When Kerit brought the alien back with him to the Resolution, he knew he would be facing the wrath of his brother and captain of their ship, Tyris. BuWhen Kerit brought the alien back with him to the Resolution, he knew he would be facing the wrath of his brother and captain of their ship, Tyris. But Kugah had been in danger and was unable to leave the planet as his ship had crashed. Though his black armour and blank expression was enough to cause fear, Kerit knew Kugah wouldn’t hurt them. And when Amelie, the doctor caring for the large number of people on the ship met him as well, she sensed he wasn’t as ferocious as he seemed. He was certainly intimidating – his sheer size and obvious strength were there for everyone to see – but Amelie agreed with Tyris that she would test Kugah to learn more about him.
The Resolution had to flee through a wormhole in space which the engineers were able to create; but the desperate journey would have repercussions throughout the majority of the passengers. As each person showed signs of premature aging, even the rapid onset of dementia, Amelie didn’t know what she was up against. But would the knowledge she did have, along with the help of Kugah, who couldn’t even speak the language, be able to stave off the inevitable? Would their journey to find a new planet; one they could finally call home, be halted before it had even begun?
Reckless Remedy by Aussie author Rinelle Grey is the 4th in the Barren Planet series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it as much as I have the first three. Tension and intrigue rippled through the story; the rush to escape and its consequences; the fear of the unknown and how to overcome it and a tentative romance between two people who were nothing alike – all together an entertaining read and one I highly recommend. I would also recommend they are read in order of publication: #1 Reckless Rescue, #2 Reckless Rebellion, #3 Reckless Recon, #4 Reckless Remedy which is, in my opinion, important for character growth.
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Opening sentence: They emerged from the bush like skeletal ghosts, the convicts first, staggering in short steps, all in rags but one - he was barefooOpening sentence: They emerged from the bush like skeletal ghosts, the convicts first, staggering in short steps, all in rags but one - he was barefoot and naked, wild eyes staring from a face of black bristling whiskers.
Australian born Hamilton Hume was the eldest son of free settler Andrew Hume and his wife, English born Eliza Kennedy, who was also matron of the newly established Orphan School for Homeless and Unwanted Girls in Parramatta. She had arrived on the Suprize in 1794 as companion for her widowed brother James and their children. Andrew had embarked for Port Jackson from England on the HMS Guardian in 1789 and with the cataclysmic collision with ice during the journey leaving many dead, he was fortunate to arrive at all.
As Hamilton grew, his surroundings of the Australian bush beckoned him daily. He made friends with the natives as he explored, and this continued throughout his life. (One of his Aboriginal friends who would travel with him time and again was Dual) His great affinity with the bush and the local Aboriginals was legendary. His treks through the bush to the Blue Mountains and beyond; to the Shoalhaven where they were stumped by a raging river; to Port Phillip; and his discovery of the Murray and Darling Rivers – all from Sydney and through previously uncharted and wildly overgrown, sometimes impassable bush, earned him many accolades from his superiors.
Meanwhile as the new nation grew, life in the colony was hard and cruel, especially for those unfortunate enough to be a convict. The natives suffered unimaginable horrors from the new arrivals as well. But Hamilton Hume and some others fought for the rights of both these peoples – all the while opening up the colony and the nation for the future of the Australian people. But the full recognition of Hamilton Hume’s achievements was glossed over in favour of the British, especially the likes of William Hovell.
Hamilton Hume: Our Greatest Explorer by Aussie author Robert Macklin is an amazing book about a man who helped to shape our wonderful nation. Little known facts as well as those we’ve heard about at school (perhaps) are blended to make this a really interesting read. I did find it a little dry in places, but the facts and dates are needed to give the full story. For those who enjoy reading about Australian history, and the making of a nation, I highly recommend Hamilton Hume as an enjoyable and fascinating read.
