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    RABT VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR – BOOK REVIEW : WOLF BY HERBERT J STERN & ALAN A WINTER

    TITLE : Wolf AUTHOR : Herbert J Stern, Alan A Winter GENRE : Historical Fiction FBRC RATING : 4.5 stars Historical Fiction Date Published:  February 11, 2020 Publisher:  Skyhorse Publishing  Perhaps no man on earth is more controversial, more hated, or more studied than Adolf Hitler. Yet many questions remain about his personal life and how he gained power. Based on extensive research, the extraordinary novel WOLF, by Herbert J. Stern and Alan A. Winter (Skyhorse Publishing; February 11, 2020), lifts the curtain so that the reader can observe through the eyes of a fictional character, how a seemingly unremarkable corporal who was denied a promotion for lack of “leadership…

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    ROCKSTAR BOOK TOURS – BOOK EXCERPT : THE ROAD TO DELANO BY JOHN DESIMONE

    About the Book: Title: ROAD TO DELANO Author: John DeSimone Pub. Date: March 10, 2020 Publisher: Rare Bird Books Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook Pages: 320 Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD Jack Duncan is a high school senior whose dream is to play baseball in college and beyond―as far away from Delano as possible. He longs to escape the political turmoil surrounding the labor struggles of the striking fieldworkers that infests his small ag town. Ever since his father, a grape grower, died under suspicious circumstances ten years earlier, he’s had to be the sole emotional support of his mother, who has kept secrets from him about his father’s involvement in the ongoing labor strife.…

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    BOOK REVIEW : A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS BY KHALED HOSSEINI

    TITLE : A Thousand Splendid Suns AUTHOR : Khaled Hosseini GENRE : Historical Fiction, Contemporary FBRC RATING : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐ ( 5 Stars) SYNOPSIS : A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them. Propelled by the same storytelling…

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    BOOK REVIEW : AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED BY KHALED HOSSEINI

    TITLE : And The Mountains Echoed AUTHOR : Khaled Hosseini GENRE : Historical Fiction, Contemporary FBRC RATING : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐ ( 5 Stars) SYNOPSIS : One of the most interesting novels in the market Mesmerise your senses with this riveting storyline! Presenting the great bestseller by Khaled Hosseni, ‘and the Mountains Echoed’ is a great novel which is a must have for reading enthusiasts. The novel is about a boy Abdullah and his sister Pari who live with their father along with their stepmother. The novel is set in the lands of Shadbagh, Afghanistan where their father, Saboor, is in a constant search for a place to work so he…

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    BOOK REVIEW : THE KITE RUNNER BY KHALED HOSSEINI

    “I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.” – KHALED HOSSEINI (THE KITE RUNNER) TITLE : The Kite Runner AUTHOR : Khaled Hosseini GENRE : Historical Fiction, Contemporary FBRC RATING : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐ ( 5 Stars) SYNOPSIS : The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal,…

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    BOOK REVIEW : JANE EYRE BY CHARLOTTE BRONTE, MANGA CLASSICS BY CRYSTAL.S.CHAN

    TITLE : Manga Classics : Jane Eyre AUTHOR : Charlotte Bronte AUTHOR & STORY ADAPTATION : Crystal S Chan ART : SunNeko Lee GENRE : Manga/Graphic Novel/Sequential Art, Classics, Historical Fiction , Romance FBRC RATING : 4.5 Stars BLURB: As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education, and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and…

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    BOOK REVIEW : THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO BY ALEXANDRE DUMAS, MANGA CLASSICS BY STACY KING

    TITLE : Manga Classics : The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas AUTHOR : Alexandre Dumas AUTHOR & STORY ADAPTATION : Stacy King STORY ADAPTATION : Crystal S Chan ART : Nokman Poon GENRE : Manga/Graphic Novel/Sequential Art, Classics, Historical Fiction FBRC RATING : 4.5 Stars BLURB: A Conspiracy and a miscarriage of justice turn the gentle Edmond Dantès into an implacable agent of fate: The Count of Monte Cristo . Obsessed by vengeance and empowered by providence, the Count avenges himself on whose who have wronged him – but is this justice, or is this hubris? In the end, does even the Count know? Alexandre Dumas’ skillful narrative combines intrigue,…

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    BOOK REVIEW : THE ORACLE OF CUMAE BY MELISSA HARDY

    TITLE : AUTHOR : GENRE : Fiction, Historical, Humor FBRC RATING : 3.5 Stars PUBLISHING DATE : 8 Oct 2019 BLURB: On the day she turns ninety-nine, Mariuccia Umbellino calls for a priest so that she might finally confess to someone the secrets she has been living with for seventy-five years. When she was a girl, a band of men appeared at her family’s farm in the wild Sibylline Mountains with orders from the pope to destroy the nearby shrine of the Oracle of Cumae and to thereby end forever the practice of the Old Religion that had persisted in that region since Roman times. Set in early nineteenth-century Italy,…

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    BOOK REVIEW : WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING BY DELIA OWENS

    Why should the injured, the still bleeding, bear the onus of forgiveness? – Catherine Danielle Clark (Delia owens) TITLE : Where the crawdads sing AUTHOR : Delia Owens GENRE : Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance FBRC RATING : 5 stars BLURB: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons…