The Lady of the Lake by Patrick Donnell is not the type of book that I usually read at night. I prefer my scary books like my scary movies and that is...moreThe Lady of the Lake by Patrick Donnell is not the type of book that I usually read at night. I prefer my scary books like my scary movies and that is in the daylight. However I constantly found myself reading this book at night simply because I couldn't put it down. I liked the attention to detail because it allowed me to picture it. For example, during some of the autopsy scenes I felt like I was right there with the examiners peering down at the body; although I did turn my head away a few times until I could calm down. I enjoyed the characters and watching bonds being formed. It brought back memories of the camaraderie of summer camps and the lifelong friendships that are often formed. The best part was seeing how they joined together to solve the mysterious goings on that start soon after Logan arrives at camp. That Lady of the Lake is one scary creature and I really enjoyed the build up to the climax, as well as the surprises along the way. If you are looking for a down-right scary book I recommend The Lady of the Lake.(less)
Mommy Moments by Daphine Glenn Robinson is a sure-fire pick me up of a book. It’s a very short and easy read. If you’re a mom, you will instantly reco...moreMommy Moments by Daphine Glenn Robinson is a sure-fire pick me up of a book. It’s a very short and easy read. If you’re a mom, you will instantly recognize one or two, okay probably all of the scenarios. There is universality in the randomness of some of the things that young children do or say. If you don’t have small children at home, this book might help calm down the laser angry glares of annoyance that many a flustered mom gets when their normally angelic baby shows out. She doesn’t know why this usually occurs in public. Lol. After reading this book, the next time you see an outburst, you’ll probably muster up a sympathetic smile. This book would also be a great gift for wedding shower baskets and the like. Moms-to-be will at least have an idea of what to expect. But it’s written in such a way that it will make them laugh instead of run off screaming.(less)
"One Imperfect Christmas" by Myra Johnson is a book that goes beyond simply entertaining the reader. For me, it made me think and, more importantly, f...more"One Imperfect Christmas" by Myra Johnson is a book that goes beyond simply entertaining the reader. For me, it made me think and, more importantly, feel. Belinda, the matriarch of the family, has suffered a massive stroke and needs longterm care. Myra Johnson has skillfully weaved a tale that examines the effects of this tragic stroke on the various family members. In addition, she conveys to us the thoughts and wishes of the stroke victim Belinda.
Anyone who has ever cared for a sick loved one will be able to identify with the feelings of Belinda's daughter Natalie. Myra Johnson doesn't just list the usual feelings of grief, sorrow, guilt, etc.; but, and this is the painful part, she delves into exactly why and how these feelings occur. She avoids the tendancy most of us have to catapult the victim into a saint and, rather, portrays her as a three-dimensional human being.
Myra Johnson also does a masterful job painting the many layers of a real marital relationship. It is so poignant to see two people wanting the exact same thing and being within inches of achieving it, save for the lack of communication that so often mars real life love. And Natalie's dad, caught in the crosshairs of trying to hold the family together while keeping hold of his own emotions, is a character that I found incredibly appealing.
Finally, I loved the fact that though this was an undeniably Christian family, they were, without dispute, authentic. Myra Johnson shows that even the most devout faithful don't always skip happy-go-lucky through life, whistling merrily in the face of misfortune. In many cases, as in this story, the believer's faith is hard won through trial by fire. I highly recommend this book. As you read this family tale, your smile may fade, but I guarantee, your hope will soar. (less)
"Grave Situation" by Alex MacLean is the perfect book to read if you're looking for a book that makes you think. Allan is trying to solve a string of...more"Grave Situation" by Alex MacLean is the perfect book to read if you're looking for a book that makes you think. Allan is trying to solve a string of cases that bring him to the very abyss of sanity himself. I found myself flipping back several times to see if a clue I thought I'd picked up on made sense in an earlier scene. I was drawn into the story to the point that I wanted to jump in and help solve the cases.
MacLean has a knack for getting into the actual heads of each of the characters. He fleshes out the characters' backstories so well that even though I was appalled at some of their actions, a part of me came to understand what compelled them to behave as they did. I'm almost ashamed to say that a very tiny part of me even empathized with some of the more unappealing characters. This I can only attribute to the author's expertise in humanizing the thoughts and feelings of his characters.
MacLean also has the gift of painting a scene so vividly, that if I didn't know better, I would feel that I was actually in the scene as a silent observer. He has a talent for using the exact words necessary to convey the nuances, feels, and smells of what's going on in each chapter.
