Final Target (Dublin Mafia: Triskelion Team #1) by Zara Keane

Final Target (Dublin Mafia: Triskelion Team, Book 1) by [Keane, Zara]

Title: Final Target

Series: Dublin Mafia: Triskelion Team #1

Author Zara Keane

Release Date: March 14, 2016

Price: $3.99 Kindle/ Free KU $12.99 Paperback

Description: As a final job for his mob boss uncle, Lar Delaney agrees to eliminate one last target. Through the crosshairs of his sniper rifle, he realizes that his target is a former girlfriend—a woman who supposedly died five years previously.
Moira Collins is an intelligence agent whose cover has been shot to smithereens. When she finds herself on the wrong side of an assassin’s rifle, she’s appalled to recognize the only mark she ever let herself fall in love with.


Moira works for MI6. She had been undercover in Boston to try and find out if there were secrets being sold between the American and Irish communities concerning governments. Without knowing that her life would be in danger later, she was pulled a day before the pub she had been working at was shot up, resulting in several deaths.

On a leave of absence from MI6, Moira heads to Ireland where she decides to infiltrate Frank Delaney’s club to find information on the bombing that killed her mother, father and brothers. She knows her sister was alive and working in Ireland as a private investigator. She enlists the help of her sister who is very apprehensive about her showing up and not wanting to believe that they’re actually related at first.

Things go from bad to worse before the end of the book. I did NOT see the end of the book coming at all. There were several things I didn’t suspect in here.


Zara Keane is a new to me author. I happened to grab this book on Amazon when it was free on promo. I started reading it yesterday and finished it today. It pulls you in from the first page and keeps you captivated until the end. There’s murder, mystery, intrigue, love, hate, passion, and mistrust. The characters are believable with their feelings and reactions and thoughts. She creates a whole world that you can picture laid out in front of you and  you can see the story happening as you’re reading it. I was honestly surprised at some of the information in the book as well as the ending. Never saw it coming. Definitely my first 5* read of 2017!

I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book in the series to see what happens next in the Dublin Mafia world and to see what happens to the Triskelion Team.

 

Tombs of Lust by Dorit Silverman

Tombs of Lust

Tombs of Lust is a book that is in pre-order status right now on Amazon. It will be released on 11/30 for $5.99 Kindle/free on Kindle Unlimited and $9.99 for Paperback.

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Amazon Description:

A passionate and forbidden love story between an Israeli woman and a Bedouin man in the heart of the Sinai Desert, are at the center of this dramatic erotic thriller.

It tells the story a of a young woman in search of her own identity, and the journey that will transform her from “Leah” into “Layla,” in which she will discover that beneath the desert’s calm surface deep desires, fascinating fairytales and secret myths prevail.

Her tantalizing encounter with the people of the desert will make her trail between joy and danger, desire and tragedy and onto an unpredictable ending.

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I liked this book overall. It’s got forbidden romance, erotica and love all rolled into one. Leah loves the desert people. One day while on the beach she sees a Bedouin man and instantly likes him. She brings him over to sit with her and tries talking to him. She’s not sure if he understands her or not but she keeps talking anyways. We get flashes of Leah’s life when she was younger, of when she lived in New York, things she used to do and so on and so forth throughout the book.

This book did take a while for me to read. I just couldn’t get into it myself. It felt like it was really slow and I just couldn’t read for more than five to ten minutes a sitting before my mind started wandering to other things and I’d get sidetracked. :/

***I received this book in PDF format in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

The Dreadful Alchemist by Charles Z David

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Charles Z David is a new to me author that I enjoyed very much. I will definitely be looking forward to more books of his. The writing style is nice and being able to do the visualizations his words give you is amazing. Definitely an author to be on the lookout for!

This book does follow ISIS so if you have an issue with that, I suggest not reading it. ISIS wants Uranium-233 which is a new type of Uranium that can be created and isn’t monitored by anyone so that weapons of mass destruction can be made. They know they can’t send in an Arab looking citizen because they’ll be scrutinized the entire time they are there and won’t be able to pull off the heist. So they send in their Aryan looking friend, Ossi. Ossi is a very didicated Islamist and also happens to be very dedicated to ISIS. He went though many extremist groups before being inducted into ISIS and finding his place there.

