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Sojourn: The Wildlands
Sojourn: The Wildlands
by B. D. Messick
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Survival or Death, February 6, 2016
This review is from: Sojourn: The Wildlands (Paperback)
This is a YA genre and the story does center around Rayn and her boyfriend, Luk, who are both seventeen years old, but the challenges they face and struggle to survive are the same as those faced by adults, which makes the story interesting to adults also.
The scenario is that the United States has collapsed and humanity is on the edge of extinction and resources are at a premium due to abuse through global warming, general abuse and over-population. There are about fifty thousand survivors in the US who live in about five walled cities called Enclaves where they eke out a meagre existence. These enclaves are located at Spokane, Denver, Las Vegas, and a couple in the southern areas.
When each child reaches the age of seventeen, s/he must leave the enclave and enter the vast wilderness, including the Deadlands, of which little is known about except that it is deadly and exists. If the teenager can reach another enclave alive, then s/he has proved s/he is strong enough to survive for s/he can never go back and will never see their parents again.
Rayn Mirago has just reached age seventeen and her father has been preparing her for this trip with the unknown dangers. He has taught her to shoot accurately using either a pistol or rifle and her mother has taught her that certain plants can be used for healing purposes. Rayn has a quick temper and a seventeen year old lad whom she has known for year, has been a companion of Rayn’s until her quick temper drives him off. When Rayn leaves, there are parties to bid her good-bye, but Luk doesn’t show up because she recently drove him off with a temper tantrum.
When she leaves, her father gives her his old leather coat, a pistol and rifle, ammunition and her mother gives her a few bandaids and healing ointments, plus they have tried to teach her everything they can about survival. When she leaves, she carries on her back a sixty pound pack filled with a little food, a blanket, one change of clothing and water. She has no map, but she has memorized the old highways, which she hopes still exist, as she wants to go south where it is warmer than the northern enclaves.
Later in the day, she finds that Luk is following her and they make a team together. Without each other, neither would probably survived this trip and certainly Rayn wouldn’t have. Luk has a bow with several arrows and a big knife for defense. And the story continues as they face one danger after another, and also feel the closeness and sweetness of love, yet keep it under control. There is a lot of descriptive kissing and youthful petting, which would appeal to the YA genre, but not adults, but I just skipped through it so I could get to their next life challenge. The story ends with a cliff hanger preparing the reader to read the second book in this series, “The Deadlands.”
I was given a complimentary copy of the e-book for an honest review and I did enjoy this story. I could hardly put it down.


Tears of Endurance Book #1
Tears of Endurance Book #1
Price: $4.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Love isn't always a bed of roses., February 3, 2016
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Arianna, owner of Freedom Gallery of Contemporary Art, is unexpectedly jilted by her longtime boyfriend Justin. She is in total shock when she finds he had been having an affair on the side. He also managed to clean out both of her bank accounts, which she had been foolish enough to add his name to. She is bitter and feels she will never trust another another man.
Ben is a thirty-seven year old successful engineer, who fell several stories when the scaffolding failed while he was out checking a construction site they had going. He was injured so badly that he had to be placed in a coma for two months plus emergency brain surgery. His present girlfriend ran out on him because she was worried she might be forced to be his caregiver so she just disappeared with no explanation. This was a shock to Ben, never considering that she would not be his future. Ben is turned off by love, but over the two months following the coma, he has such terrible headaches that it takes hours of pain killers so that he can stand them. Ben was allowed a six-months leave of absence while he heals and lives in the company’s lovely apartment. Ben sees the ad about the paintings for show at Arianna’s gallery and decides he’d see if he could find a painting for himself.
Ben and Arianna immediately find themselves attracted to each hour the moment they met each other at the gallery showing. Ben bought a painting and they began to see each other continuously. They each felt that they had experienced such love before and they became passionate lovers. Ben never told Arianna about his past health problems. Ben’s brother Tristan, whose girlfriend had been killed in a car accident, also fell immediately in love Arianna the first moment they met, but he never let Arianna or Ben know.
Eventually Arianna gets pregnant and Ben is delighted, but in the meantime disappointing events intrude in their lives, causing Arianna, Ben and Tristan to draw closer as a family to face a possibly devastating future. This is a nice love story, but often the same colorful phrases are used to describe their love or the events passing. It may be because this is an English author and her usual form of English, but at time the story line drags because of so much explanations.
Although this hasn’t been the best romance I have read and it had many of the usual sad and upsetting events found in romances, it is entertaining and has its own emotional appeal.
I was given a complimentary copy of the e-book for an honest review.


