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by POLLY IYER

A forbidden affair. A stolen Vermeer. Murder

Separated from her controlling husband, romance author Zoe Swan meets a charismatic art history professor on the beach and begins a torrid affair. But who is he really? By the time Zoe finds out, she’s on the run with her husband, his jewel thief brother, and a priceless painting stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. With the FBI and the murderer in pursuit, the trio heads to Boston. The only way to prove their innocence is to make a deal with the very people who want them dead.

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J. Carson Black’s “Hard Return”* begins her thriller in a small community in Southern California. As readers turn the first page, Black’s Cyril Landry returns as the main protagonist for “Hard Return.” Landry stepped into the limelight in Black’s book “The Shop.” “Hard Return” starts out in high gear and never slows down until readers read the last page. After three years of being under the radar, Cyril Landry returns to ensure his family’s safety. Black delivers a riveting story full of suspense, thrills, mystery and intrigue. She captivates her readers with a riveting complex plot, strong protagonists and well-developed support characters, unknown antagonists, and unpredictable intrigue. Readers see the story through the eyes and thoughts of Cyril Landry. He knows how to take action to resolve problems. Black shows Landry’s ability to analyzes situations and create a plan of action. Black’s action-packed story brings all of the characters to life providing their history as needed. Her story line is increasing in intensity as readers finish each chapter. Action is moving so fast fans cannot put “Hard Return” down. The author’s writings bring a unique mix of family, murder, mystery, thrills, and suspense to each page. Landry is focusing his goal to protect his family.

Black’s writing skillfully captivates the readers by placing them inside Landry’s head so they see the action through Landry’s eyes, and they know Landry’s thoughts on how to pursue the antagonists. Black walks readers on Landry’s path as he uses every contact and resource available in hoping to discover the antagonist’s plans. The author changes her story’s direction several times uncovering intrigue and mystery and sub-plots. Black energizes her story by providing hard-hitting action and accelerates the pace of the plot to add twists and turns and sub-plots and well-developed supportive characters keeping readers on the edge of their chairs. Once again Black delivers her readers an exciting, intense story. “Hard Return” stops readers in their tracks as they experience suspense and spine-tingling thrills. Readers have trouble catching their breath and are not sure when to come up for air. Black skillfully picks up the pace of the plot by inserting changes to the plot or adding a new threat for Landry to eliminate. All the unpredictable changes keep readers off balance. Black skillfully keeps fans in the dark up to and including the most amazing surprise ending imaginable. J. Carson Black’s “Hard Return” is a must read and I am happy to give a 5 star rating.

Published June 12, 2014 LAURA CARDINAL THRILLER

The second contribution to the Flight 12 series brings us a LAURA CARDINAL THRILLER, by J. Carson Black. As usual Black begins weaving the mystery when you turn the first page of the story. In the second paragraph, you have a mystery man who seems on edge while boarding Flight 12. We immediately want to know who this man is and what role he is going to have this adventure with Laura Cardinal.

Black’s new book, A LAURA CARDINAL THRILLER, begins building momentum quickly. J Carson Black has always created interesting characters with great back stories. She gives us just enough information that we have to keep reading to find out what happens next. She introduces us to the mysterious person at the gate. We meet Payton, a young Mexican woman who seeks Cardinal at her gym. She asks Cardinal to investigate her death. Cardinal is taken by surprise when Payton explains she is sure someone is going to kill her. Payton surprises Cardinal further when she finds out it was Steve Lawson who told Payton about Laura investigative skills.

Immediately, Black has Cardinal look back five years (Black’s, THE DEVIL’S HOUR) when she arrested Lawson for killing little Jenny Carmichael. As Cardinal remembers, Steve Lawson’s lawyer gets the murder charge dropped. Laura is still angry that Lawson got off without any punishment and no jail time. Jenny Carmichael didn’t receive any justice when they released Steve Lawson. Fans of Laura Cardinal know the tenacity Black has instilled in Laura’s personality. Laura Cardinal is always looking to find justice victims like Carmichael.

