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Thriller Release Update-July 2020

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 Kevin Tinto – Ice Revelation Expected Release Date 8/1/20 An Andrews & Hobson Novel Leah Andrews is on the Antarctic Continent, her single-minded goal, return the Ancients to their destiny...

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

Kevin Tinto – Ice Revelation

Expected Release Date 8/1/20

An Andrews & Hobson Novel

Leah Andrews is on the Antarctic Continent, her single-minded goal, return the Ancients to their destiny while at the same time, hoping that will stop the increasingly powerful and destructive Anomaly, that threatens a planet-wide extinction event should it continue to widen its grasp.She is far from the only interested party in finding the source of the extraterrestrial Anomaly. The Russians and the American military are desperate to reach ‘Complex 2’ and harvest the bounty of hyper-technology, then destroy the alien Anomaly. Jack Hobson is trapped in the USA, with no way to reach Antarctica through traditional means. He must formulate an audacious plan risking his life and those of the Globemaster pilots, Major Janie West and Captain Charlotte Ross.The Russians, the Americans, Leah Andrews, and the Ancients begin to converge on the bottom of the world, in the thrilling ending to the ICE Trilogy!


Nick Thacker – The Minoan Manifest

Expected Release Date 9/30/20

A Harvey Bennett Novel

10,000 years ago, Antarctica was not the frozen continent we know.

And 6,000 years ago, they were visited by the Minoan civilization.

What they found there was incredible: they weren’t alone.

From the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Harvey Bennett Thrillers series, the tenth book in the epic Harvey Bennett saga continues.

When a Russian exploratory and science team discovers something miraculous on the coast of Antarctica, they race to tell their government about the strange findings.

Instead of rejoicing, they are silenced.

Halfway across the world, Dr. Sarah Lindgren is tapped to help a US-based committee determine the answer to a puzzling anomaly.

She engages the help of her boyfriend, Gareth Red, and his group, the Civilian Special Operations.

It seems something is happening on the world’s southernmost continent, and the committee needs boots on the ground to find out what it is.

But before they leave, the CSO group finds out something else:

They aren’t the only group on the hunt.

Join Harvey “Ben” Bennett, Juliette Richardson, Dr. Sarah Lindgren, and Gareth Red as they embark on yet another world-spanning adventure.


Casey Hill – Fallout

Expected Release Date 10/31/20

A Reilly Steel Novel

If you could find out when you’ll die – WOULD you?

Learning her expiry date doesn’t sound like much of a birthday present to Rae, but it’s been that way for everyone since the Cryptograph was introduced. A biological algorithm developed by Silicon Valley, it can determine with precise accuracy the lifespan of every human being on the planet.

Everyone gets tested when they come of age, but Rae wants to opt out. She hates how the system labels and categorizes society according to longevity – like Transients, whose short lifespan automatically renders them useless, Interims, the hard-working majority – or elite Constants, whose long lives guarantee opportunity and power.

But when Rae’s intentions to avoid the test are impeded and her lifespan is revealed, the future seems set in stone.
Or does it…?


James Rollins – The Savage Zone

Expected Release Date 3/1/21

A Sigma Force Novel

It begins in Africa . . .

A United Nations relief team in a small village in the Congo makes an alarming discovery. An unknown force is leveling the evolutionary playing field. Men, women, and children have been reduced to a dull, cattle-like state. The natural world surrounding them—plants and animals—have grown more cunning and predatory, evolving at an exponential pace. The insidious phenomenon is spreading across the African continent, threatening the rest of the world. But is it a natural event? Or more terrifyingly, did someone engineer it?

What has made the biosphere run amok? Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force are prepared for the extraordinary and have kept the world safe—vigilance for which they have paid a tragic personal price. Yet even these brilliant and seasoned scientific warriors do not understand what is behind this frightening development—or know how to stop it. As they race across the nation and around the globe—from Washington D.C. to the densest jungles of Africa—to find answers, the members of Sigma realize they have become prey. 

