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Mexican Hat Trick

Mexican Hat Trick Cover ArtAbout the Book by T.S. O’Neil

Mexican Hat Trick reunites Retired Sheriff’s Department Detective turned Private Investigator, Eidetic Eddie Doyle with Former Force Recon Marine, Michael Blackfox, in a rollicking tale of murder, counterfeiting and kidnapping south of the border. A rogue’s gallery of new villains, including a pathological ex-French Foreign Legionnaire, a bloodthirsty drug kingpin, and a conniving corporate attorney, conspire to corner the counterfeit apparel market. Mexican Hat Trick is Florida Glare—south of the border.

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Re-Wired

About the Book by Greg Dragon

Science Fiction, 152 Pages

Robotics student Brad Barkley has created the perfect woman. The only problem is she’s an android, and her creator realizes too late he may have made her too perfect. After Brad’s ultimate failure with women nearly consumes him, he discovers Tricia, his android, may be able to rescue him from a life of loneliness, if he and the human race are willing to pay the price.

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I enjoy a good sci-fi story.  The pace on this one I felt was slower than typical sci-fi work.  It reads more like an uneven coming of age book for Tricia.  I am not entirely sure who the author intended to be the main character.  I was more intrigued by Tricia and her growth than by Brad Barkley’s (the inventor) actions.

Brad would say “I’m going to do ABC,” or “XYZ is important to me,” or “I won’t do LMN.”  Yet pages later he would quit what he professed to prize or did what he said he would not.  I found this wishy-washiness or weakness of character to make him less interesting to follow.  He wasn’t growing. He was devolving.

However, other readers may see his sinking as an ‘anti’ story arc and may appreciate it more than I.  There is a great deal of text devoted to his relationships and feelings about women. I would not categorize the book as a romance in any way though.

My favorite section was at the end of the book. There was a discussion about the place and repercussions of androids in society. This book may appeal to anyone interested in the fields of androids, psychology and social reform.

 

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Greg Dragon brings a fresh perspective to fiction by telling human stories of life, love and relationships in a science fiction setting. This unconventional author spins his celestial scenes from an imagination nurtured from being an avid reader himself. His exposure to multiple cultures, multiple religions, martial arts, and travel lends a unique dynamic to his stories. You can enjoy excerpts from his work by visiting his website at http://gregdragon.com.

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Food Junkies

CoverAbout the Book by Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell & Read by Lisa Bunting

Is it possible to be addicted to food? When does indulging in ‘comfort’ food become substance abuse? Is it possible that there is more than a lack of will power at work when someone can’t stop eating? In Food Junkies, Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell explain what is – and isn’t – food addiction, tackling this complex and poorly understood problem through the stories of many survivors and from the perspectives of medical researchers/practitioners. They break down the science behind the research so that anyone can understand it, and take a fresh look at obesity, overeating, binge eating, anorexia and bulimia. For people struggling with these issues — and their families — recognizing the condition is the first step to gaining the kind of support and advice they need.

Food Junkies (finalist in the 2016 Voice Arts Awards) offers hope and guidance. Read by Lisa Bunting, according to one audible customer review, her “calming voice assists with decreasing the shame so often found with addiction and can open the listener up to actually hearing,” while another noted the audiobook version “brought the science to life in a different way than the book. It made it even more real as one can’t ‘skim’ or ‘rush’ through the life-changing content.”

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The Diamond Head Deception

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After putting Iowa crop insurance cheats out to pasture, independent insurance fraud investigator Luna Nightcrow heads to Hawaii, but not for a vacation. The Shilpa, an Indian ocean liner, sinks and Luna is hired to determine if it still carries “Pacific Splendor” (a rare diamond insured for $15 million). The trouble is that Luna’s not the only one looking for the diamond. Secessionists, sportsmen, and other suspects might sink to any depths to recover or smother Pacific Splendor.

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The Jakkattu Vector

About the Book by P.K. Tyler

tjv-ebook-coverThey came as saviors to a deteriorating Earth

Julip Thorne questions whether there is more to life beyond the barren dirt, acidic seas, and toxstorms her people work and die in. Living in poverty on the withering Greenland Human Reservation, she wonders if the alien Mezna goddesses are truly as holy as the temple preaches. Julip begins to dig deeper into the history of the planet and her leaders’ rise to power. But nothing can prepare her for the atrocities she uncovers.

Meanwhile, Jakkattu prisoner Sabaal suffers constant torture and heinous medical experiments as her Mezna-priest captors seek to unlock the key to her genetic makeup. Escaping from captivity, she finds herself suddenly alone on the hostile alien planet of Earth. To survive, she’s forced to work with the same Mezna-human hybrids she’s loathed her entire life, but the more they work together, the more they realize that their enemy is the same.

When humans and Mezna collide, will Sabaal turn out to be the genetic vector the Mezna have been searching for all along, or will she spark the flame that sets a revolution ablaze?

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Gravity

Author James M. Corkill, Science Fiction Thriller, 288 Pages

Reviewed by Felita Daniels

Gravity CoverThe author has a solid grasp of his craft.  This book begins with experts in their scientific fields realizing that something is dangerously off.  There is enough science involved in the thriller to keep the science fiction folks happy, but not too much that those without a PhD get lost.

It took me a while to sit down and share my opinions about the book.  It’s tricky.  I don’t want to give anything away, however; I do want to give you my honest reaction to the novel.  Something happens half way through the book that made me angry.  So much so, I put the book down and didn’t want to finish it.  I didn’t like the main character any more. Jethro Gibbs, MacGyver, John McClain, insert your favorite hero here, would have figured something different out, or died trying. I know that a person doesn’t have to like every character and choice they make.  It also suggests that the author has succeeded in conveying real emotion.  I wondered if the author simply put this in for shock value?  You may applaud that the author choice was different.

So what made me pick up the book a few weeks later to finish it?  There is a secondary story line with regular folk protecting their homes and livelihood. It kept nagging at the back of my mind.  What happened to them?  I still cared about them. Jerry was my hero in this story- bravery, practical smarts and heart.

This review may or may not help you decide if this is a book you will enjoy.  Your curiosity may get the better of you and you want to see how you feel about Alex Cave.  Maybe you like different.  Maybe you’ll think my ‘mom gene’ is just too sensitive.  Check out the book for yourself.  If you enjoy heroes at the top of their field, science fiction and action combined, this book delivers.

This is book 4 of a series, but it can be read as a stand alone.

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