Think of your days in high school and tell me you don’t wonder what would have happened if things had gone just a little differently; a different best friend, a better second date, or more success with the popular kids, sports, or other entertainment. Get the picture? That’s what Shawn Hartje shoots for in Pipeliner, a coming of age story about a kid growing up in Idaho (you da pimp) but “bound for glory in Portland and Seattle, exotic places where he planned to become a famous rock guitarist—once he escaped from Helen Springs, population 58,000 and hub town of southern Idaho.”
When you are 17, everything is possible, and everything you want is out of reach, even in Jason Krabb’s world of the 1990’s, a punk/grunge guitarist wannabe trying to make it with a new crew in town, girls and guys, bringing gas lines through the land. Pipeliners.
Hartje has direction in his writing, a plan to bring some wit and sense to everyone’s younger days. The writing is descriptive, if slightly direct-narrative, the plot moderate and filled with the sex-topics of high school and after-high school in a “what did you do on your summer vacation,” saga. Nostalgic for yesteryear? Then this story is tuned to the right station for you.
Pipeliner runs 248 pages, published by Helen Springs Press in late November, 2016. Kindle edition is $3.99.
Wayne Kerr’s novel, Ric-A-Dam-Doo: The Snow Devils Kindle Edition opens with a five-man crew of soldiers arriving in a foreign port. They are from Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry’s 2nd Battalion arriving for a covert operation. They are met with skepticism and derision by an officer expecting Navy Seals. She doesn’t know about the soldiers from the Great White North.
The title of this book may also be met with confusion. If you don’t know (I certainly didn’t), Ric-a-dam-doo is the nickname for the original camp flag of the PPCLI – a phonetic bastardization of the Gaelic saying: cloth of thy mother. The soldiers of the PPCLI would rather lose an arm than see their battalion badge (sewn to their uniform) damaged. A hearty bunch no doubt.
Kerr’s writing is very strong, his story-telling skills fine. He draws the reader quickly into battle, filling the pages with secret operations and then leads the main characters to a heart breaking incident years later.
This isn’t a war novel in the classic sense, it’s a crime thriller in which a retired PPCLI soldier and his retired Interpol agent wife are swept into fighting a Mexican gang of slave traders. Characters have weight, operations make sense, and the whole story is scary, thrilling and plausible.
At 290 pages, you can easily get lost in this novel, published in April of 2016 by Canusa. Right now it’s $2.99 on Kindle or free if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.
For those of you with a bent for paranormal dark fantasy, Kelly Stock’s The Soul Guide may be just what you are looking for. Set in Clayhill Manor and the dark recesses it offers, Bertram the Caretaker holds the keys to every door, even the one that leads to a land of memories and dreams found beyond a waterfall. Still, Bertram is heartbroken. He has lost his mate, Melissa, the Soul Guide.
The cast includes a newly chosen Soul Guide, Sybil, and her friend Alex, ready to learn the secrets and fend off the Master and the Mephisto, who have been biding their time, waiting for a show of weakness to exploit and extinguish the light.
This story moves at a leisurely pace, great for a lunchtime read or the time before bed when you unwind and then wind up with a good book. Just published on the 18th of February, you can get a copy now for 99-cents or free if you have Kindle Unlimited. The book runs 247 pages or about 5400 units on my Kindle Fire.
Author Michael P. Whateley presents a tense, taut, military saga in Operation Desert Swarm. The novel starts with Chris Murphy dominating the action, but there are several characters in this story. Eventually, the strong survive, and Steven Blackwood takes his place.
Blackwood (referred to as Steve, Steven, and Stephen) is a charter boat captain thrown into the mix by the crash of a plane near his boat, The Vagabond. It’s a jarring event, but it gives him a chance to connect again with the one who got away, the perfect catch, Dayna Rose.
You’ll need your thinking cap for this novel. Chapters start with new characters, new action and a mix of military and non-military personnel working together. The action and pacing are steady and include things that threw me, like the introduction of an NBC suit, which in the US is a guy that represents NBC TV, a worthless fellow in a tailored suit. Here in Operation Desert Swarm, an NBC is a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical protection suit. Cool. Read on, you’ll learn more.
Whateley’s characters are many, most with at least a little background. As the author says, Steve’s strong, but is he strong enough to defeat the greatest enemy he’s ever yet had to face and reveal the truth hidden in the murky depths? You can find out.
This book is 241 pages, just released on Kindle. It is currently $4.36 and it’s free on Kindle Unlimited.
Elena Bryce takes some old ideas about the Holy Grail, Vampires, and Witches and melds them into a very entertaining read in Guardian of the Grail. I burned through this book in an afternoon, which tells you how good the story and writing are, but it was more than that. It was a new idea, a new beginning, and more to come!
The protagonist is Lachlan Thorn, a guardian of the grail and an immortal. He’s kept his youth, but he’s oh so wise, and oh so sexy to those he meets, including Ivy, a young witch who joins him to conceal the Grail as they attempt to move it to a safe place.
The story is set in the modern day, but that can change, and so can some of the shifters. There is more going on in this books 229 pages than other novels twice its size. And, it’s all good, but it’s hard to categorize. Paranormal, fantasy, light romance, let’s just stay with a book worth reading. The pace is fast, the theme tasty and the characters are well developed along the path.
Right now this novel is $2.99 at Amazon Kindle and it’s free if you have Kindle Unlimited.
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