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Review: The Executioner: A Love Story – Melissa Silvey

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 By Rick Rhodes
Print Length: 254 pages
Publisher: Melissa Silvey (June 15, 2013)
Language: English
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Characters:

Florian Desjardins – Secret Assassin.
Jordan Stewart – Technological Whiz
Agent Vince Argento – Federal Investigator

Synopsis:

A trained assassin finders herself as the target, when it’s discovered that someone is out to kill her. She ends up on the run with her next door neighbor, and a Federal Agent. What they find is how much they all three need each other.

Review

This book was a bit of a stretch outside my normal genres of reading. While I’ve done books on sexual themes before, I always find it a bit difficult relating to characters going through things I’ve not experienced. That being said, I found myself liking these characters. Each of the three primary characters seemed to have traits that the others depended on. That hold true in almost any relationship. My wife and I bring different strengths to our relationship, and Florian, Jordan, and Vince did the same to theirs. While I’ve never been involved in a polyamorous relationship, I can kind of understand it, and support it.

Due to the sexuality, this book may not appeal to all readers. It involves multiple pairings of sexuality from m/m, to m/f and m/f/m. But for some of the more open minded readers, I think you may find yourself enjoying the story. In the end it’s a love story about 3 people, all broken, and all needing something in each other to repair the cracks in themselves.

I’d rate it for adults due to the content. But I think it has its appeal to the modern reader and think you’d find it enjoyable. Be sure and check it out, and drop back by to let us know what you thought.

About the Author

Melissa Silvey is a West Virginia native currently residing in Alabama. She is a 43 year old mother and college student.

She’s taken several creative writing classes and workshops, and is actively trying every day to improve her writing. She still doesn’t know what she wants to major in, it changes every day but she’s leaning toward law.

The good thing about her mind changing every day is that she’s always thinking: what if. And what if usually leads to a new idea for a book. She’s been writing since she was a child, but only recently found an outlet in e-books.

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Review: The Patron Saint of Ugly – Maria Manilla

Posted on: June 12th, 2014 By Rick Rhodes
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Mariner Books (June 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: ISBN-10: 0544146247
ISBN-13: 978-ISBN-13: 978-0544146242
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Synopsis:

A young woman, “cursed” with a port-wine stain of the world covering her body, through recordings, details her life, her family history, and miracles attribute to her in her small town of Sweetwater, WV.

Characters:

Garnet Ferrari – A young woman struggling to fit in and be loved.
Nonna Diamante – Garnet’s Sicilian Born Grandmother.

Review

This was one of the most beautifully drawn tales I’ve had the experience to read. The characters are brought vividly to life, in often poignant, and at times humorous situations. The character of Nonna was one of my favorites, reminding me of the little small grandmother/mother we all tenderly remember. The character of Garnet is one of sadness, but also joy. You just feel for the poor girl, when she is constantly rejected by those whose love she desires most, because they consider her unattractive. She also watches sadly, as this love is often given to others much more freely.

A lot of the story style, reminds me of the movie, The Big Fish. You never know whether some of the events described were true, or were “stretches”. Through flashbacks, we get to see the original Garnet, Nonna’s life in Sicily and events that brought her to America, and many other events. The narrative though flows flawlessly, and in the end, one can’t help but love Garnet.

I’d rate this on a PG-13 scale due to some language, and events. But for a great reading experience, I don’t think you could go wrong with this novel. If you like rich characters, then this is definitely one for you. I heartily recommend it. It hits shelves on June 15-17, 2014.

About the Author

West Virginia native Marie Manilla is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Mississippi Review, Prairie Schooner, Calyx, Portland Review, NewSouth, South Writ Large, and other journals. Her novel SHRAPNEL (River City Publishing, 2012) was selected by author Daniel Wallace as winner of the Fred Bonnie Award for Best First Novel. Her collection of stories, STILL LIFE WITH PLUMS (West Virginia University Press, 2010), was a finalist for the Weatherford Award and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year. Her novel THE PATRON SAINT OF UGLY will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in spring 2014. Learn more at www.mariemanilla.com.

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Review: Drone Strike – Dale Brown

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 By Rick Rhodes
Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Harper (May 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062122827
ISBN-13: 978-0062122827
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Characters:

Captain Turk Mako – U.S. Air Force Pilot.
Christine Todd – U.S. President.
Captain Parsa Vahid – Iranian Pilot.

