Darkness and Blood #bookreview

First sentence: Pablo de Silva, ex-CIA agent, awoke from the restless sleep of a man on the run.

About the story: When a former American spy, Pablo de Silva, and his former handler, Stuart Bishop, discover top-secret information, they must use their wisdom and wits if they want to remain alive.

My thoughts: Darkness and Blood is the sequel to Haberman’s The Killing Ploy. While I thought its predecessor was an interesting read, I felt Darkness and Blood was so much better. It seemed Haberman had a better handle on the characters. While some of the dialogue didn’t always seem like what CIAs would say, it didn’t put me off. It was more developed in this book than the first.

My only complaint while reading is that there were times in the narrative when I had to re-read a sentence. I like italics to show when a character is thinking. To me, it helps separate the dialogue and the narrative, making the scene more clearly. There weren’t a whole lot of italics within the story, except for when someone speaks French.

As always, the backdrop of the story was great. It took me from the comfort of my own home and I felt I was there along with Pablo and Stuart.

Darkness and Blood was a quick and fun read. I love spy novels and this didn’t disappoint! Although it is a sequel, I don’t think it matters in which order the books are read. The plots are completely different and we get to know enough about the characters in the second book to thoroughly enjoy it.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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A little bit about the author:

A University of Texas graduate, Steve Haberman pursued legal studies at UCLA before embarking on a career as a legal assistant. Profitable stock market investments made travel abroad possible, and he has since visited Europe extensively and frequently, including London, Paris, Prague, Berlin, as well as Milan and Budapest. Many of these feature as settings in his two e-book novels. “Murder Without Pity,” a murder mystery with tragic echoes from the past, occurs in Paris. “The Killing Ploy” (with heavy overtones of “fake news” before that was topical) is set partially in several Continental capitals. His two works in progress, “Darkness and Blood,” the sequel to “The Killing Ploy,” and “Winston Churchill’s Renegade Spy” also use foreign locales. He is presently planning another three month trip abroad for research on a fifth thriller, this one set in the post World War II apocalyptic ruin of the German capital.

Courage @gillascourage #bookreview

First sentence: Gilla wished her pregnancy could be over already; her back ached, her feet were sore, and her bump kept getting in the way of fusing the wiring in place.

About the story: Gilla and Elias are slaves to the Esarelian Empire, along with countless of others. Elias is working toward fighting the empire to obtain their freedom. Gilla is pregnant with their second child and wants nothing more for her family than to be happy, safe, and have strong faith in their God of Old Earth. Due to the rebellious slaves, the Empire decides to teach them a lesson, which forces Gilla to take drastic measures to protect the survival of her son.

My thoughts: When I first learned this book would be based on Moses’ story in the Bible, I was curious. On one hand, I was very intrigued. On the other, it’s science fiction, based on a story, I believe in my heart is true. The Christian faith is one you have to be careful with though, especially when it’s about something that’s in a genre of make-believe.

I wanted to see where Lauren Salisbury would take us in Courage, and I’m pleased to say I enjoyed the book. This would be a story even non-Christian would enjoy, but if you know the story of Exodus, you will begin to recognize bits and pieces. Of course, some of the details of the story were tweaked; however, the heart of the message still remained.

It took a while for me to really get into it, but once I did, I couldn’t stop reading. I’m interested in seeing more.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Does it interest you? Buy it here!

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A little bit about the author:

Lauren H Salisbury
Lauren H. Salisbury is based in Yorkshire, England but spends time in different countries every so often, trying to find the perfect spot in which to grow old. She settled for these winters abroad instead of children or pets and is the seasonal envy of many friends.
Lauren was an English teacher for sixteen years, finishing as an Advanced Skills Teacher with an MA (Ed) in innovative teaching methods.
She is married to a wonderful man who encouraged her to write when she needed an outlet for her creativity. Courage is her debut novel.

For fun facts about Lauren and more on The Legacy Chronicles, visit her website at http://www.laurenhsalisbury.com

Alternatively, follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gillascourage or on twitter at twitter.com/gillascourage

The Storms of Deliverance #bookreview

First sentence: So here he was, stuck in the middle lane and obviously very ill.

About the story: When ex-Atlanta Braves baseball star, Johnson, wakes up, it’s 2008, and he’s in someone else’s car, wearing someone else’s clothes on a highway. His last clear memory was in 1981. As Johnson struggles to get his memory back, he wonders if it’s amnesia, or something deeper.