The story pace continues to move towards Laura and her partner investigating a freak accident with the drunk college student going down the hill. They move the dead college student’s car and discovered a second car. The second car belonged to Payton, finding her body in her car. Black’s old fans and new fans will all be on pins and needles. What new twists is Black going to throw at us next. Fans are still wondering what the clues mean.

The pace was of this story is perfect, and we are kept wondering why murder Payton and who is responsible. No spoilers pointing out subtle clues and there is no such thing as coincidences. Are fans alert enough to pick up on the clues causing Laura doubt so of the obvious. What did they find at Payton’s home and what did her landlord tell Cardinal about who she was dating. The ending is way out of left field and one of Black’s best surprise ending
I enjoyed how the suspects of who was responsibility for Payton’s death and the planning that went into finding the killers. This story was a true spellbinder and we don’t know who is boarding Flight 12 from J. Carson Black LAURA CARDINAL THRILLER, When fans see who is boarding Flight 12, they will want to buy a ticket and board.

Black has helped Laura Cardinal grow, and we get a taste of how Laura Cardinal, is a DPS investigator who never gives up. Black’s fans will need to write her asking for more Laura Cardinal. The fans see Cardinal enjoying her personal life and s happy with Matt. Cardinal likes her partner Anthony, and we see her confidence strong as she does not need her dead partner, Frank, to build her confidence she just like to visit with him.
J. Carson Black hit this one out of the park. Black’s story is a must read and a great second installment of the Flight 12 project. If each segment continues enhancing the Flight 12 excitement, I can’t imagines what the next ten installments will bring. I have no problem giving this J. Carson Black story a 5 star ranking.

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Review by John Kurtze of “Backlash” by Polly Iyer

369 Pages

Published by Parkwood Press -Release date September 30, 2014

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“Backlash” is fast moving story by Polly Iyer with two protagonists who are well-developed characters, New Orleans Lieutenant Ernie Lucier and his love interest renowned psychic Diana Racine. Ernie heads up a team of detectives of the District 8 Criminal Investigative unit.

Iyer sets her story in New Orleans by the French Quarter introducing the support characters and their back stories.   The pace of the Iyer’s plot increases when Ernie and his team of detectives gather to investigate the murder of Donal Harwood or his stage name, Keys Moran, who plays piano at Kitty’s Kabaret in the French Quarter.  He was a close friend of Diana Racine. Iyer takes her readers down a path twisting and turning and ongoing direction changes.  She continues increasing the pace of her story as she develops her two protagonists and both good and bad support characters.

“Backlash’s” plot gains momentum with the murder of Keys Moran. Ernie asks her to go to the crime scene with him, hoping Diana’s psychic power could shed some light on Moran’s murder.

Diana did feel and see something shocking through Moran’s eyes.  She saw a picture of a young man tied to a chair with a bullet hole in his forehead.  When Diana shares with Ernie what she saw, Ernie and his team were surprised.  Once again the pace of her story goes into high gear. Ernie and his team’s investigation is seeking motive for Moran’s death. Ernie and his team are making an effort to find the body Diana described in her vision – a man with a gang tattoo, silver eyes, and a bullet hole in his forehead.

The plot progresses as Ernie and his team of detectives begin their investigation of a series of unexplained murders.  We are given the back story of each character as Iyer introduces to her readers.  The plot of “Backlash” picks up momentum as Lucier and Diana find the unexplained murders going back several years are all connected.  Lucier thinks that someone is planning each murder.   Iyer helps her readers see how Ernie’s team was at first skeptical of Diana’s psychic power.  Each team member gradually embraces Diana’s special psychic capabilities.

Their investigation deepens and as information comes to the surface, it appears the unexplained deaths have been planned. Iyer introduces her readers to more information about her antagonists.  Iyer’s readers will be caught off guard as they learn who is responsible for the deaths.  “Backlash” will offer a breath taking ending that will be on Iyer’s readers minds long after they finish reading her book  This mystery, thriller, heart stopping story of murder and  intrigue earns my recommendation as a must read and a 5 star ranking.

