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“Dead Watch” by John Sandford

“Dead Watch” by John Sandford

Senator Bowe has gone missing and his wife Madison wants to know why. So does the President. Jake Winters is a researcher that the President calls on when he needs help with special situations. This is one of those situations. When the Senator is found dead in the woods, Jake and Madison are thrown together in order to determine exactly what happened, but they may be in for more than they bargained for before they get their answers.

As with other novels by this author, this is a thriller with some graphic violence. I liked the characters of Jake and Madison, though I did take a little while to warm up to Madison. The story is political in nature and has some engaging twists and turns. Unlike most of this author’s books, this is a stand-alone and not part of a series which is a little disappointing since I would love to see these characters developed further. Overall, this is a good story, but I didn’t find it as engaging as other books I’ve read by this author. That being said, I’m not a big fan of political stories, so that makes it hard for me to be objective.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  3-5-star-rating 3.5 stars!

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“Lies” by TM Logan

“Lies” by TM Logan

If you love psychological thrillers, you need to get a copy of this book. This is a pulse-pounding ride of a story. Joe Lynch’s life starts on a downward spiral the moment his 4-year old son spots Mom’s car in traffic one afternoon. The first lie he uncovers is just the beginning. As the author takes us step-by-step through the deceptions you can’t help but wonder if Joe is being set-up or is he covering up? The final twist will take you completely by surprise.

Joe Lynch is an average guy, happily married, adores his son, and teaches high school English. Ben Delaney considers him an underachiever. When Joe confronts Ben about the affair he is having with Joe’s wife Mel, Ben threatens to destroy him. With each new day it seems more and more likely that Ben will succeed. I couldn’t help but like Joe from the beginning and continued to like him even while questioning his guilt or innocence. This story has lots of twists and the author keeps the plot moving forward at a good pace throughout. I highly recommend this book!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!

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“Death of a Pawn” by David Bruns and J.R. Olson

“Death of a Pawn” by David Bruns and J.R. Olson

This is short story and a companion to the Weapons of Mass Deception (WMD) series. The story alternately is told by Alberto Nisman, a special prosecutor in Buenos Aries trying to uncover a governmental conspiracy, and Rafiq, an assassin working with Hezbollah. Rafiq is assigned the task of assassinating Nisman. I was very impressed with the story and the writing. I wasn’t sure went I picked the story up that I would enjoy it but the authors do an excellent job of taking the reader into the drama. The story is short and succinct and I really enjoyed it. I would like to thank the authors for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to reading more from these authors.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!

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“Echoes from Death” by Helen Hanson

“Echoes from Death” by Helen Hanson

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

The Cruise FBI Thriller series just keeps getting better with “Echoes from Death” which is Book 3. Claudia and Baxter are back again and better than ever. This installment has them in Mazatlan, where Claudia is hoping to finally solve the mystery of Ravi’s death. It’s 10 years later, but an informant has come forward and Claudia gets permission to pursue it, unofficially. What neither Claudia or Baxter know is just how dangerous this search will be.

In this installment, Claudia and Baxter are finally a couple and I find their relationship to be really sweet. When she’s with Baxter, Claudia can finally let down the FBI tough guy stance and be herself. Baxter meanwhile, is so supportive and seems to have a 6th sense for what Claudia needs from him. This is a thriller so romance is low on the list, but I am really enjoying how this relationship is growing with each book. That being said, there are plenty of thrills and danger in this story. Whether on land or on sea, these two will not give up until justice is done. Helen Hanson fans will definitely love this book and if you haven’t tried her yet, you can’t go wrong with this series.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!

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“Paydown” by Nick Stephenson

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When a high-flying Wall Street investment banker is found brutally killed, what started out as a simple fraud case turns into expert criminologist Leopold Blake’s first ever murder investigation.

Now, with the financial world at the brink of collapse, Blake must put aside his differences and work with NYPD Detective Mary Jordan to find and stop the killer before it’s too late. As the glamor of Wall Street is stripped away by a series of catastrophic discoveries, Leopold will have to decide how much he is prepared to risk in order to uncover the truth – and whether it’s a price he’s willing to pay.

Paydown is book 0 in the Leopold Blake Series of thrillers. The events in this story take place before the book Wanted, which is the first book in the series. I had really enjoyed reading Wanted and was curious how the characters had originally come together. This book did an excellent job of relating the back story of the series but I was a little bit disappointed. I had expected more in the way of action thrills, as I had enjoyed in Wanted, and there wasn’t as much of that. However, this book is really more the length of a novella, so there wasn’t room for much more. Again, I really liked the repartee between Blake and Mary Jordan. I think the author has been very clever in creating these two in that they constantly get on each other’s nerves but there is a respect between them that enables them to work well together. I’m still sold on this series and will definitely read more installments as the opportunity arises.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  3-5-star-rating 3.5 stars!

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“The Kill Sign” by Nichole Christoff

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“The Kill Sign” eases you gently into the story but leaves you breathless at the end. The action in this one gets more intense the further you go. I was exhausted by the end. Jamie Sinclair is one of those female characters that I love. She can be gentle and caring with those she loves without sacrificing the toughness she needs for her job as a private detective turned security consultant. She needs all of her skills for this one. A nuclear bomb has exploded on a riverboat casino in Mississippi with Jamie, her boyfriend Adam Barrett, and much of Barrett’s military unit on board. When Jamie realizes that someone from her past placed the bomb, she knows she can’t rest till he is found. The riddle of this mystery involves Jamie’s former boss and mentor Ray whose wife is pregnant, and also Jamie’s best friend.

