Day After Never by Russell Blake


Day After Never by Russell Blake is a non-stop modern day western in a post-apocalyptic world.

Blood Honor is the first installment in The Day After Never series. The main character, quiet and rugged, Lucas, gives up his day job of chasing horses for trade to rescue a woman in need; a strange but beautiful women he knows nothing about. Which is something this torn and broken widower just doesn’t do in this post-humanity world, and can’t begin to explain why he needs her to survive.

There are quite a lot of thrilling moments and though I’ve read more than one Russell Blake books, I found this one written in a style I quite admire. He adds the details a lot of authors miss. He shows humanity and he’s in the moment which not something all authors can claim in their works. I very much enjoyed reading this first installment in The Day After Never and I know you will too.

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Silver Star by Jeannette Walls – a Review

Silver Star by Jeannette Walls is a true look into the childhood of those less fortunate and who live by their wits at a young age.

A friend of mine recently introduced me to The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls. It was sitting around on my TBR pile for a while, (to be read). Had I known what a wonderfully written and engaging story it was, I would have moved it to the top of the pile a little sooner.

The main character reminds me of my own childhood and I think that’s why my friend referred the story to me to begin with. Those of use who grew up like this know what it’s like to be in charge of yourself, the boss of you, at such an early age. Jeannette Walls truly made the story come to life and she didn’t hold back; it the raw deal and I loved reading The Silver Star.

It starts off with two girls in their young teens trying to avoid the dreaded CPS (child protection services). They end up making a run for it since their crazy mom has left them on their own for far too long. They take off across the country to their only known relative and discover that not only is their mother looney but so are the rest of the adults they encounter. They fall into life in their mother’s old town but not without resurrecting old ghosts and finding out who they truly are in the process. This is both good and bad and you’re left with hoping they made the right decision all along.

I completely recommend it to my readers and though I know my female readers will enjoy it, so will my male readers. There’s no real romance but lots of life involved.

This book is also available in audiobook format and I think it would be a great listen-to on your way to work.

The Virginian by Owen Wister

As a post-apocalyptic writer, I read an abundance of survival fiction. Like many like-minded readers, post-apocalyptic has become known as the modern day westerns like The Virginian by Owen Wister.

I read across many genres, but mostly modern bestsellers. It’s refreshing to delve into the older classics and rediscover something I’ve missed in the past. That’s the case with The Virginian. A friend recommended the piece to me and I loved the lengthy novel.

Owen Wister aptly captured the old west and traditions of the early 1900’s. It’s amazing to see the differences between human nature of those that lived then and even more surprising to notice the similarities today. Women are still doing their best to prove they’re more than just wives. Men are perhaps less hardened than they were in those days.

And yet, the criminal aspect of human nature certainly exists in the same form only this author caught even the minute malicious tendencies of manipulation between his pages. The subtleties of attitude which can change a man and wreak havoc on society then is also performed so today, but with social media tools, they exist even greater. For there are Trampasses in abundance today.

So after I finished the novel, I discovered that not only is there a film made, there are many. The first one was made in 1929, and so far the latest one was completed in 2014. I intend to start with the earliest and watch my way through; I expect the earlier films will be of the best quality and stick closest to the storyline.

So if you need a break from your current reading genre and want something different to help cleanse your palette, I’d suggest The Virginian. It’s a classic that appeals today as much as it did over a hundred years ago.

One Year After by William R. Forstchen – A Review

After reading the much-anticipated One Year After by William R. Forstchen, I’ve become jaded against sequels.

I didn’t expect the wild twists and turns Forstchen paved for the reader and yet there I was in the midst of it all. The government, I mean assumed government because it’s only a claim, has taken over the United States. This new faction goes about helping it’s citizens in the oddest of ways.

Our protagonist recalls his training and steps up to the plate once again, even in his broaching golden years, though he complains about the efforts.

Overall, One Year After was beautifully written. Forstchen is a great writer and there isn’t anything to complain about. The action is there to get your heart rate up and there’s enough character development to keep you interested in the individual plights. It was a great read. If I’m sounding a little unenthused, it’s only because it wasn’t as great as the first. We all know that happens. I mean, One Second After was a tough act to follow and well even though I thoroughly enjoyed One Year After and the furthering of the storyline, I kinda, sorta hope there won’t be a third in the series. Some books need to stand on their own because they were so great to begin with; stringing out a second lesser sibling, takes away from the golden child’s spotlight.

This is just my opinion. Do I recommend you read it? Yes, please do! Let me know your thoughts too.

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Book Review – Friction by Sandra Brown


I just finished Friction by Sandra Brown and found the novel intriguing.

It’s about a widower who’s trying to regain custody of his little girl from his in-laws when during the court hearing a masked man runs through the courtroom and aims at the judge but kills the court bailiff instead.

