Book Review: Game of Killers by Charles Purcell

The perfect assassin’s tool has been stolen from America’s high-tech labs. Only Tier 1 soldier the Spartan can prevent it from killing the US President.

It was one word.
Spartan.
A name.
Spartan.
A call sign.
Spartan.
A blood oath.
Spartan.
A way of life.
Spartan.
And America’s only hope.
Spartan.

Millions died in the United States when a weaponized plague was unleashed upon the world.

Now a new menace threatens the country just as it begins to recover. Continue reading

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Book Review: Little Girl Blues by J.N. McGhee

A book of poetry. The most difficult and most underrated form of art involving words.

Truth be told, and to paraphrase William Faulkner, all writers are failed poets. They aim to create the kind of beauty to be found in a poem.

This short book is an example of what a few neatly placed words can done, what can be achieved within the confines of letters and punctuation marks.

To use only words to create beauty, to evoke certain feelings, to make you feel something, that’s the closest thing to magic we still have.

Of course, this is the work of a young poet, which means that it is both ambitious and not without fault. Maybe those faults derive from ambition: there’s clumsiness in some parts, some metaphors seems forced or artificial or not at all that inspired.

Regardless, most of the poems are really good, some even better.

Overall, a pleasant and fast reading experience.

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You can find Little Girl Blues: Existence of an Image both as paperback and kindle edition here.

Also, you can follow the author on Twitter or Instagram.

Book Review: The Author by Jordan Antonacci

How far would you go to rebuild the life you let break?

Forensics expert Troy Graves has helped solve a lot of crimes, but he can’t seem to put back together the pieces of his own life. After years of chasing a serial killer known as “The Portrait Killer”—TPK—through the streets of Laguna Niguel, Troy has lost his wife as well as himself. Desperate and eager for the freedom of a fresh start, he decides to take matters into his own hands. Going behind the back of his Lieutenant, Troy takes on the role of Lead Detective, hunting the streets of Laguna Niguel for the one thing that haunts him.

But when he puts a face to the monster, Troy only sees opportunity, and does something unorthodox—he asks the killer for help.

Seduced by his lust for greed, Troy seems to forget that every action has a reaction, and that befriending the Devil doesn’t go without consequence.

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This is a true thriller. Quite a simple statement, right? But it does convey the fact that there are a number of things the author of this novel does right. One of them is it has the storyline, the pace, and the characters worthy of such a bold claim. The rhythm is on point, making you want to read the whole thing as fast as possible.

Suspense and mystery go hand in hand. The things you don’t know, you want to find out. You want to figure everything out.

The writing flows smoothly, which is one of the things I appreciate most about any kind of novel.

If you enjoy reading thrillers, then this book is a must-read.

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From the author:

In chasing after what we want, we often leave behind what we had. We burn bridges, cut ties, and close doors that can’t be re-opened, no matter how much we knock.

Too often when we get what we wanted, it’s only after that we realize it’s not what we thought.
Too often…when we let something go, it’s only after that we realize what it truly meant to us. Every action has a reaction; every decision, a consequence.
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The Author is available on Amazon.com here.
Jordan Antonacci’s blog can be found here.

 

Book Review: Denial by Nanette Kirsch

You know the saying, life’s stranger than fiction? Well, that saying is true. We can only imagine so much before the true horrors of what it means to live in this world destroy the fragile constructs of our minds.

This book is based on a true story.

This book is not everyone’s cup of tea.

If you want to read about the dark sides of human nature, then this is the book for you.

Sometimes bad things happen and we cannot help but ask why. Why me? Why this? Why?

And, most often than not, the only answer we receive is: “why not?”

It seems so unfair, and it makes us wonder if there’s any kind of order in this universe. Any kind of rules or laws that truly govern it.

There are so many of those cliched sayings that come to mind when discussing this book…

You know… what doesn’t kill you, bla, bla… maybe what doesn’t kill you makes you wish it did. Maybe what doesn’t kill you makes you wish to die.

Denial is well worth the time. Well worth it.

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If you’d like to read this book, you can use discount code MIHAL for a 10% discount. Use it here.