Synopsis:

The U.S. has discovered that Iran may be secretly working on nuclear missile technology. A special department of the Department of Defense pulls in Captain Turk Mako to go behind Iranian lines and destroy the production facility. However, things are not as simple as they seem. While trying to destroy the factory, Turk must also avoid and fight off his Iranian counterpart Parsa Vahid.

Review

This was a fairly exciting novel with a lot of action sequences. For those who like Air Force type thrillers, air battles, and scientific weaponry, this is a thriller made for you. The writing style was very detailed and presented a visual image of Turk’s surroundings as he battled his way in and out of Iran.

The characters were well developed, and I found myself like Turk. While war novels typically aren’t a genre I read a lot of, I found myself enjoying this, and would definitely read of Turks adventures. If I had to put it into a category, I’d say fans of Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy will probably find a lot to love in this book.

I’d rate it PG-13 for teens and older due to the content. But for a fun, fast ride into and out of Iran, and some great air battles, pick up Drone Strike, and be sure to drop back by and let us know what you thought.

About the Author

Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown is the superstar author of 21 action-adventure “techno-thriller” novels: FLIGHT OF THE OLD DOG (1987), SILVER TOWER (1988), DAY OF THE CHEETAH (1989), HAMMERHEADS (1990), SKY MASTERS (1991), NIGHT OF THE HAWK (1992), CHAINS OF COMMAND (1993), STORMING HEAVEN (1994), SHADOWS OF STEEL (1996), FATAL TERRAIN (1997), THE TIN MAN (1998), BATTLE BORN, (1999), WARRIOR CLASS (2001), WINGS OF FIRE (2002), AIR BATTLE FORCE (2003), PLAN OF ATTACK (2004), ACT OF WAR (2005), EDGE OF BATTLE (2006), STRIKE FORCE (May 2007), SHADOW COMMAND (2008) ROGUE FORCES (2009), EXECUTIVE INTENT (2010) and A TIME FOR PATRIOTS (May 2011). Fourteen of his novels have been New York Times best-sellers. He is also the co-author of the best-selling DREAMLAND techno-thriller series and writer and technical consultant of the Act of War PC real-time strategy game published by Atari Interactive and the Megafortress PC flight simulator by Three-Sixty Pacific. Dale’s novels are published in 11 languages and distributed to over 70 countries. Worldwide sales of his novels, audiobooks and computer games exceed 12 million copies.

Dale was born in Buffalo, New York on November 2, 1956. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Western European History and received an Air Force commission in 1978. He was a navigator-bombardier in the B-52G Stratofortress heavy bomber and the FB-111A supersonic medium bomber, and is the recipient of several military decorations and awards including the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Combat Crew Award, and the Marksmanship ribbon. Dale was also one of the nation’s first Air Force ROTC cadets to qualify for and complete the grueling three-week U.S. Army Airborne Infantry paratrooper training course. He was also an Air Force instructor on aircrew life support and combat survival, evasion, resistance, and escape.

Dale supports a number of organizations to promote law enforcement, education, and literacy. He is a Life Member of the Air Force Association, U.S. Naval Institute, and National Rifle Association. He is a command pilot for Angel Flight West (www.angelflightwest.org), a group that donate their time, skills, and aircraft to fly medical patients free of charge. He is also a mission pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, flying a variety of missions in support of the U.S. Air Force and other federal agencies. He is a multi-engine and instrument-rated private pilot and can often be found in the skies all across the United States, piloting his Piper Aztec-E airplane. On the ground, Dale enjoys tennis, scuba diving, and soccer. Dale, his wife Diane, and son Hunter live near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Megan at Harper Collins for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.


Review: A Clash of Kings – George R. R. Martin

Posted on: June 5th, 2014 By Rick Rhodes
Mass Market Paperback: 1040 pages
Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (March 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345535421
ISBN-13: 978-0345535429
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Synopsis:

The battle for the Iron Throne and Westeros continues as 7 people vye for the role of King. War, Destruction, and the loss of life is in store for the people of Westeros, as many fall victim to the power struggle.

Characters:

Robb Stark – Lord of Winterfell and King of the North.
Joffrey Baratheon – King of the Seven Kingdoms
Stannis Baratheon – Claimant to the Throne and Joffrey’s Uncle.
Daenerys Targaryen – The Mother of Dragons and daughter of a former King.

Review

This is the second book in the Song of Fire and Ice Series. The title comes from the fact that with the death of Robert of Baratheon, and the questionable rise of his heir Joffrey, there are struggles all over Westeros for King. Not only has Joffrey taken the throne, but Robert’s brothers Renly and Stannis also claim the throne. Robb Stark is named King of the North, while Theon Greyjoy has anointed himself King of the Iron Islands. With all these Kings running around, there can only be one result, War.

