Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Romans 6 study tonight @7pm EST

The Occupies (A Trevor Black Novel)

Title:  The Occupies (A Trevor Black Novel)
Author:  Craig Parshall
Pages:  448
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Tyndale
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.
When I first read the synopsis and saw a media trailer about the novel, I wasn’t so sure about reading it. Frankly, it sounded scary and something perhaps geared for men to read as the lead character is a man who of course deals with manly issues.  However, there is more to the book than meets the eye.  I am so glad that I read the novel as there is a deep and powerful message that Craig Parshall has crafted.
While there are places where the lead male character named Trevor sees demons and experiences their power or sees how they can influence people, that isn’t all there is to the book.  While Trevor is a disbarred lawyer who tries to explain to a judge why he can’t represent a client because he sees a demon, it is the beginning of a journey for Trevor that really started in his childhood.
As I read the story I began to understand that Trevor is seeing into the spiritual realm and doesn’t understand how to handle it.  There is a minor character that comes alongside him to aid his understanding.  Trevor is on a spiritual journey where he is going to learn about the power of God that surpasses the power of the prince of the air.
Trevor is also becoming involved in a murder mystery that has stymied law enforcement and stretched from New York to Trevor’s hometown.  The victims range from people he has no personal connection with to those who were childhood friends.  The ending is extremely powerful and one I didn’t see coming.  I believe anyone who reads the novel won’t soon forget the powerful impact to their heart when coming to the conclusion and understanding what a brilliantly crafted tale leads to real truth!
I hope readers who want suspense, tension, action, adventure and a powerful spiritually impacted story will read the book and share with other fans!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, February 27, 2017

Murder on the Moor (Drew Farthering Mystery #5)


Title:  Murder on the Moor (Drew Farthering Mystery #5)
Author:  Julianna Deering
Pages:  321
Year:  2017
Publisher:  Bethany House
My rating is 4 stars.
An old school chum of Drew’s, Beaky Bloodworth, arrives on Drew’s doorstep asking for his detective skills in his home village on the moors.  Drew hasn’t had a mystery for quite a while so he and Madeline are up for the case.  They travel to Beaky’s neck of the woods to try and discover who has been causing some odd happenings around the village and on the moors as well as who killed the old vicar.  Soon after their arrival, Beaky receives a letter from his wife’s old governess, who also lives in his village, stating she had something of importance to tell him.  Before he can talk with her she is found murdered.  Now Drew has two murders to solve, and then there is an attempt on Beaky’s life or is it an attempt on his wife’s life?
Drew also encounters mysterious footprints of a massive dog, who the villagers believe is some sort of ghost hound.  He also finds a couple of places that are being used as hideouts or rendezvous places.  Who is meeting whom?  There has been bad blood between Beaky’s family and their next door neighbors for years.  Beaky is trying to mend the rift, but could they be the culprits of these strange goings on?  Are the murders related to the odd incidents?  Drew is on the case with his erstwhile assistant, Nick Dennison.  Madeline also does her part in helping to find clues and solve the crime.
I love the interplay and chemistry between Drew and Madeline!  Their relationship is most satisfying to read about.  This mystery had a great twist at the end that I only had partially figured out.  To me, as an avid mystery reader, keeping me guessing is a great way to keep my interest in the story.  I also really liked Beaky’s character in this story and Drew’s advice/guidance regarding faith toward Delwyn, the gamekeeper.  He talked about God, but he didn’t beat Delwyn over the head with it.  My only negative about this story is that it moved too slow.  There seemed to be too much time spent walking on the moor.  I have read all the books in this series and am anxious already for the next offering from this author’s pen!

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Butcher of Bear Creek (Sidewinders #7)

Title: The Butcher of Bear Creek (Sidewinders #7)
Author:  William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone
Pages:  329
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Pinnacle Books
My rating is 5 out of 5.
On New Year’s Eve, I was searching for a good western to get lost in.  While looking through my Johnstone collection, I choose a Sidewinders book.  I couldn’t put this action-packed, suspense-filled, western/mystery thriller down!  I got pulled into the story from the first page and was really surprised when later in the novel some aspects of the characters’ lives were revealed!
Bo Creel and Scratch Morton were returning to their old stomping grounds after being away for years to find themselves looked upon with dread and suspicion.  All either of them wanted to do was go visit their families on the farms, but the way they were received was anything but inviting.  Bo learns the reason for the looks and unwelcome actions of the townspeople that are due to the fact that Bo is suspected of two murders.
The longtime friends and partners can prove where they were though it would take time and the town is pumped for a hanging.  Bo is a believer in the law, but Scratch is afraid that the town will not wait till proof comes before they take matters into their own hands even though the sheriff swears to protect Bo.  I really found the story very captivating and entertaining.  There were hints of something else happening in the book, but exactly what it was the author cleverly veiled until the right moment!

Scenes were so well-described I could easily picture them in my mind and hear the action happening as if I was there observing.  There are eight novels in the series that can be read in order or as standalones:   Sidewinders, Massacre at Whiskey Flats, Cutthroat Canyon, Mankiller Colorado, Deadwood Gulch, Texas Bloodshed, The Butcher of Bear Creek and finally Bleeding Texas. Choose one or all of them and then settle down to good stories with lots of action, suspense and adventure!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Tidewater Summer

