Monday, November 10, 2014

Maniac Monday

Good morning all, sorry about the lack of lists this weekend. I wasn't around! Ok, here's today's Maniac Monday. We're doing International Crime Mystery!!


The Assassin [Kindle Edition]

Max Doerr lives in New York with his wife and son, working as an editor for a newspaper. 
But he has a secret in his past life that he never told his wife. Then suddenly his son is killed brutally. Grief stricken, he tries to find his son’s killer but to no avail. 
During his investigation, his CIA past comes back to him, and he gets involved in a vortex of murder and international crime and finds out that his son’s death was the beginning of a much bigger conspiracy. 
Length : 90900 words. Nearly 40,000 copies of this book have been downloaded. 
This book has been re-edited, and the errors have been eliminated.

Drones (An International Romantic Thriller) (The Maliviziati Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Another spellbinding international thriller from one of Amazon's bestselling authors. This first mesmerizing book in the MALIVIZIATI SERIES is a riveting look into a world where the Illuminati and the Maliviziati confront each other. 

So you think a DRONE attack on American soil will never happen? 

Then ask yourself one simple question. 

What or who would ever prevent such an attack? 

And couldn't this be the perfect way for someone to establish a one world 

Luckily there is one group that resist such a power grab, and it is lead by the 
strongest female ever bred for such a challenge--Matalina. 

This intense international thriller is a work of fiction packed with action and 
adventure where Matalina heads the elite special forces of Baltonia, a small 
country near Switzerland, and where the Maliviziati maintain their secret 
society that opposes the Illuminati's various splinter groups that want to create 
a new world order. While she directs the most powerful special operatives in 
the world, she is very capable of going solo when needed. She was bred like her 
parents and theirs before to be the best warrior in the world. Unfortunately, 
her chosen mate, Bjorn, has turned against them, killing her sister in the 
process. She loved him earlier, and perhaps she still does. Still, when she 
finds him, she will kill him. 

When a new faction attempts to release drones in America, Matalina has to respond to 
keep this from playing into the hands of those wanting to create a new world order. She soon learns that the leader of this group is one of Bjorn's operatives, Mario, a guy she should kill, but he is also the one person she needs to take alive to be able to locate Bjorn. With mercenaries flown in from Columbia to help this terrorist faction which was formed out of Afghanistan, this novel circles the globe as many players fight for eventual control of the world. 

The Cole Madison Trilogy [Kindle Edition]

In these short stories based in Europe, Cole Madison solves three tough cases: DOUBLE TAP, LEST WE FORGET and HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW. 


"Von Ringbach said his goodbyes. She watched him walk in the direction of a shaded parking lot and her smile switched off like a motel vacancy sign. I glanced quickly at the pictures on my Canon Power Shot. There were some good ones that showed Arno groping her. The guy had all the charm of a Boa Constrictor. Satisfied, I emailed them to Kat with a quick note. “This is the part of the job I don’t like, don’t like at all. If you need anything else, you know where I hang my hat. Sincerely, Cole Madison.” 
I closed my eyes for a moment in thought and began to drift off into la la land. It must have been a minute later when I heard the gunshots; two to be exact, fired in rapid order. I glanced in all directions and then jumped out of the car." 


"David Feldman intercepted me as I was walking out of the Fuerstenhof. “Mr. Madison, can we talk please?” 
“Sure, let’s take a walk.” We continued uphill on Bahnhofstrasse, into a small residential area filled with houses, gardens and large pine trees. The zips of bees and the chirps of birds filled the air with a gentility that seemed to conceal the heinous act that had taken place only a hundred yards behind us. David Feldman looked at me. He was a small, thin man in his late forties. He had dark, curly hair that was receding slowly like a Himalayan glacier. His eyes reminded me of two black paint blobs that had been hastily thrown on a canvas. They peered back at me from behind tinted glasses. 
“My mother spoke well of you, Mr. Madison. She trusted you.” 


