Shifting Sands – Tradecraft: Phase One (Tradecraft, #2) by Michael Shusko

Cover: Shifting Sands – Tradecraft: Phase One
(Tradecraft series, #2)
by Michael Shusko

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Iranian physicist Dr. Sara Qaderi has been leaking intelligence to the UN detailing her deadly work at a nuclear facility in Iran for months—but her time is running out. Colonel Mostafa Sabri is on the hunt for the traitors who have been compromising Iran’s national security. And he always finds his prey.

Since birth, Sara has been taught that Americans aren’t to be trusted. Now her life is in the hands of Nick Shane, an American Marine whose mission is to get her and the vital information she carries to Afghanistan before Israel drops the first bombs of the next world war. He has his own reservations about this Iranian physicist and her motives. But he also has his orders, and will carry out his mission at all costs.

Will they make it in time to save the world from erupting into a violent global conflict—or die in the unforgiving Iranian desert?

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Political
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Military
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> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Spies & Politics > Political
Series: Tradecraft, #2
Length: 354 pages
Release date: 2017-04-26

 

Teaser


Jean-Pierre stepped forward. “I am Jean-Pierre LaSatre, chief engineer and inspector with the IAEA. We are here to fulfill multiple UN mandates to search for evidence of weapons of mass destruction. We have been cleared by your government to inspect Habdan today. Here are our papers from Tehran.”

“I am aware of your clearance,” replied the colonel without looking at the papers in Jean-Pierre’s outstretched hand. He was as tall as the Frenchman but had thirty pounds on him. “I am Colonel Mostafa Sabri. I am the new director of Habdan, and I have just come from Tehran. I am sorry, Mr. LaSatre, but there will be no further inspections.”


My Opinion

This book introduces Dr. Sara Qaderi, an Iranian physisict, and to Nick Shane, an American Marine.

With Shifting Sands, Michael Shusko has created an action-packed thriller centred on Nick Shane, his brothers, and Dr. Sara Qaderi. It is a compelling read that drew me in after a few pages into the story. Michael Shusko paints a clear picture of the characters’ minds while the story evolves, making them real(istic) persons. The main characters – good guys and bad guys alike – are complex, the other characters are described as required; you learn enough about them as well. The story comprises interesting turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like fast-paced military thrillers, chilling moments, insights in criminal minds, and if you like believable characters with a mission.

Recommended.

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Michael Shusko, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACOEM, is an author, medical doctor and decorated Marine and Naval officer who has worked on intelligence and medical missions across the globe. Fluent in Arabic, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from Rutgers University. Post-undergrad, Dr. Shusko transferred from the Marines to the Navy Medical Corps and attended medical school at Wake Forest University.

Dr. Shusko’s Middle Eastern experience and language skills coupled with his background in special operations and intelligence keep him busy deploying around the world. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. Dr. Shusko has been awarded the Bronze Star twice for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently lives in Japan with his wife and 16-year-old triplet boys.

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The Weight of Shadows (Shadow Series, #1) by Karl Holton #RBRT #BookReview @KarlHolton

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

When you have spent your life in the shadows, what would you do at the dying of the light?

Three years ago the best murder detective in London is blamed for the death of his colleague and kicked out of the Met.
A man with secrets buried in the past and present returns to London, the city that started the mysterious career which made him a billionaire.
The two need each other.
But they have no idea how much.

A gripping crime thriller mystery with twists from the beginning to end.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers > Financial
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers & Suspense > Financial
> Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Heist
Series: Shadow Series, #1
Length: 376 pages
Release date: 2017-07-13

Teaser


Tom stood up and made his way to the door. He turned around and Benedict could see he was considering carefully what he was about to say. “I am sure we are on to something with this, boss.”

“I believe you, Tom. Just make sure you let me see what you are thinking before you do anything.”

They smiled at each other and Tom turned and left the office.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to former DCI Danny Benedict, now with the NCA. Some current cases lead to unanticipated alliances

With The Weight of Shadows, Karl Holton has created a well elaborated story focussed on Danny Benedict, some of his allies, and of some really bad guys. The introductory part is on the slowish side, to get the readers acquainted with the main characters of the different plot lines. It was easy to get into the story as it took up pace; I started trying to solve the case with Benedict and his allies. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws, some of them too realistic for comfort. Karl Holton created a thrilling story that kept me glued to my reader. As soon as the story leaves its introductory phase, each plot line proceeds at a fast pace, leading the reader on a chilling journey; it comprises some unexpected turns, and has a good flow. I am looking forward to reading book #2.

