July 30, 2015

Deadlands: Ghostwalkers by Jonathan Maberry

T I T L E: Deadlands: Ghostwalkers
A U T H O R: Jonathan Maberry
P U B L I S H E R: Macmillan-Tor/Forge
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 22, 2015
I S B N: 9780765375261
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Weird West
From New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, the first in a thrilling series of novels based on Deadlands, a hugely successful role-playing game (RPG) set in the Weird, Weird West.
Welcome to the Deadlands, where steely-eyed gunfighters rub shoulders with mad scientists and dark, unnatural forces. Where the Great Quake of 1868 has shattered California into a labyrinth of sea-flooded caverns . . . and a mysterious substance called "ghost rock" fuels exotic steampunk inventions as well as plenty of bloodshed and flying bullets.
In Ghostwalkers, a gun-for-hire, literally haunted by his bloody past, comes to the struggling town of Paradise Falls, where he becomes embroiled in a deadly conflict between the besieged community and a diabolically brilliant alchemist who is building terrible new weapons of mass destruction . . . and an army of the living dead!
Deadlands is one of the most popular RPGs in history, with over a million Deadlands gaming books sold.



     Don't let the fact that this book is based off of a RPG game discourage you from reading it. If you do, you will only be denying yourself a most epic read.
     While it is a bit of a long read, this book is NOT boring in anyway, shape, or form. There is plenty adventure, great dialog, and character development within the pages to keep you going until the very last page. I developed a deep fondness of the two main characters (Grey and Looks Away). They are strong characters, and can totally stand on their own two feet, but together, they are a dynamic duo with the best freaking conversations.
     This book was lively, exciting, and so enjoyable to me, that I am bitter it had to end. It deserves all the five stars I'm giving it. I will make a spot for this on my bookshelf.
     Everyone deserves to read this superb tale.

5 STAR


A M A Z O N          B A R N E S & N O B L E          G O O D R E A D S

July 29, 2015

The Society by Lilith Saintcrow

T I T L E: The Society
S E R I E S: The Society Series (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Lilith Saintcrow
P U B L I S H E R: Belle Books/ImaJinn Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: July 31, 2015
I S B N: 9781610260169
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Will she be the Society’s salvation...or its downfall?
The black-ops government agency called Sigma broke Justin Delgado, trained his psionic talent, and turned him into a killer. Then he escaped and joined the Society, an underground resistance movement of psions determined to use their talents to bring Sigma down. Competent, cold, and cruelly efficient, he’s the best operative the Society has, a legend among the psions who fight a shadow war against an enemy that owns the courts, the press, and the police. Feared even by his own teammates, hunted by the government, and too damaged to feel anything but clinical rage, he is utterly alone—until he meets Rowan.
When Rowan Price stumbles across Delgado’s team in an abandoned house, he is assigned to make contact with her, bring her in, and keep her alive—because Rowan is one of the most powerful psychics the resistance has ever encountered. If the government gets its hands on her, she could very well mean the downfall of the resistance, because nobody, not even Rowan, is quite sure how far her talents extend.
The Society will welcome Rowan, if she can stay alive long enough to join them. Unfortunately, there’s a traitor buried in the ranks. If the Society goes down, Rowan is at risk. God alone knows what Delgado will do to keep her safe, because Rowan is fast becoming the only thing in the world he cares about…


   I for one really enjoyed this book very much and I am extremely picky when it comes to Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. So, for me to love this book as much as I did is really saying something. The concept was fantastic as well as the way it was executed. But, then I enjoy Lilith Saintcrow as an author, so I guess it's no big surprise.
     Admittedly, after a few chapters, I had some doubts about whether or not I would like Rowan. There were a couple of brief periods where she started to come off as wimpy and a bit whiney. For example, she looked into Delgado's head and found she could trust him because he was telling her the truth.       However, very shortly after, she had her doubts once more as if she had never even seen that he was trustworthy. I like female protagonists that are strong, decisive and not overly stubborn. Simply put, I became rather skeptical as to whether or not she would fit that bill. Thankfully, she grew tougher and is becoming a little more badass. She is beginning to grow on me.
     That brings me to Delgado. Now, he is badass. He has a lot of the characteristics that I love in male protagonists. He could have done with a little sense of humor, but I get that he is just a serious person related to his past.
     It was a little obvious who the traitor was, but I also understand why it wasn't revealed immediately. I hope that in the next book Rowan makes him pay.
     This book had me turning the pages and I was unable to put it down. In fact, I read it in one night. By the last few chapters, I was on the edge of my seat. The last chapter had me yelling no and I was not ready for it to end. I will most definitely be reading the next book. I really need to know what happens.
     I wavered on whether to give this novel four or five stars because I wasn't sure about Rowan. I decided on five because I was unable to put it down and by the end of the book I felt Rowan had grown; she was becoming the badass heroine I love to read about. Another reason I am giving this one five stars is because I found that I wanted to start on the next book immediately even though it was 1:00 a.m.