This is book 4 in the Jamie Sinclair series but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. “The Kill Sign” works very well as a stand-alone. That being said I enjoyed it so much that I think I will have to go back and read the first three. I felt an instant connection with Jamie and was as comfortable with her as I would be with an old friend, even though we just met. This is an excellent book in the mystery/thriller genre and I am giving it 5 stars.

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Thriller Book Review: “The Jekyll Revelation” by Robert Masello

Thriller Book Review: “The Jekyll Revelation” by Robert Masello

Fasten your seat belts for this one. The story opens with a journal entry from the late 1800’s detailing the discovery of a body on a beach in Samoa. The we fast forward to the present day where Rafe Salazar is a researcher working for Land Management in Topanga Canyon, CA. What’s the connection? You have to read this incredible story to find out!

Rafe Salazar is in a tough spot right now. He lives in a run-down trailer behind a gift shop in Topanga. His landlord, Miranda, is in a rocky relationship with Laszlo, a good-for-nothing who’s more than happy to let Miranda support him. Rafe is sole support for his teenage sister, Lucy, who is developmentally disabled and living in a group home. His research funding is under threat which would bring an end to his study of a pair of local coyotes. And then, he gets himself on the bad side of a couple of really bad guys, members of the Spiritz motorcycle gang, when he unearths from a local lake, an old trunk. The trunk reminds Rafe of something a pirate might have buried, like the ones in the Robert Louis Stevenson books he used to read as a child. Will treasure be found within?

This story will take you on an adventure from Switzerland to the Pacific Islands. You’ll encounter serial killers, wildfires, and a host of carefully crafted characters. The story alternates back and forth between the journal entries and Rafe’s recounting of current events. Robert Masello is a master of historically inspired fiction. He blends the facts and the fiction flawlessly throughout the story. The superb writing and plot twists kept me fully engaged from beginning to end. I will definitely be looking to read more of this author’s work in the future.

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!!

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Mystery/Thriller Book Review: “The Someday File” by Jean Heller

Mystery/Thriller Book Review: “The Someday File” by Jean Heller

A twisty mystery with an ending that you won’t see coming! This is book 1 of the Deuce Mora series and it’s a great start. Deuce is a journalist in Chicago. She’s tall and attractive, and not afraid of a fight. She maintains a Someday File, a place where she drops little tips of stories that she goes back to when she’s looking for some inspiration. On this day, she sees a notation she made about Vinnie Colangelo, who has a story she might want to hear. She meets him that night in a bar, drops him off at home, and the next morning he’s found dead. Feeling responsible, she decides to investigate. What she doesn’t realize is that she’s opening a Pandora’s box that someone will kill to keep closed.

Deuce Mora is a great character and I was really glad that I decided to give this author a try. Jean Heller has created in Deuce a female character who perfectly walks the line of being tough enough to get the job done while still maintaining her femininity. I enjoyed the perspective of a journalist as the “detective” and I think the author did an excellent job of portraying the thorough leg work that a reporter does to get to the heart of a story. Finally, the story itself had lots of engaging twists and turns and a healthy dose of action and danger to keep you reading till the end. All in all, I found this to be a finely crafted story and I look forward to reading book 2 in this series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Thriller Book Review: “Some Degree of Murder” by Frank Zafiro and Colin Conway

Thriller Book Review: “Some Degree of Murder” by Frank Zafiro and Colin Conway

River City has a serial killer, but who will find him first. Will it be police detective Tower, on whose desk two of the murders have fallen, or will it be Virgil, estranged father of one of the victims? This tightly written thriller takes the reader into the dark side of River City as Tower and Virgil alternate as narrators of this gripping tale.

This is a fairly fast-paced story and I really enjoyed it. The use of two narrators added to the drama and kept the story moving forward. It reads like a candle burning at both ends and the reader is watching the two flames come together. Virgil is a father who never knew his daughter though her mother kept him up-to-date with her life. He works as an enforcer for the underworld and uses those skills as he navigates the dark side looking for the killer. Tower is a career detective with personal challenges but he takes his job seriously and his thorough and dogged in tracking down his man. As these two get closer and closer in their investigations the story really starts to heat up. This is a great read for mystery and thriller lovers.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Thriller Book Review: “Lust, Money and Murder” by Mike Wells

Thriller Book Review: “Lust, Money and Murder” by Mike Wells

This is book 1 in a 9 book series. In this first installment we meet Elaine Brogan, Secret Service agent. We learn that Elaine had a pretty normal working-class childhood in Pittsburgh. Her father works multiple jobs to put her through private school. But when Elaine is 16, her father is arrested for passing counterfeit money. Though he is not guilty, while in jail he commits suicide. Elaine’s mission becomes seeking vengeance for her father. She determines to become a Secret Service agent in the counterfeit division so that she can track down the man who had passed the money to her father. Everything goes according to her plan until she ends up in Montana…

I really liked Elaine because even though she makes a big mistake in her life, she is determined to put things right. Her persistence is what keeps her going during the rigors of Secret Service training and in dealing with a boss who is a jerk. Her experiences with men do not turn out as well. This first book is obviously building a foundation for the series and gives the reader a thorough understanding of Elaine and the circumstances that have shaped her. Based on this story, I think the series will be a good one. I am definitely curious to see where Elaine is going to go next.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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