Member Book Reviews – #RRBC

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  1. Over the weekend I read two short stories and recommend both. Both have been reviewed on Amazon.

    ONE CHANCE ENCOUNTER, by Joy Lilley, tells the tale of a woman who has risen above strife throughout her life. After meeting a charming man and then finding a connection to him on the internet, a long distance relationship develops. Moyra’s friendship depends on social media for interaction and she falls in love. When she discovers things are not what they seem, Moyra escapes what could have been a disastrous situation.
    The story line is excellent. After a slow start, the online relationship is established and the pace picks up. Moyra is a well-developed character and certainly memorable. The story’s ending is perfect.

    In PURE TRASH, by Bette Stevens, the author did an excellent job of describing the less than desirable circumstances of a poor family in the fifties. With an alcoholic father, nine-year-old Shawn takes on substantial responsibility, not only with chores around his home, but also in looking after his younger brother. He tries to ignore those who belittle him, and it’s a lot for a child to deal with. The dialogue between the two boys is realistic and the characters are endearing. The relationship between the brothers is beautifully portrayed.

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  2. Happy Sunday evening! I just left my 4* review of APOLLO’S RAVEN by Linnea Tanner on Amazon. Here it is in its entirety: This is not my normal genre, but the blurb sounded interesting and I thought I’d give it a try. Apollo’s Raven (Curse of Clansmen and Kings) by Linnea Tanner intrigued me. I found it to be a story of magic, politics, God’s and Goddesses, sacrifices (animal & human), war, betrayal, and love.

    When the Romans landed on the shores of Britannia in 24 A.D., their plan was to garner the support of certain Village Kings in order to conquer them all in the near future. The king’s daughter, Catrin, discovers that she has certain ‘witching’ powers and uses them in hopes of breaking the prophecy set upon her village and people – a curse cast by the king’s former wife as he chopped off her head. Did she really die?

    The curse involves her son, a shapeshifter whom the king banished years before, and the Romans who are destined to plunder and kill everyone in the kingdom. There’s a lot going on in the story with many twists and curves along the way.

    Catrin and Marcellus, a Roman nobleman and grandson of Marc Anthony, who is not much older than her 16 years, fall in love while each is charged by their father to seduce the other in order to gain inside information. So is this true love or are they using each other?

    I was in awe of the world the author created. Her prose and dialog also made it appear as if this story was actually written during that era. Although this is the first book of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone without a cliffhanger at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will be continuing the series to see what becomes of Catrin and Marcellus.

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  3. Hi all, Happy May. I wanted to let you know that Charles Jones book Amilcar: The Blythe Valley Chronicles, rated 4 stars from me with my review posted on Amazon. It begins, Author Charles W Jones is at it again in creating a world in the city of Waldgrave, beginning with an art and antiquity appraiser, Kendric. The hook, Waldgrave has a secret, was enough for me to keep turning the pages. Mr. Jones is excellent at rapidly developing characters and highlighting their flaws.

    Check it out readers you’ll be delighted this horror tale.

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  4. On April 26, 2021 I purchased the following: The Enigma Ignite: -A Techno Thriller (The Enigma by Breakfield & Burkey; and Empty Seats by Wanda Fischer.

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  5. I read “Amilcar” by Charles Jones. The novel starts with action and doesn’t slow down. I found the description of the Cercueil de Bete fascinating. The story grabbed me from the beginning as I anticipated meeting the beast that the casket held.
    As the drama unfolds, there are quite a few characters. In some ways, the novel is like a series of short stories effectively woven together by a common thread, Amilcar.
    The storyline is good, and horror aficionados will turn the pages quickly. “Amilcar” is worth the price of admission, and I recommend it. https://www.amazon.com/review/R3FVT4FNP3ORYU/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  6. Hello, here is my review of Review of Ronald L. Powell, Missing in Action, by Shirley H. Slaughter .
    A heartbreaking account of a beloved brother lost to war and the author’s struggle to come to terms a brother who’d never return home. The lack of transparency shown by the government adds more pain and fails to cause any closure for the family.

    Deep and personal, this short story draws sympathy for the family and in the end, left me feeling great admiration for the brave men and women who put their lives on the line, in service. I was also discouraged by the lack of concern on behalf of the government to be forthcoming in the facts of his death. A wonderful tribute to Ronald. Three Stars.

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  7. My 5-star review of If Only there was Music by Nonnie Jules and Giani Jordan https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3HUC0K7POV1VG
    If Only There Was Music… is a unique poetry collection that explores all aspects of forbidden love from the perspectives of each of a man and a woman involved in an elicit relationship. It also presents their combined view as the crescendo to the book.

