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Protection for Hire

7 Oct

Protection for HireCamy Tang

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: 2011

Paperback: 366 pages, though this was one of those Kindle deals for me.

Book Blurb:

Tessa Lancaster’s skills first earned her a position as an enforcer in her Uncle Teruo’s Japanese Mafia gang. Then they landed her in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. Now, three months after her release, Tessa’s abilities have gained her a job as bodyguard for wealthy socialite Elizabeth St. Amant and her three-year-old son. But there’s a problem or two … or three …. There’s Elizabeth’s abusive husband whose relentless pursuit goes deeper than mere vengeance. There’s Uncle Teruo, who doesn’t understand why Tessa’s new faith as a Christian prevents her from returning to the yakuza. And then there’s Elizabeth’s lawyer, Charles Britton, who Tessa doesn’t know is the one who ensured that she did maximum time behind bars. Now Tessa and Charles must work together in order to protect their client, while new truths emerge and circumstances spiral to a deadly fever pitch. Factor in both Tessa’s and Charles’s families and you’ve got some wild dynamics—and an action-packed, romantic read as Tessa and Charles discover the reality of being made new in Christ.

Stand alone or series: One of two (that I know of/have yet been written)

Why I read this book: To be honest, it first caught my eye cause the cover looked cool. It’s even better!

Review:

I think the blurb sells this book a little short. Not because all those things aren’t true, but because the blurb writing isn’t nearly as gripping as the novel. I didn’t want to put this book down. I would go to sleep thinking through all the crazy things that happened, and I would wake up and think about the story some more.

Tessa Lancaster is one kick butt kind of girl. It’s all she’s known how to do ever since her early school days. Now out of prison and applying to every job she sees, she can’t seem to land any gig except a position as a bodyguard. Her new friend and protectee, Elizabeth, throws her right in the path of the family she’s trying to avoid and a family unlike one she’s ever known. Charles Britton and his mom and brother have the kind of bond Tessa doesn’t dare dream of. But even she, who’s turned into a sort of detective, has no idea of the dark past that glues this gleaming family together. Will their pasts drag them under or will they emerge stronger? Just read to see.

While the plot is nail-biting, the characters are loveable and layered. Just as in life, no one is truly good or evil, even the ones you’d expect to be… Cough, cough—mafia boss—cough, cough. It’s fascinating to see the light and the dark tugging at each heart. And I must say one of my favorite characters is Vivian Britton. This woman is as fiery as her new cooking concoctions and as sweet as her homemade cannoli. Yum! You want to wrap her up in a hug and take her to the craziest place you’ve ever eaten. Strange combination, I know, but that’s just one of the reasons Vivian and all the rest of the cast are larger-than-life.

Hmm… Now who is this book for? Gee that’s a tough one.

If you like action, this is for you.

If you like mystery, this is for you too.

If you like a little romantic tension, I’d point you this way.

If you like damsels in distress… Well, this damsel will distress anyone who stands in her way.

If you like strange families, Raman, California, car chases, or dancing, would you pick this up already?

Seriously, go pick it up! I know I can’t wait to lose more sleep over this awesome series.

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If We Survive

8 Apr

If We SurviveAndrew Klavan

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 2012

Paperback: 340 pages

Book Blurb:

They
 came on a mission of mercy, but now they’re in a fight for their lives.

High schooler Will Peterson and three
friends journeyed to Central America to help rebuild a school. In a poor,
secluded mountain village, they won the hearts of the local people with their
energy and kindness.

But in one sudden moment, everything
went horribly wrong. A revolution swept the country. Now, guns and terror are
everywhere—and Americans are being targeted as the first to die.

Will and his friends have got to get
out fast. But streets full of killers . . .hills patrolled by armies . . . and
a jungle rife with danger stand between them and the border. Their one hope of
escape lies with a veteran warrior who has lost his faith and may betray them
at any moment. Their one dream is to reach freedom and safety and home.

If they can just survive.

Stand alone or series: Stand alone.

Why I read this book: I was searching for books outside my usual genre on the Thomas Nelson website and came across this novel.

Review:

Boy, this book was a shock to the system. It starts with a bang, quiet literally. Will Peterson went to Costa Verdes to build a wall, and to get away from his parents. When an upheaval takes place on the last day of their mission trip, he doesn’t know if he’ll ever see his parents again. Now he, and the five Americans with him, are trapped in a hostile land.

This novel was… breathtaking, gut-wrenching, heart stopping. The adrenaline-pumped pace starts on the first sentence of the prologue and it doesn’t stop. I couldn’t eat before, during, or after reading because the story made my stomach turn. It’s incredibly well written, but certainly not for a young audience. Violence abounds. The violence is not gratuitous, it fits perfectly into the story and scenario, nevertheless it’s hard to read.

The author’s pacing is impeccable. The plot goes hard and fast for much longer than made me comfortable. Then, just when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore, Klavan allows the reader a breath… Just for a second. Just long enough to make me think I could get through to the end.

The characterization was also superb. The group is small, just a band of six, so we get the time and detail to really learn about, and care for, each of them. We know their quirk, their reactions, their thought processes, and their flaws. We become invested in the survival of each character. The stakes rise higher and higher the more we care.

The writing is masterful, but the content is not for everyone. The entire time I read it I felt unsettled, edgy, and stressed. I read it fast because I couldn’t handle the panicky feeling it instilled in me. But I know I tend to be more squeamish than average.  So if you like action and don’t mind the violence as much this novel is perfect for you. You are in for a treat.

