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Day Four
Day Four
by Sarah Lotz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MASTERFULLY CRAFTED, AN ENTERTAINING EXPERIENCE!, 28 May 2015
This review is from: Day Four (Hardcover)
The Beautiful Dreamer, a luxury cruise, offers a one-way ticket to relaxation and fun, and more fun – a holiday of a lifetime. But after three days of excitement, and a relatively uneventful cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, things started to go horribly wrong: a young woman is found dead in her cabin, the cruise ship is stranded without any apparent reason, the ship’s communication systems failed, and there seems to be no sign of a rescue operation. The fun and frolic of the last three days turned into gloom and despair with a new day. All they could do is wait, and wait…

Day Four by Sarah Lotz follows the strange and unusual things that unfold over a period of four days as the stressed passengers encounter a series of baffling and inexplicable things aboard the stuck cruise ship. Just imagine how you would react if you are in the middle of nowhere, without any means of an escape: your food supply is running dry, there’s no light, a possible virus spreading and non-functioning toilets, not to mention ghostly phantasms. Certainly you’d feel panicky.

Author Sarah Lotz knows how to build up the momentum that will leave you almost breathless as the story progresses in this sequel to The Three. Though the premise of the story is a bit far-fetched, the writing is almost flawless, the plot absorbing, the characters well-drawn and the tension mounting with each turn of the page. What, however, will distract many readers is the almost incongruent narrative that is juggled between eight eclectic characters in alternate chapters in the story – Maddie, Gary, Althea, Helen, Elise, Jesse, Devi, and Xavier. Each with their own secrets and motives.

Day Four by Sarah Lotz has a lot of strength which cannot be diminished by some of its failings. It is not a plain horror story but one with a mishmash of fantasy, thriller and paranormal. It is a gripping and absorbing read, masterfully crafted as only Sarah Lotz can. If you read this book with an open mind, you would most certainly find it a thrilling and entertaining experience.


A Quiet End (John Corey)
A Quiet End (John Corey)
by Nelson DeMille
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FRIGHTENINGLY THRILLING AND EXCITING!, 26 May 2015
Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille is the seventh instalment in the John Corey series in which our hero unearths a sinister plot to raze New York City to the ground. In this riveting and masterfully crafted story, John Corey has been shifted from the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and moved to the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. The new assignment was considered a low profile job, but John was specifically instructed to keep a close watch on the activities Russian diplomats working at the United Nations. What was initially thought to be a quiet affair blows up to become the biggest challenge of his illustrious career, and John, with his female partner, Tess Faraday, must act quickly to avert a disaster.

On a routine surveillance, Vasily Petrov, who is attached as Russian Foreign Intelligence Service diplomat, is spotted driving beyond the permissible limit apparently to attend a party and nothing seems to be amiss. But it sets off the alarm bell. What John Corey sniffs is the plan of a group of Russian terrorists to wreak havoc on New York City on the scale larger than the terrorist attack of 9/11, and shifts the blame on another country. What makes John’s task all the more difficult is the unmasking of Tess Faraday and her real motives. But John has far more important problems to deal with. He must stay a step ahead of the terrorists and thwart their plan to detonate a nuclear device in New York Harbor, destroying Manhattan.

Like most other John Corey novels, Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille is also full of wit and sarcasm. It is a heart-pounding novel the premise of which no one can banish as a figment of fertile imagination in the light of 9/11. Author Nelson DeMille delivers a stunning novel that will leave you both frightened and thrilled.


Radiant Angel (John Corey Novel)
Radiant Angel (John Corey Novel)
by Nelson DeMille
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FRIGHTENINGLY THRILLING AND EXCITING!, 26 May 2015
Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille is the seventh instalment in the John Corey series in which our hero unearths a sinister plot to raze New York City to the ground. In this riveting and masterfully crafted story, John Corey has been shifted from the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and moved to the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. The new assignment was considered a low profile job, but John was specifically instructed to keep a close watch on the activities Russian diplomats working at the United Nations. What was initially thought to be a quiet affair blows up to become the biggest challenge of his illustrious career, and John, with his female partner, Tess Faraday, must act quickly to avert a disaster.

On a routine surveillance, Vasily Petrov, who is attached as Russian Foreign Intelligence Service diplomat, is spotted driving beyond the permissible limit apparently to attend a party and nothing seems to be amiss. But it sets off the alarm bell. What John Corey sniffs is the plan of a group of Russian terrorists to wreak havoc on New York City on the scale larger than the terrorist attack of 9/11, and shifts the blame on another country. What makes John’s task all the more difficult is the unmasking of Tess Faraday and her real motives. But John has far more important problems to deal with. He must stay a step ahead of the terrorists and thwart their plan to detonate a nuclear device in New York Harbor, destroying Manhattan.

Like most other John Corey novels, Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille is also full of wit and sarcasm. It is a heart-pounding novel the premise of which no one can banish as a figment of fertile imagination in the light of 9/11. Author Nelson DeMille delivers a stunning novel that will leave you both frightened and thrilled.


