Tuesday, December 22, 2020

An Exciting Suspense Thriller!

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 An Exciting Suspense Thriller! 

Overall  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    
5 out of 5 stars
Performance  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    
5 out of 5 stars
Story  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-20

Overdose is the third audiobook in the Ash Suspense Thriller series. Although it is a stand alone book, listeners will understand the nuances in the plot more fully if they have listened to the other two books in the series, especially book one. In the first book, the heroine, Ash, is treated by a doctor, who is portrayed as unremarkable and somewhat clueless. He plays a minor role in book one. In this book, number three, Doctor Patel is definitely not a dull character. The doctor has a whole other side to him that I didn't see coming! It left my assumptions in the dust. Are you one of those people who put physicians on a pedestal or someone who tends to be somewhat mistrustful and skeptical about the medical opinions of the doctors you encounter? You may never view your doctors in the same way again! Overdose has a fast paced storyline, which will keep listeners awaiting what will happen next. It has intricate characters and delves into what has shaped their lives. I appreciate the logic in the plot, which is well thought out. This sells the story for me and makes everything so believable. The descriptions of Indian cuisine and culture appeal to the senses. I love how the plot is so unique! This audiobook by Uvi Poznansky is well-written! The narrator, Heather Jane Hogan, does a phenomenal job with the voices of the various characters, as well as her delivery of the story.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Listen with time to ponder

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 Listen with time to ponder 

Overall  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    
5 out of 5 stars
Performance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
    
5 out of 5 stars
Story  
 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-20

This moving collection of poetry and prose may best be appreciated when listened to rather than read—and then, while rocked back in a comfortable chair with eyes closed or during a long cross-country drive with time to ponder and wonder. “Home” is about relationships and longing—relationships to people and places long past, and longing for ways to heal, understand, and restore connection. It is a revealing journey by poet/writer/artist Uvi Poznansky into the life of her father though the posthumous discovery and translation of his unpublished poetry. Zeev Kachel’s verses explore the meaning of “home” through the lens of a life of loss and displacement, a life one senses may have at times in his later years trapped him in a dark place clouded by memories of war, impermanence, and the terrors of a Nazi death camp. In her own writing, his daughter seeks to enter that dark place, understand how it shaped him and her family’s understanding of home, and determine what home now means in her own life. Though the book description states that Uvi’s writing is rarely autobiographical, this work often seems deeply personal, exploring her own sense of loss and dark places and how one can survive the challenges of aging, separation, and loss. As with all well-crafted literature, “Home” invites us along on that journey. Kathy Bell Denton’s deeply moving narration needs to be listened to with ample time to pause, reflect, and consider the fragile but precious gift of “home.”

Friday, December 18, 2020

There’s no reason why I should tiptoe my way back but I do, out of fear.


My pulse is hammering in my ears as I swing away from the car and take my first step across the road. There’s no reason why I should tiptoe my way back—after all, the so-called Dr. Patel is expecting me—but I do, out of fear. 

With every footfall, I tell myself that it’ll be all right. Nothing bad will happen to me. My boyfriend will watch over me. Even if I find myself in some kind of trouble, he’ll see it on his cellphone and call the police at once. Yes, it’ll be all right.
As I pass under the lamppost, steps come rasping over the asphalt behind me. Here comes a tap on my shoulder. I turn around. Michael looks pale, but somehow he manages a faint smile.
“Wait,” he breathes, handing me a pair of my elegant high-heels, which he must have found in the back of his car. “You must look your part. Better change into these.”
Standing on one foot, then the other, I take off my ballerina flats. “You make me feel like Cinderella, only in reverse.”
My attempt at humor is a bit clunky, but we both laugh. 
Nervously.
Despite being aware of how dangerous Kabir is, Michael makes no attempt to stop me. Nor does he even warn me against going forward with this ill-advised date. Saving our friend, Karishma, is now our top concern. It has overridden both his caution and mine.
He wraps my shoulders with my red scarf. “Scared?”
“Who, me? Of course not,” I say.
Both of us know that’s a lie.
He kisses me, long, hard, desperate, as if that’s our last moment together. “My mother used to say, ‘If your path demands that you go through hell, walk like you own it.’”
“That’s what I’ll do.”
Another kiss, and he sinks back into the shadows. 


Overdose

Paperback  Hardcover

Ash Suspense Thrillers Trilogy Audiobook


Months after recovering from coma, Ash discovers that the man who performed her brain surgery has a questionable medical experience and a dark past. Should she expose him, at the risk of becoming vulnerable to his revenge?


"This is my favorite medical thriller out of the series... Once I started reading it, I finished it in one day because I couldn't wait to see who the true owner of the pink cell phone was and why it was worth a waitress getting shot over." 
- B.J. Robingson, Author

There she was, her beautiful head crowned with algae, her delicate throat cut, oozing blood.



