Book Review: Crossing the River Kabul

Crossing the River Kabul

An Afghan Family Odyssey

by Kevin McLean

University of Nebraska Press

Potomac Books
Biographies & Memoirs History
Pub Date 01 Jun 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Crossing the River Kabul: An Afghan Family Odyssey through University of Nebraska Press and Netgalley:

It’s October of 1980 Baryalai Popal finds himself and his family having to escape Is up, after seeing professors disappearing and being replace with communist.  They leave without a plan because Popal knows that no one can be trusted.

They left without luggage because that would be far to dangerous, they carried documents in small plastic bags.  

They flew from Kabul to Japan as where they would cross the border.

During there attempted escape when Afzel stepped on on a landmine.

In Pakistan the family gets arrested, mistaken for spies, and treated horribly until they discover a mistake has been made.

In 1981 Popal finds himself in Turkey, and then Germany where he stayed until 1992 when he was able to come to America.

This journey took Baryali from Afghanistan, to Pakistan, Turkey, Germany and America.

I give Crossing the River Kabul five out of five stars.

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Book Review:God Is

God Is

A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God

by Mark Jones


Pub Date 30 Jun 2017

I am reviewing God Is: A Devotional Guide to the attributes of God through Crossway and Netgalley Review:

In God Is we are reminded that in His Word he reveals many things about himself, but His attributes shine through his Son Jesus Christ.

The author points out that we as Christians are Monotheists , that we believe in one true living God.

We are reminded too that God is not simply good but he is goodness itself.

God Is would be great for either personal or group study.

I give God Is five out of five stars.

Book Review: My Heart Belongs In the Superstition Mountains

My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains

Carmela’s Quandary

by Susan Page Davis

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books
Pub Date 01 Mar 2017

I am reviewing a copy of My Heart In Superstition Mountains Through Barbour Publishing Inc and Netgalley:

Carmella finds herself with an uncle who cares less about her and more about the money she brings in than about her or her well being.  He forces her to tell her story in front of large crowds, making her relive the loss of her parents. The story he has her tell isn’t even the truth wh ugh makes it harder. 

On the road with the Marshall in the Arizona Territory they are robbed and her Uncle Shot, she was tired of her uncles lies about her time withn the Apache, and this was not how she wanted those lies to come to light.

Will Carmella be able to let go of her past and build a future for herself in the Superstition Mountains?  Find out In My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains.

Five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Divided We Fall

Divided We Fall

Overcoming a History of Christian Disunity

by Luder G. Whitlock Jr.

P & R Publis  

Pub Date 31 May 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Divided We Fall through P and R Publishing and Netgalley:

Luder G Whitlock Jr, reminds us that we cannot have unity in the church butI that should not come at the cost of a water down or worse yet an elastic gospel.

The author asks the question that has been asked for centuries What is the church? What is it function?  How is it supposed to function?  Where should we begin to best understand it?  Often along with these questions, the question of unity arises.  

We are reminded too that in order to better answer these questions we need too turn to the word of God.

We are reminded too that if a church is Divided it Will Fall, and loose it’s Core. 

The author points out too that Mega Churches, actually have a negative impact on smaller churches.

Divided We Fall is a well argued, well researched book with some good points.  I give it five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Under A Summer Sky

Under a Summer Sky

A Savannah Romance
by Melody Carlson


Pub Date 06 Jun 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Under a Summer Sky through Revell publishing and Netgalley:

In this book we meet Nicole Anderson is a homeschool art teacher who is now being asked to run an art gallery for the summer. She takes the job despite the fact she will have to work with Amrya someone deteemined to make her life miserable.

She soon finds herself along care of one of the gallery owners granddaughters, for a few days.  Bernice is a budding artist.

Nicole manages to enjoy her time in Savannah despite Amrya, making friends, selling art, and even falling in love.

I give A Summer Sky five out of five stars.

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Book Review: The Journalist

The Journalist

by Dan Newman

Diversion Books

Diversion Publishing
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 20 Jun 2017

Archive Date 20 Jun 2017I am reviewing a copy of The Journalist through Diversion Publishing and Netgalley:

Fourteen bodies found, all murdered and all children ten years of age or under.

Roland Keene is a journalist, who has traveled to Rwanda, he leaves his hotel room, and goes off to find armed rebels.  

Roland Keene finds himself searching down his final bullet story, as he finds himself running from bookies in Chicago.  He orchestrates a robbery that turns into a Murder!

Will his actions lead to his death?

Find out in The Journalist?

Five out of five stars

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Book Review: You Will Pay

You Will Pay

by Lisa Jackson

Kensington Books

General Fiction (Adult) Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 30 May 2017

Archive Date 02 Jun 2017
I am reviewing You Will Pay through Kensington Books and Netgalley:

Elle was only nineteen, and thinking of killing herself despite the fact she was pregnant.  But just as she changed her mind someone pushes her over the cliff’s edge into water.

