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Friday, July 11, 2014

Steps Into Darkness (Shakertown #Adventure) by @BensWoodard #YA #Mystery

The unknown figure’s back was to them as he connected the wires to the detonator. Will shoved Tom. Only minutes remained.

They located the last connection point where the blasting caps were wired to two sticks of dynamite. The wires to the plunger snaked up the hill. The connecting strands were twisted, tightly, as with pliers. Tom snatched a rock, but Will grabbed his hand and pointed up the hill. Tom understood. The man would hear the pounding. They each took a twisted connection and tried to pry it apart with their fingers. They would need to break only one.

The wires resisted. Tom gritted his teeth, then remembered his pocket knife. He pulled it out, flipped the blade open, and wedged the tip between two strands. He twisted and the blade snapped. The sound startled the man. He whirled around and stared directly at the boys. Tom forced the broken blade into the gap in the wires. Will put his finger on top of one and pulled as Tom twisted. Blood ran down Will’s hand as the metal bit into his finger. They strained, and watched the man. His eyes darted in all directions. Then he made his decision. He pulled the plunger up, hesitated a moment, and slammed it down.


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Genre - YA/Mystery
Rating – PG – 13
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Praying for Men of P.O.W.E.R. by Nina Elaine Borum #Prayer #Christian #Excerpt

Father, I thank you today that ____________________ is keeping his way pure. I release a hunger for your word into his heart that he may desire to live according to it. May he seek you with every fiber of his being and thirst for you daily. I rebuke any plans of Satan that would deceive him to stray from your commands. Hide your word in his heart that he may not sin against you. Lord, be slow to anger concerning any idols in his life. Convict him with the areas of his life that he has broken his covenant with you. Open his eyes to see the things, people, opinions, ideas, organizations, etc. that he has put before you. May he be pure in his covenant with you.

You didn’t learn these prayers in Sunday school. Put your armor on, and get ready to see God move!
Do you ever get sick of praying? It’s okay to admit. We all do. It is emotionally draining to beg God without ceasing. Christians often forget that under Christ’s authority, we have the power to command God’s promises to be released from heaven to earth and into our lives.
In Praying for Men of P.O.W.E.R., author Nina Elaine Borum challenges readers to stand confidently and command the promises of God for the men in your life. As someone who has struggled with prayer, Nina believes that God does not intend for his children to feel helpless in praying. His Word has instructed us in how to bring the kingdom of heaven to a world where Satan runs freely. We are all in the midst of a vicious spiritual battle, and Nina hopes this book will help you to fight on behalf of Christian men.
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Genre - Christian non-fiction
Rating – G
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Will Shakespeare & the Ships of Solomon by @GreyAuthor #GoodReads #Action #Adventure

Cherry pipe tobacco filled his mouth, and he fought the urge to inhale. Only savor the flavor and let it out, he mused. Reclined on a very comfortable seat, Adams allowed himself a scotch as they entered the city. New York’s skyline loomed above a thick morning fog. The streets were already cluttered with cars and workers. The skyline was close; they would soon be in Manhattan, minutes from Grand Central Station. Sipping the scotch brought him comfort, briefly anyway. More than he’d received in quite some time.
Glancing over at the men, he offered a grin.
“Almost there, gentlemen.”
They were not amused.
“The Barrister put me in charge. These are his orders. What else do you want from me?”
One man looked away, but another maintained his cold stare.
“If this is true, then you have nothing to be nervous about.”
“Why wouldn’t it be true?” Adams smiled, but inside his nerves jumped.
He knew full well that he’d stolen the men from the Barrister, and he’d be hunted down for this, but he needed them, and he had better protection with them around—more effective than even the Vatican. The man he answered to could destroy these men with a single thought. They were only tools to reach the most valuable treasure in the history of man. With that power in his hands, even the Jesuits would shine his shoes at his request.
His nerves softened as he thought about his future. They wouldn’t be soft for long. One of the men jumped to his feet to look out the window. Adams thought his name was Christopher or one of the other saints. Hell, they were all named after saints except for the Barrister, who kept his secular nickname for intimidation.
“God help us,” he said.
Although his nerves were heightened, Adams didn’t want to know what Christopher had seen. Nevertheless, he casually leaned forward and took a look out the window. All composure suddenly crashed, and Adams dropped his pipe as he lurched to his feet. The last car of the train was sitting stationary on the tracks, far behind the moving train.
Without a word, he pulled out his pistol and bolted for the door. A cleverer member of his party immediately jumped up and pulled the emergency brake on the train. Horrific screeching bounded through the air as the occupants of the car tumbled onto each other. The surrounding city stopped to look. Many cars pulled over, passengers stepping out to see what the emergency was, and passersby ran up to the rail.
After he regained balance, Adams nearly lost it again. The train was curved enough on the track to allow them a very clear view of the last car. The back of the train had just exploded from the impact of a sedan parked inside. The sedan crashed onto the rail and squealed off into the city.
“DAMN IT!” Adams barked and squeezed his way off the passenger car in search of his own vehicle.
It was the last time he’d underestimate Will Shakespeare.

In the fall of 1947, Will Shakespeare saw the world collapse around him. Shakespeare, a secret soldier for the Knights Templar, barely escapes the slaughter of his entire knighthood at the hands of a rogue militant arm of the Vatican in a small Montreal church. With orders to escort Templar business associate Dorothy Wilkinson back to her home in Bermuda, Will must locate and rescue the most important secret treasure in human history before it is devoured by a hurricane in the watery caves beneath her father’s property. The spiraling quest sends Will and Dorothy into uncovering dark secrets that make up the origins of the knighthood as they confront the traps and puzzles that masterfully protect the world’s most coveted treasure.
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Genre – Action, Adventure
Rating – PG
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