The Raven (Coffey & Hill Book #2)

The Raven (Coffey & Hill Book #2)

by Mike Nappa

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"A thrill ride into the stark territory between grace and the letter of the law."--Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author

As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch. It's harmless fun--until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn't seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants," The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, "Nevermore."

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues--and their complicated feelings for each other--to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.

Mike Nappa snags readers from the first page of this fast-paced thriller--and he never lets go until the end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493405190
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Coffey & Hill , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 778,780
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allen Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time. He is the author of Annabel Lee.
Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allan Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time.

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The Raven 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Another great suspense from this author and I loved the main characters. Like the first book in the series, this one is written from three points of view. All three characters held my attention whether I was rooting for them or wishing they would make other choices. It was very well written. I received this book in a giveaway but was not required to give a positive review. Full review at my website.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
"The Raven" by author Mike Nappa is full of suspense and thrills. An actor who performs by using the name The Raven, loves to steal whatever he can from people in his audience while they are watching his show. It is all going well when he gets more than he bargains for, when he decides to steal money from a well known person. He cannot leave well enough alone and then he tries to get more money from him. What is he going to do when he is in big trouble with the Ukrainian Mafia? Will Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill who are private investigators be able to keep him safe? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review and these are my opinions.
Debragg More than 1 year ago
Author Mike Nappa has given us a new addition to his series called "A Coffey & Hill Mystery" this book is called "The Raven." "The Raven is a man who loves to steal from his audience while he performs. He is not happy and wants more . After he takes a wallet from a new customer he thinks that there is more he can get from him so he blackmails him. Then, it is almost all over for him because he has tried to steal from the worst person possible. Trudi Coffey and Sam Hill have to hurry and save him before he is met with big consequences. Will they help him, or will they be too late? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review by Revell Publishing Company .These are my opinions.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! I am a big fan of Poe so when I saw the title of Mike Nappa's first book Annabel Lee I was intrigued to say the least. Of course when I read it I was immediately hooked on this series. This book is the second installment in the Coffey &Hill series, but this is a stand alone story. I was immediately swept to Atlanta, Georgia where I immediately was swept into this intriguing thriller. The Raven is a street performer who considers himself somewhat of a magician which generally acts as a cover for pick pocketing from his audience. Unfortunately the latest pocket he picked was non other that a local councilman with aspirations of a political run for mayor who has ties to the seedy underground of gangs, violence and drugs. Trudi Coffey, private investigator, is hired to find The Raven and some expensive jewels that he recently obtained during a show. What she finds is The Raven being roughed by some unknown enforcers, but when The Raven shows up unexpectedly at her office she finds herself intrigued by him. Roomers on the street is that "Nevermore" is happening soon and Samuel Hill is determined to uncover it's exact meaning. Suddenly Trudi and Samuel are chasing clues and finding things more complicated than they ever imagined. This is a fast paced thriller. We find complex characters that are engaging and well integrated into the story. There are unexpected twists and turns that kept me glued to the pages until I turned the last one. This story took me on a spine tingling adventure laced with lots of suspense and mystery. This is a good book for anyone who loves suspense. I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
As soon as I finished Annabel Lee I began to eagerly anticipate the next book in the Coffey & Hill series. Mike Nappa's writing style is very compelling. I found myself caught up in all the action and unable to put the book down. The follow-up novel, The Raven, is even better than the first. Once again Mr. Nappa uses a clever rendering of one of Edgar Allen Poe's famous works. This time the main character is a street performer that goes by the name of The Raven. This character is one that you will grow to like and find yourself cheering for even as he makes bad choice after bad choice. There's just something about him that makes you want better for him. Another interesting character is Mama Bliss. She's a very beloved fixture in her Atlanta neighborhood. Everyone knows Mama and Mama knows everyone and everything going on in the neighborhood. I really liked her, even when the story started opening up and we find out some questionable things about her, I still liked her. Then there's Trudy and Samuel, aka Coffey & Hill Investigations. I know there is so much in their past that it seems they will never be a couple again . . . but oh I want them to be! The sparks that fly when they are anywhere near each other make for a fast-paced story. Trudy is spunky and Samuel is suave, which should mix like oil and water but there's an emulsifier from their past relationship that just keeps blending them together. If you enjoy a suspenseful read that has clever overtones and sizzling undercurrents of romance then this is your book. I recommend going back and reading Annabel Lee first to get all of the context. You can of course read this book as a stand-alone title, but why cheat yourself of the pleasure of getting in at the start? I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
