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Review: Ghosts of Mateguas: A Mateguas Island Novel by Linda Watkins

★★★★ Ghosts of Mateguas: A Mateguas Island Novel by Linda Watkins

Karen Andersen could be envied. She has a loving husband, wonderful children with a new arrival to light up her life, and a home near the coast to ease her mind on days when the gray sets in. Yet there’s a secret pain that Karen carries with her, carried from another coast of a place she can never forget: Mateguas.…

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Review: I Am Ed by R.A. Akerlund

★★★½ I Am Ed by R A Akerlund

An intensely moving story of loss, survival, and brotherly love.

The prospect of losing a parent is a fearful part of every child’s reality as they grow up, but to lose both parents, as the nuclear family of brothers in this novel did, is something particularly tragic.…

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Review: Autumn’s Eyes (Storm Season Book 1) by J.L. Sutton

★★★★½ Autumn's Eyes by J.L. Sutton

Autumn’s Eyes by J.L. Sutton is a supernatural thriller that will keep you guessing – superb!

There’s nothing quite like a good detective novel, and from the first few chapters, it’s clear that Benjamin Hadley is a detective in the most classic and incredible sense of the word.…

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Review: The Perihelion by D.M. Wozniak

★★★★½ The Perihelion

The Perihelion by D.M. Wozniak is literary, character-driven science fiction at its best. Set in 2069, The Perihelion comprises a world where there are hybrid humans with 1% animal or insect DNA, called 99ers. The novel follows the lives of six different characters in an approaching apocalypse, the Perihelion: “The point in the path of a celestial body that is nearest to the sun,” in which the world is melting down both physically and mentally. …

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Review: The Man in the Blue Fez: A Birth of an Assassin Novel by Rik Stone

★★★★½ The Man in the Blue Fez: A Birth of an Assassin Novel by Rik Stone

In 1973, in the harsh eternal winter of Siberia, Jez Kord silently leaves his wife and comrade Anna behind in what was once a death camp built under Stalin’s rule.

Without a word to anyone else, he treks across the unforgiving plains that span beyond the militarized fences of the complex, determined to prove himself fit for duty; his mission-to-be: destroying the military corruption caused by the drug and flesh operations of local crime lords and the brutal machinations of the mafia.…

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Review: Reflection: Book One by W. Scott Causey

★★★★★ Reflection: Book One by W. Scott Causey

The year is 2126, and thanks to the efforts of CEO Carlton Ferguson and his revolutionary creation of Reflection Technology, the world is all but free of the tyranny of crime. Truth reigns supreme as Reflection can show the user any event within a forty-eight hour window.…

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Review: The Little Scary Book by Kevin Duncan

★★★★½ The Little Scary Book by Kevin Duncan

The Little Scary Book by Kevin Duncan is a horror story collection, with ten stories for “anyone who was ever young.” This extremely brief description is surprisingly effective at summarizing the piece; the collection is meant for the slightly younger scare-fans out there, though with just as much for an older reader to enjoy.…

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Review: The Ring of Gallows by Gary Whorley

★★★★ The Ring of Gallows by Gary Whorley

Jake Achilles is an old-school cop: when sh*t hits the fan, he’ll shoot first and ask questions later, and he’ll break the law to protect it. When Jake and his partner, Kruger Odysseus, follow the cooling trail of a beguiling murder, they might just be digging too deep.…

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