23. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Eric, Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller/Suspense

The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston, read by Eric, on 06/22/2014

Dorothy isn’t an ordinary girl. For that matter, she isn’t even a girl. She is the most advanced artificial intelligence ever created by NASA, and was designed to operate autonomously within a probe destined for the largest of Saturn’s moons, Titan. Her creator, Melissa Shepherd, designed her so well that Dorothy realizes she is destined to die, and desperately wants to do something about it. Soon, Dorothy is loose on Earth, and wondering why humans should be allowed to live.

Douglas Preston takes a familiar killer A.I. scenario, and adds just enough twists to keep things interesting. As Melissa and former CIA agent, Wyman Ford, attempt to track Dorothy down, an unscrupulous Wall Street trader hopes to do the same, for very different (and lucrative) reasons. At whatever cost, even in human lives. I’ve always enjoyed Preston’s work (both solo, and with Lincoln Child), and this is no exception. Several moments reminded me of the film, A.I., but that’s not such a bad thing. Enjoyable, if not quite believable.

23. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

One last look by Linda Lael Miller, read by Melody, on 06/22/2014

Linda Lael Miller ignites the combustible passion between attorney Clare Westbrook and homicide detective Tony Sonterra in this page-turning conclusion to her New York Times bestselling trilogy. 

A senseless murder.
A sizzling adventure.
 


Carrying her lover Tony Sonterra’s child, Clare Westbrook has finally buried her commitment phobia and said “yes” to Tony’s marriage proposal. So why is fear running through her veins and haunting her dreams? Sonterra is fired up to leave Phoenix for small-town Arizona, to target a lethal desert crime ring. Clare’s willing to stand by her man, but he won’t be the only one flirting with danger on the job: as a special investigator for the D.A.’s office, Clare is plunged into a race to find a missing child whose mother was murdered. And on a case this hot, the promise of Clare’s bright future could vanish in the blink of an eye.

23. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kim, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Run from fear by Jami Alden, read by Kim, on 06/21/2014

With each step she takes, he tracks her every move, waiting for the perfect time. The perfect revenge. Until then, he’ll watch her . . . 

RUN FROM FEAR

More than anything, Talia Vega wanted to leave behind her harrowing past. Moving eight hundred miles away, she succeeded . . . until the one man who knows her darkest secrets wanders into the restaurant where she works. Now the agonizing memories come crashing back-along with an undeniable desire for Jack Brooks, the ex-Green Beret who rescued her from a sadistic monster two years ago.

Jack Brooks knows that showing up unannounced is a purely selfish move. Talia doesn’t need his protection anymore, but he can’t get the raven-haired beauty out of his mind. And when a twisted madman is hell-bent on resurrecting her torturous past, Jack vows to do anything to keep her safe-even risk his own life to save the only woman he’s ever loved.

23. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Never Look Back by Linda Lael Miller, read by Melody, on 06/20/2014

Linda Lael Miller delivers “heart-stopping suspense” (Winter Haven News, FL) in her New York Times bestsellers featuring savvy defense attorney Clare Westbrook and sexy homicide detective Tony Sonterra. 
A hungry attraction. A hidden enemy. 
A multimillion-dollar inheritance from the father she never knew has allowed Clare Westbrook to turn a storefront in a tough Phoenix neighborhood into the legal firm of her dreams. But when explosive shots take out her street-level windows — and nearly take her life — Clare must surrender to Tony Sonterra’s protection if she wants to survive…. Sonterra has designs on a career move to the FBI — and on rekindling his scorching, no-strings-attached affair with Clare. But can the man who sparks her passion be trusted with her life? Or is someone using Clare, the one person Tony has dared to get close to, to get to him?

23. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Bryan, Fiction, Thriller/Suspense

The Simple Truth by David Baldacci, read by Bryan, on 06/22/2014

indexWhen a clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court gets murdered for trying to help free an innocent man in a military prison, his brother joins the investigation.  Soon, however, he finds that he is a suspect.  He partners up with another clerk and they, along with the prisoner and his brother, try to unravel a political tangle 25 years old.

19. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

O'Halloran's lady by Fiona Brand, read by Melody, on 06/19/2014

It’s been nine years. I still want you.

World-famous writer Jenna Whitmore has her share of fans. She just never thought one would be out for blood. There’s only one man she can trust with her life, VIP security expert Marc O’Halloran. He left her years ago without a word, so how can she ask him for help now?

Marc had failed to save his wife and child once. There’s no way he’s letting anything happen to Jenna. Whatever their relationship had been, or is destined to become again, he’s keeping it all about maintaining Jenna’s safety. Marc will protect the woman who’s given him something to live and die for.

19. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kim, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Hide from evil by Jami Alden, read by Kim, on 06/18/2014

Like a chess master, he carefully weighs his next move . . . advancing slowly until he is sure he can capture his helpless pawn. For in his mind, there’s no way to . . . 

HIDE FROM EVILSean Flynn should feel lucky he’s alive. But a betrayal by a close friend-and two years on death row-has left him feeling only numb. When his conviction was overturned, Sean retreated to a quiet woodland cabin, far away from prying eyes. There, he believed, the past couldn’t come back to haunt him . . . until she showed up.

Overcome with guilt, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Krista Slater can’t forgive herself for convicting an innocent man. But when another brutal murder reveals chilling, new facts about his case, she must turn to Sean for help. She’s ready to face his anger, but the desire in his eyes ignites a need she’s never felt before. Shadowed by danger, Sean and Krista uncover a twisted maze of deception and betrayal-all under the dangerous gaze of a cunning mastermind who will do whatever it takes to keep his evil secrets safe.

16. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Run from fear by Jami Alden, read by Melody, on 06/14/2014

With each step she takes, he tracks her every move, waiting for the perfect time. The perfect revenge. Until then, he’ll watch her . . . 

RUN FROM FEAR

More than anything, Talia Vega wanted to leave behind her harrowing past. Moving eight hundred miles away, she succeeded . . . until the one man who knows her darkest secrets wanders into the restaurant where she works. Now the agonizing memories come crashing back-along with an undeniable desire for Jack Brooks, the ex-Green Beret who rescued her from a sadistic monster two years ago.

Jack Brooks knows that showing up unannounced is a purely selfish move. Talia doesn’t need his protection anymore, but he can’t get the raven-haired beauty out of his mind. And when a twisted madman is hell-bent on resurrecting her torturous past, Jack vows to do anything to keep her safe-even risk his own life to save the only woman he’s ever loved.

16. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kim, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Beg for mercy by Jami Alden, read by Kim, on 06/14/2014

He lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching . . . And once he has you, all you can do is. . . 

BEG FOR MERCY

Megan Flynn thought she was falling in love. Cole Williams wasn’t just handsome and passionate, he was one of the good guys. Or so she thought, until he arrested her brother-the only family she has left-for a murder she knows he couldn’t have possibly committed. Now, with her heart broken and her brother’s life hanging in the balance, Megan will risk everything to prove his innocence. Even if that means throwing herself into the path of a sadistic killer with a hauntingly familiar MO.

Seattle Detective Cole Williams had given up on making Megan see reason where her brother is concerned. But when she insinuates herself into the most shockingly brutal case Cole has ever worked, he can’t stand idly by. Plunged into a secret world where the city’s elite indulge their darkest desires, Cole will do whatever it takes to bring down a madman who has made Megan his most coveted prey.

13. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Hide from evil by Jami Alden, read by Melody, on 06/12/2014

Like a chess master, he carefully weighs his next move . . . advancing slowly until he is sure he can capture his helpless pawn. For in his mind, there’s no way to . . . 

HIDE FROM EVIL Sean Flynn should feel lucky he’s alive. But a betrayal by a close friend-and two years on death row-has left him feeling only numb. When his conviction was overturned, Sean retreated to a quiet woodland cabin, far away from prying eyes. There, he believed, the past couldn’t come back to haunt him . . . until she showed up.

