The 19th Bladesman by S.J. Hartland #BookReview

Kaell is a swordsman bonded to the ancient gods and can fight for them alone. Bonded warriors are doomed to die young as they are trained to fight the monstrous, blood-sucking ghouls.

But Kaell doesn’t fear for his life.

All he wants is his Lord’s love. However, Lord Vraymorg is unwilling to acknowledge his feelings towards Kaell for love means pain. But Kaell is also the “19th Bladesman” prophesied to bring down a banished God.

When this foul god escapes from his prison, what havoc shall he wreak? Can Kaell thwart him? Because “if Kaell breaks, the kingdom breaks with him”. The 19th Bladesman, the first book in the Shadow Sword series, by S. J. Hartland is a remarkable fantasy novel.

The 19th Bladesman by S.J. Hartland - review & book cover
The 19th Bladesman by S.J. Hartland – review

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Pernicious Pursuit by Gary D. McGugan – Review

McGugan’s Pernicious Pursuit is an action-packed, thrilling tale of survival where the odds are stacked against the bad guy with a good heart.

After spilling the beans against the criminal outfit, The Organization, for whom he used to previously work, Howard Knight is under the FBI’s witness protection. However, The Organization’s reach is far and wide. It does not take long to find out his hiding spot in the Netherlands from where goons kidnap him.

His lover and partner-in-crime, Janet Weissel, barely escapes. Now, what’s her next course of action? Whom should she trust? Where should she go?

As Janet tries to chart her future course of action, Howard, meanwhile, is doing everything to stay alive—barely. Will he survive The Organization’s brutal torture, or will he be another nameless victim of this nefarious criminal outfit? Read Pernicious Pursuit by Gary D. McGugan to find out.

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Pernicious Pursuit by Gary D. McGugan

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Black Volta by Pete KJ – Review

After living a luxurious life with a beautiful wife and raising two sons, Carlos now feels empty. Recently divorced and without a job, he does not know what future holds for him, but his past torments him. He cannot forget the crime(s) he committed one fateful day decades ago in Ghana.

Liz left Ghana in search of greener pastures and is presently a successful career woman in the USA. She escaped abject poverty, but is she free? No.  She is trapped in a vicious cycle of supporting her needy siblings and “remains under the vice-grip power of her hoarding mother.”

The paths of Carlos and Liz cross in spectacular, unimaginable ways, and each is drawn back to the Black Volta River of Ghana, which is witness to the most dreadful day of both their lives. Can the River provide them salvation? Read Black Volta by Pete KJ to find out.

Black Volta by Pete KJ
Black Volta by Pete KJ

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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No Way Home by Christy Cooper-Burnett – Review

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No Way Home by Christy Cooper-Burnett – Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Los Angeles, 2070. Christine Stewart is all excited about her vacation with her son. All she needs to do before embarking on her vacation is to complete a routine task at her job. The task is simple: travel back in time in 1867 to Oklahoma to deport a cyber-criminal and come back to present-day LA.

However, tragedy strikes—the system goes down.

Christine—along with scores of other transporters around the world—is stuck in the past with zero supplies and bare minimum training. However, it is still not the end of woes for her. Due to a glitch in the system, she is thrown further back in the past and thousands of miles away from her original drop location. Does Christine succeed in getting back to her son alive? Read No Way Home by Christy Cooper-Burnett to know more about Christine’s fate.

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Bird Cottage by Eva Meijer – Review

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Bird Cottage by Eva Meijer – Review

Bird Cottage by Eva Meijer is a novel based on the life and research of Gwendolen Howard, a British naturalist and musician. It fictionalizes the journey of a woman who pursued her passion for music and birds at a time when women’s ambitions were throttled.

Gwendolen was known for her amateur studies on the behavior of birds that were published in various periodicals and two books under her pseudonym, Len Howard. After building a successful musical career as a violinist, she left London at the age of forty, to settle in the English countryside and study birds.

Coming from a bird-loving family, this was an inevitable progression for Howard. She wanted to study the behavior of birds when they were free. Her devotion towards her passion reflected in her relationship with the birds. The tits, robins, sparrows, and the other birds that lived in the garden of her cottage would fly in and out of the windows of her cottage freely and would even perch on her shoulders and play with her.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland – Review

Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland - Review
Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland – Review

Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland is an engaging account of an epic quest for the secrets of the pharaohs.

Harlan Riley is the only archaeologist to survive the ill-fated expedition to an Egyptian cave in 1935. His appearance, a year later, gains widespread attention as he is covered from head to toe in mysterious scars and keeps talking in a strange language unknown to man. His granddaughter, Imogen Riley, an Egyptologist herself, is desperate to know what caused her only living relative to lose his sanity.

She joins a team of archaeologists and soldiers to find the answers. The cave, which turns out to be a tomb, is a maze of tunnels that, according to the leader of the group, Nathan Trummel, holds the most prized secrets of the pharaohs. However, as the explorers venture deep into the ancient tomb, they discover a deadly fate awaits them.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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