Sunday, July 26, 2015

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‘The Victim’ by Eric Matheny begins with Anton leading a flourishing life as an attorney, with an enviably beautiful wife, Gina, successful practice and a pretty, baby daughter in tow. Among the many cases he handles, one case, about marital misdemeanor, stands apart, especially because of the attractive lady, Daniella, who is in touch with him on that matter. His client is the one behind bars, her husband, and he develops close association with Daniella, spending satisfying times with her. He finds to his dismay that Daniella is connected with his past, a horrific accident he wishes to forget, and is at a quandary when she sends pictorial proof of their joyful meetings to Gina. In a short while, he learns that the case he is busy with is a red herring, intended primarily to get him involved with things damaging to him, so that Danielle can take revenge for his role in that fatal accident, which killed her near ones. The law finally catches up with Anton and the case proceeds to its logical conclusion…
‘The Victim’ by Eric Matheny can boast of a fast moving pace and a plot that is skillfully conceived with quite a bit of twists and turns. The past of Anton, the accident and its aftermath, once forgotten but reappearing with great effect after many years, is shown convincingly, leaving no loose ends. The court scenes, jury and the exchanges are also presented in a professional manner with moderation and restraint, providing many a moment of mystery and intrigue. A page turner, this legal thriller has all the elements to hold our interest from the first page to the last.
 Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite ______________________

Private Antal USA by Anthony Halasz is a pile of his recollections, but for the ones he ‘forgot, decided to forget or was beyond his ability to describe.’ It contains his early memories, marrying his high school love as well as surviving the Nazi scare. Escaping from communism, he lands up in USA, an architect husband in the company of a girl with the ability of ballet dancing. His attempts in building a career at sculpture and also her efforts of making one of ballet, failing to yield any results, he joins the army and gets stationed at many places, Italy, Germany and other countries. He gets discharged in 1956.
Private Antal USA by Anthony Halasz has something to take away in each and every page. More than an ordered recollection of events, this is a rather philosophical peep into ones haunted memories and the people or events constituting that memory. Antal being one of those to undergo the worst period of human history, he has a lot to remember. This also contains his musings about architecture, its aims, scopes and challenges. All his observations and remarks, like “beauty is what we like without cause” or “Those perished are victims, those survived too, they are just statistically special” can display a noticeable sense of humor and understanding. He concludes with another of his gems, “we human beings have an uncanny ability to ruin our accomplishments”. He has paid more attention on presenting a true picture of the event in hand rather than making any subjective opinion, unlike many other books of similar genre. An excellent read, deeply moving and thought provoking.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite ______________________

‘Breathe, & Release’ by Katherine Hayton begins with Elisabet waking up one morning with no memories. Her husband and stepdaughter visits her in the hospital and engages with her in talks, Elisabet getting more and more unanswered questions. She then tries googling, manages to sneak a visit to her office and asks others regarding her whereabouts, in an attempt to rebuild her memory. She, on finding out from others where she lives, makes a visit to her home and surroundings. She finds herself under attack and has to call emergency for getting help. How she uncoils these knots of ignorance, aggression and violence with the help of her improving memory, and in the process unfolding a few secrets, forms bulk of the theme.
‘Breathe, & Release’ by Katherine Hayton is a good read. The nature of mystery held by the protagonists itself had to remain a mystery as the main actor, the heroine, is a victim of amnesia, and is shown appropriately. In fact I could realize this only at the end of the book, when things became easier with Elisabet slowly getting better or responding to treatment. Though much of the elements of this story has been made clear in the end, the distance, Elisabet feels towards her husband could have been elaborated or justified more. A notable aspect of the book is that the author has chosen to follow a rather less beaten track. On the whole a welcome book, a different approach to whodunit that can keep one engrossed.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite ______________________

‘Ms. Cheevious in Hollywood’ by Lisa Jey Davis is the memoir of a newly divorced mom and her attempts at making it to Hollywood. It chronicles, her shock in finding that she is an MILF, surprise when her first son wants to move out with his friend’s family, joy in getting hired as a marketing assistant, her preparations of weight control on a war footing to present a beautiful self and her escapades at nightclubs, that too with ‘unignorable’ propositions to  gentlemen of consequence. How she happened to realize her erotic talents and its value, and the way it led to a changed outlook on life is presented in these pages. In addition, it also contain her advices, like safety practices for to those attempting online dating, and tips to single moms, making it a thrilling manual of contemporary interest.
In ‘Ms. Cheevious in Hollywood’ by Lisa Jey Davis, there in no holding back. While moving along with some of the best names of Hollywood, hobnobbing with the stars of music and entertainment, or when causing mix ups of implants while she undergoes a boob job, there is no dearth of events and experiences, laughable, titillating and also cherishable, all those around her being what they are.  A page turner, this book has all the elements to keep us engrossed as a thriller; it provides ample advice especially to those who need it the most. Her motto, she tells in the book, “nothing is gained without our own determination, diligence, focus, personal responsibility and perseverance!”
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite ______________________

