Books I have authored.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Librarians and The Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox


This is a young adult book based on a young adult TV series on TNT.  It chronicles the adventures of the Librarians.  These are not your stereotypical schoolmarm type librarians.  This group of adventures are charged with gathering magical and mythical books, artifacts and treasures that may be too dangerous to be in the public purvey.

This specific adventure focuses on Mother Goose tales and the dangers inherent in rhyming.   There is very mild violence and lots of references to magical and mythical things. 

The story line and plot are clearly meant for the younger reader.

It seems suitable for 4th or 5th graders.

Web Site: http://www.gregcox-author.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Price of Duty by Dale Brown


Dale Brown plucks his plots out of newspaper headlines.   This thriller continues with the Skymaster characters and focuses on cbyer warfare with Russian origins.  Obviously that is not much of a fictional stretch.  

The McLanahans are back as is ex-President Martindale.  The Iron Wolves are Martindale's Scion warriors.   As most of Brown's books, there is a focus on high tech weapons and cutting edge gadgets.  

The plot sadly depicts an ethically challenged American president and a group of patriotic Americans defying their own government by allying with former eastern bloc countries.

There is plenty of action and mayhem.   The potential for cyber warfare is entirely too probable and the results all together too devastating.  One can only hope that this near future remains fictional.

I recommend the book.


Web site: http://dalebrown.info/index02.htm


This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles




Greg Iles is a master of tension.   I think I start all his books with that compliment.   This book matches Dead Sleep and Third Degree tense moment for tense moment but adds the disturbing note that much of the depicted violence actually took place.

I'm old enough to recall civil rights violence.  This book deals with the KKK, a splinter group of the KKK, the Double Eagles; a crazed boot strap millionaire; a crusading journalist and a family with a troubled past.   If that is not enough to pique your interest then you apparently have little or no imagination.

The hard part of reading this book is remembering the disappearance of three civil rights workers and the ensuing discovery of their murder was true.  As troubled as our current climate is regarding race, it has been worse.   That was hard to read and to realize the depravity that was novelized was reality based.

Iles writes a powerful story.

I strongly recommend.

web site: http://www.gregiles.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sammy's Broken Leg and the Amazing Cast by Judith Wolf Mandell



I think because I write books for kids that I am more critical when I read other author's books for kids.  I don't know if that is true but I really liked this book.   An irrepressible child finds herself limited by a broken thigh bone.   This book details the accident and the recovery.

The author did a great job in showing the child and her frustration but also showed how the well wishes of family and friends can help alleviate a difficult situation.

Kisses whooshing in to help made me feel better and I'm not a kid or don't have a broken bone.   Well done book for kids, even better for kids that may have been injured.

I highly recommend. 

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Octavio's Journey by Miguel Bonnefoy




This is one of those can't win situations.  Looking at all the accolades this book got seems to indicate that I should love it.   I didn't!   It was a coming of age story of an illiterate city dweller in Venezuela who learned to read, traveled often in bad company and grew older with some sort of transition into immortality.

The prose is often beautiful in the book with vivid and emotional descriptions of people and places.  Although the book has won a lot of awards, I just found it a touch confusing.  Octavio was not heroic but I think he was meant to be a role model peasant, the down trodden, broad shouldered, stoic soul who persists and survives regardless of life's perils. 

It was interesting. 

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tenderloin by Court Haslett


This book was based in the Tenderloin of San Francisco.  It is set in the time of Jim Jones and the mass suicide/mass murder in Guyana, 1978.  The story is peripherally related to that event and the fixed election and ensuing murder of Mayor Moscone and Harvey Milk.

Sleeper Hayes is an ex-hippie who dabbles deeply in drugs, drinks and gambling.  He also is an unrepentant fixer or perhaps do-gooder.  His efforts to do favors for friends who are in trouble leads him to getting shot, stabbed and beaten.

Sleeper helps enough people that he has people in the strangest places owing him favors.  The author's description of the life of the Tenderloin residents is colorful.

This was loosely historical fiction.

I enjoyed the book.

Web: http://www.280steps.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Topsy Turvy World by Atak


My first reaction to the book was not positive.  After reading it, or looking at the pictures, I reached the back cover and discovered that my supposition was correct.  The book wasn't nonsensical it was educational.  I suppose it was nonsensical as well.   The goal of the book is to spot all of the things that have been turned topsy turvy.  The pages are so detailed that the child should be able to go through the book multiple times and still discover things that are upside down.  In addition their is a mouse on each page that has a vague resemblance to a theme park mouse and finding it on each page is another task.

After I realized what the books goals were and screwed it into my frame of reference lens, I really liked it.

