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Charlyyk: Book 1

Spencer Carvil

AuthorHouse, 338 pages, (paperback) $18.67, 9781546294832
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

Spencer Carvil’s novel tells the story of an alien named Charlyyk and the young girl’s acclimation to the planet Earth.

Charlyyk is beamed to Earth along with the retired SAS captain Brian Collier, who was abducted by a beam of light and dropped into a free-for-all killing pit where various alien monsters (and he) fought […]

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Mid Night Surfer

Cramer Louis Jackson

Top Link Publishing, 48 pages, (paperback) $7.99, 9781970066364
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

A nostalgic short story set in the 1950s California surfing scene, Cramer Louis Jackson’s Mid Night Surfer depicts every male teen’s fantasy of being worshipped by a dream girl.

Friends Jim and Surfersam man a lifeguard tower, the latter making money on the side by offering surfing lessons. One day, a stunningly beautiful female client […]

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From Cows to Space With God as My Copilot: My Career and Family Life

Alfred Miller

Xlibris, 340 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781796048353
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

In this memoir, Alfred Miller recounts his life as a legacy for his children, grandchildren, great- and great-great grandchildren.

As a kid, Miller worked on the family farm in Wasco, California. Among his tasks was milking 100 cows a day. It was exhausting, and he chose college as an escape, first at Bakersfield Junior College, […]

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Dealing with Pigs! A Novel Introduction to Our World, Book One

Dr. Ivan Molloy

Xlibris, 546 pages, (paperback) $27.59, 9781796001488
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

Ivan Molloy’s novel, Dealing with Pigs!, is an allegorical exploration of class and class struggle in the tradition of Orwell’s Animal Farm.

The novel’s world is populated almost exclusively by pigs, including the working class (dubbed the “trotters”), farmers (the “scratchers”), military (the “boars and tuskers”) and greedy capitalists (the “snouters”). Prompted by the teachings […]

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This Day is Ours

Gretchen Jeannette

Gretchen Jeanette, 581 pages, (paperback) $17.76, 9781082776533
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

Set in Philadelphia during the American Revolution, This Day is Ours follows an elegant noblewoman who is engaged to an aristocrat.

Hiding against a terrace wall, an amused Jack Flash watches Charles Villard, a leading tradesman in Philadelphia and aristocrat, propose to Alexandra Pennington, a widow whose allegiance lies with the crown. Jack Flash can’t […]

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The Covenant of Salt: The Story of God’s Relentless Pursuit of His People

Nguumbur Lovette Ikongo

AuthorHouse, 142 pages, (paperback) $14.35, 9781728383446
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

This “simple narrative,” as author Nguumbur Lovette Ikongo calls it, is packed with insight, instruction, and encouragement for readers, especially believers, to allow life’s challenges, struggles, and sufferings to lead to a deeper relationship with God.

In Old Testament times, notes the author, the Covenant of Salt “depicted the everlasting promise of preservation and friendship […]

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A Player’s Tale of Lust, Loss and Love on the 8th Continent

A Young Don Juan

iUniverse, 214 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532085468
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

Written anonymously by A Young Don Juan who claims to be a member of “Hollywood Royalty,” this memoir relates the existential musings of a man as he seeks to understand himself through the lens of his copious sexual encounters.

The 8th Continent is a metaphoric land where one may enjoy the erotic pleasures of sex […]

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I’m a Romance Scam IT Detective

Selina Co

Inspiring Publishers, 228 pages, (paperback) $26.80, 9781925908428
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

I’m a Romance Scam IT Detective is a true story by Selina Co, an IT consultant in Australia who lost most of her life savings during an online romance.

Co recounts how Frederick Chong — claiming to be an engineer based in New York City — contacted Co via Meetup. The two get acquainted through […]

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It Happened in Tuscany

Gail Mencini

Carpiole Group, 314 pages, (ebook) $3.99, 9781938592157
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

Gail Mencini’s engaging novel It Happened in Tuscany concerns an old man’s search for his long-lost love.

The story opens in 1945, as the US Army 10th Mountain Division scales Riva Ridge in Tuscany, hoping to penetrate Nazi control of the territory. But things go horribly wrong, and Will Mills, a teenage expert climber and […]

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Flights from Fairyland

Karen Lee Oliver

Xlibris, 164 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781543456875
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

Karen Lee Oliver’s Flights from Fairlyland is a poetic medley addressing myriad topics, from philosophical questions surrounding identity and truth to contemplations of nature to considerations of fictional and historical figures as diverse as Gertrude Stein and Cinderella.

The book is comprised of free verse and rhyming poems, most written in English and a few […]

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