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Operation Hail Storm by Brett Arquette

I was asked by the author to read and review Operation Hail Storm. I’m sorry I accepted. I’m also sorry that I seem to lack the ability to put horrible books down and stop reading them. There is so much wrong with this book. There are a multitude of typos and other errors. It reads like a rough draft rather than a finished book. Good writers know they should show rather than tell. The author occasionally succeeds in doing so, but then proceeds to immediately explain what he has just shown once or twice more. It’s kind of bizarre and kind of like when someone tells a joke and then explains the punchline even though you got it the first time. The dialogue doesn’t feel real. It is usually one character asking a question followed by another character answering for several paragraphs. The president is a complete idiot who doesn’t seem to understand how anything works and makes extremely stupid decisions. The CIA doesn’t seem to know that microdrones even exist and are just amazed, and kind of confused, at what Hail can do with his drones. The timeline of the whole thing is completely unbelievable. It’s only been two years since the terrorist attack that spurred Hail to action and, yet, in those two years he’s managed to gather and become the legal guardian of many who were left orphans from the attack and plan, create the tech, train the kids, and begin to carry out his retaliation plan. Most of the characters are rather unlikable and didn’t make me even remotely care about them. Quite simply, this is not a book I recommend anyone bother to read.

1 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 124
Pages Read in 2018: 32,563
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Rock-A-Bye Baby by LRW Lee

Every night the sandmen and maidens weave dreams for their dream charges in Wake. When a sandmaiden falls in love with her dream charge, her father is furious, threatening her safety in Dream.

I really enjoyed Rock-A-Bye Baby. I figured ahead of time at what point in the story the book would end based on how many pages were left (it was a very satisfying end point and made perfect sense). I will definitely be continuing on with the series. The facts of the fantasy world are laid out through flashbacks which are very effective at showing what brought us to the point where the story begins. The author is very adept at using words and descriptions that are quite clever. For example, the sandmen and maidens are a sort of birdlike creature and when they greet each other they give a peck on the cheek. I occasionally found myself just sitting and savoring the excellent way something was phrased before going on with my reading. I highly recommend this book to late teens/early twenties and on up!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 114
Pages Read in 2018: 29,295
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The Power in Your Fingertips by Pam Horne

I’ve heard of emotional freedom technique, or tapping, before, but I did not know what it was. The Power In Your Fingertips, after explaining what it is, guides you through using the technique on yourself. It includes several scripts (that don’t need to be followed perfectly) for ridding yourself of emotions that are weighing you down. It felt weird at first following her instructions, but they were clear and easy to follow and, best of all, they seemed to work. I recommend this book to anyone interested in EFT/tapping.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 27
Pages Read in 2018: 5015
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