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September 20, 2017

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The Year of the Red Door
Book One
by
William Timothy Murray

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"Whosoever discovers the Name of the King,
so shall he become King."   -from book

 For centuries, the Great Bell was silent...
IT remained undisturbed, nearly forgotten by history, hidden away in the ruins of an abandoned fortress. The enchantments within its iron slumbered, its secrets protected by silence. Until someone discovered how to ring the Great Bell, other secrets would also be safe.

One day, while running an errand, a  young store clerk took a wrong turn, then another, until he found himself deep within the old fortress where the Great Bell waited. It was waiting for him. And when the hapless clerk rang the Great Bell, his troubles began.

He had become the Bellringer.

He claimed  it was all an accident, that he did not mean to ring the Bell. Fate, it seemed, thought otherwise, and proof of the Bellringer's destiny began to emerge just as the world spiraled into war. Revolt and treachery worked to break apart the Seven Realms. Armies were on the march. The faraway King, obsessed with his own power, seemed unwilling or unable to prevent the looming catastrophe.

Perhaps a new King was needed...if only someone could penetrate the secret of the King's power and take the throne before it was too late. It was foretold that the person who discovered the True Name of the King would become the next King. But who was capable of such a thing?

The Bellringer.

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About The Year of the Red Door:

244 Days Remain.
That is all.

Uncanny things are taking place in the world, mysterious powers are stirring, and there are signs of coming change. Like pieces on a game board, ancient forces are moving into position, gathering strength. Many sense the portents and see the signs, but few know their meaning. Fewer still understand what must be done. But who is there to do it?

In only 244 days, six intrepid travelers must cross thousands of miles, to the far edge of the world, to find a place that may not even exist. A legendary place called Griferis where a new king may be prepared, trained, and judged for worthiness. It is their bid to find that place, to discover the secret Name of the King, and to make one of their companions the new King. But hope is thin, and time runs out. Can the Name be found? Can the Usurper use it to take the throne? And will it make any difference? It already seems too late.

In the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Dickens comes a new heroic tale, a story of ageless love and brave determination, of tragic loss and the hope of redemption. During this quest, mythic powers arise from the ancient past, fate collides with destiny, and the world edges swiftly to its final destruction or to its ultimate fulfillment. Only the Bellringer can tip the balance of fate, but the world is almost out of time...

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WILLIAM TIMOTHY MURRAY was born and raised in a small town of the Deep South and now lives in the Appalachian foothills of northeast Georgia.

He enjoys stargazing, tinkering with an old sailboat, and music (right now, he is really into Revien and Ludovico Einaudi).

He is not sure whether his favorite author is Charles Dickens or Patrick O'Brian. His favorite wise character from a classic novel is Faria. His favorite not-so-wise character from a classic novel is Barnaby Rudge.

If he had to fight a duel and could choose the weapons, it would be trebuchets at three hundred yards.

His favorite place is sitting before a crackling fireplace with a bowl of popcorn, a glass of sweet iced tea, and a good book.

He keeps a small writing desk in an old barn. There, amid a clutter of maps, drawings, and books, his memories and experiences join with all the tales he has read to inform and disturb his pen.


MY THOUGHTS
First off, I found the maps that were in the book very interesting as they gave you a real feel as to where the place in the book were actually located.  Great addition.This book is the first in a series of five books.   When I finished I decided I will definitely read the other books.   I found this book one that I actually took reading it nice and easy. I didn't rush just to get it read as some books.  I actually savored every page. The author gives you so much.  You get the suspenseful and tense moments of danger.  You get the utmost important two things of love and hope. Then we have mortals, semi-mortals.  Then we get the wonderful world of magic.  We all need and want those things so it just added to the drawing in the book created.   This is a fantasy book, but the way it is written, you wish that you could escape into this other world.  The book is quite long, over 400 pages, but I found it held my attention and it was easy to read.  But isn't a fight between good and evil worth it?

