Hieronymus Hawkes

Hieronymus Hawkes, 392 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9780578853635
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

With Effacement, Hieronymus Hawkes merges science fiction and thriller genres to depict a dystopian world of government surveillance and altered reality.

In the near-future, people have largely traded the real world for a virtual reality made possible by implanted biometric chips that record an individual’s entire existence on a “lifelog” and are the only way […]

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Foresight Investing: A Complete Guide to Finding Your Next Great Trade

James H. Lee

BookBaby, 380 pages, (hardcover) $70.00, 9781098341220
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

The future promises both change and investment opportunities, and James H. Lee helps to chart a course in his excellent book Foresight Investing. Lee is a professional futurist, which means that despite his wide and deep knowledge, he is fundamentally interested in answering a simple question: “What’s next?”

The first 100 pages dazzle with a […]

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Born in Salt

T. C. Weber

Freedom Thorn Press, 330 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781736901717
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

T.C. Weber’s Born in Salt chronicles the aftermath of an alternate history in which Charles Lindbergh fomented a coup against FDR, sided with the Nazis, shredded the U.S. Constitution, and ushered in an oppressive oligarchy. Set in 1983, eugenics are now the law of the land, corruption is rampant, and poverty is ubiquitous.

While the […]

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it’s come to this: A Pandemic Diary

Laura Pedersen

Laura Pedersen, 214 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781736736203
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

With equal measure of lively wit and solemnity, former New York Times columnist Laura Pedersen powerfully recalls the unprecedented events of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lest the dizzying rollercoaster ride of the pandemic become a blur of press conferences, toilet paper shortages, and, more seriously, a stupefying loss of life, Pedersen details 2020’s events, bringing new […]

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The Velocity Mindset: How Leaders Eliminate Resistance, Gain Buy-In, and Achieve Better Results—Faster

Ron Karr

Amplify Publishing, 216 pages, (hardcover) $28.00, 9781645436287
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

What makes a good leader? Having a vision? Superior organizational skills? Charisma? For motivational speaker Ron Karr, a good leader has what he terms “the Velocity Mindset.”

Karr defines velocity as “Speed + Direction.” With the Velocity Mindset, leaders visualize a clear, desired end-state and then reason back from this goal to the steps required […]

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Eat Your Rice Cakes: Discovering Empowerment After a Life-Changing Diagnosis

Margaret Weiss, RD, CDCES

Wishbone Media, 184 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9780578796291
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

Margaret Weiss’s inspiring book, Eat Your Rice Cakes— aimed at both patients and healthcare providers—focuses on the emotional fallout that occurs when a new diagnosis requires major dietary changes.

From the book’s first line, readers are thrust headfirst into the desperation felt by those grappling with difficult food-related conditions. “There I was with the door […]

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Sacred Life: Healing from the Virus in Consciousness

Bedri Cag Cetin

Bedri Cag Cetin, 262 pages, (paperback) $15.00, 9798584936259
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

In Sacred Life, a student of brain science and psychology narrates how his Inner Guide led him through turmoil and pain to inner peace.

Bedri Cag Cetin encountered his Inner Guide for the first time at age 24 when a dangerous Turkish gang blackmailed his family. The gang didn’t succeed because of what seemed to […]

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Predator / Nomad

Daniel Micko

770 Publishing, 513 pages, (paperback) ,
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

Set largely in the years leading up to 9/11, Daniel Micko’s shelf-bending science fiction thriller revolves around a genetic scientist’s revolutionary—and highly unethical—research into cloning.

Dr. Jordan Roberts is a driven woman whose studies into accelerated genetic growth, genetic splicing, and cell regeneration have covertly had a radical impact on the world’s balance of power. […]

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Hall of Skulls

Jamie Eubanks

Jamie Eubanks, 357 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781736771600
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

This science fiction adventure tale with a romantic twist delivers a labyrinthine plot that will delight readers who enjoy following a hero figure on a complicated quest.

Koa Kai is chosen to become Captain of the Mokuteki people, take leadership of the planet Churi, and literally occupy the Tei Tog—“the [golden] captain’s seat named after […]

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Crohn’s Crisis and Christianity

Loretta D Eastwood

ReadersMagnet, 60 pages, (paperback) $6.19, 9781953616432
(Reviewed: May, 2021)

In Crohn’s Crisis and Christianity, Loretta Eastwood inspires readers to live life to its fullest despite chronic health challenges.

At age 21, Eastwood was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease: “An incurable chronic inflammatory disease of the digestive tract.” Her adult life has been a continuous struggle with flare-ups of her condition, which include […]

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