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Paradise Papyrus of Solamon

Doaa E. Tolis

Papyri Press, 256 pages, (paperback) $22.50, 9781734937404
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

In Paradise Papyrus of Solamon, author Doaa E. Tolis presents a tour through history focused on a “Land of Paradise” that turns out to be Egypt. Using the Quran, the Bible, and other sources, ancient and modern, she rewrites the last 6,000 years of history.

Tolis’s narrative uses the framework of an actual tour, complete […]

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The South of Black Forgiveness

Donna Clovis

Balboa Press, 170 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781982243470
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

In this brief, highly experimental novel, Donna Clovis delivers a work that’s nominally a mystery but also richly laced with prophetic commentary on race and societal inequities and conflict in America.

Protagonist Tanisha is an African-American investigative reporter for the Columbia Herald, based in Harlem. Soon, she finds herself on the trail of a serial […]

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Nobody’s Mulligan

Brian Holt

Covenant Books, 338 pages, (paperback) $21.95, 9781645595052
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

In Nobody’s Mulligan, Brian Holt presents a supernatural allegory about good versus evil, setting his tale in Grace’s Parrish, a once-good town now rife with debauchery and deplorable deeds.

Readers are introduced to three golfers: Brian Thomas, Paul Kessler and Michael Sheppard. Paul is an evil man intent on bringing Brian into his malevolent public […]

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Experienced: Life Encountered

Becky Mustapha

Xlibris, 48 pages, (paperback) $14.40, 9781984592248
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Nigerian born Becky Mustapha chronicles her life struggles, education, and widowhood in this brief biographical account.

Mustapha walks a line between modern womanhood and adhering to Nigerian tradition. When her mother dies, she’s sent to live with an aunt who burdens the young school girl with chores. At age 20, while a student of financial […]

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The End of War: Literary Works and Poetry

Victor Love

Book-Art Press Solutions, 70 pages, (paperback) $6.00, 9781949338973
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Victor Love’s The End of War is a miscellany of dramatic scripts, poetry, letters, notes and observations.

The author’s longest work, “Qui Est Marcel?,” is a 16-page, two-act play set at a dinner party. During an elaborate meal, the guests discuss an apparently absent character and discourse on themes of existentialism, nihilism, authentic identity, and […]

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Mannership

Mark Goodwin

Mark Goodwin, 286 pages, , 9781916346482
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

In this ambitious memoir, Mark Goodwin, an Oxford-educated baby boomer, reflects on his experiences with travel, international consulting and talk therapy, and tries to connect the disparate strands.

Goodwin’s worldview is shaped by a childhood illness that left him deaf from age 15 months to 7 years. He believes silence gave him a “sixth sense” […]

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Player

Dawn Kent

Xlibris, 294 pages, (paperback) $20.69, 9781796008944
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Dawn Kent’s Player is a turbulent romance between an aspiring singer and single mother and a handsome player in the Australian Football League.

Natalie and Danny first cross paths at a popular nightclub where Nat lands a coveted spot as a regular singer. Danny, “the hottest player in the AFL [Australian Football League],” is used […]

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Emerald Knight

J. M. Sampson

iUniverse, 258 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532094255
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

J.M. Sampson offers a loving tribute to old-style fantasy in Emerald Knight, a succinct tale concerning the exploits of an old-fashioned hero on an old-fashioned quest.

Indeed, Germaine of Scot Hold cleaves as closely to the archetypal knight in shining armor as one could imagine: He’s a dedicated hero-for-hire who offers his “liege oath,” or […]

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Life in the Chastity Zone

Holly Brandon

Holly Brandon, 469 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9798633782684
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Civil engineer and romance writer Holly Brandon’s Life in the Chastity Zone is the first in a romance series starring protagonist Chastity “Chase” Morgan, a smart, funny, tightly-wound, 30-year-old doctoral student in structural engineering.

All her life, Chastity has dreamed of three things: being a top engineer, falling in love with the man perfectly meant […]

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The Other Richard III

John Birney

John Birney, 154 pages, (paperback) $9.99, 9781734599008
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

With The Other Richard III, John Birney crafts an ambitious and creative retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Whereas Shakespeare’s Richard is an archetype of corruption—a manipulative tyrant who becomes king through a series of murders— Birney takes an entirely different tack. Noting that Shakespeare’s character is “impossible to reconcile with historical fact,” he presents Richard […]

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