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Operator

Rating: 5
An emotionally taut and fast-paced mystery thriller with a winning tone that blends deadpan, detective-noir narrative and modern, high tech lingo that is mysterious, understated and still edgy.
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Turquoise

Rating: 4
Author Ayshe Talay-Ongan’s down to earth yet mildly abstract novel, follows the seemingly star-crossed relationship between a young woman and her old friend’s husband.
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The Last Day in Karachi, Through the Ring of Fire

Rating: 4
Author Dr. Khan-Hudson’s catharsis inspired novel illuminates key aspects of her early life in Qatar, Pakistan, her ultimate relocation to America and the joy of finding love in her American husband, Rob.
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A Father’s Angels

Rating: 4
When John Waldron decides to adopt a child, he doesn’t realize that this will be a journey that will create a family but one that will also give him a glimpse into personal demons, social and political injustices and teach him about unconditional love and patience.
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The Burly Man

Rating: 4
Zachary Lewis, a.k.a “The Burly Man”, writes an insightful and intimate biographical journal disclosing his struggle with Polymyositis, a rare and painful autoimmune disorder.
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Time Donors Wanted

Rating: 4.5
Jarvis Sloan is President of LifeSolutions, devoted to improving family life and sexual relations. Following the advice of a colleague and his extra-marital affair partner; he creates TimeDonors, a spin-off company that aims to more directly help failing marriages by using a new kind of server that leaves no electronic trail and all sexual hook ups between people stay anonymous.
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Reternity

Rating: 4
Neal Wooten has woven together bible-based Christianity, cutting-edge science and a surprise element of fantasy. Wooten’s tale is a coming-of-age story concerning a young man conflicted between Christianity and a deep fascination with science.
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Rosedale the Vampyre

Rating: 4
At the turn of the century in New York, Simon Rosedale is grieving the death of his wife, Florence and their newborn son. Working at an investment bank by day, Rosedale feels trapped and on edge daily. His assistant, Strauss seems to be the only one who notices his distress but remains discreet about it. Rosedale finds release in the evenings—with whores.
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The Pursuit of Cool

Rating: 5
Lance Rally is the type of guy who does not know how to fit in with any particular group. So as a freshman when he stumbles and fumbles into one of Langford College’s most popular crews, he is quite surprised.
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Plowed In: More Switchblade Stories

Rating: 4
These twenty-five short stories are snapshots into human emotions, thoughts, which reveal macabre darkness in human interaction and psyche, twists of fate and irreverent, tongue-in-cheek examinations of cultural icons.
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The Last Paradise

Rating: 5
The Last Paradise is panoramic in its description of a grand city—Galveston, Texas—and a country that is still seething with racial strife. But despite the turmoil, born anew, the city bustles with a growing population, industry, culture, money and an elegance and optimism that looks toward a limitless future.
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Bengali Girls Don't

Rating: 4
L. A. Sherman's first novel, "Bengali Girls Don't," is a true and heart-wrenching tale of culture, conflict and a spirited young girl who must grow up in the midst of strict Muslim tradition and find her way to a freedom that is denied all woman.
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Love and War

Rating: 4
Two young people from wildly different backgrounds meet by chance while traveling along a desolate Arizona highway in the year 1970.
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Following My Toes

Rating: 4
Faith Emerson has some serious intuition. In fact, she thinks that she is psychic.
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Here, Home, Hope

Rating: 4
Author, Kaira Rouda has written a simple tale that touches on many complex issues so close to women; from self esteem to social pressure, from eating disorders to familial discord and the search for self fulfillment, with warmth and humor.
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A Family Institution

Rating: 4
"A Family Institution" centers on a man's quest to discover what happened to his Aunt Eva, who, at age twelve was sent to an asylum. Eva died there, and his mother and aunt had kept that secret from him all these years..
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Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot

Rating: 4
Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot is actually two books. The first part of the story traces author Guy Magar’s roller-coaster career in the movie and tv business; the second recounts his wife's battle with leukemia.
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Slammed

Rating: 4
Colleen Hoover’s debut novel is a coming-of-age story about eighteen-year-old Layken who is forced, after the death of her father, to move from her childhood home in Texas house to Michigan.
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Farsighted

Rating: 4
High school sophomore Alex Kosmitoras is blind. And just when he thinks his loser life isn’t hard enough, he can see - into the future.
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The Day No One Played Together

Rating: 4
The Day No One Played Together is a winner of the Mom’s Choice Award and is concise but descriptive and teaches children about how to work together and make compromises.
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Vikram and the Enchanted Seals

Rating: 4
After the death of his grandmother, 11-year old Vikram and his family leave their home in California and head to a small village in India to see Vikram’s grandfather. Here, instead of the boring trip that Vikram expected, Vikram discovers magic, creatures and the richness and value of his life and culture.
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Sandcastles Last Forever

Rating: 4
Sandcastles Last Forever is a sweet and nostalgic story of youth, disappointment and the power of love.
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Aggie’s Nine Heroes

Rating: 4
Aggie’s Nine Heroes takes us on the journey from a fourth grade girl doodling in a notebook about her dream to someday establish a crack team of special agents, all the way to actually seeing her plan to fruition. Just as her vision becomes reality, her team’s greatest rescue may be a matter of life and death for one of their own.
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Vaults of Power

Rating: 4
Our story opens on a boat off the Florida coast where Robyn Gabriel is jolted out of sleep on hearing that her estranged twin, Sybil, has been injured in a bizarre accident in the south of France.