Book Review: Revenge by Christine Carminati

As a pre-teen I devoured Western novels by Zane Grey and absolutely loved them. After so many years, I thought I was long past reading the genre until I read Revenge by Christine Carminati. I may have to revisit my childhood!

Revenge is the story of Hannah O’Reilly, who unwittingly becomes a bounty hunter in post-Civil War Texas after her farm is raided and her sister violated and damaged for life. Hannah O’Reilly becomes Hannah Venganza – Spanish for revenge. On her quest to kill all those responsible for ruining her family, she reluctantly partners with U.S. Marshall Hezekiah Coe. Together they seek the rapists and murderers and fall into each other’s arms at the same time.

I loved Revenge. The characters are likeable and believable and the story compelling. Humor, romance, violence and tenderness are woven into a real page-turner. I highly recommend it and give it an A+!

Book Review – The Storm Protocol by Iain Cosgrove

The Storm Protocol by Iain Cosgrove is the story of greed. Mobster brothers, Guido and Ernesto Mancini, are not content to rule the illegal drug trade in New York City. They want more. An elaborate scheme to produce and sell a new drug, The Storm Protocol, is concocted. Users of the drug don’t live very long as there are unexpected and disastrous consequences to using it.

A number of people try to thwart the Mancinis plans, including officers in Ireland, New York and the CIA in Washington. Much mayhem ensues.

I enjoyed The Storm Protocol. Reading was sometimes challenging, however. It was often difficult to determine who was speaking and in what location, as there are many characters and locales throughout the book. I give it a B.

Book Review – The Cuckoos of Batch Magna by Peter Maughan

The Cuckoos of Batch Magna by Peter Maughan is an amusing “comedy of errors.” The cuckoos are actually the characters in the book!

Batch Magna is a small, close-knit village on the border between England and Wales. Much of the property is owned by the General who dies and leaves it all to a distant American nephew, Sir Humphrey Strange. Some of the residents of Batch Magna are given eviction notices by Sir Humphrey and the community is in an uproar. When Humph comes to visit to further his plans for a vacation village, hilarity ensues.

For this American book reviewer, the unusual dialect was sometimes difficult to read and decipher but I enjoyed the story. I look forward to the sequels. The Cuckoos of Batch Magna gets an A.

The Disillusioned by D.J. Williams – A Book Review

Two brothers whose paths have diverged come together again after their mother’s suicide. The sons of a powerful evangelistic church leader, they are drawn into a mystery as unique as it is horrifying.

Danny and Sam begin a search for a woman who shares their inheritance. They know nothing about her. However,  all roads lead to the African country of Zambezi. Danny leaves his wife, Brooke, behind in Los Angeles and travels to Africa. When nothing is heard from him, Sam follows and Angela the reporter follows him. What they all learn is a lesson in endurance and trust in God.

The intricacies of religion, politics and child slavery are woven  into a riveting story where death is all too common. The Disillusioned is an excellent book and I highly recommend it, giving it an A.

Book Review – The Knightmare by Deborah Valentine

I really enjoyed reading Deborah Valentine’s book, The Knightmare. The beautifully flowing language was easy to read and her descriptions wondrous. The story weaves past and present with a love story lasting through the ages.

This unique tale involves a wounded Templar knight, injured Formula 1 car racer Conor Westfield and his sister Delia, a strange man named Alun and a beautiful lady named Mercedes whose mysterious life and even more mysterious death literally haunt Conor. It’s hard to describe the plot without giving away important information to the story so I’ll just say that magic is involved in an unusual way.

I highly recommend this book and give it an A.

Book Review – And the Soft Wind Blows by Lance Umenhofer

And the Soft Wind Blows by Lance Umenhofer is a peculiar little book. The brief tale of Timmy Enosh and his rapidly dissolving life is both strange and compelling. The rapidly escalating disasters that befall this weird man end up being pretty depressing. However,  I found myself reading very quickly just to see what would happen next.

I can’t say that I “enjoyed” the book but it was definitely interesting. I give it a “B.”

I Think I May be Reading More than My Fair Share

I have done something pretty rare for me and I don’t even know why. I have started and am reading three books at once. And, they are all very, very different. My current reading includes:

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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss


Camping and Woodcraft by Horace Kephart


I find myself reading a little of one, putting it down, reading a little of another, putting it down, etc. It’s not terribly confusing because the books are so varied but it is taking me a little time to “get back into” each book when I pick it back up. It’s like “What do I feel like reading right now?” And I pick that one up. There’s no telling when I’ll finish them. They are each around 300 pages long. Luckily Kephart and Hugo’s books are mine so I can take a little longer on those. I guess I’ll finish Ferriss first since it’s a library book.

Wish me luck!

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