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***The Truth About Creatine Side Effects*** Controversy and unimarter UniMarter
***The Truth About Creatine Side Effects***

Controversy and creatine...Two words that have become synonymous and inseparable over the last couple of years. How ironic that an amino acid that is manufactured in the human body has become the proponent for such global conjecture, scrutiny and supposition. Albeit, through it all, creatine has been established as one of the most effective and fashionable supplements found in the marketplace today for body builders, sport enthusiasts and those that desire to improve performance, stamina and quicker recovery time. Incidentally, now creatine has proven to aid in a whole host of other non-sport related issues. Nevertheless, like every other non-FDA sanctioned properties, there are concerns that creatine is unsafe.So, is all the publicity and feeding frenzy going on about creatine side effects that so often appear in the media and search engines, rhetoric or are they founded on fact or fiction, is it biased or unbiased and is it from gospel truth or merely litigious lies?Simply put, creatine and its derivative brothers and sisters are immensely envogue. Primarily because it rapidly quickens gains in muscular size, strength and stamina compared to just exercise alone. Pennsylvania State University, in a study led by Jeff Volek, conducted a 12-week trial discovering that creatine consumers wound up stronger in both the bench press and the squat, in comparison to subjects using a placebo supplement. They also witnessed twice the gains in lean muscle mass and a much faster recovery rate.Are Creatine Side Effects Tangible or Intangible?
In recent reports, it has been eluded to that creatine consumers are more susceptible to cramps, muscle spasms, and even pulled and torn muscles. Conversely, in a three-year study designed to determine whether these creatine side effects really do exist, it was discovered that creatine had no effect on the incidence of injury or cramping in a group of American football players. Recently, research published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise reveals similar findings. From a group of 26 athletes taking creatine for nearly four years, there was no discrepancy in the reported incidence of muscle cramp or injury of that put side by side with athletes not using creatine.In my personal experience, as well as that of working with several hundred athletes, I have witnessed that they (athletes) on a whole experience cramps, spasms and are more susceptible to injury, by and large and to a greater degree than most folks, simply by virtue of use, function and the extent in which they subject their bodies to.Additionally, published reports in the September 2004 issue of the International Journal of Sports Medicine, also shows that creatine side effects are rare. teksty group of 176 subjects received either 10 grams of creatine or placebo daily for an average period of 310 days. Slight cases of diarrhea and nausea did cause three subjects to stop using creatine. Nevertheless, there were no other significant differences between the groupsIn another study conducted using twenty-three members of an NCAA Division II football team, they separated the players into a control group (consuming no supplements whatsoever), as well as a creatine user group. All subjects in the creatine group averaged 14 grams of creatine a day for more than three years; thus far the researchers have uncovered absolutely no damaging effects on either liver or kidney performance.To re-illuminate the issue of cramping, scientists still are not sure what actually causes cramps or spasms to occur. My speculation is that with increased hydration, the proper, necessary processing of creatine through the system is more adequately accomplished and incidences or concern would subsequently diminish or entirely disappear. Few people hydrate well anyway, so exacerbate that with additional functional system tasks and something well most likely occur. Cramping happens anyway from poor hydrative habits, it only makes sense that with an added undertaking (creatine ingestion), subsequent spasms and cramps can and most likely will happen.Less common, but maybe even more important is that creatine has numerous positive and protective consequences and outcomes in heart, muscle and neurological diseases; including depression and wasting diseases and related disorders. In truth, after several months of creatine supplementation in both men and women with borderline high cholesterol levels, the results showed reduced low-density lipoprotein levels by almost one-third, that's somewhat noteworthy, don't you think?Moreover, analogous findings were reported in the journal Metabolism. Twenty-eight days of creatine supplementation and resistance exercise lowered total cholesterol levels significantly more than resistance exercise alone.Conclusively...Cautiously managed studies over short- (five days), medium- (nine weeks) and long-term (five years) have yet to reveal that creatine supplementation has any adverse consequences on blood pressure, kidney or liver function in healthy specimens.However, to be as impartial as possible, the fact that significant and costly invasive trials have yet to unearth any serious creatine side effects doesn't mean that none exists. There have been isolated case reports of persons suffering from kidney troubles after using creatine. Anyone with existing liver or kidney disorders, or those predisposed to such ailments, should seek proper medical advice before using creatine. Nonetheless, if you are exercising, and the promise of bigger muscles, increased stamina, recovery that is more expedient or any of the host of possibilities or potentials exhibited from creatine use drives you to explore creatine for yourself, please increase your water intake. After all your entire composition (body) is literally nothing but water and amino acids, so replete what you deplete. I urge you to check out the Neo Physis Super Premium Creatine. There are very few creatine products on the market that can compete with this product. So, please do the research...I did!Kurt's website http: / / www.kreatefitness.com, as well as his Provo Utah Private Fitness Facility Synergy Fitness Systems, specializes in in providing leading edge exercise and nutrition programs and a super premium supplement line. All of these superior products offer superior results.

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***Interview for
***Interview for "Nevermore?" Author Tammie Rothermel***

We are pleased to have with us Tammy Rothermel, author of a page turner novel ?Nevermore.? She is being interviewed by Juanita Watson, Assistant Editor of Reader Views.Juanita: Thanks for talking with us today Tammie. Please tell your readers about the storyline of ?Nevermore??.Tammie: From the moment Nikki meets the universally-famous Grant Henderson, Nevermore? issues the reader a backstage pass to the non-stop life of a white-hot rock star. Behind the glam and glitz, life on the road metes out imprisonment. The demand to always be ?on? shreds Grant?s tenuous psyche, while Nikki kick starts her own career. As Nikki?s potent charisma engages the world, a rakishly handsome stranger pursues her. But her status as a global citizen snags notice of espionage?s notorious ?Agency? sucking Nikki into its beguiling embrace of treachery and death.Juanita: So ?Nevermore??s? foundation or backdrop is a behind the scenes look at the various life experiences of musicians?Tammie: Nevermore? issues the reader a backstage pass into the life of a rock star sensation. Sure there?s obscene gobs of money, insane bling and crushing notoriety, but behind the spotlights also lurks a multitude of monotony, isolation, and distrust. The hotter the spotlight, the greater the magnification of those attributes, and Nevermore? captures it all.Juanita: What inspired you to write ?Nevermore???Tammie: Escape, pure escape. Nevermore? is the perfect ?put-your-feet-up-I-need-a-break? book. It?s the story that I started telling myself back in high school when the tough knocks of being a teenager kicked me around a bit.Juanita: Is ?Nevermore?? more of an action novel, a romance?Tammie: Action, intrigue, adventure, romance, they all describe Nevermore?. It is not a formula book. Although it was nominated as best Fiction of the year and best Romance of the year, then selected ?Finalist? winner for best Romance, this category limits Nevermore??s scope. Nothing compares to it and it can?t be pigeon-holed by one genre. Say ?Romance? and most people think ?women,? yet some of my best reviews have come from men.Juanita: Tell us about Nikki. Who is she, where does she come from and what motivates her journey?Tammie: Nikki is touchable, genuine. She could be any one of us. Fate pulls her out of her ordinary existence in Pennsylvania with an opportunity of a lifetime. Throughout Nevermore? fate continually stalks her in her relationships, her dealings in the record industry and with the ?Agency.? Independence and living life on her own terms propel Nikki. She solves her problems, like any of us would, using her own ingenuity rather than with the flash-powder of Hollywood special effects.Juanita: I have read that you have a sincere relationship with the characters of ?Nevermore??. Tell us a little about these characters and your experience with creating them?Tammie: Many of the characters spring from my own experiences. In general each character contains glimmers of personality traits from the dynamic people in my life, then I enhanced them through the prism of fiction. Being the author puts you in charge, but some characters once they hit the page surprise you. Charles Bradley was one of those characters. He could have taken over if I hadn?t exercised some control.Juanita: What time frame does this story take, and where?Tammie: Nevermore? begins in hills of Pennsylvania, within the environs of the Oley Valley in the mid-1960?s, then moves to the world stage: London, Hong Kong and Naples to fill out that decade.Juanita: How do the events of that era add to the excitement of the story?Tammie: The cloak-and-dagger intrigue of the Cold War in the 60?s and the exploding music scene with the British music invasion and American pop provided endless possibilities for plot expansion.Juanita: What is the ?Agency? and why are they pursuing Nikki?Tammie: The Agency?s identity and its affiliation are intentionally nebulous. Nikki?s contact explains it as ?a conglomeration from the CIA, NSA to NATO.? They snare Nikki by virtue of her stardom. As a ?citizen of the world? they tell her they desperately need her services and that only she can serve her country in this capacity.Juanita: What has been your history with the music scene that contributed to ?Nevermore???Tammie: I grew up in Motown?s backyard. Big names like ?little Stevie Wonder? (as they used to call him) and others sang at our school dances. But it was the Beatles and the British invasion that really hooked me. Meeting the four Beatles on their first swing through the U.S. only cemented my devotion to the Rock and Roll scene.Juanita: That is fascinating, Tammie. You experienced first hand some to the most influential aspects of music history in the 60?s. Do you think there is a little of you in Nikki?Tammie: Sure, only Nikki is better ? she can sing! Nikki also gets it right the first time. She doesn?t sit around regretting what she could have or should have said. Nikki thinks things out logically, although sometimes her naivet? trips her up. But unlike me, oh she does have a hot little temper.Juanita: What statements are you making regarding romance through Nikki?s relationships?Tammie: Keep your eyes open, be true to yourself and don?t compromise your principles. Nikki gets into trouble when she lets Grant?s stardom blind her and she doesn?t speak up for herself.Juanita: What are the themes you address in ?Nevermore???Tammie: The concept of time has always fascinated me. It amazes me how a split-second can change the course of an entire life. Our future ?steals in on the back of small, inconsequential moments.? And, our actions and reactions, no matter how well intended, have consequences.Juanita: Tammie, you have an obvious talent for keeping readers engaged through the action and thrills in ?Nevermore??. Tell us a little more about your gift for non-stop attention grabbing adventure.Tammie: I live it. In writing the action scenes, I steep myself in the situation. Once I am in the moment, I break down those scenes second-by-second. I can?t tell you how many times I interrupted by husband to have him help me physically block out a scene. He was really good at helping me visualize the scenes.Juanita: What can readers learn from Nikki?s experience in ?Nevermore???Tammie: Although fate may deal you some unusual circumstances, each of us has within ourselves the ability to take control of our lives. We can live our life being true to our inner principles and we can succeed while having fun along the way.Juanita: Tell us a little about your writing career and the emergence of your first novel ?Nevermore??.Tammie: Like John Denver who saw his world in music, I have always seen my world in words. For instance, an ambulance siren plaintively wails ?ee-oo, ee-oo? against the night. I wrote through grade school, high school and in college my first professor spotted my talent and took me under his tutelage to nurture my writing. I have always been a political junkie and nothing hones your edge with words like writing for political campaigns. But it was reading Denver?s autobiography following his death that convinced me the time had come to finally write down the Nevermore story.Juanita: Do you have any plans for future books?Tammie: Currently I have about six plot outlines with character sketches waiting to be fleshed out. Although, everyone who has read Nevermore? is begging for a sequel. I am considering it.Juanita: Tammie, how can readers find out more about you and your endeavors?Tammie: Visit my website www.TammieRothermel.com. I try to keep it up to date. One aspect of publishing that I really find exciting is the book clubs! Several book clubs have named Nevermore? as their book of the month. After the club has read Nevermore? they ask me to visit them and talk about it. Nevermore? is an experience. Once they have read it, my readers want to talk about it and I love doing that.Juanita: Thank you for talking with us today Tammie. Do you have any last thoughts for your readers?Tammie: Never give up on your dreams, just realize that to come true dreams require a ton of perseverance. So many times during the whole writing, editing, publishing process it would have been very easy to throw up my hands and quit because parts of it are really hard. But if you give up on your dream, it will give up on you.Juanita Watson is the Assistant Editor for Reader Views.
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***"Nevermore?" Author Tammie Rothermel: Book Review***

