James and Lee: The Great Scare by Gregory James


James and Lee, the Great Scare by Gregory James is truly an amazing story. The story takes place 200 hundred years after the destruction of the earth’s surface. People are now living under the surface of the earth in tunnels. James and Lee are brothers who are working on a time machine to take them back in time. They are also the town’s librarians and are the ones people go to when they have problems. The latest string of problems is that several people have had things go missing at 6 PM the same night. James and Lee are called upon to try to find the missing items and people.

This book is an action filled satire. There are so many things I enjoyed about this book. I found myself laughing while reading. One of the things that stands out for me in this book is that those who were trying to save the earth, as we know it today, are the ones that caused the destruction. Another is the things that go missing are the things the people treasured the most. I really enjoyed the part where the author writes about the destruction of the earth’s surface. He goes through the different steps that are taken to use vehicles and pollute the earth the least. At one point hamsters are used to run the cars, until it is discovered the hamsters pollute the earth.

I just loved this book and I feel a lot of others will also enjoy it. With just 186 pages, it is a great book to read to just get lost for an evening.

I received this book from CrossLink Publishing through BookCrash. This is my honest review.

186 pages

ISBN: 9781633571280

My rating: 5+ stars

To learn more about the author go to: https://gregoryjamesauthor.com/

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Enclave by Thomas Locke


Enclave, by Thomas Locke, is a dystopian novel that takes place many years in the future. Almost 100 years after the Great Crash and the country is basically cities governing themselves with very little support from the federal government. Kevin and his mother are part of a group that rescue refugees, give them new identities and sneak them into society. With the government suspecting this is happening Kevin and his mother find themselves fleeing for their lives.

Caleb is one of many people who have special gifts that allow them to know what is happening with others. The federal government is trying to find these people so he is now being forced to flee for his safety.

This story takes off with so much going on and so many characters that I struggled through the whole story to keep up with what was happening. The story is full of action and suspense, which I enjoy, but it did not flow smoothly. The background of the story is filled in very nicely and the story ends with a fight starting. This makes we wonder if this is the beginning of a new series. If you enjoy science fiction or dystopian stories and do not mind a lot of characters and multiple stories taking place at one time, this is a story for you.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Tour Program. This is my honest review.

269 pages

ISBN: 9780800727918

My rating: 3 stars

Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn. To learn more about him go to www.tlocke.com

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The Rogue by Lee W. Brainard


the powers of the heavens shall be shaken”

The Rogue by Lee W. Brainard is the first book in the Planets Shaken series. This story is so good. I wish the second book were available to follow the story through. Not being a science nerd, it took me a while to get into the story, but once I did the book was very hard to put down. And then to have it end like it did, wow! It’s going to be a hard wait to see what happens.

Irina is a rookie scientist who discovers a very large comet that is on it’s way to Mars. When she reports it to her supervisor, he take the information and almost claims it as his. When the government finds out she has knowledge of the comet, they start investigating her. She knows she has to get this information to someone so she mails it to a former classmate, just prior to being taken into custody. Anyone who has knowledge of the comet and talks about it, gets taken to the FEMA area, they lose all their belongings and never see their families or friends again.

Ariele receives a mysterious package in the mail that contains information about a very large comet that could destroy the world. She starts researching and using the telescope at her job to get more information. When her research is finished, she reports her findings to her supervisor, who has to report her to the FBI. After being questioned by the FBI, she meets with a colleague and he tells her she has to run to save her life. Her colleague starts getting followed by the FBI, he also goes on the run.

I really enjoyed this book, it gives a different look at the end of the world than most of the books I have read in the past. Using Biblical prophecy, the author writes a fascinating story based on the Gospel of Luke 21:26. What stands out to me is how smart the characters are. As well as how far they will go to stand up for what they believe in. This story is full of action and suspense. I think anyone who enjoys a good thriller, will enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from the author through BookCrash. This is my honest review.

Series: Planet Shaken

401 pages

ISBN: 9780998759401

Publisher: Southkeep Press

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BLINK by S. A. Jewell


BLINK by S. A. Jewell is such a good book! Have you ever thought of what the end times would be like, for you, for your non-believing friends and family, for the rest of the world. Using Bible scripture, the author has written this amazing story of her interpretation of what that time will be like. This story is so good it is hard to put down.

In the blink of a moment people have gone missing. No one knows what has happened. While they do know all of the people were Christians, some left behind are also considered to be Christians. The President of the United States has been shot, the military is hurting as well as the country’s financial stability. When the European Parliament President is missing, Marcus Junius is chosen to step in. He quickly becomes the leader of the world with plans to destroy Israel. He plans to get rid of all Jews and Christians, starting at Israel and going across the earth. If anyone wants to live, they must worship him. For seven long years those left behind are having to deal with one bad thing happening after another. Food is very limited, the water has gone bad, animals have disappeared, wild fires and storms are happening every where. For those who have turned to the Bible for answers, they know the rapture has occurred and they must find a way to survive.

