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Frontier Son
Frontier Son
by Aaron Kruse Rating: 0.0

Spring has returned to the Green River area, Andy Gunder’s ranch is thriving and life is good. His son Samuel is coming up on 14, growing fast and proving himself a true frontier son. Andy is intensely proud of him and already planning for the boy to take over the Gunder ranch and businesses. However, the Green River area is still frontier, and to survive, both Andy and Samuel must face the dangers of that land.

Stealing from Fontenelle Ranch is a near-guaranteed way to meet your Maker, as a notorious gang learns trying to steal Andy’s horse herd. It’s a bad day for the outlaws when Samuel joins Andy for his first manhunt, and even worse when the U.S. Marshall asks Andy’s help in running down those who escaped the first fight.

Some men only learn the hard way. Some never learn at all. The outlaw leader decides to take personal vengeance on Andy for killing his band and spoiling his plans. In the resulting test of wills, Samuel shows himself to be truly a Gunder and truly worthy of his father’s trust.

Frontier Son is the fourth in the Gunder’s Bride series of Westerns.

Genres: Adventure, Westerns, Young Adult
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Our Darker Angel
Our Darker Angel
by Michael Segedy Rating: 0.0

Notable Mention in Shelf Unbound's International Indie Book Award Contest for 2013

Our Darker Angel begins with FBI Agent Rick Clark's investigation into a series of murders committed by a terrorist group. Terrorism has become a personal issue with Clark. Two years before, his daughter perished in a terrorist bombing by a group calling itself EMMA, an acronym for Emergent Movement of Militant Anarchists.

The new murders bear a striking resemblance to the killings by EMMA, as they too only target the corrupt and powerful. There is one notable difference, though. This group uses the internet to hire unprofessional assassins to do their bidding. All of the murders are committed by desperate lowlifes hungry to make a buck.

While undertaking his investigation of the new terrorist group, going by the name of ARC, Clark relies on the expertise, keen intuition, and psychological insights of Dr. Marty Robin, a forensics psychologist. Together, they research the backgrounds of the victims, while Marty attempts to construct a profile of the assassin.

While preoccupied with solving the ARC case, Clark is dragged down by personal ghosts. Fortunately, Marty manages to rescue him from his darkest hours and pull him safely to shore.

The action in Our Darker Angel is fast-paced and plausible, and as the plot unfolds, new elements emerge that keep the reader guessing. The most important involves the personal history of the mysterious Ali Cohen, a beautiful young woman deeply troubled by tragic events in her past and intimately connected to the present events.

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EMMA: Emergent Movement of Militant Anarchists
EMMA: Emergent Movement of Militant Anarchists
by Michael Segedy Rating: 0.0

Silver Medal Winner of the 2013 Readers' Favorite Annual International Award Contest.

Imagine a couple young hacktivists, both former members of the internet freedom fighters group Anonymous, and one of them an ex-black ops officer, breaking away and creating a militant group of anarchists committed to social change. But social change precipitated by acts of violence against CEOs of major corporations responsible for crimes against humanity.

Their group, Emergent Movement of Militant Anarchists, or EMMA, believes the power elite will never listen to hollow threats or become intimidated by pranksters like Anonymous. They will listen only when they are forced to live in a state of terror.

That’s the mere skeleton of the plot, but what follows, the twists and turns, the surprises, the action and suspense, and the masterful way the author delves into the lives of the principal characters, adds the beef.

A black ops officer turned terrorist is not the story of a renegade NCS commando gone bonkers. Rather the novel tells of a young man, Brent Cossack, accepted into Georgetown University, who decides to forgo college and join the military. As a CIA operative in Iraq, he discovers an ugly truth, and resigns. He returns home and falls in love with a beautiful political activist. Everything seems just swell, until a terrible event in his life pushes him over the edge.

FBI agent Rick Clark finds himself in the middle of an investigation that forces him to relive the saddest time in his life. Since his divorce, he has lived alone, avoiding relationships, except those established at work out of necessity, and one established at home, out of choice, with his commiserating dog, Thomas.

