Tuesday, February 28, 2012

'Black Friday:Exposed' by Ashley & JaQuavis

Before I bought this eBook I looked to see what other book readers had to say about it.  Wow!  Apparently there was some shady business going on with the reprinting/renaming of this book… whatever it was, it ticked a lot of people off.  Interesting, that’s all. 

This is my 4th (or 5th) book by Ashley & JaQuavis so I didn’t have to worry about rereading something they put out a while back.  I only recently started reading these two when I hear them on a book blog radio about two months ago.  Since then I’ve picked up their books whenever I need a quick entertaining read and this one fit the bill, albeit not as much as I would have liked.  The story was *good* but the execution wasn’t as polished as… say in ‘The Cartel’. 

These two have talent no doubt and not every author can get a hit every time, but this one seemed to be a “formula” novel and therefore didn’t have that spark of magic that their other books have. This was just an OK read, and if I was trying to sell someone on Ashley & JaQuavis I would not start with this one. 

In ‘Black Friday: Exposed’ you have a drug dealer, Kasheef, who is accused of murder.  OK… “Accused” may be a little bit misleading because there is an eye witness who actually saw him pull the trigger!  And that right there is what this story is centered around.  The eyewitness is a smokin’ hot single mom named Alija and she has some interesting things going on with her.  Since she is the only eyewitness and truthfully the only REAL evidence the prosecution has, her testimony is sought after by both sides.  And they’ll use any means to get it.  Murder, jury tampering, blackmail, extortion, money and sex are just means to an end for them.  The question is… who will win?  A&J has always impressed me with their plots twists and this book was no different.

There are a couple of predictable situations here that are par for the course, but I bet you’ll never see the ending coming.  That was a pretty nice twist that will make me read the sequel when it comes out.  Again, overall not a bad effort but these two have written better.  If you’re checking them out for the first time, do not start with this one.  Start with ‘The Cartel’, ‘The Cartel 3’, or ‘Murder Mamas’.  


Friday, February 24, 2012

'The Governor's Wife' by Mark Gimenez

Mark Gimenez is easily one of the quietest authors out there.  He doesn’t have a FaceBook, Twitter, and his website is pretty regular.  I’ve eMailed him a few times and he has graciously responded, but he’s not a “talker”.  So that’s why I was surprised to see that he had a “new” book out… and it’s been out since November.  Whhaaaatttt!?!?!  I go after books like I buy iPhone apps; 100 pure impulse I usually buy what I don’t need.  The difference here is that I NEED to read Mark.  Every author after a while usually puts out a book that is good but not great.  After six books, Mark has yet to do so. 

This man is one hell of a magnificent writer! 

And this is one hell of a book!

Let me address one thing first before I get to this book… there is a review on here that isn’t entirely true.  While I will admit that this book is HEAVILY political (especially in the beginning), but a “liberal political diatribe about the evils of the establishment and the wonders of illegal immigration” it is not.  I don’t know where Mark’s politics lie (and I really don’t care) but I don’t think it’s possible to tell with this book.  Oh you can speculate, but I would expect that you would only see it through your eyes.  If you’re a Conservative then you will see the hero in Governor Bode.  If you’re a Liberal then you’ll see Governor Bode as the devil himself.  If you’re a booklover then you’ll put all that ish aside and just thoroughly enjoy another book from Mr. Gimenez.

‘The Governor’s Wife’ is a very, very, very, very good read.  Bode Bonner is the governor of Texas and proud of it.  (Come to think of it, have you ever met anyone who was from Texas and wasn’t proud of it?) Anywho… he has the thankless job of having to deal with illegal immigration, drug running, re-election, hoping against all hope that his dream of running for President will somehow come to fruition, and keeping time with one extremely hot assistant.   If Edward Lorenz thought that little butterfly did something, he needs to jump ahead in time to see what happens on John Ed’s ranch.  What happens there will infuriate some people, make some people cheer, and others (like me) wonder how long it will take before it hits the fan.
So Bode’s dream of running for President becomes a reality… overnight.  And he would be a shoe-in except for a few things:  1. the incident at the ranch 2. His wife 3. His extremely hot assistant 4. El Diabolo.  Other than that it would be a breeze.  Mark has always had the ability to write a complex plot with his stories, but he ratchets it up a notch with this book.  You wonder how a poor doctor, Super PAC’s, illegal immigration, assassins, toned co-ed butts (have mercy), and Irish wives can possible come together to create a story that makes sense.  Well, Mark did and it does. 

