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Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 13
By R.P. BenDedek
Apr 21, 2015 - 7:37:02 AM

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"Magic City Book Basket 2015" brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, various new book releases. This year the frequency of publication and number of books in each basket will vary and while we still have book reviewers at Magic City we unfortunately can't do book reviews for every book. We are still offering to assist authors in promoting their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" self-promotions service. We invite authors to send in 'stand alone' articles on a topic that readership might find interesting.

  • This is not an opportunity to rehash publicity material and authors should not use their book title as the article title.
  • When we publish author articles, we do include author bios and a photograph of the book cover and additionally add the link to a purchase page.

We are extremely grateful to those authors who took advantage of this offer in 2014 and a list of those authors and their articles for July-Dec 2014 may be found here. At the end of last year our book reviewers cut back on their book requests while waiting to see what changes would occur with a new editor in 2015. With the book baskets now recommenced our reviewers have once again started requesting books and once those books are received and read, will once again be offering us their reviews. (Books Reviewed July to December 2014)

Author Articles Since Basket No. 12

  1. A Tale of Two Cities By Patrick J. Fornari author of "Commoner Sense"
  2. A Serious Need for Self-examination by Pastor Bill Parker author of "What Is Salvation?"
  3. Argumentative Poetry - No. 4 Matters of Conscience by Yemant and Friends authors of "God, Religion, Science, Nature, Culture, and Morality: A Critical Analysis in Plain Talk"

Book Reviews Published Since Basket No. 12

Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "A Fox in the Family" by Jane King
Apr 20, 2015

This story is for more mature children and the subject matter will bring tears to one's eyes upon being read. One can only hope that there are more humans like the author "Jane King" who will step up and try their very best to save and support these wild creatures.

M. W. Johnson Book Review: "What is Salvation?" by Pastor Bill Parker
Apr 20, 2015

I found the book to be very well written and consider Pastor Parker an obviously good teacher. I would recommend the book to everyone who calls themselves a Christian, if for no other reason than to succinctly study again, what the basis of salvation is. I've read a lot of Christian books in my life, but none are as enjoyable as those which teach in simple fashion, the Scriptures as they appear. Well done Pastor.

Milt Gross Book Review: "Divine Justice" by David Baldacci
Apr 19, 2015

The author, David Baldacci, the author of 15 New York Times best sellers. His books have been published in over 40 languages and sold in over 80 countries, according to the book jacket. The book jacket relates that, with his wife, Baldacci began the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting literacy efforts throughout America. They reside in Virginia from where the foundation also attempts to spread books across the U.S.

Milt Gross Book Review: "Smokin' Seventeen" by Janet Evanovich
Apr 13, 2015

I don't know if it's the location, Trenton, NJ, that has held my interest in all the Janet Evanovich novels I've read. But the location is part of it. I've only driven through Trenton once, carefully keeping my eyes straight ahead on the road so as not to see the unfriendly-looking groups hanging around on porches, steps, or from open windows.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1

"Through the Trials Just Believe"

By Nitza Hollinger;

"Through the Trials Just Believe" By Nitza Hollinger
When faced with trials, one must be well grounded in what drives him or her to continue the fight to live and overcome what may seem as an unsurpassable trial. The image of the tree grounded firmly on the rock symbolizes that solid grounding point and the will to survive when the trials of life seem overwhelming.

In her memoir written up until her death, Nitza Hollinger faces cancer with courage and faith in her brief but inspiring memoir. Hollinger was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2010. This wasn't the first time in her life when she had to be tough. Nitza grew up in Spanish Harlem.

"Mister Rogers would not have wanted to be my neighbor," Hollinger said.

In spite of a childhood of some hard knocks, she was accepted to Dartmouth and, after graduation, worked at the school as an admissions officer.

Hollinger then attended Northeastern School of Law and accepted Christ as her savior. During treatment for cancer and other afflictions, she found herself repeatedly drawn to Bible verses that offered support and guidance. Although she was eventually overcome by cancer, Nitza remained upbeat and positive. Until the very end, Nitza inspired and encouraged others to face life's challenges with confidence and in knowing that one need never feel alone in life's ups and downs.

