Earth Sentinels: The Storm Creators by Elizabeth M. Herrera

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Kindle: $6.09
Paperback: $12.95

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This daring adventure begins with the fallen angel Bechard somberly observing the world’s natural resources being destroyed by mankind’s greed, corruption and indifference. Realizing drastic measures are needed, he searches for people who might join his quest to protect the planet before it’s too late. The fallen angel finds the 17-year-old, big-hearted Zachary, who had hoped to take over the family’s organic farm until fracking ruined their water supply, and Billy White Smoke, a mysterious Native American who is the young man’s mentor. Bechard also discovers Haruto, a courageous woman and spiritual healer living in Fukushima, Japan, who wants to fix the nuclear meltdown that is raging out of control; Mahakanta, a cotton farmer in India, who commits suicide after his GMO crops failed; an Amazonian tribal shaman and his beautiful daughter, Conchita, who are fighting against intruders illegally tearing down their rainforest; and the Bear Claw First Nation tribe members who are dealing with an unstoppable oil spill that is ruining their traditional hunting grounds. Blue doors and ethereal mists beckon the characters to a spirit realm where they meet the mastermind Bechard and form an alliance. Together, they use supernatural powers to grab the world’s attention, demanding that the world’s leaders implement the changes…or else. But as the events unfold and governments retaliate, the characters are forced to question their motives, fight for their lives and listen to their hearts. 

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PSA: This review was scheduled prior to the natural disaster in the US. It was in no way chosen to rub it in people’s face. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those, who lost their homes, and to those, who lost even more than that. 

Elizabeth M. Herrera, yet again, strikes with an unbelievable story. Just like the previous book I reviewed (Dreams of Heaven), this one deals with the spirit world too. Although, not quite in the same way. Let us get to it.

Warning: This will not be your usual “cover all the details in the story” review.

The book deals with corruption and destruction of our environment, our world. The destruction that, in the end, leads to natural disasters. The first few chapters in the book are used to provide different points of view from different people. Whether it be native tribes or business men, buying their shares of forests to ruin.

The author then switches the view-point and focuses it on, what we could call, the spirit of our world. The spirit that oversees everything and manages to connect the people, who will fight to save the world around them. Not for money, but for themselves and the future generations. The same people who lost everything, because others did not care about them. Does it sound awfully familiar to what we are experiencing in our world right now? I will not go into more detail regarding the story, because you need to pick it up and read it for yourself. The ending is superb.

What I want to do in this review, however, is raise a few questions, and I want each and every one of you to answer them to yourself.

Who have we become? Why are we willing to sell our souls for a few glorified papers that we call “money”? Why are we destroying not only our world, but the world of future generations? Believe it or not, but we are here only for a fraction of a moment. In that fraction of a moment, we can make a difference. We can influence others. Not with money, but with good deeds. Help each other. Nothing else will ever matter. There is no amount of money in this world that you can trade to live another life. If you do not believe me, ask Steve Jobs.

The reason I cut this review short, and in the end, it is basically not even a review anymore, is because this blog does not deserve it. This book is not something you can review, because it speaks to you on a higher level. I could go on blabbing about how corruption is bad and whatever, but what would be the point? Read the book. Let it influence you, and make your own review, in your head. Share that review. Share the idea.

Book recommendation: 10/10

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Gibberish #8

Okay, I did not find any WiFi connection to post Gibberish on Monday, so you are getting one now. In other news, Czech Republic was a blast

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But to return to our usual topics. I am considering moving the time frame in which the posts are published. I have checked the stats and most of you, who check out my site, come from USA. So I am thinking of changing it to something that might fit you all more. I am not sure yet.

My previous rant about reviews seemed to work. I must thank all the authors that responded and offered their books for free. Just as it is supposed to be. This whole situation is still a hell of a lot weird to me, so I am glad everything worked out. For the record, as this is the last time I will be talking about this, if you want me to read your book, buy it and do a review – I will not respond to your email. Call me a scumbag, I do not care.

That is all for today, I need to go catch some z’s since I came home from the trip yesterday at like midnight. As I promised, I will write about the trip, so that is what awaits you in the next week‘s Gibberish.

Do not forget to check in tomorrow, for your weekly book review.

– Viking

Gibberish #7

Because I messed up the scheduling and do not want to skip Gibberish, you are all getting it today. Yay.

I am going abroad next week so I will write all the stuff (for next week) probably today, so you guys will not miss a thing. I might wait out with Gibberish and report in from Prague. I will see how much time I will have. I will write something anyway and schedule it, just in case I will not have time on monday. I will definitely write a post related to the trip though.

