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The Teeth of Giants by Gordon Wallis

June 30, 2019 - 9:01 am No Comments

The Teeth Of Giants

In the brutal war on Elephant poaching in Africa, one man takes a stand against a ruthless international ivory smuggling syndicate. A stand that almost costs him everything.

Jason Green never for one minute expected the appalling violence and horror he would endure when he returned to Africa to pay his respects to an old friend. 

A profound sense of guilt and nostalgia prompts London based ex-soldier Jason Green to return to Africa for the funeral of an old friend killed in suspicious circumstances in The Zambezi Valley. He is about to be sucked into the murky and brutal underworld of the illegal ivory trade. Grave injury and a burning desire for revenge thrust Green from the blistering heat of The Zambezi Valley to the tropical coast of Mozambique and beyond. Every tortured step of this journey is fraught with extreme danger and the ever-present threat of death. 

The Teeth Of Giants is the second novel by Gordon Wallis featuring his main character Jason Green. Readers of thrillers set in Africa will devour the frenetic pace and sheer brutality of this gritty crime thriller. 

Pick up The Teeth Of Giants today and prepare for the ride of your life

The Teeth of Giants by Gordon Wallis

Published 7th April 2019

285 pages

Regardless of where you live, you have probably heard of the poachers around the world killing animals into extinction. But what if one man fights back

As I was writing this review, I was surprised that this is the 2nd in the series, not having read the first I was not at a disadvantage and this makes a great standalone. In fact, I am going to read the 1st in the series as I really liked Jason Green. From the start, he was a man of principles and when he learnt of the death of his old comrade, he dropped everything to pay his respects. From the moment he stepped onto African soil, he became a man on a mission.

This story was well plotted and as you follow Jason on his missions you realise what a good soldier he was and how well prepared he had to be to get the job done. Following him, step by step gives you the chance to appreciate how beautiful the African country is and the vast array of animals there are in Africa.

You can tell straight away that this book was well researched and you a drawn into this story by the author’s passion for his own country. Whilst I was reading, I was also learning how dangerous the poachers could be and the horrific ways they go out about killing the animals for profit.  Jason Green is ex-military so expect some killings, although some were down to mother nature. This is a thriller that you won’t want to put down and I was at a loss when I had finished it. Another author on my watch list and this is a perfect read for thriller lovers

Purchase Link:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QHY66Q2

US  – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QHY66Q2

Author Bio – Gordon Wallis is a 50-year-old author based in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa. Born of British parents he has lived there all his life. A keen reader of thriller novels, particularly those set in Africa, he has travelled extensively in Africa, Europe, The Middle East and Asia. He runs a number of businesses in Zimbabwe and is single.

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THREE: Deception Love Murder by KJ McGillick

June 29, 2019 - 6:53 am No Comments

THREE: Deception Love Murder

Inviting a stranger into your home can be dangerous. Inviting a stranger into your life can turn deadly.

How would you feel if you discovered your death was meticulously planned by someone you loved? You didn’t know how or when or even why. All you could do was wait.

Emma has it all-a job she loves and a man who professed to love her.

Or did she? How could she be so blind?

When her lover’s car is found burned and abandoned in another state, the police come asking some hard questions. What she discovers upends her world completely. Jude had been living a double life right under her nose. A deceitful life, a treacherous life. Who was this man that had already groomed another woman to take over Emma’s life? A woman who was Emma’s body double and now dead.  

Why had she so easily trusted this psychopath with her heart? Betrayed on every level, consequences not of Emma’s making were nipping at her heels. Tick. Tock.

THREE is a gripping crime thriller that will have you hooked. A fast-paced psychological thriller that has been compared to the works of Dan Brown. It can be read as a standalone and serves as the first book in the Path of Deception and Betrayal series.

THREE: Deception Love Murder by KJ McGillick

Published by KJRM Publishing LLC on 5th January 2018

330 pages                        

Emma was a lecturer of Art, whilst she had doubts with her relationship with Jude, she was happy with her routine. I took to Emma straightaway, and whilst at times she came across as a bit naïve, as you read this story, you realise how good Jude was at deceiving her. It makes you think, if you were put in this situation what would you do,

It is hard to say much without giving away any spoilers. As the story is written from 3rd POV, you get the whole story by both of the main characters and you soon become aware just how much danger Emma is in. However, she is not alone and her best friend and lawyer Eloise, was there to back her up and put everything into perspective when it all became overwhelming, she was strong-willed and god help any man that came up against her. Also having her back was her Aunt Mary, her elderly aunt who was suffering from dementia, and what a character. She was one of my favourite characters of all time, she did not let her dementia get in the way and some of her one-liners and comments had me laughing out loud.  

This was a fast-paced read and full of suspense as the plot behind Emma’s demise was laid out throughout the story. This book also gives you an insight into how complicated and dangerous the Art world is and I found it informative and interesting. The fine detail of the art, had me googling the pictures so I could see what they looked like. The scenes in the auction house were described in detail and it felt you were there feeling the apprehension of the bidders.

This is a great debut novel by this author and whilst this can be read as a  standalone read, I am off to read the rest of this series. A good psychological thriller and a new author for me to look out for.

Purchase Links:

US –  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078VFT9PJ/

UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078VFT9PJ/

Three will be 99 p/c for the duration of the tour.

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/nxVD9MOsLss

Author Bio –

K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

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The Sentinel’s Reign: Silent Sea Chronicles – Book 2 by Suzanne Rogerson

June 28, 2019 - 5:10 am 1 Comment

The Sentinel’s Reign

The Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war. 

