This week I decided to take part in WWW Wednesdays again. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Taking on a World of Words, where you just answer three questions:
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
What am I currently reading:
Jonah by Carl Rackman
I’m reading this on my new Kindle Oasis (thank you, Santa!).
The North Atlantic, 1940. A British destroyer pounces on a seemingly abandoned U-boat, leading to a spine-chilling encounter.
Five years later, the US Navy destroyer Brownlee grimly prepares to battle a swarm of Japanese kamikazes at Okinawa.
Mitch “Lucky” Kirkham, a young gunner on the Brownlee, wakes up miraculously unscathed after his crewmates are killed in a fearsome kamikaze strike.
Bullied and resented amid accusations of cowardice and worse, Mitch re-boards his patched-up ship for the long voyage back to San Francisco. All he wants is to go home.
But far out in the boundless emptiness of the Pacific, a strange madness begins to seize the sailors on the Brownlee. Terror, hysteria and suicide torment the men amid sightings of ghosts and a terrifying monster that stalks the ship by night.
Mitch stumbles upon a possible explanation for the madness. But as the ship presses on alone, deeper into the vast Pacific Ocean and the grip of insanity, will anyone listen to him before his famous luck runs out for good?
Jonah is a searing, psychological suspense thriller, the latest from Carl Rackman, author of Irex and Voyager.
My thoughts so far:
Jonah by Carl Rackman is an atmospheric thriller set towards the end of the Second World War. It’s main protagonist, Mitch “Lucky” Kirkham miraculously survived a Kamikaze attack to the gun turret he was assigned to. He is later accused of cowardice and desertion, and bullied by his fellow sailors. He was already known as ‘Lucky’ following another amazing wartime escape two years prior to this attack.
Soon after the attack, surviving crew members begin suffering from visions and being haunted by ghosts from their past. Is it PTSD, effects of the amphetamines they take to stay alert during their long watches, or something more sinister?
I am really enjoying this story – Rackman is talented at describing unfamiliar scenarios in such a way that even though a glossary of naval terms is provided, I have not felt the need to use it. His characters are always believable and you find yourself immediately on the side of Mitch Kirkham. The action scenes are gripping and fast paced as with other books I have read by this author.
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I am also reading Fly Free by Allison Rose for the Storytellers on Tour blog tour in January.
Look out for my review on January 15th:
In the land of Faerie, lies are easily disguised as truths.
They were raised like sisters, the heir to the Court of the Day and her guardian.
And as rebellion darkens the land of the Day—and the faeries of Court fall under a dark magic that disconnects them from the land, dooming them to a slow, agonizing death—they will question all they know to be true.
Sevelle, the Light of the Day, is destined to rule one day. She possesses a rare form of magic, the ability to heal the powerful connection between faeries and the magic in the land, the connection that gives them life—if only she could figure out how to use this magic, or even find it within herself.
Jae lives in the shadows, watching over Sevelle as her guardian and listening to the whispers of Court brought to her by the winds. She longs for a life outside of Court, but knows her duty to Sevelle is more important than her own desires.
But when an unexpected proposition comes from none other than Lex, son of the rebel leader, Sevelle and Jae realize their lives will never be the same—and that evil may be within their own court more so than in the rebels that oppose them.
Walking paths far different than they imagined separates the sisters, but then a secret is revealed that may break them apart forever.
Fly Free is the first installment of the Light of Faerie series. Enter a land of magic in the midst of a power struggle, where all is not as it seems and love may be found in the most unlikely places.
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What Have I Recently Finished?
Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews
I gave this book 3.5 stars.
I found the characters too stereotypical and it was too easy to guess the outcome of almost every situation. It was a very predictable story.
Fay Merryweather, the main character whose first person POV the story is written from, is a fantastic baker/chef and really brilliant caring nursemaid. She can do no wrong.
Lija the dour, pregnant, Latvian goth was my favourite character as she actually had a personality and was an entertaining and amusing character. She has a language barrier when it comes to idioms but not with swearing.
Danny has no flaws. He is obviously the author’s idea of the perfect man – gorgeous, kind, capable, supportive, practical able to get any job he chooses including a very highly paid job in the City, should he so decide.
Rainbow is just too vapid and bubbly and would drive any normal person to the point of insanity with her complete positivity but Faye is just mildly irked by her and then later decides she adores her bubbliness.
Edie, the selfish money-grabbing half sister has a total character change all of a sudden two thirds of the way through, which seems highly unlikely but necessary for a happy ending to this story.
Stan the 93 year old father/grandfather substitute is a stereotypical lovely old man, but in reality, living alone next door to the cafe seems impractical at his age.
It was a predictable, but cozy story set around Christmas with a happy ending. So if that is what you are looking for, you will no doubt enjoy it.
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What will I read next?
I am taking part in the Cosmere Conquest in 2021, run by @BensBlurb – the plan is to read a book by Brandon Sanderson each month, starting with Elantris. I have never read anything by Sanderson so decided to join in the fun. There is a discussion group on Discord if anyone would like to join us.