Nevermore?
Tammie Rothermel
Stonehouse Publishing, Inc. (2005)
ISBN 097762160XAt first glance the average reader might comment "Wow, I'll never finish that!" as the over 400 pages stare at you, but within minutes you'll realize not only will you finish it, you'll be disappointed it wasn't longer.Rothermel somehow combines every reading genre imaginable into one. With the touching story of Nicole, the young and innocent small town Pennsylvania girl, falling in love with a big time rock star you see young love develop. But will the test of reality put an end to the once perfect love? As Nicole matures she begins to experience and realize who the man of her dreams really is and how things aren't always as perfect as they may have seemed. Add to this a tall, dark, handsome stranger that appears out of nowhere and suddenly you have mystery involved.Nicole's dreams of stardom begin to come true but at a price. Is the price worth it and will she survive all that's involved? She gets pulled into a world of espionage and mystery, falls in love with a mystery man who appears and disappears in her life and lives her life fully in the limelight. How can a girl this young and innocent, from a small town rural Pennsylvania town survive it all and still come out unscathed?A thriller from beginning to end it's simply a book that you won't want to put down. The vast amount of pages that may once scare you will suddenly become not nearly enough as you never want the story to end.Rothermel has a way with words that not only brings you into the action but holds your attention throughout. You will come to love or hate the characters and will find yourself hoping you have the answers as you turn the page. Can innocence survive the trials and tribulations of stardom and espionage? And will love prevail?Beverley Pechin is a Reviewer for Reader Views.
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***Providence Pond - Book Review*** Author, Beresford McLean unimarter UniMarter
***Providence Pond - Book Review***

Author, Beresford McLean brings a new novel to his fans, this one delves into a time when British culture dominates over those within Jamaica. Providence Pond?s 500 pages are divided into four parts; each involves four generations of the King family between 1880-1920. The book closes with an afterword that provides insight into some of the issues in Jamaica over the years. Readers may want to read this section first, as it will definitely enrich the experience.A mysterious Wiseman suddenly appears to a small group of seven individuals from Providence Pond just when matters were about to get out of hand.
Asa, an aged shaman-like character, intends to begin a new branch of his ?Family? within their community, and this scares some folks who are intimidated by the persecuting officials. But Asa leaves and does not return until much, much later ? bringing Congo King and Miss Hene along with him. There are numerous characters in Beresford?s novel but Congo, the co-leader of the new branch of Asa?s Family, is the leading role.When I began this project, I was under the mistaken impression that it would be about a cultural clash between two peoples. Instead, the story seems to be more about a small group of people in a rural area who have children and the children have children ? the readers witnessing all the drama from adultery, romance, jealousy and greed.Anticipation of a mistaken impression could have lead to my disappointment with some sections of the book. But the transformation of Detective Graham was something I wouldn?t have wanted to miss and I am glad that I read the book through to the end. I was certainly intrigued by the beliefs, culture and drumming ? perhaps due to our home-based business, Drum-it Percussion. Sadly, the story did not delve deeply into these subjects. However, the brief glimpses were certainly bright points for me.Providence Pond is Mr. McLean?s second novel ? the first being Broken Gourds ? and is currently working on a third book. He is a generous man, deeply involved in numerous charities. Beresford actually emigrated from Jamaica to the United States roughly 36 years ago, and so writing about his homeland obviously slips easily into his novels.This book would certainly appeal to readers who enjoy rural romance.Publisher: Anancy BooksISBN: 0-9753297-1-5Book Reviewer: Lillian Brummet, Co-author of Trash talk - a guide for anyone concerned about their impact on the environment - & author of: Towards Understanding - a collection of poetry. (http: / / www.sunshinecable.com / ~drumit)

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***The Power of
***The Power of "Pet Sematary"***

Like good vodka, Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" goes down smooth, sip after sip, page after page, until you realize you've ingested the whole thing in a single sitting...But just wait until you feel the hangover.If you're a horror fan, then "Pet Sematary" should be at the top of your reading list. Easily the most horrifying of King's work, this is the only book that ever scared me, hardened horror fan that I am. Without hesitation, I will tell you that this is my favorite book ever.Unlike many modern horror novels, "Pet Sematary" isn't full of cheap scares. Very few things in the novel are startling, and King never really goes for the gross-out factor that shock horror writers such as Britain's James Herbert use on a regular basis. Instead, there's a pervasive creepiness throughout the novel -- the kind of creepiness that raises the hair on the back of your neck, and finds you rubbing away goosebumps from your arms.As "Pet Sematary" opens, the Creeds, an upwardly mobile family of four, arrive at their new home in Maine. Though seemingly idyllic, the house has one major flaw. It is located -- as their kindly old neighbor, Jud Crandall, puts it -- on "one mean road".The road, Jud says, "uses up a lot of pets". Heavily traveled by Orinco trucks, it is a road to be wary of -- a danger not only to pets, but certainly to young children as well. Of course, the Creeds have two young children -- a five year old daughter, Ellie, and a toddling baby boy, Gage.From the opening pages, the horror begins to unravel. There's that small but well-tended path that winds up the back of the Creeds' property and out of sight. How innocuous can it get -- a pretty, winding path, on a day of new beginnings? What could be a better metaphor for a brand new start for a nice, young family?But this is Stephen King. The path is a metaphor, alright, but not for shiny, new beginnings -- because what lies at the end of this path is the pet cemetery (or pet sematary as the child-drawn sign reads), a place of shattered dreams and broken hearts. And beyond the pet cemetery? Well, that, folks, is what you'll find out when you read "Pet Sematary".Not once in "Pet Sematary" does King flinch, though you'll find yourself wishing, sometimes, that he would. Instead, he steers we, the readers, directly down taboo lane, stopping to examine the subjects of death and burial, compulsion and the darker side of human nature."Pet Sematary" gives us some of Stephen King's best writing. The prose is vivid and immediate, and very, very full. If, as they say, the devil is in the details, then the devil has taken up residence in "Pet Sematary".Details breathe life into this novel, because Stephen King sets his scene well. From the momentous trip to the ancient Micmac burial grounds, to brief interludes such as a late-night beer on Jud's porch, it is the details that make the difference. Stephen King has invented a world, and he's decorated it so thoroughly that you can't help but stop to gawk.He's peopled it as well, and his characters are true-to-life. I've always been impressed by the depth of King's characters. Louis and Rachel, their children, Jud and Norma Crandall -- even Victor Pascow in his brief appearances -- all seem truly organic. There are none of those Ho hum. There's another ghost. Yawn. reactions that are so prevalent in bad horror. Characterization is something that has been very much remiss in this genre, but there is nothing remiss in the characterization of "Pet Sematary".Each character has a history, habits, quirks, and most importantly, relevance. There's nothing more frustrating in an otherwise good novel, than to have out-of-place characters, but here, everything seems to fit perfectly.Louis Creed's need for order, for control, is relevant to the plot. Rachel's quirkiness, her death phobia, well, that's relevant, too. Even Jud and Norma's quickly apparent sense of loyalty, is relevant.In fact, throughout my readings of "Pet Sematary", the one thing that strikes me again and again is how natural King makes this relevance seem. This book is seamless, everything setting the stage for the feeling of inevitability that winds throughout the novel.In fact, while "Pet Sematary" is the most horrifying of King's work, it is also the most reflective. Inevitability is one theme that runs throughout, and King stops often to take a look at the concept of free will versus inevitability. King uses it to foreshadow beautifully.Take the following passage, as Louis's daughter prepares to board the bus for her first day of kindergarten:Ellie cast a strange, vulnerable glance back over her shoulder, as if to ask them if there might not yet be time to abort this inevitable process, and perhaps what she saw on the faces of her parents convinced her that the time was gone, and everything which would follow this first day was simply inevitable.What's really inevitable, in the end, is the power of "Pet Sematary" Just as the enchanted land beyond the pet cemetery calls to Louis Creed, Stephen King's novel calls to his readers. It pulls you in and holds you in its darkly magical grip.So tonight, leave all the lights burning, and keep your bottle of aspirin handy, because "Pet Sematary" will leave you sleepless and queasy, but -- like any good addiction -- it will also leave you craving more.Lisa is an author on http: / / www.Writing.Com / which is a site for Writers.

