Robert W. Walker has long been a favorite author of mine. I have been thrilled, chilled, and terrorized with his Instinct, Decoy, and other suspense tRobert W. Walker has long been a favorite author of mine. I have been thrilled, chilled, and terrorized with his Instinct, Decoy, and other suspense thrillers, but recently have begun reading his historical novels.
His Children of Salem spawned much thought in me regarding the Salem witch trials and the motivations around them, his Annie’s War Trilogy showed me a side of the Civil War and prejudice even among those who believed as I do in all men/women are created equal that dumbfounded me.
The Cannoneers, which he views as a YA novel is to me a book for all ages. While it may not have the romantic bits he writes in his other historical novels, it depicts so clearly a point in the history of the USA as to share space in my mind with any of the others.
Mr. Walker is a masterful storyteller, be it a thriller, a mystery, a story of the unnatural, or a historical novel as The Cannoneers is he draws a reader so thoroughly into the story as to make history come alive.
I believe this book will go down in history as one of the greats of our day and recommend it to anyone whether they are a history buff or not. It is a great read. ...more
I have always loved a fantastic murder mystery, and when a touch of the thriller is added, it makes for an award winning novel.
Robert W. Walker adds jI have always loved a fantastic murder mystery, and when a touch of the thriller is added, it makes for an award winning novel.
Robert W. Walker adds just the right amount of thriller to make your heart beat faster and your mind spin. In Killer Instinct, the first in the Instinct series, we meet Jessica Coran, medical examiner extraordinaire. She is new to Otto Boutine’s team with the FBI, when she is sent on her first case, and discovers one of the most horrific scenes imaginable.
Mastiak or Teach as he likes to be called has a rare medical condition and loves the sport of killing and drinking the blood of his victim. He is a Torte Nine killer, because he loves to delay the suffering, and torture of his victim.
Walker’s masterful grasp of details is such that if you are weak of stomach you might not want to eat before reading. The characters are well rounded and believable.
The story is an absolute must read for anyone who likes mystery, murder, mayhem, and thrills. ...more
Sand, Sea, and Meadow Muffins by Miriam Davison is certainly a delightful romantic story with a touch of mystery. Ms. Davison has a flair for the romaSand, Sea, and Meadow Muffins by Miriam Davison is certainly a delightful romantic story with a touch of mystery. Ms. Davison has a flair for the romantic comedy that captivates one’s readers.
Her character Sarah Phillips is not your average run of the mill romantic leading lady, she is a bit of a klutz, with the ability to attract the wrong men. Yet, this reader found her real and endearing for all her quirks and foibles. She has heart and cares deeply for her fellow human beings.
Ms. Davison has written a completely charming novel that will make you laugh out loud and out times wish you could shake Sarah by the shoulders for she will remind you of the best and worst we can be.
Much has been said about Ayn Rand’s book, Atlas Shrugged. Most of it negative by those of us who are not wealthy or a part of the world that has madeMuch has been said about Ayn Rand’s book, Atlas Shrugged. Most of it negative by those of us who are not wealthy or a part of the world that has made their living on the backs of others. It has been called a Bible of sorts by some in the elite world of the Koch Brother’s, Paul Ryan’s, and that ilk. They have taken her words to mean something far different than I did in the numerous times I read it. When she wrote about the doer’s, the builders, and those people who grow the world and the country, I didn’t and don’t believe she meant parasites like the Paul Ryan’s and Rand Paul’s of this world. Those who have earned their living by making life deliberately worse for others, moving jobs overseas, raping companies who are already in trouble, and then closing them. Bankrupting all those who have given their lives to build the company. From the founders to those employees who saved for their old age in the company pension, nor do I believe she meant them to be the parasites of the book. Instead, she was talking about the Paul Ryan’s, Rand Paul’s, Mitt Romney’s, and Koch Brothers, the type of person who believes that a person, who isn’t rich and doesn’t loot or destroy so that their pockets can be further lined are the parasites. For these people are not building, they do not see the connection between the consumer, and the worker. They do not see people who would like to feed, clothe, and house their family honestly, but can no longer do so as a result of the looting of their futures by these same people who line their pockets by destroying. The people who believe that anything they do, justifies their quest for power and more money. Those that say to the mother who has lost her husband through one of their wars, or due to illness, “you should have planned better, you should have saved, invested. If your children want to eat you should have suffered more, you should not have had them, but your option can only have come from the choice of abstinence, for you should have foreseen the loss of your husband, the loss of his job to another country, the loss of your home, due to the loss of his job. You should have known it would happen for it is a dog eat dog world.” It is my firm belief that it is these people who are intent on destruction, and they are the ones that Ayn Rand was talking about in Atlas Shrugged. They are not the builders, they are the looters. They seek to destroy the foundations of the American Dream, our constitution, and any chance that a person can earn their way out of poverty. Are there those who play the system, oh yes, I see it every day, but look at their role models. Look at what we teach people through today’s movies, television, games, and by our very actions. We teach them how to delight in the downfall of others, we teach them that meanness, and cynicism is a admirable thing, we teach them how to be foolish and to dump on others, to gain from the destruction of someone else. By our actions, we teach them every day that violence, through words and actions are a praiseworthy thing. We teach them that the way to success is not through building, but instead through destroying. When a politician or a judge says “you aren’t responsible for your actions because someone else does not matter.” They are wrong! It is my belief that when one’s money, power, and status are obtained by the obliteration of another’s ability to grow to their full potential, to feed, clothe, and house their family by removing their ability to value themselves by honest work and education this is the true destruction of our world. ...more
While some reviews I read compared, ‘Map Of Bones,’ by James Rollins, with ‘The DaVinci Code,’ the only similarity I found was that both books dealt wWhile some reviews I read compared, ‘Map Of Bones,’ by James Rollins, with ‘The DaVinci Code,’ the only similarity I found was that both books dealt with the history and mystery’s surrounding the Catholic Church and its origins. This novel was the second James Rollins book I had read, and it did not disappoint. He continues to amaze me with the depth of his character development, story-lines, and blending of history, mythology, science, fantasy, and politics. Mr. Rollins has a rare ability to both hold the reader’s interest while perking their desire to research a bit more on their own. His stories are thrilling to read, and if you are listening to them as I was, you genuinely don’t want someone coming up to you in the middle when guns are blasting and the world is near destruction for you may jump out of your skin as I nearly did. ‘Map Of Bones,’ a Sigma Force, novel is by far a book that I can recommend to anyone who enjoys adventure, mystery, fantasy, science, or history. ...more