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Book Review: Divided We Stand by Rachel McLean

20 Nov

 

 

Britain is a country under surveillance. Neighbours spy on neighbours. Schools enforce loyalty to the state. And children are encouraged to inform on their parents.

Disgraced MP Jennifer Sinclair has earned her freedom but returns home to find everything changed.

Rita Gurumurthy has been sent to a high security prison. When a sympathetic guard helps her escape she becomes a fugitive, forced to go into hiding.

To reunite her family and win freedom for her son and her friend, Jennifer must challenge her old colleague and rival, the new Prime Minister Catherine Moore.

Will Catherine listen to reason and remove the country from its yoke of fear and suspicion? Or will Jennifer have to reveal the secret only she knows about Catherine, and risk plunging the country into turmoil?

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Divided-We-Stand-chilling-surveillance-ebook/dp/B07GNP3Y53

US – https://www.amazon.com/Divided-We-Stand-chilling-surveillance-ebook/dp/B07GNP3Y53

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read the first two books in this trilogy, A House Divided and Divide and Rule, and I was looking forward to finding out what happens next to Jennifer Sinclair. She was just released from a British Values Centre and she has no idea what has happened in the past 4 months outside those walls. She returns home to find her oldest son still in prison, her youngest son afraid to talk to her, and her husband overloaded having to deal with everything that’s been going on.

Not only is Jennifer’s family in turmoil but things have fallen apart in the country. Everyone is being watched, especially Muslims and their friends and families. The schools are being segregated and her former friend Catherine Moore is Prime Minister! She reaches out to Catherine refusing to believe she has become an enemy, but her husband believes she is wrong.

Meena, Rita, and Mark from the British Values Centre all have challenges of their own. Will they all survive this turbulent time? Although Jennifer wants to find her son at the very least, will she be successful? 

Rachel McLean’s writing flows well and the characters are well developed and complex. All three books are very good and they got progressively better. I definitely recommend this trilogy although beware…it’s scary to think that it could happen in these crazy times we live in.

 

 

 

Author Bio –

I’m Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I’m told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories – well, I’m sorry but I can’t help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They’re inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.

Social Media Links –

Twitter – https://twitter.com/rachelmcwrites

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rachelmcleanwrites/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/rachelmcwrites/?hl=en

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Book Review: A House Divided by Rachel McLean

30 Sep

 

Jennifer Sinclair is many things: loyal government minister, loving wife and devoted mother.

But when a terror attack threatens her family, her world is turned upside down. When the government she has served targets her Muslim husband and sons, her loyalties are tested. And when her family is about to be torn apart, she must take drastic action to protect them.

A House Divided is a tense and timely thriller about political extremism and divided loyalties, and their impact on one woman.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Divided-political-thriller-Division-ebook/dp/B07GNPS5ZV/

Amazon.com –  https://www.amazon.com/House-Divided-political-thriller-Division-ebook/dp/B07GNPS5ZV/

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

In today’s climate, there are challenges for Muslims and their loved ones because of terrorism performed by radical Muslims. There are a lot of people who don’t seem to realize, or don’t want to understand, that radical Muslims are a very small percentage of that religion. A House Divided takes place in the near future and conveys what could actually happen in a nation and in one Muslim family.

A House Divided is based on events in our world today. Being set in the UK, I learned a lot about their political system since the main character, Jennifer, is a government minister with a Muslim family. She’s torn between her government and her family and has to take a stand, but it’s not an easy thing to do. And of course there is a strain on not just her marriage but her family as the government’s policies become more and more extreme.

Rachel McLean’s writing flows well and the characters are well developed and complex. The story was interesting but started out slowly. It wasn’t until the last third of the book that it really kept my interest. 

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the Division Bell trilogy.  I have to find out what happens because of the way it ended!!

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About the Author

I’m Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I’m told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories – well, I’m sorry but I can’t help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They’re inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.

Social Media Links –

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/rachelmcwrites

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/rachelmcleanwrites/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/rachelmcwrites/?hl=en

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Book Review & Giveaway: No End of Bad by Ginny Fite

20 Sep

Book Title: No End of Bad by Ginny Fite
Category: Adult Fiction; 280 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Release date: June 2018
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 21, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (Contains cursing, violence, non-explicit sex but NO adultery, abortion, etc.)

 

Description

A DC conspiracy novel of grand proportions…

Washington, DC, housewife Margaret Turnbull’s world literally blows up after her husband, FBI agent Clay Turnbull, is falsely arrested and killed by agents working for an international drug cartel.

