Review: Savage Liberty by Eliot Pattison

Savage Liberty (Duncan McCallum #5)

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The fifth installation of Eliot Pattison’s Bone Rattler series follows the exiled Scotsman Duncan McCallum to the stepping-stones of the American Revolution

Acclaimed author Eliot Pattison continues his Bone Rattler series as Duncan McCallum is drawn into dark intrigue surrounding the Sons of Liberty in this gripping thriller set in the early days of the American revolution.

Pattison’s deep historical knowledge and attention to detail brings a young America to life, immersing the reader in the atmosphere and events that were to lead to the American rebellion. Protagonist Duncan McCallum is lead into a mystery of murder, treachery, and intrigue with Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and a secret society of American patriots organizing to resist the British throne.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Savage Liberty by Eliot Pattison is a novel that sent me back in time. I love following Scottish characters. I have never read a novel, where they were never not in trouble. There was always something going wrong to keep the action steady. Duncan MaCallum’s life was interesting. Death was constantly hanging over his head. Duncan is a strong, determined, and stubborn man. He appeared foolish but is not. He is braver than most men. His relationship with the strong-willed woman, Sarah, is beautiful. Both are good people struggling to survive in their new world. Boston was a place of danger, violence, and uprising. Duncan was smart to leave there but somehow it still chased after him. The time period was captured perfectly. Eliot Pattison created this story in way that deeply engaged me in all the characters’ lives. I felt as though I just lived through them all. Overall, I would recommend this to history fans and historical fiction lovers. This was fun to follow.

Review: The R.E.M. Project by J.M. Lanham

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The most powerful psychological weapon ever created has been unleashed.

A weapon the government is willing to kill for.
A weapon Big Pharma refuses to acknowledge.
A weapon that’s only a prescription away.

It’s been six months since the release of Asteria Pharmaceutical’s groundbreaking sleeping pill, and already, profits are soaring. With the original clinical trial outliers in hiding and on the run, George Sturgis has had free rein to disperse his revolutionary genome-inhibiting medication to the masses, with little regard for Ocula’s unconventional side effects.

Meanwhile, in Langley, the Director of Central Intelligence has taken notice of Ocula’s success and is determined to take the drug off the streets—even if it means rebooting a dangerous project she swore she would eliminate for good.

As the original outliers get pulled deeper into the Ocula conspiracy, they’ll soon discover that they’re not the only ones dreaming.

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The long-awaited sequel to The R.E.M. Effect by J.M. Lanham, The R.E.M. Project is a new addition to the science fiction tradition of Michael Crichton, Preston & Child, Marcus Sakey, and Blake Crouch.

Dive into fast-paced suspense that explores Big Pharma corruption, clandestine government experiments, and the mysteries of the mind to create a world where taking a pill could mean taking lives.

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Rating: 4-stars

Review:

The R.E.M. Project by J.M. Lanham is a brilliant thriller. It kept me guessing the whole way. Here, I followed the characters once more as they are being threatened. They know the real truth about the popular sleeping pill that affects its victims in ways they are not aware of…the government comes to be the big bad guy, here. They are investing in this crazy drug that harms its victims all for the sake of profits. Sounds very much like our real government. I can see this happening for real. FDA does not approve all drugs even the most uneventful drugs out there. But this is one pill that should not have been approved, yet it was. Death hangs over the heroes as they struggle to survive the threats from their enemies including the said company, the government, and now the CIA.

The beginning was a little bit dragging…other than that, this is a must read. J.M. Lanham created a suspenseful action packed story. It kept me reading for a long time…and it was so worth every minute. Overall, I recommend this novel to all readers.

Review: Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Working with the British Secret Service on an undercover mission, Maisie Dobbs is sent to Hitler’s Germany in this thrilling tale of danger and intrigue—the twelfth novel in Jacqueline Winspear’s New York Times bestselling “series that seems to get better with each entry” (Wall Street Journal).

It’s early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks towards Fitzroy Square—a place of many memories—she is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. The German government has agreed to release a British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member. Because the man’s wife is bedridden and his daughter has been killed in an accident, the Secret Service wants Maisie—who bears a striking resemblance to the daughter—to retrieve the man from Dachau, on the outskirts of Munich.

The British government is not alone in its interest in Maisie’s travel plans. Her nemesis—the man she holds responsible for her husband’s death—has learned of her journey, and is also desperate for her help.

Traveling into the heart of Nazi Germany, Maisie encounters unexpected dangers—and finds herself questioning whether it’s time to return to the work she loved. But the Secret Service may have other ideas. . . .

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear is a historical novel that took me back to Nazi Germany. It would have been more beneficial to me, if I had read the previous books in this series. I would have loved getting to watch the main protagonist, Maisie Dobbs grow and work her way through each plot. This journey had its filling of danger, intrigue, and mystery. The focus was on the secret service and their recapturing of a war prisoner from Germany. This is where famous Maisie Dobbs came into the factor. She is sent to retrieve that prisoner being released from Germany.

Maisie Dobbs has worked as a detective and nurse. Her knowledge is great. She has been avoiding her family. Loss, grief, and moving forward are just a few of the things Maisie went through in this story. I was able to connect with the character. She was strong, determined, and restless mostly. Always needing something to preoccupy herself.

I enjoyed the historical time period and how it was captured for my entertainment. I felt like I did get sent back into time. However, the government spies and handling was strange. It didn’t feel like it was good representation of how they operated. But still, this was a work of fiction, and thus, it could be anyway the writer wanted it. The gossip and other minor characters were fun to follow. Priscilla is an interesting lady. I really liked her. She made me laugh and feel like I was right there the whole time. Journey to Munich offered action, adventure, and suspense. I was happy with the plot. It wasn’t fast-paced but it was steady enough that I did not give up on it. There were plenty of risk that made reading this novel worth it. Overall, I recommend it to readers everywhere.

