"Larkin’s linear writing style, interesting premise, and satisfying conclusion will appeal to detail-oriented readers intrigued by a worst-case scenario threatening the nation. With buckled roads, collapsed buildings, injured people, and no way to reach others, this is an eye-opening cautionary tale."
"The appeal of the novel is that many of the characters are not who they appear to be. The book is peopled by informants, crooked cops and undercover cops, and by the end, part of the thrill is parsing out who is who. In clipped, noir-ish prose, Rill adds unexpected twists that deliver beyond the familiar cops-and-crooks scenario."
"In this engrossing, action-packed legal thriller set in the modern day, the teen daughter of young Texas lawyer Mickey Grant goes missing...This work of crime fiction is fine story-telling. Satisfying and entertaining, it is certain to be a crowd-pleaser among fans of the genre."
"West Texas Crude has a great deal going for it, and may entertain readers despite its flaws. A bit of polishing and a more fully developed solution to the mystery, however, would put it in the league of James Magnuson’s wryly powerful works of Southwest noir."
"This utterly compelling historical novel revolves around several characters whose lives have been irrevocably changed and, for the most part, damaged, by the WWII Japanese invasion of Singapore. This book will be enjoyed by a wide readership, particularly those who appreciate a fast-paced, realistic tale of war, survival and redemption."
"The Assassins’ Game has the bones of a good thriller, but isn’t yet polished enough to shine. With some recalibrating and editing, however, it could be a solid addition to the thriller genre."
"In this action-packed young adult novel, 15-year-old Will Conlan finds his own morality under fire. The book—the second in the series—is engaging overall, and Will is a likeable hero. Given its fast-paced plot, the book would be particularly well-suited for teens who like the action of video games brought to the printed page."
"Blind Thrust makes good use of Marquis’ background as a professional geologist, particularly in NEIC workers’ discussions of the quake and Joe’s investigation of a mysterious leak on Quantrill Ventures property...For suspense fans who enjoy science mixed with their thrills, Blind Thrust offers page-turning pleasures."
"The Slush Pile Brigade capitalizes on the fear every author feels when sliding that precious manuscript into an envelope and sending it off to publishers...Read it not for the rewards of carefully crafted intrigue, but for the enjoyable romp that it is."
"A gritty, true-crime approach to a fantastical tale about ancient monsters and supernatural peril. The gory and stark feel of the book may be a bit much for casual readers, but horror and crime fans will find a promising work packed with genuinely creepy moments in these pages."
"A suspenseful cat-and-mouse story that details what happens when a corpse washes up on a Northern California beach and local police struggle to keep up with the unfolding revelations of a secret NSA operation. The story’s characters are distinctive, and the dialogue is sharp. Missing punctuation could be caught with a careful copyedit."
"Leeching the Sirens is intelligently written and intense. Debauchery is as much a part of the artist’s drive as is his desire to perfect on canvas the beauty and form of the female figure. To that end, the author presents well-defined character portrayals and doesn’t rely on gratuitousness for the story’s suspense."
"The tome reads like three fantasy books in one: Each of three sections boasts its own well-crafted characters, distinct tone and unique perspective. She works to distinguish each story, using different tenses and perspectives, adjusting her narrative style to fit each epic chapter. An intriguing and well-crafted fantasy of epic proportions."
"The story features some intriguing aspects, including a deep dive into the real-life history of the Hope Diamond and a taut mission to steal the jewels back from Rivera. However, the novel is overly reliant on exposition, with numerous uninspired scenes where various members of the cast are just sitting around in a bar talking."
"This well-meant novella is fueled by Christian faith and deploys familiar tropes about hard work, perseverance and redemption...It’s a pity the author didn’t confine himself to the story of a teacher finding his way. The horror-tale theatrics he forces into these pages only confuse it."
"Despite an overly simplistic writing style and some poor grammar, the book has a promising start with many imaginative ideas introduced. Unfortunately, the rest of the book fails to live up to these expectations and becomes a standard and predictable good versus evil fantasy with archetypical characters."
"Tonally reminiscent of Madeleine L’Engle’s young reader classic A Wrinkle in Time, this enchanting, all-ages read follows two best friends as they spend an unforgettable summer vacation traveling through time..this magical adventure is sure to please readers who enjoy L’Engle’s style."
"Lo! Jacaranda is an ambitious novella with a large cast of characters and broad geographic reach that succeeds on the strength of the characters’ love and concern for one another. From the high seas to a new world, readers will enjoy the adventure set out for them here."
"The novel’s ambitious story is likely to appeal to fans of westerns and thrillers alike, but the novel’s dense structure and overreliance on exposition over storytelling will prove burdensome to readers who enjoy a swifter tale."
"A plethora of flashbacks and a knotty narrative structure make this circuitous thriller more complex than it needs to be. The main storyline can be exciting, and Butler describes aspects such as weapon handling and settings with some verve. However, the flashbacks are extremely interruptive."