Book Review: Of Good and Evil November 18, 2011Posted by Jaidis in 4 Tree Reviews, Book Reviews, Books, Jaidis Shaw Reviews, Nurture Your Books.
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Ron Sheffield, a gifted but tormented Green Beret, plagued by suicidal guilt because of his “special” abilities, is discharged from the army for going “crazy.” Immediately, he is brutally beaten and shot by the Mafia, and is hospitalized near death. His life is dramatically saved by Amber Ash, who also possesses “special” abilities; and from there the two are propelled against mobsters, terrorists, and a government cell out to kill them over Iraqi documents Ron possesses from his army service. Ron becomes a Mafia hit man, targeting fallen mobsters. This brings Ron and Amber into contact with the powerful and humane gifted secret society, Eros; this contact eventually actualizing Ron’s mental gifts to a point beyond his imagination. Ron is confronted with the imminent nuclear obliteration of a major American city by a suicidal terrorist cell that only he can stop. But will he be able to do it in time? Of Good and Evil is a spiritual fight against tyranny.
Of Good and Evil by Gerald G. Griffin is an action-packed ride from start to finish! We are introduced to the main character, Ron Sheffield, in the heat of battle and quickly realize there is more to Ron than meets the eye. After returning home from war, Ron is discharged for having a nervous breakdown but he knows that other forces are working against him. Taking matters into his own hands, Ron makes it his new mission to search for clues and honor his fallen comrades, while trying to preserve his sanity by focusing on the present.
Amber Ash has always felt alone. Knowing that her special abilities make her different, she is focused on keeping her distance from everyone and using her body as a means of escape. That is until the night she met Ron Sheffield on his way to a poker game. Instantly feeling the pull of his gifts, she knows that she must learn more about the stranger that is similar in abilities.
Of Good and Evil has a little bit of everything which I believe makes for a good read for just about everyone. Action, romance, paranormal aspects, honor, politics, hit men, terrorists, secret societies, organized crime, treason…the list continues. It has so much going on that at times it was a little overwhelming for me. The main reason for me was the political aspects because I personally do not have an avid interest in such matters. But even with the politics and everything rushing by, I kept turning the pages wanting to know what happened next. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I do hope to see more of the paranormal aspect explained in the sequel, A Time of Reckoning.
Book Review: Entrapped by Barbara Kyle November 15, 2011Posted by Jaidis in 5 Tree Reviews, Book Reviews, Books, Jaidis Shaw Reviews.
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Set in Alberta, Canada, Entrapped is the story of Liv Gardner, an ambitious young oil executive intent on stopping farmer Tom Wainwright who is sabotaging her rigs after a spill of lethal “sour” gas poisoned his wife. Desperate to save the company she built, Liv plants evidence to frame Tom. But when the evidence is used to indict him for a murder he didn’t commit, only Liv can save him.
Entrapped by Barbara Kyle is the thrilling tale about the lengths people will go to in order to preserve the most important things in their lives. What things are considered important enough to risk everything? Family and friends? Business and financial success? Maybe even love? Either way, when you have two groups waging war against each other, sacrifices have to be made.
Olivia had everything she dreamed of. After having a not so happy childhood, Liv is given the opportunity of a life time when she goes into a business partnership with brothers Mickey and Paul. She is currently CEO of the successful Falcon oil company and things can only go up. So when someone starts sabotaging their company, she makes it her mission to find out who is responsible. Going undercover was easy but what she learned in the process may change her outlook on life.
Tom Wainwright is just a man who wants to be left alone to tend his farm and raise his daughter. So when sour gas threatens his livestock causing numerous problems, he sets out to protect his land and everything his family has worked to achieve. After being rejected by all formal means, Tom takes matters into his own hands, using his hate as a driving force. Will his hate consume him before it is too late or will his enemy be a beacon of hope?
Barbara Kyle has written a story that will keep you reading until the end. Since true events were used for inspiration, it is hard not to feel for the characters in this story and it is sure to make you think about both sides involved. As mentioned in the book, everyone has a price, and reading Entrapped is sure to make you stop and think about what your price might be.
Book Review: This Bird Flew Away September 26, 2011Posted by Jaidis in 4 Tree Reviews, Book Reviews, Jaidis Shaw Reviews.
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What is real love? The whole world wants to know. They should ask Bria Jean, because she has it all figured out. Opinionated, stubborn and full of woe, Bria would tell you real love is having one person you can always count on through thick and thin. For her, that’s Jack. And it doesn’t matter to her that she’s nine and he’s twenty-three-not one bit. When, at the age of twelve, Bria disappears, he and his Aunt Mary search for her, and when she surfaces, injured, abused and traumatized, Jack fights to become her guardian with no idea of the trials ahead of him. By then, Bria is thirteen going on thirty, full of her own ideas on how her life should run and with some very fixed notions about who is in charge.
