Mission: ARMOR (A Division Eight Thriller, #2) by A.D. Starrling

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A man tortured by his past. A woman determined to save him. A deadly assignment that threatens to rip them apart.

Eight months after falling in love with Alex Slade, the Army Ranger she rescued from an infamous drug cartel, U.S. Marine Lieutenant Vivian Thorpe is approached to be his second in command of ARMOR, the first team in a new shadowy black ops section called Division Eight. She agrees but has one condition: she will only give ARMOR six months.

With the deadline fast approaching, the pair find themselves heading to Africa with their team. Their mission: to assist an undercover CIA operative who may have unearthed the hottest lead on African arms trafficking in decades. When they fail to make contact with the agent, ARMOR discovers a chain of bloody evidence that leads them across the dark continent on the trail of a notorious arms dealer who may prove to be their toughest adversary yet.

With their enemy always one step ahead of them, Alex and Vivian must ignore the growing storm inside their hearts and call on all their strength and wit to lead ARMOR on one of the most dangerous assignments they have ever undertaken.

Will they survive long enough for Vivian to convince Alex that she is the perfect woman for him?

Mission: ARMOR is the second novella in the romantic military thriller series Division Eight from award-winning author AD Starrling. If you like action-packed, sexy stories with strong-willed heroes and heroines, then you’ll love this gripping new black ops series.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Men’s Adventure
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Military
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Terrorism
Series: A Division Eight Thriller, #2
Length: 145 pages
Release date: 2017-07-14

 

Teaser


‘What’s the role?’ said Vivian.

It was Alex who replied this time. ‘XO. You’ll be my second in command and one of the team shooters.’

Surprise flared in Vivian’s eyes for the second time. She drummed the fingers of her right hand on the armrest of her chair, faint lines furrowing her brow.

‘Six months,’ she said brusquely, stilling her fingers. ‘I’ll give you six months.’


My Opinion

This book introduces you to U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Vivian Thorpe; months after rescuing Army Ranger Alex Slade, she is offered to be his second in command in Division Eight’s new ARMOR team.

With Mission: ARMOR, A.D. Starrling has created an action-packed thriller centred on Rachel Carter – the promising first novella in the ‘A Division Eight Thriller’ series. It is a compelling read, drawing you into Alex and Vivian’s team. A.D. Starrling paints a clear picture of Vivian’s mind while the story evolves. There are many facets: depending on the situations, she is vulnerable, strong, hot-headed, or clear-minded, she is of sufficient depth. The other characters are described as required; you learn enough about them as well.  The story comprises combat scenes, interesting turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like fast-paced thrillers, combat, covert operations, two characters falling for each other in secret, 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 😳

 

About the author

AD Starrling’s multi-award winning thriller series Seventeen combines action, adventure, science, and a dose of the supernatural to make each book an explosive, adrenaline-fueled read.

When she’s not busy writing and reading, AD can be found looking up exciting international locations and cool science and technology to put in her books, eating Thai food, being tortured by her back therapists, drooling over gadgets, working part-time as a doctor on a Neonatal Intensive Care unit somewhere in the UK, reading manga, and watching action and sci-fi flicks. She has occasionally been accused of committing art with a charcoal stick and some drawing paper.

Find out more about AD on her website www.adstarrling.com where you can also sign up for her awesome newsletter and never miss her latest release. You’ll also get a chance to read advance copies of her forthcoming novels, have access to sneak previews of her work, participate in exclusive giveaways, and get special promotional offers.

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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:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(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

 

Teaser


“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 www.scabbey.com.

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Vector – Tradecraft: Phase Zero (Tradecraft, #1) 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)

When researcher Jawad Khattib gasps his last breath on the Massachusetts General Hospital floor, the Department of Homeland Security wants answers—especially after a preliminary autopsy suggests he died of radiation poisoning. What exactly was Khattib working on? And who was he working for?

