It is 1994. Our junior lawyer narrator leaves behind a small, mean and viciously circular life representing petty criminals and takes to the road.
It’s 1994. Junior lawyer, Vince Osbourne, leaves behind a small,
mean and viciously circular life in the city representing petty criminals and takes to the road. He’s lived 30 years. The wide continent of Australia is out in front. He’s almost young. Where will the road lead?
East takes in sunsets; rain in the desert; a five-year-old girl on a bike; a battered former thief and jockey; old-timers; young lovers; beautiful women, and aboriginals in public bars. The open road connects many vignettes making a rich tapestry of human encounters.
East is poignant, gritty, funny, sad and above all: human. Hoskins’ laconic prose captures the harsh, arid country in all its big, empty beauty along with quirky exchanges with strangers, travel buddies, shop assistants, workmates, and friends old and new. A journey without and within, East taps into the spiritual realm that lies beneath this land and its people.Leaving
The bonnet in front of me is big and white. Rain on the windscreen – the wipers sweep it away. The clouds are grey, the road is grey, the suburbs are grey and I am leaving. There is joy in that. I’m leaving it behind – a life – small, petty, viciously circular. Out in front is the road and I don’t know where it will end. I am free. I’m almost young.A beginning. Renewal pulses in my blood, pumping out from my heart, through my veins, feeding me, making me new again, a keenly conscious being reaching out to the uncertainty. This road will lead me to places that I have not seen – to people I have not met. There’s no place I have to be and no time I have to be there.
I drive on and on leaving the city far behind. The rain clears. Sunlight glints on wet grass and trees. I see farmhouses, fences and cows. The gnawing in my belly eases as I’m gently enveloped by the freedom of the great mystery now upon me. The shackles of the old life fall away, for I’m shedding a skin – dry, worn, old and scaly. I found the courage to step into the dream. And the dream has become real.
The life of a suburban lawyer is behind me. Small decisions. Small repetitions. Which tie to wear today. Pay the electricity bill. Sunday – iron five shirts for the week ahead. See the same people. Say the same things. Hear the same things said. In that life I wondered whether I had it better than the petty criminals I represented in court. Some had no job and no home. They pleaded guilty and I said what I could say, for something had to be said. And then the court, that street-sweeper of humanity, tidied them away. For there must be a place – there must be somewhere for them to go: a prison, a halfway house, a drug rehab centre. There must be a place for everyone – somewhere. These people had fallen through cracks and become untidy. Did they envy my tidy life, those that I helped to tidy away? Did they see my life as I saw it – not a tidy life, but a tidy prison?
Tidiness. I had been taught to lead a tidy life. What was it they had said – the teachers, the headmasters? Work hard at school. Get a good job. Be a good employee. Pay your taxes. Mow your lawns. Be a good neighbour. Be a good citizen. Lead a tidy life. Not a full life, a varied life, a great life – no, a tidy life of small neat circles. I have lived thirty years.
As the trees and houses and petrol stations whistle by, the reasons for leaving once again crowd my mind. At thirty, life no longer stretches out before me like an uncharted great ocean. If I live to be eighty, more than one third of my life is spent. Where am I? At a time of life when I’m supposed to be somewhere – I’m nowhere I ever wanted to be. I’ll taste the last drops of youth before the cup passes from my lips, forever. The familiar yearning claws at my insides again – but it’s different now – it’s happy knowing I have been true to it – finally.
The yearning … a murmur in a corner of my soul ... that’s how it started … a couple of years ago ... I pushed it away. I was busy; there were things to do. It kept coming back, stronger and stronger: a growing gnawing that would not be denied. The day I turned thirty, I came to know what it was, finally. It was the feeling of having missed my destiny. At one of life’s important junctures, I don’t know when or where, I’d taken the wrong turn.
So maybe that’s what it is: a journey back down life’s highway to try and find the turn I missed. A journey to reconnect with who I am and what I should be doing here – in this life. Did I ever really want to be a lawyer? Maybe I did it because my father didn’t finish law school. Maybe I did it for him, and not for me. Didn’t have the courage to find my destiny and follow it … settled for safety and caution. And the small repetitions of the safe life had closed in and were suffocating me. Don’t know if that’s what it is … I had to go – I know that much … it was the most honest thing I could do. And now it’s real: this journey with no end and no decided route. It’s a big country. Yeah, I’ll head east ... And in my travels maybe I’ll find something of the soul of this land and its people ...