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***"Jill 9" Author J.D. Tynan: BOOK REVIEW***

Jill 9
J.D. Tynan
A Better Be Write Publisher, LLC (2006)
ISBN 0976773295
Reviewed by Joanne Benham for Reader Views (5 / 06)Jill Wallokowski was the first female meteorologist ever hired at Vancouver, Washington?s Channel 12 news station. She thought Wallokowski was a bit too much of a mouthful and changed her on-air name to Jill Walker. Unfortunately, it was a bad time to be named Jill Walker. Someone was traveling across the country and killing women with that name. There had been eight deaths already and the pretty meteorologist was targeted as number nine.Ian Hamlin is the FBI agent charged with protecting Jill 9 and capturing the serial killer. Formulating a risky plan, he sets Jill 9 up as the unwitting bait in the trap to catch the killer. Complicating matters is the mutual attraction between Jill and Ian, as well as her relationship with Elias Webber, a rich, handsome man who wants nothing more than to take Jill away where he can keep her safe and make her his own.A well-written book with crisp dialogue, it makes for a fast read.J.D. Tynan was born in Portland, OR and still resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two children and a red-heeler named Bogey. Tynan is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and the Mystery Writers of America and spends her time writing novels, working two jobs and being President of the PTA. With another eight manuscripts in the works Tynan has recently signed a two book contract with A Better Be Write Publisher.Joanne Benham is a Reviewer for Reader Views.
http: / / www.readerviews.com

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***"The World" author John Kearns: BOOK REVIEW***

Have you ever wondered what goes on in a 16 year old male?s head?Wonder no more. He is thinking about a girl or his ego. With a possible sprinkling of history.In his book, ?The World,? John Kearns drops you into someone?s mind. And I do mean drop. There is no introduction, no warning, and no explanation. You, as the reader, must wade deeper into the book as The Youth / The Artist explores and interprets his life. After discovering his destiny on page 48, the center of his life is the basic boy-meets-girl. Unfortunately, this relationship exists mainly in The Artist?s head. In addition, The Artist is consciously separating himself from his parents, even as he unconsciously acts out their neuroses and expects their life. All the while, he swings from one extreme emotion to another; his future on the launch pad waiting for a date with that one special 14 year old girl. But how many teenage crushes are happily-ever-afters? Do not expect a happy ending.Do expect an enlightening book. This book was much more educational than any ?What to Expect When You Have a Teenage Boy? book could ever be. However, this is not a simple and easy book to read. It was 20 years in the making by a Poet with a Master?s degree in English. It is practically a textbook example of descriptive writing, and seems to have been written to be Discussed. (Note capital letter.) The Artist takes comfort and self-esteem from describing moments in foreign languages and an embedded part of the book is the layering of what is happening to The Artist now, a flashback of then, bridged and explained by his musing about Irish history and myths. Transitions within the chapter are nonexistent.Am I glad I read this book? Yes. Could you read this book more than once? Yes. I?m sure reading it multiple times will deepen your understanding of this book since there are many layers of meaning deliberately crafted into this story. While this book has a strong autobiographical feel, I?m sure John Kearns? fans, a fan of Irish history, or anyone who was once a 16 year old boy will resonate with ?The World.?The World
John Kearns
iUniverse, Inc. (2003)
ISBN 0595276628
Reviewed by Nina Larson for Reader Views (5 / 06)Nina Larson is a Reviewer for Reader Views.
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***"The Traitor's Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II" author Susan Higginbotham: BOOK REVIEW***

?The Traitor?s wife? is the story of Eleanor de Clare, the Granddaughter of King Edward I. The story starts with Eleanor as a young teen married to Hugh le Despenser. The match makes both Eleanor and Hugh very happy but happiness is not enough for Hugh. He pushes and fights to gain more until he manages his own destruction. Eleanor lives through the reigns of Edward II, her beloved uncle, and Edward III, her cousin. She is tossed about by the machinations and jealousies of others in a way that can only be done by queens, kings and consorts. Through all of this her only desire is to live in peace with her children and Hugh.I admit that it was confusing for a while telling all the Edwards, Hughs, Joans and Isabelles apart but the story, despite the plethora of Eleanor?s, was riveting. It had intrigue, schemes and romance. I felt every hurt and injustice that was inflicted upon Eleanor and her family. Isabella, Queen of Edward II was a true villain. She was self absorbed, greedy and hateful. I wanted Eleanor to be happy. I wanted Queen Isabella to die a horrible death. Unfortunately, Isabella lived to be an old woman.The bones of this story came from historical fact and documentation making the characters all the more real to me. As with most historical fiction it inspires me to learn more of the time period. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the medieval time period.The Traitor?s Wife
Susan Higginbotham
iUniverse (2005)
ISBN 9780595359592
Reviewed by Sondra Fowler for Reader Views (6 / 06)Sondra Fowler is a Reviewer for Reader Views.
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***"Under the Cloak of Darkness: The Story of John Apparite" author I. Michael Koontz: BOOK REVIEW***

If a fast paced and exciting mystery is what you yearn for, ?Under Cloak of Darkness? will give you everything you desire, and more. I love how author, I. Michael Koontz, has taken his lifelong, passionate interest in Cold War espionage and military history and put together such a well-written and thoroughly researched fictional tale. Without a doubt, the reader will be zealously turning pages to untwist the intense plot.?Under Cloak of Darkness? takes place about 50 years ago and is about a former FBI agent named John Apparite who is a huge fanatic of the Washington Senators baseball team. He now decides to join the most covert espionage program in existence with the promise of global travel, high pay and higher stakes. There can be no turning back once the commitment has been made, and complete secrecy is of major importance. Breaking the covenant of secrecy is immediate death. Many lives are dependent upon the outcome of the planned missions. The espionage program requires emotional detachment, learning to fight hand to hand combat, and mastery of the use of weapons. Apparite, who is known as Agent E, is given some very difficult tests to prove to his supervisor, the Director, of his readiness to progress to the mission he was hired to perform.Apparite is given a testing mission, and the goal will be to engage a barroom brawl while single handedly leaving everyone in the bar unconscious. The additional challenge is that no one is to be killed, if possible. Once this test task is successfully completed, Apparite is given his real mission. The American Scientist, Robert Kramer, is developing a portable solid rocket-fuel which is used to fire nuclear warheads from submarines, and the Soviets are trying to get Kramer?s missile secrets for themselves. Apparite?s mission is to kill Kramer, assume his identity, and trick the Soviets. I don?t want to reveal too much, but the adventure really takes off and never slows down with action and excitement on every page. All I can say is that one must read the book to feel the complete intensity generated in the ambience of the story. Knowing a friend from an enemy becomes almost impossible, thus the danger is extreme. Often time, the only thing to temporarily relieve Apparite from his stressful predicament is his love for the Washington Senators.What makes the story so unique is the personality of John Apparite and the relationship between himself, the Director, and Agent J. The required aloofness demanded of Apparite begins to take its toll, and we realize he has limitations and misgivings about killing others. He truly has human qualities after all! But, if Apparite shares these concerns, he must die. The demanded detachment becomes even more difficult when Apparite finds himself attracted to the pretty brunette stewardess on the flight to London, especially when he sees her a second time. Apparite becomes confused when his instinct to help another human being interferes with what he has been taught. Could not helping another have resulted in a best friend and colleague remaining alive?Koontz obviously did research on the historic locations Apparite visited and the numerous facts and figures scattered throughout the pages of ?Under Cloak of Darkness.? The descriptions of the British Museum and the famous Reading Room were enticing, as were the visits to St. Paul?s Cathedral.I have never thought of myself as being much of a fan of a thriller novel such as ?Under Cloak of Darkness,? but I have now changed my mind. Except for some parts which were a bit gruesome for my taste, but which unfortunately are probably only too accurate, I LOVED reading this story. ?Under Cloak of Darkness? is not for the meek, but if you like mystery, Cold War, and politics, I predict you will love it too! Personally, I found myself as entertained reading Koontz?s work as I was when I read ?The DaVinci Code.? I definitely look forward to the next book in this series on the adventures of John Apparite that I. Michael Koontz has promised us! I can hardly wait! This is definitely a must read!Under Cloak of Darkness: The Story of John Apparite
I. Michael Koontz
Five Star Publishing (2006)
ISBN 1594144311
Reviewed by Kelli Glesige for Reader Views (5 / 06)Kelli Glesige is a Reviewer for Reader Views.
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***"White Lightning Road" author Harry E. Gilleland, Jr.: BOOK REVIEW***

From the beginning, this book grabs your attention. We first focus on the story of Jenny. Immediately, we are told that Jenny has a killer watching her from the woods. We soon learn that it is uncertain whether the killer is human or a wild animal. Meanwhile, the story turns to romance and more uncertainty. Jenny has been through a year of trauma and tragedy, and we don't know what is in store for her.Then, the story focuses on Sally. Sally is Jenny's best friend. She is a part of Jenny's story, but not the focal point. Sally's story contains less mystery, but lots of romance and plot twists. Sally is at a different point in her life. With two divorces behind her, she is a single mother trying to make it in the world.The location, White Lightning Road, is in Louisiana. Both women did not enjoy growing up in this rural location. However, they are both brought back to this place several times in the book. The book also focuses on life in rural Louisiana, both positive and negative.I would say this book is geared toward female readers. It focuses on two strong female characters, and it contains lots of romance. Reading this book felt like I was watching a movie on the Lifetime for Women channel. I mean this as a compliment, as I love those movies. They draw you in and you are hooked. The same was true with this book. The writing was never boring. Every time I put the book down, I wanted to get back to it to find out what would happen next. There were surprises and plot twists, strong women
characters that I liked, and relationship oriented storylines. I would recommend this book to women of all ages.White Lightning Road
Harry E. Gilleland, Jr.
Lulu Press (2006)
ISBN 9781411686939
Reviewed by Lorraine Robins for Reader Views (6 / 06)Lorraine Robins is a reviewer for Reader Views.
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***The End of the World as We Know It: A Review of
***The End of the World as We Know It: A Review of "Earth Abides"***

