Inknbeans Press

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InknBeans Press is all about the ultimate reading experience. We believe books are the greatest treasures of mankind. In them are held all the history, fantasy, hope and horror of humanity. We can experience the past, dream of the future, understand how everything works from an atomic clock to the human heart. We can explore our souls, fight epic battles, swoon in love. We can fly, we can run, we can cross mighty oceans and endless universes. We can invite ancient cultures into our living room, and walk on the moon. And if we can do it with a decent cup of coffee beside us...well, what more can we ask, right?

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Avalon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,750. Language: American English. Published: January 21, 2017 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Avalon was supposed to be the new City of Light: a clean, beautiful place to live, work and play - virtually. There was a cost, to this utopia. Programmers Disease. As the epidemic swept through the nation, society rushed in to shut it down. But, cyberspace, like nature, abhors a vacuum and every vice imaginable rushed in to fill the the elaborate Art Deco void. Avalon It is what you think.
The Healer Enchantment
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,610. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2016 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Everything seems to be returning to normal. Well...as normal as normal gets in John Weaver’s world. A year has passed. A whole year since John’s life was changed, and he was thrown into this world of fantastical sorcery, and unfathomable danger.
Henry the Horse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 980. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2016 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Henry the horse went from race horse to cart horse. No longer the proud and fast winning streak on the track, now he plods along delivering milk from Blackberry Farm, until night something terrible happens and Henry has to run the race of his life to save his family at the farm.
Abat Jour English Version
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,720. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2016 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Four guys and a series of trips to Spain in the summer if 2001 provide a slice of life of a generation, mixed with irony, surreal meetings and a good dose of introspection.
The Scymarian
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 31,920. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2015 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Secrets Beyond Scymaria is an engaging read for all ages with many unexpected twists and turns. Third in the MG/YA fantasy series, The Scymarian takes Amy and Ty further into the world of Scymaria. More problems crop up with their classmates and Professor Larkin returns adding heartache to their lives.
Stealing Forever
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 56,680. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2015 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Evelyn lived a full life -- one with missteps, triumphs, and the thousands of small moments that make a person who they are. She had a career, a family, and a true love. When she saw death approaching, she didn't cower and beg for more life...but her sister did it in Evelyn's name. Now, as the possibility of another lifetime stretches before her, will she choose to go on?
Like Shards of Glass
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,540. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2014 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00)
Beauty, pain, drugs, sex: repeat. Monroe Song, who considers herself nothing more than the wife of a terrorist, is struggling, failing, and drowning, trying to find her place in a world that has left her at the brink of insanity: Her husband, Carter, has opened fire at a mental health facility, before turning the ruthless gun on his sons, then himself.
Pray and Bring Chocolate
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 46,200. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
By her mid-30s, Dawn had her all-American life: a husband, a home, one boy and one girl and one more baby on the way. And cancer. This is the true story of coping with an overcoming breast cancer with friends, family and faith. Words to Live by: Life is hard. God is good. Don't get the two confused. Bruce NcMichol
Shadows of Bataan
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,540. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
Benjamin F. Stakes was captured in Manila when the Japanese overran the Philippines. He spent the next three years in captivity, in the harshest conditions, struggling to survive starvation, disease and human cruelty. This is his story, based on his journals.
A Thin Wisp of Smoke
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,240. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Law & Crime
Henry, a retired racehorse, knows something is amiss when he takes his usual canter through the countryside, near the farm where he lives. A mine, long closed, seems to be active again. Henry decides to investigate, and finds himself entangled in a ring of bad men, with very bad plans for a lot of local animals, including Henry’s good friend, Shadow, the sheepdog.
A Fallow Season
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 55,010. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In the highly anticipated sequel to Forsaking the Garden, Irene Rutledge has returned to the world away from the outside her father and his wives had created in the mountains of Utah. With her family gone, Irene has to grow up quickly and learn to make a life for herself that does not depend on others.
