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Ashley Bell: A Novel by Dean Koontz

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Ashley BellThere is little doubt that Mr. Koontz can get into the head of the reader and he has done it again. This is quite a story but the reader must believe in many things and especially people being able to see into their future and also imagine themselves in that future.

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Bibi Blair is the heroine in this case and she does things that most of us wish we could do. Or maybe not? Because she seems to get into all sorts of trouble when she does her voyaging.

It starts sort of slowly as she is a ten year old living with her surfer parents off of Newport Beach in California. One day she finds and makes a home for a stray dog (whom she names Olaf). When she is bathing the dog in the garage below the apartment where her grandfather lived before passing away, Bibi hears strange noises coming from upstairs but she doesn’t check immediately. Read the rest of this entry »

Poisonfeather (The Gibson Vaughn Series) by Matthew FitzSimmons

Reviewed by Teri Davis

1503939294A wealthy billionaire spends seven years in prison for embezzlement. However, he doesn’t seem to regret his past crime. After an interview with a financial magazine about his upcoming release, it is apparent to everyone that he has hidden money from the authorities.

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So who will find the money first?

Charles Merrick swindled people’s hopes and money. Many people invested with him every penny so that their families would have prosperous futures. He took their money and left them with nothing. Read the rest of this entry »

Escape Clause (A Virgil Flowers Novel) by John Sandford

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Escape ClauseQuite a story again. This time Virgil Flowers gets involved with not only some dudes who steal tigers from a Minnesota zoo but he is also trying to find out who beat up Frankie, his current girlfriend.

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It all starts when Virgil and Frankie are swimming in the lake on Frankie’s place when Sparkle and her new boyfriend, Rev. Bill come along and pile into the pool with them. (As a side note Rev. Bill works 9 months as a priest and then 3 months as a bartender. Sandford is good at rigging up stuff like that). Turns out that Sparkel is in the area to do some digging into a local manufacturing plant that is hiring Mexicans in an uncanny and illegal way. She is going to do the investigating for her dissertation that is required for her degree. Read the rest of this entry »

Half-Cut (The Cut Series Book 1) by Arnold Eslava-Grunwaldt

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

Half-CutA police thriller that is as clever as it is suspenseful; Half-Cut makes a noticeable entrance into the ever-growing genre of police thrillers. Author Arnold Eslava-Grunwaldt delivers with this debut novel, which is a well-orchestrated thriller that builds in intrigue, portrays sympathetic characters, and introduces readers to central character Detective Sergeant Hamilcar “Ham” Hitchcock, a seasoned and wise detective on the Yonkers, NY police force.

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Readers will find themselves immediately drawn into the intense world of Detective Sergeant Hitchcock, as he finds himself called to the residence of Bernard “Barney” Bloemker. At first glance, it appears that Barney died of a heart attack. However, something seems out of place with the corpse when it is noted that half his head has been shaved bald. Barney’s unconventional haircut did not match the plain interior set up within his apartment. The mystery continues to grow, as another oddity about poor Barney’s corpse arises. The medical examiner notices a telltale sign of arsenic poisoning indicating that a much more sinister scenario was beginning to unfold; Bloemker’s death may have been murder. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Disorder by Mike Papantonio

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Law and DisorderAttorney Nicholas “Deke” Deketomis is a hard hitting lawyer in Spanish Trace, FL and a monumental thorn in the side of corporations who put profits before people. He has a reputation for going after companies with everything he has and obtaining large settlements for his clients. Deke’s life becomes very complicated, however, after he is framed for murder while litigating two major tort cases against Bekmeyer Pharmaceauticals and S.I. Oil. Substantial money is at stake and conservative forces backing both companies seem to be conspiring against Deke to shatter his credibility and destroy his reputation. The question is, will he be able to beat the odds once again or is this the end of his stellar career?

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Playing with Fire by Peter Robinson

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Playing with FireOne dark night in Yorkshire, DCI Banks and DI Cabot are called to the scene of a fire. Two derelict boats have been set on fire and there are two victims: the daughter of a local doctor and a marginally successful artist. Much is revealed as Banks and Cabot investigate, including the possible existence of an art forgery ring involving Leslie Whitaker, a local book seller and Cabot’s newest love interest, Phil Keane and that the artist’s death might be the result of a blackmail attempt. This could be the most challenging case yet for Banks and Cabot and time is running out as more fires are set and more people fall victim to the unidentified arsonist. Read the rest of this entry »

Predator: A Crossbow Novel by Wilbur Smith

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Predator“Predator” is the third book featuring former British soldier Hector Cross. The book opens with the escape of Congo, the man who was responsible for the death of Cross’ wife. Congo seeks revenge against Cross for his incarceration and death sentence. He plans to destroy Cross’ life by destroying Bannock Oil, the source of Cross’ wealth. Congo puts together a complicated plan involving mercenaries, the would-be dictator of an independence-seeking, oil-rich province of an African country and his corrupt attorney. When Cross realizes that Congo has escaped custody, he puts together his own force to stop him once and for all. What follows is ultimately showdown between the two men, only one of which will make it out alive. Read the rest of this entry »

Hostage Taker: A Novel by Stefanie Pintoff

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Hostage TakerThis is a different story and a good one but somewhat tough to follow. It basically all occurs in and around St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. A man, Amos MacDonald, is heading into church when he spots a lady standing outside the huge doors of the church. As he walks up toward her he notices a cop slip past her and quickly enter the church. Amos nears her and asks if she needs help or is she waiting for someone. However he also quickly notices a red dot appear on her forehead and then bang! She is shot, falls over dead as Amos quickly hits 911 on his phone.

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From there the story moves forward as Eve Rossi is leaving the graveyard after burying Zev, her stepfather, she is stopped by two FBI agents who inform her that there is a problem in downtown NYC and her expertise is needed. Eve is a profiler and in this case the Hostage Taker in St Patrick’s has asked for her specifically to be on the scene because of her knowledge, background, and talents. Read the rest of this entry »

The Cold Kiss by John Rector

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Cold Kiss“We were the only ones inside except for a man whispering into a pay phone on the other side of the lunch counter. I don’t think we would’ve noticed him at all if it wasn’t for his cough. The sound, wet and choking, was hard to ignore. I did my best. Sarah didn’t.”

Sometimes running away seems like your only choices within minutes. What would you do if you saw an older man who was coughing and having difficulty breathing? Most of us would choose to ignore him. Read the rest of this entry »