Kissing in America
Kissing in America
by Margo Rabb
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MISLEADING TITLE, AWE-INSPIRING STORY!, 26 May 2015
This review is from: Kissing in America (Hardcover)
Kissing in America by Margo Rabb is not what its title suggests. It would have been good for the book and the story if a more appropriate title had been decided before its publication. Many would shun the book because of it and many who do read so because of it would be sorely disappointed because there is so little of it, and felt misled.

However misleading the title may be, Kissing in America by Margo Rabb is a wonderful book with a lot of heart and soul. It is a contemporary young adult coming of age novel that is funny, heartfelt and inspiring. It is a story of love as much as it is about loss. It is a story friendship as much as it is about family. It is also about rediscovering one’s true self, and how we are knitted together with those who help us find our way.

Kissing in America is the story of a sixteen-year-old Eva Roth and her best friend Annie Kim, and how their decisions transformed their lives. Eva is a gifted teenager, dabbling in all sorts of teenage things, from reading romantic novels to writing poems. But it all changed when Eva’s father died in a plane crash. She is heartbroken. Eva begins to find her feet again when she develops a relationship with Will Freeman but it seems headed for a sad end when Will unexpectedly moves to California. Eva comes up with something remarkable which helps her sidestep another tragedy in her young life.

Intelligent and rousing, Kissing in America by Margo Rabb, notwithstanding its title, is a stirring and rewarding read which should not be missed.


Girl of Mine
Girl of Mine
Price: £2.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CLEAN AND EXCITING STORY!, 25 May 2015
This review is from: Girl of Mine (Kindle Edition)
Girl of Mine by Taylor Dean is a delightful yet poignant romantic story that is intense yet honest. Though it is a work of fiction, some parts of the story are spiked up with and based on true-life incidents from the author’s own wonderful family. For instance, the story of Captain Lucas Graham is partly based on Taylor Dean’s own husband who was sent off to war in 2003. The author has also freely used names of family members for her finely etched characters.

The relationship between Luke and Jill Barrett, and the friendship between Luke and Troy Kelley are the two main threads in the story. It is a clean story with a lot of heart and love. The author’s fine writing coupled with the imaginative plot and relatable characters make Girl of Mine a great read from start to finish.


The Problem With Second Chances: 2 (A Ryan McCabe Mystery)
The Problem With Second Chances: 2 (A Ryan McCabe Mystery)
by Jana Hollifield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MUCH BETTER THAN THE FIRST BOOK!, 25 May 2015
The Problem with Second Chances by Jana Hollifield is the second book in the Ryan McCabe Mystery series. The first book, The Problem with Goodbye, revolves around the mystery surrounding the murder of Cora Dalton’s sister at the hands of a stalker. With the police investigation leading nowhere, Ryan McCabe who possesses an unusual gift is asked by his friend Portland homicide detective Ollie O’Neill to help in solving the crime. Ryan meets the beautiful liar Cora, falls in love and as the script goes, solves the murder mystery.

In this second instalment of the series, Ryan McCabe and his friend Portland homicide detective Ollie O’Neill has to contend with a brutal murderer whose next target could well be Ryan himself. Ryan and Ollie have their hands tied as they race against time to clear Sam Browning of the murder charge of his girlfriend and find the real culprit.

The Problem with Second Chances by Jana Hollifield is much more thrilling and absorbing than the first book in the Ryan McCabe Mystery series, The Problem with Goodbye. The plot is superbly crafted and much better drawn. The characters have been finely tuned and fans of the series can expect a lot more from author Jana Hollifield.


The Problem with Goodbye
The Problem with Goodbye
by Jana Hollifield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FRIVOLOUS BUT QUITE ENJOYABLE!, 25 May 2015
The Problem with Goodbye by Jana Hollifield revolves around the mystery surrounding the murder of Cora Dalton’s sister at the hands of a stalker. With the police investigation leading nowhere, Ryan McCabe who possesses an unusual gift is asked by his friend homicide detective Ollie to help in solving the crime. When Ryan meets Cora he instinctively knew that she was hiding something. Ryan becomes enmeshed as he is also drawn to Cora, and feels the need to protect her. Author Jana did a wonderful job in following their relationship. Another strong point is the endearing friendship between Ollie and Ryan.

The Problem with Goodbye by Jana Hollifield is a romantic suspense murder mystery which is much more enjoyable than I initially expected. A big throwback for me was the cover design which was in poor taste, and which could have been improved upon. Many would-be readers might have been dissuaded from trying out the book just because of a bad cover design. While the stubbornness of Cora was a bit irritating, the author’s deft handling of the plot and fine storytelling make up for all the frivolousness of the book.


