5.0 out of 5 starsAn unexpected surprise
October 22, 2014Format: Kindle Edition
I should have hated this book. Instead I couldn't put it down. It flowed very well and was well written. The author clearly did his homework, for everything is laid out in great detail, which would normally bore me with excessive detail, but did so only during the financial discussion. It is some of the best world building I've ever seen. I couldn't stop reading and got teary eyes several times.
Is this book filled with complexity? Oh yeah.
Did I get mad at the heroine several times? Yes I did.
Did I ever stop liking her? Not for a second.
Did I like her husband and her fierce protector? Yes I did, very much.
Did I like the ending? Yes and No. I did like the ending, but somehow felt disappointed. Possibly because, unlike the novel which is full of clarity and specific details, the end fades softly.
As to Recommendations: If you like constant battles between tribes on a different world with deadly mounts far fiercer than a horse, definitely read this.
If you like strong women heroines in war, you should like this, unless you expect real romance, which you do not get here.
Due to ending and the tedious financial lesson, and my general dislike of war stories, I give this a 4.5 stars. Which is a lot of stars from someone who shouldn't have like this book at all. I still don't know how that happened.
3.0 out of 5 starsClaks & Gelfs and Murians, Oh My.
October 26, 2012Format: Paperback
Several years ago, I told a student that it serves little purpose to be the smartest person in the room, if no one understands what you are talking about. Fast forward to last week, and the same can be applied to Hawk McKinney's The Cairns of Santuarie: The Bleikovat Event. No, this is not my normal read, but I am fair and read/review vast numbers of materials and am always fair in my assessments and reviews. I also had the pleasure of meeting Mr. McKinney last year at the Augusta Literary Festival and when I came across his book, I thought, why not?
Mckinney is a gifted story teller and man of vast intelligences and depth. It is obvious that he has spent a great deal of time in the development of this fantasy world, the inhabitants, the foliage and even on the beasts of burden. McKinney is a scholar with a background in academia and professional fields that many long to even attempt. His travels and teachings in Jerusalem are evidence in the details he spends on the cartography of the land and maps which are included in the back of the book to help you understand remote province of Bleikovia. I think it was about all I understood.
What I like about this book is detail that he spends laying out the peacefulness of the life of the Malfesian Murians who are enjoying the bounty of the harvest festival. They are not aware that outside of their peaceful part of the world a war is raging and headed towards their doorstep. McKinney paints an image of an idyllic life where the village elder Feldovats assures his clansmen that no one is going to bother us here. From that point, there is war, fights, lots of characters whose names I cannot process, let alone pronounce, and green Murian blood flowing from bodies gnawed on by war Claks.
What I did not like about this book was there were lots of characters whose names I cannot pronounce, even though the pronunciations where listed in the back of the book. The back of the book also lists the Murian tongues and dialects along with the names and pronunciations of terminology. Honestly, I learned Klingon easier than I got through chapter two, I kid you not (jIH [kid] SoH ghobe').
What would have made this an easier read for the non-genetically brain gifted layman would have been to make the epilogue the prologue. Further, it would have been nice to introduce the regions and why these people are moving towards an intergalactic event along with the main characters before we hit chapter one. It would have also been nice to understand that a Clak, as seen on the cover, is a horse dog. Also, that a gelf is a sort of herbivorous farm able that also serves as meat. Last but not least, Murians and peace loving people.
This was an interesting read that is a gift to the intellectual fantasy reader that goes beyond the fires of Mordor.
4.0 out of 5 starsAn excellent addition to the science fiction genre
January 30, 2015Format: Kindle Edition
This book is an excellent addition to the science fiction genre. Although the first couple of chapters were a little slow to get through, they were necessary to understand what led up to the decisions that were made later.
The world building this author did was incredible. The author provides maps and a glossary to help the reader, but be aware there's a lot of material. It's an excellent book, but it is definitely not a light beach read.
I really liked the main character, Etkaa-- she's strong and resourceful and she does what needs to be done, but she still has a loving center.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see what is to become of these people as this book serves as a history for what comes next.
