Friday, June 24, 2016

Swimming With Faith

With the Rio Olympics coming soon, it could be a great year for USA swimming.  One of the shining stars is Missy Franklin.  She won multiple medals in 2012 and hopes to do even better in 2016.

This book profiles Missy Franklin's life through her early years, her first Olympic trials, her second Olympic trials and subsequent Olympic competition, her final year in high school, and her 2 years of college.  She is a wonderful young woman who has made tough decisions and honored God with her life.  I think all young swimmers could learn something from the example Missy sets.

The author uses multiple articles and interviews to write this book.  She does not talk to Missy personally but uses these resources to write the book.

Zondervan provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Traces of Guilt

Evie Blackwell is a great detective and took her vacation time to look into a few cold cases in Carin County, Illinois.  She is helped by the Thane family especially Gabriel Thane who follows in his father's footsteps as sheriff of the small community.  The cases seem unsolvable, but Evie find things no one else seems to find.

I have enjoyed books by Dee Henderson especially the O'Malley series.  This book reminds of those books with suspense, drama, and mystery and a close knit family involved in it all.  This book, however, was not as good as I had hoped.  The Thane brothers are just too perfect and handsome and nice.  Even Evie and the other female characters are good looking with good jobs.  It's just too perfect and one-dimensional.

I could have put up with the great lives everyone had if the mystery was good, but even that left me with a bad taste in my mouth.  I won't give away the ending, but the mystery is not solved until the last 10 pages of the book.  And it wasn't worth the wait.

Overall, the writing is good and the book is easy to read, but the story had a lot to be desired.

Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks

Football is more than just a sport, it is an industry with the quarterback being the must crucial of positions.  It is not surprising that the science and art of quarterbacking has evolved as the sport has evolved, and this book takes the reader into the the world of developing elite quarterbacks.

I had a hard time getting through this book.  The writing bounces between what transpires at the Elite 11 camp and what has happened in the NFL and NCAA with certain quarterbacks.  It was not a seamless transition and made it hard to follow.

The premise is interesting.  I had not thought about the rise of the modern quarterback and how the position has evolved in recent years.  I learned a few things about professional analysis of the sport of football and baseball as well as how rating quarterbacks is not an exact science.  However, it took a lot of reading through uninteresting backstory to get to the good parts of the book.  Overall the book was hard to follow.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  For more information on the author, go here.