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the-tainted-trust-by-stephen-douglassstars-5-0._V192240867_ (1)The Tainted Trust is the sequel to The Bridge to Caracas—and it is equally as good.  In the first book, Joe Sevito had defrauded the American and Canadian government with a complex gasoline tax evasion scheme. When he realized that his wife, Karen, had reconnected with Mike King, who was her first love, Joe set up an elaborate scheme to frame them both for his crimes. Then he kidnapped his son and took him to Caracas with him, believing that Mike and Karen would spend the rest of their lives in jail.  He introduced the boy to Alfred Schnieder, a bank manager in Caracas, and instructed Schnieder to make Phillip his beneficiary.

When Joe met his untimely death in Caracas, he left an estate valued at $325,000,000.00 in an account in a bank in the Cayman Islands. Phillip led Mike and Karen to Schneider, and eventually the money. The money should have been returned to the Feds, but Mike was so angry about the way they had treated him and Karen, that he refused to do the right thing. The money was hot and represented too great a risk to move. Karen and Mike convinced Schnieder to set up the King’s Trust and manage it.

In The Tainted Trust, the aging Schnieder contacts Louis Visconti at Mara, Griesdorf, and Visconti. He is a thirty-two-year-old who is known as ‘The Crown Prince of Wall Street’ because of his phenomenal success as a Trader.  Schnieder has a plan, and Visconti is an opportunist. He quickly agrees to the terms and waits for Schneider to prompt King to come his way.

Under Visconti’s management, King’s Trust grows phenomenally over the next seven years. Then, on the one weekend that he decides he needs to get away from the phones and take a break, the stock market crashes. No one can get a hold of him so he can do damage control, and when he comes back to town, he finds out that the company has taken a big hit. On October 19, 1987, King’s Trust has lost half a billion dollars on paper. Visconti is desperate to recoup the money quickly, and save his reputation. And his pride.

He turns to Miles Dennis at Iacardi & Sons. Miles Dennis has made fortunes for people in commodities, and Visconti wants him to go short and buy contracts in the volatile crude oil market for him. On his first visit, Miles Dennis discourages this plan, advising him to wait for a few months.

Visconti is desperate but listens to him. To save face, he falsifies his annual report and doesn’t reveal to Mike King the true position of the trust. Visconti has started down a treacherous road of desperation and deceit. In 1988 he continued to confer with Miles Dennis, who consistently advised him against his plan.

In October 1988, Kerri Pyper takes a course in commodities at Long Island Community College. Miles Dennis is the instructor, and he is impressed by her keenness and aptitude. At the end of the 40-hour course, he hires her as his assistant.

On February 23, 1989,  Visconti is determined to jump into the crude oil market. He shows up at Miles Dennis’s office again.  There he meets Kerri Pyper and becomes besotted with her. She is married to Brian Pyper, the famous New York Jet’s star quarterback. As her marriage hits trouble times, Visconti befriends her and does his best to make the marriage fail. He will be there to pick up the pieces.

Eventually, Kerri turns to him. Visconti is confident that his crude oil contracts will restore his wealth and he will have the love of the beautiful Kerrie Pryor.

The best-laid plans of man can fall apart. Kerri Pryor is no fool, and she is honest and loyal to those that she loves. When she discovers that Visconti is not who he portrays himself to be, she vows to take him down.

THERE ARE NO SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW. Stephen Douglass once again has created a complex, captivating plot. I read this book long into the night for two evenings. I loved his portrayal of the characters. Visconti, so proud and driven to make more money. Kerri so intelligent and loyal, but strong and determined when she realizes how corrupt her lover really is.

Corruption, suspense, betrayal, love, loyalty, rage and murder.  Don’t miss this great read. I immediately downloaded the third book, Kerri’s War. I am a Douglass fan!!

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the-bridge-to-caracas-by-stephen-douglassstars-5-0._V192240867_ (1)The Bridge to Caracas totally captured my imagination! There are many aspects of this book,  but they all weave together seamlessly to create an exciting thriller; a story of crime, vengeance, and a love triangle.

Jim Servito is aa American draft dodger who snuck into Canada. He ends up in Toronto, pumping gas for Pop Williams, who has taken a liking to him and lets him sleep in a room at the back of the office. Pop’s is happy to teach Jim the honest rules of the gasoline business.  Jim is looking for an opportunity to move on and make big money. Then one evening he is approached by Jerry Allison, who tells how he can make big money by buying “bootlegged” gas to sell in the pumps. This fated meeting opens the door for Jim.

