The Killing Ploy #Bookreview

  • Title: The Killing PloyThe Killing Ploy by [Haberman, Steve]
  • Author: Steve Haberman
  • Print Length: 265
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2012
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Espionage

Pablo de Silva is a former CIA tracker and shooter who is being haunted by the memory of his last mission, when he failed to save the lives of a fellow agent and lover. In this present day, he’s been trying to work through his failure, but it isn’t so easy when his colleagues are holding him in such low regard because of such failure. When his former boss calls him home on a new assignment, he quickly begins to realize that he’s fallen into a dangerous web.

The Killing Ploy was an interesting read. For the first half of the story, though, I found myself slugging through. The characters weren’t rounded out as I liked and a lot of the times the dialogue didn’t quite fit who they were as people. And while the scenery was developed wonderfully in the narrative (marvelous job at that. Coming from somewhere that doesn’t travel to exotic places, I felt I was there), there were a lot of times when I felt the sentence was incomplete. For example: She could remember their panicky flight out to the terrace, stumbling down the steep bluff, and struggling up some dunes to her Mercedes. After that, though, a fog as to why they had escaped to RCB.

I can see what the author is saying in the last sentence, but it, like many others, don’t really sit that well with me.

The second half was much better than the first. I can see a better grip on the writing and details. While the dialogue still wasn’t up to par, I found myself getting a little more into the story, wanting to find out how it would end.

Overall Rate: 3 out of 5 stars

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Biography

Steve Haberman

A University of Texas graduate, Steve Haberman pursued legal studies at UCLA before embarking on a career as a legal assistant. Profitable stock market investments made travel abroad possible, and he has since visited Europe extensively and frequently, including London, Paris, Prague, Berlin, as well as Milan and Budapest. Many of these feature as settings in his two e-book novels. “Murder Without Pity,” a murder mystery with tragic echoes from the past, occurs in Paris. “The Killing Ploy” (with heavy overtones of “fake news” before that was topical) is set partially in several Continental capitals. His two works in progress, “Darkness and Blood,” the sequel to “The Killing Ploy,” and “Winston Churchill’s Renegade Spy” also use foreign locales. He is presently planning another three month trip abroad for research on a fifth thriller, this one set in the post World War II apocalyptic ruin of the German capital.

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Silent Fear #bookreview @SterlingGate @MorcanJames

  • Title: Silent FearSilent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]
  • Author: Lance and James Morcan
  • Print Length: 708
  • Publication Date: September 21, 2017
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Wow! This is definitely one heavily involved book! Silent Fear is based on a True Crime that took place in Gallaudet University between 1980 and early 2000s. In the book, not only does Detective Valerie Crowther has to deal with solving a series of murders inside London’s university for the deaf, but she ends up quarantined after one of the students falls victim to the Monkey Flu. The good thing is the killer is looked in the school as well. The bad thing is that there are more than 400 suspects that Valerie must weed through.

I felt the characters and the setting really shined. I truly liked Crowther. She’s a strong woman who cares deeply for those around her, whether or not she wants to admit it. She was once married to Chief Superintendent Mark Bennett and as a reader, it was obvious that they really cared for one another. The only thing I didn’t care for was the continuous mentioning that Bennett was Crowther’s ex. I was reminded too many times within the narrative and the dialogue. The supporting characters were interesting and kept the story moving along.

The writing was tight. We’re given a lot of information (more than 400 pages worth), but keeps you intrigued and wanting more. In fact, I had misplaced my iPad during the course of this reading and after the initial sadness of losing my iPad, I became disappointed that I couldn’t finish the book. I had a PDF copy given to me by the authors, so it wouldn’t have worked on my Kindle. Thankfully, I did find my iPad and sped through the story. I couldn’t put it down.

Packed with drama, suspense, action and surprises lurking around every corner, I definitely think this is worth the read for anyone loving thrillers and/or British crime novels.

Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

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Silent Fear ~ Giveaway, ARC ~ Check It Out!

Happy October fellow readers/writers!

