Book Review Point of Control by L. J. Sellers

Book Review Point of Control by L. J. Sellers Review by Dawn Thomas 356 Pages Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Mystery & Thrillers, Suspense, Fiction (Adult), Women Sleuths Scientist Nick Bowman is attacked on his way home. He hides a microchip in his mouth before the attackers put a bag over his head. A second scientist also goes missing. The common denominator between them is their work with rare earth elements used in cellular phones. Investigators need to solve this before another scientist is taken. FBI agent Andra Bailey is good at her job. She has learned how to function with her sociopathic issues and tries to show empathy even if she does not feel it. During the investigation, she must also address issues with her father, a college professor, who was arrested. While investigating the disappearance of Dana Thorpe, a metallurgist, and Lee Nam, a North Korean expert on encryption, Bailey gets some unusual help. Dukko is Lee Nam’s body guard. He is humilated that Lee Nam was taken during his watch and feels he cannot go back to North Korea without him. Garrett Thorpe, Dana’s son, teams up with Andra Bailey to help find his mother. Detective Jocelyn Larson…

Book Review Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Book Review Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon Review by Dawn Thomas 368 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Fiction (Adult), Contemporary Women Alex Dale, a freelance journalist, is a functioning alcoholic. After seeing her career plummet, she now writes articles about health. She is interviewing a doctor and his staff at a hospital about the care of brain injury patients. The doctor describes a way to test for brain activity that is different from traditional tests. He asks the patient a few questions and then directs the patient to pretend to play tennis as a way to answer the question. One patient is Amy Stevenson. When Amy was 15 years old, she was brutally attacked and left for dead. Now fifteen years later, it is a cold case and the police never identified a suspect in Amy’s attack. Alex felt a connection with Amy since they were the same age and grew up near each other. She feels bad about Amy’s case being forgotten. Alex decides to look into the story and asks her ex-husband, a police officer, for help. During her research, she discovers one of the patient sitters knows…

Book Review: Storme Front – A Wyatt Storme Thriller by W. L. Ripley

Book Review: Storme Front – A Wyatt Storme Thriller by W. L. Ripley Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Brash Books Pages 342 Mystery, Thriller, Suspense This book follows Hail Storme in the Wyatt Storme series. It begins with an old acquaintance, Jackie Burlingame, visiting Wyatt in his cabin in Colorado. Jackie wants him to be a body guard/escort when he makes a delivery. Wyatt is cautious and initially turns Jackie down but is suspicious. He follows Jackie and uncovers an illegal gun deal. His intervention sets off a chain of events. Wyatt wants to help his longtime friends Matt and Kelly Jenkins keep Billy McCall out of trouble. Wyatt turns to his best friend Chick Easton to help him out. Together they try to find out who is behind the illegal guns and how high up the corruption goes. As usual the two find themselves up to their eyeballs in trouble with the law. Their banter is funny and annoys the men who want to kill them. The big question is will he and Chick be able to pull it off. Wyatt is an educated man and knows music as well as he knows football. He wants to be the…

Book Review: Hail Storme – A Wyatt Storme Thriller by W. L. Ripley

Book Review: Hail Storme – A Wyatt Storme Thriller by W. L. Ripley Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Brash Books 305 Pages Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Spies, Fiction This was the first book by W.L. Ripley I read but it will not be the last. The book is set in the 80s or 90s before cellular technology. Wyatt Storme is a Vietnam veteran and ex-football player. He realized one day he was becoming a person he didn’t like so he walked away from it. Wyatt is in Missouri bow hunting when he comes across a marijuana field growing on public land. He runs into an attack dog and a man begins shooting at him. He reports his find to the local sheriff, Bill Kennedy but Deputy Baxter interrupts them. Charles “Chick” Easton is also a Vietnam veteran with a checkered past. He can drink like a fish and fights like a combination of Jackie Chan, Claude Van Dam and Steven Segal. Chick is a bounty hunter looking for a chemist that skipped bail in Colorado. He needs to find him and get him back to collect his money. Together they have a run in with some local thugs outside a bar….

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: 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…