Book Review: The Foster Family by Nicole Trope

Title: The Foster Famiily
Author: Nicole Trope
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 3,5 stars
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In their holiday home, a stone’s throw from the beach, Elizabeth dials the police with trembling hands. ‘My little boy, he’s missing.’

Elizabeth is Joe’s foster mother, but she loves him like her own. The five-year-old, who adores superheroes and watching the birds outside, is the child she has dreamed of. As she looks into the garden, where he was playing just moments ago, her heart feels like it has been ripped from her chest.

She was meant to save Joe from his birth mother who almost harmed his chances at life. The woman who has been trying to desperately get him back.

She was meant to protect Joe from her husband. The man who, right now, lies to the police, saying he was making breakfast when Joe disappeared. Who squeezes her shoulder, ordering her to be quiet.

She was meant to look after Joe. They are just footsteps from the ocean, and little Joe can’t swim.

Then Joe’s tiny blue sandal is found in the water. If the worst has happened – the unimaginable – Elizabeth will never forgive herself. Because what if the secret she has been keeping for years, the guilt eating her alive, has somehow hurt her little boy?

It’s time to tell the truth – even if it means losing the child who is her whole world. Even if it could be the death of her.


In The Foster Family, Elizabeth dials the police to inform them that her son has gone missing, little Joe. Joe is in fact her foster son, and Elizabeth and her husband Howard have gone to a holiday house near the beach to relax and enjoy some quality time with their little family of three.

Told in multiple POVs, the reader soon uncovers that there’s more to this family than meets the eye and that things between Howard and Elizabeth aren’t as great as they initially appear. Each chapter pulls back layer upon layer of this mystery, recalling the events leading up to the day when Joe went missing, intermixed with chapters of the police’s frantic search for Joe.

First, the good. The characterization is well done, and each character feels three-dimensional and fully fleshed out, in particular Elizabeth, Howard and Gordon. The author’s descriptions of the illness tormenting Gordon was at times heart-breaking, but they seemed to be a spot-on description of how it feels to deal with dementia. The writing in general is solid, and the plot has enough twists to be entertaining.

Now, the bad. The pacing. I found this book to be such an incredibly slow read, it felt like the plot was crawling along. Something happened, then there were a few pages filled with details about the events, or the characters’ thoughts about it, and so on. It was also repetitive at times, and honestly I just wanted the plot to move along faster.

Despite that, I did enjoy it, and I’ll definitely pick up one of the author’s other books in the future. There’s information about her other books in the back matter, and she already has an impressive bibliography it seems.

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Book Review: A Trace of Revenge by Lyle Howard

Title: A Trace of Revenge
Author: Lyle Howard
Genre: Paranormal Mystery, Thriller, Supernatural Thriller
Rating: 4,5 stars
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A young boy is left for dead by the assassin who has just bludgeoned his parents.

Matt Walker witnesses the murder of his parents but is able to escape and remains alive. He loses his ability to hear but finds out he has a unique power called Psychometry. This power is an ability to “trace” or know an object’s history, just by touching it.

A few years later, a top-secret government armament is stolen during a deadly hijacking at sea and someone intends to sell the powerful weapon to fulfill their own twisted ambitions.

At the same time, a ruthless mob boss has a gruesome secret that he must protect no matter the cost.

All it takes is something as unassuming as a foul ball hit at a Major League baseball game, to send all of these characters and events spiraling on a collision course aboard the most unique cruise ship ever built and send Matt on the quest to find his parents’ killer.

In A Trace of Revenge, Matt Walker witnessed his parents’ murder and narrowly escaped with his life. Although he can no longer hear due to this terrifying ordeal, he discovers he has an unique power: the ability to trace an object’s history by touching it.

Seeking revenge for what happened to his parents, Matt is dead-set on tracking down the killer, no matter what the cost. Add in the theft of a top-secret government weapon, the most unique cruise ship ever built, and a ruthless mob boss with a harrowing secret, and you have an edge-of-your-seat thriller that is fast-paced, not predictable at all, and solidly escorts the reader from one chapter to the next.

