Category Archives: The Golden Reviewer

The Green Ember by Smith

Can you imagine rabbits and wolves with swords fighting? Unbelievable!

The Green Ember
by S. D. Smith
Story Warren Book
December 2014

This is the story of an entire army on the attack and a scared little rabbit becoming a hero. The author has a vivid imagination and I thoroughly enjoyed his book. Recommended very highly to all. I’m actually looking forward to reading more of their books about these little furry creatures that were amazing soldiers. Who would believe it?

From the publisher: Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.

Kings fall and kingdoms totter. Tyrants ascend and terrors threaten. Betrayal beckons, and loyalty is a broken road with peril around every bend.

Where will Heather and Picket land? How will they make their stand?


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

The Night Bird by Freeman

This is a story of a psychiatrist who erases the memory of what a person is most afraid of. Several of her patients are committing suicide for no reason. What is happening?

The Night Bird
Frost Easton Mystery Book 1
By Brian Freeman
Thomas & Mercer
February 2017

Is someone trying to destroy the doctor? Could it be one of her patients doing this? The book was a page turner. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

From the publisher: What if you had to relive your most terrifying memory…over and over? A detective and a psychiatrist investigate in Thriller Award–winning author Brian Freeman’s gripping psychological novel.

Homicide detective Frost Easton doesn’t like coincidences. When a series of bizarre deaths rock San Francisco—as seemingly random women suffer violent psychotic breaks—Frost looks for a connection that leads him to psychiatrist Francesca Stein. Frankie’s controversial therapy helps people erase their most terrifying memories…and all the victims were her patients.

As Frost and Frankie carry out their own investigations, the case becomes increasingly personal—and dangerous. Long-submerged secrets surface as someone called the Night Bird taunts the pair with cryptic messages pertaining to the deaths. Soon Frankie is forced to confront strange gaps in her own memory, and Frost faces a killer who knows the detective’s worst fears.

As the body count rises and the Night Bird circles ever closer, a dedicated cop and a brilliant doctor race to solve the puzzle before a cunning killer claims another victim.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 86 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

Secondborn by Bartol

A very interesting book. It appears to be the future, but I’m not really sure.

Secondborn
Secondborn Series Book 1
by Amy Bartol
47North
August 2017

The world is divided into two groups of people. The first born, who hold all the power, and the second born who take care of the first born and fight all the wars. The main character is a daughter of the sword, but is the second born and is literally thrown to the wolves. I liked the book.

4/5 Stars

From the publisher: Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic.

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go.

Televised since her early childhood, Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state.

But Roselle finds an ally—and more—in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for—even love?


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 86 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

Twist of Faith by Green

This book is a mystery book. It is a story that will keep you turning pages, stayed up till all hours of the night trying to figure out exactly what is happening.

Twist of Faith
by Ellen Green
Thomas & Mercer
February 2018

It is well written and I really couldn’t determine who the murderer was. I was really surprised at the ending. If you love a mystery you will love this book!

4/5 stars

From the publisher: When family secrets are unearthed, a woman’s past can become a dangerous place to hide…

After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes upon a peculiar photograph, sealed and hidden away in a crawl space. The photo shows a shuttered, ramshackle house on top of a steep hill. On the back, a puzzling inscription: Destiny calls us.

Ava is certain that it’s a clue to her elusive past. Twenty-three years ago, she’d been found wrapped in a yellow blanket in the narthex of the Holy Saviour Catholic Church—and rescued—or so she’d been told. Her mother claimed there was no more to the story, so the questions of her abandonment were left unanswered. For Ava, now is the time to find the roots of her mother’s lies. It begins with the house itself—once the scene of a brutal double murder.

When Ava enlists the help of the two people closest to her, a police detective and her best friend, she fears that investigating her past could be a fatal mistake. Someone is following them there. And what’s been buried in Ava’s nightmares isn’t just a crime. It’s a holy conspiracy.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 86 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

Daughters of the Night Sky by Runyan

This book is about the role that women played in the Second World War.

Daughters of the Night Sky
by Aimie K. Runyan
Lake Union Publishing
January 2018

These women were pilots running midnight missions against the German army. They were highly trained intelligent women and excellent Pilots but received very little recognition. Without these pilots, Russia probably would not been as successful in defeating the Germans. Loved it!

5/5 Stars

From the publisher: A novel—inspired by the most celebrated regiment in the Red Army—about a woman’s sacrifice, courage, and love in a time of war.

Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she’s dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.

After years of arduous training, Katya is assigned to the 588th Night Bomber Regiment—one of the only Soviet air units composed entirely of women. The Germans quickly learn to fear nocturnal raids by the daring fliers they call “Night Witches.” But the brutal campaign will exact a bitter toll on Katya and her sisters-in-arms. When the smoke of war clears, nothing will ever be the same—and one of Russia’s most decorated military heroines will face the most agonizing choice of all.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 86 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

Slender Reeds by Gregory

This is a story of the Hebrew people living, in slavery under the rule of Pharaoh Ramas, struggling to hold on to God’s promises and a mother’s hope to save her infant son from sure death by the hand of an Egyptian soldier.

Slender Reeds
Jachebed’s Hope
by Susan Gregory
Barbour Publishing, Inc.
November 2016

Jachebed is a young Hebrew woman, living with her mother Elisheba, married to Amran, a godly man who believes in the one true God of the Hebrew people. These people are living in slavery under the cruel rule of Pharaoh Ramas.

Shephrad is the daughter of the High Priest Nege. Nege is an evil priest and very cruel to his daughter. After a severe beating, she runs away from home. She is found, near death, by Jachebed and her mother. They befriend the young girl, teaching her to be a mid wife.

Ramas is concerned about the large Hebrew population and orders his solders to kill every male child up to the age of three years. Jachebed has a young son she has been hiding. A lot of the Hebrew mothers have lost sons and she is afraid someone will tell the solders about her son. She is a weaver of reed mats and baskets. She will make a water proof basket and send her son adrift on the Nile River. She has observed that Pharaoh’s daughter and her ladies bathe daily near the reeds. This will be a good place to place her son. Hopefully he will be discovered by Princess Meril and not eaten by the crocodiles that inhabit the Nile River.

A very interesting read. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Gregory, but look forward to reading more in the future, Highly recommend the book.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 86 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

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

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.