Parabellum begins with the grisly scene after a mass shooting at a Chicago beach. The rest of the book describes – in great detail – the lives of four characters identified only as “the student,” “the ex-athlete,” “the veteran,” and “the programmer.” The absence of names for these central characters is disconcerting, but we get … More Parabellum, by Greg Hickey [Review]
Dr. Ree Ryland is not your typical mystery-action hero. She is a professor of Engineering, specializing in auto crash safety systems. But she has a black belt, and a Glock in her purse. Just in case. She is also clever, a stickler for details, and attractive. A very intriguing combination. In this story, Ree starts … More Calculated Deception, by K.T. Lee [review]
Adam Baron’s former cop turned Private I, Billy Rucker, is a deeply complex character. After book #1 in this British crime drama series, it feels that we have only scraped the surface, and there is much more to look forward to in later books. The writing is rich and engaging as the author strings us … More Shut Eye (Billy Rucker #1), by Adam Baron [REVIEW]
Author Jane Suen says this book was inspired by a road sign in Alabama reading: Murder Creek. From that, she spins out a Novella about a college student (Eve), who crosses that same highway bridge and becomes entranced by how Murder Creek got its name. Eve begins digging into both a two-hundred-year-old war battle and … More Murder Creek, by Jane Suen [REVIEW]
Sports books often have little content that appeals to non-fans. This book is one of the exceptions. The baseball in this book is plenty for the sports fan to enjoy. But, what sets this book apart from the rabble is the non-sports story of this man – R. A. Dickey. If it were fiction, it … More Wherever I wind up, by R.A. Dickey [Review]
Father’s Day may be a Hallmark holiday, but it’s still appropriate (like on Mother’s Day) to honor our fathers. It’s also nice for a father to appreciate his children. This year won’t include visits and hugs. We’re all Father’s Day distancing today. I’ve got a zoom call with my kids later today. Tonight I’ll … More Happy Father’s Day 2020
This delightful romantic sci-fi tale follows Jeremy, who took the wrong temp job. He ends up being shot at by the security muscle hired by the scientist running the experiments for which Jeremy was paid to be a test subject. The scientist doesn’t want anyone who knows about the revolutionary tech to have loose lips. … More In the Space of an Atom, by Bruce Perrin [Book Review]
In book #5 of the Mike Stoneman Thriller series, Mike, Jason, Michelle, and Rachel will be taking a road trip to Las Vegas. I won’t give away anything about the plot, but I’m working out where they should go while there. I’m also working out whether it should be pre-COVID (probably) on the time … More Viva Las Vegas! Mike Stoneman #5 will include a road trip. What Vegas venues should we visit?
“This latest installment of the Mike Stoneman thriller series proves as exciting and gripping as previous plots in the bigger picture. The idea . . . is a fresh twist on the typical mystery scenario. The narrative feels mature and proves engrossing. . . . This fine mystery/thriller contains level pacing, diverse vocabulary, and a … More Another nice review for Deadly Enterprise — from Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize judge (9.0 out of 10)
For those of you who have been following the Mike Stoneman Group Facebook page, you know that I have been battling with ACX/Audible to get the audiobook version of Deadly Enterprise posted for sale on the Audible platform. Audible has the lion’s share of audiobook sales, so It’s rather important. Today – on June 3 … More The frustrating saga of how Deadly Enterprise (finally) got published on Audible.