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More Great Thrillers

NetGalley continues to deliver great reading material. Here are a few more I received from them that I loved:

  1. Stealth Attack–human traffickers have met their match when they enter Jonathan Grave’s orbit
  2. Down Range–an American undercover agent returns from Afghanistan with an orphan boy and people who want to kill him
  3. City of the Dead–another excellent Alex Delaware Psychologist and Milo Sturgis Detective novel
–received free from NetGalley in return for an honest review
–a note about my reviews: I only review books I enjoyed. I need to be inspired to write. That’s why so many of my reviews are 4/5 or 5/5

Stealth Attack

by John Gilstrap

5/5

In Stealth Attack, Book 13 of John Gilstrap’s hugely popular Jonathan Grave Thrillers (Pinnacle Books 2021), the job Grave’s covert rescue company is called on to solve hits closer to home than usual when the group’s cyber door kicker’s son, Roman, is kidnapped with his girlfriend as part of a scheme to force the girl’s father to do something he doesn’t want to. Jonathan and his cadre of supremely qualified agents will stop at nothing to rescue the boy and bring him home. In doing so, he finds himself involved in a complicated and far-reaching human trafficking network. He can’t stop at saving Roman and his girlfriend. He must prevent the network from inflicting this horror on innocent children.

As with all of Gilstrap’s novels, this one is fast moving, the characters well drawn, and the pacing so electric, it’s impossible to put down. It will make you furious at times and want to cry almost always that there is so much truth in this fiction. 5/5 with no reservations.


Down Range

by Taylor Moore

DEA Agent Garrett Kohl is not only a former Green Beret but an undercover agent working in Afghanistan when he sees an entire village gunned down by Taliban terrorists. Kohl can do nothing because he’s not supposed to be in the country but when a young boy flees for his life, the only survivor, Kohl also can’t let him be killed. He rescues him, returns with him to America, and then must protect him until the American government can build a case and the boy can testify to the atrocities committed, as the only surviving witness. The safest place he can imagine is his small Texas hometown. When he gets home, he finds out his brother is in trouble with the cartels in Mexico, his father is still angry with him, and trouble has a way of finding him.

This is an excellent first book by Taylor Moore. It’s as much character driven as a thriller with lots of time well spent on getting to know the characters. It reads like the first of a series though I have no evidence of that. Some great lines:

“What you really want to know is if you’re walking into a fight with a Ka-bar, when you should’ve brought your Howitzer.”

“This your flavor?” It couldn’t have been more than nine-thirty, but Garrett knew never to turn down a drink when the bartender was buying. “Cold is my flavor.”

At its core, this is a story of loving family, dying for them. If you like that sort of loyalty, you will enjoy this book.


City of the Dead

by Jonathan Kellerman

I love starting an Alex Delaware book because I know I’m about to have a wonderful time. City of the Dead (2022) was no exception. The main character, Alex Delaware, is a brilliant psychologist who specializes in treating traumatized children and in between, assists his friend Detective Milo Strugis in unraveling heinous crimes perpetrated by twisted psyches. Delaware is likeable and approachable, that rare brilliant intellect who can relate to us commoners with our average IQ of 99 (worldwide–a bunch of countries are higher than that).

As in all thirty-seven books in the Alex Delaware series, Alex and Milo spend many fascinating pages analyzing possible causes and outcomes of the murders they work together to solve. These discussions are always well done and understandable to the lay reader. The are as scintillating as the fast-moving plot with its many surprises. Kellerman has come up with a perfect formula for these books that I hope he never changes.


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022

44 thoughts on “More Great Thrillers

  1. One of these days I’m going to get started on the Alex Delaware series. The character sounds so appealing. I already have one title saved to my wish list. Looks like I’ll be adding more, LOL.
    Thanks for sharing your reviews, Jacqui!

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  2. Hi Jacqui – thrillers do make interesting reads … these sound ones to note – thanks for the introduction. I concur with Roberta – I’d struggle with the human trafficking element. All the best – Hilary

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