Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Book Review: Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe: The First Signs Of April

The First Signs of April: A Memoir


























This may contain spoilers

Author: Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe
Title: The first signs of April
Genre: non-fiction, biography, autobiography, memoir,


I signed up for poetic book tours and l was email off Serena Agusto-Cox about reviewing this book.


First of all I would like to say a big thank you to Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe for sending me this book and giving me the chance to read it. I want to say a big thank you to Serena Agusto-Cox for contacting me and taking the time to email me.


I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.


I normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone. I am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.


I highly recommend this book.
This book has 256 pages and 32 chapters.


Book Dedication: For aunt Pat and Mugsey, - Infinite love.


For anyone who finds healing in our story.


Poems from the start of every chapters.


We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past living fully in the present. - Marianne Williamson.


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Dr Martin Luther King Jr.


Life must be understood backward, but it must be lived forward. - Soren Kierkegaard.


Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again in to instant flame by an encounter with another human being. - Albert Schweitzer.


Life changes fast. Life changes in an instant you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. - Joan Didion.


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin.


Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. - Hans Christian Anderson.


The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go and not be questioned. - Maya Angelou.


Sweet is the memory of distant friends. Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. - Washington Irving.

I go out there so l can look in to myself and when l am there I can see myself standing still and the rest of the world going mad. - Des Lavelle.


It is our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. - Aristotle Onassis.


There is no grief like the grief that does not speak. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


Sometimes the questions are complex and the answers are simple. - Dr. Seuss.


But that is their image of us, so we stay tense, holding are breath, hoping we won't be found out. - Ebine Yamaji.


That broken thing you keep trying to put together can not even compare with that beautiful thing that's waiting to be built. - Mandy Hale.


Throw your dreams in to space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. - Anais Nin.


You are off to great places!, today is your day your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. - Dr. Seuss.


I was falling. Falling through time and space and stars and sky and everything in between. - Jess Rothenberg.


Never be bullied in to silence never allow yourself to be a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself. - Harvey Fierstein.


Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are relieved by the letting go of a little water. - Christopher Morley.


Fly free and happy beyond birthdays and across forever and we will meet now and then when we wish, in the midst of the one celebration that can never end. - Richard Bach.


Clouds come floating in to my life. No longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. - Rabindranath Tagone.


Whatever end finds us, it would not find us separated. - Stephanie Meyer.


The pain is there, when you close one door on it knocks to come in some where else. - Irvin Yalam.


No tragedy of life, no form of death arouses allencompassing and inconsolable grief than does a suicide no other kind of death turns those left behind so fiercely against themselves, no other kind leaves such lasting scars. They need to be able to wonder out loud what they did wrong and go over and over the details in an effort to make sense for themselves out of a senseless act. They suffer most when they must suffer alone with their hurt and humiliation. - from too young
to die, by Francine Klagsburn.


Do not be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes is certain for those who are friends. - Richard Bach.


While the person who commits suicide dies once, the loved ones left behind may die a thousand deaths wondering why. - Anonymous.


And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. - Anais Nin.

Sometimes what a person needs is not a brilliant mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens. - Unknown.


Death ends a life, not a relationship. - Robert Benshley.


The truth is, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize the situation is over, you can not move forward. - Steve Maroboli.


I know you are not far away. I feel your presence around me. Our love binds us together always. We two are one eternally. - Unknown.
Only the wounded healer can truly heal. - Irvin Yalom.


Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to  clearly and deeply, listening to see intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path. Exactly where you are meant to be. Right now. And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story in to a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of power, of dignity, and of love. - Caroline Adams.


Praise for the first signs of April.


Review by other people.


Reading the first signs of April is like sitting in front of a fire with a old friend: Briscoe starts telling her story and all of a sudden the sun is up and you feel as if you have not blinked once. This book will become that friend who stays with you for life. - Melanie Braveman, author of east justice and red.


The first signs of April is an inspiring story about life, death, and how connected we all remain – but only if we are open to listening to the wisdom waiting for us. Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe shows us the power of friendship, and the ways we can heal by embracing all life has to offer. - Linda Joy Myers, president national association of memoir writers, and author of song of the plains: a memoir of family, secrets, and silence.


By living and writing her truth, Briscoe shares her healing journey of loss and love. A compelling read that grabs your attention and will not let you leave. - Priscilla A. Hutchins, licensed psychologist – doctorate, retired.


