Friday, August 26, 2011

Wright Forbucks's Even Steven: Book One

Wright Forbucks, a self-proclaimed “ex-inventor now writing for bucks,” scribes the tale of two widowers who have tragically lost their spouses to tragic fates.  Forbucks’s writing style is incredibly entertaining, combining a suspenseful story with a hilarious cast of characters that are certain to delight readers, keeping them laughing out loud through his depictions of his protagonist’s bossy GPS system, Linda, and Mrs. Honey Bittensworth. 

When Steven Zangst’s wife suffers from a stroke and dies, Steven has trouble coping with the tragedy and retreats to the small New England town of Apple.  Conflict is no stranger for Steven and he soon finds it in Apple with his son’s first grade teacher, Mrs. Honey Bittensworth, who he immediately buts heads with; Mrs. Bittensworth begins to question Steven’s parenting skills after his son, Ronnie, breaks the “no candy” policy and eventually makes a call to Social Services, inspired by Law & Order: SVU.

Honey takes this stand, regardless of what has happened to the Zangst family, because has a true disdain for the opposite sex. It seems this dislike is especially fuelled by men being from Silicon Valley, like Steven, because these men remind her of her ex-husband, computer software designer Richard “Ditty” Bittensworth, and she considers them to be nerds. The city of Apple is shocked by only its second murder in its history when Andy McCormack is found shot in the head; McCormack’s beautiful widow, Hope, becomes friends with Steven and he enlists her help in getting his son back from Social Services.

Forbucks has gone the distance in creating some very quirky and unique characters ever assembled in a novel. Even Steven: Book One introduces readers to: Steven Zangst, an insanely rich man who more than gets even with those who get in his way in business; Mrs. Honey Bittensworth, a man-hating and manipulative elementary school teacher; Scary Mary Morgan, a foul-mouthed, cold-blooded killer; and many more, an eclectic cast that will be reprised in the second instalment of the Even Steven series.  Wright Forbucks has taken the mystery genre to a new level with his satirical approach to murder and mystery, creating a bizarre cast of characters that is certain to catch the attention of his readers and keep them laughing and intrigued throughout.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Toby Heale's Rebellion for Democracy

Toby Heale's The Rebellion for Democracy is the truly riveting account of one man's struggle to procure democracy for his nation, a pursuit that rapidly changes from one of youthful idealism to a suspenseful and dangerous minefield in which tensions are high. It is one part thriller and one part political critique, combining into one completely compelling whole. Jack Palmer is part of a group called "The Reform Group," who attempt to free the British people from the crippling burden of overbearing taxation and draconian laws, believing that the people have become slaves in their own nation.

The group achieves modest success at first, establishing an independent territory in the south of London that creates the media frenzy that they had anticipated, a glimmer of success that is quickly extinguished. Free society and free thinking must battle not only against the establishment and the intricate network in place to establish it, but also openly violent forces. From there, Jack Palmer is thrust into a world of life-threatening danger taking readers with him, as his non-violent call for reform is contaminated by the corrupt influence of a brutal government-mandated security service and a traitor with no moral bounds or conscience. There is a monster in the midst of "The Reform Group," wreaking havoc on the organization and keeping readers anxiously reading as the story unfolds, revealing abductions, misalliances, and more danger than they could have imagined.

Heale's story combines a spellbinding plot with timely themes that are relevant to our society and the tensions of the international and domestic political climates, making The Rebellion for Democracy a must-read. Toby Heale's unforgettable story makes him the voice of generation, as well as quickly establishing him as a reader favorite, appealing to readers from many genres with his tale that is as thought-provoking as it is enetertaining.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Luke Loaghan's Worlds Apart

Luke Loaghan’s Worlds Apart is a modern day version of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, putting a unique twist on the classic story, using a 1980s high school in New York City as a backdrop.  Readers will quickly be swept away by Loaghan’s story of heartache, true love, regret, indecision, guilt, and death, transfixed as the story unfolds on the page before them.  This modern day interpretation of Orpheus and Eurydice will win over readers, inevitably becoming a classic itself.

David, the sports editor of his high school newspaper, is a high school student who does not feel as though he fits in among his peers at the upper echelon high school, Stanton.  While most high school students have their fair share of problems, David has an undue burden, having to contend with the ever present problems of gangs, guns, drugs, an abnormally high death rate at his high school, and the guilt he carries from being his mother’s caretaker at the time of her death. Things take a turn for the better when David falls in love with Delancey, despite their difference in upbringings. In a twist of events, their relationship hits a snag when Delancey is taken from David and he must take on Death himself in order to get her back, steadfast in his devotion.

Whether you are a lover of Greek mythology or just enjoy a great story, Worlds Apart is a must-read.  Loaghan’s use of classic mythology and evocative themes interwoven into a compelling story line places this story above other modern-day novels, making it a true literary work and positing Loaghan as one of the great writers of our generation, leaving readers anxious for the next release from this compelling new author; if Worlds Apart is any indication of what readers can expect in the future, Loaghan will undoubtedly become a favorite among readers everywhere.

