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review 2019-04-28 20:57
out on Aug, 20th
Syria's Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege - Mike Thomson

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley

Ursula K Le Guin tells the story of a place whose happiness depends on one child being miserable in “The One Who Walks Away from Omelas” and the reactions to those when they discover it. In part, our ability to exist in the world is on our ability to disregard or ignore horrors, but sometimes we refuse that happiness, refuse to bow to the horrors. In many ways, Thomson’s book makes me think of that story as well as how much we take for granted. If you teach, then you know that tare a great many students who do not read for pleasure (shot, just ask how many people have read LOTR or GoT instead of just watching), yet this book is partly about the human spirit and partly about why books are important.

Thomson chronicles the story of a group of people who start a library in Daraya, a town close to Damascus. According to Thomson, the town has always had a proud history of peaceful protest, and therefore, caught up in the Civil War. Some of the town’s population flees, others stay. Some of those who stay realize the fighting is simply more than picking up a gun, but also the transmission of knowledge – their fight style includes the founding of schools and a library. In part, the library comes from a desire to save books that were bombed out homes. The lengths that the men, it seems it was largely men who gathered the books, went to collect items – books furniture- and the sheer fairness in which they kept records about where the items came from.

In part, Thomson also chronicle show these men, and later women, not only use the library but also try to continue as much as a normal life as they possibly can. The library, it seems, becomes both a cause and a symbol – not only of what was, of what we should be, of how we learn, but also of what the revolution is fighting for as well as the difference in sides.

We know from history that the quickest way to destroy a people is to destroy a culture. Destroy the books, the art, and so on. Culture can mean a people but it also can be a city. The library in Daraya was part of this - a desire to preserve the need for knowledge, the thirst for reading that many people never develop at least where access to a library is easy.

While I would have loved a bit more description of what books made up the library, Thomson does mention quite a few works, in particular the favorite works of the people who frequented the library. The list includes some that are unfamiliar to Western readers. In many ways, this insures that Thomson’s reporting serves another important function of a library – as a bridge between peoples.

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review 2019-04-09 23:59
King Of fools
King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) - Amanda Foody

Title: King Of Fools
Series: The Shadow Games #2
Author: Amanda Foody
genre: YA
Pub date:April 30,2019
Pages: 384
Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all...

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive...

Or die as legends.

My thoughts:
rating: 4.5
Would I recommend it? yes
Would I recommend the series? yes
Would I read anything else from this author? yes
Wow this was so much better then book 1 , and the characters seem more real then they did in the first book as well,other thing I liked about this one was while Ace OF Shades was slow and it was hard to get into this one I didn't have that problem with at all, it was so easy to get lost in the story that there was times I didn't want to put it down.
 the more I read the more I grew to like Enne as well as Levi, and now i can't wait for book 3 to come out if there is one to see what happens to Enne and Levi, with that said I want to think Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

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review 2019-04-07 07:21
Total Bravery
Total Bravery (True Heroes #4) - Piper J. Drake

Title: Total Bravery

Series:: True Heroes #4

Author: Piper J.Drake

Pages 304

Genie: romance

book synopsis

True heroes will do anything to protect the women they love...

As the newest recruit at Search and Protect, Raul has a lot to prove. Luckily, he's got the best friend and partner a man could ask for: a highly trained, fiercely loyal German Shepherd Dog named Taz. Together, Raul and Taz make an unbeatable team. But their first mission in Hawaii really puts them to the test when an international kidnapping ring sets its sights on the bravest woman Raul's ever met . . . 

Mali knows her latest job has put one hell of a target on her back. And on this small island paradise, there's nowhere to hide. With a service dog like Taz, Mali feels safe. Sharing close quarters with a smoldering muscle-for-hire like Raul, she feels something else - an unexpected wave of desire. Raul feels it too. But when the kidnappers make their move, he's got to turn that slow-burning passion into hard-hitting action - and save the life of the woman he loves.