Title:  Tidewater Summer
Author:  Jo Huddleston
Pages:  232
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Winged Publications
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Here is a nice novel with romance, a little bit of danger and lots of beauty in the way the main two characters love each other.  Rose is a teacher at the local junior high school and Frank owns his own business.  Rose had a rough experience with a fiancée and needs time to heal; she believes going to a secluded island will be just the answer.  Frank meets her when he is called to fix the water heater at the house she is staying in for the summer.
I don’t want to spoil the reading by sharing too much more of the novel.  What I can say is that the novel is clean, faith-filled, and shows how giving God our hearts brings healing.  I think Frank’s character by showing patience with Rose while she worked though her heart issue is a picture of loving someone more than oneself.  Rose’s experience with her previous fiancée is unfortunately part of our fallen fleshly nature, but by no means does it make it okay.  The author does a wonderful job of gently showing the ramifications of both harmful behavior of a man towards a woman contrasted with Frank’s loving behavior with Rose.
It only took me a short time to read through the book in one sitting.  If you’re looking for that type of story, here is a good one.  These are the kind of tales that can entertain, reflect God and be read within a short time frame so that they can be shared with others.  Read then share the book as you never know who might be touched in their heart by God via fiction.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Cactus Creek Challenge

Title:  The Cactus Creek Challenge
Author:  Erica Vetsch
Pages:  317
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press
My rating is 5 stars.
This story is set in 1888 in the small town of Cactus Creek, Texas.  The four main characters are Ben Wilder, the town’s sheriff; Jenny Hart, bakery owner and operator; Carl Gustafson, livery owner and operator and Cassie Bucknell, schoolteacher.  There are some other characters in the story that are used to flesh out the plot as well.  Ben has always thought of Cassie as a little sister, but she has been in love with him for years.  Will he ever see her as more than a little girl?  Jenny is a widow of an abusive husband and has come to town to escape the rest of his family.  Carl is a widower.  Both have declared they will never marry again.  Will Jenny let her fear rule her life forever?
Each year the town of Cactus Creek has held a challenge for the local men to participate in that would raise funds for a particular town projects.  The winner of the challenge is voted on and the proceeds go to the winner’s particular project.  This year, however, the contest has changed.  Women are allowed to enter for the first time.  Cassie has entered and convinced her friend Jenny to do the same.  The four names of the main characters are drawn from several entries.  After their names are announced, a new twist also is uncovered.  Each contestant has to switch places for one month with another.  So Cassie will now be acting sheriff and Ben will be teaching school.  Jenny will be running the livery while Carl takes care of the bakery.  Let the humor begin!
In addition to the everyday challenges that are encountered by each contestant, a large shipment of gold is due in town while Cassie is in charge.  Ben thinks that since everyone in town and the surrounding area knows Cassie is the sheriff, someone might think this was a good time to steal the gold.  Cassie is determined to finish out her month as sheriff and puts a plan together to protect the gold, but as we all know things don’t always go according to plan.

I loved this book from cover to cover!  There were some truly funny moments, especially involving the 9-year-old twin boys and their antics.  There were also some funny scenes involving each of the four main characters as they had to change places with another during the Challenge.  The sparks that flew between Cassie and Ben were palpable.  Jenny and Carl’s romance was not quite as volatile, but still emerged sweetly and quickly.  This was my first time reading this author and it certainly won’t be the last!  Please pick up a copy of this historical western romance with humor and some suspense; you won’t be disappointed!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Prince Warriors and The Swords of Rhema

Title:  The Prince Warriors and The Swords of Rhema
Author:  Priscilla Shirer with Gina Detwiler
Pages:  312
Year:  2017
Publisher:  B & H
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Book #1:  The Prince Warriors
Book #2:  The Prince Warriors & The Unseen Invasion
The third and final book of the Prince Warriors trilogy follows the adventures of six children in their battle against the evil Poneros who seeks to destroy the Prince Warriors who serve the Source.  Along the way, they will discover certain truths about standing firm, not to rely on themselves and having everything they need to fight the enemy.  The children must be bold and courageous, but Poneros is cunning and he will do whatever it takes to deceive the Prince Warriors so that they may be unable to thwart his master plan to take over the world.  The children have come a long way since becoming Prince Warriors, but in the climactic battle that’s coming, they may have to learn what they must sacrifice in order to gain victory over their foe.
I like this book because of how it points to the real battle that is happening in the world:  spiritual warfare.  I would recommend this book to others because of the lessons that it teaches on how to fight the real enemy, who is Satan and his angels and how we must always use our spiritual gifts as well as always rely on God for we are nothing without Him.  I also like the important points that the book makes about Earth not being our home but in Heaven with our Father and how even when we correct the mistakes we’ve made, there are always consequences.  Another important point is that when we battle on offense we should always do so with wisdom.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to the authors who wrote this wonderful trilogy.  Through these books and the devotional that goes with them, they certainly are doing what God has called them to do. I hope that our Heavenly Father puts it into their minds and hearts to write another fantastic trilogy or series that will help young people to have a better understanding of spiritual warfare through fiction-based books.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Romans chapter 5 study tonight @ 7pm EST

An Amish Home (4 Novellas)

Title:  An Amish Home (4 Novellas)
Author:  Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid & Kathleen Fuller
Pages:  400
Year:  2017
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Each novella in this collection is not only written by a different author, but is also a stand-alone story that isn’t interrelated.  First is A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman where our hearts are grabbed by the character of Sarah Lantz who had dreams for her future home and marriage when an accident radically altered not jut her life but others in the community as well.  Second, a story by Amy Clipston titled, Home Sweet Home where Englishers Mia and Chace O’Conner accept help to live on Amish property after being evicted from their apartment with a young baby.  Third is Ruth Reid’s novella titled, A Flicker of Hope where the trials endured by Thomas and Noreen King cause them to end up separated for a season in their hearts from each other.  Finally, Kathleen Fuller’s tale titled, Building Faith where we meet two people who though in their younger years were engaged but that was broken off by Faith due to a tragedy she endured without the help of her then fiancée Silas.
I found that each novella impacted my heart by what the various characters went through and how the community came together to aid them as they at times had to rebuild their lives.  Each tale too showed how the characters had choices placed before them that were challenging to them in different ways.  Whether it is broken dreams, a broken heart or even a broken body, the choice to keep putting one foot in front of the other by faith was extolled.
In one story, it was a young newly married couple that faced new challenges while in another the couple was married for 15 years, but both of them had to choose whether to build their marriage by clinging to God or to walk away.  I was touched by Chace and Mia’s story, especially when they experienced firsthand the love people can show others by simply meeting everyday needs and then some.  I could relate to Mia who wanted to keep her grandfather’s carpentry legacy going. 
Each novella is unique, heart-grabbing, filled with hope and leaves the ending really to the reader’s imagination.  While the tales do come to some type of ending, it seems to me that the authors left readers to let the story resonate with their hearts and imagine what might come next in the lives of the characters.  So, if you’re looking for stories that reflect life with both its joys and sorrows, tragedy and hope as well as filled with faith, here is your next compilation to enjoy!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