I have been at the wheel for four hours. The muscular movements needed to keep the car on course have become automatic. My thoughts drift freely now, first to the future – new, pregnant with possibility – before anchoring in my childhood. I recall a long-buried idea – from a time of wonder at a world full of possibilities. As a child I thought I could see into people, a kind of second sight.
Memories flow into my mind – sharp, clear, focused. I see things now as I saw things then. I am a small boy sitting in the passenger seat of a car. My father is driving. We approach an intersection. A policeman is standing in the middle directing traffic. He signals the car in front to stop. The policeman fascinates me – his neat blue uniform, high black boots, long white gloves – his precise hand signals. He makes cars stop and go by moving his hands like the man who made the puppets move at the fairground. The gloved hands move and the cars obey, crossing the intersection, slowly and respectfully passing the uniformed man.
From above I hear the noise of a plane. In the eye of my mind as a child I see the silver wings and fuselage. The policeman’s eyes turn skyward to the plane I see clearly in the window of my imagination. The officer’s long-gloved hands slowly fall to rest at his heavy belt. Cars bank up at the intersection. The driver in front looks at him for directions but he gives none. Unconscious of the traffic, his attention is focused in the sky above. The face of the policeman loses form and I see into him. First I feel his discomfort in the hot uniform, the dryness in his throat and the tiredness behind his eyes. Gradually my perception deepens. I sense the numbed heart, the thwarted ambitions – the hopes and dreams unrealized and gone awry. He doesn’t want to be here, directing traffic. The past has cheated him. He is disconnected from the present and fearful of the future.
A car horn honks from behind. A driver doesn’t know why the traffic is not moving. The policeman’s eyes return to the traffic, his arms snapping up with military precision. As he waves us on, the look of purpose clothes his face once again and the moment of seeing into him has passed.
The second sight would come to me without warning and always just for a fleeting moment or two. I would see my mother trying to hide an emotion or catch my father unguarded, looking into the distance. In the moment of second sight the physical would melt – the body become transparent and amorphous. Instead of seeing the person I would see into the person – reach inside to the heart, sense the fears, touch the dreams – see the humanity, raw and struggling.
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To be honest; ‘East’ is not the kind of book that I typically read. I am more used to Zombies taking over the world and all kinds of science fiction. I read ‘East’ in an attempt to diversify. I am glad that I did. There were no Zombies, no alien attacks, but instead; I was presented with the story of a lawyer in Australia who walked out on his old life and started a new one. He has adventures; some good, some bad as he travels across the country. Hoskins writes with a brutal honesty that brings the character to life. After reading this book, I felt like I had an “insider’s view” into what life was like for some folks in Australia in the mid-90’s. That is the whole purpose of reading; isn’t it? To get into other character’s lives and to experience things you would otherwise have no clue about. Hoskins does a masterful job of drawing you in to his world with vivid descriptions and a detailed insight of the character’s observations as he travels from big cities to remote locations. It wasn’t an easy journey; but it certainly was entertaining!
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Once again, as with Hoskins’ other book, Millennium, I was not disappointed. The novel, East, has something of a Kerouac and Cormac McCarthy feel to it; a tone that suits the on the road style journey that the main character, Vince, takes. East is refreshingly honest in its commentary about society’s foibles, life, the people Vince meets (themselves on their own journeys) and Vince’s own reasons for self-exploration. In some ways, the characters Vince meets along the way are a perfect foil for Vince's reflection; themselves giving the reader greater insight, not just into humanity, but also into Vince himself (and, dare I say it - ourselves). Through his travels, we learn more about Vince’s life and the need to connect with his father, seek approval; and in doing so, find some form of self-acceptance within a society that is quick to identify and perhaps vilify, the “other”. Hoskins’ ability to capture the humanity in the characters he writes of, some of them less than sympathetic in personality, prevents the personalities that populate East, from existing as caricatures secondary to the main character, Vince’s, own journey. East will make you think, smile, laugh, gasp, shake your head and reflect upon your own attitude to yourself and your place in the world around you. Oh, and the moment with his father – perfect. I thoroughly recommend this novel.
~By Kate 'griz' Pill
Excellent writing and an awesome book.
I loved this book it made me want to pack up my truck and take an adventure like the author Peri's character Vince did.
