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

Dangerous Past

Title: Dangerous Past
Author: A. F. Ebbers
Genre: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Reviewer: Stephen Phillips

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0978948238

This is a contemporary story of Airline Captain Frank Braden, a former Vietnam pilot, who is being stalked by unknown assassins who must arrange his death to look like a suicide or an accident before a specific deadline. And Braden has no clue as to why people would want to kill him.

Soon after the assassins arrive in Austin, Texas, the airliner Braden is flying undergoes a terrifying and deadly decompression explosion. Braden is suspended from his flying job and is suspected of being unstable since the FBI is led to believe he caused the airliner explosion in a suicide attempt.

Little by little Braden and his wife are pulled deeper and deeper into a dangerous web of intrigue that will eventually rock the highest levels of Washington.

Several attempts are made on his life and even his wife and children are threatened with death. And when Braden turns to the local police for help, they do not believe his stories since they think he is schizophrenic and suicidal, exactly what his assailants want the authorities to believe.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Ebbers, A. F.

Honor Defended

Title: Honor Defended
Author: D. H. Brown
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Reviewer: Rob Ballister

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0979874467

Major Westfall is back, in another non-stop action adventure. On a freezing cold winter morning he is awakened before dawn by a frantic call from an old friend and War Brother. He is being called out to hunt for the killers who burned down a woman's house on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, abducted her, and left behind the beheaded body of her Marine Corps husband. On the beach behind the Holbech place, he finds signs that someone came ashore on the last high tide. Tracks lead to a pile of driftwood where Black Dog noses out the family's wounded dog. Putting his ear to the Hoko grapevine, he hears of a break-in at the local gravel quarry, where explosives and detonators were taken. A neighbor's grandchild mentions a missing school janitor, and the name her classmates gave him, Aladdin. When the Major takes a sneak and peek he unearths a terrorist sleeper. Calling in the troops, he prepares to do battle deep in the Olympic Peninsula wilderness where a cadre of evil souls have gathered, intent on creating havoc with the Washington State's ferries. HONOR DEFENDED occurs over one 24 hour period of heart-pounding action in which old friends are met, new ones made, the young must grow up fast as lives are broken, and the honor of a War Brother is defended.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Brown, D. H.

Sandman, The

Title: The Sandman
Author: David Lucero
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Reviewer: Pat McGrath Avery

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1438937946

The countdown to nuclear disaster begins when the saboteur code name: SANDMAN strikes a devastating blow to Iran. He has infiltrated the Bushehr Nuclear Research Facility and created a fire that threatens a reactor core meltdown. All the Iranians have to do to save their reactor is to get the Emergency Core-Coolant System back online. But the situation turns from bad to worse when they learn the saboteur has barricaded himself in the alternate secondary control room that accesses the coolant. Now a high-ranking Iranian officer takes charge to battle the SANDMAN in what becomes a match of wits as each tries to outmaneuver the other in the dark corridors of the underground complex. While deadly gunfights between the SANDMAN and Iranian soldiers ensue the work crews desperately attempt to put out the fire in the electrical control room to regain access to the coolant. But with each passing second the temperature in the reactor core quickly rises...bringing them closer to nuclear disaster!

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Lucero, David