The Baghdad Conspiracy (Grey & McLaughlin plc) by Klaus Schirmer

2003. Operation Iraqi Freedom. After 21 days of combat the Ba’athist regime of Saddam Hussein is deposed. No weapons of mass destruction are ever uncovered.Over a decade later, Fly East Airlines, flight XFE233, vanishes over Russia with no wreckage to be found. Michael Grey and his business partner, Billy McLaughlin, suspecting something more sinister at play, are determined to investigate. They have good reason to. Michael Grey’s girlfriend, Kiyomi Kimura, was a passenger aboard the missing flight. Together, Michael and Billy will uncover a plot so audacious it will eclipse even the tragic events of 9/11.

“The Baghdad Conspiracy” deals with the scenario of a fundamentalist terrorist organisation gaining access to chemical weapons. Considered more dangerous than nuclear arms, the chemical agents released by these weapons kill and maim indiscriminately. They are silent, largely airborne and lethal. The geographical area these weapons can affect is larger – by some measure – when compared to the area affected by the explosion of an atomic device.

There may come a time when an attack of the nature depicted in “The Baghdad Conspiracy” occurs – and succeeds. God forbid it ever does.

Author: Klaus Schirmer

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Infixion (Mesmeris Book 2) by K E Coles

‘You miss it, don’t you?’ he said. ‘The excitement – the stuff that gets your blood jumping.’

‘The stuff that gets you dead,’ I said.

Pearl and Spicer have one thing in common. Both have lost loved ones to violent religious sect, Mesmeris. While Pearl moves away to escape her past, Spicer decides to do the opposite. He infiltrates the cult, going deep undercover into their shadowy world of violence, coercion and sacrilegious ceremonies. When the cult relocates to London, Pearl discovers that leaving your past behind is not as easy as she thought.

Author: K E Coles

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Four Seats: Martial Law (Four Seats, Part Two of Six) by Aaron Cooley

“Has the makings of a classic, will surely be on the small screen at some point, and I can’t wait to watch it when it gets there.”
– Jeremy Garelick, Writer-Director of THE WEDDING RINGER

Part Two of the serial conspiracy thriller that will shake America to its core.

One month has passed since the bombing of the Supreme Court that claimed the lives of 124 people, including four of the Justices.

On the hunt for the whereabouts of the fiancée he had thought killed in the blasts, Supreme Court Police officer Jason Lancaster has arrived in Detroit, a lawless wasteland policed by the grunts of a military contractor called Allied Armament Security Consultants. The answers Jason seeks may only be obtainable by somehow getting inside a closed-down hospital guarded by the mercenaries day and night.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, the confirmation hearing of conservative Notre Dame law professor Cecilia Koh has gotten underway. How will former First Lady Rosemarie Irving handle the revelation that Professor Koh is being extorted by one of her students, threatening to reveal to the media that the Professor recently paid for her daughter’s abortion?

Part legal potboiler, part HOUSE OF CARDS dealmaking drama, part 24-esque espionage cliffhanger, FOUR SEATS is an enthralling new entry to the conspiracy thriller tradition.

OTHER REVIEWS:
“Cooley delivers again. A riveting political thriller that is somehow educational and page-turning at the same time. I didn’t know I could care this much about the appointment of judges, but Cooley took me there.”
– Dave Callaham, Screenwriter of GODZILLA and THE EXPENDABLES

“With FOUR SEATS, Aaron Cooley has softly, slyly and deservedly taken his seat beside Parker, Child, DeMille and Grisham and in the process has introduced us to a protagonist with just enough flaw to be honorably relatable and just enough hero to be vastly readable.”
– Patrick MacManus, Writer & Co-Executive Producer,
Netflix’s MARCO POLO

“Cooley writes with knowledge and skill about a shadowy world few truly understand… at times richly emotional, hilarious, and challenging… bears the hard weight of both a political and personal mystery that demands we all ultimately consider where we are, and what comes next.”
– Eric Lodal, Creator/Executive Producer, TNT’s MURDER IN THE FIRST

“Mr. Cooley has crafted a smart, tension-filled thriller reminiscent of John Grisham and Tom Clancy that exudes authenticity and kept me glued to the page. I was thoroughly riveted and found FOUR SEATS nearly impossible to put down.”
– Lee Clay, Producer, NO GOOD DEED and DEMONIC

Author: Aaron Cooley

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Homeless Informant: From Husband to Homeless to Hospitalization: How did one man fall so far so fast? by Rich Seiber

From Husband to Homeless to Hospitalization. How did one man fall so far so fast? “Steve got laid off and he lost his job. Then we lost the house. Then he lost his way,” admitted his wife Penny. From there, things spiraled out of control and God only knows if he can ever get his family back.

