Hunger Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #5) by @AlexSokoloff #Audiobook #Thriller #FridayReads

Author: Alexandra Sokoloff

Performed by R.C. Bray

Released: October 2017 by Brilliance Audio

Category: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Book Review, Audiobook, Books, Reading

Revenge has no limits.

Special Agent Matthew Roarke has abandoned his rogue search for serial killer Cara Lindstrom. He’s returned to the FBI to head a task force with one mission: to rid society of its worst predators. But as the skeletal symbols of Santa Muerte, “Lady Death,” mysteriously appear at universities nationwide, threatening death to rapists, Roarke’s team is pressured to investigate. When a frat boy goes missing in Santa Barbara, Roarke realizes a bloodbath is coming—desperate teenagers are about to mete out personal, cold-blooded justice.

Book five in the Huntress series sees Matthew Roarke returning to the FBI, despite his intention never to go back to the Bureau after he followed in the teenage Cara’s footsteps, her group home and high school, discovering what she endured, and in the process solved a sixteen year old cold case. This has given him something of a dilemma. His feelings towards Cara had changed.

Now Roarke is to head a task force specifically targeting the sexual abuse and trafficking of children. Working closely with Singh and Epps, they follow cyber trails into the darkest reaches of the internet and learn that someone is offering a bounty for the capture and delivery of Cara.

Meanwhile, after she jumped bail, Cara headed into Mexico where she is living in a small wooden house at the bottom of a canyon in Navajo territory where she patrols the rim of the canyon, her quest to eliminate the evil that is It undaunted. In the preceding books Cara was on the FBI wanted list because of her methods of seeking revenge against sexual predators. But now the general population of women are aware of Cara’s motives and have taken a stand.

The story has two main threads: the hunt for Cara and the disappearances of frat boys who are known rapists. Teenage girls cannot rely on the justice system, as Cara knows only too well, and take matters into their own hands, spurred on by the online organisation known as Bitch and Cara’s notoriety.

Like the Internet hactivist group Anonymous, the feminist organization Bitch was a philosophy more than an actual structure. “Affiliation” was probably a better word for it. It was an underground, off-the-grid operation that claimed to have no headquarters, no corporate location. There was no telling if there were forty members, or four hundred, or four thousand. Anyone who wanted to could use the name Bitch to claim credit for a certain kind of action. In Bitch’s case, that action was exposing sex criminals. 

Last month, when the pairs of pimps and johns started turning up dead on infamous prostitute strolls in the city, no one had used Bitch’s name to claim credit for those murders. But the crime scenes were linked by the shrines and offerings to Santa Muerte, and Bitch had adopted the symbols of the saint when they were staging protests against the incarceration of Cara Lindstrom. 

This is a series that really should be read in sequence, in order to form your own opinions with all the relevant background and details. It’s obvious Cara is a killer and, although her underlying rage is understandable from the female perspective, her actions are controversial at the very least, yet the question remains, is she inherently evil? A blend of fact and fiction slams the impact home. The story covers many dark aspects, including more than one type of abuse and corruption, with a combination of mysticism and supernatural adding to the overall reading experience.

The reviews seem to be split down the middle, most negative ones centre around the opinion that this book is being used as a political platform, the positive from people who enjoy the series for what it is. For me, everything in this book fits in with the continuing story and is applicable in the present climate. I’m not going to comment on the choice of the American people, I’m just reviewing the book. Nevertheless, the attitude coming to the fore of a seemingly growing number of individuals and the resulting violence towards women and girls without much hope of redress, although not a new phenomenon, surely needs to be confronted and dealt with.

A challenging read given the subject matter, but extremely well written with much food for thought. Still one of my favourite series, with a great narration by R.C. Bray.

Taken from the author’s Afterword:

‘My plea from previous books remains the same. I have not in any way exaggerated the horrific and unacceptable national rape kit backlog, the bureaucratic failure of the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, the criminal mishandling of rape complaints on college (and high school) campuses, and the inadequacy of resources to prosecute traffickers of children and teens.’

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

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ALEXANDRA SOKOLOFF is the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill Award-nominated author of the Amazon bestselling Huntress/FBI series (HUNTRESS MOON, BLOOD MOON, COLD MOON, BITTER MOON, HUNGER MOON – now in active development as a TV series), and the supernatural HAUNTED thrillers (THE HARROWING, THE PRICE, THE UNSEEN, BOOK OF SHADOWS, THE SHIFTERS, THE SPACE BETWEEN). The New York Times Book Review called her a “daughter of Mary Shelley,” and her books “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.”

As a screenwriter she has sold original horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios. She has also written three non-fiction workbooks: SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS, STEALING HOLLYWOOD, and WRITING LOVE, based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog (www.ScreenwritingTricks.com), and has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA West and the Board of the Mystery Writers of America.

Alex is a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she majored in theater and minored in everything Berkeley has a reputation for. In her spare time (!) she performs with The Slice Girls and Heather Graham’s all-author Slush Pile Players, and dances like a fiend. She is also very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. But not an addict. Seriously, it’s under control.

Author links ~  Twitter | Goodreads | Website | Facebook 

#ThrowbackThursday ~ Losing It All by Marsha Cornelius #Drama @marshacornelius

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

Losing It All was published in 2013 and was a five star read for me. Set in the 1980s, it’s gritty and realistic with great characters. I didn’t know what to expect when I began but was soon immersed in the story.