As Robby Ribbon goes about his delivery in the rural area, he finds himself lost after a storm swept through.  He found the Bell, the one that wasn't supposed to be able to be rung, but he did.  Did ringing that bell have anything to do with what happened  next?  Was the invasion started because of the bell?  This isn't your normal fantasy story.  It is so different.  Sometimes I feel when you read one fantasy book, you're reading pretty much the same thing over and over.  But with this book, you find the some of the characters have become friends and you are drawn into that, wanting to stand beside them and be one of their friends.  One of the important things, I feel, that the author did was to not put women in the background with the typical stereotyping. They didn't walk behind the man. They walked along side the men. They found strength in each other.  This world you enter when you open the book, isn't an easy world.But with it being so well written and with so many good qualities about it, READ!  It is complex, the characters have much depth but with taking it slow, you will find yourself wanting to be in their world.  So, if you love fantasy with depth, enter the world and find out what exactly The Bellringer is all about.

I received a copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review it. 

I would give this book 5 STARS. 

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September 19, 2017

MANY SPARROWS




MANY SPARROWS
by
Lori Benton

Travel back in time to the Ohio-Kentucky frontier in 1774 as it pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts and meet Clare, who is determined to emerge from the wilderness with her children, in Lori Benton’s new book, Many Sparrows. Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, her son’s life might not be the only one at stake. Can a stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together,
or none of them would........ 

“Don't go judging the Almighty by (our) own understanding. We're rarely given eyes to see the whole of what He's doing in our lives . . . . . That's why we are called to walk by faith, not by sight".”  
 (from Many Sparrows)

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ABOUT THE BOOK
Many Sparrows (WaterBrook, August 2017)

In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife, Clare, and their four year old son, Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare finds herself utterly alone, in labor, and wondering how she can recover her son... especially when her second child is moments away from being born.
Clare will face the greatest fight of her life as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob's life might not be the only one at stake.  When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do--be still, wait, and let Good fight this battle for them? 

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THE AUTHOR
Lori BentonLori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God's transforming grace.
When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching 18th century history, Lori enjoys exploring the mountains with her husband.

Burning Sky, Lori's debut novel, was a finalist for the ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award, and winner of the 2014 Christy Award for First Novel, Historical, and Book of the Year.
  

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MY VIEW
In 1774 as the pioneers decide to go West in search of a better life, they have many struggles, decisions and hardships to face.   Everyday survival as they cross Indian territories, is far from easy. Oftentimes, all they had was each other and their faith in God. As the young Inglesby family, Philip, Clare and their young four year old son, Jacob go on this dangerous journey, an accident happens.  This forces Philip to go back to Fort Redstone.  Clare is about to give birth to their second child but Philip can't take them with him.  Time is important, so Clare, waiting for her child to be born and Jacob are left on the mountain until Philip returns.   But during the night, Jacob disappears, taken by the Shawnee Indians.  With everything happening, Clare goes into labor, fighting to bring her unborn child into life.  All the while she is thinking how she will get her son back from the Indians.  She knows that Philip is not returning. She must rely on her faith in God and let God lead her.  Clare has to hold on to her faith, her hope and not give in to her fears.

As she is deep in Shawnee country, Jeremiah Ring, an adopted Shawnee, comes into her life and promises to help her get Jacob back. He helps deliver her child.  Now it's time to search for Jacob and hope he is still alive.  During their search, they discover Jeremiah's sister and she has Jacob.  He is now known as Many Sparrows.  But will Jeremiah be able to help Clare now that his sister is in the picture?  Jacob now belongs to two women.  Who will Jeremiah side with?

As you read, you wonder how people back then survived. They faced such struggles, fear, devastation and so much unknown. The author gives us a woman who is strong to the core. Sure she has fears, fear of being alone, getting her son back, but she also has her faith in God.   Your heart is torn.  You feel so strongly for Clare.  Her husband now gone, her son taken captive, a new baby being born in the wilderness being delivered by a stranger.  A stranger who has been adopted by the Shawnee.  The author gives us a historical read that not only tears at your heart but warms your heart also.   Written with such feeling and leaves you wanting more.  It will inspire you. It will bring tears.  It will make you feel like you are on that wilderness mountain top, alone, facing the unknown.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Litfuse Group and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5  STARS. 
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September 17, 2017

