#BookReview : Judenrein by Harold Benjamin #Judenrein #Thriller

Judenrein by Harold Benjamin
Publication Date : March 25th 2020
Publisher : Intrados Publishing
Genre : Dystopia / Thriller
Pages : 386

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Zack Gurevitz has had a checkered past. A Yeshiva boy, turned Green Beret, turned junkie, excommunicated by his one-time faith and now the potential savior of people he doesn’t even like.

As a white supremacist movement stealthily takes the reins of power in America, it is again the Jews who are made out as scapegoats. Stripped of wealth and citizenship, they are made to live in 21st century ghettos that hark back to a sinister and murky past that many had thought would never return.

But things are about to get much worse. With the revealing of a planned terror attack that will place the blame firmly at Jewish feet and condemn millions to death, Zack is contacted by Jewish leaders in Detroit, begging for his help.

Reluctantly he agrees and before long he is mired in a conspiracy that will have far reaching consequences for his country, the Jewish population and even his own sanity.

As the clock ticks down, can Zack find a way to avert a looming disaster? Who is behind the conspiracy? And can he really trust anyone?

*** Note: I received e-ARC via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher and NetGalley. ***

Judenrein was terrifying dystopia thriller set in 21st century America run by Neo Nazi White Supremist. It was about white supremacy, fascism, right-wing extremism, Nazism, and terrorism.

Writing was gripping, easy to follow, and to the point. Short chapters made it fast paced and quick read. It was written in multiple third person narrative mainly from main characters’ perspective -Zack and Agent Matthews- and also intermittent secondary characters and villain’s POV.

Book started with a man being shot that made me think who he was and why. Next we are taken back 5 days back from where all story started introducing readers to each characters, their current life and what is going on in America after rise of Pete Kasprzyks and how ex-military neo-nazis were now working in government planning terror attack.

Zack was G battalion’s best Jewish solider, now was on methadone program. He saw Jewish being homeless, jobless, penniless and stateless after rise of Pete and country supporting his ‘88wh1te’ white supremist group while labelling every Jewish terrorist or supporter of terrorist organisation. He didn’t know why he was spared from Jewish hate but when he was found by orthodox Jewish leaders at Detroit compound and was given a mission to find out more about attack, things got worse for him.

Agent Matthews was hedge fund manager who made her way up the rank of FBI. She was put on administrative leave after a mission went wrong but she was given another chance through off the book assignment which was from Colonel Hollis Weld.

Now Weld was the one who orchestrating whole performance of terror attack. But how and when was mystery. I was curious to find out what Weld’s plan was, how her and his men were going to use Zack and Agent Mathews and how they both would discover Weld’s plan and stop it.

Zack was amazing throughout the book. He gave Rambo feel, surviving on his own many harrowing situations and discovering villains’ plan as he went deeper in his mission. His encounter with Matthews were fun to read. Agent Matthews was not sure if Zack murdered her partner or not and how he was involved but when her suspicion about Weld and his junkies were confirmed she started believing Zack. I liked the way she found out the truth and how she helped Zack. They made great duo in book. I wish I could see them more. I liked Zack’s friends Wiggy who was brilliant hacker and Rosenblatt, Zack’s childhood friend living in Jews camp in Detroit.

This was plot driven story. Characters were there to play their role. If you want to connect with characters, you would be disappointed. There wasn’t much background story, only enough information about them to keep the story going and to understand their current situation and mental state. But still they were realistic and I enjoyed reading their part in story and made me root for Zack and Matthews.

World was frightening and yet interesting to read. Jews, blacks, Latinos were rounded up in a camp striped off their rights and citizenship after catalysing crisis and making Jews a threat to nation. White supremist were now planning third phase of Reichsadler with ultimate goal of making America Judenrein (free of Jews) forever and non-white free. I was shocked at seeing these supremist repeating history with their extremely racist view and behaviour.

