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

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.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Review of Dead over Heels



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.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Review of 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



A Legal Thriller


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




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.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Review of The Deep State


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

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.  

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

Review of 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


None Dare Call It

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




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


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Review of The Creature from Jekyll Island

The Creature from Jekyll Island

G. Edward Griffin

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

This horrific story about the history of the United States of America’s and the World’s financial institutions involvement in war and manipulation of the wealth’s of nations is incredibly poignant. Everyone, who cares about the future of the world, must read this interpretation.

In a storytelling flow, Mr. Griffin details the birth of publicly owned central banks, of which The Federal Reserve is one. They produce/print money out of nothing, and all the politicos get their piece of the action at the inflationary cost to the rest of the public.

According to the author, using detailed footnotes, wars and nations have been manipulated by the elite money controllers at central banks granting loans on both sides of warring individuals and enabled dictators. These events have been hidden from the public, as news is being controlled today.

Without going into details, I am appalled how world leaders a la The Council on Foreign Relations http://www.cfr.org/, World Bank, IMF, UN, and NATO, using Globalist goals, have controlled the futures of all countries. Griffin insists this has to stop, and I am inclined to agree.

If you care to know more of his endeavor to stop global politicians and monetarist rule over our lives, check out Freedom Force International https://www.freedomforceinternational.org/

While reading this well written and supportive narrative, I can say that I have been enlightening about the political philosophies that are controlling our lives, and I am not happy about the world situation we are in. It’s where a few wealthy elite control how this planet will survive because they know best.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Review of Obsidian Puma

(The Aztec Chronicles Book 1)

Zoe Saadia

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Young people become of age differently. During the time of the growth of the Aztec nations, a young woman of fourteen summers depending on which layer of the caste system, he or she would be in school or working in a shop learning a trade.

In Ms. Saadia’s novel, each child is representative of the royalty, middle, and working class and a female child of the working class bring the adventure together. The boys go out to looking for hidden caves, putting themselves in grave danger returning home with different types of wounds. One is missing through the night into the next day.

During the second sojourn, Chanti, the young lady takes charge of the group looking for the lost boy, who is more man than the others. We get to know the character of each member’s strengths and weakness.

The Aztec class system is at issue within the interaction of the members confronting the common enemy of their city-state. A lesson they learn is that a civilization needs complementary abilities to survive.

One member rises from a near death occasion, bringing about an ending that leads into new horizons for all the young people involved. The adventure binds them and the future of their country.

Ms. Saadia’s storytelling brings out the time and place of the Aztec Nation without being historically boring. Contrary, the lives of these adventurers is enjoyable and endearingly well done. Great lead in of a series.