Book Review – West Running Wild  by Gem Stone

Book Review – West Running Wild by Gem Stone

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Book Review – West Running Wild (West Series Book 1)

by Gem Stone

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Book Review by Josh Grant
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Lions and tigers and…love interests? Oh my.

West Running Wild by Gem Stone is your typical ‘boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy has to take care of a billion animals’ story.  Marcus is smarmy and self centered (and a little bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to nonhumans). Cathy is a strong willed woman with a big heart. When Marcus’ father dies and leaves him the company (with a creative and fun catch), it sets the two of them on a crash course towards each other.

I love Stone’s humor and her diverse sprawl of characters.  There wasn’t a chapter where I didn’t smirk at least a little.  Her writing flows well and the dialogue is excellent.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t help but relate a bit with Marcus (I’m not exactly a huge animal lover myself).  It was fun to watch the journey both characters took and there were some very heartwarming moments.

I don’t typically get into romance, so this was a fun step into a new genre for me.  It’s a feel good tale of trouble and triumph great for any romantic comedy lover in the room.  Bonus points if you just happen to love animals.

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Free Book Giveaway : The Fibonacci Murders  by Dale E Lehman

Free Book Giveaway : The Fibonacci Murders by Dale E Lehman

Free Book Giveaway : The Fibonacci Murders

by Dale E Lehman

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Thriller / Mystery

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“I start with zero. Nobody dies today.” The strange note delivered to Lieutenant Detective Rick Peller of the Howard County, Maryland, police was just the beginning. Soon Peller and his colleagues find themselves chasing a cunning killer who is basing his crimes on the Fibonacci series, a mathematical sequence in which each number is the sum of the preceding two. And the only thing Peller knows for sure is that the series never ends.

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Free Book Giveaway : True Death by Dale E Lehman

Free Book Giveaway : True Death by Dale E Lehman

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by Dale E Lehman

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A country road…

An unsolved hit-and-run…

Now Detective Lieutenant Rick Peller must return to the long-cold scene of his wife’s death, where he will learn that the two of them still have a long way to travel together.

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Book Review – Black Lord of Eagles by Ben Blake

Book Review – Black Lord of Eagles by Ben Blake

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Book Review – Black Lord of Eagles

by Ben Blake

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Book Review by Rodney Strong

The Ashir are a comfortable people, confident in their history, structured in their society, and most of all absolutely sure they are the only people.  Until the Thrain cross the Ashir’s borders, and everything they thought they knew is turned upside down.  The Thrain have a mission, and it’s not peaceful.

The Ashir’s one hope is the Kai.  Kai is the Kamachi, chosen servant of the god Viraca, but to save his people he must overcome his own doubts.

Ben Blake has done an outstanding job of creating the world his characters inhabit.  There are clear historical correlations between the simple Ashir who worship many gods and place no value in gold and the Aztecs, while the more technologically advanced Thrain stand in nicely for the Spanish.  That’s not to say this is a historical tale, it is definitely fantasy.  For me it felt like an early Raymond E Feist book, with the expansive world.

I did wonder about the need to include magic in the book, it’s a minor thing, but the tale would have worked just as well without it and the inclusion of a magician seemed a little forced.

There were a few places where long descriptive passages slowed down the action, which was distracting for the reader, but again these were minor over.  The other very minor thing is that the book was clearly written as part of a series, and was left on a cliffhanger ending.  While this keeps readers interested for future books, a slight tweak could have concluded the book while still leaving things open.

A great read and I look forward to reading more from this author.

****

 
Book Review – The Cuban Affair  by Nelson DeMille

Book Review – The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille

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Book Review – The Cuban Affair

by Nelson DeMille

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Book Review by Joni Dee

A Predictable Yet Enjoyable New DeMille

I’m having a hard time deciding whether I liked “The Cuban Affair” more than I was disappointed by it. On one hand, it’s a brand-new Nelson DeMille, an author I grew up reading his novels, and full of action. Moreover, its free from the over-exhausted John Corey (thanks g-d!); On the other hand, it’s cliché-stricken, and unsophisticated.

