These are the identities of Thomas, a Mossad Agent who finds himself on a brutal and secretive journey filled with action, death and intrigue in
author Daniel Eagleton’s novel, The Sweet Oil of Vitriol. Here is the synopsis:
Ever get the feeling the staff want to kill you?
After a government sanctioned hit goes spectacularly wrong, Mossad agent Thomas is blamed for the mission’s failure by his superiors, ousted before completing his very first job. Desperate to prove himself, Thomas accepts an offer from his former handler, Yakov, to assassinate Jacob Okonjo, the head of the African Union. It seems Jacob is allowing certain parties to control Africa’s lucrative diamond trade, and in doing so has made some powerful enemies. But like that Mossad hit-team caught on camera in Dubi a few years back, how is Thomas supposed to terminate such a prominent figure without being caught on CCTV? The answer: to work undercover as a room-service waiter at a top London hotel, where, in a few months’ time, Jacob Okonjo will be staying. It’s the perfect plan. Jacob is to be administered an untraceable poison, and afterwards, even if there is an investigation, a trusted member of staff like Thomas will be above suspicion. That’s the idea, anyway. In the meantime, he’s to suffer month after month of boring, menial employment, serving rich, famous people dinner, when he should be making a name for himself amongst the intelligence community. Because you can bet this never happened to Bond or Bourne. Never had to work for tips, subjugating themselves like some average, everyday citizen…
This story is full of espionage thriller action, brimming with lots of death and destruction as Thomas navigates the world after he’s been stripped
of his government duties. Without a purpose, Thomas flings himself into the world of a mercenary and assassin, determined to prove his worth and
his talents as an agent to not only his former superiors, but to himself. Yet his confidence and his inability to find a healthy relationship could
spell his downfall.
The book was well written, delving into the mind of a man in search of a purpose, and the desperate lengths he will go to to achieve his goals. It’s
filled with deceit, murder and room service as Thomas navigates the complicated world of a hotel worker. The suspense and tension between the characters
in the book was thick enough to cut with a knife, and lent to the story immensely. The characters were the highlight of this fun and entertaining
spy thriller, as you got to see that Thomas, the spy and assassin, isn’t always the one you can’t trust in this story, and everyone has secrets
to hide. You just have to know where to look.
Overall this was a fantastic read. While I’d love to see more of Thomas’s backstory in a future story, I think this was a great introduction into a
new series in the thriller genre, and I hope you guys will go check it out. Filled with suspense, action and a whole lot of mayhem, this is a
series you don’t want to miss as author Daniel Eagleton masterfully brings a unique tale that skirts the lines of spies like Bond and Bourne, but
brings a unique look at the psyche behind that spy. Overall I give The Sweet Oil of Vitriol an 8/10 score, and I hope you guys will go pick up
your copies today!
A brutal murder. A desperate detective. In the middle of a sinister cat and mouse game between a ruthless serial killer and the seasoned detective
desperate to put him away for good, a stalker with an unhealthy view on love may be the only person that can tip the scales in Robert Skuce’s
novel, Kiss of Death. This intense thriller explores the dark depths of humanity and showcases that not everyone in this world is good, and those
that we consider our heroes may end up being the villains of their own story. As a heartbroken father becomes a ruthless vigilante, the detective
must race to find the killer before his best friend becomes the monster he’s already starting to become. First here is the synopsis:
Homicide detective, Bruno Norcross, is called to investigate the brutal murder of a college call girl. This isn’t just any other crime scene.
Bruno has seen this scene before, only the last time, the killer got away leaving Bruno feeling as though his career is incomplete. Nobody
escapes Bruno’s grasp twice and when his nemesis arises again, it’s time to bring him in. A serial killer, only known as the Kiss of Death, is
back, only this time he made a mistake. A witness, like no other, was left behind and this witness knows the victim better than anyone.