5 STAR


A M A Z O N          B A R N E S & N O B L E          G O O D R E A D S

July 28, 2015

Trouble on the Thames by Victor Bridges

T I T L E: Trouble on the Thames
A U T H O R: Victor Bridges
P U B L I S H E R: Poisoned Pen Press
P U B L I S H--D A T E: October 6, 2015
I S B N: 9781464204937
Thriller
Owen Bradwell is a courageous naval officer who returns to England in the 1930s. He believes that his career is over because he has become colour-blind but with Nazi Germany an increasing menace, the authorities cannot do without Bradwell, and he is assigned a special mission. A former acquaintance of Bradwell’s has been trapped into betraying his country’s secrets by a Nazi agent. Bradwell is sent to spy on the spy, and travels down the Thames on a surveillance trip under cover of a fishing weekend. Things soon take an unexpected turn, and Bradwell finds himself in the company of a dead man, and a pretty young interior decorator called Sally. Will Bradwell triumph over the villains, and will he and Sally fall in love? This neglected thriller from 1945 is a pacy and entertaining read, rich with the classic twists of the genre: amnesia, blackmail, and a convict’s escape from Dartmoor.


     I must confess I was quite unfamiliar with Victor Bridges before reading this story which was originally written in 1945.
     This spy thriller was a quick read which contained a few twists and turns. Even though this story is only 14 chapters long the characters are well developed and likable. Most of the story was fast paced, however, there were some parts that moved a bit slow for me. Also, one must keep in mind that this was written in the 1940's so parts could also be considered a bit dated by some readers.
     All in all, I did enjoy this book quite a bit and will check out any other books by this author. If you are looking for a quick suspenseful read then I recommend picking this one up.

3 STAR


A M A Z O N          B A R N E S & N O B L E          G O O D R E A D S

July 27, 2015

The Dragon Engine by Andy Remic

T I T L E: The Dragon Engine
S E R I E S: The Blood Dragon Empire (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Andy Remic
P U B L I S H E R: Angry Robot Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 1, 2015
I S B N: 9780857664556
Fantasy
Five noble war heroes of Vagandrak get drunk one night and sign a contract – to journey to the Karamakkos in search of the Five Havens where, it is written, there is untold, abandoned wealth and, more importantly, the three Dragon Heads – jewels claimed to give unspeakable power and everlasting life to those who wield them.But the Dragon Heads aren't what they think, and the world has not encountered their like in generations!Think Smaug was fierce? You ain't seen nothing!




     Let me just say that I loved this book. It grabbed me from the very beginning and had me enthralled all the way to the end. Not only did I not want to put it down, but I really didn't want it to end. I finished it in two days. It left me with a need to know what happens and I am looking forward to the next book.
     There were quite a few of the elements that I feel make a great fantasy. It contained lots of action, unexpected happenings, swordplay, scary creatures that are hard to kill, war heroes, dwarves, evil villains, and dragons! The characters are well developed as is the world they live in. There were even some touching scenes that brought a tear to my eye. Overall, the execution of the story was well done.
      Even though all the characters were well developed, I got annoyed with Beetrax now and again because he could be irritating at times. My favorite is Dake. I can't wait to get to know them all better though as the story continues.
      I hope it doesn't take long for the second book in the series. I think I'm going to have to give this one five stars.