5.0 out of 5 starsScience Fiction at its Best
March 18, 2013Format: Paperback
The Cairns of Sainctuarie: The Bleikovat Event is science fiction at its best. The first in the series, this story is engaging with suspense and action that will hold your interest. The descriptive detail makes the story come alive, as do the characters. An intellectual read, Bleikovat Event will challenge even the most ardent reader of science fiction, making it well worth while.
On an adventure level, we have Terato and the Myr worlds under attack and Eklam and Korvo working desperately to find answers and resolve the issue. On a relationship level, we have the friendship and partnership of Ek and Korvo.
Mr. MacKinney is a fine writer who has his world-building down pat. I'm thankful he included a glossary at the end of the book --while some things I understood based on context, it was nice to be able to verify that. And, there were other things I needed the glossary for.
Because of the science involved, it could be a difficult book to read--it's definitely not a book you can skim through or read while other things are going on. But, if you are a fan of hard science fiction, this is definitely a series you will want to check out. It's not necessary to read the first book in the series; it deals with the historical background of this time, but it does give you a feel for the people. You can definitely pick up the series with this book, though.
3.0 out of 5 starsHidden weapons, untraceble power sources
December 30, 2014Format: Paperback
A different viewpoint of the old idea that we here on earth have been at least visited by higher intelligence in our past.
As an independent reviewer for Paranormal Books and Authors that Rock, I enjoyed the storyline of this book and the interactions between characters kept me reading to the very end. The action scenes were very exciting as well. I am more of a sci-fantasy geek so the technical terms and discussions of physics tended to make my eyes glaze a bit, but the characters were engaging enough to keep me reading. Between the high level of technical speak and the occasional feel of reading a script I give this one three fangs.
October 9, 2019
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
INANNA PHANTOM is an intellectually stimulating science fiction. The author uses his medical and science background to flesh out the story, and it kept this reader turning the pages. This is book 3 in the Cairns of Sainctuarie series, and it does not disappoint.
5.0 out of 5 starsNOT THE AVERAGE MYSTERY NOVEL!
January 20, 2018Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down and found myself enthralled with the characters, the sub-plots, the 'fictional' locale, which not specifically named happens to be the area in which I live. Some of the characters had a remarkable resemblance to people I know, although I'm sure that was coincidental. Despite some gory, gruesome scenes relevant to the book's title, the characters, the theme, the setting, all came together to form a fast-paced, exciting read with plenty of surprises and twists. I would recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries and the bizarre psyche of a homicidal lunatic.
4.0 out of 5 starsMystery
March 4, 2016Format: Kindle Edition
Hidden chamber of death is full of mystery wonder excitement with a little bit of romance thrown in the mix. This book revolves around a retired of navy seal by the name of Ingram. Ingram now works as a part-time private investigator. In this book Ingram is trying to figure out who random murders are connected with a banking conspiracy. MacKinney did a great job developing this character which makes this book you will not want to put down.
MacKinney is a rare talent by creating a story creates the thought of what is the person doing? From start to finish this book got more and more interesting. The book was a wonder.
It is very violent, something I really do not care for, so reader be warn. A little goes a long way. Also in the beginning there is mentioned a teen knowing when his parents have had sex. I really did not see this relevant. Something else I really did not care for. Also there is some curse words.
Overall it is a really good mystery. This was a great start to this seriers. Just remember iReads did rate this book R for violence.
I received this book from iRead book tours.
Hidden Chamber of Death has one of the most unique covers I have ever seen. While I assumed the cover was simple because the copy I had received was an ARC, I learnt to my surprise that the original cover was a plain simple one, too. The image looked like a Safe, with the title superimposed in simple red font. The summary was generic enough but the word banking conspiracy caught my attention.
The book's prologue made me read it twice, being caught in the horrific description of a human corpse. I have read gory murder thrillers before, being a fan of this genre. But the way the carcass was described made me read it more than once. If nothing, the prologue set the mood for the story and I prepared myself to expect the upcoming murders.
PI Craig Ingram, an ex Navy Seal is the protagonist of this story. He chases a psychotic murderer, trying to make sense of random deaths that would surely have a common connection. The murders are described gorily, the murderer ruthless. Ingram finds himself attracted to a widow, trying hard to find the killer using the skills his Navy days taught him. The description seems like any other murder mystery novel but where this book differs is in the execution and pace.
