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MY REVIEW: DEAD AND BURIED
BY C S DIXON

Linda and Alex fancy a change of scenery and decide to venture into a derelict cemetery to enjoy their first session of outdoor sex.  Shortly after their fun fornication they both realise their flip-flops have disappeared from the spot they left them in but their backpacks and mobile phones are still there as Linda discovers her phone buzzing with a spooky message that reads, “You walk among the dead.” Alex presumes the message is off one of Linda’s friends messing around but Linda’s not convinced.   Soon after the atmosphere around them begins to change as there is a strange noise coming from one of the trees nearby that looks like a ghostly white outline of an owl perched on a large oak tree.  They soon both discover they have no signal on their iPhones and make an attempt to get out of the cemetery as quick as possible as they both sense something of a sinister nature following them. However their many attempts to flee in the dark in their bare feet across broken glass and debris results in ending back at the same spot to where they started. . . Unaware there are even darker forces at work that will prevent them ever leaving the cemetery alive. . .

I managed to devour this short story in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed the suspense, mystery, tension and fear.

C S Dixon is a master of depicting things of an unnatural nature and injects plenty of twists and turns to grip the reader from the very onset.

High stars and highly recommended.

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MY RATING: 5 stars

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And Then There Was You

By Suzy Turner

Eve is happily married to Matt, or so she thinks despite having a one night stand with a handsome stranger called Adam while on one of her book tours.  Eve has never been unfaithful to Matt in all their years of marriage and struggles to come to terms with her infidelity and decides to keep it a well guarded secret.  Unaware her one unforgettable night of passion would go on to shape and change the course of her entire existence and that of her husband’s, in a way she never imagined or thought possible.

Three years later and Eve discovers in a state of perpetual panic that her new neighbour is Adam and to her surprise he is newly married to a fun-loving blonde named, Charlie, who is keen to strike up a close friendship with her and Matt.

Eve does all she can to avoid her new neighbours but Matt insists they both get to know the newly wedded couple as he discovers Charlie shares many of his hobbies and interests.  While Eve and Adam do all they can to conceal their attraction to one another for the sake of their marriages and resist the temptation to repeat their one night of passion all those years ago, something unexpected happens, a cruel twist of fate, and it’s not until the child is born that both Adam and Eve discover that Matt is the father and Charlie has been deceiving them all along.

Eves head is a mess and she goes and visits her parents on the Algarvean Coast for some time to figure out what she is going do with the rest of her life.  She feels betrayed and heartbroken that she put her marriage before her feelings for Adam when all the time her husband was deceiving her. Before she leaves for the sunny climates and the comfort of her childhood home, she accidentally befriends Adams first wife. Lisa, who tries to convince her that she and Adam are made for each other and pleads with her to return home sooner rather than later, or never. 

After a few weeks of self-discovery Eve returns home to find out that Matt has put their house on the market and has moved in with Charlie. Distraught she turns to Adam for refuge and confesses her heartbreak about never being able to conceive children.  She loves Adam like no other man and wants a future with him however; another cruel twist of fate is just around the corner throwing their relationship in to turmoil once again. Lisa, Adams ex-wife falls ill with cancer and her last dying wish is to have her husband, children and new best friend Eve around her.  Eve does all she can to fulfil her best friends dying wishes even though she feels like a spare part who shouldn’t be there.  Adam suddenly confesses he still loves Lisa and starts to drink heavily and blank Eve.

The day of Lisa’s death, Eve leaves after fulfilling Lisa’s wishes and books a flight to Canada to find what’s left of her life again, convincing herself that she must forget all about Adam and focus on her career as a writer as she is never going to get the fairytale ending she wants, however she is mistaken as Adam travels the end of the earth to convince her that she is the one he wants to spend the rest of his life with. 

I don’t usually read chick-lit or romance but this book engrossed me from the beginning to the end and had quite a hold on me all the way through.  It is cleverly written and a real asset to the S. Turner.  It is sexy, intelligent and very compelling and I would challenge anyone who loves a good work of fiction to put it down as I certainly couldn’t.  Don’t forget the box of tissues as there are some weepy scenes as well as many humorous ones.  Highly recommended, keep them coming.

My Rating:

5 Stars

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MY RATING: 5 stars    

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A Brief Eternity

By Paul Beaumont

 

PLOT

The Rapture begins on Jerry’s normal, everyday route to work. Jesus swiftly returns to earth to take all the believers with him back to paradise.  Jerry soon finds himself transported up in the clouds to live a new life in heaven; however the last thing he witnesses on earth is a heavily pregnant woman holding her hands to her ears waiting for the trumpet to stop, unaware this would haunt and question why she was abandoned by God.  After several weeks Jerry discovers that not everything’s perfect in paradise as the timing of the rapture was a mistake, due to error in software testing that had forced God’s hand with the Second Coming and that no one was really ready for it.  In order for Jerry to save his girlfriend, Rachael and his family and friends from their eternity in Hell and the threat of oncoming Tribulation he must put them through the re-trial process, but first he must get Jesus’ permission.  Jerry seeks the help of his mentor, Bob and his friends who are familiar with the passages in the Bible that will provide Jerry with a good argument in court, unaware his arch enemy, Nathaniel is out to destroy any evidence that may help his case in the high court.

Will Jerry succeed in his mission to rescue Rachael from an eternity in hell? If so, at what cost? Or could it be the main protagonists are left with a number of different choices?  

 

Dialogue

There are over a dozen distinctive voices that help to differentiate the characters; one example of this is Bob, Jerry’s mentor, who has a distinctive east end southern twang.  The general dialogue is easy to follow and understand and the conversations all stay on track.  No detection of unnecessary or forced or unnatural speech patterns.

  

Writing

A Brief Eternity examines a number of predicaments and paradoxes that are commonly believed concepts by Christians with regards to the afterlife. 

P. Beaumont writes beautifully, with rich descriptive scenes of heaven and hell, described in such detail, you can almost imagine you are there the whole time.  His ability to inject humour, comedy, satire and parody to engage, entertain, provoke and question the readers own religious’ ideology is pure genius and flawless.  I felt a strong connection to the main protagonist, Jerry who is initially naive, yet as the story unfolds he is forced to challenge the true nature and hypocrisy of early biblical scripture into his favour in an attempt to save Rachael.

A Brief Eternity has all the merits of a standalone post-apocalypse first novel however, with its unpredictable and highly memorable ending; I daresay it’s also set up for a follow on (fingers crossed) as I would love another instalment.

    


MY RATING: 5 stars 

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Dance with the Enemy

Written by Rob Sinclair

PLOT

Attorney Frank Madena, of the USA is kidnapped and Charles McCabe, an elite member of the Joint Intelligence Agency (JIA) insists upon hiring special field agent Carl Hogan to locate the attorney’s whereabouts.  However the JIA aren’t convinced that Hogan’s the right man for the job as they believe he’s a liability, unhinged and incompetent as five months prior Hogan had been tortured and left for dead by one on the world’s most wanted terrorist Youseff Selim, who the JIA suspect of having some involvement with the attorneys kidnap.  Hogan sees this as an opportunity for revenge and begins his search with some unlikely leads, he isn’t convinced that the kidnap of the attorney is by Islamic terrorists as the police and FBI initially suspected.  Hogan’s relentless journey for the truth leads to a string of lies and deceit that surrounds the real reason for the kidnapping and once again Hogan finds that his life is on the line.  Will his mission succeed? Or will it fail? There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing as the pages are turned in this fast paced espionage thriller.

Main Characters

Carl Logan: Special field agent.  He has a back story that unveils itself throughout the chapters.  Trained extensively in martial arts, instructed in knifes, handguns, rifles and psychological training that will help him stay alive. 

Charles McCabe: One of six commanders to the Joint Intelligence Agency (JIA) Also Carl Logan’s boss for 18 years.

 Frank Madena: Attorney General to the USA. 

Youseff Selim: Biggest arms dealer in the Middle East linked to many Islamic extremists and one of the worlds’s most wanted men. 

Richard Blakemore: Drugs and arms dealer.

Angela Grainger: FBI agent.  

Dialogue

There are several distinctive voices and the conversations tend to stay on track within the chapter parameters. The dialogue is natural and flows well throughout the whole book with no signs of forced and unnecessary speech patterns.     

Writing

Dance with the Enemy is a superbly written Espionage thriller and deserves to be placed at the top of any Crime/Thriller/Action list and I imagine it’s just a matter of time before this book becomes an international best seller.

R. Sinclair is a genius story teller with an exceptional imagination, not only does he introduces us to a real life likable heroin, he also leaves the reader hungry for the next instalment.

 

 

This is a fast paced breathtaking edge of the seat thriller with plenty of twist, turns, thrills and excitement to keep the reader guessing and anticipating what will happen next and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys crime fiction. 



MY RATING: 5 stars 

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My Review of War Kids by H.J. Lawson  

I received this book directly from the author in return for an honest review.

    

Plot

 

This is a compelling tale of conflict, murder, chaos, and the survival of a group of courageous children who are trapped in the civil war in Syria who try to escape to Jordan.  The book depicts a number of horrifying realities of events that take the reader on an unpredictable journey through its young characters that are literally forced to leave their childhood and turn in to soldiers themselves, however the children are still naive and unaware of the political and religious ramifications of their worlds that surrounds them.

 

Dialogue

 

There are several shifts in the narrative voice from different character viewpoints which adds to the strength of the dialogue.  The dialogue itself was easy to follow and understandable which leaves me to conclude this is written by a very competent author.

 

 

Writing

 

H.J.Lawson successfully manages to combine a mixture of emotions such as anger, pity and an overwhelming sense of loss for the innocent victims of stolen youth.

 

This is a taunt thought provoking book that grips the reader from the very first page to the last.

 

I’d be interested in reading a sequel to this book and would definitely recommend it to my friends.



MY RATING: 5 stars 

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Survive The Day

By H.J. Lawson

This book is the second instalment in the War Kids Series and continues to follow the lives of several young people who were once trapped in the war in Syria who flee to America to start afresh.  In this character driven story the reader is introduced to a number of new characters, all of which blend nicely in with the main Characters, Annabel, Jada and Ethan, who each have their own unique back story. 

 

On Annabel’s journey to freedom and a better life she befriends another homeless guy by the name of Brandon, and confides in him about killing the tramp who tried to rape her.  She also confesses that she is the key witness in the Big Red Trial and that she has escaped a witness protection program because the WBR kept finding her.

 

Jada is on a mission to find her father who is believed to be in a prison fifty miles away from Damascus, the lost city and that Gerard and Christian are working on plans to go there.  However, along the way Jada reads a letter from her mother that is addressed to Gerard and discovers a shocking secret that will change the course of her mission.

 

Ethan is hell bent on avenging his father’s death with a deep hatred for Western culture.

 

After a year of transition in to their new lives in New York City, the City itself is soon caught up in a terrorist attack on Rikers Island, and they find themselves fleeing to escape one danger to enter yet another and soon realise that they would have been much safer in Syria, as the unknown threat continues to cause chaos and mass destruction, as people start to loot and die when one of many bridges explodes.  Victoria dies as her head is crushed by a car. Jada and Annabel’s paths meet in the chaos and Jada warns Annabel and Brandon to get out of the city as fast as they can as this is only the beginning of the terrorist attacks and perhaps a decoy to an even bigger threat.  Big red starts running after Annabel as he spots her with his gang in orange jump suits.  The adrenaline fuelled scene when Big Red catches up with Annabel is breathtaking, yet terrifying and adds more tension and conflict to a unexpected, yet phenomenal ending.

I can honestly say I am hooked and can’t wait for the next instalment.  H.J. Lawson is a genius story teller and her writing skills are exceptional beyond doubt. 



MY RATING: 5 stars 

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My review of Sky City: The Rise of an Orphan
Written By R.D.Hale


PLOT
The story is set in a dystopian city in India in the year 2045 and follows the conflict; struggle and efforts of young male protagonist, Arturo Basilides and his comrades who seek to overthrow the extremist and corrupt ruling elite in a desperate attempt to save what is left of humanity.
The biggest questions throughout the plot are will Arturo and his army of teenage orphans succeed to overthrow the extremists? And if so at what cost? Or will their rebellion fail?

