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Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

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Cemetery Dance
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

ISBN 10: 1600242650
ISBN 13: 9781600242656
Grand Central Publishing

Unabridged Audio, 12CDs, 13.5hr
Read by Rene Auberjonois’

www.prestonchild.com

Hachette Audio 

Cemetery Dance 

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have long been known for their ability to stand out amid a very crowded genre – and they certainly carved a niche’ with Cemetery Dance. Agent Pendergast has worked his share of interesting cases and had more than his fair share of close calls, but this time he has to risk much more than his physical safety…in Cemetery Dance, Pendergast dances with the devil, stepping in between the shadows on a journey that will take him places even he never imagined. 
 
The narrative opens on the remnants of a wedding anniversary celebration interrupted by a knife wielding assailant, that leaves New York Times reporter William Smithback Jr dead and his wife, Nora Kelly (Museum of Natural History anthropologist) clinging to life. There seems to be no question as to the identity of the assailant – several neighbors within the Upper West side apartment complex readily identified the attacker as one of their own, a neighbor, Collin Fearing. But that is impossible…Collin Fearing had been dead and buried for nearly two weeks.  Thus setting the stage for an intriguing tale that will take our team of detectives into the lair of a modern day cult in the heart of Manhattan.

Vodou rituals, mysticism, sorcery, within this realm the Obeah is the most dreaded and the most feared of all practitioners. The Obeah or Obeahman is believed to have virtually limitless powers, including the ability to resurrect the dead, which seems to be what someone wants the residents of New York to believe. Digging into this case, Pendergast will find some unusual characters hiding sinister motivations beneath the cloaks of the cult.

With several well known and beloved characters reprising their roles in Cemetery Dance fans are in for a real treat – however, as with their other novels, this one stands alone. So, there’s no reason to hold back – if you have never read a Preston/Child novel before, you can pick this one up and dive right in. Their writing is so spot on, detailed and character driven there’s nothing missing accept you! And with Rene Auberjonois’ providing the narration even those who have read the print version will be intrigued by his incredible presentation. His portrayal of Agent Pendergast breathes life into the fictional character, pulling him off the pages of the book and presenting him in living color. I was amazed by the depth and range Auberjonois employed throughout, going so far as to incorporate gutteral, zombie noises into the narrative. Which I must admit gave me a shudder and added a bit of “oh my” to the vibe. The audio version of Cemetery Dance (from Hachette Book Group) is exceptional and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys an exciting novel that doesn’t fit into any of the pre-determined, cookie-cutter classifications. Preston and Child do an extraordinary job delivering highly unusual material in an intelligent manner that enlightens the reader and engages your senses on a variety of levels. The information revealed in the novel was so provocative, it peeked my curiosity, prompting me to dig deeper into the topics. This is entertainment at its finest, from two of today’s most popular authors. Knowing this and accepting the story for what it was intended allows you to sit back, relax and thoroughly enjoy this unique work.

 

Happy Reading!

 

 

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The Gospel According to Sidney Welles

Sidney Welles is assigned the Catholic Church image overhaul campaign and sets out to give the church a face lift of sorts…what ensues is a hilarious stumble through questions of faith, love and self discovery.
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The Penny

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The Penny
Joyce Meyer & Deborah Bedford
Audio CD (abridged version – 5CD)
ISBN-10: 1594839352
ISBN-13: 978-1594839351
Hachette Book Group USA
www.hachettebookgroupusa.com
www.deborahbedfordbooks.com

Also available in Hardcover

How many times have you walked past a penny on the ground without so much as a second thought? Jenny Blake did just that, and then for some unexplainable reason, turned, ran back and retrieved the penny from the hot asphalt. At the tender age of 14 Jenny had no way of knowing the significance of her actions on that blistering summer day in 1955. The Blake family lived in St. Louis, which during the 50’s and early 60’s was a hotbed of racial tension. So when Jenny, a white girl, befriends Aurelia, a black girl recently integrated into the same school, she must keep the friendship a secret. Although Aurelia’s family welcomes Jenny into both their home and church, the same acceptance could not be found within the Blake household. Jenny’s father in an abusive, horrible man, that mistreats his daughters in every conceivable way. Working for Miss Shaw, the local jeweler, Jenny begins to see Christianity at work, in small ways that others barely notice. Yet, no matter how hard she prays, her fathers abuse continues and she struggles to understand why God seems to be ignoring her pain. With Miss Shaw’s guidance, and Aurelia’s unwavering friendship she continues building her faith, one step at a time. Little by little God’s truth is revealed to her…..”God doesn’t always make something go away because we pray, He often gives us the strength to stand up to it.” And that knowledge changes her life and that of those around her.

