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Printed Version: 224 Pages Kindle Version: Available Publisher: Sage Words Publishing, LLC Language: English                ISBN-10:    09-97096233                ISBN-13:    978-0997096231

THE MOCASSIN HOLLOW - Mystery Series

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Reviewer:  MISTY - iRBk-Revws-WG - 16 Jan - 3Feb 17  Books for Books - by  -   4 star Westobou   Gold    by   Hawk   MacKinney   was   a   very   well   written   book.   I   have   to   say   that   I   really   enjoyed   all   of   the   suspense   and   intrigue   elements   that   at   first   seemed randomly   stuck   together   until   Craige   began   to   untangle   them.   Hawk   MacKinney   fast   pace   style   of   writing   suited   this   particular   plot   perfectly   as   he   pulled   various elements   together   like   one   would   fit   puzzle   piece   together.   I   personally   found   Craige   Ingram,   ex-SEAL,   to   be   my   favorite   character   because   of   the   amount   of   time Hawk   MacKinney   spent   developing   him.   To   me   he   seemed   like   he   could   almost   walk   off   the   pages   of   the   book   and   into   real   life   as   a   real   person.   I   really   enjoyed reading Westobou Gold   by Hawk MacKinney and I plan to give some of the author's other books a try!
Reviewer:  Stacey SCHNELLER  -  iRBk-Revws-WG - 16 Jan - 3Feb 17 Books, Dreams, Life  -  4 stars A very   well   written   story.   Full   of   suspense   and   mystery.   I   was   surprised   about   how   well   I   liked   this   story.   I   am   now   interested   in   checking   out   more   of   the   author’s books in the future.
Reviewer:  Working Mommy Journal -  iRBk-Revws-WG -16 Jan - 3 Feb 17  - 5 star A   well   written   and   thought   out   mystery   full   of   murder,   lies,   blackmail   and   more.   I   love   the   way   Hawk   writes   –   he   puts   so   much   into   the   story   and   every   little   bit   is revealed when and where we need it. You are never left confused or wanting more. Westobou   Gold    is   a   tale   of   greed,   murder   and   suspense.   We   have   a   hidden   treasure   that   we   briefly   here   about   in   the   beginning   in   the   novel.   It   is   this   treasure   that causes   the   murders   and   plot   to   unfold   throughout   the   novel,   something   you   don’t   quite   expect!   At   the   centre   of   this   is   ex-SEAL   Craige,   who   must   help   solve   the mysterious murders, blackmail and more. It is through him that we can see the story evolve and all of the micro-connections that exist throughout this novel. Hawk   has   put   so   much   effort   into   not   only   the   plot   but   the   character   development   as   well.   It   is   well   written   and   plays   out   excellently;   his   skill   at   writing   is   amazing and well appreciated as a reader. You are never left bored or confused in this novel. I loved every suspenseful moment!
Reviewer:  Elisha German - Rainy Day Reviews - iRBk-Revws-WG 16 Jan - 3 Feb 17   -   5 stars This   book   starts   off   with   a   backstory   that   really   is   important   to   understanding   the   story.   From   the   Queen   to   the   murders   to   the   lies...this   story   does   not   slow   down.   It was   well-written   and   entertaining   and   sucks   you   in   from   the   backstory   to   the   last   page. The   blackmail   and   the   greed   will   make   you   mad   but   the   outcome   leaves   you feeling refreshed and waiting for the next installment. I enjoyed this read and recommend it to others.
Reviewer:   Marilyn R. WILSON - Olio by Marilyn -  iRBk-Revws-WG 16 Jan - 3 Feb 17    -    4 star Westobou   Gold    is   book   two   in   the   Moccasin   Hollow   Mystery   Series    featuring   strong,   intelligent   ex-SEAL   Craige   Ingram   and   his   beautiful,   intelligent   girlfriend Terri Wofford Stanley - a woman he fell in love with and then saved from death at the hands of a sadistic murderer in book one. In   this   Westobou   Gold ,   we   start   with   a   historical   flashback   to   set   the   stage   -   a   gold   treasure   hidden   from   invaders   by   the   Indian   Queen.      Then   it's   to   current   times and   a   discussion   of   the   illegal   poaching   of   relics   by   those   selling   to   private   collectors.      BUT   the   plot   moves   quickly   from   there   to   a   pornography   ring   and   several disturbing death scenes. As one involves soldiers, Craige is approached to step in and help figure out what is going on. This   book   is   a   spider   web   of   plots;   from   relic   poaching   to   local   teens   pulled   into   a   pornography   ring   to   murders   by   Purvis,   a   violent   and   crooked   law   enforcement officer   seemingly   at   the   centre.   His   brutality   is   disturbing   to   say   the   least,   just   like   in   the   first   book   in   this   series,   so   be   sure   you   like   your   murder   mysteries   with   a dark   edge.   Craige   senses   there   is   more   than   what   is   obvious   and   begins   to   sense   a   shadow   pulling   the   strings.   Step   by   step   he   begins   to   unravel   the   mystery   while attempts to tarnish his reputation and then take his life occur. And the death toll rises. MacKinney is a strong writer with a knack for bringing characters and locations to life.
