Free eBook – Troy’s Possibilities by Rodney Strong

Free eBook – Troy’s Possibilities by Rodney Strong

Troy’s Possibilities by Rodney Strong

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Drama, Romance

 

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For Troy Messer, time travel is great on TV, but it’s not reality. Troy is afflicted by a condition that lets him live out different futures – lots of them. Jaded by all these possibilities, he drifts from day to day never knowing if what he’s living is real life or just a possible one.

When he first meets Cat, it’s not even close to love at first sight. She pepper sprays him and steals his phone. But then he meets her again, and again. Finally, he becomes convinced that this funny, crazy, woman might be just what he needs.

But in his strange world of possibilities nothing is straightforward.

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Book Review – Illegal by John Dennehy

Book Review – Illegal by John Dennehy

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Illegal

by John Dennehy

I must admit that when I saw “Illegal” in its crowd-funding days on an American crowdfunding platform which I don’t want to mention by name, I never made much of it. See, I’m not big on memoirs. After I’ve learned that this American Crowdfunding Publishing firm had deicded to give “Illega”l the boot (in a very non-affable manner) I’ve decided to give it a chance. And boy am I glad that I did!

John Dennehy recalls from memory and scribbles, the account of his life in Ecuador as an “Illegal gringo”, during days in which the country have seen turmoil and citizen unrest, coup d’etat and more. He has been living in the heart of it all, a privilege kid from the states, who decided (post 9/11 and the growing nationalism Iraq war) to start a clean slate.

John teaches English in a few Ecuadorian institutes, falls in love with the beautiful Lucia, and become one of the locals in the city of Latacunga, a relatively unknown and un-touristical place.

The writing is virgin, if not naive, which makes this novel so endearing. John account of events is interesting, in a way which will hold you by the collar and literally would not let you drop the book (or Kindle Device). The author emphasizes throughout the novel the difference between reality as he sees it and common perceptions in the US, by publishing the State Department’s travel warnings in regards to countries such as Ecuador and Colombia. We also grow with him, and see how he evovles and get disillusioned with the romance of revolution, connecting the sites in the end of his story to the same nationalism he had fled from, in the states.

A must read for anyone with an open mind, for travel lovers, for “mochileros”, and for even for fiction lovers like myself! 5 stars without any doubt.

 

 
Book Review –  The Candidate (Newsmakers #2)  by Lis Wiehl

Book Review – The Candidate (Newsmakers #2) by Lis Wiehl

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The Candidate (Newsmakers #2)

by Lis Wiehl

I’ve been given the opportunity to read and review Lis Wiehl & Sebastian Stuart’s second Erica Sparks novel: “The Candidate”.
As a lover of political thrillers, I must say that this novel disappointed me, I will explain why soon after the summary of the plot.

Sparks is a rising star in GNN, a fictional CNN like network, after apparently exposing a shocking plot related to Nylan Hastings GNN’s tycoon owner, in the first book (I have not read the first book of the series so excuse me if this is a poor account of the events).
In “The Candidate” the rising star covers the presidential campaign, with the elections only a few weeks away. With a catastrophe hitting the democratic summit, it looks like Sen. Ortiz – the movie star like war hero – is on his sure path to the presidency. But in Erica’s opinion something’s amiss: is it Ortiz mechanic like conduct? His wife Celeste who seems to be holding a tight leash? or the Ortizes’ all mysterious advisor and fried Lily Lau? While struggling with her own personal life: custody of her daughter and distance relationship with her fiancée, Sparks will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the case!
In short (why I was disappointed): The characters are weak, I could not relste to anyone, especially not to Erica Sparks, not to mention the bond villain like Lily Lau. The plot is farfetched, and highly implausible. The writing is too fast paced for my liking and lacks needed imagery. On the bright side: it’s a gripping tale, which would make a good Hollywood movie someday.
I was especially put off with the recurring references to the first novel, I deemed it unnecessary to establish Spark’s current stardom, nor was I impressed with Sparks love-life: she “falls” for one of her daughter’s friend’s dad, then takes back her alleged cheating fiancée… uncharacteristically.