‘The Chapters of Our Lives’ by Gerry A. Zimmerman begins with the story of Gerry, his heritage and family, and his life up until the time he met Lucy and were subsequently married.  Then tells about Lucy, the Collins family and her life up until the time she met Gerry and they were united in matrimony. Then it tells the story of their life together, their victories and defeats, their ups, their downs, their children, their grandchildren, their friends, and loved ones and their many adventures throughout the many chapters of their lives. How his childhood was, in the days of depression, how after losing his father early, found a, friend, philosopher and guide, in his stepfather, as well as the love and care he received from all. How he met Lucy and dated her couple of times, to eventually deciding to tie the knot, and to recognize her as LSW after all these years – long suffering wife!
‘The Chapters of Our Lives’ by Gerry A. Zimmerman is a rich story narrated in style. Quite poignant the recounting is, whether while reading the difficulties during depression, childhood adventures with grandparents, the glamour of naval life or the daily chores of living, it is not easy for the reader to think that he is not part of the tale. Very well presented with a touch of humor, we can see the lively nature of the Gerrys, emanating from every page of the book. One of his quotes, sums it all, “ What’s PAST is PROLOGUE and we should learn from it.”
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite ______________________

‘SEND FLOWERS’ by MIKE CROWLEY begins with John Griffith, manager of a pharmaceutical lab, finding his research in flames. He is more shocked to learn that the idea was to scuttle his research, which could have affected the company’s profits. Deeply agitated, he confronts Clifford Chasman, the CEO. The CEO in turn manages to get them on the list of terrorists to be neutralized. Hence on the run, they had to circle almost the full globe, spending time in deep seas or unexplored lands. The CEO, though sends helicopter borne agents in chase, they successfully land back at home for a final confrontation with all of them. 
‘SEND FLOWERS’ by MIKE CROWLEY is a professionally conceived plot.  The widespread misuse of civic sensibilities by profit seeking business houses, that too with no regard to the needs of the people involved, and how citizens, contractors and all others are taken for granted is abundantly shown in this book. The urge to meet corporate interests, and the steps that are taken to control state machinery, are some of our realities that are shown to its fullest extent. The central part played by the state authorities in all cases of social churning, unpleasant happenings like business rivalries, welcome changes like scientific advances as well as public demonstrations, is shown quite credibly. Mike has successfully maintained the tempo, a high degree of mystery and excitement, forcing one to be always on the edge. A very good thriller, it has all the elements to keep the reader eagerly waiting for the next event to follow.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite ______________________

‘Jonathan Behind Blue Eyes’ by Mike Dacy is a father’s recollections, wrote mainly “to honor our son, his legacy, and his hopes and dreams of making a positive difference in the lives of others” The book tells of Jonathan’s childhood, of getting diagnosed with AMD (Adolescent Migraine Disease), and with off and on bouts of depression. His occasional forays into poetry find a place here, which clearly show a man with unlimited positive energy who is used to saying, “The first place we lose our battles is in our minds - think about your thinking.” Jonathan one day lands up with disagreements with Mike and leaves home, to be found dead later. That brought to close, a life with vitality, who, as in an imaginary obituary he wrote earlier, “will always be remembered by his good name”
‘Jonathan Behind Blue Eyes’ by Mike Dacy tells the story of someone who was deeply affected throughout his life. The book gives a restrained picture of his physical disabilities, lack of anger control, severe depression and addiction to pain relievers, which always kept his dear and near ones on tender hooks. The sentimental expressions coming out through the poetic creations of Jonathan, as well as many of the email exchanges of the family members, conceal the severe mental trauma, the whole family was always been under. Not an easy book to read, each and every character of this book is presented in a way so as to evoke deep sympathy from the reader.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite ______________________

‘DREAMS REVEALED’ by Terri Meredith jumps into the topic with a short and concise overview of the science of dreaming. Acquainting us with the reasons for dreaming and its types, Terri lectures about the biblical significance of dreams. What not to do with a dream is considered next, followed by recording of dreams. Special attention is paid to the fact that recording of dreams is a difficult affair, needing extra care. A sound discussion on what to do with a dream and the different methods available for that, then follows, with practical tips, especially on the difficult topic of recording dreams.  She then introduces us to the language of dreams, its symbols, parables and the significance of each such part. The all important topic of Dream Interpretation is covered in detail, with examples shown profusely, enabling one in mastering the talent of dream interpretation.
‘DREAMS REVEALED’ by Terri Meredith is written with a dream interpreter in view. The helpful hints, dream dictionary, relevance of dream objects, numbers, materials, colors etc. as well as the interpretation examples are surely a bonanza for someone who wants to take up this profession of glamour. A good scientific base shall certainly be of help in making a good dream interpreter, which is covered in this book. The large repository of examples is another support for the interpreter, and with a comprehensive discussion about Biblical Interpretation, this book can act as The Biblical Dream Interpretation Bible. Well done Terri, your book is a holistic guide for dream analysts.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite ______________________

