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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Evil Eyes

Cherylann Thomas

Xlibris, 300 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465335920
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

It’s no wonder Cherylann Thomas grew up to be hard-drinking, pill-popping, and promiscuous. As described in her memoir, Evil Eyes, her father, in and out of prison, is nearly a nonentity; her mother is at best neglectful and casually cruel, and her stepfather is a molester. Thomas runs away as a teenager and flits among […]

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Early Childhood Scientific Brain Connections

Clementine T. Fordham

Xlibris, 164 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781441559234
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

As American children continue to lag behind their global peers in science and math, educators and policy makers alike worry they will be ill-equipped to compete on the world stage. It is into this educational void that educator and author Clementine Fordham wades in, with mixed results.

A teacher of three decades, Fordham states that […]

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The Chronicles

Karol-Ann Roberts

Xlibris, 108 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462892716
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

Opening this book of poems is like entering a darkened room and hearing voices whispering in a conversation that began before you arrived and will swirl on after you have left. They speak of love and loss, hope and fear, the terrible need to connect and the dread of failure to do so. The poems […]

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The Universal God

R. William Davies

Xlibris, 320 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462896691
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

The Universal God is an ambitious work of comparative religion. In it, author R. William Davies sets out to illuminate the great world religions–Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam–and find the thread that connects them all. He writes: “Each of these religions was founded on truths that are universal in nature and have the […]

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Elvis Cream

Peter Menting

Xlibris, 277 pages, (paperback) $13.99 UK, 9781456878191
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

The plot, if that is the word, of Peter Menting’s Elvis Cream is quickly told: Ali Hasheeshee, a wealthy fundamentalist sheik in the Emirate of Quais, wants to go to the United States to convert its population to Islam, but unfortunately he is a dead-ringer for America’s most hated terrorist enemy, Osama Al Osama. Meanwhile, […]

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Lost Soul

Brett Hawks

Xlibris, 101 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781462868179
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

Lost Soul, a collection of 45 poems by Brett Hawks, presents raw expressions of psychic pain. The subject is a personal journey through loss, rage, and suffering, into darkest depression. Many of the poems also reveal a struggle for societal acceptance. Although there are some hopeful notes, the theme of despair and the black mood […]

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