So when you spend most of your time reading and reviewing books you find that there are very few truly original feeling stories these days. Most authors take an idea that’s been done and put their spin on it. This is simply how it goes these days. As they say, its all been done before. Except perhaps it hasn’t. With Inhuman Acts by Brooke L. French you will not experience this issue. Was all that set up necessary for me to tell you that Inhuman Acts is an original story worth picking up? Damn right it was, allow me to explain.
So when you read the back cover of this delightful book the first thing you may think is, with zoonotic diseases creeping in to humans are we dealing with some kind of zombie novel? Or perhaps, is this concept hitting a bit too close to home with the virus scares of the last few years? Well to answer the first question, no we’re not dealing with zombies here, we’re dealing with living people affected by rabies! Which is highly unlikely to happen in real life. And if you are worried about this book bringing up reminders of COVID, I wouldn’t worry much, the infected animals and people in this book are not experiencing any similar. You can still get that delightful reading escapism from this fantastic novel.
Now that I have covered that lets cover a couple other things. So characters, how do they feel? They feel real. Their personalities, jobs, internal conflicts, its all real. While we may not all be cops or ecological scientists, but the characters are written in a way that we can certainly understand the issues they are going through in this story. The story itself? Fantastic, and a must read. A curious thriller with just enough description to make you cringe and shiver but not be able to put the book down!
Pick up Inhuman Acts by Brooke L. French, and tell your friends to do the same!
Shadow of the Mole by Bob Van Laerhoven is another exciting novel by a skilled writer. Taking place in France in 1916 during some of the bloodiest fighting of the first world war a group of soldiers find a man claiming to have no memory in an abandoned mineshaft. They soon refer to him as The Mole and a curious collection of questions arises. Why does he have no memory? Why does he think himself dead? Where did he come from? Why is he so close to the field of battle? Of course, as usual, I will not ruin the story by answering any of these questions for you. Go read the book, but it is exciting to see how each of the characters, including the Mole, are displayed.
I was not entirely sure how I was going to like this novel, I usually avoid stories involving real wars, as I are a bit on the sensitive side, however, having read a book by Bob Van Laerhoven I decided I would do myself a discredit if I did not read it. And even more luckily, they offered me an audiobook. This allowed me to not only enjoy the story but also experience and amazing narrator which honestly helped me understand many of the French words this book has, and it has a lot of them, on a level that I probably would not have grasped if I was just reading it myself.
The Shadow of the Mole is a must read, or listen, for anyone looking for an exciting war time thriller.
You can check out Bob Van Laerhoven’s twitter here!
And my previous review of Bob Van Laerhoven’s work here .
Corrigendum: A Dr. Sean Nolan Mystery by E W Johnson M D is the latest in a series of books that I have picked up to read. Corrigendum follows Dr. Sean Nolan as he attempts to deal with a mystery arising from the death of a teenage girl who has signs of severe abuse. This naturally unravels in to a complicated web of human trafficking that has its claws dug deep even in to the highest position of society. Dr. Nolan and his friends seem to be up against hopeless odds.
Now I know what you may be thinking. This is part of a series! Why would I read this one before picking up the others? While I certainly suggest always reading a series you think you may enjoy, and not only because it supports the author but to get a good feel for the adventures of the characters. However, with Corrigendum by E W Johnson M D you can simply dive in with this book if for some reason you do not desire picking up the previous ones. Johnson gives you plenty of information on Dr. Nolan’s previous adventures and his relationships with his friends and family that you do not have to break the bank on the entire serious, though I would suggest you do.
I suggest Corrigendum to anyone who enjoys a thrilling mystery story!
The Bones of Amoret is an exciting thriller by Arthur Herbert. The story follows a west Texan doctor in the early 80s as he tries to deal with being tied to a crime that could not only ruin his own life but the lives of his family and the desperate Mexicans he helps cross the border. These exciting conflicts, as well as others, make this book a real page-turner.
The Bones of Amoret by Aurthur Herbert is foremost a murder mystery. When a well-known figure in town goes missing and evidence aims toward a local doctor, the man goes as far as possible to prove that he had nothing to do with the man’s assumed murder. This, of course, leads to an exciting culmination that leads to an ending that honestly left me a bit surprised. Up until the twist, I expected the culprit to be someone entirely different. This excited me even more because there are very few books I cannot guess the ending to these days. It happens when you read often.
Alongside the exciting and shocking well-written tale, the story is exciting throughout the entire telling. Given to us from the point of view of the main character who lived through the whole ordeal as he shares it with someone. As such we get a wonderful internal dialogue about the whole ordeal giving The Bones of Amoret the last kick it needs to be one of the most exciting books I have read this year.
I strongly suggest The Bones of Amoret to anyone who is looking for an exciting mystery with a great twist ending.