Review of STAR WARS: AFTERMATH: EMPIRE’S END

STAR WARS: AFTERMATH: EMPIRE’S END Chuck Wendig Del Rey Released 2/21/17 I have made no bones about being a huge Star Wars nerd. From a young age, I have devoured anything and everything that I could find in the Star Wars universe, and this was back when there were just three movies. I read all the books and particularly loved the Timothy Zahn trilogy, which I still revisit from time to time today. When Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, all these books that I had loved became “legends,” essentially, that they were good stories, but no longer part of the true Star Wars timeline, so that they could go in their own direction. While I...

Review of ONE PERFECT LIE

ONE PERFECT LIE Lisa Scottoline April 11, 2017 St. Martin’s Press ONE PERFECT LIE by Lisa Scottoline is a home run. Baseball is the springboard for the riveting mystery that includes a lot of curve balls. Not only do the characters deceive each other, but with the many twists and turns so will the readers. This suburban domestic crime thriller plays off the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing that looms powerfully in the background. Scottoline came up with the idea for the story, “Last year I was asked to throw out the first pitch at a Philadelphia Phillies game for ladies night. Honestly, I do not know how to pitch. I started to go...

Julie James’ THE THING ABOUT LOVE Reviewed

The Thing About Love Julie James Berkley Press April 18th, 2017 The Thing About Love by Julie James is a believable mystery whose strengths is the character interaction. Presenting both the male and the female differing points of view of certain events will remind readers of the classic book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray. Beyond that, this novel combines a mysterious plot, some romance, and a realistic look at the undercover world of FBI Agents. During their training rookie FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd are constantly butting heads. Following misinterpreted motives and misunderstandings they became...

BURNING BRIGHT by Nick Petrie Reviewed

BURNING BRIGHT Nick Petrie 2017 Putnam   BURNING BRIGHT by Nick Petrie is the kind of follow up one hopes for when you read a really good debut novel. Last year’s THE DRIFTER has been embraced by readers and reviewers alike and BURNING BRIGHT justifies our enthusiasm.   Peter Ash is back. As the novel opens he hiking the Redwood forests of the Pacific Northwest. He’s been living minimally since the close of the Drifter. Far from the maddening crowd if you will and then comes the bear. Running for his life Ash spots a tree and begins to climb. And we’re off.   Up amongst the branches of Ancient Redwoods his next adventure awaits. Journalist...

Owen Laukkanen’s THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS Reviewe...

The Forgotten Girls Stevens and Windermere book six Owen Laukkanen G. P. Putnam’s Sons March 14th, 2017 The Forgotten Girls by Owen Laukkanen is an action driven story. As with his other books, readers should be aware that this author does not shy away from ghastly issues, fictionalizing them for even more suspense. It is apparent that Laukkanen’s go to subject is the mistreatment of women. The author noted, “I always find it fascinating to write stories about the alpha male, some who are angry men that feel women owe them something. This anger can turn to violence. But my next book is something completely different. It will be a high seas...