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Under Dark Skies by Scudiere

darkskiesEleri Eames, an ex-profiled for the FBI, and Dr. Donovan Heath, medical examiner, have been recruited by Senior Agent In Charge Westerfield to become members of the elite special ops NIGHTSHADE. Eames jumped at the chance to become part of the team. Dr. Heath is branching out. He has become bored with his position as medical examiner and being out in the sunshine.

Under Dark Skies
Nightshade Forensic Files 1
A. J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
November 2014

Their first assignment is to locate a Cult Leader and his City of God believed to be somewhere in the vast land of Texas… They are also charged with finding the missing daughter of a very prominent FBI Agent. Eames has been assigned Lead Agent with Heath as her partner. She isn’t sure she can handle this especially with a green agent fresh out of the Academy. She has never been a lead agent before. Well time will tell. So she and Heath pack their bags and head for Texas.

The FBI believes the leader of this cult is a psychopath known as Joseph Hayden Baxter. He had several run-in with the law in his youth, but seems to have dropped off the grid. The city is believed to be somewhere in a small town around Dallas or San Antonio, but no one knows for sure since they haven’t had any siting of Baxter or the City.

Days of traveling back roads and staying in less than desirable motels turn up absolutely nothing. Westerfield is getting discouraged. His veiled instructions is to find Baxte soon, eliminate him and he doesn’t care how they do it. Through diligently working almost day and night they may have come across a lead, Heath has persuades Eames to let him go on a recon mission on his own as maybe they have pinpointed where the City might be located. This way he can use his secret and no one will be the wiser. He does locate what he believes is the City, but most importantly, he runs across an injured young boy trying to escape the City. They now have their first real lead.

The City starts bleeding people fleeing from the City looking for medical attention. Bodies are turning up by the dozens. Eames has discovered Heath’s secret. She confesses she has a secret of her own which could probably help them locate Baxter, but she is reluctant to use is as she had formerly divulged her secret which landed her an insane institution for three months. Eames needs advise so she introduces to her friend, an ex-FBI Agent. Heath cannot believe what he learns. Her friend is exactly like him. Are all of the NIGHTSHADE agents and ex-agents ODD? Were he and Eames recruited for their oddity? He is beginning to think so.

The location and invasion of the CITY OF GOD lead Eames and Heath on this really exciting, intriguing and dangerous assignment. Ms. Scudiere keeps you turning pages and glued to your chair as you take the journey with Eames and Heath. Will they succeed in eliminating Baxter and his City Of God? Ms. Scudiere is an excellent writer. She brings her characters to life right before your eyes. You feel as if you are walking each step with them as they complete their first assignment as a team. Ms. Scudiere’s books are keepers. If you are not a fan, you will be after your first book.

Highly recommended. Suggest you read all of Ms. Scudier’s book. You will be glad you did. CAN’T WAIT UNTIL BOOK NUMBER TW0 OF NIGHTSHADE IS PUBLISHED!


The Golden Reviewer, is an 80 something year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of fiction on top..

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Justice by Scudiere

JusticeSin is a warrior, a trained assassin, a former police officer and the daughter of a Crime Lord.
In Book 1 Vengeance, Sin’s family is assassinated by the Kurevs Crime Family, leaving she and her sister alone. At age 12, Sin swore vengeance on the entire family. She would kill each and every person in the family and in the worse way possible. Thus, Sin began her training to become the best and seek her revenge.

Justice
The Sin Trilogy 3
A. J. Scudiere
Gryffin Ink
October 2015

In Book 2 Retribution, Sin meets and teams up with Lee. As a team they become unstoppable. No one even remotely connected with the Kurevs family is safe from them. These assassinations drew the attention of FBI Special Agent Owen Dunham who spent his entire career trying to capture them. He dubbed them the “Red Ribbon Bandits” as they always left their victims tied up in a big red bow, Sin and Lee eventually fell of the grid and retired to a small cabin in the mountains in a place that doesn’t exist on any map. They continued to train and hone their skills just in case they were every located.