Reviewer:  Fil PICCOLO  -  Library of Clean Reads   iRBk-Revws-WG 16 Jan - 3 Feb 17 -        5 star Private   investigator   Craige   Ingram   takes   on   a   murder   investigation   that   the   military   wants   handled   quietly.   But   Craige’s   years   of   training   as   a   military   spy   tell   him   this was going to get dangerous. To get this done, Ingram would have to expose dirty police officers, crooked politicians and treasure smugglers to get to the truth. In   Westobou   Gold ,   Hawk   MacKinney   sets   out   to   entertain   his   readers   with   murder,   crooked   police   officers,   sex   crimes,   and   illegal   smugglers,   with   the   subtropical suburbs   of   South   Carolina   and   Georgia   as   a   backdrop.   MacKinney   is   at   home   in   this   setting.   We   are   treated   to   authentic   portrayals   of   southern   state   characters’ lives with their colorful linguistics that at time was hard to follow unless you are from around those parts. The action is indeed fast paced and MacKinney does not hold back from thickening the plot….
Reviewer:  Dhivya Balaji   -  Readers’ Muse -  iRBk-Revws-WG 16 Jan - 3 Feb 17 -    4 stars If   the   summary   was   anything   to   go   by,   the   book   does   not   disappoint   either. The   words   are   so   descriptive   and   are   often   the   main   reason   I   kept   going.   Before   I   begin,   I will   have   to   mention   that   not   reading   book   one   had   minimal   impact   on   my   understanding   of   the   second   book   and   this   is   a   point   in   favour   of   the   book. Think   myth   and legends   from   long   forgotten   lands   that   are   shrouded   in   secrecy   and   mist.   Think   of   some   people   taking   it   seriously.   Think   of   the   modern   twists   this   scenario   can   take especially   when   exceptional   greed   and   a   ruthless   conscience   come   into   play.   You   have   the   perfect   racy   read   that   can   easily   span   centuries   and   still   not   let   your interest wane for any reason. The   story   begins   in   the   historical   time   of   Native   people;   the   Indian   Queen   hides   a   gold   treasure   from   the   White   invaders.   But   from   the   next   part,   the   book   is   back   to the   present   and   is   a   huge   net   of   modern   vices   and   despicable   trades   including   poaching,   pornography   and   murders.   The   man   at   the   middle   of   the   rackets   is   one   of the most brutal villains ever written about. Craige Ingram is called to investigate. But   surprisingly,   his   involvement   in   the   overall   issue   brings   him   into   the   focus   of   people   who   want   his   reputation   ruined   and   his   life   gone. As   Craige   goes   deeper   and deeper   into   the   mess,   the   more   twisted   the   scenario   becomes.   It   is   not   long   before   Craige   finds   his   life   and   that   of   his   love   endangered.   His   experience   with   the Navy Seals and his life as a PI and archeologist brings him to the place where it is all happening, and then slowly pull him to the main epicentre of the racket. The   author   has   used   the   common   stereotypes   required   for   this   genre. A   bold   hero,   an   intricate   plot,   greedy   villains   and   the   life   of   loved   ones   being   endangered.   But he   has   made   all   this   into   one   huge   page   turner   by   his   narrative   style.   The   story   is   totally   new,   and   the   descriptive   narration   brings   the   scenes   to   the   fore,   and   it   is easier   to   follow   the   story   as   it   traverses   across   plot   twists   and   suspense.   The   best   part   of   the   novel   is   how   all   the   individual,   seemingly   unconnected   plot   tangents come together and blend into a very interesting story, as the summary seemed to promise. The   characterisation   is   another   major   plus   (at   least   according   to   me)   and   the   characters   are   developed   well.   For   so   many   details,   the   story   is   not   confusing   as   the plot   elements   travel   together   in   harmony.   I   initially   had   doubts   about   how   the   book   was   going   to   bring   all   the   individual   lines   together   but   the   author   did   not disappoint. This is the book for all the bookworms who are ready for a detailed and descriptive narrative…. Overall,   I   loved   the   book   for   the   story   and   the   characterisation   and   for   the   fact   that   it   maintained   the   suspense   element   well,   surprising   me   at   places.   An   amazing story if you are a fan of the genre.
