Review of TOWNIES by Eryk Pruitt

TOWNIES AND OTHER STORIES OF SOUTHERN MISCHIEF Eryk Pruitt Polis Books October 16, 2018   There are people who write stories and then there are storytellers. There is a skill to creating characters, location, and plot, but storytellers take these to a new level. It’s their turns of phrase and a relatable cast that sets them apart. Eryk Pruitt proves that he is one of these modern-day storytellers in his short story collection TOWNIES AND OTHER STORIES OF SOUTHERN MISCHIEF. In “The Hoodoo of Sweet Mama Rosa”, a local kid tries to get his lawn mowing business off the ground, but the current retiree that has the corner on the market is...

BOOK REVIEW: TEAR ME APART

TEAR ME APART by J.T. Ellison is a “why done it,” instead of a “who done it.” She explores how one lie can build upon another as the resulting betrayal rips two families apart. Originally known for her two series she has now switched to writing stand-alones. One series main character is Lt. Taylor Jackson a Nashville homicide detective who hunts down serial killers. The other series featured Dr. Samantha Owen, a medical examiner who came into prominence as the conscience of the Taylor Jackson series, and eventually morphed into her own series. Ellison noted, “Currently I will continue writing the stand-alones because the publisher loves...

REVIEW OF DON’T LOOK BACK

DON’T LOOK BACK by Dawn Ryder ends the “Unbroken Heroes Series” with a bang. This suspenseful story is full of political intrigue that started six books ago. The plot relies heavily on events from previous books in the series, basically wrapping up the loose ends of those operatives in the covert organization Shadow Ops. “I wanted the Shadow Ops team to take on messy cases.  They understand absolute power corrupts absolutely.  They see how ambition can be a credit to someone, but it can also be its Achilles heel.  It can bring out the best in a person or the absolute worst.” This becomes evident after Heiress Miranda Delacroix...

BOOK REVIEW: THE ANCIENT NINE

THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian Smith is based on his time as a Harvard student in the 1980s.  Readers might think of a fraternity, where male students rush to join, in this case it is called “punched.” As with fraternities there is hazing, sexism, and underage drinking. But these “final clubs” are not fraternities but are actual secret societies that have been in existence since the 1700s, with many of the rules of its members very archaic. This conjures up a story of what Brad Meltzer might write. Harvard University conjures up images of a very prestigious and exclusive school whose acceptance rate is only 5.2% of its applicants. Within the...

REVIEW OF JUNKIE LOVE by JOE CLIFFORD

JUNKIE LOVE is a very difficult book to review. Originally published in 2013, it is less an autobiography and more a stylized account of author Joe Clifford’s last year of being homeless and battling drug addiction in San Francisco. Primarily set in and around the San Francisco area, JUNKIE LOVE tells the story of Clifford’s quick decent from New England-bred rock-and-roll hopeful, to 9-5 printshop office worker and nighttime party animal, to homeless shooting gallery resident. It’s a shocking fall made all the more brutal due to the fact that it’s told without remorse or regret. Make no mistake: at the time this story takes place, the next...

REVIEW OF THE SOUND OF DISTANT THUNDER

THE SOUND OF DISTANT THUNDER by Jan Drexler presents a unique look at the Amish society.  This first in a series uses the backdrop of the Civil War as the characters struggle to reconcile their convictions and desires with the national interest. Jan Drexler brings an understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, and their experiences are the inspiration for her stories. She takes the saying, “write what you know,” to a whole new level. She commented, “My ancestors were Amish.  Also, I lived in Indiana and they were part...