Thursday, 8 November 2018

Book Review: Absolute Proof by Peter James

I must admit that this wouldn't usually be the type of book I would pick up and read, but I am glad that I gave this one a go as it was really good! 

Ross Hunter is in his mid-thirties, and is an investigative reporter.
His job has seen him expose some dangerous activities, including criminal operations, as well as reporting on the Taliban in Afghanistan. 
He is married to Imogen, who is pregnant with their first baby. Their relationship isn't a very trustworthy one after Ross caught Imogen cheating on him in the past. 
One day, Ross receives a call from an elderly gentleman named Dr Harry Cook, who was once an Art History professor, and ex-RAF.
He tells Ross that he has absolute proof of God's existence and insists that they meet so that he can show him a manuscript, of which there is only one copy of.
Th manuscript includes the information that supports Dr Cook's claims, in the form of three compass coordinates.
Although Ross is very skeptical, he agrees to meet with him, and is given the information. Ross hopes that this will be his hit story if it can indeed be proven that God does exist.
As Ross takes on the challenge of cracking the coordinates, he is put in some very dangerous predicaments, and Imogen tries to get him to abandon the case.
However, Ross persists, and when he discovers that Dr Cook is found murdered, he knows that there must be some element of truth to his claims.
With the help of Dr Cook's solicitor, Ross is taken on a journey of epic proportions, and whilst I don't want to elaborate too much on the details so as not to spoil it for others, I can say that this story is very well told, fast-paced, and I actually really enjoyed it. 
There were a few little things that could've been omitted (at over 550 pages, some of the details weren't all that necessary), and I felt that some of the religious references got a little tedious in parts, but having said that, it was a highly-engaging story and one I would recommend.

Absolute Proof is available now through Pan Macmillan Australia. For further information on this title, head here

Monday, 5 November 2018

Cluck - A Book Of Happiness For Chicken Lovers

When I was a young girl, we would visit my grandmother quite often, and I recall that she had lots of chooks in her backyard.
I used to be delighted when she would allow me to go into their coop and collect eggs. I was fascinated by the chickens, and marveled at their quirky and clever nature. And I have liked chooks ever since!

So when I was given the opportunity to read and review this book, I was definitely up for it!
Cluck is filled with beautiful photos of chickens, alongside a collection of quotes and proverbs. 

It celebrates hens, roosters and adorable chicks.

This book would make a lovely gift, especially as it is becoming more popular to keep backyard chickens, not only on rural properties but urban environments as well. 

Cluck is available this November through Exisle Publishing, and has an RRP of $29.99
For further information on this title, head here