Marty Robins, a psychologist involved in the investigation, helps resuscitate life into Rick, but his real savior comes later in the form of an unexpected hero that restores hope and meaning in his fragmented life.

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Cupiditas: Evil's Root
Cupiditas: Evil's Root
by Michael Segedy Rating: 0.0

Cupiditas: Evil's Root is a sequel to Michael Segedy's thriller/romance, In Deep.

The novel is set in South America. Like In Deep, it is full of twists and turns, romance and adventure, with dark underpinnings that show how powerful, ruthless political and corporate structures cast shadows over the lives of all of us.

In this exciting mystery, you'll meet fascinating characters you'll never forget: Drug lords, mass murderers, a courageous old grandfather, and two young Americans brave enough to confront the greatest power on earth

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Sanctimonious Serial Killers
Sanctimonious Serial Killers
by Michael Segedy Rating: 0.0

Sanctimonious Serial Killers is much more than a murder novel about serial killers. It is a gripping tale exploring the psychological and moral dimensions of aberrant minds convinced of the righteousness of their murderous deeds. It’s also a tale about mounting personal losses and their devastating effects on a human being’s life and belief system.

The story begins with Agent Rick Clark and his colleague, Marty Robin, investigating the murder of three women over a period of less than three years. When Agent Clark returns from investigating the latest serial killing, his colleague meets him at Reagan International Airport and delivers horrifying news that sends his life into a tailspin and the story to places where crime thrillers rarely go.

Michael Segedy’s crime novel certainly has its twists, its turns, and its surprises. It’s awash with all the elements of a great thriller, but it is far more than just an engaging crime novel. It’s a story about vulnerable souls pushed to the edge; about souls that crack and souls that cope; it’s a story with profound psychological and moral ramifications; a story about a hidden world of subterfuge and terror; a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, captivate your imagination, and spare you from the cheap thrills and implausible events and characters common in lesser crime thrillers. Finally, and foremost, it’s a starkly haunting, heart wrenching story about characters and events drawn from the real world, your world.

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Evil's Root
Evil's Root
by Michael Segedy Rating: 0.0

Finalist for best thriller in the 2013 Readers' Favorite Annual International Award Contest

FINALIST IN THE 2014 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD.

When American expat journalist Steve Collins sets off for the middle of the Amazon Jungle to cover a plane crash with a U.S senator aboard, he has no idea how his life is about to change. The Peruvian military is claiming the Shining Path rebel insurgency launched a missile attack on the aircraft, and the U.S. State Department is backing the military's claim. Steve just ain't buying it. He smells complicity, but has nothing to go on except the defiant words of a rebel leader and the testimony of an easily intimidated old farmer and his grandson who say they witnessed the crash.

To his surprise, Steve's editor informs him that Jennifer Strand, a gorgeous, spunky young journalist embedded with the U.S. Embassy, will be accompanying him to the crash site.

Though wide apart in their political views, they manage to set aside their differences and work together to unravel the dark mystery behind the senator's death. Their investigation not only places them at the epicenter of the conflict between the rebels and the Peruvian government, but takes them on a perilous adventure in which they uncover shocking truths about the American Empire and the ruthless and seemingly indomitable force behind it that demands the Empire execute its plan.

Evil's Root is not just a political thriller. It is a powerful tale of romance and courage, of dark intrigues and harrowing revelations, of absolute power and pervasive evil. But more than anything, it is an encomium to brave souls, past and present, who have shown the will and moral commitment to confront the destructive forces that threaten civilized life.

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In Deep
In Deep
by Michael Segedy Rating: 0.0

When Steve Collins, a disillusioned ex-pat journalist, sets off to cover a plane crash in the middle of the Amazon Jungle, he has no idea how his life is about to change. Under pressure from his editor, he agrees to let Jennifer Strand, a young U.S. Embassy embedded journalist tag along. Gorgeous and full of spunk, she accompanies him on an adventure where he discovers a shocking truth about American foreign policy, and about blindly following the dictates of the heart.

Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers Favorite

In Deep by Michael Segedy is a political thriller with romance woven into it, but at its heart there is a very stark message about the dangers of corruption within corporations as well as governments. When a light plane carrying a US Senator and an influential businessman comes down over Peru in mysterious circumstances, Steve Collins, a less-than-ambitions expat journalist, is dragged from his dead-end life to go and cover the story. He is not keen to revisit an area that holds painful memories for him, but when he finds out he will be accompanied by the beautiful and spirited Jennifer Strand, another journalist who is connected with the Embassy, the mission becomes much more attractive. However, Steve and Jennifer find themselves in difficult and dangerous situations, confronting the bitter and horrific truth about international relations. But when facing such challenges, Steve rediscovers his true qualities as a journalist and human being. However, there is a sharp sting in the tail for him.

There is no doubt that Michael Segedy is a talented author. The reader is plunged into the action from the very start and the novel moves swiftly. But it is not action for action’s sake. There is a strong, tightly constructed plot behind it all with a real and worrying central theme of corruption in high places. The characters aren't cardboard cutouts as can so often be the case in political and high-tech thrillers. Even Polsky, Steve’s editor, whom we only meet briefly, has substance to him - both physically and as a very convincing person. We have all met people like Steve, the ‘could do betters’ of this world, so he is a very sympathetic and ultimately a very worthy hero. In Deep is a modern story with the drugs trade and rebels thrown into the mix. Settings are detailed and atmospheric and there is enough background detail to lend authenticity but not to overwhelm what is essentially a human story. Excellent writing.

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Trail's End
Trail's End
by Aaron Kruse Rating: 0.0

Tim Farrell is a survivor. From behind-the-lines raiding for the Union Army to fighting Comanche in Texas, he does whatever is necessary to win, however distasteful. When he left it all behind and went back to farming, he hoped to find peace, but a man can’t leave his memories behind.

Homesteading in Colorado, Tim fights claim jumpers, Indians, corrupt miners, and Mother Nature, and beats them all. But guilt isn’t so easy to defeat. A lost love isn’t easy to forget. His only real friend is a disenchanted, wise-cracking priest who wonders what torments his friend but doesn’t know how to help.

Emma Rogers is a survivor, too. But 14 years with a drunken, self-serving gambler have worn her hopes away. When she arrives in Chigger-Be-Gone with a lame horse, a broken wagon, and two starving children, she has none left. The first storm of the winter threatens, and her gambler lies dead a half-day’s travel back with an arrow in his chest. The village priest wants to help, but frontier towns exist on the edge. Where do you find charity when survival itself is in question?

Stalking Hawk rides and raids for the honor of the Jicarilla Apache, killing the whites who have taken his people’s lands and their way of life. The elders reminisce about the days of their fathers and grandfathers, but they cannot see the future. They counsel caution and making an accord with the white enemy. The young brave rejects this path, and he and his friends return to the path of their ancestors, believing in this way they will lead their people back to greatness.

The fates of these and more will cross in the mountains of Colorado, and their futures will change forever.

Change comes at a price, sometimes a very high price.

Genres: Adventure, Historical Fiction, Suspense, Westerns, Young Adult
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Serenity Symbols Coloring Book
Serenity Symbols Coloring Book
by Deborah Herman Rating: 0.0

Drawings and inspirational messages for those in recovery or on a spiritual path. The drawings are done with one line automatically and provide a meditative experience.

Genres: Metaphysical, Motivation, Self-Improvement, Spirituality
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Anonymous: Comes out of the Shadows to Brief the White House about UFOs
Anonymous: Comes out of the Shadows to Brief the White House about UFOs
by C.Ronald Garner Rating: 0.0

This CIA Agent Code Name Anonymous kept his secrets long beyond his oath due to threats to his own life and that of his family. He now reveals all he witnessed as a member of an above top secret task force charged with investigating the truth about UFOs and alien encounters. While project Blue Book was designed as disinformation, this man saw with his own eyes an Extraterrestrial Biological Entity (EBE) and read the CIA files the government never wanted the public to see. Much of the "lore" is true as validated in this simple transcript in his own words. With carefully researched editor's notes by C. Ronald Garner, a highly respected paranormal and UFO researcher, this could be one of the most important books in US secret history.

Genres: History, New Age, New Ideas, Politics, Science
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