The Nanny from the Black Legume

Linda Rhys Seger

AuthorHouse, 104 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781467073028
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

In The Nanny from the Black Legume, fourth-grader Dane is visited by a miniature nanny who happens to live in a black bean. Nanny arrives with a message about controlling one’s temper, particularly appropriate since Dane has been known to punch holes in walls when he has a bad day, destroy flower gardens in fits […]

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The Battle Rages: A Soldier’s Memoirs of War

Martain A. Farley

Trafford, 123 pages, (paperback) $12.87, 9781426928611
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

At age 17, military school graduate Martain Farley is so gung-ho to “serve and protect” that he and his twin brother join the Army during the Vietnam War. Yet in The Battle Rages, he details an experience that scarred his soul for decades afterward.

Farley’s balanced, clear-eyed memoir begins with the indignities of induction (“bend […]

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The Breath of Allah

Steven W Ritcheson

Steven W. Ritcheson, 331 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781466246775
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

An elite private defense firm, at the behest of the CIA, attempts to prevent a bio-terror attack on the soil of a tenuous U.S. ally in this mostly exciting contemporary thriller. Narrated by Charles Rayson, chief operating officer of The Technology Applications Group (TAG), this tale is a wild ride across continents and into enhanced […]

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Two Milliners

James Connor

Xlibris Corporation, 173 pages, (ebook) $3.99, 9781469140100
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

This screenplay, set in 16th-century England, may well intrigue the literate teenagers who are ostensibly its audience. A pair of mischievous, pretty cousins, Lavinia and Beatrice, regularly sneak out of straitlaced Salisbury Castle for secret trysts in the summer forest with two milliners’ apprentices from nearby Lichfield: Bardolph and Scroop.

The lasses may be noble […]

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To Live and Love Your Life

Marco Petici

Trafford, 60 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9781425190248
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

The notion of building blocks to accomplish goals — mastering the basic and taking the momentum of that success to tackle the next — has been a staple on self-help bookshelves for decades, applied to everything from teaching pre-schoolers to digging out of debt. Now, author Marco Pertici contends there is also a distinct order […]

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Breach of Sanity

Patricia Neary

Xlibris, 352 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781469152851
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

River’s Edge Mental Health Institute in Victoria, British Columbia, is the principal setting for the suspense thriller Breach of Sanity. Brilliant Dr. James Blake is hiding some secrets. One is a mysterious vaccine he has designed from a deadly pathogenic bacterium with the hope it will earn him praise in the scientific world. Blake also […]

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Lore of the Ghost Ship

Cristina Montalva

Xlibris, 71 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781462877843
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

In this engaging story based on folktales and traditional life on the Chilean Archipelago of Chiloe, a 14-year-old boy is missing his mother. She vanished one night, and Pancho believes she was taken by the Ghost Ship, Camahueto.

Pancho has been hearing tales of the Ghost Ship from his uncle: the captain driven insane by […]

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The Alaskan Sting

John Herold

AuthorHouse, 315 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781468507737
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

In John Herold’s new novel, The Alaskan Sting, Tom Courier’s cousin, Scott, a top performer at the aerospace company where they both work, has been rewarded with a 10-day Alaskan cruise. When Scott arranges for Tom to take his place on the trip, Tom is unprepared for the misadventures that befall him.

First, his plane […]

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Gold Mine in Wales, Vandalized

Gwen Bohlen

CreateSpace, 179 pages, (paperback) $11.98, 9781456583439
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

In this second installment of Gwen Bohlen’s mystery series featuring Chief Inspector Owain Wallon of Scotland Yard, the discovery of two corpses and human skeletal remains in the cave of a defunct gold mine in Wales triggers a globe-trotting criminal investigation that involves fraudulent financial scheming, corrupt police officials, an attempted frame-up, suicide, and murder.

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Fatal Females

M. Paul Chinitz

Trafford, 228 pages, (paperback) $13.33, 9781426995316
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Considering its title, the dedication for this book is one of its best lines; it reads: “This book is dedicated to those who have loved as I have loved, a girl both wise and pretty.” The story then goes on to methodically chronicle the misadventures of a milquetoast accountant as he finds himself taken in […]

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