A Citizen’s Perspective

Paul Schwartz

Xlibris, 276 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781524587376
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

In A Citizen’s Perspective, columnist Paul Schwartz collects a series of articles he wrote during the 2016 election season and its aftermath.

Schwartz writes for the Montgomery County Sentinel, a local newspaper in Montgomery County, Maryland. He groups his columns into topics ranging from recent Supreme Court decisions to the 2016 campaign (both regionally and […]

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Nature’s Nature

Sixto R. Castillo

iUniverse, 36 pages, (paperback) $10.99, 9781532054440
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

Sixtro R. Castillo’s collection of musings, Nature’s Nature: From the Heart that Speaks, delivers mixed success in what he describes as an “abstract world of rhythmic poetry and prose.”

At his best, he evokes an authenticity in his depiction of a hard-lived life. In “The Deafening Noise,” he writes: “Sound and echo is all around […]

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The Happiness Playlist: The True Story Of Healing My Heart With Feel Good Music

Mark Mallman

Think Piece Publishing, 134 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9780986360732
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

In The Happiness Playlist, Mark Mallman offers a compelling memoir covering a time in his life influenced by his decision to listen to “happy” music in order to recover from grief.

Mallman is a veteran Minneapolis musician known for his headline-catching marathon performances (he once had 75 musicians back him for two days while he […]

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The Adventures of Mr. Fuzzy Ears: Searching for a Furry Friend

Donna Carr Roberts

iUniverse, 34 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781532061707
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

The Adventures of Mr. Fuzzy Ears tells the story of a small dog looking for a friend. Colorful, impressionistic paintings enrich the approachable text.

Mr. Fuzzy Ears is an easygoing dog in a happy home, but he yearns for an animal friend. As he searches his home and yard for one, he learns that the […]

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Playing God in Chair Twelve: A Juror’s Faith-Changing Journey

Carl Dubler

Golden Elm Press, 227 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781732529205
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

Many adults have served on a jury. Few, however, have been charged with the grave task, as Carl Dubler was, of deciding if a man should live or die—a challenging experience he details in his memoir, Playing God in Chair Twelve.

Dubler, raised in Northern Colorado, attended a fundamentalist evangelical Christian church. His world view […]

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30th Century: Revived

Mark Kingston Levin, PhD

Quantum Group Investments, 438 pages, (paperback) $24.95, 9780998918310
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

The second in a sci-fi trilogy, 30th Century: Revived combines time travel, sexual exploration, and globe-trotting adventures.

After revealing to her husband Marty that she is part of a secret society of scientists from the 30th century, Jennifer Hero attempts to adjust to her new life in the 21st century, mend her relationship, […]

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Brexit Demise of Great Britain: Rulers of One of the World’s Great Powers Go Haywire

Ernie Hasler

AuthorHouse, 396 pages, (paperback) $23, 9781728380551
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

Ernie Hasler’s new thriller follows a man’s journey into the British underworld and beyond, through a host of increasingly bizarre plot twists.

As the novel begins, a woman activist named Kelly is attempting to sabotage a nuclear submarine in Scotland. Hasler then flashes back to her courtship and marriage to boyfriend Douglas, which includes his […]

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A Deadly Homecoming

Jane Bennett Munro

iUniverse, 211 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532054907
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

In her latest puzzler, Jane Bennett Munro brings back Toni Day, a spunky 50-year-old pathologist who is known “to love a good mystery.”

From the outset, it seems there is more than one mystery to solve as Day learns that family friend Doris — who precipitously married the charismatic Dick Campbell shortly after her first […]

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The Day Daniel Left

Brandon Dean

Xlibris, 239 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781984542670
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

In this tale, a medical crisis moves a man to recall his life, particularly leading up to a reunion 25 years prior.

As the story opens, Daniel Connor and his wife have learned that the medication for an unnamed disease that’s causing Daniel’s brain to shrivel and bruise is not working. Soon, their friend Barbara, […]

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The Twentieth Terrorist

Wayne E. Beyea

iUniverse, 203 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532056703
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

In this cat-and-mouse thriller, New York State Police Investigator Tom Weston must up his game to bring down a notorious terrorist tied to Osama bin Laden.

Weston had been hunting Omar Bashoul for past crimes. On the day Bashoul appears in court, he suddenly gloats that the following day—September 11—will bring America to its knees. […]

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