Synopsis: shut down and disconnected, Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe has lived her life in silence in order to stay alive, her grief is buried, and shame is the skin that wraps around her bones but then, following the brutal murder of a local teacher, she is forced as a grief counselor to face her lifetime of unresolved sorrow will she finally be able to crack the hard edges of her heart and allow in the light so real healing can occur?.


Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and harder to put down. I was hooked on this book after reading the synopsis. I was sad to read that Mary's auntie Pat had cancer but it was nice of Mary to help her auntie and uncle around the house and Mary sounds like a great niece as not many young people would help their family. I loved all the poems in this book and l love that there was one at the start of every chapter. I can not put in to words how great but heartbreaking at the same time. It did not take me long to finish reading this book. Mary sounds so brave telling Joy how she feels about her. I was sad to read that Joy was abused but glad she told Mary. When l was reading this book I would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on my humidifier on and chill on my bed and listen to music or something on TV. I sometimes light a candle when l am reading this book. When l am reading this aswell as cuddling my kitten Oreo or one of the other kittens that live with me (there are three not including mine). It is good to chill reading a good book. I also took a picture of this book to share it to my Instagram that l made just for pictures of my books it is called donnareviewsbooks. I write book reviews at my desk in my bedroom that is also my lining room, library and office. Sometimes I sit on my bed writing book reviews I sometimes put earplugs in so l can read or write book reviews in peace. I was sad to read that Joy committed suicide and Mary feels if she told somebody about the gun that Joy would still be alive. I think Mary should not feel like that as Joy would not want her to feel like that and Joy did not want to hurt Mary or her family. Mary sounds like a great family member to have and a great friend to have too. Her family should be so proud of her and I would have loved a friend like Mary when l was younger because there was no kids like Mary when l was younger. When this book review is posted it is my birthday but it does not feel the same without my grandad who passed away two years ago. I feel Mary's pain as l have lost lots of family members my first loss was my sister Shirley. I feel like my grandad and my cat (who passed away a year ago) is still around my grandad was a smoker too and l smell smoke in my bedroom and l do not smoke myself and when l was reading about Mary visiting a psychic to see if anybody had any messages for her my bedroom smelt like somebody was smoking in it I think/feel like my grandad was telling me he was still around. Stuff would fall off my shelves and at the time I had no cats and I would feel a cat jump on my bed and l would wake up and nothing would be there and it still happens and it is not any of the kittens we have now. Sleeping and reading helped me through my grief. I like that Mary become a grief counselor. I was really sad to read about the murder of Melissa Jenkins. I was sad to read that Joy's parents never give Mary Joy's letter I wish Mary had got to read it as she needed to know how much Joy loved and did not want to her. The christmas gift Mary made Joy sounded nice and Joy gift to Mary was perfect for a writer and I would tell people to read this book for themselves to know how great but heartbreaking it really is. I would love to read more from Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe. I am glad this book is on my book shelves I would love to buy some of Mary's other book as l got this one for free. As it is getting colder I read under my quilt reading. Sometimes l can not read as l suffer from migraines or a headache. Reading this book makes me feel like l am not alone with grief and that it is okay to cry for lost loved ones. I love reading memoirs and about people's life and l love the title of this book and my Nan is also called Mary and my mum is also called Pat. I am really in love with this book. I was sad that it finished l wish it did not end or there was a follow on to it. I would happily read this book again and again. I love that Mary and her sister got tattoo's l have five tattoos myself but me and my sister are planning to get matching tattoos. Memoirs are one of my favorite type of books to read and sometimes when l am typing up book reviews one of the kittens watch me from the window or on my knee. I love the book dedication. I was sad to read about all the death in this book. I reviewed this book on amazon UK and US and goodreads and my blog.


About the author: Mary-Elizabeth Briscoe, LCMHC, CCTP is a licensed mental health counselor currently on sabbatical from her private psychotherapy practice in northeastern vermont. After spending a year living on the dingle peninsula, Ireland working on her next memoir she is currently splitting her time between cape cod, vermont and Ireland. Mary-Elizabeth has a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling from Lesley university and is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and certified clinical trauma professional. In addition, she has worked as a lecturer at springfield college school of professional and continuing studies St. Johnsbury, vt. Campus. She is a regular contributor to cape women online and sweatpants and coffee magazines. Mary-Elizabeth loves riding her motorcycle and spending as much time as possible with her dog Fergus.


