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.

The Field: UFO, Alien Abductions, Science Fiction by Glenn Gillis

The Field: UFO, Alien Abductions, Science Fiction - Glenn Gillis

Got to about 47% through the book and gave up. There were too many grammatical and spelling errors, but the worst of it was the continuity errors. Because of this, the story did not flow well and in the end, I had to stop reading. The book could use a professional editor. Sorry.

UNDISCLOSED by Steve Alten

Undisclosed - Steve Alten

I love conspiracy theories and ones dealing with UFO's/ aliens and secret technology, ranks right up there as my favorite.


The author labels this book, not as fiction, but "faction", facts woven into a fiction story. The information comes from Dr. Steven Greer, M.D., and the huge amounts of secret files, documents and witness testimony that he has.


Now, I am not going to sit here and tell you that I agree, or disagree, with all the information contained in this book. That is something that everyone should decide for themselves based on the information and their own research. But, the book was very exciting and just thinking about the possibility...well...it does make one wonder. I thought that the possibilities of zero-point energy and trans-dimensional surgery was pretty amazing.

 

Recommended (especially for all you conspiracy buffs out there, or if you loved the show X-Files)!

The front cover is pretty cool too!

 

 

The Walking Dead Season 8 Official Comic-Con Trailer! Watch till the end.

A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

A Voice in the Wind: 1 (Mark of the Lion) - Francine Rivers

One of the most beautiful stories I have ever read! This is a must read, and although it is Christian fiction, I think anyone could come away from it learning some truthful life lessons. Being a Christian myself, I found it to be one of the finest examples of God's love and mercy.

 

Highest recommendation!

A re-read for me, and one I should re-read more often.

Smashwords JULY SUMMER/WINTER SALE STARTS SATURDAY JULY 1

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Top 50 Fiction Blogs and Websites for Fiction Book Readers and Authors

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook and I thought I would share. Maybe you follow one of these blogs, or maybe you are on the list or know someone who is!

 

My friend is number #34. Great Christian Fiction blog site.

The White Lotus and Persian Rose by Libbie Hawker

Persian Rose: A Novel of Egypt's Fall (White Lotus Book 2) - Libbie Hawker

As with many of Libbie Hawker's other books, I am enjoying this series, but I do have to mention that there are many spelling and grammatical errors which could put off some readers. It didn't bother me so much because the storyline really drew my attention, but I did take away one star because of it. However, there were so many intrigues going on and I just had to know what was going to happen, so I kept reading.

 

This is the story of Rhodopis, one of only two known hetaerae mentioned by name by Herodotus, the other being Archidike, who is also in the book. From being plucked off the streets by essentially selling herself so her family wouldn't starve, to her training by her masters right hand man, Aesop...yes the very one who wrote all those lovely fables we know of today. I wasn't even aware that he existed that long ago.

 

Anyway we go from her training to her introduction as a hetaerae into society at the time of Pharaoh Amasis, who is none too popular, because his love of anything Greek is brewing tension in Memphis. Too many Egyptians feel that the Greek people and culture is doing away with their identity as a people. So it is in this time that Rhodopis finds herself, at the center of a crisis that is about to boil over. That is all I will say about it, because I don't want to give anything else away.

 

 

Book three is supposed to be released this fall, so I am looking forward to the conclusion of her story.
Recommended (if you can overlook the grammatical errors). This review is for both books currently in the series, The White Lotus and Persian Gold.

 

 

The Lights in the Sky by Evan Bollinger

The Lights in the Sky - Evan Bollinger

This book rambles on and on like crazy. All it did was fatten the book up with the same information over and over again. The book can definitely use some editing and cutting down of pages to tell the same story. I was skipping through a lot of the pages just to get to the end.
One or two misspelled words is one thing, but the one that got to me, and was over-used, was "probly".
Not recommended.

Infinite by Jeremy Robinson

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Infinite - Jeremy Robinson

Synopsis:

"SEARCHING FOR A NEW HOME...

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries fifty scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope.

After ten years in a failed cryogenic bed--body asleep, mind awake--William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

It is not the last.

When he wakes from death, William discovers that all but one crew member--Capria Dixon--is either dead at Tom's hands, or escaped to the surface of Kepler 452b. This dire situation is made worse when Tom attacks again--and is killed. Driven mad by a rare reaction to extended cryo-sleep, Tom hacked the Galahad's navigation system and locked the ship on a faster-than-light journey through the universe, destination: nowhere. Ever.

Mysteriously immortal, William is taken on a journey with no end, where he encounters solitary desperation, strange and violent lifeforms, a forbidden love, and the nature of reality itself.

...HE DISCOVERS THE INFINITE."

 

Loved this book! It was totally different from the author's other works and it was simply fantastic!
I highly recommend this one for, not only sci fi fans, but for anyone wanting to read something new and different. You will not be sorry!