Jim is looking for an opportunity to move on and make big money. One evening he is approached by Jerry Allison, who tells how he can make big money by buying “bootlegged” gas to sell in the pumps. This fated meeting opens the door for Jim. Eventually, he buys Pop Williams gas station. Then he corners Jerry and forces him to tell him the who, where and how of the scheme Bob Bushings runs.  Jim tells Jerry that they will be partners and he makes him take him to Bushings place of business. He knows too much, and Bushings realizes that Jim will ruin him if he doesn’t go along with what he proposes. Jim Servito is now on the road to riches, fueled by corruption, and ruthless greed.

Karen Taylor was a stewardess. She met Mike King when she leased an apartment on Toronto’s St. George Street, directly across from Mike’s fraternity house. At the time Mike was studying medicine—he was going to follow in his fathers footsteps and become a Doctor.  He and Karen have a torrid love affair. Then Mike decides that he doesn’t want to be a doctor. Instead, he is going to travel and figure out what he wants out of life. Karen wants to go with him, but he says this is something he has to do alone.

Karen is broken-hearted, and decides to take a vacation. She and Patti Arthur go to Europe. As they are leaving Athens, their plane is hijacked by terrorists who demand that the pilot fly them to Syria. When the plane landed, Karen and Patti are among 5 hostages that are taken off. The terrorists as they are leaving the site, and it is presumed that all the passengers who had boarded it are dead.

Four months after he left, Mike returns to Toronto. He has found a purpose, and he is longing to see Karen. He is stunned when her mother tells him that she is dead. Eventually Mike moves on. He is introduced to Barbara Larkin by a friend, and they eventually marry and have a daughter, Kerri.

Sixteen months after being held as a political prisoner, Karen is released. All she has thought about is getting back together with Mike. He is shocked to discover that she is alive, she is stunned to realize that her dream can never be fulfilled because he is married and has a child.

Eventually fate brings Jim, Mike and Karen together. Their journey is painful, filled with passion, deceit, corruption, revenge and murder. It forever changes their lives.

I loved this book, and immediately downloaded “The Tainted Trust” to my Kindle. For me it was non stop reading of the King Trilogy!!

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sinagiri-rajah-kasyapu-and-the-frescoes-at-singiriya-by-mike-lordstars-4-0._V192240704_I read many different genres and while I usually read  for sheer enjoyment, I love to read a book that tells me something factual about the area it is set in—or as in the case of this book, a look into history that I had no idea existed.

I am a Goodreads author, and recently Mike Lord sent me a message, suggesting that because I read so many different genres, I might enjoy reading his book. I had no idea who Mike Lord was—and naively thought it might be a debut book, with no reviews. I went to Amazon and checked it out and decided I would buy the book.

I am delighted to say that I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and full of a fascinating history about an era and an area that I know little or nothing about. If I were ever to go to  Sri Lanka, I would definitely visit the rock fortress of Sinagiri. I was fascinated by the description of the fortress and  the secret frescos in the hidden cave.

Abebech, a princess from Eritrea, was relatable, smart (even though she had never learned to read or write as per the social norm of the 5th century) and intriguing.  The story begins as she starts out on the journey to Taprobane (now known as Shri Lanka) from her home in Gonder, in the African highlands. Her father is sending her to fulfill an arranged marriage agreement that had been signed years before. Her older brother, Mekoria, accompanies her as a chaperone.

They ride camels on the first part of the journey. It takes five days to reach the coast and the bustling seaport of Assaba. There they board a large dhow (ship). The voyage has some adventure, including storms and pirates. Eventually, they arrive at the  port at Puttulam, in Taprobane.

From there they set out for Anarajapura, traveling over badly rutted roads with horses and wagons or carts. Part way there, they are met by the Royal stables train of elephants. Abebech and Mekoria have never seen elephants before and they are fascinated by them!

When they reach Anarajapura, they are amazed by its beauty. They learn that it had been the capital of Taprobane for hundreds of years, until a few years ago, when the present Raja decided to move his capital to Sinagiri.

Abebech has never met Raja Kasyapu, her husband to be. She knows nothing about him, does not even know if she will be his only wife or one of many. Whenever she or Mekoria ask questions about him, they begin to realize that the answers they get are evasive, and Abebech begins to wonder about the man she has been pledged to marry.

When they finally arrive at Sinagiri, they find the site unusual, and the main palace is still under construction.

