The 51st State: State of Affairs by Todd Gilmore and Karyn Rae

Rating: 5/5


Genre: Adult Thriller


Recommended Age: 18+ (or younger if you have permission to read about graphic murder and rape).


Favorite Quote: “Because she had purposefully burnt the pads of her fingertips long ago, incriminating fingerprints left behind were never a concern.”


I was provided a free copy of this book by Karyn Rae/Karyn Rae Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my decision in anyway.


Tommy has been Dom Denarios’ consigliere for most of his life. Lena was sold between different men until landing behind a bar in a secretive nightclub. Hardy works for the government and is trying to arrest Chicago’s biggest crime bosses. How are all of these people connected? By State 51 of course! Together they will experience what few do and find truths that might be too unbearable to know. But in the end, will they fight it or will they accept it?


Did you ever watch The Sopranos? The Godfather? Pulp Fiction? Do you like organized crime and conspiracy theories? Well then we’d probably make great friends, but more importantly this is the book for you! This book is an interesting exploration at different conspiracy theories and at organized crime, with the most intriguing connection being between the two. It was one of those books I didn’t want to put down and I consumed the book in 2 days! The book had a very natural pace to it and I never felt like the book was lagging or was speeding through some of the more important details. The plot development was also excellently executed. I looked very critically at this area because the book does involve some sort of mystery and I like for mysteries in books to be solvable and not totally outside of the realm of possibility. That being said, while I can see how all the pieces fit for the most part (the book does seem to indicate that there will be a sequel maybe?) I don’t see the puzzle as unsolvable.


The characters were also very well developed and nothing between the characters was sped up for plot’s sake. Everything: the dialogue, the actions, and the way each character described their individual situations, felt natural. There were a few surprises, but upon reflection nothing felt out-of-character. The book was a very easy read and anyone, even if you know nothing about mob bosses and don’t know who Al Capone is, would be able to understand this book and it’s topics because the quality of writing makes the book very easy and fun to comprehend. The only flaw I can see in the book is that the book ends on a cliffhanger and I need more now!


Needless to say, I enjoyed this book greatly and I can’t wait to read more from this publishing agency! This book is coming out soon so stay tuned and follow Karyn Rae on Instagram (@karynraewrites) for more!


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