Member Book Reviews – #RRBC

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  1. Hi all, I just posted by 5 star review for Guy Worthey’s – Ace Carroway and the Great War on Amazon.

    Author Guy Worthey Scott puts one tough girl in a plane, shooting down the enemies, and relying on her guile to get her through the challenges of war. Cecilia “Ace” Carroway is a 16-year-old who lied about her age and joined the Allies in World War I as a pilot. The excitement begins immediately with an unexpected end to an air battle. She ends up a POW when her plane is shot down. Ace’s story starts quickly with a thrilling air-battle, but she ends up a prisoner when her plane is shot down.

    The writing is delightful with its face-paced delivery. It was impossible to stop reading before the end. The scene with Ace taking her plane down in enemy territory highlighted her spunk. It was here I became a fan.

    This sample is a portion with the full write up https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R34TBWBK8TPP8T/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B077T2Y53B I will be putting it on my blog later this week. Thank you Guy for a great start to a series.

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  2. Good evening all!
    I’ve recently completed my 4 star review of The One Discovered by Yvette Calleiro on Amazon and have included it below:

    I have to admit that I rarely read fantasy books but since the author is a fellow author and member of my book club I decided to give it a go.

    The One Discovered by Yvette Calleiro is a tale of love, jealousy, magic, good vs. evil, and the quest of two “otherworld” brothers to bring home the prophecized savior of their race. All the attention is on Sophia, a 17-year old senior in high school, a seemingly normal teenager who thinks she loves Rafe, the boy she’s known since birth. They always hang out together, both have good grades, and Rafe is willing to follow Sophia wherever she decides to go for college just to be with her.

    Ar’ch and Angel are the otherworld brothers who arrive in town on a mission to bring Sophia home to their world. Both try hard to gain her trust and convince her to leave everything she’s ever known and return with them to Diasodz and fulfill the prophecy. The brothers do expose secrets about both Sophia & Rafe’s mother’s which appear far-fetched yet convincing. The brothers have magical superpowers that grow stronger while on Earth and freely use them to help play on Sophia’s emotions.

    The author does throw in some occasional curves throughout the story that make readers question whether or not Sophia is actually the savior. She has no special powers, yet Rafe has the ability to shield his thoughts so the brothers aren’t able to read them. Magic?

    So the stage is set. Who is actually the savior? Are the brothers successful in their quest? Will Sophia and Rafe finally end their relationship? When you finish the book, you’ll have the answers.

    I’m anxiously downloading book 2 in the series after writing this to see how the story continues. Note, I did hold back one star as I felt the middle of the book had some repetitiveness in the relationship between Sophia and Ar’ch and portions seemed to bog down. Nevertheless, if you enjoy fantasy, you’ll enjoy this story.

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  3. I have just read and reviewed A Soldier’s Children by Jan Sikes and gave it 5 stars. The author has written a riveting story that leads the reader from one crisis to another in a very believable way. Being a parent my heart aches whenever I hear of a missing child. Luckily, seven-year-old Emily is found safe and unharmed. Her fourteen-year-old sister, Jennifer, must take sole responsibility for the family so she takes on two jobs to supplement their meager income. 

    Through the economy of words, tension remains constant. I was able to see the world through Jennifer’s eyes as problems increased with the girls returning to school and as household bills accumulated. These aren’t problems that a fourteen-year-old should have to face. This is a remarkable story that I would recommend to everyone.

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  4. Hi,
    I finished reading, JEWEL, by Jan Sikes and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wrote a review and gave it five stars and submitted it to Amazon Germany. However, they rejected it. I have submitted a query asking why. I have the review on my blog.
    The review is below along with its link.

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    I love reading Flash Fiction and Short Stories, just as much as I love reading a good novel. So, I was excited about the Short Story, Jewel. The blurb drew my interest, and that is the main reason I purchased it.

    The story did not disappoint. Jewel is all about a young woman living with her younger sister and her mother, and they have fallen on hard times.

    Reading the story, I thought of one of my favorite poems from Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Ballard of the Harp Weaver. In the Harp Weaver Poem, the Protagonist is a young boy living with his mother, and they are both starving from hunger, and this compares very well to the Protagonist in Jewel. Food is mighty scarce, and all three women are on the verge of starving.

    However, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Miracles do happen. Just as in the Harp Weaver, the Protagonist in Jewel receives an unexpected gift, which I call compassion, and it changed her life forever.

    I highly recommend this fantastic read.