Abebech does not meet Raja Kasyapu until the actual marriage ceremony—I would have to say that for a teenaged girl, the new groom must have been less than attractive, but Abebech seems to accept everything as part of the arrangement—until she learns that all is not what it appears to be.

I do not read a lot of historical books, but I sincerely enjoyed this one. I recommend it to anyone who loves history and encourage those who don’t to step outside their comfort zone and experience something different. They might be as pleasantly surprised as I was.

I must add that I later discovered that this was certainly not Mike Lords debut book—he has written several others!

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and-the-whippooorwill-sang-by-micki-pelusostars-5-0._V192240867_ (1)I confess, I bought this book because of the title and the cover. I didn’t read the reviews—I didn’t even pay much attention to the synopsis of the book. The title had me—I have this “romantic” thing about Whippoorwills—even though I’ve never seen one. I did not realize that it was a memoir—truth is I may not have bought it. How much I would have missed!

This is a beautiful record of Micki and Butch Peluso’s life; from their teenage marriage, the growth of their family, the loss of a teenaged child and the survival of their relationship through love, laughter, stress, hardship, and loss.

Sometimes memoirs are too introspective for me, but as I read Micki Peluso’s book, it was so engaging that there were times that I had to remind myself that this was a true story.

The loss of a child is devastating; I speak from experience- we lost an 18-year-old son–but he died instantly. If it had to be, I thank God we did not have to endure the agony of sitting vigil for ten days, to have to accept the loss in the end.

The raw story of such a loss would make a desolate read, but Peluso skillfully inserted glimpses of the grief and pain of losing 14-year-old Noelle, throughout the story, while sharing other aspects of her marriage and the six children that they had.

I laughed, I cried, I related to the happy, the sad, and the stressful times that this couple and their family experienced.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. It touched my heart, as I believe it will most people. Life is full of unexpected, unplanned events—joyful and tragic, hilarious and shocking. And the Whippoorwill Sang shares the story of an extraordinary relationship, an extraordinary family and the reality of their life.

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the-art-of-healing-by-jeanne-felfestars-5-0._V192240867_ (1)I loved the cover of this book, but at first the title threw me—“The Art of Healing”– it sounded like it would be a book about psychology, or possibly health or even spiritual or hands on healing. But it said it was “A Novel.” Now I would have been prepared to read the book if the subject matter was about any of those topics, because they would have interested me. However, I was delighted to discover an incredible novel about two people who have been dealt difficult hands in life, and together, deal with their past and find emotional healing.

Julianne Garvoli is a pediatric nurse who comes from a strong Catholic family—her Mamma is Irish, her Poppy is Italian, and she is surrounded by a strong community of Italian support and love.

She believed her marriage was solid, until the night she hurried home to make a surprise supper to celebrate the anniversary of their first date. When she got there, she discovered that Clayton had moved out while she was at work, leaving her a note to say he had left her. (What cowardly piece of work he was.)

Julianne struggles with the devastating reality of her life for a time, before she goes home to seek comfort from her Mamma and her Poppy, who calls her “Tesoro mio,” which is Italian for “treasure of mine.” Divorce is not normally accepted by the church, but both her parents agree that what Clayton has done is unforgivable and they support her. Julianne takes the prospect seriously and does not rush into filing for one. While she is at her parent’s place, she sees a picture taken when she was sixteen years old on a mission in a village near Machu Picchu. She remembered all the dreams that she had then, all the plans and wondered what happened to that girl; how she had lost her? She is free now, maybe she should think about exploring ways that she can use her nursing experience to help others in disadvantaged places.

She settles into a routine; working, then picking up something for supper at Marc’s before she goes home. One night a beautiful woman, who looks sad and haunted approaches her. The woman is Michelle, and she is the one Clay had left Julianne for. This was a shockingly revealing moment for Julianne, and it cemented her decision to divorce Clay.

Jokob O’Callaghan lost the love of his life to cancer. He is a renowned photographer and since Keara’s death, he has immersed himself in his work.

One day, Bella insists Julianne go to a photo exhibit with her. Julianne resists at first, then reluctantly agrees. Once there, she is captivated by a picture. Jakob is the artist, and he asks her what she sees in the picture. He is delighted when she expresses something that no one else has sensed. That is the beginning of their friendship.

Things progress between them, but the journey is not straight forward. They both have strong feelings to overcome. Neither is certain that they want to risk another relationship.

I liked the way this book ended. It was not what I expected, but I liked how both Julianne and Jakob had grown.

I highly recommend “The Art of Healing.” It is very well written, an outstanding debut novel. I will be watching for more books by Jeanne Felfe. I would love to see one that tells Michelle’s story.