This is a book for you if you like thrilling and well-combined plot lines, do not insist of in-depth procedurals, and appreciate firsts in a series with interesting surprises.

Recommended – enjoy the thrill.

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Karl Holton’s first book, ‘The Weight of Shadows’ came out in July 2017. It is the first in a new crime thriller mystery known as the ‘Shadow Series. The second in the series ‘The Wait for Shadows’ came out in December 2017. Both are available on Amazon.

Karl previously worked in financial markets for over thirty years, before deciding that he had to write. He couldn’t leave this dream any longer.

He lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and two children. 

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Wormwood by Larry Enmon #BookReview @LarryEnmon

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A twisty & darkly compelling read you won’t be able to put down.

In Dallas, Texas, Katrina Wallace goes missing. As the mayor’s daughter, her kidnapping triggers mounting political pressure and forces the Chief of Police to put two senior detectives on the case. Rob Soliz and Frank Pierce have done the impossible in the past, but their methods are unconventional.

The only evidence at the scene is a Bible found in the girl’s car and soon Frank and Rob find themselves involved in a disturbing investigation shrouded by Bible prophecy, doomsday cults, and murder.

Is Katrina still alive? And what exactly is Wormwood?

As the trail leads them into the woods of rural East Texas, Frank must deal with his lingering religious doubts and solve the case. His worst fears will be realised when he must discover the ugly truth about Wormwood. But he and Rob will have to get out alive to tell the story…

Genre(s): Books > Crime, Thriller & Mystery
> Mystery > International Mystery & Crime
> Thrillers > Crime
> Mystery
Series: n.a.
Length: 318 pages
Release date: 2017-11-01

 

Teaser


…She’d scheduled things she’d already missed. Only taken the bare necessities for a weekend stay.

Something unplanned had happened.

‘What?’ Rob asked.

Frank meandered back into the living area. ‘Everybody has it all wrong,’ he whispered. He gazed at Rob. ‘She’s not hiding. Someone took her.’


My Opinion

This book comprises several plot lines covering the abducted mayor’s daughter Katrina, as well as the assigned detectives.

With Wormwood, Larry Enmon has created a well elaborated story focussed on the leading detectives; Katrina as the victim is an intense second plot line. It was easy to get into the story (sometimes too close for comfort) while trying to solve the case with Frank and Rob. The main characters are complex, believable with all their flaws; the other characters are of sufficient depth – according to their relevance. Larry Enmon created a thrilling story that kept me glued to my Kindle; the plot offers food for thought on a serious topic. The story proceeds at a steady pace, leading the reader on a dark journey; it comprises some chilling turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like thrilling stories, well elaborated plots with believable and intense characters, and stories that trigger deep thinking.

Recommended.

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Larry Enmon retired from the U.S. Secret Service and started writing. During his career he acted as liaison between the USSS and FBI, working in the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  He received special training from the FBI and CIA in weapons of mass destruction.

For relaxation, and to get away from the city, he likes spending time at his ranch in rural Eastern Texas. With 200+ acres, private shooting range, a 2½ acre pond, and miles of woodland trails to explore on four-wheelers and RTVs, it’s the perfect getaway.

He swims four miles a week, holds a Divemaster rating with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and has a black belt in Tang Soo Do karate.  He is married with two children and lives in Tarrant County, TX.

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What about you?  What did you think about Wormwood?  Or – if you did not yet read Wormwood – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

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Blessed Mayhem (The Mayhem Series, #2) by Sue Coletta #RBRT #BookReview @SueColetta1

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A chance encounter …a deadly predicament …a lethal decision.

The infamous Mr. Mayhem is not your average serial killer. Reminiscent of the beloved Hannibal Lecter, minus his thirst for flesh—because eating humans is just plain rude—Mr. Mayhem storms on the scene with style, grace, elegance, and a zest for life unlike any other. Impeccable manners also help. He may commit murder, but there’s no reason to be impolite about it.

Accompanied by his loyal crow companions, Poe, Allan, and Edgar, his crimes strike fear in the hearts and minds of folks across Massachusetts’ North Shore. When Shawnee Daniels—cat burglar extraordinaire and forensic hacker for the police—meets Mayhem in the dark, she piques his curiosity. Sadly for her, she leaves behind an item best left undiscovered. Or is it serendipity by design?

Color him curious, but he yearns to examine the psychology behind her life choices, tough girl routine, witty banter, and unique double-life. In a different time and place they may even become friends. But unfortunately, their predicament defines the risk.

The stakes are too high to stop now.

