Book Review & Giveaway: Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green by Nancy Carlisle

Book Title: Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green: A Story of Cleaning Up the Ocean by Nancy Carlisle
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 34 pages
Genre: Juvenile fiction/science & nature/environment
Publisher: Sage Green Press
Release date: March 2022
Content Rating: G. There is nothing even close to PG or R in this book, it is totally G

A young girl loves the tide pools that she sees on her runs by the ocean, but one day notices garbage amongst the colorful creatures she finds there. Along the beach she meets conservationists cleaning up the beach who educate her about the dangers that trash pose to ocean life. She decides to help also.

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Violet likes to be outside and enjoys going to the beach. While she is there, she sees sea creatures in tide pools and elsewhere on the beach. Sadly, she also sees a lot of trash. She learns from people and posters that trash, especially plastic, is a big problem in our oceans.

Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green is a story for children about the ocean and the problem we have with plastic. There is also extra information given on many pages about recycling, ways to possibly help with the crisis, etc. What an inspiration for kids to get involved!

Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green gives children the hope of making a difference. Washed Ashore is honored to have our work highlighted.”— Angela Hazeltine Pozzi, Founder of Washed Ashore

“A simple, relevant, and informative read that gives kids a positive outlook on what can be done to reduce our impact on the ocean.”— Taylor Lane, Creator of the Cigarette Surfboard

About the Author

Nancy Carlisle is an author and illustrator who writes hopeful books for kids that interweave facts and fiction about the environment and global responsibility. During her 38-year career as a sustainable architect and researcher, her focus was on the environment. She led work nationally and internationally on sustainable and energy efficient buildings and communities and won awards for collaboratively designing award-winning sustainable buildings, a laboratory campus, and improving the energy efficiency of U.S. laboratories. Since retiring, Nancy has worked as a volunteer teaching English as a Second Language and mentors first generation college students. She is a strong advocate against plastic waste not only because it pollutes our oceans and water but also because it contributes CO2 to our atmosphere.

​Nancy enjoys the outdoors and international travel. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Environmental Journalists. She studies botanical illustrating and French language. 

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Audiobook Review: The Loudest Silence by Kate L. Mary

From the author of the Amazon bestselling Broken World series, comes an exciting new Zombie Apocalypse series…

When Regan was a young girl living in the small town of Altus, OK, Kellan was just her brother’s best friend. Then the virus came, turning the world’s population into zombies, and he became so much more. They were only kids, but he saved her. Watched over her. Kept her alive. And he’s been doing the same thing every day since.

After living the apocalypse for nine years, Regan thought they’d experienced every kind of loss and terror imaginable. But when a new group starts wreaking havoc in the Oklahoma wastelands where they live, Regan and Kellan are faced with a new set of horrors.

When they cross paths with a teenage girl, offering to help seems like the right thing to do. But Regan and Kellan soon discover that lending aid to the girl very well could lead to their undoing.


My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read several post-apocalyptic books by Kate L. Mary and have enjoyed them all. This is the first book in The Oklahoma Wasteland series, and I’m sure I’ll be reading them all. The book starts with the end of the world as we know it, but it quickly fast-forwards to Regan and Kellan surviving in this new world.

There’s not much down time in The Loudest Silence. Regan, Kellan, and the group they’re with have a good sanctuary but they are still dealing with constant threats. Zombies are one of the threats, but other people are more dangerous. How can they trust anyone?

The ending was a good place to stop, but I was glad that I had the next book in the series, because I was ready to listen to more!

About the Author

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of Adult, New Adult, and Young Adult fiction, ranging from post-apocalyptic tales of the undead to speculative fiction and contemporary romance! The wife of a USAF pilot and mother of four, her days are spent balancing family and work while she works to create new worlds for her readers to get lost in. Check out the social media links below to find out more about her and her books, and be sure to sign up for her newsletter to stay connected!









