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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Review: BETRAYED ANGEL by Tom Haase

Release Date: July 15 2018

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40537835-betrayed-angel" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Betrayed Angel (Coastal Adventure Series Book 1)" src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1529133093m/40537835.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40537835-betrayed-angel">Betrayed Angel</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7143358.Tom_Haase">Tom Haase</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2454554632">4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Review: BETRAYED ANGEL by Tom Haase<br /><br />Hard-charging Chuck McGregor, former Savannah police officer, former Army Airborne on special ops for the Defense Intelligence Agency, finds himself at a loss after finally leaving the military. Almost immediately, his father, a very wealthy hedge fund owner, dies and leaves Chuck majorly well-off. But that doesn't satisfy the void in Chuck 's spirit, and neither does heavy consumption of alcohol. <br /><br />But finding a purpose does, and in this, having friends on the Savannah Police force does. In an accidentally witnessed event on the Tybee Island beach, a purpose reveals itself. Suddenly Chuck discovers the bugaboo of contemporary society-human trafficking--and Chuck 's own moral compass unleashes a new Rambo, as he determines to take down all and sundry, while saving all the victims he can. Go, Chuck!!
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review_OOPS-A-NAVY by Gregg Bell

Oops-A-Navy (Navy SEAL Misadventure Book 1)Oops-A-Navy by Gregg Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: OOPS-A-NAVY by Gregg Bell

Honestly: how did these two ever enter the Navy SEALS in the first place? (Laughing) Let alone survive "Hell Week"? Earl and Shelby are--not a pair, oh no--assigned partners, sent first to Hawaii to "calm down," then, at the Admiral' s discretion, to Guantanamo to track down a "missing" golfer Senator! (For some reason, I kept remembering the visiting Congressman killed at Jonestown.)

Now let me tell you WHY Shelby and Earl don't form the ideal covert partnership. There is nothing covert about Shelby: she is an on-fire loose cannon in the SEALs for one reason: to revenge the deaths of her parents, killed on their catamaran by a Russian torpedo! (So the Admiral sends her to CUBA?!) Earl is a Chicago poet, scion of wealth, mellow. Earl is also recovering from Shelby' s shooting him with a speargun in Hawaii. Tracking through swamp and jungle is so not helpful. (And probably not poetic).
Earl and Shelby bring whole new definitions to the term "feckless." Can anything ever go right?

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Monday, June 11, 2018

ROADTRIP AMERICA'S ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO: 25 SCENIC SIDE TRIPS

RoadTrip America's Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side TripsRoadTrip America's Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips by Rick Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: ROAD TRIP AMERICA ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO: 25 SCENIC SIDE TRIPS by Rick Quinn, RoadTrip America

Wow! This book is packed with so much information, it's a traveller' s education in itself. It's got me champing at the bit to try out these junkets, and I'll definitely be keeping it close for future reference.

The scenic beauty of the American Southwest is unparalleled anywhere, and author Rick Quinn, a veteran of road trips all over North and South America spanning several decades, directs eager readers "off the beaten track," specifically off Interstates, all the better to discover the views and vistas, the untold secrets, of "the real Southwest." He weaves in historical input as well, in a delightful, exciting, and educational guidebook. Don't miss!

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Friday, May 18, 2018

MURDER MOST FOWL by V. S. Vale

Murder Most Fowl (Swansneck Village Mystery #1)Murder Most Fowl by V.S. Vale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: MURDER MOST FOWL by V. S. Vale

First in the Swansneck Village Mysteries, MURDER MOST FOWL is a heartwarming delight, a British village cosy. Although the series has s contemporary setting, I believe it will endear itself to readers of Miss Marple and other village amateur sleuths of the classic Golden Age of Mystery, as well as to readers steeped in American cozies, which often emphasize crafts, books, baking, chocolaterie, and cooking.

Our heroine returns to tiny Swansneck Village, not in shame but instead to fulfill her late uncle's legacy. Marriage in London had proved convenient but unfulfilling, and her stressful City jib ran her ragged. Now she has her uncle's home and pigeons, and has just purchased a hat shop, to convert into a Vintage emporium. She's also just discovered the obsession of solving mysteries.


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Saturday, December 16, 2017

2018 NONFICTION READING CHALLENGE_My Challenge

I acquire a good number of nonfiction titles for review via NetGalley and Edelweiss, plus I LIKE reading nonfiction. So I'll be reading 25+ in the Nonfiction category, for the 2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted by Doing Dewey Decimal.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

LIONS AND THE LIVING DEAD by Ruby Loren_Review

Lions and the Living Dead: Mystery (Madigan Amos Zoo Mysteries Book 4)Lions and the Living Dead: Mystery by Ruby Loren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: LIONS AND THE LIVING DEAD by Ruby Loren
(Madigan Amos Zoo Mysteries Book 4)