5 STAR


A M A Z O N          B A R N E S & N O B L E          G O O D R E A D S

July 26, 2015

Recalled to Death by Priscilla Masters

T I T L E: Recalled to Death
S E R I E S: Martha Gunn Police Procedural (Nº 6)
A U T H O R: Priscilla Masters
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House Publishers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: October 1, 2015
I S B N: 9780727885272
Mystery
Coroner Martha Gunn is baffled by the discovery of an unidentified body in the ruins of a local beauty spot. On a bright spring morning, John Hyde opens the gates to the grounds of Moreton Corbet Castle, a local medieval ruin, and discovers the body of a homeless man with his throat slashed. Detective Inspector Alex Randall and his team soon face some disturbing questions: was this a random attack, or does someone have a vendetta against the homeless? For coroner Martha Gunn, establishing the man’s identity is essential, but there are no clues . . . Who is he? What was he doing in the grounds of a Shropshire beauty spot?
As the mystery deepens, the need for answers becomes increasingly important. Can Martha and Alex solve the puzzle?



     This was a very interesting read. With little to no clues at all when a homeless man is found dead in the ruins of a castle, it was interesting to see how the police were able to discover who he was and what exactly happened to him. It was not so cut and dry so they did not have an easy time of it, which made it seem more realistic.
     The characters were good and had depth as well as dimension. I don't mind a story having multiple points of view, however, I think there were a bit too many in this one. In my opinion, it would have been better with only those of Alex and Martha. And I think also, I would have liked to see a bit more of Martha. Mostly we see Alex. I understand that it was necessary in this particular case to see everything that went into solving this difficult case, but a bit more of Martha would still have been nice.
     It was good to find out a little more about Alex, although some revelations were slightly surprising. I would like to see more of how the relationship between Martha and Alex develops as well as how they navigate the hurdles that seem to have been thrown in their way.
     Though this account was very detailed, I felt I had to keep reading because I really wanted to find out who this murdered man was and why someone would want to kill him. A great read and one that I would recommend.

4 STAR


A M A Z O N          B A R N E S & N O B L E          G O O D R E A D S

July 23, 2015

A Perilous Alliance by Fiona Buckley

T I T L E: A Perilous Alliance
S E R I E S: An Ursula Blanchard Elizabethan Mystery
A U T H O R: Fiona Buckley
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House/Creme de la Crime
P U B L I S H--D A T E: October 1, 2015
I S B N: 9781780290768
Historical Mystery

Widow Ursula Blanchard is urged to remarry for the sake of Queen and Country in this latest enthralling historical adventure
January, 1576. After three husbands, widow Ursula Blanchard has no desire to marry again. However, she is not in a position to refuse when Sir Francis Walsingham decides she must wed Count Gilbert Renard, the illegitimate son of King Henri II, in order to build a strategic alliance with the French.
When the Count arrives at her country home to pay court, Ursula’s misgivings grow stronger. Then one of her household staff is found dead at the bottom of the stairs. An accident – or something more sinister?
The disturbing chain of events that follows sees Ursula heading on a perilous journey in a race against time to prevent a national catastrophe. En route she will encounter danger, hardship, conspiracy – and murder.


     Excellent read. This book was thoroughly enjoyable. Great mystery with political intrigue. In fact, I enjoyed this book so much that I find it difficult to review because there wasn’t much about it that I didn’t like.
     Even though this was the first Ursula Blanchard novel that I have read it was very easy to figure out who was who. It could easily be read as a stand alone novel. The appearances from real-life historical figures mixed with the created characters made it interesting. There was even a scene with Queen Elizabeth I which I loved.
     The execution of the plot was well done and the characters are very well developed. If you like reading historical mysteries as well as the Elizabethan era then I highly recommend you pick this one up. It was a fun and exciting read. I will definitely read the other books in this series.

