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Journey to the Children of Bwola Dances

Journey to Children of Bwola Dances by [Amaya]

Amaya’s Journey to Children of Bwola Dances is an important book that shows how life is different for people in different parts of the globe. The book may be fictional but some of the events that are mentioned in the chapter have historical significance. The reader is taken through a world of war, extreme violence, drama, politics and rebel groups. The narration is raw and expressive giving the impression of events happening in real-time. Amaya’s writing helps one draw comparisons on how policies are made in western countries compared to other countries in the world. In the book, we see the adverse effects of war and how certain demographics get to be affected. Children and women are the most affected groups when war erupts.

It is a shame how young boys were recruited to fight in the war, robbing them of their innocence and a chance to grow up like other kids. The story is set in Australia and Uganda later on. The Lord Resistance Army (LRA) is rebelling against the Ugandan government. This is a story of pain, brutality, vengeance, hopelessness, power, and lack of humanity. You will get emotional on some pages especially when you read about the struggles of child soldiers. We follow as two teens with completely different backgrounds meet through fate and bond as they share past experiences. One teen, the Australian, is used to a different way of life but it is the difference that makes them key characters in the book.

The events that preceded the abduction of Bob and Samantha were not only disturbing but also upsetting to follow. Through the characters, we see how governments respond to calls of help when their citizens are in danger. The book is not just filled with agonizing stories. We follow beautiful customs and cultures in Africa and how they make societies blend. Reading about the Ladongo dace and how men and women lined up to celebrate a successful hunting trip gave me joy. I visualized how happy the dancers were when celebrating their success. The Lord Resistance Army was an evil group. The aggressive raids the group made and the damage it caused was unnecessary if the people had embraced civility. Through their actions, we learn the importance of having a stable government that ensures the rule of law is adhered.

In Journey to Children of Bwola Dancers you will learn about family dynamics, the power of a united people, the impact of poor governance and many more topics that are related to current events in the world. Amaya’s writing is excellent and her characters in the book were well developed. This book is not just a great thriller and drama novel but also a nice learning tool for readers who enjoy historical fiction stories.

Pages: 215 | ASIN: B07XTDVHWS

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Harvest

Harvest by [Werby, Olga]

Harvest by Olga Werby is a fresh change in a genre that is littered with superheroes or with stories in a galaxy far away and distant future. These may be entertaining to our superficial senses; rarely these evoke deeper emotions in the way this book does.

Harvest takes place in the future, where colonies on other planets exist, necessitated in response to an asteroid impact 100 years ago. The story begins with anthropologist Dr Varsaad Volhard, brought on board an exploration expedition to explore an alien artifact. When Dr. Varsaad’s father starts making shocking discoveries back on earth regarding intelligent life forms, things start to go awry.

On the spaceship, things start going wrong soon after they lift off to Mimas, a site on Saturn’s moon where the alien artifact is located. Their voyage is wrought with tense emotion and thrilling suspense that kept me hooked. When the team starts exploring the artifact is when the story really got interesting for me. The character development and story progression were steady up to this point, but the intrigue is turned up to maximum when the team starts exploring.

This is a novel that shifts quickly. When things go wrong, the characters and the story shift and lead you in a new direction.

The author writes an amazing and engaging plot that kept me tethered to the story. The pace is excellent and the story never gets bogged down by the details. Characters are well defined and the origins of the lead characters are gradually explored as they uncover secrets that have huge ramifications for humanity. I particularly liked the realism integrated into the story combined with the technology from both humans and aliens, which gave the story a frightful combination that made me wonder if such a future would be possible.

The story is a delightful and enjoyable read that you can really immerse yourself in. It will prove to be a perfect novel for any sci-fi fan who really wants to dig their teeth into more than light saber rattling.

Pages: 420 | ASIN:  B07R8HGKWN

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Cian – Trailer

Cian and Saxon’s meeting in the heart of the Amazon is more than an encounter of two people; it’s the coming together of two different worlds. Their explorations and adventures take them deep into the rain forest and then halfway around the globe in search of a peaceful place to settle down. But instead of finding peace, their shared sense of justice finds them traveling from Europe to New York and then back to Brazil where they must confront the evil network of the ambitious and heartless Oxana, who will stop at nothing to advance her trade in endangered animals as well as women and little girls.

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Save Him

Save Him by [Hayes, William M.]

