Judge Ed by Ted Rose is an adventurous modern novella. It, as the name suggests, follows the story and life of Judge Ed who lives in paradise. Judge Ed is a fast paced, gripping tale of mystery, drama, and ambition that is sprinkled with dollops of romance. Small chapters, stunning character arcs and a tale of an almost celebrity like judge at the center is bound to urge readers to keep turning the pages. Once you begin reading, you’re certainly going to be hooked on this exciting adventure with Judge Ed which will eventually lead him and the readers to the exciting yet mysterious paradise land of South Florida.
The character of Judge Ed is charming, intelligent, certain, solid yet unpredictable and complex which provides this novella with strong roots for the story. He is a strong character who is really good at what he does, hence its easy to connect and root for him from the beginning of this riveting novel. You will cheer for his highs and certainly feel sad for the unfortunate things that will come to his path as he is riding the high horse of success. The language and the flow is impeccable and the descriptions are written in such a way that you can easily visualize the scenes. This novella is exciting and dramatic with a really good plot and certainly has all the qualities to turn into a mini television series which people will certainly binge watch.
The best part of the story personally for me was the glimpses of the landmark trials and how quickly the story unfolds in multiple layers, giving you enough to understand what is going on but at the same time keeping you guessing. Judge Ed by Ted Rose is a captivating legal thriller that slowly builds up tension in a story that has a satisfying conclusion.
Pages: 122 | ASIN: B085495ZGT
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Preston Curtis could not have predicted the hint of what awaited him in the name of the city when he accepted the pastorate at Grace Bible Church in Pitfall, Oregon. Being a passionate believer in the Bible’s truth, he has no inkling that he would be prosecuted for a religious hate crime for exercising his religious freedom in preaching the Bible’s words. Judge Roy Sparkman’s A Pastor’s Pit is Preston’s fight against what he considers false religions and politically charged circumstances for a Christian in the U.S., dismissing constitutionally protected religious liberties and, thus, the virtue of the Bible.
A Pastor’s Pit depicts the dilemmas a Pastor has to overcome as a minister and counselor to people as a representative of God. Pastor Curtis is shown to be revered and admired, but he is equally criticized for conduct infringing on the consciences of previous supporters and admirers. He is shown as a devoted husband and father, as well as a true friend, delighted in the love and companionship of friends and family as anyone would, while also determined not to compromise his teachings of word-for-word Bible translation regardless of what the court ultimately determines. On the other hand, R.T. Glassman, his attorney, and best friend, does not retreat when defending his friend from prison, showing a beautiful example of what a loyal friend should be.
With the author being a former judge and practicing attorney, the court hearing with all of the legal terms, rhetoric questions, and cross-examinations by attorneys come across as authentic, without overdramatic and unreal situations. As informative and rhetorical as they are intriguing, the court hearings in the fiction greatly captivated me.
The topic raised in the novel is deserving of attention and explains laws molded for political ends. The novel brings to light the type of interference there is in religious liberties, no matter what the religion is. The book contains three examples of religious liberties being exercised or dismissed: the exercise of religious liberty in Pastor’s teachings and Umran’s choice of faith; dismissal of liberty in the persecution of Pastor and the threat of hell on infidels.
The novel deftly implement legal terminology, court hearings, and political intrigue to great dramatic effect and emerges as an informative work of fiction. A Pastor’s Pit is a riveting legal thriller with provocative questions at its core and an intriguing protagonist that lures you into this riveting novel.
Pages: 237 | ASIN: B08SDYCQ6X
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Betrayal at the Border by Mark Bello is a fast paced legal thriller set predominantly in the United States. It is the seventh book in the Zachary Blake Series.
Bello addresses some important and timely issues in this book – namely the United States’ immigration policies and human rights issues. He raises awareness of these issues by telling the compelling story of two immigrant families, and their treatment at the hands of the US immigration system. These are interesting and pertinent themes and should appeal to a wide range of readers.
There are numerous characters in the book, including star lawyer Zachary Blake, the two immigrant families and a host of supporting characters. Zachary’s character is well developed and feels like an authentic portrayal of a lawyer, although a lot sharper. Miguel and Mary Gonzalez are authentic characters as well; their jobs, home and children are all well described and draw the reader into their heartbreaking story. The characters of Canan and Karim Izady are less developed and I would have enjoyed seeing more of them.
I really enjoyed the well developed scenes in the book. The story takes us to other countries, but the story is predominantly in the U.S. and I was absorbed in the scenery. The Gonzalez children find themselves in poor living situations and the descriptions draw the reader into the story and allow the reader to develop empathy for their plight. This is a legal drama novel, but I never felt overwhelmed or lost by the jargon thanks to excellent story telling that focuses on characters rather than technical aspects of law.
