The Thief and the Sacrifice: By Kevin. C Bennett

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“The Thief and the Sacrifice is a fast-paced fantasy adventure that transports readers back and forth to some fascinating worlds, where creatures are alien, giants are among giants and humans have the ability to change their forms.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

The story begins when G.I. Floyd Sandburg is left stranded in a cave after his capture from the Nazis in Afghanistan during WWII. Sometime after his capture Floyd discovers an ancient pen sized artefact that has the power to help him escape and transport him to place to place, location to location and time zone to time zone. Floyd finds himself in a struggle that has been in place since evolution and his only chances of survival are to avoid capture as the ongoing threat of a horrifying death awaits him if he fails to save Earth and his own soul in time as he questions what will be required of him in the coming days? Unaware that his entire salvation lies within the artefact and his choices will have considerable consequences of a theological magnitude.

Bennett successfully weaves two unique tales together that will give the reader a real insight into what a person with good morals may do when they are given too much power. The other tale gives the reader some idea of what the world may have been like before the deluge of Genesis. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Sci-fi and fantasy, and to anyone who enjoys a highly imaginative story with strong characters, places and events that’s rooted in reality, theology and human nature.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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The Camellia Resistance: By A.R. Williams

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The Camellia Resistance is set in a dystopian future where the USA has become an eroding wasteland after a major pandemic broke out (Herpes) and killed off a large proportion of the population. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Security are the new government and now rule the smaller population, with the exception of Texas, that remains independent. Willow Carlyle, works for the Ministry and is fast becoming a rising star, as she has spent the majority of her adulthood tracking the spread of sexually transmitted viruses and their impact on the population, until a night of passion with a handsome stranger changes the outcome of her future. Willow is diagnosed with Herpes and is instantly dismissed from the Ministry and struggles to make sense of her undoing until an unexpected encounter with a member from a resistance group, The Camellias (who live outside the Ministry and its strict approved health regulations) expose Willow to an alternative way of life she had no idea existed. Along the way Willow discovers her real identity and a secret that will shake the Ministry to its very foundation.

Williams introduces the reader to some memorable characters, all of which are conflicted with their own issues to a certain degree. The narrative is well written and captures the characters hope, fear and anticipation all at the same time, while provoking the reader to finish the first instalment and start the next one immediately. I look forward to the second instalment.

My Ranking: 4.5 Stars

RedEye: Fulda Cold: A Rick Fontain Novel By Bill Fortin

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“RedEye: Fulda Cold is a suspenseful, hard-hitting and astonishing piece of military history that is set in 1969 West Germany and explores the reality of what happened on the border between the conflicting forces of East and West that I knew very little about until now.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Rick Fontain tells us about his exciting adventures through a first person narrative that allows the reader to travel with Rick from his initial induction into the army, following him on his journey where he and his team are stationed near the Fulda Gap to prevent an invasion or attack from Russia.

As a reader, I felt that I could connect easily with Rick on his incredible journey as he takes you by the hand and doesn’t let it go until the last page. Fortin does a remarkable job of describing the people and the landscape of the late 1960s, while throwing more light onto the tactics that the American military deployed to contain Russia in the Cold War. I certainly hope that this isn’t the last we have heard from Rick Fontain, and do hope that there is a sequel in the near future, as I cannot wait to read more of this young hero’s adventures and more of his infectious good humour.

Finally, I would also like to add that Fortin has put together a remarkably well written story with a vast amount of meticulous research and footnotes that detail the timeframe of when and where things take place. I found this to be tremendously helpful as it strengthened my understanding and added to my reading pleasure.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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Book Review: The Stink By C.C Hogan

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This novel successfully captures the magic of being young and going out and feeling like anything is possible. Hogan successfully transports readers back to the seventies where a group of 16 year olds are trying to form a band against a backdrop of unpredictable social values. https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

This story follows main protagonist, Smell and a group of friends who have just completed their O-Levels and are on a mission to score a gig for their neophyte band. Little do they know that their quest will land them in trouble with a notorious group of tramps who will stop at nothing to terminate them all? Against the odds Smell and his friends are also up against racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism in an era of upheaval and they must rely not only on the power of hope and determination, they must believe in themselves to rise up to the adversity surrounding them.

Having lived in London for a long time as a teen, I can tell you that Hogan has nailed the setting to perfection as he makes the place a real and integral part of the story, as the setting is woven into the story in much the same way it was once woven into my life and creates a nostalgic atmosphere in which I would like to return. Seriously, if you weren’t a teenager then, by the time you read this story you will wish you had been there.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

BANKRUPTING THE THIRD WORLD: How the Global Elite Drown Poor Nations in a sea of Debt: By James & Lance Morcan

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“Father-and-son Lance & James Morcan draw the reader’s attention to some of the lousy and downright dirty economic tactics used against poverty-stricken nations!” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

The authors expose corruptions within the international financial aid organisations and their arrogance and general superciliousness towards their third world ´clients´ and research the impact it is having of being the recipient of substantial financial aid from the west. This book also questions whether or not, the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, USAID and many other large international aid organisations help or counteract the world’s poorest people.

With numerous research and invaluable references, the authors present what is wrong with the aid industry and equip readers with an underground knowledge to question why these barbaric aid policies of Western Governments, private companies and central banks are in place.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

Almost Invincible: By Suzanne Burdon

 

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“Provocative and profound, with brilliant characterisation, Suzanne Burdon’s dazzling novel, ´Almost Invincible´ skilfully blends fact and fiction into a realistic portrayal of some of the mysteries and day-to-day events surrounding Mary Shelly’s life!” Catherine Rose Putsche

Almost Invincible is a fictional telling of Mary Shelly’s life based on true events. The story opens on a stormy and turbulent night in the summer of 1816 at Lord Bryon’s villa in Lake Geneva. Lord Byron challenges all his guests, Shelley, Claire Clairmont, Mary and Dr. Polidori to write ghost stories and this is where Mary produces a terrifying story that will later become, Frankenstein, eventually assuring Mary a permanent place in literary history. The story then goes on to document Mary’s ignominious love affair with Percy Bysshe Shelley, who is married with children at the time of their elopement and follows the couple around England, Switzerland, France and Italy, where they experience a number of traumas such as being ostracised due to their controversial life choices, financial worries and the death of their children, and Mary’s manipulative step-sister, who drives Mary to despair on many occasions.

Burdon has crafted a beautiful story full of adventure, strength and survival of a real-life heroine who despite suffering with misfortune in her life is one of the most influential female geniuses of her time.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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