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Judgment & Wrath by Matt Hilton (Review #2)

Reviewed by Nancy Eaton

Judgment and Wrath by Matt HiltonRichard Dean wants to hire Joe hunter for a job. The job is very personal to Dean since it involves his daughter. Dean believes her very rich boyfriend Bradley Jorgensen is abusing his daughter, Marianne. Hunter works with an ex-Ranger known as Rink.

Hunter decides to accept the job. Dean does not care what Hunter has to do to get Marianne away from Jorgensen. His main goal is for Hunter to accomplish this task any way possible. After a nonchalant meeting with Marianne, Hunter sees a woman who seems happy with no signs of abuse. Even after dropping a few hints that he could help her, Marianne did not appear to need anything from Joe Hunter.

Dantalion, a hired killer, has been contracted to kill Jorgensen and Marianne. Dantalion’s first attempt was unsuccessful because Hunter happened to be there and saved the couple. Who has hired Dantalion to kill this couple and why? Read the rest of this entry »

Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen (Review #2)

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Ice Cold by Tess GerritsenMost adults live fairly predictable lives. As a medical examiner, Maura Isles, is cautious. She is not a risk-taker. So while at a pathologists’ convention in Wyoming, she is offered the opportunity for an adventure from a former college classmate and fellow pathologist. Since her love life is not doubtful now, maybe this chance will change her life into something more meaningful. She agrees to a ski trip for the weekend.

When GPS gives directions, we tend to believe it is correct. As snow is falling and getting increasingly deeper, you definitely are hoping it is correct. However, when you are stuck in the snow, then you could care less about the GPS and just look for some place safe and out of the weather.

Maura, the other pathologist and his thirteen-year-old daughter, and another couple decide to leave the vehicle and hike to safety, trudging through the snow. They are relieved to come upon a small village of twelve identical houses. They enter one whose door was unlocked and are surprised to find the house is not equipped with the usual comforts of everyday life, such as electricity and central heat. Also, puzzling is the dinner that was left on the table, not eaten. Read the rest of this entry »

Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder by Chris Cavender (Review #2)

Reviewed by Patricia Reid

Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder by Chris CavenderA Slice of Delight is a pizza shop in Timber Ridge, North Carolina. Eleanor Swift owns and operates A Slice of Delight. Eleanor’s husband Joe is deceased and her sister Maddy stepped up to help her run the pizza parlor. Gregg Hatcher is Eleanor’s deliveryman and Eleanor is fond of Gregg although not so much his mother. Gregg’s brother Wade is fighting him over their grandparent’s estate. Wade wants more than his fair share and Wade’s mother believes Wade can do wrong and should be entitled to whatever he wants. Wade has also been sneaking behind Gregg’s back with Gregg’s girl friend Katy.

When Wade is found dead in the kitchen of A Slice of Delight the first person to be suspected of the killing is Gregg. Gregg goes into hiding and Eleanor and Maddy go into detective mode. They soon have a list of suspects but there is no convincing Timber Ridge’s Chief of Police that Gregg is innocent. Even his mother is against him. Read the rest of this entry »

Robert Ludlum’s (TM) The Bourne Objective by Eric Van Lustbader (Review #2)

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Objective by Eric Van LustbaderA mysterious ring engraved with an undecipherable message that people are willing to die for…a laptop computer that contains information that can unlock untold wealth, if one only has the proper key…and, revenge, sweet, sweet, revenge. No, I’m not describing a new Fox reality television show–these are some of the plot elements of the newest thrilling Jason Bourne novel, The Bourne Objective. It’s by author Eric Van Lustbader, who took over Robert Ludlum’s series and has written four Bourne novels previous to this one, the eighth in all. I have not read any of the novels until The Bourne Objective, and have only seen the first movie based on the series starring Matt Damon; but, I gotta say, this novel rocks–it’s filled with action, adventure, and has plenty of plot twists and turns.

I’m not sure how the Jason Bourne series has lasted this long, because it is about a man–Jason Bourne–who is the product of the covert Central Intelligence program Treadstone, which was intended to create soldiers and/or assassins who were highly skilled in subjects like languages, and especially in martial arts, and weapons–and a big part of his appeal is that he has no memories of his former life. Well, rather, he has occasional, fleeting memories, triggered by seemingly random sorts of things, like seeing certain pictures, being in certain places, or meeting people from his past life, or seeing people who resemble them. So, how can the series have reached its eighth book, without Bourne remembering by now everything from his earliest traumatic toilet training episodes on to the present?

