#Bookreview ‘Echoes through the Vatican’ by K.Francis Ryan

Today I’m reviewing ‘Echoes through the Vatican’ by K. Francis Ryan

Echoes through the vatican by K.Francis Ryan

Blurb (from Amazon):

Julian Blessing is an ordinary man with extraordinary abilities. While in Rome to investigate an ancient mystery, Julian is plunged into a world of paranormal power, deception and danger. At the heart of it all is a baffling cipher – The Jesuit Book.
A shadow organization, tracing its dark ancestry back two thousand years, wants only one thing from Julian – Assassinate the pope, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
A corrupt cardinal, an honourable priest, a sadistic mobster, a whorehouse madam and a stymied police inspector – They all want something and that something is Julian Blessing.
The loss of everything Julian would give up his life to protect is the consequence if he fails to navigate the deadly maze of Vatican intrigue.
With everything at stake, what if you lose? And what of the Jesuit Book?

Did I like it?

Very complicated to judge. The non-paranormal parts yes, the paranormal parts more like kind of. There is the part of communication via thoughts. Which I’m not struggling with. And then there are the parts that are a bit less easy to ‘accept’. Like: Bad guy opening a drawer of his desk where his gun is in. And the ‘good guy’ started a fire in there. Controlling body functions of someone else. Killing someone from a distance via body control. That’s a bit harder to swallow.

What I didn’t like?

As mentioned above: When the paranormal exceeds communication. It’s very complicated to accept, to like.

Would I recommend it?

As a first step into paranormal, why not. Perhaps not the typical paranormal book; no ghosts or alike. A MC struggling with his new powers. I really like the cover. Giving points on my scale isn’t easy, 14 to 16?


MAKE AUGUST Write An Amazon Review Month by @TerryTyler4 #AmazonReviews #Amreading

August 2016 is Write An Amazon Review Month! By @TerryTyler4 #AugustReviews   On Monday 25th July, book blogger Rosie Amber wrote this post encouraging readers and writers alike to post a shor…

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THE UNRAVELLING by @ThorneMoore @honno #Mystery #Thriller #fridayreads


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The UnravellingThe Unravelling by Thorne Moore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four point five stars.

The Unravelling is a dark mystery/ thriller set in England. It opens with a churchyard scene, and then drops back to two different periods of time for Karen Rothwell, one when Karen is an adult and the other set in 1966 when she was a ten year old schoolchild.

Adult Karen is a mess, on medication and regularly under a psychologist. She is assigned a health worker monitor her bouts of depression, her eating habits and her distractions which cause trouble at work. Karen suffers from memory loss, she has blocked out a traumatic childhood experience for years. She escapes into books where she can be the heroine and lives their lives rather than her own.

On a cold bleak January day an apple from a broken shopping bag rolls away down a drain, as…

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4 Quick Ways To Write A #BookReview And Overcome Your Fears #MondayBlogs

Just so that I never ever forget it…

Rosie Amber

Authors WANT  Reviews

Make an Author's Day

Simple! How many times have you read pleas on social media for readers to write reviews? – Probably Loads.

Does the thought of writing a book review send you racing to the hills? – I can see plenty of you nodding in agreement.

WHAT holds you back?

Reading Soft edge

6 common replies:

I can’t write.

I can’t write paragraphs about a book.

I don’t know what to write.

I’m afraid of what people will think of my review.

I’m an author and don’t want a backlash on my own books.

I don’t have the time.

Let’s turn this around

I can’t write – I bet if you can read, you can write.

I can’t write paragraphs about a book – Good News, Amazon accepts one sentence reviews now as do many other sites.

I don’t know what to write – Ah! Quick Question – Why did you like or Dislike…

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Ausone’s notebook, 43.rd instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Hello, humans.

Bah, that was close. Was nearly calling you bunch of b… i… But I shouldn’t do this. First of all, I would generalize. And every time you generalize you’re wrong. There are certainly humans who do have a brain and are even capable of using it. And secondly, I would use a comparison with a mental illness for the means of an insult. And this no one should do. Every illness is a too serious matter to use it as an insult. So I haven’t called the whole humanity a bunch of brainless idiots. Bugger, I did it. OK, but I don’t mean all. So, not every human is a brainless idiot. A lot but not all.

You don’t believe me?

15 days ago there was this attack in France. 3 days in the news. All sorts of rumours. And then NOTHING.

During the last days there were several attacks in the country of origin of my favourite human (I didn’t mean him!). One was even quite close to the place where he grew up. There was one attack in a train where a man attacked several passengers with a hatchet and a knife. Who’s travelling with a hatchet, for heaven’s sake? Then there was a young guy who was bullied a long time. Send out fake Facebook invites and then killed a lot of people. And the third one, the one close to the place where my human grew up. A guy had an argument with a woman.

