#MilitaryMonday and Rhe’s Bookshelf : War: 8000 Miles from Home

This week’s Military Monday is also a book review post for my bookshelf. I had the pleasure of reviewing a book by a military author, still serving. He writes under a pen name, and is a married father of three.

Summary:

First Lieutenant Taylor and Sergeant First Class Stewart lead 2nd Platoon of the 147th Military Police Company from White Bluff, Tennessee during combat patrols in Baghdad, Iraq during the surge.

Join them as they strengthen their bonds with each other through teamwork, adversity, and catastrophe.

They will never forget each other as they struggle through challenges that will affect them for their entire lives.

What I thought:

I have to say, that upon diving into the book, as I often do, without checking out all the details I wasn’t quite aware that it was a novel. Truth be told you wouldn’t know if it was held in a plain brown cover. The book is really quite remarkable to read. As I’m sure most military spouses can attest to, not a lot of details are shared. I remember watching some sort of documentary and it was concerning an area of “that place with lots of sand” quite near where my husband had been previously. I learned more from that hour show then I had learned from him. He didn’t want to worry me. I get it and I love him for it. The truth of the matter is that it wouldn’t matter if we watched every show, film or documentary ever made, we couldn’t possible understand 100%. If you would like some insight into the life, the life of war, with a little bit of the real ness of it, I suggest this book. It creates a story about real (even though it is fiction) people, that are human and not just faceless soldiers fighting a war. They have emotions and feelings that drive them, like we all do. I was also a little bit partial to this book because it portrayed the lives of National Guard Soldiers, which is not often done.

I whole-heartedly give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

It is available in Paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com – click my affiliate link to the right to check it out!

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Miss Rhe’s Bookshelf – Manipulating the List

Today’s book review is kind of exciting for me!  This is my first opportunity to review and brand new book from a brand new writer…and it’s a brand new series.  So many brand new’s, but it’s pretty cool!!  The book is Manipulating the List, by KB Lever.

Manipulating the List 
Summary
Katherine Sheppard is the exception to the rule. That is, as long as she continues to run from the law; murder innocent people; and manipulate the Collector’s List…

Shouldn’t be hard, right?

Since the tender age of six, Katherine has always loved to hear Jonathan’s nightly stories about tracking, stalking, and collecting his victims. She’s even had the privilege of watching souls transition into the afterlife, led by the hand of the Collector to their paths where angels or demons escort them home. It has been an unwavering friendship that has flourished for sixteen years. That is, until an unexplainable twist in circumstances causes Katherine’s name to appear on the Collector’s List.

Oh, but do not mistake this as an end, this is just the beginning. Katherine refuses to hand over her soul quietly and Jonathan will stand beside his friend, feeling the bitter sting of helplessness as he realizes that he might possibly be the cause of her demise. So now a new relationship unfolds between them, one of checks and balances, hints, clues, and mysteries, where the two, despite their now forbidden friendship, will work together to manipulate the List.

But just as resolute, the law won’t stand idly by as Katherine assists in the deaths of others. Every form of law enforcement is preparing to conduct a global manhunt to bring her to justice. Nor will the Creator of the List tolerate a friendship that goes completely against his rules. The collections continue to increase in difficulty, pushing Katherine into an irreversible life of crime where the only possibility of escape is her own death. Yet Katherine, as impassionedly determined as a trapped animal trying to escape its captor, will stay the course in her fight to overcome Heaven, Hell, earth and … the Collector

What I thought
So, this type of book is totally not my genre. I’m not really into Paranormal type stuff.  I did read Twilight (don’t hate me), but that’s such a secular series that it’s really hard to equate it to anything really. But I’m always up for a new challenge. For me, this book was definitely that. It started off pretty slow and really weird. I would have liked to have seen a little bit more in the character development, I’m not sure, it felt like it was moving really strangely, but I know that part of the feelings I was having was because I’m just not used to this genre. I started really getting into the book about halfway through when the love interest for the character was introduced. 
I had a hard time following how the plot of the story came about, and I don’t even want to explain that because it will give away so much, which I know is super weird because I just said it was hard to follow.  It is super detailed and a lot of complex information from my perspective.  And I had a difficult time liking the main character to begin with. 
 
By the middle of it,t he flow greatly improved for me and I was beginning to start following it better in general.  By the end of the book, I was totally confused, completely hooked and hoping for a sequel. Luckily this is book one, of three!  So much to my utter surprise and amazement I will be looking for them because I just HAVE TO KNOW!!!  If sort of a sci-fi, paranormal genre is your thing, this is the book for you. It is decently written and I feel like this writer and books would only improve as more came along.  I admire her for coming out the gate with such a challenging story line.
** you can find KB Lever on Goodreads (my favorite place!)
on the web at KBLEVER.com
**I was given this book in exchange for my opinions and viewpoint.  I was not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts and feelings are my own, take ’em or leave ’em.**
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Rhe’s Bookshelf – Claiming Mariah

I am happy to bring you another great book, this time from Tyndale Publishing. Working with Tyndale Publishing has been a pleasure. There are so many new books that I’ve been able to read and share with you.

Claiming Mariah – Pam Hillman

In light of her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Frederick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.

