Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review of Old School




OLD SCHOOL
Life in the Sane Lane


Bill O'Reilly &
Bruce Feirstein

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

It is not often that people learn from the past, even rarer that they draw the correct conclusions from it. I paraphrase Henry Kissinger who, by the way, is not one of my favorite people. However, his words are related to O'Reilly and Feirstein's thesis on human conditioning.

With the loss of truthful history and discipline in our schools, Old School values of the past are in the most cases lost in American culture. The authors wove into this book their knowledge of their cultural growth intellectually, using short stories of each families' past.  

Many of those stories resonated with me. I am a Baby Boomer who lived through the same period, albeit I served in Vietnam where my core values changed somewhat. Participating in war does that to you.

Snowflakes, however, live in the now and won't look at the psychological development of the past to add values to their life, unless there are core family values already installed. It’s an endeavor losing ground, according to the authors.

Unfortunately, this declarative historic on values will be only read by Old Schoolers and maybe psych majors who want to understand human conditioning. Americans are being conditioned at a faster rate today than in the 60s, 70s, and 80s via sound bites. The authors allude to this conditioning.

Mr. O'Reilly and Feirstein have put together a fast-moving book with laughs and interesting observations. However, its basic theories, although somewhat factual, won't work in today's world. Few young Americans read history, Snowflakes won’t.


I enjoyed the read because I am Old School. Buy: http://amzn.to/2wFr3pL

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Review of I SPY, I SAW HER DIE

I SPY, I SAW HER DIE
Book 1 & 2

IAN C.P. IRVINE

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

"Do the right thing," is a thought many of us have when confronted with an event where a decision is needed. Mr. Irvine's protagonist, a professional hacker, Ray Luck has a lover who breaks up with him. She uses that phrase trying to bring him back to reality.

Luck disregards her plea, even though he thinks about it, her, and goes ahead about using one of his cyber programs anyway. He sees something that he might or might not have been programmed to witness - murder. 

Leaving his cyber 'Safe space,' Luck goes visit a hacker bro to get some clarification of the video he down loaded. The events that follow are life changing and threatening for Ray Luck because of the misuse of government power by a few. 

He puts his life and the lives of his lover, friends, and family in the crossfire of a foe; he thinks he knows. It's the right thing to do.

Mr. Irvine has written a two-book series; you can't put down. This thriller has all the ingredients with hurdles that seem impossible to get over for Ray Luck and a nemesis that has all the power to eliminate him from existence. 

Book two is a continuation of one. I recommend that you buy them together for a promotional price on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2waQLS9


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review of Chez Stinky

Chez Stinky
An Alpine Grove Romantic Comedy
Book 1

Susan C. Daffron

Review by Author Roy Murry

Not being an animal lover; I like other people's dogs and cats. Taking care of one is a tremendous responsibility, and you have to be a big-hearted person to be able to love and care for nine.

In Chez Stinky, Ms. Daffron's protagonist Kat, not to be confused with Cat, which she has one called Murphee, receives a call that is a life changer. Because of the death of her great aunt, she inherits four dogs and five cats that live in a country house.

It is a daunting task, to say the least. Katherine takes a vacation from her dead-end city job to visit what seems to be an unpleasant situation - four dogs are everywhere, all the cats are hiding, and the house built into a hill is falling apart. To top off that, the executor of the will doesn't like her.

Kat is a cat person, but when she gets to know the dogs, she falls in love with them. When she locates the cats, life becomes bearable.

Off course a man comes into the situation via the dog walker who was taking care of the animals before Kat arrived. He helps her with minor repairs to the house and her self-esteem which turns into more than anticipated.

The supporting characters, the events that follow, and the small-town ambiance give this first in a series a well-written lead into Kat's and her lover's story. I didn't get the comedy part, but, as I said, I am not an animal lover.

If you are, this is a cute series to read.  http://amzn.to/2uVkxhi



Review of WHAM

WHAM
TIMEWALKER Book 1

CAROL MARRS PHIPPS
& TOM PHIPPS

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

WHAM is not the first Phipps' book that I have read. I follow an author because they add something interesting to my life.

In TIMEWALKER, Book 1 in a trilogy, they have presented a fantasy that will keep the reader amazed. The story line is not complicated, but the imaginary back ground is intriguing.

