“The Raven” by Mike Nappa

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The Raven makes a deadly decision the day he decides to blackmail a local politician with information he has learned from picking pockets.  His actions set into motion his involvement with some of the most dangerous people in Atlanta. The Raven is a hustler, a young man in his early twenties, who supports himself by picking the pockets of his audience while he performs street magic.

The target of his blackmail has many ties to gangs, the underworld and the Ukrainian Mafia.  Instead of getting money, Raven gets three men determined to do him lots of harm.  Trudi Coffey breaks up his first meeting with the thugs, and it is love at first sight for Raven when she rescues him.

Private investigator Trudi is more interested in her case than Raven.  She and her former magician-free-usehusband, Samuel Hill, now a policeman, are trying to solve a complicated investigation. They have uncovered a secret plot called Nevermore.  Their work is really cut out for them with the many references to Edgar Allen Poe that keep popping up.  An arrested gang member offered a small amount of information when trying to make a deal.  But he didn’t offer anything concrete.

Things are fast spinning out of control for The Raven when he comes under the protection of an elderly woman, known as Mama Bliss, who has lots of secrets of her own.  Despite her advanced age, she has lots of power with people who count.  Just when life looks like it has calmed down for Raven, things really start to explode, possibly literally.

raven-silhouette-free-useBecause of his name, is The Raven part of the Nevermore plot?  Will The Raven do the right thing, or get away when he has the chance?  Can Trudi and Sam ever put the past behind them, or will Trudi give the smitten Raven a chance?

This fast moving thriller has lots of memorable characters, that are believable.  Mama Bliss and The Raven have complicated stories, and the author gives great insight into what makes them tick.  This is the second installment in the Coffey & Hill Series, and the story stands on it’s own.  The author does a good job catching the reader up on former story lines.

Once this volume is picked up, it is hard to put down.  The story draws you in, and you are off on a wild ride to find out the secret of Nevermore.  The punishment the thugs dish out to The Raven, is harsh, however, it is not an unexpected result from involvement with such dangerous people.  The surprise character that attempts to help Trudi in the hotel is both fun, and faith supporting!  This highly talented author will leave you saying, “Wow!”  I recommend this five plus star book to anyone who likes exciting, well-written thrillers.

Revell Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Raven, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“The Occupied” by Craig Parshall

book-cover-the-occupiedThey Don’t Only Come Out After Dark….

This is a Christian supernatural thriller!  All three of those subjects come together in a very fast-moving and believable story.  If the reality of God and the devil aren’t acknowledged, they don’t have any influence on one’s life, right? Once upon a time, that is what Trevor Black thought, as well.

Seemingly, he had it all:   he was a successful New York City lawyer, had a beautiful wife, and lots of money.  Trevor had never given much thought to good or evil, God or the devil.  But then everything came crashing down around money-lots-falling-from-sky-free-use-copyhim, and in the midst of his loss, he discovered Jesus.  But he also uncovers the reality of evil, and that he has been given an unusual gift.  He can sense the presence of evil, or horribles as he calls them–he can even smell them.

So begins a very realistic tale of intense spiritual warfare.  As a warning, there are some mature themes in this book.  However, everything flows together to point the reader to faith in God.  Trevor finds he must be ever watchful, because as Peter said, “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”  But he also discovers as the disciples of long ago said to Jesus–“Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

lion-licking-chops-free-useThis book is a real page turner, but it will also keep the hair on the back of your neck standing–even more so, because the story is so believable.  The author does a great job of tying incidents from decades earlier in Trevor’s life to things happening in the present.  The characters are interesting and realistic, and the author will keep you on the edge of your seat!  Your heart will be racing by the time you get to the last page.  This also appears to be a start of a series; I certainly hope so!  I highly recommend this 5 plus star book to anyone interested in thrillers with a supernatural twist.

Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Occupied, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“The Domino Effect” by Davis Bunn

book-cover-the-domino-effectA Great Fall…..

What if you know a financial crisis, one that could affect the entire nation, is right on the brink of happening?   Esther Larsen a top-notch, brilliant risk analyst at a large bank, is sure that all the signs in the financial and banking world are pointing that way.   But Esther is an introvert with only one relative, her brother Nathan.  But he has been languishing in a vegetative state at a rehab center since he was in a car accident.  She doesn’t make waves, and without her brother to bounce ideas off of, she doesn’t know what to do with her fears.