Nunavut: An Arctic Thriller
Nunavut: An Arctic Thriller
by Roger Herst
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A REFRESHING AND COMPELLING READ!, 24 May 2015
Nunavut: An Arctic Thriller by Roger Herst is a pleasantly attention-grabbing read, as refreshing as the landscape of north-eastern Canada where the story is set. Author Roger Herst, who himself is a Rabbi, is a master storyteller and has crafted the long-running Rabbi Gabrielle series which has been well-received.

Nunavut: An Arctic Thriller has an incredible plot with an array of fascinating characters peopling the story. What most certainly makes this novel a class apart from many others in its genre is the “displacement” of its characters. While most stories would naturally revolve around the hero, this book seems to revolve around an unlikely villain, Jerome Kuppaq, who is none else but the Premier (Governor) of the self-governing Territory of Nunavut, Canada. Of Inuit lineage, Kuppaq was elected by the Legislative Council and knows that it’s his responsibility to defend his homeland from exploitation – of its rich and varied natural resources. But his lack of vision and foresight make him an easy target for people with ulterior motives, making his fall from the lofty heights of being the father of his homeland swift and fast.

Also at the heart of the story is a female protagonist Dr. Leetia Quilliq who unconsciously becomes the target of manipulative players who are threatened by her work. Nunavut: An Arctic Thriller is a story of international intrigue, romance and suspense. Roger Herst beautiful and flowing prose, vivid imagery and superbly etched characterization makes for a truly compelling and absorbing read.


Bold as love
Bold as love
by Bob Roberts Jr.
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A NEW WAY OF NEIGHBOURING!, 24 May 2015
This review is from: Bold as love (Paperback)
I had a preconceived idea about the faith of others. In the deepest corridors of my mind, I have learned to segregate adherents of other faiths. I had a "touch-them-not" attitude, and as a former worker in an area dominated by adherents of the Buddhist faith, it was always about converting them. But that was before Bold as Love came along.

Not a voluminous work - only 208 pages - including the covers, Dr. Roberts takes you on a journey of self discovery and understanding, and demonstrated the way to a critical dialogue in a radical yet loving way through the eight chapters of the book. Dr. Roberts points out that faith isn't simply made to be lived in isolation but something you do face-to-face, heart-to-heart and hand-to-hand. He writes, "The strength of a religion or faith is not what it is when left alone but what it is when challenged. Hard times make for strong faith, deep learning, and moving closer to God."

Starting with Boldly Loving All My Neighbors, all the chapters in the book are an engaging read, and reflective if one is willing to learn. One can safely conclude that all the chapters are boldly written to engage and enrage, to captivate and cultivate, and to arouse and inspire readers to a life of transformational faith - a faith that dares to love.

It may be pertinent to note that the main thrust of the book is to point readers to answer the call to radically love others the way God loves. Dr. Robert says, "We are commanded to love God and love others. And sometimes that requires risky boldness." He says that the world can be transformed if we reach out and love the world the way God does and calls us to.

It is difficult to predict the place this book will occupy among the thousands of Christian best-sellers, but one thing is certain: it will transform lives!


What Every Christian Ought to Know: Solid Grounding for a Growing Faith
What Every Christian Ought to Know: Solid Grounding for a Growing Faith
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EVERY CHRISTIAN MUST READ IT!, 24 May 2015
Late pastor Dr. Adrian Rogers offers believers solid grounding for a growing faith

Just as plants need certain essentials to grow--light, water and fertile soil--so do Christians who want to develop strong spiritual roots and bear good fruit. That's why revered late pastor Dr. Adrian Rogers wrote What Every Christian Ought to Know: Solid Grounding for a Growing Faith (B&H Books)--to give believers the nurture and care their faith needs to blossom and grow. In this vital resource for both new Christians and seasoned saints, Dr. Rogers offers readers intellectual truth while also providing them with the "spiritual nutrients" required to produce mature faith.

"There are some basic truths every Christian ought to know," wrote Dr. Rogers. "Many flounder in a sea of moral relativism and vague religious opinions [and they] don't grow because they don't know. Facts are like a recipe, but truth is like a meal. Digest a truth and it will change your life."

Now available for the first time in paperback, What Every Christian Ought to Know is a bold yet approachable guide to the ABCs of Christianity. One of the last books written by Dr. Rogers and also one of his best-selling, Publishers Weekly calls it a "beautifully simple primer on essential truths." Dr. Rogers provides readers with a well organized, well-reasoned grasp of such topics as salvation, eternal security, prayer, the Holy Spirit, resisting temptation and finding God's will, as well as the authority of the Bible and how to understand it better. While a valuable volume for new Christians and young disciples, it's also a suitably instructive resource for believers of all ages. This new edition also includes an introduction from Steve Rogers, president of the Adrian Rogers Pastor Training Institute, plus discussion questions for personal reflection or group study.

"What Every Christian Ought to Know has been designed to help [readers] `give a defense' for the basic doctrines of the Christian faith," says Steve Rogers. "Since its initial release in 2005, God continues to use this book to equip and encourage believers--new and old. Like the tens of thousands who have already read this book, I want you to be able to confidently say, `I know what I believe and why I believe it!'


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