5,4,3,2,1…Thunderbirds are go!

Honestly, hearing those words definitely brought back memories.
Now, I’m only 30, and I wasn’t alive back in the 60s when Thunderbirds aired on television, but I remember watching reruns on dvd’s and the movies that were made.
Honestly, only finding out just now that they brought back Thunderbirds to the small screen was exciting. The British know what’s going on, seriously. Just seeing the very first episode and hearing the iconic countdown was exciting. Gone are the marionettes and the strings you could see, replaced now by cgi which, I must say, are amazing and fit this show perfectly I think. Sure, there might be parts here and there where you can kind of tell something’s different, but I think it just adds to the show. The cast for the Tracy boy’s is beautiful, and of course Brains is always going to be Brains. Even adding a new character was great.
I know it’s a new rebooted series for the ages, but watching the first two episodes, almost kind of felt like a continuation as some of the same struggles from back then are still going on. (I won’t tell you so you can still be surprised.) Though, I wan’t to know, and maybe it was explained between the shows, but What happened to a certain critical member? I won’t spoil you with names, but I know what they showed in the episodes, but why? Does it get explained before? I must say though,  it’s a great plot point.
ITV (Hopefully i spelt that right, if I didn’t I apologize.) You’ve outdone yourself. I’m excited to see what will happen in the future.
Oh, bring it across the pond will you please?

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I’m writing a novel

I’ve been working on this for a while, and I’ve written things before, but I’m actually getting serious about this. It’s called The Re:Birth Saga, and hopefully I can get 3 books out of this, but at least 2.

It’s a crazy story about adventure and secrets, and surprises and searching for the truth. I think everyone would like it. The First book is the Saga is called The Hidden City, and I hope everyone will read it, because I’ve posted the first chapter online!

http://therebirthsaga.wordpress.com

Hope Runs by Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Samuel Gachagua Book Review

Sammy Ikua Gachagua had lost his father to illness, his mother to abandonment, and his home to poverty. By age ten, he was living in a shack with  seven other children and very little food. He entered an orphanage seeing it as a miracle with three meals a day, a bed to sleep in, and clothes on his back.

When Claire Diaz-Ortiz arrived in Kenya at the end of an around-the-world journey, she decided to stay the night, climb Mt. Kenya, then head back home. She entered an orphanage seeing it as little more than a free place to spend the night before her mountain trek.
God had other plans.

Hope Runs
is the emotional story of an American tourist, a Kenyan orphan, and the day that would change the course of both of their lives forever. It”s about what it means to live in the now when the world is falling down around you. It”s about what it means to hope for the things you cannot see. Most of all, it”s about how God can change your life in the blink of an eye. (Taken from Chapters.ca)

What do you get when you have an American Tourist and a boy from Kenya? You get this crazy journey that I don’t think any of them planned on, and that’s what happens sometimes. Sometimes we think we have everything planned out for something, but when we get there what he have planned out is what doesn’t actually happen, and what does happen is something totally opposite from what we want. That’s kind of the case with this story. Here we have An American who goes off to a different country, and well, that’s only just the start of the story. It’s also about hope and love, and life and other things that I bet Claire and Sammy wouldn’t didn’t even realize would happen, but when it did, it was the greatest thing that ever happened, and the impact that it had along with the lasting rippling effect.

It’s a story of how God can take your plans for your life and change them in a way that seems crazy at first, but when you get the bigger picture that God’s showing you, your life will never be the same again.

Honestly, this is such an amazing book, with such a great story in it, and after reading it, you’ll be blown away as I was about the simple love that was poured about through this book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes an amazing story, that afterwards makes yuo want to do something because you can’t sit still.

Claire Diaz-Ortiz leads social innovation at Twitter, Inc., and is the author of several books, including Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time. Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, she is a frequent international speaker on social media, business, and innovation and writes a popular business blog at http://www.clairediazortiz.com. She holds an MBA from Oxford University and an MA and BA in anthropology from Stanford University. She is cofounder of Hope Runs, a non-profit organization operating in AIDS orphanages in Kenya. Claire has been called a “mover and shaker” by Mashable, “the woman who got the pope on Twitter” by The Washington Post, a “force for good” by Forbes, and “one of the most generous in social media” byFast Company. She has been widely written about in such publications as the New York Times, Business Week, The Washington Post, and Forbes. Find her on Twitter @claire.

Sammy Ikua Gachagua
was born in rural Kenya in 1992. After losing his family at a young age, he struggled to survive until he was placed in an orphanage in Nyeri, Kenya. In 2009 he received a full-ride scholarship to Maine Central Institute, granting him a rare US visa and the chance to begin his sophomore year of high school under the guardianship of Claire Diaz-Ortiz. He is an up-and-coming motivational speaker. Find him on Twitter @sammyikua.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

A Draw of Kings, Staff and the Sword Series #3 – Patrick W. Carr

Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, much is changed on their return. In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and his intentions are to marry Adora to bring an heir.

With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and at growing risk from the armies of Merakh and Morgol.

A dangerous mission to free Errol succeeds, but the dangers facing the kingdom are mounting with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw near. Will the revelation of Illustra’s next true king come in time or will all be lost?” (Taken From Christianbook.com)

Can I say what a thrilling book this was? Well, I’m saying it alright, because it was absolutely amazing!

Patrick W. Carr, definitely hit the ball on the absolutely epic conclusion of the Staff and The Sword Series. Comparing it back to the first book, The Hero’s lot, Patrick still has the amazing writing ability that he’s carried though out the books. The detail and everything else has been phenomenal and especial with the last book, there’s no less of it! The Character’s and everything else I just love about the book, taking the time for all the little details that make this such an amazing book.

