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Breaking the Silence: Why Openness About Your Sex Life Is the Best Medicine for Your Health, Relationships, and Overall Happiness

Moshe Kedan, MD

Amplify, 312 pages, (hardcover) $24.95, 9781645434672
(Reviewed: December, 2020)

Dr. Moshe Kedan draws on 45 years of experience as a physician in explaining how to have meaningful conversations about sex and sexual issues in his book Breaking the Silence.

Kedan notes that sex is “something that couples don’t talk about” and that “the secrecy, shame, and hostility that often build up when sex is […]

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Not My Ruckus

Chad Musick

Cinnabar Moth Publishing, 318 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781953971012
(Reviewed: December, 2020)

Not My Ruckus is a disturbing and compelling novel told from an unusual perspective. While not labeled “Young Adult,” it seems geared for this audience.

It’s 1980 in Texas, where 14-year-old Clare lives with Frank, her big but cowardly older brother; her “ample” mother and her secretive father. There are bars on the windows, locks […]

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The Other Side of the Ocean

Beverley Bell

Xlibris, 264 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781984506795
(Reviewed: December, 2020)

When war comes to a young man’s Sierra Leone town, his life is brutally changed in Beverley Bell’s The Other Side of the Ocean.

Saah is a happy teenager living in Freetown with his family. He is aware of the war —known as the blood diamond war—raging in his country, but so far life has […]

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Sopris

Roger Colley

iUniverse, 244 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781663203830
(Reviewed: December, 2020)

In this latest episode in a series examining climate change and global terrorism, Roger Colley revisits engineer Michael Reynolds, a man known for his Jack Ryan-esque deeds. Here, however, the action focuses on the internal conflict of the Taliban assassin who barely escaped in the last book.

Thrillers often employ the trappings of international intrigue […]

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From the Ashes of 391

Allen Brady

iUniverse, 512 pages, (paperback) $28.99, 9781532076763
(Reviewed: December, 2020)

In his memoir, Alabama author Allen Brady shares a collection of memories, observations, and unexpected turns, focusing on “the sweetness of life” with an occasional “bit of its bitterness”

Brady, a red-headed boy with freckles, was raised on a subsistence farm in the backwoods near Montgomery, Alabama, where he lived with his parents and 10 […]

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The Story of Red Bay, East End

Charles H. Wheatley, OBE, PhD

iUniverse, 40 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532094767
(Reviewed: December, 2020)

In The Story of Red Bay, East End, author Charles Wheatley explores the history of a beautiful parcel of the world often overlooked by modern travel writers.

Red Bay, East End is located in the Virgin Islands. The name originates from the prominent red rocks that once surrounded it, which served as a directional beacon […]

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Fatal Decision: A Sam Harker Thriller

T.K. Wolf

WolfPrint Publishing, 332 pages, (paperback) $9.99, 9781735918211
(Reviewed: December, 2020)

Fatal Decision is the first in  a series of action novels by T.K. Wolf. It features capable female assassin Samantha Harker.

In Harker’s backstory, her parents were killed by a drunk driver who received a slap on the wrist. Filled with rage, Harker rigged the killer’s death in a car accident. Her clever crime was […]

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Amazing Grace

Christiane Banks

iUniverse, 414 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781532091964
(Reviewed: December, 2020)

Christiane Banks’ Amazing Grace, a follow-up to Amelia’s Prayer, could be summed up by the adage: terrible things happen to good people.

Banks’ second novel reacquaints readers with the Lavalle family as they move on from the death of Amelia, beloved mother and wife. The opening chapters seem to indicate the story will follow each […]

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The Iron Labyrinth

Merrilee Beckman

iUniverse, 386 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532089008
(Reviewed: December, 2020)

Set in 1947 England, Merrilee Beckman’s debut novel, the first book in a trilogy, is a thought-provoking work of speculative fiction that revolves around a mild-mannered editor who finds himself inexplicably transported underground, where he becomes one of countless slaves forced to exist in a nightmarish iron labyrinth.

The last memory Brian Renwick has of […]

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The Greatest Hoax on Earth: Catching Truth, While We Can

Alan C. Logan

Glass Spider Publishing, 470 pages, (hardcover) $34.99, 9781736197400
(Reviewed: December, 2020)

In his fascinating, true-crime expose, The Greatest Hoax on Earth, Alan C. Logan aims to debunk Frank W. Abagnale’s claim in his best-selling autobiography, Catch Me If You Can, that he’s “the world’s greatest con man.”

Abagnale, self-proclaimed master criminal with a heart of gold, has managed to parlay his Robin Hood-esque, yet rarely vetted, […]

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