I Rise

Obukohwo Odogun

AuthorHouse, 248 pages, (paperback) $11.76, 9781456796815
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

It’s hard to say whether political intrigue or family crises bring the most drama to I Rise, a novel by Nigerian author Obukohwo Odogun. Writing in English, which is plainly not his first language, Odogun weaves a complex tale of family separations and reunions, against a backdrop of political unrest and criminal activity in the […]

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Not Quite a Judas

Philip Baker

AuthorHouse, 209 pages, (paperback) $17.24, 9781452091013
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Born during 1927 in England, Philip Baker trained for the Royal Air Force. After WWII, he received a college degree in agriculture and farmed, but began writing for publication around 1960. Interested in the Hitler Youth organizations formed by the Nazis throughout Germany, Baker decided to craft a novel incorporating his knowledge.

Not Quite a […]

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My Leaning Post

Lizzie Belle Quimby

AuthorHouse, 228 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781468501209
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Enforced silence was the norm during meals in Lizzie Quimby’s family of origin. Her father’s mistress lived in the home, and generational incest haunted the extended family culture, all contributors to the inevitably skewed view of self that resulted from this highly dysfunctional family system, and fed Quimby’s heartbreaking cycle of marriages to abusive and […]

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Soljer Soljer

Colonel Mahip Chadha

AuthorHouse, 197 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781467067393
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

This novel tells the story of two generations of soldiers in the Indian Army, both serving in the same fictional battalion of the Third Gorkha Rifles. The story mainly focuses on the eldest, Surinder Singh Sahni, as he rises in the ranks and becomes a respected officer, but his son Jaskaran has a most unusual […]

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A World Gone Crazy

Richard J. Lukenda

Trafford, 281 pages, (paperback) $21.95, 9781425179892
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

In this suspense story, former black ops operative Zeke is living a quiet, normal life with his girlfriend in Newark, New Jersey. But when he is lured into a viper’s nest of conspiracies, lethal skills come back quickly to the weary warrior.

A World Gone Crazy was inspired by 9-11 and crafted by New Jersey […]

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Kangaroo Court

Johnny Rhondo and David Murray M.D.

Trafford, 276 pages, (paperback) $20.22, 9781553693264
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

Kangaroo Court, presented as fiction based on factual occurrences, is a thinly veiled account of Dr. David Murray’s own difficult experience in the 1980s.

After working for years as a hospital pathologist, Dr. George Hill marries and decides to start a medical practice far from chaotic Los Angeles in a small northern California location called […]

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Why Me?

Stephanie Collins

Trafford, 137 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781412089816
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

The teenagers who populate Stephanie Collins’ young adult novel Why Me? are funny and foul-mouthed, obsessed with sex, and at war with their parents. In other words, normal.

But not so fast. They’re also lugging around a bunch of rough-shelled eggs, each the size of a dozen ostrich eggs, which have an unnerving tendency to […]

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Shashi and Maya: A Life of Courage

Wobine Ishwaran

Trafford, 62 pages, (paperback) $12.25, 9781426901843
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

In author Wobine Ishwaran’s children’s chapter book, Shashi and Maya are brother and sister, living in a small cottage with their parents and grandfather in South India. They have a simple life together until a flood washes their house away. The kids are separated from the rest of the family, and Shashi must take care […]

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Transition to a New World Order: What We Leave Behind for the Next Generation

B. Bahramian

AuthorHouse, 280 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781477229026
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

This intriguing book explores the softer side of a harsh conspiracy theory. The “New World Order” (or NWO) refers to the state of affairs that would exist if a powerful elite overthrows all the world’s governments and institutes one government for the entire planet. Popular among end-of-the-worlders and the paramilitary right wing, the NWO predicts […]

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Walking in Her Shoes

Marylou Depeiza

AuthorHouse, 146 pages, (paperback) $15.00, 9781425994617
(Reviewed: September, 2012)

Marylou Depeiza’s memoir Walking in Her Shoes begins the day of her mother’s death after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. While the memory loss associated with the disease had been hard for Depeiza and her siblings to deal with, the African-American author makes clear early on that there are more distressing aspects to her […]

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