Friday, November 25, 2011

The Unwanted

The Unwanted, G-6 Chronicles: The Unwanted Trilogy, Daniel L. Carter, Fantasy, OakTara Publishing, June 14, 2010, 240 pages.


Synopsis: Born out of vengeance, five discarded children must fight to keep their family safe from the homicidal geneticist who created them. Millions of lives stand in the balance as sacrifices are made. This family will never be the same as heroes rise and fall in The Unwanted book 1 of The G-6 Chronicles: The Unwanted Trilogy...

My thoughts: This book has the feel of an epic story, but hasn't quite achieved that status. The characters weren't fleshed-out enough. They certainly underwent several learning points, and improved themselves, but it didn't feel like they were real enough. The plot, however, shows a bit of promise, if a bit cliche. With all this said, about half-way through the book, I began to really enjoy it. I'm interested to see where Daniel Carter goes with the series.

This book was provided free by the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

My rating: 3 stars


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Legends of Karac Tor

As it turns out, I have two blog tours for the same series converging on the same day. With Glass Road PR, I am touring Corus the Champion, and with CSFF Blog Tour, I am touring The Song of Unmaking. Unfortunately, due to college apps, school, job searching, and other things, I am only in the middle of The Book of Names. Therefore, reviews will be up shortly for each book, but for now, I will let you know about an AWESOME contest being run by the author!
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THE EPIC OPPORTUNITY



Hope Underground

Hope UndergroundHope Underground: The 34 Chilean Miners - A Story of Faith and Miracles, Carlos Parra Diaz, Imago Dei Books, Nonfiction/Christian Inspiration, September 28, 2011, 191 pages.


Synopsis: "God has never left us down here"
Thirty–three miners – trapped beneath the Chilean desert. _their situation, at first, seemed hopeless. Yet instead of abandoning hope, the miners, their families, communities of faith, the Chilean government and rescue workers united in an effort to achieve the impossible. What drove these people to defy failure and persevere against all odds? How did a small, white butterfly, a wayward probe, and a '34th miner' all play a significant role in the unfolding of this incredible story? While most reports of this stirring drama focus on what human effort can achieve, Hope Underground reveals the spiritual nature of the miners' experience, highlighting amazing details of how God's providence turned a potential tragedy into the most successful mining rescue of all time.

My thoughts: When I consider today's world in light of God and His Word, I am often discouraged by the lack of glory publicly given to Him, such as in the media. This book showed the opposite of that. Written from the point-of-view of a pastor, everything is based upon God. Prayer is used multiple times, Bibles were passed out to many people, including the Chilean President. Miraculously, with no casualties, the collapse of the mine served God's greater purpose. It is a wonder how God works. I recommend this account to anyone who may be interested in current events relating to Christianity.

This book was provided free by the publisher, in conjunction with TBB Media. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

My rating: 5 stars


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Friday, November 11, 2011

Thunder in the Morning Calm

Thunder in the Morning Calm, Don Brown, Pacific Rim Series, Zondervan, Suspense/Fiction, August 16, 2011, 336 pages.

Synopsis: Lieutenant Commander 'Gunner' McCormick is assigned as an intelligence officer to Carrier Strike Force 10, being deployed to the Yellow Sea at the invitation of South Korea for joint exercises with the US Navy. During his pre-deployment briefing, he discovers a TOP-SECRET MEMO revealing rumors that the North Koreans may still be holding a handful of elderly Americans from the Korean War in secret prison camps.

As it happens, Gunner's grandfather, who was a young marine officer in the Korean War, disappeared at Chosin Reservoir over 60 years ago and is still listed as MIA in North Korea. Sworn to silence about what he has read, the top-secret memo eats at him. Gunner decides to spend all his inheritance and break every military regulation in the book to finance his own three-man commando squad on a suicide mission north of the DMZ to search for clues about the fate of his grandfather. Risking his career, his fortune, and his life, Gunner will get his answers, or he will die trying.





My thoughts: If you are a fan of books full of military operations, incompetent hostiles, and navy battles, this is a worthy book in those regards. The fact that everything came from a Christian standpoint made it even better. The mechanics of war are examined in an interesting way, watching them play out as a possible war approaches. Brown develops his characters well, even if they appear for a meager two pages. Gunner, determined to find Americans still held captive and give them freedom at last, keeps in prayer with God all the time. From the start of his deployment to the conclusion of his mission, he shows us that a person can really serve both God and America. God bless America.

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My rating: 5 stars

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Friday, November 4, 2011

The Opposite of Art

The Opposite of Art, Athol Dickson, Howard Books, Fiction, September 13, 2011, 384 pages.


Synopsis: A great artist is cast into the icy Harlem River by a hit-and-run driver. His heart stops, and he sees something that defies description. Presumed dead by all who knew him and obsessed with the desire to paint the inexpressible, he embarks on a pilgrimage to seek help from holy men around the globe. But is it possible to see eternity without becoming lost within it? After a quarter of a century, when the world begins to whisper that he may be alive, two people come looking for the artist: the daughter he never knew existed, and the murderer who hit him on the bridge all those years ago.


My thoughts: I am astounded by this book. First, it really surprised me and made me really apprehensive. *Warning to readers* It has some inappropriate material in the beginning, but never re-occurs. Also, the main character, Sheridan Ridler, travels around the world, exploring religions from Buddhism to Judaism. This is not unlike Solomon's Biblical journey searching for something meaningful. He did many sinful things, indulged in many wrong acts, and found they were empty. Ridler eventually works his way to Christianity as well, the rest being shown meaningless. Thus, take these events with a grain of salt.

In the last few chapters, The Opposite of Art really goes deep. This is what made the book worthy reading to me. I wouldn't put it on a pedestal with Bunyan or C.S. Lewis, but it was good. I had to read it a few times before understanding even relatively well what it was saying.

The characters were well-developed. They were their own style, not reminiscing another author. The villain, especially, was quite unique. You'll have to read the book to find out why.

I consider this a book that may strengthen your faith, actually. Really.

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My rating: 4.5 stars


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