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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 Dressmaker of Khair Khana ~Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is a very interesting story of how 5 sisters survived and succeeded in remaining safe during the occupation of the Taliban of Kabul, Afghanistan.  The book tells how educated women figured out how to remain safe and how to include their community in surviving the strict and oft times horrific treatment by the new regime.   This is a story of how women keep a culture continuing and providing for their family and especially their children’s needs.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is primarily the story of one young entrepreneur who actually takes big risks and blossoms after her father challenges her to help her younger sisters survive and to assist the community in need.   At first, she organizes a book exchange program so that all the women in her neighborhood can keep learning despite the boredom of being sentenced to their own homes.  Her older sister moves into the family home with her 4 young children (one set of newborn, frail twins) and this sister is a talented teacher and dress designer/tailor.   As the men of the households must disappear to remain safe these two sisters, the marketer and the tailor, must think ahead and figure out what needs to be done to feed all the children and to survive.

Under the chadri, with only a tiny screen for vision the young woman, Kamila would venture forth with her 14 year old brother as her chaperone to figure out what their world needed and how this group could provide it.   With the war still going on in the north, it became apparent that the women who could design and sew dresses and pantsuits which complied would get paid for their efforts.

At first the sewing needed to be accomplished by hand, because there were not enough machines and only electricity for a few hours each day.   They taught each other how.  Kamila learned to go to further away markets to obtain fabric which was more cost effective and would increase income.  They set up an apprentice program for other women in the neighborhood and they designed work schedules which would not draw attention to women coming and going from their residence.

Men not related to women were not allowed to speak to a woman and so Kamila and her young brother had to be very careful about how they worked.

I think this book elevates women all over the world.  As Kamila has gone forward to become part of the UN team and a microloan expert in assisting other women to use their skills and build their communities, her story goes on to inspire other women and draw attention to the “quiet” women all over the planet who just get busy and roll up their sleeves and figure out how to make the world a better place.

“Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, the author, is a Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributing editor-at-large at Newsweek and the Daily Beast.  Her reporting on conflict and post-conflict zones – including Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Rwanda – has been published in the New York Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, and elsewhere.“  from the book jacket


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This book has been on the New York Times Bestseller List and is well worth the read to increase understanding, lift up women and inspire you to be your best.   I highly recommend the Dressmaker of Khair Khana.

“ A celebration of women in the world over.”    People Magazine

This book was sent to me for review by TLC online book tours and Harper Press
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