Larry Enright

Larry Enright

Friday, April 26, 2013

A King in a Court of Fools - NOW 99¢ FOR A LIMITED TIME

"A King in a Court of Fools," the story of kids growing up in the 50s when life was simpler and every day was an adventure, is on sale for 99¢ today on Kindle and Nook. Grab your copy today! If you're so inclined, post a review on Amazon. I'd love to hear what you thought of it!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

How Teddy Roosevelt Slew The Last Mighty T-Rex - a review

How Teddy Roosevelt Slew The Last Mighty T-Rex

Teddy Roosevelt was a renaissance man of the type you just don't see any more. He was a writer, a naturalist, an explorer, a politician, a soldier, and President of the United States for two terms. This story takes places after his unsuccessful run at a third consecutive term (back when that was still allowed) and he was sorely in need of something outlandish to refill his bruised ego. What better than go exploring an uncharted river in the jungles of Brazil?

At that time in history (1913) the Amazon jungle was a fairly mysterious and unexplored place and full of danger and adventure, perfect for a man like Teddy Roosevelt. The exploits of his expedition as portrayed in this book are based on the actual ill-fated Roosevelt 1913 expedition with, of course, the addition of the Mighty T-Rex and some intrigue and suspense within the various characters in between.

As you read this story, you will find yourself traveling down the River of Doubt in a dugout with Teddy Roosevelt, swatting away the millions of biting insects, admiring the famous president’s unique leadership and acumen, looking out for danger around every bend, and wishing there weren’t so many impassable rapids between you and your destination.

What I found most interesting in Jacobs’s telling of this tale was not the build-up to the moment when they were confronted by a dinosaur, it was the weaving together of the overwhelming hardships of such an expedition, the bravery of the men facing them, the politics of keeping it all together, and the nuanced interplay of human relationships that make for an overwhelmingly likeable story. And, of course, the Mighty T-Rex!

All in all, a wonderful story that I highly recommend to everyone.


About the author

Mark Paul Jacobs lives in lovely Dauphin, Pennsylvania. He enjoys fishing the Canadian north, poker, and annoying his wife. He has authored two novels: How Teddy Roosevelt Slew the last Mighty T-Rex, a Historical Science Fiction tale set in 1914, and the hard science fiction novel: The Yaakmen of Tyrie, a powerful and mysterious tale of bravery, loss, perseverance, betrayal, and redemption. He is also quite proud of his awe-inspiring short story: The Day God Winked and his chilling novelette with the provocative title: The Watchers from within Moments Revealed, an almost universally well reviewed work for which he has written a screenplay suitable for an 'Outer Limits' episode. These and several other works are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, and How Teddy Roosevelt Slew the last Mighty T-Rex and The Yaakmen of Tyrie is available in paperback via Mark is working on a movie screenplay tentatively called Stain which is a gritty murder conspiracy based in Central Pennsylvania similar to the movie 'Fargo' or 'Reservoir Dogs'. Please enjoy his works and don't be afraid to tell him what you think on his Facebook page, twitter account, or by email. And lastly, please take the time to leave him a review of his work; it doesn't have to be long or long-winded, but it does make him feel that his hard word has touched someone's life in some way. You can leave a review wherever his books are available.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

An Uncommon Family - a book review

“An Uncommon Family” is about just that – a six year-old girl who lost her mother in a car crash and still has nightmares about it, her aunt who survived a failed marriage and remains bitter and distant in her relationships with men, and an artist whose marriage ended in the tragic death of his wife. The story is about the intertwining of their lives from when Karla, the young girl, is six until her twelfth birthday. At the outset, she and Anna, her aunt and guardian, by chance, encounter Jonas, the artist, who offers to give Karla art lessons. From there, the relationships develop between Karla and Jonas, Karla and Anna, and Anna and Jonas in a steady, deliberate, and delicate way that I appreciated greatly.

Set primarily in Switzerland, the book has a nice local flavor that complements the story well and is interjected unobtrusively at various points as the plot moves forward. In terms of point of view, the story is seen through the eyes of the three main characters and, as such, the narrative is superb. This book is no lightweight by any means. The main themes of the story are trust, betrayal, honesty, loss, and love. Applicable in some degree to each of the three, the handling and development of these themes was top notch.

If you like stories of ordinary people thrown together into uncommon situations, I know you will enjoy this book as much as I did. I recommend it highly and look forward to reading Polkinhorn’s next installment.


Born and raised in Switzerland, Christa Polkinhorn has always had a desire to explore the world outside of her beautiful but tiny country. As a young woman, she traveled through Europe, came to the United States on an exchange program, and ended up staying. Her travels led her to China and Japan as well as South America. She studied literature and linguistics in Zurich and California. Now, she lives and works as writer and translator in southern California and divides her time between the United States and her native Switzerland. The tension and excitement this "double life" creates informs her literary work. Most of her novels take place in several countries. Aside from writing and traveling, Christa is an avid reader, a lover of the arts and dark chocolate. Christa has published three novels in the Family Portrait series, An Uncommon FamilyLove of a Stonemason, Emilia as well as a collection of poems, Path of Fire. 


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Thursday, April 11, 2013

My Books on Goodreads

For those of you on Goodreads, please take a moment to check out my books there and add them to your shelves!

My books on Goodreads

Four Years from Home
Four Years from Home

reviews: 75
ratings: 304 (avg rating 3.65)


reviews: 55
ratings: 228 (avg rating 3.48)

A King in a Court of Fools
A King in a Court of Fools

reviews: 29
ratings: 110 (avg rating 4.44)

Buffalo Nickel Christmas
Buffalo Nickel Christmas

reviews: 19
ratings: 82 (avg rating 4.82)

A Cape May Diamond
A Cape May Diamond

reviews: 6
ratings: 8 (avg rating 4.50)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

New Book, Video, and Music Pages

Just a quick note to let you all know that I've added three pages to the blog - one is a single click to see all my book links, the second is all my book-related Youtube videos, and the third is all my music videos (where I play guitar and (gulp) sing.

You'll see the page tabs above the post area.

I hope you enjoy them!