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Blurb: The Taskforce is used to being the hunter, but this time they’re the hunted.

Intent on embroiling the US in a quagmire that will sap its economy and drain its legitimacy, Russia passes a potential weapon of mass destruction to Boko Haram, an extreme Islamic sect in Nigeria. The Russian FSB believes the weapon, a relic of the Cold War, has deteriorated and is no longer effective, but they are wrong. Boko Haram has the means for mass destruction, which will be set loose upon a multitude of unsuspecting innocents on one of the world’s grandest stages.

Trying to solve the riddle of who might be stalking them, Pike Logan and the Taskforce have no idea what’s been set in motion; but there’s another secret from the Cold War buried in the Russian FSB, and exposing it will mean the difference between life and death—not only for Pike and his partner, Jennifer, but for perhaps millions more around the globe.

Review: Days of Rage is another fast-paced thriller with a very relevant storyline in today's world.

The blending of fiction with real-world "what could be" possibilities is riveting. So are the characters (TaskForce, FSB, Boko Haram) and how they work, react, and change throughout the book.

This is only the second book I had read by Mr. Taylor, but will definitely look for others to catch-up on as well as those that will be published in the future.

Received from publisher for review.

(Cover image and blurb (c)Brad Taylor)
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Blurb: Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are used to putting their lives at risk—and in The Polaris Protocol it’s Jennifer’s brother and countless more innocents who face unfathomable violence and bloodshed.

Pike and Jennifer are in Turkmenistan with the Taskforce—a top-secret antiterrorist unit that operates outside US law—when Jennifer gets a call from her brother, Jack. Working on an investigative report into the Mexican drug cartels, Jack Cahill has unknowingly gotten caught between two rival groups. His desperate call to his sister is his last before he’s kidnapped.

In their efforts to rescue Jack, Pike and Jennifer uncover a plot much more insidious than illegal drug trafficking—the cartel that put a target on Jack’s back has discovered a GPS hack with the power to effectively debilitate the United States. The hack allows a user to send false GPS signals, making it possible to manipulate everything from traffic signals and banking wire transfers to cruise missiles, but only while the system’s loophole remains in place.

With the GPS hack about to be exploited and Jack’s life at stake, Jennifer and Pike must find a way to infiltrate the cartel’s inner circle and eliminate the impending threat. The price of failure, for both the Taskforce and the country, is higher than ever.

Review: Drug cartels, control of GPS signals, and a TaskForce member's kidnapped brother - and that is mostly the beginning.

The Polaris Protocol is a fast-paced, edge of the seat read. There are parts of the book that do not make for easy reading (cartel methods, for example), but they give the story a certain authenticity it might not otherwise have had.

The plot revolving around GPS signals and how they could be (mis-)used by less than savory people was nicely done.

Great recommended read and I look forward to reading more of Mr. Taylor's books.

Originally received as an Advanced Reader's Copy from publisher for review.

(Cover image and blurb (c)Brad Taylor)
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Blurb: When your own eyes betray you, who can you trust?

At the door, the harsh-eyed man and woman surveyed the room in slow tandem, like twin Terminators. Drew leaned on the bar, rattling the ice in his glass. Harper took the Cuervo Gold from the shelf. The first sound was a muffled pop. The man and woman with the gunslinger eyes turned toward the high roller’s booth. Harper’s skin prickled. A second report hammered beneath the drumbeat. It was unmistakable, a noise she knew from the firing range and a thousand TV shows, a sound it seemed she had been expecting all her life: gunfire.

In Edgar Award-winning author Meg Gardiner’s new stand-alone thriller, an injured cop and an ex-thief hunt down a killer nobody else believes exists.


When shots ring out in a crowded L.A. club, bartender Harper Flynn watches helplessly as her boyfriend, Drew, is gunned down in the crossfire. Then somebody throws a Molotov cocktail and the club is quickly engulfed in flames. L.A. Sheriff’s detective Aiden Garrison sees a gunman in a hoodie and gas mask taking aim at Harper, but before he can help her, a wall collapses, bringing the building down and badly injuring him.

A year later, Harper is trying to rebuild her life. She has quit her job and gone back to college. Meanwhile, the investigation into the shootout has been closed. The two gunmen were killed when the building collapsed.

Certain that a third gunman escaped and is targeting the survivors, Harper enlists the help of Aiden Garrison, the only person willing to listen. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered has cut his career short and left him with Fregoli Syndrome, a rare type of face blindness that causes the delusion that random people are actually a single person changing disguises.

As Harper and Aiden delve into the case, Harper realizes that her presence during the attack was no coincidence—and that her only ally is unstable, mistrustful of her, and seeing the same enemy everywhere he looks.

Review: I looked forward to reading this book (received from publisher for review) as I liked the premise and I had read about Ms. Gardiner before, but had not yet read any of her books.

I enjoyed reading Phantom Instinct very much. It was fast paced, great characters, enough twists and turns to satisfy my reading tastes, and a good plot.

