The Freedom Building

Martin Kendall

Martin Kendall, 258 pages, (paperback) $10.46, 9781916299016
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

In The Freedom Building, a psychological study by Martin Kendall, 48-year-old mediocre architect John Gowan slowly loses touch with reality after he designs a world-class high-rise.

When the Zenith Star office building Gowan despises is destroyed by a terrorist car bomb, he fantasizes about designing a replacement building. That evening, however, he has a car […]

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Vietnam to Thieves’ Island

Jim Collins

Partridge, 188 pages, (paperback) $16.08, 9781543748611
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

Engineer and sailor Jim Collins recounts his many decades of adventures, from 1965 to the present, while working and journeying through the Asian Pacific, from Vietnam to Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, and the Philippines, to Saudi Arabia.

A Tasmanian-born Australian, Collins opens his memoir on his first major professional gig living in Saigon and helping construct […]

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A Labyrinth of Voices: A Chronicle of Seduction and Madness

Rick Ryan

Xlibris, 200 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781796061574
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

Rick Ryan’s new novel, set from the fall of 1979 to the summer of 1980, follows a man losing his grip on reality via a cult-like self-improvement program, drugs and alcohol, and an enigmatic woman.

When Mike Ridley’s friend introduces him to LifeAware, a series of personal development seminars promising a fast track to self-actualization, […]

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On Nana’s Shoulders

Vicki Schoen

Yellow City Publishing, 338 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781733624121
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

Family bonds are at the heart of this contemporary story – part women’s fiction and part mystery-lite – that tackles hope, disappointment, deceit, and, ultimately, love.

The story begins in a Texas courtroom where Nick Sherill has been sentenced to a 20-year prison term for manslaughter, a crime he insists he didn’t commit. His mother, […]

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Shadowshine | An Animal Adventure

Johnny Armstrong

Guernica Editions, 284 pages, (paperback) $25.00, 9781771834605
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

In this compelling imagined life of “forest-folk,” the wildlife kingdom strives to save themselves from those who would destroy it.

As the story begins, Zak, a possum and poet, strolls with Sena, “a handsome, well-groomed, and rather stately bobcat,” to the site of a wedding he’s officiating. Gathered there are a host of creatures: “cats, […]

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The Forgotten Choice: Using Your Inner Decisions to Shape Your Outer World

Brenda Bence

Global Insight Communications, LLC, 190 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781942718079
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

In The Forgotten Choice: Using Your Inner Decisions to Shape Your Outer World, award-winning author and corporate coach Brenda Bence presents a lively historical perspective of how we came to look outside ourselves for happiness, despite the luxurious amenities our ancestors didn’t have, and addresses the “forgotten choice,” described as “the ability to consciously choose […]

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A Visionary’s Vision: Isaac Newton’s Prophecy About the End of Days

Harvey E. One-Wolf

iUniverse, 80 pages, (paperback) $22.99, 9781532079665
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

For the last 400 years, the struggle between two distinct worldviews, one scientific, the other religious, has caused much division in the modern understanding of the world. In A Visionary’s Vision, Harvey E. One-Wolf looks to explore—through words and intriguing artwork—this divide while challenging science’s “hubristic” opinion of God as false and irrelevant.

Mixing metaphysics, […]

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Access Point

T R Gabbay

JMS Books, 218 pages, (paperback) $8.99, 9780578666952
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

The murder of a young American art student in London provides the catalyst for Access Point, a compelling thriller with science fiction and mystery elements.

The victim, Mia Fraser, isn’t alive for much of the story, having perished at the hand of an unseen assailant. Regardless, readers follow her through many of her experiences because […]

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Broken No More: An Abuse Survivor’s Journey From Darkness Into Light

S. Dawn Bradford

Scrivener Books, 249 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781949165197
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

In her painful but ultimately uplifting memoir, Broken No More, S. Dawn Bradford recounts terrible childhood abuse, years of recovery through multiple therapies and finally acceptance of self.

Bradford begins with a short history of her impoverished family, two marriages and her children, three biological and two adopted with special needs. In her late 30s, […]

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Building Smart Kids in Challenging Times

Dr. Robert Lee

Xlibris, 108 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781796058215
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

In this unique compilation of stories, Dr. Robert Lee shows parents and educators how to teach children to think creatively and develop true wisdom.

Born in Canton, China, Lee came to the U.S. as a teenager and earned his doctorate in aerospace engineering from MIT. Firm in his belief that “smart kids are built,” Lee […]

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