Common wisdom suggests that the killer always comes back to the murder scene, because of an urge to relive the thrill—morbid as it might be—of taking a life. Michael felt a similar urge, but he told himself it was for purely analytical reasons, so he might study every detail and plug it into his computer simulation, in search for clues.

His cellphone and the attached miniature omnidirectional camera had sunk in the waves at the murder scene. At this point, he assumed they were lost to him. But he was determined to recover something else left behind: his shoes. His good pair of shoes, to be exact. How could he have forgotten all about them, until now? Last night he had tossed them away, so as to move barefoot over the pebbles and into the shallow water, where the body lay atop the rocks. 

Because of the shock, he had only a vague memory of his way up the trail back to his car. Now, the last thing he needed was for those shoes to fall into the copshands, to be examined for traces of his DNA. 

He could just imagine them—the shoes, not the cops—wrapped in two little plastic bags, one marked exhibit F and the other exhibit G. Finding them in time was a pressing task. It was time to go back to Laguna Beach.


By noontime, the veil of morning fog lay in shreds. Out of it emerged gray cliffs. The ocean sprawled at their feet in endless recoil. One breaker after another turned upon itself and, reduced to shallow silence, rolled its froth backwards from the shore. A flock of gulls camped on top of the rock formation. They seemed to be contemplating the scene with a patient indifference.

Michael took out the seashell he had bought from the little girl last night and lifted it to his ear. What was that sound, inside? A hiss? No, it was the faint wheeze of the surge. It emanated from the inner passage of the shell, and along with a pungent scent of seaweed and decay, brought back the memory of the body. There she was, her beautiful head crowned with algae, her delicate throat cut, oozing blood.



Virtually Lace

(Volume I of High-Tech Crime Solvers)

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Audiobook


Haunted by discovering the body of a beautiful dancer, Michael re-constructs her murder in a virtual reality. Can he bring the mystery to life? Can he solve it in time, before the killer turns on the woman he loves, Ash?


 I felt as though I was in Michael's work environment whenever he was using Virtual Reality. Whether he was displaying Laguna Beach or the Northrop Grumman B -21 Raiders flying overhead, I not only was there but I could feel my heart pounding and my pulse racing... 
~Serenity, HALL OF FAME,  TOP 10 REVIEWER

Monday, December 14, 2020

A Thrilling Series!

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 A Thrilling Series! 

Overall  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    
5 out of 5 stars
Performance  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    
5 out of 5 stars
Story  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-20

I really enjoyed this series! Each book is a stand alone suspense thriller. All have plenty of action, as well as twists and turns. One of the things that I like the most about this series is author Uvi Poznansky's ability to turn what could be mundane, ordinary events into exciting adventures. In book one, Coma, who knew that being in a coma and coming out of it could be such an interesting adventure? In book two, Overkill, the heroine, Ash is hoping to get back to leading a normal life, but more adventures come her way. The surprises in the plot kept me eagerly listening. In book three, Overdose, just when listeners think that the doctor who treated Ash during her coma was clueless and mediocre, his character comes to life. His disturbing personality is revealed. The narrator, Heather Jane Hogan, does an excellent job. Her voice has the perfect amount of excitement. I liked her portrayal of the various characters' voices. I will definitely want to listen to other books in this series!

Sunday, December 13, 2020

An Exciting Virtual Reality Mystery

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An Exciting Virtual Reality Mystery 

Overall  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    
4 out of 5 stars
Performance  ⭐️⭐️⭐️    
3 out of 5 stars
Story  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-20

The plot of this audiobook is really good! I liked how a murder scene was built into a virtual reality program in order to see if it could shed light on the crime. The characters have distinct personalities with quirks. The narrator had a nice voice; however, I didn't like his performance of the main female characters. He used a falsetto that sounded really weird and too contrived. It was an unwelcome distraction to the story. I would have preferred if it was toned down towards normal, which would have made this audiobook so much better. The story had an odd sex scene during the epilogue, which wasn't my cup of tea. Otherwise, the story was five star.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Happy Hanukah!

From my kitchen to yours...
It took tender loving care to create these delicacies and sprinkle them with powdered sugar...
Let's eat!






Suspense and excitement!

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 Suspense and excitement! 

Overall  
 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   
5 out of 5 stars
Performance  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
    
5 out of 5 stars
Story  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️    
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-20

Well crafted story. Hard to stop listening! "Coming back to life . . . " Overdose (Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance Book 3) by Uvi Poznansky is just as advertised, a fast suspense thriller, with intriguing romance added. After the first two books in the series ("Coma Confidential" and "Virtually Lace") kept me up, I was excited to get into this one, and it's the best yet with some surprising twists. Great series!

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Entertaining series starter...

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 Entertaining series starter... 

Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
    
4 out of 5 stars
Performance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
    
5 out of 5 stars
Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
    
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-20

I found this story to be interesting and entertaining. The lead character, a young lady named Ash, has survived a brutal assault only to find herself hospitalized and in a coma. She has no memory of what happened to her, or even of her own name, and must piece everything together from bits of conversation she overhears in her hospital room. I found this unusual perspective quite captivating. As Ash’s story unfolds, it becomes evident that Ash is still in danger from the people responsible for her attack. Her assault was no random act of violence. While I found the storyline engaging, I must comment that the medical aspects of her situation were lacking in complete authenticity, but not to a degree that I felt compromised the enjoyment of this fictional story. The story clips along at a brisk pace which could not have happened had the author chosen to rigorously adhere to grim reality. I chose to listen to the audio version of this story as I read along. The narrator, Heather Jane Hogan, did a wonderful job bringing the story and all the characters to life. It was easy to picture the whole story unfold as she read. It will be interesting to see where the author decides to take Ash on her next adventure. While I did purchase a copy of this book, I was provided with the audio version by the author and I am voluntarily offering my honest and unbiased review.

He shakes his head, still in disbelief. Please, God, no. This can’t be true.



Ed lies still on the sidewalk, his eyelids open but unflinching. The only thing about him that moves are the lapels of his corduroy coat, flapping slightly this way and that across his neck as the wind floats chilly feelers over his body.
Timmy gasps—but his eyes are not tearful, not yet. In that second, when time slows, the driver side door is swaying with an annoying noise. With each squeak, the child takes a gulp of air as if about to ask, “Dad, will you get up? Will you grab the door handle?”
No blood is visible, at first. So, I too allow myself to wonder: Will Ed climb back into his seat, dust off his shoulders, and wave goodbye to his son, before driving away?
I expect him to do so. Almost.
Until another round of gunshots blasts the air. 
Without even thinking, I push Timmy down to the asphalt, which is quite easy because he’s such a skinny child and utterly in shock. Then I land hard on my elbows beside him and push a hand against his chest until he crawls backwards, until he butts against his father’s car. It casts a shadow over him. At the moment, there is no better place to hide.
Up on the pavement, a short distance from us, blood starts puddling around Ed’s shoulder. I try to block Timmy from seeing it. 
He shakes his head, still in disbelief. 
Please, God, no. This can’t be true.
Everything around us is in a state of utter confusion. The sidewalk is strewn with abandoned backpacks, as some pupils are running for their lives. Others cower behind a bush or a car. One uses his flimsy umbrella as a shield. 
A teacher cries out to him, “Duck!” 
And another teacher, by the gate of the school, yells, “Run! Get inside! Get down, crawl under your desks! And for Heaven’s sake, stay away from the windows!”
A couple of parents attempt getting out of their cars to pull their children to safety, but at the sound of shooting they drop to their knees with empty arms.
Next to me, Timmy turns onto his stomach, mashes his nose against the tire, and wedges himself, somehow, between the curb and the Ford. Then he crawls under it toward the rear bumper, making room for me, too. 
I try to cock my head up from the damp surface. Looking at the scene from under the belly of a car is a whole different experience. Someone stands at the other side of the car, and all I can see is his sneakers, socks, and the hem of his coat, flaring at its bottom. Also, the muzzle of his gun. For a heartbeat, before dark clouds close in, it glints in the sunlight. 
I reach over and clamp a hand over Timmy’s mouth to prevent him from screaming, from drawing the killer’s attention. A hail of bullets rains down, sparking off the front bumper. 
Timmy tenses up. His breath trembles as it escapes my touch. I must protect him. I must bring him back safely to his mother. 
The edge of the curb gouges into my back. I adjust, I turn over. Now it presses against my belly. 
I must not lose this child, either.
Now, the killer kicks the grill of the car, then jams his weapon, hard, into the front window. I know it by seeing only one of his feet on the ground and by the sound of cracking. It reverberates all over as the car shakes. Shards of glass come pinging against the asphalt and stab at my fingers. 
Why is he wasting his time—at the risk of being identified, or even caught—on an empty car, when all around us, juicier targets come into his view?
The first police patrol car tears around the intersection, lights and sirens screaming. It screeches to a halt. A second car follows suit, then a third. Officers file out of both of them, weapons drawn. 
Would he shoot at them? 

 Love Suspense? Prepare to be thrilled 

Overkill

(Volume II of Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance)

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The last thing Ash expects when she lands in Clearwater, Florida is to be stalked by a troubled teenager. If that's not bad enough, she is caught in a shooting spree next to the nearby elementary school. The cops think it’s an attempt at mass killing, but Ash wonders if the only victim was specifically targeted by the killer. Will she manage to identify him and have him arrested before he comes after her?



"This is a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, but it will also tear at your heart.." 
~Jan Romes, Author