Children and Families, a futuristic government agency, in a military action, arrives at a family's home. They abduct Tess’s parents and her sister, for the betterment of society, because they have not done a good job bringing up their children.

Tess stays in their home but will have new roommates that will help her move in the right social direction. Her parents are in jail, and her sister is in sexual servitude unbeknownst to all.

A Fairy Grandfather comes from the past to intercede. The comparison of past and present is akin to how many feel about today's living versus living before the nuclear age arrived - governments taking too much control of everyday life.

In WHAM, these two worlds collide, the Fairy's world versus the Elite controlling one. The contrast is brought alive in the Phipps' vivid and sometimes dark prose.

You have to go through the mushroom ring to find a pleasant place in WHAM. Purchase to learn how. http://amzn.to/2eFsekA


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Review of Resumed Innocent

RESUMED INNOCENT
RENE FOMBY

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

In all professions, everyone needs to earn their stripes before being able to sit down at the big boy's table. Resumed Innocent's protagonist attorney Samantha is a novice practicing criminal lawyer and has her office in a Texas good ole boy system where corruption controls the law. 

Samantha muddles through that system defending clients in minor criminal cases by upsetting the cable cart - judges and prosecutors. She makes a name for herself as the defender of the unprivileged. 

Her personal life has its conflicts with her husband's family because of his death. Money and crime are the backgrounds of the mal contentments of that family's patriarch.   

Sam, her nickname, is talked into defending a man who is in jail for the murder of his wife and children. His pastor says he is innocent and could never do such a thing, but the police and District Attorney has the goods on the man. 

They are convinced the right man is in jail. Even Sam has her doubts but takes on the case because she has a feeling but no facts to defend her client.

With two weeks to prepare for the court date, Sam world goes up in smoke, literally and figuratively. The FBI is brought in to protect her and child against an unknown group trying to destroy her life.

The novel culminates with the unraveling of hidden facts. Rene Fomby brings the reader a satisfactory conclusion where he or she will want to read more of Sam's adventures.


   

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Review of Anna's Courage

Anna's Courage
Kristin Noel Fischer

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

The mind's psyche is a cruel place. Once the love of a person gets in it, love stays. If that lover dies, the thought of that person is hard to replace and becomes an interference in any new relationship.

In Anna's choice, Anna made a decision after her military husband was kill-in-action. She will never marry another active soldier among other resolutions she avoided like the plague.

Then came a meeting and a kiss that would send her into a spin. A tailspin that spins again when that man came back into her life because of a tragedy in both their lives.

The man, she thinks about for a few months, brother and sister-in-law die in a car accident. They are her neighbors. Anna and his joining concern are the young children of those lost.

The loving of those children brings Anna closer to him, and her fears become a psychological problem. She loves him but doesn't want to make the leap of faith and love him. He understands her fears and tries to subtlety and beguiling to help her overcome them because he wants Anna in his life.

You'll have to read this sometimes-upsetting tear jerker to see if Anna can overcome her fears.

Ms. Fischer has written an excellent love story which shows how twisted a mind can get when emotions take over logic.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review of Murder & Spice and Everything Nice

MURDER & SPICE AND
EVERYTHING NICE

Caryn Thomas Mitchell

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Ivy Bloom moves back home to open a bookstore with her sister. That mansion is the backdrop for some strange murders that interrupt the opening of a store that has room for every genre - Kitchen, cookbook, etc. - you get the various divides.

During the final preparations, people come knocking to see Ivy. One being, what seems to be the leader of a cult, looking for one of his disciples who had visited the building earlier.

Minutes later, the whole town is put into a frenzy which includes a major property fire. It's not Ivy's best interest to investigate what is happening; warns her childhood friend, who is now the detective in charge of solving the crimes.

Ivy, being Ivy, a snoop, and a mystery writer to boot, doesn't listen to his admonishes. She, with her sister's help, digs deeper into the crimes leading to a potentially deadly event.

Does Ivy get her man or is it the straw that broke the camel’s back? On the local beach, a man with a metal detector helps her reach her fate.

Ms. Thomas Mitchell's writing is snappy, comical, and connects the dots in this fast-paced Ivy Bloom Mystery novel. I was surprised that it was over when it was with a knockout finish.




