The Divided Nation: A Review Of Sorts

Today I’m doing a blog tour for The Divided Nation and I signed on to do a review. It’s a super interesting Indie Book by my friend Angela Watts


The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. Gangs battle, civilians struggle for survival, and officials of the United Nations  thrive. West Johnston, heir to the most powerful ganglord in the country, refuses to continue the family legacy. But, in order to defeat his father, he must become him: bloodthirsty and willing to do whatever it takes for control.

West gains control by helping fellow gangsters, Nate and Simon, when they form an alliance with one of the last remaining townships in America. After years of surviving and winter fast approaching, Springtown is in desperate need of supplies from the two teenagers. When the town leader’s daughter, Rene’, is kidnapped by an unknown rival, Nate and Simon risk their reputations to save her and the town they now love. But without help from West, their rescue mission will fail.

Told in multiple bold, abrasive narratives, THE DIVIDED NATION steps into a future where brotherhood bonds must be stronger than iron to survive a broken world, and faith without courage is dust in the wind.

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** Spoilers**

Laura went out picking flowers and on her way back she decided to check the mail.


To literally no ones surprise there was a letter. Taking the letter she ran back to the house so Pa could read the letter.

The letter read

“Greetings all, Today I want you to review a book. It has torture in it so you may not want to read it with the girls. Others will be there too. E.

Pa: Ma what do should the girls do instead?

Ma: Why don’t you two take Carrie and go the Mount Inspiration.WP_20151231_005

Pa and Ma went to where they saw some other people.

Adonijah: Hi I’m Adonijah

Kit: I’m Kit, Linda should be here soon. WP_20151231_006

Look here’s a note it says “This is a laptop computer. You can use the buttons to make it do things. Some other time you can explore it, but today I have it all set up. E.”

Pa: Let’s get started with the review.

Page, Page, Page. That’s getting old let’s skip it.

Adonijah: Look. It has a character list. I love character lists. WP_20151231_011

Ma: Oh, my this takes place in the distant future.

Kit: I’m glad it does. It sounds miserable. * WP_20151231_014

Pa: Five hours is a good days journey. WP_20151231_017

Adonijah: Oh, my that sounds horrible. I couldn’t do that. WP_20151231_024

Linda: Oh, She helped a mother give birth. I want to learn how to do that, but I don’t think I could yet. WP_20151231_028

All: We’re glad that they found something to celebrate after all this. We give it four out of five stars.WP_20151231_042


The Divided Nation (3)

US shipping only. If an international winner is drawn, they will receive an ebook only.

1st place: hardback copy of The Divided Nation. A custom mug with a quote from the book, bookmark, and an exclusive snippet from The Infidel Books.

2nd place: paperback copy of The Divided Nation, bookmark.

3rd place: ebook copy of The Divided Nation.

Go up to the top and click the link to go to her blog. Then search around there.

Sorry Angela that it took me so long to get this up. The internet had been slow most of the week and this was a picture heavy post. It isn’t really a normal review, but honestly my thoughts on The Divided Nation were super scattered and…

Mary, Laura, and Carrie were in awe of the mountain of fabric and books.



Widow’s Heart

This is very strange, I agreed to write a review for a book tour.

I knew from halfway through the first chapter, that Widow’s Heart was not the type of book I typically read. So I started reading it as a humorous story.

This worked much better. The fact that the main character wasn’t like Sherlock no longer bothered me. It also meant that I almost completely ignored all the romance.

These factors were giving the book a reasonable four stars, when all of the sudden a detail that had been a small time telling device, became a major point for a chapter, at that I felt it deserved more of a grudging four.

Then I finished the book, on one hand I liked the ending, it ended how it was supposed to… On the other hand I hated the ending. The MC’s love interest acted, in my opinion, extremely immaturely. Yes she didn’t know… but…

So I ended up after a great deal of thought given the book three stars.


WILLOWY WHISPER is a young, Christian fiction author. She lives in a beautiful place called West Virginia, nestled between mountain and field. She is the author of ten novels, nine of which are published, and numerous short stories. She enjoys playing the piano, the guitar, and the ukulele; painting; photography; and graphic design. She is also a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, an incurable romantic, and a passionate dreamer.
He only wanted justice.
She only wanted peace.Gabe Anderson didn’t come to San Belfry to kill. He didn’t even know he’d left a widow until it was too late. But it wasn’t his fault. He had done the only thing he could do, because he had to find those men. He had to uncover their masks. He couldn’t let his brother’s killers go unpunished.

Essie Kincaid didn’t even see it coming. She didn’t know the truth until it was too late, until her husband was dead. Now she’s faced with the wrath of an entire town. She’s an outcast for the second time, and as her world sinks deeper into an abyss of madness, she must fight for the only thing she has left . . . her life.

