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Review: James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra by Colm McElwain

James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra is a wonderful addition to the young adult fantasy adventure genre. The story is entertaining, fast-paced, and imaginative. James Clyde, an orphan, along with his two friends, Ben and Mary Forester, must safeguard a magical diamond from an evil man dressed in black.…

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Review: The Hangman’s Replacement By Taona Dumisani Chiveneko

The Hangman’s Replacement, the first book in a promised series by Zimbabwe author Taona Dumisani Chiveneko, begins with devoted family man Abel Muranda making the arduous journey from his village in rural Zimbabwe to the capital city of Harare to apply for the job of hangman.…

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Review: Death And Other Taxes by Robby Miller

Because he died before his time, the teen protagonist of this wildly imaginative fantasy/sci-fi novel ends up in the special part of the afterlife reserved for lost things. He is meant to wait there until his proper time to die. Wit, as he is called in the afterlife, finds himself sharing this peculiar sort of purgatory with all manner of lost things—not just children.…

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Review: Rise Against The Game By Tia Reiss

At least since the first Taoist masters cavorted in China’s misty mountains, people have been trying to find ways to live more authentic and joyful lives. They have been trying with varying degrees of success to work out just what it takes to be free.…

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Review: Taking Flight By Stephen Tritto

When Anthony Bartolo, a successful product manager loses his high-powered job in New York, a turn of events propels him to post-war El Salvador and a head-on collision with cultural differences, leaving him in danger of losing his life – and his marriage – as he uncovers a secret about his friend nobody saw coming.…

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Review: Uptown by J. T. Riggen

Uptown by J. T. Riggen is a crime thriller telling a story of three parts: Mark Kennedy, now ex-detective doing a life sentence for a brutal mob massacre in conjunction with an underworld comrade in the spirit of what he considers rightful justice; Will Sutherland, working detective looking to do the right thing in a job that looks straight in the eyes of atrocity and the daily horrors of corruption, dirty money and innocent blood; and Rachel Davis, a girl about to face the dark side of the real and adult world on her first steps away from her privileged and sheltered life with her loving parents in the Boston suburbs.…

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Review: Crossroads Blues By Israfel Sivad

Crossroads Blues by Israfel Sivad is set in New York City, days before 9/11, where three friends, writer Andrew, his friend Charlie and wannabe theater director Michelle are entwined in a life in the skyline, filled with hopes, dreams and ambitions.…

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Review: Sammi By W. D. County

Sammi by W. D. County follows the world’s first fully intelligent android, created under the watchful eye of the United States government, and classified top secret as a hidden weapon against the foes of democracy and capitalism. He is perfect in every way: stronger, faster and more capable than any human, and with all the advantages of the most sophisticated computer system in the modern world in a lifelike chassis.…

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