Conger Books Reviews

Reviews by JoEllen Conger

 

 

2005

 

 

Genre: Contemporary

Title: BEVERLY HILLS VOODOO

Author: L. J. Crawford

Publisher: Hard Shell Word Factory

Release Date:2005

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Review Company: Lighthouse Literary Reviews

Review Date: 8/28/05

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Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

BEVERLY HILLS VOODOO

 

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No question about it, multi-published author, L. J. Crawford’s exciting who-done-it, Beverly Hills Voodoo is well researched and professionally crafted. This is an intense crime drama that guarantees to keep you spellbound.This book is very professionally written. High quality suspense. Both police procedure and voodoo beliefs are very believable.

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Detective Art Murry’s logical mind unscrambles the clues to solve a Macomb murder... a headless corps. The plot unfolds like the draw of a thin-bladed knife to expose the plot behind the murder.

Detective Murry doesn’t really believe in voodoo, but he had to admit that many people do, including his prime suspects. The heroine, Mary Eclair’s green eyes distract Art’s research into Haiti’s darker side, as he and his youthful, gum popping partner, Detective Billy Kickman, uncover more about voodoo than they ever wanted to know. Somehow, in spite of confronting the spirits of the dead, the insistent pressure of his demanding boss, and the convictions of Haiti’s darker beliefs, Detective Murry must prove who killed the beheaded corps, and why.

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Genre: Paranormal Horror

Title: BROKEN WINGS

Author: Lora Leigh

Publisher: Cerridwen Press Publications

Release Date: 5/2005

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Review Company: LIGHTHOUSE LITERARY REVIEWS

Review Date: 9/30/2005

Review Rate: 3

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

BROKEN WINGS

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The graphic details of brutality surpass even those of Terry Goodkind’s torture scenes in his A SWORD OF TRUTH series. I found I had trouble reading this Otherworld Fantasy. It contains shocking violence. It must have been well written because I have never before experienced the revulsion I felt while reading BROKEN WINGS by Lora Leigh, and I’ve reviewed some very violent tales over the past years. This book has nightmarishly vivid scenes. If you are into rape, senseless cruelty and malicious brutality, you’ll love this book. It is not for the faint of heart.

[I must confess this book is a first for me. I could not finish reading it because it was so vividly violent. It must have been well written to have distressed me so greatly. I’ve read some very violent books over the years, but this one was beyond my comprehension to understand why anyone would want to read something as cruel, brutal and bloody as this story. It truly grossed me out.] JoEllen

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Genre: Paranormal Horror

Title: CAMILA

Author: Kristen Davenport

Publisher: Publish America, Baltimore

Release date: 2005

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ISBN: 1-4137-7583-7

Reviewing Company: Lighthouse Literary Review

Review Rate: 3

Review Date: 5/7/2006

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

CAMILA

 

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Kristin Davenport is a bright new star on the Horror scene. As a teenage writer her book: CAMILA grows in skill as she matures. Although CAMILA is rather confusing in places, the plot becomes very complex, showing Kristin’s capability to weave a horrific tale equal to any on the market today. CAMILA is about vampires and demons fighting the eternal battle between good and evil. I’m looking forward to her next Buffy-style book.

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Genre:

Title: CATCH OF THE DAY

Author: Christina Hamlett

Publisher: Hard Shell Word Factory

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Review Company: Lighthouse Literary Reviews

Review Date: 9/2/2005

Review Rate: 4

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

CATCH OF THE DAY

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This is an old clichéd ‘marriage of convenience’ plot…yet told in a humorous voice, with a hint of Bodice Ripper phraseology. But it does have some amusing plot twists and unexpected complications.

This is not your typical “Wedding of Convince” plot. It becomes a witty farce of errors when heiress Rachel McCarrick goes to great lengths to keep from marrying her old boy friend, which includes hiring a stand-in-bridegroom. She doesn’t want her parents to know she really has her heart set on a footloose Spanish Adonis.

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Kevin Dunbarfrom Nantucket is equally as desperate to earn enough funds to buy a fishing vessel. Willing enough even to pretend to be Rachel’s new intended bridegroom. Meeting her parents puts a strain on everyone, but least of all the wayward, conniving lover left behind with the memorized numbers of Rachel’s credit cards.

Once Kevin is introduced to Rachel’s family, there are plenty of comical twists and situations to keep you laughing.