It was baffling to see people electing a racist president and believing all they said throwing their logic out of window. It was all very prophetic and vividly written with a bit about Jews culture and religion. It made me think can this really happen, can people be that stupid to elect such president and believe every word he says and drive their hate towards particular community in name of patriotism? Answer is simple and terrifying, yes or maybe.

Mystery and suspense were brilliant. I wasn’t sure what their whole plan was. Characters were misled along with reader, were put in situations that made me anxious for them and kept me wondering how the hell they were going to stop the attack.

Events before and after climax were action packed and adrenalin inducing. They made me impatient to read all detail on what characters were doing and how they were carrying out action. I just wanted to reach to important point. End was good but also unbelievable. I’m struggling to believe how they wrapped or rather covered whole thing after Zack and Matthews saved the day.

Overall,

Judenrein was powerful, thought-provoking, and fast paced thriller filled with suspense and action packed. I highly recommend this to fans of dystopia thriller.

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#ReleaseDay : Dearest Clementine by Candace Robinson #Shortstorycollection #horror #romance #DearestClementine @literarydust

Hello readers! I have read books by Candace Robinson ever since I started this blog. I have enjoyed all her YA and Fantasy books and I’m excited for another new book releasing today- Dearest Clementine : Dark and Romantic Monstrous Tales. Check out the book details in this post.

Dearest Clementine by Candace Robinson
Publication Date : August 6th 2020
Genre : Romance / Horror / Short story collection

Clementine has been taken by a creature of darkness.

Dorin is a fiend in love who must find Clementine before losing her forever.

While on his desperate search, Dorin pens eight dark and romantic monstrous tales, written only for Clementine. Each story serves a purpose, and that is, do monsters have the ability to love, too?

Dearest Clementine is a short story collection filled with dark romantic tales.

Goodreads link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52732017-dearest-clementine?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=yR15txCPOa&rank=1  

Purchase:   https://www.amazon.com/Dearest-Clementine-Romantic-Monstrous-Letters-ebook/dp/B07ZTTCTYL/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=dearest+clementine+candace&qid=1595686804&sr=8-2


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Monthly Wrap-Up : July 2020 & Weekly Wrap-Up

Hello Readers! This month was best month in 2020 for me. I got max views this month, read more books than I expected and for first time I was nominated in award. I don’t think I made it to voting but being nominated is more than voting or winning. And there were loads of family drama this month. Thank goodness I’m not involved in it.

Reading stats:

Books Read : 11
Pages Read : 3619
Reviews written : 9

Blog Stats:

Views : 2972
visitors : 1481
Likes : 1337
Comments : 313

Books Read:

Flying Solo by Zoe May — [Review] — ★★★★☆ / / Romcom, chick-lit / / Story of Rachel’s unplanned trip to Indian ashram. entertaining, dramatic and lovely romcom with amazing setting and some hilarious scenes.

Dark Waters (Monica Kennedy #2) by G.R. Halliday — [Review] ★★★★★ / / Thriller, Scottish Noir / / clever, horrifying, fast paced and well written sequel with vivid and gruesome description and beautiful yet dangerous setting.

What You Wish For by Katherine Center — [Review] ★★★★★ / / Women’s Fiction, Romance / /  meaningful, inspiring, feel good and entertaining emotional roller coaster with beautiful setting and amazing characters. If you still haven’t read any Katherine Center’s book, just get this one and start reading.

Happy & You Know It by Laura Hankin — [Review] ★★★★★ / / Women’s Fiction / / story of newbie mothers, their playgroup and a playgroup musician. entertaining, dramatic, a little dark and deep, and lovable women’s fiction.

Tiny Imperfections by Alli Frank, Asha Youmans — [Review] ★★★★★ / / Women’s Fiction / / revolved around Josie’s life and school admission season. laugh out loud, feel good, and diverse women’s fiction with great characters and many hilarious scenes. 

