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review 2018-09-14 11:05
mixed feelings
Stripped with the Vampire (Austin Immortals Book 1) - Jax Garren

Vince is twenty four year old human who was a stripper.Vince loves his job despite the bad things said about strippers that weren’t always true Vince’s hobby is being a blacksmith.  During one of his gigs something goes wrong and he finds himself with a Aztec cult and he was the intended sacrifice to the Aztec God. After Vince was attacked by Vampires and Aztec cult members Vince decided to get a hold of his ex boyfriend Charlie. Vince had known Charlie since he was nine years old Vince had been kicked out of his home when he came out as gay so he went to Charlie to have someplace to stay At nineteen Vince became Charlie’s lover. Charlie is a three hundred year old vampire. Charlie prefers his privacy and minds his own business. Charlie is a closet gay as being gay is frowned upon in the Vampire world. CoVin - the good vampires’ clan would reject and cast Charlie out if they knew he was gay. Charlie had broke up with Vince five years ago when Charlie found out Vince had lied about his job and that he was actually a stripper. But Vince never got over Charlie. Charlie is seen as too human by his peers and they don’t rely on him for anything important.

I had mixed feelings about this book but I did enjoy reading it. But I probably won’t read it again it was a good read just not a great read for me. This is the first time a read a vampire book that had anything against m/m relationships. Often vampires are bisexual in most books at least the ones I have read. I liked the Aztec mythology in this book. I  didn’t know this was a m/m romance but I guess i didn’t read the synapse well enough. However I will say there wasn't an overabundance of sex in this book and I did just skip over those parts. So it was easy for me to read this. I did enjoy both Emmas and Cash’s characters. I liked there was both Vince’s and Charlie’s POV. So I had mixed feelings on this.

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review 2018-09-13 18:51
The Austin Paradox by Willaim R Leibowitz @MiracleManBook @iReadBookTours
The Austin Paradox - William Leibowitz

 

 
MY REVIEW
 
I LOVED Miracle Man, Book I, so I was very eager to begin The Austin Paradox, Book II, and I did, immediately. It’s a story of a superhero, but not one endowed with magical powers. He has a mind, a level of genius, never seen before.
 
This is where we find Robert James Austin’s mindset as we embark on a mission to save more lives.
 
There is a force of negativity and destruction in the universe. Highly efficient and infinitely resourceful, it empowers and leads. It gives diseases their resiliency, their tenacity, their propensity to reinvent themselves, resist treatments, regenerate and defensively mutate. It propels them.
 
Christine, his wife, just wants a normal life, and now she has it…or does she?
 
William R Leibowitz’s novels have a ring of truth to them, when dealing with Big Pharma and the government. So much of what he writes makes me angry, disgusted, and feeling helpless to do anything about it. I love when an author’s writing brings forth emotions that, at times, seem to overwhelm me. And if these books don’t open your eyes and scare the crap out of you, I don’t know what will.
 
I have dealt with the affects of the ‘don’t cure the disease, just treat the symptoms’, mentality of those who want more, more money, more control, more….How about you?
 
The main story, though, is about Robert James Austin and his desire to right the wrongs, all while fighting his personal demons. Robert believes that things should change and wants to help do it, by finding cures and making them accessible to everyone, not just those who can afford it. Man, oh man, if only his cures were real.
 
The Austin Pardox is different from The Miracle Man, but we are still learning about his genius, or now, it is his lack of it. His life is still in danger from himself, but also from outside forces who want him gone. The book may be different, but it is still just as intense.
 
A biological weapon, an apocalyptic Islamic caliphate…I wonder how everything will come together. I fear for the entire planet.
 
I know this is fiction, but I feel it could become all too real. Can we look at William R Leibowitz’s series as a warning?  Think about it. Who decides who lives and who dies? Who do you trust? The Austin Paradox left me hopeful and pissed off for The Miracle Man.
 
I didn’t rate this as high as The Miracle Man. It was a bit different, but I wonder, was it my mood? Did I get dogged down in the details? I wonder if, after reading The Miracle Man, I found The Austin Paradox more predictable. I don’t know, but I find the series to be a special series, and I would highly recommend it to everyone!
 

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text 2018-08-30 11:15
Author interview: William R. Leibowitz

 

 

Q:  What made you decide to become a published author?

