War Hawk : James Rollins

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What would happen if we had to worry that drones were going to fly above us, take aim and even shoot at innocent people? What would happen if instead of guns these military drones would be used to destabilize political hot spots and instead of an arsenal of weapons they would be used to take down these hot spots, murder anyone in their way and eliminate humans from combat. Pruitt Kellerman is the man behind these drones and using secret teams that he controls using research that the reader learns about in the prologue stemming back to WWII and stolen research belonging to WWII cryptanalyst Alan Turing who devised, developed and created these drones that can think, hack into enemy computers, work alone or autonomously and even infiltrate social media with sending out the wrong information causing serious problems and much more. Enter Tucker and his military dog Kane who…

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Spotlight : Interview James Rollins

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First and foremost, the goal of this book (or any of them) is to keep a reader glued to the pages of a sprawling global adventure, but at the same time, I think thrillers work best when, after a reader closes the book, that I leave them something to ponder and maybe even pursue some research on their own. It’s one of the reasons I include that “What’s True, What’s Not” afterword to the book.  In this particular case, I wanted to shine a light on the next level or warfare, something we’ve even seen conducted during this last election.  It’s not a war with boots on the ground, but one more covert, using technology and social media to spread disinformation and manipulate the news. In this very book, I had warned about Russia’s skill in this very arena.  Little did I know it would prove to come true within…

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Interesting and Profound

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Unexpected: Short Stories from Around the World

These are uniquely crafted stories each told either by a narrator relating the events or by the character. Each story reminds readers to be grateful for what we have and never to take situations or people for granted. Most of the stories are sad and some endings are tragic with a surprise twist. Story one is quite interesting as we meet Joao who comes from Brazil and is about to get married to Lisa. Speaking with his friend and telling him about how beautify she is and how happy he is going to be sets the dramatic stage for what happens at the end that will definitely surprise and blindside readers. Wedding plans in place and the I Do’s said and the final revelation will shock readers. The second story Chelsea; Miss Ohio deals with a young girl who manages to win several…

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Girl on the Brink: Christina Hoag

Loneliness, insecurities, the fear of being unwanted, divorce in your family, dysfunctional parents and the desire to feel loved can all play a part in a young teens life causing that teen to make some radically poor decisions. Falling prey to the wiles of a young teenage boy who at first appears to be polite, respectful and attentive can make this young girl his perfect victim. Verbal, physical, emotional and sexual abuse are at the heart of this important novel for all teens to read and understand when someone comes into your life and their primary goal is to destroy and control yours.

Friends are precious but when you allow someone to alienate you from those that always watch your back, hear you when you are distressed and discount their feelings what is revealed in this novel will definitely hit home with many teens…

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Some alliances are brought about by circumstances beyond your control. Alessandro Di Sione owes his grandfather a huge debt and because of this he is required to go after and retrieve a valuable painting steeped in royal scandal. The painting titled: LOST MISTRESS: MY LOST LOVE, is at the heart of this novel. But, in order to retrieve it and fulfill his grandfather’s wishes he has to enlist the aid of one tenacious, persistent, smart and alluring Princess Gabriella. Meeting her for the first time and dealing with her direct approach to things brings him little consolation yet finding her quite enchanting. Cold, aloof, unfeeling and definitely not a one woman man, Alessandro just might have met his match. Forced to take her along due to the Queen, who he came to see requesting that he be allowed to purchase…

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Swann’s Way Out: Charles Salzburg

Henry Swann is a unique guy with a sarcastic sense of humor. His humorous quips and hilarious retorts will not only endear his close friends to him but also make you wonder just why he’s not into something other than finding people for a living. In a poker game some players bluff, other bid hoping to win the pot while some wait until everyone folds knowing that if he holds out he might become the big winner in that hand. Henry Swann found himself at a friendly poker game with players that were inept, poor at the game and wondering why there was nothing much to munch on. Game played, disgruntled losers left and Stan Katz pulls himself wanting to have him come to his office in the morning. Henry was hired to find a man named Rusty Jacobs for Stan. Stan claimed that he…

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A Ghostly Reunion

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A Ghostly Reunion” Tonya Kappes

What would you do if you could see someone after they passed away? What would you do if your job as a funeral director often included dealing with what is referred to as Betweeners helping them crossover to the other side but first having to do what some might think is the impossible: FIND THEIR KILLER!

Emma Lee Raines is the proprietor at Eternal Slumber and she can see the dead after they pass away. She can even converse with them; hear their stories and often finds herself wanting to make sure that they go to the other side before she becomes a victim herself. Jade Lee Peel is about to enter Sleepy Hollow much to the chagrin of poor Emma and the entire town. Hoping to create some hype, notoriety and excitement for herself and her upcoming reality show, Jade takes the town by…

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