5 STAR


A M A Z O N          B A R N E S & N O B L E          G O O D R E A D S

July 22, 2015

Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders by Barry Day

T I T L E: Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders
A U T H O R: Barry Day
P U B L I S H E R: Open Road Integrated Media
P U B L I S H--D A T E: June 11, 2015
I S B N: 9781504016506
Mystery
A string of murders threatens to draw Sherlock Holmes back into his past
It has been too long since his last assignment, and Sherlock Holmes is beginning to come unglued. He stalks around his rooms at 221B Baker Street, too tense to work, and he is about to drive Dr. Watson up the wall when they are rescued by a knock at the door. It is Inspector Lestrade from Scotland Yard, and he has come to save Holmes—with a murder. A man has been found dead in Bayswater, slumped over a piece of homemade stationery marked with the words “Jabez Wilson”—the name of the victim in the long-solved mystery of the Red-Headed League. When Holmes enters the death room, the first thing he spies is the corpse’s flaming red hair. The old case is open again.
A series of bizarre crimes follow, each an imitation of one of Holmes’s greatest triumphs. Either Europe is in the grip of a madman—or the great detective has finally gone ’round the bend.



     I do have to hand it to Barry Day because I think it takes a brave soul to write a Sherlock Holmes mystery. After all, it will most likely be compared to the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Sherlock fans everywhere.
     The author does do a great job in keeping true to the characters of Sherlock, Dr. Watson and big brother Mycroft Holmes, with cameo appearances from Sigmund Freud and John Buchan.
     The concept was very interesting and held my interest. It did get a bit slow in one or two instances but quickly picked right back up again. I was rather hesitant at first to read this since I am a huge Sherlock fan and didn’t think it possible for anyone to do justice to Conan Doyle’s creation.     However, I gave it a chance and was quite pleased that I did.
     I do recommend it to those Sherlock aficionados, but also recommend that they keep an open mind. Barry Day is after all not Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but he does a fantastic job with the classic characters. I'm giving this one four stars.

4 STAR


A M A Z O N          B A R N E S & N O B L E          G O O D R E A D S

July 21, 2015

Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking

T I T L E: Crystal Kingdom
S E R I E S: Kanin Chronicles (Nº 3)
A U T H O R: Amanda Hocking
P U B L I S H E R: St. Martin’s Press
P U B L I S H--D A T E: August 4, 2015
I S B N: 9781250049889
YA, Urban Fantasy
Cast out by her kingdom and far from home, she's the Kanin people's only hope.
Bryn Aven-unjustly charged with murder and treason-is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the gorgeous and enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him?
As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers' darkest secrets are coming to light... and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she's ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holms and the Trylle kingdom? Nothing is as it seems, but one thing is certain: an epic battle is underway-and when it's complete, nothing will ever be the same…



     When I requested this book, I didn’t realize it was the third in a series. That is unfortunate, because I think it would have helped a great deal more if I’d read the first two. In some series you can pick up what is going on even if you haven’t read the other books, not so with this one.
     The story seemed to be a good one and written well. I’m on the fence about Bryn however. At times I really liked her but at other times, not so much. I did like Konstantin or at least what I read of him.
      I do also have to say that this was an interesting take on Trolls. Traditionally, when I think of trolls they do not really resemble humans all that much. In fact, I think of big, ugly and dumb. But in this story they look human enough to live among them, which I found to be quite fascinating. I usually enjoy new and unique nontraditional ways to write paranormal species. And I found this version imaginative.
      Though I haven’t read the first two books, I did enjoy this one and really liked it. I do however, recommend reading the books one and two first.

3 STAR

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July 16, 2015

Muirwood: The Lost Abbey by Jeff Wheeler, Matt Sutrges, Dave Justus, and Alex Sheikman

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★★★

     This is the first of five-part graphic series in the Jeff Wheeler’s Muirwood story line. I didn’t know until I dug a little further that this runs along a series of books he has published. While I don’t feel I needed to read them to understand what was going on in this graphic novel, I did get the impression that the world isn’t as small as what I was seeing. Just by the small text on the first page, I understood that there was much more. I thought that was cool, and exciting, because now I have a series to hunt down.
     There was a ton of inner dialogue in this comic, but I didn’t feel it took from the story. It was nice to read. Sometimes it takes a couple of comic before you really understand the main character/s, definitely not the case with the princess. It's easy to tell (minus the bad to the bone cover) she is meant for this epic, life-altering quest.
     Most of the detail in the art is in the scenery, and not consistent; some of the panels seemed unfinished, while others seemed a bit over done.
     Overall, this was a good first read that leads you to a big world. I’ll be reading more Muirwood soon, and intend thus far to keep up with this graphic novel series.



