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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dangerous Embrace by Dana Mason/RABT VBTours


Romantic Suspense/ Thriller
Title: Dangerous Embrace
Author: Dana Mason
Date to be Published: 10/04/12
Synopsis: 

Sarah Jennings wants nothing more than a quiet life—alone.

Raised by an eccentric mother, their life on the road only taught her how to run away from hard times. But when she finds herself in an abusive relationship, this lesson serves her well.  



Now, back in her hometown, she's found a place she loves. She’s a first grade teacher, and with few friends and less family around, she has what she wants, a quiet life under the radar where she can be free of her past and live quietly. Finally comfortable in her own skin, she’s settled, and less fearful than she’s ever been in her life.


But it only takes one night and one act of violence for everything to change. Injured and afraid, Sarah wants to run again, but Mark Summors refuses to let her go.

Just when Sarah thinks she can have Mark and the life he promises, her past comes back to haunt her.

Mark Summors was born and raised in Santa Rosa. He married his high school sweetheart and never questioned his life, until he found his wife with another man.

Now divorced, he wants something more. He’s passionate about his job, he wants to protect people, and he devotes his life to it.

This time he’s protecting more than just another client, he’s protecting his future; at least, Sarah Jennings will be his future, once he convinces her she loves him.


Dangerous Embrace   (excerpt 450 words)

Sarah pried open her heavy eyelids and turned, trying to focus on the clock. “Ow, dammit!” She clenched her teeth and looked down at the sling tied to her arm. The smothering realization pressed on her chest. When the nausea hit, she flung the covers off and rushed to the bathroom, fighting to get to the toilet before her stomach heaved.
When the painful dry heaving stopped, she lay back on the cold tile floor, exhausted, and waited for the room to stop spinning. Her ragged breaths roared in her ears and seemed to echo in the quiet room. When her breathing slowed, the silence ebbed around her in waves, but when footsteps approached the bathroom door, she tensed again.
A bead of sweat dripped down her scalp and at the same time someone tapped at the door. Her pulse spiked and she fought like hell to remember who brought her home from the hospital. 
She closed her eyes. “Who’s there?” The waver in her voice pissed her off. Gawd—please don’t let me be pathetic in front of whoever this is.
A hesitant and completely unfamiliar man’s voice said, “Are you all right? Do you need something?”
Sarah sucked in a hard breath. “Um…” She exhaled slowly. “Who are you?”
“Mark Summors.”
She stiffened and tried to sit up. “Do I know you?” she asked her voice pitching.
“I can explain if you open the door.”
She steadied herself against the bathtub. The sling had slipped up her arm, exposing the trail of bruises. She swallowed another wave of nausea and tried to put the pieces together. Mark Summors? She glanced around for something to use as a weapon just in case, then she wanted to laugh—and cry. Who the hell was she kidding? She rolled her eyes. Good plan, Sarah, take on a strange guy with a toilet brush. 
“Can I come in?”  His voice was muffled as if he was resting his face against the door.
“Go ahead.” She clamped her mouth closed to suppress a shiver, then said, “It’s unlocked.”
The door eased open and a cup of water shot out at her.
“Oh, thank you,” she cried out, relieved to wash the disgusting film out of her mouth. She snatched the cup out of his hand and gulped it, letting her eyes lift above the rim to see his face.
 “Ah.” Sarah choked and inhaled the water. She set the cup down, almost upending it as she dropped it. “Oh my God!” She would never forget those intense blue eyes, just like she would never forget the smell of her attacker’s breath. They were all thrown together in the same horrifying memory.
My Review:

Let me begin with this, I have read some really amazing reads this month and Dangerous Embrace was no exception.    What a love story!   What a suspenseful thriller!    What a surprise this one turned out to be!    About the time I really got hooked, I found myself losing a good night's sleep.    Yes it was an all nighter.   But I think it was worth the 5 star rating I assessed.    Have you ever felt that life just kept knocking you down?    Well, that is what Sarah Jennings life had been like.    Her home life was less than stellar as her mother had 3 kids by different fathers and kept them on the road as she traveled here there and yon, basically running away from unpleasant encounters with men in a variety of towns across the nation.   At the age of seventeen Sarah was dating and then living with an abusive man older than she and she stayed because he had become her family.    She wanted to be loved and part of a real family and even though he was abusive, physically, emotionally and sexually, She tried to stay because he was more home than her mother had been.    Sarah was a really strong character, but she was filled with self loathing due to Kevin's constant reinforcementof his negative remarks about her.    Now after eight years of running away from him and establishing a new life in Santa Rosa, she finds herself once again victimized as she narrowly escapes an attempted rape outside of the elementary school where she taught. 