Book and Audio Story Review: Billy Joins the Circus by Anna Christina

Title: Billy Joins the Circus
Author: Music Audio Stories
Genre: Children’s Stories

Publication Date: June 6, 2022

Story Synopsis

Billy Joins the Circus is a wonderfully uplifting story about a monkey who wants to join the circus. Through Billy, little ones are inspired to believe in themselves and follow their dreams! One day, Billy the monkey meets the Ringmaster and Polly, the circus flying dolly. They are not sure if Billy has the talent for their circus and they ask him what he can do! Billy cheerfully sings a song that impresses them.

Encourage your child to read, write, listen, sing and dance by combining this fun colourful picture book with the unique music audiobook and interactive activity booklet that go with this picture book.


  • The Billy Joins the Circus Music Audiobook CD – 5:16 with original music, catchy sing-along song and sound effects throughout the narrative
  • The MP3 download – so you can play the story on any device
  • The Illustrated Activity Booklet – with an interactive question tree page, circus game and a fun colouring in picture to enjoy

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Read and learn about Billy the monkey in the picture book
Write the answers on the interactive question tree page in the activity booklet
Colour in Billy’s picture and join our creative world (see how inside the activity booklet)
Listen to the music audiobook as you follow the words in the picture book
Sing and Dance along with Billy the monkey.




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My Review

I listened and reviewed this story several years ago as an audio story only. The author has since added an actual book to go along with the audio story. I enjoyed it back then, but now it’s even better!

This is a story about Billy the monkey who wants to join the circus. Before he joins, they ask him (with a catchy song) if he can do different things such as touching his toes and clapping his hands. I have a 3-year-old grandson who was visiting today. We listened to this a couple of times. The first couple of times he just read along as usual. We took a break, and a little while later he clapped his hands, and I knew he wanted to read the book again. This time we had fun doing all of the movements!

I’m sure we’ll be reading it again tomorrow. It’s nice to be able to listen as Anna Christina reads the book. Her voice is great, and we can put the book down so that we both can do the movements.

About the Author

Anna Christina is the award-winning author, narrator, musician, storyteller and owner of Music Audio Stories. She has entertained and taught thousands of children at nurseries, schools, libraries and workshops with her Music Audio Stories during her musical Storytime, Storytime with Anna Christina. She regularly volunteers at libraries and is a brilliant advocate for the power of stories and music.

The success of her Storytime led her to launch a new product line called ‘Storytime with Anna Christina’. This product line is a delightful new innovative collection of music audiobooks, picture books and interactive activity booklets, that teach, uplift and inspire little ones.

Anna Christina is qualified in Sound Engineering, Music and Sound Technology and Music Production and has been a professional touring and recording artist, musician, songwriter, composer and singer for many years. Her natural flair for strong-themed storytelling, both in writing and in music, is prominent in her unique brand of music audiobooks.

Music Audio Stories are entertaining music audiobooks with brilliant soundtracks, catchy sing-along songs and fun stories in an animal kingdom. The 5-star-rated music audiobooks not only encourage children to be part of the story through drawing, song and dance, but they also inspire them to act out the scenes and be part of the magical journey.

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Book Review: The Source by Zaph Stone

It’s happening again. The greed. The evil, but this time it’s worse.

People’s nightmares are following them into their days. The Source, part human frailty, part Artificial Intelligence, part sass, isn’t the only one haunted by her past and trapped by her future.

Suicides, death matches, horrific, dark visions – the incomprehensible malevolence she uncovers will not only risk her very existence but threaten to tear their fledgling new society apart.

With quirky characters and killer twists, Planet 54: The Source takes you on a weird, gory, erotic, action packed thrill ride that will shock, amuse and terrify you in equal measure.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read The Ticket by Zaph Stone about a year ago and liked it, so I was happy read this book. It’s the second book in a trilogy, and although I didn’t read the first book, there was enough backstory that I wasn’t lost. I do wish I’d read the first book, though, because I’m pretty sure it’s a good one.

After the end of the world, a new civilization rose up from the ashes, but it became clear to Claire and Andrew that something was wrong. Eventually, there was a revolution and a new government. They hoped that the Sanctum, the ones who ran the evil government, were gone. Unfortunately, some of them
escaped and they’re back.

