Member Book Reviews – #RRBC

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  1. I just completed my 5-star review of TAILS by WJ Scott on Amazon. Here is a copy:

    WJ Scott states that her book, TAILS is more directed toward middle school readers. That may be true, but as an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed her story. The tale involves a wizard, evil hunters, a gypsy, magic, Silvertails, and a boy and his dog.

    Silvertail’s, cat-like animals, are said to possess magic in their tails. The local Wizard promised hunters rich rewards for every Silvertail pelt received, which would strengthen his own powers. This brought out the hunters by the hundreds and the Silvertail community found themselves trapped on their mountain. Only “deep magic” could save them, which required one of their own to travel through the gauntlet of hunters and travel a great distance to secure what is needed to save them. A young adolescent takes on the task – he lost his tail to hunters earlier and feels lost and powerless without it.

    This story follows the youngster on his dangerous trek. He finds help along the way but the odds are stacked against him. Will he be successful in saving the clan? Highly recommended for all ages.

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  2. I posted a five star review of fellow Vietnam Veteran’s novel “Cherries” on Barnes & Noble (Nov 17) and Amazon, Canada (Nov 18). I’ve had trouble getting Amazon to accept reviews in the past so went to B&N as well.

    “Cherries” is as detailed account as exists of an infantryman’s year-long tour in Vietnam. The transformation from green “cherry” to experienced grunt unfolds as the protagonist “Polack” takes the reader along with him on his tour.

    Tension is maintained throughout the novel as the story unfolds. It is not just the combat that is explored, but the conditions in the field as Polack’s platoon and company are on patrol. Detailed descriptions of what it’s like to walk point, what to pack and carry in a rucksack, carry the M-60 machine gun, and hump the radio for the platoon commander. And it’s not just about the combat, buit the snakes, rats and bugs encountered.

    The novel takes the reader inside a tunnel complex discovered on a patrol. It describes experiencing a typhoon in the jungle. In all, a year’s worth of experiences for a grunt with the 25th Infantry Division, and later, the 101st Airborne at the end of Polack’s tour.

    Want to know what an infantryman encountered with these two divisions? Read “Cherries.”

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    1. Thank you, James, for the great review. I’m glad you enjoyed my story and grateful that you posted your review here on the RRBC website. Thank you for your service and sacrifice fellow Vietnam Veteran.

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  3. I recently read two short stories, “Visitors,” by Wendy Scott, and “Brother’s Keeper, ” by Jan Sikes, both of which I recommend. My reviews should show up on Amazon soon, and are as follows.

    “Visitors,” by Wendy Scott, a delightful short mystery about two sisters, one eccentric and one in crisis, and two brothers, a generation younger. One of the sisters, the mother of the boys, makes a decision to send her sons to live with their aunt, a woman they barely know. The boys have no choice but to comply, and arrive at their aunt’s home, not happy to be there. Despair, however, turns into curiosity. As they explore their new environment, the boys begin to question unusual circumstances that surround them. When they find the answer, it comes with a realization that some secrets need to be shared. “Visitors” is a delightful, though predictable story that will make you smile. I enjoyed it!

    “Brother’s Keeper” by Jan Sikes, is a story of love, loyalty and a sense of responsibility that is infuriating, commendable, exasperating and understandable. Well written, this short story has wonderful dialect, which brings the characters to life. The story takes a direction that I didn’t expect, but thoroughly enjoyed. Although to his detriment, there is no doubt Quentin is his brother’s keeper. Well done!

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    1. Hi everyone! I have just posted a four-star review on Amazon of Treacherous Love by Karen Black. Not on their site yet, but should be soon. I enjoyed this suspenseful story of spousal abuse, but with a twist. I don’t put details of the story in my reviews (that’s for the prospective readers to want to find out!) but I can say that Karen skillfully pulls us into the world of this obsessive relationship and then leaves us with a shattering conclusion. Pick up your copy today!! Maura Beth Brennan

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  4. I just posted my three-star review of The Altar Boy by Phil Stephens.

