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The Secret Sign of the Lizard People

Kevin Buckley

FriesenPress, 190 pages, (paperback) , 9781525559624
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

Kevin Buckley’s novel combines elements from Men in Black, The X-Files and myriad TV cop shows as two wise-cracking detectives try to solve a murder involving a Hollywood landmark, gangsters, celebrities and a Burning-Man-like festival in the desert.

A young starlet is found nude and shot to death, sprawled across the Y in the “Hollywood” […]

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On Wings of Hope

Cynthia Lynch Bischoff, PhD

iUniverse, 184 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532081446
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

“Do you think I loved well?” were among the final words Lily uttered to Cynthia Lynch Bischoff, her mentor and friend, as she succumbed to the ravages of cancer at age 43. Bischoff’s memoir poignantly recalls the nine years she counseled the young woman as she faced her devastating diagnosis.

An internationally known speaker, life […]

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Coffee Break Laughs with a Shot of Motivation

Ihsan Smith

iUniverse, 106 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532091582
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

Coffee Break Laughs with a Shot of Motivation is a collection of witty, rhyming and free-verse poems.

The work is arranged in two sections: “Humorous” and “Motivational.” The Humorous section includes short, pithy amusements, such as: “The roses were red/ But now they’re all dead/ You should’ve given me money instead.” Or: “She moved to […]

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The Ultra Betrayal: A Conor Thorn Novel

Glenn Dyer

, pages, , 9780999117347
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

Glenn Dyer’s new Conor Thorn thriller (after The Torch Betrayal) follows the OSS operative as he searches for a missing Bletchley Park codebreaker.

It is 1942, and Swedish cryptologist Gunnar Lind, who had taken up residence in England to help the Allied war effort, has vanished, likely having turned traitor. Gunnar was working to crack […]

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Who’s There? A Collection of Stories

Dimas Rio

Dimas Rio, 172 pages, (paperback) $7.80, 9781676174103
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

This collection by Indonesian writer Dimas Rio contains five unsettling, suspenseful stories of varying length, ranging from good to excellent, but all show rare intuitive ability and talent.

The title tale occurs in a bar where a man drinks with his best friend and the friend’s wife while they wait for the man’s fiancée to […]

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Listening to Our Students and Transcending K-12 to Save Our Nation

Alec Ostrom, Brian Hack and Don Prentice

Xlibris, 438 pages, (paperback) $18.99, 9781796078558
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

In this volume, educators Alec Ostrom, Brian Hack, and Don Prentice take America’s educational system to task, imploring teachers and communities to re-imagine today’s education. To combat the failures of modern schools, they contend that their Digital Age Learning System® (DALS) program offers authentic, personalized, and practical education for Generation Z.

Current educational structures deliver […]

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Shaken Awake: The Complete Trilogy

Allen Madding

Charm House Publishing, 272 pages, (ebook) $4.99, 9780578658513
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

Shaken Awake: The Complete Trilogy is a novel with a mission: to educate and inspire readers to care for the homeless. The three stories in one package follow one another chronologically; each would not be complete without the others.

When Pastor Sam Matthews hears that a homeless man froze to death on the church steps, […]

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Murder on the Mound

David Feldman

Lulu, 260 pages, (paperback) $15.40, 9781684714407
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

Baseball, sex, murder, and courtroom drama fuel David Feldman’s fastball murder mystery, Murder on the Mound.

Best friends Scott Davis and Doug Simons were major-league draftees in 1999. Scott’s brilliant career as a Red Sox shortstop was cut short when he blew his knee out while making a pennant-winning catch in Fenway Park. Meanwhile, Doug […]

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A Korean War Odyssey: Bringing Home Uncle Donnie — MIA in Korea Since 1950

Tom Gormley

Trafford, 244 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781490799209
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

This memoir recounts a couple’s successful six-year mission to learn the fate of Donnie Matney, MIA in the Korean War.

In 1949, 16-year-old Donnie enlisted in the Army with his mother’s reluctant permission. It was peacetime, and she thought he would be safe at his post in Japan. But by the time she received his […]

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The Case for Edward de Vere as the Real William Shakespeare

John Milnes Baker

iUniverse, 48 pages, (paperback) $10.99, 9781532089770
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

In his slim volume, The Case for Edward de Vere, John Milnes Baker argues that de Vere was the author of William Shakespeare’s plays.

This booklet is an “elementary introduction” to the thesis (posed by Oxfordians) that de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, not “Will Shakspere” from Stratford-upon-Avon, is the author of Shakespeare’s canon.

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