Hello, my lovely peeps🐥!
Unbelievably enough, March is almost here; right around the corner and ready to knock on our doors! Today’s post had originally been my February Wrap Up, but I’m giving myself one more day to read, to see if I could miraculously squeeze in one more book (unlikely but still possible!). So, in its place will be my March TBR hopefuls.
Now that my Sandford binge session is over, it’s high time I catch back up with both my backlog and NetGalley books and what better time to start than now, when my reading motivation is chugging along like a steam train?
Shock Wave by Al Pessin
Vital seaports in Jordan and Israel erupt in fire and destruction. It’s the first strike from a terrorist organization determined to increase hostilities throughout the Middle East. There’s only one way to combat the threat. It’s time for Operation Shock Wave . . .
Saddiq Mohammed al-Assali is America’s most wanted terrorist. His cells in Israeli and the Palestinian territories are ready and eager to usher in a maelstrom of violence between the two nations. Each will blame the other. Iran will be implicated. And the United States will be drawn into yet another Middle Eastern war.
To stop al-Assali, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Bridget Davenport assigns Lieutenant Faraz Abdallah to infiltrate the terrorist’s cabal. But as Faraz uncovers and sabotages al-Assali’s plans one by one, Bridget herself becomes the target–and Faraz must take decisive action in a deadly game of international deceit . . .
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
High Fantasy with a double-shot of self-reinvention
Worn out after decades of packing steel and raising hell, Viv the orc barbarian cashes out of the warrior’s life with one final score. A forgotten legend, a fabled artifact, and an unreasonable amount of hope lead her to the streets of Thune, where she plans to open the first coffee shop the city has ever seen.
However, her dreams of a fresh start pulling shots instead of swinging swords are hardly a sure bet. Old frenemies and Thune’s shady underbelly may just upset her plans. To finally build something that will last, Viv will need some new partners and a different kind of resolve.
A hot cup of fantasy slice-of-life with a dollop of romantic froth.
Poison Sky by Paul McNeive
Airplanes are mysteriously falling from the sky and a deadly toxin is spreading through the streets of major cities. New York, London and Munich are filled with panic, paranoia and terror. And nobody knows who’s behind it all.
Somewhere, a twisted genius is masterminding a global crisis.
New York detective John Wyse and maverick cop Deke Hansen face the biggest challenge of their lives in a race to out-think the cunning and dangerous terrorists who are bringing the world to its knees using medieval tactics.
But the terrorists will stop at nothing to prevent Wyse unravelling their evil plot. As the bodies pile up, the threat suddenly gets very personal when the woman Wyse loves becomes a target.
With time running out, Wyse has to convince his bosses that a powerful psychopath is taking deadly revenge in the most bizarre and unpredictable way. Can he persuade the authorities to act, or will he have to take the law into his own hands?
Poison Sky – Because sometimes the old ways work better than the new!
The Pastor by David Scott Meyers
In the final installment of the Fellowship Series, Sheriff Huey Morgan is hot on the trails of the elusive killer of Absalom Holmes. The trail will lead him out of his jurisdiction, across state lines, and out to the middle of nowhere. Huey is finding out the hard way just how demanding the life of a sheriff really is.
Leads will grow cold, and mysteries will unfold…
Trail Markers by Cym Aros
This tale – the first in a series of three – opens in the summer of 1874, in a prison camp south of Carson City. Falsely accused and incarcerated, two half-brothers find themselves in a losing battle to survive corrupt and brutal conditions. Cole Franklin, twenty-nine, is the privileged scion of the late, much-lionized patriarch of a wealthy California family. Jesse, twenty-four, is that patriarch’s bastard son, a fact unknown to Jesse or the surviving Franklins until a scant year and a half before.
Jesse had come to the Franklins as an itinerant cowboy. He is the younger of the two men, but he had ridden a long, hard trail of poverty, prejudice, and violence in his few years. Jesse had grown up a dirt-poor, hard-working, fatherless boy in a dying Sierra mining town; by age sixteen, he had seen three years of combat as a scout and sharpshooter for the Union Army, and spent the last eight months of the war interred in a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp.
Cole is a strong man, and brave, but their current predicament is unlike any battlefield he has ever faced. Jesse understands too well where they are, and what might lie ahead. He takes desperate action to ensure Cole’s freedom. The consequences of that action, for Jesse and the Franklin family, are severe and far-reaching.
Trail Markers begins with the brothers’ struggle against raw criminality – first, for simple survival; ultimately, for justice. Jesse faces bigotry, mob violence, and the shattering of his own mental health as he battles to regain his freedom and find an honorable path home to family and to the woman he loves.
In the course of this story and the books that follow, Jesse’s complex, often harrowing past is revealed: not an unrelenting tragedy, but a tapestry of light and dark. The darkest point of his life brought him together with the woman he loves. Through brutal experiences and blessed relationships, love and loss, each thread is necessarily born of another and intertwined with events in the present. Past and present are told in parallel. Unique bonds and profound changes evolve for Jesse and the members of his adopted family, as they confront both danger and difficult truths. This novel is an exploration of those bonds, whether by blood or by choice; the varied shades of forgiveness, change and reconciliation; and the unexpected sources from which courage and compassion may come to us, in the face of suffering and social injustice.