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Friday, September 11, 2015

Book Review: The Solomon Scroll by Alex Lukeman


The Solomon Scroll is the 10th book in The Project series by Alex Lukeman. The pace is intense and the story keeps moving very well. The team is back together and this time they get to evaluate a possible new member while also saving the world and extracting revenge on their attackers. Edge of your seat thrills are following in this installment, so get ready!

The contents of a two thousand year old scroll set in motion a deadly quest for the tomb of Solomon and the long lost treasure of the Second Jewish Temple. The Project team is up against a madman who believes he is the last high priest of an ancient and cruel god. He seeks the Seal of Solomon and the mystical powers he's sure it will bring him. He'll stop at nothing to get what he wants, including murder and treachery. 
From the streets of Beirut to the barrens of Saudi Arabia and the wild canyons of Ethiopia, the Project team follows an ancient trail of clues in search of Solomon's bones and the sacred heritage of a nation.
The Solomon Scroll flowed well and the pace is fast as the team travels all over the world. It was great to see new introductory characters in Diego and Eggleston as well. It would be nice to get to see more of the team on a more personal level so we get a bit more depth to some of the story, though. I didn't feel as bad for Stephanie as I thought I should and I felt that the teams "revenge" wasn't worked on enough. It just felt that something was missing in that portion. I must say "Thank you!", though, for bringing Stephanie onto the stage a bit more. All together, this is a solid story line and I can't wait to see what happens next. It'll be nice to dig a bit more into the characters again but still a great story and series. Definitely worth adding to your collection.


I received a complimentary copy of The Solomon Scroll from Alex Lukeman for beta reading. This review isn't required but it's something I like to do. The opinions in this review are mine alone and from my own personal viewpoint.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review: Black Rose by Alex Lukeman


Black Rose is the 9th book in The Project series by Alex Lukeman. This fast paced thrill ride picks up right after The Eye of Shiva bringing The Project and AEON back together for a final confrontation. Assassinations, an incurable plague, and control of the world are just some of the things you'll find along with a well running theme of Selena Connor's background story. Things are really starting to heat up!

Amazon book description:
A lethal plague resurrected from the bones of the dead is stolen from a secret biological warfare lab hidden in the mountains of North Korea. There's no cure and it's one hundred percent fatal. If it gets loose, millions will die. The men who have it want to reduce the world's population and bring down the global economy as part of a plan to establish world dominance.
Nick Carter and Selena Connor of the Project are up against their old nemesis, a centuries old conspiracy called AEON. This time, Director Elizabeth Harker is determined to eliminate AEON once and for all. It's touch and go as events build toward the final confrontation, with no certainty that things will turn out well. Along the way, dark secrets from Selena's past come to light. The Project team takes on another dangerous mission, with no guarantee that any of them will survive. 
Black Rose keeps up the pace that Alex Lukeman has set in the previous books and has the team moving from the US to Europe to South America and then back again. There are secrets that are finally revealed, new revelations that will continue the story on to who knows where, and a shake up within the team. I am pumped for the 10th book because I can't wait to see where this goes. While I love the missions that The Project go on and the interesting events that seems to happen to them, I am really enjoying the continuing story line and unexpected twists in the lives of Selena and Nick. We get to learn a bit about some of the others (more on Stephanie, please!) but it's obvious that Selena and Nick are the main characters and the twists and turns they encounter really bring this series to life. This is definitely a must read.



I received a complimentary copy of Black Rose from Alex Lukeman for beta reading. This review isn't required but it's something I like to do. The opinions in this review are mine alone and from my own personal viewpoint.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Review: The Eye of Shiva by Alex Lukeman


The Eye of Shiva by Alex Lukeman is the 8th book in The Project series and it will have you on the edge of your seat. Nick, Selena, Ronnie, Lamont, Elizabeth, and Stephanie are all back to face off with an unknown foe and stop a nuclear war between India and Pakistan. There's a lot of unknowns but The Project works through brainstorming and Elizabeth's intuition to piece things together. The only problem is, are they able to stop things before it's to late? Hang on to your seats!

Book Summary:
On a mission to the Philippines Nick Carter of the Project finds ancient gold coins in a terrorist stronghold. The terrorists have been using the gold to buy weapons. Where did the coins come from? The discovery sets the Project team on a collision course with a ruthless terrorist who dreams of an Islamic Caliphate in India and a dying spy from India's CIA seeking revenge for the murder of his wife and son. All the while, a secret global conspiracy is manipulating events from behind the scenes. The conspirators want to provoke war between Pakistan and India and launch a nuclear missile at China. 

