I love to curl up with a nice, steaming cup of tea and a free book to review. In fact I subscribe to three book review sites: Book Crash, Book Rooster and The Bookplex just so I can indulge in my favorite leisure activity. What’s even better is when an author contacts me for a review. If you’re an author looking for someone to review your book or short story, check out my Request a Review page.
Because I like to share the great reads I’ve found (and warn readers of the not-so-great finds), I developed a system:
- One cup — worse than a cup of luke warm black pekoe
- Two cups — it may be hot, but you’ll need plenty of sweetener just to tolerate it
- Three cups — it’s not my favorite, but it beats going without
- Four cups — nice and hot and only needs a smidge of sweetener to be perfect
- Five cups — loose leaf vanilla Earl Grey, yummy
Sometimes a book or story doesn’t warrant a five cup rating, but it’s so good it can’t be missed. For those I include the “Must Read” starburst in front of the cup rating. You’ll find my cup rating above the picture of the cover. Enjoy!
The One Book of Etretat (The Sirenne Saga)The Greyman (The Sirenne Saga) by Matt Chatelain
I usually do not agree to read an entire series, but the sample I read of The Caves of Etretat, Book One of Four (The Sirenne Saga) made me decide to give this entire four book series a chance. Here is the description of Book Four:
Ultimate Confrontation, Ultimate Answers In the previous books of the series, Paul Sirenne was changed into a fledgling immortal in the caves of Etretat, France. Based in the caves, Sirenne was preparing for an ultimate confrontation against the Greyman, the oldest immortal on earth. With countless disasters occurring everywhere and a pandemic disease killing all children in the womb, all events were converging on Sirenne. To make matters worse, Weissmuller, the immortal serial killer was continually dogging his steps. In the fourth and final novel of the series, Sirenne learns he has been selected to find the Other, the only being strong enough to defeat the Greyman. Sirenne has mastered electromagnetic flight and the ability to manifest objects and manipulate matter. Weissmuller has revealed himself and an uneasy alliance has been made. Armageddon is fast approaching, with people dying by the millions, as Sirenne tries to understand what is really going on. The unstoppable Greyman is drawing near and an ultimate confrontation seems inevitable. Everything rests on Sirenne’s final decision. Will he be able to accept the real answers behind everything? ‘The Greyman’ ends the four-book epic adventure following Paul Sirenne, an average man unknowingly manipulated into becoming the key in the final phase of a complex conspiracy spanning millennia. Inextricably woven into history, the series re-writes everything we know in a non-stop rollercoaster of a ride where nothing is ever as it seems. The Saga’s Phenomenal Conclusion
The first part of The Caves of Etretat, Book Four of Four: The Greyman was as exciting as book three. This one had me turning pages quickly to find out what would happen next. There were quite a few surprises, especially concerning the Abbey’s involvement in the entire mystery.
Again, while I’m sure it wasn’t intended, the Americans in the story made me laugh. They were more or less caricatures of every movie I’ve seen where the military decides to go in with guns blazing because their motto seems to be “Shoot first. Ask questions later.” There were no redeeming qualities to these characters, no reason to feel they were in any way justified in their thinking. In fact, when they are wiped off the planet, I didn’t care. Not sure if that was how I was supposed to react or not.
The beginning of the book was very exciting, though there were a few parts that seemed unbelievable even given that we’ve been alerted to why certain things are able to happen.
However, I scanned most of the last of the book from the Original Dream to about halfway through Growth because the story slowed down to less than a crawl at that point. We’ve already figured out that Paul has jumped to the next level and we’ve already learned what that next level is about, so re-living the entire thing wasn’t all that interesting. I wish the author had condensed the entire last bit into one section instead of three.
If you’ve read the first three books, then it’s almost a given that you’ll want to read The Greyman (The Sirenne Saga) by Matt Chatelain. However, beware that the entire story comes to a screeching halt near the end and continues on at a rate that mirrors those dreams we have where we run hard, but get nowhere.