Sunday, July 2, 2017

Review of An Enlightening Quiche

An Enlightening Quiche

Eva Pasco

Reviewed by author Roy Murry

Augusta and Lindsay come from two different worlds. Augusta born and bred in Beauchemin, a small Rhode Island town, and Lindsay, a historian, who resides in Boston, Massachusetts, cross paths because of Beauchemin's French Canadian historical past.

They tell their stories in alternating chapters in somewhat of a soliloquy style with discourses and bantering monologs about past lovers, friends, family, and the people of Beauchemin's. Augusta is an administrator in the town's main factory. Lindsay changes residence hired to investigate into the historical value of it.

Their storytelling was somewhat lengthy at times but entertaining and insightful into the town's array of characters whom Augusta knew personally, a few biblically. Lindsay, in her research, finds a new home from the chaotic Boston lifestyle. Both stories converge on Augusta's childhood friend Estelle's prominent family that owns the factory and a young child's life-changing tragedy. 

The bedroom tales, a disaster in a child's life, a Quiche Contest, and Estelle and Augusta's hidden past, Ms. Pasco details with comedy, drama, and enlightenment into the past of relocated hard working Canucks. Her writing is intelligent and easy to digest after getting into the rhythm of her sometimes-elongated sentences.

This Quiche was humanizing from a woman's point of view.



Friday, June 23, 2017

Review of COBALT

COBALT

C.G. BLADE

Review by Author Roy Murry

In the last hundred years or so, the world has gone from a one-prop airplane to fly into space; machinery has taken over work people did; and one-day social functions may be taken over by AI, Artificial Intelligence or mostly known as Robots. These events happened because of imagination.

Mr. Blade's COBALT has that type of images embedded within his fast moving Si-Fi novel, First in a Trinity Series. Pushing present day politics to a plausible extreme, with its greed and globalist theme of World Order, he takes the USA into an open society run by three Presidents.

His main character, Petra, champion of the non-state of affairs, is kept alive to fight the evil of the 2080s. COBALT, an amazing formula, is what keeps her functioning at an unbelievable capacity that her opponents in battle are incapacitated and destroyed.

The adventures, strange confrontations, and side-kick antics with a mind-reading computer that helps Petra conquer situations are amusing and deadly.
The supporting characters are well developed, aiding her to meet goals.

The plot is fast-paced, dynamic, and full of caveats that the intelligent reader will understand and think about for days, as I have, since writing this review. Cobalt is full of surprises any reader will enjoy, even if you are like me who rarely buys this genre.

A great find, buy: http://amzn.to/2s3P6v1


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review of THE LETTER

THE LETTER

Kathryn Hughes

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry



'Life is not fair' and 'You can't pick your parents,' are sayings that have been used for centuries. They are apropos for the dramatic love story that keeps the reader wondering how the human race can believe what they do.

A la somewhat Romeo and Juliet, Billy from the wrong side of tracks falls in love with Chrissie, whose father is a prominent doctor, is also smitten. The time is just before World War II and a period in Manchester, England when Father knew best and ruled the family with an iron fist. He, of course, doesn't like Billy one bit - need I say more.

Fast forward thirty years, a young woman finds THE LETTER written by Billy to Chrissie in an old suit left at a second-hand store. She is in an uncomfortable situation with her husband, and they separate. Her curiosity about the letter brings her to investigate the origin and its owners.

The contents of the love letter and the young lady's need to have closure on her heartache and that of the correspondence designated recipient leads the reader on a journey. Its twist and turns present and the past is heartbreaking, disturbing, and hopeful for the future of all that is living but for one.

If you're looking a cry and understanding of the religious mores of that era, THE LETTER is a read you will enjoy immensely.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review of Bull Street

  BULL STREET
A Wall Street Novel
            by
 DAVID LENDER

Reviewed by 
Author Roy Murry

The world of Wall Street in New York City is unlike any other financial district. It is the heartbeat of America's clock on how its livelihood is functioning.

We and the world watch its fluctuations daily. In Mr. Lender's novel, he writes about people of The Street who make it work, albeit corruption of that system is the central theme.