Dialogue
“Shit, we´re in trouble! We need Ivor to arrive before the gunner droid or we’re dust!”
It’s a difficult thing to portray Northern English dialogue, yet Hale manages to do this in such a way it’s flawless and flows naturally alongside the plot.


Writing
Although a work of fiction Hale successfully highlights some of the current conflicts that are going on in the world today with regards to social inequality, the civilisation that humans, technology and advances in medical science can create in this thought provoking fast paced Sci-Fi thriller.

Hale is a master of depicting things of an unnatural nature and encouraging the reader to root for the underdog.

MY RATING: 5 stars 

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Relentless By Dean Koontz


This is by far one of my most favourite Dean Koontz books.  It’s a fast paced, edge of the seat pursuit thriller that will leave you breathless.

If time permitted, I would have loved to have read this story in one sitting as I really didn’t want to put it down in fear of what was coming next.

Most of the characters are adorable, with the exception of Shearman Wax and his followers.


I won’t post any spoilers as this book simply needs to be read.

This book is highly impeccable work.


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MY RATING: 5 stars

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Oblivion's Forge

By Simon Williams

 

This is a dark, mysterious and gripping first instalment of the Aona Trilogy. The story begins when Vornen Starbrook, the main protagonist who is wounded and found by a mysterious lady named Ona and is slowly nursed back to health by the Chulan people. Vornen tries his best to remember what he saw when Ona questions him, as he recalls a number of ambiguous flashbacks, however all he can recollect is the opening and closing of gates and stars that were not of their world, he also heard voices that didn’t belong to any creature or any life-form that he could understand and then suddenly he remembers a name “Marandaal” to which the voices belong, “They are coming here, they want the world for their own!”

Meanwhile there is madness, terrifying visions and unexplainable disease spreading throughout the villages and an overall sense of hopelessness and doom threatening to destroy the villager’s existence.

 

 S.Williams introduces the reader to a number of memorable characters all of which are conflicted with their own issues to a certain degree.  The narrative is well written and captures the characters hope, fear and anticipation all at the same time, while provoking the reader to finish the first instalment and start the next one immediately.

 

S.Williams is a genius story teller and a master of depicting things of an un-natural nature.  Oblivion's Forge is unforgettable Speculative/Fantasy fiction at its very best and deserves to be ranked at the top.



MY RATING: 5 stars

 

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All The Pretty Dresses By Steven J. Clark


This book has it all – An exceptional ingredient of suspense, mystery, and thriller all in one go.

I'd challenge anyone to try and put this book down when you start to read the opening chapters – As I definitely couldn’t.

Cass Rosier, is a well-developed character who I felt I could instantly relate to. She is strong with a good methodological approach using her analytical and critical eye in narrowing down the when and where. She has all the qualities of a real life heroin, while struggling to establish herself in a male dominated environment.
This is crime fiction at its best and I will recommend it to everyone I know as a truly addictive read.

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My review of Daemon Seer by Mary Maddox.

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PLOT

 

Luanda and Lisa share a devastating history with one-another that connects them in ways they never thought possible-they were both abducted and tortured by the same serial-killer several years prior. Luanda has the ability to enter Lisa’s mind, when Lisa allows her to and also feels her friend’s deep tormented emotions. Lisa is able to paint the demons that torment Luanda unaware that these demons are real in her friends mind and that they are threatening to change the course of Luanda’s existence. Lisa is on the run from Psycho cop who has brutally raped and deliberately planted a large amount of narcotics to force a warrant for Lisa’s arrest, so he can re-claim his victim and subject her to more terror. Luanda summons the demons to help her friend but the demons only interest is in Luanda getting pregnant and bringing another baby into the world they can take possession of. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing and plenty of thrills and excitement to provoke the reader to read further and further.

I particularly enjoyed the eccentricity of this dark, twisted and macabre story of these two young women brought together in these extra-ordinary circumstances.

 

 

Dialogue

 

The book was well edited and had a very pleasant layout.

The dialogue was easy to follow, straight forward and understandable.

Very good description and dialogue by a very competent author!

 

 

Writing

 

Author Mary Maddox successfully manages to combine a mixture of horror, terror, suspense, thriller and a subtle supernatural element all in one go. This is a taunt, gripping, thriller; make no mistake and it leaves little to the imagination as the pages are turned.

I’d be interested in reading a sequel to this book and would definitely recommend it to my friends.


MY Rating: 4.5 Stars



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This book is the third and final book in the Vartanian trilogy. I found it hard to keep up with the large influx of different characters introduced very early on in the book. I had to put it to one side for now and will re-visit it sometime in the future.

MY Rating: 3 + Stars
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Smokescreen

By Khaled Talib

Plot

The scene of the story is set in the Island of Singapore, where the Israeli government are seeking to put an end to the Palestinian conflict; however several Israeli officials want to kill their own leader and plan to assassinate him by framing an innocent reporter called Jethro Westrope, commonly known as Jet West, who works for the country’s leading lifestyle magazine.

Jet initially thinks that one of the men that is chasing him is the husband of the wife he has been sleeping with and has no idea until Niki Kishwani, a public relations manager of the Singapore Tourism Board tries to warn him that there are some men who are following him and want to fame him for the murder of an important person.  Jet finds himself in a situation where he is being chased by Chan’s henchmen while at the same time trying to clear his good name as Yung kills Niki, in an attempt to set Jet up for the murder.  Jet is forced to go into hiding and meets Michael Dexter, who offers him refuge in his mansion.  Michael encourages Jet to contact Nikis best friend, Nicole Wong   and convince her he didn’t kill Niki, and that’s when even more dangers await as Jet goes from one threat to yet another and the smear campaign to make him a scapegoat for further murders only multiplies as the dead body count increases.

Will Jet be able to clear his name in time before he is framed for the Israelis Prime Minister premeditated murder, or will Chan and his men achieve their ultimate mission that will in effect change the course of all their paths?     

Main Characters

Chan Boon Seng – Chief protocol officer of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Characteristics – A big brusque man who doesn’t care if people like him or not, black eyes, black hair that’s shaved along the sides, streaked with white sleeked back.  A graduate from the London School of Economics, exceptional military career, rising to the rank of Colonel, trained by the Israeli army.

Captain Eli Aviram – A tall lean man in his forties with a thin scar across his left cheek, Chan’s long time Israeli friend.

X – An old mysterious man, a former Israeli spy who is now a military consultant.

Jethro Westrope – Well-toned good-looking Eurasian, reporter, age 35, assistant editor at one of Singaporeans leading lifestyle magazines, half Irish, half Chinese.

Niki Kishwani – Public relations manager of the Singapore Tourism Board, age 28, a law graduate from a local university, a covert operative for Chan, a double agent.

Mary Yeo  - Niki Kishwani assassin. Yung murders her in cold blood in a church she was seeking repentance.

Nicole Wong - Niki Kishwani best friend, a deputy public prosecutor.

Yung – A remorseless assassin, who was sentenced to a mental institution for observation and then to be hanged. Chan paid for his freedom after Yung had spent two years in prison, in return Chan expected absolute loyalty. A special operations force solider gone wrong, trained in counter-terrorist actions.  

Michael Dexter – United States Ambassador to Singapore, a CIA official, his specific mission is to save the Israeli leader from assassination.

De Angelo – Loyal colleague of Dexter’s.

Dialogue

The dialogue is natural and flows well throughout the whole book with no signs of forced and unnecessary speech patterns with little or no reference to the use of profanity.      

Writing

Smokescreen is undoubtedly one of the best written espionage thrillers I have had the honour of reading. I have read numerous spy novels but this book is in a league of its own as one of the greatest fast-paced, gripping and thought provoking plots that involves high-level politics, government cover-ups, covert missions and a high pursuit chase of an innocent man trying desperately to prove his innocence. 

Khaled Talib is a master of depicting real life scenarios such as the current connections between Israel and Singapore into a work of unforgettable fiction that will leave you breathless and wanting more.  I highly recommend this book to readers of Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy.  

My Rating:

5 stars

Superbly Written Espionage Thriller

 



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Oyster

A boy with potential

By Rosalind Minett


This is an outstanding short story that I managed to devour in just one sitting. Rarely does an author so courageously expose truths, realities and day-to-day struggles of a boy who finds it difficult to fit in to society.

 

Jake tells us his disturbing story from a first person narrative which gives the reader a real insight in to his tangled thoughts and feelings that you can somehow sympathise with him and understand his unbalanced mind, while nervously anticipating what he will do next.  Jake has quite the back story, as he comes from a dysfunctional family who put his safety, health and wellbeing at risk which results in him being moved from one adoptive family to another before he ends up in the Home and yet another Home before he commits his greatest atrocity in his short life so far.


Make no mistake this book is a real frightener, albeit a book of fiction and a major credit to Rosalind Minett who knows her stuff when it comes to the workings of an unbalanced mind besides having a literal talent to depicts things of an unnatural nature.


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My Rating:

5 Stars

Survive the 9nite

By H.J. Lawson

This is the third instalment of The War Kids Series and continues to follow the lives of several young people who were once trapped in the war in Syria who flee to America to start afresh. 

Jada and her friends are desperately trying to escape the terrorist attack in New York.  In the opening chapters Jada, Zak, Kyra, Gerard and Ali board a plane leaving Haytham and the others in the chaos caused by the nuclear bomb.  Unfortunately the plane soon begins to plummet at an alarming speed the closer it gets to the electromagnetic pulse and the plane has a voltage surge and soon crashes leaving them in even more danger.  Zak dies and Jada is heartbroken. Hanna also dies. However with the threat of the radioactive fallout reaching them they must flee as fast as they can.  They discover a nearby house and make their way there only to discover more threats await them as Captain Reef and his men are building an army to eliminate any survivors left from the nuclear bomb and they have a base nearby where they take hostages, including Kyra and Faith.    

Meanwhile Annabel wakes up after the nuclear bomb in a mass of rubble wondering where Brandon and Meemo are and where Big Red and his men are.  She discovers Brandon alive under all the rubble and hears the distinctive voice of Big Red demanding to know where she is and the terrifying attempt to escape Big Red and his men continues as they take hostages and brutally murder them. 

Ethan soon discovers he was double crossed as Samuel gets shot.  Samuel shouts out to him to find his father as he is still alive and that Captain Reef had set him up.  Ethan goes on a mission of revenge and tortures Christian in the process for information on his father only to find more shocking revelations. 

Will they survive another day is a question that often prevails its ugly head throughout the book? And, if so, at what cost?

The vice president asks the people of America to unite as a nation and stand against the terrorists.  Jada and her friends, the police and mob go in search of guns to attack the terrorist base and this is when Jadas past comes back to haunt her which results in a ferocious fight of survival against Mansur which leads a wounded Jada in the hands of Abulafia who promises he will look after her as he thinks she is his daughter.

This third instalment is in no doubt as exhilarating, breathtaking, terrifying and action pack as the previous instalments with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader turning those pages in anticipation at what will happen next and is a real credit to H.J. Lawson who has the unique ability to depict a ravished world torn apart by conflict.

My Rating:

5 stars

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A Highly Recommended Read!

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Winging IT

By H.P. Oliver

In the opening chapter the reader is introduced to the main protagonist, Edward. J.  Markham, whose amazing journal documented an unknown piece of film history involving silent film actress Clara Bow.


Edward Markham’s career began in 1918 as a pilot in the Great War.  After demonstrating   superior skills while serving in France, he was then posted to California for temporary duty as an instructor of advanced pursuit tactics.  When he completed his service to Uncle Sam he then returned to Los Angeles to resume a fledging writing career.  Seven years on from the Great War he managed to have several short stories published, two novels proclaimed as best sellers and another completed manuscript and his literacy career looked very promising.  He began writing for the major film studios in Los Angeles and this is when he met up with an old army friend once again.  Edwards pal, William, or better known as WB, asks for Edwards help in directing a motion picture called, Wings, as Paramount Famous Lasky has given WB around two million dollars to make Wings and the film company expect it to be a an epic War film that will break the box office.   Edwards’s job is to aid WB and his crew to help keep an honest and exact account of what happened in the air war over France, the carnage, the destruction and devastation and this is where the real adventure begins.  Edward boards a train to San Antonio where the WB and his crew have reconstructed the French Village of Mervale as this will be the main place where they shoot Wings.


