In a race against time, Rory must find and stop a very different kind of killer.
Title: The Entity Game
Author: Lisa Shearin
Series: Aurora Donati #1
Release date: May 12, 2020
Description: A powerful United States senator and his aide die in their office of cardiac arrests. The next day, a second senator dies of an aneurysm. Officials declare their deaths natural causes, but the FBI fears there is something sinister happening on Capitol Hill and looks to psychometric detective Aurora Donati to investigate. Rory’s ability to get information from people or objects with a single touch uniquely qualifies her to explain the inexplicable. Only this time, she begins to wonder if she is up against forces that no one has ever encountered before.
The next attack strikes close to home and turns Rory’s world upside down. She finds herself entangled in a deadly mix of terrorists, corrupt politicians, and secretive intelligence agencies in a web of deception and conspiracy dating back to experiments performed in a Cold War-era Soviet laboratory and perfected by modern science.
Someone else is pursuing the truth: Gabriel Marshall, CIA operative, who has an agenda and abilities of his own. They find themselves locked in a deadly game, stalked by a seemingly supernatural assassin who puts Rory and Gabriel’s abilities to the ultimate test in a deadly duel. Time is running out and Rory must counter each move and play the game to its heart-stopping end in the halls of the US Capitol itself.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …there could be SPOILERS. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
This was an AWESOME first of the series story! New characters, new world, same strong and powerfully talented artist painting a movie for the mind through word!
This world is parallel of our world except for a female president, politicians that are actually acting for the greater good and, of course, supernatural talents that can only solve this mystery. There was no sex. No foul language. A strong set of main characters and a charming grandfather to boot. The story sets in Washington DC and surrounding area. Aurora Donati and her grandfather have special gifts that help the F.B.I. solve difficult cases. This time when they are called in, it is more than they bargained for as there is a sociopathic killer priming the world for his grand performance and a C.I.A. agent that writes his own rules.
I LOVED this book. These characters are as dimensional as all the other characters that Lisa Shearin writes, but with more of a real world kind of “it could maybe happen here” kind of twist. I cannot wait for the next in this series. The characters took me on an investigation that could only happen in the political world and only with the C.I.A. and secret forces at play.
There was a good ending which I am always thrilled to see and good triumphs evil…at least for now. This particular story could remain a player in an over arc of the whole series.
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Another visit to Mystic Bayou that can’t be missed. This time Zed will be the one that’s on the hunt instead of Bael. Can the easy teddy bear be broke to lead? Also, some mysteries about the rift. Can they fix it?
Publisher’s Description: Available in audio first, this hot, hilarious stand-alone will keep you wildly entertained!
Welcome to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shape-shifters, vampires, witches, and dragons live alongside humans. The town formed around the mysterious energy rift in the bayou, which helps keep the town’s magic in balance. But lately the rift has been widening and destabilizing – threatening to send the town’s magical population into chaos.
Energy witch Danica Teel has been sent by the League to figure out what’s going on, with the help of bear-shifter Mayor Zed. While working on the case, Zed falls head over paws for Dani, but she’s reluctant to engage in anything beyond a roll in his cave. Dani’s family is counting on her to get the job done, and she has no time for distractions. But when an ominous presence begins stalking Dani through the bayou, they’ll need to band together to make it out alive.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
This book does have sex, but not a lot. It also has a murder mystery running rampant in Mystic Bayou…again! There is cussing and pie. Can’t forget the pie.
The best part of this whole book was listening to Zed’s voice. Jonathan Davis was spot on. The easy going cadence that is Zed fit perfectly. Bael and Jillian make appearances as well as a lot of the rest of the town.
The research on the rift is necessary though a lot of the townsfolk aren’t sure they like the intrusion. Unknown people everywhere all up in their business doesn’t sit well with creatures that have kept secrets for centuries. Of course, Bael is still disowned, but who cares. He’s happy. Jillian’s happy. Now, let’s make Zed happy. And then there is Zed’s mama bear. Yep, there is someone for her too. It’s all very exciting!!
Our reviews in this series…
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A fantastic combination of good and evil fighting against the even more evil. How can one man control his darkness? How can one man with such darkness fight for the good? Hop on the Stone Born train and find out.
Title: Accession of the Stone Born
By: Ken Lange
Narrated by: Paul Clewell
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
Release date: 10-13-17
Publisher: Ken Lange
Source: Purchased from Audible.com
Publisher’s Description: Former DOD operative Gavin Randall is coming home after twenty-eight years of war. Dismissed by the government he spent his life fighting for, his only solace is knowing that the life waiting for him is one of peace.
Unfortunately, Gavin stumbles upon a secret underworld that exists alongside ours, one populated by vampires, mages, and bloodthirsty werebeasts.
Now, Gavin finds himself recruited by the Biblical Lazarus, leader of this hidden community. He must track down those who seek to disrupt the fragile peace keeping these nightmare horrors at bay. If he fails, more than his life will be forfeit.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (or, in other words, SPOILERS).
Nervous Nellie says…
I’ve already read this book. And reviewed this book. Accession of the Stone Born was a good book before, but the author did a “book overhaul” and tightened up the story and made it flow much better. I read the book again and then I listened to the audio. I have to tell you…it was marvelous! I didn’t really notice that it didn’t flow smoothly before the ‘overhaul’ but it was certainly a page turner the second time I read it.
Annnnd then I listened to it.
I really love audiobooks. The narrators give dimension to the characters my imagination can’t always achieve. Paul Clewell was amazing. Gavin was great in print but even more dimensional with a voice to go with the character in my mind. The narrator absolutely nailed the villain in this book. And Andrew. I already loved Andrew, but the narrator smoothed him out to be a true southern gentleman. A dangerous southern gentleman that with his magic and very little effort, could most likely snap me in half like a twig. To be totally honest, I believe that I loved this book as a print and audio equally.
This story is just one link in a chain of a series of stories that encompasses a lot of characters and a much larger picture. Author Lange’s story telling leads the reader on until they find themselves deep into a web filled with dangerous power hungry creatures. Each corner turned will expose characters that are connected in the most unexpected way.
The other published link in the chain is the series, Warden Global, starring Viktor Warden. Both of these series are mostly contemporary with references to the past to keep things interesting. Gavin Randall is a newbie to this world, but Viktor Warden is a seasoned professional. It doesn’t matter which series a person starts with but I do suggest both series because it makes the overall picture a much richer experience. There is violence but not consistently one scene after another. There is a mystery to figure out and pieces to the puzzle to uncover, so if that is something you enjoy – you’ll get it.
Other books in this series:
- Dust Walkers (coming February 20, 2017)
Warden Global series: