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Beyond the Saga of Rocket Science: In Space to Stay

Walter Sierra

Xlibris, 372 pages, (paperback) $115.95, 9781499095241
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Walter Sierra continues his epic chronicle of the history of rocketry in Beyond the Saga of Rocket Science. While his first two volumes progressed from 3rd century China through the Cold War and the space race, this volume picks up with the race to the moon and culminates in the early 21st century.

Sierra jumps […]

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The Harlequin and the Drangùe: Book One in the Elioud Legacy Series

Liane Zane

Zephon Romance, 532 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781735131801
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

The first installment of the pseudonymous Liane Zane’s Elioud Legacy series blends romance, thriller and paranormal genres.

Olivia Markham is a CIA operative stationed in Vienna who also moonlights as a virtually unstoppable bō-wielding vigilante who wears a harlequin hood. When a mysterious man helps her defeat a group of zombie-like attackers, Markham is drawn […]

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: From Disability to Possibility

Hanneke Boot

AuthorHouse, 82 pages, (paperback) $30.26, 9781728398242
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Author Hanneke Boot opens her personal journal to readers in Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, describing events and issues that arise in her life as an artist with a degenerative muscle disease.

Boot’s Preface describes how her diagnosis of the unspecified disease led her to begin painting by holding the brush in her mouth. The […]

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Katharina and Bianca

Elizabeth Reinach, illustrated by Salvador Capuyan

Xlibris, 74 pages, (paperback) $13.29, 9781984593788
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

In this unusual offering, Elizabeth Reinach employs a sequence of 50 Shakespearean sonnets to describe a man’s strange relationship with two cats.

Petruchio, a chauvinist, has been rejected by his feminist girlfriend, Katharina. Dejected, Petruchio adopts two cats, Katharina and Bianca (the girlfriend and cat have the same name). Katharina, the cat, hunts at night, […]

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Within Reach

Ian Douglas

Xlibris, 498 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781796064438
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Ian Douglas’s new police procedural, set in New Zealand, introduces intrepid Inspector Simon Hadlow.

Within Reach begins as Simon arrives at a new posting in Christchurch, where he immediately butts heads with the comically ineffective Inspector Galligar. There, Simon encounters a puzzling new case: A severed hand and arm, from two different bodies, have been […]

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Who Do I Say I Am?: Twelve Steps to Knowing Yourself, Being Yourself, and Expressing Yourself

Naomi Somone

iUniverse, 138 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532094590
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

Naomi Somone’s Who Do I Say I Am? offers self-help from a multi-faceted perspective structured in a 12-step program similar to that of A.A. and Celebrate Recovery. Her focus, however, is not on addiction, but rather on living life to its fullest potential through the renewing of one’s mind.

Somone’s 12 steps are reflected in […]

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Balian d’Ibelin: Knight of Jerusalem

Helena P. Schrader

Wheatmark, 370 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781627878166
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

With Balian d’Ibelin: Knight of Jerusalem, Helena P. Schrader crafts an epic novel of the late 12th century Crusades. Originally released in 2014 and reissued in 2020 with revisions, the work begins an intended tetralogy covering the lifespan of its protagonist.

The third son of the Constable of Jaffa (who died soon after his birth), […]

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God Inspired Quotations and Understandings

Stanley D. Rainbow

PageTurner Press and Media, 28 pages, (paperback) $6.99, 9781643767666
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

Looking to uplift spiritual readers and help them discern the will of God in their lives, Stanley D. Rainbow’s God Inspired Quotations and Understandings offers a series of pithy quotes to help “inspire the…world.”

While only 28 pages, the book covers several subjects and themes. Topics range from essential advice on living a happy life […]

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He Carries Me

Divine Light

Xlibris, 108 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781514432433
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

In her memoir He Carries Me, Divine Light shares how God comforted her through emotional pain and abuse and ultimately brought her to a place of peace, fulfillment, and healing.

As a small child, Divine Light couldn’t understand what she had done to deserve her father’s special love or why it had to be a […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

Jane Penelope Johnson

Page Turner Press and Media, 52 pages, (paperback) $5.99,
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

A Penny for Your Thoughts by Penny Johnson is a short collection of poems about the author’s faith in God and Jesus, her family, and nature as God’s gift.

Johnson’s poems are short, rhyming pieces with homey images and messages of positivity. The most distinctive work is “A Love Song,” about the narrator’s husband, who […]

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