Toni Osborne

Biography

I worked many years for a communication giant and glad to have hung my skates. I now live a life of leisure mostly away from the rat race of the big city and spend most of my time at the cottage, a quiet place West of Mont Tremblant Quebec

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Smashwords book reviews by Toni Osborne

  • The Betrayals of Grim's Peak on Dec. 03, 2011

    Step aside Dean Koontz, Stephen King and J.K Rowling make room for Sean Quirk, a creative writer whose fertile imagination appears to be on the same wave link as yours. If you are of the Harry Potter generation you will love this one. In his first fantasy, Sean Quirk leads his readers, both the young and the mature, into a colourful and entertaining perspective into what life would be at the bottom of the ocean. The story centers around a boy named Augie who is adopted after being found floating on the ocean surface after a violent under water explosion. After fourteen years of everyday life, Augie’s adopted parents bring him back to the site where he was discovered. One day, while standing at the end of the pier and mesmerized by the churning waves he sees nightmarish creatures that follow him back to the safe haven of his parents. This encounter proves to be his first introduction to the magical world of Grim’s Peak. When his parents learn the creatures are harmless and have Augie’s safety at heart and want to protect him from a menacing force below, they agree to let their son return to a world that appears to be an important part of his past. There he discovers the secrets tying him to this world, the good and the bad, and the hidden dangers that are shadowing him. This fantasy is highly imaginative and combines a mix of every weird creature you can think of. The author’s vivid descriptions paint a frightening and creepy atmosphere that is so visual I wouldn’t be surprise the story will have legs and turn up on a different format and maybe even the big screen someday. The story of course is nonsensical but its great plotting makes it most interesting and intriguing and its fantastic characters make the whole experience refreshing and captivating. Although I am not a die –hard fan of this genre, I nevertheless enjoyed this trip into Mr. Quirk’s world.
  • Catch on Dec. 03, 2011

    This is Sean Quirk second novel, having read the first; this one is totally different but equally as captivating. I am a fan of thrillers and have read my share, what makes this one stand out is how a tab of supernatural is skilfully mixed into the storyline without losing all sense of realism and readers who are not into hard-core sci-fi . If you realise a thriller novel is not known for its accuracy but rather for action, adventure, hi-tech weaponry, shoot-outs, great heroes and villains (villains that even the reader develops a love to hate), this thriller could be for you. The story centers on Catch Harris, a loner and ex-military man that has many skeletons in the closet, is riddled with guilt and just wants to be left alone. One day, Hallie Baker, a waitress, at his favourite diner tries to strike up a friendship; however it is not in his nature to be sociable and automatically rebuffs her. Later, he regrets what he has done and on his way out he wants to apologise but Hallie’s shift has finished and is already on her way home. In the parking lot, he witnesses some very menacing men who appear to be forcing Hallie against her will, Catch’s military training kicks into high gear and his only objective is to save her. This action proves to be the interlude into a suspense filled read… There is never a dull moment once everything starts. We find ourselves shadowing the protagonist into many tense and highly explosive situations, involving a mingled web of villains with futuristic equipment, and of course there is nothing like good old car chases to bring on the adrenaline. The descriptive writing is so vivid you think you are smack into the action, the twists and turns along the way lead to a nicely tied up ending. The intensity of the story and the complexity of the characters make it a very interesting read. I am looking forward to following Catch Harris on his next adventure.
  • Crystal White on Nov. 15, 2012

    Reading “Crystal White” was a pleasant introduction to this author’s repertoire. I accidently stumbled on a promotion some time ago and I thank the author for providing a highly captivating story that entertained me for hours. Needless to say Mr. DeLee has won my heart and I will definitely read more of his work in future. The reader is thrust into the plot right from the start as we shadow Special Agent Nick Lafferty leading a task force on a dangerous drug raid. With a mix of technical jargon in the narrative we follow his team as they try to bring down the notorious drug lord kingpin, Ruben Nazario. During the final stage of the raid Nick gets a call from his wife, he agrees to call her back when he has a free moment. Nick’s wife and daughter are waiting for him on his boat in San Diego harbor and when he calls back he unknowingly triggers a device instantly killing his wife and child. It doesn't take long for Nick to realise it was a set up and his emotions take control of him leaving the force with no alternative but to give Nick time to grief and get his life back on track. However while on compassion leave his only focus is on avenging his loss at any cost. To compound his grief, Nick is called back to his roots in New York to settle his father’s estate. There he reconnects with a former partner Del Harley and learns Ruben Nazario’s drug “Crystal White” has spread to the east coast. They agree to pool their efforts and we are reeled back into another exciting hunt with no shortage of action and excitement. “Crystal White” is a well-written novel that provides a captivating adventure into the crime detective world. The characters are down to earth and quite credible. The plotting is well paced with enough down time to savour the intimate moments and get ready for the next element of surprise. The suspense was quite satisfying and kept me guessing till the very last page.
  • Rise to the Call (Cris De Niro, Book 3) on Jan. 11, 2013

