My Book Reviews
Here are some book reviews I’ve written for eBooks on Amazon. If you’re an author and would like to have your book reviewed, send me an email with “Requesting a Kindle book review” as the subject to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to add it to my “book reviews” page.
Solace From Shadows: Where Mortality and Eternity Collide (Heart and Soul Book 1) by R W Patterson
Elaine lost her husband and three sons eight months ago in a car accident and is struggling to cope with her life as a young widow. She decides to continue her family’s plan to spend time hiking the Bartram Trail in North Carolina. As a child, Elaine was haunted by monsters in her dreams, and on this hiking trip, she discovers that there are more to her dreams than she realized.
Elaine meets Ian during an exciting part of her journey, and her life will never be the same. Ian is a vampire-lycan hybrid living as a human, and the two are drawn together by a powerful and unseen force that neither of them understands.
Solace From Shadows is a supernatural romance story like nothing I’ve read before. It has a fantasy theme that the author made it easy for me to believe. I’d recommend Solace From Shadows to anyone that likes adventure romance with a fantasy twist. I was glad to see that there are three other books in the Heart and Soul series.
I look forward to reading more about Elaine and Ian to find out what happens to Elaine. I’m also curious to see how they evolve as their relationship continues.
The Drama of Being A Teen: Staggering Stories of Teenage Trauma and How to Overcome It by Shira Nicole Smith
Written by a high school teacher, The Drama of Being a Teen has a lot of helpful information for teens dealing with issues including sex, drugs, and abuse. Besides revealing personal information about traumatic events in her own life, the author shares real stories from students dealing with stressful situations. These compelling first-person accounts moved me and helped me understand what teenage life can be like today. The author, Shira Smith, also shares practical strategies to develop skills for anyone struggling to deal with a crisis in their life.
I wish this book would have been available when I was a teenager. It would have helped me immensely to deal with the demanding teenage years. I recommend it for teens struggling with these issues and adults wanting to understand what adolescents are going through and how to help.
The Mad Stone: Rural Missouri Life Mid-1800’s by
The Mad Stone by Ed McCarty is a story about the Hawkins family in rural southern Missouri during the winter of 1847. Rufus was injured by a fox that was possibly rabid. Ten days was the time it usually took for the infected person to show symptoms of the deadly disease. The only known cure at that time was the application of a rare, rocklike mineral deposit found in the stomach of a cud chewing animal—a mad stone.
I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting short story. It was an insightful look into the personal life of a family’s existence as they strugglied to survive in this rustic lifestyle. I was enraptured by this thrilling and potentially fatal event and was thoroughly immersed in the story.
I recommend the Mad Stone to anyone interested in short stories of historical fiction.
Kill Someone by Luke Smitherd
When Chris opened his door to an early Saturday morning visitor, he was unaware of the drastic changes the course of his life would take. Was the Man in White offering him a chance to save the lives of five women? Or was it more of a demand? Chris had a decision to make. A decision that was beyond what he was capable of doing. Would you be able to kill someone to save the lives of others?
In Kill Someone, Luke has done it again! He’s somehow able to create a scenario that at first glance seems outrageous and unbelievable, but it’s only a matter of a few pages before he has you completely engaged and breathlessly hanging on every word. If you haven’t read any of Luke Smitherd’s books, this is a great place to start. But I warn you, you’ll probably become a Smithereen and be hooked like me and find yourself reading everything he’s written!
While the Savage Sleeps by Andrew Kaufman
“Beneath the broad smiles and beaming faces” of the small Texas town, an evil was lurking. No one can understand why this sleepy little town suddenly has horrific murders around every corner. Assistant Sheriff Cameron is no stranger to tragedy, but what’s happening here is beyond anything he’s ever witnessed. Kyle Bancroft can see and hear beyond this world and her gift is out of control, sending her to Faith to try and help find out what’s going on.
This is an exciting mystery that’s full of surprises and kept me engaged to the very end. I was glad to see that the author has several books, I’m always happy to find an author of this caliber!
The Homecoming by Alan Russell
Stella disappears one night without a trace and the lives of her family are turned upside down. Detective Cheever spends seven years looking for the missing girl. When she finally returns, no one is able to believe her story about where she’s been. Add to that a mysterious and evil twist that will keep you in suspense and you have an amazing story that is very well written.
I look forward to reading more by this author.
Alternative outcome: Where fact and fiction collide (Mike Stanhope Mysteries Book 1) by
When Mike decides to find a young girl he briefly met during a family vacation, he had no idea what he was getting into. Not only would the results of his search change his life, it would also have a dramatic affect on others.
