#BookReview of The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey #NetGalley #TheKillingTide #ChristianRomanticSuspense
Upfront information: I was provided with an advanced reader’s copy of The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey courtesy of Bethany House Publishers via Net Galley. The book will be available for purchase on August 6, 2019. As I understand it, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Coast Guard Foundation.
Parental note: As a Christian fiction book, one would expect it to be clean. It is except there is mild to moderate violence – most of which is played off-stage.
Genre and my rating: Christian Romantic Suspense – 5 stars
Brief synopsis: Noah Rowley heads up a Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) team in a small coastal town. When a pregnant woman is concerned for her Coast Guard husband’s safety, his team gets the call. What they discover sets them on a journey that no one expected.
My perspective as a reader: There were plenty of plot twists and turns plus I was invested in the ongoing investigation along with the team. This is the first book by Ms. Pettrey that I’ve read. If this is any indication of the type of stories she writes, then she has found a new fan.
My perspective as an author: Each character had their own personality and quirks. While some of them seemed vaguely reminiscent of those seen on television, they were different enough not to be cliché. While the Christian-based faith is evident in some of the characters, it isn’t over the top. In my opinion when an author creates fictional characters that aren’t paper cut-outs but seen as real people, that’s a mark of a true story-teller.
I do enjoy reading new-to-me authors and this felt like the appropriate one to try out of Ms. Dani Pettrey's work. That's because my favorite types of books have something to do with military members, medicine, mystery, and law enforcement. This book has it all.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my review of The Killing Tide. If you purchased a copy, thank you for supporting Ms. Pettrey in her contribution to the Coast Guard Foundation. If you didn't know, August 4th is when the US Coast Guard celebrates their "birthday".
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#BookReview of To Hell With Johnny Manic by Andrew Diamond #JohnnyManicBook #NetGalley #PsychologicalSuspense
Upfront information: To Hell With Johnny Manic by Andrew Diamond was provided to me as an advanced reader's copy via Stolen Time Press and NetGalley. It will be available for purchase on August 1, 2019.
Parental note: There is violence as well as adult language and subtle scenes of an intimate nature.
Genre and Rating: Psychological Suspense - 5 Stars
Brief synopsis: A man running from his past enters Napa Valley to make a new start. A simple life as a computer repair technician. A nice plan if he can make it work. Not an easy task for a person who is magnetically attracted to trouble.
My thoughts about this story as a reader: As I was reading this story, I seem to feel the main character’s highs and lows. I’m not sure if I was relating to the character or the situations. Either way, it made for a significantly different reading experience for me. I’d recommend to fellow readers to not read this as you are trying to get to sleep. There will come a point when you simply will not be able to stop or sleep until you finish it.
My thoughts about this story as an author: I think that Mr. Diamond made the right choice in presenting this story from the first-person perspective. In that way, the reader only saw what the narrator saw, heard, and felt as events unfolded.
If you missed it, Mr. Diamond’s Gate 76 was my first NetGalley review and the first time I read his work. I'm sure I'll read even more of his work in the future. If you'd like to learn more about the author and/or his books, you can visit any of the following links.
Stolen Time Press
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Upfront stuff: I was provided an advanced copy of The Rescue by Steven Konkoly courtesy of Thomas & Mercer via NetGalley. The book was released to the general public on 1 April 2019. However, anyone who was an Amazon Prime or First Reads member was able to download a Kindle version on 1 March 2019. In fact, within 24 hours, it was number 1 in all categories. Not bad, for the first book of a new series.
Parental note: This book has violence as well as adult language and situations. To be honest some of the scenes may be unnerving for some adults.
Brief synopsis: Ryan Decker, USMC has more questions than answers. For example: Why the heck has everything gone wrong? Why imprisonment for doing his job? Why are people being sent to eliminate him? Harlow Mackenzie, Private Investigator, has some answers. Will they lead to the truth or more questions?
My thoughts about this story as a reader: The men and women of the US military branches are human beings who train hard to do a tough job. That training and willingness to serve others are what I admire most about those who serve honorably. The character, Ryan Decker, has served his country with honor even working for the CIA. After moving on from that, he formed a company to find people who've been taken from their family. While we, the reader, only see Ryan Decker's dark days in this book, we also get a glimpse of the strength that made him a Marine, CIA operator, great husband, and loving father. This made me want to root for him to succeed in his mission... no matter what it took.
My thoughts about this author as a reader: The first book that I ever read by Steven Konkoly was The Jakarta Pandemic. I was drawn in by the medical aspect as well as the military background of the main character. Over the last several years, I've read everything that he has written. I have loved every single one of them. This book, in my opinion, outshines them all. On a personal note as an author, I am inspired by all that Mr. Konkoly has achieved through hard work, dedication, and allowing himself to grow as an author. The result shows in this book. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
If you wish to learn more about Steven Konkoly and where to get his books you can visit his website or follow him on Amazon.
As always, any polite comments are welcomed and appreciated. If you are a Steven Konkoly fan, do you agree this is his best work to date? If you are new to Steven Konkoly's work but have read this book, what do you think of it? Would rather not comment, that's okay.
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Happy reading and writing,
Founder of Call Sign Wrecking Crew, LLC
I was provided an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC) of Seek And Destroy by Alan McDermott courtesy of Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley. The book is scheduled to go public on 14 November 2018. I voluntarily read this and am happy to share my honest thoughts with you.
This is the sequel to Run And Hide and the "Tom Gray" series of books. I highly recommend reading these in order as they build upon one another. However, if you are sensitive to violence as well as adult language and situations you might want to forego the reads.
Brief Synopsis: Eva Driscoll, US military veteran, and her cohorts have begun to put their lives back together after dealing with the residual effects of what a certain group put them through. A scheme to annihilate them commences and begins a chain of events that have some permanent consequences.
My thoughts: I could feel how much was at stake as I flipped the digital pages. I cheered for "Team Eva" to take out those who would do them harm as it became anybody's guess who would win. When an author can bring a reader to that point, it means they've done their job well.
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