INTERVIEW WITH JOSHILYN JACKSON

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson is an entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love. Although the story starts out a bit slowly, after the third chapter it takes off and soars, never descending.  With secrets, lies, betrayals, and the sins of someone’s youth, Jackson pits two women against each other.  It begins when a new neighbor, Angelica Roux, invites herself to a book club. She takes over the book club and shifts the focus to playing a scandalous version of “Never Have I Ever,” a game of spilling secrets after drinking too much. Some think the game is fun, some refuse to play and leave, while...

INTERVIEW WITH JACK CARR

True Believer by Jack Carr begins where the first in the series, The Terminal List, left off. Former Navy SEAL James Reece still has his skills, cunningness, and unfortunately his brain tumor. The question throughout the first half of the book, what is he going to do with his life, while the last half is where the action ratchets up. While sailing across the Atlantic, Reece undergoes an introspection of his life. He reflects on how he is now America’s most wanted domestic terrorist because he sought revenge on those in the US government who cost him everything he loved and cared about: his wife, their daughter, his teammates, and his...

BOOK REVIEW OF SMOKE SCREEN BY IRIS JOHANSEN

Smoke Screen (Eve Duncan Book 26) Iris Johansen Grand Central Publishing 7/30/19 Smoke Screen by Iris Johansen brings to life a realistic page-turner. Readers will be reminded of the genocide in Rwanda through some of the descriptions in this plot. Women empowerment are always a part of the stories that Johansen writes.  “I like writing strong women.  In this one I had a bunch of them.  They showed the world what they could do.  One quality they all had in common was independence.  They are talented and bad ass.  I think they complement each other and their male counterparts.” The plot begins with Journalist...

INTERVIEW WITH LEILA MEACHAM

Dragonfly by Leila Meacham is a spellbinding novel.  The story from the very first line pulls readers into the mystery: which of the five American spies embedded in Nazi occupied Paris has survived? The dramatic scenes are riveting as each character plays a cat and mouse game with the Nazis. In 1942, Americans Brad, Bridgette, Bucky, Chris, and Victoria have been recruited as spies for the CIA’s Office of Special Services.  They are recruited for their skills, but also have a personal agenda.  The two women and three men are from very different backgrounds: Texan athlete with German roots, an upper-crust son of a French mother and...

Pet Spotlight: Jeremy Finley and Thor

Thor So I’m convinced there is a class system with dogs. Our new puppy proved it to me. Just as we in the lower and middle class look with scorn and envy at the rich, the Rescues cast distain upon the Pure Breeds. Look at you, the Dog Pounders glare from the back seat their parents’ 2002 Nissans, with your fancy price tag, riding in the passenger seat in your Mom’s Range Rover, not shedding on the leather. I imagine, beneath it all, a true class war, complete with protests (pooping on the manicured lawns of those who pay big bucks for a something-doodle) and stump speeches (howls at night outside their windows). I’ve either just...

INTERVIEW WITH MARK GREANEY and H. RIPLEY RAWLINGS...

Red Metal by Mark Greaney and Lt. Colonel H. Ripley (Rip) Rawlings IV fills the void of military thrillers left by Tom Clancy’s death.  This novel combines the great story-telling of Greaney with the Lt. Colonel’s vast experience, serving twenty-two years as a reconnaissance and infantry officer. The result is an action-packed realistic plot. The book begins when a desperate Kremlin takes advantage of a military crisis in Asia to simultaneously strike into Western Europe and invade east Africa in a bid to reoccupy three Rare Earth mineral mines that will give Russia unprecedented control for generations over the world’s hi-tech...