Stillness by Eldon Farrell Will Appeal to #RobinCook Readers! #bookreview #medicalthriller #books


stillness

 

Title: Stillness

Author: Eldon Farrell

Genre: Medical Mystery / Thriller

 

Book Blurb:

Some secrets won’t stay buried…

 

When people start to succumb to a virulent strain of plague in the seemingly idyllic hamlet of Stillness, the CDC is called in to investigate. Pulled from her training with the Epidemic Intelligence Service, Dr. Lynne Bosworth is tapped to head the investigation.

 

Many questions surround the outbreak, not the least of which is how did plague find its way to the heartland of America? Determined to find the answers and her own way out of the long shadow cast by her father, Lynne embarks for Iowa. Unable to isolate an index case of bubonic plague, patient zero is traced to Nikolai Markov; an old Russian bio warfare scientist.

 

Rumors of a bioterror attack are rampant.

 

Under examination, the bacteria present Lynne with many anomalies but few answers. The antibiotic resistance noted in the field is absent in the lab, while a synthetic gene is found that seemingly has no purpose. For her superiors it’s enough to deem the outbreak a biological attack, a conclusion that Lynne does not share. For her, something about the whole incident remains…elusive.

 

In search of evidence to either prove or disprove the bioterror claim, she crosses paths with FBI Special Agent Caleb Fine. Together, they come to believe that something other than a biological attack is going on in Stillness, and that the answer to what may lie in solving the fifteen-year-old murders of Bobby and Maggie Sullivan.

 

As the body count rises and the pressure mounts, they delve deeper into the shadowy past of this quiet town; in the process exposing secrets long thought forgotten until finally uncovering the shocking truth behind the cause of the outbreak.

 

 

My Review:

The resident of Stillness, a small town in America’s Heartland, are under attack and no one is immune to this virus. The CDC is called in to investigate, led by Dr. Lynne Bosworth. While the CDC assumes it is a biological attack, Lynne thinks otherwise. Teamed up with FBI Agent Caleb Fine, she’s determined to get to the bottom of this mysterious outbreak. As the body counts rise, she knows she’s running out of time. Will she discover the culprit even if it means exposes long buried secrets and ruining her career or will she toe the CDC political line?

 

I’m a big fan of medical thrillers and Stillness kept me guessing until the very end. Filled with intriguing characters and multiple story lines, Stillness read like a HBO television series. Descriptive, well-researched medical backdrop reminded me of Robin Cook while the heart-stopping plot twists reminded me of Michael Crichton. Some of the transitions were abrupt and I got lost a few times so I had to drop it from five stars to four.  I couldn’t put it down and the subject matter is relevant in today’s scientific and political society. Well done, Farrell. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I’s review it.

 

Favorite Character: I found I could relate with Dr. Lynne the greatest and while she dealt with a huge amount in a short time, it was believable. Emotional angst is high but that seemed to solidify my connection with her. Strong-willed, logical and brave, she’s my kind of thriller heroine.

 

Favorite Quote: The world never really ends, no matter how dark it gets, the light of humanity never goes out. It will always chase away the darkness that is forever there inside each of us.

 

My Rating:  4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Stillness-Eldon-Farrell/dp/1533404526

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30301910-stillness

 

Author Biography:

Eldon Farrell was born in Guelph, Ontario, growing up just down the road in Brantford. A designated professional accountant, he’s a graduate of both Fanshawe College and Laurentian University. He still resides in South Western Ontario together with his lovely wife Emily and their young son Connor. An avid reader and writer of suspense fiction, he is a lover of language and an unapologetic fan of DC Comics. Stillness is his first published piece of fiction.

 

Social Media Links:

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15147838.Eldon_Farrell

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Eldon-Farrell/e/B01DTBSLNE

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

#SpreadSomeIndieLove Blog Hop + #Giveaway! @jacqbiggar @b00kr3vi3ws #books #mgtab


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Welcome to the Spread Some Indie Love Blog Hop. Today, bloggers from all over the world are talking about their favorite indie authors/books. Thank you to b00kr3vi3ws for organizing this blog hop and for inviting me to participate (http://www.b00kr3vi3ws.in/ ).

 

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to enter to win an e-book of your choice.

