A Devoted Husband Struggles to Save His Wife via a Dark Virtual Reality Game: My Review of Stan Faryna’s Dystopian Novella ‘Francesco Augustine Bernadone’

Stan Faryna’s Francesco Augustine Bernadone: A Brief History of Our Tomorrows centers on an 80-year old Italian named Francesco as he desperately seeks to finance his wife’s cancer treatments, battles multiple sclerosis himself, and struggles to hold onto any work he can. All in a bleak world devoid of much happiness and hope. Francesco’s selfless devotion […]

An Alchemist Takes on a Bully and Wannabe King: My Review of the LitRPG Novel ‘Unwritten Rules’

A physically disabled young man experiences newfound purpose and excitement in a virtual reality game world when he confronts an arrogant bully posing as a king. That’s the premise behind Adam Horne’s enjoyable LitRPG novel Unwritten Rules. While in college, Kevin’s life took a tragic turn when a car struck him and left his body […]

A Janitor Becomes King: My Review of Adam Drake’s LitRPG Series Kingdom

Robert Barron is a widower and night-shift janitor. Still grieving the loss of his wife, the 52-year old cares only about his grown daughter, Anika, and wants to keep the rest of his life as free of stress as possible. And that’s why he traded in the corporate life in favor of cleaning office buildings. […]

Why You Should Love America (In Spite of its Flaws): My Review of Dinesh D’Souza’s Book on America

Today is America’s birthday. Two hundred and forty-one years ago today, John Hancock affixed his famous signature to the Declaration of Independence, the iconic document penned by Thomas Jefferson and then amended and approved by the Second Continental Congress. And on this Fourth of July, it’s fitting that we reflect on what kind of nation […]

A Founding Father Every American Should Appreciate: My Review of David McCullough’s Masterpiece Biography of John Adams

Two hundred and forty-one years ago today (July 2), the Second Continental Congress voted to approve Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee’s motion for independence. And John Adams wrote his wife Abigail that the “Second of July” would forever be recognized as a national day of celebration. Two days later, the Second Continental Congress approved the […]

An Aging, Soon-to-be Mothballed Spaceship Saves the Earth in this Fun Space Opera: My Review of Nick Webb’s Constitution

In the year 2650, an alien menace returns. Its fleet invades our solar system, lays waste to our outposts on Mars and the Moon, and decimates our fleet. Only the aging, soon-to-be-decommissioned ISS Constitution can save the day. That’s the premise of Nick Webb’s Constitution, the first book in his Legacy Fleet trilogy. Seventy-five years […]

A US Navy Destroyer Battles an Evil Reptilian Race in an Alternate World: My Review of Taylor Anderson’s Into The Storm

Taylor Anderson’s Into The Storm, the first book in his exciting Destroyermen series, opens with the US Navy losing World War II. Badly. Three months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the US Navy is unable to stop the Japanese as they sweep across the Pacific Ocean. Having suffered a disastrous defeat at the […]

A Modern-Day Viking and Electrician Take on a Genetically Modified Dragon: My Review of James Byron Huggins’ Leviathan

About twenty years ago, while browsing through the fiction section of Reston Regional Library in Fairfax County, Virginia, I discovered James Byron Huggins. The book I picked up that day was Leviathan. It turned me into a Huggins fanboy. Since then, I’ve devoured just about every book Huggins has written, and wish the man would write […]

Catholic Knights Battle a Demonic Cult: My Review of Steven McKay’s Knight of the Cross

The Knights of St. John battle a satanic cult in Steven A. McKay’s novella Knight of the Cross. Set in 14th century Rhodes, Knight of the Cross serves as a prequel to McKay’s take on the story of Robin Hood. The main protagonist is Sir Richard-at-Lee, a mercenary turned Catholic knight charged with investigating the […]

Heroes Fit For The Times: My Flag Day Review of The Revolutionary War Novel Rise to Rebellion

Today is Flag Day, the day Americans celebrate their flag, which was officially adopted June 14, 1777. It seemed fitting that, on Flag Day, we review a book that fits that theme. Jeff Shaara’s Rise to Rebellion fits that bill. Published in 2001, Rise to Rebellion is the first of a two-part series set during the […]