Tyrion Lannister tries to forge his own path to power through his being named as the acting Hand of the King.

Arya Stark is on the run after her father’s death, and posing as a boy joins a group headed to join the Night’s Watch.

Jon Snow and a group of the Night’s Watch are sent after the Wildlings and the King Beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder.

Daenerys meanwhile in the East is still trying to amass her own loyal followers and make her own power base.

Like the previous installment, none of the characters are completely safe. Favorite characters will die, and some will be altered in major ways as the events, the war, and the power struggles play out and impact their lives.

The characters just keep getting more interesting in these books. Like the previous book, each chapter is seen through the POV of one of 9 characters. For some this format may be a bit hard to follow, because you tend to jump all around the world of Westeros from character to character. However, if you can manage to follow it all, the result is well worth it.

Like before, there is a lot of violence, sex, and strong language, so for older audiences only. If you’re a fan of the TV show, you should really read the books as they fill in a lot more of the details than the show manages to. But beware, because there are major spoilers to the TV show.

For a great fantasy, though a rather large book to read, be sure and pick up a Clash of Kings, and drop back by and let us know what you thought.

About the Author

George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made.

In the mid ’90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire.

He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he’s allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.

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Review: The Kill Switch – James Rollins

Posted on: June 3rd, 2014 By Rick Rhodes
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (May 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062135252
ISBN-13: 978-0062135254
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Characters:

Tucker Wayne – Former U.S. Army Ranger
Kane – Military trained canine.

Synopsis:

Tucker Wayne and his dog Kane are brought in by Sigma Force to rescue a Russian Scientist . However, his rescue won’t be as simple as it seems, and they’ll have to deal with some who wish to kill him to keep his discoveries to themselves.

Review

I’ve not read Bloodlines which is the Sigma Force novel in which these characters debuted, so I don’t know how they were written. However, in the style of this novel, I liked it. Kane wasn’t just an addition, but a POV character, and you’d actually get the opportunity at various times to see the world from his perspective. Out of the two, I think he was probably more my favorite, than was Tucker.

The plot is interesting, seemed to be well laid out, and all fit together logically. The writing was fast paced, and loaded with tons of cliffhangers, and edge of your seat excitement. The descriptions of the various locales was very vivid, and brought those parts of the world to life.

Overall, a great adventure novel and a great debut of a new series. I’d rate in for older teens and adults due to the content and the violence. But overall, for a thrilling read, check out The Kill Switch and be sure to drop back by and let us know what you thought.

About the Author

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of thrillers translated into forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” (New York Times) and one of the “hottest summer reads” (People magazine).

Acclaimed for his originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets—and he does it all at breakneck speed. Find James Rollins on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter, and at www.jamesrollins.com.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Danielle at Harper Collins for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.


Review: A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin

Posted on: May 29th, 2014 By Rick Rhodes
Mass Market Paperback: 864 pages
Publisher: Bantam; Mti Rep edition (March 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553593714
ISBN-13: 978-0553593716
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Synopsis:

A violent, sexually driven medieval kingdom called Westeros, in which the most powerful families battle it out for control of the Iron Throne, and the kingship of Westeros.

Characters:

Eddard Stark – Patriarch of the Stark Family, Hand to King Robert Baratheon, and Lord of Winterfell.
Tyrion Lannister – Dwarf with a smart ass attitude, but seems to be a more decent person than his family.

Review

It took me a long time to get around to reading this book. The mere size of each volume is a bit intimidating. But once you read it, and begin to understand the characters, it becomes quite the addiction. Each chapter focuses on a specific character, and alternates beteen a core group of the characters and how the events relate to them. The characters are very well developed, the plotlines are thrilling, and there are constant cliffhangers.

Unlike many novels though in the fantasy genre, this one doesn’t rely as much on the basic fantasy elements, elves, trolls, orcs, etc. Instead the protagonists are humans, wildlings, and others not yet seen.

Due to a lot of the sexual content and violence though, this is definitely one for older readers, but if you are a fan of edgy fantasy, on an epic scale, then you definitely need to pick up A Game of Thrones.

About the Author

George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made.

In the mid ’90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire.

He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he’s allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.

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Review: Like Clockwork – Margerie Orford

Posted on: May 27th, 2014 By Rick Rhodes
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Atlantic Books (March 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1843549433
ISBN-13: 978-1843549437
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Characters:

Dr. Clare Hart – Documentary Filmmaker, Author, and Criminal Profiler.
Riedwaan Faizal – Police Inspector.