Craig Ingram is a likeable, reliable PI, giving off old fashioned vibes in his thinking and approach. The story follows everything given in the summary, things are not as simple as they seem and the image on the surface. The story scores much in the twists it executes, some unexpected, some you seem to be mentally preparing yourself for. The author maintains the suspense where characters are concerned, with the readers guessing about the credibility of most characters until about halfway through the book.
This is a ordinary plot executed in an extraordinary way, a good start to a series.
WHAT I LIKED:
The cover was so simple - dragging more attention than it would if it were like the usual covers of this genre
The pace of the story
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:
The summary could have been a bit more intriguing. The story deserves it.
The plot element one liner seems so simple, leaving all the work to be done by the story
Ordinary plot developed into a great story
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Series Opener!
March 2, 2016Format: Paperback
What is he/she up to? I love asking myself that question when I read a mystery! It doesn't always happen though. I found myself meeting each new character introduced by MacKinney with a little doubt and skepticism. The author did a wonderful job keeping a little mystery around his characters--and that adds so much to the suspense of the story. While I wanted to like (or dislike) characters immediately--I wasn't sure about some of them and their motivations. I like wondering about characters for a bit! I like that I grew to like and dislike characters through the plot development and not through each character's initial description.
MacKinney creates more than a likeable hero in Ingram. I expected to like the main character--but, MacKinney takes it a step further in that he made me want to follow the main character's future adventures and future stories from the series. Ingram is an "old fashioned" character, I think. He's the dependable, real-world, guy that everyone wants in their corner. The story reminded me of the old detective shows and crime dramas that I watched on t.v. with my Grandpa when I was a little girl. It's not a dated story--it's just one of those books where you say, "You don't find someone like that everyday."
Would I recommend Hidden Chamber of Death by Hawk MacKinney? The author creates an action packed, suspenseful, easy to read story with characters readers will enjoy. Readers will fall easily into the setting through the the author's descriptions and dialogue--and will want to follow future Moccasin Hollow mysteries. I would recommend this book to murder mystery fans--who also enjoy a bit of a conspiracy and creativity.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in a blog review. All opinions are my own.
Marilyn R Wilson
4.0 out of 5 starsMurder/thriller with a touch of romance
March 3, 2016Format: Paperback
Hidden Chamber of Death is the latest mystery/thriller (with a touch or romance) by prolific author Hawk MacKinney. For this genre you need an interesting killer and a determined pursuer. I leave the killer a mystery, but the pursuer in this case is retired Navy SEAL/part-time PI named Craige Ingram who has a strong connection with local homicide detective. Graysen MacGerald (Gray). Gray calls Ingram in when he needs another eye to look at a case and the death he is investigating just doesn't feel right.
The creepy, sadistic killer character moves a bit in the shadows in this story - only being truly in focus in when on the hunt for a new victim. While his first murder was discreet, the following ones have increasing savagery. What he does with them is sick, but fortunately the acts are only hinted at instead of described step by step - my preference for this type of book.
Mixed in is the element of romance. Terri Wofford Stanley, a beautiful widow with a teenage son to raise. takes a job at a bank and ends up in charge of an account of Ingram's. The attraction is instant and mutual. It doesn't take long before things heat up. Unfortunately the killer is also works at the bank and Terri, her son and Ingram all end up in his sights. What happens next? Well, you'll just have to pick up a copy and dive in.
I want to make one additional comment. This book, especially the second half, could have used a bit of polishing in terms of editing. This surprised me as MacKinney is an experienced author with many books to his credit. I laboured over reducing the star rating by one to reflect this, but eventually decided to rate it on the story itself.
Ali - The Dragon Slayer
3.0 out of 5 starsIt hots up towards the end and leaves the way clear for more in the series.
March 9, 2016Format: Kindle Edition
I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this book when I received an ARC. The cover is extremely simple so not a lot to entice me, it’s not an author I have read before but the over-riding appeal was it focusses on a Navy SEAL so I figured there would be some action.