Save Him by William M. Hayes is a time travel story about a scientist named Rydel Scott who works at the Genesis Lab in upstate New York creating new technology for the military. After he stumbles across a way to travel back in time, his terminally ill sister convinces him that he must use this discovery to prevent Jesus’s death on the cross. The Unit, an elite military group led by Ray Catlin, is sent to stop him before it’s too late and bring him back. But once on the mission, the Unit becomes divided. Will Rydel succeed in changing the past and saving Jesus Christ? And if he does, will the people in the present survive the repercussions?

I enjoyed reading this book. The story line was intriguing, and it was a unique take on a time travel action adventure story. I liked the descriptions of Jerusalem during the life of Jesus. It gave me a good sense of what it might have been like to live during that time period.

The technology described in the book was interesting. The story started out a bit slow, taking place in the Genesis Lab with a show and tell of the new tech rather than with action as the Unit is sent out on their mission. However, this did give me a chance to get to know the various members of the Unit, who might have been hard to keep straight otherwise, since there were so many of them.

The group became divided about the mission once they arrived in the past, which was something that didn’t sit well with me, since the Christian believers’ position did not seem logical. One of the foundations of Christianity is that Jesus died for our sins so that our souls would be saved, yet the Christian characters don’t act as though that sacrifice was necessary when it should have been a fundamental belief. I thought it was odd for them to think that saving Jesus would have no effect on the present when Christianity as they know it would cease to exist if Jesus did not die on the cross.

This was an intriguing book with an interesting plot, but I felt the book lacked a conclusive ending. If you enjoy science fiction stories with futuristic, yet believable, technology in a historic setting then this book is definitely for you.

Pages: 345 | ASIN: B07WQMP41B

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Spectre

Spectre: A Kirk Ingram action thriller by [Misquita, Douglas]

Spectre: A Kirk ingram Action Thriller is practically a movie in its embryonic stages. It features a tortured protagonist accused of being the perpetrator of a heinous crime, a tragedy-stricken sidekick, and perhaps most interestingly, the history of Christianity woven throughout the plot.

The story begins in 33 CE with a vague and mystifying account of a Jewish household. We are then brought forward 300 years, where a power-hungry emperor attempts to popularize the new religion Christianity and claim it for his own. However, we discover that there are people with supernatural powers, almost otherworldly that add conflict to the situation. Now, in the present day, former FBI agent Kirk Ingram is thought to be the killer of nearly all of an abbey’s residents. Using his wits and increasingly untrustworthy body, he pairs up with the last remaining resident of the abbey, Jovanni, in order to solve the mystery and save the world from mysterious dark forces.

The book lives up to its title- it is most definitely an action packed, thrill heavy ride; I can almost visualize a Tom Cruise scene accompanied by a hardcore, brainy backstory. I particularly enjoyed this novel because it reminded me of my science nerd phase, where I was a hopeless Dan Brown addict. Some parts of Spectre reminded me of the Da Vinci Code– maybe because of the religion-forward detective work that was happening. But at the same time, Douglas Misquita’s own voice was unquestionably distinctive. I would think of it as Da Vinci Code meets James Bond meets Kirk Ingram’s particular brand of panache. I found myself comparing it to a lot of movies- which I would assign as a hefty compliment to the book. I have read so many thrillers where the authors waxed poetic on their knowledge of spy-related stuff, and while educational, I am hardly reading thrillers for their didactic value. Douglas Misquita kept it to the point: it was informative without losing its entertainment value.

The author’s incisiveness and knowledge also shone through in all the parts where he linked the past and present; religious movements and their effects. Kirk Ingram and Jovanni are also in no manner the flawless heroes. Kirk has a troubling past and faces ethical dilemmas throughout the book; not to mention a body that can betray him at any moment. I enjoyed this aspect of the character- it adds depth and dimension to what can often and unfortunately turn out to be a two-dimensional untouchable action machine.

Spectre: A Kirk ingram Action Thriller is a riveting and engaging story that I would recommend. Nothing like a religious conspiracy theory filled thriller to keep you up all night!

Pages: 359 | ASIN: B07YDV1YWT

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Foulplay is not Suspected

Foul Play Is Not Suspected by [Murphy, Steve]

It’s almost impossible not to come across a story every day about another victim of the opioid/mental health crisis that is devastating cities around the globe.

