“Phi-Town” by Eric Vinc3nt!

Hiya guys and dolls! I’ve got a new review for you today – a political contemporary thriller/adventure by author Eric Vinc3nt (yes, there’s supposed to be a number there, lol).

If you’re into conspiracy theories, political dramas, and modern-day adventures, be sure to check out the Phi-Town action!

PHI-TOWN

 Phi-Town

~Author: Eric Vinc3nt

~Released: December 25th 2017

~Length: 283 Pages

~Genres: Mystery, Adventure, Conspiracy, Adult Fiction

Pope Francis made it safely out of Philadelphia in 2015. Find out why.


Donna Modigliani, Philadelphia’s district attorney, senses a threat to a real-life 2015 event in the city hosted by Pope Francis. But when her effort to uncover it seems thwarted by a mysterious Washington official, she turns to freelance agent Tristan Boumann, a modern-day Benjamin Franklin, because Donna knows about Tristan’s uncanny knack for unraveling threats that cops and feds are prone to miss. PHI-TOWN is at once a portrait of a great city in the throes of a historic event, and a passenger-seat view of a native daughter and son’s stylish adventure in saving their beloved hometown from an apocalyptic infamy.


 About the Author

 Eric Vinc3nt

Eric Vinc3nt comes from a family of spies, and practiced the tradecraft himself in the private sector for a time. In his previous life as a musician, he was granted the ASCAP Composer Award six consecutive years in recognition of his critically acclaimed, internationally performed soundtracks for Koresh Dance Company of Philadelphia. He’s released an album of original music under the name of the central character in his Pyramider Spy-Fi series, Tristan Boumann, with the title Every Love Story Is a Spy Story, which can be found in the iTunes store.

Connect with Eric Online ~

Goodreads ~ Website

Espionage and mystery are some of the best elements to have in a novel. When paired with the obvious thrill of danger and suspense, a well written story can almost romance it’s reader with every page. It can be hit or miss to find a good one, but for me, Phi-Town was definitely intriguing and entertaining.

Set in fairly modern 2015, real-life events filled the pages, giving this tale an air of possible reality I love to see in novels. Following Donna as she turns to anyone who will help her figure out the mystery threat her gut tells her is coming to Philadelphia, and the Pope. With remnants of stories like National Treasure and any Dan Brown novel, this book had the endearing twist of the freelance genius being the unsung hero, in a way.

The writing was smooth and eloquent, as any good espionage novel should be. It was quick paced, flowed well between suspense and mystery, with elements of humor and some down-time of modern life thrown in when needed. I enjoyed the writing style, and imagine I would enjoy any novel from this author.

If you’re a fan of spy novels, definitely check this one out, and most likely it’s sequels as well – I doubt  you’ll be disappointed. I appreciate the opportunity to read this book, and thank the author for his review request.

*I was given a complimentary eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

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Have a great day! =D

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“Lesson Plan for Murder” by Lori Robbins!

Hiya guys and dolls! Check out this murder mystery!

Lesson Plan for Murder

 Lesson Plan for Murder
~Author: Lori Robbins
~Released: November 2017
~Publisher: Barking Rain Press
~Length: 228 Pages
~Genres: Adult Fiction, Cozy Mystery, Women’s Fiction, Chick-Lit
 
No one sheds any tears when overbearing English teacher Marcia Deaver is found dead in her classroom. Some staff members speculate it was a heart attack, or perhaps a suicide, but Liz Hopewell knows that no self-respecting member of the Valerian Hills English Department would kill herself without leaving behind a perfectly penned suicide note, complete with detailed footnotes and obscure literary references.
 
After the police begin investigating the death as a murder, Liz finds Marcia’s mysteriously coded lesson plans. Convinced they hold the key to identifying the murderer, normally risk-averse Liz finds herself obsessed with solving the crime.
 
Despite repeated requests to stay out of it from both her husband and the very fine-looking detective assigned to the case, Liz persists in pursuing the murderer down a sordid trail of infidelity, blackmail, and Shakespeare conspiracy theories.
 
