hands on the hips

Jhon Z. Baker

Trafford, 131 pages, (paperback) $10.95, 9781426939433
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

It’s to the credit of this fine book of poems that many would fit quite nicely into The American Bible of Outlaw Poetry, that huge 1999 compendium of Beat, Renegade and generally bad-mannered writing from the likes of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and others.

The writing is tough, laconic and streetwise, […]

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Dr. Samuel L. Banks Speaks…: Selected Writings 1990-1995

Edited by Collis D. Paterson

AuthorHouse, 119 pages, (paperback) $10.99, 9781438924892
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

As director of social studies for the Baltimore public school system, Samuel L. Banks influenced countless students, teachers and administrators. He was especially avid about incorporating a multicultural curriculum into the day-to-day classroom lessons.

Among those Banks influenced was the editor of this slim volume, Collis D. Patterson. Banks mentored Patterson after they met in […]

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Atlantis 2: A Question of Survival

Meryl Heavens

Trafford, 256 pages, (paperback) $18.68, 9781412089920
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

This ambitious debut novel from Meryl Heavens — the first installment of a projected series — is a science fiction adventure that fuses post-apocalyptic fiction and space opera in a storyline involving humankind rising from the ashes of its own destruction, manipulative alien overlords, an unlikely love story, and a transcendent awakening in which the […]

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The Haunting of a Widow

Alexis Moon

Xlibris, 221 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465394811
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

The Haunting of a Widow, written by a widow of five years, is a mystery from beginning to end, some of the puzzlement intended, the rest prompted by the author’s challenging writing style.

As the story begins, Martin and Michelle live on a farm outside of Milwaukee. Michelle plans to fly to Vancouver to help […]

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The Masters and the Slave

Russell D. Brady

AuthorHouse, 179 pages, (paperback) $14.49, 9781449039264
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Air Force veteran and retired businessman Russell D. Brady indulges his obvious affection for classical music in his metaphysical debut novel.

The book’s protagonists are John Trent, CEO of a computer software company, and his piano-teacher wife Laura. The couple has relocated to the small town of Pleasanton, Illinois, where their new home borders a […]

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The Ring of Fire

Earl Blinkhorn

Trafford, 260 pages, (paperback) $21.95, 9781412021708
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Earl F. Blinkhorn’s natural disaster thriller is about a sequence of catastrophic earthquakes and volcanic eruptions around the Pacific Ring of Fire. Reminiscent tonally of the disaster movies of the 1970s (The Swarm, Earthquake, The Towering Inferno, etc.), the novel revolves around Paul Davies, the head of Earth Sciences for the Geological Survey of Canada […]

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The Promethean File

Ron Edwards

Trafford, 256 pages, (paperback) $22.46, 9781412056427
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

With a background that includes a stint in the military working in the super-secret bowels of Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), a career as a pilot and time spent as a journalist, Ron Edwards would appear to have the chops to pull off a thriller about nefarious goings-on involving […]

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The Vision

Bill Neville

Xlibris, 323 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781469146782
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Tracing the spiritual explorations of a single Crow Indian family down nearly 200 years and through many generations in the ruggedness of Montana, this historical novel gives a fine portrait of Native American ways and traditions. Through accidental encounters with grizzly bears and battles with marauding Blackfoot and Sioux raiding parties (including rivalries within the […]

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The Farmer’s Wife

Dale Turner

Xlibris, 146 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781465358691
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Dale Turner’s novel of one wife’s grit and determination is a charming hymnal to family and life on an Australian farm.

When Lil and Ted purchase their small farm miles away from their families, they both realize they have taken on a great deal of work, but when Ted enlists to fight in World War […]

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Journey of a Whispering Heart

Jason S. Nino

Trafford Publishing, 136 pages, (paperback) $12.00, 9781426965104
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Journey of a Whispering Heart describes a tumultuous, passionate journey through a romantic relationship. Divided into five sections, it approximates the progression of love, so as to relate individual to shared experience.

High-spirited, expressive, and energetic, Jason S. Nino’s voice carries the reader along. Infatuation and obsession give way to despair and depression, with the […]

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