Firethorn by Ronie Kendig
If you haven’t discovered the Discarded Heroes series yet, then you are in for a real treat.
In this 4th installment of the series things have really blown up–literally. Nightshades headquarters have been breached and destroyed. Griffin (Legend) is set up to be charged with murder and now sits in a federal maximum security prison. With the team all put out of commission and separated to the corners of the globe Nightshade, usually the rescuer, finds itself in dire need of rescue.
Enter Kazi Faron. This young assassin has been tasked with the job of breaking Griffin out and working with him to rescue the rest of the team while finding out who is trying to destroy them. But Kazi has her work cut out for her. Used to working alone and trusting no one but herself, Kazi must learn to put away her fear of betrayal and trust Griffin long enough to finish the job.
As love begins to stir in the hearts of Kazi and Griffin, they race around the globe trying to put the pieces together. Are they one step ahead of the traitor, or one step behind? Are they prepared for the surprise that awaits them at the end of their journey? Is this the end for the Nightshade team we have grown to love?
As with all the books in this series, Firethorn is an absolutely magnificent story. I must say that this is my favorite modern book series. Although this seems to be the last book in the series I hope we will see these characters again. They have become good friends.
One of the themes throughout these books is the difficulty soldiers face with trying to reintegrate themselves into “normal” life. War takes it’s toll on all it touches, and on none more-so than the soldiers who face it’s atrocities for months on end. This book and the whole series gives us a glimpse into the lives of Hero’s who are wounded from within, and their struggle to redefine their life.
5 stars (of course) and 5+ stars for the series as a whole
The Chair by James L. Rubart
James Rubart has done it again. The Chair is a magnificient creation, a definite “edge of my seat” (pun intended) read. Unpredictable up to the very end, this book deserves a very strong 5 star rating.
Corin Roscoe thinks the old lady who dropped off an even older chair at his antique shop is nuts. Though he tries to refuse the chair, she insists he take it–claiming that it was meant to go to him.
Taking a closer look after she leaves, he realizes the chair is very well made in it’s simplicity. Putting it off to the side, since he has an overabundance of furniture in his store right now, he figures it’s something he might take a look at later, if he has the time.
When a young boy is miraculously healed in his store after sitting in the chair, and word of it spreads, Corin realizes that maybe he has come across something special. Could this chair possibly heal his brother–and his guilt?
When a well known mega-church pastor begins to manipulate Corin into selling the chair, he decides to lock it up for safekeeping. Corrin, needing advice, confides in an old trusted friend, a college professor, who shares with him the history and legend behind the mysterious chair.
Does the chair really posses power? There are those who will stop at nothing to get it–and that puts Corin, and those he loves at the center of their cross-hairs.
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley. All opinions rendered are my own.
Lone Defender by Shirley McCoy
Six days in the Sonoran desert…six days without food…with barely any water…six days since Skylar Grady’s been left for dead with no idea who even wanted her that way.
This was supposed to be such a simple assignment. Just locate the deadbeat dad so the authorities could have him arrested and brought to justice. She hadn’t even found him, yet here she is, pretty sure she’s only hours away from certain death.
If anyone else had asked Jonas Sampson to track someone lost in the desert (and believe me, they had) he never would have done it. But his old college friend Kane Dougherty was someone he’d do almost anything for–especially since Cane assured him that this woman was too stubborn to die. Now that he’s found her, getting her home safely is going to be a whole other battle–both because of the dozen or more men tracking her with an intent to kill, and because she fight’s him almost every step of the way.
This is the best Love inspired Suspense book I’ve read in a long time. Shirley McCoy doesn’t waste any time getting to the meat of the story. The action begins with the first sentence, and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat til the very end. The characters are real. They draw you in till you feel yourself longing to see their hopes and dreams fulfilled, and cheering them on every step of the way. There is really a lot of punch in this little book. It is a great value, and worth every one of the 5 stars I’m giving it.
This book was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions rendered are my own.
Indelible by Kristen Heitzmann
Natalie Reeve is a gifted sculptor whose ability stems from a unique disability. When her brother helps her buy a home and business in the peaceful mountain community of Redford, what she hopes for is tranquility. How was she to know that events would so quickly spiral out of control.
Trevor MacDaniel is searching for two elderly hikers that seem to be lost when he comes across a dire situation. A mountain lion has snatched a toddler from the trail where he was walking with his father and aunt. The decision to put his life on the line to save the boy requires no contemplation. Having lost his little brother to a horrific accident years ago, he’s not about to let another family go through that kind of pain if he can help it.
