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If you are a lover of thrillers, especially thrillers involving forensics, medicine or technology and you like it spiced up with a bit of science, then this book review blog is for you.

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Thriller Release Alert!-Breach

Can’t get enough of Facebook? Is Twitter your best friend? Imagine not needing a computer or a smartphone to access your favorite social media, but instead, all you have to do is think about it, as your brain is directly connected to the internet. Eliot Peper’s Analog series gives you a glimpse of exactly what...

Can’t get enough of Facebook? Is Twitter your best friend? Imagine not needing a computer or a smartphone to access your favorite social media, but instead, all you have to do is think about it, as your brain is directly connected to the internet. Eliot Peper’s Analog series gives you a glimpse of exactly what that may be like. Peper has released today the third edition to the series, Breach. Just think, fifty years in the future you won’t even need a Kindle to read you next thriller.

Eliot Peper

A hacker is drawn out of hiding and into an epic geopolitical showdown in the frighteningly plausible conclusion to Eliot Peper’s critically acclaimed Analog Series.

When you’ve betrayed your revolutionary cadre, an off-grid fight club on a remote tropical island is a good place to hide—or die.

For notorious ex-hacker Emily Kim, the outcome of each fight makes little difference. Black-market blood sport is the perfect self-imposed penance. But when she stumbles on a plot to overthrow the corporate empire that provides the ubiquitous global feed, Emily discovers her old friends have been targeted. Warning them will force her out into the open, back on-grid, and directly into danger. Emily can’t escape the past. But can she seize the future?

Emily’s quest for redemption spirals into an all-out shadow war. What constitutes justice in a world run by algorithms? The feed—and Emily—must be reinvented. Or destroyed.

Available in hardback, paperback, e-book, and audio.


Thriller Release Alert!-Victors of Liberty

Because of a drug known as D-Maz that treats patients exposed to a deadly chemical known as Obcasus, Arthur King was born an Inexorable, those that have a neurological disorder that results in violent pathological behavior. But Arthur’s father, who was a doctor, cured him. Unfortunately there are many people that are like Arthur who...

Because of a drug known as D-Maz that treats patients exposed to a deadly chemical known as Obcasus, Arthur King was born an Inexorable, those that have a neurological disorder that results in violent pathological behavior. But Arthur’s father, who was a doctor, cured him. Unfortunately there are many people that are like Arthur who have not been cured and their lives are in danger. It is up to Arthur to save them. T.A. Ward has released today her third addition to her Children of Wrath series, Victors of Liberty. For thriller fans, this is a must read series.

T. A. Ward

In a world of Obcasus, no war is safe.

The United States has reached a level of darkness unmatched in years prior. When Bryan Powell issues a universal death penalty for all living Inexorables, costs mount to terrifying proportions for the cohort. War or surrender is inevitable. The only problem? The darkness is as much inside of A.K.’s own mind as it is in the outside world. Plagued by memories of the past and audible hallucinations, A.K. is as much a threat to the revolution as he is an ally. If the cohort wants any hope of survival, sacrifices must be made, lies must be told, and betrayals must be confronted head-on. Victors of Liberty is the final book in the Children of Wrath Trilogy.

Available in e-book.


Latest Update On Newest Released And Soon To Be Released Thrillers-May 2019

Just to give you an update on the release dates for the newest additions to the series that I have reviewed. Soon to be Released T.A. Ward – Victors of Liberty Expected Release Date 5/3/19 A Children of Wrath Novel In a world of Obcasus, no war is safe. The United States has reached a...

Just to give you an update on the release dates for the newest additions to the series that I have reviewed.

Soon to be Released

T.A. Ward – Victors of Liberty

Expected Release Date 5/3/19

A Children of Wrath Novel

In a world of Obcasus, no war is safe.

The United States has reached a level of darkness unmatched in years prior. When Bryan Powell issues a universal death penalty for all living Inexorables, costs mount to terrifying proportions for the cohort. War or surrender is inevitable. The only problem? The darkness is as much inside of A.K.’s own mind as it is in the outside world. Plagued by memories of the past and audible hallucinations, A.K. is as much a threat to the revolution as he is an ally. If the cohort wants any hope of survival, sacrifices must be made, lies must be told, and betrayals must be confronted head-on. Victors of Liberty is the final book in the Children of Wrath Trilogy.


