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Starving Review: Johnny and Jamaal by K. M. Breakey

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Johnny and Jamaal by K. M. Breakey (Amazon, Goodreads)

It’s a brand new year, my literary foodies, and the new year serves up new meals from the pantry. Today, we take a bit out of a particularly spicy bit of contemporary fiction, one that promises to delve heavily into themes of racial prejudice, politics, and social dysfunction. Yes, despite what you might think from the cover, sports are only a sideline bit in this meal. So, with the intention to tackle such explosive themes, does J and J treat those themes well while still being a tasty meal?

Before we find out, raise your hand and take the Starving Review pledge:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible

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Starving Review: Savagery and Saviors by Ken Hollern

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Savagery and Saviors by Ken Hollern (Amazon, Goodreads)

You have to respect chefs who have the tenacity to focus on real-world problems with their literary cuisine.  Savagery loads up this recipe, though, with the genocide in Darfur combined with child kidnapping, sex slavery, and human trafficking from the United States.  Are these spices too heavy and too far apart to mix well or do they blend together nicely?

Before we find out, let us cry out the Starving Review creed from the highest mountain:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible

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Starving Review: Infringement by Benjamin Westbrook

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Infringement by Benjamin Westbrook (Amazon, Goodreads)

Another Friday has come, so it’s time to crack open the pantry and see what we find. This week’s review is actually something of a difficulty for me, but not for the traditional reasons. You see, foodies, Infringement is a religious thriller, one that deals strongly with matters not just of faith, but a very specific real-world religion. These sorts of meals tend not to sit well in my stomach with their tendency for overspiced arguments and heavily-indulgent themes, alongside a narrow-focus of flavors focusing on that one religious theme. Still, there are religious meals out there that have beaten out those problems, so let’s see if this souffle will rise without collapsing!

Before we do, let’s unfurl the scroll to proclaim the Starving Review Creed:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible

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Starving Interview: Benjamin Westbrook, Author of Infringement

Good morning, foodies, and welcome to another freshly-baked Starving Interview!  This week, we sit down with Benjamin Westbrook, the chef behind this week’s review treat, Infringement, and see what makes this baker do what he does!

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Starving Interview: Timothy A. Freriks, Author of Renaissiance

Good morning, friends!  It’s time once again to open the pantry, pull a fresh dish to review, and bring in that dish’s chef into the kitchen to have a few woods.  This week, we talk to Timothy A. Freriks, author of Renaissance.  Let’s see what’s on his mind!

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Starving Review: The New Lease by John Stryder

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The New Lease by John Stryder (Amazon, Goodreads)

I’ve been collecting literary tidbits in my pantry for long enough now to gobble up my fair share of political thrillers.  I’ve had them spicy, flavorful, and bland, enough varieties that I suspected I had sampled everything the genre had to offer.  That was awfully foolish of me, because Mr. Stryder has offered up a definitely different recipe with The New Lease.  The question remains, though, if different is good.

Before we find out, let us remember the Starving Review manifesto:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible

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Starving Review: The Tsunami That Reshaped America: A Novel by James W. Mercer

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The Tsunami That Reshaped America: A Novel by James W. Mercer (Amazon, Goodreads)

A well-balanced literary diet is important for any lover of literature, even if this Starving Reviewer often has to take whatever he can scrape onto his plate.  Today’s literary repast is the opposite of my last one in many ways.  Rooted in the near-now with hard science, Tsunami strives to fill the reader’s belly with the spicy tastes of the techno-thriller while grounded down to earth with a focused political situation.  Does Mr. Mercer match up to the master chefs of the genre or do things become muddled in the process?  Let’s find out!

Before we break out the silverware, let’s recite the Starving Review Rules to Eat By:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre.
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.

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