The Four Horsemen of the Investor’s Apocalypse’ by Robert J. Klosterman CFP is intended to provide one with the weapons to fight the four horsemen of the investor’s apocalypse. The four are, Inflation, Volatility, Group Think and Global Displacements and Transformation, and by providing insight, perspective, and tools in managing portfolios for serious money needs, such a fight is made possible. Discussing the options available for warding off the evils posed by each of these, Robert revisits the existing rules governing our investment decisions, and mentions the need to approach that with consistent, regular attention. Familiarizing the reader with many and varied terms and their use, he also dwells on the emergence of shocking geopolitical events and the restructuring that occurs as a result of the fast developing technologies and the changes to our way of life.
The Four Horsemen of the Investor’s Apocalypse’ by Robert J. Klosterman CFP is a book, advisable for those wanting to learn about investment. The topic is dealt here more in its abstract sense than the common, practical approach of asset management. Rather than giving any immediate advice on financial decisions, Robert’s book, I think, has the potential to enable one in developing his own financial decision making process. Every nuance one may encounter in this area, like selecting a manager, an advisor, a portfolio, or alternative investments, is explained well. A good bunch of questions at the end and a few pages of ‘insider information’ elevate this book to a useful read, especially for those, who want to become an expert in this field.


 ‘The Skirmish’ by Daniel Springham begins with a paintball game. The players, Brian Ulrich, Jason Duhamel and Jedidiah Williams of US marines and an avionics engineer Susan Ulrich calls it off as a tiring day and return to hotel to find it in shambles. Soon they find themselves sucked into a vortex of international politics and a desperate struggle that will demand more than their own survival. They find billions of dollars worth munitions at stake and, with the threat of armed militia to claim them, deep, dangerous involvement in this bloody game to expose the real politics behind this becomes a foregone conclusion. The work done by them gets appreciated from every corner and they get congratulated for preventing what could have been a ‘complete re-ignition of the Iraq War’.
‘The Skirmish’ by Daniel Springham is action at every turn of the page. A vast repository of military tactics, advanced weaponry and its use is presented here, against the backdrop of the ever present fear of an extremist assault on free world. I found the narration so reader friendly that pages ended up turning quite fast. Who is behind the plot and who is going to financially benefit by the arms deal adds an interesting aspect to the plot and also gives the ending a very surprising twist, with foray into the Small Arms and Munitions Upgrade Initiative (SAMURAI). This is a good work and the plot so conceived as to cover all possible loose ends. A deft narration makes this a very good read.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite________________

‘Desperate Shop Girls’ by David L. Gersh has James Harris, a practicing lawyer living with his divorced wife, confronted with a pretty client, Janet Mason, a well known TV star. He gets a handsome retainer from Janet for representing someone impersonating her, in a suit against her husband’s business interests. Subsequently, he gets contacted by her husband, Guy Mason, for representing him at an even better retainer to do the legal work on the sales contracts. A divorce suit on behalf of Janet completes the legal angle. While weighing his options, James is shocked by the sudden death of Guy and proceeds for discussions with Janet, for ending the original suit that was filed under her friend’s name. He finds her dead, and gets caught in a vortex of activities of suspense and deceit, finally leading to a great surprise.
‘Desperate Shop Girls’ by David L. Gersh is a riveting drama from the very beginning, as it would be with a cast that is brimming with life. Each and every exchange in this exciting story can be relished in its independent form, over and above its contribution to the plot. This is also a page-turner and all characters stand out on their own accord in the performance of their roles. The nature and choice of characters is a welcome difference from the usual, predictable ones, all the protagonists leaving their trails in the reader’s mind, well after finishing the book. The characters, the setting and the dialogue are memorable in the total unification with the plot. David has produced a wonderful thriller, an invaluable addition to ones collection.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite________________

‘WE JOURNEY NO MORE’ by Sahara Foley find youngsters Don and Janet apprehended on their way, by Dal, the lizard riding Guard, who decides to take them to the high priest. Don realizes that they have adventures of the highest order waiting on the way, when he starts observing that “they’re going to have to wipe out the human population, because we don’t give up easy”. Don and Janet get drawn into this fight and realize to their dismay that “they started exterminating the human camps with the endless Holy Wars between the smaller camps and they are as insidious as they’re hideous.” Don and Janet have to think of new strategies to counter the threats posed to human civilization and come out victorious in the end.
‘WE JOURNEY NO MORE’ by Sahara Foley is a story with intrigue at every turn, novel practices that amuse us as well as, a looming air of adventure. The bulwarks of the new society or culture confronting Don and Janet, like getting halved in place of getting married, are presented with imagination. And so also is the end of the book, where transition from the plane of science fiction to that of real life is shown with a jubilant shout of Janet “Wake up.  It worked.  We made it.  Wake up.” However, the fact that the story is taking place a thousand years from now could have been shown intuitively by an appropriate ambience, catapulting this tale to greater heights. This is a very good read, all characters and events reflecting a high degree of ingenuity and clever manipulation.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite________________

