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

Compelling Theory
No matter what you believe – Avi Loeb doesn’t try to force you to do anything more than to look at the evidence without bias – this is a compelling theory. It is well reasons and supported, which lends it as much merit as any other supposition on the matter of ‘Oumuamua. The author was correct to liken the viability of the theory to a quote from Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: “When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
I loved how the limited evidence was broken down, and how Avi Loeb laid out his thought process. He did a great job of showing how his conclusions are validated, and sadly, the science industry is influenced by funding what’s popular. I like that he still instills hope.
One of the author’s commentaries that I found to be as profound as it is truthful: “Our civilization is the product of not just our scientific advances but also those moments when for any number of reasons advances were delayed or even stopped in their tracks. We stand where we stand today because of the men and women who looked through the telescope, but also because of the men and women who refused to. Science is a work in progress, and the pursuit of scientific knowledge is never-ending. But that progress does not follow a straight path, and the obstacles encountered are sometimes of humanity’s own making.”
I recommend this book. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the sciences, especially astrophysicist, then this is a must read. It opens your eyes as well as your mind to many ideas, not just ETs. If you enjoy reading about space exploration and astronomy, you will find this a pleasant book. It’s smart, humbling, and honest.

Another dark, twisted tale
Back to her new life with her hunkie vampires, Rose is shocked by revelations about her own ancestral past. This tale is so much darker and twisted than the last one. And, reader beware, there are triggers galore.
When I bought the serialization, I didn’t realize there was still a 6th book which wasn’t available to purchase anymore. I debated with myself about rebuying the first 2 out of the 3 stories. But I HAD TO KNOW what happened to Rose in that other dimensional realm her father trapped her in. So, yeah, I guess Rose became a bit more relatable for me in this book.
Still, the rest of the characters all sounded the same. Calling a man a male all the time is boring. And I still don’t understand what role Gian really played. Yeah, he’s the head vampire, but there was always the hint that someday he would have his taste of Rose. Which never happened. Also, the witch that set up Rose was never identified or punished. Some unanswered questions. Could there be another book?
If you’re a reader who doesn’t mind the darker side of erotica, and vampire lovers, you’ll enjoy this story. I give it 4 stars.

I read one of Andrew Hess’s earlier books a few years ago and really enjoyed it. He also featured on my About a Book series. You’ll find links to both below.
In this story, Serena is a television reporter who is sent on assignments when news breaks to report live from the scene. It’s a new premise for me and interesting to see how it worked.
I enjoyed the most realistic portrayal of a relationship between a man and wife, I’ve read in a long time. It’s not always butterflies and romance that is so often portrayed.
What I wasn’t too keen on was the suspense, which, of course other readers may thrive on. The question was, is Serena delusional? Or, is what she heard, that no one else did, real?
At times, especially during the first half of the book, it felt like Groundhog day. Getting up, going to work, coming home, cooking dinner. But, by the same token, life is exactly like that.
Overall, I enjoyed it, especially when it picked up pace towards the end. Its satisfying not to be pulled out of a story by bad editing, missing words and errors.
This is book one of The Sugar and Spice Mystery Series. I followed the author on Amazon, so I can be notified when book two comes out.
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