Ghosted #5

ghosted5When we left off (issue 4) the thief was possessed, the videographers were dead, the group was trapped and surrounded by ghosts and darkness had fallen. Pretty grim, huh?

Ghosted #5
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Goran Sudzuka and Miroslav Mrva
Skybound / Image
November 2013

[MAJOR SPOILERS ABOUND] In this issue, we find Jackson fighting with Anderson fighting – really fighting, with guns and knives – as the depth of her allegiance to Markus is fully displayed but not fully explained. The medium, skeptic and the thief all make it out alive after a plot twist towards revenge ends the battle and the storyline.

This is the issue that finally wraps up the “steal a ghost” storyline – and let’s face it, how long could it last anyway? Five issues is probably two too many as it wasn’t a deep or particularly satisfying story. It was filled with gotcha moments and despicable acts that only really took off in issues 3 and 4 when we started to see survival horror aspects come in to play. But then it just ends almost like the story was cut short. Why not continue the story and have the ghosts pick off a few more characters, one after the other, if we are going for horror? Have you ever read a horror story where the characters find themselves in a bind, a few immediately die, then the rest – all the rest – make a deal with the ghosts and then live? Yeah, me either.

One other thing that bugs me about this far too quickly over story is how Jackson is stabbed with a knife that is longer than Anderson’s head and neck are tall through his left back, level with his heart, causing him to fall down stairs only to sit up and continue talking and then somehow at the end has no injury. I’ve reread it. There is no explanation. The whole story feels so quickly mashed together that a lot is unexplained.

Why did the ghosts want to kill anyone since they were just victims of Markus and quickly placated? Why did the ghosts try to hang Jackson in issue 4? Why was there a portal to Hell in issues 2, 3 but nothing else came of it? What was the point of having a skeptic or a thief in the story at all? If the medium could just put the mask on and find out the truth about Markus why didn’t she do it in issue 1? Why would Rusnak become a Maury Povich? But the writer get’s to do whatever they want and while I don’t get it I don’t have to. But I should enjoy it and I really didn’t.

The best and only reason to read this story has always been Jackson. And in the end, we see we may finally get what we want. After the epilogue we see him living out his life six months later on the beach. He’s ignoring his past as a thief avoiding the repercussions of his past. He gets to use his gun. He’s cool. He’s basically a sorta Thief of Thieves lite. Even the artwork – which is more vibrant and cartoony than the dark, grungy look of the first 5 issues – is more enjoyable. I’m actually looking forward to issue 6 and seeing where the story goes. [END SPOILERS]


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he turns real life into stupid cartoons, writes on Christianity, Zombies, and whatever else he wants and posts Bible studies from his classes at church.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Son of Heaven by Wingrove

In 2043 the dream of a united world is seemingly achieved through complete globalization of the financial markets. With the world so interconnected peace would seem to be the only option as every country relies on all the others for continued financial security and prosperity. No one would be mad enough to upset that balance. Right?

Son of Heaven
Chung Kuo #1
By David Wingrove
Atlantic
September 2012

Jake Reed is a stock broker unlike anything we currently imagine. He works in the datascape – a place where you can feel, sense, taste and smell every company, their assets, and their financial strength (or weakness). His job is to watch the datascape, observe the markets making real time immediate changes to secure his corporations financial might. Something is up when he starts to see changes that make no sense. Changes that mean the end of the datascape and the global markets. The end of everything. And before the end he sees who is behind it all. Someone just mad enough to succeed.

Flash forward. In 2065, Jake is living in the post apocalyptic wasteland of rural used-to-be-England with his 14 year old son in a farming enclave. On a routine trip to market – through highwayman infested lands where a local “king” serves to protect as best he can his loosely connected subjects – Jake sees something that reignites the fears from 23 years ago and sees the face of the evil that destroyed modern civilization and set mankind back hundreds of years. As the new threat advances Jake has decisions to make about how he and his family will live (or not) in this new world order.

