The Great Windships: How Sailing Ships Made the Modern World

Brian Stafford

Xlibris, 282 pages, (paperback) $55.99, 9781669888161
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

A ringing 21-gun salute to the heyday of sailing ships, Brian Stafford’s narrative history, The Great Windships: How Sailing Ships Made the Modern World, displays an old-fashioned relish for the daring of nautical adventurers and innovators of yore.

The book begins by carefully defining relevant terminology, explaining how a sailing ship is built, with its […]

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The Chronicles of Iona: Cradle of Saints

Paula de Fougerolles

Careswell Press, 421 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9780692043868
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

Paula de Fougerolles’s Cradle of Saints is the fourth installment to her highly ambitious The Chronicles of Iona series set in sixth-century Ireland, Scotland and England.

Fougerolles is an accomplished scholar specializing in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic history. Her expertise shines through every sentence of this story.

The book jumps right into the action previously […]

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Moonlight Can Be Deadly (A Discount Detective Mystery #4)

Charlotte Stuart

Amphorae Publishing, 295 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781940442471
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

Charlotte Stuart hits all the cozy mystery marks with a well-balanced blend of quirky characters, odd twists, and lively writing—adding a dollop of droll political commentary for added flavor.

Cameron Chandler likes her job as a detective for Penny-wise Investigations: Discount Detective Agency; she enjoys her co-workers, including her glamorous boss P.W. and her trivia-spouting […]

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Peter Massam

Balboa Press, 108 pages, (paperback) $15.18, 9781982286071
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

In this slender first volume of a fictional trilogy, a boy becomes a man, learning as he goes all the lessons that come with it.

The story is set in England and begins with a bit of boyish mischief as George, the protagonist, and his young friend Andrew sneak dish washing soap bottles from home […]

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Corky Tails: Tales of a Tailless Dog Named Sagebrush: Sagebrush and the Never Summer Mountains

Joni Franks

Xlibris, 38 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781669822592
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

In Joni Franks’ seventh book of the Corky Tails series, the tailless dog Sagebrush and her friends go on a mission to save a village.

The Shuns, a group of tiny people living in the woods, are faced with the interruption of their village’s water source, the result of a landslide in the mountains that […]

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Mary Magdalene: a Disciple, Friend and Companion of Jesus. A Story for Girls

Bonnie Ring

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(Reviewed: November, 2022)

A retold Bible story for children, illustrated with a variety of classic paintings, Mary Magdalene chronicles Jesus’s baptism, rise to prominence, and subsequent death, paying special attention to the women who followed and supported him.

The book opens in Nazareth, with a young Jesus being revealed as the son of God upon his baptism. He […]

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The American Outsider

Homa Pourasgari

Linbrook Press, 308 pages, (hardcover) $22.00, 9780977978038
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

Homa Pourasgari’s novel The American Outsider follows an American animal rights activist to Japan, where she advocates for the rights of dolphins and finds an unexpected chance at love.

At age 40, Tessa Walker remains haunted by a teenage trip to Japan, where she saw dolphins cruelly hunted and killed. Now a veterinarian in Los […]

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The Hollow Boys: The Dream Rider Saga, Book 1

Douglas Smith

Spiral Path Books, 382 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781928048275
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

A Canadian teenager—and secret superhero—is tested to the max in this fast-paced fantasy adventure for young adults.

Homeless kids are disappearing from the streets of Toronto. Journalist Harry Lyle doesn’t know how teen Will Dreycott finds answers, but he tells Will what he knows about missing street boys and hopes Will can supply some leads […]

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Vampiro, Volume II: the Obsidian Knife

Dr. Don W. Hill, M.D. and Tom Cavaretta

Bookwhip Company, 326 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781953537560
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

The second installment of Don W. Hill’s and Tom Cavaretta’s Vampiro Trilogy (after The Night Crawler Protocol) continues the story of a vampire outbreak in the Southwest—caused by a virus spread by chickens—that threatens the world.

Set in the 1980s, the story revolves largely around Blake Barker, a hardware store manager whose life has been […]

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Where in the World is God? Humanity as Mirror

Hope Raymond

ReadersMagnet, 540 pages, (paperback) $25.99, 9781959165576
(Reviewed: November, 2022)

Hope Raymond’s Where in the World is God explores the evolution of human consciousness from our earliest myths to our current technological era, offering speculation on the role of spirituality.

The book offers three sections. Part One explores the rise of Judeo-Christian tradition in which humans defined themselves in relation to God before science eroded […]

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