 

 

 

Review: Take to the Limit 

Synopsis:

They are part of an elite unit. On task. Off grid. These are the men of the Shadow Ops task force. Be seduced and thrilled by Take to the Limit, the next Unbroken Heroes novel by Dawn Ryder. 

Holding out for a hero…
A hardened military machine, Bram Magnus is a tough, combat-ready, all-American hero who never surrenders. But the one thing he can’t fight? His smoldering, intense attraction to his girlfriend’s younger sister. He’s always kept his feelings locked deeply down. But when his girlfriend betrays him the night before he ships off to Afghanistan, Bram has one chance to show the woman he’s resisted for years that he wants her as fiercely as the first day he saw her.
Ever since her older sister first brought home the soldier with steely hard muscles and piercing eyes, Jaelyn has wanted Bram, and when her sister casts him aside the night before he leaves, Jaelyn can’t resist one steamy hot kiss with him. But danger is not far behind, and even as a deadly enemy hunts them, their relationship only grows more explosive. It’s all Bram can do to keep Jaelyn safe, but with a threat this powerful, will they pay the ultimate price for their passion?

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Take to the Limit by Dawn Ryder is a sexy tale featuring alpha males. Males who think only about their work and nothing else. Or so they thought…Enter a beautiful woman and a Bram can’t let go. He’s leaving on a mission. Told to leave her alone. But his heart can’t. So, he does what he can. Writes letters to her. Not one, not two, but dozens of letters. Letting her know she’s all he’s thinking about while away. Hot sex. Instant chemistry. And fear. Jaelyn loves Bram. He is a sexy tall man who has her toes curling in the hot sand. Her dreams are filled with nothin glut him. She kissed him hard before he left. Her heart aches for him. Thinking she won’t ever see him again, she hardens her heart against him. When he arrives back to her, all hell breaks loose. His letters he wrote were never given to her….someone stole them. Jealousy. Jaelyn pushes Bram away. But he’s not giving up without a hell of a fight. Hell, she’s worth everything to him. Then, danger comes and knocks their world into a crazy space. No one knows where it will lead. But Bram is going to fight until he has Jaelyn safe again in his arms…and in his bed. 

Dawn Ryder knows how to heat up the pages. I blushed every time. The heat was scorching. The sex soon turned to love making. The characters each had their own fears and struggles. But somehow they keep moving forward and work through them. Friends who tease but also have their backs. Family that will always support them no matter what. I loved the granddaughter and grandfather relationships in this book. It was sweet, charming, and hilarious. Overall, I enjoyed reading Take to the Limit. It’s a perfect title for the scenes inside…a super solider and his strong yet bold woman. 

Review: Rogue Empire

Synopsis:

In this addictive page-turner, a mistargeted drone strike shatters peace between the United States and China. Can one man stop total war?
THE #1 BESTSELLING BLAKE CARVER SERIES RETURNS. Discover why critics call it “Astonishing,” “Chilling” and “Impossible to put down.”
As dawn rises over Tripoli, counter-terrorism operative Blake Carver arrives ahead of a planned drone strike on an extremist stronghold. But his plan to extract an embedded CIA operative turns disastrous when the mistargeted attack reduces the Chinese Embassy to rubble. 
All signs point to an inside job, and Carver finds himself on the wrong end of an internal investigation. Forced into exile, he watches helplessly as Beijing erupts in riots, an American diplomat is murdered and cyber attacks are unleashed on Wall Street. The two superpowers teeter on the brink of all-out war. 
With only the help of a renegade hacker and an old flame with powerful friends, Carver must act alone to thwart the most ingenious conspiracy the world has ever known.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Rogue Empire by William Tyree is a thriller that will put readers straight into the action. Fast-paced, frighteningly real, and highly engaging. I was hooked instantly. Blake Carver is a man readers will love. He reminds me, of Jason Bourne. Tough, clever, and a good man. It was so dangerous, that my heart was racing. I highly recommend Rogue Empire to all. 

Review: Abduction (How Liberalism Steals Our Children’s Hearts and Minds)



Synopsis:

Abduction issues an Amber Alert for the souls and minds of America’s youth. The book exposes how the liberal Left seeks to brainwash our children. It places a spotlight on the corruption that permeates the entertainment, educational, and judicial systems of our nation. Parents, teachers, and policymakers need to know what is happening right under their noses. Abduction offers a practical guide for fighting back against those who would destroy the moral compasses of our children.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Abduction: How Liberalism Steels Our Children’s Minds and Hearts by both Steve Feazel and Dr. Carol M. Swan is an excellent read. This book is a must have for all readers whether you’re an intrigued conservative on what the liberals have done and are doing or a liberal yourself. Topics like mainstream media, how porn has been incorporated as an approved academic subject and many more. I found myself engaged with the content. Shocking truth…and a lot of research went into writing this. The book not only goes on how liberalism works on spepcific areas but also shows the conservative side as well. I like how the writers brought both sides into the informative piece and not just one sided. However, it does show greatly the side affects of liberalism on every issue. That stunned me. As a conservative myself, there were things…a lot that I wasn’t aware of about both my side and the opposite side. After reading Abduction: How Liberalism Steels Our Children’s Minds and Hearts, I have been reeducated on everything I thought I knew. The writers dive deep, into political, economical, and institutional issues. Education is at the center of it all. Liberals are teaching our kids everywhere more so than conservatives…I can only remember one time a particular teacher tried reinforcing me to believe her perspective on a major topic. That was in my senior year in high school. She thought that if we didn’t accept her policy on the matter than we were wrong. That’s not what teachers are for…they are to teach us subject not force us to accept their beliefs unless enrolled in a religious school. Otherwise the teacher was wrong for what she did. In college, I have not meet any teachers forcing my to accept anything I didn’t agree with…Overall, I highly recommend this book to readers worldwide. 

