Working as an investigative reporter and a prosecuting attorney respectively, Parker Knight and his wife both had jobs requiring secrecy and chasing down sensitive information.
Unfortunately for Parker, his wife has been more secretive lately.
Worse, his investigative reporting instincts bring him racing to the scene of an explosion that would rip his life apart.
Crassly snapping off photos of the scene, including an injured woman; Parker stops by the woman only to come face to face with the horror of the reality of the situation.
The woman is his wife Erica. He is helpless as she dies in his arms.
This is the start of events that pull Parker deeper into the mystery surrounding his wife’s death.
Parker is compelled to find out why his wife died and bring whoever planted the bomb to justice. With the help of his friend from his days in the Special Forces, Justin Kendall, and Justin’s girlfriend Tina Banks, he starts digging into the secrets behind Biotech and its CEO Harrison Bradley.
Together they follow the one elusive lead he has, Wildflower, a path that leads Parker into being dubbed a vigilante. Parker finds himself unwillingly embracing his identity as a vigilante despite its hindering his efforts to avenge his wife’s murder and bring the man he believes is responsible to justice.
The thing that initially drew me to want to read Scorpion Bay was a comment the author made once about how he was so charmed with Scorpion Bay, a real place, that it inspired him to write a book about it.
Michael Murphy did justice to both the place and the dangerous feel of the name. Scorpion Bay is more than an action packed mystery, it draws you into its web of intrigue and plays on sub plots that make you wonder where they will take you. Just when you think you figured it out you learn not to make any assumptions.
Scorpion Bay is published by Second Wind Publishing, LLC.
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Exhausted by Sidney Gaudet (9 yrs old)
Exhausted is like the color gray.
Like a hungry wolf that spend the whole night looking for food,
Or the soot you cleaned out of the fireplace.
It is like the clouds on a rainy day that woke me from my slumber,
Like the huge rock I tried to bring home.
Exhausted is like a heavy fish on the end of your fishing rod,
Like the smoke that comes from the chimney that you tried to clear all day.
Exhausted is like the cement you got stuck in before it dried and you have been using all your might to get out of,
Like grey eyed people’s eyes after a long day.
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Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz draws you along three parallel stories.
Harry Lyon was having a fine day until he had to shoot someone.
Harry was a cop and the opposite of his partner Connie Gulliver. They were the odd couple of peace enforcement. Where he was particular about his appearance and surroundings, rational, calm and orderly, Connie was unconcerned with these things. Instead, she chose her clothes by favorites regardless of their appearance, cluttered her desk, and seems to be angry with the world.
After six months working together Connie remained a closed book to Harry, refusing to reveal even the smallest glimpse into her personal life.
At the moment they are searching for Doyle Durner, a drifter surfing the subculture of the surfer world and main suspect in a series of violent attacks on women.
Sammy Shamroe, known as “Sam the Sham” when he was a Los Angeles advertising agency executive, now lives in a box. He lost his world to an addition to high end drugs and now lives in a fog of cheap wine.
Sammy is also haunted by a monster he calls The Ratman. The ratman has the appearance of a street person and is a bully. He beats Sammy and leaves him with a promise, “You’ve got thirtysix hours to live… Ticktock, ticktock.”
That’s right before the ratman turns into a squirming pile of rats.
Harry and Connie are eating lunch when a citizen in gray cords enters the restaurant. Dean Koonz loses me a little here when the man in gray cords assaults a waitress and the scene quickly turns into a firefight between him and the two cops with hand grenades and an upper level filled with mannequins in an act of random violence. The battle devolves into a game of hide and seek through the endless maze of mannequins with Connie communicating with the man by yelling Elvis song titles at each other.
Janet Marco is homeless and lives in her car with her five year old son Danny and a stray dog that adopted them. Living in a world of fear and on the run after escaping the brutality of an abusive husband the only way she could, by killing him, she does her best to look after herself and her son.
Now Janet is tormented by a new thug, a cop. This cop has a promise for her, “At dawn, I’m going to kill you and your boy.”
Harry is approached by a vagrant with a strange message. “Ticktock, ticktock. You’ll be dead in sixteen hours.”
Without knowledge of each other, the three are in a race against time to evade an impossible stalker who is going to kill them by morning. In a surreal world where mud and rats can turn into a man and time stops for everyone but them, time is running out to find a way to stop the ratman/cop/ticktock.
While Dean Koontz momentarily lost me with the battle among mannequins above a small restaurant with the perpetrator lobbing grenades, the story returns to drawn you through a strange series of events in a race against time and death at the hands of a merciless monster.
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Book review by Robyn Gaudet (age 8)
Too Many Books by Gilles Tibo
(Illustrations by Bruno St-Aubin)
He tries to clean his cat. And then he tries to tie his shoes, but he got books and he did that and tied everything into a bow.
He went to the library with his neighbour which is his girlfriend because he loves her.
He got his books from the library and read one of the books and he loved it because he laughed!
My favourite part was the end when he laughed with the mouse in the book, and the mouse is out of the book now.
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Ok, I admit it, I’m a comma junkie. I write mainly by the seat of my pants, my fingers flying across the keyboard and barely (not always) keeping up with the words flowing through my head. And I can type faster than I can hurriedly scrawl illegible scribbles mimicking words.
Apparently I like commas. I mean I REALLY like commas. I don’t worry about things like sentence structure, punctuation, and spellings when I write. Later I’ll get a good laugh at the ridiculous suggestions Spellcheck gives me that often rendered sentences moot. All that can get fixed in editing after the story is written.
I just let the words flow as they will, living in the moment of the story, and trying my best to type fast enough to keep up.
When I go back and edit afterwards, it’s a cornucopia of commas everywhere that I didn’t even know I put in.
Even on the fourth and fifth rounds of editing I still find myself removing excess commas.
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