DHS Agent Lee Jansen is rushed to Boston and paired with expert toxicologist Dr. Emma Hess to crack the case. All evidence points to the creation of a dirty bomb, but the clues seem too clean, too obvious. During the course of their investigation, they discover the horrible truth. This new weapon is far more deadly than anyone had expected. It isn’t just capable of killing hundreds—it’s capable of killing hundreds of thousands. Can they stop what’s been set in motion by a madman with a dangerous secret before it’s too late?

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers > Military
> Thrillers > Espionage
> Thrillers & Suspense > Spies & Politics > Political
Series: Tradecraft, #1
Length: 370 pages
Release date: 2016-11-09

 

Teaser


“True, but he could have ingested or inhaled radioactive particles,” Lee argued. “External detection devices have a more difficult time picking up those signals.”

“Agreed,” she conceded cautiously, impressed by the DHS agent’s knowledge of the pathophysiology of radiation exposure. “All I’m saying is this doesn’t fit the classic picture of radiation poisoning. We have to consider other possible causes as well.”


My Opinion

This book introduces Jawad Khattib, a researcher whose death seems to be due to radiation exposure; DHS agent Lee Jansen and toxicologist Dr. Emma Hess teaming up to find the truth.

With Vector, Michael Shusko has created an action-packed thriller centred on Lee, Emma, and Manny who strongly doubt the first theories of Jawad’s death. 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. 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 thrillers, chilling moments, insights in a criminal mind, 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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Cleaved (Grafton County Series, #2) by Sue Coletta #RBRT

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)

Author Sage Quintano writes about crime. Her husband Niko investigates it. Together they make an unstoppable team. But no one counted on a twisted serial killer, who stalks their sleepy community, uproots their happy home, and splits the threads that bonds their family unit.

Darkness swallows the Quintanos whole—ensnared by a ruthless killer out for blood. Why he focused on Sage remains a mystery, but he won’t stop till she dies like the others.

Women impaled by deer antlers, bodies encased in oil drums, nursery rhymes, and the Suicide King. What connects these cryptic clues? For Sage and Niko, the truth may be more terrifying than they ever imagined.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Kidnapping
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Serial Killers
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Murder
Series: Grafton County, #2
Length: 237 pages
Release date: 2017-05-03

 

Teaser


When Gaines first spotted the victim all he said was, “Wow.”

Niko stepped out of the way to allow him to exam the remains. Bradley turned an interesting shade of green, his cheeks stretched to capacity.

Frankie urged, “Go. Do it in the woods this time.” At full speed, Bradley took off in the opposite direction. “Deep in the woods! Past the tape!”


My Opinion

This second book in the Grafton County series re-introduces you to best-selling author Sage Quintano, her husband Niko, Grafton County Sheriff, and to their son Noah.

With Cleaved, Sue Coletta has created another extraordinary and fast-paced thriller about a woman who once again is confronted with a serial killer – also in her own home. What do the cards and the ‘Mommy’ messages mean?! The story comprises a variety of interesting characters with sufficient depth and cleverly elaborated and fast-paced interactions. Be prepared to accompany Niko and his team to some grisly crime scenes; even if the descriptions are not too stretched, you clearly see that Sue Coletta is serious about her research. I had a thrilling time reading Cleaved – it is a very compelling read; it takes you close to Sage, Niko and his partner Frankie, and to ‘the kids’. I was drawn into the story right away, very close to the protagonists. Sage, Niko and Frankie are complex characters, realistic in their ways of thinking and their actions.

This is for you if you like thrillers on serial killers, psychology, likeable and interesting characters, authors who did their homework (well-researched topics), do not shy away from gory scenes.

A very compelling read.

Highly recommended!

 

In brief:

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

 

About the author:

Proud member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is always looking for new ways to commit murder…on the page. Her forensic articles have been published in InSinC magazine and a four-thousand-word excerpt of Marred scored first placement in Murder, USA, an upcoming anthology.