To head off global catastrophe, Sigma Force risks their lives to uncover the shattering secret at the heart of a biosphere run amok—a truth that will illuminate who we are as a species and where we may be headed . . . sooner than we know. 

Mother Nature—red in tooth and claw—is turning against humankind, plummeting the entire world into The Savage Zone.


Kathy Reichs – The Bone Code

Expected Release Date 3/21/21

A Temperance Brennan Novel

A storm has hit South Carolina, dredging up crimes of the past.

On the way to Isle of Palms, a barrier island off the South Carolina coast, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan receives a call from the Charleston coroner. During the storm, a medical waste container has washed up on the beach. Inside are two decomposed bodies wrapped in plastic sheeting and bound with electrical wire. Chillingly, Tempe recognizes many details as identical to those of an unsolved case she handled in Quebec fifteen years earlier. With a growing sense of foreboding, she flies to Montreal to gather evidence and convince her boss Pierre LaManch to reopen the cold case. She also seeks the advice—and comfort—of her longtime beau Andrew Ryan.

Meanwhile, a storm of a different type gathers force in South Carolina. The citizens of Charleston are struck by a bacterium that, at its worst, can eat human flesh. Thousands panic and test themselves for a rare genetic mutation that may have rendered them vulnerable.

Shockingly, Tempe eventually discovers that not only are the victims in both grisly murder cases related, but that the murders and the disease outbreak also have a common cause…


Brandt Legg – Cosega Source

Expected Release Date 4/21/21

A Cosega Sequence Novel

Some said it was over.

It isn’t.

Others thought they understood.

They didn’t.

Discovering the source rewrites history . . . again, and transforms the future.

We will all be forever changed.


Just Released

Iris Johansen – The Persuasion

Released on 6/2/20

An Eve Duncan Novel

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy Seal Joe Quinn are about to give Seth Caleb their trust for the most important duty of his life: keeping their daughter, Jane MacGuire, safe at any cost. Because Jane’s talent as an artist has brought her to the attention of a madman.

Seth, Jane’s longtime ally and fierce protector, is determined to keep her out of danger, but that becomes nearly impossible when Jane is forced to take matters into her own hands and confronts the man who wants her for himself…and wants Seth Caleb dead.

As Jane and Seth chase down their blood-thirsty adversary, they finally commit to one another — in the culmination of the love story that fans have been waiting for. As the two come face-to-face with danger, one thing is made clear: it will take both of them working together to confront and defeat this evil.


Nathan M. Farrugia – Purity

Released on 5/31/20

A Helix Novel

Jay’s final mission might be his last.

Unarmed and undercover, he must step inside the heart of Purity’s headquarters.

All he has to do is plant a computer virus and get out.

But getting out is only half the problem…


Nick Thacker – The Mendel Paradox

Released on 5/3/20

A Harvey Bennett Novel

A small village in Switzerland is rocked by a gruesome death.

Nearby, a woman disappears, and locals wonder if the events are related.

And in the surrounding forests, accounts of a strange and shadowy murderer begin to appear.

A company in Switzerland has been working on bringing the future of medicine and surgery into the present. Their successes have been stacking up for over a decade, and their next project promises great things.

…Until things start to go awry.

Genetic engineering meets conspiracy technothriller in this nonstop, fast-paced action-adventure novel. A perfect blend of suspense, mystery, and thriller adventure for the armchair traveler.


Mary Lawrence – The Lost Boys of London

Released on 4/28/20

A Bianca Goddard Novel

In the twilight years of Henry VIII’s reign, alchemist’s daughter Bianca Goddard uses her skills to aid the living, and help seek justice for the dead . . .
 
While her husband fights the Scots on behalf of King Henry VIII, Bianca Goddard earns her coin by concocting medicines that offer relief to London’s sick. Some unfortunates, however, are beyond any remedies she can provide—like the young boy discovered hanging from a church dripstone. Examining the body, Bianca finds a rosary twisted around the child’s neck. A week later, another boy is found dead at a different church. When Fisk, the impish little son of Bianca’s acquaintance, goes missing, she fears he may become the third victim . . .
 
