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BY Jill Markowitz
July 3, 2013

By Brian Meltzer Grand Central Publishing 2013; 448 pages The Fifth Assassin started off with a bang, literally. I was intrigued and could not wait to keep reading. However, that enthusiasm quickly diminished. The chapters were really short, generally two to four pages, which I typically like. However, every chapter jumped to a different time CONTINUE »

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BY Devorah Drebin
June 27, 2013

By S.B. Lerner On The Edge Books 2012, 320 pages S.B. Lerner tells the story of Bianca, a girl who has her head in the clouds and must return to reality in order to make the most important decision of her life. Set in 1930s Poland, the plot focuses on the Libors, a poor family CONTINUE »

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BY Michele J. Floam
June 20, 2013

Virginia Hull Welch Virginia Welch 2013, 400 pages James Rose rode into the Wyoming prairie one stormy Saturday night in 1880 and did not return. Did his wife kill him, was he teaching her a lesson, or did he have an enemy he was trying to escape? You will be hooked from the first page, CONTINUE »

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BY Lynne Stern Elkes
June 13, 2013

Gila Green Now Or Never Publishing 2013, 237 pages Imagine an Israel in the not-so-distant future — post-traumatic religious civil war resulting in two states: Shalem, an observant land ruled by halacha, and Israel, a secular land complete with kibbutzniks. Both are still at the mercy of hostile nations in their region. This is the CONTINUE »

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BY Rebecca Kanner
June 13, 2013

“Sinners and the Sea” Howard Books, 2013; 352 pages   If one of Rebecca Kanner’s goals in “Sinners and the Sea” was to paint a vivid picture of the depravity that made up antediluvian society, she succeeded. Using the unnamed and scorned wife of Noah as first-person narrator, Kanner creates a society virtually lacking in CONTINUE »