Book Review –  The Candidate (Newsmakers #2)  by Lis Wiehl

Book Review – The Candidate (Newsmakers #2) by Lis Wiehl

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The Candidate (Newsmakers #2)

by Lis Wiehl

I’ve been given the opportunity to read and review Lis Wiehl & Sebastian Stuart’s second Erica Sparks novel: “The Candidate”.
As a lover of political thrillers, I must say that this novel disappointed me, I will explain why soon after the summary of the plot.

Sparks is a rising star in GNN, a fictional CNN like network, after apparently exposing a shocking plot related to Nylan Hastings GNN’s tycoon owner, in the first book (I have not read the first book of the series so excuse me if this is a poor account of the events).
In “The Candidate” the rising star covers the presidential campaign, with the elections only a few weeks away. With a catastrophe hitting the democratic summit, it looks like Sen. Ortiz – the movie star like war hero – is on his sure path to the presidency. But in Erica’s opinion something’s amiss: is it Ortiz mechanic like conduct? His wife Celeste who seems to be holding a tight leash? or the Ortizes’ all mysterious advisor and fried Lily Lau? While struggling with her own personal life: custody of her daughter and distance relationship with her fiancée, Sparks will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the case!
In short (why I was disappointed): The characters are weak, I could not relste to anyone, especially not to Erica Sparks, not to mention the bond villain like Lily Lau. The plot is farfetched, and highly implausible. The writing is too fast paced for my liking and lacks needed imagery. On the bright side: it’s a gripping tale, which would make a good Hollywood movie someday.
I was especially put off with the recurring references to the first novel, I deemed it unnecessary to establish Spark’s current stardom, nor was I impressed with Sparks love-life: she “falls” for one of her daughter’s friend’s dad, then takes back her alleged cheating fiancée… uncharacteristically.

I awarded the novel 2 star, which is somewhat lower than my usual ratings, and had it not been flowing and thrilling despite its problems – It would have gotten an even lower score. Lis Wiehel is a very talented writer, and I feel that the pressure of publishing a second Sparks book in due deadline took the better of her here.

 

 

 
Free Book – Illegal by John Dennehy

Free Book – Illegal by John Dennehy

Free Book – Illegal by John Dennehy

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memoir, biography, travel

 

Blurb:

Illegal tells the true story of love and deception, revolutions and deportations as it chronicles the escapades and the trials of John Dennehy. Naïve New Yorker, Dennehy refuses to be part of the feverish nationalism of post 9/11 America. His search for hope in the midst of choicelessness takes him to Ecuador, where he falls in love with firebrand Lucia, who perfects his broken Spanish and they find solidarity in the brewing social revolution. Dennehy is deported but he has found something worth fighting for. This pulsating story of violent protests, illegal border crossings and loss of innocence raises questions about the futility of borders and irresistible power of nationalism.

 

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Free eBook – Least Wanted by Debbi Mack

Free eBook – Least Wanted by Debbi Mack

Least Wanted / Debbi Mack

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Genre:

Thriller / Mystery

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Can a lawyer defend two clients of murder before becoming the next victim?

Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae’s busy, but orderly life as a Maryland lawyer takes a chaotic turn when two clients are accused of murder. A poor, black girl is accused of killing her mother. A young man suspected of embezzlement is accused of murdering his boss. The cases collide in a bizarre way involving girl gangs and computer pornography.

Sam ventures into the heart of DC’s suburban ghettos to find answers. A maniacal killer who’ll do anything to hide them stalks her. After a nearly disastrous confrontation, Sam must do business on the run. As the body count grows, Sam races to learn the truth and clear her clients before she becomes the next victim.

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This is the second book in the Sam McRae mystery series, available only as an ebook. Right now, only the first book is available in all formats. My plan is to eventually re-launch the entire four-book series in print, ebook, and audiobook. If you enjoy this novel, I’d greatly appreciate your leaving an honest Amazon review with your thoughts.

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Free eBook – Black Lord of Eagles by Ben Blake

Free eBook – Black Lord of Eagles by Ben Blake

Free eBook : Black Lord of Eagles / Ben Blake

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Fantasy

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The Ashir thought they were alone in the world – until the strangers came to conquer. Now they are plunged into a struggle for survival, in which their hopes all lie with one man. Kai, the kamachi, living servant of the Teacher God.

