Book Review: Long Way Down by Michael Sears

Long Way DownLong Way Down
A Jason Stafford Novel #3
Michael Sears
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, February 2015
ISBN: 978-0-399-16671-6

Dark, turbulent and dangerous waters of high finance, inventive genius, and cunning power grabs are all at play in this taut, modern thriller. Well-written crime novels contain at least three important elements: a strong interesting plot, intriguing well-defined characters and persistent forward thrust.

Some display other attributes that keep readers turning pages, such as good dialogue and good descriptive narrative that draws the reader into the story so that we almost experience the action along with the characters. Long Way Down contains all of these as strong, well-written elements.

In addition, the author has achieved an excellent balance between his protagonist’s professional life and attitudes and his need and desire to be a father in close attendance to his autistic son. A widower and an ex-con, former Wall street trader, Jason Stafford is now a free-lance fraud finder. His ability to tease out secrets and point an accurate accusatory finger at perpetrators of various sins against the SEC and American investors is becoming well-known on the Street and he’s making pots of money. His job also allows him the flexibility to help raise his young autistic son. There are several moving, penetrating scenes in the novel which inform and illustrate, not only physical relationships between the two, but psychological as well.

Jack Haley, a brilliant engineer, is nearing a break-through in his development of a cheap and viable biofuel. He is abruptly indicted for insider trading. Naturally he denies it and Stafford, brought in by one of Haley’s investors to root out the truth, believes Haley. Unraveling the complicated plot requires a good deal of computer research, travel around the US and ducking by Stafford a wide-spread net of killers. In between some truly clever ruses, Stafford is desperate to maintain a good relationship with his son and new girlfriend. This becomes more and more hazardous as the net tightens.

Readers will surely ride with Jason Stafford, agonize with him over several moral issues, and be relieved they are not called on to guard Stafford’s back. This novel is a masterful thrilling experience.

Reviewed by Carl Brookins, July 2015.
The Case of the Purloined Painting, The Case of the Great Train Robbery, Reunion, Red Sky.

Cover Reveal: Death to the Undead by Pembroke Sinclair

Death to the Undead


Title: Death to the Undead
Series: Life After the Undead #2
Author: Pembroke Sinclair
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Genres: Post-apocalyptic, Zombies, Young Adult



The battle that began in Life After the Undead continues.

Zombies changed her life completely…

Tough teenager Krista escaped to the safety of Florida after her
parents were killed by the zombie horde. She united with
General Liet, a distant cousin, and moved with him to North
Platte to help build a wall to keep the zombies in the West.
Krista fell in love with Quinn, a survivor and fighter from
the zombie-infested wildlands of the West, and together they
freed the garrison at North Platte from the power-hungry Liet.

But zombies aren’t the only enemy they have to face…

Now, North Platte is free, but Liet was not the only one using
the zombie apocalypse to control their people. Florida is ruled
by five ruthless Families, who use intimidation and the threat of
the zombie horde to coerce their populace. Krista and Quinn hatch
a desperate plan to run guns into the state and help the people
revolt. Krista and Quinn, labeled as rebels run for their lives
when the Families attack North Platte. The Families want them
captured, the zombies want to eat them, and other survivors
want them dead. Caught in between powerful forces, they must
survive long enough to devise a new plan and put it into
action, all while trying to solidify their new relationship
and trying not to self-destruct in the meantime.



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About the Author

Pembroke SinclairPembroke Sinclair is a literary jack of all trades, playing her hand at multiple genres. She has written an eclectic mix of fiction ranging from horror to sci-fi and even some westerns. Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming–the home of 56 nationalities–it is no wonder Pembroke ended up so creatively diverse. Her fascination with the notions of good and evil, demons and angels, and how the lines blur have inspired her writing. Pembroke lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with her husband, two spirited boys, a black lab named Ryder, and a rescue kitty named Alia, who happens to be the sweetest, most adorable kitty in the world! She cannot say no to dessert, orange soda, or cinnamon. She loves rats and tatts and rock and roll and wants to be an alien queen when she grows up.

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