Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review-Seal Team Six: Hunt the Fox by Mann/ Pezzullo


Seal Team Six:  Hunt the Fox
By:  Don Mann/Ralph Pezzullo
Publisher:  Muholland Books

Mr. Mann presents another spell-binding Seal Team Six book in “Hunt The Fox”.

Thomas Crocker, Chief Warrant Officer and his Black Cell team are sent to Syria to find eight canisters of sarin gas that is believed to be in a tunnel at the Abu-al-Duhur air base.  All they had to do was get in, get the canisters and get out!  It is not advisable for any American to be in Syria but especially since they are in the midst of a civil war.  Crocker and his Black Cell team know if they don’t find and retrieve the canisters it will be used to kill thousands of people. 

Loved this book!  Although it is presented as a fiction story, it parallels a lot of truth in the happenings currently in the Middle East.  Mr. Mann weaves and intricate story filled with danger, loss of comrades, birth of a baby as bullets are flying, operating on an ISIS leader, Al-Kazaz’ brother along with presenting a humanitarian side of the Black Cell Seal Team Six.  The twists, turns and subplots kept me glued to this book until it was finished. At times it was a nail-biter!  I can’t wait for the next one.  I still feel this should be made into a mini-series for TV.  This does have some language content. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Muholland Books, 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 Review-Until Harvest by Sarah Louden Thomas


Until Harvest
By:  Sarah Louden Thomas
Publisher:  Bethany House

Henry Phillips wished he could turn time back to New Year’s Eve 1975 in Wise, West Virginia.  He decided not to return to college because he wanted to take time off to play in a band. His dad asked him to rethink about leaving college and to stay at home that evening and spend time playing the fiddle with him, but Henry left to be with his friends.  Upon returning home in the morning, he learned of his dad’s passing and suddenly his life is in chaos.  The only things that seem to bring him peace is his grandmother’s farm, his fiddle and an unlikely bond between him and odd tween-age Mayfair Hoffman and her freckle-face older sister, Margaret.  Henry soon realizes Mayfair is a special child with a unique abilities and Margaret carries a huge burden, no one her age should have to deal with alone.  They find themselves relying on each other more and more.

This book is guaranteed to tug at your heart strings as you make the journey with Henry, Margaret, Mayfair and their families as they struggle to rebuild their lives and find peace.  Your heart will be touched as they sometimes make wrong decisions and suffer the consequences of those decisions.  It is filled with love, forgiveness, second chances, victory over tragedy and triumph over failure

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.

Book Review-Shadow of the Mountain by Cliff Graham


Shadow of the Mountain
By:  Cliff Graham
Publisher:  Bethany House

“Shadow of the Mountain” begins with 85 year old Caleb telling the story of his life from a young boy until the current time.  He takes you on a journey of the dangers of travel, the horrors of war and how Pharaoh’s poor leadership caused great hardship for Egypt, the horror of the Israelites bondage and what it took to become one of Pharaoh’s Elite in Bible time.  Caleb shows again and again how satan’s power can mimic God’s power but in the end God reigns supreme.

When I first started reading this book, I thought it was going to be about Caleb, but soon learned it is instead the story of the bondage and freedom of the Israelites.  It is his first-hand account being told to his nephew, Othniel to write down for future generations.  As Caleb tells his story, he explains in graphic detail the unleashing of the plagues and the pain and suffering that followed, so if you are faint of heart you need to be aware there isn’t much left to the imagination.  Although this book is a work of fiction and the author states he took great liberties and used artistic license to create the character of Caleb, since there is very little in the Bible about Caleb, he did write the story about scripture and history of that time period.  To be honest I had never given much thought to Caleb as I had always focused on the plight of the Israelites and the plagues with the culmination of the parting of the Red Sea, but after reading this book, Caleb will hold a special place in my heart.  He didn’t follow the ways of God until after he had become a man and part of Pharaoh’s Elite.  It is an amazing story and well worth reading even if you are not into the graphicness of war.  Please don’t let that deter you from reading this book.  I promise you the message of God’s supreme love will remain with you long after you’ve finished the book.

