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The Pinocchio Chip

Rick Moskovitz

Fluke Tale Productions, 142 pages, (paperback) $7.49, 9798990163805
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

In his intriguing crime drama novella, The Pinocchio Chip, Rick Moskovitz, seeks to answer the question: “What does it mean to be human?” The novella, centered on an advanced AI-powered android, is meant to be the conclusion to the Brink of Life trilogy but functions well as a stand-alone story.

Photina is an advanced AI—artificial […]

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The Secrets of Shadowcrest

Lance McColgan

Cabalian Games, (paperback) $17.95 pages, 364, 9798989631506
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

Lance Ian McColgan blends historical fact and fantastical fiction in The Secrets of Shadowcrest, a debut full of action, adventure and a unique ability to make medieval history come alive.

Shadowcrest offers faithful fantasy fans all the necessary and expected ingredients: magic, monsters, a hero’s journey, and exotic, faraway locales. Simultaneously, the novel is solidly […]

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Magical Missions: The New Chosen Ones

Jaime Enrique Gutierrez Perez

Xlibris, (paperback) $32.99 pages, 646, 9798369493946
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

This shelf-bending fantasy—inspired by the author’s love of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings—revolves around an epic battle between good and evil in a magical realm known as Multiria.

The story largely centers on Tina of Sirigia, daughter of a renowned warrior lord who embarks on a quest to defeat Rogius, a powerful sorcerer and […]

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Brilliant Leadership: Patterns for Creating High-Impact Teams

Suzanne Martin

Amplify Publishing, 192 pages, (hardcover) $28.00, 9798891381346
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

Suzanne Martin, Google director of marketing learning and development, has coached hundreds of staff members in their journey towards developing solid leadership skills. Through this work, she’s discovered that one of the main impediments to transitioning from individual contributor to manager is figuring out what kind of leader to be; what style is the right […]

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Searching for Van Gogh: a novel

Donald Lystra

Omena Hills Press, 272 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9798989772407
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

Donald Lystra’s Searching for Van Gogh is a well-crafted, thought-provoking, coming-of-age novel focusing on two young people searching for their place in the world, who connect via similar life experiences.

Set in fall of 1963, as the Vietnam War rages, the story introduces narrator Nate Walker, 17, who has decided to forego college and move […]

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Conceivable: The Unlimited Potential of the Unborn

Pastor Ray Lane

Outskirts Press, 110 pages, (paperback) $20.95, 9781977269225
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

Pastor Ray Lane highlights exceptional moments of his life in this brief memoir aimed at fostering and encouraging anti-abortion, pro-life views.

In 1931, Lane’s mother asked her doctor for another abortion. The doctor requested to speak with her husband and convinced the Idahoan farming couple to keep “the baby that could have died.” Over 90 […]

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Murder in the Grand Bazaar: An Intellectual Thriller

Miles Nilsson Fowler

Prosthetic God Publishing, 160 pages, (paperback) $9.99, 9798218291211
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

Miles Nilsson Fowler’s Murder in the Grand Bazaar is an historical thriller involving Felix Markarian, an American professor and biblical scholar who travels to Turkey to authenticate a controversial Christian codex.

It’s 1997, and Ahmet Tatlik, a Turkish antiquities dealer, has just purchased an ancient Coptic Christian text and smuggled it out of Egypt. He […]

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The Faeries of Fable Island

Alicia Cahalane Lewis

Tattered Script Publishing, 154 pages, (paperback) $17.00, 9781737521969
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

This fantasy novel from Alicia Cahalane Lewis is a deeply philosophical and contemplative reimagining of Scottish novelist J. M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan narrative.

In 2024, Megan Elida Fay, 16, lives in a dilapidated house on the Maine coast with her aunt. The remote stretch of coastline is a tourist hotspot, as it has been […]

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Nabukko

K. R. Gadeken

K.R. Gadeken, 367 pages, (ebook) $8.99, 9798990421325
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

K.R. Gadeken’s immersive genre-bending novel, Nabukko, is set on a bizarre planet with inhabitants who do not remember how they got there.

Eff Sharp finds herself alone on an unknown planet with barely any recollection of her past. After surviving for months, she encounters a group of people similarly stranded on the planet. At first, […]

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The Yellow Diamond

Michelle Grahame

AuthorHouse, 270 pages, (paperback) $15.71, 9781728374796
(Reviewed: May, 2024)

In this Regency mystery and romance, a 28-year-old widow protects her ward’s dowry but loses her heart to a marquis.

Amanda Fletcher arrives at the home of the dowager Marchioness of Coverdale with her charges, Rosalie and Sir Piers Abbot, to prepare for Rosalie’s first London season. Having received anonymous notes demanding the return of […]

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