Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Extremely Unusual and Fascinating Medical Fiction: The Characters Create Realistic Fiction -- Review of Robin Cook's "Charlatans"

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September 12, 2017

Extremely Unusual and Fascinating Medical Fiction:

The Characters Create Realistic Fiction

A Review of

Robin Cook Charlatans (Putnam, 2017)
                      $27.00   437 pp   ISBN: 9780735212480

Reviewer:  Forrest W. Schultz


     Although I have been a Robin Cook fan since he began writing novels, I have never before written a review of them here because they are not science fiction or fantasy.  And, strictly speaking, his latest one is also NOT in either of those genres, BUT I have decided to review it anyway because two of the main characters have concocted very elaborate and realistic fantasies about their own lives, and because these concoctions involve the usage of the so-called “social media”, about which there is currently a lot of discussion and debate concerning their harmfulness.  So this story is very relevant.  And it is also one of the most interesting and unusual novels I have ever read!  Here is a challenge to you, the reader:  after you have read Cook’s story, try to decide whether or not there is any justification for regarding these two aforementioned characters as “charlatans”.   

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Combating A Strange Malevolence -- A Review of Blue Cole's "Evil Upriver"

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September 4, 2017

Combating  A  Strange  Malevolence

A Review of

Blue Cole Evil Upriver (Indie Gypsy Books, 2017)
          232 pp   $14.95   ISBN: 978-0998615103

Reviewer:  Forrest W. Schultz

     Blue Cole's Evil Upriver is comparable in certain respects to Stephen King's It.  In both stories a town is being attacked by an unknown nearby underground malevolence which has been there a very long time, but only attacks periodically.  Evil Upriver, though, is unlikeIt in that the team of townspeople which forms to combat this evil consists of adults, not kids, as in It.  Joining this team in Cole's story is Adam, a songwriter on a road trip who arrived in the town a few days ago.  And, finally, there is another new arrival in this town -- Ricochet -- whose complex mystery I will allow you, the reader, to discover for yourself:  it is not only mysterious in itself but also with the question as to why Cole included it in his story. This story, like his first two, is a good read created by a writer with a great imagination -- I recommend it as I did the first two. 

    Cole's story occurs in middle Georgia.  He himself lives in Coweta County on the Southside of Atlanta.  This is his third novel.  Information is available on his website www.bluecole.com.  


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Ghosts Help Ghost Whisperer !! -- Review of A. Blue Cole's "Immediate Dead"

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 August 9, 2016

Ghosts  Help  Ghost  Whisperer !! 

A Review of

Blue Cole, Immediate Dead (Indie Gypsy, 2015)
           215 pp   $14.95   ISBN: 978-06942415061

Reviewer:  Forrest W. Schultz

     In the famous television series, the Ghost Whisperer helps the ghosts.  The reverse situation occurs in Blue Cole's latest novel, where the ghost whisperer Michael Bennett is a homicide detective who, as soon as he arrives at the crime scene, talks to the ghost of the victim in order to get information to help him identify the murderer.  He needs to do so quickly because the ghost only stays there for a short time, which is what is referred to in the book's title.  In this story Bennett faces an especially tough challenge in attempting to identify the serial killer who is murdering Atlanta's doctors, while at the same time trying to deal with "baggage" from his past, and in attempting to get along with his new partner, a sharp attractive young woman named Sandy Cooper.  The story is a good read just as a crime novel, and it is especially interesting because of the ghost whisperer feature.  It is a worthy successor to his debut novel, Sleeping Sickness, published in 2014.  Cole, who lives in Coweta County and belongs to the Coweta Writers Group, has joined in the book writing/publishing boom which is sweeping across the Southside and producing some of our nation's best new writers.  Information is available on his website www.bluecole.com.   



