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review 2017-04-23 05:25
Heavy lifting
Mountain of Evil: Trident Security Omega Team: Prequel - Samantha A. Cole,Eve Arroyo

This novella is a bridge between the original Trident Security Series and the spin off series, Trident Security Omega Team. While it is not necessary to read this prequel before the Omega Team series, it will give the reader more insight and background of the new operatives of Trident Security and their support team.

 

The new team has six men and one woman.  They are sent out into the wilderness to prove their "ready" status to their agency.  While out there, a girl goes missing.  Can this team find her and all get home safely?

 

This was a short jaunt into the new series about the team created by the Trident Security owners.  I loved how the author brought all the team members personalities into it.  I especially enjoyed some of the foreshadowing into books to come.  I cannot wait for the next installment in the Trident Security Omega Team series.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-04-23 05:10
Forbidden
Conduct Unbecoming - L.A. Witt

In the military, and in this case the US Navy, an officer and an enlisted person (sailor) cannot be romantically involved.  It is to protect both parties, as one of them could be said enlisted person's boss.  This is separate from all the don't ask, don't tell stuff they finally got rid of.

 

Eric & Shane meet off base.  The location is discreet and they do not exchange names.  When they see one another again, there is more at stake.  They both know it.  Shane is an officer.  

 

Shane has a lot to lose if they are caught.  He also knows he has not met anyone like Eric, and might never again.  This choice pulls at him until he just can't fight anymore.

 

This story tugs at your heartstrings.  It made me feel for both characters.  I was rooting for them right from the start.  There is a little bit of everything in this book.  The humor, the travel, the sparks flying.... just overall a great story.  I give it a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-04-23 01:19
A first-rate resource on the subject
British Cruisers of World War Two - Alan Raven

Among warships cruisers may lack the power of battleships and the mystery of submarines, but their combination of speed and firepower made them vital components of most major navies for much of the twentieth century. Though ostensibly about the Royal Navy's cruiser force during the Second World War, Alan Raven and John Roberts provide in this book a far more comprehensive compilation, one that begins with the pre-First World War Arethusa class and concludes with the postwar completions of wartime programs. Its coverage is encyclopedic, detailing their design histories, the construction and trials of the warships, and the modifications they underwent over the course of their service lives.

 

Supplemented by numerous tables and generously illustrated with photographs and line drawings, Raven and Roberts's book is an invaluable technical resource for anyone interested in the subject. Yet where the authors fall short is in detailing the war service of these vessels. Such coverage is actually provided in the early chapters, which describe the cruisers that served in the First World War. This makes the absence of similar coverage for their successors in the Second World War -- the titular focus of the work -- particularly glaring. Readers seeking a more comprehensive analysis would do well to supplement this book with Norman Friedman's more recent British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After which, while not as well supplemented with pictures, nonetheless provides a more useful narrative analysis of its subject.

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review 2017-04-19 12:06
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Marked by Obsession: PSY-IV Teams (Psy-IV Teams #3) by Jami Gray
Marked by Obsession - Jami Gray
Marked by Obsession is the third book in the Psy-IV Teams series, and focuses on Wolf and Meli. Wolf knows that Meli is skittish for a reason, and waits for her to make the first move. She does, but not in the manner he hopes. She rings him because she is looking for Risia. Meli has trouble coming at her from every side, and she doesn't yet know why. Wolf refuses to let her deal with this by herself and, along with Bishop, they arrive to offer both moral and physical/psychic support. The tension between Wolf and Meli is off the charts, but as the secrets start coming out of the woodwork, staying alive comes first!
 
I absolutely love it when an author improves book-by-book! Hunted by the Past was a solid 4-star read, Touched by Fate was better, and would have been a 4.5-star if I did half stars! Marked by Obsession though, 5-stars through and through! There was enough action going on with the current story to keep the most action-mad person happy. Although the overall story arc did make an appearance, it was more in comments about Delacourt being unavailable, or things that others on the team were doing. This enabled me to keep my focus on Wolf, Meli, and the intrigue that opened up.
 
Exceptionally well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, I would recommend that you read this book as part of a series. Not that you can't read it as a standalone, but with the depth of Jami Gray's writing getting better every time, why deny yourself the pleasure of knowing the past stories. With a snippet of the next book to come, I for one can't wait to get my grubby little mitts on it. Highly recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/psy-ivteamsseries1-3byjamigray
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review 2017-04-19 12:03
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Touched by Fate (Psy-IV Teams #2) by Jami Gray
Touched by Fate - Jami Gray
Touched by Fate is the second book in the Psy-IV Teams series, and we focus on Risia, the seer, and Tag, the touch-empath. Both of these have a history with each other, basically Risia thinks that Tag doesn't like her AT ALL, whereas the reality is that she threatens his self-control at every turn. These two are thrown together when fate steps in with her size 10, and completely messes up Risia's life. Within a short amount of time, she has witnessed a murder, had her life threatened, been blackmailed, and is still suffering with god-almighty horrible visions that she can't change. Will they be able to work through everything, or is it best to walk away and remain alone?
 
Once again, Jami Gray has given us an action packed book that will take your breath away. Seriously, it is non-stop, and there is a point when Tag recounts everything that has happened to Risia over the past three days, and it is unreal! The writing is of such quality though, that it doesn't seem 'too much', and you are not lost with what is happening. Think of this book like Shrek's onion analogy! There is layer upon layer of action, intrigue and yes, betrayal.
 
One of the things that I have absolutely loved about these books is that the characters for the next book are introduced in the current book, but in a way that is completely natural to the story, and helps to move it forward. Nothing is wasted here, everything is done with meaning. With some tender scenes between Tag and Risia, plus some scorching hot ones, there is something here for everyone.
 
Exceedingly well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this is a wonderful addition to the series. I have no hesitation in recommending this book, and although you could read it as a standalone, why would you? Read book one first, and get the maximum enjoyment out of Jami Gray's writing.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/psy-ivteamsseries1-3byjamigray
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