Atak is a pseudonym for Hans-Georg Barber .
Web: http://flyingeyebooks.com/creator/atak-2/


This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry



This was an intriguing book.  Russia as we know it today but slightly skewed.  The Russian people have set up a commission to decide who will be brought back as Tsar.  The decades of Communist rule have failed and the hope is that a return to an autocratic monarch will inspire the people and save Russia.

The author makes liberal use of the prophecies of Rasputin.  In the afterword he notes that they may have been made or fabricated by his (Rasputin's) daughter.   An American attorney is identified as the Raven and a Russian circus performer is identified as the Eagle.  These two are prophesied to bring the Romanov's back to the throne.

The author puts a wealth of action and a fair number of history lessons in the book.   The plot is intricate but not confusing.   The book provides an answer to the mystery of the murder of the Romanov's at the beginning of the Bolshevik revolution, or at least the author's fictional answer.

I recommend the book.

Web:  http://steveberry.org/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

THE ENCHANTMENT OF EMMA FLETCHER

THE ENCHANTMENT OF EMMA FLETCHER
L.D. Crichton
Pocket Star EBooks
Publication Date: March 13, 2017
ISBN: 9781501152313
Romance
$1.99

“The character development will draw readers into the story and have them rushing to find out what happens…Verdict: Romance readers who prefer a love story with a thriller twist will enjoy this page-turner. It’s perfect for those jumping from YA contemporary romance to more adult fiction.”
Library Journal STARRED REVIEWstarred review star

“L.D. Crichton has written a compelling story of overcoming tragedy and moving forward. I truly experienced the wide range of emotions felt by all the characters, as all feelings are conveyed with genuineness. THE ENCHANTMENT OF EMMA FLETCHER is heartfelt and very realistic…THE ENCHANTMENT OF EMMA FLETCHER is emotionally rewarding…L.D. Crichton has created an interesting story about true-to-life people, and I look forward to more books from this author.”
—Always Reviewing

About the book:
After Emma Fletcher is viciously attacked and left for dead, she flees to her old childhood hometown where she’s confronted with bitter memories of her damaged past and alcoholic mother. Emma is determined to make her stay temporary and get out with minimal emotional damage. What she doesn’t count on is Tristan Banks: auto mechanic, coffee addict, and town hottie with dark secrets of his own.

Tristan’s track record of saving girls has historically led to failure. The last thing he needs is trouble in the form of a leggy brunette with an attitude, but when he starts to fall for Emma, Tristan realizes the only way he can save her is to help her save herself.

About the author:
L.D. Crichton is the author of the only official fan fictions for both One Direction and Emblem3, commissioned by Sony Music Entertainment and Faculty Management Group. Crichton has over 7.5 million combined reads on Wattpad and her work has been featured in Publisher’s Weekly, the Daily Dot, Marketing magazine, Just Jared, VentureBeat, and Contently. She lives in Alberta, Canada. Please visit ldcrichton.com   and L.D. Crichton on Facebook
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This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Devil Colony by James Rollins



This is a Sigma Force Novel.  The Sigma Force is a quasi-commando organization operating under the auspices of the DOD.  Regardless of whether you have read any of the series, this book is worth reading.  It stands alone very well.   This would be a great script for an Indiana Jones movie.   There are biblical references, strange phenomena and futuristic action.   The first few sentences are a repeat of my last Rollin’s review, The Seventh Plague.

This book starts with a Thomas Jefferson mystery and then moves to the present.   A lost tribe of Israel and American Indians provide the meat of the drama.   A secret society currently identified by the Sigma Force as the Guild is the ruthless adversary.

There are dark villains and naïve protagonists as well as some familiar faces from the previous book.

The action is tilt-a-whirl like with not so fun house surprises.   I enjoy the inclusion of historic characters and secret society myths.

Again the story line is excellent and I recommend the book.


Web: http://jamesrollins.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Select by F. Paul Wilson




This is a stand alone book and not related to the Repairman Jack series.  Quinn Cleary has wanted to be a physician for as long as she can remember.  Despite her awesome intellectual successes as a student, her family is unable to afford medical school tuition.  She and her life long pal, Matt, apply to The Ingraham, the most prestigious medical school in the country.  Matt’s buddy, Tim, applies as well with no real drive to being a physician.   Tim’s eidetic memory and substantial intellect supersede his uncaring playboy attitude.  The three take the notorious Ingraham entrance exam and the fun begins.

The Ingraham may not be what it seems in spite of it’s providing a full boat for all those admitted.  It also requires strict adherence to it’s philosophical underpinnings. 

