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mountainmama "Shirley Hicks" (Charleston, West Virginia, USA)

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Shadow Path (Portals Book 1)
Shadow Path (Portals Book 1)
Price: £2.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Portal to a fantastic adventure!, 6 Mar. 2013
Two cops in Corpus Christi are investigating a murder. Pretty routine - except one of the cops is an elf, and the murder victim is an ogre. It seems an ancient portal has opened and all the mythological creatures we read about as children are real, and they have crossed over into our world. Only some of them are a little different from what we pictured.

A mix of Greek mythology, fairy tales, folklore, and fantasy with a twist, Shadow Path takes us on an adventure to the `Otherside' and the world in `Between', where the elf detective must fight a former lover to save our world. Thrilling and suspenseful, Ms. Blair has used her genius imagination to present a fabulous story. She has a talent for dialog and description, and puts the reader into the scene with her characters. Storytelling at its best!


A Proper Charlie: For anyone as long as they aren't ginger.
A Proper Charlie: For anyone as long as they aren't ginger.
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable chick-lit, 27 Feb. 2013
Charlie Wallis is a mess - her boyfriend is a loser, her job is a dead end, and despite growing up in an orphanage, she has zero street smarts. Aspiring to become a journalist, she decides to go undercover as a prostitute to get insight into a story she wants to write. And of course, she walks straight into trouble. Throw in a new boss who finds her attractive, and you have all the ingredients for a romantic farce.

An entertaining, light read - recommended for anyone who enjoys that genre.


Daimones
Daimones

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and thought-provoking, 26 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Daimones (Kindle Edition)
A normal family wakes up to find the rest of the world has perished during the night. We then follow as Dan tries to figure out what happened and why he and his family were spared, as well as how they will survive. We experience the fear and anxiety, the search for others, the determination to prosper, the moral choices one is forced to make in extraordinary circumstances, and the final realization that their future would depend upon not repeating past mistakes.

An apocalyptic story without any zombies, gore, or mass destruction - a quiet ending to a civilization which has become uncivilized. It explores the thought processes behind the will to survive - how far you're prepared to go to protect and preserve life when choices are limited and your reality has undergone an extreme makeover. It forces you to question how well you would do if faced with the same options.

Suspenseful and provocative, this is a very entertaining book - one that draws you forward to see how each obstacle is overcome. Mr. Marino's scientific background is evident in his writing, and he has written a well thought-out story with great detail and insight into the psychology of survival. Bravo, sir!


Goodbye Junie Moon
Goodbye Junie Moon
Price: £3.88

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astounding life!, 30 Jan. 2013
June Collins has written an account of her life as a show girl in Australia, Asia, and Vietnam, and her part in exposing the graft and corruption in the system that was supposed to provide much-needed diversion to soldiers. She does not sugar-coat anything, including her own sexual escapades and foolhardy adventures. Brutally honest and absolutely believable, she expertly leads the reader through her experiences and paints an accurate portrait of her life and times. The tale bounces back and forth between her younger years of poverty and hardship in Australia and her later years in Vietnam. A fascinating and educational story of an incredible woman who survived mind-boggling situations.

Although the book had numerous editing problems, the writing was heartfelt and well-crafted, deserving a full five stars. Hats off to you, Junie Moon.


Discontents: A Protest Novel
Discontents: A Protest Novel

5.0 out of 5 stars Paranoia and conspiracy, 18 Jan. 2013
An intriguing tale of a protest movement and Emory Walden, a blogger and graffiti artist who is approached by a tycoon who wants to underwrite his efforts to further the cause. What ensues is not exactly what Emory envisioned when he agreed to the deal. The story is presented by the author, after receiving the `rest of the story' from Walden several years after Walden's disappearance.

Mr. Birch has a very poetic style of writing, and the story itself is very well constructed, with twists and turns aplenty. Witty and unsettling, this book takes you on quite the ride. Grammarians and editors will cringe at the misspellings and typos, but according to the forward, that's to be excused as Walden instructed the author to publish without regard to such niceties - he just wanted people to know the `truth'. Genius!


Take the Monkeys and Run (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery, Book 1)
Take the Monkeys and Run (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery, Book 1)
Price: £0.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and fun read, 17 Jan. 2013
Barbara Marr would have to qualify as the most inept sleuth in the world, but that's half the charm. As she noses into the goings-on at the house next door, she finds herself involved in stuff that any sane person would avoid. Nice and light - over the top and not to be taken seriously.

A fun silly romp that is very well edited. A perfect way to spend an afternoon.


Redemption - A Short Story
Redemption - A Short Story
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted, 15 Jan. 2013
An innocent man is accused of murder. With no alibi and damning circumstantial evidence, he knows he will be convicted. He has nowhere to turn except to his estranged father - a retired detective. But what will his freedom cost?

Well written and edited, with a very nice twist at the end, Ms Johnson has created an entertaining tale of irony. Loved it!


The God Complex
The God Complex
Price: £3.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing take on Western medicine, 14 Jan. 2013
This review is from: The God Complex (Kindle Edition)
Evidently inspired by true events, we follow the story of a man whose health steadily deteriorates as a result of poor diagnoses by medical professionals who are too busy to pay attention, too brainwashed to recognize other methods of treatment, and/or too invested in their own delusions of omnipotence to notice they've failed. Filled with lots of information about ancient Eastern practices of healing, I found this a highly entertaining/enlightening/thought-provoking read. Although the main character resorts to some pretty drastic means to prove his point, it has a certain appeal to our darker desires to exact revenge and teach a lesson to those who harm us.

I liked the mystery aspect and wished it had played a bigger part. The presentation of the mistakes of Western medicine versus the holistic approach of Eastern medicine became a little long-winded/repetitive at times, but overall a good read. A few minor typos were noted, but not enough to ruin the story.


Brain for Rent and other stories
Brain for Rent and other stories
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative shorts, 14 Jan. 2013
A collection of five short stories, Mr Thompson has given us a sample of his amazing talent for sci-fi. These tales run the gamut from a young man who rents out space in his `weird' brain to companies, to a story of an alien race who infiltrated Earth only to desert it when they figured out it wasn't worth fighting for. All are uniquely inventive and very well written. Editing is superb. I especially liked his paragraphs immediately following each account - explaining his thoughts/motives behind the stories. Great job!


Chequered Justice
Chequered Justice
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Injustice for all, 7 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Chequered Justice (Kindle Edition)
Will Middleton is a racecar driver who gets caught up in the legal system and finds himself on the wrong side of prison bars. The average person has no idea how easy it is for an innocent person to be found guilty. We're all taught to believe in truth and justice, and it's quite a shock to find truth has nothing to do with it - it's all an illusion. And the odds are stacked in the prosecutions' favor. It's impossible for the average person to fight an entity with unlimited financial and manpower resources. It's also nearly impossible to fight the prejudices of a jury who believes the law to be infallible and who want to believe the defendant wouldn't be there if he weren't guilty of something.

Based on true events, this fight to prove innocence is compelling reading. It is an articulate, gripping story that grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let you go. The writing is absolutely convincing and does a fabulous job of showing how flawed the judicial system is. Well done, Mr. Bartlett - an awesome job!


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