Within minutes of starting it I realised the writing was going to be graphic .. hit square in the face with a corpse description. Moving on it covers a variety of subjects which viewers may find awkward. An in depth discussion between father and son about the appeal of girls, sex and how the parents have ‘fun’. It was well written but you can almost feel Jeff squirming with embarrassment, he doesn’t need to know the details .. in the next breath they are reminiscing about what Granny would say, one extreme to another.
There were rather a lot of mentions about standing near the grave or looking in the coffin, at this point I thought it was going to become tedious but it does move on slowly in the search for a psychotic killer. Murders, mystery and suspense makes it an average to good plot. I do believe it ‘sounds’ very American so perhaps I didn’t gel with it quite as much as some others. It hots up towards the end and leaves the way clear for more in the series.
Fans of murder/mysteries will find some content in here to make it an enjoyable story. Thanks to the author and iRead Book Tours for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.
Patricia, Reviews by Room With Books
5.0 out of 5 starsThis first book in The Moccasin Trace Series an absolute thrill to read
March 10, 2016Format: Kindle Edition
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Hidden Chamber of Death, Book One of The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, by Hawk MacKinney for the purpose of an honest review.
It is my pleasure to have had the opportunity to read and review Hidden Chamber of Death by Hawk MacKinney.
This is the first book of Mr. MacKinney’s that I have read, but not the first I have heard of his writing. He has been a frequent visitor here on Room With Books. And an author that it has been my pleasure to host time and again.
I was not disappointed for a moment with Hidden Chamber of Death. I love the way Mr. MacKinney writes his characters, real enough you can hear them talking in your head as you read along and so alive you could almost reach out and touch them.
The search for a psychotic (no, TRULY psychotic) killer makes this first book in The Moccasin Trace Series an absolute thrill to read. I know I consumed Hidden Chamber of Death without hesitation once I began reading it.
I highly recommend Hidden Chamber of Death, Book One of The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, by Hawk MacKinney and encourage you to pick up a copy right away. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed with it!
I give Hidden Chamber of Death by Hawk MacKinney five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee (the first cups I’ve given since learning how to use my new Keurig ;-).)
©March 9, 2016
~Patricia, Room With Books ~
When I read the prologue, I was afraid this was going to be a long, slow read. It wasn't even a page long and it contained names like PI Craige Howelle Graeme Roynane Ingram and SEAL Commanding Officer Craige 'Peadinger' Ingram, and that was just one person. Luckily, the prologue was short and wasn't indicative of what was to come.
Hidden Chamber of Death is a murder mystery with multiple murders and multiple bad guys. Besides a psychotic killer on the loose, there are some shady things happening at the bank where the first victim worked. I was kept guessing who was involved, how they were involved, and what exactly they were involved in.
The characters were well developed. It was easy for me to feel for Terri and Jeff who had recently lost their husband and dad, respectively. They both seem to be dealing with it well. When Craige enters their lives, he's good for both of them. He's not only a PI but he's a good guy and he's been around the block a time or two.
I definitely recommend Hidden Chamber of Death if you like a good mystery. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
A death brings ex-Navy seal, Craige Ingram, and Terri, a recent widow and bank examiner, together. Embezzlement puts Terri smack dab into the middle of danger. Craige will come to the rescue, which is what I expect from a hero. :-) Craige is a great guy. He takes you as you are, no bigotry, no judgments.
A grizzly murder and a psycho serial killer always catch my attention. I find out early who the killer is but there is more going on than murder. A death starts an inquiry into the bank records that someone desperately wants to keep quiet.
A bit of romance, a psycho serial killer, greed, embezzlement…it’s all good to me.
I’m not sure what it was about the writing, but it seemed a bit slow and I stumbled off and on…BUT, the ending makes it all worth it, so read on. I will be looking for the next adventure into the Vault of Secrets.
I received a copy of Hidden Chamber of Death by Hawk MacKinney in return for an honest review.
5.0 out of 5 starsHidden Chamber of Death will make you breathless until the last page.
March 10, 2016Format: Paperback
. Mystery is my second favorite genre to read. It could be an old or new author. I am interested to read their writings.
A new mystery author to adore is Mr. Hawk MacKinney. My very first time to read his writing. I become a new fan. You should check out his book as well if you LOVE reading suspense.
