Spider’s Web by Shannon Condon #review #excerpt #suspense #thriller

Spider’s Web (#3 in Magdalena Series)

By Shannon Condon

Genre: Action/Suspense/Thriller

About the Book

Over three years have passed since Maggie’s near fatal injury. Initially, she was happy to return home to the calm of everyday life. Time has given her a false sense of security. She no longer feels threatened by her old enemies. She becomes depressed and frustrated.  She is restless running the team’s special ops missions from the safety of the Grid. To appease her and hopefully relieve her cabin fever, Shep plans a girls’ weekend for her and Celeste. No sooner does she re-enter the real world when her past finds her. Separated from her team, Maggie must use all her resources to save herself and others. She soon learns she cannot control every outcome.  In an instant, Maggie’s life is forever changed. Unsure who to trust, Maggie tries to navigate her new reality. Will she be able to choose her future or will she remain trapped in the web of enemies she has created?

Review

Maggie has had a hard go of it lately. She is recovering from an injury which has taken her out of a job she loves. She is depressed and needs a change of scenery. She agrees to a girls weekend. It is what she needs, right? Until it isn’t. She must overcome her fears to save herself and others.

When I first read about Maggie, I was not sure I was going to like her. She whined and good bit and that got on my nerves. But, as the story unfolded she got her backbone and turned into a great character. As a matter fact, she is a person not to be messed with. Her “smarts” keep her alive and kicking.

This is a quick, enjoyable, edge of your seat read. I love all the twists and turns. Maggie has no clue who is to be trusted. The web of lies and deceit really keep you guessing.

I have not read the other books in this series, so this one can be picked up and read alone. I will go back and get the others, of course. You can never have too many good books!

About the Author

Shannon Condon is the mother of three boys and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. She graduated from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. She loves to travel and is fascinated by history.  She has always wanted to be a writer and with the publication of the Magdalena Series: Finding Magdalena, The Brotherhood and now Spider’s Web (release date  November 30, 2018), she has brought that dream to fruition.

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Excerpt:

“Okay, guys, let’s run through this one more time before you head in,” Maggie  said, trying to keep the tension out of her voice.

“Maggie, we’ve been over this three times already,” complained Bernardo.

“Cut me some slack. Once you enter that building, I’m blind. I’m sitting in this basement trying to provide logistics and keep the three of you alive during this mission. I only have access to the street cameras, nothing inside the building,” Maggie said, her frustration growing.

“Go over it again, Maggie,” Shep said calmly. “This mission is too important to miss a step. We’re listening.”

Maggie took a deep breath. Shep, Bernardo and Nate were in a van a few blocks from the target building in Bern, Switzerland, while she was sitting in front of several computer screens, safe in the control room in the basement of the Shepherd home.

“All right.” She was in her professional logistics mode. “You are going to enter the stairwell on the northwest end of the building. Use the security swipe card I gave you to gain entrance. Before you enter the stairwell, make sure your masks are on. There are cameras everywhere; we don’t want you being identified later when they watch the tapes. When you get to the tenth floor, you will need to swipe the card again. The door will open toward you. There is an infrared security system. You will need to put your goggles on and crawl under it toward the office door straight ahead of you. My source said he would leave the door unlocked. Once you are all inside, close the door behind you and let me know you are in. Don’t touch the computer until I tell you, and leave your masks on. All good?” Maggie asked. She heard three yeses and sat back in her chair, watching them exit the van and move toward the building. She could hack the available street cameras, but the security was so tight inside the office building that she couldn’t get in without triggering the alarm. She watched them enter the stairwell and looked at her watch while she envisioned them going through the steps. She didn’t realize she had been holding her breath until she heard Shep’s voice in her ear letting her know they were safely in the office.

“Okay, baby girl. I’m in front of the computer; it’s on and waiting for the password, just like you said it would be. Waiting on your instructions.”

“Once you put in the password, off-site IT security will get a heads up that D’Angelo’s computer is in use. They’ll give him a courtesy call on his cell. When he tells IT he’s not using his computer, you will have ten minutes before security shows up. Can you adjust your camera so I can see the screen?”

“I’m sitting in his chair with my camera chest high. Can you see?” Shep asked.

“Yes, perfect,” Maggie answered. “Enter the password and then go right to his directory.” Maggie watched as Shep did as she asked. There were about twenty folders. “Are you seeing what I’m seeing, Maggie?” Shep asked.

“Yup. All the folders appear to be customer names except the photo file.”

“Most people have a photo file on their computer,” Nate chimed in.

“Look around his office for me. Does he have any family pictures or anything personal there?” Maggie asked.

“No, it’s completely sterile,” Nate answered.

“Shep, that’s our folder, but let’s open it to check.” Shep opened the folder, and it showed an array of files dealing with uranium and yellowcake. Maggie scanned them quickly. “Looks good. Let’s put the flash drive in and start copying. It should only take a few minutes. We have seven and a half minutes until security arrives, by my count,” Maggie directed.

