Saturday, 30 April 2016

Pamellia Is Back

WOW!! The Final Winter is an excellent study of the power of the milk of human kindness and a few other things. The story is a well written creative tale with believable characters you will love, hate and in some cases learn to love again. (If by chance you are a Biblical scholar, you will find a few liberties taken.) I did find a few words missing here and there, perhaps even the wrong name used on occasion. But the overall action, character development, story and creativity is what makes this book one that was difficult for me to set aside and do my every day duties.

One interesting effect this book had on me. It is obviously about a cold, snowy, windy and deadly winter. I read the book during a bit of a heat wave...90 degree F temps, 70 degree F dew point, thunder storms throughout the day...get the idea? It's been HOT here. Yet while reading this book, I kept feeling cold and thinking it was snowing outside. Weird, eh? That's what good writing can do.

5 Stars

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Just Keeps Getting Better

With more twists and turns then any hard-core roller coaster fan could handle Nicholas Sansbury Smith again demonstrates why he is one of the most exciting new kids on the block. This latest edition to the Extinction Cycle starts off at a blistering pace and keeps it up to the very end.

This book has it all action, thrills, horror, suspense, heartbreak, hope, desperation, friendship and love. These are all mixed together to deliver a perfect story that has depth of both character and narrative. Be warned though if you love your nails then DO NOT read this book as the suspense to be found in these pages will find you chewing them away without even noticing.

I have been fortunate to have followed the journey this young author has taken over the last few years. From his first offering to this latest one he goes from strength to strength…Ok I will stop banging on about him now and leave it up to you to see if you agree.

5 Stars

Monday, 18 April 2016

Teenage Drug Dealer

Indra Sena tells the tale of her life as a teenage drug dealer at the height of the cocaine boom in the early eighties. It is also the tale of her totally stuffed up child hood and what lead her at 16 to be selling the white stuff.
She was in so many ways a very lucky teenager many in her place ended up living on the street or selling their bodies to survive. This book is very easy to read and you are drawn into the authors increasing hedonistic lifestyle. With big money to be made the end was always inevitable and it is was painful to read.

Overall this is a very raw and powerful book. I had to keep reminding myself that this was not a work of fiction. As always with books such as this it makes me appreciate my own lot in life a lot more

3 Stars

Tuesday, 5 April 2016


Pandemic tells the story of how pathogens evolve, spreads and crosses over the specie boundaries to lay waist to us humans. Sonia Shah looks at both the history and what the future holds for us in regards to Pandemics the event that strikes fears into all.
The author uses the history of Cholera to thread all the chapter together as she covers how pandemics happen to the conditions that makes pathogens a mass killer. Each chapter builds the readers knowledge and scares you just a little bit more. As humans strived to improve their life and explore the world around them they also opened the gates for pathogens to follow and lay waste.
If I could go back to being a young lad I would strive to become a Virologist. This topic fascinates me as much as it scares me. Sonia Shah has delivered a well-balanced and informative book. By exploring the history of Cholera she ties it in seamlessly to the modern day pathogens such as Ebola, SARS and Avian and Swine flu.  I highly recommend this book to one and where's that hand sanitizer?
 4.5 Stars