Long and Short Reviews Courage Lost: Five Stars!

The book review website “Long and Short Reviews” just posted their review of “Courage Lost,” Book Five in the Ray Courage Series. Here’s a short excerpt:

This book was what I call a clean read. By that I’m not referring to the editing although I will say the editing in this book was superb. What I mean by “clean” is that everything fit together, the storyline flowed through the whole book. There was never a dull moment. This book makes your mind work and its characters are really well-defined. It makes you want to like the good guys and catch the bad ones. All of these many aspects existed in this book by R Scott Mackey.

If you’d like to read the entire review, you can do so at Long and Short Reviews. Also, if you’d like to read more reviews of the book (average 4.7 stars), check out Courage Lost’s page on Amazon.

Courage Lost – Book 5 in the Ray Courage Mystery Series – on Sale Now

Follow the further adventures of Ray Courage in Courage Lost, available now from most on

line retailers. Here’s a brief synopsis:

Private Investigator Ray Courage returns in his most complex case yet, one that readers and critics are heralding as the best in the hugely popular mystery series.

Billionaires Isabella and Wyatt Carlyle have been estranged from their son for twenty years. With Isabella at death’s door, she wants to bring her son back into the family. Ray’s search for the now forty-year old son takes him to Monterey, California, where he encounters a cast of seedy characters more than eager to lead him to the heir of the Carlyle fortune. But his search is complicated by the seemingly unrelated murder of a rival private eye. At the same time, a young man is brutally attacked in Honduras and left for dead. Does this relate to Ray’s case?

With a cast of memorable characters, this gripping page-turner delivers on every front and will have you guessing until the final page.

Buy it now

Online Book Club Rates Ray Courage Boxed Set – 4 Stars

The Online Book Club recently reviewed the Ray Courage Mystery Boxed Set, giving it four stars out of four. Here are some excerpts from the review

“The Ray Courage Mystery Series Boxed Set (1-4) by R. Scott Mackey and published by Big Hound Publishing is a great introduction to a new mystery series and a new mystery writer.

Mackey’s engaging writing style had me forgetting time. I enjoyed reading the stories from the opening lines. Occasionally, when forced to stop reading, I felt myself compelled to continue. I wanted to resume – to find out what would happen next – the mark of any great read.

Each story takes the main character, Ray Courage, further into the dark world of the private investigator. He loses friends. He makes enemies. He faces blackmail, betrayal, and crimes of passion, greed, and revenge. For Ray, a former college professor, the journey is not linear, and not pleasant.”

Read the entire review.

Book Review: The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara

I’ve been reading a lot of mysteries lately and decided to try something different. Not sure how I settled on historical fiction, but I’m glad I did and was able to discover The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara.

While the book is a novel, it is an historically accurate portrayal of events during World War II in the European and North African Theaters. The only license the author takes is some dialogue and internal dialogue within some of the characters. In his note to the readers at the front of the book, Shaara explains his approach to this and his previous historical novels. Rather than providing a comprehensive overview or detailed exploration of events, Shaara looks at them through the eyes of some of the key participants, both large and small. Main characters include General Dwight Eisenhower, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, General Omar Bradley, General George Patton, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Adolf Hitler, Field Marshal Albert Kesselring, and several others, including enlisted men and lower level officers in the U.S. Army.

The Rising Tide is a fascinating read and it has sparked my interest to read more about “The Great War,” and the characters who participated in the defining events of the 20th century. Five Stars.

Like Audio Books? Check Out Overdrive

Probably half the books I “read” in a year are audio books. An increasingly popular option for fans of audio books is Amazon’s Audible subscription service. With more than 180,000 titles to choose from Audible might be worth the $14.95 monthly fee. For that the subscriber gets one free book a month (additional books need to be purchased).

I’ve considered going with Audible, since it would save me from going to my local library and pouring through the limited books on CD collection. While I like going to my library, searching for an audio book is time-consuming, and I often am unable to find a book that appeals to me.

Enter Overdrive.

Overdrive is a free app you can download to your phone, tablet, or computer. If your library subscribes to Overdrive you simply add your library (or join a library that does subscribe) and you have access to their full spectrum of audio books and also their e-reader books. Overdrive offers three distinct advantages over checking out books on CD:

  1. Saves time. I don’t have to go to the library and search for a book. When I’m done with the book, Overdrive returns it for me, saving me a return trip to the library. Another time-saver is Overdrive’s filtering system, which allows you to do searches using several criteria, from genre, to author, title/subject, format and so on.
  2. More titles to choose from. My library has more audio and e-books available online than at the physical library.
  3. Easier to use. I download the audio book to my iPhone and connect it to my car’s sound system. There’s no grappling with CD’s while driving. Better yet, Overdrive audio books do not come with the scratches and other annoyances that often turn parts of CD books into skips and crackles.

In addition to audio books and e-books, Overdrive also offer podcasts, videos, and other content. To learn more about Overdrive and find a library near you that offers it, visit www.overdrive.com.