 

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Hi, I’m Ben Blake. I have seven novels on Amazon and other sites, including The Risen King and the Troy trilogy. All are fantasy, with semi-historical settings. I hope you enjoy them.

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Free book – Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? by Sojourner McConnell

Free book – Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? by Sojourner McConnell

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Childrens’

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When the wind brings the cries of children to her ears, Dolcey is spurred into action. Comforting and aiding children in need are her main focus. Welcome to Dolcey’s world. Welcome to a world of magic and endless possibilities. When Emily has a big problem, her family tries to help, but some problems need something special to make things right. In Emily’s case, the special treatment is a visitor named Dolcey

 

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Free book – The Path of the Child by Sojourner McConnell

Free book – The Path of the Child by Sojourner McConnell

The Path of the Child / Sojourner McConnell

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Fiction, YA

 

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Seventeen-year-old Melanie Easton lives in a loveless home with her negligent, self-absorbed, and potentially dangerous mother. Consequently, she knows loneliness. Unexpectedly offered a ride with a classmate, Robert Reynolds, Melanie finds there is more to people than she ever imagined. Living in self-imposed anonymity, Melanie struggles to survive without becoming bitter and hate filled.

After being befriended by Robert Reynolds, windows of opportunity open for Melanie. Accordingly, the road to discovery divulges there may be reasons for her strange home life. The reasons she never imagined until she begins unraveling the documents hidden away, until now.

Out of the discovery of the secrets, lies, and deceptions, come the possibility for exciting changes. Perhaps along with the answers, comes the opportunity for genuine happiness.

A suspenseful story that will engage your heart and mind with hopefulness and admiration for Melanie’s courage and willingness for self-discovery and personal growth.

 

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Defender (The Voices #1) by G.X. Todd

Defender (The Voices #1) by G.X. Todd

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Defender (The Voices #1)

by G.X. Todd

A few words about the plot of this book:
the novel takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, in which self-aware voices have manifested inside most of the population’s heads, causing the vast majority of humans to go insane and to commit suicide. This world is one of anarchy and chaos: no government, no electricity, no facilities and no gas, just relics of old cities in ruins and the occasional vehicle or food scavenged. Literally the end of human civilization as we know it.
In this world, a stranger called Pilgrim agrees to give a young girl a ride, Lacey, set out to try and find her sister and her daughter, in Vicksburg.
They will be passing through the remnant of the world as we know it, in which the game is ‘survival of the fittest’. They face a gang led by vicious man, in the shadow of an urban myth of a flitting man who’s rounding up the remaining people “who hear”. Oh, and the mysterious biker Pilgrim hears one of these voices, who he refers to as “Voice” himself.I enjoyed “Defender”. For starts it’s not another “zombie book” but portrays a truly different take on the apocalypse. Second, behind the gory scenes, the characters are believable and their interrelations are sincere and interesting. I especially liked the relationship between Pilgrim and witty ‘Voice’
The book painted a universe that would raise many more questions, which were not answered throughout the story line, heck – half way through you realize that these questions will never be answered in the limits of this novel’s length, and for me that somewhat diminished the experience. The story is good, but the loose ends are being tied up in a hurry, and the plot line is left with an elaborated groundwork for a second book and possible a saga. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – but I craved more from the current novel. Practice what you preach and worry about the future later 😉

A rightful 4 stars though, with a nice and accurate writing, not too heavy on the gory descriptions, and an overall good scene-setting. Very good job for a debut novel.

 
Unpunished (Gardiner and Renner #2)  by Lisa Black

Unpunished (Gardiner and Renner #2) by Lisa Black

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Unpunished (Gardiner and Renner #2)

by Lisa Black

I’ve been given the chance to review Unpunished – Lisa Black’s second book in the Maggie Gardiner series. I have not read the first book, so this review may benefit people who are looking at the novel as a whole, rather than part of a series.
The plot is one of a classic detective novel, only the hero is a rather grey police worker and not an all mighty DC or DCI: Gardiner is a forensic expert who studies the crime scene and handles the post death technicalities. The other main character is Jack Renner, a homicide cop who’s a vigilante serial killer “at night”, but one with an ethical code of disposing only of the bad guys. If you had read “That Darkness” you would have known this by now as well as the fact that Gardiner is the only living soul who shares Jack’s secret.
The mystery revolves around the murder of a copy editor at the Cleveland Herald, who is found hanging above the grinding wheels of the newspaper assembly line. When more newspaper employees are killed, Maggie and Jack continue their unholy partnership, in an effort to uncover the eluding killer.

