Sons Of War Book 1 by Nicholas Sansbury Smith Narrared by Ray Porter

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Things are bad in America. Riots. Huge crowds are fighting for food. Nukes are going off. We have 15 states left. The military and law enforcement are comprised. It’s a horrible time in America.

Too close for comfort in our current environment.

Action-packed. Great characters which were are well defined—fast-moving. Multiple characters tell their part of this nightmare. Some are benefiting nicely.

I am looking forward to the second one.

River Runs Backwards. Detective Winston Mystery Radhauser #9. By Susan Clayton-Goldberg

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Detective Radhauser gets a call from his aunt saying his uncle is dying. Radhauder’s parents died when he was very young. This aunt and uncle took him in and raised him as their only child. Radhauser’s Uncle wants to die with a clean conscience. Time is not on his uncles side unfortunately. Radhauser returns to the house he called home as far back as he can remember.

Radhauser finds out surprising things about his history that bring out the worst in the detective with good reason. Back in the house where he grew up in his aunt spends the book honoring her dead husband’s wishes. She works continually at making things right again with Wind. Not an easy feat. He is going back 40 plus years to find out how about his childhood and how he wound up living with his Aunt and Uncle. Uncovering lies and the truth is a dangerous, upsetting, and painful endeavor.

This book is all about Radhauser. What makes Radhauser the man he surfaces. Wind entire life is in a Detective Tadhauser gets a call from his aunt saying his uncle is dying. Radhauder’s parents died when he was very young. This aunt and uncle took him in and raised him as their only child. Radhauser’s Uncle wants to die with a clean conscience.

Radhauser finds out surprising things about his history that bring out the worst in the detective with good reason. Back in the house where he grew up in—his aunt and uncle. Uncle Roger wants to come clean to Wind on his death bed. But time is not on Roger’s side. His aunt spends the book honoring her dead husband’s wishes, and she works continually at making things right again with Wind. Not an easy feat. He is going back 40 plus years to find out how detective Radhauser, also known as Wind. Uncovering lies and the truth is a dangerous, upsetting, and painful endeavor of anger and sorrow. I learned the kind of man Detective Winston Radhauser is. I can not wait for book 10!

Dark River by Avery Jenkins

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Asa Cire took a bus to a small New England town, Nemaseck, seven years ago. This is

Asa’s story. Asa buys and sells expensive and hard to find antiques of all kinds. For some reason, an old business associate has found him.

Asa starts asking questions about an unsolved murder that happened 20 years ago. He has decided he must solve the murder of a 14-year-old girl. Since Asa inserted himself into this dead girl’s murder and accepted some work from that old business associate, it seems Asa has a target on his back. He just wanted a quiet, under the radar life.

Asa realizes he has no idea what he did with his life before coming to Nemaseck; he is slowly discovering this and trying to figure things out. Asa has people trying to kill and is stunned about the ease he handles these dire situations.

I miss reading Dark River. I enjoyed it. The story is well written. The characters are a part of the mystery. The foundation of the book flows from page one. Rarely does a story grow with so many factors, and before you know it, the story has taken you on a journey you didn’t even know exists.

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Other Fires A Novel by Lenore H. Gay

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Other Fires is a character-driven story. Each character has their chapters. This format gives the reader that character’s perspective. Instead of reading a book, the characters tell the story. Each character is well defined.

Terpe is a third-grade girl. The older of two children in this family. The other child is a baby girl. Terpe and her mother Joss are the main characters. This book tells their story through the eyes of a kid and the eyes of a woman. Joss grows through introspective thinking while Terpe sees life as more black and white. Right and wrong.

Phil is the father/husband. At the beginning of Other Fires, this family of four’s house goes up in flames in the middle of the night. Phil sustains severe head and brain injuries landing him in the hospital and rehab for the duration of the story. When Phil is ready to see people, he swears Joss is not his wife. She’s an imposter. He remembers everyone else. This medical condition following an injury to the brain does exist. The choices Phil has made since Joss and he had the second baby girl very questionable, to say the least.

Other Fires is about how this family gets through this crisis. Adam is an electrician hired to work on the burned up part of the house. Adam is quite a character himself. He’s a bachelor living alone.

The thing about this book is how well the characters are written. You meet them for the first time when their first chapter appears. It’s natural to form an opinion as each character develops. All the characters are very complex.

Each character comes to life on their own and as seen through the other characters. Terpe tells about her friends. Joss, her mom, has a surprisingly different take on these friends. Adam, on his own, comes off as slow. Surprisingly, he is a different person when he meets Joss. It seems every chapter has something surprising in it.

I found this book stunning. The saying don’t judge a book by its cover is the only way to describe this book. A love story. A tragedy. Very unpredictable and suspenseful.

River Running Backwards A Wintson Radhauser Mystery #9 by Susan Clayton-Goldener

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Detective Radhauser gets a call from his aunt saying his uncle is dying. Radhauder’s parents died when he was very young. This aunt and uncle took him in and raised him as their only child. Radhauser’s Uncle wants to die with a clean conscience. Time is not on his uncles side unfortunately. Radhauser returns to the house he called home as far back as he can remember.