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Eleven year old Mick was confused and sad – his father had recently died and his mother couldn’t cope with the grief. Mick was on his way from SydneyEleven year old Mick was confused and sad – his father had recently died and his mother couldn’t cope with the grief. Mick was on his way from Sydney to Perth, then on further to his Granpa’s property in the Pilbara where he would stay until his mother was well enough to have him home. But Mick hadn’t been to his Granpa’s desolate and isolated home since he was a two year old…
Slowly Mick grew to love the place – the old half blind thoroughbred, Blind Willy that Taylor Pete taught him how to be friends with; Taylor Pete himself and his tales of his Aboriginal heritage; the book Granpa read to him; and Mick read back – "The Drover’s Cook and Other Verses". He missed his mum and dad terribly, but was happy at the property with Granpa.
When the cyclone hit, it was Mick’s first experience of such a terrifying event – but as he was searching for the chooks after it was all over, he discovered instead a puppy, more dead than alive and half drowned in the flood waters. A deep red rusty colour, he was immediately christened Blue – to Mick’s confusion. From that day forward, Mick and Blue were best mates, having adventures far and wide over the vast, dusty land; and Blue was largely instrumental in the life lessons Mick faced.
Blue Dog is an absolutely delightful novella which is set as a prequel to Red Dog, released in 2001 by Louis de Bernieres. Heart-warming and moving, it’s also light-hearted and fun (love the cat’s name – Lamington!) – the setting of the Australian outback is authentic and real. I thoroughly enjoyed Blue Dog and have no hesitation in recommending it highly.
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Luisa Brant’s mother died a week after Lu was born – her brother AJ was eight so was lucky to have had his mother for those first years of his lif3.5★s
Luisa Brant’s mother died a week after Lu was born – her brother AJ was eight so was lucky to have had his mother for those first years of his life. Lu and AJ’s father was a highly respected member of the community in which they lived; State Attorney of Howard County in Maryland. The three of them lived together in their big home with housekeeper/carer/nanny Teensy working days – Lu’s father wasn’t a demonstrative man, but cared for them just the same.
When AJ was eighteen there was an altercation at their graduation party where AJ saved his best friend Davey’s life, and another young man lost his. Though AJ had his arm broken in two places, he was cleared of all fault – Davey’s parents were eternally grateful to AJ while AJ’s family were happy and thankful he hadn’t been too badly hurt.
Now, years later forty five year old Lu was elected into the position her father had held all those years ago – plus she was the first elected woman which made her family proud. But the murder case she became involved in almost immediately dredged up the events of a long ago past – secrets, lies and shattered memories had Lu wondering what had really happened back in 1980 when she was only ten years old. It seemed instead of getting answers there were only more questions…
Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman is a gripping and suspenseful thriller that moved between the present day and the past with ease. The mystery of the past clashing with the murder of the present made for an intriguing plot but I didn’t feel overly drawn to the characters I’m afraid. I enjoyed the character of Lu as a child but felt there was no depth to the adults. And I will admit to skimming in parts. But that said, I would recommend Wilde Lake – my first by this author and she has many fans.
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Agent Kasper, of both Italian and American descent, had been following the trail of the supernotes for the CIA for years – putting himself in danger;Agent Kasper, of both Italian and American descent, had been following the trail of the supernotes for the CIA for years – putting himself in danger; spending time in prison before being freed without charge. But when he was kidnapped in Cambodia while trying to cross the border to freedom, the life of adrenalin rushes and edge of the knife danger were made to look like a walk in the park.
His captors were led by a Lieutenant Darrha of the Cambodian Combat Intelligence Division, or CID – Darrha was cruel and malicious; Kasper understood he’d reached the end of the line when he was removed from the SUV and stood facing the AK-47. But when the bullets were fired over his head and he was ordered back into the vehicle by laughing Cambodians, Kasper wondered if there was a glimmer of hope…
After being moved around in various squalid hiding places for weeks, tortured and starved, the Prison Ward of the notorious Preah Monivong Hospital was just another in a long line of degrading and terrible places. Kasper’s health was at its worst; his mind he kept alert as best he could. The beatings were severe; the torture worse – but when they moved him to one of the most dreadful prison sites the world had known, Prey Sar Correctional Centre, near Phnom Penh, in Cambodia, things would become much worse.