An Uncommon Protector (A Lone Star Love Story #2)

Title:  An Uncommon Protector (A Lone Star Love Story #2)
Author:  Shelley Shepard Gray
Pages:  305
Year:  2017
Publisher:  Zondervan
My rating is 5 stars.
This is a good, old-fashioned, Western romance set in 1867 for the most part with some flashbacks to 1865.  The main characters are Laurel Tracey and Thomas Baker.  Thomas was introduced in the first book of the series, The Loyal Heart.  The flashbacks take place in Ohio in a Confederate soldier prison camp toward the end of the Civil War.
Thomas Baker has really done it this time.  He was caught in a poker game with men much more experienced than himself.  As a result, he owed them a lot of money that he didn’t have; therefore, he was put in jail.  He now faces more jail time unless someone is willing to buy him for one year to work as an employee.  He has no hope for that, but understands he got himself in this situation.
Laurel Tracey is a lone female trying to hold on to the family ranch after the deaths of her father and brother in the Civil War and her mother’s death as well.  She has two ungrateful stepsiblings who are living with her and taking her for every dime she has without doing any work around the ranch.  She desperately needs some help or she will be forced to sell the ranch, which is just what her stepsiblings want.  Her neighbor also wants her to sell and has offered to buy the ranch or he could marry her to help her out.  Laurel is determined to keep her ranch and thus determines to hire an employee, who just happens to be a former prisoner.  Thomas comes to work at the ranch and immediately he and Laurel sense an attraction to each other.  That very day, however, trouble starts on the ranch.  After a few days, Thomas realizes he is in over his head and calls for help from his former Confederate soldier comrades.
I really liked how Thomas leaned on the Lord throughout his whole life, even when he admittedly made some very poor choices.  He still considered himself a Christian and didn’t falter in his belief in God.  I also liked the interaction between Laurel and Thomas.  They always tried to do what was best for the other and also what was best in God’s eyes.  Thomas definitely showed his protectiveness for Laurel as she was protective of him.  They both were protective of the ranch and also recognized they were protected by the Lord.  I can’t wait for the third book in this wonderful series!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, February 20, 2017

Control Girl (Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from 7 Women in the Bible)


Title:  Control Girl (Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from 7 Women in the Bible)
Author:  Shannon Popkin
Pages:  216
Year:  2017
Publisher:  Kregel Publications
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The study is both a challenge to surrender to God and a reminder of who really is in control.  I appreciated the author first sharing transparently her own desire for happiness that she ended up ruining by trying to control well, everything or everyone.  While I can boast in the Lord in the fact He has helped me overcome a lot of my own attempts at control, there are still areas where I am reminded to surrender it all to God.  It’s scary isn’t it?  Letting go and waiting to see what comes, especially when the waiting time for hope to be fulfilled can definitely be an exercise of the prayer muscles!

The study can be done individually or as a small group.  Visiting the author’s website is helpful as there are additional aids for the Bible study.  There is encouragement in the study as women learn about other women from the past whose struggles with control can teach us many truths about the God we love and serve.  There are Scriptures, some helpful insights from the author and then questions for women to seriously contemplate.  The author suggests writing in a journal, which I highly recommend.  It can be private and space to write is unlimited.  Plus, using a journal and then going back sometime to see what was written can be an eye opening experience for the one who wrote in the journal.  Also, it is a testimony to the next generation that they aren’t alone in learning to surrender to God and how He taught someone they knew to let go.

Learning to let go and surrender to God seems to be a lifelong process to me.  Some days I am more open to surrendering and not controlling than others, but that isn’t the main point.  The point is seeing how God is transforming me so I reflect more of Him and less of me.  The more we surrender the more we are at peace.  Believe me, people notice simply by looking at one’s face.  When you’re done with the study, keep it on the shelf of your home library to refer back to, do the studies again sometime down the road or draw wisdom from re-reading.


Control Girl Giveaway with Shannon Popkin

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Runaway Prophet

Title:  The Runaway Prophet
Author:  Michele Chynoweth
Pages:  308
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Morgan James Fiction
My rating is 4 stars out of 5.
Ever read the book of Jonah in the Old Testament?  Jonah is a reluctant kind of a prophet who God told to go to a certain city and preach a message of repentance.  Jonah ran away from his assignment and God used a storm at sea to get his attention.  Jonah was swallowed by a whale and stayed there three days until he was literally thrown up onto a shore.  Yes, I agree, gross.  However, the point being Jonah repented and went to complete the assignment God gave him.  Read the book of Jonah and you’ll quickly see there are other issues in Jonah’s heart.
Now what Michele Chynoweth did was take that story and place it in modern times.  What would a Jonah type story look like in today’s world?  Well, what is crafted by the author is a spell-binding tale of a young man receiving instructions from his dying father, but he isn’t all that thrilled to obey directions.  Readers will follow Rory Justice as he too has to come to terms with his assignment, but it takes a whole lot of suffering for his heart to be willing.  Rory isn’t just afraid of what he has to do; it’s the repercussions that really take his breath away!
The story grabbed my attention with danger, tension, romance, and a message of God’s love, forgiveness and hope.  I found it interesting that one of the minor characters turns out to be gay.  He doesn’t engage in sexual encounters, but instead decides to remain chaste for his life.  The tale though mainly focuses on how Rory must constantly make choices, be honest about the state of his heart and draw near to God.
I read this story pretty quickly as it just brought to modern day the way we can at times be like Jonah and yet God will continue to love us, calling us to Himself.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, February 17, 2017

