BOOK REVIEW: The Hollow Man by Paul Hollis


Posted by Ryder Islington, author of Ultimate Justice, a Trey Fontaine Mystery

I love a man with a sense of humor and Paul Hollis certainly has one. His The Hollow Man is fun to read. Though the subject matter of the plot is very serious, the main character, a young analyst for the NSA who is in the field doing things only a trained spy should do, is constantly in trouble, and the author’s humor jumps off the page as this man stumbles through the streets of Europe on the trail of a killer. Assigned to verify intercepted communications and learn if the information has anything to do with danger coming to America, the analyst is in somewhat over his head. His boss calls him “Kid.” He’s no Barney Fife or Maxwell Smart. He holds his own. Barely.

Without the help of Zita, an MI6 operative who shows up just in the nick of time more often than not, the analyst might have ended up dead, or at least seriously wounded, more than once. Zita calls him “Darling.”

Haunted by the needless death of a little girl, and driven by the need to finally succeed, the analyst goes from Spain to Paris in search of the girl’s killer. This is not his assignment, but with visits from the little girl’s ghost, he can’t stop himself.

It’s not my habit to give away many details of a book. A review is designed to give the reader an idea of what I thought of the book. Here’s my thought: I really enjoyed it and think it’s a great read for those who enjoy international intrigue, spys, and suspense with a little humor to ease the tension now and then. Set in 1974, with terrorism as it’s backdrop, this is a story that will keep you on your toes.

Below you’ll find more information about the book and the author, as well as a list of sites where you can find reviews, interviews, guest posts by the author,  and chances to win a free copy of The Hollow Man.

 

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Book Description for :

A terrorist’s plot, the assassination of a prime minister, holds the key to an apocalyptic plan to destroy Europe’s economy. It’s impossible to stop, but one man doesn’t know enough to think the world can’t be saved. He’s no hero; not clever or capable, talented or tested. The Hollow Man is just trying to survive in an uncertain climate where terrorism is changing the rules of how we live.

The Hollow Man won 2nd place in World’s Best Story Contest.

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Author’s Bio:

Having lived in twelve states and eventually working in all fifty, he fell in love early with seeing the world on someone else’s money. Since then, he has lived abroad nine years while working in forty-eight countries, spanning five continents. These experiences helped Paul Hollis bring his own unique viewpoint to his mesmerizing thrillers.

 

 

Connect with the author:    Website  ~  Twitter  ~   Facebook

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Sept 14 – #redhead.with.book – review / giveaway

Sept 14 – She Reads New Adult – book spotlight

Sept 15 – The Autistic Gamer – review

Sept 15 – Pinky’s Favorite Reads – book spotlight

Sept 16 – A Soccer Mom’s Book Blog – book spotlight / giveaway

Sept 17 – Roughseasinthemed – review

Sept 18 – Book Stop Corner – review / author interview / giveaway

Sept 21 – Olio by Marilyn – review / author interview / giveaway

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Sept 22 – Her Book Thoughts! – review / guest posts / giveaway

Sept 23 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway

Sept 24 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / author interview / giveaway

Sept 25 – Vic’s Media Room – review

Sept 28 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway

Sept 29 – The Things We Read – review

Sept 30 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – book spotlight giveaway

Sept 30 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review / giveaway

Oct 1 – The World As I See It – review / giveaway

Oct 1 – Laura Fabiani – Top 500 Amazon.ca Reviewer – review

Oct 2 – My Love for Reading Keeps Growing – review

Oct 5 – A Blue Million Books – book spotlight / author interview

Oct 6 – Book and Ink – review / author interview / giveaway

Oct 7 – Life as Leels – review

Oct 8 – Ryder Islington’s Blog – review / giveaway

Oct 9Create With Joy – review / giveaway

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Asia’s New Wings, The Untold Story of a Little Girl Lost on 9/11 by Clifton & Michelle Cottom


Posted by Ryder Islington, author of Ultimate Justice, a Trey Fontaine Mystery

Asia’s New Wings is a non-fiction book about the loss of 11 year old Asia Cottom on Flight #77, the plane that crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. It is not written by professional authors, and has it’s problems as far as proper writing technique goes, but this story is worth reading. It is not only a story of trajedy, but of triumph, not only a story about pain and loss, but also about faith and recovery.