I liked seeing how the characters grew and changed as the story unfolded. I liked seeing how each character dealt with the different issues that cropped up. The themes were something else I enjoyed - who to trust, who to turn to, how far to go, instinct - good or bad.

Great read and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Gardiner's books.

(Cover image and blurb (c)Meg Gardiner)
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Blurb: Single father Danny Goodman would do anything — anything — to protect his teenaged daughter, Abby, from more unhappiness after her mother’s death. Struggling to keep her at the private school she loves, he accepts a favor from an unexpected benefactor: Thomas Galvin, father of Abby’s best friend and one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin offers Danny a loan that would be enough to pay Abby’s tuition and relieve some of Danny’s other financial pressures, and Danny can’t help but be charmed by Galvin’s generosity and kindness.

Danny’s new friend, however, turns out to have some dangerous enemies — including some Federal investigators who think Danny’s in a perfect position to collect evidence against Galvin. The moment Galvin’s loan hits Danny’s account, Danny finds himself trapped into a dangerous undercover assignment that will put both his life and his daughter’s at risk. Danny tells one lie after another to hide more and more secrets, weaving a net that will ultimately require a desperate plan of action.

Review: I received the book from the publisher for review.

Not having read Joseph Finder before, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I was surprised - in a good way. What drew me to the book (aside from a good storyline) is that it had quite a few twists and turns throughout. I also found myself liking the characters - all of them to a greater or lesser degree. Dan Goodman and Tom Galvin especially.

Aside from the above, what I really liked about the book were the themes that I found when reading it - family, the ties that bind, what we do for those we love, things not always being what they seemed, and trying to do what is right.

Enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more of Mr. Finder's works.

(Cover image and blurb (c)Joseph Finder)
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Blurb: No one was aware of the storm's sudden force.

Not the Hurricane Hunter crew trapped in its center. Not the family marooned on a resort island while searching for their missing teen. A deadly Category Five hurricane has never hit the Georgia coast in modern times.

Until now.

St. Simons Island, Georgia, has never been hit by a Category 5 hurricane.

Until now.

No one predicted the storm's sudden force. A crippled Air Force recon plane, trapped in the eye of a violent hurricane. An outspoken tropical weather forecaster, fired from his network TV job before he can issue a warning: the storm is changing course and intensifying. A desperate family searching for a runaway daughter on Georgia's posh St. Simons Island, cut off from escape as the hurricane roars toward them. A marriage on the rocks; an unrequited sexual attraction; a May-December romance. All will be swept up by the monster storm.

Get ready for a white-knuckle adventure.

Review: I had originally received this from the publisher as a review copy, but had laid it aside, and it took me a good long while to come to reading it. Having it read it, I wish I had read it sooner.

While, living in Florida as I do, I can't say that hurricanes are a good thing, Mr. Bernard's writing is. He tells a great story and knows his way around invoking an image or three.

I liked all of the characters in the book - even the ones who weren't entirely likable - and how things changed for them throughout the book. Their growth and changing perspectives as the fictional (for this book) Hurricane Janet approached landfall really stood out for me.

I think that, overall, I liked the blend of weather science presented, the behind the scenes "stuff" of how information is gathered, what information is presented (and when it is), and the themes throughout the book (pushing through against the odds with the knowledge of right based on experience, realization of when to let go, tipping points, new relationships, etc.) are what made Eyewall great.

(Book cover and blurb (c)Belle Books)
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Blurb: "My name is Nyah and I'm a hacker. I know things most people would never believe. Things that shouldn't exist, but do."

Seventeen-year-old Nyah Parks is a genius hacker who makes a living by cracking the firewalls of the world's largest corporations. But when the biggest job of her life goes wrong, she's plunged into a desperate situation with only one way out: one last hack that will either save her or kill her. So begins Hacker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering world around us, the seen and the unseen, and reminds us that there's far more to who we are than meets the eye.

Review: Hacker is the latest installment in Ted Dekker's Outlaw chronicles and it delivers a thrill ride.

It has as many twists and alleyways as Eyes Wide Open did (and probably Water Walker as well, but I have not read that installment as yet).

The story, naturally, revolves around hacking. While computer hacking does involve itself in the storyline, I also like Mr. Dekker's twist on it - a clue to be found on the wonderful cover.

Great addition to the Outlaw chronicles and a thrilling, fast-paced read.

(Cover image and blurb (c)Worthy Publishing)
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Blurb: It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.

Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.

As the body count mounts and Kat’s hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.

Review: Received for review from publisher.

I had heard about Harlan Coben's writing for a while prior to reading Play Dead before coming to Missing You. Just as with Play Dead, Missing You has a winding road of clues and branching pathways. There may be readers out there who will say, "Oh, yea, there HAD to be a connection!" with regard to a certain plot point, and the conclusion does fit with that part of the story. I say, however, that it is Kat's journey to finding it and the reasons why things happened the way they did that give things a certain tension regarding what happens next.

