SERENITY – Craig A. Hart

Serenity - HartRetired to his old hometown of Serenity, Michigan, aging ex-boxer, Shelby Alexander’s latest troubles, and our exciting warmblooded read, start from page one when the sister of a local drug-dealing family gang dies in his yard on a freezing cold night. A Detroit gang are muscling in on the local action, catching Shelby, and his loyal friend and lover, in the middle. Shelby is tough and stubborn, and when the local sheriff, a dubious character in his own right, ignores his appeal for justice, he and his old friend Mack McIntyre, retired cop, have to deal with the problem, if only they can survive, in their own way.

 

Craig A. Hart

Craig A. Hart, author.

The main characters are the sort of folk you’d like as friends and as backup. They take both seriously. It’s a feel-good, nimble paced thriller with a convincing plot. Being #1 in the SELBY ALEXANDER SERIES, I not only recommend it highly, I will review any more in the series that Craig A. Hart cares to send to BOOK POSTMORTEM. (.mobi ebook preferred)

This copy was an Instafreebie selection, chosen by chance. Not all of those selected are chosen for review. Indeed, not all are finished, although most are. Good luck to all Indie authors; please support each other by way of reviews. We all want reviews but are not always prepared to give them in return. Cast your bread upon the waters, etc.

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FORGOTTEN – Neven Carr

ForgottenAn enjoyable read, the first in the exciting ‘Araneya Series’, involving a ruthless band of Italian-Australian ex-Vietnam Vets out to silence a child witness when it appears that her trauma-induced lost memory might be returning.

Young teacher, Claudia Cabriatti does not think it strange that all children have no memory of life in early childhood, but hers begin at age eight. Then a woman is shot and killed in the grounds of Claudia’s home; a strangely familiar face…

Then she senses that she is being followed, and when a second killing takes place, her world of family warmth and trust begins to fall apart when she realises that her beloved Papa is also not what he seems to be. Secrets begin to shatter, and ruthless men will go to any lengths to prevent them breaking open altogether.

Can she trust a secretive man called Saul Reardon who is supposed to be keeping her safe?

Neven Carr

Neven Carr author

Beautifully written emotions, haunting motives; this is a brilliant start to The Araneya Series.

 

Keep ‘em coming, NEVEN CARR. Thank you for this Instafreebie copy. I only select the best of any possibly intriguing titles for review, so, if you would like to, send me more of the same, direct, and FOLLOW this blog.

 

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THE ATLANTIS RIDDLE – Kevin Tumlinson

TWO STONES, FOUND SIXTY YEARS APART, AND BOTH HOLDING CLUES TO WHAT MAY BE THE LOST CITY OF ATLANTIS

The Atlantis RiddleEnjoyed this, #2 in the Dan Kotler Series. I found it more credible than the first, which I did indeed enjoy, where Viking ships were discovered to have sailed down an underground river in the central USA. This one involves Thomas Edison and the sacking of an island which is a remnant of the fabled city of Atlantis.

Kevin Tumlinson is a writer to watch for.

With a weakness for powerful friendships, I was taken with that of his central characters. Their friendship and trust for one another has solidified. The historical adventurer, Dan Kotler, and the FBI Agent Roland Denzel set out to help Gail McCarthy unravel the secret of the engraved half-stone that she has inherited from her wealthy grandfather. Her grandfather’s old war-time buddy has a map and needs the other half of the stone, but there are more ruthless forces at play here and we are slung from one deadly crisis to the next with breathless velocity.

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Kevin Tumlinson

Thank you KEVIN TUMLINSON for this Instafreebie copy. Like the first in the series, we only select the best of any possibly intriguing titles for review. Take it as an invitation to continue sending us these adventures direct.

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TYPHOON FURY – Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison

Typhoon Fury.jpgA novel from the Oregon Files. This Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the hi-tech ship Oregon thriller is a match for the best of the series. Hot-paced and violent to the extreme, you half wonder how the action missed the recent headlines.

Salvadore Locsin is the leader of a force intent on taking over not only the Philippines, but any other country that stands in his way, and with the super-drug he has discovered in tunnels left over from the Japanese occupation during WWII, it is likely that he could indeed do just that. However, some stolen paintings in his possession will help fund his secret laboratory and the captive scientists there to manufacture enough of the drug to supply his army of super-soldiers on a continuous basis.

It is in trying to locate the paintings that Cabrillo catches a glimpse of the impending catastrophe and only he and his team have any hope in trying to prevent it.

The plot is, to my mind, unnecessarily complicated by the appearance of a South African mercenary who tries to get the drug for himself.

