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Book Review: Home Front, by Chuck Logan

Book Review: Home Front, by Chuck Logan

They aren’t your average married couple. Phil Broker is an ex-cop, undercover and special assignments. His wife, Major Nina Pryce, is on disabled status from the United States Army. They live with their eight year-old daughter Kit in Glacier Falls, Minnesota, moving there after Broker found his wife with a loaded gun.

Griffith is an old army buddy, special ops, and has a house in the tiny hamlet that he has let Broker bring his family to, isolation for Nina, who has gone into a complete breakdown of depression. Her right shoulder is “mending” after a shoot out on assignment that cost the life of Nina’s partner and another soldier.

Broker insists on taking care of Nina, which is a rough time of juggling Kit and school and making sure Nina is safe. The town gossips have already labeled them as weird. Why do they not see Kit’s mother? Why does the father drop the child off and pick her up after school?

It is all manageable until one day fate decides to play dirty. On the playground, Teddy Klumpe is the son of the garbage man and a nasty little bully. His mother, Cassie Bodine is part of the notorious Bodine clan that ride roughshod over the barrens outside of town, back in the big woods.

If you like mysteries and thrillers, this Chuck Logan novel will keep you riveted to your bed all through the night. Kit is bullied by Teddy, who throws her gloves on top of a shed at the back of the school. He then physically pushes Kit hard. But Kit is no Stepford Kid, she decks the obnoxious Teddy, giving him a nosebleed.

Parents are called to school and Cassie Bodine isn’t about to let any kid hit her Teddy. She gets her brother, “Gator” involved. Morgun Bodine, alias Gator is a prison-hard lowlife who works with the sheriff by giving names of small-time dope dealers. Gator confiscates the cooking ingredients and takes them home with him. It covers his own
meth cooking. He is smart enough that the sheriff and local authorities have let Gator own a firearm and hunt
out in the big woods.

Gator has a real final way of dealing with those he finds a nuisance, and the burned out wreck of his cousin’s home in the barrens is testimony. Now Cassie puts her brother on Broker’s tail. There is more to the situation than meets the eye, and soon Broker, Nina and Kit are in a dangerous situation. Nina has come of her depression and they plan to move back home when the whole thing goes out of control. Add a vicious killer-for-hire to the mix and things spiral into a bloody chase.

The excitement is intoxicating. Logan is a writer of brittle verse and strong actions, a writer who compromises nothing. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants a riveting read by a terrifically talented writer.…

Best Cooking Recipes Reviews

Best Cooking Recipes Reviews

Maybe you just moved into a new house and you are just trying to determine how can you make it on your own, and how can you keep up with the increasing demands of your children about food. If you are looking for diverse combinations, you will probably need a new source of recipes. Here are some ideas about choosing a cooking book with the best cooking recipes reviews.

Don’t choose a book by its cover, they say. It is true, as you will not need the most expensive and popular cooking book available. It all depends on your preferences and lifestyle. For example, if you are an active person that doesn’t like to cook too much at home, you will probably need the best cooking recipes for microwave. This is a lot different from a young mother, who would probably look for healthy and complex recipes for her children.

Content vs. Style

Photos and videos are ideal when you are looking for best recipes online; however, there is a secret when choosing a recipes book. The really useful books don’t have so many illustrations. Maybe it is OK to post a photo of the recipe at the end, but make sure the purpose of photos is to educate, not to impress. Maybe you will not be happy that your foods don’t look exactly like the ones in the book, and this is definitely affecting your morale. If you are just looking for a cooking book with the best recipes reviews for microwave, you will not need so many photos showing the food in the oven all the time.

Navigation

Maybe you are the kind of cook that likes to stay on the phone while waiting for the food to be ready, or maybe you are looking for a complicated recipe with foreign spices. Any good cooking book needs a glossary and a list of terms useful for the cook. Without this, you might end up spending more time with translations then with actually cooking.

Clarity of recipes

People looking for microwave recipes are usually looking for fast recipes that are easy to understand and make. It is why the clarity of the recipe is the secret of its success. Read it from the start to the end, and make sure you understood everything about it before starting.

Extra information

We live in a modern world where the taste of the food is not the only aspect that matters. People are interested about calories, carbohydrates, long term diets and healthy foods. Make sure your recipe book has many positive reviews and that they are also giving dietary advises and information.

Niche

Some recipe book readers are looking for specific recipes, such as the one for microwave. Read the reviews about any cooking book you are about to buy, and make sure it addresses specifically to your needs. Don’t worry, as there are specialized recipes books for grilling, baking, but also for specific appliances such as the blender or microwave oven.…

Book Review of The Diana Chronicles

Book Review of The Diana Chronicles

With the ten-year anniversary of Princess Diana’s death fast approaching, “The Diana Chronicles” by Tina Brown provides a fascinating profile of a very complicated, yet influential woman.

Brown starts with the days that led up to Diana’s death, debunking any conspiracy theories that Princess Diana was murdered; instead painting a sad, tragedic accident that took her life. She discusses how Dodi El Fayed came into the Princess’s life and how Diana, recently divorced, accepted his friendship because, ironically, the El Fayeds made her feel safe.

Brown’s writing is witty, yet sensitive, and unforgivingly honest. After examining the accident, Brown takes a direct look at Diana’s parents, their marriage, and the family Diana was born into. She reveals little tidbits that might not have been known or realized about the princess, starting with her family’s service to the crown that dated back to the Stuart kings. Diana herself was a rare Spencer blonde, with the majority of Spencers redheads. Her parents’ marriage is examined in depth. It’s the death of baby John Spencer shortly after childbirth, which begins her parents’ slow descent toward divorce. Diana and her younger brother, Charles, are most affected by their mother suddenly out of their lives due to the separation. When their father remarries Raine, the Spencer children, including Diana are hardly civil to her. Yet, behind the mask of hurt and pain of her parents’ divorce, Diana is a sensitive child. She enjoys cleaning, learns to cook, and her amazing empathy makes her a wonderful nanny to an American couple, the Robertsons, as well a sweet kindergarten teacher. It’s in this world as a young nineteen-year-old woman, Diana becomes acquainted with Prince Charles.

Brown examines the man Prince Charles is and the pressure he was under at the time he met Diana to find a bride. He was thirty and the love of his life, Camilla Parker-Bowles, was married, yet young Lady Diana Spencer seemed to exhibit those qualities he was looking for in a wife. The royal romance was on.

Brown paints a very human picture of the princess. After Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles, cooking and cleaning aren’t on the menu for the Princess of Wales. Diana’s faults, her quick Spenserian temper, her insecurities about her relationship to the Prince which led to her bulimia, are interlaced with her strengths, her empathy and her compassion, to give an accurate portrait of a woman who so badly wanted “happily ever after” in her own marriage after watching her own parents marriage fall apart.

Brown tackles both sides of controversy by providing the facts and letting the reader draw their own conclusion. Such topics include: was James Hewitt Prince Harry’s biological father? Was Diana’s telephone conversations with James Gibley purposely taped? Where Prince Charles telephone conversations with Camilla Parker-Bowles taped? The evidence Brown presents is surprising.

With all the books out now, this book is a standout. Brown immerses the reader into Princess Diana’s world and it’s with great reluctance they’ll want to leave.

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