Rosie’s stalker, Ashley Truelove knows everything about her, from what she wears to who she sees. The question isn’t can Ashley help Bruno catch
the killer, but will he? With meager and confusing clues, two known victims and time running out, Bruno realizes that the cost of bringing the
murderer to justice will be paid in blood. With the police Sergeant on his back to catch this killer and provide justice for the death of his
daughter, Bruno is racing against time. Kiss of Death only hunts occasionally and time is running out before he vanishes again. Can Bruno find
the evidence to stop him or will he escape his clutches once again?
This story had an incredible plot. A true credit to the author’s handle on the thriller genre, this story takes the readers through twists and
turns galore as they begin to question who they can trust, who the true suspects are and who can really call themselves the hero of this story.
Allies become enemies and suspects become partners as the hunt for this ruthless serial killer will take the reader into the minds of both the
delusional yet crafty killer and the respected detective who desperately wants to avenge the death of his friend’s daughter and prevent more lives
from being lost.
Now, I will say that if I were to have any critiques for this story, it would be the editing. I do feel that this story could have been improved
if an editor had been able to catch the grammatical errors in this story. While the errors didn’t deter me in my enjoyment of the story at all,
I will say that it was noticeable and with this writer’s powerful storytelling power I’d love to see a keener eye help clean up the grammar to make
this story shine even brighter. However the character development was great in this story, as each character was very human in that they suffered
from various flaws and showcased how darkness can reside in the best of us, and how we all have the power to overcome that darkness if we so choose.
Overall this was a fun read that I highly recommend for any psychological thriller fans out there. It’s a classic noir detective book with a 21st
century technological spin as the hunt for the Kiss of Death begins. Be sure to pick up your copies of Kiss of Death by Robert Skuce today!
A one night stand turns into a nightmare as the lives of several people get ensnared in a deadly missing person’s case in the upcoming thriller, The Girl At The Bar!
I was given this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
A psychological thriller. More twists and turns than a country road. Gripping characters.
These are just a few ways to describe the thriller The Girl At The Bar by Nicholas Nash. Here’s the synopsis:
Rebecca, a brilliant cancer researcher, disappears after a one-night stand with a neurotic man with a questionable past.
Her sudden disappearance in the midst of a high-stakes quest to cure cancer between two rival billionaires sets into motion an inexplicable chain of events as the bodies start to pile up.
No one knows why she disappeared. The race to find answers ensnares everyone around her, one of whom is a deeply disturbed psychopath lurking in the shadows.
Is Rebecca still alive? What happened to her? Who did it? And why? Questions about her vex everyone looking for answers. No one can be trusted and no one is above suspicion…
There were some great plot points explored in this novel. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the author tackle a character that nearly fell into the overly used plot of having a mental disorder that caused them to be violent, but instead this book did an excellent job of showcasing a character who suffered with a mental illness and yet continued to strive forward and fight the preconceived notions of what living with mental illness means, and showed that the character was flawed yet human.
I also thought it was interesting to explore the world of cancer research in such an in-depth way. I must admit I had little to no knowledge of cancer research, and yet I feel way more informed than I did going into the book. The author did a great job of capturing the emotions that went into the scientific exploration of this viscous disease, as well as the emotional toll of battles lost to the disease.
The plot was strong indeed, as were the vast variety of different characters involved in the plot, from the police investigating the crime to the suspects of the kidnapping to the innocents caught in the crossfire. While I will note this: in the spirit of honesty, there were a couple of grammatical errors that were noticeable throughout the book. However they were so minor and spread far apart from one another in the entirety of the book, that it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book at all, and I don’t think it will for you guys either.
Overall, this was a fantastic thriller that everyone should read. The book does a great job of exploring the notion that humanity in general is flawed, and yet being flawed doesn’t make a person evil. The villain of this story can even be attributed to both the antagonist and the main plot point: cancer itself. Once you learn the origins of this villain, you will see how closely their rise to villainy resembles the mutation of cancer, making this a deep emotional and psychological study of both diseases: cancer and evil. This is a must read novel, so be sure to get your copies of Nicholas Nash’s The Girl At The Bar on February 1st, 2017. I give this book a 8/10 star rating, and hope you guys will read it for yourselves!
Where The Dead Ones Play: A Supernatural Horror by Kyle M. Scott Book Review
Reviewers Note: “I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.”