There are many villains who would prey on wayward, penniless boys. But Bianca suspects the killings are not brutal acts of impulse, but something far more calculated. In her room of Medicinals and Physickes she examines the sole piece of evidence: a sweet-smelling, dark-stained cloth. If Bianca can unravel its secret, reputations and lives will be saved. But the expected hour of the next murder is approaching, and a single misstep may mean another boy is lost forever . . .


Judith Lucci – Demons Among Us

Released on 4/26/20

A Alex Destephano Novel

Her fiancé battles terrorists…
He’s one of America’s elite…
Marrying him is a risk – suppose he doesn’t come home?

Alex, now living in Virginia and working in Washington, DC
for the Institute of Medicine, is recalled to the Big Easy to investigate a
series of hospital crimes where she reconnects with her ex-husband Robert, the calm, steady surgeon.
She realizes she misses him desperately as guilt consumes her…

A series of emergency calls, one from the hospital, another from her home,
Twist her heart and her…
What will she do? She’s being pulled in so many directions…
Evil dissects her brain as fear consumes her soul…
Will she, can she do the right thing?

You’ll love this psychological thriller… the circumstances are life and death, and convey a level of urgency unlike any other Alex has faced before.

She needs your help.


James Rollins – The Last Odyssey

Released On 3/24/20

A Sigma Force Novel

For eons, the city of Troy—whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s Iliad—was believed to be myth, until archaeologists in the nineteenth century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. If Troy was real, how much of Homer’s twin tales of gods and monsters, curses and miracles—The Iliad and The Odyssey—could also be true and awaiting discovery?

In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day climatologists and archaeologists stumble on a shocking find: a medieval ship buried a half mile below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of even older artifacts—tools of war—dating back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain’s cabin is a magnificent treasure that is as priceless as it is miraculous: a clockwork gold atlas encircled by an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism is signed with the name of its creator, Ismail al-Jazari, a famous Muslim inventor considered to be the Da Vinci of the Arab world—a brilliant scientist who inspired Leonardo’s own work.

Once activated, the moving globe traces the path of Odysseus’ famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal an underground river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. The map indicates that this subterranean world is called Tartarus, the Greek name for Hell. In mythology, Tartarus was where the wicked were punished and the monstrous Titans of old, imprisoned.

When word of Tartarus spreads—and of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there—tensions explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians suffer untold horrors. The phantasmagoric horrors found in Homer’s tales are all too real—and could be unleashed upon the world. Whoever possesses them can use their awesome power to control the future of humanity.

Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread. To prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war, they must cross the very gates of Hell.


Kathy Reichs – A Conspiracy of Bones

Released on 3/17/20

A Temperance Brennan Novel

It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent to her.

An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions.

To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue, working mostly outside the system. That’s because Tempe’s new boss holds a fierce grudge against her and is determined to keep her out of the case. Tempe bulls forward anyway, even as she begins questioning her instincts. But the clues she discovers are disturbing and confusing. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? A target for assassination by the government? And why was he carrying the name of a child missing for almost a decade?

With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and utilizing new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth.

But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes…


Thriller Release Update-June 2020

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 Iris Johansen – The Persuasion Expected Release Date 6/2/20 An Eve Duncan Novel Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy Seal Joe Quinn are about to give Seth Caleb their trust...

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

Iris Johansen – The Persuasion

Expected Release Date 6/2/20

An Eve Duncan Novel

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy Seal Joe Quinn are about to give Seth Caleb their trust for the most important duty of his life: keeping their daughter, Jane MacGuire, safe at any cost. Because Jane’s talent as an artist has brought her to the attention of a madman.