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whats-a-pictuure-worthstars-5-0._V192240867_ (1)I bought this book because I noticed that Laura Wright LaRoche was a co-author, and a couple of years ago I had read and reviewed two books written by her.  Those books involved mushroom hunters also, and I enjoyed them immensely.

“What’s a Picture Worth?” did not disappoint me! This book is a quick and fun read. Two people from completely different backgrounds meet in the mushroom patch. Cassie is an eye-catching biology-chemistry teacher, from Indianapolis. She has just been dumped by her handsome, wealthy boyfriend and is heading back to her hometown, Linton, Indiana, to pick mushrooms and try to find some peace of mind.

Remington Reynolds is a struggling photographer, who has taken a job photographing mushrooms during mushroom season. He’s deathly allergic to mushrooms, but he accepted the assignment because he desperately needs the money to pay his vengeful ex the child support payment that is due. He’s handsome—Cassie is beautiful—and sparks immediately strike, igniting a wild, sexual liaison that lasted the weekend.

Cassie is very photogenic and he takes many pictures of her in the mushroom patch. He gets a few unexpected ones when they accidently kick over his camera and it automatically continues to snap away. Through a comedy of errors, he misplaces his camera. When it ends up in his young son’s backpack, he asks his wife to email the folder to him—which she does, after exacting a price from him.

Later, her curiosity nudges her to look at the pictures and when she finds the highly incriminating ones, she posts them and they go viral. At first, he is stunned, but then he realizes that he too can cash in on the financial avalanche. Cassie becomes the victim of their unscrupulous activities until she decides to get her revenge.

What a dance they play out, as they find out “What’s A Picture Worth!”

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I found myself chuckling a lot while I read it.

In a world where there is so much anxiety, anger, and stress—this is a wonderful escape into a bit of levity!!

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sweet-serenity-by-marje-porterstars-5-0._V192240867_ (1)After Allison Anders breaks off an unhealthy engagement with the wealthy, possessive, Robert Morrison, lll, she returns to her hometown, Pineridge, Colorado. The move is inspired by a dream that has become an obsession; she feels drawn to set up a B & B in the old Victorian style house on the Connors homestead. She expects to be met there by her old friend, Carrie, who is going to show her through the house and give her lease papers to sign.

When she arrives, she discovers that Carrie couldn’t make it, so she sent her brother, Cody Connors, in her place. Cody and Allison have a history. They had been high school sweethearts, and he was her first in love, passion, and heartache. She’d had dreams of a life together, but when it had become plain that he didn’t want commitment, she had left abruptly, without saying good-bye. She had gone to Denver and went to college, and she hadn’t seen him since.
It was inevitable that their paths would cross, but after all the heartache in the past, she had convinced herself that she was over him and she could deal with that. Meeting him unexpectedly on that first visit to the house reawakens her feelings—and he makes it clear that he has never gotten over her, and he wants them to try again.
She pushes him away, but there is more to the house and their relationship than they know. The beautiful old house has a story that is over 100 years old –love, death, and murder. It is believed to be haunted. As a child, Allison (Allie as she is known) heard the rumors, but she’d never seen evidence of the ghost and didn’t believe in them.

When Frank Dodd reveals himself to Ally, she is confused and annoyed at first. He looks so familiar she thinks her nemesis has come back, but this man is angry with her, demanding to know what she is doing in Rebecca Connor’s house and why she is moving things around. In the past, he has hassled occupants into leaving, but Allie stands up to him. When he realizes that he is not going to be able to scare her away, he communicates with her, expressing his frustration. He has been trapped in this house for over 100 years—trying to get out so he can find Becky.

 Frank’s spirit is often confused, and there are many things that he doesn’t know. He wants Allie to help him, but she doesn’t know how. She fights for him to remember—gradually things come to him; he knows that he was shot in the back of the head, he recalls a tree and a box where he and Becky used to leave messages.

In a frenzy, Ally runs to the tree and digs around the roots. She finds the box and the notes that Becky had written to him, pouring out her love. The Connors had believed that Becky was going to marry Harold Palmer, a wealthy lawyer, but once she met Frank, her heart belonged to him. Her family hated Frank, so the two of them met clandestinely. One day they slipped away and got married.

Then, Frank left to find wealth and prove himself worthy to her family. Becky didn’t want him to go, but she faithfully waited for his return. When the family discovered she was pregnant, she was disgraced. Harold wanted to marry her no matter what, but she refused and died giving birth to a baby boy in the old Connor home. That happened the same night that Frank was shot as he was on his way to the tree.

