THE SECRET SOLDIER (A JOHN WELLS NOVEL) By Alex Berenson [Review]

The Secret Soldier (A John Wells Novel)

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, fictional spies have floundered a bit, chasing bad guys here and there, some successfully, some not and most of them end up halfway between James Bond and Jack Ryan, the mix is usually not a good thing. Alex Berenson’s THE SECRET SOLDIER (A JOHN WELLS BOOK) is an exception to the rule. Not only is Wells a believable […]

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AGENT X By Noah Boyd [Review]

Agent X

Don’t you love it when bricklayers are ex-FBI agents, those kinds of agents who just couldn’t fit in, the square peg in a round hole, and when they do come back and triumph you just cheer your heart out? Well, they aren’t alwaysbricklayers, but you know the kind of book I mean. So, I was happy to get a chance to read AGENT X by […]

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GIDEON’S SWORD by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child [Review]

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┬áLike most fans of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, authors of the incredibly successful Agent Pendergast books, I was surprised and intrigued when they announced their plans to launch a new series featuring a character named Gideon Crew. Once an art thief, Gideon has seemingly left those days behind and established a career as brilliant physicist at Los Alamos National Lab. That is until his […]

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A LONELY DEATH: AN INSPECTOR IAN RUTLEDGE MYSTERY By Charles Todd [Review]

A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

Inspector Ian Rutledge returns in his thirteenth adventure in Charles Todd’s latest novel A LONELY DEATH: AN INSPECTOR IAN RUTLEDGE MYSTERY. The mother/son writing team that is actually Todd has turned out a solid entry into their series and one that even new comers to Rutledge’s world will enjoy. Set in 1920, a series of murders brings Rutledge to a small village to investigate; soon […]

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THE RADLEYS: A NOVEL By Matt Haig [Review]

The Radleys

I am not a fan of the current crop of vampire novels. Let’s be clear on that. In fact, I think my love of the undead in print ceased a long time ago. Angsting teens and their even more angsting vampire counterparts wear on my somewhat jaded nerves until I am waiting for a killing spree or… or something. I had given up all hope […]

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CRESCENT DAWN by Clive and Dirk Cussler [Review]

Crescent Dawn

Clive Cussler is one of those writers that I have been reading since forever. Or it seems that way. There have been Cussler books on shelves at my parent’s house for as long as I can remember, and the new Dirk Pitt has been a birthday gift for my mother for years. So, too, it was this year with the latest Dirk Pitt adventure, CRESCENT […]

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CHRISTMAS AT THE MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP By Otto Penzler (Editor) [Review]

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In 1993, Otto Penzler, owner of The Mysterious Bookshop, began asking authors to produce a mystery story with a Christmas season theme. Over the years he amassed an amazing variety of authors including “big names” like Anne Perry, Ed McBain, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lawrence Block. CHRISTMAS AT THE MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP is a collected work of all these stories put together in one handy volume. […]

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THE ATHENA PROJECT by Brad Thor [Review]

The Athena Project

A long time ago, I was lucky enough to review Brad Thor’s first novel, The Lions of Lucerne, the book that introduced his remarkable hero Scott Horvath to the world. In Thor’s last book, Horvath gave us our first introduction to the top-secret counter-terrorist group that is the focus of his latest work THE ATHENA PROJECT. What sets this group apart from others is its […]

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A CHRISTMAS ODYSSEY by Anne Perry [Review]

A Christmas Odyssey

Anne Perry’s Christmas tales are becoming a staple of my holiday reading. I look forward with pleasure to each year’s entry into the collection and A CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY did not disappoint. At 208 pages it is closer to a novella than a novel, but it is nonetheless full of plot, character and enough “meat” to truly sink your teeth into on a dark wintery eve. […]

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THE TEMPLAR SALVATION By Raymond Khoury [Review]

THE TEMPLAR SALVATION

THE TEMPLAR SALVATION is the sequel to Khoury’s The Last Templar. The book has a a story within a story format. In the past, Conrad, Templar Knight of Tripoli discovered a veritable treasure trove of writing from the early days of Christianity. Of course, true to the genre, the Church then suppresses them because the information will shake the Faith off its seemingly more shaky […]

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