 

My thoughts

Rating: 5 

Would I recommend it? yes . in fact I already did to my friends when I was reading book 5 

Would I read anything else by this author ? yes

I can't understand why I waited so long to read this book , as soon as I got book 5 , i went ahead and read it and I was hooked, so much so I enabled my friends Robin and Frishawn  to pick up the series and read it which they did, now i can't wait to read books 1-3 , and i will be buying this series when I can . I loved the characters in it but my favorite was Raul and his dog Taz , loved how well they worked together and came together like a family . as for Mali it took me a little while to like her because of the way she acted towards her sister and her's sister's job, and the need to help people . With that said i want to think Netgalley for letting me read it and review it exchange for my  honest opinion .

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review 2019-04-04 06:07
The Relic Hunters
The Relic Hunters (The Relic Hunters #1) - David Leadbeater

Title: The Relic Hunter

Series:

Author: David Leadbeather

Series: The Relic Hunters 1

Pages :335

Genre: Adult mystery /thrillers

One of the lost ancient wonders of the world is still out there. . .

In the same style as the Matt Drake series comes The Relic Hunters, a novel packed with camaraderie, action, archaeological mysteries and a brand-new team of hard-hitting, entertaining and highly engaging characters.

Guy Bodie is a relic smuggler, a tough man in a tough world, with self-taught skills in smuggling and combat. He trusts only five people, a proven team, until one of them betrays him, landing him in a hellish Mexican prison. Guy Bodie's chances of survival are diminishing by the minute.

To his surprise, the American CIA then break him out, tell him to hand-pick a team, and start right back at his old job - only this time he's working for them - chasing down the most infamous relics in history and trying to solve the greatest heist - how one of the world's seven ancient wonders was once stolen and then concealed.

With thrilling action across the globe, The Relic Hunters begins a new series in the Matt Drake vein of archaeological mystery, historical adventures and team camaraderie

 

 

My thoughts

Rating: 2 

Would I recommend it? no 

Will I be going on with the series? no

I just couldn't get into the story and I was so hoping to at least wither like it or love, but unfortunately I don't ,there was times I wanted to DNF it so bad and there was times I had to put it down, other then that made me pick it up was that it sounded like it was a book James Rollins would write but once again unfortunatelty its not, at lest with Mr,Rollins books I'm hooked from the very start, don't want to put them down and can't wait to read more of the series . With that said I want to think Netgalley for at least letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

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review 2019-04-03 12:46
Evil Never Sleeps
Evil Never Sleeps (Will Tanner #4) - J.A. Johnstone,William W. Johnstone

Title: Evil Never Sleeps
Series: Will Tanner U.S.Deputy Marshal #4
Authors: William W.Johnstone & J.A.Johnstone
Genre: Western
Pages: 304
VIL NEVER SLEEPS
 
He’s the most notorious cattle rustler in all of Texas. His name—Jebediah Cotton—strikes fear into the hearts of every rancher in the territory. So it’s more than a little strange that someone would shoot Cotton’s youngest son in the back. Whoever did it is either a coward, a fool, or a crazy man. Whoever did it must die. Even if he’s a U.S. deputy marshal named Will Tanner . . .

So begins not one, but two of the deadliest manhunts in frontier history. As Will Tanner sets off into Oklahoma Territory in pursuit of godless bank robber named Parson McCoy, Jebediah Cotton sends his five remaining sons and cold-blooded brother-in-law after him. Will has no idea he’s being stalked. But when there are this many players in the game, a U.S. deputy marshal has two choices: kill them all or die trying . . .
 

My thoughts
Rating: 5 
Would I recommend it: yes
Would I recommend the series? yes
Will I read anything else by him? yes I will
William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone is some of my all time favorite authors to read and re read so when I see books by them I know I'll be getting to read over and over, there my go to books when I just want to get lost in a western and once I start reading i can't stop , I keep say it but they have a way with bring their characters to live . And once again I fell in love with Will, with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

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