Short stories are either a hit or miss for me, and Carolyn Arnold hit this short story right out of the park. I held my breath wondering how it would...moreShort stories are either a hit or miss for me, and Carolyn Arnold hit this short story right out of the park. I held my breath wondering how it would end and what would be the justice for Christina with her cheating husband. Pearls of Deception evokes the entire thriller senses for a great short read. It's well written with crisp, believable dialogue and a wonderful twist ending. I'm off to read another one of Arnold's thrillers. (less)
Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? I jumped at the chance to read this book. Ghosts of Mayflower takes us into the firsthand experiences of the auth...moreWho doesn’t love a good ghost story? I jumped at the chance to read this book. Ghosts of Mayflower takes us into the firsthand experiences of the author’s time as an Halloween attraction orderly for the Mayflower Building at Pennhurst Asylum, located in Spring City, Pennsylvania. This is the same haunted location that The Ghosthunters filmed their 2011 Halloween special. For good reason, the paranormal experiences are frequent and quite impressive.
I enjoyed the way the author presented this book over a couple of months and documented the shift days, personal experiences, candid conversations, people who work at the now Pennhurst Halloween attraction, tons of guests, and of course ghostly apparitions along with a some things that go bump in the night. I won’t give away any spoilers because it’s such a fun ghost story read. If I had any complaints, it would be that I wanted to learn more about the history of the location, but that in no way takes away from the book.
This is a great, short read. You could read a chapter or two at a time, or devour the entire book on a stormy Saturday afternoon like I did. Highly recommend. (less)
The plot moves at a superb and consistent pace. The storyline ignites with action and it is what makes a thriller enjoyable. As the next chapters slow...moreThe plot moves at a superb and consistent pace. The storyline ignites with action and it is what makes a thriller enjoyable. As the next chapters slowly layer the plot strategically, it builds in intrigue and anticipation. Bidinotto has honed his craft as a crime writer, but clearly can incorporate everything that a good novel needs and what readers hunger for in a satisfying read. Hunter is categorized as a “thriller”, but undoubtedly has a suspense, romance, drama, spy thriller, and a police procedural feel to it.
There are many characters in the book and each has helped to add even more depth to the story. It ratchets up the suspense and propels the reader into caring about certain characters and even wishing the bad ones to get what they deserve. The ease of Bidinotto’s writing style makes it a delight to read – smooth descriptions and concise dialogue.
The only aspect that stopped me a couple of times to retrace my reading was that the chapters literally throw you into the next scene with little or no setup. It’s a personal preference to me, but it didn’t slow the pacing or enjoyment of the narrative in the least.
This book is ultimately an all around thriller with some rough language, violence and adult themes. Hunter is perfect for mystery, suspense, and thriller readers. I highly recommend this novel and hope there will be more books from this author. (less)
This is a great book for beginning writers as well as for more seasoned fiction writers. It's nice to freshen up your writing skills from someone who...moreThis is a great book for beginning writers as well as for more seasoned fiction writers. It's nice to freshen up your writing skills from someone who has been writing and publishing for quite some time. It covers things that you know about writing with examples and exercises, but it's nice to be reminded again. The book is written as matter of fact with humor thrown in to illustrate points. I have my copy on my Kindle as a great reference tool in my writing arsenal. (less)
This was an inspiring book from a man who had every obstacle against him growing in Harlem and the Bronx in the 50s and 60s. His family had moved from...moreThis was an inspiring book from a man who had every obstacle against him growing in Harlem and the Bronx in the 50s and 60s. His family had moved from Puerto Rico when he was a year old searching for a better life. He battled gangs, drugs, corruption, racism, and his own demons. It's a raw, powerful story written in his own voice. His faith and determination shines through as he poured out his heart and soul on paper. His hope is to help others with his own story. If you know someone dealing with problems and there seems to be no way out, this book is proof that dreams, can and will, come true. (less)
A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE IN TODAY’S EVER CHANGING WORLD
“IT’S ALL PART OF THE DANCE” focuses on changing our individual perspective of all that surroun...moreA MUST READ FOR EVERYONE IN TODAY’S EVER CHANGING WORLD
“IT’S ALL PART OF THE DANCE” focuses on changing our individual perspective of all that surrounds us in our personal world and how we respond to it in order to become happier in life. The book first asks, “How happy are you?” Many times we find ourselves focused on what is wrong with the world and what we don’t have rather than what’s important.
Dr. Gettis guides readers through a wonderful journey of self-discovery by using personal stories, humor, quotes, and powerful insights in this well written book. It’s impossible to come away from this book without changing at least one negative perspective in your life. I highly recommend this book for anyone wishing to enjoy life more and to be happier through all the ups and downs of everyday life. (less)
This is a great camera and I've enjoyed it for more than a year. This book answers many questions on properly setting functions for the effects you ar...moreThis is a great camera and I've enjoyed it for more than a year. This book answers many questions on properly setting functions for the effects you are seeking. I love the versitility of shooting black/white with filters. This is a great book for anyone interested in shooting with a Canon EOS and not just a point and shoot digital camera.(less)
Many novels these days are tagged as a “Thriller”. Sometimes I’m a little disappointed because they don’t always seem to fit that genre. I was pleasan...moreMany novels these days are tagged as a “Thriller”. Sometimes I’m a little disappointed because they don’t always seem to fit that genre. I was pleasantly surprised that “A Touch of Deceit” checked every box for me that a thriller should be – and more. I was immediately engrossed in Gary Ponzo’s debut, award winning thriller from the first page.
The hero, Nick Bracco works as an anti-terrorism FBI agent. The reader is instantly thrown into the high-stakes life of this true-life action hero. The clock is ticking down as Bracco tries to stop a Kurdish terrorist from blowing up random homes across America. Everyone’s nightmare has been realized. Bracco is forced to recruit his close cousin Tommy, a member of the Italian Mafia, to help track down this assassin before more lives are lost.
“A Touch of Deceit” is a cleverly written thriller with plenty of twists and turns, action, and strong dialogue to keep you turning the pages well into the night. The characters show strength and depth. The plot moves quickly, leaving the reader to want more. The dialogue is direct and well written. Gary Ponzo is an author that everyone should add to their reading list. I highly recommend for thriller, suspense, and mystery fans. (less)
Gods of the Machines is an engaging, particularly intriguing mystery with an unforgettable cast of characters, both human and android. It has everythi...moreGods of the Machines is an engaging, particularly intriguing mystery with an unforgettable cast of characters, both human and android. It has everything that an exciting thriller should with a relentless and sometimes misunderstood detective, unsolved murders, killers on the loose, and a dogged CSI team putting all the clues together. The extra-added bonus is that all of this takes place on Ceres, a newly inhabited planet in the Earth’s solar system.
Detective Sam Benson’s newest assignment as lead detective on Earth’s first colonized planet starts out as a routine position until a several murders happen. It doesn’t look like they are going to stop anytime soon. He’s thrown into the middle of politics, greed, conspiracy, and an android that appears to be the primary murder suspect. Many more suspects soon emerge in the investigation. It’s a grueling game of cat and mouse, along with just the right amount of CSI.
Gods of Machines offers readers something from almost every popular genre. Characters that you love, hate, or really make you think. Sexual tension, romance, heroics, adventure, creatures, and science keep you turning the pages. The descriptive prose Starta pens is entertaining and wonderfully imaginative. If you’re looking for the next great sci-fi thriller to grab your attention, I highly recommend Gods of the Machines. (less)