Three Paperclips & a Grey Scarf (An Evan Davis Tale)

  Evan Davis is a writer, or at least he would be if he could finish his first book. Because the book has languished unfinished, Davis finds himself presented with an ultimatum by his agent: Take a three-month assignment as a press embed in Afghanistan or risk losing his book contract. Since the job does have a salary attached he takes it, but before departing, a friend hands Davis a hastily gathered good luck charm: three paperclips. Over the months in country, he gets to know the men of a small team of US soldiers that he is deployed with and rediscovers his muse writing about their experiences in Southwest Asia for a truth hungry American public. Davis also finds a use for each of his talismans, as they save his life and those of the men he comes to regard as his team; the soldiers who promised each other that they would all make it home in one piece.   REVIEW A swift, intriguing and compelling story that takes no prisoners Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews War is hell, for sure, but war can make for irrefutably brilliant book writing and movie-making. If you’re a…

From Within the Firebird’s Nest (An Evan Davis Tale)
Review , Thriller & Suspense / April 16, 2019

  Most people think the Cold War ended when the Soviet Union collapsed. Though the USSR may have been beaten, their war infrastructure and resentment didn’t simply go away. What if there were still secret weapons systems in place and angry old men eager to set them off? In From within the Firebird’s Nest, former KGB official Sergei Kirill Mikhailov revives a secret biological weapon: the Crimson Firebird. His aim is to strike a devastating blow to the United States while pinning the blame on an impressionable young Arab man, thus initiating a global crisis. Meanwhile, one of Sergei’s former colleagues is scrambling to stop the weapon from being deployed and recruits an unlikely team that includes his son (now a banker in Oklahoma), a former Stasi agent, and an American writer named Evan. Together they must shed light on foes hiding in the dark and save the world from unthinkable destruction. Crypto codes, numbers stations, and sleeper agents all factor into this ultra-high-stakes story of international intrigue. The Cold War gets a little warmer with each page, and all the animosity from the past builds and finally bursts in a shocking conclusion.   REVIEW A compelling and gripping thriller that…

Rising Crow by K. L. Byles
Review , Westerns / April 16, 2019

  It’s said of Jim Morgan, he can kill you before you can blink and won’t blink as he does it. Called Thunder Crow by the Apache, like the thunder, men fear and respect him. As thunder portends the storm, the report of Jim’s rifle heralds another outlaw lying dead in the dust. Sentenced to hang at fifteen for a murder he didn’t commit, he sits on the makeshift bed in his jail cell and thinks. He realizes he wants meaning to his life, and doesn’t waste time lamenting that the next day, March 15, 1870, may be his last on earth. All he wants now is a chance to live and prove that his existence isn’t some joke or folly of fate. Never having known kindness, Jim unflinchingly faces bullets and torture, but cringes at a gentle touch. He ferociously hides parts of himself and his past to avoid the condemnation and gasps, should those around him learn the secrets of his origin, or view the scars he would rather die than reveal. To Jim, everything comes at a cost, but what he doesn’t realize is he’s the one setting the price. Rising Crow is the first in a…

The Virtual Lookalike
Review , Science Fiction & Fantasy / April 13, 2019

  Somewhere in Israel, a mysterious explosion underneath the massive, recently-built Taylor Institute obliterates the building and triggers a search and rescue that uncovers strange and unexpected events. Four men tasked with solving the mystery join forces on a quest of epic proportions. What follows is a deep spiritual search and discovery that has the potential to shatter our beliefs of our world and our universe. As the men try to unearth the clues that may lead to the missing scientists’ disappearance, a powerful and unique set of computers is discovered. Through the use of these machines the men, with the help of computer experts, try to recreate the last moments before the explosion. What they discover instead will shock and transform them. Israel, a mysterious explosion: * Just what were the scientists trying to create in their secret lab? * Did they succeed? Follow the team, led by Arik and Yaron, and overseen by the powerful Mr. Taylor, as they uncover clues to solve the grand puzzle, and embark on a thought-provoking journey of self-discovery that applies to everyone who has questions about our universe. The Virtual Lookalike is a fascinating philosophical science-fiction novel, in which the invention of a…

Yasmin’s Beginning (Dreamworld Book 1)
Fantasy , Review / April 12, 2019

  Sometimes the love of your life could be your worst nightmare Yasmin had a very vivid dream about her prince charming. She knew exactly who he was, could describe his “shining armor” and could picture her life with him in detail. When her dream came true and David walked straight into her classroom, she was sure that this is the beginning of her very own “happily ever after” story, but to her dismay, strange and scary things started to happen soon after. Confused and frightened, Yasmin tries to figure out what David has to do with all this, before it’s too late.   REVIEW In recognition of a talented young author who sadly passed away. Forty-some years ago my uncle gave me a science fiction anthology. It was a thick red hardback that I read from cover to cover. It inspired a lifelong love of the genre. The stories in that book made me think outside the box. They filled me with awe for the imagination it took to write them. That book still remains in my collection today. The title is OMNIBUS OF SCIENCE FICTION, edited by Groff Conklin, a well-known and prolific editor of the genre. It…

