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I've just finished The Free by Willy Vlautin (http://www.amazon.com/Free-Willy-Vlautin-ebook/dp/B00GQDKBSQ/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421964569&sr=8-1&keywords=the+free ). It's a beautifully written tale that centres around carers in a hospital who have plenty of problems of their own to keep them busy. I'd say that it's a celebration of the nursing profession on one level and of human spirit on another. Terrific.
 

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Pretty please include Golden Son by Pierce Brown. It's the second book in the Red Rising Trilogy and it's a fantastic read. (first book is a tad slow, but in the end is a great read)

I gave Red Rising away to five different people for Christmas this past year! :D
 

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I just finished one that's due for a resurgence: Fadeout, by Joseph Hansen.



This guy is good. The hero is a hard-boiled insurance investigator, working in the early 70s (the first book in the series was published in 1970). Why is it timely? Because the investigator is gay. And not above busting heads. Also, great writing, great characters. I'm thrilled that it's the first in a series, and baffled that I'm only now hearing about him.
 

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A few recommendations: anything Mark Dawson writes; he has 3 series out, John Milton a burnout UK covert operative; Beatrix Rose, a former UK operative searching for her daughter; and the Black Mile series, WWII noir. Tarah Benner; The Fringe and The Defectors series; both post-apocalyptic/dystopia; and Kate L. Mary, author of the Broken World series, more post-apocalyptic dystopia with some romance. Happy reading!
 

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Touching the Wire by Rebecca Bryn.  It is confronting as it is was released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust but it is beautifully written and crafted.  It should be the next bestseller!
 

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Book Review of Backward Compatible: A Geek Love Story by Sara Daltry and Pete Clark
Reviewed by Raymond Mathiesen
4 out of 5 stars

Is there someone for everyone? Even me?

Time is passing and the Y Generation have now become young adults. During this social period computers and the Internet have become household items, at least in the Upper and Middle classes. Online gaming has now become a subculture complete with language, social activities and dress. The word 'geek' has become more a description of an alternate subculture than a derogatory term. Daltry and Clarke take us on a wacky trip into the world of computer geeks, as they follow the hectic lives of Katie Garretty and George Lindell. Will this young woman and man come together in a sweet romance, or will they be doomed to remain single forever? Does being a computer geek mean you can never have self-respect, or can these young people grow in self-confidence? Will the pair ever battle their way to the end of Fatal Destiny, the game which dominates their young lives? Backward Compatible is a romantic comedy that will entertain those who enjoy reading New Adult or Young Adult fiction.

http://goo.gl/tTgTVO Backward Compatible (Kindle ed.)
 

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I just finished One Wicked Weekend by Charlotte Russell last month and I loved it. I would strongly recommend it to fans of historical romance and I would give it 5 out of 5 stars within the romance category.

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Killebrity by James Nowlan

High rollers and fast exits…

Mike Johnson, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, has returned home to Los Angeles. Suffering from a severe case of PTSD he is unable to find work in law enforcement, so he has to settle for a job with a security agency that protects the rich and famous. He feigns an interest in developing contacts in the movie industry and becoming an actor to deflect questions regarding his psychological state.

Unfortunately for Mike, just as he begins his duties as guardian of the stars a mysterious cannibalistic cult of celebrity stalkers embarks on a campaign of terror against them. Our protagonist finds himself powerless to protect his charges from the slaughter inflicted by a foe even more relentless and resourceful than those he faced overseas. As their brutal tactics erode what little is left of his damaged psyche, contempt for his decadent masters grows within him.

About James Nowlan:
James Nowlan was born in Chicago but raised by backwoods hillbillies. Somehow he ended up living in Europe (he thinks that maybe someone hit him over the head and took him there in a sack). The only job he could find was a post as a security guard in the housing projects around Paris (a job they'd give to anyone because at the time ruthless, well organized bands of robbers were attacking armored cars with RPGs, AK 47s, and plastic explosives). These experiences served as inspiration for an autobiographical novella entitled Security. He's also written and directed Killavision, a feature length, trash gore satire of reality TV. Killebrity is his first novel.

http://goo.gl/ab5ePZ Killebrity (Kindle ed.)
http://goo.gl/ODTJMB Killebrity (Book ed.)
https://goo.gl/NwdH2x KILLEBRITY Facebook Group
https://goo.gl/1gqCpc James Nowlan's Facebook Page
 

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I've just finished Echoes of Narcissus in the Gardens of Delight by Jo Robinson. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time. She creates a world which holds the reader in thrall, a world of fantasy and harsh psychological realities. Although the main character is trapped in a loveless marriage, she shows how resourceful and tenacious the human spirit in its drive for freedom and love. The beauty of the writing is sustained throughout the book. The Amazon link is: http://www.amazon.com/Echoes-Narcissus-Gardens-Delight-Robinson-ebook/dp/B00RBRYMD6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453259361&sr=1-1&keywords=Echoes+of+Narcissus+in+the+Gardens+of+Delight
 

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Restless by Michelle Bellon

Funny, romantic, sexy…a love story.
You grow up. You get married. You have a family. At least, that's what Malea Winters believes she's supposed to do. So why is it that every time she comes close to finding that happily ever after, she runs?
When she meets Garrett Taylor, she warns him that she's not the marrying type because history has shown that long-term relationships are not her forte. She has a tendency to leave when things get too serious; the direct result of being raised by an emotionally detached mother and a stepdad with philandering ways. So she swore off men and surrounded herself with her best friends; three quirky, funny women who are facing challenges of their own.
But Garrett is everything she's ever looked for; charming, successful, fun, and sexy. Despite her better judgment, his persistence pays off and she finds herself falling for him.
Learning how to love and be loved will be the hardest lesson she's ever faced. The question is, will her relationships survive that lesson?

About the author:
Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her four children and fiancé, Seth. She loves coffee and has an addiction to chapstick. She works at a surgery center as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. She writes in the genres of romance suspense, young adult, women's fiction, and literary fiction. She has won three literary awards.


http://goo.gl/qb7brZ Restless (Kindle ed.)
https://goo.gl/S8dRO5 Michelle Bellon's Facebook Page
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Homeland by Jeff Jakes

It is an absolutely amazing historical fiction account of a German immigrant coming to the United States during the 19th century in hopes of a better life.

This book is one of the best books I have ever read.
Thanks! Haven't read any John Jakes HF in a long time.


Homeland (The Crown Family Saga Book 1)
 
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