The main characters are Claire, Andrew, and John. Claire is the Source, and she is able to plug into a machine and find data, etc., to help find out what is going on and try to find members of the Sanctum. It’s not easy to be the Source, but she’ll do it as long as she can. I admired her strength but wanted to scream at her to open up to John and Andrew.

There is a lot going on in this book! There are a lot of characters, and the story goes back and forth between them. I was able to keep up with most of them, but a list of the characters at the beginning of the book would be helpful.

The group realizes that things are getting bad again. They uncover a high number of suicides. Somehow, there are people making a lot more money than anyone else, which is not supposed to be happening. People are also having horrible visions. I like that the author can use humor even when someone is having a horrible vision. A character thought he was going crazy, and here I was giggling! There’s so much more happening, but I don’t want to give anything away.

A couple of things mentioned in The Source confused me a little, and they were probably explained more in the first book. An example of that is the glitch. I think it’s VR but there’s more to it than that.

Even though The Source needs to be proofread, it’s a good read. I hope to find the time to read the first book in the trilogy, and I absolutely have to read the third book.

About the Author

Zaph started writing in 2019, and in 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, he had a near 150,000 word dystopian sci-fi thriller in manuscript form. It wasn’t long after that that he started a second and third project, and he has no intention of slowing down any time soon – or speeding up for that matter. Zaph hopes you will be one of those that join him on the journey. It promises to be a wild ride.

Book Review & Giveaway: All the Rivers Flow into the Sea & Other Stories by Khanh Ha

All the Rivers Flow into the Sea by Khanh Ha
All the Rivers Flow into the Sea by Khanh Ha

All the Rivers Flow into the Sea and Other Stories by Khanh Ha

Publisher:  Eastover Press LLC (June 7, 2022)
Category: Short Stories, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Vietnam
Tour dates: July 25-August 31, 2022
ISBN:  978-1958094020
Available in Print and ebook, 208 pages

 All the Rivers Flow into the Sea


From Vietnam to America, this story collection, jewel-like, evocative, and layered, brings to readers a unique sense of love and passion alongside tragedy and darker themes of peril. The titular story features a love affair between an unlikely duo pushing against barely surmountable cultural barriers. In “The Yin-Yang Market,” magical realism and the beauty of innocence abounds in deep dark places, teeming with life and danger. “A Mute Girl’s Yarn” tells a magical coming-of-age story like sketches in a child’s fairy book.

Bringing together the damned, the unfit, the brave who succumb to the call of fate, All the Rivers Flow Into the Sea is a great journey where redemption and human goodness arise out of violence and beauty to become part of an essential mercy.

All the Rivers Flow into the Sea was selected as a winner of the 2021 EastOver Prize for Fiction and has received much advanced praise.


Guest Review by Sal

‘All the Rivers Flow Into the Sea,’ is not just a collection of short stories, but a look into the lives of average Vietnamese people during a very turbulent time.

Vietnam is a beautiful country, filled with hardworking and generous people, and no one is better at representing that in story form than author Khanh Ha. Between the beautiful, lush landscape of the country and the wonderful people, this book show Vietnam in a different light than many Americans are used to.

In the story, ‘All the Pretty Horses,’ the narrator talks about the relationship between their father and young Vietnamese language teacher, both of them living in Washington D.C. Although the father is married to the narrator’s mother, it seems like things maybe developing romantically between the teacher and the father, that is until a devastating turn of events changes things forever.

In the title story, ‘All the Rivers Flow into the Sea,’ two young people, a Vietnamese woman and an American solider, fall in love during the war. Although circumstances persist in trying to keep them apart, the young couple faces these trials together, always certain that their love can conquer all. Though a long journey on foot back to the woman’s home and a tense boat ride where they are in danger of being found by the Viet Cong, the couple stays together. But will they be able to find happiness? You’ll have to read the story yourself to find out.

Ha’s writing is absolutely remarkable. The atmosphere of this book is pure magic and I felt myself being wrapped up in it as I read along. As a reader, I felt as though I was there with the young couple on the dark river, or in the car with the father and the teacher in Washington.

This is a five-star read that must be experienced for yourself!