Edward is introduced to the rest of the film crew and its cast and meets the leading Lady, Clara Bow, who he immediately judges at face value and turns down her sexual advances. However from here on events take a turn for the worst, when an antique war plane makes an attempt to kill Clara on set and Edward is the only person who goes on to rescue the leading lady from dying.  Clara in turn then develops a strong attachment to Edward as he saved her live and then refuses to go anywhere without him.  Edward reluctantly agrees to escort Clara back to Hollywood as WB and the film studio want to protect Clara at all costs.   However, another attempt is made to kill Clara on their journey back to Hollywood which leads them to conclude that somebody somewhere wants her dead and will go to any extreme to fulfil that mission.  As the body count rises and negative speculation soon points towards Edward and Clara’s innocence, they find themselves fleeing to many Landmarks in an attempt to stay conspicuous until they can figure out who wants her dead. In the meantime Edward soon discovers that Clara is not the actress who everyone knows as she reveals another side to Edward as she drops her thick Brooklyn accent and reveals her true intellectual self which leads Edward growing really fond of Clara and struggles to put his feelings to one side while trying to focus on the mission of keeping her safe.  However, as further unexpected events unfold they go on to develop a romantic relationship in the process.


Can Edward save Clara from another cold-blooded attempt on her life? And if so, at what cost? Will they discover the shocking truth in time before it’s too late? And will they get a chance of clearing both their good names?

These are many of the questions that prevail frequently throughout the book as the twist and turns keep you guessing the outcome.  I couldn’t help falling in love with the deep descriptive landmarks, automobiles and the remarkable era of the early twentieth century and recommend the wonderful visualizations that depict this era on H.P. Oliver’s website. 


As a reader I really did feel part of the landscape and that I had been transported back in a time I found hard to escape or ever forget.  This well written remarkable story will stay with me for a long while and I will definitely read more of H.P. Oliver work in the near future.

H.P. Oliver is a genius story-teller as he depicts a significant era, one of which I wish I could be a part of and many other readers will when they read this unforgettable tale or mystery and romance in a time that’s almost forgotten these days.


 

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5 Stars

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Dialogue

No detection of unnecessary or forced unnatural speech patterns.  All the conversations were easy to follow and stay on track naturally.

Each character has a unique voice that differentiates them from one another.  Billy’s father mostly adds a quote to each and every one of his sentences.  Billy’s conversational voice when nervous results in him stammering and repeating unnecessary words.   

Writing

Intrusion outlines an insecure young boy’s portrayal of his day to day struggles against his cousin’s and uncles psychological and physical assaults, neglect from his parents and the upheaval of having to be moved from one strangers household to the next in the midst of a terrifying War that shows no immediate signs of ending. 

R. Minett writes beautifully with a deep understanding of a troubled boy’s journey through trauma, disruption and invasion.  As a reader I felt like I had been transported back into an era my grandparents once told me about and I felt very much part of the landscape through the eyes of a remarkable boy whose story gradually unfolds and grips you from the very onset.  I adore Billy’s character and can’t wait to read the next instalment in anticipation as to what happens next.  I am officially hooked and highly recommend this unforgettable and exceptional well written story to everyone.

My Ranking:

5 Stars

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A Highly Engaging Read!

My Review: Germ Warfare (of the Corporate Kind)

By Noel Warnell


“At the first sign of a corporate disease in a colleague – tell them. Then reach for this book and inform them of the recommended treatment to get them on the road to recovery as quickly as possible!”


This highly comical and entertaining short guide-book raises awareness to 25 corporate diseases that now lurk in most office environments around the world.  Not only does it raise awareness it also shows you how to discover and identify each disease and offers some expert help on how to destroy and disrupt them. 


N. Warnell clearly has a great sense of humour as he injects bags of satire and parody along with the use of practical and effective solutions.


Every office should have a copy of this remarkable book to help spread the word about what dangers lurk in corridors, keyboards and meeting rooms.


Keep them coming!


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The Second Coming

By Scott Pinsker

“Two men claim to be the Second Coming of Christ. Each claims the other is Satan in disguise. But only one is telling the truth.”


Early on in the opening chapters the reader is introduced to David Shepherd and Michael Waters who have just come away from a religious man ranting in the street. On their journey home they are confronted by a mysterious tribesman who convinces them to come to his church.  The tribesman waits patiently for their arrival and breaks the news that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ and goes by the name of Israel. 

In this very moment an attractive woman by the name of Margret Magdala sits nursing her drink in a bar and meets a stranger who claims he knows the exact date of her turning her back on God and he can back his story up with truth.  The stranger asks Margret to walk with him and follow God. His name is Joe and he claims that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ.


Both opposite parties, David and Margret eventually become strong devoured disciples for their chosen Messiah's and go on to spread the word and recruit new followers while declaring the other Messiah is Satan.  All this leads to a major political divide of liberal and conservative ideology across America, especially Washington DC and Coastal Carolina where the two different Messiah's reside.  Both sides do all they can to discredit each other through various media outlets.  Margret with her goddess like looks and charm emerges as the femme fatale of fundamentalism, the divine diva of deliverance and the conservative community love her.  David’s popularity with the liberal community soon sky-rockets as he is perceived as an avenging angel for all those victimized by persecution and prejudice.


Joe challenges Israel to a live television debate and the battle of the Gods begins.  The prelude of this godly debate continues to dominate the headlines.  The main stream media are pro-Israel, while the talk radio universe rally behind Joe.  When the fateful day finally comes and the two Messiah's must share the same stage, it is clear there’s only enough room for one Messiah and this is when the real battle commences with a highly unpredictable ending.


This is a powerful thought-provoking work of fiction that cleverly examines age-old arguments, predicaments and biblical interpretations that are commonly believed concepts by Christians with regards to their salvation on earth and what will happen in the event of the apocalypse and afterlife that follows.  S. Pinsker clearly has a great sense of humour as he injects just the right amount of satire to soften the ebb of biblical text and injects plenty of twist and turns to keep the reader guessing the outcome while allowing the reader to think about their own beliefs and ideology.   S. Pinsker also has a unique talent for depicting a conceivable pre-apocalyptic phase that will leave many readers, like me waiting anxiously for the sequel.


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5 Stars

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Mother Gaia

By R.L. Baxter

Mother Gaia has come to end the reign of humanity with 10 billion humans on earth as the hearts of men have changed for the worst.  It’s time to reclaim her land.  Her mission is to eradicate the nuclear tower from her damaged planet.  However, in order for her to meet her goal she must prepare for an unexpected battle with a mysterious and powerful cherub who claims he is god.  The cherub goes on to kidnap a young girl called Maya, who Mother Gaia has just saved from a horrifying death at the hands of evil men. Maya, reminds Mother Gaia of early civilisation when man used to look after the earth and starts to grow fond of the child, even though her sole mission is to eradicate all life from her planet.

Mother Gaia summons her unbreakable sword, composed of a diamond specially moulded from her crust, a weapon she had hidden in secret and never intended to use and points it towards the distant tower of heaven where Maya has been taken and attempts to kill the fake deity who claims to be god and rescue Maya in the process.

“False god or true god – it matters not to me anymore.  I shall destroy your utopia and stain my blade with your blood.”

Mother Gaia is perceived by many as a she-devil as she creates chaos throughout the once peaceful and rich city destroying like an arrow of divine justice an army of over a thousand ships and more. 

Will Mother Gaia’s mission succeed? And if so, at what cost? Will there be anything left of humanity in the process?

 R.L. Baxter manages to successfully combine a number of experimental, theological and religious inconsistencies that will in effect lead the reader to think and question their own ideology and philosophy.  Which leads me to conclude that is an intelligent and exceptional work of fiction I will highly recommend to anyone who enjoys thought-provoking reads.

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I Truly Lament

Working through the Holocaust

By Mathias B. Freese


I truly Lament is a unique and remarkable compilation of 27 Holocaust stories.  Each story explores different points of view, concepts and theses all corresponding to the Holocaust.  The stories take the reader on a deep, psychological and profound emotional journey into the stark reality of what it was like to live, exist or to die in the inhumane conditions of the concentration camps run by the Nazis.  In the opening chapters the stories deal mostly with the plight of Jews in concentration camps that have no choice to endure the cruel and unjustified punishments of the prison guards who would decide their own type of weapon as they saw fit.  Many of the men were ordered to dig trenches for hours on end, often resulting in their death as the Nazi ideology behind this cruel task was to wear the men out to a point where they evolved into Muselmänner (the stage before the ovens). Existence in the camps was short, nasty and brutish without meaning.  The Nazis kept the men alive upon the barest thread of existence, teased individuality out of them as they wanted the men to loath themselves to their last dying moment.  Most vile of all the Nazis wanted the men to willingly go along with their own extermination.


Perhaps the most harrowing of all the stories is “Hummingbird” where a Holocaust survivor tells us his own unique story at the age of 82. Part of him wants to live, and a part of him doesn’t mind dying as his life was so consumed by his existence in the camps that he doesn’t know what it was like to grow up without those horrors. He is damaged in so many ways and feels his life is in transit as he was made to slog through one camp to another in his younger years. He concludes that he now wanders the earth as an old man in search of a planet and the only reason he survived the camps was that his body desired to go on long after his mind had given up.


Mathias B. Freese has created a powerful thought-provoking work of fiction that cleverly examines a number of diverse perspectives on the Holocaust through several different writing styles, ranging from gothic, Utopian, romantic and chimerical.  Each and every story will no doubt leave the reader speechless as we follow the few survivors that managed to outlive the brutality and starvation imposed by the Nazis, only to find their lives are full of insecurities and there is no escape from the torment they once suffered.  All of which leads me to close and agree that we will never be done with the Holocaust and this book is living proof of that and I fully agree with other reviewers that it should be mandatory reading for all. 


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5 Stars

 

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The Fisherman’s Lily is set deep in the heart of New York City.  The story begins when the body of a young female Asian is discovered wrapped in an oriental rug. Detective Lily Dietz and detective John Fermont are called into investigate the gruesome murder and soon discover that the unknown victim had been tortured and died from several brutal and horrific sexual assaults.   Lily also notices a distinctive beauty spot on the victim’s upper right cheek.  However, before Lily can progress any further into the case she must wait patiently for the autopsy results and check the crime scene photographs.  Impatient and anxious to find out what happened to the victim Lily appoints a close friend of hers, Dr Janelle Wopelle, to examine the victim’s body ASAP, only to find a number of cryptic clues in the preliminary evidence that provide a link back to Lily’s troubled past.  Without further warning another young Asian female is discovered wrapped in an oriental rug by a tramp who manages to call the emergency services.  However by the time the EMT arrive the young women dies.  Lily notices that although the second victim shows no signs of malnutrition and that her nails are not worn down like the first victim there is however a manmade spot on the second victim’s upper right cheek and Lily is in no doubt that this is the work of the same serial-killer and it’s not long before the autopsy results find the same cause of death, both women died from internal bleeding.  Victim number three is soon discovered in a children’s playground in the same fashion as the two previous victims and provides more vital clues as Lily discovers another cryptic message from the killer. Lily convinces herself that the serial-killer who is responsible for the murder of these three young women is the man who once had raped her back in college and feels an overwhelming sense of guilt for never reporting the rape all those years ago.  Lily is suspended from the case for withholding evidence and her boss orders her to go for psychiatric evaluation.  Lily convinces herself that the killer will stop at nothing to capture her and will go to any extreme to fulfil his mission and becomes increasingly concerned for her high-profile brother and his family as she senses the killer closing in on them all.  As the weeks turn into months and Lily’s suspension is lifted she wonders if the killer is just a figment of her imagination as everyone around her seems to doubt her claims as she has no evidence to back up her theories and senses the killer is having a cooling off period.  She decides its high-time to turn the tables and goes in pursuit of the killer alone.   Will lily’s mission succeed? And if so, at what cost? Will there be anything left of her family, or the people who she cares about in this breathtaking, edge of the seat thriller? The Fisherman's Lily is a fast paced, exciting read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes crime fiction.
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Rhymes From Today's Mind
By Luke Daniel & Seriah Sargenton

This is a compilation of eleven short rhymes.  Luke Daniel and Seriah Sargenton are philosophical poets, who write a number of slant rhymes, imperfect rhymes, near rhymes, oblique rhymes and off rhymes.   These poems are about a number of topics such as love, nature, Mother Nature and the destructive nature of human beings.  The poets have used a variety of poetic methods that help to enhance and shape their poems.  One of my favourite poems is “Gold Digger” as it is fully charged with raw emotion and the use of some profanity surrounding the negative impact of a relationship that has come to an end.