As the two are thrown together in a devastating plight, it doesn’t make sense for them to fall in love. Too much has happened. Too much lingers between them. Yet as their bruised souls begin to mend together, other forces are already forming to keep them apart. Does their last hope of happiness even stand a chance?


The Reluctant Communist

My Desertion, Court Marshal, And Forty Year Imprisonment In North Korea – Charles Robert Jenkins

As per usual for book cover this comes from Goodreads

Honestly the main thing I didn’t like about the book was the subtitle. ^ It sounds like the court marshal happened before the forty years, when really it was after. This is by no means the only book I found the title to be annoying. I recently read a book title Hiking Westward, in which they did no hiking. Also the book Six Months To Live was more poetic than the truth. But it isn’t a really big deal.

The book starts  by explaining the authors childhood and young adulthood. It’s a fascinating reminder of how much America has changed.

Then he gives an explanation of how and why he deserted.

As the story progresses you get to see just how crazy and awful North Korea truly is. It is a world without sanity, not just a world of cruelty.

My first thought was that this book reminded me of Captain America, but for a shorter amount of time, and like not fictional. But the more I thought about it the more I realized it reminded me of The Man Without A Country which you can find here or there.

If you want to find out what I thought about the mention of sex in this book look no further than this.

Wagon Wheel Kitchens (a book)

I had two different lovely ways of starting this post, I don’t remember enough about either to try and recreate one.

One morning I read Wagon Wheel Kitchens by Jacqueline Williams. Okay, Okay. I started it the night before and I finished it after lunch. That being said I only read the preface, then I had twenty minutes or so left. I also started late, played some games, and took a couple of short breaks.

Quite frankly unless you were interested in American History, Strong Women, Off Grid Cooking, or some other similar thing you would probably find this book pretty boring.

I personally find all of those things interesting to a degree, so I loved that book.

Things I really liked about it: the description of Independence Rock, the occasional recipes, the tidbits of other history and of course the descriptions of the fuels they used. Actually that is not fully true, buffalo chips sound awful, but not the worst fuel…

It is a history book, more than a cookbook.

I was a little confused about one interpretation of one of the sources, but other than that I loved it. (I thought red root was red root) When I home school it will be a book on the reading list.


A Judge Of Israel

I felt I should post today, but I had to many half thought out ideas.

Do I talk about how the Bible is very clear about homosexuals.

Do I talk about how Judges is full of stories that are so crazy, that they are almost funny the 20th time through.

Or am I supposed to talk about the guy in these verses.

After him, Abdon son of Hillel, from Pirathon, led Israel. He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. He led Israel eight years. Then Abdon son of Hillel died and was buried at Pirathon in Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites. Judges 12:13-15

He’s not the person we know the least about in the Bible, but what we know of him is odd. He led/judged Israel eight years and then he died. Why is he even in the Bible?

Abdon Led Israel in a fairly prosperous time. He had the money to have huge numbers of kids and give them all a donkey. If you go back and do the math he seems to have ruled about 17 years after Jephthah and probably about 23 years since the last big uproar.

I think he and the others like him are to remind us that sometimes your life kind seem really unremarkable, but if you are doing what is right, you get a mention in God’s book.

Keep on following God.


How To Catch A Russian Spy _ Book Review

By Naveed Jamali

Ok  this book appears to be fairly low rated on Goodreads, but I personally really enjoyed, probably because I thought of it less as a scholarly book about an important event and more of a fun memoir. I would liken it more to James Herriot, than Anne Frank.

It is to be read more for wow that was crazy factor, than the deep meaningful factor.

It is a crazy story about how a young man helped the FBI after 9/11.

I feel a lot of the low reviews are written by older people who saw the title and expected something from the cold war, where the effect was obviously huge and only now declassified.

I gave it four stars because I feel the Jamali is a little demanding, proud and immature.

I would say it is PG 13 due to the language and certain scenes.


Colored Girls and Boys Inspiring American History

And A Heart To Heart Talk About White Folks

By William Henry Harrison Jr.


Has anybody read it? I’m halfway through and it is fascinating.

It’s about all the different things African Americans have done in service to their country and its people.

Does anyone know if it’s completely accurate? I admit I’m not exactly a grad-school American History student, but I’ve never heard of the first Separate Colored Battalion of the District of Columbia during WWI.

The authors poetry that he starts every chapter with is in my opinion among the best

If on this book’s few pages space
Some worthy one of either Race
Finds not his name in any place,
Think not it is the author’s slight
That kept your name from inky write;
For he has toiled both day and night
In vain research both far and near
To get more facts than here appear.
Thus blame not him for real neglect
Cause your own name he did not get:
And if a wrong fact herein be
It was not writ intentionally.
So friend, resume your cheerful moods
And smile away those fretful broods
For of all names in type here set
The writer makes no one his pet,
But equally lauds all those who seek
To inspire youths and help the weak.


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