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review 2017-12-05 17:03
Peace On Earth, Good Will To Dogs - Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Peace On Earth, Good Will To Dogs - Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

Despite weird punctuation (what are all those dashes supposed to indicate?) and obvious period details this book feels remarkably modern. You could turn it into a modern story in about 15 minutes. You could turn it into a modern movie rom com script without a great deal of effort. Dogs! So cute. Oh, go on: it's free, it's short, it's amusing, it'll get you feeling jolly.



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review 2017-12-03 16:56
Gluten Free
Good Eating's Gluten-Free Recipes: Healthy and Fresh Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts - Agate Digital

Good start on how to make things that are gluten free for those who have to follow the diet and is Kindle only and $7.99. I got this book when it was free and just now read it. There are quite a few recipes that I marked, but many that I cannot make or eat. This is well put together and easy to follow. 

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review 2017-12-03 09:51
The Good Samaritan
The Good Samaritan - John Marrs

By: John Marrs

ASIN:  B0728K48N8

Publisher:  Thomas & Mercer

Publication Date: 12/1/2017 

Format: Kindle

My Rating: 4.5 Stars


John Marrs has created one of the creepiest and most disturbing characters I have come across in years—taking center stage in his latest riveting and twisty psychological (literary) suspense thriller, THE GOOD SAMARITAN. 

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” –Muhammad Ali

Set in Northamptonshire, Laura has worked at End of the Line for the last four and half years. She communicates with the troubled souls. The vulnerable. The night shift. When darkness falls, so do their barriers.

Night-time is their enemy. Without the distractions, there is more opportunity to dwell on how hopeless their lives have become.

They reach out to a helping hand. "We are here for you in whatever capacity you want us to be."

However, Laura has her own agenda. She gets thrilled each time she picks up the phone. The next call is everything. She lives for the next call.

Her intentions are dark. Instead of talking the callers out of committing suicide, she encourages them. She is an expert. 

Readers will hear from a troubled and dangerous woman. Her past is slowly unraveled. She had a husband, Tony and three children: Henry, Alice, and Effie. 

However, they are at a distance. It was her own doing, but of course, she does not take the blame. She pretends all is great. She is delusional. She is on a quest to win back her family.Janine works with her. Laura keeps secrets from her colleague. Janie hasn't a clue what goes on during Laura’s phone calls.

British law had decriminalized suicide back in 1961, so it was no longer illegal to try to take your own life. However, encouraging or assisting someone else in suicide was a different matter and the police had a duty to investigate and maximum penalty was issued if found guilty. Fourteen years. 

Laura thinks in her own mind she is helping. 

“People are their own worst enemies when they try to plod along even if it means leading miserable, hopeless lives. It’s up to me to save them from themselves.”

Laura has five rules she expects each candidate to follow if their relationship is to prove effective:

She is the one in control. It will always be the candidate’s decision if they want to live or die, but she makes them understand without her help, they will fail. She throws statistics at them. When it’s done incorrectly, an attempt can leave a person with rippling, life-changing injuries (this one is ironic based on her background).

They must trust her because she knows best. She, of course, is a walking encyclopedia with it comes to ways and means. She is the expert. The most effective painkillers and benzodiazepines to combine. She knows the strongest ropes, blades, guns, ties, waters, and how to secure a pipe to a car exhaust. She knows how to suffocate and self-strangulate.

They must agree to do it within five weeks or their arrangement is over. Otherwise no second chances and do not waste her time.

They must leave the work to her. Time, location, cost of materials, where to purchase. All details. Under no circumstances must they ever write down her name or that of End of Line. Not on a piece of paper or notes of their phone.

The final rule. Total Transparency. They must tell her everything there is to know about themselves. Their cherished memories, their darkest thoughts, their unreached goals, their biggest regrets, their dirtiest secrets, who they are leaving behind, who won’t care and who they will hurt. Their everyday lives and what they do not want their friends to know. 