I really enjoyed this book set in Australia in the style of Jack Kerouac On the Road. The author Peri paints a picture of a dissatisfied lawyer, named Vince who decides to pack up his car and head east for new adventures. He comes across many interesting characters each impacting his life in their own ways. He's 30 years old and searching for his life's purpose after leaving his promising career in law. He sets off on his soul searching journey to find himself and gets entwined in the lives of the supporting characters. Staying with friends, youth hostels, and camping he finds his nomadic journey to become a spiritual quest and opens himself to whatever is meant to be. I felt invested in Vince as the main character and I wanted him to find his life's purpose and happiness. I highly recommend this wonderful book especially if you're a traveller or are ready for a new adventure.
I couldn't put it down.
The way in which Vince's experiences are delivered is morishly unique; both unsettlingly raw and yet comfortingly nonjudgmental.
Peri Hoskins drew me into the life of his protagonist with humble mastery.
~By Teresa Herleth
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Peri Hoskins is the author of 'Millennium – A Memoir’, a travelogue memoir that has received many five star reader reviews. Christopher Moore of the New Zealand Listener had this to say about ‘Millennium – A Memoir’:
'Written with perhaps the merest of bows to Joseph Conrad and Robert Louis Stevenson, the book’s colourful cast of characters come together to greet the dawn of the 21st century. It’s a vigorously written sly-humoured account of human encounters in a small place lapped by the tides of change…It’s a genial well observed book that insinuates itself into the affections.’
~Christopher Moore, New Zealand Listener, 2 August 2014.Peri Hoskins was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He is the second son of a family of five children, four boys and a girl. He is of mixed Maori and Anglo-Celtic ancestry. Peri grew up in Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand, a provincial city then home to about 30,000 people. He was educated at Whangarei Boys’ High School where he twice won a national essay competition. After completing high school and winning the school prizes for English, History and Geography, Peri went to Auckland University where he studied law and the humanities, including history and English literature.
Peri was substantially based in Australia between 1985 and 2005. He completed his study of law and the humanities at the University of Sydney including several courses in philosophy. He worked as a lawyer in New South Wales before embarking on a 1995 five-month road trip all around Australia. This road trip comprises the material for his soon to be published second book, East. Peri subsequently worked as a lawyer in both New South Wales and Queensland, and developed his current specialisation in legal work – civil litigation. In December 1999 Peri travelled to the Kingdom of Tonga to be in the first country in the world to see in the new millennium. The diary of his three weeks in Tonga has become his first book, Millennium – A Memoir. In 2004 Peri completed a post graduate diploma in film and television production at Queensland University of Technology.
Peri now lives, writes and works as a barrister (being a self-employed lawyer) in Northland, New Zealand.
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It’s December 1999, the cusp of a new millennium. The tiny Pacific Kingdom of Tonga will be first in the world to usher it in. We travel there with our narrator to see the sun set on the old and the dawn rise on the new. We discover much more.
In a time and place of old customs we see the gentle advance of the new. This Pacific paradise is home to a diverse group of human beings at this unique time. Our journey with our narrator through many human exchanges – quirky, funny, and sad – accompanied by quotes from Hindu scripture echoes through the millennia and asks us what it is to be human in these dark times.
This book constantly entertains and delves beneath a fascinating surface to examine the quality of our age.
Millennium – A Memoir is a novella-sized slice of life travelogue of about 25,000 words. In capturing the time and the place this book evokes the work of Ernest Hemingway.
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1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendl is separated from his family and sent to the men’s camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life’s work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge. Knowledge that could start a war, or end it.
Nathan Blum works behind a desk at an intelligence office in Washington, DC, but he longs to contribute to the war effort in a more meaningful way, and he has a particular skill set the U.S. suddenly needs. Nathan is fluent in German and Polish, he is Semitic looking, and he proved his scrappiness at a young age when he escaped from the Polish ghetto. Now, the government wants him to take on the most dangerous assignment of his life: Nathan must sneak into Auschwitz, on a mission to find and escape with one man.
This historical thriller from New York Times bestseller Andrew Gross is a deeply affecting, unputdownable series of twists and turns through a landscape at times horrifyingly familiar but still completely compelling.
Review of "THE ONE MAN"
“THE ONE MAN” by Andrew Gross is a riveting novel in which one man’s knowledge can make the difference between winning and losing a war. Professor Alfred Mendl, a brilliant physicist from Poland has been arrested by the Nazi’s and deported with his family to the infamous Auschwitz. Within him lies the knowledge or the missing link that the Americans need to beat Germany in a race to development the first atomic bomb.