The characters were believable and strong and the reader is totally involved in Sarah's growth to a healthier self esteem with the assistance of Mark Summors' love for her.  The two villains in the story were characters  so terrifying that this reader certainly held her breath in more than part of the story.  The first few chapters were kind of slow to get my attention, but I was hooked, line and sinker, once the pace picked up and I became one with the characters.
And the subjects of domestic abuse and rape by a stranger are certainly topics that are relevant to today's American Culture.   I certainly cheered for the heroes in this fast and absorbing read.    I will be more than willing to read and review anything Dana Mason has to off from here on out.    Thank you Ms Mason!   I loved it!





Dana Mason
Author Bio

Dana Mason started writing to prove to her computer geek husband and her math & science geek kids that she actually has a brain; it’s just a right functioning brain instead of a left. She’s lived all over the country and uses that experience in her writing and character studies. Her debut novel, Dangerous Embrace, is the first in a contemporary romance series about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don’t hold on to what’s important. Second chances don’t come easy…but sometimes love is worth the risk.
When not writing, Dana specializes in professional development and training. She’s also a board member on the local Art's Council and does what she can to support the art community.  
As an avid reader and movie watcher, she always requires a happily ever after ending.
Twitter - @danamason06



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Monday, October 29, 2012

Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan/ VBTour

 

 

Blurb

Beth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions. But her recent dream feels too real to ignore: a commercial airliner is hijacked, and a handsome passenger is shot dead. Beth hasn’t met the mystery man in her dream; she would never forget a gorgeous face like his. But she can’t deny the bizarre connection she feels. Now awake, and unable to allow for the violence she’s convinced is impending, she races to the airport…and comes face to face with the man of her dreams.

Zane Winters lives for his job, using his uncanny psychic powers to carry out missions for elite SEAL Team 7. Yet the constant adrenaline highs can’t drown out the numbness seeping into his life as he yearns to find a woman he can trust. All that changes when he meets a beautiful stranger who sets his soul on fire—and somehow knows he’s about to die.

To thwart the global crisis the hijacking will unleash, Beth and Zane join forces. But even amid the danger, they can’t deny the powerful force drawing them together. Is it merely attraction…or destiny?

My Review:

The premise of Forged in Fire was original and fresh.  I enjoyed the mix of action adventure, psychic intuition and a steamy romance which all served to push the story forward to its conclusion.  McCallan developed  believable characters that I felt I knew throughout the story....even the bad guys!   The sex scenes were pretty explicit, but did not overwhelm the main story.  If action adventure is your thing, suspense and mystery, and romance your draw, then read this book!   It was intriguing and thoughtful and I for one enjoyed it tremendously...I give it a 5 out of 5 winks!

 

Author Bio

Trish McCallan was born in Eugene, Oregon, and grew up in Washington State, where she began crafting stories at an early age. Her first books were illustrated in crayon, bound with red yarn, and sold for a nickel at her lemonade stand. Trish grew up to earn a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a concentration in creative writing from Western Washington University, taking jobs as a bookkeeper and human- resource specialist before finally quitting her day job to write full time. Forged in Fire came about after a marathon reading session, and a bottle of Nyquil that sparked a vivid dream. She lives today in eastern Washington. An avid animal lover, she currently shares her home with three golden retrievers, a black lab mix and a cat.

 

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Mistaken by Nancy S Thompson/ RABT VBTour



Romantic Suspense / Psychological Thriller

Title: The Mistaken
Author: Nancy S. Thompson
Date to be Published: 10/18/12
Synopsis: 

Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco’s Russian mafia.  Ty intervenes to secure Nick’s freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath.  With no choice but to accept Nick’s new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife—pregnant with their first child—is killed, the victim of a reckless crime.  

Despondent and bitter, Ty macerates his grief in alcohol.  From the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance.  His target is a stranger, the woman who drew his wife toward her death.  He doesn’t know her, but he’ll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay, for a deal has been struck with Nick’s Russian associates, enslaving her into a life of bondage.  But as Ty moves forward in a cloud of alcohol, he mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim and now all his plans have gone straight to hell.

