Savage Payback by Seumus Gallacher #Crime #Thriller 3rd Jack Calder book

SAVAGE PAYBACKSAVAGE PAYBACK by Seumas Gallacher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Savage Payback is a crime thriller and the third book in the Jack Calder ex-SAS series who now run ISP (International Security Partners) The book opens with a brutal jewellery heist on London’s New Bond Street, when a well planned hit stole gems from 12 stores. As 3 of those stores were clients of Jack’s business he makes it his top priority to get involved with catching the thieves.

There follows a globe-trotting story of revenge and counter revenge as Jack and his team follow the trails leading to past adversaries and major dealers in drugs and crime across the world. There is a large cast of characters thrown at the reader early in the book and although the pace of the book isn’t hampered by large amounts of back story it was hard to decide which characters were major players and which could fade into the background.

The opening scenes were great, but then my attention was lost with all the planning, decisions and meetings, I felt the large amounts of dialogue told the reader the story rather than showing us with interestingly paced passages of writing, so rather than be drawn into the book I watched from behind a window.

The action picked up around half way through when each side took it’s share of attack and counter attacks, but by then I had lost my initial engagement with the storyline. I needed more emotions, it is an action book and men don’t “Do emotions” but it would help add a depth to the book and lift this to a popular series it has the potential to be.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Amanda reviews As Snow Falls by @ElleKlass

Today we have a review from team member Amanda, she blogs at https://ajbookreviewclub.wordpress.com/

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Amanda chose to read and review As Snow Falls by Elle Klass

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WHAT I SAY

I read this book as part of Rosie’s book review team member i would like thank Rosie and Elle for sending me a copy of her book for me to read and review for you all

What a harrowing and dark tale this book is . It packed with emotions it all about family,  their life’s , the dreams with all have .we should follow are dreams if you can

It the memories of an old lady she not got a name but i think she needed one i would have help me to relate to her more what do you think ?

We get to hear all about the births , deaths , the children and her grandkids sometimes it hard to read things seem to be very tough at times

I did feel she was a bit selfish at times she just seem to do things could she not see the reaction of what she did have on people   I felt she struggle to find her place in life

She did not have a good job the children at the school she was a teacher at did not seem to warm to her ways i enjoy hearing about her life the earthquake would have been so scary the family had a few troubles to deal with it was had for them it told in a heartbreaker way

This is one lady life story she telling you her tale it so simple it just a very through provoking tale you just get pulled into the tale as the storm falls out side your inside this log cabin miles from others she just telling you  all her memories

It very well written the details are very strong you can picture it all in your mind you just get pulled into her life it a good easy to follow read  It would be a nice tale to read on a cold night with a nice hot chocolate and cream in your hand

I did enjoy it just make you think about life.

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Would You BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge – Relentless by Karen Lynch

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

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Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

Here goes… This week my chosen category is YOUNG ADULT FANTASY

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This is a hugely competitive category and this book caught my eye because years a go I went to school with a girl who shares the author’s name.

Price; Free on kindle

Book Description

Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s own very powerful gift.

In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down and is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants.

Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.

Number of pages; 288

Reviews; 107 on Amazon .co.uk and 731 on Amazon.com

Would I BUY or PASS?…… BUY

Analysis

The YA (Young Adult) market is huge, these are the booklovers of today and tomorrow and of years to come, so there is a huge choice of books with really eye catching covers and book titles to match. My choice was vast, this is one of my favourite categories at the moment so my hand was hovering over SO many books. In the end I let my inner child do the choosing and we chose a book by a “name” we knew from my childhood. No this isn’t the same person and I don’t think I’ve read any books by this author before.

So back to the book, the cover is dramatic and intriguing, the title easy to remember. It is book 1 so there may be a cliff hanger. The plot looked a popular mix of vampires and teenagers coming into their supernatural gifts, but hey it’s a popular theme.

I was stunned by the number of reviews this has especially from Amazon.com 557 of the 731 are 5* so it must be good.

If I wasn’t hovering over the BUY button already I certainly was when I saw it was for free – a good sales tactic for this market when you bring out more books in the series.

So there you are, it’s sitting on my kindle now awaiting review.

I’ll be back next week with another Friday Five Challenge, do feel free to join in.

The Celestial Sea by @MarinaDeNadous #mystical #fiction from #NewZealand

The Celestial Sea - A Sacred Romance and Moral QuestThe Celestial Sea – A Sacred Romance and Moral Quest by Marina De Nadous

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Celestial Sea is a mystical spiritual book set in modern day New Zealand. An English family decide to emigrate and make a fresh start in this Antipodean land. We are lead to believe that their destiny is woven by a mystical craftsman. He creates the beautiful chalk boat seen on the book cover and sets it sailing to join the spirits of two chosen characters.