Reasonable Malice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,800. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
(4.00)
A little life lesson involving drug dealers, stolen video equipment, revenge, kidnapping and a pair of Nikes. Kids, don't try this at home. Includes sneak peek of How To Survive When the Bottom Drops Out.
Redemption
Price: Free! Words: 2,310. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(5.00)
Lyrah and Caleb have a condition in common. There is a dangerous and expensive treatment. Caleb wants to pursue it, Lyrah wants to accept her fate. It's not as if it's the end of the world...yet. A very short look at the other side of immortality.
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,480. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
When a young woman he met on a train to Toronto disappears, a man with a shadowy past takes on the local law enforcement and a crime lord with his grip on drug trafficking and providing girls to men with deadly desires.
The Chair
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,110. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
On his way home from audition, Paul encounters a car bent on a deadly race. Did he cheat death? Is he in a coma? Is he haunted? And where is that pub, The Chair, where he spent the night?
Desert Choir
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,840. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A sampler from the pen of Susan Wells Bennett. A mixture of short stories and poetry, Susan introduces you to, and makes you care about, the characters that most authors miss, or leave in the background. These characters are not rich, thin, clever or beautiful, but they are human and fragile, and brave and weak. And occasionally zombies.
How to Survive When the Bottom Drops Out
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,600. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Essay » Sociology
(5.00)
One of the hardest lessons you'll ever have to learn is how to remain standing when the world is crumbling at your feet. Jt Sather got his doctorate in economic survival at one of the toughest theaters of higher learning - Life. This book is not for feminists, fundamentalists or the easily offended. It's frank, it's personal and righteously raw.
The Importance of Being Shine
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,530. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Mamma named me Shine not just because of my sunshine colored fur, but because the day she came to get me I was shining with excitement. There I lived all my days: just me and Mamma, a dog named Luna, 59 cats, a one winged pigeon and an infamous rodent. This is my story...
Just One Note
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,420. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
What if, on a particular day in the future, you could send an email that would change your past? What would you change? How many lifetimes would it take for your life to be perfect?
You'll Wake Up One Morning
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,300. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When journalist Gere Mackie disappeared reporting about civil unrest in a country half way across the world, he became a part of the story, and left his sister and her best friend, Amanda, living in a nightmare, beset by fear, government agencies and the press. When he returned, he brought home new nightmares: an unscrupulous friend, uncontrollable rages and unexpected passion about every
The Open Pillow
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
(5.00)
Everyone is a perfect size for something. Pillow wanted to have a purpose. He wanted to be useful to someone but he seemed to be too small -- just big enough for an ant’s head, and ants do not use pillows. So pillow watched others and learned to wait and grow until the day came when he was big enough to serve a very important purpose.
Digweed, the Cat A Bridge Too Far
Series: The Digweed Series, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,190. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Once upon a time there was a black cat called Digweed. Born in a hedgerow to a mother who had once been a housecat, Digweed dreamed of living a life of luxury in the home of human beings. Though still just a very young kitten, he said goodbye to his five brothers and sisters and set out to search for his dream.
Digweed the Cat Friends and High Places
Series: The Digweed Series, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,960. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Once upon a time there was a black cat called Digweed. Born in a hedgerow to a mother who had once been a housecat, Digweed dreamed of living a life of luxury in the home of human beings. Though still just a very young kitten, he said goodbye to his five brothers and sisters and set out to search for his dream.
Digweed, the Cat Smudge
Series: The Digweed Series, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,370. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Digweed, the cat sets out on a journey to find a real home, and human friends who will care for him, just as his own mother had when she was a kitten. He encountered friends and enemies, comfort and danger, and usually came out on top - you know how lucky black cats are! Home, Sweet Home is the first in his series of Little Adventures, the almost entirely true stories about a real cat.
