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Medallion

Rating: 4
J.R Scott’s heroine is a feisty young woman, Alie McCull. With wit, brains and brawn, she is trapped in a male dominated profession and tired of reporting the fluff.
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Island Eyes, Island Skies

Rating: 4
Island Eyes, Island Skies is the story of two pre-teens and their friendships with one another that help them get through life as pre-teens and some personal tragedies.
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Learning to Haight

Rating: 4
Learning to Haight’s main character, Jack is a rather naive young man, who—bored with his P.R. job back East and hoping to find himself—leaves to become a journalist at the San Francisco Daily Mirror. J
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The Girl You Deserve

Rating: 4.5
Edite Vidins, a woman of Latvian heritage raised in Australia, begins this compelling memoir with the disclosure that the love of her young life, a man named Warwick, has died of hypothermia after wandering out of a bar and into a blizzard.
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Eye of the Redeemer

Rating: 4
Author Richard I. Levine sets up the theme of redemption in several of his characters, effectively developing their personalities, histories and revealing their moment of redemption.
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Dangerous Past

Rating: 5
When a bomb is planted in the commercial plane that Frank Braden is flying, almost blowing up nearly 100 passengers, it is the beginning of the end of his career and his life as he knows it. To add fuel to the plot, whoever is out to get Frank is making it appear as if Frank is on a suicide mission.
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This River Called Life: A Letter to My Children

Rating: 4
The night before surgery, author Velinda Peyton realized that if she didn’t make it through she’d regret never having said a number of things to her children. She decided to put heartfelt words down on paper in a finale of “love, meaning and happiness,” intended originally for her children only.
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Event Horizon Conspiracy

Rating: 4
The actual conspiracy in Event Horizon Conspiracy begins when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds a DNA project meant for good. But when DNA researcher Jason Menard discovers that the project is actually intended to create mass replication of rDNA doses, he disappears, starting an aggressive undercover search of funeral homes, graves and a jaunt to France, where the evil is housed.
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Cassie Draws the Universe

Rating: 4
A combination of Catcher in the Rye, A Clockwork Orange, Silence of the Lambs and Girl Interrupted, “Cassie Draws the Universe” is opera. It is opulent, grand and brilliant in strange ways, executed with a low grade fever.
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No Straight Lines

Rating: 4
No Straight Lines is the call for change, for creativity, new leadership and a change in the culture of unfairness, stagnation and inflexibility caused by linear. The author argues that it’s imperative to find alternative ways to do business and manage services because, in today’s society and life, there are no straight lines.
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Charlie Chan Meets Tom Swifty

Rating: 4.5
This little book opens with Charlie Chan sitting on a bench talking to his friend Tom Swifty, who decides to make a list of the pearls of wisdom inspired by Chan’s life and experience as a famous detective. And so begins a list of Tom Swiftys, which the author quotes Wikipedia defining as: “a phrase in which a quoted sentence is linked by a pun to the manner in which it is attributed.”
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Born in Rio

Rating: 4
Rita Ray is uprooted by her mother, Maia, from their home in Brazil for a new life in Florida. She works hard and becomes a successful banker in New York but seldom dates and keeps everyone at a distance, until the day she gets a call informing her that her mother is dying from cancer. Rita rushes to the hospital, anxious to make up for her fifteen years of absence. The reunion is not to be.
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Wool Omnibus Edition

Rating: 5
This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.
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Wal-Mart’s Egonomics Always

Rating: 4.5
The tale of how ADDvantage Media Group, Inc, (AMG) a vendor of shopping cart calculators, partnered with Wal-Mart and were systematically destroyed by the corporate mega-store through continual mishandlings, turnovers in high level associates who were working on the accounts and an overall attitude of greed and deception.
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When Comes What Darkly Thieves

Rating: 5
Ben Rubin’s dark fairytale, When Comes What Darkly Thieves, weaves a story of poetic strangeness.
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Spoonful

Rating: 5
Michael Lira is a crafty heroin addict with all sorts of sordid things going on. Not only does he manage not to work and always have enough cash for drugs, but his escapades along the way make for a great story.
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Rosedale in Love

Rating: 5
Part love story, part lush description of New York social history, Rosedale in Love is a multi-layered look of New York society at the turn of the century from the point-of-view of Jewish characters who are outside of the social strata while completely remaking that world as they enter it.
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West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide

Rating: 4
Imagine an alternate world full of mutant super heroes and super villains. The police can't handle the latter, so teams of super heroes, including the West Pacific Supers, do the heavy lifting.