We’re in DANGER! Who Will HELP Us?: Refugees and Migrants: A Test of Civilization

James N. Purcell Jr.

Archway , 558 pages, (paperback) $33.99, 9781480868809
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

In his book—part memoir, part commentary on U.S. refugee policy and its development—James N. Purcell, Jr. offers unique insights into the State Department’s inner-workings as his team formed the Bureau for Refugee Programs.

While the narrative starts from 1969 and moves chronologically to the early 1990’s, the primary focus is from 1979 to 1989 when […]

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Go Ask The Dead

Frank Tropea

ReadersMagnet, LLC, 171 pages, (paperback), 9781950947072
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

Frank Tropea’s Go Ask the Dead is a paranormal, erotic novel about a mediumistic witch in Richmond, Virginia, in the 1960s.

The promiscuous mother of 15-year-old Amanda has been missing for weeks, so Amanda feels justified in allowing her handsome new stepfather to take her virginity. A ghost informs Amanda that her mother was murdered […]

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The Next Election

Landon Wallace

Trinity River Press, 332 pages, (paperback) $10.95, 9780986173134
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

Landon Wallace’s The Next Election is a riveting, political page-turner. A sequel to his book The Election, it centers on Blake Buchanan’s return journey to the Texas state legislature after a failed gubernatorial campaign in the previous book.

Buchanan bowed out of the governor’s race after the operatives of his political opponent, Grace Striker, planned […]

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Rubicon

J.R. deSylva

iUniverse, 368 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532075827
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

This futuristic science fiction novel focuses on a military time traveler trying to influence positive changes in the future by going back to the past.

Divided into five parts—“Discover,” “Contact,” “Secrets,” “Rubicon,” and “Wormhole”—the book reveals various interconnecting stories ranging in time from 2049 to 2186. Employed by the Consortium Space Force, Colonel Ophrinu (of […]

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A Stand-In for Dying: Book 1: Brink of Life Trilogy

Rick Moskovitz

Fluke Tale Productions, 333 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9781734178906
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

Rick Moskovitz’s A Stand-in for Dying, is a gripping science fiction novel that explores the essence of being human in a society so technologically advanced that (for a price) someone can live forever.

Young and healthy, but poor and uneducated, Marcus excels at bodybuilding and extreme sports. Conversely, Ray is old and sickly, but earned […]

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Enchanted Everglades: Friend for Life

Gail Kowatch

Great Rays, 363 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9781733518420
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

G.A. Kowatch’s imaginative middle-grade novel takes young readers to the Florida’s Everglades, where two stranded youngsters renew their friendship and meet a menagerie of creatures, each on their own inner journey.

Twelve-year-olds Ocean River and Ellen Hansen had been best friends until a tragedy put them at odds. Lately Ellen only notices Ocean’s quirkiness and […]

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Socialized to Rebel: Changing the Course of America’s Children and Youth

Dr. Christina Christian

iUniverse, 156 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532073380
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

Education consultant and parenting expert Dr. Christina Christian offers an enlightening discussion and practical workbook aimed at offering ways to change a child’s behavior through more effective parenting. Christian’s “parenting ministry” outlines steps to socialization, a responsibility she feels has been abandoned by modern parents and increasingly left to the schools.

Poor socialization has created […]

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The Storytellers

John F. Corrigan

iUniverse, 520 pages, (paperback) $28.99, 9781532077531
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

John F. Corrigan’s historical mystery, The Storytellers, is a gripping page-turner—one that’s erudite, elegantly written, and fun to read.

Set in the spring of 1877, The Storytellers follows an expedition to the site of the Battle of Little Bighorn, where Custer led a few hundred men into an encampment of thousands of Sioux and Cheyenne. […]

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Rachel Barrowovski

Angela Anwyl

AuthorHouse, 54 pages, (paperback) $12.90, 9781728383965
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

In Angela Anwyl’s middle-grade novel, a group of schoolchildren meet Rachel Barrowovski, the peculiar new girl who is hiding a secret.

Set in Cumbria, England, the story begins when a swarthy mystery man sends an ominous text message to Miss Sharp, a teacher at Hilltop School. Sometime later, the man escorts Rachel to Hilltop for […]

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The Demon of the Well

James B. Hendricks

Book Baby, 72 pages, (paperback) $14.00,
(Reviewed: January, 2020)

James B. Hendricks’ poetic narrative—written entirely in balladic stanzas—about an aged trader and his fantastical encounter with a demon in the middle of a desert wasteland, is a storytelling tour de force: effortlessly fluid, razor focused, and thematically powerful, with a timeless quality.

The narrator, a young boy at the time, recounts his […]

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