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American Airman, a Memoir of a Wounded Veteran

Jonathon Benjamin | Biographies and Memoirs

American Airman by Jonathon Benjamin provides a heartfelt and captivating account, giving readers an honest and unrestricted glimpse into the experiences of wounded military personnel. The memoir starts by vividly portraying the author's challenges, encompassing both physical and emotional aspects, as he confronts the consequences of a devastating car accident that resulted in a severe brain injury while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Benjamin's written work effectively portrays the daunting experiences encountered by veterans who grapple with PTSD and the challenges of accessing healthcare within the veteran community. The writer's journey, characterized by unwavering determination, self-control, and persistence, unfolds amidst a disconcerting fact — the distressing frequency of veteran suicides in the United States.The narrative bravely exposes the misunderstandings and challenges that veterans encounter when they reintegrate into civilian life. It delves into the struggles of seekin...

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The Secrets of the Shallows

Gloria Barnett (Footprint to the Future)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

The Secrets of the Shallows by Gloria Barnett is an enthralling addition to the Lucy Morgan Adventure Series, tailored for readers aged 8-13. Barnett, a real-life ocean explorer and educator, weaves an engaging narrative that not only captivates young readers with its adventurous plot but also imparts valuable lessons about environmental conservation. The story follows 12-year-old Lucy Morgan, who, after settling on Pontus Island in the Caribbean, explores her newfound diving skills alongside friends, Jack and Solomon. Trusted to assist at the...

Overmorrow

HL Cherryholmes (Amazon Kindle)

| Reviewed by James Farlow

Overmorrow by H.L. Cherryholmes is a genre-defying tale with strong hints of the supernatural, a story that features the stories of three misfits whose lives converge in an unlikely sweeting. Meredith Percy hasn't been showing a lot of progress at the rehab and when someone suggests that it might be because she is still clinging to her past, she risks everything and sets out to find answers. Elijah Blanchard is on his way to a funeral. Yvonne Martinez is going back home after a visit to her friend. A storm interrupts the journeys of these three...

And Now There's Zelda

Carolyn Clarke (Black Rose Writing)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

And Now There's Zelda by Carolyn Clarke presents another engaging family drama, a clever exploration of the challenges of familial relationships. The narrative unfolds five years after Allison Montgomery's father-in-law, George, passes away, leading to her tetchy mother-in-law, Margaret, moving in. Despite initial clashes, Allie and Margaret have managed to not only coexist but thrive as business partners in a home staging venture. However, their harmony is disrupted when Allie's son, Cameron, brings home Zelda, his mysterious fiancée. Allie do...

A Schizoid at Smith: How Overparenting Leads to Underachieving

Blair Sorrel (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Blair Sorrel's A Schizoid at Smith: How Overparenting Leads to Underachieving presents a fresh perspective on the profound influence of parenting styles on a child's development. Within this enthralling memoir, Sorrel shares her own experiences, offering a poignant narrative that illuminates the repercussions of overparenting — particularly its enduring impact on self-esteem and accomplishment. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the 1960s, a period characterized by classic rock, societal upheavals, and cultural transformations, Sorrel deftl...

Blood Influence

I C Lawrance (Book Reality Experience)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Blood Influence by I.C. Lawrance presents a world where the mysterious Tower casts an ominous shadow over the Bowl, a land that seems to thrive on the outside but one in which the inhabitants live in fear. Shan, Molly, and Moira, three 13-year-olds, are entangled with the Tower due to their unique abilities called Influence. The Tower pulls the gifted ones to itself, but can the three teenage girls be protected from its power? Lawrance crafts a thrilling narrative that explores the consequences of possessing a rare gift, introducing readers to...

The Serpent's Teeth

Stephen Kronwith (Stephen Kronwith)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

The Serpent's Teeth by Stephen Kronwith offers a dazzling portrait of two families and an intricate exploration of a crime mystery. Detective Jane Rieger-Franklin lives with her wife, Anna, and their two adopted daughters, Felicity and Khaleesi. They might not be the perfect family, but they keep the family unit together. Emma King runs a family that includes four grown children and the children hate Emma just as much as she hates them. Then Emma turns up dead and Jane is pulled into the investigation that will offer as many revelations about t...

ONCE UPON A TIME IN BALTIMORE

Sally DiPaula (Nicholson Books)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

Once Upon a Time in Baltimore by Sally DiPaula is an emotionally rich narrative set against historical events like the Spanish flu epidemic and societal challenges, a tale of loss, tribulations, love, and resilience. Annie and Vince are two characters whose lives have been altered by tragedy. Annie is an Irish-American and Vince is the son of Sicilian immigrants. Annie loses her sister and father to the Spanish flu while Vince's brother dies in a car accident. Their love is forged through struggle and they face discrimination, illness, and fami...

Then Came Four

Edward Izzi (Cassino Publishing)

| Reviewed by Philip Zozzaro

The blistering heat of a late summer day had relinquished its grip as the evening wore on. Cynthia Young was a street walker attempting to make it through another day when she was accosted by two Detroit police officers. Their hassling transitioned into an arrest and brutal sexual assault followed by an execution-style shooting. Unfortunately, the actions taken by these two officers were not abnormal in 1960s Detroit. The actions of the “Big Four” of the 13th precinct were often excessive if not outright illegal. However, the low crime r...

THE OTHER SIDE OF CRISIS

BOB HERPE (Bosa Books)

| Reviewed by Franklin Bauer

Bob Herpe's The Other Side of Crisis is an enthralling tale of vengeance, hatred, and the unwavering pursuit of justice. The story opens with a tragic incident during an EL AL flight from Israel, plunging the protagonists into a realm of danger and suspense. Ernie Gravnick, a retired police chief, becomes the target of the merciless serial killer known as The Ghost. Meanwhile, Riana Dayan, an Israeli flight attendant with a special forces background, faces a powerful threat from the vengeful brother of her former captor. Their fates intertwine...

SIMPIN' AIN'T EASY: TWELVE STEPS TO EMBRACING COMMON SENSE AND REJECTING STUPIDITY

Vincent Gervasi (Enzo Vasi Publications)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

Simpin' Ain't Easy: Embracing Common Sense and Rejecting Stupidity by Vincent Gervasi is a compelling memoir that takes readers on a transformative journey from a life entrenched in addiction, unhealthy relationships, and a revolving door of recovery programs to one founded on the principles of Stoicism. Gervasi lifts the veil to show readers the darkness in which he has wallowed, revealing his brokenness, and the path towards healing. He talks about the stupid choices he has made and how blindsided him and led to the regrettable choices. The n...

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