Free eBook Giveaway – Mind Games by Stevie Turner

Free eBook Giveaway – Mind Games by Stevie Turner

Free eBook Giveaway : Mind Games

by Stevie Turner

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Drama

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Frances Andrews is sick of her husband Martin’s addiction to pornography, and has lost her trust in him. Martin views porn as a harmless pastime, but when Frances threatens to leave, he is distraught and begs her to go with him for marriage guidance therapy. Counsellor Rhona suggests they take a holiday in the first instance, and start talking to one another again. Frances just wants out of the marriage, but finally agrees to go on a cruise…as long as they have separate cabins

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Free Book : Heirs of Power by Kay MacLeod

Free Book : Heirs of Power by Kay MacLeod

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Fantasy

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After stumbling upon an otherworldly ritual, Kitty Fairlow discovers that her own incredible hunting skills are not merely due to a lifetime of training. She has been gifted powers from an ancient spirit, passed down by her father. She is a Constellation.
And she’s not the only one.
A new generation of heroes have each inherited unique abilities in order to prevent the corruption of their world by the Tenebri, a race that thrives on life energy. Kitty, along with a high-born dancer and a snarky juggler, must find their allies before the Tenebri army picks them off.
With the powerful enemy emerging, can the Constellations gather in time to put an end to the threat for good, or will their foe succeed and wreak the same destruction they have unleashed on their own world?

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Book Review – Who the F*ck Am I? by Stephen Bentley

Book Review – Who the F*ck Am I? by Stephen Bentley

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A Good Novella Which Gives You a Taste for More

“Who the F*ck Am I?” is a novella by Stephen Bentley (more about him later), which can only be described as borderline non-fiction crime-thriller genre. 

Steve Regan is an undercover cop, who is trying to infiltrate a US-driven drug ring in late 70s Britain. He comes across Bill Morris, a Canadian international who is trying to establish this drug ring, and they immediately set off on a collision course. While Regan is the ultimate conflicted good boy, Bill is the absolute devil: murder, rape, and outright violence is his bread and butter, while he is in bed with the dangerous Bolivian cartel. Will Steve stop him or will he succumb to the thrill and glamorous life of an international drug dealer and go rogue?

As a novella, which sets the scene to a trilogy, “Who the F*ck Am I?” is a very good read. Stephen Bentley’s writing is precise, well edited and weaved with high English as well as punchy Cockney slang. Stephen Bentley has been an undercover cop himself, active in “operation July” which is one of the biggest international drug busts in modern history. Bentley had managed a variety of jobs, including a barrister, and his intimate knowledge of the crime world oozes from the pages. There’s no doubt in my mind that this book is inspired by real events, even though the author is trying to undermine this in his foreword.

The critical aspect of this review has to do with the Characters – Regan was a bit underdeveloped for my taste, and I would have loved to understand what he was doing undercover for two years, He is too “perfect” and I didn’t buy for a second his “going rogue” thoughts. My second critical point has to do with the ending. Without giving out any details, I think the entire episodes after the climax of the Regan-Bill confrontation were unnecessary. instead I would have preferred a more elaborated account of Bill’s affairs in the US and Regan’s past. The book ends in a very American-movie manner and too many things fit into their right place…

“Who the F*ck Am I?”‘s plot is plausible and believable, however I would have loved to see it develop more: A bit more about the cartel, Bill and Regan’s life would have made me much more content. Compelled to write this, I must concede that this novel is well succinct and is a page turner on its own merit. The book will give you a glimpse of the undercover life and if you like crime thrillers you would love to enter this 70s world of no mobile phones, no advance tech and old school British-gangster-violence.


 

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A Solid Start for Bentley

Who the F*ck am I? centers on British undercover cop Steve Regan as he navigates the murky world of drugs in the 1970s.  He’s been under for so long he begins to question who he is and whether he should succumb to the temptations of easy money to help save his mother.

First off I need to say I love the title.  Not only is it abrupt and in your face, it matches the speech and thought patterns of the main character Steve Regan.  This promised to be a gritty, no holds barred, view of undercover work in the 70s.  And for the most part it delivers.  The language is believable, and although some of the characters are a little cliched, for the most part they are well drawn.

This is a novella, and the story is quite short, which means it is a little frustrating that the story bounces between characters.  There are long periods where it’s told from Bill or Caroline, and Regan isn’t even in the picture.  This means you never really get into his mind and follow the struggle he has about whether to turn rogue.

The author has a tendency to interrupt tense scenes with long expositions.  At one point Regan is meeting the drug cartel for the first time, which should be fraught with danger, but instead we get two pages of back story on Regan and how he got there.

Even though it’s a novella and intended to be short, it actually could have been shorter.  There was a natural conclusion point, but things dragged on a little while the author set up the next book.  The last ten or so pages could easily have shown up as the beginning of the next book and not impacted on this book at all.

This was a solid start for Bentley, and I’ll be interested to see where he goes from here. 3/5 stars.


