Monthly Archives: November 2012

ISLE of SHADOWS by Tracy L. Higley ISBN 978-1-4016-8744-1 Thomas Nelson

ISLE of SHADOWS by Tracy L. Higley is a historical fiction novel. The story opens in Rhodes during the year 227 BC with the main character, Tessa of Delos, planning her suicide. She is a hetaera which is a ” courtesan, or professional female companion” and for ten long years she belonged to the influential politician Glaucus. Tessa is beautiful and outspoken, but she is not free. Freedom is what she yearns for.
Her method of survival was simple- she does not allow herself to feel anything for if she does she becomes more vulnerable than she already is. She trusts no one. Because of Glaucus’s untimely death, Tessa forms a plan to escape Rhodes. She meets with obstacles every step of the way. Simeon, the Jewish head servant of Glaucus’s household, quickly becomes her ally and tries to help her. Nikos arrives at Glaucus’s home telling Tessa and Simeon that Glaucus hired him. Neither Tessa or Simeon trust him. Tessa’s world is filled with people who cannot be trusted and who must be feared.
The story line takes many twists and turns and keeps the reader totally engaged. Politics, assassination plots, greed, prejudice, love and faith are components of the story. The characters are complex and well developed and the author does an excellent job of telling their story. This is a beautifully written book and I highly recommend reading it.
I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com book review program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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RETURN of the DITTOS and other short stories by Dale Andrew White ISBN: 1-4392-2732-2

Return of the Dittos and other stories, by Dale Andrew White, is a collection of twenty short stories and all of which are worth reading. Mr. White uses irresistible humor and keen insight into human nature in his stories and the end result is an enjoyable reading experience.
In the opening story, An Unlikely Story, the reader is treated to the monologue of a man accused offering a woman money for certain services. It is important to note that the woman is an undercover police woman. The defense he offers is creative, clever and original. Return of the Dittos is about the reunion show of the cast of a sitcom called Eat Your Peas which aired thirty years ago. The author’s descriptions of the cast members are memorable. The Labors of Peon, my personal favorite, is the tale of Adam Peon’s short lived career as a bagboy at a Dixie King grocery store. This job changes his life and with good reason. Due to unforeseen developments, Adam finds himself in the position of labor organizer when the bagboys learn that their tips are to be discontinued. What transpires when the bagboys revolt is hysterical.
Richly developed characters paired with humorous dialogue and story lines the reader can relate to add up to great reading. The author uses wit and humor to engage the reader. I highly recommend reading these stories.
I received this book free of charge from Review the Book and I give this review of my own free will.

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