The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer

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Beecher White works at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. But he is also a member of the Culper Ring, a 200-year old secret society founded by George Washington and charged with protecting the Presidency. Now a buried arm is found at the White House by  the President’s wife and it seems that President Wallace, never a friend of the Culper Ring or Beecher need help find out who the arm belongs to and who put it there?

Beecher and President Orson Wallace isn’t on any good terms since Beecher knows of an incident in Wallace past that could destroy Wallace presidency so them “working” together isn’t something that runs smoothly. But Beecher is after information of what happened to his father that died almost 30 years ago and now it seems that the man behind placing the arm could be the one that has the knowledge. But it seems that the Knight of the Golden Circle, a group that supposedly John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald had belong to is after Beecher and the Culper Ring.

This is the first book I have read by Brad Meltzer and since this is the third book in the Culper Ring series is there a lot of history between the characters, but I never had any problems getting into the story or anything. The book is written in a way that makes it easy to read, just like I did, the third book in the series without having to read the previous books and I liked it so much that I want to read the previous two books in the series.

I love reading books with secret societies and this one I liked very much. I was a bit surprised at the ending and also a bit saddened because of my favorite characters didn’t survive, but it also showed the true color of a very powerful man.

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Dying Light by Stuart MacBride

Dying Light  - Stuart MacBride

WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS!

Detective Sergeant Logan McRae has has been reassigned to D.I. Steels “screw-up Squad” after a sting operation gone wrong and a police officer got hurt badly. Now he must prove that he isn’t a screw-up so that he can go back to work with his old group instead of D.I. Steels. But in Aberdeen crime never sleeps and soon he is working on different cases; arson, prostitutes getting murdered and a dead dog in a suitcase.

I found this book not as intense as the first one in the series, it was good, no doubt about it and I loved that Logan now had to work with Steel, but the cases just really never got that interesting. I mean when I was writing about what happened in the book, about the murder of the prostitutes did I have to think for a moment to remember who the killer was. And, I had some problems with the main suspect of the suitcase murders, the person in question that the police arrest just didn’t seem to be capable of planning a killing so it just felt natural when Logan got the right killer towards the end.

But I still enjoyed the book. It’s well written, and the most interesting part of the book was, the one part that I felt most anxious about was Colin Millers abduction and the wait to know what happened to him. And yes I blamed Logan for that. He should have known that he put Miller in danger. Also, Steel is such a great character, sure she can be a bit brash sometimes, well always, but it’s really refreshing to have someone being so vulgar sometimes.

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Mercy House blog tour + giveaway

Mercy House - Adam Cesare

About Mercy House

On Sale: June 09, 2015
Pages: 280
Published by: Hydra

Welcome to Mercy House, a state-of-the-art retirement home that appears perfectly crisp, clean, and orderly . . . but nothing could be farther from the truth. In Adam Cesare’s thrilling novel, the residents will find little mercy—only a shocking eruption of unfathomable horror.

Harriet Laurel notices the odor at Mercy House as soon as she sets foot inside, brought there against her will by her son, Don, and his wife, Nikki. In the early stages of dementia, Harriet has grown resentful of Nikki, blaming her daughter-in-law for failing to supply grandchildren. Yet even Harriet must admit that her mind becomes clearer as soon as she crosses the threshold. If it wasn’t for that annoying smell.

Arnold Piper is an eighty-five-year-old ex-Marine, a proud man who has cared for himself his whole life. But no longer. Betrayed by his aging body, Arnold is learning that the trials he survived long ago in war-torn Korea pale beside the daily indignities of growing old. Little does he know that his greatest nightmares are still ahead of him.

Sarah Campbell is an idealistic nurse whose compassion has been stretched to the breaking point at the chronically understaffed facility that is Mercy House. But now Sarah’s list of unpleasant duties is about to take a terrifying turn. For something wicked is brewing in Mercy House. Something dark and rotten . . . and deadly.

Praise for Adam Cesare

 
“Of all the new writers busting out on the scene—and there are some great ones, without a doubt—Cesare’s the young guy with the greatest encyclopedic gorehound know-how, blistering cinematic pace, unquenchable love of both fiction and film, and hell-bent will to entertain. . . . [He] does just about everything right.”—John Skipp, Fangoria

Review:

Don and his wife Nikki has decided it’s time for Don’s mother to go to the retirement home Mercury House. Harriet, Don’s mother is feeling resentment towards Nikki, blaming her for failing to provide her with grandchildren. She is also in the early stages of dementia so a retirement home should be the best for her. They couldn’t be more wrong…

Something is really wrong at Mercy House and soon Don, Nikki and the staff at the retirement home has to fight for their lives…

This isn’t a book for people that can’t take blood and gore. Quite early in the book everything goes to hell and the violence (and the orgies) is quite graphic. Personally I had no really problem with it, well the orgies was a bit nasty, old people, well old people that are “healed” and participating in wild sex games was not that fun, especially when they couldn’t perform anymore and was discarded.

But the thing that bothered me with the story was that there wasn’t an explanation to why all old people smelled a bad smell and then went primitive and crazy. Why just old people, and where the smell come from? Was it an experiment gone wrong/right? I can take the carnage, but I want to know why everything was happening and in the end it wasn’t explained in any way. Other than that, the book was good well written and intense and you had no idea who would die and who would live..


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 About Adam Cesare

Adam Cesare is a New Yorker who lives in Philadelphia. He studied English and film at Boston University. His books include Video Night, The Summer Job, Zero Lives Remaining, and Tribesmen. His nonfiction has appeared in Paracinema, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and other venues.

