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The Face on the Other Side (Thomas O’Shea Mysteries)
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
3rd in Series
Setting – Iowa
FPS (February 10, 2018)
Paperback: 340 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1945338946

 

 

He’d promised Sheriff Payne that he wouldn’t take any more matters into his own hands. So, when on a leisurely morning drive, SEAL-trained Thomas O’Shea sees two girls attacking a boy on a sidewalk, he opts not to intervene. When the boy is later murdered in the local hospital, though, all promises are off. What seems at the start to be a simple case of gang activity turns out to be far more. Even O’Shea, who has seen more than his share of evil, could not have guessed what is about to transpire…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am so excited to tell you about this book. I reviewed the 2nd book in this series back in 2015 and have been waiting for this next story.

Thomas O’Shea is a special man, a Christian man, and ex-Navy Seal. He has been caught in some dangerous situations in the past and has vowed to stay out of trouble. When he witnesses two girls beating the heck out of a boy on the sidewalk just outside the school grounds he tries to do the right thing by contacting the police. He quickly sees they are not going to arrive in time and has to step in. The boy survives the beating but is later killed in the hospital. Mr. O’Shea feels he owes the boy justice and he convinces the sheriff to let him help with the case. Neither one ever imagined the evil they were going to face.

This story is not for the faint of heart. This is riveting, gritty, suspense-filled story that you will not be able to put down. The author has created a small Iowa town and brought big-city problems up close and personal.

Thomas O’Shea and his schoolteacher girlfriend are taking things slow, his choice, not hers. He wants to get married but she is afraid of getting that call that he has been hurt or killed. These characters and all the rest including the sheriff and O’Shea’s friend Lunatic Mooning, are so well crafted. It is so easy to picture them so clearly and be drawn in by them.

I saw in the last book that the author’s very descriptive way of telling a story made it feel as if you were watching a movie. That is even more evident in this story. It is fast paced and full of intensity.  Every time a door was opened or Thomas tracked down a suspect I was almost fearful of what was going to happen next. I knew Thomas’ heart was always in the right place but his head puts him in some dire situations. The action and drama build up to a scene that had my heart racing. I was holding my breath the whole time to see how the scene would play out.  When it ended I had to set the book down and take a few deep breaths before I could read the final chapters. Wow!! What a story!

I want to stress you do not need the previous books in this series to enjoy this story. Each book can stand on their own. If you enjoy books by Harlan Coben, David Burnsworth or Greg Iles, I know you will enjoy this book/series.

In my opinion, this story deserves more than 5 stars. It is a story I will not forget!

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About the Author

John Carenen, a native of Clinton, Iowa, graduated with an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the prestigious University of Iowa Writers Workshop and has been writing ever since. His work has appeared numerous times in Reader’s Digest (including a First Person Award), McCall’s, Dynamic Years, and other periodicals. He has been a featured columnist in newspapers in Morganton, North Carolina and Clinton, South Carolina. His fiction has appeared in regional literary magazines. A novel, Son-up, Son-down, was published by the National Institute of Mental Health. He is happily married to (long-suffering) Elisabeth, and they have two grown daughters, Caitlin and Rowe. When he isn’t writing, he thinks about getting in shape, cheers for the Iowa Hawkeyes and Boston Red Sox, and takes frequent naps. He has traveled extensively, having visited 43 states and 23 countries. He is a USAF veteran, having served in the Philippines and Massachusetts. A retired an English professor at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina, he is hard at work on another novel.

