It’s time to Spring Into Horror

23 04 2012

I am happy to be a part of the Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon hosted by The True Book Addict at her Castle Macabre blog. You can sign-up anytime this week until Friday and find the info by clicking HERE. My fiance, Erin, is also hosting some mini-challenges and awesome book giveaways by horror, paranormal and fantasy authors at her blog. Click HERE to go to the site with details on the giveaways and then follow her blog to check back every day. But you must sign-up for the read-a-thon as a whole to win.

You just have to complete one scary-type book this week and any thrillers, mysteries, paranormal-type, or horror books apply for you to be able to enter for the final drawing. Just have fun with it. It’s a pretty laid back challenge. Which is good for me with my hours at work plus hours commuting and tball, softball and soccer practices. I’m sure you know the drill.

The book that I am reading for the Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon is Beckon by Tom Pawlik, a fellow Ohio author.  I had heard great things about his previous books and enjoy reading Christian authors that can delve into the deep side of humanity and the crevices of our mind. He’s known for thrillers with a touch of creepiness, which lends to fulfilling the scary requirement for this read-a-thon. Especially since there are creepy bugs … in a cave…

Here’s the book summary for Beckon:

Some things weren’t meant to be discovered.

Beneath the town of Beckon, a terror hides, lurking in the darkness. Waiting.

Three people are drawn to the small Wyoming town for very different reasons. Anthropologist Jack Kendrick comes to explore the surrounding caves — the last place his father was seen alive twelve years ago. Police officer Elina Gutierrez follows the trail of her missing cousin from L.A. until it goes cold in the near-deserted town. And George Wilcox, a wealthy businessman, is lured to a lodge on the bluff by the promise of a cure for his wife’s illness.

All are looking for answers. But as they draw closer to discovering the town’s chilling secret, the real question becomes . . . will any of them make it out alive?

Everyone is using the hashtag #SpringHorrorRAT on Twitter to talk it up. If you are on Twitter, join in the conversation and have a spooky good time.


A wild week of reviews

2 03 2012

It has been way too long since I’ve posted any book reviews. That’s the bad news. The good news is, I have read plenty of books in the months since my last review, so I have many book reviews ready to go.

Next week, to get caught up a little on my back-logged reviews, I will post one review every day Monday, March 5, through Saturday, March 10. That’s right: Six reviews in six days! The books I will review, in no particular order are:







– Ghost Country by Patrick Lee

– Corridor by Robin Parrish

– The Paradise Prophecy by Robert Browne

– The Devil’s Elixir by Raymond Khoury

– Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee

– Invasion by J.S. Lewis

So check back every day next week to see my thoughts on six amazing books. Please feel free to leave comments about any of them. I love to hear from my readers.

Book Review – The Betrayal by Jerry B. Jenkins

1 09 2011

The Betrayal

By Jerry B. Jenkins

Tyndale House Publishers

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Much of the world knows author Jerry B. Jenkins because he co-authored the best-selling Left Behind series with Tim LaHaye. However, Jenkins has authored dozens of other books, many of which have also topped sales charts. His newest book is likely to chart a similar course.

“The Betrayal” is the second book in the Precinct 11 trilogy. The story picks up immediately following the events of the first book in the series, 2010’s “The Brotherhood.” Hero police officer, Chicago Police Detective Boone Drake, is in the hospital after being injured in a shootout while transferring a witness who is key to the department’s case against one of the city’s biggest street gangs and crime syndicate. As Boone struggles with his physical injury, he also has to struggle with a difficult truth – someone in the department must have leaked information to the shooter. As he drifts in and out of the haze caused by his pain medication, he quickly realizes that someone very close to him is the suspected leak. Unable to believe that this person could be involved, Boone sets out to discover the truth, with the help of the few people he knows he can trust. Jenkins takes the reader and Boone down a twisted path as Boone investigates the leak and discovers things are not always as they appear. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – The Breach by Patrick Lee

17 08 2011

The Breach

By Patrick Lee

Harper Collins

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I was first made aware of Patrick Lee’s books last winter when I was walking through the book aisle of our local WalMart. There on the rack, calling out to me, was Lee’s second book, “Ghost Country.” Its eerie, haunting cover image of the Statue of Liberty immediately caught my attention and made me pick up the book. The back cover summary of the book sounded a lot like one of my favorite TV shows, “Fringe,” and instantly I knew I had to read the book.

