A review of “The Ghost Pattern” by Leslie Wolfe

Disappearing Act

Full Disclosure – I was provided a free copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review

The Ghost Pattern is the fourth book in the Alex Hoffman series of books by Leslie Wolfe. Having not read the first three, I was hesitant to pick up the Ghost Pattern for fear that I would be missing an important piece of back story information by having not read the previous in the series.  I was pleasantly surprised that, while technically a part of a larger series, “The Ghost Pattern” also functions well as a stand-alone novel.

A large commercial passenger airliner seemingly disappears over the ocean somewhere between Japan and its final destination. There are no traces of the plane or of the over 400 passengers and crew. After a preliminary search, the plane is deemed lost, most likely downed in the ocean and all souls on board presumed dead.  The world moves on with their lives with the exception of one man. Blake Bernard is sure that the plane did not crash and sets out on a mission to find the aircraft and his missing wife. With the help of his old friend Alex Hoffman and her reluctant team, this multi-millionaire banker sets out to find the proverbial needle in a haystack.

I must say that this book overall was very good with an almost “ripped from the headlines” premise (Can anyone say MH370?) The further into the story I read, the more it seemed that the actual hijacking of a commercial airliner in flight and in the manner described in the book could be possible. What better way for a hostile nation to acquire a bunch of captives for their means than to simply fly them to another location?  With that being said, there was also a few places where it seemed that the story started to go into the realm of fantasy; especially where the “search” ended and the actual “rescue” began. Okay, so Blake is a multi-millionaire and I guess Alex’s job has something to do with intelligence, but to get access to military equipment and ground assistance as if they just called up “mercs R us” was quite a stretch, even for me. Maybe this is where I am penalized in my unfamiliarity with the context of the prior Alex Hoffman books as this could have been previously explained?

Even after all of that, this still was a very good read. Having now read two titles by Leslie Wolfe, I am looking forward to reading more.

A Review of “Tar: An apocalyptic horror novella” by Iain Rob Wright

Revenge knows no boundaries

 

What do you get when you combine a failed experiment, mass extinction event and one pissed off older brother hell-bent on revenge?  You get “Tar” – the newest novella from Iain Rob Wright.

While not a long book, Tar checks in at approximately 230 pages, this story really packs a punch with regard to action and suspense. Finn is desperate to hunt down his sister’s murderer and avenge her death but doesn’t have the luxury of time as the Tar creeps ever closer. As usual in a story such as this if that weren’t bad enough, there is also the element of the other survivors functioning as the “wild card” element.

This was a really quick read and of course, I pretty much adore anything that IRW writes. A few incidental characters seemed eerily similar to other novels, but for me that added more to the story. It’s not uncommon to have cameos of characters from his other books in the IRW created universe, why would this book be any different? It’s sort of like little “Easter Eggs” for loyal readers.

 

A Review of “Dawn Girl: A Gripping Serial Killer Thriller” by Leslie Wolfe

Full Disclosure – I was provided a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review

Murder by the Dawn’s early light

Dawn Girl takes place in South Florida and is the story of Tess Winnett, an FBI agent with a troubled past and demons of her own. With 10 years as an agent under her belt and recently having lost her partner in the line of duty, Winnett struggles to play nice with others, and it has caused several complaints to come her way. In a last ditch effort to correct her course, her superior has assigned her to work with local police in a murder case in nearby Juno Beach. A girl is found, posed in a prayerful position on a beach at dawn. It is up to Tess and her team to determine if “Dawn Girl” is a one off murder or part of a serial killer’s work. As time ticks down, Agent Winnett’s own personal demons come back to haunt her as the details surrounding Dawn Girl and other possible related incidents are all too familiar to our FBI agent. Can Tess overcome her demons and prevent another murder, or will her secrets and inner demons be her downfall?

Being a Floridian, I am almost always drawn to books that feature my home state, and this book did not disappoint. Set in the Miami- Dade and Palm Beach County areas it was very easy for me to envision the terrain. From the high rise multi-million dollar condos along Collins Blvd to flashy South Beach and the nighttime club scene this book immediately caught my attention and would not let me go. There was very little down time which I liked – the story moved fast enough that I didn’t feel like I missed anything although I did find myself going back and re reading previous chapters and sections as I started forming my own theories as to who the killer could be.

Agent Winnett as a main character is likeable – a ballsy young FBI agent, a bit damaged and hiding a secret that could very well end her career. It made me root for her to find the killer and hopefully bring closure to her past. The fact that it seemed that the protagonist may have had a very similar experience to the victims added an element of empathy and urgency that was a smack in the face with reality to the local detectives who just saw this as “another case”. This book would work well as a standalone however I would love to read more cases involving Agent Winnett. There seems to be more to this character that we have yet to see.