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Get it, read it! It's fan-freaking-tastic!

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I confess, I abandoned this genre years ago finding it too formulaic to waste any more of my precious time. So, when I finished reading Centaur by HE Fairbanks, I simply had to write a review. This book is the best contemporary book I've read in years! Fairbanks has renewed my faith in the craft of storytelling with this brilliant, unexpected, novel. Admit it, haven't you grown tired of the formula followed by the best selling suspense authors?

Here's the gist:

  1. some event that introduces a mystery;
  2. some enemy says it can't or shouldn't be solved;
  3. some villan enters;
  4. some lengthy investigation;
  5. some meeting of the villain;
  6. some conflict and climax.

They all go exactly like that. Until the Centaur, that is. As a reader, you'll find yourself so entranced by the well-developed character, Number 23, that you will barely notice that you've breezed through the first ten chapters, startled to find yourself muttering, "No spoons!" Fairbanks introduces us to a seemingly unbelievable character in the horrific underworld of a sex slave ring and, with nothing but shear talent, makes it completely believable. Centaur takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster. It has it all--humor, suspense, action, cops, crime, FBI, betrayal, love, desire-- wrapped up by Fairbanks' wonderful ability to bring the characters to life. I'm thrilled to hear that we'll be seeing much more from the characters as this is only part one in a series of thrillers. The second book is called Willow's Baby and was just released this week. I guarantee that I'll be reading it! I'll be recommending this book to all my friends. Get it, read it! It's fan-freaking-tastic!


Note: Fairbanks had us do some minor reformatting to an existing eBook that she has having trouble submitting to a reseller. After paying a large sum to an eBook company, she ended up with an unusable document that the book retailers would not accept. So we fixed the errors and resubmitted it for her.

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April has such a passion for technical innovation and graphic design, we swear she'd be designing web pages even if she didn't get paid. Back in the mid-80s, she convinced us to switch our entire production department to personal computers when the Macintosh was just a gleam in Steve Job's eye. An award-winning journalist who ventured into the self-publishing field, she was enlisted by several print and publishing groups to train graphic designers on the value of the personal computer. She was present for what became known as the desktop publishing revolution. Always eager to learn, she traded her technical knowledge with the talents of graphic designers and became a sought-after graphic designer. Still not satisfied, April caught the wave of web design launching websites back when a telephone line was required to get on the internet. Since then, she's been keeping us on the fast-track to internet technologies. Her guiding theme: "If a customer needs it, I can figure out how to do it, and how to make it easily accessible for the client."

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