‘A Thousand Pennies For My Thoughts’ by Greg Evans is a collection of quotes, spanning many years. Some of these have appeared in a few books, magazines or websites, and they are collated here ‘to stir up movement between the ears’. Some of these are motivational, some are educational and others printed for humor. They make you think.       The collection begins with an admission ‘I only succeeded because I was still working after everyone else went to sleep.’ The author then proceeds to take romance head on, “There is no age limit for romance.”, and with a touch of life, ‘Opposites might attract, but like-minded people don’t get divorced’ or ‘Most people don’t realize that they are as nosy as their neighbors’. Some of these are pure gems, like, ‘Jealousy is a deformed idea of entitlement’, or ‘All cowards are courageous with words’. Greg deals with more earthly topic towards the end, ‘Success creates success, but love satisfies’. And it completes with the wisest of all quotes ‘Talk is one thing, a lot of talk produces.’
‘A Thousand Pennies For My Thoughts’ by Greg Evans is a repository of wisdom. The maxims that can be taken from this collection can easily meet the philosophical need, which can easily unsettle one, especially the learned ones! Greg deserves special appreciation, the lion’s share of quotes or maxims borders on humor, not an easy task for the writer, more so when dealing with such heavy and serious topics. But it makes reading and enjoying this book easy, and retention of these, a child’s play. Well done, Greg.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite________________

‘Feet Up Therapy’ by Paul Brannan is a guide for anyone who like to put their feet up and laugh at life. He introduces the idea, extolling its greatest virtue – ‘you can do it anywhere’. He takes one day at a time, beginning with Monday where he proposes a mellow approach to the start ones busy week. He recommends a similar attitude on each of the other five days. To end the fun filled week, he recommends an action packed Sunday, the action being mostly of the nature of enjoyment, the sexier, the better. On all days, his recipe is more or less the same, finding relaxation in the evenings is more than likely with ones feet up on the sofa in front of the telly or a film.
‘Feet Up Therapy’ by Paul Brannan is a guide, certainly of benevolent intentions. The idea proposed, to have the feet up to let happiness permeate ones environment, is indeed a laudable proposition. It would have been better, if this proposition been accompanied by more or less concrete suggestions on paths to take, on similar lines as his recommendation for Monday, where he has given solid recommendation. “Mellow approach to the start of our busy weeks through the feet up approach, namely visibly and clearly living your life with your feet up, and showing the world that in fact you don’t really care as to what’s going on around you” is very much a pragmatic suggestion, and ideas on similar lines for other days also, would have greatly enhanced the utility of the book.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite________________

‘Beyond the Leadership Myth: Discover the Power of Collaborationship’ by Christian Monö attempts to view leaders and followers from a follower’s perspective. He begins with the questions, Why do people lead and follow each other, and What is the purpose, in examining the present, as far as leadership goes. Christian’s next stop is to study, how Man lived and cooperated many thousands of years ago, exploring how leadership and followership worked at that time, enabling him to introduce collaborationship as a concept. The idea of ‘true followership’ is applied for cementing collaboration at all levels. He ends by examining the challenges and advantages of followership in different settings and moves to a conclusion about how leaders and followers can work together more effectively. 
‘Beyond the Leadership Myth: Discover the Power of Collaborationship’ by Christian Monö attempts to dispel the followership myth. The myth, which argues that followers are servants who must be motivated, inspired and guided in order to move in the “right” direction. Christian, quoting examples from tribal populations of Africa, points out the fact that many societies of ancient tribes exist where, absence of a leader, as well as, cooperation as an established way of life, could clearly be seen. Examining leadership from various angles, this book, in addition to challenging the traditional view of leadership that it is built on dominance or hierarchy, make learning and understanding the concepts presented, very easy, through exercises, real life examples and other helpful tips. This is an excellent book, it gave me a lot to ponder.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite________________

