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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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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: Justin Cronin

In a secret military lab, a virus that promises immortality has backfired to create twelve monsters that break free to infect and devour any human or animal in their path.  In the same lab, one little girl has also been infected, and she holds the key to saving the world. This unusual, complex thriller interweaves a diverse cast of characters as they fight and navigate a post-virus world in order to save themselves and all of mankind. The Passage is the first in a trilogy that tells a strange and riveting tale that I could not put down. 

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Author: James Patterson

You've gotta love Alex Cross. Once again, it's Alex to the rescue.

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Author: James Patterson

A lot of twists and turns, but another good James Patterson book.

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Author: Dale Brown

Fast moving with a heavy military storyline. Well worth the read.

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Author: Stieg Larsson

Ooh, a very strong ending to a very strong trilogy. This book was fast paced and had several intriguing plots running simultaneously. Each plot was composed of high drama! Lisbeth in the hospital--is her life still in danger? How will she prepare for her court case? What about her evil half brother who is on the run? And her evil father who is recovering in a hospital room down the hall? Mikael--will he live until his book expose is published? Can he keep his publishing house afloat? How will he help Lisbeth with her case? Can he actually be faithful to any woman?

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