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In the Shadow of Death
In the Shadow of Death
Price: $2.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid concept, overshadowed at times., August 26, 2015
A promising concept for a book, In The Shadow Of Death tells the story of former child star Kyle, who clings onto his Hollywood dreams by occasionally pitching ideas for new TV shows at his friend and industry contact Syd. When Syd tells him that she's going to be working for a network owner owner who's launching a crime channel, Kyle jokingly comes up with a suggestion, to film a series based around a convict on death row.

The book starts briskly enough, bringing us up to speed with Kyle's former glories, his current career path of running his own lingerie store, his dreams of making it back into the fold etc. We're also introduced to his long suffering employee Joyce, who provides a good foil for Kyle initially. The writing at first is humorous, if at times a little crass, but the promise of the planning, development and execution of the show (no pun intended) keeps the reader engaged.

The action then moves to Texas and begins to explore the workings of the show, the recruitment of a family who's son or daughter is awaiting execution, dealing with the media outrage and various protest groups. Also at play is the individuals working on the show and their own beliefs regarding capital punishment, or the guilt of the convict they end up settling on.

Unfortunately this excellent premise is sometimes neglected in favour of long swathes of storyline concerning Kyle's love life and his sexual history. He objectifies every woman he meets, producers, camera operators, victim support officer, convict's mother, nobody's safe from his male chauvinistic gaze. It comes across a little bit creepy at times, as if it's plot relevant what every female character is wearing and how it clings to their various curves. When Kyle falls for the hardly svelte Jill it feels like he thinks he's doing her a favour. Worse still is the book's handling of transgender issues which is insensitive at best, at worst offensive, and is a subject that deserves more than a cursory reference and a cheap gag or two.

Things pick back up towards the end, the main characters find themselves needing to work out what to fight for, the TV ratings, the will of the families of the convict or victim, or their own careers. The ending falls a little flat for my tastes and the epilogue only detracts from what could have been a memorable final scene. I really wish the book concentrated more fully on the development, production and reception of the tv programme, with Kyle's love life playing a much smaller part.

It's still an enjoyable read, well paced, a thoroughly interesting subject with some good points made about capital punishment and 'car crash television', but Kyle and his love life cast too wide a shadow and ultimately result in the death of a potentially great book.

7/10

MJ Meads (The Kindle Book Review)

“The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.”


El Perro con Sombrero: A Bilingual Doggy Tale (Spanish Edition)
El Perro con Sombrero: A Bilingual Doggy Tale (Spanish Edition)
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Lucky Sombrero That Makes You Rich? Or a Loving Family?, August 22, 2015
Summary: Pepe is a lonely dog whose life changes drastically when a sombrero lands on his head. But what he really wants is a family. Would he trade his sombrero wealth for a real family?

Storyline: This story is adorable and speaks to the heart. A rags to riches dog story, however the story ends emphasizing the importance of a loving family over the kind of life wealth alone can bring. Just what a parent wants to read to their children! Plus, it's written in both English and Spanish! 5 stars

Illustrations: The illustrations are bright and as peppy as Pepe. They add a lot to the story and are very enjoyable. 5 stars
Total: 5 stars

I highly recommend this book for children, parents, and teachers.

~Valerie Harmon, The Kindle Book Review
(disclaimer-I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. KBR is not affiliated with this author or Amazon)


The Song That Seduced Paris (The Bel Homme Quartet Book 1)
The Song That Seduced Paris (The Bel Homme Quartet Book 1)
Price: $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 5 Stars, August 22, 2015
Everyone loves a great love story and “The Song That Seduced Paris”, the first book in Bel Homme Quartet series, really delivers. The multiple story-lines held within these magical pages mesh so beautifully together; creating a mirror of real life happenings. The depth of all the characters really draws you in and takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Their triumphs become yours, as well as their tragedies.
This is the first book I’ve read by author Cindy Irish and I must say BRAVO!
I loved this novel, and I can’t wait to read the second book in this outstanding series.
Stephanie Lasley, from The Kindle Book Review
The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.


The Dumont Brand: Two Brothers; Two Stories
The Dumont Brand: Two Brothers; Two Stories
Price: $1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Family in Texas, August 21, 2015
Two short novels concerning the Collier family have been combined into a single volume. The first is set prior to Texas’s sessions and the War Between the States and the second one, immediately after it ended.

As the book opens, Josephine La Pierre arrives from New Orleans to marry Bennett the oldest son of Edson Collier, the patriarch of the family. She has never met her future husband and is in essence, a mail order bride. She meets Amon, Edson‘s illegitimate son before her fiancé comes home, and they fall in love.

The second deals with Amon as he returns from the war. Hungry, tired, sick, he encounters Maggie, a woman who has taken residence in an abandoned cabin on the family farm. She defends him from a group of renegade northern soldiers and they fall in love.

The strength of the story lies in its descriptions. We see Texas through Josephine‘s eyes, eyes that have only know the city of New Orleans and the bayou’s of Louisiana. We see the bleakness of the landscape. We feel the heat. We sense her trepidation as she approaches her new home and her fear that her past will be discovered.

We see the world through Maggie’s eyes, the eyes of a woman who has always been poor, always been among those who life seems to have left behind We feel Maggie’s fear that she is alone in the world, her fear that she may never find another meal, her fear of Bennett, the stranger who rides into her life, into her heart, and promises to protect her.

The book is an easy, short read. You will enjoy it.

David Burnett for the Kindle Book review.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.


Proud Patrick
Proud Patrick
by Michael Aloysius O'Reilly
Edition: Paperback
13 used & new from $11.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Familiar Story Told in an Unfamiliar Way, August 19, 2015
This review is from: Proud Patrick (Paperback)
If, as Tolstoy claimed, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, then it might be suggested that writers spinning tales of unhappy families have a head start on those who don’t: as Bliss is so difficult to narrate.

