Monthly Archives: September 2015

In Sheep’s Clothing by L.D. Beyer

Psst, interested in a fast-paced, action packed, political intrigue novel? Well then, you should read In Sheep’s Clothing by L.D. Beyer.

In Sheep's ClothingTitle: In Sheep’s Clothing
Author: L.D. Beyer
Series: Matthew Richter Book 01
Publish Date: September 1, 2015
Genre: Political Thriller
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s DescriptionCaught in a game of chess he didn’t know he was playing until it was too late, the President makes the only move he can, plunging Washington and the nation into chaos. Stunned and reeling, Vice President David Kendall takes the oath of office and tries to heal a nation in mourning. But what the new president doesn’t realize is that things in the White House aren’t always what they appear to be, and sometimes what looks like the best option may turn out to be the worst. When one fatal decision triggers consequences he never envisioned, President Kendall finds himself caught up in the same game that cost his predecessor his life.

Although there was nothing he could have done, Secret Service Agent Matthew Richter is haunted by the death of the man he had vowed to protect. When his girlfriend dumps him and his boss tells him that his job is on the line, he thinks his life cannot get any worse. He soon realizes how wrong he is when he finds himself fighting to save another president from the deadly forces that he has unwittingly unleashed.

This new release by L.D. Beyer is a fast-paced, action-packed political thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Agent_Annie_100Agent Annie says…

In Sheep’s Clothing is about the search and rescue of the President of the United States after Air Force One crashes into the mountains in rural Idaho during a blizzard. The set up to the story makes it clear the crash was a deliberate attempt to assassinate the President, but keeps you guessing at who’s behind the attempt. The preliminary chapters introducing you to the characters were a little slow but once the crash happens and the excitement ensues, the novel was hard to put down.

There were so many different variations of what could’ve been happening, who might’ve caused this accident/terrorist event, will they survive the harsh elements, much less the evade those pursuing them, that this story really keeps you guessing. The different characters and their first person narratives all added to the story, but at one point I realized the switching of the narrative and shortness of each narrative seemed a little too much. For example, there was a short chapter from the perspective of one of the crash investigators that went into the details of the state of the bodies recovered from the crash site and was very descriptive, but didn’t add to the plot nor was the character referenced in any further chapters. It seemed unnecessary but didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the novel.

I did ask my husband, who had served in the military and is familiar with military protocol, whether or not this was believable and based on what the military might do in a real life situation. He confirmed that most of the actions and the tools/equipment used by the military were pretty accurate, although there were a few things that you just had to accept in order to make the novel move faster.

Overall, this novel is well written and has no spelling or grammar errors that jumped out at me. I wasn’t ever jarred out of the story by the writing. However, there was one statement that kind of threw me because I was expecting an additional player at the very end to be revealed as the mastermind. One of the villains in the story says in passing, “I wonder if they know how deep this really goes.” I kept expecting to have one more shoe drop and that never happened.

badge4v4I give In Sheep’s Clothing by LD Beyer a solid four and I look forward to the sequels.

On a side note, shortly after finishing this novel, I had the opportunity to watch the Finnish movie Big Game starring Samuel L Jackson and Onni Tommila which featured a similar plot with Air Force One crashing in northern Finland and the President needing rescue. I was expecting to be disappointed since the storylines were so closely related but I was pleasantly surprised by how well Big Game was and would also recommend it.

Other reviews…

See the reviews on Goodreads.

If you like this book…

…you might like the Jason Bourne series by Robert Ludlum or the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.

The Waking Serpent by Terry Maggert

This is Book 3 in the The Fearless series, previous books being The Forest Bull (Book 1) and  Mask of the Swan (Book 2), with Call of the Shadows as the prequel.

The Waking Serpent Terry MaggertTitleThe Waking Serpent
Author: Terry Maggert
SeriesThe Fearless Book 3
Publish Date: April 14, 2014
Genre:  Horror
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description:  Evil is never still. Something wicked is crossing the sea, a creature so old that none even remember its name– but it has not forgotten the taste of blood. With a succubus ally, a brave priest, and new friends who seem a little less human than most, The Fearless will meet the greatest challenge of their lives. An ancient adversary is stopping by to avenge a wrong from the depths of time in a fight to the death that will bring a goddess to Florida for the best reason of all: Revenge.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!)