Author: Rich Seiber

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Claiming Her (Steamy Firefighter Romance Prequel) by Kristen Kara

Fire did not burn them. They had something like a protection ring. What are they? Weird Cult or what?It took only one mysterious fire to change their lives forever.Chris, the fire chief never wanted his team to see this secret.It turned out to be pure evil. It got stuck in them like a curse.Though Mia hated those dirty looks!Chris wasn’t ready to quit, till he claimed every bit of her body and soul.It wasn’t supposed to happen.But, he made her go off like a volcano.Mia wasn’t sure if that was the reason they met.She is a cop; she wanted to know why the fires spread and became more frequent? No one had a clue.The action squad got pulled into what was now a paranormal investigation.This series is about them, solving the mystery.Who or what is setting these fires, with a lot of danger for these alpha males (and their girls).Important Note: Breathing Taking Paranormal Mystery + HEA (it’s a series, so you might have to read the series to find some answers).

Author: Kristen Kara

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
5 reviews

Family Unbroken (The Delahass Legacy Book 2) by Jacie Middlemann

Ann Delahass has always wanted to visit the place that her ancestor, Jeremy Delahass, had been inspired by when he built Nolbeloir House. She and one of her cousins, David Delahass, have decided to finally make the trip to Espinola in the hope of visiting the old school and learning what they can from it. At the last minute they invite Keegan O’Briaen to join them on their trip. It had never been a secret that Keegan was descended from a man who’d written about Jeremy Delahass during his time in the limelight. What none of them knew was that the two men had known each other long before that. Keegan has questions of his own that need answers and not all of them involve his long gone ancestor. With his help David and Ann begin to find what they’re looking for. But with every answer more questions arise and it doesn’t take long to learn the tragedy that struck to the core of what Jeremy Delahass valued most.As David and Ann look for answers in Espinola they find just how much they didn’t know about Jeremy Delahass. And as they walk through the old building he’d once gone to school at they realize that there is much more to the legacy left behind for them than they ever could have known. Family Unbroken is the second in The Delahass Legacy series that also includes Family, Family Shadows, and Family Always. The Delahass Legacy series tells the story of how one family learns the lessons of what’s important in life and how despite the centuries and generations that pass it remains the same. Family.The Delahass Legacy is a series of books classified by Amazon as short reads and some are a bit longer. The books in this series fall in the two hours and more reading time. If you enjoy sitting down with a novella style book you’ll enjoy The Delahass Legacy series.

Author: Jacie Middlemann

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Twisted Tales – Short Stories Anthology 1: The Wrong Spirit — The Wormhole and Me — My Giant: A Love Story — My Brother’s Entity — My Time Travelling … Mind (Twisted Tale – Short Story Book by C. A. Hewitson