Ossi has a natural “don’t mess with me” look that makes anyone and everyone avoid him unless necessary. Although, his appearance is the opposite of how he really is. He doesn’t mind that people leave him alone and actually prefers it. Materials start going missing from labs and hospitals across the area. Can the local teams find out who is taking it, what their plans are and stop them before they are able to pull them off? To find out the answers to these questions, you’ll definitely have to read this book for yourself. I HIGHLY recommend this thriller to readers.

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99 cents on Kindle

***I received a copy of this via Kindle in exchange for an honest review***

Green Kills (Mystery & Murder #1) by Avi Domoshevizki

Green Kills

We start out the book witnessing a “job interview” of sorts. Only the firm has decided that they want Ronnie as an employee and are willing to do almost anything to obtain him. He decides to accept their employment and the stipulations to it. Flash forward six months into the future. Ronnie works in an office with Roy and it’s pretty safe to say neither likes the other. Ronnie invites Roy out to lunch on a daily basis but Roy is always declining because of one reason or another.

Ronnie is Israeli. Every day he calls his best friend and they talk about what’s going on. Gadi, along with Ronnie’s family, wants him to come back to Israel. He’s miserable in the US and in this job. He’s bored with it. Until one afternoon when he goes to lunch. He chooses his normal table and after he is served his food, he hears someone talking about betting on horses. Only he recognizes the voice. Stepping out of the phone booth, next to Ronnie’s table, is Henry, one of the partners at the fund he is working for.

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This is a book that will keep you interested until the end.  There’s mystery, suspense, love. This book was read in a couple of sittings. I just couldn’t stop unless it was to take care of my daughter or to run errands. Ronnie is a character that I liked from the beginning. He holds his ground when it comes to selling the fund. Everyone is pushing him for some reason but he won’t sell it until he finds out those reasons. Which leads him on a quest to find out. But could also mean the end of his existence. Definitely a book I would read again multiple times.

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99 cents on Kindle (Pre-order)

$14.45 Paperback

338 pages

(I received this book free in exchange for an honest review)

Trouble in Paradise by Lyle Howard

Trouble in Paradise

Amazon Description:

Even in Paradise things change…

All Cal Mackey wanted was to live out a peaceful existence and put his past in the rear view mirror. How better to live out his dream then to open a peaceful little bar in the Florida Keys? Far from the madness of war, Mackey lives his life on his own terms, mixing umbrella drinks for his customers and maintaining his anonymity.

But even in Paradise things change”…

Out of the darkness a mysterious ship docks behind The Paradise Shack and patrons begin to disappear.

What is the horrific secret that this vessel is carrying?

Now Mackey must rely on the set of skills he so desperately has tried to disavow. The conspiracy he will uncover will have more profound ramifications than just a few missing tourists. The ship’s purpose is more complex than he could ever imagine. A mission that is so unprecedented that Mackey will end up doubting his own loyalties.

No matter which side you find yourself rooting for, Trouble in Paradise will leave you wondering “what if?”

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From the first chapter I knew this was going to be a good read. In the first chapter we have two brothers aboard the vessel Rosalita. They are joined by at least three mercenaries and are searching for what amounts to a ghost ship. There have been stories over the years of the Nocturne but no one has actually been able to find it. When they think they’ve found it, it just turns out to be another freighter. But for some reason, their equipment doesn’t recognize these freighters. All of a sudden, the ghost ship Nocturne shows up in front of the Rosalita and after some quick thinking they manage to avoid being hit and demolished by the MUCH larger vessel.

This book will have you wanting more from the first page. I wasn’t able to put it down until I finished it and it only took me a couple hours to read it, including interruptions from my daughter.

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$3.99 on Kindle

Free on Kindle Unlimited

227 pages

I purchased this book 9/14/15 while it was free on promo.

Almost Perfect by Orly Krauss-Winer

Almost Perfect

Orly Krauss-Winer is an author that is new to me. The cover of the book captured my attention. Before even reading the description of the book, I knew that this was one that I wanted to read.