Reviewer:  Nighttime Reading Center  -  iRBk-Revws-WG 16 Jan - 3 Feb 17 -     5 star Are you looking for an adventurous, thriller fun mystery book? Well, Westobou Gold   has just about all of it and more.
Reviewer:  My Reading Journeys  - iRBk-Revws-WG 16 Jan - 3 Feb 17   Westbou   Gold    is   about   murder,   blackmail,   suspense   and   explicit   sex   scenes.   The   story   is   dark….very   well   written   and   filled   with   some   great   characters   that   aren't all very likeable .  I like(d) the author’s writing style and I am interested in reading the 1st book in the series because I did really like the main character.
Reviewer:   All About Books  -  iRBk-Revws-WG 16 Jan - 3 Feb 17 -       4 stars I   had   read   Hidden   Chamber   of   Death    the   first   book   in   the   Moccasin   Hollow   Mystery   Series,    so   I   was   looking   forward   to   reading   the   second   book,   Westobou Gold .   It   is   a   murder   mystery   with   multiple   murders   and   multiple   bad   guys.   When   Craige   Ingram   is   asked   to   look   into   a   questionable   murder-suicide,   he   ends   up getting tangled up in much more. The question is can he keep himself and those he loves safe while he’s investigating? I   like   Craige   Ingram   and   Terri,   the   widow   he   saved   in   the   last   book.   They   have   a   good   relationship   and   understand   and   support   each   other.   The   main   villain   in   this book   is   a   law   enforcement   officer   who   is      not   only   psychotic   but   he   thinks   he   can   do   whatever   he   wants   because   of   his   badge.   But   he’s   not   the   only   villain;   there   is   a lot of corruption in this small town. There   are   a   lot   of   pieces   in   this   puzzle   and   they   finally   all   come   together   toward   the   end   of   the   book.   I   had   a   little   trouble   getting   into   it   but   once   I   did,   I   couldn’t   put   it down.
Reviewer:  T’s Stuff   -   iRBk-Revws-WG 16 Jan - 3 Feb 17  -   5 stars Westobou   Gold    is   the   2nd   book   in   the   Moccasin   Hollow   Mystery    series.   I   read   the   first   book   and   loved   it.   So   when   I   was   invited   to   read   the   2nd   book   I   could   not say   no.   I   love   how   Hawk   writes   using   the   southern   slang   I   was   raised   with.   I   was   raised   in   Kentucky   and   Georgia   so   the   slang   he   uses   is   a   lot   like   the   way   I   talk. Which actually makes this book series more enjoyable for me. The   book   is   full   of   mystery,   murder,   some   sex,   and   a   good   bit   of   colorful   words.   It   starts   out   with   a   Native   American   Queen   hiding   her   tribes   gold   from   the   white settlers back in the day. Then flies right into present day in Chapter one. It doesn't take long for the sex, drugs and murder to begin, as well as the mystery.    We   are   then   reintroduced   to   our   main   character   Craig   Ingram.   He   is   an   ex   Navy   Seal   who   is   now   an   amateur   archaeologist   and   private   investigator.   He   finds himself   thrown   into   all   the   murder,   mystery,   underage   sex   tapes,   and   everything   else   going   on   in   the   book   as   well   as   trying   to   protect   the   treasures   buried   in   the ground from that long ago time both on his land and off. I   am   not   going   to   give   much   of   the   story   since   each   person   and   part   are   actually   a   key   piece   to   the   story.   And   I   would   hate   to   ruin   the   plot   for   anyone.   I   am   now waiting for book 3. Can't wait to see what Hawk comes up with next to add to this great series.