Paris on Repeat (Wish & Wander #1) by Amy Bearce — [Review] ★★★★★ (4.5 Stars) / / Middle Grade, magical realism / / interesting spin on Groundhog Day. fast paced, both fun and sad magical realism fiction about friendship and courage. I recommend this to upper middle grade/teen readers.

Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry — [Review] ★★★★☆/ / Thriller / / Story of Cait and Rebecca’s 322 miles journey from Lubbock to Albuquerque. riveting and fast paced thrill ride with amazing characters and thought-provoking theme. I definitely recommend this.

Cynthia Smart’s Midwife Crisis by Liz Davies — [Review] ★★★★★ / / Romcom, chick-lit / / fun, amusing and feel good chick-lit that made laugh and giggle throughout the book. 

Rags-to-Riches Wife by Catherine Tinley — [Review] ★★★★★ (4.5 Stars) / / Historical Romance / / delightful and absorbing, well written regency romance with likable characters and plot.

Best of the month:

Other posts:

2020 Mid Year Freak Book Tag

#2020BOOKBLOGGERAWARDS : Nominations

Last week was good. I read 2 books. I would have read 3 but then Lucifer Morningstar happened and I’m so into Lucifer series, it’s addictive. I can’t think of any better Devil than Tom Ellis, he is so very tempting and I love celestial family drama. I finished first season and half second season in weekend.

What I read last week-

Judenrein by Harold Benjamin

This was interesting thriller, plot driven story with many characters but one cannot expect to connect with them. It was more like action movie, like Rambo where ex-military main character tries to stop sinister plan of villains in dystopian world dominated by whites. I enjoyed this one.

Girls of Summer by Nancy Thayer

Story of Hudson family in which Lisa and her children have complicated love life. They had trust issues because of past and weren’t sure what to do with their feeling until they get together for summer and storm loomed over Nantucket island. I’m not sure what to rate this. It was bit slow in second half but layer of environmental crisis was really good.

Currently reading-

A hilarious and charming read that had me turning the pages until I’d devoured the whole book in one sitting… Sweet, heart-warming and full of gorgeously escapist descriptions… A must-read.’ Daily Express, 5 stars

Natalie Jackson might keep up appearances on Instagram, but in reality her fiancé has just jilted her after the birth of their baby and she’s moved back in with her mum. Life isn’t exactly going to plan!

So when she enters the village raffle for the holiday of a lifetime, she thinks she has no chance of winning. But her name is pulled out – and, as luck would have it, so is a ticket bought by her childhood nemesis: Will Brimble.

Surely a romantic holiday for two is the worst idea ever…right?

Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Sophie Ranald and Lindsey Kelk.

I’m 60% through this book. So far it’s entertaining. My stop is on 5th.

Next I’ll be Reading-

Bound to You (The Demon Knights Series, #1) by Alyson Caraway

Coriel is determined to rid the world of demons and prove she has what it takes to be archangel. But when a fierce battle ends in tragedy on her orders, she is banished from the Heavens–and finds herself at the mercy of Hell’s sexiest and most powerful demon knight.


He’s the demon knight who wants her


Rather than take his rightful place on Hell’s throne, Zagan prefers to spend his days in the human realm corrupting souls–and he’ll end the life of any angel who tries to stop him. But rather than slay the beautiful battle angel when he has the chance, he binds her to him with his life-saving kiss, forcing her to obey his every command.


The line is drawn


Coriel has no choice but to submit to her captor, though the curse of his kiss is not what lures her to him. While Zagan takes great pleasure in exerting his dominance over the Heavens’ fiercest warrior, he soon wants her to do more than just his bidding. As the war between angels and demons rages, he wants her by his side … to rule Hell as his queen. 

Who doesn’t like story of Angels and Demons! Actually, I haven’t read many books in this theme but I would love to after watching Lucifer. This book is releasing on 7th and I’ll be reviewing this on same day. I have to limit watching Lucifer to 1 episode a day so I can finish this book on time.

