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!

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

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

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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!

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

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.

The Chip Maker: The Prophecy of the Beast #BookReview

  • Title:  The Chip Maker: Prophecy of the Beast
  • Author: Bridget Collins
  • Print Length: 176
  • Publisher: Origins Publishing Company
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2016
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979093244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979093241
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Christian Fiction

Most of us already know by reading the Bible that the antichrist will show his face and essentially rule the entire world. As chaos ensues, people will be looking for someone to lead them. Unfortunately, a great many will be looking in the wrong place. The Chip Maker: Prophecy of the Beast is about a man by the name of Jim Natas. His goal in the story is to insist upon the people of the world to have a small chip be inserted into their body, or they will face severe consequences. This chip will tell everything about everybody from their bank accounts to their social security numbers, to the food they eat.

The Chip Maker reminds me a lot of the Left Behind saga. We start into the story with various Christians vanishing, as told in the Bible. Then, starting in the second chapter, we jump a few months back to the beginning, where Natas is introducing the chip to the public. Throughout all of the chip talk, we hear of behind the scenes where planes crashes, car crashes, etc.

The dialogue can be a bit tedious and long at times, but it tends to give important information as to what’s going on. At times, the conversations between certain characters appear unbelievable. In the narrative, there was a bit of telling, rather than showing. However, at the same time, it explained in explicit detail what we needed to know.

Jim Natas’ entire demeanor was built quite well. It’s easy to see why so many of the other characters were eager to follow him, but as a reader, knowing the kind of man he is, we dislike. Most of the other characters appeared one dimensional or “out there.” One thing that bugged me the most was a man who decided to go by his given name rather than his rapper name. The narrative continued to call him the stage name whilst the character is upset when everyone does the same.

It is a short book, slow, but steady, and somewhat of an entertaining read, considering everything that’s going on in real life today. Bridgette Collins wrote a message in the pages of her story, telling us the time is coming, and we need to start paying more attention to what’s God-like and what’s Satan-like.

Readers who enjoy the Left Behind series would stand to enjoy The Chip Maker.

Overall rating: 4 of 5 stars

Connect with Bridgette Lachelle Collins at thechipmaker.com.

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