Saturday, July 18, 2015

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‘THE BOYS OF THE DIXIE PIG’ by Stacy Childs opens up with Mack Barton waking up in the dead of the night to find himself being taken away for settling an old debt. He however overpowers the immediate threat. Mainly for a change, he accepts an email invitation from an old buddy, Ace, who is on to bigger things in life. He joins Ace, and along with other invitees make merry. Soon starts events of violence, taking Mack into a conundrum of romance, kidnapping, murder and all.
‘THE BOYS OF THE DIXIE PIG’ by Stacy Childs is a book full of action. From the opening scene itself, the tension begins; driving one to turn the page, the instant the eye is about to catch the last line. Almost all the descriptions, especially action, have a suave air, as can be seen in this example. “He gasped, and the box leaped from his hands and fell to the deck below. He leaned over the rail and watched as the head rolled aft, and the box was caught by the wind and soared upward and overboard.”  At every stage of this novel, though I maintained serious doubts about a plausible ending, the author has convincingly brought the story to a fitting end. Each and every character of this story plays a part that constantly adds up to the crescendo, the reader always kept on his toes. This is a fantastic novel, the characters, the setting and the style worthy of laying benchmarks for others to follow.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘Dinosaurs and Indians: Paleontology Resource Dispossession from Sioux Lands’ by Lawrence W. Bradley argues that vertebrate fossils are yet another natural resource dispossessed from subjugated people like Sioux of the Northern Great Plains of USA. It begins with an introduction, the purpose of study, its methodology and literature review, followed by the history of vertebrate fossil dispossession from the Great Sioux Reservation and adjacent Indian lands from 1847 to 1899, as well as from 1900 to the present. This dissertation in its conclusion will bring together the past, present, and future of paleontology on Indian lands of the Great Plains. The following questions are addressed: 1) Was the vast paleontological resources located on Indian lands of the Great Plains since the mid nineteenth century used to ones advantage? By Whom? 2) What is the volume and value of fossils held at three prestigious American museums? 3) What should be cultural physical geography that would help ensure ethical research procedures?
‘Dinosaurs and Indians: Paleontology Resource Dispossession from Sioux Lands’ by Lawrence W. Bradley reexamines how the paleontological resources has been dispossessed from Sioux lands and adjacent Indian lands since they were discovered over one hundred and fifty years ago, and puts forward the view that such resources need to be protected now and in the future. The author has used extensively as evidence, publications, autobiographies, biographies, eyewitness accounts, legal cases, maps, media reports, memoirs, museum visits, numerous examples of fossils, oral history, and Tribal Government and U.S. Government documents. This is truly a scholarly work, I thank my good luck in having had an opportunity to evaluate this as an excellent book.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘Day of Forgiveness’ by Paul Anthony begins when Tobias Sinclair, an author, who is on a tour to promote his book, is attacked by a mugger and is taken to hospital. On regaining consciousness, he sees everything around him in a different light, a strange feeling that we are not what we are. He finds himself possessing hitherto undiscovered knowledge, about human race and its future, opens ‘New School of Truth’ to popularize new science, the important dictums of which, being “We humans are like those unfortunate individuals who suffer from the locked-in syndrome. We are locked in the illusion and belief that the physical world, rather than the subtle world of energy, is reality. It is our energy, or spirits, that persist into eternity. If we can understand, acknowledge, accept, and behave according to this basic principle of the New Science, we will have everlasting life”. This make more and more people flock to his school, which is rechristened as New Science University. His lectures continue, attracting a bigger crowd as days go by. During his lectures, he comes across someone with UFO background, who threatens him of serious consequences if he continues with the lectures in its present form. He also invites Tobias to his abode, which leaves him in a quandary…
‘Day of Forgiveness’ by Paul Anthony is a fascinating tale. The characters, the setting and the events that take place are positioned suitable for the natural appearance of the extra terrestrial. The narration is absorbing as well as smooth flowing.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

Culture Shock A Practical Guide by H. E. Rybol is a guide to help one use simple everyday actions in a purposeful way to ease the stress that can come with everything, when it is new. The author begins by stating that, in its essence, the experience of culture shock is a profound shift in consciousness. To get through culture shock, we need to reconcile the information we’re getting and adapt our thoughts and reactions, to that information as well and let go of preconceived notions, to make room for reality. He analyzes how this can be achieved in reality, how letting go of ones notions affect this, how simple actions like using the same streets, using public services or packing and unpacking operations can be put to help.