In Book 3 Justice, Sin and Lee’s quiet lives take a very unexpected turn. In the middle of the night two trained assassins invade the cabin. Sin escapes but Lee is no where to be found. Sin visits all the places they were to meet should they ever be detected, but Lee is not any of these places. Sin must located Lee at all cost. His very live depends on it. This is a job, however, that she can’t do alone. She must seek help. Perhaps her brother Nick will help. She has keep in touch with him in the past and at one time worked together as Police Officers for a small community. Nick is the head of a rival crime family, but no one is aware of this, and he is also one of the Kurevs family as they all have the same father. Perhaps ex-Special Agent Owen Dunham would help, but how could she contact him and still remain free to look for Lee? Agent Dunham had retired, stopped looking for her and became a friend of sorts.

Their efforts to locate Lee leads to an interesting, intriguing and exciting journey. Sin is aware that the remaining Kurevs brothers are her brothers as well as Nick’s , but this makes no differences to Sin. She will locate Lee and terminate the brothers or die trying. She must find Lee alive and tell him the good news. She is pregnant. Will Lee be pleased or dismayed? Their live is no life for a child.

Will Sin, Nick and Owen Dunham locate Lee in time to save his life or will they all die at the hands of assassins sent by the Kruevs brothers? Read this intriguing, page turner book to find the answers.
Ms. Scudiere is an excellent writer. She keeps you on the tip of your seat, reading far into the night. Her books are ones that you have a hard time putting down and will remember long after you have finished them, These books are keepers for sure. Can’t wait for Book 4 in the Sin Trilogy.

I recommend you read the following books written by A. J. Scudiere and my review of them. If you are not a fan of Scudiere you will be after reading her books.


The Golden Reviewer, is an 80 something year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of fiction on top..

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Air We Breathe by Parrish

airwebreatheMolly Fisk is a seventeen year old who does not go outside. She sets by the window of the tiny museum and stares at all the activity, but dares not venture out. She has never been outside – she has been running for so long, but she is not running now.

The Air We Breathe
by Christa Parrish
Bethany House
November 2012

What has caused Molly to be so terrified of going outside? She longs to take a walk, see the outside, speak to the cute boy that works in the pizza place, but she is too afraid to even think about it.

Then Claire Rodriquez shows up. How can she help Molly find a new life? Will Molly find the courage to face her fears and venture outside the four walls of the museum?

A very interesting read. I really enjoyed it, Ms. Parrish brings her characters to life in a very forceful way.

Highly recommended.


The Golden Reviewer, is an 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top..

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Shadow Constant by Scudiere

This book is amazing. It has it all – adventure, murder, suspense and intrigue. A book you will get wrapped up in and can’t put down from page one to the last page.

The Shadow Constant
A.J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
July 2013

Evan, Rennie, Ivy are students. Kayla, Evans, sister is with them because Evan has always taken care of her. She has Asperger – a condition that keeps her very focus, but one that prevents her from holding down a job even though she is extremely intelligent.

Rennie has inherited Hazelton House, the family home, and has plans to restore it to its original glory. When the reconstruction is done she will open it to the public. In the meantime, a lot of work is required, While demolishing one of they inter walls they discover a pack of love letters that seem to be written by a previous mistress of the house. She talks about the love of her live and a baby that died. Who is this person? That isn’t the only thing they discover. They find a schematic of a drawing with the initials EW. The original schematic is stolen, but lucky for them Kayla, with perfect memory, can redraw the schematics.

When building the machine, they realize that the initials EW stands for Eli Whitney. Has this machine ever been built and exactly what does it do? Soon they discover strange footprints and disturbing visitors. Who is trying to steal the machine?

Kayla does get the machine to work, but is very upset by the various visitors and people trying to kill them. Was El Whitney the first to be murdered for this machine and were there others? They soon realize the enemy is much larger than they imagine and this machine could topple an empire. What is the Shadow Constant?

Will the group be able to save the device and get Hazelton House restored and open to the public? You must read the book to find the answers.

Ms. Scudiere is an excellent writer. She brings her characters to life and you feel as if you are sharing their adventure and fears. Ms. Scudiere is one of my favorite authors. I have read and reviewed all her books. Looking forward to the next one with a lot of anticipation!


