Red Rain: R.L.Stine: My review


Title: Red Rain

Author: R.L. Stine

ISBN: 9781451636123

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Hurricanes create their own form of devastation, carnage, death and destruction. Each one defined by name and having its own distinctive personality and persona. As the forecasters predict the locations where they’ll hit, the paths taken no one can foresee the end result of the wrath of a hurricane. In 1935 one such hurricane flattened and destroyed a small island off the coast of South Carolina. But, within that wreckage something lived. Two young boys age 12 died in that hurricane but somehow managed to be reborn. Flashing to the present, as the hurricane is seconds away from making landfall and his distinctive mark on the world, Hurricane Ernesto, will leave an impact not only on this small island but one on the reader too. Lea Sutter is hoping to create an interesting travel blog based on her trip to this small island. But, what she sees, experiences and relates to the reader comes from the creative and imaginative mind of author R.L. Stine. Red Rain: Take Shelter before it’s too late.

 

As Lea walks the beach after the Hurricane dies down what she sees will haunt her dreams and create nightmares that will haunt her forever. Bodies strewn all over the beach, body parts and then something remarkable or starling that intrigues yet frightens her. Imagine hundreds of dead starfish floating on the sands of the beach and then something evil happens that alerts the reader that the worst has yet to come and the wrath of Ernesto has taken on another form. Warm droplets of rain begin falling on her face and the sky begins to turn dark. The world begins to crumble around her as the sky darkens even more, the droplets change color and the scene turns deadly or blood red. What would happen if the sky shed its own tears for the dead: Red Rain covered Lea: the Blood Bath horrific and the end result remains to be seen. But, there’s more to tell because out of the maze of blood and into the light comes two young boys. Angels or demons you will have to decide that for yourself? As Lea meets and tries to greet them she learns something about these two mysterious children and then makes a rash decision that will impact many lives. Homeless, alone or is there a hidden truth behind their sudden appearance she decides to take them back to Sag Harbor and make them part of her family. Her husband is leery, her two friends on the island warn her to be more careful and do some research to find out about these two children, but the pleas go on deaf ears. As the story continues we meet her two children Ira and Elena who will suffer as others do at the hands of these two boys. Samuel and Daniel slowly enlighten the reader into their real motive for wanting a new mum and dad. Hiding behind their fake personas they take in most people but not all. When Mark, their new Dad begins to questions some of their actions, they take revenge on him in a sadistic manner. Several gruesome murders occur leading back to these boys but the police are stymied, helps and so is the town when the full wrath and power of these children literally take hold on the town and take it captive. Just what they are up against will send more than just a shiver down your spine. School will never be the same for anyone after meeting these two. Bullies will pay the ultimate price and many lives will be lost before all is said and done. As the author takes us inside the minds of these two children we learn that each one possesses a power of his own but one is more dominant than the other. Lea is convinced that they are innocent of all wrongdoing but Mark is not clouded by her feelings and when she finally learns the harsh truth about them will it be too late? Just how far will she go to save the lives of her children and the town? What do they do to take over the minds of the children and create a town of puppets doing as they say? Cape Le Chat Noir is where it all begins and Sag Harbor is where the end will come. As the author describes in graphic detail the murders, the fires, the carnage created you fear the worst for the town, the children and wonder how one woman could be so naïve and fooled. Red Rain will leave you wondering just how far someone will go to bring normalcy back into her life. Red Rain will leave you with many unanswered questions when you read the ending that will make you wonder if the author is not done with this town. Red Rain: Gets FIVE RED UMBRELLAS: Protective Yourself: Before it starts to rain.

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

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War Stories: my review


War Stories

Elizabeth Doyle

 

Some wars are not fought on the battlefield, in the street or even on a playing field. Some are fought within the minds of people and the turmoil in their lives create such force that a war rages within that person. Manny and his mother ran the pumps at a gas station. Manny had little hope for his future as he watched others die in front of him, some come back from war in body bags and one friend who wanted to find his way to what he thought was a better life. As the story unfolds you hear of army recruiters coming into this poorly ridden area hoping to entice young men to join and go to war under the guise of giving them a better life, free education and a roof over their heads. But, some would return changed and others would return shattered. When Manny and his friends have a night out what happens would make most rethink their lives but Manny. Well, you do not know if he gets the message after the end result of what happens to his friend and a young girl. Reckless driving, careless behavior and thinks spiral in a different direction. The recruiters: Just waiting! Interesting first story in this collection by author Elizabeth Doyle. Some wars are not made to be won!

