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Frank Kreffl


Xlibris, 1068 pages, (paperback) $29.95, 9781483680095
(Reviewed: November, 2014)

Greatly expanded from a version published in 1979, this engaging and illuminating — if overlong— historical novel is set in the early 19th century and tells of the first years of the English settlement of Australia when the continent served as...

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Tyrants, Tormentors and the Tiara

James J. Meadows III


iUniverse, 506 pages, (paperback) $26.95, 9781475958386
(Reviewed: November, 2014)

In James J. Meadows’ fast-paced fantasy novel, Tyrants, Tormentors and the Tiara, four evil sorcerers form an uneasy alliance in order to destroy their mutual enemy until unexpected events turn their attention to a greater cause....

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Growing Up With Ignorance: Memoirs of a Singaporean Baby Boomer

Lee Ali


Patridge, 185 pages, (paperback) $23.05, 9781482827330
(Reviewed: November, 2014)

In Growing Up With Ignorance, author Lee Ali balances a clear-eyed recounting of her traumatic childhood with stories of the changing world she grew up in to present a powerful story.

Ali's parents were illiterate and found...

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Morning 1808

Shirley M. Sprague


iUniverse, 75 pages, (paperback) $9.95, 9781491742006
(Reviewed: November, 2014)

This slender volume by Shirley M. Sprague purports to be a novel that clarifies the parentage of Edgar Allan Poe. In reality, it presents a compilation of research about Poe’s mother Betty Arnold and her days with various fledgling theater...

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To End All War

Nicholas Lambros


iUniverse, 572 pages, (paperback) $28.95, 9781491743836
(Reviewed: November, 2014)

There is much to appreciate in this richly detailed historical novel about three idealistic Americans drawn into the War to End All Wars.

The story revolves around three siblings — John, Michael and Catherine Morris — who come of...

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