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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at fadingshadows40@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Ghost Returns

Doctor Gordon Vincent, a 62 year old man, has lived in isolation for the last 23 years. For many this seemed normal. But little did they know, he has a dark secret. He was once "The Ghost". A dark guardian who defended the dark streets of Dawn City. Taking down the darkest of the cities underbelly of crime. Long since retired, he has lived in hiding. Fearing the day he may put on the mask again. Feeling the dark howl of a city crying out for a savior, he decides to return as "The Ghost". 6 thrilling chapters that chronicle the return of the world’s most darkest hero as he struggles to re enter a world that is more dangerous than the one he left behind all those years ago. Welcome to.......THE GHOST RETURNS!!


The Ghost Returns (Action Mystery)
By Charles Sherrod, Jr.
Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN # 978-1518637650
Price $12.95
318 Pages
Rating 3-Stars

“Needs Editing And Formatting”

Written in six chapters – actually, six novelettes are probably more correct. They are: Rise Part 1, Rise Part 2, Rise Part 3, Bloodline, The Body, and Shadow O’Mine. The story takes place in fictional Dawn City, a city ruled by crime lords and drug gangs. The Ghost had operated in the early days, I take it, but must return now in his sixties, as drugs and flesh peddlers are running the city once more.

The paperback edition I received didn’t have the titles on the cover, there was a lack of editing, and of formatting, plus the author writes in short sentences, and it was poorly written for all that. All of which is a shame, as the characters were fascinating and the plots pretty good. The book needs to be professionally formatted and edited, and it would help if the author took some writing courses. I think this character could be a topnotch new pulp character, if given a chance.

Tom Johnson

Author of THE MAN IN THE BLACK FEDORA

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Christmas Belle

The latest book in the series, Christmas Mail Order Angels, A CHRISTMAS BELLE tells Amanda’s story. Amanda expected a Wyoming cowboy, not a Southern Gentleman with a dangerous job. Can the wounded Mail Order Angel and the very Southern Wyoming Sheriff overcome the difficulties of their personal baggage and of the raw western boomtown where men die at the drop of a gold nugget and women are scarce as a tail-hold on a bear? Will the Sheriff put DUTY before love as the fiancĂ© who jilted Amanda had done? 

She’s a transplanted southern belle jilted by her finance’ who preferred DUTY to his family. Amanda’s desperate for a new start in a new territory with a Wyoming cowboy. She’s known as a mind reader, but in reality she reads the fleeting expressions people hide. Frank struck gold in the Wyoming Gold Rush and is elected Sheriff by the people of Angel Vale. He signed up for a mail-order bride, not because he wants a wife, but because he needs a mother for the baby boy left on his doorstep. Unfortunately for Amanda, Frank hails from the deep South and DUTY is his middle name. Will Frank choose love or Duty
?


A Christmas Belle: Christmas Mail-Order-Angels (Historical Romance)
By Anne Greene
Winged Publications
ISBN # 978-1544638652
Price $5.75
114 Pages
Rating 5-Stars


Frank Calloway owns a mine in Angel Vale, Wyoming, and decides to send for a Mail Order Bride to care for a boy he’s raising. Amanda Geoffrey is one of the brides traveling to Wyoming in answer to men’s request for a mate. She’s been corresponding with Frank, and only knows him from his letters. When she arrives Frank is standing there waiting for her, but when he speaks, his southern drawl puts her off, as she was jilted by a southern gentleman once before, and this looked like de-ja-vu. Frank is the local sheriff and is raising a child abandoned on his doorstep. Will Frank and Amanda be able to corral their differences and make a good marriage, and will he prove to be like the other man who jilted her?

This was another interesting yarn from Author Anne Greene, and I love the way she brings Faith into her stories. These little novelettes are clean and interesting tales, written by an author with values, and I highly recommend her books to all.

Ginger Johnson

Author of COWBOY FROM TEXAS

Monday, December 11, 2017

Divine Truths Revealed

A first hand account of a profound and prophetic Near Death Experience. What actually awaits every person when they leave this material world? Do heaven and hell really exist? Are they both eternal realms? How can a loving God condemn a soul to hell for all eternity? Who is the Messiah and what did He accomplish for us? Is America now being warned to repent before it's too late and God's severe judgments fall upon this once great nation? Do miscarried and aborted babies have souls? If so, where do their souls go when they leave this world? Does life truly begin at conception? Does God recognize our man made Denominations? Why did God choose Israel and the Jews? These and many more important spiritual questions are answered with unusual simplicity and clarity. 

Israel and the Jews are indeed God's very own Chosen People. They were Chosen by God to be the bearers of the Truth and begetters of the Messiah, Savior of all mankind. By way of Israel and the Jews...God has blessed the entire world as was promised to Abraham, the Patriarch.

The continued existence of the Jews through centuries of dispersal and persecution, caused by the intense hatred of their enemies, is a mute testimony and clear evidence of the existence of the One, True God of Israel. The restoration of the nation of Israel in modern times, in precise fulfillment of ancient prophecies, is sufficient evidence of the authenticity and inerrancy of the Divinely Inspired Word of God. 

Someday soon, a Jew named Jesus (Yeshua), will rule the entire world from the remote, insignificant and relatively unknown city of....Jerusalem.


Divine Truths Revealed (Biblical)
By Ariela Solsol
Wisdom Beams Publishers
ASIN # B00H5J94N8
Price $0.99 (Kindle)
101 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

In 1967, during the 6 Day War in Israel, the author experienced a near death out of body episode, in which she was taken to Heaven in spirit and shown several revelations She explains them in this book, using Biblical verses to back up her writing. Those visions included children from abortions and miscarriages, as well as children dying at birth. There is also a vision of the destruction of America. Only two nations were founded on God - Israel and America. Israel spent two thousand years as strangers in other lands. Since the founding of America, we have turned from God, and if America and the people do not repent, America will be destroyed, and we are looking at the time fast approaching.