As a cultural stereotype, the Sullivans of Whipple Street are not exactly unfamiliar territory. Irish-American. Utterly Catholic and helplessly co-dependent. Too many children. Too little money. And waaay too much drinking. Prone to do damage, and drink away the memory.

Now their oldest son—the second of six children—the semi-estranged Patrick is flying to Dublin to attend his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary: pulling a trail of memories that goes all the way back to the family’s chaotic career in Chicago. His growing up. His disillusion. His success. His distrust.

Nothing new, you might conclude. But so beautifully described, so well-crafted, and bright in its characters that it holds your interest right to the end. Non-linear narrative depends so much on an author’s sense of timing and opportunity, and — in Mr O’Reilly — we have someone who really knows how to shift a scene, while still giving you a sense of where you are, and whose doing what to whom.

At $2.99 this endearing book is the Bargain of the Century, and I recommend it without reservation.

[PLEASE NOTE: This book was offered at no charge in trade for a fair and honest review.] — Nate Briggs, for Kindle Book Reviewers


Becoming Famous
Becoming Famous
by Natalie Scott
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rising Star, August 18, 2015
This review is from: Becoming Famous (Paperback)
Bebe Barclay is one messed up woman! In Rules for Riders, the first book of the series, we watch her move from being an all American girl who aspires to the Olympic riding team to being held captive by her scumbag drug pushing boyfriend. It was a wild ride.

The ride continues in Becoming Famous as she tries to recover from her ordeal. She and her friends have more money than they know what to do with and they spend it with great abandon. Along the way, she finds herself in Los Angeles, spending money, dumping a new boyfriend, reving up an acting career.

Her personality shines through – spoliled, selfish, impulsive. It’s almost as if she’s a different person from the girl who once loved nothing more than her horse and the chance to ride.

This change in her personality is even reflected in the writing, the short, fast moving narrative mimicking Bebe's current approach to life.

But maybe not. Her friend, Blue left her a set of rules for life, and Bebe discovers that they were not simply the ramblings of a seriously depressed guy. Pay attention to the rules, and you will, I think, understand the point of the book.

It is an easy fun read, to be sure, but you’ll find a serious undercurrent that should not be ignored.

David Burnett for the Kindle Book Review.I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
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For Better or For Worse
For Better or For Worse
Price: $5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Marriage?, August 18, 2015
“For better, for worse,” words repeated at most weddings form the theme of the book.

Intertwined stories of four English women − neighbors, friends and confidantes − trace the rise and fall of romance in their lives. One woman is recovering from a relationship and falling in love, again. A second falls for her old boyfriend, leaving her husband. The third reconnects with her former husband. The fourth falls in love with her current and only husband, once again.

While each woman’s story is easy and fun to read, it is the fourth that I found to be the most interesting and to me most believable. Annie and her husband Patrick are in the throes of mid-life crises. Annie is unhappy as a stay-at-home mom and wants more out of her life. Patrick is attracted to Rachel, who works in his law practice and who definitely wants Patrick. When Annie discovers his affair, she orders him out.

Their attempts to re-establish their relationship are both humorous and tender. Sometimes you laugh; other times you feel angry. You come to know them both, their wants, their goals, their fears, and you want them to be happy, together.

The other situations, too, are plausible and all of them are entertaining.

Be warned, you will find both “better and “worse,” and not everything turns out well in the end. The book is an interesting commentary on modern marriage and a very enjoyable read.

David Burnett for the Kindle Book Review
I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.


High Heels and Train Wrecks (Zodiac Women Romance Book 1)
High Heels and Train Wrecks (Zodiac Women Romance Book 1)
Price: $1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying 4.4 Stars, August 16, 2015
The signs of the Zodiac, do they really encompass the paths of our love? Paralegal Hudson Christy, an Aries, believes this to be true.
Hudson is a kindhearted, free spirit, whose heart has previously been wounded. She engages in several superficial relationships, always picking the same kind of men…losers! Hence, her life is a “train wreck”.
Soon she meets Ryan Lowell. Ryan, a Leo, is different than the other men she usually gets involved with. He’s older, mature and successful. Ryan is drawn to her; he sees things in her others don’t. Will she be able to recognize the goodness and honesty in him? Will she accept the love he’s willing to give her or will she stay true to her non-committal ways?
Stephanie Lasley, from The Kindle Book Review

The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.


Reunion of Souls
Reunion of Souls
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but Well Written 4.0, August 16, 2015
This review is from: Reunion of Souls (Kindle Edition)
“Reunion of Souls” is a short but poignant love story.
Jodi finds herself at a major crossroads in her life; her mother passes away, she can’t find a job and her personal life is lacking.
Amid the chaos, Jodi receives a class reunion invitation in the mail. She decides to attend, after all it’s just a class reunion, nothing life altering is going to happen, or is it?
Can life be as simple as one door closing and another opening?
Stephanie Lasley, from The Kindle Book review

The Kindle Book review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.


Tattooed Hearts (Martha's Way Series Book 3)
Tattooed Hearts (Martha's Way Series Book 3)

4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Fulfilling 4.5 Stars, August 16, 2015
Everlasting love is found, and then destroyed. Life continues; their hearts kept yearning. Ten years passes; both have achieved success in their professional lives, but personally they remain unfulfilled. Time doesn’t seem to help them forget what they once had and lost.
Author Mika Jolie has written an astounding love story. After I finished reading “Tattooed Hearts” I started reflecting on my own youth and the decisions I made during that time.
It’s scary to think how one wrong decision, made at such a young age, can alter the course of your life forever.
Stephanie Lasley, from The Kindle Book review

The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.


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