 

Diego came home from war a changed man. Before he was different but no matter how much his wife encouraged him to get help he did not. Dealing with his children and his life he decided to leave and find something on his own. Becoming a janitor did not stop him from drinking and avoiding his responsibilities as a father. But, sometimes an event, no less unexpected might bring the harsh realities of life front and center and wake you up to what you have and much more. Indifference is hard to deal with when it comes to not helping others. Picking his two children up to take them to school, standing on the platform of the trains station Diego would learn the true meaning of heroism and understanding. One young man seemed as others thought to be putting on some kind of show but was not. Diego realized as he saw this young man clutching to the floor and writhing that he was having a seizure. What he does is short of miraculous as the young man falls over on the tracks and Diego risks it all to save him? What he does you have to read for yourself and the sadness of those around him will make you wonder just how cold and indifferent people can be. One of these Days It Will All Be Over has many meanings for not only this reviewer but for Diego too.

 

The next story is titled Pistolesi which tells of a young woman trying to find work before her family is evicted. Eveline decides to take a job as a photographer and listened to the war stories her partner told her and had to convince clients they needed pictures of their children. Also told never to turn down anything offered to her. Many couples, many photos sad stories. Mary Pistolesi worked hard at taking pictures and all Eveline could think of was that as she remembered those she met that day, the pictures taken and the sad life that was hers. Would she ever rise above?

 

The next story is Driving followed by the Deepest Darkest Part of the Woods. Some wars continue even after they have ended. Each story tells of the changes in the lives of one of the characters as they face their inner conflicts and fears coming home from war. Realities set in and each one deals with rejection, financial stress and family responsibilities they are not equipped to handle. What happens when our vets return? What do we do to help them readjust to life? When the war is over why does another one begin?

 

Bobby went through life watching children dig ditches, daydreaming and not really being noticed. His family evolved around him but he was never really part of it. Coming home from war he seemed alienated, alone and looking at the world from faraway almost like a movie that he was watching and he was playing himself. Bobby needed help but no one realized it. He began hanging out with certain friends, watched his sisters bring girls home to flirt with his younger brother and often walked the halls of his high school at night. But, one young girl had his attention and he would watch her each night leave her house and go off into the night by herself sleeping in the darkness of the shed in her quilted robe. Why was he so fixed on her and why did he think they have something in common? Read this story to understand more about Bobby and what fate brings him. Next, Graduation that deals with a group of teens that graduate and the hopelessness of it all. A disastrous and fatal bus crash awakens one man to realities of life as he searches for the meaning of his past, tries to understand the present and tries to understand the future. Despair, anger, loneliness and death all around him as he comes out of his daydream and sees the same in the present. Remembering the death of his parents and how fragile life is and how things change instantly or even faster, how these children would be missed, how some would never find their way and how he remembers the death of his own son who sacrificed his life for others during a war. Some wars will remain within the soul of a person forever. In each story there is sadness, some hope and little joy.

Lives that changed as in this story Love Spell we meet our narrator who starts by telling us about his friend Callie and his relationship with her. The dysfunctional life she lives and the lack of support from anyone in her family starts the reader on a story of sadness and much more. The narrator works with students that are violent in a school that requires training for the instructors and for those like our narrator who become crisis counselors. Thinking about the students and imagining them seeing the world the way do helps our narrator get through. Telling and sharing his day and things about the students with Callie I guess can be considered therapeutic. Explaining how violent these children are and the fears that students and teachers have of some students frightening. Myrna and Louanne he dreamed about them both hoping that they would find normalcy. But, things changed when Callie left and moved to NY to become an artist. Things turned out bad and she wound up on the street. He left his school and moved elsewhere too. But, where Callie winds up might have helped her to see the light or the world better. Where she finally winds up and what happens to her he wonders. Things changed when she didn’t care and sometimes other factors come into place when you see the light and it’s too late. Callie: where is she now?

