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.

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

— feeling amazing
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

— feeling horror
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

— feeling amazing
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

— feeling smile
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

— feeling bad egg
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

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