This Bird Flew Away by Lynda M. Martin is a book that describes the cold, harsh realities that takes place in the world today. Of course we would all like the world to be bright and sunny, ignoring the darkness that looms right around the corner, but there is always bad mingled with the good. Nine-Year-Old Bria Jean has not had the easiest life, nor the childhood that she deserved. Bria’s childhood is slowly stripped away each time that she endures abuse from her step-father. After the stepfather’s passing, Bria is shipped off to various relatives house where she once again finds herself under the hands of abuse.
At the age of twelve, Bria has to make the painful decision of how she can get away from an abusive aunt. Deciding to run away and find Jack for help, Bria flees into the unknown world ahead of her. The dark realities appear and Bria finds herself being sold to two strange men who do the unthinkable to her. Broken and confused, Bria escapes and is found by police. The road ahead of Bria is long and confusing and Bria has a darker outlook about life than normal teenagers should have.
After Bria’s terrible experience, Jack comes to her rescue and takes Bria under his wing and fights to become her guardian. Stuck between being a teenager and a young woman, Bria faces a mixed bag of emotions as she has always had a special connection with Jack. Jack has always been the man in her life, to protect her and
Ms. Martin has done a well job in creating a story that explains the harsh realities of life yet allows the hope of the future shine through. Bria is strong and courageous and serves to help other young girls who read her story know that bad things happen but that they can be overcome.
Some may find some of the descriptions a little hard to read, especially if you are a parent such as myself to a young daughter or if you have a personal reason to read such a story. Personally though I think this story is just a reminder that in the darkest of times, there is a lighted path that will lead you to a brighter future.
Book Review: inSyte by Greg Kiser September 22, 2011Posted by Jaidis in 4 Tree Reviews, Book Reviews, Jaidis Shaw Reviews.
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inSyte is a paranormal thriller that will appeal to readers of Michael Crichton and Stephen King.
It’s Tampa Bay and the year is 2020. Ex-Navy SEAL Mitch “Double” Downing discovers how to tap into the internet with his mind. His new inSyte provides transparent access to the sum of all human knowledge recorded since hieroglyphics. More than mere information – Mitch can see into men’s hearts and be all places at all times (easy in an ‘always on’ surveillance society with fourth generation tweets). Sort of like God.
But inSyte has ideas of its own as the software exposes a politician’s “divine” plan that will unwittingly slaughter millions of people. Is killing the man the only way to prevent Armageddon? The politician’s daughter would probably disagree. And she happens to be the love of Mitch’s life. Losing Kate would be too damn much collateral damage.
At the center of the conflict is a wolf-like killer who will stop at nothing to murder the ex-Navy SEAL.
And Mitch must come to grips with inSyte’s dark side – a dominating addiction that soon controls his thoughts and places him on a steep slide to self destruction.
inSyte is a futuristic tale that you do not want to miss. The reader starts out in July 2014 by being introduced to Mitch and Woody, two Navy Seals who have found themselves in the middle of heavy gun fire. After taking a hit, Mitch learns that fate, destiny and/or the higher powers that be have a plan for him..and it doesn’t involve him dying in Iran. The book then shifts to its first part, jumping to Florida in the year 2020.
Cheslov Kirill is dark, mysterious and the antagonist of the story. Even though he is ultimately the bad guy, he is written in such a way that I found myself drawn to him. Each of his mannerisms and nervous ticks make him more believable and ultimately, a really good bad guy that I enjoyed getting to know. Especially as certain chapters clue us into why he is the way he is.
Add in all of the futuristic technology and inSyte becomes a great thriller. Mr. Kiser describes technology in a way that is believable and may even be possible in the future instead of describing something off-the-wall. With a world that is already filled with social media and high-tech gadgets…it is only a slight transition to the technology that is described in inSyte.
But all of the facts and tidbits that are spread through cyberspace can have a negative effect. Especially when Mitch discovers a plot with his new ‘inSyte’ that would not only harm millions of people but would cost him his girlfriend, Kate, because the man behind the plot happens to be Mayor Delaney and Kate’s father.
One of the things I liked most about Mr. Kiser’s writing is that he added tidbits of random thoughts during the story. That is something that I often think about while reading books. Someone is going on and on about some topic that the other person may find boring. Are they listening to the dialogue as suggested by the writing? Realistically…probably not. Mr. Kiser knows this and so he made his characters believable by sharing their thoughts at different moments. Is the quirky guy really listening to his professor rant about the effects of technology? Of course not! He is thinking about his date last night. I loved that about this novel and it made inSyte appeal to me that much more.