When I was about twelve years old, my family purchased an ancient (or so it seemed at the time) set of scientific encyclopedias at a moving sale. Much of the information that filled those musty pages was outdated, even archaic, but one section drew my attention again and again. Perhaps a dozen pages located at the very end of one of the volumes, it was entitled, simply: What to do in the event of a Nuclear War.Those pages fascinated me, the concept that the world as I knew it could end with the mere push of a button. From elementary school, I remembered air raid drills -- hundreds of children kneeling in the hallway, hands clasped over bowed heads...And from that, my fascination with apocalyptic fiction was born. Even now, in my thirties, that fascination occasionally resurfaces, and on occasion, I'll still hunt high and low for new novels or something that I might have missed over the years.I discovered "Earth Abides" a few weeks ago in one of my searches, and I felt like I'd stumbled upon King Solomon's mine. Here was a real diamond in the rough."Earth Abides," by George R. Stewart, isn't the story of nuclear holocaust. Rather, it is the story of an earth gone horribly wrong. A disease, now run rampant, has done to mankind what mankind has failed to do to itself -- brought it to the brink of extinction.Young Isherwood, known to most as Ish, is perhaps, the last American. Saved, perhaps, by a perfectly-timed rattlesnake bite, Ish is left to witness a world devoid of people.Earth Abides is a gem of a book. Grand in scale and epic in scope, "Earth Abides" is gripping literary fiction."Earth Abides" is perhaps the most reflective piece of literature that I have read in the last half-dozen years. Through Ish's eyes, no stone is left unturned, both literally and philosophically. An observer at heart, Ish survives -- at least at first -- by standing aside and watching.The prose is deliberate and measured, and style mimics plot beautifully throughout the novel's pages. Stewart manages to set the mood beautifully from page one -- an eerie, desolate mood that is pervasive, and wholly apropos to the book's theme."Earth Abides" is not your typical science fiction novel, and in fact, I would hesitate to call it science fiction at all, "Earth Abides" is perhaps, better classified as speculative fiction -- a novel that dares to ask the question: What if?"Earth Abides" is a philosophical novel, a cyclical novel filled with symbolism and wonder. This is a novel where the term "American" takes on greater meaning, a novel where the first smashing of a window represents so much, a novel where something as simple as a hammer evolves into an object of rare importance.More importantly, this is a thoughtful, measured novel. There are truly no wasted words."Earth Abides" is a piece of little-known but classic literature. Though periodically it dates itself with slightly archaic language, and mentions of near-forgotten things, such as buffalo nickels and DDT being sold in the corner pharmacy, this book still stands the test of time.What "Earth Abides" is not, however, is a book of action. If earthquakes and nuclear missiles and erupting volcanoes are what you're looking for, then you'll need to look further. This is not a book to rush through from thought to finish. This is a book for which you'll need to wear your thinking cap.** For those who like this type of literature, be sure to check out "Alas, Babylon" and "A Gift Upon the Shore".Lisa is an author on http: / / www.Writing.Com / which is a site for Writing.

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***The Physics of Fiction: A Review of
***The Physics of Fiction: A Review of "King of the Sun"***

If the law of kinetic energy applied to novels, then "King of the Sun" by A.A. McFedries would have turned out just fine. After all, a body in motion tends to remain in motion, while a body at rest tends to remain at rest.Unfortunately, the physics of fiction work a little differently, and often, that all-important forward motion is somehow, somewhere, lost."King of the Sun" impressed me almost immediately with both its rocket-fueled momentum and its pervasively creepy atmosphere. This was going to be a book to read late at night, lights blazing brightly, shades drawn tightly closed against the night."King of the Sun" follows Alicia Aldrich, a homicide detective on the male-dominated California Highway Patrol, as she investigates a series of peculiar, violent homicides. Though not by themselves unusual for the California police, the homicides, complete with mutilations, steer Alicia down an otherworldly path.Though at first this appears to be a wonderful novel, "King of the Sun"'s major problem is that it stalls midway through the novel. It's not that we, as readers, don't grow to care about Alicia, nor is it that we don't wonder what's in store for her. It's simply that at a certain point, there is no longer any forward motion to propel the plot -- or the reader -- along, and in fact, "King of the Sun" often backtracks, repeatedly retracing its own steps, and covering territory we've been over before -- sometimes several times.If "King of the Sun" were a person engaging you in conversation, you might very gently, elbow him in the ribs and whisper, "Just get on with it.""King of the Sun" gets mired in its own philosophical questions. Do aliens / ufos exist? What do they want from us? An entire chapter consists mainly of book excerpts on the possibility of ufos and extraterrestrial life. That's a major fiction no-no.And though "King of the Sun" does manage to hold some of its ambient creepiness through to the end (with some majorly spine-crawling moments), it is still a textbook example of wasted potential.McFedries tries very hard to make "King of the Sun" work. Both protagonist and antagonist -- the otherworldly Amos Joy -- are well thought-out and well executed. A.A. McFedries has a solid writing style, and the enviable ability of being able to evoke mood. In fact, McFedries could have taken this story all the way.However, what "King of the Sun" lacks is cohesiveness, and unfortunately, the parts of this story that held the latent energy so essential to good fiction are laid aside. The homicides are laid aside and all but forgotten by the time the novel is halfway over. Alicia's rocky relationship with her family is laid aside, as is her relationship with her ex-partner. Even the much hinted at "real reason" she survived a near death experience is really never delved into in any depth. In the end, "King of the Sun"'s single-mindedness is its own downfall.Even the climax lacks cohesiveness, as if McFedries couldn't quite decide on a single resolution, instead, choosing three separate endings and blending them together into one mud puddle of a mess.Ultimately, "King of the Sun" reads like a too-long short story, one that is long on potential and short on execution. And in the end, my sentiments on this book are much the same as the sentiments many an editor has shared with aspiring writers...Good potential, but not quite there. Keep at it, and try me again sometime.Lisa is an author on http: / / www.Writing.Com / which is a site for Poetry Contests.

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***One Remarkable Journey: A Review of
***One Remarkable Journey: A Review of "K-PAX"***

With its grandiose world-building efforts and imagination-bending speculative science, science fiction so often tends to be larger than life. Efforts in this genre, if they're not epic, groundbreaking, or mind-blowing, are considered, somehow, inferior -- and maybe there is truth in that, since science fiction, is, after all, a speculative genre.But speculative material can also be found in simplicity -- in the world we inhabit in this time, in this place. In fact, "K-PAX" by Gene Brewer is refreshing for just that simplicity.The premise of K-PAX is this: a psychiatrist in a mental hospital is treating a patient, Prot, who believes he is from the planet K-PAX. The dramatic question, of course, is this: Is Prot an extraordinarily disturbed man, or is he, perhaps, really from another world?K-PAX is almost entirely about perception, and Gene Brewer balances the two sides of possibility deftly, keeping them remarkably, perfectly, symmetrical.Or does he?The novel is written from the point of view of Gene Brewer (and yes, the author places himself as a character in the novel), a psychiatrist with a very busy schedule. Acting director of the institution, Brewer juggles meetings, internal politics, and patients, barely having time enough left over for his family. When a colleague refers the case to him, however, it seems unusual and challenging enough that he just can't resist, and so, he is introduced to Prot.Prot is one of the more extraordinary characters found in current science fiction. He is extraordinary in just how well fleshed-out he is. Under Gene Brewer's (as author) expert craftsmanship, Prot lives and breathes, taking shape and form as multi-dimensionally as any character could hope for.In fact, Prot and his delusion are so complete, and so enticing, that two distinct things happen:One, on a reader's level, Gene Brewer, without actually having the characters set foot on another planet, manages to bring an alien world to life.Two, within the novel, Prot manages to touch every other character that graces the pages of "K-PAX". Perhaps he is only a mental patient, but he is also a healer and a man of great wisdom, and there are many a patient (and perhaps a staff member or two) that desperately want to accompany him when he returns to his home planet.Brewer brings to life a cast of characters, all remarkable, all believable, though some only exist for a mere two or three pages. There is Bess, a sad soul who believes that she deserves nothing. There is Chuck, former doorman, who thinks that everyone (with the exception of Prot) stinks. There is Maria, with her multitude of alter personalities, and there are Ernie and Howie, two unlikely roommates. On the pages of "K-PAX" you'll find some of the best characterization in science fiction.Stylistically, "K-PAX" is very breezy and pensive all at once. Gene Brewer has an easy writing style that doesn't draw attention to itself once -- the mark of a great writer -- and the story flows readily from page to page.And "K-PAX" works well even if you don't consider yourself a science fiction aficionado. As reflective as it is, it reads equally well as a study of human nature under marked circumstances, and drops all sorts of philosophical questions into the reader's lap.Whether you believe that Prot is truly from K-PAX, or whether you believe that he is simply a man deluded, this is a novel of uncanny sensitivity and insight. Alternately touching and hilarious, "K-PAX" is one remarkable journey -- one on which you should definitely hitch a ride.Lisa is an author on http: / / www.Writing.Com / which is a site for Fiction Writing.

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***Interview for
***Interview for "Dragon Lady" author Cinda Anderson***

Today we are talking with Cinda Anderson, author of novel ?Dragon Lady.? This bawdy novel is about an older woman, in spite of her doubts, searches for love and Mr. Right.Juanita: Thank you for talking with us today Cinda. Please tell us, in your words, the story of Dragon Lady.Cinda: Patricia was created so that readers could have some good giggles about her search for love.Juanita: What inspired you to write Dragon Lady?Cinda: I needed a break from more serious work. I felt like having some bawdy fun with a character who has sexual thoughts and fantasies as good as a man.Juanita: How does Patricia, even with all her doubts, still manage to stay positive and have fun in her search for love?Cinda: She has a quirky mind that is always focused on the next turn of the road. Her only true doubt is whether there is a dragon match for her in life.Juanita: What life lesson / s does Patricia have to teach your readers?Cinda: Have fun on the quest for love and acceptance.Juanita: Who is the reading audience for Dragon Lady?Cinda: This book is written for a general adult audience, both males and females have enjoyed advance readings. It's a good beach book.Juanita: Is there any of you in lead character Patricia?Cinda: I would deny it, but friends will disagree.Juanita: How about any of the other characters, are they based on anyone you know?Cinda: Some of the events in Patricia's life are based on fact. Others are pure fiction, a high school buddy inspired her family life.Juanita: Give us a little history on your writing career?Cinda: Dragon Lady is my third book. My other books in print are : "Voices of the Great Depression - The 1930's", "For the Deer Childrun", and "Observations of an Idiot".Juanita: What is your inspiration and purpose for writing?Cinda: I am inspired daily to write people's stories that need to be told, and to impact society in a positive way.Juanita Watson is the Assistant Editor for Reader Views.
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***"Dragon Lady" author Cinda Anderson: BOOK REVIEW***