"I had convinced Ginther to let me go undercover as a flamboyant jet set art collector, named Heiko Rommsen, who was actively seeking art of all genres, including stolen loot. Like bubbles in a fish tank, the word had slowly filtered out on the street that Heiko Rommsen had surreptitiously purchased Harold Paderborn’s collection for 32 million Euros. The real loot was safe in a KRIPO vault. To build-up my legend, my looks were altered and I was given a penthouse apartment in the northern city of Hamburg where I wasn’t known that well. I had also been given numerous seven figure offshore and European bank accounts. For weeks, I had played the role of the wealthy bon vivant. I spent my days shopping for clothes, art and cars, playing tennis and sitting in high-end saunas. My nights were devoted to restaurant and club hopping. My new identity also came with a throng of young, 20 something bimbos who were eager to attach themselves to the debonair, Heiko Rommsen. Eat your heart out Cole Madison, life never looked better." 

Author Raymond Starmann served in Germany as a U.S. Army Intelligence officer during the Cold War. He also co-wrote the Hallmark original movie, "Generation Gap" and the upcoming World War II film. "Citizen Soldiers." 

Be sure to check out Mr. Starmann's comedy novel, CHARLIE FOXTROT.

Ethan Justice: Origins (Ethan Justice - A Private Investigator Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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In the morning, he’s struggling to remember. By the evening, he’s struggling to survive. John Smith’s risk avoidance policy just expired! 

Waking up beside the gorgeous Savannah Jones, John is shocked to learn she was for hire, and he can’t pay the price - a thousand pounds or broken legs. In desperation, he turns to best friend, Mark, for the money. Only one problem - Mark has a dagger in his back. 

John and Savannah are plunged into a dangerous world where wits and adrenaline are their only weapons and trust in each other their only certainty. As the body count mounts, they discover Mark wasn’t the person John thought, and his terrifying invention may well end up killing thousands, John and Savannah included. 

A race to recover the missing invention pits the unlikely pairing against ex-SAS psychopath, Gregory Fisher, a man who will stop at nothing and kill anyone in his way to wreak revenge against the Government who stole his livelihood. 

When Smith and Jones team up, the result is explosive. 

Ethan Justice: Origins is a fast-paced, action-packed, character-driven crime thriller, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, cringe, cry and cheer. 

The Sampson Project: Robert Steacy [Kindle Edition]

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As a scientist and graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, Robert Carlton pressed the limits of medical discovery, harboring secrets that could potentially redefine humanity and the delicate balance of world power. But without warning or provocation, his life was turned upside down, his research stolen, his Fiancé, Natalie Chapman, taken from his life without trace or reason. Did she betray his trust? Was she sent to destroy his life? Or was she only a pawn in a master plan to change the face of mankind? 

Robert is unwittingly thrust into a world where nothing is as it appears, and his life seemingly rides on stolen secrets that may have been taken to the grave. Robert’s advisor, Professor Peter Gates, was a prime target by the investigating detectives; ruthless in his drive to exploit his discoveries. His work at the University was impeccable in design, earning him the highest awards for his achievements. But the investigative detective was not convinced. Could he have been a key component of The Sampson Project or just another diversion to keep Robert from the truth? 

Secrets are uncovered as the curtain is pulled back on Taylor-Fiennes Industries, revealing the underbelly of a vicious plot to control and violently enhance the normal progression of life. Malicious Plans are undertaken, as the subversive interests of Jeremy Taylor continue to develop capabilities for a super-human race. Scott Benson, Robert’s trusted friend, provides a pathway of discovery to help guide his friend through the myriad of attacks and mistruth’s, allowing Robert the strength to find what he had once lost and expose his enemies before it’s too late. The consistent interweave of intrigue and suspense will drive Robert to the brink of having to choose between life or death… question is, who’s life and who’s death? 

The Sampson Project is one of the most exciting mystery novels and suspense stories available in the marketplace today! If you’re looking for a refreshingly new slant on some of the great detective fiction books produced over the years, then look no further. Robert Steacy will take you on a ride across the globe that will mystify you and enchant you, as well as open your heart to new possibilities and adventure. You will lose yourself in Robert’s discovery as he begins to unravel the mystery of Natalie’s disappearance and slowly piece together the complex puzzle that has consumed his life. Captivating and mesmerizing classic thriller novels are few and far between, but this intriguing story will lift you to new heights of fascination. 

The Sampson Project is that one great mystery book to catapult you to another place in time; an emotionally intense, heart rending modern gothic mystery thriller about the quest for truth beyond perception; and the man who is determined to save his one true love and reclaim his life from those he once trusted. 