Once I got back home, I did some research online, as I love to do, and discovered that “Ghost Country” was actually the second book in a series. Somehow, the first book had slipped under my radar when it was released, but I wouldn’t let that mistake happen again. So I put the Patrick Lee books on my “To Read” List, which is always a mile long. But at long last, I have finally gotten to read the first book in the series, “The Breach,” and it was well worth the wait. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker

29 07 2011

The Priest’s Graveyard

By Ted Dekker

Center Street

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If there’s one thing Ted Dekker knows, it’s evil. Not just over-the-top, stereotypical, cartoonish, made-for-movies evil like a lot of writers create. Dekker knows how to get inside the minds of real people and explore that dark place that most of us are afraid to admit even exists. Almost makes you wonder what is going on in Dekker’s brain. Should we be afraid of him? Just kidding, Mr. Dekker. But seriously, he certainly has a gift for mining the depths of despair and depravity that lurk deep in the human soul. In “The Priest’s Graveyard,” Dekker again shows us how seemingly normal people can behave in unimaginable ways when put in the wrong situation.

This time around, the two “normal” people are Renee Gilmore and Danny Hansen. Renee is a recovering heroin addict from a broken home rescued by a knight in shining armor. After nursing her back to health, Renee and her knight fall in love. When he fails to return home from work one day, Renee knows something awful has happened and she becomes intent on gaining vengeance on the man responsible for her husband’s death. Danny is a Bosnian immigrant who saw the brutal murder of his mother and sister during the country’s tragic civil war. Years later, Danny emigrated to America hoping to escape the demons of his past. Now a priest, Danny doles out vengeance on evil men who have so far escaped justice at the hands of our system of justice. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry

22 07 2011

The Jefferson Key

By Steve Berry

Ballantine Books

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Imagine if a group of modern-day pirates had been shaping the course of American history since its inception. Further imagine that they were doing so under the charter of one of our Founding Fathers. In the latest novel by top thriller author Steve Berry, that’s the launching board for a fast-moving thriller full of conspiracies, intrigue and drama.

“The Jefferson Key” is the seventh novel by Berry featuring former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone as the hero. The previous tales have led Malone on worldwide excursions, taking him to far-flung corners of the globe chasing after treasure and solving ancient mysteries. This time, Malone is needed at home.

An assassination plot against the President of the United States is launched and Malone is unwittingly lured to the scene of the crime. The president survives the attempt, but Malone soon discovers that the plot involves a centuries-old group known as The Commonwealth. A secret society first formed during our country’s infancy, The Commonwealth are a group of privateers who have operated freely thanks to a clause in the United States Constitution, contained within Article 1, Section 8. The story goes on to tie together four presidential assassinations and a cryptic cipher created by Thomas Jefferson.

Overall, I enjoyed  “The Jefferson Key.” Berry has created a clever plot filled with mystery, political intrigue, history and action. With a myriad of government agencies and multiple double crosses, you never quite knew who to trust.  However, there were times when Berry’s rapid-fire point-of-view changes detracted from my enjoyment of the story, forcing me to backtrack to follow what each character was doing. But that didn’t keep me from quickly getting through the book. The fast-paced plot and historical references kept me turning the pages.

This was the first book by Berry that I had read, but it won’t be the last. I’m ready to go back and read the first 6 Malone books and look forward to the next one.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give “The Jefferson Key” a 3.5.


Book Review – The Vault by Boyd Morrison

27 06 2011

The Vault

Boyd Morrison

Touchstone Books

Available July 5, 2011

In the last decade, a new type of thriller has taken the publishing world by storm. The typical story goes something like this. Evil bad guy searching for famous, lost historical artifact forces hero to join him in his quest to discover the artifact and gain power or money. This formula has propelled Dan Brown, Steve Berry and James Rollins to the top of the best-seller lists and authors like Raymond Khoury, Andy McDermott and Chris Kuzneski have all made a good living following a similar formula.

In 2010, Boyd Morrison became the latest author to capitalize on the popularity of this genre. After self-publishing three novels and selling more than 7,500 copies of them in less than three months, Morrison landed a deal with Touchstone (a division of Simon & Schuster) to release his third self-published novel, “The Ark.” His debut novel with Touchstone garnered him thousands of new fans and positive reviews, creating a lot of buzz and high expectations for his new novel, “The Vault.” Morrison fans can rest easy – they should find their expectations met and exceeded with this exciting new thriller. Read the rest of this entry »

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