Memories Wait Alone
Memories Wait Alone
by Erin Ritch
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love can be so lonely., January 31, 2016
This review is from: Memories Wait Alone (Paperback)
MEMORIES WAIT ALONE
By Erin Ritch
4 stars
It is 1885 and Cecil Sherbowe has everything he could ever want in life. He has led a privileged childhood, raised in a large estate nestled in the plains of the English countryside. He is in line to inherit his family’s property. His father is a heavy drinker and is determined to make a man of Cecil. He had done the same with Cecil’s older brother, who left home a spoiled young man, but returned very serious and different. If he doesn’t want to be disowned, Cecil has to spend several months working as a laborer in the poverty stricken village of the Deverills. Cecil leaves with only one set of rough clothing and at the last moment his brother asks him to take a note to give to a certain woman, if he finds her. One that he had been in love with.
Cecil is met by a big man named Wilk and Cecil is introduced to everyone as Cecil Wilk, a nephew of the big man. The idea is to break Cecil of his vanity and pride. The small farmhouse where Cecil stays is just the bare bones and Cecil has to share a bedroom with the two boys in the house. He finally learns that the woman his brother loved, is married to a much older man and is actually the mistress of the house where he is living. The woman cried and cried when she read the note and said that she had waited years and years and after hearing nothing, believed he had forgotten her and so she married this older man in order to be supported.
Cecil’s job is to shepherd a few sheep and make sure that he doesn’t lose any as it is the farmer’s livelihood. At first Cecil is negligent and bored, but as time passes Cecil learns to grow up and be responsible. He meets a beautiful young village girl named Natalie. He wants to marry her, but can’t get up the nerve to ask her and is always so aloof with her that she usually is angry with him.
Cecil’s father dies and Cecil inherits his share of the state and has to choose between her and his freedom, Cecil spends years chasing from the Boer War of Africa to the speakeasies of 1920’s New York City. Finally Cecil returns to Deverills and manages to entice Natalie to go with him when she is just about ready to marry another. Cecil loves her so much and wants to be only with her so buys some land and builds a small house on it. Each day he cuts down a tree and splits enough wood for their daily needs for cooking and heat. They are very happy together, but then life changes for them. It is a beautiful love story with a twist at the end. The author does a fine job of catching the emotions of the different people. The ending leaves the reader with sweetness of love and how twists of fate can change everything in a minute.
I was given a free e-book for an honest review.


Thrum
Thrum
Price: $1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The world's gone mad!, January 29, 2016
This review is from: Thrum (Kindle Edition)
This story is a Science Fiction with DNA altering and mind control. In the beginning there are two separate story lines that confused me as a reader, but eventually become one. The war is over with China and the year is 2025, with two teenage friends, Maya and Carlos, who live near a pond adjacent to an abandoned vaccine factory. Maya finds a Dragonfly and a dead Armadillo. Maya is interested in science and she examines both animals closely. She finds something different about their bodies that is unusual. They send e-mails to college Professors to find out if they have discovered a new species.
It is a little confusing as to why and by whom they are abducted, but for two days they are tied up, muffled so they can’t be heard and thrown in the back of a van. They are neither fed, given water or allowed to urinate. Carlos dies from such rough treatment.
In another country, Air Force F-35 pilot David Weaver is on a training mission and suddenly thinks it would be fun to fire a missile at a building in the distance, which he does and destroys it. He finds it very amusing, although he knows if the Air Force finds out, he is in trouble. In various areas of the world, there are mass suicides by the populace. It is like the world has gone mad.
David goes AWOL after kidnapping his son Tobey from his wife. They are separated. He flies to Kentucky and hides out at his Mother’s farm. There he is contacted by a controlled operative Jaleh, a beautiful woman from Pakistan. Dr. Shannon Abrams, a Biologist and professor tries to determine what is different with these two animals and how these extra body parts occurred, but she can’t be trusted either.
There is a golden egg that if worn, protects the individuals around it from being affected by these uncontrolled actions of the masses. There are many events that occur in the story that are never explained, but contribute to the excitement and interest as the story expands. Although I was confused at first and bored, eventually the story held me glued to it while waiting to find out where this plot was going.
I was given a complimentary copy of the e-book for an honest review.