This Was a Man (The Clifton Chronicles #7) by Jeffrey Archer

This Was a Man is the captivating final instalment of the Clifton Chronicles, a series of seven novels that has topped the bestseller lists around the world, and enhanced Jeffrey Archer’s reputation as a master storyteller.

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies?

In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife Karin from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game?

Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus, while his wife Emma completes her ten years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank, but only after Hakim Bishara has to resign for personal reasons. Sebastian and Samantha’s talented daughter, Jessica, is expelled from the Slade School of Fine Art, but her aunt Grace comes to her rescue.

Meanwhile, Lady Virginia is about to flee the country to avoid her creditors when the Duchess of Hertford dies, and she sees another opportunity to clear her debts and finally trump the Cliftons and Barringtons.

In a devastating twist, tragedy engulfs the Clifton family when one of them receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all their lives into turmoil.

Last book of the series and this time I won’t read it simultaneously. I’m planning to read this in weekends.


I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in comments if you have read any of these book, which was your favourite book of the month, and what are you planning to read this month.

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#BookBlitz : The De-Coding of Jo: Hall of Ignorance by Lali A. Love @Laliaristo @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

Hello Readers! I’m pleased to be part of the blitz tour for The De-Coding of Jo: Hall of Ignorance by Lali A. Love, organized by Love Books Group. Check more details about this ne fantasy paranormal novel in this post.

Synopsis:

When a demonic parasite turns her classmates into an army of sleepwalkers, sixteen-year-old Jo must confront her celestial identity and reveal the mystery of existence. Guided by the Galactic Council, a Galactic Compass and with the help of her best friends, Jo unleashes the cosmic powers of creation to prevent the Lord of Darkness from enslaving all of humanity into obscurity. 

Will she be able to decode the artificial system in time to save her friends and the sacred Light?

Author Bio

Award-winning Author, Lali A. Love provides a supernatural thriller of metaphysical and visionary fantasy with her own revolutionary philosophy and unique narrative skills to produce this heart-wrenching and gripping tale.

Lali A. Love lives in the capital city of Canada with her husband and two beautiful children who are her greatest source of pride, joy, and inspiration. As a debut author, Lali loves to write stimulating, character-based novels that invoke an emotional response in her readers. She has done extensive research into epistemology and metaphysics to further her understanding of the Universal Laws of Energy.

In her spare time, Lali is committed to writing her visionary fiction trilogy about spiritual transformation. These mystical novels are based on the journeys of three incarnated Angels that have been brought together in the third-dimensional existence, to realize their Divine Feminine soul purpose. Each of them must experience unique self-realization to overcome the dark demonic entities that are determined to destroy their inner light to derail their Soul mission.  

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#CoverReveal : HIDING CRACKED GLASS BY JAMES J. CUDNEY @jamescudney4 @Shalini_G26

Hello Readers! I’m excited to be part of the cover reveal of new book by James J. Cudney, Hiding Cracked Glass, second book in Perceptions of Glass. I read first book Watching Glass Shatter. If you missed my review you can check it here. I enjoyed it and Glass family drama and I’m sure this new sequel is going to be as thrilling and interesting. Check out the book details and cover in this post.

HIDING CRACKED GLASS BY JAMES J. CUDNEY
Series Name: Perceptions of Glass
Book #1 Name: Watching Glass Shatter
Book #2 Name: Hiding Cracked Glass (cover reveal for this one)
Publication for Book #2: Next Chapter, October 8th, 2020

Synopsis:

An ominous blackmail letter appears at an inopportune moment. The recipient’s name is accidentally blurred out upon arrival. Which member of the Glass family is the ruthless missive meant for?


In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat and assumes it’s meant for her. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands and is read aloud, it throws the entire Glass family into an inescapable trajectory of self-question. Across the span of eight hours, Olivia and her sons contemplate whether to confess their hidden secrets or find a way to bury them forever. Some failed to learn an important lesson last time. Will they determine how to save themselves before it’s too late?


