Lethal Agent, a “Vince Flynn” novel by Kyle Mills Mitch Rapp saves the world. It’s a familiar theme. Vince Flynn died 16 years ago, but the publisher has continued to crank out Mitch Rapp stories written by Kyle Mills. This installment is at times exciting and fun to read (or in my case listen to), … More New Mitch Rapp story, Lethal Agent, is pedantic, predictable, and yet . . . still fun.
Music boxes is a pre-teen adventure with a little horror. It is a fairy tale with a wicked witch, a magic amulet, and clear good and evil. One should not spend too much time picking at the logical consistency of a fairy tale . To a young reader, which is certainly the target audience, the … More Music Boxes, by Tonja Drecker
The End, by justine Avery, is a novella that starts out with great promise, but ultimately disappoints due to an ending that is muddled, confusing, and unintentionally (I think) ambiguous. On the plus side, the novella starts out reading a bit like an episode of The Twilight Zone. The story follows Trevor, a man described … More The End, By Justine Avery
Madeleine Holly-Rosing’s deep dive into a steam-punk world is a remarkably well-written and well-edited novel that captures your imagination and draws you in. The rich imagery and detailed descriptions help create a well-organized universe where Boston is part of the Great States of America and the “Great Houses” of the American aristocracy run business … More The Boston Metaphysical Society (A Storm of Secrets), by Madeleine Holly-Rosing
The Deranged is Kate Myers’ first novel and it suffers from typical first-novel maladies. The story is an unremarkable zombie apocalypse tale that follows the four major characters as they flee from the “deranged” humans who charge at any normal person and try to beat them to death. The zombies don’t eat flesh, and can … More The Deranged, by Kate Myers
The Woman Behind Her, by Anna Willett, is a haunting story of guilt, resolve, and facing one’s fears. I was reminded of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Tell-tale Heart. Jackie, a mousey, timid school teacher, faces the building terror of being investigated by the police after an abusive parent is found dead. Jackie is the … More The Woman Behind Her, by Anna Willett
Expansive Conspiracy Thriller is a long ride Polar Bear Dawn is an action thriller that includes murders committed to advance an elaborate plot to enrich Wall Street investors. There are other murders and deaths and many complex plots and counter-plots, and a large cast of characters that are woven together over a long and winding … More Polar Bear dawn, by Lyle Nicholson