When additional staff members are poisoned, Liz realizes that her clandestine pursuit has spooked the murderer—and she is likely next on the list. Can Liz expose the murderer before she becomes the next victim?

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“Only If” by Ariana R. Cherry!

Hiya guys and dolls! Check out this psychologically thrilling novella!

Only If

 Only If
~Author: Ariana R. Cherry
~Released: September 9th 2016
~Length: 52 Pages
~Genres: Novella, Psychological Thriller, Drama
“Only If” tells the horrific tale of Billy, who has gone crazy from sitting in a jail cell for years and blamed for the murder of his wife… Throughout the years, he relives that specific night, when he lost his beloved wife, Clara. Stuck in a jail cell, locked away from everyone who had loved him and a memory that continues to haunt him each waking day. To most, he looks and sounds to be a crazy lunatic murderer, but deep down, Billy is just a scarred man with graphic disturbing memories that carry him to the edge of his sanity. Written in a poetic epic style, “Only If” will surely entice the reader to join Billy down memory lane and experience the tragedy that brought him to this very moment in life.

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“Dreadmarrow Thief” by Marjory Kaptanoglu!

Hiya guys and dolls! Check out this epic adventure, perfect for any fan of sci-fi fantasies!

Dreadmarrow Thief

The Conjurer Fellstone, #1

 Dreadmarrow Thief
~Author: Marjory Kaptanoglu
~Released: October 9th 2017
~Length: 225 Pages
~Genres: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Young Adult

 

SEEKING LOVE, REVENGE, AND A CURE FOR DEATH…
 
In this thrilling fantasy adventure, sixteen-year-old Tessa Skye shapeshifts into a sparrow using a windrider—a forbidden magical amulet. When she accidentally reveals herself to the wicked Conjurer Lord Fellstone, the tyrant has her papa killed. Overcome by guilt and remorse, Tessa sets out for the castle to steal Fellstone’s Dreadmarrow, his most prized magical artifact, which has the power to restore life. She’s joined by Calder, searching for his lost love, and Ash, whose growing attraction to Tessa distracts from his plan to avenge his murdered twin.
 
Dreadmarrow Thief is an enchanting coming-of-age story about a girl who seeks to wield great power, only to learn it comes at a terrible price.
“The quest narrative is exciting and compelling… a work of classic fantasy.” -The BookLife Prize
 
“A novel that celebrates life and love the way only the best fantasy tales can.” -Kirkus Reviews

“An Unlikely Company” by Tyler R. Lee!

Hiya guys and dolls! Check out this epic fantasy, fit for any fan of Tolkien!

An Unlikely Company

The Nether Gate Trilogy, Book 1

 Unlikely Company
~Author: Tyler R. Lee
 
~Released: September 30th, 2017
~Length: 248 Pages
~Genres: Fantasy, Action
 
For nearly a century, the country of Oriod has been at peace. However, dark tidings now threaten to tear it all apart as an evil organization known as the Order of the Fallen Light seeks to free their imprisoned master from her cage in the Nether. Woden, a prideful half-orc, Baelor, a surly dwarf, Jokkoa, a whimsical goblin sorceress, and Amrynn, a paranoid elf and her tiger companion are thrown together by chance. With more than a bit of reluctance, the four loners stumble upon this evil plot and discover they may be the land’s only hope, much to their annoyance.

 

At the request of the wizened wizard Grindor, the unlikely company set out to find the four artifacts that defeated the order in the past before the enemy finds them first. However, not only do they have to contend with the dark forces hot on their trail, but also with the complications brought on by their own mistrust in each other. The dark mages, goblin raiders, zealot cultists, and territorial elementals may be the death of them all, if they don’t kill each other first.