“It’s copying. Man, it’s a big file.”

“Bernardo, go to the outside window and open it and get the rappel ropes ready. Security is going to use the same staircase you did. You are going to have to rappel down from where you are,” Maggie said.

“The window doesn’t open,” Bernardo said.

Maggie’s impatience was running high again. She really needed to talk to Shep when he got back. She looked at her watch. They had less than six minutes until security arrived.

“Bernardo, you have an M4 in your hands. Make the window open,” Maggie said, a little more harshly than she meant to.

“Maggie, there’s a building across from me. I don’t want to hit anyone with stray bullets.”

“I’ve done my job, Bernardo. It’s an abandoned warehouse—it’s empty. You now have four and a half minutes to get out of there,” Maggie said, then asked, “Shep, where are you on the copying?”

“I’m at ninety percent, almost there.” Maggie could hear the pinging of Bernardo’s gun taking out the window.

“Starting our exit,” Bernardo said in a professional tone. He was angry with her, but Maggie couldn’t deal with that right now.

“I’ve got the flash drive and am the last one out the window,” Shep reported. Maggie sighed. They’d had only a minute to spare.

“The security van is in the alley directly to your left. They are all filing into the stairwell.” A tense thirty seconds passed as the three men stood pressed against the building wall. “Okay, it should be clear, but keep low in case the driver is still in the van.” Maggie watched tensely as they successfully passed the security van. “All right, two more blocks up. Our van is waiting in the same location as when we started.”

Her team ran the distance and piled into the van. It pulled into traffic with no one following them.

“Looks like you’re in the clear. Great job, guys. Shep, would you call me once you’re settled on the plane?” Maggie asked. She hated that the agitation in her voice was so palpable.

“Sure thing, Maggie. I don’t know what we’d do without you.”

Maggie pulled her headphones out and burst into tears.

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COVER REVEAL! Best Southern series ever! Slightly South rof Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey #coverreveal

GET READY……DRUM ROLL….DA DA DAAAA

AIN’T IT GORGEOUS!

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).

“One of the hottest new Southern writers.” —Parade.com

“Writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit, and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive sisterhood of southern writers.” —The Huffington Post

“The south is known for breeding brilliant storytellers and Kristy Woodson Harvey has proven herself to be one of the south’s most heartfelt female driven authors of our generation.”—Jaime Pressly, star of CBS’s Mom

I absolutely CAN NOT WAIT!

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Josephine Baker’s Last Dance by Sherry Jones #historicalfiction #pubday #releaseday

Overview

From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures.

Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker—actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world—in Josephine Baker’s Last Dance.

In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones brings to life Josephine’s early years in servitude and poverty in America, her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page.

With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today.

Review

Boy! Josephine Baker was a unique and tough lady. She suffered an abusive mother and there were many nights she was not sure exactly where she would be laying her head. With her rough start in this world, she still became a famous singer/dancer, a civil rights activist and a spy.

Parts of this story are difficult to read, especially at the beginning of her life. Josephine was raised in St. Louis by an abusive mother who threw her out of their home at the age of 13. This lead her to spend the night with an older man…her boss! As a matter of fact, Josephine was extremely promiscuous. There were many sexual partners throughout her life, some because it would help her career and some….just because.

This is a well researched read. However, I felt disconnected from Josephine. There are many parts in this tale I felt needed expounding on and there are places that are rushed. I expected more out of the spy era. Also, the conversations do not seem exactly right. Not sure what is missing.

But, this is a good read about an amazing lady! I love a book which teaches me a thing or two! This one definitely achieved that!

I received this novel from Gallery Books for a honest review.

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The One That Got Away by Joe Clifford #review #mystery #thriller #suspense #releaseday, #pubday

Overview

In the early 2000s, a string of abductions rocked the small upstate town of Reine, New York. Only one girl survived: Alex Salerno. The killer, Ken Parsons, was sent away. Life returned to normal. No more girls would have to die. Until another one did.

It’s been twelve years since Kira Shanks was reported missing and presumed dead. Alex Salerno has been living in New York City, piecemealing paychecks to earn a livable wage, trying to forget those three days locked underground and her affair with Sean Riley, the married detective who rescued her. When Noah Lee, hometown reporter with a journalistic pedigree, requests an interview, Alex returns to Reine and Riley, reopening old wounds. What begins as a Q&A for a newspaper article soon turns into an opportunity for money, closure and—justice. The disappearance of Kira Shanks has long been hung on Benny Brudzienski, a hulking man-child who is currently a brain-addled guest at the Galloway State Mental Hospital. But after Alex reconnects with ex-classmates and frenemies, doubts are cast on that guilt. Alex is drawn into a dangerous game of show and tell in an insular town where everyone has a secret to hide. And as more details emerge about the night Kira Shanks went missing, Alex discovers there are some willing to kill to protect the horrific truth.

