He served and fought for his country. He was hurt several times and his blood pressure was dangerously high, but he never got a Purple Heart, because he was afraid he'd be shipped back home to the U.S. by the military doctors. He doesn't lament the 160+ confirmed kills he made during his 4 deployments, because he honestly believed the bad guys were evil. By killing insurgents he was saving American lives - SEALS, Marines, and Army. His belief system was "God, Country, and Family" in that order, much to his wife's (now widow Taya) regret. It was refreshing to see her thoughts interspersed throughout the memoir.
Toward the end of his last deployment, a couple of his buddies were killed or severely wounded. Kyle also had a couple of close calls himself. He cheated death and became obsessed with his own mortality. “I am a strong Christian. Not a perfect one—not close. But I strongly believe in God, Jesus, and the Bible. When I die, God is going to hold me accountable for everything I’ve done on earth. He may hold me back until last and run everybody else through the line, because it will take so long to go over all my sins. “Mr. Kyle, let’s go into the backroom. . . .” Honestly, I don’t know what will really happen on Judgment Day. But what I lean toward is that you know all of your sins, and God knows them all, and shame comes over you at the reality that He knows. I believe the fact that I’ve accepted Jesus as my savior will be my salvation. But in that backroom or whatever it is when God confronts me with my sins, I do not believe any of the kills I had during the war will be among them. Everyone I shot was evil. I had good cause on every shot. They all deserved to die.” ...more
The Cats that Surfed the Web by Karen Anne Golden is a good swift read for a rainy day. However, Golden's portrayal of Midwestern small towns and its citizens I found to be slightly offensive, since I grew up in a very small Illinois village. But the premise was fresh and new. It took Golden a long time to get to the mystery of two murders in Katz's house, then the author raced to the conclusion by having the killer confess and Katz, her 3 Siamese cats and her late aunt's Abyssinian, Abby live happily ever after: at least until Book 2 in the The Cats That Series.
But as I said The Cats that Surfed the Web has a good premise and I liked it. I loved Katz's quirky BFF, Colleen. Both characters had me laughing hard. Katherine "Katz" Kendell is a typical New Yorker. She's a hard worker. She has 3 cats. And she's about to become very rich. Her great aunt left her an old Victorian house, a cat, and $44 Million dollars. You guessed it, there is a catch. Katz must live in the house for 1 year to collect the fortune. and if something happens to Abby during that time, she loses the millions. Both the house and cat must be in tip-top shape at the end of the 12 months.
Well, that's easier said than done ; because her home is vandalized not once but twice. And she finds two bodies in her basement. Someone in Erie, Indiana doesn't want her in town or even breathing. Could it be because of her aunt's will, Katz wonders? Duh - of course it is. ...more
Who says not much happens in Haven Harbor, Maine? Certainly not Angie Curtis. She's returned to her hometown after the body of her mother was found. SWho says not much happens in Haven Harbor, Maine? Certainly not Angie Curtis. She's returned to her hometown after the body of her mother was found. She's promised her Gram to stay in Haven Harbor 6 months, and finds herself managing her grandmother's business - Mainely Needlepoint - as well as preparing for Charlotte and Reverend Tom's wedding.
The Mainely Needlepointers have a huge job. They are to restore the embroidered panels that hung in the once grand, but now crumbling Victorian mansion, Aurora. The mansion now belongs to the actress, Skye West, who has some history with the old house. She believes Jasmine Gardener was murdered there in 1970. Old Mrs. Gardener believed so, too. And she's left clues in the panels as to who her daughter's murderer is.
The police think Skye is nuts, but Angie believes Skye West. After all, she witness the actress' close call to her own death. Skye's arrival and announcement has shaken a killer who thought he/she got away with murder 45 years ago. Angie and the Mainely Needlepointer's will stitch together the identity of a killer that will kill again to insure Skye will never reveal his/her identity.
Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait is a delightful cozy. I enjoyed the suffusion of sampler quotations at the beginning of each chapter - they fit well. The writing is easy and smooth like the author is whispering in your ear. The clues build at a steady pace, and no I didn't figure out "whodunnit" until it was revealed. I'm going to read the first in this series and then the third. Thanks Carla - your recommendation was perfect for me....more
Yes, the Christmas season is murderous. Old man Simeon Lee has called all of his family together for Christmas. One son, Alfred, is loyal to his fatheYes, the Christmas season is murderous. Old man Simeon Lee has called all of his family together for Christmas. One son, Alfred, is loyal to his father, David, the sensitive artist, has a burning hatred for his father. Harry is the prodigal son, returning after 20 years. George is an MP and needs money to support his young wife. Pilar is the granddaughter Simeon has never seen. The brothers wives hope the old man wants to reconcile with his sons and granddaughter. But that hope is short-lived as they enter Simeon's bedroom on Christmas Eve. Old man Lee is on the phone talking to his lawyer. He informs his family that he is going to change his will and reduce their allowances. He curtly dismisses them, telling them that he will see them all in the morning.
But morning never comes to Simeon Lee. The family hears furniture overturning and Simeon's unearthly scream. They all run upstairs to find his bedroom locked and Simeon isn't answering them. Stephen Farr, Simeon's old business partner's son help breakdown the door and the family finds the old man dead in a pool of blood. So much for a Merry Christmas. There is no shortage of suspects, everyone under the Lee roof has a reason to want the old man dead. M.Hercule Poirot is spending the holiday with his friend, the Police Super-indent, and is called upon to solve the case.