The Golden Reviewer, is an 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top..

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Harbinger by Huntingford

An unbelievable good book. This new writer has a vivid imagination that will delight and thrill you as you read this amazing book.

The Harbinger
by Christopher Huntingford
Self Published
August 2013

The main character is Prince Alexander Wolfield, the fourth son of King Magnus. The dynasty has ruled the Kingdom of Alveus for the past 300 years. Today is Prince Alex’s 18th birthday. Today he is to select his own private guard from the King’s men. Father Malachus presents Alex with an amazing light-weight armor. The armor is infused with the blood of the gryphon. But that may be the only thing that is going well for Alex at his celebration. When Alex can’t find a guard he can trust he declines to select one and the King is very angry when he is told about the lack of following custom prompting Alex to leave the castle – taking only his horse and his dog with him. And so the adventure begins in earnest as Alex searches for twelve good men that will be loyal only to him and along the way he finds much more than he bargained for.

Alex’s journey gets him into all kinds of trouble. He is almost assassinated, visits far off realms, and finds that magic and magical creatures still exist in the land. He also uncovers a plot to destroy his homeland. Racing to stop the plot and save his people the question remain: will Alex’s destiny be revealed?

I loved the book. It is full of mystery, courage, misplaced loyalty, a mother’s love and just plain good. This is truly a page turner and a keeper. Maybe the author will write a sequel. Will Alex ever become king of Alveus?

Highly recommended for readers of all age.


The Golden Reviewer, is an 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top..

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Thomas Jefferson by Meacham

JeffersonJon Meacham understands Jefferson – the man – the politician – the statesman.

Thomas Jefferson
The Art of Power
by Jon Meacham
Random House
October 2013

Thomas Jefferson – our third President. What a statesman – politician – but most of all an outstanding person firmly planted in his beliefs and how our country should grow and become a great nation. Meachan brings out all of Jefferson’s outstanding ideas as well as his faults and shortcomings. Jefferson was a man of power and control – in a sense he was a manipulator – but did is in such a way that few were even aware they were being manipulated. Jefferson had some serious problems in and out of the White House. He knew the loss of his parents, wife and numerous children, but still he prevailed. Jefferson was a man of integrity – well liked by some – feared by some – and strongly disliked by others. He was really not a great favorite to become President, but he kept control and won. Jefferson was a practical politician more than a moral theorist. He was one of the most talented politicians of his generation and one of the most talented in our nation’s history.

I thought the book was a little too long but thoroughly enjoyed learning about the life of our third President. Recommended.


The Golden Reviewer, is an 80 something year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of fiction on top..

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Tutor’s Daughter by Klaussen

Julie Smallwood is the main character in this delightful book. She is fast on her way to being a spinster due to her vast knowledge of books. She reads constantly and hoards her books like they were gold. Her father runs a small academy for young men of the gentry.

The Tutor’s Daughter
by Julie Klassen
Bethany House Publishers
January 2013

The year is over, all the students have graduated and gone home. Julie’s father receives an offer to come to Cornwall and tutor Sir Giles Weston’s two young sons. The two older Weston boy were taught by Professor Smallwood and this seems an ideal situation for Sir Giles since the boys’ mother thought they were to young to be away from home. Her father is delighted by the invitation and soon they are on their way to Cornwall.

The Smallwood’s arrival at Weston Manner is anything but pleasant. . Something very strange is going on. Julie and her father soon settle into the routine of tutoring the boys and are enjoying their stay in the country. Julie is beginning to have feelings for one of the Weston men. She is aware nothing will come of her feelings, but she can dream can’t she. Why would a Baron’s son want to have anything to do with a lowly tutor’s daughter?

Suddenly Julie’s life is turned upside down. Pranks are being played on her. Strange love letters are being slid under her door, she hears music being played late at night, a large hand appears on her mirror, and someone is coming into her room at night. These are things she can live with, but when she gets locked in an abandoned chapel and almost drowns, her father calls a halt and they return home to their small academy.

