Member Book Reviews – #RRBC

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  1. Hi Everyone– I posted a 4-star for the inspirational short story, “Newspaper Chronicles,” by Shirley Harris-Slaughter on Amazon today, Oct 5, at https://www.amazon.com/review/R1F3Q4DB5UQTC9/ The full review is below:

    The quote, “It was unheard of. Michigan has always been a two-newspaper town, until it wasn’t,” from the first chapter of the “Newspaper Chronicles” by Shirley Harrison-Slaughter, hooked me to read on. It is the life journey of a Black woman, Leslie Louise Allen, whose dream of working for a major newspaper comes true in 1978. A go-getter, she begins her career at the Detroit Daily Bugle after experiencing the tragic loss of her brother in Viet Nam and a divorce from her first husband, leaving her with a toddler to raise alone. Leslie lands a job in the Promotion Department, and her future looks bright as she moves on to other positions and meets the challenges of interracial dating, subtle racism, and corporate politics.

    Author Shirley Harrison-Slaughter captures the strong voice of her protagonist, Leslie. The narrative is engaging and provides a glimpse into what it was like working at a newspaper. Leslie is a likable and inspirational character whom I can root for. She is an optimist with a keen eye on how she can advance her career and learn the skills to excel. The short story works best when the author goes into more detail in a scene, such as her interracial romance with a fellow co-worker. Some of Leslie’s experiences at the newspapers and her family background were glossed over, making me want to know more. This is a memorable story that could be enhanced in a novel that allows for a more in-depth perspective of corporate politics and subtle racism.

    “Newspaper Chronicles” is an inspirational short story that shows the bliss and let-downs of a Black woman determined to rise above the fray and stay true to herself. Highly recommended.

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  2. Hi all. My review the The Hunted by awesome storyteller, Karen Black is live on Amazon. Another compellig read. My 4 star review focuses on the realistic terror. Well done, Karen.

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  3. Here is my 5-star review of Cherries by John Podlaski:
    This is the first book about Vietnam I’ve read. I have a fascination with war books and have read many, mainly about the first and second World Wars. Vietnam is not a war I knew much about as it was not covered as part of my school history syllabus. My sons have both studied it at school over the past few years and the information they have shared piqued my curiosity.

    I selected this book because I wanted to read about this war from an every-day soldier, or “grunts” point of view. It is not that easy to find books that focus on how people live from day-to-day through war time periods and this is the information that I wanted to know – how did it feel to be a young man in your late teens conscripted and dropped into the bush in Vietnam to fight a guerrilla war? What did the soldiers eat? How did they dress? What did they do during rest periods? I like to be able to get under the skins of the characters and share their experience and this is what I got from this book.

    Although it is partially fictionalised, many of the events shared are from the author’s personal experience and that shines through in this book which is more of a fictionalised memoir of a grunt’s experience in Vietnam that a traditional story. That being said, this book does have a plot, it is just more subtle than for a thriller or a murder-mystery. This is a book that focuses on the horror and brutality of war, the mind-numbing terror experienced by the young men compelled to fight in the front lines, and the resultant psychological damage that it brings about. I don’t believe for one moment that it is possible to sanitise or erase the memory of friends and peers being blow to pieces or having their throats savagely cut. The plot of this book is the devastating impact of war on a soldier’s humanity and his ability to reintegrate into society and play a meaningful role going forward.

    Cherries is not a book about politics or about who was right or wrong in this war, this is a book about young men forced into situations over which they had no control and which subjected them to the worst life can offer in the form of insufficient food and sleep, wet and cold clothing, extreme heat and fatigue and the fear. Always, the crippling fear.

    If you want to know about war and how it impacts on the soldiers on the ground, read this book. It will change you.
    Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3SX0NHE2304S0

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  4. Hello everyone! I just completed my 5-star review of HOT CHOCOLATE by Breakfield and Burkey on Amazon. Here it is:
    What a delightful short story. This family celebrated the holiday season by going on holiday and enjoying their time together celebrating in their own cultural traditions.

