Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"Adventures with Easton" book review


    A young boy, Easton Wilbur, attempts to overcome his adversities through his dreams and friendships. Easton has a disability due to a car wreck at age three. Because of this disability, he develops the ability to escape the real world and travel to a magical world through his dreams. Now a nine year old boy, Easton is excited every night to dream a new adventure. When he finds out that happiness is actually all around him, some remarkable things start to happen. As he learns through open communications, the true magic happens when he is awake.


   In Adventures with Easton, local author Mary Gilmartin takes the adult reader to a place that can only be remembered from dreams or memories. For those young readers, it is a place of exciting mysteries, adventure and enjoyment. Her attention to major and minor details is very clever. The way she weaves in faith, redemption and love all set in Atlanta, Georgia primarily kept this Georgia reader interested from the first word to the last.

Easton Wilbur is a nine year old boy dealing with feelings, issues and pain that many kids his age shouldn’t have to. When he was three years old, he was in a very tragic car accident that broke his foot and killed his mother.

Dealing with rejections, fear, and sadness, this boy tries to feel happy. This seems to be found only in his dreams every night. With his new stepmother Clara, their relationship is strained with her being mean and constantly riding him about chores such as washing dishes and clothes which are things a mother should.

As the story unfolds, Easton learns about faith in people, redemption from his stepmother and dad, and new friendships making him feel happy and alive.

While his dreams are realistic adventures, the realization those new friends, family and his pet help provide the real adventures daily eliminating his adversities and pain.

This book can be read by 9 to 90 year old. The innocence and true wonderment found in the pages makes you want more. The southern charm Ms. Gilmartin has with place, setting and theme just might rub off on you no matter where you live. Also knowing that this is a trilogy series, I look forward to reading the continuing saga of Easton Wilbur.

I give this book 4 ½ out of 5 stars.

Bradley Evans

Sunday, January 29, 2012

“Injustice For All” Book Review by Bradley Evans

A federal judge is bleeding on his office floor, betrayed by a most unlikely source—people who helped him bring criminals to justice. Now, why would someone working for the FBI need to disappear after witnessing this crime?

When Remington Wyatt sees her godfather’s murder, she recognizes the killers and knows it’s only a matter of time before they come to silence her. She must do the only thing possible to stay alive . . . run.

FBI agent Rafe Baxter is serious about his career, and solving a cold case involving a federal judge’s death puts him in line for the promotion he so desires. But the case leads him to the small town of Hopewell, Louisiana, where some secrets seem inextricably hidden deep within the bayou.

Injustice for All explores what happens when everything a person believes in is utterly destroyed. Who can you trust?

In this story, Injustice for All, the lead character Remington Wyatt has a life altering moment after the death of her godfather which leads to her choice of witness protection to save her life. A federal judge, Daniel Tate, is shot dead as this book begins. He was the godfather of Remington after the death of her parents. As he is dying in his mansion, Daniel tells Remington to take everything out of his safe and protect it with her life.

Several years later, the events of that day are beginning to resurface themselves as a cold case which the FBI is reexamining. This reopening occurred when FBI agent Rafe Baxter decides to transfer from one bureau office to another in hope to bring the fire back into his career. As the premise states above, the case leads him to Louisiana.

Remington Wyatt who changed her name to Bella Miller years before, is now coming under attack. The new identity in a new town starts to unravel the loyalty and friendship she created with Police Commissioner Hayden Simpson and the people of Hopewell.

Robin Caroll has yet again written a fast paced quick page turning novel that is full of fear, faith and forgiveness. It is a great suspense novel in a territory that Robin knows so well. If you are considering being a first time reader of Caroll’s work, then you can do no wrong in choosing Injustice for All. It is the beginning of a new series and if you are like me, it only wets your appetite to want to read more of her work. I give this book a 4 ½ out of 5 stars.
Be blessed!

Bradley Evans