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Jane Was Here-was written by Sarah Kernochan and published by Grey Swan Press in 2011. You may purchase it at Visit the author here: Sarah Kernochan

By Sarah Kernochan

A mysterious young woman called Jane appears in a small New England town. She claims a fragmentary memory of growing up in this place, yet she has never been here before in her life. Searching for an explanation, she arrives at the unthinkable: that she is somehow connected to a beautiful girl who disappeared from the town in 1853. Is she recalling a past life? Jane becomes convinced of it. As she presses onward to find out what happened in this town over 150 years ago, strange and alarming things begin happening to some of the town’s inhabitants. A thunderhead of karmic justice gathers over the village as Jane’s memories reawaken piece by piece. They carry her back in time to a long-buried secret, while the townspeople hurtle forward to a horrific event when past and present fatally collide.

The allure of a novel with a cinematic presence attached to it should come as no surprise since the author has dabbled in film for several decades.  And it stands to reason that anyone who reaches the prestigious goal of achieving an Oscar, as the author has, would craft a story of such beauty and romantic reverence to such a time gone by.

It’s obvious that the author has a firm hold on the period of time that the reincarnation of Jane was born from.  The novel is rich in dialogue from that era; and one of the more interesting aspects of the novel is that it touches on a period of time when letter writing was the supreme form of communication- especially between two unrequited lovers.

The main character, Jane, is hauntingly but beautifully intriguing and she will move you and entice you to follow her all the way through the avenues and hills of her town, and through the pages of this novel, to the amazing and incredible twist of an ending.

The next time you feel compelled to wander through an antique shop or you feel forces pulling you to read letters of old from the long gone dead- consider the possibility that your fascination and eerie connection to these aged objects is more than a passing interest. Jane experienced a type of deja vu that forced her to confront her past- and to ultimately gain justice that had alluded her for more than 150 years.

I give Jane Was Here 5 stars.

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Dead Hunger:The Flex Sheridan Chronicle-  was written by Eric Shelman and published by Dolphin Moon Publishing in 2011. You may purchase it at Visit the author on Facebook

By Eric Shelman

A phone call to his sister leads Flex Sheridan into a nightmare and a quest to save his family from a new, horrifying epidemic that’s turning humans into zombies. As he makes his way from Georgia to Gainesville, Florida and back, he picks up old and new friends and survivors. Flex re-connects with perhaps the strongest woman he’s ever known, Gem Cardoza, his former girlfriend. Together they take his six-year-old niece Trina – the only uninfected survivor of his sister’s famiy – and his infected sister Jamie, and make a run from central Florida back to his isolated Georgia home.

When heading into a genre for the first time- especially one that is rich and overpowered with gore and much bloodletting such as vampire novels and now, a zombie novel- I’m unfortunately reminded of the poor authors and screenwriters who focus too much on the goriest acts of violence which steers them away from telling a good story.  It’s a preconceived notion that many of us readers have about a certain genre but it’s also a view that can rob us of knowing a good story and a good author.

Dead Hunger:The Flex Sheridan Chronicle is a story not only about the hunger of human flesh- it’s about the survival and endurance of the human spirit and the coming together of friends that will make survival possible. It’s about the incredible ingenuity of the human mind when it’s pushed to its limits and it’s about the pure innocence of a small child who is seeing a world gone mad right before her vary eyes.

Eric Shelman does a good job of taking us into the depths of his characters and we learn to like and care for them. A bit lacking on a few elements of plot and conflict that would have added more of an interest to where the characters and story were headed- but he redeems himself in the examination of the physiology of zombies and what makes them tick.  When  Flex’s own sister is strapped to the examination table- we learn about the true agony of what has happened and what a zombie truly is.

I’m hungry for the next installment of Dead Hunger.

I give Dead Hunger:The Flex Sheridan Chronicle 4 stars.

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