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Book Review – Children of The Wise Oak  by Oliver J. Tooley

Book Review – Children of The Wise Oak by Oliver J. Tooley

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by Oliver J. Tooley

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An Epic Magical Journey with refined Historical accuracy

“Children of the Wise Oak” is an epic journey written in a magical world where the Celtic-Roman era meets magic and mythology.
Blyth and his younger brothers live in a remote Celtic village, in a lifestyle and surrounding of harsh survival where the tribe is put above all. When his father returns from distant lands, with apocalyptic prophecies that involves the newly formed Roman Republic – they are forced to flee from home. Guided by Gwenn, a powerful mage who knew their father, their journey leads them across the continent straight to the heart of the Roman Republic. They learn magic and shapeshifting, they come across new people and cultures and they learn to admire the amazing Roman architecture which is a million light years advance from anything they ever knew.This book is the first in the “Wise Oak” series, the second just published under the name “Women of the Wise Oak”.
Those of you who know me, know that I don’t tend to read fantasy, left alone YA oriented. However,this book excited me a lot. The historical accuracy is so refined that I almost forgot about the magical elements in the novel. In a sense – it can get teenagers to relate to historical event and would be appealing to mature readers with Tooley’s great figurative language and carrying imagery.
I’ve already bought the sequel and looking foward to seeing what Tooley has in mind for his alternative universe, Julius Caesar and the Wise Oak “family”.
 
free book Giveaway : FINAL NOTICE by Van Fleisher

free book Giveaway : FINAL NOTICE by Van Fleisher

free book Giveaway : FINAL NOTICE

by Van Fleisher

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Set in the near future, the plot centers on the age-old question, “If you knew – for certain – that you only had 10, 20 or 30 days to live, what would you do?”  This time, the catalyst for posing this question is the development and testing of a new health/sports watch which is so advanced, it can analyze minute changes in the blood and even predict imminent death … sending owners a “Final Notice” alert.

The Final Notice feature was initially included in the watch to allow its wearers to get their affairs in order, say their last goodbyes, etc.  But in several cases, the opportunity to get revenge with impunity – afforded by the knowledge of impending death – leads to some very unanticipated results, especially when the Final Notice recipient has easy access to a gun.

Laced with dark humor and political satire, Final Notice chronicles the reactions of these diverse Notice recipients – ranging from an aimless, retired truck driver to a U.S. Senator … from a benevolent old woman to an elderly resident of a retirement home … from a crass, wealthy tycoon to an internationally renowned climate scientist.

But their disparate stories are all woven into the moral dilemmas of several main protagonists:  Vijay Patel, the brilliant doctor / mathematician who developed the watch … Zoe Brouet, the young FBI agent who investigates the murders … and Vince and Trudy Fuller, a retired middle-class couple with an ethnically-diverse group of friends and an endearing Corgi.  It is, in fact, the involvement of these protagonists that fuel much of the suspense in the book.

Final Notice is a fast-paced page-turner and while the initial premise of the book – the idea of a watch that can predict imminent death – has something of a sci-fi slant to it (much like the submarine in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), the book is totally believable.  And its portrayal of contemporary problems – political corruption, prejudice, and particularly, the role of the NRA in obstructing gun control – will hit a familiar chord with a great majority of people.

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The Key of All Unknown by Kathryn Hitchins

The Key of All Unknown by Kathryn Hitchins

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Christian Fiction , thriller

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Brilliant scientific researcher, Tilda Moss, wakes up in hospital unable to speak or move and with no recollection of what happened to her. Determined to find answers and prove she is not in a persistent vegetative state, she travels back through her fractured memories looking for clues. Could someone really have tried to kill her? An indulged younger brother, an obsessive flatmate, jealous colleagues and a missing lover. Everyone has a motive.

On the edge of death, and questioning the value of her life, Tilda’s only hope is to unlock the key of all unknown.

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Free Paperback – Troy’s Possibilities by Rodney Strong

Free Paperback – Troy’s Possibilities by Rodney Strong

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Drama, Romance

 

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What’s your What If?

That moment you look back on and think, what if I had made a different decision, how would my life have changed.

Troy doesn’t need to wonder.  He’s afflicted by a condition that lets him live out different futures – too many 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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free book giveaway – Bridgers : A Parable by Angie Thompson 

free book giveaway – Bridgers : A Parable by Angie Thompson 

free book Giveaway : Bridgers : A Parable

by Angie Thompson

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Three boys. One choice. No turning back.

Peyton is a rising star in the church who is well on the way to reaching his biggest dreams. Levi is a pastor’s son struggling to live up to his faith under pressure from all sides. DaVonte is a kid from the wrong side of town who would be content if he and his friends were just left alone.

When an act of violence presents a sudden decision, each boy’s answer will shake the community to its core and shape its future forever. Love and truth face off against fear and pride in this modern extension of one of Jesus’ best-known parables.

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free book : Travels with Vamper by George Critchlow

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free book Giveaway : Travels with Vamper:  A Graybeard’s Journey

by George Critchlow

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In the course of a two-month solo road trip through the West, the Bible Belt, and Missouri River Country during the 2016 presidential election, Critchlow reflects on race, politics, religion, war, and retirement. He weaves together legal tales, personal anecdotes, people, places, and past experiences to explore the competing narratives that divide America today. He also offers perspective on what retirement means for a generation of baby boomers.

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free book giveaway : No More Heroes  by Roo I MacLeod

free book giveaway : No More Heroes by Roo I MacLeod

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by Roo I MacLeod

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HEROES Series is a fast paced, dystopian thriller. Scrapping on the streets suited Ben Jackman until his past returned to ask a favor. Run, hide or fight? If only the favor didn’t involve the girl. Ben’s world has gone mad. Riots and looting have brought soldiers onto the streets. Terrorism is the norm. And the man who married his childhood sweetheart, the man he once called a friend, wants him to babysit a long black sports bag.
When his ex-friend is found dead, battered and dumped in the vacant land adjoining Ben’s squat, the Law and the owners of the bag invade Ben’s world looking to ask questions.
He turns to his childhood sweetheart but that is his first mistake. Losing the bag is his second.
Ben must find the bag, find the killers of his old friend, and live happily ever after with the girl. Alas, two out of three is the best he can hope for.

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