Showing posts with label Adult Christian Suspense/Thriller. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Adult Christian Suspense/Thriller. Show all posts

Monday, November 25, 2013

The School of Ministry: The Windgate by Braxton Cosby

Publisher: Keith Publications
Pages: 405
Genre: Young Adult/Adult, Supernatural Thriller
Source: I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

From Goodreads:

A young man named Ziv struggles to find his place in life after both of his parents are murdered. Orphaned and alone by the age of six, he bounces in and out of foster homes hopeless and afraid, wondering if he will ever find a path to happiness. He resolves to accept a life of depravity, until one day he discovers he possesses the gift of sight: to see creatures from the afterlife, but not angels...demons! Ziv is recruited by The School of Ministry, a secret society that promises to help him find his best friend Stephanie, who has gone missing. But there is one catch: he must agree to join them in their quest to eradicate evil and protect the weak. Ziv learns that he is a "Conduit," which allow him to cross over into the spirit world and transcend time itself. When he is partnered with two other young men who have similar gifts, the unlikely trio is trained in the mastery of weapons and the art of Shouting, during treacherous challenges of the tortuous Quad in preparation for their mission: to secure the Windgate. Ziv becomes entrenched in a quest of identity, love, and will, until comes face to face with pure evil itself--Akabod, the spiritual prodigal son to the School of Ministry and a master of talents.

My Thoughts:
I know of very few people who don't love a story that pits good against evil, has a romantic side to it and then throws some wickedly great challenges in.  Braxton Cosby seems to have the recipe for creating fascinating stories that the reader can't put down.  I started reading this on my commute to and from school. I was not making much progress. My evenings were tied up preventing me from reading.  All it took was one glorious day with no school, no writing and the book was mine.  I finished it in a little under four hours.  I love the world Cosby has built inside "The School of Ministry". For every test and trial that Ziv went through I looked at my own life.  They are life lessons that we can apply to our own life.  Ziv has an issue with holding onto anger. The lessons he learned by looking within himself and the way it affected his walk with God made me to the same thing. I took these lessons he learned and learned from them myself.  I don't think this was necessarily what the author was going for when he wrote the book.  I believe this is just an added bonus. The Christian aspect was a plus for me.  The non-believer as well as the believer will enjoy this story. The action in this book is told in such a way that for a visual person like me I was carried into each battle and training.  I felt my heart pounding whenever Ziv's heart would pound.  As far as the two possible love interests in the story, I haven't made up my mind about them.  Cosby has left so many neatly tied up loose ends that the next book in the series can take many twists and turns.  All of them will be absolutely delightful. The only thing I absolutely hate, is that I will need to wait for the next book in the series to come out. To that I say, "Write faster Braxton Cosby".

About the Author:
Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer with a vision of continuously evolving and maximizing the untapped potential of the human spirit. Braxton received a lot of his inspiration from watching the accomplishments and exploits of his famous uncle, comedic legend Bill Cosby. Braxton lives in Georgia with his wife and three children. He writes stories aimed at both entertaining and encouraging people to think and act. 

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Raider's Vendetta - Karen Arnpriester

Publisher:  Createspace
Pages:  334
Source: Review copy from author
Genre:  Adult, Christian Suspense


Charley knew what God wanted from her. She was willing to trust and obey as she protected the others in the bank. Then He would save her from her captor.
There was no way she could have anticipated the rage that would be unleashed in response to her prayers and her faith in God.
Raider was desperate, hardened, and his past had set the stage for an insane game of survival and spiritual warfare. The vendetta was in motion and Charley discovered that she needed her God to provide extraordinary miracles to keep her alive.

My Thoughts:
What makes one person feel that people are on the wrong track when they start talking about God?  What can we do to help them find the path to God?  Read Karen’s book to find out what a difference one person can make.

Once I started reading this book  I had difficulty putting it down.  We are introduced to a scenario we see too often on the news.  A robbery gone bad and hostages taken.  In Raider’s Vendetta we meet God fearing Charley, an elderly woman who finds herself one of the hostages.  When things go wrong the second robber takes hostages.  Charley decides to call him Raider because of his baseball cap.  She feels God’s presence even in this situation.  She comforts and helps the other hostages.  Raider is able to think on his feet.  He plans his escape.  He will need one hostage.  God makes it clear to Charley that she should be the one.  From this point on in the book the reader is treated to one suspenseful even after another.  Charley is tested beyond what most people could endure.  God sends a protector and miracle after miracle.  How far will God allow things to go?  Will Charley be able to make a difference in Raider’s life?  Will either of them survive?

