Revenge of the Mad Scientist

Lara Nance

Lara Nance, 265 pages, Paperback $12.99, 9781479115792
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Revenge of the Mad Scientist is set in an alternative, steampunk world where everything mechanical is powered by steam. There are steam-driven motor-cars, airships, and complicated gadgets. The milieu of the story is approximately Victorian, and the author, Lara Nance, is adept at blending the quirky, eclectic aspects of the steampunk genre with the conventional […]

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Lineage: The Descendants

Will McClinton

Xlibris, 543 pages, (paperback) $18.99, 9781469190310
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Will McClinton’s Lineage: The Descendants is an ambitious supernatural thriller drawing from millennia of world history and religion. The central characters, stepbrothers Marc and Camel, are college students from a wealthy French-Arab family. They are defined by privilege and immaturity — man-children whose interests rarely stray from their next sexual conquest. Ultimately, that debauchery threatens […]

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Albatross: Birds of Flight

J.M. Erickson

IUniverse, 275 pages, paperback, $17.95, 9781475934137
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Albatross: Birds of Flight has a spy-thriller premise familiar to fans of the Bourne franchise that will appeal to those who enjoy Mission Impossible and TV’s Leverage. But author J.M. Erickson elevates the premise beyond the Bourne-again shtick with an interesting twist and taut, engaging writing that will keep even jaded readers hooked.

Erickson establishes […]

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Angels and Miracles, Grief and Hope

Pastor Jim Knotek

iUniverse, 167 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781462024674
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Over more than 40 years in ministry, Pastor Jim Knotek of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has been buoyed by his religious faith. He has written Angels and Miracles, Grief and Hope to inspire readers to face their challenges in life with courage.

Knotek details the events of his life, nearly all shared with his beloved […]

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The Man Who Loved Emmylou Harris

Joey Passleu

AuthorHouse, 235 pages, (paperback) $19.58, 9781456772567
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

This novel, which the author describes as partly based on his life and part fiction, is a mix of police procedural, hunger for connection with a musical idol and graphic sex. Divided into chapters based on Emmylou Harris songs, the somewhat predictable story tells how a good cop is forced into vigilante behavior and how […]

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Spy Subs in Sweden: A Trilogy

Parker F. Campbell

iUniverse, 326 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781462043804
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Capt. Peterson Smith is a U.S. Navy SEAL. And an F-14 pilot. And an intelligence specialist. And the son of a U.S. senator. And a captain in the Royal Swedish Navy. (He’s also the perfect soldier and the perfect son, according to the back cover copy.)

Unlikely as it might be for a single person […]

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The Fine Line

L.L. Miller

Xlibris, 314 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781477131312
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Carol, the protagonist of L.L. Miller’s The Fine Line, was raised in a dysfunctional household. Her mother, an alcoholic, made her daughter sick to gain attention and sympathy. Carol’s father refused to acknowledge that anything was wrong. Unfortunately for Carol, dysfunction follows her into adult life.

After surviving an abusive first marriage and an unhappy […]

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Beyond the Wilds: Helena’s Pursuit of Freedom

Mary Kolisnyk Spry-Myers

Xlibris, 189 pages, (paperback) $17.84, 9781401090616
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

In Beyond the Wilds, author Mary Kolisnyk Spry-Myers sets out to create a work of historical fiction based on the experiences of her Ukrainian relatives, who immigrated to Canada in the 1800s.

Although most readers would sympathize with Helena, the title character, the book falls short as a novel. The narrative style, interspersed with informational […]

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Me, My Mother, My Life: A Journey Through Pain and Healing

Ayomide Adeniola

AuthorHouse, 355 pages, (paperback) $22.11, 9781468585551
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Although born in London, author Ayomide Adeniola spent most of her childhood in her parents’ homeland of Nigeria, where she lived with her three siblings and their hardworking mother, a nurse. Adeniola’s father, who had separated from the family, was not a reliable source of support. His ex-wife filled the breach, ferociously determined that her […]

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Amen: The Beginning of the Creation of God

Nicholas P. Ginex

Xlibris, 261 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781477119037
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

For the big three religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the word “amen” (meaning, “so be it”) is the great affirmative, a holy “yes” if you will, that concludes moments of prayer and serves as an imprimatur at the conclusion of rituals or sacred ceremonies. Yet, in his book Amen: The Beginning of the Creation of […]

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