Blog Tour Book Review: The Vilcambaba Prophecy (A Nick Randall Prophecy) by Robert Rapoza

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Title: The Vilcambaba Prophecy (A Nick Randall Novel) by Robert Rapozas
Genre: Fiction – Adventure/Suspense
Length: 223 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication date: April 10, 2016
Publisher:  Devil’s Tower, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Rating: 4/5

NICK RANDALL is an archeologist who believes mankind isn’t alone on Earth. When a mysterious benefactor funds his research, he departs to find the lost city of Vilcabamba. Hidden deep in the Amazon, Randall believes the city holds proof that his contentious theory is true. Upon arriving at the ruins, he mysteriously disappears.

Randall’s beautiful daughter SAMANTHA learns of her father’s disappearance from his mentor FRANCISCO ANDRADE who pleads for her help. An accomplished archeologist herself, Sam must decide if she will set aside her career and search for the man she blames for her mother’s death.

But someone else is looking for her father as well. FRANCIS DUMOND, a shadowy man with unlimited resources, will stop at nothing to find Vilcabamba and use its technology to control the world. It’s a race against time to see if Sam can find her father, prove his theories and stop Dumond.

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Happy Saturday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Vilcambaba Prophecy by Robert Rapoza. I’d like to send my thanks to the author and the publisher Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

In The Vilcambaba Prophecy we follow an archaeologist Nick Randall to the Amazon where he has been studying a tribe that lead him to the mysterious ruins of Vilcambaba. He is on a quest to prove his controversial take on technology and mankind thanks to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor. Little does he know that his benefactor will stop at next to nothing to obtain what is fabled to lay in these mysterious ruins, putting his very life and the life of his friends and daughter in danger.

Honestly wherever there is a good story about archaeologists, ancient prophecies, mysterious ruins and danger, I am so there. I knew this story was going to be like candy to me just from the description and I wasn’t disappointed. I enjoyed this book from the very first page. It had all the elements I love in a great adventure story – danger, betrayal, gunfire fights, mysterious relics, mysterious ancient ruins and a prophecy! While I expected these things, I was really surprised by the direction in which the story went sometimes, but in a wholly good way. Like I would never have expected this book to include extraterrestrial themes but it did and I thought that was extremely awesome as that has always been something I have been into. This book was fast paced and fun to read. It was a light read in both content and length, definitely possible to read this in one sitting due to it being so fun and interesting that you will want to keep reading it until the end.

I was also a fan of the writing. This is some good, solid writing and I always felt in on the action and it gripped my attention to the very end. I am giving this book four stars since I enjoyed my read of it so much and recommend reading it especially if you are into these types of stories like Indiana Jones or National Treasure. I definitely have a soft spot for those! I would definitely be up to reading another book in this series or just another book from the author in general.

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Born and raised in Southern California, Robert Rapoza began writing his first novel in 2012. The result of these early efforts is his first story THE VISITORS, a novel about Nick Randall, an archeologist on the fringes of the scientific community. Since that time, he has written a second thriller ARCTIC INCURSION, which continues to follow Nick Randall’s exploits. When not writing full length fiction novels, he also enjoys writing short fiction following the characters from his novels along with other original concepts. He is a member of the Southern California Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers Association and enjoys interacting with other local writers. Bob is also actively involved with the online writing critique group ‘YouWriteOn’ where he receives and provides feedback with other authors.

The ideas for his stories are drawn from his interest in archeology and science and his love of adventure stories. Bob has always been drawn to these topics and is fascinated by the technology utilized by ancient civilizations. This interest has provided fertile ground for entertaining stories. History is rich with mysteries waiting to be solved and Bob enjoys asking questions about these mysteries and offering ideas about what they might mean.

Bob is represented by Mark Gottlieb of the Trident Media Group and is actively seeking to have his first works of fiction published.

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Book Review: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Tiger Trouble

511gsEfIpjLTitle: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Tiger Trouble! by Grant Goodman
Genre: Fiction – Middle Grade Adventure
Length: 196 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: April 30, 2015
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Rating – 4/5

SECRET MISSIONS. SPIN KICKS. SINISTER GHOSTS.

Thirteen year-old Agent Darcy is one of the top students at the Bureau of Sneakery, where there are three rules every agent must follow: never make friends with an outsider, never speak of the Bureau, and never reveal your real name. Lately, Darcy has hit a rough patch: her rival, Agent Serena, keeps outdoing her. If things keep going this way, Darcy is convinced that no one will ever assign her a real mission. Ninja Steve’s city, Ninjastoria, is the home of sword fights, throwing stars, and Tae Kwon Donuts. Unlike his genius older sister, twelve year-old Steve isn’t the best ninja student. He’d rather be swinging a sword instead of taking notes in class. Steve, however, is about to learn that being a true ninja means far more than being able to use a sword. When Darcy is sent to Ninjastoria as an exchange student, it will turn both of their lives upside-down and raise all kinds of questions: What do the mecha-moles want? Who is the man in the gray mask? What do ninjas eat for lunch? And why is there a menacing tiger on the cover of this book? Time to read and find out!

