Free Book The Eagle and the Child by S. Khubiar

Free Book The Eagle and the Child by S. Khubiar

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Free Book : The Eagle and the Child: the Child 

by S. Khubiar

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thriller

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Working for the Mossad was never as dangerous as retiring from it. Shahla is an Israeli asset concealed in her American job, and an injury leads to a new life with a man who restores her body and soul. The forbidden union challenges the couple when Shahla’s Persian Jewish culture clashes with his. The marriage is further complicated when she refuses to discuss her past, and an unseen figure for whom she has affection overshadows their marriage. The family Passover answers many questions about this clandestine visitor, but the celebration turns deadly. Shahla is drawn into a war not her own, and the massacre leads to an unimaginable chain of events. When the Mossad and her trade craft fail, only faith remains. The Child is the first book of the Eagle and Child trilogy.

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Free eBook : Angelos Odyssey by J.B.M. Patrick

Free eBook : Angelos Odyssey by J.B.M. Patrick

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Angelos Odyssey: Volume One by J.B.M. Patrick

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fantasy / Sci-Fi

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The year is 3200, and the world’s greatest assassin has yet to leave his mark on a society ravaged by malevolent gods, demons, and countless beasts…

This is the story of Tavon, an orphan who rose above his origins as another gang member running the streets of the massive Citadel. He watched the ones closest to him depart this life due to violent gunfights, drug abuse, and constant territorial disputes. But he triumphed over darkness, embracing it and using it as a weapon to join the most famous assassination association in the universe.

His companions include: Brock, a veteran who pursues a flailing career as a paramedic while battling PTSD; Silo, an android who disguised his true nature and is now the playboy CEO of a flourishing social media company; Raiko, a young boy surviving in the Citadel Prison while receiving genetic enhancements; and Aaliyah, the Citadel’s most brilliant and effective Bureau Detective.

This is the story of awakening, of transcendence.

 

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Free Book : The Golden Nightingale by Abdelouahab Hammoudi

Free Book : The Golden Nightingale by Abdelouahab Hammoudi

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Free Book : The Golden Nightingale by Abdelouahab Hammoudi

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Thriller / Mystery

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A troubled cop saves three Native American hostages to discover that they possess a small golden nightingale which is more than just a family heirloom

 

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Abdelouahab Hammoudi is an Algerian writer,screenwriter and filmmaker. He has several works to his credit.
In 1994, his whole film production won “the town of Brussels International Medal.”
In 2007, his script ” La lune ne se lève que la nuit” was made into film.
He writes both in English and French

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Book Review – Troy’s Possibilities by Rodney Strong

Book Review – Troy’s Possibilities by Rodney Strong

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Book Review – Troy’s Possibilities: Nothing Is Straightforward When Anything Is Possible

by Rodney Strong

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Ah! So Many Possibilities!

When I picked up “Troy’s Possibilities” I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was written by an unknown author, his debut novel, with a blurry description. Is it sci-fi? Drama? General fiction?

I don’t regret giving this book a chance, I have found a profound drama, which leaves you thinking deeply about the meaning of things and your own course of life. However, even after reading it – I can’t seem to be able to label it, which is maybe a good thing, but sadly may get other people to ignore it.

The idea in the heart of the novel is not original, we have seen it on the silver screen with “Sliding Doors”, “The Butterfly Effect” and even old “Groundhog day”. Although the way it’s manifested in Troy’s Possibilities is quite unique:

Troy gets to live choices he had made as alternative routes for his life. The problem is that he can’t control it. In fact, in a sense it controls him: he could be living a full life of years and years, not knowing if it’s real life or a “possibility” that will end with him blinking back to 2016, when he is in his early thirties. While it can be a blessing, Troy’s mentions numerous times that when you get this “do-over” you cannot control what the other person does, so even if you do everything right, and the other person chose differently – the future would be different. A good thing if the love of your life vanishes to Australia in a possibility; a bad thing if you are married to your high school sweetheart with a child and poof you are whisked back to your parents’ house when you’re fifteen, only now she doesn’t feel the same.

There’s one constant that seems to return to Troy’s existent, in whichever possibility he is, and that’s Cat. Is she for real? Is she part of a bigger scheme that the universe holds for Troy? Is she the sun for his moonlike measurable existence? And if so, why is it so darn complicated?

