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.

Grain for the Famine by Jacob Prasch

Grain For The Famine - James Jacob Prasch

Excellent teaching on different subjects of the Bible from one of my favorite teachers. What I love most about his teachings is that he approaches it from a Hebrew perspective, and I am learning so much from it.

For those interested, these are the subjects he covers in this book. (there is also a second book that offers other subjects)

 

Midrash

Backsliders in the church

Kashrut and famine

The woman of Samaria

Binding and Loosing

Bible versions

Typology of the temple

Christian Zionism

Elijah: A man who could make it rain

Curses and Christians

House of David: House of Saul

A prophet like unto Moses

 

Highly recommended and a must read for every Christian!

5 stars and a favorite

Obscura by Joe Hart

Obscura - Joe Hart

 A new form of dementia, called Losian, has taken Dr. Gillian Flynn's husband, and it is a race against time to find the cause and hopefully a cure, as now her young daughter suffers from it. As her funding dries out, NASA steps in, asking her for her help on a secret mission where the crew are suffering symptoms eerily similar to Losians. Will she find her answer there, or will she be coming up against something more insidious?

 

I loved the premise of this book, and it kept me engaged all the way throughout. It has, of course, the sci-fi element, but it was also a psychological thriller. The main character deals with an addiction to opioids, which to tell you the truth, was the one thing that threw me off, as I do not see how anyone with that kind of addiction would have been approved for space travel, no matter how good you are at your job. But, this is fiction after all, and the rest of the tale was wickedly good. 

 

I have read several of Joe Hart's books, and this one is definitely at the top of my list.

5 stars and definitely recommended!

Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire by Leslie Peirce

Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire - Leslie Peirce

I became fascinated with this woman of history after I read a fictional account of her in a book titled, "Harem" by Colin Falconer. Then I discovered a Turkish tv series called Magnificent Century and I have been hooked. I've done little reading since then.

 

This is the story of Hurrem Sultan, (Roxelena), and how she became one of the most powerful woman in the world when she became wife of Sultan Suleiman, ruler of the Ottoman Empire. I just find it amazing how a person who was taken and sold as a slave, rose to such power by sheer will and determination. Although much is not known, due to the secrecy behind palace walls and especially of the harem, it was still fascinating to read about what is known. The love that Suleiman had for this woman must have been very special for him to break tradition and marry his concubine, which was unheard of, and not repeated after they died.

 

Recommended for historical fans. The TV series is quite addicting also, although so far only the first season and a little of the second is subtitled. Season 1 is available on Netflix instant play, season 2 on Youtube.  Not sure about season 3 or 4, but this show has been out for awhile. Anyway, I wish I knew Turkish.

Harem by Colin Falconer

Harem - Colin Falconer

I don't know much about this time period, or the Ottoman empire, but this book certainly pulled me in from the beginning!

 

 This is the story of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his harem, specifically about 1 of his slave girls from his harem, (Hurrem Sultan), and how she rose to have so much power. I'm sure no one knows exactly what she was like in real life, but in this book she was vile! Just a really vindictive and mean person, but I think that's why I couldn't stop reading this book...because I just had to know what this woman was going to do next!

 

 

 

There was another side story going on the book that was just as interesting, at least to me, because it involved the chief eunuch in the harem, and that one was a bit sad.

 

I hadn't read a Falconer book in a long time...since his Cleopatra book many years ago, (which I also enjoyed). But I have a few of them sitting in my kindle and I am definitely going to be moving them up the queue.

 

Recommended for historical fiction fans.
4/5 stars

Born Evil by Julia Derek

Born Evil - Julia Derek

You can probably guess what the twist and even the outcome of this book from other reviews, but I'm not giving anything away in mine.

 

I guessed the massive twist, but it was still entertaining and the very end was still a bit shocking. Wouldn't mind seeing a sequel just to see the accused get some revenge. It had some minor plot holes and some little inconsistencies, but it still kept me engaged enough to read it all to see how it ended.

 

The book was a freebie and I thought it worth the read. 3 stars

Excellent storytelling!

