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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors

Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
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Spark by John Twelve Hawks

Debbie Haupt, October 23, 2014

Jacob Underwood works for the SSS, Special Services Section of a large NY Investment Bank. But he’s not a banker. He’s one of an elite group of contract killers, employed by the bank who go after and eliminate bank enemy’s who commit crimes that can’t be reported to the authorities. What makes him a good hit man is not his steady gun arm or his excellent eyesight. It’s that because of a near fatal motorcycle accident he was transformed into an unfeeling, unemotional shell that thinks he’s dead.
His boss Ms. Holquist has just given him another assignment that involves finding and “taking care” of a female bank employee who has disappeared without a trace. The bank power’s that be are afraid she poses enough of a threat for SSS to deal with her. But as Jacob globetrots, collects evidence and decides the proper actions to take, his spark is reacting very strangely to these new set of directions and he must now not only deal with his mission but this new personal conundrum too.

John Twelve Hawks’ newest novel is a spine tingling, nail-biting urban fantasy thriller with a societal moral twist that will grip you from the beginning and won’t let go. Set sometime in the near future in a dystopian, big-brother(esque) society that’s recognizable but still jaw-dropping strange and with decisively descriptive narrative that gives readers a real fly on the wall look at his unforgettable people, memorable places and extraordinary things. The brightest spot in Spark is his very noir-ish, un-hero, Jacob who suffers from a rare yet real malady, and as Twelve Hawks fills in the blanks of Jacob’s past, readers will understand him; his Spark and his way of looking at problems and solving them. If you loved John’s Four Realm Trilogy and his special living off the grid attitude you will feel right at home in his newest Must Read.
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Overseas by Beatriz Williams

Debbie Haupt, March 21, 2013

Beatriz Williams is a brilliant literary genius, and as her words brought me from the bloody trenches of France in 1916 to the towers and glass of Manhattan today she transported me body and soul, flung me through the ether to worlds I rarely reach with mere words. Her narrative is a flowing prose filled mix of cultures and eras that kept me hypnotically entranced as she spun her improbable yet believable tale. Her dialogue is a mixed bag of English lords with the graphic and often sordid contemporary speak we’re so used to today. And as much as her words transcended me it was her characters that made me see the scenes through their eyes and their hearts, these miraculous fictional people became so real to me and became friends, rivals, villains and lovers and culminated in an experience that I will not forget. I could feel her extensive historical research shine through and not only in her main body of work but also during her interludes in the past where she shows me a foreign and different time.
This is the best book I’ve read this year and if it doesn’t make the top spot on my best of list in 2012 then the world is really up for some amazing fiction as the year progresses.
Ms Williams it was my immense pleasure to experience this work of amazing literary fiction and I can not wait to see where you take me to on our next journey together.
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Immortally Embraced by Angie Fox
Immortally Embraced

Debbie Haupt, March 19, 2013

Dr. Petra Robichaud’s lost much in this immortal, immoral, eternal God’s war and she’s about to loose more when her new lover, Galen is called back to active duty and breaks up with her before he goes. She should be used to loosing, she lost her first love to this ungodly war. But she’ll buck up and go on treating her patients in the 3063rd MASH unit. She won’t have time to mourn him because she’s about ready to be front and center in another of the Oracles’ prophecies and if that’s not enough she’s about to come face to face with her past.
NY Times Bestselling author Angie Fox’s delivered another must read in her shocking-unreality, Immortal M*A*S*H series. Her storyline mixes her unique sense of paranormal humor with intense, gripping accounts of war and a sizzling, sexy and a bit earthy, romance and is brought to life by her gritty in your face dialogue. Her characters immortal, human and every species in between are fantastically portrayed but it’s her MASH stars that shine.
For me personally, I’m in love with your novels, characters and worlds and I can’t wait to see where you lead me next.
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The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch
The Thief of Auschwitz

Debbie Haupt, January 15, 2013

The story starts in 1942 when the Rosen family with no other alternative arrives at the train station to Auschwitz where for the next year through death, humiliation, degradation and torture their lives are documented. The story is told in excruciatingly painful words to read but also with all the humanness that makes this such an important novel. We’re introduced to all sorts of characters from the soldiers to the prisoners, from the truly cruel to those who’s cruelty resulted from the circumstances created by camp life.
And between the chapters of terror we learn of Max, the son who’s obviously made it through to an old age, who’s obviously followed in the footsteps of his artist mother, who suffers no fools, but has suffered greatly from the experience of monsters in the death camp known as Auschwitz.

There have been many stories written of the Holocaust; of the atrocities of the Nazis to the people they thought beneath them, who they thought less than human, most of who were Jews. I hope that trend continues especially now when we’re loosing the last of the victims, the heroes and all those who lived through WWII in one way or another.

In Jon Clinch’s latest novel he gives us a unique perspective of Auschwitz, the most recognized death camp during the Nazi devastation of Europe. He follows one family, not necessarily religious Jews, a family of some influence who unfortunately with no where left to run, no where left to hide found themselves at the train station deceptively made to look inviting by the flower boxes and the trompe-l’oeil clock always set at half passed three. The mother a painter, the father a barber and the children a boy of 14 and a small girl with a cold.
As all of these stories whether true or fiction it wasn’t easy to read, it’s comprehension is somewhat unbelievable to those of us who can’t imagine such evil. But it’s none the less an important story and I’m fortunate for the opportunity to have read it.
I will definitely be reading more of Clinch’s work.
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A Christmas Hope by Joseph Pittman
A Christmas Hope

Debbie Haupt, December 20, 2012

If I had to choose one word to describe Joseph’s Pittman’s town and residents it would be Americana. Thank God I don’t have to choose because then I couldn’t tell you that no one depicts small town America quite like him. Where the characters quirky and conventional alike shine like no others. Where hope reins supreme as he once again gives readers a Christmas tale full of love, loss, and hope. We not only get to reunite with the characters he’s introduced us to but we meet some new and wonderful folks who’ve come to different yet equally important forks in their road through life who’re changed dramatically by this community of caring and committed residents. If you’re looking for a feel good novel, your look is over. Mr. Pittman, I can’t wait until your next tale from bucolic Linden Corners.
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