Clues hint that the gold coins are part of a legendary treasure looted from India in the 18th century by a Persian King. Among the stolen artifacts is a mystical jewel known as the Eye of Shiva. One man is obsessed with finding it and fulfilling a prophecy predicting the destruction of India's enemies. 

Nick and his lover Selena struggle with their doubts about each other even as they risk their lives against murderous enemies. As the war drums grow louder and tensions rise on the sub-continent, Nick and Selena are caught in a race against time to stop a nuclear war that will devastate China, Pakistan and India. 

The Eye of Shiva is a fast moving story of love, revenge and intrigue, guaranteed to keep you turning pages.
This is a great addition to The Project series and continues the relationship aspect of Nick and Selena while adding in a lot of suspense and thrills for the team and the situations they find themselves having to resolve. One of the things I love about The Project series is that the hero's can, and do, get hurt, have personal conflicts, and you never know what may happen. A lot of books have the hero's win and save the day and there aren't many, if any, consequences but not the Project. Anything goes.. I had no clue how this story would play out since we've seen before that as soon as you think it's safe things go bad but the story line introduced us to new characters and a thrilling plot that leaves you wanting more. It also sets the stage very nicely for a continuation of confrontations with AEON.

This is more than just a simple story, it's a series that continues on and leaves you wanting more after you're done reading. Alex has done a great job of finishing the stories in a way that makes you want to move on to the next book right away and see what's next for The Project, as well as the individual characters. Definitely pick up The Eye of Shiva and get ready for a fast paced thriller that will not disappoint.


I received a complimentary copy of The Eye of Shiva in PDF format from Alex Lukeman for review. The opinions in this review are mine alone and from my own personal viewpoint.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review: Cibola by David Wood


Cibola by David Wood is the second book in the Dane Maddock Adventures and it continues in the same fast moving action we found in Dourado. A slightly new cast is brought in, new locations are explored, and a hot fire romance is in the air. Twists, turns, and everything in between are brought into this new adventure but,with Dane and Bones around, there's nothing to fear - unless you work for the Dominion.

Dane Maddock and Uriah "Bones" Bonebreak, ex-Navy SEALs turned marine archaeologists, are back and they seem to like to accidentally fall into great adventures. Maddock starts off by rescuing the beautiful Jade Ihara from an underwater dig where she has found a Spanish breastplate that's more than just a historical artifact. After close examination of the breastplate, and a little of each other, they discover that it gives clues to the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola. Bones is out in Utah, far from the ocean, helping his cousin at a dig when they suddenly make a startling discovery that Jesus may have visited the New World during His ministry. As more information is uncovered, the dig comes under attack, Bones finds a gold disc, and, with the help of reporter Amanda Shores, Bones escapes. The highlight of all this is that they learn who was attacking them, the Dominion. While this has all been going on, both Dane and Jade set off to follow the clues but the Dominion follows them at every turn. Maddock, Bones, Jade, Saul (Jade's assistant), and Amanda all get together to collaborate recent events and find that their separate digs actually work together! They also discover that someone is feeding information to the Dominion as they go and this starts to create stress throughout the group as they begin working on the last clue. It's a roller coaster ride as they fend off attacks from the Dominion, find and decipher the clues, and work together (or against each other at times) to find the Seven Cities of Cibola.

There is a lot that goes into this series and I believe that David Wood has done a fabulous job in not only telling a cool story (that could be made into movies, ahem) but also developing the characters into people you care about and want to know more about. They are rich characters and each has their own unique personalities that clash or compliment each other well. Bones gets on my nerves a bit but A) that's his personality and B) I'm more like Maddock anyways and his reactions pretty much parallel mine. I actually get the relationship they have and it's a perfect match. The love interests take us into a different area of their personalities as well and it helps to break up the testosterone levels a bit. It's a nice twist and definitely made Cibola a very enjoyable read.



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Review: Liberty by David Wood and Edward G. Talbot


 Liberty by David Wood and Edward G. Talbot is a Dane and Bones Origins story that gives us another great adventure from Dane Maddock and Uriah "Bones" Bonebreak. This time they are thrust into adventure by old rivals and start on a journey of discovering secret deals that were made right before the signing of the Constitution. They also discover that there may be more than one group ready to take advantage of what they discover.

