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Butcher Butcher: The Case of the Butcher-Paper Butcher
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 86,410. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
There were no Castles in the City of Fairfax, until the Butcher came to town. “Sir Kolwyn,” as he was known to his victims, was taking the girls from this beautiful Midwestern hamlet, and killing them, one at a time; and in the most unusual of ways. Detectives Cesko, Bugliosi, and Officer Chris Ballantine, are playing a catch-up game as they try to end the trail of horror.
The Children of Roswell (Final) Ergosphere Reset
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 91,330. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00)
Kellerman tries desperately to hide his extended family, but, the good and bad factions of the U.S.Military close in on them from opposite directions. From a third side come the aliens once again, and finally, a fourth enemy they never expected. Four choices ... who to trust? Perhaps the answer still lies in the bunker back in Nevada, or, perhaps the most unlikely man of all holds the solution.
The Children of Roswell (Book Two) The Homestead Incident
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 84,440. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
Follow our Air Force pilot: Lt. Kelly Kellerman, as the 'Children of Roswell' story continues to unfold. The quest to regain his lost friends leads him to Miami Florida where the little known "Homestead Incident" took place. Learn how the government covered up one of the most blatant UFO sightings in history (in front of thousands). Book two in the Children of Roswell trilogy.
The Children of Roswell (Book One) The Swift Chronicle
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Price: Free! Words: 97,040. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.50)
This is the story of what really happened to the wreckage found at the two crash sites outside of Roswell in 1947, as told to me by a retired Air Force pilot some forty years ago. It may sound a bit "far fetched", but, in the end it is the only story I've ever heard that really makes sense of it all. After you read his tale, you will have to decide for yourself. I (for one) am a believer.
Jonathan Parker and the Moan T'aye Ghost Dance
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 89,330. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
As the 1800's faded, and the century turned, the Indian Nation controlled the center of the continent, from the Continental Divide to the Mississippi River. Queen Victoria, now supreme Matriarch of Europe, has sent her mighty flying ship the Falls of Killgarney to reunite the country and regain her lost hold on the wayward colonies. Little did she know, the Indians had help from an alien presence.

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  • Beneath Gray Skies on April 08, 2011

    First, let me say, I think the premise of "Beneath Gray Skies" is the basis for a first rate novel. My problem is that I hold 'dialog' in high esteem when reading literature. The author, while telling a good story, failed (for me) at this level. His conversations were, in my mind, unrealistic, if not contrived. His understanding (or lack thereof) of people and their interactions (of the time) led me to (unfortunately) set the book down less than half way through. If somewhat shaky dialog is not a problem for you, then, you may find "Beneath Gray Skies" a comfortable read.
  • Ether on May 16, 2011

    As Dickens once said; "These are the best of books, these are the worst of books". (He didn't say thaaaat, did he?) This little nugget falls onto my "best of books" shelf. While the premise for her book is not completely original (see "the Lost Room", a TV mini-series from 2006) Kristine does enough with it that I didn't care. (And it's always possible that she had been writing this book since before 2006). One of the first things that make me put a book down, is bad dialog. This author has developed very good dialog writing skills. She keeps her story moving nicely (you don't find yourself cringing, like in some books where you can become thoroughly convinced that the conversation there-in can't be coming from real humans). My only (all-be-it very mild) complaint is that I would like a little more gadgetry in a "SteamPunk" story (although there was a hint at a budding romance). In this case, I will let it slide. So, do I give four stars, or five? I was thinking four and a half, but, since there is no button for that, I'll give the benefit of the doubt--- Five. I see this author has other offerings. I will definitely try one, or two, or........
  • Keeper on July 04, 2011

    This is the second book of Kristine Williams I have read. It is a great start to a series. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read, and again, her attention to dialog was wonderful (a must, if a book is to be deemed readable). I don't do book reviews with spoilers, so, just let me say; there is a nice twist near the end. I am sure you will enjoy this book as much as I am sure I will enjoy the next in the series.
  • Madness on July 31, 2011

    I liked the first book in the series very much, but, book number two is a different story (no pun intended). Miss Williams seemed like a different author this time around. The book started well, and I had great hopes, but (there's that word again), it started to 'drag on' towards the middle and ending, giving the impression that She was having trouble filling pages. Her saving quality is that she is an excellent writer. The format, spelling, grammar, etc. is very well done, but this attempt left me slightly disappointed. I have given her five stars in the past. Also, I cringed a couple of times as the relationship between the lead characters started (in my mind) getting a little too close ... a little too feminine for my liking. I believe it was unintentional on the author's part and might have been the result of HER perspective. Anyway, I like my male leads with no doubt as to their manhood. Having been pleased with this authors past works, I will try book three in the series. I have given four stars here, but it could read anywhere from three and a half to four and a half.
  • Bradley's Ghost on Feb. 16, 2012

    The story line in Bradley's Ghost is its redeeming quality. It would have been a great read if the author had a little better grasp of dialog skills. The dialog here was contrived, bordering on 'hokey'. People don't pat each other on the back nearly as often as portrayed here. Repetitive dialog passages became apparent quickly. Another example of repetitive action was the line 'all hell broke loose', used four times in these pages. A little care to use different descriptive passages would help immensely. Again, the author had a great idea for a story, but, the execution needs work. If you can overlook that, then give it a try ... you might like it.