I was given a copy of The Fall, a novel of post-apocalyptic Australia, Book 1 Conversion by S.T. Campitelli in exchange for an honest review.
The Fall, a novel of post-apocalyptic Australia, Book 1 Conversion by S.T. Campitelli is a detailed version of what we could be facing when a deadly and destructive virus spreads unchecked. Unlike most where there is one country or individual to blame, we are given another unique possibility.
The story begins in 2052. Survivors who are fortunate enough to have been granted admittance to these secure structures survive while others less fortunate are left outside to fend for themselves with the deadly creatures that roam freely seeking out fresh human meat to consume or infect. Not only do the Kulin survivors have the infected hordes to worry about but now they have some serious betrayal issues but also an insanely unbalanced villain that will wreak havoc.
Campitelli develops his characters vividly and with subtle yet in-depth detail. No one will have any issues visualizing each character. The plotline moves smoothly yet at a fast action packed rate that leaves one on the edge of their chair. I had difficulty putting the book down after I started it!
Campitelli is a masterful word-smyth building a storyline that is both engaging and exciting. His dialogs are perfectly matched to the situation and characters. He leaves no stone unturned, the audience has a thorough picture of what is going on yet still manages to surprise us multiple times! I like that he not only took Australia as the setting but the way he broke the story up giving his audience multiple points of view.
As a first time author, he hit it out of the ballpark with this book! He has definitely set the standards high for himself but I am confident he will continue – he is a gifted author who innately writes good solid books.
If you enjoy horror, apocalyptic stories, and realistic scenarios, this is the book for you!
A definite 5-star review due to his innate writing skills and unique storyline.
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The Devil’s Kettle by J.J. Ollman is a unique tale in which friendship withstands everything. Three missing people in a short span of time, they all have one thing in common – well, two if you count the man that abducts them! Two friends and a reporter band together and try to track down their missing friend Seth. However, one friend has a deadly secret that is about to become well known and thus begins the thrilling page-turning novel by J.J. Ollman. The two friends, Mancoat and Hodges are perfect foils for the police and kidnapper working together effortlessly. The race against time and Hodges’ past is about to turn things around to an even deadlier outcome!
This is not just your ordinary missing person, serial killer, and mystery. Ollman makes it so much more when he keeps throwing in twists that keep you sitting on the edge of your chair with the turn of each page. Just when you think you have it figured out – wham! He does it again. Even with the barrage of twists and turns in the mystery, Ollman keeps the story clear and flowing. The reader never becomes confused about what’s going on – the story flows so well that the reader can do nothing but set back and wait for the next twist knowing it is coming but not just when or how!
The characters were well developed as was the storyline. Everything fit together nicely with no lingering questions. While this book involves characters from another book, this one can be read as a stand-alone book. It is clear that Hodges did something horrible but is a seeking redemption while also staying free.
This is perfect for people who enjoy the edge of your seat type of novel, mysteries, and thrillers. Ollman is a masterful storyteller. His books are well researched and pack a powerful punch! I cannot wait to read his other books!
Five-star review for its edge of your seat action!
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Nick Hunter, a journalist and a playboy debonair, wakes up to find he has no memory. He sets forth trying to piece together the last 24 hours. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss but in this case, Nick finds himself in deadly hot water. Finding out who he is, what he does for a living and what the “job” he was paid to do is vital to his health. In the meantime, he falls hard for a woman – something he suspects is totally foreign to him.
Nick quickly discovers several things about himself – he’s a player, he’s a top notch journalist, he’s gotten involved with the wrong people and he’s in love. Now it’s up to him to save those he loves from the corrupt politicians and mafia types.
Peter Stankovic adeptly creates a plot where danger is around the corner with this edge of your seat thriller mystery. Stankovic smoothly tells the story of Nick Hunter with vivid imagery and details. The character development is complete as the characters come to life. I found “Ginger” to be most amusing as well as deadly, but I knew Nick wasn’t going to let himself be bested – by anyone.
Stankovic is a masterful storyteller whose ability to captivate and engage the audience is thorough. I found the book difficult to put down after Nick began to remember his life and see the danger for what it was. I thought it was brilliant how Stankovic brought the story to a close. His characters are strong. His story is light, not overwhelming.
Well done!I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries, thrillers and romance. While this book had several instances of romance, it was tastefully done.
A definite 5-star rating!
