SILENT CREED by Alex Kava Reviewed

Silent Creed Alex Kava G. P. Putnam July 28th, 2015 Silent Creed by Alex Kava combines a riveting mystery, a backstory of military dog handlers, and rescue dogs. Anyone who loves canines and wants them highlighted in a storyline should read these novels. With a wonderful supporting cast of “human beings” these stories are informative, relevant, and suspenseful. Ryder Creed is a dog handler who trains a variety of dogs to help out in tragic situations, either to find cadavers or rescue people. The author is able to capture the feel of rescue operations, including the urgency, danger, and how Mother Nature plays a role. The other dog handler,...

Zer0es by Chuck Wendig

Publisher: Harper Voyager Publication Date: August 18, 2015   It feels like every day there is another headline about hackers breaking into some database: Target, the IRS, and Ashley Madison, to name a few. Technology has become so intertwined with our everyday lives, that eventually we will all be affected by one of these hacks. The news usually covers the victims of the data breaches, but rarely is a word spoken or written about the people behind the computers that are taking your precious banking information. Enter Chuck Wendig’s latest novel, ZER0ES. This techno-thriller goes behind the computer monitor and gives us the human faces to...

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: NORM BREYFOGLE VOL.1

DC Comics 2015   Everyone has “their” Batman artist. For some, the answer is Jim Aparo. Others will always proclaim their love for Neal Adams or Marshall Rogers. For me, my Batman will always be Norm Breyfogle. I was never a huge Batman guy since Marvel Comics had a pretty firm hold on my weekly allowance back in the late ‘80’s. But this was around the time that the Batman movie was exploding in theatres, and the Bat was EVERYWHERE. We all had Batman t-shirts and posters and stickers and Trapper-Keepers and and and … well. Batman was everywhere. So I started reading Detective Comics. And there was the creative team of Alan Grant, John...

A PATTERN OF LIES by Charles Todd Reviewed

A Pattern of Lies Charles Todd William Morrow August 18th, 2015 A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd has the main character Bess Crawford deeply involved in solving a “who done it.” As with all the books this strong female nurse is put in a situation where she has to help solve a case that is always surrounded in mystery. An added bonus is learning what it was like living during the World War I era. In this book readers are immersed in the culture of 1918. This includes how the medical profession began to use specialists, and how prisoners were not allowed to see their families, a decision determined by the police. The plot begins with Bess...

IN THE DARK PLACES by Peter Robinson Reviewed

In The Dark Places Peter Robinson William Morrow Aug 11th, 2015 In The Dark Places by Peter Robinson is a police procedural featuring British Inspector Alan Banks. An interesting side note is that in the UK and Canada the title is Abattoir Blues, based upon the song with the same name by the Australian alternative rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Because of the author’s love of music he always has some kind of reference to bands, songs, or lyrics. The books open with an investigation of a stolen tractor, possibly insurance fraud. Yet, the investigation takes a dark turn when two of the suspected thieves go missing and blood is found...

DEADLINE by J.J. Livingston Reviewed

Deadline J. J. Livingston June 9th, 2015 Suspense Publishers Deadline by J. J. Livingston, a pen name for Jennifer Greer, is a fascinating read. It explores many issues women face including their treatment in Middle Eastern countries, and the timely issue of stem cell research. But it is also a book that everyone can relate with, through the action packed plot and the issues of trying to cope with PTSD, hold onto a job, being a single parent, and empty nest syndrome. As a former police reporter she is able to use her past experiences to write a very realistic and believable plot. The main protagonist is Whit McKenna, a tough and driven...