The authors indelible ability to recognize the miraculous wonders of God, even the smallest of details, is but one of the many things that makes “The Penny” a beautifully moving reading experience. Despite your religious convictions, this is a wonderful story where the authors reveal their inspirations subtly and slowly, never preachy, over-bearing or offensive, “The Penny” is much like the soft-spoken, loving direction one receives from a beloved parent. There’s something for everyone in this heart-felt, inspirational story. The narration is exceptionally well delivered, adding depth and conviction to the reading experience. I highly recommend this novel to any reader that simply enjoys a strong, powerful story. (Just make sure you don’t start listening (or reading) until you have several hours of free time… you will not want to put it down.)

Happy Reading!
  -RJ

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Re: Souls Triumphant by S William Foley

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Souls Triumphant
By S. William Foley
Fantasy/Fiction
$15.95 U.S.
ISBN: 0-595-36082-3
Published by: iUniverse
www.iuniverse.com
www.swilliamfoley.com

Souls Triumphant has something for everyone. Part love story, part fantasy adventure, and filled with action. Readers are thrust into the classic dilemma of good vs. evil. However, this is not the tradition tale that has been written many times. Foley has delivered a refreshing and entertaining read for all ages. Adults and teens will finally have something they agree on…… this is a good book!Love at first sight would prove to be much more than a cliché for Joe and Alessandra. Fresh faced college graduates, they had no way of knowing what lay ahead of them. For it would be vastly different than anything they had imagined. Soon, their very existence would be balanced on a knife edge. Where the slightest misstep would be catastrophic.

Ned and his conspirators had been banished from the Kingdom. The Fallen One believed it better to rule than to serve. Ned was physically attractive, had amassed great wealth and was desired by women. Yet, the one thing he wanted more than anything else, lay just out of his reach. That is until he found Alessandra. She was the key! With her, he could have it all! Finally he would have that which had eluded him for all time. Or would he? Could she resist him? Even defeat him?

S. William Foley has penned a one of a kind novel, where the characters, while interacting within a fantasy world, could not be more real. Questions of spirituality, ethics and morals are presented through detailed plot lines that could easily be woven into the fabric of our daily lives. Foley has delivered a well constructed novel that combines interesting characters, intriguing dialogue and explosive moral conflicts. This rare mix, will undoubtedly place Foley on the favorites list of many readers.

Happy Reading!
   RJ  xx

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Re: Hands by MA Street

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Hands
By MA Street
Novel/168pages
ISBN-13: 978-0595676248
ISBN-10: 0-595676232
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
www.iuniverse.com
www.MySpace.com/mastreet

First, allow me to catch my breath, dry my eyes, and gather my thoughts….. Written by Mike Unrue, under the pen name MA Street and self-published via iUniverse, this is an exceptional read! Hands is one of the very rare titles that not only has all the right ingredients but also has brought something new to the reading public.

In David’s mind, his ability to heal others is as much a curse as it is a blessing. Never knowing who he is able to heal, is frustrating and heart breaking for David. There are times he feels the music and at other times, there is only clatter. Unable to save his own Mother he is left questioning himself, as well as, this gift. Growing up without his father David is a scared and imperfect character that is easy for readers to relate too.

Because his emotions are experienced in vivid colors and musical in nature, art just came naturally. With his artwork selling for millions of dollars, his career as a brilliant artist was cemented. If only he could keep his ’other talent’ a secret he could avoid public scrutiny and ridicule.

When David meets Sara a trauma surgeon, they fall in love. At one point, she explains that her hands are magical, giving love and dancing. It is with her that he is able to begin the journey to acceptance. What follows is truly a beautiful exchange of emotion, passion and understanding.

M.A. Street has penned an incredibly engaging story that reaches out of the book into your heart. Long after having finished the final words, I found myself thinking about the characters. This is a story that stays with you. Written with the unusual mix of professionalism, realism, and spiritualism, that will surely be revisited many times by book lovers everywhere. It amazes me that this book only reached the market because of the sheer determination of the author.

If you crave a good story, that will grab you and not let go, from the first page – this is it! Do not miss this one! I know that I have added MA Street to my personal list of favorites and will be anxiously awaiting his next book!

Happy Reading!
RJ xx
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