Review: The Churchill Plot 





Synopsis:

As 90-year-old Winston Churchill barely clings to life in January 1965, Great Britain and the world prepare for the most significant funeral of the century. The long-planned grand farewell for the great man (code name: Operation Hope Not) will include the presence of a “who’s who” list of world leaders, all vying for the attention of the 350 million people who will watch it all via the relatively new Tel-Star satellite technology. 

But one world leader has decided not to go to London for the funeral of Sir Winston. 
Why would the President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, a consummate and ego-driven politician, who has just been inaugurated for his own term, following a landslide election victory the previous November, choose to stay home instead of taking the chance to make his presence known as the leader of the free world? And why would the president not send his new vice president, Hubert Humphrey, to the funeral? And why would the Secretaries of Defense and State eventually travel to London as part of the “official” US delegation, only to avoid the actual service at historic St. Paul’s Church? 

With these very true historical facts as a backdrop, we take a journey through the “looking glass” into a murky world of shadows, mystery, and intrigue. America and the world had not yet fully recovered from the assassination of Johnson’s presidential predecessor, John F. Kennedy. Yet, in a way that seems to connect back to that awful moment in November 1963, there are rumors of another vast conspiracy, one involving a terrorist attack connected to Churchill’s funeral, at the moment more when than 100 world leaders will be gathered together in one confined place. 

Just what part of THE CHURCHILL PLOT is history, and what is fiction? You may find yourself reaching for your smartphone to check facts on Google. 
Go for it. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Churchill Plot by David R. Stokes combines both historical facts and fiction into one stunning read. This novel, has caught my interest from the beginning. I love exploring a bit of history and when writers take it and spin something like this…I can’t resist reading it. The characters ranged from people I recognized to others that I didn’t. I was thoroughly entertained. Action, suspense, and mystery all wrapped into this book. Churchill ignites an intense attention where the U.S. politics is involved. A lot of events cause for serious thinking and wondering…my mind was already spinning with ideas. David R. Stokes’s writing was well-done. I definitely recommend this to history and espionage lovers. 

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Review: The Tourist


Synopsis:

THE TOURIST is a masterpiece of suspense and a gripping new spin on the time travel story.

THE FUTURE HAS ALREADY HAPPENED.

It is expected to be an excursion like any other. There is nothing in the records to indicate that anything out of the ordinary will happen.

A bus will take them to the mall. They will have an hour or so to look around. Perhaps buy something, or try their food.

A minor traffic incident on the way back to the resort will provide some additional interest – but the tour rep has no reason to expect any trouble.

Until he notices that one of his party is missing.

Most disturbingly, she is a woman who, according to the records, did not go missing.

Now she is a woman whose disappearance could change the world.

With breathtaking plot twists that ricochet through time, this is the most original conspiracy thriller you will read this year. 

Rating: 3.5-stars

Review:

The Tourist by Robert Dickinson is a conspiracy thriller. However, it was more of a time-travel adventure. The beginning of this book was well-done. The suspense was great. It intrigued me in a way, that I wanted to learn more. But as the story progressed, I felt confused. I didn’t really know much on the prisoner who was trapped or why. Then, the prisoner is asked to go on a mission, but it didn’t exactly know if he or she was going to free afterwards. The prisoner’s identity remained hidden longer than I would have liked. This was the first book I have read by Robert Dickinson. The plot was centered around a bus trip to see the 21st century. The tour guide preferred the 19th century. The time eras were hard to follow along at times. Something unknown was going to happen but the tour guide wasn’t sure what nor why. A tour member goes missing and that’s what the whole story is centered around…the missing woman. 

Review: The Secret Book of Kings

The Secret Book of Kings: A Novel by [Brandes, Yochi]

 

Synopsis:

In the tradition of The Red Tent from internationally bestselling author Yochi Brandes comes the stories of the struggles of King David and King Saul in the early days of the Kingdom of Israel, seen through the eyes of Michal, Saul’s daughter and David’s abandoned queen.

Stories are deadlier than swords. Swords kill only those who stand before them, stories decide who will live and die in generations to come.

Shelomoam, a young man from the tribe of Ephraim, has grown up in the shadow of dark secrets. He wonders why his father is deathly afraid of the King’s soldiers and why his mother has lied about the identities of those closest to him. Shelomoam is determined to unearth his mysterious past, never imagining where his quest will ultimately lead him.

The Secret Book of Kings upends conventions of biblical novels, engaging with the canonized stories of the founding of the Kingdom of Israel and turning them on their heads. Presented for the first time are the heretofore unknown stories of the House of Saul and of the northern Kingdom of Israel, stories that were artfully concealed by the House of David and the scribes of the southern Kingdom of Judah.

