Tag Archives: Suspense

Review of “Rogue commander”

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Book Reviews – “Rogue Commander” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Leo J. Maloney (http://leojmaloney.com). Mr. Maloney has published seven novels. This is the sixth novel in his “Dan Morgan” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the contemporary US. The primary character is CIA veteran Dan Morgan. The action in the story takes place in both the US and China.

General James Collins has been accused of helping to steal a group of Tomahawk missiles. He reaches out to long time friend Morgan to ask him to help clear his name. Morgan goes against orders and pursues leads to exonerate Collins on his own. The trail leads Morgan to many dangerous situations and evidence of North Korean involvement.

Meanwhile Morgan’s team mates, including his daughter, are trying to find Morgan and bring him in for questioning. Pursuit of a wanted arms dealer leads them to a connection with North Korea as well.

Morgan fights to find out the truth behind the Tomahawk missile theft. His team and daughter chase down dangerous paths to find the arms dealer. They both soon find that their investigations are connected and that they are investigating a plot that could ignite World War III.

I enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent with this 254 page thriller. Some of the plot seemed a little over the top, but on the whole I enjoyed it. I think perhaps the character of Morgan was a little too independent for a mature special operations group. The cover art is OK, though something more related to the plot would have been better. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “The White Ghost”

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Book Reviews – “The White ghost” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by James R. Benn (http://www.jamesrbenn.com). Mr. Benn has published twelve novels in his “Billy Boyle Mysteries” series. This is the tenth novel in that series.

I purchased this novel through the Barnes & Noble on-line store and read it on the Nook App on my iPad. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set during the late summer of 1943. The primary characters are Lieutenants Billy Boyle and Piotr ‘Kaz’ Kazimierz.

Just starting on a well deserved leave (this occurs between books three and four of the series), Boyle and Kazimierz receive orders to meet someone in Casablanca. The meeting turns out to be with Joe Kennedy Jr. The Boyle family had a history with the Kennedy’s back in Boston. Now young Jack Kennedy had gotten his PT boat sunk from under him and, while convalescing, had gotten implicated in a murder. Knowing Boyle’s position on Eisenhower’s staff, Ambassador Kennedy pulls strings getting Boyle and Kazimierz temporarily assigned to the murder investigation.

The two fly nearly half way around the world to the Solomon Islands from Morocco. Boyle and Kazimierz begin to dig into the evidence surrounding the murder. Before long they have other bodies on their hands that seem tied to the same killer. The Solomons are near the front lines in the Pacific, so Boyle and Kazimierz must evade dangerous encounters with the Japanese as their investigation progresses.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 10 hours I spent reading this 353 page World War II Mystery. I have read the first ten books in this series and have enjoyed each and every one. I like the plot, mixing mystery with the drama of World War II. I like the way too that Benn mixes well known characters from the period into his novels. I think that the cover art is well chosen. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Review of “In the Crosshairs”

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Book Reviews – “In the Crosshairs” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Sgt. Jack Coughlin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Coughlin_(author)). Mr. Coughlin has published 10 novels, with this being the 10th in his “Kyle Swanson Sniper” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in contemporary times. The primary character is former Marine sniper Kyle Swanson, who is now out of the service, but who occasionally does work for the CIA.

A Mexican police officer who was a good friend of Swanson’s is killed in the line of duty. The drug cartel responsible sets off a bomb at the funeral. This sets Swanson on the trail of the man he thinks is responsible. Concurrent to this, a new Congresswoman is stirring up public concern over the CIA and its involvement in the drug trade.

Swanson heads to the middle east in pursuit of the bomber on behalf of the CIA. He has been paired with another sniper who has been employed on special missions for the CIA. The two close in on their quarry, but things take an unexpected turn. A far larger plot is underway than Swanson and the CIA leadership had imagined.

I enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this suspenseful 301 page thriller. The characters were well developed and the plot was good, though far from unique. The cover art is OK, though I would have preferred something more closely related to the story. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “Red Swan”

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Book Reviews – “Red Swan” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by P. T. Deutermann (https://www.ptdeutermann.com). Mr. Deutermann has published 20 novels.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story takes place in the contemporary US. The primary character is Dr. Preston Allender.

Psychiatrist Allender was an officer at the CIA, dealing with training and senior officer evaluations. He masterminds a masterful plan to discredit a ranking Chinese intelligence official that is very successful. But the administration needs a scape goat for the firestorm that results and Allender is forced to ‘retire’.

Almost a year later he is approached to come back on a consulting basis to act as the liaison between the CIA and FBI for an FBI task force investigating the death of a top ranking CIA officer. The more that Allender discovers, the less he feels he has been told the whole truth. He finds himself the focus of both Chinese and American agents, and everything he has been told comes into question.

I really enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 282 page modern suspense thriller. I liked this story. It was not a high-action plot with lots of firefights or hand-to-hand combat. It was more of a suspenseful mystery. The cover art is eye catching, but not directly related to the story. This is the second novel written by Mr. Deutermann that I have read and I have enjoyed them both. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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