Yellow Fox

Douglas Milne

Trafford, 224 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781426920158
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

In D.S. Milne’s third novel, a widowed adventurer named Jack Collins, a footloose, half-Navajo sage called Timco (aka Cameron Yellow Fox Arnfinn) and a black hound dog they’ve rescued from the roadside end up in the small town of Estancia al Cabo, New Mexico. The men soon get involved in a dig at a long-forgotten […]

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Evil Eyes

Cherylann Thomas

Xlibris, 300 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465335920
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

It’s no wonder Cherylann Thomas grew up to be hard-drinking, pill-popping, and promiscuous. As described in her memoir, Evil Eyes, her father, in and out of prison, is nearly a nonentity; her mother is at best neglectful and casually cruel, and her stepfather is a molester. Thomas runs away as a teenager and flits among […]

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Early Childhood Scientific Brain Connections

Clementine T. Fordham

Xlibris, 164 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781441559234
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

As American children continue to lag behind their global peers in science and math, educators and policy makers alike worry they will be ill-equipped to compete on the world stage. It is into this educational void that educator and author Clementine Fordham wades in, with mixed results.

A teacher of three decades, Fordham states that […]

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If Only God Used His Brain Ahead of Time

Snofla Sacul

Xlibris, 240 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465335654
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

The Judeo-Christian tradition is filled with contradictions and paradoxes. God issues the commandment, “Thou shall not kill.” Yet, two of Judaism’s greatest leaders, Moses and David, were both murderers. Another disciple, Peter, betrayed Jesus, not once, but three times, only to become the first pope. Go figure. As they say, the Lord works in mysterious […]

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2nd Son

Lonnie Phillips

Xlibris, 111 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781401091088
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

He grew up black in Arkansas with tough parents and a tender heart. So aspiring poet and writer Lonnie Philips took to pen and paper to make sense of life and living. The result is this book, an earnest mix that is part poetry, part autobiography and part scrapbook (including copies of letters to and […]

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Behind the Altar

Robert Henman

Xlibris, 216 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781436324878
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

In his Author’s Epilogue, Robert Henman acknowledges that Behind the Altar, his first piece of fiction, is a response to his years of pastoral work in the Catholic Church. The statement will not surprise anyone who reads his book. The novel is filled with characters, specifically his lead, who over-analyze in elongated sections of dialogue […]

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A Taste of the Caribbean

Mervyn HemLee

Xlibris, 54 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450008983
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

There’s no doubt Mervyn Hemlee’s heart is in the right place. He clearly loves the recipes in this cookbook and wants to share them, even if many are more American than the “tropical” fare the book’s title would indicate. How else to explain “Waldorf Salad,” “Easy Lasagna,” and “Chicken Mexicana” in a Caribbean cookbook?

The […]

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Phil’s Book of Poems of Love and Inspiration

Phillip Freeman

Xlibris, 97 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781462845972
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

Though based on an oversimplified worldview where, at least morally, life is seen in monochrome, Phillip Freeman’s collection of faith-based, urban poetry is often inspirational. However, the lack of any thematic progression — the poems aren’t arranged strategically; in fact, they’re in alphabetical order according to the title — makes the reading experience an aimless […]

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The Chronicles

Karol-Ann Roberts

Xlibris, 108 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462892716
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

Opening this book of poems is like entering a darkened room and hearing voices whispering in a conversation that began before you arrived and will swirl on after you have left. They speak of love and loss, hope and fear, the terrible need to connect and the dread of failure to do so. The poems […]

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Terrorism, An Unconventional Crime

Vahab Aghai,Ph.D

Xlibris, 213 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465349910
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

Terrorism is an imprecise concept, and, therefore, an imprecise word. One person’s “terrorism” might be another person’s “freedom fighting.” As a result, readers will welcome a primer on terrorism.

In this book, author Vahab Aghai is entirely non-judgmental, offering definitions and explanations, rather than advocacy. He opens the slim book by relying on multiple sources […]

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