NatalieRae More than 1 year ago
The Raven is the first in the Coffey & Hill series I've read and Mike Nappa has made me a fan. First, let me say the cover alone on this book is enough to intrigue me but then you turn to page one and I'm eyeball deep in a story dark and dreary, and I know my laundry, cooking, sleeping, are nevermore ... because I could not put this book down. I liked the fact that I could pick up this book and not feel like I'm playing catch up with the characters and their stories from a previous book. Mike Nappa does an excellent job introducing me to Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill and their current case but dropping just enough cookie crumbs to entice me to know what started it all in book #1 (Annabel Lee). Quick-paced, The Raven is colorful in its cast of characters, setting, and plot. The varying point-of-view from first-person to third-person took me some time getting used to but a few chapters in and I began to enjoy the journey of the Raven through his eyes. An easy read that was fun, mysterious, and the kind of cynical humor I can appreciate. I'm looking forward to reading Annabel Lee and waiting in anticipation for book #3 in the Coffey & Hill series. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher. You can purchase your copy of The Raven HERE.
MysM More than 1 year ago
Mafia, Magic, and Murder I received a free copy of The Raven from Revell Reads, a division of Baker Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. The Raven is a young, street-wise magician (or deception specialist as he likes to call himself) who picks the pockets of the tourists he entertains in the parks of Atlanta, Ga. A PK (preacher's kid) from Oklahoma, in his teen years he rebelled against everything his father stood for, and when it got him in trouble with the police, he split. After landing in Atlanta, he got a nice little routine going for himself in various parks, making ends meet and needing no-one and nothing. Until he steals the wallet of a local mayoralty candidate and finds himself in difficulty with the Ukrainian Mafia. The three men who come to reclaim the incriminating photos in the wallet were experienced in torture. Trudi Coffey, P.I., has been hired to find a rather expensive stolen watch and she's pretty sure our rebellious pickpocket, who is well known at the pawn shops, is the culprit who stole it. When she walks into Raven's house, he's tied to the kitchen chair and looks pretty much the worse for wear, while the Mafia gentlemen try to figure out their next move. Her ex-husband, ex-CIA operative, Atlanta cop, Samuel Hill, has been tipped to a terrorist plot called Nevermore but he can't seem to find any leads. Even his usually great source, Mama Bliss, hasn't been able to find out any information about it. Before he knows it, Raven is indebted to Mafia head to the tune of $10,000, Sam Hill suspects violence at a fundraiser/charity auction, and Mama Bliss is the one who is the true deception specialist, holding all the cards of revenge for the death of her grandson, a victim of a gang robbery gone wrong. Throughout the story, Raven's difficulties slowly lead him to turn back to the truths his father tried to teach him about Jesus and to pray for help and guidance. Eventually, Mama Bliss helps him realize he needs to go home. There is lots of action and suspense in this fast-paced adventure. The story begins almost at the end, then goes back 4 weeks, 3 weeks, etc. until the climax and it is told from various perspectives: Raven, Trudi, and Mama Bliss. The nice thing is, it tells you at the beginning of each chapter who the narrator is, what day it is, and the countdown to Nevermore. Nappa is a huge Edgar Allan Poe fan, hence Raven's name from Poe's poem and its refrain, Nevermore. His first book was called Annabel Lee and was also a Coffey and Hill novel.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
The Raven is book two in the Coffey and Hill Series and it’s edge-of-your-seat good. The book is written in both first and third person, and Mr. Nappa does a great job of seamlessly shifting between the characters’ perspectives. Raven is the kind of guy who is always at the wrong place at the wrong time. When he gets mixed up with the Ukrainian Mafia, he’s in over his head. He’s a likable guy who I just couldn’t help but want to see succeed at something. Trudy Coffee and Samuel Hill continue working together in the novel just as they did in Annabel Lee. (If you haven’t read it, I recommend it also but it’s not necessary in order to follow the storyline in The Raven). I so wish these two would get back together! But they’ve got a complicated past. Still, they work this case like the pros they are. Mama Bliss is a lady both loved and feared. So much so that even she can go toe-to-toe with the Ukrainian Mafia. I loved her spunk and resolve. I especially appreciated her dedication to a cause. The Raven is a fabulous read and one that I’d highly recommend but only if you’re into suspense and mystery. It’s jam packed with both. I received the book from Revell Publishers and have offered my honest opinion here.