“My eyes found Gyro, who had begun barking at a lizard with enthusiasm.  The lizard goggled one eye at him from its perch on one of the boat davits and gave him the unmoving, reptillian equivalent of a middle finger.  For a critter who weighed less than an ounce, it didn’t appear that he scared easily.  Score one for the lizard.”

Nervous Nellie says…

Overview:   Something bad is coming.  It has awakened and it is hungry.  It has revenge in its tiny and withered heart as it cuts a swath of death a mile wide as it moves.  Reports flood the intel gatherers and every demon hunter that has any experience… or sense… is running for the hills.  Wally, Risa and Ring have unintentionally made a name for themselves after the death of Elizabeth, so they have been elected by default to “take care of business”.

Ends are tied up with Stacia, Davis and Dieter.  Elizabeth’s vicious cruelty to humans as well as her “children” was so profound that she really deserves to be brought back to endure the torture she forced upon others… over and over again.  I found Dieter’s story absolutely fascinating and kudos given to him as he played his long game.  The deviousness of these evil “Undying” rivals what legendary horrors actual men of history have committed upon their people and I and hope with every last corpuscle in my heart that no one should ever live through such abominable experiences again.

Delphine is back and she is finally overcoming her self loathing and decides she wants to relearn what it is to be a human.  She wants to feel again.  She has made actual friends that really care what happens to her and she found that she likes that feeling.  (Psst… told me she’s gonna get her own series.  Don’t tell him I told you. ;-))

Warning:  While ends are tied up, there are leads introduced and purposely left hanging – in order to drag us all into the next episode.

The Good:  I love this series.  Absolutely love it.  It isn’t a mystery, per se, more of adventures in the life of demon hunters and the demons they hunt with history thrown into the mix.  The evil “Undying” are decidedly very, very evil with no doubt left in my mind that they should be put out of their misery.  The writing is very good and the story is very tight and not complicated to follow.  Another huge plus for me is there is enough room for humor to come out and play.

If you like audio books, please, PLEASE try this series in audio.  You will not be disappointed.  The narrator, Rebecca Cook, is what I would call top shelf.  I mean higher than top shelf.  I’d say she is on the highest shelf that I could reach, but since I am short that is not saying much.  Between the author’s writing and the narrator’s voices, these characters come to life and become walking, talking people who you would like to sit across the table from and have a beer.

badge5v4The Bad:  There is quite a little blood, gore and battle related injuries.  Lot’s of poor people falling to the hands of evil before the evil is vanquished.  There are references to characters, weapons and places that may need the help of your favorite search engine on the internet, but for me that is more fun than a barrel full of monkeys….but that’s a whole different subject.

The Ugly:  There is no ugly, unless you want something fluffy.  This story is not fluffy.  Please read these books in order or else the story won’t make sense.

(The teasing of the author starts here-don’t take me seriously…) Please DO NOT argue with the author about what his characters look like.  He has a Pinterest casting board  and experience has taught me that my reviewer status has NO clout when trying to convince him he is mistaken in the appearance his main protagonist, Ring Hardigan.  Just go along with him, even if he is wrong.  ;-P  Here is my casting board for The Fearless Series.

Stand Out Award Badge2Links…

See my reviews of the previous books in this series:

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might like the rest of the Fearless Series by Terry Maggert, or you might try some of his other book, such as Halfway Dead, Cool To The Touch, or Banshee.

Black Blood by John Hennessy

A unique mix of sci-fi, urban fantasy, and post-apocalypse that will appeal to fans of YA.

Title:  Black Blood
Author:  John Hennessy
Series: Black Bloods Book 01
Publish Date:  July 10, 2015
Genre:  Fantasy
Source: Provided by the Author

Publisher’s Description: Vampires, werewolves, witches, magic—no one in the Sanctuary, home of the survivors of the nuclear apocalypse, believes in such imaginary creations, including Aberdeen Dareday. That is until the day Abby wakes up with black veins bulging under her skin. The day she learns everything she’s been told about the world is a lie. Forced to flee humanity’s last refuge because of her abnormality, and the corpses left in its unexplainable wake, she finds herself on the run in an entirely new world. A world in which darkness reigns, full of supernatural creatures bent on her execution.

