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Nexus

An interesting and intriguing fiction debut from a non fiction pioneer in bio-technological issues.


A Good Death
Kirkus Reviews : A Good Death (February 19, 2013)

A debut thriller whose predominant tone, as its title suggests, is a profound sadness that no death, not even for an insurance company’s client, is a good death.


The Secret of the Nightingale Palace

Sachs (If You Lived Here, 2007, etc.) takes a conventional literary device—a road trip—and uses compassion, humor and good writing to transform the journey into a memorable story.


Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

A convincing case against media hype and a premature rush to judgment.


The Arena Man
Kirkus Reviews : The Arena Man (February 19, 2013)

Englehart’s latest is a thrilling ride that will appeal to readers of fantasy and conspiracy alike.


After Rome
Kirkus Reviews : After Rome (February 19, 2013)

Llywelyn spins a tale that is interesting rather than riveting, though it is full of the rich “stuff” of this historical period.


After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story

Part elegy, part mystery and wholly unforgettable.


Trinity Rising
Kirkus Reviews : Trinity Rising (February 19, 2013)

Best advice to fans of Book 1: read this one, wait—and hope.


Firebrand
Kirkus Reviews : Firebrand (February 19, 2013)

As ferociously compelling as Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, with which it invites comparison.


SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Scorpion

All action, all the time.


Crossbones Yard
Kirkus Reviews : Crossbones Yard (February 19, 2013)

The author stretches the reader’s credulity by relying on coincidence after coincidence to propel the fragile plot forward.


The Sound of Broken Glass

Another solid outing for the reliable Crombie (No Mark Upon Her, 2012, etc.), who turns a judicious eye on secrets that can overwhelm what they’re meant to protect despite the best intentions.


The Woman Who Wouldn't Die

After Cotterill's hiatus to launch another series set in Thailand (Grandpa, There's a Head on the Beach, 2012, etc.), the return of that glorious curmudgeon Dr. Siri for a ninth escapade is bliss.


The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe

The Taste of Ashes shows the ambiguity and the unfinished nature of communism’s fall. Shore brings her readers closer to understanding the complex psyche of both pre- and post-1989 Eastern Europe.


Shouting Won't Help

A well-written, powerful book.


Wise Men: A Novel

Wise Men is an irresistible debut novel that serves as both a love story and a brutal indictment of the cruelty born of wealth and greed.


American Elsewhere

"American Elsewhere" manages to surprise, terrify and move the reader.


American Isis

While the book is good, it's not groundbreaking, and, like many before it, ultimately emphasizes Plath's romantic downfall over her intellectual achievements.


Middle Men: Stories

Jim Gavin's remarkable debut story collection takes us into the lives of seven unexceptional men. A deliveryman, a salesman, a dropout - they're all blunderers, each living a sort of limbo existence. But Gavin doesn't let them rest. He flips them over, shakes them. He makes them confront their failures and themselves.


Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories

Reading this marvelous book, I felt the way one of its characters, Samson, feels about surfing: "It's like you're coasting outside of time, outside your own skin."