Asia left behind not only two grieving parents, but an older brother, and many friends.  This book is a tribute to her, and a way for those who suffered the loss to do good. Clifton and Michelle Cottom have created a scholarship fund in Asia’s name and proceeds from this book go toward that wonderful cause.

I recommend this book to anyone who has suffered the loss of a child, or any loss of a loved one. And also, especially to anyone whose faith has flagged as a result of such loss. Below you’ll find all the details about Asia’s New Wings as well as a list of other sites where you can read reviews and author interviews, see a trailer, and put your name in a hat for a chance to win a free copy of Asia’s New Wings.

Asia Cottom lived eleven short years on this earth. Her tragic death on Flight #77 on 9/11 is forever etched in the hearts of the countless people who loved her.

 

 

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Book Description:

Asia Cottom lived eleven short years on this earth. Her tragic death on Flight #77 on 9/11 is forever etched in the hearts of the countless people who loved her. But her wise and influential life, her positive attitude, and profound faith in God are her true legacy.

You may love God with all your heart and soul, yet not understand what He is doing. In Asia’s New Wings, Clifton and Dr. Michelle Cottom, along with family and friends, walk beside you, sharing their thoughts and offering compassion to help you come to a place of acceptance, when trying to make sense of suffering great loss. The people in this book have learned to come to terms with what God allows, and are now in a place where they can help heal others. If you have gone—or are going through—the “valley of despair,” you will find comfort and empathy from those who care. You will also find hope and the strength to move forward as you rediscover your life.

What Asia’s parents and all those who loved her went through, healed from, and learned will bring comfort and relief to those who travel down the road of loss. Reading and experiencing Asia’s story will truly bring healing and life to all who turn these pages.

Book Details:

Book Title:  Asia’s New Wings:  by Clifton & Michelle Cottom
Category:  Adult non-fiction,  222 pages
Genre:  Self-help / bereavement / personal growth
Publisher:  Next Century Publishing
Release date:  August 25, 2015
Will send books:  USA & Canada
Content Rating:  PG

To see the trailer, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/zRk-gEBZyIQ

 

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Meet the authors:  

Clifton and Michelle Cottom live in Prince George’s County, Maryland and they have one son, Isiah. The Cottoms are the co-founders and executive board members of the Asia SiVon Cottom (ASC) Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 

 

 

Connect with the authors:   Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

 

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on Sept 11 to commemorate Asia’s passing on that day

All of these articles, reviews and interviews are still available.
Sept 7 – Create With Joy – review / giveaway
Sept 7 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy and Sissy Too – review / giveaway
Sept 8 – Mommy’s Gone Shopping Again – review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 8 – TW Brown on Zombies, Border Collies and the Indie Writing Scene – review / guest post
Sept 9 –   Room with Books –  review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 10 – XoXo Book Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 11 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – Jessica Cassidy – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – Nighttime Reading Center – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – Room With Books – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – T’s Stuff – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – TW Brown on Zombies, Border Collies and the Indie Writing Scene – special book spotlight
Sept 11 – Deal Sharing Aunt – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy and Sissy Too – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – I’d Rather Be at the Beach – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – Two Children and a Migraine – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – Everyday Gyaan – review
Sept 11 – Penny Minding Mom – special book spotlight feature
Sept 11 – Library of Clean Reads – special book spotlight feature / giveaway
Sept 14 – T’s Stuff – review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 15 – Nighttime Reading Center – review / author interview / giveaway
Sept 16 – Did You Hear About the Morgans? – review
Sept 17 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review / giveaway
Sept 18 – The Autistic Gamer – review
Sept 20 – Writers and Authors – book spotlight
Sept 21 – Hanna Marie Lei – review / guest post / giveaway
Sept 22 – Two Children and a Migraine – review / guest post / giveaway
Sept 23 – For Him and My Family – review / giveaway
Sept 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
Sept 28 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
Sept 30 – Penny Minding Mom – review / giveaway
Oct 2 –  I’d Rather Be at the Beach – review / giveaway
Oct 2 –  Jessica Cassidy – review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 2 –  Ryder Islington’s Blog – review
TBD – The Booksnake Etc. – review

 

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