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I grew up in Texas in the seventies, and although I really wanted to go into writing and film from an early age, my parents (Cuban-American) were NOT on board.

They believed there were only three acceptable career paths for a male child: doctor, lawyer, and architect.

After a disastrous first year of college pre-Med (too much fun, not enough study), I ended up getting a BA in philosophy (not acceptable), then I went to law school (salvaging the family name).

In law school, I was lucky enough to be selected for law journal and my articles have been cited by courts and recognized on the National Law Journal’s “Worth Reading” list – which for law is like a top review in the New York Times (pretty cool).

After ten years as a trial lawyer, I decide
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J.K. Franko Interesting question Hannah! I will say this. I grew up Catholic. Over the years, I've studied (and by that I mean academically—in university) Buddhis…moreInteresting question Hannah! I will say this. I grew up Catholic. Over the years, I've studied (and by that I mean academically—in university) Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism, as well as the Reformation (both from a religious perspective as well as historical and sociological). So, as far as my writing goes, it does have a lot of different religious influences. And those spill over into the different concepts of justice that are presented in my books.(less)
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J.K. Franko J.K. Franko said: " Volume II of the Baroque Cycle focuses more on the evolution of currencies and markets, while still keeping to the historical context and characters from Book I.

Jack and Eliza's story continues to develop, though on separate trajectories, which Step
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J.K. Franko J.K. Franko said: " I have reviewed all three books in this trilogy.

If you are starting with this review (of Book III) by mistake—feel free to go to me review of Book One, but I can save you the time by simply saying that you should read them all—the Baroque Cycle is a
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"Una trama interesante y llena de giros en la que el autor nos plantea la idea de que cualquiera de nosotros, con una motivación lo suficientemente fuerte, podemos convertirnos en un asesino.

Cuando los protagonistas de esta novela pierden a su hija " Read more of this review »
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"Very very good. Written like a literary thriller. Lex talionis. "
Ojo por ojo by J.K. Franko
"Bastante entretenido y un enfoque diferente al habitual. Lo curioso es que me costó entrar (el principio es algo lento para mí), me encantó la parte intermedia y me dejó algo frío el final. Sea como sea, se nota que el escritor conoce los entornos de" Read more of this review »
Eye for Eye by J.K. Franko
"Eye for Eye is an engaging murder mystery that kept me hooked from the very first line: 'When I try to piece together how this whole mess began, a part of me thinks I may have started over thirty years ago.' What a first line and it just gets better " Read more of this review »
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This a a road trip adventure trope layered on top of an alien invasion, parallel universe trope with Mary Sue and Marty Stu protagonists.

Koontz puts together an "A Team" (and yes, it includes a dog—Watchers fans) to fight and kill bad hum
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I LOVED the concept behind this book—a very clever set up for a ghost story. (view spoiler)
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I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
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I am currently on a ghost story/horror binge. I Remember You is a more recent publication (2014) and has some strengths that make it worth the read.

Sigurðardóttir succeeds in creating a very creepy atmosphere. The ghostly apparitions are sca
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A solid crime thriller.

A great deal of suspense, with plenty of twists to keep you engaged. Overall, well written (view spoiler).

I didn't feel very connected with Roy
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Solid 4 stars.

Strengths. This is truly a ghost story, pure and simple. No psychological thriller elements. No Turn of the Screw style "is the narrator going mad" doubts. The premise for the haunting is legit. The ghost sightings are reality-tested by
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“You see, there are no pretty pink flowers in the woods at night.”
J.K. Franko, Eye for Eye

“Then, like magic, it seemed like the universe provided a solution. And I thought—okay, this is how. This will work. There’s hope—light at the end of the tunnel. A silver lining, you know?” Roy shook his head. “Fuck. I was so stupid. I was too proud to realize that there was no way it could ever happen. That there couldn’t be a happy ending for us. It was just a set-up. You see, the universe still had accounts to settle. And Susie and I, we were way overdrawn.”
J.K. Franko, Tooth for Tooth

“Our world is not safe. It is a toxic swamp populated by predators and parasites. The odds are stacked against us from the moment of conception. We survive only because we fight the elements, hunger, disease, each other. And, although civilization promises us safe harbor, that promise is a fairy tale. Only the storm is real. It comes for each of us. And we cannot win. We can only choose how we will suffer our defeat.

We can meekly take our beatings, and die like lemmings, finding solace in the belief that we shall one day inherit the earth.

Or, we can plunge into the chaos with eyes wide open, taking comfort instead from the bruises, scars, and broken bones which prove that we fought to live and die as gods.”
J.K. Franko, Life for Life

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“You see, there are no pretty pink flowers in the woods at night.”
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“She looked to Roy as though she lived in Oz, in the land of color, like she carried it with her everywhere she went. When they began dating, he found that her energy was the perfect counterpoint to the world into which he sank at regular intervals, that black and white Kansas that he inhabited.”
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“Outlier complacency' is a heuristic that allows a person to enjoy the thrill of danger associated with the possible negative outcome of an activity or event because they take comfort in the reality that the likelihood of an actual negative outcome is statistically low.”
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