    Link: https://patgarciabookreviews.com/2020/07/21/jewel-a-short-story-by-jan-sikes-reviewed-by-pat-garcia/

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    1. Hi, Patricia! Thank you SO much for this awesome review of “Jewel!” Yes, Amazon can be quite fickle, but I’ve found that when I’ve reached out, they’ve always reversed their decision and posted the review. Hopefully, that will be the case for you!

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  5. Good evening, just received Amazon confirmation of my 4 star review Honest and Straightforward Memoir Of Exclusive Pedigree.
    Thank you Robert for having this on your list.

    Author John L. Fear, with succinct editing by his son Robert Fear, provides an insightful memoir of John’s life, which was framed by his inclusion in the Exclusive Brethren. This secretive and restrictive Christian sect shaped John’s life. The religious doctrine,… enjoy all of it on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HDWF1CY/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_dp#customerReviews

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  6. I have posted the following 5* review of Charles W Jones new release ‘The Road to Saratin’ on Amazon UK:

    Stretched my imagination

    Dystopian fiction is not my normal genre, but this book made a refreshing read as it was so different.

    The story follows Carl, a man haunted by myriad voices in his head since the age of six. We join him twenty-two years later in the Freedom Institute. He knows little of the devastation that overtook the world not long after his incarceration, or of the freaks and mutants that roam outside the three remaining cities. His world has become limited to the doctor who “treats” him and the daily tasks he performs, but everything changes when a colleague dies and suspicion falls on Carl.

    In an intricate storyline, the voices urge him to leave his institutionalised life. They guide him along a path of twists and turns, away from the city of Montford. He aims to find his long-lost mom in another of the surviving cities, Saratin. His many encounters and adventures make for an intriguing, if sometimes disturbing, read. The ending is surreal but satisfying.

    This book is a real page-turner and stretched my imagination. It surprised me what can be achieved within this post-apocalyptic style of writing.

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  7. Bette Stevens introduced me to the great folks here in the Rave Reviews Book Club. We have learned to know each other through our blogs, where I found her outstanding book Dog Bone Soup. Her coming-of-age novel took me into the mind of teenage Shawn Daniels through riveting dialogue and depiction of hardscrabble life in the 1950s and 60s. My 5-star rating is well-deserved: https://www.amazon.com/review/RIRKDX1JN5G10/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  8. FLIPPING: An Uplifting Novel of Love by Eichin Chang-Lim is an overwhelming testament to love, courage, and dedication. I reviewed this book and rated it with 5 stars.

    I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this book but page by fascinating page it drew me in. Severe hardship is overcome and only makes the characters stronger. My heart went out to the lovers who were ready to give up everything to be together even though their parents were determined that they remain apart.

    I enjoyed the reading of this book enormously. I could see myself in the characters. The author effortlessly guides the story to uncomfortable places then leads it to an emotionally rewarding end. This is one of the best books I’ve read for a long time.

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  9. I’ve just read and reviewed Ace Carroway and the Great War (The Adventures of Ace Carroway Book 1) by Guy Worthy. I rated the book with 5 stars.

    This is an adventure-filled read with a sixteen-year-old girl as the main character. The young pilot named ‘Ace’ because of the number of planes she has shot down is entirely believable as are the other airmen who accompany her. There is a great use of dialog, each character may be identified by his unique manner of speech. The plot is fast-moving and exciting as this crew fights behind enemy lines to disable their target and return safely to England. I am eager to read the next book in the series.

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  10. I have just read and reviewed The Enigma Factor (The Enigma Series Book 1) authored by Charles V Breakfield and Roxanne E Burkey. I rated this book with 4 stars.

    A roller-coaster of adventure including a missing Brazilian heiress, drug smuggling, money laundering, computer programming, hacking, identity theft, security, and encryption. There is never a dull moment, as Carlos said, “We need to be more than just money movers. We need to have a laundry machine, relocation planning, and emergency transport options as part of our service”

    I enjoyed this book which kept me on my toes keeping track of all the plot lines and the myriad of characters.

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  11. Hello again. I just left this 5-star review of Brother’s Keeper by Jan Sikes on Amazon:

    Brother’s Keeper by Jan Sikes is a great short story. Quentin Marks, a successful club businessman has the responsibility to “Fix” things when his younger brother, Rowdy, got into trouble. This task was dictated by their mother after Rowdy saved Quentin’s life after a poisonous snake bit many years ago. Rowdy is coddled by his mother, doesn’ work, is an alcoholic, druggie, and tends to do what he wants. Mom always supported him. This time, Rowdy went too far. Quentin can’t fix this and loses everything.