Desperate to find a way to free him and bring him to America, the Office of Strategic Services enlists the aid of a young intelligence officer, Lieutenant Nathan Blum. Nathan is the perfect candidate as he is a native of Poland, Jewish and speaks fluent German. However, his desire to go back has as much to do with putting ghosts to rest as it does to honor and serve his country. What Nathan will do is no easy feat and the odds are stacked against him. Sneaking into Auschwitz, finding the professor and escaping is pure suicide, but a risk he is willing to take. With the clock ticking and time running out, Operation Catfish has begun.
I have always loved novels set around WWII and “THE ONE MAN” by Andrew Gross will go down as one of the best novels I have ever read. From the beginning the story grabs you and doesn’t let go. It is high paced, action packed, but full of raw emotion. His descriptions of the poor prisoners, the wretched conditions in the camp, the cruel guards, the sights, sounds and smells literally jump off the pages. There were times I became so engrossed and emotional that I had to put the book down for a few minutes and walk away before continuing. His writing was so vivid it was like watching a movie play out before you, every scene real and intense. The characters the author created were nothing short of brilliant and will haunt you long after you turn the last pages. From the intelligent, gentle professor, to the genius young chess player, to the cruel guards and sorrowful prisoners, every character built upon the next created beautifully to make a powerful story. I especially liked Nathan. I found myself cheering him on and marveled at his faith, ingenuity and courage to complete his mission no matter what the cost.
If you like fast paced novels with action, intelligence and raw emotion centered on WWII then “THE ONE MAN” is for you. Those readers who like the action and intrigue that Greg Iles and Nelson Demille bring with the historical background and human emotion of Herman Wouk will enjoy Andrew Gross’s “THE ONE MAN”.
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Rendan (Dragons of Preor Book 4)
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Violence is never the answer… unless you’re a Preor warrior.
Rendan sen Tarkan, Offense Master to the Preor Third Fleet, has found his human mate. She is small compared to him, but her curves, delicious scent, and sky blue eyes call out to his soul. He has waited for a female for over two centuries and he will fight—kill—any who dare attempt to take her. Even one of his own males.
One moment Carla was unemployed and the next she was on the Preor battleship, working as a nurse for human-Preor mates. Oh, and the next moment? That was when she found her sexy, alien pink-scaled mate. Then she watched the muscular dragon shifter get beat to hell. And then she was assigned a condo in Preor Tower on Earth. The person in the condo next door? That sexy, alien pink-scaled male.
Learning about the proud alien warrior isn’t trouble free, but it’s easier than almost dying. Yeah, almost. But the Preor who tried to end her life? Well, he doesn’t quit easily. She only hopes Rendan is there to save her when the alien tries to end her life once again.
Part of the DRAGONS OF PREOR series:
Book One: Rescue
Forward by retired NASA astronaut Jay Apt, PhD, veteran of four space shuttle missions.
Benjamin’s Field: Rescue’ has been awarded a five-star review by the literary site ‘Reader’s Favorite’ (readersfavorite.com).
Benjamin’s Field follows a rural farm family over the course of sixty years from the viewpoint of the youngest member, Jeremy Kyner. Beginning with America’s entry into World War I, Jeremy and his family are followed through war, peace, triumph, tragedy, heartbreak, and final happiness as the reader examines the role of family loyalty versus individual need, personal liberty and how it relates to society’s demands, religious prejudice, racism, intolerance, the role of charity, and the overwhelming need for humans to forgive one another. While still in manuscript form, Benjamin’s Field, Book One, Rescue, was advanced to the “Best Sellers Chart” of the peer review website YouWriteOn.com. In Book One, “Rescue,” a widowed farmer suffers an unspeakable loss during World War I. Burdened with grief, he learns from his nemesis, a dogmatic Catholic priest, that his son’s fiance has given birth to their crippled child. Unable to cope with the child’s deformity and confounded by his illegitimate birth, the farmer is battered by those closest to him with accusations of cruelty and intolerance until he finally reveals his true feelings and the reasons underlying his apparent bigotry. Set in a historical context, Benjamin’s Field is a compelling story about human dignity overcoming adversity, prejudice, and hatred. Interwoven with lighter moments, this dramatic and moving tale will take the reader on an emotional and sometimes humorous journey.”