What really makes the story for me is how the main storyline intertwines with Kat's search into wanting (needing?) to know certain things - things that unfurl as the reader is drawn further along.

It is also a story of appearances: Are they always what they seem? Is there something more behind them? Is the truth real or is there something more behind the "truth" as we may know it based on how we see different people?

Great read, would definitely recommend to others!

(Image and blurb (c)Penguin Group.)
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Blurb: My name is Christy Snow. I'm seventeen and I'm about to die. I'm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I'm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won't stop shaking. Some will say that I'm not really here. Some will say I'm delusional. Some will say that I don't even exist. But who are they? I'm the one buried in a grave. My name is Christy Snow. I'm seventeen and I'm about to die.

First in the newest series from Ted Dekker, a master of suspense, whose books have sold 9 million copies, Eyes Wide Open is a raw adrenaline rush from the first page to the last.

Review: Since I have read a book or two of Mr. Dekker's, I was somewhat familiar with what to expect...and I wasn't disappointed.

Eyes Wide Open is a story - for me - about questions. Questions regarding who we are, how we see ourselves, how others want us to see ourselves, and whether or not we can look deep into ourselves and find our own "truth".

It is also a story of, metaphorically, falling through a rabbit hole. A rabbit hole that leads, in more ways than one, to the above-mentioned questions, while "making" the characters question not only themselves, but reality as well.

Before the story ends, there is also a shift in dynamics between the two main characters that should prove interesting in future books (if they re-appear in future books).

Thank you, Mr. Dekker, for another wonderful read filled with lots of twists and turns.

(Image and Blurb (c) Worthy Publishing.)
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Amazon.com Product Description:
Just your average Pittsburgh soccer mom, baking brownies and carrying a loaded forty-caliber Glock...

Lucille Teresa Guardino. A woman of many identities. Lucille to her doting mother, Lulu to her devoted husband, Mom to her pre-teen daughter, Lucy to her friends, LT to her co-workers, and Supervisory Special Agent Guardino to the criminals she captures for the FBI's Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement squad.

A loving mom and wife, dutiful daughter, consummate professional, and kick-ass federal agent, Lucy is living the perfect life.

Until the day she comes up against a predator more vicious and cunning than any she's ever tackled before, one who forces Lucy to choose between the life of the young victim she is fighting to save and her own daughter's....and Lucy's dream life is shattered.


Once again, a CJ Lyons book I could not put down. I read it in one sitting and it was at once terrifying, thrilling, and a look into what is normal in the lives of FBI agents. It is also a look into the life of the girl that FBI Agent Lucy Guardino is trying to find and of the choice she faces when confronting the man who has kidnapped the girl.

There are scenes featuring snakes that are not recommended for those who may have issues with snakes (even reading about them), they fit the story and give it an extra oomph.

I look forward to reading more of Ms. Lyons' books.

(Cross-posted to: Amazon.com, LibraryThing.com, GoodReads.com, and BarnesandNoble.com)

A couple outlets where Snake Skin may be purchased:
Amazon.com (Kindle format also available)
Barnes & Noble (Nook format also available)

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Sarah Durandt had gone to Texas to watch a man die, but she did so in the hope that he would - at the end - tell her where he had buried her husband and son two years before.

But in that, as with quite a few things and people in her life, things are not quite as they seem.

Not Alan Easton, a lawyer pretending to be her friend and admirer, but doing so under very false pretenses. Not Samuel Durandt, the husband she still loves, thinks is dead, but is more than he seems. Not Hal Waverly, the Hopewell, NY sheriff who she thought she knew. And not Jack Logan, FBI Special Agent in Charge, who was in charge of the Damian Wright - the man Sarah had gone to see executed for killing boys - case.

As things come to light and seeming ghosts reappear, not knowing who to trust can leave both Sarah and Sam dead.

This is my first read of Ms. Lyons' works and my initial reaction to the story was (and continues) to be a little speechlessly star-struck.

Sarah is grieving what she believes to be a double tragedy, but has a spine of steel that lets her carry on in spite of it. She knows when to bend instead of breaking, but is, at the same time, stubborn.

Hal Waverly has also known loss, and carries on as well, but differently. In a lot of ways, he is still the man Sarah has known for a lot of years, but has a secret that he doesn't want known.

Sam Durandt tries to do things to the best of his ability, but they don't always work out exactly as he planned them. He knows his own shortcomings, but keeps on going.

Aside from the story's tempo, action, and timing, I really enjoyed the characterization. All of the characters - the good, the bad, and the ugly - are people that the reader may know, may want to know, or (as in the case of someone like Damian Wright) may hope to never come across in any capacity.

This is the kind of story I like to read and look forward to reading more of CJ Lyons' books.

(Crossposted to Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Librarything, and Goodreads.)

For more information about the author, her other books, and other information, please visit her site at: http://cjlyons.net/

The book is available at the following links:
Amazon.com (Also available for the Kindle)

Barnes & Noble (Available for the NOOK)

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