Multi-volume author, Diamond Wilson, introduces us to The Caves of Qumran:
An ancient Essene relic is missing...
Maylee Tayten doesn’t live in Israel. She didn’t know the Dead Sea or a place called Qumran even existed. Now, she’s risking her life and the lives of her loved ones to find a missing artifact and track down a murderer.
Along with her brother, Smith, and the attractive Israeli teen Rafi, Maylee unravels a 2,000 year-old mystery and discovers a team of international thieves who want to keep it all a secret.
Pressed for time and without many resources, their quest for the Queen leads them through the streets of Jerusalem to the waters of the Dead Sea. But to succeed, they will have to do more than solve the mystery.
The trio must get the treasure back, pull off a nearly impossible disguise, and avoid getting killed along the way…
This book is a lot of fun to read! A couple of American kids visiting their uncle in Israel makes for a great start to this story.
Using Jerusalem, Israel, and the Dead Sea as backdrops taps into a very rich well of material that will never run out. The scene-setting is done quite well, the action and dialogue provide a wonderful balance that keeps the story moving in an exciting way. Add in the mystery associated with documents that are thousands of years old, stir in a mix of characters who think they are in control and many discover otherwise in some unpleasant ways. Now you have a thrilling and modern historical fiction that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Such a fun read! The Caves of Qumran gets 4.6 of 5 stars! The score would have been higher except for a handful of spelling errors.
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Multi-volume author Rosie Chapel introduces us to A Love Unquenchable:
Jessica Drummond, a bright and cheerful young woman, rarely gives romance, let alone love, a thought. Long hours working in her brother’s shipping office affords little chance of her ever meeting an eligible bachelor.
Duncan Barrington, veteran of the Napoleonic Wars, believes himself wounded in both body and soul. He has no intention of inflicting his demons on anyone, certainly not a beautiful and, in his opinion, irresponsible city lady.
One cold & snowy morning, the plight of a bedraggled puppy throws Jessica and Duncan together and, as a spark of something indefinable yet wholly unquenchable begins to burn, it is unclear who rescued whom.
This is the third book I have had the pleasure to read written by Rosie Chapel. I have found her writing to have a wonderful mix of action, dialogue, and scene-setting. She provides hours of wonderful reading pleasure. She is so adept at bringing her characters to life, I experience many of the emotions her characters display. This book is no exception as it brought laughter to me and some tears also, as all her books do.
This particular volume has something extra going for it. While the story is pretty typical of the genre, seemingly mismatched but chosen by Fate to be lovers; Rosie tackles a very contemporary issue of PTSD, and expertly weaves this new thread throughout the story. Bravo Rosie for a job superbly done!
This story is also connected to a previously written story, “Once Upon an Earl”, which I had the pleasure of reviewing at an earlier time.
This magnificent story gets 4.9 stars of 5. The score would have been higher except for a handful of spelling errors.
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Born of Circumstance, Bred for Revenge
Multi-volume author, Rhani D’Chae introduces us to Shadow of the Drill:
A Gritty and Violent Thriller.
A brutal experience transforms an unproven young tough into a ruthless killing machine.
For fifteen years he waited, building his body into an unstoppable weapon so that vengeance would be had through the strength of his will and the power of his hands.
On the bloodstained streets of a northwestern city, the enforcer known as the Drill stalks his prey. Judge, Jury, and Executioner; he seeks out those who target the weak, condemning them to the kind of justice that has made him a legend.
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I am quite blown away by this book. There is an amazing depth of character for all the actors in this story! Rhani breaks one of my pet peeves of head-hopping, but she does it so very well. I can’t hold it against her. I found only 2 typos in the book and they have been corrected.
This is a steamy action thriller! The milieu is faithfully captured, the mean streets have never been meaner, the strippers are never off the stage, and the action leaves me breathless! This is one of the seamier sides of society that few of us ever stare into. But Rhani has brought these people to life in a way that reveals the humanity shared by us all. We all want success, security, and acceptance.
A darkly honest and wonderful picture of the human condition, Shadow of the Drill gets 5 stars!
I have it on good authority that a sequel is in the works.
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Multi-volume author, G. D. Talbot introduces us to The Crystal Sphinx:
This pulse pounding mystery, is full of surprises, twists and turns and cliff hangers. It's a little archeologists hunter, a little science fiction adventure, a little murder mystery with a genius master mind villain behind it all.
This is the story of The Tower of Babel meets The Twilight Zone in present time.
A modern story with some biblical backgrounds really piqued my interest. I loved the cover, looking so old with all the different languages scattered thereon. I didn’t realize what a big hint that was when I started reading.
The story was interesting and enjoyable except for one small thing, followed by another and many more after that. I found more than 200 spelling errors in this story. They ruined the anticipated pleasure.
I will say, the writing is pretty good, Talbot does an adequate job of maintaining POV. There were only 2 instances of having to reread a paragraph to be sure who was talking. The action was nice, the descriptions of the dig were pretty good. Towards the end, a lot of the backstory was brought out and that was a little confusing to me, at first, but I got it straightened out in my head.
There is a lot of potential in this story for sure. It feels like a lot of the hinted at back story could turn this into a trilogy.
Potential cannot begin to overcome a wheelbarrow load of spelling errors. I can only give The Crystal Sphinx 2 of 5 stars. Don’t get me wrong, this is a pretty good story unless you are sensitive to spelling issues like me.
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An avid reader, typobuster, and the Hyper-Speller. I am a husband, father, and grandfather.
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