Fluffy’s Revolution by Ted Myers #BookReview @TedMyersAuthor

Cover: Fluffy’s Revolution
by Ted Myers

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

It’s 2135. Fluffy is a super-intelligent GAB (Genetically Altered Brain) cat. Like many dogs, cats, mice, and the occasional pig, her brain is the product of genetic tinkering by humans that started more than a century ago. With their powers of telekinesis, the animals can manipulate physical objects without being able to grasp them. They can speak to each other telepathically without audible voices. Now, people have begun to fear them and to systematically capture and exterminate them. Fluffy leaves the safety of her home to look for her lost brother and joins a band of animal revolutionaries. After a series of brushes with death, Fluffy and her friends find a secret university for GAB animals. There, they work with enlightened humans to save Earth from certain destruction.

 

Genre(s): > Dystopian Fiction
> Dystopian Science Fiction
> Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Kindle Store)
Series: n.a.
Length: 147 pages
Release date: 2019-04-04

 

Teaser


Fang looked at Fluffy. Her brown eyes shone with emotion, her tongue drooped out, and she smiled – in a way that dogs can and cats can’t.

“So, this means the operation is postponed again,” said Hacker. “We need to steal a big truck and disguise it as an Epsilon truck. Better yet, let’s steal a real Epsilon truck. No, scratch that, they’ll be looking for it. We disguise a stolen truck as an Epsilon truck and we get a couple of uniforms for Giuseppe and Rudy.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Fluffy and her “Dad”.

With “Fluffy’s Revolution”, Ted Myers has created a quite intriguing and well-elaborated story with interesting characters. It was easy to get into the story, I was drawn in close to Fluffy. Fluffy is very complex, highly likeable; the other characters are of sufficient depth – according to their relevance. Ted Myers created a dystopian story that offers food for thought on human behaviour. The story proceeds at a steady pace, carefully portraying the protagonists and their feelings; it comprises interesting turns and some action, and has a great flow. To read “Fluffy’s Revolution” is time well spent – even if the dystopian genre is normally not among your favourites; here, cooperation and the wish to do the right thing have no frontiers.

This is a book for you if you like stories with a mission, animals, creative plots, as well as food for thought.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳  (shooting, blow-ups; not detailed)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent enough)

 

About the author

After twenty years trembling on the brink of rock stardom and fifteen years working at record companies, Ted Myers left the music business—or perhaps it was the other way around—and took a job as a copywriter at an advertising agency. This cemented his determination to make his mark as an author. He started with his memoir because Mark Twain said “write what you know,” but Ted quickly moved into the realm of fiction. He has completed one novel and a novelette, both scheduled for publication in 2018. Meanwhile, his short stories are being published in anthologies and literary magazines with increasing regularity.

Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Fluffy’s Revolution”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Fluffy’s Revolution” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

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3 Quotes – Integrity (#2)

“Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.”

Stephen Covey, American businessman
born:  October 24, 1932
died:  2012-07-16

 

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”

Bob Marley, Jamaican musician
born:  February 6, 1945
died:  May 11, 1981

 

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

Douglas Adams, English writer
born:  March 11, 1952
died:  May 11, 2001

 

3Quotes

 

Which are your favourite quotes on ‘integrity’?  🙂

 

Forgotten Letters by Kirk Raeber and Mario Acevedo #BookReview @KirkRaeber

Cover: Forgotten Letters
by Kirk Raeber
and Mario Acevedo

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

In 1924, eight-year old Robert Campbell accompanies his missionary parents to Japan where he befriends a young Makiko Asakawa. Robert enjoys his life there, but the dark tides of war are rising, and it won’t be long before foreigners are forced to leave Japan.

Torn from the people Robert has come to think of as family, he stays in contact by exchanging letters with Makiko, letters that soon show their relationship is blossoming into something much more than friendship.

The outbreak of total war sweeps all before it, and when correspondence ends with no explanation, Robert fears the worst. He will do anything to find Makiko, even launch himself headfirst into a conflict that is consuming the world. Turmoil and tragedy threaten his every step, but no risk is too great to prove that love conquers all.

 

Genre(s): > Historical Japanese Fiction
> Sports Romance (Kindle Store)
> Sports Romance (Books)
Series: n.a.
Length: 275 pages
Release date: 2018-06-28

 

Teaser


Smiling, Makiko moved the mirror away but kept it aimed at his back. “Now what do you see?”

He saw the red mark surrounded by smooth pale skin. “My birthmark?”

“Look again,” Yumi said. “A red circle against a white background. Doesn’t it look like the flag of Japan?”

Robert had to agree. “Yes, it does.”

“Then that’s good,” Makiko said. “I’m sure that’s what Kaito saw as well. The flag of Japan is a good-luck symbol. This will protect you.”


My Opinion

This book begins with the first visit to the house of their deceased parents. The find of old letters in the attic starts the riveting story of Robert Campbell.

