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Review of "The Deeper Dark" by Michael Allen

  Michael Allen's The Deeper Dark is a military-political thriller with a haunting forecast of what could happen when our political system controls just a tiny bit more of our lives than it already does. Our story starts with a pilot's worst nightmare: being forced down over enemy lines. Then, like John McCain and other real-life wartime pilots, his nightmare comes into even scarier focus as he is met immediately by the opposition forces who are armed and most certainly dangerous. In Deeper , pilot Haven Kayd is taken to a dank and soon to be dark cell that has housed many other prisoners. The fact that he's the only one there is less than comforting. For months Kayd fights away the psychological fears his captors impose on him and manages to escape, only to find that his nightmare continues when he returns home to find his wife and daughter shocked to see him. They've been told he's dead. The message finally dawns on him: Fear the Deep State. Kayd asks questions a
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John Grisham's "The Guardians"

  If you've been waiting for John Grisham to deliver another solid book, the 2019 issuance of The Guardians is probably your best bet. Grisham, of course, has made a habit of taking small-time or at least small-town lawyer story's to breakneck-speed endings while spinning a vast (if not luxurious) web of possible plots across a reader's mind. I'm a fan, but there have been a few stumbles in my opinion, such as The Whistler , and Camino Winds , that move slowly and lack the thrill of the chase I found in earlier books. Fortunately, Grisham's on the ball with this book, and I was happy to get trapped for hours inside the covers of my bed and the book itself. In this "wrongful conviction" story, lawyer Cullen Post takes a series of cases as far as he can, saying "I have five cases...., I've watched one of my clients die. I still think he was innocent. I just couldn't prove it in time." Such is the pressure and turmoil of a pro-bono lawyer a

Review of "The Career Killer" by Ali Gunn

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Celeste Ng and "Little Fires Everywhere"

Celeste Ng grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and plots her story, Little Fires Everywhere in the same town. In between Shaker Heights and her story, Ng attended Harvard University and earned a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Michigan. While we are talking about her writing chops, this latest book is also a Hulu original series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. As for the book, it’s available on Kindle, in paperback, and on Audible. And, you might want to take a look because the story Celeste Ng draws us into is powerful and complicated. The story starts with the nearly idyllic setting of Shaker Heights and Elena Richardson, who we think might be close to a Stepford Wife. Ng sets a somewhat long and winding road, giving us new hints and grudgingly providing backstory only as it’s needed to justify Elena’s latest movements across town while renting her and her husband’s starter home to a single woman, Mia Warren, and her daughter Pearl.

Review of "Perfect Anastasia" by Jack Binding

In Jack Binding's latest horror story, Perfect Anastasia , twenty-something Andy Moretti asks himself a question that a million other men are currently asking themselves. "Why can't I find a nice woman to spend my time with?" Well, be careful what you ask for! As if Andy's questions have been miraculously answered by a benevolent Genie, he meets the perfect woman at a party. She's funny, she's beautiful, and she's actually interested in talking to him. That should be a good sign, right? Author Binding uses the need for companionship as a crutch in short story. The need, the hope, the sweet nectar of promise and desire. Binding's written words are straightforward and to the point, leaving the reader with little doubt as to where the story is headed, but the outcome, while not necessarily anticipated, is every young person's nightmare and much more. The writing reminds me a bit of clive Barker as he starts a story you think you kn

Review of "The Hideous Child" by Nicholas A. Price

From A Series of Ghastly Things comes the latest book by Nicholas A. Price, The Hideous Child . This is book 3, in Kindle Edition, and is aimed at children ages 3 to 9. The author has been hard at work with a full group of children's books coming out. Illustrated by Demi Art, children will love the pictures that accompany the story. In The Hideous Child , a mother sits quietly and watches her daughter prepare her own meal. What a wonderful and quaint little child.  It's good to see her taking care of herself, but whatever is she making? Why a plate of beetle larvae and butterfly guts. Is this an everyday occurrence or has mother's little one gone stark raving mad? Did you know that beetles and grasshoppers are a mainstay of villages in Africa and South America? They do provide much-needed nourishment. A few of these facts about what people in different countries regularly eat follows the story. This book is available on pre-order right now (release d

Review of "The Sorceress' Prophecy" by Carson Watson

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