Review: Computer Love Inc. III (Blood Brothers)



Synopsis:

Computer Love Inc.’s team of elite scientists have developed a new technological wonder, yet it brings with it unforeseen events bearing serious implications. The Guardian of Development, as this supreme Companion has been named, is dangerous – and not only for the mere fact that it represents the epitome of all artificial intelligence combined. Overwhelmed by what his team has created and burdened with the responsibility of time travel technology, Marius realizes he needs immediate assistance. Together, he, Zak, and John, are forced to take on challenges far beyond any they have ever encountered.

The government’s involvement has surpassed the point of empty threats; now, their presence is tangible and undisguised. Marius realizes that his company could potentially lose everything. Fueling the concept of an inside company traitor, Zak develops suspicions that convince John and Marius to take action. To make matters worse, the threat of a radical group, Rights for All Companions (R-FAC), has grown stronger. It’s become difficult to determine where alliances lay, and it seems that no one can be trusted. Has Computer Love Inc. spawned a source of technology that surpasses humanity? One thing is certain: a battle is brewing. With ideologies divided and battle lines blurred, will it be humanity or artificial intelligence that prevails?

Rating: 5-stars

Review

Computer Love Inc. III (Blood Brothers) by both Kurt and Jessica Hansen is the third installment to their amazing science fiction series. What I love about this novel, is that it contains all of the science fiction elements and is still addictive to read. I normally do not read science fiction. However, when I do, I am very picky. Kurt and Jessica Hansen have created a stunning piece. Their book brings out my other favorite elements like mystery, suspense, and intrigue. I was hooked. 

The story once more has political and government issues. Plus, the artificial intelligence robot is a major hazard to all. It’s strengths make it a threat. The government wants it. The role of science and how far it goes shows readers the scariness of it all. How far is too much? When science reaches that boiling point where it becomes it an issue to all makes me wonder if scientists really would go as far as possible to stop their evil creations…Computer Love Inc. III (Blood Brothers) is indeed a compelling read. Readers will love traveling in time and following along as the suspense builds up…overall, I highly recommend this tale to readers worldwide 

Review: Some Thoughts on God and Other Things 


Synopsis:

Our cities, states, countries, and seemingly the whole world, seem to be coming apart at the seams.

While many of us live in relative comfort, the wars, killing, economic strife, lack of morals, decency, and just common sense, take a heavy toll on our spirits and psyches.
But how do we as individuals overcome the enormity of hate, prejudice, selfishness, greed, corruption, and all the other bad things going on in our world?

It starts with getting our moral imperatives back and it is no coincidence that our slide into unprincipledness is accompanied by less interest in religion and belief in God in our world.

However, understand that this is not a book about religion or bringing you back to religion.

Religion, like our governments, corporations, organizations, schools, institutions and even our science, are corruptible, fallible, misguided, and possibly worse.

The fact is that us and everything in our world, our universe is imperfect, flawed, and finite.

This book is about trying to understand and accept that there is a different, perfect, infinite plain of existence, and that there is a perfect being that dwells there.

And that can lead us into becoming more moral people and change our world.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Some Thoughts on God and Other Things by Jerome Gleich is a great read for all. It’s not convincing readers to believe in anything but to address the real issues of life. It shows us what’s really happening and how fast our world has changed. We have gone from a world with the “trust in God” to dismissing God completely. Our behaviors as a moral group of people has dramatically declined. When we turned our backs on God as a whole, we all have become more violent, angry, and full of hatred. Flaws are everywhere including in each one of us. But by accepting that God is there…or that there is a God who is good…it changes how we behave as a person, as a group and as a nation. Jerome Gleich’s book is a must read. I was already a believer in God, but the fact that someone else has noticed that the more we turn against God, the more we have fallen…

Some Thoughts on God and Other Things is a deep, thought provoking read. It engages reader to read, listen, and re-read it again. Our world is changing. Yes, some change is good; however, not all change has made us better. Instead it led to where we are now…sad, but real.  I liked how Jerome Gleich doesn’t push readers into believing in God but at the same time, leaves them with enough to re-think about it. Overall, I think this writer’s points were well-written, and I would recommend this to readers everywhere. 

Review: The Rantings of an Uneducated Reactionary 


Synopsis:

 These days, there is no such thing as politics as usual. So Americans who care about the future of this country need books on politics that don’t pull any punches. The Rantings of an Uneducated Reactionary comes out swinging and doesn’t stop till the last page. These political, ideological, and philosophical essays are like nothing readers have ever seen. After three decades of writing on these topics, author Oscar J. Phillips delivers incisive analysis, using humor and curve balls to keep readers on their toes. At times, readers may feel their blood boil as they read the in-your-face, put-you-on-the-spot truth, but Phillips’s controversial stance offers truth that can’t be denied. He does not dance around taboo or provocative subjects but instead offers refreshingly undiluted conservativism with super-sharp accuracy. As unorthodox as The Rantings of an Uneducated Reactionary may be, it nevertheless fills a gap in political literature. Phillips offers unconventional political thoughts printed nowhere else.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Rantings of an Uneducated Reactionary by Oscar J. Phillips is an interesting read. It brings up a lot of strong issues that can bring heated arguments towards one’s way, if spoken. However, I found that what the writer mentioned was true. It’s scary to know any writer writing about politics and government stuff to mention things one already agrees or disagrees to. When it comes to these topics, I want to say I know what they are…but when discussing it to an opposer it’s hard to really discuss something I only know pieces about…that’s where this book comes in handy. I found myself intrigued and educated. Plenty of topics to keep readers turning the pages and rereading it. The Rantings of an Uneducated Reactionary is am excellent choice for learning, discovering, and exploring topics like socialism, race, liberalism an many others. Readers may find themselves familiar with such terminology but really how much do readers really, and I mean honestly know about them? Oscar J. Phillips created the best handy book for readers everywhere to take with them knowledge and an education over some issues. I enjoyed reading this book, and I recommend it to all. 

