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The Panic Zone
The Panic Zone
by Rick Mofina
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Mofina masterpiece!, April 10 2010
Gripping and mesmerizing from the very first chapter, Rick Mofina's latest thriller explores a chilling conspiracy that is guaranteed to get your heart pounding.

A car crash in Wyoming, involving a young couple and their baby, sets The Panic Zone into rapid motion. The next day, a reporter in Brazil gets a call to meet an unidentified woman at a café; the woman claims to have a news story, and the documents to back it up. The reporter and her photographer friend have no idea what they're walking into, and the resulting chaos sends World Press Alliance reporter Jack Gannon across the globe in search of the truth. But the truth is more shocking than anyone could fathom.

A twisted scientist gathers a secret group of conspirators and puts into action a horrific plot that threatens the very existence of mankind, proving once again that science can be a deadly plaything if it falls into the wrong hands. From human experimentation without consent, to a killer virus constructed from some of the world's deadliest toxins and a unique delivery system that will chill you to the bone, The Panic Zone will keep you turning the pages.

With a storytelling talent comparative to Michael Crichton and Robert Ludlum, Mofina expertly weaves the plot with intricate, terrifying and believable details. The Panic Zone is excellently researched and the clearly defined chapters show alternating points of view as only a master writer could achieve. Another Mofina masterpiece'one I can't recommend enough.

Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
bestselling author of The River
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Vengeance Road
Vengeance Road
by Rick Mofina
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vengeance Road is a suspenseful 'hold-your-breath' ride, with twists and turns at breakneck speed, Aug. 14 2009
Jack Gannon, a reporter for The Buffalo Sentinel, investigates the brutal murder of one prostitute and the disappearance of another, a woman who had picked herself off the street and cleaned up her life. The investigation points to one suspect'hero cop Karl Styebeck, a man with a secret past brimming with violence. Then there's the mysterious blue rig that haunts the highways. How is it connected to Styebeck and the victims?

As Gannon digs deeper, he risks losing everything'his career, his reputation and his future. With help from Adell Clark, a former FBI agent turned PI, Gannon gets the inside scoop on the murder investigation. But this puts Gannon and Adell in jeopardy of losing more than their jobs.

Author Rick Mofina has crafted the kind of protagonist that readers will yearn to read more about. Jack Gannon is tough but flawed, and he's like a pit-bull who won't let go. In some ways, he's emotionally disconnected, but the disappearance of his own sister years ago, pushes him onward. I hope the author continues with this character and his back-story. I'd love to see a series!

I think this is my favorite Rick Mofina novel yet! Vengeance Road is a gritty, top-notch thriller, with glimpses of evil thrown in to keep you turning those pages. Mofina's former career as a crime reporter keeps the writing concise and descriptive, the characters well developed and defined, and the dialogue true and believable.

Vengeance Road is a suspenseful 'hold-your-breath' ride, with twists and turns at breakneck speed. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a heart-pounding race against time.

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
bestselling author of Divine Intervention

The Reincarnationist
The Reincarnationist
by M. J. Rose
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say about The Reincarnationist besides FABULOUS?, June 23 2009
After an accident in Rome, photojournalist Josh Ryder begins experiencing flashes of past memories¯from another life, another era. As these flashes intensify, he's drawn back to the time of ancient Rome, Vestal Virgins and the mysterious Memory Stones. Through the eyes of Julius, he is reunited with a powerful love for Sabina, the Vestal Virgin he has sworn to protect and would willingly die for, a woman whom would be buried alive if their secret love were ever discovered.

In present day Rome, Josh assists at the Phoenix Foundation, an organization that explores and researches claims of reincarnation or incidences of memory flashes, especially in children. Led by impulse, he finds himself at the edge of a freshly unearthed tomb and witnesses a murder.

His search for answers, for the Memory Stones stolen from the tomb of the Vestal Virgin Sabina, for the truth about what happened in ancient Rome, leads him to two women¯Professor Gabriella Chase and Rachel Palmer, a young woman who is haunted by her own past life memories.

Is either of these women the Sabina he once knew? And will Josh ever reconcile his past with his present? These are just some of the questions I found myself asking along the way. I found the premise of this novel intriguing. I couldn't put the book down once I started it.

Author M.J. Rose tells a compelling story that weaves history and religion into a fateful adventure filled with intrigue, romance, murder and deception. Her writing is detailed but not overloaded, just the right mix of fact and fiction to make me a believer and her characters are ones I'll remember for a long time. The flashes of past and present are so seamlessly woven yet clearly defined, that I was never jolted from the story, but swept along and taken on a ride that left me breathless by the end.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in the theory of reincarnation or anyone who enjoys a suspenseful, thrilling journey to the past. It would also make an exceptional read for a book club.