Eliot Peper – Breach

Expected Release Date 5/14/19

An Analog Novel

A hacker is drawn out of hiding and into an epic geopolitical showdown in the frighteningly plausible conclusion to Eliot Peper’s critically acclaimed Analog Series.

When you’ve betrayed your revolutionary cadre, an off-grid fight club on a remote tropical island is a good place to hide—or die.

For notorious ex-hacker Emily Kim, the outcome of each fight makes little difference. Black-market blood sport is the perfect self-imposed penance. But when she stumbles on a plot to overthrow the corporate empire that provides the ubiquitous global feed, Emily discovers her old friends have been targeted. Warning them will force her out into the open, back on-grid, and directly into danger. Emily can’t escape the past. But can she seize the future?

Emily’s quest for redemption spirals into an all-out shadow war. What constitutes justice in a world run by algorithms? The feed—and Emily—must be reinvented. Or destroyed.


Kevin Tinto – Ice Revelation

Expected Release Date 5/15/19

A Leah Andrews & Jack Hobson Novel


Eric Bernt’s – The Sound of Echoes

Expected Release Date 6/4/19

A Speed of Sound Novel

After going on the run—for what he knows and has created—autistic Eddie Parks is back in Harmony House, the think tank that has been his sanctuary for sixteen years. With his miraculous invention, an “echo box” that excavates sounds from the past, Eddie achieved the only thing he wanted: to hear his late mother sing. But where Eddie sees good, others see infamy. Because no conversation ever held will be a secret again.

For Bob Stenson, leader of the American Heritage Foundation, whoever controls the echo box controls the future. To seize the game-changing device, he has to get Eddie where he’s most vulnerable: by kidnapping Dr. Skylar Drummond, the only person in the world Eddie trusts.

But Stenson has underestimated his prey. Eddie has the power of echoes on his side. Now he must follow them—into the most dangerous places he’s ever ventured—to save Skylar and the country.


Danielle Girard – Expire

Expected Release Date 7/9/19

A Dr. Schwartzman Novel

San Francisco medical examiner Annabelle Schwartzman has spent eight years looking over her shoulder. Stalked by her vengeful ex-husband, Spencer, she’s always known they’d meet again. Has her nightmare come true? Abducted, blindfolded, yoked, and tethered, she’s being held prisoner in an isolated cabin in Idaho. But it’s the unknown that terrifies Annabelle now. Because the man’s voice in the dark, though eerily familiar, is not Spencer’s.

Annabelle’s partner and lover, Inspector Hal Harris, knows in his gut that Annabelle’s disappearance is tied to the past. Except Spencer is fifteen hundred miles away. To save Annabelle, Hal is tracking every move Spencer makes. But is it drawing him closer to finding Annabelle? Or is it luring him farther from her desperate cries for help?

As a cruel game of retribution begins, Annabelle must rely on her wits, her will to survive, and a plan of escape. But time is running out. And her captor’s three chilling words make her fear that the worst is yet to come: sweet dreams, Bella.


Iris Johansen – Smoke Screen

Expected Release Date 7/30/19

An Eve Duncan Novel

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan journeys to Africa to help families torn apart by a violent attack deep in the jungle–but she may be putting herself in more danger than she knows.

A journalist shows up on Eve Duncan’s doorstep with a plea for help. Jill Cassidy has just come from a small African village with a heart wrenching story: half the villagers–many of them children–have been killed in a horrific attack by guerilla soldiers, the bodies burned beyond recognition. Now, the families desperately need Eve’s help to get closure and begin to heal.

But when Eve arrives in the remote jungle, she begins to suspect that Jill’s plea may have been a cover story for a deeper, more sinister plot. Isolated and unsure who she can trust, Eve finds herself stranded in an unstable country where violence threatens to break out again at any moment and with only her own instincts to rely on if she hopes to get home to her family alive . . .


David Lagercrantz – The Girl Who Lived Twice

Expected Release Date 8/27/19

A Millenium Novel


Casey Hill – Fallout

Expected Release Date 8/31/19

A Reilly Steel Novel


The Savage Deeps – Timothy Johnston

Expected Release Date 11/19/19

A Rise of Oceania Novel

War has come to the darkest depths of the deepest oceans.

