REVIEW OF THE GRYPHON HEIST

The Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal delves into the life of a rookie CIA operative. This first in a two-book series explores the different possibilities of where the next danger will come from.  No stranger to secrets and innovations Hannibal is able to use his vast experience as a former stealth pilot to bring realism to this story. “What I want readers to get out of this is to create a moralistic story about espionage.  I started to realize there is not a separation from G-d and the questions of morality.  Where is the line between right and wrong? In the end, I wanted it as a story of forgiveness, to let go of anger. ...

BOOK REVIEW RELUCTANT BELLE

Reluctant Belle (Daughtry House Book 2) Beth White Revell Pub. June 4th, 2019 Reluctant Belle by Beth White has a love triangle, assassinations, and the upheaval that occurred during the Reconstruction Era in the US. Readers are transported to the time period.  Through the character’s banter and dialogue White is able to lighten the somber and disturbing events. Showing the injustice, the story delves into how freed slaves struggled to negotiate their new lives. Those that supported them in the white community had to face bitterness, resentment, and even violence as the KKK came into prominence. These acts of aggression included...

BOOK REVIEW AND THEN THEY WERE DOOMED

And Then They Were Doomed (Library Mysteries Book 2) Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli Crooked Lane Books August 13th, 2019 And Then They Were Doomed by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli reflects on the Agatha Christie murder mystery books.  This is the second in the “Little Library Mystery series.”  Agatha Christie expert Zoe Zola receives an invitation in the form of a letter edged in black to attend an Agatha Christie symposium with nine other scholars. Though she had some reservations about participating, Zoe also knew this had something to do with her family. The same family that cut her mother off when she had Zoe out of wedlock all those years...

REVIEW OF The Warehouse by Rob Hart

A funny thing happened while I was reading this book. I had just bought a new pair of my favorite shoes – Adidas shell toes, just like Run DMC wear – and on a whim, I thought to check the price on Amazon. I have the app on my phone, but I use it more as a reference tool than anything. But holy moly, those sweet kicks were $30.00 less on Amazon than they were in the store I had just bought them from. So, I bought them right from my phone, while standing in my living room. I didn’t have to go outside and drive to another store and talk to another person, didn’t have to do anything. Except click another app on the phone that was already in my...

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...

REVIEW OF THE STORIES YOU TELL BY KRISTEN LEPIONKA

In THE STORIES YOU TELL, Kristen Lepionka continues the adventures and evolution of Columbus Ohio’s own Roxane (with one N) Weary. Originally debuting in 2017’s THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK, Roxane Weary has been through hell and back. Through it all, she has battled depression, relationship issues, family grief and in-fighting, and the bottle. While it would be understandable if Weary continued to exist in a state of arrested development as the bitter, angry, bourbon swilling private eye, Lepionka has taken Weary and the reader on a journey of growth and development. When we meet Roxane now, life seem to be settling into a nice rhythm: Roxane...