This is an exciting adventure story that kept me engaged with intriguing characters and a unique, mysterious plot. This is the first time I’ve read one of the author’s stories and I’m glad that I found him! I was happy to see there are two other books in the Stanhope Mysteries Series and look forward to reading more.
Spiderstalk by D. Nathan Hillard
A young man and his family go on a drive in the country to spend the day. They accidently stumble upon Weyrich Cemetery and are intrigued by the old graveyard. Their decision to walk around and explore is the worse choice they could possibly make.
Spiderstalk is an exciting adventure into the lives of people that have worked for centuries to keep their existence hidden. This action-adventure is full of surprises with a strong group of characters that you can easily associate with. If you’re like me and have an aversion to spiders, you will find yourself cringing with horror at scenes with spiders beyond anything you’ve ever seen!
I’m always on the lookout for new authors to enjoy and I’m glad I found Hillard. I’ve already started reading another horror thriller of his, Deadstop, and will be reviewing it soon.
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How To Be A Vigilante: A Diary by
A laptop was found that Nigel Carmelite had used as a diary to document his step-by-step process to become a vigilante. He was willing to sacrifice anything to accomplish his goal, but in the end it took more than just a daily commitment of exercise. It took the ultimate motivation.
I’ve been a “Smithereen” for a while now and have never been disappointed by anything that Luke has written. He is one of the few authors that I regularly reread his stories and always find something new that I missed the last time. If you haven’t discovered Luke Smitherd yet, “How To Be A Vigilante” is a great place to start! I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
The Chameleon Chronicles: Colors of Fate by
The Chameleon Chronicles is about a group of kids that at first glance seem to be typical teenagers. They’re in high school and have the same problems dealing with their day-to-day lives, as you would expect. After a closer look, it becomes evident that they have distinct characteristics that set them apart from everyone else. I’ll let you find out for yourself what makes them so unusual, but I’m sure you’ll be as surprised as I was!
The story flows well and is full of excitement and adventure that keeps you thinking about what will happen next. If you are a young adult that loves reading mystery, thriller, and suspense, then this is a good choice.
Home: Interstellar: Merchant Princess by Ray Strong
Home is set in the twenty-second century and most of this futuristic novel takes place on a ship, traveling through space. Most people live on ships or other planets. Earth is still inhabited, but is run by the bureaucrats and tourism is the major industry. Meriel is the main character and the story is about her quest to reclaim the ship her family owned before it was hijacked and then impounded. But, there’s something going on behind closed doors to keep her from obtaining it.
This is a fun and exciting tale about life in the not-so-distant future. The characters are realistic and the author’s descriptions of their lives make this a compelling and easy-to-read story. There is danger, romance, and adventure that will keep you reading to find out more. I highly recommend this fun novel and look forward to reading more by the author.
Muddy Water to Dry Land: A Seven-Step Journey to Improve Your Personal and Interpersonal Skills by
Muddy Water to Dry Land is a motivational/inspirational book that can help you improve your low self-esteem, develop better communication skills, refine your ability to handle conflict, and much more. The author’s writing is clear and to-the-point, which makes the information effective and easy to understand.
There are many self-help books out there stating the same old tired facts about self-improvement. I’ve read plenty of them and they usually don’t share any new information. But, I have to say this book was different. From the very beginning, the author shares a childhood memory that grabbed my attention and made me want to keep reading to find out more. The author’s style of writing felt like we were having a conversation while sitting at the kitchen table
VooDoo Souls by by
In the early 19th century, a slave on a Macon Georgia plantation puts a voodoo curse on the plantation and her slave master. She unknowingly releases a powerful demon that devastates the lives of anyone living on the land. The main part of the story takes place in the late 1960s with the Voodoo Souls: a biker gang with members that are sons of the rum-runners that once owned the plantation.
This is a mystical story about a spiritual journey with interesting characters that are dealing with their troubled lives. I would recommend this story to those that enjoy mystery and thrillers or are interested in motorcycles and the customs and practices of biker gangs.
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Moojie was found by nuns on their doorstep after an earthquake. It was obvious right from the start that Moojie was a mysterious child with extraordinary powers; he could make objects move with his mind. Adopted by Henry and Kate Littleman before he turned one, Moojie briefly experienced the joy of being part of a family. After his adoptive mother’s death, the eight-year-old was sent to live with his grandpa at the St. Isidore’s Fainting Goat Dairy. This is when his life really gets exciting!
