Friday, June 29, 2018

Split Second


Split Second is the first book in the Sean King and Michelle Maxwell series by David Baldacci. Sean King is an former Secret Service agent who, while escorting a presidential candidate, fixed his glance in a direction away from the candidate too, long giving an assassin the chance to murder the candidate. As soon as he heard the shot, King managed to shoot the assassin, but lost his job. He now has a law practice in Virginia. Michelle Maxwell is an up and coming agent with the Secret Service. She is assigned to protect a presidential candidate, who, while at an unexpected stop at a funeral home in rural Virginia and wanted some time alone with the widow and corpse, is kidnapped. Knowing this will end her career, she teams up with King to find the kidnapped candidate.

This book has nearly non-stop action and has the reader puzzled trying to figure out who is behind the kidnapping. It truly is an excellent book.

If interested in reading this book, you can purchase it in various formats from the following sites: 

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Split-Second-King-Maxwell-Book-ebook/dp/B000FBJAEG/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530295944&sr=1-2&keywords=split+second+by+david+baldacci

Barnes & Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/split-second-david-baldacci/1100308497?ean=9781455550784#/

World of Sleuths Rating:  ➷➷➹➹➹➹
(Six out of six arrows)



Flight of the Old Dog


Flight of the Old Dog was the first techno-thriller written by Dale Brown and is the first in the Patrick McLanahan series. Dale Brown was a navigator in the U.S. Air Force on bombers. His experiences along with his expertise are reflected in Patrick in this book and series. Patrick is a navigator on a B-52 bomber, whose crew won the Strategic Air Command's top honors for the second year in a row and many believe Patrick to be the best navigator in the U.S. Air Force. The only problem is that Patrick doesn't always have the neatest uniform and doesn't always go by the book. Shortly after the competition, Patrick gets selected for a top secret assignment to Dreamland, a top secret research and development site in the Nevada desert. He is there to test the navigation equipment on a B-52 that's been refurbished and has the latest and newest equipment being developed for B-1 bombers. The name of the bomber is the Old Dog and has major improvements, not seen on any other B-52 in existence, including a sin on the aircraft that makes it hard to be detected by radar. The Soviet Union is believed to have a new weapon located in Eastern Russia that can destroy any aircraft, missile or satellite in a matter of seconds. After months of the Soviet leaders denying it exists, the Old Dog is sent to destroy the weapon.

This book is full of action and keeps the reader engrossed and wondering what will happen next. It reminds me of my time in the Air Force (I was enlisted and never near a bomber, but I could see me at times during the story). A very enjoyable story.

If interested in reading this book, you can purchase it in various formats from the following sites:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Old-Dog-Patrick-McLanahan/dp/0425108937/ref=la_B000APTUTC_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530294139&sr=1-5

Barnes & Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flight-of-the-old-dog-dale-brown/1101956492?ean=9780425108932

World of Sleuths Rating:  ➷➷➹➹➹➹
(Six out of six arrows)

Fear


Fear is a thriller novel by Jeff Abbott. Miles Kendrick, a former private detective now in the witness protection program, suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after witnessing the death of his best friend. He's been seeing a psychiatrist because of it. When she asks him for help, he feels obliged to help her. Just before he gets to her office building, her office explodes with a female body found in the ruins. He vows to find her murderer and get revenge. Upon investigating he discovers about a drug that helps cure PTSD, that is illegally being developed and tested without the FDA's knowledge. He, along with two other of her patients, set out to find the truth and see that her killer is brought to justice.

This book gives the reader a peek at what PTSD patients endure. It shows that many people outside of military personnel suffer from it. There is plenty of action throughout the story.

