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19 08, 2016

Review: The People’s House by David Pepper

By | August 19th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political|Tags: , , |3 Comments


people's house book coverReviewed by Leigh Adamkiewicz

The 2016 election year has been a dumpster fire. Right now we need a lovingly written story of political intrigue. Something that makes us feel like we don’t have to choose between But She Paid Her Dues or Balding Brooklyn Hitler. Something that makes us feel like powerful government officials might – occasionally – be accountable for their back room dealings and dirty secrets.

The People’s House by David Pepper is a brilliant antidote to the election year blues. It’s marvelously paced, delightfully written, and a balm to the soul of people who can’t believe it took a full month for the DNC’s leaked e-mails to hit the mainstream press.

11 01, 2016

Review: Power Surge by Ben Bova

By | January 11th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |1 Comment


power surge book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Power Surge is a thriller showcasing the convoluted politics in Washington, where the rich and powerful have a disproportionate influence on the government. If something hurts their profits, they try to quash it and if it will help, they will bribe and threaten to get their way.

Our protagonist Jake arrives in Washington D.C. as the science adviser to Tomlinson, a freshman Senator from Montana. Both Jake and Senator Tomlinson want to propose a comprehensive energy plan for the country. Tomlinson knows it would look good on his record but Jake truly sees a need and a possible way to do it.

Unfortunately for both of them, just by trying to do this, they are perceived as stepping on a lot of toes. And big oil and coal have a lot to say. The big

25 11, 2015

Review: Killing Maine by Mike Bond

By | November 25th, 2015|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments


killing maine book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Killing Maine is the second book in the Pono Hawkins series. I had mixed feelings about this book as I read it. Mostly because it felt that the author, Mike Bond, was really pushing his own political point of view. It wasn’t just his character having issues with the windmills and Democrats but his own almost hatred coming out.

Pono Hawkins is ex-military and a bit of a player. He was wrongfully convicted of crimes twice and put in jail. Both times he was later proven innocent and released. Bucky – the man whose testimony put him away the first time – is arrested for murder. Unfortunately, Bucky also saved his life earlier and he feels he should try and help clear him since he knows the man is incapable of murder.

Bucky also happened to marry Lexie,

5 01, 2015

Review: The Global War on Morris by Steve Israel

By | January 5th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Political|Tags: , , |4 Comments


global war on morris book coverReviewed by Cal Cleary

Morris Feldstein is a quiet man. A peaceful man. The kind of man who wants nothing more than to enjoy his baseball games, his take-out dinners with his longtime wife, and the slow slide into oblivion. In other words, Morris Feldstein isn’t really ‘international terrorist’ material. And yet, a single bad decision has unexpected ramifications. When the U.S.’s newest anti-terrorism weapon – an interagency computer program capable of putting together disparate pieces of intelligence to suss out credible threats from a hundred different sources – sees this deviation from his pattern it assumes the worst, as it was programmed to do. And all of the sudden, quiet Morris Feldstein becomes Public Enemy #1.

Welcome to The Global War on Morris, a satirical look at post-9/11 America from Congressman Steve Israel. At heart, the

18 02, 2014

Review: A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger

By | February 18th, 2014|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political|Tags: , , |3 Comments


18090082Reviewed by A.D. Cole

The main character is John Gower, a 14th century poet and contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer. Gower, as Bruce Holsinger depicts him, is a deeply conflicted man. On one hand, his poetry borders on moral pretension, expressing the highest ideals of moral purity. On the other hand, Gower’s ill-gotten livelihood was obtained through the mafia-like buying and selling of secrets. He’s attained a status of respect, but those from whom he’s extorted naturally despise him.