5 stars and a favorite!

Puzzle Master by T.J. McKenna

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Puzzle Master - J.T. McKenna

It' s the year 2022 and all religion has been banned and every sort of vice is condoned. Enter a history professor, Cephas, who not only loves puzzles, but is known as the Cult Hunter...famous for breaking the codes that leads the government to track down "hidden Christians". Now in order to stop them once and for all, Cephas is given the chance to go back in time to prove, once and for all, that Jesus was not the Messiah and did not come back from the dead.

 

We are quickly heading to the future laid out in this book, and it's quite frightening.
Great book with a great message and should be read by all. Looking forward tot he sequel. Highly recommended!

 

I am SOOOO ready for this!!!

For all you Trekkers out there! I didn't even know there was a new series coming out, but it looks good! It's got the actress from The Walking Dead. This takes place 10 years before Captain Kirk and the Enterprise. Coming out on CBS this Fall.

The Secret Life of Souls by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee

The Secret Life of Souls - Jack Ketchum, Lucky McKee

Wow....just....wow! Yep, that's all I'm going to say.
Just read it, you'll understand. I don't want to give anything away.

 

Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King

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Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome - Crystal King

Synopsis:

Set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, Crystal King’s seminal debut features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction.

On a blistering day in the twenty-sixth year of Augustus Caesar’s reign, a young chef, Thrasius, is acquired for the exorbitant price of twenty thousand denarii. His purchaser is the infamous gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius, wealthy beyond measure, obsessed with a taste for fine meals from exotic places, and a singular ambition: to serve as culinary advisor to Caesar, an honor that will cement his legacy as Rome's leading epicure.

Apicius rightfully believes that Thrasius is the key to his culinary success, and with Thrasius’s help he soon becomes known for his lavish parties and fantastic meals. Thrasius finds a family in Apicius’s household, his daughter Apicata, his wife Aelia, and her handmaiden, Passia whom Thrasius quickly falls in love with. But as Apicius draws closer to his ultimate goal, his reckless disregard for any who might get in his way takes a dangerous turn that threatens his young family and places his entire household at the mercy of the most powerful forces in Rome.

 

Wow! This book was quite impressive for a debut author! At first I thought most of the book would center mostly on the cooking and foods from the era, and as I don't like to cook, I thought it would get boring. Boy, was I wrong.

 

This book mainly centers on the life of Marcus Gavius Apicius whose recipes were written down, but according to the author's notes, no cookbook survived, but some of his recipes did survive in the writings of other historical figures. Apicius was a very wealthy Roman citizen whose passion for cooking and good food sees him spend a great deal of money to buy a slave named Thrasius to be his cook. His dream is to be the gastronomic advisor to Caesar himself.

 

He throws huge, very extravagant parties hoping to get noticed. But the thing he doesn't realize is that to draw ever closer to Caesar's circle is to also potentially put yourself and family at greater risk. Set at the time of Caesar Augustus and going to the reign of Tiberius and his evil praetorian prefect, Sejanus, Apicius does not seem to realize the dangers that he risks in his quest for greatness.

 

I loved this book and all of the characters, even the vile ones, because it made this period in history really come alive for me. It has all the court intrigues, manipulations and dangers, but also the very human stories of a man who just wanted to be famous and the consequences in the life of his family and slaves. It also did have recipes from that time, and I could do with not eating a lot of it. Flamingo tongues?, cow udders?...no thanks.

 

Kudos to Crystal King for an amazing read and for a debut book! I read this one in less than a day. Keeping her on my list for future reads.

 

5 stars and a favorite.

Highly recommended!

 

 

Palatine: The Four Emperors Series- Book 1 by L.J. Trafford

Palatine: The Four Emperors Series, Book I (The Karnac Library) - L. J. Trafford

I enjoyed this book so much mainly because you get to witness the era of Nero, his downfall and the beginning of the year of four emperors through the eyes of several characters including a stuffy praetorian prefect, several lowly slaves who dwell in the background, but see plenty, Nero, Sporus, the guards, and several nobles. Looking forward to see what happens with Philo, one of my favorite characters in the book. Very entertaining, so much so, I flew through this book and can't wait to read the second one.
Recommended!

 

Tyrant: Rise of the Beast by Brian Godawa

Tyrant: Rise of the Beast (Chronicles of the Apocalypse Book 1) - Brian Godawa

Although I do not hold to the preterist view of Revelation that the author does, this book was very compelling and quickly drew me in. My only critique is that is was too short, (it ends at 50% and the rest is an appendix), but the appendix did hold a wealth of information that was just as fascinating!
A great start to a new trilogy which follows after the Chronicles of the Nephilim series.
Highly recommended!