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Monday, March 29, 2021

“Rain and Pain” in The Booksmuggler’s Den

The Book Smuggler’s Den is an online literary magazine that publishes authors in all walks of life. Each issue features poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews, and interviews from the latest and most celebrated authors.

The Booksmaggler’s Den has published my story, “Rain and Pain” in their portfolio of good reads! “Rain and Pain” is an excerpt from the novel, Setting the Family Free.

You can find this and other stories at the link below.



Monday, March 22, 2021

Witty Thriller Reminiscent of Old Noir Movies


The popular book blog, Jenny Reads, published a review of The Color of Jadeite:

“On the surface, Goodman has crafted a witty thriller reminiscent of the old Noir movies of the 30s and 40s (complete with a clever nod to Casablanca in the opening chapters) but he did not stop there. With the foundation firmly laid, Goodman then layered in an exotic locale as mysterious as it is familiar.”

Jenny writes that she truly enjoyed the characters and would love to read a follow-up novel, saying: “Goodman introduced all the characters with a level of familiarity in the narrative, it would be good to see some of the backstories that were hinted at played out or new cases taken and tackled.”

Read the full review at Jenny Reads.


Monday, March 15, 2021

Fictional Café on Jadeite: Engrossing, Dynamic, Suspenseful, Mysterious

The Fictional Café published Fiction Barista Mike Mavilia Rochester’s review of The Color of Jadeite.

“I was able to immerse myself in this story of backstabbers, riddles and treasure hunting on a frenetic romp throughout the massive Asian country.”


Mike writes, “What struck me about The Color of Jadeite was the amount of historical context Goodman incorporates into the story. It’s clear he’s done his research and is insistent on getting every detail right.”


Fictional Café goes on to say, “As with any good page-turner, Jadeite keeps the story moving and the mystery ever-unfolding. Characters weave in and out of the narrative as they dart around the vast country, setting the reader up to know a surprise is coming, but unable to guess it. The juicy ending he hints at throughout the book pays off in the final scenes. In Allan’s search for this artifact from the past, he unearths some of his own past along the way, prompting us to wonder if the past is destined to haunt us all in the end.”


Their bottom line? “Ultimately, I found the novel to be an engrossing literary journey with dynamic characters and an ending worth the time invested. If you’re a fan of espionage novels and thrillers, this may be right up your alley, though you don’t need to be a fan of the genre to appreciate the suspenseful storyline and mysterious characters.”

Read the full review at Fictional Café, where there are always free refills on great lit.




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Monday, March 08, 2021

Loch Raven Review on Jadeite: So many surprises and discoveries!

Loch Raven Review published a review of The Color of Jadeite in which Editor Dan Cuddy compares the novel to the thrillers of Steve Berry.

“The two qualities that distinguish Eric D. Goodman’s entertaining novel The Color of Jadeite, a page-turning thriller, are the ingenuity of the plot and the almost travel book settings in which the frenetic characters explore for clues to the hidden treasure of a one-of-a-kind ancient jadeite tablet.”

LRR goes on to say, “It would be great to reveal the twists of the plot in the story, and praise the artistry in surprising the reader, but the less said the better on this. The individual reader should have their own experience.”

Cuddy writes that he hopes there will be more Clive Allan adventures to come. “The novel is pure escapist fiction, which is needed in these days of real-world turmoil.”

Read the full review in Loch Raven Review.




Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Maryland Literary Review: Readers Will Enjoy Jadeite


Maryland Literary Review has published a thrilling review of The Color of Jadeite. In the review, author Charles Rammelkamp describes the novel as a “fast-paced, what-happens-next thriller.”


MLR highlights the fast-paced plot, spilling-in of historical context, sense of humor in the dialogue, and makes comparisons between The Color of Jadeite and James Bond, Sax Rohmer, Robert Mitchum’s Philip Marlow, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? when describing elements of the novel.


“Goodman is a talented storyteller. Readers will enjoy The Color of Jadeite.”


Read the entire review in Maryland Literary Review.