In conclusion, Luke Daniel and Seriah Sargenton write about a wide range of concerns while applying poetic methods such as human beings destructive nature, smile and personification giving each poem a meaning in its own significance in the world of philosophical poetry.

   

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4 Stars

 

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Highly recommended philosophical poems!

This delightful, comical and highly entertaining story starts when the Ray Ality, the main male protagonist goes for a job interview.  Ray has high expectations as he is fresh out of college with new ideas about statistical formatting and is excited at the prospect that he will get to use his advanced technical skills in a company that uses the latest software.  However, he is soon informed that his duties will be beneath his abilities and accepts the job anyway as he feels it a fair price to pay to start his professional career.

 

A few days later Ray, greets the Delilah again, the friendly and extremely attractive receptionist and   is introduced to the rest of the team he will be working with.   He perceives these new co-workers as a strange bunch of people.  First Ray is introduced to Tom, who works in Human Resources who tries to lower his starting salary and takes an instant dislike to him as Tom clearly states that Ray wasn’t his preferred choice for the position.  Secondly, Ray is introduced to his new cubical partner, Jordan, who listens to classical music and drinks red wine.  The rest of the team consists of a woman called Margie, who has a distinctive limp and airs her loud, profound and profane rants out daily on the telephone with her husband that Ray finds very disturbing as she is situated in the next cubical.  There are several more strange and eccentric characters he can’t quite work out and ends up befriending Bob, who works in the server room number 42.  Bobs sole wish seems to be chomping down on Cheetos, playing the Sims, while smoking weed and eating junk food.  Ray finds Bob a welcomed distraction away from his repetitive and mundane tasks he has to perform on a daily basis.  In an attempt to win Delilah’s heart over they start to rip data from Delilah’s social media accounts to get the metadata they need to put into her new file.  The servers can hack in to all her private messages, email, text messages etc, so it will provide them with a perfect information avatar.  Bob combines the source code for the Sims and Eclipse and uploads all of Delilah’s information and pictures to the program and uses it to create her Sim in order to run a number of simulations for Ray to try out.  However, the simulations become repetitive as Ray becomes more and more absorbed with the oculus virtual reality headset and is unable to distinguish between two different realities.


Will Rays and Bob’s attempts win over Delilah, the receptionist’s heart? And if so, at what cost?


Highly recommended reading for virtual reality fans that have a sense of humour and enjoy a plot with plenty of twist and turns.


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The authors´ most crucial discovery is that, “Human intelligence is not necessary something you were born with or genetically predisposed towards.  In fact in most instances of above-the-ordinary intelligences are usually acquired through superior learning techniques!”


Genius Intelligence is a thoroughly interesting and thought-provoking guide on practical methods, techniques, accelerated learning methods and the use of chemicals that are used to help improve IQ.   The authors´ explore a great number of superior cognitive techniques of brain enhancing technologies such as, genius techniques used by the élite, outrunning the conscious mind, the high IQ diet along with many more useful modus operandi methods that are not often disclosed to the public.  The authors´ challenge the old age myth that geniuses are born and not developed.  They don’t dismiss that there are a minority of humans that are born with these amazing possibilities that are not fostered by educational methods, but their research has revealed that these naturally born geniuses are the exception, not the norm.


Until now, I wasn’t aware of the substance called “Ormus” aka “White Gold” that was discovered by David Hudson, a cotton farmer and wealthy businessman in 1975.  Hudson discovered that when he put the unusual looking white powder out to dry in the hot Arizona sun, it radically changed – from powder to oil! Hudson went on to conduct scientific analysis of the substance and confirmed that the substance seemed to have odd properties that defy the laws of nature.  Hudson also claimed that the substance can repair the body on a genetic level and Lt. Lawrence F. Frego who wrote about Ormus´ positive impact on human intelligence in his book “An End To All Diseases” agrees with this theory.  With many commercial manufacturers’ websites testimonials from their customers who claim it cures a lot of serious illnesses, including mental disorders, diabetes, heart disease and various anti-aging results have also been reported, it’s no wonder a number of celebrities are enthusiastic for this drug and I along with many others will look forward to mainstream studies in the near future.


I would like to personally thank and congratulate the authors´ for producing such an informative, well researched, stimulating and exciting book that will inspire and educate many people who are looking to enhance their journey and improve their mental and physical health.


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5 Stars


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To the gallows is set in the 19th century in the untamed frontiers in Western American.  Cole Winters is an African-American cowboy and also a U.S. Marshall.  When Cole discovers his brother in law, Joseph Two Guns is a wanted man for a crime he swears he did not commit.  Cole goes on a deadly mission to rescue Joseph from becoming another innocent victim of a lynch mob who wants to take the law in to their own hands and exercise their own type of rough justice.  Cole manages to rescue Joseph in time from a one manned jail along with a woman called Jessie who is also being accused of a murder she did not commit before Fournier and his two Indian trackers catch up with them.


Fournier’s posse of five go in search for Joseph picking up more pawns on the way to help them with their search.


As the story unfolds Jessie discovers her sister, Kaye has been taken by Sheriff Brood and his men against her will.  Cole and Joseph go on a rescue attempt to save Kaye and manage to rescue her from Sheriff Brood by winning a gamble where Joseph must fight to his death with Sheriff Brood’s best boxer.


Jesse discovers Coles secret, a deep secret he hasn’t shared with Joseph yet, that the men who are tracking Joseph down are hired by the same man who killed Coles wife and son and they will stop at nothing as Cole went on to kill the men who killed his family in revenge and he now has a bounty of 8,000 dollars resting on his head.  Cole conducts a plan to get Joseph and the girls to safety by handing himself over to Fournier in the hope it will give them enough time to escape and this is when the real showdown begins with Fournier and his ever-growing new recruits who are thirsty for the bounty on both brothers’ heads.  Will Fournier’s posse of thirty men succeed in their mission? Or have they underestimated the sheer force of the two brothers’ in all out shoot out?


G.S. Luckett manages to successfully combine a number of distinctive characteristics such as, a sense of time, place and setting in a time where law and order often caused conflict and unrest between the settlers and the Indians.  The reader is taken on a breathtaking journey back to an unforgettable time in history.  Not only this but this story is action-packed from the beginning to the end with an unpredictable number of twists and turns that sets the stage for more instalments in which I impatiently await.


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5 stars


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The Pool Boy’s Beatitude

By DJ Swykert


Jack Joseph is the main protagonist who is a functioning alcoholic, womanizer, weed smoker, physics philosopher and swimming pool cleaner that holds a master’s degree in particle physics.  His marriage is in turmoil due to his heavy drinking and broken promises to his wife who eventually kicks him out.  Jack has a lot of emotional and financial worries going on in his life that he needs to clean up, but just like his physics states, everything is in a state of flux, decomposition and failure and he finds it hard to get motivated and address these issues until he meets Sarah...


 After meeting Sarah, Jack begins to self medicate and runs down his own detox program and discovers love for the first time in his life beyond himself. He uses a mix of Xanax and Valium to wean himself off the alcohol.  However, with his ex-wife filing for a divorce and his other girlfriend Rosemary, he finds himself caught up in a web of deceit he struggles to break free from.  Jack makes a commitment to Sarah but still has an obligation to Rosemary who bailed his sorry arse out of jail and gave him cash and drugs with the possibility of a new home as she has friends in real estate.


With Rosemary, Jack crosses the threshold in to Rosemary’s abyss away from everything he said he wouldn’t step away from love, Sarah, an honest relationship, breaking free from his drug orbit and unhooking himself from his habits. No longer Rosemary’s pool boy and casual lover, he soon becomes her servant as she is his lifeline to drugs and Rosemary eventually becomes his benevolent, malevolent and benefactor.


Will Jack come clean to Sarah, who is his lifeline to his spirit and soul? Or will he revert back to his old habits? Or will he succeed for a change?

DJ Swykert successfully manages to create a great first person narrative that sucks the reader into Jacks world to such a degree it seems effortless which leads me to conclude that DJ Swykert is a master of an incredibly complex art that is conspicuously challenging to any author.


My Ranking: 5 Stars 


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Spy in Chancery (A Craig spy thriller Book 2)

 By Kenneth Benton


Spy in Chancery is a highly intelligent Cold-War-era espionage thriller set in Rome in the 1970´s where intelligence tricks such as, pseudonyms, dead letter-boxes, and secret passwords were used along with a great number of code breaking technologies.    

Peter Craig is an undercover policeman who is called in by the Secret Security Service (S.3) to help them find a KGB spy somewhere in the British Embassy, as one of their MI6 agents has just been murdered. Craig has no connection with the Intelligence Service or with BX.32´8s activities and the S.3 supply him with the perfect cover story on his mission to Rome where he is expected to attend an Interpol meeting that will last for two weeks and also carry out a security inspection at the British Embassy. After a short briefing on his forthcoming mission Craig arrives in Rome where he meets another security agent who will help him along with Sir Watkyn (Ambassador of the English Embassy) who is keen to find out which member of his staff is the traitor, despite the fact that he has a great dislike for the spy business.  Craig soon begins to narrow down a list of possible suspects and has them followed in an attempt to gather evidence against them and eventually discovers a breakthrough that will give him an advantage and keep him one step ahead of the spy, unaware he may be risking more than his own life and the lives of more innocent people in this complicated game of high-level politics, covert missions and secret agency cover ups.


In summary, “Spy and Chancery” is an exceptionally well written espionage thriller with a number of un-predictable twist and turns that will leave the reader turning those pages well in to the night to discover what happens to these wonderfully strong, well-developed and likable characters’


This is the first book I have read in the Kenneth Benton Spy Series and can honestly say I am hooked and cannot wait to read more of this late authors work.


My Ranking: 5 Stars

 

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The Dreams of Kings

By David K Saunders


The Dreams of Kings is set in Medieval England during the late 15th century and cleverly manages to mix an exact timeline of events that match up with the fight for the throne between the people who were involved in the thirty years of civil unrest historians refer to as, “The War of the Roses”


The battles that took place were perhaps some of the most bewildering periods in history for England and Europe as it involved a timely power struggle between the Lancastrians and the Yorkists, in their fight for the crown.


David K Saunders skilfully steers the reader through the complexities and controversies that occurred in this period of history by bringing to life a number of authentic historical characters’.  Each character has their own thoughts, theories and strategies including, treason, adultery, murder, blackmail, torture, kidnapping, theft of land and even witchcraft while cousin fights cousin and brother fights against brother in this savage conflict.


Out the many characters’ in this book, I found I was intrigued with was Simon Langford, who continued with his father’s service to restore King Henry to his rightful throne by acting as a spy at Middleham Castle in an attempt to get information on Warwick’s strategies, troop movements and anything else that would aid the Lancastrians in their victory to retrieve the crown.  Although the author did admit in his closing notes that the love affair between Simon and Margret of Anjou was purely fictitious, it was still highly engaging and a stroke of genius to add this slant as Margret did seem to have a sexless marriage to Henry.

