Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

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Here and Gone by Haylen Beck was a book that I liked during the first part of the book but by the end of the book I found myself completely bored and read the book to be over.  I had high hopes for this book because of it usually the type of book that I love but after I was about half way through I just got bored and tired of reading this book.  I felt bad for Audra throughout most of this book.  I wasn’t the biggest fan of the plot of this book because it wasn’t something that I could see happening but that being said I am sure it has happened somewhere in the United States at one point or another.  I think that is why I got bored with the book because I had a hard time believing that some of the things that happened in this book could have actually happened.  If you don’t have a problem reading books that the plot probably wouldn’t occur in the real world than I am sure you will love this book.

About The Book

Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.

It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry, and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone, then she must have done something with them…

Meanwhile, halfway across the country, a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return.

About The Author

Haylen Beck is the pen name of internationally prize-winning crime writer Stuart Neville. Writing under his own name, Stuart won the LA Times Book Prize for his debut novel and received critical acclaim for his Serena Flanagan detective series set in Belfast. His Haylen Beck novels are set in the US and inspired by his love of American crime writing.

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The Devils Cold Dish by Eleanor Kuhns

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The Devils Cold Dish by Eleanor Kuhns was a great historical fiction book.  I loved this book, and for the first time in a while, I didn’t get bored while reading a historical fiction book.  This the 5 book in the series but you have to read them in order because this is the first book I read, and I had no problem following along with what is going on in it.  This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I can’t wait until I have the time to check out her other books.  She wrote in such a way that I forgot from time to time that I was reading a historical fiction book.  I loved that she was able to do that because it made the book fly by and I was able to read in just a few days.  If you aren’t the biggest fan of historical fiction books than I would tell you to give this book a shot because I think it is one that most people would enjoy even if this isn’t their favorite genre to read.

About The Book

In the next 1790s historical mystery from MWA Award winner Eleanor Kuhns, Will Rees’ small farm town begins to suspect his wife of murder by witchcraft

Will Rees is back home on his farm in 1796 Maine with his teenage son, his pregnant wife, their five adopted children, and endless farm work under the blistering summer sun. But for all that, Rees is happy to have returned to Dugard, Maine, the town where he was born and raised, and where he’s always felt at home. Until now. When a man is found dead – murdered – after getting into a public dispute with Rees, Rees starts to realize someone is intentionally trying to pin the murder on him. Then, his farm is attacked, his wife is accused of witchcraft, and a second body is found that points to the Rees family. Rees can feel the town of Dugard turning against him, and he knows that he and his family won’t be safe there unless he can find the murderer and reveal the truth…before the murderer gets to him first.

About The Author

Eleanor is a lifelong librarian. She wrote her first story at the age of ten and hasn’t stopped since. She lives with her husband and dog in New York State.

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Never Forget by Richard Davis

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Never Forget by Richard Davis was a good book.  This is the second book in the series, but in my opinion, you don’t need to read the books to know what is happening.  I did understand the backstory of the main character which I always like but you don’t need the information while reading this book.  I was as drawn into this story as I was when I read False Prophet but I still did enjoy this book.  I also loved that I got to see Saul again because I love following along with characters because that makes them feel even more like real people.  Parts of this book remind me of the Jack Reacher books which I love, but I also am tired of the series because he should be dead by now.

Anyway, let’s get back to my thoughts on this book.  I really do enjoy this author writing, and I love that he includes some British slang in his books.  When that happened, it always made me smile because I am so used to hearing the words on YouTube and they always make me happy.  If you love mystery books, I would for sure recommend this book to you.

About The Book

Saul Marshall is on the run.

As a wave of seemingly random assassinations engulfs California, Marshall finds himself drawn into a situation spiraling out of control.

He soon discovers some of the webs’ most secure protocols have been compromised by a rogue team of former Chinese agents. When Marshall realizes what they plan, the stakes are raised…

And that’s before the Secretary of State gets involved. Can Marshall unravel the deceit and tricks before it’s too late? Can he stop the carnage, or will he become part of it? One thing is for certain: either way his enemies will never forget.

Perfect for fans of Lee Child, Michael Connelly or J.B. Turner, this is a compulsive and page-turning thriller that won’t let you go.

About The Author

Richard Davis was born in 1990 and grew up in north London. In 2011 he graduated from UCL and Cambridge University. His fascination with America stems from a series of childhood holidays there, which saw him tour both the east and west coasts. After returning to the States a number of times since, and, developing an intense interest in American-style thrillers, he made the decision to write one himself.