‘UNDERSTAND ACCOUNTING TERMS: Learn Easily’ by Akshay Rajgor is a collection of commonly encountered terms in accounting with a brief explanation, of what those terms signify. The terms are alphabetically arranged and the book therefore, can function as an accounting dictionary. For example, the term Sunk Cost is explained as: “A sunk cost or past cost is money that has already been spent and cannot be recovered. Sunk costs are also called retrospective costs/a sunk cost is money that has already been spent and cannot be recovered. Sunk costs are also called retrospective costs.” And the term Cash Flow is given as “the difference in amount of cash available at the beginning of a period (opening balance) and the amount at the end of that period (closing balance). It is called positive if the closing balance is higher than the opening balance, otherwise called negative” which can show how lucid, the descriptions really are.
‘UNDERSTAND ACCOUNTING TERMS: Learn Easily’ by Akshay Rajgor can act as a nice and quick reference, in addition to helping one in learning the basics of this field. The explanation provided for each term is such that it can act as a self contained description and no other reference may normally be needed. This is thus an all purpose guide for those in the accounting field, a great help for the professionals. By providing clear and concise descriptions and illustrating further with examples, the author has made learning and understanding the concepts presented an easy task, making the book a useful one for students.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite________________

‘Inventors & Impostors: Sordid History of Innovation and Imitation’ by Daniel Diehl & Mark Donnelly is a collection stories depicting the circumstances in  which  many  of  the  modern wonders which we all take for granted, really came into existence. It begins with the twists and turns of telephone, the real story, which in September 2001 caused the US Senate to pass a resolution stating that  Antonio  Meucci,  an  Italian  by  birth  and  a  naturalized American citizen, had invented the telephone. More such stories then follow, dethroning, Henry Ford as well as Karl Benz from the first automobile, Columbus from the discovery of America, Darwin from the Theory of Evolution, and Edison from light, being only some of the rather shocking reactions, these pages are bound to cause.
‘Inventors & Impostors: Sordid History of Innovation and Imitation’ by Daniel Diehl & Mark Donnelly is a well researched work. At least some of these had been known to me through other sources, some of them even proclaiming that an invention actually takes place when it becomes inevitable, or when technology lurch forward on its own inertia as "a self-propelling, self-sustaining, ineluctable flow". This anthology can boast of a good array of important inventions and discoveries, capable of surprising even the well read. The events described in this book also indicate that no one man could be expected to invent the various constituent parts as preliminary steps to making the culminating invention. Daniel and Mark have produced quite an extensive collection, mostly of well known and popular discoveries to drive this idea harder.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite________________

‘Introducing Economic Actualism’ by David Billings introduces a new thesis; that mankind’s history is “the confusion of actual and nominal wealth. The book begins with a thorough discussion on the essential principles, Uncertainty, Certain Deviation and Confusion. But applying these principles, the study of how the nominal and actual economic reality get confused is discussed with suggested corrections, which can help us to manage the problem. As David says towards the end, “Just as it would be a mistake to neglect our health because we are certain to die, it is a mistake to neglect to manage nominalism because we are fated to suffer its effects”.
‘Introducing Economic Actualism’ by David Billings gives a good insight into this new branch of the social sciences which is sure to have many applications in numerous fields at a time when it is sorely needed, though it has always been needed. In good times, in bad times, and in crisis, managing nominalism yields opportunity for life, especially when we note that some behavior can increase nominal wealth while decreasing actual wealth, or vice versa, in ways that are quite predictable. This book makes this rather hazy area of an inexact science clearer; the descriptions at the start of the book laying the necessary foundation with a good index making it easy to refer back. I found the different perspective of people’s choice for growth and the actual economic path they take, offering new vistas of knowledge, for example,Surrendering to the business cycle is a form of laziness, but under the nominalist assumptions of the business cycle, it is work.” A gratifying book.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite________________

‘True Stories from Emergency Providers’ by Marion Tekla begins with the story of a Patient, who comes to heal, and a friend, who comes to get high. An alligator attack on the rescue team and, a friend who accidentally shoots himself in the foot then follows. On receiving a call complaining of severe chest pain and difficulty breathing, and when the medical help reaches, they finding the house on fire (difficulty of breathing due smoke!), or that of a woman calling 911 for a bear in her back yard, or someone calling 911 four times because she got bad manicure, and many other facets of emergency, pointing to the ubiquitous stature of this department can be found in this book.
‘True Stories from Emergency Providers’ by Marion Tekla is an entertaining book, with stories more unbelievable and complex than what can be read in the most contorted fiction. The narration is always to the point, and the variety and content of the events described make me envious of the personnel connected with safety services – they always have an exciting day. There are many emergencies described in this book, which are connected with one or a few simple mistakes that got unnoticed, and it should work as a reminder to all of us, that we should not overlook the obvious. This is well dispersed collection of stories of public interest; it also shows us how worthy are the emergency, paramedic and 911 staff for rich accolades, in addition to its quality of being a very good read.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite________________