Lender's protagonist Richard arrives in NYC for interviews, and coincidently meets one of The Street's Tycoons before an interview to work for an investment banking major player. It takes a while, but he lands the job.

From there on, the story moves at a fast pace. Richard's abilities and likeability move him into a position of intrigue after encountering a discrepancy in company trading E-mails. With a woman cohort, they investigate and document their findings.

Entanglement with the government becomes a fatal problem for the two, because of the criminal environment that surrounds them and for being honest in their endeavor to uncover the sender of the E-mails. International factors and the Tycoon's involvement brings down the house of cards, so to speak.

The story's ending is a show stopper, putting the reader on edge, anticipating murder or vindication. This novel is enjoyable to the end.

Purchase at:    http://amzn.to/2sAcGEd


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review of Booked for Murder

Booked for Murder
Cee Cee James

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

When a murder happens in a hotel, chaos takes over via a police investigation. In this case, Cee Cee's protagonist is the newbie hotel manager and part-time mystery writer Maisie Swenson.

A convention is a backdrop of the case whose principal founder is floating in the pool lifeless. Maisie, her dog, and mother become secondary investigators, the dog finding evidence, the mother with platitudes, and Maisie with a nose for putting two and two together and getting to an answer.

Sometimes the answer is not right, and you end up with the short end of the stick. Maisie finds the solution and almost ends up in a body bag.

Cee Cee does an excellent job developing her characters and plot, keeping you guessing as to whodunit alone with Maisie. The novel is an enjoyable read and recommended for a rainy day which I finished reading while listening to stormy weather.

Good start for the Oceanside Mystery Series.




Monday, May 29, 2017

Review of What You Do To Me

What You Do to Me
BARBARA LONGLEY

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

A radio program's listener answers a question and Sam the handyman calls into the station to dispute an accusation. The problem is he gives his real name and the name of his company.

Now everyone wants to get some of Sam's handiwork. A controlling mother sets up her daughter to resolve her home improvement disaster and to push her in the right direction, so to speak.

From this point on, the story is cute, sassy, sexy, and lovable. There are many twists and turns between Sam and Haley, the daughter placed in a humiliating position.

She fights back to teach her mother and Sam a lesson. Sam wants to prove himself and contracts Haley into improving her home and her opinion of him. She agrees, and a friendly constructing relationship develops.

Where it goes, you'll have to read the book. This novel is a good lead-in for the series. The characters are heartland ish, strong willed, and the backbone of America.

What You Do To Me is a delightful romance novel that will have you laughing, crying, and rooting for a happy ending, which may not arrive. 

You’ll have to purchase the book to find out: http://amzn.to/2qysPF0


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review of READY to FUMBLE

READY to FUMBLE

CHRISTY BARRIT

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

I enjoyed this #1 in a Mystery Series where the main character stumbles along trying to find her missing father, which becomes the subsequent investigation of many. Joey, aka Raven in a TV Detective series suspended, for the time being, is looking for her father in his last stomping grounds and is pushed into another missing person's case.

Because of her TV persona, Joey listens to a woman's plight in finding her lover and reluctantly takes on the case, not for the money but the diversion. She jumps into the adventure which has its twists and turns, meeting two attractive eligible men in the events that lead to murder.

Joey's character is endearing and complicate, but understandably plausible. She uses her TV knowledge and experiences, i.e., she has a PI license and knows how to use a weapon, to help her move forward in reaching her goal.

Detective Joey/Raven's investigation ends in a place that the reader will want to know what comes next. When this happens, you know you have found a unique character and series.

I will come back to Joey's mysteries.



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review of MURDER ME, A Novel

MURDER ME
A Novel

John Meany

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


This novel is more like a TV novella that has twists, highs, and lows that keep you wanting to turn on to the next episode the following day. As a novel, the characters complement the main character's delusions and conflicts.

A young lady's husband is killed in a freak accident and on top of that she goes through another horrific event, leading into atypical acts unbeknown to her mother who she moved in with after the demise of her true love. Her mom and a friend question her stability which is erratic, but let her find her way on her own.

Ghosts of the past invade her mental state wanting relief and companionship that she finds with mother's covert influence and drugs. Her mother's deception for her good comes to light, and our artistic protagonist flees to find herself with a few tranquilizers.

