Friday, September 4, 2015

The Red Planet President Book Review

The Red Planet President: A Novella

By William Graham

In this continuation of the story line of "The Red Planet Trilogy" (5-star reviewed), author William Graham weaves a compelling tale of political intrigue as Dr. Jane Starling, the first president of the newly formed Martian Republic, takes office. Her political foes at the corporations that had founded the colonies on Mars are aligned against her and devise ways to sabotage per political agenda. Against this highly charged political drama, the common citizens on Mars must make decisions about their own lives. This fast-faced drama not only takes us into the future but casts a bright light on many contemporary events. It's a story with universal appeal and meaning.
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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF The Red Planet President***

Mars has two opposing colonies. The first, the Conservative Party, was established and run by the rich and powerful, causing a portion to break off and start The Red Party, a colony established for the good of all. After many years of strife between the two, an election is held to elect the first members of the Assembly of the Martian Republic. When The Red Party wins majority vote along with the presidential leadership, the opposing party is not happy, and creates the Invisible Hand Committee, who will stop at nothing to regain their never-ending control.


This is a continuing plot of the Red Planet series, although it can be read alone. Even though this occurs on Mars, the political aspects could easily be anywhere on Earth. This just confirms my suspicions that humans will never change, no matter where they end up. I like that the story was short and fast paced. I’m glad that my two favorite characters, Vincent and Ace, were included. I would like to see them have more roles in the future.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What Runs Through The Heart Review

What Runs through the Heart

By Amie Wolf


Life on the farm was hard. 


At least Demi had to assume it was. She couldn’t remember any other type of existence she might have been born into—only the one surrounded by rutted dirt, where she kept her head down and relied on her gut to know when to duck. 

She was either brave or crazy, sneaking through those trees that hid the creek. It was probably the latter, considering the genetics of the self-destructive mother who’d left her to rot there… She shook it off, like she did every time she ran through those woods in a blur that would clear with the sight of his face. Dylan was worth the risk she blatantly ignored—he was worth everything, waiting down there by the water. 

But as age and circumstance change him, she’s forced to realize it’s not an inherent madness swimming back and forth in her brain. It’s something else, something that controls everything growing in the fields she’s been strategically set in, and it proves she’s not a simple girl with roots in rural Iowa.
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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF What Runs through the Heart***

Demi never knew her mother. She was raised by her Aunt Jenna. Her Aunt’s husband John was an abusive alcoholic who terrorized and beat Jenna and Demi. When Jenna started school, she met Dylan, who also came from a dysfunctional home. As they grew older, they fell in love. Their friendship had been a secret all along, to protect Demi from John. Dylan and Demi make plans to run away and be married, but as it draws closer, Uncle John becomes suspicious making it nearly impossible for Demi to get away. But she has a secret weapon that even she is unaware of.


This was an enjoyable read, with an entertaining plot. The main character brought depth to the drama that was her life. I liked the suspense scattered throughout, always making me wonder how it would eventually turn out. In fact, it caught me by surprise in the turn of events near the end. I look forward to continuing this story.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Whispering Pines Book Review

Whispering Pines: Tales From a Northwoods Cabin

By Elliott Foster



In September 1993, four generations of the Travis family gather to celebrate the 80th birthday of their matriarch, Isabelle. Reflecting on their experiences at the rustic family cabin set on a lake in the Chippewa National Forest, they talk of fishing for walleye, cooking the perfect beef roast, pulling pranks, making love, and living life abundantly over eighty years.



Simultaneously heart-warming and heartbreaking, the stories told by Isabelle, her daughter Ruth, and her grandson Eddie slowly unwrap secrets long held secrets long hidden deep in the Minnesota North Woods.
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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF Whispering Pines***

When Sam and Isabella Travis bought property on Lake Dunbar in 1952, little did they know the immenseness of the legacy they were creating. Three members of the Travis family share many memories of their beloved family throughout six decades.


This was a powerful read that had me wishing I was a member of this family. It had me laughing, crying, and thoroughly enjoying all the memories shared. I felt their shock and sadness, as well as their joys and pride, and felt like I was right there with them. I didn’t want the stories to end. I am so glad that I got to know this family, and feel I now share their memories as well.

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