 

Finally the last story is Passengers. A woman is going to see her daughter after a very long time. A dream haunts her visions but she enters the airport and boards the plane greeted by the staff. Polite yet not accommodating no one helped her with her carry on or offered to. Next, some small talk and the stewardess in her robotic manner served drinks. No one was overly nice just polite. Almost like going through the motions. The woman observed everything as we take the trip with her and learn about the passengers and the coldness of the staff. The young man opposite her did not seem to want to talk and her thoughts went back to her son who died of heroin. Then, a strange dream and a visions of her son. The end result will remind you of 9/11 and the events will haunt you forever. The Passengers: what happens to them you won’t forget.

 

This is a compilation of interesting stories that deal with love, loss, sadness, death, hopelessness and despair and the depths of humanity and the hope for survival. Nine stories what will bring tears to your eyes and make you appreciate you life and more. War Stories: Some battles are never over and some will never end.

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

 

 

 

 

 

 

DO AS I SAY: MY REVIEW


Do As I Say: David Sterling

 

Boys’ night out proves a little too much to handle for special agent Bennett Mills. Sometimes men will overdo and drinking too much will take its toll. Assigned to a security detail to celebrate the reelection of a senator, he falls prey to more than just a hangover and decides he needs a day off. But, this day off would forever haunt him and his guilt would overpower him as he learns from a colleague that a breech in security several malfunctions in the room that was to house the celebration and the festivities moved outdoors. Realizing that the Senator would not be talked out of cancelling the celebration back up security was supposed to be in place but no one saw where the shooter came from until it was too late. Choices we all make them and sometimes they, as Bennett learns about the assassination affect others. Feeling that if he did not call in sick he might have prevented the inevitable he decides to make it his mission to learn the truth about his death. Something does not ring true and the shooter takes his own life and the reasons behind the murder unanswered. The senator definitely had a mind of his own you might state he feels: Do As I Say: because that is how I see life: My Way! David Sterling’s debut novel will definitely blow the reader away from the first page until you find out the hidden truths.

 

How do you approach the wife of the man who committed the crime? How do you treat her with understanding? Her husband a War Veteran fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, angry that so many died and he lived and yet he voted for the late Senator Billings. Trying to figure out why he killed him and how he betrayed his trust since he voted for him still remains unsolved. Added in as many men that come home from war he was jobless and had trouble finding work. This is a real issue that the author brings to light early in the novel. Getting a job driving a cab and told that if engaged in conversation with a fare to agree with the passenger’s political views in order to get better tips is quite enlightening to say the least and did prove profitable to Rodney his wife stated. Questioning had to be done with caution as his wife was pregnant and her condition quite fragile. But if you believe in fate or situations orchestrated you will understand that after the funeral and the wake Bennett goes off to see his father and a chance or definitely planned encounter with a police detective ignites more than just his curiosity as he relates a case similar to that of the Senators with circumstances that you cannot ignore. Just why would two vets go off the deep end and kill someone and then take their own lives? Why would their wives say that they were slaves to meds that would either help one of them sleep or the other feel calmer? Ed Lynch a detective on the Phoenix force enlightens him to this case and the similarities are too hard to ignore and a trip to his father would now be more like a working vacation. But, what about what his superior told him?

 

As Mills and Lynch come together and process the information they both learn from the articles on the net and what research they could find on other deaths, they realize that the two cases are more than just similar and there are others too. Trying to find out more about the deaths of each of the victims tied into the fact that each assailant was a vet returning from war, received an honorable discharge and asked to see a psychiatrist and entered a facility to help. But, just what happened during their stay remains a mystery as according to their research the doctors in charge of each of these men died. But, did they or was it one doctor faking his death in order to move on to take out others. What exactly was this treatment and why were all of the killings linked to prominent politicians or businessmen? What happens when Lynch and Mills start to put the puzzle or dots together where will it lead? Why didn’t Matt Webb, Bennett’s superior continue with the investigation? Was there someone in the department covering it all up and making information disappear? Dan Stone was his friend’s son and the case was personal to Lynch. The Senator was a close friend to Mills and being on his detail and having been close to his daughter made this personal too. Added in is the unsettling feeling that things might have been different if he had not gotten sick. Or was that planned too?

