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Review of Kevin Tinto’s Latest Novel, Ice Genesis

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.  Kevin Tinto has recently added book #2, Ice Genesis to the...

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.  Kevin Tinto has recently added book #2, Ice Genesis to the Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson series.


The US of A and Russia are on the brink of nuclear war; the president is on the verge of a nervous breakdown; and our heroes, archaeologist Leah Andrews, professional mountain climber Jack Hobson, and billionaire Al Paulson are fighting for their lives. All of this because of– ALIENS. No, not illegal aliens, but more like the intergalactic type. Well, not really actual aliens, but the possibility of aliens.

For those of you that have not read the first book in the series, Ice, stop right now and go read it, as Ice Genesis probably won’t make sense unless you do. If you are going to be stubborn and read Ice Genesis without reading Ice, then here is what has happened so far… In Ice, archaeologist Leah Andrews has found an unusual stone at an archaeology site in New Mexico. The stone is known only to exist at a specific location in Antarctica. Being the obsessive scholar that she is, she must go to Antarctica to determine what the connection between this stone and the ancient Native Americans that harbored this site. Getting to Antarctica wouldn’t be easy, so she enlists the help of her ex-husband, professional mountain climber Jack Hobson to help her out. Knowing that this expedition would be expensive and the political logistics complicated, Hobson cashes in on a debt owed to him by billionaire Al Paulson. What this group would find in Antarctica would be a game changer. They find what appears to be a highly advanced facility most likely constructed by some advanced alien race. Within the facilities they find a group of Native Americans from different tribes alive and held in status.

In Ice Genesis, the Native Americans have been taken back to the archaeology site in New Mexico and Andrews begins studying them to find out what happened to them when they were abducted. What she finds out will change her forever. Finding evidence of an alien race on planet earth seems to cause an uproar within the White House and its occupants feel that this little piece of evidence should be kept a secret, which means Andrews, Hobson, and Paulson are in their crosshairs.

Plenty of action, adventure, and good ‘ole weapons of mass destruction, Ice Genesis proves to be a thrilling read. I complained in my previous review of Ice that I didn’t care much for the characters Leah Andrews and Al Paulson, well, I have developed a change of heart. Leah Andrews has turned out to be one kick-ass heroine and Paulson has proven to me that he doesn’t always need something in return to do a good deed.

The third book in the series, Ice Revelation, is expected to be released sometime this fall.

To learn more about the series check out the Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson series.



Review of Iris Johansen’s Latest Novel, Shattered Mirror

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.  Iris Johansen has recently added book #23, Shattered Mirror to the...

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.  Iris Johansen has recently added book #23, Shattered Mirror to the Eve Duncan series.


In my review of Night and Day, I commented that Eve Duncan’s unborn child showed indications of having ‘special’ talents. Well, in Shattered Mirror we all get to find out what ‘special’ talent that Eve’s six-year-old son, Michael, possesses. I’m not going to tell you what is, you will have to read the book to find out, but what I will say is that I’m a bit disappointed in the outcome. I was hoping maybe for something like, x-ray vision, telekinesis, or mind control, but I am afraid it is not quite as exciting as that, but it is special. Then again, he is only six, so who knows.

Once again, Eve Duncan is the target of an evil killer because of her dangerous occupation as a forensic sculptor. Of course, it is not enough for the killer to go after Eve, but her friends and family as well. Both A-1 violinist, Cara Delaney, and Michael are in his cross-hairs. As you can imagine, Eve is not about to take this lightly, and calls out the infantry which includes; FBI/Cop/ex-Navy seal husband, Joe Quinn, assassin extraordinaire, Jock Gavin, as well as two newcomers, Russian mafia head, Sergai Kaskov, and Cara’s college roommate and friend, Darcy Nichols, a gorgeous blue-eyed actress.

Naturally, no Eve Duncan novel would be complete without a little romance. Cara is now eighteen and she is realizing that her best friend, Jock Gavin, is a hunk of a man. There is nothing better to get those pheromones flowing than having a killer chasing after you (wink, wink).

Shattered Mirror is a great beach read and a way to blow off a lazy weekend. Though this could be read as a standalone novel, I would recommend reading the trilogy; Shadow Play, Hide Away, and Night and Day to get a good background on Cara Delaney and Sergai Kaskov. And Countdown, to get a better background on Jock Gavin.

I would like to think NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for my advance reader copy of Shattered Mirror.