    The Altar Boy is a compendium of “episodes” experienced by Carl Sanders, a young boy coming of age in the rural Midwest. The central theme is his experience around the Catholic church and how it precipitated the breakup of his parents’ marriage and fragments his childhood. I think the idea for the book is really good. It just seemed that the author lost his way a bit spending too much time on scenes that just didn’t not have a strong tie to the central theme. If the book had focused more on the tension created by the presence of Father Jacobson as experienced through Carl’s eyes, the book would prove to be a much more interesting read.

    I felt the characters could have been better developed. I had trouble envisioning what everyone looked like. Carl’s siblings were especially difficult to identify with. As a child of a broken home who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, I appreciated the ever-present references to the popular music of the day. Many of those same songs were a comfort to me during my youth.

    Finally, the book really could have benefited from a good copyeditor. There were numerous typos throughout the book which, for me, detracts from the quality of the story itself.

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  5. Hi all. Hope your weekend was great. I posted my 5 star review of Pregnant Future, by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko on Amazon today. It begins … The cover is beyond perfect for this story. Author Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko gives the reader how to overcome oppression that begins early in her life. Birth order has its drawbacks in this case. Justina is a well-developed character that grows throughout the story… You will find the rest posted there. Enjoy your week.

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  6. Amazon posted my review for The Enigma Factor by Breakfield and Burkey.
    5.0 out of 5 stars The book is a roller coaster ride through cyberspace.
    Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2020
    Jacob Michaels is a naive computer programmer who loves encryption. He monitors cyber threats for large companies. His life is simple until he meets Petra. He believes she cares for him, but Petra was hired to watch him. When cybercriminals target Jacob, he keeps his cool and sense of decency.
    I learned more technical terms in this book than in any other. The book is a roller coaster ride through cyberspace. The authors provide a chart of terms to assist readers in navigating through their complex world.

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  7. I reviewed The Enigma Factor by Breakfield and Burkey. I’m still waiting to see if Amazon accepts the review.
    5 Stars.
    Jacob Michaels is a naive computer programmer who loves encryption. He monitors cyber threats for large companies. His life is simple until he meets Petra. He believes she cares for him, but Petra was hired to watch him. When cybercriminals target Jacob, he keeps his cool and sense of decency.
    I learned more technical terms in this book than in any other. The book is a roller coaster ride through cyberspace. The authors provide a chart of terms to assist readers in navigating through their complex world.

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  8. I finished The Hanged Man, by Raymond Hall and post the five star review on Amazon. It begins…Author Raymond Hall creates a captivating story of a man, John Moorcroft, put to death for the rape and murder of a young girl. Until his last breath, he vowed innocence. The prison chaplain, Digby Rolf, is opposed to killing any soul. He has no choice other than to be with the prisoner in his last minutes.
    Focused on his duty, Rolf accompanies the man at his hanging. After John is dead, the bible, in his hands at the end, falls to earth. The flurry of pages turning, from an invisible wind, stops on a page that convinces Rolf that John was unjustly put to death. … Thank you Raymond for a new experience in this series.

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  9. Hi, Everyone! I gave Marian Beaman’s book Mennonite Daughter a 5 star review on Amazon under the title A Feast for the Senses. Here it is:

    I have rarely picked up a non-fiction book that drew me in like Marian’s account of her life growing up as a Mennonite. Her sensory-rich writing style, lyrical and almost musical in quality, delighted me as her scenes unfolded. I did not recall the scent of linoleum until she described it and brought back my own memories of days gone by. Linoleum! Her words disappeared in the sheer experience of what she described. I wrote many of them down in order to savor them a little longer before reading on.

    The strong will that caused so many problems with one member of her family, and her longing to be who she was within the confines of plain versus fancy, reminded me of my own journey into Christianity. I thrilled at her mother’s healing, identified with her desperate search to escape the basement, understood her stubborn fight against parental tyranny, and wanted to be invited to her family’s table for the meals she made me smell and taste with her wonderful descriptions.

    Marian’s honest and beautiful memoir is one I’ll revisit, one that will stick with me as an unforgettable experience. If it were possible to rate as high as ten stars, this would be the book at the top. I loved it.

