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Shepherds of Destiny

Shepherds of Destiny

Shepherd of Destiny by Kiel Barnekov

The Force of Evil has continuously attempted to complete the destruction of humankind since the dawn of time. Certain events throughout history that could have gone very wrong have been shepherded to good outcomes. This is the story of how Good overcomes Evil, one event at a time.In the year 2028, Kristian Barnett, billionaire through inheritance of his parent’s estate, and CEO of Barnett Industries which develops, manufactures, and implements advanced transportation systems globally, falls ill at the age of thirty-three with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Dr. Savannah Richards, Neurosurgeon and Research Scientist at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center has developed a means to preserve the brain of a patient whose body has been irrecoverably destroyed but whose brain is unharmed. Concurrently, Dr. Ansley Barnett, wife of Kristian Barnett, is leading the development of a cyborg body indistinguishable from a human body for DARPA. Soon after Kristian’s brain is removed and placed in stasis, he is approached by The Guardian. The Guardian is a spiritual being who watches for timelines that are going astray and threatening the existence of humanity. The Guardian enlists Kristian’s mind, untethered from his corporeal body, to control the actions of individuals key in keeping a timeline on its predestined course. In his current spiritual state, Kristian is able to travel to any period in the past or the future with The Guardian in order to affect changes to a timeline gone astray.With Kristian’s spirit in tow, The Guardian travels back in time to the U.S. Civil War to counter a threat to the timeline in which the Union won the war is in jeopardy. Should Kristian fail to complete his assignment from The Guardian, the history of the United States is changed and the country will not survive World War II.Aaron Adams, also suffering from advanced ALS in the year 2038, is approved for Dr. Savannah Richard’s brain preservation procedure. But prior to the procedure his mind is scanned and stored for download to a cyborg body. Aaron is approached by The Guardian as his mind is also separated from his corporeal body. His assignment from The Guardian confronts a rift in time that threatens the outcome of World War II, and ultimately, the free world.Kristian Barnett and Aaron Adams, under the guidance of The Guardian then travel forward to the year 2052. The founding CEO of a high-tech information management company and two multi-billion-dollar telecommunication moguls have developed a new smartphone supporting an advanced communications technology. This technology enables the ability to control a user’s thoughts and actions without the knowledge or consent of the user. The new smartphone and communications technology are promoted to the Military as a means of controlling the actions of an enemy. The intent of the billionaire cabal is to use the technology to ultimately establish a dystopian world in which the billionaire elites and their ruling class government puppets would live in opulence while the masses were enslaved to serve their masters. Aaron and Kristian must disrupt a demonstration of the technology to senior government officials including the Secretary of Defense. The threat of human domination by evil tyrants is far from over and the eternal battles between good and evil continue.

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Kiel Barnekov

About the Author

Kiel Barnekov, was born in 1951 in Washington D.C. His father was a federal government intelligence executive and captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve. His mother was a federal government employee at several agencies. His paternal ancestors were Swedish nobility who immigrated to the United States in 1840. His maternal ancestors immigrated from Ireland. Mr. Barnekov grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from George Mason University. He is now living in Ormond Beach, Florida, having realized his long-time dream of living near the ocean.

On his website – http://www.KielBarnekov.com he shares that even as a young child he was always conjuring up stories and filling them with colorful characters, sharing them with anyone and everyone who would listen. Although his career was in airline and airport technology, with his family’s support, he has returned to his creative roots. As a professional storyteller, he is adept at using imaginative thinking and creative flair to bring his stories to life in engaging and entertaining ways.

Mr. Barnekov’s first book, Shepherds of Destiny, is available on Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback.


My Review

5 Stars

Kristian Barnett and Aaron Adams are two men with severe cases of ALS that are many years apart. Although their bodies are compromised their brains are not. They both go through a procedure to remove their brains and place them in cyborgs. But they find when they are no longer in their bodies they are contacted by a being called The Guardian.

The Guardian keeps the timelines running on the same course to keep evil from ruling the world. The men are given a task to go back to the Civil War and World War II to keep everything running smoothly. But their own timelines are about to be affected when the technology for placing the brains in the cyborgs is threatened.

Billionaire Kristian is suffering from ALS but with the help of his scientist wife has the potential to regain his life again. Of course the military is going to pull the project, even if it was Kristian’s money that funded it. I loved this part of the story. There is so much thought put into this that I could see it happening in ten years in real life.

