Book Review: Moonlight Rising by Vincent Zandri

Posted 13 August, 2011 by Molly in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Title:Moonlight Rises
Author:Vincent Zandri
Publisher:StoneGate Ink
Release Date: Fall 2011
Pages:201
Source: author for review (My FTC Disclaimer)
Rating: 5 Books
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:
“Life sucks. Then you die. Or, if you’re Dick Moonlight, first you die and then you live.”

Dick Moonlight is dead.
Really dead this time, now that three President Obama-masked thugs dressed all in black and communicating only with hand-held voice synthesizers pressed up against their voice boxes have beat the life right out of him inside a dark, downtown Albany alley. What are the thugs after? A box. Size, weight, description unknown. They also want him to stay away from his newest and only client: a handicapped nuclear engineer of dubious Russian heritage by the same of Peter Czech.
But then, now that they’ve killed him, Moonlight’s problems seem to be over. In fact, as he undergoes an out of body experience, his soul floating above his train-wreck of a corpse inside the Albany Medical Center I.C.U., he feels pretty damned good. Great in fact. To make death all the more sweeter, his one true love, Lola, is standing by his bedside. With her long dark hair draping her chiseled face and big round Jackie O sunglasses hiding tear-filled eyes, she appears every bit the grieving sig other. Nothing could make the dead-and-gone Moonlight prouder.
But then something happens. Something bad. A man enters into the I.C.U. Some young guy. He takes hold of Lola’s hand, and pulls her into him. Together, the two share a loving embrace over Moonlight’s dead body. Now, what seemed like a peaceful death is anything but. Moonlight wants back inside his body so he can face-off Some Young Guy and find out if his true love has in fact been cheating on him. At the same time, he wants to find out the true identity of those thugs who killed him so he can exact his revenge. No doubt about it, Moonlight needs to live if he’s going to uncover some pretty painful answers and take care of business.
Like a little kid dropping down a playground slide, Moonlight slides right back inside his bruised and broken body. Opening his eyes the white light blinds him. He feels the pain of his wounds and the pain of his breaking heart.
Life sucks, then you die.
But Moonlight rises.

Author Bio:
Vincent Zandri is the No. 1 International Bestselling Amazon Kindle author of THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT FALLS, CONCRETE PEARL and the forthcoming MOONLIGHT RISES. He is also the author of the bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL and MOONLIGHT MAFIA. Harlan Coben has described his novels as “…gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting,” while the New York Post called THE INNOCENT, “Sensational…Masterful…Brilliant!” In March, April and May of 2011, he sold more than 100,000 Kindle E-Books editions of his novels, and is rapidly closing in on the 200K mark all totaled. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri’s work is translated into many languages including the Dutch, Russian and Japanese. An adventurer, foreign correspondent, and freelance photo-journalist for RT, Globalspec, IBTimes and more, he divides his time between New York and Florence, Italy.

My Review:
Okay, so I’m sure you all are getting tired of me singing Vincent Zandri’s praises. Ya’ll are probably thinking “will she EVER stop?”. Well, from the bottom of my heart I apologize, but, no. I can’t stop. This guy has got some of the BEST, ROCKIN-EST writing skills that I’ve seen around. Oh, there are others out there who measure up, sure. But, I didn’t fall head over heels for suspense novels til I read Moonlight Falls and The Remains by Vincent Zandri. After that, suspense novels and I have been just growing closer and closer and I love them whole heartedly.

Anyway, back to the review. Moonlight Rises is AWESOME. It’s a second Dick Moonlight novel and even BETTER than Moonlight Falls (which was pretty dang good!).


Moonlight Rises picks up, of course, after Moonlight Falls. Once again Moonlight is in detective mode, but this time….he’s trying to stay alive, because he’s looking for who’s trying to kill him. The culprits? Three dudes in Obama halloween masks. Go figure!

So, I loved all the twists and turns in this particular Moonlight novel. His long time girlfriend, Lola, harbors a secret, though he didn’t know about it….it’s a BIG secret and he’s in for a BIG surprise. The question is, will he stay alive long enough to figure out the puzzle, along with his “big brother” Georgie? The way he keeps “rising”, or having his out of body experiences, it’s hard to tell…..by the end of the book though, you’ll be hit with a whopper of an experience! From Russians, to head-nurses, to nuclear secrets, you’ll LOVE this novel!

All the jaw dropping twists, the tongue tying turns, and the humor-yes Vincent Zandri uses humor in this one like crazy….gotta love his sense of humor in his stories!- create THE perfect suspense novel. This is one of his best pieces of work to date, and I can’t wait for another Dick Moonlight novel to come!

I definitely, DEFINITELY recommend this novel with a high flying 5 book rating! You’ll be so engrossed in the story you’ll feel as if it’s YOU rising out of body and watching the action below. And, if you are new to Vincent Zandri’s work, or, at least, new to the Dick Moonlight novels, it’s okay if you haven’t read Moonlight Falls (though I HIGHLY suggest you read that one too!), Zandri will keep you up to date in Moonlight Rises, so it’s not overly confusing for new readers. FAN-AWESOME-TASTIC job, Vincent!

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