Overcome with guilt, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Krista Slater can’t forgive herself for convicting an innocent man. But when another brutal murder reveals chilling, new facts about his case, she must turn to Sean for help. She’s ready to face his anger, but the desire in his eyes ignites a need she’s never felt before. Shadowed by danger, Sean and Krista uncover a twisted maze of deception and betrayal-all under the dangerous gaze of a cunning mastermind who will do whatever it takes to keep his evil secrets safe.

09. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden, read by Melody, on 06/09/2014

He lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching . . . And once he has you, all you can do is. . . 

BEG FOR MERCY

Megan Flynn thought she was falling in love. Cole Williams wasn’t just handsome and passionate, he was one of the good guys. Or so she thought, until he arrested her brother-the only family she has left-for a murder she knows he couldn’t have possibly committed. Now, with her heart broken and her brother’s life hanging in the balance, Megan will risk everything to prove his innocence. Even if that means throwing herself into the path of a sadistic killer with a hauntingly familiar MO.

Seattle Detective Cole Williams had given up on making Megan see reason where her brother is concerned. But when she insinuates herself into the most shockingly brutal case Cole has ever worked, he can’t stand idly by. Plunged into a secret world where the city’s elite indulge their darkest desires, Cole will do whatever it takes to bring down a madman who has made Megan his most coveted prey.

07. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Fiction, Mystery, Teen Books, Thriller/Suspense

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, read by Angie, on 06/06/2014

 

Cassie can read people like others read a book. She learned from her mother how to look at a given person and figure out everything about them. Cassie has been recruited by the FBI to join a new program where teenage “naturals” are trained to solve crimes. She joins the group of profilers and emotion-readers and statisticians. The group is training by looking at cold cases and trying to solve them. But their handlers Briggs and Locke are also working an actual case of a serial killer that seems to be escalating. Cassie and the others believe the killer is the same who killed her mom 5 years ago. The types of victims and the professions of some of the victims are too similar to be a coincidence. Then the killer seems to focus on Cassie. It will be up to the whole group to figure out who the killer is before he gets to Cassie.

 

I liked this book more than I thought I would. It was a gripping story with enough action to keep me interested. I liked Cassie and the other naturals and the dynamics between them. The twist on who the killer was and why they were killing was a good one and one I didn’t really see coming. This was a fun read and a good start to the series.

 

07. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fiction, Mystery, Teen Books, Thriller/Suspense

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell, read by Courtney, on 05/18/2014

Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.

06. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Judy, Thriller/Suspense

The Midnight House by Alex Berenson, read by Judy, on 05/27/2014

One morning, a former CIA agent is shot to death in the street.  That night, an army vet is gunned down in his own doorway.    The next day, John Wells gets a phone call.   Come to Langley.  NOW.

The victims were part of an interrogation team that operated out of a secret base in Poland called the Midnight House, where they worked over the toughest jihadis, extracting information by any means necessary.

Now Wells must find out who is killing them.  Islamic terrorists are the likeliest suspects, and Wells is uniquely qualified to go undercover and find them.  But the trail of blood leads him to a place he couldn’t have imagined.

Home.

06. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Dangerous to touch by Jill Sorenson, read by Melody, on 06/05/2014

All her life Sidney Morrow had tried to repress her disturbing psychic visions. Until a vision of murder shattered her fragile serenity. She had to go to the authorities–make them listen. But Lt. Marc Cruz didn’t trust her one bit. In fact, the sensual homicide cop treated her like a suspect. And sent her senses haywire….The dark-haired beauty knew something about the serial killer Marc was after. But he was certain “visions” had nothing to do with it. Determined to be her constant shadow, Marc wasn’t prepared when desire blindsided him–and put them both in the path of a relentless killer.

05. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Caught in the act by Jill Sorenson, read by Melody, on 06/02/2014

As the owner of a flourishing Latin American crafts boutique, Karina Strauss should be basking in her success. Instead she’s worried about her troubled sister, the girlfriend—and prisoner—of drug lord Carlos Moreno. Kari wants no part of that life, but when she helps a friend cross into the United States illegally, two men on opposite sides of the law take notice: Moreno and Adam Cortez, the handsome border protection officer who lets Kari off the hook. It’s not just Kari’s tantalizing flash of skin that catches Adam’s attention—her drug cartel connections bring back the demons of his past. 