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
What a unique story! I really enjoyed this book, except for one brief scene that had a little bit of violence. However, that was tastefully written and didn't get overly graphic. I loved having the multiple perspectives from the different characters. They were all well written, and I could easily learn the personalities of each one. This was a story that really stuck with me. I thought the spiritual threads were well written as a natural part of the story and weren't forced upon the reader. The Raven goes through some things, recalling what he learned in his youth and is drawn back to God. Plot: The Raven is a deception specialist, which is a fancy term for a street magician. When he tries to blackmail the wrong person, he finds himself in deeper trouble than he can handle. Trudi Coffey is a private investigator, and along with her ex-husband, Samuel Hill, they're investigating rumors of a planned attack, known as 'Nevermore'. Added to the mix is store owner Mama Bliss. The four of them all will get mixed up in this dangerous plot and they may not all survive. Characters: The story is told from the first person narrative of The Raven and the third person points of view from Trudi Coffey and Mama Bliss. While I'm not usually a fan of first person, The Raven's scenes were well done. I liked how he was introduced to the story. I wasn't sure whether he would turn out to be a good guy or a bad guy. The contrast between all the main characters was excellent, ranging from good to evil, but I came to know each one and understand why they did what they did. On a side note, I enjoyed having the Ukrainian Mafia guys as part of the book, as my dad's family is from the Ukraine. (Note: I have absolutely NO ties to any mafia!) Even though they're the bad guys, they added a great deal to this book. When even the bad guys are likeable, you know the author's done a great job writing the characters. Recommendation: While this wasn’t quite my usual choice of book, I really enjoyed the story and would recommend it to those who enjoy suspense. It's the first I've read from this author and I'd definitely read more from him. This is book two of the series, but it can stand alone. The series revolves around the main characters, so if you're looking for a happily ever after ending, you'll have to keep reading until the end of the series. Rating: 4/5 stars I received a copy of this book from Revell. This is my honest review.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I didn't read book one in this series, so it took me a little while to get into the story. But once I did, I enjoyed the twists and turns, as well as, the characters involved in the plot. We have Trudi and Samuel, investigator and detective, ex-wife/ex-husband team that work together (most of the time anyhow) towards the same goal - defeating the bad guys, in this case discovering the clues that lead to "Nevermore" using Edgar Allen Poe's poem " The Raven". Apparently, this team is also in book one. Then we have Mama Bliss - She owns a one of kind, unique shop that carries all kinds of items you can't find elsewhere. But there is a whole lot more going on behind the scenes in Mama's shop. Mama is also grieving a grandson who got killed, and seeking to exact revenge on those responsible for his death. Then we have the Raven, an interesting character, a street magician, who just happens to get in way deeper than he intended after attempting to blackmail a local politician. Suspense, intrigue, a Russian mafia... Mike keeps you guessing as you get involved in the plot. Sometimes you really want to get even, or warn someone... In the end, reading will have to suffice. I would like to read book one to find out a little bit more about some of the characters in this story, but this book can certainly be a read alone. I received this book free from the publisher (Revell). This is my honest opinion and a positive review was not required.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
The Raven, written by Mike Nappa, is book two in the Coffey & Hill Series. We follow up with Samuel and Trudi. Samuel is now working as a Atlanta PD detective, while Trudi, his ex-wife continues with their investigating business. Samuel is investigating the possibility of a situation referred to as “Nevermore”. He has asked Mama Bliss to let him know if she hears anything of it. Mama Bliss is an elderly woman who owns a store specializing in unusual items, but her store is just the beginning of what takes place in her building. Mama prefers to stay in her wheelchair to get around and often spends her nights in her office instead of going home. Many years earlier she lost her grandson and she is determined to make those responsible pay. This book introduces us to a young man that goes by the name of The Raven. He is a street entertainer acting as a magician and mind reader who