Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Watcher by Jo Robertson @RomanceBandits

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This psychological suspense follows forensic psychiatrist Kate Myers who believes the killer of two teenage girls in Bigler County, California, is the same man who savagely murdered her twin sister over fifteen years ago. Working with a single-minded tenacity, she sets out to prove it. Deputy Sheriff Ben Slater hides his personal pain behind the job, but Kate's arrival in his county knocks his world on its axis and makes him believe in romance again. He wants to believe her wild theory, but the idea of a serial killer with the kind of pathology she proposes is too bizarre. Together they work to find a killer whose roots began in a small town in Bigler County, but whose violence spread across the nation. A Janus-like killer, more monster than man, he fixates on Kate and wants nothing more than to kill the "purple-eyed girl again." As this crime thriller builds to a conclusion, Kate finds herself in grave danger, while Slater uses his forensics skills to discover who the madman is and where he's taken her.

Inevitable: Love and War by Inger Iversen @KRIS10INGER

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Ex-Marine and former combat trainer, Trent Reed has been shot and placed in war zones behind enemy lines for most of his Marine Corp career. But when his best friend, Logan, calls in a favor, he is faced with one of the hardest decisions of his life—to be, or not to be, the best man in his wedding.

His turbulent past with races other than his own, have him at odds with Logan’s new African American fiancĂ©e, Katie. When Trent accepts the position against his better judgment, it’s done with a heavy heart and the understanding that his friend is soon to be out of his life—for good.

Teal Lofton is finally warming up to Logan, her best friend’s fiancĂ© and ex-convict. As maid of honor in Katie’s wedding, she will have to put up with budget issues, mind-numbing tasks, juggling the bride’s secret pregnancy, and worst of all, dealing with Logan’s jerk of a best friend and best man.

When shit hits the fan during the groom’s dinner and Trent disappears with the wedding rings in tow, Teal flips her lid and chases after him into the worst snow storm of the decade. A serious accident sets Trent and Teal on an inevitable course of self-discovery and passion like they’ve never experienced before.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Olympus Project by Ted Tayler @ted_tayler

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A man rescued from a watery grave by strangers. Headhunted because of his particular skill set; that of a super efficient stone cold killer. This brand new series covers the activities of a secret organization which recruited the man they have named 'The Phoenix' as they send their agents across the world removing anyone who poses a threat to political or economic stability.
We follow 'The Phoenix' as he exacts revenge and rights wrongs in his own inimitable style. Always a loner in the past, can he and his new colleagues work together as a team to prevent a terrorist cell from causing havoc in Central London?

"a protagonist that grabs and keeps the reader's interest"


"several notches above other books in its genre"


"fast-paced, back to back, page-turning action"


"dynamic characters, intricate plots, action-packed and sexy!"

vigilante justice, secret organization, crime thriller, action adventure, suspense, revenge, closure.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Greatest Hits: An Anthology in Four Volumes by Daniel Thomas MacInnes @GhibliBlog

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Greatest Hits is “An Anthology in Four Volumes” that examines, dissects and satirizes every angle of the pop culture universe: film and television, animation and live-action, rock and jazz music, vinyl records, classic video games, politics and daily life. Writer and artist Daniel Thomas MacInnes delivers his signature style of sharp wit, biting sarcasm, warm nostalgia, and the search for the cultural threads that bring us all together.

In Greatest Hits, MacInnes presents, in a incisive collection of essays and personal stories, the trivial absurdity and profound brilliance of modern life. These include denouncing the media circus surrounding Michael Jackson's untimely death ("Now Watch the Thriller Zombies Chew On the Corpse"), championing the genius of 1970s Miles Davis ("Get Up With It"), conjuring childhood memories of video games ("Seven Cities of Gold"), and celebrating the animated movies of Studio Ghibli ("My Neighbor Totoro," "Spirited Away").

Like everyone's favorite “greatest hits” albums, this book is a fitting portrait of the artist, and a perfect distillation of a singular and irresistible literary voice.

