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Intelligent Field

Intelligent Field by Surendra Kumar Sagar

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I’ll Be Looking at the Moon: A novel about finding Home by Lucia Barrett

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The Atheist and the Parrotfish by Richard Barager

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Reclaim American Democracy: Economic Solutions to Dysfunctional Politics by Werner Neff

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The Proof That God Exists

The Proof That God Exists: The Solution to a Puzzle Spread through Sciences and Other Disciplines of Human Knowledge by Mauricio Mediano

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The Diary Of An Immortal (1945-1959)

The Diary Of An Immortal (1945-1959) by David J. Castello

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Playing with Fire (A Daniel Jacobus Mystery) by Gerald Elias

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Playing with FireWhy did you purchase a musical instrument? Did you dream of playing music? Could you imagine yourself in Carnegie Hall playing to standing room only audience embracing the melodies and enriching every listener to a once-in-a-lifetime experience?

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Surprisingly, not everyone views the purchase of a musical instrument this way.
Daniel Jacobus is a crotchety blind violinist. Years ago, he lost his vision just as the opportunity for greatness opened for him. Perhaps there is a reason for his being upset with life.

Christmas Eve is a special time at Daniel’s home with his good friends, Yumi, a concertmaster and masterful violinist, Nathaniel, a longtime friend who works as a musical instrument and art fraud and theft agent, along with Trotsky, his temperamentally huge bulldog.

The Atheist and the Parrotfish by Richard Barager

Reviewed by Chris Phillips

The Atheist and the ParrotfishThere is nothing common with this novel. The characters are introduced and developed throughout the story because they change from what they were at the beginning into what they become at the end of the tale.

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Cullen Brodie is an accomplished and successful nephrologist. He has spent his life working to save people’s lives when their kidneys fail. He has helped hundreds of patients to live longer and also found replacement kidneys for many of those patients. He now encounters a specific patient that he has never encountered.

Thomas Lawson is the chaplain in the hospital where Cullen practices.

There is a problem with these two, because Cullen is an avowed active atheist. He is good at what he does and doesn’t believe that God is involved at all in the process.

Now comes into Ennis Willoughby. He is a patient doing dialysis regularly to prolong his life until, if and only if, a donor is found. He is 63 years old. He is a crossdressing transgender male trying to identify and reconcile with the female that lives within him all the time. Initially, he was considered ineligible for transplant because of psychological difficulties. But after counselling he is reconsidered.

War, Spies & Bobby Sox (Stories About World War II at Home) by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Reviewed by Teri Davis

War, Spies and Bobby Sox“The volume of literature about World War Two has both fascinated and intimidated me. I suspect its popularity comes from the fact that it was the last time there was clarity between good and evil.”

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The Incidental Spy” is the story of Lena, a German Jewish refugee as she begins her new life in Chicago during 1935. Lena is fortunate to be sponsored by her aunt whose husband is a mathematics professor the University of Chicago. Immediately, she is enrolled in English and typing classes and quickly becomes a secretary in the physics department at the University. Naturally, it is hard knowing what is happening to the rest of her family a continent away. With erratic communication, the constant strain of her parents’ hardships, as well as her first love, are trying. Do you move on or wait?

Reclaim American Democracy: Economic Solutions to Dysfunctional Politics by Werner Neff

Reviewed by Veronica Alvarado

Reclaim American DemocracyThe year 2016 was inarguably one of the most tumultuous in American society in recent memory. A bitterly contested election between two unfavorable candidates, and the surprise dark horse win of populist Republican nominee Donald Trump, has prompted a desire amongst American readers to actively understand both the inner workings of their political society and how they reached the current political moment. To help fill this need comes Swiss economist Werner Neff’s Reclaim American Democracy: Economic Solution to Dysfunctional Politics. With deft insights and easy-to-comprehend prose, Neff presents his readers with a working hypothesis of the evolution of current American politics and admirable solutions towards countering growing social and economic injustice.

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Taking an undoubtedly liberal point-of-view, Neff essentially begins his argument with the somewhat controversial stance that “Today, it seems that America has lost its glory,” and follows that with the all-important question, “Why?” (Neff, 9) The rest of the work attempts to answer this brief, but all-encompassing query. Neff begins by discussing the nature of division in America, the weightiest among those being political and economic divisions. He gives much explication to the three interrelated topics of poverty, deficit, and employment. These three problems within American society all are instrumental towards maintaining the ever-widening gap between the wealthy and the impoverished. With the aid of informative charts and precise language, Neff is able to explicate his thesis that many of the socio-economic problems that stand in the way of the progress of American democracy. Some, but by no means all, of the sources of these issues that Neff touches upon or explains thoroughly include a Republican corruption of the core values of conservatism, polarized political parties, gerrymandering, massive corporate tax breaks, excessively large political campaign contributions, and a belief in the effectiveness of supply-side economics.

