Book Reviews: `Spider Catchers` by Marilynn Larew



Marilynn Larew`s novel “Spider Catchers” is a page turning adventure from the first paragraph. The protagonist, Lee Carruthers (a CIA operative) is an interesting, unpredictable, and believable character. Often, female characters playing the role of a “tough guy” are over the top and cliché—not the case in this novel. Larew`s knowledge of her topic, the region, the lingo, and the world of terrorism is quite impressive and reminiscent of Tom Clancy in terms of its realism. Larew takes the reader on a fast paced, gripping ride through the terror networks of Morocco and beyond. Although the story in this book is complete, the ending leaves the reader hanging with a question—a classic and clever hook—leading to an obvious second book, and a possible upcoming series. Lee Carruthers is a strong character—one that readers (I believe) will continue to follow in future novels. I give this book 5 stars because of its originality, its clever plot, and Larew`s ability to write with great clarity and fast paced action in every chapter. This is truly a great book, and Marilynn Larew is a very talented writer.

William Power

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S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design. Scott continues working on his memoir Twisted Ride. He also maintains a Christian blog: A Disciple's Journey. Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider (with a huge beard). He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. - "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul. I love to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~Scott Biddulph~

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