Riot Saul Marshall (Book 3) Richard Davis (Reviewed by Rochelle)

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Could a video game convince you to take someone’s life?
Saul Marshall arrives in Atlanta in the wake of a shocking incident: a cop with a pristine record has inexplicably massacred peaceful protesters occupying the iconic CNN Center. But Saul, exhausted from months on the run from the law, fails to put up his guard.

But when he is visited in the dead of night by a street gang, deploying extreme and seemingly unprovoked violence, Saul is forced to either get his guard up, or perish. And when he discovers that this same gang has already targeted two of his team-mates from his days serving in the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, striking back against the gang becomes not just a matter of survival, but revenge.

But once Saul realizes that someone else is calling the shots – a deeply unhinged video-game addict, known only as Red, obsessed with inciting mass civil unrest – he quickly learns there’s a whole lot more.

About Author

Richard Davis graduated from University College London in 2011 and Cambridge University in 2012. The Saul Marshall series was born from Davis’s extensive travels around the United States and his long-standing obsession with thriller fiction. He lives in North London, UK, with his girlfriend.

Publisher:  Trapdoor Press

Publication Date:  March 20, 2018

Genre:  ThrillerCrime

Print Length:  472 pages

My Review

Thanks toThe Fiction Cafe – Review Group  for sending me a copy of this book.

This is the first time ready anything from the author I received a copy of this book to review and give my honest opinion.  I loved the book, but wished I had read the first two first.  I think that I would have gotten to know the characters a little better.  It was Fast paced, gritty and tense. What a plot, ingenious.  The main character is Saul Marshall, ex-con, exFBI and HRT agent who still feels the need to do what is right for his country.  He is laying low in Atlanta when he is attacked by 3 street gang members. He takes out two of them and is trying to escape when one of his former HRT (Hostage Rescue Team) team members’ ex-wife, Rosa, takes out the third guy. They hurry to where her ex-husband Greg is, but he has already been badly beaten. A third HRT team member (Thom) is already dead.  I will be looking into reading the first two books from this author.  Read this book if you want a very real page turner that will keep you up past your bed time!!  I recommend this book.




Untamed by Madeline Dyer (Reviewed by Rochelle)


About Book

As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides–because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.

But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.

Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.

Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.

About Author

Madeline Dyer  lives on a farm in the southwest of England, where she hangs out with her Shetland ponies and writes young adult books—sometimes, at the same time. She holds a BA Honors degree in English from the University of Exeter, and several presses have published her fiction. Madeline has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal, and she can frequently be found exploring wild places. At least one notebook is known to follow her wherever she goes.


Published January 10th 2017

Publisher Ineja Press (first published May 20th 2015)

Genre  Young AdultDystopianFantasy

Pages:  321

My Review

Sci-Fi isn’t usually my genre, but I received a free copy of Untamed in exchange for an honest review.

I haven’t read a dystopian in a while, and this refreshed the love of that genre.   I read UNTAMED in order to review it, and was very much looking forward to it from the start. I really enjoyed this gripping, dark, fast-paced novel by Madeline Dyer. The author is really good at creating characters with a lot of depth.

**This Young Adult novel takes a look at a world that is changed – and who the change makers are.

The main character, Seven, is a strong girl, although with many flaws that allow the reader to identify with her on some level.  I really enjoyed this gripping, dark, fast-paced novel by Madeline Dyer. I thought it was interesting to see how she was constantly struggling with being forced into the Enhanced way of life and how she had to deal with how the other Untamed saw her.  I liked the opportunity to see how the two different cultures contrasted… though I was confused about how the spirits thing. Seven’s visions were creepy and succeeded in drawing me in, making me curious about how they worked and how Seers might be chosen.

I really enjoyed this gripping, dark, fast-paced novel by Madeline Dyer.

The twist at the end left me speechless! I’m psyched to read book two.

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The Crooked Staircase By: Dean Koontz (Reviewed by Rochelle)

About Book

 Jane Hawk—who dazzled readers in The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room—faces the fight of her life, against the threat of a lifetime, in this electrifying new thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling suspense master Dean Koontz.

“I could be dead tomorrow. Or something worse than dead.”

Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom—and free will—of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane’s enemies are determined to see her dead . . . or make her wish she was.

Jane’s ruthless pursuers can’t stop her from drawing a bead on her prey: a cunning man with connections in high places, a twisted soul of unspeakable depths with an army of professional killers on call. Propelled by her righteous fury and implacable insistence on justice, Jane will make her way from southern Southern California to the snow-swept slopes of Lake Tahoe to confront head-on the lethal forces arrayed against her. But nothing can prepare her for the chilling truth that awaits when she descends the crooked staircase to the dark and dreadful place where her long nightmare was born.

