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Leadership Beef Jerky: Principles and Practices You Can Chew On

Dr. Gregory W. Bourgond

iUniverse, 284 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532047190
(Reviewed: September, 2018)

Despite its strange title, Leadership Beef Jerky (a reference to something that retains “its nourishment over time”) is a thoughtful, instructive manual for those interested in developing Christian leadership principles.

In a series of faith-inspired meditations on values, courage, and competence, Dr. Gregory W. Bourgond, the founder of Heart of a Warrior Ministries, stresses the […]

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A Time to Remember

Jan Hendrix

iUniverse, 305 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532043024
(Reviewed: September, 2018)

Poignant and uniquely crafted, A Time to Remember chronicles the lives of two people separated by an ocean as they find themselves before they can return to find one another.

Mark Bergner and Lauren Werner’s relationship ended quickly on a chilly, rainy day in Germany, 1951. They decided together that a romance between […]

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The Moving Blade

Michael Pronko

Raked Gravel Press, 318 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781942410164
(Reviewed: September, 2018)

From the beginning of The Moving Blade, Michael Pronko exposes readers to theft, murder and international diplomacy. The unease they provoke never diminishes in this riveting mystery set in Tokyo.

Hiroshi Shimizu officially works in the Tokyo homicide department but spends most of his time investigating white-collar crime from his cramped office. Because he’s bilingual, […]

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Charlie’s Kid

Sean X Oljer

Xlibris, 423 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781543481693
(Reviewed: September, 2018)

Sean X Oljer ‘s memoir, Charlies’ Kid, is a story of monstrous child abuse, years spent alone on the streets, a hardscrabble adult life—and, ultimately, redemption.

As a toddler, Oljer’s mother told him, “You ruined my life.” When he was four, she left his doting father, a man who loved his child but […]

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Lost in the Here

Melinda Dame Wilferth

Xlibris, 215 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781436326094
(Reviewed: September, 2018)

After a sudden, severe epileptic seizure leaves the health of the author’s husband on rocky ground, her fractured home life detours into a desperate search for a cure in this dramatic memoir.

From the time they met in Missouri, Melinda knew of the small seizures John would experience occasionally. They began soon after he had […]

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The Prototype

Sam Mitani

Waldorf Publishing, 360 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781641369763
(Reviewed: September, 2018)

With shades of Michael Crichton’s technological terrors, brutal hand-to-hand combat, and vivid racing sequences, award-winning automotive journalist Sam Mitani’s The Prototype delivers high-speed thrills.

Mitani’s protagonist is 25-year-old automotive journalist Stockton Clay, a half-Asian writer and low-level staffer at Automobile Digest magazine. He’s also an avid gamer and an orphan with few clues to his […]

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Going Beyond the Pose: Using Yoga as a Compass to Orient Your Life Toward Happiness

Kathleen Nitting

Balboa Press, 156 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781504399944
(Reviewed: September, 2018)

Kathleen Nitting’s Going Beyond the Pose examines how yoga has impacted her personal and spiritual growth. It seems intended for readers who may be familiar with yoga’s physical aspects and desire a deeper understanding of yoga’s roots and philosophical purpose.

Nitting structures her book through the lens of four different paths, or approaches, to yoga: […]

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Xinjiang De Jin: Gold of the New Dominion, Volume 1, Dawn

E. Spence Parkinson

Xlibris, 504 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781436389167
(Reviewed: September, 2018)

E. Spence Parkinson has undertaken a Herculean task in presenting the Sino-Russian relationship history, placing that world within an imaginary re-telling from the perspective of an elite military group tasked with researching that history.

The historical fiction is the book’s most effective portion. Readers become engrossed in the tale of an Asiatic Horse Clan moving […]

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Katiann: A Novel

J. D. Kiser

Archway Publishing, 398 pages, (paperback) $21.99, 9781480858138
(Reviewed: September, 2018)

A young New York nurse’s unexpected inheritance lands her in a remote Native American village where her life is complicated by tribal versus religious beliefs and unexpected dangers in this imaginative romance novel set in the present day.

The story’s protagonist, Anna, receives a posthumous entreaty from her deceased grandfather requesting that Anna […]

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No Pity In Death

Helen Starbuck

Routt Street Press, 249 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9780999246139
(Reviewed: September, 2018)

In this second book of her Annie Collins Mystery series, Helen Starbuck puts her title character through an emotional and physical wringer.

Operating Room nurse Annie Collins is still reeling from her near-death experience in The Mad Hatter’s Son, and even though her attempted murderer, Ian, is in jail, Annie is suffering from post-traumatic stress […]

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