 

As the cases link together and the two men realize the connections they agree to pool their resources to find out more about who is behind the murders, who the doctor is that is faking his own death and handing out pills to vets and why these pills appear in a zip lock bag in their mailboxes and without any return address. They are just refilled. Added in when they question the wife of the man who was the killer in Lynch’s case that he handled something happens to alert both Ed and Bennett that they are being watched and that their movements are begin monitored. Added in we now meet April Lynch, who because of Bennett’s father, meets Bennett and who knows what will happen next. As Ed is shot and the shooter hit by Bennett’s father a former Chief of Police things start to heat up even more for the two investigators. A twist in the case you won’t expect as his superior enters the hospital, the discussion heats up and the suspect is dead. Security in the hospital was lax as the officer guarding the shooter and the shooter are taken out and a second attempt is made on Ed’s life as Bennett and his boss question the doctor that took care of many of the vets. What he learns is quiet remarkable the skill he uses when questioning surprising and the end result you won’t expect.

 

But, more deaths occur and one in particular will take its toll on Bennett. Betrayals, lies, deceits and one man who seems to be pulling all of the strings. Why would someone hypnotize vets and make them assassins? Why would someone in the bureau help this person out? Just who else is involved and how many more debts will be repaid by the man who states,” Do As I Say,” common for most giving their subjects post hypnotic suggestions. Throughout the novel we hear Bennett telling most of the story in his own words and we hear the voices of his father, April and some of the other players as they all race the clock to find out who and why so many were being killed and who is next. So, why is April a target?

 

When information comes to light that the mob might be involved thinks heat up even more, several more bodies are found and the one man who everyone thinks is behind it they think is dead. But, was he burned in the fire or is he a man of many faces and creates his own illusions.

 

Just who was behind the entire plot and why you won’t believe and just who winds up where you have to read for yourself. As the players all focus on getting the killer and the truth behind the murders comes out more lives are ruined, several surprises you won’t expect and one FBI agent named Bennett Mills what you will definitely want to see more of. Author David Sterling kept this reviewer fixed to the printed page and glued to the plot because I finished the book in less than two hours and cannot wait to see what he has in store for Bennett and maybe some romance with April. The back-stories are great and the minor characters have backbone and the FBI and police working together help to move the plot and the final resolution in hopefully the right direction. Who comes out on top? Will they get their killer? Do AS I SAY! READ IT TO FIND OUT!

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

 

Joe Peace: My review


Joe Peace: Kerry Dunn

 

Take a pencil and draw a line down the center of your face. One side holds all your good thoughts, positive experiences and things you want others to learn about you. The other side, the dark side holds your secrets, your desires and the things that you decide to do that others might shun you for. In the center directly on that line are the thoughts that you are conflicted and undecided about and do not know where to place. You have turned into three separate faces or people. One your kind side, the other more like Dr. Hyde the evil and one tormented and unsure of where to go and where life will take you. Joe Peace was once a cop and now he’s turned to the dark side of life. Drugs, sex, corruption and more fill his days as before arrests, criminals and getting them off the street did in the past. Joe was wrapped in a different world filled with drug dealers, fancy cars, a driver and women that would stay for a while and leave.

 

Loyalty is hard to find when dealing in his business and when his driver does not show up he replaces him yet knows something is wrong. Charlie is dead just how and why remains to be seen as the police inform him of his friend’s death. Charlie who handled more than just driving him around but helped center him and deal with those who needed to be reminded when money was late or needed other methods of inducement. But, a friend’s death would change the dynamics of his life when Irving Mankiewitz, a man he worked with when a cop comes to see him. Why would Charlie have pictures of Joe’s ex-partner who dies? Joe, works for a drug cartel, loves women and has more than most have in a lifetime, and now when told about Cassie and new information comes to light what will he do?