This wonderful tale is mystical, humorous, and deeply moving. It was a pleasure to follow along in Moojie’s life and be a part of his amazing adventure. The author’s writing allowed me to believe that remarkable things are possible and miracles do happen. Throughout the story, I was constantly delighted by the creative and descriptive prose and continually surprised by the turn of events. I’ve “Followed” the author on Amazon to be notified of her next story, which is something I don’t do very often.
The Coconut Swindle (Black Cape Case Files Book 2) by
Dane Curse is a private detective in Gold Coast City with a major difference, he’s an invulnerable. In this futuristic world, there are regular people and then there are the capes. The capes all have individual difference, or powers. Thermite is a flamer and is able to produce fire from his skin. Gunmetal Gray has a venomous bite and can shoot electricity charges from her fingertips. There are also fascinating weapons in the story, like the Kapowitzer that can level a whole block.
The author’s writing style makes it easy to immerse yourself in this amazing and exciting story. I loved the first book, Dane Curse (Black Cape Case Files Book 1) and was delighted to find that this one is even better!
Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 37-39 (Oliver and Jumpy, the Cat Series, Book 13) by
This is a collection of three bedtime stories for young children. The stories are about the exciting adventures of three friends as told by Oliver the tomcat and include Jumpy and Joey the kangaroos. The amazing colorful illustrations will delight kids and adults alike! The stories are fun, exciting, and appropriate for young kids. I highly recommend reading these stories to your kids as a great way to stimulate their imagination.
Blue Death: The Reckoning by James Dillinger
Have you ever wondered what would happen if a deadly virus outbreak occurred worldwide, infecting millions of people? How many would die? Would our government be able to protect us? How long would it take to find a cure? With terrifying clarity, Blue Death: The Reckoning will answer all of your questions and give you information that will terrify you.
This is an excellent fast-paced medical thriller, with tension and action on every page. It will keep you on the edge of your seat! It’s clear that a lot of research was done for this story. A virus outbreak is very possible and the author’s description of the event is believable. That’s probably why it’s so frightening; it could happen at any time! I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more by the author.
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Decoy U – case of the Conniving Contractors by
Decoy U is a surveillance company that uses cell phones to track and monitor the activity of the people they’re investigating. It uses specially designed software that reports to the office computer and displays the location of each cell phone. When a target is identified, cell phones in the area are alerted and the users then record their activity. It’s a fascinating concept and I wonder if there is anyone actually doing this.
The story is a fast-paced adventure mystery that’s well written and kept me engaged; wondering what will happen next. The characters are realistic and I found myself completely involved in the excitement and concerned about the outcome. I was glad to see that the author has another story, Case of the Tasteless Thesis. I look forward to downloading that and reading it too.
Rise of The Iron Eagle (The Iron Eagle Series Book 1) by
LA homicide detectives team up with the FBI to hunt down a brutal serial killer that obtains confessions from his victims before killing them. His methods are violent and harsh, he calls it justice, and it’s possible that he’s one of their own.
If you’re a fan of mystery crime novels with gory and graphic descriptions of murder and torture, you’ll love Rise of the Iron Eagle! The Iron Eagle isn’t your average murderer. He only preys on other serial killers and then brutally dispatches his unique form of justice. Don’t be surprised to find yourself rooting for the Iron Eagle; some of the police are too! This is a riveting and suspenseful police mystery with an intense and entertaining story line.
Ariadne is planning her marriage and wants everything to be perfect. But, her life suddenly changes when she gets devastating news about her fiancé and his ex-girlfriend. Will she be able to forgive him and move forward with the wedding? Or is it just too much for her to handle and decide to end their relationship?
Ring in the New Year is a fun story with realistic dialogue and an entertaining story line. The main character, Ariadne, is a down-to-earth young girl that keeps you amused and concerned about the outcome of her dilemma. If you’re looking for a quick read and a charming story, Ring in the New Year is just the thing!
The Oligarch: A Thriller by
Russian President Karpev wants to bring down the oligarchs and take back the major Russian properties “stolen” in the “loans for share” program. He issues the Order, demanding that the enterprises be surrendered within ten days. But, Maxim Blot has no intention of relinquishing his place as one of the world’s richest men. In fact, he has plans that will make him even more powerful. With a plot that’s full of excitement and danger around every corner, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next! The Oligarch is a fascinating book with an intriguing story line. The author’s vivid descriptions will thrust you into the story and have you crawling through the deep snow in a severe Artic winter.
