Hallways in the Night: A Legal Thriller by R.C. O’Leary

51kI-8gIppL__SL150_An audiobook review.

This audiobook starts in the way it means to go on with an action packed scene as Remo Centrella, baseball superstar and local hero, pumped up on steroids and feeling invincible narrowly avoids a collision with a large truck as he drives his red Porsche recklessly through the streets of Atlanta. This audiobook starts in the way it means to go on with an action packed scene as Remo Centrella, baseball superstar and local hero, pumped up on steroids and feeling invincible narrowly avoids a collision with a large truck as he drives his red Porsche recklessly through the streets of Atlanta. This audiobook starts in the way it means to go on with an action packed scene as Remo Centrella, baseball superstar and local hero, pumped up on steroids and feeling invincible narrowly avoids a collision with a large truck as he drives his red Porsche recklessly through the streets of Atlanta.

In the same city, Veteran cop Dave Mackno and his partner are on a stakeout, it’s a hot sultry summer, and the tension is rising on the streets because there’s a child killer on the loose. Suddenly, the cops evening changes and the chain of events which follow result in an altercation between Veteran detective Dave Mackno and Remo, the result – the town’s most celebrated baseball player is dead, and the future of the team in jeopardy.

Did Dave Mackno act correctly, could the death have been avoided? This is the basic storyline for this exciting, fast paced legal thriller which is steeped in intrigue, racism, and politics. A very entertaining read with great characters which are bought to life by the talented narration of Steven Jay Cohen. In the same city, Veteran cop Dave Mackno and his partner are on a stakeout, it’s a hot sultry summer, and the tension is rising on the streets because there’s a child killer on the loose. Suddenly, the cops evening changes and the chain of events which follow result in an altercation between Veteran detective Dave Mackno and Remo, the result – the town’s most celebrated baseball player is dead, and the future of the team in jeopardy. Did Dave Mackno act correctly, could the death have been avoided? This is the basic storyline for this exciting, fast paced legal thriller which is steeped in intrigue, racism, and politics. A very entertaining read with great characters which are bought to life by the talented narration of Steven Jay Cohen. In the same city, Veteran cop Dave Mackno and his partner are on a stakeout, it’s a hot sultry summer, and the tension is rising on the streets because there’s a child killer on the loose. Suddenly, the cops evening changes and the chain of events which follow result in an altercation between Veteran detective Dave Mackno and Remo, the result – the town’s most celebrated baseball player is dead, and the future of the team in jeopardy. Did Dave Mackno act correctly, could the death have been avoided? This is the basic storyline for this exciting, fast paced legal thriller which is steeped in intrigue, racism, and politics. A very entertaining read with great characters which are bought to life by the talented narration of Steven Jay Cohen.

 

Hallways in the Night is available from Audible http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_hp_tseft?advsearchKeywords=hallways+in+the+night&filterby=field-keywords&x=6&y=19

and Amazon.com in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Hallways-Night-A-Legal-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00HCLRPPS/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1421069092&sr=8-1

and Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Hallways-Night-Novel-R-C-OLeary/dp/0985838280/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1421069092&sr=8-1

When the Drum Major Died by Anjuelle Floyd

when the drum major diedA fascinating story.

When I started reading this book, the first thoughts which came into my mind were that, it’s amazing how ignorant one can be, about events which happened in your own lifetime. Being a British child at the time these events were taking place, somehow they slipped into a hole between the history I was taught at school, from ancient up to and including WWII, and the recent history which I remember as an adult.

The main character in the story Florina, is a young colored woman who has married Dr Richmond Austin, and moved to his home town Poinsettia, in the South of America. Her new in-laws are very welcoming and her new home is to be his grandparent’s house. However, she very quickly discovers that her new neighbour Agnes, who is married to the other colored doctor in the town, Macon, used to go out with Richmond, and Florina fears that the attraction is still there. However, she has her own secret, one not even her parents know… A secret which lies buried in her heart and which she can only hint at in her very poignant poetry.

