Quincy Moves to the Desert

Camille Matthews

Pathfinder Equine Publications, 40 pages, (hardcover) $15.95, 9780981924014
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Quincy, the sweet and lovable red horse, is back with a big adventure in Quincy Moves to the Desert. This second picture book in a series by author Camille Matthews is beautifully Illustrated with oil paintings by Michelle Black. The first, Quincy Finds A New Home, published in 2009, was well received, winning several honors, […]

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The Enemy is Within!

Patrick G. Cox

Xlibris, 351 pages, (paperback) $13.99 UK, 9781453575512
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

A deeply considered and undeniably compelling science fiction adventure, Patrick G. Cox’s action-packed sequel to his 2006 debut novel Out of Time continues the story of a trio of young seamen who are transported from the 19th century 400 years into the future.

In the first book, a time-space anomaly takes 16-year-old midshipman Henry Nelson-Heron, […]

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Rose’s Romance — Third Time Charm

Les Sonksen

Trafford, 344 pages, (paperback) $23.83, 9781426906114
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

As someone who, according to this book’s acknowledgments, has shared experiences with those serving in the United States Navy, author Les Sonksen, centers his story on 18-year-old Rose, who works and lives near the Norfolk Naval Station.

Given an ultimatum by her father, Rose has two weeks to move out, even though as a beautician […]

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Preaching to Hispanic Immigrants

Pablo Rivera Madera

Trafford, 119 pages, (paperback) $12.19, 9781466900028
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Dr. Pablo Rivera Madera, ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church USA and an Army chaplain, sets out to school non-Hispanic preachers in how to successfully preach to Hispanic congregations.

Given the dramatic growth and intensity of religious devotion among Hispanics in the U.S., Rivera deserves credit for identifying a huge need and a timely topic. […]

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Speak My Soul

Rudolph Vanterpool

AuthorHouse, 380 pages, (paperback) $17.72, 9781463437404
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

There is a fine tradition of philosophy written as poetry going all the way back to Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura in the 1st century B.C. and forward from there through Milton, Goethe, Wordsworth, Emerson and T.S. Eliot. While Rudolph Vanterpool’s work isn’t quite ready for this exalted company, his new book, Speak My Soul, is […]

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Secrets of GlenMary Farm

E.S. Burton

iUniverse, 460 pages, (paperback) $34.95, 9781450297639
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Secrets of GlenMary Farm is an apt title for this complex, layered novel, for around every turn, there is a puzzle.

As the story begins, Janice Harmon has decided that it’s time for a change in her life and moves to GlenMary Farm, a breathtaking estate in Kentucky that serves as a home for both […]

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Human Trafficking: Modern-Day Slavery

Bright Mills

Trafford, 72 pages, (paperback) $28.84, 9781426993381
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

There’s no shortage of news stories or books detailing the scourge of human trafficking. Bright Mills adds his voice with Human Trafficking: Modern-Day Slavery, a large-size book with photographs that accompany the text.

After a brief introduction that describes the problem, Mills devotes two-dozen pages to victims’ stories, a nation-by-nation rundown of the types of […]

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Lost From the Ottawa

Larry Plamondon

Trafford, 414 pages, (paperback) $25.99, 9781412022651
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

A life lived in resistance to authority is the theme of Lost from the Ottawa, written by Pun Plamondon, a man of many identities: wayward youth, union organizer, dope fiend, activist, journalist, philanderer, printer, radical, roadie for Kiss, bodyguard for Bob Seger, alcoholic and finally, after discovering his Ottawa Indian roots and finding sobriety, tribal […]

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Irreplaceable

Katy Bennett

Xlibris, 138 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781465300317
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Because her Scripture-based advice book Irreplaceable is aimed at women, author Katy Bennett uses several extended feminine metaphors. The reader has a “necklace” of personal qualities, a “handbag” of assets, and puts on the “lip gloss” of the word of God before venturing out each day. Her central message: “You are unique, you are irreplaceable” […]

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The Missing Piece in Leadership: How to Create the Future You Want

Doug Krug

AMP Press and Mile High Press, 192 pages, (paperback) $25.00, 9781885331403
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Doug Krug is a business and leadership consultant who has held faculty positions in various government agencies, served as part of the MBA Program at Johns Hopkins University, and worked with several governors’ cabinets, the FBI and the Coast Guard, as well as on numerous corporate executive teams.

In his new book, Krug posits that […]

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