The Testing Point (Eric Collins)

Featured Book Review: The Testing Point
Angela Sturm

It was clear which room he was going to. Two EMTs were wheeling a stretcher out of the room at the end of the hall. They moved quickly to the elevator, its door held open by a trooper. As the stretcher passed him, Ben looked down at a young woman, maybe in her twenties, unconscious, her face badly beaten. The girls blond hair was matted with blood that had not yet dried. A macabre combination of blood and lipstick covered her face. The sheet that draped her body was stained red where it touched her abdomen.

When beat cop Ben Grasso is called to the crime scene to taxi the suspect to jail, he is shocked to learn the alleged perpetrator is a fellow officer and not just any fellow officer, but a childhood friend.

Author Eric Collins novel starts us out in the middle of a crime scene. Protagonist Ben Grasso is a street cop who gets embroiled in a mystery so twisted it could end his life. Author Eric Collins did an excellent job capturing his readers attention. The characters are colorful, believable and easy to identify with. Unlike so many new writers, Mr. Collins restricted his use of adjectives and adverbs as descriptives, instead focusing on the details, taking us through each scene as though we were there.

The setting takes place in Tremont, Boston, where the majority of the neighborhoods are Italian. The supporting characters were well written and full of color, especially Ben Grassos partner, Dina Greenbaum who is a former Israeli Intelligence officer.

This was an excellent book and I wouldn’t be surprised if Mr. Collins became known as the next John Sandford. I would recommend this book to all mystery lovers and look forward to reading Mr. Collins next work.

The Testing Point
Eric Collins (Author)
ISBN: 978-1475146882

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Never Had A Chance To Say Goodbye (A. Mohit)

Featured Book Review: Never Had A Chance To Say Goodbye
Rowyn Golde

Mohit’s writing is wonderfully relentless as the reader is immediately thrown into the story without useless exhibition or prologue. Mohit shows exactly where the story takes place and who the reader is following with no second guesses. The sense of place is astounding. Each detail is effortlessly placed and incorporated among the interaction of the characters. Perhaps because the characters are based in reality, they jump from the page as real people within the tale. As such, this is a story rich with probing questions and a real, heart opening tale steeped in real emotion.

The dialogue is also realistic, believable and quotable. This is partly because it never strays from fitting each character. It is not forced by any means, and therefore comes easily to the reader. Because this tale involves traveling, it works for people all over the world. The subjects presented here work beyond culture or creed and instead touch the human heart at the core.

This book tells the tale of a spiritual journey, and so it carries the reader through some very powerful concepts. However, it does not offend or bombard with over-the-head preaching. Instead, this book gently guides while still carrying a strong sense of presence. The reader can take form the story what he or she wants, and do so comfortably, yet it is still thought provoking. Intelligently written and well paced, A. Mohit’s Never Had A Chance To Say Goodbye is a solid choice for the avid reader.

Never Had A Chance To Say Goodbye
A Mohit (Author)
ISBN: 978-1475225266

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I Love Life: illeisms and about a girl (i LL Huvall)

I Love Life: illeisms and about a girl
i LL Huvall (Author)

Some of the pieces contained within I Love Life: illesims and About a Girl are like slam poetry, demanding to be read aloud in coffee shops in heavy tones. Others are soft notes of love for tender moments between lovers. Every poem keeps so perfectly within itself and it’s own context, never bleeding off or confusing the point. The ebb and flow of the prose keeps the beat easily, without effort from the audience to pick apart or figure out how to read them. The writing does the work for the reader in the comprehension aspect, while leaving very deep concepts for the audience to take with them. Therefore, there are no distractions in this book, because the author writes so fluidly and so well.The only over arching theme in this tome is that of life itself. These poems are a tribute to all aspects, even heartbreak.

The author finds beauty in every crack and finds purpose in every statement. A few of the poems are more political or bring big questions into play for the reader to ponder. Tomorrow and 21st Century are both examples of hard hitting and truthful sentiments. Intelligent and thought provoking, these and other works about society as a whole sit side by side very sparse, simple pieces which aim and succeed at touching the soul, regardless of gender or background. Those more personal poems are specific and yet universal. Some tell whole stories, while others tell snippets, an all convey an understanding of complex emotions. The poem Show Me is a wonderful example of the latter. Say Ladies, which sits on the same page, is an example of the author’s way of showing a complete scene with all the important characters involved, in a small space. Nothing is crammed, and yet everything fits. I Love Life: illeisms and About a girl is a beautiful book of poetry and prose for any young adult or older reader.

I Love Life: illeisms and about a girl
i LL Huvall (Author)
ISBN: 978-1467955737

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Snake Skin (CJ Lyons)

Featured Book Review: Snake Skin
Judy A. Kessinger


This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I was simply amazed at how she can bring to life the characters in this book. You can feel what they are feeling and experiencing at the moment. The main character knows she must put on her snake skin to do the job and in some cases go against the rules to get the job done.

At the beginning of the book you can see why the main character needs to be as tough as she is when it comes to catching the guilty party and saving this young girls life even at the expense of sacrificing time with her family. As with each piece of evidence that comes to life, Lucy Guardino trusts her gut instinct even if others around her dont agree with her. As it turns out she is right and follows through. She learns that the kidnapped girl has been trying to run away from her own life even when on the outside it seems she has everything. The father and mother are more concerned with their own needs and not focusing their attention on their daughter. Lucy senses this after talking to (and observing) them in the process of trying to solve the case.

Lucy pieces together the events that lead up to the kidnappers motives. He thinks that he is saving Ashley but in reality he is really trying to save himself from things he thought were the truth but are not what he has been lead to believe all these years. When Lucy finally comes across the one person who can help save Ashley, she knows she is on the right track. With the kidnapper always lurking right behind her every step of the way, Lucy takes a chance and gets him to admit what he has done.

With each heart pounding, keeping you on the edge of your seat step of the way, you will find this author keeps you reading, not wanting to stop until you reach the end. She knows how to keep you entertained with a thrill ride you want to take along with her. You will cheer for the hero, are happy to see the bad guy finally caught and come to realize that along the way you learn a little bit more about yourself.

If you are looking for an author to add to your list of favorites, this is the one. She will not disappoint and takes you on a ride you wont believe but glad you came along!

The author will keep you on the edge of your seat. You want to keep reading and don’t want to put the novel down until the end. The storyline is heart pounding, you feel what the character is feeling. CJ Lyons knows how to make the written word come to life without repeating words or phrases just create a good storyline. The author will have a fantastic career with books that will keep you coming back for more. Believeable, strong characters with pulse pounding action. All this and more will keep you reading this author for many years to come.

Snake Skin: A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller
CJ Lyons (Author)
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ISBN: 978-1456563288
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