Then there are the timelines. It is amazing to me how one even can be pivotal in the world and how just one little thing could have changed history for the worse. I love how we see this in two separate timelines. It really drives home how important little things in history really are.

This is an amazing story. It has a little bit of every gerera in it. The medical knowledge of ALS, the scifi bit of cyborgs, and I loved the history of each timeline. This is one heck of a ride and one I recommend checking out. For a first book I admit that I was blown away.

I would like to thank Sherri Rosen for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Doctors of Darkness Boxed Set by Ellery Kane

Straight from the mind of a forensic psychologist comes an addictive series of betrayal, lust, revenge, and murder. These doctors earned their degrees from the dark side.

The Doctors of Darkness e-book bundle contains the first three books in the series: Daddy Darkest, The Hanging Tree, and The First Cut.

Daddy Darkest:
Bury your secrets. Bury them deep… A month after her high school graduation, small-town-girl Samantha “Sam” Bronwyn boards a plane with her best friend, Ginny. Destination: San Francisco. But when Ginny disappears inside an airport bathroom wearing Sam’s letterman jacket, it doesn’t take her long to figure out she was the intended target.

Alone in a strange city, Sam’s on a run for her life–drawn into a dark past she never knew existed. A past where secrets aren’t all that’s buried and where revenge comes at the highest price. Who is Sam really–and who can she trust? The mysterious stranger in 4A who secreted a gun in his backpack? The guilty ex-con? The disarming FBI agent? Her own mother?

Only one thing is certain. Someone is after her. Someone who knows more about her than she does. Someone who wants to teach her a hard lesson: There are worse things than murder.

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The Hanging Tree:

What if you couldn’t remember the worst night of your life? What if you couldn’t forget it?

May 13, 1994. On her thirteenth birthday, newly orphaned Evie, witnesses a brutal attack at the hanging tree. She wakes the next morning on a bus to Los Angeles, dazed and bruised and desperate to remember. Her best friend died that night–she’s sure of it. But there’s no body, no crime scene, and no witnesses.

Twenty three years later, the whole night is still a blur. The murderer, a faceless, nameless man. Fresh out of a stint in juvie, Butch kills a girl, strangles her. Twenty three years later, he walks out of prison a free man. But a haunted one, the ghost of his past at his heels.

When another body turns up at the hanging tree–a girl, strangled–Evie is certain her lost memory holds the key. Can Butch help her find the faceless man? Or is he hiding the darkest secret of all?

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The First Cut:

There’s a thin line between love and murder.

When “Love Doctors” Ian and Kate Culpepper are brutally murdered in their Carmel mansion on Valentine’s Day, Ava knows it’s karma. Because Ian’s leaving her for perfect Kate four years ago had cut her bone deep. And then they had the nerve to show up here, on her turf. With their perfect house and their perfect daughter and their matching perfect smiles.

It’s no wonder Ava can’t stop watching. It’s no wonder she can’t let go.

But Ian is far from perfect, and Ava owes a debt too. For the unforgivable thing they’d done together. The dark deed that severed their marriage in two. When Ava’s name is found inked in blood at the crime scene, a reckoning seems inevitable. Someone knows what she’s hiding. Someone sees what she’s done. And karma is ready to collect its pound of flesh.

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About the Author

Forensic psychologist by day, novelist by night, Ellery Kane has been writing–professionally and creatively–for as long as she can remember. Just like many of her main characters, Ellery loves to ask why, which is the reason she became a psychologist in the first place. Real life really is stranger than fiction, and Ellery’s writing is often inspired by her day job. Evaluating violent criminals and treating trauma victims, she has gained a unique perspective on the past and its indelible influence on the individual. And she’s heard her fair share of real life thrillers. An avid short story writer as a teenager, Ellery recently began writing for enjoyment again, and she hasn’t stopped since.

Ellery’s debut novel, Legacy, has received several awards, including winning the Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, young adult, e-book category, and the Gold Medal in the 2017 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards, teenage category. In 2016, Ellery was selected as one of ten semifinalists in the MasterClass James Patterson Co-Author Competition.

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My Review

5 Stars

If you are looking for some psychological thrillers that will have you sleeping with the lights on, look no further. This series is a set of three books that could be read a standalone books, each book is about different people.

The first book Daddy Darkest is about a women who fell for the wrong man years ago. In present day her daughter narrowly avoids a kidnapping at an airport. The story bounces between the two women as both try to survive the present and the past.

