Category Archives: Thriller

Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker (Book 4 Black Knights, Inc.)

Thrill Ride

3.25 stars

This is book four in the series.  While I love a book with a hint of danger, romance, and mystery, I just couldn’t seem to relate to the characters in this installment.  For me, this series was enjoyable until the last book.  I am not sure if I will continue with this series or not, but I certainly won’t be in any hurry for the next book.

I had nothing against rock, but I had major issues with Vanessa.  To be on a special ops team, Vanessa came across as immature and pathetic.  Although she is stubborn and refuses to give up on Rock, her character just wasn’t believable.  I did like how other characters from prior installments resurfaced, which did seem to keep the series real.  The narrator also did a good job at holding my interest.  Had I simply read this book the old fashioned way, I may not have given the same rating.  The ending of this book appears to set the stage for the next installment.

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying this book in exchange for a honest review.  This review and others can be found at https://readingaroundthegenres.com

 

 

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The Widower’s Wife by Cate Holahan

Widower

3 stars

By all appearances, Tom and Ana Bacon have it all – lavish lifestyle, extravagant trips, mansion, and money to burn.  However, all of this is the furthest from the truth.  Creditors are repossessing their belongings and foreclosure is imminent.  Ana is attempting to keep her small family afloat since Tom has lost his job.

Tom’s financial woes may be solved when Ana drowned after falling off the deck of a cruise ship.  Ana’s life insurance policy was ten million dollars.  Ryan Monahan, a private investigator for ISIS Insurance Company, the carrier for Ana’s policy, has been assigned to determine if Ana’s untimely death could have either been from foul play or a suicide.  Ryan immediately suspects Tom, but Tom has an ironclad alibi.  Could Ana have possibly committed suicide since the financial ruin was too much for her to handle?

The story took on several twists and turns and was always a page turner.  However, this reader found several points of Tom and Ana’s marriage to be unreal.  The ending was also rather unbelievable as well.  The cover for the audio book in this reader’s humble opinion was very poor.  The cover appeared to be a 1970’s retro rather than a current picture.  This could prove costly for the author when many readers do get sucked in from just the cover alone.  The narrator was new to me and did help to keep the storyline going.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this book in exchange for a honest review.

John Moody: Navy Seal – The Kola Peninsula Conspiracy by Dick Couch

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3.5 stars

This is the first book that I have read by this author and certainly won’t be my last.   Not many authors use their backgrounds to write such as well detailed and thought out plot.  Mr. Moody is actually an ex. Navy Seal so the premise of this book was fitting.  One can only assume that while this is a work of fiction, the author did use his vast skills and knowledge and incorporated into the storyline.

John Moody grew up tough on a ranch in Wyoming.  In order to avoid the rodeo circuit or hard cattle farming, Moody headed to college and then to Seal training in Colorado.  His life coasted along until the Kola mission.   Now, John Moody is in the throes of one of his most dangerous missions.

If you like action, you will like this one.  Joe Barnett is a new narrator to me, and I found his rendition of the story to be enjoyable. Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this book in exchange for a honest review.

 

 

 

Drained by E.H. Reinhard (An Agent Hank Rawlings FBI Thriller Book 1)

drained

3 stars

Nice start to a new series.  What I liked about this book was the plot, which did keep me engaged.  I love a good FBI thriller, and this one did not disappoint. What I didn’t like was the constant descriptors, which became extremely boring and did not add to the storyline.  I did enjoy the author’s writing style and the visualization of the characters.  The book could have definitely been longer in order to thicken the plot.  The entire story appeared extremely rushed and the killer was detected and apprehended too quickly.

The audio was well prepared and the narrator did a nice job in bringing this story to life.  Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me this book in exchange for a honest review.

No Limit by L.P. Dover (Armed and Dangerous #1)

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5 Stars

This is my first read by this author but certainly not my last.  This book can be read as a stand alone but also as part of the series.  Jason Avery is an undercover agent who prefers to work alone.  He can be an arrogant and jealous man at times but his very loyal.  Jason has never failed a case and puts everything he has into solving murders.  Jason is assigned to a case in Los Vegas  where a madam is found dead. Now, Jason has a serial killer on his hands who is killing prostitutes.  So far, there are no leads and he must deal with the ladies that worked for the madam.

Aylee McFadden is a FBI agent but doesn’t look the part.  Jason and Aylee were asked to team up to help solve the case of the missing and now murdered madam.  Both Jason and Aylee are not happy to be working together and are constantly showing their dislike towards each other.  However, both agree that in order to solve this case they must work together.  Being in close proximity for so long, they begin to show feelings towards each other.  Jason is the first to speak up and tell Aylee that he does care for her. Because of Jason’s new found love for Aylee, he becomes extremely protective.

