Member Book Reviews – #RRBC

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  1. Hello all! I just completed my review of Vanished by Mark Bierman on Amazon. Here it is in its entirety: I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Vanished” by Mark Bierman, a story of love, hope, despair and redemption. Two Americans, John and Tyler come to Haiti to help missionaries hoping that the distraction will help them get on with their lives.; John’s daughter, who was married to Tyler recently died of cancer and both are devastated.

    When the seven-year-old daughter of their housekeeper is kidnapped and possibly sold into slavery, the two Americans vow to find her and bring her home. Since human trafficking is a major business in third world countries, few want to get involved in fear of reprisal. Setting out on their own in a foreign land becomes a major undertaking for the two men, who are pulled into the criminal underbelly of that trade market.

    The two encounter major roadblocks, twists and turns, and both have to fight for their lives on several occasions. Their quest finally leads them to a mine on the other side of the country, and with help from the inside locate the missing girl.

    The author does a great job in his descriptions, especially in showing the squaller in which these children slaves live. There are different subplots in the story which all come together at the end. I do have mixed feelings about the ending and think it could have been shortened. – unless, of course, the author is contemplating a sequel.

    Even if this is a work of fiction, I’ve learned more about human trafficking and how widespread it is. I’d recommend “Vanished” to anyone interested in an edge of your seat roller coaster ride. Great job, Mark!

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  2. My 5-star review of Reflections: Inspirational quotes & Interpretations by John Fioravanti:
    This book is a wonderful collection of quotes from a spectrum of people who have all achieved great success. The manner in which each individual has aspired to his/her goals or greatness is reflected in most of the quotes and the author provides an interesting interpretation of what each quote means, for everyone, but also in terms of his own life, aspirations and achievements.

    I related strongly to many of these quotes and enjoyed the variety of thoughts shared in this book. The quotes are attributable to people from all walks of life and from a number of different eras throughout history. It was fascinating to see how many characteristics and driving forces within highly successful people in life are still relevant today. Some of the historical figures whose quotes are included in this book are Florence Nightingale, Aristotle and Anne Frank.

    There are also a number of quotes by motivational speakers, writers, poets and political activists all of whom share the common goal of striving towards a better world for all people. I did not know all of the people quoted, as many of them are American, but the author has included a mini autobiography at the beginning of each analysis so I was able to appreciate each persons contribution to society and mankind even if I had not previously heard of them.

    A great read and one I highly recommend.

    You can find this review on Amazon US here: https://www.amazon.com/REFLECTIONS-Inspirational-Interpretations-John-Fioravanti-ebook/dp/B01MSJUPDI

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  3. Here is my review of Book – 3: The One Betrayed by Yvette:

    The One Betrayed disappointed me in the beginning, as I was eager to know what happened after Sofia is kidnapped but the story goes back to Rafe, his parents and his training. Yvette brings in Drake and Damiana to share their perspective of the Diasodz world. I could decipher the shadier side of Damiana in the first book but could never imagine how ruthless she would be in accomplishing her goals. If you haven’t met a perfect vamp, here she is, drawn with an impeccable darker stroke.

    Characterization is the hallmark of this book; it overflows with negative energy, which is handled brilliantly. It does mention the training of Rafe but he could never be as good as Sofia and I missed her. I liked Drake despite his atrocious thoughts and actions. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series and highly recommend Chronicles of the Diasodz – to be read in order.
    Both my review are live at Amazon. Thanks.

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  4. Hi, I have been reading the brilliant Chronicles of the Diasodz by Yvette M. Calleiro. Here is my review of Book 2: The One Enlightened by Yvette M. Calleiro.
    The One Enlightened by Yvette M. Calleiro continues the story of Sofia – the one chosen by the Goddess. If you have read the first book and loved it because of its speed and brilliance, you would be a little disappointed by this one. Since the fantasy had been initiated and the foundation set, something new was needed to enthrall and hold the attention of the reader but this book drags on despite interesting secrets and stunning historical lessons of Nolan. Due to the developing relationships and repetition of training sequences, the story slackens at a number of places. The guilt factor is exaggerated, sibling love overdone and imaginative flight remains low.

    Sophia’s eagerness to learn catapults her growth and she wins the heart of everyone around her, even the readers would admire her for her confidence, fortitude and perseverance. The way she fits into the Diasodz’s world and is ready to absorb all the energy is amazing. Ar’ch’s suggestions that “any thing is possible if you believe in it,” “hone in on the positivity” and “destructive energy envelops you in its destruction” are spot on. The story emphasizes that love emits a powerful energy whether it is self-love, love for others’ wellbeing or love for Goddess. If choices are made with love in your heart, they never disappoint. I liked how adroitly Yvette keeps the interest in the series alive by reviving the mystery element just before she ends this book.
    Thanks for wonderful series Yvette.

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  5. I just finished and reviewed Susanne Leist’s The Dead Game… My review:

    In a sleepy Florida town, a group of friends go to a party at a haunted mansion, and like a ride in a carnival house of horrors, they go from one paranormal event to another as they choose to pass through a series of doors. Two party-goers disappear, and Linda, the main character, along with her remaining friends, start investigating the dark forces at play.

