Eyes Closed Tight: Peter Leonard

Eyes Closed Tight: Peter Leonard.


7 Grams of Lead: My five star review

7 Grams of Lead: Keith Thomson



Two Russians brought to America and placed in a special facility in order to create the perfect EBomb. Within the facility someone is watching over them and wants to make sure that the Ebomb is created and that there are no loose ends when the final product is made. Just who is behind this and why do we hear the voice of POTUS at the start of the novel is the work of a creative, devious and deadly assassin and operative named Canning. But, first he has many players within his realm of destruction to take out of the equation hoping at the end to reap the monetary benefits.


Russ Thornton is a journalist and blogger who gets in the way of Canning and is about to learn more than he wants revealed when meeting with an old flame named Catherine Peretti. But, Catherine and Russ take many different routes, enter the Statan Island Ferry and find themselves trying to escape anyone that might be following them. But sometimes all the best-laid plans fall short and when the enter Au Pain and take their seats someone comes out of nowhere and ends her life. This is just the beginning for Russ Thornton as he’s fate is now sealed as he’s taken away along with the late Catherine and unknowing to him someone manages to implant a listening and tracking device in his head and hopes to you might say hack into his brain in order to know his ever move. Smart, persistent and definitely astute Russ plans on finding out who planted the bug and hopefully getting it removed. Peretti and a Capitol Hill staffer, is about to disclose something important to him but when is killed right in front of his eyes and now the chase begins to outrun, outfox and gain the insight to the technology that has been created to destroy entire cities with one push of a detonator.


Thinking out loud he contacts an operative at the NSA hoping that O’Clair will provide the answers to how to remove the device and hopefully learn its origin. But, things begin to heat up as the author takes center and us front into the political arena listening to Beryl Mallery and her opponent debate. Odd information comes to light as Beryl wonders how this man learned about her indiscretions and policies.


Information comes at a high price as we flashback to the beginning and learn more about Canning and his goals. Hoping to implant the listening and tracking device in the brains of both Bella and Leo Sokolov something fails and Leo dies. Bella’s implant is a success allowing him to follow her every move, the safe house she was taken to and her decision to not go back to work. When she finally gives in little does she know that those that she is teaching and instructing could be using what they learn to their advantage and someone is listening to it all?


Hoping to have the device removed Thornton and O’Clair devises a plan but not everyone and everything is what it seems. Allowing him to know that if they have two devices and both are removed he might be able to find out where the signal is coming from and locate the receiver, Thornton enlists the help of the Senate hopeful Mallory knowing that she has an implant. But, just when you think you know what will happen next you don’t’ as author Keith Thomson throws a curve bomb or ball you might say right at the reader and things change as O’Clair becomes another expendable casualty in the quest for money, power and much more.

Two FBI agents are working to learn more about Thornton and when you understand just who is behind what is about to happen to him next, who wants him out of the way and why you will shudder. No one can be trusted and there is so much corruption within each agency it is hard to tell just who Thornton might be relies on. But, first he is kidnapped, tortured, prodded and probed, starved and placed in a cell that would make anyone else lose their lunch and mind hoping that the end would be near but not Russ. Just when he thought he would not survive someone comes to his rescue but he’s far from out of the woods as one of his rescuers is not what he appears to be and just how he handles it lets you know he’s no one to fool with and he’s back in the game.


“Joseph Stalin’s solution to a problem was “seven grams of lead to the head.” As the story began Sokolov was believed to have been brought to the United States to work for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency: DARPA, which dealt with the global positioning system, the computer mouse, ARPANET, which included the Internet. Could this bullet be a strong message to anyone in Russia that wants to defect? Or does it mean something else? When journalist and blogger Russ Thornton adds a notation to his posting about this bullet it sends shockwaves down the spine of a dangerous killer. The technology author Keith Thomson describes within Chapter 9 is mindboggling. The range of destruction and the capabilities of some of these weapons unbelievable. But, when you learn more about Peter Canning, what his real agenda is and what he is trying to do, you begin to see the depth of his anger, his mode of destruction yet wonder if anyone will be able to stop what he has planned. Just who does he want to sell is he making an offer for the EBOMB and the formula to make more? Why? What will he gain and how many lives will be taken?


