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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

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Last Shuttle Flight

Think NASA's last shuttle flight was the end of American technological space dominance?
July 21, 2011 might have been the final date of the Atlantis shuttle flight, but it sure wasn't the end of amazing discoveries.
In PART 1 of this fictionalized series of that flight, the crew comes into first contact with alien extraterrestrials who discover the Atlantis space shuttle as they are finishing their last few orbits around Earth.
If earthlings are stunned at this UFO sighting, the aliens are even more stunned. . 


The Last Shuttle Flight (SF/Alien Contact)
First Alien Contact Part 1
By J. Jack Bergeron
Independent Publishing Platform
ASIN #B00DPNXR2M
Price Free (Kindle)
90 Pages
Rating 4-Stars

When the Atlantis Shuttle flight was preparing to leave orbit and return to the planet’s surface, no one expected what was to happen. An alien spaceship passing through our solar system recognized our space technology and followed the shuttle craft in to it’s landing at White Sands. Stuart Cobey is vacationing in the national park nearby with his girlfriend, and he was known for his articles on speaking with aliens of higher technology. He is whisked by helicopter to White Sands where he commences dialogue with the alien pilot.

This wasn’t a bad story, though it was a little presumptuous to believe an alien 40 millions years advanced of our technology wouldn’t be able to initiate dialogue without help. Didn’t we learn anything from Star Trek. The awkwardness of Cobey trying to teach the alien our language was a bit contrived. The story ends as a mother ship arrives to take the alien and Cobey to their home planet, so the rest of the story continues in future issues. The novelette was free, as is the sequel, I believe. And it is an interesting concept. Well worth reading, if you have a few hours to kill.

Tom Johnson

Author of THESE ALIEN SKIES

Thursday, March 7, 2019

You're Dead

Organizational psychologist Dr. Waters is a happily solitary guy with a few deep attachments, including to his boss Paresh Rajput, the owner of a thriving hi-tech aerospace company. Until something really bad happens to CEO Rajput, which throws Waters into a lunatic swirl of murderous stalkers, corporate intrigue, amorous female executives and crafty cops who see the inscrutable psychologist as murder suspect #1. Waters is hardly defenseless. A weight-lifter and former wrestler, ace poker player and master student of human nature, he takes it all on with surprising strength and determination. If they only knew. As with the connivers surrounding him, Waters has his own secrets. Autistic as a child, he lives with the consequences some blessings, others a curse. And a love affair that's hidden even more deeply, or so he thinks. You're Dead is a mystery/thriller, an adventure story, though in the context of the present zeitgeist the financial stakes of hi-tech ascendancy and flourishing commerce, corporate and personal venality, manipulations by the rich and powerful men and women and the ugly presence of base criminality that crackles around the fringes. It's about troubled and troubling minds, and institutions that struggle to assert relevance, but also how one man, single-minded and apart, can disrupt what the lead detective on the case calls, "Their clever-clever ways." Every writer has their themes and pre-occupations. For Knopf, it's the intricacies of the mind, the most complex organism in the universe. The aberrations, as well as the indefinable "normal". You're Dead is an action-filled examination of what happens when minds of all kinds collide.


You’re Dead (Mystery Thriller)
By Chris Knopf
The Permanent Press www.thepermanentpress.com
ISBN #978-1579625665
Price $29.95 (Hardback)
Price $9.95 (Kindle)
Rating 4-Stars

Dr. Waters discovers the bodiless head of his boss when he goes home. He becomes the first suspect, and decides he needs to find the real killer before he’s arrested for the murder. The case becomes a fantastical investigation, as only the author can pen them, and would have been a first rate detective novel.

I’ve never cared for the author’s dialogue, but his fiction is certainly topnotch, if not a little beyond belief, but that’s why we read - to escape reality for a few hours in an action-packed mystery with beautiful women and hard men. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

Author of NINA FONTAYNE

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Earthweeds

It's not the end of the world - it's the start of something new, and its origins are both puzzling and terrifying.
A green fog descends over every major city in the world, and the populations disappear one by one. By nightfall, every living soul in every metropolis is gone. Earth grinds to a halt. Only a few stragglers are alive in the rural countryside. When Sam and his brother return from a mountain camping trip, they find only empty city streets. Alone, they look for any survivors to give them answers. 
The next day, lizards the size of Komodo dragons flood the city and attack the remaining humans. When these creatures are confronted by giant spiders, the two species fight each other for the remaining food supply.... with the humans caught in the middle. 