Culture Shock A Practical Guide by H. E. Rybol is written for realistic assistance to face cultural shock. At every turn of the page, the author has provided numerous advices on utilizing whatever one can get hold of. “Use humor and kindness as an antidote to shock”, “Be kind to yourself in order to give kindness”, “Find things we have in common” as well as “Learn the language” are only some of the practical tips, this book can boast of. The author has analyzed the question of culture shock from all possible angles and offered simple, practical remedies. Now that there is no better way of curing than actually facing it, as the author suggest toward the end of the book, Go for it! Jump right in! Enjoy the journey.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘The Corridors of Power’ by RJ Zaft begins with a corpse, horrible sight of a young woman covered with filth, a murder which brings to fore, diplomatic immunity, foreign relations and investigation by our reluctant hero, Alex Bradman. The inquiry begins, which takes him through unknown paths and connections, exposing him to many welcome liaisons and dangerous circumstances. In the end he exposes an insider hand, a connection, none could have dreamt of.
‘The Corridors of Power’ by RJ Zaft is a fast paced mystery tale, of gripping scenes, emotional stress and quick reactions. The calm headed approach of the hero even while enjoying the rich fruits of the nature, especially of the hospitalities of the feminine characters, is noteworthy. Equally, if not more, important is deductive ability displayed in analyzing the plethora of modern communication and computing gadgets, and utilize the results appropriately. The presence of mind and alacrity shown by the hero is befitting a serious investigation job as the one described in this story. The narration includes the right mix of emotional involvement and raw mathematical reasoning, again, fitting a good detective. It can boast of plenty of scenes to keep our interest live while feeding the lighter feelings of life. A good book, it has all ingredients to keep one glued to it while dwelling on matters that are a part of the strictly professional realms of police force or other organized setup. This book thus can claim to be an authentic and realistic portrayal of the forces involved in crime and detection.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘Crossing Swords: Mary Baker Eddy vs. Victoria Claflin Woodhull And the Battle for the Soul of Marriage’ by Cindy Peyser Safronoff begins with an overview of the evolution of culture and marriage law in America and from there explores nineteenth-century alternative relationship models. Following closely the lives of Mary Baker Eddy, nick named “Boston Pope” and a pioneer in religious movements, and Victoria Claflin Woodhull, the first female candidate for President of the United States, an activist for women's rights and labor reforms as well as an advocate of free love, Cindy presents an overview of the birth of almost everything related with feminism. Publication of ‘Declaration of Rights and Sentiments’, a milestone in women’s liberation, finding Christian clergy as women’s worst enemy, slave based culture and its effect on society and many other pioneering efforts by many stalwarts of feminist movement finds description in this book. How the opposing philosophies, the puritanical background of Mary and the unconcerned outlook of Victoria, played together in molding the American view of women in society come alive in these pages.
‘Crossing Swords: Mary Baker Eddy vs Victoria Claflin Woodhull And the Battle for the Soul of Marriage’ by Cindy Peyser Safronoff is a thoroughly researched work. Whether it is women suffrage or traditional value system or other aspects of the nineteenth century American culture war, the vision of enlightened womanhood as it existed then is presented here, in clear and concise terms, with special attention in giving equal attention to the almost opposing views of both the pioneers.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

INSTANT CONFLICT RESOLUTION by The Instant-Series Team starts with a question, “Why should you avoid conflicts?” Comes the answer, any conflict unresolved can, harm ones reputation, lead to physical damage, result in pecuniary loss in addition to causing intangible effects. Key areas of conflict prevention are then discussed, followed by mediation tactics. Methods of resolution of a conflict, which shall take prime importance if all the earlier paths avoiding a faceoff lead to failure, are discussed in detail.For resolving conflicts, you have to find the right words, and the right act too, and you’ll mostly do it yourself; therefore, make it a habit to take responsibility for your action to solve your own problems as soon as they creep up’.
