THE GRYPHON HEIST

13 09 2019

Gryphon Heist cover      This is a gripping story of espionage.  You have a few main characters, but the main one is Talia, who has just gotten a job at the CIA, along with Eddie, who was in the same class as Talia.  They are put in the “Others” division, with Brennan as their supervisor.  He puts the two of them on a “simple” case, working with civilian, Tyler.  But, it ends up this case is anything but simple.

 

There is the undertone of Christianity, but not very strong.  This has a strong hint of the past of what Talia went through as a child, and how it relates to this case.  This also is how Talia is reacting to working with a bunch of thieves.  Is the CIA involved in this?  That question remains to be answered still at the end of the book.  We are left in a cliff hangar.

 

Did I enjoy this book?  Immensely.  Different than my usual, but it kept me glued to it.

 

Talia Inger is a rookie CIA case officer assigned not to the Moscow desk as she had hoped but to the forgotten backwaters of Eastern Europe–a department only known as “Other.” When she is tasked with helping a young, charming Moldovan executive secure his designs for a revolutionary defense technology, she figures she’ll be back in DC within a few days. But that’s before she knows where the designs are stored–and who’s after them. With her shady civilian partner, Adam Tyler, Talia takes a deep dive into a world where only criminal minds and unlikely strategies will keep the Gryphon, a high-altitude data vault, hovering in the mesosphere.
Even Tyler is more than he seems, and Talia begins to wonder: Is he helping her? Or using her access to CIA resources to pull off an epic heist for his own dark purposes?
In this Ocean’s Eleven-meets-Mission Impossible thriller, former tactical deception officer and stealth pilot James R. Hannibal offers you a nonstop thrill ride through the most daring heist ever conceived.

 

james-hannibal    A former stealth pilot from Houston, Texas, James R. Hannibal has been shot at, locked up with surface-to-air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist.  He is a two-time Silver Falchion Award winner for his Section 13 mysteries for kids and a Thriller Award nominee for his Nick Baron covert ops series for adults.

 

The Gryphon Heist became available for sale September 3, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

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Stories Jesus Told: The Lost Son Comes Home

2 09 2019

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This was an enjoyable book taken from the parable in the Bible of the Prodigal Son.  It is written in a way that children will be able to understand it.  It also teaches that real love is unconditional – no matter what we have done, the Father will welcome us.  A good life lesson that hopefully the children would remember as they grow up into adults.

 

The parable of the prodigal son comes alive in this picture book. Realistic artwork helps children connect to the characters’ emotions: the prodigal’s discontent, the father’s heartbreak, the brother’s jealous anger, and more as the story unfolds. As children understand these emotions, they begin to grasp God’s unconditional love and forgiveness as demonstrated by the father welcoming his son home.

 

tim ladwig

 

Tim Ladwig is a published author and an illustrator of children’s books. Some of the published credits of Tim Ladwig include Tonight You Are My Baby: Mary’s Christmas Gift (HarperBlessings), Probity Jones And The Fear Not Angel (Paraclete Poetry), Good King Wenceslas.

 

The Lost Son became available for sale August 7, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in ebook style from NetGalley for this review.

 

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YOUR BATTLES BELONG TO THE LORD

30 08 2019

your-battles-belong-to-the-lord cover    I absolutely loved this book, and I learned so much!  We need to realize who we are fighting, which is not people.  They are just being used.  We need to realize that satan is the culprit behind every evil work.  We also need to know how to win our battles, and that is what Joyce Meyer has endeavored to do.  We also need to know that some battles we do some of the work and God does the rest.  We have our job in resisting the devil.  It’s not all up to God.  As I have always said in my Christian walk – the if/then clause.  You do your part and then God will do His.  This is a must read for all Christians.

