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#BookReview of The Red Line by @WaltGreggAuthor

The Red Line

By Walt Gregg

Available on Amazon by clicking HERE.

A story with its beginnings pulled from the headlines of today and realistic events that could happen, The Red Line gives a scary look at a what if of the near future.

First of all, I liked the book overall. The pacing was good, and everything was well developed. However, for my own personal taste there was almost too much detail. I know the author intends to give a comprehensive covering of all the aspects of the what if scenario but I personally didn’t need to know the shot by shot coverage.

That being said, it was done well and you could feel the tension in each scene. There is definite realism in the story. I like that we don’t get all sunshine and roses throughout the book. We do get realities of war even when it hurts, and that hurt is to the plus of the author’s talent. You feel the losses that take place. I would recommend this book to anyone that really gets into war stories and likes to feel the action.

I recommend this book to anyone who really gets into a good war story with real events occurring.

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#Bookreview AS WINGS UNFURL by Arthur M. Doweyko (@aweyken) A book for readers who enjoy science-fiction that asks big questions, with religious undertones, and lots of action

As Wings Unfurl by Arthur M. Doweyko

Title:   As Wings Unfurl
Author:   Arthur M. Doweyko
ISBN13:  978-1940215778
ASIN:  B01HY589FG
Published: 19th  July  2016
Pages:  234
Genre:  Science-Fiction & Fantasy (I’ve found it classed under Alien Invasion and Military, Space Marine)

Description:

“… captures the reader’s attention with kick-butt action in a video game storytelling format.” ~ Publishers Weekly

“Apple Bogdanski, a disabled Vietnam veteran, worked in a secondhand books store. When a private detective takes incriminating photos of shape-shifting aliens in the act of transformation and sends the negatives to the owner of the bookstore hidden in a book among a shipment of books, Apple is caught between two groups of aliens-one of which studies mankind’s development and the other who wants to terminate mankind and claim the Earth for their own purposes. Apple has a helper, Angela, who appears just in time to save his life and make him appear to be a hero. Angela has a beef with the bad guys and she and Apple unite with a few good guys to take on the bad guys.

As Wings Unfurl is an entertaining science fiction novel based on the premise that an alien race planted the seed of the human race of Earth millennia ago and now watches quietly as we evolve. Apple is a fairly well developed protagonist who just wants to be left alone to deal with the hand life has dealt him on his terms. Angela is a member of the alien oversight group dedicated to observation. Strangely attracted to Apple, she must deal with a conflict between her duties, her sense of right and wrong, and her feelings. Dane, as the bad alien, has a single side; the discrediting and destruction of the human race for her own purposes. Yowl and Shilog are Tibetans who are caught up in the war between factions and who provide a notable twist to the ending. Both are far out of the world that they know, but both adapt amazingly fast to the developed world.

This book is entertaining reading for readers who love science fiction “what if” scenarios and readers who love action adventures in any form.” ~ Midwest Book Review

Applegate Bogdanski returns from Vietnam with a missing leg, a Purple Heart, and an addiction to morphine. He stumbles through each day, looking forward to nothing and hoping it will arrive soon. When he attempts to thwart a crime, he is knocked unconscious and wakes up to discover that people are once again calling him a hero, though he feels undeserving of the praise.

Apple returns to work and meets Angela, a mysterious woman who claims to be his guardian. Immediately, he feels a connection to her, which morphs into an attraction. But he soon discovers that Angela is much more than she seems.

Apple and Angela are swept up in a conspiracy that stretches through time and space. Together, they must fight to save everything they hold dear from an alien race bent on destroying humanity. 

Body of review:

I thank the author who contacted me thanks to Lit World Interviews for offering me an ARC copy of his novel that I freely chose to review.

I am not a big reader of science-fiction (perhaps because I don’t seem to have much patience these days for lengthy descriptions and world building and I’m more interested in books that focus on complex characters) so I was doubtful when the author suggested I review it, but the angel plot and the peculiarities of the story won me over. There are many things I enjoyed in this book but I’m not sure that it was the book for me.

