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The Devil’s Dream

He could have been the next Einstein. He could have won a Nobel prize. His teenage son stood a great chance of becoming president someday. Only if things had turned out differently for Matthew Brand. If the cops hadn’t gunned down his son in a case of mistaken identity; he […]

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The Lost Souls of Angelkov

Although it is well known that slaves in the United States were finally given their freedom in the 1860s, it is not so commonly known that in Russia, another form of slavery – serfdom – was abolished by the Tsar in 1861. At that time almost 40% of the Russian […]

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Smokescreen

Recently released e-book Smokescreen from first-time author Khaled Talib is an espionage thriller with a certain difference: it’s set, perhaps unusually, in Singapore, where womanising Eurasian journalist Jet West finds himself embroiled in a political assassination plot with undercurrents of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Smokescreen, described as “dark and edgy” by […]

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Apocalypse Next Tuesday

Hello everyone. Let me start by introducing myself. I’m an adult man, 29 years old, and I have just finished reading my first chick lit. There, I said it. But before support emails start coming in, let me just say I survived. In fact, I feel secure enough to admit […]

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Closed for Winter

William Wisting has seen a lot of crime scenes in his days as chief inspector, but never before has he faced a mystery which raises so many questions that shake him to the core. In Closed for Winter, an idyllic hamlet of holiday cottages in Vestfold on the rugged Norwegian coast […]

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Heaven’s Waiting Room

I distinctly remember it being bright and sunny outside when I snuggled into my couch to read this book. By the time I finished, it was dark and past dinner time. I can’t remember consuming a book this intensely in a long while. I lost all sense of time, something […]

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The Flesh Market

I began reading The Flesh Market expecting a straightforward historical novel about the nineteenth century serial killers Bill Burke and William Hare. Set against the backdrop of 1800’s Edinburgh and the flourishing schools of anatomy, Burke and Hare carried out the murders of sixteen people in order to supply them […]

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The Moon King

The notion of ‘balance’ underlies aspects of all the natural sciences: One of the first things a student of physics learns is that for every action there is a reaction. Biology teaches that nature is maintained in a constant state of balance; and the many hours spent balancing out chemical […]

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The Wolf and the Raven

March 16th 1322. Rebellion is rife, and an uneven battle between the Earl of Lancaster’s army and the forces of King Edward II, led by Sir Andrew Harclay, is taking place. Who should be caught between a rock and a hard place, why none other than Robin Hood and his fellow […]

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Permafrost

The opening of Permafrost is one that seems to promise a simple storyline of mystery, intrigue and character evaluation, with one friend setting out to search for another, and this is what the novel that follows eventually delivers. However, there is a great deal else with which the reader must […]