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Genre: Paranormal

Title: ELECTRONIC ECHOES OF THE MIND

Author: Wade A. Kimberlin

Publisher: Mundania Press Productions

Release Date: 5/2005

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Review Company: LIGHTHOUSE LITERARY REVIEWS

Review Date: 11/20/2005

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllen

 

 

ELECTRONIC ECHOES OF THE MIND

 

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Wade A. Kimberlin’s “Electronic Echoes Of The Mind” took me back to Ian Flemming’s James Bond series. My husband always told me that women and men don’t write the same, and he sure was right about that. This bookis a fast paced, masculine driven, action packed, off-world electronicespionage, written bigger than life. I couldn’t put it down.

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Jake Turner, shuttle pilot extraordinaire, down on hisluck, and his personal digital AI, Sage, got into more real scrapes togetherthan anyone has the right to expect. All he really wanted was a ship of hisown. Just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse, he got a message fromhis dead ex-girlfriend. She needed his help. He must go off station to Mars toretrieve the message. And well, he couldn’t leave well enough alone. He feltcompelled to go get it. Maybe, just maybe it said that she had still loved him.He had to know.

Before he knew it he was in big trouble. He was accused ofpiracy, transporting contraband, grand theft, consorting with terrorists,impersonating an OSF Security Officer, and corporate espionage. The worst partwas, it was all true...but he can explain.

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Genre:

Title: IVONA KNIGHT, VAMPYRESS

Author: Shannon Leigh

Publisher: Chippewa Publishing, LLC

Release Date: 4-2005

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Review Company: Lighthouse Literary Review

Review Date: 4/2005

Review Rate: 3

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

IVONA KNIGHT, VAMPYRESS

 

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Although IVANA KNIGHT, VAMPYRESS by Shannon Leigh is darkin the telling, it has a delightful twist ending. This book would be great foran evening read in front of a blazing fireplace, to the grandchildren who enjoytales of horror on a blustery cold winter’s night.

 

Written in very stylized prose, which one might expect tofind in the telling of a vampire tale, Ivana Valeriu Knight tells her story toa band of marooned barroom derelicts during a wickedly stormy night. In thisaccount, she seeks her revenge upon the descendants of centuries old, PrinceVlad Dracula of Walachia, who had murdered her beloved, back in the fourteenhundreds.

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Genre:

Title: LANCELOT’S BROTHER

Author: David H. Falloure

Publisher: Xlibris Corp.

Release Date: 4/2005

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ISBN: 1-4134-9392-0

Review Company: Lighthouse Literary Reviews

Review Rate: 4

Review Date: 11/29/2005

Reviewer: JoEllen

 

 

LANCELOT’S BROTHER

 

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At first I thought this story was intended for childrenuntil I read the closing chapters which were a little too explicit even foryoung adults. Then I realized that the message hidden within the telling ofthis tale was for those ‘young at heart’, the ones who have never forgotten theskill of pretending.

David H. Falloure spins a fanciful story. It is adelightful read as he reveals the secret that the Quickening of love mastersall fears.

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When four year old David suffers from terrible Nightmaresit is his father who is challenged to save his life in the dream world. David’sfather, Sean Christopher is Champion of this story when he enters the DarkRealm to save his young son from the clutches of Molech, the Dark Master. Dracothe dragon is there to help him fight against the evil creatures of the realm,reminding him he processes the true power of a Champion.

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Genre: YA

Title:  MELISSA’S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

Author: Linda Joy Singleton

Publisher: Hard Shell Word Factory

Release Date: 8.2005

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Review Company: Lighthouse Literary Reviews

Review Date: 10/17/2005

Review Rate: 4

Reviewer: JoEllen

 

 

MELISSA’S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

 

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Linda Joy Singleton’s latest release of over twenty-fiveYoung Adult books, MELISSA’S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, is very inspirational forstudents who fret about not being the very best student in their class. Themessage comes through loud and clear, ‘Then, be the best that you can.’

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Melissa’s mission was not to fail her history class.Mission San Gabriel, that is, and her determination to build a better missionmodel than her twin brother, Mathew, when she would much rather be with herfriends playing basketball. The plans for her model weren’t going so well.Awful in fact. However, when inspiration finally struck, both her parents pitchin to help her cook up her plans for her own version of the impossibleproject.

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Genre: Suspense

Title: SHOUT IN THEDARK

Author: ChristopherWright

Publisher: Hard Shell WordFactory

Release Date: 5/2005

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Review Company: LighthouseLiterary Reviews

Review Date: May 2005

Review Rate: 5

Reviewer: JoEllenConger

 

 

SHOUT IN THEDARK

 

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SHOUT IN THE DARK echoes thesame sense of daring excitement and suspense found in The Divinci Code, asFather Marco Sartini conducts a frantic search for a missing religiousartifact. There is only one loose thread unanswered… were there, or werethere NOT Adoff Hitler’s skull fragments. I found this story veryprofessionally crafted.