Review: Red Norfork

 

Synopsis:

Communist Party Manifesto in 1848 is more relevant today than at that time. The number of communist countries has fallen from 15 in 1989 to only 4 today. However, communist parties are today part of a government in 12 countries; and communist parties exist in virtually every country in the world. In the novel RED NORFOLK, a small group of communists seek to overthrow the democratically elected government by a carefully planned coup against the government. The group is aware of historical precedents, most notably the Russian revolution of 1917 which, far from being a mass uprising against the government, was actually a coup led by dedicated militants. The novel proposes that the Australian government decides to abolish cash. This assists the revolutionaries in achieving their goals. Nilson publisher David Robertson has already concluded that “the technology now exists for a paperless (without cash) society”. Whilst not wishing to alarm the reader of the prospect of militants taking over Australia, the author seeks to alert the reader to the possibility of such an event unless measures are taken by the authorities to prevent such a possibility.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Red Norfork by Allan Kashmer is  a stunning yet frightening read. It gives readers a taste of a possible outcome if actions to prevent it are not taken. The realities of such a treat in the future could happen. I applaud the writer of his superb writing and elegant tale. I easily found myself deep into a government conspiracy story. One that made me sweat in fear and wait with holding breath.

Inside, Red Norfork, readers will meet a group trying to abolish the use of paper currency. Their thoughts are that everyone uses credit or debit cards now, and hardly anyone uses real cash. However, there are other dark characters whose businesses rely heavily on the flow of paper cash to survive. If the flow of paper cash demolishes…so, too, will their businesses. Bad guys going after other bad guys…then there’s the Communist Party members that are working up a plan to overthrow the Democratic party. I enjoyed reading this military strategic novella and governments fighting one another. Definitely an interesting read that will hook readers instantly. I found myself lost within the pages. The scenes went by fast. History and military fans will love, Red Norfork. Overall, I highly recommend it to all.

 

Review: Beijing Red

 

Synopsis:

When ex-Navy SEAL Nick Foley travels to China to find purpose and escape the demons of his past, he instead stumbles into a conspiracy his Special Forces training never prepared him for. A mysterious and deadly outbreak ravages a remote area of western China, and Nick finds himself the lead suspect in a bioterrorism investigation being conducted by China’s elite Snow Leopard counter-terrorism unit.

To clear his name and avoid prosecution, he must team up with beautiful Chinese CDC microbiologist Dr. Dazhong “Dash” Chen to find who is really behind the attack. As their investigation proceeds, their budding friendship is tested by nationalistic loyalties and suspicion.

In a race against time, Nick and Dash must risk everything to stop a madman before he unleashes the world’s next super-weapon in Beijing.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

Beijing Red by Alex Ryan is a reminder of one of my most favorite movies…the Bourne Series. It’s intense, fast-paced, and absolutely a riveting read. There’s enough excitement that kept my heart racing, my palms sweating, and the fear of another deadly disaster. Alex Ryan is indeed a superb writer whose words swept over me and washed me deep into this stunning one of a kind adventure. With the way our world’s technology and other foreign countries bio-technologies increase at an alarming rate…the fear of this realistic doom kept me awake all night long. Absolutely the most compelling read I have read in awhile.

Alex Ryan has masterfully created a plot that can one day actually happen to us if not already happening. The frightening realization is terrifying. I couldn’t put this novel down until I read it all. Inside Beijing Red, readers like myself will have met an ex-Navy Seal who like Matt Damon that played the leading role in Bourne Series…is found in a rather difficult situation where he is being hunted down for a rime he didn’t commit. A government conspiracy that leads Nick and China’s microbiologist, Dash, to figure it all out before the true criminal behind it all lets loose another deadly nightmare. A race against time, countries, and the government both Nick and Dash will have to use every source of power they have to defeat whoever is behind the bioterrorism. Readers like myself will get to travel to China and explore one of the most  dangerous plots that exist…Beijing Red. Overall, I found this read to be thrilling, and I highly recommend it to readers worldwide.

 

Review: Heavenly Khan

 

Synopsis:

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

What was funny, was that I just got done watching the history channel about the Khan and then was provided a chance to review this title. It was definitely fate that brought me to this magnificent read. Heavenly Khan by Victor Cunrui Xiong is an extraordinary historical novel that will have readers traveling back in time when the Khan were alive. These moments with the Khan are one of China’s greatest historical time periods. I found it quite intriguing and fascinating as the history came, to life, on these well-written pages. Heavenly Khan is about the dangers that were presented to China that brought them to building up their army as well as their defenses to keep out their attackers.

Heavenly Khan is about the dangers that were presented to China that brought them to building up their army as well as their defenses to keep out their attackers. Li Shimin was a military leader that proved to a wonder for China. He made his way up to being an emperor and one that was well-respected. The cultures, religions, and ways of the Chinese will sway readers from the beginning and keep them hooked until the end. Victor Cunrui Xiong stunningly brings his readers an era full of political scandal, upheaval, and the struggles of the Chinese courts. History is one of the best topics that anyone can fill their minds with…and Heavenly Khan is definitely a must read for readers everywhere. Overall, I highly recommend this historical novel to readers worldwide.

