I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, Nightshade it was fast and emotional and a great read. The prologue of Digitalis got my heart pumpI thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, Nightshade it was fast and emotional and a great read. The prologue of Digitalis got my heart pumping and I was excited, but I did not enjoy this read very much. I guess it was because the main female character had my back up so much that I was angry with her through out my whole read. Yet then that shows that she was made real to me from pen to page. I may well be alone and it may be my hormones, but I just couldn't get in to this one. However the first one was awesome and you better believe that I plan on grabbing more titles from Ronie Kendig in the future.
*Thanks to the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Barbour Books for providing a copy for review.*
*Just wrote my review and it disappeared. I hate that. Here we go again.*
Normally when I write a review about a book like this the first that I would*Just wrote my review and it disappeared. I hate that. Here we go again.*
Normally when I write a review about a book like this the first that I would tell you is that this is not my genre. Mostly I find myself in Christian Historical Fiction, however from time to time I do enjoy a good adventure. I would not really call this book an adventure, however it is romantic suspense. I was completely captivated from page one. Contemporary is not a place I often call home, and this is scary and gritty and real, but the characters grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. I highly recommend this read and definitely would not hesitate to read more from Irene Hannon in the future.
“Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
The Black Madonna is the sequel to Gold of Kings. I knew this was to be a similar type book, but I did not realize it was a sequel. Boy was I excitedThe Black Madonna is the sequel to Gold of Kings. I knew this was to be a similar type book, but I did not realize it was a sequel. Boy was I excited when I discovered that! (And I must add that I like the new cover of GoK that matches TBM...) In May 2009, I had this to say about Gold of Kings:
Now this was a fun book! "Gold of Kings" is quite adventurous and easily can be visualized as an action film much like National Treasure or the Da Vinci Code films in theory. The reading of this book gives off a similar vibe to Matt Bronleewe's August Adams series (Illuminated, House of Wolves), although it is not quite as cool in my opinion as I just loved those books, but really like this one.
There are really three main characters that you are following through out the book in their physical, mental, and spiritual battles. The adventure is laid out for the reader to enjoy right along with the characters. The only flaw points that draw me back are the parts where a character figures something out, but it is hidden from the reader. That makes me feel like an outsider, and I love the stories that are as if you are right along side them, and not viewing from a window, you know?
One of the best parts about this book are the historical facts and images that are brought to life and explained through out. As the characters are learning some historical pieces of the puzzle the explanations are given to the reader as well in an intriguing manner. Maybe it is because I have a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and this is just my thing, but over all I was thoroughly impressed and plan to look for more titles like this from Davis Bunn in the future.
Now, about this latest adventure with Storm, Emma and Harry... is it possible to say almost the exact same thing about the second book The Black Madonna?! The only thing I'd change is my opinion of calling the story-point a flaw. After reflection as well as an email conversation with the author, I do not think that it's a flaw anymore. It is different to me and something a little out of my own comfort zone, but it does prove to add to the suspense.
I both hate and like the ending. At the same time it is much like a film that makes you wonder, but that's not my personal preference although I know it sells. As a whole I really enjoy Davis Bunn's suspense and adventure novels. Coming from reading The Gold of Kings to continuing the story here it was nice to learn a bit more of the personality and character of homeland security agent Emma. I still would call this Storm's series though.
*Thanks to Howard Books for providing a copy for review through Glass Roads PR.* ...more
The Malacca Conspiracy is my first novel experience with author Don Brown, but after reading this and getting snippets of previous books including theThe Malacca Conspiracy is my first novel experience with author Don Brown, but after reading this and getting snippets of previous books including the Navy Justice Series, I'm very intrigued and want more. This novel was real and engaging. It was nerve wracking and page turning. I was terrified and excited all in the same breath. I truly enjoyed this novel and want more like it.
I wonder if my navy wife sister will need to borrow it... ...more
This is my first Debbie Macomber novel and not my last. It seems for some reason I always hesitate to buy the novels that most people are crazy over.This is my first Debbie Macomber novel and not my last. It seems for some reason I always hesitate to buy the novels that most people are crazy over. It is my understanding that just her name will sell a book before synopsis or title is available. I would not say that this is my favorite author, but she was definitely enjoyable for a general market fiction. Coming as a reader of various genres I generally like my fiction to be tasteful and for the most part this was. There were about five sexual sentences in the whole book and if they were removed I think it would not have changed the plot or emotions of the scenes one bit but would have made it more tasteful for my opinion.