Will Julie’s love be returned by Mr. Weston or will she live out her days as a spinster – longing for what might have been?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It is well written, a page-turner and the plot holds you spell-bound. I fell in love with Julie from the first page and you will too.

Highly recommended.


Romance Editor Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is an 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top..

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Fresh off the Boat by Huang

Eddie Huang is best known as a rising chef, a blogger provocateur, and the founder of Boahaus in New York. Eddie Huang is an Asian-American who has defied every “model minority” stereotype. This book is an inspiring story about family, identify and finding a place to belong.

Fresh off the Boat
by Eddie Huang
Spiegel & Grau
January 2013

He was a kid who did not respect authority. got into trouble easily because of his attitude, and did not get along with his mad family. His father always seem to put him down and his mother yelled a lot. He was/is a bright person, but did not always use common sense. The book is a lot about food. Food seemed to be Eddie’s anchor – lifeline.

The book was interesting, but I didn’t like it. The language is very filthy – too much – did not need. This foul language seems to distract from the real story. Eddie appears to be a person with a large chip on his shoulder and a very filthy mouth. Let’s hope his blog is a lot cleaner than his book.

Not recommended.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is an 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top..

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

A Home in Drayton Valley by Sawyer

A story of hope, heart aches, disappointments, and love.

A Home in Drayton Valley
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Bethany House
October 2012

Tarsie Raines and her friend Joss and Mary Brubacher with their two children leave 1880 New York for Kansas. Tarsie hopes to get her friend Mary to a warmer climate, Mary is sickly and conditions in New York are not helping her. They hook up with an unusual wagon train. All the members and the Wagon Master are black. Joss is very prejudice and is reluctant to follow a black man, but Mary’s pleas prevail and they set off. Tradegy strikes on the trail and Mary passes away from her illness. Before she dies she ask Tarsie to take care of her children and to love Joss and bring him to Lord. Tarsie promised Mary, but how can she love Joss – he is mean, prejudice and has a foul temper. However, she did promise Mary and she would try to honor Mary’s last wish. When the train arrives in Kansas, the wagon train goes on it way and Joss and Tarsie set out for Drayton Valley. Tarsie tells Joss about Mary’s dying wish and ask him to marry her. Joss is reluctant to do so, but he needs someone to care for the children so he agrees,

Life in Drayton Valley is hard for Tarsie. Joss isn’;t interested in her as a woman – he only wants her to take care of the children and him. Tarsie meets Ruth, a colored women, with three children. Her husband is the boss at the local winery where Joss is now employed. Ruth befriends Tarsie and she agrees to teach Ruth how to read. Joss is dead set against this and forbids her to teach Ruth. She ignores him and the entire town and continues to seek out Ruth.

Tarsie has come to the end of her rope. She is leaving Joss and the children. This is very hard on her as she loves the children as her own and to her surprise has fallen in love with Joss. Joss is arrested for stealing. and Tarsie is held captive by the men that are responsible for the theft.

A very interesting ending. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It will make you laugh, make you cry, you will experience the prejudice against the colored people, and you will pray that Tarsie finds the love and peace she so richly deserves.

Highly recommended.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is an 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top..

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Pleasures of Men by Williams

The Pleasures of Men brings the hot, teeming streets of Victorian London to life.

The Pleasures of Men
By Kate Williams
Voice
August 2012

Young Victoria has just entered her second year on the throne. A major recession has hit London. Nineteen year old Catherine Sorgeiul lives with her uncle. who is rather strange. She is deadly afraid of him and rarely leaves her room when he is home. Catherine is intrigued with the gruesome murders of young girls sweeping the city. The serial killer has been nicknamed the “Man of Crows”. Catherine begins writing stories about the murders. She secretly leaves the house at night and takes to the streets putting herself in the killer’s place. As her voyages into the streets of London brings her farther into the underworld of London, she discovers disturbing evidence against her uncle. Could he be the Man of Crows?

A very interesting suspense story that will keep you turning pages far into the night. Be sure to leave the light on as it is very scary. I loved the book.

Highly recommended.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is an 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top..

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.