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Spotlight, ARC Review, and Giveaway: The Fury by Shane Gericke (thriller)

Spotlight, ARC Review, and Giveaway: The Fury by Shane Gericke (thriller)Author: Shane Gericke
Title: The Fury
Publisher: Tantor Media
Pages: 379
Release Date: September 4, 2015

If a grief-blinded cop can't find the man who murdered her husband, millions of people will die in a doomsday attack on the United States.

The Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico washes a cache of doomsday weapons onto a Mexican beach: bombs filled with VX nerve gas mixed with anthrax, invented by the Nazis during World War II and perfected by the United States to use in the Cold War. The bombs soon fall into the wrong hands and create an unstoppable opponent. Only one Chicago Police detective has a chance of preventing those bombs from being used on American soil.

Reeling from the recent murder of her husband as well as allegations of police misconduct, Detective Superstition "Sue" Davis is thrown into an undercover assignment. She must infiltrate the Mexican narcotics cartel responsible for the death of her husband in order to get close to the cartel's sociopathic enforcer, Jiménez "Jimmy" Garcia.

But when the entire Garcia family is killed in Mexico by a U.S. Special Forces raid gone wrong, Garcia will stop at nothing to get vengeance, including triggering newly acquired bombs on American soil. Superstition’s assignment quickly becomes more dangerous than planned as the threat of a terrorist attack looms closer.
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

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by Shane Gericke!


gerickeBestselling author Shane Gericke has been held at knifepoint, hit by lightning, and shaken the cold sweaty hand of Liberace. He was born to write thriller novels!

His latest is The Fury, a sweeping novel of global terrorism that’s endorsed by such literary superstars as Steve Berry and David Morrell, the creator of Rambo. The Fury is published by Tantor Media in trade paperback print, eBook, and audiobook. Shane’s bestselling crime trilogy—Torn Apart, Cut to the Bone, and Blown Away—is being re-released with a jazzy new look by Mandevilla Press (trade paperback print) and New Word City Publishing (eBooks).

Torn Apart was shortlisted for the prestigious Thriller Award for Best Novel, and named a Book of the Year by Suspense magazine. His debut novel, Blown Away, was selected as the year’s Best First Mystery by RT Book Reviews, which also named his Cut to the Bone a Top Pick. Shane is a No. 1 Kindle bestseller, a national bestseller in print, and his books have been translated into German, Chinese, Turkish, and Slovak, allowing him to correspond with readers around the world. Yes, he has the fan photos to prove it.

Shane, whose last name is improbably pronounced YER-kee, spent two decades as a newspaper editor, most prominently at the Chicago Sun-Times, before turning to fiction. He keeps his hand in nonfiction by writing for digital media.

An original member of International Thriller Writers, he was chairman of the ThrillerFest literary festival in New York City and founding director of its agent-author matching program, PitchFest. He’s judged the Edgar, Thriller, MWA, and St. Martin’s awards, and belongs to Mystery Writers of America and the Society of Midland Authors.

He lives in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, the home of world-famous detective Dick Tracy, with whom Shane shares no resemblance except steely jaw and manly visage. Please visit him,, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.


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If you have been looking for a fast-paced, action-packed thriller with Mexican drug cartels, weapons of mass destruction, prison fights and more, you should definitely read THE FURY. I couldn’t put it down. It kept me glued to the pages the whole way through.  It was a quick read, not because of the length but because of the intensity. I hadn’t even realized how much of the book I had already read until I was halfway through.

I loved the action, the characters, and the well-constructed plot. It was all very well-researched and believable. I especially enjoyed the character’s emotional reactions. They always seemed authentic. If there is another book featuring Superstition or Charvat, I will definitely read it.

The writing is impressive as well. Gericke is very skilled with similes and descriptions that bring everything to life. However, there were times when I didn’t ‘get’ what the author was trying to say, either the language seemed too figurative or a word was used in a unconventional way that didn’t make sense to me.

Although I loved most everything about THE FURY, I didn’t feel that the historical flashbacks contributed much to the story. I thought they dragged down the main story. Someone who likes history might appreciate them more than I did.

I also thought that some of the other scenes were unnecessary. It wasn’t always clear how everything fit together. It might just be that I lost track of things because there were so many points of view. If you don’t like jumping from character to character to character, you probably won’t like this story.

Throughout the book, I found minor details that didn’t make sense or were conflicting. I am hoping that some of these will be corrected before the final version comes out next month. Therefore, I’m not going to spend time talking about them. I’ll just say that some details defied logic, like a man running right after being shot in the legs or a woman hiking her skirt before pulling up her pants.

Despite these minor complaints, I did enjoy reading THE FURY. I do strongly recommend reading it. I give this book 4.5 stars for riveting action, strong descriptions, and compelling characters.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

3 Replies to “Spotlight, ARC Review, and Giveaway: The Fury by Shane Gericke (thriller)”

  1. It’s been quite a while since I read a fast-paced, edge-of-the-seat thriller. I do love that intensity, that need to read as fast as possible to see what the heck happens next, and it sounds like this book has that in spades!

    Thanks for being part of the tour.

  2. Hi, Jen–Thank you for this most compelling and honest review. You have a way with words that I admire, and I appreciate your taking the time and energy to read my book. (And now I’ll have to find that woman hiking her skirt before pulling up her pants and ask her what she’s thinking 🙂 Warmly, Shane Gericke

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