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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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cheap Thrills

Cheap Thrills (History of Pulps)
By Ron Goulart
Hermes Press
ISBN #978-1932563740
Price $29.99 (Paperback)
208 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

This is a reprint of Goulart’s 1969 An Informal History of The Pulp Magazines paperback. This 2007 edition is a trade paperback (8.5 X 11). It has been updated with corrected information, as well as additional material, and packed full of color cover scans. It contains chapters on the Dime Novel & Paper Stories of the 19th century, the beginning of the pulp magazines, heroes, soldiers of fortune, The Shadow, Doc Savage, the masked heroes, Tarzan ands the Jungle Lords, Conan & the barbarians, Captain Future and the science fiction heroes, and much more.

This is a book for the old pulp and new pulp fan alike.  It belongs on everyone’s shelf. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

Author of THE NEW PULP HEROES

Friday, June 8, 2018

Brainrush

A sudden-savant, his days numbered, tries to rescue a woman and autistic child, unwittingly becoming the only hope against a global terrorist—or the fanatic’s ultimate weapon. 

Before he slid into the MRI machine, Jake Bronson was just an ordinary guy with terminal cancer. But when an earthquake hits during the procedure, Jake staggers from the wreckage a profoundly changed man, now endowed with uncanny mental abilities.

An ocean away, Luciano Battista wants a piece of Jake's talent. Posing as a pioneering scientist, the terrorist leader has been conducting cerebral-implant experiments in a sinister quest to create a breed of super jihadist agents...and Jake's altered brain may be the key to his success. But Jake refuses to play the pawn in an unholy war--and when an innocent woman and autistic child are taken hostage to force his cooperation, he embarks on a jihad of his own. Jake and his band of loyal friends are thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan--where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.


Brainrush (SF/Action/Thriller)
By Richard Bard
Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN #978-1533257604
Price $16.99 (Paperback)
Price Free (Kindle)
418 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

Jake Bronson is dying from a cancerous tumor in his brain. A veteran AF pilot he is going through an MRI at the VA when an earthquake rattles the machine. Coming out of the MRI he finds that he has changed, and now has some curious abilities, which he displays at a bar where a local TV station is filming a segment. Luciano Battista, a terrorist living in Italy sees the film and wants the new savant for experimental purposes.

Although the first 25% of the book is the set up, and a bit slow, the story soon takes off at top speed and never lets up. There is a good mix of genres. It’s a little cross between Doc Savage and men’s action novels. Jake’s friends are special in their own right, and become team players in the action. But going up against a terrorist organization, and the need to penetrate an enemy camp in the mountains of Afghanistan, a team of well-trained mercenaries is brought in for the final confrontation, and royal battle.

This was well written, a lot of fun, and the characters were three-dimensional. Very pulpy in nature, it was hard to put down once the action started and got into full swing. Readers who like novels with great action, and good story telling will thoroughly enjoy this fast-paced thriller with a science fiction slant. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

Author of THESE ALIEN SKIES

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Guest Author Linda Lee Greene

GUEST AUTHOR LINDA LEE GREENE


Award-winning artist and author, blogger, interior designer, and Central Ohio USA resident Linda Lee Greene is the mother of two and grandmother of two. She is recognized for her, quote:  “writing style [that] is influenced by her artistic background. Each well-chosen word is a masterful brushstroke in her rich and expressive [books]….” Main features of her work are deep character development, “characters that literally jump off the page,” according to a reviewer, and layered plots set against backdrops that are lyrically rendered blends of fact and fiction drawn from her extensive research into history, geography, psychology, and other topics relevant to her stories. She writes creative nonfiction as well as cross-genre fiction, primarily, her fiction sometimes integrating paranormal subplots. Her characters always grapple with a central question or problem, which grows their consciousness, while at the same time arouses emotions, awareness, and empathy in her readers. All of her books are sold worldwide in eBook and paperback. You can learn more about her at http://booksbylindaleegreene.gallery-llgreene.com/. And while you are at it, take a look at her online art gallery at www.gallery-llgreene.com. You can also find her on social media at the following:


Email: lindaleegreene.author.artist@gmail.com
Twitter: @LLGreeneAuthor



Also look for her on LinkedIn and Google+

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Apothecary's Shop

Venal physicians and legitimate healers, unscrupulous relatives, mystics and apothecaries, wealthy nobility and the wretched poor, undertakers, Eastern merchants, African slave traders, each plays a role this ingeniously constructed mystery set in the busy and licentious trade port of Venice.