Book Two: Ascent
In Book Two, “Ascent,” Jeremy Kyner, now a teenaged boy, becomes the focus of his teacher’s animosity because of his infirmity. With the help of two dedicated school friends and an unconventional Jewish blacksmith, he takes to the sky, defeating his teacher’s plans to institutionalize him and forcing her to divulge her own, dark, secret.
Benjamin’s Field is a historical novel about human dignity overcoming adversity, prejudice, and hatred. Interwoven with lighter moments, this dramatic and moving story will take the reader on a journey of inner exploration.
Book Three: Emancipation
Book Three, “Emancipation,” opens as America is on the cusp of World War II. Jeremy Kyner, now a man, is barred from military service at a time when America is almost defenseless against marauding German submarines. Finally joining a group of volunteer civilian pilots that represents the country’s best hope to counter the Germans, Jeremy confronts a deadly enemy from an unexpected quarter and is offered a chance of achieving final emancipation.
Benjamin’s Field is a historical novel about human dignity overcoming adversity, prejudice, and hatred. Interwoven with lighter moments, this dramatic and moving novel will take the reader on a journey of inner exploration.
Benjamin's Field is historical novel, taking place in the twentieth century that follows Benjamin (who was a farmer) throughout his life, along with family and friends. I thought the writing was great and there were so many things covered in this book, it's hard to write a review and cover it all, but overall the book was very enjoyable. It addresses the times perfectly, really portraying what it was like to live in the 1900's and how different life was then compared to now. The adversity one faced then was very different and this book managed to address family loyalty, racism, religious prejudice, intolerance and the gift of forgiveness. Great book and I would definitely recommend to those who like books in this setting. I only had time to read the first in the series thus far, but plan to read the others in the future.
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J. J. Knights is a retired FBI Special Agent. His assignments included violent crimes and fugitives, property crimes, civil rights investigations, and foreign counterintelligence. He was a surveillance pilot, SWAT sniper, media representative, and worked in the FBI's technical investigations program. Knights also volunteered as a Civil Air Patrol pilot, squadron commander and public information officer. He is an emeritus member of the Imperial Public Relations Committee of Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children. A native of New England, Knights resides in southwestern Pennsylvania with his wife and honeybees. He has authored several published articles on law enforcement recruiting. Benjamin's Field is his first novel.
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These orphans may be on their own...but God hasn't abandoned them.
Sarah Yoder belongs to a Plain community in Oklahoma, but her days are far from simple. Her father suffers from bipolar disorder—until a tragic accident ends his life and the abuse he inflicted. Instead of stepping up to provide a better future, Sarah's mother packs her bags and leaves her six children behind.
Alone with her younger siblings, Sarah is exhausted but finally at peace. Then she nearly runs over a small Hispanic boy with her buggy...and somehow finds herself sheltering two more orphans.
Paul Byler moved to Cody's Creek to help his brother in a time of need. But now that Joseph has recovered from his heart attack, Paul's ready for a quiet place of his own. The only problem? His new property lands him next door to the orphaned Yoder family—and a calling from God he can't seem to ignore.
A story of extraordinary grace and love in the face of desperate need, Sarah's Orphans is the third standalone novel in the Plain and Simple Miracles collection by Vannetta Chapman.
Review of Vannetta Chapman's Sarah's Orphans
Sarah’s Orphans by Vannetta Chapman is a tender story of love, loss and what really makes a family. Sarah Yoder and her siblings never had a normal childhood like the other families in her Amish community of Cody Creek, Oklahoma. A father who suffered from bipolar disorder and a withdrawn mother left them often fending for themselves. After a tragic accident that takes the life of their father, Sarah’s mother unable to cope abandons the family. With mounting debt and very little money, Sarah at the age of 23 with the help of her brother Andy are now responsible for themselves and their three younger siblings. While trying to care for her brothers, run a house and stretch money they don’t have, Sarah discovers two small Hispanic children, Mateo and Mia, abandoned in a leaky trailer. Able to identify with the two small children, Sarah takes them into her home and into her heart.
Overwhelmed and paralyzed with fear over her new responsibilities Sarah’s faith is tested. Sarah must learn to ask for and accept help from her Amish community, a grandmother she barely knows and a confirmed Amish bachelor named Paul who has let her into his heart. As time goes by with help from her friends, Sarah’s faith is restored and all doubts about the future are replaced with courage and love. Sarah is finally able to let go of the past and look forward to a life with Paul where two families can finally become one.
