I enjoyed this debut novel thoroughly, and loved how fearlessly author Allison B. Levine pushed the envelope. Levine builds a story that begins innoce...moreI enjoyed this debut novel thoroughly, and loved how fearlessly author Allison B. Levine pushed the envelope. Levine builds a story that begins innocently enough - boy meets girls in a familiar reality...but it slowly unravels into a world where time and material life lose all meaning, and good and evil preside above all else. Indeed, it is a love story...but Levine weaves a tale of a passion so wrought with malice, it begs the question: where lies the line between love and hate…or is there even a line at all? (less)
Simon Cox's Decoding the Lost Symbol is the perfect resource to round out the historical knowledge presented in Dan Brown's newest release, and bestse...moreSimon Cox's Decoding the Lost Symbol is the perfect resource to round out the historical knowledge presented in Dan Brown's newest release, and bestselling thriller, The Lost Symbol.
What Brown covers in his fast-paced narrative in breadth—Freemasonry, alchemy, Noetic Science, and symbolism scattered around our nation’s capital, among other themes—Cox covers the depth, filling in the holes and dissecting even the lesser referenced subjects in The Lost Symbol. And more important to the value of the book, the extent of Cox's research and focus on the subject matter is vividly clear in the quality of writing and inclusivity of the sixty carefully chosen topics, listed in an easy-to-reference alphabetical order. With a section of photographs and an extensive bibliography, Cox’s book will satiate Brown fans’ thirst for visual proof and authenticity of the obscure and incomprehensible.
A first-rate book by a first-rate author, Cox’s Decoding the Lost Symbol has earned its title as an “expert guide to the facts behind the fiction” of Dan Brown’s novel many times over. Five stars!
Love knows no bounds…and this is especially true for the frantic main character of The Last Generation to Die, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Charlie...moreLove knows no bounds…and this is especially true for the frantic main character of The Last Generation to Die, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Charlie Carr, who will go to any length to obtain the cure for his dying daughter’s cystic fibrosis amidst a torrent of stem cell controversy, corrupt politics, and conspiracy. Marc L. Paulsen’s novel is a quick read, written as an adapted screenplay, but doesn’t fall short on suspense, action, and its fair share of twists and turns.
The drama begins when journalist has-been, Charlie Carr, investigates the crash of a luxury private airliner, and from there follows a trail of clues to uncover a groundbreaking—and highly controversial—advance in biotechnology that could potential change the world forever. Carr, at times accompanied by the witty fellow journalist Ross Williams, or the seductive Nadia Klein, soon finds himself in the relentless pursuit of truth, justice, and, above all, hope for his daughter.
Paulsen has presented an enthralling page-turner that makes it almost impossible not to finish the book in a single sitting, yet the reader will find they are left pondering some of the most fundamental questions regarding life and death. As the story quickly progresses, Paulsen brings to light some important issues in stem cell research that may prove to be closer to non-fiction than we think. Packing a punch of car chases, explosions, and flying bullets, it’s easy to envision this novel as a hot summer blockbuster.
Paulsen’s novel flows easily, articulately, and thoughtfully with a satisfying ending. Five stars!
Crude, despicable, completely tasteless...and downright hilarious. A longtime fan of Maddox’s “The Best Page in the Universe,” I knew full well what t...moreCrude, despicable, completely tasteless...and downright hilarious. A longtime fan of Maddox’s “The Best Page in the Universe,” I knew full well what to expect on this twenty-six topic exploration of life from the raw male perspective. As a woman with a tough skin and a good sense of humor, I found Maddox’s novel no less than a work of genius. But as for the faint-of-heart…consider yourself warned.(less)