#BookReview: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Fundamentally Flawed, But With Some Good Points And Multitudinous Evidence. Overall, Alexander’s work has some good points – mostly when it concerns examining the United States’ mass incarceration system as a whole. Its fundamental fatal flaw however its its central tenet- that this mass incarceration system is a system of *racial*, rather than class, control. But at least Alexander documents her case well, even when only citing evidence from a particular strain of thought that happens to agree with her own. Worth reading – highly recommended even – for the examination of the mass incarceration system and its effects as a whole , but severely hampered in its attempts to portray the system as “just another way to keep the black man down”. In that central tenet, it does its greatest disservice to showing the full monstrosity that is the US mass incarceration system.

This review of The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander was originally published on February 18, 2018.

#BookReview: End in the Beginning by Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly

Epic Conclusion. In this truly epic conclusion to the God Tools Trilogy, the fate of humanity is at stake as the three God Tools come together with various human elements. This is the most fantastical book in the trilogy, the first one where the fantasy elements nearly override the human. But Williams and Knerly give a more complete ending than many stories do, and it works with what they had previously established.

This review of End in the Beginning by Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly was originally published on February 12, 2018.

#BookReview: Evil in the Beginning by Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly

Great continuation with a cliffhanger ending. The first several chapters seemingly introduce new characters every chapter, but by the midway point many of these characters start meeting up. And by the end of the story, the first and second God Tools are revealed… and a clock has started up for one of our heroes. Will the other hero save the day in time in book three? That is left for us to find out…

This review of Evil in the Beginning by Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly was originally published on February 11, 2018.

#BookReview: Death in the Beginning by Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly

Intriguing and Unique. In all my years of reading, I’ve never encountered a book that had the same epicenter as this story – and I’ve easily read over 500 books in my life! The action and mystery are well paced, with astonishing reveals even onto the final page of the book. Extremely well done, looking forward to the rest of this trilogy.

This review of Death in the Beginning by Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly was originally published on February 8, 2018.

#BookReview: Solar Island by Rick Chesler

In this one, Shores – scarred for life from an unfortunate trauma involving water in her childhood – yet again finds herself at sea investigating a possible crime. Once again, the mystery builds nicely and the action is well paced, but once again – as was the case in KiDNApped – the tale ends abruptly following the final battle sequence. But partial stars aren’t allowed in most rating systems, and this and the book’s one other flaw were not enough to ding it the .56 of a star that would round to a 4 star review. Maybe take a tenth of a point off for each, but that still leaves at a 4.8 which obviously rounds to 5.

The other flaw? The mocking of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and the seasteading initiatives being worked by at least a few people. It was unnecessary in showing how unhinged the primary antagonist had become.

This review of Solar Island by Rick Chesler was originally published on February 4, 2018.

#BookReview: Fatal Pursuit by Elisabeth Naugton

In this one, the mortal peril isn’t anywhere near as major as it was in the first two books, though there is certainly at least some of that. But with this book, Naughton makes the emotional peril so much stronger than in the other two books, in part because the two leads are even more stubborn than any of the four preceding leads.

This review of Fatal Pursuit by Elisabeth Naughton was originally published on January 29, 2018.

#BookReview: Extreme Measures by Elisabeth Naughton

First book in quite a while – maybe ever – where I correctly figured out the actual bad guy before the reveal. Which is the reason for just 4 stars. Otherwise, it was a great read and a great setup for a series.

Warning: If you don’t like sexually explicit material in your books, this book is not for you.

This review of Extreme Measures by Elisabeth Naughton was originally published on January 19, 2018.