Review | Cradle of Sea and Soil – Bernie Anés Paz

About the Book The Primordial Wound has festered with corruption since the birth of the world. The island tribes have warred against its spawn for just as long—and they are losing. Burdened by the same spiritual affliction that drove the first Halfborn insane, Colibrí lives in exile with little more than her warrior oaths and…

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The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul – Eleanor Herman

About the Book The story of poison is the story of power. For centuries, royal families have feared the gut-roiling, vomit-inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by an enemy. To avoid poison, they depended on tasters, unicorn horns, and antidotes tested on condemned prisoners. Servants licked the royal family’s…

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Review | Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria – Sam Dagher

About the Book From a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist specializing in the Middle East, this groundbreaking account of the Syrian Civil War reveals the never-before-published true story of a 21st-century humanitarian disaster. In spring 2011, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned to his friend and army commander, Manaf Tlass, for advice about how to respond to Arab…

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Review | Kings of Paradise – Richard Nell

About the Book A deformed genius plots vengeance while struggling to survive. A wastrel prince comes of age, finding a power he never imagined. Two worlds are destined to collide. Only one can be king.  Ruka, called a demon at birth, is a genius. Born malformed and ugly into the snow-covered wasteland of the Ascom,…

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Book Sale!

Hey folks! Just dropping in here to say that until the June 22, my books (both of them) are on sale for $.99. Click on the link under each cover to find the books on Amazon. I’m also adding two snippets of each book beneath them. Reason being, I have a pretty uh… unique style…

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Review | Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond

About the Book In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us…

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Review | The Borgias: Power and Depravity in Renaissance Italy – Paul Strathern

About the Book The glorious and infamous history of the Borgia family—a world of saints, corrupt popes, and depraved princes and poisoners—set against the golden age of the Italian Renaissance. The Borgia family have become a byword for evil. Corruption, incest, ruthless megalomania, avarice and vicious cruelty—all have been associated with their name. And yet, paradoxically, this family…

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