Jack Reacher #4, by Lee Child

Running Blind by Lee Child My rating: 4 of 5 stars It was very helpful to learn a few things about Reacher that become relevant in future books, like why he was able to do all the traveling without working. The plot is pretty solid, and I very much enjoyed the relationship attempt that Reacher makes. I do like the way Lee Child avoids re-telling details in subsequent novels, making it so the reader feels that little nod from the author with regards to the intimate secrets from the past. The long-winded descriptions make it great for listening to the … Read More

Review of MA Rothman’s “Darwin’s Cipher”

Darwin’s Cipher by M.A. Rothman My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is one of those books where people with a scientific background are going to be completely engrossed. The premise involves research into genetics that anticipates the consequences of a long period of time (like you might see with rapid evolution of a virus) but happening in higher order species. Imagine how a dog might evolve over dozens of generations… that’s what Rothman did, and here’s the result. A very interesting and action packed novel with lots of human interaction, great characters, and even a bit of a love … Read More

Review of “The Girl from Everywhere” by Heidi Heilig

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a time travel book. I enjoyed the world build and the characters, and the plot works well. There is good flow of the story and enough twists to make it exciting and interesting. The choices made by the characters reveal a lot about the author. But even more interesting, the reader’s reaction to the choices allow the reader to gain access to insights about their own character!! I want to go to Hawaii now too!! 🙂 View all my reviews

Review of the Jack Reacher Series, by Lee Child

When you start reading the Jack Reacher books, you have to be prepared for the fact that these are not the movies. The loquacious Child can make a one second movie scene drone on for several pages. If you are listening to the book on tape as a way to pass the time for your long morning commute to work, it’s fantastic. However, if you’re on a tight schedule and just want to get to the action scenes, you’ll have to wade through the long-winded descriptions of every detail about many topics which have no bearing on the plot. That … Read More

Review of Curse of the Chosen, by Richard Phillips

Curse of the Chosen by Richard Phillips My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the third book of the Endarian prophecy, and you really have to read all of first three books in the series as a single entity. As with all Richard Phillips novels, the world build, character development, plot and story line are all excellent. The universe in this series consists of magic, sword and knife fighting, several different races including humans, and some societal commentary about gender equality. We follow multiple different story lines throughout the books to a satisfying conclusion in the Curse of the … Read More

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S “SPOTLIGHT” Author Julie Watson!

Please Welcome Julie Wilson to today’s RRBC Spotlight! Julie is the author of several works, including Born for Life, A Midwife’s Story and is today’s RRBC Spotlight Author! See her guest post below on Why One Writes.   Why One Writes   One writes a book for many reasons and every author will have a different reason for putting pen to paper, for putting hours and hours of work into telling their story. Whether from their imagination or from their past experiences in life. Some write, as it is their passion and love, their life’s work and career to earn a … Read More

Review of Bloody Jack, by LA Meyer

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was introduced to this series by a huge fan who bought and read all 12 books in the series before getting me my own copy. I enjoyed the story tremendously and I am on to the second book immediately. The main character, Mary “Jacky” Faber, is perfectly written. An orphan growing up on the streets of London, she is street-smart and naive simultaneously. She catches a lucky break in her miserable existence and gets aboard a Naval ship, where the adventure really begins. Between an engaging story, solid … Read More

Review of Lust (Lust, Money and Murder, #1) by Mike Wells

Lust by Mike Wells My rating: 4 of 5 stars Mike Wells wanted to write a fast paced, “unputdownable” book, and he succeeds with Lust, Money and Murder. With a fantastic kick-ass female lead, strong development of the major and minor characters alike, excellent writing, and a blistering pace, this series opener moves so quickly that you can read the whole thing in two hours. The plot is obviously incomplete as this is a series, and that’s why it’s a four star instead of five star review, but aside from that, there is nothing not to like in this action … Read More

The Perfect Assassin Review

The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore My rating: 4 of 5 stars For the right audience, this is a 5 star book. The plot is excellent. Doore builds a world in a barren wasteland of the dark ages which contains a few paranormal elements but mostly reflects historical fiction. The story twists and turns with action, intrigue, and emotion. The internal and external conflicts are both well developed and well resolved, with a satisfying and powerful ending. Included also is a message that plays perfectly within the storyline. The writing is excellent. Except for the formatting, which is quite terrible … Read More

It was great until… A review of The Jack, by M.K. Harkins

The Jack by M.K. Harkins My rating: 2 of 5 stars The Jack, by MK Harkins, is book two of The Immortal series. This review contains spoilers, by necessity. This is also a NetGalley review. I was apprehensive about reading a second series book without reading the first, but after a few chapters, I picked up that Archer, the lead character, had done many unspeakable things in the prior book, and he betrayed his race of Readers and tried to force Ann, who was destined to be with his best friend Devon, to marry him, killing the race of Seers … Read More