Despite Esther being a loner, she has attended some get-money-bag-huge-free-usetogethers with people from her church.  This bunch of people are determined to find out about quiet Esther, and it is because of them that her life changes.  When they start probing about her life, she not only opens up to them, but confides her biggest fear.  She explains she is concerned that a conspiracy is forming with the goal of making billions of dollars, but by doing so, it could cause an economic market crash worse than the one that took place in 2008.

After admitting her fears, her life takes some abrupt turns.  Esther suddenly finds she is in big demand as a speaker before large crowds, as well as, on television.  She discovers herself rubbing shoulders, and being befriended by, a rich and powerful man who catches her vision.  She also finds a man who just might be someone to build a future with–if he can handle the truth when he begs her not to hold back.  Esther also learns her life may be sign-bank-at-own-risk-free-usein danger!  She really identifies with her namesake from the Bible, Queen Esther, who also had to speak out, even if it meant risking her safety.

This is a fast moving thriller with interesting characters.  When reading this, the reader will feel like this is not so much a book of fiction, but a warning about something that could take place in real life.  But I have to admit that the first part of the book was really difficult for me to get into.  Despite the author being a great writer, there were so many technical banking and trading terms, that I found it hard to digest so much information.  After that, the story focused more on the people, and I really got caught up in all the action.   The author is a great story-teller, and I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys real-life possibilities presented in a fictional wrapper.

Bethany House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Domino Effect, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“Jesus Talked to Me Today” by James Stuart Bell

book-cover-jesus-talked-to-me-today….And a Little Child Will Lead Them!

“Giants” with swords appear and protect children from bullies.  A little girl is given the words to write a song that touches hearts after the September 11, 2001 attack.  A homesick child receives spoken words of comfort during the night that bring peace and rest.  All of these stories and more will be found between the covers of this book.  The incidents are true and happened to children in different circumstances and places.

Some of these accounts have been written by the adult who had this happen to them as a child. child-with-purse-sunset-free-use Most of the others are written by an adult, usually a parent.   The tales cover a gamut of experiences ranging from a child seeing a man “wearing a white dress,” to saying someone played with them, to having a dream that contained an important message.  Forty-one different occurrences are chronicled in this volume, they are each fairly short, and easily read.  Because of that, the book lends itself to reading a little at a time, or all at once.  The back of the volume contains a small amount of information about the author of each event.

angel-children-in-schoolroom-old-fashioned-free-useI am always interested in true accounts of heavenly experiences, when they are told from a Christian perspective.  All of these definitely fit that category, and there is no offensive language or situations.   Since these are stories based on a child’s experience, some of them are a bit vague.  But I found others to be very touching.  As the Bible says, “a little child will lead them,” and these children’s encounters just might lead the reader to a deeper faith, or comfort from the Lord.  I recommend this 5 star book to those who like true stories or Heavenly encounters.angel-warrior-free-use

Bethany House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Jesus Talked To Me Today, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

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“Magnolia Moonlight” by Mary Ellis

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Did Reverend Dean really steal thousands of dollars from the church, and then kill himself because of it?  Or was he really murdered?

Price Investigations of Natchez, Mississippi, owned by Nate Price is about to find out.  But Beth Kirby and new-to- investigation-work, Mike Preston, will be in charge of the case.  Former policewoman Beth has to navigate many hurdles from her past co-workers while trying to solve this investigation.

Mike also causes problems when he impulsively does things that make Beth look bad.  Will Beth be able to continue to train Mike while Nate is gone despite his many mistakes?  Or will her patience be lost with her meddling family that she has moved back in with while she is in town?

In the mean time, Nate and wife Isabelle are taking a long overdue honeymoon to Bay St. playing-cards-free-useLouis.  While down there, Izzy is shocked to spot her first husband, Craig, coming out of a local casino.  Although compulsive gambling led to the end of their marriage, Craig had supposedly kicked the addiction, gotten his life together, and remarried.