INSTANT CONFLICT RESOLUTION by The Instant-Series Team is more of a practical guide to the problem of conflict resolution. The book is abounding with helpful lists, forms and other useful kits for actual use. At every step, description of the relevant part of healing procedure in detail makes arbitrators’ role and work very easy.  Not only that this book is a great help in running ones setup in the face of potential conflicts, it makes easy, to even adjudicate when necessary. By harping on the dictum, ‘You are the best problem solver’ it takes the involvement of owners, managers as well as working people to greater heights of responsibility. Practice exercises covering the areas of instruction greatly reduce the learning effort. This short guide is a good ready reference for actual situations of finding and settling conflicts.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘COMING TO LAS VEGAS‘ by Carolyn V. Hamilton is the story of, a girl, who, hooked on the idea of adventure, head for joining The Las Vegas International Circus, with her friend Del and a trailer. “This may not be a very intellectually-stimulating place to live, but it certainly is colorful!” she finds, and gets her first job with a circus group. Quitting that, she moves on to become a waitress at a newly opened hotel, MGM Grand. The pay is good and so are the tips and Del, who is a security guard finds it beneficial to let her continue with the job, like all other husbands. But the job, in Las Vegas, the Disneyland for Adults, is stimulating, entertaining, tiring as well as boring, for Carolyn. She is slowly getting fed up of the dirty talks, cross dating and other controversies surrounding the daily work. And finally, on realizing the total lack of self esteem, the job is leading to, decides to quit.
‘COMING TO LAS VEGAS‘ by Carolyn V. Hamilton is a collection of intelligent remarks of, say, an overview of the porn industry from the performer’s angle.Clap your hands and a beautiful girl comes running. What a subtle way for a man to feel powerful and in control”, is one such gem, this book is overflowing with. Candid descriptions of behind the scene pictures of the some of prettiest parts of the adult entertainment industry, especially of Las Vegas, a matured look, that too with a sense of humor, at the travails the entertaining girls regularly go through, are only some of the high points of this book. A very good read, indeed.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

Hanford’s Secret Clouds of Despair by Claudia Hagen is a reminder of the powerful destruction brought by nuclear material, an examination of personal stories from those unknowingly exposed to radioactive material, and an account of one of the biggest governmental cover-ups in American history. This book may alarm, frighten, and disturb you.  It will further educate you regarding the use of radiation and atomic power.
It begins with an account of the last days of one of the victims of radiation, especially the agony that the victim is made to undergo. And many other such melancholic cases, of tumor, chemotherapy and heart failure. A concise introduction to Manhattan project follows, to be joined by a swift and sharp discussion about atomic physics to familiarize one with the scientific terms one may encounter, dwelling on the toxicity and contamination in greater depth.
Hanford’s Secret Clouds of Despair by Claudia Hagen is also a study on the exposure effects of radiation, the areas around the Manhattan project have sustained so far. The radiation levels are compared with those of Chernobyl as well as Fukushima to appreciate the significance of these values, better. The damage caused to the living population is then analyzed. Using American population as guinea pigs to understand the effects of radioactivity as well as some of the obscure areas, the UFO’s, find a place in this book. The threat of nuclear contamination, always present in the area around atomic installations and laboratories as well as the health problems caused by radiation is analyzed. This paper also contains data regarding the damaging effects of radiation observed among the local population. This is a holistic study about production, use and the future of nuclear energy in USA.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘Champion Your Career’ by Halimah Bellows is aimed to make one find out what in reality, works for oneself.  One can make ones own life and can champion ones career, remaining successful at whatever is the vocation that is chosen.
Beginning with theories of career development, Halimah introduces the Holland code defining ones interests, aims and ambitions, to reduce the complex problem of selecting and managing ones career into a simple problem of correctly identifying the value of the code. The importance of a few parameters like ‘passion’ and ‘purpose’ on ones choice of career also finds mention in this. Helpful questionnaires, forms, charts and, stepwise procedures to make easy identification of ones inventory of strengths, enable application of tools like SMART, SWOT analysis to career management. The five stages of retirement, tips for a good resume and chapters on internet resources for jobs make this book a complete guide.
‘Champion Your Career’ by Halimah Bellows is in fact an eye opener. It taught me many new facets of things I knew as well as a few I did not, with reference to selection of ones career and the tools available for that. The book follows a logical flow and each new idea in introduced, taking ample assistance from charts and lists to make comprehension easy. I found one suggestion contained in it quite apt, why not replace the word retirement with renaissance or graduation or (say) job-re-searcher? An excellent book, as far as selecting, nurturing or managing a career go.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘Carnivorous Sheep’ by Michael Sorbonne Robinson, Sr. begins with the journey of Celeste Murphy and Billy Potter to Stella’s Cove. He falls into deep reverie during the trip and continues it unbroken, except for a few disturbances on the way. His recollections cover the history and progress of the area, the changes to that place over time and many questions concerning him. He ponders over the reception; Celeste will receive as a daughter-in-law, and how well she will be accepted. On disembarking at Stella’s Core, they walk to his mother’s house, the stream of thoughts broken only by a comment from Celeste, Billy being constantly flooded with memories. At almost every step they take, they are greeted by old acquaintances, each of them having a collection of past events worth cherishing. They continue with their short walk to meet mother, followed by the short stay, adding further recollections to the already turbulent mind.