Book Review: The End-Time Foretellers by Ran Weber

Title: The End-Time Foretellers
Author: Ran Weber
Genre: Technothriller, Thriller
Rating: 4,5 stars
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Plucked out of early retirement, former Mossad Agent Yoav Sharf is after cyber-terrorists!

Former Mossad agent, Yoav Sharf, is a computer hacker who spends his days in a small gadget store in Tel Aviv. When Rami, his ex-IDF operator, recruits him for a final mission, he is left with no choice. Yoav finds himself trying to eliminate a digital terror organization seeking to establish a new world order by passing secret nuclear codes to Iran.

From arms dealers to spiritual mentors, he encounters a vast array of colorful characters.

His journey to locate organization members brings Yoav to meet hackers, arm dealers, and LA-based agencies in LA, San Diego, and Nevada. Benjamin, a warm and resolute American Jew, introduces him to a way of life he had never known, one that penetrates armor he had built his whole life.

Incredible adventure and human angst carry the reader on a breathtaking journey.

Digital terror, end-of-days prophecies, and human nature combine to produce a fast paced, world-embracing, apocalyptic thriller. It takes the reader on a riveting journey that begins with listless despair and soars to the heights of burning will and endless hope. The countdown has already begun, with Yoav in a race against dark minds trying to erase Israel and ignite an end time’s global war. Will Yoav succeed in stopping the organization that is trying to destroy Israel on its way to realizing its dark goals?

In The End-Time Foretellers, former Mossad agent Yoav Sharf spends his days in a small gadget store. When Rami, his former IDF operator asks him on a final mission where he will have to use his computer hacking skills, Yoav really has no choice. Trying to eliminate a digital terror organization seeking to establish a new world order by passing nuclear codes to Iran, his journey will take him to hackers, arm dealers, and even the USA.

This is a fast-paced technothriller with an intriguing, mysterious main character, an edge-of-your-seat plot and a race against the time that’ll have your heart beating twice as fast. The pacing is excellent, and from the first chapter onwards, the reader feels immerged in this breath-taking story.

Book Review: Born Leaders by David Amir

Title: Born Leaders
Author: David Amir
Genre: Thriller, Technothriller
Rating: 3,5 stars
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Imagine waking up injured in a miserable shack with no memory of what happened!

When a desperately wounded man regains consciousness, he finds himself lying on a straw mattress in a desolate shack. An improvised IV embedded in his arm, he is in excruciating pain with no recall of how he got there, how he was wounded, or his own name…

Across the Atlantic, a huge global corporation is in the throes of a serious crisis. The brilliant CEO brought in to save the day is struggling valiantly, but so far his best efforts have not succeeded.

Meet amazing Adam Stone, whose management strategy captivate the world!

Adam Stone, a mysterious visionary, seems to have all the answers. With endless patience and determination, and a trailblazing theory of leadership and management, he works steadily to pull everything together into a master plan for the revolution that will astound the world. What will it take for Adam to get all of the pieces to fall into place?

Born Leaders is a fascinating mystery/thriller in which the author draws credible, believable characters, and mixes it with an entertaining plot and solid writing.

Particularly interesting is the character of Adam Stone. Adam is a mysterious visionary who seems to have all the answers with a trailblazing theory of leadership and management, and a revolutionary plan that will shock the world.

Not my usual genre, but it had enough fascinating aspects to keep me entertained – especially to see how easily the system could be manipulated to discover leadership skills in children from an early age forward, and how schools could be used as selecting grounds for future leaders.

Good insights, thrown into a fictional book, this is an interesting read but probably not for everyone. If you do enjoy this genre, read this book, though – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.


Book Review: Incomplete Silence by Paul Usiskin

Title: Incomplete Silence
Author: Paul Usiskin
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Revie copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Police investigator Dov Chizzik combats a murderous right wing coup attempt

In this second Chizzik Saga, police investigator Dov Chizzik stumbles into a right wing coup to depose Israel’s Chief of Staff. Spearheading the coup is Rivka Aaronson, queen of settlement construction, assisted by Hodaya a ruthless killer. Rivka believes that only if Israel is occupied by religious settlers from the West Bank can it be authentically Jewish. Her first move is to replace the army’s Chief of Staff with a religious general.

Will Dov derail the coup without giving up everything he stands for?