There are a lot of post apocalyptic or dystopian novels out there but what differentiates this series from those is the sheer depth and realism. Sure a plague or a world war could reduce the world to a wasteland, but Wingrove paints a picture that is far more realistic. Look at the last five years for your proof. When the American economy suffered the world’s economy suffered. And even now when debt limits are under debate the world waits to see if their economies could collapse or be rejuvenated. All because of the globalization of the marketplace; the interconnectedness of financial strength and weakness. Wingrove paints the scariest vision of the apocalypse precisely because it is the most likely to happen.

But how the world collapses is but an appetizer. How the world is rebuilt is the main course.

[SPOILERS FOLLOW]
The madman behind the collapse isn’t as mad as he may seem. The long game played over the course of a lifetime enables Tsao Ch’un of China to destroy the world system and rebuild it in his image. Or at least he hopes as the same control he seeks is sought by others in his new order who seek to wrest it away from the new Emperor.
[END SPOILERS]

Wingrove writes such a compelling novel, in a world that is so unbelievably deep and realistic that any true fan of science fiction, dystopia, or even literature must read. His work compares favorably to that of Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris or Warbreaker. Both authors create fully completed and fleshed out worlds with realistic characters that operate within character and with pace that builds and complications that arise to keep the reader entranced and avoid simplistic endings (read: “reroute the power we have 2 minutes left in the story”).

This novel was a revelation for those of us who were unfamiliar with Wingrove. His work is outstanding. I can’t wait to read the second book and can’t recommend it higher.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he turns real life into stupid cartoons, writes on Christianity, Zombies, and whatever else he wants and posts Bible studies from his classes at church.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

What Once Was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer

downloadWhen a fire destroys the Brambleville Asylum that is home for displaced individuals who have no other place to live, Christina Willems works hard to find homes for all her “family.”

What Once Was Lost
Kim Vogel Sawyer
Waterbrook Multnomah
September 2013

What Once Was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a very touching and wonderful story that takes place in Kansas in 1890. Christina Willems runs the Brambleville Asylum that is a home for displaced individuals who have no other place to live. A fire destroys the home and Christina is working hard to find homes for all her “family.” Levi Johnson is the owner of the local sawmill but is a loner and wants nothing to do with anyone in the community. In spite of his reputation, Christina approaches him to open his home to Tommy who is a blind, eleven year old boy. He grudgingly agrees to keep Tommy and soon a bond develops between Levi and Tommy which leads to several surprises in the story. The mission board refuses to rebuild the home which is a devastating blow to Christina. She begins to doubt her ability to continue with the mission that she believes is her calling in life and she even wonders if maybe she was the cause of the fire. An adversary comes back to town and continues to cause all kinds of trouble for Christina but with God’s help she is able to overcome the obstacles that are put in her way by the mission board and her adversary. Christina finally turns everything over to God and finally accepts help from the community.

All elements of the story were very well developed. The characters simply came to life on the pages of the book and their dialogue was true to life and very interesting. As each scene in the story opened, I felt as if I were right there in the middle of what was going on for the author did such a good job of developing the action. I really appreciated the way the author kept God’s love and forgiveness as one of the central themes throughout the entire story. There were a few subplots and some mystery but all the loose ends were tied up neatly at the end of the story which ended on a happy note.
To learn more about the author, you can check out the publisher’s website for a short bio and visit her website for more information.

I highly recommend this story to anyone who likes a good clean Christian story with a happy ending.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 74 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Glass by Suzanne D. Williams

91XTkEcQHrL._SL1500_aAndre Garner is a young glassmaker commissioned by the matriarch of the Delacroix family to make a piece of glass to complete her late husband’s collection of rare glass.

Glass
by Suzanne D. Williams
Self Published
September 2013

Glass by Suzanne D. Williams is a wonderful story that kept me reading until I finished the book when I should have been doing other things. Andre Garner is a glassmaker who is becoming well know for his work and he has been summoned to the Delacroix mansion which is located on an island that can only be reached by ferry. The matriarch of the Delacroix family wants Andre to make a special piece of glass to complete the rare glass collection of her late husband. When Andre arrives at the mansion, he meets the granddaughter, Cerise, who is more or less trapped there with her domineering grandmother. The only other people living on the island are the maid and the boat driver. As soon as Andre reaches the house, he realizes that things are not quite what they seem and then he learns that his father and Cerise’s father were best friends. The mystery and suspense gets more interesting and sometimes frightening with each passing hour.

