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  • Shared Emptiness on May 30, 2011

    As the other reviewers have said SHARED EMPTINESS is a very complex story, it covers alot of controversial subject matters that arise for this family and also for their extended family. We get to see that as with any family, there is alot more going on behind closed doors than meets the eye. Along with how this family is dealing with the trauma of what has happened to their son, you also see a perfect example of the butterfly/ripple effect, where one action sets off a chain reaction of events. There is also a twist that I didn't see coming. This story will stay with you long after you have read the last page, and it may make you look at things a little differently than you did prior to reading it.
  • His First Kill: A Short Story on June 05, 2011

    "His First Kill" is a fun quick read! Even if you're not a fan of short stories, I think you will be pleasantly surprised with this story. Alot of twists and turns, the best one was the final one!
  • The Ghost Of A Flea on June 10, 2011

    Reading "The Ghost Of A Flea" was like riding a roller coaster! There were so many twists and turns and ups and downs! Who do you trust, when the people closest to you, your wife, best friend, boss, work colleague all are telling you something different. Who do you believe? Roger at first wonders if he's losing it, he then realizes someone is lying, but who and why. That is the dilemma that Roger is facing. This book was a real page turner from the very start! You never knew what twist was coming next. "The Ghost Of A Flea" is one of the best mysteries I have read in a long time. At times I was so drawn into the story, it was like I was watching a movie. If you like mysteries that really keep you guessing from the first page to the last page, you will really enjoy this book.
  • The Watcher on June 21, 2011

    The horror was starting again....You know when a book starts with that sentence you are in for a spine-tingling thrill ride! "The Watcher" did not disappoint, it was that plus much more! From the first page to the last page, you are treated to alot of pulse pounding chills and thrills with a little romance thrown into the mix. Once I started reading, I didn't want to stop. If you enjoy murder mysteries,serial killers, paranormal, and story-lines where the anticipation keeps building with each turn of the page, then you will love "The Watcher"!
  • A Memorable Weekend: A Short Story on June 25, 2011

    "A Memorable Weekend" is a short story about a woman named Marge that agrees to host Alan, a Special Olympian for the weekend. Marge is confined to a wheelchair due to a progressive debilitating disease. She is also dealing with anger and depression. She has varied reasons for wanting to host Alan, but the main one was, she wanted someone who she could feel sorry for, someone worse off than her. As is often the case, when we give of ourselves, we often receive so much more in return. What exactly did Marge and Alan each receive? You'll find out when you read this wonderful short story that will make your heart smile!
  • Free To Die: A Short Story on June 28, 2011

    "Free To Die" centers around Amos who has been a mafia hit-man/enforcer for 29 years, he knows it's only a matter of time before he becomes a liability. He wants out and he wants to live to tell about it, problem is you can't just walk away from the mob. Even though Amos did some pretty brutal things, I found myself going back and forth between liking him and not liking him. This was a complex story due to the fact that the various characters, including a superstitious bounty hunter, all had their own agendas, with a common goal of staying alive. To sum it up, "Free To Die" was an action packed, page turner!
  • A Whale Of A Myth: A Short Story on July 02, 2011

    "A Whale Of A Myth" was really a fun and quick read! I loved the different little twists that came along. If you're not smiling when you start reading this short story, you will be when you finish it!
  • Quarantine on July 14, 2011

    I'm so glad I read this! Even though I have read and really enjoyed the authors other books, I had held off reading "Quarantine" because I saw in the description the words, science fiction, aliens, and mutants. Sci-Fi is not a genre that I enjoyed, that is until now! I loved this book, in fact this may very well be my favorite book of his! I was hooked within the first few pages, there is so much packed into this book, all of the descriptions of the area, the various characters, etc.. are incredibly vivid, it's like you are right there seeing, hearing and smelling it all. It has been a true page turner, I found it very difficult to stop reading it, my dishes need washed and I told myself just one more page, that one page then turned into 2 pages, then 3 pages. Needless to say, my dishes didn't get done that night! So even if you don't think this is a genre that you will enjoy, give it a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised like I was. What a gem of a book!
  • Sinkhole: A Short Story on Aug. 18, 2011

    I very much enjoyed "Sinkhole: A Short Story"! I'm a big chicken when it comes to creepy, horror type books, I really enjoy them but I can get spooked pretty easily. I didn't find this to be a "leave the lights on" type of spooky horror story. Instead, as odd as it sounds, it was one that left you with a good feeling. Don't get me wrong, there was plenty of suspense as the story unfolds that kept me turning the pages as I was trying to figure out what/who was talking to Angela from within the sinkhole. That's all I'm going to say about the story because I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so if you want to find out what/who was talking to Angela and how a horror book can leave you with a good feeling, you're just going to have to pick up a copy and read it for yourself! :)
  • The Robbery: A Short Story on Aug. 25, 2011

