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BOOK REVIEW

Depression Carpenter – by Java Davis

The publisher describes this book as “A Road Trip through the Gulf States during The Great Depression.”

The storyline:

A young man, Jackson “Jake” Ferry, born into a privileged New York family, loses them in a car accident. Young and wealthy, he needs to justify his existence during The Great Depression. He is skilled in carpentry and drives around the Gulf of Mexico, working on building projects with his peculiar friend and partner from Florida, Chin, who has cheerfully abandoned his family in favor of an adventure. Together, they travel an amazing road trip, helping poor folks along the way, repairing their homes and their lives.Eventually, Jake lands in Galveston, where he stays to help rebuild the island after their first Great Flood, building an inter-racial school for the island’s orphans.The road trip comes to an end in with Jake back in New York City, an older and wiser man with an internal compass to guide his path.

 

My review:

This is a must-read!

Of DEPRESSION CARPENTER, the author says, “It’s a journey I wish I could have taken, and I’m pleased to share it with others.” Having read this journey of self discovery, this reviewer can totally relate to those sentiments.

Nostalgic, beautifully written and totally believable, this is (recent) historical fiction at its best. It’s high concept, too…a road trip like none other: a veritable ride through the Great Depression.

For those who enjoy adventure and a darned good tale, this is a must-read! A worthy five stars. –Lance

 

To purchase Depression Carpenter via Amazon go to:

http://www.amazon.com/Depression-Carpenter-Java-Davis-ebook/dp/B004Y5NGAI/

 

Happy reading!

 

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After recently registering its 50th Five-Star review on Amazon, our conspiracy thriller THE NINTH ORPHAN (The Orphan Trilogy, #1) has received one of its best reviews to date.

The review, by Rave Reviews Book Club mover-and-shaker Nonnie Jules, has appeared on the Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules blog at http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/nonnies-blog-reviews/

Here’s the review, as it appears on Ms Jules’ blog, unabbridged:

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6/6/14 – THE NINTH ORPHAN

5*****Star Rated!!!!

OK, so when I was asked to review this book, I looked at the title and said to myself jokingly, “I don’t have time to read a book about an orphan.” When I SAW the cover of this book, I said to myself, “An orphan with a gun? OK, I seriously don’t want to read it now.” But, in my world, your word is golden…I said I would review, and so I was going to! What I’m about to say next, is why you should never judge a book by it’s cover OR it’s title: “CAN I GIVE IT TEN STARS?!!!!” THAT’S HOW GOOD THIS BOOK IS!

You know, it’s getting extremely common to see some reviewers write “It hooked me from page one,” and since that very common line is annoying to me, I won’t say it (but I am thinking it!). I found myself reading this book in the shower (among other places in “that” room that I’m too much of a lady to say), any place I had to sit and wait (think doctor’s office, in the car waiting for kids, etc.), at the dinner table (to the chagrin of my family), and even in the dark of night when I should have been trying to get some sleep (which by the way, I never get but I’m so thankful for the white back-light on my Samsung Galaxy tab because it was blinding bright, and it kept me awake!). THIS book should be turned into a movie, and if it ever is, I will be the first in line to see it! IT…WAS…SO…GOOD! And the writing was STELLAR as was the editing! You all know how those two things make me the happiest Lion in the jungle.

These authors were so good at crafting a perfect story and a perfect storm…creating characters and events that were so intriguing and thrilling, I was literally smiling at the really crafty parts where The Ninth Orphan (Sebastian), continually eluded capture from his former “family” at the Omega Agency. “Nine,” as he was called, was born in a laboratory along with 22 other super-human forms..all referred to by the number of the order of their birth. What captivated me the most, was the chameleon effect that the authors gave to Nine and his fellow orphans. The descriptions were so well depicted, I pictured Nine in each role he turned himself into while on the run. If I say anymore, I’ll be giving it all away, so let me end with this…YOU WANT A REALLLLLLLY GOOD BOOK, run get THE NINTH ORPHAN !

PLEASE! You won’t be disappointed!

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THE NINTH ORPHAN is available as a trade paperback and Kindle ebook via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056I4FKC

Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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Our top rating conspiracy thriller novel THE NINTH ORPHAN (The Orphan Trilogy, #1) has achieved another milestone, registering its 50th Five-Star review on Amazon.

Book reviewer Johnny April says “The Ninth Orphan is packed with suspense, romance, and memorable characters.”

