Son of Saigon by David Myles Robinson
Missing Person , Reviews / December 4, 2018

Title: Son of Saigon Author: David Myles Robinson Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: September 17, 2018 Pages: 232 Hank and Norm were living the good life: two friends with plenty of money, homes in a lovely California retirement town, and no problems—except for the boredom that felt almost fatal. Then Mai came into the picture, the love of Hank’s life during his CIA days in Saigon, desperately needing his help to save the son he’d never known he had. Boredom was over, as Hank and Norm hit the road, following the few clues Mai could give them in search of a man who desperately wants not to be found. What they find is a slew of lies and hidden truths, strange characters, improbable danger that has them fighting to survive, and the happy lesson that their lives are far from over. Son of Saigon by David Myles Robinson Book Review by Dawn Thomas 232 Pages Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: September 17, 2018 Fiction, Missing Person, Friendship Hank is coping with the loss of his wife Becka. He and his friend Norm are bachelors in a retirement community where women outnumber men three to one. One evening, Hank…

Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss
Uncategorized / November 28, 2018

Title: Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss Author: Shirley Melis Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: March 8, 2017 Pages: 316 Banged Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss by Shirley Melis Review by Dawn Thomas 316 Pages Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: March 8, 2017 Memoirs, Death and Dying, Grief In this memoir, Shirley shares her short relationship with her husband John. After healing from Joe’s death, her first husband, Shirley travels to Raleigh, North Carolina for Christmas. She hopes to meet up with an old friend of Joe’s to see if they are compatible. Things do not go according to her plan. Instead she meets her friend’s brother-in-law, John. They begin emailing each other and make plans for John to visit her in Virginia. Their’s is a world wind courtship. John has a rare form of blood cancer and his health is a big part of their story. She goes into detail about his care and treatments. The story is touching but sad. At times, I had to take breaks from reading because it was too emotional. Shirley and John lived life to the best of their ability for the time they had. This book made…

The Pinochet Plot by David Myles Robinson
Political Thriller , Reviews / May 14, 2018

Title: The Pinochet Plot Author: David Myles Robinson Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: May, 1, 2018 Pages: 280 Successful San Francisco attorney Will Muñoz has heard of the brutal former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, of course, but it’s not until he receives his mother’s suicide letter that he has any inkling Pinochet may have had his father, Chilean writer Ricardo Muñoz, assassinated thirty years earlier. Her suspicions spur Will on to a quest to discover the truth about his father’s death–and about the psychological forces that have driven his mother to her fatal decision. His journey takes him deep into unexpected darkness linking his current step-father, the CIA, drug-experimentation programs, and a conspiracy of domestic terrorism. The Pinochet Plot is not just a story of a man seeking inner peace; it is also a story of sinister history doomed to repeat itself. The Pinochet Plot by David Myles Robinson Review by Dawn Thomas Paperback: 280 pages Publisher: Terra Nova Books (May 1, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1938288203 ISBN-13: 978-1938288203 Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Political Thriller Will Munoz is a San Francisco attorney who represents high paying slick clients. While sitting in a deposition, he asked himself how he became this…

Once Upon A Lie by Michael French
Reviews / March 14, 2018

Title: Once Upon A Lie Author: Michael French Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: March 11, 2016 Pages: 388 Once Upon a Lie is about two strangers who become unlikely friends, only to unintentionally put each other’s future in jeopardy. Jaleel Robeson, a gifted, eighteen year old black man, falsely accused of murdering his father in a small Texas town, is on the run. He assumes a new identity in 1980s Los Angeles as a successful student on his way to college. Alexandra Baten, a restless sixteen year old white teenager, lives in a privileged Toluca Lake family but feels trapped by her parents’ values. One weekend, she rides her bike into a rundown neighborhood, meeting a young black man selling lemonade. Thus begins a friendship between opposites, at least on the surface, but they learn they have more in common than they imagine. Told from each character’s point of view in alternating chapters, we become involved in a gripping tale of two Americas where discontent and violence always lurk under the surface. When they erupt, no one is safe. Once Upon a Lie is both a family drama and a crime drama, as well as an exploration of interracial…

Incarnation by Laura Davis Hays
Reviews / March 13, 2018

Title: Incarnation Author: Laura Davis Hays Publisher: Terra Nova Books Release Date: August 23, 2016 Pages: 391 Kelsey Depuis, Santa Fe scientist, and Iriel, betrothed on Atlantis to a man she cannot love—two young women bound by a single soul. In Kelsey’s everyday world, three men shape her life: Myron Crouch, the boss of BioVenture Enterprises; Harrison Stillman, a brilliant colleague of hers there; and Stan Dresser, who twists her feelings with his kisses and lies. But gradually, growingly, Iriel is shaping her life too. Through dreams and visions, she draws Kelsey into the ancient realm where refusal to marry Gewil has driven her to daring flight with fantastic creatures across a strange and terrible land. As Kelsey joins other BioVenture researchers testing a new organism on a remote Caribbean island, turmoil and violence darken her fate—and Iriel’s presence grows stronger. Worlds shift and merge, danger grows. Past and present, vengeance and love swirl together as the seas rise up, the seas that once swallowed Atlantis. Tested in life-or-death struggle, Kelsey must face an ordeal she can survive only through great courage and deep karmic understanding. Book Review: Incarnation by Laura Davis Hays Review by Dawn Thomas Rating: 4 Stars…