Book Review: “Turnabout / Shallow Secrets” by Rick Ollerman

March 19, 2015 at 7:56 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Rick Ollerman in his new book, “turnabout book coverTurnabout / Shallow Secrets” published by Stark House Press gives us two different back-to-back adventures.

From the back cover:  Remember those old Ace paperbacks, with two actioners in one volume? Stark House is reviving them, with the current offering holding all the slam-bang anyone might want.

In Turnabout, ex-cop Frankie O’Neil is skeptical when a friend’s death is ruled a suicide. He uncovers a crime unknown to the Ace masters: computer theft. These crooks have friends with guns, and halfway along the novel becomes a series of cliffhangers that hit another memory: movie serials. Will Frankie escape in time? Find out in the next chapter. You won’t stop until you know.

Shallow Secrets moves slower, with a subtext: the power of chance to provoke horrors, then avenge them. Cop James Robinson doesn’t just know the accused killer. They’re roommates. The coincidence ruins his career. Then there are fresh killings, and Robinson is “a person of interest.” Near the end, Robinson almost tells a woman that “there wasn’t anything they could do to make the world safe” from murders. But coincidence can bring them down, as when someone sees something he’s not supposed to.

Yes, it is true. There is not one but two action adrenaline laced adventures bound between the pages of this book. Once you finish the first book I recommend that you take a serious break, perhaps go for a long walk with the dog. This way you get some exercise and some air and can calm your nerves after “Turnabout”. Then, once you are refreshed, you can start on “Shallow Secret’s”. Both of them read like the old pulp stories. There is plenty of action, plenty of mystery and suspense and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing as to what is going on. What a cast of characters and all of them are interesting. Mr. Ollerman did a good job and I look forward to more from this talented author.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   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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  1. Sounds like an interesting duo of thrillers! Thanks so much for sharing your review of this book with us.

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