    The pace of the story is quite fast with numerous scary episodes. The “house of horrors” feel of the book persists as new and different horrors continue to pop up. They seem loosely connected to the plot but do become more relevant as the villains are identified. Another reviewer mentioned that the read seemed structured like television episodes, and I had the same sense of the story. Be prepared for some romantic tropes amidst all the horror.

    Descriptions are well done, and the horror scenes are fantastical as well as appropriately gruesome. There are times when the dialog struggles, as well as a number of chapters where the main characters waffle and make decisions that put them in greater danger than was plausible. I would have preferred more narrative to understand their motivations since their inconsistencies and indecisiveness made it difficult to connect to them. A fast read for fans of horror.

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  6. I have read and reviewed “Shaman,” by Sam Polakoff. While the book gets off to a slow start, by the mid-point, I was 100% sucked into the story. It has so many different elements – dual timelines, reincarnation, world destruction, visions, psychics, and of course, Shamans. 🙂 Amazon hasn’t posted my review yet or I’d share the link. I gave it four stars.

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  7. Here is my review for If Only There Was Music – The Poetry of Forbidden Love by Nonnie Jules :

    I enjoyed this book of poetry. It’s a story, told through poetry, that shares how two people fell into a forbidden love and the journey of that love. The poems touched upon each stage of their love and exposed the beauty and the heartache. I loved that these two authors collaborated together to show this love’s journey from both points of view. I’m not a fan of rhyming poems or repetitive poems, but there were plenty of poems that I enjoyed. Some of my favorites were:

    He, Who Controls…
    Yesterday
    New Love
    Be Not Afraid
    What I Know for Sure
    Color of Things
    The Poetry is Gone
    Words…

    I also enjoyed the section called Through THEIR eyes. I was hoping the end would have shared the final outcome of these two lovers, but I guess I’ll just have to leave that to my imagination. This is a great poetry book that share the love and the angst of two people who fall in love but can’t be together. 🙂

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  8. I have read and posted a 5-star review of “The One Awakened” by Yvette M. Callereiro at
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R17Z45CUL4U379?ref=pf_ov_at_pdctrvw_srp

    Even though I read the final book in the Chronicles of the Diasodz series as a standalone without having read the others, I was immediately drawn into the story and was engaged with the array of characters, making me want to read the previous books. Below is an excerpt from my review.

    The final book, “The One Awakened,” in the epic fantasy series is rich with world-building and unforgettable, complex characters. Author Callero masterfully tells the epic tale from the various points of view of a cast of characters you love or hate. These are three-dimensional characters that not only battle each other, but they must also confront their internal conflicts of competing loyalties. Every chord of raw emotion strikes you as the forces of light and darkness clash in the epic conclusion. Unconditional love is the ultimate victor in this riveting adventure that will leave you breathless with unexpected twists at the climax. I highly recommend “The One Awakened” to readers who enjoy reading epic fantasy with universal themes of love, loyalty, and friendship.

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  9. Hello all! I just completed a review of Ronald L. Powell Missing in Action by Shirley Harris-Slaughter and posted it on Amazon. Here is the review in its entirety:

    Ronald Powell snuck away from home and entered the Marines without telling anybody. By the time family learned of his whereabouts, he was in basic training and destined for Vietnam. When two Marine officers visit the home, the family is devastated by the news they delivered: There was an accident and Ronald is MIA.

    Ronald Powell is listed on the WALL in Washington DC, but it took decades for the family to discover what actually happened.

    This tribute, written by Ronald’s sister, cites memories of their time growing up together and of the difficulties the family experienced in dealing with the government for answers. Thank you, Shirley, for keeping his legacy alive. As a Vietnam Veteran, I salute the memory of Ronald, my brother in arms.

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  10. I have read and given a 5 Star review of Hieroglyph (TC’s Adventures Book 1). From the beginning of the book, the reader is presented with questions. Why is TC outside the principal’s office? Why is she named TC? A ring was found. Is TC a thief? She wears gloves even in the hottest weather. What’s that about?

    During an archaeological exploration with her uncle, Max, TC  sees a group of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. After touching one with her bare hand she has immediately transported thousands of years into the past. We are introduced to two Egyptian cousins, Kanefer and Prince Setka who are on a seafaring journey the day before Setka’s marriage to a foreign bride who he has never met. Kanefer hopes to marry Setka’s sister Tepe. This marriage is encouraged by the Pharoah.

    Hieroglyph is a story that unites the ancient past with the present. Read it, you will find the journey fascinating.

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  11. Here is my review for Mind Your Goddess (Wytchfae Book 3) by Flossie Benton Rogers:

    I love mythology and anything with goddesses in it, so this book was perfect for me. This is book three in the Wytchfae series. I read book 2, and I don’t believe they need to be read in order since each book follows a different goddess’ story, but there were a few references to book two’s characters.

    I really enjoyed this story. Not only was their great chemistry between Epona and Eshigel, but Darla’s character was fantastic. The author does a great job of making her characters come alive through dialogue and character development. I love the twist in Darla’s identity. I also love that none of her characters is perfect. They each have their flaws, and there is a redeeming quality with that.

