Pandora’s Succession (Ridley Fox/Nita Parris Spy Series #1) by Russell Brooks

Pandora's Succession

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

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Book Description: The deadliest weapon against mankind has been unleashed!

CIA operative, Ridley Fox, never stopped hunting his fiancée’s killers–a weapons consortium called The Arms Of Ares. When Fox follows a lead to one of their top-secret bioweapons facilities in Chechnya, he barely escapes alive. However, he’s learned that Ares has weaponized a hyper-deadly microbe called Pandora. The trail leads Fox to Tokyo, where he teams up with an old flame and fellow operative, Nita Parris. Aside from Ares, they must contend with rogue agents who’ll stop at nothing to get Pandora. This throws Fox and Parris into a deadly game of spy vs spy, as they must rely on each other to locate Pandora. For if it’s unleashed, it could mean the end of humanity.

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The book starts on a darkish note. Ridley Fox is a captive and he knows that his captors are the ones that killed his fiancee, Jessica. Two years beforehand, he has proposed to her and a mere couple hours later, she was killed. He is/was an agent for Joint Task Force Two which is Canada’s equal to the USA’s SEALS. After her death, he began a downward spiral and ended up in prison and that’s where he began his CIA career when he met his new CIA supervisor. From the supervisor, he learned of the men who had killed his wife, The Arms of Ares.

When he’s left alone in a concrete room, a female sneaks into the room and cautiously locks the door. She ends up shooting Ridley with adrenaline and then undoes him. He questions her before he asks what their code was since she tells him that she’s been contacting him under her late husbands name. Turns out, she is a microbiologist and is working with a new weapon for the Arms of Ares. She never wanted anything to do with it but they offered a large sum of money and her husband was easily corrupted, which got him killed in an accident with the bioagent they are working with.

Sveta, the woman, decides to rescue Ridley from where they are. She freezes in horror when he takes out two guards, even after she knows it must be done. Ridley learns there is no cure for the bioagent called Pandora and that there is supposed to be a demonstration of it within twelve hours. This pushes him to the point of no return and wanting to save innocent lives. While he’s trying to set up an explosive in the chamber that Pandora’s in, Sveta gets caught. Ridley ends up giving himself up in order to save her since she had saved his life once already.

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All that happened in the first few pages of the first chapter! There is so much going on in this book. This is a great mystery/thriller/suspense with a spy twist to it. I started reading it after I put my daughter to bed and I just couldn’t quit reading it. It was that good. I’ve read Russell Brooks before and thought he was okay but this book changed my mind from okay to awesome. I will definitely be keeping Pandora’s Succession in my library and reading it often! Now to read more Russell Brooks books!

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283 pages

$1.99 on Kindle

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Torn (Dare You #2) by Ashlyn Mathews

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

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Lucy thinks of herself as torn and broken. Not worthy enough for anyone to love completely. She’s had a run of bad luck in the past concerning relationships. Now, she is in a relationship with Bryce Morgan and has been with him for four months. Things are ok. She doesn’t let him spend the night with her at her place and she doesn’t spend the night with him at his, even though they are next door neighbors. She also sleeps with the lights on and has multiple nightmares each day.

Lucy is flying home to Palm Springs. Levi, her stepfather, lets her know that his assistant will pick her up from the airport. Turns out, the assistant is really her bodyguard for the duration of this new threat. And she’s not happy about it. She doesn’t need or want anyone to protect her. One of her ex’s Eric is in prison for assaulting her. He’ll be out in two months time and she’s not looking forward to it and neither are anyone else in the family.

Bryce ends up flying out to Palm Springs after Lucy. When he realizes she isn’t staying at a hotel but at one of Levi’s properties, he knows that something is wrong. Lucy has already been questioned by police about some things and hasn’t told Bryce of anything really concerning her past, other than the ordeal with Eric. She opens up to him and Tristan, the bodyguard, about everything. They think of people it could be on who is trying to break them up. They realize the reporter who likes Bryce is the one who had started everything in motion with the note but who gave her the information? And who beat the daylights out of Eric’s father?

Turns out, it wasn’t someone I was expecting it to be. I was seriously shocked when I realized who the assaulter was and that the person wanted Lucy dead for something she really hadn’t had a part in, in my opinion.

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There is so much going on in this book. Lucy loves Bryce but yet she flirts with Tristan as well. Bryce brings forth the truth on why Tristan likes Lucy and it was an ah-ha moment for me when I read it. It seriously clicked and then some other things clicked into place. The only thing that surprised me was the attacker.

This is a good book. It might be the second part in a series but it can be read as a standalone. I am looking forward to getting the first book in the series and reading it. I would recommend this book to fans of romance with a little bit of mystery thrown in.