Each chapter’s focus alternates between the various family members and introduces several new and familiar faces with a vested interest in the outcome. As each hour ticks by, the remaining siblings and their mother gradually reveal what’s happened to them in the preceding months, and when the blackmailer makes an appearance at Olivia’s birthday party, the truth brilliantly comes to light.

Although everyone seemed to embrace the healing process at the end of Watching Glass Shatter, there were hidden cracks in the Glass family that couldn’t be mended. Their lives are about to shatter into pieces once again, but this time, the stakes are even higher. Someone wants to teach them a permanent lesson and refuses to stop until success is achieved

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54399989-hiding-cracked-glass

About Author :

Background

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College, an historic but small liberal arts school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with a degree in English literature and minors in Education, Business and Spanish. After college, I accepted a technical writing position for a telecommunications company during Y2K and spent the last ~20 years building a career in technology & business operations in the retail, sports, media and entertainment industries. Throughout those years, I wrote some short stories, poems and various beginnings to the “Great American Novel,” but I was so focused on my career in technology and business that writing became a hobby. In 2016, I refocused some of my energies toward reinvigorating a second career in reading, writing and publishing.

Author

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind and my body. At some points, it was just a few poems or short stories; at others, it was full length novels and stories. My current focus is family drama fiction, cozy mystery novels and suspense thrillers. I think of characters and plots that I feel must be unwound. I think of situations people find themselves in and feel compelled to tell the story. It’s usually a convoluted plot with many surprise twists and turns. I feel it necessary to take that ride all over the course. My character is easily pictured in my head. I know what he is going to encounter or what she will feel. But I need to use the right words to make it clear.

Reader & Reviewer

Reading has also never left my side. Whether it was children’s books, young adult novels, college textbooks, biographies or my ultimate love, fiction, it’s ever present in my day. I read 2 books per week and I’m on a quest to update every book I’ve ever read on Goodreads, write up a review and post it on all my sites and platforms.

Blogger & Thinker

I have combined my passions into a single platform where I share reviews, write a blog and publish tons of content: TRUTH. I started my 365 Daily Challenge, where I post about a word that has some meaning to me and converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dogs have had weekly segments called “Ryder’s Rants” or “Baxter’s Barks” where they complain about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real. And that’s why they are me.

Genealogist & Researcher

I love history and research, finding myself often reaching back into the past to understand why someone made the choice he or she did and what were the subsequent consequences. I enjoy studying the activities and culture from hundreds of years ago to trace the roots and find the puzzle of my own history. I wish I could watch my ancestors from a secret place to learn how they interacted with others; and maybe I’ll comprehend why I do things the way I do.

Websites & Blog

Website: https://jamesjcudney.com/

Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com

Amazon: http://bit.ly/JJCIVBooks

Next Chapter Pub: https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/james-j-cudney

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/james-j-cudney

Social Media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescudney4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesJCudneyIVAuthor/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BraxtonCampusMysteries/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsMyTruthNow/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jamescudney4/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamescudney4/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jamescudney4

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamescudney4

Genres, Formats & Languages

I write in the family drama and mystery genres. My first two books are Watching Glass Shatter (2017) and Father Figure (2018). Both are contemporary fiction and focus on the dynamics between parents and children and between siblings. I’m currently writing the sequel to Watching Glass Shatter. I also have a light mystery series called the Braxton Campus Mysteries with six books available.

All my books come in multiple formats (Kindle, physical print, large print paperback, and audiobook) and some are also translated into foreign languages such as Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and German.

Goodreads Book Links

Watching Glass Shatter (October 2017)

Father Figure (April 2018)

Braxton Campus Mysteries

·       Academic Curveball – #1 (October 2018)

·       Broken Heart Attack – #2 (November 2018)

·       Flower Power Trip – #3 (March 2019)

·       Mistaken Identity Crisis – #4 (June 2019)

·       Haunted House Ghost – #5 (October 2019)

·       Frozen Stiff Drink – #6 (March 2020)

The cover….


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