Daily Archives: August 13, 2012

Breed by Chase Novak

Breed Reviewed by Jud Hanson

What would you do in order to have a child? How far would you go? This is the question Alex and Leslie Twisden must wrestle with. After having tried for years to get pregnant, they are all but resigned to the fact that they will never be parents. However, when another childless couple with a similar history announces they are pregnant, the Twisdens insist they reveal how. What follows is the beginning of a nightmare for the Twisdens, for although they do indeed get pregnant, they pay a terrible price.

Judgment Call by J. A. Jance (Review #2)

Judgment Call Reviewed by Julie Siemek

Joanna Brady is the sheriff of Cochise County. Her personal and professional worlds collide when her daughter, Jenny, stumbles upon the body of her missing high school principal. Thus begins the uncovering of unpleasant facts and truths that a murder investigation usually brings. All hell breaks loose when Jenny takes a picture of the body and sends it to a friend. Before the family can be notified of Ms. Highsmith’s death, the photo goes viral. Incriminating information leads to a hushed-up suspension, teenagers with a grudge against the principal and a hateful video calling for Ms. Highsmith’s death.

Hitler’s Priest by S.J. Tagliareni

Hitler's Priest Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

The history of World War II and the question of why an entire nation would fall under the spell of a fanatical fascist dictator like Adolph Hitler is one that is endlessly fascinating. Hitler’s Priest, by S.J. Tagliareni, a former Catholic priest, explores this topic with a thoughtful and extremely well-researched novel based on actual historical figures and depictions of events that shaped the entire world.

Meet Hans Keller: he is an atheist, and a highly intelligent man with an eidetic memory who catches the eye of the Third Reich’s Minister of Propaganda, Josef Goebbels. He has been had-selected to be a mole, infiltrating the ranks of the Vatican’s Catholic hierarchy in order to exert influence upon their decisions, thus playing a key role in the shaping of the Nazi’s concept of a new Germany. He attends the same classes and undergoes the same training as anyone studying to be a priest does, at the Gregorian University in Rome. But, instead of focusing on the next world, Hans instead focuses on “his relationship with the Fuhrer and the lofty goals of this world.”

Goebbels understood that the four years Keller would spend in the seminary was a large expense in terms of time, even though the potential gains could prove enormous for the Third Reich. That’s why he devises a way for Hans to be a help even before the four years are up, through a person he has visit Keller who gives him specific tasks to perform: Erich Hanke. But, what happens when Hans finds his thoughts become more clouded and his morals starting to crumble is something that Goebbels did not anticipate fully, and Keller, himself, had not thought possible would happen: Hans begins to question the morality of the role he is supposed to perform, as Hitler’s priest.

It is easy for people of today to think to themselves that there is no way that they would ever fall under the sway of powerful, hypnotic leaders like Adolph Hitler and Goebbels; but, imagine that you are living in a country where such rulers hold sway. You are only told things from one point of view, and become indoctrinated from an early age in the beliefs and teachings of the Third Reich. With only a very narrow world view presented to you, and the troubles your nation facing blamed upon one race of people, who hold beliefs different from yours, it likely would not be too difficult to see that a hatred could develop within your bosom for the other race.