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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

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

Book Review

Workquake

by Joseph S. Pete

With awareness that the fastest growing sectors of tomorrow’s job market may not yet exist, "Workquake" assesses ongoing upheavals in changing workplaces with clarity. Steve Cadigan’s "Workquake" concerns the continuing evolution of... Read More

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Historical Accuracy

by Joseph S. Pete

The informative and passionate textual survey "Historical Accuracy" reviews the veracity of biblical accounts. Inquisitive and scholarly, Steve Campbell’s religious text "Historical Accuracy" is about the historical backgrounds of... Read More

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Punks in Peoria

by Joseph S. Pete

"Punks in Peoria" pays unabashed, joyful homage to the punk rock scene in an average Rust Belt town. Charting the rise of punk bands in the music market between Chicago and St. Louis, where many young people felt dissatisfied with their... Read More

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