Book Review: The Price of Safety by Michael C. Bland

Price of Safety by Michael C. Bland

Right now we live in some scary times due to the COVID-19 virus, a crisis that has many leaders or countries thinking of removing some of their people’s privacy rights in order to better protect them. But such a drastic decision could lead to nothing short of a dystopian world, which is what The Price of Safety by Michael C. Bland is trying to depict as well. The book is a techno-thriller, but dystopia came often to mind as I was reading it. The story happens some 30 years in the future when privacy is an archaic word. There is […] Read more »

Book Review: Crooked River by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Crooked River by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

I’ve been a long-time fan of the Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, so I always grab their latest book as soon as it is released. Crooked River, the 19th book in the series has been a particularly rewarding read, not the least because we get a lot of Constance Green as well. As one of my most favorite characters in the series, I am especially happy when she has a chance to shine, which she does here really well. The story is set on a secluded island off the west coast of Florida, where Pendergast is called to […] Read more »

Book Review: First Blood by Angela Marsons

Book Review: First Blood by Angela Marsons

First Blood is the latest in the Angela Marsons Kim Stone series, and it goes back to Kim’s roots. Have you ever wondered how did Kim end up with her current team and what were the dynamics between them at the start? Well, wonder no longer, because this book shows Kim’s first case ever working with D.C. Stacey Wood, D.S. Bryant, and D.S. Dawson. Things didn’t start all that well with the new team. Each of them displaced from other teams, they all have to work together and find a rhythm that doesn’t disturb the rest and gels with the others, but that […] Read more »

Book Review: Blue Moon by Lee Child (Jack Reacher 24)

Book Review: Blue Moon by Lee Child (Jack Reacher 24)

Jack Reacher by Lee Child being probably my favorite Good Samaritan hero ever, I was eagerly waiting for the release of Blue Moon. And of course, I snagged it as soon as it came out and started reading. The story is typical of the usual Jack Reacher books. Jack travels to some unknown small town (or in this case a bigger one), finds someone in need, helps said someone, and that invariably gets him into a lot of trouble. But Jack, being the big and strong person we know who is not afraid of almost anything, can deal with everything […] Read more »

Book Review: Bright Lights by Mark Dawson (John Milton #15)

Bright Lights Mark Dawson

It’s been a while, but finally, the latest in the Mark Dawson books featuring John Milton is here. John is on his way to redemption, just like Evan Smoak is in the Gregg Hurwitz Orphan X series. Both are trying to do good after several years of being long arms of deadly reach for the government. I love reading both series and watching the parallels unfold between the two main characters. This time, John is on his way to Las Vegas from San Francisco. He got a good deal on a robust car, and he’s having his meal at a […] Read more »

Book Review: Into the Fire by Gregg Hurwitz (Orphan X #5)

Into the Fire by Gregg Hurwitz

Into the Fire by Greg Hurwitz is the latest book in the Orphan X series featuring Evan Smoak. Evan is The Nowhere Man, aka Orphan X. He was taken from an orphanage at the young age of 12 and placed in a secret government program where he learned to become a killing machine. Years later, after betrayals and lots of soul searching, Evan decided to leave the Program and retreat to his own personal purgatory, to give a kind of penance for all the people he killed over the years. So he became The Nowhere Man, helping people at the […] Read more »

Book Review: Kill Zone by Kevin J. Anderson

Kill Zone by Kevin J. Anderson

I was in the mood for some disaster thrillers and saw the new book, Kill Zone, by Kevin J. Anderson & Doug Beason. I haven’t read anything by this author duo before, although I’ve noticed they’ve written several thrillers so far, so I gave it a go. And, let’s just say, it didn’t disappoint me. What could go wrong when a team of experts enters a decommissioned Cold War-era nuclear warhead facility which now has been turned into a secret nuclear waste dumping ground, especially when there is something else hidden in that Hydra Mountain facility that is even more […] Read more »

Book Review: The Price of Time by Tim Tigner

price of time tim tigner

I was excited to pick up the latest Tim Tigner book, The Price of Time, since I am an avid fan of his Kyle Achilles series. The book is very different from the series we know and love (although I wonder if anyone else noticed the tiny easter egg within the pages). I found the book quite interesting, fast-paced for the most part, and the main characters, Zachary Chase and Skylar Fawkes, were fun to read about as well. The book basically asks a what-if question related to the fountain of youth. What would you do if you found it? Would […] Read more »

Book Review: Old Bones by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Nora Kelly #1)

Old Bones by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Having read all the Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child books, including the Pendergast novels in order, I was quite excited to learn that they’ve started a new series with a side character from their popular series: Nora Kelly. I’ve first met Nora in Cabinet of Curiosities, the third Pendergast book, and I became fond of her from back then. Of course, I also liked Bill Smithback, with whom Nora had a history, but that’s an ancient story. In Old Bones, several years passed since Nora’s husband died, and she has been working as a museum curator and archaeologist in Santa Fe, […] Read more »

Book Review: Mission Critical by Mark Greaney

Missin Critical by Mark Greaney

I’ve been an avid fan of the Mark Greany books ever since I picked up the first Jack Ryan books he co-authored with Tom Clancy. While I love his Campus series, my all-time favorite is his Court Gentry series, aka the Gray Man, aka Six, aka Violator. I don’t think I’ve read another book with a main character having so many nick and code names during his or her career as Court Gentry has. In this latest installment, Court Gentry is drawn into a battle between US, UK, and Russian forces (both military and political), almost against his will. It […] Read more »