Oct 23, 2016

Review: Shallow Waters

Shallow Waters Shallow Waters by Rebecca Bradley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A young girl is found dead in the alley way in Nottingham. When investigations were going on another young girl is found dead with identical markings. Detective Inspector Hannah Robbins and her team Aaron, Sally, Martin and Ross try their best and identify the victims, the first girl is Rosie Green and the second is Allison Kirk.

Did DI Hannah and her team found out the killers? Who are they? All are answered in the remaining chapters of the book.

The author has given some back stories of Hannah her confused relationship with the journalist and her prison serving sister. Sally's pregnancy, her life with Tom and her work ethics. The story is told by Hannah, in first person narrative and then in some chapters is from Sally and the caged girl. This book is police procedural and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

I received this free copy from Amazon through Facebook TBC.


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Oct 14, 2016

Review: Enemies of the State

Enemies of the State Enemies of the State by Jeff Altabef
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The year is 2041 and America is in Civil War. The protagonist Steven Cabbott is hired by his boss Charles Sheppard, to extract the two dissidents before Homeland security raids the ghetto. Steven childhood is not so colourful, his mom has her own demons which made to kill her husband. Steven escapes from the ghetto and joins the army at a young age. He finds that he too has a demon inside him which made him to survive in his profession. In his 30th year he thought his killing years are gone. But the destiny has other plan. Did Steven saved the two ghetto Leaders Moses and Gabriel? did Steven overcome his demons? all are answered in the remaining chapters of the book.

I received this free E book. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. The story is fast paced, the car chase and the fight between Homeland Security are worth mentioning. With less than 100 pages the character development and action are all well written by the author.


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Oct 8, 2016

Review: A Bride From Moon

A Bride From Moon A Bride From Moon by Neel Aruna C.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think this if the first time I have read the full length novel written by an Indian author.

"The prophecy tells that the one, whom I chose with my entire heart will be the king of the gods. If the king is chosen, each and every god has to obey his orders".

The girl is Sarva who she chooses is Vishwa. The novel has some flashbacks which nicely connects all the characters. The book starts with lack of narration but half way through the author has enhanced her narration, considering a debut novel it is okay for me. The story genre ranges from mythological fiction, romance and a bit of thriller.

I am not disappointed with the story. The author has vivid imagination and I am eager to read other part.


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Oct 4, 2016

Review: Captain Blood

Captain Blood Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I selected to read this book after watching two movies based on this novel, the first is 1935 flick Captain Blood and second, best treated of Captain Blood story into Tamil movie Ayirathil Oruvan (1965).

Peter Blood, is a doctor who also served as a Soldier. Rebellion against King James was raging in the country while in the Town of Bridge Water on one unfortunate day a rebel Jeremy Pitt seeks Peter Blood to heal the sorely wounded Lord Gildoy. While treating him the army enters the farm and arrests the rebels and with them Peter Blood. Death penalty was given to all the rebels but destiny played its role and the King made is mind to sell the traitors to work in West Indies plantations as slaves.

On arrival on the island of Barbados, Port Royal, under the supervision of Colonel Bishop, Peter was also sold as a slave but his knowledge in medicine helps him to treat the Governor. He meets the charming Arabella Bishop who is the niece of Colonel Bishop. She becomes sympathetic after hearing the story of Peter. The evil treatment of Colonel Bishop towards the slaves make them prepare to escape from the island. On the day of their escape the Spanish force lead by
Admiral Don Miguel de Espinosa captures the island. The slaves escape and takes the Spanish ship, after getting his ransom from the Governor and Colonel Bishop, Don Miguel de Espinosa leaves the island but his ransom and ship were taken by Peter Blood and his men. Don Miguel vows to kill Blood.

With the Spanish ships and the ransom, Peter Blood and his men who cannot return to their home as they were proscribed rebels and also they cannot return to the island as they are escaped slaves turns them into sea pirates. Captain Blood named his ship as Arabella. In due course Captain Blood becomes the most hated and feared pirate in Caribbean seas.

One side the Spaniards Don Miguel de Espinosa and another side Colonel Bishop were planning to capture Captain Blood and end him. What happen to Captain Blood? Did he win the heart of Arabella? What happened to his adversaries Don Miguel and Colonel Bishop? All these sub plots are the remaining part of the novel.

I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, in some chapters I have to re-read as new characters enter. The witty dialogs of Captain Blood and the adventurous escape from the island of Maracaybo, defeating his enemies, using unorthodox techniques in ship fights are breath taking.

Below are some of the gems uttered by Captain Blood:

1. that he was a man of medicine and not of war; a healer, not a slayer

2. I regarded the adventure as a wicked madness

3. To succour a wounded man, as was my sacred duty

4. for bluff is a weapon dear to every adventurer

5. My business, my lord, was with his wounds, not with his politics

6. By trade I am a soldier—at least, it's a trade I followed for ten years. It brought me no great gear, but it served me better than medicine, which, as you may observe, has brought me into slavery. I'm thinking it's more pleasing in the sight of Heaven to kill men than to heal them.


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Oct 1, 2016

Review: Indrajal Comics-244-Phantom (Gem): The Skull Cave Attacked

Indrajal Comics-244-Phantom (Gem): The Skull Cave Attacked Indrajal Comics-244-Phantom (Gem): The Skull Cave Attacked by Lee Falk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An Ex-Professor and a pilot Mr.Graves while flying watches a peak which is shaped like a man's head. Same time his plane engine fails and he parachutes for safety but he was in verge of getting attacked by Lion and Leopard.

A miracle happens as Phantom intervenes and takes the badly injured Mr.Graves to his fabulous skull cave for recuperation. When Mr.Graves returns to civilization nobody believes the story. Finally one psychiatrist Smedley chats with him in Explorer Club and he tells him the story and the great treasure he had seen in the Skull cave. But Dr.Smedley feels that Mr.Graves story is the result of delirium.

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Then Dr.Smedley tells this tale to many of this one Captain Eric and his girlfriend believes the story and they plan to grab the treasure. Captain Eric who hears the legends of Phantom's land that a beautiful woman clad in jewels can walk into the jungle without fear, Eric hatches a plan, musters couple of thugs and sends his girlfriend to the jungle.

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Did the girl meets Phantom and did she entered the Skull Cave? What happened to the girl and Captain Eric and his thugs remains half of the story.

"Sight of an angry Phantom can freeze a person's blood -- an old jungle saying"

I liked the art work, the story is so beautiful and one thing I find hard is that Phantom does no action, apart from scaring away Lion and Leopard.


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