing the home he has created in this empty place. He and the rest of the citizens of the North End must choose whether to face outsiders as invaders or welcome them as neighbors.

The City Where We Once Lived is a haunting novel of the near future that combines a prescient look at how climate change and industrial flight will shape our world with a deeply personal story of one man running from his past. With glowing prose, Eric Barnes brings into sharp focus questions of how we come to call a place home and what is our capacity for violence when that home becomes threatened.

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Praise for The City Where We Once Lived

 “Barnes’s new novel is a rare and truly original work: a hard-edged fable, tender and unflinching, in which a man’s descent and renewal is mirrored by his city. An eerie, beautifully written, and profoundly humane book.” – Emily St. John Mandel, author of STATION ELEVEN

“Written in a gorgeously spare language that perfectly reflects the dystopic future this novel depicts, The City Where We Once Lived kept me enthralled throughout. At the core is a deep and admirable compassion for humanity.” – Chris Offutt, author of COUNTRY DARK

“A stunningly-written tale of loss and grief.” – Lindsay Moran, former CIA operative and author of BLOWING MY COVER

“Spare and elegant, Eric Barnes shows us what it means to inhabit – a building, a city, a life. And also what it means to be inhabited – by memories, by ghosts, and maybe, just maybe, by hope.” – Elise Blackwell, author of THE LOWER QUARTER

“An intensely envisioned work of dystopian realism and American desolation, beautifully drawn from the slow-motion apocalypse of everyday life.” – Christopher Brown, author of TROPIC OF KANSAS

“A controlled burn of a book, full of horror and sadness and, once the fire dies down, the beauty of new growth. In the tradition of J.G. Ballard and Margaret Atwood, Eric Barnes gives us a dying neighborhood of outcasts who save the world that has cast them out.” – John Feffer, author of SPLINTERLANDS

“With deft prose and a discerning voice, The City Where We Once Lived is a taut examination of the archetypes and rituals that form the landscape of community.” – Courtney Miller Santo, author of THREE STORY HOUSE and THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE

“The voice is appealingly quiet, the atmosphere dreamlike, but the premise of poisoned ground, weather gone haywire, and a government that has thrown up its hands, is frighteningly real.” – James Whorton, author of APPROXIMATELY HEAVEN, FRANKLAND and ANGELA SLOAN

“Eric Barnes’ The City Where We Once Lived is a most original novel, surprising and fierce – a dazzling puzzle of grief and utopia, dystopia and hope.” – Minna Zallman Proctor, author of LANDSLIDE

Reviews of Something Pretty, Something Beautiful:

“Elegantly constructed and lovingly, tenderly, savagely written… the most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into manhood that I’ve ever read.
And the truest.” – Benjamin Whitmer

“[A] remarkable book. … This is a world where the pull of friendship is far stronger than the pull of family, where cars are freedom, stories are everything, and home is thick with ghosts.” – Emily St. John Mandel, The Millions

“The new novel chronicles in stark, effective prose a boy’s tragic discoveries about how friendship works.” – Peggy Burch, The Commercial Appeal

“Elegantly constructed and lovingly, tenderly, savagely written…. The most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into manhood that I’ve ever read.” – Benjamin Whitmer, Satan Is Real

“…the book’s impressionistic, running narrative, the immediacy and matter-of-factness of its full-throttle prose.” – Leonard Gill, The Flyer

“[A] disturbing but finely and passionately wrought novel.” – Rebecca Oppenheimer

Praise for Shimmer:

“Case’s slow but accelerating downward spiral drives the narrative….” — Publisher’s Weekly

“One is reminded in Barnes’ language and locution of Don DeLillo’s scalpel-sharp delineation of American corporate culture and paranoia, and of David Foster Wallace’s penetration into the heart of the relationship between human consciousness and rapidly changing technologies.” — Fredric Koeppel, The Commercial Appeal

 Eric Barnes

Author’s Bio

Eric Barnes is writer of the novels The City Where We Once Lived (Arcade Publishing, April 2018), Something Pretty, Something Beautiful (Outpost19) and Shimmer (Unbridled Books), an IndieNext Pick. He has published numerous short stories, and works as publisher of The Daily News and host of Behind the Headlines.

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My Review

4 stars

In the future in an unknown time a city is divided between North and South. Climate change has wreaked havoc in this world and the North End has been abandoned by all but a few that have decided to try to make a living alone and scavenging. The majority of the populous has moved to the South End and seems to be making a recovery from all that has happened. The story is told by an unknown journalist that is hiding from the loss of his family and trying to record all that happens.

But then something starts happening. Some people from the South have started coming to North End and started making trouble. Those in the North are going to have to come together and form the community that they have tried to give up without success if they plan on keeping their homes.

This book is an interesting read. There is not a lot of action or major events happening, it’s more of a slow boil that gathers steam. There is not a lot going on in the first part of the book but a bleak, monotonous world that the narrator lives in. The action does pick up with the teenagers causing problems but it doesn’t really go anywhere.

This is one of those books that I wanted more from and a better ending but at the same time I was invested in the story and didn’t want to put it down. It has the potential for a real action packed story but it just is there.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Skyhorse Publishing for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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