- Raven’s Cove. By Mary Ann Poll.
- This is the goosebumpiest story I’ve read in a long time. Mary Ann Poll manages to keep you on the edge of your chair from start to finish. Murders in a very strange way, an outsider under suspicion and a devious preacher are some of the ingredients that make up the mix that keep you nailchewing.
I love the way she contrasts church-playing people with those who are sincere about their faith, which is a big part of how the story plays out. Raven’s Cove is a great read. I can recommend it to anyone who loves supernatural thrillers. Well done, Mary Ann.
- The Matter of the Vanishing Greyhound. By Steve Levi.
A bus full of hostages disappears on the Golden Gate Bridge. How is that possible? Heinz Noonan, the specialist detective who was taken from the airport on his way to Alaska to handle the case, fist has to find the answer to this question before he can solve the crime. Just as he thinks he makes progress, it becomes clear that the criminals are one step ahead. If he wants to enjoy any part of his holiday in Alaska, he’d better hurry.
Noonan is a man who thinks ahead, and totally out of the box. considering weather conditions and a number of other factors, he figures out how the crime was committed. Now he has to find the hostages as well as the criminals. Follow the money and you get them. This clever detective follows the right leads and without wasting time, he goes, sometime against logic, does what needs to be done. Case solved, hostages back home, he is off to Alaska for a well deserved holiday.
- Steve Levi is a master writer of the impossible crime. A very enjoyable story for anyone who loves mysteries. Highly recommended.
- What If I Go? By Polly White.
- This book is not for an afternoon by the pool. Be prepared for heavy reading. Excellently written, it is a story of extreme suffering at the hand of rape gangs and sex traffickers. The writer manages to draw the reader into the story without emotional involvement.There is a clear warning for young girls who travel abroad alone, not to trust just anybody without checking them out thoroughly. There are vultures everywhere, waiting to pounce on the innocent and destroy them, but they do it in a subtle way. The girls are reeled in slowly and by the time they realize what is happening, it is too late. They’re hooked.
Not all the girls that get trapped, are strong enough to walk away. Grace found a gap and ran. The healing process was long and slow and almost as painful as the torture itself. That is the physical part. The psychological healing toook longer and was no easier. To learn to trust in the right people was not easy and making another mistake almost happened.
Polly White leaves us with the hope that there is always a way out and that turning back to the Lord God, trusting Him and leaving everything in His capable hands, is the way to total restoration. What If I Go is a story that has a distinct warning and a message of joy awaiting on the other side of trouble.
- Refined By His Fire
This is a very readable story about family, friendship and faith. Cathy plotted the story carefully, demonstrating how faithfulness through hardship takes us to the next level of maturity. Both Adrian and Barry endured enormous challenges and prevailed. Their characters changes from scared, confused boyhood to brave men, always ready to face whatever came their way and never back down. Cathy, we are looking forward to the next excellent fruit from your pen, (or rather, your computer).
- Tranquility, At Last by Ray Daley
This is a very interesting thought: what if they didn’t. It triggers the imagination. What were in his thoughts. Did he, at some point change his mind about the pill? How long did he last if not? How did the end play out for him? And the guys at NASA? What were in their thoughts? How did they sleep? Well plotted, well constructed, no unnecessary detail. If all Ray Daley’s books are like this, I’d like to read more.
- Nobody’s Cat (An Ode to a Stray Cat) by Dan Mazur
This is a heartbreaking story, but so true. How often do we experience the very same thing, unable to do anything about it. This poem speaks for many of us who care, but are not in a position to help.
- The Blood Of Jesus by Ajeeth Sing
I hardly feel myself qualified to write a review on this book, but in all humility I will give my opinion. From the first paragraph to the last I have been touched by the direct honesty and clarity with which the subject of the Blood of Jesus and it’s meaning to us, is handled. I thought I knew all about it, but this writer has in this book, revealed things I have never considered or realized, like the names of the gates to the Temple and the meaning of the items that was placed in the Ark of the Covenant. Some other aspects I have been wondering about, have been cleared in my mind. Aspects that I knew about, but have never been sure how it is applied. This book is nothing but excellent. I will most certainly watch out to purchase other books by this author.
- Cross Roads by Ajeeth Sing
I found this book to be simple, straightforward and to the point. No falling off the topic or distracting details. Sing says it as it is: Jesus Christ is the way to the Kingdom of God. Without Him, no going anywhere good. Best is, Sing backs up all he says with solid scripture, leaving no room for doubt.
- The Sacrifice by Cathy Conradie
First of all, I have to mention that I have read the original, Afrikaans version. And I liked it a lot. I give it at least a four star rating. It is a gripping story of two young men who overcome enmity towards each other through forgiveness and compassion. The technical part of the English version could have been better, but it does not change the fact that it is a very good story, good plot with strong character development. The fact that the author used real life situations makes it all the more believable. Like the incident with the “likkewaan”, I remember learning about it in a TV news clip some time previously. The author shows a special kind of humor that she applies effectively to break the tension wherever needed. I sincerely hope there will be more books by Cathy Conradie to follow. Looking forward to reading whatever might be on its way.
- A Fortnight From God (A Dialogue with Dom) by Richie Cooley
A realistic account of modern day argument against Biblical teachings. Peter is a character that could very well be real and living next door while Dom’s insistence to give insight to the unbelieving Peter, inspires any follower of Christ to persevere in their work to spread the Gospel. This work is well researched and proofs undeniably many of the truths in the Bible, that are often belittled as myths. An interesting insight and easy to read.
- The Computer That Cared Randall Mc Mullan
Although technologically outdated, the fantasy remains. A story that puts a smile on your face and a memory that lingers.