Archive | November 2015

Overwatch by John Mitchell

Romance, murder, blackmail… What more could you ask for?

Genre: Suspense/Romance
Length: 368 pages

Synopsis: Jackson Scott has gone through severe physical and mental trauma while in the Army. Because he was so good at what he did, the Army still wants him to stay. But he just wants to get away from it all and ends up in Three Forks on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. He settles in to a simple life, quite a change from his Army experiences, and everything seems to be going okay.

Life seems to take a turn for the better for Jackson. He meets Meagan Harrison, a former up-and-coming corporate attorney in Seattle. Unfortunately, she lost her husband and has returned home to live with her father. There is an attraction between the two of them that continues to grow throughout the story.

But they must deal with the sinister side of Three Forks. Jackson- and by association, Meagan and her father- ends up on the radar of Buzz McAllister when Buzz’s younger son crashes his car and blames it on Jackson.

Buzz has the judge and sheriff in his pocket along with various other people and cooks up a plot to use the accident to get some property he desperately wants. He will do almost anything to get what he wants, including blackmail and murder. He sets in action a series of events that affects multiple lives, putting some in jail and another in the hospital. And that’s only part of it. He’s just a bad dude. He demoralizes people, uses the sheriff to get away with breaking the law, and even blackmails the judge.

I’ll leave it at that so I don’t give away too much of the story.

Cover Art: Knowing that the book is set on the Olympic Peninsula, I wish the cover had shown more of the scenery. It is such a beautiful area! But it did bring back memories of exploring parts of the peninsula. And the rain. The last time I was there, it was raining. I still remember looking over at the mountains from Victoria, British Columbia. Impressive.

With the fire being such a large part of the cover, I first thought of firefighters and fires before I read the book’s description. But, there is only one physical fire in the book that is outside a fireplace or grill, and that’s when a lightning bolt hits a tree.

My Thoughts: The book is divided into three parts by the author. I tend to not mentally divide books into parts, but this one had pretty distinct changes. The first portion of the book was like a romance. The rest was more like a suspense. In a way, it kind of makes it difficult to categorize the book. It’s not all romance and it’s not all suspense.

Rating: 3.5 stars

 

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The 6th Horseman (The Extremist Edge Series: Part 1) by Anderson Atlas

It leaves you wanting more…

Genre: Science Fiction/Horror
Length: 388 pages

Note: I am not your normal reader of zombie books, so realize my rating could be lower than what other reviewers would give this book.

Synopsis: What would you do if you were dissatisfied with your life? How far would you go? What if you were given the opportunity of a lifetime or the opportunity for revenge? Would you take the opportunity or say no because it sounded too good to be true?

The characters in this book must deal with the consequences of the choices they made regarding those opportunities. Ian, Ben, Isabella, Tanis, Hana, Markus. Each made the decision to say yes. Each was as much victim as instigator. The book follows them through New York City and beyond as they deal with death (and zombies) all around them and as they search for survivors of the virus. Follow them as they discover who Zilla really is (I didn’t figure it out until the characters did!) and work their way to the new ‘Eden’.

Cover Art: I’m not so keen on this cover, but that is MY personal taste and has nothing to do with the actual drawing. It makes me think more horror than what is really in the book or, at least, more graphic violence. It makes me shiver to look at it. The cover also makes me think ‘sick and twisted.’ And I just realized, that’s a pretty apt description of Zilla. LOL. With that said, I am a fan of Anderson’s art. You should take a look at some of the other drawings he has done!

My Thoughts: I typically do not read books with zombies (or zombie-like creatures) in them. In fact, one of the first zombie books I read was by accident. Yes, by accident. This time, it was intentional. But, I must say, it was so much more than a ‘zombie’ book. It was almost as if the zombies were an afterthought. Yes, there were zombies everywhere, and there was interaction with the zombies. But, the main characters fascinated me. I wanted to know what made them tick. Why did they do the things they did? I suppose that if you are a zombie person, the zombies would fascinate you more than the main characters.

I did find it intriguing how the zombies evolved over the course of the novel. At first, they were pretty mindless and did what zombies do. Then, you see that they do have intelligence and can learn and set traps. This makes for an interesting spin in the book and has you wondering how much these zombies will learn over time.

While I was reading the book, I decided to look up Swindler Cove and some of the other places that are mentioned in the book. I wasn’t sure whether they really existed or not. Well, they do exist. To me, it just made the story that much more real knowing the places really are in New York City and not just in someone’s imagination.

P.S. Swindler Cove is definitely worth a look (Sherman Creek Park). And, I am looking forward to reading the sequel!

Rating: 3.5 stars

disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review