The Apothecary’s Shop (Mystery)
By Roberto Tiraboschi
Europa Editions
ISBN #978-1609454173
Price $14.40 (Paperback)
Price $8.69 (Kindle)
336 Pages
Rating 4-Stars

I was given a book by the publisher for an honest review. When a young girl of a noble Grimani family disappears, the family scribe, Edgardo goes in search of her. This is Venice of the 12the century, and Edgardo isn’t in the best of health. The investigation takes him and Dr. Abella to an occult apothecary where desperate patients seek questionable medical cures.

This was an interesting mystery that kept me turning the pages, but I must admit the time period held no interest for me. However, I highly recommend this for mystery fans the world over.

Tom Johnson
Author of THE MAN IN THE BLACK FEDORA


Monday, June 4, 2018

Guest Author Tamikio L. Reardon

Guest Author Tamikio L. Reardon

Tamikio L. Reardon is the award-winning author, self-publisher, and interviewer. She received an honorable recognition as the best indie author of crime of September 2016, by Crime Masters An Exclusive Group for Indie Authors. Her books are featured at Butman Fish Library in Saginaw Michigan and Farmington Community Library in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She is the author of Cries of the Echo: The Cries That Went unheard Book Series and Unlawful Deception: The Washington Criminals Book Series. She writes fiction of mystery, thriller, crime, and paranormal. In her spare time, she writes short stories, poetry, nonfiction, and health books.  Her others work includes Demons of the Mind.  She is the co-author of Poetic healing for the Soul, writing for Children’s Hospital. She is the co-author of another poetry book Poetry for the Image, writing for homeless veterans. She is the author of a Healthy Living, Healthy Living: Natural Weight Loss Cleansing and Detox, and The Essential Healing of Fruits and Vegetables.  


She is a published author online on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, Lulu, and other bookstore retailers. She has written articles for Reader Gazette. The author has been interviewed by talk show host/ author, Katrina Bills, on the Katrina Bills Radio Talk Show in Atlanta. She has also done a podcast with Brandy Miller. She is an interview for authors, writers, and novelist on new blog Author Spotlight.

Tamikio L. Reardon was born November 11, 1974, in Detroit, Michigan. Tamikio is engaged to be married August 25, 2018, with one 6-year- old son.  Her hobbies are reading, writing, researching, and interacting with authors. Her favorite inspiring authors are Patricia Cornwell, Dean Koontz, Denise Baer, Amy Cross, and Ron Ripley.

She graduated from Henry Ford High School in Detroit, Michigan. In June 1994, she completed a high school diploma in General Studies. Tamikio attended Goodwill Industries in Detroit, Michigan. In mid-June 1994 after graduation, she became a certified Data Entry Specialist. In August 2001, she attended Henry Ford Community College and completed an associate’s degree in Business Management in August 2005.Today, Tamikio attends Southern New Hampshire University majoring in Journalism for her an associate’s degree in Journalism June 2020.  

 “Tamikio L. Reardon Author has been selected as the Indie Author Crime Master for September 2016. Please join me in congratulating Miss Reardon in this honor.” – Mike Pettit. CRIME MASTERS, an exclusive group for Indie Authors, https://www.facebook.com/groups/951754724909599/

“Books with Me - Katrina Bills
Best Crime Writer 2016 
Author Tamikio L. Reardon Books With Me -
Awards (author Tamikio L. Reardon) Best Crime Writer 2016” – Radio Atlanta Talk Show Host/Author, Katrina Bills

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