*Strange Stories Boxed Set 2 also available*The Wrong Spirit It’s a mother’s worst nightmare: from birth, there was no bond with my daughter, Amelia. As soon as she was old enough to speak, I discovered why: she insisted I was not her mother. The doctor said it was classic autism, her disinterest with human connection. But I believed we had a problem far more sinister than that: the only thing Amelia was connected to was an eerie, hand-knitted doll, ‘Mandy,’ that we acquired by mistake after Amelia’s birth. That doll, Amelia’s obsession, was the bane of our lives. But it was also the only clue we had to understanding a mix-up so unreal that no one else would ever believe it. *****Wormhole Ronan is an astronaut through and through: everything else in his life comes second. So when he is offered the first ever solo mission to Mars aboard Varlet 6 – even though his wife Sonia is pregnant with their second child – the choice is a no-brainer. But something happens out there, in the depths of space, and when Ronan returns home after a successful mission, he discovers the mysterious film of light he travelled through in space was in fact a wormhole – seventeen years have passed since his departure from Earth, even though he has only been gone eight months. Can Ronan claw himself back into a family that left him behind seventeen years ago?*****My Giant Giants live among us. But not overtly: they live hidden in the shadows of society. I know, because I’m in love with one. I first heard the gentle voice of Penelope Cotton on the other end of a telemarketing call, and from that day forth, I was smitten. Her reluctance to meet only made me curiouser. But I was not prepared for what I saw in the hay fields of her farm the night we first met, and I’ll admit I was a coward and almost blew my chances. Now don’t get me wrong: Penelope may be a giant, but she is beautiful, inside and out. And I soon discovered love knew no bounds. But could I convince Penny to leave not only her family, but the safety of her secret, cocooned life to be with me? And was the world ready to accept Penny’s gigantism so that we could have our happily-ever-after? *****Two Men and His Hat Mandel and Oscar are brothers, but that’s where the similarity ends. Mandel is recklessly confident, and Oscar’s as shy as a kitten. Even when Mandel dies unexpectedly, Oscar cannot find the courage to stand up and say a few words for his eulogy, even though there was plenty he wanted to say about the big brother he idolised. But that’s when Oscar first hears the voice. ‘Get up there and say something about me!’ Mandel growls in his ear at the funeral. But when Oscar turns his head, Mandel’s nowhere to be seen. He’s dead, Oscar reminds himself. Corpses can’t talk. Or can they? *****Mind Traveller Elle Moss has it all – queen bee at Dulcy High and top of her class – what more to life is there? But soon her double life of studying and partying catches up with her, and the school Chaplain, with a twinkle in his eye, insists she participate in a meditation session after she’s caught falling asleep in History. But during the meditation, Elle mysteriously floats back in time to a flooded farm, and saves a young girl swept under by the current. Now, Elle does not need the Chaplain to enforce the meditation – it’s all she thinks about. Where will she be taken next? *****Please check out my free Strange Story, ‘Out of Body,’ by going to www.CAHewitson.com, and joining my newsletter.*****Cover photo courtesy of Petras Gagilas, entitled ‘Strange Man.’https://www.flickr.com/photos/gagilas/5705170935/in/faves-125476168@N05/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcodeFiltered/edited on www.Canva.com

Author: C. A. Hewitson

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Twisted Tales – Short Stories Anthology 2: My Husband’s Amnesia — My Parallel World — My Daughters, My Clones — The Mermaids Hunger — My Sister’s Spirit (Twisted Tale – Short Story Book 12) by C. A. Hewitson

