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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Coleman Haynes: The Tale of Truckee Episode 1

 
“If you had ever wished Harry Potter had a huge set of balls, shaded his way through Hogwarts and was sent in 1860’s wild wet California, this then is the book for you.”
After reading this first line of the book description I was like, yes this must be the book for me because that sounds awesome…. But please do not be fool this book is nothing like Harry Potter, there is no magic, no wizards nothing truly that ties this book in any way to the Harry Potter series. After saying that was I disappointed with this book? Nope, not at all, well I guess since it didn’t have to do with Harry Potter, but really this is an awesome book. I will say this book is not for the faint at heart since it is a very raw book. The language is abrasive, and there is a lot of death, and I mean A LOT OF DEATH! The deaths and mutilations are very graphic so for those bother by this might want to avoid this book because its everywhere in this book, also women in this book are treated like second class citizens, which is true to this time period, but they are also beaten and raped so if this is a trigger for you too this also avoid. There are also some slivers of homophobia in the book too, but again it is appropriate for the time period the book is set in.
I know this review doesn’t sound like I am giving this book high marks or that it is even that good with all the death, gore, and raping and such, but really I enjoyed the read. It was fast paced, and it kept me on my toes guessing the whole freaking time, literally the whole book! Every time I felt that I had it figured out they would kill another character and bam I’m back wondering. Characters you would feel would never be killed or you felt were vital to the storyline ….. BAM DEAD.
Also have to commend the author, he did an amazing job at the descriptions, I felt like I was in Truckee California with all the characters, the scenery, the actions and even the deaths were all described so fantastically.
So in Conclusion, this book is not for everyone no, some will be bothered by the language, the treatment of women and foreigners, the deaths and/or mutilations, but if you keep an open mind that this is set in the 1860s when these people were actually treated like this and just read the story for the story itself you will find you really love it. So I personally give it 5 out of 5. Also this is book 1 so there will be more, meaning that not all questions are answered in this novel, and you are left with a small cliffhanger.

I Will Find Her by Thomas Apostle

 
 
I can not give this book enough praise, this is an amazing work of literature. This book will take you on an emotional rollercoaster. You will fall in love, you will laugh, you will have your heartbroken, and you will want revenge just like Thomas.
 
This is a story told by an 81 year old man, Thomas Benson, in what is suppose to be his last hours on earth, he is on death row for murder and is scheduled to be executed at 6 am the following morning. Thomas decides in his final hours to tell his story, since he states he is not even sure he committed the murder, but he wanted to and he wants to die in order to be reunited with the love of his life. This story may seem not the unique, but I feel it is, not I guess in the plotline but in how it is presented. Thomas tells his story to a mouse that he names Cecil, and I will tell you that by the end of the novel you will want a Cecil. As well as I feel the author did an amazing job at capturing the characters themselves, one prime example would be the fact that the story is told primarily from the point-of-view of an 81 year old man, people of this age many times when telling stories get sidetracked and this happens which to me gives the story even more realness.
 
Truthfully I have to criticism with this book, I feel it was very well written, organized, characters had dimension, and the author placed plot twists in the perfect places so that it made the book not so predictable, but there is a degree of predictability since it is a character retelling his story. Since I did state I had no real criticisms with the book, if I could change anything would I? Maybe, and that would be the ending when it dealt with Thomas' daughter and grandkids. Otherwise no I think all actions had reasons and were presented perfectly.
 
In conclusion, I give this a 5 out of 5! highly highly recommend! this is a book that will stick with you, it will have thinking about morality, death, and religion. I will make you think about what you would have done in his situation, and make you wonder was God present and talking to him, and will make you also question what lies after death.....

Escape to Death by Stephen Perkins

 
 
I will start off by say this is a very very long book that is not a quick easy read. There is so much that goes on in this story, from political corruption to zombies to witchcraft and voodoo.... pretty much everything is in this book. I will also say that the author is able to weave together multiple storylines with lots of shock and awe that will keep any reader on their toes and guessing how it all will end. this guessing goes all the way up to pretty much the very last page. the book is also written very well, but I will say that some of the storylines it did have me wondering what their point was in the full scheme of the novel, and now that I have finished it I still feel that some of the people and their stories were not needed and just took up space unnecessarily. I also feel like there was too much going on, like stated above you have so many things going on that some things were not explained and given proper spotlighting that it deserved, this felt like this one book should have been broken up into multiple ones, a series. Also, with having things like witches and warlocks and zombies and corrupt business men, corrupt politicians, and so much more as a reader you don't really know who is the bad guys and who are the good ones, and those that you think are good turn out be bad or die. Just so much of so many things.
 
In conclusion, I give this a 3 out of 5. If it had been condensed more, the unnecessary storylines and people removed so that there could be more suspense and more focus on the true storylines and people it would have been a fantastic book. One that would be hard to put down and could have sparked a new series and a new hero.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

RAGE AND MERCY: PART ONE BY SCOTT DRESDEN

 
 
 
Did I enjoy this novel? Yes, very much. Is this novel for everyone? No. The reason I say this is not because the story is lacking in anyway because it is the exact opposite, the amount of content the author was able to fit into such few pages without the storyline feeling rushed, I feel shows how well written the story is and the skill level of the author. The author fully develops all characters, giving each a detailed backstory even characters as a reader you would see as secondary or filler character. Giving the reader a full look into the motivations of each character. I say that this novel may not be for everyone is the overall topic of the story and the events featured. The story is very graphic, in everyway you can possible think. For example, the details mentioned above are not exclusive to the character descriptions, but he also describes in full detail everything from conversations between Diana and Sayer to the murders and mutilations of the illegals and the fiends. So for those that are weak at heart, and stomach, or are easily upset or offended probably should not read this book.
 
