Second Eden Book Review
"Carlton Austin has crafted a wonderful piece of work in
Second Eden - an action-packed suspense thriller with a
little romance and some elements of science fiction. Its
beautifully designed cover incorporates gorgeous images
depicting scenes within the plot and the book is available in
both hard and soft cover. I recommend the hard cover, folks.
This book is sure to be one that you keep among your
favorite authors on your bookshelves. Second Eden is
destined for a talented director to take big screen fans on its
Best of friends, Peter (an intelligence agent) and Bo (an
astronaut), have a bond that even Peter's affair with Bo's
wife could not break. Bo and some other scientists perish in
a mysterious fire just after completing an assignment. The
government cover-up pushes Peter to find out what really
happened and he becomes torn between patriotism and
humanitarianism. He never loved a woman until he met
Molly - but can he trust her? In fact, he wonders if he can
trust anyone at all.
This is definitely an intelligent read; the author incorporates
incredible alien artifacts, mysteries, murders, government
espionage and complex cover-ups, cat and mouse chase
scenes, archeological finds and ancient societies, deceit
and a love story that transcends this life into the next.
Second Eden certainly has a plot that will make its readers
think deeply about our world. Carlton shows us the dangers
of where our science could lead. His story teaches that
there are repercussions for every single choice that we
make - both as individuals and as a society. He brings up
social issues, like reminding us of the importance of
recognizing the value of women who choose to be mothers
- as a career, rather than as a side project. He even
includes enlightening views of what might happen to a soul
when the body can no longer serve it.
I really cannot say enough about Carlton's novel. Truly, I
could barely put it down to go to work or prepare meals!
Second Eden will remain on my bookshelf for years to come
and will, no doubt, be read many times by my family."
ISBN#: 0595316530 - soft cover 0595663567 - hard cover
Publisher: iuniverse, Inc.
Author: Carlton Austin
~ Lillian Brummet - Book Reviewer - Co-author of the book Trash Talk, a guide for anyone concerned about his or her impact on the environment Author of Towards Understanding, a collection of poetry.
Polish author Olga Tokarczuk won the £50,000 (about $67,170) Man Booker International Prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world, for her novel of linked fragments, Flights, translated by Jennifer Croft. The cash award is divided equally between author and translator, who also both receive £1,000 for being shortlisted.
Philip Roth, whose novel American Pastoral won a Pulitzer in 1998 but who was best-known for the controversial and explicit 1969 Portnoy's Complaint, has died at age 85.
Writing in The Washington Post, author and professor Sandra Beasley asks, "Do we continue to teach the work of people we now suspect of behaving unethically or abusively? ... As a reader, I'm devastated. As a teacher, I've got decisions to make..."
The romance-focused magazine Romantic Times, along with the RT Book Reviews, RT VIP Salon and RT Booklovers Convention brands, is shutting down after 37 years. The closure is effective immediately, and though the RT website will remain up for another year or so, there will be no new content in the future.
Philip Pullman has been named author of the year at the British Book Awards for his "outstanding" success.
The children's author was recognized after returning to the world of his Dark Materials with La Belle Sauvage last year. Awards organizers described Pullman as a "true one-off".
Gail Honeyman won book of the year for her best-selling debut Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.
Judges said it was "brilliantly written" and "the complete package".
Tom Wolfe, author of notable works such as The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities, has died aged 88. In addition to his books, he was a pioneer of New Journalism, which developed in the 1960s and 1970s and involved writing from a subjective perspective as opposed to more traditional objective journalism. He was also known for coining phrases such as "radical chic" and "the me decade".
Last week, Barnes & Noble, the largest book retailer in the US, saw its stock price plunge nearly 8% just days after the New York Times published an editorial calling for the chain to be saved. "It's depressing to imagine that more than 600 Barnes & Noble stores might simply disappear," wrote columnist David Leonhardt. "But the death of Barnes & Noble is now plausible."
Author Jojo Moyes has pledged to save the British adult literacy program Quick Reads from closure by funding it for the next three years. She says she was "completely dumbfounded" on learning of the scheme's closure and is believed to have donated around £360,000 (well over US$500,000) to help it continue.
"Having written a Quick Reads myself [Paris for One, in 2015] and spoken to readers who had benefited from the scheme, I knew how important it was," she told The Bookseller. "It is relatively low cost and loved by authors, publishers and readers. At a time when libraries are ever more endangered, it seemed a completely regressive move to lose Quick Reads."
The Pulitzer Prize board has opened an independent review of sexual misconduct allegations against the award-winning novelist Junot Díaz, who is stepping down as chairman, the board said on Thursday.
"Mr. Díaz said he welcomed the review and would cooperate fully with it," the Pulitzer board said in a statement.
Mr. Díaz, who joined the board in 2010, was elevated to chairman last month, according to the organization. It said that Mr. Díaz asked to relinquish his role and that he would remain a part of the body.
Viet Thanh Nguyen argues that books by immigrants, foreigners and minorities don't diminish the 'classic' curriculum. They enhance it....
...We must read Shakespeare and authors who are women, Arab, Muslim, queer. Most of the world is neither white nor European, and the United States may be a majority-minority country by mid-century. White people will gain more by embracing this reality rather than fighting it. As for literature, the mind-set that turns the canon into a bunker in order to defend one dialect of English is the same mind-set that closes borders, enacts tariffs and declares trade wars to protect its precious commodities and its besieged whiteness. But literature, like the economy, withers when it closes itself off from the world. The world is coming anyway. It demands that we know ourselves and the Other...