Hannah's List is a story of a widower and a letter that his wife wrote him urging him to move forward in life. Personally this is a tough subject for me as I'm fairly set in the one and only rule, but the author really does show a point and paints a fair story. I think that this was an incredibly touching read as you get to know the full handful of characters. Easily this could be a great and touching drama film. I do highly recommend this read. I am so glad that I was able to read it, and I look forward to adding more Debbie Macomber books to my shelf in the future.
*Thanks to Nancy Berland PR for providing an ARC for review.*...more
Can you say whirlwind? This is the fastest that I have read a book in a long time, especially with AppleBlossom running around (yes that's right, my bCan you say whirlwind? This is the fastest that I have read a book in a long time, especially with AppleBlossom running around (yes that's right, my barely ten month old daughter is running...). I could not turn the pages fast enough. I could not find enough time to sit and read as long and as much as I craved to. Every time line, every plot was bam bam bam, give me more!!
Last August, I was able to experience the first book in the TSI (Time Scene Investigators) series The Gabon Virus: A Novel. I knew then that I wanted more and I was not disappointed with this second novel in The Influenza Bomb: A Novel. I was on the edge of my seat turning the page. I was terrified and excited. The characters are real and the enemies true evil, but perfectly appropriate to the mentalities of the world today in both our history and future.
Through out the story I was able to delve down deeply into conspiracies and myth surround the first and second Great World Wars as well as Hitler and his Nazi regime. The facts were fascinating and it was incredible how this team of authors worked the mystery into the medical drama. Without giving anything away, I'm sputtering for speech.
All and all, the best word for it, Love. I love this book, I love this series and I want more!
*Thanks to Rebeca Seitz of Glass Road PR and Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster for providing a copy for review.*...more
In January I was introduced to the writing of author Sharon Gillenwater and had mixed feelings. Her research is incredible and I love the story, but IIn January I was introduced to the writing of author Sharon Gillenwater and had mixed feelings. Her research is incredible and I love the story, but I felt like the book Jenna's Cowboy ended in a lurch and that messed it up for me. In starting Emily's Chance I discovered that it picks up immediately from where we left off, and in the case that I would have had this book ready to read right away might have made a difference on my feelings then as I am happy to find out more about the lives of these characters that I have come to care about and be worried for in their circumstances with the aftermath of the town fire.
In this book we continue with incredible characters that are real to life and easy to love, but again we have abrupt changes and endings that kinda startle me in my reading. I think that this author and series have so much potential, but the changes from one "scene" to another were just rapid. With that said, the good elements of the story definitely outweigh the bad and I look forward to reading Megan's Hero is 2011. ...more
What an adventure! I agree with Jerry that this is an amazing book cover, it says so much. "The Last Operative" is a novel that keeps you going from pWhat an adventure! I agree with Jerry that this is an amazing book cover, it says so much. "The Last Operative" is a novel that keeps you going from page to page and chapter to chapter. It is one of those long lasting adventures where when you think something big and full of adrenaline just happened and that you and recuperate, something even bigger happens. To me at first the book ends abruptly, but in retrospect looking at it, it fits right in. Because if you blink, something else is going to happen!
Knowing that "The Last Operative" is a retelling of Jerry's first standalone novel is hard to fully grasp, because this book is so literal and set with today's political avenues, but then I guess history does repeat itself.
Jordan Kirkwood is a great character, if you know me at you, you probably know that I have a very fond love of the television show and books "Alias" and many other things espionage. Jordan is an NSA (National Security Agency) CIA-like (Central Intelligence Agency) operative and currently one of a kind. He is in for quite the unexpected adventure even in his line of work and his future and past as well as his faith are all at stake. Jump on in and enjoy the story, but be prepared to put a little time aside to read the whole thing, because you won't want to stop.
*Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing a copy for review.*...more