Our English family consist of The Laird – father and husband, My Lady/ Mouse – mother and narrator, Scowler – 14 year old Cedric, The Go-Getter – 9 year old son and Rinky the Minx – 6 year old daughter.

The Laird is a teacher and takes a job as head of Religious Studies, he’s a keen sportsman, alpha male. The younger children will join an alternative school which offers an education through natural, spiritual traditions and Mouse gets very involved with helping in class, making new friends and crating her own nature based workshops.

The family buy a house up a mountain and Mouses’ free spirit expands and frolic’s with ideas. She finds a kindred spirit in one of the school teacher’s. Adrian is a native Kiwi and a woodsmen and they build a beautiful relationship guided by the mystical craftsman. But one that break boundaries and will be tested.

The story is told through several writing styles including poems, songs and texts between Mouse and Adrian. It is a long slow read which mirrors the pace of life, the freedom and free thinking of the book. However it is also uplifting, lightening the load of everyday as you get lost in the moment up the mountain with the characters. A different style of book and a step away from the fast pace of modern day living.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Public Battles, Private Wars by Laura Wilkinson @ScorpioScribble

Today we have a review from team member Amanda, she blogs at https://ajbookreviewclub.wordpress.com/

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Amanda chose to read and review Public Battles, Private Wars by Laura Wilkinson

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WHAT I SAY

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK LAURA AND ROSIE FOR LETTING ME READ AND REVIEW THIS BOOK AS PART OF ROSIE BOOK REVIEW TEAM

I learned so much from this book it help me understand the hard times and the struggles the miners and their families had during the early 1980’s i enjoy hearing about the mining community it found it a very fascinating and emotional story it had just the right about on humour in there too.

The story will keep guessing about where the story line going and all the characters i like the mystery side of the story too some parts were very sad it a story of survive and one women personal journey it got love , friendship , jealousy and this wonderful community spirit that do not get much now days

Mandy and Rob married at a very young age they soon had kids Rob followed his family to work down the pits this was what most young man did.

Mandy had a dream she wants to learn to type could she take on her dream ?

Soon the men would be out of work as Mrs Thatcher wanted to shut down the pits  so the men when on strike.

How will the family cope Mandy and Rob had 4 kids .

Soon Mandy joins her old school friend Ruth in a action group Mandy loves to cook so she was all making food for the group soon a journalist hear of them a interviews her for the local paper soon she the voice for the miners this proves her a lifeline soon there lives  changed beyond recognition this story shows you the impact it had on the family and the community

Mandy now so heavily involved in the protest again the government but soon her private life seems to be suffering to can they cope with all this ?

Mandy story just shines over the background story of the miner strikes

All the characters are strong and so realistic It a lovely funny emotional book it so beautifully written i found the story so interesting to read

I will say i did find the start a bit slow but please don’t let this put you off it a great book to read i recommend you all read.

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The Family Trap by Joanne Phillips @joannegphillips #Family #Drama

The Family TrapThe Family Trap by Joanne Phillips

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Family Trap is a contemporary read about family relationships. It opens with 16 year old Lipsy giving birth to a baby. Stella her 38 year old Mum has been holding her hand and is now exhausted. Baby Phoenix arrives safely and now it’s time for Stella to think about her own future.

A pregnancy test affirms Stella’s beliefs that her new grandchild will soon have a playmate who is also his Aunt or uncle. But first she must break the news to Paul. They are about to be married and move away to Derbyshire. Stella’s fears and worries about the future cause her to fumble telling Paul about the baby.

Lipsy finds motherhood hard and relies more and more on Stella, to the point where she can’t see moving to Derbyshire is a good idea. A rift occurs between Stella and Paul over the issue of children and it all comes to a head on their wedding day.

Stella has a job at a care-home, it gives her valuable support, the residents help her through the difficult months. Her family all try to help Stella too, they want what’s best for Stella, but the journey is a bump ride.

A good easy read.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Karen reviews A Deadly Learning by @FaithMortimer

Today’s team review comes form Karen, she blogs at https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/

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Karen chose to read and review A Deadly Learning by Faith Mortimer

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My Opinion

This book and/or an invitation by her friend Wendy takes Diana and her husband to Portugal and – right into some mysterious events. As a reader, I automatically tried to solve this strange case. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With A Deadly Learning, Faith Mortimer has created a thrilling suspense story with local flair. The story comprises a broad variety of believable characters with sufficient depth, nicely woven situations and interesting interactions to solve a set of crimes. I had a great time reading A Deadly Learning – it is a very intriguing read. I was drawn into the story right away, thrilled to solve the mystery alongside Diana. This is for you if you like female sleuths, crime writers, suspense with twists and local flair.

