Friday, March 23, 2012

Promo Post - The Priest and The Peaches by Larry Peterson

The Priest and the Peaches Book Summary

Historical fiction novel set in the Bronx in the mid-1960s

Take a seven day journey with the five, newly orphaned Peach kids, as they begin their struggle to remain a family while planning their dad's funeral.

They find an ally in the local parish priest, Father Tim Sullivan, who tries his best to guide them through the strange, uncharted and turbulent waters of "grown-up world." A story that is sad, funny, and inspiring as it shows how the power of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Larry Peterson's Bio:

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. A former Metal Lather/Reinforcing Iron-worker, he left that business after coming down with MS. He, his wife and three kids moved to Florida 30 years ago. Larry began doing freelance newspaper commentary after graduating from Tampa College in 1984.

His first children's picture book, Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes was published in 2011. In 2012, his full length novel, The Priest and the Peaches was released and he is presently working on the sequel.

He also has a blog ( where he posts weekly commentary. He lives in Pinellas Park, Florida and his kids and six grandchildren all live within three miles of each other.

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ISBN: 978-0-9837418-4-8
ISBN: 978-1-4658-6327-0
Pages: 285
Release: January 1, 2012

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Friday, March 9, 2012

New Review - Quick Kill by Patricia McCallum

"Quick Kill" is the latest release by author Patricia McCallum and I must say it was interesting.  I have to admit, there were several pros and cons about the book but overall, it was an enjoyable read.  First, the pros:

  • This was a very interesting story.  Random women are being brutally killed in Toronto and the police are racing to find the connection between them and stop the killer.  Without witnesses or clues, the cops are working extra hard to stop him before he strikes again.
  • There are interesting characters.  The main character, Sydney Granger, is a tiny but feisty detective, dedicated to her job and determined to find this killer.  Her partner, Mike, is big and brawny and equally dedicated.  Their relationship is filled with sexual banter, good natured ribbing and actual friendship.  The glimpses into their personal lives makes them more real and enjoyable as characters.  I'd really be interested in seeing more of them in future books. 
  • Ms. McCallum really allowed you to see everything from the prospective of the victim.  The reader feels like they have stepped into the victims shoes, seeing their life up until the moment of their death.  Please note:  The deaths are graphic but in this type of novel it's to be expected.
  • Minor characters are also well developed.  Other police officers are interesting and allow you to see the dynamics of working in a major city's police department.  There are interesting personalities and again, they would be interesting to see in future books.
Now for the cons:
  • There could have been more plot development.  The premise of the story was very intriguing but it seemed to only remain surface level.  Most of the story was wrapped up at the end after they caught the killer but it would have been nice to see some of this build up as the story progress.  Instead, it felt like a hasty addition.
  • It would have been nice to see more actual detective work.  There were crime scene visits, precinct meetings and talking with members of the victims families but not much more.  With a police procedural, there's always the expectation of seeing more of the inner workings of the detectives and this was lacking in the novel.
Overall, it was a good read.  I'm interested in seeing more from this series.  The characters alone makes it worthwhile to continue the series and in spite of the flaws, I think any one who is looking for an quick, fairly enjoyable read will like this one!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

New Review: The Egyptian By Layton Green

The Egyptian by Layton Green is an explosive thrill ride from beginning to mesmerizing end.  This is an intelligent thriller, with the world of modern biotechnology interwoven with ancient mysteries and beliefs.  The result is a fast-paced, riveting tale of ancient magic, modern science and a splash of romance thrown in for good measure.

The main character, Dominic Grey is a deep, multifaceted character.  A trained ex-soldier, on the surface he appears heartless and cold but as you read, you soon realize there is so much more to him.  His motivations are complex and he turns out to be a noble character.  His interactions with the other characters in the novel are great, you really get a chance to understand how he thinks, and by the end of the novel, you’ll just really like him!

The plot of the story is strongly tied into all of the modern biotechnology that exists in today’s society.  The story takes you from hi-tech labs to the hidden secrets of the Sahara desert.  The author does a wonderful job of weaving an ancient Egyptian tale into a modern thriller.  What starts as a seemingly simple case of corporate espionage morphs into a hidden world of secret labs, clandestine experiments and the supernatural.  

The amount of detail and scientifically accurate information in this novel is a testament to the amount of research Mr. Green put into this novel and it’s a better story for it.  It’s easy to see that this wasn’t just a thrown together idea but a well thought out and greatly executed story.  It was an enjoyable read from beginning to end.  I totally and completely recommend it!