Breach of Trust

Title:  Breach of Trust
Author:  Kathi Oram Peterson
Pages:  232
Year:  2017
Publisher:  Covenant
My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.
The story involves many different threads that come together to form a most intriguing as well as heart-pounding novel of suspense!  Lt. Commander Cooper Lane was a pilot on a helo during a dangerous assignment when her world drastically changed.  When all hope of returning to America was lost a local family in Afghanistan cared for her and protected her at great cost.
Cooper’s husband was notified of her crash and after time he resumed life, taking care of his then infant daughter.  Now, Coop has been rescued by a Navy SEAL and in time Cooper wants to reunite with her daughter as she continued to heal from wounds, both physical and mental.  As she sits in her old home talking with Tom, a bullet smashes through the front window and life for Cooper takes a virtual unbelievable rollercoaster ride!
Throughout the novel, the writer keeps readers in spell binding suspense as Cooper is the number one suspect in the man’s murder.  The local sheriff is out to get her.  People who know or helped Cooper in any way end up dead and the mystery builds with incredible speed.  I enjoyed how the author brought to the forefront the way those who serve our country and their families might go through a variety of hardships and life with someone suffering from PTSD.
Spellbound is a good way to describe the many ways the author kept me wanting to read more as she would leave trails in my mind of possible people who might have motive to go after Cooper.  There is romance, danger, and action that can be easily seen as realistic because they are close to headlines from the past or present.  I cannot wait to see if the author will write another military suspense/thriller that will keep me engrossed as this story did.  Either way, don’t pass up this outstanding book!



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Thursday, February 16, 2017

No Man’s Land (John Puller Series #4)

Title:  No Man’s Land (John Puller Series #4)
Author:  David Baldacci
Pages:  432
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.
In what I assume to be the last novel of the series, the missing mother shared with us in the first novel of the series is found.  John Puller, Sr. is a suspect in the disappearance of his wife and John Puller, Jr. is bucking the Army’s orders all the way while still looking to figure out what happened 30 years ago.  It’s more than just his mother’s vanishing that he wants to solve as around the same time that his mother disappeared four other women were murdered in a town not too far away.
Until recently, the unsolved cold case of the four women and the missing Puller mother were quietly buried.  Now, John hopes to finally have closure and though his older brother Robert wants him to let it go, John doesn’t.  John’s investigation gets entwined in intrigue, political and military issues maybe even espionage.  All John wants to know about is his mother, but what he uncovers are experiments that turn people into possible super soldiers.
While the other three novels were my favorites in the series, this one had just too much of the cussing with f-bombs.  Plus, there wasn’t as much depth to the novel that is evident in the other stories.  The author took lots of time to build the Puller family characters and their history, but this just fell flat.  It was enjoyable, but not as suspense filled as other novels by the author.
Also, there were a few sexual references and such that didn’t add anything to the story, just people using people.  While I appreciate the lack of detail the author gives to those scenes, again they were distracting to the story.  I know that writers can’t get five stars all the time and for the most part I really enjoyed each book, even with the last one ending without the adrenaline rush the other tales gave me.  I hope in future books the author refrains from sexual stuff and the f-bomb so it doesn’t detract from the stories that are published.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Escape (John Puller Series #3)

Title:  The Escape (John Puller Series #3)
Author: David Baldacci
Pages: 512
Year: 2015
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars!
What an exemplary novel! David Balducci writes a thriller filled with action, adventure, high tension and intrigue with heart.  In his 3rd book with the main character John Puller the author pulls out all the tops in leading the readers down a road in search for the truth of Robert Puller’s innocence or guilt in regards to treason.  I think to fully appreciate and relish the book one does need to start at the beginning of the series to fully appreciate the Puller family characters with their family issues, careers, health and experiences.
All that goes into building each book with a story that won’t let up and leaves the reader wanting more!  While each book can be a story unto itself it is the revelations about each of the Puller family men that enhance each tale.  There is emotion in each book not in the forefront but definitely in background in regards to John Puller Sr. and his battle with Dementia.
In The Rescue there is one section of the story that really pulled at my heart as the author paints with words a very touching scene between a father and son.  Not only is it with the knowledge that slowly these two brothers are losing their parent to a disease that knows no bounds.  Having personally gone through in my life I can say that the author does a great job giving his audience a peek at what some people deal with and its affect on a person.
I do recommend reading and enjoying the series even with its rare use of foul language.  Why?  There are many people who love to read all types of books and want to read stories that have grit to them.  Yes you can have that without the language, I am just glad he doesn’t liberally dose his stories with the words unlike other novelists.  There is patriotism is the book, heart and soul in the characters and a rich plot fraught with a plethora of trails that keep readers like me up till the wee hours of a morning to get to the end!
The next book in the series is titled No Man’s Land and I cannot wait to see where the author takes John Puller next!



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

See you all next week for Romans chapter 5!


We will see you next week on the 22nd!
Till then have a blessed week!

