Thursday, April 22, 2021

Present Danger - A Review




Present Danger




by

Elizabeth Goddard

A Review

“The direction your life takes

can often come down to

one decision,

one moment in time.”


Elizabeth Goddard has created another great faith-based thriller set on the Eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Beginning with a plane crash in chapter one and ending with the cliff rescue in the book’s final moments, the author managed to hold this readers attention

With the focus of antiquities dating from the American west to the Middle East, we get glimpses of how lives are made through the decisions we make - whether they are made by people with hearts of gold or full of evil. Grayback County Sheriff Detective Jack Tanner and US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors both have made decisions that effect their lives even today, yet they will need to work together to find those responsible for the three deaths and the associated theft of ancient artifacts. In doing so they will need to face the decisions that they and their families have made in the past.

This “can’t put it down” book has a place in the church library, in the public library, and in the home of any reader looking for a colorful adventure. I give the book 5-stars.
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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 mine alone.





Friday, April 16, 2021

Big Little Spies - A Review

 



Big Little Spies



by


Krista Davis

A Review


Frankly, I was disappointed in Krista Davis’ latest effort. I have enjoyed her books in the past and was looking forward to reading her current effort. On the other hand, I found the book somewhat boring. The cast of characters was long - with people, cats, and dogs, all playing significant roles This problem was addressed somewhat by including a list of 22 characters before starting the story proper - where she intermixes people’s and pets’ names.

The town of Wagtail was an appropriately named North Carolina village including water access, parks, and stately homes. The village catered to its pets allowing them open access to most areas, except for the local hospital. I was surprised the county health inspector allowed pets to enter and eat at restaurants throughout town, which provided specialized menus for cats and dogs. The book concludes with a series of recipes - read these carefully, some are suitable for pets, some are suitable ONLY for people. One pet recipe includes a potentially poisonous ingredient for dogs. It is clearly labeled but requires a careful reading of the peanut butter label before use.

I give the book three stars.
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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 mine alone.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Sweet Amber - A Review

 



Sweet Amber



by


William Lynes

A Review

He was an alcoholic. He knew it. He did not care.

He lost his family. He lost his reputation. And he was about to lose his medical license.

He had been drinking the night of the governor's surgery. Both before and after the surgery. He had been charged with a DWI that night on the way home.

And the governor had died.

Two questions remained: Who was responsible for that death and what was Dr. Lee W. Hickok going to do about it.

Sweet Amber addresses the problem of alcohol within the medical community - looking at the issue from the perspective of the alcoholic, the medical staff, and the patient. Each part of the triad contributes to the problem. And each has a responsibility to address the problem - or suffer the consequences of their choices.

The author uses a fictional episode at a major hospital in Galveston TX to illustrate the issue from the perspective of mid-1980s medicine. It would seem appropriate to include a final essay addressing the issue in light of 21st century medical care. Alas, the author does not do this, leaving the reader to research and reflect on how the issues are played out in a more modern setting. The book does have a level of suspense and is stomach turning at times. At the same time, we see evidence of God’s grace working in the lives of a broken physician and his friends and family. I give the book four stars.
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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 mine alone.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Danger On The Loch - A Review

 



Danger On

The Loch



by

Paige Edwards

A Review

Covenant Communications (the publishing arm of the LDS Church) presents a well-written faith-based novel that seems more like a romance novel than a suspense novel. Having said that, it did hold this reader's attention. Though the action begins in Virginia, it quickly moves to Scotland where Paisley finds herself in the midst of a mystery that would threaten her life and the lives of those around her.

At the same time, a childhood friend finds his job also moving him to Scotland - together they would need to unravel the “Danger on the Loch”. Together they would also need to discover the meaning of love.

Though the reading was a bit slower than I would like (romance might do that for me), the scenery, locations, and people of Scotland provided an interesting backdrop for this charming novel. I give the book four stars.
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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 mine alone.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Homer is on the Case - A Review

 



Homer Is On The Case



by

Henry Cole

A Review


The author has created a delightful cozy mystery starring Homer (a homing pigeon) and Lulu (an Amazon Parrot). Together these two birds solve a series of burglaries that are haunting the city's parks.

Together they will track the villains down and then communicate to their humans their results. I found myself both intrigued by these characters. I was laughing as they communicated together, with their humans, and, eventually, officials from around the town. They put on quite the performance.

I could not tell if the book was aimed at an adult audience (I am an adult and did enjoy the book) or a pre-adolescent audience (I expect that pre-teens would enjoy the book as well). For the adult reader the book is a fun, quick read. I give it 5-stars. I can hope that the author finds more cases for these two feathered friends to solve.
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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 mine alone.


Monday, March 29, 2021

Night Fall - A Review

 



Night Fall



by

Nancy Mehl

A Review

Nancy Mehl’s latest thriller is both solidly Christian and somewhat creepy.

Adam Walker and Alex Donovan were raised in very similar situations: broken homes who were committed to following the Book, the basis for a cult known as The Circle. Yet they turned out very differently because of the choices they made during their lives.

God was working in both their lives. Both would hear his voice, but only one would listen. As the plot makes clear: God loves everyone, but each must individually respond to that love.

These themes are explored in a story that takes the reader from Washington DC to Kansas City KS to Ethiopia. The danger is real and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit will need to work hard to discover the source of the threat and stop it before millions are killed.

Though it picks up many of the ideas that are familiar to those who watch Criminal Minds on TV, the characters are decidedly different. At the same time, the book echoes some of the creepier stories from that show. Unlike the TV show, the book clearly demonstrates God working in the lives of all who put their trust in Him. I give the book 4 stars.
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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 mine alone.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Psobriety - A Review

 



Psobriety


by

Jeff Dafler

A Review

Scripture has long been a solid rock for those who have struggled with addictions or who have lived with those who do. Jeff Dafler has written a set of 150 daily devotions based on the book of Psalms.


The book is as much a personal journey of the author as he moved through his own addiction issues a it is a study of God’s answer to many of the issues which the addict or their family may face as they move through their recovery.  Though I have been in recovery for 25+ years, there are times that I still need to rethink and review the answers that have kept me growing through the years. Psobriety is a book that allows me to do exactly that.

Each of the Psalms is addressed by a single devotional composed of three parts. The author begins by quoting one or two verses of that day’s Psalm.  The author then offers a one page devotional focusing on that day’s Psalm, rarely, if ever, overing details from other places in scripture. This is one of the two weaknesses seen in the book, in that no balance is shown from the rest of scripture. The daily devotional ends with a short prayer aimed to reinforce that day’s lesson. Each devotional is well-written, thoughtful, and helpful.


This leads to the second weakness of the book: the lack of an index. There is no way to easily discover or rediscover a reading dealing with a particular issue or topic. There are times when it is helpful to review issues in some random order, but there are also times that I need to address a particular issue today (e.g.depression).  


I give Psobriety four stars. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.