This was another page turner. The 3rd and final book of The Mark of the Lion series is focused on the life of Atretes. He is the barbarian from GermanThis was another page turner. The 3rd and final book of The Mark of the Lion series is focused on the life of Atretes. He is the barbarian from Germania who was forced to fight as a Gladiator until he became free. The three main characters from the earlier books are not in this one. The story picks up after Atretes finds out about Caleb and wants to find him.
I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5. Although it was really good, there were parts that were kind of slow and it tended to be a bit more preachy. And the ending was a little disappointing. I felt like it was rushed.
None of this takes away from the writing of Francine Rivers. I've read 4 books by Rivers and I have loved them all....more
This is a fantastic series. I am flying through it. I love the history. The plot is very interesting and the biblical aspect is interesting, not evasiThis is a fantastic series. I am flying through it. I love the history. The plot is very interesting and the biblical aspect is interesting, not evasive. Most of this book takes place in Ephesus which is in what we now call Turkey. The focus is on the characters, Julia, Marcus, Phoebe and Hadassah. It picks up immediately after the end of A Voice in the Wind. This is the 3rd book I've read by Rivers and all three of them have been great. I had to go to the library today to get As Sure as the Dawn so I can continue on. This is a rare occurrance. When I'm more interested in my book than my IPAD, you know I love the book. The characters become personal. I think about them during the day. Strange but true.
Even though this is considered a Christian oriented book, it is not intimidating. The story is so good and the infusion of biblical quotes and teaching flows very nicely. It is very educational.
It's been a while since I've read a Lincoln Rhyme mystery. This didn't disappoint. Just when you think what's going to happen next, Amanda and LincolnIt's been a while since I've read a Lincoln Rhyme mystery. This didn't disappoint. Just when you think what's going to happen next, Amanda and Lincoln are one step ahead of you and you learn something new This mystery is about an assassination that takes place in the Bahamas. An ambitious district attorney approaches Lincoln and Sachs to help her gather evidence against the leader of the NIOS who ordered the hit. This is stellar Rhymes and Sachs action. This is not one of Deavers best, however, this does hold my attention and keeps me rivited. I might just be getting a little bored with the plot....more
This was an excellent book. I read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and it was one of my favorites.
I enjoyed the historical aspect of the book. The RThis was an excellent book. I read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and it was one of my favorites.
I enjoyed the historical aspect of the book. The Roman Empire is very interesting. It is hauntingly similar to some aspects of modern life. This author does a wonderful job incorporating the historical times in developing her characters, as well as, the Biblical angle. Her characters are complex and most of them, to be honest, were not likeable. To me, there is a lot of evil in this book. However, the potential to change things and make them better seems high. Like being on the cusp of a break through to goodness. This was one of those rare books that I couldn't put down. I looked forward to reading it every day and I read the last 100 pages in a day. I've already put the second book on hold at the library. ...more
Based on the reviews I read before starting this second book following Riding Lessons, I was worried I wasn't going to like this. I'm so glad I staye Based on the reviews I read before starting this second book following Riding Lessons, I was worried I wasn't going to like this. I'm so glad I stayed on course. I loved this book. It probably helps that I have ridden horses, shown horses, and own a horse. I've ridden English and Western and jumped fences. I know exactly what it means when the smell of a barn warms your heart. There is something about a teenage girl and a horse. It's a bond hard to understand. Annemarie is not an easy character to like, however, her imperfections make her easier to relate to so you kind of want to route for her. The one character I didn't care for is her daughter, Eva. I thought the author created a monster of a teenage daughter. Part of it is Annemarie lets her get away with treating her bad. The divorce doesn't help either. But the selfishness and misbehavior is over the top, but is probably more real than I know. Sara Gruen wrote "Water for Elephants" which was a fantastic book. It's' hard to top. However, Ms Gruen is a fantastic story teller and these 2 earlier books show her talent. The story flows and kept my attention from beginning to end. All the loose ends were tied up so I felt satisfied at the conclusion. It's been a long time since I've had a book call to me and pull me off my tablet. The last few books I've read have done that. I wish there were more books out there by Gruen. I would definitely read them....more