I have a proposal for you! I’ve been asked to help promote a new novel, Silent Fear, which sounds pretty awesome, if I may sound so myself. I’ve even accepted an ARC and can’t wait to start reading! Below, I included all the information you would need and want!

Before we get down to the basics of the book, the authors are searching for PDF ARC readers before the Kindle version is released on October 31. The paperback is currently available now on Amazon for $24.99. If you’re interested in the PDF copy, click here. It’ll take you to a sign up page where you’ll request the book and the authors will send it to you. But hurry! The offer is only good until October 30 to receive their ARC!

And that’s not all! You have a chance of winning a paperback of Silent Fear. I’m joining forces with them to choose one lucky winner. Interested? Click here to do so: Rafflecopter giveaway for Silent Fear.


About the book: Silent Fear is dedicated to the many millions of deaf people around the world. It is the eighth published novel by New Zealand father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan, authors of The Ninth Orphan, Into the Americas and White Spirit.

Set in present-day London, Silent Fear was inspired by the murders of several deaf students at Gallaudet University, one of the world’s most prestigious learning institutions for the deaf, in Washington, D.C.

A decade in the making, it was written under the guidance of leading deaf filmmaker Brent Macpherson whose commentary on the unique aspects of deaf culture the story covers appears at the end of the book. Together, the Morcans and Macpherson are developing a feature film adaptation of Silent Fear.

Blurb: Scotland Yard detective Valerie Crowther is assigned to investigate the murder of a student at a university for the Deaf in London, England. The murder investigation coincides with a deadly flu virus outbreak, resulting in the university being quarantined from the outside world. When more Deaf students are murdered, it becomes clear there is a serial killer operating within the sealed-off university. A chilling cat-and-mouse game evolves as the unknown killer targets Valerie and the virus claims more lives.

Selling via Amazon – The kindle version is available now in Amazon’s Pre-order program and will be auto-delivered to kindle buyers on October 31; the paperback is available now on Amazon.

For more information about their books and to read reviews, here are their Amazon and Goodreads pages:

Amazon

Goodreads

I’ve included the links to the authors’ bio. Click on their names beneath their head shots to learn more about them and their past publications!

           Lance Morcan                                  James Morcan

To join their discussion group on Goodreads, click here Silent World.

Don’t forget to check out their awesome trailer on YouTube to help promote their new book and a planned feature film! Silent Fear trailer.


Thanks and happy reading!

Angela Kay
Author of The Murder of Manny Grimes

Phantom Touch (The Phantom Series Book 1) #bookreview

  • Title: Phantom TouchPhantom Touch (Phantoms Book 1) by [Hawke, Jessica]
  • Author: Jessica Hawke
  • Print Length: 306
  • Publication Date: January 26, 2016
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural, Thriller, Mystery

I absolutely love stories like this. I’ve always been intrigued with the supernatural and the possibility of seeing ghosts or spirits. Phantom Touch is an excellent read by Jessica Hawke. Had I not planned on spacing it out for a few days, I could have finished it in one. With each swipe of my Kindle, I found myself unable to set the book down. It was very rare—if there was even a spot—where the story lagged.

The storytelling was engrossing and the light humor top notch. The star of the book, Bridget Young, is your typical, normal sixteen years old: she’s trying to survive high school and getting past the death of someone close to her. Only, she’s not normal. She sees spirits, most of who had wrongfully died many years ago. When a young girl shows up, just weeks before Bridget’s seventeenth birthday, she realizes she must solve her murder for more reasons other than just letting the girl rest in peace.

Since no one, even Bridget’s best friend, knows her ghostly secret, she has to rely on the dead girl’s spirit and Bridget’s guardian, Kale, to reach the bottom of the truth. Along the way, Bridget learns more about the spirit world and herself.

There were two parts that I can think of off the top of my head that would have served better earlier in the story, such as when Bridget described her features in the narrative. I  would have preferred to know what she looked like within the first few pages, rather than waiting until I read about thirty percent. This way, I could have built the character in my mind, rather than changing it later.

