Sunday, October 18, 2015

Bottled Madness, In The President's Service #7 by Ace Collins

Helen survives the deadly Louisiana swamp and the attacking alligator. But her troubles are not over. While she and her team have found out more about the mysterious “water” and that it is being transported through New Orleans, they come to realize it is not a magic elixir.

Helen is shocked when it seems there may be a mole, or at least a terribly deceived person, at the highest levels of government. How can she and those left on her team smoke him out?

Bauer is pressing forward. Even though he has lost the aid of Alistar, he has found a new operative to do his dirty work. She is a mystery woman and Bauer is unsure of the future.

The very last paragraph of this episode is a shocker and turns the tables on what we readers thought we knew. I am waiting anxiously for the next episode.

This episode does not have as much action as the last one nor does it move the story along as far. We do find out a few intriguing facts that help us understand what is going on. But we are also given a few more mysteries to be solved in the next episode.

People who like 1940s style mystery and intrigue will enjoy this series. The dialog is fun. When was the last time you heard “peepers” for eyes? How about having a “gas” for having fun? The characters are well crafted too. The style of writing reminds me of the serialized stories of decades ago.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

You can read my reviews of the previous episodes: Date with Death, The Dark Pool, Blood Brother, Fatal Addiction, The Devil's Eyes, and The Dead Can Talk.

Ace Collins has written more than sixty books, including several best sellers. He lives in Arkadelphia, Arkansas

Elk Lake Publishing, 152 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this episode through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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