Let me start off by saying this: this was one of the best written horror thrillers I’ve read this year. This story took so many twists that by the end of the story I was left breathless. Here is the synopsis for Kyle M. Scott’s “Where The Dead Ones Play: A Supernatural Horror”:
Matt Shaw Presents Kyle M Scott’s “Where The Dead Ones Play” PLEASE NOTE: This title is a re-release of “Protection”. Please do not purchase if you have already read “Protection” – unless, of course, you want to!
Lilith Sinclair has disappeared.
Two days have passed since pretty nine year old, Lilith, vanished without a trace, shaking the once peaceful seaside town of Arlington, Oregon, to its very core. The locals are scared, the community fears the worst, and a terrible dread has nestled in the hearts of the town’s mothers and fathers .
The parents are terrified that their child could be next.
James Kember is one such parent. An author of horror fiction, James is no stranger to the macabre, but when strange messages begin appearing around his home that seem to target his beloved son, Eddie, he begins to understand true fear.
Someone, or something, is coming for his boy. It wants to take his only child down into the darkness. Now, to protect little Eddie, James will have to embrace a darkness that is all his own.
For the others are waiting, where the dead ones play.
Includes introduction from Matt Shaw – author of Sick B*stards and the sick mind behind the infamous Black Cover books
What starts as a thriller looking into the disappearance of a young child quickly becomes a dark road filled with chilling strangers who pose a threat to James Kember and his son. The horrors from both outside forces and from within are felt strongly in this story, and getting to read the story from the protagonist’s perspective made this such an emotional roller-coaster. The character development of James Kember was one of the most invested parts of this story, and throughout the story you learn that no one in this town may be what they seem, and the truth behind this child’s abduction is more complicated than anything anyone can imagine.
The story is a short but fun read, and I absolutely loved the twist ending that I didn’t see coming. The imagery used by the protagonist in this story is haunting yet beautiful, and the setting for the story felt so real that you could picture yourself walking through the town itself, speaking with the residents and feeling the tense atmosphere the missing girl’s case has spread throughout the town. This is a must read horror story, and I highly recommend you guys get your copies of this story now if you haven’t already. Be sure to pick up your copies of Where The Dead Ones Play by Kyle M. Scott today!
Interview with Michael K. Foster, Author of “Satan’s Beckoning”
you so much for taking the time to talk with us today. I want to congratulate
you on the release of Satan’s Beckoning.
Thank you, Antony. It’s a pleasure to meet up with you.
tell the reader’s out there where Satan’s Beckoning picks up in the DCI Mason
and David Carlisle series. How much time has passed since the events of the
first book, The Wharf Butcher, and what has changed for both DCI Mason and
David Carlisle since that first book?
Book 2 in the series opens with
a late night fatal road traffic accident, in the middle of January 2013. Barely
six weeks into his new role with the Northumbria Police Serious Crime Squad, Jack
Mason is sent to investigate. With the dust barely settled on the Wharf Butcher
case, the Detective Chief Inspector is out to impress. On his arrival at the
crash scene, all is not what it appears to be and he is soon faced with a
vicious murder investigation.
When criminal profiler David
Carlisle is drafted in to assist, he is faced with the killer’s wrath. Within
the seemingly dark vaults of the police missing persons files lay untold
dangers. Young women are easy pickings for a serial killer who believes God has
sent him to rid the world of an overindulgent appetite for greed.
What was the process like returning to this
series? Did you find it easy to pick up from where The Wharf Butcher left off
or is it more of a challenge to revisit a series that you spent so much time
The plot idea for Satan’s
Beckoning came as a result of watching a late night TV chat show. At the
time, the host was interviewing a well-known celebrity who was going through a major
divorce settlement. He was 75 and she was 26, and boy did they look an odd
couple. What intrigued me more than anything else about this case was the money
settlement his wife’s lawyers were seeking. They’d only been married two years,
and she was asking for millions. Not only that, she was desperate to enhance
her own career by exposing her aging husband’s nasty little secrets in an
autobiography she’d supposedly written.
this is where the writer in me takes over. Blackmail, greed, jealousy, hate,
they are all in there. Suddenly ideas for book 2 were swimming around in my
head – so why not throw another serial killer into the mix? If nothing else it
seemed the perfect challenge for the
two central characters, David Carlisle and DCI Mason.
