Marshall Chamberlain’s The Ice Cap and the Rift-The Ancestors Series 2

I received this novel courtesy of Mr. Chamberlain for a fair and honest review.

It’s been two weeks since the events of “The Mountain Place of Knowledge.” Now it’s time for another international incident. This time it’s a saucer with some unique toys. A list of those who are not interested would be shorter. Paging Drs. Morgan and Rollins, time is of the essence.

Normally if a series flops for me in the first book, I don’t try the rest. Rarely do the later books offer any redemption. But, I made an exception in this case. Unfortunately, it followed the routine of a series. It really depends on your likes.

Most of the problem is I like evil, antagonists, the bad guys, etc, to get what they have coming to them. And in a series this means the bad guys ought to lose more than they win. This series went backwards. The bad guys are always winning.

I think this series is better for the religious fiction, or espionage crowds. It’s not for everyone, and I’m not interested in reading the next on in line, for reasons both of religious and personal tastes. Everyone has their own tastes and this one doesn’t fit mine.

Debbie A. Heaton’s The Haunting of Wolfe Haven

I received the book courtesy of Ms. Heaton for a fair and honest review.

Riley Russell has a plan. After a three year exile, she is returning to her marital home, Wolfe Haven, in order to settle things with her estranged husband Tristan. Add a murder and meddling family members, and things start to heat up for Riley.

I wish I could have enjoyed this book. The novel was supposed to be a ghost story, and a murder mystery, sort of like the “Haunted Home Renovations” series, at least that was my impression, but it struck me as being more about how wronged Riley felt. I was looking forward to seeing how Sebastian’s murderer was caught, or even some spooky scenes with the ghost.

I did like that the ghost tried to help Riley out. And the settings were beautiful.

Perhaps this story is more geared to those who like romances. As for me, I think I’ll just go with the next in line for Mel Turner and company.

Brian Hershey’s Forgotten Sin

I received this book from the folks at McWoods Publishing for a fair and honest review.

Dr. Mya Bishop has been living with a secret for a long time. In desperation, she reaches out to Marcus Holland, a specialist himself, for help. Their research leads them to face a darkness neither are truly prepared for.

This was my first taste of dark fantasy since “Dracula.” And at first, I wasn’t favoring the idea. But once I started the novel, I must say, I liked it, really liked it. Mr. Hershey wrote Mya beautifully. Her concerns were so powerful, and her grip on her humanity was admirable in it’s tenacity.

My favorite scene was rather early in the book. Mya is briefing Marcus on what he is going to be studying. She gives him the tranquillizer gun, and tells him where more darts are. But it doesn’t help prepare him for the debut. His reaction was priceless. Add to this Marcus’s sincerity, and the final showdown, and you can understand why I was sad to see this story end.

If you like monster stories, you should enjoy this one. I can’t wait until book two comes out. Perhaps it’ll be just as fun to read. This would make an excellent movie. If I gave out stars, this would be one of the few that received a five-star rating.

Helen Winthrope Kendrick’s Stitch-opedia

I received this book for a fair and honest review.

As you can probably tell by the blog’s title, I’m a rather creative person. When I ran across the chance to get a copy of this book to review, I couldn’t resist the urge.

Mrs. Kendrick has taken the time to not only introduce different styles of embroidery, she also gives the fortunate owner step-by-step instructions for the stitches utilized by each particular style. If that’s not enough, she includes patterns for the reader to practice and then master, the styles.

This is a perfect reference for the beginner to embroidery, as well as the masters of the craft. Hopefully, I can get that good.

Tom Tatum’s If Tigers Were Angels, With God All Things are Possible

Ben Taylor has quite a few regrets. Even though he lucked out in marrying his childhood sweetheart, he has ignored the special times with his family in favor of climbing the corporate ladder. He’s missed out on special days with his children. And now, his life doesn’t feel as satisfying as he would hope. Andy, his next door neighbor, has a secret that will change everything.

This was an interesting story. Ben is just the average workaholic. This attitude always gives a lot of regrets. Let’s face it, the job won’t be there for you. His choices aren’t what I personally would have chosen, but he seemed happy with them. Case in point, when he is making a life-altering decision. I wouldn’t decide such things on my own. This was a decision that needed to be discussed. Of course, Grace was a bit closed off at that moment.

My favorite part here was the whole idea that Jesus can reach us through our chosen mediums. It fills me with hope, because it makes it so that Jesus really can’t be cut out of the world. My favorite scenes were where Ben was playing ball with the children. That and when Ben and Jason were reconciled.