The Romantic
The Romantic
by Felix Alexander
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does unrequited love never receive solace?, January 20, 2016
This review is from: The Romantic (Paperback)
The Romantic,A Love Story
By Felix Alexander

This plot is a love story about friendship, passion, and the echo of unrequited love. Hadriel Alighieri has harbored a secret love in his heart for his entire life when he at age 12 fell in love with his best friend Sophia. But as a young adult, Sophia leaves for America and falls in love with Joshua Abrams. They are engaged for years, but Sophia can never get him to the altar. It appears that Joshua actually has been in love with a young woman when he was a teenager and she pops up in his life again. And so this story goes, different couples pining over lost loves when they were teenagers and never getting over it. In real life, most teens have an unrequited love, but it doesn’t work out and they marry others and move on. Sometimes there are fond memories. This doesn’t happen with Hadriel. He gets involved with other women, has short affairs and then broods. The author doe a nice job of writing the story, but it becomes boring because it lacks realism and it is depressing.
I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review.


The Warlock and the Wolf (The Naturalist) (Volume 1)
The Warlock and the Wolf (The Naturalist) (Volume 1)
by Delfy Hall
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic is in the air., January 9, 2016
This is a YA novel and a fairy tale. This story was to have taken place in Holland in 1647 when Holland no longer persecuted witches and many individuals no longer believed in witchcraft. Mina Walraven was a young scientist descended from freed slaves, an orphan and had been trained as a naturalist. As a scientist, she didn’t believe in magic, but her parents were murdered by a man reputed to be a warlock and in time she found that when she was around certain birds and animals she mentally communicated with them. Then a huge wolf showed up, who mentally told he was her protector and although he remained hidden from other humans, he stayed close to her and warned her of danger and attacked anyone or animal that he felt endangered her life.
Mina was continually torn between her scientific self and her belief in magic, which she could no longer deny.

Probably children from twelve through the teenage years would enjoy this book because it emotionally and actively would attract them. The story is well written and does dramatize an age that historically existed and I recommend it.


Waterkill (Dave Henson Series)
Waterkill (Dave Henson Series)
by Mark Donovan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you drink!, January 3, 2016
This novel is written as an action mystery, but does contain aspects of a cutting edge technology that is shrouded in the secrecy of DARPA and other Federal government agencies. The story opens in a small southwest Yemenis village. A strange Arab has a mission to carry out by terrorists and if he doesn’t follow through, his entire family will be killed. He is sweating, both from the extreme heat and nerves, but he manages to pull a small metal cylinder out of a bag and shake the contents in the local well where the women daily fill their water containers. The men of the village are all out fishing in the Red Sea and they come home to find most of the women and children dead. Everyone who died, did so within two hours of drinking the water. It was determined that the water contained cholera-like symptoms, but killed many hours before cholera does when a person is exposed to it.
Next a small plane is flying in a snow storm in Alaska and the passenger is a well-dressed Middle Eastern man hugging a metal suitcase tightly to his body. The pilot wants to land in an emergency small airport, but the Arab insists he keep going. When the pilot feels he cannot fly any further, he is pistol whipped by the Arab, passes out and the Arab attempts to fly the plane, but it is too late and they crash.
Dave Henson is a scientist dealing in nanomaterials in medical applications primarily on improving the delivery of various diseases and toxins. He owns a large laboratory in McCall, Idaho and is the chief executive of NSurv Inc. He presently is giving a lecture in Germany and his wife is there also. His partner is Ron Matthews.
Dave and Ron, civilian colleagues, are called in to help with the search for the plane because there are suspicions about the passenger. After fighting some strangers at the site of the downed Cessna, the pair find a sinister metal container in the Cessna’s crumpled cockpit. Carefully replacing it in the silver case, they await rescue. Meanwhile Dave’s wife, Dana, is in Germany and there has been a virulent outbreak of cholera-like symptoms in a small German town close by. More terrorism is suspected via delivery of biochemical fluids in the town’s water supply. Dave and Ron are rescued from the Alaskan wilderness, but events take a nasty turn as Dana is taken hostage by the two terrorists who poisoned the town's water supply. Incredibly, she recognizes one of them -- a former college classmate, educated in the U.S., but now intent on The Great Satan's destruction.
The plot then carries the reader through a series of increasingly dramatic turns that culminate in a harrowing car chase as Dave pursues Dana's captors through a remote section of Bulgaria. His partner Ron, back in America, has somehow triangulated Dana's cell phone coordinates. The reader is introduced to all kinds of drones: surveillance drones and assignation drones, plus the world of nano-science, mutant disease and conflict between western and mid-east cultures.
This is a fast moving story, with many twists and turns. I enjoyed it. I was given a complimentary copy of the e-book for an honest review.


Point of Origin: Gobekli Tepe and the Spiritual Matrix for the World's Cosmologies
Point of Origin: Gobekli Tepe and the Spiritual Matrix for the World's Cosmologies
by Laird Scranton
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.75
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you drink!, January 3, 2016
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WATERKILL
By Mark J. Donovan
4 stars
Be careful what you drink!