Take a Free Peek inside to get a special taste of the intrigue and suspense to come. You will quickly find yourself engulfed in the intense action as the dangerous riddles mount and continually tighten the grip on your senses. 

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Laurel Beacham grew up in wealth and society—until her grandfather died and her father gambled away the family fortune. Now with more pedigree than trust fund, she is the premier art recovery expert for museums that need to stay one step ahead of international thieves. Her latest assignment pits her against a mystery man, Jack Hawkes, who is not only her equal with blue bloods, but also seems to know where all the bodies are buried. Suddenly Laurel is racing against time to find a priceless art object before the enemy does, locate a missing art world compatriot with crucial information, and decide whether she can stay ahead of this new nemesis, who seems to know too much about her and her business. 

At a posh South American resort tucked into the lush jungles of the Andes, an American journalist has gone missing, leaving the hotel’s PR agent, Pilar Rojas, with an international incident on her hands. Which is why she offers her ex-lover, travel writer Jacob Smalls, an all-expenses-paid trip to the resort in exchange for a puff piece extolling its virtues—and some behind-the-scenes digging into the disappearance. Intrigued by the prospect of winning Pilar back—and eager, as always, for freebies—Jacob hops the first flight to La Paz, Bolivia.
Although he hasn’t seen Pilar in years, Jacob finds her just as intoxicating as he did when they were together. But from the moment he hits the city’s cobbled streets, Jacob attracts all the wrong kinds of attention. Political flunkies and goons of all stripes try to scare him off the trail, while the missing woman’s not-quite boyfriend insists on shadowing Jacob’s every move. And amid ancient Incan hillside terraces, a world-class hotel conceals a secret that may kill.

A year ago, Alexis Parker turned her back on everything she knew. Walking away from the Office of International Operations proved to be both the easiest and hardest thing she had ever done. However, her newfound life in the private sector is turning out to be anything but the cushy desk job she imagined.

Now ghosts from her past have come to haunt her. Running into a former acquaintance while retrieving a painting in Paris sends Alex spiraling back to the life she hoped to leave behind. Buried traumas from her last mission at the OIO are unearthed when similarities force the present to collide with the past. Those she believed to be friends quickly become enemies, and enemies soon become allies. It's a minefield of uncertainty that can have deadly consequences if she places her trust in the wrong person.

Meanwhile, the dynamic is shifting between her and James Martin, the man she had once been hired to protect. The two are standing on an emotional precipice, teetering on the edge of will they or won't they. It will all reach a crescendo as blood is spilled and sacrifices are made. Survival isn't always a guarantee, but merely a whimsical dalliance.

Five years ago, an unspeakable tragedy brought an early retirement to Jeremiah “Hawk” Tate’s career as a DEA agent. Without looking back he retreated from the desert sands of the southwest to the rugged wilderness of Montana, intent to live far from any connection to his previous life. 

His solitude is shattered when a client shows up at the door of his Yellowstone guide service asking him to help her track down her brother, lost somewhere in the Park. Against his better judgment Hawk accepts the job and is shocked to find the man they were seeking wasn’t her brother, but someone linked to a life he thought he had left behind long ago. 

Narrowly escaping with his life, Hawk is forced back into a world he hasn’t been a part of in five years. Calling on allies both old and new, he plunges forward on a case that will take him from California to Baja to Russia…and ultimately home again. 

Art theft. Coded messages. A high-level threat.

Despite her initial disbelief, Doctor Genevieve Lenard discovers that she is the key that connects stolen works of art, ciphers and sinister threats.

Betrayed by the people who called themselves her friends, Genevieve throws herself into her insurance investigation job with autistic single-mindedness. When hacker Francine appears beaten and bloodied on her doorstep, begging for her help, Genevieve is forced to get past the hurt of her friends' abandonment and team up with them to find the perpetrators.

Little does she know that it will take her on a journey through not one, but two twisted minds to discover the true target of their mysterious messages. It will take all her personal strength and knowledge as a nonverbal communications expert to overcome fears that could cost not only her life, but the lives of many others.

