FEB 2019

ON THIS DAY
By Joseph DiFrancesco
and Oak Anderson

Welcome back to the BOTM Oak! Oak Anderson was featured here at the BOTM a hundred years ago.

Ex Philadelphia Police Sergeant, Brant Discher, now a small-town cop, doubts the validity of a local ‘suicide case’. He suspects the self-inflicted death of a young, Middle Eastern man has been staged to look like something it is not. Compelled to go rogue, he uncovers the makings of a masterfully complex and sinister plot. With every turn, it seems to go deeper than even he could imagine.

On This Day explores a hive of dormant terrorists secretively and methodically deployed through a manipulation of the US adoption system. They are unaware of the breadth of their assignment, or each other. Unknowingly, all will participate in a national mass attack coordinated for a specific date, etched in stone for over a decade.

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What the heck has happened to America’s intelligence services?

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While reading Chain of Command by Seymour M. Hersh, I discovered a detailed description of the sorry state to which the CIA and NSA had descended over a period of time beginning with the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1988 and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet state through the surprise attacks on 9/11, followed by America’s quest for redemption, beginning in 2003 and continuing into 2019.

How did our intelligence services devolve during the twenty years following 1988? Intelligence analysts gleefully announced that the Great Game had finally come to an end and the Cold War was over. Instead, the KGB took control of Russian state and legitimized the oligarchs and crime families, while the tattered remnants of America’s intelligence services congratulated themselves and did high-fives.

Surprise! They’re baaack! It’s Game On all over again!

Now in 2019, we wake up (hopefully) to discover the emergence of a full-blown Russian mafia State armed with nuclear weapons and some of the best hackers in the world, while ISIS terrorists run rampant throughout the Middle East. Here at home, we squabble in distraction over the construction of a wall across our southern border with Mexico — as if this is gonna save us from ourselves and turn our attention away from our self-fulfilling fantasies to re-focus upon the healing of a divided America.

In Chain of Command, Seymour M. Hersh takes an unflinching look behind the public story of the war on terror and into the lies and obsessions that led America into Iraq. How did America get from the clear morning when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center to a divisive and dirty war in Iraq?

With an introduction by The New Yorker‘s editor, David Remnick, Chain of Command is a devastating portrait of an administration blinded by ideology and of a president whose decisions have made the world a more dangerous place for America.

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JAN 2019 BOTM

  

THROW AWAY FACES
By Josef Alton

A string of patricides rocks 1916 Dublin and a washed-up Scottish doctor receives a mysterious manuscript from a fellow Scotsman recounting his dark experiences in the pioneer city of Seattle in 1889. As the doctor reads the manuscript, he’s made aware the murders in Seattle are connected to those in Dublin and he and the author crossed paths many years before, and under tragic circumstances.

In Seattle, a tale of corruption and conspiracy unravels at the feet of a crazed serial killer hell-bent on halting historical progress. It’s just a matter of time before the city will burn. The doctor must decide if the author is an ally, or the killer himself, amidst an atmosphere of political instability and impending revolt.

Throw Away Faces is a raw look into the abuse of power, the well of madness, and the inevitability of tragedy versus the power of redemption.     

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DEC 2018 BOTM

DECEMBER IS . . .
SICK CHICK MONTH

** NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS! **
NO ONE IS WHO THEY CLAIM TO BE!

MY DEAD BLUE CATERPILLAR
By R.D. Murray

Everyone has secrets but no one has secrets as big as Harold’s. When Karen Pine finds out her husband is sleeping with a multitude of women, and has a book full of their names and addresses, she has to decide if she: A.) wants to kill him. B.) wants to punish his women or C.) all of the above.

As she struggles with the discovery of a secret book, the reality of what it all means, and searches for answers, more and more secrets start to come to life about her husband.

Karen is soon sucked into a mind-bending, mysterious, and devious revenge story. But it isn’t until Harold suddenly disappears, that things take a turn for the worse. Leaving Karen to fight a battle she could never imagine, even in her wildest dreams.