*Strange Stories Boxed Set 1 also available*Coma Hal is, and always will be, the love of my life, even though he no longer remembers me. We met at University and it was love at first sight – he was studying philosophy and was an exciting world away from the stuffy types I was studying biology with. The life we’ve built together, with our two children Janine and Scott, is worth fighting for. But Doctor Nichols, Hal’s psychiatrist, doesn’t want to get my hopes up. ‘It’s been ten years since he came out of the coma,’ he reminds me. ‘It might be healthy for you to move on.’ But I will never give up on him, even if Hal has moved on. Or moved backwards, more accurately, straight back into the arms of Teneille Van Outen, his high school sweetheart. *****Parallel You For Clara, the grass could be so much greener. Sure, she has Dean, but the love died long ago, along with their sex-life. One night, after a lonely mug of champagne, Clara glimpses another version of herself in the mirror. A better version, from a strikingly similar parallel world, Reath, and she is mesmerised. When her parallel self offers to swap places, Clara readily agrees. A portal materialises in the mirror and Clara is transported into her new, exciting world. *****My twin triplets In the year 2063, the chemical fires that had raged from 2042 to 43 had left the air too polluted to procreate naturally. For Ma, the decision had been an easy one, when the scientists came up with a new way to further the human race: she ordered triplets, each the identical genetic twin of her, grown in an artificial womb. The girls – Mary, Patrice and Beth – are breathtaking at thirteen, just as Ma had been. Then, tragedy strikes and Mary suddenly dies. Mary was Ma’s favourite, and Ma feels hard done-by with her remaining two daughters: Patrice – just as pathetic and timid as Ma had been at that age, and Beth: as cold-hearted as Coal, the man Ma had been forced into marrying by her parents when she was only a teenager. *****The BloopWhen a third swimmer disappears in the early hours from Mullaloon Beach, marine biologist Mel Fink is put on beach watch to find the carnivorous sea creature responsible. Mel becomes obsessed with discovering the perpetrator – even more so when the clues seem to point to sea creatures with human-like qualities. Could they be mermaids? Will Mel discover their identity? And at what cost to his own life? *****Waterfall Secrets of the DeadI was too late to save Lucy from the fire. My twin, my best friend, gone, with the mottled red scar on the side of my face from the fire’s flames to remind me of my failure. Which is why I decided to end my own life, by jumping over the precipice of Grace Falls. Down, down, down I went. And the regret hit me, as soon as I’d jumped. I don’t want to die! But I didn’t: A knobbly protrusion in the cliff broke my fall. It was there I discovered the glowing, moss-covered cave, hidden behind the waterfall. I sensed immediately the place was magical – but I did not expect my sister to condensate from the waterfall mist right before my eyes.*****Please check out my website www.CAHewitson.com , and sign up to my newsletter for the free strange story, ‘Out of Body.’*****Cover photo courtesy of rohit gowaikar, entitled ‘I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod, my shadow does that much better – Plutarch. Place – Fort Chavand, Maharashtra, India. This was Rahul standing at the edge of a water cistern and I could see his shadow on the algae filled water. No special effects. No texture. Just a raw converted to jpeg.’https://www.flickr.com/photos/flickrohit/3106971317/in/faves-125476168@N05/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcodeFiltered/edited on www.Canva.com

Author: C. A. Hewitson

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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My Sister’s Spirit: Florrie discovers a porthole to her dead sister, Lucy, when she attempts suicide and fails. (Twisted Tale – Short Story Book 10) by C. A. Hewitson

**Also available in Strange Stories Boxed Set 2**I was too late to save Lucy from the fire. My twin, my best friend, gone, with the mottled red scar on the side of my face from the fire’s flames to remind me of my failure. When people look at me, they look away. I am a reminder of her. Which is why I decided to end my own life, by jumping over the precipice of Grace Falls. Down, down, down I went. And the regret hit me, as soon as I’d jumped. I don’t want to die! But I didn’t: A knobbly protrusion in the cliff broke my fall (as well as my knee cap, but that was a small price to pay for a second chance at life). It was there I discovered the glowing, moss-covered cave, hidden behind the waterfall. I sensed immediately the place was magical – but I did not expect my sister to condensate from the waterfall mist right before my eyes – but I swear to you, that’s what happened! ‘Florrie. I’m here. Don’t be afraid.’ It was only at the cave I could see her, and though the trek was dangerous, she and it became my salvation. But soon Lucy would not be allowed to come anymore – would I be able to face the world again alone, without her? Cover photo courtesy of Mila Gutorova, entitled ‘my lovely sisters.’https://www.flickr.com/photos/milabombila/6147836658/in/faves-125476168@N05/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcodeFiltered/edited on www.Canva.com

Author: C. A. Hewitson

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Voice of Willie Morgan by Tom Winton

You would think Robert Morgan has it made. If you’re into success and wealth, toys and excess, he’d be your hero. Not yet forty, he is by far the youngest CEO in Amalgamated Petroleum’s long illustrious history, and he’s also Big Oil’s go-to-guy. He has a penthouse in Manhattan, a sprawling estate in Westport (complete with helipad), and a six-bedroom summer “cottage” in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Not too shabby for a kid who grew up in a hard-knocks section of Queens, New York.

But lately something has been eating at Robert—something even his wife Paige doesn’t know about—something called truth. For quite some time he’s been publicly denying the ill effects his industry has had on the planet and it’s finally getting to him. But that’s not all that’s weighing on him. He’s also being haunted by the gravelly voice of his rough-around-the-edges, long-dead father. The old man is continually lambasting him for his lies, and it’s driving Robert to the brink of madness.

Author: Tom Winton

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews