Friedrichstrasse Central

Geoff Logan

AuthorHouse, 388 pages, (paperback) $23.00, 9781728398785
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

In this novel, Geoff Logan continues his saga about historical conundrums, international intrigue, and the Knights Templar. The time-jumping sequel (to The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights) retains similar themes but expands multiple storylines —all crystallizing in a cliffhanger conclusion.

The hero, circa late 1970s, is jet-setting Australian geologist Iva Davies, who sees a mysterious […]

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Becoming Okay (When You’re Not Okay): A Step-by-Step Guide to Decrease Suffering and Develop Acceptance

Bryan Bushman, PhD

BCS, 417 pages, (paperback) $11.95, 9780692078259
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

With his insight into how and why we suffer, psychotherapist Dr. Bryan Bushman offers valuable advice on how to change behaviors that result in misery

Bushman introduces the human condition succinctly: “We experience pain because we’re alive; we experience suffering because of how we respond.” To relieve suffering caused by unhealthy responses, he offers a […]

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Treasure of the Holy Quincunx: A Travis One-Shoe Thriller

E. T. Ellison

Clownbox Press, 254 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9781734803600
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

In this near-future dystopian, sci-fi novel—an addition to E.T. Ellison’s six-volume The Nevergate Chronicles—a partially cybernetic ne’er do well finds himself on the dangerous end of a treasure hunt.

Ellison borrows precipitously from a variety of subgenres, ranging from the cyberpunk of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson to the ultraviolence of films like A Clockwork […]

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The Deadly Crocus: Falling Sky: Book 1

E. T. Ellison

Clownbox Press, 316 pages, (ebook) $3.99, 9780996582216
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

In E.T. Ellison’s The Deadly Crocus, Glix Larue is a seemingly ordinary teenage girl caught up in a fight to save her imaginary planetoid, Hallah.

Glix lives in the town of Quince and is about to be crowned a Queen of Niceness at the idyllic annual Fairdilly Fair when a terrifying phenomenon interrupts events: Parts […]

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The Awakening

Anne Williams

The Pneuma Project , 302 pages, (hardcover) $29.99, 9780578694948
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Anne Williams’ novel tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who is selected for an elite boarding school for those who are magically affiliated with the elements of water, fire, air and earth.

Choosing the affiliate of water, Emily shares a room in the water dorm with Ashley, who becomes her bestie. Emily soon learns […]

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Soulstealer

Shane Boulware

TheoryBEE, 386 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781734706307
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Shane Boulware’s Soulstealer, Book 1: Nythan tells the eerie tale of a man inhabited by a soul-sucking demon.

Nythan Dwienz is a cadet in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps studying at a Florida college when he kills a homicidal burglar in his home. Once the burglar dies, a weird mist enters Nythan’s body, […]

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Create Your Success: The Lived Experience

Patricia Butterworth

Balboa Press, 98 pages, (paperback) $8.99, 9781504320184
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

In Create Your Success: The Lived Experience, Patricia Butterworth tells her story of personal growth through the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s, and on through her embracing of New Age practices and intensive martial arts training.

Butterworth quickly describes her Catholic childhood in Sydney, Australia, before diving into her hippie years. American readers may […]

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Zoos of the Midwest: An Animal Photo Book and Travel Guide to 28 Midwestern Zoos

Stephen Toothman

ZPBG Publishing, (paperback) $39.99 pages, 200, 9781734367805
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Photographer and animal enthusiast Stephen Toothman’s Zoos of the Midwest offers an illustrated and conservation-focused travel and photo guide showcasing 28 zoos in seven Midwestern states—North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri—selected for their high animal care standards and conservation, scientific, and educational programs.

Organized into two distinct parts, the first is […]

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Throes: A Transformative Parable – An Epic Journey into Darkness and Discovery of Transcendence

Mary Dolor

iUniverse, 248 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532088100
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Mary Dolor’s Throes is part fictionalized memoir, part self-help book that recounts the tortured path of a mother and her substance-abusing daughter.

Dolor’s “parable” uses a mother and daughter as archetypes symbolizing those possessed by “the beast” of addiction. The story is narrated by Susan, adopted mother of Mariah.

As a child, Mariah exhibited sudden […]

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Faculty Affairs and Other Stories

Richard Stein

Diggypod, 401 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9780575706528
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Fidelity, ambition and the decisions that shape our lives are the themes driving Faculty Affairs and Other Stories, Richard Stein’s sprawling and ambitious short story collection.

The collection contains 27 stories that can stand alone, although a minor character in one may be the protagonist in another. While many take place in and around Nashville, […]

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