    I grew up in a Polish family. Christmas Eve was the busiest time of the holiday period where the family came together, opened gifts, had dinner, and then we all went to midnight mass at our Catholic Church. My father took a blessed wafer to each individual who broke off a piece and then shared the small piece with my father. It is a tradition that I’ve inherited after my father passed away.

    I enjoyed HOT CHOCOLATE and can relate its importance during the winter months and holiday season. It was always a luxury to get a cup hot cup of chocolate when we were out ice-skating on the frozen river. It was a happy family gathering.

    HOT CHOCOLATE is a quick read that you’ll enjoy. It also opens your eyes to how others celebrate the happiest time of the year.

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  5. Good morning All,

    I posted a 5 star review on Amazon for Out of Poland.

    Author’s Charles Breakfield & Rox Burley have written an enthralling story of three brave young men who attempt to make a difference it a war that seemed to be lost before it even began. It’s 1939, and the German army begins its almost unobstructed invasion of an ill prepared Polish military. With no competing weaponry, supporting allies, and a decimated army, the proud Polish people are forced to flee the country to maintain their freedom. Fredek, the Ambassador’s son, and his fellow military friends Wolfgang and Tavius, decided that stealing an important German communication device and supplying it to the Allied Forces could have a major impact in defeating the strong hand of the Nazi forces.

    The journey is action-packed and takes us through not only the horrors of war and the prejudices they encounter, but it gives us an authentic glimpse of the grit, determination, pride, camaraderie, and patriotism of the Polish people, despite the odds against them. The cast of characters are vibrant and real. The attention to detail is flawless.

    I was immediately immersed into the story, feeling the danger and intensity of every situation. Feeling the emotions of loss, pain, love, hopelessness, and triumph. It is a story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the face of insurmountable odds. A beautifully written account of a tragic event in history.

    Have a great Sunday!

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  6. I read CROSSROADS DINER #205, by Pamela Schloesser Canepa. It is an entertaining short story that grabbed my interest at the outset. The characters are interesting and varied. The action takes place at at all-night diner during a snowstorm that keeps travelers coming inside. The diner is a busy place. As soon as customers finish their meals, others come through the door to take their place at the tables. Julie does her best to make each one feel comfortable and welcome, particularly a cowboy who wanders in for a steak. The unusual storyline is a winner and I enjoyed it.

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  7. My review of The Ex Chronicles by Maura Beth Brennan:
    The Ex Chronicles is a thoroughly enjoyable short story which showcases the author’s fabulous writing style and entertaining sense of humour.

    Angie has gone home to her mother, much against her will, following the disastrous ending of a recent romance. Her interactions with her overbearing but well meaning mother are extremely funny and set the tone for this story. Angie has fallen head-over-heels for a gorgeous chap and moved in with him quite quickly. She starts being harassed by a mysterious woman and quickly comes to realise that Bryce is having an affair. Angie decides to take matters into her own hands to force him to chose [her] and ends up in a difficult situation.

    You can find my review on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3E70E7S3ETMFJ

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  8. Here’s my four-star review of Joy York’s “Genuine Deceit.” I posted it on Amazon but the link isn’t live yet.

    High-powered human resources executive Reagan Asher is mourning her grandmother’s death in her hometown. Her grandmother, a well-known, well-loved nurse in the small-town community, was murdered when she came upon a burglar who was in the process of searching for some unknown item in the grandmother’s bedroom. The bedroom was ransacked–but no other room in the house had been touched.

    Reagan’s best friend Mattie has sent her brother-in-law Aiden, a former Navy SEAL, to accompany Reagan while she’s at her grandmother’s house as sort of a security detail to make sure Reagan doesn’t have to face the house alone. Although Reagan has a relationship back in Chicago, she’s seriously attracted to Aiden.

    That’s not the half of this book. If it were, this would only be a run-of-the-mill romance. It’s anything but. Enter some jewelry that Reagan and her friends used to play with when they were young (“princess jewelry”), never suspecting that it could be real, potential kidnappings, an overzealous local police officer, the FBI, questions about Reagan’s father, mysterious guys from the Middle East, instincts from a former Navy SEAL, unidentified old photographs, and mix them all together. That’s what you get from this author as she weaves a novel of intrigue and deception throughout the book.

