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Tesla by Jason Walker

Tesla*

Would There Be Danger If What Was Hidden Was Found

Starting with an interesting scene where are Tesla, Edison, and Mark Twain meet with a secret group high up in the relatively new Eiffel Tower, having been invited by  Monsieur  Eiffel himself. The Tesla story is juxtaposed with a more modern one based around a spy named Darren and his wife who work for a secret arm of the CIA, operating as agents for the shadow government. Darren comes across some old original notes of Tesla’s. What will he do with his findings? Will they put him and his family in danger?

This book is written in the present tense, and in general, I think that is an awkward way to write fiction. And unfortunately, in this case, sometimes the other tenses required to show proper sequence of time weren’t chosen correctly around the ubiquitous present tense; this is one of the pitfalls of using the present tense. That said, this was still an interesting read, making the reader of ponder what unknown knowledge might be hiding out there, who are keeping it secret, and what it could mean if it was known.

In just a total aside . . . Since Mark Twain was the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, I think it would have made an ironic twist to have the members of the secret committee him as Sam instead of Mark.

Two Spies Reach Out From the Grave by Chad Huskins

Two Spies Who Reach Out From the Grave

A Gripping Spy Thriller That Is Hard to Put Down!

Immediately, the protagonist draws you into the story, as you see what he is thinking as he holds a gun on a man. Good guy or bad guy? We don’t know right away. We find out that it is Nathan Adamson, trained as a Navy SEAL and now part of the CIA’s special ops team. The book follows the twists and turns of Nathan’s work and his inner struggles (and, boy, does he have them!), but Nathan’s tale is woven with that of his mentor’s, a now 100-year-old woman who was a member of France’s WWII resistance and mother of the modern espionage in France. Unfortunately, both Sophia’s health and memory are fading. As she loses some memories, ghosts from her past reappear…not only disturbing her mind further…but in real life as well. It’s never over…until it’s over!

This book is exceptionally well written. I was drawn in right away; the descriptions of what Nathan was thinking and feeling in that first chapter was so intensely personal and so strong… I could almost feel the gun in my hand myself! The writing is tight–as one would hope from a spy thriller–but it has moments of beauty in its spareness, like when he described sunset, “A ribbon of fire ignites the eastern horizon.”

The pacing was perfect. I just wanted to keep going!

I did receive an ARC of this book, but this is my honest review…grab a copy if you like spy thrillers!

New Thrillers Jan 27

Here are some thrillers that were published last week! I’m trying out a new format; just click and the cover and be taken straight to a preview!

New Thrillers January 19

Here are some new thrillers out this week…


Blind Justice by Nathan Burrows

Blind Justice

Justice Not Just Blind…But Deaf & Unfeeling

The story starts with a bang, as the protagonist, Gareth, enters his new home for the next 15 years…a prison cell. In a flashback, the novel first outlines how he went from petty thief to convicted murderer, which starts as a tale of a man reforming his life of small-time crime after he meets the woman who will change everything. The author does a good job keeping us guessing throughout. We know there is going to be a murder…but who’s the victim? Is Gareth really innocent? While telling of the past, the author leaves crumbs of vague clues pointing toward the inevitable without giving it away, just enough to tantalize to keep the reader turning pages.

As the story progresses, one murder sparks another. While the perpetrator of the first one gets off nearly scot-free, the accused of the other (Gareth) is convicted. We know that justice was indeed blind in the former, and the bulk of the book details how it is true in the latter as well. Most of the book is what I would call courtroom drama with first preparation for and minute-by-minute coverage of Gareth’s retrial. The defense is brilliant and fantastic to watch unfold (especially as I am a long-time fan of Law & Order and other legal-type shows).

The author is great about giving details that pull you into this world. I loved the growing relationship between Gareth and his girl before everything goes wrong, which made the rest of the story so much more poignant. Gareth and Jennifer’s romance is slow and sweet, as he aspires to a girl whom he first saw as being way out of his league. He finally has it all when his world is ripped apart. Unusual for a thriller, I found this story to be emotionally gripping, too, on several levels.