The story begins with a trip back to 1787 where a small group of founding fathers meet secretly to debate a few issues that have risen with the Constitution. Debate follows and a deal is eventually struck that could alter the future of America forever. Benjamin Franklin and Edmund Randolph hide information of that meeting for future generations to find which remains that way until 1863 in Gettysburg, PA. Josiah Hawthorne travels with a document that could assist with the outcome of the Civil War. Disguised as a Confederate soldier, he sneaks into their camp to meet with General Robert E. Lee. After the meeting, Hawthorne is captured by the Union and the document goes missing along with him. When his companion, Bunyan, reports this information to his superior, he is told that there is another document and all is not lost.

Present day, Dane and Bones are getting some R&R in Philadelphia when they realize that they are being followed. A chase through town begins their adventure and puts them on the spot of uncovering a secret that has been guarded since the signing of the Constitution. Dane and Bones begin putting together the pieces of the puzzle to discover who is after them when they realize that they are tangled in another web of the Sons of the Republic. As Dane and Bones begin to uncover the clues to locating the original Library of Congress, the hidden clues of Benjamin Franklin, and the final document that everyone is after, they find out just how fragile things were when the country was just coming together. They also find out that another group may be looking to do more with the information found than anyone could ever imagine.

The Dane and Bones series has really become a favorite of mine and Liberty doesn't disappoint. The characters are great and I'm really enjoying Bones more and more. The story was fast paced and enjoyable, too. It's similar to Indiana Jones and National Treasure but it stands on its own with the special elements of both characters being Navy SEALs and getting along so well despite of, or because of, their differences in personalities. I have to admit that I haven't read the first book of the series (Freedom) yet and it seems that if I had it would help clear some things up, such as the Sons of the Republic and their main characters but this book can be read as a standalone. I would recommend picking up Freedom as well, which is what I'm doing next. This is a great addition to the Dan and Bones collection and I know you'll love it.

This was a complimentary copy of Liberty in eBook format for the Kindle from David Wood for preview and review. The opinions in this review are mine alone and from my own personal viewpoint.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Review: Dance with the Enemy by Rob Sinclair


Dance with the Enemy by Rob Sinclair is a great first novel that introduces us to an excellent cast of characters, a great story, and descriptive details that will capture you and hold you tight. It's a great thrill ride full of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next. It's a great beginning to a series that has a lot of life and potential, too.

Carl Logan is an asset for the Joint Intelligence Agency (JIA) along with his boss, Charles McCabe (Mackie). Logan is troubled and broken from recently being captured and tortured by the world's most ruthless terrorist, Youssef Salim. A brief look into Logan's past helps to start painting the reason for his troubles but things are about to change. Frank Modena, the Attorney General of the United States of America, is abducted while in Paris and Logan finds himself in active service again to find and rescue Modena. Although most of the JIA committee members don't want Logan on this mission, Mackie stands up for him and shows his dedication and unique friendship towards Logan. Logan begins his search with unlikely leads and follows his gut to begin following the trail.

As Logan begins to piece things together he encounters Special Agent Angela Grainger of the FBI. While each is suspicious of the other, they combine their forces to look for Modena, as well as help each other resolve similar past issues. They are hot on the trail of one of the world's worst terrorists but was Modena kidnapped to supply demands for a terrorist group or are there other ulterior motives at play? The reasons for taking the Attorney General are starting to become blurred while relationships are formed but there is more at stake than just the life of Modena. Revenge and closure, betrayal and trust. Lines are crossed but this is what it takes to dance with the enemy.

Dance with the Enemy was really good, especially for a first novel. The one element I can't get over was the detail given in the book. The descriptions given of the areas that were traveled were amazing and made me feel as if I was actually there seeing what was being described. The sequence descriptions help me visualize the action as it took place, too, and it was very realistic. Nothing over-the-top, no overkill - just true to life scenarios that really helped make this such a believable story. Side note - There are torture scenes but they aren't horrible. I hate torture scenes in general but this was bearable and for that I'm happy. this would have to be the only issue I had.

There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you focused and the story was very well thought out. I definitely recommend putting Dance with the Enemy on your list of must reads.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Book Review: Area 7 by Matthew Reilly


Area 7 by Matthew Reilly is the second book in the Shane Schofield series and it offers the same great character depth and development, storyline, and action that we got with Ice Station. Of course the stakes have to be upped on the second round and Reilly doesn't disappoint at all. Scarecrow and his team have to protect the President while he is being hunted by one of the best armed forces in the world, stop a nuclear attack on US soil, protect a vaccine for a deadly, ethnic biological weapon, and keep crazy prisoners at bay. Just another day at the office for Shane Schofield.