Their last breath will sound sweeter to her than any other sound in the world. She was the human connection. She had even gained the nickname, Helpline Heroine. 

She is the perpetrator. A manipulator. (learning from her foster mother). She knows how to turn it around to play the victim. She is devious and clever. She had her own boundaries. No children or teens or anyone with learning difficulties. She must save them from themselves. 

She possessed a trait. She learned how to convince the world she was one way when on the inside, she was altogether different. 

Laid out in a timeline of events, Laura was responsible for a couple committing suicide together. David and Charlotte. Laura is also a charity fundraiser. 

When the cops begin investigating this young woman’s suicide who was pregnant, they discover she had called the line. They soon discover many people call the line are now dead. 

However, what Laura did not plan was Charlotte’s husband Ryan (teacher) who was obsessed with his wife’s suicide and the death of their unborn son.

Ryan has a plan of his own. He has found his target. Laura, at End of the Line. He pretends to be Steven. He will set the trap to catch this monster at her own game. She took something precious to him and he will make her pay. However, what he did not intend was a sinister high stakes cat- and- mouse game with a psycho one step ahead of his every move. Just when he thinks he will catch her she turns the tables. 

Told from Laura and Ryan’s POV, a complex multi-layered suspense with numerous twist and turns, each plotting against the other. 

However, there may be one hidden card, Laura had not anticipated. She may have crossed the wrong person. Karma is a bitch.

Wow, this was one wild roller-coaster ride! What a sociopath. Laura was pure evil. I started out listening to the audio, and became so frustrated with Laura, dying for someone to push her off a cliff and get it over with. She (the character) was so annoying (not the narrators, which were quite entertaining).

However, about 25% into the audio (narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden, Charlotte Cole, Matthew Lloyd Davies, Tim Campbell), with too many interruptions, decided to pick up with the Kindle version. Much better.

I was hooked, and never put it down until I reached The End. What a sinister and imaginative tale and twisted plot. The way each character and family member intersected was cleverly crafted. Would encourage readers to stick with it. Gets better the more the book moves along. 

Henry’s part was a nice twist as well each character that connects with another. My first book by this author, and definitely will not be my last. What a discovery! Quickly purchasing Marrs’ backlist to add to my ever-growing reading collection. The author deserves 10 stars for his imagination. 

For fans of dark and twisty: Ruth Ware, Paul Cleave, Jennifer Hillier, Jennifer Jaynes, Claire Seeber, Louise Jensen, K.L Slater, and James Hankins. 

“While seeking revenge, dig two graves— one for yourself.”—Douglas Horton


Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2017/11/11/The-Good-Samaritan
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review 2017-12-02 21:24
How to get kicked off the SEAL Teams not once but twice
Good to Go: The Life And Times Of A Decorated Member Of The U.s. Navy's Elite Seal Team Two - Randall Fuerst,Harold Constance

I listened to the audio book and it was very, very, very good. This book did not spend as much time on BUD/S training on other SEAL books I have read and it is the first book I have read/listened to about The Viet Nam War. Harold is incredibly funny, as most SEALS are, and tells some funny stories that have me laughing throughout the book. I believe you have to develop a sense of humor in combat otherwise you will crack-up from the pressure. I have never been in combat and I only say this due to the number of books about combat I have read where most develop this sense of humor. The book is also about how Harold overcomes adversity several times throughout his life and career and he is blessed with lots of does of SEAL luck. The part of them being ambushed and attacked in their high rise hotel during the TET Offensive when he and a buddy were acting as snipers on the roof and their British accents is hysterical and I laughed so hard I cried it was Dave Barry funny. I highly recommend this book

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text 2017-11-26 05:09
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang

Well, it looks like I'm getting back into the reading saddle with a vengeance. This is stunningly gorgeous, and the writer seems to like the big questions.


I'm moved beyond words and feeling mighty greedy for a Spanish copy of my own, and I'm just two stories in.

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