Archive for the ‘Action/Adventure’ Category

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Welcome to The Kid’s Korner.

I decided to do this feature as I have so many great children’s books to share. From picture books, to books for beginning readers, to middle graders, I have plenty of fun ones.

Today’s book is a thrilling adventure and I happened across this one at a resale store  I like to visit.

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Feeding Frenzy

Killer Species #2

by Michael P. Spradlin

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Grade Level: 3-7 / Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Genre: Adventure / Science Fiction /

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My Review

I was in a favorite local thrift shop when I spotted the fabulous cover of this book. Being a huge fan of scary books about creatures from the deep, I quickly snatched it.

Emmet finally gets over his fear  of the water and goes snorkeling with his friends. They are quickly attacked by some monstrous creatures and barely make it back to shore alive.

Emmet is convinced that Dr. Catalyst, a crazy invasive species activist, is still alive and back in business. He better prove it soon, as more and more attacks occur.

It was nonstop action in this one. Genetically altered sea creatures released to eat the invasive lion fish. Only problem is they quickly turn to other food, including humans.. What could be scarier. Imagine crossing a barracuda, a shark, and an eel. The better to eat you up.

The characters are engaging and easy to like, or not, depending on whether they’re good guys or bad guys. The action is quick. And even though this is the second book in the series, the author quickly filled me in on past events using only a sentence here and a sentence there. Nothing to slow down my reading.

I scoured the library shelves when I was young, looking for stories just like this. It does get a bit creepy, but there’s no gore, so it’s appropriate for young readers. I’m sure they will eat it up.

Upon finishing this book I had to go see the other ones in the series. I noticed they all had fabulous covers too and all but this one featured Emmet’s courageous dog, Apollo. I guess he hasn’t learned how to scuba dive yet. LOL

This was such a fun book. Kept me on the edge and I’d recommend to anyone of any age that enjoys adventure and using their imagination.

5 Stars

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Synopsis

A brand-new action-packed series from Michael P. Spradlin. Each book covers a genetically engineered super-predator wreaking havoc on the environment.

Time has passed since anyone’s heard from Dr. Catalyst. Emmet and Calvin have even begun to think that the crazed scientist might be gone for good.

But then, on a trip to snorkel off the Florida coast, one of their friends is nearly drowned by an underwater monster, with endless rows of razor-sharp teeth. No one is quite sure what they saw. Was it a moray eel? A giant barracuda?

There’s only one thing Emmet knows for certain. Dr. Catalyst is back. And this time, he’s out for revenge.

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Tales Of Yosemite

by Jonathan Williams

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Genre: Fiction

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Synopsis

A land of vast beauty and constant change, Yosemite National Park never ceases to amaze and inspire its visitors. And fiction writer Jonathan Williams, an avid camper and fan, is no exception. In four charming short stories, he captures the Park’s diverse landscape and unique wilderness, using it as backdrop in all its glory to tell his tales.

“The Condor Suit” tells the story of Tim whose life-long dreams of flying prompts him to move to a small town in the foothills of the Sierra to pursue his quest: building a bird suit and flying into the Park. In “Dog Lake,” a young boy on a Yosemite camping trip falls into the lake and disappears, only to discover another world lurking beneath its surface, and the lake magically comes to life. “The Rescue” tells the story of a hiker, and the unusual relationship he forms with a bear and her cub in the park. And with “The Old Man in the Sierra,” visitors in Yosemite National Park encounter a strange man leaving them wondering if he is the Park’s notorious mystery man? Does he exist, or is he the stuff of everyone’s imagination, and simply part legend, part ghost?

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Enjoy the excerpts

Condor Suit:
“Tim was about twenty four miles into the flight and passing the main Park entrance when he noticed something strange.  His vision became clearer, and things became brighter.”

Dog Lake:
“Nathan found himself in a large empty room surrounded by water.  He carefully touched one of the glass walls, and his fingerprints smeared.”

The Rescue:
“Instinctively, I made as much noise as possible, and blew my whistle but the mountain lion continued toward me.”

The Old Man and the Sierra:
“The Old Man stood drenched, his outback hat offering little protection. His eyes closed, he faced the gales, the rain striking his weathered face, and he opened his mouth to the downpour.”

