Saturday, December 20, 2014

Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark

Killer Ambition (Rachel Knight Book 3)

My thoughts
The daughter of a wealthy Hollywood director is kidnapped then found murdered. Could it be her boyfriend who has also disappeared? But then his body is discovered and the investigation leads to the best friend and confident of the director. No, it couldn’t be and so the trial begins.

From the start to the climax and resolution, this story doesn’t stop. Marcia Clark has created a strong character in Rachel Knight. Knight won’t stop at anything to get her suspect. This story delves not in the characters as much it does in the legal system and what it takes to prosecute a much sensationalized case. This nearly 500 page novel was not only educational but engaging for this reader!

Book Description
When the daughter of a billionaire Hollywood director is found murdered after what appears to be a kidnapping gone wrong, Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller find themselves at the epicenter of a combustible and high-profile court case. Then a prime suspect is revealed to be one of Hollywood's most popular and powerful talent managers--and best friend to the victim's father. With the director vouching for the manager's innocence, the Hollywood media machine commences an all-out war designed to discredit both Rachel and her case. KILLER AMBITION is at once a thrilling ride through the darker side of Tinseltown and a stunning courtroom drama with the brilliant insider's perspective that Marcia Clark is uniquely qualified to give.

Disclosure: I received this book for review through I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne

Angel Killer (Jessica Blackwood)

My thoughts
A person, who calls himself Warlock, hacks in to the FBI’s website and posts a code. When cyphered, it leads to a dead girl who seems to have died crawling out of her grave. Except, this young woman has been dead a few years and the body has only been deceased a few hours. Is a miracle or an illusion? The FBI brings in agent Jessica Blackwood (whose past as a magician may come in useful) before another murderous illusion is performed.

I don’t know if it the illusion and magical aspect, the development of the Jessica character and her back story or the fast paced action as they chase the Warlock, but I could not put this book down. I wanted to know how these illusions were accomplished but more why the Warlock was doing it. The writing was tight; made me think; the characters were interesting and I can see myself reading more Jessica Blackwood stories in the future. You have to read this one!

Book Description
In this self-published bestselling e-book by a real illusionist—the first thriller in a sensational series—now available in paperback, FBI agent Jessica Blackwood believes she has successfully left her complicated life as a gifted magician behind her . . . until a killer with seemingly supernatural powers puts her talents to the ultimate test.

A mysterious hacker, who identifies himself only as “Warlock,” brings down the FBI’s website and posts a code in its place. It hides the GPS coordinates of a Michigan cemetery, where a dead girl is discovered rising from the ground . . . as if she tried to crawl out of her own grave.

Born into a dynasty of illusionists, Jessica Blackwood is destined to become its next star—until she turns her back on her troubled family, and her legacy, to begin a new life in law enforcement. But FBI consultant Dr. Jeffrey Ailes’s discovery of an old copy of Magician Magazine will turn Jessica’s carefully constructed world upside down. Faced with a crime that appears beyond explanation, Ailes has nothing to lose—and everything to gain—by taking a chance on an agent raised in a world devoted to seemingly achieving the impossible.

The body in the cemetery is only the first in the Warlock’s series of dark miracles. Thrust into the media spotlight, with time ticking away until the next crime, can Jessica confront her past to embrace her gifts and stop a depraved killer?

If she can’t, she may become his next victim.

Disclosure: I received this book for review from the publisher. I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Six Million Dollar Man: Season 6 by James Kuhoric, Alex Ross, Juan Antonio Ramirez, David T Cabrera

This Graphic Novel will be released on January 6, 2015

Six Million Dollar Man: Season 6

My thoughts
If you are fan of the 1970s television show, this graphic novel is a continuation of that program (some 40 years later). The artwork captures the images of the actors very well and the story line has the same feel. The story deals with a new bionic creature who is out to make Steve Austin obsolete. A fun throw back to that era and a must for any fan of the show and/or these types of comics!

Book Description
Better. Stronger. Faster. The original Six Million Dollar Man, Steve Austin, was a man barely alive until the OSI transformed him into the world's first Bionic Man. Now, he and Oscar Goldman are the most effective team in National Security. But a rogue faction in the OSI is making a power play for that position with a new type of infiltration agent - one that is completely obedient and robotic. Fan-favorite classic action figure Maskatron joins the official Six Million Dollar Man original television continuity. Can a soulless machine that wears Steve Austin's very face make the Six Million Dollar Man obsolete? And as Steve's world is threatened from within, his very actions unknowingly release an alien menace upon an unsuspecting world. It's a return to the original 1970s Six Million Dollar Man in all its groovy bionic glory! Creator Commentary by James Kuhoric: "When the guys at Dynamite launched Kevin Smith's Bionic Man (a modern reimagination of the character), I read it loyally every month, but I still missed the original," says Kuhoric. "When Dynamite approved my pitch for the continuation of the original series picking up after the final fifth television season, I knew I had to bring back all the things that made it special to me back in the day. The book has a specific look to it, and will feature many of the main characters from the series. We went out of our way to use the 'Kung Fu Slow Motion', the sound effects, and all the oddities of that era so the comic book would feel like the original TV series.

Disclosure: I received this book for review through I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Forgotten Girl by David Bell

The Forgotten Girl

My thoughts
Jason, Logan and Regan were the best of friends in high school. Then graduation happens, Logan and Jason have an argument regarding Regan and Logan takes off never to come home. Jason leaves the small town for NYC finds himself back some twenty some years later. He and his wife Nora have been living in Ednaville when Jason’s estranged young sister Hayden stops by and asks them if they can watch her daughter for 48 hours while she take care of something. Hayden was an addict and Jason wonders what’s up. But then Hayden disappears and his past comes back and the question of Logan’s whereabouts arises.

