“Emotive” Kevin Laymon

Emotive is a tale of life, love, compassion, and the pursuit of happiness as told through the eyes of the story’s narrator, Linus. Linus is a puppy living in a small city located in the rolling hillsides of upstate New York. When the abnormalities of his owner Sam are all he knows since birth, he gains a perspective of unyielding acceptance and love towards the man who feeds him, takes him to the park, and murders women in his basement.

I AM LOYAL. I AM TRUSTWORTHY. 

I AM POWERLESS

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When I read the summary of “Emotive” it immediately piqued my interest. I have a huge soft spot for books narrated by animals. Since I also love a good thriller, “Emotive” was a must-read for me and boy am I glad I did. I was glued to this book from the first sentence of the first page. I literally read this entire book in one sitting. Well, I read it in the bath but you get the idea.  I can’t believe I let it sit on my shelf so long unread. I feel like I’ve offended the book gods by letting such a story sit unattended. My apologies, please don’t smite me!

Fair warning, this book will rip your heart out. Don’t worry it’ll return it eventually but holy moly is it one hell of a ride. Of all the murders in this book, I have to admit the cow was the hardest. After all Linus had been through, I had tears streaming down my face as I read those pages. How alone he must of felt. How betrayed by humans. How completely hopeless he must of found it all.

Sam will boggle your mind. He’s a total psycho, of that I have no doubt, but he also has one glimpse of remorse for poor Linus. I had a bit of hope for our little K9 hero but that hope was quickly dashed when Sam fell deeper into his obsession and paranoia. It was hard to see Sam discard Linus from his affection. It was hard to see Linus’ basic needs not be met and realize how animals must feel when us humans don’t make them a priority. When we forget to feed them on time or their water bowl doesn’t get refilled or we make them wait hours and hours on end before we let them out to potty. It was eye opening to see how emotionally devastating it is to animal kind to be at the absolute mercy of someone else’s compassion……or lack there of.

It was incredibly hard to see humans fail this one dog over and over again. This is a sight of our kind that will leave you with a bad taste in your mouth and a brand new perspective. As I read, my own two dogs lay next to the tub and I caught myself looking at them multiple times wondering just what they were thinking and what they thought of me. I didn’t expect to be so affected. As a pet owner and human in general, this story will inspire some introspection and I was definitely not expecting that when I began to read.

The climax is cleverly crafted and brings everything full circle. Laymon has written a masterpiece. I strongly suggest you read it.

5 stars

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Title: Emotive | Series: N/A |  Author(s): Kevin Laymon  |Publisher: Amazon Digital Services / Publication Date: 4-5-2016 |Pages: 194 (Print) | ISBN: B019YT5UIY |Genre(s): Thriller / Novella / Serial Killers / Psychological  |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 8-20-2017 |Source: Copy from author.

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“Emotive was a unique read full of interesting perspective. The storytelling through the eyes of a dog created deep emotions & connections with powerful characters. The writing was strong & visual.” – Amazon Customer

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“Emotive” Kevin Laymon – Book Spotlight

Emotive is a tale of life, love, compassion, and the pursuit of happiness as told through the eyes of the story’s narrator, Linus. Linus is a puppy living in a small city located in the rolling hillsides of upstate New York. When the abnormalities of his owner Sam are all he knows since birth, he gains a perspective of unyielding acceptance and love towards the man who feeds him, takes him to the park, and murders women in his basement.

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What reviewers are saying

“I absolutely loved this book. I stumbled upon it on accident while I was on the Goodreads site. I shelved it and waited anxiously until it was available for purchase on Amazon. Being a huge dog lover is why the cover sparked my interest. The description interested me a lot, even though I knew it was probably going to be a grim book. I love how the book is told from the dog’s point of view. It really makes you think about the emotions dogs probably really do feel, but can’t communicate to us. This book went in directions I didn’t expect. I was kept at suspense and enjoyed how it all played out.” – Kaylee

“Emotive was a unique read full of interesting perspective. The storytelling through the eyes of a dog created deep emotions & connections with powerful characters. The writing was strong & visual.” – Amazon Customer

“I absolutely loved this book !!! Blunt and straight to the point, a quick read that moves right along and delivers. A fresh point a view from the main character that I found myself rooting for and falling in love with. This story takes off like a bolt of lighting right from the starting line. I’m an avid reader and though this story is brutal it is well written and I found that I could not put it down and felt quite satisfied with the ending which was heroic to say the least. I give this book a solid rating of 5 stars. This is the second book in Kevin’s line up that I have read and I can eagerly say that I am looking forward to reading his next publication. He’s a new and young writer who shows a lot of promise. I highly recommend this book as well as his first ( FUTURE WINDS )” – Don B.

