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Interesting new books have been recently released and several more are coming out in the next couple of months ...

Rhonda Byrne's THE MAGIC, released Tuesday by Atria Books, attempts to solve a centuries-old riddle.

One word changes everthing:

For more than twenty centuries, words within a sacred text have mystified, confused, and been misunderstood by almost all who read them. Only a very few people through history have realized that the words are a riddle, and that once you solve the riddle—once you uncover the mystery—a new world will appear before your eyes.
In THE MAGIC, Rhonda Byrne reveals this life-changing knowledge to the world. Then, on an incredible 28-day journey, she teaches you how to apply this knowledge in your everyday life.
No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what your current circumstances, The Magic is going to change your entire life!

Review coming.


David Baldacci's new thriller, THE INNOCENT, due April 17 from Grand Central Publishing, should come with a warning: This book will jack up your daily routine. It's so good you'll drop everything to read it from cover to cover.

From the publisher:

America has enemies--ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can't stop. That's when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target.

But Will Robie may have just made the first--and last--mistake of his career . . .

It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable. He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a fourteen-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway-her parents were murdered, and her own life is in danger. Against all of his professional habits, Robie rescues her and finds he can't walk away. He needs to help her.

Even worse, the more Robie learns about the girl, the more he's convinced she is at the center of a vast cover-up, one that may explain her parents' deaths and stretch to unimaginable levels of power.

Now, Robie may have to step out of the shadows in order to save this girl's life . . . and perhaps his own.

Watch for an interview with Baldacci, who has sold over 100 million books.


Steve Berry's new book, THE COLUMBUS AFFAIR, due out May 15 from Ballentine, explores the back story of Christopher Columbus.

He was called by many names—Columb, Colom, Colón—but we know him as Christopher Columbus. Many questions about him exist: Where was he born, raised, and educated? Where did he die? How did he discover the New World?

None have ever been properly answered.

And then there is the greatest secret of all.

Few writers are able to infuse a history lesson into a mile-a-minute roller coaster ride like Berry.

Review coming.


Gregg Allman, one of rock's original bad boys, is releasing a memoir through William Morrow on May 1. Having undergone a life-saving liver transplant in 2010, Allman is now clean and sober. It will be interesting to hear what he has to say about life lived hard and in the very fastest lane.

As one of the greatest rock icons of all time, Gregg Allman has lived it all and then some. For almost fifty years, he's been creating some of the most recognizable songs in American rock, but never before has he paused to reflect on the long road he's traveled. Now, he tells the unflinching story of his life, laying bare the unvarnished truth about his wild ride that has spanned across the years.

The story begins simply: with Gregg and his older brother, Duane, growing up in the South, raising hell with their guitars, and drifting from one band to another. But all that changed when Duane and Gregg came together with four other men to forge something new—a unique sound shaped by soul, rock, and blues and brimming with experimentation; a sound not just of a band, but of a family.

Bringing to life the carefree early days of the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg holds nothing back—from run-ins with the law to meeting girls on the road, from jamming at the Fillmore East to experimenting with drugs. Along the way, he goes behind the scenes of some of greatest rock music ever recorded, without shying away from the infamous and painful deaths of his brother, Duane, and Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley. Speaking for the first time about the profound impact that his brother's death had on him, Gregg offers a tribute to Duane that only a younger brother could write, showing how, to this day, he still confronts the grief of losing his big brother, even as Duane continues to guide and inspire him.

Setting the record straight about the band's struggles in the face of death, Gregg shows how the decision to persevere came with a heavy price. While the rock and roll excesses of drugs, alcohol, and personality clashes led to a series of breakups that culminated with the band's permanent reunion in 1989, Gregg fought his own battle with substance abuse, going to rehab no less than eleven times and floating through a string of failed marriages, including his tabloid-frenzied relationship with Cher, before finally cleaning up once and for all.

Capturing the Allman Brothers' ongoing, triumphant resurgence as well as his own recent fight against hepatitis C, Gregg presents a story as honest as it is fascinating, providing a glimpse inside one of the most beloved and notorious bands in the history of rock music and demonstrating how, through it all, the road goes on . . . forever.

Watch for a review, and interview, if I can snag one.


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Baldacci and Berry
written by a guest , March 25, 2012
Very much looking forward to these two books! Always enjoy your reviews and comments
written by terrymathews , March 09, 2012
The Baldacci may be the best thing he's ever done. It literally left me breathless in parts. Was casting the movie all the way through. If you like early Ludlum, this is for you. I'm about 20 pages from the end of the Berry ... it's a history lesson wrapped around a thriller with a couple of really ruthless bad guys and a new hero I hope he brings back. :-)
written by a guest , March 09, 2012
Looking forward to Baldacci and Berrry books!

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