Sunday, December 18, 2011

Lethal Remedy (Prescription for Trouble, #4)Lethal Remedy by Richard L. Mabry

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

LETHAL REMEDY was a bit of a disappointment. I say “a bit” because there were still parts that I enjoyed, but unfortunately it still left me wanting. While I really enjoyed books one and two in the Prescription for Trouble series, the last two were not as well rounded. Now– I am reviewing this book from a female perspective, and the parts of the book I felt were lacking were the relational influence between characters, but I also am a suspense reader and I felt the tie-up in this novel was rushed and lackluster.

Dr. Sarah Miles is struggling on many fronts. The collapse of her marriage, the loss of a child, and now, one of her patients is under attack by a deadly disease that only her ex-husband’s research can help her with. But the more Sarah researches this new wonder drug, the more she realizes it’s a potential killer and someone is willing to silence her before she can make her findings known. As she teams up with fellow physicians, personal attractions arise, but that is where they are left.

The first third of this book was difficult to get into. In fact, when I read the forward and realized book four was an add-on, I felt that answered a lot of questions. It just didn’t have the impact as books one and two. Multiple characters were introduced, but none of them, other than Sarah were really fleshed out. Mabry tugged on heartstrings here and there, but that only left me wanting more. But, that is something I’ve come to realize with male authors. Sometimes they lack on the emotional front. The conclusion was a bit anticlimactic and rushed. In fact, I read the wrap-up without even realizing it.

All that to say, I haven’t given up on Richard Mabry, I would still probably buy his future books, hoping they have the intensity of his first two installments.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Attracted to FireAttracted to Fire by DiAnn Mills

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ATTRACTED TO FIRE by DiAnn Mills was good, but didn’t quite have that something extra I am use to.

Special Agent Meghan Connors has been called upon to protect the Vice President’s daughter. She will have to work double time protecting Lindsay Hall from not only the person who is threatening her, but from her own self-inflicted pain. Drugs and alcohol have forced Lindsay into multiple rehabs, but her true demon is not substance abuse but the person who has haunted her since her childhood. Meghan realizes Lindsay is hiding something more than the influences of the party world she delves into, but Lindsay is too terrified to admit her true fears.

On top of the complexities that come with guarding a teenager bent on hurting herself and those around her, Meghan must also deal with Ash Zinders the special agent in charge of the task force. Zinders has made it quite clear that he does not believe women should be allowed in the Secret Service. He is hyper critical and looking for any deficits in Meghan’s ability so he can cut her from his team. But since she was hand selected by the Vice President, he has to put his personal feelings aside and work with Meghan. It doesn’t take long for Zinders to see the positive influence Meghan has on Lindsay. And try as he might he can’t ignore the impact Meghan is having on him as well.

Overall, I enjoyed ATTRACTED TO FIRE. I just found some of the dialog below par for DiAnn Mills. The beginning was slower than usual and it took a while for me to attach myself to the characters. There were a few threads left dangling, like what was behind Meghan’s cancelled engagement and her difficult relationship with her mom. The last third of the book picked up and felt more like the stories I have come to expect from DiAnn Mills.

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Friday, December 02, 2011

My Review - God in a Brothel

God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and RescueGod in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue by Daniel Walker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The choice to read GOD IN A BROTHEL has to be a personal one. Daniel Walker (pseudonym) at times is graphic and conjures up vivid pictures of the victims in the human trafficking world. I found it incomprehensible that victims of such young ages are the preferred choice in this horrendous business. The author is honest in how his constant exposure to this world of sex, stimulation, and sensuality, wore down his astuteness and unfortunately lured him to cross the line into the world he was trying so hard to expose. This book does speak of his numerous successes in exposing sex trafficking rings around the world at the price of his own personal life. At times, I did get tired of reading the numerous “I’s” in this book and felt an underlying arrogance in the writers retelling of his journey and his successes, almost as if he was trying to justify his personal failures against the overall good that his missions accomplished. I had to continue to tell myself this was one person telling of his personal accounts and how even in his writings Walker explained on many occasions that he was a lone light in an otherwise dark world. So of course, his recounting of his missions would be self based. Other than that, this book revealed how truly deep the depravity of man is, and how some people are so lured by self gratification they see their victims as nothing more than an end to their own self-interested needs. From the pimps who buy and sell these women and young girls, to the authorities and government officials who turn a blind eye to the evil that is happening within their own regions, the love of sex, money, and power is never more vividly portrayed than when the catalyst that elevates these men and women to power is done on the backs of the ones who are the young, weak, and forgotten. A candid expose with no happily-ever-after.

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