Rogue Progeny

L. Rolland Williams

Xlibris, 140 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781441592361
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

In 2333, Earth’s space colonies depend on androids, which have made manufacturing companies rich and given rise to a class of cyborg pirates that feed off them like parasites. When Deadalus Jones, war veteran and private investigator, is hired to find a rogue android, he stumbles into a web of conspiracy. Androids are mutating — […]

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A Culture Worth Saving

Robert P. Jones

Outskirts, 257 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781432783082
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

For almost half a century, Robert P. Jones has served as executive director of the Southeastern Fisheries Association, and this passionate memoir reveals exactly where his sympathies lie. For him, the hardy, ethnically diverse shrimpers, tuna fishermen and processing-plant operators he represents are beloved “men and women of the sea;” environmentalists, real estate developers and […]

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Genetic Soul Brothers

Wayne E. Criss

AuthorHouse, 361 pages, (paperback) $19.12 , 9781456777357
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Genetic Soul Brothers opens with an original and enticing premise: in 1975, three years before the first recorded test-tube baby, Louise Brown, was born in England, four women from different parts of the U.S. are implanted with the blastulae (pre-embryonic fertilized ova) that will become identical quadruplets. The infertile couples that have the treatments are […]

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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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No Cause for Shame

Richard Stein

Xlibris, 319 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781469136608
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Brutal rapes. Mysterious deaths. Incest. A serial killer. A sabotaged cancer study. Author Richard Stein wraps all that and much more into a spellbinding murder mystery package tied together with the bright shiny ribbons of Nashville music and a love story.

The book opens with a break-in at the home of U.S. Congressman James Miller […]

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The Art of Jamaica: A Prelude

Wayne Lawrence

Trafford, 170 pages, (paperback) $46.49, 9781425189082
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

The story of Jamaica’s settlement stretches back thousands of years, with roots in the arrival of the first indigenous settlers from South America starting in the shadowy eras of prehistory. Despite the country’s rich past, the story of its artists and their creative expression feels much more condensed, a tale cut painfully short by the […]

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The Lost Book: A Book of Mazes

Tim and Justin Grotrian

Trafford, 60 pages, (paperback) $10.82, 9781425151737
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

The Lost Book: A Book of Mazes is an interactive activity book inspired by a love of German folklore and mystery. Authors Tim and Justin Grotrian have channeled a dark and forbidding environment reminiscent of the world of Edgar Allen Poe and turned it into a challenging and playful interactive game book.

Loosely linked tales […]

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The Political Primer

Mark E. Glogowski, Ph.D.

Trafford, 261 pages, (hardcover) $27.89, 9781466905726
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Politicians want to confuse you and often manipulate you into voting for candidates who do not share your values. But knowing which party best reflects your outlook — and committing to that party — gives you the best shot at living in a society structured to your liking, argues author Mark E. Glogowski. How to […]

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Stewart Sinclair, Private Eye

Elizabeth Greenwood

AuthorHouse, 276 pages, (paperback) $16.77, 9781456788490
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

When the pompous and erudite British detective Stewart Sinclair finds himself in need of an assistant, he hires an archaeology student, Sebastian Barnard, who during a gap year from his studies, is working as a female impersonator – a geisha specifically – entertaining sailors in a rundown London club. Together, the pair attempts to unmask […]

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American Haiku

Roger Madon

AuthorHouse, 367 pages, (paperback) $23.95, 9781468541564
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Born in 1936, Roger Madon is a long-time New York City labor lawyer with a wife of 42 years, two children, Peace Corps service, a love for the United States of America and lots of opinions, mostly about politics. He shares those opinions through a blog, radio commentary and, now, a book collecting more than […]

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