Solomon Creed – Simon Toyne

Solomon Creed – Simon Toyne

A friend suggested this to me, and while normally she is good with her reading suggestions she has bombed out a few times (she sneakily tries to recommend romance novels or stories with a huge romance plot even though i detest those books). For awhile there she was persistently bugging me to read “Kite Runner” to which i have absolutely no interest in reading. So i thought if i give this one a go it might get her off my back for constantly rejecting her previous suggestion. Grabbed it off her shelf and read the blurb on the back, it was enough to pique my interest so i ordered myself a copy. I’m not a big fan of borrowing books.

A lone survivor of an airplane crash in the desert, ooh i liked it already. Set in Redemption, Arizona, The setting conjured up images of the wild west and John Wayne movies. Solomon, the survivor from that plane crash has amnesia and the only thing he can recall is he feels he was suppose to come save a man. The problem is that man just died. His only other clue is a bible in his pocket, with a handwritten message to him from the man he was suppose to save.

What follows is a two pronged story, we follow Solomon as he tries to unravel who he is and why was he suppose to save a man. The other story follows the towns founder and the story of how he came to find a treasure and found the town. How are these two stories related? Many a time i have looked at a map and wondered why on earth did they build that town there. I also wonder why states have a particular border. “how the states got their shapes” was a great read filling that wonder for me. But on a smaller level this story of the towns founder fills that desire for me.

The Book bounces back and forth between the towns founder story and Solomon’s and sometimes it leaves the founders story right on a cliffhanger. Frustrating as it is, it forces you to read a few more chapters until we return to the founders story

I was really digging the story and couldn’t put it down. At one point catching the train home from work, I was so engrossed in the story i hadn’t realized the train i was on had terminated and was sitting at the station for a good 15 minutes (i later determined) before i had noticed.

All was well until as the plot began to reveal itself to the reader in popped something paranormal. I didn’t even notice it at first and then after a moment i click and went back and re read that part, nope that wasn’t some poor description it was a paranormal object. trying to avoid spoilers here. It was so casually put it there, as if to say so what it happens all the time no big deal. i re read the books genres on Goodreads, fiction, mystery,thriller,crime. Yep no paranormal.

So i just dismissed it as a Macguffen to help along the plot but then as it neared the end, in pops another one. Hmm, i finished the book and while the plots wrapped up nicely i was still a little  bothered about the *insert paranormal object* There is an Epilogue and in it there is a bit of character development that throws a spanner into everything which would well and truly shift this book from thriller,mystery,crime deep into fantasy

It is suppose to be the first in a series of books but i’m yet to determine if i will look out for the second one as this book just really didn’t meet my expectations

 

 

 

 

 

Outpost – Adam Baker

Outpost – Adam Baker

Everyone loves a good apocalyptic story, you know a story that follows that last few men and women alive as they try to survive. But these days all apocalyptic stories seem to be the same – Zombies. The books blurb didnt specify what the cause of this doom was just that the world ended. For me reading that I straight away hoped its some kind of disease, if it was zombies they would of said so and that wouldn’t of been such an original choice.  sadly i was wrong turns out it was zombies. And these days isnt every apocalyptic story about zombies. You really have to think outside the square to make a zombie story different or unique. But there wasn’t too much different about these zombies luckily the story more dealt with the human elements between the survivors.

I was enjoying the rivalry and tension between the survivors and the story was going well until towards the end when the writer must of forgot to take his crazy meds because the story just shot of on a tangent. To be honest it kinda lost me at that point

The story had alot of promise as it stuck with the more human side of things and the zombies were just in the background but the ending part of the book kinda killed it. And the actual end pissed me off.

I hate stories that dont conclude and are just left hanging. A poor ending really sours the whole book. For the whole book if you are going to keep having the characters talk about getting home then surely that should be the ending? If not then why have them talk about it

And another thing I like details you can’t just tell me oh the world ended. I need to know how. For me I need the complete picture I cant just focus on a tiny aspect. Better to leave something out than mention half a story.

Still I did like and feel for these characters they felt more than just two dimensions and that does win back some kudos for the author probably even enough for me to read another of his works

Opening Heaven’s Door – Patricia Pearson

Opening Heaven’s Door – Patricia Pearson

Can’t for the life of me recall how i stumbled upon this book. While i don’t subscribe to the belief of an afterlife, or a heaven or God for that matter. Just because you don’t believe in something doesn’t mean you can’t learn about it and see what leads people to believe in it. After-all Ignorance leads to fear. So i thought why not grab this book and see what all this mumbo jumbo is about.

To start with the Author hits us straight away with the story of the Death of her Father and eventually her sister. As soon as i read these parts i regretted my earlier views saying this was all just mumbo jumbo. The Author shares an intimate time from her family as it deals death and to mock the author just seamed shallow. The book talks about the experience she had with the death of her father and sister and the journey it led her on to discover what she saw.

We are then led on a journey which is essentially just numerous stories of people who have had (in their opinion) glimpses of dead people or messages from beyond. While some people who are small willed and easily jump on the band wagon will say that the fact it has numerous people saying they have seen these images should be enough to convince others. i just simply think of

Bigfoot

Lock ness monster

Chupbacabra

Alien abductions

UFO’s

Plenty of people all say they have seen these as well, do we simply just believe something if multiple people sight it but have no proof?

i think that there is the key point. Just because multiple people believe in something doesn’t make it true. So as i read through these accounts i was left wondering when would we get some scientific insight into these. Fortunately the book started to try to provide these. We begin hearing from Hospice workers who see patients talking to empty air as if someone was standing next to them. But in my mind this isn’t proof.

We then hear from Psychiatrists and Neurologists  who explain what the brain goes through close to death and also explaining how little we really know about the brain. But this still doesn’t meet my requirements of proof.  I think this opinion of mine that everything needs to be quantified and classified probably for the most part made me miss the purpose of this book

Ultimately it was probably naive of me to think there would be any kind of answers in this book. What this book does is share with the reader key moments from peoples lives in which they believe they witness something that changes them forever. All these people after experiencing these moments are left in a state of well being and overall positive outlook on life and isn’t that all that really matters in the end? if it is positive and has a good out come what does it matter if its true or not?