The Other Side of Innocence

Gerald Myers

Xlibris, 340 pages, (hardcover) $32.99, 9781456862961
(Reviewed: May, 2011)

Mystery author Gerald Myers changes course with The Other Side of Innocence, a coming-of-age novel that contemplates whether or not the past can be forgotten.

Kelly Masters has a successful career and a happy marriage, but an invitation to his 40th high school reunion unearths buried memories. As Kelly recalls his senior year during the […]

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Wally the Worm’s Adventures on the Farm

Jim Rinaldo

Xlibris, 26 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781456891022
(Reviewed: May, 2011)

In this engaging children’s picture book, Wally is a worm with big plans for his morning: he wants to wiggle all the way across the barnyard to the apple trees, where he aims to munch into “a big juicy apple for breakfast.” That may sound simple enough, but when you’re a worm, the mission presents […]

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Open Source

M. M. Frick

Matthew M. Frick, 336 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9781453719985
(Reviewed: April, 2011)

M.M. Frick, an active duty Naval officer who has traveled the world’s geo-political landscape, has written an enjoyable thriller from an unconventional perspective. The main characters are a vending machine stocker in Savannah, Ga. — a self-described “nobody” — and a sharp intelligence analyst working for a high-powered consulting firm in New York City.

The […]

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Drink, Dear Boy?

Alwyne Chappell

Janus Publishing Company, 349 pages, (paperback) £11.99, 9781857567069
(Reviewed: April, 2011)

The usual guidelines for an Englishman recounting his adventures abroad begin with first establishing his qualifications as a rank amateur, then describing, with becoming modesty, his surprising competence. Next, he should suggest that, whatever his qualifications, he is vastly more capable than any supposed expert in the vicinity, especially if that expert is not English […]

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Whistleblower Doctor: The Politics and Economics of Pain and Dying

David K. Cundiff, MD

David K. Cundiff, MD, 219 pages, (ebook) $5.00, 9780976157137
(Reviewed: April, 2011)

Dr. Cundiff’s recounting of his work at the Los Angeles County Department of Health and the University of Southern California Medical Center from 1979 to 1998 focuses on his experiences dealing with hospice care and the terminally ill and emphasizes his ongoing attempts to reform care for those in pain and/or terminally ill. These patients, […]

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Let Me Finish This Beer and We’ll Go Catch Somebody

Everett H. "Ev" Turner

Xlibris, 225 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456875411
(Reviewed: April, 2011)

By the time he retired in 1986, Everett Hoyt Turner had served 28 years, more than half his life, in various law enforcement positions with the U.S Border Patrol, Customs Agency Service and Drug Enforcement Administration. Somebody who spent that much time chasing illegal aliens and smugglers surely has tales to tell. And Turner tries […]

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Cuauhtemoc: Descending Eagle

D L Davies

Xlibris, 187 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781453513576
(Reviewed: April, 2011)

Cuauhtemoc: Descending Eagle begins a fantasy series set in South America in the 16th century just as Europeans are beginning their plunder of the Mayan Empire. Unlike more common alternate histories from authors such as Harry Turtledove in which the writer changes a major event in the past, adding, for example, a civil war or […]

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Echoes in the Walls

Katrina Morgan

Xlibris, 325 pages, (paperback) 17.99, 9781456850852
(Reviewed: April, 2011)

Katrina Morgan’s lively voice relates the harrowing saga of remodeling the dilapidated pre-Civil war farmhouse she and her husband bought on the outskirts of their small Ohio town. It’s a tale replete with dangerous mishaps far in excess of the average homeowner’s experiences, mainly because the Morgans vowed to restore their dream house with no […]

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The House on Maple Drive

Edna May Cieslewicz

Xlibris, 126 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781436340502
(Reviewed: April, 2011)

This third mystery by Edna May Cieslewicz centers on two old, architecturally interesting homes on Maple Drive. The Andrews family lives in one, while the other is empty. The husband is critically ill, requiring nursing care. Meanwhile, the mother rules over one son, three daughters and a 2 ½ old grandson, who also live in […]

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Wake Up USA

Citizen Charles

Xlibris, 201 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456874292
(Reviewed: April, 2011)

Wake Up USA begins with the premise that the United States has “essential needs” consisting of “abundant and economically priced supplies of energy, transportation, housing, food, water, health care, and education” and that long-range planning is needed to secure those needs. Author Citizen Charles then shows, in detail, just how dire those needs are and […]

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