    If you enjoy stories with magic, mythology, chakras, and goddesses, then this is the story for you. 🙂

    https://www.amazon.com/review/RQOBUSJWOIOEM/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  12. Here is my 4-star review of Growing Pains by JOY NWOSU LO-BAMIKO
    Chike is a cute and precocious toddler who makes use of his cuteness and his parents devotion to twist them around his little finger, getting all the things he wants. He has an older sister, Ada, who competes with him for attention and the pair get up to a bit of mischief and often end up in trouble with their mother. This book reminded me a bit of similar styled children’s books like My Naughty Little Sister and Horrid Henry where two siblings pit themselves against one another in order to manipulate their parents and other relatives. These sorts of books always give me a good giggle as they hit the nail on the head when it comes to sibling rivalry and the frustrations of the parents in trying to balance work and home life while giving their children love in a firm and disciplined environment. A difficult task and one that we do all need to step back form and laugh at all the players every now and then.

    No area of life is safe from the author’s humorous pen and she shares hilarious stories about toilet training, sucking a finger as a calming technique and celebrating a birthday. I sucked my thumb as a young girl and could relate to Chike’s anguish over having his finger bound up so he couldn’t suck it. My grandmother used to cover my thumb with a cloth covering when I was little and I also used to take it off. Poor little Chike’s despair reminded me of my own experiences.

    This book also includes some lovely illustrations. My only concern about this book is it is unclear what age group it is targeted at. It is to sophisticated and lengthily for very young children and the topic is a bit young for older children who could read it alone.

    Amazon review link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3RVXXTCFU4JUW

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  13. I have left the following 4* review for The Enigma Factor by Breakfield & Burkey on Amazon UK.

    Unexpected twists and turns

    This is the first in a lengthy series of books (eleven to date) so the authors must have a keen group of followers that appreciate their style of writing.

    I was apprehensive that the techno-thriller nature of the story might be confusing. Although I stumbled on the technical complexities several times, my fears subsided as I got drawn into a well written and structured narrative.

    The plot was interesting and even educational to a degree. I found the characters believable and soon empathised with Jacob, around whom this story revolves. Unexpected twists and turns led me through a convincing storyline I could not stop reading.

    My only minor criticism is that the ending felt too contrived and abrupt, as though the authors wanted to tie up the loose ends in a hurry. I was expecting more of a cliff-hanger to lead on to the second book.

    Despite my last comment, I do not think it will be long before I am embarking on the next in the series.

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    1. Thank you for the detailed review, Robert. Your comments are truly appreciated. The send book is on Pre-order for the 2nd edition but it will be released on June 5th. It has been re-edited and we feel improved.

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  14. Hello all, I’ve just completed “The Reckoning Squad” by S. Burke and left a review on Amazon. Here it is in its entirety:

    The Reckoning Squad by Ms. S. Burke grabbed my attention from the very start and made it difficult for me to put this story down. Readers are introduced to Chastity / Chaz when she is thirteen years old. She is a typical sixth-grader who befriends a fellow classmate, one who is always picked on. When something happens at school, she is forced to do something that she’ll never forget. Unknowingly, a certain witness to the event, marks her as ‘special” and monitors her life going forward.

    Chaz makes it into the FBI and after a few years, she is asked to join a special top-secret special black ops group. Chaz is the only female and one of only twelve members who survived the intense training. This new group is quite successful in achieving their missions. But, somebody wants them eliminated.

    On a day when all twelve members and their leaders are together, their top-secret training center is breached and almost everyone killed. Only a handful of government officials were aware of this group and its special facility – somebody from the inside gave them away. Chaz and a prisoner survived the bombing and made their escape per the group’s protocol. They were on their own now as nobody could be trusted.

    No matter where they went, killers were on the heels of Chaz and her prisoner. The only solution to their survival was to find out who was trying to kill them and why. It’s a roller coaster ride and readers continue to be surprised by all the twists and turns. The story seemed so realistic, I wondered if the author was a former spy and is now writing of her past experiences.

    I highly recommend The Reckoning Squad and feel that readers have not seen the end of this group. Great job Ms. Burke. Looking forward to reading more about your former experiences! Five Stars!

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  15. I just finished “No Pedigree” by Nonnie Jules. Here’s my review:

    Baylee is biracial and lives with her hardworking single mom. Mom wants her to get the best opportunities for a successful future and part of that means getting a great education in a posh high school. But in Oklahoma, racism is alive and well, and Baylee is the victim of both verbal and physical abuse. A lucky break enables her to get justice in the end.

    This story is a 90-minute read and geared toward young adults, though I enjoyed it as an old adult. Lol. It takes on the important topic of racism and injustice as it still exists today in schools, communities, and the criminal justice system. I enjoyed Baylee’s strength of character and that of her good friend Carson. My only struggle with the story was the somewhat implausible way Baylee skyrocketed out of her situation, but her ability to get justice was satisfying.

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    1. I also completed No Pedigree by Nonnie Jules and can relate to your comments. My review was posted today on Amazon.

      Author Nonnie Jules writes a sad, yet viable account of the cruelty young people can bestow upon their peers in the name of “being better” than someone else. In this case, money and position were the heart of the problems in a small town that condoned that sort of behavior. The problems passed from parents to children in an uncontrolled manner.

      Baylee, at 5’9” with blonde hair and a tan hue to her skin, was of mixed heritage. In small town Oklahoma, this was a problem. High school is a trying time for most children as they try to rush their metamorphosis to adulthood. It is awkward and painful without trusted friends. Any youth transferring to a new high school in a new city can be exceptionally challenging. For Baylee, it was life changing.

