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The Hike

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The Hike by Drew Magary

From the author of The Postmortal, a fantasy saga unlike any you’ve read before, weaving elements of folk tale and video game into a riveting, unforgettable adventure of what a man will endure to return to his family
 
When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.

On a quest of epic, life-or-death proportions, Ben finds help comes in some of the most unexpected forms, including a profane crustacean and a variety of magical objects, tools, and potions. Desperate to return to his family, Ben is determined to track down the “Producer,” the creator of the world in which he is being held hostage and the only one who can free him from the path.

At once bitingly funny and emotionally absorbing, Magary’s novel is a remarkably unique addition to the contemporary fantasy genre, one that draws as easily from the world of classic folk tales as it does from video games. In The Hike, Magary takes readers on a daring odyssey away from our day-to-day grind and transports them into an enthralling world propelled by heart, imagination, and survival.

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My review

5 stars

Ben is in rural Pennsylvania on a business strip. But after he checks into his hotel he is draw out back and goes on a hike. But strange things start happening and he finds himself meeting a friendly crab, huge insects, a man eating giant, and bizarre demons. The only way out to find the end of the path and hunt down the Producer, the creator of the world to get him home.

This is an amazing story. I am a huge lover of Alice in Wonderland and Ben finds himself on the same adventure. He has some crazy stuff happen and sees some weird things. He even falls down his own rabbit hole. This story has danger, hazards, and a great sense of humor because what else are you going to have if you found yourself in Ben’s place.

I loved the whole thing but will be honest, I don’t know if everyone would enjoy it like I did. It’s one book that I recommend everyone checking out. You might find a new favorite.

To purchase The Hike make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Drew Magary’s website.

I received The Hike for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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The Sixth Idea

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The Sixth Idea (Monkeewrench – 7) by PJ Tracy

The Monkeewrench crew returns in a twisty, heart-stopping new thriller.
 
The peaceful Christmas season in Minneapolis is shattered when two friends, Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz, scheduled to meet in person for the first time, are murdered on the same night, two hours and several miles apart, dramatically concluding winter vacation for homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth.

An hour north of Minneapolis, Lydia Ascher comes home to find two dead men in her basement. When Leo and Gino discover her connection to their current cases, they suspect that she is a target, too. The same day, an elderly, terminally ill man is kidnapped from his home, an Alzheimer’s patient goes missing from his care facility, and a baffling link among all the crimes emerges.

This series of inexplicable events sends the detectives sixty years into the past to search for answers—and straight to Grace MacBride’s Monkeewrench, a group of eccentric computer geniuses who devote their time and resources to helping the cops solve the unsolvable. What they find is an unimaginable horror—a dormant Armageddon that might be activated at any moment unless Grace and her partners Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, along with Leo and Gino, can find a way to stop it.

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My Review

 4 stars

An elderly terminally ill man and an Alzheimer’s patient are kidnapped. Two men that are planning on meeting are murdered. Lydia Ascher called the police to say that she found the two men in her basement. The police find a connection between her and the men and put her in protective custody. Detectives Gino and Leo call in the Monkeewrench team to help them keep Lydia safe and to figure out what is going on. The team finds a connection with some scientists that were working on a hydrogen bomb and EMPs during World War II. It seems that someone wants to bring this research to the present day and it’s up to the Monkeewrench team to stop them.

There is a lot of action in the story as the team rush to figure out why people are being kidnapped or killed. I liked how everything linked together. The one thing that did get to me was why start killing and kidnapping the people when they could have just progressed with the plan and I doubt anyone would have been the wiser.

Anyway, I did really like this story, I have been meaning to read the Monkeewrench series and now I will have to go back to the beginning and catch up on what I have missed.

To purchase The Sixth Idea make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and PJ Tracy’s website.

I received The Sixth Idea for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Hello Again

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Hello Again by Stan Schatt

A dead lover wants company. Meanwhile, a no-nonsense detective who doesn’t believe in ghosts teams up with a psychic who fears something very evil is stalking its prey. A scientist finds that modern science can’t explain what he’s experiencing.

Bill met the woman of his dreams, but now she’s become his worst nightmare as her text messages become more demanding and threatening. How can he avoid her when she seems to know every step he takes? When high-tech equipment fails to explain the mystery, he finds the only solution might be to meet her face-to-face.

Hello Again combines the spine-tingling tension of a paranormal mystery and the descent into madness of a psychological thriller with a good detective story’s step-by-step approach to finding a killer

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My Review

5 stars

William “Bill” Eisner used to be a lawyer but now he is the owner of the Cozy Cup coffee shop. He has everything he needs but feels like he is missing something. Then his friend Roger convinces him to try speed dating. After several rejections, Bill finally hits it off with Amber Love, although something seems off. The next thing he knows, Amber is found dead and he is getting text messages from her. Is it messages from the other side or is someone using Amber’s phone to be demanding to Bill. Enter a psychic and a detective to help Bill solve the murder.