Seth, Jane’s longtime ally and fierce protector, is determined to keep her out of danger, but that becomes nearly impossible when Jane is forced to take matters into her own hands and confronts the man who wants her for himself…and wants Seth Caleb dead.

As Jane and Seth chase down their blood-thirsty adversary, they finally commit to one another — in the culmination of the love story that fans have been waiting for. As the two come face-to-face with danger, one thing is made clear: it will take both of them working together to confront and defeat this evil.


Kevin Tinto – Ice Revelation

Expected Release Date 8/1/20

An Andrews & Hobson Novel

Leah Andrews is on the Antarctic Continent, her single-minded goal, return the Ancients to their destiny while at the same time, hoping that will stop the increasingly powerful and destructive Anomaly, that threatens a planet-wide extinction event should it continue to widen its grasp.She is far from the only interested party in finding the source of the extraterrestrial Anomaly. The Russians and the American military are desperate to reach ‘Complex 2’ and harvest the bounty of hyper-technology, then destroy the alien Anomaly. Jack Hobson is trapped in the USA, with no way to reach Antarctica through traditional means. He must formulate an audacious plan risking his life and those of the Globemaster pilots, Major Janie West and Captain Charlotte Ross. The Russians, the Americans, Leah Andrews, and the Ancients begin to converge on the bottom of the world, in the thrilling ending to the ICE Trilogy!


Nick Thacker – The Minoan Manifest

Expected Release Date 9/30/20

A Harvey Bennett Novel

10,000 years ago, Antarctica was not the frozen continent we know.

And 6,000 years ago, they were visited by the Minoan civilization.

What they found there was incredible: they weren’t alone.

From the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Harvey Bennett Thrillers series, the tenth book in the epic Harvey Bennett saga continues.

When a Russian exploratory and science team discovers something miraculous on the coast of Antarctica, they race to tell their government about the strange findings.

Instead of rejoicing, they are silenced.

Halfway across the world, Dr. Sarah Lindgren is tapped to help a US-based committee determine the answer to a puzzling anomaly.

She engages the help of her boyfriend, Gareth Red, and his group, the Civilian Special Operations.

It seems something is happening on the world’s southernmost continent, and the committee needs boots on the ground to find out what it is.

But before they leave, the CSO group finds out something else:

They aren’t the only group on the hunt.

Join Harvey “Ben” Bennett, Juliette Richardson, Dr. Sarah Lindgren, and Gareth Red as they embark on yet another world-spanning adventure.


Casey Hill – Fallout

Expected Release Date 10/31/20

A Reilly Steel Novel

If you could find out when you’ll die – WOULD you?
Learning her expiry date doesn’t sound like much of a birthday present to Rae, but it’s been that way for everyone since the Cryptograph was introduced. A biological algorithm developed by Silicon Valley, it can determine with precise accuracy the lifespan of every human being on the planet.

Everyone gets tested when they come of age, but Rae wants to opt out. She hates how the system labels and categorizes society according to longevity – like Transients, whose short lifespan automatically renders them useless, Interims, the hard-working majority – or elite Constants, whose long lives guarantee opportunity and power.

But when Rae’s intentions to avoid the test are impeded and her lifespan is revealed, the future seems set in stone.
Or does it…?


Brandt Legg – Cosega Source

Expected Release Date 4/21/21

A Cosega Sequence Novel

Some said it was over.

It isn’t.

Others thought they understood.

They didn’t.

Discovering the source rewrites history . . . again, and transforms the future.

We will all be forever changed.


Just Released

Nick Thacker – The Mendel Paradox

Released on 5/3/20

A Harvey Bennett Novel

A small village in Switzerland is rocked by a gruesome death.

Nearby, a woman disappears, and locals wonder if the events are related.

And in the surrounding forests, accounts of a strange and shadowy murderer begin to appear.

A company in Switzerland has been working on bringing the future of medicine and surgery into the present. Their successes have been stacking up for over a decade, and their next project promises great things.

…Until things start to go awry.

Genetic engineering meets conspiracy technothriller in this nonstop, fast-paced action-adventure novel. A perfect blend of suspense, mystery, and thriller adventure for the armchair traveler.


Mary Lawrence – The Lost Boys of London

Released on 4/28/20

A Bianca Goddard Novel

In the twilight years of Henry VIII’s reign, alchemist’s daughter Bianca Goddard uses her skills to aid the living, and help seek justice for the dead . . .
 
While her husband fights the Scots on behalf of King Henry VIII, Bianca Goddard earns her coin by concocting medicines that offer relief to London’s sick. Some unfortunates, however, are beyond any remedies she can provide—like the young boy discovered hanging from a church dripstone. Examining the body, Bianca finds a rosary twisted around the child’s neck. A week later, another boy is found dead at a different church. When Fisk, the impish little son of Bianca’s acquaintance, goes missing, she fears he may become the third victim . . .
 
There are many villains who would prey on wayward, penniless boys. But Bianca suspects the killings are not brutal acts of impulse, but something far more calculated. In her room of Medicinals and Physickes she examines the sole piece of evidence: a sweet-smelling, dark-stained cloth. If Bianca can unravel its secret, reputations and lives will be saved. But the expected hour of the next murder is approaching, and a single misstep may mean another boy is lost forever . . .


Judith Lucci – Demons Among Us

Released on 4/26/20

A Alex Destephano Novel

Her fiancé battles terrorists…
He’s one of America’s elite…
Marrying him is a risk – suppose he doesn’t come home?

Alex, now living in Virginia and working in Washington, DC
for the Institute of Medicine, is recalled to the Big Easy to investigate a
series of hospital crimes where she reconnects with her ex-husband Robert, the calm, steady surgeon.
She realizes she misses him desperately as guilt consumes her…

A series of emergency calls, one from the hospital, another from her home,
Twist her heart and her…
What will she do? She’s being pulled in so many directions…
Evil dissects her brain as fear consumes her soul…
Will she, can she do the right thing?

You’ll love this psychological thriller… the circumstances are life and death, and convey a level of urgency unlike any other Alex has faced before.

She needs your help.


James Rollins – The Last Odyssey

Released On 3/24/20

A Sigma Force Novel

For eons, the city of Troy—whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s Iliad—was believed to be myth, until archaeologists in the nineteenth century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. If Troy was real, how much of Homer’s twin tales of gods and monsters, curses and miracles—The Iliad and The Odyssey—could also be true and awaiting discovery?

In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day climatologists and archaeologists stumble on a shocking find: a medieval ship buried a half mile below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of even older artifacts—tools of war—dating back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain’s cabin is a magnificent treasure that is as priceless as it is miraculous: a clockwork gold atlas encircled by an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism is signed with the name of its creator, Ismail al-Jazari, a famous Muslim inventor considered to be the Da Vinci of the Arab world—a brilliant scientist who inspired Leonardo’s own work.

Once activated, the moving globe traces the path of Odysseus’ famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal an underground river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. The map indicates that this subterranean world is called Tartarus, the Greek name for Hell. In mythology, Tartarus was where the wicked were punished and the monstrous Titans of old, imprisoned.

When word of Tartarus spreads—and of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there—tensions explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians suffer untold horrors. The phantasmagoric horrors found in Homer’s tales are all too real—and could be unleashed upon the world. Whoever possesses them can use their awesome power to control the future of humanity.

Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread. To prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war, they must cross the very gates of Hell.


Kathy Reichs – A Conspiracy of Bones

Released on 3/17/20

A Temperance Brennan Novel

It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent to her.

An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions.

To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue, working mostly outside the system. That’s because Tempe’s new boss holds a fierce grudge against her and is determined to keep her out of the case. Tempe bulls forward anyway, even as she begins questioning her instincts. But the clues she discovers are disturbing and confusing. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? A target for assassination by the government? And why was he carrying the name of a child missing for almost a decade?