Radhauser finds out surprising things about his history that bring out the worst in the detective with good reason. Back in the house where he grew up in his aunt spends the book honoring her dead husband’s wishes. She works continually at making things right again with Wind. Not an easy feat. He is going back 40 plus years to find out how about his childhood and how he wound up living with his Aunt and Uncle. Uncovering lies and the truth is a dangerous, upsetting, and painful endeavor.

This book is all about Radhauser. What makes Radhauser the man he surfaces. Wind entire life is in a Detective Tadhauser gets a call from his aunt saying his uncle is dying. Radhauder’s parents died when he was very young. This aunt and uncle took him in and raised him as their only child. Radhauser’s Uncle wants to die with a clean conscience.

Radhauser finds out surprising things about his history that bring out the worst in the detective with good reason. Back in the house where he grew up in—his aunt and uncle. Uncle Roger wants to come clean to Wind on his death bed. But time is not on Roger’s side. His aunt spends the book honoring her dead husband’s wishes, and she works continually at making things right again with Wind. Not an easy feat. He is going back 40 plus years to find out how detective Radhauser, also known as Wind. Uncovering lies and the truth is a dangerous, upsetting, and painful endeavor of anger and sorrow. I learned the kind of man Detective Winston Radhauser is. I can not wait for book 10!

Hell Divers III Deliverance by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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Captain Jordan is the second commander in this series, following a long line of Captains over the 250 years. The Hive has sustained humanity in the air. Jordan is very different from the previous captain. Jordan is insecure in many ways making him distrustful and controlling.

X, the Hell Diver with over 90 dives, is left behind on the surface of the toxic earth. Life is easier for Jordan without X aboard the Hive. Jordan’s first officer and the woman he’s in love with had been X’s lover. Leaving X for dead helps Jordan get everything he wants.

Micheal Everhart leads the team of Hell Divers to find X. Everyone living in The Hive is distressed by the changes Jordan is forcing on everyone. Civil war breaks out in The Hive.

Jordan is locking adversaries up or leaving Hell Divers on the toxic earth to keep The Hive under his control. Things change when the Hell Divers discover a new and more updated ship, Deliverance. This new ship has AI, which is unique to the Hell Divers. This new AI is changing what humankind believed to be the actual reason for destroying the earth.

Each book is fast moving and exciting. I’m obsessed with this series just like Orbs, another series by this author. Nichols Sansbury Smith is a very detailed and imaginative writer. The vast amount of characters, monsters and mutations keep this a page turner.

Hell Divers IV WOLVES by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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Life has changed for all the people living in The Hive. They have an additional ship, Deliverance, which has many perks aside from additional living space. With the help of the AII on deliverance a boat is made to explore the sea for the Metal Islands. The Metal Islands have barbarians living there currently. The ocean is a whole new world. With the help of the AI and a ship made of Metal, some Hell Divers go where no one else has for over 250 years.

New characters, new monsters, and new adventures continue this page-turner series. This series has an evolution of its own. People dye tragically or from diseases. New characters enter the action-packed adventure. All of these changes are well defined. I always make sure I have the current book and the next book ready to jump right in when I finish the crew t book. I love this series.

Hell Divers II. Ghosts. By Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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200 plus Nicholas Sansbury Smith Hell Divers 1 About 250 year after the nuclear apocalypse survivors live in giant flying bubbles. What is a Hell Diver? They dive from that safe bubble to hell on earth to search needed supplies to keeps their home in the air. The vegetation, insects, and monsters that have evolved on earth are so creatively mind blowing. This is the series that shows how they survive. Love it. The sky. It seem each of the seven books shows another threat to human kind. Death is a part of every book. Very inventive enemies that are deadly continually

Hell Divers I by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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200 plus Nicholas Sansbury Smith Hell Divers 1 About 250 year after the nuclear apocalypse survivors live in giant flying bubbles. What is a Hell Diver? They dive from that safe bubble to hell on earth to search needed supplies to keeps their home in the air. The vegetation, insects, and monsters that have evolved on earth are so creatively mind blowing. This is the series that shows how they survive. Love it.

The House Keeper by Natalie Barelli

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Once there was a wealthy girl named Claire. Claire lived in one of the most expensive parts of NYC. A future debutant. Claire has a younger brother. While Claire was enjoying her early teenage years, Claire’s parents hired a nanny from Canada for her younger nine-year-old brother. The nanny only lasted a week.

Claire is 24 and living in a different part of NYC. Her life fell apart. She lost everything. Never getting to be a debutant leaves her very bitter. Claire coincidentally sees the nanny who she is positive is responsible for ruining her life—basically causing her to be a lonely, poor inconsiderate young woman. Claire can’t believe this coincidence. Claire’s mission in life is now to get to this person somehow and force her to reveal what she did to Claire’s family. Claire is positive; this nanny, who is married, wealthy with a baby, has stolen her life. She devises a plan to get the person who destroyed her world to tell the story of what took place during that one week this nanny worked for Claire’s family. The following months after this nanny left were horrid. Claire was sure that nanny told lies, which involved lawyers and the unfortunate death of both parents. The 24-year-old hasn’t moved past what went on when she was 13. Claire is a 24-year-old but viewing the world through 13-year-old eyes.

The characters are well defined. The House Keeper is a stay up all night page-turner. This book has unexpected—surprises throughout the book. I enjoyed The House Keeper.