Yochi Brandes, one of Israel’s all-time bestselling novelists, enlists her unique background in both academic Jewish scholarship and traditional religious commentaries to read the Bible in an utterly new way. In this book, a major publishing phenomenon in Israel and one of the bestselling novels in the history of the country, she uncovers vibrant characters, especially women, buried deep within the scriptures, and asks the loaded question: to what extent can we really know our past when history is written by the victors?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Secret Book of Kings by Yochi Brandes is truly an entertaining read about Jews and their Biblical background. The tale captures the stories of the Jewish tribes and turns it into a fascinating world of fiction for all to enjoy. I also felt like it was an educational journey as well as to entertain me. Inside, readers will meet a family who is Jewish yet fear the soldiers. An explanation of war and bloodshed soon follows. A young boy wants to talk more about his tribe(s) yet his father seems far away and angered.  Secrets have been kept and it only makes the boy even more curious. The tale of a princess and the king is an interesting journey to behold. Not only does it peak the interest of the young boy but also of mine. I was intrigued from the beginning. The pages soon flew by so fast. The story leads readers into a series of deep thoughts. I truly enjoyed following the boy’s adventures as he seeks out the answers to all of his questions.  The Secret Book of Kings is a stunning piece of fiction that all will come to love. Overall, I highly recommend to readers everywhere.

Review: Red Norfork

 

Synopsis:

Communist Party Manifesto in 1848 is more relevant today than at that time. The number of communist countries has fallen from 15 in 1989 to only 4 today. However, communist parties are today part of a government in 12 countries; and communist parties exist in virtually every country in the world. In the novel RED NORFOLK, a small group of communists seek to overthrow the democratically elected government by a carefully planned coup against the government. The group is aware of historical precedents, most notably the Russian revolution of 1917 which, far from being a mass uprising against the government, was actually a coup led by dedicated militants. The novel proposes that the Australian government decides to abolish cash. This assists the revolutionaries in achieving their goals. Nilson publisher David Robertson has already concluded that “the technology now exists for a paperless (without cash) society”. Whilst not wishing to alarm the reader of the prospect of militants taking over Australia, the author seeks to alert the reader to the possibility of such an event unless measures are taken by the authorities to prevent such a possibility.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Red Norfork by Allan Kashmer is  a stunning yet frightening read. It gives readers a taste of a possible outcome if actions to prevent it are not taken. The realities of such a treat in the future could happen. I applaud the writer of his superb writing and elegant tale. I easily found myself deep into a government conspiracy story. One that made me sweat in fear and wait with holding breath.

Inside, Red Norfork, readers will meet a group trying to abolish the use of paper currency. Their thoughts are that everyone uses credit or debit cards now, and hardly anyone uses real cash. However, there are other dark characters whose businesses rely heavily on the flow of paper cash to survive. If the flow of paper cash demolishes…so, too, will their businesses. Bad guys going after other bad guys…then there’s the Communist Party members that are working up a plan to overthrow the Democratic party. I enjoyed reading this military strategic novella and governments fighting one another. Definitely an interesting read that will hook readers instantly. I found myself lost within the pages. The scenes went by fast. History and military fans will love, Red Norfork. Overall, I highly recommend it to all.

 

Review: The Coalition

 

Synopsis:

From the fiftieth floor of an office building in Denver, Colorado, a long range assassin calmly watches a procession of black Lincolns. When the motorcade pulls to the curb in Civic Center Plaza, a prominent leader, steps from one of the vehicles and takes the stage to make an important speech. Moments later, a loud BOOM echoes through the Plaza and the man slumps to the platform like a stringless marionette. The mysterious sniper, whose very existence is unknown to the international law enforcement community, has just assassinated U.S. President-elect William Ambrose Kieger.

In the aftermath of the shocking political crime, the shooter escapes and a Task Force is swiftly assembled, headed up by Special Agent Kenneth Patton of the FBI’s Denver Field Office. A ten-year vet in Domestic Terrorism, the unconventional Ken is driven to solve the crime by both professional and personal motives. His search leads him to a secret society whose diabolical and far-reaching plot threatens the very highest levels of the U.S. government. Yet the group’s motives, secret membership, and ambitious plans remain elusive. Can Ken and his team uncover the plot in time to save the day? Can they beat the countdown on the clock and catch the assassin and the shadowy group in the background pulling the strings? Or will time run out?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Samuel Marquis is indeed one talented new writer that all should watch for…his writing is suspenseful with each new book. I can’t believe the raw talent and knowledge of the writer. It’s no wonder his tales are addictive. Combining knowledge, expertise and his superb writing…The Coalition is by far stunning. Here, readers are dipped into a more political thrill ride.  Again, Samuel Marquis doesn’t disappoint his readers. Action, intrigue, and adventure are always found. Inside this new title, I was swept away by the conspiracy and assassination. Twists and turns in every chapter. The Coalition is the most highly engaging edge of your seat read. As a reader, I am beyond impressed by Samuel Marquis’s talent. His novel is definitely a must read for all.