Phantom Touch had a mixture of horror, comedy, and pain, which formed together to create an amazing read. Aside from a few wrong tenses in the writing, it flowed quite nicely. The world and fantasy rules were formed magnificently. It certainly intrigued me enough to want to pick up the rest of Jessica’s books in her Phantom series.

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Biography

Jessica Hawke

Jessica Hawke is the author of the YA paranormal Phantoms series and an upcoming urban fantasy series. While she would love to say that she’s been writing for her entire life, that simply wasn’t the case. After a brilliant stint as a story-writer in third grade, she mostly kept to writing papers for school until she headed off to college. From eighteen onward, she spent too much time thinking about the book she might eventually write instead of just writing it. At twenty-six, she finally realized the book would not write itself and got down to the surprisingly difficult yet rewarding work of writing a novel.

Her favorite genres to read and write are urban fantasy, dystopian, and paranormal. When she is not writing, she works as a freelance musician and dabbles in musical theater.

Every Deadly Kiss #bookreview @readstevenjames

  • Title: Every Deadly KissEvery Deadly Kiss (The Bowers Files) by [James, Steven]
  • Print Length: 575 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley
  • Publication Date: July 4, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats: Kindle, Paperback
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Crime

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love this author, and I love the Patrick Bowers series. It’s been a few years since I randomly picked up the second book of The Bowers Files, and ever since then, I anxiously await for more writings from Steven James. Especially when Patrick Bowers is the star of the hour.

Every Deadly Kiss is the second prequel to the series. First, a quick back story for those of you mystery fans who shamefully have not picked up James’ books. We first meet FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers in The Pawn, followed by The Rook, The Bishop, The King, The Queen, and Checkmate. He’s a widower who is learning to battle the dangers of his work along with raising his late wife’s teen daughter, Tessa Ellis. It’s rarely easy for someone in law enforcement to raise their own child by themselves, but Tessa isn’t his daughter, but his stepdaughter of only a few months. In the end of the first prequel, we briefly meet Christy Ellis, who Pat will one day marry. Now in Every Deadly Kiss, we get to actually meet her, which is exciting. To me, anyway.

I loved all aspects of this book: the mystery, the relationship between Pat and the Ellis women, and the fact that a former love of Pat’s, FBI Agent Sharyn Weist, requests his assistance, which eventually causes a rip in his love life.

Steven James is definitely a natural storyteller (and he knows it!). The way he weaves the action, the tension, even light comedy, to form his stories is the way I hope readers view my writing. It’s taut and you can almost, almost, smell the blood or feel the abandoned building with your fingertips. It truly is rare that I can get that much into reading a book. Every Deadly Kiss isn’t my favorite in the series, but James does not disappoint. Several times I feel my heart beating out of my chest. A few times I laughed, especially when it’s bantering time with Pat and his best friend/sidekick, Agent Ralph Hawkins, who just might be my favorite character (sorry, Agent Bowers, I still love you too). The thing I like most about the prequels is that we still get to hear from Ralph. In Checkmate, he’s moving on to bigger and better things and I got the sad feeling that if there were more books, any appearances of Ralph would be more of a walk on. Thank goodness for these prequels!

I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good mystery. For some, it may take a bit getting used to because, in this series, it’s written in first and third person. It did confuse me when I first began to read The Rook several years ago. However, the storytelling is so crisp and well written, it didn’t take long for me to get used to the difference in POVs.

I hope we’ll get plenty more of Patrick Bowers (and Ralph) soon!

Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

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Biography

Steven James

Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning, pulse-pounding thrillers continue to gain wide critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

Suspense Magazine, who named Steven’s book THE BISHOP their Book of the Year, says that he “sets the new standard in suspense writing.” Publishers Weekly calls him a “master storyteller at the peak of his game.” And RT Book Reviews promises, “the nail-biting suspense will rivet you.”

Equipped with a unique Master’s Degree in Storytelling, Steven has taught writing and storytelling on four continents over the past two decades, speaking more than two thousand times at events spanning the globe.

