The Amberella Tales: Amberella in the City

Rosemarie Kaupp

Trafford, 105 pages, (paperback) $12.33, 9781466905955
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

In this delightful tale, Amberella, a Welsh corgi/Staffordshire bull terrier puppy, leaves her family behind on the farm and moves to a new home in the city where two spoiled French poodles try to teach her how to become a “proper” dog.

Zozue and Tutsu are pampered pups who are used to the finer things […]

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What Is Love?

Myung Sook Jang

Trafford, 109 pages, (paperback) $13.57, 9781412088923
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

The title says it all in this heartfelt personal story from Myung Sook Jang, a Korean woman in her 60s reflecting back on her earlier years. She describes the first 20 years of her married life as those of dutiful sacrifice, caring not only for her husband and three children, but working laboriously for her […]

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The Journey

Dr. Paul Scheatzle, DO, MS, FAAPMR

Trafford, 139 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9781426933646
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

The Journey is an ambitious survey of medical and lifestyle factors affecting overall health. Among the topics covered are running, rehabilitation from injury, strength training, “tone,” arthritis, energy levels, and osteopathic manipulation. If that sounds like a lot to cover in 139 pages, well, it is.

Dr. Paul Scheatzle is clearly passionate about his work. […]

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The Archaeologist Reborn

Thomas E. Martin

Xlibris, 212 pages, (paperback) $18.00, 9781609768744
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Set in 2057, The Archaeologist Reborn is the story of an adventurous archaeologist and his dream to explore the planet Mars.

After nearly driving off a cliff on a mountain trip in North Carolina, only to encounter an alien spacecraft, Professor John Cayman becomes ever intent on convincing the government to approve a mission to […]

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A Checkered Path to Destiny

Ivan Flynn

AuthorHouse, 165 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781468536461
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

In A Checkered Path to Destiny, Ivan L. Flynn chronicles the events of his life from boyhood in Jamaica through his time as a married man in America.

As an unapologetic memoir, the events of Flynn’s life form the plot. The bulk of the book takes place in Jamaica, where his troubled family lacked steady […]

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Rain Upon the Blinding Dust

James Hawley

AuthorHouse, 124 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781468540659
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Jim Hawley is a Wyoming doctor with a strong interest in the American Civil War. Rain Upon the Blinding Dust is a short novel (one might call it a novella) about two young men who participate in that war: an escaped slave and a drummer boy. They meet on the battlefield and form a bond, […]

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The Answer to Nearly Everything

Peter Franklin

Trafford, 328 pages, (paperback) $19.11, 9781466913141
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

In The Answer to Nearly Everything, author Peter Franklin, a onetime engineer, sets himself a daunting task: to think through mysteries as far-reaching and mind-bending as time travel, reincarnation, corn circles and the lost continent of Atlantis.

His conclusions about these and other thought-provoking topics aren’t easy to grasp. At times, his reasoning seems to […]

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Epics of a Man

Freddie McSears, Jr.

Trafford, 63 pages, (paperback) $18, 9781426903779
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

In Epics of a Man, Freddie McSears, Jr. sets out to celebrate the birth of his son, Joshua, with inspiration and encouragement that he hopes will guide this young life through the challenges that surely await him. McSears’ goal is emphatic: “As your father I will do everything I can to empower, motivate, encourage and […]

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Where the Dead Talk

Ken Davis

Night Blue Woods Publishing, 257 pages, (paperback) $16, 9780983688716
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

It’s a formula common in some of the most compelling horror stories of the past 50 years: a narrative that pits a ragtag team of survivors against a horde of bloodthirsty monsters.

Ken Davis takes cues from countless modern zombie stories in his novel Where the Dead Talk, an eerie tale featuring an innovative twist […]

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Five Generations on Lake Beulah

Peter A. Sonderegger

Xlibris, 227 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781441574336
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Who wouldn’t want a Lake Beulah to love? As described by author Peter A. Sonderegger, it’s a summer home dream, providing long, lazy days of boating, neighbors who become fast friends, and a place to cast for fish from the shade of a willow tree. Such idyllic scenes – and the fates of several families […]

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