I personally feel that the subjects brought up in this novel are controversial but brilliantly covered, this book is one that will make you as a reader think, since these events do happen in real life, and most are not covered on out evening news so if you are not one living it you may not even know it is happening, able to live happily in your little bubble, which this "bubble" is also discussed in this novel, which discusses the government covering it up to keep certain people happy in their "bubble". I also love how the author approaches human interaction, interaction between rich and poor, interaction between the public and the homeless, drug fiends, and so many other types.
 
This novel flows so well, the author puts such detail into events and conversations, but even with all the detail the flow never gets monotonous. Everything flow perfectly into the next thing, to the point you can be reading for what may only feel like a few minutes but you look down and you have read half the book. I will also say that this is a "Book One", so you are left with a somewhat cliffhanger. 5 out of 5 all the way, will definitely be checking out book two!

END OF THE LAST GREAT KINGDOM (THE BRIMSTONE CHRONICLES #1) BY VICTOR ROSE

 
 
 
I really enjoyed this book, I loved how it combined the magic and fantasy of seen in books like Harry Potter with the blood, gore and battles seen in books like Game of Thrones. The overall premise of the book is a race war and young mage "Brimstone" that is the key to ending it. The characters in this book are highly developed, you get their fully backstory and learn what makes them act they way they do. The book is over 300 pages and it just book one in the saga, so even the smallest of characters you are given a little bit of a backstory on them so there is no filler characters each has a specific reason for being in the story. The setting is highly detailed as well and this is very important since the characters are pretty much always traveling.
 
If you are a fan of harry potter, but wanted something way more mature then you will like this novel, but I will say that some may not like this novel since it is VERY similar to harry potter, the first basic similarity is the group, Brimstone, Heat and Neutron.... which as you can see is three just like Harry, Ron and Hermione. Second, both go to magical school, in this book its Central, in Potter is Hogwarts. Third, Brimstone has to search for his fractured soul in order to become strong enough to defeat the order, and in Potter of course he has to locate the different horcrux to defeat the dark lord. But I will say the similarities do end pretty much there and that is because this story is a lot more mature than HP ever was since there is so much death in this book, and the deaths are very detailed and very gory. You have people stabbed in throats, peoples limbs being cut off, and oh you can forget the rotten corpses.
 
So even though this book is focused around young teens, like 13 years old, this book is probably not the best for kids of that age. But as an adult if you wanted a more mature harry potter then this is definitely the book for you.
 
The only real problem I had with the book, is that sometime the different characters and locations can get muddled and confusing of who is who since in the novel peoples name change as they take on new roles so it can be confusing to remember whose storyline you are reading about and the characters travel a lot and they often go to new places and then to places they have already been so the picture of the land gets confusing, so it would be awesome if the author had included a map at the beginning so you could tell the distances between places described in the characters travels. Time is another one that gets a bit confusing, since it is said to take weeks to get somewhere but then two pages later they are there, but the author will then use 10 pages to describe on day event, so dates would have been nice to.
 
So overall I would give this novel a solid 4 out of 5 stars, And I an definitely looking forward to reading the other novels in this series to see what becomes of Brimstone and all the other characters.

THE REDEMPTION OF CHARLIE MCCOY BY CD WILSHER

 
 
This is an action packed, sitting on the edge of your seat story from the first page to the last page. I will say this is definitely not a short book by no means but the author does an amazing job of structuring the story in a way that as a reader you do not notice the length or really even mind the length. Many stories will have its upbeat, fast paced parts but also have those parts that are slow and kind of unimportant to the storyline, I can say I did not find this happening in this story, all parts in the end are shown have a reason for being placed where they were.
 
I also loved how the author was able to switch between each character storyline with each new chapter without the reader having any confusion of whose storyline they were reading at that point, which I found as an issue with books that have as many different storylines as this one does.
 
The author does a great job also at making sure each character is complex with their own unique back story, which yes is one reason that the story is as long as it is. Yet I will say that even with the degree of detail, everything presented had a reason for being there and did not drag the story down at all, it just added to it.
 
The beginning I will also say and a few other parts throughout the story (especially the gore factor) reminded me a lot of Quinton Tarantino movies, and as speaking as a huge Tarantino fan this was a major major plus!
 
If I had to say anything negative about the book or anything I would change, first would be there were some words that I found misspelled, so maybe a little more carefulness in editing. Also, this book is a prime example of not judging a book by its cover. The cover currently is very plain and I feel for how much action is in this story it is to plain and maybe people would pass over it without ever actually trying to find out what the book is about. Need to be more attention grabbing, maybe even have more to actually do with the story itself.
 
So in conclusion, I highly highly highly recommend this book. 5 out of 5 stars all the way!

 
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