Steven’s groundbreaking book on the art of fiction writing, STORY TRUMPS STRUCTURE, won a Storytelling World award. Widely-recognized for his story crafting expertise, he has twice served as a Master CraftFest instructor at ThrillerFest, North America’s premier training event for suspense writers.

Respected by some of the top thriller writers in the world, Steven deftly weaves intense stories of psychological suspense with deep philosophical insights. As critically-acclaimed novelist Ann Tatlock put it, “Steven James gives us a captivating look at the fine line between good and evil in the human heart.”

After consulting with a former undercover FBI agent and doing extensive research on cybercrimes, Steven wrote his latest thriller, EVERY DEADLY KISS—a taut, twist-filled page turner that is available now wherever books are sold.

If you’ve never met environmental criminologist and geospatial investigator Patrick Bowers, EVERY DEADLY KISS is the perfect chance to dive into the series and find out what fans and critics everywhere are raving about.

“Blood Runs Cold” – Teaser Tuesday – Book 2 of “The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong”

**When Lieutenant Jim DeLong arrives at the scene to find that his victim is the wife of his estranged brother, he plunges into unwanted memories of his childhood. Between the dark secret he shares with his brother and the desire to find justice for the murder of a good woman, DeLong realizes how hard it is to separate work and family.**

        

          Sullivan slowly pushed to his feet with a frown. “Why don’t you go ahead and just say it. I’m still on that list of yours, aren’t I?”
         “What list?”
         Sullivan stepped closer to DeLong so they stood eye-to-eye. “Don’t beat around the bush, brother. You know what list. Bree and I were having problems. Even had a terrible argument the day she died. On top of it all, I tried to kill someone once before. Put all those factors together, that makes me the most viable suspect.”

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Biography

Angela Kay

Equipped with a professional writing degree from Augusta State University, Angela Kay is a southern lady who spends her days and nights dreaming up new ways to solve dark murders of normal people.

Angela Kay was one of 23 across the United States to win a 2009 playwright contest for her one-act entitled “Digging Deeper.” Because of this, she was able to spend a week in Atlanta at the Horizon Theater Company.

She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her crazy calico, Maggie.

A Mind to Kill #BookReview @nicholl06

  • Title: A Mind to Kill
  • Author: John Nicholl
  • Print Length: 234
  • Publication Date: August 5, 2017
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Thriller, Psychological thriller

John Nicholl does it again. As usual, he delivers a gripping psychological thriller that you just can’t put down. His writing isn’t just a good book to read on a dark stormy night. It’s something you want to take the time and study. Using his background as a former police officer and child protection worker, Nicholl takes us on a tour inside the minds of the evil looming around us all.

In A Mind To Kill, Rebecca is set to take revenge on any man who dares to abuse innocent children like she once was. But soon, two of her victims are discovered and Rebecca must evade police capture as she continues her mission to set right to horrifying wrongs.

It’s hard to write stories involving child abuse. To know that it happens in real life is sickening enough, but to put it on paper? Forget about it. But John Nicholl isn’t afraid to tell the stories. It’s a good thing, too, because people need to be reminded it’s there. There are evil people in this world doing despicable things. But what happens to some of the survivors of such evil? This book will give one account.

A Mind to Kill will have you turning the pages. After one more chapter, you decide to put the book down for the night. But like the spider luring the fly to its web, John Nicholl lures you to keep on reading. We know straight off what the story is about and we know who the killer is. But still, there are some twists and turns to keep readers guessing.

As usual, the characters bounce right off the pages. The narration is told beautifully, mastering the showing rather than telling.

This is what a good psychological thriller is about. It’s no wonder why author John Nicholl is an international best seller. Be forewarned, however, that his work is not for the faint hearted. He digs deep into your heart and doesn’t let go.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Biography

John Nicholl

John Nicholl, an ex police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written three dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which have been Amazon international bestsellers, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is always happy to hear from readers, bloggers or the media, and can be contacted via his author website at: http://www.johnnicholl.com. Rights enquiries should be directed to Mr Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA.

