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Outsourced
Outsourced
Price: £2.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, adventurous, breathtaking thriller, 9 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Outsourced (Kindle Edition)
REVIEW: OUTSOURCED by Eric J. Gates

An exciting and convoluted thriller with a strong thread emphasizing the Federal Government's insertion into the lives of private citizens, and a strong "paranormal" type element. I'm reminded of Hitler's capacity to alter mob behavior by speech; here the instrument is a certain formerly Tibetan object, now used as a pen. Those readers of science fiction are surely familiar with the concept that in dimensions in which thought or words alter reality, proper focused intent is essential. Here, proper focused intent is essential when composing with this "pen," because this object also alters reality.

I reviewed a digital copy generously provided by the author for review purposes. No fees were exchanged.


SO WHAT! STORIES or WHATEVER!
SO WHAT! STORIES or WHATEVER!
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, Entertaining, Comfortable, Read, 22 May 2014
I quite enjoyed this book, which is more a collection of vignettes about a dedicated but occasionally feckless secondary Science teacher ( later a college tutor). Robert Jeffrey is of course imperfect, but he is diligent, and devoted to developing potential scientists or engineers. Like most teachers, he has a variety of students, from the quiet intellectuals, to the bullies and future delinquents. It's pretty certain, that Mr. Jeffrey, successes and flaws, is not easily forgotten.

Author G. J. Griffiths has an easy, very readable and interesting, style of writing; it kept my attention initially and throughout. Although I've never been an instructor at any level, still I found the teachers, staff, and students realistic and recognisable. I recommend this book.when you're looking for a relaxing, comfortable, and entertaining, read

5 Stars

I reviewed an ARC provided by the author for the sole purpose of my fair and honest review. No fees were exchanged.


They Only Come Out at Night
They Only Come Out at Night

4.0 out of 5 stars Stay Out of the Subway--It's Not Natural, 23 April 2013
Character study balanced with uproarious action scenes of horror and carnage characterize this novel, set in the subways and the aboveground locales of New York City. Riding the subways has always included an expectation of crime, including mugging, robbery, and assault. But murders aren't expected, aren't as common belowground, as now; suddenly someone -or perhaps something--is targeting lone commuters, those who stay out too late at work or at classes, and so are alone embarking on a subway train or departing one. Next are attacks on subway employees, including a conductor. Eventually it seems no one is safe in the subway; but what could be causing the extraordinary level of violence involved, of murders seeming to require superhuman or beyond human strength and agility? The race is on for law enforcement to target the culprit or culprits, and for the reader to race to the end to find out: Who? What? How? And Why now? One woman, Melissa, lost her mother and nearly lost her father in an unprecedentedly brutal subway assault some years back. Now she fears that the Subway Slayer may also be targeting her, or possibly her boss/boyfriend, or even her father, who had survived the initial attack which killed his wife.

I rate this novel at 18+, due to extreme violence and some sensual encounters.
I reviewed a complimentary e-book copy of this novel, provided in return for my fair and impartial review.


Lineage: A Supernatural Thriller
Lineage: A Supernatural Thriller
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Implacable Unavoidable Evil, 17 April 2013
Review of Lineage by Joe Hart

I read voraciously, and so I find many books that excite my soul and mind. Not as often do I find a story that lingers, that refuses to be evicted from my memory, or that pops into focus when I'm thinking of something else. Such a story is Joe Hart's Lineage, an incredible read that yes, turned my stomach, but also gave me new insight into humanity and into the nature of evil, its implacability and it's ability not to be avoided.

Grippingly detailed and backdropped, Lineage is the story of a novelist who has lost the ability to create, who has entered into that Limbo known as Writer's Block. When Lance begins having illusions of a house on a lake, he searches online and discovers that exact house, conveniently for sale. He buys it and moves in, which is probably one of the most serious errors of his life, because the house is not just a residence. Lance could not have foreseen the events to come (and if he could have, would he have avoided that house? Probably not.)

Events and personalities stretching back to World War II exist in this "home" on the shores of Lake Superior, and very few readers could anticipate all the convolutions of this story. Yes it's not for the faint of heart nor those with weak and queasy stomachs, but for everybody else who loves horror, mystery, suspense, and totally excellent writing: here's Lineage. Don't miss out.