    I had a difficult time putting this book down because I became invested in the characters and how the plot was going to evolve. The author is skillful in surprising her readers with unpredictable twists in the story. I would have given it five stars except for a couple of misused words. If I could, I would give this book four-and-a-half stars. I recommend this to anyone who likes to read crime novels combined with romance.

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  9. My Amazon review of Roxanne Burkey and Charles Breakfield’s The Enigma Factor is now live on Amazon as of September 27, 2021: https://www.amazon.com/review/RQFIZ1NJM20PW/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

    Authors Roxanne E. Burkey and Charles V. Breakfield have leveraged their amazing professional skills to create a techno-thriller series. The Enigma Factor, first of twelve books in the series, is my introduction to the genre. Setting the plot in motion, protagonist Jacob Michaels receives a tee shirt and free airline ticket to a Las Vegas convention. The reader has to wonder, “Is the mysterious benefactor friend or foe?” Jacob, a brilliant programmer, but inexperienced in the cat and mouse game of cyber warfare, becomes enmeshed in a variety of plot twists making it difficult to distinguish who is exploiting whom. Jacob learns, sometimes in retrospect, how digital information can be moved with or without his knowledge. At one point, he is forced to survive the complete erasure of his identity.

    Both Chinese and Russian operatives add a global aspect to the operations which include use of malicious code, a rogue computer virus, and encryption. To increase the intrigue, Grigory, one of the sleuths, owns a white tiger with a diamond-studded collar, both menacing figures in the cast of characters.

    Some typos and errors in e-book formatting were sometimes distracting. However, the authors certainly initiated me into the cyber-world of secrets and suspense, and I consider The Enigma Factor, Book 1, a worthy introduction to the genre of techno-thrillers.

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  10. I posted a 4-star review of “Terra’s Call: Tetrasphere Book 1” by P. T.L. Perrin below on Amazon today, Sept 27th, at the following link: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1UBVFWA3JO2IN/

    A provocative quote starts the YA SciFi novel, Terra’s Call: TetraSphere – Book 1, by P.T.L. Perrin: “Do you realize where you are? A world God wakes up each morning and puts to bed each night . . . And he can destroy it as easily as make it. He can turn this vast wonder into total waste.” [Amos 5: 7-9 (The Message)]. The story begins when a Cherokee girl, Sequoia, foretells: “Prepare for the four that your prophecy speaks of. As you have guarded the prophecy, also guard the secret of their existence. The four must succeed, or Terra, your Earth, will surely die.”

    Seventeen years later, four teens learn they are Child Children with supernatural powers as a result of aliens manipulating their DNA while they were in the womb. Jewel can see auras of life forms while Storm has telekinetic powers. Fraternal twins Sky can impact others with her feelings while her brother has an extraordinary sense of smell. Aliens known as the Watchers tell the four gifted teens that when the Creator made Terra (the earth), he placed in her body the organs necessary for survival (artifact). If the earth is to survive, the four Star Children must accept the quest to repair the earth’s artifact. As storms and earthquakes unleash on the earth, the Star Children must overcome obstacles in their action-packed journey to repair Terra and thus stop the deadly forces of nature.

    Author Perrin has a smooth writing style with vivid sensory descriptions of what each character experiences. For example, Jewel describes Sky’s aura as aflame like a fireball. “Shades of indigo, purple, gold, and yellow ebb and flow around her body. Her head glows like a bonfire, made more vivid by brilliant hair. Rainbows play over her hands like miniature ribbons of an Aurora Borealis.” The story is primarily told in the first-person perspective of each of the four teens with the narrator’s name designated in each chapter header. The switch in the four narrators at times jolted me and only allowed for superficial character development. I was most engaged with Storm who has issues with anger as a result of losing his parents at a young age. I found the reference that the Earth forms a tetrahedron intriguing and would have liked more explanation on the theory.

    Overall, this is an intriguing tale that weaves mythology and religious beliefs into the SciFi concept that aliens control the fate of the world. I look forward to reading the second book in the series.

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