Dustin Reviews: ‘The Returns’ by M.K. Clinton


'The Returns'Get ready to laugh out loud while reading a book! Life was good for F.B.I. Agent #7 Bentley Clanton. He had the job of his dreams and partnered with his best friend, Aiden Davenport. Together, they had been working to arrest the infamous arms dealer, Maurice “Tombstone” Larson. Unfortunately, things went bad leaving Bentley shot.

Arriving in Heaven before his time, he is escorted to the Returns Department. He meets his Guardian Angel, Faith Fullilove. She promises that she’ll be on earth when he “returns.” She can’t tell him what form he will take. The last thing he thinks is that his new life will consist of him having two long ears, giant paws, four stubby legs, and a tail.

He is teamed with three other Returns, a fun loving Golden Retriever, a feisty Chihuahua, and a flamboyant West Highland Terrier. They sniff out the trail of his nemesis, Tombstone Larson, during Mardi Gras season. When their investigation draws the attention of his former partner, Aiden travels to uncover what is really going on in the Crescent City of New Orleans. What happens when they meet face to snout?? Join in their fun and laughter as you find out!.

The Returns was an awesome story with extraordinarily entertaining larger-than-life characters (the “returns”). Although at first I was a bit apprehensive about reading this story, afraid that it would be too juvenile. That was NOT the case here. The story-line never drags and the doggie antics keep the read light and interesting. Kudos to M.K. Clinton on her debut novel. This reader will be on the lookout for her next novel.

M.K. ClintonAbout the author

My husband and I have been happily married for 31 years. We have two grown children. We are both retired and love not having to wake up at the crack of dawn! We share our home with a Basset Hound, Bentley who was the inspiration for my book. He has a perfect number 7 on his side so my character was an FBI agent badge #7 that “returns” the body of a Basset Hound. I love laughing, writing, reading, gardening, LSU football, baseball and spending time with my family.

In her debut novel, The Returns, M.K. Clinton explores the brotherhood of unlikely friends Bentley, Tucker, Pierre & Bones as they sniff out crime in NOLA [New Orleans, Louisiana].

The Returns is available at:Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AFMVTBM

Genre: Fiction, Humor And Comedy
Kindle Length: 206 pages
Publication Date:
November 28th 2012 by M. K. Clinton
Language: English
ASI
N: B00AFMVTBM

4 out of 5 stars

Per the USA Federal Trade Commission disclosure policy (http://ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm) governing endorsements and testimonials: the above mentioned book was purchased by this blogger for the sole purpose of ‘reading enjoyment’. This blogger was not paid and/or did not receive money, favor(s) or gift(s) by the book author, publisher, agent, or anyone promoting or receiving a profit from the above mentioned book. This review was done so voluntarily to share views of the book with other readers and potential readers. 

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Dustin Reviews: ‘Simon’s Choice’ by Charlotte Castle


'Simon's Choice' by Charlotte Castle“But Daddy, who will live with me in heaven?”

Doctor Simon Bailey has everything a man could ever want.

Then his beautiful daughter is diagnosed with Leukemia.

He can almost accept her impending death.

He can almost accept the fact that he will have to live without her

But he cannot stand the thought of his little girl having to face death alone.

He answers her innocent question in a moment of desperation, testing his marriage, his professional judgment and his sanity to the limit.

As cracks form in Simon’s previously perfect family, we wonder, as do his loved ones … will he really make the ultimate sacrifice?

Combining poignant moments of both humour and pain, ‘Simon’s Choice’ is a penetrating account of parenthood at the sharp-end.

Simon’s Choice, what can I say? The story was a roller coaster of emotions with characters (for the most part) were engaging and believable. Simon openly tells his story as he deals with a terminally ill daughter and how that plays into his changing life. Charlotte Castle has written a moving and touching story that anyone who has had to deal with the loss of a loved one can relate.

About the author

No available information

Simon’s Choice is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Simons-Choice-ebook/dp/B003VS0DWI/

Kindle Length: 302 pages
Publication Date:
July 13th 2010 by Taylor Street Publishing (first published July 10th 2010)
Language: English
ASI
N: B003VS0DWI

4 out of 5 stars

Per the USA Federal Trade Commission disclosure policy (http://ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm) governing endorsements and testimonials: the above mentioned book was purchased by this blogger for the sole purpose of ‘reading enjoyment’. This blogger was not paid and/or did not receive money, favor(s) or gift(s) by the book author, publisher, agent, or anyone promoting or receiving a profit from the above mentioned book. This review was done so voluntarily to share views of the book with other readers and potential readers. 

Dustin Reviews: Ravage: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel by Iain Rob Wright


Ravage: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel by Iain Rob WrightFIRST PEOPLE GOT SICK. THEN THEY GOT VERY SICK..

Nick Adams is just a normal guy. He loves his family, appreciates his home, and covets his car. But he absolutely hates his job. Which is what makes it so difficult that not a single customer has come by his store today. It seems as though there’s a bug going around, something that has come out of nowhere and is keeping people at home. Still, it’s probably nothing to worry about. People get sick all the time.

And besides, things are finally starting to look up. Nick’s first customer of the day has just stumbled through the door…

HIS DAY IS ABOUT TO GET WORSE..

It won’t be long before Nick’s entire life is turned upside down, sending him on a frantic journey through a ravaged world that will ultimately lead him 500 feet upwards to a hilltop amusement park. Is it the last safe place on Earth, or are the monsters at the top of the hill even worse than the ones below?