I really liked this book. The characters are tender and sweet. I couldn’t help but feel for Sarah and her siblings when their mother left. My heart broke for Mateo and little Mia abandoned and living in squalor. I praised Sarah for her kindness and fierce determination to protect Mateo and Mia and love them as if they were her own. I liked Paul’s strength of character his compassion and his gentle heart. But of all the characters my favorite was the grandmother. She brought calm, peace, strength and wisdom just when it was needed most and bless the woman she was always sharing chocolates.
If you want to read a novel that is full of emotion and heart then Sarah’s Orphans is for you. For those readers who are fans of Amish novels or fans of Beverly Lewis and Wanda E. Brunstetter you will love Vannetta Chapman’s Sarah’s Orphans. It is full of faith, hope and love. You will not be disappointed.
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From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.
In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…
With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.
Review of The Woman In Cabin 10
Being in the wrong place at the wrong time has never rung more true than in Ruth Ware’s, The Woman In Cabin 10. Lo Blacklock works for Velocity, a travel magazine, when an opportunity of a lifetime presents itself. Due to pregnancy complications, Lo is asked to replace her boss on the maiden voyage of The Aurora, a boutique super luxury cruise liner. Wanting an opportunity to prove herself and climb the corporate ladder this could be the break she’s been waiting for, but days before the eventful voyage, Lo’s apartment is burglarized leaving her hurt, paranoid and vulnerable. Lack of sleep, excess alcohol and an ugly argument with her boyfriend are not the way she had planned to begin this voyage and new endeavor. Arriving upon The Aurora Lo is anxious to prove herself and forget recent events. However, functioning on fear, very little sleep and too much alcohol Lo finds it difficult to work and keep up with her competition on board. When she witnesses a horrific crime in the middle of the night she seeks out answers. Unfortunately, due to her erratic behavior and alcohol consumption crew members and fellow voyagers are skeptical of her story. As the clock starts ticking Lo is desperate to be believed and will go to any lengths to prove what she saw. However time is running out and someone’s determined to make her the next victim.
The Woman In Cabin 10 is fast paced and never stops. It’s similar to a roller-coaster ride that you can’t wait to get on, but can’t wait to get off and then you jump in line again. What I liked best about this book was the depth of its characters and its fast pace. There is never a dull moment. From the beginning to the end you are on a thrill of a ride. Lo especially was multi-dimensional, complex and vulnerable one day then frustrating and indecisive the next. One moment you believed her story, the next you doubted as she seemed unstable. I was constantly asking myself, did she really see anything? Every time I tried to put the book down I would turn another page.
Despite the thrill and mystery of the book I didn’t care for all the profanity. It didn’t add to the book at all and was often distracting. Left out of the book I would not have missed anything and it would have remained just as compelling and thrilling.
If you like a fast paced thriller, The Woman In Cabin 10 will not disappoint. It will leave you looking over your shoulder as you read. You will not be bored, but be prepared to stay up late and read.
I appreciate Simon & Schuster via NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Woman In Cabin 10 for a fair and honest review.
The Crimson Calling by Patrick C. Greene is a suspenseful, fast-paced tale featuring a strong, bad ass heroine, and lots of non-stop action. It puts a new spin on vampire lore by combining the old myths with the modern military.
In a world where just a few hundred vampires secretly remain after the eradication of 1666, Olivia–Liv–Irons is a young woman with unusual military talents who is emotionally tortured by the loss of her child and the man she loved. One day, she is a approached by an ancient alluring vampire with a proposition she can’t refuse.
Now, it rests in her hands to save the good vampires–as well as humankind–from a sect of the evil undead who want nothing more than to rule the world on their own terms. Including turning humans into foodbags. But at the heart of this mission, there lies a secret…
Olivia is a lovable character, strong and independent, yet kind and vulnerable, the perfect combination with her bad ass attitude. There is also an array of interesting secondary characters as well as a villainess readers will love to hate. Intense and entertaining fight scenes between the immortals will satisfy fans of the military/vampire fiction sub-genre. Adding to this mix are the alluring forests and rolling hills of Eastern Europe, as well as erotic descriptions of vampire transformation.