      I really liked the description that Nonnie paints when Baylee met Carson on her first day at the new high school. They clearly were able to immediately size each other up. It emphasized the possibilities of real friendships. At this point I was caught up in the story due to the great quality of the writing.

      “Baylee, huh? More like Baylee badass yourself! I like that! OK, I’m Carson Beckett. Nice to meet you, Bayleeee!”
      “Carson? Isn’t that a boy’s name?” Baylee asked, her curiosity about this girl, growing by the second.
      “What can I say, my dad wished for a boy that he could name Carson, so when I showed up – well, ever heard of half-a-wish? That’s what my dad got. He didn’t get a son, but he did find a way to keep the name, so he got one half of his wish,” Carson laughed. “Now, enough small talk about me, Bayleeee. C’mon. I’ll show you around this joint.”
      Carson was funny. Baylee had just met the only real friend she’d ever have at Mount-Barron High.

      I didn’t really see the foreshadowing of this section until much later in the story. The tragedy of the story, and surprising conclusion, is not exclusive to America. Societies over hundreds of years, even with all the lessons that have been given, seem unable to learn that hatred, prejudice, and jealousy are horribly outdated and simply put, poisonous.

      The story is worth sharing with teens and young adults as a guide on what to avoid, even if their parents forgot to tell them. The ending was unexpected, so don’t skip a page.

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  16. Hi, I have read and reviewed Mind Your Goddess by Flossie Benton Rogers. My review is live at Amazon.

    Mind Your Goddess by Flossie Benton Rogers transports you into the world of fantasy, with wings of magic and romance – just an amusing escape for few hours, acquainting you with the weird powers of goddesses and demoness of dreams and nightmares – Lamia being the most creepy! This is a quick read; it moves at an amazing pace and is quite focused.

    I was surprised at the demeanor of Epona, Eshigel and Darla. It is nothing different from human beings, highlighting the fact that fantasy of the other world is inspired from real life. Darla’s vindictive nature, Eshigel’s passion, Epona’s hope and Lilith’s arrogance would remind you that all the characters have been crafted with human virtues and vices. Only Lamia has been portrayed to be different. Rogers has a way with the words and wins hands down with her fantastic vocabulary. I like how she concludes the story.
    Thanks. Balroop.

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  17. Two more reviews posted today!! It’s so nice to have time to finally catch up on some reading!! ❤

    *MIND-SHAFT* by S. Burke: I chose not to read any of the blurb before diving into the book. The fact that the book claimed to be a paranormal anthology was enough for me. From the first story, I was hooked. There are twists and turns throughout the pages. You truly have no idea what to expect in any of the 6 stories. I love that about this collection. So unpredictable! I like the author’s writing style. Great characters and beautiful descriptions. She doesn’t give too much away at the beginning of each story, but the intrigue is still there. There were comical bits, stories that gave me chills, stories that left me asking questions. I enjoyed every moment.

    *SATIN & CINDERS* by Jan Sikes: Since this is a micro read, I feel it requires a shorter review. Otherwise, I may give too much away, and I detest spoilers. 😉 First and foremost, five stars. Easily. This was the perfect quick read with flawless writing. The story grabs you and takes you on a sweet journey all in one sitting.

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  18. Good Morning, everyone. I have just reviewed ‘Hieroglyph’ By Wendy Jayne Scott. Here is my review:
    My REVIEW: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A delightful read.

    I’ve heard so many good things about this author and I’m delighted to find that praise well deserved. This short should capture and hold the attention of its targeted audience. It’s well written and doesn’t make the mistake of talking down to its intended readers. Beautifully done.

    As an Australian, I was immediately drawn to the story and found all the descriptive and visualizations of my beautiful country to be accurate and well described. Bravo.

    The plot is multi-faceted and intriguing. Did the ancient Egyptians visit Australia? Ah, but see it matters not if they did or they didn’t. This talented author involves all the senses throughout her book and makes all she writes seem utterly feasible. You become a believer.

    The characterizations could perhaps have been fleshed out a little more, we all read things differently after all. However, nothing distracts from the story. Others have written much about the inner workings of this book, so I’ll be brief.

    Young protagonist TC is developed very well and has the strength to carry that throughout this short read.

    She joins her Uncle Max in Australia, whilst he is enveloped in his research into the possibility that the Ancient Egyptians may have visited its shores.

    Members of the media are going out of their way to discredit him.

    TC’s special abilities allow her to envisage that time as if she were right there in the midst of it. Author Scott has marvelous descriptive abilities certain to transport the reader into a time and place of the authors choosing. I highly recommend the book to the young teens and the young at heart. Well done.

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  19. Hello all, here is my review of A Soldier’s Children by Jan Sikes.

    Author Jan Sikes grabs at your heart when the heroine of the story, Jennifer, fears she has lost her sister in an amusement park. As you take a breath to continue reading the emotional pull moves swiftly from page to page.

    Being a grown up fourteen, but alone without parental support, and the caretaker of Emily, who is seven, is a huge responsibility. The strength of this young girl shines through as she works to make ends meet. Jennifer lies about her mother’s whereabouts, and to a degree denies her father’s disappearance when fighting the war in Afghanistan. Jennifer works to keep their family of two intact.