The Coalition by Samuel Marquis is a political thriller. It took me through the scary sides of politics, assassination, and the government. Once more I was taken to Colorado. The leading character, Kenneth Patton is a Special Agent of the Denver Colorado’ s FBI division that handles terrorism.  Kenneth is the leading man in searching down the sniper that killed a President of the United States. But as he searches for the skilled sniper, he’s lead into a lion’s den of a secret society whose plans are to destroy the government.  A rush to solve the case before it’s too late has left my adrenaline pumping and palms sweaty. Humor is also be found laced into this exciting thriller. Samuel Marquis has once more left me with riveting new read. Overall, I highly recommend this title to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: Hail to the Chief

 

 

Synopsis:

Hail to the Chief — a political thrill ride as current as today’s headlines. President-elect Maggie Mathews–the first woman voted into the nation’s highest office–is felled by a ruptured brain aneurysm just 10 days before her inauguration. While she lies in a coma, her vice president-elect attempts to conceal his past, and with help from the chief of staff Bruce “Skeeter” Jamison, he gambles he can keep his dark secret from coming to light. But Maggie’s husband, the former secretary of state who schemes to seize the reins of power for himself, has other ideas.

Rating:  4.5 stars

Review:

Hail to the Chief by both John Leslie and Carey Winfrey is the most anticipated novel yet. Here, readers are plunged deep into the war of politics. Politicians are evil. Inside this masterfully woven story, readers will be shown just that. One leading female politician about to become president…slips into a coma. Then there’s her husband the state secretary who plans to take over. There are dark secrets from one’s past and another scheming his way into office. I was completely intrigued by what will happen to the lady president…and what will come of those taking advantage. I didn’t like that the fact that  the Chicago airport was changed to be named after President Barack Obama. I’m sorry…but as a Chicago native that was a blow, I’ll never forgive the fictional female character of…other than that the story was well-written, suspenseful, and kept my attention until the last page. The plot moved fast-paced.  After reading this novel, I would never want to work in any field that involves politics. Politics is a hard game to live by and usually only those that cheat make it way to the top. The reality of a woman making it to the top and then only ten days before being president everything is ruined…I can only imagine in life how any woman in that position would feel. This story had a realistic touch that made it seem less fiction and more non-fiction due to all legal and political crap that happened. I could see Hail to the Chief as a movie. The discussions on this novel would go on forever. Overall, I recommend this political tale to all.

 

 

 

Review: Coinman (An Untold Story)

 

Synopsis:

Coinman, a junior level office worker in India, has a number of eccentricities. The laughingstock of the office, he finds no relief at home; his wife Imli, an obsessed actress, completely vanishes into each role. When tough bully, Hukum, a beautiful enchantress, Tulsi, and the office sage, Ratiram, unite the office to conspire against Coinman, they have no inkling of an apocalypse looming inside the office.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Coinman: An Untold Story by Pawn Mishra is an incredible and an unforgetatable journey. A debut literary novel by a new talented writer. I was easily entertained by the well-written tale. Enchanting…this story took me deep into its plot and set me upon an unknown and remarkable travel. I loved how Pawn Mishra brought in a little bit of an Indian lifestyle and culture to the piece at hand. Highly suspenseful. I never knew what to expect to happen until it occured. The pages are vivid in description and the narrator point of view made me more curious as to what the magical pages held for me. My interest was deeply satisfied. The novel itself moved by fast and is set in an office environment. Coworkers are not always the nicest people nor easy to deal with…yet here I faced an entire office set of workers going against one man. This particular man was nicknamed Coinman. He always has his hand holding onto coins within one of his pockets…never does he use both hands…when he has to use both…he makes an excuse to leave. Everything about him annoy his coworkers…and they set out to plot against him. A business firm that turns violent…a conspirarcy in the works…and a spy among the coworkers. The turn of events in this exciting adventure will keep readers turning the pages and wondering what will be inside Pawn Mishra’s next masterpiece. Overall, I greatly enjoyed reading Coinman: An Untold Story and I highly recommend it to all.