This novel is written as an action mystery, but does contain aspects of a cutting edge technology that is shrouded in the secrecy of DARPA and other Federal government agencies. The story opens in a small southwest Yemenis village. A strange Arab has a mission to carry out by terrorists and if he doesn’t follow through, his entire family will be killed. He is sweating, both from the extreme heat and nerves, but he manages to pull a small metal cylinder out of a bag and shake the contents in the local well where the women daily fill their water containers. The men of the village are all out fishing in the Red Sea and they come home to find most of the women and children dead. Everyone who died, did so within two hours of drinking the water. It was determined that the water contained cholera-like symptoms, but killed many hours before cholera does when a person is exposed to it.
Next a small plane is flying in a snow storm in Alaska and the passenger is a well-dressed Middle Eastern man hugging a metal suitcase tightly to his body. The pilot wants to land in an emergency small airport, but the Arab insists he keep going. When the pilot feels he cannot fly any further, he is pistol whipped by the Arab, passes out and the Arab attempts to fly the plane, but it is too late and they crash.
Dave Henson is a scientist dealing in nanomaterials in medical applications primarily on improving the delivery of various diseases and toxins. He owns a large laboratory in McCall, Idaho and is the chief executive of NSurv Inc. He presently is giving a lecture in Germany and his wife is there also. His partner is Ron Matthews.
Dave and Ron, civilian colleagues, are called in to help with the search for the plane because there are suspicions about the passenger. After fighting some strangers at the site of the downed Cessna, the pair find a sinister metal container in the Cessna’s crumpled cockpit. Carefully replacing it in the silver case, they await rescue. Meanwhile Dave’s wife, Dana, is in Germany and there has been a virulent outbreak of cholera-like symptoms in a small German town close by. More terrorism is suspected via delivery of biochemical fluids in the town’s water supply. Dave and Ron are rescued from the Alaskan wilderness, but events take a nasty turn as Dana is taken hostage by the two terrorists who poisoned the town's water supply. Incredibly, she recognizes one of them -- a former college classmate, educated in the U.S., but now intent on The Great Satan's destruction.
The plot then carries the reader through a series of increasingly dramatic turns that culminate in a harrowing car chase as Dave pursues Dana's captors through a remote section of Bulgaria. His partner Ron, back in America, has somehow triangulated Dana's cell phone coordinates. The reader is introduced to all kinds of drones: surveillance drones and assignation drones, plus the world of nano-science, mutant disease and conflict between western and mid-east cultures.
This is a fast moving story, with many twists and turns. I enjoyed it. I was given a complimentary copy of the e-book for an honest review.


Rat Pack Party Girl: From Prostitute to Women's Advocate
Rat Pack Party Girl: From Prostitute to Women's Advocate
Price: $5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Expose’ of the sex trade by one who practiced it, December 26, 2015
This is a true story, published to educate the public of how the sexual trade survives, why it survives and at the end of the story, gives a list of public organizations that are publicizing the ills of it and places where abused children and abused prostitutes can receive help.

When Jane McCormick was three years old, her retired Marine stepfather began to sneak into her room at night, sexually feeling her while he masturbated. It hurt her and as she grew older, he warned her he would kill her mother and brother if she ever told on him. When she was in pre-teens she told one of her girlfriends, who encouraged her to tell her mother. When she told her mother, her mother didn’t believe her, so neither did the police and it was suggested that Jane be taken to a psychiatrist. Because of her mother’s insistence that Jane must be lying, the psychiatrist wasn’t too interested in the case, but the step-father did back off. Because of this experience, which caused her to believe that boyfriends would only like her if she was willing to perform sex with them, she continued her sexual life through her high school years.

Her step-father, Woody, didn’t want her brother, Dick around and managed to get him shipped off to Grandma MoMo’s house in Indiana. Now Woody had more freedom to sexually abuse Jane. Then Woody began to become physically abusive to both Jane and her mother. Finally her mother divorced Woody. Her mother had to go to work, partied much of the time and began to complain about how much Jane ate and she was an absent mother much of the time.

Jane was a petite girl, a beautiful blond with a well-developed body, which made her even more enticing to males, whether teenagers or men. Then she met a teen-age boy, Jim, when they began going to motels and she learned to enjoy sex. He abandoned her and she met Bob who was in the Navy stationed in Long Beach. In 1957 he married her. He was 18 and she was 16. He was only a private so could not get housing and they started out in a dingy hotel room where she cooked on a hot plate. When he went to sea, she baby-sat to earn a little extra money and one night the baby-sitter’s male friend offered to take Jane home. On the way there, he violently raped her. Bob didn’t want to believe her, their daughter Cindy was born, he had to go to sea again but didn’t leave enough money for food. She had to go to Bob’s mother, Mae, for help. When Bob was discharged, they moved to Santa Ana, but he couldn’t keep a job. He just wanted to get high on pot, pills and alcohol. Jane went to Mae to ask her for help to pay the rent. Then Jane got pregnant with Roberta Jane born in February 1960. When Bob couldn’t get a job, she took a job at Nurse’s aide at Fullerton Community Hospital. Bob went back to partying, Jane caught him kissing another woman and wanted a divorce.

