Get Clarity: The Lights-On Guide to Manifesting Success in Life and Work

Cathy Hawk and Gary Hawk

Get Clarity Press, 218 pages, (paperback) $27.95, 9780983584704
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

The Chinese call it chi, Hindus call it prana and Americans call it vital energy. Obtaining and benefiting from this invisible life force is the subject of Get Clarity, a self-help book by a husband-and-wife life coaching team.

Cathy and Gary Hawk based their book on what they’ve learned during more than 20 years of […]

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A Hunter’s Blood: The Crimson Contracts

Kyle Robertson

Xlibris, 166 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781436323635
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

Drakx Slazakohn is a bounty hunter in the year 3041. Although there are still police officers and a military force in Kyle Robertson’s episodic science fiction thriller, bounty hunters get all of the tough jobs, and they have discretion about whether to bring in their contracts dead or alive. Drakx is the best at what […]

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Honest Sid

Ronald Probstein

iUniverse, 208 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781440141874
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

For Ronald Probstein, growing up in New York City during the Great Depression was as unconventional as it was unpredictable. His father, Sid, was a gambler, ticket scalper, bookie, and horseplayer, and Ronald’s boyhood hangouts were the betting parlors, cigar shops, boxing gyms, and area racetracks where his father conducted business.

Known as “Honest Sid,” […]

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Circuits and Bumps

Philip Condon

Trafford, 482 pages, (paperback) $33.48, 9781412099301
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

P.A. Condon’s literary gem of a memoir, written at age 80, shares sensitive details of his hard-scrabble life with the deft story-telling of Frank McCourt and a healthy dose of Julian Barnes’ keen wit. His reminiscences uncover an emotionally vulnerable childhood and a deep love of family, books, music, mountains, flying and teaching.

The book […]

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The “Tell Me a Story” Book

S. Steele

AuthorHouse, 116 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781425979935
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

Here’s a book that sounds promising: a former YMCA camp director shares a dozen suspense stories to read aloud around a campfire or at bedtime. Unfortunately, S. Steele’s premise is flawed by poorly crafted stories that are far too graphically violent to read to children.

Steele sells the book on the back cover as a […]

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Phil’s Book of Poems of Love and Inspiration

Phillip Freeman

Xlibris, 97 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781462845972
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

Though based on an oversimplified worldview where, at least morally, life is seen in monochrome, Phillip Freeman’s collection of faith-based, urban poetry is often inspirational. However, the lack of any thematic progression — the poems aren’t arranged strategically; in fact, they’re in alphabetical order according to the title — makes the reading experience an aimless […]

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The Price of Freedom

Douglas Coop

Trafford, 240 pages, (paperback) $21.95, 9781412053631
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

This first novel by Douglas Coop is a Dickensian story that trumps Dickens in one respect: it’s based on the true saga of Coop’s great-grandparents. With assiduous research, Coop has reconstructed the probable circumstances in which his ancestor, 17-year—old George White, was wrongfully arrested for theft in England, in 1834, and sentenced to deportation for […]

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Perceptions

B. Forrest Thompson

Xlibris, 125 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456816384
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

In the aptly named Perceptions, B. Forrest Thompson draws on his life experience — in his 78 years he has been involved in broadcasting, church music and church finance — and offers 109 very short essays about, well, just about everything. Familiar subjects, such as beauty, drugs, tolerance and honor, are covered. So are more […]

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Creation or Evolution?: Origin of Species in Light of Sciences Limitations and Historical Records

Michael Ebifegha

iUniverse, 178 pages, (hardcover) $26.95, 9781450289030
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

Judging from the sheer number of quotations in his relatively brief treatise, it appears Michael Ebifegha has read nearly every book, article and blog post on the subjects of evolution and creationism. In addition to Stephen Hawking, Deepak Chopra, and Albert Einstein, Ebifegha frequently quotes himself — a novel way to support one’s own conclusions.

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Yellow Fox

Douglas Milne

Trafford, 224 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781426920158
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

In D.S. Milne’s third novel, a widowed adventurer named Jack Collins, a footloose, half-Navajo sage called Timco (aka Cameron Yellow Fox Arnfinn) and a black hound dog they’ve rescued from the roadside end up in the small town of Estancia al Cabo, New Mexico. The men soon get involved in a dig at a long-forgotten […]

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