Review: BLOWN by Chuck Barrett


Title: BLOWN (Gregg Kaplan series- book 1)
Author: Chuck Barrett
Published May 19, 2015

Gregg Kaplan is not an ordinary man, but a man with special skills, courtesy of the United States Government.

His assignment is to stay off the grid when he innocently stumbles into a blown witness protection detail in Little Rock, Arkansas. He simply could not walk away from the impending mayhem.

After the dust settles, a mortally wounded Deputy U.S. Marshal makes him promise to personally deliver the witness to a U.S. Marshals Service safe site.

Not just a promise, an oath. A pledge between ex-Army Delta Force comrades.

A trust that could not be broken—Once in, never out.

Kaplan soon suspects the witness he vowed to protect has secrets of his own; secrets that go beyond his testimony for the U.S. government. When he discovers the witness is being tracked, Kaplan teams with a WitSec Deputy U.S. Marshal assigned to recover the witness, but soon realizes some merciless people are dead set on preventing the witness from reaching the safe site.

But the witness has a hidden agenda of his own—One that could cost Kaplan his life.

I was literally blown away!

After an unexpected gunfight, Gregg Kaplan gets involved with a witness from the Witness Security Program and from there, the action never stopped.

Greg Kaplan ain’t no ordinary guy. He’s a badass with a heart riding a Harley-Davidson Fat-Boy. The twist and turns will shock the readers in the most surprising way. Kaplan is the kind of man you would want to lead your security. Kaplan’s character is hardcore, powerful and a force to reckon with.

From one great plot to another this thrilling story doesn’t seem to end. Chuck Barrett never ceases to impress me with all the action-adventure-thriller facets of the book. It’s been a while since I’ve read an action thriller from Barrett and the flow of his stories continue to intensify on every page.  I’ve read one of his other series, the Jake Pendleton political mysteries, and that kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning. With Gregg Kaplan series, I felt the same rush and adrenaline I experienced when perusing Pendleton.  Chuck Barrett is indeed someone to watch out for! Barrett proves again that he’s one of the best thriller writers in this generation!

 

Review: The Dragon Round By Stephen S. Power

dragonroundThe Dragon Round
by Stephen S. Power

officialsynopHe only wanted justice. Instead he got revenge.

Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for over a decade. He knows the rules. He likes the rules. But not everyone on his ship agrees. After a monstrous dragon attacks the galley, the surviving crewmembers decide to take the ship for themselves and give Jeryon and his self-righteous apothecary “the captain’s chance”: a small boat with no rudder, no sails, and nothing but the clothes on his back to survive on the open sea.

Fighting for their lives against the elements, Jeryon and his companion land on an island that isn’t as deserted as they originally thought. They find a baby dragon that, if trained, could be their way home. But as Jeryon and the dragon grow closer, the captain begins to realize that even if he makes it off the island, his old life won’t be waiting for him and in order get justice, he’ll have to take it for himself.

officialreviewDragons. Pirates. Swashbuckling adventures. Who wouldn’t like these? I’m a big fan of dragons, in fact, I find these imaginary/mystical creatures exuberant and delightful. But that’s just me.

Captain Jeryon had a set of rules and he always insisted on following them. When he and his crew set sail on the high seas to deliver medicine that was supposed to stop a plague, a dragon attacked them and Jeryon’s insurgent crew overthrew him along with his apothecary Evelyn. Deserted in an island with only the clothes on their back, on a boat with no sails or oars, Jeryon & Evelyn struggled to survive, with revenge slowly budding in his mind.

Deep in the heart of the island, they found a dragon’s egg and they took care of it, until it hatched. They named the dragon, Gray and Evelyn thought she was going to be their ticket of freedom from the island. But Jeryon had other plans.

I thought this book had a nice premise. It started boombastic and thrilling, and I particularly liked the time when the castaways were by themselves in the island, struggling, calculating surviving – with a baby dragon in tow. I also get that most abandoned characters tend to veer in revenge and frankly, I think that’s what makes a story exciting. At first, though, Jeryon didn’t disappoint me with his ruse. But when I got to the second part of the story, I felt something was ripped off. Soon his revenge was set aside and the focal point now turned to something else, and I eventually, didn’t feel the same excitement as before.

I wish the intensity that got me riled up at the beginning continued in the end. I was a little sad this didn’t happen. Nevertheless, I give props to the world that Stephen Power has created. It was swashbucklingly good!

My Rating: 

3cups

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Review: Dream Killing

Dream Killing (Dream Killing, #1)Dream Killing
by Magus Tor, Carrie Lynn Weniger

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Ex-CIA agent Drew Corrigan never imagined that after leaving a life of fighting crime he would enter a life of killing…in his dreams. Each night Drew faces playing a game of ‘kill or be killed’, all while sleeping. Given only a gun and a watch that counts down his lives, he has no choice but to go against his better judgment and kill in order to save himself. Every night he plays he loses a life, if he is killed another life will be lost, but if he kills he earns a life. Drew must avoid reaching zero lives or he will die in real life. If he makes it to 100 lives he will win…but what is the prize? As he plays this dangerous game, he realizes that the people he meets in the game are just as real as he is in the waking world. Can he figure out how to stop this game from taking more lives including his own? Dreaming has never been more dangerous.

myrevvDream Killing is an action-packed novel written by Magus Tor, and truth to be told, I ended up feeling scared to sleep and dream. That’s how powerful this story is. I felt like I’d been wrapped up and sucked into a world of killing and fighting to survive. After a failed mission, Agent Drew Corrigan retired from the CIA and decided to be a customer representative instead, just for a change. One day, he woke up to a dream where he has to play a game of survival. The rule of the game is simple: Kill or be killed. Drew had to kill random people in tunnels, at the zoo, in the library, anywhere his dream sends him to, and he would have to lose one life everyday. It is ultimately the survival of the bravest/fittest and only the greatest should be left standing. Drew strived to remain alive, but it seemed impossible especially when he fell in love with one of his targets.

Oh what a roller-coaster of emotions and action this story was. Dream Killing is a quick-read, but a very engrossing book that I found myself drawn into the main character’s role making it hard for me to stop reading.

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“Magus Tor” is a nick I got while playing Dragon Warriors (Pen and Paper RPG) with my friends. Ever since the name stuck with me. 🙂