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  1. says:

    Hoopla Audiobook narrated by Jonathan RiggsI ve been meaning to read Charles Martin for years you know one of these days The book covers are usually all eye catching and reviews seem mostly high from readers I knew Charles Martin had a strong fan base So, when Hoopla offered this audiobook I download it.It seemed to take me forever to finish it.I kept reading other books, instead So, to be honest, stopping and starting this book as many times as I did definitely broke the page t Hoopla Audiobook narrated by Jonathan RiggsI ve been meaning to read Charles Martin for years you know one of these days The book covers are usually all eye catching and reviews seem mostly high from readers I knew Charles Martin had a strong fan base So, when Hoopla offered this audiobook I download it.It seemed to take me forever to finish it.I kept reading other books, instead So, to be honest, stopping and starting this book as many times as I did definitely broke the page turning flow enjoyment I started to dread the thought of returning back to this book.And I m not really sure why it wasn t awful I just wasn t much in the mood for what I felt was over sensationalized It began with a BANG of action.I was engaged but then every once in a while I picked up a biased prejudiced slant that bothered me that was hard to shake Read other reviews.Many readers loved it Perhaps I ll try another Charles Martin book sometime read it rather than listen to it Forgive me I m just not in the mood to write much about this book one way or another Going for a Friday morning walk and letting my thoughts go on this one


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    In the movie The Wrath of Khan, Spock says, Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few Captain Kirk answers, Or the one The Water Keeper adopts Captain Kirk s answer and states that the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the ninety nine Each life matters and no one gets left behind The Water Keeper is a rich, evocative thriller that echoes Travis McGee s helping hand along Florida s canals and waterways If you miss hearing about the beauty and In the movie The Wrath of Khan, Spock says, Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few Captain Kirk answers, Or the one The Water Keeper adopts Captain Kirk s answer and states that the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the ninety nine Each life matters and no one gets left behind The Water Keeper is a rich, evocative thriller that echoes Travis McGee s helping hand along Florida s canals and waterways If you miss hearing about the beauty and majesty of those bays and inlets, this book offers another taste of that paradise But, Martin s Murph or Murphy is not some pretend McGee, he s a priest and a wounded man who has been twisted past the point of breaking And he is a man on a mission to save those stolen by human traffickers plying the Florida and Caribbean coasts before they are used up, traded, discarded The story begins on a deserted island where Murph lives in a church without a priest and he has lost those close to him and must lay their weary ashes somewhere His losses are incalculable, included the one who lifted him from the dirt when he d al but given up and his lifelong love, Marie, without whom it was like waking up in a world where the sun had been removed from the sky He has some kind of magnet attracting those that need help from the man whose life had been stolen from him by forty years in prison to the Broadway dancer who lost her daughter while she drowned in dope The author reminds us that people are like icebergs and we can t readily see their stories, what s deep within them, eating away at them Religious themes are in the background of the story such as redemption, forgiveness, and faith As the author explains at one point, we are somewhere east or west of the Garden of Eden and we don t always hear or trust.The story is filled with broken people and Murph rescues them from evil even though he can barely heal his own wounds But he minces no words when it comes to evil like the child traffickers Evil cannot be bargained with It cannot be reasoned with Giving in to evil never satisfies it.This story is a high paced jet propelled thriller but it s got depth to it that few thrillers really can claim


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    4 Mission Impossible StarsI picked this one up when I saw a few stellar reviews from fellow Goodreads friends I have never read this author before and for some reason the cover made me think it would be literary fiction I would say it isof a thriller, action book that reminds me of a Mission Impossible movie.The mysterious hero of the book is known as Murph and we learn that he is an expert on rescuing young girls from the sex trade and this book is centered in Florida He is a master bo 4 Mission Impossible StarsI picked this one up when I saw a few stellar reviews from fellow Goodreads friends I have never read this author before and for some reason the cover made me think it would be literary fiction I would say it isof a thriller, action book that reminds me of a Mission Impossible movie.The mysterious hero of the book is known as Murph and we learn that he is an expert on rescuing young girls from the sex trade and this book is centered in Florida He is a master boatman and knows the waters well which helps him track down the bad guys Along the way he picks up a few stray passengers and helps them in their quests as well There is a wonderful Labrador dog who saves the day.I loved the references to a Colorado ghost town, and I want to visit This one is beautifully written, but it is hard for me to give away anyplot points I think it is best to go into this one blind I think this would make a great escape read If you like James Bond movies and don t mind suspending belief a bit, this one would work for you Thank you to NetGalley, Charles Martin, and Thomas Nelson for my complimentary copy of this book Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own


