The Strivers: Adventure in Science, and Significance Forging a Fueled Future for Mankind

Phil Wallace Payne

Xlibris, 306 pages, (ebook) $3.99, 9781477115060
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

The Strivers is an unusual mix of fiction and hard science that explores the lives of a team of scientists embarking on a clandestine mission to harvest energy in an innovative way.

The Ephasian Society, a small group of the wealthy and powerful, is building a select team of people with the intelligence, experience, and […]

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Brains, Religions, and Reality: Integrative Searching for Purpose and Peace

Evans Roth

AuthorHouse, 350 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781420829259
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

With an analytical mindset and a philosopher’s heart, retired cell biology professor and university administrator Evans Roth explores the territory where science and theology intersect. He believes that everyone must find a personalized spiritual life and individualized sense of purpose in order to find true peace of mind–and soul–and take action to make the world […]

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Death in Dibba

David Smith

AuthorHouse, 219 pages, (paperback) $17.09, 9781456775445
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

This espionage novel begins with a unique premise. Ordinary British citizen Alex Manning finds himself recruited by British intelligence for a mission investigating possible terrorist activity in Dubai. A gay man, Alex is assigned this mission because the suspected organization, The Sons of Arabia, is composed of “unmarried, possibly gay, and not necessarily Muslim” men […]

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Mirrors of Imagination: Reflections of a Better You

Jeffrey Allen Samuels

Xlibris, 167 pages, (paperback) $17.84, 9781401090470
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Mirrors of Imagination by Jeffery Allen Samuels is a daybook of affirmations. Each poem offers a bit of friendly advice or a gentle warning. Because faith clearly informs this book, it has the feel of a homily. Like good sermons, Samuels’ best poems use everyday references to contextualize common problems. For instance, “The Game of […]

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The God Within

Martine Racine

Trafford, 170 pages, (paperback) $37.48, 9781426912146
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Author Martine Racine is a Jungian psychoanalyst and ordained minister. In The God Within, she describes how the divine lives in all of us.

Racine posits that our center of power, creativity, and morality doesn’t come from extrinsic sources. Rather, they reside in our being and are tapped into when we feel from our hearts. […]

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Be That as It May!: or Ten Stupid Things Governments do to Mess up “Edyukayshun”

Roberta Maclise McDonald

Trafford, 193 pages, (paperback) $15.88, 9781425140168
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

The old adage that you can’t tell a book by its cover is born out by the illustration on the front of Be That As It May. Readers seeing the Statue of Liberty with an apple replacing her torch and the words “school text” adorning her tablet should naturally expect a treatise on education problems […]

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All I Wanted Was a Home: Raised in an Orphanage

Clark Watts

AuthorHouse, 142 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781438969473
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Clark Watts was seven when his father deserted the family, leaving the author’s mother with five children and a sixth on the way. When she deposited the children two years later at the Buckner Orphans’ Home near Dallas, Watts understood why. “The reason we came to the home was poverty, with no other way out,” […]

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Heaven’s Message: How to Read It Nowadays

Christopher Stubbs

Trafford, 184 pages, (paperback) $14.50, 9781466906754
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Heaven’s Message explores natal astrology: the theory that astrology and genetics are intimately connected. Consequently, the author says, in order to fully understand a person’s character, relationships, career and health, an astrologist must interpret two charts: an epoch chart based on when the person was conceived, and a birth chart based on the date, time […]

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The Neurosurgeon

Travis Robertson

iUniverse, 320 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781469700281
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

The cover of The Neurosurgeon is a moody illustration of a nude woman underwater with the twin snakes of a doctor’s caduceus wrapped around her. The image is so ominous, along with the jacket’s description of the beautiful nurse who “harbors evil intentions” and a noir-ish prologue, that it seems to presage evil and violence.

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Patchwork Culture

Roy Mackpenfield

Trafford, 243 pages, (paperback) $21.28, 9781425122003
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

In Patchwork Culture, Jamaican-born Roy Mackpenfield makes an adventure of returning to his native country after living for more than 40 years in Wales. His mission is to uncover the details of this island nation’s historical roots.

Mackpenfield, aged 62 and partially sighted, squelches his doubts about his deteriorating vision and his ability to write […]

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