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“Buried Secrets” by Joseph Finder

4.5-Watertowers(2nd Nick Heller)

Genre: Thriller

“Buried Secrets” is the second (and so far last) of the Nick Heller series.  A few years back, Joseph Finder sent me an ARC of  “Vanished” which was the first Nick Heller.  See my review of “Vanished” here.  In the meantime, soooo many books so little time, I have not gotten back to Joseph Finder, until now.  I will read more, he is an excellent writer.

Nick Heller is a “private spy”.  He is an ex-Special Forces intelligence officer who recently moved to Boston after quitting his job in Washington, DC.

An old friend, billionaire Marshall Marcus’ daughter, Alexa, is missing (but, only for the past few hours) and Marcus thinks she has been kidnapped (it has happened before, but, she was released almost immediately).  Nick likes Alexa and knows she can be a handful, but, agrees that something bad might have happened to her.

He starts an investigation.

Marcus eventually gets an email with a link to go to.  Rather than acting on it immediately, he calls Nick, and when he arrives, they connect.  What they find is Alexa on a video conference from a coffin! She is frantic and wants her Dad to give the kidnappers anything they want.

Problem is…….he can’t give them what they want, so it is up to Nick to find Alexa before she dies.

There are a number of people, and organizations, involved (or not involved) but with the help of his ex-girlfriend, FBI Agent Diana Madigan, and his office assistants, they just might find Alexa in time.


To see how this thrilling adventure ends, you will have to read “Buried Secrets”.  Joseph Finder is terrific.

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“Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final”

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J.K.Rowling wrote this on her web site, Pottermore.com, giving us an up-to-date look at some of the most famous of the Dumbledore’s Army members.  (FYI…I joined Pottermore and have been placed in Ravenclaw by the Sorting Hat)

Harry, Ginny, Hermione, Ron, Neville, and Luna (my fellow Ravenclaw) are all at the Quidditch World Cup where Rita Skeeter is reporting about their attendance and giving us her skewed version of reality.

Harry is now 34 with some gray in his hair and a new scar on his cheek.  He is still an Auror with the Ministry of Magic.

Ginny is reporting on the World Cup with the Daily Prophet and Rita is jealous that she got this plum assignment.

Hermione is rising rapidly in the Ministry (of course) and is the Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.  Rita dishes some dirt about her flirtations with Harry when they were in Hogwarts.

Ron left the Ministry to join George (who is now wealthy) running the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes joke shop.  His famous red hair is thinning!  He and Hermione are still married.

Neville is now a Herbology teacher at Hogwarts.  He apparently drinks more than he should and is married to Hannah.

Luna (my fellow Ravenclaw) is still “delightfully eccentric” and is married to Rolf Scamander.

J.K.Rowling’s writing of this new Harry Potter adventure is smooth and familiar unlike the “Casual Vacancy” where she struggles mightily (and I am likewise struggling…I am halfway through it but keep putting it down in favor of another book).

Will there be more?  Will there be a new movie?  Time will tell.


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Book Review: “The Pythagorean Solution” by Joseph Badal


Genre: Thriller

In 1945, a ship sinks taking with it untold treasure and information that can doom a present day Swiss banker and his fortune.  Until now this ship has remained missing….

Present day, John Hammond is recently divorced and decides to get his life back in order on the island of Samos, Greece where he spent a year and a half of his life with nothing but good memories.

While walking back to his hotel, John stumbles into an old man who has been shot.  Before he dies, the old man (Peter Vangelos) mutters a few words about his life and family and indicates that John take what is in his boot.  John does, but, as he walks away he finds himself being shot at.


Back in the hotel room, John looks at the map (from the old mans boot) but cannot make heads or tails of it.  He then calls the police and sets in motion the events (the search for the missing ship) that put his life (and that of the Detective Christo Panagoulakos and the old mans daughter, Zoe) in peril.

“The Pythagorean Solution” is 98% thrilling fun  and 2% repetitious (the last battle took the battle scenes one step too far).   I have never read, or even heard of, Joseph Badal and I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style.  I also loved the Greek settings and history lessons.



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Book Review: “Red Cell Seven” by Stephen Frey


Genre:  Thriller

Note:  With this book review I will revert back to my old style of writing as much about the book as I want / need rather than limiting the reviews to less than 250 words.  So I will be more verbose!  Yea?

“Red Cell Seven” is the 2nd book in the “Red Cell Seven” series.  “Arctic Fire” (read my short review)   was the first book.  Truthfully, I suspect Mr. Frey wrote “Arctic Fire” as a stand-alone, then realized he needed (or wanted) to tie up all the loose ends with a second book.  :-)

RCS is a top secret special operations unit known only to a very select few, and run by even fewer true patriots whose mission is protect the interests of the United States above all else.

Most of the operatives are single since loved ones tend to weaken the resolve.  Troy Jensen is single but is now a Dad of a newborn infant.  His girlfriend is dead at the hand of a rouge RCS agent, Shane Maddux.  Troy is noticing a lack of resolve since Little Jack has come into this life, but, he needs to get over it.

In “Arctic Fire” the President was nearly assassinated.  Maddux was involved because his extreme patriotism (and loyalty to RCS, even though he has been excommunicated) because the President was trying to dis-mantle RCS.  And that would cause irreparable harm to the safety of the United States.

Near Christmas, 11 shopping malls around the USA were attacked by coordinated groups of terrorists.  Many citizens were killed and what followed were more attacks at schools, theaters.  the entire nation is on the way to economic ruin.  And, as it turns out, the RCS were interrogating the right person, they just were not able to complete the task before the attacks.

To see what happens you will just have to read the book, but, read “Arctic Fire” first so you know all the characters, even though some of them die horrible deaths.



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Mitch Rapp Series Continues

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I took this from VinceFlynn.com, I hope they don’t mind.  This is exciting news:  Kyle Mills is an AWESOME choice to continue the Mitch Rapp series.  Thumbs way up from TracyReaderDad (as if my vote matters, but, what the heck….).


Monday, June 23, 2014

The Vince Flynn Estate, along with Emily Bestler, Senior VP and Editor-in-Chief of Emily Bestler Books are excited to announce the decision to continue the Mitch Rapp series.

Bestler, who was Vince Flynn’s only editor throughout his entire career and whose imprint is a division of Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books, signed a three book deal with 47-year-old New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills.

Mills was first published in 1997 and has penned 13 thrillers, most notably Fade and The Ares Decision.

Mills will complete The Survivor, the book Flynn was writing at the time of his death on June 19, 2013, and then write two additional Mitch Rapp novels. The Survivor is tentatively scheduled to release in the fall of 2015.

“I’m really honored to have been asked to continue the Mitch Rapp series,” Mills said, “Vince was a great guy who helped me out in my career and as a diehard Rapp fan, I know how devastated his readers are.  They’re big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to the challenge of continuing an iconic thriller character.”

“Vince and Mitch Rapp are so beloved by readers,” Bestler said, “It’s wonderful that we’ve found just the right partner to uphold the legacy of both.”

“To Vince’s wonderful fans, thank you for your love, support and patience, ” Vince’s widow, Lysa Flynn said, ” Vince was very proud of his team and we are confident that Kyle Mills will be a great addition. God bless and keep the faith!”

Pocket Books will be the paperback publisher of all three books, which will also be available from Simon & Schuster Audio and from Simon & Schuster UK in the UK, Australia, India and New Zealand.


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Book Review: “Breaking Point” by C.J. Box


In this, the 13th book in the Joe Pickett series, two EPA special agents are found dead on the property of Saddlestring resident, Butch Roberson.

Before he knew what was happening, Joe wandered into Butch as he was checking water guzzlers in the wilderness.  They chatted, but, Butch did not seem right.  Joe just did not know why.  He found out.

Turns out, the EPA was putting the screws to Butch, for no reason, and he reached his “Breaking Point”.

Or did he?

Joe leads a team of EPA special agents into the wilderness to find Butch and his hostages and bring him to justice, or kill him (which is what Joe is afraid of).

“Breaking Point” is the last of my current Joe Pickett marathon until the newest book comes out in paperback next year.

A great series, I cannot wait to see what happens next.

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Book Review: “Force of Nature” by C.J. Box

4.5-Watertowers(A Thriller)

Genre:  Mystery…errr, Thriller!


“Force of Nature” is #12 in the Joe Pickett series.

Spoiler:  From the end of the last book, Large Merle dies.  :-(

Nate Romanowski helps three locals (one he recognizes as the Mad Archer from a few books ago) pull their drifting boat to shore.  They, stupidly, pull weapons on Nate with fatal results….for them.  Nate sets the boat adrift and realizes that “The Five” are on his trail.  He needs to leave.  Now.

Wyoming Game Warden, Joe Pickett, is about to take his new trainee out to visit some Elk hunting camps via horseback, when he gets a call.  Three dead bodies drifted into Saddlestring and his presence is requested.

Joe and the trainee give up on the camps visits for now and get involved in spies, killing, and murder (my definition of a Thriller).

“”Force of Nature” is one of the best of the Joe Pickett series (I guess my heart IS with  Thrillers).  Nate (and Joe to some extent) battle the evil forces of ex-government special forces operatives from Idaho to Wyoming.

To find out what happens you will have to read it!

Great book, great action, great thriller.


Book Review: “Cold Wind” by C.J. Box

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Genre:  Mystery

4.5-Watertowers(George R.R. Martin would be proud)


Wyoming Game Warden, Joe Pickett, finds his relatively new father-in-law tied to the blade of a windmill dead as a door nail.

Joe’s beloved (sic) mother-in-law, Missy, has been arrested for his murder and Joe sets out on his own to dig up the facts.  Not necessarily to prove her innocence, but, rather to dig up the facts.

Nate’s hiding place is discovered and a shocking death ensues.  Nate goes on a hunt to find those responsible.

With the political issues behind the Government’s push for renewable energy sources as the backdrop (in this case wind power), “Cold Wind” is a wonderfully complex story of love, hate, and deceit.  More deaths follow…Martin would indeed be proud.

This is #11 in the Joe Pickett series.  Three more to go!  :-)

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