Jake is racking up the ⭐ Stars!


Jake is racking up the stars for his audiobook adventures! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Reviews👁 🕵  💪:

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Lots of action and danger!…Fun yet full of twists and turns. … Colin Iago McCarthy does an excellent performance.”

Audible.com Listeners
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Would sit in car to finish chapters! … When a book leaves me wanting more, I know I’ve hit a winner!”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved the internal repartee carried on in Jake’s head and his vulnerability, while being the tough noir PI. Very entertaining!”

Brian’s Book Blog
⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 “A thriller filled with twists and turns.”

Me Love Books
“If you are looking for a fast-paced and action-packed detective thriller that reads/sounds like a proper action movie, Secondhand Smoke is definitely a great choice.”

Erika Loves To Read
“I think this book would probably make an enjoyable movie due to the numerous action-packed scenes. P.S. This book made me wanna visit Portland!”



Where Jake Went: Books FTW

A BIG thanks to everyone who took Jake Brand PI on vacation with them.  We hope you had as much fun reading and taking funny photos as we did seeing where Jake ended up.   A compendium of photos is below for your viewing pleasure.

Reading books For The Win! 

And thanks to Jake Brand super fans on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for sharing the love! M. did a live video interview on the Books Go Social Readers Group last month – check it out on Facebook.

The NEWS:  BOTH Secondhand Smoke and Angel’s Devil are available as audiobooks!  #Yay!


Take Jake with you and win! (new prize)

Jake is getting around!  Contest photos are streaming in from all over the place.  The Take Jake Book Tour Contest will be going the entire summer long so bring your favorite Jake Brand book with you on vacation (or even to the dog park), snap a photo and post it to Twitter or Instagram with #TeamJakeBrand in order to get in on the prize action.  OR you can just email us the photo and we will post it for you.   info@mlouisbooks.com

You could win a gift certificate from your local indie bookstore or from Amazon (your choice!) 

You can even get in on the ‘Take Jake’ Book Tour Contest by taking a screen grab of your device while listening to the audiobook of Angel’s Devil and posting on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #TeamJakeBrand.

Here are some pics we’ve received from all over the place!

Maryland, Hawaii, New York, Virginia, Oregon, Washington DC and MORE!

Review: Ochoco Reach

Ochoco Reach
Ochoco Reach by J.R. Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ochoco Reach, by Jim Stewart, is the tale of half-brothers that battle dirty feds, banditos, and the elements. Set in the wilds of Mexico, spectacular Central Oregon, and Portland, Oregon, the brothers rely on more than just their experiences as special force veterans who served in Vietnam. They also draw heavily on their experiences growing up on a ranch with a rich native American influence. In fact Daniel is half Nimi’ipuu, or Nez Perce tribe. Both brothers are connected to the land and hear and rely upon the songs and battle cries of their shared heritage.

But it’s more than just a modern day battle between good and evil. Elements of the book reach back to the old west, reminding us of all of the movies and stories we’ve heard growing up. Plus, as all good books do, there’s a very enticing romance element to contrast against the stark violence.

Very enjoyable, 5 stars!

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Review: Career of Evil

Career_of_Evil_Oct_2015Robert Galbraith’s (JK Rowling) third novel in the Cormoran Strike series, Career Of Evil, delivers the same high quality and suspenseful entertainment as the first two novels. Galbraith continues to develop the characters by sharing more of their past and expands upon the push / pull relationship between Cormoran and his office mate, Robin.

Faced with the shock of an unwanted delivery that sends Cormoran into the spotlight and his business into a tailspin, he is forced to involve himself in solving a crime, despite warnings from the police and the danger particularly to Robin.

Great read from a great artist!

5 stars

Review: Mortal Stakes

Mortal Stakes
Mortal Stakes by Robert B. Parker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We are all faced with dilemmas which force us to choose between two or more opposing paths. In Mortal Stakes by Robert b.Parker, multiple characters make their choices. Which would you choose? Is it more important to be invisible or play by the rules? What trade off makes it okay to harm or even kill another?

Is Marty Rabb, a talented Boston Red Sox pitcher purposely losing games? If so, why? That’s the mystery posed to Spenser by the Red Sox organization. And when Spenser finds the truth what does he do with it? What does his code allow or require him to do with the truth? But just as important, how does he feel about who he really is?

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Review: God Save The Child

God Save The Child
God Save The Child by Robert B. Parker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

God Save The Child, the second book in the Spenser series by Robert B. Parker, was very satisfying and entertaining. Maybe some of my connection to the book is that Spenser is close in character to my Jake Brand Angel’s Devil. Both are tough, caring, smarty-pants. Spenser attacks the silly veils that we all create to hide our insecurities, or worse, our evil tendencies. Breaking through the false fronts with rhetorical comments and wit, Spenser solves problems, including some of his own. It is especially enjoyable to revisit the ’70’s, the time period within which the story takes place. Parker’s description of clothing, speech characteristics and social norms seems spot on to me.

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Review: The Godwulf Manuscript

The Godwulf Manuscript
The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A friend of mine was aghast that I had never read a Spenser novel before. “You write detective crime thrillers and you haven’t read Spenser?!” she said. I hid my embarrassment and asked her suggestion for where to start. She said to start at the beginning, so I did. The Godwulf Manuscript is the first of Robert B. Parkers Spenser series. A very entertaining story about a private detective who had been hired by a University to retrieve a rare and fragile manuscript. Like all good cases, this one turns out to be more involved and complex than the theft of the manuscript.

Mr Parker has an easy flowing writing style that’s comfortable to read and follow. His characters are quirky and interesting. An all around enjoyable adventure. It’s quite a compliment when people mention that there’s a bit of Spenser in my PI character Jake Brand. Listening to friends book suggestions is also a wise idea.

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Review: Ratcatcher

Ratcatcher by Tim Stevens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Tim Stevens Ratcatcher is the first in his John Purkiss series. Purkiss is a former member of British secret service who is tasked with tracking down other British secret service members who’ve gone rogue. Ergo the name, a catcher of rats. I found the book entertaining though I thought the plot reached a few too many times, leaving me trying to reconcile how events might unfold as told. It’s a good read on a rainy day. 3.5 stars

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