June 24, 2017
Grey Areas is the first book in the Grey Areas Saga written by Brad Carl.
Henry Fields just moves in the small and quiet town of Gable, Iowa. After finding himself a job as a store clerk, Henry manages to secure a place to stay and easily blends in with the residents of Gable.
Though quite friendly and undoubtedly helpful, Henry remains elusive. That, however, does not deter Claire Mathison from being attracted to him. Then, an unforeseen event throws Henry in the middle of the action in the, otherwise, quiet and seemingly uninteresting town.
This is a fast-paced psychological thriller that will keep you reading past your bedtime so you could finish the book in one sitting. Very interesting and extremely unpredictable, the story is moving, at times funny and at all times suspenseful. The author creates intriguing characters and includes just enough back stories to make the characters relatable. Though the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, the book does not feel incomplete to me. Needless to say, I enjoyed it a lot.
June 23, 2017
The Old Guitar and Other Stories by KS Agustin is a collection of fifty short but poignant, endearing, and didactic works of flash fiction that will make you ponder and contemplate on life.
“The Old Guitar” is about a young man who left his wealthy family to live the life of a simple musician.
“The Toymaker” features a rich businessman who ran away from home to follow through on his passion.
“The Piece of Plank” tells about a mysterious object that is believed to be miraculous and can grant wishes.
“The Mighty Hunter and the Skinny Old Man” is a story of a legendary giant of a hunter with unimaginable strength and whose legend grows after each telling.
“The Picnic” presents a seemingly ordinary but cryptic summons from the generous but mysterious owner of a successful company.
Love, passion, kindness, loyalty, and faith are among the numerous themes in this entertaining, touching, and memorable collection of flash fiction.
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June 12, 2017
Justice is a novella written by Scott Hughes.
Brynn is an unhappy wife to a passive-aggressive husband, who, she believes, ignores her and abuses her emotionally. So, to get even with him for the pain he causes her, she gets back at him in the best way she knows how and calls it justice.
This is a short but thought-provoking story that features different people’s perceptions of justice. While the perceptions may be viewed as twisted and unacceptable by some readers, the possibility that there are people who actually harbor such perceptions is, somehow, sad and even, at some point, scary.
The author brings up a common yet ignored truth about marriages and successfully piques the interest of readers who might not be aware or consciously ignore that such truth exists. Due to the shortness of the story, the backstories provided by the author are enough only for the readers to understand the characters’ behaviors but not sufficient to empathize with them. Similarly, the scenes at court are too limited to provoke the readers to immerse themselves in the story.
June 7, 2017
The Bordello Kid is Book 1 of Farr and Fat Jack western historical book series by Kendall Hanson.
When lone drifter Farrel Gunn arrives at Seven Rivers, he makes a very important statement: he can take care of himself. So, when Madam Lilah Craft needs a replacement lookout for her ‘boarding house’ her son Jack knows that Farr is just the right man for the job.
But when Farr rescues one of the ‘ladies’ from a competing bordello and takes her to Madam Craft’s boarding house, his heroic act stirs up a set of complications within the establishment he is trying to protect. Farr, however, vows to protect the woman, Madam Craft’s girls and the boarding house, even if it means risking his own life.
This is a very interesting and entertaining western historical fiction which reminds me of Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. The plot, though simple and a little predictable, is interesting enough to keep the readers hooked. Despite the shortness of the book, important characters are given sufficient back stories to make them relatable. Among my favorite characters are Farr Gunn and Madam Lilah Craft. Farr is kind, tough and smart albeit a little naïve which actually makes him more endearing while Madam Craft is motherly, tough, firm and, I could say, fearless.
Though I find the ending a little abrupt and anticlimactic, I still consider it very satisfying.