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Review: “Right to Kill,” Andrew Peterson

Pros: More action than any five other books Cons: Anything non-action tends to be not-good Rating: 3 out of 5 Right to Kill, by Andrew Peterson, is part of his Nathan McBride Series. We’re dealing with ex-soldiers returned from overseas

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Review: “Cold Barrel Zero,” Matthew Quirk

Pros: Quite a back-and-forth military thriller Cons: Gets a bit confusing in places Rating: 4 out of 5 In Matthew Quirk’s Cold Barrel Zero an old special ops team is coming back together with two purposes: to clear their names,

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Review: “The Chimera Sequence,” Elliott Garber

Pros: Tense action and fascinating bio-terrorism plot Cons: Dialogue is a little awkward; some stereotypes Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book provided by author.   A brief aside: Bio-thrillers are one of my favorite fiction genres. Unfortunately, since I

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Review: “Andromeda’s Fall,” William C. Dietz

Pros: Interesting characters and world; engrossing plot Cons: Lack of chemistry in a pairing Rating: 4 out of 5 Catherine Carletto is a wealthy socialite, and her family has close ties to the Emperor. When the Emperor’s sister, Ophelia, decides

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Review: “Master Sergeant,” Mel Odom

Pros: Good basic plot, world, and characters Cons: Oh god the details Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Mel Odom’s Master Sergeant: The Makaum War: Book One introduces us to Master Sergeant Frank Sage. He’d rather be on the front lines

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Review: “The Silvered,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Riveting tale of war, conquest, magic, and technology Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 The Empire is spreading, conquering its neighbors; the emperor seems to have a particular interest in overthrowing Aydori. In Aydori the Hunt Pack (werewolves)

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Review: “Valor’s Choice,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Moving, deft, and action-packed Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5   Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr is being forced to take her exhausted marines on a spit-and-polish diplomatic mission that they hardly seem right for. Knowing how vicious the

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"Samurai Game," Christine Feehan

Pros: Tense, action-filled adventure with plenty of twists and inventive assassinations; interesting new characters introduced into the series Cons: Too much explaining; cartoonish villains; insufficient romantic chemistry Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   The

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"Always Look Twice," Geralyn Dawson

Pros: Fun action; tension; mystery; enjoyable heroine; interesting family dynamics Cons: Annoying hero (sometimes); some issues too easily solved Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Mark Callahan and Annabelle Monroe, once members of the

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"Defender," Catherine Mann

Pros: Great military “feel”; wonderful characters; plenty of action Cons: None for me Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review copy (uncorrected proof) courtesy of Penguin Group. Expected publication date: April 7, 2009.   It’s amazing the strange things that happen

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