EMPIRE RISING by Rick Campbell

Empire Rising Rick Campbell St. Martin’s Press Feb. 24, 2015 Empire Rising by Rick Campbell is a riveting military thriller. He uses his personal experience as a retired Navy Commander to write an authentic story regarding submarine warfare. This novel is written in such a way that those who want a gripping story will enjoy it as well as those who want to know about the latest weapon systems. There is a great balance between a good plot, well-developed characters, and a discussion of different weapons. Campbell explained, “I made a conscious decision to balance the level of detail with the most crucial aspect of a thriller, the pace. Many...

February Fever by Jess Lourey

Midnight Ink February 2015   Mira James has had an unbelievable year. She moved from the big city of Minneapolis to small town Battle Lake in outstate Minnesota last May. Since then she has discovered dead bodies every month. Every. Month. Jess Lourey’s latest Murder by Month book staring Mira, FEBRUARY FEVER, takes place in, well, February. That makes at least 9 dead bodies that Mira has stumbled upon since May. She realizes that this is getting a little strange and cringes when she has to flip the calendar to a new month. A new month means the potential for finding a new stiff. Mira developed a serious crush on local eye-candy Johnny...

NOT EVEN PAST By Dave White

Polis Books 2015 Life is filled with “what ifs.” What if… you had turned left instead of right on the way to work this morning? Would you still have gotten into that fender bender? What if you ordered a burger instead of fish for dinner? Would you have avoided that stomach bug that’s been going around? What if What if… What if your fiancé hadn’t died in that car accident after all? What if she not only lived, but has been on the run for the last six years, and you didn’t know it? Yeah, that queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach is exactly what ex-cop, ex-private eye Jackson Donne is feeling as he hits “play” on an email link that he...

WINTERSWIM by Ryan W. Bradley

WINTERSWIM Ryan W. Bradley 2014 Civil Coping Mechanisms The best noir is the kind that gets under your skin and makes you feel profoundly uncomfortable. Author Ryan W. Bradley does exactly that in Winterswim, and he pulls it off with a unique narrative set in Alaska that brings together familial tensions, murder, drugs, a touch of folklore, and the kind of religious angle that delves deep into the extreme kind of lethal fanaticism that thrives in the interstitial space between powerful faith and utter insanity. Pastor Sheldon Long had a bizarre life story. He was born in the woods and grew up in a secluded cabin with no electricity or...

THE STOLEN ONES by Owen Laukkanen

The Stolen Ones Owen Laukkanen G.P. Putnam March 17, 2015 The Stolen Ones by Owen Laukkanen is an insightful look at morality and greed. As a police procedural it combines an action packed plot with societal issues that do not get a lot of attention. Human trafficking is explored as the joint Minnesota BCA-FBI task force attempts to track down the girls and uncover those behind the operation. The main characters, BCA agent Kirk Stevens, and FBI agent Carla Windermore return in this thrilling plot. After a sheriff’s deputy is shot dead, local authorities take into custody a person of interest, a hysterical young woman who has no ID and...

MARKER MASTER by Ritter Ames

Marked Master Ritter Ames Gemma Halliday Publishing March 2015 Laurel Beacham lives her life around fabulous works of art. But where there was a master piece, usually brings trouble. Her professional career being one of the world’s art experts. Laurel wants to save every piece of art, and to make sure it still has meaning and to stay a master piece, in the hands of the rightful owners. Jack Hawk, who is a spy himself, seems to be around every corner Laurel comes a crossed, she also doesn’t quite trust him. Laurel is the head of the London branch of the Beacham foundation. Her position leaves Laurel close to stolen art and forgeries. The...