The Keeper's Crown - Nathan D. Maki

The story of the biblical, Paul of Tarsus, particularly his final years as a prisoner of Rome waiting to be seen by Nero and the fictional account of the soldier who guarded him, in this case a Roman called Quintus whose family has fallen from favor due to a childhood incident involving a younger Nero and Quintus.

 

 

I totally loved this book! It was very well written and engaging. The author certainly did his homework. It's funny too, because I just watched the movie, "Paul, the Apostle of Christ", so it was easy to picture what was going on.

 


Wonderful story of redemption, courage, and faith in a time when being a Christian was a death sentence. Highly recommended! Keeping this author in my "must read" list.

 

5 stars and a favorite

Ancient: Rise of Noah by Celdon Daniel

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Ancient: Rise of Noah - Celdon Daniel

This seemed to be more of the story of the people caught outside of the ark during the flood, but it was strangely written and at times hard to follow. I could not get into it. DNF'd at 42%. (I thought the cover of the book was kinda cool though)

Lol...love this! Don't blame me when the boss calls.
Lol...love this! Don't blame me when the boss calls.

The Listener by Robert McCammon

The Listener - Robert R. McCammon

Everything good that can be said about this book, has already been said in all the great reviews. The 5 star ratings are well deserved. You won't be disappointed.

 

The Divide by Jeremy Robinson

The Divide - Jeremy Robinson

First, I want to say that I love almost all of the books this author has written, but this one didn't do it for me. Unlike a lot of others, I am not a fan of the Kaiju theme, so I didn't dive right into this one like a many of his other books. It took me longer to finish than usual. I did appreciate the reference at the end to characters from his other novels that I love though.

 

If you like Kaiju themed books, I would give it a go. His Kaiju thrillers are very popular.

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

The Masterpiece - Francine Rivers

This was a beautiful story about mercy and forgiveness, love and redemption, and God's saving grace. I love everything Francine Rivers writes, and this one did not disappoint.

 

Highly recommended for Christian fiction fans

10:37 by Jaqueline Druga

10:37 - Jacqueline Druga

It started out well until it fizzled, and the ending was anti-climatic. There weren't enough explanation of things like the Trancers and Dawson's special gifts. This story could have been so much more, but just ended up being ok. Good thing I read it thru the kindle unlimited program. This was my first time reading this author's work even though I have gotten several freebies over the years, they have just been sitting in my tablet. I'm still willing to give some of her other books a try.

Tales From Greystone Bay by Robert McCammon

Tales from Greystone Bay - Robert McCammon

I got this one from the library, because as much as I love this author's writing, the price of the hardback was just a bit too much for me, especially because 2 of the stories contained in this one, Doom City and Red House, can be found in his Blue World collection. The third story, Beauty, was a sad and poignant piece. That is all I will say about it for fear of giving anything away. My favorite of the 3 though, was Doom City. I like apocalyptic pieces and this one was creepy.

 

Recommended!

Prize of War by Carole Towriss

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Prize of War - Carole Towriss

This is based on the biblical account of Acsah, the daughter of Caleb, who was offered as a prize to the one who could conquer the city of Kiriath-Sepher by getting rid of the Anakim (the giants who dwelt there). Although it was mostly a love story and I usually don't read "romance" books, this one was good and I enjoyed it. The lesson of depending on God who is always there for you, was nicely shown throughout.

Recommended for fans of Christian fiction.

The Crier's Club by Kimberly A. Bettes

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The Criers Club - Kimberly A. Bettes

A beautiful, poignant story about a group of people who come together when they learn they have a terminal illness, and how they support each other and learn that even in the midst of a death sentence, they can learn to truly live. This one made me cry...I loved all of the characters!

It's sad, and oftentimes depressing, but definitely worth a read.

HOMINID by Graeme Goldsmith

HOMINID - Graeme Goldsmith

I liked the idea of the story, but the execution not so much. There was just too much going on. Some scenarios and character reactions were just not believable. I also didn't feel any kinship with any of the characters, not even Bo, who we didn't really get to know much about. In the end, I just wanted it to be over.
2 stars- just ok.