Serenity Possessed A Alexander Shelby Thriller by Craig A. Hart & S. J. Varengo

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Shelby Alexander is back. The former boxer/ fixer is always in demand. Shelby lives In a small town, Serenity. Shelby wants a quiet little town to get away from everything. Since the last book, some things have changed, but Shelby is the same guy he’s always been.

Every town has a story. Serenity is no different. A movie company is making a film in Serenity. The producer needs Shelby to protect his set. Weird things are happening. Shelby is not a superstitious guy. He has a bad feeling about the house which the film is about. Being a very reasonable man, Shelby can’t explain to his long-time friend and business partner, Mac, precisely what’s wrong or why it’s wrong.

This is a quick read. Serenity Possessed is my favorite Shelby Alexander book out of the eight in the series. I may say this after each one. The books do keep getting better. I hope there is a sequel to this exact one. Serenity Possessed is a cliffhanger. I’ll be impatiently waiting for the next Shelby Alexander and hope it picks up where this left off

Old Bones by Preston & Child (Cory Swanson # 1)

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Special Agent Cory Swanson is fresh out of the FBI academy. Cory Swanson’s character comes from the Agent Pendergast series. Cory is on the bottom rung in her FBI office, which is the way all new agents begin.

Books Preston and Child write are among my favorites. Cory Swanson is a developing character. Cory is proving herself to the other characters and reader at the same time. Cory’s first field case is about old bones. Grave robberies and stolen artifacts surrounded by people going missing or possibly murdered.

I love this book as much as the Agent Pendergast

books. The second one, The Scorpions Tail, has been published. Cory Swanson owns this series. Pendergast may or may not make an appearance in a small role. Cory Swanson now has her series that is independent of any oth

Wayward Galaxy by Jason Anspach & J.N.Chaney. Audible by R.C. Bray

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I miss this story. From the beginning, Wayward Galaxy had me hooked. The AI’s in this book are great characters. Alexa and Brody complement each other. I love Brody with that booming personality. All the characters are well defined. The confusion over pretty much everything is an exciting element. I hope to continue with the characters. I’m addicted. I’m hoping I will find book 2 when I search.

was published in 2020. Army Rangers are on an interstellar colony ship to escape earth as WWIII is going on. Eventually, other ships will follow to live on this new planet. The Army Rangers have many unexpected events to deal with, beginning with landing on a faraway planet.

I miss this story. From the beginning, Wayward Galaxy had me hooked. The AI’s in this book are great characters. Alexa and Brody complement each other. I love Brody with that booming personality. All the characters are well defined. The confusion over pretty much everything is an exciting element. I hope to continue with these characters in sequels. I don’t believe there are any available yet. I have my crossed. I’m addicted.

The Eyes Of Darkness by Dean Koontz

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I read this book in 2014. I reread it in 2021. I didn’t remember any of this book. Now I will never forget it. The title has changed to Coronavirus, The Eyes Of Darkness Dean Koontz Prophecy on March 14, 2020. I didn’t know about this title change. I read the original The Eyes of Darkness published in 1996.

This book is freaky scary. A mom’s son dies in a bus accident going on a camping trip. That bus of kids died but not because of a bus accident. We lived through this. February of 2020 is in this book. One boy did not die. That boy is how his mom finds out everything.

The expression stranger than fiction is valid here. I couldn’t help wondering how Dean Koontz got so many details correct. The plot itself is a fictional story. The Wuhan virus details are spot on.

I am so taken aback that I couldn’t figure out how to review this book. I gave it five stars in 2014. Reading Eyes of Darkness in 2021 gets five stars!! for the omg stunning factor.

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

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Never have I ever is a truth or dare game played in a group. The author of Never Have I Ever takes this game to new levels. Never Have I Ever starts in a quiet suburban neighborhood where everyone is set in their ways. Amy Whey is a happily married stepmom of a teenager living in this neighborhood. Her best friend is Charlotte, who is also a happily married mom who lives by Amy’s house.

The women on the block have a book club organizer by Charlotte. Amy is hosting a book club at her home. A new neighbor shows up on this night uninvited. She goes by the name Roux. Roux manages to derail the book club by taking center stage. Roux is a very pushy person. By the end of the night, some neighbors are very drunk, others very put off by her intrusion.

Roux and her teenage son are renting a house in this neighborhood for a reason no one is aware of. Roux is a mystery. She shows her true colors quickly. Roux has developed a skill few have. She specializes in finding out and exploiting secrets.

I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. There are unpredictable twists and turns. Roux is a well-written character. Every time I thought I had Roux and the plot figured out, another layer of depravity added. Never Have I Ever is a book with an unfathomable ending.

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

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The Flight Attendant tells the story of a 50 something international flight attendant who is still a party girl. A circle of friends watches out for her and takes care of her, making sure she always returns home safe. Her required rest time between flights is everything but restful when she wakes up in a Dubai hotel room next to a dead guy with no memory changes everything.

ThdcFlight Attendant gives nothing away. The reader is just as lost and confused as Cassandra Bowden, the main character. The Flight Attendant revolves around Cassandra as she shares her story with the reader. The author writes this novel as if the reader walks in the character’s shoes. It’s scary and threatening to be so alone and confused.

