Fiction

The True Cost of War For Soldiers and Families

September 5, 2014
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Five years after being gravely wounded in Afghanistan, 25-year-old Jeremy Merkin is still trying to put the pieces of his life back together. The only man he can look to for inspiration — his grandfather, Al, a Vietnam veteran — is so shattered by his own experiences that they cannot even communicate with each other. In William Kowalski’s novel “The Hundred Hearts” Jeremy seeks physical clues to what happened to him in the days preceding…

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Nothing Spoils a Memory Like the Truth

September 4, 2014
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Thirteen-year-old Ezekiel is an anxious adolescent, for whom scientific testing reveals the distressing prediction of a long but loveless life. Too bad for Ezekiel, since even the smell of a female sends a shock straight to his underpants. So, in Jenny Drummey’s novel “Unrequited” he decides he must convince his shrewish mother to let him travel, to visit the one person who can prove that terrible prophecy wrong: his stepmother. Ezekiel’s distant father Joe and…

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Terror With an Accent

September 3, 2014
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Every time her phone rings, New York attorney Eve Petersen’s heart stops, because she knows it may be the serial rapist who’s been phoning her with grisly details of each of his crimes. And in the new mystery “Mind Me, Milady,” by Kenneth Hicks and Anne Rothman-Hicks, the Gentleman Rapist invariably hints that Eve will be next. Eve also has a new client, a sweet but troubled young woman named Susan, who is struggling to…

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Sarah, The Walking Disaster

May 11, 2014
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Sarah Cohen means well, but the ex-diver’s hasty decisions wreak havoc on her life in Boston. Good thing Emerson is a phone call away in Syracuse, with a metaphorical mop to clean up the mess. Their long-distance friendship can be excruciating for him, though. Years after their brief college romance, he’s still in love with her. When everything goes wrong, Sarah takes another plunge: back to the scene of her last mistake, to start fresh.…

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The Rebirth of the Human Race

January 29, 2014
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Mankind is undergoing rebirth. New arrivals are closely watched by the Selected, the transgenic beings created by the Moirai. New communities thrive with the aliens’ support, and peace and security reign on Eridu, as the planet Earth is now known by the Moirai and in the galaxy. But in Massimo Marino‘s science fiction thriller “Once Humans,” peace and security of the cradle are suddenly shattered by acts of sabotage set to disrupt the fragile balance…

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There’s Something (Odd) About Gilbert

December 24, 2013
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Sheldon Mason has decided he doesn’t want to be a recluse any longer: he’d rather just be dead. But when his upstairs neighbor – a drug dealer named Sam – interrupts his suicide attempt, gets him a job, and believes in him, Sheldon realizes maybe his inner demons are beatable. Of course, then he meets new demons… In Scott Bartlett‘s novel “Taking Stock” Sheldon struggles to make sense of his life, and starts to notice…

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