Friday, October 20, 2017

The Serpent's Grasp


Title:  The Serpent’s Grasp

Author:  C. Kevin Thompson

Pages:  500

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Hallway Publishing

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.

For three days, I couldn’t look at anything else; I was glued to the novel!  I’m not a fast reader by any means, but I sure love a good book.  What’s a good book?  Well, for me it’s one that is written to entertain, thought provoking, action packed, suspense filled and one wild and crazy ride!  Here is such a novel by C. Kevin Thompson!

The story uses many aspects including military, intelligence agencies, science community, fascinating and clandestine characters, etc.  At the beginning and throughout the novel, we are introduced to both the broken side of humanity and the hope that God alone can bring to peoples’ lives.  There is a touch of romance in the book, but mainly it is the search for truth about a possible sea monster that for some reason is beginning to become extremely aggressive.

The author does a fantastic job of showing how one’s belief system whether creationism or evolution determines how one views every aspect of life.  Yet, he goes further and has the character engage in activities either really searching for the truth of the evidence before them or perhaps trying to undermine such search for reasons that will boggle your mind.

The ending was spectacular and unexpected, leaving the door open for a sequel though I don’t know if the author plans one.  One thing I did notice was the huge amount of research the author did in order to write such an informed, believable and captivating tale.  I cannot recommend this novel highly enough and hope that people will get a copy to read or give as a gift for those who love such thrillers.  I am not usually one to read a story with science in it because it isn’t one of my strongest subjects, but this fictional novel was out of this world!  It would be a shame to not read it or share it with others.

Plan some time to sit and delve into one of the best and favorite novels of mine this year, The Serpent’s Grasp.  Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bringing Maggie Home


Title:  Bringing Maggie Home

Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer

Pages: 352

Year: 2017

Publisher: Waterbrook

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

What a challenging story to write, I thought as I read the synopsis before even getting the book.  How can an author take a genre such as cold cases, family rifts, faith, and more to come up with moving book?  I don’t know how Kim did it but she succeeded beyond my imagination!

I placed myself with in the novel whether I was the mother, grandmother or daughter.  In any case I could understand the feelings expressed, words said and the healing that needed to be attempted after 7 decades of secrets.  Not just secrets but guilt, and we see how unreleased guilt can destroy or bring difficulty not just within the person carrying the guilt but others within that character’s sphere of life.

I thought of the movie The Shack as I read it which made imagining the scenes more realistic for me.  One of the reasons I read Kim’s novels is because as a reader one might conclude how the book will be ending only to find out the ending is breath takingly brilliant and unexpected.  Using flashback in the story really helps move the story along yet also brings clarification to what happen, or what a character felt.

What a thought that in one instance a life is changed, but more so three generations within one family are touched by the moment Maggie disappears.  So adding the aspect of a mystery really draws people into the book and before you know it time is flying by and the story is really causing the audience to become singularly focused.  I don’t how authors do it but Kim has in the latest novel Bringing Maggie Home.  Here again is another book to read, give as a gift or use in a book club near you.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

When the Bishop Needs an Alibi (The Amish Bishop Mysteries #2)


Title:  When the Bishop Needs an Alibi (The Amish Bishop Mysteries #2)

Author:  Vannetta Chapman

Pages:  352

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers

My rating is 4 stars out of 5.

Henry Lapp, the bishop for the local Amish community, is a widower.  As a result, he eats at a local diner often.  He develops a friendship with one of the young waitresses.  He notices that she always seems wary and looking over her shoulder to see if someone is watching her.  He asks what is wrong and she eventually confides a little of her suspicions to Henry.  Henry once again uses his amazing drawing talents to recreate scenes from the diner and others to help discover commonalities and perhaps what this young waitress was afraid of.

Henry is also an avid birdwatcher and goes to a federal nature refuge to watch cranes.  On one of his treks, he discovers a dead body.  Since the body was discovered on federal land, the FBI is involved.  Henry is the number one suspect in the crime from the get-go according to the agent in charge.  Of course, anyone who knows Henry finds the idea of him as a murderer ludicrous, but he has no alibi for the time of the murder.  He was at home alone.  His good friend, Emma, teams up with the decedent’s sister to clear Henry’s name and bring justice to the victim’s killer.  However, the closer they get to unraveling the mystery, the more danger to Emma.  Henry realizes he feels more than friendship for Emma and is going to protect her.  Does Emma feel the same for him? 

Henry Lapp is an example for all believers.  In the midst of his own personal trials, he kneels to pray.  His prayer includes supplication for his friends, community, even an ambitious FBI agent who is trying to hurry up and close the case to spur on his career.  He doesn’t pray, “Lord, get me out of this!  Amen.”  He encourages others to depend on God no matter what and he lives out that example.  He reminds his flock of appropriate Scripture at times when they need it most.  He is not afraid to share his faith with others outside the Amish community.  It was nice to read about a romance for Henry, a man in his mid-sixties.  I thought the mystery portion of the story was very original.  I hope there are many more mysteries to come in this series!