Review of Red Pawn

Red Pawn, by James Boatner Boatner’s Red Pawn is a thriller in the Clancy vein.  His main character, flawed and dangerous, is still one that evokes empathy and makes us root for him.  The plot is full of surprises.  All the characters are freshly drawn so that no character is a stereotype of the genre.  This is a good, solid read that will keep you on your toes until the very...

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Revew of The Aviator’s Wife

The Aviator’s Wife, Melanie Benjamin This novel based in part on the diaries and writings of Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, is a clear-eyed look at one of America’s heroes and his silent partner in the air and in the world.  The story covers the forty-five years of the Lindbergh marriage.  It  chronicles Anne’s reluctant recognition of Charles’s human failings and the...

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Review of Don Carroll’s Newest Book

The Beguines and the Search for Visionary Consciousness, Don Carroll A wonderful combination of spy thriller and spiritual pilgrimage. Carroll evokes the time of the beguines with authenticity and drama.  His concept of consciousness is spot-on with the way scientists are coming to see the world and the mind’s appreciation of it.  The ways his characters search for God are moving and...

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John Hart Review

The Last Child John Hart Hart’s third book kept me up nights.  A plot like a tight-wire.  Characters that breathe and bleed. Descriptions of places and times that rolled through my head like a good movie.  This book packs an emotional wallop without a hint of sentimentality.  The best I’ve read in a while.  

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Write what you know

My novels are set in Washington, D.C. Mercy Johnson, the protagonist, is a criminal defense attorney. So, I’m following the old adage. I was a criminal defense attorney for over 30 years. I lived in D.C. for 25 years. In my stories, I try to be faithful to my experience. A few clients I represented were just downright mean. Others were severely mentally ill. Many were just people who made stupid...

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Prissy on the Moon Review

Sweet story about Prissy’s blossoming independence and her strong ties to her family. She dreams of the moon but appreciates the beauty of every day happenings in her circle of love. Wonderful illustrations enhance the story....

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