Saturday, November 23, 2013

Book Review -Nail Biting Thriller - Critical Reaction by Todd M. Johnson

A Nail Biting Thriller

Critical Reaction
by:  Todd M. Johnson
Publisher:  Bethany House
Publish Date:  November 19, 2013
 
The cold war is over and Hanford Nuclear facility has been shuttered.  The employees who guard the facility have been assured the building is safe and all traces of the plutonium have been removed.  They believe what they have been told until years after it has been closed there is an explosion that injures several, kills some and others are suddenly missing.   Kieran Mullaney survives the blast and tries to build a case against them, but just as they are going to trial his lawyer suddenly withdraws.  He calls a long-time college friend, Attorney Emily Hart and convinces her to take his case.  Emily along with her father begins a new investigation that uncovers information which almost appears to be unbelievable.  This book is filled with suspense from page one. 
I found this book to be a nail biting thriller.  I couldn’t put it down so read it in one evening.  I am happy this is a work of fiction, however it leaves a question in the back of your mind…could this really happen?  I found myself often sitting on the edge of my seat holding my breath as the plot unfolded.  I would highly recommend this book.  This is my first reading of books by Mr.  Johnson but I can’t wait to read more of his work.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Book Review - The Last Clinic by Gary Gusick

A Fast Paced Romantic Murder Mystery


The Last Clinic
 
by:  Gary Gusick
 
Publisher:  Random House Publishing Group - Alibi
 
Publish Date:  November 18, 2013
 
Reverend Jimmy Aldridge, liked to wave signs in front of women’s clinics that performs abortions.  His holier-than-thou attitude rubbed some people the wrong way, while others thought he was doing God’s will.  Reverend Jimmy was shot in front of one of the clinics.  Darla Cavannah, a former Philadelphia police detective moved to the South with her ex-football player husband who wanted to return to his hometown after his accident.  Darla was given the job of finding the killer, along with her partner, a bungling Elvis wanna be.  People in Jackson were ready to lynch Dr. Nicoletti because they were positive he was the killer.  As Darla dug deeper into Reverend Jimmy’s life, he was not the person people thought he was and she was convinced Dr. Nicoletti was innocent and found herself falling for the doctor.  This book is a fast-paced read with a lot of twists and turns and a somewhat surprising ending.
This is my first reading by Gary Gusik and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. I can’t wait for the next book.  I choose this book due to my southern heritage, but in all honesty it was a well written romantic, murder mystery.  When you mix the South, a good murder and romance you have a book well worth reading.  At times it kept me on edge of my seat, while other times I wanted to laugh at or strangle “Elvis” for his stupidity.  I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Random House Publishing Group - Alibi, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Children's Book Reviw - Pirates Down on the Farm by Dennette Fretz

A Sweet Whimsical Book for Children ages 4 - 8

 

Pirates on the Farm 

by Danette Fretz
illustrated by:  Gene Barretta
published by:  Zondervan


What would you do if swashbuckling pirates moved in next door to you?  Joey’s mother was not thrilled with the idea.  She even tried to get the sheriff to find a law prohibiting pirates from owning property in their town, but Dad and Joey befriended the pirates.  Dad showed them how to farm and become responsible people in the community. 
This is a beautifully illustrated children’s book.  It is a sweet story about being friends no matter what the situation might be.  The moral of this story would be best summed up as “Love They Neighbor”.   It shows God’s love through kindness. 
Although this is a Christian book, I would not let that deter you from having your children read it.  It is really a story about being kind. I would highly recommend this book for any child from ages 4 -8. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Zondervan, through BookSneeze blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Book Reveiw - Plain Peace by Beth Wiseman

Filled With Love and Inspiration

 Plain Peace
by: Beth Wiseman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
 
Anna, could be called the perfect child, however at age 18 she is no longer a child and longs for a life of her own, but no one has the nerve to ask her grandfather, the bishop, for permission to date her.  A new Amish family moves to their community.  She meets Jacob Hostetler for the first time at a volley ball game and her heart is smitten.  She finally gets the nerve to ask him to take her to a singing to which he agrees.  A turn of events causes Ann’s grandfather to forbid her to see Jacob, but she continues to sneak to see him.   Will they ever be able to convince her grandfather that she is the wonderful granddaughter they have raised all these years?  Will he listen to reason?  Will Jacob and Anna ever find happiness?  Will her grandfather be able to trust her again?  Will he be able to deal with the changes taking place in the community?  Only as you read the books will you find the answers to these questions.
This in my opinion is one of MS Wiseman’s best books.  It is does not portray the Amish as the perfect people that many of us believe them to be.  It was refreshing to find they also deal with anger, frustration, deceit, adultery and lies and they can also be friends with the English.  MS Wiseman weaves a wonderful plot and pulls together all the issues that the Amish people experienced in this novel, but subtly interjects how their faith helps them work through each situation to obtain forgiveness and understanding.  It is beautifully written and filled with love and inspiration.
If you are a fan of Beth Wiseman…this is a must read.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book Review - Strait of Hormuz by Davis Bunn