After the incident that transpired at Wilkes Ice Station, Scarecrow is reassigned to work on the Presidential detail aboard Marine One. He also brings along a team with him where we get to reacquaint ourselves with Mother and Fox while meeting Books son, Book II, new Marines, and the Secret Service's Special Agent Juliet Janson. Things are going well until a visit to Area 7 brings on a new game that no one is prepared for. The President is being hunted by the US Air Force's 7th Squadron while the Marines and Secret Service try to protect him and get him safely to the "football" so that a nuclear war doesn't start within the US borders. A secret virus targeting specific ethnic groups, as well as its vaccine, is being targeted by another group all while the most vile of prisoners have escaped and are waging their own war on everyone inside Area 7. Twists and turns keep everyone on their toes but when you have the Scarecrow and his trusty maghook, nothing is impossible.

Area 7 was a great story and I actually enjoyed the one locale setup again except for the boat chase. The boat chase just dragged on a bit for me but it was still good and, I suppose, needed to continue (or stretch out) the story a bit. Otherwise, WOW! The characters are moving forward nicely and you can't help but become attached to the team and what they go through. I was on the edge of the couch in anticipation for most of this book and it just moved through like you were a part of it. Great way to keep a lot of the old elements (Maghook, anyone?) while introducing new roles for the heroes, and heroines, and new concepts that could, maybe happen. Now, what happens next.....?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review: Dourado by David Wood


Dourado by David Wood is the first book in the Dane Maddock Adventures and it brings us on an adventure in finding a mythical sword that may not be of this Earth. We get to meet a variety of interesting characters and backgrounds, travel the world, and have the great archaeology/action combo that has become so popular lately. This is a fast-paced, enjoyable read with an action packed story that goes the distance.

We meet the hero's of the story, ex-Navy SEALs Dane Maddock and Uriah "Bones" Bonebreak, as they are sought after by their former Navy commander's daughter, Kaylin Maxwell, to help solve her father's murder and find the lost sword of Goliath. Dane and Bones, having left the Navy, are marine archaeologists and they are always searching for a new discovery but they don't know what they're about to get into this time. Their search is met with peril right from the beginning as they are attacked while at home looking for clues. As they continue on with their search, they are sent to look for the shipwreck of the Dourado, where the story originates from, and search for more clues to complete the quest that Kaylin's father started. As their search continues, we move from the wreck of the Dourado to New York, where betrayals take place and questions begin to arise as to what, exactly, the sword is, and then on to Petra where their is one confusing underground sequence. Dane also meets his future arch nemesis here, the Dominion, and it sets everything up for future stories.

I, of course, love the genre of archaeology/action so this was a must read for me and it was definitely worth it. This is a series that is spreading into other books so get ready for a whole lot of reading in the future. This was a great story. I could have gone and on but I don't like to spoil the story to much so you will have to read for yourself to find out everything that happens. There is a lot to this, which I like, and it helps to set up a lot of the future novels. There are quite a few characters (which I only mentioned a handful here) that give great life to this story and the way they each interact with each other is impressive. Things have been tied together very nicely in this book and it makes it easy to expand out to other realms in this series. My only disappointment with this was the underground palace. I got so confused and turned around I ended up drawing a map and marking things off as I went so I could try and understand how things were happening. It was good but really confusing. Overall, the Dane Maddock Adventures are a great series and this first novel, Dourado, really gets you going.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Book Review: Ice Station by Matthew Reilly


Ice Station by Matthew Riley is a fast-paced, edge of your seat thrill ride that will leave you gasping for air and begging for more. The characters are well developed and easy to associate with, the plot is plausible, and the action is fast and exhilarating. Reilly brings in a great setting, interesting characters and back-stories, and a great host of weapons that make you go "Wow". Prepare for adventure.....

The setting for this is unique to some of the books I have read lately because it centers on one locale, Antarctica (well, more specifically Wilkes Ice Station and a small area surrounding it), instead of traveling all around the globe. I was a little hesitant at first when I found this out but I decided to give it try anyways. It seems that an alien spacecraft may have been discovered at the Wilkes Ice Station in Antarctica and the US is sending a crack Marine Recon Unit (16) in to guard the station until reinforcements arrive. Lt. Shane Schofield, call-sign Scarecrow, leads this unit and finds out there is more going on than meets the eye. From dealing with French "scientists", a French paratrooper unit, a large British SAS force, possible aliens, and a secret US organization, Scarecrow and his team - Mother, Fox, Book, and more - will find out just how tough they are and whether they can complete the mission they've been assigned with.