Okay, Ruth called this one:

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Yup! There’s a sequel on the way. Stay tuned . . . 

Will it be called Bananas in the Tailpipe?  Wait and see . . .

NOV 2018 BOTM

BIG WOODS
By May Cobb

It’s 1989 in the sleepy town of Longview, Texas, when ten-year-old Lucy disappears. Her parents, the police, and the community all brace for the worst, assuming her body will soon be found in Big Woods. Just like the other unsolved kidnappings.

But then Lucy’s fourteen-year-old sister, Leah, starts having dreams about Lucy—dreams that reveal startling clues as to what happened. Leah begins her own investigation, and soon she meets a reclusive widow who may hold the key to finding Lucy…if only she can find the courage to come forward.

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GWENDY’S BUTTON BOX
By Stephen King
& Richard Chizmar

Every day in the summer of 1974, twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong—if time-rusted—iron bolts and zig-zag up the precarious cliffside.

Then one day when Gwendy gets to the top of Castle View, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of kids on the playground below, a stranger calls to her. There on a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small, neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

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SEPTEMBER 2018 BOTM

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DARK ROAD HOME
Angela Bennett

Victor Simone, head of a hit man organization, murdered Belle McBain’s corrupt father. Following in her dad’s career footsteps, Belle becomes an attorney, but she can’t seem to move beyond the whispers of her crooked father’s corruption or his failures to his family. Instead of building a career in law, she escapes to a life of drugs and lives off her trust fund.

Unable to cope, Belle attempts suicide and is soon admitted into a rehab clinic where she tries to heal. However, her wounds run deep, so the healing takes time. Once released and three years sober, Belle begins a new life as a private investigator in Jersey City with the help of a friend in law enforcement. Sixteen years have passed … until everything changes.

One of Victor Simone’s cronies is in FBI custody and makes a deal. He says he’ll tell where the fugitive Simone is hiding if Belle agrees to meet with him. When she does, she begins to wonder if her father was ever a dirty attorney at all. As she searches for answers, Belle discovers more than she bargained for, including something more unbelievable than she could have imagined.

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LIE TO HER
Mehrisa Mex

Despite years of treatment, twenty-one year old Lydia still struggles with trauma from being attacked as a teenager. House-bound with anxieties and haunted by ghostly visions, she soon comes to suspect her psychiatrist husband, Myles, of sabotaging her recovery.

Her pursuit of the truth uncovers secrets more terrible than she ever imagined and it soon becomes clear that nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted – not even herself.

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Woo-Hoo!
Congratulations to Brian!!

Exciting News:
The Camel’s Back Wins the 2018 Greenlight Screenplay Adaption Award! 

What does this mean? Well quite simply the book will be adapted to screenplay by a professional screenwriter. After that Greenlight Group Inc. will push hard to get it optioned. The percentage of chance that it will be made into a movie is slim, but I’m an eternal optimist.

I will keep everyone informed as things progress. Anyone from this group is also welcome to contact me by email at info@brianchristophershea.com I am usually quick to respond and love to hear from readers. Book 3, The Rabbit’s Hole, goes off to my editor in two weeks for a final scrub before the November 23rd release.

Thank you all for the amazing support.
All the best,
Brian

SEPTEMBER 2018 BOTM

THE CAMEL’S BACK
By Brian Christopher Shea

Three people, each at their own breaking point, collide. The resulting impact will forever change their lives…if they can manage to survive it.

Declan Enright, a former police officer recently fired over a controversial shooting, has reached a breaking point in his life. Confronted with insurmountable financial burdens in the wake of his termination, Declan makes a desperate move to stabilize his situation for the benefit of his wife and three young daughters.

