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Publisher's Note:

The nether side of passion is madness. Nathan Price is a college professor with crippling impairments, seeking escape from his prison of necessity. One day, in a package of seventeenth-century documents from Salem Village, he stumbles across a letter by his best friend, Jamie, who had disappeared six months before. The document is dated 1692—the height of the Witch Trials. The only potential le…

Autumn in Carthage

by Christopher Zenos

Overall Book Review:

Looking for a well-written book that isn’t exactly a mystery, but has a slightly mysterious feel? Look no further. Autumn in Carthage is almost certain to fit your fancy. I can’t really put this book into a category. It isn’t really a historical novel, as much of it is set in present day, and it isn’t your regular work of fiction by any means. This book brings many different elements to the table, without being overwhelming and bogging the reader down with facts.

This novel takes place in modern day Chicago and Wisconsin, but at times the reader is transported to the seventeenth century, where a whole new cast of characters are introduced. If you are interested in the Salem Witch Trials, I would encourage you to pick up this book. I know I felt that I had not only read an interesting and solid story, but I had taken in a good bit of history as well. Make sure to prepare yourself for a story that holds not only facts and history, but also a little bit of magic and the supernatural.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Cadence Group


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  3 religious exclamations; 6 mild obscenities; 2 derogatory names; 4 anatomical terms; 5 F-Word derivatives

Violence/Gore:  A character is mentioned to die from a heart attack; a car accident is mentioned, with casualties; a character is badly injured, the injury is suspected to be a death threat; a bloody gun wound is described briefly; a trial and hanging are mentioned several times; a character disappears and is searched for.

Sex/Nudity: A man and woman are mentioned to make love; adults kiss; one short sex scene is described briefly with no explicit detail.

Mature Subject Matter:

Magic, cancer.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults drink; smoking pot is mentioned.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
8
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
5
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
5
10

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.