Overall, this is a fantastic crime thriller. It is the kind of book that you can't put down until you find out what happens next. If you do put it down, you can't wait to get back to it. I found myself thinking about the characters and their outcomes well after I finished the book. I look forward to reading more by this intriguing author. But be warned, it will have you looking over your shoulder. When reading "Grave Situation" here's a word to the wise...keep the lights on. (less)
"State of Rebellion (A Pug Connor Novel)" by Gordon Ryan is a fascinating read. It seamlessly blends politics, history, love, family and page-turning...more"State of Rebellion (A Pug Connor Novel)" by Gordon Ryan is a fascinating read. It seamlessly blends politics, history, love, family and page-turning action into a novel that, as the description promises, will keep you reading late into the night.
Dan Rawlings is a decent, ordinary man who finds himself thrust into the midst the turmoil surrounding California's decision to become it's own Republic by not only outside pressures, but by his own conflicting emotions regarding his love of California and his love of the United States of America. What unfolds is a story that reinforces the readers' own patriotism, while at the same time raises questions about what we think we know as oppossed to what we blindly believe about our government.
Just when you think you know whom you can trust, the author throws in a twist that will leave you stunned at the depths to which humanity can stoop. This novel is also a vividly crafted portrait of the layers of good and evil that, depending upon the circumstances, can be found within us all. I would highly recommend this book for readers who, wherever your political affliations lie, love a good adventure-packed thriller that makes you think, smile and cheer. (less)
Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day by Maria Staal is an excellent adventure. The author shares with us an insider's view of her journ...moreTime Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day by Maria Staal is an excellent adventure. The author shares with us an insider's view of her journey on a container ship. Before reading this book, I had no idea that passengers could even travel on a container ship. Maria writes in a style that makes you feel that you are right there on the voyage with her. Her descriptions on everything from the actual ship to the different ports that she visits are very picturesque.
Maria Staal also details her impressions of and interactions with the captain, crew members and other passengers on the ship. I also really appreciated that the author shares how she came about being able to take this journey. You will marvel at the way she created an opportunity and made the most of it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone whose ever wanted to travel the high seas and wondered what it would be like. If you haven't been bitten by the travel bug before, you will be after this enjoyable read. Staal demonstrates her resourcefulness as she encounters everything from rumors of pirate attacks, crew member gone mad and what happens when she's in a race to get back to the ship before it leaves port. You will thoroughly enjoy the exploits that this talented writer communicates in a clear, concise, yet witty style. (less)
I hadn't read science fiction since I was a teen, and until I read "In Her Name: Empire" by Michael R. Hicks, I hadn't realized how much I missed them...moreI hadn't read science fiction since I was a teen, and until I read "In Her Name: Empire" by Michael R. Hicks, I hadn't realized how much I missed them. Mr. Hicks has crafted a physically beautiful land inhabited by the Kreelans. But even on this lush paradise, one must constantly be wary of the enemy, human or otherwise. I love the way the author begins at the beginning and almost seems to anticipate what questions a reader would ask. No sooner would I wonder "well how did this come about?" than that question would be answered in the next few pages. Mr. Hicks has the talent of writing with a reader's eye.
The character development is wonderful. The author lays a firm foundation for the choices that the characters make given the things that have happened in their lives. There are some gory scenes that, because of their vividness, would cause me not to give the book to children from 12-15 years of age (although I grant you that kids might see almost anything on tv these days so the book wouldn't necessarily shock them).
Overall I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great and timeless adventure. The exciting escapades of human hero Reza in the land of the Kreelan warriors will leave you breathless and wanting more! I look forward to reading the remainder of the series. (less)
M.O.D. by J.C. Allen is one of those books that will keep you thinking long after the last page. The author creates a fascinating world that instantly...moreM.O.D. by J.C. Allen is one of those books that will keep you thinking long after the last page. The author creates a fascinating world that instantly makes you want to live there. But at the same time makes you question your own sense of right and wrong. This book will have you reviewing your own values about who's really criminal and who's trying to save the United States. M.O.D. is a page-turning thriller that will keep you guessing the outcome right up until the very last page. There is a lot of technology in the book, but the author has a way of incorporating it right into the story so that the reader is able to follow along and understand. Mr. Allen has produced an action-packed book that will leave you ready for the next installment.