“The Tubman Command” by Elizabeth Cobbs

Genre:         Historical FictionTubman
Publisher:    Skyhorse Publishing
Pub. Date:   May 21, 2019

Mini Review

The author of “The Hamilton Affair” has written another interesting historical novel, “The Tubman Command.”  In this flawlessly researched novel, one learns of the lesser known heroic deeds of the black icon Harriet Tubman AKA Moses.  Most people have heard of Tubman for engineering the Underground Railroad and smuggling fugitive slaves from the South to the North.  This novel veers away from that part of her life and instead concentrates on her lesser known missions as a spy for the Union army.  Her efforts helped turn the tide during the Civil War, which, as of May 1863, the North was losing.  Cobbs keeps the writing authentic in many ways, such as using the long-forgotten dialect of the Africans living in Hilton Head Island located in South Carolina.  This is where Tubman and her scouts locate Rebel underwater mines.   Adding to the appreciated realism, each chapter begins with an actual and often moving quote from a general, colonel, scout or slave regarding Moses’ extraordinary talents.  The author shines brightest when she brings focus to the human side of the famous woman.  The story fluctuates between Harriet’s determined dedication to freeing people from slavery and her sense of burden and loss in her personal life.  She left her first husband to pursue her own freedom and outlived her second husband.  The author allows her heroine a love affair, which she admits in the endnotes to be pure fiction. This sexual relationship may not have been needed other than as a means to reach an audience who simply want romance in their stories.  Still, Cobbs emphasizes that, although her real-life protagonist was a lonely woman, she knew she was equal, or more probably, superior to any man, black or white.

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Flower Power Trip: Blog Tour 4/5 thru 4/15

Another good one from Jay.

This Is My Truth Now

Flower Power Trip, the 3rd book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries series, will officially be available to purchase or download on March 30th, 2019. We’ve arranged a phenomenal blog tour with ~20 amazing bloggers who will share reviews, giveaways, interviews, and other special content from April 5th through April 15th. Come join the fun and leave a comment on everyone’s blog.For more information, check out the Great Escape Virtual Blog Tour page where you’ll find all the details.

If you want to purchase the book, you can buy a Kindle or physical copy via Amazon.

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As a quick preview about the book, here’s what you need to know…

Overview:Braxton College is throwing the Heroes & Villains Costume Extravaganza to raise money for renovations to the antiquated Memorial Library. While attending, Kellan stumbles upon a close family friend standing over a dead body that’s dressed as Dr. Evil. Did one…

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“The Pandora Room” by Christopher Golden

(On a personal note, my husband is weak as a kitten but home.  Once again, thanks for all the support.)

Genre:         Mystery & ThrillersThe Pandora room
Publisher:    St. Martin’s Press
Pub. Date:   April 23, 2019

This is the author’s second novel with his protagonist, Ben Walker.  Think James Bond, only more realistic. This hero actually feels chronic pain from injuries incurred during his fights with bad guys. The reader first meets the character in Golden’s 2017 novel, “Ararat.”  He joins an archaeological expedition, digging deep within a mountain located in Turkey.  They were looking to find Noah’s ark (and stumbles instead on to the devil).  In “Pandora,” he joins another expedition. Once again, Walker becomes part of the team as a member of the National Science Foundation.  In reality, he works for the US government—spy lies. Nothing new about books with spies and forces beyond scientific understanding, but Golden does it very well, reminiscent to “The Age of Exodus,” by Gavin Scott. In “Pandora,” the archaeological team learns that the infamous titular box is real and buried in an ancient subterranean city located in Northern Iraq.  Golden is a master at creating a claustrophobic atmosphere filled with evil, both real and hallucinatory.  The infamous titular box, which is a jar in this novel, is filled with ancient diseases that once opened turns into a plague.  Do not be surprised if you begin to feel a sore throat.

Enhancing the tale, “Pandora” has an element of current affairs to it.  It seems that both governments, the US and the Iraqis, want the jar in their hands to be used as a weapon.  Now that is a thought that is truly terrifying and probably not all that farfetched.  In this sequel, Walker is fighting demon ghosts underground and soldiers above ground:  A very nice touch.  “Pandora” does not quite have the same finesse as “Exodus.”  Scott simply never misses a beat.  Golden spends a good deal of time explaining why the team is actually experiencing two different types of disease: skimming material.  Still, Ben Walker#2 is a very good supernatural fantasy.  The similarities in both Walker tales are obvious, but as long as you go in knowing this, you will not be disappointed.  If you didn’t read the first tale, this can easily be a standalone novel.   “Pandora” is written razor-sharp to scare the bejesus out of the reader.  Your adrenaline should rise with each chapter.  The secret to Golden’s success seems to be that he writes about supernatural thrills with just the right amount of religious references to make it all feel grounded in something familiar.

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“You Know You Want This” by Kristen Roupenian

Genre:            General FictionYou know you want this
Publisher:    Gallery Publishing Group
Pub. Date:    January 15, 2019

(On a personal note after one month of being in ICU my husband is in a regular room.  I am attempting to review again.)

Mini Review

From the author of “Cat Person”—“the short story that launched a thousand theories” (The Guardian)—comes Kristen Roupenian’s highly anticipated debut, a compulsively readable collection of short stories…that explore the complex—and often darkly funny—connections between gender, sex, and power across genres.” (Goodreads blurb).

There seems to be two types of storytelling in the author’s short-story arsenal: the weird allegories and the more personal, almost confessional-feeling character-driven stories.

The best examples of the weird allegories in the collection are “Bad Boy”, and “Sardines.” Roupenian breathes life expertly into the characters caught in their absurd situations. These shorts remind us that that humanity is much more deviant than most of us want to admit.

As far as the second type of story, “Cat Person” is probably the best example. When I read it in this collection, I wasn’t aware that it had already hit a national nerve as a standalone short. As a female, I completely connected to the narrator’s thoughts.

The story that creeped me out the most is “Scarred” which is a downright gory evil home-prison experiment tale. The only story that bored me is “Nightrunner.” It didn’t read scary or like dark humor, just silly.

Regardless, Roupenian doesn’t disappoint. She says that she likes to write about what scares her. She also seems to enjoy jolting our assumptions about sex and gender. She may not be for everyone still, her voice is true and she found a fan in me.

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“The Promise” by Teresa Driscoll

My Rating:   Three StarsThe Promise
Genre:          Psychological Thriller
Publisher:    Thomas & Mercer
Pub. Date:   Feb. 7, 2019

On a personal note, my husband had open heart surgery on Feb. 8th and remains in the hospital from complications.  He is not out of the woods yet, but he is on the mend.  Thank you for all your support.

I hope you understand why this review only has a star rating.  I miss reviewing but at the moment I am too preoccupied.

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