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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Six Pack of Murder by Jean Lauzier




Murder happens –


And no matter the reason, there’s always a crime to be solved and a bad guy that needs to be caught. Within the pages of Six Pack of Murder, you’ll find good guys and bad along with those who strive to balance the scales of justice. Just beware; sometimes things aren’t as they appear.

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*****

Since I wrote this, I naturally like it. Hope you do too. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Chimera by David Ciambrone



Someone broke into the high-level security section of US ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES at Fort Detrick, Maryland and steals vials of weaponized smallpox. Later he dies at the Washington, DC train station after a clandestine hand off to another person.


Jack Turner, Ph.D., is a chemist and the Coroner of San Sebastian County California.  He is also a reserve officer (Lt. Colonel) in the Army Medical Service Corp and has a background in chemical and biological warfare from working for defense contractors and a stint at USAMRIID (US ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES).  One of his Medical Examiners hits the HOT ZONE lock down button while performing an autopsy.  Jack is called to the morgue. The body the M.E. was examining died of smallpox. Not regular smallpox, but an unusual and highly reactive strain of the disease. Jack examines and realizes it is a man made chimera.  The smallpox released from the inside the cells of an E-coli bacteria as the cells were killed by antibiotics and the dead man’s immune system. Who made it? Where did it come from? E-coli is common. But, smallpox was eradicated decades ago. He knows there are still strains of smallpox in labs in Russia and in the US. Jack notifies the state and the CDC. He is notified by the federal government to keep it quiet.  Dr. Jack Turner receives orders from the U.S. Army Adjutant General activating his reserve commission and authorizes him to act as a law enforcement special agent of the army. Jack and a health department officer, Nancy Cartwright must-find the source of the Chimeras and smallpox, find the perpetrators and stop anyone from using it as a terrorist weapon and causing a pandemic. He and Nancy must stop an attack worse than an atom bomb.


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*****

Generally, I don't care for military type books but I really enjoyed this one. Of course, I tend to like all of David's books.  You can check out his others here.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Trailer Trash & Oil Field Brat by Andi Stracener



Trailer Trash and Oil Field Brat is about how I grew up in the turbulent years following World War Two. Jobs were scarce and the job market was flooded with young men returning from the war. My father chose to work in the oil fields even though it meant leaving home and living in trailers or the occasional apartment.

I have tried to be as factual as possible in the telling of my life. It was easy to bring out the funny and interesting things that just naturally happens to boys as they grow up. Before the book was started I had my doubts if I could think of enough things to write about. As it progressed, at one point I told my wife that people wouldn’t believe all the things that did take place.

Trailers are interwoven throughout the book. There is literally no way to estimate how many miles my wife and I have traveled in RVs of some kind since we were married. The Alaska trip alone covered over 13,000 miles. We don’t regret a single penny that we spent in this endeavor. It is like the book says; once trailer trash, always trailer trash.


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*****

 Love'd this. Very interesting and cool to see how life was back then.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Unknown Magic by Evelyn M. Byrne



Discovering she is a Tuatha Dé Danann and that, on her twenty-fifth birthday, she will be able to wield magical powers she never knew she possessed, turns Megan’s life upside down. As if that was not enough, an arrogant, drop-dead gorgeous man tells her she is his mate.

Seamus escaped his mysterious captors seventeen years earlier, taking a little girl with him and returning her to her home. Running for his life since then and needing a respite, he returns to the one location he considers his safe haven. Once there, he spots Megan across the lake and realizes she is the same young child he rescued. Only now, she is stunning enough to make him forget, almost, just how treacherous his life is.


Megan soon realizes fighting her attraction for Seamus, is a losing battle.  But when the people hunting Seamus track them down, Megan and Seamus are faced with a much more immediate and deadly threat—a battle for the lives of all the Tuatha Dé Danann. Can they overcome their pursuers and win?

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*****

This is a great paranormal romance series. Love the characters and story.  Here's two more of the series.

During the rescue mission to save his niece Megan, Patrick discovers and brings to safety a petite black wolf. Despite his growing attachment to the wolf, Patrick soon realizes something is very off.


Drugged and tortured, for over a year, Brenna lacks the power to transform back into human form.
She must now face the fact that she killed her own family. When she figures out Patrick is her mate, she knows she will likely to do the same to him. Unable to run or transform she tries to fight the inevitable.

When Megan examines Brenna, she discovers that Mallaidh is now using the black arts and has imbedded a malevolent presence in Brenna’s brain. Megan and Seamus rush to discover a way to break the spell and save Patrick from sure death. In the process, Mallaidh turns her evil magic toward them. Have Megan’s powers grown strong enough to thwart Mallaidh or are they all doomed?
                       

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After realizing he has been drugged, Colin O'Kelly transports from his enemy, only does not make it home. Instead, he falls into Kate Sweeny's backyard. When he awakens, he has none of his powers, but worse he does not even know who he is.


Kate has been hiding for twenty-five years and now she has a stranger drop into her protected haven. Can she overcome the fear she carries for her own people, the Tuatha Dé Danannor will she run once she finds out who Colin really is. 

Frantic to find Colin before Mallaidh, Seamus and Megan try to trace him from his last known appointment. Unfortunately, Mallaidh tires of looking and decides she will either flush him out or drown him by sending two hurricanes on a collision course for the Florida Keys. Can Megan and Seamus stop them before they hit or will they not only wipe out Colin and Kate, but most of Florida as well?

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Defiance on Indian Creek by Phyllis Still



Thirteen-year-old Mary Shirley wants a normal life with friends her age and someday, suitors. But Papa intends to remove the family to Kentucky territory, and she believes he’s a loyalist spy, endangering the family.

Internal struggles lead to lost trust and acts of defiance until Mary is faced with a dangerous decision: loyalty to Papa or loyalty to a cause. Lives are at stake no matter what choice she makes—one, puts hers at risk.

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*****

Another one I really enjoyed reading. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Revenge of the Awful Pawful by Audrey K. Miller


Glitter Pug has been kidnapped, and Polly is the only one who can save her.

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*****

This is an amazing little book.  Written and illustrated by young author, Audrey K. Martin. Not only will kids love it, but dog lovers too. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Adventures of Sam Maverick by Lynn M. Fichtner



This biography of the legendary Texas pioneer Sam Maverick recounts the incredible stories that shaped his life, a life that is entwined with some of the most pivotal moments in the early history of Texas. Sam Maverick participated in hand-to-hand combat at the Battle of Bexar in San Antonio, signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, fought with Comanche Indians, and survived a forced 900-mile march through the desert to the Perote Prison in Mexico, to name just a few of the many heroic adventures that are retold in this exciting biography. Included are dramatic illustrations, a Texas map, a Maverick family tree, and vocabulary with definitions at the end of every chapter

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*****
 Very cool book. Really nice bio of a Texas legend.