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“Brian Christopher Shea…..This guy has a book out called: The Camel’s Back..Now listen up, all 3495 members here should have bought this book, or rented it from your local library. This book starts out just like what’s happening in today’s world. A cop shoots a person of color, he lost his job over it, and now his family is close to eating bread and butter. Banks being robbed, cars and buses being blown up, and folks who you just don’t know about.

I don’t want to tell you the whole story, but I am just not understanding why you would turn away from a book like this. Your talking Thriller to the end, Pop the last popcorn, grab some Tea, and have a seat, and get-ta-reading……”

Brian Christopher Shea’s fantastic novel The Camel’s Back gets five big ones (*****) from me. What a story! It explores the effects of desperation, heartbreak and payback on three people. As the tension builds, we sit back trying to figure it all out. Just forget about that. Strap yourself in and hang on, because everything’s outta control. You’re gonna love this ride.

Thanks, Brian, for a great time. Now I’m going after your next one, The Lion’s Mouth.

Cheers and Happy Reading!
Adam James

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“Tell them that it will be done to satisfaction, but at a new grid coordinate. I am deviating from the original location. I think that they will be pleased with my reasons,” Khaled said, sliding a piece of paper to Mustafa with the hand-written coordinates 41.723158, -72.668059.

So I plugged the coordinates into Google Earth and here’s what I found:

  

Pretty slick, huh? This is where the bus catches fire and then when everyone gathers around, the big blast is triggered. Pretty devious, but that’s how they do it.

The Camel’s Back is destined for the MOVIES!
(We should all hope!)

Yes, Brian has written another one. Read the first one, then jump right on this one. Another proven winner!

Big things come in small packages.

Nick Lawrence returned to Austin, Texas and rejoined his old unit, the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children task force. It’s not long before he finds himself in the middle of a well-organized human trafficking ring. Teaming with local law enforcement, he sets out to dismantle the group.

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AUGUST 2018 BOTM / MOTM

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BEST EATEN COLD
— Tony Salter

Imagine that someone wants to do you harm. Someone you once knew, but have almost forgotten. Now, imagine that they are clever, patient and will not stop.

They’ll get inside your head and make you doubt yourself. They’ll make you question who you are, and ensure that everyone you care for starts to doubt you too.

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ORPHAN TRAIN
— Christina Barker Kline

The captivating story of a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to long-buried questions.

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

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JULY 2018 BOTM & MOTM

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Briguella
By Vicki Fitzgerald

After seven women fall victim to a serial killer, journalist Kate Rivendale becomes embroiled in the manhunt. The authorities have no suspect, and only one forensic link that dates way back to the 1930s.

Detective Chief Inspector William Beckley needs to salvage his career; he has too many deaths on his conscience. Beckley entices Kate to go undercover, a decision which backfires with devastating consequences.

While DCI Beckley reaches a horrifying conclusion about the murderer, Kate enters a desperate fight for her life… while battling to keep her own secrets buried.

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OUR KIND OF CRUELTY
By ARAMINTA HALL

A spellbinding, darkly twisted novel about desire and obsession!

This is a love story. Mike’s love story.

Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet, if lonely, life before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy.

It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his emails or phone calls. It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus.

It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, he’ll see the signs. If he keeps track of her every move, he’ll know just when to come to her rescue . . .

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JUNE 2018 BOTM & MOTM

HUGE NEWS!

Congratulations Shari Lapena!

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LOVE SICK
By Autumn J. Bright

Toni Jones, Charleston’s rising radio personality, has everything going for her: beauty, talent, a promising career, and now a handsome, ambitious husband on the move. The perfect catch! But when his business fails, his dark side is revealed, leaving Toni to endure a doomed marriage plagued with years of domestic violence, deception, and even murder. But for Toni, giving up the only man she’s ever loved will be harder than she thinks. And in time, she’ll discover her unhealthy attachment to her husband will make her… Love Sick.

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I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK
by Michelle McNamara

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer—the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade—from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

“You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark.”

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FACE OF A KILLER