Saturday, July 18, 2015

Review of Ten Days in Paradise

Ten Days in Paradise
By Linda Abbott

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

If you are looking for an intelligent novel about relationships, I recommend Ms. Abbott’s story of people meeting on the island of Sanibel. A place where the rich come together to play, off the west coast of Florida, USA, a man and woman go where they each thought they would never go – infidelity.

Each’s family dynamics are brought to light in this well-written dramatic portrayal of a love affair. All sides of that endeavor are delved in, indirectly by the family member and others, who have no idea of the events leading up to the coupling.

The man and the woman’s views are inwardly conflicted before and after their steamy night together. Each reaches out to others for the answers to their predicament. This is where the debate over what is really loving and what one should do about it.

The answer lies in the man’s mother and father’s 50 year anniversary that he and his family are celebrating, and events that surround the church the woman helps to save on her short vacation. Love is a commitment and is not a whim.

Ms. Abbott does a good job keeping the reader’s attention bringing people’s attitudes in at the right moment. The prose is non-complicate and easy to read.

A book to read on your next vacation:

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Kemp's Kids

The Man Who Makes the Clouds &
The Mermaid Who Makes the Seas

By Danny Kemp

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

I have read and studied both together because I felt it proper since they are books one and two in a children’s short story series. But they should be read separately because they are cute and straightforward to read to children with different lessons told. 

Fantasy is the background of Teddy and Tilly’s adventures so that a child’s imagination will be peaked with questions asked while you read them to your child. You’ll laugh the whole time and will have a hard time explaining the facts, according to Mr. Kemp’s characters.

The clouds and the ocean will not be the same after reading these two fun-filled short stories. If your child reads without you, you may be asked many questions that will seem odd – go with the flow and help your child use its imagination.

Many lessons are learned in these two tales. Photos are used to guide you along. Have fun. Check them out:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Review Lionel Goes to Camp

Lionel’s Grand Adventure, Bk #3
Lionel Goes to Camp

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Armed with his unusual magical lucky charm, Lionel is off to camp or maybe he might not get there. Only time and a frustrating event decide his exit from what is an uncomfortable home life, according to Lionel.

His adventure at camp beings with an aggravating event, but he is on a mission to achieve his dignity and impress the one he cares for. Being the kind person he is, the conflicts he is confronted with putting him on the short end of the stick, so to speak.

He goes with the flow and enjoys his quest to be a Camper. But others interfere with his goal; and he has to use his magic trinket to help him out of those situations, which do not produce the results needed.

The hurdles are overcome in an enjoyable way, where the reader will laugh and shed a tear or two.

Lionel’s Grand Adventures are fun books to read to your children. If they are old enough, their reading will produce positive results with lessons learned.

Great book for the summer:

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review of Warrior Class

Warrior Class. The Crooked Path

By P.T. Mayes

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

If I knew the Warrior Class was 784 pages long, I might not have taken the journey with Bey, following his Lord Master, on the crooked path to becoming an Asteel knight. But I did, and I am glad for it.

Yes, Bey is the main character, but in this vast array of stories. Another named Siren, a young woman, is being trained by a spymaster. In the land they are brought up in, their path cross where evil meets real, magic meets normality, and honor-ability meet greed.

Mr. Mayes has these two characters meeting in an adversary situation with the only Siren knowing the full scope of it. Both characters have the keen intuitive ability to do what is right in unusual situations they encounter.  

These young adults listen to the platitudes of their masters, are consumed by them, and question them many times. The full spectrum from good to evil is dabbled in those lessons. 

Alas, you come to what you think is the end, but you will find that the end of the Crooked Path is not reached. I hope Mr. Mayes keeps each of the next adventures Bey and Siren take are in a shorter novel form.

His writing is colorful, descriptive, and verbose at times. I recommend The Crooked Path for those who like adventures of fictional yore and who have time on their hands or speed read. It is an epic tale that is an easy to read the complete experience.