 

The voice of Joe Peace is heard in every line and on every page as he recounts the story from the beginning meeting Cassie, busting drug cartels the fracturing of Una Familia and the take over by another drug lord. But, what happens when he tries to collect his bounty or money from a man he once busted as a cop will definitely make you wonder whether he’s gone soft, Charlie’s death left him without protection or just how far Joe Peace will go to learn more about what really happened to Cassie and why. Warned by the cartel in their own special way and the police in theirs will Joe reconcile himself to one specific way of life or will one side win? Flashing back again we learn more about his relationship with Cassie the poor decisions he made and the threats he hoped to fulfill in order to get justice for Charlie. Cassie seemed like a strong character and tough cop but her relationship with Joe and the decision she made changed things for a while. As Joe goes after the lieutenant that retired that dealt with Cassie’s case. Throughout the novel you learn about his generous side giving money to anyone he feels needs it and his cruel side. But, when his new crew is formed and two wind up dead you begin to wonder who is next, will it be Joe?

 

Things start to heat up not just for Joe but for the police too as a Councilman is assassinated, Joe questions the Lieutenant in charge of the case when Casey was killed and more secrets and lies are covered up.

As another player comes into the picture and this time it’s Cassie’s daughter Lily who wants answers too. The author flashes back to Joe’s time as a cop, his suspension and how he got involved in the drug business and a drug lord. Then flashing forward again to the present as Manks informs him of what he knows and is happening with the assassination of Billings, the councilman. Crooked politicians working with drug lords, cops that are not on the up and up, one man caught in the crossfire deciding which way to go. Much more on the dark side of that line then on the other. But, when Joe deals with Lily he’s different. When he loses Cassie his life took a definite downhill slide and what is in the middle of his face or that vertical line is all the pent up emotional package that he has yet to deal with and of course the murder of Charlie. Just how does this link to the present has yet to be revealed. Author Kerry Dunn takes the reader inside the minds of drug lords, killers, the police and one man whose life seems to be going nowhere. Money can just buy so much but can it buy you what you really need?

 

The author creates quite a few back stories where we get know Charlie and Joe as they met working for the drug lord. We get to know the ins and outs of this type of organization, the dangers and the reader gets caught up in the story, the deceptions, lies and Joe’s confusing life. Meeting Javier and his crew then learning more about his relationship with the police you wonder sometimes if he is not working both sides. Getting the know Cassie who now worked narcotics and Joe seemed so transfixed on that he often lost sight of himself and what he needed to do. Working with Charlie proved in his mind the right thing. But, some jobs come with more than just the requirements to do them and others you have no choice but to do. Working with Javier was a done deal for him and the end result would cut him out of the force.

Author Kerry Dunn keeps the reader fixed to the printed page from start to finish as we learn the truth behind Cassie’s death and how she was linked to Charlie. Just what Lily’s story really is and whether she was playing Joe. Working clerical, selling information and dealing with drug lords kept Joe in the money and much more. Lies, corrupt cops and one that would not take the bribes and wound up dead. Drug lords that ran the streets and bought the politician and an author that sets the stage for more than just murder but the inner workings of some Police departments, how the system works and the drug cartels.

 

Some deals never change and Joe entices a young guy hoping to start a family, going straight but then money talks. What happens when Joe wants to liquidate and his accountant has his own type of math? What happens when he decides to work two sides of the fence? Just what happens and how this plays out you won’t believe. One young girl who wanted to even the score for her mother and one man who would make sure she survived. Joe Peace: Killer, Drug lord, Friend, loyal to those he cared about, murderer and much more. Joe Peace: Would he ever find it? Where do you turn when life leads you in more than one direction? Joe Peace: Just what goes on the dark side and what on the other? Read this outstanding novel and find out why most of his life goes down that center line. An ending you won’t expect and a man you come to really like.

 

 

Fran Lewis: reviewer

 

Cute Poem


Run Hide the Monster Is Outside: A Tale with a Twist

 

Barbara Bloom

 

Did you see the shadow that was three feet wide?

Trying to get me and I hope he does not come in side

Coming out only in the dark of night

Hoping to scare me and give me a good fright

 

Oh No! He screeches and does whine

Trying to get into my window and I am scared and not fine

Close the window hide behind the door

Find the trap door and hide under the floor

 

Where is my flashlight I am holding it real tight

I hope that the bulb stays on and I don’t lose the light

Check out those green eyes and don’t get too scared

I hope that I catch him because I am getting mad

 

 

Dear Mr. Monster I am counting to three

I can promise you that you will never find me

Don’t cough, don’t cry or even dare sneeze

This monster might find you and enter and not say please

 

 

But, how would he get the monster oh dear

Calling Uncle Dave took away from of his fear

So, just what is this monster can you do the wave

Open your eyes and try and be brave

 

Does he find out who the monster is and will he get caught

I cannot tell you that because you need to find out so don’t be distraught

Once again author Barbara Bloom takes the reader inside the world of a little boy

Who just wants to have fun and not be frightened by an monster ruining his joy

 

Does he ever learn the truth behind the green eyes

Why did his sister tell him it was dead you should not tell lies

But, maybe she did not want him to be afraid you see

After all he’s kind of little and not brave like you and me.

