Book Reviews

Reviews of books by MWSA members. Reviews appear in reverse chronological order, with the most recent review posted appearing first.
Note: Some older reviews are being reposted to this site and those will appear out of order.

Saigon Gold

Title: Saigon Gold
Author: Hugh Scott
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Reviewer: Joyce Gilmour

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0979953480

Saigon Gold won the 2010 Gold Medal award for fiction from the Military Writers Society of America.

Veterans and tourists will be entranced by this fast-paced thriller in which a decorated American officer returns to Vietnam and must face the harsh truths of his military exploits. The daring plot includes China's expansionist navy attempting to seize a key base, thus upsetting the balance of military power in the Western Pacific.
Robert Anderson is lured into a scheme to help a wartime friend recover a gold fortune. But a vengeful North Vietnamese official is watching. Discovery of cryptic documents about an ambush that only Anderson and a Vietnamese officer survived launches Anderson and companion Jenny Ngo on a wild chase around scenic Vietnam to unravel their secret before every witness is silenced by a mysterious killer.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Scott, Hugh

Child Finder Resurrection

Title: Child Finder Resurrection
Author: Mike Angley
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1590958306

Child Finder" Resurrection is the highly-anticipated sequel to Child Finder", which Library Journal placed on its 2009 Summer Reads list, calling it a "compelling debut novel" and "a real find" and recommending it to readers of both mystery/thrillers and Christian fiction.

Child Finder also garnered the prestigious Silver Medal Award in the Fiction category of the Military Writers Society of America's 2009 Annual Awards Program!

It has been a year and a half since Air Force Special Agent Patrick O'Donnell, a psychic-savant, left the federal TOP SECRET child rescue program after it went horribly off-track, resulting in murder and endangering his own family. And just when he thinks he's comfortably put this painful past behind him, he receives a call from his mentor. The murky, shadowy TOP SECRET community where he once was center-stage has been revised, revamped, resurrected!

The government needs his psychic skills more than ever. A sick, twisted, menacing child killer is on the loose, and no one but Pat can stop him. However, Agent O'Donnell soon discovers this new nemesis is more than he bargained for. Nothing can prepare him for the psychotic genius he must fight...and the life and death cat-and-mouse game that entraps him! Once again, Pat must call upon his faith and strong spiritual connection with God to sustain and guide him, especially during his darkest hours as he battles...pure evil.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Angley, Mike

Chocolate Soup

Title: Chocolate Soup
Author: Del Staecker
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1934980579

Ledge Trabue—Gulf War veteran, sleuth, and adventurer—is finally home and comfortably ensconced at the Colonnade hotel in New Orleans, enjoying his peculiarly unique lifestyle and his eclectic group of friends. Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans—with its citizens striving to become a revitalized Chocolate City—has failed to regain all it lost because of an onslaught of political greed and deceit. When the Colonnade’s manager, Mrs. K, threatens to bring down the powerful political machine, she unknowingly launches an avalanche of evil more personally devastating than any storm.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Staecker, Del

Shaved Ice

Title: Shaved Ice
Author: Del Staecker
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1934980137

Ledge Trabue—Gulf War veteran, sleuth, and adventurer—is finally home and comfortably ensconced at the Colonnade hotel in New Orleans, enjoying his peculiarly unique lifestyle and his eclectic group of friends. Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans—with its citizens striving to become a revitalized Chocolate City—has failed to regain all it lost because of an onslaught of political greed and deceit. When the Colonnade’s manager, Mrs. K, threatens to bring down the powerful political machine, she unknowingly launches an avalanche of evil more personally devastating than any storm.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Staecker, Del

Muted Mermaid

Title: Muted Mermaid
Author: Del Staecker
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0979949467

Del Staecker's awesome literary skills are revealed with our release of The Muted Mermaid. Set in Nashville, the murder mystery introduces recurring characters in the Ledge Trabue Mystery Series while captivating readers with a fast-paced story that's impossible to put down.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Staecker, Del

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