The Dutch Doctor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,160. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » General
1960, Indonesia. The tropical paradise is facing depression and dictatorship. Nursing student Heidi West is so determined not to be offered up on a marital auction block by her mother that she accepts a post that no other student has been willing to take: a post as a surgeon's assistant off the coast of Java.
Digweed, the Cat The Traveller
Series: The Digweed Series, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,500. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
Once upon a time there was a black cat called Digweed. Born in a hedgerow to a mother who had once been a housecat, Digweed dreamed of living a life of luxury in the home of human beings. In Book 1, Home, Sweet Home, Digweed found his dream home with Eric and Penny, but
Digweed, the Cat Home, Sweet Home
Series: The Digweed Series, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,160. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
Born in a hedgerow to a mother who had once been a housecat, Digweed dreamed of living a life of luxury in the home of human beings. Though still just a very young kitten, he said goodbye to his five brothers and sisters and set out to search for his dream.
Night Life book 3 in the Brass Monkey series
Series: The Brass Monkey Series, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,530. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Women Authors, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Things are changing down at the local watering hole… Former actress Sondra is contemplating marriage to a younger man. Former cop Sax finds himself back on the job. Milo, lonely and bored, begins bartending at the Brass Monkey, but Claire may be making the biggest change of all…
Reprisal
Series: The Nick West Series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,940. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00)
The CIA taught them the worlds’ greatest government secrets, then told them to hide, to disappear forever. Years later as those secrets begin to leak, they became hunted and executed by their own country for all of the wrong reasons. Betrayed at the highest level, one woman seeks the truth, along the way dispensing her own justice to those responsible.
New Life
Series: The Brass Monkey Series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,090. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2012 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Romance » General
45 and pregnant, Claire is playing a high stakes game of hide and seek with her baby's father, Milo, who has a blind spot when it comes to figuring out why Claire is avoiding him. Meanwhile, Sax is relishing his new profession, even as it drags him into the disturbing world of the Goth scene. Sondra is attempting to calculate her way out of marriage to a younger man and into a cash settlement.
The Wreck of the Sidonie Stone
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 70,710. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Canada
In 1936 the world was in turmoil; depression swept over the land stealing jobs and hope, and from Europe came rumblings of another war. Women had few choices: they could teach, nurse or marry, and none of these options brought a guarantee of a better life. Chances for success and for happiness were still in the iron grip of men…
Read With Me Pops Omnibus
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 3,590. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals
Jim Burkett, author, photographer and grandfather, put his considerable talents together to create these wonderful Read With Me, Pops books.
Cats: Instructions For Use
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 190. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Animals
(5.00)
Someone once said : This is my cat's house, she just allows me to pay the mortgage. If you share space with a feline or two, or know someone who does, this book belongs on your shelf. Full of practical advice, anecdotes and personal photographs, this survival guide was written by a true expert in surviving life with cats. Annarita has been allowed to live with more than 100 over the years.
Lions, Tigers, Bears and More!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Nature
There are lots of animals in this book, Wild and beautiful, come take a look. With wing and fang and antler and claw Some live alone and some with Ma and Paw, Some are big and some are small, Some can fly and some must crawl, Some will hiss and some will roar, Lions, Tigers, Bears And More! Read With Me Pops,Book Four
Charmed Life
Series: The Brass Monkey Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,100. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(3.00)
Aging actress Sondra Lane hasn't had a good break since the disco era. Now past sixty, all she has to show for her years in Hollywood are a B-movie credit and a vintage red convertible. With no love and no audience, where is the Charmed Life she once believed was her destiny? Book 2 of the Brass Monkey Series
Wild Life
Series: The Brass Monkey Series, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,990. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00)
Milo Crosby is a retiree with too much time and too many women on his hands. He's the thorn in a zoo volunteer's side, an easy mark in an aging actress's sights, and the co-conspirator in his doting granddaughter's life. When all four paths intersect, Milo discovers just how WILD LIFE can get.