Synopsis:

A body is found on the shore, she’d been bound, and tortured. Dr. Clare Hart is pulled into the investigation when a neighbor finds the young girl’s body. It’s not long however, before Clare discovers that this is only the first body, and no one knows how many more will follow. Will she be able to convince the authorities that there is a serial killer? Will she succumb to the killer before they are unmasked? To find out, read Like Clockwork.

Review

I liked the story. The plot was well developed. The characters were interesting. The blood and gore was kept to a minimum considering the content. There’s a few subplots, one involving Clare’s sister, and another involving the female slave trade.

If I had one issue with the story, it is that there were many words most likely common to the author or those within the setting (Cape Town) that weren’t as familiar to me as a reader, and at times it made it a little difficult to understand what the characters were saying, seeing, or doing. While I was able to ignore that, and carry on with the story, it may be a big drawback to others.

Overall though, it was a good story, good plot, and an interesting thriller. I’d definitely give the author a second look on a later story. I’d rate it as suitable for older teens and adults due to some of the darker sexual content, some of which may trigger bad memories for readers.

About the Author

Margie Orford, an award-winning journalist and internationally acclaimed writer, is the author of the Clare Hart series. Her novels have been translated into nine languages. She was born in London and grew up in Namibia, the setting for Blood Rose, her highly acclaimed second novel in the series.

A Fulbright Scholar, she was educated in South Africa and the United States. She is Executive Vice-President of South African PEN, the patron of Rape Crisis and of the children’s book charity, the Little Hands Trust. She lives in Cape Town.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Danielle at Harper Collins for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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Review: Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation for Animals – Susan E. Davis

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 By Rick Rhodes
Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: Joycare Media (July 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0989275000
ISBN-13: 978-0989275002
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Review

There’s no doubt about it, we love our pets. But they like all of us, tend to break down with age. When this occurs, sometimes you need to get the help of a rehab specialist. And yes, there are people that specialize in rehabilative medicine for pets, mostly dogs and horses it seems, but I’m sure all pets are covered. And when you need to find and hire one of these specialists, what do you look for? How do you determine you are getting someone qualified? And what if you want to be one of these specialists, what all is involved in the job.

Luckily, the answer to many of those questions is covered in this book. Everything from what to expect during the first visit, choosing a therapist, to treatment, exercises, orthopedic solutions, neurological issues, and other medical conditions. For such a small book, it’s packed with information and a section of resources.

So for those who love their animals, or those who love others animals and wish to take care of them, pick up a copy of this book. I think you’d find it very helpful. And for those who might be concerned that animals wouldn’t like this, the author tells a story about a dog that was treated. After the author had treated and released the dog, she’d often see it. She watched it secretly, and it would run and play with no problems, but then when it would see her, it would begin limping.

So go out and check out a copy of this book, and drop back by and let us know your thoughts.

About the Author

Susan E. Davis is a New Jersey Licensed Physical Therapist with over 35 years’ clinical experience, who transitioned from human practice to working with animals. She owns and operates Joycare Onsite, LLC, formed in 2008, providing Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation services exclusively to multiple animal species: in the pet’s home, farm, in clinics, animal shelters, and a zoo. She provided her services pro-Bono once per week for over 5 years to the Associated Humane Societies, in Forked River, NJ. She currently provides pro-Bono PT care to the animals at Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown, NJ. Susan is a member of the International Association for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy and the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce. She is a past member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its Animal Rehabilitation Special Interest Group and the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners. In addition to clinical practice, Susan is a writer and author, public speaker and consultant.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Rebecca at Cadence Marketing for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.


Review: Rag Baby – Mark Ellis

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 By Rick Rhodes
Print Length: 58 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Millennial Concepts Publishing (July 21, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
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Characters:

Bone Mizell – Private Investigator and head of Mizell Security Solutions
Dale Bristline – Strip Club owner.

Synopsis:

Dale Bristline is being blackmailed. The catch is, the blackmailer is his wife’s dead husband. To find the blackmailer before he ends up dead, Bristline hires Bone Mizell, a tough talking private eye.

Review

This was a rather short novella at only about 54 pages. But in those few pages was packed a lot of action, a lot of story, and some interesting characters. Bone Mizell is a throwback to the olden days of the greats like Phillip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and Mike Hammer. The plot is interesting with plenty of twists and turns, and by the end, it had made sense who the perpetrator was.

There was some strong language, violent situations, and adult content, and for that reason I recommend it for older audiences. If you are a fan of Hard Boiled fiction though, I think you would definitely enjoy this book for a quick read.

