Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hostage by Kristina Ohlsson

This thriller is too close to the truth for you not be frightened when reading it...

Emily Bestler Books sent me an ARC of this to read for review (thank you).  The book has been published, so you can grab a copy now.

I haven't read this author before but I will now.  The pace of the book is marvelous, every character in it is busy, and it sounds authentic.

It's a plane that is being taken hostage.  There's a note in the bathroom that says there is a bomb on board and the demands must be met or it will be detonated.  There are four hundred people on board.  The demands are in different countries.  They want a man released from custody for deportation in Sweden and they want a high security jail facility the US controls to shut down.  

As is usual, agencies all have their own secrets and they don't want to share them.  Even with all those people on board, they quote about the greater good and how they must save the world, not just a plane.  While everyone fights over who gets to know what, their time fritters away...

They can tell that someone is playing them.  Someone is leaving a trail for them, but they don't know who or why.  While they try to figure out, they get messages from Germany that gives them information on the case in Sweden.  Why is Germany involved?

It's a tense ride on this plane.  With all the politics, personal problems, and an intelligent enemy this is tale that sticks with you.  There's danger in the air now and this book reflects modern times.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Dragon Apocalypse by Josh Powell

You need to be careful with magic; it can backfire on you!

The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is available now anywhere that offers ebooks.

How could I not read a book that has a berserker in it?  

Get ready for a wild ride!  I didn't notice many humans in this story but there is everything else here.  There's an elf, an under-elven, a templerager, a unicorn, a dragon, and more.  There are cloned characters that mean you're fighting yourself.  There are plenty of enemies, magic swords, and various powers involved.  It's a magical mess.

This story is told with a lot of humor and is a bit silly but it's all good fun.  I enjoyed this read and it's the second book in the series.  I'll be watching for the next one.  Saving the world takes a lot of work.
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

This Way Home by Wes Moore with Shawn Goodman

Basketball is his life.  But life changes...

Delacorte Press sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can find a copy at your local bookstore now.

This is a hard book to read.  It's about three boys who have been friends since they started school.  They live in a so-so neighborhood but there's not much trouble on their street.  Then they find a boy dead on the sidewalk.  He was an A student, had no enemies, and it's decided it was a gang killing.  No one knows why.

As the tension grows, Michael comes home with fancy new tennis shoes the boys can wear to the play off tournament.  He won't tell them where they came from, just they are theirs with no cost.  Everything has a cost...

Then they get new jerseys.  Those have a little logo on them that marks them as part of a street gang.  They are so poor and have done without for so long, they set aside their smarts and go with the emotion of getting new jerseys.  And just like that, they've set themselves up as part of the gang they don't want to belong to.

There's another death, a confession that Elijah doesn't want to hear and he almost dies, too, before the story ends.  It's a good thing he had another friend that was mentoring him and helping him learn some things before he had to use them.

This is a good look at how insidious gang members can be to get you where you can't back out.  It's a hard look at life and consequences of your own actions.  It's dangerous out there; be careful.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Zagreb Noir edited by Ivan Sršen

This is a collection of short stories about Croatia.  These aren't pleasant stories but they do have the flavor of what the country and its people are like.

Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.

My grandparents immigrated to the US from either Czechoslovakia or Yugoslavia depending on which relative you asked.  Their birth certificates were kept at Zagreb.  When I tried to get a copy of them, I was told that the courthouse that held the records was burnt down during the wars there and those records no longer existed.  It doesn't appear things have gotten much better.

Featuring brand-new stories translated from Croatian by: Ivan Vidic, Josip Novakovich, Andrea Žigic-Dolenec, Robert Perišic, Mima Simic, Pero Kavesic, Nada Gašic, Zoran Pilic, Ružica Gašperov, Darko Milošic, Nora Verde, Ivan Sršen, Neven Ušumovic, and Darko Macan.

There's a lot of sex, death and despair in these stories.   My grandparents came to the states to get away from tyranny.  These modern stories give me no reason to go visit the area.  They do, however, keep your attention and keep you reading as you wonder just how true they are.  Is it really that bad over there or are these just stories?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Tomorrow Heist by Jack Soren

Jonathan and Lew have retired.  Or so they think...

Witness Impulse sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.  Check out my earlier post about The Monarch.  You may want to get them both.

This author has a very interesting mind.  He creates situations that almost sci-fi in nature and makes them sound like normal every day events in the world he's creating.  I'd be real surprised if anyone has thought about using his plots.

Everyone is pretty laid back as the story starts.  They barely got out alive and they are just keeping a low profile.  When the evil man from the past shows up in Emily's apartment, she knows she's going to die.  Amazingly enough, another group of men show up and save her.  They take her with them and use her as a bartering chip to get Jonathan and Lew on board with them.

Most of the action takes place on board a ship.  They are having a big convention on it, but there are other plans that will make it a catastrophe.  Jonathan and Lew are sent to steal, but it can be hard work just staying alive.  Jonathan is also surprised to see a woman he thought was dead appear on the ship.  

This is another taut story with lots of action and almost impossible odds.  The author has made this book a bit shorter, not so much detail, and that makes it a much better read.  I'd read another in this series.  I want to see what happens with Jonathan next and how long it takes Lew to get healthy again.

The Monarch by Jack Soren

Jonathan has left his old life behind.  No more thieving.  He's a father now and his daughter is his world.  He has to do something when someone starts killing people and using his signature as a symbol on the bodies.  He's not the murderer.  He's also not really being framed; he's being sent a message...

Witness Impulse sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

This book reminds of the TV series, 24, or of a James Bond film.  It's a high paced thriller with lots of action, explosions and even medical experiments to keep your attention.  I think if it was a bit shorter it would read better.  I found myself setting it down and coming back to it.  I would have read it straight through if it hadn't had so much detail.

Jonathan knows someone is trying to find him.  When a picture he stole to present the rightful museum owner ends up in a body marked with the monarch, he finds out the museum director sold it to a collector.  Then it went on the black market.  Someone knows of his past and wants something from him.  He calls his old partner and tells him what's going on.  They decide to investigate.

What surprised me was that the author gave them love interests in this story.  They're running around the countryside, Lew's killing anybody that gets in their way, and they aren't getting anything to eat or an opportunity to sleep, but they find love?  It's not impossible but I thought it was odd.

When the madman kidnaps his daughter, Jonathan has no choice.  He agrees to meet with the man who has her.  He wants one last thing to make his transformation complete and he sends Jonathan after it.  

It's an exciting read.  I like the team of Jonathan and Lew.  They complement each other well.  The plot was unusual, the ending was a blow out, and I'm glad I have the next book in the series to read, too.  Jonathan might be retired, but the monarch is still alive.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Space Cadets by Laurence Moroney

Her father died in the last conflict in Korea.  He got too much radiation and didn't survive.  But he wrote her a letter.  In that letter, he told her of his dream to visit the stars and find new worlds.  She's determined to do that for him.

The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.

This is a new series that is written for young adults.  It's an adventure, science fiction/fantasy type story that sounds almost believable in this day and age.  Aisha is an African American, female and the first of her color and her sex to go to the Space Academy.  There are other girls there but she and her roommate are both different.  Her roommate is Asian and very intelligent.  They're not well liked by the upper classmates.

A lot happens in this first book.  Aisha's new boyfriend almost gets killed by another classmate.  They get to explore a new world.  And the world they left in is in danger.

It will keep you reading and wondering how it will turn out.  It will take more than this book to tell the whole story.

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