The Forgotten (John Puller #2)

Title:  The Forgotten (John Puller #2)
Author:  David Baldacci
Pages:  557
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
The last time we left John Puller he was riding off into the sunset with an unknown designation.  John isn’t usually a man to do anything without a plan, but this time he did.  He had try and forget or get over the pain of his last mission.  Only time would tell if he would be successful.  Now, Agent John Puller is back, not at his best yet but the day was just beginning.  John will receive a call that will plant his feet on Florida soil in what at first looks like taking care of his aunt, his father’s older sister. 
When John arrives, what greets him is another loss.  The longer he stays in Florida, the more clues he finds that something is amiss just like his aunt suspected.  More begins to follow than simply taking care of business in regards to his aunt.  In fact, it’s about to get really dangerous maybe even life-threatening!  There is man who wears a size 16 shoe who is evidently on the hunt for something or someone while working for a lawn care company that pays in cash. 
In addition to the mysterious big-footed man, now there is something about a very rich man who has secrets.  The man will do whatever is necessary to keep his secrets, his lifestyle and people who are treated like slaves a secret.  John Puller can’t be sure who is on what side as he begins to slowly peal back layers of what goes on in the small town in Florida after dark.  As he does, the body count goes up with few clues.
One can never tell by the cover of a novel what is inside.  I knew I wanted to read more about stories that centered on Agent John Puller.  Military, political, suspense or thriller type novels are one of my favorite genres to read.  The only part I didn’t care for in this book were a couple of short scenes that while the author didn’t describe relations between people it was certainly enough to understand.  When I completed the novel, I could see why the author included it as it did bring home a point of human trafficking and slavery.  However, I still could have done without even the few short descriptions.

What I enjoyed was the tenacity of Agent John Puller’s character in solving multiple crimes that were occurring at the same time.  The action, adventure, danger and suspense were at epic proportions!  The author does do a magnificent job of describing the scenes of action so well I felt I was actually there observing it while it was unfolding before my eyes.  So, if you read the book, just skip the few unfavorable parts and enjoy the character of John Puller as he seeks justice, honor and bringing hope to people who were hopeless.

No study today!

On break today!
See you next Wednesday morning for Chapter 5!

Zero Day (John Puller Series #1)


Title:  Zero Day (John Puller Series #1)
Author:  David Baldacci
Pages:  448
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.
My first novel that I read from this author was a story in another series with the main character being a man named Amos Decker.  After I read those, I decided to try another series by the author and I am glad to share with you how fantastic this novel was to read!  The John Puller series I think is going to be just as thrilling and suspense filled as David’s other novels.
John Puller Jr. is in the Army CID.  When an Army Colonel is found murdered, he is tasked with solving the crime.  What at first appearance looks to be a somewhat hard and often trying case to solve turns out to be just the tip of the iceberg!  John ends up in a small town in West Virginia that looks like its dying a slow death, but what occurs thereafter is the uncovering of decades old trouble with new antagonists.  On top of that, John’s father is in a home being cared for because his mind is slowly losing ground and his brother is in jail for treason.
The author weaves a thriller that includes the military, local law enforcement, civilians and a government cover up.  The case could be the last one of John’s career as he isn’t getting help to find those responsible for the Colonel’s death and bodies are starting to stack up as John comes closer ever so slowly to the final piece that will expose the danger to America!

The next book in the series is titled, The Forgotten, which I cannot wait to start to see what case John will be working and where!  I hope you take time to really enjoy this suspense thriller because it is well crafted and there are surprises in the plot I never saw coming that were brilliantly inserted!  There is no sex in the book, which I am always grateful for and just some use of foul language.  However, the story is what will draw and keep your attention until the very last page and emotionally packed ending!  Read and see!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

No study tonight!



Enjoy the night!  See you next week as we discuss Romans chapter 5!

Romans chapter 5 next week!



Enjoy your break this week and see you all on the 21st or 22nd! 

No Romans study tonight!


Enjoy your Valentine day!


We will resume the study of Romans next week!
Happy Valentines to all!

Moving Target (Elite Guardians #3)


Title:  Moving Target (Elite Guardians #3)
Author:  Lynette Eason
Pages:  318
Year:  2017
Publisher:  Revell
My rating is 5 stars.
I enjoyed the first two books in this series, Always Watching and Without Warning so much that when I saw the third book was being released, I quickly grabbed a copy.  The first two books focused on Olivia and Katie while this story focuses on the third member of the Elite Guardians security/protection firm, former FBI agent, Maddy McKay.
Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe have been friends for about four years.  About two years ago, however, Maddy’s feelings for Quinn deepened to love.  She has been waiting for him to express his feelings for her, but fears he will eventually push her away like he has done with everyone else in his life.  They both have baggage from the past with Maddy leaving the FBI under a dark cloud and Quinn seemingly guilty of his sister’s death.  Quinn also has been angry with God over his sister’s death while Maddy still has a close relationship with God.  Maddy is pretty sure Quinn loves her, but will he ever admit it?  Can he learn to trust God again and be emotionally healed?
Now, however, they are in the clutches of a madman and their situation is dire.  They might not make it to see another day alive.  This insane guy has been systematically kidnapping people, hunting them and then killing them.  He has an agenda and Quinn and Maddy are definitely at the top of his hit list.  Why?  Quinn and Maddy try to discover who this killer is, why they have been targets now and why he has targeted his other victims.  They receive protective assistance from other members of the Elite Guardians, but their stalker still seems to know intimate details about their lives.

I think this is the best book in the series so far.  There is great tension, danger and suspense that lead to an exciting peak with a great twist in the plot.  I really liked both of the main characters and their emotional struggles with their family relationships as well as their relationship with one another.  There is a fourth book due to be released later this year and I can’t wait to read it!  This series has got of suspense, romance, faith and more to keep readers interested and invested in each of the main characters of the Elite Guardians.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Christian Online Study of Romans



We are on break this week and will resume our study the 21st at 7pm and 22nd at 10am in Romans chapter 5!

