Thursday, January 31, 2013

Book Review for Blacklisted by Luke Romyn


2 stars
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Reviewed by: Tonya
Published:  Luke Romyn
Source: purchased copy Genre: Mystery Thriller Suspense


Nobody can escape their past. It will always be there, returning to haunt you in the darkest times of your life.

Mike Swanson knows this – his past torments him daily, and he sets himself upon a path of death and misery. He justifies his dark deeds by enacting them upon those he perceives as evil, not knowing that the real evil lies within himself.

Killing the scum of society, Mike becomes one of them and draws the attention of a group who require people with his skills. Unwillingly enlisted into the notorious ‘Blacklisted Brotherhood’, Mike must first survive horrendous training in order to hunt down a madman whose deeds will see the world plunged into anarchy if he succeeds.

My Thoughts

I love a good conspiracy theory thriller novel they are among some of my favorites, that being said this book is the first one I have ever come across that I just could not finish. Trust me i have tried its been on my kindle for a very long time and i will read a bit and have to stop but the more i read the more i am just not liking it.

Sadly i got as far as 33% completed but just cant seem to click with the characters and the secret government agency and what they are trying to do with the worst of the worst type of criminals. The main character a mass murderer abused from childhood not many breaks in life, the few good moments always turn bad so he decides to turn bad too. Gets arrested is being questioned when a secret agency knocks the entire police station out and kidnaps the guy. Apparently having done this all over the US like no one would put two and two together and then make these criminals go through life or death exercises until they have weeded out the cream of the crop criminals to use to bring down a huge bad guy.

I just could not get into this one. It is just too unbelievable to be believable.


Book Review for The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo (Spinoza #1) by J.R. Rain

The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo 

  (Spinoza #1)

5 stars
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Reviewed by: Tonya
Published:  J.R. Rain
Source: purchased copy Genre: Paranormal Romance

Three years ago, high school student Veronica Fortune witnessed the brutal murder of her parents. Now armed and dangerous, she sets out to hunt down the very thing that destroyed her life.

That is, until she disappears.

Spinoza is a private investigator who specializes in finding the missing. He's good at what he does. Damn good. But he's also a recovering alcoholic and a royal mess. Hired to find Veronica, Spinoza won't let his personal demons — or demons of any kind — get in the way of finding the truth about the missing girl.

Now following a bizarre set of clues that leads him into stranger and stranger territory, Spinoza is about to come face-to-face with something legendary...and something hungry for blood.
My Thoughts

I absolutely loved this books of course I love anything to do with Vampires. J.R. Rain has done it again with this book. His style of writing detailing the people in the book so you can close your eyes and picture them like you are right there watching everything unfold. The humor and wit he puts into his characters is awesome. I even like how he mentions characters from another book really great.

This is a great story a Private Investigator in search for a womans adopted granddaughter who has been missing longer than normal for her. The twist the girl believes she is a true vampire slayer. Veronica as she is known was on the hunt for one particular man "vampire" believed to have killed her parents and Spinoza was going to find her come hell or high water. He was the best in the business and that was why Detective Hammond of the LAPD referred the grandmother to him.

I enjoyed how during the search for Veronica you learn about Spinoza's life, the trials he has gone through to get him where he is now. The loss of his wife and son the alcohol issues and the reoccurring nightmares he has. He shares this with his buddy Detective Hammond and his girlfriend so its really great really brings you into the story more.

I just have really fallen for J.R. Rains style of writing and just downloaded 6 more books of his. Great job.


Book Review for Unintended Consequences by Marti Green

Unintended Consequences

4 stars
Reviewed by: Tonya
Published:  Marti Green
Source: purchased copy Genre: mystery suspense


How much would a father sacrifice for his child?

Nineteen years ago, Indiana police found the body of a young girl, burned beyond recognition and buried in the woods. They arrested George Calhoun for murdering his daughter, and his wife testified against him at the trial. The jury convicted him. Now his appeals have been exhausted and his execution is just a few weeks away. George said he didn't do it. That the body in the woods isn't his little Angelina. But that's all he's ever said - no other defense, no other explanation.

Dani Trumball, an attorney for the Help Innocent Prisoners Project,wants to believe him. After all,there was no forensic evidence that the body in the woods was George's daughter. But if the girl isn't Angelina, then who is it? And what happened to the Calhoun's missing daughter? For nineteen years, George has stayed silent. But that's about to change, and the story he tells Dani - if it's true - changes everything.
My Thoughts

Dani Trumball is married to Doug a legal professor at a local university and mother to Jonah a special needs chold diagnosed with Williams Syndrome. Dani works for the Help Innocent Prisoners Project. Usually she writes the final legal appeals and such after fellow coworkers have proven a prisoner was wrongly convicted. But a letter from convicted child killer George Calhoun has her investigating his claim that the body they found was not his daughter Angelina.

George and Sallie Calhoun loved their beautiful daughter Angelina but she is fighting for her life with a occurrence of Leukemia that has spread. Already in debt from their first battle the doctor is willing to waive his fee but the Calhoun's already owe so much the hospital wont budge. Without treatment Angelina will surely die. George and Sallie make the toughest decision in their lives. One that winds them in prison, Sallie gets life in prison while George gets the death sentence.

19 years later and 6 weeks before he is to walk that final walk to his death sentence, all appeals exhausted he still maintains the burned body of that little girl was not his daughter, not his beautiful Angelina so in one last ditch effort and with the prodding of the warden he writes to HIPP and his letter winds up on the desk of Dani Ttumbal. Now its up to her take the case or turn it down.

Dani takes the case and brings in Tommy Norland former FBI and office flirt but hes the best investigator and he doesn't believe George is innocent so he will be a great balancing board. And Melonie Quinn assistant editor of the law review has a passion for setting things right just like Dani the perfect fit for this case.

Their investigation leads them down many twists and turns. After Dani meets with George she truly believes the body they found was not the daughter of George and Sallie, even though Sallie who hates George swears that was their daughter. Dani and Melonie fight and lose many different appeals. Tommy receives a threat. People are being killed. And Dani is beginning to lose hope.

But then a small thread and the more they pull it the mow the truth unravels. Could George be telling the truth, could that burned body be that of another missing girl? Could Angelina still be alive. Its down to the wire and Dani is fighting for an innocent mans life.

This is a great legal thriller well written I felt drawn in from the start and was on the edge of my seat wondering is he telling the truth.