 

Conquer your problems with God’s help and know your real enemy.Have you ever felt you tried every solution on earth to solve a problem, but nothing worked? Have you ever wondered where the difficulties you face are coming from? Joyce Meyer has answers.In Your Battles Belong to the Lord, Joyce explains that once you recognize the devil-who is real and active in the world today-as your true enemy and the source of many of your struggles, you can overcome them and live a life of peace, freedom, faith, and victory. When facing life’s battles, there are certain things you must do for yourself, like being diligent to study and apply God’s Word, trusting Him, praying, helping others, and maintaining a confident attitude and a thankful heart. But there are other things only God can do. When you do your part, God does His-and He is always ready and eager to defend and help you. In this fresh approach on spiritual warfare, Joyce focuses not only on the nature and strategies of the enemy, but also on the true character and love of God, who will always lead you to triumph. No matter how difficult your challenges are, because God is on your side, you have all you need to win every battle.

 

joyce-meyer-1    Joyce Meyer is an American Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Joyce and her husband Dave have four grown children, and live outside St. Louis, Missouri. Her ministry is headquartered near the St. Louis suburb of Fenton, Missouri.

 

The Battles Belong to the Lord comes out for sale September 10, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary copy of the ebook from NetGalley for this review.

 

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A SILKEN THREAD

12 08 2019

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I will say that I was very disappointed in this book.  I have read Kim Vogel Sawyer before and really enjoyed her writing, but this book does not come up to her standards.  This book is set after the Civil War, where there is still unrest between the two races.  There is an exposition going on, but that civil unrest is there.  The country is poor and it is hard to get work.  I consider this book as a do not read.  In fact, I was unable to finish because I was not enjoying this at all.  This will not stop me from reading Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books, though, because I do know she is a good writer.

 

Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and “take care of Mama” by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel and any children she might bear, as well as her mother.

 

Langdon Rochester’s parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. At the Exposition, Langdon meets Laurel. Marrying her would satisfy his parents’s command, she would look lovely on his arm for social events, and in her besotted state, he believes she would overlook him continuing pursuing rowdy adventures with his unmarried buddies. Langdon decides to woo Laurel. Willie Sharp is not well-off and must take on an extra job at the Atlanta Exposition as a security guard. When mischief-makers cause trouble in the Women’s Building, Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure. He enjoys visiting with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel change to something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her better life–even with so little to offer?

 

KIM VOGEL SAWYER

 

Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wife, mother, gramma, chocolate-lover, cat-petter, and–most importantly–a daughter of the King! With more than 1.5 million books in print in seven different languages, Kim enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry. Her “gentle stories of hope” are loved by readers and reviewers alike. Kim and her retired military husband, Don, reside on the plains of Kansas, the setting for many of her novels.

 

A Silken Thread became available for sale April 2, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary ebook from NetGalley for this review.

 

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UNTIL THE MOUNTAINS FALL

29 07 2019

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I truly enjoyed this book.  The only reason I put this down to a 4-star is because when I got about 75% through, I got mad and didn’t want to continue, but knew I had to.  I did get into the story of Rivkah and Malakhi, but I also got quite upset with her slave master.

 

This is about a young gal, Rivkah, who is recently widowed.  According to the Levitical law, she is to marry her deceased husband’s brother, Malakhi.  He has been smitten with her since age 14, but she still sees him as that boy who teased her throughout childhood.  She is a woman, having been married.  Her father is the head priest of the city, which is a refuge city.  The timing of this book is at the death of Joshua.

 

Rivkah and Malakhi’s cousin decide they are going to run away from their pre-arranged marriages that their fathers had made upon them.  Rivkah, through wrong decisions, ends up a slave for 5 years.  In that time, she gives birth to her husband’s son.  Having been a scribe at the temple for her father, her talents are widely sought.

 

In time Malakhi does find her, but will love ever blossom for her?  While she was gone had she done things she should not have done?  In the meantime, the Arameans are on their way to burn the city down.  What will happen to Rivkah?  Will she let Malakhi save her and her son?  The answers will be revealed when you read this book.