Alona is arrested on suspicion of murder of her ex-lover who happened to also be a colleague. Nili, her best friend and fellow attorney, accompanies Alona to the police station after she is detained at the law offices where they work. Tamara, one of their fellow friends and colleagues, was the one that was in a relationship with the deceased. The others in the office, who strived to keep a family atmosphere, wanted to all make sure she was okay. But she blacked out.

Meanwhile, Alona and Nili are at the police station where the chief is questioning Alona for a statement. He thinks that her answers are quite suspicious and it’s HIGHLY suspicious that the deceased was found in her car that was stolen but never reported so he arrests her. The officer in charge of the investigation works with Nili but not because he wants too. By her looking into the deceased past, she’s created a bit of a stir and has likely put herself in danger so he only works with her to keep her safe.

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This book was a great read. It will have you stuck to the screen reading from page to page and chapter to chapter. the characters are likable and the story flows nicely. I am loving the writing style of the author. While the story takes place in Israel, a place I’ve never been too, the author creates such a great description that you can’t help but to feel as if you’re actually there in Tel Aviv.

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$3.99 on Kindle

Free with Kindle Unlimited

$12.93 in Paperback

360 pages

***Please note that I received this book free in exchange for an honest review***

Barking Madness by Ryan Hill

Barking Madness

Rosetta has nightmares. Vivid nightmares. We open with her in a nightmare. Walking down a path in the forest surrounded by peaceful noises and a bright luminescent moon. Then things take a turn for the worse. A black figure is stalking her. When she is talking to the black figure, a wolf steps onto the path. She takes a step back as it steps towards her. This sets the wolf in motion and she turns and runs. Knowing she won’t outrun it, she throws herself to the ground. She wakes up when the dark figure bites into her neck, sucking her blood and killing her.

Rosetta, her mother, father and sister are moving because of a new job offer her father received. They are moving to a town called Ashwood. When she says something about it being dark her father tells her that the elementary school burned down years ago and a few kids died so they renamed everything, including the town.

They finally make it to their house and Rosetta is impressed. As is her sister, Emily. This new house is WAY bigger than the previous house in Florida. The layout is unique and each of them run up and down the stairs several times before choosing rooms because their previous house had no stairs in it. They were excited for a change.

Things get bad for Rosetta and her classmates quickly.

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I liked this story. Rosetta could pass as anyone out in the world today. I am definitely liking the authors writing style and the characters and world building that’s done in this story. The story is set at a steady pace so it doesn’t feel like it’s taking forever to get to the action and the good parts. A great story from beginning to end.

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644 pages

$3.99 on Kindle

(I received this book in pdf format free in exchange for an honest opinion.)

Fire in a Haystack (Legal Thriller #1) by Erez Aharoni

Fire in a Haystack

I received this book at a discount in exchange for an honest review.

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Ofer Angel tends to be a trouble maker at school. Just the day before, his father was in the vice-principal’s office because he decided to moon some other students. His father didn’t yell at him or belittle him. Instead, they went out for pizza and had a nice day. Then before they separated ways his father slaps him across the face and tells him he needs to man up and quit acting like a child.

The next day, during a commotion in class dealing with a mouse, the vice-principal enters the room and requests for Ofer. He follows her and then she tells him that he needs to return home because there is something wrong with his father. He is escorted home and when he gets there, the apartment is packed. He learns of his father’s death. He overhears a few men talking and learns of his father doing some shady stuff. It was the shame of the shady dealings that led him to kill himself.

Fast forward ten years to the future. Ofer is now in his mid-twenties. He went to law school and is now an intern at a prestigious law firm. He is supposed to stay with a witness to a trail. The witness dismisses him and seeing no problem with leaving him alone, Ofer leaves. He waits in the hotel lobby for the witness, who happens to be one of the men he overheard talking about his father on the same day he perished.

Ofer gets a maid to open the room to the witnesses suite after bribing her with money and stating he’ll loose his job if he doesn’t get him there immediately. He stumbles around, not having a card to turn the light on. He turns over the witnesses suitcase and contents spill everywhere. The maid turns the lights on and they see the horror strung out before them. The man is in bed, naked with a female. Only problem is, the man is dead.