Again Suzanne has written a great story and all elements of the story are very well developed. The characters were so real that I felt as if I were right there on the island and living through their troubles with them. Scenes were so very well described that I could almost feel the cold spray of the water as Andre was being taken to the island. All the action taking place in the mansion had me right in the middle for it was so well done. Dialogue between the characters was well crafted and at times I wanted to jump into the conversations and give my opinion. I really appreciated that Andre stood up for his moral beliefs and in so doing helped Cerise to change her life. The plot had several twists and turns and quite a bit of suspense but at the end all the subplots were skillfully tied up into a neat and happy ending.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes a good Christian story with a good deal of suspense and mystery and a happy ending with a surprise.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 74 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog

This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

The Screaming Staircase by Stroud

The_Screaming_StaircaseIf you were to take the mystery of a Brixton Brothers or Young Sherlock book and mix it with the supernatural horror of a series like The Last Apprentice, you would get Lockwood & Co.

The Screaming Staircase
Jonathan Stroud
Disney Hyperion
September 2013

Jonathan Stroud who is known for the Bartimaeus sequence has a new series. Lockwood & Co The Screaming Staircase is the first book in this new scary and fun series. England is faced with a problem. There are ghosts all over the place. As the society tried to deal with the Problem, it was discovered that the abilities to fight these ghosts are strongest in children. So there are many businesses run by kids that help deal with the problem.

Lucy is a new grad of one of the ghostbusting schools. When she gets to London she applies and gets a job with Lockwood & Co and the adventure starts.

This book was scary, suspenseful and fun. I was on the edge of my seat to get to the end and I was very impressed. I have placed this book firmly among my favorite books of the year.

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. Ages 8-12 | Grades 4-8.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Patrick Tierney is a school librarian in an elementary school in Providence. Reading is his passion. He loves reading new books and sharing with his students. Getting a good book into the hands of someone and seeing them excited to read is what he lives for. He posts reviews of new and interesting Children’s and YA books at his blog.

This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

Comic Con Nashville – Friday Interviews

Wizard World brought Comic Con to Nashville for the first time ever and we were there for it. Check out the interviews from Opening Night!

I (Scott Asher) was joined by David Mason, a comic book expert (and fanboy), in interviewing many of the artists on the show room floor. Here are some excerpts.

WP_20131018_18_01_13_Pro Daniel Leister (Artist: Hack/Slash, Army of Darkness).
Scott: Are you working on anything new?
Daniel: My own book? I hope so. I have a four issue mini-series that I wrote – I had to put it on hold for Army of Darkness – probably I’m gonna start a Kickstarter up soon for the series in another months or so. Put it up in December or January.:
Scott: What’s that one called?
Daniel: Werewolf Run.
David: Through Image?
Daniel: Probably. I’ll try to get it through them first.

 

WP_20131018_18_19_48_ProThony Silas (Spider-Man, Batman Beyond)

David: So what are you working on now?
Thony: I’m working on a mini-series… [issues] 6, 7, 8 of Daredevil Dark Knights. It is so hard to finish it [following the great art by Lee Weeks].
David: Are you working on Batman Beyond?
Thony: “Yes. You saw the movie? Bruce was the teacher of new Batman. Now Dick Grayson will be like the uncle… Batman beyond… Dick is more mature. He leave Bruce. Dick Grayson will try to [work through] forgiveness. Grayson will try to get together again with Bruce.”
David: Is this still their own universe or are they trying to mix it in with the New 52?
Thony: “Movies is one time. Comic book is another time. This moment, two years after the last one. I will draw what will happen.”
David: Your art is great for Daredevil. All the air shots.
Thoney: “Very different Batman beyond and Daredevil. It’s less. You see. A lot less line art. More brush.”