 

Review: Desert Dark

 

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Nadia Riley is delighted to earn a spot at an elite, government-funded boarding school. Nothing sounds better than leaving behind her fraught relationship with her ex-boyfriend and moving to faraway Arizona for a spot at Desert Mountain Academy.  But the Academy is more than Nadia bargained for: it’s a covert CIA program training high-achieving students for the Black-Ops. Nadia struggles to keep up in her new classes while gaining the trust of her assigned teammates. Things get worse when news leaks that there is a double agent on campus, and someone is framing Nadia.  Nadia discovers dark secrets about her fellow teammates and learns one of them is the deserter.  With a setting that is Hogwarts meets The Bourne Identity, this debut YA thriller will make readers mad with suspense.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Desert Dark by Sonja Stone is brilliantly stunning. Her novel is set for YA; however, adults like myself will lose themselves inside this incredible read. I found it enticing, suspenseful and packed with action. There’s also, a mystery surrounding the events that keep readers intrigued from the beginning and until the ending. This new title in YA is exciting, hot, and carries a lot of themes such as family, loyalty, and friendships. I absolutely loved reading this new novel by a very talented writer. Desert Dark is the first novel I have read by this writer and I am now looking forward to book two. Hopefully, there is one. These characters are funny, unpredictable, and sweet. They are also, realistic, smart, and can kick butt.

Inside this suspenseful spy covert mission book, readers will follow a young girl as she is being sent to a private school that she has never signed up for…it gives her a chance to start over rather than staying home having to face her cheating boyfriend and ex best friend. Desert Dark totally fits in with the overall story. As the new girl, Nadia finds herself in the middle of a dessert with a top security governmental school, she finds there are indeed dark things going on…Nadia is smart and a tough student. She soon realizes how far behind she is and works daily to bring herself up to standards with her four-man team. Her roommate has a southern accent and is a little OCD when it comes to keeping things clean…but their friendship blooms despite that…but Nadia soon finds out each member of her team is holding onto a secret. Especially their hot team leader whose secret may crush what they both feel towards one another…then there’s a diary Nadia finds…and it’s after that her whole life gets messier than she ever expected. I loved reading this spy thriller. Desert Dark is not just for teens but can also be for adults. The plot, characters, and the pace were amazing. I couldn’t stop reading it. Overall, this is definitely a novel to read by all.

 

 

 

CHAPTER 1:

The Long Dark Road

 

The night was cool and rainy. The long dark road flanked by tall trees on both sides. A lone new blue car is racing down the road. Only one person occupied the car. A young woman in her late twenties was listening to the music on her iPhone through the speakers of her entertainment system via a Bluetooth device. She was secretly a Disney fan and loved the music and songs. You would not even know that she was once a Marine of the United States Marine Corp.

Well an ex-marine, she was honorably discharged because of battle injuries. Those injuries were healed, but she was not able to serve anymore. She wanted to carry on the family tradition of military service. But she was the only one in her family still alive that actually saw combat, but she did not serve no where near as long as her parents, grand parents, and cousins did. She was a marine for six years, as an ‘electronic warrior.’ Her skills were on the computer, and she hacked terrorist networks and even foreign powers.

Now she has a job as a reporter for the local newspaper. She has worked for them for almost a year now and she needs a break. Washington State may have been the state to go to for all the tech jobs, but all the companies wanted degrees, and she did not have that. She had more experience then anyone with a Masters Degree, but without that paper she was useless.

Her name was Miss Jennifer Lawernce, never married and no children. She was 28 now and very fit from her days in the Marines. Oh how she missed her friends in the corp. She did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and a secret mission into North Korea. That mission is still classified and can’t be talked about. However her last mission was in Torra Borra Afghanistan her unit was ambushed by a suicide bomber and a mortar madman. She was the only one to survive after she programmed a drone that was flying nearby to attack the mortar. The American commanders found her through the reprogrammed drone’s flight path data plan.

Jennifer looked at her GPS and found that it did not know where it was. All Jennifer knew was that she was two hours north of Arlington which means that she is five hours north of Seattle. There is nothing but wilderness and an old road. No street lamps and the there is the threat of stray deer or moose up here. She was born in Arlington the town just south of were she was, but that doesn’t mean that she knew the whole area. In fact area that she was in looked very unfamiliar to her.

 

Then all of a sudden a black SUV rushes by her and turns to speed towards her.

“Holy shit!” Jennifer cussed as she saw the SUV come right at her. The driver in the black vehicle matches Jennifer’s speed of sixty miles an hour and is now right next to her. The driver then tries to shove her off the road.

“Okay you ass hole, let’s tango,” Jennifer then recalled her military training. Her friends called her the ‘psyco roadster’ for a reason. Though she wished that she had the old Humvee. Jennifer banks hard to her right hitting the black SUV forcing it to give her some room to move. Then she speeds up hoping that her little car can out speed the SUV.

“For a new Ford Focus this thing is not bad,” Jennifer said to herself. She was impressed with it. She normally liked Toyota’s for cars, Fords were perfect for trucks. Something a little different was what Jennifer was all about.

Then another SUV came out of the trees and right in front of her. It slows and the other SUV comes up next to her again. Then Jennifer did something super dangerous. She turned into the forest and lost the SUV’s. The ride down was super bumpy and she then crashed into a downed log and forced next to a body of water. Jennifer was still conscious and she grabbed her iPhone and ran out into the rain. She was looking over her shoulder seeing if she was being followed. So far all she heard was rain.

What was odd was that there was a strange looking fence. It was a standard metal fence with barbed wire rounded at the top. But there was a series of black boxes along the perimeter and behind the fences.

“Is this a base?” Jennifer asked herself.

A low buzzing noise came over the wind, and that buzzing was all too familiar to her ears. It was an attack drone, the kind that helps defend military installations. She should know, she used to operate them.

As she thought a black winged drone came surging towards her firing a machine gun at her. Jennifer dived and ducked behind a rock. The drone flies away, however it does something that she has never seen a drone do. It stops in mid air and spun around on it’s axis to as if look down at Jennifer.

A bright light is shined in Jennifer’s face from the ground and two Humvee’s pull up to her. These Humvee’s have large wheels, a variant that was designed to be driven through the forest.

“You are trespassing on private government property! You are under arrest!” one of the men shouted at Jennifer as he and several others came out of the Humvee’s pointing M-16’s at her. One of the Humvee’s had a top mounted machine gunner, the other had an automated missile launcher.