A suspenseful book and/or series to read again. I’m eagerly waiting for the opportunity to read the previous volumes of the series.

Recommended.

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James Bone and The Italian Job @FBellAuthor @SRF_PR #wwwblogs #Kidslit

James Bone and The Italian JobJames Bone and The Italian Job by Frank Bell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

James Bone and the Italian Job is a children’s book most suitable for junior school children around the ages of 8 – 11 years old. James Bone and his friends are all animals. It opens with an introduction from Winston, a British Bulldog who lives with the Chancellor of the Exchequer at Number 11 Downing Street, London. He tells us about one of the adventures of secret agent 007 James Bone.

Humphrey is the Downing Street cat and he is the first to hear about the kidnapping of the Queen on a particularly fine day in May. He rushed to inform his good friend James Bone. James works for CI6 (Canine Intelligence) and is soon summoned to headquarters and given the responsibility of finding the Queen.

At Buckingham Palace James questions the palace animals and receives useful information from Henrietta mouse, who saw a suspicious bundle being taken away by a Pizza delivery company.

With the help of Sherlock Holmes they believe the Mafia have taken the Queen and a daring rescue mission is organised.

This is a fun read and if children know the famous characters who are mirrored in this book they should really enjoy the storyline.

I received a copy for review from Frank Bell’s PR agency, SRF Integrated Communications Ltd.

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Wednesday Wing….Hyperlinks, short links and linkys #wwwblogs #WriterTips

 

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing

where I’ll be passing on observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip about short links and linkys.

Here on WordPress you can add neat links to other pages, here is an easy to use guide from WordPress Support

  1. Highlight the text you want to link.
  2. Click the link button on the toolbar.
    In Visual mode:

    In Text mode:
  3. In the popup that appears, enter the URL you want to link to.

    • URL: The URL of the link (include http:// at the start for external websites)

How do you add links in a Word Document you wish to send to someone?

Create a customized hyperlink to a document, file, or Web page (from Office Support)
  1. Select the text or picture that you want to display as the hyperlink.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Hyperlink . You can also right-click the text or picture and then click Hyperlink on the shortcut menu.
  3. Do one of the following:
  •  To link to an existing file or Web page, click Existing File or Web Page under Link to, and then type the address that you want to link to in the Address box. If you don’t know the address for a file, click the arrow in the Look in list, and then navigate to the file that you want.
  • To link to a file that you haven’t created yet, click Create New Document under Link to, type the name of the new file in the Name of new document box, and then, under When to edit, click Edit the new document later or Edit the new document now.
  • Or what I do is copy the URL of the site you want to hyperlink to first, then return to your document and click the Hyperlink from the “Insert” tab and paste in the URL in the box.

Linkys or short Links

Another way to make a short link of your very long URL (as some of the Amazon ones are) is to use a free website which will create a short link for you to use in the past I have used “tinyurl”, there are many others.

Does anyone have any sites they can recommend?

 

 

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Six Months To Get A Life by @BenAdamsAuthor #wwwblogs

Today’s Review is from team member Luccia, she blogs at http://lucciagray.com/

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Luccia chose to read and review Six Months To Get A Life by Ben Adams

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Ben Adams Six Months to get a Life

Humorous View of a Life-Changing Crisis from A Man’s Perspective

I read many books about women, mostly told from a woman’s point of view. Many are about other women, but often they also deal with the male mind and its workings. It was refreshing and enlightening to read a book about a man facing a life-changing crisis, written by another man.

This novel could be referred to as ‘lad-lit’ which explores the male psyche, especially issues such as friendship, relationships, love, and sex. It reminded me of Nick Hornby’s About A Boy, and John O’Farrell’s The Best a Man Can Get, both of which I enjoyed immensely.

At first, I didn’t like Graham very much. He seemed pitiable, insecure, bitter, selfish, and incapable of any self-criticism, but he gradually grew on me as he faced the challenges of life after a divorce, and started to reflect upon his role in events and move on.

I felt sorry for him as he struggled to understand his responsibility in the lonely and uncertain situation in which he found himself, and tried to move forward into a new life, including new relationships, job, and way of life, after forty, which to my mind is very young, although he seems to think his life is almost over!

I loved the way his relationship with his children is so important to him and develops throughout the novel. It’s very engagingly written as a diary. I especially enjoyed the humorous way it was told, which makes it so easy and pleasant to read.

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