A father and mother uproot their family to sail around the world giving themselves and their children an experience we all yearn for but never quite accomplish. The father is a bit abusive, the mother very submissive, the younger brother is a go with the flow type, and the older boy (Gabe) – well, he’s a teenager experiencing puberty, rebelling, and has his own yearning to travel. Leaving home on a 29-foot sloop with his new-found love along with his best friend, they encounter nature and humans at their worse.
This is a book that sneaks up behind the reader and draws them in, holding their attention until the last page is turned. The author, Gary Maynard, describes the islands and people easily, using vivid imagery that makes them real. The dialog is realistic as well as the angst and turmoil the teenagers experience during their escape. We all experience, at one time or another, the need to flee – to get away from the authority figures in our lives and these teenagers do it – but the life lessons they learn are harsh and unyielding.
Plumbelly is a haunting novel that brings back the long-forgotten desire some readers have had to flee and experience life on their own terms. It also drives home the consequences we must face for our choices. It is a thrilling novel with a startling ending that one expects but when it happens one is left reflecting and hurting for them. The ending is sad, realistic and haunting to the core.
I enjoyed the vivid imagery and words that the author took great care to shape and present allowing me to “see and feel” the novel as it unfolded. Drawn in completely, the story of what Gabe went through and the thought of his future has haunted me several days after finishing the book. This is a beautifully written book that will capture the hearts of anyone with wanderlust in their heart and a need for adventure.
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My T(r)oyboy is a Twat is a hilarious continuation of Ruth Roth’s adventures as a mother, in-law, wife, and neighbor. Not only is Ruth faced with being married to her cousin (by adoption) but her connection to her husband is growing by leaps and bounds making one question whether the weaver of synchronicity is on drugs! Plagued by her dead mother’s voice, her best friend/husband has stepped off the deep end, a gorgeous author neighbor, and a Ma and Pa Kettle duo, Ruth’s world is spinning out of control.
Houseman will have you snorting out loud, laughing uncontrollably with her sassy, snarky sense of humor. Houseman has developed a captivating group of characters and intertwined them so very delicately. Her down to earth writing, sense of humor and ability to plot twist makes her unique.
I highly recommend this book, series if you need a laugh! I lost count of the number of times I received odd looks when I’d burst out laughing! I thoroughly enjoy Ms. Houseman and look forward to each of her books! Houseman is a talented and enthusiastic wordsmith!
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Captain Bartholomew Quasar, Starfaring Adventures by Milo James Fowler is a collection of short stories focusing on the life and times of Captain Bartholomew Quasar and his crew. The stories center around the Captain and his antics as he encounters space pirates, aliens, ghosts, and so much more! The stories are very short and fun – this is a spoof of Star Trek (the series from the 60’s) and the movie Galaxy Quest. Fun, light yet intriguing. A perfect listen after a hard day!
E.M. Carberry performed the audiobook keeping the tone light, energetic and fun! Much like the story, the narrator was appropriately campy as well. How he was able to deliver some of the lines without cracking up, I’m not sure but he was a true professional!
There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.
A wonderful book if you need some fun, campy entertainment. Guaranteed to move you to laughter!
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Three brothers gifted with formidable supernatural like powers find themselves struggling to stay out of a clan war with their neighbors when the MacDougal Clan breaks into their castle and tries to abduct the child and wife of the Laird. One of the brothers, previously a Knight of the Templar, finds himself distracted by a woman –but he has a mission, can he finish it without distraction?
Set in medieval England during the time of Robert The Bruce and the Knights of the Templar, this action-packed historical romance is captivating. The action is exciting as is the romance. One cannot help but fall in love with the three brothers while cheering on their feisty ladies!
Ju Ephraime has written a captivating tale with strong characters and a strong plot. One cannot help but connect with the characters and become lost in the vivid descriptions. A powerful wordsmith, Ephraime has created a world that is both fascinating and enthralling. Magic mixed with action and history.
This is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone and not be lost. Ephraime pays attention to detail and does not stray from her plot. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance, magic and historical novels.
A wonderful book that is entertaining and engaging.
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Looking for adventure, young Englishman Clarence Oliver Edwards joins up with his ex-butler who is headed off to America – the late 1800’s America, complete with Native American Indians on the warpath and the railroad still a work in progress and west untamed. Finding himself in trouble being chased by a lynch mob, Indians, gunslingers and many more, Clarence finds his true self and inner strength.
A delightful audiobook that has some tense moments and moments of hilarity! One first sees Clarence as a whining spoiled English wealthy brat whom his former employee, Guthrie tolerates on his mission to find his missing daughter. By the end of the novel, one does witness Clarence’s growth into adulthood.
The characters were vivid and rich, the dialog realistic that made the story advance. The characters were off a bit – the Indians, the train conductor, saloon gals just don’t fit the usual mode. Actually, all the characters were a bit “off” in a thought-provoking way that made one look at stereotypes. If one is looking for a Zane Grey or Clint Eastwood or John Wayne type Western – this is not it! This is a fantastic, oftentimes absurdly funny western genre experience written by Milo James Fowler. Fowler is vivid and rich in his descriptions painting a clear picture. Fowler has provided an entertaining story of action and adventure.
The narrator, David Blufton, performed the novel expertly. He had a firm grip on all the characters and performed them very well. This was a great pairing of a narrator to a novel!
I found it fun. I listened to this audiobook laughing out loud frequently. A great audiobook for solid fun entertainment!
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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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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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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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James Earl Williams has a fresh start, finally. Having lived through the gangs of New Jersey protecting his younger brother best he could, he met his legal problems head on and now he is finally free to go to college and begin his adult life. Somehow, his new beginning is not at all what he envisioned. He meets Jolie – a beautiful young woman who is just as attracted to him as he is to her. All could be good with the world still … but then there’s the persistent click click click sound… the grave robberies … the evil being lurking in his dreams … an old woman … and epic battle!
James doesn’t know which way to turn and finds himself fighting not only for his life but for his very soul and the souls of his loved ones – both past and present. It will take him and his entire family to face this evil; some will live, some will die and some … will be between life and death!
David Pyle has created a southern world filled with familial ties, supernatural beings, action, mystery, voodoo and even the walking dead! Between Life and Death has something for everyone.
Pyle very smoothly walks us through a complex story with lots of people who are integral to the story. Each character plays a pivotal role in the upcoming deadly battle of wills and good vs evil. Although there are some soul-searching and transformation of a couple of key characters, the story flow is slow and natural. No character is extraneous or useless, but rather each one enhances the transformation of James or another main character leading them into the final battle.
Character development was solid. Each character was strongly developed leaving no doubt about where their loyalty lay. The reader could not help but grow to know and love some characters and despise others. Pyle executes vivid imagery in character and plot development. This is not a story to be read at night, alone or during a storm. Pyle strikes fear in the reader that goes deeper than the physical world – he takes fear to much deeper levels striking at one’s core beliefs.
Epic in length, this is a solid read that resonates with the reader long after it is over. There were several plot twists and character discoveries that shock the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could not put it down. I look forward to reading more by David Pyle.
WorldsAPlenty gives this book, Between Life and Death, a five-star rating for its story line and ingenious blending of several genres into one story.
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