Knoll by Stephen Hillard

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

As lawyer Bus McIntyre digs into the past of his murdered father, he uncovers a dangerous secret. At the same time, a protege of Edward Snowdon discovers that a project purporting to look for new information in the assassination of JFK is actually identifying people with new information and eliminating them. Is Bus the next victim?

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.


The public persona of Project Knoll is to find new information that would either prove of disprove the narrative of Lee Harvey Oswald as a solo killer of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Banner McCoy, an NSA analyst, a decadesuncovers the true goal of the project, to eliminate anyone that might have real information to disprove the approved narrative. When we meet Banner, she’s fleeing and letting readers know that the knowledge she’s uncovered is of such weight that she will likely be killed if located. Hillard establishes off the bat that this is a high stakes thriller.

Bus McIntyre is a Vietnam Vet and small town lawyer with bigger ambitions who is haunted by the murder of his father. He’s searching for his father’s killer when he comes across information that leads him down an unexpected path. Hillard’s shift into history is smooth and his characters, including an aging hit man, are well planned and purposeful. Hillard gives his world context so that the connections of characters are logical and realistic while maintaining an urgency and purpose despite revolvindecadesold, world changing, event. Project Knoll is a conspiracy that lives and in its life could leave even those not sure of what they have with deadly consequences. The journal left by Bus’ father gives the reader and his son a perspective unsuspected on his father. How well do we really know the people we love the most?

Hillard’s writing style is lyrical and polished. His narrative style allows the suspense to build. Shifting locales are described with a deft hand and characters introduced that add to the narrative whether by way of expanding the story or serving as a misdirection. That the narrative is shifting and in first person did take some adjustment. The shifts are well marked and the voices unique so that there’s not confusion but it is a difficult adjustment as its an unusual pattern for any genre.

Hillard’s presentation of JFK’s assassination is well researched and his links to the event are plausible. Its long been thought that Oswald did not act alone and historians the world over would be dead if a plan like Project Knoll actually existed but Hillard gives us a world where it could happen. Knoll is a wonderful thriller. If you’re looking for a summer read to take on vacation, pick it up today.

Zombie Rebellion by Sean Munger

Publication Date: June 3, 2014



It’s 1794 in Pennsylvania and the local tax collector, Roger Clymer, has the unenviable task of collecting a new whiskey tax. When opposition starts to rise, Roger and his son wait for the arrival of George Washington and his troops with a limited number of bullets and a rising zombie horde.




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Gladiators vs. Zombies by Sean-Michael Argo

Publication Date: January 16, 2014



Business is dropping off for Lanista Laeca, a master of a gladiator school, and he’s eager to find the next big thing. When a gladiator brings fighting the undead back from a faraway land, Lanista knows he has  found his moneymaker. Who will win in Gladiators vs. Zombies?




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Gabriella (Hiatt Regency Classics Book 1) by Brenda Hiatt

Publication Date: June 26, 2012



The Duke of Ravenham (Dex) lost a bet and must bring Miss Gabriella (Brie) Gordon into society. Her family connections are not desirable in London society, but Dex may be the one man that can help her make a brilliant match. As Dex gets to know Brie and their friendship builds, will he be able to let her go?




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Lady, Lover, Smuggler, Spy (The Arlingbys Book 3) by Alicia Quigley

Publication Date: June 22, 2016


ladyloversmugglerspy_final-fjm_kindle_1800x2700-copyMrs. Valerie Carlton is the widow of a soldier that died in the Peninsular Wars. When she marries for love, Valerie’s social-climbing father disowns her. With her husband gone, she finds herself making her way as a governess. When an employer’s son gets a little too aggressive, Valerie finds herself without a job or a reference. Making her way to the home of a friend, Valerie’s pocket is picked and that’s when she meets Sir Tarquin Arlingby, a much sought after bachelor headed to his family’s home to appease his matchmaking mama. Tarquin isn’t looking for love but finds the young widow quite appealing and as they connect, recognizes some skills that could be useful on a covert quest for the realm. Can Tarquin and Valerie work together for the good of England and then part ways, or have they built a bond that will last?


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Hidden By Moonlight by Embahra Maat

Publication Date: July 2, 2015


EM_Hidden_By_MoonlightHidden by Moonlight is the story of the five immortal children of Nut (primary Gods of Egypt). Nebt-Het (Nephthys) longs to be remembered and interacts in a way that could be damaging to the emerging civilization. Can she make her mark without destroying what her brother and sisters have done?



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Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks

Publication Date: September 9, 2014


17910171Bertie Wooster is an expert of the “country pile” but has never seen it from the perspective of the servant’s quarters. In order to help Woody woo the love of his life, Jeeves posts as an obscure lord of the realm while Bertie is his personal gentleman. Will Woody convince his ladylove he’s worth a shot? Can Bertie serve Jeeves undetected by fellow servants and the lord of the manor?



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The Celebration Husband by Maya Alexandri

Publication Date: October 13, 2015


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Baroness Tanya von Brantberg’s husband is fighting with the British in East Africa. It’s the first decade of the twentieth century and Tanya knows that a war rages in Europe but her purpose is to work “for the cause.” Tanya is called upon to lead in a way that women rarely are and when her intelligence is recognized by others will she have the confidence to do what must be done?


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A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong by Cecilia Grant

Publication Date: December 4, 2014


CG_A_Christmas_Gone_Perfectly_WrongAndrew Blackshear has a Christmas plan. His sister is getting married and he plans to buy her a hunting falcon as he wants her to remember to maintain her separate identity in the marriage. Lucy Sharp also has a Christmas plan. She’s going to spend the holiday at a house party hosted by her aunt and uncle. It will be Lucy’s first taste of life outside of the falconry and she’s hoping to find a husband. When prim and proper Andrew meets adventurous Lucy, he’s instantly attracted but their plans diverge dramatically. How will their plans go perfectly wrong?


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Sense and Sensuality by Alicia Quigley

Publication Date: October 21, 2014


AQ_SenseAndSensualityCaroline, Countess of Eskmaine is tired of being seen as the good girl that can do no wrong. She’s raising a young son, managing the estates left to her son by her late husband, and now she’s been asked to help find a suitable husband for her young cousin. She wants some adventure in her life and for someone to look at her as something other than the always-constant Caroline. In her eyes, one man is the soul of self-indulgence. Tristan, Baron Greshem has been living life much for himself. He’s traveled the Continent, sowed his wild oats and now he’s looking for a settled life. For Tristan, there is no one more suited for his settled life than Caroline. The spark between them are undeniable, but are they better suited as lovers or more? Sense & Sensuality: Caroline’s After Dark Georgian Romance (The Gravesmeres Book 3) follows A Duchess Enraged: An After Dark Version Georgian Romance (The Gravesmeres Book 2) in the After Dark Series.

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