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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My Story

Mason Parker

Xlibris, 75 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781543483710
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

Redemption stories are perennially popular with readers; they offer a glimpse of hope that things can change for the better. In My Story, author Mason Parker describes a life shaken by addiction and poor choices and offers a surprising twist at the end.

Parker writes in simple language about growing up in a large family […]

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The Mind of the Depressed

Tristan James

iUniverse, 161 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532053092
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

Life with depression is a commonplace occurrence that nevertheless leaves those affected feeling alone. In The Mind of the Depressed: My Life, My Story, author Tristan James swerves between memoir and self-help as he describes a lifelong struggle with depression and the techniques he found helpful in treating it.

In prose that sometimes seems to […]

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From Elephants To Skyscrapers

Neill Lundgren

Fulton Books, 61 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781633386952
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

Few authors write with such unequivocal delight about their subject matter as Neill Lundgren does in her celebration of zoomorphic architecture, From Elephants to Skyscrapers. Lundgren features animal-shaped buildings from around the world and provides descriptive commentary and photographs for most.

The structures highlighted in this book include museums, restaurants, performance halls, houses […]

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The Fort

RP Burke

Xlibris, 156 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781984561923
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

The summer of 1968 is a time of personal growth for one 12-year-old who must face his fears in RP Burke’s novel, The Fort.

Jackson “Jack” O’Malley looks forward to a summer of playing baseball, hanging out with neighborhood friends, and exploring the nearby woods. Soon, Jack’s 13-year-old cousin Elbert arrives to spend the summer. […]

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The Misadventures of Rusty Kenneficke

Keith Thye

Classic Day Publishing, 248 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9781598492538
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

The Misadventures of Rusty Kenneficke, Keith Thye’s fictional tale based on actual people and events, is a journey of self-discovery for a 37-year-old, down-on-his-luck writer who hopes to find inspiration for his next book by traveling the West in an RV. Ultimately, he realizes his road adventure is merely a well-intentioned means of avoidance.

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The Siegfried Contingency

Steven H. Laskin

Enrapture Publishing, 210 pages, (paperback) $12.89, 9781732817005
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

Dark forces from the past threaten a rebirth in this fast-moving thriller by Steven H. Laskin.

Carl Traeger is a mild-mannered Seattle bookstore owner in the mid-1970s. So he’s shocked when an intruder points a pistol at him and makes a strange demand: “You know what I’ve come for,” the goon says, although […]

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The Impact of Mentoring African American Middle Grade Males

Linda W. Washington

Xlibris, 169 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781477157985
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

Dr. Linda W. Washington, an educator with degrees in administration, business, and leadership, presents a scholarly analysis of the forces behind educational struggles common to African American male middle schoolers and prescribes mentoring as the best form of intervention to address performance and discipline problems.

Washington notes that the core of mentoring is the formation […]

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The Humongous “Goober Slick!”

Carol Ann Conlin

Xlibris, 21 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781503576476
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

The Humongous “Goober Slick!” captures an afternoon with a woman and her mischievous pet pug.

Told in rhyme from the perspective of an elderly woman spending the day at home, The Humongous “Goober Slick!” opens with a ringing landline the woman must tend to. While she’s out of her chair, her dog hurries over and […]

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Sex After Seventy: It Gets Better

James A. Grant

iUniverse, 220 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532045806
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

James A. Grant’s Sex After Seventy addresses a once-taboo topic with conversational candor.

Writing from a Christian, sex-positive perspective, Grant aims to address what he feels is the often-ignored sex lives of post-menopausal couples. The author strongly believes in the health benefits gained by pursuing a satisfying sex life well into the golden years, and […]

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