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Friday, July 27, 2012

What I Did

What I Did by Christopher Wakling

Written through the eyes of a six year old boy, who is well educated and mannered.  He know how to greet someone properly, but like a typical six year old, immediately changes his thoughts and may start talking about dinosaurs.  Also typical to a six year old, not everything a child hears is what they think they hear, for example, a nuclear threat becomes a new clear threat.
What I Did is the story of what happens to Billy when he runs into the street and what happens to those around him, his family, his teachers, etc, and how others view the series of events.
Very well written, even though there are no chapters.  The story flows nicely.  Humor through the eyes of a child and heart felt through the eyes of adults.  A must read for all.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Arctic Wargame

Arctic Wargame by Ethan Jones

Canada, Russia, Denmark or the United States, who should control the waters in the Canadian Arctic waters.  Right now, the Canadians own it, but who is trying to control it?  Two unidentified icebreakers start an investigation by the Canadian Intelligence Service.  Agent Justin Hall is determined to find out who they are and what they want.  Taking his team into some of the coldest areas, the are about to fight for Canada, and their lives.
Well written, page turner, who can you trust and who do you believe.  If you like adventure from the eyes of an agent doing his job, with a touch of romance thrown in for good measure, read Arctic Wargame.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Raised As An Angel

Raised As An Angel by Gary J McCleary

Michael could never understand why he would have glimpses of other lives in bits and pieces.  He wanted to become one of the Guardians, the highly advanced Beings, after much studying.  Jonathon, the most senior Guardian, would only explain what he felt was necessary at the time.
Henry, who was once called Mike, had changed his name after he fled to Australia due to certain circumstances.  He too could not understand why he felt a closeness to Michael, even so far as to experience certain aspects of his life.
John, who some called “The Preacher”, although he did not like that title, was one who wanted people to understand their true need-one of love, not materials possessions.
Although this had great potential, I felt it dragged on.  I also do not like a long run on story.  This was written in 3 sections, Part I, Part II and the Epilogue.  No chapters for any type of break.  In addition, the Kindle version did not convert well from the written form, the page numbers of the written work were mixed in with the text of the Kindle version.  While it took a while to understand the characters and how they became what they are, it was a good story, albeit a bit long and drawn out.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Water Thief

The Water Thief by Nicholas Lamar Soutter

In a futuristic society where one is ruled by Corporations, everything costs caps, even rainwater and air.
Sarah Aisling, who once was very well off but decided that was no life, stole rainwater and was arrested for her crime.  Charles Thatcher decided this was something to write about, as that was his job at Ackerman Brothers Securities, finding topics for stories and getting paid for it.
The more he thought about it, the more it intrigued him.  He began to dig deeper into her past.  When he could not locate her, he found her best friend Kate.  Charles and Kate became friends and she showed him the other side, where those less fortunate found a way to survive.
Ackerman Brothers did not like what Charles was doing.  His colleagues became concerned about him and his doings.  You will have to read for yourself to see which side wins out, if any at all.