This is such a good book, I would recommend everyone read it. While not a true story, it will make the reader sit back and give thought to where they are with God. While this book was written for young adults, it will be enjoyed by adults as well.

I received a copy of this book from the author through Book Crash. This is my honest review.

306 pages

ISBN: 9781620206324

Publisher: Ambassador International

S. A. Jewell is the author of two young adult fiction books. She has a master’s degree in Bible Studies as well as a BFA degree, She is the founder of www.teamofGod.org, a non-denominational Christian ministry encouraging Bible study and helping the needy.

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The Divide by Jolina Petersheim


The Divide, by Jolina Petersheim, is the second book and conclusion of the Alliance series. This is an awesome series. It was well worth the year wait to read the second book. Just like the first book in the series, this book has a lot of depth and twists and turns. I found myself staying up very late to find out what happens. The story is very well developed. We get to know more about the main characters as well as their background. One of the things that is stressed in this series is that violence is not God’s way so it is not the Mennonite’s way. But Leora has lived a life caring for and protecting those she loves. She wonders if she will have to choose between her family or her faith.

In book one, an attack destroyed the region’s power grid and changed the life for everyone. People fled their homes in search of food and shelter. The Old Order Mennonite community became under attack and the community fled to the mountains and built a new community.

Now in the new community they find food was very scarce. People got sick and many died. Bishop Lowell is killed by someone trying to get into the community and Jabil is now the Bishop. AS spring comes the community start gardening and moving toward the future. Leora is torn between clinging to her love for Moses and a life with Jabil. She accepts Jabil’s proposal but starts having doubts about being part of the community. Her brother has left the community to join the militia.

Members of the militia have manged to get an old airplane working and have located the Agricultural Resurgence Commission’s (ARC) camp. The ARC is going around forcing the people to join their group and work for them. Those who refuse are killed. Some members of the militia decide to take down the ARC.

I think anyone who enjoys reading about the Mennonite life will enjoy this story. As well as anyone who enjoys suspense and romance stories. However, this story does have a fair amount of violence and death

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: The Alliance (book 2)

400 pages

ISBN: 9781496402226

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://www.jolinapetersheim.com/

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The Calling by Rachelle Dekker


The Calling, by Rachelle Dekker, is book 2 in A Seer Novel series. Carrington Hale was a Lint working as an Authority Worker and Remko Brant was a guard at CityWatch. While at CityWatch, Carrington went to meetings led by Aaron, who would talk about God, referring to him as Father. Some of those that attended his meeting chose to flee CityWatch.

Carrington and Remko were among those who fled. They married and now have a daughter. Remko is the leader of the Seers. He does not have the same faith and beliefs in God that Carrington does. A small group of the Seers sneak back into CityWatch to try to rescue prisoners facing death. While on a mission, a group of Seers find a building that is used to house people who are being used as test subjects.

The guards for CityWatch are also trying to locate the Seers. They are given a tip and capture most of the Seers while Remko is away. He has no idea where Carrington and his daughter are.

This is a futuristic novel. It is fast paced and has a lot of suspense. I enjoyed this book, it was hard to put down. I wanted to keep reading it to see what was going to happen. It was nice to read about the strong faith some of the Seers had and the sacrifice they would give for others.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.

Series: A Seer Novel – Book 2

464 Pages

ISBN: 9781496402271

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing

The Choosing by Rachlle Dekker


The Choosing is book one in A Seer Novel series  written by Rachelle Dekker.

The year is 2107 and a vaccine has been developed that is intended to wipe out all illnesses and slow the aging process. The vaccines are given in a series of 5 injections over 36 months. About 1-10,000 people did not respond favorably to the vaccines. For the rest the vaccine initially appear to be successful. Between October 2112 and May 2113, an illness associated with the vaccine took the lives of 9 billion people. This event is known as the Ruining. The world changed drastically with all the death and destruction and those remaining clung to Robert Carlson as the new leader. He introduces them to theVertas which he claimed was the true word of God. Less than 1000 people remain and Robert brings them together to rebuild their lives in the center of Washington DC.

The year is now 2257, almost from birth girls are trained how to be proper wives and look forward to the Choosing Ceremony where they do their best to be chosen by a young man to be his wife. Those who are not chosen are taken away from family and friends to City Watch where they will live as Lints, working as Authority Workers. They are given jobs to do and live in Lint Stacks, small suites that they live in with other girls. Carrington Hale has worked very hard all her life to be chosen but for some unknown reason is not.

Isaac Knight is the preacher for the City Watch and does regular mandatory ceremonies to remind the people about the Vertas, teaching them to be subject to the Authority as the only true authority is through God and those appointed. Isaac’s wife dies and he asked the Authority to allow him to choose a new wife. With the Authority’s approval he chooses Carrington. She is given a second chance, something no one else has ever been given. But is Isaac really who he appears to be.