Funding Rivka is the almost anonymous tycoon, Barry Hareven, with several Israeli politicians in his pocket, including the defense minister. Key to the coup are insect drones, which one of Hareven’s companies is developing. Dov is seduced, poisoned, and nearly murdered. Will he have to cross his own red lines to survive? Incomplete Silence is a futuristic thriller that keeps you breathless until the last page.

In Incomplete Silence, police investigator Dov Chizzik accidentally uncovers a right wing coup to depose of the Chief of Staff of the Israeli army. Rivka Aaronson is the woman leading the coup, a woman with certain ideas about religion that could potentially be dangerous. Dov’s life is put at risk more than once during his quest to stop the coup. Will he survive?

This book is a fast-paced thriller with an intriguing plot and one action sequence following the other. It explains a complex political situation in a straightforward way, and implements it into the story rather well. One downside is that some parts of the book are harder to grasp if you’re not familiar with the situation in Israel; however, this doesn’t derail from the story.

Book Review and Giveaway Power Struggle

Title: Power Struggle
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 4 stars
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One hit man who’s back for revenge.

One detective who’s not going down without a fight.

It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town. Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.

When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.

Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…


Power Struggle is the latest installment in the Detective Madison Knight series, already the eighth book in the series, although the books can be read as stand-alones. Carolyn Arnold is a prolific author who brings a new book every so often, and I’ve enjoyed all her books I’ve read so far, so of course I was eager to start reading Power Struggle.

Ten months ago, Detective Madison Knight nearly died at the hands of Russian Maffia hit man Constantine Romanov. Soon after his arrest, he escaped police custody and fled to Russia, and Madison hasn’t seen him since… Until her latest murder investigation makes her believe he’s back in town.

When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, Madison realizes he doesn’t just intend to finish what he started, but he also intends to hurt her family and friends. As the stakes get increasingly higher, Constantine calls Madison out for a final showdown. Only one of them will survive… And Madison isn’t sure she’ll be the last one standing.

This book is a thrilling, suspenseful read that will put every reader on the edge of their seat. 460 pages but they fly by lightning-fast, and before you know it, you’ve reached the end. Fans of fast-paced, exciting thrillers should check this book out.

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Book Review: A Universal Storm by Gershon Shevach

Title: A Universal Storm
Author: Gershon Shevach
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
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A mysterious revolution sends the entire world reeling into darkness and chaos

A huge power outage that paralyzes the world’s electric and communication systems is the backdrop for a plot that goes from explosions in Tel Aviv to Paris, where an Israeli journalist tries to make sense of the global chaos. He is afforded insight into the realities of the Middle East, as he grasps the terrible price of revolutions that attempt to create a new reality.

A journalist leaves no stone unturned in his search for understanding and the perpetrators

He had come to Paris to report on a small boat that sailed from Israel powered only by wind energy. The crisis forced sailor and journalist to sail back to Israel together on a boat built for one. There the journalist discovers that his friends died in an explosion at the newspaper office. His pursuit of the truth leads him to The Engineer, who tells him an amazing story beginning with an Israeli rescue team that sends a Muslim girl to Israel for treatment. From this he finally discovers who perpetrated the world chaos.

In A Universal Storm, a mysterious revolution sends the entire world into darkness and chaos. A huge power outage has paralyzed all electric and communication systems, and global chaos ensues. One journalist is desperate to uncover the truth, but for every secret he uncovers, ten more seem to be hidden.

The story isn’t that long, but it still packs a lot of action, thoughts, and a gut-wrenching punch near the end. The writing is solid, and the scenes flow well from one scene into the other. The book is basically a long commentary on revolutions and the price one has to pay for them, and in this regard it works really well. A lot of the twists and turns were unexpected for me, and I enjoyed reading this.

Book Review: Until Sweet Death Arrives

Title: Until Sweet Death Arrives
Author: Amnon Binyamini
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 4,5 stars
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Nahum puts his life on the line to fight the evil of corruption

Nahum Patterson, happily married to Edna, is a talented journalist who investigates and then exposes corruption cases in the newspaper. His professionalism is well appreciated, except by those whose reputation he has destroyed. One man, hurt by Nahum’s story, had to flee the country; another was sentenced to prison and became vengefully bitter. Although he knows he is in a dangerous profession, Nahum is on top of the world.

