#BookReview of To Hell With Johnny Manic by Andrew Diamond #JohnnyManicBook #NetGalley #PsychologicalSuspense
Upfront information: To Hell With Johnny Manic by Andrew Diamond was provided to me as an advanced reader's copy via Stolen Time Press and NetGalley. It will be available for purchase on August 1, 2019.
Parental note: There is violence as well as adult language and subtle scenes of an intimate nature.
Genre and Rating: Psychological Suspense - 5 Stars
Brief synopsis: A man running from his past enters Napa Valley to make a new start. A simple life as a computer repair technician. A nice plan if he can make it work. Not an easy task for a person who is magnetically attracted to trouble.
My thoughts about this story as a reader: As I was reading this story, I seem to feel the main character’s highs and lows. I’m not sure if I was relating to the character or the situations. Either way, it made for a significantly different reading experience for me. I’d recommend to fellow readers to not read this as you are trying to get to sleep. There will come a point when you simply will not be able to stop or sleep until you finish it.
My thoughts about this story as an author: I think that Mr. Diamond made the right choice in presenting this story from the first-person perspective. In that way, the reader only saw what the narrator saw, heard, and felt as events unfolded.
If you missed it, Mr. Diamond’s Gate 76 was my first NetGalley review and the first time I read his work. I'm sure I'll read even more of his work in the future. If you'd like to learn more about the author and/or his books, you can visit any of the following links.
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Forrest Fenn's Treasure Remote Viewed #BookSeries by Kiwi Joe #BookReview #Nonfiction #RealLifeMystery
There are times when I read a book simply because a friend suggested it. This is one of those times. Kiwi Joe's book series introduced me to a real-life mystery and his call to action intrigued me.
Kiwi Joe, among other things, is a remote viewer who has helped many different clients. A recent client requested his help in regards to Forrest Fenn in particular, his ability to remote view the treasure that was hidden in 2010. The information he gathered inspired him to write these books. After seeking permission from his client, he spent some of his own time remote viewing and put together some images that are now viewable by his readers. In my opinion, they are enough to help those already on the trail of the treasure as well as pique interest in those new to the venture.
Brief book series synopsis: In book 1, The Chest, part 1, Kiwi Joe provides a brief introduction of remote viewing and the ongoing search for Forrest Fenn's treasure. In part 2, he provides his impressions of the chest, what's inside, and the area immediately surrounding it. Book 2, The Location, briefly recaps information then goes on to provide Kiwi Joe's impressions of the location of the treasure.
My thoughts as a reader: When I read book 1, I was intrigued by the information but at times I felt it may have been a bit over my head. It could simply have been me and therefore I gave the book a 4-star review. When I read book 2, things started clicking in place - so perhaps the recapping worked. By the end of it, I found myself wanting to help solve the mystery. That's why I gave it a 5-star review.
My thoughts as an author: Nonfiction books are not at all like fiction books. It isn't easy to share what you may have spent a lifetime acquiring. You want to provide the facts but not tread on information that others have already shared. It's a tricky balance. That aside because a particular reader doesn't get what the author is saying the first time through is not necessarily a reflection of what the author wrote. It may have more to do with how the reader's life's journey connects (literally or figuratively) with what they have read.
My recommendation: If you love being a part of solving real-life mysteries, or perhaps remote viewing is your thing, then pick up these books. Read through at your own pace. If you feel the books are worthy of a review, then share your thoughts on Amazon, Goodreads, or wherever you feel is appropriate.
Afterword: If you read these books and they help you find the treasure, contact Kiwi Joe via the email address he provides inside the books. He looks forward to adding your photos of the treasure chest and the location to the two books.
Happy Reading and Mystery Solving,
Founder of Call Sign Wrecking Crew, LLC
Upfront stuff: I was provided an advanced copy of The Rescue by Steven Konkoly courtesy of Thomas & Mercer via NetGalley. The book was released to the general public on 1 April 2019. However, anyone who was an Amazon Prime or First Reads member was able to download a Kindle version on 1 March 2019. In fact, within 24 hours, it was number 1 in all categories. Not bad, for the first book of a new series.
