Genre fans will find what they’re looking for, but the centralized plot and unwavering narrator may attract readers of all...

READ REVIEW

THE OASIS OF FILTH

THE COMPLETE SERIES

In Soares’ apocalyptic-thriller trilogy (including his debut novel and two sequels), the survivors of a worldwide plague search for a rumored utopia and struggle to distribute what may be a cure.

The story starts in 2013, when many people diagnosed with leprosy are found to have rabies simultaneously—a lethal, contagious sickness designated RL2013, or simply “the disease.” The afflicted become milky-eyed crazies that bite and infect anyone they can. Ten years later, major cities have built walls to keep the infected out, while strict laws ensure that everyone and everything inside the city is consistently sterilized. The narrator, a former doctor whose name is never provided, and his new lady friend, Rosalinda, escape the confinement of the walls of Washington, D.C., for the Oasis, a safe place supposedly free of government rule, which Rosa believes is in South Carolina. The couple eventually finds others who may have found a cure—one that Rosa, a microbiologist, might be able to cultivate. But this is an onerous task indeed in a world overrun by zombies. This collection isn’t as expansive or epic as readers may expect; it sensibly tells its tale from one perspective, that of the nameless narrator, in a cohesive story split into three novella-length parts, each with a straightforward goal: find Oasis; find hope; and find a way to save the world. There are very few characters overall, considering the story’s scope, so the ones that stick around, such as Rosa; Celia, a 20-year-old girl whom the narrator sees as a daughter; and the narrator’s canine sidekick, Addy, form meaningful emotional bonds with the protagonist. Soares can’t entirely avoid apocalyptic-story clichés, as the genre almost requires that characters scour abandoned cars for gasoline, stake claims on homes or properties and refuse others access, or regress into animalistic behavior. However, he does dish out plenty of genuine surprises throughout the novel, and even the most avid zombie fan won’t anticipate them all. The first two novels end with cliffhangers, but the final installment offers a solid resolution.

Genre fans will find what they’re looking for, but the centralized plot and unwavering narrator may attract readers of all types.

Pub Date: March 21, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9899483-7-1

Page Count: 562

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2014

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

A persuasive, valuable addition to the ongoing immigration reform debate.

SHOW TRIALS

HOW PROPERTY GETS MORE LEGAL PROTECTION THAN PEOPLE IN OUR FAILED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

A highly organized, informative discussion of the immigration system in the United States.

In this politically charged environment, Afrasiabi manages to broach the volatile issue of immigration in a well-rounded, surprisingly effective framework that combines case studies, historical research, statistical analysis and personal anecdotes to detail the current issues and propose solutions. Invocations of Kafka, “The Twilight Zone” and “Alice in Wonderland” prove warranted as illustrations of the often surreal circumstances that confront immigrants facing deportation. Immigrants usually lack access to quality legal representation, while their situation can be made doubly difficult due to language barriers and significant cultural differences. Afrasiabi incorporates his work with colleagues and students at the Chapman University School of Law to deftly weave together the facts of several compelling cases and their underlying legal issues, with a genuine sense of suspense as readers wonder if justice will be truly be served. Occasionally, though, the narrative becomes overwrought—two federal laws passed in 1996 are “dark storm clouds depositing their sleet”—although, considering the life-changing effects of court decisions, it’s difficult to overstate the ramifications: extralegal rendition of individuals with pending cases and the de facto deportation of native-born children whose parents are deported. Afrasiabi also addresses the legacy of various anti-alien laws in California, as well as marriage equality for same-sex couples when one partner is a noncitizen. As the subtitle asserts, Afrasiabi employs his additional experience in the field of property law to contrast the stark differences between immigration judges and constitutional judges, like their qualifications, vetting processes and even the oaths they take. His arguments culminate in seven concrete reforms proposed in the conclusion. In order to make the immigration system more just and effective, Afrasiabi claims the solutions are closer than we may think; we can implement procedures and safeguards already in place within the constitutional courts.

A persuasive, valuable addition to the ongoing immigration reform debate.

Pub Date: May 1, 2012

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 249

Publisher: Kurti Publishing

Review Posted Online: Feb. 7, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2012

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

Despite this, Walkley’s beefy prose and rousing action sequences deliver a thriller to satisfy any adrenaline addict.

NO REMORSE

Walkley pits CIA agents against a maniacal Saudi prince intent on starting World War III in this debut thriller.

Delta Force operative Lee McCloud, aka Mac, finds himself in Mexico, trying to rescue two teenage girls kidnapped by a drug cartel. But things go from bad to worse when the villains don’t play by the rules. Framed for two murders he didn’t commit, Mac has two options: go to prison or go to work for a CIA black-op group run by the devious Wisebaum, who hacks into terrorists’ bank accounts and confiscates millions of dollars. However, there’s more going on than meets the eye; Saudi Prince Khalid is in possession of nuclear canisters, with which he hopes to alter world history. Khalid also dabbles in trafficking young women, and harvesting and selling human organs. When Wisebaum’s black-op team targets Khalid’s father, the action becomes even more intense. With so many interweaving subplots—kidnapped girls, Israeli undercover agents, nuclear weapons and a secret underwater hideout—it could be easy to lose track of what’s going on. But the author’s deft handling of the material ensures that doesn’t occur; subplots are introduced at the appropriate junctures and, by story’s end, all are accounted for and neatly concluded. Mac is portrayed as a rough and ready action-hero, yet his vulnerabilities will evoke empathy in readers. He finds a love interest in Tally, a hacker whose personality is just quirky enough to complement his own. All Walkley’s primary characters are fleshed out and realistic, with the exception of Wisebaum—a malicious, double-dealing, back-stabber of the worst ilk; the reader is left wondering about Wisebaum’s motivations behind such blatant treachery.

Despite this, Walkley’s beefy prose and rousing action sequences deliver a thriller to satisfy any adrenaline addict.

Pub Date: Jan. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0980806601

Page Count: 412

Publisher: Marq Books

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2012

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet
more