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Distorted (CCape Thomas #3)

Title: Distorted
Author: Christy Barritt
Pages: 336
Year: 2017
Publisher: Waterfall
My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.
Now, if like me, you have read the books in order Dubiosity, Disillusioned and now Distorted, I hope you are as rocked about them as I am! Distorted really seemed to cap off the series when a young socialite woman becomes a victim of human trafficking. Not only that but Mallory Baldwin knows her parents were killed the same night she was abducted. Now, a year later, with what sounds like a small arms war outside the compound where she is held captive enter Navy SEAL Tennyson Walker and other members of the team trying to take down a drug and arms dealer. Or did they?
Now, two years later, Mallory has been through some therapy and written a book in hopes of helping other victims become victors. When she is about to go on tour, threats begin to surface. Therefore, a bodyguard is hired to make sure nothing happens to Mallory. Grant is the man setting up the PR tour and Tennyson knows he needs more help to fight off the cartel he thought was destroyed.
Both Mallory and Tennyson have broken hearts and souls from issues they must face while trying to put their lives back together. As the threats and body count starts to rise, it is time to bring in yet another guard, but Mallory just can’t seem to feel safe with anyone other than Tennyson. He has to tell her about his past that directly affects her. He might even let her know about a past incident that broke his heart.
What readers will enjoy is the budding romance between Tennyson and Mallory as well as the action, adventure and how a couple of the characters learn that to live is to trust and lean on the Lord. While it sounds easy to some of the characters, others will learn it is a slow process that takes courage while placing one foot before the other. I cannot recommend these three stories highly enough as they are so far the best of the best of what I have read to date in 2017!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Disillusioned (Cape Thomas #2)

Title:  Disillusioned

Author:  Christy Barritt

Pages:  288

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Waterfall Press

My rating 5 out of 5.

In her second novel set in the same small town off the bay as in book one, Dubiosity, we meet new characters Nikki and Bobby Wright.  Readers also renew acquaintances with some of other folks in Dubiosity.  The action and danger are centered around the brother and sister as Bobby has returned from being held prisoner overseas.  His sister Nikki paid the ransom to get him back to the states with the help of her attorney who was supposed to help them get some time to gather themselves before debriefing.

From start to finish the book is always moving along at a pace that kept my eyes on the action, danger and possible romances while dodging bullets and bad guys!  Nikki and Bobby know they need help, but who can they trust?  Bobby reaches out to Kade Wheaton, a former SEAL like Bobby, and hopefully they can unwind the web of deceit in time to save many American lives before a terrorist organization can carry out their plans.

Trying to figure out who was heading up the terrorists in America was one thread that kept me turning pages.  The other was learning the backgrounds of the Wright siblings and how that could play into what they were experiencing at the moment.  When time is of the essence and safety is of utmost concern, these three connect with a few of the characters we met in Dubiosity!

The hardest part was trying to get local and federal help in locating the man who is bent on harming people, but because of the way the brother and sister are portrayed in the news few will listen to them.  Wait till you see who the man was that planned America’s downfall and how he backed himself into a corner along with the budding romance between Kade and Nikki!

Keep reading as we now head to the next book in the series, Distorted!

Dubiosity (Cape Thomas #1)

Title:  Dubiosity

Author:  Christy Barritt

Pages:  325

year:  2015

Publisher:  Waterfall Press

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

The main two characters in the book it seemed to me were Savannah and Clive.  Neither are willing to open up to others about who they really are and why they are in a small town.  Savannah came to hide and pay penance for what she believed was her fault.  No one knows that except her good friend Marty.  Marty is a unique woman who loves conspiracy theories and caring for migrant workers and families.

When Savannah begins to experience unusual events and threats to her privacy, she wants to run, but where will she go?  When Marty is hurt, Savannah believes she owes her best friend the duty of doing the job of taking care of others until she is better.  However, in the shadows is a nefarious person who believes she is for him alone and plans on taking out anyone who interferes with his plans.

There is quite a bit more to the novel that will keep you turning pages as you get caught in the web of figuring out what is going to happen.  The book is an exciting and suspense-filled tale that ends in a way that speaks of overcoming fear and the fact that God can totally restore a person’s heart.  I couldn’t put the book down until I knew how the author identified the antagonist and restored some of the town’s heart.

Don’t miss this book as it sets the stage for the following books Disillusioned and Distorted!  One more thing, each book just gets better and better!  They are well written, faith filled while addressing some real-life issues!

Hidden Figures (DVD)

Title:  Hidden Figures (DVD)

Year: 2017

Studio: 20th Century Fox

My rating 5+ stars out of 5!

The year this movie takes place in was the same year I was born.  Recently, when John Glenn passed away, I remembered some of his life’s story.  I can’t say whether I was taught more in school and forgot or as I get older I pay more attention.  John Glenn was not the only hero that day.  The movie tells so much more than women fighting for their “rights” as it tells more about the women who, with grace and fortitude, wouldn’t allow the times to define them.