The Hanging Tree has a teenager witness her best friend being murdered. A young man is sent to prison for killing a girl. But in present day he is out, the girl can’t be sure who she really saw kill her friend and the past may repeat itself.

The First Cut has a husband and wife being brutally murdered in front of their 4 year old daughter. To the side is the husbands ex-wife who thinks that its karma catching up with him for leaving her.  But when the ex’ name is found in blood at the crime scene it seems she has a bigger role to this story.

I love this series. It will give you the creeps and make you think twice about people. Ellery Kane knows how to get under your skin, burrow down deep, and leave you scared to death but wanting more. I strongly recommend checking out this series, you will not be disappointed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review of this book.

I would like to thank Ari at Candid Book Reviews for the opportunity to read and review this series.

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The Hive

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The Hive by Jane Holland

The Hive: a brand-new thriller for 2019 from Kindle #1 bestseller Jane Holland

“Addictive, horrifying and brilliant!” – 5 stars, Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Reads

Scarred by fire from infancy, with a persistent stammer, Charlotte has always been in the shadow of her glamorous theatrical parents. So it’s a shock when her mother commits suicide.

Left to care for her sick father in the dark maze of her childhood home, Charlotte begins to unravel. First, there’s the mysterious arrival of a box of dead bees. Then buzzing noises in the attic. People are watching her. Listening to her.

Everyone thinks she’s losing her mind. But an old photo suggests another, more sinister possibility …

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Author Bio

Jane Holland is a Gregory Award-winning poet and novelist. Her thriller GIRL NUMBER ONE hit #1 in the UK Kindle store in 2015, and again in 2018, catapulting her into a life of crime. She’s published dozens of novels with major publishing houses under various pseudonyms, including: Beth Good, Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, Hannah Coates, and JJ Holland, and also self-publishes.

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My Review

5 stars

Charlotte fell into a fire when she was a child has a disfigured face. She has essential shut herself away from the world with her parents and her boyfriend Alex. But when her mother commits suicide she learns things are a lot more difficult than she first thought.

Alex is a journalist and is working on a project about the Russian mafia so this is present in the front of Charlottes’ mind. Charlotte then starts hearing the buzzing of bees in the attic. When she received a box of dead bees she starts wondering if something really is happening or if she is just losing her mind.

I have to say that part of me felt for Charlotte when I first started reading the book. But then she was so frustrating that I would have liked to hit her. But when things started to get creepy I was engrossed in the story. As Charlotte would take a timid step forward I was eager to find out what was going on and on the edge of my seat at what was going to happen next.

This was an amazingly creepy read with great bee trivia sprinkled throughout. This is my second book from Jane Holland, the first being Forget Her Name. This book was just as creepy as the first. Jane Holland has definitely cemented her place on my keep shelves.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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Code of Rainbow by Weiqi Wang

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Soaring Flame and the Dragon-transcending Magimal (Book 1)

Some say this book has a Harry Potter feeling, but it’s a completely novel story and unique magic world. The world is beautiful because it’s full with magic elements of seven types, each in a designated color – just like the rainbow code! That said, those colors could only be seen by some special eyes, such as Soarame’s!

Many animals in this world possess magic power, so they were called “magimals.” A well-known example is dragons, and we all know how strong they are. However, they are still not the most powerful kind of magimals, because each type of magic has a king kind – and never underestimate a magimal just because it looks cute and little!

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My Review

4 Stars

Soarame has humble beginning and a special ability to see magic. When the wizard Scankeen comes to town he rents a room from Soarame’s father and learns of Soarame’s abilities. Scankeen stays with Soarame for many years training him and then sends him to the Institution of Libral. Thus beginning Soarame’s learning how to use his abilities, meeting other students and magimals, and starting his adventures.

This is a wonderful, magic filled story about Soarame. He has some serious abilities that can be used for good and just as easily corrupted for darkness. Although a bit naïve to the world he still has a good heart and an eagerness to learn.

I admit that I did have a hard time starting this story. The narration was a little clunky and made trying to sort out the information dump a little challenging. But once everything gets laid out the story started to flow. This is when I really got engrossed in the tale and wanted more.

This is the first book in the series and I am very excited to see where the story goes from here.