BUCKYBALL: second edition by
One Saturday night, a group of friends took what they thought was ecstasy and went to the Miamillennium, a dance club on the beach in Miami. What they actually took was buckyballs and it created a kind of time warp so they ended up reliving their lives over and over again.
I was completely involved in this story! It felt like someone was telling me about their experience while sitting around having a few drinks. It never got boring, and I hated that it had to end. It’s an unbelievable time-travel adventure that somehow seems completely plausible. I loved it!
The Balladeer opens in rural Kentucky during the Second World War. Bobby is twelve years old when his fifteen-year-old brother Eldon is killed. This story explains how it happened and why. The author’s description of the lives of the boys and their friends and families was engaging and made me feel a part of an important time in American history.
When an unsociable German immigrant arrives in the area, suspicion and fear causes a sequence of events that ruins the lives of two families. By moving back and forth in time, the author weaves an exciting mystery that kept me hanging on to the very end. Funny, scary, and at times shocking, The Balladeer is one of those stories that will stay with you for a long time. I’m hoping the author will have another book out soon.
The Troubadour – Verdi’s opera in prose narration (Opera Murder Book 1)by
An angry gypsy puts a curse on a young boy in response to his cruel taunting. The boy’s father, a powerful Count, gets revenge but causes a lifetime of grief and suffering for his entire family. This is a story of unrequited love and hidden secrets. This well-written and haunting tale shows how one man’s pride can ruin the lives of everyone around him.
Dane Curse (The Black Cape Case Files Book 1) by
Dane Curse is a typical detective story set in a world full of interesting people and exciting events. But there’s a big difference in this world; a difference that will catch your attention right away and have you hanging on to every word. There are good guys and bad guys and people leading ordinary lives, but I don’t want to give the storyline away so I’ll leave it at that.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised as you become immersed in this strange and dangerous life that the author creates. After the initial shock wears off, you’ll find yourself believing that Gold Coast City and the “capes” that live there are real and you’ll hate to go back to your own unexciting life.
I’m hoping that book 2 of the Black Cape Case Files comes out soon!
A Head Full Of Knives – A Supernatural Mystery by Luke Smitherd
This is my first story by this author and I was pleasantly surprised!
What an exciting story!
I read a lot and have often been disappointed – more often than I’d like to admit. While I think the Indie author’s movement on Amazon is a wonderful thing, it can be difficult to get past some of the terrible editing that seems to be the norm.
There are a few minor errors in this book, but nothing that takes away from the pleasure of reading A Head Full Of Knives. It is something that I highly recommend to everyone.
I was excited to see that the author has several books available. I’m downloading one right away! You’ve got me hooked, Luke Smitherd! I’ll be back writing another review soon!
The Stone Man – A Science Fiction Thriller by Luke Smitherd
5.0 Stars This is the 6th book I’ve read by Smitherd and I haven’t been disappointed yet!
The Stone Man is unique and thrilling with an exciting plot that kept me engaged throughout the whole story. I found myself thinking about the Stone Man during the day, trying to figure out where he came from and what would happen next. The description of the Stone Man is chilling with enough details to make me believe it was entirely possible, but still leaving room for my imagination to run wild. That’s an amazing feat for an author!
The characters in the story are real, with individual personalities and flaws that enabled me to connect to them. It’s a rare treat to find a writer with a voice that I’m immediately comfortable with, but I’ve found one with this author. I’m headed off to read “The Physics Of The Dead” next and I’ll be back with another review soon.
Keep writing, Luke. I’m catching up with you!
Shogun West: Episode 1 by Isaiah Taylor
This an exciting start to an epic story with clans of samurai-like cowboys roaming the earth. Each clan has it’s own color and unique strengths, living in different parts of the wasteland. Some are jungle dwellers with powerful weapons, others live on a giant platform over a lake, but they all have one thing in common, to be the toughest clan and be feared by everyone.
I enjoyed the start of this story and look forward to reading more of the series.
Castle Rock (Carolyn Hart Classics)
Someone has killed Serena’s uncle and now it seems they’re trying to kill her. As more of the mystery unfolds, it becomes clear that something is wrong at Castle Rock and someone at the ranch is involved. Despite warnings to leave the ranch and avoid trouble, she refuses. She’s determined to uncover the truth, even if it means exposing her best friend or the man she loves for what they really are.
