Reviews

The Missionary Kid…Talks

Ted Garrison (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

In The Missionary Kid...Talks, Ted Garrison shares a powerful and intimate account of their journey towards redemption and recovery from the devastating consequences of religious obsession and sex addiction. The author offers vivid glimpses into his childhood, exploring the trauma of his parents’ tumultuous relationship, harrowing experiences, and a pornography addiction. Ted shares his story in this memoir, characterized by a deep longing for redemption, inner freedom, and purpose. The conversational tone makes the story feel like a personal c...

Pioneering Prosperity: The Morazan Model for Free Cities

Joyce Brand (selfpublishing.com)

| Reviewed by Matthew Novak

Pioneering Prosperity: The Morazan Model for Free Cities by Joyce Brand delivers revolutionary ideas redefining the future of cities, a compelling guide to building and thriving in autonomous, innovative, and prosperous communities. It is a proven blueprint for creating self-sufficient cities that attract businesses, residents, and change-makers. With real-world examples and practical strategies to establish a foundation for success, this author provides a tool that completely changes community organizations. Joyce Brand offers a thought-provok...

She Sweeps Her Dirt

Tracy Adams (Self Publishing)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

In She Sweeps Her Dirt: Having a Grateful Heart, Tracy Adams shares her journey of discovering the importance of gratitude and how it has transformed her life. The book is heartwarming and inspiring, encouraging readers to cultivate a grateful heart and sweep away the negativity and complaints that can weigh them down. The book is divided into three parts. Part One introduces the concept of gratitude and its benefits, while Part Two explores the barriers that can prevent us from being thankful. Part Three provides practical advice on cultivatin...

When a Stranger Knocks: a Great Depression Novel

Peggy Ann Shumway (Silveira Press)

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

When a Stranger Knocks by Peggy Ann Shumway is a gripping and intense novel that explores the life of a family living on a farm in rural California during the Great Depression. ''In the aftermath of tragedy, twenty-two-year-old Joaquina Souza must navigate a web of mistrust and uncertainty as strangers arrive at her family's farm seeking work. Noah Gabriel, a seasoned hobo, and his young apprentice, Michael McCallister bring hope and danger to the Souzas' doorstep. As Joaquina's mother mourns the loss of her husband and son, Joaquina and her br...

Embers of Shadow, Ages of Malice, Book III

Lloyd Jeffries (Buckminster Publishing)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Embers of Shadow is Lloyd Jeffries's third book in the Ages of Malice series. This entry delivers a spellbinding ride for fans of crime thrillers and readers who enjoy stories with complex characters and phenomenal conflict. In this electrifying third installment of the Ages of Malice series, Rhyme Carter and Emery Merrick face their most significant challenges as the Antichrist's power grows. After a brazen attack on Israel, Rhyme must fight for her freedom from her evil husband and the FBI, all while uncovering the secrets of a secret society...

All the Bodies Do

William Cook (William J. Cook (self-published))

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

In the scorching summer of 2022, Lake Mead's receding waters reveal a dark secret: bodies long buried are rising to the surface. Someone must be behind bodies buried underwater. Investigative journalist Kate Temperance is determined to uncover the truth behind the murders, but Sofia Gemelli, the ruthless daughter of crime boss Giancarlo Gemelli, threatens her investigation. As Temperance digs deeper into the case, she finds herself entangled in a web of deceit and corruption that leads her from the glamorous Las Vegas Strip to the tranquil vine...

Journeys Within: Stories

Don Tassone (Rochak Publishing)

| Reviewed by Franklin Bauer

Journeys Within: Stories by Don Tassone is a collection of 30 short stories that explore the inner journeys of its characters as they face various challenges and find their paths in life. In “The Hope,” Gabe is a young boy growing up near war-torn Gaza, where his family lives modestly and faces the constant threat of violence; he is anxious and constantly uncertain about what can happen next to his life. He finds strength in the beautiful music of an old man named Rueben, who plays the violin. The violin's sound becomes a source of comfort and...

The Pickleman from Bickleton!

Peter B. Lewis (AUDISEE Media)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

The Pickleman from Bickleton! by Peter B. Lewis is a delightful, whimsical, and colorfully illustrated poetry book for Children that celebrates the joy of pickling and the importance of preserving food. The story revolves around Bruce, an angry-looking onion with a passion for pickling, who becomes known as the Pickleman. He shares his expertise with a boy, teaching him how to make vats of pickles using spruce wood. The story takes us on a journey through the different stages of pickling, from cucumbers to peppers, carrots, and asparagus. The s...

The Wenamak Web

Marie Howalt (Spaceboy Books LLC)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

The Wenamak Web by Marie Howalt is an engaging sci-fi that follows Richard Hart, a private investigator, as he arrives in Wenamak to meet an old acquaintance, Chrys, a doctor who has a job offer for him. Richard and his companions — spaceship pilot Eddie and travel guide writer Alannah — quickly discover dark secrets beneath the gleaming surface of Wenamak. On this planet where the dominant Wendek species can smell fear and lies, they are drawn into a web of illegal trade and exploitation. With their unique skills and expertise, they'...

Contemporary Shamanic Journeys

SunBôw TrueBrother (Lulu.com)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Contemporary Shamanic Journeys: Spiritualist Pacifism and Wisdom Keepers by SunBôw TrueBrother is a comprehensive and deeply personal book. It is the third installment in the Contemporary Shamanic Journeys series, which chronicles the author's spiritual and shamanic experiences from the 1980s to the present day. The book is a testament to the author's commitment to spiritual activism, pacifism, and wisdom keeping as he shares his stories, reflections, and insights from his journeys across North America, Europe, and beyond. The book is divided i...