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The 13: Stand

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Title:The 13:Stand
Author:Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed with Shawn Allen
Pages:319
Year:2013
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
With this second book, the first one being The 13:Fall, the action picks up where book one left off.At the end of book one, Agent Jon Keene has been captured by the Chinese, the Chinese have taken over the western half of the United States, the President of the United States has been shot and is in a coma, and the Prophet is proclaiming God’s judgment on the USA.What more could go wrong?Well…you’ll just have to pick up this second book to tune it to the action that follows all the prior happenings I mentioned above in the first book with even more occurring now.
CIA Agent Megan Taylor has realized her growing feelings for Jon, but she has no idea if he is even alive.She prays for him every day while she continues to try to find out his fate.Boz Hamilton receives a call from the Prophet regarding Jon and the head of the CIA sends Boz to inv…

The Lost Castle

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Title:The Lost Castle
Author:Kristy Cambron
Pages:371
Year:2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 out of 5.
Ellie Carver is running out of time.Her grandmother has dementia and her health is declining quickly.She seems to be waiting for something though.Ellie finds an old photograph from WWII tucked in a favorite book of her grandmother’s.The photo leads Ellie to take a trip to France to research the photo to find out her grandmother’s history and bring closure to her.Once in France, Ellie discovers an entirely different way of life.There are ruins of a castle near to the manor house where Ellie is staying that seem to draw her.Quinn, the grandson of the house’s owner, is her tour guide, but refuses to take her to the castle ruins.Why?
Lady Vi is fluent in several languages and she joins a British underground spy organization during WWII.She is sent undercover to Germany to work as a secretary, translating documents.She is entrusted by a fellow agent with critical information that need…

Haven of Swans (formerly titled Abominations)

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Title:Haven of Swans (formerly titled Abominations)
Author: Colleen Coble
Pages: 336
Year: 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Wow!From the very start of the book, this story stole my breath and at times sped up the beating of my heart.The ending was so climatic I couldn’t read it fast enough!The setting is the UP of Michigan.There is a woman who cannot remember who she is, the name of the child in her arms, or that she has been badly hurt!At first, she moves almost on auto pilot, but she cannot tell why or how she knows what she must do to keep “him” from finding her again.After some more time, she remembers her name, and with more time her past.
Her husband, Nick, is a captain for the Michigan State Police, and he and his wife are in the middle of a divorce.When he goes to pick up his little girl, the scene he encounters scares him.He cannot locate either his wife or 2-year-old daughter.After a while, he begins to be taunted by a person who has had something to do w…

Splintered Silence (A Bone Gap Travelers Mystery #1)

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Title:Splintered Silence (A Bone Gap Travelers Mystery #1)
Author: Susan Furlong
Pages: 288
Year: 2017
Publisher: Kensington
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
There are times when I am on social media and I see a book in an ad or some people are posting about it because it is a new author.When I saw this book cover, it intrigued me and the little synopsis I read online drew me to read the story.One of the aspects of the book that is exceptional is the author’s ability to write a very engaging mystery with a surprise ending.
The second reason I liked the book was because it talked about a little-known group of people called Irish travelers.Doing a google search will show you more information about these unique people who live in America.Being of Irish descent myself, this was another thread that brought my interest in the story up another notch. How the author depicts these fascinating people is done very well, showing the tension between the “clan” and those known outside their clan and referred t…

The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy)

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Title:The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy)
Author: Sarah Sundin
Pages: 384
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating 5 out of 5 stars!
The new series by Sarah Sundin is a heart-touching tale of events leading up to D-Day through fictional characters.There are three brothers from Texas who are torn apart by a disaster and choices made by the oldest son Wyatt and the other sons.I began reading the book with such hunger, knowing the tale told is but a shadow of the reality that many endured both in America and England.
The story encapsulates the hard times of war, the love stories, battles and yes even death as those were parts of the reality young men dealt with who were barely out of their teens.Wyatt is a Navy Lt. Commander in the U. S. Navy who, though trained as an accountant and was to pick up the leadership of his father’s business, is now planning methodically with others the Navy’s plans for D-Day.
Wyatt begins to develop feelings for a WREN Officer named Dorothy who has suffered so muc…

Oath of Honor (Blue Justice #1)

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Title:Oath of Honor (Blue Justice #1)
Author:Lynette Eason
Pages:362
Year:2018
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Isabelle St. John, or Izzy, is one of six children, most of whom are involved in law enforcement.Her mother is the Chief of Police and her father is a lawyer.She has been raised around the law and God her whole life.Her neighbors are the Marshalls and they also have two sons on the police force.She has grown up with the Marshall boys and the youngest is Kevin, her partner on the force and a rookie.While on a stakeout, Kevin make an impulsive decision that costs him his life.Izzy has lost her partner and best friend.Ryan, Kevin’s older brother, now grieves a second brother’s death as his older brother died from an IED deployed by terrorists.
Izzy and Ryan work to find the identity of the shooter and discover there is much more going on than meets the eye.Izzy’s name is on a list with other cops, and one of her brothers asks her if she is a “dirty cop”.Who compiled this list? Are the …

Until We Find Home

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Title:Until We Find Home
Author: Cathy Gohlke
Pages: 432
Year: 2018
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
One of the reasons I so enjoy Cathy Gohlke’s novels is due to the time she takes in researching and crafting a riveting tale based on historical fact.Even more so is her note to readers at the end of the story where she shares with such transparency what God has been teaching her through her writing of the book.It should remind us that authors are people too who want to grow in their walk with the Lord and share Him with many via the medium of stories, which is so like Jesus!
Cathy pens a very heart-stirring story that depicts different characters from other nations, backgrounds, and experiences during WWII.Claire is an American living in Paris and is helping to get as many Jewish children out of the city before Hitler’s army comes with their death warrants and hate filled regime.Claire’s character has no idea how to care for the small group of children of va…