Again, I enjoyed “Troy’s Possibilities” and the idea that stood behind it. It doesn’t lack problems though: at times I wasn’t sure whether the author himself got confused from what’s real and what was just a possibility, referring to things that should not have happened. Also, the multiple futures Troy had, in which he lived a full life – weren’t convincing enough, at least not as much as the shorter scenarios that took hours or weeks. Moreover, while I was hooked in fully in the first third of the book, I felt like it lost momentum as the storyline dragged on, to a somewhat predictable ending.

Having said all the above I liked the clues that the author planted towards the conclusion, I liked the characters – they were very complex and I could easily identified with Troy, and I liked the rich world of metaphors and language. “A thousand quips formed and died on my lips” thinks the protagonist and I couldn’t identify more, being an aspiring author myself.

I also liked a cute recurring scene where Troy helps this old couple chose something, between the husband’s choice and the wife’s, I found it a playful way of demonstrating Troy’s problem that each “future” can turn differently if one person chooses a bit differently.

For a debut novel, Strong has done a good job, and while it doesn’t lack issues it is a good read that will live you thinking. Hence why I decided to rate this book 4 stars, and to recommend it.


Britanny's Pages Book Review by Brittany

Wonderful story of hope and love

Wow. All I can say is wow. When I got this book, I was not expecting the epic tale that would I would be taking. I’m still sitting around just thinking about the whole book and having a difficult time writing this review.

Troy’s Possibilities is the story of Troy, a man in his early twenties working at a bank and spending his time with his flatmate Emily. He keeps to himself, no matter how Emily tries to push him out into the world to start living. But Troy is haunted. His life is interrupted by possibilities. These possibilities happen in the blink of an eye, Troy has lived hundreds of lives all with different outcomes. Troy is trapped by his ability and unable to really live life. Until Cat knocks on the front door and everything changes.

I really cannot express how much I really loved this book. It has so many good themes and elements. It was written beautifully and the story really flowed.

Troy’s Possibilities is a story about life. Troy has the ability to see how life MIGHT turn out. Unfortunately, it’s not the future. Each possibility is based on Troy’s decisions and the decisions of other people. He might save someone in one possibility, but in reality that person decided not to go to the same place Troy was. Life does have a lot to do with your own, personal decisions, but at the same time other people’s decisions affect you.

It’s a story about family. Because of everything Troy has seen, it negatively affects his relationship with his mother. Troy loves her so much, but he’s seen her suffer in so many possibilities. His dad has a hard time accepting this ability, and writes Troy off as mental. It’s sad to see his parental relationship crumble. Emily is Troy’s roommate and best friend since forever. She acts like a sister to him and tries to get him to live life.

It’s a story about love. Love has so many different possibilities. There are so many decisions and outcomes that could happen in a love story. But when you fall in love, it’s not only destiny, it’s also hope.

Troy’s Possibilities has filled my soul with hope. Definitely a book that has made me pause and reflect on all the possibilities not just in my past, but my future as well.

Troy’s Possibilities gets 4.5 stars.


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Free Paperback / Free YA novel : Cancionero Randolph Parrish

Free Paperback / Free YA novel : Cancionero Randolph Parrish

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Free Paperback Giveaway : Cancionero

by Randolph Parrish

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YA

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About a boy who saved a town — almost.
Jeremy, a kid nobody wants, gets dumped in an orphanage full of other kids nobody wants. That would be the end of the story, except for an ancient spinster jilted in youth; a presumptuous and vain but cowardly mayor; a drunkard who is trying to find a second chance; a bully; a girl who can’t keep her socks clean; and a forlorn Western town.
You’re never a reject just because somebody else says so.

 

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Free Paperback Giveaway : Skeleton Mountain

Free Paperback Giveaway : Skeleton Mountain

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Free Paperback Giveaway : Skeleton Mountain

by Randolph Parrish

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An army major, a deserter, a proper young lady, and a bandit leader and his motley gang, compete to find a legendary treasure in the Old West. But what they find isn’t always the treasure they were searching for.

 

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Book Review – The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Book Review – The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

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Book Review – The Golden House

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Book Review by Joni Dee

All that Glitters is Not Gold – Brilliant New Book by Rushdie

I normally start a book review with an introduction, but since Salman Rushdie needs none, I’ll get straight to the plot: Powerful real-estate tycoon Nero Golden immigrates with his three adult children into a grand mansion in downtown Manhattan. They arrive after a catastrophe had occurred to them in the “old country” which is forbidden to name.