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Steampunk Zombie Western Adventure! “Bodacious Creed”

Hiya guys and dolls! Check out this – wait for it – Zombie Western Steampunk Adventure. That’s right. Zombies have come to the wild west, and it’s entertaining as hell. Check it out, and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Bodacious Creed

 Bodacious Creed
~Author: Jonathan Fesmire
~Released: August 18th 2017
~Length: 370 Pages
~Genres: Steampunk, Fantasy, Western, Zombies
U.S. Marshal James Creed has known loss, starting from the untimely death of his wife and daughter in a sudden fire. His work, chasing down and arresting outlaws across the Wild West, is all he has left to live for. Then one day, in 1876, the infamous killer Corwin Blake catches Creed by surprise and guns him down.

Creed awakes after a mysterious young woman resurrects him in a basement laboratory beneath a brothel. Half alive, Creed feels torn between his need for justice and his desire to fall back into the peace of death. Creed’s instincts drive him to protect the city of Santa Cruz, California, from the outlaws it harbors while searching for Blake.


He uncovers a secret criminal organization, likely protecting Blake, determined to use resurrection technology for its own ends. The former marshal, now faster, stronger, and a more deadly shot than ever before, must work with a brothel madam, a bounty hunter, and the remaining marshals to uncover the criminal syndicate before they can misuse the machines of rebirth and create more mindless zombies. Meanwhile, he must also stop Blake, before the outlaw kills the only people he cares about.


His own death can wait.

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“The Brotherhood of the Black Flag”

Hiya guys and dolls! Check out this pirate adventure! =D

The Brotherhood of the Black Flag

 The Brotherhood of the Black Flag
~Released: September 19th 2017
~Length: 260 Pages
~Genres: New Adult, Historical Fiction
Michael McNamara, a former officer in the British Royal Navy, protected the realm from her many enemies. Now, after his unjust expulsion, he has no choice but to seek his fortune in Kingston, Jamaica. But these are pirate waters, and danger lurks around every corner. McNamara’s expertise with a sword is put to the test the day he arrives, making him a local hero. His newfound fame earns him all manner of attention, including from the enchanting Dona Catalina and the infamous Captain Stephen Reynard, a former pirate turned pirate hunter. 
 
Eager for the adventure, McNamara enlists in Reynard’s crew, joining his quest for redemption. His travels pit him against harsh seascapes, battle-hardened buccaneers, and a web of intrigue and deceit that will take all of his skill to survive. And he will be forced to choose between Catalina’s life or the lives of countless thousands.

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“State of Emergency” by Mary Hallberg!

Hiya guys and dolls! New review today, perfect for zombie and horror fans! It’s a fairly new release, but seems to be a fan favorite already! Check it out, and let me know what you think in the comments below!

State of Emergency

 State of Emergency
~Author: Mary Hallberg
 
~Released: September 26th 2017
~Length: 158 Pages
~Genres: Horror, Suspense, Young Adult
 
17-year-old Dallas Langdon is fighting off zombies with a pizza cutter.
 
Dallas has always loved zombie movies. But when she catches a real live (erm, dead) musician eating a man’s intestines backstage after the show, she knows her movies have become a reality. And what do characters in zombie movies do? Seek shelter. Fortunately, Dallas’s eccentric uncle owns a farmhouse in Chattanooga, an eight hour drive from New Orleans. It’s on top of a steep mountain, surrounded by electric fences, and cut off from the worlds of the living and the dead.
 
Dallas’s parents, still safe at home, laugh at her idea over the phone. Her friends only agree to join her because it’s fall break and they could use a mini vacation anyway.
 
But then Dallas’s best friend is killed by a zombie horde when they’re attracted to her ringing cell phone. Civilians think their reanimated loved ones simply have the flu, leaving them alive (well, undead) and rapidly increasing the zombies ranks. And since minors can’t buy guns, Dallas’s only weapon is a giant industrial pizza cutter she swipes from a gas station. George A. Romero never mentioned anything like this. With one friend dead and no zombie survival guides to help her, Dallas and her friends must get to Chattanooga before joining the ranks of the undead themselves.