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Author Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams has worked in Information Technology for over twenty years. He has spent most of his career working in the Financial and Pharmaceutical \ Biotech sectors. He specializes in Database Management Systems.

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My Pet Yeti (Adventure Book for Kids Ages 9-12!) (Chance Bradley Adventure Books 3) by [Baldwin, Clarke]  The Awkward Owl by [Blake, Shawnda]

Welcome to The Kid’s Korner!

Got a couple of fun ones to share today.  Both of these had some fun illustrations and made smiles grow on my face.

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My Pet Yeti

by Clarke Baldwin

My Pet Yeti (Adventure Book for Kids Ages 9-12!) (Chance Bradley Adventure Books 3) by [Baldwin, Clarke]

Age Level: 9 and up | Grade Level: 3 and up

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My Review

I love stories about the Yeti. This sounds fun and I couldn’t resist the cute cover.

Chance can’t wait to show his friend, Nick, the snow fort he built. And Nick can’t wait to see it. After showing off the fort, Chance helps Nick build his own fort and shows him a nifty trick that will keep the forts from melting. As kids we used this trick and it worked great.

Next up, snowball fight! After epic battles, the boys grow cold and it’s time to go home. But Chance makes one quick trip to check on his fort, thinking of ways he might improve it. He’s shocked when he finds the fort demolished, and whoever destroyed it left huge footprints for him to follow.

Not knowing what left the tracks but having a sneaking suspicion, Chance sets off to find the culprit and the tracks lead him to a dark cave. He enters cautiously and discovers something astonishing.

This story brings back so many happy memories from  my childhood. Growing up in the north, we had long winters and lots of time on our hands. The neighborhood got together and built forts, has snowball, fights, went sledding and skating, and trekking in the woods. It’s so silent in the winter. And kind of scary. I’m sure we wondered what might be lurking in them woods.

Chance is a brave, but impulsive boy. I don’t know if I’d have ventured into that cave by myself. Making friends with a yeti sounded fun, but Freddy the yeti wasn’t meant to live with people. They wouldn’t understand him. Would be afraid of him.

It was sweet and sad, the way this ended. But the author showed that, while making a decision may be painful, its sometimes the best thing for everyone.

 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Chance Bradley is enjoying his winter break to the fullest. The snowfall is heavy and he’s doing all the winter activities with his friends to the max. But when his snow fort is wrecked, Chance sets out to find the mysterious culprit. Could the legends be true? Can Chance find and tame the Yeti?

A fun action-adventure middle reader kids book for ages 9-12 and adults. Children’s middle reader with 9 Color Illustrations

The Chance Bradley Adventures Series are action-packed stories filled with action, science fiction, adventure and a hint of fantasy.

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The Awkward Owl

by Shawnda Blake

The Awkward Owl by [Blake, Shawnda]

Age Level: 3 to 7 / Grade Level: P – 1

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My Review

A poor little owl who couldn’t fly right. No matter how he tried, he flew upside down, backwards, and any way but the way he should. When he flew into a tree, a little girl rescued him, nurtured him, loved him, and encouraged him to try flying again.

It was adorable when the little girl took the owl home and, with a little TLC, gave him confidence to try again. The pictures are cute too. Looks like children drew and colored them. You might want to have drawing paper and crayons handy, as your youngsters might get a hankering to try to draw this cuddly little owl.

With simple illustrations and such a cute little owl, this is sure to delight the young ones. It has a message too. Don’t give up on yourself. If you fail, try and try again.

    4 Stars

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Synopsis

When a little owl has difficulty flying, he needs an extra boost of confidence to try again. It takes the loving care of a little girl to help him overcome his awkwardness and take to the skies. A sweet and funny story for bedtime or anytime.

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Welcome to my Saturday Screams.

Today’s review is for a book filled with creatures of the night. It’s free right now too! So, if you want a copy, click on the cover or the link at after the synopsis to grab a copy.

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Ancient Awakening

by Matthew Bryan Laube

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Genre: Horror / Action

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My Review

I love books with demons, vamps, werewolves, and other scary creatures that come creeping and oozing out of the dark to strike fear and mayhem on us innocent, puny humans.