    You have to read the story to find out what happened. The author does a great job in character development and brings the story together. Readers will love Quentin and hate both Rowdy and his mother. I was surprised that Quentin takes the path he does at the end. Great job, Jan.

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  12. Hello everybody. I just left my 4-star review of The Visit by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko on Amazon. Here it is:

    The Visit by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko takes place in a small, cramped town in Nigeria. The author’s flat in the 8-unit duplex faced a highrise building next door. Most of the property was surrounded by concrete walls that hid all the activity on-site; the compound was dead during the day and booming at night. The building was unique and many people were curious, craving a peek inside. The neighborhood wasn’t considered safe as thieves roamed the streets after dark.

    A friend, Rebecca, from the U.S., visited her flat and they spent the day reminiscing of earlier times together in school. As the visitor readies to leave, she finds her world is turned upside down. The landlord and young people in the neighborhood all come together to help make things right.

    The author does an excellent job of bringing it all together in such a short time. It was ten minutes well spent.

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  13. My review of “A Pregnant Future” by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko has been posted on Amazon. They say that which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger and Tina surely grew stronger as time went on. For Tina, nothing was easy. As a child, she suffered abuse. As an adult, she couldn’t get a break. For example, someone she thought was her friend helped her escape a disastrous situation, but then expected payment in a manner she was unwilling to provide. Ultimately, he stole it from her.

    When she was finally comfortably situated and life appeared to be looking up, the death of her son was yet another blow and her security was lost. With help from a kind stranger, she started a small business, but perceived family responsibilities demanded she abandon it. Her brief achievements were foiled at every turn, until ultimately, Tina realized that in order to succeed, she had to depend on herself. She had to walk away from her past and the people who were holding her back. And, so she did.

    This chronicle is well-written with a lot of dialogue, which I always prefer. Tina is an engaging character, and when she “danced in her undies” I actually laughed out loud. It was an excellent read. https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R30ZKKNUGXDUXG/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01N1MEGRS

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  14. Hi all. I recently reviewed Hieroglyph by WJ Scott on Amazon. Here’s the review in its entirety:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Hieroglyph by WJ Scott and was not aware that it was considered a Young Adult story. The main character, TC is only 13 years old but appears much older as the story evolves from the principal’s office. She has a special secret gift that nobody knows about; it’s the gift that allows readers to go back and forth in time as TC tries to unravel the mystery of a pair of Egyptian Princes who travel across the ocean and shipwreck in Australia. Her uncle Max, an archeologist, has tried to prove an Egyptian presence there, one that everybody else refutes over time. She may be the help he needs.

    Ms. Scott does a wonderful job with the timing of her story when switching back and forth in time. I couldn’t wait to return to the other storyline to see how it progresses. I would also have liked to learn more about the “man” who sold TC & Max the painting; how did he know TC’s secret? It was an easy read and flowed well.

    All-in-all, the story kept my interest and I highly recommend Hieroglyph for any age interested in a good adventure mystery with some Egyptian history. So, when will #2 be out Wendy?

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  15. Hi everyone! I just left a 5-Star review for Hieroglyph by Wendy Scott on Amazon. Here it is in its entirety:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Hieroglyph by WJ Scott and was not aware that it was considered a Young Adult story. The main character, TC is only 13 years old but appears much older as the story evolves from the principal’s office. She has a special secret gift that nobody knows about; it’s the gift that allows readers to go back and forth in time as TC tries to unravel the mystery of a pair of Egyptian Princes who travel across the ocean and shipwreck in Australia. Her uncle Max, an archeologist, has tried to prove an Egyptian presence there, one that everybody else refuted over time. She may be the help he needs.

    Ms. Scott does a wonderful job with the timing of her story when switching back and forth in time. I couldn’t wait to return to the other storyline to see how it progresses. I would also have liked to learn more about the “man” who sold TC & Max the painting; how did he know TC’s secret? It was an easy read and flowed well.

    All-in-all, the story kept my interest and I highly recommend Hieroglyph for any age interested in a good adventure mystery with some Egyptian history. So, when will #2 be out Wendy?

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  16. I read and reviewed D.L. Finn’s “No Fairy Tale: The reality of a girl who wasn’t a princess and her poetry” and gave it four stars.

    Being an empath I found this a very difficult read, not that it isn’t well written, it is. I felt the author’s feelings of abandonment. I suffered her physical abuse, even her suicide attempt. Reading that her mother had said, “I wish I could have had an abortion” was especially troubling. Forty years later, on her deathbed, the mother said “I am so glad that I had you.”