About Khanh HaAll the Rivers Flow into the Sea by Khanh Ha

Multi award winning author, Khanh Ha is the author of Flesh, The Demon Who Peddled Longing, and Mrs. Rossi’s Dream. He is a seven-time Pushcart nominee, finalist for the Mary McCarthy Prize, Many Voices Project, Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and The University of New Orleans Press Lab Prize. He is the recipient of the Sand Hills Prize for Best Fiction, the Robert Watson Literary Prize in Fiction, The Orison Anthology Award for Fiction, The James Knudsen Prize for Fiction, The C&R Press Fiction Prize, and The EastOver Fiction Prize.

Mrs. Rossi’s Dream was named Best New Book by Booklist and a 2019 Foreword Reviews INDIES Silver Winner and Bronze Winner. All the Rivers Flow into the Sea & Other Stories has already won the EastOver Fiction Prize.



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Book Review & Giveaway: The Wrong Side of Murder by Lauren Carr

Book Title:  The Wrong Side of Murder (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 274 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   July 21, 2022
Tour dates: Aug 1 to Aug 26, 2022
Content Rating: This cozy mystery is rated G for everyone!

Book Description

Nikki Bryant’s Next Case Takes Her to the Wrong Side of Murder

One spring morning, Jodi Gibbons got up and went to school as she did every day. Her young life went sideways though when the police found that her mother had been brutally killed during the night.

Twenty years later, many in Pine Grove believe Jodi got away with murder. After all, how could she have possibly slept through her mother’s violent death in the very next room?
After decades of silence, Jodi accepts investigative journalist Nikki Bryant’s invitation to tell her side of the story. However, before the interview can take place, someone silences Jodi permanently.

Now it is up to Nikki Bryant and her friends to uncover the secret that Jodi Gibbons has been protecting—a secret someone believes it is worth killing to keep from being revealed.

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read quite a few of Lauren Carr’s books, and I’m never disappointed. She writes several different series, but this is the first cozy mystery series of hers that I’ve read. I read the first book, Killer Deadline, a couple of years ago, and I liked it, so I was happy to read the next book in the series.

In The Wrong Side of Murder, Nikki Bryant and her true love (and stepbrother), Ryan, are together, and their relationship is great. The characters are realistic, and like most of the author’s books, there are a lot of them. She always includes a Cast of Characters at the beginning, which helps a lot.

Jodi was a classmate of Nikki’s in high school, and Nikki was convinced that she’d murdered her mom 20 years ago. Now, she’s convinced that she didn’t murder her and wants to help prove her innocence. This cold case that the police decide to reopen as well has a lot of twists and turns. There are more murders, many suspects who were overlooked, and more crimes to solve!

I definitely recommend The Wrong Side of Murder. I look forward to the next Nikki Bryant book.

About the Author

Selling over half a million books worldwide, Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Thorny Rose, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—thirty titles across five fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor. 

The owner of Acorn Book Services and iRead Book Tours, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.  

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. 

She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. 

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Book Review: The Waitress by Nina Manning

The Waitress

Nameless. Faceless. Deadly?

Waitress Kit Lowman knows that people look down on her and the job she does. But being anonymous offers Kit safety and security and allows her own terrible secrets to remain hidden.

And then Kit’s luck changes, and she suddenly faces a terrible dilemma: reveal her true identity and accept that life will never be the same. Or stay in the shadows…where she hopes she’ll be safe?

But secrets can’t stay hidden forever. And the more Kit tries to hide away, the more someone makes it clear that they are going to make her pay for what she did.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from Rachel’s Random Resources. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Kit is a waitress and the narrator of this book. It has a decent beginning and a good ending, but there are a lot of words to wade through to get to the real story in between. I feel like there’s potential, but I just didn’t feel the suspense or Kit’s angst. Part of the reason for that could be that throughout the entire book, she talks about something terrible that she did, but it isn’t revealed until very late.

When authors go back and forth between times, it often works. Other times, like in this case, it went back and forth between Now and Then, and it didn’t work for me.

I am sure there are many readers who will enjoy this book. Personally, long, drawn out descriptions are not for me, and there are a lot of them here.

