The Sweet Oil of Vitriol by Daniel Eagleton Review

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Soldier. Liability. Assassin.

These are the identities of Thomas, a Mossad Agent who finds himself on a brutal and secretive journey filled with action, death and intrigue in
author Daniel Eagleton’s novel, The Sweet Oil of Vitriol. Here is the synopsis:

Ever get the feeling the staff want to kill you?

After a government sanctioned hit goes spectacularly wrong, Mossad agent Thomas is blamed for the mission’s failure by his superiors, ousted before completing his very first job. Desperate to prove himself, Thomas accepts an offer from his former handler, Yakov, to assassinate Jacob Okonjo, the head of the African Union. It seems Jacob is allowing certain parties to control Africa’s lucrative diamond trade, and in doing so has made some powerful enemies. But like that Mossad hit-team caught on camera in Dubi a few years back, how is Thomas supposed to terminate such a prominent figure without being caught on CCTV? The answer: to work undercover as a room-service waiter at a top London hotel, where, in a few months’ time, Jacob Okonjo will be staying. It’s the perfect plan. Jacob is to be administered an untraceable poison, and afterwards, even if there is an investigation, a trusted member of staff like Thomas will be above suspicion. That’s the idea, anyway. In the meantime, he’s to suffer month after month of boring, menial employment, serving rich, famous people dinner, when he should be making a name for himself amongst the intelligence community. Because you can bet this never happened to Bond or Bourne. Never had to work for tips, subjugating themselves like some average, everyday citizen…

This story is full of espionage thriller action, brimming with lots of death and destruction as Thomas navigates the world after he’s been stripped
of his government duties. Without a purpose, Thomas flings himself into the world of a mercenary and assassin, determined to prove his worth and
his talents as an agent to not only his former superiors, but to himself. Yet his confidence and his inability to find a healthy relationship could
spell his downfall.

The book was well written, delving into the mind of a man in search of a purpose, and the desperate lengths he will go to to achieve his goals. It’s
filled with deceit, murder and room service as Thomas navigates the complicated world of a hotel worker. The suspense and tension between the characters
in the book was thick enough to cut with a knife, and lent to the story immensely. The characters were the highlight of this fun and entertaining
spy thriller, as you got to see that Thomas, the spy and assassin, isn’t always the one you can’t trust in this story, and everyone has secrets
to hide. You just have to know where to look.

Overall this was a fantastic read. While I’d love to see more of Thomas’s backstory in a future story, I think this was a great introduction into a
new series in the thriller genre, and I hope you guys will go check it out. Filled with suspense, action and a whole lot of mayhem, this is a
series you don’t want to miss as author Daniel Eagleton masterfully brings a unique tale that skirts the lines of spies like Bond and Bourne, but
brings a unique look at the psyche behind that spy. Overall I give The Sweet Oil of Vitriol an 8/10 score, and I hope you guys will go pick up
your copies today!

Rating: 8/10

Book Link: https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Oil-Vitriol-Glaze-Book-ebook/dp/B06X9BPTDB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511231807&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sweet+oil+of+vitriol

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Backseat in The Dark by Milton Dewar

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One man’s bad day turns into a nightmare in author and director Milton Dewar’s “Backseat in The Dark”, a fantastic short story with twists and turns you won’t see coming. Here is the synopsis:

An about-to-be ex-husband is forced to confront his own demons, and something far worse, on his way back home, on a lonely stretch of road.

This short yet thrilling read takes the reader on a journey, as you delve into the angry mind of an ex-husband haunted by his past and confronted with an unexplainable and unbelievable new future. The story was well written, with the story and characters jumping off the page and painting  a portrait of a fantastic short film just waiting to be shot. The characters are real  and bring the dark story to brilliant life.

Overall this is a fantastic short story that needs to be read. With a fantastic setting that brings the story a whole new level of creepy atmosphere and a brief background that sets up a chilling ending, this story highlights the powerful storytelling of author and director Milton Dewar. If you haven’t yet, be sure to pick up your copy of “Backseat in The Dark” today!

Rating: 10/10

Traveller – Inceptio by Rob Shackleford Review

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A historical science fiction tale like no other, author Rob Shackleford brings to life a tale of ancient Viking invaders, Saxon villagers and a time travel experiment that puts real lives in serious danger. What would the affect of time travel have not only on the past, but the future as well? Here is a synopsis:

If you were sent 1000 years into the past, would you survive?

Traveller – Inceptio describes how the Transporter is accidentally invented and becomes public knowledge when it sends a subject 1000 years into the past.

A Special Forces team of Travellers is then selected and trained with the intent to send them to Saxon England to explore what could be a very dangerous period of history.