Betrayal at the Border is a fast-paced legal thriller that tackles contemporary issues with stunning legal drama. The authors experience as a lawyer really comes through as the law, as it is portrayed in the book, always felt real, which for a layman like me made the stakes feel palpable. Fans of John Grisham novels will find plenty to enjoy in Mark M. Bello’s enthralling legal thriller.
Pages: 334 | ASIN: B09FYJ6MWN
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Villains for Justice is Marta Nater’s provocative idea of a modern world where super-powerful villains take justice into their own hands to hunt down the most horrible criminals that exist. The book starts with Nina Dansk’s story, a woman tired of seeing her loved ones and regular people constantly abused by a legal system that neglects its victims and that doesn’t provide adequate punishment for criminals. Nina Dansk’s story is very detailed and starts from her childhood, so the reader can easily follow how Nina’s mentality slowly changes to the point where she abruptly decides to punish rapists, predators and sexual abusers by viciously killing them, fighting for the protection of abused children and women.
The book also follows the story of other captivating villains. Jerico Raven, an ex-detective passionate about law and justice, and Shadow Claw, a mysterious man-hybrid with hawk-like features also take justice into their hands, this time to fight off the crime and corruption that was abundant in the streets of New York. Later on Cora Rollins is also introduced, an ex-police officer that was inspired by Nina Dansk’s story and decided to follow her path, becoming possibly the worst villain of all, torturing and murdering exclusively sexual abusers and predators.
Hunted by the authorities and loved by the regular people, these intriguing villains keep their promises as vengeful vigilantes, giving a new meaning to the word justice and thus gaining the respect and admiration of those who had been living under fear throughout their entire lives. This book serves as a reflection of modern day society and showcases how constantly the real victims are left unprotected while the criminals are sheltered and given new opportunities to live among those they hurt the most. Through the main characters, we see how the suffering they endured transforms into anger and thirst for revenge, at times going too far and ending in tragedy.
The characters presented are quite interesting and have complex and compelling storylines. I enjoyed reading each of their motives and how they carried out their plans to bring justice to the world and save abused children. While I enjoyed the story I felt it could use another edit, but the story is gripping enough and presents some entertaining scenes. The idea of villains that want to punish criminals is interesting and pulled off in creative ways throughout the story, it kept me wanting to find out constantly how the story was going to end. This is a story about revenge and taking justice into one’s hand, with the understanding that sometimes good intentions may build a terrible path that ends in tragedy.
Villains for Justice by Marta Nater rousing crime fiction novel with interesting characters that embark on an entertaining revenge rampage throughout the city.
Pages: 262 | ASIN: B08R29CFKV
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Super-Lawyer Zachary Blake returns with two cases that strike at the heart of our nation’s contentious immigration debate. Two unique immigrant families, one South American, the other Muslim American. Two uniquely dangerous consequences of America’s dysfunctional immigration system. Enter Zachary Blake, Marshal Mann, Micah Love, and team. Award-winning legal thriller author, Mark M. Bello, pits our nation’s broken immigration system against important human and social justice rights issues, spinning a tale that shines a bright light on everyday fears of immigrants all over these United States. Can Zach Blake, his legal and investigative team prevent a Betrayal at the Border?
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Supreme Betrayal follows a woman who was assaulted and years later finds out that her attacker is nominated for the Supreme Court, and is determined to stop him. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling novel?
The novel was, obviously, inspired by the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and other similar high-powered sexual assault cases. Literary Titan has reviewed my past work and reviewers know that I like to begin my novels with action sequences. Supreme Betrayal is no different. I researched dozens of actual sexual assault cases and testimony in those cases, especially those involving men or power and influence. The “party scene” at the beginning of the book is a compilation of those real cases, including the events testified to in the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.
Hayley is a strong woman and represents young woman who often get caught in a bad situation. What were some obstacles you felt defined her character in your story?
Hayley’s “obstacles” are the same as any ordinary young woman who faces off against well-financed, politically placed, entitled, white men. She feels powerless against the rich and powerful and a criminal justice system that looks the other way for those in power. She, like the real women her character is based on, feels guilt and shame—”How could I be so stupid? How could I put myself in this situation?” Victims of sexual assault often blame themselves rather than their predators. For Hayley, “looking the other way” became a way to cope and move on, even though the events of her youth effected her relationships, even her marriage. The possible elevation of her assaulter, this sexual predator, is a bridge too far, and she decides to tackle the issue head on.