Have you read this book? If so, do Mr. Laymon a solid and give your two cents by reviewing it on Amazon or Goodreads! 

We loved this book and will tell you all about it in our review in a few days! Keep an eye out but in the mean time give it a look yourself and see what all the buzz is about!

 

Book Review “Ribbonworld” Richard Dee

Miles Goram has a problem. All the down-on-his-luck journalist planned on doing was writing a hotel review and now there’s a body in his bathroom. Far from home on a strange planet, Miles must deal with the fact that somebody wants him dead.
Welcome to Reevis, a planet without days or nights where life is only possible under a vast pressure dome. It is on this airless wasteland that Miles finds himself caught up in a mystery involving a huge interplanetary corporation, a powerful man and his ambitious PA, and a beautiful young heiress who has been missing for years.

Crossing the galaxy in search of answers, Miles begins to uncover a web of deceit that stretches further than anyone could have imagined. With his life becoming at greater and greater risk, he realizes that there is no one he can trust. Will he discover the truth and finally come to terms with his past? And, if he does, will it be enough to save his future…?

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“Ribbonworld” is one of those books that is easy to relate to. You wouldn’t initially think so since it’s based on a fictional settlement but it’s themes are comparable to current day.

The pace is fast and Miles finds himself right in the middle of a conflict that goes far deeper than a hotel review. At first, Reevis’ dome and people feel claustrophobic and Miles is ping ponged between different factions without having a clear view of who has motives, what they are and what his role is in them. What a convoluted mess! 

After some time the picture is less blurry and the allure of this planet of extremes starts to wiggle its way into Miles’ psyche.  The planet descriptions are one of my most favorite aspects of this book. I was transfixed with the beauty of it all. Mr Dee enraptures the reader with his poetic descriptions and the pictures he painted swirled in my mind deepening the stories impact as I read. 

This is a story of intrigue and the relationship between a powerful company with little oversight and the people who built it. This is a look into what can happen when money is more important than people and integrity is an afterthought for the greedy. This is a story that transcends these pages and is eerily similar to the past, present and probably the future. 

Solid 5 stars.

5 stars

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Title: Ribbonworld | Series: N/A  |  Author(s): Richard Dee  |Publisher: SilverWood Books  / Publication Date: 11-2-2015 |Pages: 201 (Print) | ISBN:B016N4YAI4 |Genre(s): Science Fiction / Mystery / Thriller / Suspense  |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 2-8-2017 |Source: Copy from author.

Book Review “The 5th Wave” Rick Yancy

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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Funny story, I’ve had this book on my shelf for awhile. I passed over it time and time again while choosing my next book to read. I had no idea what I was missing! I also had no idea there was a movie. Goes to show how much I pay attention. 

I made the mistake of beginning this book later in the day so I ended up binge reading it and stayed up literally all night. This wasn’t the best plan since I am the mother of two small children. Lots of coffee was drank the next day. I finished it about an hour after my husband left for work that next morning and as much as I should regret staying up all night…..I don’t. Yancey’s writing sucked me in and didn’t let go. I was jonesing so hard for the next book that the minute my husband got home from work I raced to the bookstore. I’m 100% sure that’s the only time I’ve gone more than 5 over the speed limit in probably 3 years.

I liked how real Cassi came across. She wasn’t just scared. She was angry and sad and terrified and brave.

She represents humanity. We never have just one emotion. All of our emotions are a jumbled mess and the complex decisions we make aren’t always based on emotion or logic. Sometimes they are a mix of both.  Her name….it’s fitting really. Cassiopeia. She’s a child of the stars while being entirely human.

The bravery Cassi shows comes across as a bit insane at times and very paranoid at others. I can’t brag enough on Yancey.

Cassi feels like a scarily real person in a terrifyingly real scenario. 

There are so many elements to this story and I think that is why it drills into the imagination so easily. It’s scary and brutal. It’s tender and loving. It’s suspenseful and chill inducing. It’s life.

The teddy bear was a nice touch too. 

I don’t want to say much else for fear of giving anything about the book away. Just know that it is absolutely worth the money and be sure to schedule enough time to read it in one sitting.

5 stars.

5 stars

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Title: The 5th Wave | Series: The 5th Wave  |  Author(s): Rick Yancey  |Publisher: Speak  / Publication Date: 2-10-2015 |Pages: 512 (Print) | ISBN: 978-0142425831 |Genre(s): Science Fiction / Action / Romance / Suspense / Horror / Dystopian |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 1-06-2017 |Source: Copy from personal collection.

