Saturday, April 19, 2014

In the Presidents Serivce: EPisode #1 A Date with Death

Title:  A Date with Death (In the President’s Service)
Author:  Ace Collins
Pages:  155 pages
Format:  Electronic
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Elk Lake Publishing
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from
There are some people who make impressions with their words or phrases, maybe even the sound of their voice.  For example, who would broadcast the following phrase:  “Holy cow!  It’s a home run?”  If you said Harry Carry, who was the broadcaster for Chicago White Sox, your answer was correct!  Ace Collins has made an impression on me with the many works he has authored that reach out and grab the reader’s attention from the first moment one’s eyes are on the page.
In the beginning of a new series, Helen Meeker works for the President of the United Sates in 1942.  The President is Franklin Roosevelt and he has known Helen Meeker her whole life.  Ace Collins begins this story with time running out to locate a woman in order to stay an execution; however, that is not the end of it.  Helen is also trying to locate a spy working for the Nazis who is in a position of passing on confidential and highly damaging secrets.
Her job is one filled with danger, action and using her intellect to find the pieces to puzzles most can’t solve to stop a crime or to stop a spy.  Helen’s faith is at low tide.  When she attends service, her mind is so occupied with her assignments that the service is over before she is aware she is left alone sitting in the pew.
Thus begins a tale that will keep anyone’s attention and hungering for the next installment!  Each month another episode will be sent to your electronic device once you have signed up for a subscription at  Subscribers sign up for a cost of $9.95, which gives one-month access to the site or for $60 subscribers get 12 full months’ access to the site that has extras available to subscribers.
My rating of this first installment is 5+ stars.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Deadly Additive

Title:  Deadly Additive
Author:  Donn Taylor
Pages:  326
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Harborlight Books
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from
The novel piqued my interest with the title, so when I received a copy I wanted to take my time reading it to savor the action and adventure.  I am so glad I did too!
The novel starts out slowly with a mystery of why a man has been severely wounded, taking a very long time to recover as the sole survivor.  The man is a soldier, who returns after action to face emptiness that nags his insides and isn’t easily shoved aside.  Jeb is that soldier.  He only wants to begin a new life, yet is constantly pulled back into action and this time by a private billionaire.  His goal is to extract this man’s daughter from hostiles in Columbia and return her safely home, but what unfolds is more than Jeb signed up for.  Now, along with a reporter named Kristen posing as someone else, they begin to uncover a dangerous plan to murder many around the globe through use of unknown substances.
The trail the suspects leave causes many government agencies to get involved and the tentacles of the operation reach around the world.  The author does an excellent job of setting the stage where the characters have to decide which way to proceed with many choices available.  However, above all, Jeb and Kristen are forced to face their past hurts along with fighting the evil that threatens to eliminate anyone who even gets close.
Some of the characters are from various countries and have interesting personalities along with some amusing ways of stating a situation.  Not only are the characters from various parts of the world, the weather is a factor in how Jeb has to carry out his missions.  One time Jeb has to go for days without sleep, but is able to function to the conclusion of the problem.  It is really cute the way Jeb is described in the story and yet how inwardly he is a huge teddy bear.  Kristen can almost be like a soldier when she has to and all the while hoping Jeb will soon be there to rescue her from the hands of certain death.
I hope the writer crafts a sequel to this novel as the future of the characters wasn’t shared or the capture of the head man who was threatening so many people.  I loved how Donn pointed out in Jeb’s character the truth that when all is said and done the deep soul or heart questions can no longer be ignored.  This is a great story with much suspense, action, romance and danger.  My hope is to see what becomes of the multifaceted problem of capturing the designer with very nefarious intents.
My rating 5 stars.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lip Reading by Harry Kraus

Title:  Lip Reading
Author:  Harry Kraus
Pages:  432
Year:  2014
Publisher:  David C. Cook
Book junkie…that is what I think my new nickname should be.  I go through books like water flows from a faucet.  A good friend of mine enjoys Harry Kraus’ books and for a long time has been encouraging me occasionally to read his novels, but I never seemed to get around to it.  One night when sleep seemed the last thing I would get I picked up this new novel by Harry Kraus titled, Lip Reading.
Without awareness of time, I zoned everything else out and before I knew it I had completed the book.   What an amazing tale is encased in the covers!  Two teenagers, one name Becca and the other Noah, grew up together in the same small town, going to the same schools, parades and more.  One night a rash decision changes not only Becca and Noah’s lives, but it ripples to include many other people in the future.  As adults, without the other knowing, both Becca and Noah pursue a study in the same medical field, but now they are working at two different pharmaceutical companies.  Becca’s company is family owned and operated while Noah works for the competition.  From this little bit of information I hope you are drawn into the masterly woven tale of failure and success, love and loss, regret and redemption.
Books that are written with Gospel as a part of it and the human condition the other part sure come together to bring a riveting tale, capturing the heart and mind of the audience.  What an amazing story that just kept my attention until I was done.  The author didn’t use any gross scenes or jargon that is hard to understand; it is a quick and entertaining tale spun to reach out and remind us of the love of God.  I cannot wait until the author brings out another tale sometime in the future.  I think I will read the others he has written to date, too!  So grab a copy and enjoy the latest medical thriller by Harry Kraus, Lip Reading!
My rating is 5 stars.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rosemary Cottage

Title:  Rosemary Cottage (Hope Beach #2)
Author:  Colleen Coble
Pages:  306
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Amy Lang doesn’t believe her brother’s death was an accident.  She has come to Hope Island to find out the truth.  She has spent many happy summers on the island with her brother Ben.  She can’t believe he would have had an accident while surfing.  He was too good a surfer for that to happen.  She also is a midwife and sees the need on the island for her services, so she decides to move there permanently.  As she begins her search into her brother’s death, she gets reacquainted with Curtis Ireland.  His sister, Gina, was Ben’s girlfriend.  Gina was killed in a boating accident about two weeks before Ben was killed.  Amy convinces Curtis that both deaths deserve another look and what they uncover makes them suspicious about the deaths being accidents.  What were Ben and Gina to each other?  What were they involved in?  Did Amy really know her brother as well as she thinks she did?  Did Gina really make a change for the better after becoming a Christian and giving birth to Raine?
Curtis and Amy develop a friendship that begins to blossom into something deeper.  First, they must resolve the issue of their siblings relationship with each other and if their deaths were connected to on another.  Curtis and Amy staunchly defend their siblings in public, but privately begin to doubt how well they really knew their siblings.  Throw in an attempted death, a politician on the move up the career ladder and a couple of unexpected rescues and readers have a very interesting story.
This novel has lots of suspense, action and surprises that will keep readers hooked until the end.  The only thing I didn’t like was the search for the kidnap victim took too long and seemed to drag the story down a little.  I also didn’t like how the two main characters would have an argument then contact each other to help with their investigation immediately thereafter and they would both agree to the outing.  I didn’t think that was too realistic.  Other than that, this was a good solid read and left me wanting to read more books in this series.
My rating is 4 stars.
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