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Ancient Barons and the Returned Assassin (Book 2)

Two years after the MagiMax incident, everything seemed to be peaceful. Until one day, Soarame and his friends received a threat from an unknown person, who they suspected to be Max. At the same time, they realized that Rodka had been badly injured by the same person and since then missing. The friends thus must do something to help him, but they were no more than a group of school teens without enough power. What could they do to help their friend – and do it without leaving the campus?

Fortunately, there was a solution! Carrying the hope, Soarame and his friends started making their best efforts in different ways. But to their greatest astonishment, someone had been watching them all the time…

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My Review

4 Stars

It has been a couple years since the last book. Soarame and his friends have grown. Things that were alluded to in the first book are now a reality and overall Soarame’s world is progressing nicely. But then the friends receive a threatening note regarding Rodka, who has graduated. Soarame wants to go save Rodka but he also wants to finish his schooling and learn more about his family.

I liked how we see the friends a few years older. I admit a note in the story would have made this transition a lot more smoothly. I enjoyed catching up with Soarame and his friends and seeing how things have changed since we last saw them. Of course now we can dive into the story more and it is clear that this book is not as innocent as the first book with more language and bloody fighting.

I do have to say that I like the magic elements; this is a fresh take on magic. I do like the combination of science and magic although it still feels a little rough. I loved seeing the Dragons and Empires idea coming to life in this book.

This is a great continuation of the series although I recommend reading them in order. I don’t think you would have a hard time jumping into this story but there is so much more to this book when you read it as a series.

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Code of Rainbow: Legends of Azure and the Masked Planet (Book 3)

Due to a shocking discovery, Soarame now has to undertake a new dangerous journey with his friends. He must cross the largest, most deadly ocean in the world. Battling more powerful, evil wizards, he was forced to escape underwater, and stay in the bottom of the ocean for weeks. But how could a teenage boy survive underwater, especially that there were lethal creatures down there? And what further perils are waiting for him, if he really survives?

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My Review

5 Stars

Soarame is looking for Filton and learns that the Astandos group he embarrassed on his first day of school may have run across Filton. Soarame is off to find Filton and save him but is ambushed. Soarame hides at the bottom of the Azure Sea. He has been there for a while and has learned that underwater is just as dangerous as above.

I have to say that I think this is the best book of the series so far. We are finally getting to see more of this world as Soarame is on his quest. I love the various locations and the people that Soarame meets on his quest. But as Soarame searches for Filton he starts to learn more about himself and his own past.

I have come to love this world. Soarame is a great character and is determined to find Filton. His quest takes him to new lands and into confrontations with new and very dangerous creatures and people. I had a hard time putting down book three since I just had to know what was going to happen next. I can’t wait to get my hands on book four.

I received a complimentary copy of this series. I voluntarily read and chose to post honest reviews.

Weiqi Wang

A Bit About Weiqi

While people may think “magic fantasy authors” are opposite to “scientists”, Weiqi Wang preserves his own opinions. As a D. Phil graduated from Oxford University, Weiqi loves to be both. After all, philosophy is to explain the world; some choose to use scientific languages, some put it also in fantasy.

This fantasy series is aimed at bridging magic fantasy with sci-fi, as a pioneer in this unique direction. It will show an immense magic world that may seem similar to that in a “pure” magic fantasy in the beginning, but become fundamentally different as the story goes on – more and more sci-fi elements will get into play!

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Kult by Stefan Malmstrom


When a four-year-old girl and her father are found dead in the Swedish city of Karlskrona, the police quickly conclude it was a murder-suicide, a tragedy requiring no further investigation.

But Luke Bergmann, a reformed criminal still haunted by his violent past, believes they are wrong. The dead man, Viktor, was his best friend, and Luke knows he would never commit such a horrific crime.

When more bodies turn up, Luke is certain the same killer has struck again. Alone, he embarks on an investigation which reaches back through decades to his friend’s involvement with a sinister cult and dark secrets are exposed as Luke struggles to keep his own long-buried demons hidden away.

And when Luke finds himself in a killer’s sights, his search for the truth becomes the fight of his life.

Can Luke get justice for Viktor and his daughter and prove his best friend was not a murderer, or will the shadows of the past overwhelm him?

Fans of The Killing, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Jo Nesbø and Will Dean will love this dark and gripping début thriller.

NOTE: KULT is inspired by shocking and tragic real events.

