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BOOK REVIEWS: Thrillers, Fantasy And Historical Saga To Suit All Reading Tastes


“Desire of Whimsy” by Charletta Barksdale

(NAPSI)-Serenity has a gift: She is able to interpret and control her dreams. And when she dreams more and more of a certain mysterious man, he begins to consume her 20191219-120641-73707waking thoughts as well.

Trance’s gift—the ability to control others’ thoughts and emotions while they are sleeping—makes it hard for him to decipher between dream and reality, especially because he doesn’t even know he is in a coma. When Serenity—who happens to work with coma patients in the same Edinburgh hospital—and Trance meet in dreams, they learn a lot more than they ever could when they are awake. Purchase at

“A Better Place” by Steven M. Forman

A multi-generational saga spanning two world wars, the Cold War and the largest anti-war movement in American history. A war story, a love story, and a story about the eternal battle of good versus evil. Compelling characters, mighty and meek, live their lives through turbulent times of change—trying to make their world a better place.

From soldier to pacifist, this book portrays the profound changes that shook individuals, the nation, and the world, exploring some of society’s greatest triumphs and devastations. “Diverse, complex and unforgettable characters,” says author Deborah Shlian. From Mandevilla Press, purchase at

“Relentless” by Shawn Wilson

It starts with a naked, dead body of a young woman floating in Washington, D.C.’s Tidal Basin—nothing like ruining Cherry Blossom season. When veteran homicide detective Brick Kavanagh is assigned to the case, he’s shocked to learn the victim is connected to another homicide, which makes the investigation very personal for him.

Brick’s efforts to solve the case are thwarted by departmental politics and a rush to judgment. Convinced that justice has not been served and the wrong person is in jail, Kavanagh risks all to relentlessly pursue the truth. Overlooked evidence ultimately leads to a devastating conclusion in a heartbreaking case. From Oceanview Publishing, purchase at

“Monsterland Reanimated” by Michael Okon

You’d think if you’ve read one book about an amusement park where guests interact with vampires, are chased by werewolves and walk among zombies, then you’ve read them all. Not quite. That’s because Michael Okon has a lot of cleaning up to do since the end of his weird and wacky “Monsterland.”

The sequel, “Monsterland Reanimated”, is aptly named. Many creatures and villains you so lovingly met in book one have been restored to life and given fresh vigor, which they use in the continued quest of their sinister leader, Vincent Konrad, to achieve world dominance. Once again, Okon’s imagination runs wild with a zany plot, fast-paced writing, and a unique blend of gore and sarcasm. From WordFire Press, purchase at

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