Once I started this book, I was not able to put it down.  I love a good mystery, and I kept trying to decide who the murderer was.  I didn’t know until the end of the book, which also came with a twist.  Aylee and Jason were incredible characters, and the chemistry between the two was extremely hot.  I will definitely continue with this series!

Thanks to Tantor for giving me this book in exchange for a honest review.

 

Second Life by S.J. Watson

2nd-life

2 stars

This book started out with promise. Chapter one was leading up to the beginning of a suspenseful thriller. Sadly, after chapter one, the storyline started to go downhill. After the middle of the book, I absolutely hated both of the main characters. The plot shifted from Julia’s sister’s murder to Julia and the rough life that she led before her husband married her and returned her to a more suitable lifestyle.

In Julia’s quest to find her sister’s murderer, she decided to login to her sister’s online dating account. What an excuse to meet men in the name of a dead woman. This book was not dark but was absolutely morbid and boring! To make matters worse, the book was written in first person present tense even when Julia was describing her past life and the life of her sister.

I can’t imagine this book as a audio. This review in no way slams the author but just wasn’t for me.

The Hemingway Thief by Shaun Harris

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3 Stars

The Hemingway Thief by Shaun Harris

I am a sucker for a good mystery.  Henry Cooper, Coop to his friends is vacationing on a Baja beach with the owner of the hotel, Grady Doyle.  Grady attempts to save a drunk man from two thugs.  The man happens to be Ebbie Mitch, a small time thief.  This time Ebbie is on the run from Mexican authorities because he has stolen a first draft of Ernest Hemingway’s work from a rare book dealer.

The manuscript contains secrets to unlock the location of a suitcase that Hemingway lost in Paris. Coop is a writer but writes under a pseudo name.  He is tired of writing and not getting any acknowledgement.  Locating the manuscript could be worth millions of dollars and Coop, Grady, and Ebbie are on the run to locate the priceless treasure.

While I enjoyed listening to this book, I didn’t love it.  Normally, I don’t read works of fiction that ties back to real life characters.  One must determine what is real and what is fiction. The writing was well written and did contain some laugh out loud moments.  This was a fun mystery thriller.

Thanks to Tantor for giving me this audio in exchange for an honest review.

Everything I left Unsaid (Everything I Left Unsaid #1) by Molly O’Keefe

Everything I left Unsaid

 

3.75 Stars

Thanks to Tantor Media for this audio in exchange for an honest review.

What do most people do when they hear a phone ring that’s not theirs – perhaps ignore it?  Annie has just ran away from a very abusive husband.  She has cut off her hair and changed her identity and has now found herself doing odds and ends living in a trailer park.  She happens to be in her trailer when a strange phone rings.  Annie shouldn’t have picked up the phone but did anyway – bad Annie!  Perhaps, if she left the phone alone, her life wouldn’t be more complicated than it already was.

Dylan happens to be the caller, and there is  an immediate attraction.  He happens to live at the top of the mountain and is a recluse and has asked Annie for a favor.  Again, Annie loses all sights of reasoning and agrees to help Dylan.  The conversations between Annie and Dylan are scorching hot!  For a couple who do not even meet in person until the end of the book, they sure know how to work the phone sex!

There is a cliffhanger in this book, which I normally hate.  Now, I have to read book 2 (and soon) to find out what happens between these two.  Now that they have met, how will both react to the other’s secrets?  This book has quite a bit going for it.  The writing was very good, and the suspense kept me wanting to learn more and to root for this couple.  Stay tuned for book 2 of the Everything I left Unsaid series.

 

The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind

This book was a fantasy thriller.  The reviews were mixed, and I found myself wandering off more times than I could count.  I just couldn’t get immersed in this book, and this in no way is a reflection of the author.  I don’t think that I will continue with the series.

Read 1/6/15

The City by Dean Koontz

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Thanks to Net Galley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

It has been a long time since I read anything by Dean Koontz. At first glance, this book sounded very interesting, and I was looking forward to reading it. However, it is one of those books that you look back on and ask why? Why did it linger and what was the main focus? While this book had some outstanding quotes, it did linger and dealt heavily with music and music history. 

The book spanned over Jonah Kirk’s lifetime but was in truth a three year story of a boy coming of age and growing up too fast. The narrator was 11 year old Jonah but told when he was in his 50’s. Jonah came from a music gifted family, and he was no different. At 11, he wanted to be a piano man and could play any song just after hearing it once. 

As the reader progresses in The City, we are introduced to many characters, some important and some not so much. Most of these characters simply exist in The City in order to bring the fear factor up a notch but not enough to keep the reader entertained.

Koontz does leave the reader with a soft spot for Jonah who takes the good with the bad throughout the book while sharing life experiences that few people ever have.

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