Book Review: Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

Book Review Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Penguin Group Berkley, NAL/Signet Romance, DAW 512 Pages Mystery & Thrillers, Crime, Suspense, Literature, Fiction (Adult), David Harwood is a journalist but on the day he was to report for work at the Promise Falls Standard the paper closed the doors. His mother sends him on an errand to take food for his cousin Marla. What should have been a quick trip turned into one disaster after another. While he is with living with his parents, raising his son to do the right thing and looking for a job, his mother asks him to investigate a murder. He is unprepared when the former mayor offers him a job working. But a job is a job and the money is too good to turn down. Marla Pickens is still grieving for her stillborn daughter. She is caught up in others’ activities and is expected to take the blame because of her mental state. Agnes Pickens, Marla’s mother, is the hospital administrator. She has to be tough to earn respect and runs the hospital with an iron fist. She believes her husband Gill is having an affair. Dr. Jack Sturgess…

Book Review: Don’t Lose Her by Jonathon King

Book Review Don’t Lose Her (A Max Freeman Mystery) by Jonathon King Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Mystery & Thriller Literature/Fiction (Adult) When the story begins we meet a very pregnant Diane Manchester, a federal judge, presiding over a drug-lord case. Diane gets a veiled threat from the defendant just before a lunch but doesn’t think much about it. The court is in recess for lunch and Diane heads out to one of her favorite restaurants. Walking she is grabbed off the street, bound and blindfolded into the back of a van. Maybe she should have taken the threat seriously. Billy, Diane’s husband and powerful lawyer asks Max Freeman, a private investigator to look into her disappearance. Max begins pounding the pavement and contacting people he believes could provide information and money is no object. He gets into the lead investigator, Agent Howard’s way and the FBI’s case at every step and breaks more laws than he can count. The story takes us from West Palm Beach to the Everglades while Max searches for Diane and we meet an assortment of acquaintances along the way. Mr. King is a talented writer and the book had a…

Book Review: The Morgenstern Project by David Khara

Book Review: The Morgenstern Project by David Khara A Consortium Thriller Review by Dawn Thomas 265 Pages Publisher: Le French Book Literature/Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thriller The book begins in the concentration camp in 1942. Eytan is running away from the camp. The book jumps to Iraq 2003 and an attack on a Marine unit in a Humvee. Only one of the four soldiers make it. Next we find ourselves in present day New Jersey. Jeremy has opened a bookstore called Morg’s Universe. Jackie, in a deputy sheriff’s uniform, comes in to the store. She asks him to pick up the baby because she has to finish some paperwork. Jackie gets a strange telephone call about an impending attack with a code Model 2003. She knows immediately who is calling her. Jeremy has prepared dinner and is waiting for Jackie to come home when a computer geek arrives early to fix Jackie’s laptop. He tackles Jeremy and the two hide out in the basement while a military group searches the house for them. The geek continues to talk to someone through a microphone. Finally Jeremy asks who he is talking to and the giant shows himself. The book jumps from…

Book Review: The Shiro Project by David Khara

Book Review: The Shiro Project by David Khara A Consortium Thriller Review by Dawn Thomas 280 Pages Publisher: Le French Book Literature/Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thriller This is the second book in the Consortium trilogy. The book begins on an army base in Maryland in the year 1957. The base has a research center and laboratory. They conduct tests on subjects but there are certain levels in the building that remains off limits except for the highest security level. Someone released an airborne virus in the building and killed the scientists. We then find ourselves in 2011 in the Czech Republic and meet Branislav Poborsky, a journalist. On his way to visit his parents, police officers stop him. They explain the road is closed and he must turn around and go another way. He tries to call his parents but the calls are unable to be completed. He turns the car around and after going around a bend in the road pulls the car off onto the side of the road. He walks in the woods to see if he can see what has happened. The scene before him horrifies him. Three men dressed in military gear approach him from…

Book Review: The Bleiberg Project by David Khara

Book Review: The Bleiberg Project by David Khara A Consortium Thriller Review by Dawn Thomas 243 Pages Publisher: Le French Book Literature/Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thriller This is the first book in the Consortium trilogy. The book begins in Stutthof Concentration Camp in 1942. An attempted assassination of Heinrich Himmler has failed. The story then jumps to present day Manhattan to a really bad morning for Jay Novacek (AKA Jeremy Corbin). He is a trader on Wall Street. He is hungover, a strange woman in his shower and he is late for work. He has trouble remembering yesterday. Memories from six months ago haunt him every day. On the day the stock market was crashing he became a millionaire but by the end of the day there was a horrible accident. Military officers knock on his door to inform him of his father’s passing. He goes to the nursing home to tell his mother, Ann Novacek Corbin. Instead of crying she takes off her locket and hands it to him then tells him it is time for him to go. He arrives at work and discusses his father’s death with his boss and mentor, Bernard Dean. Dean tells Jay he…

