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Book Review – The Short Drop (Gibson Vaughn Series) by Matthew FitzSimmons (@MatthewFitz_1)

June 24, 2016 Leave a comment

The Short Drop (The Gibson Vaughn Series) by Matthew FitzSimmons

Book Description:

An Amazon Best Book of December 2015

The bestseller with over half a million readers that People magazine called a “live-wire debut.”

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation’s history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession.

For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal—Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him. On the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, the former head of Benjamin Lombard’s security asks for Gibson’s help in a covert investigation of the case, with new evidence in hand.

Haunted by tragic memories, he jumps at the chance to uncover what happened all those years ago. Using his military and technical prowess, he soon discovers multiple conspiracies surrounding the Lombard family—and he encounters powerful, ruthless political players who will do anything to silence him and his team. With new information surfacing that could threaten Lombard’s bid for the presidency, Gibson must stay one step ahead as he navigates a dangerous web to get to the truth.

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I’d been in a reading funk lately, starting and then abandoning one book after another. Got very frustrated, but happily, this is one novel that I finished (and in record time too!) The Short Drop was an audible deal offer on Amazon, and I was very curious when I read the book description (A cold case involving the future president’s missing daughter suddenly has new evidence turn up 10 years later). Very intriguing! And I was not disappointed, at all. And I’ve been recommending this thriller to everyone I know since!

This book really lived up to its “live-wire debut” description – it’s a cliché to say this, but I found it to be a literal page turner, with so many unexpected twists and turns, and I never got bored or even felt like putting the book down (what a struggle to find the extra time to sleep/eat/work!). The author managed to keep me guessing, and although I did figure out the ‘big secret’ in the girl’s disappearance before it was revealed, I was surprised when someone I thought was a friend turned out to be not so friendly.

It also helped that I really liked the main character Gibson Vaughn – he’s this (disgraced but still legendary) hacker and ex-marine, who has never gotten over the disappearance of Suzanne Lombard (his childhood friend who was practically his baby sister). From his recollections of the girl, I found myself deeply caring about what happened to her also. And even as the other characters cautioned Gibson about ‘false hope’ – the girl had been gone for 10 years! – I found myself right beside Gibson – hoping against hope that there was a happy ending somehow.

I also want to mention how easy it was to read this book – the writing flow was so good, and I was really immersed in the story. It’s a bit hard to explain (like that so-called x-factor in Hollywood stars), but this author has that special quality that makes me go – this is a good writer, I want to read more of his stuff!

RATING: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The Short Drop (The Gibson Vaughn Series) by Matthew FitzSimmons (Thomas & Mercer) is available on Amazon and other bookstores (B&N Nookbook, Kobo books, iBooks, Book Depository)

Betrayed: Rosato & DiNunzio by Lisa Scottoline @LisaScottoline for $2.99! @StMartinsPress #Deal #Kindle #Kobo #Thriller

July 30, 2016 Leave a comment

Betrayed: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel by Lisa Scottoline

Betrayed: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan) is available for a limited time at the specially discounted price of $2.99 on the US Kindle site. *Kobo Deal of the Day

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Book Description

Book 2 of 11 in the Rosato & DiNunzio Series

Blockbuster author Lisa Scottoline returns to the Rosato & Associates law firm with Betrayed, and maverick lawyer Judy Carrier takes the lead in a case that’s more personal than ever. Judy has always championed the underdog, so when Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy’s beloved Aunt Barb, is found dead of an apparent heart attack, Judy begins to suspect foul play. The circumstances of the death leave Judy with more questions than answers, and never before has murder struck so close to home.

In the meantime, Judy’s own life roils with emotional and professional upheaval. She doesn’t play well with her boss, Bennie Rosato, which jeopardizes her making partner at the firm. Not only that, her best friend Mary DiNunzio is planning a wedding, leaving Judy feeling left behind, as well as newly unhappy in her relationship with her live-in boyfriend Frank.

Judy sets her own drama aside and begins an investigation of Iris’s murder, then discovers a shocking truth that confounds her expectations and leads her in a completely different direction. She finds herself plunged into a shadowy world of people who are so desperate that they cannot go to the police, and where others are so ruthless that they prey on vulnerability. Judy finds strength within herself to try to get justice for Iris and her aunt — but it comes at a terrible price.

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Cold Granite (Logan McRae) by Stuart MacBride @StuartMacBride for $0.99! @HarperCollins #Deal #Kindle #Kobo #Thriller

July 30, 2016 Leave a comment

Cold Granite (Logan McRae, Book 1) by Stuart MacBride

Cold Granite (Logan McRae, Book 1) by Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins) is available for a limited time at the specially discounted price of $0.99 on the US Kindle site. *Kobo Deal of the Day

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Book Description

Book 1 of 7 in the Logan McRae Series

Stuart MacBride’s Number One bestselling crime series opens with this award-winning debut. DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets.

Winter in Aberdeen: murder, mayhem and terrible weather…

It’s DS Logan McRae’s first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn’t get much worse. Three-year-old David Reid’s body is discovered in a ditch, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he’s only the first. There’s a serial killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood.

Soon the dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die. And if Logan isn’t careful, he could end up joining them…

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Tesser: A Dragon Among Us by Chris Philbrook @PhilbrookAuthor, James Foster @jamesnarrates (Narrator) for $3.95! #Audible

July 30, 2016 Leave a comment

Tesser: A Dragon Among Us (Reemergence) by Chris Philbrook, James Foster (Narrator)

Tesser: A Dragon Among Us (Reemergence) by Chris Philbrook, James Foster (Narrator) is Audible.Com’s Daily Deal, and is available today for just $3.95! Enjoy!

