September 30, 2011

Book Review: HELTER SKELTER by Vincent Bugliosi





BOOK DESCRIPTION:  Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the twentieth century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Here is the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime. 




Helter Skelter is, quite frankly, the go-to book on true crime, the granddaddy of the genre and arguably the best true crime book written.   It's a "must read" for any reader who appreciates the true crime genre or a reader looking to explore the genre.   This was the first true crime book I read (at age 11, no less) and started a lifelong addiction, if you will, of the genre.

It gives you fair warning when opening its cover. It tells you that you are about to have the hell scared out of you. And it's not kidding. 

Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi wrote this classic back in 1974 and even after nearly 40 years, it remains as strong, fresh and frightening as the day it came off the presses.  The book is a hefty one (over 700 pages) and therefore not for those easily scared away by heft and dissects not only the crimes, but also Charles Manson's background and the self-proclaimed Family's various travels and journeys, including run-ins with the law prior to the infamous nights in question. 

The murder nights are covered, with Bugliosi squeezing every drop of the victim's terror as well as the killers' numbing indifference and blood lust.  This book definitely is not for the weak of heart when it comes to true crime.   Trust me when I tell you that if you choose to read this book in the dead of night you might hear an entire variety of creaks and noises you never noticed before and you might find that your heart is pounding a little harder and louder than usual.  

The trial is also covered, which could be in excruciating detail for some, given that the trial at the time was the most lengthy criminal trial to take place in California.  Bugliosi also covers other murders, generally thought to be committed by Manson and his followers, as well as the defense attorney who went missing during the trial.  

The writing is top notch and despite its overall length, true crime affecionados won't feel fatigued from the sheer number of pages.  I cannot guarantee, however, that you won't feel fatigued by reading of the Manson Family's violence and communal living.   The book is powerful and extremely intense.  

Sadly, while the victims are given a supporting role of sorts in Helter Skelter, the killers themselves are the stars.  As is the case in most true crime accountings, the victims are somewhat lost in the shuffle of the glorification of violence.  

Helter Skelter does, however, give a sharp and well written account of the criminal justice system (at least of the early 70s) and the remarkable verdicts that Vincent Bugliosi was able to get, particularly against Charles Manson himself.  New versions of the book include updates.   

Even with the glorification of violence today, Helter Skelter remains a true story that is so frightening because it could have happened anywhere, to anyone. 

Read this excellent account, but be sure that the lights are on and all the doors and windows are locked.  Because you never know who might be lurking outside.

Helter Skelter is available for purchase at major booksellers now, including Amazon.   I am an Amazon affiliate.  If you make a purchase through my link, I will receive a small commission.

FTC Disclosure:   This book came from my own personal collection.  I was neither compensated nor paid in any way for this review. 




October Readathon Update: THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

It is now officially October 1 on the East Coast and we're up and running!

I have added some mood music to the blog for the month - - everything from superbly creepy music like the theme from Rosemary's Baby to The Exorcist (I can barely stand to listen to it!) to lighthearted seasonal fare like Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London and Michael Jackson's Thriller.  I hope you enjoy it!

Mr. Linky has been added to the original sign up post/page for the Readathon so please post away.    Kindly put the name of the material you are reviewing under "Name" rather than your name or blog name.  In other words, if I am reviewing Stephen King's Carrie, I would type "Carrie by Stephen King" rather than Lori at Psychotic State Book Reviews.  Easy, right?  And be sure to include your URL so others can link back to your site and read your review!  

I'm very excited about this Readathon and I hope we all have a spooky, creepy and scary book month!


New Release: THE DECEPTION AT LYME: OR, THE PERIL OF PERSUASION by Carrie Bebris

BOOK DESCRIPTION:  In Jane Austen’s Persuasion, the Cobb—Lyme’s famous seawall—proved dangerous to a careless young woman. Now it proves deadly. 

Following their recent intrigue at Highbury, Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy visit the seaside village of Lyme on holiday. Family business also draws them there, to receive the personal effects of Mr. Darcy’s late cousin, a naval lieutenant who died in action. 

