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The Shaedon Resurgence-The Zar’aranos Deception 2

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Recensie The Zar’aranos Deception door Fany van Hemelen:
The Zar’aranos Deception is het ongelooflijk spannende vervolg op The Fall of Netherea, de Engelse science-fiction serie van Jeffrey Debris. Na het eerste deel was ik al gefascineerd door de bijzondere trilogie. Natuurlijk was ik benieuwd of ik het tweede deel nog beter zou vinden.

Oh my God, wat is dit een geweldig verhaal! The Fall of Netherea was de prachtige aanzet en introductie, maar in dit vervolg is meer aandacht voor verdieping van de personages en leer ik de karakters met hun normen, waarden en overtuigingen pas echt goed kennen.
Na de korte en duidelijke terugblik op het eerste deel word ik onmiddellijk midden in het strijdtoneel gegooid.

De planeet Netherea is, na vier jaar, eindelijk gedeeltelijk heropgebouwd, maar het gevaar is zeker niet geweken. Onmiddellijk is duidelijk dat er een nieuwe, ernstige dreiging dichterbij komt. Wanneer onze oude vijand uit het eerste boek ook weer opduikt, gaan de poppen pas goed aan het dansen.

Oude bekenden en nieuwe personages krijgen hun rol in de verdediging van de Intergalactische Alliantie. De meeste andere planeten begrijpen dat ze samen een front moeten vormen om de gemeenschappelijke vijand te verslaan. Voor enkele soorten is de eenheid en solidariteit belangrijk, maar ook de angst om later zelf vernietigd te worden, is een belangrijke drijfveer voor andere rassen om samen het gevecht aan te gaan.
Vanaf het begin zit dit boek dus vol spannende scènes, hevige gevechten en allerlei allianties. Ook de technologie en allerlei onorthodoxe methodes hebben een belangrijke rol in dit verhaal.

Hoewel er, door de sluwe Shaedon, een zeer tactisch vernietigingsplan bedacht is en zij overal en onverwachts kunnen toeslaan, heeft de schrijver naast alle actie ook de tijd genomen om zijn wereld verder uit te denken.

In The Zar’aranos Deception ontdek ik nog meer over het verleden van enkele hoofdrolspelers en leer ik naast de mooie kant ook hun kleine onhebbelijkheden kennen. De dialogen tussen Räz de Windmaster van de Negende Cirkel en Grummus de Earthmaster vond ik ontzettend boeiend. Deze twee tegenpolen hebben het niet altijd even gemakkelijk met elkaar, maar hun hechte band is prachtig om te zien. Ik mag geen spoilers weggeven, maar wat heb ik genoten van de ontwikkeling van Grummus die nu niet alleen zachtaardig is, maar ook scherp uit de hoek kan komen.

Naast de bekende gezichten, was er nu ook plaats voor nieuwe namen en sommige rassen, die in The Fall of Netherea slechts oppervlakkig of niet aan bod kwamen, kregen zelfs een ereplek in dit boek. Buiten alle actie was er in dit boek ruimte voor liefde en emotie. Soms moest ik echt slikken wanneer bepaalde ontwikkelingen plaatsvonden met “mijn personages” die nu echt een plaatsje in mijn hart veroverd hebben. Op andere momenten fronste ik mijn wenkbrauwen of was ik het zelfs totaal oneens met wat er gebeurde. Ook nu moest ik lachen met het sarcasme dat in dit boek verstopt is en door de heldere en beeldende taal leek het alsof ik zelf midden in de strijd zat.

The Zar’raranos Deception heeft talloze onverwachte plotwendingen en verrassingen in petto. Als klap op de vuurpijl was er het ongelooflijke open einde, dat me eerst stil achterliet en waarna ik hardop wou roepen “Nee”!

The Shaedon Resurgence : ” Lees het eerste deel en je bent gegarandeerd verslaafd aan deze bizarre en slimme Engelse science-fiction en fantasy beleving!”

Jeffrey Debris, wat ligt de lat hoog voor jouw laatste boek. Nu ga ik snel het afsluitende deel lezen omdat ik het einde gewoon moet weten… Zucht: “ Wat kan jij je lezer meesleuren in je wereld! “ Ik ben dus een tijd onbereikbaar..

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Titel: The Zar’aranos Deception | Taal: Engels | Auteur: Jeffrey Debris | Uitgeverij: Celtica Publishing | Categorie: Fantasy & Science Fiction| Uitvoering: paperback of E-book | 500 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9789491300578 | Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 17-4-2019 | Prijs: €17,99  | Bestellen

LoveBooksGroupTours Blogtour – The Vodka Trail – AA Abbott

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The Vodka Trail- book 2 in The Trail Series.