    What I liked best about this collection, was the range of feelings and thoughts it covered; from the purest and most romantic form of love to the affiliated emotions of jealousy, loss, despair, hurt, doubt, and rage. Although I enjoyed all the poems, I related more to the poems presenting the female side of the affair.

    A few of my favourite verses illustrating this broad spectrum of emotions are as follows:

    “Promises made in the dark of night
    Promises broken in broad daylight
    I opened myself up
    Let him in
    He promised he’d never hurt me
    But he did … again.”
    From Broken Promises

    “My eyes intoxicate and lure
    The man whose heart is unsure
    If he should love again
    Yet, he trusts what he sees…
    In my eyes”
    From My Eyes

    “Yesterday my smile wasn’t here
    Yesterday I felt the greatest fear
    Yesterday that newborn wasn’t new
    But, yesterday, I didn’t have you.”
    From Yesterday, my favourite poem in this collection.

    “I ponder in awe,
    The miraculous mystery –
    The miracle of love.
    Seeing, feeling and living
    This mystery; and yet
    Unable to fully understand
    The wonder of you…”

    If you have ever been in love, are still in love, or hope to one day be in love, you should enjoy this wonderful poetic expression of love.

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    1. I recently read and reviewed THE ENIGMA FACTOR, the first in the techno thriller series by Breakfield and Burkey. I found the book had a fascinating (or perhaps terrifying, depending on your perspective) premise and some interesting characters, even if both were not as finely developed as they could be. The story did prove to be somewhat prophetic since the featured antagonists were elite Russian and Chinese hackers. Can you say 2020? 3.5 stars mostly for potential.
      Randy Overbeck
      https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2OF62B7UGSGTG/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1946858277

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  8. On April 16, 2021, I posted my four-star review of Linnea Tanner’s “Apollo’s Raven,” the first book in her three-book series, on Amazon. I am reading the second book now as well. Here’s the review:

    Apollo’s Raven (Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book I) tells a tale of war, magic, intrigue, miscommunication, violence and romance between two star-crossed lovers. Set in 24 AD on the south coast of Brittania, this book explores the a world beyond the comprehension of most people in today’s modern world–no electricity, no running water, no way to communicate except to send a courier on horseback or on foot to carry a message.

    I am always impressed when an author is able to create a whole new world of characters, especially one based on history, such as this one. This author has succeeded with Apollo’s Raven. She uses skill with language to weave a portrait of a world in which I would never want to live (despite my Celtic heritage) because of the cruelty, violence and sheer ruthlessness of the times. This is a world where people punch or use a weapon first and ask questions later, where the role the gods play in everyday life (including animal and human sacrifice) is chilling, and where the absence of medical treatment means that people die of minor injuries.

    I enjoyed this book and am anxious now to read the second book in this series. I’m impressed with the way this author has woven the tale and will continue to follow the characters in the saga she’s created.

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  9. Here is my review of “Open, Shut A Short Story, by Nonnie Jules.
    This story is told from the POV of Darcy Lynn after her sister, Lola, was killed. Too young to remember the horrific details of her sister’s death, years later, Darcy seeks answers from Lola’s diary. What she finds is staggering. Her parents, sworn not to divulge a terrible secret to her younger siblings, by Lola herself, had never revealed the whole truth.

    But has Lola really left? Soon after her sister’s death, Darcy Lynn experiences strange phenomena that cannot be explained by science, or her atheist parents. Darcy Lynn begins to question her own beliefs and comes to understand that the visible may not be all there is. Open, Shut is an invitation to consider this possibility.

    Nonnie does a great job in the creation of realistic and ordinary characters, who encounter the extraordinary. There is plenty of growth in all of them, a key ingredient for a great story.

    The central message was that good things can come from tragedy. The story flows evenly and logically to towards that end. As a man of faith, I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who has experienced great loss and for those who struggle with the ‘big picture.’ I’m giving this one, FOUR STARS!

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  10. Yesterday, April 12, 2021, I posted a 5-star review for Harriet Hodgson’s Grief Doodling, a self-help book. The book deserves 5-stars in my opinion because of its intrinsic value, showing a path toward healing from grief and also for the original art work. Here is my review with link:

    Harriet Hodgson is the author of 42 books. Harriet is also an artist. When her husband died recently, she used the art of doodling to cope with the tremendous loss. Beginning with the premise that doodling is fun, Hodgson uses illustrations from her own grief doodling to encourage readers to give vent to their grief. Such brief units as “Just Listen,” “Crying Speaks for You,” “Looking to Others,” and “Dandelion Wishes,” help chart a path toward healing. In my opinion, “Bringing Back Your Smiles” is an apt subtitle for this book.