 

A:   I had stories to tell that were important to me.  Miracle Man and The Austin Paradox chronicle the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history, from the time of his birth and tragic childhood through his extraordinary accomplishments in curing diseases.  These books are psychological/medical/conspiracy thrillers with fast paced twisting plots that are full of surprises and drama, as Austin battles abandonment and betrayal and the myriad powerful forces (external and internal) that seek to destroy him.   In writing Miracle Man and The Austin Paradox, I wanted to create a modern day believable ‘super hero’ who is an ‘anti-celebrity’.  I thought that such a person could be inspirational when contrasted with the meritless celebrities that dominate media today (e.g., the reality TV stars who are famous for being famous, but have no real talent).  I also wanted Miracle Man and The Austin Paradox to be the vehicles within which I could convey, in an entertainment context, certain spiritual and humanistic messages that mean a great deal to me.

 

 

Q:  What kind of messages are you referring to?

 

A:   One of the underlying themes in Miracle Man is the sanctity of each and every human life.  As the story of the protagonist, Robert James Austin, unfolds throughout the novel, I think the reader will come to appreciate that one can never predict the ramifications of one person’s death.  Robert Austin should have died as a new born, but he was saved in the most unlikely of manners; he then went on to change the world in extraordinary ways.  His life was not expendable.  We all are bombarded every day by statistics of death –how many people died in the latest war, or from famine, or epidemic or other manmade or natural cataclysm.  People’s lives are jumbled together by the media as meaningless numbers.  But what I want the reader of Miracle Man to think about ---is the individual.  Has anyone ever thought how likely it is that the person who would have cured cancer was killed in a Concentration Camp?  That’s why Miracle Man begins with the quotation from Scriptures – “To destroy one life is to destroy an entire world, and to save one life is to save an entire world.”

 

 

Q:  Did any real life situations find their way into your books?

 

A:   Yes.  In writing Miracle Man and The Austin Paradox, I wanted to get readers thinking about a real-life problem that affects us all. One of the powerful forces fighting my protagonist, Robert James Austin, is “Big Pharma” which views Austin as their enemy since he cures diseases and thereby makes many of their “cash-cow” drugs obsolete.  In short, Austin is bad for their business.  Like Austin, I find it incomprehensible that virtually no major disease has been cured in over 50 years.  How can that be the case when so much money has been spent over the decades on research?  Simply put, there’s a lot more money in treating symptoms than there is in curing diseases.  Austin realized that Big Pharma has no interest in curing diseases.  It just wants to keep on selling expensive symptom treatments –and as we know, many people are on ‘medication maintenance programs’ for years, sometimes for life.  Austin wanted to change that.  The Austin Paradox also deals with bio-terrorism which I believe is a very real---and both books deal with a real life problem that has permeated every aspect of our society and that of the rest of the world –unbridled greed and the elevation of money above ethics and morality.

 

 

Q:  Good thrillers usually have great villains.  How about in your books?

 

A:  Oh yes!  Villains are my specialty.  I have some terrific ones—all highly believable and complex in their own right.  Corrupt pharma execs, a twisted CIA director, Russian and Chinese oligarchs, bio-terrorists.  You name ‘em and I got ‘em—and I’ll put mine up against any.  I love them all.

 

Q:  Do you hear from your readers?  What do they say?

 

A:   I’ve been fortunate to have received almost one thousand letters from readers who have expressed their enthusiasm for my books and who have indicated how the books are relevant to their personal life experience.  There’s nothing more rewarding for an author than to establish a dialog with individual readers.

 

 

 

William R. Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment law in New York City for a number of years. He has represented numerous renown recording artists, songwriters, producers and many of the leading record companies, talent managers, merchandisers and other notable entertainment businesses. At one point, he was the Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel for the Sanctuary Group of Companies, a U.K. public company that was the largest ‘indie’ music company in the world (prior to its acquisition by the Universal Music Group). William has a Bachelor of Science Degree from New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Columbia University. He lives in the village of Quogue, New York with his wife, Alexandria, and dog, George.

 

William wrote Miracle Man because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times– when meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero—and that, of course, is Robert James Austin.

 

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review 2018-08-30 11:15
The Austin Paradox
The Austin Paradox - William Leibowitz

The Austin Paradox by William R. Leibowitz is the sequel to Miracle Man. In this one we see a different Robert Austin, one who doesn't have the intelligence he once had but still wants to work at curing diseases. He still has to deal with his personal demons, forces that are trying to destroy him and a government that wants him under control. He is determined to do what's right though whether he still has his intelligence or not.

 

 This book is much like the first one, what it lacks in action it makes up with a good story with multiple meanings and some great characters. I find it interesting in this book that Robert Austin is helping the world to be a better place yet there are so many people who don't see it that way. People have there own perception of what right and wrong is and to some curing diseases is doing wrong and I'm not just talking about the pharmaceutical companies point of view. If you like books that make you think and has a lot of deep meanings then check this one out.

 

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