The Further Adventures and Life of Jack Dawkins, Also Known as The Artful Dodger

Alan Montgomery

Trafford Publishing, 209 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781426931000
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

In his debut novel, author Alan Montgomery imagines the life of Jack Dawkins –the character in Dickens’ Oliver Twist who is also known as “the artful dodger” – after he is deported to the U.S. for his crimes as a pickpocket.

The story begins as a frightened Dawkins awaits transfer from his jail cell to […]

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Two Ticket Ride

Sweigart Brothers

Xlibris, 281 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465381521
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

There was a time when Jake Riley led special forces teams into missions impossible, but now, unemployed, unhappily married, and dangerously depressed, he hops on his Harley with a woman he barely knows, hoping to feel powerful again. As Jake pushes his ride to the limit with his new, troubled woman complaining behind him, they […]

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The Lost: Caprian 1

C.C. Lea

Xlibris, 146 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465396983
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

The Lost appears as the first in a contemporary fantasy series, centering on a secret dynasty of supernatural beings sharing a private island in Virginia. When vampire Samuel Vardan issues a challenge to the households of Caprian Island, Caprian Elder Kyle Gruder knows that too few supernaturals from his generation remain on the island to […]

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Climates of the Mind: A Bipolar Memory Including the Therapy Journals

Allen Jeweler

iUniverse, 122 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781440193507
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

The National Institute of Mental Health has estimated that 2.6% of American adults suffer from bipolar disorder. There is no shortage of textbooks, articles and scholarly papers on the topic. But a view from the inside is rarer. Jerry Jewler, a successful ad man who transitioned into academia and spent nearly 30 years as a […]

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Humanity in the Midst of Inhumanity

Shahkeh Yaylaian Setian

Xlibris, 240 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462884230
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Here is an eloquent cri de coeur by a writer, teacher and humanitarian activist whose parents survived the infamous Armenian Genocide. It is a valuable addition to the literature of that event, not least because the author’s main goal is reconciliation between Christian Armenians and Turkish Muslims, whose forbears committed this first mass murder of […]

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The Adventures of Anna and Andy Hummingbird

Linda P. Young

Xlibris, 42 pages, (paperback) $21.99, 9781456895686
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Linda P. Young has written a warm series of adventures starring two young hummingbirds named Anna and Andy. With help from the “Nice Lady” and her husband, who tend their feeders, these curious little birds thrive and grow.

This picture book is actually a series of five, short, interconnected adventures. In the first story, we […]

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Tears in the Sand

Dina Andrews

Trafford, 44 pages, (paperback) $23.04, 9781426970061
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

In this middle-reader chapter book, Dina Andrews depicts the plight of a young Polish prisoner of war during World War II, and his rescue at the hands of a fellow youngster in occupied territory.

The story unfolds in a Jersey village, off the French coast. In this occupied town, 10-year-old Richard Le Miere suffers the […]

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Passage

John Schissler, Jr.

Xlibris, 293 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781441538185
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

In 1945 when he was not yet two years old, author John Schissler, Jr. and his family began a desperate journey from their farming village in Yugoslavia (now Croatia) to escape the ethnic animosities against ancestral Germans in a Slavic corner of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Their search for a safe haven took them through […]

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Success: Utter Common Sense

Roy Ashworth

AuthorHouse, 204 pages, (paperback) $20.22, 9781456784539
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Though retired, Roy Ashworth remains a busy business consultant traveling between homes in England, France and Malaysia. In his new book directed at those who seek direction to advance in the business world, he offers his formula for “SUCCESS,” an acronym for “Scope,” “Ultimate Aim,” “Circumstances and Context,” “Concerns and Issues,” “Essential Question,” “Strategic Solutions” […]

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Consult I Ching with Ease

Eugene "eez" Nelson

Xlibris, 83 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781462845422
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

The I Ching (pronounced ee-jing) is one of mankind’s oldest written documents, believed to date back more than 3,000 years in China and originally considered to be a “Heavenly Book.” Because it began as symbols and has often been re-interpreted over the centuries, Westerners frequently find its concepts confusing, especially if they don’t study it […]

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