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Title: Valhalla
Author: Robert Mrazek

Vikings, Norse mythology and world domination come together in this suspenseful novel.  This first novel in a new series was fast paced.  The characters were compelling and interesting.  But the storyline really intrigued me -- Archaelogy under the Greenland icecap. The twists and turns on Vikings, secret religions, and conspiracies that the author led us through were great.  I couldn't figure out the end and was surprised at the conclusion.  It should be interesting to see what these characters will be up to in the next book of the series.

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Author: James Rollins

Rollins has created a tight unit with Tucker and Kane, almost joined at the hip.  Tucker Wayne could be the soldier you know that came back from action. The characters are strong and engaging.  The situations they get into are tight  with near escapes.  I enjoyed the action but miss some of the historical and scientific bent that Rollins is noted for in his Sigma Force series.    A story that has you wondering could this be true today.

I look forward to where Rollins will be taking this series.

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Author: Brian Freeman

Freeman's sixth Jonathan Stride novel is a sure hit!  The book picks up where his last novella "Turn to Stone" ended- Stride arriving home in the middle of the night "knowing" he's not alone in his own home.  Stride takes a troubled teenager under his wing as an act of redemption over the guilt he feels from her parents' murder-suicide a decade earlier.  Favorite character emerge once again- Maggie Bei, Serena, K-2, and the lovable Guppo.  The fast-paced suspense keeps the reader intrigued.

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Title: Stripped
Author: Brian Freeman

In his second thriller, Brian Freeman continues the story of Detective Stride and new girlfriend Serena Dial.  Stride, now transplanted from Duluth to Vegas. and Serena are assigned their own murder investigations, only to find the two are interwoven deeply with the past and loyalties that run deeper than blood.  They are quickly losing time as the serial killer continues his rampage.  This quick-moving thriller weaves an intricate story, opening the possibilities that few are honest and clean in Vegas...a real page turner that keeps the reader involved and coming back for more.

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Title: Immoral
Author: Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman's debut novel Immoral is a fast-paced, suspenseful read.  In this book, the reader meets homicide lietenant Jonathan Stride, in all his good and, sometimes negative, aspects.  Stride is haunted by a girl's disappearance from the prior year and another teen girl has just disappeared.  He quickly hits the ground running with partner Maggie Bei.  Well-development characters abound as well as complicated relationships for quite a few.  Freeman takes obessession, revenge and sex to a new level in this thriller.  The story slowly unravels keeping the reader tuned in until the very end.  Not to be missed!

Turn to Stone
Author: Brian Freeman

Turn to Stone features Freeman's famous Duluth detective Jonathan Stride.  Passing through Shawano, Stride decides to stop and visit his mother's grave only to become a witness to a local police officer's suicide.  Stride, somewhat reluctantly, slides into detective mode after the widow asks for Stride's assistance in finding out "why."  As with previous Freeman novels, colorful, complex characters emerge along with deceivingly simple-turned-twisted circumstances.  This fast-paced thriller is not to be missed and as an enovella is a quick read.  Last summer, Freeman visited the Shawano area to do some research and Shawano-ites will find some of their favorite places and well-known landmarks popping up in the story- Kuckuk Park, Wolf River Drive, Smalley Street, the Comfort Inn, Mielke Arts Center and, of course, Tom's Tap.

Don't miss Brian Freeman at the Shawano City-County Library on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7pm!

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Author: Nancy Atherton

A neo-gothic castle complete with hidden passageways would not be complete without ghosts of the easily explained as well as quite unexplained in residence. Aund Dimity returns in her usual form to try and save Lori from the hold of a ghost searching for the love she lost. Each page turner of suspense keeps you guessing at what is around the next corner. Another enjoyable read by Nancy Atherton.

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Author: Nancy Fairbanks

If you like a book high in suspense with a large amount of recipees, this is a read for you. Carolyn Blue, a food critic spends all of this novel searching for her friend who disappeared. She has an unusual ability to get into a high amount of "trouble" that she doesn't even recognize including almost getting shot and falling out of a two story window into a cake of all things... and except for one Lieutenent the rest of the police seem not to believe her. Not one of my favorite reads... but you may disagree.

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Author: Elizabeth Peters

Book 11 in the Amelia Peabod Series continues with David and Lia just married. This book is actually part of a triangle story of the relationships of the "children" that starts with The Ape who Guards the Balance and ends with He Shall Thunder in the Sky. Follow the exciting story back to Egypt as the group deals with not only the harrowing ups and downs of the world around them (including the usual dead bodies... and not just the ones in the tombs) but the ups and downs in their own relationships. It's exciting to follow this the story as everyone is growing older and going through the changes this brings.

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Author: Owen Laukkanen

I rated this book 5 stars.

This is the second book I have read by this author. (The first being the second in this series.)

College students, Pender, Marie, Sawyer, and "Mouse" decide that their college degrees are not all they're cracked up to be.  So they decide that kidnapping successful businessmen for a small ransom would be lucrative, and embark on a cross-country crime spree.

This book is absolutely riveting. It is very fast paced, and a few times I had to go back and read a paragraph or two, because I found I was skipping over words in anticipation of what would happen next! I liked all of his characters. I think the author did an excellent job of putting us in the criminals frame of mind ~ and empathizing with them. I found myself wanting the characters to get away, but at the same time wanting them to get caught!!

I enjoyed the camaraderie of State Patrol Agent Stevens and FBI Agent Windermere, and the tension relieving banter between them.

I look forward to reading more books by this author, but most definitely need to read a slower paced book in between! The author gets your adrenaline going!