Morton’s Fork

Dale Coy, M.D.

Windy City Publishers, 276 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781935766193
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In Morton’s Fork, physician/author Dale Coy starts out by weaving plot lines that combine elements of both medical and legal thrillers. Ultimately, they wrap up as a political and social treatise on a subject close to the author’s heart.

Dr. Roger Hartley is an internist of several decades who has always practiced with the well […]

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Furmin and Clyde Think Positive

Evelyn Lemberger

Trafford, 28 pages, (paperback) $16.09, 9781466921955
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Evelyn Lemberger has written a good-hearted picture book for children ages 4-8, teaching them that anything is possible if you believe in the power of positive thinking. Her hero is Furmin, a friendly, curious and thoughtful frog. When the pond he calls home gets horribly polluted, he comes up with a creative plan to clean […]

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The Lord is Love

Nizza Ohovwore

Xlibris, 452 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781425771522
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

For thousands of years mystics and prophets have sought to find God in the mightiest of creations, as well as in the smallest of things. In The Lord is Love, author Nizza Ohovwore follows in this long tradition.

Ohovwore’s collection of over 300 poems offers themes and ideas that run the gamut, from the sacred […]

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The Reagan Revolution and the Developing Countries (1980-1990) A Seminal Decade For Predicting The World Economic Future

Lawrence Feiner

iUniverse, 353 pages, (paperback) $23.94, 9781462061891
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Lawrence Feiner and Richard Melson, both former principals of the Cambridge Forecast Group, have written a sharp challenge to prevailing economic thought. The authors argue that despite the chaos that seems to have enveloped the world economy since the end of the Cold War (as typified in the writings of Francis Fukuyama, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and […]

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Aussie Yarns

John McAulay

Xlibris, 307 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781462846122
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In this collection of Australian-based tales, writer John McAulay takes the novel approach of following his short works of fiction with an explanation of their inspiration, and a poem on the same theme. Sometimes this three-prong approach results in added insight; other times, it can feel preachy and unnecessary. But as a whole, this is […]

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Triumph: In the Face of Struggles, Annoyances, Stalking, Schemes and Coverts Revealed

Merrinda Wright

Xlibris, 275 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781469133492
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Merrinda Wright was born into her own Cinderella story, a rejected child taken in by a resentful grandmother after her parents split. She was punished for being “like your black daddy” while most of the family was more “lightskinned.” Undaunted, Merrinda grew up in West Virginia as “a child with many dreams,” as she explains […]

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Where’s Miss Mary?

Liz Hamlin

Trafford, 258 pages, (paperback) $23, 9781412044868
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

After the death of her husband, lonely Ruth McBain takes in 6-year-old Lark as a foster child. Thus begins Liz Hamlin’s suspenseful fourth novel about greed, duplicity and murder.

The story is set in a remote neighborhood, where Ruth is continually baffled by Lark’s behavior. Lark’s social worker isn’t allowed to violate Lark’s privacy and […]

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Failure Masquerading as Success

Rudolph Cumberbatch

AuthorHouse, 375 pages, (paperback) $22.49, 9781438911809
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

When Barbados-born, Harvard-educated surgeon Rudolph Cumberbatch joined the Veteran Affairs as chief of surgery in 1985 after years of private practice, he fully expected to do all he could to honor his veteran patients and protect them from harm. At the VA hospital in Cheyenne, Wyoming, he received high praise for the staff’s professionalism and […]

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Live Above the Clouds

Pamela Jean Garner

Xlibris, 56 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450025010
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Pamela J. Garner’s Live Above the Clouds is a collection of heart-felt poems of inspiration and devotion expressing her abiding faith in and connection with God. Her unadorned, even plainspoken language provides an effective setting for the all-but-inexpressible convictions she’s trying to put into words.

The ballad-like poem, “At Jesus’ Feet,” demonstrates Garner’s quiet, unobtrusive […]

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Poetic Stories from theYin and Yang of Life

Angellia Moore

Trafford, 136 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781426967115
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In Poetic Stories from the Yin and Yang of Life, Angellia Moore doesn’t shy away from including cues from her training as a sixth-grade teacher as she explores her creative side. Individually, the poems explore themes of perception, doubt, confidence, freedom and, as her title indicates, basic issues of balance. Collectively, they share a tone […]

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