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  10. I have read and reviewed THE SECOND CHANCE by D.L. Finn
    (Posting name on Amazon is Gabby.)
    A multi-genre tale with battles in the supernatural realm
    The book opens with a scene moments before Rachael’s, the main character, second wedding. While invisibly observing the spectacle, there are dialogs between an angelic being, Zelina, and a soul without a body, Ed, who is Rachael’s deceased ex-husband. A thick, dark mist called evildwel is inconspicuously flowing at the corner of the room. Readers can sense the intensity of the plot and are drawn into the mysteriousness of the story instantly. All the characters are well-developed. For example, Rachael’s daughter, Kelly, is intrigued by the supernatural and ghostly realm, which seamlessly ties into the plot’s critical element as the story gradually unfolds.
    The narrative drama as a whole is well-crafted; however, this book encompasses various dimensions, and it is hard to characterize a defined genre. The story involves romance (intensive passion between the two main characters, Rachael and Tony); suspense (the readers keep wondering how the characters will manage the unsolved events); action (the heart-racing battles between the devil and angelic-supported souls); and tender love in the forms of siblings, friendships, and pets.
    The essence of the story is three-fold. First, it encourages the woman to find the strength to defeat abusive relationships. Secondly, it incites those who have strayed away from the right path to ascertain the courage to repent and make it right. Most importantly, the author repeatedly proclaims, “Love is stronger than hate,” and “love can conquer everything!” With love, one can find reconciliation, forgiveness, peace, restoration, and liberation. Do not be afraid to face the wrongdoings and assume a second chance to make it right and attain happiness.
    No major editorial issues are noted. There are redundancies in the storylines. For example, Tony’s father’s criminalities are retold more than once (or twice), which impede the pace. However, the redundancy is not a huge ordeal, just worthy of mention here. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of a clean, multi-genre tale of devil vs. angel, heinous vs. love, and malicious vs. good.

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  11. Just finished Acts beyond Redemption by Suzanne Burke. One of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. Unlike some that the final outcome or the plot becomes obvious early and the story is how to solve the case, this story keeps you wondering what the plot is. Just when you think you have figured it out, a new twist. I was on chapter 43 before I began to believe that I knew what was going on. To be nitpicky, Suzannes Australia upbringing is given away in one term that she uses, line drop insertions. In the US we call that a fast rope insertion, but hey did it change the story, no and even made it more interesting. Great Job Suzanne. I gave it a five star.

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  12. Hi all, hope you are well. I just posted my 5 star review for Vanished by Mark Bierman. You can find it on Amazon as soon as the 500# gorilla accepts it, but here is a sample…Author Mark Bierman crafts a fictional story focused on the horror of human trafficking of children. This is a relevant issue that occurs across the globe. Sadly, it helps illustrate greed, cruelty, exploitation, and corruption in an abhorrent way. Half the proceeds from sales of this book are donated to organizations that combat human trafficking.,,,

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  13. Hi everyone, here is my review of The One Discovered by Yvette M. Calleiro:
    I listened to the audio book of The One Discovered, narrated by Cammy Maughan. I enjoyed Cammy’s style of reading and particularly loved the way she inserted laughs by the characters into her narration. That made this story feel very real and alive for me.

    This is an interesting sci-fi YA novel with the unusual premise of a superior race of human-looking people called Diasodz, who have a variety of different powers such as an ability to heal, and who live in a different dimension to humans. I liked the idea of a different dimension rather than a different planet and I also enjoyed the parallels between life in their dimension and life in the human dimension such as their serving of a goddess.

    Sophia is an ordinary, if pretty, teenage girl who is growing up in a single parent family. Her mother works very hard to support them both and give Sophia a good life. Sophia is an excellent student and is working hard towards gaining acceptance into a college of her choice. Sophia has a boyfriend, Rafe, who has been her best friend since birth and who is the son of her mother’s good friend, Damiana.

    The story starts with Sophia have a very life-like dream which features a gorgeous man. Before she can find out who he is she wakes up. A short while later, Sophia meets this same man at the café where she works as a waitress. At the same time, Angel, a new-comer to her high school, comes into her life and befriends both Rafe and herself.