About the book: I love the book cover and the branches with the changing colours. I love that the writing is in white because it makes the writing stand out more.


Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.


I wish l could rate this book more then five stars because it is worth more than the five stars l rated it.



Thursday, 1 June 2017

Book Review: M.K Brown: Stranger Than Life: 1970 - 2013 Cartoons And Comics

Stranger Than Life



























This may contain spoilers

Author: M.K Brown.
Title: Stranger than life: 1970 – 2013 cartoons and comics.
Genre: Comics & graphic novels, publishers, fantagraphics, comics, graphic novels,.


I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review I got a email from Serena Agusto-cox because l signed up for poeticbook tours newsletter.


First of all l would like to say a big thank you to M.K Brown for sending me this book and giving me the chance to read it. I would like to say a big thank you to Serena Agusto-cox for taking the time to email me.


I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.


I normally do not read books of this genre but l stepped outside my comfort zone with authors and genres l am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.

This is the first graphic novel l have read.


I highly recommend this book.


This book has 248 pages and 10 chapters in it.


Synopsis: M.K brown is one of the funniest cartoonists of the last four decades – or, ever, take your pick – and her body of work has long been savored by aficionados but never comprehensively collected – until now stranger than life is the first retro – spective of brown's cartoons and comics from their original appearances in the national lampoon, mother Jones, the new yorker, playboy, and other magazines and underground comics.

M.K Brown's comics stories satirize suburban anxiety and post – modern ennui by the sheer force of her gentle but piquant, off – kilter observations, along with her slightly pixilated but winsome characters, all of which are perfectly captured in her restless pen line and delicate jewel – tone water colors.

In these pages: read instructions for the uses of glue, making a pair of pants, home of auto repair, coping with chainsaw massacres, and jackknifing your big rig. “ another true – life pretty face in the field of medicine” introduces Virginia spears NgodAjtu who ( with a bit of a name change) would go on to star in “ Dr, Janice N!godatu,” Brown's series of animated shorts that appeared on the Tracy Ullman show alongside the first incarnation of the Simpsons. Plus, enjoy aliens, old people, pilgrims, mermen, monitor lizards, tiny floating muggers, and other weirdos in M.K Brown's side – splitting gag cartoons.


Reviews by other people:
M.K Brown turns the orderly world we think we all live in upside – down, shakes up our perceptions of normality – then hands everything back to us profoundly altered in some way only our subconscious mind truly understands. - Bill Griffith, from his introduction.

What you are holding is a work of rare talent. M.K Brown is the Irene Dunne (do google) of the print world. Hard core fans can, at last, rejoice. First time readers will witness true comic enchantment. So come along children, let us follow and see where this divine woman takes us this time. - Brian McConnachie.

M.K Brown is a uniquely innovative artist. Her work is on a level that no other cartoonist even remotely approaches. - Sam Gross.

Review: when l was reading this book I would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on my humidifier on and chill on my bed listening to magic or spotify or something on television or netflix. Sometimes l light a candle when l am reading this book. It is good to chill reading a good book when you are not well or in pain. I reviewed this book on goodreads, my blog and amazon UK and US. I also took a picture of this book and shared it on Instagram that l made just for pictures of my books it is called donnareviewsbooks. I found this book really easy to get in to and hard to put down once l started reading it. It did not take me long to read this book. I really liked the pictures in this book and l could not stop laughing at the stories in this book. I have never read a graphic novel before but l am glad l read this one and l plan to read more because of this book. I got this book in paperback. I would happily read this book again and again. I really like the pictures and l wish l could draw like the author. I would like to read more from this author. I wish this book did not finish because it was so good and funny. I was sad to finish reading it. I was hooked on this book after reading the first few pages. I can not put in to words how great and funny this book is l would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great and funny it really is. If l was not sent this book for free l would have bought it.

About this book: I really like this book cover and the drawings on the front and back cover and l like that the writings is in red and black because it stands out more.

Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.


I wish l could rate this book more than five stars because it is worth more than the five stars l rated it.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Book Review: Richard Denham and M.J Trow: World Of Britannia

World of Britannia: 


























This may contain spoilers


Author: Richard Denham and M.J Trow.
Title: World Of Britannia.
Genre: History, Britain & Ireland, Early British & Roman Britain, World History, Europe, Pre – 500,

I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I got this book from T. Squared Books.