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    Murph is a mysterious man with a haunted past He lives and works in a chapel in Florida when he s not on a mission or on the water Nearby is a popular sandbar where boats dock to party and enjoy the water, sunshine and views When a young girl comes by the chapel, obviously on something and in some sort of trouble, Murph isn t able to just let her go He gives her his satellite phone number and lets her know he ll be there if she ever needs anything Shortly after, by the docks, Murph watches Murph is a mysterious man with a haunted past He lives and works in a chapel in Florida when he s not on a mission or on the water Nearby is a popular sandbar where boats dock to party and enjoy the water, sunshine and views When a young girl comes by the chapel, obviously on something and in some sort of trouble, Murph isn t able to just let her go He gives her his satellite phone number and lets her know he ll be there if she ever needs anything Shortly after, by the docks, Murph watches a very distraught woman running and clearly looking for someone The description matches the young girl that came by the chapel Fearing a dead end, the woman steals a boat and takes off It s obvious to Murph the woman has no idea what she s doing and could get herself into real trouble Again, unable to let her risk her life, Murph hops in his own boat and takes off after her Sure enough, the woman, Summer, gets in an accident and Murph rescues her Confirming the girl Summer is looking for is the same girl Murph encountered, he takes it upon himself to help track her down He has history and experience with this dark underworld and it s clear to him that the girl, Angel, has gotten herself wrapped in the flesh trade Summer and Murph embark on a mission to save Angel Along the way, they learn about each other and pick up other wanderers including a dog, an ex convict, and a young girl who doesn t know who she is The trip is not only an adventure to rescue Angel, but a mission of self discovery and faith Generally, the story felt a bit predictable and incredibly unrealistic I could definitely see this as a Liam Neeson movie filled with action, peril, unrequited love, and an unlikely hero Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review


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    The Water Keeper is a riveting and breathless boat trip down the Florida Intercoastal Waterway SUMMARYMurphy Shephard is a man with many secrets He lives alone on a island in Northeast Florida, tending the grounds of a church with no priest and no parishioners He has quietly dedicated his life to rescuing women in peril No one know who he is or what he does But as he mourns the recent loss of his mentor and friend, Murph himself may belost than he realizes.When he pulls a beautiful wom The Water Keeper is a riveting and breathless boat trip down the Florida Intercoastal Waterway SUMMARYMurphy Shephard is a man with many secrets He lives alone on a island in Northeast Florida, tending the grounds of a church with no priest and no parishioners He has quietly dedicated his life to rescuing women in peril No one know who he is or what he does But as he mourns the recent loss of his mentor and friend, Murph himself may belost than he realizes.When he pulls a beautiful woman name Summer out of the Florida Intercoastal Waterway, Murph s cruise to lay his mentor to rest in the water of the Keys, takes a unplanned and dangerous turn Drawn to help Summer find her missing daughter, Murphy is pulled once again, into the dark and dangerous world of human trafficking.Murphy gets help from some unexpected new friends, including a faithful Labrador he plucks from the ocean, and an ex convict name Clay Murph races against the clock to locate Summer s daughter At the same time he is unknowingly uncovering secrets of his past REVIEWTHE WATER KEEPER is another fabulously powerful novel by Charles Martin It s a story of love, friendship, sacrifice, dedication and forgiveness The writing is absorbing and beautiful, and each of the characters are well drawn This is a BlueStockingBest read for 2020 Murph is an amazingly strong, sensitive and faith filled man His past, present and future collide in this smartly structured action packed thriller Just be prepared for a fast and furious roller coaster of a boat ride.There is danger around every bend, as Murph races down the Intercoastal to find the bad guys and rescue Summer s daughter before it s to late A big shout out to Gunner, the resilient Labrador Retriever Even he helps bring the story to life with his boundless energy, stamina and loyalty Author Charles Martin lives in Jacksonville, Florida and has portrayed the beauty of the eastern coastline of Florida magnificently This is his fourteenth novel His prior novels include Send Down the Rain Long Way Gone and The Mountain Between Us, which was made into a major motion picture Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Publisher Thomas NelsonPublished May 5, 2020Review www.bluestockingreviews.com