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When Father Marco is asked, ‘Doyou believe in the Devil?’ what could he say but ‘yes’. He had found the powerof Satan a real force to be reckoned with. He still faced the hauntingnightmares of his pregnant wife’s senseless murder, beaten to death by adrunken gang upon the Spanish Steps at the Piazza di Spagna.

Now ordained, the Church hadcommissioned him to find the long lost bronze head of Jesus before the Nazis’Achtzehm Deutschland Reinigung. They had claimed they would join theirNeo-Nazis relics, fragments of Adoff Hitler’s skull, with that of the bronzehead of Jesus. But did these artifacts really exist? Obviously the man tryingto kill him thought so. The missing likeness of the Christ would finally provewhether or not Jesus had been a Jew. The thrill of excitement stirred Marco’sblood when the Aryan ADR agent stalks him as he strives to solve the mystery ofthe missing head of Jesus. The trail is cold. The last time the artifact wasseen was during the end of WWII. In the end who would lay claim to theartifact… the Church, or the ADR?

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Genre: YA

Title: THE HERMIT OF HUMBUG MOUNTAIN

Author: Rose Nettleton

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Review Company: LIGHTHOUSE LITERARY REVIEW

Review Date: 11/17/2005

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

THE HERMIT OF HUMBUG MOUNTAIN

 

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The Hermit of Humbug Mountain starts off like any normaltale of runaway teenagers, and then like “Jumanji” takes a sudden left turn.The situations and misadventures experienced by our siblings, Noah andAbbyKeene, only make them regret they had ever run away from home.

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After his mother had died from cancer Noah resented hisfather’s attentions to the neighbor lady. He would rather die than accept herkind sympathy. His sister Abby would have followed her brother to the ends ofthe Earth… and nearly does.

I found this story very entertaining with imaginative andimposable situations to be met and overcome by our young hero and heroine.Through it all they learn to trust one another. This is a wonderful adventurefor early teenagers.

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Genre: YA

Title: The Waterbuffaloes

Author: Dr. Lyle Burton Gangsei

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Review Company: Lighthouse Literary Review

Review Date: 6/15/2005

Review Rate: 5

 

 

THE WATERBUFFALOES

 

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THE WATERBUFFALOES by Dr. Lyle Burton Gangsei is wellthought out, and presented in such a positive manner that anybody reading itcan’t help but understand the formula he gives for how to become a success atlife, and making his or her dream come true. I highly recommend this book beread by every want-to-be Junior Leaguer, who dreams he or she is a winner…butdoesn’t know how to get there.

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When psychiatrist, John Burton takes on the misfits, andthe ner’-do-wells to create a boys’ baseball team, he doesn’t realize that hewill transform all his “fumblefingers” into the best team ever. He uses hisfar-out, ‘no-ball’ method of training to help his charges picture themselves asgreat athletes. This wonderful story is an uplifting tale of facing our fearsof inadequacies and coming out a winner. Every youngster dreamed of becoming abaseball star had his day. Winning the championship was only secondary comparedto their growth into a well-put-together team.

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Genre: Science Fantasy

Title:WALKING ON THE MOON

Author: Susan Sizemore

Publisher: Cerridwen Press Publication

Release Date: 5/2005

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ISBN: 1-4199-0225-3

Review Company: Lighthouse Literary Review

Review Date: 3/16/2006

Review Rate: 4

Reviewer: JoEllen Conger

 

 

WALKING ON THE MOON

 

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Walking On The Moon by Susan Sizemore is a campy spacefrolic This space tale is witty and charming, and Ifound it saucy, witty and very charming.

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TV cooking specialist Claudia Cameron is kidnapped by adrunken team of hungry space miners. Once in space Officer Denys Duchampdiscovers her in the ship’s hold and falls in love with her. Although he wasn’tinvolved in the kidnapping of the Earth woman he hides her away from theCaptain, fearing the consequences should she be discovered. They are on amission. They have no time for hanky-panky. Like the Lost Boys, the crew issmitten with Claudia and her ability to cook real food.

The space travelers are torn between leaving history wellenough alone, or to chance returning the Earth woman back to her own time andbirth planet. And Claudia can’t make up her mind whether time travel to thefuture would be more satisfying than living in her ancestral home back onEarth. She struggles against her sexual awareness for Denys, not willing toreturn to Earth and do without the love of her life.

But the ship’s “Book” already has her fate destined forher.

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