The Elephant’s Pride

Alex Cole

Xlibris, 28 pages, (paperback) $21.99, 9781465382696
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

In this tender picture book about the subtleties of prejudice, a baby elephant is treated differently, though not necessarily unkindly, because he has lighter skin than other elephants.

One day as Junkra and his gray siblings are splashing in a water hole in Africa, they see humans photographing Junkra. Junkra’s siblings are afraid and run […]

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Shall We Gather at the River

E. Reid Gilbert

Xlibris, 224 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465348050
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

In the opening pages of E. Reid Gilbert’s quiet, captivating novel, we’re introduced to Jimmy Sue Bennett, a farmer in the mountains of Virginia. He has recently died, and his great-nephew, the book’s narrator, is visiting a rural cemetery to oversee the placement of his grave marker.

“He had chosen this particular gravesite for reasons […]

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Dr. Peacock and His Quest to Know God

Gustav Shakefoot

Trafford Publishing, 160 pages, Paperback $18.00, 9781426942617
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

Gustav Shakefoot has explored the extremes of Christian orthodoxy. Born in Luxembourg, he was raised Roman Catholic and eventually entered a monastery. Later, after emigrating to Canada, he left his religious order – the book isn’t completely clear about whether or not he was asked to leave – then left Catholicism altogether.

Traversing the broad […]

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Odd Sock’s Adventures

Alma Aspin

Xlibris, 52 pages, (paperback) $44.99 NZ, 9781465300676
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

Poppa Bob is missing one of his favorite socks. It’s a fine red sock, and Grandma Kay joins in the search, but it is nowhere to be found.

This is the start of Odd Sock’s Adventures, a children’s book by New Zealand author Alma Aspin that tells the story of a lost sock and his […]

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Finger of God

Pasquale A. Emiro

Dorrance, 118 pages, (paperback) $14.00, 9780805978803
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

Reading this contemporary spiritual memoir is like listening to the stories of an elderly uncle during a long, holiday dinner. Time lines zig and zag, and no details are omitted, but to your surprise you’re still listening as the table is being cleared. As a member in good standing of “the greatest generation,” this man’s […]

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Letters to the Editor that Were Never Published (And some other stuff)

Alex Caemmerer Jr. M.D.

Trafford, 214 pages, (paperback) $15.86, 9781466903371
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

Most letters to the editor are not written and argued in a scholarly fashion. This isn’t the case with those that Dr Alex Caemmerer Jr. has sent over the years to publications such as the New York Times, Newsweek and Psychiatric News. Sacred cows make a better grade of hamburger on Caemmerer’s grill, as the […]

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Numbers Don’t Lie

Shelley Kay Wall

IUniverse, 264 pages, (ebook) $3.99, 9781462058914
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

For Trevor Adams, Sophie Henderson is just another job. As an undercover agent for the FBI, he has been working on a large embezzlement case, and his superiors think that Sophie might be behind the fraud. But as Trevor gets to know her, he begins to believe that she might just be an innocent bystander. […]

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Freya and the Fenris-Wolf

Peter Lewis Ward

9781426925108, 182 pages, (paperback) $14.50, Trafford
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Freya and the Fenris-Wolf is the second installment in Peter L. Ward’s trilogy about several Viking and Saxon teens who stand up to the Norse gods and monsters in 8th-century northern Europe.

Readers will likely enjoy the story more if they have read the first volume, Vimp the Viking’s Epic Voyage; however, in the first […]

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Eric and the Mystical Bear

Peter Lewis Ward

Trafford, 140 pages, (paperback) $13.14, 9781426955013
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

In this conclusion to Peter L. Ward’s fantasy trilogy, a group of teenage Vikings are determined to get along in the Saxon village they now call home. This is no easy task, given the hostility and mistrust between the villagers and the newcomers.

One night, Eric Bignose discovers a terrifying creature in the forest. After […]

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Undue Influence

Shelby Yastrow

Trafford, 331 pages, (paperback) $19.52, 9781466901742
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Until retirement, Shelby Yastrow spent his career as a general counsel and vice president for McDonald’s Corp. in Chicago, which is where he sets this engrossing legal thriller. Yastrow’s legal knowledge is apparent as he leads readers through a strange and complex probate case that showcases various lawyerly motivations.

Phil Ogden is an attorney who […]

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