Tim’s rebellious behavior and Quinn’s abiding compassion lead the two down a path of perfidy.   Matt, although a bit player, provides a lifeline that is instrumental to some major upheavals.

Wilson suggests a frightening method of medical care and provides sufficient arguments which compel serious thought.

I recommend the book.

Site:  http://repairmanjack.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

First Family by David Baldacci


Michelle Maxwell and Sean King are Baldacci’s characters of choice
in this novel.  An incident in Sean’s past has dramatically unanticipated results decades later.  Those results involve the President, First Lady and several children as well as a grieving, revenge and anger filled father.

Sam Quarry is a larger than life character who inspires admiration and despair over his state of mind.   The story offers conflicting feelings regarding the lengths a parent would go to protect a child.  Baldacci successfully crafts a likeable villain. 

Likeability which I will note has gotten me some sour response when I have suggested that likeability impacts my feelings on books. A likeable characters does not have to be the good guy.  If I can’t connect to the characters then the plot better be truly masterful because for me, the character connection is paramount. 

Baldacci can do it all, provide an exemplary plot and likeable characters, even the villains. 

I highly recommend it.




This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Friday, February 24, 2017

THE PEOPLE’S POLICE by Norman Spinrad


This book was amusing, irreverent, insightful and outrageous.  A quote from page 37 provides insight to the author’s style, “Never attribute anything to conspiracy that can be explained by assholery.”   The quote won’t fly on my Amazon review but for my blog, my rules.  This is not a book for the faint of heart or those who oppose satirical writing  or who are offended by profuse profanity.   New Orleans is the setting and the people provide stupendous color.  Martin Luther Martin is a New Orleans swamp rat who crawls out of the swamp and changes the complexion of New Orleans.

Spinrad is a philosophic game changer.   His commentary on society and his views all expressed by his diverse characters make one consider the depth of depravity in our elected officials.  Ignoring the social commentary, the book is a grossly depicted view of New Orleans and the outlook of those who choose to live there. 

This was an excellent book that can be read as just an entertaining story about a New Orleans in the not to distant future or a treatise on social mores and chicanery.

I enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone who isn’t easily offended.

Web: http://normanspinradatlarge.blogspot.com/


This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Why As an Author You Should Always Use a Professional Editor.

This is an excerpt from CreateSpace, my on-demand publisher.   They offer editing services but regardless of who you use, my experience has shown the value of a professional editor.

1) Immersion: Readers lose focus and can't absorb your writing if they're distracted by grammar, punctuation, and typographical errors.

2) Professionalism: You get one chance to make a first impression. How will readers--who are now reviewers--perceive your book if you haven't had an objective, second pair of eyes polish it before publication?

3) Efficiency: You save time and money in the long run by having a professional editor review your manuscript upfront. Imagine this: You receive a review critical of your manuscript's editorial quality. Now, instead of focusing your efforts on marketing and selling your book, you have to invest even more time and money in editing and reformatting services.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Stranger By Harlan Coben

Lies and then more lies some so self serving they end up denying the existence of others.   Coben sets the stage with a deluded vigilante group that stuns a lawyer into lawlessness.

Blackmail and deceit fuel the fires of this story.   Coben once again tightens the strings of tension by the disappearance of a loved one.   Adam, the husband, does his best to find his missing wife and discovers the stranger has disrupted far more lives than his own. 

Again I will state that Coben has a twisty mind. I like how he is able to keep the excitement going throughout the book while keeping the tension tight.  His ability to hide the true perpetrators is truly masterful.

I recommend.




This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Impact by Douglas Preston


A meteor strike sends Wyman Ford on a mission of discovery while it sparks a flame of greed in Abbey.   Ford discovers that radioactive jewels are not the problem while Abbey discovers that things are not what they seem.

Ford is a mysterious figure that has ties to the CIA and seems very competent.   The Abbey character shows a lot of growth and in some ways this is a coming of age for her in this book.   A child of color in a lily white community, Abbey is frustrated and feels misunderstood.   Her personal growth in the book is just shy of being miraculous.  However just as convection oven bakes faster, if you subject a bright directionless teen to lots of stress and pressure they can collapse or grow faster.  Abbey grows faster.

Preston writes a great story and always has an intellectually challenging twist.

I recommend the book.

Web Site:  http://www.prestonchild.com/


This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Stay Close By Harlan Coben


Lost loves, lost time and lost bodies are all part of this Coben mystery.  Set in and around Atlantic City with nice touches like Lucy the elephant.  Coben provides good background as well as an excellent plot.  Missing persons turns into a possible serial killer and Detective Broome finds himself tied to finding a solution.

