Book Review – Domination by Jon S. Lewis

16 05 2013


By Jon S. Lewis

Thomas Nelson

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As a kid, I loved sci-fi stories. Movies and TV shows like “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and “Battlestar Galactica” fed my dreams of space travel and aliens. While those franchises have been reborn and reimagined in recent years, there are also a whole new crop of sci-fi stories aimed at young people. One of those stories is the C.H.A.O.S. trilogy by author Jon S. Lewis.

Domination is the final book in the C.H.A.O.S. trilogy, a young adult sci-fi series that follows C.H.A.O.S. Military Cadet Colt McAllister’s ongoing war against the brutal alien race known as the Thule. Throughout the series, Colt has grown from a high school student to a hero as he discovers the aliens among us. This time, he is the world’s final hope to stop the impending Thule takeover of Earth. Read the rest of this entry »


Book Review – Poe by Brett Battles and Robert Gregory Browne

9 05 2013


By Brett Battles and Robert Gregory Browne

Braun Haus Media

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Award-winning authors Brett Battles and Robert Gregory Browne have both had very successful careers as thriller writers, with legions of dedicated fans. Now, the two have combined their considerable talents, and the result is explosive.

Bounty hunter Alexandra Poe is no stranger to international security firm Stonewell International. She has rejected their overtures several times in the past, but this time, they have an ace up their sleeve – information about Alex’s father, who she has not seen in a decade.

The mission Stonewell offers Alex requires her to go behind the walls of a Crimean prison, where she must then help a terrorist escape. What is so special about this prisoner? She has recently been in contact with Alex’s father. Alex reluctantly accepts Stonewell’s offer in the hopes of discovering her father’s whereabouts. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – The Romanov Cross by Robert Masello

3 05 2013

TheRomanovCrossThe Romanov Cross

By Robert Masello


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The mystery surrounding the Romanovs has long been a popular subject for fiction writers. In recent years, the subject seems to have grown even more prevalent. At least five books that I have read in the last nine months have referenced the family in one way or another, often as a major plot point. In case you are one of the five people on the plante who are not aware of the story of the Romanovs, here is a brief summary.

The House of Romanov was the second and final imperial dynasty to rule over Russia. The family reigned from the 17th century until 1917, when the monarchy was overthrown during the February Revolution and the family was executed. For years, there have been rumors that some members of the Romanov line escaped execution and survived to secretly carry on the lineage.

Masello deftly melds the story of what happens during and after the Revolution with the main story set in the present, providing one possible scenario for how one of the Romanovs could have escaped, and the deadly, unforeseen consequences that followed. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – The Sanctuary by Ted Dekker

22 04 2013

thesanctuaryThe Sanctuary

By Ted Dekker

Center Street

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Good vs. evil. Sacrifice. Redemption. Love. These themes permeate most of the works by suspense author Ted Dekker. The Sanctuary is no exception.

A sequel to 2011’s The Priest’s Graveyard, The Sanctuary picks up 7 years after Graveyard, with former vigilante priest Danny Hansen in prison serving 50 years for two murders he didn’t commit, although he is far from innocent. Filled with remorse for the men he has killed, Danny has vowed to live the rest of his life by a code of non-violence. The love of his life, Renee Gilmore, is attempting to keep her life together without her savior — the man who is spending the rest of his life in prison for two murders she committed.

While far from idyllic, the two have settled into relatively comfortable routines in their respective lives — Danny in prison and Renee in a prison of her own making — until that normalcy is shaken to its foundations. On the same day Danny is being transferred to a new experimental prison known as Basal, Renee receives a phone call threatening Danny’s life and a box containing a severed finger in the mail. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – The Roswell Conspiracy by Boyd Morrison

4 04 2013

roswell-conspiracy-pressThe Roswell Conspiracy

By Boyd Morrison

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Boyd Morrison’s story is one that is indicative of the changes in the publishing industry over the past five years. Morrison started his writing career by self-publishing his first three novels — The Catalyst, Rogue Wave and The Ark. Through smart marketing and skilled writing, Morrison was able to carve out a large following, selling thousands of his books online. This success spurred a bidding war that ended with Morrison publishing his breakout hit The Ark with Touchstone Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

After publishing The Ark and The Vault, his U.S. publisher was not happy with the manuscript he turned in for this third Tyler Locke book. So Morrison suddenly found himself without a publisher in the U.S., although his UK publisher was more than happy to publish his next book, The Roswell Conspiracy. That left Morrison in the strange situation of being self-published in the US and traditionally published in the UK. I am very glad he was able to get the story out here in the U.S. as he again has written a fun thrill-ride of a read.