If interested in reading this book, you can purchase it from the following sites in various formats:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Fear-Jeff-Abbott-ebook/dp/B00AMILB30/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1530290640&sr=1-1&keywords=fear+jeff+abbott

Barnes & Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fear-jeff-abbott/1101095470?ean=9781455546138

World of Sleuths Rating:  ➷➷➹➹➹
(Five out of six arrows)

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Kane and Abel


Kane and Abel was the second novel written by Jeffrey Archer and was the first novel in the Kane and Abel trilogy. This book is a historical fiction novel, following two men born on the same day in 1908 up until their deaths. William Lowell Kane was born to affluent Boston family where his father and grandfather were chairmen of an affluent bank in Boston. Abel Rosnovski was found by a poor peasant boy, near a stream in Poland just after just after birth which was the cause of the death was his mother. The book follows both through their childhoods and and after, going through World War I, the stock market crash, the great depression, World War II, the 1950's and through the Kennedy presidency and into the time of the Johnson administration.

This book is not a mystery or thriller like the others posted in this blog in the past, but it does involve some action and adventure which has been included in the description of this blog. This book does have some action and draws the reader in. The majority of the book takes place in the United States, but was written by a British author which is apparent be the spelling of some words and the names used for some of the items. But those words do not distract the reader enough to keep them from enjoying this book.

If interested in reading this book, you can purchase it in various formats from the following sites:

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Kane-Abel-Jeffrey-Archer-ebook/dp/B003JMF4FC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529896368&sr=8-1&keywords=kane+and+abel

Barnes & Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kane-and-abel-jeffrey-archer/1100358675?ean=9780312942724#/

World of Sleuths Rating:  ➷➷➹➹
(Four out of six arrows)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Project PD Mysteries & Thrillers: The Wisdom of Father Brown


The Wisdom of Father Brown was the second collection of Father Brown short stories written by G.K. Chesterton. Father Browns friend, Flambeau, criminal turned detective, appears in around half of the stories in this book where Father brown solves mysteries, be it a death or theft, in his own unique way. There are some names and places repeated in these stories.

There is action in these books varying by degrees. Some hold the reader’s interest better than others. These stories are good, but not quite as good as the ones in The Innocence of Father Brown.

If interested in reading this book, you can download it from the following sites in various formats:





World of Sleuths Rating:  ➷➷➹➹
(Four out of six arrows)


Monday, May 7, 2018

Project PD Mysteries & Thrillers: The Man in Lower Ten


The Man in Lower Ten is a mystery novel written by Mary Roberts Rinehart which first in magazines in 1906 in serialized form and was published as a novel in 1909. Lawrence Blakely is in attorney who has to travel by train to Pittsburgh from Washington D.C. to get depositions for a major forgery case. On his return trip, is is assigned berth lower ten in car seven for sleeping. When he goes to his assigned berth, there is a man drunk and passed out in his berth, which he can’t wake. He is given an open berth across from his assigned one. When he wakes in the morning, he discovers his clothes and other possessions have been stolen, including is bag that held the signed depositions. Even worse, the man that was found in his assigned berth is founded murdered and everything is pointing at Blakely as the murderer. Will he be able to to find actual murderer and avoid avoid jail time for himself and also find the depositions?

This is a good story and the author keeps you wondering if the truth will be found. That said, I didn’t like it as well as The Circular Staircase by the same author.

If interested in reading this story, you can download it from the following sites in various formats:





World of Sleuths Rating: ➷➷➹➹
(Four out of six arrows)


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Monkey's Raincoat



The Monkey’s Raincoat is the first novel in the Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais. Elvis Cole is a private detective in Los Angeles who, along with his part-time partner, Joe Pike, takes on cases at a lower rate than most of the private detectives in the area. In this book, Elvis is contacted by Ellen Lang whose husband, Mort, and nine year old son, Perry, are missing. Mort owns a talent agency and has dealings with some shady characters. Elvis finds out about some of these characters while investigating the case and finds several obstacles along the way he has to overcome. Will he be able to find Mort and Perry?

This story was originally published back in 1987 and there are references to music, movies, television shows and other trends that were popular back then. There is humor mixed in with plenty of action and keeps readers’ attention.

If interested in reading this book, you can purchase it in various formats from the following sites:



World of Sleuths Rating: ➷➷➹➹➹
(Five out of six arrows)