(For parents, this book is geared mainly towards boys and I would suggest caution. I would place the age range of this novel at at least 17+.)

White

24 Dec

WhiteTed Dekker

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 2004

Paperback: 400 pages

Book Blurb:

Time Is Running Out In Two Realities.

In one world, a lethal virus threatens to destroy all life as scientists and governments scramble to find an antidote. In the other, a forbidden love could forever destroy the ragtag resistance known as The Circle.

Thomas can bridge both worlds, but he is quickly realizing that he may not be able to save either.

In this mind-bending adventure, Thomas must find a way to rewrite history as he navigates a whirlwind of emotions and events surrounding a pending apocalypse.

The fate of two worlds comes down to one man’s choice–and it is a most unlikely choice indeed. Life. Death. Love. Nothing is as it seems. Yet all will forever be transformed by the decisions of one man in the final hours of the Great Pursuit.

Stand alone or series: The third (at least that’s how I prefer it) in The Circle Series.

Why I read this book: I couldn’t not. It was all I could do to not pick up this one after I’d finished the last at three in the morning. It was, however, the first thing I grabbed when I woke up the next morning.

Review:

Our world has come to a stop and Other Earth has just sped up.

Thomas is missing on our world. Kara and the government don’t know if he’s dead or alive. But Kara is on a mission to find him. Not in our reality but in the other. In that reality the Horde is closing in on The Circle. Though they number only sixty-seven against the hundreds of thousands of Horde, Ciphus and Qurong will not be satisfied until they are stamped out. Foreseeable action and an unforeseeable love, mark the ending of this thrilling trilogy.

This novel’s subheading is called “The Great Pursuit”. This refers to Elyon/Justin’s relentless pursuit of every life. There is much argument and discussion about what this means among The Circle. The once Supreme Commander of the forest guard now refuses to pick up a sword against his enemy. Thomas will not kill when he knows Elyon has called them to love. Elyon pursues the hearts of the Horde as much as he woos the Circle. The Circle has been given commandments to follow which are very similar to the Bible in our reality. Yet, this subtitle has a double meaning. It also refers to Thomas’s unlikely pursuit of a woman that shall remain unnamed.

As ever, this novel will keep you on your toes. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll race through to the end which is bittersweet. Oh, I’m not talking about the plotline. I’m talking about the mixed emotions I felt at the end. Happy that my heart could finally stop racing and sad that such an excellent trilogy had come to an end…. Then surprise, surprise it hadn’t quite. I’ve still yet to read White so I don’t quite know what to think of this novel written five years after the trilogy’s end. Tune in next month to find out. In the meantime read White

Red

19 Nov

RedTed Dekker

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 2004

Paperback: 400 pages

Book Blurb:

“We have stepped off the cliff and are falling into madness.”

The mind-bending pace of Black accelerates in Red, Book Two of Ted Dekker’s epic Circle Series. Less than a month ago, Thomas Hunter was a failed writer selling coffee at the Java Hut in Denver. Now he finds himself in a desperate quest to rescue two worlds from collapse. In one world, he’s a battle-scarred general commanding an army of primitive warriors. In the other, he’s racing to outwit sadistic terrorists intent on creating global chaos through an unstoppable virus.

Two worlds on the brink of destruction. One unthinkable solution.

Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide. Nothing is as it seems, as Black turns to Red.

Stand alone or series: Second in The Circle Series… Or third-ish if you decide to read Green first.

Why I read this book: When I was finishing Black, I was practically running to the book store. I managed to find this and the third in the English section of a Mexican bookstore. Be warned though, if you haven’t read the first book then this will be a spoiler.

Review:

Aye! I couldn’t catch my breath.

Fifteen years have passed in Other Earth and not more than fifteen minutes on our world. Thomas of Hunter is now the supreme commander of the Forest Guard. Though the beautiful colorful forest is nothing but a vague memory. Thomas and Rachel have been from Eden and into a much harsher land. The Forest Dwellers live in forests surrounding lakes. Every day they must bathe in the lakes to keep a horrible skin disease at bay. However the sickness not only turns their skin white and flaky and horribly painful, it also dulls their minds and turns truth to lies. The diseased are Horde and they are coming to take the forests.

On our earth Thomas wakes with a gun to his head and even worse, to find another disease is released. This one will kill the world and there is no antidote… yet.

Okay. This next paragraph will be a spoiler for those who haven’t read it too. But it’s so cool I can’t not talk about it. I’ll try to keep it vague, but it could give away a BIG thing if you figure it out (and you probably will). So if you haven’t read it and want to, step the next paragraph and continue on.

I was never able to understand how the Biblical Jews could not believe that Jesus was the Savior. Reading from this time and place it seems a given. This book helped me to understand and see the scene in a way I never could before. Some were simply power hungry, yes. But others truly believed that they were following God’s law. They believed that this young man saying He was the Son of God was defying God with the very words He used to bring them closer. I know I’m still not doing this justice, but this book provided a revelation for me and it’s an amazing experience when books can do that.

As with the first, this book was breath-takingly fast. Usually I don’t like the second book in a trilogy because I feel like it’s just build up for the third. Not so with this fantastic second. If you’re looking for a thrill, for a heart-pounding action, get this trilogy. I didn’t put it down to eat. For men and women, this is a great read. Check it out!