Listen to the encrypted phone call and code words used between Canning and a man called Rapada. Understand that failure is not an option and that no one is immune to his wrath. Senator Langlid what role does he plays and where does he fit into this dangerous equation? How did he learn about Mallery and where did the Intel come from that would give him the senate seat and cause her loss? A listening device implanted in your brain allowing you to learn government secrets, use it as a weapon against anyone that comes up against you and allows you the ability to know what businesses and multi-millionaires have planned? What would you do with this power called “Little Bird”? What happens when Thornton gets too close? A remote so deadly you won’t see it coming but the explosion and impact just might be deadly. What did Mallory and Thornton find out when they break into Windward Actuarial? What happens to foil their efforts? What did they learn that might break it wide open and reveal all of the players? Phones calls and conversations revealed, information about what Catherine Peretti might have seen and seven grams of lead plugged in her brain. Was it to silence her or was it as Thornton says merely a diversion to get them off track dealing with the death of Leonid Sokolov and the reason why Little Bird failed in him but not in his wife? Special Agents so corrupt, a government agency behind it all: What did Catherine see that got her killed you won’t believe it? An ending so explosive you won’t see it coming and the final fate of Mallery and Thornton cannot be revealed, as it is too dangerous to reveal to the reader. Seven Grams of Lead: All the answers to these questions and more will be revealed to readers when you read this FIVE STAR NOVEL.


Russ Thornton is a solid character whose persistence and determination to bring down whoever is behind what happened to Catherine and took the lives of so many others. Seven Grams of Lead: Be careful: Who will get it next? Let’s hope the author brings back Russ in another novel using his journalistic skills to solve a crime.


Fran Lewis: Reviewer

Providence Rag: My review

Providence Rag: Bruce Desilva


Imagine someone that spends every waking hour dreaming about his next kill. Imagine enjoying the smell of burnt flesh, the stench of a dead body and the sight of a mutilated animal. A serial killer finds different ways to torture, kill, maim and obliterate a life. Kwame Diggs enjoys hunting and staking out his victims, watching them go about their everyday lives and quietly sneaking into their homes and killing them. Gore does not deter him. Screams are stifled and witnesses non-existent. Kwame Diggs feels justified in his actions and thinks the world owes him something but what no one really knows. From a young age he enjoyed taking apart insects, burning cats and dogs and destroying his own sister’s Barbie Doll collection smiling as he hammered away at each of the doll’s limbs. Kwame Diggs thought he was clever and would never get caught. Killing two young women and their children, two years apart was the just tip of the iceberg. Attacking another woman and leaving her permanently scarred only makes his dreams of what he might do if he is ever freed more vivid, hardboiled and frightening. What would you do if you thought this man was about to be released from prison? Rhode Island has an antiquated law stating that juveniles are to be released from prison at age 21 regardless of the severity of the crime. Bone chilling to say the least! When the scale of justice is even and it is about to be tipped in the wrong direction freeing this man and one other killer, would you bend the law, plant evidence, create situations and lie in order to make sure he never sees the light of day? Moral and ethical values are tested to the limit and two close friends are about to become rivals and go head to head as author Bruce DeSilva brings back his most powerful character, Liam Mulligan to fight for the safety of so many and the safety of a small community.


