Scarlet, Sometimes: The Jason Callahan Pyschic Detective Series, Book 3

“A thoroughly enjoyable tale!” —Jan Reviews

“Mr. Cohen has a wonderfully soft voice. I enjoyed his storytelling and character roles. It’s wonderful when the narrator transports you to another time and place.” —Tiasdolls Reviews

Scarlet, Sometimes: The Jason Callahan Pyschic Detective Series, Book 3 by Patricia Lee Macomber

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Scarlet Mitchell wakes up on the floor of her boss’s apartment. Her boss is dead and to make matters worse, Scarlet is holding the bloodied murder weapon. With no recollection of the previous night whatsoever, Scarlet turns to the only person who can find the answers she needs: Jason Callahan. Together with Trina Dane, local psychic and columnist for the city newspaper, they begin to dig into Scarlet’s past. Things in Trina’s world are never what they seem and when they finally get at the real truth, it’s much worse than simple murder. As always, the best laid plans go awry. In spite of rogue demons, possession and a trip to the hell dimension, Jason and Trina manage to solve the case, but not before they unleash hell on Earth. And as always, hilarity ensues.

The Nine Billion Names of God

“Some intriguing things … about us as a species and our sense of importance” —Cian Beirdd

The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke

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Words have power. Some words have more power than others. So when a group of monks seek to enlist modern technology in their quest to list all nine billion names of god, there is no telling what may happen.

Arthur C. Clarke walks the line between science and mysticism in this thought-provoking tale. The story was selected in 1970 by the Science Fiction Writers of America as one of the best science fiction short stories published before the creation of the Nebula Awards. It was published in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929-1964. In 2004, it won the retrospective Hugo Award for Best Short Story for the year 1954.

Juden Arbeit Macht Frei

“A story of bravery and spiritual strength!” —Billie Reviews

Juden Arbeit Macht Frei by James Stephens

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Poland 1939. After Nazi Germany conquers the Polish army in just over two weeks, and one Jewish family fight for survival begins. Like the rest of the once thriving Jewish community, they are all forced to leave there beautiful home in Warsaw, and into the slums of the ghettos. Inside these walled cities disease and starvation are rife, which is a daily part of ghetto life. However despite of all the degradation, the family settles into their new surroundings, and they take solace as they remain as a family.

After several years of living this life, their world is again thrown into chaos, when orders are received to “liquidate” the ghettos.
Isaac and his son Jacob during their “normal” day are rounded up, as are the other families and residences, by the ruthless and barbaric Nazi regime. To Isaac and Jacob’s horror, they helplessly stand and watch as Isaac’s wife Judith, and their baby daughter Eve; are torn away from them, and taken away, into a life of slavery.

Isaac and Jacob are also rounded up, their fate already decided, is one of the unknown. After several hours aboard a crammed cattle train, they arrive at their destination. They are now two prisoners amongst thousands of their own people at the Nazi’s most notorious concentration camps, which they now know to be Auschwitz.

They are soon put to work, disposing of the countless victims, who have been brutally murdered by the Nazi’s. Although after being a part of the most harrowing and vile operations, Isaac and eventually Jacob are fortunately reprieved, and become part of the commandant personal staff at his attached villa, only a few meters away from the camp itself.

Here they meet Mary another Jew, and housekeeper to the commandant Rudolph Höss. All three form a close bond, and perform their duties to the best of their abilities.

The Legend of Waterhole Branch

“a superb thriller” —Aditi Saha

The Legend of Waterhole Branch by Lucas R. Wright

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In The Legend of Waterhole Branch, 29-year-old Hunter Pierce attempts to escape the clutches of his ruthless Spanish kidnappers convinced that he built a financial empire around the long lost treasure of the revered Spanish explorer Alonso Álvarez de Pineda.

Hunter Pierce is a quantitative prodigy who grew up in rural southern Alabama in the desolate town of Magnolia Springs. His family owned a small waterfront house on Waterhole Branch, a shallow narrow tributary of Fish River that snaked through the hilly countryside. The genesis of the branch was one of the many springs that populated the area and provided Hunter and his two childhood friends, Brian and Camilla, countless opportunities to camp, fish, and explore the swampy wooded terrain that encapsulated the largely uninhabited region. The legend of a 16th-century Spanish treasure, once hidden in Waterhole Branch and lost to time, proves to be a reality. Tragedy displaces the inseparable trio just before high school, and the three friends are led on drastically different paths through life.

Hunter allows his personal tragedy to fuel a search for the treasure while effortlessly graduating from Oxford University with a degree in quantitative finance. Hunter insists his personal wealth is a product of his lucrative Wall Street career, while the Spanish treasure seekers, kidnappers, and self-proclaimed rightful owners of the treasure believe Hunter found the gold.

While developing a plan to escape from his captors, Hunter is reunited with Brian and Camilla in Magnolia Springs 14 years after they last saw each other. The childhood friends test their loyalties before working together in an attempt to outsmart the crew of Spaniards relying on distinct skills each friend refined as he or she got older. Ultimately, the truth about the treasure is revealed as Hunter brilliantly masterminds his escape narrowly avoiding certain death at every turn.

