Blog Tour: Killing State (Judith O’Reilly) @judithoreilly #killingstate

Killing State.pngGood morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Killing State by Judith O’Reilly.   I am thrilled to be able to bring you a review as part of my stop today.

Every so often, I find myself in the mood for an action thriller. Killing State, the newest (and third!) novel by Judith O’Reilly, seemed to fit this bill for me.  A perfect blend of an action thriller, political thriller and romance thriller, from the first pages, I was captivated by O’Reilly’s prose; I had to keep turning the pages.

As the novel opens, we are introduced to Michael North, a man with a bullet in his brain from his time spent in the war that has heightened his neural pathways and has made him a killing machine.   Working for a government agency (known as The Board), he is thrown off his game when he is ordered to kill a woman, Honor Jones, who cannot seem to keep herself out of trouble while trying to do the right thing.   Conflicted, North must decide what to do. Does he follow orders? Does he let her go?

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Blog Tour: Take the Bai Road (Erika Mitchell) @ParsingNonsense #TakeTheBaiRoad #TLCBookTours

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 8.28.32 AM.pngWelcome to my stop on the tour for the newest novel by Erika Mitchell Take the Bai Road. This novel is the second in a series following Asian American, CIA operative Bai Hsu. The first thing that stood out for me with this novel was its clean opening and clean ending. This makes for a really good standalone; so, fear not, if you had not read the first novel, you can easily catch on.

I had read Bai Tide earlier this year and really loved it. I don’t read a lot of espionage thrillers and I struggle with police procedurals so I was concerned but I found Bai Tide to be entertaining, fast paced and completely binge-worthy (if you missed it, you can check out my full review here!) Like Bai Tide, I found Take the Bai Road to be similar! At a little over 200 pages, this one is fast-paced, contains lots of action and is to the point.

Following our diverse protagonist, Bai Hsu, after the events in Bai Tide, he returns to the field after being given the assignment to investigate and track the mysterious Ghost Cartel. With no cover, no backup and no resources, Bai finds himself completely on his own and has no choice but to infiltrate the organization. Will Bai make it out?

Although this novel has the same non-stop action that I came to know and love in Bai Tide, I did find that this novel did not have as many humorous moments. I found Bai Hsu to be absolutely hilarious in book one; incredibly witty and lots of clever dialogue but with this novel, I found that to be slightly lacking.

Overall, I felt like this novel was a solid follow up in the series! I would highly recommend going back to read Bai Tide (even though this one can be read as a standalone, Bai Tide is very entertaining!) and follow with Take the Bai Road.


Thanks to TLC blog tours and Erika Mitchell for the copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.





Blog Tour: Bai Tide (Erika Mitchell) @ParsingNonsense @TLCBookTours #BaiTide

Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 9.58.30 PM.pngWelcome to the final stop on the Bai Tide, an espionage thriller by Erika Mitchell, blog tour! I am wrapping this tour up with a review.

If I am being completely honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started Bai Tide and, truly, I wasn’t expecting this book to really capture my interest. I don’t read a lot of espionage thrillers and I struggle with police procedurals. I expected, just based on the synopsis, that this would fall into that overdone category.  Now that I have finished this book, I have to say shame on me!   Bai Tide was entertaining, fast paced and completely binge-worthy!
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