One thing I appreciate in an author is when I am dropped into a story set in another world and feel right at home, and I know I mentioned it in the review of Escape from Wheel, the first I read in the series.
From page one in this, A Witch's Brew, I experienced a renewed kinship with the characters, the time period, and the setting. They are as real as your own family, except they have talismans and do magic—something we all wish for I’m sure.
The genre is listed as magical realism and paranormal, but it's also race-to-the-death adventure, nail-biting thriller, and hot-hot romance. Folks, you don't have to start with book one, these are stand alones, but do work from the beginning so you can get to know the characters and watch them fight for everything they believe in. Something lost in today's society.
Sleeper, Awake by Bob Rich
Flora has her body frozen until a cure for cancer is found, but she isn't awakened until 1400 years later. It's a world with no poverty, no wars and...wait a minute, no disease. So why did they take this long to waken her?https://www.amazon.com/Sleeper-Awake-Bob.../dp/B08VQ8V411/
Never Afraid, Never a Doubt is an in-depth look at a great man and coach, Hershel Kimbrell. I'm an old-time basketball fan from NE. Caleb Pirtle's depiction of the Mr Kimbrell reminded me of the coaches I watched bringing the kids along from raw high schoolers to sharp shooting defensive players. How did Kimbrell's teams pull out some of the most unexpected wins? How did the players hold together under some truly adverse conditions? A must read for all basketball fans! A must read for biography lovers. A must read for people who enjoy a truly wonderful story!
A Plot for Murder,
So much like the tv series Father Dowling, I couldn't help picturing Father Frank as Tom Bosley from the series Father Dowling Mysteries. The story is well thought out. The characters, especially Frank's sister, who's the sheriff's prime suspect. She is full of "piss and vinegar" as the old saying goes. I truly feared for her life until the handsome Texas Ranger stepped in...
The R-Group returns with an even deeper espionage plot. Cyber terrorism, the Dark Net, suspense. The cover blurb tells us this is science fiction, and set sometime in the future, but this one comes soooo close to today's reality, it makes me wonder what might be in store for us down the road. Scary, bone-chilling...
Another winner by CW Hawes!
I first read one of the Justina Wright series a month ago, and I’m hooked. The characters are so multi-faceted, I can’t wait to turn the page to see what they’ll do next. The plot was more complex this time, with more twists and turns, and even more danger!!
When I purchased this book, I realized it was a memoir of sorts. Not my kind of reading. It was also an historical--another not so fave. And I admit to going into it sort of biased. Very soon the bias went away. BIG TIME. I wish schools would replace history books with Finding Billy Battles. The characters are amazing, the plot well developed and thorough. The action is nonstop. You can't help cheering for Billy each time he faces down the Bledsoe clan. I understand there is a sequel...
I thought he hit a home run with his zuvembies, but this novella has it all. Truly unique characters that you come to love in a very short amount of space, a nicely detailed setting, and a solid well-researched mystery. I want more of the Justina Wright series!
It's like you know these characters from the beginning. They could be your next door neighbors. Carson Chance faces hurdles many Vietnam vets must navigate. Add to that, he's accused of a murder he didn't commit, and an on-again-off-again relationship with a woman dealing with her own demons, and you have a must-read story. Unraveled is a perfect title—as I experienced Carson's problems along with him, the word kept circling through my head, as it exactly described his life.
The storyline is very good. The writing is solid. The fictional conflict is ever-present. The Christian message is clear--and would be a great reference for someone questioning the way today's society is unraveling. As I read the book, I couldn't help comparing today's world metaphorically with the events in the story.
A small town has been taken over by a small group of people who will do anything to get what they want. The reader doesn't see much of how the adults work; the story is told from the perspectives of the teens. A young girl moves to town thinking her life will be smooth sailing. It's anything but smooth when she refuses to go out with the school hunk, the son of one of the ruling families. He's learned from them that he can do anything, get anything, he wants. This story is about what happens when the good kids stand up to him and his followers.
Love love this book
The characters are endearing and memorable, especially the more-than-intelligent standard poodle. Just when a scene started to be resolved, Ms. Pirtle threw another obstacle at our unsuspecting characters. This made for nonstop action and suspense. Very nicely done.
Danger and intrigue!
I enjoyed this story immensely. It captured my interest from the beginning and held it through to the end. The action is nonstop, the characters diverse and easy to tell apart. The writing is flawless and loaded with sensory details. Angelica Mason keeps the reader on their toes with her funny quips and unique viewpoints.
I began reading book three in the series and didn't feel the least bit lost, although I enjoyed it so much I want to go back and read the first two.