A Glitch in the System

A Glitch in the System by Adam Aust

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Off the Hook

Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure by John Arvai III

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Telonaut: (Teloverse Series) (Volume 1) by Matt Tyson

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5 Days to Landfall

5 Days to Landfall by Robert Roy Britt

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Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure by John Arvai III

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Off the Hook:  A Christmas Ornament AdventureWhy do we have ornaments on a Christmas tree?

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Is the reason decoration? Many trees combine ornaments given as remembrances of family members or memorable events.

Would you be surprised to discover that there is a purpose for the decorations, probably one that has been kept a secret from you?

On Christmas Eve, while most people are asleep and dreaming, each ornament diligently goes to work. It is the ornaments responsibility to fix the tree lights, tighten screws on the tree stand, and even guard the cookies and milk from pets. This annual event requires each decoration to be “off the hook.”

The star on the top of your tree is different and not an ornament. All the ornaments cooperatively work together to activate the star which is a location transmitter lighting each rooftop to be seen only by Santa.

This year the Thompson family has a problem. They just don’t know that it exists. During their annual Christmas Eve party, the family cat somehow toppled the star, falling into an empty gift bag which Aunt Connie brought to her home.

Once she discovers the star, she believes it is a gift to decorate one of her many trees. What will happen to the Thompson children when Santa is missing their home? Without a location transmitter, how will their home be found?

How can their Christmas be saved?

How can the family’s ornaments possibly save Christmas for the children?

Off the Hook is a wonderfully creative story with the illustrations perfectly matching the text into a logical and well-organized original Christmas story for children of all ages. Numerous themes surround this short book such as cooperation, friendship, prejudice, stereotypes, diligence and doing not what is easiest, but what is the right thing.

Surprisingly, each ornament is an independent character with an individual personality humanizing each and even revealing a little of every person’s hidden prejudices and biases.

The colorful illustrations perfectly match the text entrancing readers from as young as 2 to 102 focusing on the individual ornaments and the children.

When not being a US Army veteran, an IT professional, husband, and father of three children, the author enjoys hockey and using his imagination to create a beautifully original story.

This enchanting Christmas novel is available as an e-book or a paperback.
Off the Hook is a wonderful Christmas story that will endure the test of time becoming a new family traditional story to be shared with generations.

A Glitch in the System by Adam Aust

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

A Glitch in the SystemDebuting as a compelling and uncompromisingly good read, Adam Aust’s A Glitch in the System brings readers the forefront of the thriller genre with its riveting merging of sex, mystery and legal intrigue that has a dominatrix racing against time and the odds to solve an engulfing mystery that is completely destroying her life.

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In a particularly fascinating and intriguingly creative narrative, author Aust treats his readers to a gripper of a story that successfully flows with the spine tingling continuity similar to other well-known thriller writers like John Grisham. The story is steeped in a plot infused with cleverly planned and flowing twists that lend to this being an adventurously scintillating read that you want to finish in one sitting.

The Millennial Reincarnations (The Millennial Trilogy) (Volume 1) by Daniel Mark Harrison

Reviewed by Suzanne Odom

The Millennial ReincarnationsDaniel Mark Harrison’s book, begins with a forward explaining about China’s five different types of leaders. Reading this proved very helpful in understanding the rest of the novel which tended to jump from character to character throughout the book. It’s a collection of stories set in the time frame of 1990 – 2014 with a variety of interesting characters and story lines.

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The beginning tells of a man driving through New York City with his 14 year old daughter, Alyssa, and her friend. Tragically and unexpectedly, they are involved in a horrible car accident and the two young girls are killed.Thus begins a story whose characters are so interwoven amongst each other, and a story that asks the popular question, “Why are we here?’.

Telonaut: (Teloverse Series) (Volume 1) by Matt Tyson

Reviewed by Teri Davis

TelonautSero Novak’s current age is forty-six years old. However, he was born one hundred seventeen years ago. For the missing sixty-nine years, he was just code – a spider map – on a permaDrive, waiting for a body.

Currently, he is occupying his eleventh human body.

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Sero is the lead Telonaut auditor, whose responsibility is to evaluate the space colony of NineDee. As the auditor, he lives on a wet world planet while assessing construction progress and getting to know the residents and their aspirations..

Attitudes have changed substantially over the past centuries. Back in the twentieth century, people hoped their children would have better lives. People worked hard so that their kids could have a better life. Everyone competed to have more than their neighbors. This philosophy just didn’t work with so many people losing out in a competitively structured society and after the final global financial crisis, the world crumbled.