Here’s the review in full:

 

Great Action, Suspense, and Memorable Characters    -June 1, 2014

 

In the Ninth Orphan, we meet Nine, who is actually named Sebastian, as he is trying to escape from The Omega Agency, a covert spy agency that recruits orphans to do their dirty work. Since he just can’t leave, he is tracked by his mentor, Kentbridge, and another spy named 17. All the spies in the agency are named by numbers instead of their names.

Much of the story is the chase as Nine is trying to elude members of the covert agency. He has martial arts skills and is a master of disguise. There are some great fight and chase scenes along with some memorable moments aboard a train. That, along with a great romance with Isabella kept the story moving along for me at a fast pace.

What I like the most about this story is that there are some TV shows that also work since this is based on a conspiracy theory. If you’re a fan of the hit series Nikita, then you should also enjoy this book. As for me, I not only enjoy Nikita but I also like the South Korean dramas that also work off conspiracy theories such as IRIS, IRIS 2, and Athena, Goddess of War.

The Ninth Orphan is packed with suspense, romance, and memorable characters. I’m happy to give it five stars.

 

 

For more Amazon reviews of THE NINTH ORPHAN go to: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056I4FKC

 

Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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The early reviews are in for our new release non-fiction book The Orphan Conspiracies – and here’s what Amazon reviewer ‘Cloud’ has to say:

Conspiracy Lovers Dream 5stars2

I’m not sure how to put this, but this book is one that might scare the pants off of you. You’re immediately hit with the depth of research, facts that on their own might not have amounted to much, but before long any skepticism you have starts to fade away and you’re left with the sinking feeling that there are secret forces operating with extensive control throughout the world.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll find the theories covered here perfect for social chatter and you’ll be recommending the book all over. Just one point of caution. Don’t spill everything you’ve learned. If they think you know too much, that’s when the vans will come for you.  

 

‘Cloud’ appears to have gotten what we set out to achieve when we penned this book, which, incidentally, is our first non-fiction book. As we say in the book’s Introduction:

Our mission in writing this book is twofold: to expose the global agenda designed to keep the power in the hands of a select few (the top 1%) and to empower the masses with essential knowledge that’s been withheld from them until now.  

From what we’ve observed, nearly all other conspiracy theory books have either been by established conspiracy theory authors and written almost exclusively for like-minded people, or they’ve been penned by academic-types with a high-brow intellectualism that only other academics can decipher. 

This book, on the other hand, is written for the lower classes and the homeless, the outcasts and the marginalized, the abused and the victimized, the unpaid and the underpaid, the overworked and the out-of-work, the refugees and the poor, the uneducated and the undereducated, the forgotten and the lonely, the misunderstood and all the other underdogs of society who together, collectively, form the majority – or the 99%, if you will.  

 

The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy is available via Amazon at:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Orphan-Conspiracies-Conspiracy-Theories-ebook/dp/B00J4MPFT6/

The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy

Happy Reading! –Lance & James 

 

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The 100th review for our conspiracy thriller The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1) was posted on Amazon today. A 5-Star review, it maintains this top rating novel’s 4-Star average rating with reviewers.

In this milestone review, reviewer Nihar Sharma describes The Ninth Orphan as “an engaging thriller”.

Here’s the review in full:

Thrilling suspense!!

The Ninth Orphan is a fast paced action thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seat as you delve deep into the world of the Omega organization, its infiltration within the CIA, and the story of Orphan number Nine.

Sebastian, or Nine (as he is known), has had a traumatic childhood and is struggling to start a new life, away from the danger and secrecy of the spy agency which raised him, and many others, to become skilled assassins. Nine is a master of disguises, but his former employees are as sharp as him and they cannot allow him to leave, owing to the information he carries.
Will they be able to catch him before he disappears? What will be his fate?

The author has written an engaging thriller, but there is also a very touching emotional element within the story – The relationship between Nine and Isabella, and the craving he feels to be known and loved. I guess, that is something that we all go through at some point of time and this definitely makes the tale more realistic and believable.

A fine read. Recommended!

The Ninth Orphan is available via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056I4FKC
Happy reading! –Lance & James
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BOOK REVIEW

THE BACHELOR PARTY – by Ron Hummer

The author warns in the Prologue “there is a lot to be concerned about when it comes to non-compete agreements” (where one party agrees not to enter into or begin a similar trade or profession in competition with another party) – and by the time you finish reading this book you realize he’s right: in THE BACHELOR PARTY author Ron Hummer exposes a widespread, present-day problem in a very believable albeit fictional setting.

Well researched and very well written. This is a superior mystery-thriller guaranteed to please the most discerning reader.    –Lance

 

Here’s the publisher’s blurb for this book:

Tony Sage, a financial consultant is about to go to jail for bilking thousands of investors out of their money in a Ponzi Pyramid scheme. Before he goes on trial, he wants revenge on the man who had a one night stand with his wife, Michael Wells, a lawyer with Wells, Carmichael, Lane, and MacGregor.