This incredibly absorbing story is set at a very turbulent time for the colored people of America. The Civil Rights movement was strong, and was led by the Baptist minister and activist Martin Luther King Jr., a man who worked tirelessly for, and who played such a strong part in the ending of the legal segregation of the African-American people.

Also all the time, in the background, and twisted inextricably throughout the plot of this story is the Vietnam War which was taking thousands of lives…

However, another element of this story, which was very interesting to me, is that I never realised that there was such color snobbery within the families of colored folk, causing so much tension, prejudices, terrible rifts, and great sadness. This was so evident in this book, where at one end of the spectrum there was immense color pride and at the other the seemingly desperate need to appear white.

This book is amazing, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. For me, it has all the essential ingredients for a good story excitement, intrigue, love triangles, lies, deceit, confessions, betrayal I could go on. However, more importantly for me, it gives a fascinating fly on the wall account of what it was really like as a colored person to live in those times, something I would never be able to experience otherwise.

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/When-Drum-Major-Anjuelle-Floyd/dp/1938070011/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1407946089&sr=8-1

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/When-Drum-Major-Anjuelle-Floyd-ebook/dp/B00I35FT6Y/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1407946089

and Barnes & Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-the-drum-major-died-anjuelle-floyd/1118401259?ean=9781938070013

 

About the Author: Anjuelle Floyd is the author of “Keeper of Secrets…Translations of an Incident”, June 15, 2007, a collection of interconnected short stories, and two novels, “The House”, October 15, 2012, and “Seasons in Purdah,” September 9, 2012.
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Anjuelle is a wife of thirty years, mother of three, abstract painter and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in mother-daughter relations and dream work.
A graduate of Duke University, she received her MA in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, she has attended the Dominican Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, California.
Anjuelle received a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Port Townsend, Washington. She has also received certificates of participation from The Hurston-Wright Writers’ Week and The Voices of Our Nations Writing Workshops.

A student of Process Painting from 1998-2006, Anjuelle has participated in The Art of Living Black Exhibitions 2004–2011 held at the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California.

Listen to Anjuelle’s interviews of various authors on Book Talk, Creativity and Family Matters @
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The Pakistan Conspiracy, A Novel of Espionage by Francesca Salerno

Fast paced political thriller.

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After the horror of 9/11, the world searched for Osama Bin Laden, leader of the terrorist group Al Qaeda. SEAL Team Six found, captured, and killed him in Abbottabad in May 2011, but the story doesn’t end there.


At the time of his capture and death CIA agent Kate Langley had been working at the American Embassy in Pakistan. Then, suddenly she’s transferred back to Washington, on the orders of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry, suspected of being a spy.


However, from her desk, back on American soil, Kate discovers that the Al Qaeda are about to seek revenge for the killing of their leader. Their plan is to destroy a western city. Yasser Khalidi Al-Greeb has managed to acquire a small, portable nuclear weapon, from a retired Russian KGB colonel, and they plan to use it in Manhatten, where it will have catastrophic consequences.


Kate returns to Pakistan, as an undercover agent, with no protection, no back up, only her instincts to keep her safe. With help, she manages to trace the path of the weapon from Moscow to Karachi, all the time aware that if it reaches America all will be lost.


Right from page one, this book is action packed, exciting, and full of political intrigue, I just could not put it down. It has very plausible characters, great attention to detail, and scene setting. If you are looking for a fast-paced political thriller full of suspense, with plenty of twists and turns I would not hesitate to recommend it.

Foot Soldiers by Paddy Bostock

A brilliant, hilarious story.

 

About the book: Outraged at the market economic policies adopted by their university, Professor Vinnie McVittie and his colleagues in the Podiatry department kidnap a senior academic, Dr. Malcolm Moon, in protest. Initially they have little hope of success, particularly as their captive refuses to be freed from his new — and improved — life on the North Wales farm where he is being held. However, the chance coincidence of the interests of the gutter press, the Pantymwyn branch of Welsh Freedom Fighters, and a Prime Minister struggling for re-election combine to ensure a minor campus story escalates into cataclysmic national proportion.