 

 

 

The pictures are great and the cover reveals nothing about the real monster but you never know. You can feel the excitement in each picture as the little boy races to find the monster his heart racing and much more. Once again author Barbara Bloom handles an issue that many parents and kids face when they see shadows at night and think they see a monster. Find out what happens when you learn the twist at the end.

 

Fran Lewis: reviewer: Let’s give this one : FIVE GREEN EYES!

 

Here Comes Pixie Pie


Here Comes Pixie Pie

 

Barbara Bloom

 

Barabara Bloom is an author whose name

You will surely learn as her claim to fame

Comes shining through for all children you see

When you learn about her latest release from me

 

Here Comes Pixie Pie is the title you how true

Filled with fun adventures and cute pictures just for you

Ma simply loves her as much as apple pie you know

Pixie is fun, loves pink and wants to attend a rodeo show

 

Her birthday is coming up and she has to decide what to do

Go to the rodeo or spend the day at the zoo

Deciding between the zoo and rodeo was not hard for her at all

Receiving a bicycle built for two and riding it with a friend would be a ball

 

So, who would she ask and what would she wear

How would they travel and get to the fair

Alexia is her choice and was excited to go and have fun

Riding around, playing the water balloon game and enjoying the sun

 

Ferris wheels are real high and up they went to the sky

Hoping that they could reach up and touch the blue sky

So, if you want to learn more about their adventure and more

Read Here Comes Pixie Pie and join in the fun galore.

 

The story is geared to children that are in grades K-2 and teaches friendship, kindness and one little girl named Pixie that is really quite special. The illustrations are colorful and you can feel the excitement in the faces of each character as you go along with Pixie and Alexia to the rodeo. Author Barbara Bloom can create more adventures for Pixie, Alexia and more friends.

 

As she states in the beginning of the book: This book was written for children around the world to enjoy and let’s not forget their parents.

 

Fran Lewis: reviewer This book gets FIVE PINK STARS

 

Cute story


Run Hide the Monster Is Outside: A Tale with a Twist

 

 

Did you see the shadow that was three feet wide?

Trying to get me and I hope he does not come in side

Coming out only in the dark of night

Hoping to scare me and give me a good fright

 

Oh No! He screeches and does whine

Trying to get into my window and I am scared and not fine

Close the window hide behind the door

Find the trap door and hide under the floor

 

Where is my flashlight I am holding it real tight

I hope that the bulb stays on and I don’t lose the light

Check out those green eyes and don’t get too scared

I hope that I catch him because I am getting mad

 

 

Dear Mr. Monster I am counting to three

I can promise you that you will never find me

Don’t cough, don’t cry or even dare sneeze

This monster might find you and enter and not say please

 

 

But, how would he get the monster oh dear

Calling Uncle Dave took away from of his fear

So, just what is this monster can you do the wave

Open your eyes and try and be brave

 

Does he find out who the monster is and will he get caught

I cannot tell you that because you need to find out so don’t be distraught

Once again author Barbara Bloom takes the reader inside the world of a little boy

Who just wants to have fun and not be frightened by an monster ruining his joy

 

Does he ever learn the truth behind the green eyes

Why did his sister tell him it was dead you should not tell lies

But, maybe she did not want him to be afraid you see

After all he’s kind of little and not brave like you and me.

 

 

 

The pictures are great and the cover reveals nothing about the real monster but you never know. You can feel the excitement in each picture as the little boy races to find the monster his heart racing and much more. Once again author Barbara Bloom handles an issue that many parents and kids face when they see shadows at night and think they see a monster. Find out what happens when you learn the twist at the end.

 

Fran Lewis: reviewer: Let’s give this one : FIVE GREEN EYES!