Law School: A Dream or a Nightmare?

Lloyd S. Foote

Xlibris, 345 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781453587652
(Reviewed: August, 2011)

Law School: A Dream Or A Nightmare? is ostensibly a novel centering around Dexter and Judy, two married law school students passionate about the rigors of the legal training in which they are immersed. They start each morning excited about whatever topic is scheduled for class that day and go to bed enthralled about what’s […]

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Being Better Than You Believe

Philip Berry

Outskirts Press, 232 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781432756369
(Reviewed: August, 2011)

Have the highlighter handy. One indication of a good self-help book is the amount of passages readers find thought-provoking enough to mark for future reference. Being Better Than You Believe has plenty.

Philip A. Berry’s advice is gleaned from his career as a “human capital improvement” leader and executive at companies such as Colgate-Palmolive and […]

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Canyons of the Soul

Charles L. Fields

Outskirts Press, 211 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9781432769864
(Reviewed: August, 2011)

This sequel to Charles L. Fields’ first Charles Stone adventure, Sentimental Me, finds the lawyer, sculptor and amateur poet on the case once again for Franklin Life Insurance Company. This time, Stone must leave his Boston home for Arizona to investigate a renegade Mormon sect led by self-styled prophet Lucas “Luke” Simon.

Simon is an […]

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I Want to Know My Future

Linda Dipman

Outskirts Press, 285 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781432773526
(Reviewed: August, 2011)

Elizabeth and Tori are young Christian wives and mothers in small town Kansas, who meet each other and fall in love during the late eighties. The pair battles fierce opposition, and even violence, from their families, friends, church, and the courts as they defy the law and flee to Colorado.

This earnest, well-intentioned narrative of […]

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Parachuting for Gold in Old Mexico

Jim Hall

Parachuting Publishing, 492 pages, (paperback) $25.00, 9780984279005
(Reviewed: August, 2011)

In the mid 1950s, World War II veteran Jim Hall abandoned a series of dangerous dead-end jobs and followed accounts of gold deposits to the high Sierras of central Mexico. Although he never became fabulously wealthy from his subsequent adventures, the search was, according to this engaging memoir, filled with weird and wonderful encounters.

Most […]

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Lucy Dakota: Adventures of a Modern Explorer Book 1- Rocky Mountain Beginnings

CS Shride

My Piece of the Puzzle, LLC, 304 pages, hardcover $22.95, 9780983386315
(Reviewed: August, 2011)

In this heartfelt but flawed first book in a young adult adventure series, Colorado teen Lucy Dakota pushes past her fears and grows more self-assured during a life-changing trek into backcountry.

From middle school on, Lucy has struggled to feel accepted and proud of how she handles things. She’s lonely, at times overweight, and passive […]

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Oil and Finance: The Epic Corruption

Raymond J. Learsy

iUniverse, 344 pages, (paperback) $23.95, 9781462018093
(Reviewed: August, 2011)

Compiling blog posts into a book is a new path to publishing filled with obvious potential dangers: the very timeliness of blog postings can mean a short shelf life for relevant information; read as a body of work, the posts might seem disconnected, repetitive or both; and many bloggers care little about memorable or even […]

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Cuauhtémoc: Descent of the Sun Priests

D L Davies

Xlibris, 296 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781453540633
(Reviewed: August, 2011)

Cuauhtemoc: Descent of the Sun Priests continues d l davies’ young adult/adult fantasy series set in 16th century South America just as Europeans would have begun their efforts to plunder the Mayan Empire. In the first book, Cuauhtemoc: Descending Eagle, davies concentrated primarily on establishing characters and setting. In this sequel, the author begins changing […]

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Quality Quantification Theory

Spiro V. Haxhi

Xlibris, 46 pages, (paperback) $31.99, 9781453502549
(Reviewed: August, 2011)

In this slim book titled Quality Quantification Theory, Spiro Haxhi, a former quality control specialist at a manufacturing plant in Albania, offers a complex treatise on the quantification of work, the qualities of work, the general well-being of society and the differences in the way these subjects are measured by individuals as opposed to government.


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The Buchanans: Storm

Carlene Keim

Xlibris, 244 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456880569
(Reviewed: August, 2011)

For the first 150 or so pages, The Buchanans: Storm is an old-fashioned, Harlequin-style historical romance. But as the book progresses, it becomes clear that it’s more–and in some cases less–than a formulaic read.

The book takes place in 1880s Texas. Storm Buchanan is a handsome Texas Ranger who, after losing his Ranger father as […]

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