Finished Reading Patterson, Neggers and Arlidge

It’s been a while since posting anything. Neglectful, busy, went on vacation. Any of those or a multitude more. I have been busy writing and editing, but also reading when I have the time. Just finished five James Patterson books, one by Carla Neggers and one by M.J. Arlidge.
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I’ve pueeny-meenyt off reading M.J.Arlidge for a while and now wondered why. Found Eeny Meeny captivating and disturbing. Helen Grace is one of the more interesting character I’ve come across in some time. As a police inspector she is formidable–in her personal life she is deeply discomforting individual. I enjoyed this volume and have every intent on reading the remaining books in the series. 4/5 stars.

Eeny Meeny (DI Helen Grace #1)
by M. J. Arlidge @mjarlidge 
Kindle Edition 

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Carla’s 5th book in this entertaining series was a little disappointing. Found it dragging in places and some of the narrative felt as if it stopped thkeepers-reache flow of the story. I did enjoy this edition of Sharpe & Donovan. I will be reading Liar’s Key soon, I’m sure. Thanks Carla. 3/5 stars.

Keeper’s Reach (Sharpe & Donovan #5)
by Carla Neggers @CarlaNeggers 
Kindle Edition 

 

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What can you say about James Patterson and Alex Cross that hasn’t been said a million times already. Always entertaining. Best of all–short chapters. LOL.
Below are the last five books by James I’ve read. Thanks James. I’ll rate all of them 4/5 stars.

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Roses Are Red (Alex Cross Book 6)
by James Patterson @JP_Books
Kindle Edition 

 

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Pop Goes the Weasel (Alex Cross Book 5)
by James Patterson @JP_Books 
Kindle Edition 

 

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Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross Book 4)
by James Patterson @JP_Books 
Kindle Edition 

 

 

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Jack & Jill (Alex Cross Book 3)

by James Patterson @JP_Books 

 Kindle Edition 

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #41

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Faldron lay dying.

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“Thank you, Demeas.”

“For what?”

“Your friendship,” replied Faldron as he coughed, blood spurting from his mouth. “It was something I always relied on,” he smiled.

Tears ran down Demeas’ face, “Why didn’t you give up?”

“I couldn’t,” gasped Faldron.

“Tell me why you …”

Faldron’s face relaxed and his eyes closed. Demeas stared at him a moment and pulled his former pupil close. He wept and prayed.

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #40

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The duel has ended.

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“What happened to you?”

“It would take…take too long to explain and you wouldn’t understand. Please forgive me, Demeas. Please pray for my soul,” he gasped, trying to breath. Demeas prayed as if he would for anyone about to die and wondered what had happened to Faldron. What reason did he have to steal the Sacred Book? Why had his appearance changed as it had? Faldron had returned to his former self and lay dying.

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #39

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The conflict comes to a close.

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The man he now fought was unrecognizable as the priest he had once known. Faldron screamed, a sound unlike anything Demeas had ever heard, and increased the intensity of his strikes forcing Demeas to his knees.

Demeas saw an opening and pierced his opponent in the thigh. Faldron stepped back and let out another horrific scream. Demeas stabbed at Faldron, now off-balance, and the blade penetrated Faldron’s ribs cage and out his back. Blood flowed like a stream from the gash and crimsom foam frothed from his mouth and he fell to the ground. Demeas knelt next to his former student, cradling him as Faldron’s features and eyes began returning to normal.

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #38

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Faldron appears to have the upper hand.

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With each blow, Faldron left his upper body exposed. Demeas noticed the opening and kicked him in the chest, throwing Faldron against a large tree that broke his fall to the ground. He gained his composure and moved to the open as he tried to retreat from Demeas’ continued assault. The colliding of metal rang out like a song as their conflict continued. Even in the cold, sweat beaded on each man’s brow.

Faldron moved sideways into the clearing, attempting to get out of Demeas’ way, and threw his short sword at Demeas. The blade lodged in Demeas’ left shoulder, sending a bolt of pain through his shoulder and down his arm. Demeas dropped the sword he held in his right hand, grabbed the one in his shoulder and pulled it out. Faldron continued to thrust and slash at Demeas with erratic inconsistency. He was more like an animal than a man attacking in an irrational fashion.

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #37

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The fight begins

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Faldron lunged at Demeas. The impact threw Demeas off balance. He rolled back and took a crouched stance, fending off Faldron’s blows. Demeas turned and Faldron’s momentum carried him past Demeas. He felt pain in his chest and, when he looked down, noticed his blood stained tunic where Faldron’s blade had made contact. Faldron looked without emotion at Demeas with his dead eyes. Faldron noticed the blood. He tilted his head to the side and revealed a sinister grin. Demeas charged at Faldron, blades slashing.

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #36

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The standoff continues.

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“Tell me who he is. If I die, you deliver The Book. If you die … well … he can’t touch you then.”

“Don’t be so sure,” said Faldron.

Demeas saw something strange in Faldron’s eyes. He thought he imagined it at first until Faldron’s facial features began to change. His usual sparkling light blue eyes now looked like two pieces of dull coal. It was as though all life had left them. His face also changed, becoming disfigured and making him almost unrecognizable.

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #35

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Faldron has made his decision known.

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“End this! We can help. Master Gallien wants to help you.”

For a moment it seemed Faldron would lower his weapons.

“No!”

They circled, each looking for an opening.

“If I don’t deliver The Book, he will kill me! If I kill you, then everything will work out.”

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #34

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The past few weeks have been a challenge for me technically and have not been able to submit any post. The place where I stayed after the fires in Fort McMurray had very unreliable WiFi. I’ve posted this snippet early in hopes that it will have a chance to read it. This will be my third attempt to get it up and it seems to have worked.

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Clash of steel.

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“Then I’ll make the choice for you.”

Faldron ran toward Demeas. He did not move, nor did he regard the swords, but only looked at Faldron’s eyes. Perceiving the intent of the striking swords, Demeas also noticed Faldron’s eyes revealed another objective. With quick hands, he grabbed his swords and blocked Faldron’s steel. The sound of metal clashing and the screaming of the blades as they slid across each other sent nearby birds to noisy flight.

Faldron’s sword was Hivarhan, like all H’Rhophyan swords, forged by the armourers of Hivarha in Southern Sendeshia. It was a lighter sword compared with a standard sword of similar size. Demeas’ sword, while fashioned to resemble an H’Rhophyan blade, was constructed of Elven steel which made it much lighter and stronger than most swords, even H’Rhophyan ones.

“You’re as fast as ever,” grinned Faldron waving a sword at Demeas.

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #33

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It is doubtful this will end peacefully.

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Faldron untied the cord of his cloak and let it to the ground. He drew both swords, holding the short sword in a reverse grip, blade pointing down like a dagger. Demeas untied his cloak and let it fall, but he did not draw a weapon.

“This doesn’t need to happen, Faldron,” continued Demeas in a soft, but firm tone.

Many times he had sparred with Faldron over the years. Faldron had been Demeas’ student after he arrived at The Temple as a young teenager and responsible for his weapons training. On occasion Faldron had bested him, but sparring was not a matter of life and death. This was the last thing Demeas wanted. All personal feelings had to be set aside should this fight become unavoidable.

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