Maximus (Harvey Nolan Mystery Thriller Series, #1) by C. S. Abbey #BookReview @scabbeybooks

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

A missing woman. Her husband, dead before it all happened. Among the mess, throw in a 600-pound tiger. To what extent must Harvey go to reveal a shocking secret?

Dr. Harvey Nolan, a Nobel prize-winning Columbia Professor, isn’t expecting the FBI at his office after his first blood-soaking brush with them many years ago. Trouble again, it seems. In a dark and damp dungeon, a frightened woman wakes up to find herself chained to her bed. But she is not alone. Interpol Agent Katie Moulin, a jaded ex-FBI, grudgingly returns to the ground when things get chaotic with a single divergent event. As if the influx of drugs isn’t causing her enough troubles.

Caught in a crossfire between a merciless assassin and the FBI for a crime he didn’t commit, can Harvey clear his name before it is too late? As New York City becomes a hotbed of crime, Harvey’s and Katie’s lives must intertwine once again. Forced to battle enemies and allies closing in alike, they find themselves surprised by what seems like a web of deceit.

MAXIMUS is the first full-length novel of the Harvey Nolan thriller series, set a couple of years after the events occurring in RESURRECTION.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers > Pulp
> Detective
> Thrillers > Terrorism
Series: Harvey Nolan Mystery Thriller, #1
Length: 314 pages
Release date: 2016-10-23



“How would you describe your relationship with Miss Jenson?” Frost inquired, seemingly more interested in Harvey than Christina.

“We were colleagues back when she was working in the same department as I – an administrative officer – I believe you met her replacement, Shia. We got along pretty well because we were – are – roughly the same age and had similar interests in Criminology. …”

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Harvey Nolan, university professor; a friend of his has gone missing, and – the FBI agent in charge seems to consider him guilty.

With Maximus, C. S. Abbey has created an action-packed thriller centred on Harvey Nolan – the promising first novel-length book in the ‘Harvey Nolan Mystery Thriller’ series. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Harvey. C. S. Abbey paints a clear picture of Harvey’s mind while the story evolves. Harvey is a complex, likeable, and highly believable character, the other characters are described as required; you learn enough about them as well.  The story comprises several plot lines, interesting turns, and has a great flow.

This is a book for you if you appreciate fast-paced thrillers, compelling stories, and if you like believable characters with a mission.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳


About the author

S. C. Abbey is the author of the Harvey Nolan thriller series, which is an intriguing concoction of action, mystery, and humor. Abbey enjoys reading a huge variety of genres such as mystery thrillers, religious conspiracies, science fiction, and fantasy. As an avid reader and writer, Abbey loves to hear from you! So please feel free to visit Abbey at

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Maximus?  Or – if you did not yet read Maximus – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂






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