The Diamond is Mine

Olateju 'Molaji Ojomo

Xlibris, 263 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465308900
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

In Olateju ‘Molaji Ojomo’s novel, The Diamond is Mine, Denise Jasper loves her country of Nigeria but hates its rampant corruption, so she sets out to change things by enrolling in the police college and later joining the Crime Investigation Department. But gang raids of parties are common, and while Denise celebrates her birthday at […]

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Go Father, Go Daughter

Pat Fahy

Xlibris, 294 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781469148410
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

In 2009, Pat Fahy and his then-31-year-old daughter, Emmie Cardella, crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon within a second of each other. The road to Boston was a long one, starting with the two deciding to run together in 2005. Fahy was a national Master’s track and field champion with no desire to […]

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The Dark Land

Bob Sharpe and Bobbi Lynn Zaccardi

Xlibris, 65 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781469176086
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

The Dark Land, a Western tale turned organized crime saga, packs a lot of action into a slender volume.

The unnamed boy at the center of the story seems to have the perfect childhood on a Colorado ranch in the early 1900s. His father Jack is strict but loving; his mother Elizabeth is still playful, […]

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The Flaming Sword

Folayan Osekita

Trafford, 192 pages, (paperback) $16.96, 9781425121563
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Folayan Osekita knows his Bible, and the devout Christian wants to share what’s he’s learned and experienced over the years with the masses. “I can no longer keep this Great Joy, this overwhelming Light of Your Love to myself,” Osekita writes in the opening of The Flaming Sword. “I must speak out.”

And with the […]

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Finding Life

James Graham

AuthorHouse, 315 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781420838664
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

James Graham’s novel Finding Life is a well written, albeit somewhat predictable, story about faith and acknowledging what’s important in life before it’s too late. Graham’s loving and intelligent characters believe very strongly in the word of God – a belief that is put to the test when protagonist Chance Gordon’s life is derailed.

Chance’s […]

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Greece — The Untold Story

Elizabeth Kinnell

AuthorHouse, 344 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781434336408
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

In Greece: The Untold Story, author Elizabeth Kinnell recounts the tale of her time teaching in Greece, the “ land of olives, feta cheese, and eternal sunshine!” Kinnell, a New Zealander, had taught English to Chinese students in Auckland, but she had a deep desire to travel. So when she had the opportunity to take […]

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Dawn of Truth

John B Leonard

AuthorHouse, 205 pages, (paperback) $21.95, 9781463421502
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Dawn of Truth is a work of New Age nonfiction wherein one man relates his religious upbringing and subsequent spiritual awakening. Less a memoir than philosophical overview, author John B Leonard ties together 12-step recovery literature, the works of Edgar Cayce, aliens, channeling, and other strands of thought, and links them to the teachings of […]

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Travelling in the Mind

Daniel Micheal Hermon

Xlibris, 61 pages, (paperback) $9.99UK, 9781465359797
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Some poetry is casual and off-hand, a matter of vivid observations of, and quick insights into, the world right here in front of us. With its short pieces accompanied with facing photographs, Daniel Hermon’s Travelling in the Mind falls comfortably into this style, with an added charm that comes from the fact that Hermon is […]

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Almost Armageddon

Neil Pollack

iUniverse, 324 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781469773605
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Neil Pollack knows how to tell a story; Almost Armageddon is a gripping read from beginning to end.

The spy thriller begins with a prologue in the present and ends with an epilogue back in the present. The two bookend a story that’s essentially a long, engrossing flashback told as an omniscient narrative and including […]

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Singapore and Asia–Celebrating Globalization and an Emerging Post-Modern Asian Civilization

TK Ti and Edward SW TI

Xlibris, 308 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781469183633
(Reviewed: May, 2012)

Singapore and Asia is a profile of the city-state of Singapore in the context of 21st century globalization. The father-and-son co-authors present Singapore as an example of a multiracial society with a highly developed economy that offers an alternative to Western models of globalized societies.

The book covers Singapore’s historical background, as well as recounting […]

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