There were surprises at the end but only one that I hadn’t figured out. It was a good one though!

About the Author

Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. Her debut psychological thriller, The Daughter in Law, was a bestseller in the UK, US, Australia and Canada. She lives in Dorset.

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Book Review: You Are So Much More by Serena Tejpar



Research has shown that building resilience in the face of adversity or challenges helps children and young people develop effective coping strategies and improve long-term outcomes across a spectrum of illnesses. You Are So Much More reminds children who have gone through or are going through an illness or injury, that they are indeed so much more. Trauma survivor and medical student Serena Tejpar shares a story of inspiration, reflection, and encouragement that can be read over and over again.

Available to buy from… Barnes and Noble GPlay Paperback Hardcover

My Review

I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.

This is not a book for all children, but it is an absolutely amazing book for children are sick and are in the hospital. It is a great resource for parents to help children find strength and hope within themselves. At a time when parents are overwhelmed, this book can help them convey to their child that they are not just the illness, that they are a special person who has so much to offer.

The illustrations are realistic, colorful, and are perfect for the text. My favorite page: “You are a loving soul. A child. A little giggler. An explorer. A friend. The most mischievous little munchkin.”

This would make a great gift for someone whose child is ill.

“This book is so much more than a story, it is a message of strength and courage for children experiencing illness and hospitalization, for their parents and caregivers. The author refers to the reader in the first person and the narrative stimulates the internal resources of the child. Under the guidance of a caring adult, the book becomes a useful addition to children’s recovery process.” — Isabella Cassina, MA, PhD Candidate, registered Therapeutic Play Specialist and international speaker, author of The Magic Home: A Displaced Boy Finds a Way to Feel Better

 “I am thoroughly impressed with the children’s book, You Are So Much More. It is geared toward children experiencing long term hospital stays and reminds them that their illness or injury does not define them. While many outsiders often try to distract a compromised child with upbeat messages and avoid talking about the elephant in the room, Serena Tepjar acknowledges the child’s situation, even all of the bad parts, and then puts into perspective that there is more to the child than their medical condition. She is both realistic and supportive. Tepjar creates a self dialogue with positive messages the child can use, reminding them of their strength, resilience, and bravery. I am pleased to read a book written by such a medical student. Her empathy will carry her far as she exercises her skills in the life work of healing others.” — Laurie Zelinger, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, Board Certified Psychologist, author of Please Explain Vaccines to Me

 “As a Play Therapist I am constantly working with children with chronic issues. I loved how You are So Much More focuses on the child and not the illness. I found it to be sweet, encouraging, uplifting and compassionate way of encouraging children with chronic illnesses to cherish themselves and cope with their emotions as they heal. At a time where many families are facing illness and hospitalizations it is a timely message that I am excited to share with the families I work with.” — Jill Osborne, EDS, LPC, CPCS, RPT-S, author of Sam Feels Better Now!

 “This book is an amazing resource for children and families who are struggling with medical trauma. Within the pages, the reader will find messages of healing and hope which is truly important when we sometimes forget that sun can follow dark days.” –Theresa Fraser, CYC-P, CPT-S, RP, MA, RCT, Trauma, Loss and Attachment Clinical Specialist, author of We’re not all the same, But We’re Family

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About the Author

Serena Tejpar (she/her) is a medical student at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto with a Master of Science in Global Health and a Certificate in Narrative-Based Medicine.

 Serena carries a passion for the intersection of health humanities and clinical practice. She was commended for her “commitment to improving the Canadian healthcare system and addressing inequities in healthcare systems worldwide” following her experience as a trauma patient after a near-fatal motor vehicle collision in 2015.

 She has received numerous awards and honours in recognition of her leadership, community service, and resilience including being named YMCA Ontario’s Young Woman of Excellence, Top 50 Emerging Canadian Leader, and a Young Director with G(irls)20.