This is a futuristic book, it is very fast pace and has lots of suspense. I have trouble seeing this as a Christian book. This is the only reason I am giving it a lower score, I prefer to read books that encourage me in my Christian walk.

Series: A Seer Novel – Book 1

464 Pages

ISBN: 9781496402240

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing

Storm by Bonnie S. Calhoun


Storm, written by Bonnie S. Calhoun, is book 3 in the Stone Braide Chronicles. The Sorrows happened 150 years earlier and the story takes place in post apocalyptic United State. Selah is just 18 years old and is a novarium trying to complete the Third Protocol. Selah, along with a few friends and her family, work endlessly to get the clues Selah needs.

After the Sorrows the atmosphere is covered in volcanic ash. The group finds out there are two domes that cover entire cities where people live. These domes are in original cites from before the Sorrows, Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois. The group go to Cleveland just as a major storm arrives. They are forced to stay at the dome several months. While there, Selah works with the Keeper to learn more about the protocol and how she can complete it. Moljica, Yaraji and Bodhi get go through training for combat and survival. Selah’s younger siblings spend time reading the fairy tales from The Stone Braide Chronicles.

The keeper tells Selah she needs to go to the Chicago dome and see the Seeker. When the group gets to Chicago they experience trouble with their transport. They work on fixing it while Selah meets with the Seeker. The Seeker is not able to help her, but tells her about an old lady who might have information. Selah is told they need to go to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While on their way to Milwaukee, their transport blows up. They eventually get to Milwaukee and are not safe there. They no longer have transportation so they decide to go by train and do not know where to go. Selah’s younger siblings use the symbols used in the Stone Braide Chronicles to decide white trip to take. All the while Selah is getting very weak and it appears she will not be able to accomplish the Third Protocol.

This is a very good teen fantasy. The series should be read in order, but enough information is included in this story to understand what is happening. There is a lot of action that takes place while the group work to reach their goal alive. And there is suspense with who they can trust and with what is going to happen next as well as will Selah be able to complete the protocol. While there is violence in this story, it is not very offensive.

The parts of the story that I enjoyed the most was when the group worked together to find clues that would lead them to succeed. I enjoyed the children’s part in the story, the memorizing of the fairy tales and the mischief they get into when the transport breaks down. I also enjoyed the selflessness of Selah when she donated blood, know that it will shorten her life. I was disappointed the book is published by a Christian publishing company, yet there isn’t Christian references in the story. This story will be enjoyed by people who enjoy fantasy and action packed stories.

I received a copy of the book from Revell Publishing and I have written an honest review.

Series: Stone Braide Chronicles (Book 3)

Pages: 400

ISBN: 9780800723781

Publisher: Revell Publishing

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The Valley of The Dry Bones by Jerry B. Jenkins


The Valley of the Dry Bones is a novel written by Jerry B. Jenkins. The story is set in the future and takes place in California. After a 17 year drought, California is evacuated with the exception of small groups who chose to stay behind. Of them is a group of 16 Christians who witness to others. This group is called the Holdouts.

The pastor’s wife, Jenne, has found out she has advanced cancer and the pastor, Bob, decides to step down. A new pastor has to be chosen and it comes down to either the leader of the group, Zeke, or the doctor, Doc. Doc feels he is best for the group while Zeke is putting it all in God’s hands.

One of the groups the Holdouts visits is a group of Native Americans. While on one of their visits they get a chance to speak with one of the elderly ladies. She also is a Christian. She dies shortly after their visit and a member of her group goes to Arizona with the story she is going to notify family that left California. What she actually does is give false information to the authorities about the Holdouts.

The FBI and government get involved and start Operation Dry Bones. They are searching for Doc for supposedly killing members and committing mass murder on the Indian Tribes. Resources also say that Zeke escaped from custody and now heads up a warren of underground bunkers full of hundred of armed combatants. The pastor’s son in law is also quoted for saying he always knew the pastor would murder his wife.

This is a very suspenseful book with a lot of action. A lot of different things are going on at the same time but it is written in such a way it is easy to follow. I like the Christian aspect of the story. Several of the members are very strong Christians who use the Bible as a guide to live their lives, but it is not a preachy book. I also like that is it a story of family and community with everyone working for survival and the good of the group. This is not the type of story that I typically read but with all the action and suspense, I found it to be a very good book. The end did move along really fast and I appreciate the author finished up the book with a summary of what happened following Operations Dry Bones.

I received a copy of the book from Worthy Publishing and First Look Blog Tour for an honest review.

Series: End Times

336 pages

ISBN-10: 1617950084

ISBN-13: 978-1617950087

Publisher: Worthy Publishing

You can learn more about the author at: http://www.jerryjenkins.com/

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