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9 02, 2016

Review: The Forgotten Soldier by Brad Taylor

By | February 9th, 2016|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Military, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments


forgotten soldier book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Forgotten Soldier is the ninth book in the Pike Logan thriller series. This is the third one in a row that I’ve read and I liked it more than the other two–even though the start made me wonder if I’d like it at all! Great setup and finish.

A task force man, Guy George, had a brother in Afghanistan as part of a special forces op and the whole team was ambushed and killed. His belongings are shipped back and by special request, are not ‘scrubbed’. Typically, belongings would be cleaned and filtered to spare the family extra hardship. As it is, Guy receives the same package his brother had for the mission he was on. The package contains information about the mission and photos of four targets–likely the same people who caused his brother’s demise.


2 02, 2016

Review: The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins

By | February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments


bone labyrinth book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Bone Labyrinth is the 11th book in the Sigma Force series. These stories are all international thrillers where things have to be saved/fixed quickly before something bad happens. In this installment several people are kidnapped and no one really knows why; since they have connections to the U.S. government, Sigma is sent to find them.

There are twin sisters who are using a government grant to do research into the emergence of human intelligence. Their primary experiment was Baako, a young gorilla that they genetically altered to try and affect the intelligence of the subject from birth. At 3-years-old, he was already showing great signs of much higher intelligence than other gorillas. One of the theories the sisters had was that crossbreeding with other hominids in our past created a mixture of genes that allowed

5 01, 2016

Review: Rising Tide by T.L. Zalecki

By | January 5th, 2016|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , |3 Comments


rising tide book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

While science fiction isn’t a genre I delve into all that often, Rising Tide by T.L. Zalecki caught my attention immediately, first for its intriguing cover and second for its futuristic setting and tie-in with a human-like species that seemingly exists undetected by humans underneath the ocean.

First of all, Zalecki is talented at world building. The year 2098 is vividly described with tons of details that were thoughtfully considered. Likewise, each of the characters I was introduced to had clearly developed personalities and motives for their actions. I enjoyed the presence of a strong and capable female lead character (Lorel), and felt great sympathy for Mello, leader of the Sirens who is tricked and betrayed by humankind. No wonder why the Sirens did not make their presence known to humans until now, right?


11 12, 2015

Review: The Insider Threat by Brad Taylor

By | December 11th, 2015|Categories: Action & Adventure, For Men, Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments


the insider threat book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Insider Threat is the eighth book in the Pike Logan series. Fortunately, this is one of those thriller series that you don’t need to read in order. Pike is co-owner of Grolier Recovery Services, ostensibly a company that tries to protect historical sites. But it is also a clandestine service with the purpose of neutralizing terrorists while providing the U.S. government with full deniability.

This time Pike and the crew are working against ISIS supporters and are trying to prevent some professional oil people from getting imported from Nigeria to help run the oil fields to increase revenue.  Some Saudi prince is helping facilitate the deal but since he is a member of the royal family, all Pike’s group can do is gather proof against him to hand over to the Saudi government who

25 11, 2015

Review: Killing Maine by Mike Bond

By | November 25th, 2015|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments


killing maine book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Killing Maine is the second book in the Pono Hawkins series. I had mixed feelings about this book as I read it. Mostly because it felt that the author, Mike Bond, was really pushing his own political point of view. It wasn’t just his character having issues with the windmills and Democrats but his own almost hatred coming out.

Pono Hawkins is ex-military and a bit of a player. He was wrongfully convicted of crimes twice and put in jail. Both times he was later proven innocent and released. Bucky – the man whose testimony put him away the first time – is arrested for murder. Unfortunately, Bucky also saved his life earlier and he feels he should try and help clear him since he knows the man is incapable of murder.

Bucky also happened to marry Lexie,

20 11, 2015

Review: The God Thought by Dave Cravens

By | November 20th, 2015|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |3 Comments


the god thought book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

The God Thought is a very unusual type of book…  in a good way. More than just a sci-fi book or a thriller, this book delves into the fantasy world of what could happen if human beings were just a little bit more than human, but not so different that it couldn’t actually happen.

First of all, I love the cover. As a book cover artist, I found it to be stunning and it really made me want to read the book. It’s also very fitting for the theme of the book and what you can expect inside of it.

The first part of the book did a great job at sucking me in with snippets of social media conversations on the main character, Oliver’s, page. You instantly start to read from his friends about his

2 06, 2015

Review: Bone Box by Jay Amberg

By | June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |6 Comments


bone box book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield 

Bone Box by Jay Amberg is a sweeping archeological suspense novel that spans Anatolia and merges ancient history, contemporary business, religion, and world politics. Bone Box begins as Joe Travers is descending on Istanbul, Turkey. Travers, a former corporate executive, is an unlikely analyst for an archeological dig. Yet Travers has a keen ability to see below the surface of the people around him. He is in Turkey at the behest of the Aegean Association, a multi-national foundation, to evaluate the Saint John’s archeological site and determine Sophia Altay’s ability to continue leading the dig. When Altay finds an ancient relic that could possibly rewrite history, Travers must determine who he is really working for and at what cost.

To be honest, at first, I had a difficult time getting into Bone

30 03, 2015

Review: Dark Intelligence by Neal Asher

By | March 30th, 2015|Categories: Action & Adventure, Audiobooks, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |3 Comments


dark intelligence book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Dark Intelligence is the first book in a new series called Transformation in the Polity Universe. The book begins by introducing Thorvald Spear in a virtual resurrection room. He has just been resurrected from his recently recovered memory implant. Apparently, he was found sitting in a jewelry store window set in a nice brooch.

After going through his acclimation process he has a chance to absorb his last memories and it leaves him with a need to revenge himself and his friends. It appears his last days with his friends were on a planet fighting against the Prador. One of their own ships carpet bombed the stronghold and wiped out the whole unit. This and some other not so pleasant memories coming back to him leave him with a burning hatred for one Penny Royal, a rogue

27 03, 2015

Review: The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell

By | March 27th, 2015|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, War|Tags: , , , |5 Comments


empty throne book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Is there a name for a narrator, seemingly reliable to the reader, yet not so predictable to his fellow characters? I have found his name to be Lord Uhtred, a Saxon nobleman, warrior, and a sometime conniver, but a plotter to the common good of Mercia. To say I liked Lord Uhtred, the senior, is an understatement. He is strong, reliable to the reader and those in his personal command, and he exhibits a dry witty dark humor. Such is the lead narrator of Bernard Cornwell’s latest novel in the Saxon Tales series, The Empty Throne.

In 911, King Æthelred of Mercia is declining in health. The king has no heir. A Witan (council) is called amongst the Saxon nobles to meet in Gleawecestre on Saint Cuthbert’s feast day to determine the fate of Mercia. Amongst

26 03, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Vostok by Steve Alten

By | March 26th, 2015|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments


vostok book coverPlease join Steve Alten, author of Vostok, as he tours the blogosphere with iRead Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy of the book below – open internationally

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Vostok is the second book featuring Zachary Wallace, and large parts of it takes place in Antarctica, below the frozen ice cap, in a liquid lake, Vostok.  Steve Alten appears to like the idea of ancient Miocene predators and other animals hiding in the dark places of the ocean. This isn’t the only series he has dealing with supposedly long extinct species and there is a little cross-over with the others.

I will say that Alten does a pretty poor job when it comes to real science and double checking facts used in the story. I really started taking notice when he converted -25C to -87F in a conversation and no one