Her dormant creative abilities blooms and love for her child help her return to reality and the ones she loves. However, the ending will surprise the reader with an unconventional peak.

MURDER ME is my second read of John Meany's works. I'll be looking for his next.

Purchase:    http://amzn.to/2qRIlAg


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Review of Deadly Impasse

DEADLY IMPASSE

Seumas Gallacher

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

International criminals care only about the money and the power they have over people. When things do not go their way, they eliminate those people whom they feel are responsible for any inconvenience in obtaining it.

In Deadly Impasse, Mr. Gallacher gives the reader a thrilling adventure around that theme. A drug trafficking team, ex-Legionnaires, have lost money and are out to eliminate the persons responsible even though those people had no control of the events that led to the loss.

In aggressive counter operations, International Security Partners', an internationally known small group, protects the person at the center of the criminals’ grief. Crossing borders and continents, the action moves from one country to another leading to a surprising conclusion.

Mr. Galacher's characters are well developed and colorful since this is the fifth in his Jack Calder series. However, the book can be read alone because he flawlessly brings them alive without reference to prior books.

I still would read the others in this series as I have; each stands alone and will keep the reader's attention. All are page turners.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Review of Mamie Garrison



Mamie Garrison

Teresa McRae

Reviewed by
Author Roy Murry





The underground railroad and slavery in the United States of America are a story we Americans know is part of our history, but few are connected personally. The stories are many, and few are brought to light the way Ms. McRae has in Mamie Garrison. 

Using a present day event, a house left to a grandchild becomes the uncovering of the early inhabitants participating in freeing humans from their enslavers. The recipient, a young lady lawyer, finds a journal of Mamie who's identity propels her to risk her life and that of others to help in that endeavor.

The people who were enslaved and those who helped free them went through are impelling life change. Using Mamie's journal read by her relative, this preamble to Civil War comes alive.

Going back and forward, the reader, tells her story of meeting a man who helps unravels some mysteries related to Mamie, the slave trade, and how the adjacent properties' occupants were involved.

Ms. McRae has done an excellent job of bringing the reader into a tale that lives on through the journal readers eyes and unique abilities. The writing is clean, interesting, and believable. I'd recommend reading on to Book 2.

Purchase: http://amzn.to/2oVViDQ
     




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Review of The Smuggler's Gambit



The Smuggler's Gambit

Sara Whitford

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


This first book of the Adam Fletcher Adventures I picked from a list because I like the word Gambit. Those who play chess know the importance of planning one's moves (Gambit) before playing and changing it to your advantages to produce the result desired, that being to win the game.

In Smuggler's Gambit, Adam is a young man full piss and vinegar, seventeen, who gets in trouble with the law defending his mother's honor. Forced into an apprenticeship, he becomes a pawn in a game he is too young to understand, smuggling.

A criminal minded man, who makes the first move, using his popularity posture, leads Adam into a deadly game of life. His ward is a respectable smuggler, considering the historical period before the American Revolution when the King's subjects disliked his taxes in which the story evolves.

Adam's resolves his confusion between the two men and makes an unorthodox move that gives the upper hand to the criminals. Through ingenuity, Adam's near-death experience after a happenstance with those undesirables is his last adventurous move that gives him and his new family a checkmate.  

The game was played well by Adam with little experience in such matters. The Smuggler's Gambit is a must read to start the series.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Review of Unexpected

UNEXPECTED
A Cassie-Baxter Mystery

Cindy Blackburn

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Cassie-Baxter, a history professor, has become one of my favorite characters; and the people surrounding her are interesting as well. She, going through her normal work week and interactions, seems to come up with the answers to a mystery that no one else can see, including law enforcement.

In this case, someone is dead from a car accident near the lovely lakeside town in which she and her Si-Fi writer father live. Cassie receives an unusual task which presents problems. With much confusion, a child who has secrets as to what happened comes into her family’s care.

Blackburn’s writes into the core story secondary fun adventures produced by Cassie’s father and next door boyfriend neighbor that enhances the central mystery. They are enjoyable and move the characters and reader to determine who-done-it.

The writing is well thought out and easy-going, flowing along with few bumps in the road. You’ll laugh and like the tone that leads you to an explosive ending. Then all is calm for the Baxters plus two in Lake Elizabeth until a new mystery comes to a calling.