There is a major twist at the very end when the real killer revealed. But it was a perfect and fitting end. Justice was blind, thank goodness, one last time.

If you like legal thrillers, this is well paced with twists and turns and people you’ve grown to care about, give this book a try.

New Thrillers Jan 13

Here are some thrillers coming out this week.All books are available by direct purchase as well as through Kindle Unlimited. Most don’t have reviews…be the first!


Free Thrillers Dec 29

Here are some free thrillers I found today! Quite a few are the first in a series. If you’re like me, you love a new series to devour! Revenge, psycho former sweethearts, a mysterious ancient book, kidnapping, mind reading, cyber terrorist attack…

Click on the book cover to be taken to its page at Amazon.

 

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Gia Santella no longer cares about the consequences. She copes with her parents death by drinking, spending, and kicking ass when it’s necessary. After an unexpected letter reveals that her loved ones’ tragedy was murder, Gia changes her focus to revenge. Vowing to find the one responsible, the grieving daughter must stay one step ahead of a ruthless plot to end her family line. To avoid yet another family death, Gia has a bloody choice to make: kill or be killed.
Is it love – or just sexual attraction? Charlie meets the real man she has wanted – or does she? Charlie Ford, former military sniper, faints at the sight of fresh blood. Forced to find another line of work–professional nanny– she dives headlong into a vicious battle against the bad guys, defending her teen-age charge. Charlie meets Secret Agent Man. Who is chasing whom? In the midst of terrorists and perils that threaten to engulf Charlie and her young ward, could Charlie have just found the one man for her? …
John Webster has seen the terrible things human beings can do. He’s an experienced investigative journalist, recently returned from the war in Afghanistan. It was hell over there; he looked death straight in the face. He’s glad to be back to the normalcy of his Vancouver home–that, is until he realizes there is a war brewing in his own backyard, and ‘peace’ is a word no longer spoken. John gets caught up in the battle between two of the most powerful and murderous criminal gangs in the city. Using what he learned on the foreign battlefields, he stays alive, despite the price on his head. The only way to save his own life is to find the man responsible for the brutal neighborhood bloodshed. Suddenly, John is back in a war zone, fighting for his life. Will he be able to stop the bloodthirsty crime lords? The flashbacks from Afghanistan threaten to pull John into darkness. Soon the past and present collide, and he can’t tell which why is up or down. The need for redemption may be stronger than the need for survival as John Webster finds himself on his most dangerous assignment yet.
In a race against time, it’s Ray Luck against the world! When Ray Luck – a top cyber security expert – accidentally stumbles upon a devastating secret while surfing the web, he knows immediately he is in way above his head and soon he is being hunted by both Mossad and the British Security Services. Alone, desperate, with only three days to live, Ray is a man with not one, but several missions: to save the life of his girlfriend who has been kidnapped by the security services; to prevent a terrorist cyber attack destroying London; to save the Middle East peace process; and to bring one of the most powerful men in the world to justice for the savage killing of an apparently innocent woman, a murder certain powerful people in the British Government are determined to cover up at all costs. Only Ray can stop them all. But as the clock starts to tick, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Who is the real enemy? And who can he trust?…
Private detective Eric Beckman can read minds. Although he reads only the conscious thoughts of the people he interviews, it usually gives him enough of an edge to overcome his inexperience as a PI. But mind reading is hell on relationships. Trusting comes hard when you know what people are really thinking. The case of his life lands in his lap when a beautiful woman materializes during a televised baseball game. She floats in midair, then drops to the ground, comatose. Beckman is at her bedside when she wakes up. From the moment she opens her eyes, she has him under her spell. He vows to figure out where—or when—she came from, even if it kills him. The stakes increase when she disappears without a trace. Worse, she holds the key to a worldwide energy catastrophe. If Beckman can’t find her and unlock her secrets, economies will collapse, and the world will spiral down into chaos.
