From Within the Hidden Places

Tracey Lafayette

Tracey Lafayette, 71 pages, (paperback) $10.49, 9781449049959
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

She used to cook professionally, so former chef Tracey Lafayette determined to stir up a booklet of homespun philosophy and serve it cold turkey. No fancy sauce.

That’s her no-nonsense approach to life as conveyed in From Within the Hidden Places, a smorgasbord of thoughts, sayings, Bible verses and stories designed to make readers think […]

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Minotaur

Matthew Kaiser

AuthorHouse, 281 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781434305848
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Take your standard Michael Crichton airport novel that warns of biotechnology run amok. Insert a bank-robbery subplot straight out of Heat, complete with a rogue’s gallery that includes characters named “Rat” and “Kill.” Where novelist Matt Kaiser’s lurid fantasy gets fantastic in every sense of the word is when it lurches headlong and unabashedly into […]

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The Missing Piece in Leadership: How to Create the Future You Want

Doug Krug

AMP Press and Mile High Press, 192 pages, (paperback) $25.00, 9781885331403
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Doug Krug is a business and leadership consultant who has held faculty positions in various government agencies, served as part of the MBA Program at Johns Hopkins University, and worked with several governors’ cabinets, the FBI and the Coast Guard, as well as on numerous corporate executive teams.

In his new book, Krug posits that […]

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Angels at Sunset

Tom Mach

Hill Song Press, 378 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9780974515953
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Pioneering women suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and the dynamic Alice Paul are given their cursory due in today’s history books. But their actions vividly spring to life in the deft storytelling of author Tom Mach’s novel, Angels at Sunset. The women’s fight for equal rights in the 19th and early 20th centuries, […]

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The Crystal Cave

Ernesto Zollo

AuthorHouse, 100 pages, (paperback) $12.85, 9781456788032
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

The Crystal Cave is a young adult adventure novel about a boy who fights off an evil witch with the help of magical beings.

While picnicking in a park with his parents, 11-year-old Sam and his dog Spot wander off into a cave. Though Spot is uneasy, Sam can’t resist going deeper inside and soon […]

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Bill the COBOLER

William A. Kennedy

Xlibris, 119 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465365699
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

William A. Kennedy began a career in Information Technology, or IT, in the early 1970s after returning from serving as a Marine in Vietnam. One of the main computer programming languages used at the time was Common Business Oriented Language, or COBOL–hence, the book’s title. Kennedy’s career spanned a period of incredible computing technological leaps, […]

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Strano

Eamon Matthews

Trafford, 323 pages, (paperback) $21.97, 9781412079303
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Eamon Mathews’ Strano is a coming-out novel that wears its heart on its sleeve – and everywhere else. Both Mathews and his protagonist, Damien, are Irish, which might explain the excess angst that often infuses this uneven but ultimately enjoyable debut.

Sent to live with his maternal grandmother by parents literally overrun with children, Damien […]

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Secrets of GlenMary Farm

E.S. Burton

iUniverse, 460 pages, (paperback) $34.95, 9781450297639
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

Secrets of GlenMary Farm is an apt title for this complex, layered novel, for around every turn, there is a puzzle.

As the story begins, Janice Harmon has decided that it’s time for a change in her life and moves to GlenMary Farm, a breathtaking estate in Kentucky that serves as a home for both […]

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Human Trafficking: Modern-Day Slavery

Bright Mills

Trafford, 72 pages, (paperback) $28.84, 9781426993381
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

There’s no shortage of news stories or books detailing the scourge of human trafficking. Bright Mills adds his voice with Human Trafficking: Modern-Day Slavery, a large-size book with photographs that accompany the text.

After a brief introduction that describes the problem, Mills devotes two-dozen pages to victims’ stories, a nation-by-nation rundown of the types of […]

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Lost From the Ottawa

Larry Plamondon

Trafford, 414 pages, (paperback) $25.99, 9781412022651
(Reviewed: March, 2012)

A life lived in resistance to authority is the theme of Lost from the Ottawa, written by Pun Plamondon, a man of many identities: wayward youth, union organizer, dope fiend, activist, journalist, philanderer, printer, radical, roadie for Kiss, bodyguard for Bob Seger, alcoholic and finally, after discovering his Ottawa Indian roots and finding sobriety, tribal […]

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