Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Thunder in the Morning Calm (Pacific Rim Series #1)



Title:  Thunder in the Morning Calm (Pacific Rim Series #1)

Author:  Don Brown

Pages:  330

Year:  2011

Publisher:  Zondervan

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Wow, what a thrilling story!  The setting is modern era Korea, both North and South.  There have been rumors circulating that the North Koreans have a prison camp where they are still holding American servicemen from the Korean War.  These prisoners have been held captive for sixty years!  If the rumors are true, then Commander Christianson “Gunner” McCormick plans to rescue them no matter the cost.

Gunner comes from a wealthy family, but he doesn’t flaunt that and is a member of the U.S. Naval Intelligence branch of the service.  His U.S. Marine grandfather went missing during the Korean War, leaving a hole in the life of his mother as she was only five years old when he disappeared.  He is presumed dead, but in his memory Gunner vows to rescue these captive servicemen.  His mother taught him to memorize Scripture every night while growing up, and the one that sticks in his mind while he is deciding whether to pursue this extremely dangerous rescue mission into Communist North Korea is “Do what is right,” from Deuteronomy.  Gunner is risking his naval career as this mission is not sanctioned by the military, lots of money, as well as his life.  He recruits two retired servicemen, one from the U.S. Army and the other from the South Korean military, to help him in this mission.  All the men know that their odds of success are slim at best, but are willing to “leave no man behind”.

Gunner asks for thirty days leave from his assignment aboard the U.S.S. Harry Truman to begin his mission.  While he is gone, his ship engages in practice maneuvers with their South Korean allies.  Missiles get launched, attacks by North Korea, then retaliation from the U.S. cranks up the tension.  Another portion of the story tells about the prisoner camp and the cruelty and brutality of the North Korean soldiers.  When one captive falls ill, they find help from an unexpected source only for the source to be captured and sentenced to execution.  This is the world Gunner and two companions must enter.

I couldn’t put this book down!  The various threads of the story all had their own set of players with tension and danger galore.  The bravery, courage and strength of the U. S. servicemen was inspiring.  Gunner and Keith, both held to their faith in the most trying of circumstances.  God certainly answered the prayers of Margaret, Gunner’s mother, in a big way!  The characters were easy to get to know and connect with, so the story was a quick read for me.  I can’t wait to read book two in the series, Fire of the Raging Dragon.  This is one not to miss, so grab a copy for yourself and a friend!

Monday, September 18, 2017

2 Weeks till the 3rd installment is out for readers!

Ghost Heart (A Medical Thriller)


Title:  Ghost Heart (A Medical Thriller)

Author:  Lisa Harris & Lynne Gentry

Pages:  350         

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Create Space Independent

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

What a heart (no pun intended) gripping story has been written by these two gifted authors!  Just wait until you read in the back of the book what spurred this novel to be written!  If a little bit of graphic descriptions of body parts and blood bother you, please try not to let that keep you from reading this tale with a very surprising ending.

The story is staged both here in the United States and Africa, telling about organ donation and procurement.  Along with that storyline is another about pharmaceutical testing of medicines and ultimately about greed with its consequences.  Remember, this is fiction even though as I read the book I could envision all that was described as taking place.  Here is a very good way of giving us insight into what parents of children or adults go through when needing an organ replacement. 

I felt for the doctor fighting for her patient’s survival in a small village in Africa while another doctor was after money, prestige and playing upon the superstition of the villagers.  Dr. Mia Kendall would befriend the villagers and help to save lives no matter the cost to her personally.  Race was the pilot who would transport the organs to the hospitals and as Dr. Kendell shared her suspicions, he risks a lot to help.  Could there be a blossoming romance between the pilot and doctor?

Here is a thriller that will cause your heart to race and have you staying up until all hours reading as you reach the very action-packed ending!  The novel is one of the best and one of my favorites for this year thus far!  Though truth be told I have many favorites being a voracious reader, lol!