Deep Water Author: Christine Poulson


Title:  Deep Water
Author:  Christine Poulson
Pages:  256
Year:  2017
Publisher:  Lion Fiction
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
The author has written four other novels prior to her latest book though I haven’t read them.  Deep Water takes place in the United Kingdom and therefore it might take readers a moment to understand the American equivalent.  The story is one of suspense that crosses the scope of science, law, and ethics.  There isn’t a strong theme of faith though it is implied by the actions of one character in particular, which I will let readers discover themselves.
It took me a little bit to get involved in the story as some of what was happening in the science community was beyond my purview.  However, as I continued to read more, the tension increased in many ways between characters, the science community and one family in particular.  There wasn’t a whole lot of action or adventure in the book, which I think would have brought more enjoyment.
Just so readers know there a few uses of foul language early in the novel and vague references to relations though in a martial framework.  In the tale, there is no mention of any body parts or crude descriptions in any way.  I liked the plot line of coming up with a drug to fight obesity and the race for a patent as seen through more than one nation’s laws. 
I thought some of the science got confusing as at times it sounded like more than one race for a cure was going on and later I learned that it was in fact happening.  So readers need to know it isn’t about a cure for one cure and the race that ensues along with the danger of sabotage in the lab more than once.  I read the book in one sitting which did help me to follow the story to its conclusion though I am one who had hoped for a different ending.  Either way it’s a good novel that I think many will enjoy with the tension and happenings, especially in the scientific community.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, February 12, 2017

No meeting on Romans next week (first break)



Enjoy the break and we'll see you all next Tuesday night @7pm Feb. 21st  and Wednesday morning @ 10am on Feb 22nd!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Senator’s Youngest Daughter

Title:  The Senator’s Youngest Daughter
Author:  Kelley Rose Waller
Pages:  322
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Versive Press
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars!
What if America lost all the freedoms laid out in the Constitution?  What would a person do if their parent stood against a regime and was taken captive?  There are lots of questions that can be formulated when thinking about writing a novel that includes political intrigue, always being watched or on edge because someone just might be ready to strike!
Kelley Rose Walker has written a superb novel that puts before her audience an action-packed story with suspense on every page.  Each chapter is only about three pages long, which keeps the story at a quick pace and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.  As I read, some of the plot seemed like it was drawn from current events, allowing me to imagine plausible scenarios.  I was glued to the book for hours because the characters were crafted in such a lifelike manner that it was easy to identify and feel the tension, sorrow or pain.
I loved how the senator’s family stood up and constantly fought to bring back an America that stood by its Constitution and to reunite a father who was being held hostage to his family.  The constant tension in the novel was really gripping, especially when the family is trying to take the right action without causalities.  The senator’s family is made up of siblings who are married, single, with a child and dating amidst a society that is fraught with danger!
I enjoyed reading how various factions of individuals all over the fifty states started communicating and learning the truth about what the government in the novel was doing.  Each family member had a job to do and through thick and thin they stood together.  They prayed and hoped; they cried and laughed.  It was a feeling of realism that caused me to keep reading, being amazed at the action in the book.  I hope many read this novel as it really is filled with such intrigue and reminds us of what would or could happen if we don’t stand up now and forever be on guard against anyone who would dare to bring tyranny to this land!  A must read for fans of political suspense, thrillers and hope!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Case for Christ Official Teaser Trailer (2017)

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The Dog Who Was There

Title:  The Dog Who Was There
Author:  Ron Marasco
Pages:  272
Year:  2017
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
At first I will admit I was skeptical when I heard of this novel and saw the cover.  It made me wonder if this in fact was a book for children.  I also contemplated if the message of the gospel was in some way downplayed or made cute.  When I first started reading and began to progress in the story, there were hints that the author was leading his audience to some discovery.
I appreciated the author’s way of placing the story in the past with what I thought were believable scenarios based on that time.  The descriptions of the various scenes put me right there as an observer, which enhanced my enjoyment of the book.  The makeup of the many different characters, some of dubious means, made for tension and dangerous moments in the plot.
I don’t think the book should be read to little children as some things that happen to the dog or people might make them scared.  I think it is a great book for young teens and older ages, especially the conclusion will grab their hearts and attention.  The central character might be the dog, but the travels of the dog are all leading to one outstanding and historical event that can impact and change lives today.  The ending was really a stroke of genius and a surprise to me as I never saw it coming.  I believe it will cause many to think seriously about the power of Christ in a life given to Him.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Beyond Suffering Bible (NLT: Where Struggles Seem Endless, God’s Hope is Infinite)

Title:  Beyond Suffering Bible (NLT: Where Struggles Seem Endless, God’s Hope is Infinite)
Author:  Joni & Friends, Inc.
Pages:  1696
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Tyndale
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
What makes this Bible different from others already on the market?  It was the first question I asked myself when Tyndale looked for people willing to do some specific tasks.  The goal of the tasks I think was to help people know what was included aside from the Word of God in the NLT and to have time to let God speak to individual hearts as they read.
For me, another thought was that we all suffer in some way; some suffering is more easily identifiable than others.  For example, we see someone with a cane and can tell there is a probable physical ailment whereas if someone has cancer, that isn’t as easily seen especially at first.  One of the benefits I got from reading some of the articles included was understanding how some people suffer through their eyes, which I had neither experiential knowledge nor understanding.  Another benefit is reading through the User’s Guide to help know how the extra material was formatted.
Here is a quote as to why this Bible is available:  “The Beyond Suffering Bible is for people who want to understand what it looks like to think and live like a Christian in the midst of suffering.” (pg. A11).  There are also included aids like “Connection Points”, Topical Guide to Features” that point to topics or an aspect of God’s character for people to look up, read and contemplate.
As a former caregiver, reading through the articles, features and notes in this Bible, I can see where it would be helpful to have this reference with the scriptures when going to help, comfort, or sit with someone who is hurting.  Caregivers suffer too in various ways that at times are hard to verbalize at the moment or be able to read even when a task which was hard for me.  I would read a Bible verse or passage but be unable to comprehend it or apply it; this Bible would have helped.
Ultimately, in my life I have learned that waiting until the Holy Spirit leads and how He wants me to do or not do something is imperative.  Also knowing the Word but just speaking it because silence was uncomfortable has been a big learning curve.  Sitting down next to someone who is hurting and just being there brings comfort in a way I cannot describe; in many ways it’s a mystery to me.  Other times when a person has shared a Scripture verse as I went through a hard season was like a cold drink of water on a really hot day.
The bottom line is there is no one way to approach or help those who suffer; we must let the Spirit lead us.  We must also be self-feeders on the Word daily so we can be ready should a call for help arise.  God will prepare you beforehand.  He has been faithful to me in that way more than I can express.  So, here is a Bible that will help all of us because it is God’s Word.  It will also help as we seek to be comforted in our daily life in any suffering we are experiencing or be ready to go and be what someone needs in their moment of pain.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Desert Secrets (Love Inspired Suspense) Author: Lisa Harris