The main characters are gripping and the depth and detail that Reilly gives to each of these main characters makes me feel as if I'm a part of Scarecrow's team as well. While some of the story dragged on for me, which I find to be an issue with single location settings anyways, there were enough surprises, edge of your seat moments, and just plain awesomeness to keep me interested and coming back for more. While many people have complained that a lot of the action is just to far out there, I have to say that it's always plausible and Reilly does an excellent job in making you feel like you are there in the middle of the action, ready to jump in and help at any time. I loved this story and can't wait to continue on in the series.

P.S. - I want a maghook. :-)


Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Review: Splashdown by David Wood and Rick Chesler


Splashdown by David Wood and Rick Chesler is a Dane and Bones Origins Story that gives us another look at the early adventures that these two Navy SEALs had together. This also helps to give some background into how they learned many of their skills used in marine archaeology after their "retirement" from the Navy. This is a fast paced ride that I couldn't put down and includes a lot of interesting characters and..... creatures. I won't explain much on those since i think they are an awesome part of this story that you will just have to read to find out about.

This is the first Origins Story I have read and it gives just as much excitement as the Dane Maddock Adventure series but with more military background since both Dane and Bones are Navy SEALs. We join Dane and Bones while they are finishing up submersible pilot training in the Pacific and get to see how the two learn to work together and forge their close bond. The training comes in handy and is one reason they are picked for a special assignment to retrieve a Cold War-era nuclear bomb a few hundred miles off the coast of Florida. Excitement and mayhem are running right at the start of this adventure and it doesn't let up. From dealing with a television crew, to underwater submersible fights, to escaping from a crazed Russian submariner, Dane and Bones take us on a non-stop adventure where the fate of Washington D.C. will be decided and they will face off against some pretty deadly creatures you might find hanging out with Godzilla. You'll see. :-)

Splashdown is definitely worth a read and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. I even read it a second time right away and was still captivated by it. I can't wait to go back and read the rest of the Origins Stories. I did receive a complimentary copy of Splashdown in eBook format for the Kindle from David Wood for preview and review. The opinions in this review are mine alone and from my own personal viewpoint.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Book Review: Atlantis by David Gibbons


Atlantis by David Gibbons is a fascinating and in-depth story that explores the archaeological discovery of Atlantis with just enough action thrown in for suspense. The story is very detailed when it comes to the archaeological aspect of the discovery of Atlantis and I like this refreshing perspective from a novel. Although there are parts that are hard to work through due to the detail, I applaud Gibbins for working through the story with a more academic viewpoint than the usual shoot 'em up scenario where those finding the treasures are not true archaeologists but more bodyguards or guides. There is also quite a bit of action throughout the story and it helps to break up the monotony that can make this a long read at times.

Jack Howard is a marine archaeologist on expedition with his friend Costas and crew when they find a wreckage that delivers to them a unique gold disc with strange markings on it. They discover the wreckage is Minoan and, unbeknownst to them, holds a secret to let them explore a lost civilization in the very near future. This is also the time when a startling discovery is made regarding the lost civilization of Atlantis and a group of the best minds meet together to begin discussing the implications of what has been discovered in the wrappings of a ancient mummy. Howard meets Katya Svetlanova as well during this meeting and she travels with Howard and Costas as they travel and search for the lost city. They begin plotting on ancient maps and travel times to discover the general area where Atlantis will be found and set out to begin the search. As they begin their excavations of the sea they locate structures and land that fit with what they are looking for and begin exploring the area with excitement until they make a frightful discovery. Not only have they discovered the lost civilization of Atlantis but they have also stumbled on a lost Russian nuclear submarine that nations and terrorists will do anything to get their hands on. Time is of the essence as Jack Howard and crew race against the clock to stock a nuclear holocaust and save a lost civilization.

I have to admit that there were quite a few times when Atlantis was very tedious to read through. I had to put the book down for a day or two several times and then start again. I love details in a story so that it helps give you a better view on what the characters are experiencing and the details Gibbins shares helps give the story a more archaeological and scientific feel to it. I do feel that Gibbins went into a bit too much detail on a few things throughout the story though. Overall, this is a excellent book and well worth the read. It's slightly different than the Tyler Locke or Payne and Jones series but still a great read and recommended.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Review: Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robertson


Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robertson is a very honest and transparent view of the life of the Duck Commander. Writing his autobiography, Phil Robertson starts from his childhood and moves through the years touching on how he was raised, the early years of family life with Miss Kay and becoming a Christian, and, if course, how Duck Commander came into existence.

