Sunday, May 9, 2021

The Paris Betrayal by James R Hannibal

 

Book description:


After a rough mission in Rome involving the discovery of a devastating bioweapon, Company spy Ben Calix returns to Paris to find his perfectly ordered world has collapsed. A sniper attack. An ambush. A call for help that brings French SWAT forces down on his head. Ben is out. This is a severance--reserved for incompetents and traitors.

Searching for answers and anticipating a coming attack, Ben and a woman swept up in his misfortunes must travel across Europe to find the sniper who tried to kill him, the medic who saved his life, the schoolmaster who trained him, and an upstart hacker from his former team. More than that, Ben must come to grips with his own insignificance as the Company's plan to stop Leviathan from unleashing the bioweapon at any cost moves forward without him--and he struggles against the infection that is swiftly claiming territory within his own body.

Award-winning author James R. Hannibal ratchets up the tension on every page of this suspenseful new thriller.

My review:

   My only complaint about this author is that he hasn't written a lot of books yet. I have enjoyed everything he has written, including his three secular novels. I was excited to see he had a new book coming out, and was admittedly a little disappointed that it did not go with the two previous books he wrote for Revell. 

  After reading The Paris Betrayal, that disappointment has gone away. This book was more than a great read, it was a great ride. And the book is more than a great suspense novel. It is a spy novel....and I loved it. This may be Hannibal's best novel so far.

 Ben, the main character, has a lot go wrong for him in this book. Sickness, betrayal, no one believing him, kicked out of the CIA, and seemingly him against the world as he tries to do the right thing in the face of total opposition. By the way, this story is based on the story of Job from the Bible.

  The book has non-stop action and suspense, and has some twists and turns that I never saw coming, especially the one at the climax of the story. There were things going on that Ben did not know about, and the author also kept the reader in the dark about. The story has its share of people who you don't know are good, or bad guys pretending to be good, and my suspicions on one character did turn out right, while I was totally surprised by another. Hannibal did a masterful job of writing an awesome spy/suspense novel that pulls you in, keeps you entertained, and also keeps you guessing. And it has what any novel of this kind should have: a likable hero who triumphs in the end. That really isn't a spoiler, because isn't that what always happens? And after all that happened to poor Ben, he did deserve to come out on top. :)

  I definitely recommend this book, and if ever there was a Christian fiction novel that men would enjoy, this is it......though there really is not any overtly Christian content in it, just a Christian worldview. It does appear to be a stand alone novel, though I wouldn't mind a sequel.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:

James R. Hannibal is no stranger to secrets and adventure. This former stealth pilot from Houston,

Texas, has been shot at, locked up with surface-to-air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is a two-time Silver Falchion Award winner for his children's mysteries, a former Thriller Award nominee, and a 2020 Selah and Carol Award finalist for The Gryphon Heist--the opener for the CIA series that now includes Chasing the White Lion. James is a rare multisense synesthete, meaning all of his senses intersect. He sees and feels sounds and smells, and hears flashes of light. If he tells you the chocolate cake you offered smells blue and sticky, take it as a compliment.

The Paris Betrayal is available from Revell, part of the Baker Publishing Group.

Check out his two previous novels from Revell:





Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Present Danger, Rocky Mountain Courage #1

Book description:
 

Hidden crimes. Open threats. Long-buried secrets.

They'll be fighting for the truth--and their lives.

Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He's committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn--one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he's failed her before.

If he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

My review:

   I was excited that this author had a new book coming out, and devoured it as soon as it came in the mail. Her first series with Revell Publishing was just plain awesome, and if this first book is a good sign that this series will be also.

It is cool when an author brings characters from other books and series into another, and one of the main characters in this book was a minor character in the last book in the Uncommon Justice series....and a very likable character.

 There is non stop suspense in this book, and it was hard to put it down. I like it when I can figure out the who and sometimes the why, but Goddard kept the reader guessing on this one....and I like it when there are surprises too.....and there were a couple of surprises at the end of this book.

 The two main characters were very likable, and the romance angle was more realistic than most books in that they had had a dating relationship prior to this book.

 As is the case with her other books, this one left me wanting more, and I am already wanting to read book #2, which is due out in November of this year. 

  I highly recommend this book that is full of suspense, drama, and romance. 

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including Present Danger and the Uncommon Justice series. Her books have sold over one million copies. She is a Carol Award winner and a Daphne du Maurier Award finalist. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry. For more information about her books, visit her website at www.ElizabethGoddard.com.


  Present Danger is available from Revell Publishers, part of the Baker Publishing Group.