Reviewer:  Angela THOMPSON   -    iRBk-Revws-WG 16 Jan - 3 Feb 17  -      4 stars MacKinney   creates   wonderful   characters.         This   was   another   book   that   hit   on   real-world,   real-life   characters   that   we   meet   every   day.      Ulterior   motives,   power, and   greed   reared   their   heads--but,   so   did   trust   and   integrity   and   moral   character.      The   author   simply   does   a   wonderful   job   keeping   his   characters   surrounded   in enough   mystery   and   plot   twists   or   turns   to   keep   the   action   moving   and   the   reader   guessing   and   interested   in   the   story   line.   There   are   characters   to   root   for--and characters to dislike and mistrust. MacKinney   creates   a   suspenseful   journey   for   readers.      Things   are   not   always   as   they   seem--and   things   should   not   be   taken   for   granted   in   this   book.   I   love MacKinney's   ability   to   develop   his   characters   and   his   plots   into   a   weaving,   twisting,   suspenseful   novel   that   readers   become   glued   to.   Multiple   murders,   multiple plots moving and interlocking, and a host of characters provide a very well-developed read. Would   I   recommend    Westobou   Gold    by   Hawk   MacKinney?      Westobou   Gold    is   another   action   packed,   suspenseful,   easy   to   read   story   with   characters   that mystery   lovers   will   enjoy.         MacKinney   helps   readers   become   attached   and   invested   in   his   characters   and   their   outcomes.      I   would   certainly   recommend   this   book to murder mystery fans who enjoy being kept in suspense.
Reviewer:  J Bronder Book Reviews   -   iRBk-Revws-WG 16 Jan - 3 Feb 17 -   5 stars An   Indian   Queen   is   determined   to   hide   her   gold   from   the   men   in   suits   of   metal.   She   is   willing   to   die   to   keep   the   location   safe.   In   present   day   Moccasin   Hollow   some people have been discovered murdered. Ex-Seal Craige Ingram is asked to look into the deaths. But he is going to find more than he bargained for. Craige   is   going   up   against   corrupt   police   officer   that   abuses   the   privilege   of   the   badge,   an   underage   sex-tape   blackmail   scheme,   and   Indian   artifacts   that   are   being stolen and sold on the black market. It’s going to be a rough, violent ride following this mystery to the end. This   is   a   wonderful   and   violent   journey   through   history   and   the   back   woods.   Purvis   is   a   mean   bastard   and   has   no   qualms   about   stopping   those   that   get   in   his   way.   I loved Craige, he was a great, strong character and has his work cut out for him to untangle this mess. You   will   be   kept   guessing   until   the   end   but   everything   wraps   up   nicely.   I   was   worried   about   reading   this   book   since   I   have   not   read   the   first   one   in   this   series   but   that didn’t   make   a   difference. This   could   be   read   as   a   standalone   book   and   there   is   enough   review   of   Hidden   Chamber   of   Death    to   keep   you   up   to   date   without   bogging down the story. If   you   are   looking   for   a   great   mystery,   I   recommend   you   check   out   this   book.   I’ll   be   purchasing   Hidden   Chamber   of   Death    to   catch   up   on   what   I   missed   in   the   first book and will be watching for future books in this series. “Thank you for the amazing mystery!!”
Reviewer:  Elsie’s Audiobook Digest   -   iRBk-Revws-WG 16 Jan - 3 Feb 17     -    4 stars Craige   Ingram   is   a   PI   specializing   in Archeology.   Determined   to   untangle   a   wicked   web   of   just   about   every   vice   you   can   imagine.   Policeman,   Purvis   Dalugosh,   is   at the   wheel   of   the   den   of   iniquity,   but   when   the   cards   come   tumbling   down,   who’s   pulling   the   strings?   I   didn’t   realize   this   book   was   the   second   book   in   a   series.   I’m sure   I   would   have   had   much   more   of   a   perspective   if   I   had   read   the   first   book,   but   Hawk   MacKinney   did   a   good   job   of   fleshing   out   enough   details   that   I   quickly grasped what was going on. Seriously, it only makes me want to go back and read the first book! This   book   has   everything   you’d   expect   from   a   murder   mystery,   but   with   Westobou   Gold    you   need   to   multiply   all   the   ingredients   by   ten!   I’m   talking,   cold-blooded murder, snuff films, debauched sex, lost treasure, kidnapping! Jeez, I’m tired just reciting it all. Hawk   MacKinney   manages   to   weave   it   all   into   one   exciting   thrill   ride   of   a   story   with   plenty   of   heart-stopping   suspense   added   in.   Beware   the   violence   is   pretty graphic and some scenes gave me the shivers. In other words, Westobou Gold is a damn good murder mystery!
Reviewer:  Jessica Cassidy   -   iRBk-Revws-WG  16 Jan - 3 Feb 17 -      5 stars I   am   blown   away   with   this   book.   I   never   saw   it   coming   until   the   last   page.   It   was   epic.   I   so   loved   Craige   and   his   smartness   to   solve   the   crime.   I   so   loved   his   dog   as well…. This book has everything you are looking for in a suspense/mystery.

WESTOBOU GOLD

Book 2 of the Mocassin Hollow Mystery Series