‘The Game Is Playing Your Kid’ by Dr. Joe Dilley confronts a perennial problem, one that could be as old as history, how to keep children away from play, while the parents want them to enjoy and get better grades. This has now reached alarming proportions, the proliferation of modern technology making it easy to go wayward. Dr Joe examines this from every angle, starting with the family and its screen problem, laying down its scope. He dwells on the elements of child’s learning, lists alternatives that can fill the voids, and explains how to, and how not to, introduce restrictions to a child. Even more careful one should be, he says, while puncturing the defense of a child.
‘The Game Is Playing Your Kid’ by Dr. Joe Dilley is a guide for happy parenting. Rather than looking at the absolute disagreeability of all that (such things that keep them busy) children do, Dr Joe has taken efforts to identify positive ways, of connecting children to more acceptable childishness and parents to more tolerable highhandedness. With imaginative tips and concepts like Crafty Appeals, Triangle Defense, Chill Time, Kill Switch and scores of others, this book is poised to become an oft referred guide in the administration of parenthood. Many of methods Dr Joe suggests in better parenting, like sequencing responsibility and privilege, has an air of originality. This is a very good book, a factual pageturner, which held my attention from the very start till I reached the back cover.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite________________

‘Idiots are Invincible’ by Angelo Rodafinos, PhD. is a book of gems, in the opening pages itself coming up with the first one: “I couldn’t become an Olympic winner because worrying was not an event.” This book, specially suited for such people, is organized into three parts, the first one dealing with the definition, nature and source of stress. Which is then followed by techniques of coping with stress with introduction to author’s Ro method, to be followed by the third part which introduces a hero, Don Stressote, who has mastered these techniques, and whose response to stress is used to illustrate and exemplify the techniques to be adopted for practical application of Ro method.
‘Idiots are Invincible’ by Angelo Rodafinos, PhD. is a pleasure to read. With illustrations setting a lighter mood for discourse and the language permeating an air of humor, it is quite likely that the reader may not feel this as a book about stress. It is here that I found the next gem, “Human body has no known sense that can feel stress, and in fact what we are feeling is our response to stress.” I agree with the author’s view that many a time we need to take a break and re-examine the meaning of an activity. We may then very well discover that our motives for engaging in it are somewhat – or even entirely – different to what we initially thought. This is an excellent book that presents many a new idea in clear, concise terms.
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite________________

‘Harebrained’ by Meg Myers Morgan begins with the inventive classrooms of her early teacher, Mrs Humble. Through the uncontrolled flow on to a baby from an ointment tube and, the demand for instant macaroni from the elder one, her reminiscences take the route of a free bird that goes from dangerous liaisons to examination of work area for waxing. As she says in one of her poems, “When I go into labor, Let us aim for a sneeze and slide”, eulogizing the power of introverts, and airing her aversion to criticism, her essays slide interestingly, evoking a rainbow of emotions, some of ridicule, few of fear and mostly of laughter. I am not listing them individually as whatever a baby, child, mother or father could be confronting regularly and more, is contained herein.
‘Harebrained’ by Meg Myers Morgan is intelligent and thought provoking. Like ‘necessity truly is the mother of invention as long as the father is time’, many an opinion aired by Meg reverberates with a hidden insight and subtle humor. She looks into various aspects of life in general and family in particular. That brings me to what I missed, an index, which would have enabled me to revisit the places I got caught by its brilliance, effortlessly. This is a good read; I for one found it easy to relate myself with many of the entertaining events and scenes, having encountered them all already, though it could not lead to such pleasant and tasteful humor. (I wish I read this book earlier!)
Reviewed by Roy T James for Reader's Favorite________________