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Operation Scorpion by John Beyer

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Operation Scorpion by John Beyer was an okay book.  It wasn’t one of my favorites that I have read lately, but it still was a book I think most people would enjoy it.  I say this because since this book is in my favorite genre to read and I am pretty picky when I read books like this one.  I did enjoy this author writing and his characters.  I was able to look at the characters like they are real people which I always enjoy because it gets me emotionally invested in the characters and what happens to them.  I wouldn’t mind reading more books by this author, and I would also love to read more books that involve these characters as well.  I was also able to read this book in a few days as well.  If you love mystery books, I would for sure recommend this author to you.

About The Book

PI Frank Sanders is “blown away” by the woman who strolls into his office one morning. Not only is she drop-dead-gorgeous, she’s also rich and willing to pay whatever it takes for him to find her missing father, world-famous geologist Dr. Stephen Jaspers who went rock hunting in the desert and hasn’t been heard from since. A retired Riverside California Police Department detective, Frank is used to searching for people. He takes the case, assuming it’s a simple missing person. But what he uncovers is more than he bargained for, leading him to suspect that he’s about to be blown away—literally, this time—along with everyone else in Southern California.

About The Author

John R. Beyer spent years in law enforcement in Southern California as a street cop, a training officer and a member of the elite SWAT team. After leaving the force, he continued in public service entering the field of education. During his tenure, he served as classroom teacher, school administrator and district administrator. While in both worlds he earned a Doctorate in School Administration and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

During all those years, he never gave up the passion for writing – both fiction and nonfiction. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and the like for decades on a variety of topics.
He is the author of three highly praised internationally known novels – Hunted (2013), Soft Target (2014) and Operation Scorpion (2017). All deal with law enforcement (both local and federal level) intrigues – murder, mayhem, terrorism, and humor can be found in all three novels.

His latest short stories for the past year can be found in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine (2016) and GNU Journal (2017).

He has had countless interviews on radio and blog spots – Marilyn’s Musings, CJEvolution, Twisted Webb Radio, Webbweaver Books, Book Readers Heaven, and WOCA – The Source, to name but a few.
John is on the constant move of stretching fiction to the limits in his writing and to strive to tell the tales which need to be told.

For further information concerning Black Opal Books please visit: www.blackopalbooks.com

You can also follow my non-fiction pieces by visiting: www.jandlresearchandexploration.blogspot.com

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Deadly Spirits by E. Michael Helms

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Deadly Spirits by E. Michael Helms was a book I didn’t think I would like, but in the end, I loved the book and the authors writing. I read a ton of books in this genre, so I always go in thinking that I am not going to like the books, but this one surprised me, to say the least.  I loved that this book brought in ghosts and things like that because it gave the book something different that I haven’t seen before.  I was a huge fan of Mac right from the start, so I am going to go back and read the other books in this series because I really enjoyed this book and the characters.  This book was one that I know I will read again, and I know I will be picking up rest of the books because this is a great series.  If you are looking for a different type of mystery book to read this summer, then I think you will enjoy this book as much as I did.

About The Book

When PI Mac McClellan’s girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whooodunnit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man’s secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts—no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there’s more going on than a vengeful spirit.
Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch.

About The Author

I was born in Georgia way back in the last century but grew up and lived most of my life in Panama City, Florida. In 2004 my wife and I moved to the Upstate region of South Carolina in the shadows of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, a land of stunning vistas and numerous waterfalls.

I’ve been traditionally published since 1990 when my Vietnam War memoir, The Proud Bastards, was published. It’s about my time as a combat U.S. Marine in 1967-68. It’s still in print after all these years, currently with Simon & Schuster/Pocket. I’ve since written a few novels in different genres. I’m currently writing the Mac McClellan Mystery series which is set along the coast of the Florida Panhandle where I grew up.

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Driver Confessional by David L. Winters

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Driver Confessional by David L Winters was a fun book to read.  I loved that this book had things that are actually happening or things that really exist.  I love when authors just change the name of a service or product in their books, but everyone knows what the author is talking about.  I also enjoyed this book because it was such a different type of story in the fact that it has to do with a guy that is a driver because I can only imagine all of the stories that cab drivers and people like them have to tell.  I also really enjoyed this authors writing.  I really liked Antonio right from the start because he seemed like someone that I could relate to and I really enjoyed that.  If you are looking for a different type of mystery book to read I would recommend this book to you.

