Category Archives: Drama

THE REASON YOU’RE ALIVE

Title: The Reason You’re Alive

Author: Matthew Quick

After sixty-eight-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard–that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear. It may be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. It may also help him to finally recover from his wife’s untimely demise.

As David confronts his past to salvage his present, a poignant portrait emerges: that of an opinionated and good-hearted American patriot fighting like hell to stay true to his red, white, and blue heart, even as the country he loves rapidly changes in ways he doesn’t always like or understand. Hanging in the balance are Granger’s distant art-dealing son, Hank; his adoring seven-year-old granddaughter, Ella; and his best friend, Sue, a Vietnamese American who respects David’s fearless sincerity.

Through the controversial, wrenching, wildly honest David Granger, Mathew Quick offers a no-nonsense but ultimately hopeful vies of America’s polarized psyche. By turns irascible and hilarious, insightful and inconvenient, Davie is a complex, wounded, Honorable, and loving man. The Reason You’re Alive examines how the secrets and debts we carry from our past define us; it also challenges us to look beyond our own prejudices and search for the good in us all.

DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES

Title: Don’t Close Your Eyes

Author: Holly Seddon

In a bustling suburban neighborhood in Manchester, England, sits an unassuming house. There is no sign of life behind the unwashed windows, but Robin Marshall is inside. Driven by fears and obsessions racked by anxiety, Robin is frantically pushing her body through punishing workouts, eating little, haunted by what happened to her family when she was a girl. Robin’s only connection to the outside world is through her rear windows and the lives she spies upon in the apartment house across the way. Then a stranger starts pounding on her door.

Sarah Marshall is Robin’s twin, estranged from her sister after their parents’ betrayal and a violation at the hands of a man she should have been able to trust. Sarah has recently lost custody of the child she loves more than anything and has set off on her own, hoping that somewhere in England she can find Robin the braver twin, the rock star, the survivor, the savior.

These two young women, polar opposites, cannot go on unless they reckon with the past. While Sarah, slowly unraveling, searches for her sister’s hiding place, Robin sees another life hanging in the balance in the lighted windows across the street. It is a life only Robin can save–as long as she never looks away.

In a novel that is stunning in its twists, shocks, and gripping psychological suspense, two sisters find themselves on the razor’s edge of sanity. Untold secrets, a ghostly lie, and suffocating hold them back. Only one astounding act can set them free. And one last revelation will leave readers gasping in surprise.

G-MAN

Title: G-Man

Author: Stephen Hunter

The depths of the Depression were marked by an epidemic of bank robberies and the swashbuckling, tommy-gun-toting outlaws who became household names: John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde. Pretty Boy Floyd. Hunting them down was the new U.S. Division of Investigation–soon to become the FBI–which was determined to nab the most dangerous gangster this country has ever produced, a man so violent he scared Al Capone and was booted from the Chicago Mob–Lester Gillis, better known as Baby Face Nelson. To stop him, the Bureau recruited the most talented gunman of the time–Charles Swagger, World War I Hero and sheriff of Polk County, Arkansas.

Eighty years later, Charles’s grandson Bob Lee Swagger has finally decided to sell the family homestead, but when the developers begin to tear down the house, they uncover a strongbox hidden in the foundation. Enclosed is an array of memorabilia dating back to 1934–a much-corroded federal lawman’s badge, a .45 automatic preserved in cosmoline, a mysterious gun part, and a cryptic diagram–all belonging to Charles Swagger. Fascinated and puzzled by these newly discovered artifacts, Bob is determined to find out what happened to his grandfather, who died before Bob was born, and why his own father, whom he worshipped, never spoke of Charles. But as he investigates further, Bob learns that someone is following him, that someone is sharing his obsession with finding out what Charles Swagger really left behind.
Alternating between Bob’s present day search to uncover his grandfather’s legacy and Charles’s relentless pursuit for the nation’s most notorious outlaw in the Midwest of the 1930’s, G-Man is a thrilling, action-packed addition to Stephen Hunter’s bestselling Bob Lee Swagger series.

