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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

Book Review Time.
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I just finished reading Mesmerized bi Gayle Lynds, and was pleasantly surprised. The blurb on the back cover made me think this was going to be a supernatural thriller, and I suppose it was, in an oblique way. This is more a novel of political intrigue.
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When Beth Convey receives a heart transplant after a heart attack, she gets drawn into a plot to restart the Cold War.. I won't post a spoiler, but this was a very riveting read. One of the best compliments I can give is that I would like to see more novels starring Beth and Jeff; they make a great team.
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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

Another day, another book review.
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The next book to be removed from.my TBR pile was The Visionary by Don Passman. This was one of the typical murder mysteries, with just the right number of twists and turns in the plot to keep the reader interested. The ending, however, I did not see coming at all. .
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Passman took the usual premise, cop chasing serial killer with help of a psychiatrist, mixed in a little psychic who is confused, and stirred it all together with a good storyline. This was the first of Passman's books I've read, but it was a fun little read. If I see any more of his works, I'd be willing to check them out.
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My Rating: 3.75/5 stars
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

Book Review Time.

Trying to remove some older books from my TBR list, this time I chose Pressure Points but Larry Brooks. The cover had me curious, but it didn't really jump out and yell "READ ME!". But then I started out, and Bam!
In the 80's and 90's, there was a plethora of Personal Growth seminars around (Tony Robbins, EST, etc), but this novel takes place at the seminar to end all seminars. The things they put their clients through would be illegal in any other context. The action in this novel is gripping, without taking away from the character development. Brooks did a wonderful job creating a storyline that is plausible and yet takes the reader to places they weren't expecting. I do not post spoilers, but this novel has more twists than a roller coaster, and the newest entry to my list of great anti-heroes.

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

I want to wish a happy 20th birthday to my beautiful daughter @lydiajt. Daddy's little girl is all grown up now. #happybirthday #daughtersaregodsgift #lovemylittlegirl

Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

Book Review Time.

I just finished reading Violation by Darian North, and I am overcome by what I just read. This book tells the story of Thea, a woman who had spent most of her life hiding the truth from her 13-year-old son: he was the result of a vicious attack at a party many years ago. When David goes missing, Thea's past comes back to haunt her as she tries to find her son, lured by the vicious monster who destroyed his mother's life so long ago.

Darian North did an incredible job writing a story that is unfortunately so real today. She brings a great deal of insight and emotion to a very disturbing subject, yet also tells a compelling story that reads like a standard crime novel. This edition also included an additional reading list for those interested in her research materials, and the publisher, New American Library, even added an interview they did with the author.

As disturbing as the subject matter was, North did the entire crime genre justice with this novel.
My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

Book Review Time. "Around the globe, people suddenly start having blackouts- and nightmares of a Nazi death camp torturer, a sadistic psychopath called "The Little Angel". Then a psychiatrist, a rabbi and an FBI agent discover that the dreamers are being brutally murdered. Or, rather: they are being murdered again.

For the nightmares are desperate screams by millions of broken, butchered souls, trying to warn the living; The Little Angel has found a path back from the abyss of the damned, and is opening the world to history's most demonic monsters. And he can be stopped only by those he had already slaughtered." Thomas Monteleone had created a gripping tale with a very unique premise involving the reincarnation of souls. I could not put this book down once I started, and am looking to see if he has any more works out there. His style is a bit rough, but it works well with this storyline.
My Rating: 4.25/5 stars
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

Book Review Time.

I'm starting to expand my reading horizons with new authors (to me, anyway). This was my first exposure to Paul Tremblay, due to the love my bookstagram friends have shown him.

This story is a very well-written one, with a unique premise. Tremblay did a great job creating a story that had me hooked from the beginning, and wouldn't let me go until the end. The finale was a bit of a shock, and I am impressed with his smooth writing style and gripping characters. When I checked his bibliography, I was surprised to see that he had only written three novels; I expected him to be more prolific, his writing was so polished. I'm looking forward to reading more from him

My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

Book Review Time.

I've heard good things about Ramsey Campbell's novels, so I decided to try The Parasite. This story was a good one, but it was very slow-moving at times, and I had to force myself to continue. The suspense picked up about 2/3 of the way through, and the novel ended well.