Coming November 2021, Book #2 in the Rocky Mountain Courage Series



  

   

Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Indebted Earl, Serendipity and Secrets #3 by Erica Vetsch, with a giveaway

Book description:

Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business--or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life--especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero's dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man's grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn't opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed's elderly mother, and she's already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she'll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he's come to mean to her. Now she'll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

My review:
   My favorite genre' is Christian suspense, and I never thought I'd enjoy a Regency trilogy as much as I enjoyed these three books.....and I am a guy, so Regency Romances aren't exactly a guy's go-to for reading......but the first book sounded so good, I requested it to review and was hooked.

 This last book in the series, The Indebted Earl, is possibly the best of the three in my opinion. As I was reading it, I had to feel a bit sorry for Charles, the hero of the story. I try to avoid spoilers, so I won't list all that befalls him, but it is a lot,. and it makes for a very interesting and entertaining read.

 And lo and behold - there is some suspense! Slight spoiler: there is smuggling in the story, and it does not leave the hero and heroine unscathed. And there is a trio of young girls who definitely make the book more entertaining.

  I truly did enjoy this book. As with the other books, the author created some great and likable characters, along with a perfect setting and plot. I am not a huge fan of books set in historical times, but she did a tremendous job of describing locations, people, traditions, the proper ways people had to do things, etc. I even learned a few new (to me) words. Google on your phone can be a handy tool when running across old unfamiliar words.

  It was cool to see the change in the hero of the story: not just in what kind of man he was, but also how his priorities and what he wanted to do in life change. This IS a romance, so that played a lot into the story, and came to a cool conclusion....but the book was so much more than a romance, and was a very enjoyable read. I hope to read more of this author's books, and she ranks up there with my favorite Christian suspense authors. 

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.





About the author:


Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.  

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).



Giveway:




Thursday, February 25, 2021

Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill


Book description:

 She's following her instincts. They're following her every move.

After her rescue of nearly fifty kidnapped children made international headlines, Amara Alvarez gets what she's worked for: a transfer to San Antonio's Homicide Division. But reality sets in quickly when her first case, the suspicious death of a teenager at a crowded local water park, plunges her life into chaos.

As the investigation moves forward, Amara finds herself stalked online by cybercriminals who uncover her personal life in frightening detail. With few leads, she's forced to resort to unconventional methods to find the killer and prevent her first murder investigation from ending up in the cold case files.

Tom Threadgill is back with another riveting page-turner featuring the detective who is willing to put everything on the line to see justice served and lives protected.

My review:

  Network of deceit is only the second book I have read by this author, and I am really liking his books and style. Though this book and the one it follows does not have a series name, it is a series and this book continues after the first one.

  As with the first book, the main character is a female who is now a homicide detective. (Side note...the Christian fiction market is geared too much towards women, so I wish this male author would have had his series about a male instead of a female).

 The plot for this series is a very complicated and well thought out plot. It starts with what appears to be a simple death of a seventeen-year old boy, but goes far beyond that by the time the game is over. Role playing games, ransom-ware, and a lot of other things factor in. The author did a great job of describing a lot of technological stuff in a way that was interesting and didn't make my eyes glaze over.

 There is a lot of suspense and mystery in this book, and the author does keep the reader guessing as to what is really going on, and who the guilty party......or parties are. He also did what I felt was a great job of portraying what a detective new to homicide might do and act as they are in a different kind of job than they are used to with the procedures and all that they have to learn.

 This book had what the first did not: a romantic interest with a fellow detective, Starsky. The female heroine is a likable character, and so is he. Slight spoiler: the book seems to indicate that this romance may continue and develop further. I love humor, and I found myself laughing over some of the back and forth between these two.

  The complicated plot did come to a satisfying end, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to that point in the book. I loved the story, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. This is truly quality Christian fiction, and the author has me hooked as a reader. 

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Tom Threadgill is a full-time author and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the International Thriller Writers (ITW). The author of Collision of Lies, Tom lives with his wife near Dallas, Texas. Learn more at www.tomthreadgill.com.


  Network of Deceit is available from Revell, part of the Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Revell for the review copy.


Book #1



Obsession, Nanchez Trace Park Rangers #2 by Patricia Bradley

 

Book description:


This one's personal

Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she's forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation.

To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a delusional secret admirer who is determined to have her as his own. Sam is merely an obstruction, one which must be removed. Sam knows that he has failed Emma in the past, and he doesn't intend to let her down again. Especially now that her life is on the line.


My review:

   This is Patricia Bradley's third trade paperback series with Revell, and each one seems to be even better than the others. 

   Obsession is the second book in the Nanchez Trace Park series, and brings new characters and a new mystery with it. In addition to the stalker and the mystery of who is shooting and digging at the site when no one is there, there is also the mystery of Emma's brother missing for 10 years, suspected of murdering a girl before his disappearance.

 The book was a great read. The plot was very well done and thought out, the characters were quite likable, and the suspense was non-stop....with some romance tossed in with a couple broken up for 10 years.

