Village of Tears

Christopher Abbott

Trafford, 180 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781412061032
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Invited by a former law school classmate to stay at his family’s New Jersey estate, Caleb Magellan finds that the picture-perfect town of Promise hides some ugly secrets in Christopher Abbott’s novel, Village of Tears.

Haunted by memories of his abusive father, Caleb hasn’t been able to settle down and make a commitment to anything […]

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Dawn of Truth

John B Leonard

AuthorHouse, 205 pages, (paperback) $21.95, 9781463421502
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Dawn of Truth is a work of New Age nonfiction wherein one man relates his religious upbringing and subsequent spiritual awakening. Less a memoir than philosophical overview, author John B Leonard ties together 12-step recovery literature, the works of Edgar Cayce, aliens, channeling, and other strands of thought, and links them to the teachings of […]

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Travelling in the Mind

Daniel Micheal Hermon

Xlibris, 61 pages, (paperback) $9.99UK, 9781465359797
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Some poetry is casual and off-hand, a matter of vivid observations of, and quick insights into, the world right here in front of us. With its short pieces accompanied with facing photographs, Daniel Hermon’s Travelling in the Mind falls comfortably into this style, with an added charm that comes from the fact that Hermon is […]

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Seizing the Essence

Hamilton Priday

Xlibris, 157 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781425777319
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Seizing the Essence: A Value Cosmology for the Modernist criticizes dominant metaphysical views in philosophy (e.g. that the universe is a deterministic and materialistic system), defending instead a vision of reality as essence (an ultimate source of reality beyond the phenomenal world, possibly synonymous with God).

The author asserts that humans are not best defined […]

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Dear Mom and Dad

Susan Kessen

Xlibris, 100 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781453557891
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Most people living in today’s crazy, dual-income, married-with-children world have plenty of funny stories to share. But no matter how delightful these tales from suburbia may be to friends and family, it’s another matter to assume everyone will share in the hilarity.

Susan Kessen, author of Dear Mom and Dad, is probably a great raconteur […]

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The Diamond is Mine

Olateju 'Molaji Ojomo

Xlibris, 263 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465308900
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

In Olateju ‘Molaji Ojomo’s novel, The Diamond is Mine, Denise Jasper loves her country of Nigeria but hates its rampant corruption, so she sets out to change things by enrolling in the police college and later joining the Crime Investigation Department. But gang raids of parties are common, and while Denise celebrates her birthday at […]

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Go Father, Go Daughter

Pat Fahy

Xlibris, 294 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781469148410
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

In 2009, Pat Fahy and his then-31-year-old daughter, Emmie Cardella, crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon within a second of each other. The road to Boston was a long one, starting with the two deciding to run together in 2005. Fahy was a national Master’s track and field champion with no desire to […]

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The Dark Land

Bob Sharpe and Bobbi Lynn Zaccardi

Xlibris, 65 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781469176086
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

The Dark Land, a Western tale turned organized crime saga, packs a lot of action into a slender volume.

The unnamed boy at the center of the story seems to have the perfect childhood on a Colorado ranch in the early 1900s. His father Jack is strict but loving; his mother Elizabeth is still playful, […]

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The Flaming Sword

Folayan Osekita

Trafford, 192 pages, (paperback) $16.96, 9781425121563
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Folayan Osekita knows his Bible, and the devout Christian wants to share what’s he’s learned and experienced over the years with the masses. “I can no longer keep this Great Joy, this overwhelming Light of Your Love to myself,” Osekita writes in the opening of The Flaming Sword. “I must speak out.”

And with the […]

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Almost Armageddon

Neil Pollack

iUniverse, 324 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781469773605
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Neil Pollack knows how to tell a story; Almost Armageddon is a gripping read from beginning to end.

The spy thriller begins with a prologue in the present and ends with an epilogue back in the present. The two bookend a story that’s essentially a long, engrossing flashback told as an omniscient narrative and including […]

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