    A truly enjoyable short story! "The Robbery" was really a fun read that kept you on your toes as you were trying to figure out who did what, how/when did they, and why did they. There is a lot of twists and turns in the story, and some surprise double-crossing that takes place. I really enjoy the stories that make you "think" as you're trying to put all of the pieces together to solve the mystery, and I also love stories that have surprise twist endings! So this one was a real winner for me.
  • Death In The Arena on Oct. 23, 2011

    A very good book, loved the twists and turns! I really, really enjoyed "Death In The Arena". When we first meet the main character Big John Studebaker, he is holding a partially burnt Raggedy-Ann doll that is missing it's head and arm, and he is standing in front of the graves of his wife and infant daughter who had been killed 3 years prior. Big John has been after a drug lord known as the Silver Fox for a number of years, even prior to the death of his family, however after the death of his family his hunt for the Silver Fox, became a full blown obsession, but with good reason. He had lost a lot in his life due to the Silver Fox, not just personally but also professionally. The Silver Fox always wore a hood and seemed to always be able to stay a step ahead of Big John. I really enjoyed trying to figure out the true identity of the Fox, when it was finally revealed who he was, it totally caught me by surprise! I really enjoyed all the neat twists and turns. Big John's name really fits him, he is a big grizzly bear of a man but for all of his rough, tough exterior he also had a soft side to him, he also at times acted like a jerk but his good qualities quickly redeemed him, yes he had some faults but his good qualities tended to outweigh his bad qualities, he also has a sense of humor that tends to come out in some pretty good one-liners that had me chuckling out loud at times and also in his use of his middle finger. lol "Death In The Arena" is a real page turner that just seemed to get better with each turn of the page, it was full of action, twist and turns and had some good fight scenes, my favorite fight scene takes place in a warehouse towards the end of the book, it would be great in a movie! There is a lot packed into this book and at first I was a little overwhelmed as I was trying to keep the various characters straight but I was able to get them sorted out fairly quickly by just re-reading a few pages. My problem was that I was staying up way to late reading because I couldn't put this book down, then I'd fall asleep in the middle of reading and not remember what I'd read! lol
  • War Of Choice on Nov. 09, 2011

    I would love to read a sequel!!! We first meet FBI Agent Adam Zorn when he and his partner along with 2 border guards are using a infrared camera and night vision monitor to watch 3 armed Mexican men who are attempting to sneak across the U.S. border from the Texas desert. As they are watching them all of a sudden one by one they just abruptly disappeared! The next day in the daylight as they were searching the area where the 3 men disappeared from, the only thing left of them were their footprints in the sand and a half-eaten candy bar still in it's wrapper which hopefully had fingerprints. In addition to that mystery, Zorn's daughter Jane, who is a MIT oceanography student, has asked for his help. A Professor who Jane had accompanied on a research cruise had artifacts stolen the day they returned from the cruise, the break in/robbery occurred at the university's storage facility. What concerned Jane about the theft was that one of the artifacts stolen was an item nicknamed "Neptune". "Neptune" was a very important discovery and she couldn't understand why Dr. Watts would conceal the theft. Then in addition to all of that, there is a lot of tension between the U.S. and North Korea and there is a growing possibility of a war with them. There is also someone or something targeting for assassination, officials and supporters of the U.S. President's Administration. Zorn, Samantha (his fiancee) and Jane are all right in the thick of all the action! There was plenty of pulse-pounding, page turning action in "War Of Choice"! I was immediately drawn into the story and I didn't want to even watch TV, I just wanted to keep reading this book! I had a very hard time putting this book down. I think that this book would make a great movie, and I think that the actor Thomas Gibson(Hotch on Criminal Minds) would be great for the role of Zorn! My reading habits are the same with my Kindle as they were when I read regular books, in that when I find an author whose book I enjoy I tend to read as many books as I can by them. I have read a number of books by this author and "War Of Choice" is hands down, without a doubt my favorite book now of his, I truly think this may be one his best ones so far. I loved, loved this book!!! So if you have never read a book of his before, give this one a try, and if you've read one of his before and you didn't care for it, go ahead and give this book a try. :)
  • The Hitler Project on Dec. 04, 2011

    Great Book! There is a quote by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton that says-"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." We see a perfect example of that in "The Hitler Project! There is a little bit of everything in this book! You have political intrigue, murder, conspiracy, mystery and romance. Not only did I enjoy Reese and Thompson, the two ex-rangers that are the law enforcement officers working the case, but I also enjoyed getting to know the women in their lives, both current and ex's! Reese and Thompson have their hands full juggling their home life and their current case. There was plenty of action in "The Hitler Project", once I started reading I didn't want to stop! The time just flew by as I was reading this book, I would get so involved in the story that I wouldn't realize how much time had actually passed. I thought I'd only been reading for 15-20 minutes, when in actuality I'd been reading for a couple of hours! For me that's the sign of a really good book. Enjoy!