Milt Gross Book Review: "And Grant You Peace" by Kate Flora
A problem with writing this review is that the book is not as it actually would be -- in publishable form. A label on the front cover states, "Advance uncorrected proof," and that makes it hard to imagine the ready- to-sell copy. The author has written a number of crime mysteries of which one "has been optioned for a movie," according to a paragraph about her. The story involves a Muslim crime family and gang that carries out the mayhem and murder until the good-guy cop, Joe Burgess, puts a stop to it all and saves a heroine from death -- death by being tied to a chair with explosives set to make her next home Eternity.
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:05:24 AM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Doomsday Marauders" by Kilkenny
I can't wait to tell all of my friends/relatives about this book because last night, as I lay me down to sleep, I found that sleep was a long time coming because my mind kept going back to "Kilkenny" and his dire predictions and quite frankly, his warnings scared the "beJesus" out of me! And I also think that what he had to say is absolutely the truth whether we like it or not.
Sep 12, 2014 - 9:17:14 AM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Down the Drain with Jane" by Jane T. Braun
Having traveled to a few foreign countries and lived and dealt with peoples from lands other than America, I could easily relate to "Jane Tessitor Braun's story" as she gathered her young children and followed her husband and his career from one foreign country to the next. As a reader and fellow writer, I found Jane's writing to be insightful and educational and there wasn't one unkind word to be found.
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:55:07 AM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "A Cry from the Dust" by Carrie Stuart Parks
Not only does this book hold you mesmerized from the very beginning, it keeps you interested until the very end. I found that the author, Carrie Stuart Parks, certainly knew her stuff. She was able to insert the main characters into the storyline in such a way that the reader feels as though he/she is right there and part of the story.
Sep 7, 2014 - 12:12:37 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Man From Mt. Vernon" by Burke Boyce
In Man From Mt. Vernon, I found the most detailed description of the American Revolution and George Washington's life I have ever read. This includes, among many incidents, the story of Benedict Arnold's turning traitor and siding with the British, the long winter at Valley Forge, PA, which, incidentally was named after an iron forge that had once been there, of the war itself, the great assistance of the French, and the surrender of the British.
Sep 7, 2014 - 12:05:58 AM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "I Thought I Wouldn't Tell It" By Deloris Dallas
This book interested me from the very beginning and I must say, it was not an "easy" read. It tells the story of a young girl's growing up on the Island of Jamaica and the ordeals she encountered in just trying to survive. This book will make one take a hard look at the things we take for granted and we might not like what we finally see. We, as human beings, need to be cognizant of the fact that just because all is right in our world, it just might not be so, in others.
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:17:37 AM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Grand Ma Ma and Her Grand Grand Kids"
They are colorful, beautifully illustrated and she also took the time to write in such a way that most of the sentences rhymed, and children of all ages especially love that. I loved the fact that she incorporated multicultural ethnicities in the drawings so that anyone in any place around our vast planet can relate to the story line.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:22:00 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Hound-Dog Man" by the late Fred Gibson
This was a juvenile story in 1949, but I doubt if many kids could understand the language or follow the tales these days. That could be the result of modern education and publication, where things get kind of watered down for juvenile consumption. I'd kind of like to experience today's juvenile, say a junior or senior high school student, reading Gibson's tale of a black dog that was laced with good outdoor adventure from start to finish.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:05:06 AM
Laure McCourt Lopez Review: The Elephant and the Stake by Joanne Belvedere
As an early childhood education teacher I would incorporate this story in an integrated curriculum unit focusing on the culture and environmental landscape of Sri Lanka. This book would also lend itself as a modern take of fable in a comparison/contrast unit of Aesop's Fables and modern literature.
Aug 22, 2014 - 3:55:09 AM
Milt GrossMovie Review: "Better Living Through Chemistry"
With all kinds of twists and turns in the plot to complicate life for the love-sick couple, it ends up with nobody having committed any crime and Varney and the "hot customer" being okay.
Aug 17, 2014 - 12:05:16 AM
R.P. BenDedek book Review: "The Rise of the Black Knight" by HW Cumming
Although I didn't get around to it while in Australia, late this afternoon (Sunday August 10th) I decided to bite the bullet and start reading it. Surprise surprise! I couldn't put it down. It was a great story. It is definitely not an 'action' story about knights doing battle, but rather a 'detective mystery' which commences with a 'natural tragedy' that leaves three young princes curious to understand the events that played out before their eyes. Oh - it does also involve talking dragons. (I love dragon stories).
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:17:32 AM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Solider Boy" by Allan Green
This is absolutely the best story/writing that I have encountered in a very long time. It is a story that draws one in and never lets one go until the very last page and then the reader doesn't want it to end! Mr. Green, the author, should be commended for the way he held the reader's attention throughout and his ending brought me to tears if the truth be known. I, for one would love to read anything else he may write. Job well-done.
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:15:17 AM
R.P.BenDedek Book Review: "A Covenant People" by James P. Eckman
This book by James P. Eckman is a very informative and many faceted presentation of the history of Israel. If it were to be given a different title, then 'History of Israel 101' would be a very appropriate one. Because of my over-familiarity with the subject matter, halfway through I was tempted to write my review. I'm glad I didn't! Chapters 12 through 15 were for me somewhat of a revelation, and I eagerly sat at the master's feet and soaked in as much as I could. It provides the reader with what I consider to be an evenhanded academic approach to the realities on the ground.
Aug 10, 2014 - 12:23:17 AM
Milt Gross Movie Review: "Still Mine"
Based on a true story, this saga of growing old, filmed in New Brunswick, 'Still Mine' tells the tale of an elderly farmer, Craig Morrison, whose wife, Irene, is losing her memory. After Irene falls down the stairs, Morrison decides to build a new smaller house for the two of them...A touching drama of an all-too-real dilemma and a happy ending.
Aug 10, 2014 - 12:05:32 AM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "An Idiotic Savant" by Russell Stewart
If the reader can overlook these simple grammatical errors, they will find Mr. Stewart's stories to be very interesting. And I must say, Mr. Stewart related to me that he has been approached by several producers in "Hollywood" to come and discuss the possibility of a movie being made from his story. I wish him the best of luck in this latest endeavor.
Aug 6, 2014 - 12:22:49 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "A brief history of Witchcraft" by Lois Martin
Witchcraft has its roots much farther back in history than I had imagined, although I had guessed the purpose of its accidental beginnings was to explain the unknown. I was wrong. It was possibly to explain a social condition that still occurs, according to the author. After reading this well-written book, A BRIEF HISTORY OF Witchcraft, I wondered if witchcraft in its simplest form was -- perhaps is -- a way for those who feel oppressed to rid themselves of poor treatment by the rich.
Aug 3, 2014 - 6:10:19 AM
Estelle Parke Book Review: 'In the Spirit of Elijah' by Trevor Payne
He has managed to write the book in such a way as to present the characters, especially John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus Christ and assorted disciples, as real, human, genuine people. In this regard, I feel that the author is to be commended for a job well done. He has included a variety of small, personal accounts and incidents which help to humanize the Biblical characters and 'bring them to life' for the reader. I was disappointed to discover that there are numerous grammatical and other errors of writing throughout the work...
Jul 31, 2014 - 2:17:06 AM
Laure McCourt Lopez Review: "One for the Heart" book by G. Raye Jones
I once had a professor who said you could always tell when a reader was engaged in a good book: after reading for some time, the reader would pause and look up with a sign of personal reflection upon the face. That is how this book affected me. It isn't just a matter of reading words but rather reading the musings of a heart that has so much to share with the reader. I highly recommend this thoughtfully crafted collection of poetry to enjoy during those contemplative moments when one wishes to step back from the busyness of life and reflect upon that which is lasting and meaningful.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:40:13 AM
Laure McCourt Lopez Review: "Bella and Harry; Let's Visit Maui!" by Lisa Manzione
Having been bitten by the travel bug many years ago, I was intrigued with this fanciful excursion of the beautiful island of Maui, one of Hawaii's eight main islands. Who could ask for more charming tour guides than Bella and Harry, brother and sister Chihuahuas, as they invite young readers to join them on a trip that explores different customs, cultural diversity and historic landmarks. I especially appreciate how the author uses child-friendly descriptions that are clear and involve the five senses. Kudos to author Lisa Manzione and to Kristine Lucco for her illustrations.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:13:00 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Arcadia" by Lauren Groff
Arcadia is a three-part novel about those who attended a fictitious version of Woodstock called Arcadia in New York State. It shows the characters while at Arcadia, then in middle life, and finally in old age. If you've ever thought seriously about being a hippie, try this 2012 Hyperion, New York, NY publication, a fictitious look at the very real experience.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:00:20 AM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Tormented Prison" by Sky Gram
This is a very difficult story to read because it is about a small child who is a victim from the very day of her birth. As a mother myself, I found some of "Sky's" story too graphic to even read but as the old saying goes, "fore warned is fore armed." Would I recommend this story to others? YES!