REVIEW CAMPAIGN: Dead Scared

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Who knew the dead have more to fear from the living than the living have to fear from the dead? Certainly not seventeen-year-old Chris Chandler, not before his family moved to Bemishstock, Maine in the autumn of 1985.
His father’s job is to close plants for Allied Paper Products of Wisconsin. Bemishstock is his fourth crumbling town in six years, and each one has resented and harassed the Chandlers more hatefully than the previous. Even Chris will admit that his family’s odyssey across America has turned him into a lonely, brooding nutcase, and he has only survived the soul-sucking experience by remaining virtually invisible. Then suddenly one day, after a couple of totally stupid mistakes, Chris finds himself trapped between two nightmarish forces—a grave robber and a vengeful demon—and like the cemetery guardians of old, he must defeat both or end up a corpse himself and cursed for all eternity.  AMAZON BUY LINK


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WHO WOULD THINK THE DEAD ARE MORE FEARFUL OF THE LIVING
THAN THE LIVING ARE OF THE DEAD?

What do the living have to fear from the dead? What do the dead have to fear from the living?

It was a beautiful autumn day in 1985 when teenager Chris Chandler was fighting a demon, but his demon was different. The beauty of that autumn day would change. His demon never failed but to show blood. Towns were falling, plants closing up, things were hard, but Chris' father's job was to close those failing plants, specifically the plants operated by Allied Paper Products of Wisconsin. Townspeople were angry. Their livelihood was being taken away. They hated the Chandlers and took it out on them. Time and time again, with each plant that closed, the Chandlers were forced to move. The family moved to Bemishstock, Maine. Chris had become a loner, on the edge and struggles to just survive. He has deep problems and on the other side a very sensitive person. Chris finds himself fighting for the dead, becoming in a way one of the Mortsafemen (those who protect the graves). What will Chris do when he's in the middle of a grave robber and a demon? But he has no choice, either end them both or die. What would you do? Would you go face to face or would you run and hide? The author wrote an exciting and suspenseful book of demon horror. Not your usual demons but those who want to hurt the dead. Sure he still had the demons inside but he comes to grips with not only facing those demons but the demons on the outside as well.

When I first thought about the book, I thought this was going to be one of those Zombie books. Far from it. Not protecting the walking dead but those in the graves dead. Such a different plot. Wonderful and not boring at all. IT will place you on the edge thinking what would you do.? Would you become one of the Mortsafemen? or would you let the living hurt the dead? Anyone would enjoy this book from YA to adults. Face your demons along with Chris, but do you really have what it takes to do so?

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Title: WICKEDLY EVER AFTER: HALLOWEEN HIJINKS

Author: Lotta Smith

Publisher: Independent

Pages: 213

Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
As the new Mrs.Rowling, life is supposed to be easy for former FBI Special Assistant Amanda Meyer. Marriage to her drop dead gorgeous boss Rick is everything she dreamed of, unfortunately she can’t sleep, and she can’t even blame the ghost of his late stepmom Clara for popping up in the middle of the night with a tricky request.

Someone staged mechanic Fynn’s death to look like a suicide, and now his unhappy ghost is keeping Clara and her dead friends awake all night. Proving he was murdered will keep the newlyweds hopping, and
the real trick will be staying alive in this hilariously wicked book in the Manhattan Mystery Series. 

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At exactly three o’clock in the morning, I was in bed, turning over for the umpteenth time. For some
unknown reason, I couldn’t fall asleep. In fact, I didn’t have even a blink of sleep.

Okay, so I was pretending not to know the reason for my difficulty, but I could come up with possible reasons. For starters, I had a little too much espresso cake after dinner and a few more cups of strong green
tea than the recommended amount at lunch. Also, in the past few hours alone, I had at least thirteen people visit me, asking about the whereabouts of their personal belongings and if I thought their spouses were cheating on them. All of them happened to be former residents of this upscale condo on Fifth
Avenue in Manhattan, where I called home. The last straw was Mrs. Williams, who kept demanding I
return her hearing aid. I kept telling her that I wasn’t the evil woman who hid her belongings, and I shared my hunch that her family might have forgotten to put her hearing device with her; however, she didn’t seem to fathom what I was trying to say—perhaps because she didn’t have her hearing aid.

By the way, did I mention that all those people who visited me during these ungodly hours had been dead for years?