    Jennifer’s perspective really hits home for me as she purposely runs from one destination to another hoping for success.

    “I sprinted through the amusement park gates.
    The look on Mr. Parker’s face told me they hadn’t found her yet. I swiped at my tears, shoved the cell phone back in his hand and muttered. “Thanks, Mr. Parker. She wasn’t home.”
    Mr. Parker narrowed his eyes. “Where is your mother, young lady? She should be here.”
    I cast my eyes to the ground. “She was out.”
    “Well, no matter. Put your thinking cap on. What is Emily’s favorite part of the park?”
    “She loves the house of mirrors. She goes in there every chance she gets.”
    “Then, let’s go look there.” I walked alongside the man who had shown me nothing but kindness. More tears threatened to spill, and I blinked hard.
    “Why do I have a feeling there’s something you aren’t telling me, Jennifer?” He asked.
    “I don’t know, sir.”

    This short story builds quickly and takes you to a surprising ending that allows you the time to take the breath you lost at the beginning. I recommend this story to any young adult and beyond. Another good one by Jan Sikes.

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  20. Hello. here is my review of Tiger House, by Wendy Scott.
    A well-constructed plot that has more twists and turns than a theme park waterslide. Tiger House serves up plenty of action. Imagery is this novel’s forte. Wendy Scott has a wide and colorful pallet of descriptions that say more than the average photo.

    It was easy to connect with the characters emotionally, to cheer on the protagonists and to despise those evil Xjiangsuans.
    The conclusion sets the stage for a second book and creates the anticipation of another exciting round of adventure.

    The book would have earned a Five Star, but I found the first competition, at the beginning, to be unoriginal, and for that it will be designated a Four Star.

    I recommend Tiger House for those who enjoy High Fantasy and who look to the skies and wonder, “What If?”

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  21. Hi, I’ve read and reviewed The Reckoning Squad by Suzanne Burke My review is live at Amazon.
    The Reckoning Squad by Suzanne Burke is like a jigsaw puzzle that challenges, irritates and frustrates till you discover why It sounds ambigious and with so many missing pieces, you have to keep a lot of patience to understand it. It begins well but then the story goes round and round in circles, trying to conceal all the details till the investigation reaches its last stages, and is brilliantly handled. Now a thrill rushes through your blood and you share the gratification of triumph. If you are a little inattentive, you may be left wondering what is going on. It is stressful, too many curse words have been used and has been brutally edited, probably for shielding the secrets.

    The characters don’t get much opportunity to grow, as the plot focuses on strenuous training of the squad and formidable investigation. I could feel the tenacity of thought and action, which is meticulously carried out by Chaz and Zach – you have to join their team, think like them to understand their strategies. True to her style, Burke knows how to keep her readers on tenterhooks, this one is too intense. I liked this book despite the curse words that put me off.

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  22. Hi all! I just posted 3 reviews. 🙂

    *BIGFOOT* by D.L. Finn: I’ve always been fascinated by things of the unknown so this story was right up my alley. Great writing, great flow, great story. You are immediately pulled in from page one. The story is unique, intriguing and leaves you wanting more.

    *FANTASY WRITING PROMPTS* by WJ Scott: The author does a great job with her writing prompt books. I’ve had the pleasure of reading several and have loved every one. Each book is a unique way to dig into your own writing abilities. Great for both kids and kids at heart! Fantasy Writing Prompts allows you to dive into new areas of your creative writing – medieval castles, kings and wizards, werewolves and dragons. There are so many wonderful ideas in this book! Even better, it’s a book you can turn to again and again.

    *HEXED* by Wendy Jayne: This author has quickly become one of my favorites. She has an incredible way of pulling you into the story. Great writing. Beautiful story flow. Lovable characters. Hexed is no different. It’s such a fun read! There’s magic, romance, and even a little mystery. As I’m finding in most short stories, you’re left wanting more.

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  23. I Have read and reviewed the following on Amazon:
    THE EX-CHRONICLES by Maura Beth Brennan – 2/10/20
    FINDING BILLY BATTLES by Ronald Yates – 3/18/20

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  24. I’ve recently reviewed “Jonah” by Jan Sikes – I loved the idea of this story, a convict exiled to a deserted island, well deserted apart from the vicious creatures which constantly threaten his life. A strange delivery of books lead Jonah on a journey of self discovery which will ultimately lead him to more discoveries than he could ever have imagined.

    While I enjoyed this story, and it was very well written, it also felt a little lacking to me. I think it is such a good concept of a story line that it would have worked much better as a full novel. I would loved to have heard more about the life that lead Jonah to be on that island, and I would have enjoyed seeing his friendship grow more slowly to really convince me of his choices at the end. I would also love to know “what happens next”.

    To me this felt more like an early working which would benefit from a lot of fleshing out to fully round it into an amazing tale.

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  25. Hi, I’ve read and reviewed Smoke Rose to Heaven by Sarah Angleton. My review is live at Amazon.
    Smoke Rose to Heaven by Sarah Angleton is a slow and heavy book that poses some serious questions about faith, religion and fanaticism, especially when it is thrust upon somebody. Plagiarism is just one historical aspect of the story of Ada, who tries to understand the significance of life in the midst of selfishness, pretense, fraudulence and betrayal. It is a heart-breaking account of how a seven-year-old Ada handles her fate after being abandoned by her father, who quietly disappears from her life. Her aunt, a religious zealot, brings her up, without caring for her emotional yearnings and family bonding. Fear lurks around her to mold her into an agnostic, with a dark secret buried within her heart.