5 Days to Landfall by Robert Roy Britt

Reviewed by Teri Davis

5 Days to LandfallLiving along the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina, most people know how to prepare for hurricanes. Their communities understand the potential disaster and work well to minimize the amount of damage to the communities. They know that nature always wins. These communities almost can write a book about storm preparedness including evacuations.

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Chaos: A Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell

Reviewed by Suzanne Odom

ChaosBestselling author Patricia Cornwell’s beloved medical examiner Kay Scarpetta is faced with one of her most bizarre cases yet. She and her investigative partner, Pete Marino must solve the mystery.

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On an unusually hot autumn night in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kay and Pete are called to the scene of a dead bicyclist. The young woman appears to have been struck by lightning, but the strange thing is that there were no storms that night or lightning strikes at the time of her death. She seems to have been attacked mysteriously with super human force.

Walking the Dead by Heather Graham

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Walking the DeadThis starts in Switzerland in 1816 when a group of well-known artists gather at the castle of a friend. It is to be a sociable, maybe some working, time for folks like Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and Claire Godwin. Henry Hubert was the host and at the end of the little get-together he announces that he too is an artist. He also announces that he is going to begin “painting with blood” to hopefully cover much of the dark despair of the castle.

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The story then moves to the present day and is basically located in New Orleans where a family has been found slain. It was a man, his wife, her mother, father, and her aunt. They are strewn through the house and appear to be stabbed and sliced up with a knife and possibly a sword.

Tool & Die: A Home Repair Is Homicide (Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery) by Sarah Graves

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Tool  & dieSeems as though Jacobia, the little lady heroine in this one, spends as much time solving murders up in Maine as she does repairing/restoring houses which is her supposed interest. But that second calling is good for the little town she lives in as it is for the readers of this story.

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Although a little wordy in places it is a good overall mystery as Jake (as she is called) and her friend Ellie go about finding out who killed Jim Diamond and why. Jim was the husband of Bella who is an overly ambitious house cleaner who works for Jake. Bella and Jim were supposedly separated but she believes that he or someone is sending her threatening messages. When Jake and Ellie go to see Jim about the quandary they find that he has been killed by someone supposedly hitting him with an oversize frying pan.

Home by Harlan Coben

Reviewed by Allen Hott

HomeThis time both Myron Bolitar and Win Lockwood are very deeply into trying to find out what happened to Win’s nephew, Rhys. Ten years ago when Rhys was six years old he and a playmate, Patrick Moore, were supposedly kidnapped. However nothing has ever been heard of either of them as far as ransom or bodies found someplace or anything.

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Now Win has received a phone call telling him the boys are in England. He takes off to begin the search and calls Myron for help. Myron is somewhat at a loss as he hasn’t seen Win in almost a year and also because Myron is within a very short distance of getting married! Yes after all these years and various girlfriends Myron is now ready to settle down with this latest love, Terese.

Deadline by John Sandford

Reviewed by Allen Hott

DeadlineBack out in Minnesota where Virgil Flowers, an agent for the state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is at first looking into dognapping possibilities in Trippton. One of his fishing buddies, Johnson Johnson (yep that is his real name), called him to relate how the community was up in arms because somebody or actually several somebodies had been snatching up dogs on a very large scale. They were taking hunting dogs (which really upset most of these outdoor folks) and even house pets. Rumor was that the dogs were being sold to a various establishments. Some went to people looking for hunting dogs, some to families for pets and even some to schools and such for experimental reasons and vet training classes.

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Hide Away: An Eve Duncan Novel by Iris Johansen

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Hide AwayThe lady writes good thriller type stories often with Eve Duncan and her guy, Joe. And they always seem to get into some pretty difficult situations because of Eve’s forensic sculpting background. One thing that is also always evident is the idea of ghost like folks who converse with the main characters to some degree. And also all of Eve’s family which grows with each book is forever indebted to her and each other. Everyone is thankful and responsible for one another almost to an unbearable degree sometimes.

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In Hide Away Eve is now caring for Cara Delaney whose sister had been killed and then her traveling caretaker Elena was also killed. Cara and her sister were daughters of one of the major drug lords in Mexico and while they were running from the gangsters Eve and Joe had stepped in and gotten caught up with caring for Cara. Eve had done a forensic sculptor of Cara’s sister from a photo which is how she began her association with Cara (about one book ago in Johansen’s chain).