Book Review “The Chemist” Stephenie Meyer

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In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. Resolving to meet the threat head on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life, but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. In this tautly plotted novel, Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors.

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Stephenie Meyer has kicked major literary butt again with “The Chemist”. I love every single one of her books. Every. Single. One. “The Chemist” was so far removed from everything else I’ve read from Meyer and she wrote it like she is a seasoned pro in this genre. 

Meyer has this amazing ability to form these relationships with her characters that are incredibly improbable but soooooo believable. This has made for some intriguing stories.

In “The Chemist” Alex is one of those characters that is traditionally perceived as the bad guy. Meyer brings a depth to this “profession” that I hadn’t thought much on before reading this. It leads to the question of how much motivation would someone need to do great harm to one to save the masses. How much value do we bestow on the individual? What’s acceptable and what’s not? Meyer weaves some thought provoking questions into this story.

“The Chemist” moves quickly. It’s a hard one to put down because there really wasn’t a good stopping point. I basically went into zombie reading mode to finish it. The pages were basically on fire with the speed they were turning.

I love that Alex was a woman. In most espionage films or books this type of character is usually male. A female lead opened up a whole new set of obstacles and assets that I don’t think have been explored near enough in this genre. 

Alex’s intellect and chemical creativity was almost it’s own character in the story. I got a real kick out of all the “booby traps” she had on and off her person.

The use of “mirror twins” was expertly done. I caught on to where I thought Meyer was going with it before the climax but that may be the massive amount of books I’ve read that were similar to this one. There’s only so many ways this could of ended. That’s not to say that I’m unhappy with the ending because I think it ended the way it should have. Much different and the realistic narrative would have been bent maybe beyond beliveveability (not sure if that’s an actual word or if I made that up but it sounds good).

Something that Meyer brought up in building the character of Alex was her trying to formulate a way to “interrogate” without causing pain. A truth serum if you will…. this wasn’t harped on but it was mentioned that the powers that be didn’t seem interested in that line of research. If you think about that beyond the scope of fiction it does make a person wonder.

“The Chemist” has a lot to offer a variety of people. It’s entertaining, full of action but also brings up a pile of philosophical questions. It’s a solid book and Meyer has proved yet again why she is a best seller. Oh what it must be like to have those stories swirling in one’s mind.

5 star book!

5 stars

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Title: The Chemist | Series: N/A  |  Author(s): Stephenie Meyer  |Publisher: Little, Brown and Company / Publication Date: 11-8-2016 |Pages: 528 (Print) | ISBN: 978-0316387835   |Genre(s): Thriller & Suspense |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 11-20-2016 |Source: Copy from personal collection.

Book Review “Where Death Is A Hunter” by Christopher Stookey

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Hannah Fâtier is a thirty-two-year-old physician fresh out of residency training. She’s just started her first job as an anesthesiologist at Deaconess Hospital in San Francisco, she’s bought a new home, and she’s engaged to be married.

In short, life is good for Hannah–until, one morning at work, tragedy strikes. A patient under her care dies unexpectedly during a routine operation. An investigation into the case reveals the cause of death to be a basic medical error committed by Hannah. Wracked with guilt, Hannah falls into a malaise of depression and self-reproach. Yet the more she ponders her alleged “error,” the more she realizes that something about the way her patient died doesn’t add up. Digging deeper into the records of the case, Hannah discovers a number of puzzling inconsistencies. She begins to suspect that someone has framed her for a medical mistake she never made. But who would do such a thing and why? And, more importantly, if there was no medical error, then why did her patient really die that morning on the operating table?

Where Death Is a Hunter is a medical mystery dealing with hospital death, betrayal, one doctor’s self-doubt, and the search for redemption.


I am going to go ahead and give a disclaimer…..

Make sure you have plenty of time to read this book in one sitting. I have 2 kids and I read it right until I finished it. I read it while making my kids breakfast..and snacks….and lunch.

It’s that good. You won’t want to look away.

This book moves fast but isn’t lacking in anything. The characters are vibrant and memorable. The settings are wonderfully explained and easily imagined. The mystery is cleverly plotted and not easy to figure out. 

I was suspecting two people towards the end but, neither one of them was the culprit. I am usually very good at figuring out the who dun it part of a mystery but this book had me suspicious of everyone. They all seemed shady.

I knew from the first that the author was a Dr so I was expecting some medical jargon. I was pleasantly surprised. While there is some jargon, it was not at all overwhelming and fit perfectly within the confines of the story. If anything, it helped bring more realism to the story. Perfect balance.

I was expecting a Dr House type story where the meat of the book is about the illness that was the untimely demise of the patient. While the patient does meet her death…..it’s not all the story is about. That was refreshing.