In this fourth entry in the wildly delightful cozy mystery series starring intrepid and dedicated animal welfare advocate/zookeeper Madigan (Madi) Amos, Madi is working at a zoo in Cornwall. The new owners purchased it from the former owner after his scandalous animal abuses were exposed, but the animals need care, attention, and a specialist like Madi to recover physically and mentally, and if they are ever to trust humans again. While Madi is concentrating on the zoo animals, the owner of the contracted PR firm is stalked, accidents occur, and eventually murder. Then some of the animals--and Madi--are put in danger. She is threatened with exposure, even though her actions here and previously, have been innocent of any wrongdoing; and she learns her boyfriend is definitely no one's open book.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: BUBBY'S PUDDLE POND by Carol Hagen

Bubby’s Puddle PondBubby’s Puddle Pond by Carol Hageman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of BUBBY 'S PUDDLE POND

This endearingly illustrated and delightfully written book introduces children through second grade to the species Desert Tortoise. It also reinforces the concepts of friendship, kindness, generosity, and teamwork. Through Bubby the tortoise and his interactions with new friends (cactus wren, rabbit, gecko, and his humans), children will learn about the habitat, needs, and care of desert tortoises. The author offers additional essential information on Arizona's Desert Tortoise Adoption program.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

THE SCENT OF RAIN by Anne Montgomery_Review

The Scent of RainThe Scent of Rain by Anne Montgomery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of THE SCENT OF RAIN by Anne Montgomery

A heartrending, heartwrenching, fictional narrative set in the excessively strict, narrow world of Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, in Colorado City, Arizona, and Hurricane, Utah, THE SCENT OF RAIN is true-to-life real- life horror. Make no mistake, this novel will chill your spine; but this type of abuse of women, children, boys, and animals, committed in the guise of strictest religion, needs revealing. Even in the midst of tribulations, THE SCENT OF RAIN celebrates the resilience and persistence of the human spirit.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review of NAZI GOLD by Tom Bower

Nazi Gold: The Full Story of the Fifty-Year Swiss-Nazi Conspiracy to Steal Billions from Europe's Jews and Holocaust SurvivorsNazi Gold: The Full Story of the Fifty-Year Swiss-Nazi Conspiracy to Steal Billions from Europe's Jews and Holocaust Survivors by Tom Bower
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review NAZI GOLD by Tom Bower

The depredations of the Third Reich did not really end with the Allied victory in 1945. In science, in politics, and in fraud, surviving Nazis continued to wreak havoc in the name of greed and ideology. Top UK investigative journalist Tom Bower has researched the ongoing Nazi defrauding of Jews and other ethnicities for art, gold, and other valuables. Here he presents “the real story,” vividly and clearly. Readers will be shocked to discover the facts about “NAZI GOLD” in this book, “The Full Story of the Fifty-Year Swiss-Nazi Conspiracy to Steal Billions from Europe's Jews and Holocaust Survivors.”The Full Story of the Fifty-Year Swiss-Nazi Conspiracy to Steal Billions from Europe's Jews and Holocaust Survivors
The Full Story of the Fifty-Year Swiss-Nazi Conspiracy to Steal Billions from Europe's Jews and Holocaust Survivors
The Full Story of the Fifty-Year Swiss-Nazi Conspiracy to Steal Billions from Europe's Jews and Holocaust Survivors


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Review: KLAUS BARBIE THE BUTCHER OF LYONS by Tom Bower

Klaus Barbie: The Butcher of LyonsKlaus Barbie: The Butcher of Lyons by Tom Bower


Review of KLAUS BARBIE: THE BUTCHER OF LYONS
by Tom Bowers

An eye-opening and mind-boggling investigation into the life and times of Klaus Barbie, the Nazi officer who during World War II was Gestapo Commander of Lyons, Occupied France, reveals the lengths to which greed and love of power can propel humans. When those two drives are in control, any sense of humanity, compassion, empathy, and morality take a back seat. Such is demonstrated by the ease with which this horrible individual lived, in Bolivia and elsewhere, not concealed, but rather “in plain sight,” well known to governments, presidents, and other high-level officials and politicians. Barbie lived as if no retribution for his actions as a dedicated Nazi would ever occur, not even for the mass murders under his command. But a Parisian attorney and his German wife dedicated themselves to bring Barbie to justice, or failing that, to extermination.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A LONG TIME DEAD by Andrew Barrett_Review

A Long Time DeadA Long Time Dead by Andrew Barrett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review of A LONG TIME DEAD by Andrew Barrett

A LONG TIME DEAD is forensic-noir, starring a protagonist who is a CSI [formerly SOCO] for the West Yorkshire Police. Roger Conniston is “a man with a mission,” a man who is an imperfect individual, yet one with his own high moral code. His sense of integrity has in the past led him to report a superior, Inspector Weston, whom Roger believes to be a gun-runner. Weston got off with barely a slap on the hand, and has targeted Conniston ever since. In his role as a forensic investigator, Roger is neither police nor civilian, neither fish nor fowl, and his reporting of Weston has cost him friends even in his own department. Yet he perseveres, even to the extent of being framed for murder.

The author, Andrew Barrett, is a CSI for Yorkshire Police, and brings a clear understanding of the details of forensic investigation and the politics of a police department. A LONG TIME DEAD is the first book in his Roger Conniston trilogy.


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