"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."
"Frick’s story offers many twists and turns, and his presentation of the complex relationship between the US, Israel and Iran is intriguing, but it comes too late in the book to give a firm context for the plot. Ultimately, readers will find the makings of a heart-pounding thriller here, but the story requires revision to reach its full potential."
"Nedelea’s descriptive skill is impressive (one character, for example, is “a short unremarkable blonde with a face like a seal’s.”) Her locales paint a perfect sense of place, with pinpoint specificity of sights, sounds and even smells. And her literary tour of medieval torture devices? Explicit—-and chilling."
"Old-time spy buffs will appreciate the tradecraft and attention to detail, while adventure enthusiasts will enjoy the unique perspective and setting for a WWII story."
"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."
"The plot is also disappointingly uneven; Jack's frequent war flashbacks aren’t very illuminating, while Diana's numerous internal monologues rarely advance the story. All these flaws threaten to derail Jack's arc of redemption, but like British heroes do, he manages to finish the book with a stiff upper lip."
"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."
"The unending cast of townies, low-lifes and grifters may be dizzying to readers jumping on this series train mid-stream, although fans of world-builders such as the late Robert B. Parker may be unfazed. "
"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."
"The charm of this comic thriller springs mostly from the frantic gymnastics of its hero, an old-family San Francisco aristocrat, as he conducts a quixotic search for a stolen French painting that may (or may not) prove his blood ties to Louis XVI of France...a polished, entertaining performance with vivid characters and clever plot twists."
"A fast-paced WWII historical novel that dramatically illustrates how war can transform ordinary citizens into heroes and villains alike. Ultimately, the novel explores human endurance in wartime, and well-crafted descriptions
"Komar uses workplace bullying as the catalyst for a fast-paced, surprising thriller. The choice to have head bully Arana Skudlarick narrate several chapters is one of the novel’s few missteps. Overall, Jobmobbers deftly combines a page-turning thriller with a provocative topic that should be discussed more openly."
"The central mystery of the novel feels more like a thinly veiled conspiracy theory regarding the death of England’s Princess Diana rather than a work of fiction. Once the mystery has wrapped up and the motivations behind the events have been explained rather than revealed, readers are left feeling like they’ve missed most of the adventure."
"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."
"Another madcap cat-and-louse caper as feline sleuth Inspector Paws sneaks aboard an Alaskan cruise. The fast pace and cat’s perspective make Inspector Paws and the Alaskan Ice Cap a lively romp. The novel delivers a quick read that will appeal to adults and older teens who simply can’t get enough cat mysteries.
"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."
"This intriguing novel is the story of a young English man who is so determined to detach from society. The author writes with keen intelligence and thoughtfulness, but the book’s lack of relevant details, such as how one stays off the grid for a lifetime while amassing a staggering fortune, leaves an excess of questions."
"The novel is aimed at the young adult market and the type of older supernatural romance readers who embraced the Twilight franchise (from which many ideas are borrowed). Lively language makes this an easy read, despite the length, and most story threads tie together satisfactorily — although some unanswered questions leave an uneasy feeling..."
"The book begins with an inherently compelling premise: the idea of shadowy organizations battling for the future of the world. But this exciting concept falters under poor and confusing pacing. The novel frequently jumps back and forth in time with no apparent purpose, continually forcing the reader to reorient."