The Legends of Azariah: Magnificent Armor

Earl R. Joseph

AuthorHouse, 374 pages, (paperback) $20.47, 9781456773359
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Trinidad native Earl R. Joseph’s first novel begins as what appears to be a spiritual-powered fantasy. Initially, the narrative’s tone is decidedly biblical (for example, “And so it came to be…”), and a major theme early on is following God’s will. But the potentially profound spiritual themes (forgiveness, redemption, finding one’s place in the world […]

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Arete

Zenius

AuthorHouse, 255 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781463434120
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Arete is the ancient Greek word for excellence or virtue. In his work by that name, author Zenius goes back to the ancients–and beyond–to discover what has made for excellence in civilization and what is needed for human survival to continue.

A professional engineer in the highway industry for 35 years, Zenius attempts a grandiose […]

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Aleta: The Slow Good-bye

Melecio Valdez

iUniverse, 148 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781462022373
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Melecio A. Valdez’s straightforward memoir tells the story of a happy marriage. He recounts his 1971 immigration from the Philippines to study theology in Kansas City and countless moves with the Methodist Church and U.S. Army, where he served for 14 years as chaplain. His wife Aleta, whom he calls Leth, is his supportive companion […]

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Haunted Horror

Ioannis Night

Trafford, 174 pages, (paperback) $14.23, 9781466907560
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

This ghost story, which is essentially a fusion of psychological horror and supernatural mystery, is set in contemporary England and revolves around an Oxford University student who receives a strange email notifying him that he has inherited a mansion in a village that he has never heard of before.

Intrigued by the bizarre message, Zik […]

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A Rainy Day Soccer Romance

Del Nett

Xlibris, 157 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781441510273
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

When Stacy left the girls’ soccer league to play for the boys’ league, she didn’t know how difficult it would be. Not only has she gone from being the best player on her team to one of the worst, but she didn’t expect to encounter prejudice from her coach for being a girl. As much […]

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My Journey of Life with God

Calvin Bender

Trafford, 156 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781466909564
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

There is no denying that the author of this contemporary spiritual memoir believes in the saving power of God. Having spent an emotionally and materially impoverished childhood in Texas and later in Indiana, the author’s life became one of promise when he joined the Marine Corps, but forays into drugs –both using and selling – […]

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Raglands: The Anamnesis of Life “Anwen”

Nikki Goodwin

Trafford, 170 pages, (paperback) $14.77, 9781466914612
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

As Nikki Goodwin explains in the author’s note to her debut novel, the word “anamnesis” means “the recalled memory of a life.” Here she “recalls” the character of Anwen, a peasant girl in 1500s Wales who appeared to Goodwin in a vision.

Pure, good, kind and beautiful, Anwen is born with special powers that enable […]

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Haunted Life

Sarah M. Summers

Xlibris, 125 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456861933
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

In this witty novel by author and college student Sarah M. Summers, a teenage girl tracks down a serial killer with the help of a geeky friend, a ghost sidekick and a werespider.

Seventeen-year-old Ceria and her twin sister Lucia have been helping ghosts move on to the hereafter ever since their father died and […]

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The Congo: Where Men are Eaten

Juan Rodriguez

Xlibris, 142 pages, (paperback) $13.99 UK, 9781456894382
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

The intriguing title of this book comes from the final chapter of Juan Rodriquez’s memoir, which recounts his stint as a mercenary in the tumultuous Belgian Congo of the mid-1960s. Leading up to this hair-raising climax are tales of his youth in Madrid.

In 1947, his father dying of illness contracted in the Spanish Civil […]

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Leaders First: Six Bold Steps to Sustain Breakthroughs in Construction

Gene Morton

Accelerated Solutions, Ltd. , 408 pages, hardcover $32.95, 9780984000807
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Leaders First is a leadership development book that outlines six steps construction leadership can use to revamp outdated leadership practices and reinvigorate their companies. These steps include: step up to responsibility, define critical outcomes, grant and accept accountability, integrate roles, design a strategic reporting structure, and track performance.

Instead of presenting the material in a […]

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