picks pockets to pay his rent. His pick pocketing has caused him to run into the wrong person. Men break into his apartment, beating him and eventually removing his little finger. Having not read the first book, this book started out slow but soon picked up speed. We are introduced to the characters in such a way that having not read the first book did not matter. The author has given us enough background to know what was happening and why. The story is very suspenseful and full of twist and turns. Anyone who enjoys mystery and suspense will enjoy this book. It is fast moving and at points it is very hard to put down. We also see the strength and generosity of the characters as well. We see a young man who is struggling with what he did years ago and the results of those actions. But we also see a young man who reflects back on things his father, a pastor, has taught him. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
StacyA64 More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to get into Mike Nappa's, The Raven. The story jumps around from character to character giving bits of the story and at first I found it a bit confusing. However, once all the characters were introduced and I had them all sorted out, I was hooked! The story centers around a young street magician, Raven, who finds himself in a whole lot of trouble with a man set to be Atlanta's next mayor and, surprisingly, the Ukrainian mafia. Help finds Raven in the form of Trudi Coffee, a smart and beautiful private investigator, when she comes looking for him concerning a theft he pulled and finds the Raven "entertaining" several Ukrainian thugs. As the story progresses it becomes clear there is something big going down soon. Something called "Nevermore." Something that all of the characters are involved in whether by design or by accident. Trudi and her ex-husband, Sam Hill, who is a former CIA operative and currently a detective with the Atlanta P.D., set out to figure out what the plan is and stop it. Once you have the characters figured out The Raven is a good story...exciting and it kept me guessing about who was guilty and who was not. There's some comedy and a bit of romantic tension between Trudi and Sam. Also, the violence is pretty mild. All in all, I'd say this is a book a wide variety of people will like. I highly recommend it.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Raven by Mike Nappa is the second book in the Coffey and Hill Investigation series, and I was very much looking forward to it after I read the sneak peek from the first book. The first chapter, is pretty intense and leaves you thinking, “Okay… this is really interesting, what is going on here?” however before you can figure out what is going on you are transported four weeks back and must then read all the events leading up to that yowza incident portrayed in the first chapter, which I found just a little frustrating at times, because I really wanted to know what was happening. In this book you are once again treated to the point of view of Trudi Coffey, as well as the additions of Raven a deception specialist with a dark past and an uncertain future, and Mama Bliss a grieving grandmother whose daughter ran off and grandson died seven years previous due to gang activity. This book is pretty intense and keeps you guessing which sides the characters are on and what their motives are. And can I just say, Oh My Word. That last chapter was just… wow. I read it mouth agape. I was pretty shocked, and I really cannot wait for the next Coffey and Hill mystery because just, wow, that last chapter… I received a copy for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: The Raven has found himself in some hot water with the Ukrainian mafia when he lifted a wallet of a well known government official running for mayor during one of his street magic tricks. The one act triggers a series of events the Raven finds out of his hands. While he is trying to stay on the good side of the mafia, Samuel Hill and Trudi Coffey are trying to put the pieces together for what sounds like a big event called Nevermore. Leads are turning up dead-ends, but along the searching, their paths cross with the Raven and the hot water he's gotten himself in to. Will Nevermore be a dead end, or and end with someone dead? Pro's: Another great story by Mike Nappa! A twisting plot that keeps you intrigued and wondering what is going to happen next. With Edgar Allen Poe references interspersed throughout the storyline, Nappa does a great job creating a multi-layer plot that keeps you wondering. Con's: A bit slow to start, but you can see how the story is being built. Recommendation: This is book 2 in the Coffey and Hill series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but there are references to the first book (Anabel Lee) which is wickedly amazing. If you like suspense, mystery, action, and a great book to read, you will enjoy