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    This novel deals with the serious and difficult topic of sex trafficking.Murphy, a broken and lonely man, is a caretaker of a remote chapel on an island off the coast of Florida and captains a small boat He is also part of a group who are highly trained to rescue kidnapped and vulnerable girls who have been stolen to traffic to the highest bidder Once restored himself at his lowest moment, Murphy was taught by his mentor that a good shepard leaves the ninety nine to go after the one and that o This novel deals with the serious and difficult topic of sex trafficking.Murphy, a broken and lonely man, is a caretaker of a remote chapel on an island off the coast of Florida and captains a small boat He is also part of a group who are highly trained to rescue kidnapped and vulnerable girls who have been stolen to traffic to the highest bidder Once restored himself at his lowest moment, Murphy was taught by his mentor that a good shepard leaves the ninety nine to go after the one and that one outweighs the needs of the others This is what drives him to continually put his life at risk to reach the one.Murphy believes Don t kid yourself We all lose our way Sometimes it just takes somebody else to find us and bring us back Remind us That we were made to want and give love That no matter how dark the night, midnight will pass No darkness, no matter how dark, can hold back the second hand Whether you like it or not, whether you build a wall around your soul and cut out your eyes, wait a few hours and the sun will crack the skyline and the darkness will roll back like a scroll Though the story at times is brutal, violent, painful and harrowing, the underlying theme is about redemption and love as expressed here Somewhere in there it struck me that love is what we re made to do It is the thing our hearts are made to pour I would later learn it was his own wound surfacing when he told me, We don t love because people love us back We love because we can Because we were made to Because it s all we have Because, at the end of the day, evil can take everything save one thing your love And when you come to realize that, that the only thing you really control in this life is your love, you ll see, maybe for the first time, that we re all just lost And the needs of the apollumi outweigh the needs of the ninety nine Charles Martin has a gift for drawing you into the lives of his characters and making you care deeply for those who are the most troubled and broken, and triumphantly cheer when those who are evil are brought to justice There s a special place in hell for those in the sex traffic trade and the clients they service


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    Oh, the overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of GodOh, it chases me down, fights til I m found, leaves the ninety nine This song echoed through my head throughout my reading of this novel The Parable of the Lost Sheep There are so many parallels between Murph and that overwhelming love of God that seeks us out even when we are the only one who is lost This is a story within a story within a story A heart s cry to love and to open ourselves up to love Also about Whose we are And who Oh, the overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of GodOh, it chases me down, fights til I m found, leaves the ninety nine This song echoed through my head throughout my reading of this novel The Parable of the Lost Sheep There are so many parallels between Murph and that overwhelming love of God that seeks us out even when we are the only one who is lost This is a story within a story within a story A heart s cry to love and to open ourselves up to love Also about Whose we are And who we are, but one leads to the other We don t love because people love us back We love because we can Because we were made to Because it s all we have Because, at the end of the day, evil can take everything save one thing your love And when you come to realize that, that the only thing you really control in this life is your love, you ll see, maybe for the first time, that we re all just lost Martin s writing is stellar, as usual His way of turning a phrase is exquisite, he puts so much meaning that can both be taken as face value with an exciting story, but also as much deeper and contemplative about life on another level Beautiful book with some difficult themes of human trafficking, but well worth the discomfort to find the joy that can be discovered on the other side of the darkness for all of us.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own


