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THE FURY: A Thriller ~Shane Gericke

Monday, September 14th, 2015

I could not put this book down and there are two reasons why THE FURY held on to me for 8 hours straight.   The first reason the author says someone assisted him in changing the timing of his writing which made the book just zoom in reading speed and flow and the second was this e-book came to me via advanced reading copy and Dropbox and I could find no way to save the PDF file; I had already started reading and I just kept going until I was at the very end.  I was afraid the book would disappear and I had to download it each time I needed to leave the read and do something else.   The book was incredibly good and interesting and I do so love these powerful women who take charge and solve the crisis.

Reassured several times that this is a work of fiction and imagination, there are lots of historic moments in the book, which eventually all tie together and make a complete package.  We begin on an oil rig platform as it is rupturing and falling into the Gulf of Mexico.  The integration of ideas and events indicates the relatedness of current circumstances and how we arrived at such a dire circumstance today.   A real event that pulls the previous events into the story, as we see how greedy fossil fuel guys are losing power and money to the new wealthy and powerful (and violent) drug cartel folks.  The disregard for the environment, humans, governments, most of life is passed on from one group to another, which is vying for control, power and money.  The victims are everyone actually and so many are caught in the crossfire and explosions.  From oil rig explosion to Nazi Chemical Warfare and Japanese Chemical weapons developers, it is a big hurdle back in time and then a leap to the present.  Jump again and we are with the Border Patrol in Arizona attempting to stop a Taliban multi-million dollar drug shipment from arrival and disbursement in Mexico and the USA and the killing keeps going.

There are lots of true events referenced in this story, and it is so interesting how they relate to current events, habits and practices.   WWII comes back and forth and all the mistakes we made as a country when attempting to stop the war and get our own chemical weapons in order.  We hired some of the International experts in Chemical killings into our own program.  I am remembering our torture programs we perfected and were exposed in THE SHOCK DOCTRINE by Naomi Klein.  Several Presidents are mentioned and how their actions affected the whole current drug war and the human dependence on drugs today.  The gun programs which armed the drug cartels in Mexico (fast and furious) and the global knowledge of guerrilla warfare; how to control people and how to make money – greed.

The backstories are good and bring the characters into a fullness of possibility and believability.  I got hooked on the opening quote that was the definition of FURY from storm to a woman’s anger and reaction to that anger.   Wow it was right in my face from that moment on and it all hung together and related.  Superstition Davis was just an amazing character and so true to her part and once again a feisty mother took some action into her own hands to help and remedy a horrid situation.   Yes, I want to believe there are these kinds of powerful woman at work for our behalf.  I felt my own feelings of contempt for those who don’t know history, the ignorant and suffered the fools who ignored what was real.  THE FURY is powerful story telling and I was happy to finish it and let go.

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for asking me to review THE FURY.   I admire these writers who can pull so many events together and still write an amazing story.  I think you will find it hard to put down – THE FURY

About the author

“Shane Gericke is an American novelist living in Naperville, Illinois. Before becoming a published thriller writer, he was a journalist, most recently at the Chicago Sun-Times from 1982 to 1994”

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THE FOREVER MAN: A Near-Future Thriller ~Pierre Ouellette

Friday, July 11th, 2014

“Your cells are the product of millions of years of evolution.  They don’t answer to you.  They answer only to life itself.” “Through some kind of extraordinarily advanced genetic therapy.  To pull it off, you’d have to raise an entire army of very specialized artificial viruses.” (un proofed copy – at 70% location)

THE FOREVER MAN is quite an interesting read.  I received an unproofed copy for review from TLC Online Book Tours, Net Galley and Alibi books and I am pleased to have had this opportunity.   As much as I like books about the future and thrillers these days, I must say this would not have been on my radar without a gentle prod.  Much of the story takes place in Portland, Oregon after the USA has been devastated by a predicted economic crisis and the nation is being ruled by the extremely rich.  Now the city has been abused and the majority of the people are just hanging on as best they can; regional “gangsters” are running the show and it makes me so sad to even think about.  Beauty only for the few; drugs and starvation the rule of the day, it sometimes seems as though this is a too close reality.

Lane Anslow is a contracted police detective, who has always been his bipolar brilliant, brothers admirable care taker. He is drawn into something amazing by his sibling’s work in genetics.  His brother has been kidnapped after he escaped a plane crash.  Johnny Anslow is the key to this genetic manipulation which is changing lives and will definitely change the future for the very rich.  So the police detective, who has lost his job because he is too old in his 40s, undertakes to understand and help his brother escape.  The backstory is about the boys growing up on the water near Seattle, Washington and all the mischief they recovered from and how they each took different pathways based on their experiences.  There is lots of plastic surgery, prison experience, helicopters and worldwide weapons of mass destruction and I would not want to leave out the politicians.  There is something for everyone and at one point, it made me think of a futuristic Gunsmoke TV series.  The book keeps moving ahead with lots of description about how THE FOREVER MAN became how old he is and what needs to happen to keep it a reality.  Oh yes, and the world has run out of affordable oil.

