The Soldier’s Oath

Christopher Lewis

iUniverse, 205 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781469744773
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Christopher Lewis recently served in the U.S. military, and the young author has used that experience to animate his first novel. It fairly bursts with Lewis’s memories of boot camp (“This is the sorriest pile of crap I have seen in my life,” an army trainer shouts at his clumsy recruits); the bonds of brotherhood […]

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The Ghostly Whisper

Brenda Britton

Xlibris, 239 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781469166674
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

The Ghostly Whisper bolts from the gate with murder, a suspicious spectral presence and a hint of dark deeds.

Set in 1816 England, 18-year-old Laura’s family is mysteriously slain. A letter left by her beloved brother hints that he and their father were investigating illegal smuggling occurring on the estate and directs her to marry […]

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And the Stars Were Shining

José Miguel Roig

Xlibris, 132 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781456813239
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

This romantic novel details the relationship between a young Japanese officer and an older Spanish-Filipino woman during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. The exotic setting adds an interesting element to the slim story; these are not the usual characters found in most World War II stories written in English. Although the focus is almost […]

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Dragons and Dreams and Other Stories

David Frankel

AuthorHouse, 182 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781467870603
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

The author of this collection of three short stories takes myths and folk tales as his inspiration, and this influence is particularly evident in not only the magical elements but in the story-within-a-story structure of each tale. In “Dragons and Dreams,” a fishing expedition becomes a dragon encounter; “Tales from the Safid Kuh” follows the […]

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Understanding the Secrets to Career Advancement: Through the Eyes of an HR Director

David DiMartile

iUniverse, 117 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781469795102
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

In his book, Understanding the Secrets to Career Advancement, David DiMartile, who spent 37 years in the auto industry and specializes in human resources, offers a road map of how to achieve leadership positions in business. Plenty of others have covered this topic. But DiMartile takes the reader to school with lots of basic, solid […]

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The Spirit Sherpa

Marc Littman

Amazon, 169 pages, (ebook) $2.99, 9781470056902
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

When mean-spirited, sexist, and selfish Manus dies in a car accident — a collision with an ice cream truck that Manus’s own hostility and impatience caused — he is quite surprised by his “after life.” He finds himself in a casino being accosted by a woman who appears to be his grandmother, Oma. She reveals […]

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A Search for a Theology of Resuscitation

Pricsilla Noble-Mathews

AuthorHouse, 92 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781467890960
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

What in Biblical times was considered a miracle–bringing a person back from the dead–is almost a commonplace occurrence today. Such tools as defibrillators and the use of epinephrine to treat cardiac arrest have allowed countless people in modern times to skirt death. But is God being edged out when humans take life into their own […]

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Cosmic Crisis and Creation

Kenyon Wright

AuthorHouse, 106 pages, (paperback) $15.18, 9781468503401
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

According to Kenyon Wright, a retired Episcopalian clergyman, former chair of the Scottish Constitutional Convention and author of Cosmic Crisis and Creation, climate change, overpopulation, war, rapid technological developments, and increasing poverty are endangering the lives of every creature on this planet. Is there hope? Yes. “Properly understood,” he contends, “the Christian concept of Creation […]

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Leonard’s Goose Family

Patricia Hillman-Weiss

Trafford, 12 pages, (paperback) $12.68, 9781466917118
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Patricia Hillman-Weiss has written and illustrated a warm-hearted picture book for children about a family of Canadian geese and a thoughtful loader operator named Leonard who gains their trust.

We meet the family as the mother goose and her mate are searching for the perfect place to build a new nest. At first, the neighborhood […]

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“America” Because I Have Loved You, I Have Made You Rich!

Efren Gamboa

AuthorHouse, 144 pages, (paperback) $20.68, 9781463401481
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

In America Because I Have Loved You I Have Made You Rich!, author Efren M. Gamboa sets out to “tell the story of the chosen children of God; to reveal the continuation of the history of [the Israelites]. To explain the blessings and curses to the nations that received and housed this great family.” He […]

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