Another brilliant Locsin weapon is a swarm of highly explosive guided water-skimming drones designed to take out any offensive shipping that gets in his way. Needless to say, when used against the Oregon, desperate measures are called for.

If you can swallow the amazing powers of the wonder-drug, you will enjoy another rip-roaring Oregon adventure.

Thanks to PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE SA for the ARC.

www.penguin.co.uk

ISBN 978-0-718-18467-4

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RAGING AGAINST the STORM – Maynard Sims

BAHAMA SERIES BOOK #3.

Raging a t StormHarry Beck used to run a fishing and boat hire service in the Bahamas. Used to; now he’s a wreck since an assassin killed his friend and business partner. His grief is destroying his marriage as well. Let’s not mention the businessman who would like to see him dead. To compound his problems, the assassin’s target arrives back on the island followed by the assassin and one mother of a storm. Harry had better get his ducks in a row, fast.

I enjoyed the first in the Bahama Series and reviewed it on BOOK POSTMORTEM awhile ago. This offering by the voracious pair of writers, Maynard and Sims, is no less of a masterpiece of a gripper.

Maynard Sims

Maynard (&) Sims

The flow is great, the plot not beyond the bounds of feasibility and the characters are totally believable. When Harry finally gets his act together, he is a gritty hero with a good sense of the right thing to do and the guts to try and get it done.

Thanks to Mick Sims for the review copy. Hats off.

 

  • ISBN-10:1629898414
  • ISBN-13:978-1629898414

 

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The FATE of KINGS – G.P.Taylor & Mark Stibbe

Fate of KingsFor me, any mention of the French Revolution immediately conjures up visions of Madame What-have-you knitting as the heads roll at the guillotine. This historical adventure of a plot to assassinate the king of England to initiate a similar revolution in Britain could indeed be construed as the original British spy story.

The plot is stumbled upon by the newly appointed Vicar of Deal who crosses the Channel to find out the fate of his French parents in law. He must avoid the marauding Republican Army which scours the French countryside weeding out Loyalists who would have the return of the French Monarchy.

The authors conjure up a keen tense picture of the French Spymaster and his agents as they separate to search for the Vicar in France and also to mingle with the hoards of French Loyalists who have fled across to Britain for safety. It’s up to the Vicar to foil the plot if he can only get back to London in time.

G.P.Taylor

G.P. Taylor, author

Mark Stibbe

Mark Stibbe, author

The telling of the tale is just old fashioned enough to add the historical flavor without detracting from the flow. Readable, exciting and plausible, it is the first in a series featuring Thomas Pryce, vicar and secret agent, set in a time when the New World Order of banking control and the Illuminati emerges.

My thanks to Rhoda Hardie PR for this ARC for which I submit an honest review.

  • ISBN: 1910786756
  • Publisher: Malcolm Down Publishing (3 Nov. 2017)
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MUNICH – Robert Harris

A tense historical thriller set in 1938 Europe as the storm clouds gather with Hitler already flexing his territorial muscles, and Chamberlain diplomatically fighting to avert war.

MunichTwo Oxford student friends have not laid eyes on each other since their visit to Munich six years before. Both have moved on to their respective careers.

Hugh Legat, a fluent German speaker, is now 3rd Secretary to Prime Minister Chamberlain, and once again heading to Munich, but this time with the British delegation in a last ditch attempt to ward off impending war as Hitler demands the Sudeten territory from Czechoslovakia, which Chamberlain knows is only the start of Hitler’s ambitions.

Hitler’s train, linking up with another containing his ally, Mussolini, is heading in the same direction, with Legat’s old friend, German diplomat Paul von Hartmann in the entourage. Hartmann is a member of a group who are determined to rid Germany of Hitler before he can carry out his German space expansion plans and carries proof to hand over to Legat, if he can arrange the meeting without jeopardising his group or himself.

When Legat is not allowed to go near the meeting, but ordered to stay in his hotel and organise the domestic requirements of his delegation, the tension ratchets up to breaking point and risks must be taken to overcome the obstacles and the old friends can meet.

With a spiteful fellow-, and senior-, Secretary, determined to make things as difficult for Legat as he can, and a SS-Sturmbannfűhrer sniffing suspiciously at Hartmann’s heels, the dangerous mission to hand Legat the proof to give to his PM before talks conclude and agreements are signed, and war averted, the story is as gripping as a python.

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Robert Harris

Robert Harris, writes beautifully, and his prose must be the envy of many an author and wannabe writer. Top that with a well-researched backdrop and a thrilling plot with plausible characters, Munich must be a winner.

