Saturday, January 30, 2010

Buried Alive (Review)

BURIED ALIVE by Roy Hallums

Roy Hallums decided to go to his office to do a little work, while he waited for dinner to be served. Suddenly, he found himself surrounded by four armed men, and kidnapped, along with 6 others, from a compound in Baghdad Iraq. One of the other victims, Robert Tarongoy, a Filipino, remained with him through most of the 311 days he was held in captivity. They were held, sometimes in homes, sometimes in sheds, and for the major portion of the time, in an underground hole under the floor of a house about 40 miles from Baghdad. There wasn’t room to stand, and the only light they had was a five watt bulb, which was turned off most of the time.

This is Mr. Hallums own account of that 311-day captivity, never knowing if or when he would be fed, allowed use of a bathroom, beaten, or even killed.

I really enjoyed, if you can call reading of someone’s misery and misfortune enjoyable, reading how Mr. Hallums managed to keep count of the days, and his sanity, during his captivity, and how most of his thoughts were of his daughters and grandchild.

Worth reading

No money was paid for this review. I recieved the book free, to read and review. Published by Thomas Nelson Inc.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

THE CHOICE by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Carrie Weaver was going to marry Sol Reihl and leave Lancaster County and the Amish life. Sol was the new pitcher of the Lancaster County Barnstormers baseball team, and Carrie had been in love with him for awhile. Then, in the blink of an eye, her life changes, when her father dies, and Carrie doesn't feel she can leave her young brother, Andy, with their stepmother,Ester, who has never taken Andy's hemophilia seriously, in her eyes.
Sol leaves her to deal with everything and goes off to play baseball.
Daniel Miller has been staying with Carrie's family, while he and his father, Eli, look for land to buy. His and Carrie's father both hoped their children will take an interest in each other. Daniel asks Carrie to marry him, and she tells him that she and Andy come as a package, and that she isn't in love with him. He still wants to marry her, so she accepts his proposal and tells him she will marry him in the fall, after she has finished her baptism instruction.
The land that Daniel's father bought has an apple orchard,which is how they plan on paying the bills. Along with Daniel and Carrie, Eli, his mother Yonnie,and Andy move into the home. Their first harvest is good, and Carrie makes her father's recipe of Apple cider out of the apples that don't sell. Carrie is becoming more interested in learning a little about her husband, then Eli passes away, and shortly afterward, her life turns upside down yet again, and she has to learn to rely on her faith, and other people to hang onto the farm, and care for the family.

This is Book 1 in this series, and I am going to be waiting impatiently for the 2nd book. I was blown away by how great this book is, and would recommend it to anyone who likes something with a real plot, and that you are not ashamed to tell people you have read. Suzanne Woods Fisher has made this book come to life, and I am now a fan. I definately have not done this book Justice

This book was supplied by the Publisher, Revell, A division of Baker Publishing Group, and no money was paid for this review. I recieved a free copy of the book to review.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Hope this shows, I caught him eating the bread I'd thrown out to feed the birds. I got the bread from the Sara Lee outlet so the birds would have something other than the suet cakes.

Monday, January 04, 2010

The Most Wanted by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Arley Mowbray, the 14 year old daughter of a mother who should never have had children, but has 3, starts writing Dillion LaGrande, a man almost twice her age, who is in prison for robbery. Before her 15th birthday, she is married to him, and pregnant. As soon as her mother finds out about the baby,even though she signed for Arley's marriage, she kicks Arley out, and she ends up living with her lawyer, Anne Singer, who though she doesn't agree with the marriage, defends Arley's rights as LaGrande's wife. Along the way, a rift between Anne and her fiance, Stuart, another lawyer, occurs, he changes jobs, and states, leaving Anne in Texas.

As Arley gets close to her delivery date, Dillion escapes along with 2 others, and they kill 2 guards at the prison.

So as not to ruin this book for others, I'll stop here, but I have to say that this is one of the most intriguing books I've read in a long time. It has held my interest from the first page,and is one of a very few books I'd consider hanging onto, to read again. You won't be disappointed.

This author has another book, The Deep End of the Ocean, and I'll be looking for it, to see if it is anywhere near as good as The Most Wanted.

I was not paid for this review, and the book was purchased, it was not free from the publisher.