In the meantime, Kasper’s mother in Italy had contacted people for help for her son. Working around the clock and well behind the scenes were two women – one knew Kasper, one didn’t. But they both had the same goal – to prove Kasper’s innocence. Would they succeed against powers much higher than anyone they had dealt with before? And who could they trust?
The Supernotes Affair by Agent Kasper and translated by Luigi Carletti is based on a true story; it is a riveting, suspenseful read of an innocent man and his determination to survive the atrocities which were being meted out to him on a daily basis. Gripping and intense, The Supernotes Affair is a top notch thriller which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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When Winnie Cox married George Quint, she knew she was going against everything that was traditionally “correct”. It was 1912 in British Guiana and WiWhen Winnie Cox married George Quint, she knew she was going against everything that was traditionally “correct”. It was 1912 in British Guiana and Winnie was from a privileged white family – owners of a large and prosperous sugar plantation. George was poor, a postman and a black man. But Winnie didn’t care – she loved George with all her heart. Winnie’s Mama took George into her heart, but her sister, Johanna or Yoyo as she was known, disliked George intensely – she was disgusted and horrified at the marriage.
Yoyo was desperate to have sons; her husband Clarence was the man to father those sons but Yoyo didn’t fall pregnant. Imagine how incensed she was to discover Winnie was pregnant with a “half-caste” child. Gradually the jealousy that Yoyo had always felt toward Winnie – the favoured child – came to the fore. It seemed things would go her way though when Winnie had to take her first born to Venezuela for medical treatment and leave George behind…
Five years on and George refused to see Yoyo – he knew she was trouble and she had proven it. But it was difficult to say anything to Winnie because of her intense love for her sister and also George’s love for Winnie. He couldn't bare to hurt her feelings…
When tragedy struck and secrets were laid bare, the fragility of a marriage was under intense pressure. Could she possibly find it in her heart to forgive? Or was it too late – far too late – for forgiveness?
The Sugar Planter’s Daughter by Sharon Maas is a deep and heartrending story of love and loss; betrayal and forgiveness; secrets and lies. I felt deeply involved in Winnie's and George’s lives; the lives of George’s family and their encompassment of Winnie into their hearts. But Yoyo on the other hand – she had such bitterness in her heart; she made me so angry at times - I didn’t like her at all! This is my first by this author and though I found the beginning of the book quite slow at times, I enjoyed the experience. Highly recommended.
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Seventeen year old Adeelah Naji fell in love with Karim when he saved her life while the rest of her family was murdered – but Karim’s father had no tSeventeen year old Adeelah Naji fell in love with Karim when he saved her life while the rest of her family was murdered – but Karim’s father had no time for her and was jealous of the love Karim showed Adeelah. Summonsing an evil djinn, Faruq enticed a naïve Adeelah to drink an elixir – suddenly she was imprisoned in a bottle with Karim’s father as her master.
As the years and centuries passed, Adeelah knew many masters – the wishes were varied but mostly they wanted wealth and grand homes; and all the while she searched for Karim. She knew he took the elixir of life every one hundred years and he also continued to search for her. But while she searched she had to remain alert so as not to come across Faruq – he was furious she had escaped him, and wanted her back. His plans to use her so he could live forever meant her life was in danger…
When Adeelah began to feel an incredible fatigue after granting certain wishes, her master was a young man of her age (when she was human) – Nathan was nothing like her previous masters. He was kind and considerate; she began to care for him in a most un-genie like manner. But still the danger of Faruq was on the horizon – plus was her search for Karim bringing him closer? She suddenly realised she had put Nathan and his family in peril – what would she do? Her choices were few; her decision vital.
Bottled by Carol Riggs was so much fun! A genie in a bottle – a young woman no less – and wishes granted everywhere! But she had rules and the rules of the bottle weren’t to be broken. Adeelah was a great character and I had a thoroughly enjoyable few hours evading evil characters and dashing through voids from one place to the other with her. Highly recommended!
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