As I’ve included the description and it is quite detailed (I was worried about how I could write about the book without revealing any spoilers but, many of the things I was worried about are already included in the description) I won’t go into the ins and outs of the story. The novel starts as a thriller, set in 1975. A private detective has taken a compromising photo and that puts him in harm’s way. Apple, the main character, seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, although later events make us question this and wonder if perhaps what happens was preordained. One of the interesting points in the novel, for me, was that the main character was a Vietnam War veteran, amputee (he lost a leg) and now addicted to Morphine. He also experiences symptoms of PTSD. Although his vivid dreams and flashbacks slowly offer us some background information, and the whole adventure gives him a new perspective on life and a love interest, I found it difficult to fully connect with the character. It was perhaps due to the fast action and the changes in setting and point of view that make it difficult to fully settle one’s attention on the main protagonists. One of the premises of the story is that Angela, the mysterious character who is his ersatz guardian angel, has known him all his life. She is oddly familiar to him, and she decides to give up her privileges and her life mission because of him, but as Angela’s interest in him precedes the story, there is no true development of a relationship and readers don’t necessarily understand why they are attracted to each other from the start.

The story, written in the third person, is told mostly from Apple’s point of view but there are also two other characters, from Tibet, Shilog, a farmer, and Yowl, what most of us would think of as a Yeti, but that we later learn is a member of a native Earth species. In my opinion, these two characters are more fully realised, as we don’t have any previous knowledge or any expectations of who they are, and they work well as a new pair of eyes (two pairs of eyes) for the readers, as they start their adventure truly clueless as to what is going on, and the situation is as baffling to them as it is to us. They are also warm and genuinely amusing and they offer much welcome comic relief. They are less bogged down by conventions and less worried about their own selves.

I enjoyed also the background story and the underlying reasoning behind the presence of the “angels” (aliens) in the world. It does allow for interesting debates as to what makes us human and what our role on Earth is. How this all fits in with traditional religions and beliefs is well thought out and it works as a plot element. It definitely had me thinking.

I said before that one of the problems I had with some fantasy and science-fiction is my lack of patience with world building and detailed descriptions. In this case, though, other than some descriptions about the Tibetan forest and mountains, I missed having a greater sense of location. The characters moved a lot from one place to the next and, even if you were paying attention, sometimes it was difficult to follow where exactly the action was taking place (especially because some of the episodes depended heavily on secret passages, doors, locked rooms…) and I had to go back a few times to check, in case I had missed some change of location inadvertently. (This might not be a problem for people who are used to reading more frantically paced action stories.) I guess there are two possible reading modes I’d recommend for this story; either pay very close attention or go with the flow and enjoy the ride.

I really enjoyed the baddie. Dane is awesome. I don’t mind the bad characters that are victims of their circumstances or really conflicted about what they do, but every so often I like a convinced baddie, who takes no prisoners and goes all the way. She is not without justification either, and later we learn something that puts a different spin on her behaviour (I didn’t find it necessary but it does fit in with the overall story arc). The irony of her character and how she uses human institutions and religions to subvert the given order is one of my favourite plot points and she is another source of humour, although darker in this case.

All in all, this is a book for readers who enjoy science-fiction that asks big questions, with religious undertones, lots of action and not too worried about the psychological makeup of the main characters. Ah, and if you love stories about Bigfoot or the Yeti, you’ll love this one.

What the book is about: On the surface, aliens, angels, and a battle of good and evil. At heart it deals with metaphysical issues (like the best science-fiction does) and questions of identity, and where humanity comes from.

 Book Highlights: The whole premise of the story, and the two Tibetan characters, Shilog and Yowl, that are a true joy. And Dane, the baddie.