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Book Review: Brutus Finds a Friend by Tif E. Boots

Brutus is a puppy in need of help. He can’t find his new ball.
Scrump is a bunny that was told to stay away from puppies.
Will Scrump help Brutus? Will Brutus find his ball? What adventure awaits?
Will a friendship be found? Open the book to discover what is waiting for Brutus and Scrump.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Children will love this book about a puppy and a bunny becoming friends. When Brutus loses his ball, Scrump helps him look for it once he realizes that he doesn’t have to be scared of Brutus.

The illustrations are cute and look like they were drawn by a child, although they’re better than anything I could do.

This is a great book that children will enjoy, but it really needs to be proofread. I don’t mention the need for editing or proofreading in my reviews unless it’s distracting to me.

About the Author

Tif E. Boots is a new author who wrote her first children’s book as a birthday present for her daughter. Many years later it has been shared with her sister, cousins, classmates and now you.

Tif was raised in Marana, Arizona and was working concession stands at county fairs in Arizona and Michigan with her family until she graduated from Marana High School in 2000. She became a mother and correctional officer in 2004. She then moved to Nevada, Missouri with her family where she was blessed with her second daughter and fell into a career of nurse’s assistant for Hospice.

Tif and her family relocated to Mulberry, Florida in 2017. In her free time Tif can usually be found on the water or at amusement parks spending time with family and friends and simply enjoying the life that God has blessed her with.

Book Review & Giveaway: Inseparable by David Kruth

Inseparable: An Alcatraz Escape Adventure by David Kruh

Publisher: DX Varos Publishing (June 21, 2022)
Category: Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure
ISBN: 978-1955065504
Available in Print and ebook, 325 pages


Tommy knew the right thing to do was turn them in to the cops. But that wasn’t the adventurous thing to do!

What happened to the three men who escaped from Alcatraz prison in June, 1962? Did they meet the same watery fate as dozens who preceded them into the cold San Francisco Bay? There is credible evidence two of them – brothers John and Clarence Anglin – not only survived but lived for years in South America. Inseparable is a fictional account of how a 13-year-old boy named Tommy helped them to freedom.

Tommy O’Conner was an only child whose mother, a widow of the Korean Conflict, had been left to make it on her own. She passed her independent, sometimes lonely spirit, to her son. But Tommy was also, in many ways, no different than other boys his age who dreamed of adventure. Then, one June day in 1962, his daydreams were interrupted by the real thing when he came face to face with John and Clarence Anglin – two of the Alcatraz escapees – and made the decision which would change all their lives.


Book Review by Sal

A brilliant historical fiction from a terrific storyteller! ‘Inseparable: An Alcatraz Escape Adventure,’ by David Kruh is based off of the real-life escape of three prisoners from Alcatraz in 1961.

In real life, no definitive traces of prisoners, Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin were ever found after their daring late-night escape, but in this novel, Kruh examines how the escape might have gone and what might have become of the men afterward.

After planning their escape for months, the three prisoners set out to cross the bay to San Francisco under cover of nightfall one fateful June night. But before long, the raft that they had fashioned out of sewed together raincoats gets a hole, and the men are cast into the freezing waters of the bay. Struggling to swim, the three men wash up in very different areas than they had intended to escape to.

The plan was to make it to Angel Island, the closest island to Alcatraz. Instead, the two Anglin brothers wash up on a beach in Sausalito, miles away from their intended destination. Waterlogged and wounded from their swim, the men are soon found by a young boy named Tommy O’Conner, who agrees to help them get to a disused local fort. However, Tommy soon faces trouble from his mother and the local police, and will have to find a way to help the men with the limited resources at his disposal.

Meanwhile, Frank Morris is on his own, making his way west through empty military bases in the effort to get to a town where he can steal a car. All three men face hunger, cold and other dangers in their quest to escape their prison and get away from San Francisco altogether without getting caught again.

This is an incredibly immersive novel by Kruh, and one well worth the read! A definite must read for historical fiction and adventure lovers!

About the Author

David is the published author of several books on Boston history and the co-author, with his father Louis, on a book about presidential homes and landmarks.

A frequent contributor to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and History Magazine, David is also a published and produced playwright, and a popular lecturer on a variety of historical subjects. ‘Inseparable’ is his debut novel.

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