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Strings on a Shadow Puppet: The Art of a Book Cover

I have long said that, initially, the cover art for a novel is more important to a novel’s success than the writing itself.[1]  We may all say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but if we are honest, we … Continue reading

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SERIES REVIEW: Dirigent Mercenary Corps, Rick Shelly (Ace Books)

This series follows the career of a young soldier in the far future, from his days as a Cadet to his eventual rise to being a Colonel. In that sense, it is vaguely reminiscent of a science fiction version W. E. B. Griffin’s Brotherhood Of War series. the Dirigent Mercenary Corps (or DMC as I will call it) starts strong with its first volume, Officer Cadet and has a good installment with its second offering Lieutenant, but begins to falter after that. While remaining readable, it starts becoming much of a muchness (as my dear Pater used to say), and lost my interest.

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Digital Fortress, Dan Brown (St. Martin’s Paperbacks)

A fourth rate cyber-action thriller set within the confines of the NSA, this tale focuses on a beautiful and talented young woman whose rise in the intelligence community is seen with envy and suspicion by her colleagues. When she discovers an unlikely plot, however, she must unravel the complex series of conspiracies in order to save the day… or rather in order for her boyfriend to save the day. Continue reading

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