Tag: #thriller

“Every Dead Thing” by John Connolly

“Every Dead Thing” by John Connolly

“Every Dead Thing” is the first book in the Charlie Parker series and it is a fabulous debut for this character. Parker is a former NYPD detective who has become a private detective. In this book he is on the trail of missing persons and a serial killer. A rich widow in New York asks him to look for her friend who has gone missing, but is not as simple a case as it at first appears. Following her trail to Virginia, Parker uncovers a pair of serial killers who prey on children and brings their reign of terror to an explosive end. Then he is summoned to Louisiana but a psychic who is having visions of a girl trapped in the swamp. While investigating he must confront his past and what he uncovers will test not only his detective skills but also his loyalty.

I have read one other book in this series and I just love Charlie Parker. He’s a good guy but he plays the edges with finesse. He is surrounded by a motley crew of characters, from assassins to university professors. I found each of the characters to be very realistic and I really enjoyed the way that their stories come out gradually and in a way that feels natural to the story. This story is loaded with thrills and at times may take your breath away. One caution: there is quite a bit of graphic violence, so this would not be a good pick for a younger reader. I loved the way the author weaves the different components of the storyline together to make a seamless whole, and I can’t wait to dig deeper into this series. I highly recommend.

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

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“The Cleaner” by Mark Dawson – Audiobook Review

“The Cleaner” by Mark Dawson – Audiobook Review

Narrated by David Thorpe

John Milton is a government agent, a cleaner, someone who solves problems. Milton is called in when all else has failed, and his job description includes murder. But Milton has reached the point where his past is haunting him with nightmares, and he wants out, but just walking away in not an option. Then he meets Sharon, a single mother in the East End of London. Sharon has a teenage son who is being wooed by a local gang leader. Milton is determined not to let that happen.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I like the person of John Milton but not his profession. The story is complex with lots of surprises but there is a lot of gang activity and violence and I just find that hard to relate to. I think I was expecting more of a traditional spy story. That being said, I might have to read book 2 so I can find out what becomes of Milton. The narration was excellent and really enjoyable to listen to. Overall, I think the book is well-written and narrated, it just wasn’t quite to my taste.

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

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“Where Dead Men Meet” by Mark Mills

“Where Dead Men Meet” by Mark Mills

Looking for a little jaunt across pre-World War II Europe? Want a few thrills along the way? Then this is the book for you. “Where Dead Men Meet” reads like a spy story with lots of action and suspense. Luke is an RAF pilot who has been grounded and is stuck behind a desk in Paris. Pippi is a young woman, who along with 2 thugs, is smuggling Jews out of Germany. Ivan is an aging hitman whose job is to kill Luke, until he has a change of heart. Throw in some German military officers and a mysterious adoption story and the bullets soon start to fly.

Spy stories aren’t my usual thing but this one sounded like a good one and I was not disappointed. I took an instant liking to Luke and then to Pippi, and even though their first meeting was less than ideal, you could tell these two liked each other. Luke has a very mysterious past and suddenly it catches up to him and places him on the wrong side of a gun. Ivan has a suspicion about who Luke really is and decides to help him escape the men that are trying to kill him. This proves to be easier said than done. I was particularly impressed with the author’s descriptions of the various villages and cities where the story takes place. This story has lots of interesting twists but none of them feel contrived. There’s bad guys, and good guys, and some for whom it’s hard to tell. Bottom line: this is a great story that I highly recommend.

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

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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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