 

WP_20131018_18_17_27_ProHarvey Tolibao (Danger Girl, Uncanny X-Force)

David: So what are you working on now?
Harvey: Danger Girls the Chase. They put me on the new arch. It’s going to be what’s in the briefcase the whole time. It is cool that it’s written by the real writers; the originals. I’m on issue three and every night I don’t know what’s inside the case.”
David: You’ve been good for Danger Girl. You gotta have a certain type of artwork.
Harvey: “Yeah. But Marvel just announced this morning that I’m going to do Uncanny X-Force for them. They told me that they have a project for me; a secret project. I was so happy! I don’t know who is going be the writer but I am very excited!”
David:
Harvey: “I’m going to do the next four books.:
David: So how long does it take to do one issue?
Harvey: “Marvel gives you six weeks usually. But it takes about one month [for art]. You have 30 days. The writer takes a week then passes it to you.”
Scott: Describe how Marvel gives you scripts.
Harvey: “Sometimes there are writers like that… Sometimes they give just a couple pages. It happened that [the script] got leaked to a website. I think it was Electra was a Skrull. So Marvel sometimes does it 5 pages… 10 pages. Sometimes I’ve done certain panels with a kick ass motorcycle in the background [that later] Abby Chase would ride it. It’s good when the artist and the writer have a link.”

 

WP_20131018_18_29_15_ProJackie Lewis (Play Ball)

Jackie: “What I’m working on now is a historical, kinda adventure one that’s based on a massacre that happened a couple hundred years ago…”
Scott: What is it called?
Jackie: “Um, I don’t know if I can talk about it yet! I don’t think it’s a secret, but my editor always says don’t talk about it until we announce it.”
Scott: I’m a big fan of Oni. I think Oni put’s out some really good stuff.
Jackie: “I love Oni. It’s really fun to work them. Their philosophy is the same as mine. The way they work and the way they communicate is like a family.”

 

WP_20131018_18_48_32_ProEric Powell (The Goon, Action Comics, Avengers)

David: So how are things coming with the Goon movie?
Eric: They are doing animatics. Everyone’s still involved. It’s been a while. What I’m hearing is that it’s not a lot different than a lot of [movies]. It took Hellboy 5 years. Still plugging away.”

 

 

 

WP_20131018_18_51_54_ProMike Grell (Green Arrow, X-Men, Action Comics)

David: What’s happening with Green Arrow?
Mike: “They stopped the stop for the summer thing was a ‘oh yeah, we are just stopping for the summer.’ [It is actually more permanent.] It was so tightly drawn to the plot of the show. When there was no show on they [lost their audience.] Foolish.”
David: It was good seeing you do Green Arrow again.
Mike: “Yeah, me too.”
David: What are you doing now?
Mike: “I’m working on Tarzan next.”

 

WP_20131018_18_54_36_ProNeal Adams (Superman, X-Men, Batman)

David: I would always get disappointed when I’d buy Superman and see you covers and then a different artist would be doing the inside.
Neal: “All right, enough of that! You can’t compliment one guy but put down the other guy.” [Said with a smile]; chiding but playful.]
David: Oh, I know the other artists were great I’m just saying you are great. Personally. You and Garcia Lopex are my two favorite Superman artists.
Neal: “I agree about Garcia Lopez.”
David: Did you do the insides or just covers?
Neal: “I did the inside of Superman vs Mohammed Ali. If you look it up on the internet and figure out how many pages I did on a given year it would be… I did five covers a week. Usually that’s enough for one guy. But I did the insides as well.”

 

shadowA.J. Scudiere (God’s Eye, Vengeance, Resonance, Shadow Constant)

Scott: So what are you working on now?
A.J.: “Have you seen the graphic novel? I wrote the story. [A company we worked with on the graphic novel] is running a thing in Fort Meyers right now. They are running RPGs, FPS. Games. They will eventually have roller coasters… They did the setup. They built these worlds. The five worlds that encompass all the possible worlds. The fantasy, tech, cartoony. I just wrote a live play event.”
David: So like a theme park?
A.J.: “Yeah. Basically they are going to kidnap people and send them through the game and act out part of it.”
Scott: Like a Murder Mystery?
A.J.: “Yes. Except video game. First Person Shooter. It’s a game.”

