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To Kill or Escape: 1: The Stolen Years (Ryn's Rural-Lit Book 3)
To Kill or Escape: 1: The Stolen Years (Ryn's Rural-Lit Book 3)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and well-written, 8 Jan. 2016
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I will definitely be reading more of this series as I enjoyed this book so much. The story centres round a young Aboriginal boy, Jarrah, and it is mostly through his eyes that the action is seen as it unfolds from the very first page. We see a shameful episode in relatively modern history, the forcible removal of Aboriginal children from their homes and extended families so they can be 'assimilated' into 'modern and civilised' Australian society. Although this book is written in a fictional narrative it has its roots in events that occurred in reality. I knew nothing about this subject and was shocked by the brutal manner in which this so-called 'assimilation' was carried out and by the destructive effects on the Aboriginal way of life.
Above all this tale portrays the indomitable spirit of people whose lives are ripped apart by laws passed on them by others who thought they knew the best course of action in the circumstances. We see how dreadfully wrong they were.

This is a thoroughly engrossing read and I became immersed in the drama and the depictions of the Aboriginal way of life. The book style is lyrical, the capture of poignancy is extremely well done and the writing is excellent. It is a powerful narrative told with intelligence and acute insight into human nature. It captured my imagination completely and I look forward to reading the next book in the series to follow the story further. I can thoroughly recommend the series to readers who enjoy drama, tension and a 'slice of life' portrayal. Excellent.


Rise of an Oligarch: The Way It Is: Book One
Rise of an Oligarch: The Way It Is: Book One
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and convincing, 16 Dec. 2015
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This is a well-written book, a crime and conspiracy thriller. Through the use of current day events interspersed with the back story it tells of the rise of a Ukrainian oligarch from humble roots into a position of power. The hero is really an anti-hero and as such is intriguing. We see the changes he undergoes as he struggles to rise out of poverty and we are witness to the levels of corruption undertaken to achieve that.

This is a novel that draws heavily on the authors’ expertise involving the political situations in Ukraine, Russia and Israel, among the global markets involved. For me, the back story is imbued with convincing realism due to the life experiences of the authors and I found it a fascinating journey into the lifestyles of people in the countries mentioned above and also into the machinations of the business world in which they work, manipulate, and die. There is no sparing the brutal realities of lives led to excess and the enemies created as a result.

I liked this book very much and the tale told by two very capable and interesting authors is well worth it for the reader. The explosive ending is worth the wait and there is more to come. Recommended.


Tsunami Connection: Political Intrigue Striving Woman Spy Thriller (The Spy Stories and Tales of Intrigue Series Book 1)
Tsunami Connection: Political Intrigue Striving Woman Spy Thriller (The Spy Stories and Tales of Intrigue Series Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps the reader gripped from the first page, 10 Oct. 2015
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This is an exciting, engrossing political/military/spy thriller with a realistic background. The characters are interesting and varied in the setting of spy plots and Special Forces operations carried out by an ultra-secret arm of the Mossad. Action is fast-paced, the narrative informative without being intrusive, and the author's staggering amount of research into his subject shines through on every page. Having done similar research myself I know how much time and effort it takes and is very commendable that the author has created such realism in which to place his characters.

I enjoyed reading this book and have no hesitation in giving it five stars and recommending it to other readers who are looking for political/spy/military thriller intrigue. The story keeps the reader gripped from the first page as we follow the exploits of Kefira, Zak, their handlers Yochana and Sam, and the Machiavellian opposition. Several surprises lie in store and what the reader expects is not what happens. Well-crafted plotlines raise this book to the top of its genre.


Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center (Alexandra Destephano Book 1)
Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center (Alexandra Destephano Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging main character, 27 Aug. 2015
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Judith Lucci has created an engaging main character in Alex Destephano, medical lawyer at a prestigious hospital in New Orleans. What I liked in particular about Alex is that she is so human, not someone who deals with every situation perfectly and calmly. She makes mistakes, she gets upset, she is strong on occasions and handles some confrontations well and at other times she breaks down in tears and is very vulnerable. Those qualities make the reader want her to do well, to succeed in fighting off the problems that assail her.

Set her character among strange people who are very unpleasant and some who are downright lethal, throw in the backdrop of New Orleans and its heritage of voodoo practices, add the extensive medical knowledge of the author (she really does know what she’s talking about) and you have the ingredients for a fast-paced medical thriller.

