Mi Mochito Sephardim from Northern New Mexico

Jo Roybal Izay

Trafford, 237 pages, (paperback) $16.67, 9781466933415
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Written as a series of connected vignettes, Mi Mochito Sephardim tells the story of a sprawling family of Sephardic Jews living in northern New Mexico, where their ancestors went to escape the Inquisition. The family has taken in El Mochito, a charming, if batty, man whose many transgressions are explained away as the acts of […]

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In a Milk and Honeyed Land

Richard Abbott

Trafford, 465 pages, (paperback) $20.45, 9781466921665
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Set 3,000 years ago in ancient Canaan, In a Milk and Honeyed Land tells the story of a young priest, Damariel, and his small village tribe, as they learn life’s lessons of love, loss, sacrifice, and growth. The story follows Damariel from boyhood to adulthood, as he is trained for and then becomes the village […]

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The Great Deception: To Fight or Not To Fight

Josephine Fussell

AuthorHouse, 29 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781449077280
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In The Great Deception, a short book of deeply personal reflections and poems, Josephine Fussell examines how spiritual warfare – the combating of the devil through prayer – made a deep and lasting impact on her life. “Our battle is with the spirit behind the scenes. The enemy doesn’t care whom he uses, nor does […]

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Balancing Act

Diane Tupper

iUniverse, 129 pages, (paperback) $11.95, 9781469753089
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Balancing Act is a novel about a year in the life of Kate, a 43-year-old single mother of three, during her internship at a law firm, a requirement in British Colombia after completing law school. Because of her age, Kate gets only one offer — from a small law firm where the two primary partners […]

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A Study of Traffic Fatalities in Maryland

Isaac Vodi, BSc, MBA

Xlibris, 154 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781453503522
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Born and reared in Ghana, Isaac Vodi, arrived in the United States during 1978 and eventually became interested in American roadways, drivers and fatal accidents. The owner of a driver’s education business, Vodi decided to study traffic fatalities systematically. In 2010, he completed a master’s degree project at Strayer University. A Study of Traffic Fatalities […]

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Conceptual Transfer in the Bilingual Mental Lexicon

Sherif Okasha

Trafford, 194 pages, (paperback) $30.00, 9781466919136
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In Conceptual Transfer in the Bilingual Mental Lexicon, Sherif Okasha provides a weighty look into the science of translation. He explores the idea of a “mental lexicon”: how reality is processed through words in the mind. Okasha focuses specifically on the translation of concepts between the languages of English and Arabic.

How concepts are digested, […]

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The New Beginning

Daniel Michael

Xlibris, 258 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781477109946
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

The course of human history shifts in a matter of hours, and American society is forever transformed in Daniel Michael’s post-apocalyptic thriller The New Beginning. The central conceit is hardly new. But from heady fiction such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road to popular sci-fi series such as The Terminator, cataclysm has often served as grist […]

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Shades of Treason

Chris Raay

Xlibris, 328 pages, (paperback) $29.99AUD, 9781453527221
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Chris Raay’s science fiction adventure Shades of Treason, which follows a group of escaped prisoners who try to free themselves from ruthless alien conquerors, is much like a roller-coaster ride — a compliment as well as a criticism.

On the positive side, the storyline is adeptly constructed and competently written. The pacing is fast and […]

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Perplexity of Iran

Sohrab ChamanAra

Xlibris, 77 pages, (paperback) $14.00, 9781469168562
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Sohrab ChamanAra would like to see regime change in his native Iran and has proposed a plan to achieve that result in Perplexity of Iran. Part of his goal is to bring about better geopolitical relations between Iran and the nation of his current residence, the United States.

ChamanAra, born in Iran in 1947, received […]

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The Hindenburg’s Farewell: A Journey in Time

Frederick Dale Mitchell

Trafford, 143 pages, (paperback) $15.30, 9781412089012
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Frederick Dale Mitchell immediately draws you in to his science fiction account of The Hindenburg’s Farewell: A Journey in Time.

With crisp, vivid descriptions, he sets his story in Arizona, where Mitchell casts himself as the lead character. Mitchell soon encounters Bob, a rugged cowboy in a Tortilla Flats saloon. The mysterious Bob beckons Mitchell […]

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