Burl Barer


Edgar Award winning author, and two time Anthony Award nominee, with books translated into seven languages. Barer also hosts the award winning radio program TRUE CRIMES on Outlaw Radio.

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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Short stories of human imperfection by Edgar Award winning author Burl Barer. Burglars, psychopaths, students, con men, Rabbis, and the tragically irrational are all found in this cute little collection of humorous and, in some cases, disturbing stories.
Snake Sex, French Werewolves, and Outer Space. (Plus Other Cool Stuff)
Price: Free! Words: 47,710. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Evolution
(3.00 from 1 review)
Snake sex and French Werewolves are only two peculiar topics given a light hearted yet insightful consideration by internationally famed doctor and surgeon, Ata Egrari, as he ponders whether or not life is on purpose. Filled with interesting facts and stimulating questions, Egrari makes a bold case for life, in all its weirdness, being a work of genius.
Capture The Saint
Price: $2.43 USD. Words: 72,370. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Simon Templar, alias The Saint, is back in action, pursuing dangerous criminals and beautiful women with equal passion. "Sparkling wit, grand adventure, high style -- Burl Barer's CAPTURE THE SAINT brings back Simon Templar in all his glory!" -- Lee Goldberg, author of the best-selling MONK books.
Judaism and the Baha'i Faith
Price: Free! Words: 5,610. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Judaism
The Oneness of God permeates every aspect of Judaism and Baha'i. Drawing upon Biblical, Talmudic, and contemporary sources, ONE FATHER MANY CHILDREN provides inspirational insight into the teachings of these two world faiths -- teachings that illumine the "world to come" when all people recognize the Oneness of God, the Oneness of religion, and the Oneness of all mankind.
"My Best Friend is Schizophrenic" by Tom Hodgins
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 15,450. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
When Tom Hodgins' best friend is diagnosed with schizophrenia, he faces an important life decision -- does he stick by his pal, or walk away? He decides to stay with his friend through it all, and it's a decision he has never regretted. This little book is packed with humor,insights and information for anyone who has a friend or family member with schizophrenia. By Tom Hodgins (with Burl Barer)

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  • O N C E-----Ask me anything, not Love on April 13, 2010

    This second novel by Mian Zia mixes elements of attraction, obsession, selfishness, control and sacrifice in what is "almost" a compelling multi-level riff on the entire love story genre. Our protagonist is an author who will never write a love story. He, of course, writes a love story because he "falls in love" -- or at least thinks he is in love. And that is part of the compelling nature of ONCE -- the love struck narrator knows nothing of love. For all his tears and obsession, it is all about him, and love itself is a mere plot device. He can't write; his fans await him -- he is Majnum seeking Layli in the dust of his own heart. The potentially powerful ending (no spoiler here) is somewhat weakened by the narrator attempting to tell the reader the moral of the story -- something no author would do in real life, or in a "real book" Zia is an author with a future -- hopefully one with a publishing house that employs grammar checkers and line editors. His talent is authentic, his future bright. This could be a rear jerker movie...and Zia could evolve into a John Fowles. Add this book to your library, and follow Zia's career. This is only his second novel, and was prodouced without benifit of editorial guidance. If it goes mainstream, I'm sure there will be a revised edition. This one could be worth a fortune someday!
  • Victim of Shame: Why me, God? on Dec. 03, 2010

    My admiration for the literary work of this author is no secret. A quote of praise from me graces the front cover of VICTIM OF SHAME, and for good reason. There are few authors who have his ability to tap universal emotions, and present them in a style that feels absolutely authentic. When reading VICTIM OF SHAME, it is as if reading a secret diary, hearing a deathbed confession, or looking into the soul of someone as flawed, tragic and gloriously human as ourselves. To reveal detail of plot and characters would rob you of the great pleasure of experiencing this book fresh, and without preconceptions. Simply put, the main character, Ryan, is a champion of women's rights who, in his heart of hearts, despises women. Every victory for the cause of gender equality is a defeat of his own rancor. He is a man in the midst of the most important struggle of all -- the battle between self and soul. I will, however, share some comments regarding the style of Mian's writing. It is perhaps because he is not only an author, but a teacher of English and English composition, that he knows how to write as if not a professional writer. The story , told first person in almost a "journal" style, contains just enough run on sentences and grammatical gaffes to convince us that we are indeed reading someone's unpolished memoirs. There is a power within this approach. much as the nicks and cuts found in real leather are proof of its authenticity. The narrator may provide too many examples, but people, desperate to make sure you understand, do exactly that. This is literary accuracy, as an actor nails a character perfectly, Mian knows how to write as if writing were the farthest thing from his mind -- only sharing the story from his heart. Yet, the story is fiction. This is all design, artifice, and by making this artifice remarkably realistic, Mian demonstrates his abilities to involve us in the lives of characters we perceive as real. There is something called "The Illusion of Exceptionalness" -- that is when people assume that what they are experiencing in their lives -- pain, anguish, despair -- are exceptions. They mistakenly assume that others cannot know their experience. Somehow, what they are enduring is an exception. It isn't. If there is a message to Mian's book it may or may not be the one he hammers relentlessly in his epilogue -- that too is device. Few books engage the reader in the manner of VICTIM OF SHAME, and even fewer can stimulate so much discussion. I urge you to buy this book, read this book, enjoy this book, and share it with others. It is a book capable of triggering communication and understanding, not only between people, but between ourselves and our own self-image.