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CENTRALIA by MIKE DELLOSSO

THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM!

Centralia

Peter Ryan wakes up on a typical morning only to find his house empty, his wife and daughter nowhere to be found. His world is shattered after a phone call to a friend confirms the impossible: his wife and daughter died in a car accident he does not remember.

Haunted by faint memories and flashes of details, Peter becomes convinced that something isn’t right and begins to question reality. When he discovers a note in his daughter’s handwriting, strange memories begin to surface that cause him to second-guess nearly everything he once believed.

Suddenly armed men show up at Peter’s home, turning the mysterious puzzle of his past into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. On the run and unsure whom to trust, Peter has to discover what’s real and what isn’t . . . before he loses everything.

Mike

THE OFFICIAL BIO . . . 

Mike Dellosso is the author of eight novels of suspense, an adjunct professor of creative writing and popular conference teacher, a husband, and a father. When he’s not lost in a story or working or spending time with his family he enjoys reading and dabbling in pencil sketching.

Mike has a master’s degree in theology and serves with his wife in their local church. He is also a colon cancer survivor and healthcare worker. Born in Baltimore, Mike now resides in southern Pennsylvania with his wife and four daughters.

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My Review:

Centralia is one of the most gripping, mind-boggling, suspenseful, dangerous and deadliest reads I’ve read in a long time!  Peter Ryan is caught up in a running story of what memories are true/false, who he can trust/or not, who he is/isn’t, and staying alive against the collaboration of armed men, while he determines what is happening to his life.  His ability to read a situation is uncanny and mesmerizing.  He has interactions with several people he thinks he can trust.  But can he?  Maybe, maybe not.  You will be spell-bound trying to figure it out yourself.  A fast-paced book that has you up all night once you start reading.

The author, Mike Dellosso uses tight, descriptive phrases that bring out the action!  He’s been a stellar author I have enjoyed reading from the first book he wrote.  He will not disappoint you if you love mysterious, fast-paced action with multiple twists and turns.

This PDF book was provided free by the author through Tyndale books in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary gain was exchanged for my review.

Ted Dekker’s “The Priest’s Graveyard” Blog Tour

THE COST OF REVENGE!

Two abandoned souls are on the hunt for one powerful man. Soon, their paths will cross and lead to one twisted fate.

Danny Hansen is a Bosnian immigrant who came to America with hopes of escaping haunted memories of a tragic war that took his mother’s life. Now he’s a priest who lives by a law of love and compassion. It is powerful men and hypocrites who abide by legal law but eschew the law of love that most incense Danny. As an avenging angel, he believes it is his duty to show them the error of their ways, at any cost.

Renee Gilmore is the frail and helpless victim of one such powerful man. Having escaped his clutches, she now lives only to satisfy justice by destroying him, regardless of whom she must become in that pursuit.

But when Danny and Renee’s paths become inexorably entangled things go very, very badly and neither of them may make it out of this hunt alive.

Judge not, or you, too, will be judged.

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Ted Dekker is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels, including BoneMan’s Daughters, Thr3e, Adam, and The Bride Collector.

New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille calls him “a true master of thrillers” and NPR readers chose Ted as a Top 50 “Killer Thriller” author of all time alongside Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Harlan Coben, and Brad Meltzer.

His critically acclaimed storytelling has kept millions worldwide tearing through the pages late into the night, always with the lights on and the doors locked.

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My Review:

Warning~~Graphic scenes.

A young Bosnian man, now under the alias of Father Danny Hansen, came to the U.S. to escape the haunting memories of his mother’s tragic death during the Bosnian War.   He is outraged by the powerful manipulating the law for their own personal gain without regard to those whose lives are shattered in the wake of their lawlessness.

Street-wise Renee Gilmore becomes a victim of one of these powerful men.  Once she has escaped from his powerful grip, she wants revenge and justice, regardless of how it affects her or anyone else in the long-term.

When Danny and Renee become acquainted through dire, deadly circumstances, nothing will ever be the same again for either party. It’s questionable whether either will survive their escapades.

Having read other books by Ted Dekker, I expected high-octane, thriller twists with plots that would pump your adrenaline throughout the pages.  No disappointment here.  The action-packed scenarios change at lightning-speed throughout the book, leaving you to ponder who would survive at the end of the scenes, particularly Danny and Renee, since they were taking on entrenched, big-time crime lords.

The mood throughout the book is intense.  Definitely not a book for the faint of heart.  However, Ted’s insertion of romantic scenes brings down the intensity enough to keep you turning the pages.   Violence is high in this book.  Almost too graphic in certain scenes, even for me. The distinct, delineated points of view make for a good understanding of the two main characters’ thought processes.

The idea of revenge is appropriately handled in the book, as is the aspect of judging other people’s motives and lives. The ending is a complete surprise, but one that totally satisfies.  For a ‘rush’ from a good read, this one will do it for you.

This book was provided by Sarah Reck, Web Publicist, FaithWords & Center Street, in exchange for this blog tour and  my honest review.  No monetary value was exchanged.

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“By Reason of Insanity” by Randy Singer

BY REASON OF INSANITY

Randy Singer–pastor, lawyer, and author.   Randy is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned seven legal thrillers, including the award-winning debut novel, Directed Verdict.  In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He calls it his “Jekyll and Hyde thing.”  He also teaches law at Regent University and serves on the board of legal advisers for the American Center for Law and Justice.  He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach.  They have two grown children.

My review:

By Reason of Insanity has to be the most intellectual, emotional, and psychological novel by Randy Singer that I’ve ever read.  The multiple twisted plots take you from the full realm of innocence to the possibility of insanity, possibly multiple personality, based on a prior traumatic event in her life.

Catherine O’Rourke is a well-known and respected Virginia Beach reporter accused of being a serial killer, known as the ‘Avenger of Blood,’ based on her dreams that divulge detailed information that only the killer would know.  She claims she sees the crimes in her dreams and shares them only to be helpful to the investigators.  Her claims ends her up in the slammer, where abuse and inhumane conditions occur.

Throw in Quinn Newberg, a pricey lawyer from Vegas, and the trial begins.  It’s the trial of his life.  He believes his client, but a wrench is thrown in every time he turns around, making him wonder if he will get his client off.

I’ve worked in trials in my past, and believe me, just when you think you are gaining ground, plaintiff’s counsel/prosecutor throws you for a loop, again and again, sometimes on a daily basis.  This book kept knocking me off my feet, trying to figure out the end result.  If you are open for a great thriller, this is the book for you.  I, personally, do not give credence to the paranormal, but that aside, the book is terrific!

This is a book I retrieved from my local library.

It can be purchased here.