Reviews - July 2020

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Aaron Paul Lazar

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 22 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at and watch for his upcoming release, UNDER THE ICE. Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers.



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  • The List: Allysa’s Revenge (Deep State Mysteries Book 2)
    Author: Casi McClean
    ASIN: B07Y6RHC7K
    Print Length: 253 pages
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The List: Alyssa’s Revenge by USA Today bestselling author, Casi McClean, is the second book in the Deep State Mysteries series. Set in the Washington DC area with far reaching elements that end up in Morocco, this fast paced novel, like book one in the series, is also part political thriller, part steamy romance, and part paranormal.

Let me say this right at the start – I loved this book! Talk about edge of your seat suspense…I couldn’t put it down.

We get to become reacquainted with several characters who were featured in book 1, including the fiery protagonist, Emily Rose, dynamic detective Ashton Frasier, Emily's murdered twin sister Alyssa, who appears as a spirit, her amazing war veteran brother, Wyatt, and the brave Pets for Vets dog, Duke. In this second book in the series, we also get to delve deeper into veteran Harper Drake’s mind and heart, and her relationship with Wyatt. I really enjoyed this strong woman’s character.

As I mentioned in my review of book 1, although it wasn’t the primary theme in this story, I absolutely love the elements of the wounded warrior and the dog who has become an integral part of the series. He’s a keeper.

A deep sense of patriotism rings through the pages. Our war veterans, their siblings, and the spirit of Alyssa become integral in saving the lives of many children who are in terrible peril in The List.

From page one—where the young girl Hanna escapes from her horrendous kidnapper’s lair, leaving a frightened sister behind, but sadly unable to free her—your heart will pound out of your chest with suspense. The horror of the bad guys is tenable and will shoot shivers down your spine. And what he wants to do to these innocent children will make you sick.

But our heroes become quickly involved, thanks to Alyssa’s spirit, and now the children have a chance!

Please keep writing this series, Ms. McClean. Kudos!!

Aaron Paul Lazar

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