With his eyes made clear by the stark reality of his mistake, Ty is driven, compelled by remorse and a relentless sense of guilt to make amends and protect Hannah Maguire, the innocent woman whose life he has derailed.  He vows to keep her safe and out of the Russians’ hands, but they’re holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and turn over the girl.  Once again, he must fight to free his brother, miring all three lives in further jeopardy.  But Ty can’t do it all:  Save the girl, his brother and his own soul.  One of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.

 My Review:

WOW!  What an awesome read The Mistaken is.   It has everything a mystery suspense thriller needs.  How much does it take to drag any one of us to the bottom of the barrel? How much could you stand or tolerate before you reached your lowest depth...so low you barely register as human any longer?   Tyler Karras reached his lowest after losing his parents and sister to death, his wife and unborn child also lost to death and his brother, Nick, owned by the mob.    It was then he met the evil inside himself and turned to follow a path of vengeance.    In the process, three lives are forever altered, and when he finally is able to repent and turn from the evil within, it is with a great amount of remorse, an inner strength to fight the demons of alcohol and drugs, and little recognition of the man he once was.   Tyler was a very well developed character as were Hannah and Nick.   As the reader I could understand where each character came from and how conflicted their very souls were.

The story was unique and interesting and flowed smoothly as told by Tyler and Hannah.   I wondered if Hannah suffered from Stokholm Syndrome, but over time the romance between Hannah and Tyler was meant to be. There were surprises within the intricacies of the story as well.   To me it was a cohesive and thrilling read.    Well Done Ms Thompson!   I'll look forward to more of your work for sure!


                                                          

Nancy S. Thompson
Author Bio
“The hell of revenge—the hope of redemption”
 Nancy started writing fiction rather suddenly one day in 2010.  Inspired by a song, she was struck with an idea she couldn’t shake and just had to write it down.  It was while working on this, her first novel, that she discovered just how much she loved writing.  She only wishes she had known how much years earlier.  Nancy makes her fiction debut with The Mistaken. She is an interior designer and California transplant, currently living with her husband near Seattle, WA.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wish you Were Here by Beth K Vogt...a Review

I ordered this read on my kindle months ago...I think after it  just came out.  Amazon Synopsis: Kissing the wrong guy days before her scheduled wedding leads Allison to become a runaway bride. But can it also lead to happily ever after?
Allison Denman is supposed to get married in five days, but everything is all wrong. The huge wedding. The frothy dress. And the groom.
Still, kissing the groom’s brother, Daniel, in an unguarded moment is decidedly not the right thing to do. How could she have made such a mistake? It seems Allison’s life is nothing but mistakes at this point. Daniel’s adventures—chronicled through a collection of postcards—have always appealed to Allison’s well-hidden desire for something more. But how can betraying her fiancÉ’s trust lead to a true happily ever after?
Can Allison find her way out of this mess? Recognizing she doesn’t have all the answers won’t be easy because she’s used to being in control. To find her way again, she will have to believe that God has a plan for her—one outside her carefully defined comfort zone—and find the strength to let Him lead.

My Review:

I read this in one day and found it to be a satisfying and sweet read.    Vogt's characters were very well developed and I found myself quite enamored.   I call this Christian Romance and I enjoyed it.   Even the strongest Christian has questions about their journey with God and those of us who haven't taken the time to listen to the wee small voice or have emotional baggage weighing us down have even more questions we need answers for.     Have we turned everything over to Him?   Do we trust him to do right by us?    How can anyone, especially God love me with all my past mistakes?   These were thing Allison needed to find out for herself.   And she needed time away from the two brothers that loved her as much as she loved them.   I admire Christian writers who address these issues in a manner that is subtle and yet not overbearing.  I won't elaborate much further on the story or plot line but it was a clever story and it had lots of humor as the characters rethink their actions and rebuke themselves in sarcastic manners.  For an author who said she would not write fiction, she certainly had a great story to tell and did it so well!

I'll rate this a four winks read
                                        

                                                   4X

                                              

 

 

 

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Crimson Footprints by Shewanda Pugh/ CBLS Virtual Blog Tour


Title: Crimson Footprints (Part I)
Author: Shewanda Pugh
Publisher: Delphine Publications
Length: 87,000 words
Genres: Contemporary Interracial/Multicultural Romance/Women's Fiction
Heat Level: Steamy

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BLURB:
When an insecure, bi-racial woman begins a cloak-and-dagger love affair with a Japanese American man, she is intent on keeping her bigoted family in the dark—albeit with devastating consequences.