My name is Amanda Rowling, née Meyer, a part-time secretary for my husband and mostly a stay-at-home
housewife,
and people, including but not limited to my husband Rick, usually call me Mandy.

Anyway, I was trying my best to grab some sleep before dawn, not that I had to get up early and go to work in the morning, but Rick had been busy since joining USCAB—United States Cover All Bases, a security-based conglomerate owned and run by his dad—and I wanted to do my best to be his super-supportive partner. Cooking power breakfasts for him and myself had become my ritual since I moved
in with him at this condo over a year ago, and I was determined to continue this ritual. Anyway, using knives and a hot oven in a sleep-deprived status wasn’t high on my to-do list. I tended to commit faux-pas in the kitchen, like scorching eggs and bacon to a crisp, whenever I was short of sleep.

Before marrying him, I used to work for the FBI’s New York City headquarters as a special assistant. At first, I was just an assistant with a mission to keep my then-boss Rick Rowling, the sexy, arrogant loose cannon who loved nothing more than trouble, from wreaking havoc and destroying NYC. However, a little after starting my FBI career, I developed a special skill of seeing dead people and communicating with them, and my tasks expanded to interviewing murder victims and dead witnesses.

When Rick, who was the head of Paranormal Cases Division and the only colleague I had, left the feds to join his family business, I followed his suit and resigned from the feds.

Even though Sheldon Hernandez, the head of the FBI’s New York City headquarters, offered me a lucrative consulting contract, I declined. At that time, leaving my life with the FBI, communicating with dead people and dodging frequent temper tantrums thrown at me by the deceased, and concentrating on being Mrs. Rowling seemed like a fabulous idea. But after the wedding and returning from our honeymoon, I wasn’t sure if I made the right decision. At that time, I presumed I’d stop encountering the spirits of dead; however, things didn’t go as I’d hoped. I was still having as many ghostly visitors as before.

And, recalling my past life as an FBI assistant, I was horrified to found myself sort of missing my days dealing with the murderers, crooks, and dead people. Okay, so having nothing to do with criminals should be the norm for most people, and when I left the feds, I couldn’t wait to spend my days without worrying about being assaulted by evil ghosts and bad humans, but…

Lotta Smith is the author of Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery series. She fell in love with mystery the moment she developed consciousness.  She is especially fond of lighthearted murder mystery stories with a little sprinkle of romance.


She went to medical school hoping to see real corpses and sexy professors. Back then, she was into this kind of mystery series about a smokin' hot forensic medicine professor and a quirky female student going a-sleuthing, cracking unsolvable cases. Lotta truly, madly wanted to team up with a superhot professor and crack a difficult murder or two. (Note; she got to see the corpses, but sexy professors were nonexistent.)


Lotta loves to hear from her readers. Feel free to drop her a line at lottasmith_author@yahoo.com.

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September 16, 2017

Don't Miss This: GATHERING THE THREADS

 

 

GATHERING THE THREADS

The Amish of Summer Grove

Book 3 of 3

by

Cindy Woodsmall

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Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves, will Ariana's new perspectives draw her family closer together or completely rip them apart?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cindy WoodsmallCindy Woodsmall

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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written nineteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy's been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as one of the top three Amish fiction writers.

She is also a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.

She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings' Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.

Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn’t realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn’t allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy’s house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them—afraid that if they didn’t, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann’s because her family didn’t own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults’ disapproval and the obstacles in each other’s lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy’s family moved to another region of the US.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities—from the most conservative ones to the most liberal.

Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.

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 ABOUT GATHERING THE THREADS

 Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves,

Will Ariana’s new perspectives draw her family closer together—or completely rip them apart? After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she’s learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana’s Daed doesn’t understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?
Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana’s arrival threatens to unravel Skylar’s new identity—and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart.  Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.