Review by Susan Keefe
Being popular and getting the votes is the foremost objective in the mind of any government. When it comes down to it, making the right noises at the right times and  spending time thinking of good ideas for saving the country money, making more, lining their own pockets and looking after themselves is what really matters. There is little consideration given, to the effects of the new policies on the people involved by the government or those who are unaffected; the affected may protest, but their complaints are just brushed under the carpet, and forgotten.

 

However, this is the story of what happens when the people fight back, when the government’s economic policies are not just meekly  accepted.    When the Podiatry department of a university hears about proposed cutbacks, which may affect them, the professor in charge of the department Professor Vinnie McVittie and his colleagues decide to fight back, and their plan is to kidnap Dr. Malcolm Moon, a senior academic.

 

Plan accomplished, the Podiatry department with their captive, hide out, deep in the welsh countryside. However, Malcolm discovers, on the farm a part of him he has never see before and experiences emotions he never knew existed. His incarceration has not turned out as his captors expected, a fact, which soon becomes worryingly apparent.

 

Back in London, the race to find out where the missing academic is being held is on. With a Prime Minister who has ‘issues’ and is desperate for re-election, government policies and university politics, it seems nothing more could complicate the search for the missing academic, until the journalists become involved…

 

This amazing story is jam-packed with fantastic characters. They come in all shapes and sizes, the weird, the wonderful and the stereotypical images of government officials, ‘old boys’ and regional characters, all of whom are brought brilliantly to life by this talented author.

 

This really is the funniest book that I have read in a very long time, in the same vein as Tom Sharpe.  I found the author’s use of local dialect really added to the story. I came originally from the U.K., although not from the Midlands, and I actually know the areas and roads in the story very well, having spent the last three years travelling to visit my daughter at university in Wales.

 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone, it is witty, has a fast moving plot and I, for one, just couldn’t put it down.

Available:

from Amazon.co.uk in Kindle format http://www.amazon.co.uk/Foot-Soldiers-Paddy-Bostock-ebook/dp/B00F1LLGSS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1387214050&sr=1-1

 

 

 

Threading the Needle by Gabriel Valjan

An action packed political thriller.

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Publisher:  Winter Goose Publishing

ISBN 13: 978-0989479219

Language: English – 366 Pages

About Threading the Needle: Milan. Bianca’s curiosity gets a young university student murdered, but not before he gives her a file that details a secret weapon under development with defense contractor Adastra. Guilt may drive her to find justice for the slain Charlie Brooks, but she is warned by the mysterious Loki to stay away from this case that runs deep with conspiracy. Bianca must find a way to uncover government secrets and corporate alliances without returning Italy to one of its darkest hours, the decades of daily terrorism known as the “Years of Lead.”

About Gabriel Valjan: Ronan Bennett short-listed Gabriel Valjan for the 2010 Fish Short Story Prize for his Boston noir, ‘Back in the Day.’ Gabriel’s short stories and some of his poetry continue to appear in literary journals and online magazines. He recently won first prize in ZOUCH Magazine’s inaugural Lit Bits Contest. He lives in New England. He is the author of the Roma Series, Book 1: Roma, Underground, Book 2: Wasp’s Nest, and Book 3: Threading the Needle, available from his publisher, Winter Goose Publishing, and in paperback or digital format from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Gabriel can be contacted through his publicist, Rachel Anderson at rachel@rmapublicity.com

Review by Susan Keefe:

Isidore Farrugia is a cop, brought up during the Years of Lead, a horrific period in Italian history, a time of terror and killing, his childhood memories, scarred forever by the brutal death of his mother. Nevertheless, he is a good man, loyal and protective of his friends and colleagues.

This is why although off duty and out of jurisdiction, when his friend Bianca arranges a meeting with her informant, Charles Brooks, he insists on coming too. However, soon his onlooker role changes, when the young 23-year-old American, Bianca came to meet is killed, and so are his assassins.

