Book Review: “13 Hollywood Apes” by Gil Reavill

December 29, 2014 at 11:13 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Gil Reavill in his new book, “13 Hollywood Apes book cover13 Hollywood Apes” Book One in the Layla Remington Mystery series published by Alibi introduces to Layla Remington.

From the back cover:   In a savvy, stylish thriller debut perfect for anyone who loves the crime novels of Michael Connelly or Nevada Barr, Gil Reavill unravels a chilling tale of murder and mayhem among humans and their closest evolutionary relatives—a primate family that may just be too close for comfort.

As a wildfire rages outside the Odalon Animal Sanctuary in the rugged Santa Monica foothills, the retired Hollywood movie chimpanzees housed there are shot and left for dead. When Malibu detective Layla Remington reaches the grisly scene the next morning, she’s deeply disturbed—and even more confused. The victims are not human, so the attack cannot be classified as homicide. Yet someone clearly wanted these animals dead, and executed them with ruthless efficiency. Miraculously, there is one survivor: a juvenile male named Angle.

But as Layla reaches the veterinarian’s office where Angle is recovering, a man with rock-star good looks and a laid-back Southern California attitude swoops in and removes him. And just like that, an unusual case turns truly bizarre. Soon reports surface of ferocious attacks against Odalon employees . . . with Angle as the prime suspect. As a wave of senseless violence reaches its apex, Layla chases a mystery man and his chimp—but everything comes back to that terrible night at the sanctuary.

Up until this point I had no idea that the trained movie animals that appear in motion pictures have a retirement home to go to when they age out. I thought they were donated to zoos so this was an education. There were really fourteen apes, thirteen are swiftly executed, one survives. Layla is called in to investigate except there is no crime scene because of the massive fire. Now someone is killing the workers at the Wildlife Preserve and it looks like it is her survivor. “13 Hollywood Apes” is a high quality thriller filled with betrayal, murder and conspiracy. Layla Remington has her hands full as she tries to investigate first the animals murder then the murder of humans. Layla is presented as a hard cop but she really is a softie especially when she is around her father. The characters in this book are so well done you would swear they are real including the animals. The story takes on the complex world of animal rights which is woven into the mystery and suspense. I am so glad to have found Gil Reavill and am looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: “The Yankee Club” by Michael Murphy

December 27, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Posted in Books | 5 Comments
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Michael Murphy in his new book, “The Yankee Club book coverThe Yankee Club” Book One in the Jake & Laura Mystery Series published by Alibi brings us into the lives of Jake Donovan & Laura Wilson.

From the back cover:   In Michael Murphy’s action-packed Prohibition-era novel of suspense, a mystery writer returns to the bright lights and dark alleys of New York City—uncovering a criminal conspiracy of terrifying proportions.

In 1933, America is at a crossroads: Prohibition will soon be history, organized crime is rampant, and President Roosevelt promises to combat the Great Depression with a New Deal. In these uncertain times, former-Pinkerton-detective-turned-bestselling-author Jake Donovan is beckoned home to Manhattan. He has made good money as the creator of dashing gumshoe Blackie Doyle, but the price of success was Laura Wilson, the woman he left behind. Now a Broadway star, Laura is engaged to a millionaire banker—and waltzing into a dangerous trap.

Before Jake can win Laura back, he’s nearly killed—and his former partner is shot dead—after a visit to the Yankee Club, a speakeasy dive in their old Queens neighborhood. Suddenly Jake and Laura are plunged into a conspiracy that runs afoul of gangsters, sweeping from New York’s private clubs to the halls of corporate power and to the White House itself. Brushing shoulders with the likes of Dashiell Hammett, Cole Porter, and Babe Ruth, Jake struggles to expose an inconspicuous organization hidden in plain sight, one determined to undermine the president and change the country forever.

Introducing Jake Donovan, ex-military, ex-detective turned mystery writer. He has come home to New York to meet his publicist. From practically the moment he arrives he is in trouble. Laura Wilson is an actress and the love of his life, however they cannot get back together as she is engaged to a slimy banker. He meets up with his former partner and someone tries to gun them down in a drive by shooting and then the action really gets going.  “The Yankee Club” is a top-notch thriller filled with blackmail, betrayal, murder and conspiracy. If it were not for his friends Jake wouldn’t stand a chance. The characters in this book are so well done you would swear they are real. The story is so well told that it feels as though you are watching a movie rather than reading words. Mr. Murphy really knows how to write bringing you into the world of Prohibition New York. My only complaint was the language it is “R” rated. I suppose it makes them sound tough but Bogart, Cagney and the others never spoke like that and those stories are classics. Other than that this is grade A+. I am so glad to have found Michael Murphy and am looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Bible Commentary: “Stephen” Saint Stephen’s Day

December 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.” (Acts 6:8 NIV)

In the Christmas song, “Good King Wencelsaus” the king went out on the feast of Stephen. Today is the feast of Stephen. The gospel writer, Luke introduces us to Stephen, “This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5 NIV).   The Apostles chose Stephen as one man among 7 to help in the daily distribution of food among the widows. But Stephen was full of faith and the Holy Spirit and he began to do great wonders and miraculous signs among the people (Acts 6:8 NIV).

Now you would think that people would be appreciative of this kind of behavior but no, “Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)–Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. These men began to argue with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke. Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.” So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin (Acts 6:9-12 NIV).

So before the Sanhedrin Stephen tells them all about how God dealt with His people from Abraham through the Prophets and then calls them stiff-necked. “When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep” (Acts 7:54-60 NIV).

Child of God – Stephen was the first martyr of the New Testament and he behaved in a manner equal to Jesus on the cross. He gave his spirit to God and asked God to forgive their sin. If Stephen could forgive as these stones were being pitched at him, breaking his bones and slowly killing him then we, who will never endure such pain, should forgive those who hurt us with their words. Jesus is watching and this type of behavior captures His attention. Let us forgive with the forgiveness of God and live our lives in peace and good will among men.

Our prayer:
Lord, help me to remember not to focus on what men can do or say to me that can hurt my feelings. Those things are really not important when I can see life with a new perspective like Stephen did; as far as loosing his very life on hands of men and still forgive them. Give me Your Grace to be able to love others with the kind of love that covers multitude of faults considering myself that I won’t be tempted to hurt others too.
Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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