A short novella of less than 50 pages, the prequel to The Calypso Directive, Ring of Flowers is in part a love story, in part a chronicle of how the bA short novella of less than 50 pages, the prequel to The Calypso Directive, Ring of Flowers is in part a love story, in part a chronicle of how the bubonic plague ("black death") got to Eyam in England. It also gives us a glimpse into the ancestors of the main protagonist in The calypso Directive, Will Foster, which is important for a very particular reason in the main book.
It is not really a mystery novel, so I will not be reviewing it in full on the Mystery Sequels blog....more
Haunted is the first book in a new young adult paranormal mystery series by the author Lynn Carthage. I requested it at Netgalley as I liked the premiHaunted is the first book in a new young adult paranormal mystery series by the author Lynn Carthage. I requested it at Netgalley as I liked the premise – a gothic mystery with some haunting going on. A huge dark mansion in England, and a young girl’s search for the truth.
An American family is moving from San Francisco to the husband’s family mansion in England, all because of something Phoebe, the older girl did not long ago.
Even now that they’re settling in their new home, the parents (mother and step dad) are not quite their usual normal selves with the girl. Sometimes it seems they even completely ignore her. She must have done something really terrible back at home, but for the life of her, she can’t remember what…
One thing Phoebe can’t get over is the fact that she seems to black out at random times and always end up someplace else with no recollection of how she got there.
Soon after arriving to her new home, Phoebe meets a young British guy Miles and they both feel quite attracted to each other. They both realize something is wrong, so together they try to figure out what is going on.
Boy I didn’t see the major twist coming – although now that I think of it, the signs were all there, and I’m sure there will be readers who will have figured it all out way before I did.
Once I understood the gist of the story, it all became more enjoyable again and I was looking forward to see how Phoebe and Miles would deal with the evil that lurks in the house and how to protect her little sister from that evil taking her.
The premise is very intriguing. A technologically advanced sub, U.S.S. Montana is literally stuck in the icy waters of the Arctic, with the crew on the verge of dying due to some unknown reason. There is only one person able to help bring the crew to safely: dr. Joe Rush, who is about to retire. He is gently coerced into giving it one last shot to bring the Montana and its crew back to the safety of friendly waters.
Joe Rush is a gifted marine, medical doctor and bio-terror expert, who due to his particular expertise might be indeed the only one able to figure out why the crew is dying, what type of virus or bacteria are they plagued with.
What he doesn’t know is that there is a powerful political war game involved, with multiple parties wanting to get their greedy little hands on the submarine and what it contains, supposedly in the form of advanced military technology that could put any country that has it way above the others.
The story is fast paced, there is a lot of action and suspense going on.
My small (and really the only) gripe is the writing. There is a strangeness to the sentences and phrases that I couldn't help but notice. Some sentences ran a quarter page long on my Kindle app (not kidding), and I had to read twice the phrase again to figure out what the author was trying to say.
Having said that, I did notice that as the story progressed, the writing started to flow much smoother, making for a very enjoyable and quite captivating read....more
I had high hopes for this book, but sadly it fell short of my expectations. The book wants to teach us how to astral project, however I didn't find anI had high hopes for this book, but sadly it fell short of my expectations. The book wants to teach us how to astral project, however I didn't find any real tutorial on how to do it. Everything here is clouded in mysticism and the occult (I don't have a problem with the occult per se) and the steps to learn to get out of body were so weird, I had to laugh at times. When you lie down you need your head to be facing a particular direction, and wow men with beards need to shave for best results. I'm only glad I wasn't asked to shave my legs for the occasion.
The steps themselves are very basic, and really don't tell much. But there is a lot of talk about astral sex (how to do it) and how to actually form a long lasting relationship with someone in the astral (be it with your real life partner or not).
Then on one hand the author says astral projection is really safe, only to have a whole chapter on the dangers of OBEs, posession, and similar things. In all honestly I couldn't take this book seriously at all. If you want to learn AP, do yourself the favor and read books by Robert Monroe, Robert Bruce and William Buhlman instead.
I do believe in the occult, but astral projection is a natural phenomenon that we all do every single night (albeit unconsciously). There is nothing mystic about going out of body, not in the way these authors make the claim for it....more
It started well enough, with lots of detailed information about vitamin C, about its redox antioxidant properties, etc. However it really lost me whenIt started well enough, with lots of detailed information about vitamin C, about its redox antioxidant properties, etc. However it really lost me when I got to the chapter about how much to take. All this effort, only to diminish it by suggesting that we can get enough vitamin C from our diet - especially when so much research has been done by pioneers like Linus Pauling, dr Cathcart, dr Levy, Irwin Stone and countless others, who clearly proved that our diet is sorely lacking in vitamin C and supplementation is a must....more
A great book written by a police captain who relied on his police skills and 30 years experience to prove that his past life regression was a fluke anA great book written by a police captain who relied on his police skills and 30 years experience to prove that his past life regression was a fluke and the memories he had were from some old books or movies he once read/watched.
However his same police skills and knowledge came back to haunt him, because they proved that indeed he was the lesser known painter James Carrol Beckwith in his recent past life, and this realization shook the very foundation of his beliefs, turning his life literally upside down.
The book is by no means a literary masterpiece. The words are simple, coming from a regular guy (not a writer) and it shows. He all too often tries to make a point over and over again, and I found myself skipping over those repetitive paragraphs more than once. But then again, it does not try to be anything but an account of a person who finally 'saw the light', so to speak.
The book was first recommended to me a few years ago in Carol Bowman's past life forum. I had the book in hardcover on my shelf for a few years until I finally got a chance to read it. Well worth checking it out if you're interested in past lifes, and even more so if you actually believe in reincarnation....more