Book Review – Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee

9 03 2012


By Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee

Center Street Publishing

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It has been nearly five centuries since humanity found a way to eliminate all emotions except fear. No more anger, no more hate, no more ambition, no more violence, no more war. But at what cost? For along with no “negative” emotions, all the “positive” emotions, including love, joy and hope, have been eradicated from the world. The result: a world without war, but a world that is dead, for emotions are what make us truly alive. The characters are not zombies, but they truly are the walking dead.

This is the world brought to us by best-selling suspense/fantasy writer Ted Dekker and his co-writer Tosca Lee in “Forbidden,” the first book in a new series “The Books of Mortals.” If you’ve read my blog at all, you know I love Ted Dekker’s books. I have yet to find a Ted Dekker book that I don’t enjoy. I’ve never read any of Tosca Lee’s novels, but I have heard only good things about them. After reading this book, I can see why. Her style and unique touches blend well with Dekker’s style to create a possible medieval future world that feels all too real. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – Corridor by Robin Parrish

8 03 2012


By Robin Parrish

StoneHouse Ink

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Robin Parrish is one of my favorite authors. From book to book, you never know what to expect from him. Well, let me correct that. You know that you can expect a well-crafted story that will have you turning the pages faster than a speeding bullet. But he has written in a variety of genres – sci-fi, horror, superhero. With “Corridor,” Parrish ventures into YA territory for the first time, and the results speak for themselves. He makes the transition seamlessly, crafting a fast-paced story with characters that readers of all ages can relate to.

Troy, on the eve of his 17th birthday, awakens to find himself in a white room so bright that  he can’t even open his eyes. He has no memory of how he arrived in this blinding environment. His only companion is the girl’s voice he hears in his head telling him to run. With her help, he escapes from the white room, only to find himself in another room with another deadly challenge to overcome. This continues from room to room as Troy and his guardian angel continue to bond as she assists him in his journey through the titular Corridor. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – The Devil’s Elixir by Raymond Khoury

7 03 2012

The Devil’s Elixir

By Raymond Khoury


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Expectations are a dangerous beast. As a consumer of entertainment, we enter each new “relationship” with a TV show, movie or book with a set of expectations, based on previous experience with a creator or a marketing campaign or word of mouth, or some combination. When expectations meet reality, this is a good thing. But when expectations and reality don’t quite seem to mesh, it leaves us as entertainment consumers feeling like we have been short-changed in some way.

For me, “The Devil’s Elixir” was a case of unmet expectations. “The Devil’s Elixir” is the third book in the series Khoury started in 2005 with “The Last Templar” and continued in 2010 with “The Templar Salvation.” Again, the story centers around FBI agent Sean Reilly and his girlfriend, archaeologist Tess Chaykin. The first two books were action/thrillers that combined a modern-day quest with a healthy dose of history, including several chapters interspersed through each book that were set in the past. This time around, Khoury seems to tease at following that same pattern but fails to follow through. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – Invasion by Jon S. Lewis

6 03 2012


By Jon S. Lewis

Thomas Nelson

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I have to admit I’m a little late coming to the party on this one. “Invasion” was originally released early in 2011, the first book in the C.H.A.O.S. trilogy by Jon S. Lewis. I had seen it on the shelves and thought it looked really good but had just not found the time to read “Invasion.” With the release of the second book in the series in January of this year, the publisher re-released “Invasion” for reviewers and I jumped at the chance to read and review it.

Colt McAllister is just a normal California teenager, enjoying his summer surfing and hanging with his friends. His average, ordinary life is upturned when his parents die in a car accident. Colt moves to Arizona to live with his grandfather, where his life is upturned yet again when he discovers that his family has been involved for generations in a top-secret organization (CHAOS) protecting the earth from alien invasion and his parents’ accident was no accident. A world he thought existed only in video games and comic books has suddenly become very real. In a moment, Colt’s life goes from surfing and girls to aliens, rocket backpacks and covert government agencies. With the assistance of his friends, Colt helps CHAOS attempt to repel the alien invasion. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – Ghost Country by Patrick Lee

5 03 2012

Ghost Country

By Patrick Lee


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Last year, I reviewed “The Breach,” the first book in Patrick Lee’s series of sci-fi thrillers. Earlier this year, I finally got around to reading the second book, “Ghost Country” and it was well worth the wait. If you want to get up to speed on the background from the first novel, you can read my review here.

“Ghost Country” picks up the story of the shadow agency known as Tangent and the mysterious objects that pass through the anomaly known as The Breach. The book opens as Tangent member Paige Campbell and other members of her team leave the White House after presenting the president with information about one of the devices that has passed through The Breach. Their motorcade is attacked on the streets of Washington, D.C., and Paige is the only survivor. Before the unknown assailants can take her into custody, Paige gets off a quick voice mail message to her colleague, Bethany Stewart. Enter Travis Chase. Read the rest of this entry »

A wild week of reviews

2 03 2012

It has been way too long since I’ve posted any book reviews. That’s the bad news. The good news is, I have read plenty of books in the months since my last review, so I have many book reviews ready to go.

Next week, to get caught up a little on my back-logged reviews, I will post one review every day Monday, March 5, through Saturday, March 10. That’s right: Six reviews in six days! The books I will review, in no particular order are:







– Ghost Country by Patrick Lee

– Corridor by Robin Parrish

– The Paradise Prophecy by Robert Browne

– The Devil’s Elixir by Raymond Khoury

– Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee

– Invasion by J.S. Lewis

So check back every day next week to see my thoughts on six amazing books. Please feel free to leave comments about any of them. I love to hear from my readers.

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