Product Description:

Imagine for a moment that you are a Dragon. A creature of unimaginable power, unending intelligence and strength, and you’ve just woken from 10,000 years of slumber. Worse yet, you’ve awoken underneath a city: Boston, an alien and strange place that defies everything you’ve ever known. Your last memories are of primordial forests, erupting volcanoes sculpting a developing world, faeries, witches, vampires, krakens, and monsters that feared where you turned your eyes.

But all that is gone. Humans, only barely coming into their own in the world from your memory, have taken over. They have erected cities made of stone and steel erupting from the earth like stalagmites reaching for the high blue sky, and developed sciences that have overshadowed even the glory of old magic. This is not the way it was supposed to be.

Meet Tesser, the Dragon. He who walks in any form and flies the skies free of fear. A Dragon Among Us is Tesser’s story. Walk with him as he learns the human way,and discovers the dark truth about why magic has really faded from the world he calls home. And, just maybe, humanity will remember why Dragons were most noble and most savage creatures again. Welcome to The Reemergence.

©2013 Christopher Philbrook (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

 

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Unleashed: V Plague by Dirk Patton @DirkPatton for $0.99! #Kindle #Sci-Fi / #Fantasy Daily #Deal! #Horror

July 30, 2016 Leave a comment

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Unleashed: V Plague Book 1 by Dirk Patton

Unleashed: V Plague Book 1‘ by Dirk Patton (Voodoo Dog Publishing) is available at the specially discounted price of $0.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

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Book Description

Book 1 of 9 in the V Plague Series

John Chase has just arrived in Atlanta on a routine business trip. Before leaving the airport for his hotel, he notices that things are not normal. There is a large presence of Police and Federal Agents, on high alert and much more focused than is normal, even in the post 9/11 world.

When he wakes the next morning, John is shocked to learn that America has been savagely attacked with both nuclear and biochemical weapons. He is immediately thrown into an apocalyptic horror, rescuing a young woman from a group of men who are in a violent rage as a result of the release of a devastating neurotoxin.

His path is clear. Survive and fight his way across the continent to reunite with his wife as society disintegrates into savagery and millions of people become raging infected, roaming unchecked in their pursuit of the dwindling number of survivors. But survival will be the hardest task he has ever undertaken.

So begins Unleashed, the first installment of the thrilling V Plague series. The novels are set against the backdrop of a shattered, post apocalyptic America and tell the stories of a steadily growing cast of complex characters and their battles to survive. There are numerous sub-plots of greed, brutality, betrayal, treason, heartbreak and even a serial killer woven throughout the progression of the main storyline, chronicling the best and the worst of humanity as the world crumbles.

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These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf @hgudenkauf for $0.99! @MIRAEditors @HarlequinBooks #Kindle #Mystery, #Thriller & #Suspense Daily #Deal!

July 30, 2016 Leave a comment

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These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf

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Book Description

A stunning tale of two sisters and the secrets between them, from New York Timesbestselling author of The Weight of Silence, Heather Gudenkauf.

When teenager Allison Glenn is sent to prison for a heinous crime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls’ golden girl forever. Her parents deny the existence of their once-perfect child. Her former friends exult her downfall. Her sister, Brynn, faces whispered rumors every day in the hallways of their small Iowa high school. It’s Brynn—shy, quiet Brynn—who carries the burden of what really happened that night. All she wants is to forget Allison and the past that haunts her.

But then Allison is released to a halfway house, and is more determined than ever to speak with her estranged sister.

Now their legacy of secrets is focused on one little boy. And if the truth is revealed, the consequences will be unimaginable for the adoptive mother who loves him, the girl who tried to protect him and the two sisters who hold the key to all that is hidden. Don’t miss Heather Gudenkauf’s chilling page-turner, Missing Pieces.

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Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters @PepperWinters for $1.99! #Kindle #Romance Daily #Deal!

July 30, 2016 Leave a comment

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Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters

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Book Description

“Instincts are what keep us safe from fate. Ignoring them can change your life forever.”

Fame and fortune arrived overnight and after months on the road with her singing tour, all Estelle craves is peace. Tired and ready for paradise, she travels to Fiji to recuperate.

Stubborn and surly, Galloway is avoided by most–which is exactly the way he likes it. However, he’s done spending his life in regret and hopes to find redemption in the tropical wilderness.

Together, they board the flight that changes their fate forever. Crash landing on a deserted island, they not only have to figure out how to survive with no skills and daily dangers–learning how to fish, find water, and build shelter–but also inherit two children who look to them to keep them alive.

However, staying alive might be the least of Galloway and Estelle’s problems. As days creep to months and rescue doesn’t find them, their desire for each other ignites.

They started as strangers.

They grew to be friends.

They fought the desire to be lovers.

Lust can be the most beautiful thing. Love the most rewarding. But not on an island where life hangs by a thread and giving into temptation can kill you.

Can they survive being forgotten or will love be their ultimate undoing?

From New York Times Bestseller Pepper Winters comes a timeless love story answering the question of what happens when everything is stripped away.

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Cold Fear by Rick Mofina @RickMofina for $1.99! @CarrickPub #Kindle #Mystery, #Thriller & #Suspense Daily #Deal!

July 30, 2016 Leave a comment

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Cold Fear by Rick Mofina

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Book Description

Book 2 of 5 in the Tom Reed and Walt Sydowski Series

In the remote, rugged corner of Montana’s Glacier National Park known as the Devil’s Grasp, little Paige Baker of San Francisco disappears with her dog, Kobee, while on a camping trip with her family; or so her mother and father have told authorities.

A multi-agency task force launches a massive search as Paige fights to survive in the wilderness. Time hammers against her and soon the nation is gripped by the life-and-death drama.

Secretly, behind the scenes, the FBI grows suspicious of Paige’s parents. Their recent history and disturbing evidence links them to a horrible secret from the past.

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