‘Thriving Tool’ by Everlecia Jana Taylor discusses the challenge of turning surviving into, becoming better, highly favored and even greater than that. Her book is designed to act as a mentor, a sagacious source of guidance, one who believes that success is defined differently for different people. A quotation from Confucius sets the tone. “He who says he can, and he who says he can’t are both usually right”, which leads him to the first affirmation; ‘I can create the life I desire”. With the use of imaginative lists, creative affirmations, result oriented procedures and helpful exercises the author inculcates the need to set ones priorities and aims, to make ones approach to life at the start itself, is to thrive rather than survive.
‘Thriving Tool’ by Everlecia Jana Taylor deals with a very popular topic, utilizing almost all traditional tools appropriated suitably. For example, the start itself is made memorable by the words of Jefferson, “If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done”, and ensuring attention of readers with an implicit agreement to follow the content. Extensive use of working spaces, daily goals list that aggregates to the set aims, while sample questions and recommended steps make this book a practical ledger, to be used directly, for grater ease. A unique contribution of this author, a golden tool, is also introduced here, which can ensure that the set goals are always met. This is thus a good book, one that will be of help practically as well.
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‘They Called Her Paperback Rose’ by Ellie DeFarr begins with Hera Hunter of Hunter Investigations approached by Helen Stimson for investigating the death of her daughter Rita, aka Paperback Rose among the population of street children, with whom she lives. This takes Hera to a bunch of street urchins and their little secrets, in addition to a big secret, the deceased girl’s father is holding, along with other confidential information he handles as part of his job in the department of defense. Hera’s investigation takes her the shopkeepers and beat cops, runaway children, parents who loved their children very much as well as those who didn’t. Compromising sensitive information of nation’s defense as well as machinations of political personalities gets exposed while she succeeds in bringing the mystery to an end.
‘They Called Her Paperback Rose’ by Ellie DeFarr is a story full of mystery and intrigue. In the early pages of the book specially, the selection of characters and their living style, portrayal of their environment as well as the dialog and other exchanges, are shown with a remarkable degree of authenticity and style. However, towards the end of the book, the connection between few of the new characters and the plot, could have been made more easily apparent, to prevent those from hijacking the development of scenes, its tempo and path. On the whole, a good mystery with an interesting narration and an even more fascinating cast. This book thus is a worthy read and a welcome addition to ones library.
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‘Happiness Quotes - Inspirational Picture Quotes about Happiness’ by Gabi Rupp begins by seeing happiness as health, quotes from great leaders like Dalai Lama, coming in support. Gabi then looks at happiness as balance, greats like Bertrand Russell or Maxim Gorky to assist. The reflective nature of happiness and how it becomes more with sharing, comes alive in the words of Buddha and Mother Teresa. How all its entry doors do not get closed at the same time and its relation with wisdom, love, purpose, caring...well, there is no facet of happiness that is not examined in this book. In each instance, sagacious quotes enliven the ambience by giving it an aura of wisdom.
‘Happiness Quotes - Inspirational Picture Quotes about Happiness’ by Gabi Rupp makes it difficult to be unhappy; in this book, there is no mood that is not linked to happiness. Gabi has selected quotes discerningly to link each and every facet of happiness under examination, to a joyous feeling. There are no quotes from the author; I think, instead, those are shown as ‘author unknown’. One thing would have made this more reader friendly, catapulting its status to a reference book, an index. More so, as this contains a good collection of relevant quotes, all of which can come to great use in ones literary quest. As the book ends, by saying ‘the best way to feel happy is to feel gratitude’, let me end this review also appropriately, of course, by showering gratitude on the author.
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‘Recovery Formula: An Addict’s Guide to getting Clean and Sober Forever’ by Beth Burgess is a guide for anyone who is addicted to alcohol or drugs and is ready to do something about it. Beth proposes a four point approach. She tells people they must: 1) Get   Honest, which is but. getting real about your problem, stopping the justifications and excuses, 2) Get Held, getting used to remaining sober and without Post-acute Withdrawal Syndrome, 3)  Get   Committed, one has to be willing, always and everytime   and  4) Get  Replacements, getting rid of anything that identifies you as someone who drinks too much or takes drugs. Above all, each of those who are interested in de-addiction will have to work out how they can apply the Recovery Formula to their own life to make it work for them.
‘Recovery Formula: An Addict’s Guide to getting Clean and Sober Forever’ by Beth Burgess is written with those people in mind, who have a strong desire to give up using drugs, or to stop drinking, but had no idea how to go about it. It is possible that they had tried to stop using or drinking on numerous occasions, but they kept on relapsing. Beth talks about the essential elements underlying recovery in a beautiful and simple to follow style.  The paths of recovery suggested here has her personal experience behind it. The advices have the potential to be easy for people who want   to   recover   from   a   substance   use   problem. An excellent book, indeed.
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‘The Awakening’ by Sameer Ram is about bringing in the transformation within individuals. All the instructions to form a technique of effecting this, as the author mentions, had been received the form of dreams. The technique is divided into three distinct phases – Cleansing, Internal Transformation and External Transformation. After a good discussion about cleansing, Sameer deals with the internal transformation techniques in its secular as well as yogic versions, acquainting us with the salient features of each. This is followed by another thorough dissertation on the practice of external transformation. Consistency is mentioned as a desirable requirement to meet success. Frequent changes to ones stated intention also has to be avoided, as different signals go to the universe and to your own mind, which will end in chaos.
