Vimp the Viking’s Epic Voyage

Peter Lewis Ward

Trafford, 116 pages, (paperback) $13.54, 9781425142537
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

Vimp the Viking’s Epic Voyage is the first novel in a rollicking Viking trilogy for young adults by Peter L. Ward. Mixing elements of Norse mythology, adventure, cheeky humor, romance and magic, this page-turning read follows a young band of Viking tweens as they try to escape a destiny of violence.

Much to their parents’ […]

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Walking Made My Path

Judith Laikin Elkin

iUniverse, 211 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781462046270
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

“Growing up in 1930s Detroit, no one I knew had grandparents,” Judith Laikin Elkin begins in her memoir, referring to the price American Jews paid for their overseas roots. Her parents were among the fortunate who fled European ghettos and raised families in America, and Elkin’s own path was equally unconventional; hence, the title: wherever […]

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Arc Continuum

Mark F. Worthing

Xlibris, 279 pages, (paperback) $13.99 UK, 9781465307194
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

After reading the first few chapters of Mark F. Worthing’s Arc Continiuum, one might be tempted to conclude that it’s intended for only fanatical sci fi readers. “They discussed his [Kenny’s] extrapolation of superstring theory,” Worthing writes, ”the construction of his atom smasher model by modification to the electron beam afterburners and standalone laser pulsars…”

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The Dirty Dog Saloon

Cherokee Randolph

AuthorHouse, 246 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781467066655
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

When Jasper Londsberry is murdered in cold blood while driving home from the local bar, the Dirty Dog Saloon, the Albuquerque locals are stunned. Jasper was a wealthy man and universally liked; why would anyone want to kill him? Though it appears to have been random, Jasper’s secretary Josie can’t help but muse with her […]

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The Nine Pillars of History

Gunnar Sevelius

AuthorHouse, 368 pages, (paperback) $22.99, 9781452000619
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

More than nine years in the making, this work is an ambitious undertaking that ranges through thousands of years of history, across numerous branches of learning, and around the globe. The seminal idea goes back to when Gunnar Sevelius, M.D. was a high school student in Sweden during World War II and asked himself, “Is […]

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The Fisherling

C A Meakin

Xlibris, 499 pages, (paperback) $16.99 UK, 9781465372291
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

In C.A. Meakin’s ambitious novel, a protagonist with humble beginnings and simple desires gets drawn into a mystical quest that forces epic deeds and reveals heroic traits.

Meakin has a solid sense of this fundamental plot precept of the fantasy genre, as marked by the best work of the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien and Terry […]

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Black and Confused in the UK 53/60

Dubes 52

Xlibris, 142 pages, (paperback) $13.99 UK, 9781465304094
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

When the author was three years old and his brother not quite one, his father left the family in the West Indies to look for better work in England. Soon, his mother followed and the children stayed with a grandmother. After two years, the boys were “dragged from the warmth of our grandmother’s protective arms” […]

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Operation Tiger

Gaye Eaves

iUniverse, 101 pages, (paperback) $10.95, 9781462012749
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

Aaron Wesley Haberman’s sixth-grade teacher, Ms. Newhouse, just made Aaron’s day, having assigned his crush, the beautiful Kristin Kramer, to his history-of-Halloween special project group. This could be Aaron’s big chance, as long as he doesn’t blow it! Unfortunately, he has a problem: he can’t talk to Kristin without turning bright red.

Thus begins Operation Tiger, G.L. Eaves’ charming new chapter book. Perfectly pitched to both boys and girls, it is at once heartfelt and funny. Kids will devour it in single sittings.

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How to Achieve Extreme Happiness and Wisdom – A Practical Guide

Geoff Pridham

Amazon.com, 188 pages, Paperback $9.99, 9781456345877
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

The title of this book makes it seem perfectly suited for today’s Red Bull-fueled world, where everything from sports to pizza has gone extreme. Why settle for pepperoni when you can have beef, sausage, bacon, and ham, too? And why limit yourself to basic happiness when you can have the super-sized version? Through a 30-year […]

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The Guardsmen of Rammsihaar

J. Cameron Millar

Trafford, 380 pages, (paperback) $17.43, 9781426996627
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

This ambitious sequel to J. Cameron Millar’s debut novel The Van Der Meer Dossier is an action-packed, albeit at times convoluted amalgam of science fiction, suspense thriller, and apocalyptic fiction.

While testing a groundbreaking new weapon – smart torpedoes – in the North Atlantic Ocean, Assistant to the Chief British Naval Attaché in Washington, D.C., […]

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