Liam Mulligan is a sports reporter for the Providence Dispatch until his editor Ed Lomax requested his help on a different story. A young woman and her daughter were murdered in 1992 and the killer remains at large. Teaming up with Detective Andy Jennings they scour the neighborhood, question witnesses, unknowingly even the killer, but no arrest is made. Two years down the line he strikes again but not before he does damage in different ways. Mulligan is persistent, hardnosed and once again teams up with Andy Jennings but this time something will change. Cruising the small community of Warwick he sees a young black teen on a bike. One simple clue would awaken something in Mulligan and the next thing you know they might have their killer but first some legwork needs to be done. Becky Medeiros and her four-year-old daughter were his first victims and Connie Stuart and her two daughters were next. With an arsenal of help at his fingertips and the cooperation of the police, labs and others this young reporter manages to help catch a killer. But, there is much more to this murder and the arrest. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Confession on tape, in prison for six years this young man was never released because people inside and outside worked the legal system to find creative ways to make sure that he served more time. Eighteen years to be exact and now the law says he might be released and the charges against him that were filed keeping him in prison were faked, lies and if proven others will go down.


Edward Mason works for the Dispatch and decides to go on a one-man crusade to find out why Diggs was not released and if the evidence was tampered. Ed Lomax is the chief editor of the Dispatch and must decide which side to take, how to handle the controversy and if Mason should be allowed to continue with his investigation which might result in Diggs being freed. With Mulligan’s limited help, interviewing prison guards in Supermax, hearing the voice of Kwame Diggs telling him why he committed the murders readers will have to decide whether he is deranged, was framed or should be committed. As Mulligan managed to put Kwame behind bars, just how far will Mason go to free him? Edward Mason is the publisher’s son. Whose side will the publisher take? Subscriptions being pulled, advertising down just how far will the publisher goes to save the Dispatch?


Mason is determined to pen a profile of this killer and with the help of Diggs new lawyer a beautiful blonde named, Felicia, he manages to interview him. Killers are smart, cunning and often convincing when the listener does not have a trained ear for lies, deceits and wants to believe what he says. Claiming he killed all of these white women, who are blonds because of racial slurs, comments and being treated as a pariah in his community, Mason takes his word as gospel and when he lies the truth things take on a different turn.


Law enforcement agencies are supposed to protect the rights of all citizens so when Kwame came up for release why did so many team up to make sure he remained inside? His incarceration was legal but the extension of it unethical and Mulligan and Mason fight on opposite sides, putting many lives in danger to protect the innocent, the public and the rights of one man who does not warrant anyone really caring. Moral decisions and ethical choices are at the center of this complex novel bringing to light many issues regarding both our legal and prison systems.


Each step of the way Mulligan, enlists the help of many close friends as he reunites with the Governor of Rhode Island hoping she will give him the information he needs to keep this man in prison. Working feverishly with her to find new evidence to make sure that he is never released will they succeed or will it be too late? But the Attorney General brings information to light, the judge listens to both sides and a verdict is rendered.  Should those that lied, planted evidence perjured themselves and broke the law to keep others safe be held liable? With Mulligan working closely with the police and Mason with Kwame’s lawyer which side will succeed in their quest but can there be a clear winner?


What would you do if you were the presiding judge and had to decide if the state presented enough evidence to keep this man inside? What would you do to balance or tip the scales of justice in the right direction? A decision so controversial and a killer so diabolical you won’t believe the final result. Based on real life events this killer confesses to the crime and is convicted as a minor. But, history was made when the state law stating juveniles as adults could not be applied retroactively. His crimes so horrific that it was the opinion of the state’s psychologists that he could not be rehabilitated. Vigilante justice, mobs, threats against correction officers, judges, reporters, lawyers and violations of probation rights, extortion and even refusing to allow doctors to test him allowed the courts to give him more prison time. But, claiming he was jailed due to racism and breaking into the homes of two young women, smoking weed and stabbing victims countless times yet showing as you can tell when you hear his voice within this novel that he enjoyed his work and could not wait for his next kill. Just where is this killer now and what was his final fate? Two reporters on opposite sides of the scale of justice. Just where will the gavel land?


Author Bruce DeSilva brings to light many issues within this five star novel. Lies, deceits and cover-ups revealed but should they go unpunished? A man so dangerous that releasing him might endanger his own mother. Liam Mulligan and Edward Mason: two outstanding reporters each having a different style. Liam persistent, strong, careful and meticulous when researching a story. Mason hoping to get that major first page byline and headline learning the ropes.


