Book Review: Find Virgil by Frank Freudberg

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Find Virgil by Frank Freudberg

Published November 2013

Pages: 356

Genre: Thriller

Goodreads Synopsis: Second-hand smoke gave Martin Muntor lung cancer … and he’s mad. Very mad. And he’s going to do something about it. 

It’s 1995, and the tobacco industry thinks it’s invincible. But is it? Muntor devises an ingenious strategy to put Big Tobacco out of business, and he doesn’t care how many people he has to take with him in order to do it.

Down-on-his-luck cigarette company investigator Tommy Rhoads has other ideas, though. Both Muntor and Rhoads are smart, resourceful, and motivated — and neither one has anything to lose. They’re full speed ahead and on a collision course to a showdown you won’t forget. 

Read Find Virgil now, and go along for the wild ride.

My Review: Find Virgil is a story of revenge. Muntor is going to make the tobacco companies suffer because he was diagnosed with lung cancer strictly from inhaling secondhand smoke.  

For me, this book had moments where I was interested and hooked, and it had moments where it felt dry and hard to get through. Some parts felt a little too technical and hard to stick with. I enjoyed the intense Virgil scenes. I like the action and the revenge.

I enjoyed the character of Muntor. His suffering, desire for revenge, and  illness leaped from the pages and felt genuine. The character depth was apparent. However, I felt the other characters of the book, excluding TR, lacked depth. I unfortunately didn’t feel anything from those characters.

 I did thoroughly enjoy the ending of the book. Part Three of the book exploded with intensity. I was looking forward to that feeling throughout the book and when it finally arrived, it was incredible! It was a great ending. A true thriller ending. Grand Finale indeed!

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3/5 Blades to Find Virgil by Frank Freudberg

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Brigands Key by Ken Pelham

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Brigands Key by Ken Pelham

Published August 8th 2012 

Pages: 373

Synopsis: Carson Grant discovers a body in a cave at the bottom of the sea. This impossible ageless body has the medical examiner bewildered. Inhabitants of Brigands Key are all becoming sick. Some have died from the sickness and it’s spreading like wildfire. As if the ME wasn’t busy enough, the body count in the morgue is growing because there is also a murderer on the loose. The CDC order that the island of Brigands Key be quarantined. Except a monster hurricane, category five, is heading straight for the island! No one can escape and the hurricane will drown the entirety of Brigands Key.

My Thoughts: Brigands Key is filled with action, mystery, and suspense. The intensity builds and builds, and just when you think it can’t possibly get any more intense, it does! But, don’t turn away, because it is done the right way. This is a true thriller – My heart was beating frantically throughout the entire book. 

I really enjoyed this story. The sequence of events, the rapport between the characters, the adventure, the science, the settings, and the conclusion. I love all things nautical, so the setting was really fun for me. The way Pelham writes is incredible as well. His words jumped from the pages and really gave life to the story.

I loved this book and I highly recommend it! I cannot wait to read more from Ken Pelham. 

My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars.

The Clearing by Dan Newman

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The Clearing by Dan Newman

Published: October 29th 2013 by Exhibit A

Pages: 312

Summary: Ever have a traumatic experience as a child? Nate has and it’s the nightmare that has stuck with him. In 1976, four boys walked in to the jungle and only three walked out. Thirty years later, the truth is finally coming out. 

My Thoughts: This is not a book you want to miss out on! You’ll be hooked from the very first line! 

The moment you start reading, you are right there with those boys in the jungle and it is intense. It’s quite an intriguing story and that alone will hook you. I certainly was hooked and so eager to learn how this would play out. 

The characters feel so genuine! They feel like people more than characters. I liked Nate the best and was glad the story followed him.

This book will keep you guessing! The majority of this book, I couldn’t figure out where it was going. I thought it was this, and then that, and then I would be completely thrown. It was such a joyous ride. Towards the end, there is one little clue that gave it away. Don’t fret though, it doesn’t take away from the intrigue!

I don’t want to say much because I don’t want to chance spoiling anything. I recommend to fans of thriller and mystery genres! It certainly has made my Top 10 Best Books of 2013, which I’ll post at the end of December. Read this book, you will not be sorry!

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Published: July 20 2004 by Doubleday

Pages: 288

Summary: Dexter Morgan works as a blood splatter analyst by day and  serial killer by night! He has one rule and that is “he only kills bad people.” Dismembered body parts start to appear around Miami. Dexter visits the crime scene and discovers no blood and the body parts  wrapped in plastic. This is Dexter’s M.O. Dexter begins to feel that the killer is reaching out to him, like he’s trying to get Dexter to come out and play. 

My Thoughts: My cousin told me I should watch Dexter the television show – “It’s the best show in the world. You’ll love it!”. I looked up the television show and found out it was based off a series of books by Jeff Lindsay and I just had to read them! After I finish reading the series, I plan to watch the show. 

The whole idea of this book is amazing. You have Dexter, who works for the police, analyzing blood splatter, and then going out after work and killing the bad people. It’s so amazing and it’s really done right! Execution is truly amazing. I feel like it was an incredible start to the series and I hope the rest of them hold up as this one has. 

Loved the characters! I love how complex Dexter is. I love to hate Detective LaGuerta. Characters are so great.

I’m glad I started with the first in this series and didn’t jump to the 7th that is being released soon. This book gives a crucial back story for Dexter and if you’re considering reading this series, I suggest you start from the first. 

It’s a really great book. There are twists and it’s quite gripping! Also, serial killers, gore, mystery, crime, all of my favorite things!

I would suggest this to any crime/mystery lover. Anyone who loves the TV series, now that it was ended, it’s a perfect time to pick up the book series! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Goodreads Rating: 5/5.