You get a whole bunch of that when these monsters take over a hospital and start eating or turning people. It appears the deadly ancient ones, seven monsters of legend, are back to do what they do best.

A young lady seeking her absent boyfriend lands right in the middle of this mess. Along with an injured cop, and a strange little man who happens to be “THE” master monster hunter.

The author wastes no time stirring up trouble for these characters and keeps monsters and humans busy: running, dying, the usual stuff.

I did like the creatures, the human characters, and the plot. But it felt a bit rushed at times, and the story didn’t always flow smoothly. And I wanted to know more about the monster hunter and the young woman’s connection with monsters. I suspect that’s the authors plan as I learned at the ending, which was an ending and a cliff hanger, that there’s more to come in this tale.

While this first book didn’t completely wow me, it certainly showed promise and I will be reading the next book. You see, the author has me very curious about one particular monster. I have a feeling I’ll be getting some of the answers I seek and plenty more action.

   4  Stars

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Synopsis

Hell comes home to Jersey.

Seven ancient demons known as the Fallen have awakened in New Jersey after a hundred years. Fortunately for Mike and Ann, so has the one man who can stop them, Joseph Miller. Trapped in a hospital filled with mythical monsters, only together can they unravel the mystery of the Cursed and escape with not only their lives but also their very humanity.

Ancient Awakening is a Horror/Action novel with just the right touch of comedy. It is the first book in the series The Ancient which follows the adventures of eccentric demon hunter Joseph Miller. His job is to defend the human race against seven mythical demons and their offspring. Unfortunately for us, he has been dead for the last hundred years.  Ancient Awakening is followed by Ancient Enemies.

The all-new second edition of Ancient Awakening is professionally edited, 57,000 words, and includes a free preview chapter of Ancient Enemies.

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While on Goodreads, I happened to notice this book also has another cover. The first is for the ebook and the second is for the paperback.

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I think both of them work very well for the story. Which do you like most?

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Welcome to The Kid’s Korner!

I have a couple of fun children’s books to share today. It’s funny that both of these are Christmas books and the wacky weather here is in the 80s!

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Jolly Jingrel Christmas

Monsters A To Z #12

by Sara Dean and  A.J. Cosmo

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My Review

Such a cute story. Jolly the Jingrel tries really hard to get presents for his family, but every time he spots something good, his sibling grabs it first. By Christmas Eve, he’s still not found anything for his mother and all he has left is a silver crayon.

I am the youngest of six kids and know just how Jolly feels. Sibling rivalry is tough. LOL Wait until you see what Jolly does with that silver crayon. It’s precious.

I love Christmas and read holiday books year round. You and your little ones will be cheering Jolly on and smiling at all of the fun illustrations.

  4 Stars

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Synopsis

Jolly the Jingrel wants to find the best Christmas present for his mom. However, after collecting from the humans, Jolly’s siblings take all of the good stuff for themselves and Jolly is left with nothing but an old silver crayon. Will Jolly find the perfect gift for his mom? Or maybe, just maybe, will he learn what the holiday is really all about?

The 12th book in the ‘Monsters A to Z’ series shows that sometimes the best gifts are the simplest ones of all.

10 full-color illustrations, 2K words, reading level 3.2

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A Bear Of A Christmas

 by A.J. Cosmos

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My Review

Bo-Bo the bear cub asks his mother why Santa doesn’t visit bears at Christmas. His mom tells him a tale about a little boy and a very disobedient bear. Now Bo-Bo wants to tell Santa that one bad apple shouldn’t ruin Christmas for all of them.

I liked how momma bear guided Bo-Bo when he decided to do something about Santa. Changing the things you can is a big part of life.

There’s lots of bright, fun illustrations throughout and a life lesson cleverly told. A good one to read with your little ones or for them to read to you.

Warning: You might have to rush out and buy a stuffed Teddy Bear as soon as your youngsters finish this book.

  4  Stars

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Synopsis

Why doesn’t Santa visit bears? Bo-Bo the cub wanted to know, so he asked Mamma and boy, does she have a story to tell.

