Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Lost Encore by Doreen Mierau

The Lost Encore by Doreen Mierau tells the story of a young girl and how she handles a tragic loss in her life. Spanning over her childhood and into her adulthood the story follows her and her family through the many challenges they face. The one constant in her life is her music and the joy and solace it brings her. 

This historical romance also deals with concepts of faith and healing from grief, and shows how the main character grows over time. The reviewer enjoyed the book immensely and recommends it to others.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer S. Holland

In this follow-up to her two other heartwarming stories; Unlikely Friendships and Unlikely Loves, Jennifer Holland whips up enthusiasm for the selfless acts of different animals. 
The book is divided into: superheroes, everyday heroes, and big-picture heroes. The heroes run the gamut from wild to tame: rats sniff out landmines, a hippo saves a baby gazelle, a horse rescues his owner, and more. 

Inspirational quotes and eye-catching photographs add to the adorable factor. The upbeat text has a positive tone, but these stories aren't mere fluff. 

They include plenty of quotes from experts, and Holland casts a critical eye, for instance when writing about the heroism of elephants, she also emphasizes that these large animals can be destructive. 

This book takes a sweet look at the animal kingdom that will warm the animal-lovers’ heart.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer

In Triggers the American President is rushed to hospital after an assassination attempt on his life. 

In that same hospital, there is an experiment underway to test a device that can erase traumatic memories. 

During the experiment and while efforts are being made to save the President’s life, another attack detonates a bomb and cuts all power to the hospital. 

The experiment goes horribly awry and people that are in close proximity to where the experiment was taking place start swapping memories.

Now the race is on to find out who has accessed the President’s memory and risked National Security.
Robert J. Sawyer is an award winning Canadian Science Fiction author and a very entertaining writer. Sawyer always has interesting ideas and plots, and this book was no different. 

There were a few twists that kept the book interesting right to the end. This was a fast, entertaining read that left the reviewer with quite a bit to think about.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story Of Combat And Chivalry In The War-Torn Skies Of World War II by Adam Makos with Larry Alexander

The date is December 20, 1943. A B-17 bomber flown by 21 year old American Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown, (yes, that’s his real name), is on its way back to England, after a first bombing run over Germany. 

The B-17 bomber was missing its stabilizer, the rudder was nearly gone, the hydraulics were bleeding from the wings, the nose was open to the sky and the gunner’s position was shattered.  

Lieutenant Brown’s bomber was barely staying in the air as it approached the French coast where he knew the shore was heavily guarded by German anti-aircraft guns. The bomber didn’t have a hope. 

Suddenly beside them was a German fighter plane.  The Americans all expected to die.  They were sitting ducks.  But the German didn’t shoot.  In fact Second Lieutenant Franz Stigler escorted them over the anti-aircraft guns and stayed with them until they were well out to sea. 

For years Charlie wondered why the German did it.  For years Franz wondered if the Americans had survived.  The bomber was so badly damaged Franz couldn’t be certain they had made it home.

A Higher Call is a non-fiction account of the lives of the American and the German from their training days until the end of the war.  The book concludes with the two men finally meeting later in life. 

This book is a fascinating account of two men who were on opposite sides of the second world war and were both just men doing what their country asked of them.