    It soon turns out that Angel is the younger brother of the gorgeous man named Ar’ch. As Sophia gets to know them both better, all sorts of unusual and strange events start to happen in Sophia’s previously peaceful life. In addition, Sophia develops a strong attraction for Ar’ch which puts her in a complicated situation with Rafe, who is theoretically her boyfriend but with whom she has a platonic relationship.

    Sophia was a lovely character and very typical of an overly sheltered teenage girl. Her reactions to Ar’ch and the attraction she feels for him were perfect for a YA novel. I enjoyed Sophia’s loyalty to both her mother and Rafe and also her hard working tendencies which send a good message about the path to achievement to young readers.

    Ar’ch was an interesting character. A play boy who has always had lots of female attention, he falls hard for Sophia. He tries to resist his attraction to her as she is part of his “mission” to earth and he is trying to be professional. Some of his behaviour seemed a bit unlikely for a man of his experience and age, but he was still enjoyable and I enjoyed hearing about him.

    The ending as it related to Rafe was unexpected to me as I expected more to come in respect of this particular character. His reactions and behaviours were a bit unusual for a young man of his age and I thought this might lead to a bigger role for his in the future books. I have yet to see if that will be the case or not.

    The story moved quite slowly for the first half of the book and there was a strong focus on the potential romance between Sophia and Ar’ch but the pace picked up hugely during the second half of the book and there was a lot of excitement and the introduction of new evil characters which made it highly entertaining.

    This book will appeal to readers who enjoy sci-fi with a strong romantic element.
    You will find this review on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3R1CN7OH1R57D

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  14. Hi everyone, here is my review of Mennonite Daughter by Marian Beaman:
    My mother calls me a people collector because I am so interested in people and their lives and I have a large circle of real and virtual friends of all ages, cultures, religions and interests. I also love reading about different peoples lives and experiences and I enjoy memoirs so when I saw this book which promised to give insight into the life of a young girl growing up in a Mennonite family I was delighted. This memoir certainly met my expectations and I was completely enthralled by the life of Marian Longenecker Beaman.

    The Mennonite faith is not familiar to me so prior to reading this book I looked up a bit about the Mennonites in the USA, their religion and how they live. It was wonderful to learn so much more about the day-to-day life of people of this faith and I discovered there is much to appreciate about their religion and beliefs. As with most religions and cultures, different people apply different interpretations to the teachings of the Bible and the faith and this can sometimes have unintended consequences for their children, especially if the child in question is strong willed with their own views on life. This was the case for young Marian who sadly found herself in frequent conflict with her father which did some damage to their early relationship. I was most admiring of older Marian’s ability to gain understanding of her father and his motivations in disciplining her. With this understanding came a measure of forgiveness and an ability to move on with her own life more easily.

    Marian paints a vivid depiction of her early life, its joys, pleasures, heartbreaks and disillusionments. I loved the sense of community she experienced and the strong family ties and traditions. These are all described with a love and enthusiasm that makes her anecdotes of family gatherings and celebrations a joy to read.

    I believe that like Marian I would chaff under the yoke of such strict traditions with regards to dress and behavior. Marian was a little girl who loved to dress up and wear bright colours. This was encouraged by her mother and female relatives until she became a member of the church. At that point she was expected to adapt to a rigid and conservative dress code including the wearing of a prayer cap. It felt a little unfair to encourage the little girl to dress up and enjoy clothes, hats and shoes and then take it away when she turned 11 years old. I expect that made it a bit harder to tolerate the restrictions.

    This is a fulfilling book that leaves the reader satisfied and happy that Marian found love, acceptance and happiness in her life and still managed to maintain her ties with her Mennonite family and relatives.

    I recommend this book to lovers of memoirs and learning about different lifestyles and religions.
    You will find this review on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1Y3CPERQBJ2DA

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  15. I have read and reviewed the following books and posted the reviews on Amazon.Com and on other network sites:
    1.WHILE THE BOMBS FELL by Robbie Cheadle & and
    2. The Green Door by Heather Kindt

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