 

I’ve the pleasure to meet a lot of indie authors as a book reviewer/promoter and in my travels as an indie author as well. If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be Jacquie Biggar. Here’s her picture:

 

Jacquie Biggar

 

I first met Jacquie Biggar in 2015. She discovered N. N. Light Author Promotions and was looking to increase her readership. She and I bonded immediately (both Canadians) and when she asked me to read one of her books, I agreed. One year (and many books/box sets) later, she’s one of my favorite authors. She writes romantic suspense (my favorite genre) and she has a gift to writing strong realistic characters, gripping suspense and love stories that make you swoon.

 

Jacquie Biggar, Romantic Suspense with Attitude

 

Her heroes are tough, alpha males who know what they want. Until they get gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them that what they really need is love.

 

Jacquie has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happy-ever-afters.

 

You can find out more about Jacquie and her books:

http://jacqbiggar.com

Facebook: http://Facebook.com/jacqbiggar

Twitter: http://Twitter.com/jacqbiggar

Pinterest: http://Pinterest.com/jacqbiggar/

GoodReads: http://Goodreads.com/jacquiebiggar

And contact her at Jbiggar@jacqbiggar.com

 

Here is a list of her books to date:

Summer Heat – Love on Fire: 16 Contemporary Romances Boxset

16 All New Contemporary Romances from NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors. Guaranteed to make your blood run hot. Passion, steamy nights, excitement, and suspense. Something to suit every reader’s taste. Grab a cool drink (you’ll need it!), find a hammock, and curl up for an unforgettable escape.

 

Jacquie Biggar, Summer Lovin’ – Can two mismatched lovers find a way past their mistakes, or will they keep their lonely hearts forever guarded?

 

To Protect and Love: A Boxed Set of 9 Sexy Romances

When the oath to protect and serve tangles with love, expect sparks and lots of heat!

 

Hot firemen, alpha cops, sexy detectives, and dashing federal agents…this anthology from 9 best-selling and award-winning authors will have you rooting for your favorite heroes and heroines as they step up to the greatest challenge of their lives–to protect and love.

 

The Sheriff Meets His Match- Jacquie Biggar

When a jaded sheriff is drawn to an exasperating woman in trouble, anything can happen.

 

The Guardian (Mended Souls Book 1)

Restitution begins with the truth.

 

Lucas Carmichael and Scott Anderson had it all, money, fame, and fortune. But one night’s stupid mistake takes everything they thought they cherished and dumps it upside down.

 

A car accident ends Lucas’ life and leaves Scott injured and bitter.

 

As the local ME, Tracy York, investigates the case, discrepancies begin to point to more than a simple drunk driving incident.

 

When threats are made to Tracy’s life can Scott and his guardian angel, Lucas, protect her, or will she become another casualty?

 

Cooking with the Authors of Summer Heat

Let the authors of Summer Heat tempt you with some mouth-watering recipes. Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Pistachios, Decadent French Toast, Marinated Steak, Devil’s Food Cake, Beer-Steamed Mussels, Baked Apple with Custard Sauce, White Chocolate Cherry Scones. These are just a few of the wonderful dishes you’ll find in this unique cookbook. Each is linked to a novella in Summer Heat, a collection of sixteen sexy romances by New York Times, USA Today and other Bestselling Authors. The food is great, and each recipe will whet your appetite for one of the stories in the boxed set by giving you insights into the life of the author’s hero and/or heroine. So enjoy the fabulous food along with the outstanding prose from a seasoned group of authors.

 

Snippets of Suspense (Sisters of Suspense Anthology Book 1 – FREE)

Shaken and Stirred…

 

Spine-tingling suspense with a steamy side of romance, written by ten award winning authors. The Sisters of Suspense Anthology #1 is a collection of snippets from their favorite Romantic Suspense stories. Chilling and thrilling. It’s guaranteed to spark your interest, stir your senses, set your imagination on overdrive and introduce you to new authors you’re going to love.

 

Snippets by: Veronica Forand, Melissa Keir, Jo-Ann Carson, Jacquie Biggar, Marian Lanouette, Jacqui Nelson, Pat Amsden, Marsha R. West, Kathryn Jane and McKenna Sinclair

 

Award Winning Suspense

 

Book Bites 4 (FREE)

Give yourself a holiday present in this sampler of romantic suspense stories, all with a Christmas theme. Masters of the genre introduce you to compelling characters like a young widow who can’t get over her grief, a jaded sheriff saddled with a woman in trouble, a burned out vice detective, and more. Plus, drop in at a Christmas party where someone kills Santa. Best of all, each story weaves a compelling suspense plot with a heartwarming romance.