Tearstone
Tearstone
by David L. Day
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, Horrific, Suspenseful Debut, 17 April 2013
This review is from: Tearstone (Paperback)
Review of Tearstone by David L. Day
5 stars

This is how Horror should approach us: less like turning over stones to see the insects crawling underneath, more like pacing down a staircase into the Underworld, a staircase that spirals and presents new horrors at every turn. I wouldn't want to be a witness to the inside of this author's nightmares, but what a wonderful story they have produced. On the surface, a simple prodigal-son-returns-to-home-town-at-parent's-death; but that's the surface, that's not the story.

Tom left Washington Heights, Ohio, long ago, and it's not till really late in the story that we come to understand the exact nature of his departure. Left behind are disgruntled and continually bitter younger brother Kyle, and father Lewis, a severely alcoholic parent with serious psychological and spiritual issues. On the home acreage sits the family house, the pole barn where Lewis takes his own life, and the Lodge, the gathering point for the assembly of men, which has Masonic overtones but which harbours much more than just the usual men's fraternal get-togethers.

This is a debut novel, but is so riveting that I anticipate the next offering from new author David L. Day. Readers who are faint of heart, ready your oxygen mask and your antacid pills before attempting this scrumptious story.


Mirror Images Book 1: The Darkness of Man
Mirror Images Book 1: The Darkness of Man

5.0 out of 5 stars Rapid Pace and Easy Suspension of Disbelief in this Paranormal Urban Fantasy, 15 April 2013
This review is based on a complimentary e-book copy provided in return for my fair and impartial review.

Review of Mirror Image by C. Michael Powers
5 stars

A delightfully intriguing story, "Mirror Image" captured my attention at the very beginning with its superb reader's hook, and maintained my interest and intrigue throughout. Author C. Michael Powers deftly explores the inner personality and integrity (or lack of same) in his multitude of characters. He also cleverly illustrates how a chance encounter, or a wish slipping from the tongue without thought, can lead to danger, trouble, even fatality. Very fast-paced action and plotting keep this paranormal urban fantasy rolling on. Think of a boulder rolling downhill in an avalanche and you will get some idea of the pacing and implacability of this story.

Gabe Cutter is bored with his life and he is ready for change, but as of yet he hasn't developed the impetus or passion to make changes. He wants to introduce his girlfriend and coworker Allie to his folks, but she refuses. Another colleague has been interested in him for years, but is too shy to speak up; and Gabe needs to change careers, but again, his inertia has him in a vise grip. Until--the doppelgangers begin to appear, mirror images who literally live in a land beyond our normal mirrors, entities who as often as not are evil where their real life counterparts are mostly good. When coworker Lisa's counterpart Ivy enters Gabe's world, clues him in about his girlfriend's sneaky infidelity, and irresistibly entices Gabe, life is good for a few hours. But then, Gabe looks in the mirror--and his doppelganger drags him over and switches places with him; and the new dude is really vicious and violent and murdering.


Borrowing My Mother's Saints
Borrowing My Mother's Saints
Price: £2.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, Heartwarming, A Heroine We All Can Identify With, 13 April 2013
Review of Borrowing My Mother's Saints by Olga G. Soaje
5 Stars

Although Chick Lit is not my favourite genre, "Borrowing My Mother's Saints" has a depth and warmth and heartstrings-tugging that kept me interested, intrigued, and enjoying. Julianna ("Julie") is a Manhattan career girl, eight years in advertising after graduation from NYU, with a "serious relationship" with hard-driving egotistical Michael, and a couple of long-term warm friendships. Julie was raised staunchly Catholic and attended parochial private schools. She fondly remembers her mother's prayer cards to saints. When something or someone (such as colleague Nancy, who is determined to flow up the career ladder no matter how many others she stomps on) pulls the thread of Julie's intact life and everything starts to unravel, she begins to remember those saints and to ponder on whom to ask to intercede to fix her life again.

Almost every reader can identify with Julie's dilemma, and how sometimes it is only when we hit rock bottom that we find a new way out, a new pattern of life, a new path and life purpose. I anticipate future novels from author Olga G. Soaje.