Just like regular mystery book, Hidden Chamber of Death will make you breathless until the last page. You will LOVE Craige Ingram the Navy Seal. He is not only a hero but willing to continue to fight and solve problems in different way. This book is a must read. All the characters will make you guess and cannot wait to find out the killer. This book is hard to put it down and looking forward to read the next book of the series. This is a must read. I cannot wait for more heart thumping mystery book to read from Mr. MacKinney.
I received the paperback copy of the book in exchange of my honest review.
Marilyn R Wilson
4.0 out of 5 starsA spider web of plots,
January 23, 2017Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Westobou Gold is book two in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series featuring strong, intelligent ex-SEAL Craige Ingram and his beautiful, intelligent girlfriend Terri Wofford Stanley - a woman he fell in love with and then saved from death at the hands of a sadistic murderer in book one.
In this Westobou Gold, we start with a historical flashback to set the stage - a gold treasure hidden from invaders by the Indian Queen. Then it's to current times and a discussion of the illegal poaching of relics by those selling to private collectors. BUT the plot moves quickly from there to a pornography ring and several disturbing death scenes. As one involves soldiers, Craige is approached to step in and help figure out what is going on.
This book is a spider web of plots, from relic poaching to local teens pulled into a pornography ring to murders by Purvis, a violent and crooked law enforcement officer seemingly at the centre. His brutality is disturbing to say the least, just like in the first book in this series, so be sure you like your murder mysteries with a dark edge. Craige senses there is more than what is obvious and begins to sense a shadow pulling the strings. Step by step he begins to unravel the mystery while attempts to tarnish his reputation and then take his life occur. And the death toll rises.
MacKinney is a strong writer with a knack for bringing characters and locations to life. My one objection is the book's editing is weak. This is something I mentioned in my review of the first book in this series as well. There are distracting mistakes here and there that take away from the story for me. Hopefully this will be dealt with in future book in this series.
The book is part of a review tour and the main reason I opted to review this was the Summary. It spoke of a lot of things bundled up together, and is also longer than the average summary. Using the choicest of words, it connects a lot of seemingly disjointed points of interest and hopefully brings them all to a common story line. I was also very fond of the particular line where the 'legends became fireside myths' because that is true of many stories that have been passed on from generation to generation and are still considered myths while there is a thin smoky line of truth in the whole story. The second part of the summary mentions the modern methods of coercion and blackmail and tastefully brings the myths and modern world to a fine blend.
I had not read the first book in the series and therefore had a mild apprehension about the characters and how I would relate with them. But I was sure the story would not need my extensive knowledge on the characters to be understandable.
If the summary was anything to go by, the book does not disappoint either. The words are so descriptive and are often the main reason I kept going. Before I begin, I will have to mention that not reading book one had minimal impact on my understanding of the second book and this is a point in favour of the book. Think myth and legends from long forgotten lands that are shrouded in secrecy and mist. Think of some people taking it seriously. Think of the modern twists this scenario can take especially when exceptional greed and a ruthless conscience come into play. You have the perfect racy read that can easily span centuries and still not let your interest wane for any reason.
The story begins in the historical time of Native people, the Indian Queen hides a gold treasure from the White invaders. But from the next part, the book is back to the present and is a huge net of modern vices and despicable trades including poaching, pornography and murders. The man at the middle of the rackets is one of the most brutal villains ever written about. Craige Ingram is called to investigate.
But surprisingly, his involvement in the overall issue brings him into the focus of people who want his reputation ruined and his life gone. As Craige goes deeper and deeper into the mess, the more twisted the scenario becomes. It is not long before Craige finds his life and that of his love endangered. His experience with the Navy Seals and his life as a PI and archeologist brings him to the place where it is all happening, and then slowly pull him to the main epicentre of the racket.
The author has used the common stereotypes required for this genre. A bold hero, an intricate plot, greedy villains and the life of loved ones being endangered. But he has made all this into one huge page turner by his narrative style. The story is totally new, and the descriptive narration brings the scenes to the fore, and it is easier to follow the story as it traverses across plot twists and suspense. The best part of the novel is how all the individual, seeminly unconnected plot tangents come together and blend into a very interesting story, as the summary seemed to promise.
