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.

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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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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.”

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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.

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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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Murder at the Cathedral (Exham on Sea Mysteries, #4) Frances Evesham #BookReview @FrancesEvesham

Cover: Murder at the Cathedral
(Exham on Sea Mysteries, #4)
by Frances Evesham

I purchased this book (mobi format).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

What if the police suspect your best friend of murder?

There’s a body in the cathedral library, among the priceless books chained to the shelves, and it seems Libby Forest’s friend, Angela, could be the killer.

The last thing female sleuth Libby needs is another investigation into a mysterious sudden death. There’s enough on her plate already. The fast-growing cake and chocolate business takes all her time, her apprentice has problems, and even Bear, Libby’s beloved dog, is determined to create havoc.

She’d like to leave detection to the police, but when her friend becomes the prime suspect Libby once more takes on the role of amateur sleuth and finds herself entangled with the respectable ladies of the local Knitters’ Guild, who plan to spring a surprise on the quiet cathedral city.

With a cast of indefatigable knitters, a lively Exham on Sea grapevine and a missing cat, the green fields, rolling hills, and sandy beaches of the West Country are a perfect setting for crime, intrigue and mystery, with a touch of mid-life romance.

If you love murder mysteries, cosy crime, dogs, craft and chocolate, you’ll enjoy this instalment in the fun series of whodunnits set in a small English seaside town in Somerset, full of quirky charm and eccentric inhabitants, with a female protagonist torn between independence and a new, enticing career as a private investigator.

Download the story now to follow the trail and discover the killer.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Cozy Craft & Hobby Mysteries
> Cozy Crafts & Hobbies Mystery
> Amateur Sleuths
Series: Exham on Sea Mysteries, #4
Length: 203 pages
Release date: 2017-02-10

Teaser


His gaze fell on Libby. “Well, well.” He fingered his chin. “Fancy meeting you here, Mrs Forest. Often turn up, don’t you, when there’s a crime? I’ll be suspecting you’re behind the murder, if you’re not careful. Haha.” The laugh was unconvincing, the small black eyes sharp. “Trying to get one over on the police, I suppose.”


My Opinion

Libby’s business is blooming, leaving her not much time to sleuthing; she only steps in when her friend becomes a suspect.

With Murder at the Cathedral”, Frances Evesham has created a nicely woven suspense story with local flair and a touch of romance. The story comprises a broad variety of lovingly elaborated characters with sufficient depth and interesting interactions to solve the murder cases. This book intensified my feeling of being home, an invisible inhabitant of Exham on Sea. I was as keen on solving the crimes as Libby herself. I had a great time reading Murder at the Cathedral” – it is a very enjoyable read. I was drawn into the story right away, enjoying the Exham on Sea flair. Libby, Mandy, Fuzzy and Bear, as well as Max are likeable characters – I am looking forward to reading more about them and the mysteries they are going to face.

This is for you if you like shorter reads, female sleuths, cosy suspense, pets and seaside towns, and the Midsomer Murders.

A suspenseful easy read in a series to watch out for.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: (decent)
Violence :mrgreen:  (no details, mentions only)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent)

About the author

I write and collect grandsons, 19th century trivia and stories of ancestors. I’m fascinated by the Victorians, especially the women in England, so complex and human, hiding longings, ambitions and repressed passions under society’s stifling conventions.

Cooking with a glass of wine in one hand and a bunch of chillies in the other, I devour books full of mystery, murder and adventure, their pages spattered with olive oil and scented with rosemary and garlic, their spines propped up on piles of lemons and oranges in the kitchen.

Writing the Thatcham Hall and Exham on Sea Mysteries leaves just enough time to enjoy bad jokes and puns, and wish I’d kept on with those piano lessons.

I love to tweet, about history, food, gardens, opera, ancient buildings, chocolate, wine and other nonsense. Come and follow me on Twitter.

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Frances Evesham

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/3Jy6QQ


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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Pemberley: The Next Generation (Longbourn, #11) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: Pemberley: The Next Generation
(Longbourn, #11)
by Margaret Lynette Sharp

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Almost one and twenty years have passed since Elizabeth gave birth to her first child – a son, Fitzwilliam Edward Darcy. Since then, another child – a daughter, Juliette Elizabeth – has also entered the world, and has grown into a fine young lady. With her son’s birthday drawing nigh, the Mistress of Pemberley devises a plan to give the younger Fitzwilliam a day to remember.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> Classic Short Stories
> Classic British & Irish Fiction
> 45-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads
Series: Longbourn, #11
Length: 25 pages
Release date: 2018-03-13

 

Teaser


Elizabeth thought this over for a few moments – her thoughts interrupted by the arrival of Juliette, who kissed her cheek. “I am glad to be home again, Mama,” she said in a half-whisper.

“It’s wonderful to have you here. I am sure your Papa misses you as much as I do,” added Elizabeth.


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”.

With “Pemberley: The Next Generation”, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice” or even watched the remarkable TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice” special. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, develops nicely – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is not quite her usual traditional self, as we know her from our previous encounters be it in the book or in the already mentioned mini series. True to the title, there are some nice turns. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

“Pemberley: The Next Generation” stays true to its title, it is indeed a lovely – and worthy – continuation of Elizabeth, Darcy, and their story.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice”, fan fiction, classic reads, and classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville (in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

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 “Pemberley: The Next Generation”? Or – if you did not yet read “Pemberley: The Next Generation” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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