Stirling Mueller’s “Harnessing the Mind-O-Matic.” is a wild ride through suburbia, across the globe and ultimately the galaxy. Six year old Timmy Smith has finally decided it is time to destroy the Mind-O-Matic in his attic. It’s been hypnotically enslaving his siblings to a monotonous suburban life. The Smiths must solve the hidden puzzles placed by their kidnapped parents.
Anita McAndrews’s “Marco’s Gift.” The Taboga Island unofficial leader, Marco, inherited a religious “stone” from his father and is called the Devil Man with the stone embedded in his arm. Marco is torn by opposing worlds: one steeped in religious superstition, and the other riddled with social, political and economic problems. Then, Elizabeth, an art dealer from Boston arrives and begins searching for paintings that she believes are hidden somewhere on the island. She trusts no one. She will not permit herself to trust another human being. She carries her own “stone,” the fear of love. Then, she meets Marco.
Joe Schmitz’s “The Adventures of Buddy Schmitz.” Even though Buddy Schmitz was born deaf in rural Nebraska during the 1940s, this heartwarming book is really about growing up in a German-American family in rural Nebraska without electricity, indoor plumbing, or other modern conveniences. It also shares a mystery about Buddy and his three closest friends, which they solve together but are shocked to find that the adults are jumping to conclusions about what really happened.
Michael Springer’s “Red Rover.” It’s the summer of l945 in New Bonn, Minnesota. Thirteen-year-olds Frank Warner, Jack Steiner, and Skeeter Stark are hanging out along the river across from an abandoned German prisoner of war camp on Muskrat Island. Skeeter receives a posthumous letter from his war-hero brother, Buck, which directs him to a treasure map. Risking their lives, they solve the secret of the map, and discover that the word ‘treasure’ has more meanings than they imagined.
Rod Lewin’s “The Escalante Enigma.” Mitch Blaine never could refuse the plea of a beautiful woman. When Mitch’s long-forgotten love shows up out of the blue begging for help to locate her lost husband and her brother-both U.S. Air Force special ops officers who have disappeared–Mitch, an ex-Australian Air Force and airline pilot now living a sybaritic life on his own WWII PBY flying boat in Sydney Harbor, agrees to come to the rescue. The Escalante Enigma is an action-packed novel set in the heart of the American Southwest.
Lee T. Levenson’s “Mac Parker: Escape from Venezuela.” Former Navy SEAL Mac Parker knows how to handle pressure. Hired as a special ops police officer for a newly formed task force, he is frustrated when an old injury takes him out of the action. Serving as a flight attendant for his uncle’s start-up airline, Mac flies into politically explosive Venezuela and faces insurmountable circumstances. This action thriller, full of real-world politics and technical expertise, will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Laxleyval Sagasta’s “Breaking News.” Beginning in the mid-1800s and spanning a century of history, this book weaves stories of two neighboring islands and their linked destinies. The Princess who risked her safety to escape from her hostile country, found herself at the mercy of cruel forces on the neighboring island where she hoped to find refuge. Her children, twins, have the unstoppable human will to survive as they experience the cultures, catastrophes, romance, mysteries and atrocities.