  • * 10% of all book sale profits will be donated to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Nitza Hollinger lived in Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula with her husband and two sons. Despite an Ivy League education followed by law school, Nitza chose to stay at home with her two boys and homeschool them. Her testimony attests to God's deep love for us and His promise to never leave us no matter what difficulties we face.

"Through the Trials Just Believe"
By Nitza Hollinger
Xlibris Books
Published 7/14/2014
80 pages
Hardcover $25 - ISBN: 978-1-4990-1820-2
Softcover $16 - ISBN: 978-1-4990-1821-9
eBook $4 - ISBN: 978-1-4990-1819-6
Audiobook $4 - ISBN: 978-1-4990-5546-7

No. 2

"The Guardians"

by Sandra Carvalho

"The Guardians" by Sandra Carvalho
With so much uncertainty in our society, it's hard to imagine what life will be like in the future. In Sandra Carvalho's new book, "The Guardians" the world becomes overrun by demons and only a few humans remain alive. Among these individuals is a young priest, Father Helder Pont, who finds his way to safety in a church on the East Coast along with two other men, Markus Rossi and Gideon McElroy.

Desperate to bring peace to the world, the three men set out on a quest towards the Vatican where half of an ancient prayer that eliminates demonic threats is located. Before departing there is an unforeseen twist of fate as the men encounter a young woman, Sita Taylor, the love of Father Hedler's youth.

"When Sita and Father Hedler last were together, they were unaware that the future would bring them back together again," Carvalho said. "My book is a love story of faith and horror intertwined with the compassion for a God who protects us all."

Unaware of the dangers and choices that await them, the group invites the damsel to join alongside them on their daring journey towards Rome.

In a world overrun by demons, the few humans that remain alive face an impossible fight. In the midst of this battle, Father Helder Pont, a young priest finds his way to safety in a church on the East Coast of the United States with two other men of the cloth, Markus Rossi and Gideon McElroy (Read more Overview and see Preview at Archway)

Sandra Carvalho poet and travel Writer spends most of her time Meeting interesting people from many cultures Author of crime thriller science fiction Snarls of Love works and lives where her work takes her on the Journey of world events and stories enjoys singing reading and sunsets beaches.

"The Guardians"
by Sandra Carvalho
Archway Publishing
Published 8/22/2014
ISBN: 978-1-48080-985-7
80 pages
Softcover $9
E-book $4

No. 3

"Beyond My Dreams"

By Peter Marmureanu

"Beyond My Dreams" By Peter Marmureanu
CHARLOTTE, N. C -- When Peter Marmureanu started learning tennis in communist-held Romania, he was ten years old, playing barefoot on clay courts, swinging a wooden paddle that served as a racket. Eight years later, as a member of Romania's Davis Cup team, Marmureanu was traveling side by side with Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriac to the world's capitals playing tournaments in Cairo, Monte Carlo, Paris, London, Moscow, and scores of other cities.

In his new book, "Beyond My Dreams", he reveals his incredible and sometimes startling life journey from an impoverished early life to a world-class tennis player, becoming the tennis coach for the U.S. Federation and Wightman Cup teams. In between, readers can discover his background visiting 51 countries, transporting top- secret government messages, fleeing an oppressive Romanian government in 1975, and meeting (and playing tennis with) President Gerald Ford.

"I am living proof that if you have a passion in life, working hard to perfect it can pay off," Marmureanu said. "If I had given up, I would have never had the opportunities I have today in America."

"Beyond My Dreams" is politically correct as well, as the situation in Eastern Europe today resembles that of his boyhood. Marmureanu epitomizes the classic American tale of the boy who grows from humble beginnings to lead a spectacular life.

Peter Marmureanu grew up in poverty in Romania, a bare-foot boy learning tennis with a wooden paddle. He was eventually recognized for his talent, and became the country's number two tennis player. After growing up to play on the Davis Cup Team and finding himself endangered by the government, he fled to the United States of America, where he would go on to coach the U.S. Federation Cup and U.S. Wightman Cup teams.

"Beyond My Dreams"
By Peter Marmureanu
iUniverse Inc
Published 11/25/2014
ISBN-13: 9781491745410
392 Pages
Hardcover $27
E-book $8.50

No. 4

"Bad Blood"

By Guy Young

"Bad Blood" By Guy Young
LOS ANGELES -- The American Society of Hematology describes more then 10 common blood disorders that could lead to a person's death. How would they explain a body that continues to bleed after dying?