The ending was perfect. Although, I wish Hannah would of found someone of her own. She deserves it after all she has gone through.

I absolutely loved where she chose to work after everything is said and done. I think just that simple decision spoke volumes of her personality.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It’s a fantastic read that I can easily see gracing every best seller list from here to the furthest reaches of the galaxy. Yes, the whole galaxy. Alien’s would love this book….that’s how good it is.

I give this book the full five stars!

5 stars

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Title: Where Death Is A Hunter | Author(s): Christopher Stookey |

Publisher: Silver Leaf Books / Publication Date: 6-15-2015 |Pages: 278 (Paperback) | ISBN: 9781609751005 | Genre(s): Thriller / Medical Mystery  |Language:English | Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 2-4-2016 | Source: Copy from Author

5 Star Thriller “Walk In The Flesh” Peter Bailey

Summary from Amazon:

After terrorists killed his wife, scientists used nanotechnology to turn Neil into something that was not quite human. As a man he was unpleasant, dangerous and of little use. As wetwear, he is unpleasant, very dangerous and extremely useful. He kills without mercy, then erases the evidence by destroying his temporary body. The aftermath is someone else’s problem.

The scientists that created this weapon knew they had made a monster. They did not know that Neil was monstrous before they started. What do they tell their superiors when Neil’s atrocities escalate? With every mission a success, will the bureaucrats even care?

But Neil is worse than homicidal and psychopathic, he’s untidy. When he leaves his severed head in Iran, he leaves a pathologist a puzzle to solve. If she succeeds, it will destroy England’s only chance to survive in a terrorists’ transformed world. The humanity of every member of this top secret team will be stretched to the limit when they are ordered to send this powerful psychotic assassin on a rescue mission.


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Review Stats

Amazon: 4.1 average!

Goodreads: 4 average!

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About The Author

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Peter lives in England with his long-suffering wife. He originally trained as a teacher, but now supports Microsoft windows and ArcSight ESM. His first story was a fictionalized account of a disastrous trip to Las Vegas with a dental abscess. Since then, he has written a vampire story (without any actual vampires) and about a perfectly ordinary day at the office that will last for eternity. Walk in the Flesh is his first book, and possibly the only book based on a scene from the 1966 film Arabesque.

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Book Review “A Treasure to Die For” by Richard Houston

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Summary from Goodreads:

A Treasure to Die For takes place in Colorado and involves some amateur sleuths: a middle age, unemployed software engineer turned handy-man slash writer; his neighbor, a 69 year old widow; and of course, Fred, his golden. Between the three of them they track down a murderer who wants a copy of Tom Sawyer so bad, he is willing to kill for it. But it’s not any copy, only the right edition will do. He’s trying to find the location of the lost Tenderfoot mine in the Colorado Rockies which has been written in code by a 19th century miner who found it then died before telling anyone. The miner used his personal copy of Tom Sawyer to encode the message before dying on Mosquito Pass. The message wasn’t found until the early fifties by some uranium miners. No one was able to decode it until now.


The characters in this book are so vibrant. They jump off the page and materialize in your head so easily. 

Jake, Bonnie, Fred and even Jake’s dead wife Julie are all so well described I came away from the book feeling like I knew them all. Since Fred is a dog, I’d say that’s some serious skill from the author.

The treasure is both an integral part of the story but not at the same time. I didn’t feel like as the reader I got the closure on that part of the story that I was looking for. It never really gets resolved. 

That’s my only compliant with the book.

There are plenty of twists and turns. Plenty of emotional dilemmas.  The pacing is done well. There are no real lulls. Everything comes together in a clever way at the end of the book.

The story is original, which I was happy about since treasure stories tend to get tedious. But, like I said, this story isn’t so much about the treasure as it is about the actions people will take to gain treasure. Which was a nice change.

I was genuinely surprised with the ending. I thought I had figured out who the real killer was but I was wrong. I like that. I don’t want the mystery easy to solve and it wasn’t. 

In conclusion,

The writing was fun to read. The story was original and memorable. The characters are vibrant and interesting. The setting is intriguing and attention getting. The premise is catchy. I enjoyed the story. I would definitely read more from this author. 

Because I felt the treasure issue didn’t get a real solution, I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was the only thing holding the story back from being great but, it mattered enough I was annoyed and felt like I was left hanging.

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Title: A Treasure to Die For | Author(s): Richard Houston |

Publisher: Books To Die For / Publication Date: 10-1-2015 | Pages: 250 (ebook) | ISBN: 978-1517620165 | Genre(s): Mystery/Thriller/Suspense | Language: English |Rating: 4 out of 5 |  Date Read: 11-15-2015 | Source: Copy From Author