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I loved reading this book. I’m a fan of thrillers but if you make it a legal thriller, it’s much better. I like how the author spun this story. And especially to bring a disease into it that hasn’t been around in a long time. The characters, mainly Ofer, are easy to relate to and to understand. The world that is created through this book is amazing and you can actually picture the events happening and seeing them in your minds eye while reading. A great story and one that will be staying in my collection for the foreseeable future!

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375 pages

$3.99 on Kindle

One to Go by Mike Page

One to Go

I received this book in hardcover edition in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Tom Booker is an attorney. He’s running late one day to pick up his daughter and her friends to take them to a museum. He gets caught in the elevator by one of the senior partners who isn’t happy about him skipping out for a while on a Saturday, even though he says he’ll be back. He peels out of his parking spot and races to pick up his daughter and her friends, even though he knows he’s going to be late.

Deciding to do something stupid, he starts a text message while driving across a bridge. He ends up causing an accident and hits a van head on. In the van is his daughter and her friends. The van tips up and looks like it’s going to flip into the river below but everything pauses. Another truck is on fire but the flames and smoke are still. As Tom is trying to break into the van to get at least his daughter out and stop the van from flipping, two people run up to him.

They make a deal with him but he ends up thinking he’s crazy and imagined the deal. The scene is reset and the people in the van don’t die….at that moment. Two weeks later, the driver is brutally murdered. This throws him into action knowing that his daughter and her friends are next. This makes him come to terms of things he never thought he would have to resort too in his life.

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I really enjoyed this book. I read it over a few days when I was able too. This is a unique book. I’ve read books before where similar deals were made but never where the person’s family was in jeopardy of dying. This pushes the main character to think faster and react much swifter than in the other books once he realizes it’s not an idle threat. This book is easily read and flows easily from one event into the next. Definitely a crime novel worth reading.

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$7.99 Kindle

$20.31 Hardcover

313 pages

Phoenix by A.J. Scudiere

Phoenix

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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Description: Jason Mondy’s world is unraveling.

He’s frustrated with his job.
And his most recent girlfriend has just walked out on him.
Even a simple trip home to find some rest leads his adoptive mother to
share a stunning secret she’s kept for over twenty-six years . . .

Jason has a brother he doesn’t remember existed.

Desperate and uncertain, Jason can only watch as
one by one the pieces of his life fall like dominoes.
The more he uncovers, the more everything he thought he knew
about himself and his past begins to turn to ash.

His truth isn’t true at all . . .

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The book starts off with a memory of a fire that happened a day before. Jason comes home and freaks out because there’s hardly anything left in the apartment. He can’t find his girlfriend anywhere. Somewhere in his mind he recognizes that she left but he’s too tired to deal with it. He goes to bed and sleeps for 18 hours, being woke up at the end by his dreams of the fire. He goes to the store and then decides to check his messages from the past two days since he unplugged his phone. He has over SEVENTY messages, most of them being reporters with a few being other firemen from his firehouse and his friends.

He calls back one of his friends that happens to be a police officer. The officer doesn’t like Kelly, Jason’s ex that took everything and left with no warning. He takes Kelly’s information and promises to do everything in his power to get Jason’s stuff back, one way or another. Jason goes in to work the next day. The captain pulls him into the office. He has a stack of messages there from reporters who want to talk to him really bad. Jason doesn’t want to do it and points out that another firefighter, who was a female, had been there as well. She had received no calls for interviews. Everyone wanted him.

The captain lets on that there’s some trouble coming for the firehouse. Jason needs to do the interviews to put a good light on them. The captain won’t let Jason know what the impending trouble is. Only that it’s not related to their problem fireman who is always  late and whom everyone hates and distrusts.

When Jason returns home after shift, all his stuff was back. His tv, bed, game stuff. Everything he wanted was back. Even though his place wasn’t big, he checked to make sure everything was back and that Kelly hadn’t been vindictive and set some kind of trap somewhere. With that, he falls asleep watching tv.

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All this is in the first chapter. The book gets better as it goes. I was enjoying reading this book. The characters are well-developed. Some of them seem like they could be fashioned after people the author really knows or has known. A great read!

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