The Memory Thief
The Memory Thief
Price: £3.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted and Engrossing Psychological Suspense, 12 April 2013
This review is from: The Memory Thief (Kindle Edition)
Review of The Memory Thief by Don Donaldson
5 stars

An engrossing, complex, utterly suspenseful mystery, "The Memory Tree" will appeal to readers who like their mysteries with a lot of meat on the bones. Marti Segerson, psychiatrist, arranges to be hired at a mental institution in rural Tennessee, precisely in order to get close to Vernon Odessa, the killer who slaughtered Marti's older sister Lee when Marti was just a child. Marti has to go through and around Administrator Oren Quinn, a scientist who is sociopathic enough to be committed himself, and who is quite possibly performing memory experiments which would be both illegal and unethical, utilizing the patients at Gibson.

Convoluted but never confusing, suspenseful and emotional, "The Memory Thief" is a rereader, and a fine introduction to the novels of Don Donaldson, an accomplished and riveting writer.


Raveled
Raveled
Price: £2.23

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Knitted, Literate, Engrossing Mystery/Suspense, 12 April 2013
This review is from: Raveled (Kindle Edition)
My review is of a complimentary e-book copy provided to me in return for a fair and impartial review.

Review of Raveled by Anne McAneny
5 stars

Allison Fennimore is a woman with a bitter, wry wit, and she comes by it naturally, given her circumstances. Now a bartender in New York, when she was fifteen her father was charged, tried, and convicted of two killings. Even where circumstances couldn't quite convict, the small town of Lavitte, North Carolina, did so; and Artie Fennimore did some prison time and then died. Allison's older brother Kevin, deep in alcoholism, recently was involuntarily sentenced to rehab after an accident in which an also intoxicated adolescent, recklessly driving, died. Now Kevin wants their father's name cleared, or at least, the lies of Lavitte exposed; and since he is in mandatory rehab and can't do so himself, he wants Allison to return to Lavitte and find out, while she's simultaneously arranging to put their mother, suffering from dementia, in assisted living, and sell Mother's residence.

Author Anne McAneny has a true gift for delineating small town life, peeling away the layers and turning over the stones that conceal the ugly truths: a long-term Mayor with likely crime connections in New Jersey; neighbors and other citizens who leap to convict by gossip; and the life expectancy of rumours, which seems to be eternal. Her characters are delineated sentence by sentence, and almost immediately, they are sufficiently realized to be people we know or could know, not just fictional individuals drawn on a printed page. I highly recommend this engrossing mystery.


Screaming Spires (The Cavaliers Series: Book Two): An adult vampire romance trilogy (The Cavaliers Trilogy 2)
Screaming Spires (The Cavaliers Series: Book Two): An adult vampire romance trilogy (The Cavaliers Trilogy 2)
Price: £3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vampire Series You Won't Want to Miss!, 12 April 2013
I reviewed a complimentary e-book copy of "Screaming Spires" provided for my fair and impartial review.

Review of Screaming Spires by Georgiana Derwent
The Cavaliers #2
5 stars

The War between the Cavaliers and the Roundheads--Royalist supporters of English King Charles I vs. the Puritan followers of Oliver Cromwell who opposed Charles--began in 1642, but in this series it's still raging, with the difference being that where British humans have primarily left the War behind (except for historians), among Vampires there are still two diametrically opposed groups, and they're still named "Cavaliers" and "Roundheads." It's still a matter of who can get over on whom, and right now the focus is on Harriet, a young Oxford student from Yorkshire, whose family connections are far more involved with both sides of the War than she could ever have a reason to suspect.

I love this series because Georgiana Derwent simply doesn't settle for routine, two-dimensional characters, neither vampire or human. Sure, we get the sexy, sensually appealing vampires; we also get the "scaries." But these individuals are just as fully fleshed out as are the humans, and reading these novels is like peeking in through a one-way window into the lives of our characters (both mortal and eternal). Additionally, Ms. Derwent has an excellent background in the history of the English Civil War Era, and of her settings, and she elaborates both so that even readers who have never been to England, or know nothing of the history, can be just as fully involved in these stories as readers who are acquainted with locale and history.


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