About The Book

Ride share driver Antonio cruises the streets of Washington, D.C. looking for his next fare.
He has an unusual gift for relaxing his customers and stimulating their desire to reveal more than they planned. By the completion of their ride, many feel so comfortable that they confess their sins great and small. Antonio’s faith guides his discussions and points him in new directions. Suddenly, his peaceful world is turned upside down by a mysterious business woman. As she heads to a midnight rendezvous, she confesses more than Antonio can handle. Her story sends him into a world of espionage, international terrorism, and danger.

About The Author

David L Winters is an award-winning author, humorist, and speaker, originally from Ohio, who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. His first book, “Sabbatical of the Mind: The Journey from Anxiety to Peace,” won several awards including a Silver Illumination Award from the Jenkins Group and two Finalist Medals from the Next Generation Indies Book Awards.
Find out more about David at http://www.sabbaticalofthemind.net.
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Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

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Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love was a great book, but there are some things that would offend some people because of the content.  I am going to give you a few of the things that might offend you if you get easily offended.  There was a “sex” scene, but they didn’t get into a ton of detail when it came to this scene, but it was in there.  The book is about drug dealers so that may also offend people and there are also some parts where the language used might offend people as well.  Now that I have gotten that all out of the way I want to talk about this book and why I liked it as much as I did.  I love that the gang leader is a female.  I think it is great to make the leader a woman and it also made this book so different from anything else that I have read before.  None of the things I talked about during the first part of this review bothered me, in fact, I ended up liking this book that much more because it wasn’t as boring as some books can be when they don’t have anything “bad” in them.  If you love thriller type books than I think this book might be a good fit for you.

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The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia . . . but what no one has figured out is that the gang’s real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia’s girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola.

Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man’s world she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter–and in many ways tougher and more ruthless–than any of the men around her, and as the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival.

An astonishing debut crime thriller about an unforgettable woman who combines the genius and ferocity of Lisbeth Salander with the ruthless ambition of Walter White. Lola marks the debut of a hugely exciting new thriller writer, and of a singular, magnificent character unlike anyone else in fiction.

About The Author

MELISSA SCRIVNER LOVE was born to a police officer father and a court stenographer mother. After earning a master’s degree in English Literature from New York University, Melissa moved to Los Angeles, where she has lived for over a decade. During that time, she has written for several television shows, among them Life, CSI: Miami, and Person of Interest. She and her husband, a comedy writer and Los Angeles native, welcomed their daughter in 2014. Lola is her first novel.

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Miracle Man by William R. Leibowitz

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Miracle Man by William R Leibowitz was different from anything that I have read in years. I say that because this isn’t a book, I would usually read but I was intrigued when I read about this book and I figured I would give this book a shot, and I am glad that I did because I did enjoy this book and this authors style of writing. I did worry that it would be so involved and that it would go over my head but in the end, I had no problem understand the book and getting into the story. At times I felt bad for Robert because I am sure he had to have been lonely because of his intelligence and I was left just feeling sorry for him. Like I said before I did enjoy this book and I would recommend to anyone who is looking for something different to read this summer.

About The Book

Title: MIRACLE MAN
Author: William Leibowitz
Publisher: Manifesto Media Group
Pages: 385
Genre: Thriller

REVERED     REVILED      REMARKABLE

The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant, rises to become a new type of superhero.  Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real.

So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history.  But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from?

As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect.  Yet Austin’s greatest fear is not of this world.

Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal.  But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand.

Miracle Man was named by Amazon as one of the Top 100 Novels of 2015, an Amazon Top 10 thriller, an Amazon bestseller and an Amazon NY Times bestseller.

 

About The Author

William Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment/media law in New York City for a number of years.  He has represented numerous renowned creative people and many leading intellectual property companies.  William has a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Columbia University.  He lives in the village of Quogue, New York with his wife, Alexandria, and dog, George.

William wrote Miracle Man because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times–when meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero–and that, of course, is Robert James Austin, the protagonist in Miracle Man.

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Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes

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Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes was a good book. Whenever I read books like this one I find that I am always comparing these books to the book “1984 by George Orwell”. I have always felt that books never quite measured up to that book but I really enjoyed this book so it is one that I would read again just like I would read 1984 over and over again. I liked this book right from the first page because I was left wanting to know what was going to happen and how things would work out in this book. This book kept me on the edge of my seat, and I wasn’t able to figure out what was going to happen, so I was always left wondering what was up next. If you love dystopian type books, I am sure you will love this book as much as I do.

