Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Two Reviews

Finally - I managed to read a couple of books and write reviews. I’m a few weeks late, but life and I have been busy. First I need to preface these reviews. I stepped out of my familiar zone and expand my horizons. The first book is a futuristic paranormal, which I don’t usually read and the second one is a True Crime, which I have never read book. So this has been interesting and yes, I would read more in those genres.

THE BREDE CHRONICLES Book 1 by P. I. Barrington.

This book is set in the future, partly on Earth and also on several other planets. The author does an excellent job creating another world, with vivid description detail. Earth destroyed itself by greedy government and politicians who shamelessly sold out for their own financial benefit, to the detriment of their own citizens. 

Brede is a citizen from Amphidia. Amphidians are part human and part animal. As the hero he is predominantly Amphibian, which means he doesn’t have the morals and ethics, or the emotions of his human side. He enjoys the pain of others, enjoys hurting them and watching their pain, either physical or emotional. And he enjoys killing. He has been hired by more than one person to find the Vessel of Beket-Re. An ancient article no one really knows much about.

The heroine is Electra, a human, abandoned as a child by her parents, left to drag herself up, feed and clothe herself. She tags along after Brede, hoping to win his approval.

The new world of Earth and the other planets is extremely violent. There are many killed in violent and possibly an upsetting manner. Even if not killed, people are also maimed and seriously hurt and injured.  Amphidia and Amphidians are extremely violent people with little or no emotion about the murders and pain they commit. If you enjoy a lot of violence and explicit murders, this might be the book for you. It will be available in June. Check Amazon.


This book is a true crime story. I found it interesting from a research point.  A murder of two young people, shortly before Halloween, in the cornfield of a small industrial Ohio town, occurred in 1982. The book covers a series of grisly, mysterious, and baffling scenarios that horrified the nation and were dubbed “the crime of the century” in that small town.

It takes you through the crime, and how the investigation was conducted by the police and those who were involved in trying to solve the murder and who murdered the young people. Were mistakes made?  Multiple suspects are brought forward. Interviews showed conflicting statements. The media frenzy helped cloud the investigation. It was almost a year before an arrest was made.

The book then covers the trial.

It was twenty-five years later that the murder was finally solved.

The research to write this book is extensive and very well done. It's factual and gives you the feeling of being there and observing the investigation. If you read True Crime, appreciate accurate and extensive research, or want to try a different genre about a real murder, this might be a story you’re interested in. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=JoAnne%20Myers&search-alias=digital-text


  1. It's always fun to get a little reading in. :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts and books with us!

  2. Thanks Melissa. It's interesting to try new genres.

  3. They both sound like interesting reads...thanks for sharing.