Their retreat turns tragic when they come upon a body lying at the base of the Cobb. The victim is Mrs. Clay, a woman with a scandalous past that left her with child—a child whose existence threatened the inheritance of one of her paramours and the reputation of another. Did she lose her balance and fall from the slippery breakwater, or was she pushed?

Mrs. Clay’s death is not the only one that commands the Darcys’ attention. When Mr. Darcy discovers, among his cousin’s possessions, evidence that the young lieutenant’s death might have been murder, he allies with Captain Frederick Wentworth (hero of Jane Austen's Persuasion) to probe details of a battle that took place across the sea . . . but was influenced by a conspiracy much closer to home.

The Deception at Lyme (Or, The Peril of Persuasion) is the delightful sixth installment in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mystery series by Carrie Bebris.


If you're a regular reader of Psychotic State Book Reviews, you know how much I adore Carrie Bebris' mystery series centering around the newlyweds Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Bennet Darcy.  Ms. Bebris' five existing books in the series do Jane Austen proud, allowing us gentle readers to revisit with our beloved Mr. Darcy and Lizzy in the backdrop of one of Austen's classics with a fun cozy mystery thrown in.  So far Ms. Bebris' has covered Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Emma.  Austen's most mature and autumnal book, Persuasion, now gets its turn.

I cannot wait to read this.  No, really.  I. CANNOT. WAIT. TO. READ. THIS.

Ms. Bebris has not disappointed me in the slightest with her earlier efforts and I expect to be just as thrilled and delighted with the Darcys' newest outing.

The Deception at Lyme was released September 27, 2011 and may be purchased at major booksellers everywhere, including Amazon.  I am an Amazon affiliate. If you make a purchase through my link, I will receive a small commission.


For a post by author Carrie Bebris on her newest book, as well as a chance to enter for a drawing for your own copy of The Deception at Lyme, please visit Austenprose

Happy reading!





September 23, 2011

Guest Author: CRYSTAL CONNOR

Today Psychotic State Book Reviews welcomes Crystal Connor, author of the newly released The Darkness. Welcome, Crystal!


My Early Writing by Crystal Connor

The reason I started blogging is because I used to belong to a writing group called Author’s Anonymous. What attracted me to the group was the fact that the founder gave us all writing assignments, and we posted them to our blogs so that other we could read, critique and comment on our fellow members stories. It was an amazing group but as we, as writers, spent more and more time with our own writing goals and deadlines we just didn’t have the time to commit to our group.

I am going to share two of my “early works” that I posted while a member of Author’s Anonymous with you today. I hope you enjoy them.

Coaches instructions: If you had to describe yourself as a color, which would you choose and why?

So I was going to skip this assignment to work on the next one (which seems so kick ass, totally fun with a ton of room to maneuver…and that's right up my alley)

This drill seemed a little challenging and I couldn’t find a way not to incorporate race and clearly that’s not what’s she’s asking, but it’s the 1st thing that came to mind and the only thing that stayed there.

Because I sooo do not want to do this assignment I’ve decided to do it twice…two different stories. If you wanna wear daisy dukes you gotta do your squats & lunges there is just no way around it.



My story Colors Part 1 follows:

“What color we’re you?”

The little girl asked me what color I was and the question caught me completely off guard and ushered in a flood of memories that I had tried for ten years to forget. 

Once I was alone and had more time to think about her question I realized I could no longer remember my native planet. I couldn’t remember what it felt like to breath relatively clean air or enjoy the warmth of the sun beneath the protective barrier of an ozone layer. That was a long time ago and Earth is no longer there.

This planet was different. The landscape was harsh and colorless, the weather was openly hostile and it was as if the sun was trying to use the cleaning power of fire to rid her 5th planet of disease. 

It’s surprising how quickly the human body can adapt and evolve but I guess we can thank Monarch Pharmaceuticals for that because God had nothing to do with this. 

Out of the 758,459 of us who had won the lottery to escape the Garden of Eden that God had given man in the form of Planet Earth, only twenty-eight of us were still alive. In this sector there were only two of us but that wouldn’t be the count for long because Eric was dying. 