From the beaches of Australia to the forests of Saxon England, Traveller – Inceptio reveals how Travellers discover they need a lot more than technology to survive the trials of early Eleventh Century life.

A realistic look into the lives of our ancient ancestors from around the world, this incredible story takes an in-depth look into the scientific study of time-travel and the ramifications our interference in the past can have. It also does a fantastic job of showing the hardships, struggles and way ancient Saxons viewed the world and life, and the twist of ancient beliefs and the introduction of religion into the region.

The attention to detail and use of great historical context made this such an engaging read. Taking a twist on time-travel science fiction stories and incorporating a detailed look into this time of conflict and bloodshed was thrilling to read, and put into context the struggles of the 21st century. The characters felt personal and did an excellent job of highlighting the way we would view that time period, as well as how they would view us.

Overall this was a phenomenal read, full of twists and turns and a fresh approach to the time travel genre. Filled with great historical references and characters you’ll love instantly, this story reads like an HBO drama, and would translate perfectly onto the screen. If you haven’t yet, be sure to pick up your copy of Traveller – Inceptio by Rob Shackleford today!

Rating: 10/10

If I Was A Caterpillar by Ben Jackson, Sam Lawrence and Danko Herrera Review

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From the creators of the hit children’s book franchise Timmy and the Little Fart comes a brand new children’s book that tells the story of chasing dreams and believing in yourself. That story is If I Was A Caterpillar by Ben Jackson, Sam Lawrence and Danko Herrera, and here is the synopsis:

Read along with the caterpillar as it travels around the world trying exciting new activities and having fun! Reading with children is one of the biggest forms of early education, helping to develop young minds.
As a young child, it’s important to believe that anything is possible. If I Was A Caterpillar is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that follows a caterpillar on its journey as it discovers new activities.

Too often these days, children are being put onto tracks that are unachievable or told that a dream is just a dream and to forget about it. One of the most enjoyable things about being a young child is believing that you can fly to the moon as an astronaut or dive under the water searching for hidden treasure.

If I Was A Caterpillar shows young children that you can do anything you want. Your dreams can come true! If you enjoy reading books with beautiful illustrations and love having your child read along with you, then make sure you check out If I Was A Caterpillar!

This wonderfully written and illustrated children’s book helps reinforce the age old idea for children that they can be anything they want to be. No dream is too big, and if you work hard you can achieve said dreams. The artwork was bright and warm to see, and watching the story unfold will surely help children take the message of the story to heart.

Overall this is another strong children’s book from these incredible writers. Full of heart, warmth and a message all children deserve to learn, this is a story parents will adore reading to their children for years to come. If you haven’t yet be sure to pick up your copy of If I Was A Caterpillar today!

Rating: 10/10

Ten Sheep to Sleep by Nidhi Kamra Review

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A simple yet beautiful children’s book comes to life in Nidhi Kamra’s Ten Sheep to Sleep. Here is the synopsis:

Sammy Jo counts ten sheep to put her to sleep, but tonight, ten more sheep appear. The new sheep are creating a ruckus. Sammy Jo has to find a way to calm the sheep down, count twenty sheep, and ensure everyone is happy so they can get a good night’s sleep.

Suggested age range for readers: 5-8

This book is the perfect story for parents and children alike. Sharing an important lesson about problem solving, the story features fantastic artwork that features splashes of bright, warm colors and childlike whimsy. As if pouring from the mind and imagination of a child, the artwork compliments a strong children’s story that educates and entertains all at once.

Overall I really enjoyed this story. It was a fun read that I think children will be delighted to partake in. With fantastic complimentary artwork and a strong command of the language and wonder that children’s books need to thrive, author Nidhi Kamra has proven to be a fantastic author that has a long career ahead of her as a children’s book author. If you haven’t yet pick up your copies of Ten Sheep to Sleep by Nidhi Kamra
today!

Rating: 10/10

The book is available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Sheep-Sleep-Nidhi-Kamra/dp/1616338601/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500072496&sr=8-1&keywords=ten+sheep+to+sleep

My author Facebook page to follow is: http://www.facebook.com/nidhikamra1111

Website : nidhikamra.weebly.com

Twitter: @nidhikamra

Here is the book trailer: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0LCJE3ILuvo

The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan Review

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A new children’s book looks to become an instant classic in The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan. Harking back to the days when fairy tales and folklore were intertwined, this story of a mythical creature and the young man who must try to outsmart it in order to escape is something children will love instantly. Here is the synopsis:

The Grumpface is a poetic fairy-tale that tells the story of Dan, an inventor who ventures into a forest looking for a rose. Instead he finds the mysterious Grumpface who threatens to hold him captive unless he passes some difficult challenges. What follows is a humorous adventure that neither Dan nor the Grumpface could have anticipated.

