The Resurrection Factor

Wade Powers

AuthorHouse, 576 pages, (paperback) $26.95, 9781468540529
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

John le Carre’s writing has clearly left its influence on Wade Powers’ Resurrection Factor, an espionage tale in which the author explores themes of loyalty, betrayal and belonging.

As the story begins, CIA pilot Tim Lazarus witnesses aspiring presidential candidate Macon Graves shooting to death a terrorist held in custody. Lazarus is shot himself when […]

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Four Women in Need

Carol Houston

Xlibris, 207 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781453524633
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

As the title indicates, Carol Houston’s novel focuses on four characters, each in turmoil. Avril’s husband is convicted of fraudulent business practices and dies in jail; veterinarian Katie’s pilot husband cheats on her and she miscarries; Ph.D. candidate Susan unknowingly plagiarizes her thesis research and is dismissed from the university; and physician Justine shoulders unjustified […]

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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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Mayan Prophecies

Richard Canhan

Xlibris, 145 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781462850761
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In Richard Canhan’s science fiction novel, the year is 2011 when an earthquake causes the collapse of the North Queensland Fitzgerald Gold Mine, trapping the miners several kilometers underground. Austin Jones, the son of archeologists and the youngest engineer on the expedition, is caught further below ground during the aftershocks. As he fights to find […]

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A Sharp Twist in the Tail

Ivan Aaron Kolownowski

Trafford, 218 pages, (paperback) $15.63, 9781425107703
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

For much of the first half of this unusual novel, readers may justifiably wonder where, exactly, the main action will take place. Clearly it will not be in Africa, where the book opens. Nor in the cell of the condemned serial killer in England or the concentration camp in Nazi Germany. But what about the […]

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Legacy of Dragons

Michael Kendall

Trafford, 400 pages, (paperback) $25.65, 9781425107758
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

A sunken secret invites a plethora of spies, terrorists, nations and adversaries into a race against time to recover a potential global threat in this debut novel. Physicist, engineer, businessman and sailing master Michael Kendall brings all of his passions to play in his deeply complex, intricately plotted thriller.

Legacy of Dragons opens on an […]

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The Carpenter and the Painter

J. Howard Sloan

Trafford, 110 pages, (paperback) $14.50, 9781412027335
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In describing his book, octogenarian and retired housepainter J. Howard Sloan states, “Most authors write from a position of high intellectual and scholastic achievement. This one is different. It is a view from the bottom. It is an honest attempt to summarize the thousands of sermons and countless other practical learning experiences of an ordinary […]

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Circle of Shadows

Keith M. Heim

iUniverse, 202 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781469744735
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Circle of Shadows, Keith M. Heim’s aptly titled book, features a hardworking, desperate young man driven to abandon his Nebraska farming life and start over in a small southern town.

It’s 1946 and 15-year-old Steve Bowman ends up in Morefield, Alabama after hitching his way south, escaping an emotionally and physically abusive father. He arrives […]

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An Eye for a Tooth

G. Planedin

Trafford, 102 pages, (paperback) $14.09, 9781412063746
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

At the end of this story collection, the author notes that while “these stories are nothing but a pack of lies,” some of the events “could take place and maybe they should.” The back of the book notes that the author’s “dissatisfaction with the Judicial System…is reflected in these stories.”

No surprise, then, that these […]

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