To learn more about the series check out the Eve Duncan series.



Latest Update On Newest Released And Soon To Be Released Thrillers-5/1/18

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 Eliot Peper – Bandwidth Expected Release Date 5/1/18 An Analog Novel A rising star at a preeminent political lobbying firm, Dag Calhoun represents the world’s most powerful technology and energy...

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

Eliot Peper – Bandwidth

Expected Release Date 5/1/18

An Analog Novel

A rising star at a preeminent political lobbying firm, Dag Calhoun represents the world’s most powerful technology and energy executives. But when a close brush with death reveals that the influence he wields makes him a target, impossible cracks appear in his perfect, richly appointed life.

Like everyone else, Dag relies on his digital feed for everything—a feed that is as personal as it is pervasive, and may not be as private as it seems. As he struggles to make sense of the dark forces closing in on him, he discovers that activists are hijacking the feed to manipulate markets and governments. Going public would destroy everything he’s worked so hard to build, but it’s not just Dag’s life on the line—a shadow war is coming, one that will secure humanity’s future or doom the planet to climate catastrophe. Ultimately, Dag must decide the price he’s willing to pay to change the world.


Nathan M. Farrugia – Purity: Episode 7

Expected Release Date 7/1/18

A Helix Novel

Purity have almost won.

But Olesya has one last chance.

With Jay rescued from Purity territory, Olesya plots their final, daring mission.

To save them all, she will need to do something unimaginable: 

Send Jay back into Purity territory.

Only this time, he’s going deep into Purity headquarters.

Alone. Unarmed. Uncover.


 Danielle Girard – Expose

Expected Release Date 7/24/18

A Dr. Schwartzman Novel

With her vindictive ex-husband out of prison, San Francisco medical examiner Annabelle Schwartzman is trying harder than ever to move on with her life—by focusing on her job to speak for the victims who can’t. Summoned to a homicide in Golden Gate Park, she realizes that she’d seen the victim just hours before, alive and well in a parked Jeep with a small boy. Now, the woman has been stabbed to death and stripped of her burka, and the child is nowhere to be found.

When an African American student is found dead, bearing knife wounds identical to those of the woman in the park, the press jumps on them as hate crimes. If only they were so easy to explain. There is a connection—but Schwartzman believes it’s something even worse. Her fears are confirmed with the discovery of the next victim.

Now, to stop a vicious killer whose work has only just begun, Schwartzman and Detective Hal Harris must untangle the twisted thread that links it all to the missing boy and a crime buried in the past.


Annelie Wendeberg – Vow

Expected Release Date 8/31/18

A Climate Change Saga (1/2986) Novel

I’m the heroine of savages. I set thrones on fire.

The Brothers and Sisters of the Apocalypse aren’t happy with Micka. She’s blown up their satellite network, and now plans to offer intel to their fiercest enemy — the Sequencer council. 

But nothing goes as planned, and soon, the two most powerful global organisations want her dead. 

Lines between friend and foe blur. 

And Micka is out of options.


 Eliot Peper – Borderless

Expected Release Date 10/30/18

An Analog Novel

Exiled from Washington after a covert operation gone wrong, Diana is building a new life as a freelance spy, though her obsessive secrecy is driving away the few friends and allies she can count on. When she’s hired to investigate the world’s leading techno capitalist, she unknowingly accepts an assignment with a dark ulterior purpose. Navigating a labyrinth of cutouts and false fronts, Diana discovers a plot to nationalize the global feed.

As tech and politics speed toward a catastrophic reckoning, Diana must reconcile the sins of her past with her dreams of tomorrow. How she deploys the secrets in her arsenal will shape the future of a planet on the brink of disaster. Doing the right thing means risking everything to change the rules of the game. But how much is freedom really worth?


James Rollins – Crucible

Expected Release Date 1/8/19

A Sigma Force Novel

Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend’s wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. With no shred of evidence to follow, his one hope to find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak—until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to “unlock” her mind long enough to ask a few questions.

What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest for answers that are connected to mysteries reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history—a Medieval text known as the Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches. What they uncover hidden deep in the past will reveal a frightening truth in the present and a future on the brink of annihilation, and force them to confront the ultimate question: What does it mean to have a soul?

Just Released

Iris Johansen – Shattered Mirror

Released on 4/24/18

An Eve Duncan Novel

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is once again thrown into a deadly game of intrigue when she receives a cryptic package containing a skull and a two sided mirror. Eve is determined to reconstruct the skull and uncover the mystery of the person’s identity, and when she does, the face of a beautiful woman begins to emerge. But who is she?