Can dead people still bleed? Two dead bodies on two continents are discovered simultaneously both of whom continue to bleed even after their lifeless bodies are found. Is it some new horrific disease or something even more sinister? Follow the two doctors enlisted to help law enforcement unravel the mystery across the globe as they chase many seemingly unrelated clues and learn about other horrors beyond those of the dead bodies. During the fast-paced chase to solve the mystery, Andy and Leila learn as much about themselves and each other as they do about the circumstances of the strange case including confronting issues of religious tolerance. Their journey is not only a discovery of clues, but a self-discovery as well ultimately culminating in both of them having to wrestle with an unimaginable moral dilemma. (Overview at Barnes and Nobel)

Author Guy Young uses his work as a pediatric hematologist as inspiration for the plot and characters presented by the book. As a respected physician and member of numerous professional medical societies, Young explores issues of social injustice in the delivery of health care to create an excruciating moral dilemma.

"This book asks readers a question of morality and encourages people to extrapolate these themes beyond the pages of text," Young said. "While fictitious, the issues addressed in 'Bad Blood' apply to life today."

In this high-pressure book of mysterious deaths and enamored doctors, "Bad Blood" will keep readers' pulse fluttering page after page. The thriller aims straight for the jugular and murmurs societal themes throughout.

Guy Young has dedicated his career to pediatric hematology, and is a respected physician and researcher in the field of bleeding and blood clotting conditions. He resides in Los Angeles where he works at Children's Hospital Los Angeles as well as being a faculty member of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

"Bad Blood"
By Guy Young
Lulu Publishing
Published 11/14/2014
ISBN: 978-1-4834-2064-6
468 pages
Softcover $29
Nook Book $8.50

No. 5

"Fort Ross"

by Dmitri Poletaev

"Fort Ross" by Dmitri Poletaev
Most people are unaware that Russia used to own large portions of what's now Alaska and California," Poletaev said. "With recent aggressive border expansion, perhaps it's not outlandish to think 'what if'.

In the novel, "Fort Ross" a Russian film crew travels to Alaska to shoot a historical documentary. What the crew discovers in the abandoned Russian military base will have Geopolitical consequences capable of reshaping world borders.

The novel is already a Russian best seller and feature-film. It's been newly translated to English in an attempt to spread historical knowledge and gain U.S. readership. For more information, please visit

To his surprise, he found out that his ability to travel in Time happened because of the strange malfunctioning of his iPhone. How great it would be to take a few real historical shoots from the past! However, soon he will realize that what they have in their hands is much more serious than just an opportunity to make an unprecedented documentary footage. Why not try to change the Future itself? But in favor of what country, Russia or America? It's not an easy question to answer. Dmitry, taken aback by this unknown to him chapter of Russian history, sees the new opportunities for Mother Russia. Margo, as an American, is very disturbed. She, who has an Indian blood in her veins, knows pretty well what awaits her people. (Excerpt from overview at Authorhouse)

Dmitri Poletaev - writer, journalist and historian. Researcher and collector of rare documents on the history of Russian America. Screenwriter and producer of the series of documentaries on the subject. A future film, based on his novel "Fort Ross", was produced in Russia in 2014.

"Fort Ross"
by Dmitri Poletaev
AuthorHouse Pub
Published 6/3/2014
290 Pages
Hardcover $29
Softcover $20
E-book $5

No. 6

"Australia's Secret War: How Unionists Sabotaged Our Troops in World War II"

by Hal Colebatch

"Australia's Secret War: How Unionists Sabotaged Our Troops in World War II" by Hal Colebatch
Hal Colebatch's new book, AUSTRALIA'S SECRET WAR, tells the shocking, true, but until now largely suppressed and hidden story of the war waged from 1939 to 1945 by a number of key Australian trade unions against their own society and against the men and women of their own country's fighting forces at the time of its gravest peril.

His conclusions are based on a broad range of sources, from letters and first-person interviews between the author and ex-servicemen to official and unofficial documents from the archives of World War II.