‘Carnivorous Sheep’ by Michael Sorbonne Robinson, Sr. is not an easy read. The reminiscences of Billy does not follow any pattern, which, though may be reflecting the mind’s working, faithfully, adds to the efforts needed from the reader to imbibe the story, greatly. Except for that, it is a novel with a good plot.  A rather philosophical ambience can be seen throughout the story, like the words of Billy’s mother, “For there are a few, simple words that can replace every religious work ever written:“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” And “Judge not that ye be not judged.””
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘Retailer’s Guide to Merchant Services from Storefront to Internet’ by Gail Cavanaugh is a concise but holistic discussion about the use of credit card related services.  Rather than a mere practical guide, this book contains an in-depth study of the card environment. We are introduced to different types of cards, credit, debit and gift (loyalty). The differences between these cards in practical use, how they work for each agency, the customer, the shop keeper, as well the card issuer and many other largely unknown areas in this business are discussed. Different types of card terminals and their capabilities, use of virtual terminals for card, as well as non terminal card transactions are also covered by the author. The value of card as one of the elements of Michael Porter’s Five Forces of Competitive Position model is also analyzed in this book.
‘Retailer’s Guide to Merchant Services from Storefront to Internet’ by Gail Cavanaugh is a serious dissertation on state of the art business model for money transactions by user. From, the need of card reading capability to attract clientele, to, the adoption of social media, nothing is left untouched by the author, which can potentially enhance productivity. The insight gained from this book can greatly help one in taking significant decisions affecting business growth, especially covering the latest technological breakthrough. This is a very useful document, with wide application in any business model, especially for incorporating modern technological advances, which, for any business owner is a serious challenge. Written in simple language and with lucid descriptions, I found this is a worthwhile read for anyone and everyone.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

The Camouflaged Heart by Susie Guckin is about her journey into an accident, through recovery and, the long path to come out of it that demanded dedication and perseverance. It begins with a brief background of the traumatic happenings, describes the medical attention she received and explains, how, she fought her way out, following a seven step curing process consisting of, awareness – to recognize the problem, perseverance – with the healing, etc. How she got help from her friends and neighbors, how her involvement in conducting piano lessons for someone helped her and how the healing process was accentuated by her participation in daily chores of life and living.
The Camouflaged Heart by Susie Guckin is about, the return to normalcy after head injury. Being someone who has sustained a head injury, I can relate myself with all that she tells about feelings. The wonder I used to feel when someone notices inappropriate motor movements with me when I did things right, or, the shock, it gave, when people express difficulty to understand what I say whereas, I was speaking properly all the while and other difficulties experienced during the healing years are presented here beautifully. The professional help provided during the recovery and the techniques used to bring back the victim to normalcy makes interesting reading. Her dealings with the military and presentation of healing techniques to soldiers are some of the high points of this book. An excellent read, the author’s discerning approach, involvement with fellow humans and commendable intelligence is visible throughout the pages.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘How to do Business in China’ by Orna Taub is a short guide, about what a businessman should know when he is going to start a business or a franchise of his business in China. Almost all aspects of the topic is dealt by the author, Chinese habits and culture in business, Etiquette that one should know, and How to Negotiate with Chinese People, are only some of the areas covered by this book, which can act as a holistic guide for those interested in dealings with the Chinese. The book begins with a very important concept in China called ‘keeping face’ and what it means to business, followed by essential features of one’s conduct, like, not addressing persons by first names and, other peculiarities one should always be al guard while doing business in China.