Title:  Desert Secrets     
Author:  Lisa Harris
Pages:  224
Year:  2017
Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Don’t have much time to read a full length novel at the moment?  Are you looking for a quick read between books?  Look no further!  Desert Secrets is filled with action, suspense, overseas adventure and some romance.  Lisa Harris shares with readers a story about a young woman taken captive in the Sahara Desert and Lexi has no idea why until she learns that her step brother has stolen money from some very mean people who intend on getting it back regardless of the cost.
Colton flies planes that help missionaries get into remote areas and bring supplies.  He discovers his brother-in-law is taken captive too.  In time, he finds his brother-in-law and Lexi hoping to end the nightmare for both of them, but it is just beginning!  From the beginning to the end, people will be glued to the intense action to see what is going to happen next to characters in the book.  I like Love Inspired Suspense because the action starts from the first page and usually doesn’t let up until the end.  They are books I know I will enjoy and can read quickly for enjoyment or because I am in between books.
Grab any Love Inspired Suspense and you’ll see faith, action, and romance are part of each book!


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Study Tonight @ 7pm EST

Deep Cover Jack (The Hunt for Reacher Series #7)

Title:  Deep Cover Jack (The Hunt for Reacher Series #7)
Author:  Diane Capri
Pages:  292
Year:  2016
Publisher:  AugustBooks
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
I can’t express adequately enough how much I have enjoyed reading Diane Capri’s series.  While there is minimal foul language, there is no sexual content just a real solid story.  Diane spins a thriller in yet another book where FBI Agents Otto and Gaspar have been attempting to gain information on Jack Reacher since no information exists after he left the Army 15 years earlier.  The agents have been involved in some serious situations by just following the orders of their boss while suspecting their boss knows more than he lets on.  In fact, Otto and Gaspar are getting a little tired of the games their boss is playing while not allowing them time to go home or get much rest.  On top of that, they sense they are being played by two higher ups, one in the FBI and one in the federal government.  Otto especially senses that the situations are dangerous enough and without knowing all the pieces of the puzzle it might just get her or her partner killed.
Deep Cover Jack was by far the best as the suspense was killing me not knowing where it was leading me as I turned pages.  At times I found it hard to decipher who was a protagonist and who was an antagonist, which character was playing for the team and which wanted to thwart the success of the mission.  Jack Reacher is so much of a ghost no one knows how to get a hold of him, when or even if he will show up.  Agents Otto and Gaspar have experienced more than they bargained for when the assignment began in the first book.
I cannot wait to see where Diane will take the characters in the series next, so in the mean time I will catch up with her Jess Kimball Thriller series.  Enjoy the Jack Reacher series before her next book is published!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Jack and Joe (Hunt for Jack Reacher #6)

Title:  Jack and Joe (Hunt for Jack Reacher #6)
Author:  Diane Capri
Pages:  250
Year:  2015
Publisher:  AugustBooks
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Diane Capri’s Hunt for Reacher series continues on in this latest gripping suspense novel.  I sat and read straight through the book as I noticed that unlike others the beginning of the story starts in first person view of Agent Otto.  Agent Otto is alone in her investigation because her partner, Agent Gaspar, is home seeing if his son is about to enter the world.  Otto is a little woman with a whole lot of mettle in her character, mind and spine!  She seems like a spitfire of woman who is brilliant and rarely takes guff from others either in the Bureau or from anyone else.
I got hooked because seeing the story play out through her eyes was extremely exciting; knowing her thoughts or actions was like watching a movie.  Otto is waiting for a high level army officer to meet her at a base to reveal all she knew about Reacher.  Otto believes she will finally be getting somewhere with this assignment so she can return home to Detroit and handle other cases, but the army officer doesn’t come to the base.  In fact, after that, Otto’s case becomes increasingly entwined with some background players higher up in the FBI office.
Otto also has to wait to move forward until Gaspar can rejoin her as Otto becomes involved in helping stop a shooting at a local bar across from where she is staying at a local hotel.  Otto knows her partner needs his job, especially with a 5th child due any day plus her own personal goals of climbing the ladder higher in the FBI chain of command.
For awhile I wasn’t sure exactly where the author was going to take me as I delved further into the book.  I loved the various nuances that threw me off at times when I thought I knew what was occurring in the story.  The different characters are unique and at times hard to tell how they are all tied together or if they are at all!  The ending was brilliant and I can’t wait to begin reading Deep Cover Jack, which is the latest installment in the series.  I am wondering how the series will end or if it will end as Reacher seems to be always one step ahead of the FBI.

I hope you read the whole series as it really gives a reader a bigger view of the plot, deeper understanding of the characters and suspense for hours of enjoyable reading!

Jack in the Green (The Hunt for Reacher Series #5)

Title:  Jack in the Green (The Hunt for Reacher Series #5)
Author:  Diane Capri
Pages:  164
Year:  2014
Publisher:  AugustBooks
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Here is a novella installment in the continued search for Jack Reacher by FBI Special Agents Otto and Gaspar.  Agent Gaspar is a Vet who attends with his partner an annual event at MacDill Air Force Base in order to question another member of Jack Reacher’s former unit.  The elusive Tom Weston is on U. S. soil for the first time in years and the agents must question him before his arrest by other agents.  However, the task proves easier said than done.
I enjoyed reading the continuing story of two agents tasked with collecting information on Jack Reacher, but who continue to become ensnared with other crimes in their quest.  They must remain off the grid per their boss’s orders so they never can stay to solve these crimes they continue to encounter.  They need to gather enough intel to see how it connects with Jack Reacher.

