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Die Again by Tess Gerritsen.

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Die Again by Tess Gerritsen.
         "The circle of life is also a circle of death."
For those of you who like gory and gripping thrillers with plenty of action then this is for you. This is Gerritsen's eleventh book in the Rizzoli and Isles series. If you're a Gerritsen fan  then you'll be aware of the hit t.v. series Rizzoli and Isles starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.
We  begin with a two week safari in Okavango Delta, Botswana, the experience of a lifetime for a group of seven: Millie Jacobson, one of the narrators with boyfriend and writer Richard Renwick, creator of MI5 hero Jackman Tripp, Sylvia and Vivian from Cape Town, Elliot from America and the Matsunagas from Japan. Unfortunately, Millie has been forced to accompany Richard but it doesn't take long before she feels despondent when she realises that her relationship is dying a death.
Clarence is the tracker. He hasn't worked with the bush guide before, Johnny Posthumus of Dutch ancestry w…

The Casual Vacancy T.V.Drama.

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The Casual Vacancy by J.K.Rowling.
"We are the guardians of something unique. We are the custodians and the stewards of a shining principle. We do not turn our backs and look away from people in need."
The tv drama was written by Sarah Phelps and produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts. Rowling herself was one of four executive producers. Set in what seems an idyllic setting, fictional Pagford turns out to be a village divided between the privileged do-gooders, the hypocrites in society with the trappings of middle-class affluence compared to the working class and their dodgy deals and drug abuse living in the Fields, a council estate on the doorstep of middle England. It might be said that Phelps and Rowling share a passion for social justice which is a myth in "The Casual Vacancy." Don't expect any. The story is heart-breaking. Phelps rewrote the ending which was bleak and too devastating for words. She went in search of a redemptive moment after the tragedy. Just compar…

Tess and Tattoos by H.A.Leuschel. "Manipulated Lives."

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Tess and Tattoos by H.A.Leuschel.
Getting up in the morning "meant facing the same inevitable truth-that all she was really waiting for was death to make its appearance and that, when it did eventually happen, she'd not even know. Dead was dead."
This short story is taken from "Manipulated Lives" a collection of five stories but it can be purchased as an ebook on its own. It's the story of Tess, an 82 year old, living in a serviced apartment for the elderly for three years, sadly waiting to die like many others. The setting provides a degree of tranquility and beauty for the elderly, frail occupants. It is Autumn, symbolic of the end of summer and everything it represents moving towards winter, reflecting the sad tone of a life coming to an end. Home is an attractive 3 storey, red-brick house built to outlast its occupants with "weathered faces and achingbones." We experience the wind howling as someone plays the piano whilst outside the gardeners ar…

A World Without Colour by Bernard Jan.

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A World Without Colour by Bernard Jan.
"Your presence in my life is like a room filled with lamps. When you're gone, the brightest, the prettiest one will go out. And leave behind the half-light of unclear shadows."
You could almost hear John Donne speaking so reverently and adoringly to his lover in endearing terms. Metaphysics. This eulogy is full of love and sadly, a lot of heartache. It is written beautifully in such a poetic style to help us to empathise with the author over a difficult three day period in which his pet died. For animal lovers, attached to their pets it will be easy to identify with the emotional horror of seeing a sick animal dying, being helpless to do anything other than watch the angel of death end his suffering: "I knew I would stay with you until the end, that we would spend life together." It's an emotional outburst. It's just like losing a brother, a close relative you care for and whose loss you mourn.
It began for Marcel, ni…

Flight of a Lifetime by Philip Watling.

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Flight of a Lifetime by Philip Watling.
"I was certainly not destined to die; I was not confronted with a tunnel, swirling with luminous mist, or beckoned by distant ancestors tempting me with the promise of everlasting peace and happiness. I did not see a bright light."
You are presented here with an autobiographical account of a tragic accident that occurred to the author and left him struggling between life and death. Very much touch and go. This moving account shows his sheer, gritty determination and courage to pull back from the face of death and to learn those basic skills once more of talking, walking and just generally functioning as a "normal" human being instead of becoming a vegetable. It touches the heart strings and includes personal testimonials from family, friends and medical practitioners emphasizing the seriousness of Philip's head injury and his fight for survival through to his slow recovery. The book gives a very detailed insight into the le…

Lou's Homecoming by Stephan A Onisick.

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Lou's Homecoming by Stephan A. Onisick.
"Sometimes, art echoes life. The uncanny death of the guest actor in the episode (Remember Me from Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman)resonated deeply within me. It paralleled the deaths of my father and half-brother, Lou."
Stephan works as a Sharepoint Developer with Analytical Mechanics Associate contracted to NASA's International Space Station in Huntsville. This story goes back  twenty years to 1997 when the first episode of "Lou's Homecoming" was written. Twenty years down the line the draft was revisited, expanded and finally published as an ebook.
It was January 1989. Our author was 38, married and living in Birmingham, Alabama when he received an unexpected call from someone called Lou Onisick claiming to be a relative. Stephan's father had been born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania in 1912. He had worked down the coal mines. His parents had come from Ukraine and they lived in a Polish community. It seemed that the fa…

The Lodger. A Short Story by C.L.Taylor.

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The Lodger by C.L.Taylor.
"My world becomes dark and loud as I'm tossed, turned and twisted. Over and over I turn,my breath burning in my lungs, the river roaring in my ears."
Having read a couple of books by Cally which I have reviewed recently, I must admit that I've got a soft spot for dysfunctional people and families with unstable and unhappy relationships. It mirrors the lives of many of us. Some of us don't seem to get it right with the happy ever after bit.


When 25 year old Joe is introduced you get the feeling that he is infatuated with Laura, the protagonist. Joe is Ian's brother, labelled the lady-killer, vivacious, outspoken and the look before you leap type,whatever that means! So, is he presented as a good guy or a bad one? Find out. Whilst at work, Laura receives an email from Ian, an old flame from her university days asking if she can put up Joe for a couple of nights because he has just been kicked out of his flat. The "chemistry wasn't…