Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Last Templar - Raymond Khoury - Finished Reading on 11/3/2011

At my boyfriend's recommendation, this is my current read. (We've watched the movie and I am praying the book is a lot better).
The Last Templar
Author - Raymond Khoury (http://www.raymondkhoury.com/home/)
Book description  from author's website -

Acre, Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1291: As the burning city falls to the Sultan's men, a lone galley escapes out to sea, carrying a young Templar knight called Martin of Carmaux, his mentor Aimard of Villiers, and a mysterious chest entrusted to them by the Order's dying Grand Master.

The ship never reaches its destination.

Present day, Manhattan: Four masked horsemen, dressed as Templar Knights, emerge from the darkness of Central Park and storm into the Metropolitan Museum, scattering the great and the good of Manhattan society who are there for the gala opening night of an exhibition of Vatican treasures. Caught in the brutal mayhem, desk-bound archaeologist Tess Chaykin watches in silent terror as the leader of the horsemen homes in on one piece in particular, a strange geared device. He utters a few cryptic words in Latin as he takes hold of the device with reverence before leading the horsemen out and disappearing into the urban nightscape of Manhattan.

The FBI's investigation team is led by Sean Reilly, an anti-terrorist specialist as well as a practising Catholic, aided by his longtime partner Nick Aparo and a Vatican envoy, the Monsignor De Angelis. As the horsemen's dead bodies start turning up, and as the importance of the stolen device becomes more and more apparent, Tess becomes more than a witness to the crime. She and Reilly get drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading Knights, and of the last surviving Templars' fateful journey from Acre to the pyres of Paris. Tess and Reilly are soon facing the deadly forces battling to recover the lost secret of the Templars, and find themselves propelled into a dangerous adventure which takes them through the cemeteries and sewers of Manhattan, across continents to desolate Turkish mountains and remote Greek islands, through a Mediterranean storm of biblical proportions and into the very heart of the Vatican.

With Tess fuelled by an unswerving commitment to scientific truth, the archaeologist and the FBI agent's nascent relationship comes under intense pressure, as with each disturbing revelation relating to the Templars' long lost legacy, Reilly is plunged deeper into a spiritual and professional conflict which ultimately leaves them with the troubling burden of their shocking discovery.

On one level, The Last Templar is a fast paced contemporary adventure/thriller set in New York and in various settings around the Mediterranean, intercut by five epic chapters set during the closing years of the Crusades in which the last Templar of the title, entrusted with the Order's secret, escapes from the burning city of Acre and struggles to make it back to France. On another level, The Last Templar works as a thought-provoking exploration of religion in today's world, and of historic fact versus faith, particularly regarding the origins of the Catholic Church. Through the investigation into the Templars' history and their mysterious discovery, and though the interplay between Tess - the agnostic, scientific skeptic - and Reilly, who turned to the Church after his father shot himself when Reilly was just a boy, the book presents a spirited look at the early days of the Church and invites the reader to question matters which most of us take at face value.
E-book currently available for $9.99 at Amazon here.


Creep - Jennifer Hillier - Finished reading 10/15/2011

This is not usually the genre I would pick up to read, I usually go for the milder reads, but this was gifted to me and recommended by a friend so I decided what the heck and would give it a try and I am glad I did. I will admit that a couple of the reviews on Amazon had me leery but I am glad I didn't let them rule my decision. The story was really good. Jennifer Hillier did a wonderful job at pacing the story line out just right for me and it all flowed together. The only disappointing thing for me is having to wait for her next book in the continuation :( lol :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Creep - Jennifer Hillier

Currently reading -

Creep

Author: Jennifer Hillier (http://www.jenniferhillier.ca/)

Amazon Synopsis
Pulsing with the dark obsession of Radiohead’s song “Creep,” this taut thriller—Jennifer Hillier’s superb debut—rockets from its seductive opening to a heartpounding climax not easily forgotten.
If he can’t have her . . .
Dr. Sheila Tao is a professor of psychology. An expert in human behavior. And when she began an affair with sexy, charming graduate student Ethan Wolfe, she knew she was playing with fire. Consumed by lust when they were together, riddled with guilt when they weren’t, she knows the three-month fling with her teaching assistant has to end. After all, she’s finally engaged to a kind and loving investment banker who adores her, and she’s taking control of her life. But when she attempts to end the affair, Ethan Wolfe won’t let her walk away.
. . . no one else can.
Ethan has plans for Sheila, plans that involve posting a sex video that would surely get her fired and destroy her prestigious career. Plans to make her pay for rejecting him. And as she attempts to counter his every threatening move without her colleagues or her fiancĂ© discovering her most intimate secrets, a shattering crime rocks Puget Sound State University: a female student, a star athlete, is found stabbed to death. Someone is raising the stakes of violence, sex, and blackmail . . . and before she knows it, Sheila is caught in a terrifying cat-and-mouse game with the lover she couldn’t resist—who is now the monster who won’t let her go.

E-Book currently available for $10.99 at Amazon here.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Witches (Unbridled Boundaries Series) - Phil Stern

This is what I am currently reading.
Witches (Unbridled Boundaries Series)
Author - Phil Stern
Amazon Synopsis
They've lived among us for centuries, protecting those in need. But now a powerful wizard has appeared, attacking empowered women across multiple worlds.

A young Terran-based sorceress, the strongest of her generation, must find and stop the magical madman before he can bend the Coven to his depraved will. Along the way, however, she must also confront doubts about the role her fellow witches may have played in her own family's demise. 



This e-book is currently available for .99 at Amazon here.
Update: Finished reading on 10/10/2011












Moon Tribe: Revelation - Sam Dei Lune - REVIEW

This was a quick read but an engaging story. The characters are believable and our heroine likable. The author did a great job at making the writing flow and I am anxious to read more of Danni's story.

Moon Tribe: Revelation - Sam Dei Lune

This is the book I am currently reading.

Moon Tribe: Revelation

Author - Sam Dei Lune (http://www.deilune.com/)

Amazon synopsis -
Eighteen year old, painfully average, Danni is all set to start college in the fall, or so she thought. Danni's well planned life spins wildly out of control when she meets confident and mysterious Charlie, the beautiful boy who introduces her to the supernatural world in which she is destined to play an integral role.

Will she join the ancient ways of the prehistoric moon tribe, of which all of mankind's mythological legends stem from, or will she revert back to the modern age of powerless humans?

E-book is currently 2.99 at Amazon here.

Finally! Finished reading the Dresden Files, yay!!


This is for books 1-13


I started this series because it was recommended to me by a friend as being the "adult" Harry Potter and I am a huge HP fan. Though there was no Hogwarts or He Who Must Not Be Named, there was Harry Dresden and his band of merry friends. From the beginning, I was plunged into Harry's Chicago and taken on a glorious ride. For me, this was realistic (to an extent) and believable (to another extent). Harry had issues and more troubles than you could shake a stick at and things didn't always go his way which made him more lovable, more real. I laughed out loud more than once during each book and even cried a time or two. I got so attached to the characters that I thought of them as MY friends and when something happened to one of them, good or bad, I felt it. These books kept me up late a lot of nights because I didn't want to stop reading, wanted to know what was going to happen next. If you are looking for a story that will warm your heart and bring a smile to your face, that's loaded with lots of action and magic, please read this series. You won't be disappointed.