Strong Darkness by Jon Land PRIZE PACKAGE Giveaway & Review

Strong Darkness 
(Forge/Tom Doherty Associates Books 2014)

Strong Darkness is best-selling Jon Land at his triumphal best! It is at the zenith of his remarkable story-telling skill. Unforgettable characters locked in battle with a Chinese monster deceiving our supposed defender, U.S. Homeland Security intent on controlling our elections, to open the U.S. communications network to Chinese zealots with their own object -- establishing a means of killing tens of millions American cell phone users with a key click.

Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is on her game. The son of her fellow-traveler Cort Wesley is seduced by a beautiful Chinese porn star, bred to be an irresistible sex machine, with an agenda of her own. Cort Wesley responds with the assistance of Caitlin’s avenging angel Guilliermo Paz, another killing machine relentlessly seeking his own salvation.

You will not put this one down until you reach the finale in an avalanche of evil creatures.

Jon Land writes remarkable thrillers. Aside from clever context and engaging characters, he treats readers to an understanding of the emotions of these heroes as they confront evil and their own reality. He also connects Caitlin’s current Texas Ranger missions to those of her grandfather in the times of range warfare.

When you turn the last page, you will smile with expectation of a continuing saga of Caitlin, Cort Wesley, Guillermo and the boys, which Jon reports is on its way.


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Highland Park, Texas school district suspends seven books from high-school curriculum

Posted in the LATimes: Jacket Copy
by Michael Schuab

The Highland Park, Texas, public school district is the subject of some raised eyebrows this week after suspending seven books from the curriculum of Highland Park High School in response to complaints from parents. The news broke widely Monday (9/22), the second day of the American Library Assn.'s Banned Books Week.

The seven suspended books are "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie, "An Abundance of Katherines" by John Green, "Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse, "Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison, "The Working Poor: Invisible in America" by David K. Shipler, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein, and "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls.

The Associated Press reports that parents of some Highland Park students objected to the books because they contained "sex scenes and references to rape, abuse and abortion." The books will be reviewed, and could be reinstated, but it could be a long process.

Some parents aren't happy with the school district's decision. According to the Dallas Morning News, a group of parents and students has formed to try to get the suspensions lifted. One parent, Laurie Dodic Steinberg, noted that one of the books was being read by students when the suspension was enacted. "They have pulled 'The Art of Racing in the Rain' right out of the hands of the sophomore English students," she told the newspaper, adding: "The fact is they’ve pulled these books in the middle of the six weeks and are now asking the teachers to scramble for a whole new lesson plan. It’s just incredibly sad.”

The Dallas Observer's Emily Mathis notes that the school district removed two books from the curriculum earlier this year: "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult and the frequently challenged novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky.

Alexie, one of the challenged authors, spoke out Monday, tweeting: "The real reason my True Diary gets banned? Because it's about the triumph of a liberal Native American rebel."

Jeannette Walls is also unhappy about the suspension, and will get a chance to talk about it fairly soon, close to the home of the controversy. As Texas Observer reporter Patrick Michels notes, Walls will be the keynote speaker next year at a literary festival -- in Highland Park.

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Eight Books To Read Before They Are Made Into Movies

by Cathy Spalding, News For Shoppers

Better start reading, because there are eight movies coming out before the end of 2014 that have been made from books.
Bookstore and online retailer Books-A-Million, Inc. has released a list of these books and their movie release dates.
They include:
•  The Giver, adapted from the book by Lois Lowry about a boy who is raised in an ordered society with no war or disease, who is then trained to be the new Receiver of Memories.  The movie stars Jeff Bridges, Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, and Meryl Streep and will be released on August 15, 2014.

•  If I Stay is a story by Gayle Forman that tells about a young cellist who has a near death experience in a car accident.  While her body is in a coma, she watches and flashes back on her life, all the while deciding whether to fight to survive.  The release date is August 22, 2014, and stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos,   Jamie Blackley, and Liana Liberato.
•  Dark Places is the first of two novels by Gillian Flynn that you can see on the silver screen this year.  In it, a girl searches to find the truth about who murdered her mother and sisters twenty five years earlier.  Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Corey Stoll, the movie version comes out September 1, 2014. 
•  This Is Where I Leave You is a lighter comedy amongst the serious themes in these books and movies.  Written by Jonathan Tropper, this tells the story of a dysfunctional family who gathers together in one home after the death of their father.  The movie will be released on September 12, 2014 and stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda.
•  Maze Runner, the first in a book series by James Dashner, tells of a boy who wakes up knowing only his name.  He is trapped in a maze with a number of other boys who all have to learn to survive on their own.  Starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, the movie will be released on September 19, 2014.

•  Gone Girl is the second book by Gillian Flynn to become a movie this year.  It tells the story of a women who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary.  Her husband acts strangely, but is he capable of murder?  Watch this movie on October 13, 2014, starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry.

•  Wild is based on a true story by Cheryl Strayed of her solo journey along the Pacific Coast Trail through California and Oregon as she comes to terms with events in her personal life.  The movie stars Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern, and Michiel Huisman and will be released on December 5, 2014.

•  Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, tells the remarkable story of a delinquent boy from humble beginnings who goes on to compete in the Olympics, serve in the Air Force, become stranded on a life raft, and get thrown into a war-time prison camp.  This movie will be released on December 25, 2014, and stars Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney, and Luke Treadaway.

These books are available at Books-A-Million and other retailers.