 

The torture scenes are not for the faint hearted, especially with John de Bothall, as he was sentenced to a traitors death, which included many of his body parts being cut off and burnt in a brazier in front of his eyes, his arms and legs hacked off and then finally his head.


All of which leaves me to close, that David K Saunders knows his subject very well and writes with considerable insight into the power struggle and battles fought by the clashing fractions for the reigns of kings in the 15th century.


My Ranking: 5 Stars


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Tangents

By Agatha Rae


Four uniquely incomparable people, Rick, Anna, Dan and Matylda each wake up in a separate part of a mysterious forest, unaware of their new surroundings, confused and in a state of panic after falling to sleep in their own worlds beforehand.  It is not long before each of their paths cross and they soon discover they are all from different times, cities and even counties.  Anna is from 2013, Rick is from 2001, Dan is from 2005 and Matylda is from 2004 and they have no clue about why they have all woken up in these endless woods with the unbearably hot sun that shows no signs of retiring.  They decide to stick together in the hope that they can find a way out before it gets dark.  In their journey for survival against many attacks from gigantic insects, enormous and deadly snakes and trees that come alive that try to strangle them with their roots.  They soon discover they need to find refuge that will protect them from the strange forces of Mother Nature before they can figure a way out of this strange sphere without losing their lives.

 

On their journey to safety they all learn a little about one another as each of them have a distinctive back story.  As the story unfolds it becomes clear that each and every one of them seem to be experiencing some kind of turmoil with their loved ones.  Anna eventually develops a devastating theory why they are all there and convinces the others that they all share links to overwhelming events in history that will soon take place and they need to get out of this place ASAP.  But their biggest obstacle is how to get back to their lives in time to prevent the people they love from what is about to take place.


A highly entertaining and addictive story with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing why these four uniquely different people have been brought together with an unexpected and breathtakingly good ending that will prompt any reader to wait  anxiously for the second instalment.


My Ranking: 5 Stars


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Pilgrim

By Terrence Atwood


Pilgrim is a revolutionary Interplanetary Exploration probe that will be sent to a newly discovered planet in our solar system.  Its mission is to seek out extraterrestrial life.  However, after a few minutes after launch Pilgrim malfunctions and crashes down to earth as several members of the military beforehand have altered the probes mission.   10 hours in to its original mission Pilgrim carries on with its tasks to explore the planet’s surface, navigating through any terrain, cutting through any obstacle that gets in its way and most importantly trying to seek out new life, while simultaneously eradicating all life forms by dissecting them, breaking them down to atoms so it can transmit the data back to earth.


Catherine Tennison who is a planetary scientist that helped design and program Pilgrim unexpectedly loses her fiancée Chad, as Pilgrim kills him in cold blood before the launch.  Catherine is unaware of the militaries secretive security device that they have installed into Pilgrim and goes in pursuit of Pilgrim along with Walt Macken, to try and stop it however, the tables soon turn as they soon become the hunted.


The military can’t shut Pilgrim down; they can’t bomb it, or even get near it in its wake of mass destruction, despite their best efforts.  Catherine soon teams up with the military against her better judgement to check if there is a flaw in its design, or a glitch in its programming to save the world as she knows it from Armageddon.  The biggest question is will she succeed, or will it be end of humanity as we know it?


Highly recommended reading for Sci-Fi fans.  This author is clearly one to watch out for in the future and I look forward to reading more of his work.  I would have personally like to have seen more character development with Catherine and Walt to add more substance to their desperate plight and hope in the next instalment this small issue will be addressed.

 

My Ranking: 4 Stars


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Home by the Sea

By Shyreen Tyler


Aaron Baker is a writer who is working on a novel about a man with schizophrenia. In order for him to gain a better understanding of the long term mental disorder he willing takes residence for a week into a reputable mental institution. His main goals are to interact with the patients, to get to see how they react to their living environment and to go on and interview them to try and understand their world through their words.  However, he soon discovers a mystery room in where the patients sometimes go for their treatment that he is blatantly denied access to, which eventually leaves him to speculate that the hospital has something sinister to hide. He confronts Dr. Reynolds, the director of the hospital about his concerns but it only results in hostility and the other hospital staff becoming more and more defensive when questioned about the room.  Aaron collects different accounts of several patients he interviews about the mystery room only to discover their terrifying accounts of what really goes on in the room and instead of getting answers he is left with more questions.  His questions eventually lead to a mind blowing secret that will alter his perception, his identity and everything he thought he knew and will change the course of his life path permanently.


Home by the Sea is a unique psychological thriller with a brilliant opening, wonderfully written with a strong emotional impact that will grab the reader from the very onset and leave them breathless, especially with its highly unpredictable ending.


My Ranking: 5 Stars


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Dragonfly

By Resa Nelson


Dragonfly is set in the medieval fantasy world and follows the life of a young woman called Greeta (Dragonfly) who lives in a small Viking village of the Shining Star people in the Great Turtle Lands.  Greeta is tall, paled skinned and blonde, unlike the Shining Star people who have darker skin. All Greeta longs for is a family of her own; however her plans change when her cousin and her childhood companion talk despairingly against her. She is in turmoil as her father won’t tell her the secret about her true nature and decides that she will accept the offer of the Sharman who will show her how to walk in Dreamtime.  Greeta convinces herself that this is the way she will discover the secret about her existence and to carry out her dreams of having a family, but this is where some unexpected events occur and the sudden realisation of her bad choice will haunt her forever if she can’t find a way back to her family.


Resa Nelson is a good writer worthy of her craft as she creates a world so atmospheric and perceivable that many readers will believe it really exists.  Greetas plight is believable as she must learn to accept herself for who she is and I imagine a lot of readers will be able to identify with this young heroines journey.


I would highly recommend this book to all YA fantasy fans.


My Ranking: 4.5 Stars


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Jeremiah’s Codes

By Paul Gilmour


The story blasts straight in to action in New Mexico 1945, where the world’s first kiloton plutonium atomic bomb is detonated and takes the reader on a nonstop journey up to the present day. This is a terrifying work of fiction that examines in detail the dangers of a number of corrupt government officials, international conspiracies, disastrous events in history, terrifying scientific advancements and the risk of a new world order that threatens to govern the modern world.

 

The main protagonist is Jon Bennett, who is retired from the CIA and is trying his best to keep off life’s grid until he is forced to flee from Australia from a relentless enemy that will stop at nothing to capture him and administer their own kind of rough justice. But who wants Jon dead so bad? As the highly intriguing plot begins to unravel piece by piece Jon tries desperately to fight for his own survival while he tries to uncover the secrets of “The Trust” who share deep links with global and government organisations that plan to take control of the world.


Will Jon’s mission succeed? And if so at what cost? Or will it be too late to save humanity?

Paul Gilmour is an exceptional writer worthy of his craft as he has managed to create a story full of nail-biting anxiety with strong elements of mind bending terror that will leave the reader breathless for the sequel.


My Ranking: 5 Stars


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Mstislav

By Eric Keys


Angela Hastings is the main female protagonist who works as a high school teacher in a small village in New England.  She is newly married to a mysterious man named Roland, who is also Angela’s boss.  Sometime after their union Roland abruptly loses interest in Angela and spends most of his time locked away in his workroom in the basement of their house.   Angela becomes frustrated and soon seeks new sexual encounters with the other men in the village.  The story starts off with a hot and steamy threesome with two guys from a bakery and continues to get even more hot and gory when Angela discovers her husband’s hidden secret in the cellar of her home and she comes face to face with a demonic man called Mstislav, who claims he is the son of Roland.  Mstislav convinces Angela that she must help him to gain the strength to break free from Roland’s strong defences he has set up around the house that he is too weak to break.  Angela’s lust gives Mstislav power, but he needs more death and fear before he can break free and embark on his mission to rule the earth.  Angela is soon drawn in to a world full of blood, sex and glory as Mstislav promises to make her his queen and she is given a supernatural infused strength to reign over all men and women.


Eric Keys successfully manages to inject plenty of tension, discomfort and intense sexual torture and violence that will take many readers on a nefarious journey of paranormal erotica they will find hard to forget.


My Ranking: 5 Stars


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Enpidra: The Exodus

By Drew Washington


This is a supremely compelling tale of a young female scientist called Shania, who is keen to find a cure for an unknown deadly disease that is claiming the lives of all her loved ones and threatening to end all human life on the damaged planet of Enpidra.   As the disease continues to mutate, due to unknown factors, causing new symptoms that become almost impossible to contain, Shania and her colleagues’ work frantically against the clock to try to find a weakness they can exploit in the virus before it spreads and leaves its everlasting path of destruction on an already ravished planet that is facing the oncoming threat of extinction. Will Shania’s mission succeed? And if so, at what cost? Or will she pay the greatest price for her own demise in a race against not only against time but also against unknown creatures on her pursuit, the greed of a government and several companies whose main focus it to profit from her research.

 

Drew Washington has created a powerful and well written page turner with an engrossing female protagonist whose plight is believable.   Enpidra: The Exodus is set in an imaginary unforgiving planetary system and will take the reader on an unforgettable journey where they can transport in to a completely different world and lose themselves completely.  I would highly recommend this engaging escape from reality story to fans of science fiction and speculative fiction. 


My Ranking: 5 Stars


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Sex God: An Erotic Adventure of Self Discovery

By Matthew Armstrong


Sex God is a fast paced, sexy book, filled with intrigue and danger in every corner.  Alex Sterling, the main protagonist has been married to Angela for almost a decade and has two children aged 5 and 6. He feels unfulfilled in his marriage sexually; as he imagined his sex life would improve over time and not become mediocre at its best and usually worse than that.  He feels completely torn as he loves his wife and kids more than anything and the thought of living without them terrifies him. In his attempt to save his marriage he declares he wants an open relationship. To his surprise Angela agrees and it’s not long after this that Angela gets a new lease of life and embarks on a strict exercise regime to get her body toned up to the maximum.  Alex starts to spy on Angela through her text messages on her phone only to discover Angela is in touch with an ex-lover who she plans on meeting up with that eventually triggers off several dozen unexpected erotic encounters.  Alex fears that he has opened up “Pandora’s Box” with Angela as she is now presenting many new sides to herself that Alex didn’t know existed in which secretly turn him on and leads to a completely new sexual journey of discovery for them both that results in a high-stake game with a number of life changing consequences at the end.


Matthew Armstrong manages to successfully write and capture a great number of highly erotic scenes with well-devolved characters’ who have strong physical attractions towards one another and provides the reader with a thought-provoking, titillating and stimulating read.

 

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My Ranking: 5 Stars

  

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Exit Eleonora

By Richard R. Allen


The story is set in the post apocalypse year of 2047 where the human population has been reduced to just 450 million after a global pandemic.  Humans now share the earth with aliens who offer their advanced technology to save and restore the dying planet of earth in exchange for its mass oil supply.

 

Charles Mincher is the main male protagonist who works as a travelling journalist for Rosenthal Free Press (The world’s biggest news agency) and his job is to observe, assess and report back his findings on the dark and oppressive alien landscape where the process of evolution and human history will shortly be re-written for the sake of a resource.  The earth is divided into two different groups, city and country folk and the only thing these groups have in common are to survive the massive reforestation that result in mass cities and towns been demolished to make way for re-planting.  As Charles delves deeper in to this new evolutionary, fascinating and strangely dark world he soon questions his own place here on earth when he meets Lucy Lang and falls in love and is forced to choose between living on Earth, or a fantastic opportunity to cohabit and live peacefully with the “Agaveils” who live over a hundred light-years away.


Richard R. Allen story of a world that humans must share with aliens is a perfectly realised apocalyptic tale that expertly depicts a world ravished by disease, at the brink of mass destruction and extinction.  It’s superbly written and has a massive number of thought-provoking possibilities that will leave many readers short of breath.

 

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My Ranking: 5 Stars 

 

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A beautifully mastered flow of natural prose! 5 Star Book Review

Three Seasons: Three Stories of England in the Eighties

By Mike Robbins


These three uniquely different series of novellas are set in England in the 1980s. Each story is deeply captivating, subtle and intriguing with a sophisticated effort to understand in an atmospheric sense what it was like to live in a country that was on the brink of change. 


