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John Dizon’s Reviews > A Ripple of Fear

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John Dizon‘s review

Sep 08, 2014
It was amazing


A Ripple of Fear by J.M. Northup is a coming-of-age survivalist drama featuring Dakota, a teenager in Minneapolis looking forward to enrolling in the University of Minnesota while developing her relationship with heartthrob Travis. Her sisters Georgia and Carolina are her closest friends, and her dad John is her hero and role model as an instructor in the military’s Survival, Resistance, Evasion and Escape program. It seems like the ideal American middle-class existence, before a geomagnetically induced current disaster tears her world asunder. Suddenly her family is forced into survival mode, hoping to find their way through a grim chapter of American history in this intriguing novel.

This is the series opener as presented by Northup, and she carefully sets up her storyline with endearing interaction between her major protagonists. Dakota is a history buff whose premonitions are driven by ancient Mayan doomsday prophecies. They are mirrored by eccentrics in her community who see the power crisis as a harbinger of greater disasters ahead. Friends Timothy, Jenny and Zach expand their inner circle as they are faced with the prospect of having to defend themselves against desperate neighbors and strangers alike. The audience is able to relate to the cast of characters and empathize with their plight, setting the stage for the rage to come.

Pick up a copy of A Ripple of Fear by J.M. Northup and get ready for a thrilling series that’ll keep you coming back for more.

Theresa’s Reviews > Wounded Warriors: The Complete Collection

Wounded Warriors: The Complete Collection by J.M. Northup and Simone Beaudelaire

5860019Theresa‘s review Jan 29, 2018
It was amazing.
Read 3 times. Last read January 12, 2018 to February 4, 2018.

Isbn 1518772730 (ISBN13: 9781518772733)

September 21st 2015
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Julie Northup has looked into the major basic problem with war and coming home. Sam joined the military in a patriotic pride. His hometown celebrity and easy life style had given him many admirable traits. Sam has seen great tests of his strength in life and in war. He is not ready for the biggest test in his life, coming home. Amy’s life was not easy until her mum brought her to Sam’s father’s ranch. Where she found the home she always wanted. Amy has loved Sam all her life, she has given him more than anyone else free reign of her life. His return will be not only his greatest challenge, but Amy’s as well. They need to learn how to deal with their own past, and how they view themselves, and those they love the most. This book opens the eyes to those who doubt the problems in war especially the personal cost of war. Great job Julie, and I can understand where both of these characters are coming from. Thank you for sharing this story of love, triumph and understanding.

Justifying Jack
by J.M. Northup
Justifying Jack is the second story in the Wounded warrior series, is the story of love, survival and justifying how you continue after a great loss. The book centers on the leader of the small platoon that has lost two members in battle. Jack was injured in the fire fight that took his fellow soldiers and after a lengthy recovery has returned home. Jack is pursued by the ghost of his own making. Some from the injury some from the responsibility that he feels toward his brothers in arms. Jack has many personal struggles but he finds through helping others his greatest strengths.
Marie Teresa is the widow of Jorge, one of the soldiers lost in battle. Jack reaches out o his family to help support this widow. She is forced to move from base housing and its Jack’s family that not only finds her work, and a place for her children, but a family that she can be supported by.
The story shows the resilience of the human soul, and the ties that bind. With a remarkably sweet romance in the core of the story. Thank you Julie for sharing this all too realistic story and allowing others to know that the struggles of war not only face the soldiers but the family at home.

Making Mike (The Wounded Warriors #3)
by J.M. Northup
Miking Mike is the last of the Wounded Warriors series, giving us a glimpse in the world of our returning soldiers. We have looked at how injury has affected soldiers in Justifying Jack. Looked at PTSD in Saving Sam. Now we look at the cost of war where there are no injuries of the body or mind.
Mike shows the nature of the military service to bring people from all areas of life and from all ideals. Sam is a prototypical American Texan, living on a ranch and coming form a world of service as a birthright. To Jack a strong African American soldier brought up in faith and love, and duty. Now we have Mike, the slight figure of a man who came from the rebellious sixties mentality. He was raised with ideas of acceptance, and rebellion from the “man” and and societal constructs that restrict thoughts and protencities. Mike does not embrace wholeheartedly his parents and grandparents ideas but find that military service is his own escape from their dictatorial upbringing. He has his own personal struggle, how does he fit back into society after service. Mike shows us how our boys and girls can better themselves with service, but that service can give them the tools to learn and adapt. There are many pathways to service to country and community, and Mike shows that they are not something to be limited but to be expanded. His acceptance of a position as a VA representative shows how the military attempts to help the men and women back into society.
The book also shows cultural ideologies at conflict. Camile is a strong woman who has to break with her own family traditions to establish her own future. She was not supported by her family in her drive or ambition, and the fact she has to make it on her own is not lost to the reader. Mike becomes a part of the puzzle that she is struggling to fit together. Her acceptance of him, and his acceptance of her shows that love can be supportive and nurturing without over burdening the individual.
A great finish to the series, and an eye opening aspect of what society needs to understand. Thank you Julie for allowing us to sojuren in this world that many are not part of.