With “Forgotten Letters”, Kirk Raeber and Mario Acevedo have created a remarkable, well-elaborated story with interesting characters. It was easy to get into the story, I was drawn in – often too close for comfort. Robert is very complex, likeable; the other characters are of sufficient depth – according to their relevance. Kirk Raeber and Mario Acevedo created a remarkable story that offers food for thought on war, its reasons, its process. The story proceeds at a steady pace, carefully portraying the main persons and their feelings; it comprises a lot of interesting turns, and has a great flow. “Forgotten Letters” is intense, thought-provoking, and unforgettable; I shed a major share of tears.

This is a book for you if you like stories with a meaning, carefully elaborated plots with memorable characters, historical fiction, as well as food for thought.

Highly recommended!

P.S::  I admit that I hesitated when offered to read this book. I am glad that I read it, do not regret it in the least.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😡  (violence; war scenes: torture, fatalities; Hiroshima)
Sexual content 😳  (some kisses, mild scenes; mentions of rape)

 

About the author

Kirk Raeber is an emergency room physician. He has always had a strong interest in World War II history and especially in the war in the Pacific. He served in the US Navy and was stationed in Japan for one year. Forgotten Letters is his first novel. He lives in California with his wife and his three Anatolian Shepherds.

Kirk’s quote on his co-author:  “Mario Acevedo, my co-author, is a very talented writer who helped make my dream come true with his vision and imagination. I appreciate all his hard work, expertise, and professionalism.”

Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Forgotten Letters”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Forgotten Letters” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Kirk Raeber

 

Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales by Sandra Thompson #BookReview @ColoradoBrit

Cover: Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales
by Sandra Thompson

 

I purchased this book (mobi format).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Amazon)

Ghosts on the Sand is the first in a series of stories about a young girl coming to terms with a frightening and unwanted gift. She sees dead people! Her first terrifying experience takes place on a warm sunny day in Blackpool and opens the floodgates to a lifetime of premonitions and visitations. Guy at the Bar is the second story in the series and portrays a disturbing encounter which takes place in a quiet village on the banks of the river Swale. Does Sheila still see dead people? Sometimes! Does Sheila still have premonitions? Too often for comfort! The writer was born and raised in County Durham and North Yorkshire and most of her stories are based on real life experiences. Her life has been far from dull, and continues its colorful path as she prepares for retirement.

 

Genre(s): Books
> Ghost Fiction
> Single Authors Short Stories
> in Short Stories (Books)
Series: n.a.
File size: 127 pages
Release date: 2018-10-05

 

Teaser


“Sheila, what’s wrong? What is it?”

“This ribbon came form the little girl on the beach. She was real. It wasn’t a nightmare. It wasn’t sunstroke. Something bad happened, Mam – I’m scared.”


My Opinion

This book several paranormal short stories in various lengths.

With “Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales”, Sandra Thompson has created a remarkable collection of short stories. If you have read “Dead of July” you will recognise Sheila in some of the stories. Each story drew me in, I got very close to the respective protagonist(s). Sandra Thompson skillfully combines the normal and the paranormal, presenting a slight chill as well as great turns in each of the memorable stories. I had a great time reading this collection; these are stories to read more than once.

This is a book for you if you like suspenseful paranormal stories.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent)
Violence 😳  (one blow, several mentions, some detail)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (mild kissing, mentions without detail)

 

About the author

Sandra was born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham in 1957. The first five years of her life were difficult because of her father who was an angry and abusive man. She would hide behind a chair, terrified as he delivered cruel beatings to her mother. They finally escaped with their lives, taking only the clothes they wore.

Sandra’s mother found work in a beautiful little village called Summerhouse, where they lived frugally, but happily for five years. In 1967 her mother re-married and they moved to North Yorkshire.

Sandra began writing at the young age of twelve and became quite the celebrity at Richmond High School for Girls where she shared her stories with her friends. She was encouraged many times to submit her short stories to magazines, but never did.

In 1977 Sandra married a British Soldier and thoroughly enjoyed the life of an Army Wife. The three years spent in Germany inspired her first novel ‘Dead of July’. Although this is a Ghost Story, it is strongly influenced by the character and humor of those people she met while living and working in Dortmund, Germany.

Sandra now lives in Colorado with her husband, and talented daughter.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  Dead of July by Sandra Thompson

10 Statements – Sandra Thompson

 

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2019-04-03: Song of the day

Kenny Loggins – Heartlight

I like the love
And I like the peaceful
I wish everyone I know could
Stand in the heartlight
I hold the hand
I walk with the teacher
We woke up in the morning
Singing together

Can you feel the love that’s in my heart
Can you see the flame we got to start
Burning like a beacon in the night
Oh welcome to heartlight

Oh, oooh heartlight(7x)
Oh welcome to heartlight

I’m like the rain
‘Cause I like your thunder
I know we’ve learned to live together
Here in the heartlight
Stand in the dark
And I like the candle
And then we’ll dancing in the moonlight
Until the sunrise

Can you feel the love that’s in my heart
Can you see the flame we got to start
Burning like a beacon in the night
Oh welcome to heartlight

Oh, oooh heartlight(7x)
Oh welcome to heartlight

Can you feel the love that’s in my heart
Can you see the flame we got to start
Burning like a beacon in the night
Oh welcome to heartlight

Oh, oooh heartlight(7x)
Oh welcome to heartlight

Oh, oooh heartlight(20x)


Peace, black coffee, and a cheesecake.  ☘

 

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