Many powerful men are under Gower’s thumb. But Gower himself is under the thumb of only one man: his friend, Geoffrey Chaucer. Now, Chaucer is calling in the favor. It seems there is a mysterious and very important book floating around. A book that Chaucer wants. He puts Gower to the task, and at first it seems a rather insignificant assignment. But when Gower begins

16 12, 2013

Review: The Water Thief by Nicholas Lamar Soutter

By | December 16th, 2013|Categories: Contemporary, For Men, Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Political, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |3 Comments


nicksoutter_thewaterthief_front_finalReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Water Thief is a dystopian novel in the vein of 1984. Instead of a communist government that went totalitarian, there is no government at all. Everything is a part of the free market. Everything. Pure Capitalism. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’; the only thing that matters is making more money. Like 1984 it is a depressing look at an extreme of human ingenuity.

Charles Thatcher is a private citizen. Which does not mean what one today would expect. It means that he is privately owned by a corporation. Many would consider that a good thing, especially when it is one as big and as important as the Ackerman Brothers. Plenty of room for advancement. Everything is for sale, including people. You can sell your own futures to whoever you want and those futures can be traded on

5 06, 2013

Blog Tour: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

By | June 5th, 2013|Categories: Family Saga, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Political, War|Tags: , , , |7 Comments


images (3)Please join Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova

Helpless, Akhmed watches as his friend Dokka is taken by the Feds, bound for the “Landfill” from where few people return. As the Feds leave and Dokka’s house burns down to the ground, Akhmed finds Haava, Dokka’s eight-year-old daughter, hiding in the woods. For some unimaginable reason, Haava is wanted by the Feds and Akhmed knows that she is not safe in the village. Tracking around the checkpoints, Akhmed leads Havaa to an abandoned hospital where the only remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, continues to treat anyone who walks through the door.

Akhmed, a doctor himself, volunteers his services in exchange for shelter for Haava, and desperate for help, Sonja grudgingly agrees. What ensues are emotioned-filled five days

26 04, 2013

Blog Tour: The New Republic by Lionel Shriver

By | April 26th, 2013|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Political|Tags: , , |3 Comments


The New RepublicPlease join Lionel Shriver, author of The New Republic, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Jax Kepple

Edgar Kellogg has ISSUES. A lifelong “sidekick” who has never been completely satisfied with himself or with his lot in life, he abruptly quits his high-paying job as a corporate lawyer on Wall Street and decides to try to make it as a journalist. After months of rejection, he finally calls in a favor to an old high school friend he used to admire and emulate, and lands a job filling in for a reporter who has disappeared in Barba, Portugal while covering a local terrorist group.

Meeting up after the interview with his old friend Toby, who has not fared as well as Edgar would have thought, all of the resentment and feelings of

4 02, 2013

Review: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

By | February 4th, 2013|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Political|Tags: , |3 Comments


imagesReviewed by Holly Madison

Flight Behavior is a book that is guaranteed to remain with the reader long after the final page has been turned. It is a slow burning, but incredibly powerful story about the metamorphosis of butterflies, a woman’s life, and the world as we know it. Barbara Kingsolver creates a gripping tale while covering a wide variety of both social and environmental issues, including topics such as adultery, stereotypes, species extinction, and climate change.

The main character, Dellarobia, is introduced as a discontent housewife, stuck in a place where she doesn’t quite belong, desperate for a change. And in her darkest hour, the discovery of a forest of “flame” made out of butterflies lifts her despair and gives her something to believe in. Throughout the book, the plight of these butterflies that have been led astray intertwines with Dellarobia’s own

30 11, 2012

Review: Internal Security by David Darracott

By | November 30th, 2012|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Political|Tags: , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Marcus Hammond

Tom Darden is a small time reporter in Jacksonville, Florida until a bomb destroys a hotel in Daytona Beach during Spring Break. The catastrophic event awakens a need within Darden to stop being complacent with his life and make a difference with his position. He embarks on an investigation into the bombing that takes him further into the world of political conspiracy than he knew possible.

Darden’s investigation takes him from Florida to Iraq and back to the United States. As he uncovers more facts about the current government’s political practices, Darden begins to see that the Daytona Beach bombing was not just a simple terrorist attack. He uncovers a terrible plot that connects government-funded torture in Iraq to a fear-based campaign of insurrection in the United States. This revelation sends Darden deeper into a dark world that