This planet already had a population in the billions and the girl who asked the question was a 3rd generation native and that was why she had asked the question in the 1st place. 

In just 10 years I had become known as a settler. I was an immigrant, a relic from the “old country,” with an outdated language, ancient customs, and conservative ways and I am only forty. 

Thanks to Monarch Pharms, to deal with the combative environment of the brave new world, I no longer had skin but scales. I was still humanoid in form and so were the natives…sort of. 

I guess you can say us settlers were like the Cardassian race from Star Trek; and like the lizards of the deserts of our old planet, our genetic manipulation allowed us to live on this one and it was our genetic manipulation that was also killing us. 

You could still see that I had once been beautiful and I think that is why the youth of this planet got themselves “scaled” despite the fact that their shinny chromed skin was more than capable of dealing with the proximity of a sun that never set. Like the young of planet earth, who in emulated African body modification by stretching their ears without fully understanding the culture or significance behind the act. Some things never change. 

I closed my eyes and let my memory recall the green rolling hills, red desert sands, and canyons carved from lakes, and deep blue-green seas that had once been my home. In my minds eye I saw the girl and heard her question asked and asked again… 

“What color we’re you?” 

I didn’t answer her question because I couldn’t. Tears breached past my closed reptilian eyes and flowed down my cheeks as I cried myself to sleep. I didn’t answer her question because I couldn’t…because I didn’t remember what color I had been.


And here is my 2nd attempt. It’s not a short story it’s a poem and I was so incredibly blown away by how this piece turned and the amount of feedback that I got from it I used it as the dedication it to my mom in The Darkness


Colors Part 2:

As you know I did not want to do this drill. It’s still just as challenging as when I wrote the 1st Color and I still couldn’t find a way not to incorporate race. 

Well like I promised I gave it another shot. 

I am the color of the Red Sands of African a land where my roots were 1st planted. 

I am the color of Oxidized Iron, from shackles that bound my predecessors in the storage hold. 

I am the color of the green, brown, and white cotton fields and I am the color red from the blood that ran down the fingers that picked them. 

I am the blue color of the Civil War Union uniform. 

I am the white hot color of rage, I am the iridescent color of tears, I am every color on the spectrum from orange to red in outrage and am the bottomless color of black by the betrayal that the Choctaw people felt when being removed from lands that been held since antiquity. 

I am the Silver-Blue color of The Rio Grande that “Los Mojado’s”, the wet ones, risked their lives to cross in order to make a better life for their heirs. 

I am the color of fire that burned bras in the 60’s. 

I am all the bright colors of the arrogant peacock, because I am the color of my ancestors.



Thank you, Crystal, for sharing your writing with us.  So, readers . . . what color are you?    


THE DARKNESS BY CRYSTAL CONNOR
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The Darkness has been selected as a two time Award-Winning Finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards in the fiction categories of Cross Genre Fiction and Multicultural Fiction!


Artemisia, a scientist who also practices alchemy, is wealthy beyond imagination. She is one of the founding members of the Skyward Group, a privately funded, secret, research facility conducting experiments that erase what tradition has established as the boundaries separating the realm of man from the realm of God. Artemisia has everything she wants - money, fame, knowledge and power - except for a child. Inanna is a powerful and dangerous witch, also wealthy beyond imagination. Her powers are greater and more deadly than any in the long tradition before her. Inanna has everything she wants - money, knowledge and God-like power - except for a child. The Child has nothing. At three months of age, he knows only what he has experienced through the bars of his locked cage. He has nothing. He doesn't have a mommy. He doesn't have a daddy. He doesn't have a name. The scientists who created him do not handle him, because they know The Child is dangerous.

In The Darkness, Two women clash in a vicious battle that has been fought since the days of King Solomon - the fight over a child. One woman unleashes the nightmarish arsenal of modern science while the other dispatches the weaponries of witchcraft. And as The Child grows up, his love for one and resentment for the other will change the fate of both these women, forever.