Synopsis:
A tense crime thriller, packed with twists – and vodka!
Kat White ended up a penniless teenager marooned in London when her parents died in a foreign prison. She blames Marty Bridges, her father’s business partner, for their deaths.

Now Kat wants to recover the family vodka business and stop Marty’s gravy train. But when she’s taken hostage by terrorists, Marty holds her life in his hands…

A compelling crime thriller, sizzling with suspense, seduction, tension and twists.

Review The Vodka Trail by Fany Van Hemelen:
The Vodka Trail is the second intriguing book in the Trail Series. It is just as the first one an easy read with well-developed characters. If The Bride’s Trail was set in shimmering places The Vodka Trail even is darker and with more grim situations.

You can read this book as a stand alone, but it is more interesting to read the first book so you can follow all the adventures of the protagonists.

Kat is going to reclaim the Vodka factory who was in possession of her dead parents. Nobody wanted her to go because in the past Soviet Union it isn’t safe, but the stubborn Kat is travelling to there. At the same time Marty, known as a hard businessman and with a sad history with Kat is visiting this country to find new ways to earn more money. The book is about insurance and finance and all the protagonists are charmed by money and status. In Bazakistan something unexpected happens and Mary and Kat have to learn to rely on each other. Maybe it is even possible they could get friends, but for Kat this is out of the question. Nevertheless, it’s the humour of Marty that made her survive their dark days when they are left alone, angry and afraid.

In The Vodka Trail the key players have to use their strengths to survive. Of course they have weaknesses to and in this book woman are the most intelligent. They perfectly use the charm and sensuality to get what they desire. I really loved the path of the key players. Now they have been more fragile and human for me. Marty has an emotional side too, and Kat is not only in love with designer dresses, but is very determined to fight back to aim again what belongs to her.

The Vodka Trail is a very good crime thriller with lively, atmospheric places, corruption, interesting characters and a well-written story with some unexpected twists.
I am looking forward to the next book.

Author AA Abbott

Author AA Abbott
English thriller writer AA Abbott’s real name is Helen Blenkinsop, but like JK Rowling, she wanted to . She loves city life, having lived and worked in London, Birmingham and Bristol. Her crime thrillers, set in Birmingham and London, sizzle with suspense, twists and the evils of office politics.

Helen’s books are available in a dyslexia-friendly large print as well as standard paperback and Kindle editions.

Her Trail Series follows the fortunes of glamorous blonde Kat White, a party girl who finds her purpose making vodka, shrewd businessman Marty Bridges, and manipulative East End crime lord Shaun Halloran

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★★★★★
Titel: The Vodka Trail | Auteur: Aa Abbott | Uitgeverij: Aa Abbott | Categorie: Thrillers | Uitvoering: e-book | 162 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9780992962128 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: januari 2017 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 10-03-2019 | Prijs: €9,21 | Bestellen

Rachel’s Random Resources Blogtour Consuming Fire – Catherine Fearns

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Synopsis:

What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen…
Liverpool is in the grip of an intense heatwave, and strange things are happening.

A woman dies in an apparent case of Spontaneous Human Combustion; a truck explodes on the dock road; the charred corpses of pets litter the city; forest fires ravage the pinewoods…and there are birds everywhere, silent flocks drawing in ominously.

Detective Inspector Darren Swift thinks there are connections, and his investigation delves into the worlds of football, nightclubs and organised crime. But is he imagining things?

Dr. Helen Hope doesn’t think so. And she believes the key lies in a mysterious seventeenth-century occult book which has gone missing from Liverpool Library.

In the blistering sequel to Reprobation, DI Swift is forced to confront some inconvenient ghosts from his past, as a terrifying shadow lies over his city’s reality….

Review Consuming Fire by Fany Van Hemelen:
What a dark and different crime story where evil becomes true !

Consuming fire is not only a police procedural story,now it is a dim narration about the unthinkable and I was thrilled by the amazing plot twists!

First, I have to tell you I didn’t read the first book Reprobation. I found that a pity because even though you can read this book as a stand alone, I had the feeling I missed important information.

Consuming Fire starts with an excerpt of a Grimoire Ars Adramelechum in the seventeenth-century. It says when you open this, you open the box of Pandora. Okay, that sounds intriguing and from that time I start reading and was hooked to this story.

In the present there is a horrifying event. When a woman is walking down the street unexpectedly the flames devour her. When in another town a truck has a strange accident and eight men die by the fire it looks like both cases are connected. It is really odd, but Liverpool is on fire since that day.