Between 1939 and 1945 virtually every major Australian warship, including at different times its entire force of cruisers, was targeted by strikes, go-slows and sabo­tage. Australian soldiers operating in New Guinea and the Pacific Islands went without food, radio equipment and munitions, and Australian warships sailed to and from combat zones without ammunition, because of strikes at home. Planned rescue missions for Australian prisoners-of-war in Borneo were abandoned because wharf strikes left rescuers without heavy weapons. Officers had to restrain Australian and American troops from killing striking trade unionists.

One of the most obscene acts occurred in October, 1945, at the end of the war, after Australian soldiers were released from Japanese prison camps. They were half dead, starving and desperate for home. But when the British aircraft-carrier HMS Speaker brought them into Sydney Harbour, the wharfies went on strike. For 36 hours, the soldiers were forced to remain on-board, tantalisingly close to home. This final act of cruelty from their countrymen was their thanks for all the sacrifice.

Hal G.P. Colebatch has a PhD in Political Science and BA Honours and MA degrees in History/Politics from the Uni¬versity of Western Australia. He is also a lawyer with BJuris and LLB degrees, and has lectured part-time in International Law at Edith Cowan and Notre Dame universities in Western Australia. He acted as solicitor for a major trade union for several years. He has had a number of books published in areas ranging from biography to political economy, and including seven volumes of poetry and fifteen works of fiction. His study of contemporary British politics and society, Blair's Britain, was selected in the English Spectator as among the books of the year for 1999. He has had a series of novels published by Baen Books in the US, and many hundreds of articles in national and international publications, including the Australian, American Spectator Online, Quadrant, Australian Financial Review and Times Literary Supplement.

"Australia's Secret War: How Unionists Sabotaged Our Troops in World War II
by Hal Colebatch
Quadrant Books
IBSN 0980677874
IBSN 9780980677874
340 Pages

No. 7

"A Beautiful Life Cut Short by Early Onset Alzheimer's: Marcia's Journey"

By Denver D. Smith

"A Beautiful Life Cut Short by Early Onset Alzheimer's: Marcia's Journey" By Denver D. Smith
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's, according to the Alzheimer's Association. In 2014, 200,000 victims were younger than 65.

Devoted husband Denver D. Smith learned his wife, Marcia, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's when she was just 49. Over the course of 13 years, he cared for her in their home and provided the daily support she needed as a mother and wife coping with such a debilitating disease.

Providing Alzheimer's caregivers with a detailed physical and emotional timeline of the illness, Smith's new book, "A Beautiful Life Cut Short by Early Onset Alzheimer's," chronicles their journey through daily reflections that detail Marcia's battle.

"I found similar stories by other caregiving spouses to be helpful in understanding how this disease affects the individual, family and friends," Smith said. "Being able to see how well our situation had tracked theirs at certain points gave me an idea of what to expect in the future."

In an effort to assist others in the same way and help them better prepare for each difficult stage, Smith's daily insights emphasize not only the possible timelines, but also the personal effects on both the caregiver and the person experiencing the illness.

Denver D. Smith resigned from his job as a consultant in the paper industry in 2007 to be the caregiver for Marcia. Smith is native to Georgia, and he currently lives in Smiths Station, Alabama. Smith has a large family, including six living children and stepchildren, 15 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

"A Beautiful Life Cut Short by Early Onset Alzheimer's: Marcia's Journey"
By: Denver D. Smith
Trafford Publishing
Published 10/8/2014
ISBN: 978-1-4907-4783-5
520 pages
Softcover: $21.10
Hardcover: $31.10
E-book: $3.99

No. 8

"A Case of Greed: Litigation Runs Rampant"

By Don L. McCarty

"A Case of Greed: Litigation Runs Rampant" By Don L. McCarty
BANNING, Cali. -- At first glance, engineering and the law do not seem to have much in common. However, engineering and law have perfectly combined as parts of author Don L. McCarty's many past experiences, providing framework for his work as an author. McCarty has an impressive list of life experiences. Born in Canada, McCarty enlisted in the United States Navy during the end of World War II at the age of 17. After serving, McCarty began university, and started working as a design engineer.