I awarded the novel 2 star, which is somewhat lower than my usual ratings, and had it not been flowing and thrilling despite its problems – It would have gotten an even lower score. Lis Wiehel is a very talented writer, and I feel that the pressure of publishing a second Sparks book in due deadline took the better of her here.

 

 

 
Free Book – Illegal by John Dennehy

Free Book – Illegal by John Dennehy

Free Book – Illegal by John Dennehy

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memoir, biography, travel

 

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Illegal tells the true story of love and deception, revolutions and deportations as it chronicles the escapades and the trials of John Dennehy. Naïve New Yorker, Dennehy refuses to be part of the feverish nationalism of post 9/11 America. His search for hope in the midst of choicelessness takes him to Ecuador, where he falls in love with firebrand Lucia, who perfects his broken Spanish and they find solidarity in the brewing social revolution. Dennehy is deported but he has found something worth fighting for. This pulsating story of violent protests, illegal border crossings and loss of innocence raises questions about the futility of borders and irresistible power of nationalism.

 

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Book Review – And the Wolf Shall Dwell by Joni Dee

Book Review – And the Wolf Shall Dwell by Joni Dee

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Book Review – And the Wolf Shall Dwell

by Joni Dee

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4 Bloggers Reviews

Julia Wilson
Christian Bookaholic
Rodney Strong
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Book Review by Julia Wilson

Waiting. Watching.

And The Wolf Shall Dwell by Joni Dee is a marvellous political thriller that will have you glued and guessing from the start. With the action twisting this way and that, backwards and forwards, the reader is in for a thrilling ride throughout the novel. This was not my usual genre But I really could not put it down. It’s great to explore something new that you then love.

And The Wolf Shall Dwell deals with spies, intelligence, counter intelligence, espionage and terrorism. It is a cleverly constructed plot that draws the reader in. I was questioning from the start. Joni Dee’s style engages the reader in the novel. I ‘felt’ included in the action. As I ‘met’ the characters, I found myself mentally assessing them and wondering – who could be trusted?

And The Wolf Shall Dwell has some fabulous themes including trust, power and greed. “All heading towards the City in an obsessive pursuit of money that would bring neither joy nor happiness” Joni Dee explores how people with a warped lust for money and power will do anything for self advancement. They care not for others, using and abusing them along the way, so long as their back is covered.

With the action hopping from 1990 to present day and across countries and evoking old alliances, the reader does well to keep up with the action. I absolutely loved it as I tried to join the dots along the way.

Joni Dee has a vivid imagination that not only entertains but also raises the question in the reader’s mind that fiction could possibly become fact in this strange world that we live in. This should strike terror into the heart of all.

The locations came vividly to life with descriptions that painted pictures in my mind. I found the main character charming in a very British way, and his side kick was likeable and lovable with his youth and naivety. He was a breath of fresh air. The villains drew a sneer from my lips as I participated in the novel – although at times I wasn’t sure who could be trusted.

And The Wolf Shall Dwell is a fantastic debut novel. It would make a fabulous BBC drama, having the ‘feel’ of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to it. I picture Daniel Craig in the leading role!

This is a book that cries out to be read. Whatever genre you normally read, open your eyes and mind to something new, and read And The Wolf Shall Dwell today. And if political thrillers are your usually read – you do not want to miss this one. It’s appeal is for male and female, young and old – whatever you are in to, And The Wolf Shall Dwell is a fabulous read. I cannot wait for book two. More, more, more please Joni Dee.

I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Originally Posted on The Christian Bookaholic Blog

 

And The Wolf Shall Dwell by Joni Dee

 


Book Review by Rodney Strong

I look forward to seeing what’s next for him

And The Wolf Shall Dwell is a thriller set mainly in London.  John is unwillingly drawn into the world of espionage thanks to a chance encounter with a man moments before he is killed.  From there his life spins out of control as he encounters the world of spies, terrorism, and it’s clear he will never be the same.

