For fans of romantic thrillers and adventure with looming bad guys.


A plainspoken hero stars in Dupeyron’s debut, a crime thriller/romance.

“I took one last peek inside the box. As horrible as it was, I couldn’t stop looking,” says Ellie Fox, who speaks and thinks clearly and doesn’t spare her own feelings. She narrates with no extraneous details or poetic musings. By introducing Ellie’s crisis immediately, but not sharing too many details, Dupeyron jump-starts her novel. Ellie’s a sympathetic but tough character, a teenage runaway whose path takes her into some dark places. She smuggles drugs and journeys into increasingly serious criminal activity. She’s honest about being a criminal and acknowledges that her lifestyle has its risks, but she’s somebody whom readers will probably like since she isn’t a bad person, just a law-breaking one. After running away from home, she was raised by her mentor, who just happened to be a thug. She learns to smuggle drugs and is very good at it too. Along the way, she meets Max Cameron—a fellow protégé of Ellie’s mentor—with whom she easily falls in love. Unfortunately, his plan to steal something very valuable from a crime lord backfires, and the two of them must go on the run. The antagonist, Hashimoto, is the sort of villain that sends packages with gruesome contents, and he stays off-screen for a large portion of the book. This shows good judgment on the part of the author, and Hashimoto becomes a scarier monster since nobody knows whom he might be. The lesson of not messing with ruthless people might be an old one, but Dupeyron keeps it lively with the romance and banter between Max and Ellie. There are a few small typos, but these aren’t enough to distract.

For fans of romantic thrillers and adventure with looming bad guys.

Pub Date: June 23, 2012

ISBN: 978-1477476253

Page Count: 254

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Dec. 5, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2013

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



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


Page Count: 249

Publisher: Kurti Publishing

Review Posted Online: Feb. 7, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2012

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


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

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