Friday, 28 October 2016

The USA after nuclear bombs detonated in mayor cities. Review of "Through many fires"

Through Many Fires (Strengthen What Remains Book 1) Kindle Edition

#Free today "1914" - novel (series) about a family during World War 1

This one is on my "to read" list. It is a book about the beginning of the First World War. The book is part of a series. Part 1 is free for the others you have to pay.


It’s 1914 and the great powers of Europe are on the brink of war. In Holbeck, Leeds, the Keeton family struggles to get by on their meagre wages. The six Keeton brothers couldn’t be more different, but the outbreak of World War I puts their lives on hold and sets them on a course of destruction.  Danny Keeton drags his identical twin brother Charlie off to war with the idea that this will be one great adventure. At the tender age of fourteen, he soon discovers war is no place for boys. With the sadistic Sergeant Archibald Braddock and the tender Corporal Nathan Dettmer alongside them, the only goal is to stay alive long enough to make it back home.  But how many of the brothers will survive the first brutal year of the bloodiest conflict in human history

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Maybe not the book a lady should admit she has read..... but it was a fun read. Review of "Sold! A Romance in the Sudan"

Sold! A Romance in the Sudan 

Review of "The good lawyer, a novel" by Thomas Benigno

The Good Lawyer: A Novel 

I am a lawyer myself. But not practicing criminal law and working in a non-USA legal system. But this novel fascinated me. As it is written by a real lawyer it felt like looking into the real world of an USA attorney.

This book is not a fast and easy read John Grisham-style "airport novel" but a novel that deals with the coming of age of a young and idealistic lawyer who enjoys winning cases but more and more comes to realize these cases are about real human beings.

What to do when your conscience starts to interfere with your legal ethics? Who is good and who is bad and are bad people sometimes the good guys? And can you just keep looking at things like a bystander.

I thought it a very well written and "layered" story that I would happily read again and certainly would recommend to others.

A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the mobster dominated family he grew up in. Working as a Bronx Legal Aid Attorney he learns how to twist the system, how to become an unbeatable defense lawyer. But it's 1982. The Spiderman rapist is on the loose and New York City is a city in fear. When an outraged victim commits suicide right before his eyes, searching for absolution and determined to prove his client's innocence, he knocks the pegs out from under the prosecution's case. Digging deeper, horrifying revelations about his family's past collide with the true identity of the sadistic sociopath behind the real Spiderman's rampage. In the process, this good lawyer comes face-to-face with his greatest conflict and deepest fear: to win, really win, must he sacrifice every principle he believes in and embrace his family's mafia past to become judge, jury, and executioner?

#Review of "In Morocco", the first travel guide book of the country. The book is now #free

Years ago I went on a holiday to Morocco. This book is very old and was meant as one of the first travelbooks for the country but it was a joy to recognise the things I had seen while visiting. It has a very pleasant style of writing and if you are going to Morocco I would certainly recommend reading it. But also for the armchair traveller a very good and cheap read.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

#Free book (today): The Coalition: A Novel of Suspense

I noticed this one is #Free today (when you use the link)

From the fiftieth floor of an office building in Denver, Colorado, a longrange assassin calmly watches a procession of black Lincolns. When the motorcade pulls to the curb in Civic Center Plaza, a prominent leader steps from one of the vehicles and takes the stage to make an important speech. Moments later, a loud BOOM echoes through the Plaza and the man slumps to the platform like a stringless marionette. The mysterious sniper, whose very existence is unknown to the international law enforcement community, has just assassinated U.S. President-elect William Ambrose Kieger.

In the aftermath of the shocking political crime, the shooter escapes and a Task Force is swiftly assembled, headed up by Special Agent Kenneth Patton of the FBI’s Denver Field Office. A ten-year vet in Domestic Terrorism, the unconventional Ken is driven to solve the crime by both professional and personal motives. His search leads him to a secret society whose diabolical and far-reaching plot threatens the very highest levels of the U.S. government. Yet the group’s motives, secret membership, and ambitious plans remain elusive. Can Ken and his team uncover the plot in time to save the day? Can they beat the countdown on the clock and catch the assassin and the shadowy group in the background pulling the strings? Or will time run out?

Sunday, 9 October 2016

A light read for the weekend: Viking Romance "Blind Allegiance"

A light read for a weekend to relax on. English Saxon lady is taken prisoner of war by a Viking and taken with him to Norway. As usually in this kind of books they fall in love with each other in a short time. She however is totally not accepted by his mother nor his household.

Often I wondered if things were historicly correct like cabins on vikingships, or multistory strongholds in Norway in those days and the heroin certainly thinks too modern in my opinion. Also the story has moments you want to hurry it along a bit. But if you just forget about that and just read it as a romance / fantasy story it will keep you more or less pleasantly occupied.