Bill is a great guy and believes in karma. I love his table for the homeless. I would love to see more of this in real life. This is a great story with a great mystery. I love the paranormal twist to keep it interesting but I did like how today’s technology can get the better of us.

If you are looking for a great mystery with a paranormal twist I would recommend checking out Hello Again. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

To purchase Hello Again make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Stan Schatt’s website.

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I received Hello Again for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Sovereignty

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Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes

Sovereignty views a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future through the eyes of 18-year-old Goro. Perseverance propels him forward, even in the face of immense tragedy. With hope seemingly lost and life apparently pointless, redemption glimmers on the horizon when Goro and his friends are recruited into a grass-roots resistance movement. Determined to bring down the world government, they gain access to the key to accomplishing their goal. Loyalty, persistence, and fighting for freedom are the main themes of the book. Some of the unique and appealing aspects of this young adult fiction novel include: witty dialogue, futuristic elements from the 23rd century, and the fact that life data for each person is captured within an implanted micro-chip. The male protagonist, in contrast to the female protagonists in recent young adult science fiction such as The Hunger Games and Divergent, appeals to teenage boys as well as girls. The characters have diverse ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds, to better represent typical young adult readers.

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My Review

5 stars

Goro is an 18 year old living in the 23 century. The world is now run by the Sovereign Regime, infants have microchips implanted in them. These chips remove the need for things like bank accounts and smart phones but they also have taken a person’s personal freedoms away by recording everything. Goro over hears a conversation that was secret and helps to lead him to start the revolution that he has desired. Now Goro is in a race against time because both the Regime and the resistance want the secret he overheard.

This is a great dystopian/post apocalyptic story. Technology has taken over humanity and the rules of the world have taken away war, murder and such just by using a microchip. Goro is a great character. He is strong, snarky, and has  big heart yet can be tough when needed. There is a lot of action and lots of twists and turns as Goro tries to navigate his knowledge and desire to take down the regime.

This is a great story and one I recommend to those that like dystopian/post apocalyptic stories. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for other books by Anjenique Hughes.

To purchase Sovereignty make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and Anjenique Hughes’ website.

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I received Sovereignty for free from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Author’s Bio

With master’s degrees in education, special education, and counseling, Anjenique “Jen” Hughes is a high school English and math teacher who loves teaching and mentoring young people. She enjoys traveling and has worked with youth on five continents. Saying she is “young at heart” is an understatement; she is fluent in sarcasm, breaks eardrums with her teacher voice (students have complained when they were within earshot), and cracks sarcastic jokes with the best of her students. Her work with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse youth has inspired her to write books that appeal to a broad variety of students seeking stories of bravery, perseverance, loyalty, and success.

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Guest Post

Topic: Pain and Gain?

A few months ago, my Krav Maga instructor decided to take the class out to the fifth floor parking structure (Krav Maga is an Israeli form of military martial arts, to bring people up to speed).Wanted to “keep it real” he said. Sometimes he will crank up the heat in our training room, or he’ll flip the light off so it simulates our fighting in a dark, shady alley. We never know. Anyway, we were practicing escaping bear hugs on the oil slicked parking lot, and my partner- bless her heart- couldn’t lift me high enough, ending up dropping me face first onto the concrete! Instructor came running over and asked if I was okay; I popped up smiling- no problem.

Luckily, I was blessed with a very high tolerance for pain. In Krav, you get kicked, smacked in the head, choked out, you name it. My partner felt horrible dropping me that day, but hey, instructor says, “tough it out! Man up-” (even though I’m female). He has zero tolerance for those who are whiney or weak of heart. My partner followed up with, “perfect technique on your landing, girlfriend!” Which made me feel a little better…

In May, I was clocked hard in the nose with a rifle in Weapons class. Blood gushed from the cuts on my nose and the black eye that bloomed the following day, well let’s just say I looked like I had just lost a boxing match with The Rock. My nose ended up being broken, as well as my right eye suffering nerve damage. However, I took it all in stride, with instructor blaring, “Them are war wounds! You earn those badges of honor!”

Krav can leave you with some bumps and bruises, no doubt, but the point of these stories is: You can do anything you put your mind to, IF you persevere. Doesn’t matter what pain is endured, if you keep getting back up, you will win. In my book Sovereignty, Goro is confronted with multiple trials, some of which I would never want to force onto my worst enemy. However, in the face of adversity, against seemingly impossible odds, Goro perseveres. That is what I want my readers, my students, and myself to take away from this book. Oh, and there is also plenty of Krav Maga in Sovereignty! J

Thank you so much Jen. This sounds like some of my Krav Maga classes. My instructor keeps us on our toes. But what can you expect from someone that is teaching you to protect yourself and that is not always pretty.

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