Dragon Lady
Cinda Anderson
Authorhouse (2004)
ISBN 1414056559
Reviewed by Ellen Hogan for Reader Views (3 / 06)Dragon Lady is a story about a 50 something's woman and her quest to find true love. It is written in journal style with her thoughts and memories of loves past. For some reason or other they were never the right one.Now though, Patricia is on a mission to find her soul mate by the end of the year. Through most of the year she has no luck at all until she meets Conrad. He comes to work with Patricia's bosses on a project and they meet when he arrives. There is flirting back and forth and finally Conrad asks Patricia to dinner. Her usual way of attracting men does not work on Conrad and she is dumbfounded by this. They date for several months and just when she is ready to give up, things turn around.Patricia's character is quirky and amusing. You just have to keep reading to see what she is going to come up with next. Conrad is the perfect foil for her. All the way through the book you find yourself rooting for the two of them.It would probably be considered a woman's book, but I think a man might enjoy it too. It is definitely a good lighthearted, feel good book.Ellen Hogan is a Reviewer for Reader Views.
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***Interview for
***Interview for "Straightjacket" author Richard E. Sall***

Reader Views is happy to be talking with Richard E. Sall, author of the new fast-paced medical suspense-drama ?Straightjacket.? Richard is being interviewed by Juanita Watson, Assistant Editor of Reader ViewsJuanita: Thanks for joining us today Richard. Please tell what inspired you to write your book ?Straightjacket??Richard: This started off as a series of medical vignettes by doctors in the hospital setting. I collected them because they told what doctors were thinking while caring for patients. The idea of incorporating them into a book was presented to a film producer friend of mine. He inspired me to put them into a storyline. My experience in a surgical residency became the center of the story and it flowed from there.Juanita: What is the storyline and tell us about the main characters of your book?Richard: Joe Grady is a surgery resident is in the last month of his long training program when he discovers that he hasn?t done enough surgery to qualify for certification by his chief of Surgery, ?Little Hitler?. He has become enemies with the Hospital Administrator who is intent on punishing him for not playing ball with hospital politics. He refuses to give in to the bean counters.Increasingly, he is getting involved with a nurse, Linda Jablonski, who has a demented mother. The mother is possessive of her daughter and is physically threatening.A pathology resident becomes his best friend and confidante. A few unexplained deaths become the focus of their attention as he struggles to complete his surgery requirement.As his last 30 days near the end, the tension increases, culminating in an all out struggle for survival.Juanita: Joe Grady is characterized as sarcastic, powerful, calm and in control ? a strong image and a hero that wants only to care for his patients. Where did the idea of this character come from and is there a little of you in the personality of Joe Grady?Richard: The character came from an actual surgeon I once knew. Yes, there is a little of me in the personality of Joe Grady. The problem in real life is that contrary to our desire for independence and nonconformity?traits that we admire in a fantasy character in stories; they are destructive in the real world of today because there isn?t much room for independent thought or action. Our society has become increasingly demanding of conformity.Juanita: What has been your history with the medical system?Richard: After internship I was drafted as a medical officer with a combat unit called the Third Armored Cavalry. Then I went through a surgical residency followed by private medical practice.
Eventually, I became board certified in Medicine after post graduate study. I worked in every department of the hospital including a rotation through Children?s Hospital and Pathology. Presently, I work daily in a clinic setting in Occupational Medicine.Juanita: Your main character Joe Grady is forced to undergo an almost impossible residency program. Tell us about his predicament and the realities of true life residency programs.Richard: The Surgical Residency Program was the hardest thing I experienced in my lifetime. In fact, I think it caused a post traumatic neurosis that required many years for me to overcome. It is a carryover from the old days when one had to prove their self worth by undergoing a painful rite of passage.Juanita: There seems to be a high level of chaos and drama going on at Detroit General Hospital. Though this is a fiction, do you feel most hospitals have a certain level of chaos and drama bubbling under the surface?Richard: All busy city hospitals are chaotic because of the human condition. Many times it is the visitors rather than the patients that are causing problems. Or the social interaction of hospital staff members can cause conflicts. Or maybe a hundred other things that can come in the door. It?s no place for a sissy.Juanita: Your book is said to be wildly funny and deeply satirical. Is there a certain amount of disillusionment that happens with new medical workers that genuinely want to help people over and above concerning themselves with the political and personal dramas going on around them?Richard: Disillusionment undoubtedly occurs in new medical workers after real hospital experiences. This is a correction to their naivety. Humor occurs in real life experiences. People can be funny.Juanita: How has the constant drive to make more money and cut costs changed the face of hospitals and the medical industry?Richard: Big time.Juanita: You have a number of themes going on in ?Straightjacket.? What does Joe Grady have to teach your readers about the ?coming of age? process of a surgeon, love, hope and healing?Richard: Joe Grady has the determination and strength to overcome adversity to such an extent that nothing can deter him from achieving his professional goal. When love intervenes other complications ensue. Compromise becomes the order of the day.Juanita: There seem to be an ever increasing amount of programs on television surrounding hospitals, emergency rooms, surgeries ? real life and fictional dramas. Why do you think the public is so interested in what goes on behind the door of our hospitals?Richard: People are interested in other people i.e. human interest stories.Juanita: I have heard that ?Straightjacket? really is a hilarious medical drama causing readers to laugh throughout at the many ?goings on? surrounding Joe Grady. Tell us about the humorous nature of ?Straightjacket? and does this reflect your own personal outlook?Richard: Sarcasm and human behavior are funny in this story similar to a ?Dirty Harry? story which is also a drama.Juanita: Richard, what do you hope readers take away after reading ?Straightjacket??Richard: Readers should develop a greater appreciation of hospital based professionals, particularly general surgeons and nurses. It is a calling for these dedicated individuals who are driven by their humanitarian ideology.Juanita: Richard, who would enjoy reading your book?Richard: All readers.Juanita: How can readers find out more about you and your book ?Straightjacket??Richard: Amazon.com and my web site http: / / www.occmedcentral.comJuanita: Thanks for talking with us today, Richard. Your book ?Straightjacket? is getting rave reviews and we were excited to get the chance to speak with you. Are there any last thoughts you?d like to share with your readers?Richard: I hope readers get as much enjoyment reading this book as I had writing it.Juanita Watson is the Assistant Editor for Reader Views.
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***"Straightjacket" author Richard E. Sall: BOOK REVIEW***

Straightjacket
Richard E. Sall
BookSurge (2006)
ISBN 1419630547
Reviewed by Joanne Benham for Reader Views (5 / 06)When Dr. Joe Grady refused to write a prescription for painkilling drugs for Trick Edwards, Mr. Edwards called the hospital administrator and threatened to go to the media. Joe is called on the carpet to explain why he denied care to a patient, especially one who threatened to jeopardize funding on the fifty-million dollar expansion planned for Detroit General Hospital. Displeased with Joe's reasoning, the administrator decides to punish him by making him complete his residency in 30 days. In order to reach that goal, Joe must complete ten major cases during that time. So the race is on.As Joe struggles to find, and finish, his ten cases, he is also engaged in other struggles. One of them is to persuade Linda to marry him, even though her mother, a whacked-out loon with Mob connections, threatens to have him offed if he doesn't stay away from her daughter. Another is discovering the reason for a patient's mysterious death. Is it linked to another death in the hospital, which could mean they have a serial killer loose? His biggest struggle is with the hospital administration as they ruthlessly slash costs, firing nurses and technicians and replacing them with poorly trained and under-supervised drones, who will work for much less money.I truly enjoyed this book. The characters are well-developed, the dialog is crisp and not too crowded with doctor-speak. I can't even remember how many times I found myself laughing out loud, especially when reading about Linda's mother, truly the mother-in-law from hell. There is also an underlying message in this book, as it details just what happens when hospitals start worrying more about the financial bottom line than their patients.Joanne Benham is a Reviewer for Reader Views.
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***Interview for
***Interview for "Secrets" author Rebecka Vigus***