The characters in the book are well written, and there are some really nice descriptive pieces through out.  You really get a sense of the world they live in, from the buildings to the people, everything is well fleshed out.

The book follows a number of characters as the action unfolds, and while that may suit some people, I personally found it distracting and difficult to know who the protagonist was.  If it was John and Adam then they were missing for long periods of time so it was hard to build up empathy for them when there was so much else going on.

There were some issues with tenses throughout which was a little distracting and a tendency by the author to tell the reader things rather than incorporating them into the story.  There was a lot of information to pass on and most of it important to the story, but too often the action stopped while the reader is given background on something, which I personally found frustrating, as I just wanted to get on with the story.

All in all it was a solid read, and I think the author has real potential in this genre.  I look forward to seeing what’s next for him.

3 out of 5 stars.


 

Britanny's Pages Book Review by Brittany

Overall And the Wolf Shall Dwell is such an exciting ride!

I haven’t read that many spy novels in my life, and since I cannot think of a single title at the moment the number must be on the low side. I’ve seen James Bond movies and the like over the years, so I know a bit of what to expect. My original thought going into this was how someone could bring all the secrecy and complexity of a spy story and bring it into a book was beyond me. But Joni Dee nailed it! I loved this book so much! If I didn’t have a full time job to keep me away from reading, I would have devoured this book in less than day.

Yochanan, or John, is a computer programmer living in London. His mind is focused on his company’s release of a new computer program that can help financial companies buy, sell, and trade stocks. John’s day suddenly turns unexpected when an older man plows into him at a subway station. Two men in dark coats come into the station after him. The man tells John a cryptic message before he gets up and takes off toward the trains. As John rights himself, he hears the sound of a train squealing on his breaks, the older man has fallen to his death in the subway.
The man turns out to be an old acquaintance of retired super spy, Adam Grey. Grey was to meet with his informant the day of his death. With the help of John, they discover a plot to bring a Russian nuclear professor out of hiding. With the fear of a new nuclear threat, Gray, John, and a whole cast of spy characters, must put a stop to corruption and destruction.

I love the way this book is written, it’s not too heavy with complicated politics and spy material. It seems light-hearted, but serious at the same time. There are some very difficult moments in this book. But it is all handled very well.
I love John. He is definitely a relatable character. He is excited to meet a real spy and then he discovered a hidden package all by himself! He brings it to Grey, but as soon as they know about it, Grey and John find themselves running from gun fire in Chelsea. John definitely wants nothing to do with anything now that his life is in danger. I can related to that. I would love to be a spy! But at the same time, I don’t want bullets flying at me, and let’s not talk about potentially jumping across a building.
I learned a bit more about the structure of English government. I am a historical, British Royalty junkie, but getting an inside look at how the modern government works and is structured is very interesting.
Overall And the Wolf Shall Dwell is such an exciting ride! It gets 4/5 stars.

*Thank you Book Gobbler and Joni Dee for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review


Originally Posted on Britanny’s Pages


 