    Smoke rose to heaven is symbolic of much ‘smoke’ that hovers around Ada, in many forms and she tries in vain to snuff it out of her life. I sympathized with Ada, the child but couldn’t do so when she grew up and walked willingly into the traps she could’ve avoided. I shuddered at her physical and spiritual weaknesses in the presence of demonic aunt Harriet. Sarah didn’t let her grow despite her intuitive abilities, probably because her focus seems to be the plot and the secret. All her characters play their assigned roles and don’t develop beyond that. Except for two typos, the book is good but slow-paced.
    Thanks. Balroop Singh.

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  26. Good morning! I have just reviewed “2121:Twilight’s Last Gleaming (Revolution Book 1) By Karl Morgan. Here is my review;
    My Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ A dark vision of a future tinged with hope.

    This book captured my attention immediately. Predominantly because the central character’s name of Jack Kennedy invoked immediate images and thought of another great man who carried this name. One wonders if this was deliberate: if so it certainly worked for me.

    The world of 2121 is a terrifying place to try and survive. I’m reminded of Soylent Green in many ways. Author Karl Morgan doesn’t spare us from the stench of corruption in the book. He takes us into the darkest recesses of man’s inhumanity and he does it without flinching. The inhuman side of humanity is revealed in strong language which I found absolutely necessary. The author has used military terminology to great effect and has clearly done extended research.

    The rich and privileged live in absolute comfort, protected under their domed city.

    While the poor try to survive the utter devastation and poverty. The elderly are banished and cannibalism has become the acceptable norm.

    Yet there lingers a dream and a hope amongst those that see a different future, that premise keeps the book from being too painful to read. I became a little confused in parts where the threads of the story overlapped. However, this was a good read and I’ll be reading more of this author’s work as a result. not for the faint-hearted, but for those that enjoy hard-hitting writing this should prove a most enjoyable read.

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  27. I just finished Smoke Rose to Heaven by Sarah Angleton. Great read. Here’s my review:

    This book isn’t typical of those I normally read, and I’m happy to report that I enjoyed it. Spanning the mid to late 1800s, Ada Moses relates the story of her life to an old man called the Prophet, a key influencer of the Mormon faith at its initiation. The entire book is Ada’s narrative, but it’s told in such a way that I was immersed in Ada’s experiences as they unfolded.

    The impetus driving Ada to tell her story to the Prophet is a secret manuscript that came into her possession as a child, a manuscript that is dangerous to the Mormon faith. The document has put her life at risk, and she wants to tell her story before death finds her. Though this was interesting, it wasn’t the plot thread that sucked me in and didn’t let go.

    For me, Ada’s human story was more compelling. Her mother dies when she’s a child, and her father gives her away to his sister and her husband. Ada’s aunt is a fundamental Christian zealot and her uncle is a snake oil salesman with some skill at dowsing and other esoteric arts. Ada is caught in the middle, trying to navigate her way safely through her aunt’s fanaticism and seeking some desperately needed parental love which she finds in her uncle and his unsavory business partners. I was riveted by her psychological and emotional growth, insights, and perspectives. Her experiences guide her choices and determine who she ultimately becomes. This is a character-driven story, beautifully written, and thoroughly engaging. Highly recommended.

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  28. Here is my 4-star review of Crazy! Hot! And living on the edge by Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    This book is an interesting mixture of a memoir and a self help book. The author takes readers on her journey of life, sharing her experiences which include marital abuse and divorce as well as the loss of loved ones. Shirley Harris-Slaughter’s resilience in the face of adversity, devotion to family and ability to overcome her complex and debilitating health problems is impressive. It did not surprise me, however, to learn the details of the author’s health issues, many of which are stress and anxiety related.

    I found myself agreeing that our medical system is struck in a rut of treating symptoms rather than underlying causes although this is often not the fault of our overworked medical practitioners. Alternative medicines and treatment programs like diet plans are frequently not made available to patients who are rather given quick fix medications which have negative side effects which compound over time.

    The author provides detailed insights into the steps she took to heal her own body and mind through a healthier and more nutritious diet comprising of fresh and unprocessed foods. The author does acknowledge that modern medicine does play a role in treating illnesses but expresses her belief and experience that overlying healthy eating and life practices like meditation over medications like antibiotics and anti depressants, can greatly reduced their harmful side effects.

    The author’s style of writing is frank and conversational with lots of humour and sharp observations thrown in which makes this book an enjoyable and entertaining read.

    Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/review/R16URHW0NC5OFW

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  29. On 4-13-20, I reviewed “Legend of the Walking Dead,” by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko, and I recommend it. When Gloria drops into the lake where her son has disappeared, she follows him through what seems to be a mirror, into a different dimension where they are reunited. As time passes, and it does so quickly, the two must make a decision that will affect the rest of their lives, or the rest of their deaths. An enchanting explanation of life after death, this is a beautifully written tale, based on Igbo folklore. https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3NENZO7E0TZOI/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00W4LI29E

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  30. My review of “The One Enlightened,” by Yvette M. Calleiro, has been posted on Amazon. This paranormal novel has enough twists to keep you guessing and enough romance to make you smile. From beginning to end, “The One Enlightened” is pure entertainment. The characters are well developed and the story flows nicely to a perfect ending that opens the door to the next book in this series.