With the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.

Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.

After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.

As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?

The Sentinel’s Reign

Published 29th June 2018

353 pages

The Sentinel has settled into her new role and Kalaya is thriving on the magic. But all is not happy, as the brink of war is not too far from everyone’s mind.

All I can say is what a read and even after finishing this book, I am still thinking of the rollercoaster of a story. Following on from The Lost Sentinel, we follow the MCs, as they are on their individual life journeys. As we follow Tei, throughout the story, you soon come to realise that she is not as confident in her new role as she would like, but it also shows how headstrong she was, she would fight for what she thought was right. Whilst she had friends, I felt that she was lonely and she struggled with her friendship with Mara and the Sentinel. Brogan and Farrell knew what they wanted and whilst Brogan was working behind the scenes to save the exiles from prejudice, Farrell was still trying to make a better life for all on Stone Haven, whilst trying to find Kalaya.

As in the Lost Sentinel, the secondary characters play an important role in the story and I enjoyed reading more about Captain Hafender, the fearless warrior of the exiles and Allisus, Farrell’s first mate, who advised Farrell.

After reading The Lost Sentinel, I was invested in these character’s lives and as before, beware of heartbreak. There were times that I was in mourning and then as I was continuing the story, I wanted to fist pump the air. This story will flip your emotions and as the story intensifies with the pending danger, I could not put this book down. As I finished this story I felt physically drained as if I had been there following them all.

With one more in this series, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. A great addition to this series.   

The Sentinel’s Reign book link


For the duration of the blog tour all books in the Silent Sea Chronicles series are 99p.

Author Bio

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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Breaking News…. The Sentinel’s Alliance, book 3 of Silent Sea Chronicles is now available on pre-order.

Can new alliances save the islands of the Silent Sea from the murderers stalking their shores?

As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.

Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.

Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?

The Sentinel’s Alliance is the final book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.

The Sentinel’s Alliance

The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

June 22, 2019 - 10:13 am 1 Comment

The Lost Sentinel

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.

The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.

Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.
On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.
Struggling with self doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for the new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.

Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache and sacrifice for the exiles to succeed in their quest, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic? 

The Lost Sentinel book link

The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

Published 16th June 2017

363 pages

Once you start this book you realise that you are going on a magical adventure. Meeting Tei straightaway, you follow her as she realises that her life is going to change. As the story continues you meet Brogan and Farrell, whilst there is no connection between them, they share Kalaya in common. Written in 3rd person POV, enables you to follow each of their story without being confused and I got drawn into a story that gave me excitement and heartbreak.

I liked Tei, Brogan and Farrell straightaway, they all had a caring nature to them and whilst each of them had to make some difficult decisions, you could see that they did not take their missons lightly. With the main characters there are some great secondary characters and if you are like me you will have your favourites. One of my favourites was Beliss a sweet young girl and I hope she has a part to play in the further stories.    

Whilst the pace starts of slowly, you are introduced to the main players, their politics and the way of the land, this enable you to be fully invested in the story. As each of their quest get more intense, I found myself reading quicker to find out the outcome. The description of Kalaya and the surrounding mountains had me imagining what a beautiful land it was.

I am going to read the others in this series and carry on the adventure. If you love fantasy and quest than pick up this series.    

 For the duration of the blog tour all books in the Silent Sea Chronicles series are 99p.

Author Bio

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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Website

Twitter

Facebook

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Injections of Insanity by Lorraine Mace

June 20, 2019 - 5:26 am No Comments

I am pleased to review Injections of Insanity, the third in the DI Sterling series, written by Lorraine Mace.

 Injections of Insanity

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling has just six weeks to solve a series of murders by insulin injection, with nothing to connect the victims except the manner of death and a note left at each crime scene.

The murderer, determined to avenge a wrong from many years earlier, gets close to his prey by assuming various identities.

Can Paolo win in his race against the pretender?

Injections of Insanity by Lorraine Mace

Published by Accent Press Ltd 13th June 2019

221 pages

6 months after Children in Chains and DI Sterling is up against again. With a lot of changes in his home life and at work, he has to find the link between the victims, before he can catch the killer.

Whilst this story was not as dark as the previous two in this series, it felt more intense. As DI Sterling investigated the case, he kept hitting brick wall after brick wall and you could sense he was up against the clock the catch the killer. The use of insulin was a unique weapon of choice and I learnt that something that would save lives would kill others horrifically.

Whilst Sterling was still the star of the show, this story showcases the other members of Sterling team and the more I read of the series the more DS Dave Johnson is growing on me. CC was still full of life and the new member adds another dynamic to the team and I wonder how far this team can go. Like the other books you follow Paolo as he tries and solves the case and he finds out more about the victims. If you are like me you start to guess who is behind the murders and as you read the story you realise time after time how wrong you are.

As usual this can be read as a standalone, but I would encourage readers new to Lorraine Mace to read the others first as you not only get involved in the crimes but also into the character’s personal lives.  I want this series to carry on for ever and hope I don’t have to wait too long for another DI Sterling story.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Injections-Insanity-Sterling-Lorraine-Mace/dp/1786156830

UShttps://www.amazon.com/Injections-Insanity-Sterling-Lorraine-Mace/dp/1786156830

Author Bio – When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.lorrainemace.com

Blog: http://thewritersabcchecklist.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lomace

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.mace.52