On the night of her brother’s murder, Deena Hammond stumbles upon Takumi Tanaka, lost and on the wrong end of a .32. After rescuing him from the certain fate driving through the hood in a Porsche will bring, a
sweet kind of friendship begins. A balm for her grief. Maybe, Deena likes to think, it happened the day her white mother killed her black father. Or maybe, it was always a part of them, like DNA gone bad. Whatever the case, Deena knows that her family would never approve, hell, never acknowledge her fast-growing love for Takumi. And had he never made love to her that way, in that unraveling, soul-searching sort of way, she could’ve done the same.

But love’s a devil that way.

So, their game begins. One where they hide what they are from everyone. Anyone. And Tak understands this—for now. After all, Deena’s career hinges on the favor of her mentor and boss, his hard-ass of a father. And the Hammond family is already stretched thin with grief. Yet, each step Deena takes toward family and career brings her closer to an acceptance she’s never had. And away from him.

 

 My Review:

This was a very interesting read for me.   I admired our heroine and the background she grew up in and escaped from.  I loved her boyfriend, Takumi Tanaka.    I loved his patience with her, his love for her and his understanding of her.   Crimson Footprints verified for me that secrets are not meant to be kept forever.

The characters ranged from very young to very old and from races of purity to mixes and it was very interesting to watch as the elder of each family grew and changed with acceptance and forgiveness.  Deena's character grew and matured, although it took a near death experience to bring this about and the same for Takumi .   


I was confused about Lizzie's story.   It seemed important enough to tell, but to end suddenly in no further clarity.   Maybe that was the point.   Anyway, I surely enjoyed the love story between bi-racial Deena and Japanese Takumi.   I loved his family, even Daichi.  I even liked Grandma Emma, cantankerous, but a hoot in the end.

Families are one of the most complicated  situations in life.   Every member has their own perspective and I doubt that most of us are just evil.    From our perspective we think and formulate ideas about right and wrong and mostly we believe ourselves to be good and  acceptable souls.   This book is definitely one of family values with a wide assortment of personalities and belief systems.    Only when we come together through love and forgiveness can there be a meeting of the minds and acceptance for one another despite our differences.    The Crimson Footprints certainly was a feel good read and inspires one to stretch their boundaries and lives.  Thank you Ms Pugh for a delightful read and such strong characters!
 
                                                              

Author Info:

 

Shewanda Pugh is a native of Boston’s inner city, though she now lives in sunny Miami, Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Alabama A&M University and a Master’s in Writing from Nova Southeastern University. Fueled from a young age, her passion for crossing societal boundaries like race, class and culture, is the inspiration for both her cluttered bookshelf and her writing. When she’s not busy obsessing over fiction, she can be found traveling, nursing her social networking addiction or enjoying the company of loved ones.

 

 

 

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Masquerade by Nicole Flockton/ SupaGurl VBTours


Welcome my Peeps!   This morning we are joined (Virtually) by Nicole Flockton, the author of Masquerade!     Welcome Nicole!!   (Wild audience applause).    Thanks so much for joining us this morning.
Let's jump in with our questions:

How long have you been writing?
I started writing after my daughter was born in 2002, it was more a bit of fun but the more I did it the more I enjoyed it. I started to write seriously and work on my craft from 2006.

What Authors have inspired you?
I can't say one author inspired me. But there was a firefighter trilogy written by Kathryn Shay that had me living and breathing with the characters and I started to think, maybe one day I could give someone this same feeling.

If you could spend an afternoon with any one author, who would it be? And why?
Probably Sherrilyn Kenyon. She gave an amazing talk at RWA New York in 2011. To be able to talk one on one about her experience and her determination to keep going when all seemed lost.

Do you blog? Blogspot addy?
Yes I’ve had a blog since 2005. It was initially on blogspot, but when I updated my website my web designer incorporate my old blog with my website.  Address is www.nicoleflockton.com/blog

What is the biggest reward you have received since being published?
I think the biggest thing for me was when I went to Anaheim this year, I caught up with a lot of Australian authors, I’m an Aussie who’s been in Houston Tx for three years. Anyway, they were all so happy to see me and so happy that I sold. Having Rita finalists and multi-published authors saying those things to me, was unbelievable.