Thanks to PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, South Africa for this ARC for whom I have given this honest review.

ISBN 9780091959203, Hutchinson Imprint. www.penguin.co.uk

www.robert-harris.com

My apologies for the previous erroneous connection of Robert Harris to Stuart Neville, also a fine writer. 

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LINE OF FIRE – Andy McNab

Andy McNab goes from strength to strength with thrillers that both have depth and sound tech-knowledge.

Line of FireThis, another episode in the nail-biting life of ex-deniable operator, Nick Stone, involves the tough operative trying to get used to working with a team again after a long series of operations where he relies only on his own training and smarts. But this isn’t any old highly trained well-oiled team. It is three ex-soldiers with four legs and five arms between them, but what they lack in limbs they make up for in guts and determination. Initially dubious of their having any possibility of survival, Nick come to realise that his leadership is not the only asset they can rely on.

What binds the four men is the knowledge they each have in their heads, and, more reliably, on memory sticks each has hidden away, about a clandestine mission that they survived in polar regions. The exposure of that would embarrass the organisation that authorised the mission, run by the man they know as the Owl, who would dearly like to obliterate both the men and their sticks.

With mutual distrust, the Owl gives them another mission, and a promise of a good payout: Find, and lift, a young Russian computer hacker in Cornwall.

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Andy McNab, perhaps…

We are led through the preliminary phase of the persuasion that their best bet to survive is to keep together and beat the Owl at his own game, then on to the ever-tightening mission. Finding out what the hacker and her minders are up to is one phase, but the disasters and dangers and suspicion of a mole in their midst follow in unputdownable succession.

Another five star winner from the soldier who has the tee-shirt.

Thanks to PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, South Africa for this ARC for whom I have given this honest review.

ISBN 9780953078952, Bantam Press Imprint. www.penguin.co.uk

 

 

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THE MIDNIGHT LINE – Lee Child

Top notch five star pure Reacher.

The Midnight Line

Out to stretch his legs on a bus-ride to Anywhere, ex-Army MP drifter, Jack Reacher, notices a Westpoint class ring in a pawnshop window. The implications that such a hard earned symbol of blood sweat and tears could have been stolen or pawned has Reacher setting off to track down the obviously female owner. He abandons the bus ride in favour of trouble, something that he finds like a diviner.

The journey from pawnshop to middlemen to seller is intriguing, logical, hard-hitting and philosophical in the best Lee Child tradition.

The POV slips from his search progress in the company of an ex-FBI Private Investigator who specialises in missing persons, to a female cop with her eye on a slithering drug dealer that nobody can pin down. There is a middle period of the story without much frenetic action which doesn’t detract from the tension but rather draws it out beyond what seems like breaking point.

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Lee Child, author

Reacher is definitely back after a short break of mediocrity.

For a man who is usually yawning at nine, I was glued ‘til after midnight, which might just make that title very meaningful.

 

Thanks to PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, South Africa for this ARC for whom I have given this honest review.

 

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MIDNIGHT at the BRIGHT IDEAS BOOKSTORE – Matthew Sullivan

Midnight at the BRIGHTAn original tale of a mysterious suicide in a bookseller’s shop, involving intense bibliophiles; both those that man the shop and those that inhabit the shelves to feed their habit but seldom can afford to buy.

Lydia, who has returned to the town that once was the scene of her nightmare childhood, had formed a bond with a Bookfrog – one of those almost-homeless that consistently find solace and succour between the book covers – Joseph Molino. When he hangs himself between the bookshelves on the 3rd floor, and Lydia finds his body within minutes of him taking his life, she is devastated. Very slowly, she is presented with clues that lead her to messages from Joseph himself, and to find out why he took his own life, she must follow them.

Her father, who had fled the town after the bloody murder of a family by the Hammerman, where Lydia herself was present but spared, joined the prison service. As he withdraws into himself, he no longer supplies the comfort she needs and craves. They become estranged. She knows that the investigator, who never found the identity of the killer but always believed that it was her father, hasn’t given up when he contacts her again to find out if she has remembered anything more from that ghastly night.

Her childhood friend, Raj, comes back into her life, both complicating it as well as being a comforting support, but the shocking truth begins to emerge even as Lydia starts to solve Joseph’s messages. These are intricately clever, but I found them a slightly unnecessary embellishment.

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Matthew Sullivan, author

Be that as it may, this was a good read; tense and well-twisted, as the past and the present begin to intertwine.

Thank you to  for the ARC to which this review is a frank and honest appraisal.

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