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Author Bio

Stefan Malmström is a former news journalist who has worked for Sveriges Radio and Swedish TV4. Today he works as a consultant, lecturer and author. At a young age, Stefan was manipulated into the Church of Scientology in Hässleholm, a small town in southern Sweden. KULT, his first book, is based on his experiences in the cult. Stefan lives in Karlskrona in Sweden with his family.

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My Review

5 Stars

This story starts off with Luke Bergmann discovering that his best friend Victor and his four year old daughter are dead. Everyone thinks it’s a murder suicide but Luke knows there has to be anther explanation. With other bodies start showing up Luke can see a connection and decides to find the killer. But secrets from the past are resurrected and Luke is going to have to face his own dark past.

This book is one heck of a ride from the dramatic beginning to the surprising end. Luke ahs a dark past that he rose above but with the death of Victor he teeters on the edge. But as he starts looking in to Victor’s life he discovers a cult. What follows is an insane trip through a hellish wonderland of nightmare.

But the part that really got me about this book was that it based on Stephan’s own experience with a cult. To know that he went through this and so much more just put more of an edge to this story. I admit that I have though why would people join a cult and go to the lengths that a normal person deems ridiculous. Here is a great story that will shed a little more light on cults.

This is an amazing and dark read. If you like thrillers you will enjoy this book. I can’t wait to read more from Stephan Malmstrom.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Sarah at Book on the Bright Side for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Strands of Truth

Strands of Truth

by Colleen Coble

on Tour September 9 – October 4, 2019


Strands of Truth by Colleen Coble

Strands of Harper Taylor’s childhood are resurfacing—but will the truth save her . . . or pull her under?

Harper Taylor is used to being alone— after all, she grew up in one foster home after another. Oliver Jackson finally took her under his wing when she was a runaway teenager, and now Harper pours her marine biology knowledge into Oliver’s pen shell research. But she’s never stopped wishing for a family of her own.

So when a DNA test reveals a half-sister living just two hours away, Harper is both hopeful and nervous. Over warm cinnamon rolls, Harper and Annabelle find striking similarities in their stories. Is it just a coincidence that both their mothers died tragically, without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name?

Oliver’s son Ridge still sees Harper as a troubled teen even all these years later. But when Oliver is attacked, Ridge and Harper find themselves working together to uncover dangerous secrets that threaten to destroy them all. They must unravel her past before they can have any hope for the future.

Book Details:

Genre: Romantic Supsense Published by: Thomas Nelson Publication Date: September 10th 2019 Number of Pages: 336 ISBN: 0718085906 (ISBN13: 9780718085902) Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

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Prologue January 1990 St. Petersburg, Florida Lisa ran to her Datsun Bluebird and jerked open the yellow door. Her pulse strummed in her neck, and she glanced behind her to make sure she wasn’t being followed. She’d tried not to show fear during the confrontation, but it was all she could do not to cry. She couldn’t face life without him. She’d been on edge ever since yesterday. Twilight backlit the treetops and highlighted the hanging moss. Instead of finding it beautiful, she saw frightening shadows and shuddered. She slid under the wheel and started the engine, then pulled out of her driveway onto the road. She turned toward the Gulf. The water always calmed her when she was upset—and she had crossed upset moments ago and swerved into the scared zone. Her belly barely fit under the wheel, but this baby would be born soon, then she’d have her figure back. She accelerated away from her home, a dilapidated one-story house with peeling white paint, and switched on her headlights. The radio blared full of the news about the Berlin Wall coming down, but Lisa didn’t care about that, not now. She switched channels until she found Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’ ”playing, but even her favorite tune failed to sooth her shattered nerves. Could she seriously be murdered over this? She’d glimpsed madness in those eyes. She pressed the brakes as she came to a four-way stop, but the brake pedal went clear to the floor. She gasped and pumped the pedal again. No response. The car shot through the intersection, barely missing the tail end of another vehicle that had entered it before her. Hands gripping the steering wheel, she struggled to keep the car on the road as she frantically thought of a way to bring it to a stop that didn’t involve hitting another car or a tree. The baby in her belly kicked as if he or she knew their lives hung suspended in time. “We’re going to make it, little one. We have to. I can’t leave you alone.” No one would love her baby if she died. Her mother couldn’t care for her child. She cared more about her drugs than anything else. Lisa tried to tamp down her rising emotions, but she’d never been so frightened. The car fishtailed on the sandy road as she forced it back from the shoulder. Huge trees lined the pavement in a dense formation. Where could she drive off into relative safety? A field sprawled over on the right, just past the four-way stop ahead. If she made it through, it seemed the only place where they might survive. Had the brakes been cut? What else could it be? She’d just had the car serviced. Lisa approached the stop sign much too fast. The slight downhill slope had only accelerated the speed that hovered at nearly seventy. Her mouth went bone dry. *** Taken from “Strands of Truth” by Colleen Coble. Copyright © 2019 by Colleen Coble. Used by permission of http://www.thomasnelson.com/.



