It has been a long time since a new author or series has seized me as much as these authors and this series. In the matter of a few days while travellIt has been a long time since a new author or series has seized me as much as these authors and this series. In the matter of a few days while travelling for work I read the prequel, first novel and short story between the first and second novel. These are riving stories that were very hard to put down. Now to be honest they are not the sort of thing I usually read any more. These were the sort of novels I read about 15-20 years ago when Anne Rice was at her peak and I was just a university student looking for distractions from studies. But there is something about the way these stories are written, especially this first novel in the trilogy, The Blood Gospel, which grabbed my attention and would not let it go.
The basic story is that an earth quake centered in Masada, Israel, unleashes a gas that kills hundreds. Sergeant Jordan Stone is there to investigate the compound used and trace it's source and eliminate the threat. Father Rhun Korza is there to run his own investigation. And Dr. Erin Granger is called in as an archeologist against her will, to investigate a tomb found hidden in the mountain. The three are the only survivors of a brutal attack that wipes out Stone's team of highly trained military men. The three flee, and are now on the run chasing clues that should lead them to The Blood Gospel a book supposedly written in Christ's own blood. The three must explore the past in order to try and save the future. But there are many hands at play.
The Order of Sanguines is a secret society within the Catholic church, they are sworn to fight the Strigoi, vampires, but they also have other secrets. The Belial are a group who work with the srigoi.
The three main characters are wonderfully written. You really appreciate the strengths and weaknesses each brings to the team. The story is face paced and high addictive. It is like a cross between Dan Brown and Anne Rice but better than either. It is a great novel and should prove to be an awesome trilogy!
As someone who practices Yoga mostly at home, via dvd, downloads or web, and even thought I am now a certified Yoga Instructor I found this booklet grAs someone who practices Yoga mostly at home, via dvd, downloads or web, and even thought I am now a certified Yoga Instructor I found this booklet great. Of the 54 poses covered a few I got corrections from for myself, but some of the others I was able to better explain to my student's corrections for their form. Erin Motz had done a wonderful job on this little volume.
The photos and layouts are masterful. Using contrasting colors of white for correct poses and purple for incorrect poses each page is easy to process at a quick glance. Each pose has between 2 and 5 points of correction, some are points of what to do right and some are the most common things people do wrong. These contrasting points really help you to focus on correct form during the posture.
The postures covered are: 1. Mountain Pose 2. Forward Fold 3. Flat Back 4. Plank 5. Chatturanga 6. Cobra 7. Up Dog 8. Downward Dog 9. Kneeling Lunge 10. Warrior I 11. Warrior II 12. Extended Side Angle 13. Extended Warrior 14. Triangle 15. Bound Warrior 16. Bound Triangle 17. Reverse Warrior 18. Revolved Triangle 19. Pyramid 20. Crescent Lunge 21. Warrior III 22. Half Moon 23. Revolved Half Moon 24. Dancer 25. Standing Split 26. Standing Wide Forward Fold 27. Horse 28. Tree Pose 29. Head Stand 30. Hand Stand 31. Dolphin 32. Forearm Stand 33. Crow 34. Side Crow 35. Flying Pigeon 36. 8 Angle Pose 37. Shoulder Pressing Pose 38. Side Plank 39. Side Plank Big Toe Hold 40. Flip Dog 41. Low Bridge 42. Full Wheel 43. Forearm Wheel 44. Pigeon 45. Split 46. Double Pigeon 47. Seated Twist 48. Marichyasana 49. Compass 50. Lotus 51. Boat 52. Seated Forward Fold 53. Toestand 54. Child's Pose
Now to be honest after nearly 20 months of daily practice there are a few of these I still cannot do. But this guide is helping me to try them with proper form. This was a great little guide and I highly recommend it!
One of the best Catholic Young Adult Stories I have read. Full review to follow.
This is the second novel I have read by T.M. Gaouette and I have enOne of the best Catholic Young Adult Stories I have read. Full review to follow.
This is the second novel I have read by T.M. Gaouette and I have enjoyed both immensely. However the pace and intensity in this story was gripping. I barely put the book down and read it in two extended settings. When I finished this novel, I was really wishing for more. It was only when I went to do some research for the review that I discovered it is the first in a series called Faith & Kung Fu.