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Adam Cesare’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, June 9th: October Country

Tuesday, June 9th: 100 Pages a Day… Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Wednesday, June 10th: Bell, Book & Candle

Friday, June 12th: SJ2B House of Books

Monday, June 15th: The Qwillery

Monday, June 15th: Wildfire Books

Thursday, June 18th: Mallory Heart Reviews

Monday, June 22nd: Sweet Southern Home

Tuesday, June 23rd: My Bookish Ways – Author Q&A

Wednesday, June 24th: It’s a Mad Mad World

Friday, June 26th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Sunday, June 28th: From the TBR Pile

Monday, June 29th: Bewitched Bookworms

Monday, June 29th: W.A.R.G.- The Writer’s, Artist’s & Reader’s Guild

Tuesday, June 30th The World As I See It

Wednesday, July 1st: Bibliophilia, Please

Thursday, July 2nd: Kari J. Wolfe – Author, Editor, Entrepreneur 

Monday, August 10th: The Scary Reviews

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The Morgenstern Project by David Khara

The Morgenstern Project (Consortium Thriller) - Sophie Weiner, David S. Khara

Jeremy Corbin and Jackie Walls are living a peaceful life in a New Jersey suburb after the adventures in “The Bleiberg Project” a couple of years before. But now everything is about to change. The Consortium hasn’t forgotten about them and their friend Eytan Morgenstern must come to their rescue…

I really liked Eytan Morgenstern in the first book “The Bleiberg Project” and was looking forward to reading the sequel.

In this book we get to follow Eytan Morgenstern, Jeremy Corbin and Jackie Walls and two new characters Avi and Eli, friends of Eytan as they take on Consortium. The book also takes us back in time time when Eytan was a young boy, after he escaped from Stutthof. I admit that I prefer the story during the Second World War to the one in the present time. I was more eager to know more about Eytan and how he came to be the man he is today than the present time hunt for the Consortium.

The book was OK to read and I’m looking forward to reading more books about Eytan Morgenstern in the future.

I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory

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I was looking forward to reading this book, so of course it only took me months to read it. But anyway, the first time Harrison Harrison was introduced was in the novella We Are All Completely Fine and now it’s been a while since I read the book, but stuff about his childhood came back to me while I read this book. But I must admit that I feel a bit inclined to read We Are All Completely Fine again now that I have read this book.

Harrison Harrison, or H2 has his mother calls him has been terrified of water since he was very young and the boat he and parents was on capsized and his father vanished.  Now he has moved to the town Dunnsmouth because his mother who is a scientist is locking for a squid, or at least that’s what she has told Harrison. But Harrison discovers that not everything is as she has told him when it comes to the boating accident when she goes missing on a trip out on a boat. Now he must find his mother before it is too late.

I had some problem connecting with the story and the characters in the beginning, but around 50 % into the book then it’s starting to get really good. It was then everything started to get more intense and questions is starting to get answered,This may be YA, but the story is darker than I’m used to when it comes to YA. The book started out OK, but it turned out to be really good and the ending is wonderfully open for a sequel!

I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive by Scott Tipton

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The Enterprise follows a Klingon ship to a parallel world where they find “Earth” overtaken by apes. Now they must stop the Klingon’s from starting civil war on the planet.

Have you always wanted to know what would have happened if Kirk and the rest of the crew happened to find themselves on the “Earth” from the Planet of the Apes? Well I haven’t, but it was an interesting reading experience and this mixing different science fiction shows/movies together is a fun idea. What’s next Star trek meets Alien, Predators, or E.T? The list can go on…

I have seen Planets of the Ape (well I have seen both the original and the new one, but I will referee to the original since the new one is…bad and it’s the old one that is connected to this Star Trek graphic novel) and remember enough to keep up with the plot and it was quite fun seeing Kirk, Spock and the rest meet Charlton Heston, Eh I mean George Taylor. They need to stop the Klingons without interfering to much with the inhabitants of the planet, but of course Taylor is pissed off and want to start a war with the apes for the human race sake and they also have to deal with him as well as the Klingon’s.

It was a good graphic novel, the art was OK, not breathtaking beautiful, but you could see who was who and that’s nice. But I never really found myself really, really enjoying the story. It took me days to finish it and usually I devour a Star Trek graphic novel like it is a bag of candy. But this one, I started it and then it took me some days to return to it. In the end I just had to sit down and just read it, more like commanding myself than thinking how enjoyable it would be. Then again, I have been in a bit of reading slump the last couple of days so that could be part of it.

But I liked the graphic novel enough that I would want to know what happens next because the ending was a bit open and even though I started out a bit doubtful about it I did start to enjoy the story more when Kirk and the rest had to figure out of to help the apes without too much interference.

I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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Flambé in Armagnac by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen

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Wine Expert Benjamin Cooker is called in to estimate the value of the losses when a warehouse of an Armagnac estate is burned down. Also, the master distiller is killed in the fire that was classified as an accident. But was it really an accident? Cooker and his assistant Virgile travel to Gascony to find out the truth…

One thing I really like with this series is how perfect they are to read between books because of their shortness and because of the cozy French mystery book feeling. This is the third book in the series I have read and now I feel quite familiar with the characters and the setup of the books. Yes, sometimes I wish they were a bit thicker, with a deeper story since the milieu is so fantastic and with a few more twist and turns would be really good. But then the cozy feeling would probably disappear and that would also be a shame.

The story in this one was OK, I kind of liked the previous book Mayhem in Margaux a little bit more, but I think that is because Cookers daughter Margaux was in it and he was very fatherly worried for her when he was introduced to Virgile. I hope she will return in future books.

If you feel like reading some cozy mystery books that take place in France, then perhaps this series is for you.

I received this copy from the publisher through Edewleiss in return for an honest review!

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