Monday, August 22, 2016

ARC Review: The Good Spy Dies Twice (The Bullseye Series book 1) by Mark Hosack

Release Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Wide Awake Books
Format: Kindle
Pages: 324 pages
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover

Synopsis: 

Jake Boxer, investigative journalist and host of the conspiratorial news show Bullseye, is in serious trouble. Not only is his soundman murdered by Russian intelligence agents while reporting on a secretive New World Order, but his network cancels his show, leaving Jake humiliated and spiraling into a deep dark depression.

Years later, a condemned murderer, who claims he was abandoned by the CIA, and who starred in an early episode of Bullseye, is finally executed for killing two supposed Soviet spies back in the 1970’s.

Jake Boxer, still trying to piece his life back together, is on his honeymoon in a posh ski resort in the Alaskan mountains when he gets word of the inmate’s execution . . . and the old killer’s final words: “The good spy dies twice.”

Those five words, seemingly meant for Jake, draw the ex-reporter out of his forced retirement and into a complex and deadly global conspiracy involving his newlywed wife, the secretive New World Order, and the hotel’s hundred or so “guests.”

Everyone is a suspect.

Review:


I wasn't too sure about this book wondering if it was going to be a cheesy spy story but I found myself really sucked in.  This is a great espionage thriller.  Jake Boxer had a public meltdown on his tv show Bullseye.  Since then he has been trying to pull himself out of a deep depression, figure out what he is going to do with the rest of his life. After marrying his ex-producer, he travels to a posh ski resort in remote Alaska. It is there that Jake's life will forever be altered again.

Everyone in this book feels like a suspect and you can't really get a good handle on what is happening until the ending.  Fantastic writing that keeps you guessing and pulling you along.  It takes a good writer to not have me figuring everything out before the final page and this one definitely kept me guessing.  There is a whole lot to this book much more than meets the eye.

Wonderful edge of your seat ride.



Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Book Review: Among the Wicked ( Kate Burkholder book 8) by Linda Castillo

Release Date: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Format: Kindle
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Mystery - Amish
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover


Synopsis: 

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and "English" communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community.

Kate's long time love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she'll have limited communication - and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can't turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she's briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life.

Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone... trapped in a fight for her life.

Review:


I am a sucker for these books.  I love every second of them. I have a fascination with the Amish culture and love Kate's mixed feelings about leaving the fold. This is a great book that shows how easy it is for devoted people to fall prey to charismatic leaders who may take advantage of them.  This is a story of how a bad apple can definitely spoil the bunch.

Kate goes undercover to infiltrate an Amish community that has come under suspicion after the death of a young teenage girl. There are rumors of child abuse and the whole Amish community has started to become more and more insular under the leadership of their new Bishop.  As Kate attempts to infiltrate the community and gain their trust she starts to wonder if the thing that makes her special (being ex-amish) is also the thing that is her biggest downfall.

Fast paced, fun read.





Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Book Review: Six Train to Wisconsin (Book 1) by Kourtney Heintz

Release Date: May 1, 2013
Publisher: Aurea Blue Press
Format: Kindle
Pages: 433 pages
Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Fantasy
Buy: Paperback | Kindle 

Synopsis:

Sometimes saving the person you love can cost you everything. 

There is one person that ties Oliver Richter to this world: his wife Kai. For Kai, Oliver is the keeper of her secrets.

When her telepathy spirals out of control and inundates her mind with the thoughts and emotions of everyone within a half-mile radius, the life they built together in Manhattan is threatened.

To save her, Oliver brings her to the hometown he abandoned--Butternut, Wisconsin--where the secrets of his past remain buried. But the past has a way of refusing to stay dead. Can Kai save Oliver before his secrets claim their future?

Review:


After reading this book I can honestly say that having telepathy would be the worst super power in the world.  Knowing everyone's thoughts, would be torturous.  How Kai thought she could live in Manhattan and not go insane is beyond me.  I don't even have telepathy and the emotional noise from NYC can be overwhelming.

Heintz has created a great story, mixing the supernatural with a modern day mystery romance.  To help save Kai, Oliver kidnaps her and brings her to his home town.  But his home town holds a lot of secrets. Olivers first love, and a dark secret that kept him away for over 10 years, and estranged from his father. Now in this small town where everyone knows everyone Oliver and Kai find themselves fighting for their lives and their relationship.

The story is told in alternating voices, Kai and her husband Oliver.  It was really nice to have both sides of the action so I appreciated the way this was written.Great writing, great mystery. The ending is left on a bit of a cliff hanger but that was okay. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in this series.



Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Book Review: Nightwish (Echoes of Eternity book 1) by Sydney Bristow

Release Date: August 9, 2015
Publisher: Createspace
Format: Kindle
Pages: 322 pages
Genre: Fantasy/Suspense
Buy: Kindle | Paperback 

Synopsis:


In this world, nothing is certain except death and sarcasm!

Serena Sykes was still trying to figure out her place in the world when she discovered the existence of magic. Now armed with limited magical powers, she'll have to stop her newly discovered family from destroying the world.

With only 48 hours before they fill the world with monsters, Serena will have to rely on a vampire who is as much friend as foe, while trusting in the wisdom of her dementia-ridden grandmother.

No one said saving the world would be easy!

Review:


Serena doesn't know she is a witch until her 21st birthday when she discovers her powers, then she discovers she has a twin sister, a niece and a psychotic mother who gave her away because she was annoying.  Raised by her grandmother Serena can't even ask why she was never told about her family but her grandmother has Alzheimer's and rarely has a lucid moment.

Now she finds herself in a magic battle with her mother and her sister along with trying to protect her niece and missing the one person who was always there for her. Her friends try to help but she isn't always certain who she can trust.

This was an action packed book that was a good set up to a new trilogy. I could have used a little less sarcasm since there were times I found myself thinking okay I get it enough already, but the premise and the story kept me going.  Serena and her best friend Kendall are great, the male supporting characters could use a bit of work, they all seemed flawed with the exception of Nolan who was flawed in other ways but I hope to see more of him in future books.

People who like the Sookie Stackhouse books and even Janet Evanovich's number series would appreciate this book.  The monsters and supernatural element combined with the newbie inexperience lead to some interesting interactions.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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