Iron Shoes

Martin Olson as told to Peter Mars

1st Books Library, 184 pages, (paperback) $14.50, 9781403337511
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Martin Olson’s confusing narrative about events 30 years ago reads like a collection of disjointed tales, despite the assistance of novelist Peter Mars. Published in 2002 when Olson was retired, the book’s title refers to the challenges he overcame as a real estate developer who “grabbed on to anything and everything that came to my […]

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The Guardian of Death

Angelique Page

Xlibris, 289 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781469185729
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Jesse Webber’s life has just begun to return to normal after the accident that killed her husband two years ago. Easing back into life as an auto mechanic and navigating nightmares of childhood abuse barely leave her enough time to feed her numerous pets. The last thing she needs is a complicated romance.

But when […]

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Dude, What Are We Thinking? Darwinian Religion Versus the Faith of Our Fathers

Keith Simpson

iUniverse, 124 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781469761350
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In his book, Dude, What Are We Thinking?: Darwinian Religion Versus the Faith of Our Fathers, Keith Simpson presents a series of arguments in favor of intelligent design. The central premise of his book is that theories concerning natural selection are not supported by facts, but are, rather, products of a belief system that has […]

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A Cupboardful of Shoes

A. Colin Wright

Trafford, 260 pages, (paperback) $17.08, 9781466900981
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Concerned with male desire, the folly of self-satisfaction and the varieties of religious experience, these competent short stories are set mostly in Ontario, Canada, where the author has made his career as a professor of languages. But they also wander far afield–to East Berlin and war-torn northern Italy, to a quiet London suburb and the […]

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The Archangel Legacy

P. Confrey Webb

Strategic Book Group, 186 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9781609762636
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

After weeks working at a desk job as punishment for insubordination, Detective Ross Kincaid is assigned the task of stopping a serial killer who is raping and murdering teen runaways. Kincaid is in a race against time in preventing the death of yet another teen. Meanwhile, in another part of town, Outreach Home counselor Jerry […]

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Brotherly Love

Dalton Giesick

Trafford, 108 pages, (paperback) $11.92, 9781426996146
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

There are few things more shattering than the sudden death of a small child. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare; one many never fully recover from. But young siblings also suffer mightily, their confusion and fear often forgotten in the vortex of the grown-ups’ grief.

This is the backdrop of Brotherly Love, a sweet tribute by […]

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Fear My Surrounding

Jean Alexander

iUniverse, 69 pages, (paperback) $10.95, 9781462021116
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

“Decades ago I was conceived unto this unruly world.” That phrase, which opens first-time Haitian author Jean Alexander’s memoir, is at once both chilling and provocative, raising hope that readers will be guided through the despair and occasional triumph of Haiti from an insider’s eye.

Alexander, one of six children raised by his father, lived […]

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People Training for Good Dogs: What Breeders Don’t Tell You and Trainers Don’t Teach

Melissa Berryman

iUniverse, 234 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9780595461561
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Good dog trainers know that they are really training the dogs’ owners. So what should a dog owner know in order to have a well-behaved dog? Melissa Berryman, a former animal officer, notes on her book cover that she “witnessed every failure imaginable among dogs, their owners and her community.” In this book, she sets […]

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Appalachian Child

Bea B. Todd

iUniverse, 236 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781450201483
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In this well-written memoir, Bea B. Todd documents her childhood growing up with an abusive father who regularly beat his wife and children.

Todd, a pseudonym, recalls being kicked, slapped and whipped almost daily while a child in an impoverished area of the Appalachian Mountains in the 1940s and ’50s. She lived in fear of […]

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The Merlin Compass

Frank Nightingale

Xlibris, 171 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781453583616
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Frank Nightingale’s The Merlin Compass pays homage to 1930s America, where technology still seemed magical and the world was headed to war.

Our teenaged protagonist, Andy Justice, stumbles onto a Nazi conspiracy when David Spaulding, his beleaguered schoolteacher and former physicist, enlists him to hide a special compass that can lead its user to virtually […]

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