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today I am sharing with you my review for Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Tiger Trouble! I’d like to take a moment and thank the author Grant Goodman for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Tiger Trouble! is a middle grade adventure told in the alternating perspectives of Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve. When Darcy gets sent on a mission to infiltrate the ninja school and gain Intel on one of their most secret hidden artifacts, she quickly befriends Steve. Soon though they find themselves in the middle of a ghost chase and both are affected in ways they never would have imagined.

I had ALOT of fun reading this book. I ended up giving this book a four out of five star rating because of how much I liked the story and how much I enjoyed it. I thought it was really fun, fast paced and an overall entertaining read.

It is a middle grade adventure so the characters are young and the feel of it is young as well but, as an adult I was certainly entertained by it so I think it is a great book for all ages to enjoy. There were definitely parts that actually made me laugh out loud, which was really great because not every book does that so I can appreciate when one does. The only thing that I wanted more out of was the big fight. I wanted it to be a much bigger event than it was but it was still fun to read. This book went by pretty fast because my attention was held the entire time and at a little over 190 pages it’s a pretty light read.

I think that if you are a fan of middle grade books or know any kids who would love to read a story involving ninjas, ghosts, and spies this would definitely be a great read. It was definitely a great time and I would love to continue the series and see what happens with these characters. I think my niece and nephew would enjoy this book so I am going to be recommending it to them! You can purchase a copy on Amazon here: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Tiger Trouble!

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Grant Goodman teaches middle school English in Montgomery County, Maryland. He is fueled by Ray Bradbury stories, spicy curry, and 9:30 Club concerts. Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Tiger Trouble! is his debut novel.

Blog Tour Book Review & Giveaway: Fall from Grace: The Scribing of Ishitar

0526114-N Fall From GraceTitle: Fall From Grace: The Scribing of Ishitar written by Carrie F. Shepard
Genre: Epic Fantasy Adventure
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 490
Format: Ebook (read on Kindle app for Microsoft Surface)
Rating – 5/5

 

 Ishitar is born on the cusp of a great war between the two ruling Gods of the Heavens and Hells Realms. With his father in control of a repressive society and his mother fighting for free will for all, he believes the game that they play to be just that: a game. Little does he know that the players that he sees are not necessarily the ones who will influence the outcome.

 

 

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Scribing of Ishitar! I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I loved this book! Everything about it was captivating for me! First I’d like to talk about the cover. Are you kidding me??! This book cover is awesome! I know a book’s cover shouldn’t play a part in your wanting to read the book but let’s face it, we are visual creatures and this cover is one of those that instantly captivates you and is just too tempting and interesting a cover for me not to immediately want to read the book.

That aside, once I actually started reading the book I was done for, I loved this book. The writing is beautiful and so detailed, something I definitely expect from the epic fantasy genre. When I say that this book is detailed, do not take that for granted, this is probably one of the most detailed books that I have read in awhile and can get confusing pretty fast if the reader is not giving all of their attention to the story. There are ALOT of characters in this book that each have some very interesting stories and backgrounds but what I thought was really interesting was their relationships with all the other characters.

This story was a pretty unique spin on the biblical “creation” stories that we become familiar with at a young age. It’s sort of the unexplored behind the scenes story. It was so imaginative, dark and sensual…literally impossible for me to put down. The story and it’s characters had me completely engrossed and it’s such a dramatic story right from the start. As I was reading it I found myself making connections between the stories and angels that I am already familiar with and it was just interesting to see the pieces of their stories come together in ways that I could never have imagined. I don’t know about you but I have always been so interested in the angels and the events of the “fall from grace” and this book gives a pretty tempting and unique perspective on these events and was just captivating for me. So interesting! It’s hard for me to choose a favorite character because there are so many great and interesting characters presented to us in this story, some whose stories are so tragic and compelling but I think my favorite character so far is Loki although Ishitar is definitely a close second.

Having started this series, I am DYING to read the next book! I recommend giving this series a read and am going to help you out on that front because I have 20 ebook copies to give away so leave a comment! You won’t be disappointed! Check out the playlist below too to complement your reading of this book!

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CARRIE F. SHEPHERDAbout the Author

Carrie F. Shepherd grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Raised outside of the predominating religion, she sought answers of her own. Fascinated by the mythology of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, she delved into the old stories and meshed them with the new to create a fascinating world of good versus evil.

 

When not immersed in the world of the Gods, Carrie’s full time job is in Regulatory Compliance. During her time off she enjoys hiking on cooler days or, when the weather permits, hanging out with friends and family by the pool.

 

Carrie now lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with her fourteen year old daughter, her dogs (Commander Jon Snow and Sir Buns McGee of Bratwurst) and her cat (Blizzardfur).

 

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