My thoughts: The Storms of Deliverance is a decent story of redemption. Slow paced a large chunk of the time, but still a decent, easy read. When we begin our adventure, Johnson does what I’m sure all of us would do when we wake up somewhere with zero recollection of how we got there: he tries to figure out exactly what happened. All Johnson knows is he doesn’t live in Atlanta, but in Buffalo. Along with a strange attire and a strange car, Johnson is also in a strange year. After we join Johnson in the confusion, we eventually hop back into 1981. We learn about Johnson’s friends, wife, his alcohol addiction.

There were a few spots in the story where I noticed isn’t very realistic. For instance, in 2008, he knows what a caller ID is; however, in 1981, there is no such invention as a caller ID. My thought was that if Johnson’s memory is completely blank for that amount of time, then he wouldn’t know about caller ID. That didn’t arise until around 1988. The story’s flashback doesn’t reach that far. There were other points, but I won’t dwell on them.

I was more interested in the 2008 timeline. Reading about the past was often tedious, and I began losing interest, but by then, it was the present day again.

The good thing about the book in its entirety is that it gets you thinking. There is a strong message behind The Storms of Deliverance. It was a good debut novel.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Does it interest you? Buy it here!

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A little bit about the author:

LLarry Higdonarry Higdon lives in metropolitan Atlanta. Most recently, he has worked as an elementary school counselor with kindergarten and first-graders. He is a registered play therapist and a lawyer. This is his debut novel.

Vigilance (The Aeternum Chronicles #2) @hgcbooks #bookreview

Vigilance (The Aeternum Chronicles Book 2) by [Chambers, H.G.]First sentence: “Bravo.” Variant Marconas clapped slowly as he stepped out of the darkness into the light of the wall-mounted oil lamp. His shadow flickered erratically on the rough stone walls of the small room. Magdalene Media sat casually in the high-backed velvet chair, watching him stride confidently toward her. A teal silk dress with lace trimming flowed like water over her crossed legs, spilling onto the floor.

Blurb: Sometimes, the void stares back…

The Aeternum Wars have begun anew. Ministry armies have spread like a pestilence across Illyria, wreaking chaos and destruction upon the last remaining outposts of those brave enough to resist.

Hunted by the same feral beasts that destroyed her town, Anzien Tsierig leads a squad of soldiers and untested recruits south along the Wyrewood. Their orders are clear: travel to the southern stronghold and prevent a mass slaughter. Will they find a town ready to defend, or a field of graves?

Across the Shattered Peak Mountains, Oren and Clementine search for a way to stem the tide of darkness. When they stumble upon a figure of legend, they must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice for a chance to save their world. The answer is one that will put their friendship, and perhaps their very souls to the ultimate test.

Humanity is once again pushed to the brink, and those who remain must unite, or be swallowed by the void.

My thoughts: Vigilance is book two of the Aeternum Chronicles, and complete with more action than you know what to do with. I recommend reading the first (Recreance) before starting this one. Vigilance picks up where Recreance left off, and now that Oren and Clem defeated a breaker, they still need to save the people of New Arcadia. They’ve learned more about gathering Kai, and will begin developing their ability even further. I’m saddened, though that Clem and Oren didn’t play a bigger part in the story. Yes, they were still the main characters, along with two others (Ryland and Anzien), but they didn’t appear as often as I’d hoped. I found their part of the story the most intriguing. I admit I’ve become a spoiled Clem and Oren addict.

While I yearned for more Oren and Clem, I enjoyed seeing more of Ryland. He was a good and fun character know—flawed to a fault, yet so human. I’m hoping to learn even more about him. The other main character, and who we learn the most about in book two, is Anzien. Because her part focused on the military, I wasn’t as intrigued as the others. Still, she was a likeable character.

The best part of the book was the creation of the world. Chambers paints a picture in your mind and before you realize it, you’re gathering Kai right along with Oren and Clem.

Like the first book, Vigilance gives you plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested. Also, like its predecessor, it leaves you with a cliffhanger. So, if you absolutely hate cliffhangers, but love the idea of the plot, then wait until the third book is released before you read the first.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Does it interest you? Buy it here!

*For more reviews, visit: Angela Kay’s Books*

A little bit about the author:

H.G. Chambers

Harold George Chambers is an award winning fantasy science fiction author. He’s also a dad, helicopter pilot, web designer, musician, and a huge board game nerd. Inspired by the great fantasy sci-fi authors of the past and present, Harold published Recreance, the first book of The Aeternum Chronicles, in 2017. The story continues with Vigilance, released early 2018. Harold makes his home in a small Canadian town on Vancouver Island with his wife and two-year-old son. To learn more about him, visit http://www.hgchambers.com.

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