Hibiscus Blood

Title: Hibiscus Blood
Author: J.E. "Buck" Ballow
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Reviewer: Lee Boyland

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0741438860

It's not so much a mystery as it is an adventure. The CID Operations Officer drops a bomb shell of a case on Agents E.Z. Behr and Charlie Bees. After numerous robberies in the back streets of Koza, Okinawa, the latest victim has been murdered. There are no witnesses, no physical evidence, no crime scene; they don't even know the victim's name. Walk the streets with them as they resolve the puzzle their way. You develop a case of human hoof and mouth disease; you walk and talk until it all comes together.

The author retired from the US Army after twenty-eight years of service, the last fifteen with the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID). While in the military he spent twelve years in Japan, Korea and Okinawa. After retirement from the military he served eighteen years as a civilian supervisor of the Illinois State Police coordinatiing intelligence matters with local, state, national, and international agencies.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Ballow, J. E. "Buck"

Goodbye Yobo

Title: Goodbye Yobo
Author: J.E. "Buck" Ballow
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Reviewer: David Tschanz

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0741445778

Captain Jared Carposi and Special Agent Edward "Easy" Behr as the new Provost Marshall and CID Chief have inherited a mess at Camp Crocket, South Korea. To make matters worse the adjacent village, nicknamed "Tombstone", has a complete disdain for law and order and is rife with prostitution, assaults, and black marketing. Worse still the village seems to be haunted by an evil spirit. As the team strives to gain control of the village a young bar girl is murdered. Were the events an omen of her impending doom? Is she now stalking the village seeking vengeance? Or is it something else? Agent Behr is a very experienced agent and a rather wily character who uses every legal, and some say questionable, trick at his disposal to resolve the problem.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Ballow, J. E. "Buck"

Cast the First Stone

Title: Cast the First Stone
Author: J.E. Buck Ballow
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Reviewer: Mike Mullins

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0741459329

It starts as just another routine murder case for Army CID Agents Edward "Easy" Behr and his partner, Chelie Bees. A very beautiful young lady shot in the back outside the NCO Club at Fort Buckner, Okinawa, and left lying on the sidewalk to die. However, as it unwinds the agents find themselves involved in a tale of rar reaching, unbelievable horror.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Ballow, J. E. "Buck"

The Texas Two Card Hold 'em Heist

Title: The Texas Two Card Hold 'em Heist
Author: Karl Boyd
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Reviewer: John Cathcart

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0557541239

Roger Booth, Carl James and their gang of ex-military troops are at it again - this time they're back in Las Vegas, where they plan to steal the first prize of twenty million dollars right off the final table at the Universal Poker Tour.

As usual, Roger's plan is unique, deceitful and amazing in scope. Along with the FBI and law enforcement agencies of Nevada, you'll wonder how they did it and where the money is. You be awed by who actually makes off with the money and how Roger, Carl and the gang retrieve it for themselves. It's a feat of daring-do.

As a bonus, fans of Karl's previous books, especially the two others that make up this trilogy of lighthearted crime tales, learn what one of their previous victims; Richard Murdock wants them to do in repayment for swindling him so many years ago.

Although the pair of con men agrees to do Richard's biding, as always, with Roger, Carl and their nefarious assistants, nothing is as it seems.
Be prepared for more double crosses and a story that keeps you guessing until another unexpected conclusion.

Long time fins of Karl Boyd's novels wonder if this third part of the trilogy is actually the last adventure they'll share with Roger and Carl. But, fear not; there is a fourth episode being written as we speak.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Boyd, Karl