Book Review by Maureen Carden

A Welcome New Voice

I have a weakness for spy thrillers. I have a weakness for English spy thrillers and Israeli spy thrillers. So imagine my delight when I was handed a book that combines elements of both; new author, new series even better.
An old source contacts his retired handler, Adam Grey. Later, while running for his life, the old source knocks over an Israeli computer maven working in London leaving him a garbled message. Through the wonders of CCTV and facial recognition software the Israeli, John Daniel, is identified and contacted by the former SIS agent, Adam Grey. Grey has been tasked by internal security elements of SIS to discover the meaning of the out- of- the- blue contact and later the message he leaves behind. It looks like some elements of SIS have gone rogue and embarked on a dangerous game of their own.
This is a concisely told story, with not too much extraneous detail, the type of detail that can bog down a story. However, Dee took a few trips back into the past to remind of us a history where hope was actually possible, first in Russia when Yeltsin and the citizenry stood up against the Gang of Eight and to Ramallah in the West Bank in the period between the Oslo Peace Accords and the second Intifada. A time when both peace in Russia and prosperity in Ramallah were on the rise. A heartbreaking reminder, but so necessary to help show why Western Europeans are now experiencing what Israelis have experienced most of their lives.
Dee tells a complete tale, slowly building the tension while developing his characters, enough of the characters that I was left intrigued and wanting to know more about them. I will say every now and then the John Daniel character seemed just a bit wimpy now and then, even for a civilian.
The story switches back in time from 1990 to present day. Sometimes I had a bit of trouble following the time switches.
I am fascinated by detail Dee gives at the workings of Britain’s government and their security services. Ad a Yank I am still confused at the Parliamentary system. As to the accuracy of his SIS scenes, I don’t know, but they sure sound accurate to me.
I had to smile when one of the characters was bemoaning the lack of secrecy concerning Vauxhall Cross, the SIS HQ. Umm, that ship has sailed, it’s been blown up in a Bond film and had been shown in a million other TV shows and movies.
An enjoyable book, a terrific new voice in the espionage canon. I hope I soon see follow ups to it.


 

 

 
Free eBook – Least Wanted by Debbi Mack

Free eBook – Least Wanted by Debbi Mack

Least Wanted / Debbi Mack

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Thriller / Mystery

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Can a lawyer defend two clients of murder before becoming the next victim?

Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae’s busy, but orderly life as a Maryland lawyer takes a chaotic turn when two clients are accused of murder. A poor, black girl is accused of killing her mother. A young man suspected of embezzlement is accused of murdering his boss. The cases collide in a bizarre way involving girl gangs and computer pornography.

Sam ventures into the heart of DC’s suburban ghettos to find answers. A maniacal killer who’ll do anything to hide them stalks her. After a nearly disastrous confrontation, Sam must do business on the run. As the body count grows, Sam races to learn the truth and clear her clients before she becomes the next victim.

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This is the second book in the Sam McRae mystery series, available only as an ebook. Right now, only the first book is available in all formats. My plan is to eventually re-launch the entire four-book series in print, ebook, and audiobook. If you enjoy this novel, I’d greatly appreciate your leaving an honest Amazon review with your thoughts.

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Free book – Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? by Sojourner McConnell

Free book – Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? by Sojourner McConnell

Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? / Sojourner McConnell

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Childrens’

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When the wind brings the cries of children to her ears, Dolcey is spurred into action. Comforting and aiding children in need are her main focus. Welcome to Dolcey’s world. Welcome to a world of magic and endless possibilities. When Emily has a big problem, her family tries to help, but some problems need something special to make things right. In Emily’s case, the special treatment is a visitor named Dolcey

 

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Free book – The Path of the Child by Sojourner McConnell

Free book – The Path of the Child by Sojourner McConnell

The Path of the Child / Sojourner McConnell

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Fiction, YA

 

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Seventeen-year-old Melanie Easton lives in a loveless home with her negligent, self-absorbed, and potentially dangerous mother. Consequently, she knows loneliness. Unexpectedly offered a ride with a classmate, Robert Reynolds, Melanie finds there is more to people than she ever imagined. Living in self-imposed anonymity, Melanie struggles to survive without becoming bitter and hate filled.

After being befriended by Robert Reynolds, windows of opportunity open for Melanie. Accordingly, the road to discovery divulges there may be reasons for her strange home life. The reasons she never imagined until she begins unraveling the documents hidden away, until now.

Out of the discovery of the secrets, lies, and deceptions, come the possibility for exciting changes. Perhaps along with the answers, comes the opportunity for genuine happiness.

A suspenseful story that will engage your heart and mind with hopefulness and admiration for Melanie’s courage and willingness for self-discovery and personal growth.