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MY THOUGHTS:  This is book three of three in the series, Summer Grove. The first two books were TIES THAT BIND and FRAYING AT THE EDGE.  I always can tell if a book has meant something to me when I finish and I want more.  This has been the way with this series.  I'm an Amish genre lover but this series has been one of a kind.This third book is a continuation of Araina's story. I would definitely suggest reading the three books in order so you get the background on the characters and what's been going on.After Ariana has returned to her Old Order home from being in the Englisch world, she has many different feelings.  At times she forgets about the Amish ways. You don't question your daed and when Araina does, her daed doesn't understand why his sweet daughter is questioning his authority.  She's been in the Englisch world where asking questions and rebelling is part of life, but in the Amish world, questions are not asked by a daughter to her daed.  She is now back in The Old Order Amish community and she must go by the rules.    She is seen as rebelling and that is unacceptable. Will her Englisch ways spread to others in the Old World Community?  Especially the young ones who are at that point of questioning where they belong, plain or Englisch.  She is trying  to put sense to what she's learned from her natural parents and the rules of her plain world.  There are also secrets of sorts.  Skylar has finally found sobriety and feels at peace in the household of the Brenneman's.  What will Araina's coming back to the household do to her?  She feels her sobriety is threatened.   Skylar finally has become herself, she has found her true self and she has tried hard to put the past in the past.   But with Araina's coming home, will that past stay in the past?  Two people, Araina and Skylar must find what connects them and hold their faith and God close to their hearts to keep that past in the past.   They can't let go of their faith.

As always, Ms. Woodsmall has given us another wonderful, heart warming story about the Amish world. She has combined the plain world with the Englisch world.  We are given two young women who are finding themselves, grasping their faith, and learning new things.  The characters and the scenes are well described and lighten the heart.  I always find that reading an Amish book rests my soul a bit.  It brings a peacefulness after a long, stressful day.  It also reminds the reader of their faith, regardless of what that may be.  You don't have to be religious to enjoy this book or any Amish book.   They are just good clean reads about another way of life and there are lessons to be learned while enjoying a good book, good characters that you can connect to  and lovely caring communities.

I received a copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 SOLID STARS. 

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September 15, 2017

DANGEROUS ENDS: A Review Campaign

DANGEROUS ENDS
Dangerous EndsPete Fernandez Mystery
Book Three
by
Alex Seguira

Publisher: Polis Books
Pages: 320 
Genre: Mystery/Crime/Thriller

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Pete Fernandez has settled into an easy, if somewhat boring life as a P.I.  He takes pictures of cheating husbands. He tracks criminals who've skipped bail and he attends weekly AA meetings. The days of chasing murderous killers are behind him. Or are they?
When his sometimes partner Kathy Bentley approaches him with a  potential new client, Pete balks. Not because he doesn't need the money, but because the case involves Gaspar Varela, a former Miami police officer serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife - one of the most infamous crimes in Miami history. The client? None other than Varela's daughter, Maya, who has doggedly supported her father's claims of innocence. 
As Pete and Kathy wade into a case that no one wants, they also find themselves in the crosshairs of Los Enfermos, a bloodthirsty gang of pro-Castro killers and drug dealers looking to wipe Pete off the Miami map. As if trying to exonerate Varela wasn't enough, they find themselves entangled in something even older and more surprising: a bloody, political hit ordered by Fidel Castro himself, that left a still healing scar on Pete and his dead father's past.
Fast paced, hardboiled and surprising, Dangerous Ends pushes Pete Fernandez into a battle with a deadlier, more complex threat,  as he tries to shake off the demons haunting Miami's own, sordid past.
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MY THOUGHTS
First off, you may want to read the first two books  to get a background on the characters and some information on the setting.  You do get a bit of information from the first two books in the third book, though.  Corruption on the dark side of Miami. 
Do you like danger, dead bodies, murder, investigators?  I could go on and on. This book gives that private investigator in you everything you need to help solve the case.
Varela, a cop, was convicted of his wife's murder but was he guilty?  Maya, his daughter, thinks not.  She feels they convicted the wrong person.   There was someone who saw what happened according to Varela.  But  Varela's colleagues decided he was lying and so it went to trial.   The woman that saw the crime, got on the stand and took back her statement.  The only hope left after appeals and appeals, is another trial, but that means starting over and trying to find new, more substantial evidence and witnesses, if there is any.
 So Maya hires a couple to help.  Kathy and Pete.  Pete investigates and Kathy writes a book.   Will truth be found?   There's another problem.  Someone doesn't want them to find the truth.  Now other lives are at stake, literally.   Some could die trying to clear Varela.   Will Pete continue to try to solve this case even though he could die trying?   And, Why would anyone go to those extents to hide the truth?  Could the gangs of Miami be involved? But why? Could it be the murderer? If so, why kill Varela's wife? and frame him?
 
