Beauty of Love and Honor among Horrors of War

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Tess URiza Holthe

When Elephants Dance, a Novel
Tess Uriza Holthe ©2002
Penguin Books
ISBN 978-0-14-20028809 (ppbk)
368 pp.

The Americans are invading the Philippines to conquer the Japanese, near the end of World War II. Filipino Guerrilla forces fight each other as much as the Japanese, but one group, headed by Dominic, joins the Americans. He also tries to rescue his family from a Japanese prison in a Manila warehouse.
While hiding, the family and neighbors share stories of their past lives, as lessons to others in the group. The stories add a huge measure of interest to the book.
The Japanese atrocities and guerrilla retributions are horrific, but the truth of those times needs to be widely known.
Dominic, in the end loses what he loved best, but does not regret his role as a guerrilla leader to free his country.
The book is exceptionally well written and deserves its win as a NY Times Best seller and a number of other honors.

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Marc Royce Faces Great Odds to Prevent WOrld War

Strait of Hormuz
Davis and Isabella Bunn
Davis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author now serving as writer-in-residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Defined by readers and reviewers as a “wise teacher,” “gentleman adventurer,” “consummate writer,” and “Renaissance man,” his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages.

Strait of Hormuz
Davis Bunn ©2013
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN 978-0-7642-1138-6

Marc Royce has again been called to investigate a matter that could involve the whole world in war, started unwittingly by the United States. As usual, Marc’s appointment upsets powerful government leaders, so he must work without official sanction and against numerous attempts to have him removed from the case.

A mysterious caller directs Kitra to join Marc in Switzerland and save his life. As she enters an art gallery where Marc has discovered a dead body, a bomb destroys the entire gallery. The Swiss police immediately accuse Marc of murder and the bombing.

The threat that Iran is shipping nuclear weapons through the Strait of Hormuz has American was ships heading that way to stop the shipment. But no one knows which ships hold the weapons because containers have been moved several times to new vessels. If no weapons travel through the Strait, the US will be embarrassed in front of the entire world.

From time to time phone calls from unknown people direct Marc and Kitra how to proceed. Certain people may or may not be on their side. Who and what can they trust?

Marc finally figures out the real danger and at the last moment directs the destruction of terrorists’ threats. What he learns and does surprises everyone.

Like others in this series, Strait of Hormuz is fiction based on possible real world dangers. A good read.

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A non-Christian book about an Amazingly Good Man

Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain, a novel
Garth Stein
Bright White Light LLP ©2008
Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 978-0-06-153796-7 (ppbk), 325 pp

Enzo the dog understands English nearly perfectly and wants two things in what he hopes will be his next life–to have thumbs and to be a man. Meanwhile he lovingly cares for Denny, an endurance racing driver. Later, Enzo protects Denny’s wife Eve, and most of all, their daughter Zoe.

Denny wins races, especially in the rain, because he studies, thinks and plans strategies. He falls for Eve and in spite of her parents’objections, they marry.

Eve contracts cancer and her parents insist on caring for her and for Zoe. Eventually Eve’s parents rob Denny of everything—his job, his family, his home and his reputation. They sue for full custody of Zoe.

Denny’s responses are awesome. He never lets go of his integrity, wisdom or right living. What he did will impress every reader.

The ending is so satisfying to this difficult-to-put down story.

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Cool plot twists and turns although the villain is easy to guess


Unlimited, a Novel
Davis Bunn © 2013
B & H Publishing Group
ISBN 978-1-4336-7946-7
Ppk. 305 pp.

Dr. Velasquez longs to help the poor people of his native Ojinga, Mexico and especially the orphans. He’s nearly perfected, with the help of brilliant, formerly unpredictable Simon Orwell, a way to produce free electricity.

Simon brings the device to Ojinga for promised funding from the city council, only to learn Dr. Velasquez is dead, supposedly of a heart attack. The city council refuses funds, Simon intends to return at once to the USA, but someone tries to kill him.

He’s rescued by Pedro Marin, assistant town manager who hides him in the orphanage run by Dr. Harold Finch. Dr. Finch desperately needs money to keep the orphanage going.

Sophia Marin, Pedro’s sister and Dr. Finch’s assistant, hates Simon. She fears his presence in the orphanage will endanger the children.

The ‘good guy’ in the story is SO good, readers will quickly guess he’s the worst villain in the end. And anticipate how he will be revealed and caught. Readers also will know that vilified Dr. Clara isn’t the enemy she seems.

Simon is seeking forgiveness for his past. Sofia doesn’t want to love him. The plot twists and surprises will keep readers intrigued and satisfied with the ending.

I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

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