Part of a series.

3 out of 5 stars

Friday, 7 October 2016

A Puzzle in 1930ties Morocco. Review of "The Saffron gate"

Set mostly in 1930ties Morocco this book is a puzzle in a puzzle. When you think you know what is going on the cards are reshuffled again.

The books starts off as a typical romance story but that is just the beginning to set the stage. So for guys it is also appropriate reading hahahaha. 

American Sidonie always lived a very sheltered life after she became an invalid at a very young age. On her way to becoming an old spinster she falls in love with a doctor who treats her. He is he tells her originally a Frenchman from Marrakech in Morocco what was then a French colony.

When she finds out she is pregnant they start planning a wedding but the next day Etienne seems to have disappeared. The only clue she can find is a letter from what looks like a sister in Morocco. Sidonie boards a ship to go and look for answers from this sister.

That is something that sounded less believable to me as I cannot imagine a not so worldwise woman in those days just going to an Arab country. But on the other hand fatherless children were a real problem those days and I can imagine you also want to know answers.

You would expect the sister to be a French lady who will help find her brother but things turn out to be completely different when in the medina in Marrakech the saffron gate opens and a Moroccan woman looks out.

Is Etienne not French but Arab (What made quite a difference in those days)? Is the sister who she says she is or is she Etienne's lover? There is a small Moroccan boy. Is he Etienne's child? Who is his father? And who is that Moroccan gentleman who frequents the house of the sister? Is he the boys father and the lover of the sister? What does he want from Sidonie? And where is Etienne? And what does his research on heriditary illnesses play in all of this? Like I said one puzzle after the other.

I really enjoyed reading the book and can certainly recommend it. For more information and places to buy (The Kindle edition on Amazon is less then 3 dollar) see the reviews from and links to and below.

On Amazon: When a tragic accident shatters Sidonie O'Shea's sheltered life in upstate New York, doctor Etienne Duverger helps her find hope again. Etienne introduces Sidonie to a world beyond her four walls and, as her body begins to heal, they fall in love. But when Etienne disappears, leaving nothing behind but a letter from Morocco, Sidonie decides to follow him to Marrakech. She embarks on a treacherous journey, desperate for answers. Yet nothing can prepare for her what she is about to discover, both about the man she loves and an unknown country steeped in mystery, magic and the darkest of secrets...


Review found on (In Dutch)

De jonge Amerikaanse Sidonie (ik-personage) leidt een gemoedelijk leven met haar verloofde Etienne, nadat ze zware tijden heeft meegemaakt - haar ouders zijn overleden en ze is gehandicapt geraakt. Wanneer ze hem vertelt dat ze in verwachting is, verdwijnt hij plotseling: Sidonie heeft geen idee waar hij is. Dan vindt ze een brief van Etienne's zus Manon en ze besluit af te reizen naar Marokko, zijn geboorteland. In Marrakech ontmoet ze zijn zus, die beweert dat hij is overleden. Wanneer ze een man leert kennen die haar verloofde goed heeft gekend, begint het grote geheim rond de verdwijning zich langzaam te ontrafelen. Deze roman, die zich afspeelt in de jaren dertig van de twintigste eeuw, geeft een helder beeld van de destijdse situatie in Marokko. Hoewel de daden van het hoofdpersonage soms wat ongeloofwaardig overkomen, weet de auteur een mooie samenhang te maken tussen avontuur en romantiek. De rijke sfeerbeschrijvingen van de Marokkaanse omgeving maken het verhaal erg beeldend. De Canadese auteur schrijft, naast historische romans, ook boeken voor jongeren.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

#FREE book (at least today): The first 3 books about Bolitho in the English navy in 1772. Do you like adventure on the high seas?

Grab the opportunity to get these classics for free. Ideal if you love Hornblower and Master and Commander.

Three novels in one! Sixteen-year-old Richard Bolitho joins the British Royal Navy as a young midshipman. Follow his adventures as he undergoes a severe initiation into the dangerous world of the great sailing warships! 1. Richard Bolitho: Midshipman 1772: a young Richard Bolitho joins the 74-gun Gorgon. Naive and untested, Bolitho must learn the ways of the navy quickly if he is to survive. 2. Midshipman Bolitho and the Avenger 1773: Bolitho returns home to Cornwall for Christmas, but smuggling, ship wrecking and witchcraft tear apart his once-peaceful community. 3. Band of Brothers 1774: Bolitho stands on the brink of manhood and takes his examination to begin his true career as a King's Officer. But soon he must test his mettle against vicious smugglers!
I havr no idea how long they weill stay free so do not wait to long