Pop Life: Essays on Movies, Music, Games and Life by Daniel Thomas MacInnes @GhibliBlog

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When author and artist Daniel Thomas MacInnes dissects the pop culture universe, you better sit up and pay attention. Pop Life is a collection of essays, musings and personal memoirs on America in the Age of Pop with a keen critic's eye and a poet's heart. Essays are presented in four broad themes: film & television, music & audio, video games & politics, death & life.

Whether the subject is Metallica, Lou Reed, Miles Davis, Pearl Jam, Atari, Pixar or the War on Terror, MacInnes unleashes his signature satirical, savage and insightful observations on life at the turn of the 21st Century.

For followers of Chuck Klosterman, Hunter S. Thompson, Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert, this book is an absolute must, a journey through the joys and sorrows of life.



Chapters and topics included in Pop Life include the following:

Thoughts On Film & Television: A Charlie Brown Christmas; The Boondock Saints; Bullitt; Down on Skid Row; It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; Innocence: Gauche the Cellist; Ghost in the Shell 2; The Last Unicorn; The Marx Brothers; Million Dollar Baby; Napoleon Dynamite; Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis; Paprika; Pixar, Wall-e and Rubber Soul; Ratatouille; The Simpsons Movie; Studio Ghibli; and more.

New Adventures in Hi-Fi: An Introduction to Your First Turntable; Babes in Toyland; The Beatles; Black Sabbath; Buffy Sainte-Marie; Miles Davis; DEVO; Future of Vinyl in a Digital Age; Herbie Hancock; Michael Jackson; MCS Direct Drive Turntables; Metallica; Pearl Jam; Elvis Presley; Lou Reed; Sony PS-X75 Turntable; Jack White; Frank Zappa; and more.

Video Games of the Doomed: Atari 7800; Fire Shark; Frogger: Helmet Chaos; Mario Kart Wii; Metroid: Zero Mission; New Super Mario Brothers; NFL 2K1; Nintendo Wii U; Pac-Man Collection; Sega Dreamcast; Sonic Rush; Space Invaders Revolution; Super Mario Galaxy; World Series Baseball 98; and more.

It's Life and Life Only: Am I a Genius Yet; Harvester of Sorrow; Ignorance is Strength; Jeffrey Miller; Life Inside the Overlook Hotel; Max Headroom; Pope John Paul II; Space Shuttle Columbia; The Man Who Walked Between the Towers; Timmy and the Giant Space Bug; Truth is the First Casualty of War; Wisdom Teeth in the United States of Stupid; and more.

Zen Arcade: Classic Video Game Reviews by Daniel Thomas MacInnes @GhibliBlog

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Writer and artist Daniel Thomas MacInnes has written about video games for over 20 years, living through the medium's defining eras. Now with Zen Arcade: Classic Video Game Reviews, he brings readers on a journey of history and discovery through the golden age of arcade thrills and console wars.

Zen Arcade collects 140 essays of games from the 1980s and 1990s, originally released on six systems and now available on today's digital platforms. MacInnes weaves through this rich history with joy and keen insight, never afraid to sing praises or heap scorn where necessary. Many lost gems are discovered, many sacred cows skewered, and many surprises made along the way.

Illuminating, sharply satirical and wickedly funny, Zen Arcade is a treasure trove for diehard and casual players of all ages, and a celebration of the medium's vitality and magic. It is a defining text for the genre, a new standard in video game criticism and journalism.


Chapters and topics in Zen Arcade include the following:

NES: Adventure Island; Bubble Bobble; Donkey Kong; Galaga; Ice Hockey; The Legend of Zelda; Mega Man; Metroid; NES Play Action Football; Ninja Gaiden; Super Mario Brothers; Tennis; Xevious; and more.

Super NES: ActRaiser; Castlevania 4; Donkey Kong Country; F-Zero; Final Fight; Gradius 3; The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past; Pilotwings; SimCity; Street Fighter 2 Turbo; Super Mario World; Super Metroid; and more.

Nintendo 64: Cruis'n USA; Mario Kart 64; Super Mario 64; Wave Race 64; and more.

Sega Genesis: Altered Beast; Columns; Ecco the Dolphin; Ghouls 'N Ghosts; Golden Axe; Space Harrier 2; Sonic the Hedgehog; Streets of Rage 3; Toejam and Earl; and more.

