Dead Man Dreaming by Uday Mukerji #BookReview @udaymukerji

Cover: Dead Man Dreaming
by Uday Mukerji

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Set in Calgary, Canada, the US, and in Central Europe, Dead Man Dreaming is a literary fiction about one man’s fight against hereditary genetic diseases—from losing his girlfriend to finding love again—and how he overcomes his fear and frustrations and comes to terms with his own Huntington’s disease.

David, a senior resident physician, suddenly finds his coveted heart surgeon’s job in jeopardy as he could be a victim of Huntington’s chorea. After much deliberation, as he takes the pre-symptomatic test, his life turns upside down. He tests HD positive. And the result takes a toll on his love life too as his girlfriend leaves him for he decides not to have kids in that condition.

Although he secures the job at the hospital, he declines the offer. Emotionally charged, David dedicates his life to finding a solution to prevent all hereditary genetic diseases. He believes if medical science could prevent fatal diseases like cholera, malaria, and tuberculosis, it must have a solution to genetic diseases as well. Months go by, but David finds nothing new to help his research. The confirmation of HD also disrupts his private life, and he hallucinates at night. He becomes frustrated and accepts a job in the R&D division of the same hospital.

One day, he accidentally meets his old classmate, Jessie. She is recovering from a bad marriage and her son is suffering from a genetic disease called hemophilia. Although he had never liked her before and they had nothing in common, he couldn’t help admiring her after hearing what she had gone through in life. Jessie points out that the solution to David’s research is already half-way there. A simple carrier screening test can easily identify parents with genetic disorders. The affected ones can then look for viable alternatives like sperm or egg donation, surrogacy, gene editing, or adoptions. But the research shows only one in six OBs and gynecologists are offering carrier screening tests in the preconception period. So, all they need is to fill the void with an awareness campaign.

David likes the idea, and together, they start a website to get others’ feedback on introducing a parental fitness test before having a child. If other jobs can ask for a fitness test, why the toughest job in the world can’t have one? They get an overwhelming response from all over the world, people rallying for a Carrier Screening Test, but not without condemnations. The number of signatories reaches millions.

Meanwhile, their common miseries and hardships in life also bring them closer. David falls in love with Jessie. However, his impending sickness prevents him from expressing his love and he suffers silently. But his interactions with million other victims open his eyes. He realizes while he may not have any control over how long he lives, but he can always choose how he lives the remaining days. And he decides to propose to Jessie.

Dead Man Dreaming is a story of a desperate and dying young man spiraling downward with anger and frustrations and how he bounces back with new love as he comes to terms with his life-threatening disease.

Genre(s): Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 252 pages
Release date: 2019-09-25 (expected publication)

 

Teaser


But what surprised me the most was how almost every paper was talking about early detection and a possible cure in the near futures – or about managing the disease well – but none said why the parents weren’t getting tested before having kids. A simple genetic test before pregnancy could easily check their odds of having a baby with a genetic disorder, yet only less than twenty percent of family physicians or OB/GYN providers offered a carrier screening test in the preconception period. I wondered why the maternity and parentood websites weren’t advising any genetic tests, either. Wouldn’t that awareness help reduce the number of children born with fatal genetic diseases?


My Opinion

This book introduces you to David who turns down his dreamjob – heart surgeon – in his hometown when it is confirmed that he has Huntington’s. After a phase of utter desperation, he meets further ‘victims’ of genetic diseases and tries to get his grip on life back.

With Dead Man Dreaming”, Uday Mukerji has created a remarkable story of a man who needs to find a new purpose in life. It is a very captivating read, keeping you glued to David’s story. David is believable and complex; his perception of his looming fate, as well as his research for possible cures make him a highly interesting character – someone you would like to meet and discuss with in reality. Uday Mukerji’s story develops at a steady pace, drawing you closer to David and his mindset, as well as to Jessie – mother of a son with hemophilia – who joins his cause. David and Jessie are authentic, their story is thought-provoking and has a great flow.

This is a book for you if you like well-told and thoughtful stories. If you like ruminating on important or even controversial matters, you will find food for thought.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Thoughtful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Uday Mukerji left his creative director’s job in advertising to pursue a writing career in 2009. After writing, re-writing, and deleting a few versions, and secretly burying two laptops, six years later, he is now ready to share his first literary fiction with you.

He was born in India, and had worked in Singapore for nearly twenty years. He loves to travel, and interact with people, not so much on FB or Twitter, though, but face to face, maybe with a cup of coffee. He is a nature lover and his concern for environmental protection also made him the editor of Singapore Environmental Technology Yearbook for ten consecutive years.

Connect with the author:

LinkedIn:  Uday Mukerji
Goodreads:  Uday Mukerji

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

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Undoers Two (Undoers, #2) by D.P. Davies #BookReview

Cover: Undoers Two
(Undoers, #2)
by D.P: Davies

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

“I can’t do magic,” said the boy. “That’s impossible.” He paused. “But I can undo it.”

Sam’s first adventure ended with him grounded and Lily banned from seeing him. So not a complete success. But what bothers Sam more is that he still doesn’t know the scientific reason for what’s going on, and hasn’t been able to help his friend.