Wentworth M. Johnson's Lions and Christians

Lions and Christians is the fifth installment in Wentworth M. Johnson’s Bill Reyner mystery adventure series, bringing readers’ favorite sleuth back for another adventure.  Although he is ostensibly going on holiday to a hunting lodge in northern Ontario, Bill inevitably gets caught in the midst of a dangerous plot, discovering that his destination is not the paradise that he had anticipated.

When Bill orders room service from a beautiful Chinese girl named Tan Chu, he quickly becomes embroiled in a dastardly game of Lions and Christians.  Although he is only given murky details from Tan Chu, the hotel staff and the other guests quickly fill in the missing gaps of the story, making it clear that they are in the business of procuring humans for their guests to hunt, showing a shocking lack of regard for human life—as evidenced in the manner in which they speak about the huntees, using terms like “dispose of,” “bother,” “mess,” and “unfortunate spillage” to describe the deaths of their human prey. 

Bill presses Tan Chu for more details and she finally tells him everything; the participants call those that they kill Christians and those that kill, Lions, “because they sometimes feed live people to the real lions.”  Bill cannot help but wonder what kind of hell he has stumbled upon as he carefully constructs a plan to take the entire operation down while protecting his new girlfriend.

This fifth Bill Reyner novel is everything that readers have come to expect from the series. Exciting, suspenseful, and page-turning, readers will be at the edges of their seats as the action unfolds and the stakes of the game are raised; truly, a journey of plot twist after plot twist.  Lions and Christians inevitably leaves readers anxious for the next installment of the spellbinding Bill Reyner series, The Canadian.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bruna Slava's Sins of the Grandfather: The Little Girl in the Blue Dress

Sins of the Grandfather: The Little Girl in the Blue Dress by Bruna Slava addresses the issue of pedophilia in society, an issue that, while not as closeted as it once was, is still largely hidden, among both the abused and their families.  For Slava’s character, Claire Marie, dealing with the abuse she endured from her grandfather as a child is a lifelong journey.

Claire Marie has a recurring nightmare that she has dubbed “The Little Girl in the Blue Dress,” a dream in which she unfailingly wakes from in terror, haunted by the little girl with the big secret, sexually accosted by a man with yellow fingers.  Although she wishes that she could understand the dream, she knows in the back of her mind that she already does understand it: that she is the little girl in the blue dress and that the dream is a repressed memory.  Tormented by other dreams and hallucinations, she knows the source of the trauma, but cannot piece together full memories of exactly what transpired, a slow process that is revealed to her only in disjointed memories.

Claire Marie silently deals with her pain until she must step forward to help someone else who is suffering as a result of pedophilia, unable to find the voice to speak about what happened to her for her own sake, finding the courage only on the behalf of another.  Over time, Claire Marie’s voice becomes progressively stronger until she makes a very clear and important statement, leaving readers with an important message.  Slava’s story is an artfully rendered tale of this kind of abuse, spanning many decades to show readers how little progress society has made towards punishing those who abuse children and speaking against pedophilia, which haunts the lives of those who suffered, whether their memories are vivid or repressed.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Joanne Rypma's Know God and Love Him: Prayers with Scripture

“We are one in our mind, our heart, and our soul,” and off Rypma goes, guiding you through your connection with the Lord. Joanne brings you her original prayers, a journey toward a closer relationship with God, and a humility that resides in our deepest thoughts. She wishes for us to find a deeper level within ourselves, and thus, the blessings the Lord has to offer. Prayer is one of these fulfillments toward this bond with God.

Using her unique prayers, she also includes the Liturgical Years A, B, and C taught in her church on the weekends and scriptures from the Old and New Testaments. Rypma attended Catholic schools for years, but it wasn’t until she began focusing on her church’s Bible study classes in later years, that she was inspired to write her prayers.

Her priest would ask the parishioners of the group to volunteer morning prayers, and week after week none offered. So, she took it upon herself, after a particular class, to return home and write several prayers to God. With praise, class members told her how much they loved her prayers and how meaningful they were. Rypma was surprised that her prayers were helping the group in a very personal way, enabling them to speak freely about their personal spiritual feelings. Her priest was inspired by her work; he wanted her to publish the pieces so that others could read them, too. In that moment, she knew the Lord had given her guidance and had inspired her to continue in the writing of her book.

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and happily residing now in Florida, Joanne is a retiree from 25 years of business office employment. She is devoting her time to her new vocation and to her church. Rypma works for the Catholic Council for Women, as well as in a ministry that provides food to the underprivileged.

Know God and Love Him: Prayers with Scripture is a gift to each of its readers. Rypma delivers an eloquent and loving union between mankind and God—one that sets us free from doubt and into opportunity.