Lost Soul

Brett Hawks

Xlibris, 101 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781462868179
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

Lost Soul, a collection of 45 poems by Brett Hawks, presents raw expressions of psychic pain. The subject is a personal journey through loss, rage, and suffering, into darkest depression. Many of the poems also reveal a struggle for societal acceptance. Although there are some hopeful notes, the theme of despair and the black mood […]

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When We Were Young

George Kilbourne

Xlibris, 230 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462876389
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

The small town of Berea, Kentucky is the focal point of this memoir, which captures the life and times of its residents during the Great Depression. Author George Kilbourne spent his formative years in Berea, eventually joining the Marine Corps during World War II, graduating from the University of Michigan with a mechanical engineering degree […]

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Tecumseh’s Curse

W. C. Madden

Xlibris, 194 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462846627
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

History and mystery collide in this contemporary whodunit set in the tiny town of Battle Ground, Indiana, the site of a decisive battle in the War of 1812. During this fierce conflict, the great Shawnee Chief Tecumseh died fighting for the British and against his archenemy, General William Henry Harrison, later, President Harrison, whom the […]

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Terrorism, An Unconventional Crime

Vahab Aghai,Ph.D

Xlibris, 213 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465349910
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

Terrorism is an imprecise concept, and, therefore, an imprecise word. One person’s “terrorism” might be another person’s “freedom fighting.” As a result, readers will welcome a primer on terrorism.

In this book, author Vahab Aghai is entirely non-judgmental, offering definitions and explanations, rather than advocacy. He opens the slim book by relying on multiple sources […]

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New Disciples’ Study Guide

Sarah Jean Williams

Xlibris, 98 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781462896325
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

New Disciples’ Study Guide is a slim volume that aims to educate new adult members in the Baptist faith. It begins with a list of the responsibilities of a Christian and follows with an 8-page chapter in which each book of the Bible is described in one paragraph. These two chapters are illustrative of the […]

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Power and Control

Ralph Leaton White

Xlibris, 406 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781462862177
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

Ralph White’s debut novel, Power and Control, a political thriller that takes place in the near future, begins shortly after a cataclysmic Christmas Day that saw entire towns and villages in 19 countries totally wiped out by chemical or biological attacks.

The “Earth Cleansers,” who have taken responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, […]

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Uh-Uh, Daughter, Don’t Even Go There

Minister Patricia S. Hatcher-Jones

Xlibris, 58 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781456819125
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

Teen and pre-teen girls make mistakes: bad boyfriends, two-timing friends, unplanned pregnancy, substance abuse, suicide — and always for growing girls, there’s that pesky challenge called sex. For adolescent girls confronting these and other life tests, Minister Patricia S. Hatcher-Jones seeks to show a better path in a brief guide she calls Uh-uh, Daughter, Don’t […]

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Faith Journeys with Hope and Love

Debora J. McGill

Xlibris, 113 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781441542038
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

This collection of short stories illustrates, in the words of the author, “that stressful events can happen with little or no warning.” With that as a basis for each story, McGill has written a collection of tales of faith in God and Jesus Christ and its importance in meeting everyday – and often unexpected – […]

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I May Not Know What I’m Talking About But I’m Gonna Say it Anyway

Tara Ratney

Xlibris, 313 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456801762
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

From the difficult-to-read cover type to the dense chapters to her somewhat muddled parting words, “enjoy or again maybe not, but hopefully though you’ll still get something out of it anyway…,” Tara Ratney’s religious self-help book issues an implied challenge: “Read me, if you dare.” Spelling, punctuation and grammar aren’t conventional. Paragraphs go on for […]

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Blowing Up Walmart and Other Florida and California Stories

Jackie Pentecost

Xlibris, 228 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456896805
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Blowing up Walmart and other Florida and California Stories is a collection of short stories, poems and a play. Many of the stories share a common theme of life in sunny communities where retirees reign, while others explore the intricacies of family relationships.

In the title story, “Blowing Up Walmart,” a pair of senior women […]

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