Welcome to the Cafe and Bookstore update with new releases, reviews and offers for authors on the shelves.
The first author today with a brand new release is John W. Howell for a supernatural adventure Eternal Road: The Final Stop..
About the book
James Wainwright picks up a hitchhiker and discovers two things 1. The woman he picks up is his childhood sweetheart, only Seventeen years older. 2. He is no longer of this world.
James began a road trip alone in his 1956 Oldsmobile. He stops for a hitchhiker only to discover she is his childhood sweetheart, Sam, who disappeared seventeen years before. James learns from Sam falling asleep miles back caused him to perish in a one-car accident. He also comes to understand that Sam was taken and murdered all those years ago, and now she has come back to help him find his eternal home.
The pair visit a number of times and places and are witness to a number of historical events. The rules dictate that they do no harm to the time continuum. Trying to be careful, they inadvertently come to the attention of Lucifer who would love to have their souls as his subjects. They also find a threat to human survival and desperately need to put in place the fix necessary to save mankind.
The question becomes, will James find his eternal home in grace or lose the battle with Satan for his immortal soul and the future of human life with it? If you like time-travel, adventure, mystery, justice, and the supernatural, this story is for you.
Other books by John Howell
One of the recent reviews for Circumstances of Childhood
Circumstances of Childhood follows the lives of Keith and Greg Petros. When Greg tragically loses both of his parents, the Petros’s decide to adopt their son’s best friend. The Petros brothers become football stars and go on to excel in high school and college. Keith is the star quarterback while Greg is the top receiver.
After a drunk driver tragically kills Keith, Greg feels guilty and responsible. Greg becomes depressed after Keith’s passing. Keith acts as a type of guardian angel over Greg and is tasked by The Leader, a mysterious spirit, to look after Greg. Greg rebounds and becomes the new quarterback. His run of success even carries over to the pros where his team wins the Super Bowl.
Greg eventually marries his college sweetheart, Terry. They have a successful marriage for many years and start a family. Greg goes into the broadcasting field for several years before starting a business career as a money manager. Just when it seems that Greg has a perfect life, everything turns around when accusations of insider trading and money laundering arise. As if that wasn’t bad enough, his marriage with Terry falls apart, and he faces the possibility of losing everything. Will Greg’s story end in redemption or sadness? No spoilers.
The next author today with a recent review is Teri Polen for The Colony Series Book One – Subject A36
About the book
If genetic engineering could guarantee you and your family perfect health and unparalleled beauty, would you pay top dollar for it? Would you kill for it?
Residents of the Colony would. And do.
Only the Insurgents can stop them.
Seventeen-year-old Asher Solomon is a premier operative with the Insurgents. He and his team have rescued countless hostages, saving them from painful deaths in Colony labs as desirable genetic traits are stripped from their bodies.
He’s also suffered more losses than anyone should have to.
Then Asher gets intel that might give his people the upper hand. The Colony is searching for Subject A36. If the Insurgents determine the subject’s identity first, they might be able to turn the tide of the war.
Asher and his team embark on their riskiest mission ever, and the stakes have never been higher. But even if he survives the physical dangers, the devastating secrets he uncovers might destroy him.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Subject A-36 is a fascinating story about genetic engineering taken to an extreme. I have done research about the not so futuristic concept of “Designer children”, where parents are able to chose their children’s characteristics from eye colour to increased IQ and sporting skills, and so the ideas in this book had the distinct ring of possibility. This made the story line very frightening.
Asher lives in a world where no-one gets sick. All people have been genetically enhanced not to get sick. The wealthy in this new society, live a privileged and sheltered life in The Colony, while the less fortunate citizens of the planet, live as outsiders constantly on the lookout for Colony soldiers. As payment for their disease free existence, the children of the outsiders, and sometimes the whole family, are randomly selected and taken to Colony laboratories where their desirable genetic traits are stripped from them and given to the wealthy. Unfortunately, the so called donors, don’t survive this process.
Asher’s family are among those taken for genetic stripping, but due to his father’s foresight, he is able to escape the soldiers and join up with another family of resistors to this oppressive system. Years later, Asher is entrenched in the resistance and is one of their key operators when the go out on missions to try to save the unfortunates who have been selected for gene stripping.
Asher is an interesting character. From the beginning of the story, the reader is aware that Asher has unusual physical traits. He is taller and stronger than other men his age and is able to get by on very little sleep. He is an intense and passionate person and is in love with Brynn, the daughter of the family he found shelter with after his own family was taken. Asher has never fully recovered from the loss of his family and feels immeasurably guilty about the fact he had to leave his two sisters behind when they were on the run from the soldiers. Asher was following his father’s instructions but he doesn’t know why his father was so determined that he escape at all costs. I really enjoyed Asher’s intensity, intelligence and focus.
Brynn is a wonderful female lead character and is a good role model for modern girls. She is strong and tough but she has retained the understanding and nurturing qualities innate to a good mother and wife. Brynn is the person who helps Asher deal with the pain of his loss and his feelings of guilt and inadequacy.
This is a fast paced book about a topical subject. The author has done her research well and the medical and bio-technical aspects are well presented and believable. Her characterisations are excellent and Ms Polen manages to spring some big surprises on her readers when characters chose the lower moral and ethical road, rather than the high one. These portrayals help make the story believable as she portrays the full range of human characteristics from greed, selfishness, ambition and heartlessness to devotion, empathy and loyalty.
I am looking forward to book 2 in this series.
Also by Teri Polen
And now for a recent review for Jack Eason, for The Magisters: Book One.
About the book
The Magisters is a science fiction story with a difference. Apart from chronicling the ultimate change of life for a select few individuals, it questions all accepted ideas by closeminded academics that leave no room for alternative thinking by some among their number. It is also about a woman born ten years after the Romans left Britannia forever and a man born in the twentieth century. Add to that everything that is currently environmentally wrong with our planet today, and you have all the necessary ingredients for an enthralling tale. Now read on…
One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads
Jack Eason has the knack to put the reader right from the beginning in the center of his story. In “The Magisters” he does it with great verve: as a reader, you accept easily that the character James, a seventy-year-old loner, suddenly awakes, not in dreary England, but in a protective sphere in Triq Hagar Qim, an ancient monument on the Island of Malta, where he meets the hooded figure Kabir, a Magister. Astonished, he notices that he has become young again and receives an intense re-education to himself become a Magister. That is the start of a whirling adventure, told with so much aplomb and bravado that you are completely hooked. Each Magister has a unique talent. James discovers that he can rejuvenate old monuments to their former glory. Soon, the whole world is in turmoil when, anywhere on the planet, old structures are transforming in what they were before their decay. That’s the beginning of a fantastic adventure, swarmed with a host of characters you’ll love to love. Jack Eason is a Magister in telling stories.
A small selection of other books by Jack Eason
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.