What were some challenges you set for yourself as a writer for this book?
I like to think I am a fair-minded, politically neutral writer. I am a staunch advocate of social justice causes. The challenge is to present important social justice issues, depict how the criminal and civil justice systems might handle these issues, try to present multiple perspectives, including political ramifications, and try not to display bias. What happened to Hayley could have happened to anyone.
When and where will this book be available?
Supreme Betrayal will be available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all online booksellers, as well as on my website at http://www.markmbello.com
Teenagers in various state of inebriation and consciousness packed the Walnut Lakefront home in West Bloomfield.
Hayley Larson wasn’t a bad girl; she wasn’t even a party girl. However, she was tired of always doing everything her parents ordered. They certainly would not approve of her being at this party.
Exiting an upstairs bathroom, Hayley was startled to see Oliver Wilkinson and Shane Marbury standing on the other side of the door. Barely coherent, seriously drunk, high, or stoned, the young men blocked her.
Over the next twenty years, Hayley told no one what happened behind closed doors that night. That is until now.
Oliver Wilkinson is the President’s nominee for a vacant seat on the Supreme Court. Hayley Larson can’t let that happen.
But Wilkinson will stop at nothing for a seat on the court . . . NOTHING!
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Supreme Betrayal by Mark Bello follows a young woman who, after a rare night out, is viciously attacked at a party. Frightened and alone, she manages to get away but has to stumble through a party practically nude due to his brutality. Years later, her attacker is in a position where he would be able to do what he wants and hurt who he wants as a judge on the supreme court. However, Hayley’s got a plan. Will she get the justice she so deserves?
This book wastes no time getting to the heart of the drama and in so doing ensures that you are enthralled right from the beginning. No warning, just bam! Right in your face. But it has to be that way to convey the full weight of what happens to Hayley. Many teenage girls find themselves in dangerous situations and at the mercy of certain men who crave power. Bello portrays Hayley as a strong and tenacious character that is empathetic and is easy to empathize with. She’s a character that always felt authentic and one that I was rooting for throughout this riveting book. Oliver’s character is, of course, upsetting, pretending that he has a perfect life and that he’s a gentleman when he’s anything but the perfect gentleman. I would say that I hate his character, but it is because his character is so vividly developed.
The book’s themes are heavy but handled in a respectful manner while still being entertaining. I felt a connection with Hayley and wanted her to find peace and wanted Oliver to face justice so that he wouldn’t hurt innocent women and ruin their lives. I felt like this would make a great Lifetime Network Movie as the drama high and the emotions are palpable. The author was able to piece together a story that is both engaging and rings true because of real events that happen to people.
Supreme Betrayal by Mark Bello is an engrossing legal thriller that is hard to put down and even harder to forget.
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In a fictional city, a black couple is coming back from a fair when they are mistakenly stopped by a police officer, unfortunately, it ends with a murder. What follows is the complex dichotomy inside the police department, the obstacles that a mother and recent widow has to endure for justice, and the length to which the parties that seek to benefit from this tragedy will go.
A Betrayal in Black by Mark M. Bello is a story that doesn’t shy away from the harsh reality that black people in America face and how they have to adapt in order to survive.
A Betrayal in Black opens up in a lighthearted way and then transitions to a much darker and cruder story. Throughout the story I felt that the author had a clear understanding of law and police affairs.
When it comes to the technical parts of the story, Bello does a great job of immersing the reader into the world of law and order, with details that show the deep knowledge he has over legal prosecutions and police internal affairs. However, while this is immersing, it sometimes gets tedious and almost didactic, for example, when describing what a grand jury is, it almost feels like you are reading a law school book. But this is a minor flaw in an otherwise engaging story. The dialogue was interesting, and could even be funny at times.
A remarkable thing about this book is how it details every single aspect that goes into a case, from the murder itself to the conviction, all throughout detailing the victims grieving and the lawyers seeking justice. A particularly moving chapter is when the wife of the victim is speaking with their mother and they are retelling a story of how racism has evolved in this country, and, as angry as she may be, she can’t show it, because she is a woman of color.
This book was written in 2019, but the murder it describes is all too recent. The different ways black people have to think to present themselves to white people in order to be considered “equals” and not be dismissed as rude, is all too familiar. The themes in this book come at a crucial time, where stories like these are needed to paint a more vivid picture of the struggles minorities face in America. A Betrayal in Black is a must read.
Pages: 272 | ASIN: B0827D7LGX
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