The Radix, by Brett King @ Joe Bob Briggs

If you liked “the Da Vinci Code” or similar books involving conspiracies and ancient artifacts, “The Radix,” by Brett King may be the book for you. Continue reading The Radix, by Brett King @ Joe Bob Briggs

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Reservoir Gods by Brian Knight @ Joe Bob Briggs

Dworshak was a body of water created by the Clearwater River.  The dammed river created the reservoir that powers the town of Orofino while flooding a previously abandoned town and leaving behind tales of desecrated Indian burial grounds.  Amid this stew of history, legend and hearsay, Knight brings us a “Big Fish” tale. Remember the one that got away?  Reservoir Gods is one of those stories. The story centers on the lives of various individuals around Dworshak.  There is Commissioner Grant Lang, who enjoys the outdoors, camping with his underlings, and the occasional 14-year-old girl.  He’s also a bit of … Continue reading Reservoir Gods by Brian Knight @ Joe Bob Briggs

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The Lime Works by Thomas Bernhard @ Joe Bob Briggs

Thomas Bernhard (1931–1989) was one of the twentieth century’s great prose stylists. He belongs to the trinity of novelists who died early, the other two being W.G. Sebald and Roberto Bolano.  All three are experiencing a popular revival coupled with attention from academic and critical circles. To understand Bernhard’s peculiar brand of fiction one has to examine his country of origin.  Austria’s intellectual and literary community minted numerous famous names in the 19th and 20th centuries.  An incomplete list would include journalist-critic Karl Kraus, philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, psychologist Sigmund Freud, Nobel Laureate author Elfriede Jelinek, and the demagogue Adolf Hitler.  … Continue reading The Lime Works by Thomas Bernhard @ Joe Bob Briggs

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Internecine by David Schow @ Joe Bob Briggs

Conrad Maddox is the Vice President in charge of development for Kroeger Concepts, Ltd. He’s an ad man who specializes in selling our dreams and desires back to us at a steep price.  On his return from a business trip, he discovers a key in his rental car.  The key belongs to a locker that contains a Halliburton-style briefcase.  The briefcase contains fake IDs, cash, a cell phone and several guns.  Conrad calls the number on the cell phone.  As they say, hilarity ensues. David J. Schow, the Hollywood scribe who wrote Critters 3, Critters 4 and The Crow, has … Continue reading Internecine by David Schow @ Joe Bob Briggs

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The Beloved @ Joe Bob Briggs

There’s something rotten in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It corrupts relationships, threatens children, drives people to murder, and leaves a wake of destruction wherever it appears.  It would be one thing if it were a hideous monster or some crazy murderer on the loose. What if it was your boyfriend or girlfriend?  The Beloved tells the tale of Ronnie Baker and Diana Marshfield, a new couple facing resistance from Ronnie’s family.  Ronnie, a recovering drug abuser recently divorced from Cindy, met Diana online.  Now Diana has agreed to move in with Ronnie, despite never having met his family.  Once the family meets … Continue reading The Beloved @ Joe Bob Briggs

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Dead Weight by John Francome @ Joe Bob Briggs

Phil Nicholas is a National Hunt jockey psychologically shaken after a bad fall. The National Hunt is a popular series of steeplechase races, but Phil’s horse didn’t make it over one of the barriers, making the fall particularly nasty. He has had symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and is seeking psychiatric help, but keeps it secret from his wife Julia, a horse trainer, and his fellow jockeys. Phil is afraid the therapy might make him appear weak. To read the rest of the review, click here. Continue reading Dead Weight by John Francome @ Joe Bob Briggs

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