Some of Campbell's writing was a bit wordy, and I felt he was a bit excessive on setting the scenery. I appreciate an author who will be descriptive in the details of the story, but this book was so overdone it stalled the pace of the tale. I'll still read more of his works, and hope it turns out better next time.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

Say hello to the newest member of my Funko family, Miss Carrie White. #funko #funkopop #stephenking #carrie #horror

Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

I'm late with my October #bookhaul. Being in Puerto Rico doesn't really allow me to buy a lot of books, but i like the ones I did purchase. Especially the Spanish versions of Full Dark, No Stars, The Exorcist and Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk. I'm flying back home tomorrow, so I should be back in the swing of things in the next week or two.
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

Just got done reading this book. I'm really confused. The first half was an autobiography by Tesla, and the second half was...part sci-fi and part Catholic teachings? Weird book.
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

Book Review Time.
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Usually, after reading a new book, I immediately do a review while the story is still fresh in my mind. I spent last night thinking over what the hell I just read, and tried to get my thoughts in order. 18 hours later, I'm still confused.
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Rant is a biography, based on the recollections and stories told by the people who knew Buster "Rant" Casey. Chick Palahniuk's writing style is a little difficult to follow, as it bounces from one character's point of view to another. The recollections do happen to follow a general timeline, however, which makes this read less confusing than it could have been. This novel, unlike others of his, seemed to be more into gross visuals than satirical absurdity. There were places that I felt Chuck went with the disgustingly over the top references, rather than the more sublime cultural attacks I have seen in his previous works.
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My good friend @luxalani called this novel "challenging", and I couldn't agree more. As much as I enjoyed Palahniuk's other novels, I feel he took the easy way out on this one.
P.S. I happen to like the Archies. Read the book to catch the reference.
My Rating: 2.5/5 stars
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

For all of my IG friends posting photos of snow, please send some my way! #toohot #noendtosummer #puertorico

Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

Book review time.
... Before I read my Halloween book this year, I decided to switch genres and read The 52nd by @dela_author. I had read one of her other novels previously, so I was familiar with her style. This book did not disappoint.
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Dela has taken the mythology of the Mayan and Incan civilizations and turned them into a modern -day romance. When the subject of a 500-year-old prophesy turns out to be the key to Hell on earth, it is up to a family of immortals to save her. ...
Dela has again written a story that was well-crafted, with an interesting storyline, characters that are believable and plot twists that you won't see coming. The more of her I read, the more I look forward to more of her works.
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My Rating: 3.75/5 stars
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

Book Review Time.
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Today was the official release day of Northern Souls by @jameseparsons. Since today was Halloween and this was his first horror novel, I chose it as my annual Halloween read. Having never read any of Parsons' previous works, I had no idea what I was in for.
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The story itself was a good one: a long-waging was between demons and hybrid demons, with the fate of Northern Britain at stake. Can four humans prevent the destruction of their towns and the death of everybody in them? The storyline was gripping and James keeps the readers on the edge of their seats with each page they read. Kudos to him for creating an original idea for readers to enjoy.
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Unfortunately, there were things I did not really like about the book itself. The tale had a number of continuity errors, which had me flipping back, wondering "Did I read that?". Switching perspectives and scenes from paragraph to paragraph caused me to lose the pace of the story at times. The number of spelling and grammatical errors was a little more than I was comfortable with.
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I would have liked to have enjoyed the story more, and Parsons' storytelling was fun to experience, but the book itself seems to have been rushed a little too much, to possibly meet a Halloween deadline. I'm looking forward to a better read of his next book.
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My Rating: 2.5/5 stars
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

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After catching a glimpse of Chuck Palahniuk's insane genius in his novels Damned and Doomed, I wanted to see what other twisted thoughts ran through his mind. Based on a recommendation from a friend of mine, I decided to give this story a try.
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Who decided it was okay to let this man out amongst am unsuspecting public??!! This has to be one of the most warped, mind-boggling, FANTASTIC tales I have ever read. Victor Mancini is the 21st Century's Holden Caulfield, which makes Palahniuk our new JD Salinger, if JDS was on ecstasy. The satirical ravings in this novel had me gasping for air, due to my non-stop laughter. .
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If you have not read any of Chuck's works, this would definitely be my first recommendation. After Choke, I think you will know exactly what kind of writer he is; an incredibly deep one with a wit sharper than a katana sword.
My Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

Book Review Time.
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After re-reading the first two books in the trilogy, New World: Rising and New World: Ashes, I finally finished this third, and greatest, of the series.
@jkwilson29 had created a new hero for the YA dystopian fan in Phoenix, the main protagonist. I really enjoyed the first two novels, but this book was more action-packed, smoothly written, and nicely paced than her previous works. My normal problem with trilogies is the author rushing the ending with no true sense of closure, Jennifer Wilson seamlessly tied this story up with a nice neat bow.
I'll miss reading about Phoenix's adventures, but maybe Mouse will grow up and have some of her own. Please, Ms Wilson?
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My Rating: 4.75/5 stars
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

Went out today with a co-worker to the second-largest mall in the US, Plazas de Americas. I found a bookstore that had two of my favorite books in Spanish. I hereby introduce The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty and Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King. ....
Since it was time for lunch, I decided to declare yesterday Taco Sabado at one of the food court offerings. The food did taste as good as it looked.
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Steve Taintor (@mcf1nder_sk)

While reading New World: Ashes by Jennifer Wilson, I came across these sentences. Even in a dystopian wasteland of death and destruction, there is nothing like a good book to make you feel better. @jkwilson29 #jenniferkwilson #newworldashes #dystopian #thesmellofanoldbook
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