Mayor Truman McClusky of Trieste City is at war with the world’s superpowers. Laying claim to the resources of the ocean and its floor is the only way to survive in a world where Global Warming and rising sea levels ravage the surface. But when a Trieste City spy ends up dead―his body beaten beyond recognition―Mac realizes that his city is in mortal danger. The occupying force in Trieste knows more about his plans for independence than he thought, and they will stop at nothing to control Trieste and her people.

Mac flees with a small team that includes scientist and newcomer to the underwater city, Dr. Manesh Lazlow. Together they head for a secret base in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where they plan to create new technologies to fight the superpowers for dominance over the oceans. But the French have picked up Mac’s scent and will stop at nothing to kill him. Mac must elude the French, protect his citizens against sabotage and spycraft, and discover the identity of a spy in his midst if he is going to save his city and compete with the superpowers. But he’s just a tiny player in the grand scheme of ocean politics. . . .

. . . unless he can get his new deep-sea engine working. With it he’ll be able to forge deeper than any other sub in the oceans. And if that happens, then all hell is about to break loose.

At six kilometers down.


Just Released

Mary Lawrence – The Alchemist of Lost Souls

Released on 4/30/19

A Bianca Goddard Novel

A dangerous element discovered by Bianca Goddard’s father falls into the wrong hands . . . leading to a chain of multiple murders.

Spring 1544: Now that she is with child, Bianca is more determined than ever to distance herself from her unstable father. Desperate to win back the favor of King Henry VIII, disgraced alchemist Albern Goddard plans to reveal a powerful new element he’s discovered – one with deadly potential. But when the substance is stolen, he is panicked and expects his daughter to help.

Soon after, a woman’s body is found behind the Dim Dragon Inn, an eerie green vapor rising from her breathless mouth. To her grave concern, Bianca has reason to suspect her own mother may be involved in the theft and the murder. As her husband John is conscripted into King Henry’s army to subdue Scottish resistance, Bianca must navigate a twisted and treacherous path among alchemists, apothecaries, chandlers, and scoundrels – to find out who among them is willing to kill to possess the element known as lapis mortem, the stone of death. 


Toni Dwiggins – River Run

Released on 4/10/19

A Forensic Geology Novel

There are plenty of ways to die in the Grand Canyon. 

Forensic geologists Cassie Oldfield and Walter Shaws investigate one way: trouble on the canyon’s Colorado River. Stranded raft. Life vests unused. Rafters missing. 

The only clue to the fate of the rafters is a bag of pebbles caught by the bow line. Following that clue, the geologists uncover a hellish scheme. Not only are the rafters in peril, but the river itself is under attack. 

The race to stop it takes Cassie and Walter deep into the canyon, and onto the mighty river, putting their own survival at stake.


Iris Johansen – Dark Tribute

Released on 3/26/19

An Eve Duncan Novel

Despite her tragic childhood, violin prodigy Cara Delaney has finally found peace in her career as a professional musician and stability in her relationship with her guardians, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy SEAL Joe Quinn. If only Jock Gavin, Cara’s lifelong friend and a man with his own twisted history, would even talk to her, everything would be perfect.

But the carefully constructed life Cara has built for herself is suddenly threatened when she is kidnapped by a mysterious man from her grandfather’s past, setting off a violent chain of events that puts everyone Cara loves in danger. Will Cara become a tribute to her family’s dark past, or will she be able to keep herself and her loved ones alive?


Simon Beckett – The Scent of Death

Released on 2/21/19

A Dr. David Hunter Novel

It has been a good summer for forensics expert Dr David Hunter. His relationship is going well and he’s in demand again as a police consultant. His life seems to be on an even keel.

But not for long. The call comes from an old associate: a body has been found, and she’d like Hunter to take a look . . .

St Jude’s Hospital now stands empty. Slowly rotting and silently awaiting demolition, the vast, oppressive building’s only visitors have been society’s outcasts, addicts and dealers. And it’s here that the partially mummified corpse has been discovered. Hunter is not sure how long the body has been hidden in the hospital’s cavernous loft, but he’s seen enough to know it’s a young woman. And that she was pregnant.