this book! Revell Publishing sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “It’s in the quiet when you can best hear God’s voice, son. … You’ve never been truly quiet. You have a restless little soul, son, like that raven in the the Great Flood. … Rest well, my little Raven. And listen for God. You’d be surprised at how often he speaks in the quiet.” ** Mike Nappa offers another amazing suspense thriller with “The Raven,” the second in his series featuring investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill. Taking place about a year and a half after “Annabel Lee,” “The Raven” finds Samuel now working as an Atlanta PD detective and ex-wife Trudi continuing with their investigating business. As Samuel gets wind of a potential homegrown terrorist plot called Nevermore, he must scramble to learn of the plot’s validity. The Raven is a young twentysomething who calls himself a “deception specialist” — a magician, mind reader and pickpocket. When he takes something blackmail-worthy from the wrong client, the Raven finds himself swallowed into a crazy scenario filled with beatings, missing body parts and the Ukrainian mafia. Will the Raven’s troubles and Samuel and Trudi’s investigation into Nevermore tie together? If so, what — or who — is the connection? Nappa fills his novel with twists and turns, revealing surprise after surprise. His pacing will keep readers on the edge of their seats, keeping them guessing until the very end. He also does a great job of developing his characters. Of course Samuel and Trudi are great, but you will fall in love with the precocious Raven. Secret Stash store owner Mama Bliss is filled with intrigue. She is strong and brave and full of moxie, but like the name of her store, is filled with secrets. And the trio of mobsters — Viktor, Pavlo and “Scholarship” — are a real hoot. But “The Raven” is more than just a great suspense thriller. It’s filled with many life-lesson gems, like stopping to listen to God’s voice, realizing that God is the source of all joy, not only believing in God but also believing that He truly cares about us, dealing with blame, and giving and accepting forgiveness. After a great start with “Annabel Lee,” Mike Nappa definitely didn’t disappoint with “The Raven.” I know I’m looking forward to book number three! Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
This book opens with a very interesting scene and then takes you back in time. As you read you are working your way back to that opening scene. That alone is enough to keep the reader hooked, and I was. Nappa has crafted another great book. I so enjoyed the first one and grabbed this one without even bothering to read the back cover because I knew it had to be good. If you read the first book you will love picking up with Trudi and Samual again. They have such great personalities. The Raven made me smile. The way he thought of Trudi and how he stated things, he was definitely his own person. The mystery behind what was going on was a great driving force. We really don’t know much going into the story but it never gets dull or frustrating. Another great book by Nappa! A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
The Raven is a page-turning suspense! Continuing the Poe theme, this second Coffey & Hill novel features a deception specialist who performs under the name The Raven. While Trudi and Samuel reprise their PI roles, they are a bit more secondary to the overall story line, which also involves the Ukrainian Mafia and a secret plot. A fast-paced story, The Raven is filled with intrigue, and its twists and turns offer more than a few surprises. Mike Nappa skillfully crafts unique stories and memorable characters, and I’m eager to discover what will happen next as this thrilling series continues! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
As we reunite with Trudi Coffey and her x-husband Samuel Hill they are still together, but really apart. Trudi ends up rescuing The Raven who has gotten in way to deep at blackmailing a member of the Ukrainian Mafia, a magician who has picked the wrong pocket. We also have Mamma Bliss, who is grieving beyond grief for her lost grandson, and wanting revenge, but who will or who has already paid? Of course, The Raven, in some ways reminds her of her lost loved one, and you see her take him under her wing. As the events of this book unfold, you won’t know who will be still alive by the end, and for what? Yes, as always greed is involved, but this one also has a bit more, and I found myself quickly absorbed in finding out how this one is going to end, and yet in some ways I didn’t want to know. This book is pure action; from one second to the next I was wondering who the good and bad guys were. Be ready to be on your toes, and now I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I received this book through Revell Fiction, and was not required to give a positive review.
