Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Alchemy of Us - A Review





The Alchemy of Us




by
Ainissa Ramirez

Ainissa Ramirez has written a fascinating book. Each chapter begins by looking at the need for a well-known invention, then at the steps leading to its creation, and finally, at the repercussions (both good and bad) the invention has had on 21st-century culture. It is a wonderful blending of history, science, and culture.

The book is very readable - written for a high school senior or the college-educated public. Anecdotes leading to the invention are interesting as they portray events less familiar than the invention itself. Details surrounding the invention expand on the facts most of us grew up learning. The author weaves stories of science, medicine, art, music, and literature, into the narrative as she explores the repercussions of each individual invention. A fun read.

My biggest concern is the style chosen by the author and publisher to present citations (at least as used in the ARC I was provided and as displayed on-line by Amazon). There are no footnotes or citations in the body of the text. An addendum to the book includes an extensive list of references. They are tied to the main text by quoting a four or five-word phrase just prior to each reference. These are not grouped by pages or by chapters - meaning that if the reader is looking for more information on a topic mention in the text, one will need to locate a quote from the passage that is also included in the list of references. It is all very inconvenient. This may be a valid way to create a list of citations, I found it confusing. Using Google was easier to trace references than using the addendum. It is this “flaw” that leads to a four-star review. NOTE: I do not have a copy of the published text. It may be that a better citation style was used in the final book.

Read the book - be prepared to consult Google to satisfy the curiosity it will generate.
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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.




Friday, March 27, 2020

Flight Risk - A Review





Flight Risk




by
Cara C. Putman

A legal thriller on two fronts - the first was brought by a client of Savannah Daniels that was being sued by a competitor for stealing programming code for a new technology for gathering data from planes in flight. The other came about when a reporter, Jett Glover, wrote an exposé pointing out that Savannah Daniels ex-husband was actively involved in child trafficking out of Thailand.

But Savannah Daniels and Jett Glover find they have more in common than just the one case. By the final chapter, they would both be putting their lives on the line. The result is an exciting faith-based thriller that will hold the reader’s attention without fail.
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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.



Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Traitor’s Pawn - A Review





The Traitor’s Pawn


by
Lisa Harris

Houston Police Detective Aubrey Grayson had come to Corpus Christie for a vacation. On the first day of her trip she found herself and former senator Grant “Papps” McKenna being shot at - and Papps was within a moment or two of dying. Before the day was over she would find the boat she was in being targeted with rocket grenades and hearing that the FBI was accusing her father of selling national secrets. Her father said he was being set up. As Aubrey muses, “This had turned into some kind of game of cloak-and-dagger. Stolen government secrets, rogue agents, and dead bodies. And she’d ended up smack-dab in the middle of it all.” It did not make sense.

Lisa Harris has created another 5-star faith-based, romantic, suspense novel that will hold the reader’s attention from page 1 to the very last page. I have been privileged to read several of Lisa Harris’ books and I don’t remember being disappointed - and she does not disappoint here.

Those who enjoy the genre will find the book satisfying. The book also will fit well into the church or public library.
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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.




Sunday, March 15, 2020

Silent Shadows - A Review










Silent Shadows is a well-written faith-based romantic suspense that should be enjoyed by all who follow this genre of fiction.

A series of twists make it unclear who is the villain and who is the victim. Pecca Gallegos, her family, and friends from Walton GA, along with her new client, Colton Crawford, will spend weeks working toward understanding the danger facing the community. It may be just a bunch of misdirected kids, but that seems too simple a solution. And the most likely answer does not fit the evidence that has been found. Making the solution more complex is that a good number of the players are disabled veterans who have served their country and now needed healing themselves.

The book is the conclusion of a series of three books begun a little less than a year ago - but I had no idea of this until I read the “Acknowledgments” found at the end of the book. This, of course, means that Silent Shadows can be read as a standalone story without having read the two previous books in the series. There were times that the romance slowed down the suspense, but not by much and this reader stilled greatly enjoyed the book.

This book will easily find a home in the church or public library.
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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Coconut Layer Cake Murder - A Review











A Hannah Swensen Mystery


1 Simple Cozy Mystery
25 Assorted Tasty Recipes
5-6 Good Friends 

Mix together for about 5-1/2 hours until 350 pages in length. Be sure to skip at least two nights of good sleep till done. When completed, you will have one fun book, ready to recommend eagerly to other readers.


That is how it seemed this Joanne Fluke book was put together. The cozy mystery centers on a young man who takes a friend home after dinner; but when the morning arrives, she is dead and he is charged with murder. The police have found their suspect; Hannah Swensen and her friends are not so sure. They will spend the next week searching for clues and putting together a puzzle that will lead to the guilty party.

The mystery is not as involved as most cozy mysteries that cross my desk, but it is fun. And when it is wrapped with two dozen appetizing recipes (appetizers, soups, entrees, and a lot of deserts) the reader has a great book. My favorite recipes included Meaty Minestrone Soup, Lemon Glazed Chicken Breasts, and Peach Cake (though my favorite dessert was hard to choose - though my doctor would not me touch any of them).

A gentle read - full of fun food. Enjoy your evening.
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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.



Friday, March 6, 2020

Execution in E - A Review










Alexia Gordon brings back the paranormal world of Gethsemane Brown on the coast of Ireland. Gethsemane and Eamon McCarthy’s friendly and annoying ghost as they discover the person responsible for murdering Sunny Markham’s wedding party one by one. The motive focuses on a crime committed half-a-world away and a decade earlier - but then “revenge is a dish best served cold”, very cold.

The story brings back many of the key inhabitants of Dunmullach Ireland - Father Tim, Niall O’Reilly (the cold case detective), and Inspector Sutton (the local Garda Chief). What did make this story stand out was a stronger appeal to the occult than in other books in the series. I came close to putting down the book and not finishing it, The author also wove in more Irish slang and nomenclature - a page of definitions at the front of the book would have helped this reader.

The book will appeal to the classical music enthusiast (especially with the use of classical works as “sound”: effects) and for those who enjoy a hint of the occult in their reading (I did not enjoy it as much this time). The frequent mention of classical music works occasionally drove me to YouTube to hear snippets of the mentioned pieces. I even thought of building a Pandora station built off of those pieces - I did not, but it might be fun. I would give the author 3-½ stars for the latest book.
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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.



Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Chasing the White Lion - A Review





Chasing the White Lion


by 
James R. Hannibal

Adam Taylor and his crew of ex-crooks, along with a CIA agent or two, have taken over for TNT’s Leverage. They are using a series of cons to take down an international gang of criminals as well as those at the very top of the chain. To do so, they would need to travel from Russia to Washinton DC to the Czech Republic to Thailand to Greece.

In the process of taking down the gang, they would save several groups of children targeted for trafficking around the world. And Talia would learn the meaning of trust - both in her colleagues and in God. It would be a hard lesson to learn.

The author has done a good job of weaving the role faith can play into the lives of ordinary (or are they extraordinary) individuals. Though faith plays a role in the plot, this reader had no feeling that it overran the main storyline, but fit nicely into kt. The book represents the best of faith-based suspense thrillers

Suitable for personal, public, and church libraries. It is not difficult to give this book a five-star rating.
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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.