So I read most of this book on the way back from our Disney World Vacation. Interestingly enough, the setting of this book began in Disney World. I reaSo I read most of this book on the way back from our Disney World Vacation. Interestingly enough, the setting of this book began in Disney World. I read over 1/2 of this book on the way home. I picked it back up last night and I finished it tonight. It's a 559 page thick paperback. With that being said, you should know why I rated this a 5. This was an incredible book. Library Journal said "this would transifx the readers till the very last page"...Dead on. Penn Cage has just lost his wife to cancer. He has a 4 year old daughter and he seems lost. Penn decides to go back home to get the emotional support he needs. Once home, he discovers some ugly secrets that is haunting his family and he decides to try and help his family deal with their ghosts. Enevitably, this stirs up some ghosts from Penn's past and he is caught up in memories that have always been at the surface. The thing that kept me riveted is the fact that there was a little something revealed at each page. And the action never stopped. This was a definite page turner and I woke up early this morning to read it. That hasn't happened in a long time. This is the 3rd Greg Iles book I have read. I believe, these have all been ranked pretty high. I am looking forward to the next Iles book. They are fantastic. ...more
John Corey kind of reminds me of Spenser from the old Robert B Parker series. He's a great character. Flawed, yes, but human and very funny. This bookJohn Corey kind of reminds me of Spenser from the old Robert B Parker series. He's a great character. Flawed, yes, but human and very funny. This book was about Asad Khalil. A terrorist in a jihad. Seeking revenge for the death of his family. And John Corey is on a task force to figure out who he is and how to catch him. He has a new job since recovering from being shot as a cop for the NYPD. Kate Mayfield is his partner and the two of them are working together on the case. The setting is US, New York and California primarily. This was a well written, suspenseful, action packed thriller. The Libyan angle was interesting and the author weaved it very tightly within his plot. This is definitely a series I am interested in continuing. I've become very fond of the main character, John Corey, and DeMille's writing is genious....more
Before I say ANYTHING, I want to say how much I love this author. I have enjoyed all the books I've read by her and I think I've rated them very high.Before I say ANYTHING, I want to say how much I love this author. I have enjoyed all the books I've read by her and I think I've rated them very high. So, when I chose this book. I figured it was going to be like any other Binchy. Even after reading 1/2 the book, I was enjoying it. I was wondering when she was going to tie in all the characters from the first part to the ones in the 2nd part. I was about finished reading about Carmel and her dinner party when I decided to go read some reviews. I was confused because none of the characters on the Lilac Bus were appearing in this part of the story. Talk about disappointment! I don't understand what Maeve was thinking. She is a great story teller, but this was not up to Binchy par. The first part of the book was good. Every chapter was told from the point of view of a different passenger on the lilac bus. The second part was like, forget about the lilac bus, we would like to introduce you to some other folks who live in Dublin and talk about their drama. There was no rhyme or reason to this. I don't think I've read a more confusing book.
If you are a first time reader of Maeve Binchy, I beg of you, do not start with this one. As a matter of fact, don't ever read this one. This should have never been published as a novel. It should be well known as a bunch of short stories....with holes....more
I really enjoyed The Dirt which was an autobiography about Motley Crew a hard rock band that wears really popular during the 80's. So I thought I woulI really enjoyed The Dirt which was an autobiography about Motley Crew a hard rock band that wears really popular during the 80's. So I thought I would try this autobiography about one of the band members Nikki Sixx. All this was... A diary with various comments from those who were close to Sixx during his worst times of his addiction. It was an OK book. The majority of it was a blow by blow of every drug induced episode that Nikki went through from 1986 thru 2006. Most of it is about drugs and the abuse. It's depressing. Nikki quits so many times you wonder if he is really gonna stop. This is an interesting book, however, there isn't any literary quality attributed to it. However Nikki Sixx comes across as a very smart guy. He just didn't use his smarts to live s life of s famous rock star....more
This was one of those rare books that called out to me "Read me" "Read me". For me to put everything aside to read a book is a rare occurrence these dThis was one of those rare books that called out to me "Read me" "Read me". For me to put everything aside to read a book is a rare occurrence these days. What did I like about this book? Molitar and Win. Their relationship reminds me a lot of Spenser and Hawk. The mystery was very thrilling, although, I figured most it out before it was revealed. The humor or shall I say, slapstick is pretty funny. I liked the characters and I liked the plot. It kept my interest and begged me for more. The basic plot: Molitar is represting a tennis player, Duane. During one of his matches, a former tennis star, Valerie, is murdered. Valerie was after Molitar to be her manager and Win was very close to her. So, Molitar is trying to find her killer. It seems, everyone plays a part in Valerie's history and Molitar has to weed through all of this to figure out the truth. The setting is current NYC. I am very excited about reading the next book in this series....more