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  31. Hi, Team,

    I have read and reviewed the following books and posted the reviews on Amazon.Com and on other online sites.

    1. Jonah by Jan Sikes

    2. You Can’t Force Love by Marie Drake

    3. Conflict by Eric Halpenny

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  32. Hi, I have read and reviewed Detours in Time #1 by Pamela Schloesser Canepa. My review is live at Amazon.

    Detours in Time #1 thrives on speculation but it didn’t seem as fascinating as it promises to be. I‘ve read more captivating stories of time travel. This one just drags on without much excitement. Slow-paced and light-hearted, it failed to hold my attention and I didn’t feel compelled to finish it faster than my normal pace, which is quite slow. There is hardly any story line; it is just an accumulation of some visits to imaginary places and interaction with future citizens whose behavior and conversation is similar to present times.

    Characters are the only charm of this book. Milt and Pinky are well crafted and have an amiable personality that endears them to readers. Pinky seems to be enamored by Milt and his scientific competence, their relationship blossoms when he takes a peek into his future. Canapa drops some hints that taking liberties with time travel and the curiosity to learn about future could be detrimental. The book is inconclusive and ends with the hope that you should yearn for more. I have no such wish.
    Thanks.
    -Balroop Singh

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  33. Hello, RRBC! Happy Easter Weekend! I just want to share I am now reading “WHEN CAN I STOP RUNNING” by John Podlaski and even though I’m in the early stages of the book, I am enjoying it immensely. I’ll be posting my review once I’m done.

    Stay safe, all!

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  34. I just finished and reviews Wendy Scott’s Tiger House. What a great read. Here’s the review:

    This is a great read for lovers of adventure, action, fantasy, and fabulous worldbuilding. The cover is gorgeous. And the prose is excellent too. Can you tell that I enjoyed this book? The story is about a young farmer Jairus who is kidnapped through a magical portal by the inhabitants of another world. He’s enslaved and ordered to represent Tiger House in a series of challenges to the death that will decide the new emperor. The first half of the story is an account of the competitions and the action and intrigue are non-stop. The second half of the book deals with Jairus’s attempts to stay alive for as long as he can while trying to find a way home.

    To me, the worldbuilding resembles ancient Asian cultures (though I’m no expert), with the added elements of magic, strange rituals, and a whole lot of disregard for the contestants’ lives or their homeworlds. The people are brutal, macabre, and think nothing of it. The tentative head of Tiger House, a woman named Tekagi, is a ruthless, ambitious villain in the truest sense. An interesting dynamic set up by the author is that rooting for Jairus is also rooting for Tekagi.

    So, the worldbuilding is perfection and the characters engaging – Jairus for his good nature, determination, and intelligence, and Tekagi, because she’s sooo bad! I woke up in the middle of the night to read more chapters under my sheets like a kid afraid of being caught by my mom. The plot is driven by Tekagi’s ambitious designs for most of the book, but Jairus does evolve as a character by the end.

    There are plenty of loose ends by the book’s conclusion to hook a reader into picking up the next in the series. I know I will. Highly Recommended.

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  35. Amazon would not let me post a review for Suzanne Burke’s The Reckoning Squad.

    Suzanne Burke is a rare writer. Because of her life journey (per Empty Chairs), she knows people – the good, the bad and everyone in between. This knowledge base is what gives her stories depth. The Reckoning Squad is one of her best. The characters are so well-developed that you know them. You know what they are thinking and why. You know who they were and who they’ve become. You are with them on assignment, and you are with them when they look death in the face. This is a psychological thriller par excellence. Fast-paced and full of action, you will not be disappointed. 5-STARS

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  36. Hello, I’ve just reviewed Satin & Cinders by Jan Sikes on Amazon. Here it is in its entirety:
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Satin & Cinders by Jan Sikes. A story of forbidden love. One white, female, refined and taken well care of. The other, male, black, unkempt, and homeless. Complete opposites. He’s been in love and watched her from a distance for some time – longing to be close to her and feeling her soft touch. He’d do anything to win her over.

    This story is a new micro-read and could be about just any two people. However, it’s about two horses. Love has no boundaries and, of course, horses can communicate with one another. It’s a great read for all ages. Great job Ms. Sikes. Five Stars.

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  37. 5-Star review short story: “Until Death Do Us Unite” by Fiza Pathan
    Author Fiza Pathan has woven a poignant tale told from various perspectives to give insight into traditional Hindu beliefs and the consequences of interfering with the custom. It is a heart-wrenching story to learn of the young wife’s abuse at the hands of her husband. Yet, she is considered nothing without her husband and must unite with him in death. From this horror springs forth a love story that will grip your heart.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3DLAXHN3P1HPW?ref=pf_ov_at_pdctrvw_srp

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  38. I reviewed “Initiation, a Harem Boy’s Saga,” by Young. This memoir is a detailed recollection of the early life of a boy. Adored by his mother, but never accepted by his father, Young is thrust into a seldom discussed environment, where he is schooled in the art of entertainment for the rich. In that underground world, he is taught the intricate details of physical relationships, both as a pass time and as an expression of love. A slow moving story, “Initiation” introduces an unusual way of life that is seldom openly discussed. Initiation is a well-written book, and the author succeeded with his description of the emotions and confusion of a child as he becomes a young man, who finds himself and his identity.