Theresa’s Reviews > Making Mike

Making Mike (The Wounded Warriors #3) by J.M. Northup and Simone Beaudelaire

5860019Theresa‘s review Feb 04, 2018
It was amazing

isbn 1515047644 (ISBN13: 9781515047643)
June 29th 2018

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Miking Mike is the last of the Wounded Warriors series, giving us a glimpse in the world of our returning soldiers. We have looked at how injury has affected soldiers in Justifying Jack. Looked at PTSD in Saving Sam. Now we look at the cost of war where there are no injuries of the body or mind.
Mike shows the nature of the military service to bring people from all areas of life and from all ideals. Sam is a prototypical American Texan, living on a ranch and coming form a world of service as a birthright. To Jack a strong African American soldier brought up in faith and love, and duty. Now we have Mike, the slight figure of a man who came from the rebellious sixties mentality. He was raised with ideas of acceptance, and rebellion from the “man” and and societal constructs that restrict thoughts and protencities. Mike does not embrace wholeheartedly his parents and grandparents ideas but find that military service is his own escape from their dictatorial upbringing. He has his own personal struggle, how does he fit back into society after service. Mike shows us how our boys and girls can better themselves with service, but that service can give them the tools to learn and adapt. There are many pathways to service to country and community, and Mike shows that they are not something to be limited but to be expanded. His acceptance of a position as a VA representative shows how the military attempts to help the men and women back into society.
The book also shows cultural ideologies at conflict. Camile is a strong woman who has to break with her own family traditions to establish her own future. She was not supported by her family in her drive or ambition, and the fact she has to make it on her own is not lost to the reader. Mike becomes a part of the puzzle that she is struggling to fit together. Her acceptance of him, and his acceptance of her shows that love can be supportive and nurturing without over burdening the individual.
A great finish to the series, and an eye opening aspect of what society needs to understand. Thank you Julie for allowing us to sojuren in this world that many are not part of.

Theresa’s Reviews > Saving Sam

Saving Sam by J.M. Northup and Simone Beaudelaire

5860019Theresa‘s review Nov 12, 2017
Really liked it

Isbn 9527114888

24809207February 28th 2015

Julie Northup has looked into the major basic problem with war and coming home. Sam joined the military in a patriotic pride. His hometown celebrity and easy life style had given him many admirable traits. Sam has seen great tests of his strength in life and in war. He is not ready for the biggest test in his life, coming home. Amy’s life was not easy until her mum brought her to Sam’s father’s ranch. Where she found the home she always wanted. Amy has loved Sam all her life, she has given him more than anyone else free reign of her life. His return will be not only his greatest challenge, but Amy’s as well. They need to learn how to deal with their own past, and how they view themselves, and those they love the most. This book opens the eyes to those who doubt the problems in war especially the personal cost of war. Great job Julie, and I can understand where both of these characters are coming from. Thank you for sharing this story of love, triumph and understanding.

Theresa’s Reviews > Justifying Jack

Justifying Jack by J.M. Northup and Simone Beaudelaire

5860019Theresa‘s review Jan 29, 2018
It was amazing

27772890Isbn 9527114926 (ISBN13: 9789527114926)
May 5th 2015

Justifying Jack is the second story in the Wounded warrior series, is the story of love, survival and justifying how you continue after a great loss. The book centers on the leader of the small platoon that has lost two members in battle. Jack was injured in the fire fight that took his fellow soldiers and after a lengthy recovery has returned home. Jack is pursued by the ghost of his own making. Some from the injury some from the responsibility that he feels toward his brothers in arms. Jack has many personal struggles but he finds through helping others his greatest strengths.
Marie Teresa is the widow of Jorge, one of the soldiers lost in battle. Jack reaches out o his family to help support this widow. She is forced to move from base housing and its Jack’s family that not only finds her work, and a place for her children, but a family that she can be supported by.
The story shows the resilience of the human soul, and the ties that bind. With a remarkably sweet romance in the core of the story. Thank you Julie for sharing this all too realistic story and allowing others to know that the struggles of war not only face the soldiers but the family at home.