The characterisation is another major plus (at least according to me) and the characters are developed well. For so many details, the story is not confusing as the plot elements travel together in harmony. I initally had doubts about how the book was going to bring all the individual lines together but the author did not disappoint. This is the book for all the bookworms who are ready for a detailed and descriptive narrative. That being said, tighter editing could have helped the story even better.
Overall, I loved the book for the story and the characterisation and for the fact that it maintained the suspense element well, surprising me at places.
WHAT I LIKED:
•The long worded summary that promised an exciting novel
•The descriptive narrative
•The characterisation - some characters are memorable
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:
•The book could have used some tighter editing
•There are some parts that seem to deviate from the main plot line and have no impact on the story line itself. Those could have been avoided
•The cover design could be a bit more appealing. I hesitated at the WordArt font of the book's title and author name before choosing this book for review.
An amazing story if you are a fan of the genre
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat Storyteller!
January 31, 2017Format: Paperback
Westobou Gold required a little patience at the beginning. I didn't settle into this story as quickly and easily as I settled into MacKinney's Hidden Chamber of Death. I am really not sure why; however. MacKinney's writing style is very easy to follow and full of descriptive details--and he certainly keeps the plot moving. I just think, for a few chapters, I was distracted by some of my thoughts of what the novel was about--based on its beginning and its cover--and it took me some time to actually read Hawk's words and settle into the actual, modern-day story.
MacKinney creates wonderful characters. This was another book that hit on real-world, real-life characters that we meet every day. Ulterior motives, power, and greed reared their heads--but, so did trust and integrity and moral character. The author simply does a wonderful job keeping his characters surrounded in enough mystery and plot twists or turns to keep the action moving and the reader guessing and interested in the story line. There are characters to root for--and characters to dislike and mistrust.
MacKinney creates a suspenseful journey for readers. Things are not always as they seem--and things should not be taken for granted in this book. I love MacKinney's ability to develop his characters and his plots into a weaving, twisting, suspenseful novel that readers become glued to. Multiple murders, multiple plots moving and interlocking, and a host of characters provide a very well-developed read.
Would I recommend Westobou Gold by Hawk MacKinney? Westobou Gold is another action packed, suspenseful, easy to read story with characters that mystery lovers will enjoy. MacKinney helps readers become attached and invested in his characters and their outcomes. I would certainly recommend this book to murder mystery fans who enjoy being kept in suspense.
I received a copy of this book from the author or publisher.
4.0 out of 5 starsMurder Mystery with Twists
January 30, 2017Format: Paperback
I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
I had read Hidden Chamber of Death, the first book in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, so I was looking forward to reading the second book, Westobou Gold. It is a murder mystery with multiple murders and multiple bad guys. When Craige Ingram is asked to look into a questionable murder-suicide, he ends up getting tangled up in much more. The question is can he keep himself and those he loves safe while he’s investigating?
I like Craige Ingram and Terri, the widow he saved in the last book. They have a good relationship and understand and support each other. The main villain in this book is a law enforcement officer who is not only psychotic but he thinks he can do whatever he wants because of his badge. But he’s not the only villain, there is a lot of corruption in this small town.
There are a lot of pieces in this puzzle and they finally all come together toward the end of the book. I had a little trouble getting into it but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. I do suggest better editing because the lack of editing was a distraction to my reading.
If you like a good murder mystery with twists, I recommend Westobou Gold.
5.0 out of 5 starsI am blown away with this book
February 2, 2017Format: Kindle Edition
The story started so slow for me. I told myself that I will keep reading until I am on that chapter where my mind will blown me away. I was not wrong and it did.
I never see it coming until the last page. It was epic. I so loved Craige and his smartness to solve the crime. I so loved his dog as well.
Suspense is my second favorite genre aside from contemporary romance. The twist always keep me jumpy on the couch while reading. This book has everything you are looking for a suspense book. Though some scenes of the book is too brutal for me. It made me sick to my stomach but it also add to the story. There is always a mole and I never expect that to happen. It is so good.
This book is so good. My very first time to read the author's book. I enjoyed his writings. I am looking forward to read more of his books.