Greene has a gritty writing style that doesn’t shy away from the nastier side of things–and language. His combat descriptions are awesome. At the same time, he does a skillful job in getting into the mind of his young and vulnerable protagonist, showing us her doubts and fears with a caring touch. The ending seems to be open to a sequel so I’m definitely looking forward to read more. Entertaining and recommended!
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Published to coincide with Pope Francis's Year of Mercy and the Vatican's canonization of Mother Teresa, this new book of unpublished material by a humble yet remarkable woman of faith whose influence is felt as deeply today as it was when she was alive, offers Mother Teresa's profound yet accessible wisdom on how we can show mercy and compassion in our day-to-day lives.
For millions of people from all walks of life, Mother Teresa's canonization is providentially taking place during Pope Francis's Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This is entirely fitting since she is seen both inside and outside of the Church as an icon of God's mercy to those in need.
Compiled and edited by Brian Kolodiejckuk, M.C., the postulator of Mother Teresa's cause for sainthood, A Call to Mercy presents deep yet accessible wisdom on how we can show compassion in our everyday lives. In her own words, Mother Teresa discusses such topics
the need for us to visit the sick and the imprisoned
the importance of honoring the dead and informing the ignorant
the necessity to bear our burdens patiently and forgive willingly
the purpose to feed the poor and pray for all
the greatness of creating a “civilization of love” through personal service to others
Featuring never before published testimonials by people close to Mother Teresa as well as prayers and suggestions for putting these ideas into practice, A Call to Mercy is not only a lovely keepsake, but a living testament to the teachings of a saint whose ideas are important, relevant and very necessary in the 21st century.
Review of A Call to Mercy
A Call to Mercy, Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve by Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC is one of the most incredible accounts of a living saint I have ever read. This book details the living philosophy of one of the most influential and revered woman of our time, Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity (MC) after a personal call from Jesus. This beautiful group of nuns lead by Mother Teresa have administered to thousands of poor, hungry, lonely, sick and dying throughout the world. Mother Teresa understood and identified with the poorest of the poor and those that lived on the margins of society. Using the corporal and spiritual works of mercy as her guide Mother Teresa became the living example of a merciful heart as she was able to see the face of Christ in others. Not only did her merciful heart extend to the poor but she taught her peers and Sisters of the MC how to live, love and be merciful even in the most difficult of circumstances in the most ravaged areas of the world.
The accounts of Mother Teresa’s work was nothing short of astounding. In this small, frail looking woman was a spirit that was strong and attuned to the living will of God. It is impossible to read even a portion of this book without deep reflection. You cannot read this book and the examples of her charity without questioning yourself and wondering what you are doing in your own life to change or make a difference in someone else’s life. This also was the gift of this woman, the ability to make others want to help. This holy woman would move heaven and earth to assist the poor and sick. She was a force of nature, yet she served Christ and those she loved with the deepest of humility. She saw herself as no different from those she served, always in tune to the will of God. With the assistance of his Holy Mother and constant prayer she served his people tirelessly wanting nothing for herself in return.
What I liked best about this book was the perspective of three voices, the author, Mother Teresa’s and eyewitnesses (priests, laity, fellow sisters and those she helped). To be taught about her philosophies was one thing, but to hear the voices of those who followed her and those she served was nothing short of inspiring. In a world where “What’s in it for me?” seems to be the norm, her selflessness and humility was nothing short of a miracle. I wish this book could be mandatory reading for everyone. If even a quarter of the readers implemented her charity and acts of love what a different world we would live in. Imagine a world of selfless charity, kindness and giving. What a wonderful world it would be.
Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC, A Call to Mercy, Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve, is an inspiring and living account of Mother Teresa’s spiritual and corporal works of mercy that continue today through her Missionaries of Charity. You cannot read this beautiful book without self-reflection that will challenge and motivate you to make the necessary changes in your life to assist or help those who are lonely, sick or deprived of the necessities of life. One cannot read this book and remain unchanged in thought or deed. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book and prepare to change your heart. You will be better for it.
I appreciate being given an advanced copy of A Call to Mercy, Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
When Maya Smock writes her first novel, everything seems to go her way. Her book practically writes itself. She marries her gorgeous agent. Her name is on all of the best seller lists. Billionaire author Jay McCallister takes an interest in her meteoric rise to fame and invites her into his world of alien-believing celebrities. Her life changes forever when he tells her that they were both created inside of a laboratory. These authors are embedding an alien genetic code within the pages of their novels that originated from Nazi Germany because...
The time has come. They are here.