In the modern vein of Dark Places and Mystic River, The One That Got Away is a dark, psychological thriller featuring a compelling, conflicted heroine and a page-turning narrative that races toward its final, shocking conclusion.

Review

Alex returns back home or back to the place she would rather forget. She was abducted when she was a teenager and kept locked underground until Detective Sean Riley rescued her. This lead to her downfall as well as his. But that does not stop Alex from trying to find out a terrible secret from her home town.

I have been a fan of Joe Clifford’s writing for a few years now. And I will tell y’all something. No one has better characters than Joe Clifford. Alex is one of his bests. She is no nonsense, “hasn’t got time for that” type of woman. But, she is very self destructive. However, there is something so appealing and magnetic about her. I don’t know if it is her terrible ordeal which keeps the reader championing her or if it is her UNIQUE attitude.

Then there is Benny! My heart went out to this man! He is at the center of this mystery. The only problem is Benny cannot communicate in any shape form or fashion. Alex is determined to be his voice.

This is a non stop story which keeps you enchanted with every turn of the page. The great characters, the twists and turns, the non stop guessing makes this a tale not to be missed. Who is the killer and why?

I received this novel via Netgalley for a honest review.

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Forces of Destiny: Shackles of Royalty by A. Akinosho Book Spotlight

Forces of Destiny: Shackles of Royalty

By Ade Akinoso

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Tola grew up as an only child in the suburb on Illinois.  Gloomy days was all Tola could see ahead of her as financial woes slowly creep into her life with the death of her stepfather and the eminent death of her cancer stricken mother.

Unexpectedly, the father she never knew she had appears. His appearance rocks Tola’s world when she finds out, she’s the unknown and youngest daughter of rich and powerful King Adetoye.

Princess Tola’s financial woes are replaced by the shackles of royalty.

Forces of play makes Tola the only qualified child to ascend the throne or deliver an heir for the throne, based on these reasons Tola must marry a man of royal bloodline.

Tola struggles with accepting the hand that destiny dealt her. In her search for comfort she chances upon a love so powerful she’s willing to gamble everything and change her destiny.

The fight to secure both her love and her crown will change the course of her destiny and demand more than her love and her family is willing to give.

About the Author

Ade Akinosho born in Lagos. One of the fastest growing city in the world. She now resides in United States, after living two and a half years in Dubai, with her husband and four children. A move she says gave her the opportunity to meet interesting and amazing people. By day. Ade considers herself Mom/house driver taking care of her children and by night she lets her imagination run wide writing romance novels where she feels she is literary seating in the room with her characters.

Ade is a Linguistics and English major who went on to the business operations world with an MBA. Now back to her original passion for writing. Something she started doing at the age of 10.

Ade describes herself as a voracious reader, lover of the art of words and a traveler. She is known to scribble on just about anything that comes away when the words fill her mind. Publishing her first novel Falsified is a dream come true for someone who has always had a passion for writing and love for reading.

When she is not busy driving or fulfilling an activity for her children, you can always find her reading a book, binging on chocolate or checking out interesting places in the world.

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My November Reads Wrap-up #novemberreads #reviews #5starreads

I hope everyone had a delicious Turkey day!

Did anyone go Black Friday shopping? I would NEVER do Black Friday! Too many people touching me…and interactions…UGH! And after having to Interact on Thanksgiving….NO WAY…NOPE….NADA!

And without further ado….here are my November reads. Some I reviewed, some I did not. And I did have a few I did not finish.

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

I finally read this one on vacation. I met her at Book Expo this year. Great lady! And wonderful read!

The Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks

A Thousand Doors edited by J.T. Ellison

Fantastic read!

A Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg

Another fantastic read!

Children of a Good War by Jack Woodville London

Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets by Rosemary Simpson.

This was the book I did not finish. The cover is wonderful. I just could not get into it. Probably more me than the book

Who I Am

Y’all! This book should be required reading for every school! AMAZING!

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas – A Mississippi girl! WAY TO GO!

Review is coming December 3. P.S…..this is a good one!

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November Audiobooks #audible #audiblebooks

Well this is a diverse bunch of audiobooks this month. My favorites are Better Homes and Hauntings and With Love From the Inside.

Better Homes and Hauntings is so freaking cute. And it is an extremely smart read. Lots of book references and sarcastic comments. I have read other Molly Harper books and loved everyone.

With Love From the Inside is a tragic and sweet read all in one. Careful…it might make you shed a tear or two!

The Son is another good one. Jo Nesbø really knows how to weave a tale. He always has strong characters which are flawed but you want them to win anyway.

The Devil’s Novice is not one that I enjoyed very much. I did finish it but I did not like the narrator much. And that does make a difference.

Audible has also started something new in the last few months, Audible Originals. With your membership you are allowed to choose two of the selections. I have chosen two every month but, have never really listened to one. I did this month. I listened to Hi Bob! by Bob Newhart. I loved it! Very well done! Lots of different stars are involved and just plain adorable!

The Son

The Devil’s Novice

Better Homes and Hauntings

With Love from the Inside

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