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StevenF Review of Foundations

Remmy Meggs’ latest novel is Foundations: Grapes of Rome. It is the second book in a series based on the life of the Praetorio family of the Roman Republic. In this book, Don Dante and his family face dangers from political rivals to acts of nature. As he starts to mature into manhood, Don Dante also falls in love.

The familiar characters such as Anthony, Ettore, and Naevius are still in the book, as well as some new characters. Hayden is a young boy who along with his mother are employed by the family. Atticus, Dante’s Goth bodyguard, Lucius, a boy soldier, and Marcella, Dante’s fiance are all introduced and given prominence in this book.

The characters are well-developed and realistic to the time period. Not only is a picture drawn of the characters, but of all aspects of Roman life. Mr. Meggs has a way of drawing his readers not only into the story, but is very good at presenting history in such a way that the reader not only is entertained but is taught about things he/she may never have imagined. I wholeheartedly encourage readers to pick up this book and enjoy the humor, horror, and history within this book. I rate it 5 stars out of 5.

Remmy’s Review of Time and Tide, Book 1: Changing Tides by Seth A. Feldman

Remmy Meggs5.0 out of 5 stars

A fantasy book that seems realistic

March 29, 2018Format: Kindle Edition

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Time and Tide, Book 1: Changing Tides by Seth A. Feldman.

Feldman creates a new world to delve into. We have a sixteen-year-old girl that must leave home, do to no fault of her own, and is drawn into a quest. She and her companion travel this new land, a land she is not familiar with to find a man who may help them. There are no heroes in the book, except for the human initiative.

I loved the fact that the characters seemed real, each had their good points and bad points, which also makes for the well-rounded character(s). Feldman is descriptive in this journey, some may not like that, but I enjoyed seeing the country that no one has seen before.

Of course, there are bad guys and women, and they are not typical villains. These are worst of the bad, in a kingdom of waning peace. Feldman brings it all to life and makes you want more. There are some blood and guts, and things that will wrench your heart, but actually it is pretty mild violence. There were a few vulgar words in it, but nothing to harm or detract from the story. I think they could have been left out, and personally, I would have, just to get a wider audience. I did not see any humor in the book, but all the other human emotions are there.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars, created for 16 and up. For those that like to live on the edge of fantasy and nightmares, this is a book, not only for you but for the masses. – Remmy Meggs 2018 remmymeggs dot com

Originally posted March 28, 2018

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Remmy’s Book Review of The Shadowverse

Superheroes. Since the 1940’s every Tom, Dick, Harry, and Jane has been writing about superheroes. Some were kids, most were adults, but they all had super something in their beings. The teen superheroes caught a vague interest in me because I grew up not having any. In fact, I have seen cartoons but never paid attention. I was into action-adventure books. Comics/comiccon/ and such things never interested me and still don’t. Worse yet, when you read a few pages into this book, you find out that the teens are twenty-two years old, and the size of ogres. For those that have been abused by Disney, ogres since the dawn of man have been bullies, warriors or slaves that are over six-foot tall. If you look at the world today, you will not find many world leaders that do not fit the above description, so sad!

Now come on, that is not the normal teen by any sense of the word. Yet these guys are. Moving on the first alert for me was a girl, honestly with red hair.  When the five main characters were over six foot tall, I immediately thought I was reading about a basketball team. To me, these were the bad parts of the book. What is it with red hair in books and movies lately? Just doesn’t seem right to me.

Yet there were a bunch of good parts, excellent parts and a saga that takes you across the galaxy, even I can get into that. What about the antagonist, one that doesn’t lie, always tells the truth… whoa wait, is that possible? And the “good” guys want to stop this sweet person that is trying to save the universe, and mankind from its hateful, selfish self? No way, let him do his thing and save all of us!

Of course, that would not be a very good ending if we were all perfect now, would it? What seems to be at stake here is free will. Free will to kill, rape, torture and starve those you want to get rid of, versus peace and harmony. Am I rooting for the wrong person? Well, of course, I want the “good guys” to win, but at what cost?

This is a book you need to read if you are a superhero fan or not, I give this book four stars out of five, mostly because of the comic book headings and archaic wording, neither of which hurt the storyline.

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Paul’s review of Grapes of Rome Book 2

This is a continuation of the excellent first book by Mr. Meggs and continues the story of young Dante the son of a Roman Senator who has shown himself to be a great warrior as he leads his army into battle. Don’t just think this is a story about war as it isn’t as there are lots of distractions along the way. It genuinely shows the angst a young man has as he is growing up, gaining an identity and finding love along the way. You will be intrigued as he learns how to deal with new emotions but also genuinely wincing as he inflicts the most brutal punishments to those who fight against him or hurt his friends. This is yet another 5-star rating that I couldn’t put down.

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