Steadfast, Loyal and True

Darlene A. Kerr

Trafford, 64 pages, (paperback) $21.30, 9781466914544
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Steadfast, Loyal and True is a slender collection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry centered on dogs and the author’s love of them. Darlene Kerr does a fine job of capturing the joys, heartaches and unconditional love canines bring into our lives, and likewise, reveals the animals’ behavior as only one who has shared their lives […]

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If Two Are Dead

Jonathan Carriel

iUniverse, 323 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781469791241
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

The year is 1762 and Mr. Sproul, a partner at the New York-based shipping firm Castell, Leavering & Sproul, is traveling from Philadelphia to New York City. When he’s found dead, his partners, employees, and family are all shocked; after all, Mr. Sproul was spry and in good health. Thomas Dordrecht, a young employee of […]

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The Days of Mawatani: The Boy Who Turned Himself Around

Ceclie Ouellet

Trafford, 177 pages, (paperback) $12.10, 9781466922198
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Cecile Ouellet’s new middle-grade novel follows an early 19th century Oglala Lakota boy on his quest to overcome physical and spiritual adversity.

As the story opens, 12-year-old Mawatani embarks happily with his father, Steals Many Horses, on their annual spring rabbit-hunting trip. Their expedition comes to an abrupt and devastating end, however, when an accident […]

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Reunion

James Kennedy George Jr.

AuthorHouse, 301 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781468529685
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

The novel Reunion mostly details the experiences of a teenage boy growing up in Princeton, West Virginia, in the late 1950s. It’s largely an autobiographical tale, with narrator Jimmy Jackson acting as proxy for the author. The story highlights Jimmy’s high school experiences, which include assisting a rock ‘n roll band, working as a manager […]

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A Searcher Summoned Book I of the Ryo Myths

Perrin Pring

Amazon Digital Services, 308 pages, (ebook) $2.99,
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

It doesn’t take long for Perrin Pring to sketch out an ambitious and detailed universe in A Searcher Summoned, a dense melding of science fiction and fantasy that looks to be the first entry in an intended series.

Within the first 30 pages, Pring outlines the complex cosmology of an alien world in dizzying detail. […]

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Hidden Treasures

Louise Dupont

Trafford, 53 pages, (paperback) $22.32, 9781466922693
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

On April 7, 2003, Louise Dupont’s 21-year-old son André jumped in front of a truck on Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway, throwing his family and friends into the long, painful process of recovering from his suicide. Nearly a decade later, the author compiled this short book as a way to share what she learned along the way, […]

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The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx

Linda Cadose

AuthorHouse, 101 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781468508079
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

For centuries, many have conjectured that hidden chambers lie beneath the Sphinx and under the sands surrounding the Great Pyramid. In the first young adult novel of a series starring archeologist Cliff Post, Linda Cadose sends her hero to Egypt on an expedition to discover what rests under the right front paw of the mysterious […]

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Awakening the Divine Within

Jim Armstrong

iUniverse, 328 pages, (paperback) $22.95, 9781450255172
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Former engineer and chemist Jim Armstrong tells about how he and his wife, Anne, came to run spiritual new age workshops all over the country. After being plagued with illness, Anne discovered through hypnosis that she had special abilities. And Jim, after exploring a multitude of careers, decided that his place in the world was […]

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The Teacher

Duane Broxson

Trafford, 341 pages, (paperback) $24.95, 9781425155254
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In the preface to The Teacher, science teacher Duane Broxson gives readers a sense of how spirituality and science have come together for him in one grand quest: “I began to see a connection between the metaphysical aspects of quantum mechanics, the great physicists search for ‘truth’ about our universe and our own spiritual search […]

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Revealed: A Personal Encounter with God

Sandra Ruth Penro

Xlibris, 143 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781441569394
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Sandra Ruth Penro’s book of poems Revealed: A Personal Encounter with God is made with uncluttered language and is permeated by a positive “can-do” attitude. While Penro asks God in the poem “My Prayer” to “Bless [her],” she also asks God to “make [her] a blessing” to God, to others, to the world. This approach […]

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