Persuader (Jack Reacher #7)

Persuader (Jack Reacher, #7)Persuader by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great Reacher novel. This one I just didn’t want to put down, and found myself sneaking little bits of reading time here and there. This one is a bit different from the others I have read. It not only takes place in the present where Reacher is working on a Drug Lord case but has him remembering a case from ten years ago. Both cases are related and collide in one epic battle at the very end of the book that almost had me throwing the book across the room! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.

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Book Summary:

Jack Reacher lives for the moment. Without a home. Without commitment. And with a burning desire to right wrongs — and rewrite his own agonizing past. DEA agent Susan Duffy is living for the future, knowing that she has made a terrible mistake by putting one of her own female agents into a death trap within a heavily guarded Maine mansion.

Staging a brilliant ruse, Reacher hurtles into the dark heart of a vast criminal enterprise. Trying to rescue an agent whose time is running out, Reacher enters a crime lord’s waterfront fortress. There he will find a world of secrecy and violence — and confront some unfinished business from his own past.

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Hominids

Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax, #1)Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not much into the Science Fiction, and when I first came upon this on my MP3 play list I thought naw, I’d just put on the back burner. From the book cover alone I though it was another Planet of the Apes type book, but when I read the summary I thought I’d give it a try. I’m very glad I did. I found myself wanting to listen to it all the time. I wanted to see what happened to Ponter and his friends. The book summary alone doesn’t give it enough credit. Now I’m off to listen to the second book in the series!

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Book Summary:
Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. A computerized guardian spirit, however, doesn’t eliminate cross-cultural confusion; permanent male-female sexuality, rape, and overpopulation are all alien to Ponter. Nor can it help his housemate and fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

Immortal Faith

Immortal FaithImmortal Faith by Shelley Adina

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, what an interesting read! I thought this book would be a bit different but I was pleasantly surprised how it turned out. The story takes place in a Mennonite community in Idaho, where life is simple and peaceful for young Sophie. Her biggest worry is who will she fall in love with and marry. She has her choice of two suitors who pursue her. First is young David who grew up in the faith, and then there is young Gabriel an outsider who was recently baptized into the church. With both of them wanting to marry her, Sophie has a choice to make. However, it’s not that easy when a family member and a friend is murdered, and a Detective is attacked by a supposed wild animal. All the evidences cast suspicion on both young men. Or maybe it was just one? This is great read with a twist! So don’t pass it up!

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Book Summary:
If you like paranormal stories by Amanda Hocking and Alyson Noel, you’ll love Shelley Adina’s Immortal Faith!

In the small, traditional community of Minuit, Idaho, the people pray that God will deliver them from evil. They should have been more specific.

Sophie Dupont is on the threshold of womanhood, standing in the door between her religion’s way of life and the possibilities of the world outside. She is also torn between two young men: David Martin, whom she has known since childhood, and Gabriel Langford, the new arrival. In a community that only grows when people are born into it, a convert—young, single, and with looks to die for—is the most exciting thing that has happened in years. Under the elders’ approving eyes, Gabriel is dedicated to worshipping God. But his methods may not stand up to too close a scrutiny . . . and Sophie is getting very close indeed . . .

When Sophie’s uncle is found dead in the barn with his throat slashed and bitten, the community grieves—except Sophie, who has been abused by him since she was nine. What kind of awful person is she to be glad that someone is dead? And when another is killed the same way—and another—is she the only one who realizes that only the worst among them are being chosen? That the bad seed is being systematically weeded out of their beleaguered community? Sophie begins to suspect who might be behind it . . . and that’s the one possibility she can’t bear to contemplate . . .

Sinner’s Creed

Sinner's CreedSinner’s Creed by Scott Stapp
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To say I couldn’t put this book down is an understatement! I was captivated within the first few pages. I found myself saying things out loud, which I shouldn’t. I got strange looks when I said “Oh, I would have beat him”, lets just say this book brought out a lot of emotions in me and I just couldn’t help but express them loudly and openly. His story is one amazing trip. I kept whispering to myself “no wonder his faith is so twisted”, the way he grew up made me want to cry and thank him for surviving at the same time. No wonder the song lyrics touched a part of my soul. I can’t rave enough about his story. Be warned, he is into the Christian God, and the book has a lot of bible versus and references in it. However, if you look past that, the story is untouched and one of being able to survive an abusive childhood, drug and alcohol addiction, and eventually finding his happily ever after.