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Review: The Trigger by L. J. Sellers

THE TRIGGER BY L J SELLERS

Since discovering Detective Jackson, in “Rules of Crime,” I have read all eight of the series of Detective Wade Jackson adventures and all of her standalone thrillers. All of her books deliver a gripping story with a knack and style that always kept me wanting to turn the next page.

L.J. Sellers didn’t disappointment me in her new book “The Trigger” featuring a dedicated FBI undercover agent. Sellers introduced the character of Agent Dallas in the “Crimes of Memory” where, as an FBI undercover agent, she helped Detective Jackson and FBI Agent Rivers solve the eco-terrorist case in Eugene, Oregon.

“The Trigger” starts after five weeks from returning from Oregon. Agent Dallas is getting restless doing nothing but desk jobs. She is ready to get back to undercover work. When her agent in charge calls her into his office, she is ready to take the new assignment almost regardless of where she was going. Her new assignment is to find the missing wife and son of Randall Clayton, one of the founders of a prepper community just north of Redding, California convinced the end of the world is close. . The father reported his daughter missing and is convinced Emma Clayton, his daughter and his grandson, Tate, have met with foul play. The only way to find out what is going on is to send an undercover agent to join the community of doomsdayers.

Sellers takes her readers through the steps of Agent Dallas’ preparation for the undercover assignment and helps the readers get to know Jamie Dallas the person. and to understand how Dallas’ childhood background prepared her for undercover work. When Agent Dallas gets off the plane in Redding and meets Agent Caleb McCullen, Dallas has already gone undercover.

Sellers keeps the story moving at a good pace and gradually introduces each key character and their roles in the storyline and in Destiny, their community. I was kept guessing as to what was happening.

Agent Dallas soon finds out the missing woman and child are only a small part of the mystery. Dallas finds things are not what they seem when she learns of the death of the community’s engineer. As Dallas checks in with her contact, Agent McCullen, to brief him on what she has found out, she learns he is no longer her contact. She is unaware that her cover story has been undermined and she is in danger.

It is impossible to guess what is going to happen next, and not knowing builds the suspense. The reader is motivated to buy into the fast pace and unpredictable story. Sellers does a good job of keeping us guessing all the way to the end. Sellers provides twists and turns and surprises and requires some creative thinking from Agent Dallas.

The author gives her fans a new hero; one who knows how to use her head to work through difficult situations. As a reviewer, I don’t want to spoil the plot by going into any more details. You will enjoy how the surprising twists and turns gives suspense and thrills to the end of a great whodunit.

