Brenda Maxwell

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Smashwords book reviews by Brenda Maxwell

  • A Luminous Future on July 01, 2012

    An exceptional story... Earlier today, I was making plans for our annual Fourth of July BBQ party. Tonight, I am writing down my impressions of the incredibly moving, “A Luminous Future” by Dr. Teodor Flonta. How are these two related? Well, I think so many people in my position take our freedoms for granted, even if we think we don’t. As I prepare to celebrate my country’s Independence Day, I am struck by the fact that not only are many others denied the same freedoms we enjoy, but that they can be so viciously and cruelly mistreated in the name of a political faction. If I was being honest with myself, would I have had the strength and courage as Teodor Flonta and his family if I was in their shoes? I honestly don’t know. And that is why I was so impressed with this book and so moved by their actions. I have a feeling this story will stay with me for a long time, and I’ve already given it to my oldest daughter to read (she’s in college). Thank you for sharing this marvelous story with the world, and God Bless you and your lovely family!
  • The Caline Conspiracy on Sep. 05, 2012

    In a way this book reminded me a bit of the movie “IRobot”, but with a pet instead of a robot. Very intriguing concept, and I especially enjoyed the premise because although it isn’t real (yet), it totally feels like one day it will be! With all the advances in genetic engineering that have taken place over the past few decades, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before scientists will create the perfect companion pet for people, like the calines. So I was definitely pulled into this story, and was impressed with the quality of clear, descriptive writing from the authors. This is a fast paced read, and fans of good mysteries, pet lovers, scifi readers…heck, anyone who enjoys an excellent read should be sure to pick it up. Definitely recommend.
  • The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky on July 10, 2014

    Thank you, David Litwack for this touching and heart-warming story! It’s such a refreshing change from the depressing dystopia I’ve been reading lately. I enjoyed this as I have the other books from Mr. Litwack. He not only weaves interesting and complex tales, but does so with some of the loveliest prose I’ve seen from any author anywhere. But he doesn’t go overboard and keeps the story flowing at a nice and steady rhythm. It’s hard not to read too fast because you want to know what happens, but at the same time struggle to pace yourself so that it’s not over too soon! This is a harder book to define exactly what type it is, as it definitely has a slightly sci/fi/fantasy/alternative history vibe, but at the same time feels current and realistic (for the most part). The characters are believable and endearing. A strong message that leaves us satisfied, yet still wanting more. Simply delightful. Highly recommend.
  • The Sense of Touch on Aug. 14, 2014

    The Sense of Touch by Ron Parsons is the first I’ve read from this author, and I certainly hope it’s not the last! He doesn’t waste time or mince words, simply getting right to the meat of the matter and letting us escape our lives and visit other people’s for a spell. I like the stories each had their own distinctive personality and identity, and none were predictable or ordinary. In fact, I was genuinely surprised by sudden turn of events (usually delivered in one simple sentence) several times. This kept me invested in the book as a whole, knowing that each story had the ability to engage, interest, and surprise me. Very well done and I think this author is terrifically talented.
  • Escambia Fills on Nov. 19, 2014

    first, I have to say that I don’t normally read books that are “Christian Fiction”, but I was looking for something a little out of my comfort zone and this book sounded intriguing. Well, I am most certainly glad I took the chance on Greg Robards’s “Escambia Fills”! This was a brilliant novel and very impressive for a debut. The title comes from the place where the Lead character Max Armstrong comes across a dead body while out in his canoe, then he realizes that not only does he know the victim, but now he’s a suspect in his murder! This sets out a chain of events and nonstop action that keeps going through to the end. All in all a very good read that I’d recommend even to those who don’t normally read this sort of thing…try it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!