#SegueSaturday 15 Seconds by @The_AndrewGross #bookreview #suspensethriller

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in June 2012.  The story is an emotional rollercoaster and I remember finishing it in a day.

You get ten days, someone once told me. Ten days in all of your life that qualify as truly ‘great’. That when you look back through the lens of time stand apart from everything else.

All the rest is just clutter.

This book is a thrill ride from beginning to end!  Dr. Henry Steadman is on his way to speak at a medical conference and then play some golf with his friend.  Little does he know that his life will change forever in 15 seconds.  After arriving at his destination, he is pulled over for a minor vehicle infraction, he is rudely asked to step out of the car at gunpoint and frisked and handcuffed for no apparent reason.  After his registration is called in, he Continue reading “#SegueSaturday 15 Seconds by @The_AndrewGross #bookreview #suspensethriller”

#BookReview: A Knight in Cowboy Boots (McKnight, #1) by Suzie Quint #SuzieQwriter

Maddie had no idea how many laws she’d broken in the last week. They all paled next to kidnapping. Since she’d been advised not to leave the state, she was pretty sure having temporary custody wouldn’t get her anywhere in court. Not that it mattered. She’d never get to court. She’d die before she gave Jesse up.

Maddie and her baby nephew, Jesse, are on the run from his father and the man who murdered her sister and her boyfriend. She heads to her boyfriend’s home in Galveston only to run into a charming cowboy named Zach who she shoots over a misunderstanding. To Maddie’s joy and distress, the attraction is instant and the passion is hot and heavy, but the murderer could find her any time and, unfortunately, she has to leave Zach and this town soon.

People were killed every day because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Zach has fallen head over heels for Maddie and her nephew, but is she “one of the damaged strays” that his sister says he likes to rescue? He can protect her from the dangers that she fears, but how can he get her to stay with him?

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#BlogTourReview: No Ordinary Girl by Cheryl Elaine @CherylElaine15 @rararesources

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What started out as a night of celebration for Aimee soon turned into a nightmare. Snatched by cruel, sadistic monsters – the worst creatures mankind has ever produced – she’s thrown into a metal container, among other victims too frightened to make a single sound.

The game-keepers force everyone to play. They deliver torment and pain in equal measure. Every hunter has their own agenda and reasons to maim and torture.

Detective Johnson is one step away from catching the killers. Wrestling with his instincts as a father to serve justice his own way, this is no ordinary case for him. Can he stop the vile sadists before they damage more young girls, as well as his own daughter?

Aimee’s ordeal within the compound brings her to the conclusion that she’s no ordinary girl. But can she hang onto her sanity long enough to escape? And will she find a different way to play?

This crime thriller will keep you riveted. It’s no ordinary story.

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Book review: Is Journalism Worth Dying For?: Final Dispatches by Anna Politkovskaya (9781935554400)

Anna Politkovskaya was a correspondent for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper and was an outspoken critic of the Kremlin and its policies in Chechnya. The definition of a hero in many people’s eyes is a person who is admired for courage or noble qualities.  Anna was more than a hero.  She was the voice of the Russian people…the suppressed, the murdered, the victimized.  She was extremely brave to speak out for the atrocities done to the people in Chechnya and other parts of Russia. She was murdered in her apartment in 2006.

This book is written in Anna’s words in the format of news stories and investigative reports she had done over several years.  She is one of many Russian journalists who has been murdered under Vladimir Putin’s regime and the judicial process for these murders, promised by Putin, are slow and lacking in conviction.

This is a very eye-opening book for those who do not know the details of what has been going in Russia for the last several years. It is a dangerous and many times fatal job to be a journalist in Russia and I commend those journalists who take the risk for the good of the Russian people. They will have their hands full now that President Putin has announced that he will seek a third non-consecutive term in the 2012 presidential elections.

Update: More information about Anna’s unsolved murder can be found at Committee to Protect Journalists.

Thank you to NetGalley and Melville House Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Book review – Forgiving Troy: A True Story of Murder, Mental Illness, and Recovery by Thom Bierdz (9781615394852)

Thom Bierdz is an actor, artist, author and loving brother who reaches into his own psyche to tell a heart wrenching and raw account of his life that will leave you breathless.

Not only does Thom write about his struggle to understand why his brother murdered his mother, but he writes about his struggles with his religious beliefs, his sexuality, his acting career and his own mental challenges. His writing style is remarkable. You feel like he is sitting right in front of you telling his life story and he leaves nothing out.

A very gripping book that pulled me in from the beginning. I read this book in one sitting and will not forget it. One of the best memoirs I have read in a long time. I look forward to Thom’s return to The Young and the Restless and I hope to see a motion picture soon based on this book.

Also, I want to mention Thom’s striking artwork that is displayed throughout the book. He has a website at www.ThomBierdz.com that shows more of his work.

Thank you very much to Thom and Bostick Communications for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Book Review: Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell (0316032212)

This book is not for persons with weak stomachs.  It is very graphic and tells a unique story about a man, Pietro “Bearclaw” Brnwna, who finds his grandparents’ murdered bodies in their home and vows revenge on their deaths.  Ironically, the killers were in the mafia and he becomes a hitman for the family that takes him in.  Unfortunately, he pisses off his adoptive family and goes into the witness protection system and eventually becomes a doctor.

An unusual story that when you get past the violence, is a real page turner.