With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and utilizing new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth.

But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes…


Thriller Release Alert!-Demons Among Us

Looking for a good book while social-distancing? Well there is nothing like a good medical thriller while living through a pandemic. Judith Lucci, nurse turned thriller author, has recently released book #7, Demons Among Us, from the Alex Destephano series. Her fiancé battles terrorists… He’s one of America’s elite… Marrying him is a risk – suppose...

Looking for a good book while social-distancing? Well there is nothing like a good medical thriller while living through a pandemic. Judith Lucci, nurse turned thriller author, has recently released book #7, Demons Among Us, from the Alex Destephano series.

Her fiancé battles terrorists…
He’s one of America’s elite…
Marrying him is a risk – suppose he doesn’t come home?

Alex, now living in Virginia and working in Washington, DC
for the Institute of Medicine, is recalled to the Big Easy to investigate a
series of hospital crimes where she reconnects with her ex-husband Robert, the calm, steady surgeon.
She realizes she misses him desperately as guilt consumes her…

Judith Lucci

A series of emergency calls, one from the hospital, another from her home,
Twist her heart and her…
What will she do? She’s being pulled in so many directions…
Evil dissects her brain as fear consumes her soul…
Will she, can she do the right thing?

You’ll love this psychological thriller… the circumstances are life and death, and convey a level of urgency unlike any other Alex has faced before.

She needs your help.

Available on Ebook


Thriller Release Update-May 2020

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 Iris Johansen – The Persuasion Expected Release Date 6/2/20 An Eve Duncan Novel Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy Seal Joe Quinn are about to give Seth Caleb their trust...

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

Iris Johansen – The Persuasion

Expected Release Date 6/2/20

An Eve Duncan Novel

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy Seal Joe Quinn are about to give Seth Caleb their trust for the most important duty of his life: keeping their daughter, Jane MacGuire, safe at any cost. Because Jane’s talent as an artist has brought her to the attention of a madman.

Seth, Jane’s longtime ally and fierce protector, is determined to keep her out of danger, but that becomes nearly impossible when Jane is forced to take matters into her own hands and confronts the man who wants her for himself…and wants Seth Caleb dead.

As Jane and Seth chase down their blood-thirsty adversary, they finally commit to one another — in the culmination of the love story that fans have been waiting for. As the two come face-to-face with danger, one thing is made clear: it will take both of them working together to confront and defeat this evil.


Casey Hill – Fallout

Expected Release Date 10/31/20

A Reilly Steel Novel

If you could find out when you’ll die – WOULD you?
Learning her expiry date doesn’t sound like much of a birthday present to Rae, but it’s been that way for everyone since the Cryptograph was introduced. A biological algorithm developed by Silicon Valley, it can determine with precise accuracy the lifespan of every human being on the planet.

Everyone gets tested when they come of age, but Rae wants to opt out. She hates how the system labels and categorizes society according to longevity – like Transients, whose short lifespan automatically renders them useless, Interims, the hard-working majority – or elite Constants, whose long lives guarantee opportunity and power.

But when Rae’s intentions to avoid the test are impeded and her lifespan is revealed, the future seems set in stone.
Or does it…?


Brandt Legg – Cosega Source

Expected Release Date 4/21/21

A Cosega Sequence Novel

Some said it was over.

It isn’t.

Others thought they understood.

They didn’t.

Discovering the source rewrites history . . . again, and transforms the future.

We will all be forever changed.


Just Released

Nick Thacker – The Mendel Paradox

Released on 5/3/20

A Harvey Bennett Novel

A small village in Switzerland is rocked by a gruesome death.

Nearby, a woman disappears, and locals wonder if the events are related.

And in the surrounding forests, accounts of a strange and shadowy murderer begin to appear.

A company in Switzerland has been working on bringing the future of medicine and surgery into the present. Their successes have been stacking up for over a decade, and their next project promises great things.