Today, Reader Views is very excited to be talking with Rebecka Vigus, author of mystery / thriller novel ?Secrets.? This is the third book published by Rebecka, and we at Reader Views are very happy to say, she is also one of our long time, highly respected volunteer reviewers. Rebecka is talking with Juanita Watson, Assistant Editor for Reader Views.Juanita: Thank you for speaking with us today Rebecka. Please tell us the story of your new mystery / thriller ?Secrets.?Rebecka: Secrets is about a small town whose beloved librarian is murdered. Constable Buck Wise who grew up in Oak Grove and thought he knew the town learns that things are not always what they seem. He stumbles on to several secrets on his way to finding a killer.Juanita: Where did the idea for this particular storyline and the characters come from?Rebecka: Miss Emily Meeks the librarian was a woman I happened to see sitting in a restaurant. I wrote her physical description on the back of my placemat. The original idea was to have her keeping diaries of all the people in town, but that did not fit with the character.Juanita: This is your third book, what inspired you to write this novel?Rebecka: I have wanted to write a novel for as long as I can remember. I even have several starts to novels, but the characters were flat and the plots were dead end. This novel just seemed to write itself.Juanita: When did you start writing, and can you give us a little insight into your writing career?Rebecka: I started writing in the sixth grade when my reading teacher had us writing nonsense poems. He said that I had talent. I believed that and wrote every chance I got. Poetry was my first venue. I took writing classes in high school and college. I had a college professor who told me that I had talent; however she didn?t know how to help me develop it. So, I?ve read every book I can get my hands on to improve my writing skills.Juanita: What fuels your passion for writing?Rebecka: Life. The things that happen every day make a story. If you think about it, you can put a spin on going to the market. Who did you talk to along the way? What did you see? A good storyteller makes the ordinary sound extraordinary.Juanita: Rebecka, where do you live, and how do your surroundings add to your creative environment?Rebecka: I live in a small rural town in northeastern lower Michigan. Small towns have a life of their own. Everyone knows everyone. Half the town is related to the other half. It helped to give me a foundation for the town of Oak Grove. I enjoy a good hike in the woods or swim in the creek, so it seemed only natural that my characters would too.Juanita: Small towns do have the reputation of not a lot of privacy. Do you feel that ?everyone knowing everyone??and everything is a good thing, or more of a hindrance?Rebecka: It has its pros and cons. If you are aware of your surroundings and what is happening you can be safer. It is a hindrance in that sometimes people think they know what is going on and they are misinformed and then pass along misinformation. If you like your privacy it is sometimes hard to find.Juanita: How did this reality of small town life translate over into Oak Grove, and the secrets just under the surface?Rebecka: I grew up in small towns and small communities. I know from experience that some people seem to know all the secrets. Whether or not they tell them is another story. Buck Wise grew up in Oak Grove. Bringing his family back there to live was for him a return to what was familiar. Things he had known as a child were still the same. Miss Emily was still the librarian. Some of his friends had taken over their father?s businesses. I think he was surprised to find out that although his home was the same if you took it at face value, it was something different when you started digging up all its secrets. Something he had to do to find a killer.Juanita: You have been a teacher for over 20 years. Can you tell us about your teaching career?Rebecka: Wow, loaded question. I did my student teaching in an inner city school in Flint, Michigan. I was teaching grades 9-12 English and literature. Then I spent three years substitute teaching, teaching adult education and summer school while I looked for a position. I was also working on my Masters Degree in Reading and Learning Disabilities. When I came to teach in the West Branch-Rose City School System, I was teaching middle school special education. In the mornings I taught in West Branch and the afternoons in Rose City. By mid year I was teaching grades 4-6 in Rose City. I have also taught developmental reading and writing at the local community college for eight years. While in the elementary I?ve taught grades K-4. I currently teach grades seven and eight special education. Next year will see me in grades 4, 7 and 8.Juanita: Rebecka, how important do your feel it is for school kids to explore writing?Rebecka: I think kids should be encouraged to tell stories from an early age. Kids have wonderful imaginations if people are willing to listen. Let them dictate stories and get someone to type them. Let the kids do their own illustrations. My daughter has notebooks full of the stories she wrote as a child. My granddaughter is starting to fill her own notebooks with stories.Juanita: ?Secrets? is written in a succinct way that allows a wide range for your reading audience. Tell us who you?d like to read your book and any insights you may have on your particular style allowing for such diversity.Rebecka: I believe in being straight forward. There is no need to add things that will slow down the story line. As to who might read it, my middle school students are buying it and those who cannot afford it are checking it out of the library. My father enjoyed it. This is one of those books that if you like a good ?who done it? you might want to read.Juanita: What do you hope readers take away after reading ?Secrets??Rebecka: A sense that justice was served, but also that you can be safe and make your community safe. It makes good sense to know who your neighbors are.Juanita: Rebecka, can you elaborate on the particular themes we will find in ?Secrets??Rebecka: There is the theme of family running through it as well as good vs evil. There is man against man. There is greed that is seen with the mob connections. I don?t know if self importance is seen as a theme but there is some of that also.Juanita: You?ve written a poetry collection, an honest book on single parenting and now a mystery novel. What is your next writing adventure?Rebecka: I?ve already started working on another novel. This one too will be a mystery. It is not yet titled and has different characters and a different setting. I will tell you that it deals with arson.Juanita: Rebecka, your website is titled ?Pen a Dream.? Elaborate on your obvious heartfelt mission to be a muse and inspire the imagination and dreams of your readers.Rebecka: I would hope that anyone who visits my website will find that you can follow your dreams. It may take time and hard work, but if you believe in yourself, you can attain your goals.Juanita: Rebecka, what has being a grandmother taught you?Rebecka: It?s taught me a whole new way of looking at the world. My most humbling experience came when my granddaughter said to me, ?Granny, I never had anyone dedicate a book to me before.? She was so awe struck by that thought. I hadn?t thought about what it might mean to her. My grandson is a storyteller in his own right, however he is more into ninja?s and power rangers, so his stories run along those lines. I just listen.Juanita: Thank you for talking with us today Rebecka. How can your readers find out more about you and your endeavors?Rebecka: My website http: / / www.penadream.com has all of my current books on it. It also includes some background on me and some insights to what is going on with my writing. I love getting e- mail so they can hit the contact me button and send me e-mail. I still answer it all.Juanita Watson is the Assistant Editor for Reader Views.
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***"Secrets" author Rebecka Vigus: BOOK REVIEW***

Secrets
Rebecka Vigus
Infinity Publishing (2006)
ISBN 074143105X
Reviewed by Beverly Pechin for Reader Views (4 / 06)You're captured from the start... but the killer isn't!There are very few books that will truly grab you from the very first page but Rebecka Vigus found a way. The story begins with murder and continues to pull you in with questions and half-answers about the mystery at hand.A beloved, very plain and ordinary librarian is found dead is a small Detroit suburb that rarely finds anything more exciting than their local drunk in the newspapers. From the first page where they begin with finding the body, to the last page where you hope they've found the answers, the author keeps your attention fully.Written in a text that is very different and somewhat "large" helps make the read not only easier physically but mentally as you truly feel like you're reading something real from someone's notebook. You almost feel yourself being brought into this small town and bit by bit finding out information that amazes you.Nothing is what it seems, the past is definitely not what it seemed and the future is truly in question as one of the main characters, Constable Buck Wise, weaves his way through a series of discoveries.A great read, well presented and thrilling enough to keep your attention from the beginning, Rebecka Vigus manages to present a thriller that truly is entertaining and enjoyable. Thrill readers of most ages from young adult to the very old can enjoy sitting back and reading a clean, well presented thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat until you close it. The ability to keep your attention without blood, gore and non-stop sex makes this mystery even more enticing to those looking for something exciting but not too intense.I think Ms. Vigus has captured the essence of a modern day Agatha Christie without all the pomp and circumstance. Grab it today, read it quickly and hope she comes out with another one soon!Beverley Pechin is a Reviewer for Reader Views.
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***Interview for
***Interview for "Jill 9" author J.D. Tynan***

Reader Views is talking today with J.D. Tynan, author of mystery / suspense novel ?Jill 9.? J.D. is speaking with Juanita Watson, Assistant Editor of Reader Views. Juanita: Hi J. D., thanks for talking with us today. Please give your readers an idea of the storyline of ?Jill 9.?J.D.:Jill 9 is a suspenseful story of a weathergirl who has been targeted by a serial killer from afar. There is a bit of a love triangle also, keeping the reader very much on the edge of their seats, wondering why these men have come into her life at the same time.Juanita: What inspired you to write ?Jill 9??J.D.:I had started off writing women?s fiction and a little romance, but wanted to try my hand at a good mystery. To see if I could create diversions to keep the reader guessing around every turn of the page.Juanita: Who are the main characters and what motivates them in this story?J.D.: Jill is a weathergirl who has spent her life in pursuit of her career. In the back of her mind, she?s always thought about a boy she saw on a Connecticut beach many years before. She lives with her roommate, Anita who is a kick in the pants and the best friend a girl can have. Ian is the FBI agent who has been assigned to the Jill murders in CT. He?s divorced, incredibly bitter and a workaholic with no time for a life. His motivation is to stop a killer before they strike again, knowing full well what it feels like to let someone down, Ian is obsessed with never getting to personal ever again.Juanita: Are any of the characters in ?Jill 9? based on anyone you know?J.D.: I used a little bit of a couple different men I knew in Connecticut many years ago to create Elias. Sort of a spoiled, arrogant man who gets everything he ever wants. Anita might be a few of my friends all mixed together, but generally, everyone is a creation of my imagination.Juanita: Did you have to do any research in preparation for writing ?Jill 9??J.D.: Just a little bit of FBI research, like where the branches are in different US cities. I made up most of the locations in Vancouver, WA, although the story takes place in a city in which I live in. I just tweaked the scenery a bit to keep it fictional. Other than that, I just kept things general and didn?t go into too much detail about crime fighting and all that.Juanita: Tell us about the theme of love that runs through your story and the love triangle predicament Jill Walker finds herself in?J.D.:Jill has a long time thing for a boy she saw on the beach years ago. Her friend Anita finally convinces Jill to give up on the mystery boy and start dating ?real? men. So, Jill accepts a date with a handsome man she meets. When Ian Hamlin shows up, Jill is already involved with Elias and yet, seeing the boy (Ian) from her past again, has her heart torn in two. It?s a very steamy, exciting love triangle and I can?t say anything more than that without giving secrets away.Juanita: What do the main characters have to teach your readers?J.D.:Forgiveness is a huge one. Forgiving yourself and others. I guess following your heart would be another. But I think the huge one is that?Fashion magazines cannot be a deciding factor in who you love?LOL!Juanita: The book takes place in the Pacific Northwest. What is your connection with this area and how did you decide for this to be the setting of ?Jill 9??J.D.: I was born in Portland, lived in Bend, Oregon and then 6 years ago, I moved to Vancouver, where the novel takes place. I love the Pac Northwest. It?s a beautiful place to live and I like writing about my surroundings. It helps me stay connected to my characters.Juanita: Your book has the possibility of a wide range of readers. Who would enjoy reading ?Jill 9??J.D.: I think fans of both romance and mysteries will like Jill 9. There is a bit of swearing and some steamy love scenes, but it?s a lot of fun. It?s a quick read and very entertaining. I think it?s got something for every reader.Juanita: What motivates you to write and what about the process do you most enjoy?J.D.: I get motivated by the voices in my head. Sometimes it?s as if I have a soap opera going on in my head and people are talking and laughing and sometimes arguing. It?s quite distracting, but when I get a chance to sit down and get it all out, I feel at peace. I guess what I love most about the process is just being able to create an entirely different world and I get to say what goes on in that little private world. It?s rather fun!Juanita: Do you have any other books in the works?J.D.: Yes, I am constantly editing and rewriting the other 8 manuscripts that I have completely, but right now, I am slowly working on the sequel to Charlie Ford Meets Secret Agent Man, a novel that will be out next January through A Better Be Write Publisher.Juanita: What has been your experience with self publishing and getting ?Jill 9? out there the public?J.D.: Jill 9 is not self published. It?s published through a very small company called A Better Be Write. It?s difficult to get the word out just because I have a limited budget and I work two jobs. I think publishing has changed dramatically and now authors are expected to do much of our own publicizing, which can be a downer sometimes when I realize just how many books there are out there. It?s a humbling experience to walk into a bookstore.Juanita: How can readers find out more about you and your endeavors?J.D.: They can visit www.jdtynan.com for more information. Also, www.abetterbewrite.com for all the publishers information. We are small, but we are holding our own and getting our names into the publishing world.Juanita: Thanks for talking with us today J.D. We look forward to seeing many more books from you in the future. Do you have any last thoughts for your readers?J.D.: I?d like to say that reading fiction should be fun and I?m trying to do is bring a little entertainment to my readers. Happy reading!Juanita Watson is the Assistant Editor for Reader Views.
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***"The Path: A Spiritual Journey" Author Heather and Verne Thomas: Book Review***

