Smooth Operator by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall

A Teddy Fay Novel Featuring Stone Barrington

Smooth Operator (Teddy Fay, #1)

Stone’s presence is requested at the White House by President Kate Lee. A matter of urgency and secrecy. Of course, this is Washington D.C.

The House Speaker’s daughter has been kidnapped and the people who have her are threatening to kill her if a certain bill isn’t passed. Stone has the perfect guy for the job. Teddy Fay! Now working out in movie land with Stone’s son, Peter. CIA background scrubbed, new identity and no one has any idea who he really is.

With all of the killing going on my head was spinning. Is it a terrorist act? A home grown conspiracy?
Full of twists and turns all the way to the final page! This time we get to see almost all of our favorite characters. Holly, Kate, Anne, and of course Teddy! All time best bad ass!

I am hoping we see much more of Teddy! He is one of my favorite characters.

What’s On Your TBR List?

New books are popping out all over this month! I thought I would share my TBR list with you and maybe you can share yours with me. Always fun to find some new authors or genres.

Guilty Minds  New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder delivers an exhilarating and timely thriller exploring how even the most powerful among us can be brought down by a carefully crafted lie and how the secrets we keep can never truly stay buried.
The chief justice of the Supreme Court is about to be defamed, his career destroyed, by a powerful gossip website that specializes in dirt on celebs and politicians. Their top reporter has written an exposé claiming that he had liaisons with an escort, a young woman prepared to tell the world her salacious tale. But the chief justice is not without allies and his greatest supporter is determined to stop the story in its tracks.

Nick Heller is a private spy—an intelligence operative based in Boston, hired by lawyers, politicians, and even foreign governments. A high-powered investigator with a penchant for doing things his own way, he’s called to Washington, DC, to help out in this delicate, potentially explosive situation.

Nick has just forty-eight hours to disprove the story about the chief justice. But when the call girl is found murdered, the case takes a dangerous turn, and Nick resolves to find the mastermind behind the conspiracy before anyone else falls victim to the maelstrom of political scandal and ruined reputations predicated upon one long-buried secret.

The Woman in Cabin 10  From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

Insidious (An FBI Thriller Book 20) Insidious is the twentieth thriller in #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter’s FBI series. FBI agents Savich and Sherlock must discover who is trying to murder Venus Rasmussen, a powerful, wealthy society icon. They soon find out that the danger may be closer than expected.

Venus Rasmussen, a powerful woman who runs the international conglomerate Rasmussen Industries, believes someone is poisoning her. After Savich and Sherlock visit with her, someone attempts to shoot her in broad daylight. Who’s trying to kill her and why? A member of her rapacious family, or her grandson who’s been missing for ten years and suddenly reappears? Savich and Sherlock must peel away the layers to uncover the incredible truth about who would target Venus.

Meanwhile, Special Agent Cam Wittier leaves Washington for Los Angeles to work with local Detective Daniel Montoya to lead the hunt for the Starlet Slasher, a serial killer who has cut the throats of five young actresses. When a sixth young actress is murdered, Cam comes to realize the truth might be closer than she’d ever want to believe.

With breakneck speed and unexpected twists and turns, Coulter’s Insidious will leave you breathless until the shocking conclusion.

Bullseye Caught in the crosshairs of a deadly standoff, Detective Michael Bennett must kill…or be killed.

Snow blankets the avenues of Manhattan’s exclusive Upper West Side. The storm is the perfect cover for a fashionable, highly trained team of lethal assassins as they prowl the streets, hunting their prey. But their first hit is simply target practice. Their next mission may very well turn the Cold War red-hot once again.

Stepping directly into the line of fire, the president of the United States is in New York for a summit at the United Nations with his Russian counterpart. Pulled away from his family and pressed into service, Detective Michael Bennett must trace the source of a threat that could rip the country apart–and ignite a war the likes of which the world has never seen. With allegiances constantly in doubt and no one above suspicion, only Bennett can save the president–and the country–before the assassins’ deadly kill shot hits its mark.

The Black Widow

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

“Fascinating, suspenseful, and bated-breath exciting…. Silva proves once again that he can rework familiar genre material and bring it to new life.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Silva builds suspense like a symphony conductor…. A winner on all fronts.”
— Booklist, starred review

Bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another spellbinding international thriller—one that finds the legendary Gabriel Allon grappling with an ISIS mastermind.

Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin described as the most compelling fictional creation “since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond” (Rocky Mountain News), is poised to become the chief of Israel’s secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

Acclaimed novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled, entertained and educated readers with eighteen thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back—from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. From its shocking opening to its explosive denouement in Washington, D.C., The Black Widowreveals itself as Silva’s most timely and powerful novel yet. Following the success of his smash hit The English Spy, this electrifying thriller showcases Silva’s consummate skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must read for his multitude of current and future fans.

Product Details“Connolly again displays his mastery at combining the hard-boiled with the supernatural.” —Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)

Dangerous and driven private investigator Charlie Parker returns in the latest gripping thriller of internationally bestselling author John Connolly’s series, in which ungodly fears haunt a strange and isolated community.

Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings, and in doing so destroyed himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalized.

But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death, but was saved; of the ones who tormented him, and an entity that hides in a ruined stockade.

Parker is not like other men. He died, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war.

Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder.

All in the name of the being they serve. All in the name of the Dead King.

If you have already read any of these, let me know! What will you be reading in August?