This is a must read book.  My daughter came in to pick up her kids and took one look at the tears running down my cheeks and asked, “Good Book?” to which I replied, “No, Great Book!”
This is a book I will reread again because I know there are lessons I can learn about my walk with God.  I loved the way Karen brought in a character from her first book.  I am honored that she asked me to review her book.  This is so good.  I believe it would make an excellent movie. 

Check out Karen’s website where you can order her book and watch her book trailer.  This is one book that should be in every Christmas stocking.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Consuming – Todd Boyer

Publisher:  Outskirts Press
Pages:  230
Source:  Received a review copy
Genre:  Adult, Christian, Fantasy, Thriller, Suspense

Don’t let the genre “Christian Fiction” through you off.  This will appeal to both Christians and non-christians.  The was interesting.  What would happen if a demon were “trapped” in a human body while they tried to possess it?  This is what happens to the demon Ike in this story.  To make it interesting Max, another demon, decides to save his demon friend.  It is during his mission  to help his friend that he learns about a demon named Garrock.  Garrock is a warrior and is making plans to do away with Lucifer and bring on the apocalypse.  It was at this point my mind started racing.  As a Christian I kept thinking, “wow, I wonder how Lucifer would feel having the tables turned on him?”  To stop Garrock, Max has to become friends with Jack, the possessed man.  Then the three of them must stand together to try to stop Garrock.  I let my mother read this first.  She didn’t like it.  When I asked her why she said it was to much fantasy for her.  I knew then that I was going to love this.  Anytime you can mix all the genres I love together we have a win-win situation.  I was right.  I did love it. 
I also loved when the demon’s eyes were opened to the truth.  There is so much to love here on so many levels.  The characters were well thought out.  For me the story flowed so smoothly it kept me reading from beginning to end.  This is a must read for all fantasy, thriller, suspense lovers out there.  I guarantee you there is something for everyone in this book.  This is just the first book.  I can hardly wait for the second one to come out.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Canary List - Sigmund Brouwer

Publisher:  WaterBrook Press
Pages: 320
Source:  I received a copy for review from Multnomah for review
Genre:  Thriller

FTC Rules require me to let you know that I occasionally receive free books from authors or pulishers in exchange for my honest review of their book.  I make a point to always give an honest review.  I try to find something positive in every book since I know that eventhough I may not enjoy a certain book there are others out there who will .  The fact that some of the books I receive are free in no way affects my opinion.

Protected by the dark of night, Jaimie Piper runs. But is anywhere safe when Evil is hunting you?

She’s just a twelve year-old girl, bumped around between foster homes and relegated to school classes for challenged kids, those lagging in their test scores or with behavioral issues. But her real problem is that she can sense something the other kids can’t—something dark. Something compelling her to run for her life.

All Crockett Grey wants is to mark the anniversary of his daughter’s death alone.

But when his student Jaimie comes to him, terrified, her need for protection collides with his grief, and a tangled web of bizarre events sends them both spiraling toward destruction.

Crockett’s one hope of getting his life back is to uncover the mysterious secrets of Jaimie’s past and her strange gift. It isn’t long before his discoveries lead him to a darker conspiracy, secrets guarded by the highest seat of power in the world—the Vatican.

My thoughts:
Jamie Piper is much like many other twelve-year-olds with one exception, she sees evil.  When someone visits her foster home that she sees as evil, she knows she has to get away.  She runs to the house of er Adaptive Behavior teacher Mr. Grey.  As a teacher I immediately saw where this was headed.  He is falsely accused of a relationship with his student.  It is obvious evil forces are at work.

Crockett fights against this evil and realizes it goes all the way to the Vatican.  I could say more but I won't.  I loved the way the book covers what I believe is spiritual warfare, a battle for souls.  Jamie comes across as a tough little girl who is sure she must avoid the evil.  Crockett was a character I loved.  He was grieving over the death of his own daughter.  When Jamie shows up he knows what kind of trouble he can get into, yet he follows his heart to help her.  I'm not Catholic yet I felt they were portrayed in a really bad light.  Either way, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Save Me - Lisa Scottoline

