- Author: Joe Broadmeadow
- Published: July 2015 by JEBWizard Publishing
- Category: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Lieutenant Josh Williams is back in this latest thriller from Joe Broadmeadow, Silenced Justice.
When his former boss, retired Lieutenant Chris Hamlin, asks him to reopen an old case, Josh uncovers the shocking truth behind an innocent man’s death in prison. In 1972 Darnell Grey, accused of a series of rapes and a homicide, was beaten to death in the prison while awaiting trial.
I haven’t read the first in the series and there were one or two moments when I was left wondering about certain aspects of the back story. It didn’t really detract from my enjoyment of this book although it took a little while to get my head round all the characters. Once I was into the story, though, it held my attention completely as the pace accelerated and the drama and suspense built. Continue reading
- Author: Stuart Handley
- Published: March 2014 by Stuart Handley
- Category: Crime/Thriller/Suspense
Every now and again someone dares to challenge greed and corruption. When evil comes up against a raw boned soldier of justice – all hell breaks loose.
Follow Matt Lilburn as he locks forces with a corrupt United States governor and his perverted son as they try to sell the code for a machine that makes the invention of computers seem trivial.
By the time you finish reading the book, you will know why they call this invention — God technology.
I was given a copy of the book by the author as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.
Nanotechnology and, more specifically, Productive Replicator development has just been completed and due to exploitation and abuse of power is about to go on sale to the highest bidder. If this extremely crucial scientific discovery falls into the wrong hands it could cause untold devastation.
Matt Lilburn, ex special forces who now works for Homeland Security, and his brother Duncan, a scientist central to the development of the technology, are thrust into life and death situations. It’s a race to stop the individuals who will stop at nothing to gain the code for their own unscrupulous ends. It’s down to Matt and his team to put a halt to the corruption and greed before everything he holds dear is destroyed.
Wasting no time he drew his weapon, cocked it, then taking a low stance bowled the door open with his shoulder and entered the darkened room at an angle. Two hands gripped the pistol as he rolled to the side avoiding silhouetting himself at the door….Adrenalin sharpened his senses. He slowed his breathing, listening for any movement, anything that might give away a person’s location in the room.
This is actually a very scarily plausible premise and begs the question how far should research and development go before it becomes a tool for immeasurable good or conversely a hazard to humanity, dependent on who has overall control. A question applicable to many more issues, I know.
I like the flashbacks to Matt and Duncan’s boyhood, giving more insight into the two characters and when their old adversary from schooldays makes it personal and seeks revenge Matt and his girlfriend, Maria, are in the firing line.
I found this to be an extremely good novel, intense and dynamic, descriptively written with well-defined characters. The plot races along and held my attention completely. I look forward to reading more of Stuart Handley’s work.
About the author
Stuart Handley was born near the shores of Lake Taupo in New Zealand, one of the largest fresh water lakes in the southern hemisphere. The outdoors was a great calling for a young man seeking adventure where hunting and fishing were a way of life. After serving a few years in the army both within his home country and overseas, Stuart, spent the next decade being a man of the land. With practical skills such as livestock production, mustering, fencing, horse breaking and shoeing he went on to complete a full time university degree as an adult. Life’s education wasn’t yet complete, a couple of years in Australia included working hauling furniture where the work was heavy and sweat ran freely. Memorable events in Stuart’s career include the comradeship of fellow soldiers who still form part of his life, working as a horseman for the famous DB Clydesdale horse team and being an inspector with the R.S.P.C.A. Stuart draws upon worldly experiences and takes you to another world – the world where anything goes.
- Author: Karen Robards
- Performed by Cassandra Campbell/MacLeod Andrews
- Released: December 2013 by Brilliance Audio
- Category: Romantic Suspense
Caroline Wallace is one of New Orleans Police Department’s top hostage negotiators, and she’s never failed to get every hostage out alive. But this time, it’s different: the hostages include her father – the superintendent of police – and the mayor. And this time, she’s trying to negotiate with Reed Ware, a former co-worker who left the force in disgrace, and who is considered to be volatile and extremely dangerous.
As police snipers arrive on the scene, Caroline has only a few moments left to persuade the hot-headed, reckless (and extremely handsome) Reed to turn himself in before anyone gets hurt. But when the SWAT team runs out of patience and launches an attack, Reed manages to escape – taking Caroline hostage in the chaos. He then tells her he’s uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the police department and city government, and those involved will stop at nothing to keep him from exposing what he knows . . . including murder.
Now Caroline must question everything she thought she knew about her job and her city and join Reed on the run . . . putting both her life – and her heart – in jeopardy.
The story concept was an interesting one and promised suspense and action, or so I thought. NOPD detective Reed Ware finds out about corruption and murder in the police force and the next thing we know he’s holding the city’s main players to ransom. The hostage negotiator, Caroline, gets taken hostage herself. What happened to make Reed flip? Caroline had a teenage crush on Reed and can’t understand why he’s turned into someone who, she believes, will blow up a roomful of people if his demands aren’t met. She needs to find out what’s going on and as the plot unfolds Caroline begins to believe Reed is innocent and all is not as it should be in the NOPD.
The start of the story was exciting as was the end and the police corruption/murder scenario could have been a good one but the majority of the book was taken up with the steamy romance between Reed and Caroline and had hardly any storyline. Had I realised I wouldn’t have chosen this title.
There were far too many long and repetitive scenes describing how their bodies looked, felt and reacted to each other. Total overkill. So much ‘pulse racing’ and ‘heart pounding’ and ‘going up in flames’ from Caroline’s perspective I was quite surprised she actually survived to end of the book. No matter what the danger all Caroline and Reed seem able to think about is sex. Leaving to rescue the two boys he has time to give her flowers before they set off and they have a moment or several before they get back to the problem at hand.
Under the circumstances it was a sad state of affairs when just looking at her made him hot
I’m not a huge fan of dual narrations, although some do work, but not with each narrator just reading chapters and not the male/female parts. Since this was written in the third person, I think it would have been better with one narrator. Having said that, MacLeod Andrews’ New Orleans accent seemed spot on to me, as were his characterisations, especially that of Reed. The emotional inflection was strong and left me in no doubt of each characters feelings. I wasn’t fond of Cassandra Campbell’s Reed, she gave him a mocking quality which didn’t seem right. Her other characterisations were good though.