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The Whole Truth

whole truthThe Whole Truth is the first in the “A. Shaw” series originally published in 2008.  The novel by thriller writer David Baldacci has the world on the verge of war as unseen forces are playing chess with world powers and global superpowers are thrust into a return to Cold War days.  Powerful forces are at work to push public opinion against an old enemy.  The lead character named Shaw seems to be a puppet on the string of powerful “police” and is forced to do their bidding and accidently become intertwined with the growing world tension.  He joins forces with a prize-winning author who is down on her luck to try to prevent war.

Bum Rap

bum rapAfter a modest career in the NFL, attorney Jake Lassiter has an equally modest career as a defense attorney in Miami.  In Bum Rap he is asked to defend a fellow attorney charged with murder of a Russian mobster things get interesting and dangerous.  It doesn’t help that his second chair in the defense is the very attractive girlfriend of the accused.  Although there is strong incentive to settle and take a plea bargain the defendant takes his chances in a trial.

“Honestly, I don’t know how.  Maybe film director Billy Wilder said it best.  He was talking about movie audiences, not juries, but the point holds true:  ‘Individually, they’re idiots.  Collectively, they’re a genius.”


image“Times like this, knowing a battle was coming, that an enemy masthead would soon peek over the horizon, he forced himself to take time to gather himself.  It was said he was good at war.  Maybe because he was so inordinantly fond of peace.”

A brilliant American scientist and his young family are abducted and no one knows why or where they were taken…

Lord Alexander Hawke comes on the radar of an old nemesis who’s disciples may be closer to his friends and family than he’d be comfortable with…

There is political upheaval in the United States government ani it seems vulnerable…

Finding Sheba

finding sheba 1“Jade stepped forward and touched the cold stone coffin.  A shiver traveled through her entire body.  She walked around the sarcophagus, trailing her fingers over the ancient rock.”

So why is Finding Sheba as in the Queen of Sheba such an important thing to the world?  Why would people spend millions, torture, and even kill to find or prevent others from finding her?  In the first “Omar Zagouri” thriller, author H.B. Moore combines historical fiction with a thrilling hunt for the tomb of the elusive queen.  Sheba’s very existence and where she lies could have world-wide repercussions and lead to even more bloodshed.  The story brings an American student, an Ethiopian man, a French archaeologist and two Israeli operatives in a sprint to find the truth behind the legend.  Does Sheba exist?

Heart Collector

heart collector 2Amazon has this great program for its Prime members.  Each month you are eligible for a free novel (Kindle version) of a new release, we usually have two to pick from.  It’s called Kindle First and is a great way to read something by a new author.  Unfortunately I hadn’t known about this program for a few years and I wonder how many good books I missed.  Oh and did I mention that they are free?  I love free.  Amazon surprise us in January and we were able to pick two from a choice of four.

No Fortunate Son

no fortunate son“What Pike was doing now might not be legal, but it was just.  And she would do what she could to help.  She looked back into the mirror, remembering the terror.  Understanding  what Kylie was experiencing.  We’re coming.  We’ll find you.”

In No Fortunate Son Pike Logan gets some difficult news on the level of “no good deed goes unpunished.”  He’s concerned that the government that he has saved many times over the years has abandoned him rather than show gratitude.  He doesn’t expect medals, but to be treated this way is beyond belief.  At this low point a close friend and mentor seems to need his help, but Logan cannot relay on his usual resources…except for his own.

Act of War

act of war“The Chinese are extremely deliberate and pragmatic,’ she said.  ‘They can see the writing before anyone else has even seen the wall.  Mr. Director, they’re dying.  Their air is polluted.  Their water is polluted.  They have cut down their timber and have mined all of their minerals.  Less than 5 percent of China has arable land left suitable for agriculture.  The investments they made in North Africa have been a complete bust.  In fact, they’ve taken substantial losses.  The mines there didn’t even produce a fraction of what they had projected.  An during all this, China’s population has continued to expand while its economy has continued to slow…The Chinese know that it’s not daylight they’re seeing at the end of the tunnel.  It’s a train heading right at them.”

The English Girl

image“Whatever it is, it had better be something big.’ I’m Gabriel Allon. I only do big.”

In The English Girl Gabriel Allon does big.  It is interesting “watching” Gabriel Allon grow and grow older as the master spy for Israel.  As he takes on less of an operational role others take on a bigger part.  In this Daniel Silva best seller the world may not hinge completely on Allon’s actions so this novel is a little different.  It is no less action packed or thrilling just a little different.  The English Girl is almost two novels as one story seems to end as you’ll notice as you get about halfway and it seems to be winding down.  It powers back up in the City of Heretics.

Hidden Order

hidden order“The terrain was barren and windswept; more rock and loose shale than anything else. It was cold and misty. Everyone would rather have been someplace else, but you wouldn’t have heard a complaint from a single one of them. This is who they were and what they did. Each of them consoled themselves with the knowledge that no matter how damp and how cold it was, it easily could have been worse, and that what they did, they did for their country. They all knew that there were people who would never know their names and would never know what they were doing this night, but that their way of life hung in the balance.”

All Necessary Force

all necessary forceIn his second Pike Logan novel author Brad Taylor has the damaged hero looking in from the outside of the Taskforce as they try to unravel the theft of some dangerous military apparatus that could be used against America.  The latest threat seems to be coming from the far east and that is where the focus is at least initially.  Logan joins forces with the Taskforce not as an operator, but as the part owner of a cover company, but that changes quickly as things spin out of control and he is force to use All Necessary Force in pursuit of an unnamed enemy.