Theresa’s Reviews > TALLY: A Polyamorous Romance

TALLY: A Polyamorous Romance by J.M. Northup

5860019Theresa‘s review Jan 01, 2018
It was amazing

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January 1st 2018

A short and sweet story showing the changing culture that is happening in America the LBGT community is gaining acceptance. The changing dynamics of the law throughout the land is affecting our interpretation of the legal ramifications of polyamorous relationships. It is the reliance on the law keeps people from accepting these changes. This book shows not only the legal changes that will accept polyamorous relationships but allow a realignment of our perception of family.
Tally is a strong female character that finds that her attempts to have a family has been prohibited by her inability to accept the love that is already in her life. Her best friend is the closest human to her in the world. Yet she has found endless problems in finding true love and creating the family she has always wanted. It is accepting reality that changes her life for the better.
This book in one of those first steps in understanding the change in america and how looking at love with an open mind may change your acceptance of life.

Theresa’s Reviews > Soul Searching

Soul Searching by J.M. Northup

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Theresa‘s review Jan 15, 2015
really liked it

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Isbn: 9526823060 (ISBN13: 9789526823065)
Published September 18th 2014

Soul Searching is an enviable collection of poetry, of love and loss. The poems provide an inspirational first step toward the erotic script of the novella. Followed by a novella about a young woman finding love, and her destiny she can only attain by joining herself with another. The novella shows the exploration of human history and the creation of stories and legend. It talks of life and finding purpose, the beginning of a series I hope.

Theresa’s Reviews > A Prisoner Within

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Theresa‘s review – Aug 31, 2014
It was amazing
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A Prisoner Within by J.M. Northup

Isbn 1494985586 (ISBN13: 9781494985585)
published April 9th 2014

I have read many books that look into the human condition. I found that A Prisoner Within, shows a neglected part of the human condition. I know of only one other book that looks at the controversy of Psychological disorders, and like I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, this book has a difficult topic.
Julie Northup looks at our perceptions of the stories of young children. Tiffany’s mother is in absolute control of her daughter’s life. Following the death of her grandmother Tiffany finds her life unbearable. She has good reason to be depressed, and over whelmed as her mother continually gains control of her life, lies about her behavior and manipulates the world.
This book looks at the dynamics of family relationships, and how society perceives mental illness. Tiffany’s mother uses society’s assumption that mental disorders cause problems for those who suffer mental illness and that all their behaviors can be explained. Tiffany shows how perception can color your world and make people over look obvious abuse and neglect. Insights and perception of this character, not only of her illness, but of life, love and forgiveness can change your perception.
I used a quote from this book on my Facebook page, because the words were something I needed to hear. I found other passages that can change my perception of life and other people this is an inspiring book. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to read it.

Theresa’s Reviews > People of the Songtrail

People of the Songtrail by W. Michael GearPeople of the Songtrail (North America’s Forgotten Past, #22) by W. Michael GearKathleen O’Neal Gear

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Theresa‘s review – Dec 11, 2014
It was amazing

 

People of the Songtrail by W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O’Neal Gear

ISBN 0765337258 (ISBN13: 9780765337252)
Published May 26th 2015

You would think they could not do it again, but the W. Michael and Kathleen O’neal Gear have accomplished again another tale to amaze their readers. They have created another set of characters that you feel a heart-deep connection.

The reader struggles with the characters against impossible odds, deadly and diverse problems that make you hold your breath striving with the character to find a solution. The story of the connections and interactions between the Vikings and the people of Hvitramannaland (People of the Songtrail) has depth and magic beyond my imagination. The melding of the belief systems the interaction of three diverse religions makes the context of this story a literary wonder.

The characters Thyra, Kiran, Vethild, Thorlak, Chieftain Gunnar, Asson , Chief Drona, Ewinon, Camtac, and Podebeek make your spirit feel the struggle that this conflict of cultures would have produced. The seamless story makes the reader feel that they are seeing this diverse conflict of culture and people real.

You struggle with the heroic ideology of Kiran and his new religion (Christianity) as he comes to grips with the wonder and magic of the Norse beliefs, and that of the People of the Songtrail. Thyra sends the reader into a tailspin as you follow her tragic story, of betrayal and lost becoming a Thrall to the man who took her from her loving mother. Thorlak’s desperate grab for power and wealth beyond him, his driving nature make him a fearful and deadly enemy. The resigned struggle of Asson a Kutsitualit (special kind of holy people who have only one hip bone) of the People of the Songtrail, how he tries to protect his friends and people from the on slot of war and devastation brought to their shores by a people who do not understand or comprehend the depth of the world they have just set foot on.

I could continue to list nearly every character in wonder at their development and my emotional connection to them, but I figure it would be better if you’re to read it yourselves and see the wonder of the story on your own terms.

This book will add to the list of beloved titles, books, and treasured tomes of the Fans who desperately accumulate their stories and read them over and over again.

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