Review: Phiology

As human beings, we often think in threes. Whether it’s the three act play, movie trilogy, or count to three before performing a daring act, the number plays a significant role in how we make sense of information. The number three is the lowest figure that can be used to form patterns in our mind.

In case you’re wondering, Phiology is a made-up word by this book’s author: physiology, psychology, and philosophy, all combined in order to be an effective leader.

Now, let’s get one question out of the way: why be interested in a book on leadership? What if you don’t want to be one?

Well, true mastery is control over oneself. Being a leader starts with you, and David A. Eisley’s book helps with that. It all comes down to decisions, and the factors that influence decision making, both in ourselves and those around us.

This is a great goddamn book. Nothing much to add. Do yourself a favor and buy it, and I bet you’ll learn at least a thing or two.

The author writes in a pretty straightforward way, and it is easy to follow and understand, which is undoubtedly an important quality for a self-help book.

The book goes past the usual cliches when it comes to successful leadership, because, quite frankly, there’s more to influencing the lives of others than most would believe.

Just do yourself a favor, click this link here and buy the book. It will be worth your time.

Review: The Genie Hunt by M.C. Tuggle

Buddy Vuncannon, an attorney in High Point, North Carolina, and his friend Coot Pickard are heading out of town for a fishing weekend when they’re surrounded by a SWAT team. Three eyewitnesses have identified Coot as the gun man in the latest of a string of robberies. To defend Coot, Buddy must stand up to a bullying district attorney, uncover the identity of the real robbers, and battle a powerful genie who serves the robbers. Buddy’s investigation implicates an old friend, reigniting long-forgotten friction between Buddy and Coot. Old and new loyalties clash, leading Buddy and Coot to a desperate chase that forces them to seek the help of a madman they both fear.

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If you’ve read my previous reviews, you know I’m not the one to provide a synopsis of sorts, or write about the usual aspects of storytelling.

What matters most about the book, the essence of it, is the after taste, the way it makes you feel after having read it.

Is it worth it? Do you recommend it? Would you read it again?

The Genie Hunt by M.C. Tuggle is a short, fast read. The supernatural adds an interesting twist to a classical suspense storyline.

The main character, Buddy Vuncannon, is tasked with figuring out what the hell actually happened. He has to unravel the way the events actually unfolded.

This novel makes for an enjoyable read. Imagine reading the script for a popular TV show. Something like that.

Entertaining?

Yeah, I guess that is the right word.

A good, fast read, worth your time, especially if you enjoy the usual mystery with a bit of the occult thrown in there for good measure.

The Genie Hunt is available as an e-book on Amazon.

Review: Tourmaline by Antwan Crump

Tourmaline:(A Collection of Things)- is the debut body of work by author Antwan Crump. Framed by testimonies to the absurdities of society at large, the four stories therein place readers at the penultimate point in the lives of several people forgotten by time.

This description does not do this book justice. It’s rather vague. But let me give you something that will:

She feared retribution enough to keep her nose clean on Sundays. Though that didn’t mean much for her liver.

We are all the sum total of the stories we tell ourselves. We are what we consistently do. All those habits, rituals, and vices. We are more what we fear than what we love.

The stories in Tourmaline teach us one thing: to be alive is a rather cynical business. Double standards and whatnot. The inherent absurdity of this is detailed by the erratic behavior of the characters. Simply put, the act of being alive has no purpose other than the one we give it. And we can give it any meaning we want, even though, looked at by more rational beings, we’re way beyond redemption.

There are no fairy tales here, just people and what people do best.

What do people do best you ask?

Stories, of course. The stories they tell themselves and anyone who’s willing to listen as to why they’re like this or like that. The stories they tell themselves over and over again in order to fall asleep or find a bit of hope.

At this age, I wouldn’t consider myself a runaway. A coward, maybe. I’ve lost enough. I’m not sure what awaits me out there on the country-side. I shudder to think it could be anything worse than what I’m leaving behind.

You can find Tourmaline on Amazon here. Give it a try. At $2.99, it’s well worth.

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Antwan Crump is a Novelist, Essayist, Humorist, Blogger, and Podcaster who can be found and contacted at atcrump.com.