I liked “Unpunished”. It has the elements of a classic thriller, and Albeit it is secretly an exaggerated editorial advocating for the dying American news industry, it was still fun to see murders taking place above and under the printing press wheels. Sure, the journalistic facts (told mainly by the suspects) were tedious and all too lecture-y, but the story is well written and like any good thriller you’ll find it nearly impossible to guess who is the culprit.

The one thing that I thought the book had lacked, and that’s something I tend to look for in a series within the crime detective genre, is whether the novel can stand alone or not. And to be honest, it can’t. I immediately wanted to find out more about the incident that entangled Maggie Gardiner with Jack Renner – and even though on its own that’s not a bad thing – it still goes to show that if we take the element of their relationship out of “Unpunished”, it might have been a bit boring and one dimensional.

Having said that, the killer and now accomplice crime fighters are there, and “Unpunished” is interesting and gripping. I especially liked Gardiner as a CSI grey-worker who is the centre of things, and would have loved to see her character evolve a bit more… Luckily it’s a series 🙂 3 stars .. 3.5 on a better day.

 
How to add an eBook to your Kindle Reader?

How to add an eBook to your Kindle Reader?

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Hi all, Mobi is a very popular file format for books. If you have a Kindle device you don’t have to read only Amazon purchased books but your can download or send a book to your Kindle.

IF you connect your Kindle to your PC, then you simply “drag and drop” the .mobi file. In this page I will explain how to do this without the need to hook up your device physically.

 

The cable free method:

This is the way to send a .mobi file to your Kindle. Every Kindle has an email addres @kindle.com. You simply have to find that out and make sure that the email from which the book is sent, is marked safe in your amazon Kindle page.
1. Go to your Amazon site and scroll to Your Account > Manage Your Content and Devices

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Here you will see all your Kindle Devices and their email address

3. Add email to the safe list
Scrolling farther down there’s a list of “Safe Emails” that can send your Kindle books, documents and anything readable. Below your can add email addresses by clicking on “Add a new approved e-mail address“. Make sure to add only email addresses you know and trust!

We suggest adding your own email as well as admin@BookGobbler.com

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If you want the Book to appear in your Kindle library (recommended) we suggest Enabling this option (Just above the safe email list)

5. Finished! Now Every attachment sent from us or yourself will appear like magic in your Kindle device.

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No Evil (DCI Jack Callum #1)  by Maynard Sims 

No Evil (DCI Jack Callum #1)  by Maynard Sims 

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No Evil (DCI Jack Callum #1)

by Maynard Sims

CI Jack Callum investigates the murder of 14 year old Frances Anderton found with her eyes and lips sewn shut and her ears filled with candle wax. A letter is left showing a drawing of the three monkeys (hear no evil, see no evil, say no evil), and the murders continue, all victims are young and innocent but no link between them can otherwise be found. In short, the police hasn’t got a single lead.
It’s 1958, methods of investigation as well as people’s views and conduct are quite old fashioned, and Jack is an old fashion guy, but with a liberal mind.

The scenery and imagery are appealing, it’s an old fashioned town, back in old fashioned England. It’s fun. The characters are believable and likable, even though they sometimes engage in very flat conversations. The Plot of the thriller is a bit lacking: sure you want to find out who has done it and once the perpetrator is discovered you are invested in it as much as Jack (i.e. I really wanted to see the bastard pay). However, in general the plot is also kind of “flat”, the motive is far-fetched and even the way the police gained a lead that brings them closed to the conclusion, is by a mere chance, you would expect something a bit smarter there as well.
It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the book, I did, it’s a light read in general and is well written, it’s just that the plot and the conclusion did not convince me, and then, at the end of the day, I rather do something else with my time than reading about dead mutilated teenagers… I found the link to Cullum’s family (no spoilers don’t worry) a ploy to get us further emotionally invested in the fa-fetched script, and wasn’t impressed.
In conclusion – it’s an okay read. Literary wise very accomplished, story-wise, could have been much better in my humble opinion.