“That’s a lot of firepower for just one little reporter like me?” Jennifer said.

“Hands up, bitch!” he ordered again, a man with a Sergeant’s rank in the standard forest cammo.

Normally Jennifer would slam her knee in between his legs, but there are too many troops and way too much firepower. They would drop her in an instant.

“Okay, ass hole you win,” Jennifer put her hands behind her head. Another woman with a Corporals’ rank took her iPhone, and took her purse, and what ever was in her pockets. “Hey, I want those back!” Then someone from behind knocks Jennifer out.

 

Jennifer woke up in a dark room tied to a chair with a table in front of it.

“Oh man, never thought that I’d be on this side of the table,” she whispered to herself. She didn’t know if there was someone else in the room. She looked and noticed black sound proof paneling walls.

A door opens with a man in uniform walking in. She looked at him as he sat down in the other chair at the other end of the table.

“I never thought that I would see you again, Jennifer,” he said.

He sounded familiar to her, but Jennifer couldn’t quite place the name, “Do I know you?”

“You do, but you wouldn’t recognize me now,” then light fills the room to reveal a middle aged man in a General’s uniform. The name tag read Andrews.

“You’re a little young to be a three star General? I knew a General Collins Andrews from my days in the corp.” Jennifer said.

“That would be me. Like I said you wouldn’t recognize me,” the General noticed Jennifer’s look. “I’ll prove it. Remember that drone strike at Mosel in Iraq back 2007? You saw that the terrorist figured out how to hack the data feed? You gave it a final program that turned it into a kamikaze? It took out the ones controlling it and a whole deserted street block?”

“That was a classified mission? If what you say is true, then you would know what did Andrews tell me after that?” Jennifer tested this rather young looking General.

“I told you that you did beautifully and terrifyingly,” Andrews said.

Jennifer couldn’t believe it, “How, the, what the? What happened to you?”

“It’s complicated. I’d love to tell you, but you are as we say asleep in the bed of the enemy. You’re a news reporter now of all things. I pulled your military file. You were the perfect soldier as far as I was concerned. Now you’re struggling to make it out there in the civilian world. I remember how skilled you were it computer technologies, and I would like to hire you,” The General offered.

“Your goons trashed my new car, then I got knocked out and I’m tied up. I don’t remember the corp. being this ridicules in its recruitment policies,” Jennifer said with a hint of humor in her voice.

“Oh shit, sorry, forgot,” Andrews sighed and he got up and untied her. “You can stand up now.” Jennifer stood up and Andrews looked at her again. “Do you want a civilian job with us?”

“I’ve actually got nothing to loose now,” Jennifer responded.

“We will give you everything you need. A new apartment on base, a new car, and a few other things,” Andrews said as he was walking out. He tossed her the iPhone that she had. “I believe that’s yours.” He stopped for a moment. “Oh you will see very strange things here. Try to keep claim and an open mind.”

 

General Andrews Collins takes Jennifer Lawrence deep into the building and she is already seeing some strange things.

“Hey Gen A!” a strange high pitch voice screamed.

Jennifer turned and saw what she thought was an alien! The a typical grey alien from the conspiracy theories. It had big black eyes and grey skin and a spindly body with a big head.

“What Huxcu?” Andrews demanded.

“The coffee is gone again, and we need it to run the next experiment for you assholes!” the alien that Andrews called Huxcu spat.

“Don’t tell me that Ursula didn’t stock the mess again?” Andrews whined.

“Hey maybe I can help with that?” Jennifer offered. “I can make a really good brew.”

“Okay, Ursula keeps the coffee stuff in room 211B.” Andrews said.

Jennifer followed Huxcu to the room and gathered the coffee grounds and a few other items. Then in the coffee mess, which was typical of any government building. White walls with a counter with multiple coffee makers, and cabinets above, and a bunch of tables with chairs.

“So uh. Huxcu? What do you do here at Alington?” Jennifer asked.

“My people build new technology and test them. Our world was destroyed years ago, and we wondered space till we ended up here. In exchange for living on this world we build new tech for this tribe,” Huxcu explained.

“Sorry to here that,” Jennifer apologized.

“What ever,” Huxcu then took a cup of coffee as it was made by the maker that Jennifer just stocked. He slurped and hummed with what seemed like satisfaction. “Damn you weren’t kidding, when you said that you make a good brew. You’re the new coffee bitch now!” Huxcu laughed and walked out.

Andrews walked in with a smirk on his face.

“Is he always like that?” Jennifer asked.

“Actually he likes you. To here that from him is impressive,” Andrews said. Jennifer gave him a cup and they both drank it like marines do.

Out into the main lab which was five stories tall and two football fields deep, and another two football fields wide. There were many booths, machines, chain falls, and other things that Jennifer did not know what they were. At the very far end it looked like a version of the large hadron collider.

“We have a serious problem, and I was hoping that you would help us out?” Andrews asked.

“What could you people have a problem with?” Jennifer questioned her friend.

See that thing at the far end that we are heading to?” Andrews pointed to the hadron collider like machine.

“Yeah, what is it?” Jennifer asked.

“It is a machine built by our alien friends, it’s designed allow us to travel to other worlds, dimensions, and time periods,” Andrews mentioned.

“You’re kidding? There is no machine that I know of that can do that!” Jennifer whined.

“You’ll see, short stuff,” Andrews said her nickname.

Short stuff was Jennifer’s nickname in the Corp. a name that she so badly hated. She felt short, but she was of average height and size for a woman. Jennifer always wanted to be bigger and taller, but she was either average or smaller. She truly wanted to be larger, maybe she can ask the aliens if they could do that for her. All she would need to do is make them coffee it seemed.