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 384
Genre: Adult Realistic Fiction
Source: Received a copy from LibraryThing
If faced with an event where you were given the choice of saving your own child or the children in front of you, what would you do?  I hope I never have to find out.  In the book Rose is a very caring mother.  She cares for her daughter Melly  so much that she has moved her to a new school because her daughter was constantly being bullied.  Melly carried a port wine birthmark on her cheek.  It made her the target of many kids.  To try to stop this Rose volunteers at the school in hopes of stopping this bullying.  She is in the cafeteria and watches Amanda Gigot smear jelly on her cheek to make fun of Melly.  Melly flees into the restroom in tears.  Rose decides to talk with Amanda and the other girls.  It is at this moment in time that there is an explosion in the kitchen across from the restroom where her daughter is.  Now she must decide whether she should get her kid out and abandon the girls in front of her or get them to safety and then go back for her daughter.  Rose decides to usher the girls into the hallway and to the door and then go back for her daughter.  She manages to get her daughter out and is being called a hero until they realize Amanda is inside and is severely injured.  Now people are accusing her of leaving other children inside and taking care of her own.  Rose goes on a trip to find the cause of the explosions and finds herself in places she should not be trying to tie together everything she is learning.  This was one of those books that kept you on the edge of your seat throughout.  I really enjoyed the story.  At times I felt that the author threw too much into the mix that made the mother seem like she was someone who was super-human.  All in all, I can definitely recommend this book to everyone.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Eyewall - H.W. "Buzz" Bernard

Publisher:  Bell Bridge BooksPages:  246
Genre:  Adult Thriller
Source:  I received an e-galley from Net Galley
Eyewall – H.W. “Buzz” Bernard

Product Description from Amazon

No one was aware of the storm's sudden force.

Not the Hurricane Hunter crew trapped in its center.

Not the family marooned on a resort island while searching for their missing teen.

A deadly Category Five hurricane has never hit the Georgia coast in modern times.

Until now.

St. Simons Island, Georgia, has never been hit by a Category 5 hurricane. Until now. No one predicted the storm's sudden force. A crippled Air Force recon plane, trapped in the eye of a violent hurricane. An outspoken tropical weather forecaster, fired from his network TV job before he can issue a warning: the storm is changing course and intensifying. A desperate family searching for a runaway daughter on Georgia's posh St. Simons Island, cut off from escape as the hurricane roars toward them. A marriage on the rocks; an unrequited sexual attraction; a May-December romance. All will be swept up by the monster storm. Get ready for a white-knuckle adventure.

My Review
This is one of those books I could not put down.  Maybe it is because here in Florida we have just entered hurricane season.  Maybe it is because I’ve lived here long enough to have gone through several.  Although my city has not had a direct hit in years this book was so spot on, it reminded me that it could happen right where I live.    I was right there with the family trapped on St. Simons Island.  It reminded me of a few years ago when I worked at a hotel on the beach.  They shut everything down and evacuated everyone as a hurricane headed our way.  Two co-workers left to secure things did not get off before the bridge to the island was closed and they had to ride the storm out in the hotel.  I had the same scared feelings for the family as I had for my friends.  The information was so good but not like reading an informational text, that I felt as if I was in the plane with the hurricane hunters.  This is truly a job I would never want and I greatly admire the people who put their lives on the line for us.

This is a wonderful book to read.  If you live in a hurricane prone area I definitely recommend this book to you, but not during a hurricane.  I look forward to more work from this author.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Review and Giveaway: The Priest's Graveyard - Ted Dekker

Publisher:  Center Street, April 19, 2011
Pages:  361
Source:  Received a copy  for blog Tour
Genre:  Adult Thriller

Hop over to:
The Blue Stocking for her review today.

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Giveaway:  I will be giving away my copy to one lucky reader.  Please leave a comment and email address so that I may contact the winner. Winner will be chosen by random number generator. Winner will be announced on Saturday the 16th.

I was lucky to be one of many given the opportunity to read and participate in a blog tour of The Priest's Graveyard  I have to say I really enjoyed this book.    If you are interested in getting this book then go to the website.

The book ended completely different than I thought it would.  Ted Dekker is an author whose works I will definitely read.  In The Priest's Graveyard we find two major characters who have individual stories that intertwine and change them both.  Danny is a very unusual priest  As a child in Bosnia he was witness to the rape and murder of his mother and two sisters.  As an adult he believes he is doing God's work by getting justice for those like his mother who are unable to get justice for themselves.  He thinks about what he is doing.  If it ever becomes about vengeance then he will stop.  After all as a priest he must do this task for God.

Renee is a young woman who has travelled down the wrong path.  As a heroin addict she has lived the life of a prostitute. Then her pimp Cyrus came after her.  Running from Cyrus and the demons in her head she runs into the path of a car.  Lamont is the driver and man who rescues her.  He takes her back to his home.  She is then a victim of his OCD.  Everything must be done a certain way, the doors are all locked (for her protection) he tells her.  Then one day he tells her that his business partner is dirty and will probably have him killed.  When he doesn't show up one day but someone else does, she manages to escape.  She decides to go after the man who killed Lamont.  It is this event that causes Renee and Danny's paths to cross.  They are both after the same man.  But is it the correct thing to do?  I had my head wrapped around the plot so tight that I  was shocked when I saw it take a turn I wasn't expecting.  This was an excellent thriller that I couldn't put down.  This is a must read for all fans of Ted Dekker and for all those people who love a good thriller.  It almost had a "Dexter" feel to it.  A definite must read.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Deadly Ties - Vicki Hinze

Publisher:  Multnomah Books
Pages:  336
Genre:  Adult Christian Thriller
Source:  I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.