Spring is the first story that I found to be deeply touching as it follows the life of 60 year old trawler man called Skip, who had spent 45 years at sea and 40 years as a drinker. He wouldn’t normally risk a drop of alcohol between breakwaters until now as he tries to revive his business with his newly invented long-lining system.  However, his one last chance to change his fate has the most devastating consequences which all lead to an unexpected series of events that will change and shape the rest of his life. This is rather a bleak tale of the realities facing many fishermen in a time where the government decommissioned many fishing vessels and the sense of place and time is exceptionally well characterised.


Summer is the second story and follows the conflicts and a number of ambiguous flashbacks between an impetuous estate agent called Terry and a guy called Roy, who is the meeker of the two who teaches and is an amateur gliding instructor. Terry remembers Roy as a boring and a very serious right-wing Labour supporter at university who opposed most of Terry’s political views. Their long grudge against one leads to some intriguing and unpredictable consequences.


Autumn is the third and final story and once again the author uses a number of ambiguous flashbacks of an aging college master called, Paul Makepeace where a series of present events take him back on an unforgettable journey in to his childhood that have undoubtedly shaped his future.


Although these three stories are in no way connected to one another, I felt deeply connected to the well-developed characters’ in each story and couldn’t help but think that the underlying moral of each story was that each character managed to find their grounding, despite a number of evolutionary and cultural changes that were taking place around them in the 1980s.


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Secrets of the White Lake

By Daniel Chong


“To be gifted with the power to shape dreams, one must also endure the prophecies.”

But is it a blessing or a curse?


Wanderer (An old Indian Sharman) had seen many visions before but this one was like no other.  He witnesses towns and cities burning.  That was the day the invaders came.  This was the day Wanderer offered a promise that he would look after the woman’s children so the woman could go in search of her husband.  He looks after the children like they were his own and after the seventh year passes Wanderer gives one of the children Miya a rare gift to see the prophecies ‘in the hope that it will act as a guide on their perilous journey home throughout a terrifying post apocalyptic world where their survival skills are tested against alpha-male trackers and bounty hunters.  The children reluctantly join a team of men who are known as “Outsiders” Saul and Yuanjias take the children in under their wing to train them up and have them join their uprising.  However, Miyas prophetic glimpses soon trigger off a number of unexpected events that temporarily change the course of all their paths and strongly challenge a number of age-old religious and scientific beliefs.

 

This is a breathtaking composed fantasy story of a brother, sister and a friend trying to make their journey home with a high number of odds against them.


Daniel Chong injects plenty of mythical elements and depicts his scenes perfectly, the characters’, and their actions makes it feel all the more real and that you are with them every step of the way.  I cannot wait for the next instalment and strongly recommend this story to any reader who enjoys superior fantasy and sci-fi.


My Ranking: 5 Stars


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The Argent Star

By Emerson Fray


The Argent Star is a YA/SF story set in the year of 2453 and is the first book in the Monarchy Series.


Ren Argent is the main female protagonist whose world is literally turned upside down when her brother, Elian discovers a hidden planet that has been lost for centuries.  Instead of continuing her education to become an archaeologist and exploring the lost cities of earth, she is suddenly bound to join forces to help her estranged father who has just been appointed king by the Monarchy to rule the planet as some unexpected paperwork claims that an ancestor of theirs named the planet Novae.  Ren reluctantly leaves with her father and brother to help rule Novae with a deep sense of loss as she must leave behind everything she knows to help govern a planet she knows very little about.  Ren soon discovers nothing about coming to Novae was what she expected as there are a number of assassins and insurgents who are planning a rebellion to overthrow her and her family and will stop at nothing to achieve their goal.  It is not long after that Ren is appointed a strong female Sotarian guide to help protect her against the uprising, however when a few unexpected series of events take place and Ren witnesses firsthand how the insurgents, rebels and even a secret society are all out to overthrow anyone governing Novae she begins to question her own loyalty as she is more convinced that the Monarchy wants to destroy Novae.  Ren tries to separate the Monarchy away from Novae to avoid mass genocide and goes against everything she believes in, everything she was taught and everything she knew for the past twenty years of her life to save Novae, but will her efforts be enough strike a deal with the Monarchy and save Novae from their control?


Despite the conflicts, dangers and twists in the story the characters’ are my most favourite part of the novel as they are all uniquely flawed because they all struggle with their own issues and find a way to deal with all the changes around them.  One example of this is that Ren manages to overcome her own insecurities, anxiety and fears and finally turn them to her advantage.  Fray has taken a young insecure woman and made her in to a force to be reckoned with as she has to escape assassins who attempt to kill her family as well as the fight against the Monarchy she no longer trusts. Any readers that get into Frays story and characters’ will no doubt want to invest in the next set of instalments.


My Ranking: 4.5 Stars


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MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: The $ickness Industry, Big Pharma and Suppressed Cures (The Underground Knowledge Series #3)

By James & Lance MORCAN


This book is an incredible well researched compilation of truth that challenges a lifetime of propaganda from Big Pharmaceutical companies and the other participants in the Medical Industrial Complex that put profits ahead of their patients´ well-being and dollars ahead of lives.


The authors´ reveal some despicable acts committed by medical professionals that are alarming and arms readers with “underground Knowledge” about the medical system, the mayor players in that system and their associates.  As well as exposing corruption this book also enlightens readers who are not already aware that there are long-standing and convincing claims of alternative remedies for so called incurable diseases that are being withheld by multinational drug companies and medical academia as they are deemed unprofitable.  The authors´ also illustrate their point that they suspect there are plants, vitamins and minerals out there that are safer, more effective and cheaper than the toxic, synthesized alternatives that are being developed and marketed by the pharmaceutical companies.


“Each patient carries his own doctor inside him.” – Norman Cousins, Author of Anatomy of Illness


The authors´ have done an excellent job of raising awareness about the current care model that is in place and they raise many thought-provoking questions that will inspire and educate many readers who are looking to make some well-informed choices about their health.

 

My Ranking: 5 Stars


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A Fistful of Clones

By Seaton Kay-Smith


A Fistful of Clones is a comedy sci-fi novel and follows the protagonist, Henry Madison, who is 26 years old and floats through life without any real desire, direction or motivation and seems to be emotionally cut off from the very few people in his life.  When he loses his job as a coupon boy and his girlfriend in the same day he makes a rash decision to sign up for medical testing, so he won’t starve to death.  However, a few days after he donates his various forms of DNA he receives some disturbing news from the doctor who is unknowingly constructing Henry’s clones that seven of the clones have escaped.  Dr Efflund insists that only Henry can hunt them down and kill them and manages to convince a very reluctant Henry with a large amount of money and some special combat training to terminate his doppelgängers ASAP.  Henry soon discovers much to his despair that his carbon copies are running around trying to ruin his life and his original mission to stop them all in a short space of time isn’t working as the clones soon develop personalities of their own. After he hesitantly murders clone number five, his conscience gets the better of him and instead of murdering the remaining two clones, he comes up with a plan to try to save them as his own life is on the line as the doctor and his ruthless associates will stop at nothing to end all traces of the scientific experiment that went horribly wrong. 


Seaton Kay-Smith has created a story that is well written, inventive and clever with genuine laugh-out-loud humour that is entirely effortless and entertaining to read.  It’s almost like the disarming and friendly style in which it was written wraps you up in the story and refuses to let go.  Each character, especially Henry, who is my favourite, is equally flawed, believable and realistic and complements the plot’s cause and effect beautifully.


This is a novel that will stay with me for some time and is definitely one not to be missed and I highly recommend it and look forward to reading more of the author’s work in the near future.


My Ranking: 5 Stars


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Quiznot

By Russell Stoll


Just how bad can a kid’s life get? When 13-year-old Timothy Star discovers his dad is running a campaign to be mayor of New York City and planning to marry a woman called Jessie while his mother is locked away in a mental institution with a severe neurological condition that he is in fear of inheriting.  He also has a chance encounter with a beautiful teenage girl, only to discover that since the strange concurrence he has developed some freaky powers triggered by anger that results in his suspension from Van Dorn High School after he sets a girls hair on fire, burns down one of the science labs and tampers with the stands in the Gym that lead to many students being injured.  Although Timothy has no recollection of the events, he does experience nausea and the strange smell of cleaning fluid before each attack.

 

Timothy is given the option of either going to jail or a special school called Smithson and reluctantly decides the latter of the two options as his father’s lawyer and Dr Thorn convince him that the school will help him to control his new freaky powers.  Timothy soon discovers all is not what it seems at Smithson and many of the students are low-grade junkies, as they are prescribed pills by Dr Thorn to keep them all mellowed out.  When Timothy hears that the school is built over tunnels of an old missile base, he goes on a mission to explore the base and finds much to his surprise it is still in use and hosts pathways to galaxies of other worlds beyond earth that he had no clue existed.  As Timothy tries to unravel the mystery of what really goes on in the missile base, strange things start to happen, a pupil gets bitten by a strange creature, another pupil gets attacked by a throwing star and the detective who is called in to investigate gets killed in a car crash.  Timothy does his best to try to piece all the unusual events together, but nothing prepares him for the next set of events where he has to fight for his survival against alien monsters and other creatures he has never seen before, unaware of a powerful being called a Quiznot that plans to rise on planet earth and take control of it.

 

Will Timothy’s new powers be enough to save his life and if so at what cost? Or will his new powers shape his future in a way he never envisaged?


What a wonderfully crafted story! I was pretty much hooked from the start and look forward to reading more books in this planned trilogy.  Russell Stoll has successfully created a thrilling young adult/sci-fi/fantasy book with a likable heroine that the reader can get behind and root for as he is strong, brave and loyal.  The only disappointment I had is that I must wait to hear more of Timothy’s adventures and can’t wait to see what they entail. I expect an exciting epic to be awaiting this heroine.


My Ranking: 4.5 Stars


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Strange Perceptions

By Anthony Avina


Strange Perceptions opens masterfully with the introduction of Lily Roberts – the novel’s protagonist – as she is celebrating her 24th birthday with her best friend Wesley in a Los Angeles restaurant.  Half an hour later as they both leave the restaurant they spot a strikingly handsome man.  The handsome stranger smiles at Lily and nods as he walks past her.  Lily allows herself one last look before she turns around and collides with a scary looking living giant, unaware that all their paths will meet again in a matter of hours.  Lily is about to suffer a terrifying ordeal at the hands of a brutal serial-killer who will stop at nothing to add her to his collection of victims.  In her fight for survival Lily is about to learn a valuable lesson that will teach her never to stereotype anyone by their looks ever again, that’s providing she manages to stay alive long enough to tell her tale.


I managed to devour all the 85 pages in just one sitting and enjoyed every minute of it.  Anthony Avina skilfully blends elements of horror, suspense and mystery while keeping the story running at a fast pace as the unfolding situation slowly materializes – it’s taunt, well-written race against the clock thriller that is impossible to put down.


My Ranking: 5 Stars


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The Cage Legacy

By Nicholas Conley

 

17-year-old Ethan Cage is the main protagonist in this incredibly well constructed thriller. He was just 10 years old when his life changed forever after discovering his charming father, known as “The Mutilator” is found guilty of 18 unknown homicides in his hometown of Aton City, Marine.  Not long after his father’s arrest Ethan discovers his dad’s journal in a special compartment in his dad’s tool box that the police had missed it in their first sweep along with other sentimental items.  Ethan can’t simply understand why his father would commit such horrible atrocities and inflict so much pain and suffering on his victims and spends the next seven years of his teenage life in turmoil trying to figure out who he really is and if he is in danger of inheriting any of his father’s evil tendencies.  On his journey of self-discovery a number of unforeseen events take place in which he has no control over as his father escapes from prison while mutilating two security guards in the process after re-wiring the entire prison system.  Just as Ethan comes close to escaping his past, inches away from forging a new future with the girl of his dreams and really becoming someone, his father sends his life in to turmoil once again by sending him letters in cryptic form to let Ethan know of his next kill.  Should Ethan go to the police? Or will he take the law in to his own hands and hunt down his father?