How to do Business in China’ by Orna Taub is written with the idea of helping those who decide to do business with the Chinese. Accordingly, quite practical guidelines are given, elaborating, how to start a new business, how to hire people or where to go for banking support. The last and most important part of business in China, negotiating, is given due importance. The techniques to use and the pitfalls to avoid are discussed.  One thing I noticed though, the author has taken up this field for study out of his personal interest in Mandarin. The guidelines described here could have become more inclusive as well as extensive, had this been edited, approved or overseen by some authentic Chinese expert, preferably of Chinese origin.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

Breaking Free by Denis Hickey is the travel adventures of the writer from California. Beginning at San Francisco, his narrative leads one to Zimbabwe, through Uganda, Kenya, Zanzibar and Egypt to Jordan and Israel, followed by Germany, Poland, Greece and Turkey to India, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Australia to Russia. And he tells in the beginning, “It took the better part of a year to end my old life. I wrapped up the business and went to Esalen, a renowned center of philosophy and psychology in Northern California. I worked in the kitchens, began to learn the simple life, and realized I had to embark on a bigger journey”. A journey made memorable by, the philosophical interludes on the condition of people and the future of their country, of the Zimbabwean, Rayford, adventure at lake Kariba, a huge man made reservoir spanning more than a country, drive across Uganda and Kenya in an overloaded, aged, rattling car followed by train journey, and of course, predicaments, the author had to face, like, ‘A serious debate raged between my conscience and reckless lower body’. He then reaches Zanzibar, famous for the slave market, and Cairo, to tour the pyramids. Passing through Sinai Peninsula, he leaves finally to Russia, the narrative ending with a promise of the remaining pert of the journey, zesty travel adventures through Europe (Poland, Greece, Turkey), and distant lands of Asia (India, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam), Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand, to appear as book two, of Breaking Free.
Breaking Free by Denis Hickey is a gripping tale of ones determination and perseverance, exposure to new cultures and lifestyles as well as the many seen and unseen sides of fellow humans. The fast-paced action and the characters worthy of a repeat performance, this book can certainly keep one entertained with images of many continents, tastes and manners.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘Black Swan’ by Mathew J Messina is a novel begins with the visit of Father Lawrence from Vatican to Washington DC in connection with certain historical research of the Holocaust period. A successful dentist friend is made part of the research with his historian girlfriend, being an expert in the relevant languages. The investigation takes them to many places and events. Including the complexity of finding that the president of America could be an imposter, the story has quite a few twists and turns. Highly intriguing and challenging events unfold thereafter, the story spreading across continents, America, Middle East and Europe.
‘Black Swan’ by Mathew J Messina is noteworthy for deft handling of a complex plot, the story told with interest retained throughout. The language is simple with just the necessary amount of details making the story easy to follow and grasp. Entry of mysterious characters from Arab-Israeli conflict, Egypt and the Middle East as well as the Soviet Bloc keeps the probing nature of the book alive. The romantic interludes of Carli and Murph resonate all over the narration without making its presence felt. Many of the scenes of this book, like the dramatic twist the hero gives to making a proposal to his girlfriend Carli, in a state dinner, make amusing reading. Though a big book, skilful positioning of events and occurrences around the flow of the main story makes its reading, rather effortless. Suspenseful till the end, the author has succeeded in commanding unwavering attention from the reader, or at least, I couldn’t put the book down.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘Be Your Own Brand of Sexy’ by Susan L. Edelman, MD. is about the next sexual revolution. The first sexual revolution promised women more choices, enabled them expressing oneself better and blew an air of liberation, but the cultural limitations today still hinder women’s choices. Permissible dating behavior and levels of intimacy are some of the more obvious areas needing change. When women, as a result of the first revolution, did let go of the old constrictions, they in fact ended up replacing the old ones with even more impracticable demands, a sexual imagery highly taxing as well as impractical. Gone also are the metaphors identifiable as chivalry, courtship and others linked with romance. A casual look at the sales data of fictional romances of any reputed publisher can easily show, to what degree women have been missing this in their life, and how they are always trying to compensate, through these imaginary creations.
‘Be Your Own Brand of Sexy’ by Susan L. Edelman, MD. examines this quandary and offers certain solutions to encourage each woman to decide what’s best for her, regardless of the cultural expectations. Rather than attempting another revolution which might end up in more shackles, Susan implores women to maintain their own brand of sexism, realize that women are beautiful in their differences and reject the totally unrealistic sexual imagery they are constantly bombarded with. This is a thorough study on the many facets of womanhood; almost all the social transactions analyzed are easily identifiable in our daily life.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘Bernice: A fiery story of love and family - In her daughter's pen’ by Bernice Haney and Janet C. Thomas begins with the birth of a girl child, the eleventh among twelve children of Smiths, who named her Bernice Elvira. Her folks being always on the move, she had memories of many different schools, ranches, farms, homes, hills and many kinds of fun, filling her childhood with many colors. That included her first date and the first kiss, quitting school altogether and finding job as a babysitter. As time passed by, she faced more challenges, falling in love, having a child, living with an abusive husband and the need to be self reliant. She picks up another job, but something or the other crops up to add to her troubles, even the divorce proceedings initiated by her do not progress smoothly.