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
Quoth the Raven.... The Raven makes a deadly decision the day he decides to blackmail a local politician with information he has learned from picking pockets. His actions set into motion his involvement with some of the most dangerous people in Atlanta. The Raven is a hustler, a young man in his early twenties, who supports himself by picking the pockets of his audience while he performs street magic. The target of his blackmail has many ties to gangs, the underworld and the Ukrainian Mafia. Instead of getting money, Raven gets three men determined to do him lots of harm. Trudi Coffey breaks up his first meeting with the thugs, and it is love at first sight for Raven when she rescues him. Private investigator Trudi is more interested in her case than Raven. She and her former husband, Samuel Hill, now a policeman, are trying to solve a complicated investigation. They have uncovered a secret plot called Nevermore. Their work is really cut out for them with the many references to Edgar Allen Poe that keep popping up. An arrested gang member offered a small amount of information when trying to make a deal. But he didn't offer anything concrete. Things are fast spinning out of control for The Raven when he comes under the protection of an elderly woman, known as Mama Bliss, who has lots of secrets of her own. Despite her advanced age, she has lots of power with people who count. Just when life looks like it has calmed down for Raven, things really start to explode, possibly literally. Because of his name, is The Raven part of the Nevermore plot? Will The Raven do the right thing, or get away when he has the chance? Can Trudi and Sam ever put the past behind them, or will Trudi give the smitten Raven a chance? This fast moving thriller has lots of memorable characters, that are believable. Mama Bliss and The Raven have complicated stories, and the author gives great insight into what makes them tick. This is the second installment in the Coffey & Hill Series, and the story stands on it's own. The author does a good job catching the reader up on former story lines. Once this volume is picked up, it is hard to put down. The story draws you in, and you are off on a wild ride to find out the secret of Nevermore. The punishment the thugs dish out to The Raven, is harsh, however, it is not an unexpected result from involvement with such dangerous people. The surprise character that attempts to help Trudi in the hotel is both fun, and faith supporting! This highly talented author will leave you saying, "Wow!" I recommend this five plus star book to anyone who likes exciting, well-written thrillers. Revell Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Raven, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
M_Shultheis More than 1 year ago
Mike Nappa nails the faith-based, suspense, edge-of-your-seat, thriller, yet again. In the beginning, the good guys are indistinguishable from the bad guys. That is what makes the book so captivating. Right about the time you think you have it figured out, Mike drops some plot twist in your lap. Told in differing points of view, the reader is taken on a journey through political, mob, and blue collar perspectives. Through the main character, The Raven, we learn of the city councilman’s ‘extra-curricular’ activities. Through Sister/Mama Bliss, we learn of the heartbreak that comes with living in a crime infested area of Atlanta. Through Trudi, we learn of her unwavering dedication to truth and justice. Why are Mama Bliss and Max secretly meeting? Who did the gift of an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii for Samuel and Trudi come from? What is The Raven running from in his past? How did The Raven come to work for Mama Bliss? These are some of the many questions that will arise when engaged in reading The Raven. Once again, Mike Nappa writes a stellar novel that has hairpin twists and turns, some romance, an element of faith and Christianity, and is clean. Clearly, Mike doesn’t need to fill his books with gore or sex to sell them. His writing ability and his intriguing characters sell his books for him. If you haven’t picked up on it, I would highly recommend this book! Mike Nappa has a fan in this reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read Annabel Lee, I was quite anxious to read the second installment in the Coffey and Hill series by Mike Nappa. At first I thought I was going to be disappointed, and then I reached chapter seven, and I was hooked. I love the way Nappa takes seemingly disconnected details and pulls them all together into a satisfying ending. I also appreciate the way he is unafraid to tackle