Red Tide – Mark James Miller

I would give 5 stars for the story and vivid descriptions of the landscapes and area and also main characters. I received this book from the author via @BookTasters
Red Tide by Mark James Miller is a coming of age heart breaking story of two friends who think by escaping or running away from their problems and dysfunctional families can make them happy but they find otherwise and have to return and on the way berfiend a former prostitute who thinks she has has to atone for her past. There are many other characters in the story which leads to complex interactions and relationships both good and bad.
The plot makes for a story that is hard to leave or forget. But the shortcoming ids events and the mistakes they make is repetitive and also I personally feel there is unnecessary too much violence and badness in the story. Making same mistakes again and again and repenting and then making same mistake again may be Real Life but makes not for a very interesting reading
But that surely is my personal feeling

Otherwise the story is realistic and hard hitting .

Cornered – Alan Brenham

Cornered by Alan Brenham is a thriller ,cop novel that binds the reader from the first page. Seven young women are kidnapped at different intervals with link between them without a ransom demand. It is upto the young detective matt Brady to find them before they are lost forever or at least catch the criminals before more women are kidnapped. A vet Tracy also involved herself in the case as the latest victim is her assistant and thus angering the kidnappers and Brady has to race against time to save his love interest from becoming the next victim So it becomes a personal mission for him due to Tracy and a botched kidnapping rescue in the past.
This race to find the kidnappers and the motive behind moves the plot forward. Are the women saved or lost forever? Is Tracy saved and the perpetrators caught ?
The book is gripping, with twists . Though the pace is not very fast but still thrilling. Though there are many characters ; each one has his own p;ace to move the plot forward and justifies his/her place.
A must read for all thrill readers. Thanks @BookTasters for this book
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A Crowded Heart – Andrea McKenzie Raine

A Crowded Heart by Andrea McKenzie Raine is a a story that neither entertains not thrills but makes one to pause reading and think; and doesn’t leave your thoughts even when it is finished . It is the story of survivors of those who actively participated in the great war; who wonder if they are the lucky ones or those dies fighting were lucky.
Willis , the soldier here comes out only injured in the war, marries . has a career and a life but has the war been left behind actually or is he still fighting it daily in his mind like many of his fellow soldiers. They are left battling depression and resort to alcoholism, infidelity and sometimes drugs to fight the demons and mental scars . Though physically they are free but mentally they are still the prisoners of the war and even when try to get help, the authorities just sweep them aside in some rehabilitation centre and forget they exist
The angst the struggle to free from mental prison and the families who are swept along in their tornado of emotions without a clue to how to help and havoc that is caused is handled in this story. A heartbreakingly thoughtful novel that I received through @readershouse.
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Reunion – Pol McShane

Reunion by Pol McShane – Received this book through @Readershouse. How to classify this book – not because it is not worth but because it is just WOW.
The story starts with a happy and a financially sound family of two brothers that soon turns into a tragedy and man brother at the end of his life wants to turns the tragic site into a kids park so that the place becomes a place of laughter again.
As the park opens , bizarre things start to happen into which are caught four small children. As you are reading you never know when the story turns from a happy to tragic to horror. The twists just jolt you and you are just carried away by the tale. As it says on the cover of the book that it is a ghost story, but still though you want the ghosts to leave the kids alone you feel an empathy for them and cannot hate them as they don’t know what else to do They just want to play. The ending justifies the title as it a reunion not only for one set of people but a reunion in many ways.
The story never loses paces as events go on happening . This is a story that once you pick you do not want to leave it without knowing what happens next.
A must read for everyone not only for those who love ghost stories for also for those who love dramatic and happy endings because this is a ghost story with a difference for this is neither exorcism nor religious and not even a true horror; yes it is scary at times but what it is just read and I at least did not regret reading it .
Thank you Pol McShane for this great book
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Welcome to Maravilla – R Douglas Clark

Welcome to Maravilla by R douglas Clark turned out to be a surprise read for me. The tiny hamlet of tranquility is threatened with the closure of its post office that is the epicentre of its existence and the only place where all friends and foes forget their personal issues . This town had no legal standing and had been divided into 2 counties as there was no powerful voice to speak for it and hence neglected by both of them. Things get stirred when closure of the only post office is announced and the 5000 odd residents join to fight for it to be made an independent county. And how all these events affect their daily routine makes for a delightful read. Whether they succeed and what all changes affect the town forms the crux of the story.
Each character in this book has different characteristics and adds to the atmosphere and progress of the story. This is not a fast paced thriller but a pleasant delightful read and deserves a seven star. The weak point for me if the story of the outsider Jake that has a great start but an ending that doesn’t fit with overall ambience of the book but still it never makes the plot dull not hinders in any way.
I loved it very much and thanks @Authorshouse and @Readers House for the ARC Copy by marketing team

The Minotaur’s Son and other stories – Kevin Ansbro

As a huge fan of flash fiction/short stories , this book exceeds my expectations. Each story belongs to a different category. All the masala is in there .
The first story about a young boy stuck in a limbo after drowning with a talking cat and a bat just intrigues you takes you in to a tunnel of wholesome enjoyment with each story spinning a web around you, There is a unrequited love story, a supernatural revenge story, genie’s 3 wishes with a twist, emotional story, love and reunion story and so goes on. Each story has an ending that seems unexpected but perfect.Then there is also a sad story that tugs your heart strings.
This book is a treat for all kinds of readers.
Thank you Kevin for this wonderful book

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Plum Springs – Dan Lawton

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A heartbreaking beautiful novel that I received from the author for a review. This is the story of 3 siblings and their strong bond amidst cruelty and abuse and how the circumstances force them to take difficult decisions to escape the abuse. A tender but harsh story of 2 very young brothers (13 and 9 I think) who would do anything it takes to see that their sensitive younger sister does not face the same fate of abuse that they have endured all their young lives and how everyone around failed them.
All through the story along with younger brother Rusty we wait for the secret door to open to the magical world of their Narnia.
They do find their version of this magical world along with another half sibling that they did not know about till now. This is their story.
The story is not fast paced but still keeps you bound and guessing as to what happens next. Once started it the book is difficult to put down.
Though there are some loose ends of which the most irritating is the enigmatic character of the Sheriff and some other minor flaws which loose their importance before the tender story.
A must read for evryone this great coming of age story

Family Affairs – Pamela Hobbs

Family affairs by Pamela Hobbs is a romantic thriller. It is a wonderful story that is set in Ireland. A famous actress fiance is murdered by her stalker supposedly , The pace of the story is good and the identity of the stalker keeps one guessing. Intervened in this tale of stalking, murder and supposed revenge is the love story between the actress and her adoptive family’s son.

How her adoptive family rallies around her and saves her from and the how she finds love that has been missing from her real family forms for a delicious read.Though there are graphic sex scenes that hamper the pace of the story a little but still it picks up pace and makes for a satisfying read

I received the from the author for a voluntary review through booksirens

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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