The Grumpface is a tale in the spirit of any grand adventure. It is about a clumsy young inventor’s quest for love and the challenges he must face to find it. It is also a tale of bravery, absurdity and happiness, and the power of these qualities over negativity and sheer grumpiness.

Every parent will be acquainted with their own little ‘grumpface’ now and then. This story stands as a small piece of hope – that no matter how ingrained the grump, there will always remain in every one of us a smile or a laugh just waiting to come out.

A wonderful blend of poetry and childlike wonder, this amazing story was incredibly well written and the artwork was superb. A wonderful hark back to the days of classic children’s stories, the story helped blend elements of romance, adventure, self-worth and the fight to never give up on your dreams. The poetry inspired writing was well done, and the artwork made great work of vivid color schemes and warmth that many children will flock to read.

Overall this was a fantastic children’s book that any parent would love to read to their child. A great story with wonderful artwork, B.C.R. Fegan has a wonderful grasp on not only what children will be entertained by and enjoy, but on the kind of stories parents will want their children to read and grow up with. I highly recommend this book to anyone who reads children’s books, and I look forward to seeing more from this incredible author.

Rating: 10/10

Links
Author Website – http://www.bcrfegan.com/
Further Information – http://www.taleblade.com/books/the-grumpface/
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34546012-the-grumpface
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Grumpface-B-C-R-Fegan-ebook/dp/B06XFFK7VZ/

Ashes to Ashes by Valerie Thomas | REVIEW

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A mysterious note leads one young teenage girl on a journey of discovery in the YA novel Ashes to Ashes by Valerie Thomas. Exploring the themes of social interactions amongst teens and the unpredictability of the future, this novel sets the stage for a YA series that asks the question: can we prevent the future? Check out the synopsis:

From tragedy came power. And from mishandled power came mystery.

After moving into a new gated community with her family, Natalie is ready to begin a peaceful year at Emerson High. A year complete with boy troubles, school dances, new friends… everything an average girl could expect.

Then she starts receiving notes warning her not to go to school November first. Notes in her day planner, on a piece of homework, on a homecoming ticket… The more notes she receives the more details she uncovers, and the clearer it becomes: words like peaceful and average are about the worst ones anyone could use to describe the year she’s about to have. Crazy? Maybe. Violent? Definitely. Heart-wrenching, mind-blowing, life-changing?

Well, that remains to be seen. All Natalie knows from the start is that she shouldn’t go to school on November first. And maybe you shouldn’t either.

 

SPOILER ALERT

Trigger Warning: As is the case with some books I read, I feel compelled to disclose that there are some story lines that might be triggering for some readers out there. Story lines involving suicide and a possible large scale tragedy are referenced in this book. Although I’m reluctant to get into specifics, I felt it pertinent to at least mention this before going further.

This book starts off with a lot of action right from the first page. Introducing us to Natalie, we already get a glimpse into the social hierarchy of high school, showing the dividing lines amongst the students and how kids view one another. Exploring the nerves that go into attending a new school, starting freshman year of high school and trying to make new friends, Natalie finds her life complicated even more when these mysterious notes teasing November 1st start arriving. Who’s behind the notes, and what are they trying to prevent?

The story itself was strong, indicating a large-scale series that can span three or four novels easily. Delving into a thriller/mystery realm, this YA drama focuses strongly on the bonds we make in our teenage years and the importance those relationships have on us in the long run. The characters were what really drew me into the story however. The complicated relationships Natalie has with those around her kept the mystery of the story in constant shadows, and her story often felt personal, as if anyone who’d ever been a struggling teen could identify with it.

Now I will say the novel took a little more time than maybe it needed to in order to get into a rhythm thematically, I will say the writing was overall precise and delivered a strong thriller. While it touched on the emotional aspects of Natalie’s various relationships with family, friends and others towards the end of the book, I’d love to dive more into the emotional side of Natalie’s tale in future stories.

Overall I liked this book a lot. With a huge cliffhanger that will leave readers wanting to learn more about Natalie’s story, this was a strong entry in a new YA Drama series that deserves to be explored. While I will reiterate there are some pretty strong story lines that should be handled with care in future installments and should be read with care by you readers out there, I do think this was a great book and I hope guys will check
it out!

Rating: 7/10

https://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Valerie-Thomas/dp/1520735901/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509103308&sr=8-1&keywords=VALERIE+THOMAS+ASHES+TO+ASHES