events and themes often avoided in Christian literature, but handles them in a way that does not sensationalize them. When Trudi Coffey first sees, deception specialist, The Raven, he’s in a tight spot. The Raven becomes enamored with this beautiful lady who saves his life, but little did either of them know the trajectory their relationship would take from there. They also had no idea how the men who had placed him in that tight spot would figure so prominently in their future. These men certainly weren’t done with the Raven, and weren’t to be frightened away by Trudi. Samuel Hill, Trudi’s ex, has made mistakes, big ones, but he still loves Trudi, and will go to any extent to protect her, whether she feels like she needs to be protected or not. Is his trust placed in the right people to assist him in this endeavor? Only time will tell. Has bringing Trudi in on his Nevermore investigation placed her in greater danger? Well, neither one of them is backing down now. While they may not be able to resume their relationship, Trudi and Samuel’s love will be Forevermore. Then there is Mama Bliss, matriarch of Little Five Points in Atlanta, Georgia. There is much more to that sweet, elderly lady sitting in her wheelchair painting outside the store, Sister Bliss’s Secret Stash, that she opened with her late husband, William, than meets the eye. Much more. Mama Bliss is the character in this story that will grab the reader’s attention and hold it firmly until the end, driving the reader to put off other things that need to be accomplished in order to uncover the truth behind Mama Bliss. I highly recommend Mike Nappa’s Coffey and Hill series. While The Raven would work fine as a stand-alone read, the reader who has first read Annabel Lee will have greater insights into the characters’ motivations and relationships, and will understand the occasional reference to their previous case. I thank Revell Publishing and the Christian Blog Alliance for providing this book for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for providing this review.
kpeck More than 1 year ago
I was recently given the opportunity to read and review The Raven by Mike Nappa. I jumped at the chance for a few reasons. One, it was endorsed by a favorite author. Two, the cover looked enticing. I know, I know, but it's true. Three, I have heard of this author and was curious. So, here's my review! The Raven didn't move as fast paced as I was under the impression it would. I think this is a case of my expectations got the better of me, and because I don't do a ton of research before I read, I expected something faster and more action packed. I really think this is my fault. I shouldn't dock any stars because I didn't pay enough attention. Also, because this was a cover 'buy' for me, the genre wasn't what it looked to be. Oops. Again, this is my fault. Since you're reading this review you won't have the same issues I did! It probably sounds like I didn't enjoy the book but I did! I have not read Annebel Lee, the first book in the series, and I was never lost or totally out of the loop. I appreciated that! Enough of the story was eluded too that it piqued my curiosity and I have it on loan from the library. I will be checking out the next book in the series when it comes out. The writing was fluid and precise. the characters were easily imagined and all had a great voice. There were a few plot twists I didn't see coming. This was a perfect book to have at hand for a busy week. Didn't demand my every moment, but enough of a mystery going to make sure I reached for it on my down time. For sure going on my "trusted author" list. Shout out to Revell Books for the opportunity. *I received this book in exchange for review. My words are my own*
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is action-packed, and full of characters that continue to intrigue. This is the second book in the series, and I read the first, Annabel Lee, but I think this one is a stand-alone novel. I do advise reading Annabel Lee first, just because it's so good also. Main characters Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill are back, and the new character, The Raven, is a welcome addition. I really enjoyed this character. He was well-developed, and I enjoyed learning more about him as the story progressed. Both his story and Mama Bliss's story unfolded throughout the book to great effect. The lines between "bad guys" and "good guys" are often blurred. This book is suspenseful, and I didn't want to put it down at any point. I highly recommend this book, and I can't wait for the next one in the Coffey & Hill series. I received this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.