The Cage Legacy is an affecting story of a teenager’s battle to discover who he really is.  Nicholas Conley expertly ratchets up the suspense until the tension is almost at breaking point in this fast paced psycho-thriller that’s really hard to put down.


My Ranking: 5 Stars


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Barry Goupe

In the Midst of Lies

By Sean P. McClure


16-year-old Barry Groupe is our main protagonist in this action packed young adult novel. He has just moved to a new town with his parents as they have just got new jobs as janitors at a thriving steel mill. Barry and his parents have an unfortunate life plagued by poverty, where each day is a battle to put food on the table and quite often they all have to go without.  Shortly after his move Barry soon becomes the object of bullying from other students who want to humiliate him for being the poor little new boy in school.  Barry hates his name, hates his new school and most of all hates that he is too meek to do anything about it to try to make the bullies stop and cannot understand why Evan Victor Edwards, the most popular and richest guy in school comes to his rescue and tries to befriend him by inviting him to hang out with his gang.  Barry struggles to get his head around the motive behind Evans friendship and soon suspects there are more sinister motives as Evan is arrested along with his father for suspected computer hacking and selling classified information on to another country.   In turn Barry feels compromised by the turn of events and questions his motives for helping Evan.  Who is he to prove the Evans innocence? Why does he even care? But it doesn’t deter him from making his own enquiries all of which lead to a series of events where Barry must run from the law and put his own life in jeopardy to expose the shocking truth.


Sean P. McClure has created a genuine heroine with Barry Groupe.  In the opening chapters the reader is introduced to a very shy and meek boy who tries to make some sense of the cruel world around him without any faith in God.  As Barry grows spiritually while struggling through many trials and tribulations, it becomes clear that his faith grows much stronger towards the end of the story.  Many readers will be able to relate to this young protagonist as many of his struggles and weaknesses are very similar to their own. I saw parallels in my life and childhood that I could draw on and relate to easily, it’s almost like you could feel all that Barry felt.  All of which leads me to conclude that the author is a master worthy of his craft and I really look forward to reading more of his work and would definitely recommend this book to all YA fans and Christians.


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My Ranking: 5 Stars


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Million Dollar Question

By Ellie Campbell


This is a compelling tale of two very different women who face a number of life altering decisions.  Rosie Dixon is in her early thirties, a single mum who is facing redundancy.  Her life completely changes when she wins a million pounds.  One minute financially strapped, and then a millionaire. She is shocked at the greed, ingratitude and viciousness of people and accidentally stumbles upon a secret that will change the course of her life permanently.


Olivia at the age of 33 takes the new financial world by storm.  However when four billion dollars in missing funds is lost on the stock exchange and she becomes broke and flees to her friends in London.  She hadn’t realised when she was rich that she was cushioned against so many minor unpleasantries.  In order to survive she sells her clothes and jewellery and rents a small shabby apartment and works as a waitress.  She then meets a guy called Marcus, who wants to do a documentary on the rich and poor divide and gives her a place to stay as long as he can interview her.


How both women learn to cope with their new change in circumstances is remarkable and keeps the reader hooked through a number of dramatic twist and turns by these two very likable heroines that are about to discover a shocking revelation that will change their entire existence.


Ellie Campbell has created a good solid plot that’s original with adorable characters’ and I would definitely recommend this book to all readers of contemporary romance. 


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My Ranking: 5 Stars


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A Superb Historical Mystery/Thriller Full of Tantalising Twists and Intriguing Hooks!


Goodnight, San Francisco

By H.P. Oliver


Parker Atkins, the main protagonist is a barely reformed drunk, an ex Los Angeles cop-turned-crime reporter and a general good guy who tends to lack self-esteem.  In the opening chapter, Atkins heads home after visiting some friends in the Half Moon Bay area and unexpectedly witnesses a big black sedan deliberately going out of its way to hit a woman on the deserted pacific highway.  Parker witnesses a violent and brutal death of a young socialite called, Elaine Doherty that he is personally and professionally keen to unravel.  Not only does Parker think it would make a sensational story, he also wants to see the killer punished appropriately.  Parker finds himself in the middle of a bizarre murder mystery that involves blackmail, kidnap and one of the most influential men in San Francisco and is forced to apply his detective and reporting skills against the element of surprise, tantalising twists and intriguing hooks in order to save his own life and of those he values the most. 


H.P. Oliver effortlessly manages to pick the reader up and successfully transport them to back to San Francisco in the 1930s in this fast-paced historical thriller/mystery.  Congratulations’ Mr Oliver, Once again I fell in love with the deep descriptive landmarks, automobiles and the remarkable era of the early twentieth century and recommend the wonderful visualizations that depict this era on H.P. Oliver’s website.


My Ranking: 5 Stars


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The Little Book of Muses

By Khaled Talib


Need to be inspired? Are you looking for new sources of inspiration for your writing? Then you don’t need to look any further.  This positive and powerful little book gives a great boost to any creative mindset and inspiration that will encourage any writer to put the pen back in their hand with plenty of renewed enthusiasm, passion and determination to finish whatever they are working on.

 

Khaled Talib has created a unique collection of inspirational phrases, poetic verses and thought-provoking revelations that have a beautiful and graceful quality about every one of them.  I highly recommend this enchanting book to any aspiring writer, or seasoned writer out there as a great resource to encourage the flow of creativity and self-motivation.

 

My Ranking: 5 Stars


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The Revelation Room

By Mark Tilbury


“Mark Tilbury’s debut novel is everything I hope for in a gripping psychological thriller and had me turning those pages anxiously throughout the night.  I simply couldn’t put it down!”


The story opens with a disturbing telephone call to Ben from his father who has just been captured by members of a religious cult, who go by the name of, ´The Sons and daughters of Salvation´ Ben’s father was initially hired to investigate the disappearance of a young woman by the name of Emily, as her parents are in desperate need for answers on their missing daughters whereabouts. However, when Ben’s father is captured against his will and close to death, Ben is forced on a deadly mission to step in to try and find his father ASAP, by re-tracing the missing girls last known steps. Ben recruits his best friend, Maddie to help him on his mission, as he is convinced he is too mild and meek to do it alone and is petrified with the fact that the only way to find his father and the missing girl is to go undercover and join the cult.  In order to join the cult Ben and Maddie have to gain Marcuse’s (A cult member) trust.   They make up good cover stories, hoping they will be accepted.  Unaware and unprepared that life as they know it will become a fading memory and their chances of survival on this remote farm, where the chain of command is to worship an evil sociopath are inevitably stacked against them.  They are soon forced to take refuge in a gruesome chamber of horrors (The Revelation Room) which hosts some terrifying discoveries and sinister secrets that may help them or hinder them on their mission to escape as the body count increases and time is running out.


Despite the conflicts, dangers and twists in the story the characters’ are my most favourite part of the novel as they are all uniquely flawed because they all struggle with their own issues and find a way to deal with all the changes around them. One example of this is with the main protagonist, Ben, who lacks self-confidence and is haunted by his childhood accident at the hands of bullies, as he is nicknamed, ´Stutter-Buck´


Tilbury has taken a young insecure man and slowly transformed him into a brave hero that the reader can get behind and root for and I look forward to reading more of Ben’s adventures in the near future. Well done Mr Tilbury for giving us a hero both gritty and moving, and a clever psychological plot that works well to the dramatic end.


My Ranking: 5 Stars


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The Eaton

By John K. Addis


“Reading John K. Addis was like reading an eighties horror movie.  It’s fast paced, macabre and full of gritty atmospheric settings, along with a relentlessly chilling plot from an author who’s mastered the genre!”


The story begins when Sam Spicer, the main protagonist, becomes the legal owner of the long-abandoned Michigan Central Railway Station in Eaton Rapids, with big dreams of turning it into a hot new martini bar.  However, Sam’s plans come to a sudden halt when he and his friends discover a secret twelve-floor Victorian hotel that’s situated directly underneath the station. In their curious attempts to explore the hotel, they soon discover that it is free from dust and that the old Victorian elevator is fully functional.  Upon further inspection, they soon realise that there were once guests over a century ago that showed signs of leaving in frenzied panic.  After further unusual, mysterious and gruesome discoveries they decide to go in search for answers to find out what happened to the original guests and why the hotel became abandoned, only to discover that they are all being pursued by a creäture with incredible powers, who could trick them, make them see things from their deepest memories to try and prevent them from escaping his abandoned underground world.


The story does shift back in time to Jonathon Wesley, an Archaeologist who gets an exclusive invite to the grand opening of The Eaton, in exchange for his examination and opinion of the owner’s underground discovery.  Jonathon in turn goes on to study and document the petroglyphs with caution as some unforeseen and incredible events soon unfold, that he is convinced are connected to the petroglyphs that he feels depict a tangible threat.  Jonathon’s unique back story alone equips the reader with most of the knowledge and clues that Sam and his friends need to escape the relentless beast of another world that has clearly massacred dozens of people before them.  The biggest question is will Sam and his friends be able to find the answers from the past before it’s too late, and if so will it help them in conquering the beast? Or will their attempts fail and lead to their own demise?


What a fantastic book.  It’s not often I find myself so absorbed in a book that grabs my attention from the onset up until the last page.  I literally couldn’t put it down in fear I would miss something about these wonderfully, yet flawed characters’ that may help them in their impossible mission to discover the truth.  Congratulations’ Mr John K. Addis you have just gained a life-long fan.  I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.


My Ranking: 5 Stars


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Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story)

By Lance & James Morcan


“Father-and-son Lance & James Morcan have created a rich, immersive and informative story of two men’s courageous voyage and capture in the Pacific Northwest during the early 19th century. Startling, assertive and intense, it’s perhaps one of the most captivating true-life survival tales of all time!”


In the opening chapter the reader is introduced to the main protagonist, John Jewitt, an apprentice blacksmith, who dreams of travelling abroad on one of the great brigs that dock in Kingston upon Hull. John’s dreams soon come true when Captain Salter of the Boston witnesses John’s smithy skills first hand and sees an opportunity for John to work in the ships armoury. Unknown to John a life of enslavement and captivity awaits him along with another crew member (Thompson) by the fierce Mowachaht tribe in the Pacific Northwest.  John and Thompson are taken captive by Maquina (Chief of the Mowachahts) as the Mowachaht tribe kill all the crew members of the Boston. John witnesses the decapitated heads of 25 of his crew mates lined up and wonders if he and Thompson will end up dying in the same fashion, until he learns the only reason Maquina keeps them both alive is that their trademark working skills are considered most valuable to the tribes future trading. John learns the Mowachahts are fierce warriors capable of the most barbaric forms of savagery, yet on the other hand they are proud noble people that can be capable of great kindness.  Maquina soon forces John to marry a beautiful maiden (Eu-Stochee) who in turn tries to bind John to her savaged land forever, but John soon fears that he will never see a civilized country again and thoughts of escape are still ripe on his and Thompsons mind even after several barbaric beatings and escape attempts backfire.

 

Will John and Thompson ever find a way out to freedom? And if so, at what cost? Or will they perish in their desperate attempts, as the odds are greatly stacked against them?


My Ranking: 5 Stars

Rarity from the Hollow

By Robert Eggleton


“Rarity from the Hollow is a harsh, yet alluring sci-fi tale of a young girl’s journey to fix her dysfunctional family and save the Universe, in a world that profits from human exploitation.”


Lacy Dawn, the main protagonist is an eleven year old girl living in poverty with her abusive father and depressed mother in the Appalachian Mountains. Lacy has an entire wood full of tree friends, a dead best friend, and an android boyfriend called, DotCom, who has a spaceship hidden in a mountain. Lacy desperately wants to fix her family and insists that DotCom must help her by plugging her parents unknowingly into a computer that she hopes will fix them.  DotCom agrees on the condition that Lacy Dawn must save the Universe in exchange for the designation of Earth as a planet. Lacy agrees, unaware at first that it’s her destiny and that her personal evolution has been monitored for generations for the sole purpose on when she will be ready to sign the contract.


