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review 2017-11-18 13:21
Possession in Death by J.D. Robb
Possession in Death - J.D. Robb

A blood-covered woman stumbles into the street in the exact moment Lieutenant Eve Dallas is driving by. While she tries to stop the flow of blood, the woman asks her to help her find her missing granddaughter, Beata, and "let her in", before dying. But the TOD shows the woman died three hours before, and Eve is suddenly developing strange symptoms...She sees and talks to the dead, she speaks Russian and Hungarian, and she knows how to make borscht...It looks like she did let something in and is now sharing her body with a dead Romani woman.


Sure, it was short, yet it packed quite a punch. There was just the right amount of story to keep things interesting, to keep the brain engaged in the investigation, and to keep the tempo up.

The plot picks up where the previous book left off (I thought it was strange we didn't get the epilogue with the picnic at the end of Indulgence), with Eve coming home on the Saturday after interrogating the man who tried to kill her, and straight into the get-together she organized to keep Morris's spirits up.
She's giving Father Chale López a lift to his church, when the first victim of the day falls in her lap (figuratively) speaking, and even though it all happens in the matter of a day, it didn't read overcrowded or over-complicated.

It was just right, with the added pinch of paranormal to liven things up just a bit.

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review 2017-11-18 09:35
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Indulgence in Death - J.D. Robb

Helping solve the murder while on vacation might not be the norm for Lieutenant Eve Dallas, but it's nothing compared to what she must deal with when she returns home. A limo driver shot with a crossbow, a high-class LC stabbed through the heart with an old bayonet, a chef speared with a harpoon...It smells like thrill-killing for the spoiled and the rich, those born with a silver spoon in their mouth...

Disregard for life pisses Eve off, but this time the piss-off factor is off the charts, and she'll do anything to make the killer (or killers) stop.


I'm glad to see that after a few iffy past installments, this series is back on track.

I loved this story; the drama, the danger, the tempo and pace, the intrigue, and the game of cat and mouse the indulgent played with our favorite cop. It was a little sickening, but it still pulled me in right from the start (with that rather innocuous first DB), and made me want to be able to read faster to see what happened next.
I liked the fact all the participants knew who the killer was, knew the sickening motive behind the killings, so we were all on the same page during the investigation, trying to find the clues that would make the case stick and put the killer where they belong.

Intense and gripping, filled with drama, rife with twists, with the tempo increasing toward the finish line, this one was one heck of a story.

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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 2017-11-14 06:34
Chance
Rescuing Rayne (Delta Force Heroes Book 1) - Susan Stoker

Keane AKA "Ghost" is on his way home when he meets the amazing and alluring Rayne.  The night they spend together is epic, to say the least.  Not knowing when or if they will see on another again is frustrating, but in Ghost's job - it really is better that way.

 

Rayne is totally and completely floored by the way she looks back on her night with Ghost.  He made such an impression on her, she still feels it.  When the worst happens, is him being there a good thing?

 

Completely impressed with the hot topics found in this book and how they are handled.  You feel the tension rise with each page.  Both in the romance, and in the suspense.  Gripping & compelling, this story will have you wishing you had time to read the whole series right now!  I found the characters charming, and the sexy times really HOT!  I cannot wait to read the next installment in the Delta Force Heroes series.  I give this book a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-11-13 16:19
Excellent mashup! Legion of the Undead by Michael Whitehead
Legion of the Undead - Michael Whitehead

Legion of the Undead really hit the spot; I need a second helping! First, I love Roman Empire stories and I’ve come to love zombie fiction in the past few years. Now we have the perfect mash-up. Hungry zombie horde, meet the Roman legions! Cue evil laughter!

Often with ancient Roman historical fiction, I don’t see too many female characters and the few that are present are usually only there to act as someone’s love/lust interest. Not so with this book! Yay! The ladies are true to accepted Roman Empire gender roles but they also get plot-relevant stuff done. Even the minor but evil Sevillia did something that affected the plot. And I love Lucia, who is a 16 year old thrown into the midst of this zombie uprising. She’s not a cliched uber-tough zombie stomping heroine but she is practical, saves the day a time or two like the other heroes, and doesn’t fall to pieces when she needs to be rescued.

Of course Vitas Protus is my favorite. He’s an archer that is catapulted up into the ranks as the zombie issue becomes a real problem. He keeps his wits about him, takes advice from those around him, and gets stuff done. I loved how he watched out for Regulus, the 14 year old lad that was forced into the military. Then there’s big Antonius too. He’s also a practical sort, giving the soldiers orders to aim for the heads if they want to take out the zombies.

Starting out on the outskirts of Germania where the Roman legions were pushing back the German tribes, Vitas has to get his little band to safety. First, it’s to the their encampment and then on to the estate of Governor Clemmons. There Vitas gets his orders to head to Rome with a dire note and Lucia, who can speak to her merchant father’s home being overrun with these Risen (as the zombies are called in this book). Not everyone makes it out unscathed. In fact, a character I had gotten a little attached to takes one for the team before the end. There’s also a touch of intrigue and betrayal!

Anyway, it’s just a really good book and since we’re in November, I can safely say it’s one of my favorites of the year. Legion of the Undeadhas set a new bar for zombie Roman Empire historical fiction! 5/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: Terry Self really out did himself with the narration. Just a great performance all around. He has distinct voices for all the characters and his female character voices are feminine. There’s a few accents as well (Spain Spanish, Gaulish, and Chinese) which he pulls off quite well. In fact, Terry Self sounded like he was really into the story, it never being a dull moment. There were no technical issues with this audiobook. 5/5 stars.

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