For reasons authorities cannot fathom, these seemingly unrelated murders will go down in history as the most impressive killing regime of all time. His coup de grâce, if you will. Even if it means permanently erasing Ms. Daniels from the equation. All the pieces are there if the authorities look hard enough. The question is, will they? The only new wrinkle is Shawnee Daniels, and she may be his toughest opponent yet …if she’s clever enough to play the game.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers > Crime
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Serial Killers
> Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Murder
Series: The Mayhem Series, #2
Length: 260 pages
Release date: 2017-08-09

Teaser


“That’s my good boy.”

As he admired his handiwork, he enjoyed his celebratory cigarette. Drag after drag he leaned against a tree, staring at the glorious sight while Poe gorged on honeydew melon, cherries, cantaloupe, and tangerine.

With this murder scene, he really outdid himself.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Shawnee Daniels, still leading a double life and – being immune to feedback is suboptimal when a serial killer is near.

With Blessed Mayhem, Sue Coletta has once again created an incredibly chilling thriller with a stubborn young woman stalked by a serial killer. It is a very compelling read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. Sue Coletta paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn rather close to Shawnee (despite her stubbornness) and Levaughn. The main characters are very complex – three-dimensional, believable with their flaws and virtues; sometimes too believable for comfort. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow. Sue Coletta’s thorough research shows; you find proof throughout the story.

This is a book for you if you like psychological suspense, thrillers with serial killers, stubborn characters, food for thought, and if you are a fan of excellently researched topics.

Highly recommended – enjoy the thrill!

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is the author of Wings of Mayhem (Crossroad Press), MARRED (Tirgearr Publishing), The Rendering, Crime Writer’s Research, and 60 Ways to Murder Your Characters.

A multi-published author in numerous anthologies, her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly; her flash fiction in OOTG Flash Fiction Offensive, One Hundred Voices (Centum Publishing), and in the upcoming dark fiction anthology, RUN.

In addition to her popular crime resource blog, Sue’s the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science, and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.

You can learn more about Sue and her books at:  www.suecoletta.com

 

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Hacked (The Mayhem Series, #1.5) by Sue Coletta #RBRT #BookReview @SueColetta1

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Shawnee Daniels wrongly assumes she’s being punished for innocently hacking the Police Chief’s photos. Okay, maybe not-so-innocently, but someone had to expose him for the dog that he is. When she arrives at the mandatory computer seminar, the FBI enlists her help in stopping a serial killer who’s remotely hacking vehicles while the owners are behind the wheel.

Why he’s targeted these people remains a mystery. None of the victims frequent the same places, some don’t even live in the same state. The only commonality is they all drive Fords.

When Detective Levaughn Samuels is taken hostage—his life teetering on the edge of a high-speed chase—there’s nothing Shawnee won’t do to save him, no line she won’t cross. And when her BFF shows up unannounced with problems of her own, she only complicates matters.

Can Shawnee stop the killer before she loses the only man she’s ever loved? Or will the ride of his life end in death?

HACKED is a Mayhem Series crossover novella.

Genre(s): Kindle Worlds > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery
Series: The Mayhem Series, #1.5 – crossover novella
Length: 136 pages
Release date: 2017-07-05

Teaser


His tone softened. “You sure you’re okay?”

“Positive,” I lied. “Will you do it?”

“Shawnee we’re cops. All we drive are Fords.”


My Opinion

This book re-introduces you to Shawnee Daniels. Shawnee has to stop a serial killer hacking into his victims’ cars.

With Hacked, Sue Coletta has once again created an incredibly chilling thriller with a stubborn young woman hacking her way to identifying a serial killer. It is a very compelling read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. Sue Coletta paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn rather close to Shawnee and Levaughn. The characters are very complex, believable with their flaws and virtues; sometimes too believable for comfort. Some characters (human and feline) are the source for some fun moments for the readers, not so much for Shawnee, though. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow. Sue Coletta’s thorough research shows; you find proof throughout the story.

This is a book for you if you like psychological suspense, novellas, thrillers with serial killers and hackers, stubborn characters, and if you are a fan of excellently researched topics.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is the author of Wings of Mayhem (Crossroad Press), MARRED (Tirgearr Publishing), The Rendering, Crime Writer’s Research, and 60 Ways to Murder Your Characters.

A multi-published author in numerous anthologies, her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly; her flash fiction in OOTG Flash Fiction Offensive, One Hundred Voices (Centum Publishing), and in the upcoming dark fiction anthology, RUN.

In addition to her popular crime resource blog, Sue’s the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science, and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.

You can learn more about Sue and her books at:  www.suecoletta.com

 

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Sue Coletta
Buy link(s):  books2read.com/u/bQBJlv

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

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