So much going in a small town, and the characters interact so well with one another, you can’t help wonder what the secret is and where the hell is Logan? You wonder about Reagn and Jason. What is Hayden up to? I really got into the story and thought two things (one was true, the other not) and had to keep reading to seek the truth. The ending is not what I expected and was surprised. The story is dialogue heavy but well written. I enjoyed it.

Book Description
The past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers’s door…

…and it’s his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she’s clean and sober but in need of a desperate favor—she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town.

But Hayden never returns.

And her disappearance brings up more unresolved problems from Jason’s past, including the abrupt departure of his best friend on their high school graduation night twenty-seven years earlier. When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister’s life—and possible death—deepen. And one by one these events will shatter every expectation Jason has ever had about families, about the awful truths that bind them and the secrets that should be taken to the grave.

Disclosure: I received this book for review through I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Friday, December 12, 2014

One of Us by Tawni O'Dell

One of Us

My thoughts
Forensic psychologist Sheridan (Danny) Doyle goes home to the mining town he grew up in to for his sick grandfather. Now soon after he finds a dead body at the ever popular Gallows (where revolting miners, including Danny’s great-grandfather were hung). Since it is famous for paranormal activities; people are saying that the ghosts of the dead murdered the man who has a link to the original family for revenge. Danny is soon working with Detective Rafe to solve the case.

This suspense story is not face paced or a rollercoaster but a psychological tale that has fully developed characters that one feels for. As the story unfolds not only does the reader learn about Danny, he begins to learn things about himself. And the surprise twist at the end just makes it all the more exciting.

Book Description
Dr. Sheridan Doyle—a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist—is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office whenever a twisted killer’s mind eludes other experts. But beneath his Armani pinstripes, he’s still Danny Doyle, the awkward, terrified, bullied boy from a blue-collar mining family, plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother years ago.

Returning to a hometown grappling with its own ghosts, Danny finds a dead body at the infamous Lost Creek gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was once executed. Strangely, the body is connected to the wealthy family responsible for the miners' deaths. Teaming up with veteran detective Rafe, a father-like figure from his youth, Danny—in pursuit of a killer—comes dangerously close to startling truths about his family, his past, and himself.

In this masterfully told psychological thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, the past and present collide to put Lost Creek’s long-lived ghosts to bed.

Disclosure: I received this book for review from the publisher. I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Joshua Effect by P.S. Meronek

The Joshua Effect

My thoughts
The story begins with the explosion at the top of a Manhattan building as Jonathan Strickland watches his friends and associates die from his helicopter. He vows to find the terrorists that did this. He gets more than he bargains for.

Jonathan Strickland is a billionaire who thinks he can do anything he wants and has the connections to do so. I found him to be arrogant and not really likeable. But still with the story is fast passed and action filled; making it an exciting read and one of Meronek’s best.

Book Description
The rooftop reception on the skyscraper in lower Manhattan is an elegant and festive affair right up until the moment the murders occur. With the lives of sixty-three of his friends and business associates snuffed out in one horrifying blink of an eye, the wealthy and enigmatic Jonathan Strickland boards a dangerous roller coaster ride of a lifetime in this clever, nail biting who-done-it. Following the nebulous clues left behind at the scene of the terrible crime, Strickland finds himself kidnapped and taken to a clandestine meeting in the middle of the foreboding Syrian desert beneath the ancient ruins of one of the oldest civilizations known to man. The lines between good and evil blur as the suspect list narrows. Strickland races against time to find the invisible killers who have even more horrific carnage in mind; they call their sinister plan the Joshua Effect. Strickland also struggles with the essence of a life thrown into question by the gnawing epiphany that he is losing the one thing which actually gives his existence meaning. All of his fantastic achievements pale when compared with the desire to possess the love of the one woman who can understand him - but who can never be with the man he is. As the clock ticks relentlessly forward to a catastrophe of truly Biblical proportions, the hunt for those responsible nears its climax. From a brazen gun battle among the rich and famous in the exotic streets of glamorous Miami Beach to the discovery of the secretive Catskills hideaway of a reclusive scientist in upstate New York, the thrilling ride never lets up. All the while the personal war inside Strickland rages on. Who is he? More importantly, who will he end up becoming? For a man who thought he had everything, why does he suddenly find his life so empty? For Jonathan the revelation that a life with nothing in it worth dying for isn't much worth living shakes the very core of his being. Then why does it feel so right?

Disclosure: I received this book for review through I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

The Children Act

My thoughts
This is the story of a High Court Judge who deals with children’s cases. One such case is that of a 17-year old boy who is a Jehovah’s Witness and refuses medical treatment that could save his life. Meanwhile, she is also dealing with the crumbling of her marriage as her husband seeks to have an affair.

This book does deal with some tough decisions and topics, one, either has to enjoy Ian McEwan’s writing or not. Although, I enjoyed Atonement, this one; although remarkable was slow to get into and the characters were not ones that I could really care for.

Book Description
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.

At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in the hospital—an encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

Disclosure: I received this book for review from the publisher. I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell

Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel (Scarpetta Novels Book 22)

My thoughts
While getting ready for a birthday vacation, Dr. Kay Scarpetta notices seven shiny pennies on her stone wall. They all are from the same year as her niece Lucy’s birth year. Then Pete Marino calls to tell that a teacher was murdered and there goes her vacation.

A suspense story with the usual cast of characters make this Scarpetta novel as thrilling as it predecessors. Cornwell amazes me as she continues to develop these characters and the story; although an open ending one, still left me satisfied and look forward to what follows next.

Book Description
It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.In this 22nd Scarpetta novel, the master forensic sleuth finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. First New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta's own flesh and blood.

Disclosure: I received this book for review through the vine program. I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Key West Sunset - SOLD

Another one of my paintings went to its new home this past week!


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