 Challenges of the book: There are many quick changes of location and different points of view that might disorient readers. The story is set in the 1970s but there are a couple of anachronisms. There are some beautiful passages about Tibet and Shilog observes everything he sees with new eyes, but there is a paucity of description otherwise, even when discussing major plot points (the devices used to travel or the locations of their scape).

 What do you get from it: A challenge to preconceived notions and an interesting story with plenty of action. I also really liked the baddie, Dane. There’s more to her than meets the eye.

 What I would have changed if anything: Perhaps I would have tried to build up more the main characters, as for me, Apple comes across as quite disjointed and as if readers should know the type (perhaps so, but who is he?). We slowly learn a few things about him but the frantic pace of the action does not give readers much chance to delve on that. It is easier to empathise with Yowl and Shilog, perhaps because we feel as lost as they are. A stronger sense of place and time might also help.

 Who Would I recommend this book to?: People who enjoy plot over character, and who like science-fiction that makes you think. Also lovers of action and Yetis.

Ratings:
Realistic Characterization: 3/5
Made Me Think: 4/5
Overall enjoyment: 3.5/5
Readability: 4/5
Recommended: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 

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Format & Pricing:
Paperback $12.99
Kindle: $6.09

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Olga Núñez Miret

@OlgaNM7

http://www.authortranslatorolga.com

 

#BOOK REVIEW BY @COLLEENCHESEBRO OF “Genteel Secrets,” BY AUTHOR @SARAHMALLERY1

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  • Title:  Genteel Secrets
  • Author: S. R. Mallery
  • File Size: 4027 KB
  • Print Length: 118 Pages
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2016
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  •  Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MTU6KNE
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Historical Romance, Victorian, Military

In the Author’s Words:

“What do a well-bred Southern Belle and a Northern working class Pinkerton detective have in common? Espionage . . . And romance. At the start of the U.S. Civil War, while young men begin dying on American battlefields and slavery is headed toward its end, behind the scenes, female undercover work and Pinkerton intelligence are alive and well. But in the end, can this unlikely Romeo and Juliet couple’s love survive, or will they be just another casualty of war?”

My Recommendation:

Anytime S. R. Mallery releases a new book is a great day for the enthusiasts who follow her historical romances. So, you can imagine my excitement when she released, Genteel Secrets, a Civil War romance with a unique twist – Alan Pinkerton, who served as head of the Union Intelligence Service, and who created the famous Pinkerton Detective Agency.

Set in 1861 in Washington, D.C., we are introduced to James Neely, an Irish immigrant who has worked his way out of the slums to become a doctor. In a chance encounter in a city park, he meets Hannah Mayfield, an educated woman from the Confederate South. In addition to their irresistible attraction, is a mutual admiration in the way they both express the politics of the day. Most Southern women do not engage in such things, and James is clearly smitten.

A series of life events interrupts their blossoming love affair. James finds his calling by joining the Pinkerton’s, where he is thrust into the middle of an investigation into that of a notorious spy ring, running out in the open within the capital. Little does he know, the elusive Hannah, has been blackmailed into taking part in the political intrigue by members of her own family. The challenge is whether their love can stand the test of time and win out in the end.

However, this story is bigger than James and Hannah’s love affair. It is also a political commentary on America’s Civil War and the treatment of slaves. It is about loyalty and friendship and the choices people made to hold close their personal freedom and beliefs.

At the beginning of each chapter, the author inserted quotations that shared the political climate of the times. I enjoyed these passages because it added a sense of credibility to the story. I’ve added this book to my “Me-Time,” category because I loved it so much. I could not turn the pages fast enough to find out what happened next. The ending was unexpected and restored my faith in humanity.

If you like fast-paced historical drama, this is one book you will not want to miss. I loved it!
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My Rating:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

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Author, Sarah Mallery

About Sarah Mallery:

S.R. Mallery, Gold Medalist winner of the 2016 READER’S FAVORITE Book Awards for Anthologies, has been labeled nothing short of ‘eclectic.’ She has been a singer, a calligrapher, a quilt designer, and an ESL teacher. As a writer, History is her focus and is woven into her stories with a delicate thread. When people talk about the news of the day or listen to music, Sarah’s imagination likens the story to a similar kind of news in the past and is conjuring up scenes between characters she has yet to meet.

