Tragic Investment: How Race Sabotages Communities and Jeopardizes America’s Future—and What We Can Do about It

R. James Addington

iUniverse, 286 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532070815
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

R. James Addington minces no words in his book Tragic Investment: All of America is built on racism, he posits, arguing that America has “intentionally invested in racial oppression” to benefit whites.

Addington’s timing is perfect, as a national and passionate debate about white supremacy is reaching a crescendo. The author draws upon […]

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A Flutter of White Wings

Sylvia Hammann

Balboa Press, 288 pages, (paperback) $18.99, 9781504316811
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

Identified as a thriller on the back cover, Sylvia Hammann’s A Flutter of White Wings is more of a tame supernatural mystery.

Set in Australia, the story begins with Julie returning to the home of her former in-laws in Marickville, after moving away following her husband’s death. Julie is pregnant with the child of Dale, […]

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Pacifica

Richard C. Deason

AuthorHouse, 652 pages, (paperback) $29.50, 9781420829280
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

Richard C. Deason’s shelf-bending thriller, set in a near-future where a politically divided United States has fractured into smaller nation states, is equal parts cautionary tale and utopian fiction.

Tom and Anne Ryan believe their son David is a radical, an outlaw, a terrorist. Lifelong inhabitants of the Republic of Texas, they haven’t seen their […]

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Let Me Have My Say: This Is Who I Am

Rima Jbara

AuthorHouse, 94 pages, (paperback) $12.90, 9781728389974
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

In Let Me Have My Say: This is Who I Am, author Rima Jbara tells the story of a sculptor struggling to balance work and family with the career she truly wants.

Jbara makes bold choices in organizing the novel. Unfortunately, they don’t always pay off, and the novel presents many challenges to comprehension.

Virtually […]

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Mental Health Strong: A Christian’s Guide to Walking Resiliently alongside Your Spouse with a Mental Health Condition

Erin Ramachandran

iUniverse, 218 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532069284
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

It was a perfect storm of a marriage disaster, writes Erin Ramachandran in her new book. Her husband Keith was experiencing multiple mental health conditions, including PTSD, depression and severe Obsessive Compulsive Disease (OCD). His compulsive re-occurring behaviors, such as hours of ritual cleaning, were worsening to the point that living with him was affecting her own mental health. Yet the author believes God brought the two together permanently […]

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Pirate Dave Makes Some Friends

David Yates

Xlibris, 32 pages, (paperback) $21.99, 9781796020205
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

David Yates tells the story of an unusually friendly pirate in his creative children’s picture book Pirate Dave Makes Some Friends.

Pirate Dave, a bespectacled, rainbow sock-wearing fellow, looks nothing like a stereotypical pirate. Nor does his sentient ship, The Salty Dog, decorated with large smiling suns on its sails, look like a standard-issue pirate ship. But people constantly assume that Dave is mean, like other pirates. […]

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Christmas at Maplemont Manor: A Novel

Julie Manthey

Julie Manthey, 335 pages, (paperback) $12.50, 9781081012670
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

Julie Manthey’s Christmas at Maplemont Manor, is a modern-day romance set during the two weeks leading up to Christmas in the idyllic small town of Maplemont, New York.

The story involves two strong-willed protagonists: the self-sufficient, internationally trained chef, Noelle Kringle, who returned home from abroad after a family tragedy and took over the family bakery; and multi-millionaire, aloof Grant Fitzgerald, who inherited his grandfather’s manor and returns to Maplemont after selling his software business in Manhattan […]

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Six Haunting Tales

S. Lee Glick

Xlibris, 50 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781543462821
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

The title of S. Lee Glick’s slim offering, Six Haunting Tales, aptly explains the book’s content. There are, indeed, six tales that, as the author writes on the back cover, are taken from Glick’s “chilling imagination.”

In the first story, “Introduction to Mary Worth,” four boys camping in the woods bring back the ghost of a drowned woman who wants them to replace the children she lost in a flood. The second story is a cautionary tale about two women who drink too much and end up on a luxury liner on a course headed to abuse and sex trafficking. […]

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Eternal Shadow: Fall of Gods

Trevor B. Williams

Trevor Writes, 401 pages, , 9781733111836
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

Trevor Williams’ science fiction novel, Eternal Shadow, is a highly technical tale of a humongous entity moving at “unbelievable speed” and devouring planets on its way to Earth.

The plot is reminiscent of hard sci-fi master, Gregory Benford’s 2000 novel, Eater, itself a deepening of Fred Hoyle’s 1957, Black Hole. Both Benford and Williams’ stories […]

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For Goodness’ Sake: The Story Behind the Saint James 9/11 Bereavement Support Group

Pamela Koch

Archway Publishing, 266 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781480869769
(Reviewed: October, 2019)

After the sudden and horrific losses of September 11, 2001, grief-stricken families struggled to find a path forward. Pamela Koch’s memoir, For Goodness’ Sake, is the story of her involvement in the Saint James 9/11 Bereavement Support Group, which met for two years at Saint James Catholic Church in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

Koch is no stranger to grief, having experienced the deaths of several family members and friends, as well as surviving both breast cancer and leukemia. […]

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