These women were aware of the racial division at the time and about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was reaching out to bring about change for anyone whose civil rights were trampled on or ignored.  The brilliance of the women who worked at NASA wasn’t just in their mental abilities; it was what they taught their children and with grace how they carried themselves.  These women weren’t focused on themselves as they were more focused on helping American’s reach space.  They were patriotic even when they weren’t valued or taken seriously, but were separated from others.  These women had families who lived in dangerous times, but they kept walking forward with heads held high.  They didn’t destroy others’ property, leave a mess for others to clean up or sew hatred.  No, they showed courage, character traits, belief in God and taught themselves so they were equipped to change with the times.

These hidden figures weren’t looking for glory, but a chance to serve their nation in their own way.  I don’t know what has become of their children or grandchildren.  However, they left a legacy that I hope humans of all ages will become more like these women bringing change that while others may not ever know about or make a movie about, the Lord will know.

We stand stronger when we stand side by side and give a helping hand to others.  Instead of shouting about “our rights”, we need to be more focused on the care and treatment of others right beside us.  We need to remember that this nation is stronger when we stand together united and not divided as some want us to be.

Watch this movie or read the book.  I bet your heart, mind and soul will be deeply touched and challenged to put away the sword of division and pick up whatever tools are needed to build a strong people which then becomes known as a strong nation.

The Hyperion Web (A Jack Crockett Thriller)

Title:  The Hyperion Web (A Jack Crockett Thriller)

Author:  D. P. Mitchell

Pages:  352

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Create Space

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.

Wow!  I’m still trying to catch my breath and still my beating heart!  What an adventure into a world where it is at times hard to identify the good guy from the bad.  There is mystery, intrigue, intelligence agents, terrorists and maybe an artificial life form.  You will have to read to believe!

Jack Crockett is a man of many talents and a fierce warrior.  His first mission is to go in and rescue a hostage, Gabriele.  Jack has no idea just who he is rescuing.  Then, in time, due to attacks that weren’t foreseen, a small group decides that something must be done to stop the threat of losing America and their freedoms.

The President who comes to power is one that is frightening.  I can’t wait to see if the author is going to have the small group find a way to take down the evil trying to pervade the nation.  There isn’t a moment that lacks as tension builds and danger is everywhere, though identifying it is tricky.  The way the author ends this book sort of left me wondering what could possibly happen in the future, but left me with the thrill of seeing possible scenarios Jack may have to face!

Take time to read and thoroughly enjoy the many layered mysteries the author expertly weaves that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.  The novel is just absolutely top notch for thrill seekers and suspense lovers!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Bread of Angels

Title:  Bread of Angels

Author:  Tessa Afshar

Pages:  400

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Lydia is the teenage daughter of a merchant who has perfected the art of making purple dye for textiles.  He is not too successful as a business man as he prefers to spend his time perfecting his art instead of managing his accounts.  As a result, Lydia and her father are not financially secure.  Their products are of excellent quality and the competition seeks her father’s formulas for dye making.  In an underhanded plot, her father is branded a criminal and they are forced to leave the land generations of their family has inhabited, the only city they have known and not practice the only trade they know.

By chance, Lydia meets a young, homeless, Jewish woman who she befriends.  They become best friends and Rebekah begins to tell Lydia about God.  Lydia heretofore has only known Greek or Roman gods.  As Lydia and Rebekah try to survive in a new city in a trade with few women dyers and none owned by a woman, Lydia begins to put a tentative trust in Rebekah’s God.  Then Paul, Silas, Luke and Timothy arrive in town and Lydia’s life is changed forever.

I love Tessa Afshar’s books!  They have a way of developing characters that draw me into their lives from page one until the end.  Her characters are full of life and interesting.  I don’t know that without her outstanding writing ability I would have been much interested in reading about how to make purple dye, but Tessa’s skills piqued my interest and I learned quite a bit!  I also liked the historical look at the life of a woman in Thyatira and Philippi.  The character of Rebekah was so interesting and I would love to see her get her own story.  I highly recommend any of Tessa’s books as they are all outstanding.  Readers won’t be disappointed or feel like they have wasted their time with her books; they will treasure them.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Rabbi Teach Us to Pray (What the Jewishness of Jesus can Teach Christians About Prayer)

Title: Rabbi Teach Us to Pray (What the Jewishness of Jesus can Teach Christians About Prayer)
Author: Aaron Eby
Pages: 80
Year: 2017
Publisher: First Fruits of Zion
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
First, let me say this isn’t a “how to” book; it struck me as being a “why to” book. The more I am learning about the Jewish culture and thought process, the more I am aware of how much deeper I have yet to grow in the Lord. Unlike western culture that tends to compartmentalize life, the Jewish life is interwoven with spiritual life in all aspects. It really is a wonderful way to live and think that is 180 degrees from what I have known to date.
In this short book, Aaron Eby shares eye-opening and heart-impacting truths about Jesus, Jewish life and prayer. It showed me how life-giving prayer can be instead of just repetition and lifeless. I was touched to learn what the Jewish women use for prayer and how they live to pray. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, we now can gain deeper insight into what The Lord’s Prayer can mean to us as it touches our lives.
I hope you take time to read the book as it doesn’t take but a short amount of time. Plus, I hope and pray your heart and life are touched, challenged and changed after you finish the book!