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review 2019-01-15 03:32
Death and Taxes by J. Zachary Pike
Death and Taxes: An Urban Fantasy Mystery - J. Zachary Pike
J. Zachary Pike's small Kindle novella is hard to describe.  It's about a happy go lucky guy named Arther C. Torr that gets out of college and does whatever he wants.  Until his college loan needs to be paid off. He's practically unhirable but he finds a job working at a doughnut shop.  Not any doughnut shop, but a shop that is run by a former police detective that is now a private detective.  The detective is also familiar with the paranormal.
This is a short, 34 pages and free.  I got hooked on J. Zachary Pike after reading one of the best fantasy series I've read in a long time, the Dark Profit Saga. Pike is a self-published writer and while his 2 novellas were a little above mediocre, his series is fun and hilarious to read.  I can see where if he wanted to do a complete book about Arthur.    I'll try to get a couple of reviews on them out to see if they pique any interest in any of you.
Death and Taxes by J. Zachary Pike
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review 2017-12-22 13:48
Sündiges Spiel // Fantasy In Death!!!
Sündiges Spiel - J.D. Robb

German and english review


Ich glaube ich habe es schon bei der letzten Review erwähnt aber ich muss es einfach wiederholen, ich liebe es wieder in der Welt von Eve Dallas zu sein!!!

Inhalt: Der Computerspiele-Tycoon Bart Minnock wird tot in seinem Haus gefunden. Der sympathische und temperamentvolle Millionär schien keine Feinde zu haben. Doch Erfolg zieht immer Neider nach sich, denn im Geschäft mit virtuellen Fantasien geht es um viel Geld, Macht und Rivalitäten - und es wird mit schmutzigen Tricks gespielt. Das weiß auch Roarke, Eves Ehemann und Konkurrent von Minnock. Jetzt gilt es für Eve und ihr Team, das nächste Level möglichst schnell zu erreichen. Was, wenn die Spieler mit ihrem Leben bezahlen müssen?


Der Fall war echt richtig heftig und sehr brutal, aber auch so interessant. Die futuristische Technik!!!!! Das war immer schon ein Teil der Buchserie, wer mir immer super gefallen hat, dadurch, dass die Reihe in der Zukunft spielt, finde ich es super interessant, was die Technik zu bieten hat. In diesem Band sind wir da noch mehr eingetaucht und haben Dinge erlebt, die selbst für die Zeit um 2050 noch sehr futuristisch waren. So so so gut!!!


Bei den Charakteren, fand ich auch so ein paar Momente unheimlich klasse. McNab und Peabody undercover war eins meiner absoluten Highlights. Dann hatten wir tolle Momente mit Eve und Nadine. Ich hab es schon oft erwähnt aber ich liebe die verschiedenen Freundschaften zwischen den Frauen in der Buchreihe. Und natürlich Roarke und Eve. Gerade zum Ende zu, ich will ja nichts verraten aber da war der eine Moment, der mein Herz wirklich schwer hat werden lassen. Ich liebe die Beiden einfach!!!!




I'm pretty sure I already mentioned it in my last review but man, I love being back in the world of Eve Dallas.


Summary: Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, is found in his locked private playroom, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. Despite his violent end, Eve can’t find anyone—girlfriend and business partners included—who seemed to have a problem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire.

Of course gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks—as Eve’s husband, Roarke, one of U-Play’s competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naïve, and he knew how to fight back in the real world as well as the virtual one.

Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction—and the price of defeat is death...


That case was intense and so so brutal but also very interesting. The futuristic technology!!!!! One of my favorite things about this bookseries, is that it's set in the future and I love seeing technological things that I can't even imagine right now. In this book we got to dive even deeper in this and got to see things that even for that time, around 2050, are still futuristic and new. SO SO SO GOOD!!!!


This book also had some great moments for the characters. McNab and Peabody undercover was one of my favorite things. Then we had these great moments between Eve and Nadine. I can't mention enough how much I love the female friendships in these books. And of course, Roarke and Eve. Especially towards the end, without saying too much, there was this moment that made my heart super heavy. I just love these two so much.

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review 2017-11-14 07:04
Missing in Death by J.D. Robb
Fantasy in Death - J.D. Robb

A tourist enters the women's restroom on board of a Staten Island ferry...and disappears. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called to the scene, thanks to the restroom being covered with blood, but the blood doesn't match the missing woman's blood type...And then the woman resurfaces, her memory missing the past hour.

What has she witnessed? Why has she forgotten it? Who does the blood belong to? And where is the body?

Definitely my least favorite of the series. I just sort of zoned out somewhere past the half mark and couldn't really concentrate on the plot or what the heck was going on.
In the end, I figured it was too short to really make an impact and definitely too short to give the story real credit. Everything was crammed into those measly ten chapters, making the novella overblown, crowded, and utterly "too busy".

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review 2016-02-29 00:00
Fantasy in Death
Fantasy in Death - J.D. Robb I knew who the murderer was and how they did it right away. I tried to keep reading, but I couldn't get into it because the investigation seemed pointless when I already knew the ending. So I skipped ahead to like, 75% or something, and managed to catch things at just the right time to pick things up with a second victim, a motherfucking sword fight, and solving the case. Totally awesome ending with physical and emotional ass-kickings.

I regret that I skipped over 50% of the book only because Robb writes a damn good story and I enjoy being drawn into her fictional universes. I feel like I probably missed out on some really interesting scenes. But knowing who the killer was right off the bat made me insatiable and I consider it very lucky that I managed to randomly skip ahead to just the right place to make a smooth transition into the big finale.
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review 2015-07-10 00:00
Fantasy in Death (In Death, #30)
Fantasy in Death (In Death, #30) - J.D. Robb [7/24/15]
The first time I read this I gave it five stars, but after the second I had to cut it to four. It's still a very enjoyable, suspenseful locked room mystery, but the resolution is so unbelievable that I just had to drop one star. It makes a good story, but it's just wrong. And unusual for Robb to go that far.
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