Passionate about Books!

I love to read and I read a lot! My favorite genres are Christian fiction, historical fiction, especially anything set in Ancient Rome or Egypt, horror and thrillers.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box - Josh Malerman

I think by now everyone knows what this book is about. My take- lots of tension and a fairly good amount of psychological terror, but because we never got to know exactly what it is they see, it drove me absolutely crazy. This made the story seem unfinished for me, so I am giving it just 3 stars.


I am still looking forward to the movie on Netflix though.

Space Force by Jeremy Robinson

Space Force - Jeremy Robinson

No, no, no....I am sorry, Jeremy, you know I'm a big fan, but this was my least favorite of all your books. For the reasons some of the other reviewers loved it, I did not. Didn't care for the potty humor, gamer references, (guess cuz I'm not a gamer), the over-the-top silliness of the whole thing, and the obvious storyline. Just not my cup tea, but don't worry, I am still a fan and will always read anything you write, except a Space Force sequel.

 

(I know it's supposed to be a funny book, but I still didn't like it)

The Three Secret Cities by Matthew Reilly (Book 5 in the Jack West Jr. series)

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The Three Secret Cities - Matthew Reilly

Holy moly...this book was something!! The thrills just keep on coming, but that ending...oh, that ending....I was crying, then I was like, "say what?!"


It royally sucks to have to wait for the next one!

 

Do not attempt to read this if you have not read the Jack West series, it will not have the same impact.


And dang, I also want to see another Scarecrow book!

 

5 stars for never-ending thrills and because I love this character!

Alter By Jeremy Robinson

Alter - Jeremy Robinson

A story about what happens to an everyday, normal guy who is accidentally thrust into an unforgiving environment and the changes he undergoes as he tries to adapt. It is visceral and sometimes depressing, but it is a story of survival.

 

Very different from the author's other books, but I am sure it had a lot to do with the medical issues he has been going through lately. Maybe Jeremy saw a little of himself in the main character. Whatever the case, you can tell he put a lot of his soul into it.

 

An enjoyable read and recommended. 5 stars.

Where Children Run by Karen Emilson

Where Children Run - Karen J. Emilson

Every so often, I get Amazon Prime for a month just to do some shopping, usually for Christmas or birthdays. Anyways, because it comes with a free prime book of your choosing to read, I decided to go with this one.

 

This is the story of the Pischke family, particularly Dennis and David, the twins, who lived on a farm in Canada during the 1950's- 1960's. The children's real father has died and their mother takes up with a man named Bob Domko, or as they refer to him, Satan. It is the story of their abuse, neglect, and horror at the hands of this man, and it is heart-breaking.

 

I don't know why I read stories like these....they make me so angry, and sad at the same time. But, I love it when children like them grow up and are able to rise above their situations and come out triumphant on the other side.

 

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This one was tough to read, but it was very compelling. They even made a documentary about them.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW2_fNmrmBI

 

4 stars and recommended for those with strong stomachs.

Backwater by Tom Deady

Backwater - Tom Deady

Tom Deady is an author I discovered last year, and was glad I did! Although this newest addition was a tad more predictable than his prior works, it was still very well-written. He is definitely an author to watch out for, because he is going places.

 

If you decide to read one of his books, I highly recommend Haven or Eternal Darkness. They were excellent!

3 stars

The Tournament by Matthew Reilly

The Tournament - Matthew Reilly

This was a definite departure from the authors usual writing, but I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it.


Set in the time of Sultan Suleiman's reign in the Ottoman Empire, this was a great mystery that takes place in a secret chess tournament set up by the Sultan to crown the best chess player of all, with players representing 15 countries. A murder takes place and the Sultan asks for help from the great teacher, Mr. Roger Ascham, and his student/protege, a then 13 year old Elizabeth Tudor, (future queen of England), to solve it.


This time period continues to fascinate me and this book was very entertaining. I would have given it 5 stars, but for the explicit sexual escapades of the character, Elsie, in the book. I felt it graphic and unnecessary to the story. I skipped those parts. I'm surprised that the author went into such detail. He could have left it out, or just implied it, and that would have been enough. I docked a star for that reason. Otherwise, it was a great tale.

 

 

 

Bright Lights, Dark Skies by Jess Hanna

Bright Lights, Dark Skies - Jess Hanna

 

A very well written "alien abduction" story from a Christian point of view. The author did a fantastic job in describing that feeling of foreboding that one gets when you know something is there, but you don't want to look. I just thought he did a great job in describing the main character and how his life slowly spirals out of his control because of his close encounter.

Really good book with a great message that is worth consideration when it comes to the subject of UFO's.

Definitely recommended!
 

