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Smashwords book reviews by KeyLargo411

  • All the Way with JFK: An Alternate History of 1964 on April 12, 2017

    Not Kindle Unlimited, received it through the writer, via smashwords, which was via librarything, which was sort of different for me {Smashwords review, not getting them that way though, have couple in the past}, though not the receive free in hopes of a review, though do remember asking for this one, as an alternate history of one of this country's major changes and turning points was this one among a few others. This particular story had certain key people of that time not dying, and certain other ones dying in different places or at different times, and of course a lot of historical people and events turning out different, somewhat like a book version of Quantum Leap television show in a way. It was interesting, although found it hard to follow in places, so much so that it did cause enough attention on that to take away a star of the rating; some was the lack of decent line breaks/paragraphs and some was the general confusion caused. Having said that, would also like to point out again, though, the 'what if' nature of the book was intriguing. The writer also did Beating Plowshares into Swords: An Alternate History of the Vietnam War and definitely has a bit of knack for this type story. It was worth the read.
  • Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou on April 21, 2017

    Not Kindle Unlimited, actually got this as one of those amazon gift books after asking a review site to ask the writer if could have a review copy, so needless to say but will say it anyway, free will and all that, and yes all my own opinions and in no way other than being grateful for the chance to read a non-ku book does my review have anything to do with anything other than my usual wanted to read it, read it, and now reviewing it. {The 4 star rating matches that of Amazon, because just felt as if it could have been a bit tighter on the writing in places, bit more overview, and yes still perhaps added a bit more to the ending which seemed just a bit abrupt.} Maybe that really means it might should have been a 5, because did get interested in the story to wonder more. Definitely worth a read. What convinced the President of America to enter in to WW, the men, women, and machines that played pivotal parts in fighting and winning this war against a country that came to fight, again, after being beat in the 'Great War' {WWI}, the discrimination and atrocities committed against people for their color, race, and religious background. The story tells of the bravery, ability, and cunning of not only the Navajo Code Talkers but also of 'everyday' soldiers who helped make it happen, after spending years having their heritage and their language attempt to be suppressed. “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. {George Santayana} This is why we must remember the horrors of war, and never forget the bravery done despite it. "There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism." {Alexander Hamilton} Have been reading The Grandfather Paradox by the same writer, and though I have some issues with the length, ending, etcetera, it deserves at least a 4.5 but since there isn't one going with a 5. Had to delete original review to update it, since could find no edit.
  • The Grandfather Paradox: A Time-Travel Story on April 22, 2017

    Not Kindle Unlimited, actually got this as one of those amazon gift books after asking a review site to ask the writer if could have a review copy, so needless to say but will say it anyway, free will and all that, and yes all my own opinions and in no way other than being grateful for the chance to read a non-ku book does my review have anything to do with anything other than my usual wanted to read it, read it, and now reviewing it. Needs to have half star ratings because there are some issues to me with this and the other one, just not a star's worth. The writing, as in the other one, could have been tighter in places and some things left out all together {the extra descriptions of things that didn't really advance the story so slowed it down, the basically not graphic but dealing with sex, what was the point, literally, etcetera}. Maybe if the writer tried to put this in to serialized version he would realize just what parts are sticking out/don't contribute to the story, and then make each story a trilogy or whatever it is they call a 2 set, because even as a natural speedreader it took me a day each for both books {War and Peace only took me 2 days, and that was broken up by school, but nowadays do nothing but mainly read.} Had already read Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou by same writer, the same way, the same thoughts overall. Wanted to give it a 4 1/2 but of course not such thing so went to 4, but hopefully the writer will consider the points made, as the stories were good, BUT... Ah and btw, Parker was not the last name in any way of Billy the Kid; Parker was the last name of Bonnie of Bonnie and Clyde infamy.
  • World of Shawn on May 10, 2017

    Not available on KU so probably got it from freebie site or even a couple that get books to read for possible review now and then hmmm LibraryThing maybe will check. Suppose it's a LitRPG type story, so could be for even teens, didn't seem to be anything 'bad' and/or graphic, but nice entertaining story.Bit strange story with even stranger ending, but again entertaining. Like reading this type thing, hate trying to figure out what to say for no spoiler review.