The Breaks

Avis R. Anderson

Xlibris, 108 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781469185422
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

A grown man and his mother shot execution-style over breakfast in an isolated Montana ranch. Toughs in leather jackets flashing wads of cash. A taciturn survivalist with no compunction about taking the law into his own hands.

Given the circumstances and the cast of characters, Alvis R. Anderson’s The Breaks seems to demand one tough […]

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Words From Within

Adriana Baldari

Xlibris, 84 pages, (paperback) $49.99 AUD, 9781465301413
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Words from Within, a book of verse and photographs on slick, 8.5” x 11” pages, celebrates eclectic moments of joy and extends sympathy to those suffering from the adversities and injustices of this world.

Writing in free verse with some rhyme and repetition, Baldari’s poems are divided into seasons – winter, spring, summer, autumn – […]

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Living Arrows

Hildagarde Spielbauer Brooks

Xlibris, 359 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781441593672
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” Author Hildagarde Spielbauer Brooks quotes Khalil Gibran as she dedicates her book to the future generations of the Spielbauer family.

Living Arrows tells the touching story of her family’s life in a small Iowa town, spanning 50 years from the early […]

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Reaching the Heights

Dr. Iwasan Kejawa

Xlibris, 103 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781462872879
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Iwasan Kejawa is a career educator with a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. In Reaching The Heights, he extolls the virtues of education – especially adult education – and offers his thoughts on learning, which he maintains should not end with a person’s success in life. “Educating the mind is […]

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A Bronx Story “From Hate to Hope”

Salvatore Sarate

Xlibris, 50 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781465308399
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Salvatore Sarate doesn’t have to look to Romeo and Juliet for his Westside Story. He lived a version of it while growing up in the Bronx in the 1930s and ’40s. He was a Depression-era baby born into a hardscrabble life with a brutish father and doting mother and the mean streets of the neighborhood […]

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The Fifth Device

Gunther Boccius

Bryce Cullen Publishing, 462 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781935752240
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

A small town is rocked by political scandal, economic conspiracy and environmental manipulation by a shadowy organization in this second thriller from novelist Gunther Boccius.

The Fifth Device homes in on the ethics of corporate economics, specifically on the Limited Liability Company (LLC), a business structure the author strangely deems toxic to American capitalism. “Since […]

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Dak’s Country Visit: The Painter and His Cat

Hal Schulz

Trafford, 32 pages, (paperback) $14.51, 9781426967436
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Hal Schulz has written and illustrated a picture book for young children that proves that you can take a cat out of the city but you can’t take the city out of a cat.

Dakota – Dak for short – is a friendly, gray tomcat. When he joins his friend Moon, an aging house painter, […]

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A Cupboardful of Shoes

A. Colin Wright

Trafford, 260 pages, (paperback) $17.08, 9781466900981
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Concerned with male desire, the folly of self-satisfaction and the varieties of religious experience, these competent short stories are set mostly in Ontario, Canada, where the author has made his career as a professor of languages. But they also wander far afield–to East Berlin and war-torn northern Italy, to a quiet London suburb and the […]

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Dude, What Are We Thinking? Darwinian Religion Versus the Faith of Our Fathers

Keith Simpson

iUniverse, 124 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781469761350
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In his book, Dude, What Are We Thinking?: Darwinian Religion Versus the Faith of Our Fathers, Keith Simpson presents a series of arguments in favor of intelligent design. The central premise of his book is that theories concerning natural selection are not supported by facts, but are, rather, products of a belief system that has […]

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Brotherly Love

Dalton Giesick

Trafford, 108 pages, (paperback) $11.92, 9781426996146
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

There are few things more shattering than the sudden death of a small child. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare; one many never fully recover from. But young siblings also suffer mightily, their confusion and fear often forgotten in the vortex of the grown-ups’ grief.

This is the backdrop of Brotherly Love, a sweet tribute by […]

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