Monday, June 24, 2013

BOOKS!! JEEPS!! JEEPS!! BOOKS!!

OK guys, here's a real easy & fun one for 'ya.  What I would like for you to do is take a picture of you or someone you know reading a book next to, in, or around a Jeep. It doesn't have to be your Jeep as long as it’s a Jeep. (Please don't get arrested). 
Be as creative as you wish.  

However, the picture MUST include a Jeep, the Jeep logo, or Jeep's iconic seven-slot grill. It must be VERY clear that the vehicle is a Jeep. 

Book lovers let your personality shine through.  Authors, here is your chance to self promote. Books, posters, t-shirts are all OK with me.  Photographers, show off a little bit. 

Send your pictures to 
rubiconreader@yahoo.com.  The pictures will be used in a project I'm working on as well as my various social networking sites.  Please feel free to share this eMail or blog with your book loving friends.  Thank you everyone, I can't wait to see how fun and creative your pictures are. 

If you have any further questions please contact me - 
rubiconreader@yahoo.com

Friday, June 21, 2013

'Sexual Exploits of a Nympho 3' by Richard Jeanty

Well... where do I begin?  Richard Jeanty sent me this book a few months ago but, like most readers, I have to be in a certain mood to read certain books. What kind of mood must you be in to read a book like this?  A real good one. If by some chance you aren't in a good mood, by the time you finish this book you will be. This is part three of a series but I don't think you need to go back and read the other two in order to catch up. This one stands on its own, only the characters are the same. ‘Sexual Exploits of a Nympho 1' came out in 2005, so it's been eight years from #1 to #3. I still think you should read the first one because that one is crazy-stoopid hot! (Shut up, I'm a child of the 90's).

Darren and Tina have tied the knot and are working hard to make their dream come true. New businesses, new clients, new money, and a new assistant. The new assistant is where the problem comes. Think of your dream woman. Now think of your dream woman wearing something sexy (very sexy). Now think of your dream woman wearing something sexy and working next to you. Everyday. Sometime up to ten hours a day. The dream girl is Abigail and the HNIC is Darren. You know where this is going to go, what you don't know is the how/when/and where.

But you find out. In graphic, glory, sensual, erotic detail.

Over the years I have known Richard to be a writer who holds back absolutely nothing when it comes to writing his sex scenes. That doesn't change with this book. Darren and Tina are in wedding bliss and their bedroom life is chock full of fun, sweating, moaning, groaning, spanking, and thanking. You'd think that when you have someone who is attentive to each and every one of your sexual desires you wouldn't need to cheat.

Well... you'd  be wrong.

Although Darren and Tina are happy with each other, they have appetites for other things. I liken this to a man who loves buffalo wings.  Despite his love for buffalo wings, one day he has an uncontrollable for steamed shrimp.  No matter how many flavors of buffalo wings you put in front of him, nor how good they are, it doesn't matter because he wants shrimp. Darren is the man, Tina is the buffalo wing, and Abigail is the shrimp. One fine ass muther-fuc*ing shrimp.

The only hiccup was during the sexual assault trial. The build up was great and I was all ready to get into a nasty court battle... then "that" happens. That left a bad taste in my mouth because I was sincerely like "huh... wait... that can't be how it turns out can it?"  I mean it was really weird because I almost feel like that part could have been left out and the story would have been just fine.

If you know Richard or follow him on FaceBook then you know how outspoken he is on a number of issues.  Some authors beat you over the head with it and don’t have the first damn clue how to tactfully work it into a story.  Richard does.  There’s a fine line between preaching and having conviction.  I don’t agree with Richard all of the time but I can appreciate how he works it in.  I think that is also the reason I’m so miffed by the courtroom trial.  I was waiting and wanting the judge and the defense to publically prison rape that racist prosecutor… but… ah well. 

All in all I enjoyed (yet again) another book by Mr. Jeanty.  Sorry it took me so long to get to this one my man, but it was worth it. 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

'The Forgotten Legion' by Ben Kane

'The Forgotten Legion'. Published in 2009 (US). Read in 2013. 

I've read most of Ben Kane’s books and have enjoyed each of them. My bookstore has carried 'Forgotten Legion' for a while now, and I've even sold it a number of times based on the strength of his other books. But I haven't read it until now. Please don't be like me. Read this book. Read this book now.

If you enjoy historical-fictional stories with Rome as the backdrop, then this should be your next book. Yes it has your to be expected showering of blood, guts, and abject brutality. But what keeps your face buried in these pages are the way he tells you about the blood, guts, and abject brutality. This book is easily one of the books that you will hate to put down. I had more than a few 2 AM nights reading this puppy.

Rome is in a precarious state. Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus all want power and each has a "legitimate" claim to the throne, per say. There is a lot of story going on here with a few very interesting "I'm taking literary creativity with a few things and if you don't like it you can suck it out a straw" twists. Julius Caesar... every writer has fun writing about this guy and Ben is no exception.  But in this case Caesar is not a nice guy.  Ben writes him as an ambitious man but an ambitious man that has a very dark side.  A very dark side. 

They saying goes, “control the mob and you control Rome”.  So while Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus are busy playing ‘Stratego’, the real story is found in the gutter.  The smelly, putrid, disgusting, fetid smelling gutter.  Slaves, legionaries, prostitutes, thieves and murderers all play their part in this very exciting Roman tale.

Romulus and Fabiola are brother and sister.  Both are born into slavery and both have suffered enough pain and seen enough cruelty to make Caligula say “damn”.  Despite their lowly stature as slaves the gods still see fit to play Tiddlywinks with their lives and that is the meat of the story.  From the gladiator arena, to the brothel, to the battlefield, to Gaul, to lands never seen by Roman eyes, Ben takes us on one hell of a story during one hell of a time. 

I am deliberately not reading the books in this series (there are three total) back to back to back because I really want to savor the way this man tells a story.  And I want it to last for more than a few days.  Yeah… this book WAS that good and based on his other works, I have no reason not to believe the others won’t be the same.  Oh… one more thing.  ‘The Forgotten Legion’ is an interesting title.  Interesting because, well I don’t want to say anything and spoil it for you.  I mean I know why it was named ‘The Forgotten Legion’ but I would love to hear the story behind it.

Anyway… stop reading this and get to reading that.