Without revealing any plot details, what would
you say is the biggest difference between The Wharf Butcher and the killer in
Satan’s Beckoning? What makes this case a challenge for David Carlisle and DCI
created the Wharf Butcher, creating another narcissistic monster was a big
challenge this time. I guess the big difference between the two serial killers
is the not knowing who the killer is in Satan’s Beckoning. In trying to shed
some light on the serial killer myths, I decided that this book would feature
heavily on the mind games. Serial killers by their very nature are manipulative
interspecies predators who have the striking ability to deceive. Many believe they
even own their victims, and treat them as personal possessions. These people
are sensation seekers, and unnerving callous individuals who are prone to
violate the rules of society.
question I often ask myself is why are so many readers, including myself,
fascinated by serial killers? With this in mind, there is little wonder that
David Carlisle would feature heavily in Satan’s Beckoning. The difficulty was
how to fit Jack Mason into the storyline. I’d always wanted to write a crime
thriller series, but always felt the need to write something different from the
standard British police procedurals. I hope I have succeeded!
When writing, what drove you more when writing
this series: the character development or the plot?
The beauty of writing a series is that
the central characters are already developed, which allows me more time to
concentrate on the plot. By the very nature of the title – Satan’s Beckoning –this
was always going to be a dark psychological thriller, a game of cat and mouse
between the criminal profiler and a serial killer. Writing suspense into a
novel can be a very tricky challenge, writing continual suspense even harder.
You have to work on it, and the plot development for this book took two years
How important would you say the setting was in
really important in a novel, and it doesn’t matter where you live just as long
as the writer can take you to that place in their story. A few years ago I met up
with Ian Rankin in the old Oxford Pub, in Young Street, Edinburgh. The master
of crime fiction who has sold millions of books, Ian’s advice to me was that a
strong sense of place is very important in every good crime novel. I’m glad I
took his advice.
What was the process like researching for this
book series? What was the most fascinating thing you learned when researching
crime investigations by the police?
In trying to understand the innermost workings of a serial
killers mind, I spent endless hours on research and talking to senior police
officers, SOCOs, prison officers and people who have had dealings with these
people. Serial killers are not everyday people, but there are still plenty of
bad guys out there who wouldn’t think twice about tearing you apart. I’m lucky
I suppose, having worked six years in the British Law Courts as a Magistrate, I
regularly came face to face with the real criminals – a priceless experience as
a crime writer.
Shifting gears to the marketing side of your
book release, what would you say has changed in terms of your book launch for
The Wharf Butcher and now Satan’s Beckoning?
Twelve months on from my first book launch, and I have built up a small
following of readers. It has certainly made the difference, and through social media
networking, I have seen that interest slowly grow.
the experience been like meeting readers and doing signings with book stores?
Book signing is an exciting
opportunity to have face-to-face discussions with your readers. Not only that, you have the chance to inspire and connect with
your readers. This, I feel, gives me a great opportunity to better understand my
target audience in a much deeper way than any other market research
or online communication.
In truth, I sell far more paperback books than anything else, so these
events are very important to me. Besides, talking
with potential readers leaves an impact unmatched by all other forms of
marketing, making your audience more likely to read your book and support your
this age of social media, what would you say has been the best social media sites
to promote your book, and why do you think that is?
From my own experience, and the experience of many
authors, bloggers, and top reviewers alike, Goodreads can be a great launch platform
to promote your work. How much weight the review holds for an author, depends
greatly on the publication and how much the reader trusts the reviewer’s
judgment. That said Goodreads
isn’t a platform to sell books directly. If you do try to do that, you will
simply be pushed out. Like many other platforms, genuine engagement is required
to get the most from it.
That said, Goodreads does offer authors the opportunity
to promote their books through giveaways and advertising, both of which can
help you get reviews on your books and spread the word about.
does the future of the DCI Mason and David Carlisle look like? Are there any
other book projects on the horizon?
