Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Political Suicide

by Michael Palmer

A massive cover-up gone awry A prominent physician accused of murder Uncovering the truth could put the entire country at risk

Dr. Gary McHugh, known around Washington, D.C. as the “society doc,” calls his longtime friend Dr. Lou Welcome in a state of panic, certain he is about to be arrested for murder. McHugh was found in an alcoholic blackout in his wrecked car after visiting a patient of his, the powerful Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Elias Colston. Soon after McHugh leaves, Colston’s wife returns home to find her husband shot to death in their garage. McHugh has no recollection of committing the crime and no one who would possibly believe in his innocence, other than Lou. As more facts come to light, even Lou has serious doubts. But something about McHugh’s story nags at him and as he looks into matters, pieces of the puzzle don’t point to his friend’s guilt so definitively.

With the help of Sarah Cooper, an ambitious attorney with her own reasons for hating doctors, Lou finds himself at the center of a deadly, high-level conspiracy where the difference between right and wrong is a matter of interpretation, and the words “whatever it takes” have a chilling meaning. If Lou and Sarah don’t uncover the real reasons Colston is dead, they may not survive themselves, and the entire country could be at risk for attacks that could destroy the very fabric of national security.

Once again, bestselling author Michael Palmer proves that he is the king of suspense in this page-turning thriller set at the crossroads of politics, the military, and medical science.

My thoughts...

Michael Palmer knows how to write a story that draws you in from the very beginning. Dr. Lou Welcome is called by his good friend to help keep him out of prison for a murder he's been accused of and has no memory of because he was suffering from an alcoholic blackout. In the process of the sleuthing investigation by Dr. Welcome things don't seem quite right. Michael Palmer writes an amazing plot that takes many twists and turns that will keep you wondering until the very last page.

I haven't had the opportunity to read "Oath of Office" where Dr. Lou Welcome is introduced but I think it's going on my to be read list very soon.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

The Crowns Vengeance

by Andrew Clawson

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For 300 years, America has been under assault, the enemy silent, unseen. In the august halls of the Ivy League, a scholar uncovers shocking evidence of an unimaginable betrayal. Professor Erika Carr uncovers a Revolutionary era espionage report, lost for centuries in a cache of Alexander Hamilton's private documents. Dr. Carr is stunned when she discovers the intelligence reports were authored by Paul Revere.

A clue hidden within the message suggests a second missive exists, waiting to be found. Parker Chase joins her on a journey that leads to astonishing revelations about a centuries old conspiracy to destroy American independence. On Revere's trail, they are attacked by a murderous syndicate of international power brokers intent on silencing them forever. Running for their lives, Parker and Erika must outwit an invisible enemy while unraveling a conspiracy that stretches from the morally bankrupt halls of Wall Street to oil-soaked sands in the Middle East. Locked in a struggle for their lives, they fight to reveal an unthinkable secret, the fate of a nation hanging in the balance.

My thoughts... This is without a doubt a five star read!! Once again Clawson does not disappoint... in his second novel of amateur sleuthing with Erika Carr and Parker Chase they find themselves in the midst of danger when Erika receives 300 year-old documents authored by the legendary Paul Revere. This is the second book by author Andrew Clawson. He brings twice the adventure and historical intrigue with the revolutionary espionage that comes to light through Parker and Erika's investigation of these documents. Be sure you set aside enough time to finish this one, you'll not want to put this one down until you read the last page. Be sure to read Andrew Clawson's debut novel "A Patriot's Betrayal," also found at a bookstore near you.

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Utopia, Texas

by Michael E. Glasscock III

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What happens when men of principle become men of violence? In the quiet town of Utopia, Texas, life is simple. Monty Kilpatrick does his duty as a local game warden, catching poachers, smoking too many cigarettes, and trying to keep his marriage afloat. Most days he thinks about the loss of his young son and how to not be tempted to stray from his vows by one of the local girls.

But just across the border in Mexico, drug cartel kingpin Juan Diaz is running his empire with an iron fist. Utopia is part of the cartel's main trafficking routes, and when Monty arrests Diaz's brother during what he thought was a routine traffic stop, the men's paths cross. In a moment, the formerly peaceful Utopia becomes a war zone.

Set in cartel haciendas and the rugged Texas landscape and featuring plenty of guns, explosions, and helicopters, Utopia, Texas pits Monty and Juan against each other, both bound by the opposing set of laws they've chosen to follow. In order to save his town, his wife, and his pride, Monty must be ready to lose everything he holds true.

My thoughts...

Utopia, Texas was a fast paced and strikingly authentic... the twists and turns will keep you guessing what will happen next and you'll never believe how it ends... Glasscock III has it all - suspenseful plot, magnificent scenery, and a hero who is tough but truly connected to his family.

For those who enjoy reading books authored by C. J. Box and William Kent Krueger will definitely enjoy reading Utopia, Texas. Don't walk run to your computer and download this fantastic read to your kindle while it's still 99 cents. It's a great bargain and it's so good that the author may decide to increase the price soon.

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