I spend a lot of time reading novels of all sorts. I especially like reading the works of some of the unknown authors who are entering the eBook marketplace, much as I am. Since buying my first Nook several years ago, it is with me almost all of the time. How many books do I read in a year? In 2015, I read seventy-two, and I'm off to a pretty good start in 2016.I generally put quick review of the books I've read on Facebook, but I'm going to start putting them here too, with the hope it will help to introduce you to some authors you haven't tried before.
Authors of Note
The Sacketts Vol. 1-2
Louie L'Amour's Sackett series made its way to my Nook around Christmas time in 2015. By the end of February, I had finished all 17 books. The Sackett saga started in 16th century England and moved to the New World. The family spread its wings from the coast of Virginia to Tennesee to Wild West, settling in New Mexico, Colorado and California. It's a riveting saga I rarely could put down. In fact, I was sorry when it ended. I just loved L'Amour's characters. He is the master of Western storytelling.
Best of Me
Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite authors because his novels always stir emotion. I guess I envy his writing skills and the ability to do it over and over again. Best of Me was absolutely the best of what he has done recently. I loved the book and the movie. Can you tell I'm a big fan?
The Covenant of Genesis
Andy McDermott is another of my favorite writers. His characters, Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase, are husband and wife archeologist and adventurer. This time, the fearless duo discovers the legendary Garden of Eden, despite the efforts of Big Religion – Christian, Muslim and Catholic – to deny them access. It might me my favorite McDermott novel yet because he clings close to the biblical teaching I learned as a child. What they find, though fictional, truly is astounding. Regardless of your faith, I think you will enjoy this novel.
Going Gone series
Susan Keirnan-Lewis has written a series of books I have found captivating and return to whenever she publishes something new. Her Irish End Game series is the latest about an American family who fights to survive in rural Ireland after nuclear bombs are detonated in Great Britain and the United States.
State of Fear
Any time I can find a Michael Crighton eBook on sale on sale, I read it. I marvel at his scientific detail and masterful hand of weaving it with suspense and adventure. In State of Fear he completely unmasks Global Warming for the sham it is. Read it now.
This is the first book in Vol. 2 of David Woods’ Dane Maddock adventure series. Maddock is an archeologist-crime solver, much like Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt and Andy McDermott’s Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase. It’s a good read and short if you want something to capture your attention over the holiday weekend. Maddock and his sidekick Uriah Bonebrake are hilarious, even though they find themselves on a quest for the gifts of the Magi, the Three Wise Men of biblical fame. Deep beneath the German Alps, they find the source of a mysterious, never-ending light. Of course, they escape with their lives and a wonderful story to tell. But who would believe such a thing?
Flagler Beach Fiction Series
I enjoyed getting to know the owners of these local businesses. Local author Armand Rosamilia has done a fabulous job with this collection. I think I've read them all now. I enjoy getting to know the owners of the local businesses, the writing is bright and fast-paced, and I can't wait for the next segment to be published. For more, go to www.armandrosamilia.com
Another local author, Tim Baker, publishes novels about an ex-Navy Seal who protects Flagler Beach from criminals and malcontents. His crime dramas are always full of suspense and they take place right here between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine. You'll love Ike. We all do. To learn more, go to www.blindoggbooks.com .
Copyright © Gerald Guy
Mateguas Island trilogy
Book three in the Mateguas Island trilogy by Linda Watkins was the best of the three. It kept me on pins and needles throughout.. Beware, though, author Linda Watkins is full of surprises. This is an adventure into dark mysteries and legends not for the faint of heart. I went insane when I read the epilogue. It was like the author shredded the hundreds of pages I had just read and let them fall upon my head to scatter along with my brain cells. High praise for Mateguas Island. It deserves every accolade. And yes, the saga must continue.
This is a love story with some adventure and skullduggery mixed in to force the reader to turn pages at a brisk pace. There is no reason for a commercial fisherman and a gorgeous surgeon to fall in love; they have nothing in common. Fate thrusts Mac Macintyre and Dr. Maria Grayson into an unlikely relationship that is often times fiery and dangerous. As the two grow close, they discover things in their past lives that catapults the pair to a climax I didn’t see coming. This is the first book in Author Mary Jane Forbes’ Twist of Fate trilogy. She is a Florida native whose storytelling is entertaining. I can’t wait to read books two and three. Try The Fisherman. It’s free right now for Kindle and Nook readers.
Set on the Big Island of Hawaii, a serial killer is stalking and killing young women. Police woman Lei Texiera is troubled when she finds herself in his sadistic crosshairs. Haunted by a disturbing past, the detective discovers new resolve in her search for justice and peace with her own past. She’s a tough-and-tumble cop who faces adversity with a trusty Rottweiler at her side and a Glock in her shoulder holster. This crime drama is worth reading.
Scorch Road series
I'm mesmerized by the Scorch Road series, authored by Emily Kimelman and Toby Neal. I just finished Smoke Road and can't wait to get to the next two sequels. If you like romantic-thrillers, rolled into an apocalyptic backdrop, you'll enjoy this series. Each book is fresh and completely different from the previous one as the sons of Ana Luciano make their way to a safe harbor in Idaho. Smoke Road overflows with adventure and emotion as ex-special forces soldier Luca, and his new commander Dr. Haunani Kagawa, a brilliant bioterrorist expert, uncover the source of the deadly flu. It’s riveting, and the boxed set is on sale for a limited time. Try it; you'll like it.
The Denali Deception
I like it when history and fiction meet in and exciting novel. Ernest Dempsey's Denali Deception brought secrets of the Civil War era to the 21st century and kept me turning pages at a brisk pace. Part of the author's Sean Wyatt series, Dempsey suggests there was more to the purchase of Alaska following the Civil War than meets the eye. In fact there is a mysterious pyramid buried within the Denali Mountain Range that just might have been the real reason behind the Lincoln assassination. This is a must read for history buffs.
The General’s Women
This novel, written by Susan Wittig Albert, was one of my most enjoyable of the summer. I’ve long been an Eisenhower, simply because we share the same birthday. This put to rest the speculation that the 5-star general and former president really did have a torrid love affair with his driver, Kay Summersby. Albert’s tale humanizes the general, chronicles the great sacrifice he made to mastermind the Allies victory over Germany in WWII and takes a closer peek into his marriage with the odd socialite and former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower.
"The reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives but one."