I liked Santa Barbara Secrets a lot. You have cut out your own turf and are sticking to it. As far as I know, no one has staked out this turf as you have.
The luxury life is your beat. The men hopelessly shopping for summer togs was quite funny. Also, the detective agency opens up lots of interesting avenues for sub- and parallel plots. The ladies’ shit-kicking men remain my fave scenes. I think we need them to meet a foe whose skills match their own in hand-to-hand.
And, gotta love them kitties.
Good work, my friend, and I look forward to the next installment.
Royal Roads Unive
Writer’s Digest reviews Wyoming Secrets.
In Wyoming Secrets, a mystery / thriller novel written by Jonathan McCormick, we are presented with a fast-paced globe-hopping tale that presents flawed characters and convoluted plans in a way that keeps the reader turning pages to uncover those titular secrets.
The title for the novel seems to this reader to be haunting and interesting, providing a suggestive entry point to the work that establishes keen alignment with the genre and strong expectations. The dialogue here is particularly solid, sounding realistic and still readable, aiding the characterization and adding layers of nuance to the proceedings. An ear for dialogue is a wonderful thing in a writer and, throughout, scenes come alive and motivation seems earned as a result of believable dialogue.
The characters here are fully realized, vivid and alive, directing the action with trackable motivation which the reader can believe. And, the hallmark of well-drawn characters, they often do surprising things making them very human, which can be rare.
The overall design of the book is professional. It features an interior layout that is crisp and clean with text design on each page that is readable and presented soundly. It may seem minor but getting the interior in order is an important step in getting the reader hooked and able to enter into the flow of the work! Also, the cover image for the book is much too dominated by script font, slightly difficult to read, to allow the imagery to really take over and give the reader an impression.
Black Press Review
With a background in martial arts and as a law-enforcement trainer, the former United States Marine has penned many articles for publications, such as the law enforcement periodicals, Blue Line, Twenty-Four-Seven, and the Canadian Firearms Journal. He was also the security columnist for the Vancouver Province newspaper.
When he decided to write his first novel, Wyoming Secrets, it was natural the story is set in a world that he knows so well.
The suspense thriller follows Secret Service investigator Jessica Fukishura and her hand-picked team of cow hand agent Rebecca Simpson, former Delta agent Jackson Pennington, North African Al-Qaeda fighter Jason Spencer and former junior high computer science teacher and hacker Elisabeth Peltowski on assignment in trendy spots all over the world. McCormick tells his story through a plot seeped in suspense, mystery, love, sex and martial arts.
Wyoming Secrets was published on Jan. 28, 2012 and already it’s destined to become part of a series called “J” Team Novels. The second of the series, 30,000 Secrets is due to come out in February 2017.
The series’ target reading audience is women aged 21 years and over, but the reading demographics is fifty percent male.
“I’ve used personal background for the book, including martial arts, education, military and shooting.”
All his books are available from Amazon.ca and Amazon.com
“Hooah! MAX congrats! and WELL done!”
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
“I love Jessica! She is a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. Am loving the book!”
Lucille – A Fan
“I hope by now your Jessica has found a literary agent worthy of her exploits. Be well! Write on!” Harley Jane Kozak.
Reader responses via Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wyoming Secrets, March 4, 2012 by Colleen
“The beginning of the book was like a Robert Ludlum book, but once the characters are introduced it gets very intense. I could not put the book down, and disappointed that the next book wasn’t sitting waiting for me to read. I would highly recommend this book to readers.”
GROOVE335.0 out of 5 stars ACTION PACKED Wyoming Secrets
Reviewed in Canada on April 24, 2014 Only about a third of the way through. Really enjoying it. What’s really cool is I recently found out I went to school with the author.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!! Wyoming Secrets
Reviewed in Canada on January 16, 2019 This book is great! You will fall in love with the characters. Bad ass female lead. Very empowering!
By Brian Lavery on April 10, 2018 I enjoyed 30,000 Secrets 4.0 out of 5 stars
“I enjoyed 30,000 Secrets. Lots of action. And it is educational too. You will learn about weapons and wines you probably never heard of.”
Kindle Customer3.0 out of 5 stars
Santa Barbara Secrets Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2020
This is a good book, once it got going. I think the author wanted to be either a fashion designer or an interior decorator. Descriptions of both are way too detailed and more than we needed.
Toby M. Shapiro 5.0 out of 5 stars
Santa Barbara Secrets Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2020
I liked it very much. But I didn’t need all the fashion descriptions of clothes and furniture! I thought some of the good guys were going to turn out to be bad guys’. Nope!
4.0 out of 5 stars nice first offering
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2014
The author was my former high school English teacher and a few years later was my instructor in a self defense program. He certainly knows the subject matter which is evident by the rich detail in this story. Only someone with his training and experience could add the necessary realism to this kind of story. I look forward to the next instalment of these characters and their exploits.
Sisters in Crime