Jul 29, 2016
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One star = Really bad; there’s a reason this book is self-pubbed.

Two stars = Mediocre, but one or two bright spots.

Three stars = Good; worth reading.

Four stars = Very good.

Five stars = Excellent; must-read.

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ELECTRICITY
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A solar storm threatens civilization in: ELECTRICITY

By Robert Lovinger

Rating:  star star star star star 

An increase in solar flare activity, culminating in a massive solar storm, threatens life and civilization as we know it.

HACKED
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An insider’s guide to cybersecurity in: HACKED AGAIN

By Scott N. Schober

Rating:  star star star star star 

An accessible and friendly approach to improving cybersecurity from an expert and a victim.

BROWNSUGAR
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A solid jolt of adrenaline in: BROWN SUGAR IN MINNESOTA

By Joe Field

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young reporter tracks drug dealers selling a super-potent form of heroin.

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Police dog to the rescue in: K-9 Cop: Case #1 – The Dreck Report

By Erna Mueller

Rating:  star star star star star 

Bright and inquisitive Justin Andrews and his sister Vicky still grieve for their mother after her untimely death, and having an absentee, workaholic father makes their adjustment more diffi-cult.

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A young boy becomes a hero when his hometown gets overtaken by grotesque creatures in: MONSTER ZOMBIES ARE COMING FOR JOHNNY

By A.M. Shah

Rating:  star star star star star 

Upon discovering that monster zombies are suddenly populating their school, a young boy named Johnny and his best friend, Alex, have an incredibly eventful day and in the process of getting to the bottom of the case, must try to make it out alive.

TRUTHEVOLVES
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Theories on our truths and knowledge in: TRUTH EVOLVES

By Dustin Arand

Rating:  star star star star star 

A philosopher offers innovative theories about the nature of knowledge: it is individual; it changes over time; and it can be used to create a rational community.

GHOSTRAIN
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Travel between Pre and Post Apocalyptic worlds in: GHOST RAIN

By Paul Pereira

Rating:  star star star star star 

Characters grapple through two separate time periods, one pre-apocalypse and one post, in this intriguing first part of The End of Reality series.

DARKROOM
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Drugs, photography and murder in: DARKROOM

By Mary Maddox

Rating:  star star star star star 

DARKROOM is a highly-polished atmospheric descent into a seedy world of drugs, murder and photography populated by vibrant characters.

AUTONOMOUSLY
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The hearts of humans and robots in: AUTONOMOUSLY YOURS

By K.N. Parker

Rating:  star star star star star 

While ANONYMOUSLY YOURS setting is the future and deals with technology yet to be fully realized, the heart of the story has to deal with love and loss, and the way people are treated as objects, feelings that are very much present in life today.

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Life, lessons and encouragement to get the words flowing in: WRITE!

By Gerald DiPego

Rating:  star star star star star 

Gerald DiPego guides aspiring writers through a handful of his novels and screenplays to share the lessons he has learned in more than four decades as an author in WRITE!.

TICK
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A troubled young girl finds her inner hero in a terrifying near-future world in: TICK

By Allison Rose

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this highly imaginative yet overcrowded novel by Allison Rose, Josephine (Jo) Bristol must struggle against many foes, both internal and external.

CURSE
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Good versus evil with humanity in the crosshairs in: CURSE THE DAY

By Zachary Koala Hardison

Rating:  star star star star star 

The classic battle rages between good and evil as angels and humans conspire to bring down a murderous creature borne out of the human race’s apathy and indifference.

BABYGIRL
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One woman’s amorous journey turns into a life of motherhood in: BABY GIRL

By Bette Lee Crosby

Rating:  star star star star star 

A whirlwind romance turns into life-changing decisions with the onset of an unplanned pregnancy.

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Pondering aging and death in: THE HOURGLASS

By Pamela Cumings

Rating:  star star star star star 

An older woman presents her thoughts, experience and analysis of the process of aging.

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Villains, heroes and secrets abound in: BLACKTIP ISLAND

By Tim W. Jackson

Rating:  star star star star star 

A stockbroker embezzles funds and escapes to a Caribbean island where he becomes a divemaster to avoid arrest from U.S. authorities in this adventurous story.

TWEENS
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Life advice to tweens from tweens in: NINE WAYS TO EMPOWER TWEENS WITH EMMA AND ELLIOT

By Kathleen Boucher

Rating:  star star star star star 

Fraternal twins Emma and Elliot share life skills for 10- to 12-year-olds in this lively life guide for tweens.

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A tale of love, hate, and the power of forgiveness in: ONCE BROKEN

By D.M. Hamblin

Rating:  star star star star star 

An on again/off again relationship turns into a long-term love/hate situation when an unplanned pregnancy creates seemingly irreconcilable differences.

LOVES
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Time travel through hypnosis to heal the heart in: LOVES OF OUR LIVES

By A.C. Chenier

Rating:  star star star star star 

A woman sets out on a journey of past life regression therapy to cope with the loss of a friend in this touching historical fiction romance.

INCREMENTS
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Dark, poignant, and unsettling stories in: INSANITY BY INCREMENTS

By Alaric Cabiling

Rating:  star star star star star 

Creepy and meditative short stories that investigate the darker side of humanity.

JADWA
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The path to and away from oppression and extremist religion in: JADWA’S STORY: BRIDE OF THE PROPHET, DAUGHTER OF ALLAH

By Aabra

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young girl struggles against the oppression leading her towards religious extremists and terrorism in this thought provoking story.

ZEROS
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Absurd and satirical adventures in political extremism: AMERICAN ZEROES

By John DiFelice

Rating:  star star star star star 

AMERICAN ZEROES is a Libertarian satire of American political extremism and an absurdist adventure in a typical suburb.

OVERKILL
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The curia comes to life in: OVERKILL: THE VATICAN TRIAL OF PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN, SJ

By Niels de Terra

Rating:  star star star star star 

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wore many hats: philosopher, geologist, paleontologist … priest. If you’re thinking that one of these things is not like the others, you’re right.

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A young couple fights betrayal and the passage of time to rekindle their love: IN THIS LIFE

By Christine Brae

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young couple tries to recapture the romance of their first encounter after years apart and secrets discovered in this sweet and stirring literary romance.

NOMAD
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A teacher’s tale that provides guidance in and out of the classroom: MR. NOMAD: TALES OF A TRAVELING TEACHER

By Dave Webb

Rating:  star star star star star 

Part memoir, part guidebook for teachers new and seasoned, MR. NOMAD offers a humorous and refreshing look at a misunderstood profession.