I always love a good bout of intrigue and mystery, but it’s even better when you get to learn something. Subprime Factor by Jeffrey D. Schlaman is just that. Schlaman takes us on a journey that is about what is happening right in front of our eyes, mortgage fraud and the economy. When four college buddies meet for a camping weekend, little do they know that they are being watched and tracked by some of the most powerful and corrupt people in the United States. They must test the bonds of friendship in order to survive.
This was a story rich in character and filled with redemption and loyalty as well as betrayal. While we get to enjoy the suspense and conspiracy, Schlaman also educates us on the reasons behind our current economical situation. How the housing market got to where it is currently and who is responsible. Even if not for the current state of the housing market and economy, there is an abundance of information regarding Wall Street, Hedge funds, how banks operate, etc. It’s like having a non-fiction book about finance wrapped up in a fabulous fiction package.
Subprime Factor is a wonderful ride and well worth the time to read, whether you love a good action novel or you want to learn more about the housing market. Pick it up.
Have any of you ever wanted to work some place else? I know I have and author B. L Lindstrom has created the place where we would all love to be employed… SomeplacElse.
Among the desert landscapes of Arizona sits SomeplacElse, an experimental community that has perfected the concept of Utopia. However, this community is about to go toe-to-toe with a millionaire running for governor and the out come will determine the future of all.
We follow Norm Lawson on his search for employment, which leads us to… yes, SomeplacElse. Once we are introduced to this amazing community and the people within, we are then introduced to Adam Wainwright, an extremely lucky, yet intellectually lacking, millionaire running for the governorship of Arizona. What ensues is a tale of love, friendship, betrayal, murder and redemption that will compel you to the end.
This book was a wonderful surprise as it was just a wonderful read. I wasn’t sure what I was getting in to, but once B.L. Lindstrom takes us to SomeplacElse you can’t stay away. SomeplacElse is the place most us dream of, with engaging characters and a compelling story. Mr. Lindstrom describes his tale as a modern myth, but it’s just a great story. I encourage everyone to partake in Considering SomeplacElse.
Disclaimer: These reviews pertain to stories in the anthology – Paranormal Anthology with a TWIST. I have a story in this book (Bloodlines – I won’t be reviewing my story ;), so many feel that I cannot objectively review other stories in the same book I am also featured in… that being said, to each their own, I know my own level of integrity. Thus, people can choose to believe me or not. I want to review them and give my opinion… so I am.
Synopsis: What is a vampire to do when he has to feed? He hunts, but the game of cat and mouse this vampire plays may be his undoing.
Review: This story was GREAT!! Talk about a beautifully written exercise in terror. Nicki Scalise has written a fantastic tale. I can’t give anything away, but this was wonderful! Seriously, well written, well thought out and what a TWIST!! Definitely a 5 star read!!
Nicki Scalise has also contributed to Apocalypse: An Anthology by Readers & Authors.
Nicki Scalise is co-founder of A Thousand Lives Book Blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and menagerie of pets. When not sitting at her desk staring blankly into space she is hard at work on her first novel.
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