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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Book Review: Here and Gone (Haylen Beck) @HaylenBeck @CrownPublishing

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Well, talk about a seriously intense read!

#cjsreads gave this one a read in June and since I was in my slump and barely holding on with the end of the school year, I had to throw this one on my back burner.  Now that things I have settled down, I dove into Here and Gone by Haylen Beck and held on tight. What a thrill ride this one was.

Audra, fleeing with her children from an abusive relationship, finds herself pulled over by the sheriff in a small for a traffic violation. What starts as a routine stop, soon becomes Audra’s nightmare as she is arrested for possession of drugs she has never seen and her children are picked up by the deputy to meet her at the station. However, when she arrives, her children are not there and the sheriff notes he never saw any children with her. She must have done something with them. Meanwhile, a man (Danny) across the country hears of this story and notices the events are similar to those of his past; working together, this unlikely pair must work to get to the bottom of a conspiracy even darker than they could have imagined.

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