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The Woman in the Water: A Prequel to the Charles Lenox Series  by Charles Finch, Minotaur Books, US $25.99, Pp 292, February 2018, ISBN 978-1250139467

Panorama by Steve Kistulentz,  Little, Brown and Company,  US $27.00,  Pp 390,  March 2018, ISBN 978-0316551762

Immortal Life: A Soon To Be True Story by Stanley Bing, Simon & Schuster, US $26.00, Pp 292, December 2017, ISBN 978-1501119835

Child of a Mad God: A Tale of the Coven by R. A. Salvatore, Tor books, US $25.99, Pp 494, February 2018, ISBN 978-0765395276

The Woman in the Water is set in London, England, in 1850. Young Charles Lenox wants to become a leading detective but Scotland Yard does not take him seriously and his friends discourage him to take a profession he is not made for. At a time when Charles Lenox is losing all hope, a newspaper receives a letter in which the writer of the letter confesses to having killed a young woman whose body was found in a naval trunk, caught up in the middle of the Thames. The writer vows to murder more people. Charles Lenox decides to prove himself. He knows that he has a great future as a detective if he could solve the crime before another innocent life is lost. But there are few clues to go on. However, when the killer turns his sights towards those whom Lenox holds most dear, it is Charles Lenox’s turn to prove his salt. Thereafter, Charles Lenox is pitted against a maniacal killer. The Woman in the Water will take you back to Charles Lenox’s very first case that will be the beginning of his career as one of the most brilliant detectives in London. It is a twisty thriller that will keep you guessing what is coming next to the end. Charles Finch’s storytelling prowess is unmatchable. The Woman in the Water is intense and packed with action Charles Finch is known for.

Charles Finch is the USA Today bestselling author of the Charles Lenox mysteries. His first contemporary novel was The Last Enchantments. Finch received the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation Award, for excellence in reviewing, from the National Book Critics Circle. His reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune. He lives in Chicago with his family.


Richard MacMurray, a cable news talking head, is scheduled to be a guest on a prominent morning talk show on New Year’s Day. He is expecting to talk about good things and New Year resolutions. As he awaits the broadcast, the network interrupts its programs and announces that a jet airliner has crashed in Dallas and all the passengers and crew members aboard have died. Shortly, amateur videotapes are aired showing the plane’s last moments. This transforms the tragedy into living images. The big tragedy for Richard MacMurray is that his sister, Mary Beth, was aboard the doomed plane and she has left behind her six-year-old son, Gabriel. Richard is Gabriel’s only living relative. As Gabriel comes to live with Richard, it changes everything for Richard. Steve Kistulentz’s was inspired by the idea that we all have a moment when everything changes. Kistulentz says, “I wanted to write a book that took one of these blatantly public moments and investigate its most intimate consequences. So many personal stories tell larger public truths, but it also works the other way around. These huge public events have a personal toll, and I hoped to write something that would remind us that the news consists daily of events in the lives of actual people, sometimes even the people we love.” In PanoramaSteve Kistulentz explores American values and culture and how human loss transforms other humans. This fast-paced novel is equally soul-searing. It is a great and promising debut novel that will overwhelm you as soon as you start reading it. 

Steve Kistulentz is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Florida State University. He is also the author of two books of poetry: The Luckless Age, which won the Benjamin Saltman Award, and Little Black Daydream. He is the director of the graduate creative writing program at Saint Leo University in Florida.


A business mogul wants to live forever, just like most of us do. But the problem is the strong body he needs to inhabit. Immortal Life is about this ancient human fantasy and wish of living forever. Immortal life may be a fantasy for now but the big moguls are not going to stop dreaming of this. They are investing big money in finding a cure for death. Arthur Vogel is the richest among these moguls. He is the inventor and a tech tycoon who has amassed trillions of dollars. His business empire stretches all the way to Mars. Expensive life extension technology has allowed him to live 127 years but time is running out. He has created Gene, a human being specially created to house Arthur’s consciousness. Now he has to discard his old human body and transfer his consciousness to the young, strong body of Gene. The problem is Gene may be artificial but he is a person and is refusing to house Arthur’s consciousness. Gene conceives of a risky plan to defeat Arthur’s plan of world domination. It is a battle between the creator and the creation. Their minds have to fight it out. Will the wealth of the moguls be able to defeat the artificial intelligence of Gene? Will this ancient dream come true anytime soon? Immortal Life tries to foresee the day when humans will succeed to live long lives if not forever. It is a fantastic fantasy that may become a reality in the future. Immortal Life is one of those fantasy novels that will absorb you from the beginning as you live your own fantasy. It is a highly enjoyable and entertaining novel. Stanley Bing is a formidable storyteller.

Stanley Bing is a bestselling fiction and nonfiction writer and the author of almost a dozen books that explore the boundaries of hard-nosed, practical business strategy and satire including Crazy BossesWhat Would Machiavelli Do, and most recently a comprehensive replacement for the traditional MBA program, The Curriculum. His three novels are Lloyd: What HappenedYou Look Nice Today, and Immortal Life.


After losing her parents, Aoleyn is all alone to fend for herself in this cruel and brutal world. It is a world of vicious barbarians she has to face now. Because she is bound by rigid traditions in this society, she plans to escape to a world she is free. The only way she can escape from here is by learning how to wield the mysterious power tribe’s coven – known as the Song of Usgar — possesses. Although Aoleyn is the strongest witch in the tribe, she will have to get that power at a very high price. The brutish warlord that leads the tribe has already discovered her abilities. This demon eliminates whoever gets to possess such powers. Aoleyn’s powers have made her the target of the demon’s wrath. But Aoleyn knows her enemies and how to deal with them. Child of a Mad God is the beginning of a new epic journey. It is a dark, action-filled fantasy that introduces new characters. It is quite an enjoyable read for fantasy-loving readers.

R. A. Salvatore is one of fantasy’s most popular authors, with his books frequently appearing on the New York Times bestseller list and more than 10 million copies of his books sold. He is the author of The BearThe DameThe Ancient, and The Highwayman as well as GauntlgrymThe Legend of Drizzt books, including the Dark Elf Trilogy―HomelandExile, and Sojourn― and the Demon Wars series, among many others. He lives in Massachusetts. R.A. Salvatore is one of the most important figures in modern epic fantasy.

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