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Praise for The Face on the Other Side (Thomas O’Shea Mysteries)
by John Carenen

What I liked about this story are characterization and the narration . . . I loved the suspense and guessing on the culprit till the end.
~Fantastic Feathers

The characters are well rounded and well developed. The author creates characters that will stay with you long after you have finished the book.
~MJB Reviewers

Wow, what a ride you are about to embark on as you begin turning the pages of this book.
~Maureen’s Musings

. . . this one had me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages until the end.
~My Reading Journeys

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A FAR GONE NIGHT
by John Carenen

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(Thomas O’Shea Mystery, #2)
Setting – Iowa/Minnesota
Mystery – Thriller
Perfect Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Neverland Publishing Company, LLC (September 8, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0990314851
E-Book ASIN: B00NUU4AOO
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Synopsis:

Suffering from insomnia, wise-cracking tough guy Thomas O’Shea goes for a late-night stroll through the peaceful streets of Rockbluff, Iowa, and finds himself pausing downtown on the bridge that spans the Whitetail River. When he glances downstream, something catches his eye…something that looks like a body. He scrambles down to the riverbank, pulling the body of a young girl from the water. The girl is naked, with two bullet holes in the back of her head. Ever suspicious of law enforcement, O’Shea chooses not to mention the bullet holes when Deputy Stephen Doltch, on routine patrol, discovers him at the river’s edge.

When the coroner’s report lists the cause of death as “drowning,” Thomas confronts the coroner, but his questions are met with hostility. Then the coroner and his wife disappear, along with the body of the dead girl.

Teaming up with his friend Lunatic Mooning and Clancy Dominguez, an old buddy from his Navy SEAL days, Thomas and the other two men join together to bring justice to the dead girl, a quest that takes them to the Chalaka Reservation in Minnesota, seedy businesses adjacent to the Chalaka Casino, and straight into the world of organized crime.

A fast-paced story, laugh-out-loud moments and familiar, quirky characters from Carenen’s debut novel, Signs of Struggle, continue to enliven the complex world of Thomas O’Shea. Once again, Thomas gears up to find answers that will reveal who put the bullets in the girl’s head, why she was killed, and her identity, which may hit a little too close to home…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am so glad I started organizing book tours and that John’s daughter found me to put together a tour for him or I would have missed this book and the one before it that I now need to read. I usually think of Iowa as a pretty quiet place except for the Republican political craziness that happens there. Organized crime, high stakes gambling, Navy Seals, who knew??

I absolutely love Thomas O’Shea! He is a tough guy with a heart and struggles every day to uphold his Christian faith with the things he does to find the truth and take on the bad guys. His friend Lunatic Mooning, yes that is his name, is quite a character as well.

I also love the way John Carenen tells this story. Yes, it is very fast paced but very descriptive as well and the characters are so engaging. There is also plenty of action. I felt more like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book. There is bit of humor, O’Shea has some great one liners. There are also several tense moments that had it been a movie I would have been sneaking peeks from behind my hand over my face. I was totally immersed in the story from the first page until the last word. This is one of those books that gives people like me a “book hangover” because once I started reading I just couldn’t stop until I finished it.

I have not read Signs of Struggle yet and had no trouble at all reading this book as a stand alone. I plan to read it as soon though because I want to be ready for book #3 when it is released.  Another new to me author I want to shout from the rooftops about!

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Dad_and_Roxie_-_photo_for_back_cover_and_website About This Author

John Carenen, a native of Clinton, Iowa, graduated with an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the prestigious University of Iowa Writers Workshop and has been writing ever since. His work has appeared in numerous popular and literary magazines, and he has been a featured columnist in newspapers in North and South Carolina. A novel, Son-up, Son-down was published by the National Institute of Mental Health.

His debut Thomas O’Shea mystery novel,
Signs of Struggle
, was published in October of 2012.
A Far Gone Night
, the long-anticipated sequel, continues the exploits of the enigmatic protagonist and the quirky characters of Rockbluff, Iowa.

John is currently an English professor at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina. He and his wife live in their cozy cottage down a quiet lane in northern Greenville, South Carolina. He is a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Boston Red Sox.

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www.curlylarryandme.wordpress.com,

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4721052.John_Carenen?from_search=true,

https://www.facebook.com/CarenenJohn

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