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Joseph S. Pete, Book Reviewer

Joseph S. Pete is a lifelong bibliophile who can often be found at libraries, bookstores, and literary festivals, and who was once chastised for bringing a hardcover library book into a darkened movie theater. He is an award-winning journalist, a Sunday newspaper columnist, an Iraq War veteran, a board member for the Indiana Society for Professional Journalists, an Indiana University graduate, the editor in chief of the Northwest Indiana Literary Journal and a frequent guest on Lakeshore Public Radio.

Pete is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee whose many writing honors include the Lisagor Award, the Proximity Magazine Essay Prize, the Inland Press Association Award and “Best Bacon Poem” at Chicago BaconFest. His literary work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals, including The Tipton Poetry Journal, The Offbeat, and The Perch Magazine. He’s read one of his short stories on the iO Theater stage in Chicago, had a play staged at the Detroit Heritage Theatre Festival, and exhibited his photography at the Oddtropolis Art Show in San Francisco.

Pete also has freelanced widely, including for the Seattle Times, VFW Magazine, Nuvo Newsweekly, and the odd horse racing journal. He loves all kinds of books, including most genres, humor, history, and nonfiction, but is especially fond of the literary novel.

Book Review

Power Blind

by Joseph S. Pete

"Power Blind" is a compelling procedural novel; its story takes on the criminal justice system and the nature of power. V.S. Kemanis’s engrossing legal novel "Power Blind" follows a murder in New York City prior to the Covid-19... Read More

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Space Forces

by Joseph S. Pete

Fred Scharmen’s "Space Forces" charts the history of ideas about space travel and living in outer space. What do interplanetary aspirations say about societies, and what ramifications does space exploration have back on Earth? From the... Read More

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Life after Law School

by Joseph S. Pete

In the musing novel "Life after Law School", a Sudanese immigrant overcomes adversity to become a lawyer while confronting racial bias in an unequal society. In Peter Gaisiance’s novel "Life after Law School", an immigrant pursues a... Read More

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The Girl From Dark Dakota

by Joseph S. Pete

The past haunts a troubled Midwestern town in the moody horror novel The Girl from Dark Dakota. In Bryan Devore’s paranormal novel The Girl from Dark Dakota, supernatural evils haunt a town in which death has concealed dark secrets. On... Read More

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Hotel Cartagena

by Joseph S. Pete

In Simone Buchholz’s original, stylish thriller "Hotel Cartagena": during a high-stakes hostage situation in a high-class hotel bar, the past catches up to the powerful. While celebrating a birthday atop a hotel overlooking Hamburg,... Read More

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