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The Rendlesham Incident – Case of the Cosmological Killer – By Stephanie Osborn

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stephanie osbornStephanie Osborn never disappoints!! With Book 3 in her Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Osborn draws her audience into the story, immediately immersing them in the action.

UFOs have been spotted in the UK near Bentwaters and Woodbridge, two abandoned airbases. Observers describe is as a yellow orb of light that resembles a giant tennis ball. This is seems harmless enough until a man is found lying dead in his field. Reports say Mr. McFarlane died of fright, but authorities aren’t convinced.

Back in Colorado, it’s nearing Christmas. Skye Chadwick and Sherlock Holmes are happily ensconced at the ranch, enjoying some free time since the closing of the Tesseract Project. It is nearing Skye’s birthday, November 5, Guy Fawkes Day, and Holmes has quite a surprise in store.

I refuse to give plot spoilers. Readers can fill in obvious blanks themselves. Suffice to say, Skye is happily surprised.

After Christmas, the pair plan a trip to England where they are asked to investigate the death of Mr. McFarlane. What they find is disturbing as well as puzzling.

The Rendlesham Incident is a well paced sci-fi mystery that pits Homes & Chadwick against something not of this world. It leaves the reader puzzling over where it can possibly go wrong next.

Skye Chadwick is a fun character. She is intelligent, witty and spirited. She doesn’t back down from a tough situation and is read to take on any situation. Like Holmes, she is brilliant and resourceful. Although, by her own admission, her deductive powers are learned rather than intuitive, she is a great investigator.

I love Osborn’s characterization of Holmes. He’s true to his Victorian sensibilities, but shows his indomitable personality and ability to adapt to adverse circumstances. Holmes is a far more sympathetic character in Osborn’s series. Perhaps it was the style of the times, or maybe Sir Arthur Conan Doyle didn’t believe in revealing Holmes’ softer side, but I like the loving attention he showers on Skye, as well as the passion they share. He is the Holmes I always felt lurked beneath the words.

I highly recommend this book for all who love a good mystery and adore Holmes. Also a great read for sci-fi enthusiasts.

5Golden Acorns

© 2013 Dellani Oakes

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And the Rain Came Down – S.A. Bailey

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and the rain came downDesperate for money, Army veteran, Jeb Shaw, is ready to take any job he can get. When rich man, Buddy Harrison, offers him $10,000 to find his younger sister & bring her home, Jeb jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, no job is ever simple, a fact that Jeb realizes all too late. Trapped in a mire of drugs, deception & death, he must rely on his skills & cunning to survive.

Author S.A. Bailey weaves a riveting tale of mystery & intrigue in his novel, “And the Rain Came Down”. Readers move through the plot with Jeb, learning as he does, just how big a mess he’s gotten into. Bailey keeps us guessing until Jeb finally puts all the pieces together.

Jeb Shaw is a displaced soldier. Injured and traumatized by the war, he comes home finding that he no longer fits. He can’t manage school, hold a job or keep his marriage together. He drinks and smokes too much, indulging from time to time in drugs when he can get them. He’s in every way an anti-hero, yet as a reader, I find myself sympathizing with him. There is a core of tenderness there, deeply submerged, but strong. His actions, while I may not agree with them, stem from the unerring desire to protect the innocent. Though anti-heroic, he’s still a hero.

S.A. Bailey labels his genre, “Redneck Noir”, one he’s ideally suited for. As a self-proclaimed detective novel junkie, Bailey has found a unique voice, adding his distinctive East Texas twang to his gritty prose.

Bailey’s prose is almost poetic. His descriptions worthy of notice. In describing the small town outside the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex, he uses these words: “…the world I grew up in, a place that had remained, for better and worse, from another era. Out of time and tune as the world grew up around it. In the rearview, amid the rolling hills of pine and swampy river bottoms, a people and place, unique to both Texas and the south, would fade as far away from this world as ghosts of the Confederacy.”

“And the Rain Came Down” is worthy to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors.

5 Golden Acorns

© Dellani Oakes

http://www.sabailey.com/

Like Action? You’ll Love First Bayonet!

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 Ben Williams isn’t a young man anymore. In his late forties, he’s not old either. He prefers a little excitement in his life, but has resigned himself to the fact he’ll eventually ride a desk at the CIA headquarters in Langley. He proves he’s still got the right stuff when a message comes from an old friend in Egypt.

Ferran Anwar’s cousin, Zaina, has been thrown into an Egyptian prison as a political dissident. A college professor, she has started a grassroots movement against the government. The Istiqbal-Tora prison, where she is being held, isn’t known for its delicate treatment of political prisoners. Ferran rightly fears for her life. He begs Williams to rescue her and get both Zaina and Ferran out of Egypt.

Williams accepts the challenge – with the tacit permission of his boss. Allowing Ben Williams to ‘go on vacation’, Ezekial Thrasher condones the mission – without official sanction.

First Bayonet is a hard hitting, fast paced, action novella of the first order. It gives a realistic, but not too graphic, look inside an Egyptian prison, showing it to be far different from our own. I really enjoyed First Bayonet. The fight scenes are exciting and the action vividly described. The reader feels the plight of the characters, cheering their progress, wanting them to succeed. (I even found myself booing the bad guys a couple times.)

I highly recommend First Bayonet to anyone who loves a good military action/ suspense story. It’s a great thrill ride from start to finish.

Currently being retooled, First Bayonet will be available in September 2012

Five Golden Acorns.

Steven was recently my guest on What’s Write for Me. To listen to my interview with Steven Hildreth, click here!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio/2012/07/25/rrw-whats-write-for-me