 

 

Nomenclator: Initium by Bill O'Malley

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Nomenclator: Initium - A Novel Of Ancient Rome - Bill O'Malley

This is the story of Lucius, a roman boy who wishes to know the true history of Julius Caesar, not the stuff that is written for the masses. So he seeks out a slave named Polybius (who is now very old and free), who lived during the time of Caesar and knew him personally as his nomenclator. As it says in the synopsis, a nomenclator was the close personal attendant who announced the names and information on people to his master.

 

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This is the first of a series of 4 books that follows the life of Julius Caesar from his beginning, as told by his personal slave Polybius and I loved it. The author did a great job putting you in that time period and getting an intimate, close up look at the rise of the first emperor of Rome. I am really surprised at how well it is written considering the author seems to have put out only 1 book before this. I am really looking forward to the rest of the series.

 

5 stars and recommended for all historical fiction fans.

 

Wicked Angel by Taylor Caldwell

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Wicked Angel - Taylor Caldwell

I've read many books whose main character was an evil child, but the one in this story was truly despicable. I don't say this often, (and I have never said it about a child in real life, as I have never met a true monster like this one), but this is one child I would truly consider admitting to a mental institution. Ugh, he gave me the shivers...


The mother wasn't any better.

 

Thank goodness it was fictional. (I hate to think that there might actually be children like this in the world).

 

Caligula by Simon Turney

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Caligula: The Damned Emperors #1 - Simon Turney

 

I thought this was a very believable and refreshing way to portray the life of one of the most reviled emperors that ruled Rome. It was a sad look into his life through the eyes of one of his sisters, Livilla, and the events that led to his decent into cruelty and madness. Very well done.

5 stars and a favorite and highly recommended for historical fiction fans.
I will definitely be reading more from this author

 

 

 

 

 

Baqash by C.E Wilson

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Baqash - C.E. Wilson

This is an end times series based on the book of Revelation in the Bible. Baqash means "to seek out". While I liked the premise (the reason for the 3 stars), and the good biblical teachings, I did not care for the writing. It seemed stilted and amateurish, and the characters were one dimensional. Although it was a free book, I do not think I will be continuing on with the series.

Let's Go Play at the Adams' by Mendel W. Johnson

Let's go play at the Adams' - Mendal W. Johnson

I've heard a lot about this book and finally found a copy to read. I have to say I wasn't overly impressed. The kids are nasty, to be sure, especially Paul. He was a true psycho in the making. The other terrifying thing was that the youngest evil kid was only 9! And they were so nonchalant about everything, as if it was just a regular occurrence.  That is what gave me the chills.


But, I just thought the story was too slow and rambled on a bit and I didn't care for the writing style. The copy I had, had formatting issues so it was a bit difficult to read and maybe that's what made it just an ok book for me. I did remind me of The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum, which I thought was much better.


If you're into the evil kids bit, this might be for you, otherwise you might want to pass on it.

Empire of the Dragon: An Event Group Thriller by David L. Golemon

Empire of the Dragon - David. L. Golemon

I love all the books in this series by I have to admit I went into this one with a little trepidation. You see it involves an Airbender, and when I read that, all I could think about was the terrible movie that came out some years back. But after I started reading it, I was hooked, yet again, by the story. The characters in the Event Group have become like family for me and I find it exciting to see what secrets they uncover.

 

 

This one is about the fabled city of Shangri-La and involves an asteroid that hit earth millions of years ago that is able to give people interesting powers over the elements, hence the airbender. Oh, and longevity too, which would be fantastic for a person like me who has too many books to read and not enough years left in this life to read them all.

Throw in some baddies, of course, who are after this rock for it's powers and the Event group, who tries to stop them, and you have a rip-roaring adventure!

 

Another fun, exciting and great adventure for a group that I have faithfully followed over the years. Definitely recommended! 

 

5 stars

The Cabin at the End of the World

The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay

I am not sure how to feel about this book. To me it left me with more questions than answers, but it took a long time to get there. I agree with some reviewers who thought that it was too repetitive. Pages and pages of "you have to" and "no, we don't". I grant the situation would be horrible for anyone. I certainly wondered what I would do if I found myself caught up in such in event. Even with such things shown on tv, it would be hard, because we see a lot of that stuff now. But, I did love the character of Wen and the way the author showed the fierce protectiveness that parents have for their children. I just thought it took to long to get there and the ending just left me unsatisfied.

 

3.5 stars

The Deep by Nick Cutter

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The Deep - Nick Cutter

This book started out ok, but then it quickly descended into a madness of its own. It went on for far too long and I just wanted it to end.
Not a fan of this one, sorry.
1 star