Diane Capri continues to draw her readers deeper into the mysterious life and search for Jack Reacher.  At times, it seems like he is really a good man living off the grid and other times I am never quite sure about Jack.  With so much of the character of Reacher’s life and past still to uncover, I cannot help but continue to read The Hunt for Jack Reacher series as I am curious as to where the author will take readers next, or if and how Reacher might be located.  The next novel in the series is titled, Jack and Joe.  I can’t wait to see what the author has her FBI Agents tasked with now!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Get Back Jack (The Hunt for Jack Reacher #4)


Title:  Get Jack Back (The Hunt for Jack Reacher #4)
Author:  Diane Capri
Pages:  358
Year:  2013
Publisher:  August Books
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.
We meet FBI Special Agents Otto and Gaspar in the first book of the series Don’t Know Jack. Otto is a short woman who is tasked out of Detroit’s office to lead and partner with Agent Gaspar from Miami.  Their mission is not on the books so they cannot use normal channels and must stay under the radar of other law enforcement officials plus a multitude of other things to avoid.  They are to build a file on Jack Reacher and with each novel in the story line they run into questionable characters, missions and Reacher is still in the dark.
It appears that any time the agents get close to a subject to question them about Reacher, they either show up dead, missing or engaged in some business that may not be legitimate.  The agents find a lead to begin questioning members of Reacher’s former unit.  Seems easy enough don’t you think?  Yet, what begins to happen kept me reading for hours as the plot thickened.  The mystery that started in book one gets more knots to unravel than a shoelace.
For me, this installment in the action and adventures of the agents is the best yet.  Diane knows how to write a captivating thriller with many twists and turns with lots of climactic scenes.  There is a human side to the agents where in spurts they try to connect outside the mission in order to think about “normal” life.  However, neither Otto nor Gaspar seems willing to let the other agent know anything too personal and they end up focusing solely on Jack Reacher.
Another aspect I like of these novels is little swearing and no sexual content, just good honest suspense at its best!  Diane has me still trying to figure out who is really pulling the agents strings and if they will ever complete the mission of building a file on Jack Reacher.  So, if you’re like me and love to curl up with a good book, fast paced thrills and spills, look no further!  I cannot wait to see what the author reveals next for her audience about Jack Reacher or the agents of the FBI!

Join me in the quest to read The Hunt for Jack Reacher novels!

Jack and Kill (Hunt for Jack Reacher Series #3 A Short Story)

Title:  Jack and Kill (Hunt for Jack Reacher Series #3 A Short Story)
Author:  Diane Capri
Pages:  90
Year:  2014
Publisher:  AugustBooks
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Audiences will continue to enjoy the suspense filled story of two FBI agents attempting to build a file on a ghost.  Not literally a ghost, but a man who can’t be found usually until he has already been there or people warning them off of their attempt to find Reacher.  Now Otto and Gaspar are on the road going to locate those who knew Reacher when he was an MP in the army.

However, when they get to a small town they come upon what at first looks like a fatal car accident.  They pull aside to see if it is Reacher under cover on the road, but what they discover has deeper ramifications along with a nationwide manhunt as they weren’t aware of being off the grid themselves.  Many questions remain as to who Reacher is, who wants them to build the file about the man and why.  Along with what will happen to the agents should they continue on their task no one is supposed to know they are on, but somehow do!  Keep reading the novels and short stories to enjoy the mystery, suspense and characters in the Hunt for Reacher Series!

Jack in A Box (The Hunt for Reacher Series #2 A Short Story)

Title:  Jack in A Box (The Hunt for Reacher Series #2 A Short Story)
Author:  Diane Capri
Pages:  100
Year:  2014
Publisher:  AugustBooks
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Some readers may be tempted to pass up short stories or novellas in a series, but in this case I sure hope readers don’t.  Diane Capri shares tidbits of information that come into play with the main character of Jack Reacher.  FBI Special agents Otto and Gaspar continue their assignment to build a file and locate Jack Reacher as he is suspected of crimes.

Yet, here when both Otto and Gaspar attempt to do some digging into Reacher’s past to find information, they come up with less than stellar success.  Readers will also get keen insight into the lives of both special agents and more mystery as to who assigned them the task and why.  A quick and enjoyable look into the lives of the agents and their assignment.

Don’t Know Jack (The Hunt for Reacher Series #1)

Title:  Don’t Know Jack (The Hunt for Reacher Series #1)
Author:  Diane Capri
Pages:  340
Year:  2012
Publisher:  August Books
My rating is 5 stars.
If you have seen the two movies about Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise, then you are at least familiar with the character or perhaps you know the character or story behind the Jack Reacher series via another author, friend or family member.  Either way, I came across Diane’s books when perusing an online store website.  I contacted the author and as they say the rest is history.  I read her latest novel, which starts a new series titled Blood Trails and I wanted to read more to discover how the author crafts the man no one can seem to locate, Jack Reacher.
In Don’t Know Jack, two FBI Special Agents are tasked with locating and building a file on Jack Reacher as he has completely disappeared after his service in the army.  Both agent Otto and Gaspar will take you across the nation to find Jack or people who knew him, sometimes coming to a town right after Reacher has been there.  What at first seems like a simple assignment begins to reveal to both the agents that there is more going on than they are aware of.
On top of that, their assignment is blacked out so they can’t tell anyone what they are doing, have access to sources as well as the government will deny them should they call attention to themselves.  Diane Capri shares with readers a great suspense filled and mysterious tale with the man who seems like a ghost, Jack Reacher.  Readers will enjoy the book from start to finish and I plan on reading more from the pen of Diane.  While there are a couple uses of foul language, there is no sex of any kind, just a spell-binding work of fiction that takes readers on an adventure via their imagination.
Next up are two novellas in the series, so watch for the reviews!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”