Eggleton successfully combines and exposes a number of disturbing issues such as child abuse, puberty, human misery and poverty from the mind of young heroine that is yearning to escape the horrors of her everyday life. Rarity from the Hollow is detailed, dark and beautifully written by a competent writer who injects plenty of satire, sci-fi and fantasy elements into a work of thought-provoking and meaningful adult/fantasy fiction at its very best.


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My Ranking: 4.5 Stars


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DANE CURSE

A BLACK CAPE CASE FILE

 

By: Matt Abraham

 

“Matt Abraham has written a unique suspense thriller that’s filled with superheroes, super villains, murder and deceit and follows an unlikely hero who will do his best to save the day, no matter if it costs him his life!”

 

The story starts when Dane Curse (A former black cape, turned PI) is asked to help find and undercover the mysterious death of Gold Coast City’s protector and the world’s mightiest hero, Pinnacle.  Dane is hired by a firm called, The Sindicate (black cape mafia) who offers ten million dollars to the first investigator who finds the killer. With the odds stacked against him and fierce competition from three of the top investigators, Dane must fight against the clock to bring the perpetrator, or perpetrators to justice in a game where the stakes are high and several corrupt organizations, who want to rule Gold Coast, as well as the white and black capes fighting each other across the planet to eliminate one another.  But as the body count rises, and a number of red herrings cause Dane to become implicated and framed as a suspect, he must fight to save his salvation, as well as serve the justice that’s needed to save a city that’s on the brink of civil war.  The biggest question is will Danes invulnerability and super strength be enough to conquer three most powerful people in the world?

 

Dane Curse is a wonderfully crafted story, with colorful characters, an action packed plot that’s loaded with many unpredictable twists-and-turns. I was pretty much hooked from the start and look forward to reading more books in this planned series. I expect an exciting epic to be awaiting this credible hero.

 

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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INTERNATIONAL BANKSTER$: The Global Banking Elite Exposed and the Case for Restructuring Capitalism (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 5) Kindle Edition

By James & Lance Morcan


Father-and-son Lance & James Morcan expose and outline the main problems behind the current crisis in global banking and finance and propose possible solutions for creating a fairer economic system.


The authors´ reveal fraudulent practises; despicable acts committed by some of the worlds privately owned banks that are alarming and arms readers with important underground knowledge about the global élite, the major players and their associates who stop at nothing to line their own pockets and put prophit ahead of the public.  Not only do the authors’ expose a large number of corruptions, they also offer a number of practical solutions to the problems. Their ideas include Islamic banking, as it is considered to be a more honest and fairer alternative to conventional banking, restructuring capitalism and how crypto-currency will influence the economy in the near future.


INTERNATIONAL BANKSTER$ is a thoroughly researched and documented exposé on the financial shenanigans of the worlds hidden system of finance that should be required reading for anyone who is remotely interested in the tangled web of money, power and the current issues that surround and continue to dominate global banking.


My Ranking: 5 Stars

The Books of Babel Book 1: Senlin Ascends

By Josiah Bancroft


Thomas Senlin and his new bride, Marya, set off on a honeymoon to the tower of Babel.  Senlin had saved and planned for this journey his entire career as a headmaster, drawn to the tower through the promises of an infamous guidebook.  Climbing the tower of Babel would be his greatest ambition.  However, when Marya suddenly goes missing it triggers of a number of unlikely events where Senlin’s world turns into turmoil.  His quest to find his wife begins by searching the many streets, tents and restaurants, where he meets several men who may be able to help him, only to find out these people are not as honest as they seem and he must make the journey alone.  After several days of searching for Marya, he must start from the bottom of the tower and work his way up.  He meets many friends and enemies along the way in a new world where the rules are different and he must survive a number of fatalities to survive.

 

I found the writing to be beautifully crafted with many remarkable, imaginative and breathtaking scenes. Bancroft combines a gripping story with strong characterizations while maintaining an adventurous plot with outlandishly secondary characters ‘and a mild-mannered hero who is forced to step up his game.  I look forward to the second instalment.


My Ranking: 4.5 Stars   

 

THE THESEUS PARADOX: What If London's 7/7 Bombings Were the Greatest Criminal Deception of Our Time?

By David Videcette


“The Theseus Paradox is a gripping thriller that throws new perspective on the anti-terrorist operations deployed in 7/7 bombings in London. David Videcette is a uniquely gifted story-teller who can successfully weave both elements of fact and fiction into a powerful hybrid novel.”


Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan, the main protagonist, works for The Metropolitan Police Service - Anti-Terrorist Branch. The story starts sixteen months earlier to the 7/7 bombings where Jake uses an old woman’s house for cover to spy on a group of al-Qaeda operatives in West Yorkshire (Operation Crevice).  Sixteen months later he follows the same group back to Leeds, convinced these men are planning something big, unaware his unofficial investigation results in injury and a rollicking from his bosses.  Jake soon learns while he is in hospital that there are four separate explosions, three tube trains and a bus in London and he is asked to set up ´Operation Theseus´ in West Yorkshire to find out who helped the bombers commit the crimes.   ´Operation Theseus´ forces Jake and his team into a number of covert missions, arrests, examining phone data, the discovery of peroxide-based explosives, kidnap and a bomb factory.  Still, Jake is under immense pressure for results in a case that provides more questions than answers and that all the work Jake and his team have conducted over the weeks and months will not prepare them for the most shocking deception of all time.


The Theseus Paradox is a stunning début novel, intelligent and fluently written with an exciting plot.  I simply couldn’t put it down in fear I would miss something crucial.  I was pretty much blown away with the highly unpredictable ending and I am still trying to absorb it, as it’s the last thing I expected. Well done, Mr Videcette for giving us a life-like hero, who has flaws in his personal life that most readers will be able to connect and identify with. I sincerely hope this is not the last we have heard of DI Jake Flannagan.

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

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The Boetie Legacy and a World in Peril

By Robert A. Kezer


The novel is set in Granada, Nicaragua, and follows main protagonist, Luke Canton.  Luke is half way through his life with no income, a few friends and finds himself once again starting over in a foreign country.  After 12 years of study and a PHD in Transformative Studies, Luke sets out on a mission to let people know that they have been mislead and he wants to empower them to understand that they have the power to change their world through the movement of nonviolent conflict for global transformation.  However, his unique offering to the world to promote human sovereignty doesn’t go as planned as he encounters an unexpected romance that will challenge him in ways he never thought possible and perhaps encourage him to find his greatest purpose in life.


The Boetie Legacy and a World in Peril is a thought-provoking book that deals with difficult moral issues, global issues and exposes the misinformation being used to wield the public.  This inspiring book gives people hope and courage to change their world and will equip readers with a better understanding of what nonviolent conflict is and how it can be used in the future to counter oppression.


My Ranking: 5 Stars

 

VOID

By Anthony Avina


Void is an emotional packed tale about a group of six friends who all come from messed up situations and try to deal with their own underlying issues that tend to hold them back.  Each unique character has a number of personal struggles they try to overcome that are connected to the world, from domestic abusive, controlling relationships, struggles with sexual identity, loss of a loved one and many more real-life tragedies and dilemmas that are very difficult to defeat.


Sometimes my own words escape me as I try to recount the beauty, the powerful message of hope and the true understanding of friendship, family and love that this unique story unfolds.  Rarely have I read a book as profound and as moving as this one that has reduced me to tears and fuelled a number of emotional responses for these wonderfully developed real-life characters’


VOID is a keeper that I will keep re-visiting time and time again.


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My Ranking: 5 Stars


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PALE HIGHWAY

By Nicholas Conley


“Pale Highway is an ambitious, heartbreaking and out of this world Sci-Fi story of one man’s struggle to save humanity, while working against the clock to save his own mental degradation!” Catherine Rose Putsche Book Blog


Gabriel Schist, a rugged genius, who in his younger years developed the vaccine for AIDS is now spending his remaining years in a nursing home with few memories that Alzheimer’s have stole from him.  However, when one of the residents comes down with a gruesome virus that nobody seems to want to find a cure for, only cover it up, Gabriel, tries to convince the heads of the nursing home that he is the only man who can find a vaccine/antidote to destroy the virus, unaware and unprepared that the virus may not be what it seems to be and that the threat to destroy humanity may soon become a reality if Gabriel cannot find a solution in time before his own mental and physical deterioration take place.

   

It is not often that my own words escape me as I try to recount the beauty, the true understanding of such a devoted man who struggles to hold off his own real-life manifestations to save everyone around him.  Conley, has created a memorable, life-like and loveable protagonist who will stay with me for a long time and I have no doubt that this story will have an impact and raise awareness to each and every reader out there who has lost, or is losing someone in their lives’ to this despicable disease, as I and so many others have.

 

My Ranking: 5 Stars

Almost Invincible

By Suzanne Burdon


“Provocative and profound, with brilliant characterisation, Suzanne Burdon’s dazzling novel, ´Almost Invincible´ skilfully blends fact and fiction into a realistic portrayal of some of the mysteries and day-to-day events surrounding Mary Shelly’s life!”  Catherine Rose Putsche


Almost Invincible is a fictional telling of Mary Shelly’s life based on true events.  The story opens on a stormy and turbulent night in the summer of 1816 at Lord Bryon’s villa in Lake Geneva.  Lord Byron challenges all his guests, Shelley, Claire Clairmont, Mary and Dr. Polidori to write ghost stories and this is where Mary produces a terrifying story that will later become, Frankenstein, eventually assuring Mary a permanent place in literary history.  The story then goes on to document Mary’s ignominious love affair with Percy Bysshe Shelley, who is married with children at the time of their elopement and follows the couple around England, Switzerland, France and Italy, where they experience a number of traumas such as being ostracised due to their controversial life choices, financial worries and the death of their children, and Mary’s manipulative step-sister, who drives Mary to despair on many occasions.


Burdon has crafted a beautiful story full of adventure, strength and survival of a real-life heroine who despite suffering with misfortune in her life is one of the most influential female geniuses of her time. 



My Ranking: 5 Stars


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BANKRUPTING THE THIRD WORLD:

How the Global Elite Drown Poor Nations in a sea of Debt

By James & Lance Morca


“Father-and-son Lance & James Morcan draw the reader’s attention to some of the lousy and downright dirty economic tactics used against poverty-stricken nations!” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/


The authors expose corruptions within the international financial aid organisations and their arrogance and general superciliousness towards their third world ´clients´ and research the impact it is having of being the recipient of substantial financial aid from the west.  This book also questions whether or not, the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, USAID and many other large international aid organisations help or counteract the world’s poorest people.


With numerous research and invaluable references, the authors present what is wrong with the aid industry and equip readers with an underground knowledge to question why these barbaric aid policies of Western Governments, private companies and central banks are in place.


My Ranking: 5 Stars

RedEye: Fulda Cold: A Rick Fontain Novel

By Bill Fortin


“RedEye: Fulda Cold is a suspenseful, hard-hitting and astonishing piece of military history that is set in 1969 West Germany and explores the reality of what happened on the border between the conflicting forces of East and West that I knew very little about until now.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/


Rick Fontain tells us about his exciting adventures through a first person narrative that allows the reader to travel with Rick from his initial induction into the army, following him on his journey where he and his team are stationed near the Fulda Gap to prevent an invasion or attack from Russia.


As a reader, I felt that I could connect easily with Rick on his incredible journey as he takes you by the hand and doesn’t let it go until the last page.  Fortin does a remarkable job of describing the people and the landscape of the late 1960s, while throwing more light onto the tactics that the American military deployed to contain Russia in the Cold War.  I certainly hope that this isn’t the last we have heard from Rick Fontain, and do hope that there is a sequel in the near future, as I cannot wait to read more of this young hero’s adventures and more of his infectious good humour.


Finally, I would also like to add that Fortin has put together a remarkably well written story with a vast amount of meticulous research and footnotes that detail the timeframe of when and where things take place.  I found this to be tremendously helpful as it strengthened my understanding and added to my reading pleasure.


My Ranking: 5 Stars   

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