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Review: The Teleporter by Lee Hall

Book covers don’t get much better than this. A classy bar setting type feel which fits perfectly. I feel like I’m missing an olive and a toothpick? Not quite sure what the review quote on the right is referring to, haha. Fun fact – the defocused effect of the background is called Bokeh.

Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon )

What if there was a power like no other? What if one drunken slouch happened to stumble where nobody has stumbled before and discovered the ability to teleport!
Just when you thought there were enough super hero stories in this world, we made another one…
Kurt Wiseman is your average mid-twenties slouch with a serial thirst for alcohol, that is until destiny calls upon him to stumble where no man has clumsily stumbled before. By day he works for a familiar sounding, power hungry, media controlling, mega rich American businessman who represents everything wrong with society today. Whilst investigating this politically loaded story arc Kurt accidentally acquires a super power like no other. The ability to teleport!
Before he can think about saving the day, Wiseman must endure a journey of self-reflection by earning the trust of his friends and overcoming his greatest weakness, booze. Even if the path is filled with comic book cliché, inappropriate one liners and genre busting fourth wall action.
Not all heroes in this world are the same and with great power comes the possibility to go viral! This is a story that will unite humanity…
Kurt Wiseman is the Teleporter!

Evaluation:

I can’t really pick any two word combination in this whole book that I can scoff at, or three word combination, or four words either. Heck, there isn’t even a whole sentence I don’t like, or paragraph or a chapter. Okay, okay. The whole book is great.

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Review: Elevation by Stephen King

This digital version cover of the book is nice, but not quite as nice as the paperback version which has a foil cover to give it that reflective, shiny look.

Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon )

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face—including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

Evaluation:

Reading Stephen King’s Elevation at first was not my cup of tea. I put the book down after reading a couple of pages at first, and it wasn’t because my ADD was kicking in – not a good sign. Then it became a little more tasteful as I read further, but not what I expected at all. I’ve read another short story / novella by Stephen King – The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon ( EDIT: I looked it up and the story mentioned is NOT a novella or short story, it’s a full length novel ) I liked the latter story better.

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Review: Mark of a Demon by Despoina Kemeridou

I like the fact that this cover leaves the reader in a vat of mystery. The symbol in the middle is both unrecognizable ( not seen it before ) and memorable. This was a smart branding decision.

Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon )

When Heather was born, everyone thought she would die due to her weak heart. Upon her mother’s callings, a demon showed up and saved her life by sharing his heart with hers. There was only one condition; she would live until the demon’s powers ran out. Not knowing anything about the mark she had on her chest from the day she remembers herself, she falls in love with the demon, marking the start of a forbidden love…

What happens when she finds out the secrets her aunt and the demon have been keeping deeply hidden from her?

Evaluation:

Let me set one thing straight. I have never read a paranormal romance story in my life nor did I ever think I would read one. Not only am I journeying to discover valid, notable indie authors, I am finding myself now reading books in genres that I never thought I would. Enough about me, let’s get to the review!

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Review: American Mutt: The Crime of the Century by Scott Falcon

Loving the use of half tone on this cover. That eye ball is almost deafening.

Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon )

It’s the CRIME OF THE CENTURY. A maverick journalist with a black hole past uncovers an invisible cabal bent on destroying American sovereignty. When five public figures vanish, the journalist becomes the hunted, so he goes the run to find his anonymous deep source. But when the kidnapper emerges online, and there is no record of him ever existing—nothing is what it seems.

Beta readers predict a top 10 political thriller. Readers who love CIA action, America collapse fiction, vigilante fiction and vigilante love stories, will want to add AMERICAN MUTT to their must-read list. Also readers of thriller CIA dramas about the over throw of the government will be fans of this new crime novel by Scott Falcon.

A top 10 political thriller, CIA action, America collapse fiction, vigilante fiction, vigilante love story, thriller CIA dramas, over throw of the government.

