REVIEW TOUR: AT STAKE by JOHN W. MEFFORD @JWMefford @beckvalleybooks #Thriller #Mystery

Posted on May 1, 2018 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in 4 stars, Alex Troutt series, Beck Valley Books, John W. Mefford, mystery, Review, thriller / 16 Comments

Title:  AT Stake
Series: Alex Troutt Thriller#7
Publisher: Sugar Hill Press
Source: Author via Beck Valley Book Tours 
in exchange for an honest review
Format: Ebook
Published: April 17, 2018
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 326
Reading Challenges:  2018 New Release Challenge

Available to buy from….    Paperback

AT Stake is an exciting addition to the Alex Troutt series. It demonstrates the brilliance of John W. Mefford in writing stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

This installment features none other than the tenacious special agent for the FBI Alex Troutt and her friends along with a new player named Ozzie.  He is not very new as he was introduced in the Ozzie Novak series. However, as I skipped that series I would consider him a new player. Ozzie works is a contractor for the FBI and is involved in conducting investigations geared towards Cyber-crimes. This job arose because of a deal made with the FBI.

The story began with two persons being held captive by someone on a quest for vengeance.  Fast forward two months later three bombs went off at the Boston Marathon injuring several persons. There were a few fatalities as well. Among the injured was Alex’s partner.  As a result, the investigation has become personal.  She is more determined to discover who is responsible, even it means going up against the douche bag leader of the task force assemble to investigate the bombings.  Left without her partner and her team members and forced to investigate from the sidelines, she enlists the help of her friend Ozzie to get the answers she desperately needs.  My question is this amid all this how did the events, which took place two months ago tied in with the bombings? Were the events separate or is there a connection between the two?

AT Stake is a suspenseful read that is filled with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the moment all is revealed.  Everything about this story was shocking, but the ending, which gives insight into what to expect from the next installment shocked me to the core. I honestly never saw that one coming. Now, I am eager to get my hands on the next book. I enjoyed the camaraderie between Ozzie and Alex.  They worked well together, and their teamwork helped to bring the investigation together.

I love how the author is able to combine the action and suspense with the personal struggles of his protagonists.  In the midst of the investigation, Alex is dealing with insecurities regarding her relationship with Brad while trying to raise two teenagers.  Mr. Mefford skilfully combines the personal life of his characters with their professional lives.  This helps to bring the characters to life making it easy to connect with them.


At Stake was an exciting, entertaining, suspenseful and thrilling read. Although each book can be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading them in order. Fans of thrillers and mysteries will enjoy this latest installment by John W. Mefford.

A desperate attempt to survive, or the plot of a twisted killer?

Bombs rip through the Boston Marathon crowd. Just like the last time, hysteria engulfs New England. Alex’s injured partner clings to life, and she won’t sleep until the culprit is found. Can she push her way on to the task force?

Rumors swirl, but hard evidence is as elusive as an icy glacier. With her FBI team wrapped up in the formal investigation, Alex pulls in her newest confidante. Ozzie and Alex team up to quickly separate fact from fiction. But what seems right could be so very wrong.

A brutal murder and robbery. Where is this hunt taking them? Could it be nothing more than a cover?

Secrets from the past come to light, and that’s when all bets are off. You think it’s over, but it’s not. Not by a long shot. The brains behind this crime aren’t from this world, and Alex’s family may not be able to escape the carnage.

Can Alex handle losing another family member to a sick, twisted person?

The ties that bind people are impossible to detect…especially those with long-standing vendettas. It’s a harrowing race to get to the killer…even as soldiers of death continue to make their mark on the city of Boston.

Will Alex survive the onslaught?

Redemption Thriller Series

*Suggested to read the books in the following order:

Books in the Alex Troutt Thrillers:
AT Bay
AT Large
AT Once
AT Dawn
AT Dusk
AT Last
Books in the Ivy Nash Thrillers:
IN Defiance
IN Pursuit
IN Doubt
Break IN
IN Control
IN The End

Books in the Ozzie Novak Thrillers
ON Edge 
Game ON  
ON The Rocks  
Shame ON You 
ON Fire  
ON The Run 

Books in the Alex Troutt Thrillers:

AT Stake
AT Any Costs
The Scoop 
By now you’re probably aware that the Alex Troutt thrillers, Ivy Nash thrillers, and the Ozzie Novak thrillers are all under the same Redemption Thriller Series umbrella. Why? Because, ultimately, they all connect — Alex, Ivy, Ozzie. How? That’s part of the mystery that I’m slowly unveiling throughout the Redemption Thriller Series.
Through each sub-series, characters from different books appear in the other novels. If it adds suspense, intrigue, or even a good laugh, I’ve included a cross-over character — it’s a lot more fun that way. Plus — and here’s the real kicker — the final six novels will bring all of the major characters together — Alex, Ivy, Ozzie. It will be explosive and gut-wrenching…in a way that will leave you breathless.
About the Author
Amazon #1 Bestselling Author, #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble, and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner.

John W. Mefford has been writing his debut novel since he first entered the work force almost thirty years ago, although he never put words on paper until 2009. Once he started writing, however, he couldn’t stop. Many readers ask John from where he gets his ideas. Well, he’s a veteran of the corporate rat-race, a former journalist, and he’s always been an astute observer of human and social behavior. On top of that, he’s really good at embellishing.

A member of International Thriller Writers, John writes novels full of electrifying suspense — the same types of books he has loved to read since before he could shave.

When he’s not writing, he chases his youth on bike or a basketball court, all while making mental notes of people and societies across the land.

Find the author on the following sites…

 Website   Facebook   Twitter   Google+   Goodreads   Bookbub   Amazon Author Page

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16 responses to “REVIEW TOUR: AT STAKE by JOHN W. MEFFORD @JWMefford @beckvalleybooks #Thriller #Mystery

  1. Man! I didn’t know about this series and it looks like I’ve really been missing out. Thanks for sharing your book thoughts, Nadene. I’ll have to see about getting my hands on the first book.

  2. kindlemom1

    Love that these can be read as a stand alone without feeling like you’ve missed too much by just jumping in.