Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Book Review: Inside Threat by Jason Elam and Steve Yohn

I admit it. I’m addicted to thrillers and suspense. And while I’m not real big on futuristic tales, there’s a compelling draw in the “it could happen tomorrow” type stories.

That’s what Jason Elam and Steve Yohn have given us in their new Riley Covington thriller, “Inside Threat”. Set sometime in the not too distant future, football linebacker and all-American hero Riley Covington thinks his career of fighting terrorists is at an end – until the newest attack puts him and the woman he loves in the crosshairs.

Spanning one week in September, the action of this book is fast paced. Multiple points of view give us a glimpse into the minds of the terrorists, as well as the men and women that make up the team of Special Forces that fight against them. Some scenes are violent and bloody, but serve to give a chilling foreshadowing of the terrorists’ intentions. All in all, “Inside Threat” is an exciting ride and a good weekend read.

“Inside Threat” is the fourth book in the Riley Covington series. I haven’t read the others, but I will certainly pick them up in the near future.

I was provided with a free copy of this book for my review by Tyndale House publishers.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Book Review: Deep Trouble by Mary Connealy

If you’re looking for a fast-paced romantic cowboy story that will have you laughing one moment and tearing up the next, you have to read a Mary Connealy book.

Deep Trouble follows Shannon Dysart’s quest for the treasure her father claims hend in the southwest. She leaves fou her upper-crust St. Louis life in 1881 with some hired guides and the cryptic map left by her father. What follows is an adventure that takes the reader deep into the history of Grand Canyon and Shannon Dysart’s trouble.

If you’ve ever read one of Mary Connealy’s books, you know that so far I’ve only scratched the surface. In Mary’s books, none of the characters are ever what they appear to be at first glance. Shannon’s hired guides should be honorable, her long time society beau should be a helpless greenhorn, and the cowboy who comes to her rescue, Gabe Lasley, should leave her in a safe spot and go back to his own life. But of course, none of that happens.

And just what is the treasure that Shannon’s father found in the depths of this mysterious and beautiful canyon? Shannon and Gabe discover it, and you might also when you read this book.

Mary’s books are perfect reading for any time. My favorite time to read one of her stories, though, is on a weekend. That’s when I have chunks of time available to devote to one of my favorite authors.

Deep Trouble is available in paperback from Barbour Press or as an e-book from Amazon.

I received a copy of this book as a free download from Netgalley for my review.

Book Review: Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman

Pam Hillman’s debut novel, Stealing Jake, is a joy to read! From the very first scene we are caught up in Livy O’Brien’s world – a world where homeless street children are forced into a life of crime in order to survive, and if caught, are “sold” to unscrupulous men who use them for cheap labor in sweat shops. Although Livy has escaped that life by the grace of God, she refuses to leave it behind completely, knowing that she can be the instrument God uses to save others from that miserable existence.

Then she meets Jake Russell, the deputy of the small Illinois town where Livy and her mentor, Mrs. Brooks, have recently moved to start an orphanage. With Livy’s past, her first instinct is to avoid this lawman, but circumstances – and mutual attraction – continue to bring them together.

I thoroughly enjoyed the way Pam introduced and developed her characters. Both Livy and Jake have their demons, and Pam reveals them to the reader in a natural and compelling way. She allows her hero and heroine to face them, and then vanquish them before our eyes.

I am waiting impatiently for Pam’s next book!

I received a copy of this e-book as a free download from Netgalley for my review.