McCarty worked in the fields of automotive, nuclear and aerospace design engineering. Employment with Ford Motor Company, NASA and working on the Enrico Fermi Atomic Breeder Reactor Program are just a sample of the many achievements on this author's impressive resume. McCarty did not stop there though--he attended law school and received his Juris Doctorate degree, practicing law for 30 years. It is this collective experience that provides a unique framework for the powerful and engaging writing of McCarty.

And McCarty has done it again with his latest book, "A Case of Greed." In this murder mystery, the past and present collide with ethical ironies as a secret is unveiled and a tenacious attorney attempts to piece together a conspiracy in time to save its innocent victims from a bleak destiny. Through a masterful use of language, complex characters and an original storyline, McCarty has created a mystery that will jump off the pages, into the minds of readers, and leave them wanting more.

According to Kirkus Indie Review, "A Case of Greed" is "a solid thriller at its best in lawyer mode" and it "steers clear of a superficial wrap-up."

Don L. McCarty was born on a farm in Canada. He enlisted in the United States Navy during the end of World War II. Then began university and work as a design engineer in the fields of automotive, nuclear, and aerospace, including NASA. He is a member of the California and Federal bars. McCarty resides near the mountains in California. For more information, visit or

"A Case of Greed: Litigation Runs Rampant"
By: Don L. McCarty
ArchWay Publishing
Published Nov 18, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4808-1165-2
234 pages
Softcover $15
E-book $3.99

No. 9

"Walk to Hope"

By John Golder

"Walk to Hope" By John Golder
SYDNEY -- Everyone needs to have a dream or a vision to have a sense of purpose with which to greet each day, built on the achievement and failures of yesterday. That will give us hope for tomorrow even in the midst of the darkest days. It is with this sentiment that author John Golder approaches not only his daily life, but also his writing.

Golder, along with his wife Bev, has been a supporter of an organization called "Your Dream in School." This organization goes into schools across Australia to talk to students about the importance of dreams and visions for their life. "It is exciting to see and hear about young people who were looking at a life without hope, even considering suicide, who've decided to believe in themselves, their dreams and to have a vision for their life," Golder said.

It is with that same commitment to helping and inspiring youth that Golder came to write his debut novel, "Walk to Hope." In his writing, Golder does not shy away from the important themes of bullying, acceptance and unconditional love. However, he embraces the realities and pressures of growing-up in today's world. Complete with subtle Christian undertones, "Walk to Hope" will leave readers with the sense that they are not alone in their trials and tribulations, and that through persistence, vision and kindness, there is hope for their tomorrow.

Tom Jacobs and his young friend Ryan will unwittingly be the principal witnesses as the afternoon's events unfold. Tom is currently wrestling with the pressure created by the very high expectation of others for his life as a violinist capable of walking the world concert platforms. He is also smarting from a humiliating experience caused by his new classmate Wendy Fraser, even though they have never spoken. Wendy Fraser's world is a dark place--she is a victim of bullying, without love or hope in her life. She is yelling at a God she believes doesn't love or care and probably even exist; caught up in her despair because she didn't die in a suspicious car accident in Asia with her best friend, Rachel. (More Overview at Balboa Press)

John Golder has a lifetime of sales, training and management roles combined with years of encouraging others to dare to dream for something more for their lives. "Walk to Hope" is Golder's first book. He is passionate about writing and hopes to provide youth with the inspiration to achieve their dreams. For more information, visit or

"Walk to Hope"
By: John Golder
Balboa Press
Published 6/24/2014
ISBN: 978-1-4525-2436-8
438 pages
Softcover $28.99
E-book $3.99

No. 10


by Bobby Bright

"Outlawed" by Bobby Bright
United Kingdom -- At a time when many in the media blame young people for apathy and a severe lack of motivation, it's always exciting to hear of someone going against the grain to achieve success beyond their years. Bobby Bright embodies that spirit perfectly. Not only did he study a combined degree in Astrophysics, Chemistry, Psychology and Genetics, but he is also one of the country's most noted Mountain and Moorland pony trainers. As of today he can also add another string to his bow -- as a published author rapidly pulling in acclaim. Bright's debut release, 'Outlawed', takes readers into the dark yet thrilling world of vigilantism -- something everyone wishes they could experience, yet only Bright and the brave few will ever make possible through literature.