While L.J. Sellers says “The Trigger” is a standalone book, I can’t imagine Agent Dallas fans accepting only one story about her undercover work. I give Sellers 5 stars on Amazons rating system and 5 stars under Good Read’s ratings. I put Agent Dallas in line with Detective Wade Jackson Series and hope we can encourage Sellers to keep Agent Dallas busy with undercover work.
Since discovering Detective Jackson, in “Rules of Crime,” I have read all eight of the series of Detective Wade Jackson adventures and all of her standalone thrillers. All of her books deliver a gripping story with a knack and style that always kept me wanting to turn the next page.
L.J. Sellers didn’t disappointment me in her new book “The Trigger” featuring a dedicated FBI undercover agent. Sellers introduced the character of Agent Dallas in the “Crimes of Memory” where, as an FBI undercover agent, she helped Detective Jackson and FBI Agent Rivers solve the eco-terrorist case in Eugene, Oregon.
“The Trigger” starts after five weeks from returning from Oregon. Agent Dallas is getting restless doing nothing but desk jobs. She is ready to get back to undercover work. When her agent in charge calls her into his office, she is ready to take a new assignment almost regardless of where she was going. Her new assignment is to find the missing wife and son of Randall Clayton, one of the founders of a prepper community just north of Redding, California convinced the end of the world is close. The father reported his daughter missing and is convinced Emma Clayton, his daughter and his grandson, Tate, have met with foul play. The only way to find out what is going on is to send an undercover agent to join the community of doomsayers.
Sellers take her readers through the steps of Agent Dallas’ preparation for the undercover assignment and help the readers get to know Jamie Dallas the person. And to understand how Dallas’ childhood background prepared her for undercover work. When Agent Dallas gets off the plane in Redding and meets Agent Caleb McCullen, Dallas has already gone undercover.
Sellers keep the story moving at a good pace and gradually introduces each key character and their roles in the storyline and Destiny, their community. I was kept guessing as to what was happening.
Agent Dallas soon finds out the missing woman and child are only a small part of the mystery. Dallas finds things are not what they seem when she learns of the death of the community’s engineer. As Dallas checks in with her contact, Agent McCullen, to brief him on what she has found out, she learns he is no longer her contact. Dallas is unaware she is in danger because of the missing mother’s father.
It is impossible to guess what is going to happen next, and not knowing builds the suspense. The reader is motivated to buy into the fast pace and unpredictable story. Sellers does a good job of keeping us guessing all the way to the end. Sellers provides twists and turns and surprises and requires some creative thinking from Agent Dallas.
The author gives her fans a new hero; one who knows how to use her head to work through difficult situations. As a reviewer, I don’t want to spoil the plot by going into any more details. You will enjoy how the surprising twists and turns gives suspense and thrills to the end of a great whodunit.
While L.J. Sellers says “The Trigger” is a standalone book, I can’t imagine Agent Dallas fans accepting only one story about her undercover work. I give Sellers 5 stars on Amazons rating system and 5 stars under Good Read’s ratings. I put Agent Dallas in line with Detective Wade Jackson Series and hope we can encourage Sellers to keep Agent Dallas busy with undercover work.
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Review: The Target by L. J. Sellers

THE TARGET BY L J SELLERS

The Target by LJ Sellers is the second book in her new series on an undercover FBI Agent Jamie Dallas. Dallas was first brought to life the Detective Wade Jacson series last October. The Target is the second in the Jamie Dallas series, and I hope we can plan on seeing many more in this series.
Agent Jamie Dallas likes undercover work as it allows her the freedom to make use of the many activities she participated in her childhood. From piano lessons to acting to working as a waitress, Jamie Dallas can step into just about any role as an undercover agent. She was raised by her Aunt because of problems with her parents.
We learn immediately that this case she is being sent in undercover is going to be a difficult one. It involves the death of an FBI agent, Joe Palmer in San Diego. The death of an agent is always bad but in this instance it has a personal side. Agent Palmer and his wife raised Agent Carla River, and she considers him her mentor. Dallas’ friend and colleague, Agent Carla River, is an agent who requested Dallas to handle the undercover work. Dallas and River worked a case of eco-terrorism in Eugene, Oregon.
So the undercover case is to prove who killed Agent Palmer and how it was done to make it look it was a heart attack. In addition of finding the truth about the death of Agent Palmer, Dallas has to discover if there is a person or group working to sabotage the product the tech company is working to release. Dallas doesn’t believe in coincidences. With the death of a security guard, a researcher, an arsonist setting a warehouse fire, and a death celebrity stock holder there has to be a connection competitive war going between to BioTech companies.
Dallas goes undercover at one of the companies and draws on her love of role playing to fill the role of assistant (secretary) to vice president. Sellers give us a good background on the issues going on with companies who bring products to market and the fight for market share. Products issues in the health care industry make the story real to the readers. She brings to life the economic problems companies face. The two companies are fighting to bring health care product focus on helping people lose weight.

