Book Review: “Shady Cross” by James Hankins

February 24, 2015 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Books | 3 Comments
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James Hankins in his new book, “Untitled-1Shady Cross” published by Thomas & Mercer introduces us to Stokes.

From the back cover:  In one hand, small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else’s money—three hundred and fifty thousand dollars of it.

In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line, a little girl he doesn’t know asks, “Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them money they’ll let you take me home.”

From bestselling author James Hankins comes a wrenching story of an unscrupulous man torn between his survival instincts and the plight of a true innocent. Faced with the choice, Stokes discovers his conscience might not be as corroded as he thought.

Can a man be so far gone that he is not redeemable? Stokes is not a nice person. He uses people, takes them for everything he can and then moves on to the next person. When he finds the backpack with the money he may or may not use it to pay off his debts or he may just leave town. However the call for help from the daughter of the dead man from whom he took the money is more than Stokes can handle. Fast paced action and betrayal are just some of the ingredients in this rousing adventure with Stokes. Now it is just a question of whether or not Stokes will be able to rescue the kidnapped girl. “Shady Cross” is a top-notch adventure that will really get your blood flowing as you flip pages trying to find out what is going to happen next and if Stokes can be redeemed. The only complaint I have is the “R’ rated language. If you do not mind the profanity then you will really enjoy this book. I think the book would have been better without it.  

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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  2. Wow, if ANYONE could refuse to help a little girl like that, then they truly have no conscience.

    I’m glad you enjoyed this thriller. Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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