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:15:33 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "One Chance, One Moment: Book One - The Mandy Story" by Judith Kohnen
I found myself hurrying to get my household work completed so that I could resume the story again and that sadly, from all the books I review, doesn't happen very often. As the author noted in her "press release" this book was first written in 1986 and revisions were made several times over the ensuing years but I can now state, the "wait" and the reworking were well-worth it. Would I recommend this book to others? ABSOLUTELY! Wondeful work, wonderful presentation and am waiting for the next!
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:22:23 AM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Scotch Rising" by S.J. Garland
This very interesting story set in the 1700's, begins with a young man, Esmond Clyde-Dalton, who comes from a very wealthy English family and tells of his trials and tribulations as he makes his life in his own way. Edmond has to make a decision that will ultimately change the rest of his life. I found this story to be very interesting and well done.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:07:31 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Greyhound Therapy" by J.R. Conway
The story tells of the trials and tribulation that Sheriff Craig Spence faces on a daily basis and how the Sheriff's Department in a small town in Wyoming, deals with the inhabitants, the drug problems and just trying to live in a very unbalanced world.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:25:33 AM
R.P. BenDedek Review: "The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights" by Geoff Logan
Travelling far and wide and caught up in everything from Arthurian legends, the Crusades and the murder of a Pope, William McBride's journey is really one of deep spiritual self-discovery during a period of great turmoil in Europe's history. Topics covered for which background material was required included: the political differences between Scotland, England, France, Spain and the Vatican; the Crusades; the history of the Templar knights; the history of the Celts, Druids, Christians and Muslims and of course the religious history, legends, superstitions and eschatology of those religions. I heartily recommend "The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights" to anyone interested in historical tales or ancient Celtic legends and the like.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:17:09 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Thomas Paine and the Promise of America" by Harvey J. Kaye
The book states that, "Though elites denied Paine a place in 'official' commemorations of the Revolution, Americans never actually forgot his memory...." Much of the book reviews those who quoted Paine and praised him as the one whose words helped bring about the U.S. One such figure, William Sylvis, who, "Reflecting the influence of Common Sense, he drafted the manifesto of the National Labor Union in the fashion of the Declaration of Independence."
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:05:19 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Let Me Tell You a Story" Charles Keith Hardman
"Let Me Tell You a Story" by Charles Keith Hardman contains 12 short stories that I found very interesting about topics that I normally do not choose to read. And these stories certainly make one think about all the things they have been told from their very birth.
Jul 16, 2014 - 7:18:10 PM
Martha Stevens-David Review: "The Basket of Fruit" by Margaret Hooton
At first glance, one assumes that this story is just another "children's" book story but upon deeper reading, it becomes apparent that it is not. The author, along with the lovely illustrations, takes the reader to another realm that most children's book authors dare not go. I read the book twice so as not to miss anything in the drawings or the words and found it to be very insightful in regard to the aspects of "human nature."
Jul 14, 2014 - 12:22:53 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Ghost Light" by Sarah Romine
"Ghost Light" by Sarah Romine clearly illustrates the dangers that not only young people can fall into in when venturing into Hollywood in attempt to achieve their dream, but what can happen to everyone from anywhere. This book should be "required" reading for any and all who are leaning in the "Hollywood" direction.