Courthouse drama, a judge, Attorney General and a Lawyer that put it all on the line: Kwame Diggs: Freed or Remained in incarcerated! If you were the judge how would you rule? Surprises every step of the way and a killer whose words will send chills down your spine and a reporter who is relentless. Providence Rag: DeSilva and Mulligan at their best.


Let’s give this Five Golden Brand New Tires for Secretariat.

Fran Lewis: reviewer




The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte

The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte: Ruth Hull Chatlien




Scandalous some would say, flamboyant, headstrong, opinionated and definitely cultures and intelligent Baltimore’s Betsy Patterson sets the world on fire each time she enters a room. With her astute ability for numbers, her flair for fashion and her ambitious dreams Betsy would have fit in the 21st century as an activist, political figure or ambassador to the United States. Her quick wit, her openness and her ability to understand situations and often respond to comments made in order to defend her family and her own position on controversial issues, she is often rebuked in public, chastised by her domineering father and told to remember her place.




The daughter of a mercantile merchant in Baltimore, she dreamed of marrying someone that would take her away to Europe. But, not every dream comes to pass without come difficulties or obstacles standing in your way.  Her childhood was riddled with rules, chores, and a short period in school learning to read, write and her appreciation of literature was vast.




When presented to Jerome Bonaparte Betsy thinks her world has just been made and that all of her hopes and dreams for her future have come true. As the younger brother of Emperor Napoleon she imagines herself in the French Salons, at court and living the life of someone part of the imperial family. But, although their courtship seems to commence on a positive note and her father is skeptical about him, she pursues her dreams but an anonymous letter would change it all. Blinded by what she wanted or wants to believe truths about Jerome’s character are written in black and white. Not believing that he had so many infidelities or indiscretions, she refuses to heed her father’s warnings, hopes that she will be allowed to marry Jerome but finds herself exiled and sent away. But, her undying love and belief in Jerome allows her judgment to be clouded at times and although her father disagrees with her choice he allow Jerome to court her but only within the confines of her own home. As Betsy and Jerome declare their love and set a date for their marriage her father decides to hold it off even more. Learning about the age requirement for marriage in France, needing his mother’s approval, Jerome hopes to circumvent this problem and when they are married on Christmas Eve their real troubles begin. A trip to Niagara falls, traveling abroad by ship, shipwrecked, problems with both the British and the French and being denied entry to many countries besides France, Betsy learns the full scope of Napoleon’s power but does not resolve to give up on Jerome.






But, with the birth of her son, her father’s wrath to endure for the debts incurred by her husband, Betsy finds herself fighting many more a battles at times seeming ungrateful for the help she has already received and only wanting what she feels she and her son deserve. Jerome succumbs to the will of his brother and when the news that he has become King and taken a new wife reaches her she fails to see the error in her judgment. Fatal flaws, wanting a title and not really looking at what is important which was their love for each other and the hope of a life together, both Jerome and Betsy lost in more ways than one. Only wanting to gain recognition from Napoleon, discounting their marriage and eventually declaring it null, void and never happening Betsy finds herself alone. Every muscle in her body repels food; her desire to live wanes but her love for her son wins out. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte’s story is real; her life can be described as turbulent, stormy and passionate. Never giving up on her marriage yet very naïve in her thinking, author Ruth Hull Chatlien creates a story that is breathtaking, mesmerizing, captivating and exciting as readers take the journey along with Betsy from the time she is eight to the prologue at the beginning where her son is about to die. Betsy’s parents Dorcas her mother and William called Mr. Patterson her father are quite unique. Her mother docile, often rebuked in public by her father and Mr. Patterson tough, business oriented, concerned about money and rarely showing any kind of warmth or emotion. Narrow minded, self absorbed yet some might think just trying to keep Betsy focused and under his thumb we see each of his other children marrying the right person in the right station and Betsy needing to become more independent and self-sufficient which her father had little faith that she could. Never praising her, giving her financial support yet throwing it in her face Betsy had to find a way to live without Jerome, bring up her son and not feel inner or outward disgrace.