With the ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he will unearth more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal and murder threatens more than the well-being of the ranch, endangering the lives of those who hold it dear. With days dwindling until the rest of the Donovan clan arrive to the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed alters their futures forever.

What I Thought:

Claiming Mariah is a wonderful book. This is my first historical type fiction with a western flare. I’m no stranger to a strong women in an unfriendly era though. This reminded me of another book I recently read, A Path Toward Love. If you appreciate a strong women, some love and romance, even stronger men, with a little adventure thrown in Claiming Mariah would be a great ad to your bookshelf. Since I don’t want to give away to many spoilers, I’ll leave it at that. You can snatch up this book for your Kindle (I read mine on IPhone) on Amazon. Check to the left. Ms Hillman has done an excellent job weaving a wonderful story, with heartfelt characters, and a strong story of faith.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this book in partnership with Tyndale Publishing. I was not compensated in any other way. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Rhe’s Bookshelf – Six Hours One Friday

Happy Monday everyone.  Its been quite a weekend here at the Cammo Style Love house.Mr. Air Force has been taking some leave time, and that has been wonderful. We’ve gotten some rest, the kids have gotten some daddy time. We were able to go to church and Awana as a family,which hasn’t happened in awhile. I’m looking forward to a whole week of time at home.

I still wanted to stop by a bring you another great book review.  This one is brought to you by my partnership with BookSneeze. I was able to review Max Lucado’s book, Six Hours One Friday.

 

Summary

Does life feel futile? Doesn’t have to.
Do some of your failures seem fatal? They aren’t.
 And your death. Does the grave appear to be the final stop? According to
Christ, your death is just the start of the something great.  There
 is a truth greater than all the losses and sorrows of life. And it can
be discovered in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In Six Hours One Friday,
 Max Lucado delves into the meaning of Jesus’ last hours on the cross.
Through his death, your life has purpose and meaning. You are forgiven
and loved by a Savior who died for you. And an empty tomb proclaims that death does not have the final word.
“Peace where there should be pain. Confidence in the midst of crisis. Hope defying despair.”
Does death have the last word? I can see Jesus wink as he gives the answer, Not on your life.

What I thought:

It all comes down to those final hours.  His life is obviously so much for than that,when you read the stories of the healings, of Lazarus, the grace given to prostitutes and tax collectors.  But it all lead to those final hours, the culmination of everything.  I have no read a Max Lucado book before, but had heard man good things them.  I really appreciated the readability of this book.  Even though this isn’t a light topic, it felt that way, in the sense it is comfortable to read.  The mix of real life stories, brought together with the main message of the final hours of Christ, was done extremely well.  They were funny, insightful, emotional, and serious.  Mr. Lucado does an excellent job of showing the reader you aren’t weighted down in your life by all the junk.  Those final hours made sure of that.  This is a subtle book for a small fellowship group, bible study or yourself.  The study guide included the back is done equally as well as the book itself. 

4 out of 5 stars


I received this book in partnership with BookSneeze.  I was not compensated for a postive review.  My thoughts and opinions are my own, take them or leave them.
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Fearless – One SEALs story

I recently joined forces with Books For Bloggers because reading is really one of my great pleasures.  We are a book household.  My ridiculous stuffed bookshelves are proof of that.  So, getting opportunity to review books is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.  There was a book I’d seen floating around that I really wanted to get my hands on; and it just so happens that one of the first books I had the opportunity to review was FEARLESS, by Eric Blehm.

When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, but Adam was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote “I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this Earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.”

But long before Adam Brown became a member of the elite SEAL Team SIX—the counterterrorism unit that took down Osama bin Laden—there was a fun-loving country boy from Arkansas whose greatest goal had been to wear his high school’s football jersey. An undersized daredevil, prone to jumping off roofs into trees and off bridges into lakes, Adam Brown was a kid who broke his own bones but would never break a promise to his parents … until he grew older, and his family watched that appetite for risk draw him into a downward spiral that eventually landed him in jail.

FEARLESS is the story of a man of extremes, whose determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses and persevered to reach the top tier of the U.S. military. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam Brown’s final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.

FEARLESS is the intimate story of a devoted man who was an unlikely hero but a true warrior, described by all who knew him as just that—fearless.

This was perhaps one of the most beautiful stories, relating to the military and our current military situation, that I have read in a long time.  I felt truly honored to be even allowed to read this book and have an inside look at the life of a man, and his family, who we are lucky to have had tred this ground for the years we did.   Eric Blehm clearly took the time and was 100% dedicated to the story of Adam Brown and to honoring him, his family, and his SEAL family.  After reading the book I discovered that many of the men interviewed for it were lost to us in a Marine Helicopter crash.  That made reading the story even more haunting.  I’m writing this review just as it is hitting the media that another SEAL book will be making appearance on bookshelves in a couple weeks.   If you are interested in a SEAL book, and what to learn about being a SEAL, the life of one and his family then I would suggest picking up FEARLESS.  You can read the first chapter here.  There’s also a wonderful podcast with Eric Blehm here, if that sort of thing interests you.

You can purchase the book on Amazon right now for under $14.00.  Scroll down for a chance to win a copy thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing.

 I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  I was not compensated in any other way for a positive review.  My opinions are my own, take ’em or leave ’em

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