Castle Rock is an exciting mystery set on a working cattle ranch in New Mexico. The amazing descriptions of the beautiful countryside make this wonderful story come alive. There are moments when I could imagine myself sitting on a “sun-splashed rock, staring at the pale blue sky arching over the lake with slender spruce crowding down to the water’s edge.”
Serena couldn’t understand the meaning of the two large piles of stones making X’s in the flat New Mexico desert. It was the first of many clues placed throughout the story. In the end, their meanings will become clear and the ending will surprise you.
Doubt (Among Us Trilogy) by Anne-Rae Vasquez
Harry’s father was a quantum physicist, working on the feasibility of time travel, before his sudden death. When Harry’s mother was reported missing after working for Global Nation in Tel Aviv as a peacekeeper, he was determined to find her. Global Nation is a worldwide non-profit organization involved in peace, education, and social activism. Harry has data proving that Global Nation conducted experiments on innocent people, and he knew they kidnapped his mother, he just didn’t know why. Needing his expertise to set up a security firewall, Global Network hires Harry and he puts together a team of online gamers with unique skills to help him infiltrate the organization.
Down Dog Diary by Sherry Roberts
Written over many decades, the Down Dog Diary contains the mysterious of life, handed down from shaman to shaman. Some believe that among its wisdom and prayers is the secret location of the Tree of Life, one of the trees from the Garden of Eden. Finding the tree and eating its fruit would give you eternal life. Many people have died over the years protecting the diary and trying to keep its secrets from falling into the wrong hands. Maya is the current keeper and briefly had possession of it, but now someone has stolen it. It will take all of her natural ability to outwit the evil mastermind of the plot, retrieve the diary, and keep its powerful magic safe.
Author Sherry Roberts has created an inspirational story with many layers to keep you engaged. Down Dog Diary has an engaging plot that is, on one hand, a magical and mystical story with surprises around every corner. At the same time, her characters are real and you find yourself caring about them and, in some cases, hating them.
Midlife (A Crazy Stupid Love Story): A Romantic Comedy
When his wife’s breast is hanging out and she tells him to put on the leather underwear she left on the bed before the guests arrived, Wallace knew something was different, but he couldn’t quite put his finger on it. He isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, as they say, but he’s persistent, and eventually figures out what he wants out of life. Along with his new friend, Bruce, Wallace journeys through a midlife crisis that would put a weaker man in the hospital. He comes out with a new name, Wally, to go with his new life.
This is a hilarious story that kept me laughing throughout. The adventures of internet dating and outrageous sexual encounters are priceless. There are quite a few characters in this story, and they are all so different, you won’t have any problem keeping track of them. If you’re looking for a fun, surprising, and sometimes shocking story, look no further, Midlife is it!
Sector 9G by Morris Fenris
Tim was a systems technician working for a subsidiary of Cyberlife Systems called Microsoft. Unable to relate well with women, his relationships always failed and he ended up spending a major part of his live alone. That was, until he made a big change—he purchased Mina.
Mina is one of the new CyberG Companion models. Almost human, she is ninety-nine and a half percent made of flesh, bone, and blood. She’s very naive about the world and expects Tim to explain everything to her; the cyborgs are completely dependent on their owner to encourage the bonding process. If everything goes as planned, Mina will be the ideal partner for Tim, and fall in love.
Other than a few differences, such as her brain containing a few non-organic materials and some important differences at the genetic level, Mina is human. Oh yes, there is one other important difference; she only has a life expectancy of five years.
“I Ain’t Aving That!” by Martin Rogers
Martin Rogers has a unique way of looking at things and seems to have a knack of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When he thinks someone has treated him unfairly, instead of just complaining and moving on, he does something about it! I recently received a parking ticket, but the sign was covered with a Christmas decoration, so I didn’t see it. Normally, I’d complain about it and pay the fine, but I thought about Martin and said, “I Ain’t ‘aving That!” I took a picture of the sign on my cell phone and went to court. They dismissed the case! I was amazed!
This is a hilarious story of one man’s fight against the system. It’s inspiring, ridiculous, and an eye opener. Just look at some of the chapter headings; “A Jar of Cockroaches For the Council,” “The London Taxi Driver I Paid to Bash Me Up,” “Blame it All on God, Because the Insurance Company Will,” and much more. When Martin returns a defective item for a refund, he’s told they have to deduct because some of the packing material is missing. This has happened to me! I let them get away with it and moved on. Not Martin, he stood around the store complaining and told the other customers not to buy from the store. He got his complete refund.