This is a great standalone read in spite of being book 4 in a series. Feel free to start here.
I really enjoyed working with the author on this one. She’s someone who takes her writing and research very seriously and worked closely with me on creating the perfect voices for the characters. She has crafted a very entertaining adventure mystery with lots of fun action and intrigue and some great historical “wow” moments.
College freshman Cassie Forsythe wakes from a disturbing nightmare after seeing her sister being murdered by a man in a cowboy hat who demands something called “the key”. Her dream morphs into frightening reality when her sister is found dead, exactly as her vision foretold.
Cassie’s life takes an even more bizarre turn once she learns that her dead sister, an antique dealer, has discovered the location of a cache of priceless Minoan artifacts. A secret society called the Arkana and a fanatical religious cult known as the Blessed Nephilim are each determined to claim the prize.
Caught squarely between these rival factions is Cassie herself, after she stumbles across the only known map to the treasure. The girl allies herself with the Arkana in hopes of staying alive. With Nephilim assassins on her trail, that’s easier said than done.
In Riddle of the Diamond Dove, the Arkana and the Nephilim hunt for buried relics in Africa. They must sift an entire continent – their only lead a riddle carved onto a mysterious bird sculpture. Even as the Arkana team struggles to decipher the clue, new dangers hover over their colleagues at home.
A Nephilim henchman, sent to track down the runaway bride of the cult’s leader, creeps ever closer to her hiding place among the Arkana. Troubles multiply when another Nephilim operative recruits a clever ally who might be more than a match for the opposing side.
As the forces of the Arkana and the Nephilim converge on a ruined city in a forgotten corner of the dark continent, the shocking outcome is beyond anyone’s powers to foresee. The quest for lost artifacts will veer in an unexpected direction once both sides solve the riddle inscribed on the wings of the Diamond Dove.
For fans of archaeology adventure, alternative history thrillers, and treasure hunt mysteries.
Reprogram your life from the inside out to become stress- and disease-free.
Do you feel like stress is affecting who you really are? Maybe, it’s even causing problems in your relationships or in your business. It’s time to craft your life into something better.
Simple changes in your lifestyle will allow you to deal with any stressor in a healthy and balanced way. It will leave you in the right state of body, mind, and spirit to enhance your connection to others, enrich your life, and empower your business efforts. With a conscious and powerful approach to health and wellness, you can discover how to let your best version show up consistently no matter what the circumstance.
In The Art of Stress-Free Living, neuroscientist and yoga master Dr. Ramos teaches you how to:
- Reprogram your DNA naturally to react to stress and life with confidence and power
- Learn the secret about stress that changes everything in your life
- Avoid chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, mental illness, and neurodegenerative diseases, all linked to a lifetime of uncontrollable stress
- Deal with stress while still leaving enough in the tank for the activities and people you love
- Develop practices and habits that you can use throughout your day – even at work – to reduce long-term stress effects and keep your relationships thriving and intact
Life is your canvas and you can make it what you want. Awaken the master artist inside you and begin to create a greater reality for yourself.
Praise for the book:
“Explaining what goes on in our brain and body when we are stressed is not an easy task. Dr. Ramos does an excellent job by also explaining what we can do about it in steps that we all can take.” (Bruce S. McEwen, PhD, Alfred E. Mirsky Professor of Neuroendocrinology and Stress at The Rockefeller University and author of The End of Stress as We Know It and The Hostage Brain)
“As a professional athlete, I can relate to a life full of stress, pressure, and expectations. In this book, Dr. Ramos takes the time to explain what stress really is and provides strategies to help relax your mind and minimize stress in your life. I really enjoyed his natural solutions to deal with stress, focusing on nutrition, meditation, and body awareness.
“I have had the chance to work with nutritionist, trainers, and therapists throughout my career to take care of my body and physical health, but the mind is a whole different story. I have dealt with insomnia and extreme fatigue due to stress and pressure. This book has helped me focus on the mind side of it all.
“Dr. Ramos offers strategies and an easy meditation program to help you become more aware and focused on yourself to better relax and recover. I have just pointed out a part of the book that really had an impact in my journey, but Dr. Ramos offers a bigger picture with many more strategies that can impact many people with different needs.” (Xavier Ouellet, defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League)
Fantasy author David Dalglish continues his series of the half-orc brothers, whose struggles have bathed the land of Dezrel in demon fire….
The war god Thulos marches across the world of Dezrel, recruiting soldiers into his demon army and annihilating all who stand against him.
With the aid of three kings, Harruq Tun and his friends must save the nation of Mordan, whose priest-king has sworn to the dark god and will summon whatever nightmarish creatures necessary to maintain rule. Once freed, they can turn their attention east, to the war god’s approach.
Before the walls of Mordeina, and high above in the golden city of Avlimar, the last survivors make their stand to stop a world of death and conquest.
A Sliver of Redemption by David Dalglish
The final battle has come.
©2014 David Dalglish (P)2018 David Dalglish
A serial killer in Japan is chopping off heads. An unlikely pair of journalists try not to lose theirs.
Being a photographer at a Tokyo newspaper is no walk in the park – unless you’re Akio Tsukino and only get assigned to shoot parades and park festivals. All that changes when a serial killer starts chopping off heads in nearby Kofu. Akio maneuvers his way onto the assignment in order to prove himself and get closer to enigmatic staff writer Masami Sato.
When the investigation takes a supernatural turn, the unlikely partners find themselves caught between solving the mystery and saving their own lives.
In this thrilling and imaginative debut by Tristram Lowe, getting the story may cost them their heads.
©2016 Tristram Lowe (P)2017 Tristram Lowe
Rachel Hershberger’s life in Paradise, Pennsylvania is far from happy. Her papa struggles with a terrible event from the past, and his emotional instability has created an irreparable breach between them. Rachel’s one desire is to leave the Amish way of life and Paradise forever. Then her prayers are answered.
