Bad Luck Charlie – Dragon Mage, Book 1

Charlie Gault had all the luck. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the good kind.

It was looking like Lady Luck had quite a grudge against him. In fact, at this point merely crashing the multi-billion-dollar ship he had helped design would have felt like winning the lottery compared to his current dilemma. If only he were so lucky. Things had started off all right – that is, until a freak wormhole unexpectedly swallowed his ship, leaving him stranded on an unknown planet far, far from home.

With the crew’s lives at stake, Charlie had no choice but to stop his whining, put on his big boy pants, and step up to save them all, and much to his surprise, it actually looked like he might succeed. Of course, that was when things really went sideways in ways that made merely crashing on an uncharted planet seem like a walk in the park.

Suddenly, faced with alien space pirates, talking dragons, and something that seemed very much like magic, Charlie found himself adrift, feeling like a space age Robinson Crusoe – only his man Friday was a blue-skinned alien, and this wasn’t just a desert island. It was a whole new galaxy.

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Prototype Exodus

Des stares at the mushroom cloud in the distance. The extreme heat threatens to melt his circuits. If he doesn’t get away soon, he will be dead like the rest of his companions.

He travels onward, unable to stay behind and bury the bodies of those who had offered him friendship and a home. But his steps are not aimless. He knows there is only one group of people in all the world who could have detonated a nuclear weapon: the Mainlanders.

Upon arrival to Mainland, Des finds himself engulfed in another conflict between the Mainlanders and Outlanders as he tries to discover who is responsible for killing his friends. As the mystery unravels, he learns of a new danger that threatens to destroy humanity once and for all, and it is up to Des to stop it.

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Ransom’s Law

Roscoe Ransom returned home from World War I, broken both in body and spirit, drowning his pain daily in a bottle of whiskey. But even alcohol can’t numb the agony of losing his wife or the fear of trying to raise his son, Junior, alone. However, the mind-numbing predictability of Roscoe’s life as a sharecropper and his role of town sheriff – a job given to him out of pity when he returned from the war – is suddenly upended when a black man in their tiny community is murdered and castrated.
At 11 years old, Junior longs for his father’s love and attention to fill the void left by the death of his mother, but the person who has grown to fill that role is Willow Muscadine, a Cherokee Indian woman, who lives next door. When she sees him trying to locate the killer that his drunken father can’t – or won’t – find she decides to become Junior’s self-assigned protector. Junior overhears enough in town to realize this was no random murder of a black man. But the more questions he asks, the more dangerous the situation becomes for him, Roscoe, and Willow.
When the threats turn deadly, will it be enough to shake Roscoe from his misery in time to save them and find redemption? Or will his personal demons once again win until he’s lost everything and everyone who cares about him?
Best selling author, David Johnson, has once again produced one of his trademark “books with heart” and spun a tale that will have you rooting for the underdogs and hoping that good will triumph over evil.

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Sunday Night Fears

Meet forensic accountant Sam Halloran in this gripping financial thriller reviewers are calling “fresh,” “non stop listening,” “captivating,” and “inspiring.”

Sam is ambitious, a bit desperate, and running from an ugly, anxiety-filled past. He’s got a family to support and everything hinges on this job as a newly minted auditor. But when he gets assigned to his first public company audit, he discovers something no one else did. Fraud… massive fraud! That’s when the walls start to close in.

Suddenly, average-joe-Sam becomes modern-day David, up against an unforeseen giant that could crush him in an instant. He’ll remind you a lot of Mitch McDeere in John Grisham‘s pioneering legal thriller, The Firm, a guy in so deep, so suddenly, he hasn’t yet checked the exits. And now it’s too late to run.

Sam sees he’s one of an army of young, far from savvy auditors paid to keep their heads down and not get too curious. But the enormous fraud he thinks he’s discovered just can’t be overlooked. Unfortunately, the company is on to him.

One of the great satisfactions of this book comes from accompanying Sam on his journey from troubled young man to potential victim to…well, anyone’s guess. And Golden, a real-life forensic accounting investigator, doesn’t disappoint. The first in a new series, Sunday Night Fears is as much psychological thriller as financial mystery that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats as they root for Sam’s success, then his safety, and when it comes right down to it, his soul. Because this audit has the potential to change him forever – in good, bad, or even fatal ways.

Fans of financial fraud movies like The Big Short and Ben Affleck’s The Accountant will have a fine time shivering at Sam’s struggles and cheering him on. But they won’t expect the ending. Even after the shocking denouement, Golden has another card up his sleeve, guaranteed to stun even the most sophisticated.

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