Earthweeds: Sons of Neptune Book 1 (YA/SF/Apocalypse)
By Rod Little
Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN # 978-1547268566
356 Pages
Price $13.99 (Paperback)
Price Free (Kindle)
Rating 5-Stars

Brothers Shane and Sam have been camping in the woods when they discover a suicide. They decide to drive back into town to report the man’s body in the woods, but they find the town eerily quiet. It’s as if the whole town has been evacuated. Soon they meet up with other young people: Ken, Tina, Camila, Lucy, Lily, Mark, and Bohai Chen. It appears the town wasn’t evacuated, but that something alien has changed people into giant lizards. This same virus has also turned small spiders into giant spiders. The lizards are eating people and animals that survived, and the spiders are fighting the lizards. And the spiders want help from the young people. Bohai talks to animals and understands them, so the spiders work through him to recruit the others to help fight the lizards. Sam has a super hero ability, he can spark electricity and throw electrical balls at the enemy.

Okay, apocalyptic stories are not my cup of tea, nor is zombie viruses or viruses that turn people into lizards, but this story kept me turning the pages. And when I had to put it down for meals, I was anxious to get back to the adventure, that’s how interesting this story line is. It was well written, and the pace never slowed. It’s definitely aimed at the young adult, with a touch for the superhero crowd. There are some nice twists at the end of this yarn, and I see there is a sequel. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

Author of WORLDS OF TOMORROW

Friday, March 1, 2019

Tom's Interview With Douglas Sandler

Tom’s Interview With Douglas Sandler.

Tom: Let’s start off by introducing you to everyone. Tell us your name. What is your age?

Douglas: douglas sandler

Tom: Where are you from? Brooklyn, ny


Tom: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).

Douglas: graduated from Fla state univ, gulf coast state college and gulf coast community college. Dysfunctional family life, served in the us navy 1984-86 before non-service related injury ended career.

Tom: Tell us your latest book news.

Douglas: I am waiting to be able to afford the book cover to the last book in the Bad Memories series which is the prequel to the first book. The only reason it is the third book in the series is that it deals with the abuses that occurred at Pennhurst, Letchworth Village and Willow Brook and to have a protagonist fight for the patients that did not happen in real life.

Tom: When and why did you begin writing?


Douglas: I started writing 1999 and only started publishing my books in 2015. I wrote essays, papers and reports in college which helped my overall writing skills. I want to write as I can express myself better in writing that verbal, but I am getting better at public speaking.

Tom: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Douglas: when I wrote my first poem in 1973

Tom: What inspired you to write your first book?

Douglas: I don’t know I just decided to write it.


Tom: How did you come up with the title? The Bad Memories title came from the events the actual people suffered at those places and during the dark ages of mental health care and I realized that they would have bad memories. The A Kiss Before Strangling, well that came from the first book.

Tom: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

Douglas: I just write and occasionally I do an outline but rarely and finding new stuff that I find interesting. I am focusing now on book sales and short stories.

Tom: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?


Douglas: The Bad memories series is based on real life events that happened and the western and A Kiss B4 Strangling is just fiction

Tom: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Douglas: The A Kiss B4 Strangling series the first two books were set in a fictious city I created from my mind. At the end of book 1 I had characters, city and background so I did book two in same city. I then realized that another author told me he wrote his books set in his home town, so book three I wrote in Panama City making my detective retire, but soon the serial killers find him again.

Tom: Who designed the covers? I buy pre-designed covers and just add title and my name to them

Tom: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Douglas: No not really I just want them to enjoy the stories and escape from their dull lives.

Tom: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you? 


Douglas: The only authors I like are Edger Allen Poe, David Eddings, Shakespeare, Michael Morris, George Orwell
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Tom: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Douglas: no one does

Tom: Do you see writing as a career?

Douglas: no I don’t

Tom: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Douglas: no

Tom: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Douglas: no

Tom: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Douglas: don’t know

Tom: Any advice for other writers?

Douglas: do not quit and get a degree as when you have to write essays, research papers and a thesis statement it helps you learn to write and say what you mean to.

Tom: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?


Douglas: please buy my books. If you’re not an author, you don’t understand the sweat and tears you put into a book and that it is not easy to find a subject that hasn’t already been covered by others.

Tom: What book are you reading now?

Douglas: nothing now

Tom: Do you remember the first book you ever read?

Douglas: where the wild things are

Tom: What makes you laugh/cry?

Douglas: can’t think of anything

Tom: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Douglas: William Shakespeare to find out how he wrote his stuff and still remained popular for 600+ years.

Tom: Do you have any hobbies?

Douglas: stamp collecting and painting

Tom: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Douglas: Babylon 5, Burn Notice, Wiseguy, Count of Monte Cristo, Kill Bill

Tom: Favorite foods, colors, music?

Douglas: Chinese, Mexican, Greek food. AC/DC, Kiss, Joan Jett, Ozzy Osborn, Meatloaf, Led Zeppelin

Tom: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Douglas: can’t think of anything

Tom: Lists your blogs or websites below where readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

I am on Facebook as douglassandlerauthor

I am on twitter as @douglas5102