The Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives

Tim Darcy Ellis

Tim Darcy Ellis, 220 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9780228834366
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

In this beautifully detailed, thrilling historical novel, author Tim Ellis brings back to life the largely forgotten Juan Luis Vives, a Spanish Jew and leading Renaissance humanist who, in his time, was as widely respected as his friends and intellectual heavyweights Thomas More and Erasmus. Here, Vives poses as a Catholic to avoid the fires […]

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The Opportunity Agenda: A Bold Democratic Plan to Grow the Middle Class

Winston Fisher and Sly James

Amplify Publishing, 232 pages, (hardcover) $24.95, 9781645430810
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

In The Opportunity Agenda, authors Winston Fisher and Sly James – a New York City real estate developer involved in civic and policy organizations and the former mayor of Kansas City, MO, respectively – call on Democratic candidates to run on policies that will create opportunity for middle-class Americans and earn their votes in 2020 […]

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Automaton Nation

Cynthia Kumanchik

AuthorHouse, 242 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781728363264
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Meat shortages, protests, swat teams in battle gear, climate change, revolution. Cynthia Kumanchik could be recounting 2020 newspaper headlines from across America. Instead, her YA novel pits technological progress against humanity in the futuristic Capitol City (once Sacramento) circa 2045.

On the evening of the scientific corporation Robot International’s (RI) Gala, Dat, a Model-500 “human-like […]

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The Vision of Antje Baumann

Laurence Power

AuthorHouse, 268 pages, (paperback) $18.67, 9781728396484
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

In Laurence Power’s historical novel, a Dutch family confronts the best and worst of humanity during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.

In 1940, the Nazis are advancing toward the city of Arnhem in the eastern Netherlands. At first the occupation doesn’t affect the residents. The Baumann family—Wim and Corrie, and […]

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Straight Talk for College-Bound Students and Their Parents: What No One Tells You but Expects You to Know

Saundra Richardson Mckay

iUniverse, 74 pages, (paperback) $10.99, 9781532091100
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

In our current, coronavirus-plagued world, higher education has been turned on its head with no clear timetable for righting itself. Unfortunately, Saundra Richardson Mckay’s Straight Talk for College-Bound Students and Their Parents suffers from this bad timing, lending it a dated feeling through no fault of her own. But college life will eventually return to […]

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The Leader Launchpad: Five Steps to Fuel Your Business and Lift Your Profits

Howard M. Shore

Mascot Books, 356 pages, (hardcover) $27.95, 9781645434818
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Over the past quarter-century it’s become commonplace to say that the rapid evolution of technology and globalization have changed the business landscape. But have they? According to author and business coach Howard M. Shore, the basics of good business haven’t changed.

Shore’s book, The Leader Launchpad, explains a system he claims will optimize […]

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Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival, 3rd Edition

Patricia Spigarelli Aston and Jack A. Spigarelli

Cross-Current Publishing, 464 pages, (paperback) $29.95, 9780936348018
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Survivors of environmental disasters like floods, fires and earthquakes have already learned what many are just discovering with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic: that no one can rely solely on government to provide them with food and shelter in dire times. Crisis Preparedness Handbook is a comprehensive primer designed to help readers develop […]

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One Grey Night It Happened

Michael Fields

Xlibris, 212 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781984577351
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Two teenage boys face danger in Michael Fields’ dark, action-packed YA novel, One Grey Night It Happened.

The two characters couldn’t seem more different. Lucas is black, outspoken, and gifted both intellectually and physically; Jeremiah is white and painfully shy. They meet as new transfer students at Bloomington High School, Lucas coming […]

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Favorite Stops on My Way to Paradise: Personal Vignettes, Stories, and Poems

Lynn C. Rogers

iUniverse, 132 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532089817
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

As a child in Maysville, Oklahoma, Lynn C. Rogers explored waterfalls along the Washita River that flowed through his family’s farm. As an attorney and research chemist, he found more challenging fishing waters in Canada and hunting spots in Idaho. Sometimes he found God there, too, stumbling into what he calls “thin places” where heaven […]

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Believing is Seeing, Your Visual System: Perceiving and Misperceiving Objects and Scenes

Michael W. Levine

iUniverse, 160 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532094637
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Although Michael W. Levine modestly states that “the ideas in” Believing Is Seeing, are “neither unique nor original,” and that his book merely presents his “personal take on how the visual system works,” his selection and discussion of ideas is fascinating.

What Levine claims, “in a real sense,” is that a person creates the world […]

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