An ex-cop with a past. A case police couldn’t solve. One chance at redemption… Ex-New York detective Thomas Blume hunts the streets of London for the killers that tore his family apart. For justice, for closure, for revenge. But when Blume stumbles across a case that baffled local police, he unwittingly joins a world of criminals, corruption, and cops who will do anything to stop him. Now, in a country he doesn’t understand and a city stacked against him, Blume must fight to expose the truth… before it’s too late.
He gave up his daughter years ago, but now he’ll risk his life to save hers. Alex Mercer is no stranger to kidnappings. The emotional scars still run deep from his sister’s disappearance years earlier. His daughter Ariana remains safe long after her adoption, and he cherishes the few times a year he gets to see her. The joy is palpable when he takes her on their first one-on-one outing. At least until he pauses to answer a text and Ariana disappears… Wracked with guilt and determined to find answers, Alex teams up with an unlikely ally at the police department. As the clues reveal a pattern of missing girls, the kidnapping case becomes a race against time to save Ariana. What cost is Alex willing to pay to keep his daughter alive?
“We’ll call it Bliss!.” With those words. A new drug epidemic was born. As JJ, a college student studying chemical engineering who is forced to change his life’s direction after a run-in with the law, decides to roll the dice and comes up with “Bliss” a new synthetic super drug. While him and his friend George create other illicit drugs such as “molly” to finance research and development of Bliss, he finds an angle to supply an undeveloped but prosperous drug world in his college town, as well as supply close associates in his home town the Windy City. Fate brings another key player into what makes this drug so hard to come by but yet so satisfying to get …
Everyone wondered about Shaye Archer’s past. Including Shaye. Shaye Archer’s life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous fifteen years, not even her name. Nine years later, she’s a licensed private investigator, with a single goal—to get answers for her clients when there aren’t supposed to be any. And maybe someday, answers for herself. Emma Frederick thought her nightmare was over when she killed her abusive husband, but someone is stalking her and tormenting her with mementos from her past. With no evidence to support her claims, the police dismiss her claims as post-traumatic stress, but Shaye is convinced that someone is deliberately terrorizing Emma…playing a cat and mouse game with only one goal in mind. To kill Emma.
A reluctant investigator, a sordid English seaside town, a criminal underbelly. Trouble has a habit of seeking out Konstantin, whether he wants it or not. Starting from the moment he arrives in the seedy seaside town of Margate where he’s supposed to be in hiding from his ex-employers, all Konstantin wants is to keep his head down and be left alone. But it’s not to be. People have their problems and Konstantin can’t help but get involved. Konstantin has to overcome the drug dealer, the loan shark and a Liverpudlian gangster. Then there’s the so-called good guys, the councilors and lawyers who are worse than the criminals. Enter Fidelity Brown, aka Plastic Fantastic, a dominatrix who has her own mélange of secrets and lies, and nightclub owner Ken who’s connected to all the wrong people. Both help Konstantin solve the cases dropped on his doorstep. Cue deception, murder, mayhem as the Russian settles into his new life….
What happens when opposites attract… and you fall for a psycho? Buckle up! A suspense-ridden, steamy psychological rom thriller that has it all. What happens when a scorned childhood sweetheart grows into a bi-sexual tour de force, when a fun loving career girl, her racy girlfriends, and insatiable lovers get caught in his revenge? What happens when sex becomes a weapon, hearts become bait, and straight tastes gay? What happens when hi-flying careers, clandestine affairs, and wannabe starlets are hunted by celebrity hungry press Obsession, kidnap, murder… magnetic, manipulative David Howard is just getting started!
A curse takes hold when faith and love falter. Natalie Brandon doesn’t believe in curses – except the one afflicting her. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, she’s tormented by a recurring hallucination – the voice of an angel named Belial. When her boss acquires a copy of the rare 1631 Sinners’ Bible, Belial tells her that the book is linked to the tragic Stuart dynasty – and the curse that brought it down. Natalie doesn’t believe it until the public unveiling of the book goes horribly awry. A pair of thieves take Natalie, her sister, and her boss hostage. When Belial orders her to keep the thieves from stealing the Sinners’ Bible, Natalie knows it’s because he wants to unleash the curse once more. Will she stop the thieves or will she stop Belial? No matter which choice she makes, someone will die…

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