Dr. Peacock and His Quest to Know God

Gustav Shakefoot

Trafford Publishing, 160 pages, Paperback $18.00, 9781426942617
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

Gustav Shakefoot has explored the extremes of Christian orthodoxy. Born in Luxembourg, he was raised Roman Catholic and eventually entered a monastery. Later, after emigrating to Canada, he left his religious order – the book isn’t completely clear about whether or not he was asked to leave – then left Catholicism altogether.

Traversing the broad […]

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Odd Sock’s Adventures

Alma Aspin

Xlibris, 52 pages, (paperback) $44.99 NZ, 9781465300676
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

Poppa Bob is missing one of his favorite socks. It’s a fine red sock, and Grandma Kay joins in the search, but it is nowhere to be found.

This is the start of Odd Sock’s Adventures, a children’s book by New Zealand author Alma Aspin that tells the story of a lost sock and his […]

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Finger of God

Pasquale A. Emiro

Dorrance, 118 pages, (paperback) $14.00, 9780805978803
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

Reading this contemporary spiritual memoir is like listening to the stories of an elderly uncle during a long, holiday dinner. Time lines zig and zag, and no details are omitted, but to your surprise you’re still listening as the table is being cleared. As a member in good standing of “the greatest generation,” this man’s […]

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Letters to the Editor that Were Never Published (And some other stuff)

Alex Caemmerer Jr. M.D.

Trafford, 214 pages, (paperback) $15.86, 9781466903371
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

Most letters to the editor are not written and argued in a scholarly fashion. This isn’t the case with those that Dr Alex Caemmerer Jr. has sent over the years to publications such as the New York Times, Newsweek and Psychiatric News. Sacred cows make a better grade of hamburger on Caemmerer’s grill, as the […]

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Numbers Don’t Lie

Shelley Kay Wall

IUniverse, 264 pages, (ebook) $3.99, 9781462058914
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

For Trevor Adams, Sophie Henderson is just another job. As an undercover agent for the FBI, he has been working on a large embezzlement case, and his superiors think that Sophie might be behind the fraud. But as Trevor gets to know her, he begins to believe that she might just be an innocent bystander. […]

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The Guardsmen of Rammsihaar

J. Cameron Millar

Trafford, 380 pages, (paperback) $17.43, 9781426996627
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

This ambitious sequel to J. Cameron Millar’s debut novel The Van Der Meer Dossier is an action-packed, albeit at times convoluted amalgam of science fiction, suspense thriller, and apocalyptic fiction.

While testing a groundbreaking new weapon – smart torpedoes – in the North Atlantic Ocean, Assistant to the Chief British Naval Attaché in Washington, D.C., […]

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The Elephant’s Pride

Alex Cole

Xlibris, 28 pages, (paperback) $21.99, 9781465382696
(Reviewed: February, 2012)

In this tender picture book about the subtleties of prejudice, a baby elephant is treated differently, though not necessarily unkindly, because he has lighter skin than other elephants.

One day as Junkra and his gray siblings are splashing in a water hole in Africa, they see humans photographing Junkra. Junkra’s siblings are afraid and run […]

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Eric and the Mystical Bear

Peter Lewis Ward

Trafford, 140 pages, (paperback) $13.14, 9781426955013
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

In this conclusion to Peter L. Ward’s fantasy trilogy, a group of teenage Vikings are determined to get along in the Saxon village they now call home. This is no easy task, given the hostility and mistrust between the villagers and the newcomers.

One night, Eric Bignose discovers a terrifying creature in the forest. After […]

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Undue Influence

Shelby Yastrow

Trafford, 331 pages, (paperback) $19.52, 9781466901742
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

Until retirement, Shelby Yastrow spent his career as a general counsel and vice president for McDonald’s Corp. in Chicago, which is where he sets this engrossing legal thriller. Yastrow’s legal knowledge is apparent as he leads readers through a strange and complex probate case that showcases various lawyerly motivations.

Phil Ogden is an attorney who […]

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Feathers and Furs

Beulah Andrews-Greyling

Xlibris, 116 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781465301987
(Reviewed: January, 2012)

For as long as Beulah Andrews-Greyling can remember, pets have been valued members of her family. In Feathers & Furs, the South African author shares her memories of those animals, stretching back to her early childhood.

She begins with a chapter on Tiekie, a talking budgie she describes as “the most remarkable pet we ever […]

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