Kinnara – Kevin Ansbro

If you want to go on an exotic and unique tour of Thailand’s phuket and patong beach with an beautiful story, then this it it. This story has all the ingredients of a remarkable journey with true love, true friendship among strangers, mythology, fantasy, childhood sweethearts, revenge, forgiveness, evil, punishment and above how just true intentions of being just a human conquers all even a powerful spirit.
The story starts with Callum about to go to Thailand with his current girlfriend, but ends up going alone after he catches her cheating and the experiences and friendship that he forms there and how this journey helps him ultimately and also the consequences of his quick temperament and what he does to compensate and how he emerges above all and all also makes hi, realise what is important forms the base of the story.
It is a very beautiful leisure read.
This is my second Kevin Ansbro book and I have enjoyed both immensely.

The Eleventh Indian – Gautam Marwah

I was recommended this book by my school friend who is now in the navy and I am glad that I took his recommendation.
The Eleventh Indian by Gautam Marwh is a real life thriller, rescue mission that beats any fiction novel The plot and the pace of the book is good though there is a backstory but that doesn’t affect or slow down the pace in any way. There are no overdramatics but a simple and a powerful narrative that tells the story of a merchant nave ship that the pirates attacked and its rescue and also the rescue of 2 crew (an Indian – the 11th Indian and a pakistani) later that were taken away by a fringe group when pirate group had didderences and split up. The ordeal of these 2 crew and their rescue forms the major part of the story.
The book is as good as (though I found it much more) any popular international fiction action novel and nowhere feels this is ya newbie and and not a professional author.
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Jihadi Bride – Alastair Luft

A thriller that is disturbing and emotional tale that tries to delve into the issue of why youngsters especially teenage girls are joining the false image of Islam that is projected by recruiters of ISIS and terrorists. A story of a girl lured by such recruiters after she faces a traumatic experience in college and her fathers who is a ex army and a special ops soldier races to Syria and then Africa and then back to Canada to save her without any help from his collegues but from some loyal friends
How he races against time to save his daughter forms the story. The story also raises the problem of sexual exploitation at colleges and trauma of the experience drives the victims to desperate measures to seek explanation and peace.
I received this book from @Booksirens for review
Question that remains unanswered is
what happened to the college frat boys because of whom the girls were being traumatised
Were they punished or stopped or were they still continuing their crimes?

The New Holy Warriors – Alice Sandoval

The New Holy Warriors by Alice Sandoval was recommended to me by @Booktasters and I am glad of that. It is a fascinating rescue mission by two sons and their friends of their kidnapped parents who worked for Doctors without Borders from islamic jihadists in the aftermath of 9/11 terorist attacks. Along the story also is given the history of Jihad or Holy war propagated by hardcore Islamists.
The book is an insight in to the workings of the so called Holy Warriors brainwashed by radicals alongside the rescue mission and a love story embedded in between.
Also the pictures included give out a great support to the narrative.
It is a good read for a variety of readers like adventure story or a rescue mission or someone interested in the history. The only shortcoming is the too lengthy descriptions and long dialogues but still a worthy read

Upon Destiny’s Song – MikeEriksen and Sage Steadman

An amazing story of faith, perseverance, love and family ties and above all a story of courage against all odds. The story through a young man eyes traces the story of his ancestors’ journey from Denmark to Salt lake Utah with a hundreds of mormons travelling from East Coast US to Salt Lake for the promised land (where there would be no persecution by other christians or raids by Indians ) with the ill fated Willie Handcart Company as they walk through severe cold frost bite illness starvation and death dogging their feet.
The story is sad, uplifting in parts and makes you smile sometimes pray and think .with Madsens family as they struggle to live, strive and keep the family together.It is a book that cannot be read in one go as it is too emotional but makes think and yearn to go back to complete the journey with them.
Thank you @Booktasters and the authors for this wonderful book18068279.jpg

Father Sweet – J J Martin

Father Sweet is a shocking tale that makes one think and ponder even after you finish it. It deals with disgusting fact of sexual abuse at the hands of the religious heads and priests and so called men of god. Though this tale sensitively deals with issue of sexual abuse of very young boys at the hands of clergy, it is a fact that a few supposed people of God irrespective of their religions have misused their stature and faith of people who follow them to satisfy their perversity.
The book is in two parts where the protagonist though not explicitly but clearly delves how he was enticed, indirectly threatened to undergo the abuse and how this affects his life choices even after 25 years.
The second part deals how he redeems himself and walks on the path of healing by rescuing another little boy from the same priest. There is also a parallel story of his strictly cath;ic parents who believe the church and its priests are God’s representatives and never wrong and his strict and secretive father who works in the government and participates in illtreatment and systematic abuse and elimination of native Indian culture.

A very disturbing tale with a hopeful ending
Thank you @BookTasters and J J Martin for this book