Synopsis: Mark Bellinghausen is a courtroom sketch artist who witnesses injustice on a daily basis. On the way home from work one day, he sees a group of criminals assaulting a young woman on the bus. Overwhelmed by anger at the violence he witnessed, and the growing frustration of observing the guilty gain freedom due to the frailties of the American justice system, Mark seeks instant retribution on the gang under the cover of darkness. Having acquired the taste for vigilantism, Mark targets other guilty people he sketches in the courtroom, and dons a disguise to remain anonymous while delivering his own brand of illegal punishment to sexual predators and murderers. Mark travels through the seedy underbelly of America's most dangerous city, Mecklenburg, delivering violent justice to those evading it, and pursuing ever more deadly criminals to attain solace from his secret past. With the media labelling the unidentified vigilante as 'The Outlaw', will Mark be able to escape from the long arm of the law, or will the vicious serial killers he hunts get to him first?

"It's important to have many passions," explains Bright, tipped to become a future bestseller. "If I'm not training a young stallion or trying to understand the inner-most mysteries of Astrophysics, I'm writing fiction of all genres. Outlawed is actually the first of a trilogy, with the two remaining volumes expected to hit the shelves next year. My message to all young people is that success is reliant on dedication, whether you want to win Horse of the Year Show, start a car business, tell stories, or succeed in any other sphere, you have to hone your craft. In today's world, young people are often marginalised, particularly in the publishing industry where past glories of an author are more highly valued than rising talent, so you must learn to trust your ability and take on the world. If you've ever wanted to experience what it's like to be a grassroots vigilante with an inside link to justice, then Outlawed is the adventure you're waiting for."

Bobby Bright is an exciting young fiction author, whose passion for writing encompasses novels, short stories and narratives across a wide range of genres, including crime fiction, comedy, western, horror, science fiction as well as psychological and political thrillers. After leaving school Bobby worked in the motor trade dealing with prestige vehicles from all over Europe whilst at the same time studying with the Open University to obtain a combined degree in Astrophysics, Chemistry, Psychology and Genetics. In addition to his interests in writing, business and education, Bobby's other passion is his collection of native British Mountain and Moorland ponies. Bobby has become one of the country's best-known and respected trainers of these beautiful and rare breeds, competing with them at County Shows across the country with great success, including fourteen National Championship titles and three Horse of the Year Show wins.

No. 11

"The Sketching Detective"

By Jack McCormac

"The Sketching Detective" By Jack McCormac
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Nightclub dancers, a murderous plot and a race against time. These are just a few plotlines in The Sketching Detective, Jack McCormac latest novel since leaving the world of civil engineering to write mystery thrillers.

"This is a detective novel for the 21st century, full of surprises, wit and intelligence," McCormac said. "Jack McKay, a university professor, is going to put his unlikely detective skills to use once again after solving the case of the murdered showgirl-and almost ending his marriage."

The doubting police chief, Fat Joe, is asking for Jack's help in uncovering the murderer of Sam Campbell, a grouchy, miserly neighbor of Jack's. Jack wants to refuse to help the police on this case because of the trouble working on the previous case caused him but his wife, the lovely and feisty Fiona, demands that Jack help the police. In an effort to win Fiona back, or at least get her to move back into their home; Jack puts all his efforts into solving Sam's murder and clearing Bob's name. Jack and Fiona's whole neighborhood tries to get in on finding the murderer too, causing a number of mishaps, and even more surprises.

"After navigating the many twists and turns of the plot of the sketching detective and discovering the truth behind Sam's dark past, Jack uncovers the true identity of the murderer and it could not be more surprising," said McCormac.

Readers of all ages will delight in the wonderfully intelligent, devilishly, charming, and delightfully intriguing adventures of Jack McKay.