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    One awesome read Themes of love and redemption run through this story surrounding the evil abduction of girls for sex trafficking These themes are familiar in all the Charles Martin stories I ve read so far I am so in love with the hero, Murphy and everything he does in helping others I highly recommend this and any of Charles Martin s books His books touch my soul The characters are well developed and interesting The plot is engrossing Then tension builds at just the right pace Many tha One awesome read Themes of love and redemption run through this story surrounding the evil abduction of girls for sex trafficking These themes are familiar in all the Charles Martin stories I ve read so far I am so in love with the hero, Murphy and everything he does in helping others I highly recommend this and any of Charles Martin s books His books touch my soul The characters are well developed and interesting The plot is engrossing Then tension builds at just the right pace Many thanks to Thomas Nelson FICTION through Netgalley for an advance copy


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    Check out my Q A Elevator Ride with the Author Congrats to Susan Marshall of Jupiter, Florida Winner of the Book Giveaway Contest One of my favorite authors, Southern master storyteller and New York Timesbestselling author Charles Martin, kicks off an extraordinary new evocative series in celebration of his 20th anniversary of stories This one gets ALL the stars from me and then some Beautifully executed, with power and precision, Charles Martin is at his finest his best book yet i Check out my QA Elevator Ride with the Author Congrats to Susan Marshall of Jupiter, Florida Winner of the Book Giveaway Contest One of my favorite authors, Southern master storyteller and New York Timesbestselling author Charles Martin, kicks off an extraordinary new evocative series in celebration of his 20th anniversary of stories This one gets ALL the stars from me and then some Beautifully executed, with power and precision, Charles Martin is at his finest his best book yet in this latest novel of forgiveness THE WATER KEEPER Hands down, The BEST Book of 2020 This book has it ALL For guys and gals, young and old alike The author takes us on a boat Gone Fiction ride of your life suspenseful adventure from the Atlantic coastal NE Florida ICW to the Southernmost part of the US Key West Floridians will find a lot to like here With classic Charles Martin s signature style, fans have come to expect Combining a perfect blending of a poignant Nicholas Sparks The Notebook love story romance meets action packed thrills and suspense of Greg Hurwitz Orphan X series and Harlan Coben An intriguing, moving, and memorable journey with heartfelt and broken characters seeking love, redemption, and forgiveness The people and bad guys they encounter along the journey are reminiscent of the works of authors Richard Paul Evans The Walk Series , and Catherine Ryan Hyde Take Me With You and Stay The lyrical prose and stunning metaphors will draw you into the world of a complex broken man David Bishop Murphy Shepherd a priest, a recluse, a man who loves deeply, a fictional writer, and a powerful government agent He is resilient and will stop at nothing to save those sheep who have fallen astray from the fold to lead them back to their loved ones and freedom However, he needs to be the kind of shepherd who will leave the warmth of the fire and the safety of the flock to risk the cold, the rain, and the sleepless nights to find the ONE The historical and literary elements will remind you of Ernest Hemingway adventures, infused with literary icons, rich historical details, and vivid settings with an Old Florida flair From characters, Murphy meets along the way Angel, a sixteen year old girl, pulled into sex trafficking and human slavery A mother recovering from an Opioid addiction in search of her missing daughter before she is sold to the highest bidder An African American older gentleman ex con self defense barely surviving, fighting to see the love of his life to make things right A tenacious white Labrador retriever, Gunner, who has nine lives and is the captain of this ship A young girl who is desperately trying to find her birth mother and father, a woman who is dying hiding from a world due to shame, leaving just enough crumbs for someone to see her A convent and Sister trying to protect A mentor, a fellow agent, a rescuer, and just onesheep to be saved before it is too late.Martin intertwines humor, page turning suspense, intense emotions, an endless love story, and unforgettable characters that reach into your heart and soul, searching for the healing power of forgiveness and freedom Ultimately uplifting and hopeful, leaving fans anxiously awaiting the next in the series Prime for a TV series or the widescreen Flawless and irresistible, profoundly moving, and endlessly emotional Fans continue to love the warmth and inspiration they draw from Martin s books and characters They will be richly rewarded I highly recommend all his books both fiction and nonfiction Crossing multi genres, Charles Martin proves that he is at the TOP OF HIS GAME An Outstanding Achievement More, pleaseLove does that It erases the pain The darkness The stuff that wants to hold our head under the water Love reminds us who we are and who we were alwaysmeant to be And there never has been nor ever will be anything that can kill it David Bishop Murphy Shepherd Charles Martin The Water Keeper In celebration of Charles 20th Anniversary of stories, my favorites I love them all 5 Stars however, if I must pick Chasing Fireflies Where the River Ends When Crickets Cry Water From My Heart The Water Keeper JDCMustReadBooks A special thank you to Thomas Nelson HarperCollins for an advanced reading copyAlso purchased a hardcover copy and audiobook On a side note Being a Floridan, I have resided and worked along the coast of SE Florida ICW and A1A from St John s, Volusia, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties over the past twenty years, I immensely enjoyed revisiting familiar, memorable landmarks and the rich Florida history great job Being a Georgian before Florida, I devoured Martin s earlier novels, as well I really enjoyed the boating water elements in THE WATER KEEPER, having lived and worked in the Florida Keys selling waterfront condos for boats and condo hotel residences with marina clubs and currently reside along ICW in West Palm Beach Every time I see a yacht across the street, I think of this book