Police inspector Darren and his partner Matt, the fire responsibly , are the ones who have to dig deep to find the truth. Could it be Spontaneous human combustion or was it a crime? Darren and his team are investigating this weird accident but can’t come a step further. Darren decides his good friend Helen to ask for help. Helen got in conflict with her Calvinist religion and she quit as a nun. Nevertheless, as a lecturer at the University, she now learns the students to think out of the box. She discovers these aren’t normal cases but, there are strange forces at the play. The lost occult book Ars Adramelechum from the library is perhaps linked with all those creepy incidents. Darren who is real sceptical, couldn’t share this with his police team so he is going to explore the unknown with Helen. Is it evil that has occurred the events? And why they’re so many birds in the town? Could they solve the mysteries before Darren is getting cracked by this dark cases? Maybe his accusation of a rehabilitated former criminal is the answer?

I truly loved the dark thinking in this book. Each chapter starts with an excerpt of the Grimoire where I got piece by piece information about the role of the bizarre.

Consuming fire is different, because it waves around an old book, a police procedural narration with lots of obscure and surprising elements!

Catherine Fearns is from Liverpool, UK. In previous incarnations she was a financial analyst, a cocktail pianist and a breastfeeding counsellor, but nowadays she likes to write. Her first novel, Reprobation, was published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller in several categories. The follow-up, Consuming Fire, is currently on pre-order and will be available in early 2019.

Catherine writes for music website Pure Grain Audio, and her music journalism has also appeared in Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction pieces have been published in Here Comes Everyone, Toasted Cheese, Offshoots & Metal Music Studies. She holds a degree in History from Oxford University, a Masters from the London School of Economics, and is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association.

When Catherine is not writing, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band, mainly to annoy her four children.

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★★★★
Titel: Consuming Fire | Auteur: Catherine Fearns  | Uitgeverij: Independently Published  |Categorie: Englisch Books, Thrillers | Uitvoering: paperback | 202 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781793477514 | Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 18-02-2019 | Prijs: €12,49  | Bestellen

 

 

Rachel’s Random Resources Blogtour The last thing she said- Rachel Walkley

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Synopsis
“Beware of a man named Frederick and his offer of marriage.”
Rose’s granddaughters, Rebecca, Leia and Naomi, have never taken her prophecies seriously. But now that Rose is dead, and Naomi has a new man in her life, should they take heed of this mysterious warning?
Naomi needs to master the art of performing. Rebecca rarely ventures out of her house. She’s afraid of what she might see. As for Rebecca’s twin, everyone admires Leia’s giant brain, but now the genius is on the verge of a breakdown.
Rebecca suspects Naomi’s new boyfriend is hiding something. She begs Leia, now living in the US, to investigate.
Leia’s search takes her to a remote farm in Ohio on the trail of the truth behind a tragic death.
Just who is Ethan? And what isn’t he telling Naomi?
In a story full of drama and mystery, the sisters discover there is more that connects them than they realise, and that only together can they discover exactly what’s behind Rose’s prophecy.

Review The last thing she said-Fany Van Hemelen:
What a well-written story about three sisters who are special, but have difficulties to accept their gifts. Rebecca and Leia are twins, but are completely different. Rebecca left her job as a lawyer for taking care of her family and it looks like she has a bit of a dull life. Leia, on the contrary is an academic with great brains, but is fighting with the high expectations of everybody. Naomi, the youngest one, is an outsider and is searching for her destiny in life. She can touch people with her music. Her two sisters try to protect her from the moment their parents moved to The United States.

In the beginning you read about their grandmother Rose. When it’s her birthday, every year again, the granddaughters have to eat cake and Rose blows a candle and says a prophecy. After her dead the sisters try to connect the dots.

The book shows the life of the three women with their ups and downs. I can tell you a lot about the drama they meet or their loved ones, but I think you just have to read this book so you get the joy of getting lost in their lives. It’s a book about making choices and stand for what you want. The paranormal touch is an extra asset for a lover of magic like me. The mystery in the book is not the most important, but how the relationship between the sisters develop is why you love this story. The last thing she said is a book that you didn’t read for the mystery, but for the wonderful family connection. When you close this book you could be smiling.

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Author Bio – Rachel Walkley-Foto Author
Born in the East of England, Rachel has lived in big cities and small villages including London and Bristol, before settling in Cheshire.
For most of her working life, she’s been a scientist and librarian, and her love of creative writing has never ceased even when surrounded by technical reports and impenetrable patents. Among moments of mummy taxi, delving into museum archives, drawing pictures and flute playing, Rachel finds a little time to pen her magical mysteries.

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Titel: The last thing she said | Auteur: Rachel Walkley| Uitgeverij: Spare Time Press | Categorie: Feelgood-romans | Uitvoering: Paperback of E-book | 284 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781999630737 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: december 2018 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 01-02-2019 | Prijs: €10,99 | Bestellen