4.0 out of 5 starsI was surprised about how well I liked this story
January 18, 2017Format: Paperback
A very well written story. Full of suspense and mystery. I was surprised about how well I liked this story. I am now instreasted in checking out more of the author's books in the future.
There was a lot of crime in this story and it made me keep reading to see what is going to happen next. It had me on the edge of the seat and turning the pages for more.
The characters were very well developed and very interesting. I loved reading there journey and what happens to them. The plot was good as well and the autor did a very nice job on it.
If you like mystery and crime this book is for. I would only recommend 18 and older to read this book.
too much fun, great racing game. hard to put down.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Series A Fast Paced Thrilling Read
June 18, 2018Format: Kindle Edition
Does the cover 'getcha' and make you wonder what is up?
Curse Of The Ancients draws you in from page and does not let you go.
This is book three in the series and for me was a little different than book 2 ( I have not read book 1) Better? Maybe? Not sure but either way each one was great and I look forward to the next one.
This one was different in we got more backstory and Craiges
Seal Team activities. We met more of his team members.
Each book is written as a stand alone so if you missed the first one don't worry you'll be drawn in anyway.
It's kind of a guys book/story written by a guy but mine wouldn't be too into it.
It is a good well written story with some great characters that you just want to hang on for the ride all the way to the end.
I kind of like Craige I keep trying to picture him but can't seem to get it right. He's a little James Bondish, maybe a Sean Connery character he collect stamps keeps his own jet in a barn on his property! He's good, strong, trustworthy and dependable and gets the job done.
I enjoyed this installment and look forward to the next one.
If you like fast paced mystery and a bunch of fast past thrilling adventure you'll enjoy this series.
The rating is R because some of the scenes are graphic in nature.
I received a complimentary copy.
4.0 out of 5 starsGood addition to the series
June 4, 2018Format: Kindle Edition
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
I read the first two books in The Moccasin Hollow Series so I was happy to read the next book about Craige Ingram. It did not disappoint.
Craige’s friend and ex-SEAL buddy Grayson has called him for his help once again. A body is found in a bad area of town but this isn’t an OD. In fact, several passports and driver’s licenses are found in the apartment with the body. When an autopsy is done, they find that not only was the woman’s neck broken but she was poisoned. This doesn’t look like any run of the mill murder so Grayson wants Craige’s input. That’s just the beginning…
There is so much going on in Curse of the Ancients it will make your head spin. Dead bodies, ancient parchments, a train crash, biochemical warfare, you name it, Craige seems to find it all. But are they unrelated or does everything fit together in a big puzzle? He knows he can trust his ex-SEAL buddies but can he trust anyone else?
Although at times I felt a little lost, this book is full of action and everything eventually falls into place. Curse of the Ancients is a good addition to The Moccasin Hollow Series.
4.0 out of 5 starsEntertaining Race
June 12, 2018Format: Kindle Edition
Another entertaining story from Mr MacKinney. A PI and Homicide detective discover more than a dead body in the dilapidated house. They find clues that lead to a potential attack within the United States. Even as they race to find answers, events put them at risk. It’s fast paced and twisting, with great characters in Craige and Graysen.
I received a copy of the book as part of the virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours. It was my pleasure to review it. You can find the complete review on Mystery Suspense Reviews.
4.0 out of 5 starsFriendship and beyond the call of duty
June 15, 2018Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed reading this book. It is my favorite from the author's writing. Friendship even retired will do anything and beyond to protect the people and the country. This book is so unbelievably good. It will blow your mind with these two friends who is willing to die not only for the name of friendship but for the place they lived in and loved.
There is so much actions, adventures, betrayal and above all spies. This book is hard to put it down. Prepare to be amazed. I loved the scenery, laugh out loud moments at the same hidden messages that are hard to read and very informative.
4.0 out of 5 starsAnother installment on a good series
May 19, 2019Format: Kindle Edition
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
I read the first three books in The Moccasin Hollow Series so I was happy to read the next book about Craige Ingram and his good friend Spinner Krespinak. It did not disappoint.
Craige finally takes a vacation from Moccasin Hollow to spend some time with his buddy Spinner in Aspen, Colorado. Instead of a typical vacation, though, murders are piling up and Spinner, a detective with the police department, has his hands full. He ends up accepting Craige’s offer of assistance with the murders.
