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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The Legendary Game – Ultimate Hockey Trivia

Tom King

Trafford, 280 pages, (paperback) $24.95, 9781426943799
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Hockey fans will simply love The Legendary Game by Tom King, who has been researching the sport for 35 years. His hard work shows. The book of hockey trivia carries an incredible amount of information in its easily organized 29 chapters.

While it covers the topics and stars you would expect to read about (the […]

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The Strivers: Adventure in Science, and Significance Forging a Fueled Future for Mankind

Phil Wallace Payne

Xlibris, 306 pages, (ebook) $3.99, 9781477115060
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

The Strivers is an unusual mix of fiction and hard science that explores the lives of a team of scientists embarking on a clandestine mission to harvest energy in an innovative way.

The Ephasian Society, a small group of the wealthy and powerful, is building a select team of people with the intelligence, experience, and […]

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Mirrors of Imagination: Reflections of a Better You

Jeffrey Allen Samuels

Xlibris, 167 pages, (paperback) $17.84, 9781401090470
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Mirrors of Imagination by Jeffery Allen Samuels is a daybook of affirmations. Each poem offers a bit of friendly advice or a gentle warning. Because faith clearly informs this book, it has the feel of a homily. Like good sermons, Samuels’ best poems use everyday references to contextualize common problems. For instance, “The Game of […]

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The God Within

Martine Racine

Trafford, 170 pages, (paperback) $37.48, 9781426912146
(Reviewed: April, 2012)

Author Martine Racine is a Jungian psychoanalyst and ordained minister. In The God Within, she describes how the divine lives in all of us.

Racine posits that our center of power, creativity, and morality doesn’t come from extrinsic sources. Rather, they reside in our being and are tapped into when we feel from our hearts. […]

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