Will of a Tiger by Iris Yang
Historical fiction , Review / April 11, 2019

  Sworn brothers—one American, one Chinese—captured, imprisoned, tortured. Survival is just the beginning of the battle… In 1942, Birch Bai, a Chinese pilot, and Danny Hardy, a downed American pilot, become sworn brothers and best friends. In the summer of 1945, both airmen’s planes go down in Yunnan Province of China during one of many daring missions. They are captured, imprisoned, and tortured by the Japanese for information about the atomic bomb. Just days before the end of WWII, Danny makes an irrevocable decision to save Birch’s life. For Birch, surviving the war is only the beginning of the battle. He must deal with the dreadful reality in China—the civil war, the separation of the country, the death of one friend in the Communist-controlled Mainland and another under the Nationalist government, and his wrongful imprisonment in Taiwan. From Chungking to Yunnan, and from Taiwan to San Francisco, the sequel to Wings of a Flying Tiger takes readers along on an epic journey.   REVIEW   A must-read for those who love historical fiction. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews In this sequel to ‘Wings of a Flying Tiger’ author Iris Yang weaves another well-crafted historical fiction. Skillfully constructed,…

Wings of a Flying Tiger By Iris Yang
Historical fiction , Review / April 9, 2019

  World War Two, Japanese occupied China. One cousin’s courage, another’s determination to help a wounded American pilot. In the summer of 1942, Danny Hardy bails out of his fighter plane into a remote region of western China. With multiple injuries, malaria, and Japanese troops searching for him, the American pilot’s odds of survival are slim. Jasmine Bai, an art student who has been saved by Americans during the notorious Nanking Massacre, seems an unlikely heroine to rescue the wounded Flying Tiger. Daisy Bai, Jasmine’s younger cousin, also falls in love with the courageous American. With the help of Daisy’s brother, an entire village opens its arms to heal a Flying Tiger with injured wings, but as a result of their charity the serenity of their community is forever shattered. Love, sacrifice, kindness, and bravery all play a part in this heroic tale that takes place during one of the darkest hours of Chinese history.   REVIEW   A well-crafted historical fiction with a distinctly cinematic feel to it. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Wings of a Flying Tiger by Iris Yang is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel, with brilliantly drawn characters driven by…

A Means to an End (A gripping emotional page-turner with a twist you’ll never see coming)

  Raymond had known hardship from a very early age. He witnessed his mother’s suicide and his father’s alcoholism. Throughout his teenage years he had suffered pain and neglect and swore to make something of himself – whatever the cost. Driven by ruthless ambition and a passion for cooking almost as strong as his passion for women, he became a chef. But he wanted more. Diane, a girl he met at a nightclub, seemed the answer to his prayers. But he didn’t account for Madge, her mum. No one was good enough for her beautiful little girl. And she would stop at nothing to get rid of him. How could he win her over? And how far would he go to satisfy his ambition and greed? A tale of love, loss, lust, about what people will do to satisfy their needs, and how it can make or break them.   REVIEW Vividly drawn characters driven by intoxicating and dangerous desires. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews A Means to an End by Peter Martin is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel, with brilliantly drawn characters driven by love, loss and lust. The author weaves a well-crafted…

Awaken Your Love Life: How to revive your relationship and fall in-love AGAIN with your partner
Review , Self-Help / April 3, 2019

  How to revive your relationship and fall in-love AGAIN with your partner A unique and practical guide that will enable you to improve your marriage and turn it into a vibrant and fulfilling relationship, like it used to be! Dr. Orit Arbel shares her knowledge and experience and gives six essential tools to be used by partners, so they can go back to feeling love, be happy, get past old arguments and re-dance the “couples dance”. These tools will teach you new and exciting strategies for making your relationship work: 1. The Art of Matching Needs and Expectations in Couples 2. Similarities and Differences: How did the prince of my dreams become a frog overnight? 3. Compassionate Communication 4. The Power of Forgiveness 5. The Dance of Intimacy and Adaptation 6. The 13 Keys of Partnership Success Dr. Arbel has been a couple’s therapist for the past 30 years and has developed an extremely fast and efficient model called The Marathon Method, which has been accepted by the World Congress Library in Washington as an international counseling method. This method enables the process of counseling couples and individuals to be shortened, by identifying the source of the problem, understand…

Talamk an Eisc: Nordic Landing: Book One of the Celtic Rings Series

  One thousand years ago, Norsemen sailed across the Atlantic from the Emerald Isle in search of new lands. They found Talemk an Eisc, rich in timber and farmland. But war with the native population raged for thirty years. Now a fragile truce has been put in place, but forces are seeking to reignite the conflict, and a killer stalks the land. Now four very different people – a Farmer, a Merchant, a Warrior and a Thief – must work together the preserve the peace. But how can they, when no one trusts the other? Based on a historical account of Vikings traveling to Newfoundland, this tale features fantasy, adventure, suspense, and plenty of action!   REVIEW A well-crafted action-packed adventure! Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Author K.D. Carter weaves a well-crafted historical fantasy. The story had every element a good story should have. A solid and captivating plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s plenty of imagery in the writing style that makes you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book. The book…