Saturday, February 25, 2006


Well, I have been prompted...kicking and screaming, I might add a little of me to my posts. Now truthfully...I'm willing to give you a lot of me...there's a lot to go around...ROFLOL.

But I hesitate sometimes because I scare small children and dogs. My dear literary blogging friend Bernita said that I have the ability to cut people and they didn't even realize they were bleeding...Yikes!

Anyhow, I'll try to blah, blah more!

I'm going to tell you what I love about a book and an author that I've found. This is not the book I just finished...because I have to do a formal review of that next week for the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.

I read Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, and Nelson DeMille but I read mainly Christian fiction....Why?...I'm glad you asked...Because I like to support other Christian writers (hey...stop throwing things at the monitor. I do read my blogging buddies who are secularly published)! I'm a suspense/thriller action adventure type of girl. Sorry Bernita, I'm not literary all all *sigh*.

I know, I know...a lot of people roll their eyes at Christian fiction cause they think we're ramming God down their throats....well all I can say, is you haven't read any good Christian fiction lately!

The book lately that really tripped my trigger was Comes a Horseman by Robert Liparulo. The formal review and ordering information are directly left of this post.

Talk about raw, gut-wretching action! Whew..some chapters I had to read over just so I could get the shivers from cringing again!

The book starts out with a murder: Stepping forward he touched the barrel to the indentation between the man's lips and nose-lightly, as if annointing him-and pulled the trigger. The man's head snapped back. Brain and blood and bone instantly caked the mirror behind him, as a dozen fissures snapped the glass from a central point where the bullet had struck.

We come forward in time 5 years and meet one of the main characters, Brady Moore, an FBI field investigative agent. It's a calming chapter, meeting his son Zack and getting a glimpse about the sadness in his life over loosing his wife to cancer.

Then the roller coaster starts....a poor woman who paints plastic garbage cans to sell on E-bay is talking to a friend on the phone as she hears noise in her house. Telling her friend to hang on, she lays the phone down and goes to look. All I can say is she hasn't watched enough TV...when you hear a noise, you should beat feet in the other direction...not go towards it...

Click, click, click, click, click, click.
An animal appeared out of the shadows, its eyes glowing green. It was a dog...or a wolf. Despite the shaggy gray-black fur that covered its body, she saw its strength in the hulking muscles of its shoulders and haunches.
....We move forward...She heard the clicking again and caught movement out of the corner of her vision. Another wolf-dog broke from the shadowy hall. It was in the air before she could fathom how to respond. Its jaws clamped down on her extended wrist..........Blood appeared to bubble out of its nostrils, and then she realized that it was her blood, gushing out of the deep wound, staining the animal's muzzle, pouring to the floor.

And then...and then...the scarey looking guy dressed in skins like a 1300's Viking, carrying a flat ax and accompanied by another wolf-dog comes into the room...and chops off her head while the two wolf-dogs hold her down by the arms... Eeewwwhhhhh!!!!!

Whoa!!!I mean...this book rocks! Next we meet our kick-butt female character Alicia Wagner. She's another field agent that has developed this new gear to help with crime scene investigation, so she winds up investigating the woman's murder.

Slowly clues tie several murders together and when Brady and Alicia start connecting the dots, they become the targets and assassins are dispatched to off them....In graphic, spine-tingling detail Liparulo describes the attacks and the journey that they go on traveling around the world, trying to pin down the mastermind behind the string of killings!

Ha...and I'm not gonna' tell ya' why or how it ends! Go buy the book!

What kind of books do you read? What genre gets you juices flowing?

Okay...I can't do it...I can't let you go through the weekend without a joke, so here goes:

Jim and Mary were both patients in a Mental Hospital.

One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Jim suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sunk to the bottom and stayed there.

Mary promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled Jim out.

When the medical director became aware of Mary's heroic act he immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as he now considered her to be mentally stable.

When he went to tell Mary the news he said, "Mary, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged because since you were able to jump in and save the life of another patient, I think you've regained your senses. The bad news is, Jim, the patient you saved, hung himself with his bathrobe belt in the bathroom. I am so sorry, but he's dead."

Mary replied "He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry."

Thought For The Day

If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?


  1. Bernita said...
    Bonnie, they deserved it.
    I was complimenting you on the precision and elegance of your logic and your capacity to cut straight through ignorance and fluff.
    And for that I get called "literary."
    Anonymous said...
    really bad joke to start the weekend.

    thought for the day was wonderful -not a sport I enjoy - wait, is synchronized swimming a sport? - why would anyone do that? - I'm confused.

    too much thinking.
    Bonnie's review gets you right into the thick of the action. I'm intrigued.

    Good job.
    Ballpoint Wren said...
    Bonnie, when I think of what I know about you from visitiing here, I think of a lady with a wacky sense of humor and a burning desire to write; a gal who's down-to-earth but also deeply spiritual; if she calls you up and invites you over for coffee you RUN to her house because you know you're going to have a really good time.

    Hey, are we allowed to have two semi-colons in one sentence?

    Anyway. That's what I've learned about you from your blog.
    Bonnie S. Calhoun said...
    Bernita, you elegance and depth with the written word can only be described as literary!

    Ric...the book had me on the edge of the treadmill...LOL...I almost forgot to walk a myriad of times while reading it...Talk about edgy...WOW...Liparulo is The Bomb!

    Auh, geez, Ballpoint...gosh...when you put it like that...*she says as she stabs her toe into the carpet* can have as many semi-colons as your little heart desires...LOL!
    Buffy said...
    " I hesitate sometimes because I scare small children and dogs"

    That was the funniest thing I've heard in weeks.
    M. C. Pearson said...
    Yes, I loved that book too. Robert Liparulo has also been such a great friend to me...asking Nelson to look at my book. What a great guy.

    Fantasy gets my eye everytime. I love Young Adult books...gee, I wonder why?

    Joke was great. Gotta love the nutters!
    Gordon said...
    Enjoyed the entire post. I like Clancy, Grisham and J.A. Jance (as far as fiction goes).

    If it wouldn't be for the horrible loss of human life, I would say that all synchronized swimmers should be drowned.
    Mindy Tarquini said...
    I can't find Comes a Horseman at the book stores. It's sold out.
    Bonnie S. Calhoun said...
    Thanks, Buffy...but it's true!

    You got it, M.C., Robert is the greatest!

    Oh, Gordon..I forgot John Grisham! but I do prefer Clancy!

    M.G. are they going to reorder at your store? You could probably buy it on Amazon...It's going to be a movie soon!
    Mindy Tarquini said...
    I'll call to have it ordered at the store. I get a very nice discount there. There are a few others I'm looking for also, including Richard Lewis' The Flame Tree.

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