The Reincarnationist is the inspiration for a new television series that will be airing soon. I can't wait to watch Past Life. If it is anything like M.J. Rose's novel, it is going to be an adventure of a lifetime.

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
author of The River

Christmas Sweater
Christmas Sweater
by Glenn Beck
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 16.97
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redemption at its finest, Dec 28 2008
This review is from: Christmas Sweater (Hardcover)
It's hard to accept that Christmas Sweater is based on a true story; it is so tragic and compelling. This novel is both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, and its message of redemption hits close to home--at any time of year.

The authors have created a realistic cast of characters. And who can't identify with a young boy who is not quite enthused to receive a knitted sweater? The fact that his mother dies so tragically afterwards is both shocking and poignant, and really shows that a loved one can go at any time, so be careful of your words and actions.

This book is perfect for the Christmas season, and I predict a Hallmark movie or something similar. I recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys an impactful and inspiring read, and it would be particularly suited to a young adult audience. Although I'm not familiar with Glenn Beck, I found this novel to be well written and moving. Wonderful book, Glen!

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Soul and Shadow
Soul and Shadow
by Susan McLeod
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!, Dec 28 2008
This review is from: Soul and Shadow (Paperback)
Soul and Shadow is a lovely, heartwarming novel about love, fate and forgiveness. While not big in number of pages, each chapter is filled with a wealth of information, most intriguing being the story of Amisihathor, an Egyptian songstress whose tomb is unearthed along with her precious belongings.

Lily Evans is a research assistant for a renowned professor of Egyptology, and she's an artist who paints what she sees and knows of ancient Egypt. When Dame Ursula, a visiting dignitary, requests Lily's help in learning the truth about Amisihathor and the mysterious and fated love triangle the songstress was involved in, Lily is pulled into another world, another life and is introduced to a new love.

Kent, Ursula's handsome grandson, is instantly drawn to Lily, and she to him. Is their attraction purely fate? And why has Lily's ex-boyfriend suddenly reappeared, the boyfriend that her mother always wished she'd marry? When Lily stumbles across a thief and liar, her own life is jeopardized by someone much closer than she ever imagined.

Part romantic love story, part Egyptian history and part mystery, Soul and Shadow is a delightful read. It is apparent that the author spent much time researching the Egyptian world and her characters. Kudos to Susan McLeod!

I would recommend this novel to adults and young adults. It's a fast read, and that's really the only major flaw--I would have liked to learn even more about these interesting characters, their lives and the lives of Amisihathor and her two loves. Then again, a good book always leaves me wanting more.

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Innocent Client, An
Innocent Client, An
by Scott Pratt
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read this novel and you'll be guilty of one thing: immense enjoyment in a clever thriller!, Dec 16 2008
Defense attorney Joe Dillard is burnt out and sick of defending guilty killers. He wants nothing more than to throw in the towel and walk away from it all. But first he wants one thing that will make his career worthwhile; he wants to defend one innocent client.

Angel Christian is a beautiful young woman with a secret and troubled past. She's moved to Tennessee to waitress at the Mouse's Tail, a steamy strip club owned by Erlene Barlowe. After one of the customers--Reverend John Paul Tester, who used his church's money to fund his after-hours entertainment--becomes aggressive with Angel, a murderer sets out to make the man pay. The Reverend's body is found in a motel, minus an important body piece.

Agent Phillip Landers from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is a slimy, arrogant womanizer, and one of the least likeable characters in this novel. Landers will do anything to help prosecute this case and to settle old scores, even if it means convincing Dillard's druggie sister to testify against her brother's client and getting her to lie in court.

There are many other interesting characters, including Erlene Barlowe, the "madam" of the strip club who keeps her girls in line, even if it means telling them to lie. Her relationship to Angel is motherly, a trait that is intriguing. Erlene's involvement in the case creates riveting twists and turns, and an unexpected conclusion that will leave you satisfied. And just when you think it's over, the author throws in one last "hold your breath" scene.

An Innocent Client is an excellent thriller with compelling characters. Its only flaw is that the first half of the book has too much "tell" and not enough "show", which bogs down the pacing. The second half is much tighter. Debut novelist Scott Pratt sets up the crime, invites us to the scene, allows us insight into the investigation, puts us in the jury box and delivers a strong close. Kudos, Scott!

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Six Seconds
Six Seconds
by Rick Mofina
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Seconds is so taut with tension you won't be able to put it down, Oct. 14 2008
Hold your breath while reading the latest thriller by Canadian author Rick Mofina. The opening prologue of Six Seconds will give you chills and sets up the novel for a relentless, mind-blowing resolution.

Samara is an Iraqi nurse who witnesses the brutal slaying of her husband and young son. Overwrought with grief, she is easily influenced by a terrorist group and becomes a willing pawn in an assassination plot. Samara manipulates Jake Conlin, an America contract driver suffering from post-traumatic distress, and convinces him to leave his wife and take his son to start a new life with her in Montana. Little does anyone know, she's planning on `going out' in a blaze of glory¯and she plans to take others with her.