September 17, 2011

October Readathon: THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT

It's one of my favorite times of the year - - the leaves are changing and nights are getting cooler (depending on where you live), Halloween is soon upon us and it's the perfect setting to curl up with a good scary book.  As such, I've decided to have a spooky themed Readathon here at Psychotic State Book Reviews during the month of October and would love for you to join me!

How to Sign Up

To sign up, make a post on your blog, Facebook or Twitter about participating.  Add the THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT button to your sidebar, linking back to this post so others can join in if they wish.  Please help to spread the word!  Beginning on October 1, add your blog posts using the Mr. Linky widget that will be below.

UPDATED:  Mr. Linky has been added!  Please link using the title of the book you are reviewing, rather than your name and/or blog name and be sure to include the URL.

Rules

The rules are, there are no rules! (TM Kenicky, Grease).  Anyone may participate.  You can read one book during the month or one for each day, whatever you choose.  You can join in today or at any time during the month of October.  If you don't have a blog, you may use Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads. 

Books to Read

Any type of horror, or sub-genre of horror, including the paranormal, supernatural, suspense, mystery, thriller (including murder, psychological, supernatural or spooky driven/themed), monster (vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, zombies, aliens and the like) and monster mash up, and true crime.  Any book that makes you squirm can qualify!

Posts

Post your book reviews, your thoughts on scary books, interviews with authors of scary books, your top ten scariest books, etc.  Any post dealing with all things horror and spooky will be accepted and appreciated.

Giveaways

Once THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE  NIGHT ends, I will be giving away some of the books that I have reviewed during the month to lucky readers.  Titles to be determined.  Each Readathon post will count as an entry toward the giveaway.  The  more books you review during the month, the greater your chance to win! 

Event Details

*  Kick off:  Saturday, October 1 at 12:00 a.m., your local time
*  Closes:  Monday, October 31 at 11:59 p.m., your local time

Happy reading!


Giveaway Winners: THE TRAITOR'S WIFE and THE HERETIC'S DAUGHTER

And the lucky winners of a brand new copy each of The Traitor's Wife by Kathleen Kent are . . .

Brittany Gale
&
Angela

But wait!  There's more!

The lucky winner of a brand new copy of The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent is . . . 

Margaret

Congratulations, ladies!  I will be emailing each of you directly to get your mailing address for your new book.

A big THANK YOU to all who visited my blog and entered this giveaway. I do appreciate each one of you taking the time to visit and post here. I hope you all will stick around for future giveaways, reviews and interviews. 


Thank you again to Anna Balasi, Hachette Book Group and Little, Brown and Company for making this giveaway possible.

Compliments to randomizer.org for selecting the lucky winners.

Happy reading!


September 16, 2011

Birth of a New Blog: CASTLE MACABRE



I am thrilled to announce that my friend Michelle has a new blog - - and a very timely one too!  If you're a fan of the horror genre, you won't want to miss this.  The new baby is Castle Macabre - - aren't you getting chills just from the name?   Michelle will be reviewing horror, as well as paranormal/light horror. 

Be sure and stop by Castle Macabre and get in the spirit for Halloween!  Castle Macabre is currently hosting a blog launch giveaway and a fall read-a-thon.  Don't wait to sign up! 

You can check out Michelle's other blogs, The True Book Addict, Historical Fiction Connection, and The Christmas Spirit.  She's a busy lady!

September 13, 2011

Book Review: TOUT SWEET: HANGING UP MY HIGH HEELS FOR A NEW LIFE IN FRANCE by Karen Wheeler


BOOK DESCRIPTION: 

In her mid-thirties, fashion editor Karen has it all: a handsome boyfriend, a fab flat in west London, and an array of gorgeus shoes. But when her boyfriend, Eric, leaves she makes an unexpected decision: to hang up her Manolos and wave good-bye to her glamorous city lifestyle to go it alone in a run-down house in rural Poitou-Charentes, central western France.

Tout Sweet is the perfect read for anyone who dreams of chucking away their BlackBerry in favor of real blackberrying and downshifting to a romantic, alluring locale where new friendships–and new loves–are just some of the treasures to be found amongst life's simple pleasures.






I absolutely love books/memoirs of people who leave their high stress life behind for a new life in the country and/or a new country, so Tout Sweet was a perfect literary fit for me.  

