BOOK REVIEW: Sacrafice by John Farris


Review by Ryder Islington

In the beginning, the story was really slow. As I began to see what was going on with the main character, Greg Walker, and what was going to happen, I was pulled into the story, with a need to find out what was going to happen.
Family man Greg Walker has a 17 year old daughter whom he adores. But there is a dark secret in his past that could be the end of her. The story moves from Georgia to Guatemala where the terror begins. Throw in a little fantasy, and a dash of adventure. And some ugly surprises.

This is not the kind of book I’d recommend to the squeamish. But I would recommend it to those who love the search for the Fountain of Youth and for those who love to read about Mayan history.

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BOOK REVIEW: A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon


Review by Ryder islington

I love this series, and this book is one of the best. Diana Gabaldon is able to whisk the reader away to a distant past where we love and hate characters, and miss them terribly when the book ends.
In this book of the series, the characters find themselves on the North American continent just before the Revolutionary War, where they face religious prejudice, Indians, bears, mountain men, pre-war battles, and others harrowing adventures.

As usual, Claire and Jaime fight side-by-side, when they aren’t fighting each other. They create a home, gather followers, fight off those who would take what they have, and worry about the future that Claire is so sure will come.

So much happens in this book that I could write ten thousand words about it and there would still be lots of surprises for the reader. This series is so good that our little private book club here in town is planning on starting the whole series over in January of next year. By the time we’ve finished, the newest book will have been published and arrived at the local library, with plenty of time for others to read it. So, we won’t have to be limited to two weeks of reading time because there’s a list of others waiting!

Do doubt I will ultimately own this entire series and read it several times over the coming years. It’s that good.

BOOK REVIEW: Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.


Review by Ryder Islington This isn’t just another book on Near Death Experiences. Dr. Alexander is a neurosurgeon and up until his own NDE, had no belief in anything he couldn’t see, touch, taste, hear or smell. He was pure scientist who ‘allowed’ his patients their faith as a comfort.

We can see from his writing that Dr. Alexander isn’t a novelist. He often dumps info into the middle of the point he’s making. Of course, without that info, the average reader wouldn’t have a clue what he’s talking about, or how extraordinary his story is. So we must not only forgive him for this method of informing us, but applaud him for this piece of work.

Dr. Alexander tells the story of his upbringing, his family life, his education and career, and then the sudden illness that sent him into a coma for seven days, and how that seven days changed his life. His story is a miracle.

I really enjoyed this read. It was amazing to see such a turn around by a pure scientist who has discovered the spirit world and can’t wait to share it. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about NDE’s, spirituality, brain damage, coma, or just enjoys seeing someone find his true self.

HOW NOT TO WRITE A NOVEL


I just read a post on Kristen Lamb’s blog ( http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/the-bookpocalypse-what-to-do-when-you-realize-your-story-might-be-dead/) entitled Bookpocalypse–What to Do When You Realize Your Story Might Be DEAD.

Kristen is so funny, and I love reading her articles. I always learn something from them. Can’t wait to get my  hands on her newest book Rise of the Machines–Human Authors in a Digital World. I recommend her books to all authors, especially newbies.

Sticking My Toes Back In


It’s been a long while since I posted anything, so I thought I’d stick my toes back in the water and just see what happens. I’m happy to see that the number of followers of this blog has almost doubled even though I haven’t posted anything new in several months.

We have had several tragedies in the last year, which I won’t go into, but things seem to be looking up, and I’m going to try to post once a week, just to test the waters. I’ve read several books lately, so I intend to start with some reviews.

Here is a partial list of upcoming reviews, most of which will include giveaways to a lucky commentor of the review:

July 29th–Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.

August 13th–The Red Queen Dies by Frankie Y. Bailey

August 27th–The Beast by Faye Kellerman

August 29th–Cornerstone b y J.M. LeDuc

August 30th–Murdock Tackles Taos by Robert Ray

And August 9th, I’ll be featuring Ron Chapesiuk, author of Black Ceasar.

I’m honored to have been chosen as a host to most of these authors, and many more, who are launching their newest releases, or reminding us of those books that have been recently released. Most of them are touring, and I’ll have their tour schedules here, so you can increase your chances of giveaways by checking out other blogs on their tours.

I also intend to do some guest posts on other blogs, and will make sure to post that schedule here.

Thanks to all of you who stuck by me, and to all the new followers of and visitors to my blog. I hope to earn your loyalty with some informative articles, some free gifts, and some honest reviews in the coming weeks, and months.