To remedy these aforementioned issues, Neff offers variety of liberal solutions. He calls for, among other solutions, a mandatory pension plan, an immediate end to polarizing political practices, and an increase in social contributions and taxes for wage earners. He underlines the importance of achieving these goals within American society, as their implementation will no doubt greatly ease some of the economic burden and mitigate much of the social unrest that currently resides within the United States today. Neff’s concluding chapter forms a helpful summary of his insights and again highlights the need for change. An extensive works cited section at the end of the book bolsters the validity and scholarly insight that Neff provides. All of the works cited are readily accessible to the curious reader.

Werner Neff’s Reclaim American Democracy: Economic Solution to Dysfunctional Politics is undoubtedly a work for the current age. While it may alienate some more conservative readers, Neff’s book ultimately will serve as a useful aid and an insightful read for any who are looking to understand the existing state of American society and who hopes to work towards democratic progress.

The Shattered Tree (Bess Crawford Mysteries) by Charles Todd

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Shattered TreeBess Crawford is a hard-working battlefield nurse. It is October of 1918 and working in a field hospital in France is exhausting as well as dangerous with combat nearby.

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For one soldier, it is even stranger. One single soldier is holding onto a single tree. Somehow, a man is hiding behind a battered-up tree with no shoes and with little left of his uniform. The rescuers have to pry his fingers from the bark of the tree. Not knowing whether the man is dead or alive, they place him on a stretcher, covering him with a blanket.

Protect and Defend (Center Point Platinum Mystery) by Vince Flynn

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Protect and DefendHe’s back! Yes, Vince Flynn has Mitch Rapp back in another CIA type thriller that he is well known for. I am not sure how, when, and where Rapp got his training but he not only got it but he seems to improve upon it in every new story that Flynn brings forward.

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If you have read any of these stories you know that Rapp works for the CIA but doesn’t really report to them or anyone….not even the President! When he is out on some type of assignment he goes about the business of doing what has to be done in the Rapp fashion. And that fashion does not always set well with some of the higher authorities in the government. I suppose they control him to a degree but they also realize that he is in the field, on the spot, knows the situation, and has always completed the task that he has been given. No doubt that he is meaner, tougher, and quite likely to go outside the lines of code of conduct that those authorities do not necessarily want him to go outside of. BUT he gets the job done!

The Pursuit: A Fox and O’Hare Novel by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The PursuitNow this is quite a story. First one of the Janet Evanovich novels that I have ever read. It is a pretty fast read and covers a lot of characters, situations, and ground.

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Nick Fox is a con man who after being arrested by the FBI has been kind of put in the loose custody of Kate O’Hare, a top flight FBI agent. Together they go after con artists whomever, whenever, and wherever the FBI instructs them to do so.

However Nick was taken away from the Oahu beach house where he and Kate had been staying. He was abducted and taken away by Dragan Kovic, the leader of a group of thieves called the Road Runners. They took Nick to Belgium where Kovic is planning to use Nick in helping them pull off a huge heist of diamonds. He is more than willing to pay Nick (or so he says but in reality he plans to kill him after the job is done).

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Notorious RBGLike or dislike her, Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a woman who daily continues to defy stereotypes. She’s eighty-three-years-old and stands five foot and one inch.
No one questions her intelligence. This dynamo is a legendary force fighting for injustices to make our country a better place.

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As being a Supreme Court Justice, her diminutive size is completely opposed to her immense influence of society today. Ginsberg always has defined life with her rules. She excelled in school. Unfortunately, her mother died of cancer the day before she graduated high school. Attending Cornell in the early 1950s as a woman who married with a degree in government.

Candy Pink by Adela Turin: Author, Illustrator: Nella Bosnia and Translator: Martin Hyams

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Candy PinkImagine a herd of elephants. Visualize the multitude of sizes inside the mass of gray.

In this particular herd, all the females have skin the color of candy pink with exceptionally bright eyes. What an obvious way to distinguish girls from boys?

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Apparently, this color difference occurs from eating only anemones and peonies in an enclosed garden. Although not exactly nutritious, these plants are not obviously harmful. Everyone is so proud of this uniqueness; the females even add pink clothing and accessories to intensify their pinkish beauty.

All the girls are expected to stay within the confines of the garden. Why would they want to leave? Isn’t being pink and dressed in pink collar bibs, pink bows on their tails, and pink shoes a perfectly pink life?

Storm Front (A Virgil Flowers Novel) by John Sandford

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Storm FrontVirgil Flowers, the Minnesota state special agent, is really wrapped up in this one. It starts with an archeologist from the U.S. who is working on a special dig in the Mediterranean coastal region. The region is famous as being a historic religious are that was frequented by Hebrews, Muslims, and many other groups around the time of Moses and other famous people of that time and era.

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The American guy (not from birth as his ancestry is deeply entwined in this area) decides when the group of archeologists discover a supposedly very famous stele or rock that perhaps he should take it back to the states for its monetary value. No the others don’t know his plans but find out about the adventure once he has fled the country with the rock. His plan is to auction it to the highest bidder and use the monies for providing for his wife who is institutionalized for dementia or Alzheimer’s. He knows that he is dying of cancer and is worried about how she can survive without him.