About the Author

Mark Ellis is a novelist and comics creator whose many credentials include Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, The Wild, Wild West, The New Justice Machine, Death Hawk, The Miskatonic Project and Star Rangers. In 1996 he created the best-selling Outlanders series for Harlequin Enterprise’s Gold Eagle imprint. He is the author of over 50 books and co-wrote The Everything Guide to Writing Graphic Novels with his wife Melissa Martin-Ellis. He has been featured in Starlog, Comics Scene and Fangoria magazines. He has also been interviewed by Robert Siegel for NPR’s All Things Considered.
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Review: Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor: Part Two – Robert Kirkman

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 By Rick Rhodes
Series: The Walking Dead (Book 4)
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (March 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250052017
ISBN-13: 978-1250052018
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Characters:

Phillip Blake – Leader of a group of Zombie Apocalypse survivors in a town called Woodbury. Known as the Governor.
Bob Stookey – Alcoholic and Veteran resident of Woodbury.
Lilly Caul – Survivor and resident of Woodbury.

Synopsis:

After being brutally attacked by outsiders, the governor lies on the brink of death. As a result, the town of Woodbury finds itself without a leader. With no other choices, Lilly Caul steps up to fill the governor’s shoes. When he recovers though, Rick Grimes and his group will have hell to pay.

Review

This is a truly fitting conclusion to the 4 novel ARC of The Walking Dead that begin with Rise of the Governor. Through the 4 books we’ve seen the Governor go from his more peaceful beginnings to a man ready to do whatever it takes to protect those under his protection. While in his mind, he’s the good guy, his methods very often leave a lot to be desired, and he’s more of an anti-hero than a heroic figure.

We get to see a lot more parallels to the events contained within the pages of the Comic Series, and to see some of what occurred after Rick Grimes and his band of survivors are forced out of the Prison they’d been living in. Once again filled with a lot of Zombie Action, and characters in peril, this novel kept me reading from page one, and I truly couldn’t put it down.

I’d rate it for adults and older teens due to the savage violence, imagery, and adult situations presented. But for fans of The Walking Dead who love the character of The Governor and would like to see his whole story, then you should definitely pick these novels up. If you’ve read the comic though, be warned that some events may be spoiled.

Robert Kirkman is best known for his work on The Walking Dead and Invincible for Image Comics and SKYBOUND.

He is one of the five partners of Image Comics and is an executive producer and writer on AMC’s critically acclaimed television series The Walking Dead.

 

THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE says, “Jay Bonansinga has quickly and firmly established himself as one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers. His twisting narratives, with their in-your-face glimpses of violence, are set in an unstable, almost psychotic universe that makes the work of many of his contemporaries look rather tame.”

His novels — which include THE WALKING DEAD: THE ROAD TO WOODBURY (2012, co-author, with Robert Kirkman), THE WALKING DEAD: RISE OF THE GOVERNOR (2011, co-author, with Robert Kirkman), PINKERTON’S WAR (2011), PERFECT VICTIM (2008), SHATTERED (2007), TWISTED (2006), and FROZEN (2005) — have been translated into 9 different languages. His 2004 non-fiction debut THE SINKING OF THE EASTLAND was a Chicago Reader “Critics Choice Book” as well as the recipient of a Superior Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society. His debut novel THE BLACK MARIAH was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award, and his numerous short tales and articles have been published in such magazines as THE WRITER, AMAZING STORIES, GRUE, FLESH & BLOOD, OUTRE and CEMETERY DANCE, as well as a number of anthologies.

Jay also proudly wears the hat of indie filmmaker: his music videos have been seen on The Nashville Network and Public Television, and his short film CITY OF MEN was awarded the prestigious silver plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. In 2008, his feature-film debut, STASH (based on his short story of the same title collected in CANDY IN THE DUMPSTER), won the Gold Remi at the Houston International Film Festival and Best Comedy at the Iowa City and Queens International film festivals. STASH was shot in Chicago and stars Tim Kazurinsky (POLICE ACADEMY) and the late Marilyn Chambers (INSATIABLE), and has appeared on On-Demand nationwide in 50 million households. Jay has also worked as a screenwriter with horror legend George Romero, Will Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment, and Dennis Haysbert (THE UNIT).

The holder of a master’s degree in film from Columbia College Chicago, Jay currently resides in Evanston, Illinois. He is also a visiting professor at Northwestern University in their Creative Writing for the Media program, as well as the Graduate Writing Program at DePaul University. He can be reached at jaybona@aol.com.

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