The Sea and the Hills: The Life of Hussain Najadi

Hussain Najadi

Xlibris, 285 pages, (paperback) $29.99, 9781469180939
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Observers of international finance and Middle Eastern intrigue will be fascinated by this timely self-portrait of the dynamic –-and controversial – Bahraini investment banker who, in the 1970s, began urging Arabs to divert their petrodollars into the emergent economic powerhouse of Asia. Founder of the Arab Malaysian Banking Group (current assets: $16 billion), Hussain Najadi […]

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Never Good Enough…UNTIL NOW

Sharon Gardiner

Xlibris, 229 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781469161204
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Never Good Enough… UNTIL NOW, by Sharon Gardiner, is a heart-wrenching story of the author’s arduous process toward liberation from her mostly harrowing past. While her history has sweet spots, her abusive childhood created decades of difficulty. Despite her many challenges, Gardiner became a caring nurse and then, perhaps surprisingly, a police officer. When the […]

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Intimate Expression

Dennis J. Dodt

Trafford, 72 pages, (paperback) $11.25, 9781466911918
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Both Oliver Twist and author Dennis J. Dodt share bleak upbringings in which few, if any, adults can be trusted. But unlike Dickens’ classic novel, Dodt’s Intimate Expression is a true story of poverty, abandonment, addiction, anger, and sexual abuse. The author eventually finds redemption through hard-won self-awareness and spiritual awakening, but readers will find […]

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Kissing the Enemy

Julius I. Ebetaleye

Trafford, 108 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9781552128855
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

A member of the Royal Society of Literature in England, author Julius Ebetaleye has written a short book (108 pages) that blends suspense and romance in a slim, character-driven story.

While the introduction and first chapter are confusing and don’t relate to the rest of the story (characters are introduced here who are never mentioned […]

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Interview: The Man Who Loves His Computer, Invented the Electric Highway, and is Running for President

J.R. Pierce

Trafford, 345 pages, (paperback) $28, 9781425166786
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

When J.R. Pierce published Interview four years ago, the United States was in the midst of transitioning to the presidency of Barack Obama. Because of his ethnicity and unusual path to politics, Obama would have seemed unelectable in the not-so-distant past. His election gave politics an air of unreality, a quality that permeates Pierce’s unusual […]

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Brothers of Darkness

Isabel Vandervelde

Trafford, 232 pages, (paperback) $18.13, 9781425115531
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Isabel Vandervelde’s Brothers of Darkness is an aptly named collection of short stories and a novella that delve into the darkest corners of the human psyche. Often featuring elements of the paranormal, violence is a common theme.

“Birthmarks” tells the tale of a new girl in town, tempted by a wrong-side-of-the-tracks charmer and at the […]

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For the Health of a Woman and the Story of One Tree Hill

Dr. David Brown

Trafford, 446 pages, (paperback) $34.76, 9781412028431
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

In his book For the Health of a Woman & The Story of One Tree Hill, Dr. David Brown M.D. offers an informative — while thoroughly entertaining – overview on how a woman can get, and stay, healthy throughout the adult life spectrum.

Dr. Brown, a practicing clinician with training in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, […]

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Finding Life

James Graham

AuthorHouse, 315 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781420838664
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

James Graham’s novel Finding Life is a well written, albeit somewhat predictable, story about faith and acknowledging what’s important in life before it’s too late. Graham’s loving and intelligent characters believe very strongly in the word of God – a belief that is put to the test when protagonist Chance Gordon’s life is derailed.

Chance’s […]

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Greece — The Untold Story

Elizabeth Kinnell

AuthorHouse, 344 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781434336408
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

In Greece: The Untold Story, author Elizabeth Kinnell recounts the tale of her time teaching in Greece, the “ land of olives, feta cheese, and eternal sunshine!” Kinnell, a New Zealander, had taught English to Chinese students in Auckland, but she had a deep desire to travel. So when she had the opportunity to take […]

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Who Me?: Choosing Radiance, a Better Way of Being

Ward Smith

Xlibris, 136 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462850372
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Can we choose the destiny of our own lives and where, exactly, are we going? These are two crucial questions that underlie Ward Smith’s intriguing book Who Me?

Comprised of 26 short essays on such topics as the nature of sin, the function of the brain in spirituality, interconnectedness, free will, and the tensions between […]

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