The Red Velvet Leaf

Helen Breedlove

iUniverse, 208 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781475921830
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Helen Breedlove’s The Red Velvet Leaf is a coming-of-age story comprised of equal parts romance and historical fiction. Set during the Depression in the rural Midwest, the narrative follows 17-year-old Rhoda Sue, whose father inexplicably kicks her out of the house by placing a newspaper advertisement to find her a husband. Rhoda is cast out […]

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A Life Reborn and Renewed: The Story of Alex Gross in His Own Words, Thoughts, Ideas and Lessons

Edited and compiled by Ty G. Busch Ph.D with the assistance of Justin Peeples

Trafford, 217 pages, (paperback) $15.86, 9781426961014
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

In 2002, Alex Gross shared his horrific story of surviving the Holocaust in Yankele: A Holocaust Survivor’s Bittersweet Memoir. Now, the story is retold in A Life Reborn and Renewed, a book edited by Ty G. Busch, who was allowed by Gross to reprise his life story again.

Gross lived with his family in the […]

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Ingenious Nonsense

Fouad Bishay Michael

AuthorHouse, 101 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781477207611
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Ingenious Nonsense: Religion, Philosophy, Pseudoscience, and the Paranormal aims to champion “hard science” (sciences based on chemistry, biology, and physics) against opposing worldviews in understanding the universe. In the author’s words, “Our survival and well-being will ultimately not come from mythology or speculative nonsense but from science.” The book begins with a focus on the […]

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A Matter of Conscience

Fergal Nally

Trafford, 412 pages, (paperback) $26.34, 9781425160951
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Fergal Nally has impeccable credentials to write a novel about a brilliant young doctor engaged in the war against cancer. Nally is an M.D. He has served as head of a clinical department in the University of London, and he is a cancer researcher. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Big Cover Up in a Small Choo Choo City

DAN

Xlibris, 54 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781465365170
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

On June 9, 2003, unarmed 20-year-old black man Tory Hardy was walking home in Chattanooga, Tenn., when he was caught in the crossfire between two other men and killed. According to local media, the handling of the case became suspect because the man who shot Hardy was the son of the county attorney. Even the […]

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Chronicles of the Vanquished: The Gold of Youth

Joseph Charles Sisk

Xlibris, 297 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781469187082
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

The third and concluding volume of Joseph Charles Sisk’s Chronicles of the Vanquished trilogy (after The Crystal of Light and The Tablet of Dreams) revolves around a fairy prince and princess (Jéddah and Eris) about to be married and the chaos that follows once a pirate (Mascar) kidnaps the princess to forcibly help him find […]

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The England Operation

Peter Swarbrick

iUniverse, 348 pages, (paperback) $20.95, 9781469775517
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

The alternate history is at least as old as Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, but the science fiction sub-genre has really come into its own in the past two decades with authors like Harry Turtledove examining what might have happened if one watershed event had turned out another way. In his […]

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Peripheral Vision

Cat Schmidt

Trafford, 120 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9781426961953
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Cat Schmidt has strong opinions about the local and national rules we live by. Her book’s goal, she says, is “to suggest ways to make our lives a little better in this great country,” simplifying life so we can better enjoy it. A mother of four who lives near Houston, she admits a lot of […]

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Choices

Martha Kennerson

AuthorHouse, 190 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781468585155
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Martha Kennerson, who works in sales and marketing, based this novel on her own personal experience, and it is evident by the descriptive and detailed writing.

Choices is the story of 18-year-old Kristine Alexander and her best friend Linda Gray, who grew up together in a small town outside of Houston, Texas. The two take […]

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The Memoir of a Nazarene: Jay levi

Edward J. Murray

Xlibris, 143 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781477101728
(Reviewed: August, 2012)

Author Edward J. Murray takes a stab at a fictionalized version of the gospel, this one according to Jesus, in his fourth novel, The Memoir of a Nazarene–Jay Levi. The presentation is a speculative look into the life of the “real man,” Jesus of Nazareth (a.k.a. Jay Levi). The storyline, told in the first person, […]

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