Murder Without Pity #Bookreview

  • Title: Murder Without Pity
  • Author: Steve Haberman
  • File Size: 623KB
  • Print Length: 319
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2012
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Crime

Murder Without Pity is a slow-moving suspense, told in a way that makes you want to turn the pages and keep going. If I had the chance to read it in one night, then I probably would have. It wasn’t even the mystery portion of this novel that I enjoyed so much, although I enjoyed trying to solve the crime before reaching the ending. While I had a few suspects in mind, I feel that there could have been a little more foreshadowing or red herrings to help solve the mystery. As a mystery author myself, I certainly understand how hard it is to throw in red herrings without giving the plot away. There were, however, enough twists to keep me yearning for more.

This story was much more than just solving the strange murder of a man. The investigator, Stanislas Cassel, spends a good amount of his time interacting with the people of France, hoping they either won’t judge him or they just don’t know that he’s the grandson of a French propagandist for the Nazis during their WWII operation. This part of his family’s past mortifies him, so Cassel attempts to avoid anything political and hopes no one will recognize him. Of course, we all know that’s not always possible. And as Cassel continues his investigation, he finds himself in the midst of a larger wickedness beyond the small crimes he prefers to investigate.

This wasn’t a book where you can easily skim a few words here and there…let’s face it, we all tend to do that, whether we mean to do so or not. If you’re focusing on solving the mystery, then it’s possible something would be missing between the lines on the pages. Even reading carefully, I’m sure I missed a thing or two. And if you’re only along for the ride to enjoy the beautiful scenery that’s portrayed, then skipping around will force you to miss out. I’ve never been to France, and as someone who would like to one of these days, I felt I had a good idea of what Paris was like during the time this story takes place. The writing splayed across my mind as though I was watching a movie. It was so beautifully descriptive, whether it was about the thick fog smothering the city or Cassel’s thoughts.

I would most certainly enjoy reading more from this author.

Overall rating: 4 of 5 stars

Biography

Steve Haberman

A University of Texas graduate, Steve Haberman pursued legal studies at UCLA before embarking on a career as a legal assistant. Profitable stock market investments made travel abroad possible, and he has since visited Europe extensively and frequently, including London, Paris, Prague, Berlin, as well as Milan and Budapest. Many of these feature as settings in his two e-book novels. “Murder Without Pity,” a murder mystery with tragic echoes from the past, occurs in Paris. “The Killing Ploy” (with heavy overtones of “fake news” before that was topical) is set partially in several Continental capitals. His two works in progress, “Darkness and Blood,” the sequel to “The Killing Ploy,” and “Winston Churchill’s Renegade Spy” also use foreign locales. He is presently planning another three month trip abroad for research on a fifth thriller, this one set in the post World War II apocalyptic ruin of the German capital.

 

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Bully Boy Blue #bookreview @nicholl06

  • Title: Bully Boy Blue
  • Author: John Nicholl
  • Print Length: 62
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2017
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Thriller, Psychological thriller, suspense, novella

Bully Boy Blue is a short psychological thriller by John Nicholl, author of White is the Coldest Colour and When Evil Calls Your Name. This novella takes only an hour, maybe an hour and a half to read for several reasons. One, it’s only 62 pages, and two, it’s extremely engaging. From the beginning, we get inside the head of the wife (Kathy), who is married to an abusive husband. Like many abusive husbands, only Kathy gets to see his dark side.

As usual, John Nicholl weaves the tale in a way that forces us to become a part of the story. There’s sympathy for Kathy, who has no one but her sister to turn to, there’s hatred for her husband with his hateful slurs and degrading abuse toward his wife, and there are people that surround them that you just want to slap for their ignorance.

I could tell how the story would end, but it pleased me just the same. With every piece of his writing (I’ve read and enjoyed them all), John Nicholl grows and digs deeper into your psyche. And the titles he comes up with is always pure genius. Well worth the read! My only complaint is I want more!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Biography

John Nicholl

John Nicholl, an ex police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written three dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which have been Amazon international bestsellers, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is always happy to hear from readers, bloggers or the media, and can be contacted via his author website at: http://www.johnnicholl.com. Rights enquiries should be directed to Mr Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA.

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