Book Review: The Kill Shot Jamie Sinclair series by Nichole Christoff

Book Review: The Kill Shot Jamie Sinclair series by Nichole Christoff Review by Dawn Thomas Random House Publishing Group –Alibi 289 Pages Release Date: March 17, 2015 Literature/Fiction (Adult) Jaimie Sinclair is a security specialist. Her father is a powerful senator who needs a Jamie to escort a State Department employee to London. Jamie agrees and takes the assignment unaware of the risks and details. She only knows a portion of the plan and after an attack in the street realizes there is more to this case than meets the eye. Adam Barrett and Jamie had been an item over the summer but due to his sensitive assignments they are not able to spend a lot of time together. During the attack in London, a man with gun is shot. The man that shot him looks a lot like Barrett. Jamie knew he was going on assignment but why is he there in London. Is he protecting her and her assignment? In walks Phillip a representative for the U.K. He and Jamie went to school together and are old friends. Jamie confides some information about her assignment hoping Philip will be able to provide assistance. Things begin to heat up…

Book Review: The Oracle by Michael Sedge

Book Review: The Oracle by Michael Sedge Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: The Sedge Group Independent Book Publishers Association Members’ Titles 174 Pages Literature/Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thrillers I was intrigued by the description of the book and setting. The story begins in Cumae, Ancient Greece. Apollo selected a young girl to become a sibyl to protect the tomb of Iosis, the mortal love of Apollo. Once the tomb was raided, her body would die but her soul would live forever. When the Etruscan looters enter the tomb the sibyl wakes up and destroys them. She laughs because she knows she can now die. David is a Navy officer and meets Jenny at a dinner party. They are young, fall in love and get married. Soon David begins to travel more and Jenny is left alone. She becomes lonely and looks for companionship. Years later David leaves the Navy and becomes a bestseller novelist. Jenny continues living her life without David. One night things go too far and tragedy finds David and his teenage daughter. David’s brother Jake and his family still live in the United States. He and his wife are struggling with their daughter. There was an incident…

Book Review Permanent Spring Showers by Scott Southard

Book Review Permanent Spring Showers by Scott Southard Review by Dawn Thomas 5 Prince Publishing 472 Pages This book is about relationships and how couples deal with changes in their relationship. There are several scenarios happening in the book showing how the different relationships intertwine with each other. The point of view changes depending on the scenario. Portions of the book are journal entries by Jenn. The only confusing part for me was the change of the point of view. A few times I wasn’t sure who was telling the story. The book begins with Rebecca and her husband Bob having a loud argument in the front yard. He just told her he had an affair with one of her students. Rebecca is distraught but must leave for a conference. Unfortunately in her haste to load her bags in the car she leaves a box of books she needed to sell at the conference. Once she arrives and realizes her mistake she must call Bob and ask him to send them to her overnight. The books get lost which proves to be just the first of many life changing events for Rebecca. The second is meeting Vince. Rebecca’s evening with…

Book Review Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Book Review Cop Town by Karin Slaughter Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Random House Publishing Group Bantam Dell 417 Pages Literature/Fiction (Adult), Mystery, Thrillers I have read Karin Slaughter’s books for many years and found them captivating. This book is no different in that aspect. The difference with this book is the time period. The book takes place in the 1970s in Atlanta where civil rights and segregation are finding footholds. Even the police locker rooms are segregated. The main characters are two women police officers and the male officers do not want them there. Maggie has been an officer for five years and faces verbal and physical abuse from her uncle. He has been on the force a long time and doesn’t believe it is the place for women. She struggles every day to make ends meet and help take care of her family. Kate lost her husband to the Vietnam War. She grew up privileged but needed to find a job where she could make a difference. There is a shooter in town killing police officers. Maggie and Kate try to find commonalities between the cases to see if they could narrow down a motive for the killings….

Book Review: The Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle Colston
Fiction , Imbolc , Literature , Spirituality , Uncategorized / February 1, 2014

The Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle ColstonBook Review by Dawn Thomas 326 pagesPublisher: Michelle Colston (August 13, 2012)ISBN-10: 0985323906ISBN-13: 978-0985323905Literature/Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction When I read the blurb about the book I knew it was going to be great. The story opens with a glass of wine and a quiz in a magazine. The result of the quiz was just the beginning of the story. She finds out she is “stylish but shallow.” Who would want to have those results? This leads her on a life changing quest which takes place over the course of a year. We travel with her through the book exploring the 16 Lessons in the workbook, Discover Your Inner Goddess! A beginner’s Guide to Getting in Touch with Your True Self by Devi Phoenix. Each lesson gives instructions for the reader to follow. I found myself following along and although I didn’t participate in a juice cleanse or take up yoga; I could see myself making small changes in my life. I took my time reading the book so I could spend time with each lesson. In the book, the writer makes daily journal entries. Reading her thoughts and comments, whether sarcastic or sincere, make the…