Literary Fiction – Mark IV

Mark IVMark IV
By James Ostby
Published: November 2019
ISBN: 9780991448234
ASIN: B081S4JPSN
Genre: Literary Fiction
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In our world of increasing complexity and the resultant human and physical constraints–overpopulation, global warming, rampant stupidity, unchecked evil, corruption, scientific advances used for ill–what is to be done? Are even the best governments incapable of maintaining order? Is the future of humankind at stake?

How many of us have wondered what we would do if we had some kind of world dictatorial power or other absolute influence? Many would find that conjecture to be overwhelming. Yet what if we limited our scope to, say, evil and corruption? The next barrier to fighting such iniquity would be the realization that too often world governments are inept when it comes to such endeavors. Inadequate due to legal, religious, intellectual, political and traditional moral strictures.

In view of that, what then if a choice had to be made between the world falling into chaos, and one in which there is secular salvation, but only through efforts that lie outside the normal bounds of the best of civilizations? There are immeasurable individuals and groups outside the laws who are vile and malevolent; why not a last-resort counterpart–unfettered by normal laws; practical and down-to-earth–dedicated to good, but who find it necessary to resort to harsh measures? Those who realize that we have come to a point in history where we must fight fire with fire.

Enter Ragnarök, a secret organization that inflicts punishments in the forms of Mark I, II, III, IV, or worse, Mark V (death).

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Literary/Historical Fiction – Maddy’s Wings

Maddy's WingsMaddy’s Wings
By Jan Porter
Published: July 2018
ISBN: 978-1983852305
ASIN: B07FNBHT2B
Genre: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Strong Female Characters
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“It was difficult to tell what was lightning, air fire or ground fire. It seemed we were trying to navigate a sky filled with fireworks within the middle of a storm. The plane shuddered, losing altitude in a dive that was too steep and too fast. Concerned that the stalling engine’s fire and tail rip may ignite the load of ammunition within, I instinctively banked, aiming offshore to the water below.”

“Maddy’s Wings is a heartwarming coming of age story!”

Maddy survived and now she wants to know why.

Racked with survivor’s guilt and beginning to suffer from Alzheimer’s in her old age, 92-year-old Maddy has a painful recollection stuck on repeat – the moment she crashed a loaded B26 bomber during her role as an Air Auxiliary Pilot in World War II.

Maddy’s relives poignant memories; growing up during the Great Depression, war traumas, the death of her daughter and unborn grandchild, and yet it is the plane crash that she cannot get out of her head.

As Maddy’s memories fade and life draws to a close, she seeks to live her last moments to the fullest. From intriguing new neighbours to a pet pig and giggle brownies, humour and heartbreak abounds as she struggles to shake off the survivor’s guilt that has haunted her for so long. Maddy’s free-spirited adventures are thwarted by a ruthless elder care worker, who is making her life a misery. Strange events unfold – the decades old cold case of a murdered local Pastor surfaces, and shocking truths come to light about little sister Rosie’s life during and after the war.

What really caused that fateful plane crash? Why did Maddy survive while others lost their lives? What really happened to her little sister Rosie during the war?

As she faces the final challenges of life to set herself free from the shackles of culpability, Maddy may just redefine what it means to be a hero.

Jan Porter is an award-winning author of literary fiction and personal growth books.

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Literary Fiction – Men’s Studies

Men's StudiesMen’s Studies
The Jenkins Grainger Books, Volume 2
By Whitney Hubbard
Published: July 2018
ISBN: 978-0981623412
ASIN: B07G6X2W3Q
Genre: Literary Fiction
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Unlike an apologetic tennis player raising his hand to be excused for a fluke of a shot, “Men’s Studies” asks for no such excuses.

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Coming of Age Literary Fiction – The Story of Bones

The Story of BonesThe Story of Bones
By Donna Cousins
Publisher: iUniverse
Published: January 2018
ISBN: 978-1532035449
ASIN: B079KHF5DR
Genre: suspense, environment, coming-of-age, literary fiction
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Vivid storytelling traces a remarkable boy’s journey from a hardscrabble cassava farm to the rarified world of an African safari camp.

Bones comes of age facing heartache, deprivation, and formidable human adversaries. His path to manhood awakens a passion for imperiled animals while forging loyalties that force him to make a wrenching decision. The novel builds to a stunning conclusion that underscores the devastating impact of wildlife poaching on both animals and humans.

For all armchair travelers who enjoy realistic, well-plotted fiction that weaves emotional drama and unexpected twists, this is a powerful, eye-opening journey.

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Literary Fiction – The Korean Word For Butterfly

The Korean Word For ButterflyThe Korean Word For Butterfly
By Jamie Zerndt
ISBN: 978-1483997476
ASIN: B00C2UY052
Genre: Literary Fiction
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Set against the backdrop of the 2002 World Cup and rising anti-American sentiment due to a deadly accident involving two young Korean girls and a U.S. tank, The Korean Word For Butterfly is told from three alternating points-of-view:

Billie, the young wanna-be poet looking for adventure with her boyfriend who soon finds herself questioning her decision to travel so far from the comforts of American life;

Moon, the ex K-pop band manager who now works at the English school struggling to maintain his sobriety in hopes of getting his family back;

And Yun-ji , a secretary at the school whose new feelings of resentment toward Americans may lead her to do something she never would have imagined possible.

The Korean Word For Butterfly is a story about the choices we make and why we make them.

It is a story, ultimately, about the power of love and redemption.

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Historical Fiction – Peculiar Savage Beauty

Peculiar Savage BeautyPeculiar Savage Beauty
By Jessica McCann
Publisher: Perspective Books
Published: April 2018
ISBN:      978-0999460207
ASIN: B0793F7RB9
Genre: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
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The black blizzard is a formidable enemy. The furious storm blots out the sun, chokes the life from both man and beast. When RJ Evans finds herself engulfed in inky blackness and holed up beneath her Model AA Ford on an isolated plains road – dirt caked beneath her fingernails, skin flecked with blood drawn by the biting dust – she has no idea this trial won’t be her toughest.

What awaits her in the small farming town of Vanham, when she begins her job as a geologist for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, is even more daunting. Drought and over-plowing by men determined to conquer the land have turned the once-lush plains into a brutal twin of the Sahara. Headstrong and intent on healing the earth through conservation farming, RJ must somehow find her place in a tight-knit community that welcomes neither women in authority nor changes to their way of life.

She befriends Woody, an autistic savant born in an era long before any medical diagnosis would explain his peculiar ways and unique talents. The locals label the young man an idiot and RJ an armchair farmer. Yet, in each other, they see so much more.

Beating back the dust is a daily battle in a war for the land. It is a clash that creates unlikely alliances. As RJ learns she must rely on her adversaries if she is to survive the dangers of the Dust Bowl, she also grows to realize that she – like the land itself – is in desperate need of love and healing.

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