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    Like his other books, Charles Martin s themes of love, hope and redemption are prevalent in this story, which revolve around sex trafficking Murphy Shepherd lives a double or perhaps triple life, posing a hermit helper of a priest He mourns the loss of his great love, but has a new purpose in life, which is rescuing young girls from the clutches of the traffickers As he heads south along the Intercoastal Waterway in Florida to scatter the ashes of his mentor, he saves the life of Summer, who Like his other books, Charles Martin s themes of love, hope and redemption are prevalent in this story, which revolve around sex trafficking Murphy Shepherd lives a double or perhaps triple life, posing a hermit helper of a priest He mourns the loss of his great love, but has a new purpose in life, which is rescuing young girls from the clutches of the traffickers As he heads south along the Intercoastal Waterway in Florida to scatter the ashes of his mentor, he saves the life of Summer, who is trying to find her own daughter, who has fallen in with the wrong crowd, and a Labrador retriever, who leads Murph to his owner, a recently paroled black inmate, who is dying and wants to say goodbye to his departed wife There is even a stowaway on board, Ellie, who wants to know about the mother that put her up for adoption Good twists and turns, especially about Murph s life story and wealth, offset by an endless and pointless listing of every town along the journey


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The Water Keeper A Riveting New Story Of Heroism, Heartache, And The Power Of Love To Heal All WoundsMurphy Shepherd Is A Man With Many Secrets He Lives Alone On An Island, Tending The Grounds For A Church With No Parishioners, And He S Dedicated His Life To Rescuing Those In Peril But As He Mourns The Loss Of His Mentor And Friend, Murph Himself May Be Lost Than He RealizesWhen He Pulls A Beautiful Woman Named Summer Out Of Florida S Intracoastal Waterway, Murph S Mission To Lay His Mentor To Rest At The End Of The World Takes A Dangerous Turn Drawn To Summer, And Desperate To Find Her Missing Daughter, Murph Is Pulled Deeper And Deeper Into The Dark And Dangerous World Of Modern Day SlaveryWith Help From Some Unexpected New Friends, Including A Faithful Labrador He Plucks From The Ocean And An Ex Convict Named Clay, Murph Must Race Against The Clock To Locate The Girl Before He Is Consumed By The Secrets Of His Past And The Ghosts Who Tried To Bury ThemWith Martin S Trademark Lyricism And Poignant Prose, The Water Keeper Is At Once A Tender Love Story A Heartrending Search For Freedom, And A Reminder That The Needs Of The One Outweigh Those Of The Ninety Nine