And still… for the life of me I don’t know why the American publishers don’t pick up this guy!  I am glad to see that his books are available in e-format but I would love to carry his work (other than his first two books) in my bookstore.  Getting excited about an author is par for the course when you love books, but STAYING excited about an author is what makes reading so much fun. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

'The Family Business' by Carl Weber and Eric Pete

I’m almost afraid to write this review because I fear I might give something away.  I’ve been reading Carl for years now and I’m always amazed at his spaghetti-like plot direction and how what you think you know about a character is nothing like the reality of that character.  In ‘The Family Business’ we are introduced to the Duncan family.  L.C. (dad), Chippy (Mom), and the children; Rio, Orlando, Paris.  Together as a family they run Duncan Motors, an extremely successful car dealership.  But… as I alluded to earlier, nothing is what it seems.  What I enjoyed about this book (aside from the story) was how Carl & Eric would throw in a hairpin that left you like “what… huh?” 

This book could easily be a reality show called ‘Duncan Family Values’.  EVERYONE has a secret and EVERYONE has an agenda.  I wish I could tell you more about this book… but I’m afraid I would slip up and tell you something that you don’t need to hear.  Just take my word, K?  


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

'Kill Shot' by Vince Flynn

Want to have a fun conversation?  Walk up to someone reading this book and ask them if this is the 12th or 2nd book in the series.  Whatever answer they choose, you give the opposite.  Prepare to duck and run.  I have been a fan of Vince Flynn ever since his books stumbled into my life about three years ago.  Even if he was to write a book about growing horse toenails in Fishhook, Alaska, I would still read it.  Thank the lord Jesus, however, this book is nothing like that!

Vince brings back the young Mitch Rapp in a book that ought to come with a prescription for Niacin.  Why?  You’ll need something to counter the adrenaline.  If you’ve had the pleasure of reading about Mitch, you know that he is a “man’s man” and has absolutely NO tolerance for BS and bad guys.  And that is when he was… “Mature”.  Can you imagine this killing machine in his younger years?  Can you imagine a weapon with the body of Greek sculpture, a mind as sharp as Tesla, and the natural killing instinct of a Megalodon?  You can if you know Mitch Rapp.

Mitch has completed his training and has been let loose on the unsuspecting world.  He is a tsunami of pure destruction.  Precise destruction.  The only thing he leaves in his wake is the bodies of dead terrorists.  A-MEN!  Unfortunately, with this type of success, from a rookie no doubt, there starts to fester some resentment and jealously.  And not only with our enemies.  Hurley and Victor have their personal reasons for not liking Mitch, but will it interfere with the #1 objective… to keep America safe?

This mission finds Mitch in Paris and he has graciously exploded the head of some well deserving terrorist filth when the tables are turned.  Our boy has been set up… and set up good.  The ensuing firefight leaves more blood on the floor than an exploding vampire.  Unfortunately Mitch gets wounded.  And a wounded Mitch Rapp is a pissed Mitch Rapp.  And a pissed Mitch Rapp is a deadly Mitch Rapp (see above Megalodon reference).  Thus ensues a cat and mouse maze that Flynn’s fan has come to expect as one of the BEST in the game. 

Scientist dream about going back in time and witnessing the “big bang”.  Witnessing the unimaginable explosion that started it all.  That’s the perfect analogy to explain what it’s like reading about the young Mitch.  Powerful.  Destructive.  Unrelenting.  Violent.  Violent.  Violent.  Just the way it ought to be.
OH BTW Vince, the “crossing the Rubicon” reference... nice.


Monday, February 6, 2012