Don’t be like me and ask silly, foolish questions like that one–just accept the fact that, though Bourne is a man who knows very little about his past (still), he knows enough about how to kick some ass to do it about a million different ways, and that’s the main reason why the Bourne series, like Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, continues to be immensely popular. Read the rest of this entry »

The Moment of Truth by Mark O’Neal (Review #2)

Reviewed by Cy Hilterman

moment1Mo, short for Maurice Ousley, is an NBA star. He is a star in every meaning of the word in basketball and is a boyfriend of Gabrielle (Gabby), both being very serious with each other. Being a star with fans wanting a piece of you in public or private can become quite a difficult task through life. Mo was voted to be on the All Star Team and was fully looking forward to playing in the game along with all the side events that took place in connection. One night before the game Mo and Gabby had a misunderstanding over a past relationship of Gabby’s and it resulted in Mo taking off with their relationship hanging. Read the rest of this entry »

The Panic Zone by Rick Mofina (Review #2)

Reviewed by Gina Metz

panicJack Gannon is a reporter for The World Press Alliance and works out of the Manhattan office. He was hired by the WPA after having the inside track on a huge story of a serial killer while working for the Buffalo Sentinel. Jack has not had another big story since then and is ridiculed by the other WPA reporters who feel he should still be in Buffalo. In The Panic Zone, Jack is given his chance at his first international story covering a bombing in Rio de Janeiro that resulted in the deaths of a WPA reporter and a WPA photographer. Most WPA employees feel he should not have received the assignment except for Melody Lyons who hired Jack.

In Big Cloud, Wyoming a young woman survives a car crash in which her husband and baby were supposedly killed. Emma Lane knows her husband is dead but firmly believes she saw her baby rescued and taken from the vehicle just before it burst into flames although there is no evidence to prove the baby is alive or that anyone took him. Read the rest of this entry »

Book of Souls by Glenn Cooper (Review #2)

Reviewed by Stephanie Nordkap

souls1Will Piper, hero of Secret of the Seventh Son, finds himself in sudden retirement after the events of the “Doomsday Killer” case, and is chaffing to find something exciting to do. He is now married, with a young son, under constraint of a signed confidentiality agreement to never reveal the events that occurred in his final case and to never reveal the shattering truths he learned over man’s eventual fate. Shackled and constrained, Will is moaning over his fate when one day during a run, he notices that he is being followed. Upon confrontation, he learns that his followers belonged to a secret military and government group who worked in Area 51, the same group that tried to attack and kill Will over 18 months ago. These two men are after an old volume that has suddenly appeared on the market after having disappeared for hundreds of years and they want Will to get it for them, willing to pay him unlimited amounts of money for the job and for the book. All of a sudden, Will finds himself at the center of a conspiracy he has tried very hard to forget for 18 months.

Upon acquiring the special book, they discover a puzzle written by none other than Will Shakespeare himself. It is a set of clues, the discovery which is desperately needed to complete a very important mission, something to which only the government and these strange old men, are privy to. Will heads to England and searches for clues over 600 hundred years old, always trying to stay one step ahead of those who are pursuing him. Once he finds those clues, the secret government officials, who have been labouring at their task for over 60 years, will do anything in their power to stop him from releasing what he has learned to the world; a truth so powerful and so dangerous, it could hold a message about the future and the end of the world.
This novel was a fantastic blend of history, archaeology, suspense, mystery, religion, and fiction. Book of Souls takes place 18 months after the events in Secret of the Seventh Son, and assumes that you have read the first book. If you haven’t read the first one, you will do fine, except that you may not understand everything that is going on as the author doesn’t explain certain things that are happening assuming you are already aware of the events being referenced.

That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I got caught up in its grip right from the beginning and I looked forward to reading it every night. Combine a mystery, lots of suspense, a quest, a chase, many secrets, and you have the ingredients in place for a very fine story. In his quest to discover more information, Will heads to England in order to decipher clues left behind by William Shakespeare. As they search, they discover journals and letters left behind by John Calvin, Nostradamus, and others who explain the origins of the book and the Library and how it all began in the first place. The author deftly moves the reader from the present to the past, enter-twining the stories with great skill. Those familiar with these types of stories will be familiar with this technique. We learn a lot more about events in the past that helps us understand the importance of the Library and the Books in the present. Read the rest of this entry »

Live to Tell by Wendy Corsi Staub (Review #2)

tell2Reviewed by Cheryl Masciarelli

How does one pink stuffed dog called Fred, and owned by four-year old Sadie Walsh, entwine three (3) families that are relatively unknown to each other? What is it about Sadie’s favorite toy that leads to multiple murders, both young and older?

Byron Gregson, investigative reporter, is being chased through the streets of New York. Byron knows what they want and it is a USB. This USB contains information that is so damaging his life may be at stake. He knows what he has uncovered could ruin the life of a privileged political hopeful Garvey Quinn, who is on the campaign trail and considered to be the favorite, running for the highest office in New York, to become the next Governor.

On a very hot day in August, Lauren Walsh has taken Sadie into New York for the day, while her older two children are away at summer camp. Lauren wonders why she has made this trip. Sadie is not being cooperative and a bit cranky. Lauren would rather be home, hidden from everyone because she knows that she is the topic of those who gossip.

Sadie drops her stuffed animal, Fred just a few seconds before Byron is running by. He thinks he may have found a solution to his dilemma and picks up this toy. He hopes that his idea will give him a little more time to write this huge story that is stored on that USB and possibly even protect him from major injury. He runs into Grand Central Station and hides where no one can see him. He rips a small seam in the stuffed animal and inserts the USB drive. He then turns the toy over to Lost and Found where he figures he can retrieve it at a later time.

What is on that USB that connect these three families? Read the rest of this entry »