The Path: A Spiritual Journey
Heather and Verne Thomas
Table Mountain Press (2005)
ISBN 0976285800
Reviewed by Deah Jackson for Reader Views (3 / 06)I have to say that I was skeptical of an ?educational novel? or ?religious fiction? as some have categorized this book. But if any book is an educational novel ?The Path: A Spiritual Journey? is just that! To me, I would call it an ?educational page turner?, so that more people would pick up this fantastic book. ?The Path? follows the journey of a young Jewish boy Nathan, who experiences tragedy early on in his life and goes on a life journey. Along his journey, Nathan meets and encounters different people who become his teachers / mentors and also finds and experiences love. I don?t want to give away too much of the plot ? but it is such a great story with an excellent message about how more similar than different religions are, and about faith.I was surprised how much I learned about other religions by reading this book. The authors must have done so much research gathering accurate and historical information, and then weaving it into the story line. One would think that the story would be lost with all of the information that is contained in this book, but that is not the case. I almost cried within the first several chapters, and rooted for Nathan coming into his own and finding his place throughout the whole story. It is a story that will pull you in emotionally and intellectually.I would recommend this book for anyone who wants a good read, or anyone who wants to learn more about other religions - basically anyone. I wish that my Philosophy and Religion professor knew about this book when I took the course my sophomore year in college, because I got so much more from reading this book than 16 weeks in a college course!All I can say is that when I finished ?The Path,? I was pleasantly surprised, educated and finished the book a more inspired and open-minded woman! Five stars!Deah Jackson is a Reviewer for Reader Views.
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***"Beneath A Marble Sky" author John Shors: BOOK REVIEW***

It's simply not often you find a story that touches you so deeply that you truly weep on its pages. But remember, not all crying is sadness. This book takes you through the lives of a Royal Family and it is truly so profound that you find yourself lost in its pages. You will find yourself holding your breath, crying for joy and sobbing for the losses you feel. You truly become one with the book and the book is written with such profoundness that you cannot help but feel every ounce of emotion involved in the story.While it is a book of fiction, it is also firmly based on the truth of history. Many aspects of life in Asia (India, Persia, etc.) are so true to life that you cannot help but become encompassed by the life style and ways.It begins with the Emperor's daughter, Jahara, telling her story of love and war, life and death. It tells of her family and how one evil, heartless brother can change their world. And most enthralling of all, it tells the story of the Taj Mahal (one of the eight Wonders of the World) being constructed, as an everlasting sign of the love Jahara?s father had for her mother.The author is quick to point out that while his story is based on fact, it is definitely a work of fiction. People debate to this day as to the length of time it took to build the Taj Mahal and who the head Architect was that was in charge of the project itself. While the story of the reason behind the Taj Mahal has been something told over and over in Asia, the Western World has heard very little of the intimate love story involved. The author brings this age old traditional tale to the Western World in a way that simply amazes you from the very first page.Jahara tells the story of her life and history to her own grandchildren, in order to hopefully bring her Empire back to the greatness it once was. As her granddaughters have come of age they are given the responsibility of a secret well hidden for many years, as they grew up never knowing they were of royalty. Jahara begins at the very beginnings of her father's love for her mother, as he meets her in a bead shop and instantly falls in love. Being of royalty he cannot marry beneath him and knows that he must follow the rules he has been born into, but simply will not let this rest. His father gives in to this desire in the end, and with many rules and deals, decides that his son may marry the woman he loves so very much if he abides by what the father needs him to do before the marriage. Waiting 5 years, they finally get to marry and from that day forth never separate again until death. She tells of the births of her siblings and herself, of the moments she stole with her parents, seeing their undeniable love for each other. She tells of the ways of the Empire and royalty in that time and of how women were simply second class citizens. Yet somehow, her father was wise well beyond his years and saw the importance of his women's minds and abilities. This insight allowed him to rule his kingdom in near bliss until his oldest son becomes a horrible threat, not only to the kingdom but to the happiness of the family.The author somehow tells of every minor detail of the life of a princess in India with such intensity you wonder how he can not truly be the princess herself. He tells of friendships, so loyal that you cannot believe and of love so profound it stands the test of not only time but hatred and sabotage. He shows how easy it is to give up your own desires and dreams, simply to make others happy. He shows how love can be everlasting and hatred can eat a person's mind away, creating unhappiness so profound it borders insanity. He shows all of this through the wise eyes of princess growing up and growing old.It is very rare that you will find a book this intense, this fulfilling and this intriguing. By the end of this wonderful story not only had I laughed, cried and held my breath but I was so intrigued with the ways and lives of Asia that I began to delve into investigating the Taj Mahal itself. After reading the book, you no longer see just a building of extreme beauty... you see so much more.Truly one of the best reads of 2006 and hopefully for years to come as I think everyone of every age would benefit from reading this historical fiction. My teenage daughter heard about the story and immediately staked claims on the book, the minute I finished. It can intrigue males and females, teens and adults. It's simply filled with so much knowledge that you walk away a changed person. And in the end, you will wonder if you are as strong as you thought. Could you end up the way this beautiful princess did? Could you make the same choices so easily? You will dream of India in a whole new way, even without a plane ticket there. Lucky for us, we can go there through the eyes of a princess and see the Taj Mahal in a way many never will. Don't miss the opportunity to see the world from a whole new perspective.Beneath a Marble Sky
John Shors
New American Library (2006)
ISBN 0451218469
Reviewed by Beverly Pechin for Reader Views (5 / 06)Beverley Pechin is a Reviewer for Reader Views.
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#fiction #historical #TajMahal #Shors
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***Review for Tailwind: Days of Cottonmouths and Cotton Candy*** unimarter UniMarter
***Review for Tailwind: Days of Cottonmouths and Cotton Candy***

Title: Tailwind: Days of Cottonmouths and Cotton CandyAuthor: Lad MoorePublisher: BeWrite BooksPublisher's Address: 363 Badminton Road, Nibley, Bristol,BS37 5JFISBN number: 1-904492-02-9Price: $16.75Publisher phone number and / or website address: www.bewrite.netTailwind: Days of Cottonmouths and Cotton CandyBy Lad MooreReview by Aaron Paul LazarAuthor of the LeGarde Mystery SeriesTailwind shines with vignettes that drip like pearls of dew, one at a time, to be savored as cool water on a parched tongue. Each story, replete with humor and pathos, transports the reader to the world of rural East Texas in the mid-twentieth century. Mr. Moore?s boyhood was filled with toy soldiers, hot tar on bare feet, fireflies, and shenanigans born of times less electronic, less structured, and certainly less affluent than today.Imagine sitting around a campfire with a storyteller whose history blazes with events so exotic, so traumatic, and yet so rich that they captivate you with greater intensity than the biggest Hollywood blockbuster. Now, envision the author speaking in a comfortable voice, resonant with humility and humor. This is Lad Moore. This is a writer for all mankind, a universal genius.Mr. Moore writes with a folksy elegance that is unparalleled in this age. Reminiscent of the great American masters, Tailwind should and will be included as a fundamental part of America?s heritage. The ultimate revelation comes when readers discover that Mr. Moore?s tales are true ? stemming from a tumultuous and difficult childhood in which he was abandoned by his mother at six months, barely raised by a glamorous, oft-absent father, and shipped off to military school at the age of eight. Betrayed by his father?s second wife, who stole the family fortune, Mr. Moore suffered poverty with his beloved grandmother, but thankfully was taught of deeper riches via her warm affection and exemplary morality.Tailwind becomes an extension of one?s being. This reader allowed himself a story every few days ? stretching the experience as long as possible, relishing each chapter with nostalgic reverence.Take for example, the following vignettes:In ?Bologna Sandwich Ceasefires,? young Lad entertains himself with sweetgum armies, creating legions of soldiers from twigs, spent bullet casings, and acorn hulls. Using rubber band missiles, he demolishes entire battalions in an afternoon.?Cannon fire ? sweetgum burs collected in a Mrs. Tucker?s lard can ? rained down on the standing forces from the hill above them. Shots fell equally, alternating between the armies, with full sound effects coughed out from deep in my throat. After the barrage, casualty count determined the winner and loser. Soldiers that lost their upright stance from the bombardment must be broken in half ? not to be recycled. A mass grave awaited them in the storm sewer.?In ?Nitelites,? young Lad imagines he is a railway signalman, waving firefly ?lanterns? in the air as trains rush past in the dark night. He confesses of ?smudge pot rolling,? as well.??rolling smudge pots was worth it. I could suffer a little tennis-shoe cleanup to see the trail of flaming oil spilling out as the pot rolled down the street. On a good hill, and a skillful roll, I could leave a fireline from Hendry?s store all the way to the underpass. Sometimes a few magnolia leaves would catch fire and add to the excitement.?In ?Solomon of Hardesty Farm,? Mr. Moore describes the enduring friendship of young Lad and an elderly black farmhand in times when racial bigotry was common.?Old Solomon towered over me like a big tree with his little spectacles hanging from his nose like a pine cone, ready to break free and fall?.Like a detour barricade, Solomon stood between the grape rows with his hoe, its handle worn slick and stained by the sweat from his hands. He moved in reverse like the fiddler crab zigging in the aisles of dirt.?In ?New Cars of Short Duration,? Mr. Moore describes the pain of having a callous older brother who wrecked their deceased father?s 1956 Buick almost as soon as he claimed it. Describing the incident, Mr. Moore writes, ?It had that strange smell of broken windshield glass ? an almost sweet odor ? like nutmeg and hot plastic.? When young Lad harbored hopes of owning a car for himself, they were dashed. ?My dreams collapsed like a severed elevator.?Tailwind sings with poetic images of life in small-town America. When one turns the last page, a sense of sorrow descends, akin to bidding farewell to a dear friend. Consolation comes only in the knowledge that Mr. Moore?s second book, Odie Dodie, The Life and Crimes of a Travelin? Preacher Man, is now available for purchase.******************************************************************Lad Moore may be contacted at: pogo@shreve.net. Please place ?Tailwind? in the Subject line.Aaron Paul Lazar resides in Upstate New York with his wife, three daughters, two grandsons, mother-in-law, dog, and four cats. After writing in the early morning hours, he works as an electrophotographic engineer at Kodak, in Rochester, New York. Additional passions include vegetable, fruit, and flower gardening; preparing large family feasts; photographing his family, gardens, and the breathtakingly beautiful Genesee Valley; cross-country skiing across the rolling hills; playing a distinctly amateur level of piano, and spending ?time? with the French Impressionists whenever possible. Although he adored raising his three delightful daughters, Mr. Lazar finds grandfathering his ?two little buddies? to be one of the finest experiences of his life.Double Fort? is the founding book of the LeGarde Mystery series and was released in January, 2005. Upstaged, the second, was released in October, 2005. His third, Tremelo: Cry of the Loon, will be released via Twilight Times Books under the Paladin Timeless Imprint in fall, 2006. Mr. Lazar is currently working on his tenth book.