In the first two Tyler Locke books, Morrison tackled the historical mysteries of Noah’s Ark and King Midas. This time, he tackles a subject that is even more popular and written about more frequently – The Roswell Incident. As always, Morrison eschews the traditional, well-worn theories and ideas and comes up with his own unique spin on the mystery. If you think you know every theory about the Roswell Incident, guess again.

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The end is in sight!

20 02 2013

For those of you who have been longtime readers of my blog, you know I have been working on my first novel for awhile. Now, I am happy to announce that the finish line is in sight. I finally am nearing the completion. With that in mind, I have started a Facebook author page where I will share more updates as I move ahead. If you haven’t yet, I would love for you to take a look and “like” it so you can keep up to date on my progress.

Some of you have read the first chapters of an early version of the novel. If you have, much of that content remains in what will be the finished product. There have been some additions, some subtractions, some parts rearranged. Along the way, I realized there was too much back story I wanted to include but decided it probably bogged down the action in the story too much. So I have decided to break out parts of the book and create a short story and a novella which will serve as introductions to some of the characters and ideas associated with the main book. I am going to give away the short story to anyone who helps me spread the word about my novel on Pinterest.

I will post one picture a week for the next eight weeks. Each picture is a clue or somehow related to my story. The first picture appears to be a DNA helix. But is there more to it than that? At the end of the eight weeks, everyone who has re-pinned all eight pictures on Pinterest will receive the short story for free as a special thanks for your help. To receive your free short story, please email me a link ( to the board where you re-pinned my posts after the eight weeks are finished. It’s that easy. Please take a look and tell your friends.

So what is my book about? Well I don’t want to give away too much about it because there are lots of twists and turns and mysteries and conspiracies. But I can tell you in a nutshell, it involves genetics, religion, covert agencies, the origins of man and much more. And it is set in a variety of locales, ranging from India to Cuba to Columbus, Ohio and more. It involves a reporter who discovers a centuries-old secret that could shake the foundations of all of the world’s governments and religions. But is it the truth or simply part of a conspiracy? Dark forces try to keep him from uncovering the truth before they can unleash their master plan. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. It is an epic story with a large cast of characters.  The story I am telling is sure to be controversial. But I am not writing it simply to stir up controversy. I am writing it because it is the story that I have been given to tell.

I have not decided yet what publication route I will take once I am finished. I would love to try to get an agent and get it sold to a major publisher. But every author knows that is a one in a million shot. But I am going to give it a shot. What do I have to lose? If that door doesn’t open, I still have the options of self-publishing or trying to find a smaller publisher. Those are decisions I must make soon, but I haven’t quite got that far yet. Whatever route the future may have in store for me, I know that I will have my book done and available for you to read in published form or on your favorite e-reader. The timing will be determined by what publishing decision I make.

Also, I am going to be starting a separate blog dedicated to posts about my writing and my books. I will be sure to share a link once that is up and running. I will continue to post my book reviews and posts on entertainment topics on this blog.

Thanks again to all of you who have liked my Facebook page. And thanks to everyone who has read any version of the stories over the years. I appreciate everyone’s support so much. I look forward to interacting with you as I give more clues about my book and really can’t wait to hear your reactions once you get the finished product in your hands.

About me

profiuleA veteran newspaper journalist, I have spent the last five years working in marketing communications for a major small appliance manufacturer, an HR communications firm and one of the top law firms in Ohio (the latter two I currently work for). My fiance and I also run Addison’s Compass Public Relations, from which we offer writing, marketing and editing services to authors, businesses and individuals. I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1996 with a degree in journalism and a minor in economics.

Book Review – The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer

15 02 2013

Book Review The Fifth AssassinThe Fifth Assassin

By Brad Meltzer

Grand Central Publishing

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Four U.S. presidents have been assassinated while in office – Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy. What if the four assassins were all linked and working for the same cause?

This is the question Brad Meltzer tackles in The Fifth Assassin, the second book in “The Culper Ring” series. The protagonist of The Fifth Assassin, National archivist Beecher White was introduced in the first book of the series, 2011’s The Inner Circle. The Fifth Assassin picks up right where that book left off, with Beecher on the bad side of the current President of the United States. Beecher knows the president’s deep dark secrets and the POTUS is none too happy about that.

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