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It's rare that I read scifi, but it was The Best Seller's particular blend of genre -- scifi meets thriller, meets conspiracy theory -- combined with historical elements that intrigued me. The Best Seller by Dina Rae introduces the reader to a huge conspiracy/cover-up. The author did a good job of making the story seem real and believable, which I think is key for this kind of story. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading, but I became invested in the plot quickly. With alternating chapters between the present and past (what happened during Hitler's reign with the Nazi's) readers learn that the US government allowed Hitler's doctors to conduct experiments and hid this from everyone. These experiments involved aliens. But these weren't docile aliens. Instead, they were vicious killers.
Present day in the novel introduces us to a young female, author--Maya--of a scifi fantasy. She goes to an event in the hopes of snagging an agent or publisher. Of course, she gets lucky and finds what she went for, including meeting her favorite author, but he goes all whacko when he sees the necklace she had on that her mother gave her because it's linked to the aliens.
Overall, the pace was good and the premise for the story very unique. This is a worthy read and an interesting book.
Dina Rae brings an academic element to her novels by weaving research and history throughout the stories. Big Pharma, Big Agri, Big Conspiracy is Dina's first nonfiction work.
Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and dog outside of Dallas. She is a Christian, avid tennis player, movie buff, teacher, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times in e-zines, websites, blogs, newspapers, and syndicated radio programs. When she is not writing she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Stephen King, Brad Thor, and George R.R. Martin. She also enjoys reading about religion, UFOs, New World Order, government conspiracies, political intrigue, and other cultures. The Best Seller, her newest sci-fi novel, is released by Solstice Publishing.
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One woman. Two hot rock stars. The ultimate story of sex, drugs and lies.
Sammy has lived on the road since she was a little girl. Never close to her mother, she made her life with her father. When Sammy runs into her old flame, Alan, life gets even wilder for her. Alan was everything she tried to forget about her past, but he pulls her back in.
On a job which happens to be for Alan’s band, Sammy meets Jasper. Jasper is everything she’s always wanted in a man. Unfortunately for Sammy, Jasper is in Alan’s band, Reckless.
Sammy’s life turns into a whirlwind of events when death, drugs, sex and lies take her on a roller coaster ride. Who is Sammy’s ultimate rocker love? Will the drama of her roadie life take away any chance she has to be truly happy?
Excerpt from Reckless
I open my eyes to the harsh hospital room lights before snapping them back closed. Someone is in the room because I hear the lights click off and heavy steps coming back next to me.
“Thanks.” I mutter as I push myself back some on the bed.
“Am I going to have to tie you down?” The deep rumble of Jasper’s voice fills me. He’s still here. I can’t believe he’s still here.
“Is that a promise?” I open my eyes again and look over at him. That shit eating grin spread all the across his face.
“You keep talking like that.” His smile grows slightly and so does mine. I love that we can be playful.
“Why are you still here?” His smile fades and he looks like someone punched him.
“Why wouldn’t I be? They are letting you go in a little while. Jase has 2 plane tickets back home. I’m going to take time off and go with you.” His words hit me hard. I can’t believe what he’s saying. He can’t take time off; they are on tour! He has shows to do, and I need some space. Playful is one thing, but I still need time to sort shit out.
“No! You have responsibilities! You can’t just leave.” Jasper stands and looks down at me before placing his hands on either side of my head, the look in his eyes has turned serious.
“Understand this because I’m only going to tell you once. You mean more to me than any fucking shows Sammy.” I suck in a breath. He can’t mean that. We barely know each other. There’s no way he feels this way, besides, Reckless is his life.
“I won’t let you. I… I don’t want you to go with me.” I can feel my heart break as the words come out of my mouth. Even worse, I can see his break. I can’t let him ruin his tour to deal with me. It isn’t fair and I would never ask him to do that.
“You don’t want me to go?” Jasper stands and takes a step back, running his hand through his hair. How can this feel so fucking bad when I barely know him?
“Jasper..” He shakes his head before he leans in and kisses my forehead, a tear drop dripping onto my skin.
“I’ll always be here for you Bity.” Jasper turns and walks out the door. My heart is pounding, I just want to curl up and cry. Why am I such a fuck up?
“I know you will Monster.” My tear filled whisper is meant for no one. That’s what I deserve.
After I lay curled in a ball crying my eyes out for a while, the door opens. My heart leaps in my chest thinking maybe he came back.
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