I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Posted On May 7 2014 by

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga My rating: 5 of 5 stars I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one. Anything about serial killers isn’t something I gravitate toward. But Lyga mixes it up here. The protagonist is a 17 year-old son of a notorious serial killer. Can anyone say “Awesome concept!”? Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a teenager with a troubled past. Okay, his past was a nightmare. Not only is his father a total whack job with triple digit stats, he trained his only son to take over the family business. Now Jazz constantly wonders if he can …


The Dead and the Gone by Susan Pfeffer

Posted On Apr 25 2014 by

The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’m torn on this one. While I did enjoy the book and it was probably pretty realistic for such a scenario, it always seemed to continue at the same pace. The plot structure just seemed a bit off. Or perhaps I should say it lacked plot structure. Very good writing. I like the characters, though I thought she overused the “I hate you” from the younger sister. We get the point, the she’s a bit of a brat. She did, however, undergo a fantastic character …


Calling Invisible Women

Posted On Apr 25 2014 by

Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray My rating: 4 of 5 stars I guess I’m “the guy that read Calling Invisible Women.” And I loved it. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because I felt she cut it a bit short. I can get past her husband not noticing her head missing for an entire month. Clearly the author was suggesting a deeper meaning. I think any man or woman would enjoy this. And there are probably quite a few men who could learn a valuable lesson. I, for one, look at my 50 year-old wife’s …


My thoughts on Write Your Novel from the Middle by James Scott Bell

Posted On Mar 4 2014 by

Welcome to my new Wednesday feature. I’ll offer my thoughts on the books and websites geared toward fiction writers. A little bit review and a little expansion on the ideas I glean from my study of the craft. So today I’ll start out with the new book from James Scott Bell. Now, Bell is one of those guys whose published novels you may not see next to King’s latest release, but the man is a fantastic writer and an even better teacher of the craft. If you ever get a chance to listen to him in person, don’t pass it …


Sneak by Evan Angler – Book Review

Posted On Aug 30 2013 by

I like the occasional romp with a dystopian type of novel in keeping with The Hunger Games. Even better is such a novel written within a Christian worldview. Sneak is not your average Tim LeHaye version of the End Times. Angler takes on a whole new approach. Instead of a quick seven year spiral into oblivion, Anger takes us on a much longer journey, one that seems more fitting to our current societal climate. Somewhere in the near–or distant–future, America is under control of a charismatic leader who rules with an iron fist. It is very 1984ish in that regard. …


Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering

Posted On Jul 28 2013 by

Sometimes you just need a good mystery. Agatha Christie style. No cats. No ghosts. Just a murder and a sleuth. That’s what you get with Rules of Murder (A Drew Farthering Mystery Book #1). But you say you like an interesting setting? How about a country estate in 1930s England? It’s not exactly something I’d look for, but I was pleased to find it. Deering does a great job of setting the period. The dress, the language, the mannerisms. All well done. Now just because it’s your basic whodunnit doesn’t mean Deering uses characters like game pieces. No, each character …