Whether you believe in near death experiences, or the possibility of viewing Heaven in the spirit, the author’s vision of what is coming upon the world is barely touched, but frightening. I must admit when I saw her last name, it gave me some doubts, as I believe the occult used the “sol sol” as demon worship in LUCIFER RISING, but the author appears to be an honest Christian, and serious in her near death experience and visions. She also speaks of other visions she was given by God. Most of the things she writes to us are supported by Bible verses; only the visions and her spiritual travel to Heaven might be questioned. If her spirit truly did see Heaven, then this may be something not done since John was taken by spirit to write Revelations, and Paul’s encounter on the road to Damascus. And that was two thousand years ago. Highly recommended, as I do believe we are in perilous times, and as Christians we should be watching, and listening for the trumpets.

Tom Johnson
Author of THE SOUL STEALERS


Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Bread Of Tears

A Sister Rose crime thriller. When she was a cop, she made their life hell. Now she’s a nun, God help them! Before taking her vows, Sister Rose was Maggie Weaver, a Newcastle policewoman. While uncovering a serial killer, she suffered severe trauma, and after being nursed back to health she becomes a nun. In her new calling she is sent to London to run a hostel for the homeless. Here, she does good works, and also combats prejudice and crime. As she attempts to save a homeless woman from a local gang boss, events crystallise, taking her back to Newcastle, the scene of her nightmares, to play out the final confrontation against drug traffickers, murderers and old enemies in the police. She finds her spiritual self and a new identity. She is healed through faith and forgiveness. It’s also about her surviving trauma and grief – a triumph of the human spirit, of good over evil. 'All the characters and horrific events in this crime thriller are extremely visual and well drawn, making this a riveting read. It would make a brilliant TV series!'


The Bread of Tears (Crime Thriller)
By Nik Morton
Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN #978-1544123158
Price $12.75 (Paperback)
350 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

Sister Rose returns to London after a speaking engagement, only to find murder at the hostel for the homeless. In an alleyway outside she discovers the body of one of the girls she tended, brutally murdered, the sign of the cross carved in her chest. Rushing into the hostel she finds two more bodies, also slain in a familiar manner. The Sister was not always a Nun. She had once been a Newcastle police officer, but after a horrible incident that left her husband dead and her in mental straights, she had been secreted away to a hideaway run by Nuns. There she had given her life over to God and made her vows. Five years later and these new deaths, and her mind wonders if they are connected to the old case.

There are several stories going on: the new murders in the hostel are connected to her past, the dead girl in the alley belongs to another murderer, and then there is the criminal empire involved in drugs and prostitution of young girls, and they will kill her if she intervenes. And add to these problems, she may be having certain feelings for one of the investigators.

Wow, I found Maggie Weaver, aka Sister Rose, one tough Nun. The author weaves the three stories together into a neat pattern, dropping Sister Rose into death traps that she must escape or suffer a horrible death, yet she holds to her Faith as she struggles against great odds. In the end she isn’t afraid to send evil to Hell a little early. This was a fun read, and kept me turning the pages. The author’s writing is smooth and the story flows easily. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

Author of CARNIVAL OF DEATH

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Death Rides The Valkyrie

One of pulpdom's most popular characters is back in a new adventure! Stalwart District Attorney Tony Quinn fought for justice in the courtroom until he was blinded in an attempt to save vital evidence. His remaining senses were heightened while his world remained dark. But then fate intervened and he was able to obtain the eyes of a dying policeman in a secret operation. Quinn could see again! Now to the world he remains a merely a blind, former DA but, to the criminal underworld, he is the BLACK BAT! A force for justice against the criminals the court can't touch.

On the eve of World War Two, Germany's greatest zeppelin, The Valkyrie, is on a good will tour across the US.

But there's trouble on board and disaster on the horizon if Tony Quinn, the Black Bat, and his crew can't solve the mystery of a stolen jewel in time. And why did a reformed thief suddenly commit suicide? Or did he? The clock is ticking and peace hangs in the balance!


Death Rides The Valkyrie (Pulp Adventure)
By Andrew Salmon
Timepiece Press
ASIN #B012AA52O6
Price $.99 (Kindle)
68 Pages
Rating 4-Stars

The Valkyrie, Germany’s greatest zeppelin is flying over America showing their superiority over our air space. In New York it takes on Tony Quinn and his aides, as well as Captain McGrath, who is publicizing the rehabilitation of a career criminal. This is to give plausibility to the plot. The trip plans stops in Chicago and L.A. While en route to Chicago a valuable ruby is stolen from a countess, and prints on the safe are revealed as those of the career criminal. But other things are happening. There appears to be a mysterious German team aboard, and one of them has a cloak of invisibility.

The whole story takes place on the airship, which gives it a fun read. The theft of the ruby is a red herring, however, and the real plot is the destruction of the zeppelin, with thousands of deaths, and clues to America causing the disaster.

The author switches roles with the aides a bit. Butch doesn’t get to bang any heads together, and it’s Silk who does the fisticuffs, while lovely Carol does the shooting (yeah, inside a gas bag). Plus, I didn’t think the setting was a good choice for The Black Bat, though the story was well written and plotted. The magic cloak was a bit odd for the pulp character, too, though Germany was sure into the occult at the time; though the pulps usually tried to give explanations to the reader for mysteries like invisibility. And we’re told that when the career criminal was rehabilitated, he was given new fingerprints. Really? That one I really wanted explained. But in the end, this was a fun read, and the author kept me involved in the story. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson
Author of THE BLACK BAT’S WAR