Fiery Red Hair, Emerald Green Eyes and a Vicious Irish Temper
I only read certain types of books. I would never have selected this but once I began reading, I could not put it down. You are an eloquent storyteller. The reading was easy and it is as if I was inside the book living the story. The parts involving the head slave and the way he interacted with the plantation owner portrays the powerful and important role slaves had in the daily lives of white folk. The life lessons about trust, practicing a trade, relationships and some brief mentions about sexuality makes this an unbelievably powerful read. The ending brought joyful tears to my eyes because I myself am a grandma. This is a book I could not put down and now I want more!!
Fiery red hair is an action fiction story about Anne Bonny. Miss Anne is a delightful woman whose story captivates the essence of an era. She is a pirate in possess of multiple businesses. Her pure existence was how banks, theatres, plantations, and even society got around.
I enjoyed the work as it was well written. The author displayed innovation where a female pirate took the main role and became the narrative for a story. Her personality was strong, influential, and enjoyable to read. She was daring, and that made the story stand out, appearing almost like a character to look up to.
I would have enjoyed the pace being a little faster, but I believe the author took his time in order to create a solid foundation. There is much he could expand with this storyline, and so I look forward to reading more from him.
The story has historical references, and its fictional work is of the action and adventure genre.
ILL Gotten Gain
"The best book for those long winter nights, Ralph E Jarrells’ Ill Gotten Gain is a blend of religious and historical mystery, perfectly constructed to communicate a sense of fear and uncertainty. When a Charleston antiques dealer discovers an ancient relic, he is tempted to believe it’s a find that is of immeasurable value and that can bring him recognition and acceptance—it’s a box that holds the thirty pieces of silver given to Judas when he betrayed Christ. But this isn’t a precious find, because from this moment on, the antiques dealer will dream of nothing but the deaths of those who have possessed the box before him, starting with Judas, and he also dreams of his own death. He is anxious to auction off the relic, but can he be saved by getting rid of the cursed coins? Ralph E Jarrells brings to life one of the oft-forgotten pieces of religious teachings and history, the destiny of the man who sold his master for thirty pieces of silver and what became of the coins. The reader encounters well-crafted and compelling characters, including the curator of the Vatican Museum and library, and an enigmatic member of the Opus Dei. Ill Gotten Gain is a story that will have great appeal for a diverse audience and it will sit well with fans of horror as well as those who adore mysteries. The writing is top-notch and readers can’t help but feel emotionally and psychologically involved in the narrative. I enjoyed the originality of this story, one of the best I have read in the genre."
Arya Fomonyuy reviewer for Readers Favorites®
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"Supernatural/paranormal novels are the best type of books if you are looking to get lost in a thrilling, terrifying world that will take you on an epic journey. I wished for a book just like this so when I discovered Ill Gotten Gain I was sold, I read the description as well as the preview, and I knew immediately that this book was going to become one of my favorites. As I have now finished reading Ill Gotten Gain, I can happily confirm that this impeccably well-developed story was everything I wanted it to be and more and yes, it is now a favorite read of mine! The unpredictable nature of Ill Gotten Gain combined with the supernatural and what certain things does to a person, such as power, wealth and notoriety, make Ill Gotten Gain a fascinating read that should not be missed.
Ill Gotten Gain is a unique novel with an original premise which is unlike anything I have read before. I love unique stories with unusual themes, so the themes incorporated throughout this book astounded me. In Ill Gotten Gain, the reader will follow the protagonist of the novel, Thomas Edward Garrett. Thomas is a man who wants it all, he wants power, wealth and connections… he has all of these three components but he wants more so when he finds some strange coins amongst a lost and peculiar box of artifacts, his world changes drastically and suddenly, Thomas has everything he has ever dreamed of. He has wealth as well as power, but greed is a terrible thing, and power can quickly spin out of control and when a particular kind of power overtakes Thomas, bizarre and dangerous happenings will occur and this book lovers, is the premise of Ill Gotten Gain.
Never before have I read a book that managed to captivate and enthrall me so quickly. As a reader who adores the art of literature, I have high standards so if I do not feel compelled to read from the first few pages, I put the book down, and this has been happening a lot to me lately. So you can imagine my delight when I started to read Ill Gotten Gain to find that I was instantly captivated and wanting more! As I reached the end of each chapter I felt an unrelenting urge to turn the page, I read Ill Gotten Gain into the early hours of the morning because whenever I would reach the end of a brilliant chapter, I would say to myself, just one more. When a reader feels so compelled to read it is a sign of an excellent book and plot but also, the sign of a true wordsmith.
Ralph Jarrells is just this; a talented wordsmith who knows how to write a brilliant story. His action-packed story full of shocking twists and turns and heart thumping moments make Ill Gotten Gain highly addictive, and if you are a reader who does not feel compelled to read with this book then well, I do not know what will! Jarrells indeed is extraordinary and his unique story combined with his stunning literature that flows beautifully throughout is enough to make all readers fall in love with him and his talented work as an author.
It is no surprise that I adore Ill Gotten Gain, and so it will be no surprise that my rating for this exceptional book is Five Stars! This captivating, sensational book is utterly brilliant and will have readers reading like mad people! The genius story combined with poignant themes of greed and what it does to a person is simply sensational. Oh, and who can forget that this book features some supernatural beings… what are these beings? Read Ill Gotten Gain to find out!"
Sep 01, 2019 Mike Parker rated it. It was amazing
An imaginative take on the cursed 30 pieces of silver that were the price of Judas' betrayal. Creative and creepy.
“Jesus-Judas: Best Friends Forever”
A Novel by Ralph Jarrells
One of the final verses of Frederick W. Faber’s hymn “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy” offers an unusual wisdom:
But we make His love too narrow by false limits of our own;
And we magnify His strictness with a zeal He will not own.
Author Ralph Jarrells has dared to ask out loud what so many of us have silently questioned, “Is there a wideness to be found in God’s love and mercy if we dare to remove false limits of our own?”
False limits might be imposed from several directions, sources, and influences, even from thorough, “approved,” “rightly divided,” sincere study. Is it possible for further study – say, from outside the canon, and from other historical sources - to widen the possibility for a fuller understanding of God’s love and mercy? Might the loosening of our own “strictness” bring a broader and deeper knowledge?
The details of Jesus’ childhood occupied my thoughts as a young man. When I once asked the pastor why there were no more stories of Jesus as a little boy, I was admonished to be seen, and not heard. Limits were imposed early.
Ralph Jarrells has dared to ask many of these questions, and has researched not only the extant scriptures, but also writings outside both the canon and traditional orthodoxy for answers to these questions. He has offered up an opinion (in the form of a novel) entitled “Jesus-Judas: Best Friends Forever”. The title instantly evokes intrigue.
The parallels of these two lives traced from pre-birth, to birth, then through formative childhood years could not be any more diverse. These two lives, lived in parallel, are vastly different in many ways, yet uncomfortably similar in others.
As the stories unfold, we are tempted to impose our own limits through reversion to our own familiarity with the stories. It is then that the author swings away those limitations and we are re-introduced to characters we only thought we knew. We are given fascinating details, often compelling us to re-read several pages, confirming, “Yes. That’s what it said!” Then we pause in our fascination.
Approaching the conclusion, we are compelled to finish the story for ourselves. Do not do it.
The final vastness of God’s love and mercy is about to unfold in a manner never imagined. Love and mercy are revealed without false limits, without unowned strictness, in a vast and immeasurable fullness. -Rev. Dr. Lanny Lanford