Phil Robertson came from "humble, humble beginnings" and, although the early life of Phil Robertson may seem odd to a lot of people, he wouldn't change a bit of it. Phil explains it best by saying they lived "like it was the 1850's" and he takes the time to explain how they grew and hunted their own food and learned to live off of the land. Phil moves on to his time in football and how he met (and married) Miss Kay. Did you know they were married when Phil was only 16 and Miss Kay was 15!? Phil was a great football player and he even tells of his time with a quarterback named Terry Bradshaw and he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and a Master's Degree in Education. Although there is a lot of things back into the first part of the book, it helps you to understand the background of the man who is to become the Duck Commander and gives great insight into the lives of himself and his family.

Phil moves on too some dark days in his life and I am sure it was hard to write but he uses this time as part of his testimony and life story to show how people can change and what changes them. His struggle with alcohol led him to fights and also separated him from his family for months but Miss Kay tells her side of the story as well during this time so you are able to keep a perspective on how both dealt with this time. It's definitely a time of trials for the Robertson's but this is also a time when they face those trials and bring religion and a spiritual perspective into their lives. This is where they begin to ground their lives in the Bible and the saving grace of Jesus Christ and move forward together. Miss Kay's commitment to Phil is definitely something to look at and copy but also Phil's commitment to change his ways and help guide his family down this path they decided to follow.

Phil completes the last half of the book by explaining how they got the land that they are currently living on and started Duck Commander. People think that starting a business is pretty simple and in a lot cases it is but starting a manufacturing business is another thing altogether and takes a lot of trial, error, and time. The inclusion of the entire family to work on the duck calls made this time something they could all be proud of and the tradition is still going today with the family still running the company founded by Phil Robertson. Phil shows that hard work, determination, and a strong faith and family will help you fulfill the goals of your life, whether they are what you were wanting or, actually, what you need. I highly recommend Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robertson for everyone to read but especially those who are fans of the Duck Dynasty show.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Review: The Vault by Boyd Morrison

The Vault

The Vault by Boyd Morrison is the second book in the Tyler Locke series and it doesn't disappoint at all. The Vault continues the fast-paced action and memorable characters that The Ark: A Novel introduced us to. We even get to meet some new characters (The General, anyone?) and go on a new adventure with Locke and Grant Westfield! Who's ready to find King Midas and his golden touch?

Although Locke doesn't go looking for trouble, it seems to find him on a regular basis lately. He is told that there is a bomb on the ferry he is riding and he only has twenty-eight minutes to diffuse it or everyone will be killed along with him on the ferry. This scenario brings Locke together with a new face, Stacy Benedict, and sends them on a wild adventure to rescue their loved ones and stop a thief from stealing a mythical treasure and changing the financial status of the world. Jordan Orr, the stories bad guy, uses Locke's engineering genius and Benedict's PhD in the Classics to solve a ancient puzzle in the Archimedes Codex and find King Midas's final resting place.

The adventure takes the team from Seattle to a deadly race on the autobahn to the underground canals of Naples. This adventure is just as good as The Ark: A Novel and Boyd Morrison does a great job at bringing this story to life. Morrison does a great job at mixing history and science together to bring about a believable story that makes you wonder just how much of this is actually possible. I am sad that Dilara Kenner didn't make it back in the picture but Stacy Benedict did bring a nice touch to the story. Also, just as Indiana Jones has a whip and John Rambo has a knife, Tyler Locke carries his Leatherman everywhere he goes and it helps to get him out of a lot of trouble along the way.

I highly recommend this book and know fans of this genre will not be disappointed. I haven't had this much fun reading a series in quite a while and it is refreshing to see such new perspectives on these histories and legends. Keep up the great work Boyd!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Ark: A Novel by Boyd Morrison [Book Review]



The Ark: A Novel by Boyd Morrison is a fascinating adventure with intriguing characters and a epic quest that will have you turning the pages faster than ever before. I picked this up after getting the The Roswell Conspiracy off of Amazon on a Daily Deal and since I like to begin a series in order, I decided to give The Ark: A Novel a shot. I have to admit I was really surprised with how well this book was written and I couldn't put it down. There is a lot of fast-paced action, twists and turns, a completely new view (for me, anyways) on Noah's Ark, and the characters are great.

Archaeologist Dilara Kenner is contacted by an old family friend with information regarding her father who has been missing for several years. This meeting is the beginning of a wild ride that spans from Seattle, WA to Turkey and everywhere in between. Although the story starts with Kenner, the main focus is on Tyler Locke, former Army combat engineer and current engineer at Gordian, and his best friend Grant Westfield who served with Locke and is currently an electrical engineer at Gordian as well. The purpose of these characters coming together and flying all over the world? To stop the destruction of the world's population and find Noah's Ark of course!