Strait of Hormuz
by David Bunn
Publisher:  Bethany House
Publish Date: November 5, 2013
 
Marc Royce a US former intelligence agent was sent to Geneva to follow the money trail of those funding the Iranian Nuclear Program.  He is unexpectedly reunited with an Israeli nurse, Kitra Korban who he met during Rare Earth.  Just as he recognized her, a bomb exploded in an art gallery nearly killing both of them.  Although Marc thought he had no allies in Geneva he finds he has a great network from countries and cultures that would never work together openly.  Marc begins to think the leads they are following are being leaked purposely to put them on the wrong track.  He has difficulty convincing the US powers to look at the situation from a different angle and finds himself often following his heart and instinct rather than his superior. 
After reading the description of this book I had high expectations; however as the plot was being played out I found myself having to go back and re-read sometimes several pages to make sure that I had not missed a crucial piece of information tying the many characters and events together.  I found it interesting that the author painted the freedom’s in the US as being a sought after life-style in the Middle East, yet at other times eluded that the powers in the military and administration were bungling idiots refusing to listen to the actual people on the ground.  I found myself agreeing with the author in that respect.  With situations in the Middle East playing out daily in our newspapers, I felt this book could easily have been front page news.  I enjoyed the plot of the book but it left me feeling a little disappointed. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Book Review - Stranded by Dani Pettrey

Touching & Heart Warming
 

Stranded

by: Dani Pettrey

Publisher:  Bethany House

 
Darcy St. James, former uncover journalist received a call from her friend Abby who is undercover on the cruise ship, Bering and has discovered something sinister that has her terrified.  When Darcy arrives, Abby disappears without a trace.  Gage McKenna, from Last Frontier Adventures and also of the McKenna’s in Ms. Pettrey’s previous books is surprised to see Darcy in a staff meeting.  He and Darcy have a previous history and when he finds out why she is there, he is less than pleased with her.   People are missing and weird things are happening. Can Gage and Darcy put their differences aside and work together to find out what is happening before someone else dies?  Will they find Darcy’s friend alive?  These are all questions answered as you turn the pages of “Stranded”
MS. Pettrey does it again.  She brings the characters to life in a beautifully written story of mystery, intrigue, romance, and faith.  She gently shows how faith and trust in God brings about change in people.  I have read most of MS Pettrey’s books and am a big fan of her style of writing.  I find it refreshing to read books that do not have explicit language and sex yet are fast paced well written mysteries.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Book Review - Deadline by Sandra Brown

Page Turning, Breath Holding Intrigue
 
 
 
Deadline
 
by: Sandra Brown
 
Grand Central Publishing
 
Dawson Scott, a journalist just returned from Afghanistan.  His godfather and FBI agent Gary Headly asks him to go to Savannah to cover the trial of Willard Strong  who is accused of killing Jeremy Wesson the son of Carl Wingate and Flora Stimel, who were notorious murderers decades ago but have escaped captured.  Dawson is suffering PTSD complete with nightmares which has caused him to turn to drugs and alcohol.  The last thing he wants to do is go to Savannah, but he feels he owes it to his Godfather, since Headly has been tracking Wingate for decades.  From the first time he sees Amelia Wesson, widow of Jeremy Wesson he feels drawn to her and her two sons. 
This book is filled with a lot of page turning, breath holding intrigue.  I have to admit that I didn’t see the ending coming in this book and was totally surprised.  MS. Brown brings together a book filled, with mystery intrigue, compassion, romance and murder, which makes this a must read. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, through Net Galley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 


Book Review - Envy by Sandra Brown

A Surprising Ending
 
 
Envy
 
by: Sandra Brown
 
Grand Central Publishing
 
 
Maris Matherly-Reed, editor if Matherly Press and daughter of publishing icon Daniel Matherly receives an unsolicited manuscript titled “Envy”.  Since it was not received through the proper channels it ended up in the slush file.  Maris reads all the prologues in this file when time permits.  She was captivated by “Envy’s” prologue and must find the author although it was only submitted with the initials P.M. E.
 As the story unfolds it is about two journalist college students, Roark and Todd, who are best friends and are competitive in everything but especially their writing.  It is filled with, deceit, envy, romance and murder.  As the story unfolds Maris begins to question why she received the book and how her life is entangled in this novel since she never met the author.
The twists and turns will keep you captivated as you turn the pages and it is filled with one surprise after the other.   The ending was not exactly what I expected.  Just when I thought I had it all figured out…there was one more surprise.  It is well worth the read!
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, through Net Galley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.