Monday, June 30, 2014

Rosa's Land (Western Justice #1) by Gilbert Morris

Title: Rosa’s Land (Western Justice #1)
Author: Gilbert Morris
Pages: 318
Year: 2013
Publisher: Barbour Books

     His dream awaits…

    Lafayette Riordan longs for an adventurous life fighting against the West’s worst outlaws. But his gentle upbringing has prepared him for a life as a scholar and artist, not a lawman. Unwilling to give up, Riordan secretly learns to handle firearms – and eventually gains a coveted spot with Judge Isaac Parker’s famous marshals – even though it involves doing the worst jobs in the Territory.

     Rosa Ramirez left the sordid conditions of her home near Amarillo, Texas, for the promise of a new life on her grandfather’s ranch. But she quickly learns that safety is just as precarious on the ranch after a band of outlaws steals her grandfather’s horses and kills one of his men. Rosa rides to Judge Parker and demands protection, but she is livid when she learns that Riordan-the stable boy and dish washer-is the only man available. Far from being the marshal that Rosa wanted, Riordan doesn’t even look like he can brandish a pistol.

     It’s up to Riordan to convince Rosa otherwise…and take hold of his dream of honor and love.

     This is a wonderful Christian western novel!

     It has been a number of years since I’ve read anything by Gilbert Morris. I had forgotten what a fantastic writer he is. He has created wonderful characters in Lafayette Riordan and Rosa Ramirez. I thoroughly enjoyed his development and presentation of each of them. He also created a fairly large group of supporting characters that were equally well developed. I was quickly drawn into the story and found that I needed to finish the book to find out what happened in their lives. I’m looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

     I give this novel 5 stars and highly recommend it.

Restless Hearts (Love Inspired / The Flanagans #6) by Marta Perry

Title: Restless Hearts (Love Inspired / The Flanagans #6)
Author: Marta Perry
Pages: 250
Year: 2009
Publisher: Steeple Hill

     A search for her roots brought midwife Fiona Flanagan to Pennsylvania Dutch country – and made her wonder whether she should turn back. The area’s mixture of Amish and English culture confused her, and her first encounter with local police chief Ted Rittenhouse didn’t help. He’d thought she was breaking into her own office! Despite the misunderstanding, Fiona could see that Ted’s tough-as-nails exterior hid a kind soul – one caught between two worlds, seeking a place to belong. She felt the same, but trusting him with her heart would require the biggest step of faith she had ever taken.

     This is a heartwarming Christian romance!

     This is the first book that Marta Perry wrote that I have ever written. I will definitely be looking for her other books. She has created an incredible blend of Amish and English characters. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how the people from the two different cultures interacted with each other. As Fiona Flanagan was trying to come to an understanding of the Amish was of life it was very clearly and simply explained so that as an English reader I was also able to understand.

     I really enjoyed the paths that both Fiona and Ted Rittenhouse travelled down to work out issues from their pasts. The questions of who do you trust and how do you reach a point of feeling like you belong are things most of us face at some point or another in our lives. The way that Marta Perry approached them and walked the main characters through them was fantastic.

     I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Raptor 6 (Quiet Professionals #1) by Ronie Kendig

Title: Raptor 6 (Quiet Professionals #1)
Author: Ronie Kendig
Pages: 352
Year: 2014
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

About the book:

His mission.

His team.

Captain Dean Watters keeps these parts of his life in laser-like focus. So when hackers threaten both his mission and his team, Dean’s Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Ten military super-secure computers are missing-which if opened, would give America’s enemies a blueprint of US military intelligence. Failing to stop the hackers isn’t an option.

Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. She’s also a target. Her expertise in quantum cryptology makes her an unwitting pawn in the hackers’ deadly game. They’re coming for her, and Dean and his team must stop them.

Before the team can get to Zahrah, she disappears. Now Dean must race to rescue her and stop the hackers from unleashing terror on millions across the globe. But to do so, Dean will be forced to crack open the steel box around his heart – a move that might come at the highest cost.

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About the author:

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with four children and a Maltese Menace in northern Virginia. Author and speaker, Ronie loves engaging readers through her Rapid-Fire Fiction.

Ronie can be found at and on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Now for my review:

This is a fantastic Christian military novel!

Ronie has created an incredible cast of characters for this novel. When I first looked over the list she included at the front of the book I felt very overwhelmed by the number of individuals that are integral to the story. But when I pushed that aside and started reading the story I was able to follow who was who simply by the wonderful way she introduced each one and described them. It was presented slowly as she needed to over the course of building the intricate plot in this story.

She has a marvelous talent for describing surroundings and action that put me in the middle of things. The plot was very carefully woven with enough twists to keep me guessing as to where it was going.

There were a handful of times that the point-of-view would change and I would deal with some momentary confusion as to who was talking. Backing up to the beginning of the section and re-reading was all it took to sort it out though.

I’m looking forward to finding out the next segment of the overall story in the next book of this series.

It is a job well done and definitely deserving of 5 stars. I highly recommend this book.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.