WITHOUT WARNING

Title: Without Warning

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg

After ISIS terrorists attack the U.S. Capitol building during the president’s State of the Union address the entire world waits to se how the most powerful nation on earth will respond. But the Taylor administration is more committed to political correctness than to justice and it falls to other nations to lead the way in hunting down Abu Khalif, the criminal and religious mastermind who heads the Islamic State.

When New York Times journalist J. B. Collins reeling from a tragedy closer to home suddenly finds himself in possession of vital information that could help in the search he is once again thrust into the crosshairs of global politics. But this time it’s personal.

As he joins the hunt for the world’s most wanted and dangerous man, his quest takes him from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Tel Aviv to Cairo to Istanbul and beyond. Through it all he has one goal” find Abu Khalif and hold him accountable for the terrible actions. But the clock is ticking and more attacks are coming. Will Collins locate the ISIS emir before it’s too late? He will stop at nothing to do so. But at what cost?

Victoria

Title: Victoria

Author: Daisy Goodwin

Early one morning, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandria Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died and she is now Queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world. Surely she must rely on her mother and her venal advisor, Sir John Conroy, or her uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who are all too eager to relieve her of he burden of power.

The young queen is no puppet, however. She has very definite ideas about the kind of queen she wants to be, and the first thing is to choose her name.

Everyone keeps saying she is destined to marry her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, but Victoria found him dull and priggish when they met three years ago. She is quite happy being queen with the help of her prime minister, Lord Melbourne, who may be old enough to be her father but is the first person to take her seriously.

Drawing on Victoria’s own diaries, which she first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, Daisy Goodwin brings us the brilliantly imagined life of a young woman about to make her mark on her nation–and the world.

Mister Monkey

Title: Mister Monkey

Author: Francine Prose

A screwball children’s musical about a playfully larcenous pet chimpanzee–is the kink of family favorite that survives far past its prime. Margot, who plays the chimp’s lawyer, knows the production is dreadful and bemoans the failure of her acting career. She’s settled into the drudgery of playing a humiliating part–until the day she receives a mysterious letter from an anonymous admirer…and later, in the middle of a performance, has a shocking encounter with Adam, the twelve-year-old who plays the title role.

Francine Prose’s effervescent comedy is told from the viewpoints of wildly unreliable, seemingly disparate characters whose lives become deeply connected as the madcap narrative unfolds. There is Adam, whose looming adolescence informs his interpretations of his role; Edward, a young audience member who is candidly unimpressed with the play; Lakshmi, the musical’s costume designer, who imagines herself the heroine of her own production; Ray, the author of the novel on which the musical is based, who witnesses one of the most awkward first dates in literature; and even the eponymous Mister Monkey, the Monkey God himself.

With her trademark wit and verve, Prose touches on everything from the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin to the absurdity of child-raising in contemporary Brooklyn, and eventually delves into some of humanity’s most profound mysteries: art, ambition, childhood, aging, and love. Startling, captivating, Mister Monkey is a breathtaking novel from a writer at the height of her craft.

Mirror Image

Title: Mirror Image

Author: Michael Scott & Melainie Ruth Rose

When Jonathan Frazer the wealthy owner of an exclusive antiques store in Los Angles, buys a mirror at an auction, he believes he is getting the bargain of a lifetime. He knows the antique piece is easily worth many times what he paid for it.

The mirror has sat dormant for years, but within days of Jonathan’s purchase inexplicable accidents begin to happen. One death is messy, but tow is not a coincidence. Then a tall, menacing, and hideously scarred man approaches Jonathan, claiming that the mirror is his. Frazer refuses to sell. He has glimpsed the world inside the glass and the beautiful woman trapped within.

Frazer’s desire to free the woman in the glass slowly strips him of his humanity. He quickly moves from feeding it his own blood to dousing it in the blood of innocent victims. As the police begin to investigate, they realize that the deaths surrounding the mirror are connected to a series of bizarre murders across the city.

The mirror is awakening, and its powers are resurfacing. Soon it will unleash untold horrors into the world.