This story was a very intense read. From the moment Gabriel met Tanner Rose he was apprehensive and reserved. Gabriel and his mother live in the country, he studies martial arts and is a young man of faith. Tanner Rose is a very young Hollywood starlet who dresses and acts beyond her years. At every Turn Gabriel's patience and fortitude seems to be tested by this girl his mother has brought home. Gabriel and Tanner's mother were roommate in university and even though they have chosen very different path's Miss Ruth took Tanner in to try and help. Both Ruth and Gabriel have strong faith and personal practice. Tanner thinks they are just country hicks, and feels like she is being abandoned, punished, and neglected by her mother for pulling her from her party scene lifestyle. Will Gabriel's steadfast faith and strength help ground Tanner or will her wild addictive and self-centered traits rub off on him.
"There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it." - 1 Corinthians 10:13)
The characters are wonderfully written. The solid honest ethical life of Gabriel and his mother in contrast to Tanner and her Hollywood shenanigans is a stunning look at faith in the midst of modern life and culture. The story was compelling and an absolute page turner. I can highly recommend it. It is one of the best Christian Fiction stories I have read in years, and one of the best Catholic Fiction stories for young adults I have ever read. In many ways it reminds me of Regina Doman's writings. Good solid writing crafted into an awesome story. Freeing Tanner Rose is to be the first of four books in the Faith & Kung Fu series. And I cannot wait to read the next installment. It was an excellent read.
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What an incredible story! Full review to follow shortly.
I must be honest and state that I absolutely love Andrew M. Seddon's Saints Alive Volume IWhat an incredible story! Full review to follow shortly.
I must be honest and state that I absolutely love Andrew M. Seddon's Saints Alive Volume I - Saints of Empire and Saints Alive Volume II - Celtic Paths so when I had the chance to receive a review copy of his latest novel Ring Of Time I was thrilled. The book did not disappoint. Seddon has a stunning ability to take readers into the past but learn lessons they can apply daily in their lives. Some books I devour, and go back and reread, others I read and the seldom come to mind again. This book I had to take my time with, to savor, taste and wait and come back to it again. If this book were a meal it would be a rare dining experience, intended to be relished and recalled fondly again and again.
Set in the 27th century, it is a series of stories told to us by Dr. Robert Cragg, he is the first time-travelling historian. Humanity has reached new heights of technology, they can send someone back in time and retrieve them. Suffering from the loss of his daughter and wife, he volunteer's to be the first to test this new technology, in fact he becomes famous as a time-travelling historian. He is running from his pain and loss into ancient Rome. But instead of encountering dry dusty stories he finds people, many of who he comes to care about and even a few love. The places and time's he visits are:
The Ghosts of Kourion, Cyprus, AD 365 Tyndareus and Krikor, At Sea, 15 BC Moonrise over Metzada, Judea, AD 74 The Slipper of Sulpicia Lepidina, Britain, AD 103 Dust of Caesar, Italy, AD 79 Eudaimon, Egypt, AD 132 Asellina's Last Fight, Britain, AD 84 Doctoral Dissertation, Rome, AD 113 In the Mists of Britain, Britain, AD 62 Kobrinia, Britain, AD 257 The Arms of Venus, Melos (undated) The Philosopher's Ring, Egypt, AD 415 But bouncing around time seems to be taking a toll on his health and he knows his number of trips to the past is dwindling. He must make some decisions about the past and about his future. He has had the pleasure of walking the sands of time and he has interacted with commoners, nobility, sailors, businessmen, zealots, legionaries, druids, gladiatrix and philosophers and through it all, he finds people he can interact with, learn from and he finds he enjoys the past more than the present. . For Robert the past is not dead and gone, but alive. More alive than he ever expected to feel after all he has lost.
The story is wonderfully written, not only does the past come alive for Robert, but for us the readers also. It is an incredible read and one of the best books of the more than 115 I have read so far this year and one of the best of the past few years. It is an excellent read!
Well done Andrew well done.
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