The Miramichi Reader reviews The Boy on the Bicycle

The Miramichi Reader, an independent book review site, has given a five-star review to Nate Hendley’s forthcoming book, The Boy on the Bicycle, about the wrongful conviction of Ron Moffatt during the 1950s. Readers of true crime will be happy to hear that Nate Hendley is back with The Boy on the Bicycle (2018, Five Rivers Publishing). This was a project Mr. Hendley had put on hold while finishing his encyclopedic book The Big Con, which was a history of…

Booksprens reviews D.G. Valdron’s The Mermaid’s Tale

There is a rather stunning review of D.G. Valdron’s equally stunning novel, The Mermaid’s Tale, over at Booksprens today. You’ll have to go there to read the entire, lengthy review, but a few highlights are warranted here: This novel is so much more then just a ‘Grimdark’, it was so freaking amazing and it was literally an emotional roller coaster. And: It got to the point where I would have to put the book down and just…

Publisher’s Weekly reviews A Time and a Place, by Joe Mahoney

Publisher’s Weekly reviewed Joe Mahoney’s debut SF novel, A Time and a Place, and we’d have to say it’s glowing. Debut author Mahoney sends a mild-mannered fellow on an interdimensional journey in this entertaining, chaotic adventure. Barnabus Wildebear needs to know why his teen nephew and ward, Ridley, is acting so strangely. Unfortunately the cause is an ominous entity, possibly a demon, named Iugurtha. She whisks Ridley away to dimensions unknown while implanting mysterious information in Barnabus’s mind…

Melanie Marttila reviews The Mermaid’s Tale, by D.G. Valdron

The Mermaid’s Tale is a fable of personhood wrapped in a murder mystery framed by a fantasy setting, peopled by familiar races that are presented in subtly original ways. Valdron’s protagonist has no name. Most Arukh (orcs) don’t. The few that have been so graced have earned their names by distinguishing themselves from their mad and murderous brethren. Each race has its own name for the Arukh, but all of them translate to either abomination,…

Dutch Schultz, by Nate Hendley, receives high praise from former Ithaca Journal reporter

I thoroughly enjoyed your book, “Dutch Schultz: the Brazen Beer Baron of New York.” You deftly blended the story of Arthur Flegenheimer with the history — and zeitgeist — of the prohibition era. Here are two of your stand-out sentences: “The urge to drink proved stronger than the will to obey the law. Almost overnight, an enormous black market in spirits sprang up, serviced by young, enterprising criminals.” “Against this backdrop of social engineering, Arthur…