The ideas, places, events, and characters are so real that you feel like you are a part of the adventure too. Reading the Afterword, Morrison explains a lot about the ideas used in the book and how they are real or used in the story. Morrison's blend of reality versus imaginary is extremely well done and helps to make the story move in a very believable direction that a reader can immerse in. It would make for a great movie too!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Fifth Avenue Series Boxed Set (The Fifth Avenue Series) [Kindle Edition]



Amazon offers Daily Deals on eBooks and the discounts can range anywhere from 50% to 100% off. These offers are typically set for 24 hours but can be extended to several days. As always, the deal is subject to end or change at any moment so be sure to check the pricing before completing the purchase.

Today, The Fifth Avenue Series Boxed Set (The Fifth Avenue Series) is listed for $0.99. Take a look below for more details on this title!
FIFTH AVENUE

Look beneath all the power and all the wealth that represents New York City's Fifth Avenue, and you'll find greed, blood, revenge. In the international best-selling thriller "Fifth Avenue," each intermingles within a revered society that is unprepared for what's in store for it when one man finally strikes in an effort to destroy another man for murdering his wife thirty-one years ago.

Louis Ryan is that man. George Redman, his wife, two daughters and their close friends are his targets. Both men are self-made billionaires who came from nothing to stake their claim to Fifth Avenue. But when Louis Ryan hires an international assassin to literally rip the Redman family apart, a series of events that can't be stopped catapults them all through a fast-paced, hard-edged thriller in which nobody is safe.

Secrets are revealed. Sex lives are exposed. The Mafia get involved. And George's two daughters, Celina and Leana Redman, come to the forefront. More than anyone, it's they who are caught in the throes of their father's past as Louis Ryan's blind desire to kill them all takes surprising turns in his all-out effort to see them dead.

RUNNING OF THE BULLS:

In the second book in the international best-selling "Fifth Avenue Series," a former Wall Street titan who robbed the world of billions is now out of prison. Good for him, but not for those who put him there. Now, they are dying grisly deaths by the hands of two hired assassins.

Investigating is private investigator Marty Spellman, who soon learns that all isn't what it seems as the twists pile up along with sheer number of the dead. 

Spellman's life is put on the line. His family is threatened. No one is who they appear to be. Who can he trust as the bulls of Wall Street start to run as the two assassins--Vincent Spocatti and Carmen Gragera--fully ignite their killing spree?
FROM MANHATTAN WITH LOVE:

An outcast billionaire's daughter is caught at the wrong place at the wrong time.

An international assassin questions her sanity when she falls in love with the very assassin she's charged to assassinate.

What happens when each collide? Chaos. Murder. Love. Revenge.

And redemption.

In this taut, 35,000-word novella, which is a prequel to the upcoming third novel in the Fifth Avenue series, "Park Avenue," both women come together for the first time in an explosive story that threatens each of their lives, particularly when one woman breaks her own rules and dares to fall in love.

In "From Manhattan with Love," she soon learns what she always feared. When it comes to real danger, there's nothing more dangerous than love itself.
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Infinite Sacrifice (Infinite Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]



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Maya’s shocked to discover it’s not the heaven she imagined; in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die.

Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones all souls must review their previous lives.

Maya plunges warily into her turbulent pasts as a sociopathic High Priest in ancient Egypt; an independent mother protecting a dangerous secret in glorious Sparta; an Irish boy kidnapped and enslaved by Vikings; and a doctor’s wife forced to make an ethical stand in plague-ridden England.

All the while, Maya yearns to be with those she cares about most and worries that she hasn’t learned all of heaven’s most vital lessons. Will she be forced to leave the tranquility of heaven to survive yet another painful and tumultuous life? Or worse, accept the bitter reality of having to go back alone?
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Panic (A Leopold Blake Mystery / Thriller) [Kindle Edition]



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Swift. Silent. Deadly. 

Leopold Blake, expert criminology consultant for the FBI, had his weekend all planned out - and it didn't involve dealing with a murdered senator, a high-profile kidnapping, and at least half a dozen near-death experiences. Three politicians have been murdered in as many weeks, all expertly dispatched, and only Leopold can get to the bottom of it. Unfortunately, as all hell breaks loose on the streets of New York City, he soon finds himself the next target of a powerful enemy who wants him silenced. Permanently. 

