Glorious by Jeff Guinn

Glorious Jeff Guinn G. P. Putnam and Sons May 2014 Glorious, the first book in a trilogy of novels by Jeff Guinn, is a must read for fans who miss westerns. There is an element of “Gunsmoke” with the moralistic sheriff, the ranch element of “The Virginian” and the family element of “The Big Valley.” Readers should not expect a gun blazing story but rather a realistic understanding of what the West was like during that period with intricate character development. The plot is focused on the life of Cash McLendon, the main character. After being left on the streets of Saint Louis in 1872 he must survive with an instinct for self-preservation,...

SAND AND FIRE by Tom Young

Sand And Fire Tom Young G. P. Putnam and Sons Pub date: July 10th, 2014 Sand And Fire, Tom Young’s latest, is a gripping military thriller. It is obvious with his fifth novel that he has become a proficient author in the military book genre. He does not focus on the Air Force branch, as with his past novels, but details in this thriller what it is like to be a US Marine. Young’s main characters, Colonel Michael Parson and Sophia Gold, from previous novels, take a secondary role in this one. The story centers on Gunnery Sergeant A. E. Blount, a six-foot-eight, formidable warrior, and the grandson of one of the first black Marines. The plot...

SHOTS FIRED by C.J. Box

Shots Fired C. J. Box G. P. Putnam’s Sons July 2014 Author C. J. Box has written formidable novels, fourteen in all. With his latest book, Shots Fired, he has exceptionally ventured into the short story realm. The plot lines vary from adventure to crime procedural to historical. There are ten stories, three of them never published, and four include Box’s main character Joe Pickett, although in the story “The Master Falconer” he makes only a cameo appearance. The book opens with “One-Car Bridge” where Joe Pickett must deliver bad news to the manager of the Crazy Z Bar Ranch, that the Game and Fish Commission will not allow the landowner,...

THE HEIST by Daniel Silva

The Heist Daniel Silva Harper Collins July 2014 Like his previous two books, The Heist by Daniel Silva is both a crime mystery and an espionage thriller. This novel begins with a murder investigation surrounding a stolen painting and becomes a quest to hunt down the hidden assets of a Middle Eastern ruler. Once again the hero Gabriel Allon displays his many talents as an art restorer, investigator, and Israeli intelligence operative. The plot begins with Allon attempting to save a friend from jail and embarrassment, by agreeing to recover the most famous painting in the world, Caravaggio’s Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence. While...

“JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: TORNADO’S ...

DC Comics 2007   Coming out of their Infinite Crisis event, DC needed a superstar team for the relaunch of the JUSTICE LEAGUE, their flagship book. Brad Meltzer was not only a consistent best-selling thriller writer, but also the man behind the then recent IDENTITY CRISIS, which was a smash hit for DC. Meltzer provided the needed buzz behind the relaunch, and he had the proven chops to pull it off. And with the more than capable Ed Benes providing the artwork, the stage was set for the inaugural storyline. The first installment of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE TORNADO’S PATH came out on July 19, 2006. That was seven years ago, almost...

Counterfeit Lies by Oliver North and Bob Hamer

Counterfeit Lies Oliver North with Bob Hamer Threshold Editions June 10th, 2014 Counterfeit Lies by Oliver North with Bob Hamer, although written as a novel, is fact based. The realism comes from Oliver North’s expertise regarding military matters and national security while retired FBI Special Agent Bob Hamer relays his experiences as an undercover agent. It is written as a message to Americans of what is happening regarding Korea and Iran’s nuclear program as well as an eye opener as to how the men and women on the ground must battle not only the enemy but also bureaucrats. The action packed plot takes off from the very first page....