5 stars for “Do Not Assume” by Kasey Riley. Another great book by this talented author!

I have read all of Kasey Riley’s books, and she has become one of my favorite authors. August Fire was a change of pace from her first two books, and Do Not Assume was even more intriguing to me.

I absolutely loved this book—in fact I read into the wee hours of the morning twice in a row! This only happens when I am truly hooked, because I always know that I feel much better the next day if I keep to my routine.

Nicoleta Sofia Parcells—(such a romantic name)-was orphaned at birth and after having suffered through many foster homes, I’m certain she would have been a handful by the time she was eleven when her parents adopted her. Only special people could have guided her to become the outstanding person that she grew up to be. I appreciated her unique parents—how they cherished her, but encouraged her to grow personally and reach her highest potential. I loved that as a child they hadn’t taken any guff from her—I also loved that they appreciated her “gift” and wisely advised her that she should accept it and guard it from others. I thought it was really special that they gave her a DNA kit and the police reports from her mother’s murder, because they understood that she needed to know more about her back ground.

I loved Nicoleta’s independent spirit and her determination to survive when she was faced with the unthinkable.

James Woodruff tugged at my heart from the beginning, and it was clear early on that Nicola had captured his, even though he tried not to let it show. Nicola didn’t give him much encouragement, because she was set on succeeding.

Do Not Assume is an exciting thriller that takes Nicoleta from the USA to Romania—where she does not know the language, or the country and its customs. She falls into the hands of people who have sinister intent, and she is forced to rely on her “gift” and her sharp mind to protect herself.

If you enjoy a page turning thriller filled with mystery and a bit of romance, along with a plot that is unique and exciting, I highly recommend “Do Not Assume.

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5 stars for “Hominine” by Lewis Evans. It is a stunning tale of intrigue and espionage, coupled with political greed and a global power grab, that will make you think about where technology can take mankind!

I am always delighted to discover a great new author—especially when that author lives in Canada!

The cover of this book caught my attention. The Eagle is the symbol of the United States of America: the blood-stained head made me think this would be a typical thriller based on military might. Never assume anything! Political intrigue?—yes!! Typical American military might?—definitely not typical! A danger to humanity?—frighteningly so!

Hominine took me by surprise in many ways. The premise is unique. The plot was masterful, the writing crisp, descriptive and attention grabbing! It is a stunning tale of intrigue and espionage, coupled with political greed and a global power grab, that will make you think about where technology can take mankind!  It takes you from the White House to the Somali desert, from Bali to Afghanistan.  The characters are realistically human- at times naive, dysfunctional, blundering, and exceptionally sane. I was captured by some of the philosophy that came through. It really resonated with me.

I realize that everyone who reads a book, draws their own impression of it, but I think few could be disappointed. I read many books—some wonderful, some are very flawed. To me, Hominine, is outstanding!

This is Lewis Evans’ debut novel. OMG—this man has an outstanding future as an author. I can hardly wait for the next one.

To learn more about Hominine, as well as purchase the book directly from the author in all formats, check out his website at https://lewisevans.net/author/

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5 stars for “MAKE IT HAPPEN” by Canadian Author, Claude Bouchard

Claude Bouchard, has done it again!  “Make It Happen” is book 13 in the Vigilante series and it met all the criteria I have come to expect from this Canadian author.  I have enjoyed all the adventures of Chris Barry (who was the original lone “Vigilante”) and those who have become partners in the Discreet Activities team as the series has progressed.

This novel is centered around Pakistani led terrorist activity spawned in Canada and spreading out, across the border to New York. When the Canadian attack happened at the Quite Air Show, it caught everyone by surprise. Who could have done such a thing in CANADA? Of course this is fiction, but as I read, it reminded me that people we think we know—people we would least expect, can be seduced by evil. There was no huge terrorist cell—just a few who were willing to participate and beyond the central figures, none of them knew the identities of those involved.

The central players were willing to take the lives of others, but they wanted to protect their own. Who could they trust among the people that knew enough to betray them? A pre-emptive act of black mail sets the stage for distrust between them. Enter the Discreet Activities team and watch how they set up the players who never expect to be exposed. Then, they Make It Happen!

In real life, I am an abject pacifist—a person who could never bring myself to act in the role of a vigilante. But I do confess, as I see some of the despicable things that happen in this world, there are times that I secretly wish, that somewhere, there was a Discreet Activities team to covertly dispose of the trash that preys on innocents.

This stunning cover would have caught my even if I wasn’t familiar with the author. Good Job Claude Bouchard!!  I am waiting for the next book.

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