Then another murder takes place, and the Italian police investigators find themselves unearthing a web of political intrigue.

Bianca has a secret though, she knows, she must uncover the truth behind the information she has been entrusted with, despite warnings from her mysterious online contact Loki, to stay away. Adastra, a weapons manufacturer is hiding something… But what?

I found myself hooked, right from the start of this brilliant, action packed, political crime thriller, which is set in Milan.

For those, like myself, who are interested in history, the Afterword about the Years of Lead by Claudio Ferrara was very interesting.

This is actually the third book in the ‘Roma’ series, by this talented author, and there is a tantalising glimpse at the end into his fourth book, ’Turning to Stone.’

Threading the Needle is available in Paperback from Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/Threading-Needle-Gabriel-Valjan/dp/0989479218/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381078405&sr=1-4&keywords=gabriel+valjan

and on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G1YS0GU/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_img_sol_0

Barnes & Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/threading-the-needle-gabriel-valjan/1117057228?ean=9780989479219

and as a Nook Book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/threading-the-needle-gabriel-valjan/1117041561?ean=2940148685654

 

The Starlight Club 4 by Joe Corso

 

The beautiful and the dangerous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 It’s Thanksgiving, a great time for family and yet again we are transported back in time to 1962 by Bobby Valentine as he relaxes after dinner and settles down to tell his daughter Lynn a bit more about what life was like way back then.

Despite popular belief, Red Fortunato is not dead, he has survived, and what’s more, he’s determined to rebuild The Starlight Club and have Frank Sinatra perform there on opening night.

He’s a man used to giving orders and being in control, however, even he is surprises when he attends a business meeting and finds himself with Marilyn Munro in his arms.

This action packed story is full of sex and corruption, set in the dark world of politics with the writer throwing a new light on Marilyn’s death, the political intrigue surrounding Jackie and Bobby Kennedy and suggest there was a potential threat on Richard Nixon’s life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent story, which contains many of the familiar, if not lovable characters, from the Starlight Club series.

 

Available at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/The-Starlight-Club-Joe-Corso/dp/1482546655/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372419369&sr=8-1&keywords=The+starlight+club+4

and on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/The-Starlight-Club-4-ebook/dp/B00BOEOXV8/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1372419369&sr=8-1&keywords=The+starlight+club+4

also on Barnes & Noble as a Nook Book here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-starlight-club-4-joe-corso/1114998913?ean=2940044410152

The Starlight Club III by Joe Corso

Fantastic mixture of action and politics.

The Starlight Club III

As a daughter, when your father allows you a glimpse into his past, telling stories which help you understand the man he has become it’s an honour. So, when Bobby Valentine visits his daughter Lynn she cannot resist asking for just one more tale about his life at The Starlight Club. How can a father refuse?

Set in the early sixties with John Kennedy as President and Bobby Kennedy as his Attorney General.

Getting to President is no easy thing, strings have to be pulled, deals made, the right introductions and for all this, there is a price to pay. Promises made by others are not binding, some people believe, and Bobby Kennedy calls on Agent Lonegan to recruit mercenaries who become rogue “Federal Agents.”

When the time honoured rules and promises are broken the Mafia are not happy and retaliation is the name of the game. Who did kill John Kennedy?

Along with new characters, all our favourites are still here from the rest of this brilliant series of stories, and their lives evolve in it.

With an exciting story line, which encompasses murder, mystery, boxing, politics and much more, Joe Corso has written yet another classic.

Let’s hope we see a Starlight Club IV soon.  

Available at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/The-Starlight-Club-lll-Volume/dp/1479212830/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1368358969&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Starlight+Club+III+by+joe+corso

on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/The-Starlight-Club-III-ebook/dp/B009JVOBWE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368358969&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Starlight+Club+III+by+joe+corso

and at Barnes & Noble as a Nook Book here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-starlight-club-iii-joe-corso/1114587715?ean=2940044313743