Up Next: Either Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay or The Clearing by Dan Newman.  

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake.

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Antigoddess by Kendare Blake 

Published: September 10, 2013 by Tor Teen

Pages: 333

Summary: “Old Gods never die… Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god. 

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning. 

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out. 

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.”

My Thoughts: Kendare Blake has done it again! I have been a fan of Kendare since 2011 when I read Anna Dressed in Blood. She is amazingly talented and she’s one of my favorite authors. I have yet to meet her, but when I tweet her, she always tweets back. When I heard about Antigoddess, I was so excited. I absolutely love everything she writes and I definitely was not disappointed.

First I want to talk about the plot. I usually write the “Summary” section of my reviews myself, but I just couldn’t do this one justice, so the summary is from the book jacket. The summary is so enticing! As soon as I read that summary, I knew I had to read it and I’m glad I did because it does not disappoint. There’s adventure, there’s a little romance, there’s suspense and gore. I loved this story!

There’s one thing that I love about Kendare’s writing that may seem odd to some. The following is a line from Antigoddess: “A human mouth that opened to reveal a second set of mandibles.” She uses technical terms! I love anatomy and refer to my bones with their proper names. My family hates it and never understands what I’m talking about. I just love that Kendare does that in her writing. Also, that line is a great example to show  how chilling the writing is! I love it! 

There is a reason I don’t normally read a book in a series until the entire series has been released, because if it’s a really great series I don’t want to have to wait a year for the next. With Antigoddess, I just couldn’t wait and now I’m sad because I have to wait a year for the next one!  It’s going to be the longest year of my life!

As you can see, there’s not one bad thing I can say about this book. I loved everything about this and I recommend everyone read this book. It’s Thriller done right! I could not put it down, and when I did have to put it down, for eating and sleeping, etc, I was cranky about it. 

Goodreads Rating: 5/5.

Up Next: I don’t know, but I will keep you updated. I’m currently suffering from a Book Hangover. 

The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison

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The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Published: June 25, 2013 by Penguin Books

Pages: 326

Summary: Todd and Jodi are at a bad place in their marriage. Todd is a committed cheater and Jodi is in denial. Todd decides to make cheating his lifestyle forcing Jodi to take action. 

My Thoughts: This book has been compared to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and it should not have been. As readers, we know that the book is always better than the movie adaption, so let us think of Gone Girl as the book and The Silent Wife as the movie. Gone Girl had you guessing till the very end and The Silent Wife told you everything and left nothing to be revealed. Definitely not a good comparison, in my opinion.

I found this book to be boring and predictable. It was an easy quick read, but it lacked a good story line. The story is told in alternating voices, switching between her and him. I feel like you were just reading each of their diaries. It was very plain and not interesting. 

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

There is a death in the book and it was written as if it were neither important nor significant. 

When you decide to read a thriller, you expect to feel a range of emotions, almost like riding the emotional roller coaster. With this book, that is not the case. It’s very bland and not exciting.

*END SPOILERS*

Maybe I was expecting too much going in? The Silent Wife being compared to Gone Girl is terrible and I think you should disregard that comparison. Unfortunately I did not like this book and I do not recommend it. 

My Goodreads Rating: 2/5. 

Up Next: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake. 

Scare Me by Richard Parker

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Scare Me by Richard Jay Parker

Published: April 2013 by Exhibit A

Pages: 368

Summary: When did you last Google yourself? Will and Carla Frost are asleep in bed, eager to awake within a few hours to pick up their daughter and her boyfriend who are returning from their vacation. Will is awoken when his cell phone starts to ring at 3AM. The call came through on his personal cell phone, which only Carla and his daughter, Libby use, he answers it expecting Libby, but instead a voice asks, “when did you last google yourself, Mr. Frost?”. Will then proceeds to google himself and he finds a website by his name. On that website, he finds photos of the inside of his home, along with photos of houses he’s never seen before. The first strange house contains photos of the interior, but also a gruesome murder. Will is then told that his family is in danger and the only way to save them is to visit each of the houses in person, before the police discover what has happened there. Seven houses. Seven gruesome murders. Seven chances to save his family. 

My Thoughts: 

This is a very well developed mystery thriller. I loved the story line. The moment when Will received the anonymous call at 3AM, I was absolutely hooked! I honestly struggled to put this down. I wanted to keep reading to see how everything was going to play out. 

Along with the story line, another thing that I really loved were the characters. I felt that they were very nicely done. Parker captured the emotions, reactions, and mannerisms of each character perfectly. I am certain that everything that Carla did and felt is how a real life mother would feel if something like this were to happen to her daughter. The feel of these characters is very real and genuine.

There was one part, small and only lasting a second, that was disturbing. When Tam is first introduced, he’s working a delivery job, standing outside and smoking. He throws the cigarette down when he hears a scream. He decides not to tell his father about the scream he heard, because who would believe a six year old boy. I had to read this part again to make sure I was reading it right. I cannot picture or even imagine a six year old smoking!

In summation, I loved this book! It is so intense and scary that my heart was beating throughout the entire book. I definitely do not want to say that the story is predictable, but towards the end, I took a guess as to why this was all happening and it turned out I was correct. It’s such a great ending and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! AND it ends with a cliff hanger! I’m hoping there will be a continuation!

Mystery and thriller lovers will not be disappointed with this one. I will warn you though, it is immensely gory. If you’re squeamish, I do not recommend this for you.

After highly recommending Scare Me, I hope you will read it! It has secured a slot on my Best Books in 2013 list, which I will post at the end of the year. Right now, it costs $1.99 in the Amazon Kindle Store. Check it out!  

My Goodreads Rating: 5/5