    Later on, in the book, I learned that the author is also an empath. She has learned to heal her physical problems by discovering, through trial and error, nutrition that she found especially suited to her unique metabolism. This is the happy ending I was looking for.

    While reading the author’s poems I was transported to my happy place where I hear the wind whispering through the trees and the surf crashing upon the shore.

    This book has proved to be a wonderful experience that I would recommend to everyone.

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  17. Hi, I’ve read and reviewed The One Awakened by Yvette M. Calleiro. My review is live at Amazon.

    I’ve never read any series faster than ‘Chronicles of the Diasodz’ by Yvette M. Calleiro. What a fabulous closure! Though it was predictable that evil would never win over love and light but it has been accomplished in a magnificent manner by bringing all the elements of life together. Once the darkness grows murkier, it has to edge out or it would be banished by incandescence. Those who choose the Goddess and believe in her power can never be vanquished by the sinister designs of demons. Damiana could never understand it, as she was evil incarnate. She tried to draw strength from her daughter, gloated over her power and planned to win the war against Diasodz.

    Willow tree with brilliant golden leaves symbolizes all that Sophia is endowed with – love, light, courage and dependability. She shines despite being a youngling and a Raizyn. I admire how each character is given the time to grow out of his/her fears and insecurities to act according to their own wishes. The conflicts within their minds have been handled in a perceptive manner and even the secondary characters like Mel and Khameel develop beyond expectations. However, there is a lot of repetition through thoughts of various characters and therefore it drags a little. The ending is also unnecessarily pulled out. I highly recommend Chronicles of the Diasodz – to be read in order.

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  18. Hi, Guys! After two month’s break from reading, I am back again, reading! I took two months break to do some writing and I’ve missed out on some great reads. I have read the following books:

    1. Treacherous Love A short Story of Misdirected Passion by Karen Black

    2. Brazos Wind by Jan Sikes

    3. Brother’s Keeper by Jan Sikes

    4. Unhinged by John Podlaski

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  19. Hi All, Just posted my review of Jan Sikes Short Story Brazos Wind on Amazon. A *****Sweet Little Short! Here is a portion of that review ….

    Author Jan Sikes uses the 1880s in Texas as the background to her western short story. The hardship that Jack McClean faced after the war kept him moving, unable to find the right place to settle down. When he spots smoke from a fire, he decides to check it out. He discovers an unconscious wounded woman, Savannah Logan.

    Jack is not the sort of man to walk away if there is a chance help. Ms. Sikes creates a man who cares for others. He is the hero of this story. Savannah has given up. The following excerpt, early on in this story, made me like this man and root for this woman. Their friendship begins with kindness.

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  20. Good morning all. I posted my review of Yvette Calleiro’s Short Story Breathless on Amazon. Here is a portion of the that review. It will also post on my RoxBurkey.com blog later today. ***** Wishes Can Come True!

    Author Yvette Calleiro takes the readers on a fairy tale adventure. Silena is a widowed mother who sets her sights on the wealthy, debonair William. She is also the hired help and server to many of the functions where she first noticed him.
    The setting for this romance fantasy is the Roaring 20s. Here parties happened often, with drinking and dancing always on the menu. The research that Ms. Calleiro did on this period in history, is rich with the vernacular of the day. It allows the readers to be immersed into the story. I found the example below from this short story charming and descriptive.
    ….

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  21. Hello everybody! I just completed my review of “Jewel” by Jan Sikes on Amazon. Here’s my five-star review :

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading, “Jewel” by Jan Sikes. Although I am not familiar with the song that this story mimics, I see it as a mix of “Cinderella”, “Pretty Woman”, and “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

    Jewel, her young sister, and mother live in squalid surroundings – a shack that’s as wet inside as it is outside when raining – by the father who left them behind, disappearing forever after an accident leaves him unable to support the family. Momma is now terminally ill and arranged for her two girls to live with others in hopes of having a better life than she can give them. Jewel, just shy of eighteen years old, is sent to live in a close friend’s brothel, and her younger sister to a well to do family. You’ll have to read the book to see how they fare.

    Jewel if a fast and smooth read without errors and held my attention to the very last word. Well done Jan Sikes! Highly recommended read…even if you don’t know the song(s) this story commemorates.

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  22. I just finished reading Empty Seats by Wanda Adams Fischer. My review is posted below and is currently pending on Amazon.