This is the sequel to the book “Forget Me Not”.  I would recommend you read that book if you have not yet read it.  It is not a requirement for understanding this book.  Shortly after Lisa’s father dies her mother marries Dutch Hauk.  He turns out to be abusive and lets it be known that he hates Lisa.  To protect her, Lisa’s mother sends her away, giving up custody.  This still doesn’t satisfy Dutch.  He hates her just as much.  He sees her as a threat.  He knows that one day she will come between him and her mother.  As she prepares to graduate he sets up a plan.  For years Lisa and her mother have been protected by Mark Taylor.  There are romantic sparks throughout between Lisa and Mark.  The themes of Love and trust and just feeling worthy of love run throughout the book.  Now here is where I tell you my thoughts.  I have read many reviews of this book.  Many believe it is somewhat realistic.  If you have money and a means you just get out right?  My sister has had two abusive husbands.  They find you.  Her first husband reminded me so much of Dutch.  She was fresh out of high school when they got married.  They had a landscape business.  On one of their trips up north he tried to kill her.  He shoved her out of a boat and held her under with a paddle.  His uncle stopped him.  He tried to tell him he was only playing.  My sister wanted to believe him.  He would not let her visit without being there and he would not leave her alone with anyone.  When she was finally finished with the abuse she left a message in the toilet paper holder and whispered it in my ear.  We waited until he left her alone in the motor home they lived in on his parents property.  We rushed in and started hauling her personal belongings out.  He returned and ran in.  I stood between her and him with a butcher knife.  We had to move because of the death threats and we had to involve the police because he kept trying to find out where we lived.  People like this don’t just give up unless they get help.  My sister felt she was not worthy of being loved by a “good man” and that is what led her to her second abusive husband.  He finally left her and ended up in prison.  To say that this story was somewhat unbelievable has to be based on your personal knowledge and background experiences.  I could not understand why my sister didn’t just leave these men.  I was not in her shoes and did not have the whole story.  I do know that it made her faith and trust in the Lord much stronger as in this story.  When you think there is no one to turn to you must turn to God.  I recommend this to all of my friends and look forward to the next book in the series.

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Lightning Chronicles: Distant Thunder

Author: Jimmy Root,Jr.
Publisher: American Book Publishing
Pages: 322
ISBN: 978-1-58982-553-6
Source: Author in exchange for a review
Genre: Thriller/Action
As a Christian I love a book that is fiction, yet based on the Bible and current events. As much as I loved reading the Left Behind Series, Jimmy Root's book Distant Thunder topped those. I am anxiously waiting to read the second book "A Gathering Storm". I enjoyed this book for many reasons. It starts out with the prophet Ezekiel being strongly nudged by God to go to those who think he is already insane and pass along God's word. I thought to myself that I don't know if I would have his courage and stamina to do what he did. It showed his human side. His feelings about not wanting to appear insane yet his willingness to do God's bidding. From the set up of Ezekiel, which is the background context for this book we are taken to modern day. We view the lives of three very different factions. First there is Ty, the preacher in Missouri who has more or less gone along with the status quo when preaching feel good messages. When his brother is killed in battle God starts dealing with him. His preaching is beginning to step on some toes. We see the way God works in his life when he brings the woman he has prepared for him into his life. She is his prayer warrior during the troubling times ahead. We enter the life of Moshe Eldan a military man in Israel. His wife has become a believer. I think one thing I really enjoyed about his character was the fact that it was made clear that he had not enveloped his own Jewish beliefs which left him open to his wife's example. The story didn't end with this wonderful and explosive conversion that we read about in so many books. It was real to life. His struggles physically, emotionally and spiritually left you wanting to read more. Finally we enter the life of men like Hamid, Yaed, and the cab driver who consider all American's, Jews and anyone else who are not followers of Islam to be infidels. We are brought along on their journey to meet Allah by carrying out what they believe they were born to carry out.

This book held my attention from the first page. Especially since I was able to see so many correlations between what is happening in our own lives with what was being told in the book and backed up by scripture. It was a powerful book. It in no way put down anyone of any religious beliefs. It brought out their beliefs and how they came to those beliefs. I was very impressed. However, as a Christian and an American I believe we need to stand up for our own rights and stop letting them be trampled on. I felt this book motivated me to take a look at my own life, including my prayer life and ask myself some very important questions. I would definitely recommend this book to all of my friends.