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,…

Hockey Wars 2: The New Girl
Children's Books , Review / March 2, 2019

  The Dakota Hurricanes are back for another hockey season, and there’s someone new this year! The team has already been chosen, but a late addition could change the team dynamic and the friendships and could even ruin their entire season. Mia has arrived in the small town of Dakota, throwing the girl’s hockey team into a panic. The girls don’t know anything about her—and don’t want to. But could Mia be just what the girl’s hockey team needs? The girls aren’t sure about the new girl, but the Dakota Lightning boys sure are! Will Millie lose her best friend, Cam, to Mia? Or will Millie and Cam finally take the next step in their friendship? There’s only one way to find out! Check out Hockey Wars 2: The New Girl now!   REVIEW   There’s a new kid in town! Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”—Wayne Gretzky More often than not children relate themselves with the characters of a good story. In such circumstances, reading fiction can help them to get inspiration from the characters. These stories…

What Happened to Stephan?
Children's Books , Review / March 1, 2019

  “One morning in that second-floor apartment, a boy named Stephan woke up in his room. In fact, he used to be a boy before he woke up, because when he got up from his bed, he was completely different from all the other boys. Stephan discovered this when he took a few steps and looked at the mirror hanging on the wall in his room …” An exciting adventure filled with mystery and wondering for Stephan to discover what happened to him. Three friends are involved in this mysterious incident. They have a role in everything that happens to him. This story sheds light on the issue of bullying among friends in a neighborhood or school and presents different views to each of the characters through events of excitement, mystery and sense of humor.   REVIEW   A fun-filled mystery with important life lessons… Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews More often than not children relate themselves with the characters of a good story. In such circumstances, reading fiction can help them to get inspiration from the characters. These stories often portray real life implications through anecdotes, and as such makes it easier for them to…

Surviving Cougar Mountain (Kids vs. Nature Book 4)
Children's Books , Review / February 18, 2019

  Another day, another wilderness mission. That’s life for these sixth graders. The first three missions weren’t easy, but mission number four is about to crank up the intensity and challenge them in ways they didn’t think possible. This is book 4 of the Kids vs. Nature series and continues a story that has captivated fans of the wilderness survival genre. Read the entire series! Surviving Moose Lake (Book 1) Surviving Desert View (Book 2) Surviving Horse Island (Book 3) Surviving Cougar Mountain (Book 4) ~ Future Stories ~ Surviving Crystal Cavern (Book 5) Surviving Crocodile Swamp (Book 6) Surviving Rapids Canyon (Book 7)   REVIEW   Blending elements of science, nature, and make-believe! Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Surviving Cougar Mountain is the fourth installment in the Kids vs. Nature series. It’s another exciting story that teaches not only important life lessons like teamwork and caring for each other, but also life-saving skills as well. The book is jam-packed with lots of information about nature and survival. Surviving Cougar Mountain (Kids vs. Nature) was a very entertaining read not only for my grand kids, but also for myself! Author Karl Steam writes in a wonderful style that will guarantee the attention of young…

The Shahid’s Widow: A Gripping Action Thriller of Terror, Betrayal and Unthinkable Choices
Mystery , Thriller & Suspense / February 7, 2019

  A breathtaking and fast-moving bestseller! A An officer of the Israeli General security service and his Palestinian agent are in a race against time to stop the next terror attack. Amos the Israeli, and Khalil the restless Palestinian go up against Jamil, the merciless mastermind behind massive suicide bombings in Tel-Aviv. Caught in the middle is the Shahid’s widow, a beautiful, young Palestinian woman who breaks the rules and fights for her freedom in conservative Arab society. Taking place deep within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the story moves fast; from the colorful streets of Jerusalem, to the intimidating allies of Gaza, and back to the teeming streets of Tel Aviv. The writer has given us a glimpse into a clandestine world where loyalty, betrayal and morality collide and shift with speed.   REVIEW A well-crafted action-packed thriller with perfect pacing. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Author Danny Bar weaves a gripping action-packed thriller with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a dramatic and riveting tale of terror and betrayal in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility…

Arcadia’s Children: The Fyfield Plantation
Science Fiction & Fantasy / February 1, 2019

  Continuing the story line of Arcadia’s Children: Samantha’s Revenge, this futuristic sci-fi tale brings back Mick Tarmy and a cast of characters guaranteed to create a fascinating journey to destroy a plantation dedicated to growing zuka milk, which produces a powerful narcotic street drug. The Great Ones, who use the drug to raise funds for their war against humanity, will go to any lengths to stop Mick, his cohorts Claire Hyndman and Nonie Tomio, from their mission. Journey through a world filled with aliens, robots and clones in this book that is a cracking good read for all ages.   REVIEW Another well-crafted sci-fi fantasy sequel. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Author Andrew R. Williams weaves another fantastic sci-fi fantasy with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the opening page. The author paints an exciting and adventurous story of aliens, robots and clones in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and integrity. The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s…

Memorable Christmas (A Short Story)

  On Christmas Eve, young Matthew scours for leftovers after the people of Remembrance Town go to bed. A disturbance attracts his attention and he encounters Santa and his helpers. But something is off, something’s not quite right…   REVIEW A well-crafted short story that packs a big punch! Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Author E.C. Fisher weaves a unique and spellbinding fantasy tale, with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. I enjoyed the story and dialogue, and there were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming which added genuine mystery to the story. It has been a while since I enjoyed a story this much. I’m a fan of E. C. Fisher so this short story comes highly recommended and gets a well-deserved five stars from me.   ABOUT THE AUTHOR E. C. Fisher is an emerging author who was born in Vandenberg, AFB, California. Currently, he happily writes and resides in Florida. From 2007 to 2011, he proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. Three years ago he was introduced to the writing world after a bout of inspiration drove him to write…

Fountain of Youth
Action Adventure / Spy , Shorter Reads / January 10, 2019

  45 year old widow, Amelia Martin, finds her life has fallen to pieces. Worse, she’s one of three hostages kidnapped by bandits while holidaying in the Amazon jungle. When her children refuse to pay the ransom, Amelia acquires a ruthless willpower to survive, and unexpected cold and deadly determination awakens in her to aid in her escape. Months later when she emerges from the jungle, youth and wealth on her side, did she find the legendary fountain of youth, or did she discover the woman she’d always been deep inside? REVIEW An intriguing action and adventure story. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews For thousands of years, people have searched in vain for a way to recapture their youth. The Fountain of Youth supposedly possessed the power to restore the youth of anyone who drank from or bathe in its waters… or at least that’s what legend would have us believe. Author Margaret Pearce weaves an intriguing action and adventure story with twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a philosophical tale in a very vivid and convincing way of the will to survive. It examines the…