His memory slowly and tragically slips away, but his enemies remember him!

But one day Nahum finds himself lost and cannot find his car. How did it get to the beach? Slowly he becomes more and more confused and cannot recognize his close friends and acquaintances. He becomes nervous and depressed. Edna does not understand why he begins to call her “mother.” Nahum forgets almost everything, but the enemies he had made when he had been healthy did not forget him. And one enemy in particular in this intriguing thriller was not willing to forgive…

An amazing thriller that portrays the agonizing world of Alzheimer’s disease

Binyamini leads the reader into an intriguing thriller, from the first page to the last. But in addition to being a fascinating read, this book teaches us about the anguish of Alzheimer’s disease and how to deal with it. We feel pain and compassion, yet are fascinated by the drama and amazed by the unexpected ending.

In Until Sweet Death Arrives, main character Nahum Patterson is a talented journalist whose professionalism is well regarded by just about anyone… Except the people whose reputation he has destroyed. While Nahum reckons the dangers of his profession, he doesn’t actually believe anything will happen to him, or any of the people he’s helped bring down will take revenge on him.

But one day, he’s lost and can’t find his car. He doesn’t even recognize his friends anymore. He doesn’t even remember his wife, Edna. Unfortunately for Nahum, the people he’s starting to forget, especially the corrupt enemies he once brought down, haven’t forgotten about him at all…

The book handles the theme of mental illness well, and does so in a respectful yet tragic way, showing how horrible it truly is, and how it weakens people, cripples them. In this case, Nahum struggles with Alzheimer’s disease, and it destroys his memories one by one. It’s horrible to read, and saddening too considering he’s still in the prime of his life.

The thriller aspect worked well too, and overall, the book kept me on the edge of my seat for the majority of the time. Excellent writing and intriguing characters complete the picture.

Book Review: Roller Coaster in Tehran by Y.I. Latz

Title: Roller Coaster in Tehran
Author: Y.I. Latz
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Adventure
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publihser in exchange for an honest review.

Imagine being sent to spy on your country’s worst enemy!
Dr. Amalia Tavori is a mother of three and an expert rollercoaster engineer with a short fuse and an insatiable appetite for adventure. She is forced to join the Israeli Mossad to save her husband from economic collapse. Amalia is sent under false identity to Tehran, the capital of Israel’s worst enemy, to help the Iranians build a grandiose amusement park.
Every day could be Amalia’s last!
Roller Coaster in Tehran reveals an intimate picture of the exceedingly dangerous daily life of an Israeli spy in Tehran. Amalia knows no boundaries and has no shame. She fools both her enemies and her operators from the Mossad, working out of her own deep inner convictions.
Can Amalia complete her mission without losing her life?
When a grave disaster befalls her family in Israel, it becomes even more difficult for her to perform her secret mission. This book redefines the concepts of loyalty, betrayal, enemies, and compassion. The image of an ordinary woman emerges – one who yearns for true love but who has been forced to become larger than life itself. She is prepared to sacrifice herself for her country, but not to sacrifice her life for an existence without love.

In Roller Coaster in Tehran, Dr. Amalia Tavori is a mother of three, and a rollercoaster engineer living in Israel. Under false identity, she’s sent to Tehran, the capital of Israel’s worst enemy, Iran, to help the Iranians build an amusement park. She’s a spy for Israel, though, and her life is constantly threatened from all sides – not just from her enmeies in Iran, but she has to look out for her fellow operators in the Mossad too.

When a grave disaster befalls her family in Israel, Amalia struggles more than ever to perform her secret mission. She has to decide what she’s willing to sacrifice for her country, and which sacrifice would be one step too far.

The story is thrilling yet chilling too – the choices Amalia has to make aren’t always easy, and I definitely wouldn’t want to be in her shoes. I thought it was an original twist that Amalia was a rollercoaster engineer, I’ve never seen that before in a book, and it sounds like a fun job. Amalia is an unique, fleshed-out, three-dimensional character. Her choices and struggles seem realistic. The plot is thrilling and fast-paced, and very engaging.

Fans of thrillers and spy novels will definitely enjoy this book.