This ongoing tragedy encompasses so many issues and has so many facets but at the end of the day it is a tragedy of people. Real people who have real stories and whose stories have elements that anyone can relate too.

So, what makes a person succumb to pain, depression and despair? Why are some people able to stay clean and others can’t break free? The answer is not always the same, neither is the end of each persons tale. Taking a page from a true life news article, singer/songwriter Steve Murphy embraces the idea of the person behind the byline in a short story centering on Mark; a homeless man who battles his personal demons, usually without much success.

From the opening of Foul Play is Not Suspected Murphy asks the questions we should ask and take the time to think about. The characters of this short story could be anybody and like anybody, they have twists and turns in their lives; as well as a desire to find the best lives for themselves.

The crisis’ of drugs and depression often go hand in hand and by no means can be put into a box or a quick article but the authors considerable talent allows him to illustrate an accurate and savvy picture of how these problems affect all people in society.

At the center of Foul Play is Not Suspected is Mark an everyday man who becomes the symbol of a life interrupted by darkness and bad decisions and the inability to get past his addiction. But, there are more layers to Mark and to Murphy’s story in general. Thankfully, the message is not lost in complexity nor overwritten to prove a point. His vision stays true to the message and  is clear as well as impactful.

Steve Murphy closes the story with links and ideas to be more active, as well as a link to the original article and a link to an informative article about the health risks of opioids.

Reading stories like Foul Play is Not Suspected will help put the right take on this overwhelming problem and should be part of any book club. A longer version of the story would have been wonderful.

Pages: 103 | ASIN: B07XC1QFZD

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With A Bit Of Adventure And Danger

Charley Brindley Author Interview

Charley Brindley Author Interview

The Last Mission of the Seventh Cavalry follows a unit of the 7th Cav as they travel 2,000 years into the past where soldiers from past and present fight to survive. What was the inspiration for the setup to this intriguing story?

After Hannibal defeated the Romans at the Battle of Cannae, he had them at his mercy. But he didn’t follow up with an attack on Rome itself. Some historians believe he thought they would sue for peace. They didn’t and he roamed around Italy for years, allowing the Romans to rebuild their army which resulted in his defeat at Zama and the destruction of Carthage. So, I decided to send the Seventh Cavalry back in time to help him out.

The story is filled with well developed and interesting character. What was your favorite character to write for?

My favorite character in the novel is Private Katy Sharakova. She’s a tough soldier, a skilled fighter, and an outspoken buddy. She’s based on a good friend of mine.

I enjoyed the different relationships that developed throughout the course of the story. What were some ideas you wanted to capture while writing?

One of the themes I like to develop in my stories is the mechanic of relationships. A couple meet, clash, become friends, maybe good friends or even lovers, one of them makes a big mistake or cheats on the other, poisoning the relationship, they break up, then some event forces them into a situation where they must solve a problem together. They discover their feeling for each other are stronger than jealousy or disappointments in behavior. All this must be mixed in with a bit of adventure and danger.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’ve just published a new book, “Sea of Sorrows”. It’s about Vietnam vet who returns to Bangkok after a fifty-year absence. He thought his lover from long ago had died in a typhoid epidemic in 1969. However, he discovers she did not die and not only did she live, but she was pregnant with his child when he returned to the battlefield where he was critically wounded. Now he learns his past has been evolving without him.

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The Last Mission of the Seventh Cavalry by [Brindley, Charley]

A unit of the Seventh Cavalry is on a mission over Afghanistan when their plane is hit.

Sergeant James Alexander, Private Kady Sharakova, Private Charley Kawalski, PFC Autumn Eaglemoon, PFC Sparks Campbell, and nine other soldiers bail out of the burning plane.

When they hit the ground, they are not in Afghanistan. Not only are they four thousand miles from their original destination but it appears they have descended two thousand years into the past where primitive forces fight each other with swords and arrows.

The platoon is thrown into a battle where they must choose sides quickly or die. They are swept along in a tide of events so powerful that their courage, ingenuity and weapons are tested to the limits of their durability and strength.

The four women in the unit are trained soldiers, skilled in the art of combat, but they are not prepared for the brutal reality of war. They are more than capable of fighting alongside the men, and, at times, defending the others in close quarters fighting. But when the battle is won, they must come to grips with their destruction of life.

