Doug Bower

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  • Legacy - Book One of the Balancer Chronicles on June 03, 2011

    Read and Reviewed by my 18 year old daughter (Sarah Bower) Legacy by Chris Adonn was a fantastic start to my summer reading. It is the retelling of James Blackburn’s life through an almost interactive diary that his very great grand-daughter is reading. Over 400 years worth of experiences as being a balancer made for a very good story. The grand-daughter who’s eyes you are reading through is Katrina. She has returned to her grandmother’s estate following her death as a favor to the executer of her grandmother’s estate. As she reads she finds out that she too is a balancer and there is a whole world of mythical creatures that exist quietly with humans. Balancers are the reason they remain out of the public’s eye. This story was incredible and I am hungrily awaiting the next installment in this series.
  • Dark Before Dawn on Nov. 20, 2011

    I so enjoyed this author's previous adult mysteries that when I saw that she was offering her latest ya book as a giveaway I just had to seek the opportunity to read it. Although the book is not in my usual genre I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Ms. Juba's writing style, plot development, and character development are wonderful. She draws you into the story emotionally so that you empathize with both the teenagers and adults. This is a must read for young adults and adults alike.
  • A Course in Murder on Jan. 05, 2012

    This was an incredibly easy read that I really enjoyed. Although it is not as action packed as most of the mysteries I read it was intriguing and kept my interest. I especially liked setting the murder on a college campus in the 1950s/60s with its formalities and customs especially for women. The story was well developed and the characters were wonderful. If you are looking for a quick fun read - try it out.
  • Gargoyles on Jan. 05, 2012

    I enjoy medical thrillers and found this book a good read. Womenin difficult financial situations are hired to be surrogates using artificial insemination but instead they become incubators for less than human drones genetically engineered for research related to specific diseases. Amoreena is a pre-med student whose mother is dying of cancer and has let her health insurance lapse. In an effort to the financial resources for her mother's continued medical care she signs a contract to become a surrogate yet the pregancy is anything but normal. As she discovers the realities of the situation Amoreena is whisked off to Mexico where she is kept with the other "cows". Can she escape and make it out of the nightmare alive? The overall premise is eerie but you do have to suspend belief to thoroughly enjoy the book. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy medical thrillers and I do plan to read the second book in the series although I am unsure how it really fits into a series.
  • Them Hustlers on Feb. 13, 2012

    Politics, sex, and black magic within the context of the political wrangling during the Clinton sex scandal and impeachment proceedings make this an extremely interesting book. The combination of the real political and other players of this dark time in our history (Clinton, Gingrich, Livingston, Hastert, and Larry Flynt) and the fictional characters often make it very hard to tell where history ends and fiction begins. Within the historical context, the author infuses the interaction of these fictional characters, and the use of fortune telling, tarot cards, and voodoo to make for a great story. All these elements combined with an excellent style ad great character development make for a great read.
  • First Time Killer on April 01, 2012

    I found this book quite enjoyable - a fun and easy read. Rick Jennings is a radio talk show host. The show he hosts is being considered for satelite radio and the potential of big money. One day he receives a call from a listener who says he has killed someone (he is given the name First Time Killer). Ratings skyrocket as the killer continues to call in and Rick tries to find the killer. I found the characters well developed, the setting really interesting, and the pace quick. When I thought I had the killer identified I found out I was wrong (and this happened not once but twice). Definitely worth the read!
  • Project Moses - An Enzo Lee Mystery Thriller on April 18, 2012

    Science and technology,corporate greed, murder, government cover-up, a cross country chase, and even a bit of romance - what else could you ask for. Mr. Lowe is a wonderful storyteller who weaves a very tight story with wonderful characters within an all too real plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it a very quick read.
  • Hammerhead on June 07, 2012

    Interesting story that is short and a very quick read. The story has a psychological element that gives an eerie, creepy feeling that seems amost real. While I enjoyed the book, it became a bit disjointed at times.