    I chose this book hoping that it would help, in some small way, to fill the void left by the absence of baseball in 2020. The story however has little to do with baseball. Empty Seats follows three Single-A teammates named jimmy, Bud and Bobby in the Montreal Expos organization in the early 1970’s. Although two of the three become relatively close during that first season, they bond with a third irascible teammate after a defining event following the end of the season. From that point forward, the book meanders along with little substance. At times, some chapters reminded me of a Seinfeld episode. “I get up in the morning. I get dressed. I go to work. I come home. That’s a show.” Only these chapters about nothing had no Seinfeld humor and precious little baseball. This book has a great deal of potential. The author does a nice job of creating the three main characters and their backstories. What it needs is an infusion of tension in each chapter and some polish to make it come alive.

    I gave this book two stars mostly because it is littered with errors. At one point the baseball team in question is the Jamestown Expos. Later, it is referred to as the Jamestown Falcons. Throughout the book, compound words are written as two separate words. For example, curve ball, seat belt, home town, etc. The author uses the phrase, “in the knick of time” in lieu of “nick.” These are just a few examples of errors. There are literally dozens. It was like reading an unedited manuscript.

    Another problem with the book was that one of the three main characters’ stories was told in the first person while the other two were told in the third person. Sequencing was also an issue. In one chapter, Bud tells Jimmy that Bobby is in the hospital in Buffalo. In the next chapter, Bobby is being transported to Buffalo. Point of view shifts within each chapter which I also found distracting.

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  23. Hi, I’ve read and reviewed Malachi, Ruse Master by Pamela Schloesser Canepa. My review is live at Amazon.

    Malachi, Ruse Master by Pamela Schloesser Canepa is the story of an aspiring actor who responds to an acting job advertisement but lands into the hands of a private investigator who hires him and makes him Malachi from Mike. He is too young to think, as dreams seem all-important at such a stage of life and therefore he falls into a trap willingly though he is a man with a conscience. All the assignments that Jack gives him are superbly handled but he grows with each lie he has to tell. Could he follow his dream? Did his job prepare him for a promising future? Pamela keeps you guessing.

    On the surface, the narrative seems to move from one situation to another, with a little sub-plot thrown in but you have to delve deeper to understand the relevance of ruse master. This book conceals subtle messages about the need for responsible parenting and makes an appeal to understand youngsters. Canepa underlines that there could be many such persons like Mike and Clinton at the crossroads of life, who need to be heard and mentored without any judgment and criticism so that they could follow their aspirations. Her characters are realistic and know how to deal with the worst phases of life.
    -Balroop Singh.

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  24. Hi all, Just finished Robert Fear’s Summer of ’77. Freedom, Friends, and Fun without any of the SM clutter of today. Life was simple. Great read, Fred!

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  25. I just finished reading Pregnant Future by Joy Lo-Bamijoko. What an incredible glimpse into the life of a young woman from a different culture! I truly enjoyed it. Here is my review:

    This was such a great coming-of-age story about a young Nigerian woman who fought against cultural and societal norms to find her place in the world. The author did a wonderful job pulling me into the Nigerian culture. Tina’s voice was very strong, and I couldn’t help but admire her inner (and outer) strength. She was bullied and abused by those she knew well and trusted. The author did a phenomenal job of showing Tina as multi-dimensional. Her experiences felt authentic, and I easily felt for her on her journey’s highs and lows. I loved that she was just a regular human being trying to make it in a world that kept throwing hurdles in front of her. I would definitely recommend this book to others. 🙂

    https://www.amazon.com/review/RB4KUWT1H7ZK6/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  26. I read Visitors by WJ Scott and gave it four stars. Here is my review:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R135ERN1KJDBC2

    Visitors is an intriguing short read about two small boys who are sent to live with their aunt in a small town in the USA. Brody, the older boy, aged twelve, is aware that his mother is very ill, possibly dying. He feels responsible for looking after his younger brother, Tom. The boys haven’t seen their aunt for a few years, but when she collect them from the airport, Brody immediately notices how youthful she looks. As they drive through the small town that is near Aunt Sally’s small holding, he also noticed that the cars and certain other features of the town are old fashioned and are from the 1950s. His aunt gives him a glib excuse for this but it makes him curious. Other strange occurrences and odd restrictions on the boys freedoms make their presence known and the two boys set out to determine what is going on in this strange town.

    This is a well written tale with a happy and fulfilling ending which I would recommend to readers of family dramas with an interesting twist which makes this a sci-fi book.

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