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The Last Love Story of All Time: The New Proverbs of Solomon

Ronald Horton

Xlibris, 284 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781796051315
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

The biblical book of Proverbs is a collection of wisdom, spiritual instruction, and ancient soundbites to help people live righteously while growing closer to God. In The Last Love Story of All Time, Ronald Horton provides a new retelling, expanding on many of the original verses. The author hopes the additions will offer new levels […]

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The Five Types of Women to Avoid in the Hood

Mcgregor Philippe

iUniverse, 150 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532092817
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

Books that offer dating advice tend to emphasize looking for your ideal mate, but what about avoiding potential nightmares? In The Five Types of Women to Avoid in the Hood, McGregor Philippe offers a field guide, of sorts, to five types of black women he urges readers to avoid.

Philippe details the types in separate […]

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Help Keep Out: Volume 5

Robert Letters

Paucus Publishing Company, 185 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781733329507
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

Help Keep Out: Volume 5 is part of an ambitious project. For four years—from February 2015 to October 2019—author Robert Letters tweeted a five-line poem daily. This resulted in 1,700 poems total. Volume 5 contains the final books: 13-17.

Letters states that the poems, all untitled, are inspired by East Asian forms such as “haiku, […]

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The Principles of Business

Dave DeRose

iUniverse, 142 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532086922
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

In 1988, Dave DeRose became a risk-taker and entrepreneur when he went into the HVAC/plumbing field, purchasing the customers from a friend. Three decades later, DeRose offers this short book of advice for the novice businessperson.

Writing in a casual, conversational manner, free of MBA jargon, DeRose covers essential business topics, including leadership, capitalizing a […]

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Stockboy Nation

Thomas Duffy

Thomas Duffy, 261 pages, (paperback) $10.99, 9798650072775
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

When a middle-aged man relocates from New York to California, he finds himself questioning his future.

Phillip Doherty is a twice-published author living with his fiancée, Melissa, in San Diego. His first book was a success, but despite promising early sales, his second, a fantasy novel, hasn’t fared well. Thus, Phillip needs a job, but […]

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When Life Was Like a Cucumber

Greg Wyss

Page Publishing, 608 pages, (paperback) $27.95, 9781644621660
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

When Life Was Like a Cucumber depicts an odyssey of identity-seeking, set during the Watergate years.

Jeffrey Hesse, a college graduate eschewing corporate life, is at a crossroads: The place where he’s staying has burned to the ground (largely his fault) and, in the aftermath, his marriage has failed. Capitalizing on newfound freedom, Jeff embarks […]

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Odysseus: On the River of Time, Book 1

Carl Hare

Quattro Books, 550 pages, (paperback) $26.95, 9781988254425
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

In Odysseus: On the River of Time, Carl Hare brilliantly renders Odysseus’s final journey to settle his debt with Poseidon in a memorable and expansive narrative sequence.

Hare delivers an epic poem written in Homeric style and arranged in 21 cantos. The poem serves as a sequel to Homer’s Odyssey, which is, in turn, a […]

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The Penitent: The Immorality Wars, Part II

A. Keith Carreiro

Stillwater River Publications, 340 pages, (paperback) $20.00, 9781950339273
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

A. Keith Carreiro offers an imagined world of knights, mysticism and magic in The Penitent, the second installment in the author’s Immortality Wars trilogy.

Carreiro’s tale of Evangel Blessingvale contains all the familiar elements of a hero’s journey tale. Evangel was left for dead as an infant after her parents were murdered. She was rescued […]

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Somersett: Or Why and How Benjamin Franklin Orchestrated the American Revolution

Phillip Goodrich

Phillip Goodrich, 374 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781734911701
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

Inspired by an anthology of little-known stories about the American Revolution he found on a bookstore closeout table, Phillip Goodrich’s compelling narrative details Benjamin Franklin’s behind-the-scenes role in shaping events that led to the Revolution.

While living in England prior to the war, Franklin and four cohorts, his “inner circle,” secretly plotted for the design, […]

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Poetic Fever

Gene B. Pacifico

Xlibris, 56 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781796026481
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

Gene B. Pacifico’s Poetic Fever is a poetry collection revolving around the author’s values and ordinary joys: the love between a husband and wife, the companionship of a pet dog, the beauty of nature, and the goodness of God.

These are short, mostly unrhymed poems containing lively, homey images and high spirits. Many derive their […]

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