Monday, May 31, 2021

Review of The Paris Betrayal by James R. Hannibal

Ben Calix is good at what he does...a spy for the Company. But one assignment turns him in to a wanted man and he finds himself on the run, with a woman whom he doesn't even know. Not knowing why he is being hunted, he learns to trust a stranger while trying to bring down a bioweapon that is getting ready to be unleashed on the world all the while using his training just to stay alive.

This is the first book I have read by James Hannibal and it was fantastic! A bit gory in areas during the intense fighting scenes, but the plot line was creative and kept the reader engaged right up to the end. Hannibal spun a story like no other with plot twists and turns that keeps the reader wondering what is actually going on. With action, suspense and a sliver of romance, the reader stays engaged throughout the entire book right up to the end. 

Revell Reads sent me this complimentary book to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Review of Never Miss by Melissa Koslin

Former CIA sniper Kadence Tolle is on the run. Lyndon Vaile doesn't realize he is will be on the run until he meets Kadence Tolle, who saves his life from a sniper. Kadence and Lyndon's worlds collide as Kadence keeps Lyndon alive so he can figure out who is after him and his scientific research. 

This is the first book I have read by Melissa Koslin and it was a great story! From the first page, the reader is sucked in to the story line of the main character, Kadence. As the story unfolds, it's multi-faceted as the characters are developed, their back stories are shared along with the main story line of staying alive. All the way to the end, the reader is involved in the story. Koslin created a very interesting plot and the reader can tell that the author researched the scientific aspects well. I look forward to reading Koslin's 2nd book!

Revell Reads sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Review of Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard


Terra Connors is following in her late mother's footsteps as a US Forest Service Special Agent. One case though brings the past back full force when she has to team up with her former flame Jack Tanner to solve a case that's getting more dangerous by the day. Jack and Terra need to lay aside their past hurt to find out who is involved in the dangerous web of murder and theft.

Goddard weaves a story full of characters and mystery with every page that is turned. The storyline builds on itself and keeps the reader engaged until the end. I enjoyed the archeological information and how that was woven in to the story. You can tell the author did her research and it showed in the depth of knowledge that was written in to the story. There were a few times that it was difficult to remember who was who as there were a couple different story lines going on, but it makes sense now thinking back on the book. I look forward to the 2nd book in this series!

Revell Books sent me this complimentary book to review for them. The opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Review of Unknown Threat by Lynn H. Blackburn

U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell should be dead. Surviving an attack against he and his friend, Luke is on a mission to find out who is after him, and who killed three other special agents that were his friends. FBI Special Agent Faith Malone is assigned to oversee the case. Her tenacity of not losing a case has her determined to solve this one. Luke and Faith have to work together, and put aside their differences, to catch a killer before the killer catches them.

This is the 1st book in the Defend and Protect Series by Lynn Blackburn. She does a great job weaving together a thrilling story where the action doesn't stop until the very end. What I did enjoy was you had no idea who the "bad guy" was until the end. I think this kept the reader engaged throughout the entire story. I also enjoyed the crossover characters from her previous series and how they played a small, but integral part, in this book. If you enjoy a page turner that keeps you guessing until the end, you will enjoy the first book in this new series.

Revell Reads sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Review of Facing the Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti


Mara Jacobs is barely holding life together. With her husband on the other side of the world saving people by providing clean water, she is back home raising three kids, two of which are heading down the dangerous paths. Tragedy strikes. Again and again. And Mara is plunged in to grief, despair, depression and does not even know how to begin to hold it together. 

What a beautifully tragic story of how to grow amid walking in grief. This is the first book I have read by Ruchti and she did an amazing job bringing the reader in to the Jacobs' home, in to their lives, their emotions, their grief. This was by far from a light, airy book, but one with heaviness, but redemptive heaviness. You can see the cracks of light shine through the darkness as the story progresses all the way to the end. You can feel the pain, the anger, the love, the forgiveness that takes place within the characters. How forever friends are always there. How new forever friends are formed. How family rallies. A fantastic read by ruchti.

Revell Reads sent me this copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Review of Obsession by Patricia Bradley

 


Emma Winters is one of Natchez Trace's rangers and loves her job. With the chance to excavate a site on the land, Emma is in her glory. But all that turns to danger when she is shot at and it appears someone is messing with the excavation site. Assigned to the case is her ex-fiance, Sam Ryker, who isn't completely over Emma. Emma and Sam have to work together to find who is after her and trying to take out Sam.

This is book 2 in the Natchez Trace Park Ranger series and Bradley does a great job of writing a story that keeps the reader flipping the pages in to the late hours of the night. Her whodunnit level of writing keeps the reader guessing and the level of suspense keeps the reader glued to the pages. The characters are well formed and the storyline is smooth throughout the entire book. Any suspense reader would enjoy this book and this series by Bradley.

Revell Reads sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Review of Network of Deceit by Thomas Threadgill


After Amara Alvarez was thrust in the spotlight after blowing open a closed case, her dream has come true with becoming homicide detective. Her first case has her questioning if she's cut out for the job when a teen winds up dead at a waterpark. On top of wanting to prove herself as a great detective, she's trying to figure out feelings towards another detective and carrying the weight of a health diagnosis of her mother - the matriarch of the family. Amara learns quickly of what it looks like to juggle so many balls while trying to find a killer.

Threadgill did a masterful job with the depth and narrative of this story! It can be read as a stand-alone, but the reader would understand much more having read the first book in the series. More so with understanding the main character and the continuation of her growth through trials. Threadgill has written another book that is hard to put down until it's finished. Being a more mystery than suspense read, it has the reader trying to figure out how everything fits together, how the pieces line up and keeps the guessing going until the end. 

Revell Reads sent this complimentary book to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Review of All That We Carried by Erin Bartels

Olivia and Melanie are each carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, but in different ways. Not having really connected in 10 years, they decide to go on a week long backpacking trip to reconnect as sisters. What they don't expect is to find so much more about each other and even more about themselves. 

Erin Bartels knocks it out of the part with this emotional book that carries you along on the journey of these two sisters. With so much heartache and soul searching on the main two characters' hearts, you grieve with them and also celebrate with them. Written with some backstory that ties to current conversations, you get a sneak peek in to their lives and relationship growing up. I loved how God was portrayed in this book as being someone who comes along and helps, who listens, who offers guidance and wisdom in a loving way. With depth and layers throughout, the story weaves grace, forgiveness, sister-hood, introspectiveness and deep heart searching that starts both of the characters a new journey. Bartels did a great job of making this feel real life with real emotions and real situations that could happen to anyone. 

Revell Reads sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.