Shadowed by Death by M. A. Adler – My Review!!

Shadowed by Death – My Review!!

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I’m trying to expand my reading preferences, and I found Shadowed by Death (An Oliver Wright World War II Mystery #2) by M. A. Adler. I’m usually not any kind of historical fiction reader, but I liked the blurb. Read on for my thoughts!

Synopsis (from the author):

San Francisco, 1944. Sophia Nirenska, a Polish resistance fighter who survived the Warsaw ghetto uprising, finds safety in California until someone tries to kill her. She insists political enemies want to silence her, but homicide detective Oliver Wright, on medical leave from the Marines, believes the motive is more personal. He and his German shepherd, Harley, try to protect Sophia, but she insists on doing things her own way—a dangerous decision. 

Oliver guards Sophia as they travel from an Italian cafe in Richmond to communist chicken farmers in Petaluma where her impetuous actions put them both in mortal danger. 

When Oliver rescues a girl and her dog who are running for their lives, he discovers the dark secret at the heart of the threat to Sophia, a secret with its roots in Poland. When he does, he is forced to choose between enforcing the law as he knows it and jeopardizing Sophia or accepting a rougher kind of justice.

Shadowed by Death accurately portrays the fears and troubles of the communities of northern California as they bear the burdens of World War II and celebrate the gift of finding family among strangers.

What I liked:

World War II novels are sometimes difficult reads, especially when the story deals with horrific events like the Warsaw ghetto. M. A. Adler did an excellent job of working the events into the story and using it to explain Sophia’s motivations. Sophia and Oliver are great characters, but my favorites are Harley and Blue! I also appreciated the research work into the blind eye turned by the world to Russia’s atrocities.

What I didn’t like:

There wasn’t much to dislike about the book. If I had to pick something, there were a couple of slow spots. Other than that, no complaints from me!

Overall impression:

Shadowed by Death was an enjoyable read despite the background subject matter. Good characters, intriguing plot, plenty of twists and turns, and a satisfying conclusion kept me involved and interested. If you like historical mysteries, read this one!

My rating:

5 Stars

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Lethal Cargo (Nikolai Volkov Book 3) by Julia Gousseva – My Review!!

Lethal Cargo – My Review!!

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I’m not sure how Lethal Cargo: Russian Historical Thriller (Nikolai Volkov Book 3) by Julia Gousseva showed up in my Amazon recommendations. I love thrillers, but haven’t been reading many lately. Regardless, I checked it out and added it to the TBR List. Read on for my review!

Synopsis (from the author):

Nikolai Volkov is a combat veteran of the Chechen war with a passion for finding truth and doing the right thing.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Nikolai embarked on a career of a bodyguard and soon became the best in the prestigious Centurion Personal Protection Agency in Moscow. He excels at protecting his clients and preventing crimes. But this time, his case is personal. His brother calls Nikolai with an urgent plea for help, and Nikolai heads to a small town in Crimea.

The town is quiet and picturesque, but dark forces are at work behind the scenes. Murders, illegal smuggling, and suspicious arrests challenge Nikolai’s detective skills and put his life in danger.

What I liked:

Lethal Cargo had all the elements I like in a thriller. Sinister figures, shadowy conspiracy, action, intrigue, and really cool characters. Nikolai played the good guy perfectly, and the story, driven by his actions, moved along nicely. Entertaining plot twists and a satisfying end made it a fun read.

What I didn’t like:

To be honest, there wasn’t much to dislike about Lethal Cargo.

Overall impression:

Lethal Cargo: Russian Historical Thriller (Nikolai Volkov Book 3) by Julia Gousseva was a great read. The story moved at a nice pace. With realistic and believable characters and gritty action, the book was a quick read and an entertaining novel. If you like thrillers, try this one!

My rating:

5 Stars

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Foreign Agent by Brad Thor – My Review!!

Foreign Agent – My Review!

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Before I launch into my review of Brad Thor’s latest thriller, I wanted to talk about his book signing I attended in June 2016 in the Atlanta area. As a member of the Atlanta Writers Club, I received notice about the event, and made time to attend. Now,  I confess I’ve only been to one other book signing for a well-known author (my own don’t count yet, but I’m working on it), and the staff herded us through the signing like cattle. Because of my impression of that event, I try to spend a few minutes with whoever wants to buy a book or simply talk during my signings.

That was the most impressive thing about this event. Brad Thor started the event at 7:30 and spoke for about 30 minutes. A portion discussed the new book, but a larger part took questions from the audience. I was the 41st person in line for the signing and I stood there for about an hour before I got my turn. Mr. Thor took a few minutes to sign my book , talk to me, and have a photo taken, too.

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As an indie author, I probably won’t ever reach the audience Brad Thor has, but I learned a lot from this event. For that, thanks Brad Thor! Now on to my review!

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Brad Thor’s book signing in the Atlanta area. I bought a copy of his latest thriller, Foreign Agent, listened to his presentation, and got the book autographed! I read the book and here is my review.

Synopsis (from the author):

Terrorism in Europe has spun out of control. The United States has decided on a dramatic response. Now, the CIA needs a very special kind of operative.

Scot Harvath has exactly the skills the CIA is looking for. He’s a former U.S. Navy SEAL with extensive experience in espionage. Working for a private intelligence company, he will provide the CIA, and more important, the President, with absolute deniability.

But deep within the Russian Caucasus, Moscow also has its own special kind of operative. As a child, Sacha Baseyev endured an unimaginable horror. Today, he lives and breathes for only one reason—to kill. And he will kill as many Americans as it takes to accomplish his mission.

When a clandestine American operations team is ambushed near Syria, all signs point toward a dangerous informant in Brussels. But as Harvath searches for the man, he uncovers another actor—a rogue player hell-bent on forcing America’s hand and drawing it into a confrontation deadlier than anyone could have imagined.

As the attacks mount, and terror is brought to the very doorstep of the White House, Harvath finds himself in the race of his life. From Vienna, Brussels, and Berlin, to Malta, Jordan, and Syria—he will push himself beyond the edge in order to confront one of the greatest evils the world has ever known.

What I liked: As with the other Brad Thor novels I’ve read, Foreign Agent didn’t disappoint. The book starts with a bang and just keeps going full throttle. Scot Harvath is a familiar and amazing character, and Brad Thor skillfully blends real world headlines with his exploits. One of the best parts of this book is it can be read as a standalone or as the next installment of the series. Brad Thor frequently brings new characters into the fold, but still maintains the continuity of previous relationships. Foreign Agent is an excellent read, and one I highly recommend!

What I didn’t like: The only criticism I have of Foreign Agent is one little thing. I have a thing about the word “snuck.” I don’t mind it in the dialogue, but in the narrative, it’s like hitting a reading speed bump. I counted it twice in this book. Not enough to detract from the book, but a tiny irritant.

Overall impression: Foreign Agent by Brad Thor is a high-energy thriller. Filled with familiar characters doing what they do best, cool weaponry, and a story right out of today’s headlines, this book is a great read! I recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers, military action, and a good story!

My rating: 5 Stars

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