__________B O O K__D E T A I L S__________

T I T L E: Muirwood: The Lost Abbey (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Jeff Wheeler, Matt Sturges, Dave Justus, Alex Sheikman
P U B L I S H E R: Jet City Comics
P U B L I S H--D A T E: August 26, 2015
I S B N: 9781503935068
Fantasy, Young Adult, Comic/Graphic Novel
Told in graphic novel form, Muirwood: The Lost Abbey introduces an all-new chapter in Jeff Wheeler’s Muirwood universe.
Maia, the daughter of the king of Comoros, has been banished, her rank and station taken away. Although magic is forbidden of women in her world, Maia secretly learned...and now her desperate father has sent her on a dangerous quest to save their kingdom. Protected by a hired killer, Maia voyages to another realm—the cursed shores of Dahomey, where an ancient Blight has destroyed all the inhabitants. Maia believes she can restore the deadly lands by using her magic medallion, but if she’s discovered wielding her clandestine power, she will most certainly be hunted down and killed.

AMAZON * BARNES & NOBLE * GOODREADS

*I received an advanced copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review*

July 15, 2015

Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong by Kelley Armstrong

T I T L E: Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong
A U T H O R: Kelly Armstrong
P U B L I S H E R: Tachyon Publications
P U B L I S H--D A T E: October 1, 2015
I S B N: 9781616962029
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Welcome to the many worlds of New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong (Otherworld, Cainsville). As her SyFy channel series, Bitten, enters its second season, Armstrong continues to breathe new life into city-dwelling vampires, werewolves, and zombies. Now travel even further with her, to a post-apocalyptic fortress, a superstitious village, a supernatural brothel, and even feudal Japan.
In Led Astray, you’ll discover the stories of new characters from within and outside Armstrong’s popular novels. Here you will find two original tales from Cainsville, plus journeys to and beyond the worlds of Darkest Powers, Age of Legends, Otherworld, and more.
Bold and humorous, passionate and heart-stopping, here is Kelley Armstrong at her versatile best.



     One comes to expect the very best when it comes to an author like Kelley Armstrong, and that is exactly what you get with this anthology. This book proves what a versatile writer this author is. You get a bit of everything in this book.
     Each short story is very well written and leaves you wanting more. That is really the only complaint that I have. Some of the stories ended too soon. Or at least in my mind they did. I wanted them to go on. I am more familiar with the Otherworld Series, so in this book, I was introduced to her other works and found that I was quite intrigued. However, I didn't absolutely love every single story. There were one or two that were not my cup of tea. That being said I must still credit Ms. Armstrong because each and every one was superb in the way it was told, no matter how I felt about the story itself.
     When one story ended I looked forward to seeing what the next had in store. It was kind of like Forest Gump and his box of chocolates because you never knew what you were going to get. That made it a fun read and kept me turning the pages.
     Because all the stories were so well written I feel I must give this book five stars even if I didn't love every single one. I did love most of them however and feel if you are a fan of Kelley Armstrong this is a must read. If you've never read any of her work, this is a great way to be introduced.

5 STAR


A M A Z O N          B A R N E S & N O B L E          G O O D R E A D S

July 14, 2015

A story of Perfect Murder by Chris James

T I T L E: The Story of Perfect Murder
S E R I E S: Alchemy (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Chris James
P U B L I S H E R: Globe Literary, London
P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 15, 2015
I S B N: 1507652763
Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal
"Alchemy" is an historical psychological tale of mystery, murder and suspense and reveals an extraordinary decade in the life of a talented, sweet young and innocent genius, as he transforms into a monster.
In Victorian London, England, close to the end of the 19th century, a young artist unravels what he believes to be the formula for immortality and raising the dead, prescribed in an ancient tome: Alchemy. Just when he cracks the secret code for the final components of his elixir, his mistress and inspiration, dies. His life is devastated, his mind destroyed by drugs. He knows he has the power to revive her. But obtaining the last ingredients means resorting to murder, taking innocent lives. He just has to decide whose.
His only surviving model, infatuated with this painter of her portrait, attends the trial of the century, where she finally learns someone got away with murder