 I thought the stalker part was very well described and executed. I eventually caught onto who the most likely culprit was, but for most of the book the author had me guessing.

 And I did read the book in one setting. I have a hard time putting down a great suspense novel like this one, and I had time......so I read it all to the great ending, which seemed to come all too fast.

 There was one sad part to the story, but I won't give away any spoilers. I loved the story, and am looking forward to more in this series.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Patricia Bradley is the author of Standoff and Obsession, as well as the Memphis Cold Case novels and Logan Point series. Bradley won an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award in Romantic Suspense, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and a Touched by Love Award; she was a Carol Award finalist; and three of her books were included in anthologies that debuted on the USA Today bestseller list. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at www.ptbradley.com.


  Obsession is available from Revell Publishing, part of the Baker Publishing Group.

 Thanks to Revell for the review copy.

             

                                               Book 1 of The Nanchez Trace Park Rangers Series



Saturday, February 20, 2021

The Inn At Cranberry Cove

   

Book description:


I have read a handful of June Foster's books, and enjoyed each one. This is her second foray into Christian suspense, and it was a great foray.

    The Inn At Cranberry Cove isn't a fast paced nail biting suspense novel with bad guys chasing the hero and heroine, but that doesn't mean it is boring or not suspenseful. There is a mystery, rumors of a hidden treasure, and bad guys. It just leans more toward what is called a cozy mystery...which are awesome also.

  I enjoyed the story, and read it in one sitting. The hero and heroine of the story were very likable characters, with James' recent personal tragedy making him all the more endearing to readers. There were also a couple of characters who weren't likable, but then they were the bad guys of the story.

  The plot was a great one, and the setting of an old inn made for a terrific setting for the story. The inn and town descriptions made me want to visit what I assume is a fictional town. 

  I appreciate authors who don't shy away from Christian content, and Foster never does. Both Ashton and James had stopped going to church for their own reasons, and they slowly worked their way through that issue. James had guilt from his actions of 2 months ago, and had to realize that God forgave him and he needed to forgive himself.

  This was a romantic suspense novel, so of course there was a romantic angle, and yes, I even enjoyed that.

  The Inn At Cranberry Cove was a great read, and is number 1 in a series, and it left me looking forward to reading more in this series.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:

An award-winning author, June Foster is also a retired teacher with a BA in Education and  MA in


Counseling. She is the mother of two and grandmother of ten. June began writing Christian romance in 2010. She penned her first novel on her Toshiba laptop as she and her husband traveled the US in their RV. Her adventures provided a rich source of information for her novels. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find the path to live godly lives.


Check out her website at JuneFoster.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Unknown Threat, Defend and Protect by Lynn Blackburn

Book description:

 US Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell is lucky to be alive. Three of his fellow agents have died in unusual circumstances in the past ten weeks. Luke is devastated by the loss of his friends and colleagues, and his inability to locate the killer feels like a personal failure. He and his team are experts at shielding others, but now the protectors are in need of protection.

FBI Special Agent Faith Malone is driven to succeed and confident in her ability to solve every case she's assigned. She's been put in charge of the investigation into the unprecedented attacks, and with Luke's life in danger, the stakes have never been higher. But it's hard to know how to fight back when you don't know who the enemy is.

Luke has teamed up with Faith before, but he's not convinced she's up for the job and she's not convinced he's telling her everything he knows. As more agents are targeted, Luke and Faith will have to learn to trust each other and work together to bring a killer to justice and prevent any more names from joining their fallen brothers and sisters on the Secret Service Wall of Honor.

My review:

   Lynn Blackburn's first series, Dive Team Investigations, is one of the best suspense series I have ever read. I was sad to see it end, and couldn't wait for her new series to start. Book one is finally here...well it will be March 2.

  One thing I like in books is character development and interactions between characters that go beyond one book. Blackburn's previous series had those in spades, and Unknown Threat promises that this series will also.

 I loved these characters: Faith, the FBI agent tasked with who is killing Secret Service agents, and Luke who has already lost close friends and is in danger himself...he was especially a great character. There is also a great cast of characters who will have their stories played out in the upcoming books in the series.

 The suspense.......wow. The book was very unpredictable. You didn't know what was going to happen next, and who would be involved. I didn't want to put the book down, so I just kept reading to the great ending. The plot was one where the reader has no clue who the bad guy is, or why he is killing the Secret Service agents.

 I totally loved this book, and can't wait for the next one. Blackburn is getting better with each book she writes.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Beneath the SurfaceIn Too DeepOne Final Breath, Hidden Legacy, and Covert Justice. Winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel, Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She's passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don't make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

  
   Unknown Threat will be available from Revell Publishing, part of the Baker Publishing Group, on March 2, 2021.