…Until things start to go awry.

Genetic engineering meets conspiracy technothriller in this nonstop, fast-paced action-adventure novel. A perfect blend of suspense, mystery, and thriller adventure for the armchair traveler.


Mary Lawrence – The Lost Boys of London

Released on 4/28/20

A Bianca Goddard Novel

In the twilight years of Henry VIII’s reign, alchemist’s daughter Bianca Goddard uses her skills to aid the living, and help seek justice for the dead . . .
 
While her husband fights the Scots on behalf of King Henry VIII, Bianca Goddard earns her coin by concocting medicines that offer relief to London’s sick. Some unfortunates, however, are beyond any remedies she can provide—like the young boy discovered hanging from a church dripstone. Examining the body, Bianca finds a rosary twisted around the child’s neck. A week later, another boy is found dead at a different church. When Fisk, the impish little son of Bianca’s acquaintance, goes missing, she fears he may become the third victim . . .
 
There are many villains who would prey on wayward, penniless boys. But Bianca suspects the killings are not brutal acts of impulse, but something far more calculated. In her room of Medicinals and Physickes she examines the sole piece of evidence: a sweet-smelling, dark-stained cloth. If Bianca can unravel its secret, reputations and lives will be saved. But the expected hour of the next murder is approaching, and a single misstep may mean another boy is lost forever . . .


James Rollins – The Last Odyssey

Released On 3/24/20

A Sigma Force Novel

For eons, the city of Troy—whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s Iliad—was believed to be myth, until archaeologists in the nineteenth century uncovered its ancient walls buried beneath the sands. If Troy was real, how much of Homer’s twin tales of gods and monsters, curses and miracles—The Iliad and The Odyssey—could also be true and awaiting discovery?

In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day climatologists and archaeologists stumble on a shocking find: a medieval ship buried a half mile below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of even older artifacts—tools of war—dating back to the Bronze Age. Inside the captain’s cabin is a magnificent treasure that is as priceless as it is miraculous: a clockwork gold atlas encircled by an intricate silver astrolabe. The mechanism is signed with the name of its creator, Ismail al-Jazari, a famous Muslim inventor considered to be the Da Vinci of the Arab world—a brilliant scientist who inspired Leonardo’s own work.

Once activated, the moving globe traces the path of Odysseus’ famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal an underground river leading to a hidden realm underneath the Mediterranean Sea. The map indicates that this subterranean world is called Tartarus, the Greek name for Hell. In mythology, Tartarus was where the wicked were punished and the monstrous Titans of old, imprisoned.

When word of Tartarus spreads—and of the cache of miraculous weapons said to be hidden there—tensions explode in this volatile region where Turks battle Kurds, terrorists wage war, and civilians suffer untold horrors. The phantasmagoric horrors found in Homer’s tales are all too real—and could be unleashed upon the world. Whoever possesses them can use their awesome power to control the future of humanity.

Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread. To prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war, they must cross the very gates of Hell.


Kathy Reichs – A Conspiracy of Bones

Released on 3/17/20

A Temperance Brennan Novel

It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent to her.

An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions.

To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue, working mostly outside the system. That’s because Tempe’s new boss holds a fierce grudge against her and is determined to keep her out of the case. Tempe bulls forward anyway, even as she begins questioning her instincts. But the clues she discovers are disturbing and confusing. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? A target for assassination by the government? And why was he carrying the name of a child missing for almost a decade?

With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and utilizing new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth.

But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes…


Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – Crooked River

Released on 2/4/20

A Pendergast Novel

Dozens of identical blue shoes are found in the ocean off the southwestern coast of Florida, all with a severed human foot inside, all exhibiting unmistakable signs of violence. They appear out of nowhere one day, floating in on the tide as if appearing out of nowhere.