‘Bernice: A fiery story of love and family - In her daughter's pen’ by Bernice Haney and Janet C. Thomas is an emotional rollercoaster. It is not usual for one to come across a situation where each and every falling toast will land with its buttered side down or the zipper will misbehave only when someone is dressing in a hurry. This is thus an unusual biography; not many will be unfortunate enough to be tormented in life, as Bernice was. Also, very few will get a chance to feel such self-esteem and pride, as she must have felt with the neutralization of every such attack. Bernice is an inspiration for all, and more so for those in search of light at the end of tunnel.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘Bad Karma’ by Dwight Holing begins when the ex con man Jack McCoul is into a 9 to 5 job and not very happy with it. Jack gets busy with his app, some sort of a personal consultant, which, among other things, can act in tandem with the world’s oldest profession. This calm and quiet atmosphere is shattered by the murder of one of his connections, Dexter. A missing Budha and the suspicion falling on many of their group, triggers a chain of happenings, events of love and deceit, sex and violence and the rigors of investigation. The investigation finally leads to a surprising end.
Bad Karma’ by Dwight Holing is a well planned book, each character contributing profusely to the mysterious ambience of the plot, the quick succession of events masterfully crafted to produce the necessary ‘twist’, keeping the interests alive at all times. Each and every character of this drama, from fairly diverse, interesting backgrounds, has a well defined part, none of them exceeding their perceived domain, notwithstanding the message, the book cover seems to give out. The brisk pace of the story also contains rather ‘philosophical’ interludes from many characters. For example,The way Jack saw it, whoever invented romance knew what they were doing. What else could explain makeup sex, a spontaneous combustion that came when no one wanted to admit they were wrong, at the same time they wanted to forgive and be forgiven”
This is a good, light read, the mystery and suspense well guarded till the end.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘APPROPRIATE APOTHEJIMS: A collection for life’ by
James L. Greenstone and David C. Greenstone contain sayings, quotes, and ideas drawn from everyday life to be used in everyday life. From the most silly to the sublime, this compilation can boast of at least a few of every genre. As the saying ‘The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time’, the best part of this collection is that most of these are short and sweet, easy to remember. There is no need for the author to be apologetic about the lightheartedness behind the selection, as he is, the appeal of these literary gems only gets amplified by its simplicity, as can be seen in a couple of them chosen at random. “What is a clue, except a mistake by another name?”, “Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have film” or “All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand”
‘APPROPRIATE APOTHEJIMS: A collection for life’ by
James L. Greenstone and David C. Greenstone are listed, grouped for various occasions, enabling one to select the most appropriate one. This certainly places this book as a reference, for daily as well as before any special assignment. Proficiency in these matters being a requisite for adept handling of everyday meetings or other discussions, this book is a worthy guide for anyone disposed to, making a mark in whatever they do. As the author puts at the end of the book, I am sure the reader will find his way.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘A Perfect War’ by Elvo Fortunato Bucci is an innovative novel that shows how the failure of the federal government to control its debt can lead to the devastation of the nation and its people. As the author says, it is only a work of fiction yet, but unless we take swift and assertive action to control the debt, it may not be.
The novel begins when a group of people of Japanese background enters into a deal with the Russians. Naturally, they are propelled by the memories of the nuclear holocaust, Hiroshima and all, and possess a strong desire to pay back. The deal involves thousands of missiles with nuclear warhead, which causes the US National Security to be woken out of its slumber. Investigations begin, and murky deals of international trade, the one-upmanship of intelligence gathering as well as the frantic searches that go along with, fill the atmosphere. Country, faced with a Japanese bid for IBM Corporation and saddled by planned demonstrations across many of its cities, is forced to accept a Japanese rescue scheme. An audacious plan evolves to bring out the United States of America unscathed from this sordid state of potential disaster.  
‘A Perfect War’ by Elvo Fortunato Bucci is an inspiring thriller. The care, the author has taken to present each and every scene with an authentic flourish, as exemplified in the presidential addresses and other communiqué, easily rewards the reader by a glib and arresting flow of words. The technique, of inviting peoples’ participation in meeting urgent needs facing the nation, is shown with the ebullition of pride and sense of belonging, such a great effort would always accompany. A complete novel, it succeeded in holding my interest from start to finish and left me with no time, to see any miniscule imperfections.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘Anti-Aging Habits’ by Filomena D. Warihay, Ph.D. begins by dividing the whole question of longevity into four different areas, namely, exercise, nutrition, functional brain and joyful living. She analyzes the topic, dividing the book appropriately into section I:  Head Games: How to care for, feed and train your brain to be smart for life, Section II:  Food for Life: How to fill your tank with high octane fuel that fires up your engine, fights obesity and fends off disease, Section III:  Kick Start your Heart: How to tap into the life-long and long-life benefits of exercise, Section IV:  The Joy Factor: How to capture the joy of a love affair with life, and, Section V. Fascinating Factoids: Easy to digest summaries of research that will encourage you to sustain your healthy habits and achieve your longevity goals.
