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Review: “Wired,” Douglas E. Richards

Pros: An interesting take on high intelligence Cons: Some of the hammered-in details weren’t ones I could agree with Rating: 4 out of 5 Wired is the first book in a series by Douglas E. Richards. In it, Kira, a

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Short Take: “Black and Blue,” James Patterson, Candice Fox

Pros: Decent detective story Cons: A lot of unlikable characters Rating: 3 out of 5 James Patterson and Candice Fox are the authors of Black & Blue (BookShots). The “BookShots” indicator means this is a novella, a short book meant

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Review: “Trapped,” Douglas E. Richards

Pros: I think it works as a children’s book Cons: Oops, didn’t see that it was a children’s book… Rating: 4 out of 5 I started reading Douglas E. Richards’ The Prometheus Project: Trapped (Volume 1) because I’d been intrigued

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Short Take: “Cross Kill,” James Patterson

Pros: I do like crime dramas Cons: But maybe not this one Rating: 2 out of 5 James Patterson’s Cross Kill: An Alex Cross Story (BookShots) has Alex Cross and his partner, John, helping with a before-school meals program; they’re

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Short Take: “Come and Get Us,” James Patterson and Shan Serafin

Pros: LOVE the main character’s narrative voice Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 “Bookshot.” What a great name for a type of book short enough to be downed in one quick shot, just like whiskey (especially in a season

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Short Take: “The Apocalypse Hive: Episode 2: The Armageddon Thrones: Season 1,” Sam Witt

Pros: I do have a soft spot for bio-thriller/horror Cons: The series is awfully bumpy so far Rating: 3 out of 5 Sam Witt’s The Apocalypse Hive: Episode 2: The Armageddon Thrones: Season 1 feels like a game of air

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Short Take: “The Apocalypse Hive: Episode 1: The Armageddon Thrones: Season 1,” Sam Witt

Pros: Intriguing start to a story Cons: Confusing start to a story! Rating: 3 out of 5 In the world of Sam Witt’s The Apocalypse Hive: Episode 1: The Armageddon Thrones: Season 1, company employees sabotage each other just to

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Review: “Dead-Eyed God,” Sam Witt

Pros: Love this series! Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 Dead-Eyed God, by Sam Witt, is the latest in the Pitchfork County novels. Pitchfork County is a cess pit of evil, despair, and meth, with quite a few supernatural

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Review: “One Fell Sweep,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Rich worldbuilding and fascinating characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Ilona Andrews’ One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles Book 3) follows on the heels of Clean Sweep and Sweep in Peace. I think this is the best so

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Short Take: “Of Swine and Roses,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Sweet, whimsical, and funny Cons: Want more! Rating: 5 out of 5 Of Swine and Roses (by Ilona Andrews), is a short story. It centers on Alena, whose family insists she go on a date with Chad Thurman. His

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