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.

Book Review-Amish Promises by Leslie Gould


Amish Promises
By:  Leslie Gould
Publisher:  Bethany House

Returning to Lancaster County PA and Shani Beck’s grandfather’s farm, she is in hopes her family will find the peace and healing they desperately need.  It seems to be just the type of place Joel needs to  recover from his wounds that he received while serving in Iraq and the PTSD  that is causing problems with their marriage, because their neighbors, the Lehmans are Amish so what could possibly go wrong?....

Things definitely get off to a rocky start when Shani’s son Zane, causes an accident that lands Tim Lehman’s son, Simon in the hospital.  Tim is a stern mannered man who doesn’t like the Englisch, especially around his children and his sister, Eve.

Just as things begin to settle down the Beck’s friend, Charlie is smitten with Eve and Joel accidentally sets the house on fire in the midst of an ice storm, while his baby is being born.  Life has certainly become complicated for the Becks and the Lehmans.  Can their lives be mended?  Can the two families co-exist as neighbors and live in harmony as friends?

This book stole my heart from the beginning.  It was not just about the Amish, but the melding together of two completely different life styles.  It touched on dealing with the after effects of war and PSTD and the difficulty of a military wife having the total responsibility of making decisions while her husband is deployed and then learning how to share that responsibility once her husband returns home.  As the story unfolds MS Gould subtly weaves God’s love into their lives.  The changes in the lives of both families, although almost miraculous is very much a reality.  I love this book and would highly recommend it.  I spent an afternoon being unable to put it down.  It was filled with laughter, tear, love and inspiration.

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, May 14, 2015

Book Review-To Win Her Favor By Tamera Alexander


To Win Her Favor
(A Belle Meade Plantation Novel)
By:  Tamera Alexander
Publisher:  Zondervan

It doesn’t matter if you are a gifted horsewoman such as Maggie (Margaret) Linden.  In post-Civil War 1869, it just wasn’t acceptable.  Maggie loved horses almost more than life and when she was riding she felt she was soaring.  Her home, Linden Downs has fallen on hard times and she and her father are in danger of losing the only home she has ever known.  Her father’s health is failing and since he lost his sons to the war he has no one to help with the upkeep.  Maggie feels the responsibility of saving their home is up to her and she knows if given a chance she and her horse Belle could win the inaugural Peyton Stakes.

Mr. Linden’s health may be failing but he still has his hand in the thick of things.  He has a good mind and is an exceptional judge of character.  His “chance” meeting of Cullen McGrath, an Irishman, inspires Mr. Linden to give Cullen a chance to start over, while saving Linden Downs and seeing Maggie is cared for…all he has to do is agree to marry Maggie…a marriage of convenience.  However Cullen left England under a cloud that involves horse-racing and is not sure he wants to risk being caught even if he is in the U.S.A.

I am not sure what captured my heart first.  It could have been because I love post-Civil War, being familiar with Nashville TN, horse-racing or the willingness of the characters to listen to that small still voice and do what is right.  No matter the reason I was hooked from the first page.  I spent the entire afternoon being highly entertained by Maggie’s antics and yet saddened by the tragedies of life after slavery and the unwillingness of people to accept foreigners.  It is hard for me to understand how America can be the great melting-pot, yet hold so many prejudices against those who come here in hopes of a better life.

The characters are so well developed and the story line so believable it is easy to become part of the book.  As you turn the pages you will experience victory over the injustices as they unfold.

MS. Alexander is one of my favorite authors.  Throughout this book she subtly inserts the love of God in each of her main characters without being “preachy”.  This is a book you won’t want to miss.  It will not only appeal to the Christian reader to the secular reader as well.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Zondervan, through Book Look Bloggers , 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.