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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at fadingshadows40@gmail.com

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Power of Loneliness

The Power of Loneliness (Self-Help)
By Joy Kim
Independent Publishing Platform
ASIN # B0782W9ZFP
Price $0.99
57 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

In this self-help book, we are introduced to Narae and a doctor discussing the problems of loneliness. Written is a fiction formula of a patient discussing a problem with her doctor, but offering a guide to help fight against loneliness. It explores how to fit in with others, so that loneliness is not a burden.

Highly recommended for those who may be suffering from the feelings of loneliness. This book will help the reader come to terms with themselves and accept their loneliness as not a problem, but a way to deal with it on a healthy plain.

Tom Johnson

Author of THE MAN IN THE BLACK FEDORA

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Invisible Investigation

#1 Best-selling novel in France The Kennedy assassination is considered to be THE crime of the 20th century - a modern-day myth. Do you believe the official version, or the conspiracy theories? Whatever your opinion might be, this suspense novel will captivate you, from its opening pages to its surprising conclusion. Just try to guess what happens! Summary: Joshua Mandley finds himself entrusted with the delicate mission of carrying out a new investigation into the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, using the most modern and innovative investigative techniques. Working with Mei Wang, an expert on the JFK affair, the investigators set off in search of the truth. But there appear to be people with unknown intentions who want to hinder their work . . . From the skyscrapers of New York to the rural landscapes near Dallas, the two investigators are thrown into a remarkable hunt for clues - and risk their own lives in the process. Will they succeed, 54 years after the fact, in solving this fascinating mystery that still haunts America? About the author: Lionel Touzellier is a French author who specializes in mystery novels and thrillers. Fascinated by the Kennedy assassination, he studied it for several years before writing the Invisible Investigation.


The Invisible Investigation (Historical Fiction)
By Lionel Touzellier
Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN #978-1973362579
Price $19.50 (Paperback)
Price $0.99 (Kindle)
379 Pages
Rating 5-Stars


Joshua Mandley, a nanotechnologist is brought in to use high tech to study the material left over from the crime scene of the assassination of our 35th President. Assisting him is Professor Mei Wang, a psychologist and JFK expert, among other interests. No sooner than the two are thrown in together than an unknown team of special trained men infiltrate the secured building and steal Mandley’s research. There appears to be several groups following them, and they don’t know who they can trust. The Russian SVR and American CIA are certainly in the mix, as is the FBI. But is the a mysterious group behind the ploy to uncover their investigation, or to stop their investigation? Then they meet elderly millionaire, Roy Harrison, who was present at the assassination, and maybe knows who was behind the murder. Unfortunately, he is killed before he can reveal the truth, but has left a string of clues for Mei Wang to follow, and it’s a race against time to see which group gets to the answer first. So, who was behind the assassination? Read the book and find out.

I have read many books on the assassination, and the conspiracies behind the murder of JFK, but I think this is my favorite book on the subject so far. First, the main characters capture the readers, and pull them into the story. To be truthful, the roles switch and Joshua Mandley becomes Mei Wang’s assistant not long after the story begins, as his nanotechnology is secondary to Mei Wang’s knowledge of Lee Harvey Oswald and everything about the assassination. Plus, she’s no second banana when it comes to courage. She’s a 4th degree black belt in kung fu, and though diminutive in size, she’s pretty darn tough. I was fascinated with the characters, and would love to see them in a new adventure together. Highly recommended

Tom Johnson

Author of GUNS OF THE BLACK GHOST

Saturday, January 13, 2018

AHNN

AHNN (Futuristic SF/Satire)
By T.E. Mark
Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN #978-1539552949
Price $11.99 (paperback)
Price $3.99 (Kindle)
232 Pages
Rating 5-Stars


“At Times It Is Hilarious”

In the early 21st century, in an effort to increase human productivity, science granted mankind wearable AI headsets. By 2o16, these early versions were cast aside and replaced with more reliable, Nano-sized, implantable devices tuned to human thought. Infants received their implants at birth. Total human connectivity was achieved in March of 2201. Governments, militaries and schools were abolished, and the world was handed over to a network of intelligent computers called AHNN. Now in the 31st century, or 9th, depending on who you talk to, AHNN has pretty much had it with running the world and has decided to give it back. This is AHNN’s story.

In 2014 mankind was on the brink of higher technology. With the advancement of computer technology, we soon created and inserted the Augmented Human Neural Network into our brains, so that all data and information was at a mere thought. AHNN was rocketed into space as satellites, forever available, and for a thousand years AHNN was mankind’s god. You see, AHNN decided that man was not able to control his own destinies since he always wanted to go to war and kill each other. So the easy thing was for AHNN to control mankind. He had them procreate until they became one race. No money was needed, as everything was supplied that was needed. The police became guides – or helpers, since crime was eliminated. Man did not have to think for himself, AHNN did that for him, and since man wanted a god, AHNN became their god, too. But now, in the 31st Century, AHNN felt that mankind was too quiet. AHNN wanted to shake things up a bit, so slowly AHNN began disconnecting certain individuals to make them think on their own.