As the remains are removed for closer examination, a floor collapses revealing a previously sealed off part of a ward. Bricked up inside this hidden chamber are three beds. Two of them are occupied . . .

What other grisly secrets will St Jude’s reveal? The local community is alarmed and the police need answers. For David Hunter, what began as a challenging if straightforward case is about to become a twisted nightmare threatening him and those around him.


Review of Mary Lawrence’s Latest Novel, The Alchemist of Lost Souls

The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels. But writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation.  Mary Lawrence has recently added book #4, The Alchemist of Lost...

The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels. But writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation.  Mary Lawrence has recently added book #4, The Alchemist of Lost Souls, to the Bianca Goddard series.


The vast majority of reviews that I write are about thrillers that have a certain element of modern or futuristic science.  The fact that Mary Lawrence’s latest addition to her Bianca Goddard series takes place in the mid-16th century obviously deviates from my usual routine. But alas, the birth of modern science began with revelations from Nicolaus Copernicus that the earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around occurred in the mid-1500s.  This is exactly the time era that The Alchemist of Lost Souls takes place. Even so, most of the reasoning from Europeans during this time period was based on religious or superstitious ideologies.  What is unique about this series is that Bianca Goddard is an herbalist and the daughter of an alchemist and she thinks very much like a scientist. And the scientist in her is very much alive in this latest addition to the series as she uses her deductive reasoning to solve a series of murders.

The Alchemist of Lost Souls begins with Bianca’s father Albern Goddard, an alchemist, discovering a new ‘element’ for which eventually is given the name of lapis mortem, the stone of death. Goddard’s stones are stolen from him and the distribution of them leads to a trail of gruesome murders. Bianca teams up with Constable Patch, known from previous additions to the series, to find the murderers. Normally Bianca would be totally gung ho in solving a series of murders but this particular case becomes personal as not only is her father involved but her mother and her long-time friend Meddybemps maybe as well.  If this isn’t enough to induce a Pepto-Bismol moment, Bianca also needs to worry about her hubby being shipped off to fight a battle and the upcoming arrival of their first child.

Lawrence has created a fun and intriguing mystery while also giving the reader a glimpse into the seedier life of Tudor England. Throughout the series there has been one mysterious character that lurks in the background known as the Rat Man. Very little is revealed on who or what this character maybe, but the Rat Man takes on an exceptional role that results in an explosive ending to this latest addition to the series. For this, I give The Alchemist of Lost Souls two thumbs up!

I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for my copy of The Alchemist of Lost Souls.

To learn more about the series check out the Bianca Goddard series.

The Alchemist of Lost Souls will be released on April 30, 2019


Review of Eric Bernt’s Speed of Sound Series

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘if these walls could talk’ when referring to a room that resulted in something that may have been historically momentous or possibly scandalous. Well Eric Bernt takes this phrase on a whole new level… Read More

Eric Bernt

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘if these walls could talk’ when referring to a room that resulted in something that may have been historically momentous or possibly scandalous. Well Eric Bernt takes this phrase on a whole new level… Read More


Thriller Release Alert!-River Run

Toni Dwiggins has recently released the fifth book in her Forensic Geology series, River Run. This is an unique forensic thriller series in that the forensic sleuths are geologist. The latest addition takes us into the heart of the Grand Canyon. Forensic geologists Cassie Oldfield and Walter Shaws investigate one way: trouble on the canyon’s...

Toni Dwiggins has recently released the fifth book in her Forensic Geology series, River Run. This is an unique forensic thriller series in that the forensic sleuths are geologist. The latest addition takes us into the heart of the Grand Canyon.

Forensic geologists Cassie Oldfield and Walter Shaws investigate one way: trouble on the canyon’s Colorado River. Stranded raft. Life vests unused. Rafters missing.

Toni Dwiggins

The only clue to the fate of the rafters is a bag of pebbles caught by the bow line. Following that clue, the geologists uncover a hellish scheme. Not only are the rafters in peril, but the river itself is under attack.

The race to stop it takes Cassie and Walter deep into the canyon, and onto the mighty river, putting their own survival at stake.

Available in e-book.


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