 

 

 

WP_20131018_19_59_50_ProMike Miller (Injustice: God’s Among Us, Game of Thrones)

Scott: So what are you working on now?
Mike: “Game of Thrones prequel stuff.”
Scott: So it’s a prequel to the Game of Thrones? Who’s writing that?
Mike: “The original novella is written by George R.R. Martin. Then they are adapted. I did the first one ten years ago. Then the second one six years ago. We’ve been on a hiatus until now.”
Scott: That guy will write every other story other than the ending of his series of books! His most recent book told the story of characters that hadn’t been written about in ten real years!
Mike: “Did you hear that he wrote another novella about the Targaryen reign. I said I’m drawing that!”
Scott: That series is now 10 or 15 years old.
Mike: “Maybe he doesn’t want to let people down. You know how they end series and people are like man, that ending sucked. Like Lost.”
Scott: When it never ends it is definitely going to be one of those series that the ending sucks!
Mike: “That’s like life!”

 

WP_20131018_19_54_08_ProGreg Horn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers)

David: Are you doing anything new?
Greg: “I worked on Avengers 1. I worked on Guardians of the Galaxy 1. The big thing I’m working on right now is War of Heroes. It’s a video game you play on an iPhone or Android. Nobody even knows about this!”
Scott: “Tell me about it.
Greg: It is a video game by Disney. I describe it as Candy Crush for men. Because you play it and you get addicted and then spend all your money. You buy the damn lollipop.” [joking]
Scott: I’m not sure men will buy a lollipop…
Greg: “It’s Thor’s hammer.”
David: It’s Disney? Does it have Marvel characters in it?
Greg: “Yeah. I did the artwork.”

One Way Love Giveaway!

“Believe it or not, Christianity is not about good people getting better.  If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good.”

One Way Love:  Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World
by Tullian Tchividjian
David C Cook
October 2013

In Tullian Tchividjian’s opinion, the world needs a new view of grace.   We spend a great deal of time trying to earn our way, while struggling with the rules and regulations that Christians create for one another.  In his most recent book, Tchividjian examines how we work so hard to achieve grace and completely ignore the fact that grace is not about work.  It’s not about how good we can be or how well we can follow the rules.  It’s about a gift, freely given.

What impresses me about Tchividjian is his willingness to go against what is the normal message in churches.  The message that if we are good enough, do our best, and follow the rules, we’ll be able to earn our place at the table with our peers who work to be “good Christians.”  One of the most profound statements (posted above) is a message my own pastor repeats often.  The point of his book is that grace from God isn’t conditional.  We don’t deserve it, but He gives it to us anyway.  It’s One Way Love.

While that’s the basis of his message, Tchividjian goes into deeper detail about his reasoning, his experiences, and different aspects of our lives where God’s grace is applied.  Additionally, he is not stating that God’s grace means that we are free from direction (or laws in his words).  He does point out that they both have their place and direction.

The only issue I run into in Tchividjian’s book has nothing to do with his message or the point he’s trying to support.  It’s the manner in which he does it.  As he continues through the book, he repeats the assertion with anecdote after anecdote.  While I like the sections of scripture and lessons from the Bible, the other stories become redundant after time.   Also, Tchividjian relies heavily on references from other writers and “experts.”   His writing is strong enough on its own, so long passages from other writers feel unnecessary.  Finally, the continued name dropping and several pages of endorsements from names in the Christian community seem in direct contradiction with Tchividjian’s message.

Overall, Tchividjian’s book is very good.  The message is one with which I can get on board.  Anyone in need of grace should know it’s there for the taking: no questions asked, no conditions applied.

 

Want to read a copy of your own?  I have one to give away!   Just fill out the form below.  I’ll be drawing a name on October 26th.

 

Good Luck!

 ***Congrats to Rebecca F for winning her own copy of One Way Love!! 

 

 

 


Robin Gwaro is the Young Adult and Women’s Literature Editor at Bookgateway.com. Her personal blog is Just Wandering. Not Lost. where she writes about whatever comes her way.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Reichenbach Problem by Martin Allison Booth

9781782640165Conan Doyle is taking a two week vacation to a small, peaceful village in Switzerland where he hopes to get away from the fame of being the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Kregel Publications
The Reichenbach Problem
by Martin Allison Booth
March 2013