Jack McCormac, a native of South Carolina, is a Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Clemson University. He is the author of a number of well-known civil engineering textbooks. These texts, which have been used for required courses at more than 500 universities around the world, have been translated into many different languages. The Sketching Detective is his first attempt at fiction. Engineering News Record, working in collaboration with the engineering and architecture societies of the United States and Europe, selected Jack for their list of the 125 greatest engineers or architects in the world over the last 125 years. Only five of the 125 listed were university professors. Authors Website

"The Sketching Detective"
By: Jack McCormac
Xlibris Publishing
Published Nov. 14, 2014
ISBN: 978-1499058215
256 pages
Softcover $14
Hardcover $23
E-book $4

No. 12

"American Magna Carta"

by Robert Hamblett

"American Magna Carta" by Robert Hamblett
A novel for our times, American Magna Carta holds to account the 0.1% of the 1% who act with total impunity above the law.

When a fifth original Magna Carta is discovered, a cabal of bent academics, investment bankers, and elements in the surveillance state conspire to possess the founding document of western democracy. Leaving a trail of destruction they are prepared to break every law in the book so they can bask in the glow of the 800-year-old Great Charter of Liberties that, ironically, embodies the notion we are all equal before the law.

Standing in their way are Ricky Taleb, a Harvard Law student, Alison Sinclair, an intern from London, and Harry James, a new kind of action hero, a veteran of the Occupy Movement. Set against a backdrop of iconic landscapes from Glastonbury to London and from Boston to New York, the deft plot gathers pace towards a dramatic showdown at the very heart of global power.

American Magna Carta is favourably comparable to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and Alan Moore's graphic novel V for Vendetta.

ROBERT HAMBLETT was brought up on both sides of the Atlantic, believing that citizens need to stop tyrannical powers from eroding our freedoms. He has lived and worked in Europe and the Middle East. He helped run pop festivals in England that funded tree-planting projects in the Sahara. He says, "Parenthood turned everything around." He devised and teaches a British Culture summer school for teenagers. "This is a novel of hope for all ages," he adds.

"American Magna Carta"
by Robert Hamblett
Matador Publishing
Published 3/21/2015
BN ID: 2940151289610
Nookl Book $5

No. 13

"Tortured Love: A Novel of Life, Death and Hope"

by Michael Khatkar

"Tortured Love: A Novel of Life, Death and Hope" by Michael Khatkar
United Kingdom -- In 2013, Michael Khatkar stormed the literary scene with 'Motivation from a Tortured Mind', which brought a fresh spin on the stagnant motivation and self-help genre. Highly-acclaimed for unleashing and motivating readers' natural ability to evade the menacing threat of desperation and regret, the volume went down as one of its genre's most compelling new releases. Khatkar is now back with 'Tortured Love: A Novel of Life, Death and Hope'. While not a sequel to his debut release, this latest volume exists to explore many of its characters and force readers to face the depths of the human psyche, and its ongoing war between influence and consequence.

Synopsis: Tortured Love is an unprecedented journey scrutinising the fascinating way lives are significantly transformed through the consequences of seemingly insignificant happenings. There is an enlightened connection between human-beings, one that metamorphoses through catalyst reactions, changing entire landscapes of life, many that the perpetrator remains unaware of. Tortured Love follows the meandering story of one individual and his bizarre effect on a handful of people. The reader will acknowledge the ever changing pattern of the world and how a personal influence can incite everything from suicide and murder to love and romance. There will be a tidal wave of emotions from happiness to disgust as violence; retribution, regret and happiness are explored with a veritable force. This unique jaunt through life will be enlivening and disheartening in equal measures, concentrating on a colourful array of characters from psychopaths to poets and their parallel coexistence. Tortured Love is not for the faint of heart but then neither is life itself.

"The bold goal with this new book is to get inside the reader's head and grip onto their brain, conjuring inescapable images," explains the author. "From heartfelt poetry to stomach-churning violence, readers won't be able to run away from what they face; explorations that will ultimately question their sanity and even the meaning of life itself. Fans of drama, thrillers and horror will revel in the adventure. There's also a sequel planned that will tear romance, lust and love apart like no other book ever has. These novels are not an easy read -- but a vitally important one."

About the author: I've studied people in one way or another from the analysis and hypothesis of Human Psychology & Behaviour to the indisputable, tangible lives of real people. I've carved a successful career in people orientated industries and continue to comprehend the fundamental ingredients and perception of success & failure. My personal journey frequently riddled with provocation, controversy and often acute subjectivity has only just begun, destinations are rarely reached with curiosity and imagination harmoniously, opening new doors and bulldozing conventional, humdrum walls.

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