As Eve gets closer and closer to finding the answer, she becomes swept up in a lethal chase that spans continents and threatens to destroy the family that she has worked so hard to bring together. Eve and her team must work quickly to discover who is behind the murder – and maybe even prevent more loss of life. But how do you fight a killer who is willing to destroy anyone as a means to an end?


Jeffery Deaver – The Cutting Edge

Released on 4/10/18

A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

Vimal Lahori, a twenty-two-year-old apprentice diamond cutter, living with his family in Queens, returns to the jewelry shop where he works on 47th Street in Manhattan to find that his mentor has been tortured and killed in a robbery. Also dead are a young couple, present at the store to pick-up their engagement ring. The killer appears from the back room, sees the young man and shoots and wounds him. Vimal escapes.

Lincoln Rhyme, Amelia Sachs, Lon Sellitto and the other law enforcers they work with begin their pursuit of the murderer, who, they learn, has made off with five million dollars’ worth of unique “rough,” that is, uncut diamonds. They realize too that he’s trying to find and kill Vimal, the only witness to the horrific crime.

The motive for the murders soon surfaces when the self-proclaimed “Promisor”—the psychotic Vladimir Rostov—announces that he is targeting dealers and engaged couples for defiling diamonds by cutting them up into jewelry—to satisfy their vanity. In ancient religion these gems were thought to be the soul of the earth; it was a sin to cut and polish them. Rostov continues his search for Vimal and targets more victims, who have to pay for their iniquities. The madman also turns his attention, and his razor knife and gun, to the police who are pursuing him.

Rhyme and Sachs soon learn that the diamond world is a place that’s as mysterious and forbidding as it is glamorous, and is largely off-limits to outsiders, so they recruit a quirky, brilliant expert in the esoteric art of diamonds: Alan Ackroyd. He and Rhyme form a relationship that’s both professional and personal and, together with Sachs, they engage in a tense cat and mouse chase to find the man they have dubbed Unsub 47 . . . and to locate Vimal Lahori too, who, with reasons of his own for avoiding the police, has vanished.

As the case proceeds—and Rostov targets more victims—Rhyme also has to make a difficult decision: should he consult for the legal team defending the ruthless Mexican drug lord, El Halcon, who has been captured in the U.S. and charged with violent crimes. The man is unquestionably a cruel and dangerous criminal but his lawyers are positive he’s not guilty of the offenses he’s charged with; someone has manipulated the evidence in the name of justice to send him to prison. Please, they implore Rhyme, will he help them keep an innocent, if evil, man out of jail?

In their efforts to stop Unsub 47 before he kills again, Rhyme and Sachs and their team work relentlessly to find and make sense of clues throughout the New York area—from the Diamond District of Manhattan, to the Palisades in New Jersey, to Little India in Jackson Heights, to a geothermal site in Brooklyn, where drilling has not only resulted in the fiery deaths of local residents but makes Amelia Sachs’s effort to gather vital evidence a potentially lethal proposition.


Kevin Tinto – Ice Genesis

Released on 3/26/18

An Andrews & Hobson Novel

The Americans and Russians are racing toward nuclear confrontation over a mind-blowing find under the ice in Antarctica. The American Executive Branch is in meltdown over the President’s order to detonate a highly classified Iso-Hafnium nuclear device in Antarctica, killing a platoon of Navy SEALs and the same number of Russian Special Operation, Spetnaz.

Dr. Leah Andrews and Jack Hobson, having escaped the President’s plan to eliminate them have the upper hand, thanks to a nuclear device hidden in the New Mexico desert. This leverage will only last so long, and the key to unlocking the mystery lies with twenty-eight Native American, cliff dwellers, who survived more than eight-hundred years, under the ICE in stasis.

While Leah tries to untangle the mysteries of the ‘Ancients’, Jack Hobson is trying to protect Leah, and the Ancients, while finding himself drawn into another mystery; is there more of these high technology caches? If so, how will they secure them before other interested parties, including the Russians locate them?

The key to the mystery, as Leah learns, is one of the Ancients. A Lakota Shaman, named Appanoose. He has no interest in cooperating with Leah; just as she learns stunning new facts about the Ancients and what happened to them more than eight-hundred years ago.

Leah and Jack find themselves the targets of not only the US government, but foreign powers and even the Ancients themselves.


Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – City of Endless Night

Released on 1/16/18

A Pendergast Novel

It begins as a manhunt for Grace Ozmian, the missing daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire. At first, the NYPD assumes Grace, beautiful, reckless, and a regular feature of the local tabloids, has simply sped off on another wild adventure. But the case becomes something altogether different when the young woman’s body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found. 

Lieutenant CDS Vincent D’Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D’Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene also assigned to the case. “I feel rather like Brer Rabbit being thrown into the briar patch,” Pendergast tells D’Agota, “because I have found you here, in charge. Just like when we first met, back at the Museum of Natural History.” 

D’Agosta hopes the case will give Pendergast an opportunity to demonstrate his considerable abilities back in the city he has made home. But neither Pendergast nor D’Agosta are prepared for what lies ahead. It quickly becomes clear that a diabolical presence is haunting the greater metropolitan area, and Grace Ozmian was only the first of many victims to be murdered…and decapitated. Worse still, there’s something unique to the city itself that has attracted its evil eye of the killer–or killers.

As mass hysteria sets in, Pendergast and D’Agosta find themselves in the crosshairs of an opponent who has threatened the very lifeblood of the city. It’ll take all of Pendergast’s skill to unmask this most dangerous foe–let alone survive to tell the tale.

 



Review of Eliot Peper’s Analog Series

As a scientist, I tend to think in a relatively logical manner, but at the same time I realize that I have an illogical side as well; such as being afraid of flying.. Read More

Eliot Peper

As a scientist, I tend to think in a relatively logical manner, but at the same time I realize that I have an illogical side as well; such as being afraid of flying.. Read More



Thriller Release Alert!-Shattered Mirror

Best-selling author Iris Johansen has released today the 23rd book from the Eve Duncan series. This series has it all; ghosts, vampires, telepaths, and of course, let’s not forget, a character that can mind meld with animals. What’s there not to like? Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is once again thrown into a deadly game of...

Best-selling author Iris Johansen has released today the 23rd book from the Eve Duncan series. This series has it all; ghosts, vampires, telepaths, and of course, let’s not forget, a character that can mind meld with animals. What’s there not to like?

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is once again thrown into a deadly game of intrigue when she receives a cryptic package containing a skull and a two sided mirror. Eve is determined to reconstruct the skull and uncover the mystery of the person’s identity, and when she does, the face of a beautiful woman begins to emerge. But who is she?

As Eve gets closer and closer to finding the answer, she becomes swept up in a lethal chase that spans continents and threatens to destroy the family that she has worked so hard to bring together. Eve and her team must work quickly to discover who is behind the murder – and maybe even prevent more loss of life. But how do you fight a killer who is willing to destroy anyone as a means to an end?

Available on e-book, hardbound, paperback and audio.



Review of Jeffery Deaver’s Latest Novel, The Cutting Edge

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.  Jeffery Deaver has recently added book #14, The Cutting Edge to...

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.  Jeffery Deaver has recently added book #14, The Cutting Edge to the Lincoln Rhyme series.


So what do diamonds, earthquakes, and murder have in common? In Jeffery Deaver’s latest Lincoln Rhyme novel, The Cutting Edge, the answer to that question would be ‘a whole lot’. The story begins with the murder of a prominent diamantaire as well as two of his customers. The diamantaire’s protégé, Vimal Lahori, makes the unwitting mistake of walking onto the murder scene while the murderer is still there and barely escapes with his life. Lohori is now a witness on the run.

The media dubs the murderer as the Promisor, who targets engaged women or couples that have recently purchased an engagement ring showing off a large diamond. The Promisor wants to save what he considers to be the most perfect geological specimen from being cut and used on as what he refers to as baubles and is willing to kill for that cause.  It is up to Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Saks to find him before he kills again.

For any of you that have read a Jeffery Deaver thriller, knows that what seems obvious on the surface is only a cover-up for something considerably more complex and The Cutting Edge is no exception. Once again, Deaver, who is well known for the master of the ticking-clock plot, entertains with heart-stopping thrills. Entertainment is not the only feature of this novel, but it is educational as well, with interesting tidbits on the often unscrupulous world of the diamond industry. Deaver ends The Cutting Edge with a bit of a cliff hanger, so I am looking forward to the next addition to the series.

I would like to thank NetGalley for my Advance Reader Copy of The Cutting Edge.

To learn more about the series check out the Lincoln Rhyme series.



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