‘Anti-Aging Habits’ by Filomena D. Warihay, Ph.D. finds our belief system as a significant deterrent to achieve long life. To unblock ourselves, Filomena proposes training our brain, and in this, steps like learning something new every day can be of great help. Thinking our way towards greater longevity, supported by food items that are beneficial, like antioxidants, can also contribute, especially to stall the three D’s hindering longevity - dementia, depression and death. This is a simple and easy guide for one of the most complex and persistent questions of life. Bulleted and prominently presented lists for easy recollection as well exercise sheets make this book fun to read while offering us something new to think.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘An Airman's Journey From 1947 Enlistment through 1972 Retirement: Always a New Adventure’ by Robert M Fletcher, Sr. is a memoir of the really interesting times, a fun loving and sporting young man from the farming community of Georgia, happened to face in his military career. How he gets exposed to military, the drudgeries of barrack life like shining latrines and kitchen police, overcoming all of those to become a surgical technician, and getting assigned to different air bases to finally reach a forward station in South Korea are covered in the early part of the book. The many instances of near fatal attacks of his stint in South Korea during the Korean War, the tour of Japan and the long list of adventures, Robert could already amass from there, then follows. Returning from Japan to do action filled tenure, this time in Germany, only adds to the pleasurable memories.
‘An Airman's Journey From 1947 Enlistment through 1972 Retirement: Always a New Adventure’ by Robert M Fletcher, Sr. is replete with a horde of humorous experiences like guarding the commander’s dog or inventing a real ‘sob story’ to arrange a compassionate transfer of his early days or his escapades with girls nationally as well as abroad. The memoir can very well boast of a very good collection of photographs, of peoples, events and celebrations of those days, except that all visual reminders pertaining to his steady girl friends have been destroyed by his wife! I thoroughly enjoyed this book; Robert seems to have taken special care to bring the enjoyable facets of barracks life to fore, while making efforts to neglect, all the routine chores that need not be of great interest to the public.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘Always October’ by C. E. Edmonson is a novel set in April Lake, a place like the Garden of Eden, with its hills and valleys and Veteran’s house, where Lucas Tailor now is.
He remembers his country life, the seed and co-operation with the neighbors that drove farming as well as the occasional visits to the well lit streets of Chicago, shopping, and watching games. He was eight year old when World War I was making its impact, and very soon news impacted him, loss of his mother. He was growing up fast, and so was the American countryside with large scale use of farm machinery to meet with a dismal period, the Great Depression, which culminated in FDR and his leadership guiding America to recovery. The news of Pearl Harbor attack makes him join the army and he goes to Normandy, to continue with even more dangerous missions. He returns with rewards for valor, meets a girl, courts, marries, settles down and follows life with more adventures.
‘Always October’ by C. E. Edmonson looks like a chapter plucked from my life. The protracted discussion about bringing electricity into their house reminds me of the length talks we used to have in our child hood, whether or not electricity will work every time, without fail. How America is moved by the happenings of the day, John F Kennedy’s murder, Martin Luther Kings, followed by Robert Kennedy’s, Racism and the many instances of its appearance as well as the feelings against Vietnam war reverberate in these pages. An enjoyable feast of nonfiction.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘AGING WITH DIGNITY LIVING WITH GRACE. by DAVID H. BRADY is for preparing one to face adversity, whether as a health issue, financial challenges, business closing unexpectedly, a family, friendship, or marriage difficulty, or God forbid, the loss of a loved one. David proposes Eight Step Principles to help one overcome this, and to find peace of mind and prosperity. This book begins with David’s self introduction as a rebel and his experience in a school for students with learning difficulty. He further narrates his stint with financial world, and, working at Toronto Stock Exchange, undoubtedly announcing his credentials to write on such a topic as this. He marries, and later after the collapse of his marriage returns to school and specializes in communication, makes movies and becomes a name to be reckoned with, winning awards after awards. His take on a wide variety of topics, like Neurobiology, Sociology Ego etc also adorn this book. A good part of this book is filled with his dissertations on the ‘Eight Steps to Master Mind’, where he discusses in detail the finer aspects of these, and devoting one chapter exclusively to each of the eight steps.