So if you like investigating murders and such while sitting in your arm chair late at night,  open the book.  Sometimes truth is hard to bring to light but Pete Fernandez isn't giving up, at least as long as he's alive.
Put your investigative skills to work and stand by Pete as he tries to clear Varela of murder.  But you might want to watch your back.  Someone is free out there. It may be the murderer who doesn't want the truth to be found.  WATCH YOUR BACK! and read on!

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I would give this book 5 STARS. 

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CATCHING A WITCH by Heidi Eljarbo

Product DetailsCATCHING A WITCH
A Novel of Loyalty, Deception and Superstition
by
Heidi Eljarbo

 Clara Dahl, an educated and upstanding minister's daughter, returns to her childhood home in Norway after several years abroad. She’s excited to reconnect with her lifelong friend, Bess and to spend some time becoming reacquainted with the townsfolks. But before long, Clara realizes her sleepy, little, picturesque corner of the world has been invaded by evil.  AMAZON BUY LINK


HEIDI ELJARBO grew up in a home filled with books and artwork and she never truly imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, all of which have come in handy when working as a freelance writer, magazine journalist, and painter.
After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, ten grandchildren—so far—in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier and a bird. They love to have the munchkins come and visit at the Duck and Cherry, their family dwelling.
Their favorite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter.
Heidi’s favorites are family, God's beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.

 
MY THOUGHTS
Sometimes all it takes is one person and what they say, right, wrong or indifferent,  to spread like wild fire.  The story of witches spread like that wild fire.  What could possibly cause everything to go wrong?   Witches and their powers must have caused people's lives to go downhill, their livelihoods dissolve, and their animals to die.  IT had to be witches.  Someone or something had to be causing these things to happen.  It doesn't take but a couple of words and those words spread farther and farther.  It wasn't what some thought. It wasn't witchcraft.  It was sometimes just simple herb remedies and all of a sudden that person was a witch.  Does anyone want to stand up and voice what they believe to be the truth?   No.  They may be seen as a witch themselves so they stayed quiet.   But in a quiet little place lives a woman, Clara, who isn't afraid to speak out.  She knew those women who were often proclaimed as being witches and sent to trial, were not witches.  SO she spoke against these trials of innocent people. 

I found the historical aspects of the book to be in detail. It told of so many who were completely innocent being sent to the gallows. Why, because there are those who want to believe in the bad in people.  The hysteria took hold and it caused others to be blinded by that hysteria.  All because the town leaders decided to rid the town of evil and evil doers. People of the town who had known each other for years turned on each other..   Neighbors turned on neighbors, friends turned on friends and family turned on family. Much like today.  So many are turning on each other, only believing the gossip they hear and not taking time to find the truth.  So they decide to have a witch hunter come and do away with the witches and their evil.  That would certainly make their town perfect, without any bad left.  

These kind of things, accusations, persecutions are not just a thing of the past.  It could and does happen today.  Some don't want to stand up and say, yes I did that. Everyone else is to blame.  They didn't do anything wrong.  Some don't want to have anything to do with people who are different, but aren't we all different? Often times it's because of a lack of understanding, or should I say, a lack of trying to understand others.   So it happened then, it happens now.  Just as in this book, everyone has their good point and everyone has their bad points.  The characters in this book each have points that were proud points about them. 

 IT brought forth emotions and a lot of thinking.  We need to stand up for what is right. Not go with the flow simply because of fear.  Is it not better to know you're doing the right thing instead of following the cries of the weak. Whatever happened to, "innocent until proven guilty"?  I did find something I didn't know.  The  sign of a witch is a mole.  I had never read that before.    I enjoyed the part at the end of the book where the author told of the different parts of the book that were historically correct.   Interesting!

If you like the stories of witchcraft and the Salem witch trials then read this one and do a little thinking, but do enjoy also.


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I would give this book 5  STARS. 