Purchase: http://amzn.to/2paJqlO

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Review of Dead over Heels

DEAD over HEELS

THERESA BRAUN


Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


Ms. Braum has written a compelling situational paranormal thriller that will chill your bones if you believe such phenomena. Using a couple who just met, she weaves a story with a twist I didn't see coming.


A man and a woman meet for their first date at a restaurant where, after chitchat, they encounter a strange occurrence which snowballs into the woman's psyche. What she believes infects her mind into plausibility leading to an adverse action.  


The man, who has fallen in love as she, goes back to the restaurant at her bidding. He becomes overwhelmed with the situation and wants to move in another direction.


After a short separation, she convinces him to meet with her. This meeting culminates love stories one will remember if they read DEAD over HEELS.



Purchase at http://amzn.to/2oP55jr

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Review of What Haunts Me


WHAT HAUNTS ME

Margaret Millmore

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Do you believe in Ghosts? Then this entertaining story of Ghost Killers will keep you enthralled and engaged from page one of this book one of a series.

The story is brimming with different variations of the scary, spooky, and helpful kinds of spirits. The characters and the ghosts are well developed into a plausible conflict that comes to a peak.

The two main characters were brought together by their ancestors to fight against a villain and are in a "Love and hate situation." Whether their union will continue depends on the conflict with this powerful and wealthy adversary.

Ms. Millmore seems to have done much research to put this ghostly background into a believable and likable adventure. Book two is on my list because I had fun reading her pleasant diversion.



  

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review of THE PROFESSOR

THE PROFESSOR

A Legal Thriller

ROBERT BAILEY

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

An Attorney at Law has many options during his career if his credentials are excellent. Tom McMurtrie was one of Alabama’s best, and after a short career as a trial lawyer circumstance led him to decide to become a professor at his alma mater; the man called.

Fast forward; a major accident occurs, Tom is in trouble at the University, and one of his recent students, Drake, who he had an altercation with is called upon by him to proceed with the case for the plaintiff.  

Luckily, the story is not that simple. As the plot evolves, Tom's, his student's, and the people involved with the accidental crime infested case moves at a fast pace. The reader must pay attention to keep the characters and the events in their proper sequence.

This thriller is a page-turner: the characters are developing, and actions understandable; the backdrop of the case is constantly changing, and the alternatives of the plaintiff's lawyer’s case fluctuate as much as a yo-yo.

This legal novel is as good as it gets.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review of Adios America

ADIOS AMERICA

THE LEFT'S PLAN TO TURN THE COUNTRY INTO A THIRD WORLD HELLHOLE

ANN COULTER

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Let me start by saying I am an Independent voter. I read this political book with limited political knowledge or interest in same.

Ms. Coulter's discourse is about where the United States of America is heading because of its immigration's policy (Legal or illegal). She details where we are, what is happening, and where we are going if we stay on the path we are following albeit before the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the USA.

I was overwhelmed by the information she outlined and chronicled using notes of accurate reports. If half of what she says is true, this country has been on the wrong path as far as immigration is a concern. And, if that path continues, America as we have known it will cease to exist.

The prose was somewhat above my political knowledge but was easy to comprehend with a little investigation on my part. The flow moved along smoothly and was enjoyable to read.

I feel this book is important to read if you care to understand Mr. Trump's lauding it and putting some of its principles into his policies while running for President, which was well received.



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Review of Hostile Witness

Hostile Witness

A Josie Bates Thriller

Rebecca Forster

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


Firstly, I will note that Ms. Forster's prose kept me on the edge of my seat. The flow of this thriller was a fast pace. She laid out the framework of a drama that one couldn't wait for the next turn of events.

The character Josie Bates, a lawyer, is developed and complicated. Her cognitive decision making drives the narrative in a direction the reader will follow with interest, enjoying the results.

In support, with love and concern, is her lover and ex-cop Archie, who fulfills Josie's needs as a friend, lover, and crime solving helper. Along with Max, Josie's dog, the legal conundrums are delved into.

This book is the first in a series of detective work, courtroom drama, and understanding of why people break the law. Conflicts are resolved but not always to the reader’s delight.