Rachel discovers that the strange, key-shaped birthmark above her heart identifies her as the heir to a vast fortune left by her Englischer grandfather, Robert St. Clair. If Rachel will marry a suitable descendent of the St. Clair family, she will inherit an enormous sum of money. But Rachel does not know that behind the scenes is her long-dead grandfather’s sister-in-law, Augusta St. Clair, a vicious woman who will do anything to keep the fortune in her own hands.
As the deceptions and intrigues of the St. Clair family bind her in their web, Rachel realizes that she has made a terrible mistake. But has her change of heart come too late?
©2015 Patrick E. Craig (P)2017 Patrick E. Craig
The first great war of Ovira is over, and the most hated king in centuries is dead, but his nephew still lives. However, Basen had nothing to do with the destructive war his uncle started. In fact it was his uncle who exiled him and his father to the territory of their enemies, where Basen’s dreams of becoming a legendary mage now fade, as he must work all day just to eat. His only chance at regaining some semblance of the life he thought he would lead is to join an elite school that trains, houses, and feeds a thousand new young men and women each year. But little does Basen know that his determination will put him at the center of a war even bloodier than the one he’d barely managed to avoid.
©2015 B.T. Narro (P)2015 B.T. Narro
“Brad Wilcox was an excellent narrator. I really enjoyed his subtle takes on the characters and the use of his voice to create suspense.”
“Brad C. Wilcox does a great narration. He is easy to follow and his characters are easily distinguishable.”
“The narration was well done, each character was distinguishable and unique, 10/10 for Mr. Wilcox his performance definitely increased my enjoyment of the book.”
Basen’s unique skill with energy leaves him hunted by a psychic of legendary power. But that becomes the least of his troubles when an enemy army of unknown numbers, loyal to a murderous pretender to the throne, surrounds the Academy where Basen has honed his talents. As he begins uncovering the truth about his enemies, it does little more than show him how powerful they really are. But the most dangerous of all, the one who hunts him, will shock everyone by accomplishing something so diabolical, so utterly insane, no one would’ve guessed it was possible.
©2015 B.T. Narro (P)2016 B.T. Narro
For many young mages like Basen, the Academy is more than just a place to learn the art of manipulating energy. It has become the only sanctuary in this unbalanced war, a symbol of resistance. But the Academy can’t stand up to Tauwin’s army much longer. As Basen and a group of allies take on the task of recruiting troops from other territories, he soon comes to find that no one is stupid enough to fight…no one except a fearsome horde of creatures more powerful and violent than they are smart. Basen begins leading them back to the Academy, only to realize there’s a good reason humans have kept away from these creatures for centuries.
On the other hand, Tauwin has problems of his own. His benefactor in this war arrives in Kyrro to claim what he was promised in exchange for his support: half of the territory. Sanya quickly assumes this benefactor to be the opportunity she needs to fix everything that has gone wrong in her life, planning to gain his trust and turn him against Tauwin by informing him of Tauwin’s lies. But soon, she’ll discover that this masked man, who’s come to Kyrro with his own army, is even more dangerous than he appears.
©2016 B.T. Narro (P)2016 B.T. Narro
“I love this book serious, and especially how it is narrated.”
A midnight attack to the Academy leaves a wall in rubble and deepens the cracks in the already unstable alliances within the school. But for Basen, there are more important matters than the grabs for political power going on around him. His mother’s still rotting away in prison, and his father might kill Basen’s cousin for putting her there. On top of that, Basen’s recent promise to a powerful psychic allows him only a few days before he must return to Merejic for a task that remains a mystery.
Determined to free his mother and turn his obligation to the psychic into an opportunity, Basen comes to a risky plan in which he’ll need the help of those he trusts the most. But little does he know that his friends and family won’t be enough to get him out of this alive. He will have to rely on an enemy more powerful than himself.
©2016 B.T. Narro (P)2017 B.T. Narro
In this epic culmination of the series, a betrayal forces Basen and his allies out from the protective walls of the Academy. A ruthless army begins hunting them down with plans of extermination. When Basen is separated from everyone, he must rely on himself to stay alive until he can reunite Kyrro’s Allies. His determination to not only survive, but to lead his army to victory, inspires a plan that will forever change the fate of Ovira. Now he just has to figure out how to implement it.
©2016 B.T. Narro (P)2017 B.T. Narro
As the momentum of war builds, desperation to win dominates the whole continent. How far will each army go when honor becomes nothing more than a weakness? The final battle approaches, but not before a brutal betrayal is revealed that leaves even the Krepps in shock.
©2014 B.T. Narro (P)2015 B.T. Narro
“The narration is perfect – a strong, believable performance with just enough nuance to make the story clear and intriguing but still leaves room for the listener’s imagination.”
“Brad C. Wilcox delivers an excellent performance.”
In this epic culmination of the series, Cleve returns to Greenedge in hopes of keeping the war from reaching his homeland. But he never expected what’s happened in his absence. The four kings have been killed by an emerging army, displacing Jek and the Takarys – Cleve’s only trusted allies. Desperate to find them, he turns to the very man responsible for their absence. Meanwhile, Jek faces the toughest challenge of his life when his king is murdered and he’s forced to flee the land he’s sworn to protect. Now with five armies at war, Jek struggles to understand who he should be fighting against, especially when his old friend Cleve is seen marching with known enemies. Whatever Jek decides, it had better be soon. The green fog of desmarls covers more of the continent each day. The man-eating monsters grow hungry, and their muscle far exceeds any of the five armies at war.
©2016 B.T. Narro (P)2016 B.T. Narro