The Reichenbach Problem by Martin Allison Booth was a good read but not quite a five star book. Conan Doyle is taking a two week vacation in a small, peaceful town in Switzerland where the Reichenbach Falls are located. Doyle hopes to come to terms with his fame and the impact that fame has on his life as the author of the Sherlock Holmes books. He has more or less come to greatly dislike Holmes and is thinking of writing one more book to kill off the detective.
In Zurich, a fellow passenger by the name of Holloway strikes up a conversation with Doyle and from that time on seems to dog every step that Doyle takes. Shortly after the men arrive at their destination, a fellow tourist turns up dead at the Falls and Holloway insists that he and Doyle must investigate and solve the murder or prove that it was an accident and not murder. Doyle’s hope for peace and quiet are completely destroyed when he is accused of being the murderer. To make matters even worse, Holloway believes that the spirit of Sherlock Holmes is now living in him.

For the first two hundred pages of the book I had trouble making myself continue to read. In my opinion there was just too much dialogue and not enough action. In addition, the author’s use of words such as escritoire for a desk was rather distracting for me. When I finally reached page two hundred and one, the story began to get very interesting and I sat up until the wee hours of the morning to finish. If the first two hundred pages had been reduced to about one hundred and added to the last one hundred, then it could have been a five star book. One thing in the book that really bothered me was that Doyle would go off on a two week vacation and leave his young child and pregnant wife at home alone. And Doyle’s reaction to two of the women in the story was upsetting since he kept saying that he deeply loved his wife. All through the story I kept wondering why the local police did not investigate the death of the tourist. My favorite character in the story was Father Vernon for he seemed to be the only character who was what he said he was, and I certainly agreed with his opinion on the séance. I do not want to appear completely negative about the book for it was well written with no grammatical errors which detract from a story, at least in my opinion. Booth appears to be very knowledgeable about Conan Doyle and it would be nice to know which scenes he fictionalized. I thoroughly enjoyed all the mystery in the book and the author skillfully brought all the subplots together at the end of the book. Near the end of the book, Doyle said of himself, “I was disgusted with myself; with my prejudices, my presumptions, my insensitivity, my cruelty and my weakness.” The author did a very good job in making me as the reader feel that same way about Doyle. But at least by the end of the story he seemed to have changed for the better.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read mystery books written by British authors.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 74 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Mystery of the Indian Carvings by Gloria Repp

51EGDkU6MtL._AA200_Julie is sent to Bartlett Island, Canada to spend two weeks with her uncle and his family and she receives a very cold reception from her cousin Karin.

The Mystery of the Indian Carvings
by Gloria Repp
MTL Resources
August 2012

The Mystery of the Indian Carvings by Gloria Repp was written primarily for middle school age readers, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story even though I am many decades past that age. Julie is a new Christian but she still struggles with her quick temper. Julie’s stepmother does not want her around so she is sent to Bartlett Island, Canada, to visit her dad’s brother and his family. Uncle Nate is working on a top secret project and he demands that the house be quiet at all times. His wife seems to be in a constant state of nervousness and his daughter lets Julie know in no uncertain terms that she does not want Julie in the house. To add to the problems, two very valuable artifacts are stolen from the house. Julie begins to wonder if maybe Karin is the thief for one of the items shows up in Julie’s room. Julie loves the island and spends a great deal of time exploring with Siem, the dog, who seems to be her only friend. In her exploring she meets an Indian shaman who befriends her and she also becomes friends with the young Indian boy that Uncle Nate is tutoring. Julie’s life becomes more bearable when she starts reading her Bible and praying to God for guidance in dealing with her cousin Karin.

As is normal for Gloria, she did an excellent job in developing all aspects of the book. I really enjoyed the characters for she described them so well that they came to life on the pages of the book and I even felt as if Julie were a dear little friend. The dialogue between all the characters was right on target and definitely what one would expect the character to say and their actions were true to life also. The scenes were so well described that at times I was right there in the woods with Julie exploring and getting lost. There were several twist and turns to the plot but all the loose ends were brought together for a very satisfactory ending that was a complete surprise to me but a happy one. I thoroughly enjoyed all the Indian lore that was included in the story. I had only one problem with the book and that was that it ended too soon. I certainly hope that the author will write a sequel for I want to know what happens between Julie and her cousin, Karin.

I highly recommend this book to any age over ten but even some younger readers might enjoy the book.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 74 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.

This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

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