What started as a fight in the back of a strip club between the two ended in the murder of Tony Sage. Michael stands accused of the murder because he was found unconscious next to the body with the murder weapon, a knife in his hand.

Enter Jack Roscoe, Private Detective and former Navy Seal. He is hired by the firm to solve the murder. The problem: Jack doesn’t like lawyers, especially ones who specialize in non-compete agreements. Wells, Carmichael, Lane, and MacGregor is one of the largest law firms in this field.

Even though Jack has two friends whose lives were ruined due to their non-compete agreements, he decides to handle the case. Jack will be battling mobsters, a motorcycle gang, and several convicts, all while helping Rebecca Martinez, a victim of domestic violence, in an effort to solve this case and get the money back for the investors. By the end of the story, Jack hopes to teach the lawyers of Wells Carmichael, Lane and MacGregor a lesson that they will never forget.

Product Details
THE BACHELOR PARTY is available via Amazon at:http://www.amazon.com/Bachelor-Party-Ron-Hummer-ebook/dp/B00DXNKXE4/

 

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BOOK REVIEW

 

THE UNKNOWN MAN (The Keepers of the Orbs) -by J.G. Gatewood                 

Five Stars!

This epic fantasy (with generous slices of mystery and science fiction) will be relished by fans of those genres. I can vouch for this as I’m not normally one of those fans…but I’ve been converted!

The writing is classy; there’s little downtime (important as this reader is easily bored); and there are levels to this tale. Levels that build with each page, holding your interest right to the end.

Highly recommended!         –Lance

 

Here’s the publisher’s blurb for this book:

An unknown man regains consciousness in the back of a merchant’s wagon only to discover he has no memory of who he is. He discovers the merchants are Goblins, who are transporting him to Havenbrook under the assumption he is a nobleman. Given his extravagant armor and decorated two-handed sword, they are hoping for a reward for his return. Once in Havenbrook, the Lord urges him to seek out an old and mysterious wizard who lives at the foot of the mountains to the east, and sends his daughter with him as an escort and guide. This is where their journey begins.

To the north, a malevolent force is building, gathering the resources necessary to reap destruction across all of Askabar. The sinister figure is on a mission to release his master from the prison he has been bound to for over a thousand years. To succeed in this endeavor, he will need to gather all seven of the orbs, and he recruits Orcs and Minotaurs as soldiers for his cause. Standing in his way is the unknown man, whose party continues to grow.

All of Askabar is on the verge of destruction and tyrannical rule. Battles will be fought, and heinous plots will be carried out. The one man who can stop this nefarious plan doesn’t even know who he is. Will he uncover his memories in time? One thing is for certain; an entire population will depend on the unknown man.

 

THE UNKNOWN MAN (The Keepers of the Orbs) is available as a trade paperback and Kindle ebook via Amazon.

 

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BOOK REVIEW

PEOPLE LIKE US – by D.Z.C.

Strange. Quirky. Lecherous. Unusual. Odd even. These are all ways I’d describe the storyline and the writing in PEOPLE LIKE US. But above all…it’s compelling and a genuine page-turner!

The writing oozes quality, freshness and humor. Especially humor. Nice little touches that ease the tension.

This book is totally unique – like nothing I’ve personally read before. Helped no doubt by the first person approach, it feels like the writer is sitting right next to you, relating the story by way of a live chat over a cuppa.

Speaking of cuppas, if you like your murder mysteries served with an intriguing and entertaining dash of cynicism, this book’s for you! Five Stars. –Lance Morcan

 

The Amazon link for this book is: http://www.amazon.com/People-Like-Us-Keszthelyi-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00CV9I6L8/

 

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BOOK REVIEW

 

GLIMPSES by Erin J. Munz

While not my usual or favorite genre, GLIMPSES held this reader’s interest from start to finish and left me wanting more.

The non-linear storyline (jumping backwards and forwards in time) and the dialogue-heavy script are normally big turn-offs for me…but it works this time. And that’s a reflection of the writing which is, well, beautiful.

This is a love story – fast-paced with twists and turns, and insights (“glimpses”) into a relationship between two everyday people struggling to recapture what they once had. Many readers will relate to their journey…and that’s part of its magic.

5 Stars!!!!!

-Lance Morcan      April 28, 2014

Product Details

The Amazon link for this book is:

http://www.amazon.com/Glimpses-Erin-J-Munz-ebook/dp/B00H20TFTI/

 

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