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Spotlight on The Burgas Affair by Ellis Shuman #Extract @ellisshuman

She’s an Israeli data analyst. He’s a headstrong Bulgarian detective. Together they must track down those responsible for a horrific bombing.

In the wake of a deadly terrorist attack at Burgas Airport in Bulgaria, Israeli and Bulgarian intelligence agencies launch a joint investigation. Detective Boyko Stanchev on the police task force teams up with Ayala Navon, a young Israeli intelligence analyst on her first overseas assignment. The two must establish whether the terrorists were assisted by a Bulgarian crime organization in laying the groundwork for the attack. It should be a routine investigation, but shadows of the past keep interfering. Boyko’s interactions with a crime boss pursuing a vendetta against him threaten to throw him off track. Ayala’s pursuit of the terrorists and their accomplices brings up painful memories of a family tragedy. Boyko and Ayala form a shaky alliance, one that evolves into growing cooperation and affection as they desperately race against time to uncover who was behind the Burgas bombing.

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#Book Trailer Reveal ~ Follow the Snowflakes by Angelina Kerner @shanannigans81

Animated Follow the Snowflakes.gifFollow the Snowflakes: A Christmas Novella

Publication Date: December 15, 2017

Genre: Chick-lit, contemporary romance

Synopsis:

At 28, it’s bad to be single. After four years of relationship struggles, Cat is ready to try anything.

That’s when her friend tells her about her class’ Dear Santa letters. One little boy asked for a new mommy, and she suggests Cat meets the kid’s dad, just to see where things go. Cat figures it can’t hurt…until she meets a stranger in the midst of a car accident. The man is handsome with a sad look in his eyes. He still wears a wedding band and she’s not sure his heart’s available, even if he makes her heart race. But, maybe he’s a widower? Cat wonders if she should resign herself to being an old maid, or whether she could possibly be the answer to a little boy’s Christmas wish, unless there’s a third option – a future with the stranger. Continue reading

Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage by @LinnBHalton #BookReview @BrookCottageBks #Extract #Giveaway #TuesdayBookBlog

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage, a contemporary holiday romance by Linn B Halton. Published by Harper Impulse and released on November 3rd 2017.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

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The countdown to Christmas is usually a magical time, but Elena James is fed up with living on a building site! The renovations on her beautiful cottage – like her heart – have been frozen in limbo ever since she was unexpectedly widowed.  Elana calls in a professional, Luke Stevenson, to help finish the cottage, so her little girl can send letters to Santa up the newly-repaired chimney. Luke’s kind, capable and sexy – but he’s also ten years younger than Elana. So why has her heart decided it’s finally time for a thaw?

The perfect read to curl up by the fire with … for fans of Rebecca Boxall.

Elana James and her young daughter, Maya, are approaching their second Christmas without Niall, Elana’s husband and Maya’s father, who was killed in a tragic road traffic accident. Bay Tree Cottage is a work in progress, which isn’t actually progressing much at the moment as Elana was left mortgage free but without the funds to tackle all the renovation work needed. And more bad news comes from her good friend and next door neighbour, Eve. Both their chimneys needs urgent repointing which means Elana is unable to light the fire in her cottage and Maya is desperate to send her wishes up to Santa, via the chimney, as they always do.

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Blog Tour ~ Answers From Heaven by Theresa Cheung & Claire Broad #Excerpt #GuestPost @gilbster1000

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Answers From Heaven

 Answers from Heaven will be an authoritative, modern up to date classic book about afterlife communication.

Through true life stories of ordinary people who have had paranormal experiences, bestselling author Theresa Cheung and medium Claire Broad will show the various different ways that heaven is trying to answer our prayers, offer us comfort and provide proof of survival.

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In Honour of #Remembrance Day ~ Poppies at The Tower

In honour of Remembrance, or Veteran’s, Day I thought I’d repost the photos from my visit to the Tower of London marking the centenary year of Britain’s involvement in WWI. This incredible and moving display paid tribute to British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in the war. Ceramic poppies were ‘planted’ encircling the Tower of London, each poppy representing a fallen soldier. It was a spectacular and very poignant sight which grew and grew over the weeks, until there was hardly any green to be seen.

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Ryan Kaine: On The Rocks (Book 2) by @KerryJDonovan #BookReview for #RBRT #FridayReads

  • Author: Kerry J Donovan
  • Published: September 2017 by Human Vertex Publications
  • Category: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Book Review, Books, Reading

Fresh from finding evidence that might clear him of terrorism charges and still carrying the scars of battle, Ryan Kaine heads to Scotland to help find missing schoolboy, Martin Princeton. 

Facing arrest for shooting down civilian aircraft, Flight BE1555, and killing the 83 people aboard, Kaine is desperate to help find the boy. Why? Martin’s brother was on that plane and Kaine has vowed to protect the families of the victims–The 83. 

Following on from book one – Ryan Kaine: On the Run – Ryan is making a mad dash up to Scotland to help in the search for sixteen year old Martin Princeton, whose brother was a passenger on the doomed civilian aircraft. The events that transpired in the first book continue to take a heavy toll on Ryan, the guilt he feels is overwhelming at times which is why he’s determined to do all he can to see Martin safe and back with his parents. Martin has gone missing during a school camping trip in the Scottish Highlands and is in a desperate life and death situation.

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