Coben has a twisty mind. I like how he is able to keep the excitement going throughout the book while keeping the tension tight.  His ability to hide the true perpetrators is truly masterful.

I recommend.


This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Rogue Invader by John R. Monteith


Once again John Monteith has cast a story touching on current events.    The characters are suffering some pangs of conscience with this mission.   They are finding that their role as mercenaries is far more complex than they originally though.   Economic issues in the European Union and Greece’s financial difficulties provide the connection to current events.

Jake Slade and Terry are now joined by another leader, one who was an adversary in a previous book. Volkov’s demeanor is colored by a dark depression that seems characteristic of Russian characters.  After events in the last book, he is fighting with a drop in self confidence.

Monteith’s background brings the taste of realism to what might otherwise be seen as flights of fantasy.   Knowing that his underpinnings provide him with a uniquely realistic experience for this type of book makes readingi t much more enjoyable.

This was an exciting book and I recommend it.

My other reviews of Monteith’s books:

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Glittering World by Robert Levy


This was a strange book.  I read a great deal and this was one of the stranger books I have read.  A group of four go to Starling Cove to sell a legacy.   Blue's grandmother left him her home and he needs to sell it to get his financial head above water.  Starling Cove's bucolic appearance deludes the group into thinking it is a harmless vacation destination.  That is when the Grimm's fairy tale begins.

After devouring hundreds of fantasies that have had Fae of some sort or another in them, I was surprised to find a new depiction.   Levy has an imagination that would fit right into the Tales of the Crypt.   The book is divided into four sections, each of which is focused on one of the characters.   Blue, Jason, Elisa and Gabe are the characters.  

A hippie compound of bygone years provides clues to other world entities sharing our world.  Secrets of the past seem to squirm into the present with unpleasant results.

Screech was mentioned and that was one of the few things familiar in the book.  Having partaken on Screech when in St. John's Newfoundland, I can testify that it can have otherworldly aspects.   One tale I was told at the time was that screech was the noise you make when you down your first shot of Screech.  My sound was more of a gasp and eye watering. 

The book was well written but a wide audience may be difficult to cultivate as it is certainly a grim fairy tale.

Web: 

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

No Man's Land by David Baldacci



John Puller and brother Bobby are working together.  Apparently I missed a book where Bobby got out of prison.  I just downloaded The Escape, to remedy that.  I hate reading them out of order but sometimes it just happens.   General Puller's dementia enters into this plot as well as espionage and biotechnical enhancements.   An old murder and new attempts to solve it fuel the plot.

I read Baldacci's Christmas story so I know he can craft a book without action and mayhem.  BTW his Christmas book was excellent.   Anyway, this book has Veronica Knox, secret agent of some type, as John Puller's semi-love interest.  Paul Rodgers as a failed experiment and brother Bob on overwatch.

This book shows the power of the military industrial complex continues.   As we have seen in recent years, some of these companies get into hot water and are censured.  Then they are reincarnated as a different company and continue with what they were doing.  As an example, Blackwater now appears to be named rather innocuously Academi, and still engaged in behavior similar to their previous name.  Baldacci pulls this type of activity off of current events and plugs it into his compelling novel.  

The marriage of technology and warfare is also noted by Baldacci.   Interestingly this week on the news there were snippets of drone and AI tech being demonstrated by our military.   Baldacci has the ability to craft a story that is frighteningly believable.

I highly recommend it.




This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter



This is a compelling story of betrayal.   Bob Lee Swagger was a victor and a victim.  The book was printed in 1993 and the war that violated Bob Lee was the Vietnam war.   The way that many of our troops were treated when they returned from the jungles of South East Asia is a despicable chapter in our country's history. 

PTSD was not even recognized in 1993.   Today one can not turn on the news or read a paper (some of us still do)  and not see some thing about a veteran who has major issues. 
Five Finger Death Punch’s video and song Wrong Side of Heaven should bring you to tears with it's depiction of homeless veterans.  (Go to youtube and watch this video.)  Hunter saw the future in this book.

The plot of this book was sadly believable.  Blackwater was in the news more than once for operations that were questionably  legal.   It is not a stretch to think that private security companies funded by covert money would want to protect themselves with sometimes heinous acts.  All to often the phrase "for the greater good" has been used for self serving purposes.  

RamDyne was consequently believable as a covert funded, illegitimate arm of clandestine warfare.   Federal agencies were not portrayed in a flattering manner by this book.   The friction and "chicken shit" between agencies is still seen today in the various terrorist threats.  

Hunter depicted a part of our nation that exists both in the good and the bad.

This was a, can't wait to see what happens next book.

I highly recommend.