When Maggie Conlin discovers her husband and son have disappeared, she teams up with Corporal Daniel Graham of Canada's RCMP. He's investigating the strange disappearance and subsequent murder of an American family holidaying near Banff, Alberta. Clues lead him to the small town of Blue Rose Creek, California, where the Conlins reside and where he meets Maggie. Fighting his own dark shadows from the past, Graham decides to help Maggie locate her missing husband and son.

In a terrifying novel that sweeps across countries and continents, Six Seconds is a story of war, vengeance and terrorism. It explores the war in Iraq and its damaging affect on everyone involved¯from soldiers to terrorists to the innocent¯and the repercussions that are felt long afterward. It's also the story of painful loss, guilt and redemption sought by people who are worlds apart and separated by culture and personal beliefs.

I'd recommend Six Seconds to anyone who enjoys rollercoaster-like suspense thrillers. Reading this novel is like watching a ticking time bomb. You know it's going to blow; you even know where and when, but all the while you're praying for some form of divine intervention. Rick Mofina has chosen a timely topic and added intriguing characters to the mix, creating a novel that is taut with tension, complex and disturbingly convincing.

Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Odd Thomas
Odd Thomas
by Dean Koontz
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an interesting protagonist Odd is!, Sept. 19 2008
This review is from: Odd Thomas (Mass Market Paperback)
Book 1 is my favorite Odd Thomas book, to-date. Awesome story with a memorable character. I thought about Odd long after I put the book down, and it definitely made me want to read more. I started on Forever Odd (book 2) the same evening.

Dean Koontz has created a very interesting character and some witty dialogue and humor. While it might not be as dark as most of his other works, Odd Thomas has an eerie foreshadowing that really works. You have to keep reading to find out what happens.

I must start book 4 soon...

Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Honour Among Men: An Inspector Green Mystery
Honour Among Men: An Inspector Green Mystery
by Barbara Fradkin
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.51
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A smorgasbord of mystery, appealing characters and twists and turns!,, Sept. 19 2008
Honour Among Men brings back Fradkin's interesting protagonist, Inspector Green. This time he's called to a case involving the death of a mysterious woman whose body was dumped on the shore of the Ottawa River. The first order of business? To uncover the woman's identity. The second? To find out why she had a military medal for bravery in her hand.

This fascinating novel takes you from Ontario, Canada, to Croatia via a soldier's missing diary, and it gives you a look into the hearts and souls of soldiers and the atrocities they face every day when they're at war. It also exposes the raw inhumanity of war and how people are forced to make choices 'over there', ones they have to live with afterwards...if they can.

Honour Among Men shows us that politics are often cloaked by past misdeads. Everyone has a past. Some don't want theirs in the limelight, and they'll do anything to keep their secrets. If you enjoy a great mystery novel with vivid scenes, realistic dialogue and a well researched plot, check out Honour Among Men.

Recommended for: Those who like a traditional 'whodunnit mystery' set in contemporary times.

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Janeology
Janeology
by Karen Harrington
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 27.38
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5.0 out of 5 stars Janeology is a mesmerizing read!, June 20 2008
This review is from: Janeology (Hardcover)
Janeology is a unique and captivating blend of legal drama and paranormal suspense. Jane and Tom Nelson represent an average American family, with twins Simon and Sarah, and the family dog. But one incomprehensible act forever changes their lives: Jane attempts to drown her children and the dog--and only one survives.

What follows is unexpected. Instead of the courtroom drama with Jane in the hot-seat, we're taken to a time when she is already committed to a psychiatric hospital, and Tom now stands trial in his own fight--the battle to prove that he was not responsible for his wife's actions, that the charges of "failure to protect" will see him as innocent.

Starting off as a legal thriller, the novel takes an interesting detour when a psychic with family ties is brought in to provide an unusual and compelling genealogical defense--that Jane inherited her indifference and un-motherly qualities from generations of ancestors.

I found the flashbacks into Jane's ancestors' lives very intriguing, and some of the complexly drawn characters still linger in my mind. Karen Harrington expertly paints her characters with multiple layers, and with vivid imagery that quickly carries the reader through the pages. You won't want to put it down.

Perhaps the author has touched upon a truth here. Having actually known and befriended a woman who, years after I'd lost touch with her, had abused, imprisoned and starved her young son to death, I have asked myself many of the same questions that Tom asked. What makes a mother kill her own child? Why didn't I recognize the signs?

Janeology is a novel you won't soon forget. I know I won't. It delves into a highly sensitive topic that is sadly ripped from the headlines in nearly any given month and is never discussed in such detail. All in all, Janeology is a mesmerizing read! I can't recommend this novel enough!

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif

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