Like the other books in The Moccasin Hollow Series, it took me a while to get into the book, I think partly because the author includes a lot of back story at the beginning so it does stand alone if you haven’t read the other books. Once I got into Dead Gold it was difficult to put down. There’s so much going on and I had to keep reading to learn how all of the pieces would fit.
If you like a good mystery with some twists and strong characters, I definitely recommend Dead Gold.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat charactes and a well developed story
May 28, 2019Format: Paperback
Dead Gold Offers Great Characters and a Well Developed Story. The author does a wonderful job developing his characters just enough to keep readers doubting their motives through most of the book. Once the author establishes his background stories and lays the basics for the current book--the pace of the writing and the twists and turns mount to create an engaging mystery. The novels in this series are written as stand alone stories--but, I think it is easier to fall into the author's writing style after reading the main character's previous adventures in earlier books.
Readers will find action, adventure, suspense and more. Once again, readers will be met with a lot of action, adventure, suspenseful twists and turns in a very believable story line. The author provides a lot of detail in his character development, his settings, and everything from his crime scenes to the various stages of the investigation. Readers will feel like they are solving a real crime along with the novel's main characters.
Would I recommend Dead Gold by Hawk MacKinney? I have enjoyed every book of this series--and Dead Gold was no exception. The author creates a complex mystery that is still easy to follow and holds interest through to the end. It is easy to become attached to the characters and to become so caught up in solving the mystery that you can't put the book down. I would definitely recommend this book to crime thriller and murder mystery fans.
I received a copy of this book from the author or publisher for use in a blog review. All opinions are my own.
5.0 out of 5 starsLove is a deadly game
May 30, 2019Format: Paperback
Dead Gold is my newest favorite book of all the series from Moccasin Hollow from the author Mr. Hawk MacKinney. This book is hard to put it down. I just want to finish reading it in one setting if I could. This story blown my mind. I am still shock until the last page. I did not see that coming.
Love is a deadly game indeed. Prepare to be amazed of sweet, hot and brutal love story that you ever read. This book is so suspense. I enjoyed every chapter. I cannot wait for the next book of this series. Mr. MacKinney, you nailed my heart and mind with this book.
The scenery will not only mesmerize you but the characters are excellent. Love is indeed a deadly game. You can be blind but then you can play a game to gain trust.
5.0 out of 5 starsA Who-Dun-It on the slopes. Great read!
February 20, 2019Format: Kindle Edition
WOW! This book was full of excitement! I really enjoyed reading this book. Lots of twists and turns and I was forever second-guessing the who-dun-it. The characters were well developed and I was able to picture them in my mind quite easily. I loved that the story took place in a ski resort area, as it added a nice backdrop. Having lived in a ski resort area for a number of years, I was able to relate with the 'residents' very well.
If you love a good mystery with a hint of thriller to it, this is definitely a good fit for you.
I received an ARC of this book.
5.0 out of 5 starsGREAT MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE
February 20, 2019Format: Paperback
I have read all of the books in The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series, and each one has been unique, fascinating, and thrilling to read. BLOOD GOLD, Book 4 in this series did not disappoint. For anyone who enjoys a good thriller/suspense mystery, this is the book to read. The author's background in forensics and medicine, and his familiarity with the Aspen, Colorado, snow scene gives the story line an authenticity that doesn't allow the reader to forget.
While dangling a fishing hook from his flat bottom skiff before dawn, former SEAL-turned-PI Craige Ingram spots grey-black smoke coiling above the treetops across the river in the direction of the Georgia bayous and Corpsewood Manor. Bayou or bogs, fire in the uncut cypress and pines bodes a sense that the river is no barrier to the fire that threatens his ancestral home, Moccasin Hollow. Neither are the bodies later found in the burned mansion of Corpsewood Manor. Craige wastes no time in helping his ex-SEAL buddy Lt. Graysen MacGerald who is now Head of Buckingham Homicide Investigations by unofficially investigating the bodies and an exquisite dragonfly brooch found in the mansion with a reputation for evil, hauntings, and mystery.