Arise Pendragon: Arthurian Tales

Leon Mintz

Erie Harbor Productions, 491 pages, (paperback) $10.00, 9780971782860
(Reviewed: March, 2017)

Arise Pendragon is the second in Leon Mintz’s epic Arthurian Tales series, but the characters will hardly be unfamiliar to fans of one of the Western world’s most enduring myths.

Arise Pendragon tracks a seminal stretch in the life of young King Arthur, who has yet to take on the regal trappings of popular legend. […]

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Lenin, Hitler, and Me

Boris J. Kochanowsky

Lulu, 263 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781483461717
(Reviewed: March, 2017)

From a privileged life in Siberia before his family suffered fallout from the Russian Revolution to his harrowing traverse across Europe to escape the Nazis, Boris J. Kochanowsky recounts his inspiring story in this memoir, weaving the history of an era with a man’s indomitable will to survive.

Hoping to realize his dreams, Kochanowsky left […]

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Curse of the Dark Shadows: Book 2 The Lion Roars

Gloria Marshall

Xlibris, 223 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781524503291
(Reviewed: March, 2017)

A dark, haunting work of historical fiction, Curse of the Dark Shadows: The Lion Roars is a story of adventure, family and a broken man’s quest for redemption.

Lord Geoffrey Brightwood has returned to England after years in India. With him, he brings two young sons, each from a different mother. Although he […]

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Jockey Daughter

Tracey Cooper

iUniverse, 178 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781532004384
(Reviewed: March, 2017)

Readers of Jockey Daughter might well expect horses and racetracks to be the focus of this memoir. But while jockeys and trainers do drop by the Coopers’ suburban Maryland home, they are footnotes in a larger story about the author’s abusive childhood.

Tracey Cooper’s father is a jockey, but it’s her abusive mother […]

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The Biographies of Ordinary People—Volume 1: 1989–2000

Nicole Dieker

Pronoun, 382 pages, (ebook) $3.99, 9780998674308
(Reviewed: March, 2017)

This novel follows the lives of the Gruber family: parents Jack and Rosemary and daughters Meredith, Natalie and Jackie.

As the story opens, Rosemary is celebrating her 35th birthday and the family is about to travel from Oregon to Missouri for Jack’s new job. In Missouri, the Grubers befriend the MacAllisters, whose lifestyle is quite […]

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Monsieur Pierre

Anne Dana, illustrated by Anne Dana

LO Annie Press, 28 pages, (paperback) $8.95, 9780998138107
(Reviewed: March, 2017)

Monsieur Pierre is the story of a French octopus who, while up for any adventure, really just wants to find friends. The narrator’s voice and illustrations evoke some beloved 1970s picture books, including The Giant Jam Sandwich and Duffy and the Devil, and charmingly coax readers into the story.

As a child, Monsieur Pierre was […]

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Poor No More: An American Dream

Steven Bentley, MD

iUniverse, 178 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532011610
(Reviewed: March, 2017)

Steven Bentley tells the story of his troubled childhood and eventual career as an emergency medicine physician in his memoir, Poor No More.

Bentley was one of five children of an alcoholic mother and a father with white supremacist leanings. His parents divorced when he was 7. He and two siblings eventually ended […]

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Soul Jazz: Jazz in the Black Community, 1945-1975

Bob Porter

Xlibris, 281 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781524547868
(Reviewed: March, 2017)

Soul Jazz is a marvel of a book, written by an author who lives and breathes the topic.

Bob Porter is a writer and record producer who has recorded some of the greatest jazz and blues artists of our time, including Hank Crawford, Jimmy McGriff, Gene Ammonds and Funk, Inc., and also helped […]

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Stewardship: One Incredible Adventure!

George Haynes

iUniverse, 32 pages, (paperback) $9.95, 9781491791288
(Reviewed: March, 2017)

When Christians talk about stewardship, they are often referring to money, tithing and financial balance sheets. Author George Haynes asks readers to expand their understanding of the concept, contending that God is generous and wants us to think bigger, not to focus so much on money but on how to physically and spiritually support […]

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Achaladair: There Is More Than Gold, in Them Thar Hills

William S. Young

AuthorHouse, 240 pages, (paperback) $19.76, 9781524665470
(Reviewed: March, 2017)

With Achaladair, author William S. Young spins a yarn detailing the adventures of British MI6 intelligence agents Frank Mullholland, Tom Sommerville and team as they confront a Cold War conspiracy in Scotland’s Glencoe mountains.

Set in 1962 as a semi-sequel to an adventure during which Frank and Tom save JFK from an IRA-Communist […]

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