Cassandra just wants this to go away and does what she can to cover her tracks. This is only the beginning of the nightmare. Cassandra is a severe alcoholic, which does not help matters. That aspect of her life alone causes blackouts. As the novel evolves, the reader meets other characters. Some you never completely understand. The bottom line is never to leave any loose ends. Cassandra is a loose end.

The Flight Attendant is a suspenseful page-turner. The plot is original and unpredictable. When I finished Flight Attendant, I felt like I lost a good friend. I envy those starting from page one. What a journey this book is.

Sons Of War Book 1 by Nicholas Sansbury Smith Narrared by Ray Porter

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Things are bad in America. Riots. Huge crowds are fighting for food. Nukes are going off. We have 15 states left. The military and law enforcement are comprised. It’s a horrible time in America.

Too close for comfort in our current environment.

Action-packed. Great characters which were are well defined—fast-moving. Multiple characters tell their part of this nightmare. Some are benefiting nicely.

I am looking forward to the second one.

River Runs Backwards. Detective Winston Mystery Radhauser #9. By Susan Clayton-Goldberg

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Detective Radhauser gets a call from his aunt saying his uncle is dying. Radhauder’s parents died when he was very young. This aunt and uncle took him in and raised him as their only child. Radhauser’s Uncle wants to die with a clean conscience. Time is not on his uncles side unfortunately. Radhauser returns to the house he called home as far back as he can remember.

Radhauser finds out surprising things about his history that bring out the worst in the detective with good reason. Back in the house where he grew up in his aunt spends the book honoring her dead husband’s wishes. She works continually at making things right again with Wind. Not an easy feat. He is going back 40 plus years to find out how about his childhood and how he wound up living with his Aunt and Uncle. Uncovering lies and the truth is a dangerous, upsetting, and painful endeavor.

This book is all about Radhauser. What makes Radhauser the man he surfaces. Wind entire life is in a Detective Tadhauser gets a call from his aunt saying his uncle is dying. Radhauder’s parents died when he was very young. This aunt and uncle took him in and raised him as their only child. Radhauser’s Uncle wants to die with a clean conscience.

Radhauser finds out surprising things about his history that bring out the worst in the detective with good reason. Back in the house where he grew up in—his aunt and uncle. Uncle Roger wants to come clean to Wind on his death bed. But time is not on Roger’s side. His aunt spends the book honoring her dead husband’s wishes, and she works continually at making things right again with Wind. Not an easy feat. He is going back 40 plus years to find out how detective Radhauser, also known as Wind. Uncovering lies and the truth is a dangerous, upsetting, and painful endeavor of anger and sorrow. I learned the kind of man Detective Winston Radhauser is. I can not wait for book 10!

Dark River by Avery Jenkins

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Asa Cire took a bus to a small New England town, Nemaseck, seven years ago. This is

Asa’s story. Asa buys and sells expensive and hard to find antiques of all kinds. For some reason, an old business associate has found him.

Asa starts asking questions about an unsolved murder that happened 20 years ago. He has decided he must solve the murder of a 14-year-old girl. Since Asa inserted himself into this dead girl’s murder and accepted some work from that old business associate, it seems Asa has a target on his back. He just wanted a quiet, under the radar life.

Asa realizes he has no idea what he did with his life before coming to Nemaseck; he is slowly discovering this and trying to figure things out. Asa has people trying to kill and is stunned about the ease he handles these dire situations.

I miss reading Dark River. I enjoyed it. The story is well written. The characters are a part of the mystery. The foundation of the book flows from page one. Rarely does a story grow with so many factors, and before you know it, the story has taken you on a journey you didn’t even know exists.

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Other Fires A Novel by Lenore H. Gay

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Other Fires is a character-driven story. Each character has their chapters. This format gives the reader that character’s perspective. Instead of reading a book, the characters tell the story. Each character is well defined.

Terpe is a third-grade girl. The older of two children in this family. The other child is a baby girl. Terpe and her mother Joss are the main characters. This book tells their story through the eyes of a kid and the eyes of a woman. Joss grows through introspective thinking while Terpe sees life as more black and white. Right and wrong.

Phil is the father/husband. At the beginning of Other Fires, this family of four’s house goes up in flames in the middle of the night. Phil sustains severe head and brain injuries landing him in the hospital and rehab for the duration of the story. When Phil is ready to see people, he swears Joss is not his wife. She’s an imposter. He remembers everyone else. This medical condition following an injury to the brain does exist. The choices Phil has made since Joss and he had the second baby girl very questionable, to say the least.

Other Fires is about how this family gets through this crisis. Adam is an electrician hired to work on the burned up part of the house. Adam is quite a character himself. He’s a bachelor living alone.

The thing about this book is how well the characters are written. You meet them for the first time when their first chapter appears. It’s natural to form an opinion as each character develops. All the characters are very complex.

Each character comes to life on their own and as seen through the other characters. Terpe tells about her friends. Joss, her mom, has a surprisingly different take on these friends. Adam, on his own, comes off as slow. Surprisingly, he is a different person when he meets Joss. It seems every chapter has something surprising in it.

I found this book stunning. The saying don’t judge a book by its cover is the only way to describe this book. A love story. A tragedy. Very unpredictable and suspenseful.