I’m currently working on book 3 in the series. Still no firm title yet, but I hope to
have it ready for release by autumn 2017. The plot has been a nightmare to get
right, and has taken two years to research. It can be hard going at times, but
I’m really pleased with the way things are shaping up. No spoilers here, but
this one’s a real spine-chiller and not for the faint-hearted. All will be revealed
in the due course of time, but if you think you’re safe – think again!
you again so much for talking with us today.
Thank you for inviting me, Anthony. It’s been a
pleasure talking to you today.
you have any websites or news you’d like to share with our audience?
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity in return for a fair and honest review. Many thanks!
The never-ending work of DCI Mason and David Carlisle continues in the explosive sequel to Michael K. Foster’s The Wharf Butcher, titled “Satan’s Beckoning”. Filled with an even darker murder plot and shifting perspectives that keep the action and investigation of the plot moving forward at an even pace, this was a fantastic sequel that builds upon the success of the first book and takes giant strides forward.
The Synopsis: The DCI Mason & David Carlisle Series: Book 2
When a fatal road crash turns out to be murder, JACK MASON is sent to investigate. Within the seemingly dark vaults of the police missing persons files, lay untold dangers. Young women are easy pickings for a serial killer who believes God has sent him to rid the world of an overindulgent appetite for greed. When criminal profiler DAVID CARLISLE is drafted in to assist, Carlisle is met by the killers wrath.
Delving into an even darker mind that uses religion to fuel his anger and devilish desires, this killer does something different that The Wharf Butcher did: he gets into David Carlisle’s mind. The cat and mouse game the two play while the police hunt for the killer is mesmerizing to read, and the mystery behind the killer’s identity will take the investigation into many different directions. Getting to see the investigation from so many different views, from the bullish, physical take no prisoners approach of DCI Jack Mason to the analytical, psychological approach of David Carlisle to the demented mind of the killer as he stalks his prey makes this a fantastic thriller that no one wants to miss out on.
Overall, this was a phenomenal read and actually manages to build upon the success of The Wharf Butcher with an even more thrilling and action packed story that will lead readers into a climatic battle of wits between the killer and the investigators. Being a US blogger, I really enjoy these books because it’s great to see the different approach to police investigations that this UK-based novel takes, and the setting plays a huge part of the plot. The characters are well developed and given more insight after the first book, and this plot makes this one of my favorite thrillers of 2016. Be sure to pick up your copies of Satan’s Beckoning by Michael K. Foster on October 20th, 2016!
Dead by Morning (Ritual of the Night #1) by Kayla Krantz
Death wears a beautiful face in the spine-chilling thriller Dead by Morning, the first in the Ritual of the Night series written by author Kayla Krantz. Here is the synopsis:
Obsession is deadly. No one learns that better than Luna Ketz, a pessimistic high school senior. She wishes more than anything to graduate but things don’t always go as planned. Luna quickly finds herself trapped in a web of lies and murders, spun by the least suspected person in her hometown. It’s not long before she realizes she’s being targeted by the person she despises most in the world. When Luna figures out who is behind the killings, things make a turn for the bizarre when she is contacted by a friend she has not heard from in years. It is then Luna realizes she is very much in danger, but although she can avoid the killer in reality, she cannot avoid him in her dreams.
There’s something about nightmare killers that is especially troubling. Like a Nightmare on Elm Street before it, Dead by Morning plays on the fear that a lot of people have, and that is that our dreams will somehow follow us into our waking world. The book was well written and progressed at a steady pace. The characters and the events of the book were quite shocking, and watching main character Luna struggle with what might be the worst parents in the world, students and friends who have fallen under a killer’s charming facade, and a killer who’s obsession begins to tear her world apart was both intriguing and heart-pounding to read.
Overall, Dead by Morning was a fantastic read and a great start to an amazing series that promises a wealth of world-building mystery. The interactions between Luna and the killer throughout the book are chilling to read and I think both teenagers struggling through high school and adults who enjoy a good mystery and horror story will enjoy this novel. Everyone should pick up a copy of Dead by Morning by Kayla Krantz today!