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Book Summary:
Sinner’s Creed is the uncensored memoir of Scott Stapp, Grammy Award-winning leader of the multiplatinum rock band CREED. Raised by an abusive stepfather, Scott was always aware of God’s presence in his life, but it wasn’t until years later, amid a life punctuated by sex, drugs, and rock ’n roll that Scott began to feel a need for God in his life.

During CREED’s decade of dominance and in the years following the band’s breakup, Scott struggled with drugs and alcohol, which led not only to a divorce, but also to a much-publicized suicide attempt in 2006. Now clean, sober, and in the midst of a highly successful solo career, Scott has finally come full circle-a turnaround he credits to his renewed relationship with Jesus Christ.

In Sinner’s Creed, Scott shares his story for the first time, from his fundamentalist upbringing, the rise and fall of CREED, and his ongoing battle with addiction, to his recommitment to Christ and the launch of his solo career. The result is a gripping memoir that is proof positive that God is always present in our lives, despite the colossal mess we sometimes make of them.

Galdoni (The Galdoni #1)

GaldoniGaldoni by Cheree Alsop
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was hooked from the first page to the last. Kale is one amazing, brave, kind, and honest Galdoni. Raised to fight in the Arena, he knows no other way of life but to fight to survive. Then one day his world is turned upside down when the Arena shuts down and he and the others are thrown out into the human world. Here he has to unlearn everything the Arena has taught him. But once the Arena opens again Kale struggles with either living his human life or going back to save the other Galdoni from their fate in the Arena.

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Book Summary:
“This is the Arena, and here we live to die.” These are the words carved into a holding cell where genetically-altered gladiators, the winged humans called Galdoni, are trained to fight. Kale, rescued by three high school students and nursed back from the brink of death, is given the chance to experience life as a human. When he is captured, he has to use what he learned in the world outside the Academy in order to free the other Galdoni and return to the human girl he loves.

Dark and exciting, Galdoni pushes the boundaries of love in a world of violence

Rebellious Heart

Rebellious HeartRebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I absolutely love this book! I didn’t want it to end. It has romance, intrigue, treason, murder, and mystery, everything I ever want in a book. This book takes place in the 1700’s around the time the Colonist are getting ready to revolt against the British. I honestly couldn’t put this book down. For a Christian Romance it was very refreshing and well written. I can’t wait to read another book by Jody Hedlund.

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Book Summary:

Because she’s a woman, higher learning was always closed to Susanna Smith. But her quick mind and quicker tongue never back down from a challenge. And she’s determined to marry well, so she’ll be able to continue her work with the less fortunate.

Growing up with little to his name, poor country lawyer Benjamin Ross dreams of impacting the world for the better. When introduced to the Smiths he’s taken by Susanna’s intelligence and independent spirit, but her parents refuse to see him as a suitor for their daughter.

When the life of a runaway indentured servant is threatened, Susanna is forced to choose between justice and mercy, and Ben becomes her unlikely advisor. But drawing closer to this man of principle and intellect lands her in a dangerous, secret world of rebellion and revolution against everything she once held dear.

Blue Adept (Apprentice Adept, #2)

Blue Adept  (Apprentice Adept, #2)Blue Adept by Piers Anthony
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A bit better than the first book, but I was still not impressed. I was lost and confused and just couldn’t follow the story line.

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Book Summary:

In Book Two of the epic adventure that began in SPLIT INFINITY, Stile discovers life on Proton and Phaze is getting more difficult. On Proton he’s a serf trying to prove his right to exist by competing in the Great Games. And on Phaze, where only magic worked, he was the Blue Adept trying to master the powers of sorcery. On both worlds, someone was trying to assassinate him. And as if that weren’t enough, he has to win the love of Lady Blue, fight a dragon, discover the ultimate weapon, and of course, seek out the all-powerful Citizen who was trying to kill him!

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