Evaluation:

I thoroughly enjoyed the word play and sentence structure of this book. Someone could write this way with the overall story being absolute garbage ( this story is anything but garbage ) and it would still be entertaining. I couldn’t help but feel and relate to the story with the current events that are going on here in 2020 ( I’m hardly a conspiracy theorist, but do take all ideas as food for thought ). We never really know what is going on behind the scenes in the world and this book gives a good look as to what could happen behind the scenes in today’s technological and political climate. I figured this was a well known book / author after I started reading it and was surprise to see it only had 4 reviews on Amazon, albeit all of them being good reviews ( at the time of this writing ).

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Review: Things Undone: A Collection of Horror Stories ( The Shattered God Mythos ) by Travis Liebert

I’m loving this cover. I normally dread at complicated covers, the things you typically see with a lot of the mashup images on book covers today ( especially in the YA fantasy genre ), but this blends the complex and simplicity quite nicely. Definitely an eye catcher, which is honestly why I chose this book to review out of a very long list.

Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon )

Lovecraft meets modern horror as the world comes undone. All things unknown and unknowable are coming to light…

Strange creatures wander the dark canopies of Germany’s Black Forest.

A young boy harbors something both dark and divine within him.

A man learns to control his dreams, only to find an ancient evil imprisoned within them.

Something lurks in the shadows of a woman’s house, and it wants her baby.

All of these things and more in this riveting new collection of 18 terrifying cosmic and supernatural horror stories. Get it now and discover the terrors that lurk within.

Evaluation:

Presentation and first thoughts for Things Undone: A Collection of Horror Stories hits a grand slam. The paperback ( viewable with Amazon’s preview ) hits an even better spot than the eBook because of the gothic type illustrative parts. I read the eBook, not the paperback.

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Review: Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Very creative. We see here a cover that uses letters to visualize the concept of this book.

Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon )

A young man lives unhappily in a valley. One day he meets an old man who lives on a mountain peak. At first the young man doesn’t realize that he is talking to one of the most peaceful and successful people in the world. But in the course of further encounters and conversations, the young man comes to understand that he can apply the old man’s remarkable principles and practical tools to his own life to change it for the better. Spencer Johnson knows how to tell a deceptively simple story that teaches deep lessons. The One Minute Manager (co-written with Ken Blanchard) sold 15 million copies and stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for more than twenty years. Since it was published a decade ago, Who Moved My Cheese? has sold more than 25 million copies. In fact there are more than 46 million copies of Spencer Johnson’s books in print, in forty-seven languages—and with today’s economic uncertainty, his new book could not be more relevant. Pithy, wise, and empowering, Peaks and Valleys is clearly destined to become another Spencer Johnson classic.

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Review: Star Stuff by Daniel Arenson

A color coordinated book cover. I’m liking the detailed illustration. Very nice and ‘cool’ looking at first glance, but outdoors here would probably freeze you instantly if unprepared with out a space suite.

NOTE: This eBook will be released on July 13, 2020. The paperback is available now.

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Book Review: Break Them All!!: A Modern Era Awakening! by DRTao

This cover is memorable – while not exactly up-to-standards of modern cover design it does have a indie Matrix type vibe that you can’t miss in a line up if you had to tell someone “who done it”.

Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon )

Have you ever wondered about life and its existence?

People usually follow the norms taught to them since the very beginning of their time, never questioning their existence, even when they sound suspicious or abnormal.

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Book Review: Open Evening by Lee Hall

Very professional cover material here. The dirty textures bring depth to the image. Evidently there is danger…unexpected danger? Yes! Makes for great intrigue and probably violence.

Plot Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon ) Sometimes you don’t get to choose where you are placed in the collective ecosystem of a high school.
Luke Hartford spends his days on the fringes of social inadequacy. A normal day at his small town American High School can be described as horrific. That is until events take a turn for the worse. After a vision, Luke realises there is something other than the horror of trying to fit in lurking just under the surface.

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Review: The Room Beyond The Staircase by Maegan Alexandria

The Room Beyond The Staircase – man, look at that cover – it’s sending me back to the 70’s before I was born. Truth be told, that is why I chose the book out of a big list and it scored the first book review on my website!

Plot Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon ) Having to flee Chicago one fateful night, eight year old Celia finds herself at the mercy of her strange aunt and uncle. One thing is certain, however. She must never go into the mysterious room beyond the Applecot family’s staircase. Set in the 1930s, Celia’s world becomes intertwined with circus oddities and buried secrets.