Izzy is determined to get to the bottom of this, and attempts to enlist Nate’s help to find out.  Is Craig gambling against his will, or has the gambling bug bit him once again?  Will Craig’s problems ruin Izzy and Nate’s romantic trip?  Or in the end, will Izzy and Nate have a surprise for them all?

dective-magnifying-glass-finger-printsThis is the third installment in The South Mysteries Series, but, this story definitely stands on its own.  I give you fair warning, once you read this, you will want to get the first two–and then anxiously await the fourth addition.  Your attention will be grabbed from the very beginning of this 5 plus star book.  This enjoyable romp offers two mysteries to puzzle through along with interesting back stories from the characters.  And all of it is wrapped up in a story with no offensive language or situations.  I highly recommend this book to all mystery lovers, and fans of well-written fiction.  Get a copy as soon as possible!

Harvest House Publishers has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Magnolia Moonlight, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“To Follow Her Heart” By Rebecca DeMarino

 

Does Absence Really Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

Book Cover To Follow Her HeartPatience Terry loves Captain Jeremy Horton.  Jeremy claims to love her, too, and has even promised to marry her.  However,  he seems to love just about everything else more.  First, he had to assist the militia to convince the Dutch to give up New Amsterdam.  Afterwards, he wanted to help in case there were uprisings during the transition.  Each time, he asked Patience to put off their marriage.

Patience has waited, but each delay has hurt her more.   Her friends helped her make a wedding gown, and plan the wedding.  But then Jeremy found yet another reason to post pone their marriage.  Patience is fast running out of patience!  Others have asked Jeremy if he really loves Patience, and if he intends to marry her.  Although he Wedding Bands Free Useanswered yes to both questions, he keeps finding more reasons to ask Patience to wait, and the waiting time extends longer than a year.

Another man has pledged his love to Patience, will she tire of waiting, and take up with this other person?  Will Jeremy stop making excuses, and marry Patience at long last?  Or will the final straw for their relationship be Jeremy’s trip to England?

To Follow Her Heart is the third book in The Southold Chronicles.  For the most part, this story stands on its own, and is written from a Christian viewpoint.  The setting for this tale Colonial Couple Free Useis Long Island in the 1660’s, and the author does a great job describing what life would have been like during that time.  I recommend this 4-star book to fans of historical fiction.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of To Follow Her Heart, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“Without Warning” by Lynette Eason

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Watch Your Back!

Daniel Matthews seems to have it all, the owner of highly successful restaurants, lots of material wealth, a mom and niece who love him.  Everything is going well until the night the body of his former employee is found hanging in his restaurant’s basement.  Shortly afterward, on that same night, his other restaurant is set on fire.  Soon it becomes apparent that Daniel himself is the target of whoever is doing these horrible things.  In addition, the target might extend to his niece Riley, too.

Cat & Mouse Play Chess Free ImageSo begins a deadly game of cat and mouse.  Katie Singleton of the Elite Guardians Protection Agency is brought in as a bodyguard for Daniel and Riley.  Despite Katie and her crack team, more attacks take place, and the person behind it all remains a mystery.  While facing life and death situations together, Katie and Daniel begin to learn a lot about each other.  They discover they have a lot in common, and cautiously hope that if they survive, the two of them might spend even more time together.

This fast-moving book will grab your attention from the first page, and keep you wondering who is behind it all.  Daniel faces a variety of attacks which range from bullets, to bombs, and even a backhoe.  Additionally, Daniel’s anger at God because of his brother and sister-in-law’s deaths add a lot of depth and reality to his character.  Riley’s strong faith in spite of her parent’s deaths, along with maturity and spunkiness, make her very likable.  The reader will find themselves hoping Riley will survive all of these attacks unharmed.  Katie has skeletons of her own in her closet.  Many will find common ground with her as she blames herself for her brother’s death.

I really enjoyed this intense story.  This is book two in the Elite Guardians series, but this story stands on its own.  The author does a great job of keeping the reader in suspense as Daniel attempts to find out who is behind all the attacks–before it is too late.  I had a hard time putting it down, and give it 5 plus stars.  Without Warning is highly recommend to anyone who enjoys fast-paced thrillers written from a Christian viewpoint.Target with Dart Free Use

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Without Warning, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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