The book picks up speed as it goes, taking the reader on a journey through darkness and frailties of human nature. It is written from an omniscient point of view but it is Alex’s eyes we see through for most of the time and we follow her bewilderment and terror. Medical thrillers are no a genre I usually read but I am intrigued enough by the character of Alex Destephano to read the next book in the series as well.


Foreigner On My Own Front Porch (Real Life Series Book 2)
Foreigner On My Own Front Porch (Real Life Series Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good writer and brave man!, 27 Aug. 2015
Travis Casey is a good writer and a brave man – brave because not everyone can write so candidly about close relatives and remain on good terms with them. The author’s wit and flair for finding humour in dire circumstances shines through in his book and in the end, if I were one of his family, I couldn’t hold a grudge against him, either.

Reading his book is like being part of a fly-on-the-wall documentary series, as compelling as it is entertaining. I find myself at home with his style of writing and at home with him and his family, too, as they face dilemmas all too familiar to those of us who have elderly parents.

The book is not all about that, though. It covers a wide range of issues connected to the disruption of moving home from England to the USA, issues that are dealt with using a wry sense of humour. The book is funny and enlightening for folks on both sides of the ‘pond’ (the Atlantic Ocean) as Mr Casey is in a good position to compare both countries. Born and raised in the USA, he married an English woman and lived in England for a couple of decades before returning to the States to help look after his parents. Instances of cultural and institutional misunderstanding arise constantly and are very amusing.

Mr Casey’s considerable strength as an author is that he has an entirely natural, flowing style that gives the impression his writing comes easily to him. That is an art and an achievement in its own right. The book ‘Foreigner On My Own Front Porch’ and the author’s good nature and humour held my interest from the beginning and I have no hesitation in recommending the ‘Foreigner’ series to other readers.


Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell [DVD]
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eddie Marsan
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a strange experience, 22 Aug. 2015
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What a strange drama this is. Fabulous acting from Eddie Marsan, fast becoming one of my favourite actors as he is very versatile - nice to see him playing a lead role and not a supporting role. I loved this for its quirkiness and just the eccentricity of it. Putting magic into a historical setting is great fun and the character of 'the man with the thistledown hair' adds some sinister atmosphere to the whole series. Pure escapism and it kept me glued to my seat the entire time - also loved the black humour and one scene in particular during a battle was so funny it had me in stitches. I won't spoil it by saying what it was. Brilliant!


The Imitation Game [DVD]
The Imitation Game [DVD]
Dvd ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cumberbatch is just right for the role, 19 July 2015
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Benedict Cumberbatch is one of my favourite actors and his portrayal of Alan Turing is one of his better roles to date. He plays the character including all Turing's foibles with an intensity that leaves the viewer in no doubt about the torment Turing must have endured, and the awkwardness of the man comes through very clearly. Cumberbatch is just right for the role due to his sensitivity as an actor. Always watchable, and I recommend this film as an absorbing and intriguing story that requires full attention without demanding it.


Wolf Hall [DVD] [2015]
Wolf Hall [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Damian Lewis
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved every minute, 19 July 2015
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Loved every minute of this, particularly the understated acting of Mark Rylance in the main character part. He is restrained and insightful. I've always liked Damien Lewis as a brilliant actor and he plays Henry VIII to perfection - all believable characterisations, the story is fascinating and the bitchiness among the women surrounding Henry's court is full of intrigue. Can't praise this highly enough. Watched it on TV and then bought the DVD to send to someone else. One of the BBC's best costume dramas ever, in my view.


You Really Are Full of Shit, Aren't You?
You Really Are Full of Shit, Aren't You?
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the funny bone, 16 Jun. 2015
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One thing I have noticed about books written by Karl Wiggins (and I’ve now read quite a few) is that although he uses the same wit as a stand-up comedian at very frequent intervals in all of them, each book is unique. One book does not read like another one he has written. He can write about any and every subject and make it as fresh and original as if he had never written anything else in his life. He hits the funny bone every time with unnerving accuracy, pointing out the absurdities in life with intelligence and humour. It’s a lethal concoction adding up to books that are not easy to put down. He is very successful at it. As a fellow author, I hate the b******d.

Readers, on the other hand, will love another helping of irreverent humour, but they should be warned - this book also contains poignancy, insights from someone who is far more clever than he seems, and good writing. It's not all about causing hoots of laughter on every page. Wonderful.


ADDIS Step Stool, Metallic
ADDIS Step Stool, Metallic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 8 Oct. 2014
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Brilliant. Strong, sturdy and doesn't tip unlike some step stools. Highly recommended.


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