The Seventh is forced to join Hannibal’s army and fight his battles, at least until they can find their way home. However, as their journey takes them over the Alps and down the length of Italy, friendship and even romance begins to form between these hardened soldiers from past and present. Powerful bonds that reshape each soldier’s hopes and dreams for the future.

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How I Grew Up

Lea Ann Vandygriff Author Interview

Lea Ann Vandygriff Author Interview

The relationship between the characters and seeing how they handle situations is always something I look forward to. What was a scene in the book that you particularly enjoyed writing?

When I am writing, sometimes I am just as surprised as the reader at what happens. It is especially fun writing the southern dialect because it comes naturally. I think the best part for me was watching Dillion’s character develop and change when faced with being the head of the family. Dillion had always been a follower, not a leader.

I always enjoy your characters because they feel real. Which character do you feel you relate to the most?

Aubree is based on myself and how I grew up. Though the novel is based on parts of my life, it contains mostly fiction. It will be hard to determine which elements are real and which are fiction — leaving a bit of a challenge for those who do not know me personally.

Will there be a Seasons III?

Yes, the third book is entitled, “Seasons III Unity of One.”

“The enemies of the past must unite with the community against a common enemy.”

I am writing this book as we speak.

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Seasons Ii: Justice Is Not for the Weak by [Vandygriff, Lea Ann]

In the first book, Seasons Once Upon My Innocence, the story began with a young girl who was still naïve and uncorrupted. Through her experiences, the harsh realities of life began to creep in, taking away her and that of her friends’ innocence. A community must bond together in the midst of tragedy.

In Seasons Justice is Not for the Weak, the story continues into high school. The teens face greater challenges and more difficult choices. Justice in the eyes of one may not be the same justice in the eyes of another. There is a fine line when judging others and taking matters into our own hands. Families, individuals, and communities may be destroyed.

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Amulet’s Rapture

Amulet's Rapture (Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 3) by [Tanner, Linnea]

Amulet’s Rapture turned out to be one of the top 3 books I have read in the last six months! And I read, a lot !

The author Linea Tanner, begins the story of a pre–Dark age Roman period, at the time when Roman power was the paramount power in the known Western world. We find our main character Catrin, a princess of Britannia, a fierce warrior and a druidess ending up being a slave to a Roman. She had never imagined her state even in her dreams but after her father, King Amren lost to Romans and her step-brother Marrock became the client king of the Cantiaci kingdom, this was her harsh reality. She was taken a slave by the Roman tribune Decimus and named her Vibius a boy, ensuring that everyone would believe her to be a boy. We also come to know that his step-brother murdered both her mother and father, meaning that her identity as a princess was wiped out, forgotten by all except for a few.

We see her at first as a damsel, waiting upon her prince, her beloved Apollo, to come to her rescue and take her away from all her troubles. We see then her metamorphosis into a warrior, as layer after layer of her sorrow and sadness transformed her into a warrior. We see that her master, Decimus has an ulterior purpose, and though he shamed her, was disdainful and treated her with utter contempt, he kept her safe.

We also get to know of Marcellus, and are stunned to know that he is the husband of Catrina, the background story and the situation they find themselves in. Will they be united or won’t is the question.

What was most striking was the incredible layers the author has crafted in the story that it gels smoothly. So many times, I have seen good beginnings spoiled because the author let the story stagnate or introduce plots that have no meaning or place in the story, which really irritates me. I am thankful that the author has kept a tight ship. Secondly, I like the brutality and the savagery which actually existed in Roman times and their conflicts with tribes of Britannia, Gaul and other places were gory and ugly. That the author manages to weave them seamlessly without sacrificing the main plot elements which makes this a well rounded story. A very enjoyable read and I will look forward to more.

Pages: 359 | ASIN: B07Y8SS2B2

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Raji: Book One: Octavia Pompeii – Trailer

Rajiani Devaki (Raji) is a girl of thirteen from India. On a cold December morning in 1925, Vincent Fusilier (Fuse) finds Raji sleeping in his parents’ barn. He thinks she’s a vagrant and tells her she has to go. She doesn’t understand English and doesn’t know where she is, having recently escaped from a house in Queens New York where she had been held for the past nine years as an indentured servant. After Vincent leaves for school, Raji slips into his house to find something to eat. She peeks into the front room and is startled to see a man sitting in a wheelchair. He stares at her but apparently cannot move or speak.

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