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163 pages

$2.99 on Amazon

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Sky1 – Foundation (Sky #1) by William Amerman

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

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Nick should technically be dead. He was on level 55 during the Muldoin episode. But he made it out alive. Now, he is looking for a story. He is a journalist. He was writing an article on how they were actually in a walled off section of a place called Earth and that there was more outside of their area for them. There are many levels to their “world”, each one a little worse than the last. The farther down you are, the more aggression there is. So you really want a higher level number.

Nick is married to Jane and they have a son, Simon. Nick decides he wants a better life for himself and Simon, Jane only because she’s his sons mother. They are married but bicker all the time. Nick has cheated on Jane just as Jane has cheated on Nick. Nick gets involved in a questionable operation that goes horribly wrong. One of the men sacrifices himself and blows up the building they are in and takes out a bunch of SP – special police.

Nick escapes by some sort of chemical tunnel. He meets up with Storme, another man in on the operation and his best friend. They eventually make it back home but not before a TON of stuff happens to them and they end up separated, again. Once Nick makes it to his house and he goes to leave, Carmen, Storme, Jane and Simon are ready to go. The area they live in has been quarantined and there is no one going in or out of it. But Storme and Nick made it back in the quarantined area. Not easily but they made it.

Now, they need a new plan on getting out. Nick comes up with one. They eventually run into a couple of the other men who had been involved in the operation and Nick almost knocks them both out, simply out of rage. They make it to the immigration office and then things to even more wrong.

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There is a ton of stuff going on in this book. I liked reading it. This book is classified as dystopian/post-apocalyptic but I see it more as a thriller than either of those. Maybe later in the series is where the dystopian/post-apocalyptic part comes in. I would like to read the rest of the series and will hopefully be getting it in the future to finish. Overall a good read. It does jump back and forth for a while on who they are following but it’s easy to figure out who it is.

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266 pages

$2.99 on Amazon

Careful by Randy Anderson

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Book Description:

For two decades Tyler Gibbons has been keeping a secret from his family. At the tender age of sixteen, Tyler embarks on a student exchange program. Sent to the Andean city of Ambato, Ecuador, he finds daily adventure as he tries to fit in at school, connect with his host family, and navigate through a world of beaches, volcanoes, and jungles. But tucked deep inside this year are events so profound, so unexpected, they forever shape the man he will become.

Now, 25 years later, his mother pulls these soaring tales from her son, exposing, for the first time, the source of a deep unhappiness. While these memories contain the wounds of an unresolved past, they also possess the power to heal his painful present.

Thoughtfully crafted and boldly told, Tyler’s journey takes the reader on a wild South American adventure, while illuminating a mother’s unyielding power to heal her child.

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The book starts out with Tyler getting to the hospital when he learns his mother is there. They won’t tell him what is wrong or anything. They just tell him to get there. Tyler arrives at the hospital and his mother wants to hear what happened when he went on a student exchange program when he was 16. He ended up going to Ecuador and she wanted to know what really happened and not the cryptic stuff that he kept telling her.

Tyler begins regailing her with his tale of what happened in Ecuador. She sees through his bullshit almost immediately and tells him to tell her the real story and not to make himself look like a hero. So the tale begins. Tyler was sixteen and was glad to be going somewhere else. But he didn’t think he’d feel as out of place as he did there. He didn’t speak any Spanish. Luckily, there were other students going to Ecuador with him and they were all close to each other.

Tyler and the others are mischievous and it shows in his tales of what happened. I had to laugh at some of the ways the author had Tyler trying to talk in Spanish.

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This was a good book! I honestly liked it. Reading the description, I wasn’t too sure but when I started reading it, it changed my mind. I read this book in a few sittings. I would have preferred to have read it in one but when you have a boisterous 4 year old in the house, that rarely happens unless I read late at night. 🙂 I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys coming of age novels.

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On Amazon: $2.99

Unstrung by Kendra C Highley

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Lexa Pate is seventeen years old. She has no memories from before she was ten years old. She has no idea who her parents are or what happened to them. Or why she is alone. All she knows is Turpin, Jole and the lifestyle they introduced her too. Jole helped her get off of drugs called stims and to clean up.

Lexa is a thief, to put it simply. Turpin is hired for jobs and Lexa pulls them off. The first job we see her in in this book is taking a chip from a very powerful corporation. Maren runs the town. She owns the corporation that Lexa is taking the chip from. It turns out, that it was a trap after-all.

But why a trap? What were they hoping for by her breaking in? When Lexa decides to break into Maren’s lakefront house, she has no idea what she’s in for. She runs into someone that she knows. She leaves him behind though. He meets up with her later after Turpin kicks her out of the warehouse because they learned something new about her.

Things go from bad to worse. How bad do things get? Bad enough I didn’t see this outcome coming!

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I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. I really liked this book. I was glued to the pages. It’s an awesome read. The characters are well written and could be everyday people in the world. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series when it is available!