Called off the tarmac from his return flight back to New York City, Pendergast reluctantly arrives on Captiva Island and is quickly drawn into the mystery. A preliminary pathology report indicates the feet were wrenched from their bodies in the crudest of ways. As the days continue, more wash in until the number tops one hundred.

Soon, Pendergast and his partner, junior agent Coldmoon find themselves squaring off against an adversary more powerful and deadly than they’ve ever encountered.


Thriller Release Alert!-The Mendel Paradox

Harvey ‘Ben’ Bennett is a former forest ranger that is now an operative for the Civilian Special Operations (CSO). The CSO deals with assignments that fly under the radar of government enforcing agencies, such as the FBI, CIA etc. Bennett’s new life is one exciting adventure after another. Nick Thacker has released today the next...

Harvey ‘Ben’ Bennett is a former forest ranger that is now an operative for the Civilian Special Operations (CSO). The CSO deals with assignments that fly under the radar of government enforcing agencies, such as the FBI, CIA etc. Bennett’s new life is one exciting adventure after another. Nick Thacker has released today the next thrilling episode in the Harvey Bennett series, The Mendel Paradox.

Nick Thacker

A company in Switzerland has been working to make the future of medicine and surgery a present-day reality. Their successes have been stacking up for over a decade, and their next project promises great things.

Until things start to go awry.

Animal experimentation has never been an easy path for medical corporations.

…Especially when those animals revolt.

A woman seeks out the help of Harvey Bennett and the CSO team to bring down an organization she believes is engaging in some questionable research.

They decide to tackle the problem head-on: to hunt down the people responsible.

But they’re not the only people — or animals — hunting.

Genetic engineering meets conspiracy technothriller in this nonstop, fast-paced action-adventure novel. A perfect blend of suspense, mystery, and thriller adventure for the armchair traveler.

Available on Ebook


Review of Mary Lawrence’s Latest Novel, The Lost Boys of London

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 just recently added book #5, The 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 just recently added book #5, The Lost Boys of London to the Bianca Goddard series.


Mary Lawrence’s Bianca Goddard series is the equivalent of a 16th century version of CSI: London. The series takes place in London during the reign of King Henry VIII and life for the average Londoner is not easy. In the beginning of The Lost Boys of London a young boy is found dead, hanging from the dripstone of a church. Constable Patch, a regular in the series, happens to pass by the crowd that discovers the body. Even though this church is not in his jurisdiction, Patch takes a keen interest in this discovery. Since this was an unusual case, he consults with Bianca Goddard as her expertise has helped him on previous cases. Bianca is the daughter of an alchemist and has taken up the practice of herbal medicine, and because of her occupation, she very much thinks like a scientist. As Patch and Bianca begins to investigate this case it isn’t too long before another victim is found.

This case eventually becomes personal for Bianca when a young boy named Fisk disappears. Fisk has helped Bianca on previous cases and she has a natural fondness for him in part because he comes from a poor family and often has to scavenge for food to feed his family. Bianca is consumed with fear that Fisk will be the next victim, so time is short to solve this case.

The Lost Boys of London reads very much like a forensic mystery with the exception that it takes place in the mid-1500s when religion takes precedence over science.  Bianca doesn’t have the advantages of fingerprint analysis or DNA testing, but she does have a keen awareness to details. In many ways she is more like a Tudor era version of Sherlock Holmes.

Mary Lawrence’s style of writing gives the reader a feeling that they are right there in 16th century London by using the vernacular of that time period. She also makes interesting references to historical occurrences that take place during King Henry VIII’s reign such as the fall-out that resulted from establishment of the Church of England and the consequences that befell the former clergy of the Catholic Church. This makes for an educational as well as an entertaining read.

For the most part this could be read without reading the rest of the series, but Lawrence does make references to previous additions to the series mainly in relation to her husband’s recruitment into the military to fight the Scots and as well as other familial relationships, so reading the previous novels would be useful in that respect. Overall, reading The Lost Boys of London will make social-distancing a lot more fun.

To learn more about the Bianca Goddard series click here.


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