Innocence: A Novel (And the Short Story: Wilderness) by Dean Koontz
Uncategorized / December 28, 2013

Book Review by: Sharon Powers. Innocence by Dean Koontz. This cover image is the Kindle Edition from Amazon. com; price: $10.49. The title is also available from Audible.com for $18.12 or 1 Club Membership credit.      Dean Koontz is widely known for penning novels in the genre’s of suspense thrillers, horror novels and mysteries; often these stories include science fiction, or supernatural and mystical elements.      Many fans cheer the inclusion of dogs as an element into many of his popular novels; the dogs are invariably a positive element of the story, influencing the outcome for the featured characters.      Innocence is a newly released novel, coming to us readers on December 10, 2013, just two short weeks ago. I loved getting my copy and getting to read it over my Christmas holiday. SYNOPSIS:      A young man, Addison, living alone beneath the city, afraid to be seen by anyone because of his monstrous appearance, meets a young woman, Gwyneth, in a library in the late hours of the night. She runs from those who would harm her. Gwyneth also wants to bring to justice her father’s murderer. As events unfold, Addison and Gwyneth are caught up…

Seventh Son (the movie) and The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney–The Book-to-Movie Comes to Theaters 02-06-15!
Uncategorized / December 20, 2013

The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney. Currently available in hardback, paperback, Audio (Audible.com), and in Kindle (e-book) editions. (Unabridged)[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.       I obtained my copy of this e-book (for my Kindle read- er) on December 14, 2011 from Amazon. It was being offered to the general public as one of their free book downloads. I knew at that time the book series was geared for young people, grades five through eight or, roughly, ages ten through fourteen. Nonetheless, I seized the opportunity and grabbed this book because the series looked tantalizing, and besides, I just couldn’t turn down a free book.      I didn’t read the book for quite a while and it sat on my e-book shelf gathering e-dust. When I finally did get to read the book, I found I had a few surprises coming to me.  THE BOOK: Thomas Ward becomes the Last Apprentice in Revenge of the Witch, by Joseph Delaney. [2]      Tom Ward (our protagonist) comes from a family of farmers, and with seven boys, not all can inherit the land. So, the family places all but the oldest boy as apprentices…

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell [and Contributor: Patrick Robinson] Now Available on Blu-ray/DVD/Instant Video!
Uncategorized / December 14, 2013

Lone Survivor…is available in Hardcover, Audio CD; Paperback, and as an e-book (Kindle Edition). Amazon Prices for Hardcover (Illustrated) is $18.54; Paperback: $12.33; Mass Market Paperback: $8.10; Audio, CD, Abridged, Audiobook: $12.80; Audible Edition (unabridged): $10.49 or 1 credit. For those who look for bargains in printed books, a used book may be purchased for $ .95 (+$3.99 Sh/h). Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      The author of this intriguing and newsworthy book is Marcus Luttrell (with Patrick Robinson as a contributor). This book is the result of Marcus Luttrell’s desire to memorialize the harrowing events of 2005 when Seal team 10 undertook an assignment to capture or kill a Taliban leader in Afghanistan. That mission failed. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marcus Luttrell grew up on his family’s farm in Texas with an unflagging desire to become a Navy Seal. Mr. Luttrell relates, in his book, anecdotes about his brothers, father, mother, and neighbors. We get a first-hand glimpse of what it was like to grow up in Texas with his single-minded and all-consuming desire to prepare himself to become a Navy Seal. Marcus and team. Left to Right: Matthew Axelson, Daniel R. Healey, James Suh, Marcus Luttrell, Eric S….

Christmas Books: Twelve Quick Picks for Your Busy Holiday Season…And, Sharon’s Advice for the Holidays!
Uncategorized / December 9, 2013

Christmas Books: Quick Picks for your busy holiday season. Twelve Christmas Books:  Quick Picks for a Busy Season! Book Review by Sharon Powers.      Welcome to this week’s posting of Sharon’s Love of Books. The books selected this week are a true potpourri. Some of the books I selected because they looked interesting, some I got for free from various e-book sources, some are classics, some are brand new stories. I give you these books in the hope that you take a few minutes for yourself during the holiday season to treat yourself. The books, for the most part, are short and you can easily devour them before Christmas. A few are good enough to be given as gifts to someone special. Let’s take a look at the wide range of selections I’ve picked for your perusal and enjoyment. You can purchase The Christmas Bus by Melody  Carlson from Amazon by clicking on this link. BOOK: The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson. This little novella centers around Edith Ryan. Her adult children are not coming home for Christmas, so she opens her B&B (AKA, The Shepherd’s Inn) up for Christmas reservations. The available rooms fill up and when a very pregnant Amy and…

Long Walk to Freedom, A Book Review: Dedication to Nelson Mandela: His Long Walk Ended
Uncategorized / December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela    DEDICATION:  Nelson Mandela died today, Thursday, December 5, 2013, the anniversary of his arrest and detention (prefacing his 27 years in prison).   I dedicate my blog post, today, to a man of uncommon grace who dedicated his life to abolish apartheid and to lead South Africans to a life of freedom. He will be remembered for many wonderful qualities, none more important than forgiving his enemies and loving those who harmed him and his fellow countrymen. Nelson Mandela leaves behind a legacy of love, hope, and kindness. I am very sad today. I have long admired this wonderful man. My love and condolences to Nelson Mandela’s family, friends, and to all who love him.   _________________________________________________________     Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Book Review by Sharon Powers.      [Note: This post has been updated with the new date for the upcoming movie (See below).]     On February 11, 1990, I was having a won- derful day with my family and friends. We had a lovely dinner and watched a movie on the television. A while later, I turned on the television to watch the news and was surprised to see plastered all over all the networks, the news story that…

47 Ronin, by Joan D. Vinge. Dedication to Paul Walker. Book-to-Movie Now Available on Blu-ray and DVD!
Uncategorized / December 1, 2013

47 Ronin, by Joan D. Vinge, is a book scheduled to come to the big screen on CHRISTMAS DAY, 2013. This book cover image is the front of the paperback book. The image is of actor, Keanu Reeves, in the starring role as, Kai. As the book cover indicates, the screen- play is by Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini, and Screen Story by Chris Morgan and Walter Hamada; Novelization by Joan D. Vinge. DEDICATION: This blog post is dedicated to Paul Walker–see the full dedication, below. _______________________________ Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      The real-life story of the Forty-Seven Ronin took place in Japan in the early days of the Eighteenth Century. The legend of the 47 Ronin is a well-known story about the samurai and their code of honor, called bushidō. This story exalts the loyalty, sacrifice, honor and dogged persistence and patience of this famous group of men.       The Forty-Seven lost their “daimyo” (feudal lord), Asano Naganori, when the lord was compelled to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for the offense of assaulting a court official (Kira Yoshinaka). Without a leader, the 47 became “Ronin” (wandering Samurai who have no daimyo/feudal lord).       In real life, the…