WELCOME TO RIPLEY HEIGHTS. WHERE THE FUN NEVER STARTS.

Ravage: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel was a disappointment after reading Sam: A Novel Of Horror and Suspense. Maybe my expectations were too high to enjoy another Iain Rob Wright horror. The true horror were the missing words, poor spelling and punctuation which tore this reader away from the story way too many times to have given this book a higher rating. The story was good except for the unbelievability factor that none of the characters had apparently ever seen a zombie movie or read a zombie novel. It wasn’t until nearly halfway into the novel before the characters finally suggested the word “zombie”. Even with the countless WTF moments, Mr. Wright kept this reader’s attention so I could see how the story ended… or was that “the end”???

Iain Rob Wright

About the author

Iain Rob Wright was born in 1984 and lives in Redditch, a small town in the West Midlands, UK, with his cocker spaniels, Daisy and Oscar, his fat old cat, Jess, his many tropical fish, and the love of his life, Sally. Writing is the passion that fills his life during the small periods of time when he isn’t cleaning up after his pets.

Horror is his beloved genre. His inspirations range from Brian Keene, Stephen King, and Richard Laymon, to J A Konrath and Terry Pratchett.

You can speak to him at: iain.robert.wright@hotmail.co.uk

or read his regular blog at: http://iainrobwright.blogspot.com/

His official website is: http://iainrobwright.com

Ravage: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Ravage-Apocalyptic-Horror-Novel-ebook/dp/B00D3MSDSS/

Kindle Length: Kindle Edition,1st edition,435 pages
Publication Date: May 22nd 2013 by SalGad Publishing Group
Language: English
ASIN: B00D3MSDSS

3 out of 5 stars

Per the USA Federal Trade Commission disclosure policy (http://ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm) governing endorsements and testimonials: the above mentioned book was purchased by this blogger for the sole purpose of ‘reading enjoyment’. This blogger was not paid and/or did not receive money, favor(s) or gift(s) by the book author, publisher, agent, or anyone promoting or receiving a profit from the above mentioned book. This review was done so voluntarily to share views of the book with other readers and potential readers. 

Dustin Reviews: ‘Rhubarb’ by M.H. Van Keuren


'Rhubarb' by M.H. Van KeurenMartin knows every desolate mile of Eastern Montana’s highways. As a traveling salesman, his only companion is talk radio, especially Beyond Insomnia with Lee Danvers. Its reports of the paranormal keep Martin entertained—and hopeful that there’s more to the universe than selling screws and nails to far-flung, small-town hardware stores.

A bright spot in Martin’s routine is the complimentary breakfast at a motel in Brixton, a junction town well past its sell-by date. But it’s not the watery coffee, day-old pastries, and pre-mixed waffle batter he loves. It’s Cheryl, the housekeeper who sets out the breakfast.

The townsfolk guard Cheryl jealously from the likes of Martin—who, to be fair, has more noble intentions than most. But Cheryl has room for only one man in her life, the ailing stepfather who raised her. As much as Martin dreams of rescuing Cheryl from her minuscule town life in the middle of nowhere, she steadfastly refuses to be in need of rescuing.

Martin’s chance comes when Cheryl’s car breaks down and he stops to give her a ride. To thank him, she bakes him a rhubarb pie, and he works up the courage to ask her out on a date. She agrees—but then she’s gone. Left town for a guy she met on the Internet, or so everyone says.

But Cheryl’s stepfather doesn’t buy it. He blames Martin for her disappearance, sending Martin on a search for the truth. What he uncovers about Cheryl’s family and Brixton’s history is far weirder than anything he’s ever heard on the radio. Especially if it’s true that Cheryl’s salvation lies in discovering a long-lost secret recipe for rhubarb pie—which might just be the best, and the most dangerous, pie in the galaxy.

Rhubarb was a delightfully cute read, a pleasing balance of drama and humor. There was just the right amount of humor to make it a light read, and not feel cartoon-ish. The characters were, well, let’s just say not always who they seemed to be, yet they were interesting and well developed. I have to admit, normally I’m not a big fan of science fiction, but the synopsis was intriguing and I just had to read this book. I’m certainly glad I did. (and I love rhubarb pie)

* the ominous theme music from the television program Twilight Zone
swells in the background *

M.H. Van Keuren's Goodreads Author Page

About the author

M.H. Van Keuren quit a perfectly good job to devote his life to writing science fiction. He’s a former convention center manager, and once upon a time graduated from film school. His first novel Rhubarb was released in April, 2012 .He lives in Billings, Montana, with his wife and two sons.

Find his blog at mhvankeuren.blogspot.com.

Like him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MHVanKeuren

Rhubarb is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007RELN76

Kindle Length: 360 pages
Publication Date: April 3rd 2012 (first published April 1st 2012)
Language: English
ASIN: B007RELN76

4 out of 5 stars

Per the USA Federal Trade Commission disclosure policy (http://ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm) governing endorsements and testimonials: the above mentioned book was purchased by this blogger for the sole purpose of reading enjoyment. This blogger was not paid or did not receive money, favors or gifts by the book author, publisher, agent, or anyone promoting or receiving a profit from the above mentioned book. This review was done so voluntarily to share views of the book with other readers and potential readers.