My Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Here I will share my reviews of the books I have had the opportunity to read over the years! I will link each book to their Amazon page.  

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
By Ishmael Beah

This author shared a mesmerizing story of a truth that at times, I felt, he himself had difficulties revealing. To be so young and having his innocence robbed by committing the same actions he once thought hideous, left you to wonder what if it was you? This is a story of war that’s rarely ever told, with detailed descriptions of the pain and suffering that continues to go on in parts of the world that’s easy for many of us to ignore. He describes his country environment and culture beautifully, transporting the reader with ancestral stories of his childhood. Sierra Leone is still a country with many difficulties that need to be addressed as in many other parts of the world, making ours here in the United States minuscule.
A must read, receiving 5 Gangster Turned Guru stars
The Robots of Dawn
By Isaac Asimon
This is the 4th book of a series. I tried to hold off until I had the others, but after reading the first chapter, I couldn’t put it down. A super science fiction space thriller that gets 5 Gangster Turned Guru stars.

“Manhood” By Terry Crews.

I give it an exceptional 5 Gangster Turned Guru Stars!

Terry Crews was one of my favorite TV dads on “Everybody Hates Chris,” and now he’s one of my favorite authors.
In his captivating narrative journeying from boyhood to manhood, it’s clear that time has been spent analyzing “why” we do the things we do in life. I didn’t realize how much I’ve really admired Terry Crews as an actor throughout the years and even more so now after he shared some of his personal trials and tribulations. As he reflected on certain movies or TV shows, I laugh at certain memories he triggered from enjoying his work. To now know some of what he was dealing with at the time makes me appreciate his work that much more. From the prologue alone, I knew that many of his fatherly characteristics displayed on “Everybody Hates Chris,” reflected his personality and influence. What’s clear to me is that this man loves his wife!!
It’s a book I had to force myself to put down because I didn’t want it to end, yet I still read it in 3 days.
Both men and woman will learn a lot from “Manhood” and I give it an exceptional 5 Gangster Turned Guru Stars!

 

Gideon’s Sword, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

4 out of 5 Gangster Turned Guru stars!

Enjoyed this thriller, that had twist and turns that kept me on edge. There was plenty of action that moved at a fast pace to keep me flowing through each page.

Takedown Twenty, by Janet Evanovich.

4 out of 5 Gangster Turned Guru stars!
Funny read throughout, with a good street vibe that shows how the “bad guy” is also a hero to some regardless of what he’s done. Really enjoyed the humor and her delivery.

“The Last Prejudice” by Bill Blodgett: 

4 out of 5 Gangster Turned Guru stars!

As the father of a gay son, I easily related with the difficulties that Peter had with accepting his brother Steve’s homosexuality, while also appreciating the way Ed, their father, handled his unconditional loving approach.
There were heartfelt metaphorical lessons that showed what seemed to be complex problems, solved with honest communication.
When I realized I was being prejudiced against my son for being gay, I was embarrassed, especially being a black man in America. Some of those embarrassing emotions resurfaced while reading THE LAST PREJUDICE. I enjoyed the fortitude Jan, Kim, Laura, and Greg took to ensure the family works out their issues.
Those grappling with accepting a family member or friend that has a different lifestyle other then theirs will gain a lot from reading this novel.

“AKATA WITCH” By NNEDI OKORAFOR
5 out of 5 Gangster Turned Guru stars!
New favorite author alert!!!
I loved everything about this book. From the intriguing beautiful cover to the fast pace, nail-biting adventure. The detailed description of every character was great! Nnedi’s writing is sumptuous from beginning to end. She combined ancient traditional cultures of Africa, with a modern-day spiritual enlightening journey of discovery. A great fantasy fiction with unexpected twist and turns. She has a great imagination!!

“After the End” By Amy Plum
5 out of 5 Gangster turned Guru stars!
This book kept me up at night. The seeds of spiritual lessons dropped throughout the story were great, not only for my mind but for teens. It’s defiantly a book that I recommended for my 13-year-old daughter to read. Really enjoyed it.

“MODERN ESOTERIC: Beyond our senses” By Brad Olsen
Very informative in the way he explains complex teaching in layman’s terms without reading like a loony conspiracy.
MODERN ESOTERIC is spiritual food for the soul.

“The Power of Kabbalah” by Yehuda Berg:  Very clear and easy to understand. I enjoyed the nice humor and tone. Open minded and all-inclusiveness made for an interesting read.

“The Science of Mind” (the complete edition) by Ernest Holmes: Great read but also a book for daily study. With understanding and perspective shared, I was able to read the New Testament of the bible in a new light to where it made clear sense to me.

” Conversations with God” Book 1,2,and 3 By Neal Donald Walsh:  Very insightful, funny and clear on explaining one’s life meaning and purpose. Read each book one after the other. Couldn’t put them down. Defiantly a page turning that keeps you laughing.

“The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne:  Excellent introduction book to understand Universal laws and the creative powers of our thoughts.

“Odd Hours” By Dean Kootz (Odd Thomas Novel):  This didn’t stand up to what I normally expect from Dean Kootz, possibly because I didn’t read the 3 previous Odd Thomas novels, but still…it didn’t make me want to go back to read them. ijs

“Just one look” by Halan Coben Psychological suspense. really enjoyed it kept me on my toes with the suspenseful plot.

“The Celestine Prophecy, Celestine Vision, the Secret of Shambhala, the Tenth Insight, and the Twelfth insight.” Series by James Redfield:  Loved the entire series, read them back to back. Teaches spiritual lessons while enjoying an adventurous story.

“The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Madino.  Loved it. Short quick read with deep powerful spiritual message!

“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini.  Great story with a good middle east cultural experience. Enjoyed it a lot!

“The Pagan Lord” Bernard Cornwell.  I loved books built around historical facts. This was my first time reading this author and it was the last book of this series. I hate reading them out of order but this makes me want to read the first one that much more!!

“The Eagle and the Wolves” by Simon Scarrow.  Again first time reading this author and I’m a fan. Kept me up late night!!

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