 
 In all honesty, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I was approached by the author and asked to read and review this book. However, I must say that this was a fantastic read. A bit on the macabre side, but that is one of the things I liked about it. I am delighted that I was given the opportunity to read this great book.
     Not only is this story well written but very creative in the way that it is told. In most murder mysteries, you start off with the crime committed in the beginning then you follow the investigation. Not so with this particular story. You read about both the trial and the events leading up to it. With some stories, this could be confusing, however with this book it is very easy to keep track of what is happening and when. There are also some great unexpected turn of events that you probably won't see coming. The characters are also interesting and well developed. I was intrigued from beginning to end.
     I must say that I am looking forward to reading more from Chris James. I loved this book. If you like novels that are a bit on the dark side then you should pick up a copy of this very entertaining read.

4 STAR


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July 12, 2015

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio

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★★★★★

     Laila and I agree, Warren the 13th is the most adorable character we’ve read to date, and his story is five-star-awesomeness. We really took our time reading the book because we fell in love with it immediately, and knew it would be sad to reach the last page. The task of taking our time wasn’t easy, because the story, the characters, and the setting is that good. From the first page, to the last we experienced a range of emotions from this delightful little story. You will laugh often, you will frown, and you will cheer.
     The illustrations added to the overall beauty of the book. They were crisp and clear, and very well done. So much so, Laila and I didn’t think Warren to be ugly at all. Toad face or not, he is cute. There isn’t enough words really to express how happy Laila and I were reading this book.
     It is a book I intend to recommend to every mother I know, and plan to purchase for myself. While this book says it's intended for middle grade, Laila is fifth grade and still stayed glued to the words we read. I personally think that as young as 8, possibly even 7 (depending on how mature the child) would enjoy this story.


__________B O O K__D E T A I L S__________

T I T L E: Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye
A U T H O R: Tania del Rio
P U B L I S H E R: Quirk Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: November 24, 2015
I S B N: 9781594748035
Children’s Fiction
Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who's terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren's pride and joy is his family's hotel, but he's been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she'll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family's legacy, he'll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel's many strange and wacky guests don't beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.


AMAZON * BARNES & NOBLE * GOODREADS * GOOGLE PLAY

*I received an advanced copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review*

July 6, 2015

Raylan: A Novel by Elmore Leonard

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★★★

     I didn’t feel like I missed anything starting with the last book of this series. It was a fun read. A majority of the dialogue was awesome, though in some spots it seemed more like back and forth between high school kids, and while from the Crowes that is almost excusable, from Art and Raylan, not so much.
     None the less, all the dialogue is very entertaining, and all will make you, at the very least, smile. The characters are easy to love, all of them, even the criminals. Which is great, as it's a character driven story. Their mountain charm (and tongue) never grew old. There were a few parts the story fell flat, but overall, this short read kept you turning the page.
     All of that said, I’d be lying if I didn’t put out there that I found the TV show better. Even still, I plan to read the rest of the books in this series, because I love, love, love, Raylan Givens. He's the best male character I've read in a long, long time.


__________B O O K__D E T A I L S__________

T I T L E: Raylan: A Novel
S E R I E S: Raylan Givens (Nº 4)
A U T H O R: Elmore Leonard
P U B L I S H E R: HarperCollins Publishers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: January 17, 2012
I S B N: 9780062119469
Crime
With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky, coal mines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross $300,000, but that’s chump change compared to the quarter million a human body can get you—especially when it’s sold off piece by piece.
So when Dickie and Coover Crowe, dope-dealing brothers known for sampling their own supply, decide to branch out into the body business, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them. But Raylan isn’t your average marshal; he’s the laconic, Stetson-wearing, fast-drawing lawman who juggles dozens of cases at a time and always shoots to kill. But by the time Raylan finds out who’s making the cuts, he’s lying naked in a bathtub, with Layla, the cool transplant nurse, about to go for his kidneys.
The bad guys are mostly gals this time around: Layla, the nurse who collects kidneys and sells them for ten grand a piece; Carol Conlan, a hard-charging coal-mine executive not above ordering a cohort to shoot point-blank a man who’s standing in her way; and Jackie Nevada, a beautiful sometime college student who can outplay anyone at the poker table and who suddenly finds herself being tracked by a handsome U.S. marshal.

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