Ms. Forster has put together a good team that the reader will want to turn to in the future, as I will, to passed a few hours in Josie's legal world. I am looking forward to reading another courtroom thriller of hers.

Purchase at:   http://amzn.to/2nihSa9 Free Today.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Review of The Deep State

THE DEEP STATE
THE FALL OF THE CONSTITUTION
AND THE RISW OF A SHADOW
GOVERNMENT

Mike Lofgren

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

As a Washington, D.C. Beltway retired insider, Mr. Lofgren gives the reader his interpretation of The Deep State of the United States of America – its government and how it functions. Interwoven within the policy making of the government are factors that have been inherent for over thirty years.

Decisions that control our daily lives and our costly foreign policies are somehow managed by the personnel fixtures within all the leading agencies. CIA, FBI, State Department, Military, et al. Influencing movers and doers of the government, not the elected ones, and long-term legislators manipulate the direction of the USA towards a Globalist agenda.

Mr. Lofgren’s specific scenarios of corroding government institutions that interact with corporate and banking to reach their goals are compelling. His evaluations of these sinister plots are somewhat disturbing even though hard to prove.

The influences (Career officials) throughout the government, according to Mr. Lofgren and somewhat valid, have directed the USA on the wrong path – Not Making America Great Again, but destroying our future as a world leader. In the final chapter, his not so perfect solutions are developed.

I found Mr. Lofgren’s thesis interesting, well developed, and profound. Although, his leaving out International Banking (Ala Rothschild et al.) other controlling individuals like George Soros and the Council on Foreign Relations http://www.cfr.org/  a little concerning. But you can’t put everything in one book nor open yourself to lawsuits.

The discourse is well worth the read for those who are inclined at understanding how the government may work. Purchase: http://amzn.to/2mfiIGW

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review of Once Gone

ONCE GONE
A Riley Paige Mystery-Book 1

Blake Pierce

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


There is a mass murder out there - A story written about many times with different twists. And there will always be new ways of killing a human in the future.

What makes Mr. Pierce’s mystery different is the introduction of Riley Paige, a working divorced women FBI agent. The murders are predictable in the genre. A man with a deranged mind kills women and places them in a doll-like position for the police to find.

It’s the Riley character that is unpredictable in her gut feeling evaluations of the crime that leads to a conclusion. She is also was a crime victim of another deviate which at times clouds her movement.

Her partner, Bill's involvement, is somewhat supportive. However, it's Riley’s out of the FBI Box thinking and decorum that cuts through the protocol which gets results. Her character is compelling.

Mr. Pierce has developed a character that readers will enjoy when reading forward in the series. And, the author’s final mysterious note on Riley’s pillow leaves the reader wanting to know what next could happen to her.

I think I'll come back and read Book 2.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Review of Rules of the Earth

Rules of the Earth: a dark
disturbing detective thriller

Wendy Cartmell

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Sgt. Major Crane, an ex-military investigator, comes out of medical retirement and teams up with his police detective friend DCI Anderson to solve an English city’s mystery – a girl is found walking the streets, with an identity problem. She is also frightened out of her mind and doesn’t speak.

Under his jurisdiction, Anderson is baffled by the crime and asks Crane to help. In their first endeavor, with Anderson as the boss, Crane adds a new dimension to Anderson’s investigation team which seems to be lacking in ability.

This thriller dabbles into the occult that has produced the crime the child has survived. Then another child has been affected. Leading the team to fear, more children may be at risk.

The devil is closer than one may think. He is in a breakdown mode due to the fact he feels overwhelmed by his cult’s cohort’s inability, his family member’s pestering, and his unproductive work habits. In his breakdown, Crane and Anderson have their suspicions but can’t put their finger on the problem.

An unpredictable event occurs; Crane and Anderson go into action, and a thrilling ending leads you into the next book in this (Crane & Anderson Detective Series.) It’s as good as the Crane Series. Thumbs Up.




Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review of Dark Angel

Dark Angel
(An Angel Novel Book 2)

Jane West

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


This is the second in a series, and I generally don’t read the second book in a series. However, Ms. West’s first, I enjoyed completely.

Stevie, the main character, is free from confinement for crimes she didn’t commit. Coming out of a drugged induced environment, she returns to a comfortable situation but realizes that something is missing.