2k words, 12 illustrations, full color, perfect for emergent readers.

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Welcome to The Kid’s Korner!

I have a couple of fun children’s books to share today. I love unicorns and couldn’t resist the lovely cover for The Unicorn That Had No Horn. And I’m always ready to dive back into A. J. Cosmos Monsters A To Z Series. Dax’s River has a cute little monster.

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The Little Unicorn That Had No Horn

Written by James McDonald

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My Review

This story is so cute. I love unicorns and each page has beautiful, enchanting illustrations of the little unicorn and it’s mother. I loved it and even read it twice.

It’s a charming story about a little unicorn that’s impatient to grow up and get it’s horn. The mother urges her young one to cherish each day and not be in such a hurry.

An adorable, magical picture book to share with your little ones.

 5 Stars

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Synopsis

“I promise that you’ll grow up, so treasure each and every day. Never wish one second of your precious time away.”

An impatient little unicorn can’t wait to grow up and get its horn, but wise Mother Unicorn lovingly guides her little one to appreciate time and not wish it away.

This is a heart-warming story of a mother’s love and guidance in helping her child see beyond the uncertainties of childhood and cherish each and every moment.

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Dax’s River D Is For Dock Diver

Written by Scott Hillegass and A.J. Cosmos

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My Review

Another sweet story from the Monsters A To Z series.

Dax is a river monster who comes across Lily, a drowning little girl. Against his  parents warnings to avoid humans, he dives in and rescues her. They become unlikely friends and soon it’s Lily’s turn to rescue Dax.

My favorite part of the story is when Dax tries to hide in the river. All you can see is his big round eyes. So cute.

A delightful story for early readers with some cute illustrations and lessons in friendship and knowing when to stand up for yourself.

  4 Stars

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Synopsis

A little girl nearly drowns in the river but is rescued by a strange monster. Fearful of humans, the monster soon learns that a good friend can be a lifesaver.

The 12th book in the Monsters A to Z series tells a story of friendship in unexpected places, conquering your fears, and standing up for yourself. This short read is easy to understand for most second graders and a great story to discuss friendship with your child.

1,800 words, 7 gorgeous full-color illustrations, comparable with all Kindle models.

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The Pits
Kramer and Shadow Book 1
by Greg Smith
Genre: Crime Mystery, Action, Thriller

THE PITS, a contemporary crime novel, tells the story of Captain Kramer,

USMC, a compassionate, intelligent man, who rescues a pup from the

scene of a car bombing while on deployment to Afghanistan. The pup is

named Shadow, and accompanies Kramer back to Oceanside, California.

They commit themselves to a campaign which has them fighting for

their lives during an FBI operation to bring down a crime boss based

in Florida.

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You Can Run
Kramer and Shadow Book 2

Captain Kramer, USMC, and his faithful four-footer partner, Sgt. Shadow,

USMC, both survive their first operation assisting the FBI in

bringing down the empire of a major crime boss in America. But more

is in store for the two Marines in yet another FBI operation to tie

up loose ends from the previous op. This time the action is more

intense and proves too costly for the Marines.

Lex Talionis

(An Eye For an Eye)

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A woman out for revenge. America took her husband. America will pay

10,000 fold!

Only Kramer and his Anatolian Shepherd, Shadow, stand in her way. But

will they be enough to stop her?

The advent of retirement opened a whole new world to me and now that it

has come to pass, I am turning my artistic bent from graphic design

and illustration to that of writing.

To date I have published three books, KILLING SOFTLY (an erotic mystery

thriller), and begun an action crime series centered on two

characters, Captain Kramer, USMC and his Anatolian Shepherd dog, Sgt.

Shadow, USMC. Book One of the series is THE PITS, Book Two is YOU CAN

RUN, and at the time of this bibliography rewrite, I am working on

Book Three, LEX TALIONIS.

The Kramer and Shadow series is an action, adventure, crime thriller

series that encompasses the world and has our two Marines fighting

hard against organized crime at many levels – but always involving

do-or-die confrontations.

My hope is to establish a fan base for my writing so that my readers can

have an active role in helping me grow and develop as an author in

the years to come. I invite you to join me in this adventure.

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