Argument got heated, attacked the woman with a knife. And was then attacking two other humans. And for sure the first thing that you heard: Possible link to terrorists. Just for making things a bit more clear to the b… bunch.

Possible means yes OR no.

So, jumping to conclusion may be a bit over reacting, just a bit. Calling for more security may be a bit, for the lack of a better word, idiotic, too. What does it mean more security? Doing anything to avoid that these things happen again. Every one boarding a train will have to pass the same gates like they have on airports. Every one going to town will have to do this, too. So, for more security you will have to reduce your personal freedom. You want that? I, as a cat, I don’t want to get searched for weapons when I enter the field next to the house for my morning p….

Last week I promised I will talk again a bit about Brexit. And as expected there was again a British politician who had something “intelligent” to say. The secretary for Brexit (D.Davis). He said something in the line of that he will do anything to guarantee that those from member states of the EC will be allowed to stay. But no new ones will be allowed to move to Britain. I’m waiting that the EC will come with something similar. We will do anything that those British living in the EC will be allowed to stay. For both of these statements you have to mentally finish the phrase. I will do anything but I can guarantee nothing. As expected Britain (those who voted for Brexit) wants to have all the advantages but doesn’t want to be bothered with the disadvantages.

Yes, those who voted for Brexit even if they didn’t know what they were voting for. You are responsible for it. For the advantages AND for the disadvantages.

Humans, I’m a friendly cat. I like humans, not all of them but the majority. You’re making it really complicated to not wanting to take harsh measures.

In the end, I don’t think that those who are members of the bunch of b..i… are reading my weekly ranting. You need a brain for it.

Female photographer still on strike

See you next Monday and I hope with something positive. Although I fear….Bugger

Les gros 2



#Bookreview ‘The Jade Lady’ by Patrick Wayland

Today I’m reviewing ‘The Jade Lady’ by Patrick Wayland

The jade lady Patrick Wayland

Blurb (from Amazon):
When Lance Roven, a software engineer working in Hong Kong, is called back home to his grandfather’s deathbed, his grandfather asks him to handle the contents of a safe deposit box and then does something Lance can’t believe – he speaks Chinese.

This sets Lance off on a trail of clues, following an old map to Taiwan where he meets the beautiful museum researcher Annie Lee. Together they work to uncover a secret buried for 60 years while racing against Chinese spies to find a treasure and forgotten WWII treaty that could reignite a civil war.

Did I like it?

Yes. But I’ve still no idea what I liked about the book. Apart from the fact that I never ever read something about Taiwan. Which was interesting, at least. Story is kind of interesting, I’ll have to admit I do have a certain… Love for? Attraction to? Southeast/East Asia.

What I didn’t like?

The same answer as to the question before. I can’t exactly say what I do not like. It’s nothing in particular; everything seems a bit flat, a bit sketchy. I would have preferred to have a bit more depth. Main characters, history, a bit of everything.

Would I recommend it?

Beach read, nothing more. 14 out of 20 points.

We were off to the races and I thought to myself hold tight

The “sometimes horrible” daily life of a high profile runner


I have to admit, I was a little nervous the last two days before the Athletics Canada Olympic team announcement (July 11). Over the past few months I told myself I was going to be named as a strategy to avert stress and it worked like a charm… up until the last couple of days. So when I got an email from Peter Ericsson on July 11th saying that I was going to be named to the Rio team it was a big relief.

Over the last few weeks my training and recovery from injury has gone as well as expected. My paces in sessions are improving and I feel more normal each week. I knew the path to healthy running wouldn’t be a linear progression, there are always bumps along the way. However, those bumps have been relatively minor (so far). The week after I moved into my new…

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Blockbuster of the Summer: Jaume Cabre’s Confessions

Sounds very tempting


cabreJaume Cabré is a Catalan philologist, possibly a philosopher, as well as a writer, and it shows in this massive doorstopper of a book, which takes you through most of the European history of the 20th century, plus quite a few centuries of Spanish history (notably the Inquisition). The translator Maya Faye Lethem must have the patience of a saint, because the plays on words, the fragments from other languages, the philological inventiveness and sudden changes in time frames must have been extremely challenging to interpret and translate.

So yes, I’m not going to lie to you: it is not the easiest thing to sink your teeth into. It is long, complex, toying with your mind, suddenly veering into another story, another character’s point of view, another point in time. Even in the middle of a paragraph. Nevertheless, it’s all done with great verve, charm and wit and remains coherent (just…

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