We follow five such individuals in Seattle: Bert, Lisa, Joy, Vin, and Kirk. They start searching for answers. No longer connected to other minds, they have to learn to speak again. Meanwhile Captain Rudy Glick takes over command of the Seattle TSAP (police), and his two detectives, Lt. Ellis Travers and Lt. Amy Rip, are assigned to investigate the strange behavior of some of the people and find out what is going on. And all across the world AHNN continues to disconnect others, slowly.

Written as a satire, the author has fun with this futuristic science fiction yarn about a highly advanced society suddenly turned on their heels, and must learn all over again. Plus, discover how the world ended up the way it did in the first place, and that’s not an easy task since everything beyond one thousand years is prehistory with no records available through AHNN. Their god is surely up there in the sky laughing at the problems his creation is now facing, and they want to blow him up – at least blow up AHNN’s guarded Earth-based facilities. Here it is the 31st Century and the disconnected are reliving the 1960s, trying to act like hippies and rebels, and don’t know how to go about it. At times it is hilarious. You can tell the author is having fun, and the reader can’t help but laugh at their antics. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

Author of WORLDS OF TOMORROW

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mission: Tehran

1978. Iran is in ferment and the British Intelligence Service wants Tana Standish’s assessment. It appears that CIA agents are painting too rosy a picture, perhaps because they’re colluding with the state torturers… Allegiances and loyalties are strained as Tana’s mission becomes deadly and personal. Old friends are snatched, tortured and killed by SAVAK, the Shah’s secret police. She has to use all her skills as a secret agent and psychic to stay one step ahead of the oppressors and traitors.
As the country stumbles towards the Islamic Revolution, the Shah’s grip on power weakens. There’s real concern for the MI6 listening post near the Afghan border. Only Tana Standish is available to investigate; yet it’s possible she could be walking into a trap, as the deadly female Spetsnaz fighter Aksakov has been sent to abduct Tana. Meanwhile, in Kazakhstan, the sympathetic Yakunin, the psychic spy tracking Tana, is being side-lined by a killer psychic, capable of weakening Tana at the critical moment in combat with Aksakov. Can Yakunin save Tana without being discovered?
In the troubled streets of Iran’s ancient cities and amidst the frozen wastes on the Afghan border, Tana makes new friends and new enemies...


Mission: Tehran: (Thriller)
Tana Standish #2
By Nik Morton
Manatee Books
ISBN # 978-1544028521
Price $10.75 (Paperback)
Price $3.50 (Kindle)
285 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Topnotch British Spy Series”

Tana Standish is in Tehran working with some revolutionary women while monitoring the tense situation. The people are tired of the Shah’s rule, plus we see the Shah’s secret police arresting and torturing their own people. The CIA station chief is working hand-in-glove with the secret police, and stealing Iran’s treasure, so Tana can expect no help from him with her co-workers are arrested and tortured. She is also watching the Afghanistan and Iran border for Russian troop movement. Meanwhile, the Russian psychics are homing in on Tana while leading their Spetsnaz assassin after her.

We watch as America loses control on their hold of Iran when the Shah’s is deposed and forced to leave, while the revolution brings in their religious leader and a new regime of terror.

Although I read books 3 & 2 out of order, it didn’t matter, as each book is a standalone entity, although some things are revealed ahead of time in this case. Still, the reader is pulled into the story and nothing else matters. I was hard put to remember who was who in this tale, with so many names involved, not knowing the difference in female and male names, and keeping up with everyone. The author weaves his story around real events that were happening in 1978 in Russia, Iran, and Afghanistan. This is a top British spy series, and highly recommended.

Tom Johnson
Author of ASSIGNMENT: NINA FONTAYNE


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Heliotrope

"The human genome is a random accident that needs an upgrade. She is going to give it to you whether you want it or not."


Heliotrope (SF)
By CG Blade
Pseudosynth Publishing
ISBN #978-1973224860 
Price $8.25 (Paperback)
199 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

This one had me confused most of the way through, but that’s not hard to do. Heliotrope appears to be tying all the books together. Charles and Jere Verner start their life together very much in love, both are scientists, and working on their own projects. When Jere is dying with cancer, Charles has a plan to preserve her by combining her with AI technology. I won’t go into detail here, because I would mess it up. Needless to say, the author knows what he’s talking about and that’s good enough for me. The story was slow in spots, especially the trial, but it works well, regardless. I was happy to see Winter Balefire and Zuni in the story. Fans of DNA science and robotics will undoubtedly find this story hard to put down. Must I say more? Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

Author of WORLDS OF TOMORROW