American Sanction
Series: The Nick West Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,070. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
DHS Agent Nick West just wanted to keep a promise to a dead man and found himself on a collision course with insanity, revenge and the most deadly biochemical weapon in history. The sequel to Declaration of Surrender is even more terrifying because this isn't 'what if?' but 'when?'
Let's Go See Who Lives In the Sea!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The third volume in the Read With Me, Pops series takes us on adventure to the deep blue sea. Visit with starfish and sharks, meet some new and mysterious creatures and find some old friends. Take a deep breath and dive in!
Let's Go Exploring In the Backyard!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 830. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The second volume of the Read With Me, Pops series takes little imaginations into the wilds of their own backyard. Be prepared to encounter beautiful, odd and intriguing characters dwelling right under your nose.
Forsaking the Garden
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,990. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
(5.00)
Is knowledge bitter or sweet? Fourteen year old Irene's parents spent a lifetime building a paradise which sheltered her and her siblings from the harsh realities of the world. A mix of love and deception kept her feeling secure and in control until the day a stranger with a newspaper tore down the walls of protection and lies, and her world would never be the same again.
My New Friends At The Zoo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Jim Burkett, author, photographer and grandfather, put his considerable talents together to create these wonderful Read With Me, Pops books. Great for early readers on their own or to share at bedtime, these stories are filled with big adventures for little imaginations.
Poems of Faith and Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,020. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
Nearly one hundred poems of faith, reason and love told with humor and unwavering belief, Mrs. Legge's poetry is part of a collection over seventy years in the making. These pages are filled with beautiful descriptions of devotion to family, friends and her Redeemer.
Out Of Touch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,050. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Imagine knowing the future without knowing how to change it? Out of Touch follows a reluctant psychic who feels more burdened than gifted: able to see the past, present and future of those who touch an object before he holds it in his hand.
An Unassigned Life
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 60,530. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
(5.00)
Frustrated novelist Tim Chase just thought of the best plot idea he has had in three years. The problem is he's dead. Now he's stuck in the afterlife as an unassigned soul with two goals in mind: getting his last and greatest novel published and moving on.
Once In the Moonlight
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 50,710. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2011 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00)
Venice will do anything for a story, including marry a man who disliked her so much he murdered her in one of his books. Trapped in the woods on a cold, clear night, secrets are told, truths confessed and fortresses collapse. In the morning, reality is as blinding as the sun on the snow, and Venice has to escape before she hears the one story she never wants told. 2010 NaNoWriMo Entry
Cactus & Mistletoe
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,490. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2010 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(3.00)
From the Northeast of England to the Southwest of the United States, a young woman determined to keep a deathbed promise and bring home her only living relative. In her pursuit of her late sister's son, she finds herself spending Christmas surrounded by cactus and strangers in an earthship beneath the Arizona desert.
The Prophet's Wives
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,090. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2010 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.50)
Lazarus Dale can teach you how to reach your full potential through his Learning to Listen Well seminars. You, too, can have a beautiful wife, a successful career, a stylish mansion -- all you have to do is follow his instructions for a perfect life.
Circle City Blues
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,380. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2010 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.90)
Mac turned his life upside down for his wife, leaving behind a promising career to pursue her dream of long-haul trucking. When she leaves him for another man, his life is suddenly full of more twists and turns than a mountain road. Will he be able to find the right road to travel?
The Thief of Todays and Tomorrows
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,850. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2010 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00)
When Francis DeLucia returns home at the end of WWII, he encounters a job and housing market crowded with other returning veterans. Desperate to support his growing family, Francis accepts a job from a suspected Mob boss. Katie, his young Irish wife, does her best to support her husband. When she realizes what he may be doing to support them though, she makes a life-altering decision.
The Lady Must Decline
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,370. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2010 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
She left her pleasant, orderly life to rescue her brother before he ruined his. Killers, cops and queens conspired to shatter her world and change her view of everything...including herself.
