Thursday, February 15, 2018

Coldwater by Samuel Parker

Having forfeited his youth to the state prison system, Michael moved back to the only home he'd ever known. An empty shell of a man who now lived--if it could be called living--in the still vacant house of his parents in a town with one stoplight. A town that hated him. Had always hated him. And was ready to pick up where the prison system had let off.

Now he's on the run from men who've tried to kill him once; but Michael is more than an ex-con. A powerful, sinister force creeps inside him, threatening and destructive. Who--and what--it will destroy next is the only real question.

From the author that brought you “Purgatory Road”, here’s a new addition to the suspense genre in Christian fiction. 


Ok, I’ll admit that, even though I thoroughly enjoy a great suspense novel (Have enjoyed Stephen King and Dean Koontz for years), I never could totally wrap my hands around this one.  I tried seeing this from a good vs evil viewpoint, but that was even hard to do at times.  The main character is surrounded by hate and evil and the guys in the town that tried killing him weren’t any better.  I kept waiting for that intersection of all of this evil with a redemption plot and an introduction of a “good” character to help Michael weave through all of the anger.  Alas, I never did find that.  From a secular standpoint, this novel is full of all of the normal triggers that would make you enjoy it from start to finish.  From a biblical/spiritual standpoint, I think this is one you should stay away from.  If you want to read it, just keep in mind that there is no battle here, just evil showing that it can win some of the time.

Is this a "guy's book"?  It does have suspense and intrigue but it also has a lot of darkness.  Be careful with this one.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


About the Author:


Samuel Parker  was born in the Michigan boondocks but was raised on a never-ending road trip through the U.S. Besides writing, he is a process junkie and the ex-guitarist for several metal bands you’ve never heard of. He lives in West Michigan with his wife and twin sons.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Under a Cloudless Sky by Chris Fabry

A novel set between 1933 and 2004 about the coal-mining town of Beulah Mountain, West Virginia, and the people who live there in danger of being destroyed by a horrific massacre of miners during a conflict between the workers and management for the sake of profit. Years later, many neighbors are forced sell their land to a coal and energy company or face rising property taxes. One man tries to keep his family legacy while a mining executive offers to revitalize the dying town paying homage to the past while positioning the company for growth at all costs.

New book by Chris Fabry?  Yes, I think I will pick it up and spend the weekend reading this one.  Thank you very much!


I’ll admit that I’m not a big fan of books that flip back and forth from one time period to another.  Heck, I don’t even like watching shows on TV that go back and forth like that.  For this book, though, it really worked and I was able to stay with the story line without getting lost (that’s saying a lot of me).  There’s always something about a new Chris Fabry book that envelopes me when I sit down and crack it open.  The story flows, the plot is flawless and the characters are flawed but redeemed in the end.  Throw in a great twist at the end of this book and you have something that will make you GO BUY THIS BOOK!!!

Is this a "guy's book"?  I won’t say that this is a must read for any guy, but I will tell you that you will have missed out on a terrific story if you don’t pick this one up.



About the Author:

Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He is also heard on Love Worth FindingBuilding Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, and other radio programs. A 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and a native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children.
Chris' novels, which include DogwoodJune BugAlmost HeavenNot in the HeartBorders of the HeartEvery Waking Moment, and his latest release, The Promise of Jesse Woods, have won three Christy Awards, an ECPA Christian Book Award, and Christianity Today's Book Award of Merit, but it's his lyrical prose and tales of redemption that keep readers returning for more.
He has also published more than 65 other books, including nonfiction, film novelizations, and novels for children and young adults. He coauthored the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, as well as the Red Rock Mysteries and The Wormling series with Jerry B. Jenkins. RPM is his latest series for kids and explores the exciting world of NASCAR.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

            Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she's never without someone to hang out with--or fight with. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

 




The only thing better to me then picking up a new book is to pick up the first book in a new series from an author that has consistently written some of the best Christian Suspense Fiction out on the market.  I always stay up-to-date on Lynette Eason and new books that she has coming out as they’ve proven to be the best there is.  This new one, “Oath of Honor” definitely did not disappoint.
 



A great new series filled with characters that will grow on you from chapter one.  You’ll root for Izzy as she investigates the murder of her partner, stress with her as she worries if there are crooked cops in her department and maybe even her own family and cheer with her as she brings it all to a triumphant conclusion.  But fear not, the next book in this series will be coming out this Summer, and that will be here before we now it.

Is this a "Guy’s Book"?   In my book, anything written by Lynette Eason will always get the title of a “Guy’s Book”.  Plenty of suspense, intrigue and plot twists to keep everyone up all night until the very end.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynette Eason is the best selling, award winning author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, the Hidden Identity Series and the currently releasing Elite Guardians series. She writes for Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. She has won several awards including the 2013 Carol Award for WHEN A HEART STOPS in the Romantic Suspense category. Lynette teaches at writing conferences all over the country. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Lynette can be found online at www.lynetteeason.com and www.facebook.com/lynette.eason and @lynetteeason on Twitter.





Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Tide of Times by C Kevin Thompson

Supervisory Special Agent Blake Meyer is at an impasse. Bound and beaten in a dilapidated warehouse halfway around the world, Blake finds himself listening to an unbelievable story where right and wrong have warped into a despicable clash of ideologies. Life is quickly becoming neither black nor white. Nor is it red, white, and blue any longer.

Every second brings the release of the contagion closer, promising to drag the United States into the Dark Ages. Tens of millions could be dead within a few months.

Every moment adds miles and hours to the expanding gulf between him and his family. What is he to believe?
Who is he to trust?

For in this tide of times, his most trusted allies must be condemned. His most feared enemies must be trusted. And those he loves must be found before the world’s generals cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war.

 This is book three in the exciting Blake Meyer Thriller Series. If you thought the first 2 were heart pounders, you haven’t seen anything yet. I’ve always enjoyed a great spy/counter spy, government conspiracy, double agent, world is coming to an end any second novel. This book builds upon the intrigue and action of the first two books and never looks back. As usual, Mr. Thompson has delivered well developed characters fighting against very timely world issues. The phrase that comes to mind is “Ripped From The Headlines” as I see these scenarios in the book happening as we speak in our world.

 Is this a “guy’s book”? You’d better believe it!! The stakes in this book are high with danger around every corner. With a relentless pace, this book is one that you won’t put down until you read the final page. And even at that point, knowing that book 4 will be released soon, you’ll only be able to catch your breath for a minute.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering

Drew Farthering arrives in idyllic Scotland for the 1935 British Open at Muirfield hoping for a relaxing vacation, but he soon finds a mystery on his hands. Lord Rainsby, his host at Thorburn Hall, fears his business partner may be embezzling and asks Drew to quietly investigate. Before Drew can uncover anything, Rainsby is killed in a suspicious riding accident.


Thorburn Hall is filled with guests, and as Drew continues to dig, he realizes that each might have had a motive. Together with Madeline and Nick, he must sort through shady business dealings, international intrigue, and family tensions to find a killer who always seems to be one step ahead.


This is book 6 in the Drew Farthering Mystery series.  While this may be read as a stand alone, I would greatly suggest that you read the series from the beginning to enjoy all of the character development and back stories that accompany all of the books in this series.  Once again, Drew is in the middle of doing nothing when a mystery lands in his lap.  It seems that no matter what he does to enjoy some down time, a mystery always seems to find him.  With a setting around the British Open in the 1930’s, this is a glimpse back in history in a way that brings a unique period in time to life all the while telling a fantastic story.
 
Is this a "Guys Book"?   Murder, mayhem and intrigue.  3 great components of a must read book.  Not just for men, being set during the British Open does help that, everyone will enjoy this book.  Hopefully this isn’t the end to a terrific series.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, November 20, 2017

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

Kate Sullivan is lead counsel in a corporate lawsuit against Mason Pharmaceutical, a company, whose new drug ruined the lives of many victims and Kate wants justice. The company is willing to commit murder to keep the truth from coming out, even kill the opposing lawyer. Landon James, a private investigator in charge of security for Kate, who will not to let anything happen to her.

Rachel Dylan, brings us a fast-paced legal thriller with characters that you take an invested interest in and root strongly for.  I’m not a detail oriented person, so I appreciated the author shorting some sequences when it was clear what was about to happen. Nothing turns me off of a book as much as fluff does.  I could throw terms out like “action-packed” and “suspenseful”, but this book is great for so many more reasons.  The message of forgiveness that Rachel wove through this story really hit home for me, it made me think that maybe she had written this just for me.

Is this a "Guys Book"?   This is considered Christian Romance with plenty of suspense and intrigue added in.  This book, and the upcoming sequels, will be enjoyed by any man or woman that is smart enough to pick up this book!



Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. In addition, Rachel writes the Danger in the Deep South including "Lethal Action" and "Devoted Defender," which appeals to fans of edge of your seat romantic suspense. Rachel also writes the Windy Ridge series including "Trial & Tribulations" and "Fatal Accusation." These legal thrillers with elements of spiritual warfare are great for fans who enjoy books by Peretti or Dekker. "Trial & Tribulations" was a Selah finalist in 2016. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids-two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, November 10, 2017

Rescued Hearts by Hope Toler Dougherty

Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar- entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies.

Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind.

When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.

Let’s face it, Christian Suspense/Romance books have pretty much gotten repetitive.  Strong female lead gets in trouble and is rescued by strong (good-looking) male lead and they live happily ever after.  If that’s your view of what Christian Suspense/Romance has become, then you need to break out of the mold and read this exciting new book by Hope Toler Dougherty.  Yes, it starts with a strong female lead that gets rescued by a strong male lead.  The difference with this story is how these things happen and all of the terrific twists and turns that occur in between.  The suspense never lets up until the final pages, so make sure you’ve belted yourself in when you sit down to read this story!
 
Is this a "Guys Book"?   This book is for everyone with characters that are fully developed and a story line that never quits.  Guys will be interested in this with all the suspense and the strong writing that the author has included in this story.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”