Author Bio:

Colleen Coble Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series.

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My Review

5 Stars

Harper Taylor has been almost by herself her whole life. But this has not stopped her from becoming a marine biologist and her great advancements. She does take a DNA test to see if there may be a match and is surprised to learn of a half-sister, Annabelle. It is odd to learn that both of their mothers were killed before revealing who their father is.

Harper starts working more with her mentor’s son, Ridge and finds herself attracted to him. But then things start getting downright dangerous when people are clearing trying to kidnap or kill both Harper and Annabelle. Harper and Ridge are going to work together to find out what connects the past to the present and stop the killers.

This is the first book I have read from Collen Coble but it won’t be my last. I was instantly drawn into the story and wanted to know about Harper’s past almost as much as her. I was delighted in learning about Annabelle yet so on edge when someone is clearly after both women. I enjoyed the romance with Ridge and was so glad for Harper to find another person to share her life with.

I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out who the killer was. I loved how everything was so connected. This is a great mystery thriller that I recommend checking out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Enlightened Cow by Columbkill Noonan

Rama, the Hindu god who maintains dharma, or the balance of all things, is in terrible trouble, and only Barnabas and Wilfred can save him!

Private detectives to the gods, Barnabas Tew and Wilfred Colby, believed they’d discovered the secret to taking charge of their destinies. Unfortunately, they’re about to be taught a hard lesson: nothing is as it seems and taking control is easier said than done.

Fresh off their most challenging case to date, the two detectives step into a cenote: an otherworldly portal that connects worlds and can take them anywhere if they how to use it.  Each is hoping to be reunited with someone he left behind, but they soon realize that something has gone terribly, disastrously wrong. Instead of being reunited with their lady-loves, they find themselves in a Hindu temple, together with Kamadeva, the Hindu god of desire.

Kamadeva asks them to save his friend Rama, who is in grave danger. It seems an innocent enough request, but Barnabas and Wilfred have learned that not everything is at it seems, and the right thing to do is not always so obvious. It doesn’t take long to discover that not all the gods want Rama saved, leaving the two detectives to make a terrible choice.

The detectives have faced dangerous deities before, but the Hindu gods are different. Otherworldly, wise, and full of shadowy motivations, they all seek to manipulate the hapless detectives to suit their purposes.

Can Barnabas and Wilfred see through the illusions and the lies to uncover the truth of the matter? Or will they fail, and choose the wrong side?

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Author Bio

Columbkill Noonan is the author of the bestselling “Barnabas Tew” series, which features the bumbling-yet-lovable Victorian detective Barnabas and his trusty sidekick, Wilfred. Columbkill combines her love of mythology and her affinity for period fiction to craft unique cozy mysteries that will leave you guessing (and chuckling!) till the very end.

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My Review

5 Stars

After finishing Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Cursed Serpent, I was excited to read the next book in the series. The reward for solving their last case was that Barnabas Tew and Wilfred Colby can travel between worlds. Unfortunately they have a bit of miscommunication and both find themselves at a Hindu temple. They are giving the task of saving Rama who is in great danger.

When the two get themselves turned into fish it puts a bit of a damper on the investigation. First they are going to have to find the Enlightened Cow before being turned back into humans. With Barnabas’ bumbling and a lot of dumb luck the two find themselves back in the right form. But when they find Rama they learn that Rama doesn’t want to be saved. Now what are they to do?

These two have a great, brokering partnership. I loved how Barnabas has learned that Wilfred means a lot to him and promotes him. I really enjoyed the romp through Hindu mythology. I loved learning about the different gods and how little slights can get you in big trouble.

I really like this series. Both Barnabas and Wilfred remind me of an old married couple with their bickering. But they grow on you as you read. I also enjoy reading about the different mythology. My appetite has been wetted and now I want to reach out for more stories. This is a great mystery series and one that I recommend checking out. I can’t wait to catch up on the first two books and see what these two trouble makers get up to next.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.


I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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