I found that Mr. Tatum’s story telling improved greatly when it came to “On Green Diamonds.” But you can see the seeds of that work, all throughout “If Tigers Were Angels.” It’s my belief that you don’t need to go into the ministry in order to Spread The Word. Many do so without even trying. It was a good story, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

Larry A Berglas’s Civil Law in America: A Minimalist Law Book

I received this book for a fair and honest review.

I must thank Mr. Berglas for taking time out of his busy schedule to help those of us who either don’t think they can understand the law, or the ones who wish there was no law.

The information was written in such a way that it cut through the coating of legalese. There were only a couple of sections that I had to read a couple of times in order to gain understanding. My lack of understanding came from the concepts however, not in the way the sections were laid out.

I think everyone should get this book. If it was up to me, I’d introduce it in Junior High, and require understanding by graduation of High School. The basic pitfalls would be avoided then.

Thank you again Mr. Berglas for writing this book.

Cherise Kelley’s Dog Aliens 1: Raffle’s Name

Meet Raffle, a young Queensland Heeler/German Shepherd mix with a secret. He is not from this world. He is originally from Kax, like all of the larger breeds of dog. The smaller breeds seem to be competitors of a sort, but who cares.

Mrs. Kelley seems to have hit on a pretty good story idea, one that uses the “small dog syndrome” as a major plot point. Raffle’s attitude was pretty interesting for the most part. He shows a strong sense of loyalty pack, to the family that took him in, and to his friends.

My favorite scenes what to do with Raffle’s revenge plots. He was clever in a very wicked sense. That and the help he gave to Lido.

It was a great story, one children would seem to be the primary audience, though–as an adult–I enjoyed it as well.

Brock Car’s Dead Behind the Eyes

I received this book courtesy of Mrs. Car for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Max Riley seems to have it all. The perfect family, the best friends, and to top it all off he’s just been given his dream job. So why is he dead? That’s the question facing Claudia Sullivan, a private investigator working for the Riley family.

This book was a tad bit confusing. There were so many characters that I had a hard time keeping them all straight. The story also had a lot of flashbacks. Thankfully, those were mostly utilized for back story and in a story form from the witnesses.

Because of all of the characters, I felt that both the mystery element, as well as the sympathetic characters were neglected. This is a bit of a rookie mistake and one that will be easily corrected in the, hopefully, next book. Though, I would like to ask Mrs. Car to try to make sure justice is done in the next one. She missed here in my opinion.

Okay, on to the good parts. While there was a strong sexual component to the story, it wasn’t graphic–with exception of the language at those particular times. And a bonus of so many characters is the ability to hide the killer in plain sight.

The best scene for me was when the plane was being boarded for Denver.

It was an alright story. I just prefer my mysteries to be more mysterious. Just a little anyway.

Peter Robinson’s Children of the Revolution-An Inspector Banks Novel

I received this book for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

In this police drama, we have joined a team led by Alan Banks. A man has been found dead at the bottom of a bridge. Why would any one want to harm an emaciated man? Or was it suicide?

For the most part, the story was strong. The team members each contributed their personal strengths, and their personal weaknesses were bolstered by the rest of the team. The victim had his share of problems, and Mr. Robinson did a fair job of humanizing him.

Winsome and Gerry were my favorite characters here. They both seemed to have a strong sense of compassion for their colleagues and those they come across in the course of their investigation.

The last third of the book not only weakened a lot, it seemed to make the work the team put in totally vain. I just hold my heroes to a higher standard. I felt cheated. Mr. Robinson has a great style. It was a rather easy, and a fun read. For the most part, I enjoyed it.

Lynette Hartwig’s Flying For First Timers

I received this book for a fair and honest review.

Mrs. Hartwig has decided to give us the benefit of her flying experience to help the first timers. I believe those who has not been flying regularly or recently would benefit from this information as well. She takes us through several weeks in advance to the landing of the plane.

I have to give Mrs. Hartwig credit. Not many are willing to share the things that they’ve learned. The lessons learned by Mrs. Hartwig are things people could really use. I found that her writing style was concise and easy to understand.

The book made me feel, that if I absolutely had to, I could fly. But I think I’ll just take a train, or a car, or wait till I get my own wings.

I always hated the idea of flying and if I have too, I know I could, but I would not only take this manual with me, but be sure and read it several times in the weeks prior.