The narrator, and ultimately the unintended protagonist, is their Manhattanite neighbour and family confidant, René. He takes upon himself to tell the chronicles of the “Golden house”, and in a sense becomes the family historian, who is much involved in shaping their story.

The Goldens are everything you could dream of, and in a sense their appeal pulls René into their world: They are socialites, rich and influential. The house is packed with intrigue and mischief, of brotherly rivalry and everything takes a turn to the worst upon the introduction of Vasilisa, Nero’s second gold-digger wife.

Rushdie does well to tackle to significant subjects of our everyday lives through the narrative of the Goldens, and the introduction to their world, as examples:

  1. The constant struggle of East and West. The old country of the Goldens and modern Western Manhattan life are constantly on an axis of strife. Full with Eastern idioms and concepts, with a terrorist act that sets the motion of our tale, he subtly plays the strings of the Clash of Civilizations. It is very apparent with the allegory of the old tale of the appointment with death in Samarra, vis a vis Manhattan and Mumbai (deliberately referred to as Bombay throughout the novel, the old degrading Western mispronunciation).
  2. The folly of the latest American elections, along with criticism of the elected president, is constantly in the background. The Goldens arrival is shortly after the inauguration of Obama – a time when they are established at the apex of the NY society. As the family starts crumbling down, the narrator describes the madness of Gotham, who is falling to the flute of the coloured hair candidate represented by the green haired Joker. The more vulgar he gets the more they like him.

However, the Batman reference is not the only cinematic allegory. René being an aspiring filmmaker, and the son of two professors intellectuals, means that he incorporate many literary, pop culture, and cinematic references as he tells his story. This is a brilliant way of getting the reader to identify with the scenes, and painting a vivid image of them. We also encounter many allegories to popular folk tales such as Baba Yaga and Vasilisa, Vasilisa with the Golden Tress, and more as another way of spicing up the civilization bridge. While throughout the pages the author spares us nothing of his criticism of many aspect of the American life “Guns were alive in America, and death was their random gift.”

In a way, by actively getting involved with the Goldens, René is not just telling his tale but is in a voyage to self-discovery. “The trouble with trying to escape yourself is that you bring yourself along for the ride.” Tells him Apu, one of the brothers, before he embarks on his own catastrophic journey. It seems like René will discover this soon enough himself.

This is a brilliant novel, seems very different than anything Rushdie has ever written, but not shy of his usual opinionated self and social criticism (“Lies can cause tragedies, both on the personal and the national scale… Telling the truth can also cost you what you love” René recalls he had told Apu in one of their talks, this is apropos the 2016 elections). If one word of criticism is due to the novel itself, is that it’s too long, many of the monologues are overstretching, trying to convey a point which has already been taken. Nonetheless – shining 5 stars!

 
Book Review – The Path of the Child  by Sojourner McConnell

Book Review – The Path of the Child by Sojourner McConnell

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Book Review – The Path of the Child

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Of Isolation And Hope

The Path Of The Child by Sojourner McConnell is a powerful contemporary novel which I really enjoyed. It was a compulsive read which drew me in from the start as I put on my ‘Mom and nurturing’ hat.

The novel is two-fold, dealing with a child and her mother. Told in the third person from various viewpoints, the reader gets to intimately know the characters.

There is the voice of mental illness. I found this a powerful chapter as the voices played their part. They seemed to empower the person as their will took over.
Another area discussed was love and care. A child needs to be nurtured. My heart just broke. “She had been told all her life that she ‘wasn’t worth the effort.’ ” Every child matters. No child asks to be born. Whatever the circumstances of conception, children need love and care.

The voice of neglect really upset me. “She wanted someone to know she existed.” Everyone wants to be noticed. No one wants to live in isolation.
The novel was about roots and a search to belong. A need to know who you are and your heritage, so you can move into the future.
The tongue is a powerful weapon. It can build up or tear down. Both cases apply to the novel. To witness a blossoming and awakening into a world of love was beautiful to behold. “She knew love existed in  books; she was just realising it existed in life too.” This I think is one of the most powerful phrases in the whole novel, encompassing both isolation and hope.

As an avid reader, I loved all the references to books. Many I had read and they awoke memories in me.
Kindness is vastly under-rated as a quality but we all need kindness. Little acts of kindness can produce smiles and swell hearts.
Friendship and families are presented in the novel. The love and care is beautiful to witness. The gentleness, like handling a delicate flower, really comes across to the reader.

thought The Path Of The Child was a unique and powerful book. I could empathise with all the characters. There were some very beautiful moments that have left hope in my heart, with the promise of a new tomorrow.