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HUNTING THE ULTIMATE KILL

Product DetailsHUNTING THE ULTIMATE KILL
The Horrifying Story of the Speed Freak Killers
The Serial Killer Books
Book Two
by
Jack Rosewood

California has spawned some of America’s most notorious serial killers—The “Grim Sleeper” Lonnie Franklin Junior, the “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez, and Randy Kraft are just three of the Golden State’s most notable—which has brought the state some unwanted and some would say unwarranted attention. For its part, California is the most populous state in the U.S., so it would stand to reason that it would have more than its fair share of serial killers. But the state does seem to breed its own special blend of sociopaths.

Far from the glitz and glamour of Los Angles or the scenic backdrops of the Bay Area, two men embarked on a vicious campaign in California’s Central Valley that left at least twenty people dead. The two men—Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog—became collectively known by law enforcement as the “Speed Freak Killers” because the duo were almost always under the influence of the drug crystal methamphetamine when they committed several strings of murders during the 1980s and ‘90s. Herzog and Shermantine were known to be avid outdoorsmen who hunted and fished for various game, but when the two men were high on meth, they focused their attention on hunting the ultimate game—humans.

Open the pages of the following book and learn the complete story of the Speed Freak Killers, Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog. You will learn about the early lives of the two men and how they evolved from local toughs into one of the most efficiently dangerous serial killer pairs in American history. The Speed Freak Killers’ odyssey of murder continued for nearly twenty years and in many ways continues on until the present. So open the book if you dare to learn about one of the most notorious serial killer tandems ever known. AMAZON BUY LINK


MY THOUGHTS
This book isn't for the weak of heart or the squeemish.  You will have to open your eyes and face the reality of it all.  If you believe these types of things don't happen to good people, then don't read.  But for those true crime lovers this book will take you to lengths you may have never been. No matter how you look at it, killers of any kind are of the worst in society. Serial Killers go above and beyond.  This book, Speed Freak Killers is at the top of the list.  This story is different from other serial killers.   These killings took place over a long span of time.  No one knows exactly how many killings took place, but with any serial killer, who really knows how many murders were committed?  Maybe not even the serial killer himself.  This book is about Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine.  I liked the fact that there wasn't that very common repitition of details.  That in itself can be quite boring.  True crime books can make you stop and think.  What goes on inside of the minds of these killers?  What led them to become the evil of all evil?   Mr. Rosewood gives you that look inside the deep crevices that hold the evil.  The book takes you step by step as the lives of these two men go on.The men weren't unusual to other people.  They were just another two men in society.  Nothing outwardly different that attracted attention. No one even thought they could be serial killers.   But does anyone really know anyone else?  Sometimes NOT!   IT wasn't just the evil coming out of those minds. This was deeply enhanced by the fact they were on meth, (speed), hence the name, Speed Freak.  That takes the evil to a all different level.  Both were hunters, not just of animals, but of the ultimate hunt - PEOPLE!  These two men were somewhat different from other serial killers.   There weren't the usual clues being left, the specific timing  of the killings.  These men killed when they felt like it. No set time frame, such as a particular day or date.    This made it much more difficult for the officials to identify them, to come together with a plan on how to catch them.   When these two men first started their killing spree, it was just a kill to them, but then that wasn't enough.  It progressed to taking the people, raping, torturing and then killing.  The hunt wasn't enough for them.  They craved more,much more.    This went on and on for many years.  They never seemed to make that mistake so they were never caught, until....  The day came when they made that mistake.    They didn't go after a stranger.

The book will have you thinking about people you know.  Could someone you know be like these two men?   It could happen!   Oh sure, we say there isn't any way but....think about it.  This story isn't over.  It may not be for years to come since it is still in litigation.  There is so much information in this book, not just of the killers but of their families,the victims, and the authorities.  We get a great deal of information into all of the aspects of the time period during the lives of these two men.  

I'm a huge fan of true crime and have read a lot of books about the killers. I have to say this one goes on the top.  IT was a ride that was impossible to get off.  I always want to know more about the minds of those who find the need to kill.  This book puts you in the hunt, not for the ultimate kill, but to find the ones who ARE needing that ultimate kill.

I received a copy of this book from the author and decided to review  it.

I would give this book a solid 5 STARS. 

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