When all seems lost and facing certain death, Abby is saved by Ash, a quiet yet striking young man who shares her black blood, and her mysterious powers. After Ash reveals a clue regarding an old witch, they head north to her home in Montana, determined to beat the piling odds and obtain the answers they seek. Now hunted by everyone from vengeful humans, to the alluring vampire Prince of Texas, to the Lord Alpha of the largest werewolf pack ever to exist, Abby must discover what is so special about her black blood if she hopes to live and fight another day, but time stands against them as their enemies close in for the kill.

Black Blood is a spellbinding cross-genre mutation unlike anything you’ve ever read, weaving paranormal fantasy in a post-apocalyptic world.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

What I Liked:  Black Blood is a unique mix of urban fantasy, sci-fi, and post-apocalyptic fiction.  I think my favorite part of the book was the culture of the moonborn and the sunborn.  The moonborn are shifters, called by the moon and susceptible to death by gold — a sun substance.  The sunborn are sorcerers, called by the sun and susceptible to silver — a moon substance.  Sorcerers have hunted and killed moonborn for years, believing they were saving their world.  Then the aliens arrived…

We didn’t learn a whole lot about the aliens, or the organization structure of the werewolves or vampires, but there are hints that there will be some interesting story bits there as well.

Of course, the animals were awesome!  The two enormous dogs, the raven, and the eagle were fantastic characters in the story.

What Didn’t Work For Me:  Though I believe the main characters to be in their 20’s, they’ve been on their own or isolated so much that they feel younger and naive, giving the story a YA feel.  And though appropriate for the age and maturation of the character, the frequent focus on adolescent sexual daydreams just wasn’t interesting to me and didn’t really seem to add anything to the story.

Having a character instinctively know things and able to do things previously unknown is always a bit problematic in terms of believeability.  The author does make it part of the story that the main character, Abby, doesn’t have a clue how knowledge and skills come to her, but it takes a lot of suspension of disbelief to buy everything she can do.  She seems to stay very trusting of people and creatures they encounter, even after repeated proof that no one can be trusted.  I expected to see a bit more Walking Dead type paranoia, given the world they are in, but it doesn’t ever manifest.

badge3v4Conclusion:  The world the author has created in Black Blood is very unique and I want to learn more about it. But the book’s young, naive feel doesn’t appeal to me that strongly.  It is a good read and reviews are very positive, so if the premise sounds interesting to you, I’d suggest giving it a try.

Other reviews:

If you like this book…

… you might like Dying Embers by Betty Adams, Bear Naked by R.J. Eliason, or Shiver Cove Part 1: Tamyra by T.J. Shortt.

Nell’s Book Hunt-Paranormal Hunter series #1

This is not a new author on the scene, but she is a “new to me” author.  The research I’ve done shows she is a paranormal romance writer so I jumped right in.

25230311Title:  Sonnet Vale
Author: Gena Lutz
Series:  Paranormal Hunter #1
Publish Date: June 19, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance

.99 on Kindle

Publisher’s Description:  Paranormal hunter, Sonnet Vale, has the unique ability to hunt and kill vampires. But a chance encounter with a handsome stranger is about to change everything, teaching Sonnet what it’s like to be hunted and possessed.

Feature and Follow Friday – What job would you choose if you could?

FF_2013Button-300x300Woot!! I love Fridays!!  Come in and join the fun!  Feature and Follow Friday hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, where bloggers post links to their blogs on Parajunkee’s site or Alison Can Read’s site, answer the Feature and Follow question in a blog post, and then visit each others’ sites checking out the answers!

If you could have any job, what would you do? – Suggested by Peace Love Books.

Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

It’s like ESP or something!  ‘Vana and I were just talking about this same subject this afternoon.  I love my day job – sure, it gets tough sometimes, but that’s with anything, right?  My hobbies are numerous.  I sew, I paper craft, I research and learn, I am a Hulu & Netflix addict, I organize and design and, of course, above all of that, I read and review.  All of these things I do for enjoyment.  The job I choose, if I could, would be to be paid to have that kind of fun.

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

Wealthy philanthropist is my dream job, of course.  Outside of that, I’m passionate about continuous learning, and so my job as corporate trainer is pretty cool.  Since starting this blog, I’ve decided that my next career (or back-up plan) is to get into proofing or even editing fiction.  I could also do things like updating websites, being a Goodreads librarian, and formatting for ebooks.  I think there is a lot I’d need to learn to be able to do any of these things well, but I’d love to learn.

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