Christie weaves many red herrings into this classic tale of a lock room mystery as well as many Shakespearean quotes. A mustache, missing uncut diamonds, and a painting lead Poirot to the identity of the murderer. ...more
Snow Angel Cove is a delightful novel. And I'll probably will be reading more by RaeAnne Thayne. Yes, the novel is chic lit, but tells a good story. ElSnow Angel Cove is a delightful novel. And I'll probably will be reading more by RaeAnne Thayne. Yes, the novel is chic lit, but tells a good story. Eliza Hayward with her 5 year old daughter, Maddie, arrive in Haven's Point ID to start her new job as the manager of one of the hotels. But she finds the Inn has burnt to the ground. She has quit her job and given up her apartment. She doesn't know what she's going to do. She's a young widow and Maddie has a big health problem. On the way to a diner, a savior will appear - albeit in an unusual way.
Aiden Caine has recently bought a ranch near Haven's Point along with some commercial properties. He's also hiding a big secret himself. He sees a woman and a little girl crossing the street, but can't stop because of the patch of ice he had skidded on. He hits Eliza and is horrified. Much to his relief, she comes too. Some of the townspeople are outright hostile to him. And he can't figure out why. Eliza is a bit cold towards him, too. It was an accident!
At the hospital, he convinces Eliza to come to Snow Angel Cove for the night. It's either that or spend the night in the hospital, and she has Maddie to think about. Feeling guilty, Aiden offers Eliza a temporary job at Snow Angel Cove to help Sue ready the house for his family who are coming for Christmas. Eliza knows this will give her time to send out feelers for a job, so she accepts. Neither Aiden or Eliza could imagine that sparks will fly. But will they be enough to thaw both of their hearts? ...more
Myron (he hates the name) Bolitar was in the NBA after leading his college team to two championships. But a freak accident cut short his pro3.75 Stars
Myron (he hates the name) Bolitar was in the NBA after leading his college team to two championships. But a freak accident cut short his promising NBA career. He went to law school then worked for the FBI for a while before becoming a sports agent. He's an honest broker who really cares about his players. And he still lives with his mom and dad, albeit in a basement suite.
His secretary is a former female wrestler and she had me me in stitches. So did Myron's partner and sidekick - Win. Readers, please bend your suspension of disbelief to the breaking point when regarding Win. Every amateur sleuth has to have a superhero sidekick.
Myron is negotiating a big contract for a QB that is the dictionary's definition of the small town boy who made it big while being very humble. Christian Steele receives a porno mag with the picture of his fiancee that has been missing for over a year and a half. Kathy is also the sister of Myron's ex girlfriend who is back in town. Could Kathy be alive? If so, why hasn't she reached out to her family or Christian? Could the murder of Jessica and Kathy's father have been more than just a mugging gone bad? You betcha. Read Deal Breaker and everything becomes clear....more
I still love this small book. It is the only Dickens novel that I've ever been able to read from cover to cover without giving up on the Updated 2015
I still love this small book. It is the only Dickens novel that I've ever been able to read from cover to cover without giving up on the book. I've read this so many times that I found myself reciting passages before I got to them.
But on this reading, I did discover a new nugget. How could I have missed that the ghost of Jacob Marley was always near Scrooge!?!
Anyway, I always shed a few tears each Christmas Season when I re-read this Classic. Tears of sadness for the Crachett family, especially for Tiny Tim. But tears of joy when Scrooge's heart becomes full again. The avarice, the bitterness of his losses and he rejoices with what he has, namely his nephew and the ability to help Tiny Tim.
Lastly I still full stand behind my first review of A Christmas Carol which is below these remarks.
Review in 2011.
“I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.” ~Charles Dickens, 1843.
And so A CHRISTMAS CAROL has since its publication; it has never been out of print or truly out of fashion. It is the quintessential Christmas story and the easiest of Dickens books to read. The narrator introduces us to Mr. Scrooge, a man whose heart has turned to stone from ambition, care, avarice, and greed. We see him at his desk in Scrooge and Marley Money House dark and chilled since he is too tightfisted to permit decent coal fires and candles. He scorns everyone that visits his office Christmas Eve, especially his nephew, Fred. But when he finally gets home, the massive door knocker transforms into Marley’s face and strangely lights the foggy dark night.
But Marley specter follows Scrooge to his bed chamber with chains, locks, and money boxes wrapped about his transparent body. He means to save his friend the fate that he has endured since he died seven years ago on this very night. Three Ghosts will haunt Scrooge: The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come – whom looks much like Death. Through the lessons these specters will reveal, Scrooge has a chance to become a different man and employer and lead a different life.
Scrooge’s transformation is genuine as it is remarkable. Through Dickens’s simple narration, we not only witness Scrooge change but we also feel his emotions. We cry at the possible demise of Tiny Tim and the true affection Fred has for his uncle. Scrooge on Christmas morning has rediscovered faith, hope, and charity and his heart is full of love for the season as well as his neighbors. This novella is one I read every Christmas and I love it more each year....more