Thou Shall Not Kill

  It was a beautiful morning graced by crystal blue skies as Kamal passed through the gate at Sapir Academic College, Israel’s largest public university. Unnoticed, he merged seamlessly into the flow of bodies traversing the campus. At precisely 9:05 a.m. he began to recite his prayers. Two minutes later, he stopped, stared at the heavens, then shouted, “Allah Akbar!” before depressing a detonator. In a millisecond, scorching hot metal ripped through the flesh of anyone within Kamal’s line of sight. Students dropped mid-stride. Dismembered bodies lined the sidewalks, and blood soaked the grass. Kamal’s headless torso lay amid the dead and dying. It was merely the first shot in a methodically planned, multi-pronged attack designed to “wipe Israel from the face of the earth.” Its perpetrators included a combined army, 40,000 men strong, of Iranian, Syrian, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Russian forces—men who would stop at nothing to achieve their objective. As the attack escalated from an act of terrorism to an existential threat, the words, Never Again echoed in the mind of Israeli prime minister Abraham Rabinovich. It was a promise by Jewish Holocaust survivors to never again be passive in the face of systematic annihilation. With a single…

The Chamala Quest: A Doctor Liberty Belle Corcoran Novel

To those who study plants, the Chamala represents the Holy Grail. Finding it would be the discovery of a lifetime—make that a dozen lifetimes. It produces a berry with phytochemistry possessing the unique ability to hyper-stimulate nerve cell reproduction. It will be instrumental in the development of the next generation of bio-pharmaceuticals capable of curing blindness, deafness, dementia and paralysis. Famous botanist, Doctor Liberty Belle Corcoran, may have the inside track in the search for the Chamala plant. While speaking at the Global Federation of Botanists’ annual symposium on the island of Mahé, she learns of its possible location from the mysterious Cheung brothers. There is one small problem, however. It grows somewhere in an unexplored mountainous region of West Papua, Indonesia, on the island of New Guinea, and is closely guarded by a primitive tribe of cannibals who hold the Chamala berry sacred. Libby will have to get past them if she is to succeed, and they plan to take the Chamala’s location and its secret with them to their graves, along with anyone who interferes.   REVIEW A well-crafted action adventure story. The Chamala Quest by Mason Malone is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel, with brilliantly…

The Torch Betrayal: A Classic World War II Spy Thriller (A Conor Thorn Novel)

  A disgraced agent. A missing battle plan. Will he find redemption or damage the Allies beyond repair?  London, 1942. OSS Agent Conor Thorn is desperate for a second chance. After a botched mission in Tangier, Thorn knows failure is not an option. When confidential directives for Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, go missing, the agent must recover the plans before the Nazis thwart the crucial mission. Thorn teams up with MI6 agent Emily Bright to seek out the traitor in their midst. Untangling the web of suspects leads them to Nazi sympathizers, double-crossing Soviet spies, and Vatican clergymen with motives of their own. As their mission grows more and more dangerous, Thorn and Bright have one chance to retrieve the document before it falls into enemy hands, leaving countless Allied troops in danger.  The Torch Betrayal is a high-stakes WWII thriller inspired by true events.   REVIEW   A high-stakes WWII thriller inspired by true events. By Piaras on October 19, 2018 (Emerald Book Reviews) Author Glenn Dyer weaves a compelling and noteworthy spy thriller. With intriguing twists and turns it will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a gripping and mesmerizing…

Three Paperclips & a Grey Scarf (An Evan Davis Tale)

  Evan Davis is a writer, or at least he would be if he could finish his first book. Because the book has languished unfinished, Davis finds himself presented with an ultimatum by his agent: Take a three-month assignment as a press embed in Afghanistan or risk losing his book contract. Since the job does have a salary attached he takes it, but before departing, a friend hands Davis a hastily gathered good luck charm: three paperclips. Over the months in country, he gets to know the men of a small team of US soldiers that he is deployed with and rediscovers his muse writing about their experiences in Southwest Asia for a truth hungry American public. Davis also finds a use for each of his talismans, as they save his life and those of the men he comes to regard as his team; the soldiers who promised each other that they would all make it home in one piece.   REVIEW A swift, intriguing and compelling story that takes no prisoners Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews War is hell, for sure, but war can make for irrefutably brilliant book writing and movie-making. If you’re a…

Fountain of Youth
Action Adventure / Spy , Shorter Reads / January 10, 2019

  45 year old widow, Amelia Martin, finds her life has fallen to pieces. Worse, she’s one of three hostages kidnapped by bandits while holidaying in the Amazon jungle. When her children refuse to pay the ransom, Amelia acquires a ruthless willpower to survive, and unexpected cold and deadly determination awakens in her to aid in her escape. Months later when she emerges from the jungle, youth and wealth on her side, did she find the legendary fountain of youth, or did she discover the woman she’d always been deep inside? REVIEW An intriguing action and adventure story. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews For thousands of years, people have searched in vain for a way to recapture their youth. The Fountain of Youth supposedly possessed the power to restore the youth of anyone who drank from or bathe in its waters… or at least that’s what legend would have us believe. Author Margaret Pearce weaves an intriguing action and adventure story with twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a philosophical tale in a very vivid and convincing way of the will to survive. It examines the…