BREAKING CREED by Alex Kava

Breaking Creed Alex Kava Putnam Pub. Jan. 27, 2015 Breaking Creed by Alex Kava is a fascinating mystery based around a serial killer who is being chased by an FBI agent and a retired Marine. In this new series Ryder Creed uses the dog handler skills he learned as a Marine in his current civilian job. Her other series has FBI behaviorist Maggie O’ Dell investigating horrid crimes. Creed was introduced in Stranded, a book from Kava’s other series whose main character is FBI behaviorist Maggie O’ Dell. Although the Creed series is being billed as new, it is actually a spin off of the O’ Dell books. Kava noted that her two series, the O’ Dell...

THE CARRIER by Sophie Hannah

The Carrier Sophie Hannah Jan 13,2015 Putnam Pub. The Carrier by Sophie Hannah is an intense psychological thriller. It can be considered a love story and a gripping mystery, a “who done it” of sorts. Released earlier this month in the US, it has already won the 2013 Crime Thriller of the Year at the UK National Book Awards. This story offers deep insights into interpersonal relationships through the different character’s personalities. The plot begins when Gaby Struthers, a scientist who has an innovative technology company must room with Lauren Cookson, a caregiver prone to hysteria. They are stuck in Germany overnight when their plane is...

DARK SPIES by Matthew Dunn

Dark Spies Book 4 in the  Spycatcher series Matthew Dunn October  2014 Harper Collins Fans of thrillers have lost major author icons Vince Flynn and Tom Clancy. If they are looking for someone who might live up to these legends, try Matthew Dunn. He writes about espionage and takes the reader on an intense journey with every storyline. His latest, Dark Spies, is a riveting and gripping novel whose main character, Will Cochrane, is a lot like Flynn’s Mitch Rapp, each willing to throw personal safety aside to protect their country. Of this strong Spymaster series, Dark Spies is probably Dunn’s best. The storyline and characters are so very...

SPECTRUM by Alan Jacobson

SPECTRUM Alan Jacobson Open Road Media October 2014 Book six of the Karen Vail Series Spectrum by Alan Jacobson is a very interesting thriller as it explores the main characters’, Karen Vail’s, backstory. Through a serial killer case that has haunted Vail for twenty years the author gives insight into her professional development: who were the people that influenced her, and her tenacious desire to pursue the criminal. The chapters in the book alternate from present day back to her first days on the job. Jacobson commented, “While writing her as a rookie cop in her early twenties I was nervous at first. But after the first paragraph I saw...

TOM CLANCY’S FULL FORCE AND EFFECT by Mark G...

Full Force And Effect Mark Greaney Putnam Pub. Dec 2nd, 2014 Tom Clancy’s Full Force And Effect by Mark Greaney keeps the Jack Ryan legacy alive. The characters of the Campus organization are still fighting evil, evoking the Clancy style. The classic trademarks and cast include, Jack Ryan Jr., his cousin Dom, John Clark, and Adam Yao, who are alive and well within the plot twists, a great espionage story, and well-written action scenes. There are some technical details but not quite so many as to overburden the plot. The storyline includes an attempted assassination of US President Jack Ryan, North Korea attempting to buy ICBM missiles to...

PAPERBACK CONFIDENTIAL Reviewed

PAPERBACK CONFIDENTIAL Brian Ritt 2014 Stark House The crime fiction/mystery genre is full of reference books and I’m not exaggerating when I say there are hundreds of them. They take a lot of research to put together and a lot of time to write. Some are interesting and some are not, and my problem is usually one of two things, they are too academic and as a result very dry reading. Also a lot of times I’m not really learning anything new as some of these subjects are just over analyzed. PAPERBACK CONFIDENTIAL does not have these problems. Focusing on authors who hit big during the heyday of paperbacks Ritt does a brilliant job of giving us...