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Audiobook Review: Found by Harlan Coben

Found is the third entry in the Mickey Bolitar young adult series by author Harlan Coben. You can read my review of the first book here and the second book here. So, how does Found stack up to the other two novels and is it worth your time? Read on to find out.

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Murder, She Wrote: Murder on Parade

I met the late, great author Donald Bain at ThrillerFest, and I had the pleasure of interviewing him in 2013. He was a kind and gifted man, and when Donald Bain passed away in 2017 I was devastated. Thankfully, his amazing Murder, She Wrote novels live on. Around the time of the 4th of July this year, I decided to read Murder on Parade because it too takes place during the 4th of July. Is it any good? Read on for my thoughts.

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Audiobook Review: Seconds Away by Harlan Coben

I recently reviewed Shelter by Harlan Coben, the first book in the Mickey Bolitar series of young adult novels by my favorite author. Next up is Seconds Away, the second book in this series. As with the first, I opted to listen to the audiobook version. Read on for my thoughts on this novel.

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Audiobook Review: Shelter by Harlan Coben

Shelter by Harlan Coben is the author’s first foray into young adult fiction. It’s also the first of three books in the Mickey Bolitar series. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because this series focuses on the nephew of Myron Bolitar, best known as the lead protagonist in the majority of Harlan Coben’s thrillers.

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The Elder Scrolls — Zaneta’s Chronicles, Part One: Vvardenfell

Having sunk hundreds of hours into various video games in The Elder Scrolls franchise, I’m a massive fan of this series. Therefore, I’m always looking for different ways to immerse myself in the world that is The Elder Scrolls, whether it be through the soundtracks, tabletop games, or novels. With this in mind, I was eager to read The Elder Scrolls — Zaneta’s Chronicles, Part One: Vvardenfell by A.L. Zuniga. This book is the first in a trilogy about a character named Zaneta, and it is set in The Elder Scrolls’ universe.

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Book Review: Wrestling With Joeylicious

Wrestling With Joeylicious is a novel written by Drummer/Actor/Writer/Producer Joey Cassata and Christopher Lynn. I’m a huge wrestling fan and when I saw this book promoted on my Facebook timeline I thought to myself, “Who is this Joeylicious guy?” I assumed he was some independent wrestler I never heard of. I figured if he had written a book about his career, he must be somewhat well known. Then I saw that my buddies Matt and Cameron were about to interview him for Completely Damaged. So, I decided to give this book a go. And I even had the opportunity to interview Joey Cassata too. Stay tuned for my interview with Joey. Until then, let’s dive into his book: Wrestling With Joeylicious.

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Audible Review: A Deadly Shade of Gold

A Deadly Shade of Gold is the fifth book in the Travis McGee series. In this entry, McGee picks up the phone and hears a voice from the past, he can’t help it. He has to meddle. Especially when he has the chance to reunite Sam Taggart, a reckless, restless man like himself, with the woman who’s still waiting for him. But what begins as a simple matchmaking scheme soon becomes a bloody chase that takes McGee to Mexico, a beautiful country — and one from which he hopes to return alive. John D. MacDonald has really gotten the hang of writing for this character, and it shows. The dialogue is entertaining, and there are action-packed events throughout this Audible Original.

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Book Review: The President Is Missing

As you probably gathered from my previous post, I was excited about reading The President Is Missing. Unfortunately, after reading 10 chapters, I lost interest in the book. It failed to capture my attention because nothing compelling occurred in the first 10 chapters. Something shocking has to happen in the first chapter of a thriller so that it makes me want to keep turning the pages to see how it all comes together. Unfortunately, it seems that Bill Clinton’s influence on this book was to the story’s detriment as it moves at a snail’s pace and is bogged down by political jargon and details that get in the way of the James Patterson’s normally fast-paced writing style. I made a decision a few years ago to stop reading books that aren’t good. I realized that there is no need to waste hours of my time on a book that isn’t enjoyable. To my disappointment, The President Is Missing is one of those books.

Book Review: One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline is one of my favorite authors and I love reading her domestic thrillers that are released every spring. Her latest, One Perfect Lie, is a solid thriller. However, I didn’t find it nearly as compelling or satisfying as her previous work.

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Book Review: The Games by James Patterson

btn3-square-1536I just finished The Games by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan and it was excellent. This novel was perfectly timed as it deals with two major sporting events, one of which is right around the corner: the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. There are two parallel storylines at play in this novel, neither of which I’ll divulge in my review because I don’t want to spoil either of them. However, I can tell you that the storylines are compelling and that both are brought to satisfactory conclusions. As with all of James Patterson’s thrillers, the pacing in this book is tremendous. The pages fly by and no words are wasted. Every page and chapter move the story and the characters forward, toward the novel’s thrilling climax. The Games is one of my favorite James Patterson books, and I highly recommend it.

Book Synopsis

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil–home to beautiful white-sand beaches, gorgeous women, stunning natural beauty, and the world’s largest Carnival celebration–knows how to throw a party. So it’s a natural choice to host the biggest spectacles in sports–the World Cup and the Olympics. To ensure that the games go off without a hitch, the organizers turn to Jack Morgan, the unflappable head of the renowned international security and consulting firm Private. But when events are this exclusive, someone’s bound to get left off the guest list.

Two years after the action nearly spilled from the field to the stands during soccer’s championship match, Jack is back in Rio for the Olympics. But before the cauldron is even lit, the only thing more intense than the competition is the security risks. When prominent clients he’s supposed to be protecting disappear, and bodies mysteriously start to litter the streets, Jack is drawn deep into the heart of a ruthless underworld populated by disaffected residents trying to crash the world’s biggest party. As the opening ceremonies near, with the world watching in horror, Jack must sprint to the finish line to defuse a threat that could decimate Rio and turn the games from a joyous celebration into a deadly spectacle. 

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