Dr. Denis Leary wrote “Why We Don’t Suck.”  This book, although I attempted to read it, is full of more terrible language that I have seen in a long, long time.
After the first few pages, I put it down.  I later picked it up and attempted to read it again.  The language is so bad that I am not going to retry.


I was expecting political analysis with some perhaps caustic comments, but the words this author uses are over the top and not a part of my everyday vocabulary.  It should have an X-rating.

I receive this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.  It is a waste of paper and postage.


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The Far Away Boys. Review

Lauren Markham as the author of THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS tells a captivating story that is based primarily on twin boys who leave El Salvador to come to the United States for a better life.

Much of the story is of their escape of their local community because of poverty and gang warfare. The trip North is told with gripping details of the many dangers of traveling with a coyote to avoid checkpoints along the way. The Flores boys are identical twins. They are part of a large family that is attempting to do the right things and avoid troubles. This is nearly an impossible task.

When they finally reach the United States, the twins journey is not done. The myriad of regulations stymie them nearly at every turn. The lack of knowledge of the English language is a huge barrier as well.

This is very well written and I enjoyed it! At the end of the book the author turns more political in expressing her views. This book covers from 2013 until early 2017.

If you know any who are struggling to assimilate into the US way of life as far as jobs, licenses, schooling and language, this could offer great insight into what they have been through and the inner struggles they are battling.

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Chasing Phil

Chasing Phil by David Howard is the story of two green-horn FBI agents that got in way over their heads. An idea to investigate turns into an international investigation of swindling that reached levels the agents could not have imagined in their wildest dreams. Phil Kitzer, a charming con man, becomes someone that even the agents could admire.

The agents manage to become a part of Kitzer’s inner circle. This involved a great sense of trust by a man with an uncanny ability to feel betrayal and dishonesty. Yet they pull it off. Wearing wires in many places where they would have been executed if they were found out, adds to the nervous moments the agents faced.

The agents realized their mistake of using their own names and had to make calls to change their credit history to make them appear that they were much more prosperous than they were.

Lies, deceit and so much more keep this story moving along. You can feel the tension in the rooms when meetings are going on. The long hours and the amount of alcohol consumed add to the fatigue and the chance that these agents will be caught.

Chasing Phil reveals how a con man operates and how the cycle must continue to keep everything afloat.

I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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Taking Aim by Eva Shockey

Taking Aim by Eva Shockey is quite the book. This book is an easy one to read and an autobiographical story of a young lady who has a career choice that is rarely traveled.

Eva Shockey tells of her journey from ballet lessons to traveling world wide hunting a wide variety of game. She tells of the resistance she has received by all sorts of animal rights activists and also by many who are hunters.

This is a great read for anyone who loves the great outdoors and cares for God’s creation. Any hunter would truly love this book. It you are on the edge and not sure where you stand on hunting and taking the life of a wild animal, you need to read this book as well.

Shockey goes to length to tell of the benefits that hunters provide to game conservation around the world. The numbers of animals in the United States that are considered big game have gone up dramatically under the guidance of Game organizations in all of the states. Wild game provides for food for many in underdeveloped nations around the globe.

I must admit, I am a hunter. Certainly not to the level that Eva Shockey attains, but one that enjoys the outdoors and putting venison into my freezer. As the temperature begin to drop, I am looking forward to deer season where I hopefully can harvest a deer.

I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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Explosive! Sobering Testimonial!

I just finished reading CONVICTED by Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins!  The cover states that this is a story of a crooked cop an innocent man and an unlikely journey of forgiveness and friendship.

That only begins to tell the story.  CONVICTED covers racial tensions, anger, guilt, the pressures put on our local police forces around the nation and a look at life behind bars.  White and black.  Guilt and innocence.

This is written following the timeline in the lives of these two men.  A trip to the store leads to a 10 year sentence in a Federal Prison.  The pressure to be an achiever leads to false charges.

God steps in and slowly works in the lives of Jameel and Andrew.  No dramatic overnight changes, but slowly speaking to the hearts of each person.

This is an easy read.  CONVICTED is due to go on sale September 19, 2017.  I was given the privilege to read an uncorrected proof copy of the book in return for an honest review.  If there were a way to give more than 5 stars, this would be earned by this book!

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Tremendous GIFT!!! Salvation

I just finished reading Max Lucado’s latest book, THE GIFT FOR ALL PEOPLE.   This is a wonderful, uplifting book.  The sub-title is Thoughts on God’s Great Grace.

I think anyone who has been a believer for a long time would benefit from reading this book as it serves as a reminder of just how precious we are in God’s sight.  Anyone who is wondering what life is all about and just where they are headed would find great direction in this book.

THE GIFT FOR ALL PEOPLE is a very easy read and it gives a person a multitude of things on which to stop and reflect.   This book was very encouraging to me.

I truly appreciate how Max Lucado puts into words Biblical truths so simply.  He makes it all so easy to understand.

I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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Predictable, but good

Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne is a book set in the ranch area of the Double S Ranch in modern times.  The main theme is how your past experiences can come with you and truly change how you judge people.  Colt, the owners son was in high finance in NYC and Angie, who comes to the ranch as a “kitchen manager” came from Seattle where she had been a detective.

Christian themes run throughout the book and lives are changed because of it.

I like a book with twists and turns but this one keeps going pretty straight throughout the entire story.

Back in the Saddle tells of restoration and renewal as the lives of many of the characters intertwine.

I received this book as an Advanced Reading Copy in exchange for an honest review.  More stories of the Double S Ranch are forthcoming.  This book is to be on sale, March 15,2016.  I will look forward to reading Ruth Logan Herne’s next book in this series.

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