Moreno demands that Kari smuggle a package for him in exchange for her sister’s freedom. Adam also gets dangerously close, tempting her to surrender and fulfill her wildest desires. As Kari prepares for the drug run, dark secrets, violent criminals, and deadly consequences lurk around every corner. But concern for her sister drives Kari toward a terrifying act, despite Adam’s warnings, despite her overwhelming fears—and despite the odds against coming out alive.

01. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Leslie, Thriller/Suspense

The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki, read by Leslie, on 05/21/2014

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Seventh-grader Timothy July and his new friend Abigail try to break a curse that is causing them and others to be tormented by their greatest fears brought to life.

If you have students who like to read scary stories that give them shivers, this is a great book for that. Timothy and Abigail have just met and need to learn to trust each other quickly if they want to break the curse that haunts Abigail and now, Timothy. There is just enough edge to it to possibly give them real nightmares!

01. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jane, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

The Shadow Tracer by Meg Gardiner, read by Jane, on 05/22/2014

Can a person ever really disappear for good by going off the grid? And what happens when vanishing is no longer an option?

Sarah Keller is a single mother to five-year-old Zoe, living quietly in Oklahoma. She’s also a skip tracer, an expert in tracking people who’ve gone on the lam to avoid arrest, prosecution, or debt—pinpointing their locations to bring them to justice.

When a school bus accident sends Zoe to the ER, their quiet life explodes. Zoe’s medical tests reveal what Sarah has been hiding: Zoe is not her daughter. Zoe’s biological mother—Sarah’s sister, Beth—was murdered shortly after the child’s birth. And Zoe’s father is missing and presumed dead.

With no way to prove her innocence, Sarah must abandon her carefully constructed life and go on the run. Chased by cops, federal agents, and the group responsible for Beth’s murder, Sarah embarks on a desperate journey. Can her knowledge as a skip tracer help her stay off the grid, remain one step ahead of her pursuers, and find a way to save her daughter?

01. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jane, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

Intent to Kill by James Grippando, read by Jane, on 05/01/2014

Ryan James’s promising baseball career was derailed before it even got started when a hit-and-run driver killed his wife Chelsea, leaving Ryan alone to care for their beautiful little girl. Now, three years later, he’s a popular sports radio host in Boston, still haunted by a tragic crime that was never solved. But on the anniversary of Chelsea’s death, Ryan receives a chilling message from an anonymous tipster: “I know who did it.”

The shocking revelation may have come from Chelsea’s brother, Babes, a young man suffering from an autism-related disorder, and it sets Ryan on a twisted path toward a shattering truth. Suddenly what really happened that awful night threatens to irreparably alter the lives of Ryan and Babes, and dedicated prosecutor Emma Carlisle, if they can survive the wrath of the powerful . . . and the deadly.

29. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Pamela, Thriller/Suspense

False Impression by Jeffrey Archer, read by Pamela, on 05/16/2014

false imprWhy was an elegant lady brutally murdered the night before 9/11?   Why was a successful New York banker not surprised to receive a woman’s left ear in the morning mail?   Why did a top Manhattan lawyer work only for one client, but never charge a fee?   Why did a young woman with a bright career steal a priceless Van Gogh painting? Why was an Olympic gymnast paid a million dollars an assignment when she didn’t have a bank account?   Why was an honors graduate working as a temporary secretary after inheriting a fortune?   Why was an English Countess ready to kill the banker, the lawyer and the gymnast even if it meant spending the rest of her life in jail?   Why was a Japanese steel magnate happy to hand over $50,000,000 to a woman he had only met once?    Why was a senior FBI agent trying to work out the connection between these eight apparently innocent individuals?   All these questions are answered in Jeffrey Archer’s latest novel, False Impression, but not before a breathtaking journey of twists and turns that will take readers from New York to London to Bucharest and on to Tokyo, and finally a sleepy English village, where the mystery of Van Gogh’s last painting will finally be resolved.   And only then will readers discover that Van Gogh’s Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear has a secret of its own that acts as the final twist in this unforgettable yarn.