Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mind Fog Review's Marilyn Thompson Gives 'Hard Winter' 5 stars

Hard Winter
N.W. Davies

"Hard Winter" by N.W. Davies is a tale of survival. Set in England in the year 2118. An apocalyptic winter has occurred due to a nuclear war over oil in 2062. The nuclear winter that followed caused glacier ice to move south at an unprecedented speed.  The survivors must not only battle frigid temperatures and the threat of starvation, but the things that are far worse moving ahead of the ice toward them, things that once were reserved for nightmares.

With "Hard Winter" N.W. Davies created a story that read like a full-length novel. So much was said with so very few words. Watching as Norman transformed from a selfish self-serving individual to a caring and possibly heroic figure was a fantastic journey. I was captured by this tale from the first sentence and was unable to pull myself free until I had finished. A well crafted tale. Absolutely one of the best I have ever read.

***** 5 Stars
Author/ Reviewer Marilyn Thompson
Mind Fog Reviews

Friday, October 21, 2011

Prisoner and Survivor: William's Story by Brian Kittrell

Prisoner and Survivor: William’s Story is the third tale of four in the “The Survivor Chronicles” by Brian Kittrell that I have had the pleasure to read. This book tells William Merris’s point of view on the events of the biological bomb with the virus Revelation a/k/a Kemper A.  The story starts when William escapes from jail before the zombies can turn him. Once he escapes he meets Tiffany and Edgar who travel west with him because Wiliam sees a vision of a girl telling him to go west. Will all of them get to the west where it is safe or will the zombies get them?

In reading “Prisoner and Survivor: William’s Story” I realized again how much work Mr. Kittrell has put into this series.  I love the history that Mr. Kittrell has put in William’s character and in fact there were times where I succumbed to the feeling that I was William. I also like how Mr. Kittrell has started to show how all the characters are going to come together.  I am impatiently waiting for the last book. 

Carol Langstroth, Manager and Reviewer
Mind Fog Reviews

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Blood Clay by Valerie Nieman

Blood Clay by Valerie Nieman is an interesting kind of story that tells how Tracy Gaines, who just relocated to Saul, North Carolina, watches a little girl get maulled by a pack of dogs. As she tells the truth of what happened on that fateful day, most people don’t believe her because she is an outsider. The only one who truly believes her is a fellow teacher, Dave Fordham, who has his own problems with people accepting him. As Tracy struggles with fighting for her principles of right and wrong, she finds friendship and love with Dave. Will the truth of what happned to
Lakesha heal the wounds of the people involved or will it tear families apart.

Ms. Nieman’s book “Blood Clay” is a book that shows characters that have principles and that it’s hard when you have to stick up for yourself. In fact the characters felt very real to me. One of the things I loved is it also told some of the history of North Carolina. I also loved that the relationship between Tracy and Dave starting out as friends and then become involved with each other. I think women of the south no, make that all women, would like see more books where the characters started out as friends instead of hopping into bed at the first scene.
“Blood Clay” should be on everyone’s “to read” list.

Carol Langstroth, Manager and Reviewer
Mind Fog Reviews

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Review for Hunting Season

Hunting Season by J.E. Taylor is the sequel to Vengeance. Steve William is doing everything he can to find Kyle Winslow, the man who killed his baby daughter and put his wife in a coma. After the death of his partner and boss Steve receives help from the partners father, Chris Ryan, who is a former criminal. Chris uses his expertise in hacking and knowledge of the underworld to help track Kyle. Can Chris and Steve find Kyle fast enough or will Steve’s wife and Chris’ wife be killed before they can?

Sequels are not usually as good as the first book. I am very pleased to say that Hunting Season is as good or even better than Vengeance. Ms. J.E. Taylor finishes the story completely, however she left herself some wiggle room for another book if she should chose to do so. I loved the characters in Hunting Season, especially Chris Ryan’s wife and son C.J. I can honestly say that it will be a shame if people don’t read Vengeance and Hunting Season by J.E. Taylor as it’s a fantastic read to escape the bad news of the world.

Carol Langstroth, Manager and Reviewer
Mind Fog Reviews

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Forget-Me-Nots by Ginger Simpson

The short story The Forget-Me-Nots by Ginger Simpson is a delightful story of a woman named Sarah who, while going through her mother’s things after her death, finds a keepsake called The Forget-Me-Not with her mother’s name, a date and a man’s name she does not recognize. She embarks on a journey to find out more about this keepsake.
This is one of the better shorts I have read in a long time. It has a well written plot, believable characters and a wonderful ending. It isn’t like many of today’s short stories where you find something missing like a plot or character development. If you need a small break from a long day and want a book with a feel good ending, The-Forget-Me-Nots is a keepsake of a story.

Carol Langstroth, Manager and Reviewer
Mind Fog Reviews

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Officer’s Journey by Eric J. Obmann

The Officer’s Journey by Eric J. Obmann tells us a fantasy that came to life for Captain Lloyd Players, Commander of the 37th Calvary Division of the British Army. In a middle of a battle he suddenly finds himself being pulled into another dimension/ world called Holihand, where the people are fighting someone from the future of Earth’s time. Will Commander Players be able to help them? Will he be able to return to Earth and his own time?
The Officer’s Journey, I felt was a different take on time travel. Captain Players didn’t just time travel, he traveled to a different world, which I thought was interesting. Another thing I liked was the character of Captain Players was true to himself throughout the whole book. He didn’t change who he was in a different world/time.
The one problem I did have was with the second half of the book. I don’t want to give away the ending of the book as it does have merit. I felt the second half went way to fast and could have been more developed.
I know some hard core fantasy readers that would love this story and I will be recommending it to them.

Carol Langstroth, Manager and Reviewer
Mind Fog Reviews

The Locket by Ginger Simpson

The Locket by Ginger Simpson centers around a locket that seems to cause people to murder. The story starts in 1940 with a woman giving it to a priest after she killed someone and the story follows the locket through the years. Can a simple locket cause all these women to kill or is it just a coincidence?
I am a big fan of Ginger Simpson and I am surprised to find a different type of book from her than her romances. I have to say she shows with The Locket that she can write just about any genre. I found this to be as enjoyable as or maybe more than her other books. She definitely has talent.

Carol Langstroth, Manager and Reviewer
Mind Fog Reviews