Rose’s Jungle

Barbara Rogenmoser

Xlibris, 30 pages, (paperback) $21.99, 9781465375469
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

Rose’s Jungle, by Barbara Rogenmoser, is a lively picture book perfectly pitched to preschoolers. It celebrates imaginative play and friendship across generations in simple, appropriately repetitive, though occasionally labored, rhyme. Jan Michael Vincent Sky’s illustrations are warm and bright.

The nameless heroine is a curious, happy preschooler. She loves nothing more than exploring her elderly […]

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Between Two Worlds

Aytac Aydogan Edwards

Xlibris, 95 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781456830076
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

Aytac Aydogan Edwards’ Between Two Worlds is a slim collection of the Turkish author’s meditations on nature and impermanence. Many of these 43 poems are simple and straightforward – similar to prayers. The brief length of most enables the reader to take in each contemplative moment, allowing insight into the moment that inspired the poem.

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Sons of Light

Mary Bogin

Xlibris, 152 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462862726
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

A blend of apocalyptic fiction and spiritually powered science fiction, Sons of Light has the potential to be a highly entertaining and profoundly moving read. Its premise is undeniably powerful and the story gains some real traction as the novel progresses.

The narrative, however, has a decidedly unfinished and unpolished feel to it. Grammatical errors […]

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Cracks in the Fabric

Ole Martinson

Trafford, 310 pages, (paperback) $21.24 , 9781412078658
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

The back cover of Cracks in the Fabric promotes a notably different tale than what’s inside. It promises a thriller about an Australian journalist’s search for her missing daughter, who vanished from the hospital after being critically injured in a hit-and-run accident. The narrative implies that powerful forces may have been involved in her abduction.

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Uncommon Survivor

Ana M. Ward

Xlibris, 155 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462888337
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

The veterans of the Greatest Generation, once 16 million strong, are now dying at a rate of more than 850 per day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It is small wonder the race is on to preserve their stories for posterity before time runs out. This is clearly the aim of Ana […]

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The Prodigal Daughter

Lindy Hicks Cleere & Louis Hicks

Xlibris, 132 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462874620
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

In The Prodigal Daughter, Lindy Hicks Cleere and her mother, Lois Hicks, take turns recounting Lindy’s descent from the straight-laced daughter of a small-town Baptist pastor to the coke-snorting wife of a local drug dealer — and her ultimate redemption.

Lindy was a freshman in high school in Amite, La., in the late 1980s when […]

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Then, Now and In Between

Edward Whitham

Trafford, 236 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781425189679
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

The 68-year-old Australian who wrote these short-short stories–39 of them in just 222 pages–is a former retail merchant who has spent much of his retirement traveling with his wife. That surely accounts for the pieces’ farflung settings–Israel, Hungary, Ukraine, an Austrian ski resort, and a dozen other places. But author Eddie Whitham has also served […]

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Knights, Romans, Greeks and God

Brian D. Starr

Xlibris, 191 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465353344
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

“This book,” declares Brian D. Starr, “is about the secrets of the Christian/Judea [sic] religion that are not apparent to the average Christian that has not studied genealogy and knighthood.” The author proceeds to fill most of the book’s remaining pages with genealogical charts that involve biblical personages from both the Old and New Testament, […]

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Rain of Terror in the Sunshine

Paul Contos

AuthorHouse, 132 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781449023744
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

In Rain of Terror in the Sunshine, Paul A. Contos recounts what must have been an utterly terrifying day in combat as a soldier in the U.S. Army’s 71st Division. On March 13, 1945, he lived through 16 strafing attacks by German airplanes in eastern France, suffering extensive life-threatening shrapnel wounds to his left leg […]

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Soaring

Jeanne Fiedler

Xlibris, 136 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465347251
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

Author Jeanne Fiedler presents Soaring as a book of poems. But even though her pieces are divided into stanzas, taking on the form of poetry, they read more like a journal of the heart, a collection of thoughts and expressions of emotions.

Fiedler’s husband died prematurely four years ago, and that sad event is at […]

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