First of all l would like to say a big thank you to Richard Denham and M.J Trow for sending me this book and giving me a chance to read it. I would like to say a big thank you to T. Squared books for letting me be apart of their book reviewing team.

I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.


I normally do not read books of this genre but l stepped outside my comfort zone with authors and genres l am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.


This book has 210 pages in it.


I highly recommend this book.


Synopsis: World of Britannia forms the historical background to the 'Britannia' trilogy the arrival of Rome's legions, first under Julius Caesar, then aulius plautius in the first century is well documented, but the end of roman rule in Britain remains forever in shadow, ' illuminated' only by contradiction and legend. The action of the Britannia series spans the period 367 – 425 AD, the beginning of what historians, with some justification, used to call the dark ages. It was the twilight of a civilisation that had lasted for nearly five hundred years and Britain would never be the same again. This book documents the little we know, from written records and from archarology and gives a snapshot of a world that was on the brink of vanishing. This book is an invaluable accompaniment to the series, providing insights that are not possible in his historical fiction as a standalone history book, it provides a fast-paced, easily-understood account of one of the least known eras in British history, ' but we must not forget and we must not let our children forget or our children's children! ' forget what? She frowned. ' that there was a wall and there were heroes of the wall. and there was once a Britannia.


Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and hard to put down once l started reading it. It did not take me long to finish this book. I normally do not read about history but after reading this book l really enjoyed reading about history. I really enjoyed reading this book and about Britannia and Romans. I really liked the pictures in this book. I was hooked on this book after reading the first few pages. I can not put in to words how great this book is I would tell people to read this book for themselves to know how great this book really is. It was nice to read about the different gods and names. They was called. I reviewed this book on goodreads, amazon UK and US and my blog and I also took a picture of this book and shared it to my Instagram that l made for pictures of my books it is called donnareviewsbooks. When l was reading this book I would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on and chill on my bed and listen to magic or spotify or something on TV or netflix. I also put my christmas lights on that are on my christmas tree it is so relaxing. I like reading about all the treasures that are being unearthed and that there are graves being found all over. This book is great and l would happily read it again and again. I am sad to finish reading this book l would love to read more from these authors and more about history. I wish this book did not finish because it was a great read and it was exciting book to read and sometimes l would light a candle when l was reading this book. I got this book in paperback but it is available in other editions I have another book fro M.J Trow l am super excited to read it. I loved reading this book. I wish there was a follow on from this book. It is really nice just to relax with a good book as specially when you are in pain with arthritis or feeling ill. I been reviewing books for over two years and I have read so many great books.


About The Authors: M.J Trow (the 'M' as most people know stands for Meirion, a welsh name few can manage, so he writes as M.J, is known by all and sundry as Mei, rhyming with 'My') has been writing for many years, with his first book – the adventures of inspector Lestrade – being published in 1984 by Macmillan. More Lestrades followed and then some true crime and somehow it all snowballed so now he has many historical biographies and three other crime series (Maxwell, Marlowe and Grand and Batchelor, the latter two written with his wife, writing as Maryanne Coleman, though her name is Carol, actually!) to his credit. He claims to be retired, but that is just from teaching. In fact he has never been busier and is sought after 'ghost' these days as well as historian and novelist, with many different subjects' stories having been told through him. He has recently started collaborating on fiction projects ( with someone other than his wife, that is) and finds it a really exciting and pleasurable experience. To relax he... actually, that's a bit tricky, as he does not really ever relax. He has been know to garden, he is a keen cook and artist and likes to travel. This is rather easier these days as he is a popular speaker on cruise ships – in fact his profile picture was taken on a very gusty day in cape town, setting off on a long voyage home to Southampton through some of the scariest seas he and his wife have had the pleasure to meet! It really was the calm before the storm, despite being a force 9 just leaving the bay. Family is important and he is very proud of his wife, Carol ( aka Maryanne Coleman) for her own books and also the ones they write together, the Kit Marlowe series. His son, Taliesin, know as Tali, is a writer who has written a biography of the tudor explorer Martin Frobisher as well as collaborating with Mei on several biographies. An exciting series is in the melting pot at the moment and will hopefully be appearing soon; remember where you heard it first. Tali is also a musician, playing various instruments with some acclaimed bands; Gemma Hayes, the coal porters, circulus and currently acid-folk ensemble the lords of thyme. He also records and tour-manages. His crystal vocals enhance everything he does and it is just as well someone in the family can sing, as it is the first thing anyone asks a welshman!.