 

Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband’s brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh’s head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.

 

Connilyn Cossette

 

Connilyn Cossette is the CBA-Bestselling, Christy Nominated author of the Out from Egypt Series and the Cities of Refuge Series. When she’s not engulfed in the happy chaos of homeschooling two teenagers, devouring books whole, or avoiding housework, she can be found digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible. She delights in discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Although she and her husband have lived all over the country in the last twenty-plus years, they currently call North Carolina home.

 

Until Mountains Fall became available for sale July 2, 2019.  It is the 3rd book in the Cities of Refuge series.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from NetGalley for this review.

 

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EL HAYYAY

19 07 2019

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EL HAYYAY

The God of My Life

By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life (El Hayyay). Psalm 42:8 NIV
When I saw where I was in the names of God, I understood why the Lord had directed me to keep on the subject of salvation. Why? Because salvation gives us life eternal.
The God of my life. I could not put it into better words than how I feel about my God – Father, Son, Holy Spirit. The triune God. If it wasn’t for Him, I would be 6 feet under now. He pulled me out of the pit and brought me to Him. He showed Himself to me in a way that is beyond words. Is He my life? You bet! Would I trade it away? No way! I know what I was before, and I never want to be focusing on me anymore, for that does not work!
El Hayyay – the God of my life – be very close to me. Open my ears to hear you. Soften my heart to discern your Spirit. Help my eyes to recognize when you are weaving something in my life. Turn my frustration and anger away from people who seem to me to be obstacles in my life, El Hayyay, and help me to know that you are sovereign – that nothing happens to me that doesn’t first pass through your hands. Kings see you and bow down. I pray that I will live each moment in that same spirit of honor and humility before the God who knows what steps I should take, and who guides me.




A FAITHFUL GATHERING

18 07 2019

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Once I got into this book I was unable to put it down.  This is also one of my favorite genre to read.  Leslie Gould has a flair of putting a current story along with a historical story all put in one.  This made it very interesting, but at the same time, I had to keep alert, as I had to know which era I was in.

 

This is about Leisel, an aspiring nurse, and her Aenti Suz telling the story of her Grandfather Joe back during WWII.  There are many trials in this book.  Leisel’s boyfriend, who also is a nurse, decides to go into the Air Force.  She is definitely against this.  Then she meets her sister’s surgeon, whom she begins to date.  Which man will she choose?  Will she go on being single?  You will have to read the book to find out!

 

Leisel Bachmann left her Amish roots and beloved sisters to pursue a career in medicine without a second thought. She has an Englisch boyfriend, Nick Jordan, and dreams of a new life–but those dreams come crashing down when her sister Marie is diagnosed with cancer.

Soon nothing is going as she planned–not her state boards, not her first nursing job, and certainly not her relationship with Nick. As she becomes increasingly discouraged, her aunt shares the story of Leisel’s grandfather during World War II and the struggle he faced between returning to Lancaster or being with the woman he loved.

Peace and a vision for the future are difficult to find, and when Nick leaves Pennsylvania for a completely new life, Leisel is faced with impossible choices. Will she stay in Lancaster, close to her family and the traditions of her past? Or learn from her grandfather’s story and embrace a life of love and service in an uncertain future?

 

L Gould

 

Leslie Gould is an award-winning author. Leslie received her master of fine arts in creative writing from Portland State University in 2009 and has taught fiction as an adjunct professor at Multnomah University. She also teaches workshops at public and private schools and at writers’ conferences.

 

A varied work history, from curating a historical museum to editing a bridal magazine, preceded her fiction-writing career. She is also an Army Reserve wife who has supported her husband, Peter, through many years of service, including a deployment to Afghanistan as the commander of a field hospital. Leslie and her husband live in Oregon with their four children.

 

A Faithful Gathering became available for sale February 5, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary ebook from NetGalley for this review.

 

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