Fiction

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Welcome to a sore eyed readers book review. I have had the enjoyment of reading a few books of fiction i think are noteworthy.

The Whistler –John Grisham                         

A high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of the Sunshine State.

We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the orderly and efficient flow of justice.

But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? It’s rare, but it happens.

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption.

But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states, and throughout U.S. history.

What’s the source of the ill-gotten gains? It seems the judge was secretly involved with the construction of a large casino on Native American land. The Coast Mafia financed the casino and is now helping itself to a sizable skim of each month’s cash. The judge is getting a cut and looking the other way. It’s a sweet deal: Everyone is making money.

But now Greg wants to put a stop to it. His only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect millions under Florida law. Greg files a complaint with the Board on Judicial Conduct, and the case is assigned to Lacy Stoltz, who immediately suspects that this one could be dangerous.

Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else.

 

The Confession–Robert Whitlow

Confession is good for the soul, but it could mean death to an ambitious young lawyer.

Assistant DA Holt Douglas has made a career of getting confessions from criminals. With a confession in hand, he knows a guilty plea is soon to follow.

In the midst of professional success, Holt is haunted by a secret—a lie he buried in the grave of his best friend. Holt’s crime is hidden from all eyes—family, friends, police, and his soon-to-be fiancé.

But the truth has a way of coming back to life.                                     

With obsessive prosecutorial zeal, Holt reopens a cold case involving the death of the town’s wealthiest citizen. The man’s death was ruled a suicide, but Holt suspects murder. Facing fierce opposition, he is determined to expose the killer. Holt slowly begins to unravel the facts.

And comes face-to-face with his own guilty conscience.

With his job, his relationship with the woman he loves, and his future at risk, Holt skirts the boundary between truth and lies, confession

and hypocrisy, redemption and ruin. Can he survive long enough to finally make the right choice?

“Readers will find plenty to love about this suspenseful novel as they watch its appealing main character juggle personal, professional, and spiritual crisis with a combination of vulnerability and strength.”

 

The Last Ember–Daniel Levin

Jonathan Marcus, a young American lawyer and former doctoral student in classics, is summoned to Rome for a case and stumbles across a message hidden inside an ancient stone fragment. The discovery propels him and UN preservationist Dr. Emili Travia into a coldblooded modern plot to erase every remnant of Jewish and Christian presence from Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, in the process redefining history itself.

“The Last Ember, written with pathos and conviction, represents a much-needed literary protest against modern and ancient historical revisionism.”

“A smart, sophisticated thriller that entertains as it educates, The Last Ember is engrossing. Levin knows his stuff and it shows– to the reader’s great pleasure. Fans of The Da Vinci Code will devour it happily!”-Christopher Reich, bestselling author of Numbered Account

“In his fast-paced, erudite, and original debut, Daniel Levin reveals a vivid world where archaeological, legal, and religious secrets swirl together into a thrilling nexus. Its rich texture and global cast of characters ignite genuine suspense and intrigue. Readers will savor this novel and await more blockbuster Daniel Levin adventures.”

 

 

 

 

A Skeleton in God’s Closet By Dr. Paul Maier.

a skeleton in gods closet This is a genuine arm chair adventure. it is an Indiana Jones novel for Christians without sex, drugs and rock and roll. A Skeleton in God’s closet explores the tension between doubt and faith, sciences and religion, and one man’s determination in the face of constant setbacks to find the truth no matter what the cost. Dr.Jonathan Weber, Harvard professor and biblical scholar as well an archaeologist at much personal danger seeks the truth that could be the death rattle of Christianity. A genuine theological thriller.

More Than a Skeleton By Dr. Paul Maier.

moe than a skeleton

A man claiming to be Jesus is in Rome. Is it the beginning of the end? “it was the event for which believers had been waiting twenty centuries.Even skeptics knew that the second coming of Christ—if it ever happened–would certainly be the number one news story of all time. But what if that arrival were dimensionally different from what had been expected,with none of the Rapture,Tribulation, Antichrists, beasts, horrors, and demonic forces predicted by the prophecy specialists? Jesus said He would return when least expected. But could that return also be in a manner least expected?”

I think maybe you might say nah, “it won’t fly,” i know I thought that also but, as I read what is termed “suspension of disbelief” took place and I got on board for great ride.

The Constantine Codex By Dr. Paul Maier.

the constantine codex A third thriller in the “Skeleton” series which all three are stand alone novels each with different plotlines.
Harvard Professor Jonathan Weber is finally enjoying a season of peace when a shocking discovery thrusts him into the national spotlight once again. While touring monasteries in Greece, Jon and his wife Shannon—a seasoned archaeologist—uncover an ancient biblical manuscript containing the lost ending of Mark and an additional book of the Bible.
If proven authentic, the codex could forever change the way the world views the holy Word of God. As Jon and Shannon work to validate their find, it soon becomes clear that there are powerful forces who don’t want the codex to go public. When it’s stolen en route to America, Jon and Shannon are swept into a deadly race to find the manuscript and confirm its authenticity before it’s lost forever.

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