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Madison Magazine Writes About Mike Baron and Bad Road Rising

Madison Magazine writes: Madison native Mike Baron, best known for writing the “Badger”and “Nexus” comic books starting in the 1980s, has more recently been churning out novels. And like “Badger” before it, the “Bad Road Rising” series — starring Josh Pratt, a born-again, ex-con/private investigator — is largely set in Madison.

Howard Butcher at National Review: Homer Meets Generation Z

The author of Jonah: A Novel of Men and the Sea reveals his literary insights from his teaching experience

Is technology killing students’ ability to read classical literature?

Pulp Fiction Reviews on Mike Baron’s Disco: ‘a New Side to His Fabulous Imagination’

A generous review from Ron Fortier on one of Liberty Island’s new novels.

Rough Edges Reviews The Odds Are Against Us

James Reasoner at Rough Edges: “I backed the Kickstarter for this anthology, and now that it’s been published and I’ve read it, I’m glad I did. It’s an excellent collection of military fiction, some with contemporary settings, some historical. I’ve always liked war stories, and these are very well done.” Read the rest.

Click here to purchase The Odds Are Against Us: An Anthology of Military Fiction

Akron Beacon Journal Reviews Fred Tribuzzo’s Pulse of the Goddess

Barbara McIntyre writes, “‘The world’s temporarily over,’ says Cricket Hastings, the main character in Ravenna author Fred Tribuzzo’s American Blackout series. In the first book, ‘Pulse of the Goddess,’ there has been a solar storm followed by a nuclear explosion over Kansas, and an electromagnetic pulse has wiped out all modern technology.”

Check out the New Kirkus Review of Jonah: A Novel of Men and the Sea

Don’t miss Howard Butcher’s thrilling debut novel!

“Butcher’s measured prose deftly captures the grit and violence of Jonah’s world, both on deck and beneath the waves…  the world of offshore oil rigs is indeed a rugged one, and Butcher’s handling of it here will attract readers who might not have had any interest in the milieu before.”

Sarah Hoyt Proclaims: “We Are The Counterculture”

Check Out the Sci-Fi-Fantasy Author’s Fascinating Manifesto

From PJ Media’s Lifestyle section:

If you’re as old as I am, or a little younger, you probably remember the counterculture from the seventies (I was too young to remember it from the sixties.) The word will bring to mind greasy little cafes and the sort of “free papers” where the comics have a lot of naked people.  The articles will have lots of swear words and sometimes mild blasphemy against Christianity and religion in general.

Interview: Mike Baron Talks Comics, Culture, and Conservatives with Mark Tapson at FrontPageMag

By Mark Tapson: Recently I read a page-turner of a new novel with the eye-catching title Sons of Bitches, which centers on a young Jewish artist who releases a comic book boldly depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad. This naturally makes her a target for outraged Muslim fundamentalists, and their death threats force her to hire former biker hoodlum-turned-private investigator Josh Pratt. Justice, revenge, and mayhem ensue.

This is obviously a reflection of the real-life experiences of such artists as Mollie Norris, who apparently still remains in hiding years after merely suggesting an Everybody Draw Muhammad Day, and frequent FrontPage Mag artist, former Muslim Bosch Fawstin, who was targeted by terrorists at the Draw Muhammad event in Texas a couple of years ago (a contest which Fawstin won). And then, of course, there was the massacre of twelve employees at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris in response to their “blasphemous” depiction of Muhammad on the magazine cover. Violating Islamic blasphemy laws comes with a high price – but so does submitting to them.