 

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Defender (The Voices #1) by G.X. Todd

Defender (The Voices #1) by G.X. Todd

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Defender (The Voices #1)

by G.X. Todd

A few words about the plot of this book:
the novel takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, in which self-aware voices have manifested inside most of the population’s heads, causing the vast majority of humans to go insane and to commit suicide. This world is one of anarchy and chaos: no government, no electricity, no facilities and no gas, just relics of old cities in ruins and the occasional vehicle or food scavenged. Literally the end of human civilization as we know it.
In this world, a stranger called Pilgrim agrees to give a young girl a ride, Lacey, set out to try and find her sister and her daughter, in Vicksburg.
They will be passing through the remnant of the world as we know it, in which the game is ‘survival of the fittest’. They face a gang led by vicious man, in the shadow of an urban myth of a flitting man who’s rounding up the remaining people “who hear”. Oh, and the mysterious biker Pilgrim hears one of these voices, who he refers to as “Voice” himself.I enjoyed “Defender”. For starts it’s not another “zombie book” but portrays a truly different take on the apocalypse. Second, behind the gory scenes, the characters are believable and their interrelations are sincere and interesting. I especially liked the relationship between Pilgrim and witty ‘Voice’
The book painted a universe that would raise many more questions, which were not answered throughout the story line, heck – half way through you realize that these questions will never be answered in the limits of this novel’s length, and for me that somewhat diminished the experience. The story is good, but the loose ends are being tied up in a hurry, and the plot line is left with an elaborated groundwork for a second book and possible a saga. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – but I craved more from the current novel. Practice what you preach and worry about the future later 😉

A rightful 4 stars though, with a nice and accurate writing, not too heavy on the gory descriptions, and an overall good scene-setting. Very good job for a debut novel.

 
Unpunished (Gardiner and Renner #2)  by Lisa Black

Unpunished (Gardiner and Renner #2) by Lisa Black

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Unpunished (Gardiner and Renner #2)

by Lisa Black

I’ve been given the chance to review Unpunished – Lisa Black’s second book in the Maggie Gardiner series. I have not read the first book, so this review may benefit people who are looking at the novel as a whole, rather than part of a series.
The plot is one of a classic detective novel, only the hero is a rather grey police worker and not an all mighty DC or DCI: Gardiner is a forensic expert who studies the crime scene and handles the post death technicalities. The other main character is Jack Renner, a homicide cop who’s a vigilante serial killer “at night”, but one with an ethical code of disposing only of the bad guys. If you had read “That Darkness” you would have known this by now as well as the fact that Gardiner is the only living soul who shares Jack’s secret.
The mystery revolves around the murder of a copy editor at the Cleveland Herald, who is found hanging above the grinding wheels of the newspaper assembly line. When more newspaper employees are killed, Maggie and Jack continue their unholy partnership, in an effort to uncover the eluding killer.

I liked “Unpunished”. It has the elements of a classic thriller, and Albeit it is secretly an exaggerated editorial advocating for the dying American news industry, it was still fun to see murders taking place above and under the printing press wheels. Sure, the journalistic facts (told mainly by the suspects) were tedious and all too lecture-y, but the story is well written and like any good thriller you’ll find it nearly impossible to guess who is the culprit.

The one thing that I thought the book had lacked, and that’s something I tend to look for in a series within the crime detective genre, is whether the novel can stand alone or not. And to be honest, it can’t. I immediately wanted to find out more about the incident that entangled Maggie Gardiner with Jack Renner – and even though on its own that’s not a bad thing – it still goes to show that if we take the element of their relationship out of “Unpunished”, it might have been a bit boring and one dimensional.

Having said that, the killer and now accomplice crime fighters are there, and “Unpunished” is interesting and gripping. I especially liked Gardiner as a CSI grey-worker who is the centre of things, and would have loved to see her character evolve a bit more… Luckily it’s a series 🙂 3 stars .. 3.5 on a better day.