His solution? Get a stone like his to take the dark energy surrounding Lily away for good. But how? The nearest area with that type of rock is over 300 miles away.

So when a school camping trip comes up he tries to convince Lily to go, but she argues (understandably) that he should come too. Can Sam overcome his fears to go with her? Will the weird terrors hounding Lily be better or worse away from the city? And can they work together to save the camp, and all their friends, from disaster?

If you can prove that monsters don’t exist, what is there to be scared of?

Genre(s): > Middle Grade
Series: Undoers, #2
Length: 235 pages
Release date: 2019-03-28

Teaser


“Um…it says Sunrise, Virginia,” Lily answered.

“In the mountains,” Sam babbled. “The mountains where there’s dolerite. Dolerite. Like in the atlas.” He was looking up at her. “You can find a rock, like mine. We can wire it up in your house. It’ll solve all the problems.”

Lily frowned, piecing together what Sam was telling her.


My Opinion

This book re-introduces you to Sam who is still grounded – and to Lily who is still surrounded by dark energy; and what about the school camping trip?

With “Undoers Two, D.P. Davies has created the second in a series of adventures with an unusual and cute group of kids. It is a very compelling read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. D.P. Davies paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Lily and Sam. The main characters are complex and I took to them instantly; the others are of sufficient depth. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow. I had a great time reading “Undoers Two”; looking forward to reading “Undoers Three”.

This is a book for you if you like middle-grade adventure, funny moments, and likeable characters.

Highly 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)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

When my wife moved to the States to study her MBA I found myself here as an unemployable ‘dependent’, so decided to see if I could turn my lifelong love of writing into something more solid. The inspiration for Undoers came from being the only kid at school whose parents wouldn’t let me believe in Santa Claus, their reasoning being that you always have to say “thank you” to whoever gave you a gift. That didn’t make growing up any less magical or scary, and when we recently moved to Washington, DC – a place magical and scary in its own way – everything fit together. I hope you enjoy Sam and Lily’s adventures there! 

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What about you?  What did you think about “Undoers Two?  Or – if you did not yet read “Undoers Two” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

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Siobhan’s Secret (Raven and Hummingbird, #1) by Nikki Broadwell #BookReview @nikkibroadwell

Siobhan’s Secret
(Raven and Hummingbird, #1)
by Nikki Broadwell

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four-dot-five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Kat’s life is a disaster. Her mother is dead and her stepfather has kicked her out of the one home she’s always counted on, leaving her nothing but the Celtic knot locket Siobhan gave her on her eighteenth birthday. Unable to focus enough to hold down a job she ends up at the women’s shelter where she sees the truth of what life can dish out.

And on top of all that she is positive that her mother did not die from natural causes. But without a dime to her name she has no way to prove it.

In the shelter she meets Cerridwen, an older woman who seems kind enough. But when this same woman appears in Kat’s dream as the goddess of the underworld and keeper of the magical cauldron of inspiration, Kat is more than a little disturbed. Just a dream she tells herself the next morning, dismissing her uneasiness.

In the meantime a strange man seems to be stalking her, his torn jeans and filthy Grateful Dead T-shirt indicating that he’s a drug addict who she wants nothing to do with. And why are there enormous dark birds everywhere she looks? She’s never seen a raven in the city.

As life shifts around her Kat discovers a world she didn’t know existed, her grasp on reality disappearing as she struggles to understand what is happening.

 

Genre(s): > Mythology & Folk Tales (Kindle Store)
> Fairy Tale Fantasy (Kindle Store)
> Mythology & Folk Tales (Books)
Series: Raven and Hummingbird, #1
Length: 302 pages
Release date: 2019-04-15

 

Teaser


The scream woke her, Kat’s heart beating fast in her chest. She was in bed and wearing her nightgown, her hair dry. She tried to pull it all aside, to tell herself it was only a dream, but it didn’t feel that way. Her body felt different, her limbs loose and relaxed.

She dressed hurriedly and went to the kitchen, wanting to tell Airmid about the dream before she forgot.

“Now tell me their names again?” Airmid asked, following Kat into the living room.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to 20-year-old Kat, still shocked by her mother’s unexpected death and – just kicked out by her stepfather.

With “Siobhan’s Secret”, Nikki Broadwell presents us with the intriguing story of a young and desperate woman. Kat is broken, staying at a woman’s shelter, without means; some of her new acquaintances appear in her dreams – has she gone mad? The story is skilfully elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a  great flow. Nikki Broadwell introduces each character with care, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away, very close to Kat, being her invisible ally. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading “Siobhan’s Secret”. It is a very enjoyable read; I am looking forward to reading more. My partiality for the combination of reality and mythology began when reading Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “The House Between the Worlds”, therefore I enjoy well-written stories like this one.

This is for you if you enjoy (urban) fantasy, very likeable characters to cheer on their ventures, mythology, surprises, and good storytelling.

