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Floki’s Army: A small dog with a big tale

Jason Purcell

iUniverse, 138 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532096211
(Reviewed: September, 2020)

Author Jason Purcell’s book has two purposes: First, to tell the story of Floki, a puppy mill survivor who spent a decade being abused and used for breeding before Purcell and his wife adopted him. And second, to educate readers about the puppy breeding industry.

Most of the book tells Floki’s story. The author knows […]

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Visions of Light: Inspirational Poetry, Stunning Photography

Raymond J. Klein

Page Turner Press and Media, 144 pages, (paperback) $4.75, 978-1-64376-903-5
(Reviewed: September, 2020)

With his Visions of Light, Raymond J. Klein offers a book of luminescent photography, accompanied by a selection of coordinating poems.

Most of Klein’s photos depict vibrant, cascading geometric forms, arranged to give the illusion of energy and motion. Although the photos make use of different forms and patterns, (“Scintillation,” for instance, is “a layered […]

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The True Adventures of Gidon Lev: Rascal. Holocaust Survivor. Optimist.

Julie Gray

Lightning Source, 322 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781735249704
(Reviewed: September, 2020)

Author Julie Gray gives voice to Gidon Lev’s story of resilience and hope in this uplifting portrait of Holocaust survival. Working with the 85-year-old Gidon, Gray used journals and other material to recount Gidon’s fascinating life story.

Fleeing to Prague after Hitler annexes Sudetenland in 1938, Gidon, age 6, and his mother spend four years […]

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The Prime Network

Gerard G. Nahum

Archway Publishing, 192 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781480888968
(Reviewed: September, 2020)

In Gerard G. Nahum’s science fiction novel, protagonist Mr. Gregory has developed a technology that allows him to foresee and influence coming events.

Mr. Gregory has discovered that reality goes well beyond the continuum of three-dimensional space and the fourth dimension of time, ultimately being made up of 11 dimensions he calls The Network. He […]

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McTague

Wayne Hughes

Wayne Hughes, 208 pages, (paperback) $15.50,
(Reviewed: September, 2020)

Wayne Hughes’ McTague, is an engaging novel about a family of custom summer harvesters and their crew as they collect the wheat from farmers’ fields over several days one summer.

Scotty McTague (also spelled McTeague) moved from Fort Worth back to small-town Texas with his wife and children three years ago to take over his […]

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The Bubbe Meise and Other Stories

Aaron Zevy

Tumbleweed Press, (paperback) $9.99 pages, 246, 9798675126095
(Reviewed: September, 2020)

With the ease of a practiced storyteller and an outrageously droll sense of humor, Aaron Zevy (“Ronnie” to his friends and family), presents an anthology of rollicking personal essays and fictional short stories in his latest offering: The Bubbe Meise and Other Stories.

Similar to a “Bubbe-meise,”(a Yiddish word meaning a grandmother’s fable or old […]

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Sorry You Missed It…

Fred Hosley

Backwater Bayou Books, 500 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781734711103
(Reviewed: September, 2020)

In Fred Hosley’s poignant and memorable coming-of-age tale, the strains of early rock ‘n’ roll in the sunny beach town of Clearwater, Florida, provide the perfect backdrop for a group of young adolescents growing up in the ’50s.

Twelve-year old Matt Parker is known throughout his friendly waterside community as a smart, respectful, and likeable […]

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All In: How Obsessive Leaders Achieve the Extraordinary

Robert Bruce Shaw

HarperCollins Leadership, 220 pages, (hardcover) $27.99, 9781400212200
(Reviewed: September, 2020)

Robert Bruce Shaw’s business book is part examination of three high achievers, part instruction manual on how to understand employees who are “all in” to the point that they pay serious consequences for their devotion to the business.

The triumvirate of acclaimed CEOs he initially holds up includes: Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Elon Musk (Tesla), and […]

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Venomous

L J Spence

AuthorHouse, 316 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9781728390284
(Reviewed: September, 2020)

With Venomous, L J Spence offers a fantasy chronicling a young girl’s shocking transformation.

Told in the third person, the novel follows Ebony, who miraculously survives a lethal snake-bite. This event gives Ebony the attributes of a snake, such as producing venom and shedding skin, which she is ill-equipped to manage when returning to normal […]

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Enok and the Womb of Gods

André SkoroBogáty

Lost World Tributes, 480 pages, (paperback) $19.30, 9780648770305
(Reviewed: September, 2020)

Set in a world inhabited by gods, giants, humans, and primordial monstrosities, André SkoroBogáty’s novel explores ancient Biblical myth (specifically the Book of Enoch) in an antediluvian adventure.

The story revolves around Enok, a human enslaved by the Zmee: a race of sentient serpents living on an isolated island. Enok has educated himself over the […]

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