Saturday, 7 March 2020

Shadow Brokers: A Nick Borman Novel (A Nick Borman Thriller Book 5) by Robert Lalonde

Mr Lalonde has the honour of being the featured review on my 300th blog post. Wow that is a lot. I'm not sure if we ever get to 400 as I'm concentrating on a lot of other things. A new pasion has crept into my life; Painting. Back to the review. This is the second of Robert Lalonde's books I read and he does have an easy engaging style. I gave this 5 stars.
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It’s been a while since I read the Borman factor; the first book in this series of contemporary thrillers, but I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything. This book stands fine on its own. We are given a quick tour of Nick Borman’s background and the readers mind is concentrated on the plot at hand.
Nick Borman goes above and beyond the call of duty (and law) to keep a senator safe from harm. A senator who made some powerful enemies. It’s a riveting and nail biting ride as we find out who the powerful men that pull the strings are.
The plot was believable and rather up to date; we live in a world were corners are often cut to make money. I missed the humour of the first book, but I suppose our Nick has gotten older, wiser and more skilful, but certainly not too old to kick some biker’s butt.
This book is the fifth in the series, but as they stand alone I can now go back to 2,3 and 4.


Sunday, 16 February 2020

The Land of Good Dreams by T. S. Thompson

This is a real feel good Young Adult story. I think it will mostly appeal to teenagers that like their books a little more serious and challenging on an emotional level. The sort of book worm I was when a teenager. I gave this 5 stars.



Samantha is the shy teenager trying to find her place in a foster family after the tragic death of her parents. She is a character you immediately empathise with as anyone could understand why the thirteen year old is traumatised. She suffers from nightmares at night and feels awkward during the day as she feels the other kids just see her as ‘the girl that lost her parents.’   
Richard and Emma the foster parents are equally easy to empathise with. How do you deal with a girl that is so fragile and broken? But this is not a depressing book; it is about people rebuilding their lives, forming a new loving family and finding joy again.
I liked this book a lot and found the idea of there being a good place where you go in your dreams novel and fun. It’s a place where I think all children would like to be when they sleep; a place full of wonder, beauty and adventure.
Written with warmth, and a deep understanding of human emotions. A wholesome young adult read.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Rib Bone Jack: Smuggler's Pride by John Williamson

A little late, but a happy new year to all my readers. I hope your year will be a happy and healthy one full of adventure and discovery. If adventure is lacking in real life then you could do worse than picking up this book. However I would start with the first book in the series unfortunately the author does not number his books, but its called the poachers path. I reviewed Legacy of the Rhino by this author last year which was also a very good read.
I gave this 5 stars:



Set during the Napoleonic wars this book will take you back to a time when smugglers and invading forces made the British shores a very dangerous place. Our hero Jack is sent to Wales to look into some illegal activities taking place around Tenby.
Even though this book stands alone as a good adventure with a clear start and finish, I felt I had missed out on the relationships between some of the main characters. This is book 4 and it is clear that a lot of water has passed under the bridge. I wished I had been there at the start of Jack and Camilla’s romance and I might go back to the first book and start the series properly.
The historical details are well researched and used well as a backdrop to an exciting adventure. The book is full of some larger than life characters like the priest Mr Baker with a rather unusual approach to rescue sinners and the almost republican lord Cravith.
Recommended for lovers of historical adventures.