NEC Turbografx-16: Alien Crush; Bonk's Adventure; Bomberman '93; Devil's Crush; Dragon Spirit; Dungeon Explorer; Military Madness; Neutopia; R-Type; Super Star Soldier; World Class Baseball; and more.

SNK Neo-Geo: Art of Fighting; Baseball Stars 2; Fatal Fury; The King of Fighters '94; Magician Lord; Neo Turf Masters; Samurai Shodown; World Heroes; and more.

The Worlds Next Door by C.E. White

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Twelve-year-old Janie Rutland somewhat grudgingly befriends Reggie Rankin—the weird new kid at school—and finally has someone to investigate her curious sightings in the abandoned house next door. When they find there’s an impossible world in danger of total destruction, they face a choice. Do they have what it takes to save it? An eccentric fellowship gathers as they embark on a perilous quest in a race against time and their own fears. Traveling in what can only be described as a pirate hover ship, they’re threatened by monsters and storms, shipwrecks and death. Can they find the answers they need to save Sian—and maybe all worlds?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review: Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops―the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she's a journalist and won't be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth. And she can't shake the question: if Will rightfully belongs to someone else, should she keep him or give him up? She investigates, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her own life―and that of the son she loves.

Review: This was a very emotion story. It was really well done.  I liked it a lot. The character development was spot on. I liked the details of motherhood. The slow churn of the mystery blossoming into a thriller was great. It may not follow the letter of the law regarding child custody but I have no idea what that my be anyway. This is not a documentary on a real event. It's for fun and fun it is.

 Mary Stuart Masterson did a great job reading the story. Gives each character life and their own identity. I would love it hear another story read by her.

This is a great story and includes a short interview with the author.

Buy it from me now.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Murder At The Rocks by Jill Paterson @JillPaterson2

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When Laurence Harford, a prominent businessman and philanthropist is found murdered in the historic Rocks area of Sydney, Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohn is asked to solve the crime quickly and discreetly. After barely starting his investigation, uncovering a discarded mistress and disgruntled employees, a second killing occurs.

Meanwhile, Laurence’s nephew, Nicholas Harford, has his certainties in life shaken when he becomes a suspect in his uncle’s death, and receives a mysterious gold locket that starts a chain of events unravelling his family’s dark truths.

Abduction by Tim Kizer @timkizer

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hey kidnapped her family. The ransom: 16 billion dollars. 
         On July 21, Jane Shepard's eight-year-old daughter and husband vanish from her car without a trace while she's shopping at a grocery store. Days later, she's shocked to learn that according to state records, her daughter and husband died in a motorcycle crash on July 17. The police believe that her family's abduction is just a figment of her imagination, but Jane knows it's not true. She begs the detectives to keep the investigation open.
   
When she becomes the prime suspect in a murder case, Jane grows convinced that she's been framed by the people behind her family's kidnapping. As she searches for answers, she uncovers a conspiracy masterminded by a top U.S. government official hell-bent on breaking into the top 100 richest people in the world.
   
To save her family, Jane has to find a treasure worth billions of dollars buried somewhere in South America.
   
The problem is, she has no idea where to look.

A Christmas Carol with original illustrations by Charles Dickens

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London on December 1843. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol singing took a new lease on life during this time. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

Dickens was not the first author to celebrate the Christmas season in literature, but it was he who superimposed his humanitarian vision of the holiday upon the public, an idea that has been termed as Dickens' "Carol Philosophy". Dickens believed the best way to reach the broadest segment of the population regarding his concerns about poverty and social injustice was to write a deeply felt Christmas story rather than polemical pamphlets and essays. Dickens' career as a best-selling author was on the wane, and the writer felt he needed to produce a tale that would prove both profitable and popular. Dickens' visit to the work-worn industrial city of Manchester was the "spark" that fired the author to produce a story about the poor, a repentant miser, and redemption that would become A Christmas Carol. The forces that inspired Dickens to create a powerful, impressive and enduring tale were the profoundly humiliating experiences of his childhood, the plight of the poor and their children during the boom decades of the 1830s and 1840s, and Washington Irving's essays on old English Christmas traditions published in his Sketch Book (1820); and fairy tales and nursery stories, as well as satirical essays and religious tracts.