The book pace moves quickly offering unexpected twist and turns from the time Dallas arrives in San Diego. Sellers does a great job of helping fans understand the main characters and some of the similarities they both faced growing up. We learn about Agent Carla River and the problems she faced with her father being in prison for murder, and we learn about Agent Jamie Dallas dealing with her alcoholic father and her unstable mother. The personal story helps us get know Dallas and why she loves undercover work. Sellers help us see Dallas grow as she agrees to meet with her dying father.
We see some humor is how Dallas deals with her therapists who are helping deal with the trauma created by her parents. We learn that Dallas is a person. She never lets her personal life affect her undercover work.
With San Diego as a backdrop of the picture Sellers shows us how an undercover agent has to stay in character at all times. Agent Carla River deals with the local police investigation pursuing the death of a celebrity who is also a major stockholder in one of the BioTech companies. River knows it is not a coincidence for two local deaths and a celebrity are connected to the BioTech companies. Dallas has to help River prove it. River thinks there could be a connection to the local deaths. Sellers show us how Agent River deals with a young, aggressive detective to get cooperation.
I won’t tell you any spoilers in my review. You will have to read the book to find out how Agent Palmer died and why and what Agent Dallas finds out about products about to be released by both companies. You will find the story continues to full of suspense and thrills and a surprise ending. I enjoyed how Sellers made us part of the investigative team including the local and federal investigation and importance of Dalla’s undercover work. We see how everything comes together, and we learn that undercover work is dangerous. I give this book a 5 star rating and must read recommendation.
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Review: After Shock by C. J. Lyons

REVIEW OF C.J. LYONS AFTER SHOCK

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Before I began reading AFTER SHOCK by C.J. Lyons, I knew it would not be a full Lucy Guardino novel. We find more action and suspense in this novella of 111 pages of Lucy’s adventures than anyone will find in many other suspense stories. Lyons uses the flashback concept to walk the reader through the two time lines filled with suspense, unexpected twists and changes to Lucy’s mindset.
At any given time, the readers know Lucy’s point of view on the case she is working and how the time constraints will affect Lucy’s family. We see Lucy’s family at the center of every moment as Lucy shares what she is thinking. Lyons take the reader down the path with Lyons helping readers see Lucy’s focus on her family and her commitment to her job. These two commitments are the foundation of the storyline. AFTER SHOCK involves us from the first sentence on the first page to the last word in the epilogue.
Lyons brings her readers up to speed on the case closed by Lucy in the KILLING ZONE 15 months ago. The result of bringing down the drug cartel helped establish Lucy as head of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Squad. She established a reputation of facing down the lowlifes bringing them to justice. Lucy’s determination and perseverance helped with her career growth and helped her find more time to spend with her family.
It may have been the job visibility that brought her family life to the attention of some unsavory people. The plot builds suspense and mystery around her family and cases she has wrapped up. Lyons helps readers see Lucy’s family activity as an important part of her day. We see Lucy flashback, as she deals with finding a solution to her problem she visualizes her family gaining strength and determination to keep moving. Lyons gives readers via flashback an understanding of what Lucy has been through and how she deals with the problem.
Not wanting to provide any spoilers with regards to what Lucy is going through, I am certain any reader of Lyons’ AFTER SHOCK, will find suspense, thrills, mystery, and chills running up and down their spine as they read the novel. Fans will find all sorts of excitement as they follow the story to a surprising conclusion.
As I have mentioned, I enjoyed how Lyons tells her story from a fresh point of view made possible by use of the flashback timeline. On every page, we see Lucy Guardino is facing challenges. Lyons reminds her fans our Lucy is strong and has a will to win. It isn’t a coincidence for Lyons to have psyched her fans into looking for and needing action and answers. We turn the last page and find we have lots of questions. Lyons makes it a point to tell us to put her next Lucy Guardino adventure THE HARD FALL on our wish list.
As a longtime Guardino fan, I hope we won’t have to wait long for the release of THE HARD FALL. Some fans will want to hold their breath to see how long they have to wait to find out how Lucy and Nick resolve all the challenges they face. Lucy is fortunate she has a great family, and that is the main reason she will overcome the problems at hand. AFTER SHOCK is Lyons at her best.
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