Against the backdrop of political corruption and murder, Leopold and his team must fight for their lives to uncover the truth before it's too late. Panic is the first novel in the Leopold Blake series of thrillers, which can be read and enjoyed in any order.
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Fossil River [Kindle Edition]



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Fossil fuel has an ageless affinity with dinosaurs. To create oil, dinosaurs died. Now, in this riveting action thriller, the tables are turning!

The perfect energy storm is sweeping over the United States: Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown has paralyzed nuclear expansion globally, BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill has stalled deep water drilling, Arab countries are in turmoil causing doubt about access to future oil, hurricanes hitting the Gulf’s oil rigs and refineries have increased due to global warming, and the nation’s Strategic Oil Supply is riding on empty.

As the energy storm intensifies, the nation’s access to Arab oil, once supplying over sixty percent of our fossil fuel, is being threatened causing citizens to panic for lack of gas at the pumps, stranding cars across the country and inciting riots.

The United States must find new sources of domestic fossil fuel urgently or face an energy crisis that will plunge the nation into a deep depression, much worse than that of 1929.

At the last moment of desperation, the U.S. discovers the world’s largest fossil fuel deposit, in a remote mountain range revealed by glacier thaw within Alaska’s Noatak National Preserve surrounding six and a half million acres.

Preventing access to the oil is a colony of living fossil dinosaurs that will protect its territory to the death.

In preliminary civilian and military scouts, nobody gets out alive; nobody can identify the predator--until Dr. Kimberly Fulton, Curator of Paleontology at New York’s Museum of Natural History, is flown into the nearly-inaccessible area by Scott Chandler, the Marine veteran helicopter pilot who’s the Park’s Manager of Wildlife. After page after compelling page of non-stop action, all hell breaks loose when Fulton’s teenage son and his girlfriend vanish into the Park.

Will the nation’s military be jeopardized for lack of mobility fuel, and will Americans nationwide run out of gas and be stranded, or will the U.S. Marines succeed in penetrating this remote mountain range in northwestern Alaska to restore fossil fuel supplies in time to save the nation from the worst energy catastrophe in recorded history?
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions [Book Review]


The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions by Jessie Florea, Leon C. Wirth and Bob Smithouser is a wonderful tool for helping fathers raise their daughters in the Word and create a bond that will last a lifetime. There is a devotion for every day of the year and they are dated so it is easy to pick up on if you miss a few days. Each devotion features a lesson, verse, and Daddy-Daughter Time section to go over everyday. These are great lessons that help you generate discussion on Biblical and life principles. Although the devotions are not in-depth, it is a great way to get started on questions and discussions so that you can interact with your daughter more.

The book also features two bonus sections - Movie Nights and Dates. The Father-Daughter Movie Nights is a section that shares ways that dads and daughters can view a movie together and then gives you ideas on a few questions to guide a discussion about the movie and its implications in your lives. They give several video suggestions but you can do this with any movie. The Daddy-Daughter Dates is a section that outlines reasons for going on daddy-daughter dates, some date ideas, and ideas on conversations you can have during the date.

The biggest thing I took away from this was that it gives my daughter and I a set time to be able to get together and spend time interacting with each other. It is so important for her to have time with me as her father and for me to give her the attention she needs and answer questions she may have. This is a great tool to use to get the conversation started.

I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers for this review. My thoughts and opinions during this review are my own.


Monday, October 8, 2012

The Most Misused Verses in the Bible [Book Review]


I always hear people quoting Bible verses and know that many times they are either not in the Bible or they are misquoted. In fact you can find many articles on this subject. One thing I had not though a lot about is what Eric J. Bargerhuff writes about in his book, The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God's Word Is Misunderstood. This is a great journey through 17 of the most commonly misused verses in the Bible and Bargerhuff's explanations and arguments for why these verses are misused are easy to understand and follow.

This book is not meant to be a theological break-through that will change the world but rather a simple explanation into how to properly interpret the Bible and apply its meaning to our lives. Without properly understanding the context of these verses, we can fall into misrepresentation of the Bible and our witness and understanding of God's Word is hurt. Reading this book has helped me better understand how to put into context the verses that I am reading and then to look at them with news eyes so that I can properly apply them to my life and learn how they are applicable to my life.

This is a very good book that is easy to read and understand. New Christians or those who would like to have a new perspective on how to read the Bible should give this a try. It will help you understand the context of these 17 verses better and give you insight on how to begin putting what you are reading into context so that you can properly apply it to your life.