Betsy has many possible suitors who would like to become part of her life and her son’s life. But she stands tall in her beliefs wanting him to be give declared a prince by Napoleon, hoping to receive a pension from him and never relenting in her wants and goals. Although some might say that her reasons selfish, that she is self-absorbed and her only concern is with status or some might say she has her son’s best interest at heart. With wars raging between France and Britain and the US declaring war with the French things heat up in more ways than one. With President Jefferson placing an embargo on goods going to other countries her father’s business began to wane and things at home became more difficult. But, the pension the Ambassador to France was able to get for her, the respect people showed on the outside and her newfound friendship with Dolley Madison, things seemed to take a better turn for Betsy. Letters and correspondence from Jerome then enlightened to a harsh truth by her best friend, Napoleon’s campaign in Russia failing the world seemed in turmoil. As Betsy wrote to friends in Europe wanting to know more than what was in the newspapers, hoping to find a place for herself and her son there, her mother’s illness and her father’s infidelities the final outcome for Betsy still has not come. Losing her mother and learning that Napoleon was no longer Emperor and her hopes for Bo/Jerome her son becoming prince disappeared.




The book is replete in history as we learn about the conflicts between the United States, Britain and France, the wars fought, lives lost and one woman who hoped to gain by standing firm on her principals, not faltering in her goals and hoping to finally be received by a man that made sure that she would lose it all. But, did she in the long run. But, with the city in shambles and dangers all around Betsy begs to leave Baltimore concerned that her son would suffer at the hand of the British because of his last name. Events changed and she decided to go to France leaving her son in the care of others and then hoping that he would be safe.




Leaving Europe, returning home and being reunited with her son only proved to strengthen her mind making sure that Jerome would adhere to what she wanted, understand her goals for him and not regale in her father’s footsteps. Without his father to support him she explains why he has to work hard in order to raise himself to the station and status she wants for him and desiring that he have a “brilliant career in diplomacy or government and one day to make a noble marriage.” Explaining the importance of his last name, not to think about marrying someone that would be beneath his station she never really listens to her words or realizes she is turning into her father. Jerome however is smart, perceptive and feels that why can’t they be happy as he states, “As they are?” A mother’s thoughts are revealed on pages 421-422 as she relates why she has entered Jerome in a school in Geneva and why he needs to be trained and primed for a career befitting his station.




Sometimes what we want comes back hitting us in the face as her son decides on a different course of life when of marrying age. Status matters to her and she preferred begin known as the former sister-in-law of Napoleon. Never seeing his son yet coming to Europe her former husband departs really fast meeting his son for the first time in 1826. Although Betsy wanted her son to live in Europe he opted for America.




Marrying Susan Mary Williams worth 200,000 dollars, the daughter of Benjamin Williams the founder of the first railroad company in America. But Betsy was angry, wrote to her father and he voice was not heard. Always thinking everyone is beneath her and her son this time she lost.




An ending you will have to read for yourself, a life devoted to only one think rank and status and a woman who gave up everything to pursue her goals. What happens when he meets his father for the first time? What happens when he asserts himself and decides where he wants to live and what type of life he wants? A starling letter of admission states her feelings about her son’s choice when marrying, as you will read on page 444 and another on 445. What happens when she finally meets Susan? What happens when Jerome joins her at the end of their son’s life? Her father’s will says it all and the bequests made quite telling as William gets the final word. Did Jerome ever get a title or rank? Did he ever use the Bonaparte name? What were their final words? One woman who wanted to be treated as an equal and proved she belonged in a man’s world. Betsy, Elisa Patterson: a force to be reckoned with but was she ever happy? The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte is truly an exciting story as readers take the journey; visit the many different cities throughout the world. Did she ever meet Napoleon? Maybe in her dreams. Strong characters, very intense plot and a story that will keep you glued to the printed page rooting for Betsy to win every step of the way. Ambitious: truly defined Betsy.


Fran Lewis: reviewer


Fran Lewis: reviewer



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