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Lauren is entrenched in the world of the ENL working to finish the microprocessor, saving Roxal and her planet, and defeating the PL. Having made the decision to walk away from her life and join ENL, Lauren has another opportunity to hook up with her ex on her own terms; well, once ENL approves it anyway.
With Lauren’s brief moments of independence, PL kidnaps her and from there it’s a fight that losing is fatal not only for Lauren but for planets Earth and Trebor.
Well written, Sharolyn Brown proves once again that her imagination and ability to captivate her audience is commanding. Building a strong plot line with details about characters and their roles can be daunting at times, but Brown is very proficient at storytelling making her clever with plot twists and turns, along with building strong connections with each character. Brown is a definite powerful and consummate story teller!
The story moved at a fast pace with ‘edge of your seat action’ throughout most of the book. There are twists totally unexpected!
I could not put this book down once I started reading it. I cannot wait to see where Brown takes her readers in book three! Excellent series!
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Future World Rocks by Terry Tumbler was submitted to WordsAPlenty for an honest review.
Future Worlds by Terry Tumbler is a thrilling light-hearted read that will have you laughing. Take two scientists from a Nazi research lab who are hi-jacking a pod to escape the boredom of their research facility only to discover they are time traveling! They hook up with aliens with the ulterior motive of blending with the human race; then there are the MIB’s (Men in Black) who are faced with regulating the presence of alien life forms. There is a bit of science fiction and thriller/mystery involved as we sort through the good from the bad aliens.
Tumbler is a wildly imaginative writer who has the ability to engage readers with his quick wit and a sarcastic tongue that is endearing and hilarious. A science fiction space opera for all ages, Tumbler weaves a fantastic story with strong character development and plotlines. His world has something for everyone – mystery, science fiction, romance, comedy, and more. Tumbler keeps everything clear and focused, although there are a lot of characters he is detailed and vivid in his imagery that mixing them up is nearly impossible! The book is captivating!
WordsAPlenty highly recommends this book by Terry Tumbler as a must read! Guaranteed to make your day better.
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I was given a copy of The Transmigrant by Kristi Saare Duarte in exchange for an honest review.
After a few pages, Duarte made me stop and think about everything I knew about Jesus and challenge it with: what if Jesus was just an ordinary, down-to-earth boy on a religious quest?
Duarte has taken the story of Jesus and woven it into a captivating story of Yeshua who leaves his home and future as a carpenter, setting out to cross the strict caste laws and become a rabbi. His love of God and his passion to share the Word of God is present in his day to day travels and struggles to find the inner peace and presence of mind that others before him had found – Lord Buddha, Krishna and the White Brahmins. Yeshua wants only to teach the word of a loving God but is challenged to wait patiently and teach only when he is deemed worthy and learns to only teach to those “more appropriate.” Yeshua breaks with tradition and begins teaching peasants and farmers and women.
The story of Yeshua mirrors the life of Jesus closely but with significant changes that are likely closer to reality than not; Duarte invites you to see the story of Jesus in a different light. Duarte’s telling of the story of Yeshua flows smoothly, weaving naturally in with stories from the Bible and history and reported experiences of Jesus. Duarte snags the imagination of her audience and challenges them. She encourages questions and further examination of one’s beliefs.
The life of Jesus is widely known but with her research of ancient scriptures and reported new findings by others, Duarte creates another version that could have happened. One that leaves room for thought.
Duarte’s writing style and vivid use of imagery captured me and held my attention. Her use of inner dialog allows the reader to experience the same questions and emotions as Yeshua. The reader cannot help but become enmeshed in his struggles and ultimate sacrifice. Her writing is calming and subtle – it is not forceful nor over powering. She simply offers a different scenario.
WordsAPlenty highly recommends this book with a five-star review; Duarte is an accomplished writer who questions and challenges the norm with a passion for other possibilities.
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In To The Stars Through Difficulties, Romalyn Tilghman brought together three women who in their own right are strong. Their story centers around the funding of the Andrew Carnegie Foundation responsible for over 50 libraries built at the turn of the century in Kansas through the hard work of the women.
Traci was a baby thrown into the trash she makes her art from; Angelina seeks happiness through her Ph.D. dissertation on the Carnegie Libraries; and Gayle, a woman who survives a deadly and highly destructive tornado. Each of them come together in their strength and discover their effect on others and the change within themselves once they are allowed to grow.
A wonderful coming of age story about these women and the people in this small town of Kansas where Hope is a verb. Tilghman creates a delightful story that captures the imagination and hearts of her readers. Her story line flows well and each character whether major or minor are well developed. She speaks through strong women and the men who support them.