 

This sampler, sprinkled with humor and mystery, has a range of wonderful plots from a trace of western, to a classy female detective and with plenty of police procedurals to deal with International Crime throughout.

 

The Sheriff Meets His Match: A Wounded Hearts Novella

The Sheriff Meets His Match- Book 4 in the Wounded Hearts Series

 

When a jaded sheriff is drawn to an exasperating woman in trouble, anything can happen.

 

Laurel Thomas is tired of experiencing life from the outside looking in. She likes the warm welcome she’s received in Tidal Falls and wants to make a home in this friendly little town, far away from her egocentric family. But when her uncle arrives, the past catches up to her.

 

Jack Garrett is satisfied with his uncomplicated life. He has a good job as the sheriff of his hometown, a nice home, and a beautiful teenage daughter. Jack struggles against his attraction for the disorganized new hire at the department, Laurel Thomas. She threatens everything he’s worked so hard to avoid–like falling in love.

 

Can two people with enough emotional baggage to sink a ship find a way to give each other a chance, or is this match doomed to drown?

 

Twilight’s Encore (Wounded Hearts Book 3)

Twilight’s Encore- Book 3 in the Wounded Hearts Series

 

One man’s betrayal will seal another’s fate.

 

Ty Garrett fell in love with Katy Fowler from the moment they’d met. When her father’s betrayal yanks the young couple apart, Ty becomes bitter.

 

After a decade away, Katy returns to Tidal Falls with plans to get married in her family’s theatre. But she hadn’t expected to run into Ty Garrett, the boy she’d never forgotten.

 

When unseen forces endanger their lives, can Ty save Katy and win back her love, or is it too late for these two star-crossed lovers?

 

Dangerous Encounters: Thirteen Romantic Suspense Novels

Get your heartbeat racing with 13 romantic-suspense novels from USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors. Nerve-wracking thrills and dangers, heart-melting romance and love–enjoy them all in this outstanding collection of DANGEROUS ENCOUNTERS….

 

Book Bites 2 (FREE)

Do you love stories of men and women falling in love against a backdrop of suspense and danger? Secret agents. Hidden identities. Lovers forced to revisit a dangerous past. Innocent women who stumble into murder. Long-buried secrets. Games of cat and mouse. If so, here’s an anthology for you. Book Bites #2 lets you sample fourteen heart-pounding romantic suspense chapters from fourteen New York Times, USA Today and National best-selling authors.

 

As you try before you buy, you’ll meet heroes and heroines at war with each other but forced to work together. A heroine on the run from an abusive marriage. A SEAL who promises to care for his best friend’s wife and baby. A heroine who dreams through others’ eyes. A werewolf and his partner on a perilous assignment. A woman falling in love with a man she suspects is a terrorist.

 

The Rebel’s Redemption (Wounded Hearts Book 2)

The Rebel’s Redemption- Book 2 in the Wounded Hearts Series

 

When an old enemy follows and causes mayhem in the small town of Tidal Falls, can Jared Martin overcome the odds to protect the woman he’s always loved and the child he never knew, or will it be too late for redemption?

 

Tidal Falls (Wounded Hearts Book 1)

Tidal Falls- Book 1 in the Wounded Hearts Series

 

BTS Red Carpet 2015 Reader Award Finalist!

 

WHEN LOVE IS A LIE

 

Tired of living a painful lie, Sara Sheridan steals an incriminating file that proves her abusive husband’s ties to organized crime, and flees across country with their young daughter. Now, he’s hot on her trail.

 

ALL HE WANTED WAS PEACE AND QUIET

 

Nick Kelley had come to Tidal Falls to rid himself of haunting memories from his past life as a Marine. He had no intention of getting involved with his beautiful, but evasive neighbor, Sara Reed and her daughter, Jessica.

 

THEN LOVE GOT IN THE WAY

Nick and Sara’s growing attraction for each other lead them down a dangerous path as her ex-husband closes in on the new life she’s made for her daughter and herself and threatens to blow it all apart. Can Nick teach Sara to trust in time to protect the woman he loves?

 

Giveaway:

Enter to win an e-book of your choice of Jacquie Biggar books as well as an e-book of your choice of N. N. Light books. Open Worldwide. Contest ends April 7, 2016.

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