A wonderful read.

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


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The Path of the Child by Sojourner McConnell Book Review

I must admit that “And the Path of the Child” is not my go to genre. Being a thriller reader, I always expect the worst in any novel: when is the next twist, when is the next accident or death, and thus I find “regular life” fiction normally dull. Having said that, this is by no means my view of “And the Path of the Child” which showed me, how a rough, “everyday” life, can be painted in vivid colours.

Alabama good girl Melanie has never been loved by her mom. In fact, she is regularly neglected and as a result became a wall flower, as both her mom and schoolmates disregards her. She has no other family, and never knew her father or heard of any relatives.
This all changes when kind-hearted Rob takes an interest in Melanie, and helps her break free from the shackles of her hard life, on the path of discovering her family and roots.
We learn about her mom’s past, and embark on a new voyage along with Melanie.

This is an interesting novel, with complex characters and an ambiguous ending: it is happy and has a tang of “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Christmas Carol” but it is anything but plain straightforward (no spoilers here).

If you like general fiction, you will enjoy “The Path of the Child”. If you like “Christian Fiction” or stories in which humans, with their flaws and misjudgement or their kindness and good nature, are the centre, you would love it.

 
Book Review – The Redcroft Journals: The Missing Journal by KY Eden

Book Review – The Redcroft Journals: The Missing Journal by KY Eden

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Book Review – The Redcroft Journals: The Missing Journal

by KY Eden

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Reviewed by Julia Wilson

Thrilling

The Redcroft Journals: The Missing Journal by K.Y. Eden is the first book in a thrilling new YA fantasy series. I am much older but I really enjoyed it, getting caught up in the action from the start.

Inheriting a house from an elderly neighbour means a pair of teenagers get far more than they bargained for. Bound together, the pair must right the wrongs of the past, searching for clues and artefacts along the way.

The novel shows that life is a spiritual battle that we do not understand. The realms are easy to tap into if you know what you are doing. There are good spirits and bad demons. The clue is knowing who to trust.

I am not usually drawn to fantasy novels but this is a real cracker. I read it, totally engrossed in the action and cannot wait for the second book. The ending is perfectly poised to continue the tale.

The characters are well drawn, realistic and likable. The reader wants them to succeed in their task and ‘feels’ bound to them in their quest.

The Missing Journal has an unusual plotline that gripped me from the start. I cannot wait to read the subsequent books.

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


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Reviewed by Rodney Strong

Nice set-up for future books and an enjoyable read!

When old man Bernie Watts dies he leaves more than just his physical possessions to village children Zak and Natalie. He also leaves a mystery that involves time travel, other realms, missing journals, and monsters.

Over the course of the book more questions are raised than answered for the two main characters, which nicely sets it up for future books. Zak and Natalie are well defined, as is the village and its other inhabitants. Zak’s family, including the annoying older brother Adam, will be very familiar to a lot of readers, in particular the bickering that’s common between siblings.

I enjoyed the story, and the world the author has created. However it felt like the book could have benefited from a good edit as there are some formatting issues, and patches where sentence structure could have been tightened.

All in all though, an enjoyable read.


 

 
Free Book “The Redcroft Journals Vol I : The Missing Journal” by K Y Eden

Free Book “The Redcroft Journals Vol I : The Missing Journal” by K Y Eden

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Free eBook / Free Paperback Giveaway : The Redcroft Journals – Vol I: The Missing Journal

by K Y Eden

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Fantasy, Science Fiction, YA

 

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The Redcroft Journals series is a coming of age, time-slip adventure that will lead you on a journey of discovery, require you to question the familiar and encourage you to embrace new possibilities. It’s an exploration into friendships that show faith will triumph, trust is powerful, and that we all have a hidden ability to share.

Zak Stone lives with his parents and older brother Adam in the seemingly ordinary village of Redcroft. When elderly resident Bernie Watts dies, it sparks life-changing supernatural events for Zak, his family, and their beautiful and mysterious neighbour, Natalie.

Fearful secrets unfold when Zak and Natalie find themselves thrown together to unravel Bernie’s extraordinary life and legacy. His Journals guide them on their quest and warn them to protect the future from the sinister dark creatures that are watching them.

Keeping it all a secret becomes increasingly difficult, yet reveals some interesting insights into their family ties and the history of Redcroft.

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