The Impossible Fortress by Jason Redulak

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How do you motivate three fourteen year old misfit buddies from the 80s? Come up with a plan for acquiring the most sought after magazine of their time. Playboy. Featuring the one and only, Vanna White of “Wheel of Fortune” fame, in all her naked glory. These boys, Billy, Clark, & Alf, are desperate. And so is every other underage boy in their high school. How far will they go to get the magazine? 

Take a portal back to 1980-something and read on. With great 80s references and some BASIC coding at the start of each chapter, author Jason Redulak “turns back time” in this comic adventure about young boys, their vices, their first loves, and their willingness to do anything to see a naked woman. 

A great, fun read! Do not compare this one to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, however. This is a lighter look at the 80s and is set in the 80s. The music, the advent of the computer age, and the necessity for pay phones live here. So if you’re feeling a little nostalgic or want to experience the 80s for the first time give this one a read. 

4 Ghosts for this one! Blinky, Pinky, Inky, & Clyde would agree. 

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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Ruth Ware, author of, In A Dark, Dark Wood has delivered another thrilling page-turner in The Woman in Cabin 10. 

When Lo, Lauren, a travel writer, has been given the opportunity to take a specialty cruise in place of her boss, she jumps at the chance to prove herself in the hope of someday taking on more exotic locales to report on. But as she prepares to leave her home is invaded, setting off a chain of events that threaten her very life. 

Luxury. The Aurora is a small cruise ship about to set out on its maiden voyage. And with only ten luxurious cabin-suites, the guest list has only the top travel correspondents and the ship’s owners aboard alongside the staff and crew. 

When Lo sets out, still shaken by the home invasion, she is determined to boost her career and schmooze with the other guests. As she readies herself for her first night aboard, she meets the strange young woman in Cabin 10 who doesn’t seem to fit in with the guest list. 

Stranger yet, the woman doesn’t show up for the lavish reception and dinner that same evening. Putting the events of the last few days behind her, Lo has just a little too much to drink and during the night, awakes to what she thinks is a woman’s scream and the sound of something or someone being thrown overboard. 

Determined to find out what happened to the woman in cabin 10, Lo starts asking questions and soon finds herself in very deep waters. 

With a cast of characters straight out of an Agatha Christie novel, Ruth Ware crafts a mysterious thriller that will keep you on the edge. A fantastic read!

4 Blaring Foghorns!

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