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  39. My review of “Spirit of the Book,” by D.E.Howard has been posted on Amazon. When her mother died in childbirth, Stephanie was raised by her father, who denied her nothing. After her father’s premature death, Stephanie fell into a state of depression from which she never recovered, not even after the birth of Ellie, whose father was unknown. Alone with her alcoholic mother, and scorned by other children, Ellie’s childhood was difficult. As soon as Ellie saved enough money to move into her own flat, she did, and she made a discovery that changed her world. She met Spirit.
    Spirit taught her that magic still existed, and that genuine friendship could last forever. When Spirit leaves her world, Ellie treasures the relationship they had, and misses him every day. This is a charming story that young adults, and old ones, will enjoy. The characters are memorable, and the ending is perfect. https://www.amazon.com/review/R1W015JXKPRL5J/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  40. I have completed reading and reviewing Satin and Cinders by Jan Sikes and it is posted on Amazon. I was facinated with the concept of a micro story eBook and am thinking about trying it. Thank you Jan for the idea.

    Author Jan Sikes writes a different type of love story. One that is not only unexpected, but also told from a unique point of view. The vivid descriptions of the surrounding countryside provide a perfect setting for the story to unfold. A reader can immediately integrate into the fabric of the story.

    This sweet story that clearly comes from the heart. It is an easy read, yet let’s one’s imagination engage to fill in the history of the longing. Every little girl with a creative streak and love of horses, like I was in my youth, will delight in reading this micro sized story again and again over and over. Definitely a feel-good story to be treasured. Safe for all ages.

    Thank you again Jan for blazing a new path. It will also be on my blog RoxBurkey.com in a few days.

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  41. I completed reading and reviewing A Candle in the Darkness by Karen Black. It is posted on Amazon titled A Story of Hope.

    Author Karen Black shares a story of a recently widowed military wife, Valerie, who hasn’t really had time to process the loss of her husband. Leaving the funeral at the home of her husband’s mother, she sets out for home. Feeling lost and terribly alone, she becomes stranded at a motel when bad weather approaches.

    It is a heart-felt story of love and the sadness of loss. I think Karen describes the interactions of the characters in a realistic manner. Doreen provided so much comfort to Valerie once they escaped to the safety of the cellar. I specifically enjoyed being pulled into their simple reassuring discussion to ease the fear of the approaching storm.

    “Valerie shuffled a few jars and reached for two mason jars. Each held a tapered candle stuck to the bottom with melted wax, just like the one Dorene had given her.
    Valerie lit the candles, and Dorene said, “I used to help my mom can food from the garden, in the back of the motel. I always liked to see the jars lined up on the shelves.”

    I recommend this story to anyone who has lost anyone, especially a spouse, and feels very alone. This story of hope may help someone move forward in their life.

    Thank you for writing such a moving story Karen.

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  42. My review of A Perilous Thirst by Rhani D’Chai

    This unusual short story is about a vampire who is struggling to find food due to his preference for the blood of good looking males. This tale is set at the beginning of the HIV/Aids epidemic and envisages that vampires are affected by the virus in an even more potent and unpleasant way.

    The writing is very vivid and gripping, for example, the first sentence is “Acute hunger – that white-hot blaze which starts as a small cinder and then, over time, becomes a raging forest fire of agony – is especially horrific for one of the undead.” I thought this was brilliant as it set the stage in those few words and I knew the story was about a starving vampire. The question was, why is he starving? By the end of the first page, that particular question is answered and the reader knows that the vampire is scared of the promiscuous behaviour of many young gay men at that time and also that they don’t tell each other about their indiscretions. This puts the vampire at risk of contracting HIV/Aids in the same way as for any other person. Unlike people, however, using a condom can’t help the vampire as he must ingest blood in order to live.

    How does the vampire solve his problem? You will have to read this fascinating story to find out.

    I enjoyed the way in which this story was told, in the style of a conversation. I thought this fitted the era and the personality of the vampire.

    This story is not a horror story and does not provide any graphic details about death, rather it is an intriguing peep into the psyche of someone who is faced with the possibility of contracting a life threatening disease through fulfilling his natural and essential needs. A terrible conundrum for anyone.

    Amazon US link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3VBSY787WQE3M

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  43. Just left a four-star review of “Visitors” by W.J. Scott on Amazon. This is a sweet and uplifting story of a mother of two young boys, and a wrenching decision she must make. The two boys, Brody, age 12, and his younger brother, Tom, age 8, find themselves uprooted and taken to live with an aunt they haven’t seen in years. They are disoriented and sad, not knowing what will happen or when they will see their mother. To make matters worse, the town they are taken to seems strange, with faulty cellphone and TV reception and mysterious happenings. At night, they see flickering blue lights from their bedroom window. One night, they follow their aunt’s dog, Marley, to the source of the lights and what they discover will change everything. The piece is expertly written, using strong, expressive verbs. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and recommend it. I would certainly read more by this author.

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