‘The Awakening’ by Sameer Ram is about a complex subject. Frequently posed questions in this connection, like how the technique outlined in this book work, what is the logic to it, or, is there scientific evidence to support the technique in this book, are answered in this book. The modus operandi to be adopted for practicing this, in each of the three phases, is described quite clearly and succinctly. The welcome changes that can be expected in ones life by following these steps are also laid out. However, along with the procedures or steps to be taken for each phase, a suitable method could be added to check ones progress, which could have added to the value of this book, enabling one in keeping the progress being achieved, continuously monitored.
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   ‘HOW TO MAKE POWERFUL SPEECHES:  A Step-by-Step Guide to Inspiring and Memorable Speeches’ by Eamonn O’Brien begins with an interesting question, why should one develop such skills. After giving a good answer, other basic aspects like, how to edit and practice a speech, how to sound confident etc. are discussed. A brief overview of Aristotle and his contribution to rhetoric then follows. How to plan a speech is examined along with techniques to add credibility, content, and humor, as a must. Adding video to a speech, handling questions effectively, importance of body posture and movements, especially the ones to be avoided, and the profitable use of eye contact are some of the other significant areas included in this book.
‘HOW TO MAKE POWERFUL SPEECHES:  A Step-by-Step Guide to Inspiring and Memorable Speeches’ by Eamonn O’Brien is an interesting guide to take people alongwith. With loads of practical ideas, almost all of them given historical backing, this book is poised to become a sidekick to those studying the art of persuasion and can make the job of giving an impactful talk, a child’s play. With the help of bit reminders, it makes the challenge of constantly connecting with the audience, an easy one to master. Sufficient tips are given to polish ones delivery, enabling one to move into an even better level of performance. This is a fit book for learning this art, and an even better one for keeping ones faculties sharp. Eamonn has produced The Book of Public Speaking, well done!
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‘Export & Expand’ by Rupert Sutton is a book written, with companies and individuals in mind, who are looking to grow their businesses internationally, enter a new product category or launch a new brand portfolio. He proposes a well illustrated eight stage road map to make ones entry into this area effortless, as well as yielding positive result. A rather comprehensive study of the whole issue takes place in the next eight chapters of this book, a chapter each devoted to different stages. This is followed by a summary and an overview revisiting the salient features for better comprehension. A glossary at the end augments the utility of this book for learning as well as for the purpose of reference.
‘Export & Expand’ by Rupert Sutton dwells heavily on the remarkable expertise the author has gained on these matters, having been with multinational firms for a long time. Accordingly, this guide gives hands on advice on the topic discussed. For example, for launching a product, ‘conducting trade buyer research, a new exporter can ascertain the type of shoppers in the category, their purchase behavior and how it is changing.’ Or, for expanding market, ‘building a brand which has clearly defined and appreciated emotional qualities is necessary to endure and be profitable in the long term’. Such professional tips at every stage of international business enhance the value of this book, especially for ‘hands on’ work. This a beautifully written book packed with relevant data that can be used both as a guide and for reference.
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‘Sustainable Happiness: A logical and lasting way to be happier and better able to deal with stress’ by Steve Schermer & John Woods begins with a question, What is so good about being happier? After a short exploration to understand the source of happiness, the authors examine the ways to attain and maintain happiness, closely followed by a discussion about the arch enemy of happiness – stress. Now comes the action plans, which consist of well laid out steps one is advised to take divided in three phases, each phase confronting one of the three facets, namely, increasing happiness, controlling stress and, correcting existing strains. A good summary of the recommended steps makes it a convenient document to follow.
‘Sustainable Happiness: A logical and lasting way to be happier and better able to deal with stress’ by Steve Schermer & John Woods simplifies the attainment of happiness to certain well laid out steps. Moreover, as the author says ‘if it is not possible to follow these, please at the least go to the back of the book and look at the 30 day action plan. Give it a shot and see if the concepts of Sustainable Happiness work for you.’ The book has a good structure, it is organized such that the proper reader (who has time at his disposal) as well as the busy executive would find paths convenient to follow, in their quest. One full chapter of the book is devoted to a perennial problem, of great significance in well being – stress. This is a good book and worth a try.
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‘CAN'T?... CAN!’ by BILL CALHOUN is about taking control of ones body and transform it, developing your whole self, strengthening will power, and creating a strong personality capable of continuing the positive, healthy changes that will happen in  your journey to health and fitness.  His maxim, “The aid we receive by chance is uncertain and precarious, but that which we obtain by our own efforts is effective and lasting” sets the tone for the approach he recommends and ventures straight into the first set of exercises for controlling breathing. He then dwells on other aspects of a change like the ubiquitous nature of will power and, the need to stop becoming nervous. Instead, train yourself to sit still and observe information all around you. Plenty of useful tips are also provided.
‘CAN'T?... CAN!’ by BILL CALHOUN is not a practical guide to achieve an immediate aim. It is a collection of abstract thoughts about bringing self discipline into ones life, enabling one in meeting known or unknown challenges. By saying “Luck is a measure of sweat” he stresses the importance of hard work. His caution, “Never let your prejudices overbalance your reason. Learn to pick sound ideas from every source. Pick the wheat from the chaff” more or less is a condensed version of this work. Bills work has the potential to enable one in gathering the good from every book and magazine that provides new and practical thoughts and then think of how one can turn these ideas to ones own use. A good read, it helps in widening ones horizons, especially in the area of leading a happy and successful life.
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