The Winner Maker

Jeff Bond

Jeff Bond Books, 332 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9781732255203
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

Deception plays a major role in Jeff Bond’s gripping thriller, a story packed with kidnapping, murder, manhunts and conspiracy.

The captivating plot centers on five high school alumni who share the distinction of being named “Winners” by Bob Fiske, their revered teacher/coach. The Winners are an elite group selected each year by Fiske, […]

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A Journey into Prayer

Bill Sweet

Xlibris, 375 pages, (paperback) $22.99, 9781401091491
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

A Journey Into Prayer tells the ultimately tragic true story of Bruce and John Klingbeil, a father-and-son team that scientifically investigated the effectiveness of prayer. Recounted by Bill Sweet, a friend and participant in the Klingbeils’ research, it provides an account of two men obsessed with an ill-fated research project.

The Klingbeils were Christian Scientists, […]

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The Lamb of God

John Mahon

Xlibris, 150 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781984531308
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

In The Lamb of God, neurologist John Mahon attempts to bridge the gap between science and religion to solve the problems plaguing modern humanity.

Mahon suffered from bipolar disorder, alcoholism, and an adulterous lifestyle. Hypnosis offered some relief and sparked his interest in mysticism. Then, during a terrifying seizure, he felt certain God wanted him […]

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The Power of Attitude Capital

Marc Lamont

AuthorHouse, 200 pages, (paperback) $24.49, 9781728381503
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

Marc Lamont’s The Power of Attitude Capital posits the idea that the attitude of employees is vital to both individual and company success, offering a thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of a topic often taken for granted.

Lamont has worked 43 years in management. While he never expressly defines the term “attitude capital,” he comes closest […]

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There Ariseth Light in the Darkness: A Novel of First Century Galilee

JV Love

One Day Press, 325 pages, (ebook) $0.00, 9781733710718
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

Love and forgiveness are the overarching messages in JV Love’s historical novel There Ariseth  Light in the Darkness. To tell his story, he follows three diverse characters concurrent to the timeframe of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ of Galilee.

Jonah is a Jew who, because of a tragedy in childhood, becomes […]

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Lincoln and Booth

William Vincent

Xlibris, 580 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781543421118
(Reviewed: June, 2019)

With Lincoln and Booth, William Vincent offers a free verse, closet drama or “reading play” in the tradition of Stephen Vincent Benét’s John Brown’s Body. Lincoln and Booth, like the latter, addresses the Civil War and covers much the same timeline, beginning before Lincoln’s election and extending just beyond John Wilkes Booth’s death. In this […]

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Billion or Bust!: Growing a Tech Company in Texas

Lanham Napier

The Braun Collection, 166 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9780692174883
(Reviewed: May, 2019)

Lanham Napier’s business memoir Billion or Bust! details the author’s experience growing the internet server company Rackspace to a billion-dollar company through the tumultuous tech boom years.

Napier chronicles his journey from director of a venture capital firm to his ascension to Rackspace’s CEO and eventual departure in 2014. Throughout, he relates the sometimes-harsh […]

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Denver Moon: The Saint of Mars

Joshua Viola and Warren Hammond

Hex Publishers, 260 pages, (ebook) $4.99, 9781733917711
(Reviewed: May, 2019)

Flawlessly blending adventure science fiction and hard-boiled detective fiction, the second installment in Joshua Viola and Warren Hammond’s series featuring Mars private investigator Denver Moon pits the ass-kicking anti-heroine against a religious extremist bent on overturning the already unstable political power structure of the struggling Mars colony.

With the Church of Mars and its followers […]

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The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy: Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected

Edwin Wong

Friesen Press, 378 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781525537561
(Reviewed: May, 2019)

“Tragedy is a tired art,” declares Edwin Wong in his opening sentence, the first of many provocative statements in this bold attempt to create a modern “working model” for an ancient art.

In Wong’s view, what the great ages of tragedy had that modern playwrights lack was a template such as the one provided by […]

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Stories from Squirrel Hill: Book One

Paul Sleman Clark, illustrated by Ray Driver

Ozymandias Publishing Co., 88 pages, (paperback) $9.95, 9781798855898
(Reviewed: May, 2019)

Stories from Squirrel Hill is a charming and engaging anthology of six tales whose characters are the stars of the show.

Madison lives near Briar Woo, a forest filled with adventures, where her friends are a cat named Kitty who loves to complain and two anthropomorphic stuffed animals: Ellie, an elephant prone to sticky situations, […]

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