Jul 13, 2014 - 2:22:31 AM
R.P.BenDedek Review: "Strike at the Heart: The first mission" By L.W. Berrie
'Strike at the Heart' by L.W. Berry is a very well written, fast paced and interesting story that deals with a variety of elements including science fiction, military warfare, ancient history, medicine and love. When I turned the last page I just wanted to scream. 'What happens now?' I demanded to know of nobody in particular. Clearly the book is designed for a sequel which I really want to read, and I think that the storyline would make a great movie.
Jul 13, 2014 - 2:15:14 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Kill Crazy" by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone
While the tale features a bank robbery, a brother in jail, a brother who will not limit his crime to free his brother, and MacCallister's taking care of all the bad guys, there is a side tale of an abandoned gold mine on the ranch that MacCallister had inherited.
Jul 13, 2014 - 2:05:08 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale" by Marjuan Canady
The story is fast paced and filled with Caribbean dialect "words" that add to the charm of this "children's story. The story contains many of the elements that make for a good tale; i.e. mystery, humor and love. I think it would be fun to read to children because as "Americans" nearly all of us have come from a far off land or island at one time or another.
Jul 11, 2014 - 2:03:13 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Foothold in the Mountain" by Constance Caruso
Her extremely sad tale takes us from her birth to present day and of all the books I have read, I found this story to be extremely difficult to complete. Not due to the fact that it wasn't well-written but due to the fact that it drew the reader in until one could actually visualize Connie's deep love for her family and her child and the hell she endured throughout most of her life.
Jul 9, 2014 - 8:57:31 PM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Nobody Knew She Was There" by Andrew Glascoe
This is really a son's story about his mother that takes one from Toronto, Canada back across the Atlantic to northern Europe. It deals with the sad fact that we, as humans, often reside upon this earth a good number of years and when we are no longer here, our own close relatives, when asked who or what we stood for, they cannot find the words to truly define us or our lives.
Jul 8, 2014 - 7:50:10 PM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Travels with Gannon & Wyatt GREENLAND" by Patti Wheeler & Keith Hemstreet
The authors should be commended for their ability to write this beautiful, totally believeable story. I'm very pleased to say, I wasn't disappointed in any way. I loved the "sharing" of the story by the brothers and I loved the pictures/drawings of life in that far off frigid land and the descriptive phrases took you by the heart and hand, to a never, never land.
Jul 8, 2014 - 7:43:19 PM
M. Stevens-David Review: "GO GREEN!" A Family guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle "Disney books"
This book will be enjoyed by children of all ages, their parents and grandparents. There is truly a "mark of genius" in this "Disney" publication because it deals with aspects of everyday life and life's problems and gives examples on how to achieve the "GO GREEN" goals that everyone can understand.
Jul 8, 2014 - 7:35:31 PM
M. Stevens-David Review: "The Last Human" by Ink Pieper
This short but powerful story serves as a notice to all mankind that what we think we know and can believe in, really isn't so...As I got about half way through the story, it dawned on me that even though we, Americans, have always been told that "we" are the most powerful nation on earth, that isn't always the truth.
Jul 6, 2014 - 2:20:06 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Borderline Hero" by Kenneth Konecnik
The story illustrates the issues that are featured almost daily on television and in our newspapers, concerning civil rights, abortion/anti-abortion laws and the problems the United States is facing with illegal aliens coming into this country on a daily basis.
Jul 6, 2014 - 2:10:27 AM
Milt Gross Movie review: "Philomena" starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan
This 2013 true story is a great movie with a plot that makes you angry at the sisters in a convent and the Americans who bought babies from them. It also makes you feel very sorry for Judi Dench's character, Philomena Lee, who as a very young and imprisoned worker at the convent, watched through a barred window as her young son was loaded into a car and driven away from the convent.
Jul 6, 2014 - 2:05:20 AM
Absolutely Certain of What We Really Do Not Know
This book, "The Last Human" by Ink Pieper, which appeared in our book basket on June 8 has since been reviewed by Martha Stevens-David who wrote: "This short but powerful story serves as a notice to all mankind that what we think we know and can believe in, really isn't so..."
Jul 6, 2014 - 12:02:56 AM