General Andrews and Jennifer were on an electronic cart driving towards the massive machine. At the massive four story tall machine they see a massive number of workers, both Human and Alien, but also what look like terminator like machine robots working at computers, and other hardware.

“Sir, the colony at Alandashia has reported trouble with it’s computer systems, and they also report strange events happening,” an Army captain saluted to Andrews.

“Power up the Gateway Generator, and take a team over there,” Andrews turns to Jennifer. “Go with them.”

The massive machine warms up and a whirlpool of energy forms at its center. A wave of wind blows through the whole lab.

Jennifer watched as five soldiers with Navy SEAL insignia walk through the whirlpool of energy. Andrews ushered Jennifer to follow them through. She cautiously walked up to it and put her hand through the energy, it did not hurt, in fact she couldn’t feel a thing. Then she walks in and then it is as if she was falling.

 

Jennifer is deposited on a red dirt ground. The five SEALS help her up.

“Where are we Mars?” Jennifer asked as she looked out onto the landscape.

“No miss. Look there,” the Chief pointed to a massive dome in the red environment.

“What is that?” Jennifer asked the Chief.

“It’s where all the life on this world now lives,” he answered her.

They walked for about three miles to the entrance of the dome. A doorway that is designed to slide into the walls to provide maximum room for entry. Inside the land was very different. It was lush, green, water flowed in rivers, streams, and lakes. Tree, flowers, bushes, and all manner of flora and fauna. The sun shined and clouds formed. Birds chirped, and crickets chimed. To Jennifer this looked like something out of a fairy tale. Then a small Fairy like being flew up to the SEAL team. The chief held out his palm so the tiny female Fairy could land in it.

“Hey Flaua. Can you take us to our research team?” the Chief asked the Fairy named Flaua.

“Of course Chief, they are all at the Palace with Princess Marylynn,” Flaua said. She then flew into the air to lead them to the palace.

“A Princess? And was that a Fairy?” Jennifer asked.

“That was a Fairy, and her name is Flaua. She helped my team when we came here the first time. The Fairy people here were under attack from a weird Demon like creature. My men engaged and destroyed the Demon creatures. The Fairies thanked us and they have been our friends ever since,” the Chief explained.

The six Americans are in the vast beautiful white marble palace, escorted by Fairies, and Dwarves. They are told to wait well the Princess made herself decent to be seen.

Jennifer wanders onto the balcony and see’s a series of gardens with flowers of all kinds. There she saw a lovely tall woman with black hair. She was wearing the most lovely silver dress that Jennifer had ever seen, and she was humming a tune as she picked flowers. She saw Jennifer and smiled sweetly to her.

“Well hello there, and who might you be?” the rather young but tall lady asked kindly.

“I’m Jennifer Lawrence, I came with the American team to help fix the computer systems,” Jennifer explained.

“Oh, your one of the Americans? Oh that’s good. We have had a great big trouble be fall the kingdom,” the lady said as she came up to Jennifer.

She was taller then Jennifer, this lady stood five foot ten inches. She was also very curvaceous as well. Her hips were very pronounced and her breast, were very large. This gave her an hourglass like figure, a figure that Jennifer wished that she had.

“Lady Jennifer, are you an American technician?” the lady asked.

“I’m a computer expert they need me to fix the system,” Jennifer explained.

“I still find it strange that a culture has women as equals to men. And I like that about you Americans. Ever since your people have come, I have seen women doctors and warriors. The men can both build and cook as well. Also the greatest of inventions and technology that your people have,” she said walking with Jennifer.

“Yeah, we Americans are a weird bunch, but that’s our unique quality,” Jennifer said. “Oh I never caught your name.”

“Oh! Where are my manners? I am Princess Marylynn I am the ruler of this kingdom and an admirer of your people,” Marylynn smiled and held out her hand to Jennifer to shake hands with her.

Jennifer was in shock, “Oh I’m sorry! I’ve just never met a real Princess before.”

“Do not be. I like you Lady Jennifer. You are quite a female warrior. And you are very intelligent. I thank you for coming,” Marylynn welcomed Jennifer with a sweet smile like a child. The two girls walk back inside to were the Princess’s court and the American research team and the SEALS where.

Jennifer saw the computer system that the Princess had the Americans set up in the palace. The research team was welcomed into the palace to stay. She walked over to it and started to work on it’s software to see what was happening to it.

“My Princess!” a small male Fairy flew into the great courtroom.

“What is it Jevsa?” Marynlynn asked worried.

“A dark cloud has over taken the realms beyond and it heading this way!” Jevsa cried.

“The Evil One is here,” Marylynn said with dread.

“The Evil One?” Jennifer looked up with a cooked eye brow.

“The term that these people use to describe an entity that causes harm and mayhem,” an American researcher said to Jennifer.

“Well it looks like the software was corrupted by some kind of strange power surge. I can’t recover the data without better equipment,” Jennifer said.

“We need to leave anyway. Chief please me and my people need to leave. My kingdom is no match for The Evil One,” Marylynn begged the Chief.

“Chief, we need to leave!” Jennifer pointed out of a window to a black cloud coming in waves towards them.

“Okay! Get to the gateway and we’ll funnel as many of these people as we can!” the Chief ordered to his SEALS.

 

At least a thousand people follow the SEALS to the gateway outside the dome into the red dirt environment. The gateway opened up and the Chief orders everyone to go through three at a time. The black cloud consumes the dome and the kingdom is gone. As the black cloud came towards them, the last of the magical people are through the SEALS jump through and Jennifer was the last.

 

Jennifer again on the floor, but a familiar one. It was the lab floor and the machine behind her shuts down.

“You idiots have some explaining to do!” Huxcu complained as he looked at all the magical people. They looked at him with wide eyed amazement for none of them had ever seen a Grey Alien before.

“He is right about that!” General Andrews along with an elderly woman in a white Admiral’s uniform said coming down a stairwell.

