January 24, 2023

The Residents’ Voice: From a Dementia Unit

Physiotherapist Pieta Valentine based her novel, The Residents’ Voice, on more than ten years of experience working with geriatric patients, many of whom had dementia.

The story’s protagonist, Daisy, is a former physiotherapist who takes a job as a “diversional therapist” in a locked unit at a retirement village in Christchurch, New Zealand. Through Daisy, […]

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January 10, 2023

The DNR Trilogy: Volume 2: No Good Deed

The second installment in Don W. Hill’s DNR trilogy continues the story of J.D. Brewster, an intelligent but abrasive Houston medical student whose training at a local hospital reveals widespread corruption throughout the medical system.

Set largely in the 1980s, the story essentially chronicles the beating down of the young doctor-to-be’s spirit: detailing how numerous […]

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January 3, 2023

The Dnr Trilogy: Volume 1: Backing the Wrong Primate

The first installment of Ron W. Hill’s DNR trilogy—a brash fusion of medical drama, fictionalized memoir, and political and social commentary—chronicles the life of an aging, outspoken Texas doctor as he battles soul-crushing guilt and suicidal thoughts from a “great sin” he committed years earlier.

Set largely in the early 1980s, the story revolves around […]

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January 3, 2023

When We Push Through Sound

Unsettled from a divorce, a man struggles to put his life back together and find happiness again in Geoff Sease’s When We Push Through Sound.

Tristan and Sharon have been divorced “three years, four months and a couple of weeks,” and remain friendly, sharing custody of their 17-year-old daughter, Sara. But Tristan, “an unhappy workaholic,” […]

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November 22, 2022

Nipper

In this slender first volume of a fictional trilogy, a boy becomes a man, learning as he goes all the lessons that come with it.

The story is set in England and begins with a bit of boyish mischief as George, the protagonist, and his young friend Andrew sneak dish washing soap bottles from home […]

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November 15, 2022

The American Outsider

Homa Pourasgari’s novel The American Outsider follows an American animal rights activist to Japan, where she advocates for the rights of dolphins and finds an unexpected chance at love.

At age 40, Tessa Walker remains haunted by a teenage trip to Japan, where she saw dolphins cruelly hunted and killed. Now a veterinarian in Los […]

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November 8, 2022

Nad of Nadidé

Palestinian-American Wagih Abu-Rish’s Nad of Nadidé is an engaging novel centered around a young couples’ relationship amidst the upheaval of cultural, religious, and political obstacles.

Fareed is the beloved son of renowned London neurosurgeon parents. His mother is of Irish descent and his father is from Palestine. When Fareed’s relationship with an arrogant, abusive woman […]

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November 8, 2022

Pandora’s Box: Triforce

Pandora’s Box: Triforce is a spiritual fantasy focusing on the magical exploits and morally righteous, interventionist activities of protagonists Sunita and Darth.

Mystical maverick Darth, aka Sirius Black, is on a quest to retrieve a magical MacGuffin called the Infinity Stone. His quest, fraught with peril, leads him to a realm troubled by iniquity. He […]

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October 25, 2022

Where Heaven and Earth Meet

George Harvey’s engaging novella Where Heaven and Earth Meet offers an interesting approach to relating stories about the Hindu god Vishnu. Told against a small-town backdrop in 1904, the story delivers a blend of Eastern and Western thought.

August Altmann owns the local hardware store in Gorse, Nebraska. The business serves as the gathering place […]

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September 19, 2022

Blue Fire

A medical doctor finds his career derailed by the Vietnam War and an intense love affair in R.J. Mikelionis’ debut, Blue Fire.

As a medical student, John Cameron questions some of the practices he sees. As an intern, he fights hard for his patients but is demoralized by the tragedies he encounters. Overall, he finds […]

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