Ghost Of War

Title: Ghost Of War

Author: Brad Taylor

The Taskforce has stopped countless terrorist threat across the globe, operating outside of US law to prevent the deaths of innocents. But now, along the fault lines of he old Iron Curtain, the danger is far greater than a single attack. With Russia expanding its influence from Syria to the Baltic states, the Taskforce is placed on stand-down because of the actions of one rogue Operator.

Meanwhile, Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill travel to Poland, hired to verify artifacts hidden for decades in a fabled Nazi gold train, only to find themselves caught amid growing tensions between East and West. A Russian incursion into Belarus under the façade of self-defense is trumped by a horrific attack against the United States, driving NATO to mobilize even as it tries to determine who is behind the strike.

On the brink of war, Pike and Jennifer discover that there is a separate agenda in play, one determined to force a showdown between NATO and Russia. With tine running out, and America demanding vengeance, they race to unravel the mystery before a point of no return is reached. Unbeknownst to them, there is another attack on the way. One that will guarantee World War III.

All The Missing Girls and Wake Up America

All The Missing Girls

Author: Megan Mirahda

Nicolette Farrell has made a successful life for herself in Philadelphia. She has a job and a finance, both of which she must leave behind in order to go home to Cooley Ridge to care for her father. She left ten years ago, not long after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared and was never found. Now, just days after Nic returns home, another girl goes missing in Cooley Ridge, reawakening Corinne’s case and breaking open old wounds not yet healed.

All of the primary people of interest in Corinne’s disappearance are still in town. Nic’s brother, Daniel, is expecting a baby with his wife. Corinne’s former boyfriend works a the local bar. And Tyler, Nic’s ex-boyfriend is dating Annaleise Carter, who was the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared.

Burt now it’s Annaleise who is missing..

Telling the story backward–Day 15 to Day 1–NIc works to unravel the truth about Annaleise’s disappearance, uncovering shocking secrets about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Title: Wake Up AMerica

Author: Eric Bolling

Grit, Merit, Providence, Individualism, Thrift–and above all pride in our country. These qualities, among others, oar the reason that hundreds of millions of people worldwide look to America for hope, inspiration, and opportunity.

But it’s precisely these virtues that are now under attack by the radical Left of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and their followers. America as we know it is eroding before our eyes and becoming what Fox News Channel personality and cohost of The Five ERic Bolling calls a “politically correct nanny state.” The rewards for individual achievement and hard work, our basic constitutional rights, religious faith, national identity, and capitalism itself are being replaced by a dangerous socialistic ideology that is the polar opposite of what our Founding Fathers intended America to be.

Wake Up America identifies the nine core virtues of our nation and demonstrates why each one is so important to our history and our future. It’s time for us to wake up and heed the clear-cut warning signs that America is heading in the wrong direction–before we’re too far gone.

A celebration of America that is informed by Eric Bolling’s inspiring personal story. Wake Up America is an urgent call to arms for America’s citizens to preserve what makes us great.

Flight of Dreams

Title:  Flight of Dreams

Author:  Ariel Lawhon

On the evening of May 3, 1937, ninety-seven people board the Hindenburg for its final, doomed flight to Lakehurst, New Jersey.  Among them are a frightened stewardess who is not what she seems, the steadfast navigator determined to win her heart, a native cabin boy eager to earn a permanent spot on the world’s largest airship, an impetuous journalist who has been blacklisted in her native Germany, and an enigmatic American businessman with a score to settle.  Over the course of three hazy, champagne-soaked days their lies, fears, agendas, and hopes for the future are revealed.

Flight of Dreams is a fiercely intimate portrait of the real people on board the last flight of the Hindenburg.  Behind them is the gathering storm of Europe, and before them is looming disaster.  But, for the moment, they float over the Atlantic, unaware of the inexorable, tragic fate that awaits them.

Brilliantly exploring one of the most enduring mysteries of the twentieth century, Flight of Dreams is that rare novel with spellbinding plotting that keeps you guessing until the last page and breathtaking emotional intensity that stays with you long after.