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Happy Daze with Tommy and the Rivieras

Tommy Janette

iUniverse, 111 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532038808
(Reviewed: April, 2018)

Anyone who played in a popular local band, appearing in bars in a string of towns within driving distance and opening for famous acts, could probably tell many funny, touching and outrageous stories about life in the shadows of stardom. There’s so much promising material, after all. Happy Daze with Tommy and the Rivieras is […]

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The Streetwalker and the Odd Shoe

Dr. Prem Kutowaroo

AuthorHouse, 454 pages, (paperback) $27.32, 9781546281283
(Reviewed: April, 2018)

The Streetwalker and the Odd Shoe is a novel based on the true story of a homeless man in London.

The story begins with Mark, aged 14, choosing to live on the streets. His father has physically abused him for years and so, with the help of his half-brother Steve, Mark takes a train to […]

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The Door

Craig Wickersham

Lulu, 170 pages, (paperback) $18.99, 9781483474571
(Reviewed: April, 2018)

Craig Wickersham’s The Door is an engaging fantasy featuring a protagonist who blossoms as she discovers her own strengths.

Seventeen-year-old Luci Comburet has low self-esteem. She’s too thin, has scraggly black hair, a pallid complexion, and no friends. One day, she awakens in her broken-down trailer home to an overwhelming odor and is shocked to […]

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Lone Star Lady

Linda Kennedy

Xlibris, 326 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781543434033
(Reviewed: April, 2018)

In this fast-paced historical romance, a brave heroine embarks on a quest for revenge. She also hopes to reunite with a lost love—and finds much more.

After her mother died, Morganna McKinney Caldaron and her sisters were left with her stepfather, and Morgan was named heir to her family’s fortune. In an attempt to eliminate […]

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The Mogul: Hotel and Casino

J.F.Quirk III

iUniverse, 103 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532036422
(Reviewed: April, 2018)

The intrigue that swirls around casinos and the people who dwell within can be a perfect backdrop for duplicity, crime and intrigue. This is what author J.F. Quirk III promises in his short novel, The Mogul: Hotel and Casino. Unfortunately, writing issues prevent the story from reaching its potential.

The book is oddly constructed with […]

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We Live in Social Space: A Window to a New Science

Fred Emil Katz

AuthorHouse, 113 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781524659745
(Reviewed: April, 2018)

We Live in Social Space is part of Fred Emil Katz’s Holocaust Survivor’s Odyssey series. Although the author was rescued by the Kindertransport of imperiled Jewish children before WWII’s outbreak, the rest of his family was killed in the Holocaust, and this personal history drives his work. Here, Katz argues that the Holocaust is not […]

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Growing Up Chinese

Stephen Ling

iUniverse, 243 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532036873
(Reviewed: April, 2018)

Mainland China at the start of the 20th century suffered from a fast-growing population and poor economy. Struggling peasants, therefore, were receptive to offers of free passage to work on remote rubber tree farms in Malaysia. This is where Stephen Ling spent his childhood, adopted “for my hands only” by an impoverished pig and rubber […]

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The Transition, Initiated by Copernicus and Galileo, from Religion to Science

Lawrence H. Wood

iUniverse, 444 pages, (paperback) $28.99, 9781532024573
(Reviewed: April, 2018)

Lawrence H. Wood dives into a deep, if familiar, topic in the history of the planet and its inhabitants with his philosophical treatise on the feud between science and religion, aiming to win readers over to the science side of the dispute.

Here, Wood posits that religion is outdated and unnecessary, that science […]

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The Highest Meaning of Life

Sukhdev Singh

Xlibris, 620 pages, (paperback) $24.99, 9781543487947
(Reviewed: April, 2018)

Sukhdev Singh, director of Devatma Organization U.K., presents the principles of Dev-Dharma in this shelf-bending offering.

This belief system, founded by an Indian man known as Devatma, uses “scientific methods to discover human nature and its destiny.” It teaches that the soul is biological in origin and that evolution allows man to pursue Dev-Dharma’s highest […]

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Trail of Madness

Ken Stichter

iUniverse, 485 pages, (paperback) $28.99, 9781532030505
(Reviewed: April, 2018)

In Ken Stichter’s Trail of Madness, a cold case detective revisits unsolved disappearances that appear to be connected.

In 1972, Orange County is shaken when high school student Cindy Ashae and her date, Carlos, mysteriously vanish from the John Muir Trail hours after prom. When Cindy’s remains are discovered in 1999 entombed in a concrete […]

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