‘AGING WITH DIGNITY LIVING WITH GRACE’ by DAVID H. BRADY is an inspiring book. His life itself is a collection of adversities and none of those could succeed in preventing him from achieving success. As he mentions in this book, there is a dearth of such books as these, which can prepare us better for the rough seas of life. The book in fact possesses a universal appeal as it is devoid of topics identifiable with any particular religion.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘Adventures in the Single Lane: Getting the Divorced Guy Back in the Game Before He Misses the On-ramp to Life’ by  V.K. Vasapolli begins by listing the  batch of social stigmas of a divorced male, that they are damaged goods, a failure at marriage, odd man out at social gatherings and a Lone Ranger once again. The book ends with an observation that the divorced man will remain an unhappy creature of habit as he always had been, or seek happiness and adopt new techniques of pursuing women. In the pages between is a holistic discussion covering all challenges, the divorced guy could face, and all the opportunities his ‘free’ status brings. How best to handle the new possibilities arising are discussed; ways to fresh friendships, provided one can find ways and means to get rid of the unacceptability associated with the ‘divorced’.
‘Adventures in the Single Lane: Getting the Divorced Guy Back in the Game Before He Misses the On-ramp to Life’ by  V.K. Vasapolli is a complete guide for the divorced guy. Advices on maintaining a good disposition, like, “Always be dignified”, “Always have indisputable integrity” and many other ones of comparable virtue shall greatly help the guy in getting his ‘hang’ back. Quite a few of these advices are relating to searching, finding and cultivating female companions, an area perhaps where advise is needed the most. Rightly so, had these guys not been in need of any advice on such topics, divorce might not have happened in the first place.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

A CHAMELEON'S SHADOW by THOM FILLINGER begins with the identification of a nuclear device by agent Jackson. In the ensuing struggle with the enemy he is caught and tortured, but is rescued in time to escape from an agonizing death. Further investigation begins, and so also is progressing, the assembly, distribution as well as, procurement of radio active materials from Russian states and its tactical placement in and around important cities of USA. The real threat of the possibility of inflicting severe harm with devastating consequences to American society looms large. The search continues, with the hunter as well as the hunted equally adept at their jobs.
A CHAMELEON'S SHADOW by THOM FILLINGER is an absorbing tale, capable of retaining ones interest till the very end. All the important aspects of investigation, the suspense, the preparation and the sudden turn of events are shown avidly in these pages. Exciting and intriguing, this story also can boast of characters almost drawn from the real world with violence and destruction added profusely to suit the plot. The sharp faculties of the investigator and total commitment of the perpetrators of violence are shown contrasted one another, with the upper hand going in either way, till the climactic end. The quite unexpected turn of events at the climax with its shocking nature is maintained in this book. I could think of one observation though, the selection of characters for this novel also, like many other novels of similar plot, is following a predictable path, as far as their background and ethnicity goes, affecting its novelty value.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

‘8 WEALTH HABITS OF FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE’ by RON MALHOTRA, deals with the steps necessary for creating wealth. Simple really, the author says, but not that easy, it needs discipline, planning, motivation, accountability and someone to watch, like a personal dietitian. The book dwells at these aspects of one of the most interesting topics of our life in a well structured and pragmatic course of instruction. The author gives the four D’s of success as Drive, Determination, Discipline and the one thing I never could get used to, Delayed Gratification, which could explain beautifully, the unsuccessful status of many. The whole gamut of such a serious strategy as this is explained in simple steps, each illustrated with suitable adages or phrases for easy recollection.
‘8 WEALTH HABITS OF FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE’ by RON MALHOTRA is a well structured, methodical document which can be easily adapted into ones style of life. Relatively new techniques like outsourcing and teamwork are also introduced, describing their possible use. The significance of choosing an apt financial advisor and the services to be expected from these pillars of ones success is mentioned with stress. The suggested steps or habits, take due credence to the oft encountered paradox – People who needs advice the most can seldom afford it. This is a helpful guide for anyone interested in managing ones wealth better. Plenty of lists are provided to make practical application of these procedures easy. Suitable examples are given at the introduction of any new idea, making, the interpretation of these precepts, a child’s affair.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader’s Favorite

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