“Roughly a thousand unauthorized personnel are in this lab. Would you like to explain this?” the woman demanded.

“Jennifer, this is Vice Admiral Emily Sertus. The one that is in charge of the entire United States Super Weapons Arsenal,” Andrews introduced the Admiral to Jennifer and Marylynn who just walked up to her.

“Please mad’am Admiral. My people will make ourselves useful to you, if you allow us to stay. We have no home now, I beg you,” Marylynn curtsy to the two star General, and the three star Admiral.

“This base is a highly classified military installation. However if your people stay within the perimeter. Your people can help defend the base,” the Admiral said.

“Oh thank you, madam Admiral!” Marylynn bowed to them.

“I’ll have some of my officers get quarters for all your people,” Andrews said and he had twelve officers go find places for them to live. “Jennifer may I talk to you?”

Jennifer walked with Andrews well the Admiral talked to the Princess.

“The Princess is actually important. I want you to look after her. She can walk off the base as long as you are with her. She seems to like you a lot,” Andrews asked.

“You want me to babysit the Princess?” Jennifer complained.

“You brought them here, It’s only fitting,” Andrews patted Jennifer on her shoulder and he walks away.

“Great! Just fucking great,” Jennifer cussed to herself.

The Princess walked up to Jennifer with a smile, “I have something for you.” The Princess gives Jennifer a pair of ear rings that were more beautiful then any that she had ever seen. “It is a thank you. I hope that you do not mind escorting me. I would love to see your people’s kingdom.”

She helped Jennifer put them on, and the former female Marine could not believe that someone would give her such a beautiful gift. She loved ear rings.

“These look as if they are meant for royalty?” Jennifer asked.

“They are. Only a Princess or a woman of beauty may wear them. However a Princess can give them to a friend that she feels deserves them. It is said that they have magical powers,” Marylynn explained.

“I don’t know what to say. No one had ever given me such beautiful ear rings before. Thank you,” Jennifer hugged Marylynn. The Princess hugged her back.

“Your welcome, Lady Jennifer. I cannot wait to see the nearby village tomorrow,” Marylyn giggled and walked away.

 

The next morning Jennifer and Marylynn who are dressed in average clothes of jeans and long sleeved shirts. Four of the Princess’s loyal friends are also with them disguised as Humans or small Humans. The city that Jennifer drove them too was Lynnwood, just south of Everett but north of Seattle. It is here that a large mall was called Alderwood. Marylynn goes through the high end clothes stores like a kid in a candy store.

Jennifer and Marylynn try on many new outfits and buy some too. Marylynn also loved the shoes. Later at lunch Marylynn enjoyed the food court too much. For a Princess, Marylynn seemed to have a bottomless stomach. She could eat the whole menu at every restaurant in the food court.

“You have one hell of an appetite?” Jennifer commented as Marylynn was still eating.

“But it is all just so good,” Marylynn said as she continued to eat.

“How is it that you are not getting fat?” Jennifer asked.

“Well I am half Fae and half Human. Fae are seven foot, powerful warrior people. They can also eat all they want without the limitations of food storage, like everyone else suffers from. So I can eat what ever I want and how much I want without getting heavy,” Marylynn explained offering Jennifer a bowl of soup. She takes it and drinks it.

“That’s quite an advantage. I wish I had that. Along with everything else that you have,” Jennifer said.

“You may find this a little odd then, I actually admire you Jennifer,” Marylynn said. This made Jennifer look at the Princess oddly. “You are strong, and smart. Everything that I am not.”

“You are strong and smart in your own right! Never let that thought hurt you,” Jennifer said sternly.

“Thank you, Lady Jennifer of Lawrence,” Marylynn smiled.

As Jennifer and Marylynn talked, another person was watching them. This was a woman that worked for the base that they all lived at. She was assigned to watch them to make sure that they did not get into trouble. Jennifer knows her only by her odd name, Sabre.

She was also tall, more then five and a half feet, at least taller then Jennifer. She had blue-black hair tied up in a pony tail. She was wearing a black female business suit that hugged her body tightly. She had an hourglass figure that rivaled Princess Marylynn perfectly. She too had wide hips, with a tight buttock. Her legs were toned and she had soft skin. Her breast were huge, and the shirt that she had on showed off her cleavage very well. She also wore glasses and her look was both classy and a modern badass chick vibe. She was an expert martial arts fighter, and just as smart. Sabre worked in a cubical in an office building for accounting.

What Jennifer, Marylynn or her American military employers do not know about her is that she is like the Princess a magical being. She was actually half Human and half Demoness. She worked for the same force that destroyed the Princess’s kingdom.

Sabre gets up and walks to the bathroom. She is alone and she locks the door and uses her powers to isolate the room. She goes to a mirror, waves her hand over it to make another image appear.

“My lord, the Princess is here in this realm. She and her people are being protected by the nation of this realm that I told you about before. What do you wish of me now?” Sabre asked.

“For now, monitor the Princess and keep her alive. Try to guide their missions to my ends. I have faith in you my favorite love,” the mysterious man said to Sabre.

“Yes my lord,” Sabre said as the image vanished. She broke the spell and walked out. She saw that the gorging Princess was finished eating. She and Jennifer were cleaning up and walking away. Sabre from a distance followed them as was her instructions from both the Americans, and her mysterious master. She knew that Jennifer knew that she was following, but Jennifer believed that Sabre was an American undercover operative. That will help in the long run for Sabre.

 

Near midnight Jennifer drives the five magical beings home, in Jennifer’s newly fixed blue Ford Focus car, back to the base with Sabre in the back in her brand new F-150 truck. Sabre loved Trucks and all the new gadgets.

The Princess collapses into her bed and sleeps in. Jennifer finds her way to her new on base apartment that she got setup in with. From there she sleeps and wonders what tomorrow will bring.

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