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text 2021-06-13 08:24



A Young Woman, a Camera, an Uncompromising Ethic

June 13-17

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Young, talented, ambitious, Freyja Brynjarrson’s a photographer struggling to crash the art establishment, the challenges presented by her family, and keep true to her uncompromising ethic.

Fate places her on the front line of a political demonstration where soldiers open fire on civilians. She photographs death for the first time and the intensity makes everything she’s done previously in art and life seem inconsequential.

The current government is concerned these highly charged images could sway the voters against them. With a closely contested election only three days away, they’re doing whatever they can to attempt to suppress their publication. But someone far more unscrupulous than government spin-doctors also wants these images destroyed.

Gunnar Brynjarrson, Freyja’s eldest brother is the head of an illegal narcotics empire. He’s concerned about the opposition party’s platform to decriminalize drugs. His sister’s photographs could influence the outcome of a close election and put his business in jeopardy.

As events unfold, Freyja slowly becomes aware of the far-reaching impact the billions of narco dollars have on the government, the economy, friends, family and even herself. Something insidious has infected society and like a superbug, it’s resilient, opportunistic and appears as a mutation in the most unexpected places.

Freyja refuses to compromise and is intolerant and unforgiving of those who succumb to this evil or are complicit in their acceptance of it. If she stays at home, she’s afraid she’ll be infected and never attain success on her own terms. She takes an assignment with an international agency photographing the chaos and casualties of Mexico’s drug war. Freyja soon discovers she’s shot only one frame of ‘the big picture’.

The Big Picture focuses on dramatic action, zooms in on political intrigue, and takes a candid snapshot of modern romance. The plot also reveals how narco dollars, overtly and covertly, influence every level of our lives; the wars we fight, the governments we elect, the impact on healthcare, and most importantly and tragically, our personal relationships.


"The plot of The Big Picture, with its twists and reversals of fortune, ...is imaginative and fast moving...extremely compelling. ....characters are diverse, well developed, and real... ...imagery is powerful and fresh. The book is an excellent read and pausing to experience some of the imagery makes it even better."


"The Big Picture is ...a thought-provoking novel that is smartly written with genuine emotional, no holds barred dialogue, and events that will punch you in the heart. - This book was a gem to read and an interesting one at that."

"...a journey of self discovery... a coming-of-age, social thriller... focused on key ethical questions... a creative solution to expose the links of social problems."
Tom Pope - for Bookpleasures

"I like the plot and the plotters...Arni's sense of humor and the dynamics in the Brynjarsson family...Gunnar the druglord, BB the addict, Arni the hedonist, Giordana who rationalizes and Freyja who wants to fight. I like the love story, too. Freyja and Marty with their differences and similarities make a good couple.
... (there are) moral issues in The Big Picture. The drugs, corruption, the way people with beliefs and principles slowly drop them in the treadmill of politics and re-elections. What drug money does to each of the Brynjarssons. Freyja's ethics against Gunnar's power."
- C. Widmann, Goodreads Review


Imaginative and fast moving...extremely compelling...will punch you in the heart.
5 STARS - Readers' Favorite Book Reviews


This is a fascinating novel...adventure, excitement, drug cartels, family issues, romance...themes that are important and questions we sometimes need to ask ourselves.

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review 2020-03-04 01:27
Fun, easy read.
The Sheikh's Surprise Twins (Qadir Sheikhs Book 1) - Leslie North

Let me say, Leslie North does crank out the books. That said, I have enjoyed everyone so far. This book is between an architect and Sheikh and is an easy, fun entertaining read with a side of steam. Of course there are twins and an HEA involved. Grab an adult beverage and enjoy. 

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review 2020-02-27 11:08
The Sheikh's Surprise Twins (Qadir Sheikhs Book 1) by: Leslie North
The Sheikh's Surprise Twins (Qadir Sheikhs Book 1) - Leslie North



Leslie North engages the heart in passionate chaos. Malik and Holly do everything wrong to find something so right. Seductively entertaining, The Sheikh's Surprise Twins give the senses something to sing about.

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review 2020-01-26 00:21
The Ice Twins
The Ice Twins - S.K. Tremayne

I made it to page 64 and I had issues:

1. Chick-lit style of writing from the mother's point of view. (I don't like her.)
2. The voice of the child is creepy. Not because it is scaring me, but because it is precocious and makes me cringe a lot.
3. Does this couple who have lost a child ever actually talk to each other?

Anyway by page 64, I was bored with the writing and skipped to the end of the book, which confirmed my decision to DNF this, or rather skip most of the book.


Tropey thrillers bore me to tears, and I'm just not having that this year.

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text 2020-01-25 16:23
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 384 pages.
The Ice Twins - S.K. Tremayne

It's becoming a theme with my RL book group that I tend to forget about the chosen book until the weekend before the meeting. 


However, when a book has a blurb tagline like "A terrifying psychological thriller perfect for fans of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.", how can I possibly get excited about the book?


So, all I am hoping for is that the tagline is rubbish and that the book will exceed my very low expectations.


Has anyone read this?

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