Richard Denham is the co-author of the popular 'Britannia' series with M.J Trow. These books follow a group of soldiers and their descendants through the madness of a chain of events which will eventually lead to the fall of roman Britain and the descent in to the dark ages.
About The Book: I really love this bookcover and that it is a picture of a sky and clouds. It is nice that the font is yellow and white because it makes the writing stand out more. I like the font.

Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.


I wish l could rate this book more than five stars because it is worth more than the five stars l rated it. 

Book Review: Frank Cavallo: Eye Of The Storm

Eye of the Storm


























This may contain spoilers

Author: Frank Cavallo.
Title: Eye Of The Storm.
Genre: science fiction & fantasy, fantasy, low fantasy, literature & fiction, horror, dark fantasy, fiction, literature.


I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


The author or somebody on behalf of the author contacted my sister through her book reviewing blog asking her to review this book. She said to the person send me two copies and l will pass one on to my sister who reviews books.


First of all l would like to say a big thank you to Frank Cavallo for sending me this book and giving me the chance to read it.


I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.


I normally do not read books of this genre but l stepped outside my comfort zone l am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.


I highly recommend this book.


This book has 404 pages and 64 chapters in it and this book also has 6 parts in it.


Book Dedication: as always, deepest thanks to my family and friends, for your unwaving support. Special thanks to PD coffee gang, for keeping me sane all these years and to Kitty, for giving me this idea a chance to grow and place to settle.


Lastly, I owe a debt to everyone in mongolia crew, especially Suvdaa for showing me your wonderful, wild, beautiful country and Kitty, who made me tell her this entire story in a Russian UAZ-452 on a very long drive through the gobi desert. This one is for all of you – my fellow wanderers of the steppe.


Synopsis: on a research mssion in one of the most remote regions of the world, former navy seal Eric slade and Dr Anna fayne are caught in a mysterious storm. Catapulted through a rift in space – time, they are marooned on a lost world. Struggling to survive and desperate to find a way home, they must confront the dangers of this savage land – a dark wizard and his army of undead – a warrior queen and her horde of fierce neanderthals that stands against him – and a legendary treasure with power to open the gateway between worlds, or to destroy them all: the eye of the storm.


Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and harder to put down once l started reading it. I was hooked on this book after reading the first page. When l was reading this book l would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on my humidifier on and chill on my bed and listening to magic or spotify, or something on television or netflix. I sometimes light a candle when l was reading this book. It is good to chill reading a good book when you are not well or in pain. It did not take me long to read this book. I like that the author dedicated to all his family and friends and all the other people who helped him and showed him around different countries. I was sad to read about all the people who lost their lives in this story. I was sad to read that threya's father Chernos passed away. I was sad to read that Dr Anna fayne was hurt, I was also sad to read that all the people on the plane with Dr Anna fayne, Mark vaughn and Eric R slade all died and I was sad that Mark vaughn passed away. It was nice that Kerr helped Anna and Eric and saved them from being sold as slaves. I hope Dr Anna fayne survives being shot with arrows. I can not put in to words how great this book is I would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great it really is. This book is a great read and this book will take you away when you are reading it. It is nice that Threya's father wanted her to take over for him because he knew he was dying. Some people were happy about it and some were very upset about having a woman as a boss. I was very sad to read that Kerr's father passed away but was happy to read that Threya's father took him in and looked after him until he passed away even though they was enemy. I was sad that Dr Anna fayne passed away due to her injuries and slade was the only survivor. I am wondering what's going to happen to slade when they get to the place where they are going and what Kerr going to do and if he saves slade. Dr Anna fayne had all her blood drained out of her body and some sort of liquid put back in her body so she become undead. Threya sounds like a strong girl still going on with things after the passing of her father. I wondered what happened to her mother. I was really sad to read both Kerr's mother and father passed away at the same time. It was nice that slade tried to return something to Threya after it fell off her wagon. Kerr sounds like a strong guy after losing both his parents at the same time. I am wondering if Anna and slade see each other again or get back to their own world. I was sad to finish reading this book l would happily read this book again. I wish this book would not finish. I also wish there was a follow on from this book. I would love to read more from this author. I was sad to read that Eric slade was going to be killed and Kerr was going to lose the friend he made. I understand why he was angry about it and I understand why Kerr could not tell him. I was sad that Threya's guard was not going to protect her and that he was going to kill her. I hope slade helps Kerr save her and then she asks slade to become her guard because he was strong and he did take on her guard and toad-men who attacked them and sadly killed Dr Anna fayne. I reviewed this book on goodreads, my blog and amazon UK and US and l also took a picture of this book and shared it on my Instagram that l made just for pictures of my books it is called donnareviewsbooks. I was sad to read that all the slaves was stabbed and cut from the neck down when they was still alive and it was horrible that their hearts were ripped out and their bodies was eaten by some sort of animal it also ate their bones. I wonder what happened to their hearts and l wonder if slade helps Kerr and saves Threya and stops her being killed. It sounds like they want to kill threya because they do not want a women to be their queen and her bodyguard is suppose to protect her not kill her. I really enjoyed reading this book I could not get enough of this book and story I wish there was a follow on to this storyline I would happily read this book again. I have this book in paperback but it is also available in kindle edition. I can not put in to words how great this book is l would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great it really is. I was happy that slade saved threya life and l was sad to read that they was going to war after loads of people died. I am glad threya has slade and Kerr by her side. I think threya has fallen in love with slade but I think Kerr likes threya more than just a boss. I hope threya, Kerr and slade win the battle. This book will leave you wanting more this book is really addicting. This book has lots of pages I would tell people to give this book a go. Do not judge the book by it cover ( I love the cover). My sister has also read and reviewed this book and she loved it too. I was sad to read that loads of people was dying. It was weird that tarquin come to by the black storm like everybody else that ended up there. Everybody who arrived with tarquin died and now tarquin is half human and half cyborg he can not remove the framework as it would kill him. I hope Kerr and slade stay friends because they sound like great friends they should not let threya come between them. I have honestly really enjoyed reading this book and how tarquin drains the blood from people's bodies to make them undead when the undead went to war with threya's people they just turned in to dust or bones but l found it sad that some of the people will never make it home to their loved ones or to be buried by their loved ones. I was really sad to read that Azreth turned against threya and pushed Kerr off a cliff I hope he survives and they can stop Azreth before he does too much damage. I wonder why tarquin thought threya, Azreth, slade and Kerr was died. It was nice of tarquin to help threya and slade after Dr Anna fayne took them to the place she had been staying since she was injured by the toad-men when she was helping Kerr get the ghost stone after threya's father told him to get it before he passed away. I hope Azreth can be stopped. This book is really a great read and I was sad that tarquin died and Dr Anna fayne took over the machine / robot to help with the fight against Azreth. I was glad Kerr won the war against Azreth but l was sad he had to be sent away. I was happy slade stayed with Threya and Dr Anna fayne because he could not face leaving them.


About The Author: Frank Cavallo is the author of the hand of osiris and the lucifer messiah. His short stories have appeared in a variety of publications, including every day fiction, Ray gun revival, and lost souls. He has also written for the black library's warhammer property, including several short stories in their monthly fiction magazine hammer & bolter, as well as a novella featured in the collection gotrek & Felix: lost tales.

About A Book: I really like this book cover and the colours used on it and l like the font that the title of the book is wrote in and the colour of the font makes the writing stand out.


Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.



I wish I could rate this book more then five stars because it is worth more than the five stars I rated it.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Book Review: John Murray And Sharon Murray: Code Name: Papa My Extraordinary Life While Hiding In Plain Sight

Code Name: Papa: My Extraordinary Life while Hiding in Plain Sight


























This may contain spoilers

Author: John Murray & Sharon Murray.
Title: Code Name: Papa My Extraordinary Life while hiding in plain sight.
Genre: biography, political, history, military history, political history, politicians, society, politics & philosophy, government & politics, warfare & defense, autobiography, memoir,.


I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. The author or somebody on behalf of the author contracted my sister though her book reviewing blog asking her to review this book and she said she would pass it on to her sister to read and review it aswell.


Book Dedication: we dedicate this book to all the wonderful people who have worked so hard to make this world a better and safer place... and especially to the many who have given their lives or their good health while doing it.


First of all l would like to say a big thank you to John and Sharon Murray for sending me this book and giving me a chance to read it. I want to say a big thank you to the person who contacted my sister and thank you for taking the time to email her.


I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.


I normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone with authors and genres I am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.


I highly recommend this book.


This book has 328 pages and 45 chapters in it.


