Mark Lee Taylor
BOOKS BY OTHER MARYLAND AUTHORS
In my quest to become a full-time author, I've met a lot of people in the business. It turns out there are quite a few others like me right here in Maryland, cranking out some pretty outstanding work that doesn't get nearly the attention it should. If you're wondering what to read next, please consider one of these gems, all of which are available on Amazon. You can just click on the handy-dandy links I've provided for you.
Long Shot: somewhere between slim and none
This is a wonderful family-friendly story of faith and hope that will be uplifting to adults and young adults alike. Parents especially will enjoy the depictions of family dynamics. Sports fans will appreciate the treatment of the behind-the-scenes world of basketball, and the action scenes are so spot-on that you can almost smell the sweat. The unique premise of the book caught my attention immediately, and although it may seem like a stretch that a thirty-something guy who has never been more than passable at hoops might somehow make it to the NBA, Reagan somehow manages to make us believe it could happen. Well done.
Mr. Sekulich keeps raising the bar with each book. Resort Isle is a brilliantly written thriller that keeps the reader engaged from page one right to the very end. The characters are believable and well-defined, the dialogue crackles, and the action sequences are riveting. Before you pick up this book, make sure you have nothing else on your agenda for a few hours. You may very well end up reading it in a single sitting.
After reading The Omega Formula, I wanted to learn more about what made Frank Dugan who he is, and boy, did the author deliver. Frank is one of the most intriguing protagonists I have come across in a long, long time. I can't wait to see what Sekulich has in store next for him ... and for me.
Death's Head: A Soldier with Richard the Lionheart
Mr. Broomall’s world is so well-researched that reading this novel is like being immersed bodily into the 12th century. His characters are believable and I became invested in them almost immediately. The plot kept me turning pages until the end. It reads like a modern day tale, due primarily to Mr. Broomall's choice to have his characters converse, for the most part, in modern English and slang. This strikes me as a more authentic rendition of conversational speech than a faux Old English parlance, and certainly makes it easier and more fun to read. Mr. Broomall has taken a historical epic with a cast of thousands (literally) and deftly boiled it down to a novel that somehow balances great entertainment with historical authenticity. Be prepared to get sucked into the story, but watch out … you may actually learn something along the way.
Gabby Gibson: Middle School Detective
A delightful little YA story that grips the reader from page one. The mystery is engaging, and from the standpoint of a parent of a daughter in high school, the humor is relentless. Middle school was not that long ago in my house, and I can tell you that the characterizations of middle-school girls and their ways of conversing with one another are spot on. I laughed all the way through it.
Similar to her earlier work The Greener Forest, this book is a collection of journeys, each story delving into a different world, each a brilliant melding of feathers and talons, each with a sense of place so well-realized that it made me wish for it to be developed into a novel someday. Many of the stories take place between All Hallow's Eve and the Winter Solstice, making it one of those books that I'll pick up and read again each holiday season.