This is a book to read again. Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence :mrgreen:  (mentions, only)
Sexual content 😳  (kisses and mentions; not too detailed yet passionate activities)

 

About the author

Writing has become my life, and when I am not at my computer I feel like something is amiss! I’ve always been a writer, but only began seriously in 2002, when I decided to write about my parents’ life and my father’s time in POW camps during WW2. In between this very emotional undertaking I began a fantasy–my ‘fun’ escape writing. Three books later put me on the fantasy train, lusting after all things magic and mystical! I am now up to seventeen novels and counting. And the one featuring my father’s diaries has finally been released, the story revolving around two made-up characters who bear no resemblance to my parents. Funny how that happens. You can find it on the ‘In the press’ page!
I write what the goddess (muse) tells me to write, my characters taking hold of the plot and running with it. At times I feel I am only here to tap the keys. If the story does not move forward freely I figure something is not quite right and have to either put it away for a bit or go back to the place where ‘I” took over.

When I’m not at my computer you can find me somewhere over the rainbow…or on a trail in the woods or desert, hiking with my dog and my husband of over thirty years.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://www.nikkibroadwellauthor.com/
Blog:  https://niksblog-authorinprogress.blogspot.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/nikkibroadwell
Amazon:  Nikki Broadwell
Buy links:  https://books2read.com/u/31rqxv


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 “Siobhan’s Secret”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Siobhan’s Secret” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays At Rosings (Longbourn, #14) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Pemberley:
Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings
(Longbourn, #14)
by Margaret Lynett 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)

SHORT STORY

His stay at Rosings has brought Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jr, a measure of both delight and anguish as he realises that not only has he become even more attached to the charming daughter of Mr Collins – Miss Emily – but also that his rival, John King, is planning a serious step in order to secure his own future with the beautiful maiden. Where do Emily’s affections really lie?

This is yet another absorbing tale in the ‘Longbourn’ series of Jane Austen fan fiction pieces by prolific Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp

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Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> 30-Minute Romance Short Reads
> Single Authors Short Stories
> Regency Historical Romance
Series: Longbourn, #14
Length: 19 pages
Release date: 2018-04-24

 

Teaser


“I see no reason why Fitzwilliam should be unable to reach the standard required for higher tuition,” said Emily. “He has made good progress already.”

Fitzwilliam gave her a smile, and not simply because of his delight at her compliment.


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: Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings”, 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 – or in this case Rosings – to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Young Fitzwilliam stays at his aunt Catherine’s home, realising how much he cares for Emily. 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; the added next generation brings even more complexity. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

“Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings” is a heart-warming story of hope, a lovely – and worthy – continuation of Elizabeth, Darcy, their children, and their story.

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

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 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…

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What about you? What did you think about “Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings”? Or – if you did not yet read “Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

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The Sentinel’s Alliance (Silent Sea Chronicles, #3) by Suzanne Rogerson #BookReview @rogersonsm

Cover: The Sentinel’s Alliance
(Silent Sea Chronicles, #3)
by Suzanne Rogerson

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Can new alliances save the islands of the Silent Sea from the murderers stalking their shores?

As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.

Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.

Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?

The Sentinel’s Alliance is the final book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.

 

Genre(s): > Sword & Sorcery Fantasy eBooks
> Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Books)
> Epic Fantasy (Kindle Store)
Series: Silent Sea Chronicles, #3
Length: 369 pages
Release date: 2019-07-06

 

Teaser


‘The island is crying out for help,’ Tei said.

‘How can I trust you?’

‘The commander trsuts me.’ Tei’s emotions bubbled up. ‘I didn’t sail hundreds of miles and suffer awful seasickness to be insulted by an old spirit who doesn’t know what help looks like when he sees it.’


My Opinion

This book re-introduces you to Tei and Callisa, the Sentinel, in need of forming an alliance to stop the invaders.

With “The Sentinel’s Alliance”, Suzanne Rogerson presents us with several interwoven plot lines, covering Tei, Brogan, Callisa, Farrell, Kelbrin, and more. All plotlines are relevant; show how all mature, grow stronger with their tasks. The story is skilfully elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a  great flow. Suzanne Rogerson introduces each character with finesse, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – very close to Tei, Brogan, and some wonderful allies, highly appreciating their integrity. As I assumed after reading the first book, I got closer to Tei in the second instalment because she has gained a little more maturity; this third instalment turned her into a friend. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading “The Sentinel’s Alliance”. It is a very enjoyable read; a more than worthy completion of the ‘Silent Sea Chronicles’ trilogy.

This is for you if you like urban fantasy, very likeable characters to cheer on their thrilling ventures, integrity, surprises, and great storytelling.

This is a book/series to read again. Highly recommended.

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 😳 – 😡  (fight scenes include some gore)
Sexual content 😳  (some kisses and mentions; not too detailed activities)

 

About the author

Suzanne lives in Middlesex with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel-writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with ice cream and a book.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://suzannerogersonfantasyauthor.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/rogersonsm
Amazon:  Suzanne Rogerson
Buy links:  https://books2read.com/u/38E9Qw


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 “The Sentinel’s Alliance”?  Or – if you did not yet read “The Sentinel’s Alliance” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


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