The connection with the other world pulls Allie until she begins to question her sanity, even her feelings for Cody. Does she love him, or is she in love with Frank? Is there a fine line between who she is and who Becky is? Can she trust herself to know?

I often enjoy paranormal stories, and this one was a big hit for me. The storyline is well done and held my attention to the last page. The characters captured me. I could feel Allie’s struggle. I loved that Cody cared so much. He tried to understand, tried to be patient, that he held back, wanting everything to be “right” this time. He didn’t want to lose Allie again, but there were times when it seemed he would.Marj Porter wove a love triangle that spanned multi-generations—and in the end, she tied all the threads together to create a result that was best for everyone. But it didn’t come easily!

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ella-by-caroline-leestars-4-0._V192240704_I read this book in one evening—It is a delightful modern-day version of Cinderella. There are no glass slippers here—Ella wears a worn pair of cowboy boots. The stepmother is replaced by a stepfather who worked her mother to death and then slotted Ellen into her place to do the cooking, cleaning, and catering to her stepsisters. Fearing that Ella will meet someone and leave, he keeps her isolated on the ranch and has someone assigned to watch her constantly.

Ella’s Prince Charming is a war veteran, who had come to town a few years ago and started a business. He has isolated himself from the community because he cringes from the look on peoples face when they see his impairment. He lives by himself, with a circle of dogs who are also damaged.

This is heart warming story –the Cinderella theme is obvious, but the characters and the situation are unique and very different than the original ones. I felt for Ella, resented her sisters, was glad that she found a couple of allies, in spite of her evil stepfather. I liked Ian Crowne a lot. Together he and Ella found the possibility of something that they never imagined could exist…if Ella could ever break away from her prison to be with him.

If I had one complaint, it was that the book isn’t very long; yet when I thought about that, I realized that it didn’t need to be any longer.  The story was complete.

I highly recommend this for an afternoon break—or a space of time when you want to be carried away to another world for a few hours!

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connected-by-michell-medhat stars-5-0._V192240867_ (1)This book is completely different than anything else that I have read. It is fast paced (accentuated by the many very short chapters—Book 1—The Call has 106 of them: Book 2 The Shift is made up of 120 chapters) and the plot complicated and filled with many different characters—most of them terrifying.

It is a story of good and evil, betrayal and shocking violence, espionage and terrorism, a struggle for dominance on earth and as well as in a parallel plane where, Kudamun, a civilization of old, protects the universe. It also reveals a love that has lasted through the ages—from long in the past, to the present.

The Call immediately introduces the reader to Sam and Ellie Noor. They are two busy people, whose jobs take them in different directions, but they are madly in love. One morning Ellie experiences something that affects her physically and emotionally-something that she doesn’t understand, can’t explain—something that terrifies her. Her gut-wrenching screams fill Sam with terror, and he comes running into the room, alert and ready to protect her. The brief interlude of that morning changes their lives. Ellie is stunned to learn that Sam has lied to her about everything that he does and is. Can she trust him? Yes, they love each other, but can she accept the deception, the danger—will she ever feel safe and secure again? This occurrence triggers a series of incidences that throw her into a world of danger that she has no idea exists.

The Shift pits Sam’s allegiance to the people he works for against his love for Ellie. He is faced with betrayal from the highest level, and Ellie is used as a pawn by his enemies. Torture and violence reveal an aspect of Ellie that he has never seen, one that confounds reality. When she is trapped, and facing a brutal death, Ellie is shifted into the world of Kudamun. There she learns that SHE is not who she has always believed she was. She is part of a master plan that has spanned the ages, and she is destined to be the earth’s Protector. Powers that are unimaginable are awakened by Aby-od, the ruler of the kingdom. Ellie is filled with old wisdom; she understands that people’s lives and destinies are pre-defined and cannot be changed. As she leaves Kudaman, she understands that she and Sam will be separated forever after she finishes her task. It tears her heart, but she also knows that she must accept it. She has many questions, but she has little time to save Earth, as it shifts into a level of darkness and evil that will cause it to be destroyed, and so she leaves to fulfill her destiny.

Michelle Medhat has an incredible imagination, and she produced an extra-ordinary tale. This is a book worthy of a movie. I belong to a group that promotes a book each week, but there is no obligation to buy it or review it. To be honest, if it hadn’t been for that promotion, I probably wouldn’t have gotten this book—but I am SO glad that I did. I enjoyed it immensely!

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