Daily Archives: February 19, 2012

Faith of the Heart (Back to Omaha Adventure) by Jewell Tweedt

Faith of the HeartReviewed by Teri Davis

Claire Secord is the type of person that each of us wishes we could be, hardworking, reliable, with values and beliefs reflected in her daily life. Since the death of her parents, she has worked as a nanny to two rambunctious boys in Gettysburg while still heartbroken over the loss of her fiancé who was fighting with the Union Army nearby. During a battle, he disappeared. Now, she presumes he is dead.

Claire receives a telegram from her aunt explaining that her husband recently died of a heart attack. Her aunt asked her to come to Omaha to help with the running of their small store in this frontier town. Since this is her only family and she feels indebted to them, she immediately quits her position while anxiously wondering if this is the best choice for her.

Life seldom works out as we expect and Claire is shocked when arriving in Omaha only to discover that her aunt now has also died.

The 57 Physique Solution: The Groundbreaking 2-Week Plan for a Lean, Beautiful Body By Tanya Becker and Jennifer Maanavi

The 57 Physique SolutionReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Many people may recognize the title The 57 Physique Solution from a series of exercise DVDs that have been available for quite some time. Now the instructor featured in the DVDs and the CEO of The Physique Solution Company have teamed up to write a book expanding on the DVDs. The book is divided into four parts.

Part One of the book includes an introduction to the program giving readers the history and the science behind The 57 Physique Solution. Basically, the first two chapters tell readers what the system is all about, how and why it works and what readers can expect to gain from following the program.

The second and third sections really go together. Part Two gives readers a chapter each on moves for warm ups, thighs, seat, abs, back and cool downs. Part Three then puts it all together for readers with two complete 57 minute workouts.

Mr. Kill by Martin Limon

Mr. Kill Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Martin Limon’s U.S. Army Investigators Sergeants George Sueno and Ernie Bascom return for their eighth appearance in Mr.Kill. This time out, the two American investigators are joined by a Korean investigator aptly named Kill.

The basic plot seems to be an ever too often occurring story in the news -a Korean mother is brutally raped on a Korean train and an American soldier is most probably the culprit. George and Ernie are called upon to investigate but are hampered by the “it couldn’t possibly be one of our boys who did this,” sentiment. The Koreans want justice and they want it now. The longer the investigation drags on, the angrier Korean citizens become and the more heated the anti-American fever runs. But aside from the sort of “ripped from the headlines” plot thread, there are a couple other threads to the plot that make it interesting as things start to come together. Of course if there are soldiers there bound to be women in the mix. That role is filled by an all female country western band who want to entertain the troops with more than their voices.

Dead Like You by Peter James

Dead Like You Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Dead Like You introduces Peter James’ Roy Grace character to American readers. While it is actually the sixth book in the series, it is the first one published here. It is maddening for American readers when book series first published overseas are released in the United States out of order. Sometimes it leaves readers trying to figure out the back story of the characters and on going series’ plot threads but sometimes it works out fine. While it is clear that Grace has some personal issues that go far back, readers are given enough of the story to feel like they know Grace.

It’s New Year’s Eve and Roy Grace is trying to clear off his desk before heading home. While he looks through his active case files, he also takes a quick look through the cold cases he’s handled throughout the years. One of the cold cases he reviews is from 1997. Known as The Shoe Man because after raping and murdering his victims, he took one of her shoes, the killer disappeared after kidnapping is sixth victim. So it seems more than a little odd that the very next case Grace is called in on is a brutal rape that follows the same pattern. Grace immediately wonders if Shoe Man is back.

As police procedurals go, Dead Like You is top notched. While the book is well over 500 pages long, the suspense of the hunt for the killer keeps the plot moving. The author manages to build the suspense by shifting readers smoothly back and forth between the killer and the police investigation and from present day to 1997 and back again.

Oath of Office by Michael Palmer

Oak of OfficeReviewed by Cy Hilterman

I have read most of Michael Palmer’s books wondering how he could add more excitement and deeper involvement than in his preceding books. “Oath Of Office” is no exception as I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book wondering while advancing through the book how the author can be so knowledgeable as he delves into so many subjects in various fields and subjects? The story begins as Dr. John Meacham has a huge verbal fight with a patient, certainly not the type of thing he would normally do. As that patient stormed out of his office he started thinking beyond the normal box that all those in the office would give him trouble reporting the incident to the hospital and other boards. He decided he would just stop any of them from hurting his future and started shooting and killing any patients in the office and waiting room, his own staff, and any doctors in the immediate vicinity, followed by shooting himself. Dr. Lou Welcome was a good friend of Dr. John Meacham and couldn’t believe that this man could take the actions he had taken with such finality to everyone involved. Dr. Meacham had barely survived the bullet he put in his head and despite all the medical attention he was given, including some from Lou, he didn’t make it.

The wife of the President of the United States, Darlene Mallory, was a good friend of the Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Evans, and was hurt that he had been caught with a hooker and had to resign his cabinet job. She needed to find out if the story was true or not. Their meeting was done secretly, planned well with the help of one of the Secret Service agents assigned to cover Mrs. Mallory, Victor. Victor was a very good agent but also was top notch at helping the presidents’ wife do almost anything she wished to do, outright or secretly. Lou was beginning to suspect something was going on affecting the minds of some causing them to do some outlandish and not near normal activities that had started with his friend killing so many and Dr. Meacham’s wife not acting normal also.