Daniel MacCormick, Mac, is a veteran US Army officer, who nearly lost his life in Afghanistan, now running his own charter boat and wasting his life away in Key-West. He is approached by the lovely Sara Ortega, along with her compatriots, a Cuban-American bunch, who are asking him to lead a mission to retrieve Sara’s grandfather long lost bank money (60 mil dollars – aren’t the notes old and revoked??) along with deeds to communist-confiscated Cuban property. All this is set to take place while his first mate, Jack (another veteran only from Vietnam), is to wait for them at sea with their boat, symbolically named the Maine. The Maine has been chartered to participate in a “Fish for Peace” tournament which takes place in light of the warmer US-Cuba relations, labelled “the Cuban Thaw”.

So just like it sounds, this is a typical head-on mission, in a head-on combustive situation. Mac is a regular “no-bullshit” DeMille protagonist. They all drink all the time, and we in for a treat, 80s/90s at their best (only set in 2017).

I can’t say I didn’t enjoy “The Cuban Affair”. It’s “what you see is what you get” adventure novel. No sophistications and no innovations. You like Mac, you root for him, you hate the Cuban guide/chivito (informant) and you laugh from Richard Neville, the DeMille-like author (also with a pretty younger wife) who joins the group in Cuba, probably like DeMille and his wife did a couple of years ago (I saw the photos on his website, not a stalker!)

But the first few chapters of “The Cuban Affair” really had me expecting more – maybe something that will live up to “By the Rivers of Babylon” or “Charm School” which were DeMille’s golden novels. The more “The Cuban Affair” dragged-on, the more it became predictable, with a predictable action scene at the end a predictable conclusion. Issues that surfaced during the novel were tied loosely and a few (microscopical) plot-holes were recognisable.

I enjoyed the novel, but I set myself up for more. I’d recommend it only if (like me) you are a Nelson DeMille fan. ***½

 
Free Book Giveaway – Padma and the Elephant Sutra

Free Book Giveaway – Padma and the Elephant Sutra

Free Book Giveaway : Padma and the Elephant Sutra

by W L Snowden

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The sky is full of elephants. Hares live on the moon. A paradise threatened by an alien being, and a promise to help it home. Only then will harmony be restored, and the human’s song renewed. Custodians of earth must not fail in their task, else all will be consumed.

A blue moon has returned, threatening an ancient way of life. The guardians of paradise are now forced to confront nature’s greatest nemesis, humanity. In this fantastical tale, rich in history and myth, Meet Padma, an unlikely champion of hope, and George, a man tormented by the cruel deeds of his past.

Carried from ancient days to distant constellations, a captivating and extraordinary journey unfolds in pursuit of the destiny they must claim. Beginning in Ceylon in the 1830’s, ‘Padma and the Elephant Sutra’ follows their epic adventure to fulfil an ancient covenant, agreed in a time beyond recollection, to protect a fragile world. Can the pink Padma save an elephant paradise?

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“…Elegant and beautiful, with lovely descriptions, and vast in history, Padma and the Elephant Sutra is a unique read that’s hard to put down. Definitely a must-read! ***** “

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Book Review : Least Wanted by Debbi Mack

Book Review : Least Wanted by Debbi Mack

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Book Review – Least Wanted

by Debbi Mack

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Reviewed by Julia Wilson

Film Noir In Novel Form

 Least Wanted by Debbi Mack is a contemporary crime thriller. Written in the first person from the point of view of a lawyer, the novel is very reminiscent of the old Philip Marlowe films starring Humphrey Bogart. I definitely read with a black and white picture in my head!

On the surface, seemingly unconnected crimes keep popping up. As the body count rises the reader tries to keep track of all the ins and outs in this fast paced crime thriller.

The novel deals with the awful topics of drugs, child porn, girl gangs and violence. Being born in poor neighbourhoods means some do not stand a chance. Poverty and crime seem to go hand in hand.

Not all crime is out on the streets, cyber crime is a modern day phenomena.

Least Wanted was a gritty, realistic read that would make an excellent film noir movie.

A complex read and not for the faint hearted.

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

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Free eBook : Love Bites

Free eBook : Love Bites

Free eBook : Love Bites by TL Clark

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fantasy / Romance

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Shakira had never felt at home growing up in Surrey, but as soon as she entered the quaint Welsh village she knew she belonged. Maybe it was because of the welcoming villagers. Or perhaps it was the presence of the others whom she sensed nearby; the ones she saw in her dreams, with their strange glowing eyes.

Fate is not always kind. It gives with one hand and takes with the other. There is a reason she didn’t grow up with her own kind.

A rich tale of witchcraft, fae, sorcery, elinefae and dragons; this is a story for all who dare to believe.

 

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