What readers are saying about S. R. Mallery’s books:

“A master storyteller has been at work, and this marvelous piece of writing is the result.” ~ Thomas Baker Thomas on Unexpected Gifts.

“Honestly, I haven’t read a book this unique in quite some time.” ~ John H. Byk on Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads

“Mallery is an extremely talented writer. Her style lures the reader; you actually become a part of her tapestry of expression.” ~ Melinda Hines on Tales to Count On.

The Dolan Girls “was so enjoyable. At times rollicking, at times poignant, but always authentic, well researched and a beautifully told story. Highest recommendation. Five stars.” – B. Nelson

Sarah loves to hear from fans and readers.
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Book Review by @ColleenChesebro of colleenchesebro.com

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Covert World-Red Storm Q&A with @ThomasATate

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Thom Tate

“Great pace, great characters, great plot – a great story.
If you like a good dose of James Bond, Jason Bourne or Will Robie – then you’ll love this new Blake Mackay story. You’ll be engaging with the characters, the antagonist ‘Petrovich’ being a personal favourite, while the thought out plot pulls you along without problems to the very end.”-Amazon Review of Red Storm
 
“A great read !. Blake is Hero in every aspect of the word with a fantastic taste in high-tech toys, too!”-Amazon Review
 

Fast paced action and thrills. I’m talking about the books of my guest today, not necessarily the interview, but hopefully you’ll find that entertaining as well. 5 novellas, one lead character. Seriously, what more could you ask for? Let’s get this things started and have me be quiet.  Meet . . .

Thom Tate

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RW: Where are you from?

THOM: Cumming, GA  (Originally, SW Indiana)

RW: Who are your favorite authors?

THOM: Vince Flynn, Brad Thor and Robert Ludlum

RW: What is your escape from writing when you are at that about to explode point?

THOM: Family, playing lacrosse, watching TV. Really anything that is an escape.

RW: What is your background in writing, what makes you a writer?

THOM: I started writing 3 years ago. Previous to that, I had no experience. I have a pretty vivid imagination and wanted to share my stories with others.

RW: Why did you choose Red Storm for your latest novella?

THOM: It has to do with a Russian Billionaire that built his own weather controlling array, similar to HAARP in Alaska. Since he creates storms and he’s Russian, the name just made sense.

RW: What genre does your book fall into and what makes you a writer for this genre?

THOM: Spy Thriller. I’ve always loved spy thrillers; movies and books. I’m fascinated at all the clandestine missions, the action, deception, etc…

RW: Why do you write in the spy thriller genre?

THOM: It’s what I’m interested in and it is the type of story my twisted mind comes up with.

RW: Tell us a little about the story your twisted mind came up with this time.

THOM: This is the fifth mission for my Black Ops agent, Blake MacKay. Of course there is a beautiful woman that he teams up with. Her name is Sofia Kuzma. She goes to work for a man named Nikoli Petrovich. He has built the worlds largest weather controlling array in the middle of Siberia. She thought that he was building it to bring rain to drought stricken areas of the world and help them to grow food, but while digging through their electronic file system, she discovers a much more sinister reason. She basically steals the data as proof and sends it to an old friend in Moscow for safe keeping, however, when she goes to meet him… let’s just say bad things start happening and she runs to the U.S. Embassy for some help.

Blake is sent to Moscow to get the data from this woman and to look for a missing agent who holds the key to taking out the array and stopping it from doing more damage. This is never easy and all Hell breaks loose. Blake and Sofia eventually team up and devise a plan that will eliminate the threat Petrovich and his weather array pose. Of course there all kinds of obstacles in the way; bad guys on their tail, a ticking clock that needs to be beat, etc… I tried to throw in a little romance with a lot of action, barriers, violence, etc… I think people will like it.