Parental note: This book has violence as well as adult language and situations. To be honest some of the scenes may be unnerving for some adults.
Brief synopsis: Ryan Decker, USMC has more questions than answers. For example: Why the heck has everything gone wrong? Why imprisonment for doing his job? Why are people being sent to eliminate him? Harlow Mackenzie, Private Investigator, has some answers. Will they lead to the truth or more questions?
My thoughts about this story as a reader: The men and women of the US military branches are human beings who train hard to do a tough job. That training and willingness to serve others are what I admire most about those who serve honorably. The character, Ryan Decker, has served his country with honor even working for the CIA. After moving on from that, he formed a company to find people who've been taken from their family. While we, the reader, only see Ryan Decker's dark days in this book, we also get a glimpse of the strength that made him a Marine, CIA operator, great husband, and loving father. This made me want to root for him to succeed in his mission... no matter what it took.
My thoughts about this author as a reader: The first book that I ever read by Steven Konkoly was The Jakarta Pandemic. I was drawn in by the medical aspect as well as the military background of the main character. Over the last several years, I've read everything that he has written. I have loved every single one of them. This book, in my opinion, outshines them all. On a personal note as an author, I am inspired by all that Mr. Konkoly has achieved through hard work, dedication, and allowing himself to grow as an author. The result shows in this book. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
If you wish to learn more about Steven Konkoly and where to get his books you can visit his website or follow him on Amazon.
As always, any polite comments are welcomed and appreciated. If you are a Steven Konkoly fan, do you agree this is his best work to date? If you are new to Steven Konkoly's work but have read this book, what do you think of it? Would rather not comment, that's okay.
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Happy reading and writing,
Founder of Call Sign Wrecking Crew, LLC
I was one of the lucky winners of the Goodreads Giveaway of American Vineyard by Vincent Lowry. I am under no obligation to post this book review but I loved the book so much that I wanted to share it with you.
Before I share my thoughts, I should let those who are sensitive to violence, as well as, adult language and situations know there are those moments throughout the book.
My Take: The story is told from the first-person point of view and has a memoir feel to it. As the story unfolds you realize that the narrator is reminiscing about a particular school year - the last year before entering high school. A particular event at the beginning of the school year is the crux which catapults the group of friends headlong into adulthood.
My thoughts as a reader: Mr. Lowry did a wonderful job of drawing me into this world. I felt a connection to the main characters and their plight. I have to admit as the book was finishing up, I had lots of tears in my eyes.
My perspective as an author: To me, the true test of an author's ability is when they connect with a reader on an emotional level. Since it was selected as a finalist in the 2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards, I'm guessing I'm not alone in that opinion.
If you'd like to learn more about Vincent Lowry and his books, check out his Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Vincent-Lowry/e/B002W58D2S/
If you decide to pick the book up, I hope you enjoy it as much or even more than I did.
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I was provided an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC) of Seek And Destroy by Alan McDermott courtesy of Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley. The book is scheduled to go public on 14 November 2018. I voluntarily read this and am happy to share my honest thoughts with you.
This is the sequel to Run And Hide and the "Tom Gray" series of books. I highly recommend reading these in order as they build upon one another. However, if you are sensitive to violence as well as adult language and situations you might want to forego the reads.
Brief Synopsis: Eva Driscoll, US military veteran, and her cohorts have begun to put their lives back together after dealing with the residual effects of what a certain group put them through. A scheme to annihilate them commences and begins a chain of events that have some permanent consequences.
My thoughts: I could feel how much was at stake as I flipped the digital pages. I cheered for "Team Eva" to take out those who would do them harm as it became anybody's guess who would win. When an author can bring a reader to that point, it means they've done their job well.
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