Monday, January 24, 2011

The Time of My Life

The Time of My Life
Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi
Atria a book division of Shimon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10020
247 Pages

I adored Patrick Swayze as much as probably millions of other people have. The most sensuous scene I have ever seen was in the movie “Ghost.” When Demi Moore sat at her pottery wheel and he sat behind her, and took her hands as they worked in the clay was pure magic.

What I found amazing in this book was his feelings of inadequacy. That he was never good enough no matter how hard he tried. He was a football player, gymnast, horseman, dancer and actor. Even though he was brilliant at what he did, he felt it was not good enough.

More than once in this book he has said, “It had to be done as a Swayze,” which meant he could never do anything half way. He had to give his all and be the best at what he did.

He is so lucky he had his precious wife Lisa who helped him along his journey in this life, until his life ended. We will all miss him but he comes alive for us whenever we watch one of his movies. Or when you read this book and find the real Patrick Swayze.

Sandra Heptinstall
Whispering Winds Book Reviews
Rated G
Posted in Feb.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Title: The War of the Dead
Author: Brian Kittrell
Publisher: Late Nite Books
Publisher Address: PO Box 321, Brandon, MS 39042
Publisher Phone Number: 601-665-7555
Publisher Website Address:
ISBN: 978-0-9829495-0-4
Price: $10.99
Page Count: 310

Often times we wait for the next book of a series to come out and then are disappointed, as it does not live up to the first book. I can honestly say that I liked this book even more than the first book.

In this second installment we are given the military perspective of what has happened in our country. The whole eastern seaboard has been hit by missiles. Many people have been killed from the attack, but then something strange happens. Some of the dead come back alive and are attacking and trying to kill the people who had made it through the initial attack.

Captain Andy McKenzie is assigned to a military post called “North Star,” which is near Fort Hood, Texas. His job is to keep everything coordinated, and inform Washington of his findings. By satellites he can see how the Marines are doing in the jungles where the attack was launched.

After many attempts at contacting Washington, and reporting his findings, Captain McKenzie learns that Washington, DC has been hit and people are either dead or have become a type of zombie. McKenzie finds his own men and women are leaving their post to move as far West as they can, and taking everything they think they may need too survive on their own.

This book is captivating and will keep you reading. You will find yourself waiting for the next installment. This is not your ordinary zombie type of book. Do not let the word "zombie" turn you away, as this book can encompass a variety of different genres.

For some of us baby boomers this story can hit home. We grew up doing drills each month where we would have to get under our desk and cover our heads. Then, the threat was the U.S.S.R and some people even had underground shelters in case we were attacked.

Again, I have to say that this book also has just a whisper of truth in it that will keep you reading. We now live in a world that is filled with terrorist and extremist. Who can say that the things that are mentioned in this book can not happen in our world today? You need to read this book.

Sandra Heptinstall

Rated PG for violence
posted in Feb.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Cross Gardener
Jason E Wright
Berkley Publishing Group
375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014
293 Pages

What a beautifully written book. This story will lead your heart in many different directions. It is a book of love, loss, grief, depression and finding your way back, with the grace of God.

It is thought provoking and the ending is not what you think it will be. I was so surprised that I read it twice.

An excellent read.

Sandra Heptinstall

Rated G