Daily Archives: November 12, 2009

Looking for Closure by Maria Stewart

closureReviewed by Cy Hilterman

A true story written by a woman who lost her aunt Theresa, when she disappeared in 1979 by a method that the author is attempting to discover. Was Theresa killed, did she vanish in the witness protection program, was she still working for a government agency, or is she just hiding somewhere for safety? Theresa had been involved with law enforcement, with gangsters, with drugs, and who knows what else.

Maria Stewart tells her aunts childhood growing up, and her life as known, or thought of, until her disappearance. Maria and Theresa had done many things together in their youth, enjoying hanging out together. Theresa started going out with other “friends” that were considered not the best people, but she went almost everywhere she wanted to, especially different clubs. Many times she would take younger Maria with her clubbing even though Maria was too young. It was easy to get into the clubs with Maria and her friends. Then, Theresa disappeared. No one, family, law enforcement, or friends could find her. She disappeared off the face of the earth, or so it seemed.

Ghost at Work by Carolyn Hart (Review #2)

ghostReviewed by Julie Moderson

What a delightful story.  This book is funny, charming and just plain sweet.  Bailey Ruth is a ghost who has come back to help Kathleen Abbott who is a rector’s wife. 
Wiggins told Bailey Ruth that she couldn’t do certain things, such as show herself to people, carry objects and frighten people with floating things.  Wiggins is in charge of the Department of Good Intentions, which sends ghosts back to earth to help people out of certain troubles.  Bailey Ruth has a hard time following those directions and keeps getting her self into trouble with Wiggins.

Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth Norman

tearsReviewed by Cy Hilterman

The “Bataan Death March” during WWII in the Philippines was one of the most deadly and brutal excursions mandated by any enemy. The Japanese captured this area shortly after the beginning of WWII, which started when Japan destroyed Pearl Harbor in the Pacific. This scenario is captured through the eyes of those that lived it and the records they had kept. The writings or diaries that these men, mostly from the United States and the Philippines, wrote and managed to hide somewhere or wrote after their rescue after a harrowing ordeal that killed so many. The map included in the beginning of the book shows the Luzon Island, Manila, Bataan, and surrounding areas. All of this area was where most of this story occurred.

The attack on Pearl Harbor is described through both the American and the Japanese eyes and minds. Ben Steele was a young cowboy from Montana who rushed to join the Air Force once the war had begun. Being a country boy he wasn’t used to war or people that acted much different than his wild western style. The story tells a bit of training then moves rapidly to the Philippines where Ben and his units were sent to defend an area that had many Philippine and American soldiers, along with some other nations. The military leaders felt there was plenty of military in the area to repel any Japanese attack attempting to take the entire area. They were dead wrong. Some of the natives took off for the hills of the island but most stayed and fought the oncoming enemy that sent unending lines of men to attack and capture all they could. Many on both sides were killed, but eventually the Japanese did overtake the entire island, making the forces fighting surrender to the Japanese.

Blood and Bone by William Lashner (Review #2)

boneReviewed by Laura Goodwin

I was fortunate enough to win a copy of this book in a drawing and I am thrilled that I got the authors autograph. I have never read anything by William Lashner and I really enjoyed this book. His writing style is similar to John Grisham’s novels and it is more like a character study. The characters are very believable and the novel has a very strong plot.

The protagonist is Kyle Byrne who is somewhat irritating and pretty much his life is going nowhere. He loses his father, a prominent Philadelphia attorney at a young age. He struggles with his loss and has a life that just seems to roll downhill. He loses his house, his job, starts to drink more, and seems to lose all sense of direction. On top of all of this, he seems to be having visions of his long lost father. At one point the reader feels sorry for him, until he starts to act cocky again.