Soon the judge and the father, who just happens to be a Texas Ranger during his day job, try to solve the mystery of the masked man.

When I started off reading this novel, I wasn’t really expecting a romance or the tantalizing bits of bedroom drama, though there isn’t too much of it to be a problem. In short, it’s a cute story though I wasn’t sold on a judge compromising her ethics. You have to remember, this is fiction.

Here is Amazon’s description:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown comes a gripping story of family ties and forbidden attraction.

Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter Georgia in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act, met all the court imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.

Holly, ambitious and confident, temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor. With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high-stakes. Despite Crawford’s obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. Her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the custody hearing. Crawford reacts instinctually, saving Holly from a bullet.

But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large . . .and a threat.

Catching the real culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. But pursuing the killer in his customary diehard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter, and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin, but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them.

FRICTION will keep you on the edge of your seat with breathtaking plot twists and the unforgettable characters that make Sandra Brown one of the world’s best-loved authors. It is an extraordinary novel about the powerful ties that bind us to the ones we love and the secrets we keep to protect them.

So, if you’re looking for a quick read with a little romance and a nice ending, here you go.

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Book Review of The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello

I just finished The Einstein Prophecy and what an adventure it was.

This was not my typical read; even though I partake across many genres. I must admit it started off a little slow and I wasn’t sure where it was going in the beginning. On a side note: I’ve read a lot of stories lately dealing with the same time period. Like All the Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, The Einstein Prophecy is set during WWII. And. . .  they are all currently on the New York Times Best Sellers List. I’m not certain why, but it seems more than mere coincidence.

(Back to the story). It’s about a US soldier who is an art professor by education and he ends up in the quest to reclaim fine art that Hitler has stolen or art that’s hidden away in an attempt to keep Hitler from stealing them. Unfortunately, some of these artifacts are boobytrapped and our protagonist becomes injured. He returns to his university job when an uber important artifact is delivered to him for study.

That’s when things start to go a little crazy and our hero just happens to be boarding across the street from none other than Einstein himself. Obviously this is historical fiction and though Robert Masello takes liberty with history and real characters, he does so with talented flair.

Though there were some odd fantasy moments in the story, I liked the novel. It was a treat to get to know Einstein in real life and our hero played his part well. Amazon described the novel this way,

As war rages in 1944, young army lieutenant Lucas Athan recovers a sarcophagus excavated from an Egyptian tomb. Shipped to Princeton University for study, the box contains mysteries that only Lucas, aided by brilliant archaeologist Simone Rashid, can unlock.

These mysteries may, in fact, defy—or fulfill—the dire prophecies of Albert Einstein himself.

Struggling to decipher the sarcophagus’s strange contents, Lucas and Simone unwittingly release forces for both good and unmitigated evil. The fate of the world hangs not only on Professor Einstein’s secret research but also on Lucas’s ability to defeat an unholy adversary more powerful than anything he ever imagined.

From the mind of bestselling author and award-winning journalist Robert Masello comes a thrilling, page-turning adventure where modern science and primordial supernatural powers collide.

This was, I believe, the first time I’ve read a Robert Masello novel.  Which is crazy because he’s published traditionally many titles through Simeon and Schuster, Penguin, and Random House. Though The Einstein Prophecy is his latest release, his last two most popular novels were:  







Both of which were highly acclaimed.

So for a change of pace read The Einstein Prophecy, it’s a quick read and you’ll enjoy Einstein’s character; I did. 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

image I’m not certain if it’s several authors that get together in a smokey room with whispered voices and agree to work on a particular moment in history or if authors are all just a little bit seer and the scenarios we write about are warnings or signs of times to come; a little like the guy driven to sculpt mashed potatoes in Close Encounters. In any event, Kristin Hanna is an author to applaud. There’s a good reason this one is on bestseller lists.

Like All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerrit’s written during the horrible human atrocities of occupied France and it leaves me in a delimma. You see, when I read an amazing book in a particular year I can easily say…This is the best book of 20whatever. It’s my own little way of bringing authenticity to the various best seller lists.

As you may know, I’ve already announced All the Light We Cannot See as my best read this year. It’s was only June. I was confident no better novel could be as good this year. I was kind of wrong because The Nightingale is just as good in my opinion. It’s a tie. Anthony Doerr’s writing talent wins, but Kristin Hannah has brought back to life the lessons we should have learned from the pain and suffering of not only the Jews, but of all those who suffered.

Like All the Light we Cannot See, The Nightingale is a masterpiece. It’s the kind of manuscript one would call a career capstone. I’m enthralled and I cried for the sisters. I hope everyone reads it. We need to. We have to see it again to do all we can to avoid a reoccurrence of what drove man to the worst we can be.

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