The writing was “manly” and I found it sometimes sharp and disconnected and then it turned back around to keep the reader on edge – powerful devise. I had to read dialogue pages a couple of times to figure out which character was saying what.  Certainly the editors will clear up those moments before it is released on July 8th, 2014.  I wondered if I believed if life had a beginning, middle and end, would living until your new organs wore out, or these advanced genetic procedures were available to all be something you would want to contemplate?  Would you really want to live forever?

Pierre Ouellette lives in Portland, Oregon and has written a number of science fictions books which have done well. He owned a PR firm for a number of years and also plays guitar.

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MUCKERS: When Your Town is About to Crumble, You Dig Deeper into the Muck and Find a Way to Win ~Sandra Neil Wallace

Monday, November 25th, 2013

MUCKERS is based on a true story. This mighty football team did blast through the muck and succeed at a time when no one thought it was possible and the odds were not in their favor.   Although the story takes place in a fictional town, it is based on the journals and letters of the former High School principal, letters from the coach, and lots of newspaper stories.  The author truly did her homework and was able to interview some of the key players.

So here we are in an Arizona mining town in the 40’s and the rumor has it that the mine, the town, and the school are about to close down; there will be no company town or services and only some of the copper miners will be hired at other locations.  The town is built up the side of the mountain and the mines are deep within the earth.  The football field is slag  and it is ruff and often muddy when the rains arrive.  There are only 60 students left at the school and very few seniors.  The school is racially mixed and that is not something that happened in the 40’s.  But the players (just 12 at the win) had to make do with what they had,such as rag tag uniforms and no training equipment.  They were the smallest team in the state – physically.  They needed to win to count for something and to make their lives matter.

Add into the story MUCKERS (that is the team name and it is part of the ore sorting process) that the quarterback is not being fed by his drunken father, it is extremely hot, helmets are vintage and making the best of it, the Principal is fired for being a Communist and the coach dies just a few games before the playoffs.   Many people do not think they have a chance and this team is ready to set the world on fire.

Sandra Neil Wallace was an ESPN reporter who discovered in a small museum, the beginnings of her research in a box which had been dropped off and the curator could not decide what to do with it.  It took Wallace awhile to switch careers and stop moving around to tackle this story and put it into a book form.   It is very inspiring and how these young students figure out how to survive, be comrades and winners is a remarkable piece of history.

The book is written a bit like Wallace is the announcer calling the game plays and insights, and it took me a bit to get into her rhythm, but I think sports fans of all ages would not have much difficulty.  MUCKERS is a very worthwhile reading adventure.

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tlc logo This book was sent to me for review by TLC online book tours and KNOPF publishing. I think my readers will enjoy MUCKERS.   What a great gift idea and my copy is going to a school library.

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SON OF A GUN: A Memoir ~Justin St. Germain

Monday, August 19th, 2013

From the very first page of SON OF A GUN the reader is on a biographical journey which is a part of the recovery process of a young man whose Mother was murdered when he was 19 years old.  The author is attempting to figure out “why” she was murdered and how he is supposed to live his life because she was murdered.  How can he be the son which his Mother wanted him to become?

Most of the story is about Tombstone, Arizona and woven through the narrative is the story of Wyatt Earp, the real biography, the legends and the tourist trappings which was the center of the town where this family lived and owned several businesses.  I was drawn into the story as though it was a documentary of the parallels and the pitfalls of life in these United States.  There is a vivid, ruggedness to the telling of this tale about a Mother who was married 5 times, always found a way to provide for her sons, and sacrificed to make sure that they had what they needed to survive and achieve their goals.

Debbie St. Germain had dreams and loved horses.  She had good friends and enemies and dated lots and lots of men.  She had lousy taste in the men she chose to marry.

Justin St. Germain writes a compelling story and has an interesting rhythmic style of writing.  One of the descriptions he uses was that they were “poor white trailer trash.”   The continuance of the story is that his mother was a successful business woman and made a good living and could provide and that there were often periods in their lives when they had the house with a swimming pool and horses in the corral.  He makes his assertion and then proceeds to defend and prove that they were not actually that poor and needy.

The author has a hard time trusting men and yet by taking this journey and writing he is able to sort out and gain a perspective.   He truly catches himself and the men he interviews for the book, including the priest and the Marshall, for blaming the victim.  He can see where he is blaming his mother too, for choosing this man in the first place.  Not knowing his history of domestic violence; why did her kill her?

His analysis of ‘Parents Of Murdered Children’ and his understanding of what they were going through and the typical steps of filling up time and obsessions with reconstructing the events provided powerful insight; finally linking it to Gun Violence and then Violence in America it was brutally honest.

“Watch the news.  So many people are murdered in America with such inconceivable frequency that the stories and statistics have lost their impact.  Every victim has parents, spouses, siblings, kids.  If all the relatives of murder victims in Arizona showed up to this meeting, this room wouldn’t be big enough.  This hospital wouldn’t be big enough.”

St. Germain’s search for the WHY makes   SON OF A GUN a powerful reminder of how violent we are as a nation.   SON OF A GUN is a powerful truth.

Do you understand how a moment of violence can affect a child for a life time?  Why are we such a violent nation?  What are you thoughts?

tlclogoI received a print copy of this book from TLC online book tours and Random House Publishing. Thank you for sharing this good read.

If you purchase anything from Amazon or Powell’s from this site, I will receive a few blossoms in my bouquet.  Thank you.  Donations also welcomed.

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