She runs a popular crime website and blog, where she shares crime tips, police jargon, and anything and everything in between. If you search her achieves, you’ll find posts from guests that work in law enforcement, forensics, coroner, undercover operatives, firearm experts…crime, crime, and more crime. If you’re a writer with murder in your plot, pick up a free copy of 60 Ways To Murder Your Fictional Characters.

For readers, she has the Crime Lover’s Lounge, where subscribers will be the first to know about free giveaways, contests, and have inside access to deleted scenes. As an added bonus, members will get to play in the lounge. Your secret code will unlock the virtual door. Inside, like-minded folks can discuss their favorite crime novels, solve mindbender puzzles, and/or relax and chat. Most importantly, have fun.

Connect with the author:

Website:  http://www.suecoletta.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SueColetta1
Amazon:  Sue Coletta
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/mBeEnM


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I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Inside Moves (A Wainwright Mystery, #2) by Walter Danley

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

AMNESIA TOOK HIS PAST, THE MOB STOLE HIS WIFE. GETTING BOTH BACK MAY COST WAINWRIGHT HIS LIFE.

The cable gave Wainwright shocking news of his brother’s death. Garth and Lacey interrupt their honeymoon in Austria to fly home for the services. A tragic car wreck is the first in a chain of extraordinary events—no other person has ever experienced—that drive this heart-pounding thriller.

Waking in the hospital, from a month-long coma, Wainwright’s memory is erased by amnesia. He learns he has a wife who went missing from the crash. He must find those who took Lacey. Then he learns of her secret past, one she’s kept hidden from all.

Fate and circumstances propel an unlikely partnership with his arch enemy, the Assassin. Together they hunt international locations—but with very different goals.
Wainwright—to find his lost past and to rescue a kidnapped bride.

The Assassin—to kill those who hold her captive.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Murder
Kindle eBooks > Romance > Mystery & Suspense > Suspense
Books > Romance > Romantic Suspense
Series: A Wainwright Mystery, #2
Length: 298 pages
Release date: 2016-09-30

Teaser


“The police haven’t figured out all the details yet,” Tommy said, “but a sheriff’s deputy found you pinned against the steering wheel of your car and pretty beat up at the bottom of a cliff. He smelled gasoline, so they got you out of the wreck fast.”

“Which cliff? Where did it happen?”


My Opinion

This book reintroduces the readers to Garth Wainwright. He cuts his honeymoon in Salzburg short to attend his brother’s funeral.

With Inside Moves, Walter Danley continues his thrilling Wainwright Mystery series. It is a highly compelling read, with interesting characters – some already known and others newly introduced. Walter Danley paints a clear picture of the most important characters’ minds while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Garth and his experiences – an invisible friend and ally; learning with him that there are different kinds of bad guys. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues. Several plot lines are expertly woven into a thrilling experience – Inside Moves has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I am looking forward to reading more.

This is a book for you if you like thrillers with believable and complex characters.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

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

About the author

Walter Danley is a mystery and suspense novelist and the author of the Wainwright Mystery series, highly praised, fast-paced thriller novels to die for! As a former investment executive, Danley now writes mystery and suspense thrillers instead of living them every day.

The series protagonist, Garth Wainwright, is a character created from bits and pieces of the many people the author knew in business from that era. The conflicts, conspiracies and murders in these stories are all fiction from the author’s fevered brow. But the fraud, sex, and greed he’s written about comprised significant elements of the multi-billion-dollar real estate syndication business of the late 70s and early 80s. Danley used his years of experience in that industry to craft the Wainwright Mystery series.

Critics say that if you like mystery and suspense tales with exhilarating thrills, blind curve plot twists, and page-turning action, you will love Walter Danley’s novels. Walter lives in the Texas Hill Country and writes from his library overlooking the Cibolo Creek.

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Amazon:  Walter Danley

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  The Tipping Point (A Wainwright Mystery, #1)

 

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