A seventy-one-thousand-nine-hundred and forty-five-word work of Pulp Style Contemporary Fiction. It is a tale of a traveling musician and performer named Tony, whose undiagnosed tendencies toward a sad psychosis and schizophrenia eventually spawn action fitting for the sociopath few know, exists.

Luke is at the helm of one of the very first start-up Internet Service Provider networks, which he founded, continues to administer, and into which he personally, recruits his own townspeople and many more throughout the New York City Metro Area. Luke’s dark and grim online seduction of every woman on the block, and his delusively obsessive, sad, yet comedic fantasy sub-plot with a Television star named Martha, props this fiction throughout. Kat, a New York City Ballerina, lives next door to Luke, and unknowingly becomes his latest special haunt. In time, an unsuspecting, silent and invisible watcher set out to methodically squelch the pained psychotic Luke, then rescue and deliver unto himself the lovely Kat. …Under the shrewd eye of Luke?

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“That is surface Luke at the shallow end, but the deep end is darker.”

Landry prefaces his techno-thriller with an overview of the birth, infancy, and rise of the internet with a reminder that there’s no centralized governance of it. Landry’s work shines as a cautionary tale that examines our behaviors in a technology-driven world. It is a disturbing, Hitchcockian story that explores the ideologies of cyberspace, escapism, and illusions of safety and privacy. Here, Landry probes the dangers of reality versus fantasy and justifications of awful decisions in an alarming, compulsive read.

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Above Beyond delivers a unique take on the age-old good against evil theme in a very refreshing, surprisingly uncommon, and perhaps controversial way. As the Fallen One uses children as pawns to convert and control perniciousness, the heavenly bodies must step in for the first time in 2015 years to interrupt the evil process. Both the Angel of evil and God of holiness recruit and show the way. The fray and the sub-plots are stunning, and read as no story ever told or read before. Biblical verse and passage are sensitive and sensible in presentation, and prop-up the profound novel throughout.

In a global competition between continued harvesting of fossil fuels and the slower-paced exploitation of renewable energy, which side will win, and how? In a dangerous world of big business, big government, and greedy scoundrels, up against a decades-long march of peaceful activists for renewable energy, who arises as the resolute savior?

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The project is not about renewable energy; it is, instead, as it is named, about advanced energy.”

Landry doesn’t miss a detail of Mack’s top-secret work on a team of experts trying to solve the energy problem. The ultimate result is eco-fiction with a streak of activism. Landry generates urgency to act and speak out against those sacrificing the earth to gain profits and power.

Book review by Michelle Jacobs

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“If there is any doubt lingering around our new man Sammy’s talent, we’re going to play a little game.”

As the Manager speaks, Sammy takes his place on the mound and Jimmy, his, behind the plate. And the entire team rotation of batters nervously waits to be called to the plate. “The rest of the team will face them via the batters on-deck circle. You’ll each get nine pitches coming your way: You may hit them – fair or foul – called strike, or ball, or you will go out swinging or taking. The umpire will make each call. “Good luck, boys. Prepare to be amazed.” Sammy takes his full wind-up and delivers a Knuckle-Curve.

Jimmy reaches high as the ball refuses to drop. The batter looks like ol’ Frank Howard as he takes a whirling, wind-breaking swing. A loud crack echoes through the small stadium. The bat breaks and flies twirling toward third base. The 3rd Base Coach catches the fat end, looks at it and throws it down. Sammy immediately collapses and drops to the ground. He is starched.

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“I hung a knuckle-Curve a little too high for too long against a big hitter.”

As Jimmy and Sammy progress toward the big leagues, Landry provides an in-depth analysis of every nuanced pitch, from the split-finger fastball and the forkball to the screwball and slider. Without seamless communication between a catcher and a pitcher, the game does not take long to unravel. Sammy’s trajectory to stardom especially his ability to pronate pitches encounters hurdles, as life is accustomed to provide on the road to success. Nevertheless, Landry’s prose, combined with his ability to simplify complex baseball terms, should allow even a baseball layperson to appreciate the story.

Book review by Mihir Shah

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James A. Landry was in the music business, to some significant degree, from 1966 until 2012. In Part One, he’ll take you through the theory and his earliest lessons on music. In Part Two, he’ll stress his experience – instrumental performance, road work and studio session time. He’ll describe work done with some of the bands he formed, managed and performed with. We have two subjects from the cusp between theory and instrumental performance involving music production.

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“Musicians are, without exaggeration, essentially brilliant, sometimes bordering genius. Yet, we are at the same time somewhat mad. Not angry “crazy.”

Landry fills his book with fascinating stories and details about the music industry and his life on the road. He straightforwardly relates behind-the-scenes antics that are par for the course when talented individuals find themselves in a family consisting of rockers. His love and understanding of music are evident, yet he writes in such a way as to bring non-musicians into the fold, if only in their imaginations. Anyone who has ever wondered what life might be like for those talented enough to make a living in the music industry will find this book mesmerizing, as will those who are rock fans in all its various outlets. The author’s love and knowledge of music and desire to share with his reading audience are at the heart of this work. His book is almost a song in itself, one of nostalgia brimming with the rhythms and beats of one man’s life.

Book review by Kat Kennedy

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