Soul Prints

Norman Hines

iUniverse, 133 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9781475936575
(Reviewed: November, 2012)

In complicated, mystical Soul Prints, a lost soul seeks out a high school girl who is about to die so that their spirits can join together and stop evil forces.

Nathaniel, a troubled soul in a teen’s body, finds himself drawn to Nuri, a forlorn girl struggling with rejection. Her abusive father has been jailed […]

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The Blue Hippopotamus: A Semi-Autobiographical Novel as Told by Earle Porlock, (aka Paul Ehrlich)

Paul Ehrlich

Trafford, 336 pages, (paperback) $19.92, 9781466928510
(Reviewed: November, 2012)

Some people have led interesting lives — and then there’s Earle Porlock, author Paul Ehrlich’s alter ego, which stars in The Blue Hippopotamus. Much of this story encompasses a top-secret mission during World War II, in which Earle and five other men parachute behind enemy lines, rescue an important prisoner from a concentration camp and […]

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Rocking Chair Confessions: Tales Told by a Texan…Some Partially True!

Delbert "Delby" Pape

iUniverse, 100 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9781475946444
(Reviewed: November, 2012)

This slight volume of 23 short stories is a collection of unrelated tales, each with a different narrator and only three or four pages long. Author Delbert Pape tells every story in a confidential tone, as if readers are being let in on the narrator’s secrets. Some involve “ghostly” mysteries, others murders or fraud, and […]

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The Tokelosh Man

Alan Reid

AuthorHouse, 271 pages, (paperback) $23.50, 9781456774653
(Reviewed: November, 2012)

The Tokelosh Man centers on Spencer, a schoolteacher, and a cast of friends and foes who color his life from boyhood on. The novel, grim and violent, though sometimes leavened with dark humor and hope, tells of Spencer’s struggles with the deterioration of adolescent culture as he ekes out an existence working with troubled teens.

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An Alternative Decision

I.R. Jangharia

AuthorHouse, 334 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781452004372
(Reviewed: November, 2012)

At the core of every spiritual journey there is a question: What do I believe? The answer is what defines personal devotion and ultimately determines how one should live life. This question, and the answers that follow the asking, are at the center of I.R. Jangharia’s An Alternative Decision, a book that reports from the […]

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Global Anger

Kent Politsch

Xlibris, 390 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781479701230
(Reviewed: November, 2012)

With his first effort in the thriller genre, Global Anger author Kent Politsch strives for the international intrigue of Stieg Larsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) by way of a conspiracy-laced plot suggestive of Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) – with mixed results.

Politsch whisks readers around the globe, from the streets of […]

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Recompense

Joyce Morgan Hammock

iUniverse, 352 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9780595221752
(Reviewed: November, 2012)

Everyone loves Eddie Collins. He’s a loving son, a good student, and a great friend. So why is he sitting in prison at the tender age of 17, accused of rape? Recompense, a thriller by Joyce Morgan Hammock, traces the complex web of secrets and violence that threaten to ruin Eddie’s life unless the true […]

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Hotel Romance

Sandie Thomas

iUniverse, 351 pages, (paperback) $20.95, 9780595435913
(Reviewed: November, 2012)

When Rafe Marshall’s wife, Ellen, committed suicide, he was left to raise their beautiful daughter. He is fortunate to have the help of his mother, Oma, and his two brothers, Dale and Zane. Together, the three brothers have a successful luxury hotel business.

Section one focuses on Rafe. Though Rafe loves his daughter more than […]

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My Brother Peter

Margaret Mangieri

Trafford, 108 pages, (paperback) $13.00, 9781412099677
(Reviewed: November, 2012)

Infused with love and faith, Filippini Sister Margaret Mangieri’s ode to her only brother celebrates his life and honors his death as a soldier in World War II. In My Brother Peter, Mangieri collects the heartfelt memories of family members, schoolmates, and fellow soldiers to create a portrait of a patriotic young man who died […]

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The Reconciliation

Shilpi Ali

AuthorHouse, 272 pages, (paperback) $19.59, 9781456784867
(Reviewed: November, 2012)

This delicious book of short stories describes facets of life for 20- and 30somethings of Bangladesh heritage who live in the West, either the U.S. or U.K. The book envelops readers in the aura of the values and lifestyles its characters have left behind as they grope with conflicting issues, including: love between a high-class […]

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