The lives of these two are seemingly thrown together when Natalie and Trevor realize that not only did he rescue her nephew, but their businesses are next door as well. The more time they spend together, the more they see that they may be just what each other needs. When Trevor is stalked and Natalie is attacked by the stalker she may have seen, their worlds collide in a way neither of them saw coming.
This is an enjoyable story, and I found myself not wanting to put it down at times, but the beginning is not quite up to Kristen Heitzmanns best work. The story started out with an impressive scene that was not carried out as good as it could have been, and it took too much time to see how the different threads were fitting together. I definitely enjoyed the book, but although I was expecting it to be a five-star read, it really was more of a four-star.
This book was provided to me by the publisher, Waterbrook Press. All opinions rendered are my own.
Jason Dunn thinks he know whats going on–he wasn’t born yesterday. When he finds love notes from his wife to another man, he thinks affair, not set up (like she claims).
Little by little things in Jason’s life begin going so-right, and yet at the same time so-wrong. His most despised co-worker becomes his boss, he gains a beautiful new assistant, his recently released jailbird brother is causing all kinds of trouble for him, and he finds a loophole that if he should take it, will net him enough money to last many lifetimes.
What he would have never thought have doing at one time becomes a bit easier with every baby step, every little sin, every bit of twisted reasoning. Now comes the big step, the one he won’t ever be able to undo. Will he take it, or will something happen to change the path he’s headed down.
I feel like I should have had a crash course in banking and high finance before reading this book. There was way to much bank-speak. Also, this was definitely a book written with men in mind. It is highly plot driven, and the characters are left swimming in shallow water.
I was not comfortable with how the intimacy was described in the book. If as it seemed it was truly written for men, then it would draw even more of a visual than I felt it did. Although not excessive by mainstream standards, for a christian publisher it was awfuly close to the line.
Overall I just did not enjoy this book, but I must admit that the writing skill was excellent and Michael Berrier has a lot of potential. I will be looking out to see what he writes in the future.
This book was provided to me by the publishers through NetGalley. All opinions rendered are my own.
Half a millenia past, after wars that decimated the earth, Sirin brought forth a new wisdom. He taught the laying aside of life’s excesses in exchange for simple equality. He preached the dangers of emotions untamed. Many followed him, and for a time peace reigned throughout the earth–but humanity could not keep this up for long.
Megas developed a virus that would spread throughout the earth, stripping every person of all emotions but fear. When Sirin is martyred, the blame is placed on extremest factions, and the road is paved for Megas’ rise to power.
The Book of Orders, a strict rule that reaches into every area of life is canonized under Megas’ rule. The people crave the order and freedom from fear that complying brings. They long for the possibility of bliss after death, which can only be achieved by strict adherence to Order.
The year is 480–calculated from the moment the age of Chaos ended and the age of Order was ushered in. Simple craftsman Rom, and his friends are unwittingly thrust into the crux of the battle to save humanity from Order. Some will die; some will wish they could. Each of them will feel more alive than they ever imagined. And a small cripple boy will be the only hope for life the world has left.
This book is truly amazing. The combined storytelling of Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee have created a book that is destined to be among the greatest pieces of literature. There is no real way to describe the majesty of this book adequately. You must experience it for yourself. First in The Book of Mortals series, Forbidden is an experience you won’t soon forget. 5 Stars–but worthy of many more.
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Water’s Edge By Robert Whitlow
Tom Crane has a beautiful girlfriend, a nice home, and is about to make partner at his law firm–life is treating him pretty well. Entering the meeting where he expects the partnership announcement to be made known, the rug is violently pulled from beneath his feet. Tom finds out that not only is he not going to be made partner, but he is completely out of a job thanks to economic cutbacks. He tells his girlfriend, and before he arrives home she has left him and taken his cat as well.
With nothing standing in his way, Tom heads back to his hometown to close up his deceased father’s small town law firm. What he finds is suspicions of foul play, criminal activity, people who love him for who he is, and seeds of faith that had been planted long ago. What he learns is that God can take even our biggest failures and turn them into something not only worthwhile, but beautiful as well.
Robert Whitlow never disappoints his readers, and this book is no exception. A masterfully written plot with twists and turns that keep you glued to the pages long into the night, Water’s Edge is a book that you will treasure for years to come. 5 Stars
This book was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.