Review of EVERGLADE, fifth installment in the Sele...

EVERGLADE Greg Barth July 2017 All Due Respect At the opening of EVERGLADE, our “hero” is arising from a blackout in her front yard.  Selena is plenty on the drinks and drugs and sex.  Pleasure guides her movements, including those that have created her killing spree borne of well-earned vengeance.  She likes killing those that have wronged her, almost as much as she likes bourbon and cocaine. EVERGLADE finds her running the local drug trade…well.  However, she finds her breaking point and wants out.  Thing is, when you are a really good drug dealer, there is always someone that wants you to keep earning.  And that...

And Another Review of THE SWITCH

THE SWITCH Joseph Finder June 12, 2017 Dutton Joseph Finder’s fourteenth novel starts simply enough: Michael Tanner – owner of a boutique coffee roaster in Boston – accidentally swaps computers with a US Senator from Illinois. The senator’s computer contains stolen top secret NSA files. Senator Robbins must retrieve the files in order to save her career and Presidential ambitions. It’s a classic story: Tanner has stumbled onto a secret, and the reader expects him to be hunted by a ruthless killer. But fortunately the premise is not the book. Finder smartly positions Tanner against Will Abbott, Senator Robbins’s chief of staff....

Review of MatchUp

MATCHUP Edited by Lee Child with 22 bestselling thriller authors June 13th, 2017 Simon & Schuster   MATCHUP edited by Lee Child is the sequel to the first anthology, FaceOff, published three years ago. In both cases twenty-two bestselling authors collaborated to write eleven riveting tales. All are members of the International Thriller Writers who donated their stories and time with all the proceeds from the books going to support the dues of the ITW membership. In this latest edition, the stories flowed and the characters worked seamlessly together to solve the case, in part because each author read at least one of the other’s...

Mike Maden’s TOM CLANCY’S POINT OF CON...

Point Of Contact Jack Ryan Jr. Book 3 Mike Maden G.P. Putnam’s Sons Pub June 13th, 2017 Tom Clancy’s Point of Contact by Mike Maden brings back the return of Jack Ryan Jr. He has taken over the writings for the Clancy estate, replacing Grant Blackwood. Maden has put his own imprint on Jack Ryan Jr. by making him a solo main character instead of one of many secondary characters. Maden noted, “I received a call from my editor, Tom Colgan, of my paperback Drone series who is also the Tom Clancy editor. Although it was a thrilling day it was also the most terrifying day. I was asked to write the summer book and Marc Cameron will write the fall...

Review of THE REBELLION’S LAST TRAITOR BY NIK KORP...

June 1st,2017 Angry Robot Genre is just a method to tell a bookseller or librarian where to shelve your novel. But the beauty of genre is really, how can you bend it, how can you play with it and bend it to your story’s needs? A western can take place in modern day times, with riders on motorcycles instead of horses. A murder mystery can take place in a castle in the misty depths of the past. And with THE REBELLION’S LAST TRAITOR, Nik Korpon gives us a political thriller dressed in the trappings of ravaged dystopian future. Korpon gives us just enough background information to set the reader firmly in this world, and then sets the reader...

Review of THE SWITCH

THE SWITCH Joseph Finder June 13th, 2017 Dutton Pub. Joseph Finder is the king of the conspirator authors. In THE SWITCH he explores the issues of national security and privacy, where they overlap, and how they affect each other. This plot comes straight out of the headlines, but unlike real life it comes to conclusions and solutions. One bad decision has a consequence on future events, as in a domino effect. Finder noted, “While I was writing this book, all this information was being discussed about Hillary Clinton. I made my senator reminiscent of her, and decided to have a stash of top-secret documents downloaded on the computer, a...