Also when I told a neighbor I was going to a writers conference she asked me if I was an author. I got a thrill to say, “Why yes I am. I am an author.” Then hearing her say how excited she was to say she knew an author.

What was the biggest surprise that came with being published?
I still have a heap to learn. With being published you have to learn about promotion about getting out there. When I meet people I have to remember to say I’m an author and plug my book. 

What has been the biggest hardship in getting published?
I can’t say I’ve experienced any hardship as yet, as this is my debut release, but I know I’m going to have to tough it out when there’s a bad review.  I have to remember not everyone has the same tastes. I realize some will love and some will not.

Status of current WIP?
About a quarter of the way through it.

What’s your favorite book and why?
I don’t have a stand out favorite as such, I have a lot. But there is a book which I’ve read about 5 times and it’s “Fortunes” by Vera Cowie. It was released back in 1986. It’s about a girl who inherits one part of her estranged father’s auction house. Not sure what it is about it, but I enjoy it every time I read it. Hmm maybe it’s time I picked it up again.

Favorite genre to read and to write?
I love to read category novels, they are my main stable of reading. I love them because they’re fast paced, short and full of emotion. There are some many fabulous authors out there. So that is what I write, contemporary stories. Some have medical settings and others are set in boardrooms with yummy Alpha males.

A few just for fun questions,Salty or Sweet?
Sweet definitely.

Winter or Summer?
Probably winter as you can snuggle up with your favorite person and keep warm.

Bowling or baseball as a participant?
Bowling, but only if the gutter guards are up!  I’m not the most athletic person.

Your most unhealthy snack?
Chocolate

5 most admired people to attend dinner with?
Lance Armstrong, Oprah Winfrey, Princess Diana, Neil Armstrong, Betty White

Are you a cup half full or half empty person?
Half full

Background noise or silence when writing?
Background noise.

Thanks for being with us today Nicole.   We wish you every success with your writing career !  Nicole waves and the live audience is again on their feet and clapping wildly! 



blurb:

After being humiliated by her fiancĂ©e, Sophie Franklyn has decided that getting involved with work colleagues and men in general isn’t for her. Now her focus is going to be on her career and her recent promotion. That is until at a New Year’s eve masquerade ball, she meets a man that tempts her to question her choices.

Alex Scavoni is extremely dedicated to his job, so dedicated that his first marriage crumbled under the pressure of his dedication. Now he’s happily single, with a new job he is excited to start. When he meets a masked Sophie at the ball, she fires desires in him he thought long dead. He spends a wonderful night with her, but wakes up alone.

The next time the two meet, it’s in the high pressure world of Emergency Room medicine where they must work side by side. While they deal with the stresses of the Emergency ward, they endeavour to keep their feelings for each other on a professional nature. When the desire that pushed them together that one night flares to life again, can they ignore them or will their one night together have consequences neither of them planned on?

My Review:

I loved this story, although it was a short steamy read at 109 pages.  But what a good 109 pages they were.  Alex Scavoni could not have been any hotter! Talk Yum...even the reader could desire him as all the female characters desired to be "seen" by his dark eyes.  Sophie Franklyn, what a lucky character to be found so desirable by the Italian doc!   She tries to keep it professional, but the two are truly drawn to one another and when there is a life threatening situation in the ER....all bets are off and all secrets die there.   The characters in this read are done exceptionally well, especially the nosy best friend and the weasel of a former boyfriend.

Nicole writes a fluent story, fast paced but a lot happens in just a few pages!   And for any woman who reads Masquerade, it is like a fairy tale become real!   I empathized with the characters and their hopes and desires .   If you like a good romance, I think you'll love the read too!

 

 

Author Bio:  

 

Nicole is an Australian living in Houston Tx when she’s not chasing the kids or the dog, she is writing romances where she can escape to a world she can control.  She writes contemporary romances where you could find yourself in the chaos of a hospital emergency ward or in the high powered boardroom of a powerful, yet sexy, executive. You can find out more about her at www.nicoleflockton.com.  You can follow her on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/NicoleFlockton or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NicoleFlockton
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Huge Giveaway!! / FF Friday #12/

Good Morning all my lovely Peeps!!