Web: http://www.stephenhunter.net/
This is not an official website.



This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

THE RISING ​on sale TODAY by acclaimed thriller-suspense novelists Heather Graham and Jon Land


 THE RISING on sale TODAY
by acclaimed thriller-suspense novelists  Heather Graham and Jon Land


The Rising is the  pulse-pounding adventure of a young man and woman racing to save our world from a terrible fate. An addictive read, this action-packed and mysterious novel tells the story of the endurance of young love, and how quickly two lives can be changed forever.

THE RISING combines Graham's talent for writing suspense and romance with Land's heart-pounding action sequences, making it nearly impossible to put down! Check out the book trailer here , which was featured in USA TODAY.

HEATHER GRAHAM is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare. She has been honored with awards from Walden Books, B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, RT Book Reviews, and more. Visit her online at theoriginalheathergraham.com

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JON LAND is the USA Today bestselling author of thirty-eight novels, (Black Scorpion) including the bestselling series featuring female Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong. He is also the co-author of the nonfiction bestseller Betrayal. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island and can be found on the web at jonlandbooks.com 


“…this genre-blender has elements of a suspense thriller, but, at its core, the novel is 1950s-style science fiction…this is a treat for fans of retro genre mash-ups.”—Booklist

“…ambitious, technology-centered SF thriller…”—Publishers Weekly

“A mind-blowing, thrill-a-minute ride.” —Tess Gerritsen

“The authors of The Rising write in a manner comparable to James Patterson. The chapters are very short, making it easy to keep reading and hard to put down. I love James Patterson books, and I found this to be equally entertaining.”—Manhattan Book Review

“Human relationships are at the core of this juggernaut...Somewhere in the heavens, Rod Serling is looking down and applauding Heather Graham and Jon Land.”—Suspense Magazine

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Escape by David Baldacci



John Puller, an Army CID investigator, despairs over his father's dementia and his brother's imprisonment. Father a renown three star, fighting General and Robert a fast track Air Force Major who allegedly committed treason are both a disappointment to straight arrow, John Puller.

Not really a spoiler if I mention that Robert Puller escapes from prison, considering the title of the book.  National security is threatened, genius Robert Puller is known to have a wealth of marketable secrets.   Surprisingly against all regulations, brother John is one of many tasked to track down his elusive brother.

John Puller finds himself teamed up with Veronica Knox, who he knows belongs to some intelligence agency but he really isn't sure which one as Knox appears to be unable to avoid lying.  John Puller does not trust easily and Knox does not provide him with any reason to trust her. 

There is a wealth of action, a very involved plot, nobility and honor, in other words a typical Baldacci book.

I highly recommend it.



This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Church of Spilled Blood by Jesse Miles


This is a Jack Salvo book.  That didn't  mean anything to me prior to reading this book however now I will be looking for more Jack Salvo's books.  This story took place in L.A and involved Jack, a PI, and a kidnapping of a Russian ballerina.

This was a story with a good plot and enough twists to make it interesting but not confusing.   Jack is a likeable character and that description appears to annoy some who read my reviews.  A character can be likeable due to the care in which the author portrays them.  That doesn't mean it is someone you want to have a beer or a glass of wine with but it may.  It may also be someone who is despicably dark but that portray fits the plot. I digress.

Jack has an innate sense of honor that serves him well.   The depiction of the ballerinas as the current Russian aristocracy was very interesting.

The plot move well, there was the requisite tension and good resolution.

I recommend the book.

Web: http://jessemilesbooks.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Foreign Agent by Brad Thor



Thor has read the headlines and formed a sadly believable scenario.  The U.S. is still plagued by ISIS and has suffered some sort of national disaster in the previous book.  The Russians are also under siege by Islamic extremists.  Enter the off the books secret assassin, Scot Harvath.

Thor's plot is deviously clever and disturbingly diabolic.  He does a ton of action and has sufficient plot twists to maintain interest.   There was mention of Aleppo which really drives home the current nature of the book.   Thor also shows that all Islamic people are not extremists and that many of them are suffering greatly when under extremist control.

This was a rousing and fast paced book.

I recommend it.

Web: http://bradthor.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Nina the Neighborhood Ninja by Sonia Panigrahy



Nina the Neighborhood Ninja by Sonia Panigrahy

This is a well illustrated story about a little girl who goes out of her way to help others.  The story encourages other children to be speedy, smart and strong and help others by being a super hero.  Super hero is defined as someone who goes out of their way to help others.

I like that a girl is defined as a super hero.   I think more kid's books should feature girls as strong protagonists.   The author did a nice job and I liked the book.

Web: http://www.soniapanigrahy.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.