The world she was held in took something from her that is part of her existence. She wants to return to that parallel to get back what was taken from her. Her abilities are not fully developed, but she pushes on to her goal.

In her quest, Stevie comes in contact with others somewhat of her kind, one of which she has affections for, as he for her. But conflict does not slow Stevie from her goal.

Reaching her goal is near when the world is coming apart, and all is not well when this fast paced fantasy comes to an end that leaves open the door for the next in the series. Jane West leaves you wanting for more of this fantastic adventure of a young woman who metamorphosis into an Angel of another world.  


Purchased at: http://amzn.to/2kzcDjO 

Review of Dream Angel (Book 1) http://bit.ly/2hA6p6n


Review of Unsurpassed

Unsurpassed 
(No Rival Book 1)

Charity Parkerson

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Charity has a way with setting up an erotic scene and pulling you through it where you come out the other side satisfied in the encounter. In Unsurpassed, she takes the wet dreams of her main character Aubree about her gym mates Max and Ryan and spins it into an adventure that leads in another direction.

A conflict arises between one of the mates and a grand MMA champion named Drew. Aubree’s has new fantasies which might come to fruition or not depend on her friends and their desires.

I won’t tell who did who, but each sexual encounter was a turn on. Aubree is satisfied with her involvement even if one or two of the mates weren’t. 

There are other conflicts among the mates which became brutal at one point. Hopefully, the conflicts will smooth out in the next in this series.

The ending was not expected. Some may like it, but some may not. However, it was a good lead into Book 2.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Review of CONSIRACY

None Dare Call It
  CONSPIRACY

Gary Allen with Larry Abraham

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

When I saw this best seller at a Paper Back Bookstore, I said to myself, “WTF?” ‘Conspiracy – who, what, where, when, why?’ went through my head. I bought the worn-down paperback for $2.

These gentlemen outlined a plausible takeover of the world by members of The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Rooted in World Banking, they perpetuated the concept of Socialism and controlling the world population with their oligopoly pulling strings.

This conspiracy started with names of men you know – Rothschild, Morgan, Rockefeller, and their families’ hand-picked wealthy cohorts over the centuries. Their banks and ancestors bankrolled warring parties, sometimes both sides of the battle, and presently control the world's currency movement.

They unscrupulously manipulated politicos and news around the world to keep them as the Established Elite. Allen and Abraham’s short discourse is up to and including the Nixon Administration.

The author of this review has done some precursory study of present-day politics (2010 -2016), and has found that CFR was active in the Obama Administration, but not so in the new Trump government. This will be discussed at another time on my new Website.

What I will say is that this book filled the gaps in my understanding of what happening in the world and to me via Vietnam and college where I read CFR’s quarterly Foreign Affairs at our campus library. At the time, 1970 –’75, I could not understand their interpretation of the affairs of the world. I know now – it was propaganda to perpetuate CFR’s cause to rule the world – A CONSPIRACY?


You tell me: http://amzn.to/2jK241Z Book sold over 5 million copies.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Review of KISS ME WHEN I'M DEAD

KISS ME WHEN I’M DEAD

DOMINIC PIPER

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


Daniel Beckett is a detective that projects himself into the lives of many women who fall for his none committal aura. On his mission to find a beautiful missing young lady, Beckett, the smooth one, is interrupted in his quest by well-endowed and attractive women.

It’s not all play. The contract Daniel has with an old wealthy gun runner to find his lost daughter is complicated, and it seems she doesn’t want to be found. Some of her acquaintances give Beckett clues as to her whereabouts and extracurricular activity that is enjoyed by both parties if you know what I mean.

The twist and turns of this adventure will keep the reader engaged. You won't know who the bad guys are to the end unless you catch the clues.

Piper’s story is not erotica, but an enjoyable where-is-she. The surprising ending will be a hair-raising experience, which will bring the reader to thinking, "What is wrong with some people?"

The writing is smart, witty, and brutal as publicized. I add that it is also an unlikely endeavor that came across as near possibility. Beckett is a sustainable character but will probably die from too much sex in the third book in the series – funny, but true.

If you want a quick read over the weekend, this will do.      http://amzn.to/2jGaum1