A light read with some very poignant moments. I have a librarian friend I am going to recommend this book to because it is a moving book that shows the passion of women and demonstrates that there are no boundaries to a woman’s desire.
Tilghman also provides historical information that is well woven throughout her story. A master storyteller, Tilghman captivates her audience and is inspirational. This is a book that I would highly recommend reading.
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I love horror; the creature features, zombie books, creepy music, and Halloween! I introduced our children to the classic monsters all the way through Halloween, Friday the 13th and the Chain Saw Massacre. I also enjoyed reading about serial killers and their twisted minds but I was in no way prepared for the horror of Garden of Fiends. Stories told from the perspective of addicts – alcohol, drugs and sometimes both, were much more than even I could handle.
Sometimes true horror lies in the truth and with addicts, their truth is true horror. Having a daughter who has dabbled in Vicodin and more, having seen the results of a child impacted mentally by an addict mother, her withdrawal, and daily struggles, well this hit close to home. There does not seem to be an end and each of these stories builds on that horror.
This is not a collection of stories for the faint of heart. There are aspects of each story that is gritty and real. I found this a difficult audiobook to finish because it was brutal and too realistic in portraying human nature and its frailty and selfishness.
The narrator, Rick Gregory provided an extra level of creepiness with his narration style. His voice was smooth and emotionless. You knew something horrible was coming but he never let the listeners know it until it happened. The flow was flawless and did not rely on unnecessary dramatic flair.
There were no issues with the audiobook or quality of production.
Five people, all trapped in a five-star hotel doing the bidding of an anonymous host. Threats of blackmail, physical harm to family and promises of success keep these five participating in a deadly game. The five are key figures in the journalism world; different levels but nonetheless, important in their own right. Toss in some secret agencies, a hostile take-over by men in ski masks and suits and you have the beginning of one roller coaster thriller ride. Not everyone gets to leave alive!
Trust does not come easy but the ticking clock helps to build some bonds while exposing others. There is more going on than meets the eye!
A cleverly crafted thriller, David Pyle, takes his readers deep into the underbelly of terrorism, greed and secrecy. Nothing is left to chance, each step a character takes is choreographed with precision, each word has a meaning … Pyle has woven an engrossing book that prevents the reader from putting it down. A long but exciting read. There is not a dull moment – if there’s no action going on, then there is intrigue that begs full disclosure.
The characters are well developed and from the first moment you don’t know who to trust but Pyle leads you to the truth. The characters are perfectly constructed fitting expertly into the story. Each step of the storyline and character involvement is thorough and intensely intriguing.
A must read for all lovers of thrillers and mysteries.
Pyle has a true knack for laying the groundwork for long, detailed and intense thrillers. WordsAPlenty gives this book a five-star rating for suspense and uniqueness.
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Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings is a delightful children’s book that will leave your children wanting more! Bartholomew is a zombie; a young, fun and quiet zombie who demonstrates the skills and focused attention that parents encourage in their children. He studies, he plays, he’s quiet, friendly and non-threatening.
The prose is smooth, easy to follow, rhymes cleverly – not forced. The rhythm of the rhyming flows easily. Crystal Marcos has laid the story out in a clever manner, making the story relatable and genuine. Given today’s interest in zombies and the walking dead, Ms. Marcos has created a character that small children (and their parents) will love and never fear! It also teaches them good behavior (no rowdiness or bad manners), being studious, everyone is different and being kind. All attributes we want to see in our children.
In a team effort, Marie Marcos has illustrated the story of Bartholomew Buggins with cute and attractive artwork with hidden “eggs” throughout the story. Marie’s artwork brings the story to life making the team work of both Crystal and Marie Marcos a brilliant collaboration accomplishment.
Over the weekend, I read the story of Bartholomew Buggins to two of my small grandchildren – a granddaughter who is two and her brother who is four. They sat and listened to the story and looked at the artwork – combining the vivid imagery with smooth rhyme and they were bewitched! They kept touching the pages fascinated with the artwork. The children kept returning to the book, wanting to hear and see it again and again.
This book is a piece of magic! Any book that can take two overly active children and hold their attention for any period of time is impressive. I personally found the rhyme charming and fun. The artwork was also stunning. The combination of the two created an outstanding piece of reading and visual pleasure.
WordsAPlenty gives this book a well-deserved five-star rating for its combined effectiveness as well as its whimsical verse and amazing artwork.
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