Monica is barely nineteen herself and in charge of eight eleven year old girls at Camp Horseshoe. The camp where Elle had been a counselor out as well before she went missing. 

It all started as a prank amongst Camp Counselors  As a prank and turned Into something more, something darker.

Find out what unfolds in You Will Pay,

Four out of five stars.

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Book Review: Hedy’s Journey: The True Story of A Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust


Hedy’s Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust
by Michelle Bisson
Capstone Press
Children’s Nonfiction , Middle Grade
Pub Date 01 Aug 2017

I am reviewing Hedy’s Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust through Capstone Press and Netgalley:

This story is geared towards Middle Grade reader’s. We learn of a young Jewish Women having to travel through Europe on her own in the Middle of World War Two during the time of Holocaust. She was Jewish and had to flee the Nazi’s.

She talks about her cousin Marika being killed by the Nazi’s in that time. That Summer her Forty Nine year old Father was forced to spend three months in a labor camp as a “waterboy” by the Hungarian Nazi officers.

The family was granted passports for America but they had to travel separately for risk of being found out. Hedy did not look Jewish so it was easier for her to travel alone.

This is the story of Hedy’s family one of the lucky one’s who were able to escape the Nazi’s and find freedom here in America.

I give Hedy’s Journey five out of five stars.

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Book Review: Seized by the Sun


Seized by the Sun
The Life and Disappearance of World War II Pilot Gertrude Tompkins
by James W. Ure
Chicago Review Press

Teens & YA
Pub Date 01 Jul 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing Seized by the Sun through Chicago Review Press and Netgalley:

Today’s U.S Air-Force was originally called the Air-Service.

Gertrude “Tommy Tompkins” was a women’s airforce pilot. Gertrude came from a wealthy family with roots deep in New Jersey, nothing that would hint that one day this well bred girl would come to fly fighter planes.

Gertrude was born on October, 16,1911. The last born child in the family. Gertrude was educated at the Bergen School for girls. School was difficult for Gertrude not due to the academics but the fact that she stuttered.

Gertrude was inspired by Roosevelt to not let her stutter stop her, and she decided to go for her own adventures.

After graduating from College, Gertrude was encouraged to travel. She was encourage to her travel to Europe.

In 1936 Elizabeth Tompkins Whitall was struck with Polio and Gertrude became her companion throughout the next year, offering her moral support and friendship, as she had a nurse to care for her physically.

In 1939 and 1940, Gertrude read in the New York Times how the nation was changing. A singer named Frank Sinatra made his debut, Animated motion pictures became popular, McDonald’s opened it’s first restaurant in San Bernandino.

In late 1940 or early 1941 Gertrude met Stanley Michael Kolendorski, the man she would love the rest of her short life.

On September 10, 1942 a New York Herald Tribune headline read: Women pilot to fly for army.

Gertrude arrived at the Wasp’s 318th Army Air Forces flying Training Detachment, was a busy base three miles from downtown Sweetwater, a town of about 10,000 in Central Texas.

The Woman had to pay their own way through flight school but the government paid for the men to travel and for flight school. Women also had to pay 1.65 a day for their room and board whereas men got there’s free.

Most of the instructors were male. Some of the men on the base were openly hostile to the women.

As 1943 progressed and more women were flying, the death’s amongst wasps were mounting.

After a month in Peco’s, Gertrude was assigned to pursuit school where she would learn to fly pursuit or fighter planes.

It was on Silver Wings that Gertrude Thompson discovered who she was, what she was meant to do.

Gertrude graduated fighter school in Brownsville, she would be one of 126 to be flying one of the fastest and most powerful single engine fighter planes.

On October.06 1944 Gertrude sat in the Cockpit of the new P-51 D, it had only been a month since her wedding.

The last words she was heard to speak was “Tower, this is Mustang 669. Request clearance for take off.” After that she was never heard from again, and for four days no one realized she was missing.

On October 30, 1944, Gertrude was declared missing. It remains unclear if the crash were a deliberate one, or an accidental one.

I give Seized by the Sun five out of five stars.

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Book Review: The Missing Dead

The Missing Dead (Detective Jessica Daniel thriller Book 6)

by Kerry Wilkinson 


General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 29 Mar 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of The Missing Dead through Bookouture and Netgalley:

Cameron Sexton and his wife Eleanor are looking forward to a night out so they hire a babysitter a young boy named Oliver whose Mother is friends with his wife. Oliver seems to be responsible and mature for his age.  But while Babysitting Oliver goesv missing the Sexton’s young daughter left unharmed.

Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel finds herself on the case of the missing teen.

Eastleigh Pritchard comes home to find her house broken into.  When the crime scene unit comes to her house they find Oliver’s body in the bathtub.

A reporter discovers an Obituary for Oliver before his body is found.

Why would someone want to kidnap Oliver?

Who is behind this, and why are they playing mind games?

Find out in The Missing Dead.

Five out of five stars.

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