Francophiles will be in absolute heaven, reading author Karen Wheeler's tale of finding an old and neglected maison and painstakingly restoring it beyond its original glory, while also struggling to find a social life in a rural village and fit in.

I liked Karen and her style of writing immediately.  Karen is the British equivalent of the girl next door, a  warm and funny lady who has a boyfriend she loves, a job she enjoys and a hectic city lifestyle that coordinates perfectly with her busy life.  When life throws her a curveball in the form of her boyfriend leaving, Karen has an awakening that causes her to look at her life differently and question whether or not she has a place in London any longer.

Her story of leaving the familiarity of London behind for a French village where she knows exactly one person is equal parts brave, frightening and inspiring.  Reading the passages I could feel her trepidation, her excitement and her second guessing.  I was heavily invested in her story - - actually, her life - - from the first pages and was hoping that she would grow to be in love with France, as well as find love, by the conclusion.

Tout Sweet features an amazing cast of supporting characters, wonderfully colorful, vivid and personable.  There is Miranda, Karen's colorfully garbed "fairy godmother", neighbor Claudette, oppositional couples Desmond and Elinor and Geoffrey and Darla, booksellers Dylan and Lola Liberty, realtor Victor, a man on the prowl, and the attractive baker Rene.  Is it crazy that I wanted to pull up a chair, sip a glass of wine and join this motley group?   

Tout Sweet is an incredibly charming read, goes down as smoothly as a fine wine, and can be accomplished in one sitting for the adventurous reader.  It leaves you craving a move to France and/or a small village, and for a simpler life.   I know it left me aching to move into my own maison and go blackberry picking as the sun sets.

Tout Sweet: Hanging Up My Heels for a New Life in France is available for purchase at major booksellers now, including Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate. If you make a purchase through my link, I will receive a small commission.

For more information on author Karen Wheeler, please visit her blog

Review copy of this book provided by Meryl L. Moss Media Relations in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.





 



September 3, 2011

Author Interview: LAURA CALDWELL

It is my pleasure to welcome Laura Caldwell, author of the recently released Claim of Innocence, to Psychotic State Book Reviews today to discuss her new release and what books are on her nightstand right now!

Hi Laura, welcome to Psychotic State!  Describe your latest book in 15 words or fewer.
LC:  In Claim of Innocence, Izzy and her best friend ,Maggie, defend a woman charged with poisoning her own best friend.  

What inspired you to write Claim of Innocence?

LC:  I'm admit I'm sort of marrying my real life with my fictional life in Claim of Innocence. My character, Izzy McNeil, is a redheaded Chicagoan who worked as a civil lawyer most of her career but has fallen into the world of criminal defense. That comes pretty close to my life. I used to be a civil lawyer, defending doctors who were sued. I never thought I'd be working with exonerees. I feel incredibly fortunate.  

 What are you currently reading?

LC:  I always read about 18 things at once. A current sampling: Straight Man by Richard Russo, The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by my friend, Marcus Sakey, Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest, The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritson, and Bloodsworth by Tim Junkin, which is about my friend, an exoneree, Kirk Bloodsworth.  

Who is your favorite heroine?

LC:  That’s easy. Izzy McNeil.  

Do you have any tips for readers who are looking to become published authors?

LC:  Get in a writing group—it can be as informal as two other people with whom you meet twice a month. The act of having your work reviewed and also making a commitment to getting a certain amount finished over the next month can produce a great amount of work and teach a lot.

Thank you so much, Laura, for stopping by.  Best of luck with Claim of Innocence!  

For more information on author Laura Caldwell, please visit her website.

To read my review of Claim of Innocence, please go here.

To purchase Claim of Innocence, please visit my Amazon store.

CLAIM OF INNOCENCE BY LAURA CALDWELL
AVAILABLE NOW! 

Forbidden relationships are the most tempting. And the most dangerous.

It was a crime of passion–or so the police say. Valerie Solara has been charged with poisoning her best friend. The prosecution claims she's always been secretly attracted to Amanda's husband…and with Amanda gone, she planned to make her move.

