Authors Showcase: Politics and Passion
December 27, 2012
The Book: Message from Panama
The Author: Britt Vasarhelyi
The Story: When you’re summoned to Panama by a dead man and shot within 12 hours of arriving, you might be tempted to hop on the next plane and go home. But then the dangerous world you’ve entered takes a bizarre twist.
Political consultant Pen Smith had been thinking about making a change in his life but he never envisioned desperately trying to outwit a determined and lethal adversary, chasing an embezzler across one of the most remote and dangerous jungles in the world, and falling in love with a beautiful Panamanian fashion designer – who just happens to have been his dead uncle’s lover.
Pen assumes the attack on him is connected to a recent inheritance. But as events unwind at an express-train pace, another more sinister motive emerges from the shadows. What is the real reason someone wants Pen dead? Can he find out before the next attempt on his life? And who else will be caught up in this nerve-wracking game of murder, torture and macabre gamesmanship?
MESSAGE FROM PANAMA sweeps from the political insider’s Washington, DC to Panama’s legendary jungles of intrigue. Somewhere in between, Pen’s life hangs in the balance. Only he can keep the scales from tipping toward his own death.
Review by E. Simon: This thriller provides lots of action from the first page. The pace remains intense and entertaining and suspenseful. just about the time the action slows down and allows you to catch your breath, startling revelations lead to a critical climax that is unexpected.
The book takes the reader through a variety of experiences and settings that are original and won’t have been encountered in other books. There is a nicely handled romance to go along with the suspense and anxiety-producing action. The characters are well crafted and remain consistent throughout the book. This is a first class action/thriller/mystery/romance. Congratulations to a debut author for an outstanding performance.
Review by Harley Bernbach: This first time author has written a winner of a thriller. She has created a fascinating cast of characters, both admirable and not, and works them seamlessly into her story line, building and maintaining the suspense until the end. If you like twists and turns, they are aplenty here. This book is both intelligently written and hard to put down. I eagerly await the next book by this author.
The Book: Falcon’s Angel
The Author: Danita Minnis
Falcon wants the Stradivarius in her possession and goes undercover to track down a thief. He soon discovers he is not the only killer in search of the violin.thie
il Dragone, a devil-worshiping cult, wants revenge for a past only they can remember.
Falling in love was never part of Falcon’s plan but before he can have what he wants, he must help Angelina unlock the secrets of a love, which ended in tragedy in Eighteenth Century France.
This is one special assignment that must be completed before il Dragone gets what they want.
Review by Linda D. Hayes-Gibbs: In a world that is forever in flux between the past and present a great love story abides between Falcon and Sasha or Angelina, his Angel. She goes by several names as he does. They are in Yorkshire, England and Italy most of the time but there is a lot of travel between times and places. Although their names change between time periods from the 1780’s till the present, it is not difficult to find them. They are always together.
Falcon is an aristocrat that has turned into an assassin to accomplish his quest to annihilate an extreme evil. This evil is il Dragone, a devil-worshiping cult, he remembers from his dreams. He has been on the trail of a stolen Stradivarius for ten years. His boss is certain that a certain young lady that plays this instrument is the thief. Falcon is not so sure and decides he has to get up close and personal to find out why this beautiful young lady would be a thief.
Angel was born in the aristocracy too but prefers her violin music to anything until Falcon enters into her life. Her dreams torment her of a terrifying fire where she is consumed to claustrophobic dreams of being literally enclosed. Her fears seem about to envelope her into insanity until Falcon. He seems so familiar to her and they can’t seem to leave each other alone. Her only passion was her violin music but now it has a different flavor when he plays piano with her violin. The passion between them turns into a raging inferno and consumes them until they find themselves in a lot of trouble from outside sources.
The main antagonist is a cult that worships a dragon. The story weaves them through a labyrinth with a dragon on their trail ready to eat them with his fiery head. Other dangers await with the cult members trying to murder them.
Without warning you are on beautiful estates that have withstood the sands of time. The beautiful descriptions of these estates keep you intrigued. Their memories and trials take them on a cross-country hunt for these people evil people.
Next we are back into danger again. The dragon’s blood gives the cult extraordinary powers. They can disappear and appear as shadows on the walls. Falcon and Angel battle these powers of evil over several centuries. Their determination and love keeps the story going, so from cover to cover you can’t wait to find out what happens next. It has a passion and mystery that ignites your blood.
I was moved by the personalities of the characters from the heroine finding her own strength and power to the hero that only grows more powerful in his time. The characters are myriad and complex in their intensities. The poetic descriptions were beautiful and moved the story along gracefully. The music in the story only strengthened the characters personalities and added color and depth. They form a basic tale of love conquering time and place. I was very moved by the lover’s story
I love the Paranormal and Regency England so I was in heaven with this beautiful tale. I hope to find more of this author’s books on the shelves soon. I give this book a rating of five stars out of five. It was an enjoyable read.