Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Mini Reviews by My Two Blessings

Miller's Suspense Thriller "Side by Side" is full of twists and turns. A federal judge's daughter and grandson are kidnapped in order to force him to release a decorated military soldier who is also a violent criminal. Different government agencies get involved and an old girl friend/colleague from the FBI pulls Winter Massey out of retirement to help. Only he isn't aware she is playing both sides. Very good!!!

Watcher in the Woods, a young adult supernatural thriller by Robert Liparulo picks up where House of Dark Shadows ends. David and Xander want to get their mother back at all costs. However, the father as the new principle of the local school insists they start school as if everything is ordinary. The boys injuries caused by trips into the other worlds create concern among the community. A stranger wants their house and tries to get them kicked out of the house. Lots of action, suspense, mystery, supernatural occurrences to keep you entertained. Cliffhanger ended and story is to be continued in book 3 of the Dreamhouse Kings series - Gatekeeper.

Book 8 in the A.D. Chronicles series by Bodie and Brock Thoene, Eighth Shepherd follows the lives of Zachai, the tax collector whom everyone hates; Shimona, one of the many lepers who lived in the Valley of Makob that Yeshua healed; And Salmon, former nubian prince who is one of Zachai slaves. The stories of their lives and how they revolve around Yeshua and his followers. Excellent as always, bringing the characters of the bible to life.

Book 1 of 13 in the Ella Clah Mystery series "Blackening Song" by Aimee and David Thurlo is well written. Ella Clah is an Navajo FBI agent and her brother, a tribal medicine man. He is the prime suspect in a murder of their father. Between Ella's modern FBI investigative techniques and her brother's ancient tribal supernatural methods, they work together to prove his innocence, find the real murderer. The story totally immerses you in the lives and ways of the dineh'. Very well done and will be working my way slowly through the series.

After reading Angel's Game, had to read Carlos Ruiz Zafon's bestseller "The Shadow of the Wind." Very well done, rich in detail and interesting characters, but it is a dark story. Daniel, the young son of an antiquarian book dealer discovers a book called Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax. Julian's life is a mystery and someone has been systematically destroying all published copies of his books. Daniel tries to discover what happened to the man and the story is full of twist and turns and leads down a dark path.

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