About The Book

Book Title: Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes
Category: YA fiction, 262 pages
Genre: Dystopian
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Release date: July 19, 2016
Tour dates: May 15 to June 2, 2017
Content Rating: PG (No F-words, no sexual content, only one kissing scene and mild profanity)

I used to think I knew all the answers; now I no longer even know the questions. – Goro

Under the totalitarian reign of the 23rd century’s world’s government- The Sovereign Regime- control is made possible by the identity chip implanted in every human being, recording everything that is seen, done, and experienced.

No more bank accounts.
No more smart phones.
No more secrets.

When Goro inadvertently overhears an exchange of sensitive information, causing him to confront the truth about his world and prompting him to choose his true loyalties, his dream of revolution kicks into high gear. Goro doesn’t know he has covert intel in his possession both the SR and the resistance movement are desperate to acquire.

Determined to attempt the impossible task of bringing down the world government, he and his closest friends gain access to the key to ultimately deciding who has sovereignty.

But who will get to Goro first: The resistance or the Sovereign Regime?

 

About The Author

With master’s degrees in education, special education, and counseling, Anjenique “Jen” Hughes is a high school English and math teacher who loves teaching and mentoring young people. She enjoys traveling and has worked with youth on five continents. Saying she is “young at heart” is an understatement; she is fluent in sarcasm, breaks eardrums with her teacher voice (students have complained when they were within earshot), and cracks sarcastic jokes with the best of her students. Her work with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse youth has inspired her to write books that appeal to a broad variety of students seeking stories of bravery, perseverance, loyalty, and success.

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Swan Deception by Glede Browne Kabongo

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Swan Deception by Glede Browne Kabongo was a fantastic book.  This is the first book I am read in a while that kept me on the edge of my seat and made me want to keep reading because I had to know what was going to happen next.  I don’t remember the last time that I read a book that even at work all I wanted to do was read the book.  I even had people read the back of the book and then tell me that they wanted to read the book after I was done with it which doesn’t actually happen with most of the books that I read.  I was on the edge of my seat throughout this entire book because I had no idea what was going to happen next so I was always shocked when things happened because I wasn’t ever right when I would try and figure out what was going to happen next.  This next thought is very random, but as I was reading this book, I often caught myself wondering how the author came up with this book and the things that happened in it.  If you love thrillers, I am sure you will love the book just as much as I do.

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The perfect family, a house of full of secrets and an ingenious killer out for revenge…

Dr. Shelby Cooper is a busy modern woman trying to balance it all—career, motherhood and marriage to an ambitious corporate power player. But there’s more to Shelby than meets the eye. One afternoon, the perfect life she has meticulously built comes crashing down when a stop by the police for a broken taillight turns into a terrifying battle for survival.

Shrewd, charismatic and untouchable, Jason Cooper is poised to become the next CEO of Orphion, a multi-billion dollar global technology company. To achieve his dream, no one must know he harbors a dark secret that could destroy his life and everyone in it.

The Coopers’ world explodes in a burst of scandal and suspicion when Shelby is arrested for the murder of a close friend. A clever psychopath with a bitter vendetta is playing puppetmaster and has orchestrated a series of cruel hoaxes to even the score.

To unmask a killer and save his wife from a possible murder conviction, Jason must unravel the mystery of Shelby’s past. As the clock ticks, a series of stunning revelations threaten to ruin the Coopers for good. Yet nothing can prepare them for the mother of all deception—a truth so horrifying, it may leave them shattered forever.

This diabolical psychological thriller chronicles the heart-wrenching unraveling of a family and exposes a shocking portrait of duplicity, vengeance, and betrayal that will keep you at the edge of your seat until the final, draw-dropping twist.

A Library Journal SELF-e Best Book of 2016 Pick

About The Author

Gledé Browne Kabongo writes intense psychological thrillers—unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger and family. She is the Amazon Bestselling Author of Game of Fear, Mark of Deceit (Eye of Fear Anthology), Swan Deception, and Conspiracy of Silence. Her love affair with books began as a young girl growing up in the Caribbean, where her town library overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. She was trading books and discussing them with neighbors before Book Clubs became popular.

She holds both an M.S. and B.A. in communications, and worked as a freelance news reporter right out of college. After she abandoned the dream of winning the Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for the Boston Globe, she jumped into marketing management for over a decade. Gledé lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

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