Author: Nicholas J Finch

Book Review: The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

The Fifth GospelThe Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Intrigued by the premise of this book, I came at it with an open mind and wasn’t disappointed.

I starts at a dramatic and unrelenting pace and pauses just long enough for some eloquently lyrical moments of reflection into the human condition, from the loss of parents, the relationship between siblings, failed marriage, longing, reconciliation, and finally the recognition that God is at work in all of it.

Very well done, with just one or two moments required for that ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ that all good drama needs.

Actually, I would’ve mistaken this for Dan Brown with it’s twist on science and faith, and especially from the pace at which I had to keep turning the pages.

Superb stuff.

Highly recommended as a challenging and rollicking read.

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Book Review: Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O’Connell

Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh ShermanFierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O’Connell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been fascinated with Grant & Sherman for most of my adult life.

The friendship that won the Civil War.

This book was an interesting insight into William Tecumseh Sherman, detailing all aspects of who he was: West Pointer, banker, husband, Uncle Billy, and General Sherman. It showed so much of his strategic thinking, in and out of the military, and how is life led him to the March through Georgia.

Sherman is either loved or vilified, there really is no in between. He also didn’t care. He did what had to be done.

Reading this will tell you more about the man, how he became the legend, and how he made sure the myth would live on.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking into studying Sherman, to learn more about his career, the war, and his life long battle with Catholicism.

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National Coming Day

As an advocate and member of the LGBTQ Community, coming out is never an easy decision.

For some though, it is easy, as those around them knew all along and chose to embrace their loved one.

For other’s its a terrible nightmare with yelling, accusations, and loss of everything.

The decision to come out is a very personal one.

It’s not a friend or a family members’ decision to force them out, no matter the good intentions, or lack thereof.

It’s not society’s place to yank someone out of the closet either, just because it makes good news.

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For those who have come out: You are brave, strong, and worth it.

For those who haven’t: You are brave, strong, and worth it.

For those who have lost loved ones: You are brave, strong, and worth it

For those who have gained loved ones: You are brave, strong, and worth it.

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To read about the characters I have created and how they ‘came out’ you can read:

Conversations in Real Time & The Secret Service Agent

 

 

Book Review: Claude Monet by Nina Kalitina

Claude MonetClaude Monet by Nina Kalitina
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Forever and always my favorite painter.

I adore Impressionism.

And this book is a good look into Monet’s life, inspirations and ambitions.

Ahhh… to paint like that!

Highly recommended for anyone who’s interested in but as yet knows little or nothing about Monet.

Nicely written, easy style.

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Book Review: Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1) by Donna Leon

Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1)Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Found this on Kindle Unlimited, and having just finished one book about characters in Venice, decided to try another.

I’m very glad I did.

I totally enjoyed this and it kept me guessing superbly.

Commissario Brunetti is a fascinating and multi-layered character I absolutely want to know more about!

I’m going to find book 2 in the series for sure.

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Book Review: The Professor (McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers, #1) by Robert Bailey

The Professor (McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers, #1)The Professor by Robert Bailey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading The Professor. I always enjoyed John Grisham, so diving into a Court Room style book series, sounded fun and interesting.

I liked Tom McMurtrie (The Professor) instantly. He is a very real character, facing real issues and dealing with getting knocked down and trying to find his way back up. While Rick Drake is just starting to find his way in life. Their own personal history, clouds their professional lives yet, it has brought them together to take on the greed of one man.

The female characters in this weren’t two dimensional, though I would’ve loved to see Dawn take on Tyler, but maybe in the next book. He beautifully showed symmetry, while contrasting how the two star witnesses to the case handled themselves under pressure, and what they were willing to do for their kids.

I’m looking forward to the next book (already downloaded on my Kindle). Especially as it’s about Bo – who out of all the side characters was the one I wanted to get to know.

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Happy Anniversary: Conversations in Real Time

Three years ago today, I published my first novella Conversations in Real Time.

It was an amazing moment to finally, after so many years, see something of mine published.

It’s been a roller coaster ever since, with The Secret Service Agent coming out two years later.

I’ve only just started in this new career!

So stick with me, there is more to come!

If you are new to following me, pick up my first book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, or Kobo for just .99 cents!


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