Unbeknownst to Margaret, her enemy’s tentacles reach all the way to the White House and control senior personnel. Their powerful enterprise in jeopardy, the assassins will stop at nothing to cover their tracks. With cutting-edge surveillance–CIA, FBI, and NSA technology–there is nowhere to hide, no one to trust. No one is safe–anywhere.

To read reviews, please visit Ginny Fite’s page on iRead Book Tours.

 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

No End of Bad starts with the arrest of Clay Turnbull, an FBI agent who is falsely arrested and ultimately killed by other agents working for a drug cartel. Before he’s killed, the reader learns that Clay has been working on something that he wasn’t assigned and was told by a friend to let it go. Sounds like the start to a good political thriller, doesn’t it? 

Clay’s wife Margaret and her daughters are in danger and they have no idea who they can trust. They are just one step ahead of the assassins until someone can figure out what is going on. Will they catch the killers before they catch up to Margaret? 

No End of Bad is a thriller will some twists. It did get a little too in depth at times but that is a personal preference. The characters were believable and well developed.  What is scary is that this is a believable story. With all of the corruption and violence we see these days, Genny Fite has come up with a story that is frightening. All in all, it was a good read and I liked the ending.

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About the Author

 

Ginny Fite is the author of the dark mystery/thrillers Cromwell’s Folly, No Good Deed Left Undone, and Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally Murder, as well as a funny self-help book on aging, I Should Be Dead by Now, a collection of short stories, What Goes Around, and three books of poetry. She resides in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Ginny: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Book Review: Fire War trilogy by T.T. Michael

28 Oct

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Fiction/Political/Science Fiction/Dystopian

Book 1: Fire War, published 10/3/2015

Book 2: Fire War II: Treason, published 3/31/2016

Book 3: Fire War III: Uprising, published 9/17/2016

Trilogy Box Set: Amazon

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Fire War Book 1

“Man up,” he told himself. “Man up.” It was what his father always told him, and there was nothing more that he wanted than to be a man. So he took a deep breath, filling his nose with the scents of baseball and looked up to the sky, squinting a little.
 
It was a plane, not far from the blimp he noticed earlier; that was all. Nothing to be afraid of. A tiny sigh of relief escaped his lips as he saw the familiar shape outlined over his head, wings spread out against the sky.
 
It was the last thing he saw before the explosion ripped his small body apart with the force of a hundred suns. The quiet of thousands of lives extinguished in the blink of a second took over, disturbed only by falling rubble. The sun beat down again, hot and sticky, on what remained of Tom, his father, and all the others who had been unfortunate enough to be at Wrigley Field for the biggest game of the season.”
 
 
Late in the 21st century, the United Continental States of America is running smoothly. Unemployment has been eradicated, terrorism is no more, and any internal dissent diminishes by the day. Most give credit to President Meyers, and many can no longer remember the last election, but it is a small price to pay to keep the country safe from the terrorist group Hariq Jihad.
 
Things aren’t as they seem, however, as Gunnery Sergeant Anthony Jackson is conscripted into the personal security detail of President Meyers. While the only thing he places above his country is his family, he begins to feel that not everyone is content with how things are. Even more, he begins to fear for his oldest daughter’s life as she begins to question the eroding personal freedoms and democratic rights. Considering that entire families have disappeared over the slightest infraction, one cannot be too careful.
 
Torn between liberty and safety, family and country, can Jackson balance his loyalties, or will he be lead to an explosive collision with the system he has dedicated his life to serving? In this explosive and highly acclaimed dystopian political thriller novel, the world you live in will never look the same again!
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Fire War II: Treason

Anthony Jackson, military veteran, member of the Presidential security team, father, husband, patriot and spy. His daughter safely recovered from a government detention centre, Jackson’s role as a spy for the anti-government Apocolyte group is firmly cemented. All he needs to do is keep his head down, do his job, and get intel back to his rebel handler. But as Jackson’s suspicions about President Meyers are proven true, and the tasks he’s asked to handle become more and more immoral, his loyalties are becoming strained. 