Adults Fall Asleep; Kids Take Over -- Review of A. Blue Cole's "Sleeping Sickness"

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December 1, 2014

Adults Fall Asleep; Kids Take Over

Review of

A. Blue Cole Sleeping Sickness (Indie Gypsy, 2014)
             246 pp $13.95 ISBN: 978061583086

Reviewer: Forrest W. Schultz

      There have been many stories in which chaotic conditions ensue after the sudden death or vanishing of large numbers of people. But I do not recall ever reading (or hearing of) a story like Blue Cole's recently published novel in which suddenly all adults go into a coma, and the children are left to fend for themselves. Cole presents interesting, exciting, and realistic portrayals of the children’s struggle to survive, and their struggle to discover the meaning of the comas of their parents. The intensity of the latter struggle increases dramatically when they learn that each one of them will also become a "Sleeper" after becoming eighteen years old! I recommend putting this book on your good-read/must-read list!

      Blue Cole is the latest addition to the ever growing ranks of Coweta County's writers who have had books published in the twenty-first century. And Cole pays tribute to today's Coweta County by setting his story there. He is the second Coweta author to do so, the first being Tamala Callaway with her Super Natural series.

      Cole has also written essays and short stories and he is planning more novels. Information is available on his website www.bluecole.com


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Hard Core Vampires Strike Back !! -- Review of Book 2 of Ellen C. Maze's Rabbit Trilogy

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August 15, 2017

The  (Hard Core)  Vampires  Strike  Back  !!

A Review of

Ellen C. Maze Rabbit Legacy (Bk. 2 of The Rabbit Trilogy] (Little Roni Pub., 2017)
                        308 pp   $11.95   ISBN-13: 978-0615747828

Reviewer:  Forrest W. Schultz

     In the first book of this trilogy Beth Rider convinces many vampires to repudiate their vampirism and to turn to Christ for salvation.  Seven years later, in the second book, the unconverted vampires organize and mount an attack upon Beth Rider and her converts, thereby reversing the trend of vampires toward conversion.  Since these attackers are hard core vampires, Beth now faces a more difficult challenge.  And she now must do so as a married woman and the mother of a six year old daughter Grace, who is one of the first to be attacked.  This is the main theme of the book but there is also a great deal of material provided dealing with vampire lore as the context of the story.

     Information on the author is found at www.ellencmaze.com   


Sunday, August 6, 2017

P. J. Renfroe Pens A Science Fiction Tale With A Fantasy Atmosphere -- Review of her "Inbound"

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August 7, 2017

 P. J. Renfroe Pens A Science Fiction Tale With A Fantasy Atmosphere

A Review of

P. J. Renfroe Inbound (Chatham Cabin Pubs., 2013)
                      193 pp   $8.95   ISBN: 978147017017

Reviewer:  Forrest W. Schultz

     The best description I can give of Inbound is to say that is is an ostensibly science fiction story (it has spaceships, space aliens, and space age technology) embedded in and permeated by a fantasy atmosphere.  I invite you to read this tale in order to see and experience for yourself just what I mean.  I believe you will both enjoy its story and be intrigued by its atmosphere.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Jordyn Redwood's New Medical Suspense Includes Espionage and Romance -- Review of her Taken Hostage

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August 4, 2017


Jordyn Redwood’s New Medical Suspense Includes Espionage and Romance

A Review of

Jordyn Redwood Taken Hostage (Love Inspired Books, 2017)
                                $5.99   217 pp   ISBN: 978-0-373-45732-8)

Reviewer:  Forrest Schultz


     Jordyn Redwood’s excellent Bloodline Trilogy (2012 & 2013) consisted of a skillful blend of medical and criminal suspense.  Her latest novel (under review here) is not only a worthy successor but also includes strong elements of espionage and romance.  Her afterword to the reader provides the source of her inspiration – two contemporary medical research programs.  And, finally, in the backstory, is the psychological dynamic of the resentment of a man at the superiority of a woman, which is expressed against the main character – neurosurgeon Regan Lockhart – first by her husband and then by her research partner!  As the story opens she then falls in love with the brother of her patient, Colby Waterson, when he becomes her protector against the bad guys who kidnap her and then try to force her to create a biological weapon.  Sooo, there is a lot going on and a lot to think about.   For information on the author you can visit her website at www.jordynredwood.com