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Spellmans kept me laughing & spellbound

Book Review: The Spellman Files The Spellmans Document #1 By Lisa Lutz The Spellmans are a collection of quirky, self-absorbed psychopaths in a family that operates a detective agency. The main character in this first “document” and every document in the Spellmans series is 28-year-old Izzy [Isabel] who tries to leave the family and the business…… Continue reading Spellmans kept me laughing & spellbound

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James Patterson’s Don’t Blink, a masterclass for budding writers

Don’t Blink is the first James Patterson work I’ve read in more than two years and his formula for delivering a fast-paced murder mystery was there in [Sam] Spade[s] in this stand-alone novel. Written in the first person through main character Nick Daniels, Patterson and co-author Howard Roughan deliver what his loyal readers expect, non-stop…… Continue reading James Patterson’s Don’t Blink, a masterclass for budding writers

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Black Like Me offers lessons in race harmony 55 years later

BOOK REVIEW Black Like Me Written by John Howard Griffin I naively thought the election of the first African American U.S. president marked an important turning point in race relations. Then came protests and violent race riots in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. Other tragedies involving cops and people of color sparked protests across the U.S.…… Continue reading Black Like Me offers lessons in race harmony 55 years later

cyber news · politics · terrorism

CYBER WARS: The hackers are coming, The hackers are coming

  The #FBI warning to U.S. state election boards to beware of hackers has all the makings of a spy-fi thriller. https://www.wired.com/2016/08/hack-brief-fbi-warns-election-sites-got-hacked-eyes-russia/ The #Russians weren’t named in the FBI note, but lots of fingers are pointing to them. Top folks in cybersecurity cite a series of hacks that culled embarrassing information from the Democratic National Committee and…… Continue reading CYBER WARS: The hackers are coming, The hackers are coming

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Not so innocent flaws in Baldacci’s The Innocent

The Innocent By David Baldacci Reviewed by John An assassin in the employ of the U.S. government shows up for his appointed kill, a middle-aged woman in her modest apartment in Washington D.C. The assassin, Will Robie, has second thoughts when he sees the woman has a young child with her. He decides he can’t…… Continue reading Not so innocent flaws in Baldacci’s The Innocent

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Water, the magic elixir

We all know that without water, we and all life on Earth would be pooched. Just ask Californians. But did you know that if this fantastic blend of two of the universe’s most common elements were a student in your high school, rather than being on the scholar’s list for outstanding contributions, he / she would be sitting…… Continue reading Water, the magic elixir