ATTENTION!

I have received a few e-mails asking me for a review. I am always open for that, but do not expect me to buy your book and then review it. That is just not how this works. I do not have enough money to buy books from all of you. I will write this into the page description too and I hope it does the trick. I also hope you all understand this.

Anyways, see you soon, Prague

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– Viking

Gibberish #6

So lately I have been buying some books off of Kindle. While doing that, I was looking for some free ones, because you never know what kind of a deal you can strike. Now, everyone who is familiar with the Kindle store will probably feel my pain. I present to you…

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Pages upon pages of word porn (?) and romantic garbage. The worst thing about it is that this crap is listed in all freaking categories. You want to read some history? Nope, have some wannabe 50 shades ripoff. Want to just browse through books in literature and fiction? No can do. How about you read some love stories instead?

This shit is not literature. It is rubbish and it should not exist. You cannot just write your horny thoughts (or a love story you are craving for) into a few pages and call it a book.

Yet again, though, I feel like an idiot, because somehow this garbage attracts readers. I just cannot comprehend the stupidity of some people, but I must say it is a great idea, if you want to make money. If you as an author, deem yourself low enough, to put your name next to that, that is.

And now all those who read this crap (all three of you) will jump up and yell: “Hey, how dare you?! These books have depth and you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about!”

Or do I? I have sacrificed myself, so you do not have to. I have read through a book that falls in either (if not all) of these categories. Now, because I do not want to bore you into reading too much in one go, I will substitute this week’s article with a new show called Rant Club. And I will use it every time I start ranting about something in Gibberish and want to prove my point in more than a couple of paragraphs.

Catch you all on Wednesday at 1PM UTC+1.

– Viking

Blood Tide – Brian Burt (OLD REVIEW)

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Opening your heart takes far more courage than battling your enemies.

One word that can describe the book – Amazing. This is the most action packed book I have read in years. If you think that you can compare it to the first part then you are highly mistaken.
This second part of the Aquarius Rising takes the whole story up a notch. It takes what the first book had to offer, but amplifies it immensely. It does not fool around, the action starts a few pages in, and it will just draw you in and make you want to turn page after page to see what happens next. If you think the first book had an awesome story then hang tight, this one will offer that and much more in each and every chapter. The climax of the book is so intense I found myself unable to put down the book.
Like in the previous part, chapters are divided in a sense that you are able to see the whole story from every angle. But that does not mean that you know everything. Far from that. You will need to connect some ties together too.
You are able to experience the story even more deeply because you know the setting already and you know your characters, the ones that made a bond with you in the first book. Like in the previous part, some bonds will be broken, and you will feel a void that cannot be quite filled. You will also see that the book offers many new characters so you should not go into the book thinking you know each and every one of them to their core.
I probably forgot to state a few important things but I will just let it be. I cannot say too much because I, as usual, do not want to ruin the book for other readers. But I can say this – read the book. There will be no time wasted here, you will like if not even love it.

Book recommendation: 9,5/10

Aquarius Rising: In the Tears of God – Brian Burt (OLD REVIEW)

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There’s always light in the darkness. It may be hard to find, but you can’t stop looking just because you’ve grown accustomed to the gloom.

To be honest here, I did not expect the book to hit off like it did. The beginning was really nothing special, I found myself trying to accustom to the setting and the beings I was reading about. There is a bit too much information and detail at the beginning and you are not sure exactly who is who. This causes no problems later in the book, as soon as you catch the flow, you are ready to rock’n’roll.
If you are a fan of having many descriptions of the things you are reading about, then this is also a book for you. The author shows his descriptive skills right off the bat. Even if you find descriptions boring, do not turn away from this book. They are not over complicated. They are here to help you imagine the setting better because, just like the story, the world is immense. It is not just set in the ocean, but also on the land.
After you dive into what Mother Ocean has to offer you find an impressive story that just draws you in and does not let go until the very last page. The story is so immensely deep that you could easily make the book into a movie (if it were not for the fact that human-dolphin hybrids would be hard to recreate). It will take you through friendship, shame and death all while being wrapped up in a blanket of mystery.
You will develop a bond with the characters and will sympathize with them through their journey. Many bonds will be broken, but many will stay with you to the end of the book.
I have to thank the author, Brian Burt, for sending me a review copies of not only this book, but the second part as well. Thank you for inviting me into the vast Mother Ocean and showing me all the beauty it has to offer. I cannot wait to start reading the second part.

Book recommendation: 8/10