UNHOLY CODE (Lana Elkins #3) by Thomas Waite

Unholy Code by Thomas Waite

Former NSA agent, Lana Elkins, is back! Still cyber sleuthing trying to keep track of the jihadists, homegrown terrorists and the white supremacists especially the one they call “Steel Fist”, the head of a radical supremacist organization with millions of dedicated crazies following his every word and Anti-Islamic rantings on the internet.

His popularity only increases when a group of terrorists are apprehended along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. Apprehended a bit too easily in Lana’s eyes, something seems a bit off. And it is… for among those apprehended is not a suicide bomber, but something worse.

The story is fast paced, thrilling and the scary thing is it is all possible. While our government is hacking and spying on possible terrorists at home and abroad, those cyber skills aren’t limited to the government. Everything and Everyone can be hacked, spied on and not everyone is using this technology to do nice things.

This book has everything, cyber-crimes, ISIS, Al Quaeda, the White Supremacists and no one has a clue who is really behind it all or why it is happening.

Lana will have to be smarter and fight harder than ever before. Will she make it out of this one alive?

Mr. Waite never disappoints, his books always leave me on the edge of my seat and not wanting to get up!

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to see what is next.

I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley.

Thomas Waite

Thomas Waite is the bestselling author of the Lana Elkins thrillers Lethal Code, Trident Code, and Unholy Code (summer 2016). His debut novel was Terminal Value.

Tom was born in the seaside town of Ipswich, Massachusetts, once home to the authors John Updike, Adele Robertson, John Norton, and the poet Anne Bradstreet. Updike was a patient of Tom’s Dad, which enabled him to build a nice collection of signed first edition novels.

Perhaps it was the history of the town, but from an early age Tom developed a love of writing and left Ipswich to earn his degree in English Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There he focused on creative writing and was selected by the English Department to participate in an international study program at the University of Oxford.

Tom’s debut novel, TERMINAL VALUE, reached #1 at Amazon and was critically praised (one critic wrote “I believe with time he will become the John Grisham of the murderous technology novels.”).


in Ipswich, MA, The United States






Fallout: A Sam Jameson International Espionage and Conspiracy Thriller by Lars Emmerich


Fallout: A Sam Jameson Espionage and Conspiracy Thriller (Sam Jameson Espionage and Conspiracy Thriller Series Book 6)Sam is back from the dead! And dropping right back into the thick of things as usual!

In Fallout, Sam has been sent to Hungary to do a quick check into the death of a fellow agent. Seems straightforward enough that she invites Brock, the oh so hunky boyfriend, to join her in Budapest for some much needed R & R and a little personal time.

But almost as soon as she gets there she is ordered to come home at once by her bosses. They need her back for a Top Secret reason they won’t even tell her about. When she knows she’s being watched and followed, Sam, being Sam, ignores the boss and goes on the offensive to find out who is following her and why.

It’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys and Sam is determined to get to the bottom of things.

With Fallout, Mr. Emmerich has once again shown why we so eagerly wait for the next book to come out. The characters have become like old friends and we are fully invested in every outcome, rooting for Sam and her team and holding our breath as we turn each page.

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. If you are a fan of Flynn, Child and Patterson, you are in for a real treat with the Sam Jameson series!

Mindscrew Part One: A Sam Jameson Espionage and Suspense Thriller

mindscrew1Mindscrew is the final book in the Devolution trilogy. Sam Jameson is back and doing what she does best. Rescue good guys and kill bad guys.

With out even a small break after her last adventure, rescuing her love, Sam is back in the thick of things tracking down Mondragon, who has used his computer skills to steal unimaginable sums of money. On a tip that he has gone to Costa Rica, she rounds up her team and off they go. However once they arrive, something doesn’t feel right and once again, Sam goes “off script” and does what she does best….kick ass and take names.

If you haven’t read Devolution yet, you can start there because once you read one, you just can’t stop until you have read them all.

I can’t wait to see what Mr. Emmerich has in store for us next!

The Warren Omissions (James Flynn, #1) by Jack Patterson

thewarrenomissionsJames Flynn, former CIA operative and now a journalist, has rubbed a few people the wrong way over his career. Revealing evidence that Ronald Reagan had used his resources to spy on his Presidential opponent, a report his CIA bosses would have rather kept buried, has made him a celebrity with the Conspiracy Theory crowds and he’s often called on to comment on stories that fall into that category.
When new evidence begins coming his way about the JFK assassination, it’s just too good to pass up, even though he’s been warned to stay off that particular road.
When his first source is murdered after speaking to him, Flynn knows he must be on to something good!

There are several overlapping plots with the CIA, the President and Vice-President as well as a Communist group, and Mr. Patterson, kept me pinging back and forth and still not knowing who to trust and whose motives were going to win out. Will this be another JFK type assassination or will we be at war with Russia?

I especially enjoyed this one, because it really was about Flynn and his thoughts and actions even though each character has their own agenda, Flynn’s is about the truth.

If you like fast paced thrillers, this is your book. I think it’s a safe be that we all know the government and the CIA lie to us a lot, so this plot is very believable.
My favorite line in the book tells us quite a bit about Flynn. ” Just understanding the level of dishonesty in the world was enough to make any man cynical”. And while Flynn may be cynical, it feels like he hasn’t lost all hope quite yet.

Mr. Patterson is someone I hope we will be hearing a lot more from!