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Shadows of Bataan
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,540. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013 by Inknbeans Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
Benjamin F. Stakes was captured in Manila when the Japanese overran the Philippines. He spent the next three years in captivity, in the harshest conditions, struggling to survive starvation, disease and human cruelty. This is his story, based on his journals.

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Smashwords book reviews by Inknbeans Press

  • A Peculiar Collection on April 29, 2010

    I read this collection because I wanted to encourage another writer. Tales of the dark, the supernatural, the unexplained are generally not my cuppa'. However, one must give credit where it is due, and it is due in this case. Ms. Hinsley has created a page turner, with chills, and surprises, and real, human reaction. If you like a book that has you looking over your shoulder, get this one. Well done, Ms. Hinsley.
  • Sudden Death (endorsed by James Patterson & Clive Cussler) on Sep. 17, 2010

    This review was written by BG Pupps of Inknbeans Press: I just took a Master's course in golf - pun intended. Sudden Death is about a top PGA golfer who is trying to win that green jacket while in the cross hairs of someone who really doesn't like him. The trouble is, there are a lot of people who don't like him so it's difficult to figure out who is sending the threats. Reid's not a very sympathetic protagonist. He's very good at golf, and very bad at interpersonal relations. He has a temper. He throws things. Other golfers hate him. Reporters hate him. Ex girlfriends hate him. Sometimes, even his agent hates him. The story is quick paced, and even if you know nothing about golf when you pick up the book, after reading it you're going to be ready to understand the game the next time it's on television. As the danger grows, as the threats seem to get closer and more personal, Reid does a strange thing - he starts to mature. At the end of the book, you believe that, while he'll always be quick tempered and unbendable about the etiquette of the game, he's more appreciative of the people around him and more willing to give of himself rather than demand of others. If you like golf, if you want to know more about golf, if you want to understand why others like golf, this is a good textbook...which just happens to have a mystery tangled up in the rough.
  • Dead Ball (the sequel to Sudden Death - Endorsed by John Lescroart) on Sep. 24, 2010

    This review was written by Ms. BG Pupps of Inknbeans Press. My fourth and final review for the month is Michael Balkind's second book, Dead Ball. If you read Sudden Death, then you know most of the characters. Even the bad guys from Sudden Death make a cameo appearance. Reid Clark, the main character in Sudden Death takes a step back so the light can shine on his organization, Allsport, and his unstoppable security team, led by Jay Scott. This time it's his best friend and CFO of Allsport, Bob Thomas, who is the target, and he isn't as lucky as Reid was. The story starts with The President of the United States and a dead body and ends with a firefight in an airport. Along the way, money, gunrunning, gangs, wiseguys and revenge muddy the trail Jay and his men must follow to find the trigger finger and the person who paid for it. Michael Balkind loves sports, the descriptions of the various games are almost romantic in their detail. He loves food and cars as well. If you would enjoy a testosterone laden dash through sports, cigars, fast cars, beautiful women, rich food, richer men and murder, this is the book you should read.
  • Kiwi's Christmas Tail on April 22, 2013

    This is a belated review. The author gave this book to me as a gift because I had enjoyed all her previous books in the series. If you've read any of the five previous books in the Kiwi Series (Kiwi in Cat City, Kiwi and the Missing Magic, Kiwi and the Living Nightmare, Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle and Kiwi and the Realm of Ra) then you know wherever Amy and James' little black cat appears, magical things will follow. This is a story full of holiday magic, fun and adventure, where a new star on top of Amy and James' Christmas tree turns out to be a real star, stolen from Father Christmas. The chase is on to rescue the star's friend, a Christmas Fairy, and make sure Father Christmas can find them Christmas Eve to take them home. The only problem is the witch who lives in the holiday fun house; she chases them all the way back to Cat City - where there is no Christmas Eve! Will Kiwi, Ames and Jimster get their new friends back home in time? Will the catizens of Cat City discover Christmas? It's a quick story suitable for most ages and a great addition to every child's holiday reading list.