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All the best homes are by the water, or so the matron of Kongslund Orphanage tells her small charges. But at this particular house by the sea, not all is as it appears.
On September 11, 2001, on a desolate beach on the outskirts of Copenhagen, police begin investigating the strange death of an unidentified woman. Surrounding the body are what appear to be offerings to the deceased: a book, a small noose, a dead golden canary, a linden tree branch, and a photo of the Kongslund Orphanage. As the police puzzle over their bizarre findings, the Twin Towers fall in walls of flame and the case is quickly overshadowed by the terror half a world away.
Years later, as the sixtieth anniversary of the matron’s reign at Kongslund approaches, identical anonymous letters are sent to six of the home’s former residents, hinting at a cover-up that has allowed Denmark’s most influential to hide away their dirty secrets and keep their grip on power. As one tenacious reporter hunts for clues, he begins to unravel the true parentage of some of Kongslund’s “orphans.” Can he figure out who is sending the mysterious letters and who murdered the woman on the beach years earlier before it is too late?

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In The Lewis Man, the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebridean island where he was born and raised. Having left behind his adult life in Edinburgh--including his wife and his career in the police force--the former Detective Inspector is intent on repairing past relationships and restoring his parents' derelict cottage. His plans are interrupted when an unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog. The only clue to its identity is a DNA match to a local farmer, the now-senile Tormod Macdonald--the father of Fin's childhood sweetheart, Marsaili--a man who has claimed throughout his life to be an only child, practically an orphan. Reluctantly drawn into the investigation, Fin uncovers deep family secrets even as he draws closer to the killer who wishes to keep them hidden. 

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Coroner is the perfect job for Dr. Martin Gänsewein, who spends his days in peace and quiet autopsying dead bodies for the city of Cologne. Shy, but scrupulous, Martin appreciates his taciturn clients--until the day one of them starts talking to him. It seems the ghost of a recently deceased (and surprisingly chatty) small-time car thief named Pascha is lingering near his lifeless body in drawer number four of Martin's morgue. He remains for one reason: his "accidental" death was, in fact, murder. Pascha is furious his case will go unsolved--to say nothing of his body's dissection upon Martin's autopsy table. But since Martin is the only person Pascha can communicate with, the ghost settles in with the good pathologist, determined to bring the truth of his death to light. Now Martin's staid life is rudely upended as he finds himself navigating Cologne's red-light district and the dark world of German car smuggling. Unless Pascha can come up with a plan--and fast--Martin will soon be joining him in the spirit world. Witty and unexpected, Morgue Drawer Four introduces a memorable (and reluctant) detective unlike any other in fiction today.

Morgue Drawer Four was shortlisted for Germany's 2010 Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel.

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While on a visit to London, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte’s old friend and colleague dies in his arms. Before long, Tayte and a truth-seeking historian, Professor Jean Summer, find themselves following a corpse-ridden trail that takes them to the Royal Society of London, circa 1708.
What to make of the story of five men of science, colleagues of Isaac Newton and Christopher Wren, who were mysteriously hanged for high treason?
As they edge closer to the truth, Tayte and the professor find that death is once again in season. A new killer, bent on restoring what he sees as the true, royal bloodline, is on the is a Machiavellian heir-hunter who senses that the latest round of murder, kidnapping, and scandal represents an unmissable business opportunity.
The Last Queen of England is a racing thriller with a heart-stopping conclusion. It follows on from In the Blood and To the Grave but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.
Revised edition: Previously published as part of the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series, this edition of The Last Queen of England includes editorial revisions.

Ten-year-old orphan Libète has been hardened by the daily struggle to survive in Cité Soleil, Haiti’s most infamous slum. But when she and her best friend, Jak, discover a young mother and her baby brutally murdered in a nearby marsh, it’s unlike anything she’s encountered before. Though initially shocked, the adults of Cité Soleil move on quickly from the event; after all, death is commonplace in this community. Undaunted, Libète takes action with Jak in tow, plunging herself into a dangerous, far-reaching plot that will change her irrevocably and threaten everything she holds dear.
Because We Are is a profound and mesmerizing tale of a young girl’s search for justice in an unjust world, set against the vivid and tumultuous backdrop of modern-day Haiti.

New and On Sale - From USA Today Bestselling Author L.T. Ryan - The Latest Installment of the Jack Noble Series!

A ghost on the Greek island of Crete.

