Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Book Review-Snowblinded by Christopher Golden

PARANORMAL TERROR
 


Snowblinded
By Christopher Golden
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date:  January 21, 2014
 

The New England town of Coventry was hit by a blizzard bringing with it the ice people who wreaked havoc upon each citizen in some way.  It brought about death and fear so deeply that 12 years later they were still talking about the storm in whispered tones, afraid it would happen all over again… and it did.  The ice people came again to take back what was theirs…or so they thought.  Will the town be able to save its citizens this time?  Will they finally be able to heal when it’s over?  Will more people lose their lives?  All these questions will be answered as you turn the pages of this fast moving novel. 
Although I am not a big fan of the paranormal or ghost stories, this was a superbly written book.  It had a plot with twists and turns that are right up there with Stephen King and James Patterson.  The plot was so deeply woven with terror and suspense it kept me on the edge of my seat.  I am glad I read it and would highly recommend it if you are a fan of paranormal and terror.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, 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.

 

 

Book Reveiw - Prepared For A Purpose by Antoinette Tuff

A Journey of Faith
 
Prepared For A Purpose
by:  Antoinette Tuff
with Alex Tresniowski
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  January 21, 2014
 
Antoinette Tuff believes that all her life she was being prepared to deal with the event of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy involving Michael Hill.  She feels the series of events in her life prior to the school being under siege prepared her to help save the lives of the children in the school.
Although the events in MS Tuff’s life are not unique, it is how she responded to those events that makes her story inspirational.  She shows that from a young child how her life was influenced by God’s Word and even when things got tough, she depended on God for guidance.  In the face of much adversity she clung to her faith that God would see her through.  With this being her background, when she  faced Michael Hill holding his AK-47 she was able to remain calm because she knew that God was guiding her demeanor and her words.  Her compassionate spirit caused her to be able to relate with this trouble man in a way that she was able to help him surrender without hurting anyone. 
This book is filled with a lot of inspiration and although we may not face the same situations as MS. Tuff, our lives can relate to hers.  In my opinion this was an excellently written book about faith, but feel there were several things that gave no relevance to the story line.   
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House, through Bethany House Publishing 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, January 1, 2014

Book Reveiw-Strong Enough To Die by Jon Land

Filled With Suspensful Cork Screw Twists And Turns
Strong Enough To Die
by: Jon Land
Publisher:  Forge Books
The First In The Caitlin Strong Series
 
Caitlin Strong, a fifth generation Texas Ranger and her partner are pinned down by gunfire in what they assume is drug trafficking along the Texas-Mexico border.  Although Caitlin does her best to get her partner to safety he doesn’t survive.  As a result she leaves the Rangers to become a trauma crisis intervention counselor.  While she is at the center her first patient is her husband, Peter Goodwin whom she thought died nine months earlier in Iraq.  Corporate Moguls send their goons after her husband because of a program he is working on called Fire Arrow.  If this information gets into the wrong hands it would make the current government surveillance seem like child’s play.  Unfortunately her husband has been so severely tortured by his captors he is in a near vegetative state.  Just when she thinks they will be killed, Cort Wesley Masters, a criminal that she sent to prison five years earlier steps in and saves their lives and he doesn't know why because he intended to kill Caitlin for putting him in prison. 
Not wanting to give too much away about the plot of this novel, I have left a lot out that I would like to say, but I can tell you it has more twists and turns than a cork screw.  There are some subtle hints of things that are happening in today’s government, but not to the point it becomes political reading.   It had just enough action to keep me turning the pages and holding my breath, which in my opinion makes it a good novel.   I thought Mr. Land was trying to portray Cort’s character as a tough guy gang leader by the gang related dialogue/slang.   I get tired of books in which graphic language is every other word.  When that happens I find myself skim reading as it usually doesn’t lend much relevance to the plot. However Mr. Land has kept it to a minimum, which is refreshing and unusual in this type of novel.    Let me leave you with these thoughts…can a Texas Ranger learn to love a criminal and still remain a Ranger?  Can God justify and forgive killing in situations other than war?  I promise you this book will make thoughtful, interesting reading.  It is not a book that you can skim read.  It requires concentration and the end left me wanting more. 
Disclosure:  I was given this eBook by the Author, Jon Land.  He did not require me to write a review, much less a favorable one.  However I enjoyed the book and am happy to post my review.   The opinions in this review are my own.