Where is the line between truth and lie? Between loyal citizen and blind follower? Between right and wrong? And who gets to draw that line? The Apocolytes are growing stronger, but Meyers is too, and only one of them can be the bad guy. But which? Jackson needs to choose sides, and he needs to do it fast. But in the end, only the biggest tragedy of them all can force his hand.
His life will never be the same, his family will never survive, and his ideals can be shattered or overturned. Assassinations are all part of the job, he’s always dealt in lies and secrets. But now there’s something much more personal on the line: vengeance. Saving the world from terrorists is no big deal, knowing who the terrorists are is the real trick.
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Fire War III: Uprising

Anthony Jackson. Patriot. Spy. Widower. Still reeling after the death of his wife, Jackson is numbly training anti-government troops. Confident that his role in political affairs has dwindled to being a glorified shooting teacher, Jackson is slowly trying to piece his heart back together. Until the call comes. The rebels are far from done with Jackson, and this time the promised reward is big and juicy: the Presidency.
As the world slowly falls apart, men fight and men die, and Anthony Jackson cannot simply watch. Something has to change, and someone has to change things, and deep down, Jackson knows that he’s the only man that can do the job. But as cities fall, the eternal question continues to burn in his mind: just who can he really trust?
In a world of lies and secrets, where even the ones you love can betray you, Jackson must find right and justice. Only then can he lead the country that he loves. If he survives that long.

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My Review

I chose to read this trilogy after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

As I read Fire War, I was beginning to regret agreeing to read the entire trilogy. There was so much explaining and little action that it took me a long time to get through the first half of the book. I kept setting it aside to read something else. Once I got to the end of Fire War, however, everything changed. I read the end of the first book through the end of the third book in one day. It was so good!

Anthony Jackson is the main character and he loves his country. He’s a military man and the only thing he loves more than his country is his family. The country seems to be in better shape than it ever has and it’s secure because of President Meyers who has stopped all travel in and out of the country. Jackson notices some things that Meyers does that are questionable but writes them off as Meyers knowing what’s best for the country. Eventually, however, it’s all too clear that things aren’t as they seem and that Jackson is working for the government but this government no longer represents the country that he loves so well. I kept wondering how long it would take Jackson to realize this. He’s so loyal that it takes him a while. 

By Fire War III, Jackson is no longer working for the government but leading an anti-government group. They don’t want war, they just want to return the country to a democracy. They’re preparing for war, though, and know that force will most likely have to be used.

The characters are well developed, especially Jackson and his family. It’s interesting how some of the characters change from Jackson’s point of view throughout time.

I definitely recommend this trilogy. It’s worth getting through the explanations of the first book to get to the rest of the trilogy.

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About the Author

Perhaps you wouldn’t characterize the Finance Manager of your local automobile dealership as an Amazon best-selling author—until you get to know T.T. Michael. He has worked for the past decade at a Toyota Dealership in Illinois, but he is in the driver’s seat as the writer of, Fire War, a political thriller set in the year 2076. See what happens when the United States, Canada, and Mexico all join forces to make one super country. See more about him and his book Fire War at www.ttmichael.com

 

Contact Information

Website: www.ttmichael.com/firewarbooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/todd.thiede

Twitter: @toddthiede / @ttmichael9

Blog: http://firewarbooks.com/blog

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14433170.T_T_Michael?from_search=true

 

 

 

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Book Review: Reason for Existence by Richard Botelho

1 Feb

25778909Title: Reason for Existence

Author: Richard Botelho

Category: Science Fiction/Philosophy

Publication Date: 2/1/16

Length: 188 pages

Summary

When David Jordan, an extraterrestrial human in appearance, agrees to help U.N. Secretary General Nicholas Straka resolve an escalating nuclear crisis, he also learns he must defuse a horrifying plot to exterminate humanity by a hostile race of beings who despise human culture. Somehow, he must thwart both crises before a worldwide intervention is launched by his superiors, destroying human innocence in the process. In Reason for Existence, David learns the origins of human conflict, the nature of secret societies, the true meaning of friendship, and the enduring qualities of love.

 

My Review

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

Reason for Existence is not your typical thriller. The main character is David Jordan who is asked to help stop an escalating nuclear crisis. But that’s only the beginning.  There are extraterrestrials who want to exterminate the human race on top of the humans wanting to nuke each other. 

There is so much more within these pages, though, than crises and extraterrestrials. Thrown into the mix is David, who is an alien who looks human, trying to figure out the meaning of life and human love.  

Reason for Existence is an interesting and creative novel. I recommend it, especially if you think you’d like a philosophical sci fi thriller.

Purchase on Amazon.

 

About the Author

1294555Richard Botelho is the author of two books: The Individualism: Personal Change to Transform Society, a nonfiction social commentary, used in over 100 colleges and universities across America, favorably reviewed in The Midwest Quarterly and other scholarly journals, and winner of the S.C.P.H.C. Gold Award for Philosophy in 1996; and Leah’s Way, his first novel, which received a rave review in the February 1st, 2004 edition of the Library Journal. He has a B.A. and M.A. in government from California State University, Sacramento, graduating with honors. Mr. Botelho has had numerous articles published in ML Publications, The Stone Institute, and the Northern California Sociologic Association.

 

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