She filed for divorce and needed legal help. Mae picked up the girls so Jane could find an attorney. The attorney she picked wanted either his fees or he’d take it out in trade. Jane was evicted from the apartment so Jane asked Mae to take the girls until she could get her life straightened out.

She decided to go to Hollywood to try and find work and she also had to make herself look 21 to be a cocktail waitress. When she got there, she dressed for the evening and went to a bar. A man approached her and introduced himself as Tyler Wilson. Jane got tipsy because she wasn’t used to drinking. Tyler took her to his room and then fixed her a sandwich because she was hungry until he got her into bed. Then he told her how men would pay her well for her services and he explained to her how to handle them. Several men came to her, having been told by Tyler and soon she could earn two hundred dollars in one afternoon. And this was the beginning of her life as a call girl. The story elaborates how she became guided and well known by the owners of the clubs who introduced high rollers to her. Eventually she was making thousands of dollars and met many famous men during her services. I don’t know why she particularly named this the Rat Pack because she serviced many others although she became quite well acquainted with Frank Sinatra. She pretty much described what her sexual services consisted of and how she felt about it. She loved making so much money as these men were wealthy and heavy tippers if they liked the services they got.

I don’t know how she was able to name so many famous people without some type of legal problems, but she certainly named them, what their personalities were like and what her services were. She also knew most were cheating on their wives. This book was written in a very simple manner and it is at the very last she explains very thoroughly why this book exists and all of the services that are available to help the women who have to prostitute, the abuse of women and children and is attempting to get some laws passed that will regulate this industry.

I was given a complimentary copy of the e-book for an honest review.


Undressed To The Nines: A Thriller Novel (Drew Stirling Book 1)
Undressed To The Nines: A Thriller Novel (Drew Stirling Book 1)
Price: $2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment., December 17, 2015
Although I think the title does not catch a reader’s eye, I found this to be a mystery that moves quickly, give many twists in subplots that intrigues the reader, is well written and not so long that the reader gets bored before getting to the end.

His heroine is Drew Sterling, a fantastically beautiful young blond, who makes her living posing as a model, and oft times quite nude. Her father who is deeply immersed in politics is totally frustrated with her since he really wanted a boy and he feels she is an embarrassment to him because of her profession. However, modeling is a good way to support herself and also pay her way to college. She intends to attend college when she gets older and become a scientist of some kind. Through her family, she meets a handsome, charismatic Senator, twice her age and married, and he is always looking for extra sexual action. He drinks heavily with her and takes her to a hotel room where they have all-night sex. Drew really has little morals. The way a man makes her feels is more important than anything.

Her father has helped to get the Senator where he is and they both have invested financially in a laboratory that appears to be making vaccines to help people, but actually makes chemical weapons of war. A newspaper man, Brad Novak, finds out about it, writes many articles, and his editor is just waiting to publish this political disaster for the Senator and Drew’s father until they can get more corroboration. Brad keeps his writing on his computer. The story opens with this thug, Hull, seeking out Novak, threatens him and copies all of Novak’s material on a thumb drive. Then he kills him as he is hired by the Senator and the laboratories to safeguard their secrets. When the Senator is in a hotel room making love with Drew, the thumb drive falls out of his pocket. Later, Drew finds it and just tucks it away in her purse, not really caring where it came from. That is the basis for the story.

Drew works as a model with Marc Chase, a photographer and writer. She tells Marc about the thumb drive. He puts it on a computer and finds out that it has all of this juicy material about the lab and the Senator. He is aware that Novak has been missing for three weeks and suspects there is danger. Then he plots a way to get Drew as a nude model important enough that she can one day turn the thumb drive over to the newspaper and reveal everything.

The story continues with Marc being harassed by Novak’s killer, Hull, then Drew being cornered by Hull in Marc’s father’ cabin in the mountains, how she fights to save her life, and meets others who help her, and the story flows from one subplot to another.

I enjoyed this mystery very much and was amazed at how the author was able to throw in actions, that although not pertinent to the plot itself, did extend it and made the reader want to not lay down the book.

I was given a complimentary copy of the e-book for an honest review.


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