Head Waggling in Delhi: And Other Travel Tales from an Epic Journey Around India

Eytan Uliel

Archway Pubishing, 307 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781480867987
(Reviewed: December, 2019)

Great travel writers practice alchemy: synthesizing the sights, sounds and smells of their travels into a transcendent reading experience. Eytan Uliel showcases such skill in this memoir, Head Waggling in Delhi.

Uliel employs irony, humor, and humility to highlight the experiences of he and his girlfriend during their college days, backpacking throughout India in the […]

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District of Columbia

Jefferson Flanders

Munroe Hill Press, 386 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9780990867555
(Reviewed: December, 2019)

In Jefferson Flanders’ compelling historical novel, the ideals of a privileged young man of the East Coast establishment and his like-minded friends are severely tested by the wrenching changes of the 1960s and ‘70s that would transform America.

A State Department diplomat and aspiring poet, Dillon Randolph, like so many Americans, is buoyed by the […]

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The God That I Know – Psalms for the Modern World

John Rogers

Covenant Books, 132 pages, (paperback) $24.95, 9781644718391
(Reviewed: December, 2019)

John Rogers’s The God that I Know: Psalms for the Modern World is a collection of 75 psalms exploring the author’s relationship with God, who he sees as loving and forgiving.

Rogers is a graceful writer, with a maturity, clarity, and warmth that seems to come from his Christian humility and gratitude. Many of his […]

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Ryan’s Robot

Brian Kacica

Magic Penny Press, 317 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9780998277783
(Reviewed: December, 2019)

In Brian Kacica’s YA novel, Ryan’s Robot, a depressed 15-year-old boy who loves to perform magic tricks must try to pull off the biggest one yet: to bring his mother back to life.

Ryan’s father Victor is a brilliant artificial intelligence creator who works for Carter Wardlow, billionaire CEO of an AI company in Chimera […]

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Self-Styled: Chasing Dr. Robert Vernon Spears

Alan C. Logan

Glass Spider Publishing, 362 pages, (hardcover) $28.99, 9780578558349
(Reviewed: November, 2019)

Alan C. Logan’s excellent book tells the true story of a mysterious plane crash and the prominent man implicated in the disaster.

At the heart of the book is the crash of National Airlines Flight 967, which plunged into the Gulf of Mexico on Nov. 16, 1959. Forty-two people were on board, and […]

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Karma’s Street Justice

R. Roberts Gibson

iUniverse, 336 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532063756
(Reviewed: November, 2019)

R. Roberts Gibson’s Karma’s Street Justice, set in Michigan, is a police procedural, courtroom drama, romance novel and explicit erotic story — all in one.

Main characters are Anita Tolliver, an African American judge, and Lt. Detective Sherman Lacy, who share a passionate relationship, although Anita is married. Others include Carlos, an overweight, young black […]

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Cuauhtémoc: Deception and Treason

D L Davies

URLink Print and Media, LLC, 328 pages, (paperback) $10.99, 9781643678535
(Reviewed: November, 2019)

When the first three books in D L Davies’ alternate history of the 16thcentury were released in rapid succession, the author promised a fourth. After a long hiatus, Cuauhtémoc: Deception and Treason completes the episodic tetrology.

Previous titles followed Cuauhtémoc from a boy, through his rise to Mayan emperor and his awakening understanding of his […]

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Heart To Beat: A Cardiac Surgeon’s Inspiring Story of Success and Overcoming Adversity—The Heart Way

Brian Lima, M.D.

Clovercroft Publishing, 240 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781950892358
(Reviewed: November, 2019)

This combination memoir/motivational guide tells a story of Dr. Brian Lima’s extraordinary discipline and drive.

Born in New Jersey to Cuban immigrants who struggled to get by, Lima transformed himself from an average eighth-grade student into a high school valedictorian before setting off on an arduous track of medical/surgical training to become a cardiac surgeon […]

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Apostles’ Creed

Len Titow

Xlibris, 196 pages, (paperback) $20.69, 9781796003437
(Reviewed: November, 2019)

Len Titow’s novel Apostles’ Creed seems intended to drive home a point about how modernity is the enemy of the church. Ascertaining this theme from the cast of characters and situations presented is a challenge, however.

In Chapter 1, the first-person narrator is a reporter named Ray Brant. In subsequent chapters, Brant pops up infrequently […]

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Jamylah and the Giants

Adrian Brooks Collins

Adrian Brooks Collins, 52 pages, (paperback) $15.00, 9780578482347
(Reviewed: November, 2019)

Jamylah and the Giants is an offbeat picture book about a young girl in Ohio who learns that giants were once real.

Jamylah is celebrating her eighth birthday at a backyard party when a swimming accident leaves her unconscious. Jamylah’s consciousness, separated from her own body, abruptly faces a periwinkle-skinned giant who asks her to […]

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