Tag Archives: Thriller

Beloved Enemy – Eric Van Lustbader 

This is the third book in Eric Van Lustbader’s Jack McClure series. Narrated by Peter Berkrot, this performer does a great job with the voices of all the characters and their many accents. Peter is really the strength of this audiobook. I started this series and really enjoyed the first two books. They involved the Presidents Daughter and her interaction with Jack McClure. Circumstances have come to pass since the previous book that has put Jack on the run. The government thinks he has murdered the Secretary of Homeland Security Dennis Paul and are trying to kill him. Enemies from the previous two books are looking for revenge and his love Annika Demertieva may once again lead to his downfall. Jack is looking for the real killer as he is himself the hunted.
Several story lines converge in this book that involve issues and characters from the first two books. There is a lot of action but the story did not grab me or keep me interested. It’s almost a where are they now filler book for what I hope is a better 4th book. 

Before He Kills Again – R. Barri Flowers

Before He Kills Again is a Veronica Vasquez Thriller Narrated by Jane Boyer and written by International Best-Selling Author R. Barri Flowers. In honesty this is the first book I have read or listened to and I was not disapointed. Being from Oregon myself reading a story that takes place in Portland, as well as the coast and other cities I know well it was a bit of home for this reviewer.         Veronica Vasquez is a FBI psychologist and criminal profiler who comes home to Oregon to assist the Portland Police Bureau is catching a serial killer named “The Rose Killer” which is quaint since Portland is the Rose City. This killer kills in pairs one Black and one White female victim and leaves a rose one black and one white on each. 

Detective Sergeant, and former FBI Agent, Bryan Waldicott is not sure he wants the FBI’s help. Veronica must prove herself a team player and win over the Portland Detectives. After loosing her husband three years ago she has hidden in her work and worked mostly alone tracking the worst criminals the FBI knows about. This trip to Portland is the first time it isn’t work only. Her astranged sister lives in Portland and so the story involves an attempt of reconnecting along with a dangerous pursuit of the Rose Killer.

This audiobook was well done and well written. I was intrigued and suprised with the twists and turns. There is some adult sexual material and a love story intertwined in this horrific murder rampage but overall I was suprised and am excited to read another Vasquez Thriller.

This book was gifted to me for an honest review.


Advocate’s Felony – Teresa Burrell

This latest book in Teresa Burrell’s Advocate’s series is narrated by John Bell. Her heroin Attorney  Sabre Brown receives a call from her brother who has been in Witness Protection for the last 7 years. He believes someone knows where he is and that they are trying to kill him. Apparently he has been moved around the country from place to place trying to stay safe and hidden. After the latest incident he is on the run. He doesn’t trust those protecting him any longer. So Sabre has to juggle her defence of children in juvenile court as well as find and protect her brother. Since no one can know where he is, including Sabre, she must use her Nancy Drew like Skills and her trusty Private Investigator J.P. to find where her brother Ron is hiding. Unfortunatly She is not the only person looking for Ron. Apparently every where he has been moved people connected to his case have been found murdered. Some in law enforcement believe Ron is the killer, Sabre must save her brother and prove his innocence without getting killed herself. This is by far the most thrilleresque book in the series. All the books have been great mysteries with danger and intrigue but this one takes Sabre and crew to a new level. I enjoyed listening to this book and narrator John Bell did a good job telling the stories. This is the first time a Male narrator has been used in this series, and maybe that did raise the level of intrigue in the listening, but I have to say I prefer hearing a female voice narrating this series. Overall the author was kept me interested in the characters and I am ready for the next book where there might be a little romance in store for Sabre Brown. I will have to wait and see.

This book was given to me as a gift for an honest review all six of Teresa Burrell’s Advocate’s series are available at Audible.com and reviews are available at PerryMartinBookReviews.Wordpress.com 


Fire and Ice – Dana Stabenow

This is the First of the Alaska Trooper Liam Campbell novels. Narrated by Marguerite Gavin. Marguerite is a great narrator and brings all of the many characters to life.

Once Trooper Campbell arrives at his new posting someone dies. In the first three days there are many activities and shootings that take his attention. This story lays the groundwork and background for many characters including the town and villages of Liam’s new posting.

As Liam solves the murder and works to gain the trust of the people at his new posting his personal life becomes Intwined with his investigations. This audiobook is a great first book in what I think will be an even better series.

I purchased this book for my own interest, this review is my own.

The Escape – David Baldacci

Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy narrate this third book involving David Baldacci’s character John Puller. They do a great job expressing all of the character voices throughout this audiobook.

John Puller’s Brother Robert is in a military jail for spying. John as well as his Army General Father believe Robert is guilty. When Robert escapes and leaves dead guards behind the Army goes against all protocol and brings John in to search for his brother.

The more John looks into his brothers escape the more questions arise. Questions about the facts of Roberts original conviction and who was behind his escape.

This thriller/mystery keeps the listener asking questions until the very end.  This is a great series and I can’t wait for the next one. 

I purchased this audiobook from Audible for my own pleasure.


Think of a Number – John Verdon

This is the first book in the Dave Gurney Series. This audiobook is narrated by Scott Brick. Scott also did the second book in this series Shut Your Eyes Tight. 

John Verdon is a once in a lifetime author. He has no law enforcement background but writes like a retired cop, much like his main character Dave Gurney. Dave is A retired NYPD Detective and is asked to look at a case.

This is the first time we meet Dave and his wife and son. His (what I call) Anti-Partner Jack Hargrove and his need to solve puzzles. Dave puts his whole heart into this case and even risks his own life to answer questions and close the case tight.

This is a book of substance but keeps you listening through the very end. This book does not have slow areas as each chapter you learn along with Dave what is happening. This is a great book and series. I am sold and a big fan.

I bought this book for my own pleasure and review purposes.


Let the Devil Sleep – John Verdon

John Verdone has written four of the best police detective novels ever. Called the Gurney Detective novels this is the third of four books written so far. All books are available on Audible.com. 

This audiobook as well as the fourth  book “Peter Pan Must Die” are narrated by Robert Fass. Robert is now one of my favorite narrators. His ability to create unique characters is far above others in his field. As a listener you are drawn into the world the author has created. Each character comes alive and in the case of Retired Detective Dave Gurney, with a soul.

When a young women’s mother asks Dave to consult on a TV idea for her daughter he is confronted with a 10 year old cold case. Six people were killed by the Good Shepard and he was never caught. The more Gurney learns the more questions he asks.

This fast passed thriller take the listener into the mind of a killer, the media, and maybe a little of us all. The race to solve this cold case is a fast one. Dave Gurney makes himself the target and dares the killer to come get him. The final showdown will keep you riveted and wanting more.

I rate this a 5 star book and a #1 Crime Thriller. The Audio Narration is second to none and Robert Fass shows again why he is one of the best.

The publisher Dreamscape Media provide me a copy of this Audiobook for an honest review