Chief of Police Bret Skoal is being blackmailed. A videotape showing his excessive use of force on a group of unarmed teenagers has been shipped overnight to the department, just in time to complicate an ongoing homicide investigation.
Officer Robbie Brooks is five years sober, and barely hanging on to his job thanks to Chief Skoal. He’s desk bound and bored, but at least he’s still alive, so long as his old partner doesn’t come back to finish him.
Rookie Lou Culpepper frequently blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, because reality is often so damn unsatisfying.
That’s all about to change.
Continue reading “REVIEW by Beth: The Junior Officer by Judith Boswell (@bunnybetha)”
Superpowers have turned out to be a disappointment. Heat vision? Super strength? Flight? They are nowhere to be found. Instead, powers like photosynthesis or the ability to spontaneously change hair color seem to be the best the world can offer. To make matters worse, the gifted individuals tend to suffer from psychological issues. Nonetheless, in hopes of finding enough functional meta-humans to form a squad, in 1965 the US military created The Guardian Project. The head of the Army’s current incarnation of the project hires Dr. Adam Aiken, a psychologist specializing in the meta-human condition, to filter out the most dangerously unbalanced of the prospective super-soldiers. The screening process is to be done with all possible secrecy. This proves to be more easily said than done. A misfiring superpower leaks news of the recruitment effort to the public, attracting a flood of misfit meta-humans from around the nation, each hungry for heroic validation. A sleazy PR officer knows publicity when he sees it and converts the secret program into a nationally broadcast competition with all of the dignity and grace of a reality show. The ultimate prize is a coveted spot on a government sanctioned super team.
The Other Eight follows the exploits of the applicants deemed sane enough for consideration. On one side are earnest but underpowered heroes like the twitch-inducing Nonsensica or the fluorescent tube-hurling Phosphor. On the other are the better equipped but less dedicated recruits like walking good luck charm Johnny on The Spot and seed-spitting loose cannon The Hocker. Who will win a place on the team, and what will be done about the jilted heroes who didn’t make the cut?
Continue reading “RELEASE DAY REVIEW by Beth: The Other Eight by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo , @bunnybetha)”
What could spike gasoline prices even higher?
Energy executive Lynn Dayton thinks her challenge is fixing the troubled refinery her company has just acquired on the Houston Ship Channel. But soon she must save it, and other oil refineries, from the industrial havoc and deaths directed by a French saboteur, simultaneously fighting off threats to her own life.
As Lynn deals with chemical leaks, disloyal employees, a new season of hurricanes, and mounting casualties, Robert Guillard, a corrupted idealist, plans to manipulate Lynn through her vulnerable sister.
But Robert underestimates his prey.
Continue reading “REVIEW by Beth: 13 Days: The Pythagoras Conspiracy by L.A. Sparks (@BunnyBethA)”
The dreams start, and Bethi’s very normal life goes down the toilet. She soon realizes the dreams are actually memories from past lives… and not just hers. She sees the lives of other women like her.
The recalled memories follow the same terrifying pattern: Dog-men chase her, and she sees her eventual tormented death. Learning from the past, Bethi sets out to find a way to live this time around. The dreams hint at an answer.
She needs to be strong enough to find it or die… again.
Continue reading “REVIEW by Beth: (Un)Wise (Judgement of the Six #3), by Melissa Haag – RELEASED 11/27 (@MelissaHaag , @BunnyBethA)”
Virginia’s beloved senator is dead, murdered while enjoying a quiet weekend at his cabin. It is now one year later, and no one is any closer to solving this disturbing case. Enter Jack Bassett, a reporter who is well known for covering difficult stories. He is swept into a terrifying series of events when he starts to unravel the complicated truth about what occurred on that fateful night. Crooked politicians, bloodthirsty hit men, and explosions meet him at every turn as he does everything he can to keep his family alive and expose those who would have him dead.
Continue reading “REVIEW by Beth: The Sons of Cain by C.W. Burgett”