The Guardians: The Search for the Golden Praying Mantis

Rick Boyle

iUniverse, 361 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532053450
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

Rick Boyle’s fantasy novel for young readers follows three teenagers and their teacher as they search for a magical insect.

Seth is a star football player, and his younger brother, Sean, generally has his nose in a book. Nevertheless, they share a loving bond. Their lives change dramatically when Miss Tia, their science teacher, offers […]

Read full review...

On Their Dime

J . G Mack

Xlibris, 62 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781984513113
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

Living with mental illness is a challenge at best, but being misdiagnosed can make life profoundly hard. In On Their Dime: The Manic Behavior of Charlie Taylor, Vol. II, author J.G. Mack shares fictional stories from the life of protagonist Charlie Taylor.

As the story opens, Charlie gets a job selling newspaper subscriptions with a […]

Read full review...

Gadjo

Lloyd Ingle

AuthorHouse, 396 pages, (paperback) $23, 9781546297666
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

This novel tells the story of Andrew, a young boy abandoned by his mother to live with relatives, and saved by an unlikely family that takes him into their fold.

Andrew is a lonely boy with no friends and an unloving home life when new student Gunari Bosworth joins his class. Gunari is a gypsy […]

Read full review...

Window to My Soul

Boby Beavers

Xlibris, 134 pages, (paperback) $20.69, 9781984500274
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

In Window to My Soul, Boby Beavers presents an unconventional collection, inviting readers on a journey through his creative and self-described “undisciplined” mind in the form of prose, poetry, free form verse, and short stories.

Beavers’ works aren’t organized by unifying theme, format, or style. In fact, a glance at the table of contents reveals […]

Read full review...

Paws for Reflection

Jo Anne Lefebvre

Xlibris, 92 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9781984539373
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

With her Paws for Refection, Jo Anne Lefebvre offers an essay and photograph book featuring her Weimaraner, Comanche. Lefebvre terms her essays “reflections,” and they cover topics ranging from balloons to seasons to compassion and death.

Most of the essays are just a paragraph long and are coupled with whimsical photographs of Comanche dressed in […]

Read full review...

Hearts Set Free

Jess Lederman

Azure Star, 387 pages, (paperback) $9.95, 9780998603018
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

Jess Lederman’s historical Christian novel, Hearts Set Free, delivers a riveting ride, beginning in the Alaskan territory in 1925 and ending up in modern-day Babylon, otherwise known as Las Vegas. Lederman captivates readers as he weaves in historical figures and events centering on the building of Hoover Dam, but also including WWI.

The […]

Read full review...

Determinate: Book 1 of the Declaration Series

jdgray1425

iUniverse, 348 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532053429
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

This futuristic science fiction novel sets the groundwork for the author’s planned series about technologically enhanced life after the Great Declaration—“a cataclysmic series of global pandemics in the early twenty-second century”.

The narrative consists of three stories that are parallel, rather than interwoven, and offer readers glimpses into this elaborate new world. A […]

Read full review...

Outbursts of a Privileged White Man: Thoughts of an Egotistical Fool

Baethan Balor

iUniverse, 466 pages, (paperback) $28.99, 9781532057625
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

Baethan Balor’s Outbursts of a Privileged White Man is a memoir in diary form, comprising the writer’s semi-daily observations and musings over the course of one year. Within it, he chronicles dysfunctional family dynamics, lingering heartbreak, an ambivalence toward physical relationships, degrading mental health, a fixation with philosophy, and the plodding labor of writing […]

Read full review...

Parousia: This Generation Series: Book 4

TC Joseph

Archway Publishing, 361 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781480864740
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

A science fiction-powered, epic reimagining of the Bible’s Book of Revelation, the fourth installment in the pseudonymous Joseph’s This Generation saga (after 2016’s Penance) culminates in a jaw-dropping conclusion that is simultaneously apocalyptic fiction and visionary utopian fiction.

The novel is set in the End Times—a period of tribulation that heralds the second […]

Read full review...

Attachment

Terrance Nathan

Xlibris, 176 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781984531964
(Reviewed: February, 2019)

Attachment, a screenplay written by Terrance Nathan, is a tale of cinematic obsession with horrifying consequences.

New York City copy-editor Jade Weary becomes increasingly preoccupied with deceased classic film star Joan Cassidy. He invests in her memorabilia, which enables her ghost to appear in his apartment.  The actress reveals herself on a projection […]

Read full review...