Remembering how the Characters were in the first book, and seeing how they are no, you can definitely tell that they’ve been on a grand adventure. This is a great and well written book, all of the different elects from Fantasy/Adventure/Action have been combined to create an amazing tale with a great meaning behind the story. Even when I had put this book down a few times, I wanted to pick it back up and finish the story right away and see what lied ahead for the characters. It made me at least del like I was part  of the book, imagining everything happened like it was before my very eyes.

I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
Patrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy A Cast of Stones and The Hero’s Lot. He teaches high school and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four sons, Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Learn more at http://www.patrickwcarr.com.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

 

Blood And Bone By Don Hoesel Book Review

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More Archaeological Adventures from Popular Suspense Writer Don Hoesel
A decade after Serpent of Moses, Jack is married to Espy and back teaching at Evanston University. They have two sons, one of whom has cystic fibrosis. Despite this challenge, life is comfortable. But that all changes when the CIA, while combing through the papers of the late Gordon Reese, uncovers the secret of Elisha”s bones. Jack”s world is then turned upside down by an urgent call from his old friend Duckey, who”s been alerted to the CIA”s probing by one of his former contacts. Jack and his family escape from their home just ahead of the CIA, and he decides to do what he should have done long ago: recover the bones and destroy them. Except the bones aren”t where he left them.
So now Jack is in a race, for the last time, to find the bones. And he”s not the only one. Pitted against both the CIA and an organization that will kill to protect their secrets, Jack and Espy follow hard-to-decipher clues across the globe before arriving in the catacombs of Paris for a final showdown that will either save their family–or tear apart everything they hold dear forever. (Taken from Chapters.ca)

Blood and Bones is the third book in the Jack Hawthorne series, but you could also say it’s the sequel to Elisha’s Bones. I’ll be honest, I haven’t read Elisha’s Bones yet, (Shame on me) so some of the things, I would need to read Elisha’s Bones to fully grasp some things.
But what I can tell you, it is definitely a page turner. I read the previous book, Serpent of Moses, and found it to be quite thrilling, a la Indiana Jones and was absolutely excited about this. Time definitely went into research for this, the names of places, the details.

It’s chalk full of action, suspense, and thrilling archaeological thrills. I wasn’t aware of the time between serpent of Moses and This book, but Don wrote  something simply amazing, realizing what would happen after ten years.

I’m not sure why a decade long gap was written in, but it still makes for a fantastic read, how the characters react with the aging. Honestly, if you’re looking for a good action book, or if you’re an Indiana Jones/archaeology fan, this is a brilliant read. I mean, I would rather read this book than watch a certain newer movie in a certain series.

The only thing I can find fault in it, is that since this is a Christian book, there could be more if that theme in it? But What is in the book of that theme, it’s Honestly absolutely well done.

Who knows if we’ll get to read more about Jack in the future.

 

Don Hoesel was born and raised in Buffalo, NY but calls Spring Hill, TN home.

He works in the Communications Department for a Medicare carrier and hopes to one day sell enough books to just say that he’s a writer. You can help with that by buying whatever his newest novel happens to be. you can find out more about the author at Http://www.donhoesel.com
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

A Cast of Stones (The Staff and The Sword #1) by Patrick W. Carr

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“In the backwater village of Callowford, roustabout Errol Stone is enlisted by a church messenger arriving with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Eager for coin, Errol agrees to what he thinks will be an easy task, but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he”s joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.” (taken from Chapters.ca)

Are you into history? Do you like the medieval times? Then this probably is the book for you!

This is the first in a series by Author Patrick W. Carr and it’s a magnificent read.

Patrick does a great job with all the characters and how they adapt and grow throughout the book, especially with the main character Errol, who at the start of the novel is basically the town drunk, spending basically all of the coins that he gets on ale, to becoming a man who has to leave to past and discover things to become the man that he is. It’s a thrilling adventure, filled with action and absolute adventure. The writing is extremely well done and it has the right language for the time. It’s full of danger and intrigue, mystery and suspends, readers wanting to know what will be happening next.

You can definitely tell the Christian themes in this fiction book, which were very well integrated.

 

This was Patrick’s first novel, and there is some great story writing in this. I definitely want to see where he takes this. Patrick W. Carr teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four awesome sons, Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Learn more at http://www.patrickwcarr.com.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Judge by R.J. Larson Book Review

“The last thing Kien Lantec expects on his first day of military leave is to receive marching orders from his Creator, the Infinite. Orders that don”t involve destroyer-racing or courting the love of his life, Ela. Adding to Kien”s frustration, his Infinite-ordained duties have little to do with his skills as a military judge-in-training. His mission? To warn the people of ToronSea against turning their backs to the Infinite to worship a new goddess. (Taken From Chapters.ca)”

Honestly, I was absolutely ecstatic that this book was up for the blogger review program. I was so absolutely excited. Why? Because a while ago, there was a book that had come up called Prophet (Book 1 in this series) and I’ll be honest, girl main character and everything, really wasn’t my cup of tea, but the description of it sounded really good. When I read it, I was amazed and blown away by it, a book that captivates and draws you in to it. and then I found out there was a second book and I was thinking about how cool it would be  to read it.

So I was excited and I was even more excited when I found out I was getting Judge! The book is absolutely amazing. Though if you want to  read this I would recommend you reading the first book Prophet.

Such an absolute page turner! I was captivated by the whole book. Every detail of everything has been written down and I absolutely imagined this as a movie as I read it. R.J. Larson has written a riveting book that anyone would enjoy read that likes adventure books with action in it. I found nothing wrong with this book except a few parts where I was like *Gasp* I was definitely drawn to the characters and oh my, it was just a great book overall. Everything you would want in a book is in this.

As We See the Adventure progressing through the book, it definitely gets better. Sometimes I couldn’t put it down because I’d want to know what happens next!

A Definite recommendation for anyone!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.