RW: What inspired the book?

THOM: It just came to me while I was finishing writing the forth book in the series. I took some notes and when I finished “Intercept” I started writing “Red Storm”.

RW: Tell us about Blake MacKay and what you think will make readers connect to him.

THOM: Blake is of Scottish and Native American decent. He is in his thirties. Old enough to have experience and young enough where age doesn’t slow him down. He grew up in the mountains of Colorado and is very athletic. He is a true patriot but is also a realist. He understands there are bad people in the world and he has to do bad things in order to protect this country.

RW: Who would play Blake in a movie?

THOM: Taylor Lautner. He’s only 24 now and would have to age a little bit, but who knows, maybe by the time my books become popular he’d be old enough to play him. He has the look and has played in an action movie “Abduction”, so I think he’d do really well.

RW: Agent MacKay is a Black Ops agent who gets into some things normal people don’t, what do you see or hope people will take away from reading Red Storm?

THOM: There are constantly threats against our country and there are people that stay in the shadows and risk their lives for our safety. They deserve our eternal gratitude and respect.

RW: What did you learn about yourself from writing this book?

THOM: That I can do this and I really enjoy it.

RW: Describe your book in one word.

THOM: Thrilling

RW: Where can we get Red Storm right now and what are the plans for its future?

THOM: Amazon.com exclusively through Jan 20th 2015. After that, it will be available on iTunes, Google, Kobo, Smashwords, etc…

RW: Tell us about the other books Agent MacKay has appeared in.

THOM: I have four other books in the Covert World series; Czechmate, Meltdown, The 4th Strike and Intercept.

Czechmate Pulled into the dark world of raves, sex and drugs by the euphoric state the Ecstasy provided her, Tracy Clark, the thom_tate_czechmate.pngall of 19 daughter of U.S. Ambassador James Clark, was a willing player in Sergey Dubrovskiy’s rise to glory among the drug dealers and the club scene in Prague.

Her beauty and charm helped lure in new customers for Sergey, but her diplomatic immunity is what really piqued his interest. However, when Sergey pushed too hard, the Ambassador found himself in a situation that needed to be dealt with quickly and harshly. Deciding to use his friendship and influence with the President, he called in a favor and and asked for the ultimate action.
Agent Blake MacKay has been ordered, as a personal favor by the President, to deviate from his normal clandestine mission types and take on the role of assassin. Blake flies to Prague to hunt down his target and complete his objective. His actions unleash a calamity that will be spoken about for years.

Meltdown A relaxing holiday with his family on the beaches of Bali was just what Dimitri Evanko was looking forward to. Being thrown into the terroristic world of the Jemaah Islamiyah was the furthest from his mind.thom_tate_meltdown,jpg

After awakening from a drug induced torpidity, Dimitri, nuclear physicist from Ukraine, finds himself face-to-face with Indra Gunardi, the man in charge of the infamous Islamic terrorist group in Southeast Asia. With his family held captive and the threat of death to them, Dimitri saw no way out but to cooperate and build the dirty bombs they demanded.

Nearly three months after Dimitri’s reported disappearance, special agent Blake MacKay has been called in to investigate after the lost physicist turned up in Jakarta. With the help of Detachment 88, the Indonesian counter-terrorism group, Blake discovers the conation of Gunardi and his vile organization.

 

When a plan to rescue Evanko’s family backfires, Gunardi fast forwards his destructive plan of terror. In the shadows of an impending disaster, Blake finds himself and Dimitri in a race against time with the lives of thousands on the line.

The 4th Strike A team of North Korean Special Forces has attacked the LORAN station on Attu Island in the Aleutian Islandsthom_tate_4THSTRIKE.jpg and stolen a nuclear warhead that wasn’t supposed to exist. Special Agent Blake MacKay and SEAL Team 5 have been tasked with searching the North Pacific to track them down and recover the warhead.