Advance praise for The Crooked Staircase

“An absorbing thriller full of fresh touches . . . Writing his unusual heroine, Koontz keeps the pages alive with attitude as well as action. . . . For Hawk, who is as fearless as she is beautiful, no obstacle is too great, especially with the well-being of her hidden-away five-year-old son on her mind.”

About Author

Acknowledged as “America’s most popular suspense novelist” (Rolling Stone) and as one of today’s most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names Leigh NicholsBrian CoffeyDavid AxtonOwen WestDeanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.

Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

Publisher:  Bantam

Expected Publication:  (May 8, 2018)


ThrillerMysteryScience Fiction & Fantasy

Pages: 512

My Review

My thanks to Random House/Bantam books and NetGalley.

I have been a Dean Koontz; work for a long time.  Love this series. And have to say this was my favorite.  Jane is a woman on a mission. She will stop at nothing to expose the real reason for the unexplained death of her husband. Jane Hawk is a kick butt kind of girl. She is a fearless mom on a mission and will stop at nothing to vindicate her husband’s death and reunite with her son who has been hiding out with friends in order to keep him safe.  This third book in the series and the author makes every situation come alive, all his characters clearly defined. There were times it was getting late and I had to continue reading just to see what was next, I just couldn’t stop reading, but at the end it left me hanging, and now I am finding out there will be another on to this series.  I can’t wait until the next book.  I enjoyed this, and I would recommend this book.

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Coffee Break Companion By S.L. Grigg (Reviewed by Rochelle)


About Book

Grab that cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer), maybe add a splash of something stronger, settle down and enjoy your break with this gripping collection of flash fiction and poetry that will send shivers down your spine. With an added bonus of a longer story at the end that will fill your lunch break. What are you waiting for? Dive in!

Everything from a discovery in an Ice Cavern, to a tornado. Mermaids, and Dragons. Mystery and Horror. This collection of flash fiction and poetry has something to capture anyone’s imagination, with a final chilling thriller that will leave you gasping for air.

About Author

Sharon Grigg, who writes under the pen name S.L Grigg, made it her new year’s resolution to publish her book ‘Coffee Break Companion’ during 2018. After bouncing back from mental health problems (BPD), following the death of her husband from a brain tumour in 2009, Sharon was struck down with kidney and other health problems, believed to be linked to having the Essure sterilisation device she had implanted back in 2008.

Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication:  February 28th 2018

Pages:  136

Genre:  Fiction, Thriller, Contemporary

My Review

Coffee Break Companion consists of 40 flash fiction stories and poems.  I really enjoyed this book of short stories, you can dip in and out of it so easy, which made it an easy read.  My favorite chapter of the book was Hide and Seek.

There are lots of different subjects coved in this book, some a little dark and some refreshing, but all very well written.

I would highly recommend this book!

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The Girl In The Ice By: Robert Bryndza (Reviewed by Rochelle)

About Book

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

About the Author

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets is now available to pre-order.

Robert’s books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

Publisher:  Bookouture

Published:  February 2016

My Review

I wish to thank Net Galley, Bookouture, and Robert Bryndza for an ARC of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.  My sincere thanks to them for the opportunity. Thank you to Robert Bryndza for such a stellar book.

I’m going to have to go against the majority on this one, I was not a fan.

This is my first time of reading anything from the author, and I have to say It was different.  I am giving it a rating of 3 stars.

The prologue describing the abduction of the victim and how she was found was very good. Unfortunately the book fell apart in the first chapter and didn’t improve thereafter.

For Me I really tried to like this book but I just didn’t connect with the characters, I found hard to get a connection to & the story was a bit flat at times.  Not to say this was a boring read, it just wasn’t very engaging either.

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The Family at Number 13 By: S. D. Monaghan (Reviewed by Rochelle)

About Book

The most perfect lives can hide the darkest secrets…
Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect.

But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband Andrew barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.

And then someone starts sending Mary anonymous notes, threatening her and her family…

Everyone has secrets. But is someone at number 13 hiding something that could put the whole family in danger?

About Author

S. D. Monaghan grew up in Dublin before travelling extensively in Asia, Europe and America. After teaching English in Thailand for two years, he moved back to Ireland and gained an honours degree in psychology. While living in Canada for four years, he studied screenwriting in Toronto. S. D. Monaghan completed the Masters in Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin.

Publisher:  Bookouture

Published Date:  Expected April 27, 2018

My Review

I was given this book from Net Galley with a promise of and honest review. So here is my review.
I started out liking this book at the beginning. I made me curious and I was so looking forward in reading it. I like how it started out, but then it went down hill. I felt there was a lot of analysing and psychology which I found my self not relating to the characters in the book. I also found that there were unnecessarily long chapters that seemed to drag on and I felt didn’t relate. This book is divided into three parts, I have to say that part three was my favorite. I wish I could have gave a better review, but I just couldn’t get in to this.

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