Headlines, Deadlines, and LiesREVIEWED BY J.M. NORTHUP

Heartbreaking, Eye-opening, & Informative
As a female veteran, this book really resonated with me. It’s because of women like those commemorated in this novel that I can vote and be recognized for my own service to my country. The hardships & battles they endured went well beyond those attributed to WWI combat.
To have the history of the policies and politics related to the Signal Corps women (as well as WASPs) is both devastating and triumphant. I wept. Their injustices were disgusting, but equally so, and directly tied to women’s discrimination was the racial issues of the time. And to look at the timeline for the blatant sexist and racial injustices… It brings us to modern times. Again, I openly wept.
Here’s another example of something we didn’t learn in school but should have. Of course, it exposes the “boys club” and the white male supremacy American fought to retain in government… Sad to have such evidence of “the leader of democracy” being one of the last to enfranchise equally to all its people, regardless of sex or color.
The author did a phenomenal job of chronicling the historical events in an accurate but entertaining way. She moved the story at a compelling pace while connecting you to time, people, and events. Even with this being a nonfiction piece, it’s so well written that you’re drawn into the story and introduced to the characters on an intimate level. It’s very emotional.
I definitely recommend this title for readers who love history, war stories… Really there’s so much in this real-life drama – underdog tale, sisterhood saga, memoir… An exceptional read with important historical data that people should know!

A Crazy Read!
I don’t know what to say about this book. It’s probably the craziest story I’ve ever read!
It’s a very short read about a man, a cat and a little women. Oh, and I shouldn’t forget the potato chip.
If you want a good laugh, and spend an enjoyable half hour or so, grab this book, and I guarantee it will put a smile on your face.

Compelling Story
This is the first book by this author I’ve read and it was recommended to me by a friend.
The story doesn’t take place on some far-off -planet but it might as well have with all the world building needed. Artinan’s description of the bunker with the different levels and living conditions makes the reader feel like they’re right there. He also has a grasp of human nature and the human condition. How most people are so willing to follow anyone that makes choices for them so they’re not responsible for their own actions. Sounds like our society today.
I felt the first part of the book was slow as there was excessive repeating of the same events as new characters got involved. And too much describing of ordinary routines, like making tea or getting ready in the morning. Not necessary and just makes the reader want to skip over those parts. The author also had a tendency to get on a Liberal/socialist soap box and those parts did get flipped over.
Then everything went to hell in a handbag. From that point on pages were turned faster and the tension built. I found myself holding my breath, waiting to see what happened. Please don’t let them die. There were a few characters I related to more than others. One is Michelle ad the other Susan. I can’t wait to see what happens to them in book two. Which I will be reading. As for Greenslade, not sure how I feel about him. Is he good or bad? Did he get his just desserts? We shall see.
If you’re a fan of dystopian YA novels like Hunger Games, action and adventure, and family drama, you’ll enjoy this story. I give it 4 stars.
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