    Hodgson admits to being in her mid-eighties and shows no sign of slowing down. In addition to her prolific output of literary work, she has appeared on more than a hundred talk shows, including CNN. This book would be helpful for caregivers and others who love the bereaved. The author is a certified art therapist, like my daughter-in-law, with whom I will surely share this labor of love, a handbook of creative exercises.

    https://www.amazon.com/review/R2P3O2LC70GKQ8/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  11. Hi, Everyone! I recently posted a five-star review on Amazon for Randy Overbeck’s book, Blood on the Chesapeake. It’s live on Amazon, but I forgot to add my comment here, so here it is. Yes, I had to give this book five stars, no question. It had a great plot, engaging and believable characters, a charming love story, a good dose of suspense and an ominous overshadowing of the otherworldly. And the writing style was delightful – clear, concise, descriptive without being overdone. Perfection!!

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  12. Happy April Fools Day! I just completed THE ROAD TO SARATIN by Charles Jones and left 4* reviews on Amazon and elsewhere. Here it is in its entirety:

    The Dystopian genre is one that I seldom read but thought I’d give THE ROAD TO SARATIN by Charles W. Jones a try. When starting the story, I found myself confused about what was actually happening and it took me a few chapters to finally figure it out. At that point, I put on my seatbelt and buckled in for the ride.

    In this future wasteland, greed and power-hungry individuals tried to take over the world, using chemicals and doing experiments on individuals to build great armies. When Carl turned six, his mother took him to the Freedom Institute for help because he constantly heard a jumble of voices in his head. The doctor at the institute prodded, probed, and experimented on the boy for the next twenty-two years. At that time, the voices finally communicated with Carl as one and convinced him to leave the institute. One day, he simply walked out.

    Carl could not believe the world was as it was, filled now with pestilence, freaks, mutants and the threat of poisoning from the atmosphere. He had to find his mother who lived in Saratin.

    The book kind of reminded me of a television series called, INTO THE BADLANDs where the leaders of the individual clans always battled one another in attempts to take over it all. In this story, there was also deceit, magic, corruption, and visions of a perfect society.

    In his quest, Carl finds that the voices in his head can physically materialize and help him on his journey. Along the way, people try to capture or kill him, others go out of their way to help him. His voices all try to guide and protect him.

    The ending brings it all together for a final battle. Good against evil. Winner take all!

    I have to admit that this story stretched my imagination to the limits…not like SciFi, but kind of like Mad Max or Divergent; a wasteland and people trying to survive. I did not find any errors, and once I was on board, the story moved fluently until the end. Recommend to all who enjoy reading this genre.

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  13. Hello Everyone–Here is my five-star review of Karen Black’s Treacherous Love. I have posted it on Amazon and am awaiting the ink.

    This is the story of a couple who, on the surface, seem to be happily married. Ethan and Rochelle seem like a typical suburban couple with one child. But behind closed doors, they have a secret: domestic violence–with a twist: It’s not Ethan abusing Rochelle. Rather, it’s Rochelle who abuses Ethan. Ethan works in an office filled with woman, and the insanely jealous Rochelle is convinced that he’s having an affair with one of them. She doesn’t trust him to be faithful to her, although he is.

    Meanwhile, just as the stereotypically female domestic abuse victim, Ethan has visible signs of Rochelle’s physical abuse. He makes excuses for his bruises and injuries. He loves her, although this reader doesn’t know why. In fact, this reader doesn’t understand why he stays with her, despite the fact that they have a child together. He finally talks her into counseling, and their lives seem to improve. Or do they?

    The author takes readers on a journey into the dark world of domestic violence with this twist of where the man is the one being abused, and this is part of the domestic abuse equation in this country, although the reverse is the more common one that most people know. The intense anger that jealousy awakens in some people that lead to this type of abuse–whether from a female or male–upon his or her partner–becomes evident through the author’s strong writing. This reader has no idea how women or men can remain with someone who constantly abuses them, but then again, this reader has never been in that situation.

    I applaud this author for bringing this topic to the forefront with excellent writing, sensitivity and an ending that I won’t divulge, but that, unfortunately, is something that is all too common in domestic violence cases. I think Treacherous Love should be must-reading for all police officers and social workers in their training programs. Perhaps it would give them an idea of what happens inside such a relationship.

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    1. Thank you for reading “Treacherous Love,” Wanda, and for writing your much appreciated review. Although the story is fiction, similar circumstances to those described are all too often factual.

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