    Book 3, in the Cris de Niro series I have always enjoyed thrillers with a geopolitical overtone and “Rise of the Call” has definitely given me hours of enjoyment. This story is a wonderful and exciting journey into the world of terrorists and the forces that try to stay one step ahead of them. The key to making book 3 the best so far is definitely the colourful characterization and fast moving action scenes that are peppered with oodles of suspense. Although the story is fictional, the novel illustrates in a very dramatic manner what could happen when evil threatens world peace and the beliefs of a minority overshadow the welfare of mankind in general. The threats are so realistically portrayed they are guaranteed to increase you heart rate, a scary thought if you stop to think about it. The men from The Watchman Agency are faced with a barrage of circumstances alarmingly similar to events of recent decades. In a few words, “Rise of the Call” opens with Cris, founder and leader of the Watchman Agency, invited to ring the opening bell at the NY Stock Exchange. While en route, he meets a childhood friend who asks for his help in finding his son, a nuclear scientist, working on a secret project for the CIA. He has not been heard from him for quite some time and he is worried sick something drastic has happened. Cris’s decision is a no brainer it is exactly why he created the Agency. The trail eventually leads his team to an Iranian terrorist plot inside the Unites States and a major threat facing the Middle East with Israel the epicentre of a nuclear war. In one of the multiple threads we see the personal side of two of the members, a relationship that is slowly developing and I am sure the author has something up his sleeves for the future. I hope I have piqued your interest in this exciting thriller. It has been a great series so far and I am looking forward to reading book 4, “Project 111”.
  • Signs of War (Cris De Niro, Book 2) on Jan. 24, 2013
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    Book 2 in the Cris de Niro series Cris de Niro, the protagonist, realises his greatest challenge after a tragic incident is to find the will to go on and to make the decisions that will not only change the course of his life but also those around him. After years protecting Americans from enemies at home and abroad, Cris is starting to have second thoughts about his mandate to do so at any cost. At the end of “The Watchman of Ephraim” (book1) we witnessed some of Cris’s close colleagues sacrificing their lives in order to save the city of Las Vegas, a price that has taken a heavy toll on Cris’s conscience. “Signs of War” picks up at the funeral of one of these men and this political thriller follows in the same tradition as the 1st with nonstop action cover to cover. This time we follow Cris and his team from the “Watchman Agency” on three fronts: 1st dealing with Somali pirates 2nd addressing an imminent threat from an Iranian/Venezuelan alliance 3rd attacking head on the infiltration of a Mexican drug cartel into a border Native reservation. Mr. Marigny definitely knows how to put together an action packed thriller. This time he has outdone himself with complex multiple plotting that comes to life and incorporates all the technical jargon you can imagine, to some this may be a plus to others an overload of info. I was completely caught up in the web of suspense as I eagerly flipped through the pages, at times my attention span was put to the test with the abundance of the fast moving details. It is easy to relate to each character, they are patriotic and very devoted to their cause. Being a woman I was a little disappointed that Cris’s romantic side was not exploited further. Oh well maybe the sequel will address that side of him. To sum things up, this is an interesting story that is quite captivating and very exciting. On the negative side, I found the repetitiveness of the reports passed between levels of management and the in-depth description of weapons somewhat overdone.
  • Signs of War (Cris De Niro, Book 2) on Jan. 24, 2013

    Book 2 in the Cris de Niro series Cris de Niro, the protagonist, realises his greatest challenge after a tragic incident is to find the will to go on and to make the decisions that will not only change the course of his life but also those around him. After years protecting Americans from enemies at home and abroad, Cris is starting to have second thoughts about his mandate to do so at any cost. At the end of “The Watchman of Ephraim” (book1) we witnessed some of Cris’s close colleagues sacrificing their lives in order to save the city of Las Vegas, a price that has taken a heavy toll on Cris’s conscience. “Signs of War” picks up at the funeral of one of these men and this political thriller follows in the same tradition as the 1st with nonstop action cover to cover. This time we follow Cris and his team from the “Watchman Agency” on three fronts: 1st dealing with Somali pirates 2nd addressing an imminent threat from an Iranian/Venezuelan alliance 3rd attacking head on the infiltration of a Mexican drug cartel into a border Native reservation. Mr. Marigny definitely knows how to put together an action packed thriller. This time he has outdone himself with complex multiple plotting that comes to life and incorporates all the technical jargon you can imagine, to some this may be a plus to others an overload of info. I was completely caught up in the web of suspense as I eagerly flipped through the pages, at times my attention span was put to the test with the abundance of the fast moving details. It is easy to relate to each character, they are patriotic and very devoted to their cause. Being a woman I was a little disappointed that Cris’s romantic side was not exploited further. Oh well maybe the sequel will address that side of him. To sum things up, this is an interesting story that is quite captivating and very exciting. On the negative side, I found the repetitiveness of the reports passed between levels of management and the in-depth description of weapons somewhat overdone