Synopsis: who'd have thought a bright, but fairly ordinary young man from middle class america who got just above average grades, dated the same girl throughout high school and went to church most Sundays, would grow up to eventually head a very secretive band of brave individuals – both men and women – who regularly put their lives on the line because they wanted to protect the rest of you. Yet that's what we did, often sacrificing our personal lives ( Four marriages for me, all in the book) and our health ( courtless broken bones, major surgeries, even death) to do it. Meanwhile you're just going to have to call me “Papa” like everyone else around the globe has through most of those wildly unpredictable and dangerous years.


Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and harder to put down once l started reading it. I can not put in to words how great this book really is l would tell people tp read it for themselves to know how great it really is. I was happy Billy, Jake and now who called Papa survived the army. I was sad to read that Jake's father and the first Papa died of cancer. The first Papa picked the new Papa before he passed away. He wanted the three friends to carry on his lifes work after he was gone. But the three friends would never forget the first Papa. When l was reading this book I would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on my humidifier on and chill on my bed listening to magic, spotify or something on television or netflix. I sometimes light a candle when l am reading this book. I was sad that Billy was shot but glad he survived. I was really sad to read that man, women and children was all murdered and their bodies was burnt. Billy, Jake, Nancy and Papa knew the people who was murdered because they had helped them. I was sad that Jake lost a bit of his finger in a gun battle with the people who killed all the people who lived in the town where they was. I wondered who is after them and why they sent in two women. I understand that they had to be killed because they was a threat and they could tell all the secrets that first Papa (Jake's father) worked so hard to build. It was sad that all the women had to have hysterectomies so they would not have periods so they would not slow them down or miss missions because of their periods. Nancy had to have one but she knew she did not want any more children she was happy with her son and she told her husband it was for medical reason why she had to have a hysterectomy. In away she was doing it to save her life and so she did not leave anything behind or slow down Bill, Jake and the two new guys and Papa. I like how bill, Jake and Papa stay friends through out the years. The three friends sounds like great guys and they sound like they loved the first Papa very much and was sad that he passed away. Papa would be so proud of them and that they had suck together and are still carrying out his lifes work even though he is not here to see his dream live on. I was really sad to read that women that they were trying to save was murdered not long before they entered the building. I was really sad to read that all the women was kidnapped when they was younger and used as sex slaves. I was happy to read that Papa was reunited with a guy who saved him when he was injured in the war but little did he know that the ship he was fetched home on belonged to Papa (Jake's father). I was sad to read that brownie was shot and was sad that Papa was shot in the arm. It was good that Nancy treated brownie's wounds and helped stop Papa bleeding from his arm. I was sad that bill got power burns on his face. Brownie lost one of his kidney and had some nerve damage in his leg. Papa lost use of his left arm but he had several operations to regain use of it. Bill had a bit of damage to his right eye but they had all survived. I was sad to read Jake's wife had died from ovarian cancer. I was sad that Jake's son Adam was in a terrible car accident. I was sad that a tumor was found in Julia's stomach I was really sad to read how much pain Julia was in. Julia had chemo I was really sad that Julia passed away. I was sad that Bill took his own life. I was sad that Bill's wife told Papa and Jake not to to come back to bill's final resting place. I was really sad to read that Nancy had passed away and she was cremated when she wanted to be buried. I was sad that Jake was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. Papa promised to look after Adam if anything happened to Jake. Papa and Jake wanted to find who killed Nancy. I was sad to read that Jake had passed away and was cremated I think he should have been buried. I was happy Papa got married again but it ended in divorce and Papa was now power of attorney of everything and Jake's beloved and only son Adam. I was sad to read that gangrene had set in both limbs and he knew Adam would not survive amputation. Papa knew it was time to let Adam go because the poor lad was only being kept alive by the machines and Adam was cremated. Out of all his friends Papa was the only one left alive but he will always remember his second family.

About the author: John Murray is a Vietnam veteran who spent most of his adult life working as an undercover agent for the united states, Canada, and various european governments he lives with his wife in a small, rural western town, but he remains haunted by the visions of what he saw, tried to prevent or rectify.

Sharon Murray is a retired business executive who lived in the united states and abroad. After helping John write his memoirs, she convinced him thay they were worth sharing with the world.
Abby Jones is the author of several books and has written for numerous magazines. She lives on the west coast and has traveled extensively.

About the book: I really like this book cover it is perfectly fitting for the story and l like the colours used and I like that two different colours are used for the writing.

Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.


I wish I could rate this book more than five stars because it is worth more then the five stars l rated it.