Book Review: The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz (9780345546807)

5194F1tVNBL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_“You’re dead already…. They’ll all know about you in the whispering room.”

Jane Hawk is a rogue agent fighting for her and her son’s life and avenging her late husband’s murder.  Silicon Valley billionaire David James Michael and owner of the biotech company, Far Horizons, is her target.  His company is making nanomachines injected into the bloodstream to be used as a control mechanism “eliminating people who will push civilization in the wrong direction”.  Her husband was a product of the experiment and as she delves deeper into the peculiar town of Iron Furnace, Kentucky, she finds a “menace of place as felt in Dachau or Auschwitz, or in the Soviet gulags”.

Sheriff Luther Tillman is out of his league.  He is following up a lead involving a Teacher of the Year Award recipient in his home town of Minnesota who drove a burning car into a busy restaurant killing 46 people including the governor.  That teacher had attended a conference in Iron Furnace and came back a changed woman.  When he teams up with Jane, his life and family will never be the same.

What did Jane and Luther find in Iron Furnace?  Can Luther save his family?  Can Jane get to her target without all hell breaking loose?

As always, Mr. Koontz delivers!  This is his second book in the Jane Hawk series and it stands on its own.  What can I say; Jane Hawk is a bad ass and the supporting characters that are introduced throughout are a compliment to Hawk, good and bad.  The story line is incredible and rolls along at a fast pace.  A book you can’t put down.  Recommend!

You can read more about Dean Koontz at http://deankoontz.comhttp://facebook.com/DeanKoontzOfficial and Twitter: @deankoontz.

Thank you to Mr. Koontz and BookishFirst for giving me the opportunity to review this book!

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$25 Cover Reveal Giveaway – My Sister’s Intended by Rachael Anderson

 

Coming Spring 2018
My Sister’s Intended by Rachael Anderson

For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved.

Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn’t factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn’t want her sister to either.

Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.

Author Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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Book Review: The Mountain by Charles G. Thompson (Kindle edition)

51V-2IQMjhLI am a man who wants to serve others.

Charles “Chuck” Thompson had terminal brain cancer, and he had decisions to make.  He had “climbed many mountains, but this one was going to take spiritual strength to conquer”.  He was determined to keep a positive attitude and keep going by giving everyone a smile, a hug and doing everything he could to make someone’s life better including sharing this book with others.

He tells stories of his time as a Mormon bishop at the Utah State Prison by helping those in need and he talks about his battle with depression and how he developed a routine “to rise, shower, dress, eat breakfast and be grateful to be alive”.

Chuck’s book is courageous and so very heartwarming and his spiritual journey is enlightening and very inspirational for those dealing with cancer in their lives.  In fact, there are blank pages after every chapter for one to write notes.  His kindness and love reverberate from the pages delivering his message to “reach out to help others by your example and attitude”.

Chuck passed away peacefully after a two-year battle with brain cancer on July 15, 2017. My condolences to Chuck’s family.

Thank you to Chuck for sharing his journey of peace, thank you to Kathryn E. Jones at A River of Stones, and thank you to Idea Creations Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book.  More about Chuck’s book can be found on Amazon.

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Book Review: Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne (Kindle eBook)

618T-Zew5uL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_This great war of our time has indeed been terrible, and I am still struck with its horrors, waking up in the night sweating.

Kevin Hearne, author of The Iron Druid Chronicles gives us a tale told by Fintan, Bard of the Poet Goddess Kaelin.  A fleet of Bone Giants, tall, thin people with bone armor on their torsos and arms, is on its way to kill anyone in their path to find the unknown Seventh Kenning, a form of magic given to a blessed few.  People blessed with kennings are charged with defending their homes at any means against the giants who are invading their land.  Kennings include moving the earth, building and destroying walls, moving water, talking to animals, communicating by roots and stems, and taking on the voices and likenesses of others to inform the masses of what is to come.

This is a 640-page, epic story of terror and wonder with an assortment of interesting characters.  At times the story was confusing with all of the characters and plot lines, which is what took me so long to finish it.  I would have appreciated an Appendix of all of the characters and their kennings more than the tables that were provided.  In all it was a very fascinating, unique story and I love the cover of the book.  However, it was too long for me and I do not plan to read the next book in the series.

You can read more about the author, Kevin Hearne at http://kevinhearne.com, http://facebook.com/authorkevin and Twitter: @KevinHearne.

Thank you to Mr. Hearne, Random House Publishing and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

 

 

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Book Review: Beneath the Mountain by Luca D’Andrea (eBook)

51AibAn64oLThat’s how it always is.  In the ice, first you hear the voice of the Beast, then you die.

What was beneath the mountain and what really happened in Italy to the three young people murdered on April 28, 1985?  Jeremiah Salinger was determined to find out.  He was a writer from New Jersey who partnered with his friend Mike to make documentaries for the new series, Road Crew.  After the success of their first documentary, they needed to find another masterpiece and his wife, Annelise’s native German village, Siebenhoch, in Italy, was the ticket.  Little did he know that the documentary on the Dolomite Mountain Rescue would stir up an unsolved murder that he was determined to solve.

Why were the young people murdered and how is his father-in-law involved?  Are the stories true about the beast beneath the mountain?  Will his obsession with the murders drive his family away?

Mr. D’Andrea’s first thriller is just that!  The detail and depth of the story reads like a biography written in first person and it makes your emotions run wild.  I found this book very hard to put down and would recommend it to those who want a twist on psychological thrillers.  I’m eager to read more from this author.

Thank you to Mr. D’Andrea, Harper Collins Publishing and Edelweiss for giving me the opportunity to read this book!

 

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Book Review: Catching the Player by Diane Alberts (Kindle book)

51QHc5UMoGLKassidy Thomas’ life was about to change forever. After losing a bet with her brother, Caleb, she is destined to meet Wyatt Hamilton, star quarterback of the Atlanta Saviors. She doesn’t take risks and hasn’t dated for 4 years. He is never seen with the same girl twice and his only commitment is football.

Can she be his friend with benefits knowing that he has no interest in a relationship or love? Will he accept her offer knowing that he doesn’t date girls her type because “all his life, there’d been only one goal–to play ball”?

Though I was a bit disappointed in Wyatt’s character at first, he eventually comes around and his grand gesture is bold and endearing.  This is the third book in the A Hamilton Family Series and it stands well on its own.  The book is charming, funny and the characters have real emotions that teared me up a couple of times.  I read it in one sitting.  Recommend.

Thank you to Diane Alberts, Entangled Publishing, LLC and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Reedsy’s Best Book Review Blogs of 2017

toot-tootI’m going to toot my own horn a little and say how honored I am to be among several book review blogs listed on Reedsy,  a company that connects authors with editors and designers.   I have worked hard to give my readers an honest and thoughtful opinion about each and every book I read and apparently it has paid off.

I want to thank all of the authors who have given me the opportunity to review their books, Reedsy who has chosen my blog for their list, and especially my followers for staying with me for all of these years.

I love reading books and I am totally humbled that other people are noticing my passion!  Back to reading….

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