Book Review: Storme Front – A Wyatt Storme Thriller by W. L. Ripley

Book Review: Storme Front – A Wyatt Storme Thriller by W. L. Ripley Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Brash Books Pages 342 Mystery, Thriller, Suspense This book follows Hail Storme in the Wyatt Storme series. It begins with an old acquaintance, Jackie Burlingame, visiting Wyatt in his cabin in Colorado. Jackie wants him to be a body guard/escort when he makes a delivery. Wyatt is cautious and initially turns Jackie down but is suspicious. He follows Jackie and uncovers an illegal gun deal. His intervention sets off a chain of events. Wyatt wants to help his longtime friends Matt and Kelly Jenkins keep Billy McCall out of trouble. Wyatt turns to his best friend Chick Easton to help him out. Together they try to find out who is behind the illegal guns and how high up the corruption goes. As usual the two find themselves up to their eyeballs in trouble with the law. Their banter is funny and annoys the men who want to kill them. The big question is will he and Chick be able to pull it off. Wyatt is an educated man and knows music as well as he knows football. He wants to be the…

Book Review: Hail Storme – A Wyatt Storme Thriller by W. L. Ripley

Book Review: Hail Storme – A Wyatt Storme Thriller by W. L. Ripley Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Brash Books 305 Pages Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Spies, Fiction This was the first book by W.L. Ripley I read but it will not be the last. The book is set in the 80s or 90s before cellular technology. Wyatt Storme is a Vietnam veteran and ex-football player. He realized one day he was becoming a person he didn’t like so he walked away from it. Wyatt is in Missouri bow hunting when he comes across a marijuana field growing on public land. He runs into an attack dog and a man begins shooting at him. He reports his find to the local sheriff, Bill Kennedy but Deputy Baxter interrupts them. Charles “Chick” Easton is also a Vietnam veteran with a checkered past. He can drink like a fish and fights like a combination of Jackie Chan, Claude Van Dam and Steven Segal. Chick is a bounty hunter looking for a chemist that skipped bail in Colorado. He needs to find him and get him back to collect his money. Together they have a run in with some local thugs outside a bar….

Book Review: Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

Book Review Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Penguin Group Berkley, NAL/Signet Romance, DAW 512 Pages Mystery & Thrillers, Crime, Suspense, Literature, Fiction (Adult), David Harwood is a journalist but on the day he was to report for work at the Promise Falls Standard the paper closed the doors. His mother sends him on an errand to take food for his cousin Marla. What should have been a quick trip turned into one disaster after another. While he is with living with his parents, raising his son to do the right thing and looking for a job, his mother asks him to investigate a murder. He is unprepared when the former mayor offers him a job working. But a job is a job and the money is too good to turn down. Marla Pickens is still grieving for her stillborn daughter. She is caught up in others’ activities and is expected to take the blame because of her mental state. Agnes Pickens, Marla’s mother, is the hospital administrator. She has to be tough to earn respect and runs the hospital with an iron fist. She believes her husband Gill is having an affair. Dr. Jack Sturgess…

Book Review: The Practical Art of Divine Magic by Patrick Dunn Book Review by Dawn Thomas

Book Review: The Practical Art of Divine Magic by Patrick Dunn Book Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 360 Pages Religion & Spirituality   The book begins with an introduction that includes a historical account of theurgy. The author goes into detail the different times. He acknowledges a few great philosophers such as Socrates, Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle and Plotinus. He also discusses the influences of Hermeticism on theurgic practices. The author shows how the scientific revolution influenced people and how it affected theurgy. It seems people thought they had to accept one or the other but not both. Mr. Dunn’s goal is for the reader to discover information and incorporate it into a working system. He believes theurgy is the engine of magic and that it adds value to a spiritual path. These are the titles of the chapters in the book. Chapter 1 A Divine Technology Chapter 2 What is a God? Chapter 3 The Addresses of the Gods Chapter 4 Rituals and Tools of Theurgy Chapter 5 Divination and Oracles Chapter 6 Daimonology Chapter 7 Thaumatrugy Chapter 8 Know Thyself The book has many exercises with step-by-step instructions. They start out small and build from that….

Book Review: Lughnasadh: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Lammas by Melanie Marquis

Book Review: Lughnasadh: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Lammas by Melanie Marquis Review by Dawn Thomas Pages 240 Llewellyn Publications Publication date: June 8, 2015 Religion and Spirituality This is another book in the Llewellyn Sabbats Essentials series. Like the other books in the series this one also covers topics related to the Sabbat. The author describes different feasts and celebrations for this time of year. The book begins with a recap of the wheel of the year and a short description of each Sabbat. The book ends with a list of correspondences for the Sabbat. The section Old Ways describes how people celebrated the holiday in different regions. Lughnasadh gets its name from the Celtic deity Lugh. It was a time for harvests, partnerships, fairs and games. In the New Ways section, the author reminds us of the difficulty associating the first harvest to our modern lives. She states that although many of us do not plant and harvest all of our food the food doesn’t magically appear. Someone must tend to the crops in order for us to buy them. She also includes ways modern pagans celebrate the season. In the section Spells and Divination, the author provides…

Book Review: Ikaria by Diane Kochilas

Book Review: Ikaria by Diane Kochilas Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Rodale Books 320 Pages Cooking, Food & Wine Published October 2014 This was a very interesting book. It was part cookbook and part travel guide. I have been waiting to read this book for a while but something always got in the way. When I was 16 I traveled to Greece and visited a few islands. I would like to go back and visit with an adult perspective. The author grew up not far from where I lived as a young child in Queens, New York. In Florida, we live less than an hour from Tarpon Springs, a city infused with Greek culture. I was intrigued to learn Ikaria was home to some of the longest-living people on earth. This could be why so many people, me included, are turning to a Mediterranean diet. The author describes the average Ikarian breakfast as being liquid. Big breakfast are the norm for us and reports say it should be the biggest meal of the day. That isn’t the case here. A few of the people interviewed for the book talk about the herbal teas their mothers made for them especially when…