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Flight of the Fox by Gray Basnight

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Flight of the FoxProfessor Sam Teagarden never expected what happened one weekend as he was relaxing on his sundeck: the appearance of an armed drone over his head. He managed to escape but had to witness the death of his beloved pet and his 11-year old neighbor. Teagarden is forced to go on the run, carrying with him a mysterious document sent to him by an old acquaintance only days before: an encrypted FBI file dating back more than 50 years. There was a note with the file challenging Teagarden to see if he could decipher it, just for fun. Unfortunately, the file contains secrets the FBI wants to remain buried and they know the file was sent to Sam. A black ops team is dispatched to eliminate the threat and the resulting chase will run the length of the Eastern seaboard. The information in the file could turn American history on its head. The question is, would Americans prefer total transparency or blissful ignorance?

The Northeast Quarter by S.M. Harris

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Northeast QuarterA birthday celebration changes their lives.

Colonel Wallace Carson is looking forward to his granddaughter’s birthday party. Now that is it 1918, Ann is ten-years-old and feels special that she shares her birthday with the country.

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During the family gathering, the Colonel gives advice to his heir, Ann, to always protect the Northeast Quarter of the family land. The Colonel started his estate in that part of Winfield, Iowa and expanding his property as he prospered.

Shadow War: A Tom Locke Novel by Sean McFate

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Shadow WarMeet Tom Locke, Army Vet and employee of Apollo, a highly successful military contractor who gets the tough jobs done. His boss pulls him off a mission in North Africa and sends him to Eastern Europe to rescue a businessman that some in the US Government want to use to make a stand against Russia and Putin in Ukraine. The mission is to take back a natural gas facility from mercenaries hired by Russia to take it over. Putin is determined to retake the former Soviet states lost after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Recapturing Ukraine would be a big step in completing that goal. The mission gets more complicated though when Locke runs into a former lover and his team casualties start adding up. Locke realizes that the very balance of world politics could rest on his success or failure and he is determined to see it thru to the end.

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The Sins of the Father: A Derek Stillwater Thriller (Volume 5) by Mark Terry

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Sins of the FatherDerek Stillwater enjoys living on his boat. Life this way requires constant upkeep which almost compensates for the peacefulness. That changes when he receives a package. Unfortunately, the letter begins, “If you are reading this, I am dead.”

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Derek immediately calls Tom Ross, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security requesting an immediate and indefinite leave of absence. He works with preventing and investigating biological and chemical terrorism attacks.
Next, his call is to his travel agent to arrange for his upcoming trip to Moscow.

Author Publicity: Before and After Being Published

For the majority of authors, the work that goes into completing a book is often written off as a labor of love. Regardless of passion though, completing a book isn’t the only job an author has to tackle. In fact, the average author usually becomes a jack-of-all-trades, acting not only as a writer, but also a researcher, editor, and proofreader too!

If that wasn’t hectic enough, many publishers in the industry leave a lot to be desired as well. Instead of assuming responsibility for the majority of publicity-related tasks, many publishers expect authors to handle the bulk of their publicity themselves. Why are publishers hired if they’re not doing a complete job? As unfortunate as it may be, many authors have stepped up, finding that DIY publicity is actually quite easy nowadays.

A Pitying of Doves: A Birder Murder Mystery by Steve Burrow

A Pitying of Doves

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Chief Inspector Domenic Jejeune is one of the most interesting protagonists I’ve run across in crime fiction. Though he has an excellent “solve” rate in his department, his methods are unorthodox to say the least. Sure, I know there are plenty of detectives in crime fiction that regularly run afoul of their superiors, but while Jejeune does do that, the thing that puts him in his own little category is that it is abundantly clear to everyone around him that he really does not enjoy his job. His mind, and especially his heart is out birding most of the time. Instead of being a copper, he would much prefer to be in bird research as a career. So with his overwhelming interest in the field one would think the murder of just such a person in her aviary would hold his interest. But in this case, the problem as his superiors see it, is that he can’t get past the birds.

The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page (Review #2)

The Body in the Birches

Reviewed by Vickie Dailey

The Body in the Birches is the 22nd installment in the Faith Fairchild mystery series. This is the first novel that I have read in the series. I thoroughly liked it.

There are many characters in this book including Faith’s family and a large supporting cast. It is the Fourth of July weekend on Sanpere Island. Paul Mitchell has been tasked by his late wife to pick the family member most likely to take care of their family estate. Most of the family believes they deserve the inheritance. After the Fourth of July fireworks, Faith discovers her first body of the story – the maid from the estate.

A Private Face by Annie Henry

A Private Face

Reviewed by Dianne Woodman

A Private Face is a heartfelt story about a rebellious teenager and a loving mother who never gives up hope that she can get her son to alter his impertinent attitude and stop making bad choices that get him into trouble both at school and at home.

Kate’s life has been turned upside down. She has recently separated from her husband, Simon, and her sixteen-year-old son, James, is testing the boundaries of her patience with his rebellious behavior. When Kate and Simon attend a parent-teacher conference at James’s high school, they find out that James has been skipping classes and not turning in his homework. James blows it off as no big deal to his parents’ consternation. Kate is unsure how to get James to change his behavior, especially since her eighteen-year-old daughter, Isabel, never gave her any problems while growing up. Will James straighten up if she and Simon get back together? Does she even want to?

Rock With Wings by Anne Hillerman (Review #2)

Rock with Wings

Reviewed by Dianne Woodman

Rock with Wings is the second book in an exciting and captivating series featuring the husband and wife team of Bernie Manuelito and Jim Chee, who are both Navajo Nation police officers in the American Southwest.

Bernie and Chee drive from their home in Shiprock to Monument Valley for a short vacation. However, it is interrupted when Bernie finds out her sister has disappeared and left their frail mother at home alone. Bernie goes home to deal with her family crisis, and Chee stays in Monument Valley to help his cousin, who is in the final steps of launching a tourism business.

The Brightness of Heaven – A New Play by Acclaimed Author Laura Pedersen

Over the last few years, in addition to her novels (Fool’s Mate, etc.), nonfiction books (Buffalo Gal; Buffalo Unbound; Plains, Trains and Auto-Rickshaws) and children’s picture books (Ava’s Adventure; Unplugged) Laura has branched out into theater.

The new production of Pedersen’s play The Brightness of Heaven. It will be presented Off-Broadway with a new cast at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre from October 16th to December 14th. This is exciting news for anyone who lives in — or will be visiting — the New York area this fall. Here’s the official details.

The Brightness of Heaven
A New Play by Acclaimed Author Laura Pedersen

Directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser

At the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre (38 Commerce Street, Manhattan)

October 16 – December 14, 2014

The Kilgannons are a typical Irish family in 1974 Buffalo. However, the world is changing fast, the generation gap is widening, and the future is up for grabs. Will the Kilgannons find the serenity to accept the things they cannot change and the wisdom to know that what needs changing most is sitting around the dinner table? THE BRIGHTNESS OF HEAVEN is a witty drama about Family, Faith, and the ties that bind — sometimes too tightly.

Recommended Ages: This is a witty drama that may be inappropriate for anyone under the age of 10.

Ticket information and more about the cast and crew can be found online at http://thebrightnessofheaven.com.