 Reward to my followers:
Can you believe October is halfway through...where did the time go?   Most of you probably gave it up to reading which is a good thing!!!   And have you noticed how close we are getting to 500 GFC followers?    That also is surprising so, I want to surprise my lovely Peeps.   I want to reward those of you who follow me every now and then, once in awhile or everyday!   God love you!
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The Prophet by Ethan Cross/ PICT VBTour

 
TITLE:   The Prophet
AUTHOR:  Ethan Cross
PUBLISHED BY:  The Story Plant   (www.thestoryplant.com)
PUBLICATION DATE:  October 16, 2012
ISBN: 
ISBN-10: 1611880459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611880458
GENRE:  Suspense
# OF PAGES:  416
SYNOPSIS:
OLD ENEMIES...
Francis Ackerman Jr. is one of America's most prolific serial killers. Having kept a low profile for the past year, he is ready to return to work – and he's more brutal, cunning, and dangerous than ever.

NEW THREATS...
Scarred from their past battles, Special Agent Marcus Williams cannot shake Ackerman from his mind. But now Marcus must focus on catching the Anarchist, a new killer who drugs and kidnaps women before burning them alive.

HIDDEN TERRORS...
Marcus knows the Anarchist will strike again soon. And Ackerman is still free. But worse than this is a mysterious figure, unknown to the authorities, who controls the actions of the Anarchist and many like him. He is the Prophet – and his plans are more terrible than even his own disciples can imagine.

With attacks coming from every side, Marcus faces a race against time to save the lives of a group of innocent people chosen as sacrifices in the Prophet's final dark ritual.

 

 

My Review:

 Suspense filled, twisted thriller...words that come to mind for The Prophet.   What a gripping read....I absolutely ate this up.  I loved the characters, they were all flawed in some respect and trying to maintain their humanity, (at least most of them were).    Some had already crossed over to the dark side and the shadows,  others seemed to question their actions and whether they were on the right side or edging closer to the shadows themselves.   Two evil characters, Francis Ackerman Jr and the Anarchist and both pursued by Marcus Williams and his team.   The twists and turns in the plot were exceptionally well plotted to hold the reader's attention and the action was incredible.   Yes, I enjoyed reading this chilling book.   Now I have a book that I think would make a great Halloween scary /gory movie, although it happens around Christmas time!

Ethan Cross is a very fluent writer and holds your attention from start to finish.   It was interesting to see where each of the evil characters came from and how they had evolved.   And it was interesting learning how the police, FBI and Dept of Justice thought out their plans to resolve the crime wave in Chi -Town!   If you have a liking for a past paced, suspense-thriller, you really ought to catch up with The Prophet.   It is excellent mystery-thriller reading!

Author Bio:


When a fireman or a policeman would visit his school, most of his classmates’ heads would swim with aspirations of growing up and catching bad guys or saving someone from a blazing inferno. When these moments came for Ethan Cross, however, his dreams weren’t to someday be a cop or put out fires; he just wanted to write about it. His dream of telling stories on a grand scale came to fruition with the release of his first novel, the international bestseller, THE SHEPHERD.

Ethan Cross is the pen name of a thriller author living and writ- ing in Illinois with his wife, two daughters, and two Shih Tzus. In addition to The Shepherd and The Prophet, he has published two no- vellas––The Cage and Callsign: Knight (with Jeremy Robinson).



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  • Reviews: below
"The best book of its kind since Thomas Harris retired Hannibal Lecter, a cat-mouse-game extraordinaire that will leave your knuckles white and your stomach churning." - Jon Land, Bestselling Author of Strong Vengeance

"Cross pushes the boundaries in this sinisterly clever showdown between one shadowy vigilante justice group and three twisted serial killers. The surprises are fast and furious and will leave you breathless to read more." - Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Catch Me and Love You More

"THE PROPHET confirms, confidently and vociferously, that Ethan Cross is one of the best damn writers in the genre." - Anthony J. Franze, Bestselling Author of THE LAST JUSTICE

"Solid, memorable storytelling that moves rapid-fire through a complex and gripping plot." Ethan Cross is one of the sharpest emerging writers on the thriller fiction scene today."
- Steven James, national bestselling author of Opening Moves and The Pawn

"THE PROPHET is a terrifying, twist-laden tempest of a thriller that builds to a climax even more ferocious and chilling than the blizzard in which it’s set. With a flawed-yet-likable cast of protagonists pitted against some of the most terrifying and believable villains in recent memory, Ethan Cross’s latest is a definite must-read." - Jeremy Burns, Author of THE DESERET BLUEPRINT and FROM THE ASHES

 
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