Monday, April 25, 2016

Book Review-Code 13 By Don Brown


Code 13
(The Navy Jag Series)
By:  Don Brown
Publisher:  Zondervan

About the Book:
 Caroline is just getting her feet wet at the prestigious Code 13, but is thankful for at least one familiar face—her old flame, P.J. MacDonald. He loops her into the assignment he is currently working on—the legality of a proposed drone-sharing contract with Homeland Security that would allow the sale of drones for domestic surveillance. The contractor wants a legal opinion clearing the contract for congressional approval. But the mob wants the proposal dead-on-arrival.
 When P.J. is gunned down in cold blood and a second JAG officer is killed, one thing becomes clear: whoever is ordered to write the legal opinion on the drones becomes a target. Which is exactly why Caroline goes to her commanding officer and volunteers to write the legal opinion herself. She is determined to avenge P.J.’s death and trap the killer, even if that means making herself a target.
It is a deadly game of Russian roulette for the sake of justice, but Caroline is determined to see it through, even if it costs her life.

My Review:
If you are a fan of Don Browns work (which I am), this is a book you won’t want to miss.  He never fails to keep you on the edge of your seat with suspense and intrigue and this book is no exception.  Although you do not really need to read the first book in the series, I highly recommend that you do so.  Although Mr. Brown’s books are a work of fiction, he leaves you wondering if these fiction events…could become a reality?  If you like suspense, intrigue and anything to do with the Navy Jag…you won’t want to miss this book.   Well done Mr. Brown, thank you for another great book!  I can’t wait for the next in the series.

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.

Book Reveiw-The Inheritance By: Michal Phillips



The Inheritance
Book 1
(Secrets of the Shetlands Series)
By Michael Phillips
Publisher:  Bethany House

About the Book:
The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale's Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed MacGregor Tulloch's heir to be his grand-nephew David, a local favorite, but when it is discovered that MacGregor left no will, David's grasping cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island's land. And while Hardy doesn't enjoy much popular support, he has the backing of a shadowy group of North Sea oil investors. The courts have frozen the estate's assets while the competing claims are investigated, leaving many of the residents in financial limbo. The future of the island--and its traditional way of life--hangs in the balance.

Loni Ford is enjoying her rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, DC. Yet in spite of her outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her paternal grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .

Past and present collide in master storyteller Phillips's dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace, and of the dreams of men and women everywhere.

My Review:
“The Inheritance” is a great beginning to the “Secrets of the Shetlands series.  I love reading books from different countries and have always been intrigued by Scotland.  Although for me the beginning of the book was a bit slow, I understand with this being a new series, the background for the characters and future books has to be established, however, didn’t take long for me to become embroiled in the storyline.  I felt the book did end a bit abruptly but am in hopes it will continue in the next book.  There is some religious content, but it is not “preachy”, so shouldn’t be a deterrent in reading the book.  The merge of past and present was seamless and well done.  Although this is the first book I have read by Michael Phillips it will not be my last.  I am looking forward to the next in the series. 


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House, through Bethany House 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, April 13, 2016

Book Review-Wonders of Creation Coloring Book!


Wonders of Creation
Illustrations to Color and Inspire
Illustrators:  Cindy Wilde and Pimlada Phuapradit
Publisher:  Zondervan


QUICK OVERVIEW:
Slow down, relax, and contemplate God’s amazing world in this coloring book featuring detailed black-and-white illustrations of the animals, landscapes, and other wonders of creation. Appeals to all ages looking for a unique coloring experience.

Just as the overview states, this book is filled with unique animals, landscapes and sea creatures that will certainly cause you to slow down and relax as you fill the pages with your own coloring technique.  For us, it has opened the door to talk to our grandchildren about God and Creation.  It is a perfect witnessing tool that shows the greatness of God’s wonderful creation of our world and its inhabitants.   There is something to color in this book that is sure to appeal to everyone. 
The pages are big and the designs are very crisp.  If you love coloring, or are new to adult coloring, this book is a must-have.  We love it because it gives us family-time and also the ability to use several types of coloring medium from crayons to markers.  All I can say is sit back and let your coloring imagination begin…!

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, Z Blog Squad for an honest 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.