Jack Noble is grounded, recovering from his injuries and a near-death experience. The small town isn't so bad. An old guy named Esau has provided him with a place to stay. The food's good. And Isadora, Esau's niece, is easy on the eyes.

But tranquility is interrupted when a group of local criminal's threatens Esau, and kidnaps his niece. Despite his weakened state, Jack risks it all to save the beautiful woman he hardly knows, and settle the debt that Esau signed in blood. 

Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.
In the Blood combines a centuries-old mystery with a present-day thriller that brings two people from opposite sides of the Atlantic together to uncover a series of carefully hidden crimes. Tayte's research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and will stop at nothing to find them.
In the Blood is the first book in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series.

University professor Alex Wearing is found murdered in his study by the Post Graduate Co-coordinator, Vera Trenbath, a nosey interfering busybody. Assigned to the case is Detective Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn. Fitzjohn is a detective from the old guard, whose methodical, painstaking methods are viewed by some as archaic. His relentless pursuit for the killer zeros in on Alex’s brother, James, as a key suspect in his investigation.
Compelled to clear himself of suspicion, James starts his own investigation and finds himself immersed in a web of intrigue, ultimately uncovering long hidden secrets about his brother’s life that could easily be the very reasons he was murdered.
This gripping tale of murder and suspense winds its way through the university’s hallowed halls to emerge into the beautiful, yet unpredictable, Blue Mountain region where more challenges and obstacles await James in his quest to clear himself of suspicion and uncover the truth about his brother.

A thriller that you won’t be able to put down
James and Elle Eversman are a young couple travelling through the Mojave desert on their way to a new life. When their car mysteriously breaks down they are stranded in the middle of nowhere without much water and no cell-phone reception.

A mile away a deadly sniper has them in his cross-hairs. They are pinned down behind their broken-down car, surrounded by open ground in all directions. There’s nowhere to run and no one to help them. How can they possibly survive?

With relentless tension, razor-sharp prose, and a surprising dose of dark humor, EYESHOT will keep you gripped till its stunning conclusion. 

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Name: John Rain.
Vocation: Assassin.
Specialty: Natural Causes.
Base of operations: Tokyo.
Availability: Worldwide.
Half American, half Japanese, expert in both worlds but at home in neither, John Rain is the best killer money can buy. You tell him who. You tell him where. He doesn’t care about why…
Until he gets involved with Midori Kawamura, a beautiful jazz pianist—and the daughter of his latest kill.
A Clean Kill in Tokyo was previously published as Rain Fall, the first in the bestselling John Rain assassin series.

Veteran homicide detective Franza Oberwieser prefers her job in the winter. Summer is for growing, not for dying. So when the body of a beautiful young woman is found on the autobahn, dressed in a glittering party dress and bathed in June rain, Franza is determined to give her justice.
Revealing victims’ hidden lives is part of the job, but as Franza and her partner, Felix, peel back the layers shrouding the girl’s disturbing past, darker mysteries emerge. Everyone has something to hide—even Franza, who must face her own secrets to reveal the truth.

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When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that bears similarities to a brutal killing on the mainland, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin Macleod is dispatched to the Outer Hebrides to investigate, embarking at the same time on a voyage into his own troubled past.

As Fin reconnects with the people and places of his tortured childhood, the desolate but beautiful island and its ancient customs once again begin to assert their grip on his psyche. Every step toward solving the case brings Fin closer to a dangerous confrontation with the dark events of the past that shaped--and nearly destroyed--his life.

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John Rain has disappeared in Brazil to escape the killing business and the enemies encircling him in Japan. But the CIA isn’t willing to lose its premier “natural causes” contract killer, and they force Rain to take on a high-risk assignment: eliminate a ruthless arms dealer operating in Southeast Asia.
The upside? Financial, of course, along with the possibility of moral redemption. But first, Rain will have to survive the downside: a second assassin zeroing in on the target; an alluring and dangerous woman with an agenda of her own; the possibility that the entire mission is nothing but an elaborate setup. From the gorgeous beaches of Rio to the glitzy casinos of Macau to the gritty back streets of Hong Kong and Kowloon, Rain becomes a reluctant player in an international game far deadlier and more insidious than any he has encountered before.
Winner Take All was previously published as Rain Storm in the US and Choke Point in the UK, the third in the bestselling John Rain assassin series.

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