Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)Inferno by Dan Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This giant 624-page doorstop of a book, Inferno by Dan Brown, was worth hefting for days. Wowza. The intrepid Professor Langdon marches through symbolic hell and genuine danger to stop a brilliant madman who is determined to send humanity through a man-made apocalypse. Sure, there are parts of the book that require the reader to suspend disbelief with both hands, but in the long run, the gravitas of the book’s message merits the reader’s cooperation. This is a powerful, engaging story that will haunt the reader and broaden viewpoints on the value of life. With the movie coming out soon, I recommend reading the book before seeing the movie, because the action is fast-paced and complex.

As in the other adaptations of Brown’s stories, the frantic pace of the movie might confuse viewers as Langdon dodges bullets while spouting interpretations of symbolism in Dante Alighieri’s 700-page, three-part epic poem and artwork based on the poem. The Divine Comedy by Alighieri is challenging to read, so I suspect most movie-goers will be unfamiliar with it.

Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy

Brown helps the reader become familiar with the “Inferno” portion of the work through Professor Langdon, making the literary descent into hell feel more like familiar territory instead of graduate-level studies.

Looking forward to seeing Tom Hanks in the movie!

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Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

Everything We KeepEverything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story had everything I want in a book–suspense, romance, mystery, memorable characters, and depth of story. It accelerates from chapter to chapter with twists and turns and shocks along the way. Her lifelong best friend and fiance dies just before their wedding. She seeks meaning and answers. The story tells her journey to the truth. This book stuck in my hand until the very end. Be sure to review the book on Amazon after you read it. Reviews help authors, even bestselling authors like Kerry!
Everything We Keep

I had the joy of meeting Kerry Lonsdale at a writer’s conference in Albuquerque last year. As I was telling her how much I loved her book, she snapped a photo of us for her social media

Authors Kerry Lonsdale and Joni M Fisher

followers. If you enjoyed her book, give South of Justice a read. Both books feature strong women struggling to find out the truth about the man to whom they have pledged love and life.

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Maya Hope a Medical Thriller by Timothy D. Browne, MD

What could be better than a medical thriller written by a physician? Not since COMA by Robin Cook, and The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, have I been this excited about a medical thriller. Author and physician Timothy D. Browne’s Maya Hope offers a devastating medical what-if scenario and then he backs it up with layers of believable science and human nature. The story is set in the medical mission field, those end-of-the-earth places where people suffer from lack of medical care. Places the rest of the world ignores. Places where the poor are the most vulnerable. Take a thrill ride to the remote villages of Guatemala where something is happening to the villagers that a visiting physician cannot ignore or explain until he digs deeper into unspeakable danger.

Maya Hope by Timothy Browne, MD

Maya Hope by Timothy Browne, MD

The Author

Dr. Browne knows these places. He served as a medical missionary for years. For example, he served on Mercy Ships in Serra Leone, Africa around the time the peace treaty was signed. Think Blood Diamonds and injuries by machete. It takes a special kind of courage or craziness to deliver medical care and mission work to the ends of the earth. Sierra Leone absolutely qualifies as the undesirable end of the earth, if you know what I mean.

I met Dr. Browne at a medical conference in Las Vegas, years after he invited my husband to work on the Mercy Ships mission to Sierra Leone, Africa. Dr. Browne mentioned his upcoming book then and I have been looking forward since then to seeing it published. Only someone who has worked in the mission field as a missionary could have written this story with such authenticity and accuracy.

I highly recommend this story, but buckle your seat belt. It’s a thrill ride that might leave you with a lasting unease from the “what if” premise.

So far the book is available in print, but perhaps Dr. Browne will offer it in eBook format in the future.

A Familiar Shore by Jennifer Fromke

A Familiar ShoreA Familiar Shore by Jennifer Fromke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award in 2010, A Familiar Shore by Jennifer Fromke kept me reading long into the night. With more surprises than a five-year-old on a sugar high, the story made me laugh and cringe at the oh-so-human condition of dealing with family from the point of view of young lawyer Meg Marks. Between planning her wedding, coping with her father’s health, and the bizarre estate request of a client, Meg juggles many demands on her time and her heart. An excellent story, well told.

Author Jennifer Fromke

Author Jennifer Fromke

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Pure Death by Liah Penn

Pure Death (Ida Stone and Sam Fujimoto Mystery #1)Pure Death by Liah Penn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This novel won the 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Liam Penn’s alternate reality story of eugenics is a haunting science-fiction tale well told. In an effort to create a perfect world humans have been divided into two groups–the genetically superior (Pures) and those judged inferior (Impures). The sociological implications play out brilliantly as the Pures struggle to maintain their natural impulses (lust, envy, greed, and so on). The Impures face limited lifespans, terrible living conditions, segregation, and moral outrage. Penn portrays the driving sense of duty and hunger for justice in these investigators as they fight the weary battles against bureaucracy, horror, and disappointment in their fellow humans.

This story is Penn’s first published novel. Such a fabulous start, look for more to come in this series.

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Cold Pursuit by Toni Anderson

Cold Pursuit (Cold Justice, #2)Cold Pursuit by Toni Anderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This solid suspense story by New York Times Best-selling Author Toni Anderson is part of a series. I enjoyed the fast pace and believable characters. When a woman and her eight-year-old son become trapped at a shopping mall during a terrorist attack, an off-duty FBI agent comes to their aid. Romance without the hearts and flowers. Edgy. High-octane emotions and fast-pacing draw the reader into the action.
This story is a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award ~ for Romantic Suspense.

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