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***"Open Letters to George W. Bush" author Case Wagenvoord: BOOK REVIEW***

Open Letters to George W. Bush
Case Wagenvoord
iUniverse (2005)
ISBN 0595361978
Reviewed by Joanne Benham for Reader Views (6 / 06)This book is a tongue-in-cheek satire of government and big business, told through a series of letters to President Bush from a fictional character called Belacqua Jones, described by the author as a meth-addicted psychopath, half a bubble off plumb.Belacqua Jones is an ardent admirer of George W. Bush and possesses keen insight into the political machine. That insight is clearly evident in this book as Jones comments on every aspect of Bush?s presidency and offers invaluable advice to further his political career. Some of Jones? suggestions: Enhance the value of death. If someone has an illness such as cancer, offer painkillers rather than medicine to fight the disease. Morphine is much cheaper than chemotherapy. Keep the rest of the world impoverished so that the US can maintain its standard of living. Shore up Social Security by making cigarette smoking mandatory for children. If he wishes to eliminate Social Security, he can just abolish retirement. Problem solved. The big corporations can take back all the money they put into the 401 (k)s and give enormous bonuses to the top executives as they so richly deserve.Jones is also looking out for George?s interests, such as warning him about the Ashlee Simpson debacle. It takes an astute player to recognize the potential harm Simpson could do the political machine.At times Jones shows astonishing vision, such as urging the canonization of Judas Iscariot by the Vatican. How could anyone, except a meth-addicted psychopath, half a bubble off plumb, realize that Judas was a victim, actually a sacrifice to the greater good?Although I don?t agree with everything Case Wagenvoord writes, I found that I was in agreement with much more of what he has written than I anticipated. A brilliant, satirical book, I would urge everyone to sit down and browse through this work. Since the book is a series of letters, in no particular order, you can jump around, picking the chapter headings that intrigue you. Some of my favorites?The Iron Colon, Tree-Huggers, The Benefits of Torture, God Bless the Democrats, Stoning and Human Sacrifice.Joanne Benham is a reviewer for Reader Views.
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#Fiction #Humor #Bush #Politics #Wagenvoord
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***Interview for
***Interview for "College Predators Missing College Students" Author Todd A Hemming***

Reader Views is happy to be talking with Todd A. Hemming, author of ?College Predator: Missing College Students.? Todd is being interviewed by Juanita Watson, Assistant Editor for Reader Views.Juanita: Thanks for talking with us today Todd. Please tell your readers about the storyline of your new book, ?College Predator: Missing College Students.?Todd: Juanita first of all I want to say thanks for the interview. I would say my storyline in simple terms is how three friends with all special gifts form a plan to catch a very intelligent serial killer. It also involves a serial killer that is very different from the typical mainstream predator.Juanita: What inspired you to write ?College Predator??Todd: I returned to college to get my graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems. During this time college kids were being abducted and disappearing. They usually were last seen leaving a bar or a college party by their friends. Most of the cases were never solved and I felt very bad for these kids that got abducted during their fun years or youth. They should have not been concerned about being abducted or serial killers.Juanita: Who are the main characters and what do they have to teach your readers?Todd: The three main characters are Mark a man with mental illness that gets blessed with a new gift of seeing the crimes take place or medium capabilities. William a rural sheriff?s deputy that puts the whole plan of action together to apprehend the serial killer. Matt is the FBI profiler that lends his expertise and training to apprehend the serial killer.
The serial killer?s name is Steve and he is a vice president of a mapping software company, but when he isn?t working he preys on young college students.Juanita: What brings these particular characters together to catch the serial killer?Todd: Mark, the man with mental illness, has been keeping in touch with the Sheriff?s deputy William since high school. Once Mark started having the visions of the predator, he knew his best friend William would be the only person that believed in him. After William decided to have Mark move to Arizona, he called his old airborne buddy Matt who currently is a profiler for serial killers with the FBI. After discussing the situation Matt realized William and Mark would need his help apprehending the dangerous predator. So he took a long overdue vacation from the FBI and relocated to Arizona to join the team.Juanita: How real, do you feel, are the dangers surrounding colleges these days? Why?Todd:I believe the danger to college students are as real today as they were back in 2001. If you read the latest headlines, college students are still being abducted in various cities through out the nation. You can even use the Aruba disappearance for an example.Juanita: How have the drinking habits changed for college students?Todd: I went to a few parties when I was getting my graduate certificate. And the drinking on campus has definitely changed from social drinking or partying to all out binge drinking.Juanita: Do you have any stats on the amounts of real life missing college students?Todd: I currently do not have any stats on the missing college students. But during the span from 2001 to 2003 there were at least 5 missing college student in two states up north. I also believe that one missing college student is too much. It causes too much pain for the relatives, friends, and family that are left behind.Juanita: What happens to the atmosphere around a college when a student goes missing?Todd: Everyone in the community gets apprehensive and worried. The police and law enforcement are on high alert to catch the predator. The news media brings it up on the news everyday and the citizens of the community get worried. Mothers and fathers start rethinking schedules for their children and the purchase of personal firearms skyrockets.Juanita: What statement are you making to your readers casting your serial killer as a successful, well educated member of the community?Todd: I believe that the cases that haven?t been solved have a different type of predator. He most likely has some law enforcement training and is involved with the education system or has graduated from a college. He is no drifter or loser. I believe he is very intelligent and meticulous in his planning, and he knows where college kids hang out after they have had a few drinks.Juanita: Tell us a little about how the community and law enforcement react to reports of missing students and how this is portrayed in your book.Todd: The community pours there whole heart into finding the missing college student. They search endlessly through woods, swamps, lakes or whatever remote areas the community has. A lot of these people have kids the same age of the missing student. So they do everything in their power to find the missing college student.Law enforcement coordinates all of the activity. They call the FBI, they put a helicopter in the air, and they coordinate search teams. They go door to door looking for the missing person.Juanita: What makes college students so vulnerable?Todd: I am a little older now but I was young once. I believe when you are young you believe you are invincible. That nothing bad can happen to me. I can handle anything that comes my way. But alcohol gives you a false sense of security. It also affects your judgment and I believe some of these college students were just at the wrong place at the wrong time.Juanita: Todd, who should read your book?Todd: I believe anyone who is concerned about past and future abductions of college students. I believe the age group should be at least 18 years old and up. It is not as graphic as today?s horror movies but there is some violent content in my book. But I wanted more of a storyline than blood and gore. I guess the readers will have to read the book and make their own mind up.Juanita: Reading your book will undoubtedly bring insights for readers regarding protecting themselves. Can you give your readers a few tips on how to minimize the potential of becoming the victim of a predator?Todd: I guess this brings up memories of me and my shipmates in the navy visiting foreign ports. My chief always said use the buddy system and never be alone. Also never drink to much alcohol where you lose all of your reasoning and judgment. Always tell someone when you are going to come home or where you are going. At least if something happens, they will have a starting point to look for you. Lastly, carry a cell phone. Though you may not have time to use it, if you see someone else being abducted, you can call 911 immediately.Juanita: What type of research did you do to prepare for ?College Predator??Todd: I read a lot of newspapers on missing college students from the past and the current abductions. I talked to a lot of people when I was in school regarding their thoughts about the missing college students. I went to few college parties myself and saw how drunk some of these students got. I researched and read some articles about some of the notorious serial killers that have been in America. I also listened to some interviews on CNN from the missing college student?s parents - they broke my heart.Juanita: With all your research, did you get any type of understanding into the mind of a serial predator ? what motivates this behavior?Todd: Juanita I am no expert, but I believe once these predators kill their first victim, the only thing that will stop them is being killed or being locked up in some maximum security prison. I believe they don?t have a normal conscious like most human beings. Predators are only happy when they are planning and then killing their next victim. Most of them even keep small trinkets from the victim so they can relive the abduction and murder.Juanita: There seems to be a growing amount of information exposing predators in our society today. Why do you think this is?Todd: I believe the American public is sick and tired of these scavengers on society. People on the whole are good, honest, hard working individuals. They are trying to raise their family and enjoy life because we are here for a very short time. Then some predator takes or murders their loved one and it turns their whole life upside down.
People want to have freedom and security to walk the streets at night and not worry about some madman killing or hurting them.Juanita: How can readers find out more about you and your endeavors?Todd:I have a website http: / / www.toddhemmingbooks.com / . The website gives a bio of me and it also tells about my first book ?What I have learned since 1976.? It also gives a synopsis of ?College Predator: Missing College Students.? I have a guestbook on my website that visitors can sign. Also they can e-mail me at hemm64@hotmail.com.
I will try and write everyone that e-mails me.Juanita: Well Todd, we really appreciate you talking with us today. Are there any last thoughts you?d like to share with your readers?Todd: Juanita, I want to say thanks again for the interview and I hope the readers really enjoy my book. If my book makes the difference in one life I will be satisfied. I believe there have been enough killings and abductions for now and forever. I hope and pray no more abductions take place. In closing, I would just like to remind everyone be safe and have a long and happy life.Juanita Watson is the Assistant Editor for Reader Views.
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