Attorney Izzy McNeil left the legal world a year ago, but a friend's request pulls her into the murder trial. Izzy knows how passion can turn your life upside down. She thought she had it once with her ex–fiance, Sam. Now she wonders if that's all she has in common with her criminally gorgeous, younger boyfriend, Theo.

It's Izzy's job to present the facts that will exonerate her client–whether or not she's innocent. But when she suspects Valerie is hiding something, she begins investigating–and uncovers a web of secret passions and dark motives, where seemingly innocent relationships can prove poisonous…


    

September 1, 2011

Book Review: CLAIM OF INNOCENCE by Laura Caldwell

BOOK DESCRIPTION:  Forbidden relationships are the most tempting. And the most dangerous.



It was a crime of passion–or so the police say. Valerie Solara has been charged with poisoning her best friend. The prosecution claims she's always been secretly attracted to Amanda's husband…and with Amanda gone, she planned to make her move.


Attorney Izzy McNeil left the legal world a year ago, but a friend's request pulls her into the murder trial. Izzy knows how passion can turn your life upside down. She thought she had it once with her ex–fiance, Sam. Now she wonders if that's all she has in common with her criminally gorgeous, younger boyfriend, Theo.


It's Izzy's job to present the facts that will exonerate her client–whether or not she's innocent. But when she suspects Valerie is hiding something, she begins investigating–and uncovers a web of secret passions and dark motives, where seemingly innocent relationships can prove poisonous…


I love a good legal mystery and if the mystery comes with a hero or heroine that I really like and it has a good personal drama and/or romance thrown in, I am there.  Claim of Innocence by Laura Caldwell delivered.  It is a solid legal mystery with strong characters and addictive writing.

This was my first novel by Ms. Caldwell and she did not disappoint.  Despite Claim of Innocence being the fourth  installment of the Izzy McNeil series, and the first that I have read, I was easily able to pick up the book and delve in.  And did I!

Claim of Innocence is a fast read, if for no other reason than you will find yourself as tenacious as Izzy is during the course of the book, flipping the pages and keeping that light on late into the evening to find resolution to both the legal case at issue and Izzy's personal life.  In this regard, Claim of Innocence is unique because Izzy is both a main character driving a major plotline as well as being a secondary character to the legal drama.


I was pleased to discover that the mystery surrounding Valerie Solara was not quickly telegraphed from the beginning and had enough twists and turns to keep things humming.  Valerie wasn't an easy to character to decipher, either by myself or by Izzy, and such questions were like an addictive drug, keeping me coming back for more.   


I enjoyed Izzy because she seemed real.  She works hard, she (stubbornly) rides a Vespa and she's torn between the present and what she could have in her future dependent upon her past.  She's also a devoted friend to Maggie, who brings her into the legal fray of the questions surrounding Valerie Solara.  I liked that Izzy really dug into Valerie and her life to find answers to her questions and that she did not commit, in this reader's opinion, the cardinal sin of committing foolhardy and dangerous actions in order to move a plot forward.  You won't find any of that in Ms. Caldwell's book.

What you will find is an engrossing, if relatively light, end of summer read that is low-cal on the violence, with a generous side of sexual situations and a very rich and fattening hearty storyline.  Ms. Caldwell's writing is quick and fast paced; at no time will you find this story sluggish or slow to get moving.  She drops the reader into the action from the first page and will keep you hanging on until the last sentence.  I found myself thinking that this book would be a fantastic airplane read because it's such an obsessive read, you will be disappointed if your flight is actually on time, requiring you to put the book down.

I was happy with the overall tone and direction of the story and closed the book hoping that I would have further legal exploits with Izzy and company.  I would not hesitate to recommend Claim of Innocence to readers who enjoy a good legal drama, a good mystery and/or a book with romantic angst as a neat little subplot.  Job well done, Ms. Caldwell.

Claim of Innocence is available for purchase at major booksellers now, including Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate. If you make a purchase through my link, I will receive a small commission.

For more information on author Laura Caldwell, please visit her website.

Review copy of this book provided by Meryl L. Moss Media Relations in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.