After a disastrous rendezvous with a trawler that they thought contained the warhead, Blake and his team of SEALs discovered that the search was about to get much harder.

The nuke had been loaded onto an old Whiskey Class Soviet Submarine. Their biggest challenge: force the North Korean sub to the surface so Blake and his team can recover the nuke. If they sink the sub, the nuke will be impossible to recover.

 

With the help of the North Pacific fleet, Blake and his team of SEALs engage in an underwater game of cat and mouse as they tread through the icy waters, hundreds of feet below the surface in search of their prey.

Intercept Being in the sights of a former ally was the last thing Black Ops Agent, Blake MacKay expected, but that’s just where he landed. thom_tate_intercept.jpg

An intercepted call discloses that the former Iranian nuclear guru, Mohsen Fallali, has come back on the grid to head-up Iran’s new nuclear weapons program. Mossad has to act fast and sends Solomon Zinn, an elite sniper, to take him out. However, the Ansar al-Sharia militant group wants Fallahi for their own purposes and will stop at nothing to get him.

Aware of the two groups after Fallahi, Blake is sent to Vienna to capture him before Mossad or Ansar al-Sharia can carry out their plans. When Blake discovers that his Mossad adversary is a former lover, he must devise the ultimate deception to complete his mission.

When the three competing forces descend on Vienna, all hell breaks out in this thrilling spy novella.

RW: How do people connect with you through all forms of social media?

THOM:

Twitter: @ThomasATate

Facebook: Covert World Series

RW: Do you currently have agent representation?

THOM: I do not have representation, but would welcome all inquiries. I would like an agent that helps with the marketing and promotion of the book and me as an author.

RW: What are you working on right now?

THOM: My first full length novel, “Spear Garden”. I wrote it three years ago and am doing a complete rewrite. I hope to have it finished and published sometime in 2015.

RW: What book are you reading at this time?

THOM: Free Fall, by Kyle Mills

RW: What is your biggest tip for someone to getting published?

THOM: You will hear a thousand no’s. Don’t worry. Just self-publish. The biggest and most important thing is to get your story out there.

RW: If you could have written any book that exists, other than your own, what would it be and why?

THOM: Casino Royale. Need I say? It’s the book that started it all with James Bond.

 

I want to thank Thom for interviewing today. It was nice to talk with an Author with some regional commonality. I have to admit something here, well it’s not a true admitting if you’ve ever visited my personal blog and read my bio. John Gardner is one of my favorite authors. Why is that a big deal here? Bond, James Bond. I was very interested when Thom showed up. Imagine Bond excitement in novella form. Imagine sitting down and maybe even reading a thriller in a day, okay maybe two. A whole series, a world created and we can jump in so easily. Get the books. Read the books. And as always . . .

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Reviews of other Blake MacKay adventures.

Czechmate:
A great read !. Blake is Hero in every aspect of the word with a fantastic taste in high-tech toys, too!

Meltdown:
Wow! This series gets better with each installment. Fast-paced action at every turn. Thom Tate has met the needs of readers who want spy thrillers. I know he is working on a full-length novel and if it’s anything like his first two releases (mini-reads) I can’t wait.

The 4th Strike:
This is a short novella about North Korea attacking on US soil. North Korea tried to get their hands on an old inactive bomb, but little did they know that The Navy Seals would steal it back. I liked this novella. It was action packed from the minute I started reading it. It was very detailed with the description of the subs, the weapons used. The military jargon was great and I understood it. Being an ARMY veteran myself I appreciated how the author took his time to research for this novella. If you like military reads and action, suspense reads as well, this novella is for you.

Intercept:
WOW! I normally don’t read military thrillers but I’m glad I started with this one, it was amazing! The fast paced edge of my seat action kept me hooked until the very end. I’m making a note to keep my eyes peeled for future works from Thom Tate. The first thing I did after reading was go directly to Amazon to see what other works he has published. I will definitely be adding this to my list of recommended reads.

 

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