The Ninetoes REcommendation of the Week 5/20-26/2018

Prince of Thorns (Broken Empire Series #1)

I have something like sixty pages left to read in this marvelous masterpiece of dark fantasy, and I am very confident in calling this my recommendation of the week. Some may say I am late to the party for discovering the writings of Mark Lawrence. To those people I say “Better late than never!”

A review is forthcoming.


Your Friday Fun Read 5/18/2018

Patient Zero (Joe Ledger Series #1)

The Friday Fun Read for 5/18/2018 is Jonathan Maberry’s Patient Zero (Joe Ledger Series #1) The best way to sum this book up is this: It is a wonderful combination of “Jason Bourne” meets “Dawn of the Dead”. A madman creates a zombie virus, and he is ready to unleash it upon the world. The only thing standing in his way is Joe Ledger, a former Baltimore cop turned agent. Will he be able to keep the dead down?

This is a fun read with a capital “F”!

The Chuckwagon Trail Review

The Chuckwagon Trail

TITLE: The Chuckwagon Trail

AUTHOR: William W. Johnstone & J.A. Johnstone

GENRE: Western

PAGES: 273

One of the things I love about westerns is nine times out of ten you get a good revenge tale. I love the story where someone does someone really wrong and justice must be served, wither by the end of a rope or the end of a gun. The Chuckwagon Trail is just such a book.

Dewey “Mac” Mackenzie is on the run after being framed for murder. He runs from New Orleans and eventually finds himself in Waco, TX, flat broke and almost no job prospects on the horizon. Then he meets the trail boss who needs a cook. Dewey can barely make a pot of coffee, but he is willing to learn, and learn he does.

While on the trail, one of the trail hands decides to turn the crew against the rancher and his trail boss and take the cattle for themselves. Dewey cannot let this slide, and even though the numbers are against him, he has to do something. It is a good thing he learned to shoot as he learned to cook!

This book has all of the benchmarks you look for in a western. Setting, action, gunfights, and revenge. The characters are relatable. The book moves at a fast pace. When you are done reading it, you will feel satisfied as if you just chowed down on country friend steak and potatoes!

4 out of 5 bookmarks.

Rest in Peace Tom Wolfe

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American Author Tom Wolfe (March 2, 1930 – May 14, 2018) passed away at the age of 88 years old. Among his novels are:

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Title: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Author: Tom Wolfe

The Right Stuff

Title: The Right Stuff, Author: Tom Wolfe

The Bonfire of the Vanities

Title: The Bonfire of the Vanities, Author: Tom Wolfe

A Man in Full

Title: A Man in Full, Author: Tom Wolfe

The Kingdom of Speech

Title: The Kingdom of Speech, Author: Tom Wolfe

His loss is a blow to the literary community. He will be missed.


Master Assassins Review

Master Assassins: The Fire Sacraments, Book One

TITLE: Master Assassins

AUTHOR: Robert V.S. Redick

GENRE: Epic Fantasy

PAGES: 438

After the final volume in his Charthrand series, it seemed like Robert V.S. Redick fell off the face of the earth. As a fan, I have been looking for him to release a new book. Luckily, he did not fall off the face of the earth. He was hard at work, creating a new world for us to explore. And what a world it is!

Master Assassins is the story of two brothers, actually half-brothers, Kandri and Mektu. Both soldiers in the Prophets army. Kandri, the practical brother, with his feet firmly on the ground. Mektu, the foolish brother, whose head is constantly in the clouds. Both are about as far removed from the role of assassins as they can be.

Yet, assassins they have become, and now they are on the run, across a unforgiving desert full of monsters and murderous men. Joined by their Uncle Chindalin and a prostitute named Eshett, they must evade the Prophet’s Death Squads that have with them a demonic child that knows their name. This will not be easy.

That being said…

This book ROCKED! This is epic fantasy in its truest form. I found it highly entertaining, and I could not wait to see what happened next. Like all great novels, he took the time for the setup, and while he did that, he put the seed of the family mystery in the backdrop. Just when that mystery hits the back of your brain and is in jeopardy of being forgotten, he rings that ever so silent bell to remind you. (BTW when the mystery is revealed, he basically smacks the bell in Big Ben).

If I had a problem with the book it is the way the chapters are set up. One moment, you are in the here and now, the next you are in the past. Once you get used to that, the book flows and makes more sense in the set up.

Would I recommend this book to a friend? Most definitely! This is epic fantasy at its finest. Even if you are not a fan of the genre, there is something for everyone; Thrills, chills, suspense, love, and rebellion!

5 out of 5 Bookmarks!



The Ninetoes Recommendation of the Week 5/13-19/2018

The Weekenders

This recommendation comes from Mrs. Ninetoes (thank you, Honey). I asked her if she had any thoughts about the recommendation of this week, and she suggested Mary Kay Andrews The Weekenders.

“Tote bag, suitcase, backpack or duffle, it’s time to pack for a summer of intrigue…

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends, and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.

So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it becomes clear that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens…in a murderous way. Now Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.”

The reason my wife recommended this book is because it is about family, friends and mystery. She calls it a “perfect Mother’s Day read”!