Letters In A Helmet: A Story of Fraternity and Brotherhood by Ron Sorter, Bob Tierno

Letters In A Helmet: A Story of Fraternity and Brotherhood by Ron Sorter, Bob Tierno

Letters In A Helmet: A Story of Fraternity and Brotherhood

Letters In A Helmet: A Story of Fraternity and Brotherhood by Ron Sorter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Letters In A Helmet is an extremely personal and unique recounting of the intersecting lives of two men. The book follows the two authors’ lives over five decades rotating back and forth between. Each scene is rendered from one perspective followed by the other. Their voices are decidedly different, and it is easy to determine who is writing each snippet of story. Their collection of brotherhoods from fraternity days to military service and beyond made profound markings on their lives. As a veteran from a military family, I found myself set back in my own thoughts to those who have made the deepest impacts in my own life.
Their stories are poignant, humorous and heartbreaking, often simultaneously. The writing is well crafted allowing the styles to merge into a superb flow. It was difficult to find a point to stop reading.




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Built to Order by L.A. Noble

Built to Order by L.A. Noble

Built to Order

Built to Order by L.A. Noble

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I need to begin this review with a note that I probably should have read the first book prior to reading this one. I wasn’t aware it was the second book of a series at the time I purchased it. Much of the character development was missing for me as it was likely built in the first book.

The read was a complex with many streams of characters moving toward an intersecting point. The premise was good and the plot twists began coming together toward the middle of the book.

I was caught slightly off guard as many characters would discuss serious situations before having sex at what seemed inappropriate times. The way the story was flowing up to those points, it seemed the more natural progression, of the story, would have been for the characters to attempt to resolve the situation at hand. Instead, they would go from concerned and urgent to engaging playfully forgetting about the discussion they were having.

I have nothing against a playful romp, however it seems some of the situations were stuck in with little regard to the characters personalities or emotional situations at the time.

All that aside, this book has many high points as well. It is an intriguing mystery that keeps you guessing well toward the end of the book. The pace is quick and many of the characters are interesting, dramatic and funny. Some are all three.



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Kill Crime by Mike Slavin

Kill Crime by Mike Slavin

Kill Crime: A Jeff Case Novel stunning crime thriller full of twists with an unpredictable ending

Kill Crime: A Jeff Case Novel stunning crime thriller full of twists with an unpredictable ending by Mike Slavin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book was impressive. The intricacies of the story were captivating. I could not stop reading. I sucked it down like a cold sweet tea on a hot summer day.

“Kill Crime” enlists undivided attention. The plot moves at a steady pace with no languishing interludes to interrupt the pace. Flashbacks are well placed and easy to recognize from the main narrative. I’m not normally drawn to this genre, but this is by far one of the smartest reads I’ve seen in years.

Jeff Case is everything you want in a main character. He treads the line between protagonist and antagonist in a way I’ve seldom seen a character written before. You empathize with him and he never loses the feeling of being the guy doing the right thing outside of a sometimes inadequate system.



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Unexpected Gem

Unexpected Gem

Million Miles Away

Million Miles Away by Alice Bane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Unexpected Gem

I selected this book when I was searching for a new author with less than ten reviews.
I wasn’t sure that it would be interesting for me at first. The tedium of the main character’s initial interactions and workday made me question if I had chosen the right book for me.
It quickly shifted into a dark fantastic story that surpassed my expectations. I found myself pulled into the emotions of the character, her relationships and transformation.
The writing is geared toward a slightly younger audience than my +50 demographic. With that in mind, I still found it an enjoyable, thoughtful read.
I look forward to seeing the next installment from this author.



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The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter

The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter

The Time Ships

The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Fanciful sequel of sorts to Well’s Time Machine. The style is slightly different, but the story is solid. What could happen if the Traveler went back to the future. Would it change? Had he changed it already. It is a very different take on what you may think would happen.



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