Dead Zone

“Bizarre, yes, but .. also … humorous and offbeat” —J. Chambers

Dead Zone by Tova Reich

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Izzy Gam wants to be buried on the Mount of Olives, known as “the number one place for a Jew to be buried”, as the resurrection is supposed to begin there. Unfortunately, it turns out that his planned resting place is already occupied, as is every other place in Israel that his increasingly flustered family tries to put him.

Take Back Tomorrow

“The pace of the story is quick … the time transitions are handled well … This is a good novel.”–from Publishers Weekly

“This is a brilliant concept … A fantastic story.” –Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Expert Reviewer

“The narrator kept me on the edge of my seat!” —Todd Vogel

“Cohen does good work… Easy and enjoyable to listen to. Distinct characters and narration, clearly conveying the feelings and atmosphere” —Kingsley

“I honestly can’t imagine anyone else narrating this title. [Steven] gives a calm, deliberate pacing which allows the story to unfold, rather than dress it up with exaggerations. He made the characters come alive.” —Independent Reviews

Take Back Tomorrow by Richard Levesque

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Eddie Royce is an up-and-coming science fiction writer with a terrible secret: he cheats.

He knew he’d get caught, of course. Eventually. But not like this. When disaster finally strikes, it strikes big, and Eddie is confronted by the worst person imaginable: his idol, the SF master, Chester Blackwood. To Eddie’s great surprise, however, Blackwood has secrets of his own, and instead of outing him, the master storyteller quickly embroils Eddie in a real-life mystery of time travel, beautiful women, and Hollywood gangsters. But then Blackwood disappears, so if Eddie wants to keep both the fame and the girl, he’s going to have to do the one thing he’s never been able to get right before: plot his way out of a crisis.

And the stakes if he fails? The very future of science fiction itself.

Dead, Sometimes: Jason Callahan Psychic Detective, Book 2

“This book will have you riveted. Not just from the story but, with the performance of Steven Jay Cohen. I have reviewed other books where the male narrators sometimes could pull off the female voices to a degree. Steven is the first that really nailed the dialect and the voices. I was in awe over this one.” — Sapphire Reader

“I alway enjoy listening to Steven Jay Cohen, he does the job so well.”

“I look forward to more stories by this author and I always enjoy listening to Steven.” — Angela Fitzgerald

Dead, Sometimes: Jason Callahan Psychic Detective, Book 2 by Patricia Lee Macomber

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Jason Callahan, private investigator, and his psychic partner Trina Dane return in the second installment of the Jason Callahan Mysteries.

Chloe Marsh is found dead at the scene of an accident and pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Half an hour later, as she is being taken to the morgue, Chloe suddenly sits up. But this isn’t the first time Chloe has died, and it certainly won’t be the last.

Enter Trina and Jason. They’ve worked on cases together before, but nothing like this. Investigator Jason Callahan doesn’t believe for a minute that Chloe has special powers, but psychic Trina Dane does, and she thinks she knows why. But what of the other people across the country who have had the same experiences? How did they really die? And how did one boy (and Chloe) manage to survive? Only Trina and Jason can find the answers, but they must do so before Chloe runs out of lives.

Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale

“[I]nteresting and insightful.” – Caroline Lamb

“[I]t is for anyone who is interested in starting to study, the true origins of Fairy Tales.” — Wonderful Introduction To the Critics P.O.C Of Fairy Tales

“You’ll never watch The Little Mermaid in quite the same way again.” — Excellent

Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale by Jack Zipes

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This audiobook explores the historical rise of the literary fairy tale as a genre in the late 17th century. In his examinations of key classical fairy tales, Zipes traces their unique metamorphoses in history with stunning discoveries that reveal their ideological relationships to domination and oppression. Tales such as Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Rumplestiltskin have become part of our everyday culture and shapers of our identities.

In this lively work, Jack Zipes explores the historical rise of the literary fairy tale as a genre in the late 17th century and examines the ideological relationship of classic fairy tales to domination and oppression in Western society. The fairy tale received its most mythic articulation in America. Consequently Zipes sees Walt Disney’s Snow White as an expression of American male individualism, film and literary interpretations of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz as critiques of American myths, and Robert Bly’s Iron John as a misunderstanding of folklore and traditional fairy tales. This book will change forever the way we look at the fairy tales of our youth.

Found Wanting: A Memoir of Misreading

“Literature (in this case James Joyce’s “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”) can be an organic and life-affirming experience as opposed to a static artifact. If there were more books like this, English departments wouldn’t be imploding.” — Sally Seymour

Found Wanting: A Memoir of Misreading by Robert Howard

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When Robert Howard is assigned James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in his Catholic high school, his teacher, a Jesuit priest, announces, “Other people may read about it, but you are LIVING it!” As promised, the young Howard, growing up in 1970s Detroit, feels an intense identification with the protagonist of Joyce’s first novel, Stephen Dedalus. Separated by an ocean and almost a century, they nonetheless share troubled family lives, and a tormented relationship with both faith and sexual desire. After re-reading Portrait in middle age, Howard looks at his two very different responses to the novel, and what he noticed and didn’t notice when he was young. Found Wanting is part literary memoir, part reappraisal of a literary classic, and part skeptical look at the idea of art as a pathway to personal transformation.